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Cincinnati surveillance map

map of surveillance cameras downtown Cincinnati October 2005
Our report on our trip appears at  http://www.notbored.org/cincinnati.html.

Here we post the map that we made as well.
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Although rudimentary, this is EXCACTLY the type of product that will serve us well someday! Well Done!

NYPD spying during RNC 26.Dec.2005 08:00


Police Video Caught a Couple's Intimate Moment on a Manhattan Rooftop

Published NYT: December 22, 2005

A man and woman who shared an intimate moment on a secluded, dark rooftop one August night last year
have learned that they were secretly watched, an intrusion made possible by increased police surveillance of
protest rallies and other events and also by advanced technology intended to fight terrorists.

That night, police officers tracked bicycle riders moving through the streets of the Lower East Side from a
custom-built, $9.8 million helicopter equipped with optical equipment able to display a license plate 1,000
feet away.

With the night vision of the helicopter's camera, and permission to make videotapes, an officer also recorded
nearly four minutes of the couple on the terrace of a Second Avenue penthouse.

"When you watch the tape, it makes you feel kind of ill," said Jeffrey Rosner, 51, one of the two people. "I
had no idea they were filming me - who would ever have an idea like that?"

The tape, broadcast earlier this year by WCBS-TV news, was made on Aug. 27, 2004, just before the
Republican National Convention. That night, several thousand bicycle riders arrived for a group ride that did
not have a permit.

The helicopter followed the riders but turned the camera on the couple. High above Second Avenue, they
seemed to be shielded from view by a wall of shrubs and the nearly total darkness. The police camera,
however, included special thermal-imaging equipment that yielded distinct, if ghostly, images.

Mr. Rosner, a music business executive who owns the penthouse, said he remembered a police helicopter
hovering overhead, which he assumed was only monitoring the throng of bicycle riders below.

"I'm very happy about cameras in public spaces," Mr. Rosner said. "If you're in a public space doing
something inappropriate, I'm all for that. But if I'm in my house and you're using multimillion-dollar
equipment to film me, not at all."

Eileen Clancy, a forensic video analyst, observed that the scene was disclosed only because the same tape
included images from the mass bicycle ride and had to be turned over for the trial of a rider.

Mr. Rosner has filed a complaint with the Police Department through his lawyer.

Asked about the incident, Paul J. Browne, the chief spokesman for the department, said: "Aviation routinely
checks and sometimes videotapes rooftop activity when someone's in a position to throw projectiles at
officers below. In this instance, the officer was instructed afterward to terminate taping once it was
determined a threat did not exist."

Mr. Rosner said the woman on the roof with him did not want to be identified or discuss the events. He said
he was relieved the tape did not include even more personal moments.

"I am usually in favor of surveillance," Mr. Rosner said. The issue, he said, is "more the sensibility that the
police think it's O.K. that they do that - it's about their own professionalism."