HOUSTON -- Houston's police chief on Wednesday proposed placing surveillance cameras in apartment complexes, downtown streets, shopping malls and even private homes to fight crime during a shortage of police officers.
"I know a lot of people are concerned about Big Brother, but my response to that is, if you are not doing anything wrong, why should you worry about it?"
Perhaps, for a start, that this is exactly how Big Brother in 1984 justified itself! More mundanely, in ones own home people want privacy to get undressed for bed, or even (shock!) have sex with their partner, without the thought that they're watched.
This seems so extreme that I did think that this has been misreported. I've yet to find video of what the guy actually said. My instinct says that he was advocating CCTV OF people's homes - e.g. if someone is the target of repeated offences then CCTV of the outside of their home may be justified. (Only with the consent of the homeowner would be my view.)
I have found audio links here, and according to this article is talked of:
The police chief said he would eventually like to see cameras installed in crime-ridden apartment complexes, although he acknowledged that the cameras might cause some criticism.
Which is a different order of things - the communal areas of the buildings as opposed to in appartments.
Of course, there is potential for abuse as soon as you have cameras capable of being pointed at private residences.