I must strenuously object to your glowing review of surveillance cameras and their alleged role in apprehending a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ("Woe and Wonder: Surveillance Cameras Were the Key in Boston," April 20). While a variety of new applications of technology led to the suspect's identification, a rather old-fashioned technique led to his arrest -- a human being, using common sense and acting of his own free will, called the police after finding the suspect in his backyard. No cameras. No drones. No police checkpoints.
I'd be satisfied if only the members of the Post-Gazette editorial board were to suffer the unintended consequences of permitting surveillance of peaceable, innocent citizens under the guise of protecting them. Quite unfortunately, all of us will suffer. The next good ideas will include drones in our skies followed by home searches -- all to keep us safe. Since we've nothing to hide, we've nothing to fear. Dismiss this as you will, but the Patriot Act was passed to stop terrorism and instead is used to prosecute drug and copyright violations. The RICO Act was passed to stop organized crime and instead is used to go after alleged tax cheats. Find me a law that hasn't been abused by our government of the people and you can have your surveillance cameras.
I've read before that a "free press is the armor of the republic." The Post-Gazette editorial board would make the free press the hammer that nails shut the coffin on our God-given rights on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I've also read that those who trade liberty for security end up with neither. I'll keep my freedom, thank you.