A high NYPD official on CNN this morning, asked if there are privacy concerns with their new integrated surveillance system: "My mindset on these (privacy) issues is, if you aren't doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about, simple as that." Well, if YOU don't understand what's wrong with that statement, you do not love this country, and you are not honoring your oath, simple as that. From what I understand of the system, it's a great tool that combines surveillance capabilities with integrated databases and analytics. It's to give real time information -- warrants, prior calls, etc -- to officers on the scene; it's able to spot or make it easier to spot license plates with wants or warrants on them; it may be using recognition and predictive algorithms to highlight problems and find bad guys. But the RIGHT response to a question about privacy concerns is something like: "We share those concerns -- we're citizens, too, and we value and want to protect those liberties. We want to do our job well, but within the bounds set out by our Constitution and values. The key to safeguarding privacy when employing enhanced surveillance tech is to ensure the folks using it value and understand those privacy concerns and use their discretion accordingly. There has to be oversight and accountability, because privacy rights are important. We are training the users in those important issues and we are committed to preserving liberty while securing safety" The short version is "We share those privacy concerns and are trained in and committed to deploying this technology in a way that preserves those liberties." But, "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" is not an acceptable answer. It's as simple as that. Everyone here loves this country and agrees with this completely, right? Everyone here has the same problem with the official's answer, right? Right?