Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Surveillance technology requires public scrutiny
Drones, cameras help protect public spaces
I am puzzled by the recent outcry against the use of police drones and the installation of surveillance cameras, as reported in several recent Seattle Times articles, including Danny Westneat’s piece in Sunday’s Times [“Spy gear needs public scrutiny first, NWSunday, Feb. 10].
While I’m not surprised that scofflaws will be heard to object, I wonder what law-abiding citizens are worried about? If your public behavior does not violate the law or impinge on the freedom of others, then what’s the worry?
These surveillance systems are in the public places we all share, not in our homes. Most of us would like those public places to be safe. If everyone followed the law, there would be no need for these devices, but since some of us don’t (as evidenced by the incidence of speeding in schools zones caught on camera, I think this is a positive step.
I support the use of drones by law-enforcement officials and the installation of surveillance cameras. I believe it’s a good thing if a bad guy gets caught on camera.
--Paul Heins, Redmond
Limiting drones is not modern thinking
In an age of exploding robotic technology, Rep. David Taylor’s proposed new bill limiting the use of “drones” in Washington state would be one giant leap backward for mankind and label us as modern-day troglodytes completely out of step with modern society [“Bill to put restrictions on drones statewide introduced in Olympia,” NWSaturday, Feb. 9].
Consistent with his mindset, perhaps he could also prohibit flying machines and horseless carriages.
--Merle Hanley, Seattle