"You're either part of the solution or you're part of the problem." Eldridge Cleaver
I recently read an article by Josh Smith of the National Journal titled, “ACLU: Public-Safety Network Raises Police-Surveillance Concerns.” I knew it was a matter of time before the essential elements of our societies safety will come under fire.
The main issue with the ACLU’s view of Public Safety is that it is way to narrow minded in its approach. First off the Police don’t need the Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) to perform the types of actions they claim. They can do that today. All the Commercial Carriers support these services today for the police. Having spent sometime in the Intelligence business I can also tell you that there are many other tools at their disposal. Second, the PSBN is about Public Safety Services, which is a lot more than just the police…it includes EMS, Fire, and many others. As an example the entire SMART Grid and electrical distribution system is also part of Public Safety. The Intelligent Transportation Systems that secure our highways and mass transit solutions are also part of Public Safety. The Fire Command Centers that establish communication support to fight Forest Fires also utilize the same Public Safety Services. These are just a few….I can go on and on.
By the ACLU rearing this approach, without knowing the facts, is just one more piece of uselessness that can, and should, be avoided. If you aren’t part of the solution then get out of the way and let the big people get things done. By bringing up such ill-supporter meaningless jargon only puts the society and the citizens in greater danger, especially those citizens the ACLU states it’s trying to represent. Will the ACLU take the legal risk of responsibility if another major hurricane hits Louisiana and the solution is not built, especially when the solution is already available through commercial carriers? Or maybe that’s what the ACLU wants…that is to make sure the commercial carriers are the ones that really get the benefit of not having a private, protected and hardened Public Safety Network for the safety of Americans? It may be just me but by my interpretation that could be construed as the ACLU trying to support the 1%.
Just some guy and a blog….