So the NYPD's pervasive, high-tech and no doubt very expensive security camera system has been bested by that dastardly piece of supervillain technology known as the hoodie. I can't say I'm surprised. The cameras have always struck me as security theater of the highest order, since there's no way anyone can be watching the feeds coming in from all of them in real time - meaning their value in preventing or disrupting a potential terrorist attack or other criminal act is practically nil. As for their potential use as an investigative or evidentiary tool, well, all anyone ever had to do was simply not look at the camera (easily done since most New Yorkers, including me, have really crappy posture) - or in this case, pull up your hood. And most suicide bombers don't really care if you know they did it or not, what with them being dead and all.
So now the question is: what next? Security theater that doesn't make anyone feel secure (or, for that matter, afraid) is even more pointless than your everyday run-of-the-mill security theater. One possibility is that the New York City police and government will recognize this rather obvious flaw in their planning and take time to hammer out a new, rational, and effective security plan for the Big Apple. Yeah, I don't think that's going to happen either. So what will happen? Here are the possibilities, as I see it:
A) Even more and bigger cameras! Situated on every lampost at shoulder height so they can see your face no matter what. Costs for these additional cameras will be offset by corporate sponsorship; each will bear a sign saying "A secure New York - brought to you by Citigroup! Go Mets!"
B) Anti-personnel mines laid around Time Square's Military Island every night at midnight, taken up around 5 AM (hopefully before the crowds gather there for that day's taping of Good Morning America). Actually, I can get behind this option, but only if they promise to leave the mines in place all day during the holiday season. Might cut down on the tourist traffic. I used to work on Times Square - you have no idea how bad it gets. Think of a human wave attack, but with strollers, humongous bags bursting with crap from Toys R' Us and large people wearing ill-fitting leggings instead of Red Chinese infantrymen.
C) The immediate outlawing of hoodies. Good luck with this one - you'll pry my black hoodie from my cold, dead hands.
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