Our world has changed: Anonymity no longer an option

Did you ever wonder how law enforcement was able to link the Tsarnaev brothers to the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombings so quickly?  One of the most important eyewitnesses to the horrific bombing never took the stand and never said a word to the jury. It was a camera. But Bob Leonard, the skilled photographer snapping 10 to 20 photos a minute with his Nikon that ill-fated day, likely gave no thought to the ubiquitous and invasive technology now becoming the norm.

This photo was taken in Canada and shows about 700,000 people. With the increased use of innovative technology, it’s virtually impossible to disappear in a crowd. Pick a small portion of the crowd — even in the distance, double-click a couple of times — wait — click a few more times and see how clear each individual face becomes. Using the wheel on your mouse also works. The images are incredibly sharp!

The pictures were taken with a 70,000 x 30,000 pixel camera (2100 Mega Pixels.) These cameras are not sold to the public and are being installed in strategic locations. The camera can identify an individual face among a multitude of people.

It’s not so easy to hide in a crowd anymore. In this photo* of Barack Obama delivering his Jan. 2009 inaugural address, Bill Clinton had to show up with Hillary. They’re a few rows behind and to the left of Obama and his teleprompter. The Supreme Court Justices are directly behind Obama. Wander around. You’re sure to recognize more than a few faces in the vast grouping.

* Photo by David Bergman

11 Responses to Our world has changed: Anonymity no longer an option

  1. MacBeth says:

    Fascinating, disturbing, and unfortunately an often necessary intrusion. We have lost our privacy due to Islamic fanatics with a blood lust.

  2. Vince says:

    The Canadian scene showing the Vancouver Canucks Fan Zone presents the opportunity for a deadly crush of people if they begin moving without warning. I see no cordoned off walkways to allow for orderly passage or for emergency vehicles. These people are clearly nuts to put a playoff game above personal safety.

    • Doc says:

      Yo VINNIE! Have you ever seen the aftermath of most lib/dim filled cities when a “professional” sports team wins a championship?

      As to this typically Fine post SRAZ, may I humbly Quote my 2nd Hero, Mr. Benjamin Franklin; “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

      …my 1st Hero is my Dad.

    • Observer says:

      You’re right. Sports fans should also have brains, but the ones you describe, clearly don’t.

      I like your hero, Doc. Mine was the same, but to clarify that was my own Dad. A good father is priceless to his family.

  3. Saguaro Sam says:

    Technology—ain’t it great?
    Not exactly what Thomas Edison had in mind.

    By the way,
    If you are tired of the Foxsters and politicians, you may want to check out the debate that will take place this week been Dinesh D’Souza and Bill Ayers (friend of Obama and former Weather Underground murderer). The debate will be regarding “American Exceptionalism”.

    As Bill Ayers enjoys saying, “I’m guilty as sin and free as a bird.. . .”
    And yet it was Dinesh D’Souza who was incarcerated for a political campaign contribution.

    Here’s some info:
    “What’s So Exceptional About America?” That’s the question Dinesh D’Souza and Bill Ayers are slated to debate at the University of Michigan. The Young America’s Foundation is sponsoring what is sure to be a firework-filled event.

    “Young Americans for Freedom is excited to host this very high profile event at the University,” said Grant Strobl, chairman of Young Americans for Freedom at the University of Michigan. “On a campus that is often viewed as expressing one ideological viewpoint, we are excited to break the school’s culture of political correctness and have a meaningful debate on policy. We expect a packed house and a lively debate.”

    D’Souza is a conservative author and producer of the controversial film 2016: Obama’s America. Bill Ayers is a professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago. But, he’s more infamously known for founding the domestic terror group The Weather Underground that bombed both the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon in the 1970s. As of a few years ago, he is still defending those attacks. Ayers has gained additional notoriety by stating he’s “not proud to be American.”

    D’Souza and Ayers have sparred previously about American ideals at Dartmouth University. In that two-year old tussle, also organized by YAF, D’Souza argued in defense of Americans’ justifiable pride in the principles established by our Founding Fathers.

    The two will meet on the Michigan campus on Feb. 3 at 6:00 p.m. EST. You can watch it live online at livestream.com/yaf/debate.

    • State Delegate says:

      This should be very interesting. I’m a fan of Dinesh D’Souza’s.
      Murderer Bill Ayres (who jump started Obama’s Chicago campaign) and his equally guilty terrorist wife, disgust me.

  4. Retired in Mesa says:

    Great stuff, thanks!

  5. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Eric Cantor, sitting behind Obama, probably thought he’d have that good seat forever. Well, that didn’t happen.

    And there’s San Francisco’s Dianne Feinstein, to the left of Obama, looking proudly at her boy.

    Four rows behind Dick Cheney you see a big hat blocking the guy in the row behind – that’s worn by Texas’ own Sheila Jackson Lee, known for her ‘style’ and sitting in a good seat behind Obama.

    The Clinton’s even look like they’re up to no good just sitting there.

    The always proper Laura Bush looks comfortable and unimpressed with being there.

    This photography is amazing….if used properly.

  6. Kent says:

    I hope no one needed to get to a restroom in a hurry. Not a port-a-potty in sight.

  7. Army Of One says:

    The old adage, “You can run, but you can’t hide,” has reached new dimensions. This is beyond anything I’ve ever seen as far as photo surveillance goes. If you dwell on the long range implications, it’s actually very disturbing. I’ve seen videos of cars being monitored in traffic and on toll roads, and people entering grocery and big box stores, but nothing quite like this.

  8. Saguaro Sam says:

    Word comes today that there will be at least 60 law enforcement agencies covering the Super Bowl and events leading up to it.
    They will also be covering geographical areas “nearby”.