Police Are Testing a "Live Google Earth" To Watch Crime As It Happens

“State of Surveillance” examines new technologies police departments are using to fight crime and the civil liberties concerns raised by these tools.

Law enforcement agencies say that many of the technologies make it easier to solve and, in some cases, even prevent crime. But privacy advocates warn that expanded databases could become dragnets that are increasingly populated with information about law-abiding citizens.

The Center for Investigative Reporting takes a look at a number of emerging surveillance technologies in a new video, but one in particular stands out: A wide-area surveillance system invented by Ross McNutt, a retired Air Force veteran who owns a company called Persistent Surveillance Systems.

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