Bourborn Street/Mardi Gras will never be the same as police state America uses our fears of terrorism to turn 20 neighborhoods into a giant surveillance network! As you’ll see, no one is safe from New Orleans spying surveillance cameras.
Police are spending $40 million dollars to install over a hundred new license plate readers, remote sensing technology, roadblocks, High Defintion thermal cameras equipped with night vision and much more. Police have also spent $12.6 million on a new spying command center.
When it’s completed, the new spying system will cost taxpayers $3.8 million a year.
Councilman Jason Williams is concerned about how police will use surveillance cameras…
“How will I know if (the video) is being shared with immigration agents or enforcement officers?” Williams asked. “Who knows how these cameras could be used” Williams said.
Williams warns, “throughout history, well-meaning but ultimately misguided overreactions to these issues have been used to unnecessarily curtail personal freedoms.”
According to Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s press release, Bourbon St., will be surveilled 24-7.
Mayor Landrieu’s spokesman Tyronne Walker said, “security concerns” prevented him from going into details about how the Feds are using cameras to spy on everyone.
That’s ludicrous, police spying on everyone isn’t a state secret!
For more information about how DHS/Police are using CCTV cameras to spy on everyone, read my four-part series ‘DHS/Police are turning public CCTV cameras into surveillance cameras, Part 1’.
The FBI and DHS are working with police to destroy Mardi Gras
When it comes to DHS & the FBI, no one is safe from their surveillance cameras. According to a New Orleans Advocate article, the FBI plans to add surveillance cameras everywhere.
“Assume that you are being filmed wherever you are and whatever you’re doing,” said Jeff Sallet, the newly appointed head of the FBI’s local office.
“We have located and mapped every single camera in and around any part of the French Quarter, the parade routes and any other critical infrastructure,” he said.
ProjectNOLA, SafeCam NOLA, New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center are helping to turn Bourbon St., into a massive surveillance network. (click here to see ProjectNOLA’S Facebook page and here to see their Twitter page.)
ProjectNOLA buys its cameras from their own for-profit business CCTV Wholesalers. Then they
charge people monthly maintenance fees to allow ProjectNOLA to spy on everyone!
How many people will go to Mardi Gras knowing that DHS, the FBI and the police are spying on them?
Currently DHS ProjectNOLA and ‘Adopt-A-Block’ have access to over 1900 High Definition day/night IR cameras.
These organizations use resident’s homes and business cameras to spy on the public. According to Safe Cam NOLA, police have access to a huge database of homes equipped with surveillance cameras.
Cops work with churches and schools to convince the public to spy for them
“Project NOLA works extensively with property and business owners, churches and schools, civic groups, special improvement taxation districts, and governmental entities, and appreciates the opportunity to speak at meetings. In some neighborhoods where additional grant or supplemental money may be applied, official Project NOLA crime camera kits may be provided free of charge or at even lower discounted pricing, and/or professional install may be provided free of charge.”
In other words, ProjectNOLA is using churches, schools, civic groups and grants to convince the public to spy for them.
Morial Convention Center’s plan to turn Bourbon Street into a surveillance grid:
Cops brag about turning New Orleans into “America’s largest networked crime camera system”
According to former cop Bryan Lagarde’s LinkedIn page he created “America’s largest HD networked crime camera system”!
“…The Project NOLA crime camera system has become the largest networked HD city-wide crime camera system in America.”
Mr. Lagard is the Executive Director of ProjectNOLA and is also a consultant to the FBI, DEA, ATF and DHS.
In other words, Mardi Gras, Bourborn Street and all of New Orleans has been turned into America’s largest spying network.
For more information about ProjectNOLA read ‘Project NOLA crime camera fees raise questions about nonprofits funding’.
3 thoughts on “Mardi Gras and Bourborn Street have been turned into America’s largest spying network”
I guess New Orleans will never get my tourism business.
However, none of this Orwellian crap will do a damn thing to stop terrorism (what little threat of that there is). Neither will it deter a sufficiently large number of pissed-off citizens, should such a group ever materialize.
The police/surveillance state will persist no longer than citizens allow it to.
In Agreement! My $$$ will NOT be going back NOLA ever again. We always enjoyed Bourbon Street every year along with the Quarter, Casino, Trolley ride, River Cruise etc. About $1500 per year NO more. Poor NOLA -Literally.