Monday, September 20, 2010


By Rafael Martínez Alequín

Today, the mayor and the Police Commissioner held a news conference with the MTA Chairman Jay Walder announcing the activation of 500 subways cameras in Times Square, Grand Central Station and Penn Station under the guise of security.

Many of us have read George Orwell's classic book “1984″ (Big Brothers is watching us). Suddenly, I realized that it took 26 years for Orwell's warning of big brother intruding in our lives to become a reality.

Meanwhile, back to today’s Mayor Bloomberg news conference. The so called guardians, known as the City Hall Reporters failed to ask Bloomberg a key question. Why during his administration, are we losing our constitutional rights? No one asked him about his idea to ban smoking in public parks and beaches.

Two City Hall reporters did ask him about the shoe industry and why he wore loafers. Are these
relevant questions to inform the citizens? I think not.

video by Rafael Martínez Alequín for YFP

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