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Persistent Transparency: Baltimore surveillance plane documents reveal ignored pleas to go public, who knew about the program, and differing opinions on privacy

Persistent Transparency: Baltimore surveillance plane documents reveal ignored pleas to go public, who knew about the program, and differing opinions on privacy

The private company responsible for the aerial surveillance program that flew over Baltimore recording the city and assisting the Baltimore Police Department in solving crimes, without the public knowing, delivered such an artful, effusive pitch to the embattled department that police really couldn't say no.

According to documents obtained through Maryland's Public Information Act, Ross McNutt, owner of and Chief Technical Officer for Persistent Surveillance Solutions (PSS), doggedly reached out to the Baltimore police and told the department his sort of surveillance could reduce crime and, better yet, wouldn't cost police much at all. The few hundred pages of...

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