NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg was supposed to show up at the CBS Early Show today, where my kid and others from his soccer team were invited to talk about the FIFA World Cup. We wondered why he wasn’t there, and now we know: he was in London learning all about the surveillance capital of the world’s methods of spying on its citizens. Via AP/Yahoo News:
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is in London to observe the network of security cameras on the city’s transport system.
Bloomberg was shown around a closed-circuit television facility at Westminster Underground station by London Mayor Boris Johnson on Tuesday.
There are 12,000 cameras on London’s subway system, and city officials tout their role in combating crime and terrorism.
Bloomberg has expressed enthusiasm for London’s network of security cameras, one of the world’s largest.
The surveillance “ring of steel” around London’s central business district was the inspiration for a 3,000-camera system in lower Manhattan. A similar system is planned for midtown…