Tag Archive: surveillance

Opt-in Nursing Home Surveillance: Good Idea or Bad idea?

Surveillance Cameras. They’re everywhere. On the streets of our cities. In the stores where we shop. In the bars and restaurants that we frequent. Soon they’ll be on every police officer on his or her beat. Now, Assembly Speaker Prieto wants to put them in our nursing homes as well.

Today, the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee moved Prieto’s bill (A3883) that would allow nursing home residents or their legally designated guardian to monitor the activities in the resident’s room using electronic surveillance. The idea is to reduce abuse and give family members peace of mind that their loved one is being cared for correctly.

The proposed bill contains some safeguards such as requiring permission of roommates for the installation of monitoring devices, and imposing civil penalties on anyone who abuses the recorded data.

Why Do We Need Tenure? Ask Belleville’s Teachers

Cross-posted with Jersey Jazzman, posted there last night.

In the wake of the truly awful Vergara decision, there have been plenty of reformy types crowing that we just don’t need teacher tenure any more. “There are more thsn enough of protections for teachers against vindictive administrators and school boards!” they claim. “Tenure just isn’t necessary!”

These people need to take a trip up the Garden State Parkway and visit Belleville, NJ — home of the most egregious example of why teachers need tenure I’ve ever witnessed.

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BEA President Mike Mignone, with NJEA officers Sean Spiller, Wendell Steinhauer, and Marie Blistan

TONIGHT on HBO: High-tech police surveillance in Camden – it’s watching you

High-up observation posts with cameras. Thermal-imaging equipment. Police watching you, maybe even when you think you’re alone in your own home. These are the new police techniques of the new Camden County Police. HBO’s Vice, the news documentary series produced by Bill Maher, looks at the new realities of living in Camden, New Jersey.

Here’s a preview. The show’s on HBO tonight 11pm:

Blue Jersey’s Interview with Frank Pallone

I travelled to Congressman Frank Pallone’s Long Branch office this morning to speak to him about his campaign for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination and his position of the issues of the day.

I was pleased that his response to my first question stressed his work on the environment, specifically New Jersey’s waterways. Pallone is strong on the environment, and like his counterpart Rush Holt (and unlike Cory Booker), unequivocally opposes dangerous hydraulic fracturing.

In addition to the environment, we talked about how he plans to work around the stalemate in Washington, health care, income disparity, education, and the emerging surveillance state.

Disclosure: I’m a Holt supporter and have volunteered for his campaign. But if Pallone beats Booker, I’ll be ecstatic

Rush Holt Speaks with Blue Jersey

On Friday, the Holt campaign office in West Windsor was teeming with activity. Blue Jersey visited for an exclusive extended interview with the Congressman who is running against three other Democrats in a primary election next month for Frank Lautenberg’s Senate seat.

We talked about why he’s running, his accomplishments in the House chamber dominated by do-nothing Republicans, and why he feels he’s the best candidate to assume the Lautenberg legacy.

On the issues, among the things we discussed are climate change, health care, energy, today’s surveillance state, public education, foreign policy, and immigration.

Blue Jersey will be happy to conduct similar interviews with the other senatorial candidates. Contact us.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg questions U.S Attorney General Holder on NYPD Muslim Spying in NJ

At a hearing today, Sen. Frank Lautenberg questioned Attorney General Eric Holder about the NYPD surveillance of New Jersey’s Muslim communities and university groups.  The Attorney General responded that reports of the NYPD investigation were “disturbing” and are under review at the Justice Department. 

This is eye-opening. In plain language, Lautenberg calls what’s been going on “spying”. Lautenberg asks, “How can a law enforcement agency spy on another state’s residents without notifying the authorities, without the governor or the mayor even knowing about it?”

Holder’s answer: