west virginia bill turns traffic cameras into spy cameras

west virginia bill turns traffic cameras into spy camerasfrom the newspaper: Cameras once proposed solely for the purpose of monitoring the level of traffic on freeways may soon have a new mission in West Virginia following unanimous state House passage of the "Guardian Angel Video Monitoring Act" last Wednesday. Introduced by state House Majority Leader Joe DeLong (D), the bill authorizes the state's secretary of military affairs and public safety to take control of video recording devices whenever an Amber Alert is declared.

These alerts were originally designed to enlist the help of the public in finding vehicles bearing the license plate of a suspected child kidnapper... Despite its endorsement of spy cameras, the West Virginia legislature voted in 2006 to ban both red light cameras and speed cameras.