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Volume 14, Number 6
March 23 - April 5, 2008


news

Also in this section:
Little agreement about human rights situation here
US State Department's report on human rights in Panama
Urrego, a DEA informant, says bust was to take his island
Mayor's race gets crowded
Navarro's officially running, Balbina's tentatively in too
Harley Mitchell unhappy about ADELAG and Fotokina fraud cases
Panama News Briefs
FARC crisis and its Panamanian component
Big Brother & the Phone Company stand guard
The PRD's turbulent inner struggles
Martín Torrijos, Pedro Miguel González show signs of discord
Years later, we find that the witness against González had been paid
Bernal campaign reaches out to ethnic voters
Panama's drug and money laundering scenes, according to the US State Department

Big Bro keeps an eye out --- on YOU
photos by Eric Jackson

Does an elder sibling's
gaze comfort you?


Big Brother always did have his base of political support, and now he's watching with hundreds of these video eyes in public places all around the city. Of course, to the extent that Panamanians understand that it's the hated Cable & Wireless phone company that's running this massive surveillance campaign for the government, the public support is likely to be diminished. (The government's accountability to the public, as the company is probably exempt from government transparency law disclosures about its spying on behalf of the police, is also probably diminished.)

The anecdotal evidence and such statistics as the police like to bandy about suggest that despite the massive electronic surveillance, the crime rate is still up.

This particular camera can see everyone coming and going on one of the major pedestrian routes between Curundu and Perejil, and it can also record everybody who comes and goes at The Panama News office.




Also in this section:

Little agreement about human rights situation here
US State Department's report on human rights in Panama
Urrego, a DEA informant, says bust was to take his island
Mayor's race gets crowded
Navarro's officially running, Balbina's tentatively in too
Harley Mitchell unhappy about ADELAG and Fotokina fraud cases
Panama News Briefs
FARC crisis and its Panamanian component
Big Brother & the Phone Company stand guard
The PRD's turbulent inner struggles
Martín Torrijos, Pedro Miguel González show signs of discord
Years later, we find that the witness against González had been paid
Bernal campaign reaches out to ethnic voters
Panama's drug and money laundering scenes, according to the US State Department

 
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