Americans have found themselves being inundated with the implementation of a number of Big Brother-like technologies in recent years.
One of the most egregious has been the incessant rise of facial recognition technology in everyday life, often with seemingly innocuous reasoning. Snapchat and Facebook have both rolled out his tech “entertainment” options utilizing high tech versions of what was surely once a government-proprietary concept. Furthermore, the iPhone X will rely on facial recognition software to merely unlock the device for use…something that has worried a number of privacy advocates in the days following Apple’s unveiling of the $1,000 cell phone.
Now, in New York City, a number of bizarre metal towers are being constructed around the city, particularly near bridges and tunnels. While the techno-henges have been linked to the Big Apple’s transit authority, those responsible for their installation have been completely hush-hush beyond that, prompting concern from privacy-coveting citizens in the city that never sleeps.
“But even people on the MTA board in charge of the towers can’t say why they’re being used or what’s in them, CBS2’s Dave Carlin reports.
“’We don’t really know what’s the purpose of this,’ he told Carlin.
“It’s a $100 million MTA project shrouded in secrecy, with 18 of them for tunnels and bridges. So what are they exactly?
“The MTA’s man in charge of the bridges and tunnels, Cedrick Fulton, dodged Carlin’s questions Wednesday.
“’I said no comment,’ he said.
“Some MTA board members, including New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, say they know too little about the towers – even with half the money already spent and some of the towers already up.”
Of course, theories about the mystery towers are abound in the enormous city, with a great many believing that they are somehow linked to the Department of Homeland Security.
Terrorism has long been a concern of New York, New York, and for obvious reasons. Not only have New Yorkers faced the tragic and bombastic attacks of 9/11, but the city has been a target for terrorists long before that fateful day. The sheer American symbolism that litters the Big Apple draws radical Islamic jihadists in like a moth to the flame, hoping to inflict severe psychological damage by obliterating staples of the American image.
The fear of terror is no excuse for trampling the freedoms of American citizens, however, and it is this reality that has many clamoring for answers in the case of New York’s mystery towers.