The Eye in the Sky: Baltimore’s Top Secret Surveillance Project That Has Been Watching You All Year
George Orwell wrote his seminal novel 1984 about a world in which citizens were under constant surveillance. The ominous “Big Brother” was always watching, and citizens could be observed anytime, anywhere, including inside their own homes. What has been happening in Baltimore since the beginning of 2016 is not quite the Orwellian loss of privacy described in 1984; however, the citizens of Baltimore have been under surveillance regularly and without their knowledge. News of this top secret surveillance project broke on August 23, 2016. Monte Reel, Secret Cameras Record Baltimore’s Every Move from Above, Bloomberg Businessweek (Aug. 23, 2016), https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-baltimore-secret-surveillance/. This project raises an important question: Is it constitutional to conduct constant, unwarranted, undisclosed surveillance on an entire city?