Saturday, July 14, 2007

Big Brother is watching Tijuana-and sleuths are trying to find out his name

Nobody seems to know how Tijuana, a metropolis with limited revenues, paid for a $15.5 million surveillance system with over 400 cameras, including 68 that swivel toward the sound of gunfire. The command center is staffed by civilians, and operates 24 hours a day.

Anne Cearley, reporter for the San Diego Union Tribune, is investigating. The company that built the system is not registered with the state of Baja California, Mexico, and has no listed phone number.

The system was an initiative of Jorge Hank Rhon, a wealthy businessman who was mayor of Tijuana, and is now running for governor of Baja California.

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