"Any technology or any operation that we can use that will help us combat violence in the streets of our city, we're going to look at very seriously," Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino told the Boston Globe.
The cameras were purchased for and used during the Democratic National Convention in July 2004, but since then the digital cameras have been shelved. Civil libertarians would prefer the city keep the cameras on the shelf.
"We're talking about the government and the police choosing to use high-powered surveillance cameras out in public, where people think the government is not spying on them," said Sarah Wunsch, a staff lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. "We will turn into a very different society ... 'Who are you meeting with? What book are you reading?' Americans ought to think about it."