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Welcome to Watchington: Urban Surveillance in the Nation's Capitol

Photographer: Jim Lo Scalzo

 

As President Obama and lawmakers in Congress consider reining in the National Security Agency's domestic spying program, another surveillance web - this one more localized and visible - continues to sweep up information across Washington, DC.

 

This small town is wired with thousands of spying tools; from standard traffic cameras to sophisticated air samplers, they monitor multiple facets of public life.

 

Managed by an array of local and federal agencies - from the Washington Transit Authority to the U.S. Secret Service -these surveillance devices have become an ubiquitous element of the Washington landscape.