Regarding Pinky Kravitz's Dec. 20 column:

I read with astonishment and horror that Kravitz called for Atlantic City to have more government cameras that he said would be able to "read the numbers on a wristwatch of someone walking."

How any American could endorse such a Big Brother exercise in surveillance is almost unfathomable.

Do we really want Atlantic City officials to be able to read our wristwatches as we stand on the street corner? Should they read our cell phone screens? Our notes or directions?

Kravitz supports a "room with a dozen monitors," watching and listening to everything we do. Defense against crime is no excuse for such a foreboding intrusion into Americans' civil liberties. Such cameras are something the former Soviet Union would have, but they have no place here in the Land of the Free.

MARK A. SPATZ

Egg Harbor Township