In a Fascist State, Cameras Equal Terrorism

http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2008/09/in-fascist-state-cameras-equal.html

In America and England, citizens are being urged to report people taking pictures as potential terrorists.

Do you assume that that is an innocent attempt to stop would-be terrorists from casing out high-value targets, and for planning terror attacks?

Sorry, but the arrest of well-known journalists outside the Republican convention destroys that belief. The only thing the journalists was doing were filming peaceful protesters and their brutal treatment by the police. See this and this.

In Iraq, journalists are targeted and killed when they show what the military doesn't want shown. America and England are themselves now being treated like war zones. Anyone with a camera is being treated like a "foreign enemy combatant"and a terrorist.

Isn't that the core characteristic of a fascist police state . . . war zone rules being used inside the home country against its citizens?

Moreover, the protesters who were targeted in Minnesota were mainly those who were peacefully filming the protests. Indeed, a 2003 FBI memo describes protesters' use of videotaping as an "intimidation" technique, even though - as the ACLU points out - "Most mainstream demonstrators often use videotape during protests to document law enforcement activity and, more importantly, deter police from acting outside the law."

Clearly, what the FBI is objecting to is the use of cameras to document unlawful behavior by law enforcement.

So what should we do: leave our cameras at home? No. If we all bring our videocameras, cellphone cameras, and other photographic equipment with us wherever we go, we'll be able to document tyrannical behavior, and the police won't have the manpower to hassle all of us.

Starting with the Rodney King beating

video cameras have exposed police brutality in a meaningful and important way. As solid evidence in courtrooms they have also inhibited unstable and inappropriate actions by some officers etc. What is most disturbing however is the frequency in which video cameras are ignored and brutal police actions are seemingly administered without concern or care of consequences. I love to see so many cameras facing these paramilitary "peace officers" these days and there is little doubt that protection of our human and civil rights are being enhanced and assisted with their presence. Keep the cameras rolling!

Recalling 2004, 2000

I recall there being similar tactics during the Rethuglican convention in NYC in 2004, which were covered in a segment in an Alex Jones video.

But also, at the 2000 RNC in Philadelphia, pre-9/11, I remember reading reports of numerous unjustifiable arrests, confiscation of cell phones, etc.

I rember copy machines being verboten in the old Soviet Union

Now NeoCons have developed a similar fear of video cameras.

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The government does spy on us...

...with cameras at almost every urban intersection and with warrantless surveillance (as 2 examples),.... but the citizenry, who's taxes pay for this (their own) tyranny, can't take a camera to a public event?

Fascism is the only word for it.

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Threats to arrest people filming under the UK terrorism act

This resonates with me strongly, both me and another member of We Are Change UK were told to stop filming, or stop recording police officers under threat of being arrested under the terrorism act - a completely illegal abuse of police powers.

Check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0gu8h3ZfNM