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Posted on 10/08/2012 8:42:36 AM PDT by Altariel
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The only possible gray area is crowd shots on a public street or area, where individuals are clearly identifiable, and the photo is used for commercial purposes.
It would boil down to if the person, in Public, in a crowd of other people had a reasonable expectation of privacy.
Exactly where we are headed and we're a fair distance down that road already. The TSA and "homeland" security protecting ?? The kgb protecting the rodina, the stasi protecting the Vaterland. Does anyone really feel safer for having all of these government agents crawling all over your every orifice
They didn't have thousands of foreign soldiers disguised as civilians wandering among them.
And neither do we unless you count illegal 0bama voters. What we have are tens of thousands of secret police (ie armed government agents NOT in uniform with arrest powers) wandering among us.
Have I ever even thought about dropping a dime on a picture taker because he looked middle eastern?
Someone obviously did NOT feel the way you do.
A crazy X-Files fan going around impersonating FBI agents, maybe? Was he accompanied by Special Agent Gillian Duchovny?
I’d probably be in jail for not answering questions.
Taking pictures on the side of the road by a refinery is probable cause? Sure.
What a cute pollyana staement.
Aside from the instances where there is too much public exposure, koranimals actually caught are many times the number reported by the MSM.
You are familiar with the Obama statement that he would stand with muslims if things "got ugly." That is, we refuse to be simply victims, and actually fight back.
You go ahead and continue being prey. Your choice. Fortunately, we all can still make our own choices.
Anyone planing a vacation tp Washington D.C. do not take a picture of your wife a six children with the White House in the background or you will be jumped upon by the thugs from the FBI, Homeland Security, TAS, and CIA as a terrorist agent.
I’d offer you some tinfoil, but you clearly don’t need any more. The danger to the USA isn’t foreign terrorists, but the government itself. Look at history and try to understand it as to who kills the most citizens in any country. Hint Russia, Cambodia, China, Germany, Turkey.
Honestly, from reading your posts over the years, I’m amazed you live in a neighborhood covered by an HOA.
With tongue planted firmly in cheek, that an unreconstructed southerner would knowingly and willingly submit to the tyranny of an HOA is mind boggling.
I don’t know who you are anymore.
(obviously since I didn’t know who you were before)
For what it’s worth, this situation could have a fairly innocent explanation. In the late 1980’s, as a publisher, I was doing research for a photo essay about municipal services in a very large east coast city. One of the photos I wanted to have taken was on a major roadway leading into the city. At several points I got out of my car and examined every angle a photographer could use. My clients then called me and said I had “generated a suicide warning” at the police station.
As far as the three-page dossier, that is nothing. I could put together a 12-pager in minutes about just about any American strictly from the internet. What you want to worry about with the Feds is a half-inch or more of dossier. These days, they might even carry gigabytes’ worth on thumb drives.
Next you need to read (or reread) It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis.
I may have to side with the FBI on this, because we are at war and America had agents taking pictures of key locations during WW2, and they too gave innocent reasons.
Better to err on the side of caution than to defend some bozo who had nothing better to do than gaze at clouds.
For those that still want to defend this guy be glad you are on the web and not withing arm reach of me.
Heap big mighty brave keyboard warrior* I suggest you read the constitution (probably for the first time) and get a grip as to what this country is about.
*Translates as "blowhard a$$hole"
I have a video I took while at Disneyland years ago, it was of an Arab looking person who was filming people, and how he later followed me and my family taking our pictures. He saw me taking an interest in him while he was filming people.
It was so scary I had to shorten our stay at the parks, now you still want to preach about rights?
You bet your backside I do. First off the guy was probably a perv rather than a terrorist considering what sorts are attracted to disney enterprises.
But secondly and far more importantly, you and every other citizen is at far greater risk from the loss of freedom by expanding the police powers of the government. Look at what happens to citizens when they abdicate personal responsibility to the government - The DDR, USSR, Cambodia, Nazi Germany, China under Mao, any number of African countries, Turkey, etc. Far more citizens have been murdered by their own governments in the last hundred years or so than were killed by any number of foreign attacks. We started down this road years ago with Waco and Ruby Ridge. Today if a cop kills a citizen it is extremely unlikely that the cop will face any consequences for that action, so I think it is far better to take some extremely slight risk that someone photographing a facility has some bad motivation that the further advance the police powers of the state.
May your chains rest on you lightly.
“It would boil down to if the person, in Public, in a crowd of other people had a reasonable expectation of privacy.”
*chuckle* We had a young lady show up at the helpdesk who wanted to see if we could get an off-campus, private website to take her picture down. Seems a few nights before, their hockey/baseball/whatever team had won/lost (I can’t be bothered to remember) and the students drank, rioted, burned dorm furniture, drank, broke windows, started bonfires, and drank. The young lady in question had, while sitting on her boyfriend’s (?) shoulders, removed her shirt — this while camera flashes had ALREADY been going off for a while. (There was video of the riot.)
The www.school-name-drunk.com site graciously took her photo down. Sober, she understood that we couldn’t force them to and that she had little expectation of (shirtless) privacy in a riot. Still, she worried “What if my parents see it?”
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