Skip to comments.Sec.Service Warns Public That They'd Confiscate Any Cameras Used to Take Pictures of First Family
Posted on 03/22/2010 1:14:50 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
This story on the First Lady taking the kids to a Broadway show in New York has an interesting element: a warning by the Secret Service that anyone taking their picture would have their cameras confiscated. Perhaps the Secret Service General Counsel could point us to where in the Constitution and federal law the Secret Service has the authority to ban photographs by the public and the confiscation of cellphones and pictures to enforce the ban.
Michelle Obama with Sasha, 8, and Malia, 11, and about a dozen other people in tow attended the matinee performance of Memphis Sunday. After the block was cordoned off, the large group entered the theater. Secret Service members did not like all of the pictures being taken that issued the warning. If the First Family wishes to avoid pictures, they may want to watch the play on video rather than confiscating cellphones and cameras of citizens. I find it outrageous that the Secret Service would consider it within its authority to confiscate phones to avoid annoyance to the First Family. The Secret Service at times seems to view itself as a Praetorian Guard rather than a public law enforcement agency.
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Secret Service Warns Public That They Would Confiscate Any Cameras Used to Take Pictures of First Family
This is theft.
Under what authority do they seize personal property?
If they’re on public property or viewable from public places, they can be photographed. The first amendment guarantees this.
Guess it’s a budget enhancer. Buy your pictures now. No freebies!
And the reason for this? National Security?
WTH is wrong with this country? The govt can do whatever it pleases and our “representatives” are not accountable to us.
Got no beef with the Secret Service. Their just doing their job.
Oh silly...he issued an executive order its the law now.
Forgetabout annoying the first lady, the first lady is an annoyance
“Okay, someone has to say it. Why would anyone want to take a picture of the first family?”
Something like that anyway.
They are about 100 years too late with most of this stuff. Best bet is to just keep these people in the White House. Every SD on the block has a cellphone with video!
Simple...taking their pictures would steal their souls.And haven't we stolen enough from Africans already?
Most people can't afford it, so they just get steamrollered. Legal fees are one of the governments most potent weapons in their war against citizens.
Authority? We don't need no stinking authority. We have the One.
Who is surprised? This is just the beginning. We will be living in an overt police state unless we take a stand now.
Sounds like a scene from a Godfather movie.
Here we go!
The goon squads have formed and you WILL NOT photograph the anointed ones EVAH!!!!
Their pictures are a glut on the market. Who wants more?
I bet this is about Michelle being sick and tired of having photos of her butt plastered all over the internet.
If you’re going to shoot pictures of strangers, why would you shoot pictures of ugly strangers?
If I understand correctly, it is bad juju to some tribes if you have your picture taken.
Thanks for the heads up. Good job.
>The first amendment guarantees this.
The Fourth Amendment crumbled with the twin towers on September 11, 2001.
You know what we never hear about that other US president families I doubt Ronald Reagan and Nancy tell SS consficate camera
I think other US presidents would give autograph
Yeah when did SS turn into TMZ.com
One of the very, VERY few on the left who was not exercising intellectual vacancy or willful ignorance during the Clinton impeachment. A gentleman and a scholar, one who took a good bit of heat from his own side time and time again.
If the First Family wishes to avoid pictures, they may want to watch the play on video rather than confiscating cellphones and cameras of citizens. I find it outrageous that the Secret Service would consider it within its authority to confiscate phones to avoid annoyance to the First Family.
He was this outraged when Clinton attempted to use Executive Privilege to keep Secret Service agents from being required to testify to their knowledge of matters before Congress or the court.
And he's stinkin' right -- if those cell phones, personal cameras are such an annoying problem for Her Heinie-ness and their princesses, they can wait and watch it in the comfort of the White House theater. Brudder.
The next thing you know we will not be allowed to make any eye contact and must look down when the Messiah and his family pass by.
“Under what authority do they seize personal property?”
Pffffft. Are you referring to that old document, The Consitution?! That’s so passe`.
It’s all State property now.
The secret service is subject to the Bill of Rights too!
Will they throw down a couple of bills?
Well, I guess it’s a whole new ballgame.
oh no you didn’t!
You have to give Turley props for putting this out there among his liberal fans. Most lib law profs would either ignore it or use some cockamamie theory why its permissible for Nat Sec. Of course if this was Bush then they’d ALL be up in arms.
Maybe the girls have gotten fatter?
What about the video camera embedded in the frame of my glasses?
It’s OK! We don’t need or want to see any more pics of “Bubble Butt”, anyways. Use already broken cameras...hundreds of people, hundreds of image capture devices.....they would never get all the functional units.
Michelle Obama has placed her children squarely in the middle of public policy through her efforts to reduce childhood obesity. She has used her own children as part of that effort. Therefore, the appearance of those children is of legitimate public interest.
I wish it were not so. I wish that Michelle Obama had respected the boundries and not placed her children in this position. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
She has sown the wind...
Jonathan, they are just following orders from Her High Beltness - as I recall, zero has a bunch of security guards working with the USSS to provide his security. How do we know the ones threatening to take the cameras away were official USSS agents? They sure don’t mind pimping their daughters out for photo ops for political reasons.
Raise your hands if you think Obama is an American. Looks like the birthers aren’t so crazy after all. If it looks like a commie and walks like a commie, it’s a commie.
Well, there is no wide angle lens in existence that would capture the first “ladies” ample buttocks from a distance of less than one mile, anyway...
I read about 30 legal blogs each day. Turley's is one of them. He is a liberal, but he's not a reflexive liberal who will defend anything they libs do, unlike most. He did take a reasonably principled stand during impeachment, and he spoke out against the use of the "slaughter rule" more recently.
Really? Try and sue them. LOL
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