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Thursday, July 10, 2008

who determines

if a picture has an 'aesthetic value" or not? am i a terrorist if i want to take a picture of certain things BECAUSE I SEE BEAUTY in the picture. while someone with a mind blackened with evil sees evil. if you ask my neighbors to spy on me someone will see something they don't like (and vice versa). what the hell (and i do mean hell) are you turning us into?

Bush's Secret Army of Snoops and Snitches
By Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive.

The full scale of Bush's assault on our civil liberties may not be known until years after he's left office.

At the moment, all we can do is get glimpses here or there of what's going on.

And the latest one to come to my attention is the dispatching of police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and utility workers as so-called "terrorism liaison officers," according to a report by Bruce Finley in the Denver Post.

They are entrusted with hunting for "suspicious activity," and then they report their findings, which end up in secret government databases.

What constitutes "suspicious activity," of course, is in the eye of the beholder. But a draft Justice Department memo on the subject says that such things as "taking photos of no apparent aesthetic value" or "making notes" could constitute suspicious activity, Finley wrote.

The states where this is going on include: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C.

Dozens more are planning to do so, Finley reports.

Colorado alone has 181 Terrorism Liaison Officers, and some of them are from the private sector, such as Xcel Energy............


Beach Bum said...

I smell some serious frame ups coming. I take pictures of just about everything that catches my eye with my wife wondering if I've lost what little mind I have. God only knows what some busy-body might think if they see me talking a picture of a bridge like I did last time I was down in Charleston.

Unknown said...

i carry my camera 24/7 - EVERYWHERE. like you, when something catches my eye. i snap away. big brodda is out there