There are still some bugs to be worked out of the Police/Surveillance State

There are still some bugs to be worked out of the Police/Surveillance State November 30, 2012

One of them is when the Police accidently get their own selves surveilled when they don’t want to be.

The woman is suing these goons for $2 million.

‘They sat her down on a bench and yanked them out… they were embedded in her upper-left breast, if you can imagine,’ Jeremy Beaver said.

Officer Taylor-Santino also lied on a report he filed in connection with the taser episode, not realising the whole incident had been caught on CCTV.

‘In his ‘use of force report,’ (Mr Taylor-Santino) sought to cover up and/or conceal his actions… by omitting that (Ms Williams) was handcuffed when she was shot with the taser,’ the suit alleges.

I hope she takes them for every cent since this is not the first time these thugs have done stuff like this. And I hope these guys lose their jobs. Criminals have no business enforcing the law.

General Petraeus also recently discovered a taste of surveillance state blowback.  It will be interesting to see how a police state functions in an age of cell cams and the internet.  Chinese Commies are finding it hard.  I wonder how our aspiring architects of a National Security State will deal with the challenge of having their actions documented and instantly broadcast on Youtube?

Update: A reader adds:

Hopefully the architects will run into problems. There have been two good stories this week about how they’re been stymied. We’re not dead yet!

This one deals directly with cases like that, where a circuit court ruled an Illinois law that forbade recording of public police actions was unconstitutional, and the supreme court refused to hear the appeal, thereby leaving the ruling in place, protecting our right to record police in public.

Another good one was the reintroduction of a bill that protects the privacy of emails and cloud stored communication from invasion without warrants. They might be doing this to protect themselves from scandals like Petraeus, but I’m happy with we get collateral protection at the same time.

These are both heartening developments. The lie of the Police State is always that “the innocent have nothing to hide” from the prying eyes of the State. Fine. Then the cops should have nothing to hide when citizens film them–in public. The Founders were a lot more afraid of cops than they were of the free exchange of information.

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