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Terror Laws due to be passed this autumn, could provide Police with a new and significant power to stop individuals taking photographs. This follows reassurances from Home secretary Jacqui Smith that there is "no legal restriction on taking photographs in public places", which is why she will shortly be issuing police with …

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Black Helicopters

So...

"This makes it an offence to "elicit or attempt to elicit information about" members of the armed forces, intelligence services, or policemen"

Assuming this means members of the police force, then if I unknowingly chat up an off duty police woman or member of the forces on leave and as her for her phone number, I can be arrested. F**king great.

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Coat

General Election or Revolution, now pl0x

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=RKl2sEN4yNM

http://www.flickr.com/photos/asisawit/2473437441/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/jun/05/news.terrorism

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=RrmP4MwHTKw

Had enough of this effing manure, if its 'nothing to hide - nothing to fear' when our telephone calls/e-mail/browsing habits/daily lawful activities are under the microscope, surely taking independent photos/video footage of anything and everything in the Public domain is a fair balance.

Jacket, mines the one with the Fawkesian mask in.

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Anonymous Coward

My rap sheet

Number of collar feelings by the Filth for the heinous crime of using a camera in a suspicious manner:

1987 - 2001 - 0

2001 - 2005 - average about 1 every 6 months

2005 - now - average about once every 6 weeks

While it's usually polite, it's nevertheless intimidating and you end up looking over your shoulder every time you point a camera a a large structure.

Polite can't be said, however, for the subnormal muppets employed as "security" everywhere these days, who would push the averages rather higher if included. One thing that does at least annoy this lot is treating them with contempt/scorn/disdain. A tory front bench type sneer is good, laughing at them seems to make some genuinely angry.

I really really hate this open prison we live in.

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Intimidation

That's why you should always ask the policeman for identification. Name, rank, number.

Write it down.

They are legally obliged to do this. In black and white, MUST.

But it feels dangerous to them. You may be getting a complaint ready.

And maybe they'll start to notice how asking questions just for the hell of it is not nice.

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Anonymous Coward

@So when does

"Voting out a government become an act of terrorism"

When accountability and privacy is thrown out of the window and the old saying' power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely' comes into play.

Say no to Webwise!

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Black Helicopters

@Anonymous Coward Posted Tuesday 28th October 2008 12:34 GMT

I did not vote for this bunch. I do not want this bunch. I cannot wait to get rid of this bunch (although I fear David Cameron and the 'new' Conservative Party are not going to be an awful lot better, and the rest are either Lib Dems (less use than a pile of shite in a hospital operating theatre) or some fool with one "policy" (normally a 'hot-button' topic like fortnightly bin collections or the 'save the local school/hospital/playing field/free car park)' but no freaking idea about any of the other thousands of things councillors or MPs are supposed to sort out for us and so even less use than a spoilt ballot paper).

Exactly how do I qualify for your 'people get the government they deserve' comment?? Or the thousands of others who did not vote for Tory Bliar and his gang of "whiter-that-white" adulterers (Robin Cook et al), thieves (ex-Chancellor Gordon "I'm only going to steal your pensions this one time" (- actually no, you seem to be having an annual raid to bankroll your fuckups) Brown) and fascist control freaks (insert name of 'Secretary of State for...' Transport, BERR, The Home Office, Schools, Hospitals... hold on, why exactly *do* we need twice as many Ministers of (whatever) than when Bliar took over the Government?)...

For a Government elected on an 'anti-sleaze' ticket, NuLabour seem to have managed to sweep quite a lot of filthy skeletons under other people's carpets...

And I know where my nearest (open during the day AND night) police station is - does that mean I am liable to be arrested for possessing information of use to terrorists? Well, it's central London - now you're ALL in possession of the knowledge! Bwah-Ha-Ha! Can't arrest all of us... can they?

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