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Idaho Photographer Arrested for ‘Public Voyeurism’ for Filming FBI Office

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Idaho man says police violated his First Amendment rights by arresting him for recording video outside of an FBI office.

“I stopped directly across the street and filmed vehicles entering the FBI complex for approximately 10 minutes before a police car drove up behind me,” Sean Johnson wrote to KIFI/KIDK reporter Chris Oswalt in an email. “I was standing on the sidewalk across the street from the complex, near a bus stop. I was just standing there filming, not saying anything to anyone, nor waving my arms around or otherwise causing a commotion.” 

Johnson was approached by an officer who claimed the cameraman was violating the state’s public voyeurism law by recording people without permission. But that law refers to sex crimes.

All federal employees in 2010 were given a three-page memo that states, “Remember the public has the right to photograph the exterior of Federal Buildings from publicly accessible spaces, such as streets, sidewalks, parks or plazas.”

Federal courts have protected the rights of people to photograph and video-record from public space.

“I was taken to jail and held for 15 hours until I paid my bail of $300 directly from my own account,” Johnson wrote in his email. “I have since retained an attorney and the expectation is that the charge of ‘obstruction and delay’ will be dropped by the prosecutor.”

Homeland Security Warns That Recreational Drones Could Be Used in Domestic Attacks

DroneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Store-bought drones are becoming very popular to even amateur photographers and videographers.

Now Homeland Security officials are warning that many sites across the country are vulnerable to an attack by drone, ABC News reports. 

DHS added that drones have been used overseas to launch terrorist attacks.

“We cannot rule [out] the ability of future adversaries to acquire and use a commercially available [drone] as part of an attack within the Homeland,” according to the assessment issued Friday by the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis, or I&A.

Another fear is that drug-trafficking organizations are using drones to get over the U.S. border.

ACLU Sues U.S. Customs and Border Protection Over Ban on Photographing Border Crossings

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ACLU filed suit against the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency over a policy prohibiting the use of cameras and video recorders near U.S. crossing points, the ACLU announced on its site Thursday.

The ACLU said the policy violates the constitutional rights of citizens to take pictures.

The suit alleges the agency already deleted photos taken by two separate people – one of whom was documenting pollution at the border, and the other of whom was photographing potential abuse.

“The courts have been quite clear and consistent on the fact that photography is a First Amendment right, but apparently word has not reached the Customs and Border Protection agency,” the ACLU says in a press release.

Click here to see a copy of the lawsuit.

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Snapping Pictures of an Approaching Thunderstorm Raised Suspicions of Volunteer Photographer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Why would anyone be snapping photos of a storm brewing in Houston, Texas?

The FBI was concerned enough to question photographer Michael Galindo about the Sept. 13 pictures near a refinery, reports Opposing Views.

Galindo said the answer was simple enough: He was volunteering for the National Weather Service.

After someone at the refinery called the FBI, an agent who was investigating allegedly told Galindo that he clearly wasn’t a threat, “but just be careful next time,” Opposing Views reports.