Last time I mentioned Bill O’Reilly on this blog, I called him “one of the most pompous and arrogant broadcasters to ever take to the airwaves,” which naturally got all my conservative readers riled up with many threatening never to read PINAC again (the comments are not there due to a web platform change since then).
But he proved to be just that during a recent segment where he talked about the guys at Cop Block, accusing them of “spying on police” with their cameras, calling them “clowns” and “jerks” and even insinuating that recording cops in public may be illegal in most states.
If today’s Border Patrol and U.S Attorney abuse stories don’t get your blood boiling, this hospital security guard abuse story should do it.
Especially considering it’s not even 8 a.m. yet.
An Alaska man was cited for video recording inside a federal building despite a 2010 settlement stating that we are allowed to video record “building entrances, lobbies, foyers, corridors and auditoriums for news purposes.”
However, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alaska determined he was not a journalist because he had once obtained a business license in Alaska that listed his company, Bunny Boots Ink, under the “independent artists, writers, and performers” category, a license which expired last year.
Therefore, a federal protective service officer ordered him out of the building, telling him he was “an entertainer, not a news journalist.”
After detaining a van of Boy Scouts for taking pictures at a checkpoint, threatening to throw them in prison for ten years on a fabricated felony, a United States Border Patrol Agent whipped out his gun and aimed it at one of the boys, just to let him know he meant business.
But we all can breathe easy because a Boy Scout leader has assured us the boys have since learned their lesson.
A Texas man was handcuffed and detained for taking pictures of a police department from a public sidewalk.
The man, who goes by The Battousai on Youtube said he was doing a First Amendment test to see how the Round Rock Police Department would respond to his Constitutionally protected activity of taking pictures from a public sidewalk.
They ended up interpreting it as “suspicious activity.”
But then again, we’re living in an age where practically all Constitutionally protected activity is considered suspicious activity.