Homeland Security Encouraging Citizens to use Cameras to Report "Suspicious Behavior"

Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by Carlos Miller @ PINAC, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. Homeland Security officials routinely associate camera-wielding citizens as bomb-strapped terrorists, as you can see in the above video, so it’s a little surprising they are now asking citizens to use their smart phone cameras to report suspicious behavior.
    The only catch is that you would have to download a special Homeland Security app in order to send the photos or videos to your local Homeland Security fusion center, where they would be forced to stop monitoring citizens’ Facebook pages for a few moments in order to check out your report
    The program has kicked off in Delaware, according to a press release.
    "The suspicious activity reporting app provides the citizens with a new method to communicate their concerns to law enforcement by leveraging the smart phone technology that most citizens now possess and improving the safety of our communities and State."​
    Homeland Security officials even promise that you could do all this anonymously, which is as believable as saying terrorists prefer to use DSLRs over Google Earth to study their targets (there is actually no evidence of either).
    After all, why would they go through all this trouble of developing this app without including a geo-tracking device (for "safety reasons," of course)?
    The whole idea seems stupid because if you are really witnessing a crime taking place, you should just dial 911 in the hopes that police officers can dispatched immediately.
    Otherwise, you should mind your own business because you’re just going to end up profiling innocent citizens.
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  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    ---> Civil Rights forum

    DHS is looking more & more like the East German Stasi every day. Domestic informants were their biggest source of information.

    That name is even a literal translation from the German: Ministerium für Staassicherheit --> Department of Homeland Security
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  3. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

  4. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    the euphemisms that excuse and support a wicked repression of anything that is good. at some point they'll introduce "secret" in the nomenclature somewhere. you know, Geheime.

    the past may not repeat, but man oh man does it rhyme. The currency situation is so d*mn awful it's almost funny, on a global scale. Every industrialized country in the west plus Japan (not including Scandinavia, Canada, and maybe Germany) is fully bankrupt and with destroyed financial systems. People steadfastly refusing to see that it is simply Havenstein squared and up an octave or two. to mix metaphors.

    The country is ripe for what's coming.
  5. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    This really has gotten old fast, and it has gotten to the point where people are going out of there way to cause problems or attempt get in my face. As well as making all sorts of wild claims of photography being not allowed or illegal. Getting in my face is a bad idea as a tripod makes a great defense weapon if I dont feel like drawing down on someone. I am well versed in any photography rules/regs in the DFW area (and areas in the US and around the world I have worked in the past) on photography. Its to the point now where my credential lanyard is in my hipbag (makes for a great DYKWIA routine), also keep copies of the photographers rights to shut people up. If they want to keep it up, get aggressive or threatening they might all of a sudden be at a loss for words when they find themselves intubated with a pistol.

    The best one or more like long list of odd and strange events recently where I work. I was inside the secured permiter fence shooting pictures of the sunset, then later on of the metor shower. When I was shooting the sunset someone called 911 to report a person inside the fence taking pictures and being/acting suspcious. Considering local PD & FD have access to these cameras it didnt take the dispatcher long to figure out this was BS. Dispatcher proceeded to describe to describe me to the caller down to my boots as I was in uniform, which shocked the caller. The dispatcher told the caller to mind there own business as Photography is not a crime and I was doing nothing wrong. They knew I was there and I was allowed to be there. During this call another dispatcher took the coordinates on the phone (Thank you Wireless Phase II triangulation)on the and tracked the call down and sent a officer to check out what was going on as in her words "just didnt seem right". Well later found out the officer sent snuck up on the car where he found the caller having his microphone tuned someone of less then upstanding moral character or age... :eek: STBU but thats how the karma crubles when your a nosey little <insert adjetive of choice>.

    This country is on the fast lane to (expletive deleted) mentally, physically and financally.
  6. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Seems photographers should outfit themselves with a stealth video source to record encounters such as this. With the tiny size of cameras available and in the event of a confrontation I think the added documentation would be very valuable. Can defense introduce surprise evidence in a trial?
  7. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    RB - in the past I've used a digital recorder as my camera records HD video. Some of these run in's have been when I have seen a composition I liked pulled over, popped the trunk and pulled my camera out and not the whole setup. I have a couple of gopro HD cameras and a contour for a project I started but will add them to my hip pack JIC.
  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Caveat: A digital recorder by itself can get you into trouble in some states, in which case a backup video cam (e.g. pen camera) would be a better choice.
  9. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Mike: Im aware of the "wiretapping" rules, but I dont have to worry about that in Texas so much. Other states are a different situation.
  10. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    That wasn't for you. When you post here, you're broadcasting to people elsewhere.
  11. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

  12. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Does this mean we can report the TSA agents when we see them molesting people? ;)
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  13. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I think that transcends "suspicious" behavior. They're pros.

    This whole idea of reporting suspicious behavior to a national state security agency is so Stasi-esque it's unbelievable. Anyone who finds him/herself in Berlin should visit the Stasi Museum. We're headed right down the same path, even to the name of the agency.
  14. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

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