Houston Propaganda Video Depicts Photographers as Terrorists

Discussion in 'Photography, Law & Travel' started by Carlos Miller @ PINAC, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. Once again, a government agency is encouraging citizens to report photographers as potential terrorists.
    This time is the City of Houston, which has produced a high-budgeted video funded by the Department of Homeland Security.
    Starting at 1:45 in the video titled "Make the Call - Terrorism Prevention - The Threat is Real," a male authoritative voice states the following:
    Cameras and recording devices have gotten so small, that most of us seem to have one with us all the time. It’s not unusual to see people taking pictures or video almost anywhere.​
    But surveillance and information gathering is a common practice used by terrorists prior to an attack. If you see someone trying to conceal what they are doing, taking pictures of exits, security or restricted areas, if they hang around for no apparent reason, ask inappropriate questions about schedules or the facility, or if they try to avoid security when approached, make the call.​
    But the truth is, it is not a common practice for terrorists to take photos or videos of their intended targets as security expert Bruce Schneier stated in his 2008 article, The War on Photography:
    The 9/11 terrorists didn't photograph anything. Nor did the London transport bombers, the Madrid subway bombers, or the liquid bombers arrested in 2006. Timothy McVeigh didn't photograph the Oklahoma City Federal Building. The Unabomber didn't photograph anything; neither did shoe-bomber Richard Reid. Photographs aren't being found amongst the papers of Palestinian suicide bombers. The IRA wasn't known for its photography. Even those manufactured terrorist plots that the US government likes to talk about -- the Ft. Dix terrorists, the JFK airport bombers, the Miami 7, the Lackawanna 6 -- no photography.​
    The video was uploaded to a DHS-funded City of Houston website in January 2011, the same month the Department of Homeland Security issued a directive informing federal officers that it is lawful to record federal buildings.
    But it barely went noticed, receiving just over 2,000 views in 17 months. But on August 6, it was uploaded to a Youtube account under the username RunHideFlight, which contains various government-funded, fear-mongering videos in several languages, including a recent one on how to survive a mass shooting.
    Then it ended up on my Facebook wall this morning.
    The video also encourage citizens and employees to call police in the event that somebody happens to leave a bag behind at a restaurant instead of just trying to yell out to that person in the case they may have just left it behind by accident.
    A second video geared towards employees, including restaurant and store workers as well as security guards, was also uploaded to the Houston city-owned site, but that only received just over 400 views in those same 17 months.
    In other words, thousands of taxpayer dollars were spent for an entire production crew to produce an inaccurate yet paranoid-inducing video that was barely viewed in a city with a population of 2.1 million people.
    That might not be such a bad thing considering the number of security guards who are already under the impression that photographers are potential terrorist threats.
    But it also indicates that many of these security guards that harass photographers are probably following orders.
    Houston, we have a problem.
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  2. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    Wow - what a convoluted piece of paranoid propaganda. :vomit:If the sheeple believe even a fraction of this :trash: , they ought to be taking cover in a bomb shelter or at least quaking under their bed worried about the boogey man. It also seems like a v-e-r-y desperate attempt to justify the continued existence and expansion of DHS. Un-freaking-believable.
  3. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    Can't wait until the next time I go to my favorite buffett restaurant and leave my purse at my table/booth while I go fill my plate:
    See-something-say-something fanatic: "EVERYBODY TAKE COVER... THAT WOMAN LEFT HER BAG AND JUST WALKED OFF!!!"
    <*deafening sound of people scrambling for cover under tables, plates and silverware falling to the floor*>
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