So…Taking Photos of Snooki, Most Republican Men, All Preachers and Anything With an HRC Logo is Now Illegal?

From the Long Beach Post:

Police Chief Jim McDonnell has confirmed that detaining photographers for taking pictures “with no apparent esthetic value” is within Long Beach Police Department  policy.

In other news, the First Amendment was just declared to be a figment of our imaginations (though if we try  to take a photo of it, it will also be deemed to be of “no apparent esthetic value.”)

“If an officer sees someone taking pictures of something like a refinery,” says McDonnell, “it is incumbent upon the officer to make contact with the individual.” McDonnell went on to say that whether said contact becomes detainment depends on the circumstances the officer encounters.

This policy apparently falls under the rubric of compiling Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR) as outlined in the Los Angeles Police Department’s Special Order No. 11, a March 2008 statement of the LAPD’s “policy …  to make every effort to accurately and appropriately gather, record and analyze information, of a criminal or non-criminal nature, that could indicate activity or intentions related to either foreign or domestic terrorism.”

Memo to Yakov Smirnov: I hereby declare your Miller Lite commercial punchline to be fair game for re-working by we future refugees from the new American Corporatist Century….

In Russia, you can always find party; in America, party always find you.

2 Responses to So…Taking Photos of Snooki, Most Republican Men, All Preachers and Anything With an HRC Logo is Now Illegal?

  1. I lived in Long Beach and Garden Grove, California for 35 years.
    I read all about the photo taking of the oil refinery incident which aroused a police response.

    It needs to be pointed out that the Long Beach Police Department is a separate agency serving a city of 500,000 people and is therefore not subject to the Los Angeles PD rules, regulations and policy cited.

    I am less concerned about the real potential of a domestic terrorist attack upon a refinery than I am at the fact that so many of these dangerous facilities are located adjacent to neighborhoods. Many neighborhoods were built up and encroached upon the factories or refineries long after they had been built. Millions of people live within the polluted shadow of these facilities that contributed dirty air, contaminated water, toxic waste and potentials for major disasters fires, explosions, poisonous gas leaks and more to their innocent neighbors.

    I had a friend whose daughter worked for U.S. Borax in 1988.
    A pipe leaking cyanide gas knocked her unconscious and her co-workers couldn’t stop the leak where it was occurring lest they too be overcome by the gas, and by the time they could shut off the valve and get to her she was dead.

    But those kind of refinery/ oil drilling /chemical plant accidents, explosions and fires are far too common and take uncounted numbers of lives annually in the name of doing business as usual, damn the cost in human health and misery and of human lives.

    The terrorist threat is more real because we have allowed safety deregulation and the transport of toxic materials on our highways, waters, and by air, and it doesn’t take much for one person to amplify the gross negligence and incompetence and the lack of safe practices to turn a small disaster into a holocaust.

    But we have to stop the man with a camera, conspicuous in his taking pictures of a refinery. You might be able to get some pictures like this from Google Street View and people who really want to take pictures for an evil intention could probably do so without being noticed. But then again he might be the one and only witness to illegal and unsafe practices going on that the refinery doesn’t want anyone to know about or see.

    And the good news is that ever alert Homeland Security-minded people are looking out for your terrorist 70 year old mother or 6 year old daughter with the TSA groping with the problem and handling unauthorized packages as best as they can.

    Also, they have gone after another insidious terrorist group.
    Railfans. Train enthusiasts. Model railroaders, even.
    Like the song in Tootsie, they like to watch trains go by and take pictures. Railfans taking pictures have been detained by the police many times since 9/11.

    I know. I am a railfan and I read about it in Trains Magazine.
    Railfanning is an All-American leisure activity.
    Just ask those parents who take their children for a Thomas the Tank Engine Day Out experience.
    Just don’t ask their parents for their names.

    Or they will end up on the Amtrak “No Ride” List with you!

    • Katrina Rose says:

      I got the impression that the LBPD was parroting the LAPD’s policy, but it wasn’t clear.

      I am less concerned about the real potential of a domestic terrorist attack upon a refinery than I am at the fact that so many of these dangerous facilities are located adjacent to neighborhoods.

      Good point.

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