Touching on an interesting new concept and asking the question, “Are cameras the political firearm of the 21st century?”
But when we surveil the state and its officials, especially those enforcement officers who routinely act in an unprofessional manner with impunity, we could very well find ourselves on the receiving end of a felony wiretap charge. In no fewer than 12 states, it is now illegal to videotape police officers (Watching the Watchers, Popular Mechanics, http://bit.ly/9LPinc). You can face felony charges, much like Christopher Drew, who was arrested for a misdemeanor charge of not having a peddler’s license and peddling in a prohibited area on the streets of Chicago. Both original charges were dropped, but now Drew faces a Class I felony charge of illegal recording and a potential sentence of 4 to 15 years in jail (Are Cameras the New Guns? McElroy, Wendy http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.3315).