According to 2600, a photographer was arrested. after taking pictures of US vice president Dick Cheney’s hotel. While it’s perfectly understanable that this photographing an area where a high-level government official is staying is likely to attract some attention, surely it would be enough for a few questions to be asked?
But law enforcement officers don’t like being photographed. In the UK, there’s a long history of run-ins between press photographers and police, including some instances where police have beaten up press attempting to report on what they do.
What I want to see is as much surveillance as possible – live, via webcam and blog – of police activities. That’s not because I believe particularly that the police are always (or even often) breaking the law, but because there’s a basic imbalance between citizen and state developing over what it recorded, what is observed.
A government that demands the right to surveil its citizens has to accept their right to use the same methods to ensure it obeys the law.
For anyone of a New York disposition, Gawker looks like an essential read. It’s a weblog/magazine giving “a live review of city news, and by news we mean, among other things, urban dating rituals, no-ropes social climbing, CondŽ Nastiness, downwardly-mobile i-bankers, real estate porn — the serious stuff.” Very nice design by Jason Kottke, but as far as I can tell, no rss – which is a pain!
Gah! Christmas TV… the worst. Even Sky One’s virtually non-stop regime of Simpsons re-runs has been disturbed. My only salvation has been watching selected highlights of Futurama…
Les Dennis and Amanda Holden to divorce, which gives me a terrible excuse to use Radio’s pictures widget to put this picture here.