The Department of Homeland Security’s newest campaign is teaching people how to “recognize the signs of terrorism-related suspicious activity” and to report it to local law enforcement agencies–and one of these signs just so happens to be photography.
The DHS tweeted the following post, bringing awareness to the so-called issue:
In the early 30's Nazi Germany formed the Gestapo. The Gestapo was responsible for seeking out and eliminating opposition to the Nazi Party. They started by turning the German people against one another. They ran campaigns to watch and report your neighbor's suspicious behavior for the safety of the German people. It was the responsibility of all good citizens to turn their neighbors for anything.
As the Gestapo powers grew, their tactics grew as well. People no longer had basic rights. The German people lived in a prison state, without even the right to travel without papers and identification. They frequently used torture to extract confessions. The Gestapo was given the task of establishing concentration camps for the incarceration of ‘undesirables’. They became famous with their mobile death squads.
Is any of this starting to sound familiar?
Photography is now an act of terrorism?
A little common sense here would seem to be in order here. Anyone wanting to blow up the Golden Gate bridge does not have to go there and snap pictures to get intelligence. A simple google search and I have thousands of pictures of the golden gate complete with it's structure, and even exact GPS Coordinates. In fact, I can even get the blueprints to most structures in the whole United States. I can even get the manufacturers Make and Model of even the locks used on the doors. I can tap into the nationwide webcam system and gather any and all surveillance I would ever need.
Since common sense states that terrorists would not need to even visit the country for intelligence, why is Homeland Security warning us about photography as a potential terrorist act...? Isn't America suppose to be the land of the free and the brave? Ask yourself this: Can you travel without papers and ID? Can you pay cash to buy a car? A house? Are you free to photograph in public spaces? The German people didn't see the warning signs in time before its too late. Will you?