Cameras Serve as Check Against Abuses, Says Popular Mechanics Author

Even Popular Mechanics has felt compelled to weigh-in on attempts by those who order that we not film them despite the fact that they purport to work for us. In his article “Taking Photos In Public Places Is Not A Crime: Analysis” author Glenn Harlan Reynolds wrote:

Our guardians of public safety often have the idea that shooting pictures in public places might be a precursor to some sort of terrorism. It’s an understandable concern, but misguided. I believe there is a good case to be made that having lots of cameras in the hands of citizens makes us more, rather than less, safe. . . the fact is, our ability to document the actions of public officials is an important freedom, one that can serve as a check against abuses.

Despite the use of terms like “citizen” (which to me denote a parent-child relationship between the State and the individual) Reynolds is pretty on-point.

Read the rest of the article and if you’re so-inclined, leave a comment to underscore that you appreciate this kind of coverage.

Thanks to my bud Shane in IL for passing this article my way.

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Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.