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February 19, 2009

Big Brother Is Watching — But Don't You Dare Watch Back

Similarities between Britain and the Soviet Union become more striking by the day. It is now a criminal offense to take a photograph of a police officer. As for citizens…

There are more than four million CCTV cameras in the UK, the largest number in the world. Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras follow our every car journey, and officers are now routinely deployed at major public gatherings with cameras on their helmets.
Police are even beginning to insist that pubs — as a condition of being granted a licence — install CCTV cameras to watch their regulars having a drink.
Indeed, some pubs are even being told to ban their customers from wearing hats, in case it makes identification by these cameras more difficult — thus the extraordinary situation of Yorkshiremen being told it is no longer acceptable to wear a flat cap to their local pub!

The new law against taking pictures of bobbies is being justified on counterterrorism grounds. But it could have other uses.

There's also the not inconsiderable fact it will make it very hard for Press photographers to record legitimate protests, given the heavy presence of police on the streets at any modern day rally. It will also prevent those protesters who fear heavy-handed tactics from filming the police's response, as is currently common place.

Violators face up to 10 years in jail. In contrast, the punishment for being a real terrorist is having the tabloids cluck their tongues in disapproval when you go out to spend your welfare check.

Officer! Arrest yourself at once!

On a tip from mandy.

Posted by Van Helsing at February 19, 2009 8:30 AM


There looks like being an arms race between the United States of Obama and once-Great Britain to the bottom of the Doubleplus Ungood pile:

OKC officer pulls man over for anti-Obama sign on vehicle. (Hat tip: Atlas Shrugs.)

I don't know how long I'm going to keep bringing those links before I have a breakdown. As somebody on Hot Air said, "I picked up the wrong time to stop drinking." HOPE we manage those four years before everything is CHANGEd beyond all recognition.

Posted by: Conservigilant at February 19, 2009 8:52 AM

Sorry if I sound just as credible as Nixon did, but I assure you, I am not a masochist. Here's another:

No more dirt bikes for kids. (Hat tip: Gulf Coast Pundit forum.) An exquisitely-initialed CPSIA, for Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (yeah, I know, that smells trouble already), bans dirt bikes for kids, under the pretext of protecting them from excessive lead. (Reminds you of something?)

It's for the children. At least those who aren't going to be aborted, anyhow.

Posted by: Conservigilant at February 19, 2009 9:07 AM

"It will also prevent those protesters who fear heavy-handed tactics from filming the police's response, as is currently common place."

Are you kidding me? The bobbies RUN AWAY when confronted with aggressive protesters nowadays.

Posted by: Seamus at February 19, 2009 9:10 AM

You guys are crazy. Your comeback to left-wing websites is to make up crazy stories, string them together with un-proven/unprovable FACTS that sound like a FOX news story. Then, you teeter on the edge of blatent racist remarks about Obama and Holder like it's no problem. Your disciples read this crap and believe it. Then they go out buy guns and kill their co-workers because of what you've put in their heads. If you really wanted this country to succeed you would support your president on some level. Instead you throw insults and name-call to attract your core viewers of Community College dropouts and trailer park pediphiles. It must be awsome to think THEY support you. GRAND-OLD-INTOLERANCE.

Posted by: paget at February 19, 2009 1:55 PM

Cool story, Paget.

Posted by: Anonymous at February 19, 2009 2:13 PM

Click Bang.

Posted by: Farmer Ted at February 19, 2009 2:36 PM

Paget did you not see the link to the legitimate newspaper article about this? I understand how someone so used to reading conspiracy stories in place of the newspaper might find real facts confusing.

Posted by: Third at February 19, 2009 4:38 PM

At least the british bobbies still wear the traditional uniforms and helmets and their not being force to wear beards for now

Posted by: SPURWING PLOVER at February 19, 2009 8:02 PM

If you really wanted this country to succeed you would support your president on some level.

Posted by: paget at February 19, 2009 1:55 PM

In that case, your side of the debate obviously wished wholeheartedly for America to fail during the last eight years.

Posted by: mandible claw at February 20, 2009 2:55 AM

I think paget is a parody. I laughed at least.

Posted by: cowlove at February 20, 2009 7:30 AM

Crawl back in your ashole paget or is it faggot? Leftist pig! i don't support socialist assholes. Paget you are a Looooosssser

Posted by: Watching at February 20, 2009 2:27 PM

Englands realy gone down the tubes becuase of whinny liberal cunts

Posted by: Flu-Bird at February 20, 2009 3:21 PM