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so, filming police officers is illegal if it is likely to be of use to terrorists, is it - Echoes of Flavio's Ghost Dreaming
so, filming police officers is illegal if it is likely to be of use to terrorists, is it
How very convenient. This means you could be a terrorist suspect -or whatever- until further notice, if you try to film a police officer infringing your liberties, say.

People with any quota of power will always tend, for many reasons, to extend it and exercise it beyond their remit. One of the many things I like about this island is that there are many constraints and balances to those powers to prevent this happening. These seem to be slowly being eroded...

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robot_mel From: robot_mel Date: July 22nd, 2009 09:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I remember being really shocked by that law before it went into effect. Hopefully this case will bring it to light and it'll get overturned. The anti-terroism laws in this country are worse than anything W. Bush tried to get through in the US I think. That and the constant CCTV everywhere is very disturbing.
sallypointzero From: sallypointzero Date: July 22nd, 2009 09:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I wouldn't say 'slowly' - there's been a steady, stealthy advance at least since labour got in. Look how far they've gone against freedom of speech and choice. They've created more legislation than any other single government!
kynon From: kynon Date: July 22nd, 2009 10:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I believe that the Met recently issued new guidelines to officers about this, stating that taking photos in public is NOT an offence (even if it is of a police officer).

The passing of the principle you outline into law is not new news (although I feel it is wrong).
maxvon_d From: maxvon_d Date: July 22nd, 2009 10:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I guess terrorists will just have to employ court artists to do quick sketches of policemen instead
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