Morning Links

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
  • Looks like CNN’s new iPHone ap will include a pretty cool citizen journalism feature. We need more of this.
  • In which Julian Sanchez teaches constitutional and regulatory law to a lawyer and tech writer.
  • Anyone have more info on this video? Looks quite a bit like the cops are forcing an arrested protester to pose for a trophy photo.
  • Video of cute baby dancing.
  • Up next for TSA: asshole inspections? And no, I don’t mean they’re going to give extra scrutiny to members of Congress.
  • Dirty car window art.
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    48 Responses to “Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  Brian | 

      If even one passenger is forced to submit to a body cavity search without a specific, and astonishingly good and obvious reason, then the terrorists can declare absolute victory.

      I know they didn’t specifically say “anus” in the Fourth Amendment, but if that doesn’t fit the definitions of “persons” and “unreasonable,” then nothing does.

    2. #2 |  MattH | 

      The comments to that ass bomber story were just what I needed this morning…

    3. #3 |  Nando | 

      I think that the “ass bomber” proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that terrorist are full of shit.

    4. #4 |  Dave Krueger | 

      I think it will be interesting to watch the struggle between government and citizen journalists. Eventually, I think government will convince a major part of the public that recording cops “in the performance of their duties” is a hazard, it distracts cops, it lies (because everyone knows that what happens on video only appears to be that way), interferes with the privacy of the cops, and constitutes evidence that must be turned over to the cops immediately. The public, wanting to give government the benefit of the doubt, will believe them and many will support such laws.

      It’s just too serious a breach in government’s (particularly law enforcement’s) immunity from the law (and embarrassment) for them to standby and do nothing.

    5. #5 |  Dave Krueger | 

      Crap, only appears was supposed to be italicized.

    6. #6 |  Dave Krueger | 

      The last time I traveled, I noticed the TSA were a lot friendlier. Perhaps they feel like the relationship should be closer if they’re going to start sticking appendages into our various orifices. Shouldn’t we at least expect dinner and a show first?

    7. #7 |  Marty | 

      digging through the additional footage re the picture of the cops with the G20 protester, I couldn’t help but see the protester as being metaphoric for all of us being forced to submit to authority. Very humiliating and depressing.

    8. #8 |  B | 

      The tiny sliver of me that is still willing to be optimistic about such things would almost welcome unwarranted body cavity searches…that might actually be enough to engender a full-on revolt against Federal Security Theater.

      Yeah, OK…probably not…

    9. #9 |  bob42 | 

      Sorry to stray “off topic.”

      I’ve been following the Keeniacs (term of endearment) as they enter their second week of daily 4:20 protests in the town square, across the street from city hall and the police station. Sunday, police arrested one of them. As he was being booked a group of protesters lit up in the lobby of the police station. The man was later released after the police discovered he was smoking flavored tobacco.

      The protests spread to Manchester NH yesterday. These kids may be a little out there, but they sure have balls.

    10. #10 |  bob42 | 

      Oops. I forgot to add the link.

    11. #11 |  MacGregory | 

      Next time I need to fly somewhere, I’m going to load-up on the bean burritos before I head to the airport. On a good day, I think I could melt some of those latex gloves.

      My first thought was to take a big ole shit and not wipe my ass, but that’s just gross.

    12. #12 |  MacGregory | 

      The Pitt. Police video reminds of the pictures from my last fishing trip. With the exception that my friends aren’t assholes and the fish wouldn’t hold still.

    13. #13 |  pam | 

      isn’t this going to hurt the airlines? I mean, I wouldn’t fly if I knew this was on the agenda.

    14. #14 |  Bronwyn | 

      My almost-one year-old loves that video… he’s a dancer, too.

    15. #15 |  Al V | 

      If the Ireport function copies the video to cnn, then we are done with the “No pictures! Gimme that phone!” BS that cops have been depending on to cover their tracks after beating someone.

    16. #16 |  Cynical In CA | 

      “Looks quite a bit like the cops are forcing an arrested protester to pose for a trophy photo.”

      The end is nigh.

    17. #17 |  Mario | 

      Dave Krueger @ #4

      Regarding CNN’s iReport, I worry too that law enforcement will pressure big corporations to take down anything they find embarrassing.

      Right now, there doesn’t seem to be anything in the Terms of Service that we need to worry about. (Section 7 is the applicable section.) There is one thing about “violating the rights of third-parties.” I could see where that could get expanded.

      My main concern is that should CNN take something down, where is it after that? I don’t know that the iPhone app would store anything locally, and even if it did, the cops could just confiscate an iPhone if they see someone recording with it.

      There is no substitute for independent control over citizen journalism. There needs to be an open source project where a person could transmit what he or she records to a “safe house” — actually, several different, privately run servers would be best — and only then post it to CNN.

    18. #18 |  Lucy | 

      Radley, I’d also just like to point out to all your lovely readers, that I just found some of my Pittsburgh video from the night Obama won. Pitt students are standing in the streets screaming and cheering, in some of the same places where they ran from oc gas last Friday and Thursday. Election night, they were unquestionably blocking the street, Friday, only a few people were actually in the street. Election night, they chanted “O-Bam-a! O-Bam-a!” and “Yes we can!” Friday night, they chanted “we, the people have the right to assemble!” and were gathered to protest earlier g-20 police tactics.

      One group got chased, gased, hit, tackled, shot with rubber bullets and screamed at by hundreds of riot cops. The other was watched by a handful of regular police.

      I hate to say it, but this just says it all. Take over the streets in tribute to a leader, go right ahead. Go to a public area, sidewalk, and the grass of a public college to protest police tactics, you’re in serious trouble.

      (Not that a few individuals breaking glass would excuse the police excess, or their preventing us from assembling, but as far as I know, nothing at all was even vandaliszed on Friday. It all happened on Thursday, while the G-20 leaders were here.)

    19. #19 |  BamBam | 

      The police never have provocateurs in the crowd to give the appearance of probable cause/justification to use force and attack the crowd. No, that never happens.

    20. #20 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

      iReport looks like a great way for CNN to get stories without paying for them.

    21. #21 |  Lucy | 

      And of course, I didn’t even mention how many (mostly student) bystanders got gassed or arrested (gee, it’s hard to flee when riot cops are blocking off the street, turns out.)

      Pitt sent three or so vague messages about “the situation deteriorating” in Schenley Plaza to its students. Basically, the situation is incredibly interesting, don’t look outside.

      Curiosity was also suspect in Oakland that night. Nothing interesting about hundreds of riot cops in your neighborhood, and everything suspect about fleeing when they’re shooting rubber bullets

    22. #22 |  Dave Krueger | 

      Good point #17 Mario. I would feel a lot better knowing the video was going somewhere else beside an organization which might censor it as a patriotic gesture “for the good of the country” or to please advertisers or any other reason. One only has to consider how ready and winning AT&T was to dispense with the Fourth Amendment rights of its customers at the request of the White House.

      On the other hand, they wouldn’t have to “lose” may videos before the public would stop sending them anything.

    23. #23 |  qwints | 

      @ Lucy, do you know if the first group had permits while the second group did not?

      There’s nothing wrong with imposing minimal requirements for public, but the Pittsburgh response was ridiculous. The crowds were so small, there was to attack the crowds rather than arrest individuals who broke the law. It kind of felt like a scary dress rehearsal against an unsympathetic target.

    24. #24 |  BamBam | 

      #23, people need to question this notion of needing government permission AKA “permits” to assemble. At what point do you stop seeking permission and act as a free person (despite reality)?

      Another case of cops lying and intimidating.

    25. #25 |  KBCraig | 

      Julian Sanchez whiffed on that one. The point shouldn’t be whether or not net neutrality is a constitutional function of the FCC, the point should be whether the FCC itself is constitutional.

    26. #26 |  KBCraig | 

      Back to Pittsburgh, one MSM television report said U.Pitt. dean of student affairs will be imposing punishment on any students who were arrested.

    27. #27 |  BamBam | 

      The best part of the Portland Police incident I linked above:

      The confrontation ended successfully, Portland city attorney Bill Manlove said, because there were “no injuries, no gunshots, no deaths, no high-speed chases, no foot pursuit.

      “Everyone went home safe,” Manlove said.

      The metric by which police behavior, efficacy, etc. is if everyone “went home safe”. To hell with liberty, did the Gestapo let you live? If yes, then HIGH FIVE GREAT SUCCESS.

    28. #28 |  Alaska | 

      Re: the terrorist

      “Rectum? Hell, it killed him!”

      Sorry. That’s just my juvenile humor coming to the fore.

    29. #29 |  SDB | 

      @ bob42

      Wasn’t flavored tobacco recently outlawed by the FDA?

    30. #30 |  PogueMahone | 

      Everytime TSA looks up my ass, I’m farting in their face.

      Out of principle, dammit!!


    31. #31 |  Tokin42 | 

      The TSA is an easy mark for derision, and usually they have it coming, but I’m more irritated with the people who think the best way to solve a political dispute is to shove a pound of explosives up their ass. I don’t think there won’t be a need for cavity searches. Dogs are designed to be ass sniffers, we may as well put the talent to good use.

    32. #32 |  Tokin42 | 

      Doh, I don’t think there WILL be a need for cavity searches, etc, etc..

    33. #33 |  Lucy | 

      #23, I am not sure if you mean the Obama rally had permits? Because I don’t see how they could have, and again, they were absolutely blocking traffic more than anyone on Friday night.

      #26, that’s horrible bullshit. I guess I’m glad I only take one class at Pitt.

    34. #34 |  bob42 | 

      @SDB Yes, I recall that its sale has been prohibited.

      Wasn’t flavored tobacco recently outlawed by the FDA?

      They haven’t had a chance to criminalize possession. Give them time. After all, they are bureaucrats.

    35. #35 |  Will | 

      I refuse to fly now, never get me on a plane if i have to be cavity searched.

    36. #36 |  Kimba | 

      “Fly this plane into a building…or I will poop all over you!”

    37. #37 |  jimn | 

      The Pittsburgh police over-reaction looks looks like it went down exactly like the RNC last year.

      Cops deliver an overwhelmingly ridiculous smack-down to protesters on the first day, angering everyone. Students then join in the protests, not against the G20, but against the police brutality they’ve been witnessing in their own streets. Police then call everyone anarchists and win approval of everyone who wasn’t there.
      In Minneapolis they also paraded protesters around for photo ops.

    38. #38 |  Emily | 

      @G20 –
      -UPitt says it is investigating the student arrestee claims and dropping some of the charges:
      -Despite this, nonstudents that were there will still have to answer their charges, which mainly are “failure to disperse” after orders were given by police.
      -As for the kid in this video – all of us Pitt students still don’t know who he is. There is speculation that he is an undercover, but as I ran into several undercover cops, he doesn’t look like they (they primarily tried to look like “blackbloc” protesters)
      “When Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper was asked about civilian video posted to the internet that shows police in riot gear appearing to force a handcuffed suspect to kneel before a line of officers while another officer took a picture, he said he was aware of the video but did not know who took the picture or why and he is not investigating the incident because there are more important things to investigate such as homicides.”

    39. #39 |  Frank | 

      #6 “Shouldn’t we at least expect dinner and a show first?”

      Dinner, movie, and a reacharound. ;)

    40. #40 |  Emily | 

      Read the account of this girl getting arrested for holding the door open for students to escape tear gas:

    41. #41 |  Aresen | 

      Re: Dirty Car Window Art.

      Thankfully, my car was not shown. Of course, no one has actually done anything more to my car windows than write the address of the nearest car wash.

    42. #42 |  Billy Beck | 

      “The last time I traveled, I noticed the TSA were a lot friendlier.”

      I fly a lot, Dave, and I’m telling you: that’s a test. If you don’t smile and patter when they give you that “How’re we doin’ today?”, then you’re already failing the attitude test.

      One can get through that and make the flight, but it takes extraordinary poise and resolve.

    43. #43 |  albatross | 

      CNN seems unlikely to be easily pressured by the local cops, but probably will be very susceptible to the feds. And who knows what they’ll cover elsewhere.

      Remember the amazing black hole into which all mention of the head-busting at the Republican convention last year fell?

    44. #44 |  NoelArmourson | 

      The Pittsburgh police video has now been removed from YouTube “due to terms of use violation.” Maybe someone didn’t like it?

    45. #45 |  Fluffy | 

      Youtube took it down, but CNN still has it up – at least for the moment:

    46. #46 |  Dave Krueger | 

      Well, even if they pass laws in the U.S. against posting videos like that, there are probably plenty of foreign servers outside the reach of U.S. law enforcement. Of course, that would probably be classified as terrorism (not that the government has to classify you as a terrorist to terrorize you).

    47. #47 |  sqlcowboy | 

      The CNN app is getting awful reviews because you have to buy it, and then it also has ads.

    48. #48 |  Andrew S. | 

      The TSA is allowing officers to fly armed without even having to get the consent of their departments. This will not end well.