Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Cameras To Be Licensed?

It seems that Homeland Security would like to restrict camera ownership, just like they used to do in the Soviet Union.

Ian Spiers, a black/Scots 35 year old Ballard resident, was at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks to take some pictures for a photography class at Shoreline Community College. The Locks are a major local tourist attraction, and lots of people take pix there.

On the first occasion, someone thought he looked suspicious, and took down his license plate number. Seattle P.D. showed up on his doorstep to question him.

The next time he went to take photos, he was approached by a security guard. When he didn't satisfy the guard, he found himself surrounded by armed feds in black.

The ACLU is investigating the incidents, and there is suspicion that Spiers was targeted by racial profiling. Spiers has a blog set up at Seattle P.I story here.


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