Freedom is what you have when you can exercise your natural rights. When you are restrained from your natural rights, that is oppression. Life, liberty, property, expression, etc.
In the blogroll I added "Photography is Not a Crime" and look forward to following the exploits of real civil rights crusaders.
Because make no mistake, men and women who are willing to be arrested for legally taking photographs and videos are civil rights crusaders. Those unlawful arrests stay on your record, and that record makes it difficult to get a job that requires a background check. After all, who wants to hire someone who has had frequent run ins with Johny Law?
Even if you are in the right, as these photographers are, there are consequences. Personal time lost spent in jail cells, an arrest record (even if the arrest is completely illegal the record never goes away).
The limits on free speech, and a free press, are the identifiers of a tyranny. In this age of the internet, every citizen is a journalist. Most "smart phones" allow the user to snap a photo, upload the pic to a server, and then link the photo to a blog post anywhere there is reasonable cell service.
Why is the ACLU silent on this? Why are photographers not being backed by hordes of attorneys to fight for their right to document public proceedings? I don't know.
But it makes me glad that we people of the gun have the NRA, the SAF, and JPFO. Unfortunately we lost Olofson
And every time we lose, tyrants win.