Thursday, May 05, 2005

They almost broke the law.

Some young ladies on a subway train in New York decided not to take being flashed by a perv sitting down. So with the use of a cell phone camera they took a photo, found a cop, and had him arrested. Sounds good, but in another world of paranoia they could have gotten arrested.
A subway pervert was caught in a flash yesterday by feisty Catholic schoolgirls armed with a cell phone camera in Queens, cops and witnesses said.
The suspect sicko flashed the teens twice last week as they rode the F train toward their high school in Jamaica Estates.

He got away - but made the mistake of lurking inside the 179th St. station yesterday just as the girls stepped off the train at 7:30 a.m.

Terrified, but determined to get the creep arrested, one of the girls snapped his photo with her cell phone and ran to NYPD Officer Vincent Tieniber for help, police sources said.

"The cop looked at the picture, ran down to the platform and spots the guy getting on a train," a high-ranking police source said.
Now why does this sound strange to me. It is because these young ladies would have been charged with a crime if it was up to the "War on terror" crowd that controls most government agencies today. This article is from last year.
Mike Epstein is not a terrorist, but if a proposed ban on photography on New York trains and buses goes into effect, he might very well find himself treated like one.

"How can they ban photographing unusual sights aboard trains and in stations?" wonders Epstein.........
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You bet. The MTA's move to stop the shooting of unauthorized pictures or video has pissed-off everyone from photobloggers to subway advocates and free-speech activists. To show their opposition to the ban, a group of photographers gathered at the main information kiosk in Grand Central station Sunday, June 6th, at 1 p.m. They fanned out across several train lines, shooting photos throughout the system in a peaceful demonstration.
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For New York City photobloggers like Epstein—amateur photographers who post digital images on their own sites—the proposed ban makes little sense. "It's utterly the wrong way to protect the subway," he says. "If there's anyone who won't be deterred by a $25 fine, it's an actual terrorist
But with a lot of public outcry, and visible protests the total ban was voted down.
Nearly four months ago, the Transit Authority proposed prohibiting photography and filming in the tubes and on buses, saying the measure was aimed at preventing terrorists from gathering information.

But transit sources told the Daily News a total ban may not be enforceable - and that the TA and cops are now working on crafting a more limited restriction.

"We are looking at a prohibition that will allow the police to make sure individuals are not photographing sensitive areas of the system - but that would still allow tourists and train lovers and people who just find beauty in the system - to photograph it without infringing on their civil liberties," the source said.
So here we have a city where it is almost impossible to have a firearm to protect yourself from perverts. Luckily he was only a flasher and not a rapist. But because they voted the ban down they will not be charged with a crime.

So the very last line of defense for victims in NY is to take photos, as long as that has not been banned also. New York is lost. Great Britain is lost. Australia is lost. Here in Tennessee my "camera" takes .357 magnum shots in full color.

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