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Admission that flyers can film checkpoints reappears on TSA website

Steve Watson
Oct 4, 2012

Earlier this week, the TSA removed from it’s website all references to the right to film and photograph at checkpoints, just hours after it was announced that a national campaign was underway to encourage Americans to opt out and film TSA procedures.

Following a backlash from supporters of the campaign, scheduled to take full effect around Thanksgiving week in November, the approval to film section has now reappeared on the federal agency’s website.

In a page revision noted to have taken place on October 3rd, the section regarding photography has been re-added to the newly designed TSA website. It reads:

TSA does not prohibit the public, passengers or press from photographing, videotaping or filming at security checkpoints, as long as the screening process is not interfered with or slowed down. We do ask you to not film or take pictures of the monitors. While the TSA does not prohibit photographs at screening locations, local laws, state statutes, or local ordinances might.

Taking photographs may also prompt airport police or a TSA official to ask what your purpose is. It is recommended that you contact the TSA Contact Center to contact the Customer Support Manager at the airport to determine its specific policy. Or, if you are a member of the press, you should contact the TSA Office of Public Affairs.

As we reported earlier in the week, when attempting to visit the old URL for photography guidelines, cached here, visitors to the TSA website were met with a 404 page.

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On it’s blog, the TSA claims that the disappearance of the photography approval page was only temporary and was due to the agency’s website redesign.

“…it has been perceived that we rescinded our photo policy. Our photo policy has not changed and is located here as well as on our blog” Blogger Bob Burns notes.

It is, of course, at your own discretion whether or not you believe the TSA.

Although the TSA has contradicted its own policy by placing signs at checkpoints ordering people not to film, as well as attempting to intimidate and even accuse people of being terrorists for doing so, filming federal employees or police is not illegal in the United States, as a First Court of Appeals ruling confirmed last year.

Special Comment From Alex Jones

There is an organized move on behalf of governments and corporations to bully the First Amendment out of existence.

This is why Infowars is pioneering a new civil rights movement that is not based around race, sex or any other minority issue. The fact that our rights are being violated and characterized as suspicious and terroristic threatens the freedom of every individual, no matter from what what race, gender or creed they originate.

We are being systematically intimidated out of expressing our right to free speech as part of the advancement towards a new dark age of tyranny.

We are calling on like-minded people to join us in the Opt Out and Film campaign, with the understanding that you will in all likelihood face official oppression for doing so.

The TSA is a federal agency stuffed full of liars, thieves and petty tyrants who like to harass and terrorize innocent Americans who refuse to comply with degrading treatment and who refuse to partake in obedience training.

The risk of being harassed or even arrested for legally exercising your First Amendment right is significant. However, the risk of not exercising this right is far greater. The risk of not exposing tyranny and allowing it to breed is unthinkable.

Use it or lose it. The First Amendment is under attack across the board and unless we re-assert our right to speak up when our basic human dignity is being eviscerated by uniformed goons on a daily basis, not only at airports but also subways, highways, political events, music concerts and even high school prom nights, we can kiss our liberty goodbye.


Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.

This article was posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 8:48 am

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