Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The War on Journalism

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This video is dedicated to Independent Journalists worldwide who've paid a price for seeking the truth ... some more than others. ~presente


It's not like this is the 1st time ...
CBS 2 Investigates: Videotape Cops At Own Peril

In the last three years, there has been an increase of 25% in civilian complaints against the NYPD. In the last two years, there has been an increase of 12% in lawsuits filed against the NYPD for false arrest, assault, excessive force or other wrongdoing.*

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Blogger Aldon Hynes said...

I have written about this on my blog, as well as sending a request for information about the event to the New York Police Department. More information can be found here.

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is all about censorship. After all, censorship is becoming America's favorite past-time. The US gov't (and their corporate friends), already detain protesters, ban books like "America Deceived" America Deceived (book) from Amazon and Wikipedia, and fire 21-year tenured, BYU physics professor Steven Jones because he proved explosives, thermite in particular, took down the WTC buildings. Harassing reporters is merely the latest example.

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The NYPD can't be trusted. I'm still fighting the city of New York (with 1000 others) over being illegally detained on the street in 2004 at the Republican National Convention. Make no mistake, we are in a police state. The question is, how much worse does it have to get before people wake the fuck up? And then will it be too late?

4:33 PM  
Blogger ~ FluxRostrum said...

to my subscribers...


Beta blogger sends a new notice each time an article is updated. it also has some extra features ... which menat I've been updating alot of pages. .. I'm sorry. It should go back to normal now.

4:28 PM  
Blogger missbhavens said...

This really, really disturbed me. Deeply. I'm pretty speechless, actually.

11:29 PM  
Blogger EuroYank - Virginia Hoge said...

Thanks for posting this! Here is my post on this topic ...
American Police Brutality: Music,Audio,Videos

8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey flux,

hope you get your camera and footage back. this made me think of that song, "who are the nazis now" ... then i remembered you made a video with that a while back. I searched around and couldn't find it- could you help me out (; with a link to it. thanks.

you know, the cops probably wouldn't like it, but maybe it'd make a few of 'em think (ha ha) if you played that song on a boombox next time they're acting like, well, nazis.

peace and freedom to ya bro

9:37 PM  
Blogger teamspider said...

this iunbelievable tale indisputable thanks to the fellow camera people who captured the event,

we should all take note and watch each others backs,
fear its gonna get worse before it gets better

great piece flux, well presented and explained,
Stay Safe!]


9:35 PM  
Blogger ~ FluxRostrum said...

Yo, Anonymous Ben,

Who Are the NAZI'S
It's in the George Bush Jr. "Just Following Orders" mashup

2:55 PM  
Blogger ~ FluxRostrum said...

Your Rights In Public

8:13 AM  
Blogger Aldon Hynes said...

I know that some of you have very little trust in the New York City Police Department, but I have to tell you, the emails are starting to have an effect. This morning, I received a phone call from Sergeant Hanlon of the NYPD's internal affairs unit. They are investigating the incident. You can get more information, including how to contact Sergeant Hanlon on my blog.

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you need some disciple. The police should kick your tail around. Join the US Army.

11:21 AM  
Blogger ~ FluxRostrum said...

Disciple's are for tyrants, maybe you should get one. I prefer non hierarchical peer groups and I'm already commissioned to the human army, sorry. Thanks for participating.

11:33 AM  
Blogger ~ FluxRostrum said...

The Latest Updates on This case are at I-Witness Video.

Also, for those who don't understand why I don't just hand over my name to the Cops who threaten to arrest me if I tried to claim my property (which they claimed to have found laying around after the protest) ... here's a little insight into WHY THEY MIGHT WANT TO JUMP YOU AND STEAL YOUR SHIT.

6:16 PM  
Blogger ~ FluxRostrum said...

This is my understanding of what has transpired.

Have I got the camera back?
No. After IDing the camera and tape beyond a shadow of doubt the DA authorized the release of these items to my lawyer, Sarah Kunstler. Upon her attempt to retrieve the property from the Property Department she was told that I had to either go into the station and show photo ID or I could have a notorized piece of paper that said I, my real name, authorize Sarah Kunstler to retreive my property. Upon my lawyers initial contact with the police she was told that the camera had been found on the street after the protest AND if if it's owner had gone to the station to claim it (the original plan) that I would have definitely been arrested. I certainly believe them, though I feel I've done nothing to be arrested for. My legal name, in my opinion, is irrelevant in face of the fact that the admitted illegaly siezed camera has been thoroughly identified. I say "admitted illegaly siezed" because the DA interviewed the officers involved before agreeing to release the property to my lawyer; if she had not determined that it was illegally siezed and that my lawyer did in fact represent the camera's owner then I don't think she would have authorized its release. My name is irrelevant. In the current anti-journalistic climate I can see no good coming from offering them my real "legal" name for a camera that is likely only usable as an extra tape deck. Part of the lens is still attached to the wide angle lens that I was able to hang onto.

Are you going to sue?
Since I was filming with relatively inexpensive equipment and no blood was spilled; I have decided that the cost of time and money involved in sueing the city would outway the potential remuneration. The deadline for sueing the city has passed.

So will there be justice?
... maybe? I was considering filing a complaint with the Civilian Complaint Review Board, but it seems someone has filed one on my behave. In NYC; "Anyone who has knowledge of police misconduct can file a complaint with the CCRB." Someone who saw the video online has apparently filed a complaint. The review board found a way to contact me and wanted me to come in for a sworn statement (again giving my legal name). After explaining the threat of arrest and/or retaliation, they have agreed to take my statement under the pseudonym I've been working under for the last 6/7 years. However, they would like me to give my statement in a building that requires a photo ID to get in.

This type of smash or grab policing of independent videographers has become far too common. I remain open to any legal avenues to justice because I fear this type of behavior on the part of police will only multiple if they continue to get away scott free. I am willing to hand over my legal name IF it appears that justice will prevail if I do, but you'll have to forgive my distrust in that system.

If you have an opinion on what I should do or if you think I'm being too paranoid, I'd love to hear it.

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Fluxrostrum!

I really enjoy some of the films you have put together. I've done some independent videography and have been arrested for videotaping police, I've also been threatened with arrest on another occasion for videotaping police. I don't know if you'd like to use the footage as part of your project, but I'd be happy to contribute.

spikemail (a) mac (d0t) com

10:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is this bigger and bigger getting "system" based on fear and there is (at least here in The Netherlands) a growing amount of people stupid enough to believe it.

Our government is showing itself off as one of the US it's best friends (after England).
Our government is taking insane and outrageous "precautions" against the "terrorism" they constantly note.
So far, our freedom is beginning to incline more because of the precautions against the so-called terrorism (which never really touched us...so I want to know where the whole terrorism thing is...) than because of the terrorism itself.
Our government pleeded for a data-retention system that should record EVERYTHING that is transmitted over a line, through the air by radiofrequency's or whatever, email, telephone, internet, every conversation, whatever it is needs to be filed.
Because that is needed against "terrorism."
One of the biggest internet-providers of Holland refused to acknowledge the law because they think it's one of the biggest ways to infringe people's privacy.
Our statement "You are innocent until proven otherwise" basically doesn't exist anymore.
You are a terrorist, until proven otherwise, now seems to be the governments poiont of view.

Our government is trying to set up a new method of paying for public transport.
Via a chipcard (yes, even more personal information that you have to hand over to "a database"!) you gain access to the station's platforms, because the gates that you activate with your chipcard would make it more difficult for terrorists to do "something."
Again the insane and paranoid terrorist thing comes around, and nobody seems to wonder that a similar system in England never bothered the terrorists (allthough I'd like to think, conspiracy minded as I am, that the secret service was behind all that, so that the government could have another excuse to infringe the privacy of even more people, or more on a different level.)
But back to the system.
I was taking photographs from the "security" gates (that probably will cost more lives if something like a fire occurs than that they are "safe") when a security guy shouted at me that it was forbidden to take photographs from the chipcard system without the transporter it's permission.
I was baffled, first of all because I wasn't doing anything illegal, I wasn't trying to make money with my photographs, neither was I serving a commercial purpose.
Maybe the good man didn't have it's day, or they were really bothered concerning the "terrorism" (I could've send those photo's to one, thinking like a police-state-minded "someone.")

No one knows what happens with the personal information stored on our card, but we know that it's being stored in a database of some sort, along with our internet behavior, just to gain complete power over your citizens, because, as a government there is no such thing as total power because you can easily find out who is acting strange or is "misbehaving" according to governments ideas.

People here don't seem to bother, privacy seems something we don't care about anymore...

Is it just me or are dictator-ruled countries becoming more "free" in what you can do and you can not do, while the "democratic" nations are becoming ever more strict ?

Like for instance, how America, and the UN is trying to put sanctions on Irans nuclear program, it's ridiculous that America is allowed to do everything the so called "enemy-states" are forbidden to do.
I'm beginning to "like" Irans way of behavior around nuclear stuff more and more, not in a way that I would say it's 100% right what they do, but I can understand it completely, because America's Big Brother/Super State's behavior would annoy the hell out of me if I were the president of such a country.

So with the secret service probably on my neck because I'm critisizing their work and a good half our later...I'll stop typing.

I'm sorry for any grammar and spelling errors, I'm Dutch, I tryied my best to avoid any mistakes.

I really "like" (in a certain way) your video material about police brutality and the police-state minded "mass" most people are under.
We need to wake up, and we need to wake up incredibly soon, If Bush somehow manages to "rule" another 4 years we are pretty much done with...

Enough paranoid philosophy,

Succes with your site, it's favorized here, and goodnight.


Alex Voorloop - 3DMaster

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I videotaped a tragic accident where a man drowned. The police coerced me into giving them the tape. I said they could borrow it as long as I get it back. They took my name and assured me I'd get it back. Now they say it's their property and it looks like I'll never get my tape back! It's not right.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Afghan journalist for CTV labelled 'unlawful enemy combatant'
Last Updated: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 | 8:27 AM ET
The Associated Press

The U.S. military has designated a journalist employed by CTV in Afghanistan as an unlawful enemy combatant.

A military spokesman told the Associated Press that a review board has determined Jawed Ahmad, an Afghan national, is a danger to foreign troops and the Afghan government.

Ahmad has been held for the last four months at the U.S. military compound in Bagram, 50 kilometres north of the capital, Kabul. U.S. officials alleged he had Taliban phone numbers and videos in his possession when he was picked up.

Maj. Chris Belcher, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, says Ahmad was given an opportunity to provide a statement to the military's enemy combatant review board.

Belcher did not say when the review took place or whether Ahmad was represented by counsel.

Belcher also refused to provide details about what he called "credible information" against Ahmad. Nor would he say whether the military believed Ahmad had any more contact with the Taliban than other journalists working in Afghanistan.

It is common for journalists in Afghanistan to have contact information on Taliban fighters so that they can seek comments for news stories.

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But did you get your camara back????

3:37 AM  
Blogger ~ FluxRostrum said...


8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too fear this is just the beginning of a new Dark Ages, but with recent events in St. Paul, with fully-accredited mainstream national reporters, hopefully some good will come of that.

This "security state" bureaucracy is huge, and the terrorism rhetoric that supports it is sickening. Some people buy into it, but there exist public statements by prominent officials before and after Sept 11 calling for attacks on US soil. Why? What for? Isn't it obvious?

12:52 PM  

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