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Texas Deputy: Photography Suspicious in ‘Post 9/11’ America

A video uploaded to YouTube this week shows a photographer in Pampa, Texas being detained for “suspicious activity” while legally filming a police stop from a public sidewalk.

The video begins by showing a Pampa police officer approaching a photographer as he attempts to test out a new camera.

As the officer begins asking personal questions, the photographer remains relatively tight lipped, opting to continue his legal activity.

Shortly after, as the traffic stop come to an end, the photographer is approached by a Deputy Stokes, who immediately attempts to confiscate all photography equipment for “evidence.”

Unable to provide which law allows for confiscation, Stokes, now clearly upset, resorts to assaulting the photographer.

Stokes continues by telling the photographer that his filming is a “violation” despite no law supporting his claim.

Attempting to get ID, Stokes continues to claim the legal authority to detain the photographer for filming despite the action being repeatedly upheld by the Supreme Court.

“You can’t go around recording us!” Stokes incorrectly claims.

Interestingly, the mood of the encounter begins to shift as as the photographer mentions his intention to sue Stokes for assault. Stokes responds by completely changing his earlier statements, now threatening a subpoena instead of confiscation.

“Let me just explain to you my concerns,” Stokes says as he again attempts to stifle the photographer’s First Amendment. “My concern is this is not the first traffic stop that you’ve photographed tonight, it’s not the first one you’ve video-taped tonight. Your refusing to tell me where you’re from and post 9/11 that concerns me.”

While most photographers expect to be engaged while filming police in public, the issue arises when officers use threats and unjust detainment to curtail legal activity. Countless federal training manuals that paint photography as likely terrorism have only compounded the issue.

Just last May, a citizen journalist in Albany, New York was visited and questioned by a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and asked if he belonged to a “domestic terrorist group” for legally photographing buildings at the local police academy.

“It is personally insulting and offensive to me that I would be associated with the Sovereign Citizen movement merely for exercising my constitutional rights,” photographer Matthew Grunert told Storyleak.

The exhaustively used excuse of 9/11 rings hollow in light of terrorism statistics and facts. Just last year, President Obama waived a federal law designed to stop the US from arming terrorists in order to provide military support to the Al-Qaeda aligned “Syrian rebels.”

Libyan rebel leader Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, who was supported by the Obama administration in 2011, told media that Al Qaeda members who admitted to killing US troops in Iraq were among his ranks. As expected, covert support for the group only increased.

Despite this, innocent Americans continued to be harassed, surveilled and scrutinized for completely legal activity.


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  1. “You can’t go around recording us!”

    That is the exact same stance that the Nazi's took.
    ……and the S.S., and the Stasi, and the KGB have used.

    • …and PS:

      A reporter from here, someone with real Press Credentials ought to call the Sheriff in Pampa, Texas, and ask for a formal statement, and a formal interview.

      Make them explain their position(s) and hold them accountable.

      Cops go crazy when they are being filmed. It is like filming monkeys in a zoo. Ever see what happens? If you stand on one side, and film them, it doesn't take long, before there is a full blown Category Five Chimpout. Must be something in the psyche's of the lower primates………

      • ………..and Roger just derailed another thread.

        • Nope, the troll did.

          And you just lowered it to the trolls level deliberately, why?
          If I were to lower myself to your level then I'd demand you STFU now.

          • Horseshlt.

            All you have to do is show up, and there goes the neighborhood.

            I notice that in your infantile wisdom, you call, and deem everyone a Troll who has a differing opinion than yours. Is Troll you pet word?

            I have a word for you, and it is a whole lot stronger, and more descriptive than troll.

            You are friendless, peerless. You travel the Internet alone, looking to disrupt obscure websites. Pretty lonely gig, eh?

          • All the trolls show up and the story goes south.

            Why not go after them? Hmmm?

            I have a word for you too. And My comments are spot on until the trolls show up, the trolls you seem to support. What does that say about your friends?

          • Peckerhead, I don't have any "friends"

            Don't want any, don't need any.

            Online "friends" are not friends. They are imaginary keystrokes. You really need to get out and get some fresh air.

          • You just got done saying I had no friends and laying it out like a bad thing, and you just tossed out you have none.

            Could it be that I'm not here as a social hour but because I care about the issues? And that is why you and the other trolls want to silence my input on them.

          • No one wants to silence your input. That would be Un-American, no one wants to discuss anything with you though. So by all means keep posting but you don't need to reply to our civil conversations in an attempt to derail our conversations. Yet you keep replying with smart @ss lame comments to all of us when we don't want anything to do with you

          • You may want to compare notes with your posse.

            Winchester was rather specific. And by all means keep pretending you can post civil comments.

      • I have a friend who films cops and gets crap for it all the time. They need to be filmed and when they act like this pig they need to be held accountable

        • They don't need to be filmed, although as an interim solution it may help. They need to be fired and replaced, and the training needs to be replaced with training that will reflect their real mission in the community.

          • Roger, STFU.
            If I want any shlt outta you, I'll squeeze it.

            Go back to Bitchspot or LRC or the Growl or Birther Report or Bellfast or Conservative Victory or Scott Maughs site or any of the other websites that you have ruined.

          • There you go again. Keep talking like that and you'll only have friends like the posse that you seem to cover for.

            Isn't it time for you to pretend you're here for the issues again?
            I know I am.

            Germany had people such as yourself and the other trolls here to keep opposition fragmented and misdirected.

            And in spite of that here we are. You insulting and trying to keep serious discussion from happening.

          • What are you going to do, SUE ME?

            I told you a long time ago, if you ever wanted to sue me, come ahead if you're hungry. I'll feed that lawsuit to you. Right after I shove it up your ass.

            The world has had its fill of Little Tyrants, whether they be mustachioed or not. Hitler, Stalin, Bloomberg and Roger.

            All with short mans syndrome.

          • I'm too busy just trying to ignore you.

            Do you really think I take you seriously?

            And for a little tyrant you sure strut around a lot.
            Is this where you use foul language again or dark print?

          • Roger, you little nose picking, boogie flinging weasel. As an accomplished Author you should know it is not called dark print.

            It is correctly referred to as Boldface.

            You is weally, weally stoopid.

          • You knew what I was describing, I guess you're just trolling as usual and desperately want the attention you can't find in the real world.

          • Alinsky Hero USA

            Then why don't you sue him? You are scared.

          • Has he made a comment like this one?

            1 day ago @ Big Government – Occupy-Linked Hacker G… · 17 replies · -6 points
            The revolution has begun and your kind will be finding their heads in baskets soon. I hope you still have that smile on your face when that time comes.

          • Alinsky Hero USA

            What's wrong with that comment?

            We have more evidence you are only suing Wee to get access to his family.

          • So you still defend and stand behind that comment?

            I just want to make sure I don't misrepresent your position on this.

          • Alinsky Hero USA

            Sure I defend it.

            What's the problem with it?

            You know you have no case, you just want Wee's home address so you can harass his family, you will drop the case as soon as you get that address.

          • And can you explain how literally you meant that comment?

          • Alinsky Hero USA

            Sure, just as it reads. I was making an analogy of the French Revolution and how it applies to the tyranny of today's America.

            I stand by it 100%.

            You are just truing to get Wee's personal information, it's the next step after online stalking.

          • Do you realize France had literal deaths, not analogous deaths?

            Is that how you meant your comment?

          • Nothing illegal about that comment

          • It's as legal as this one you made.

            24 minutes ago @ – Soldier Found Guilty i… · 1 reply · +1 points
            The whole town needs locked in the church and the church set on fire. IMO

          • That comment was legal too. Freedom of Speech

          • And how far do you literally back that comment?

          • Roger, you best re-read that comment. It ends with "IMO". That stands for In My Opinion.

            You can't sue anyone for stating an opinion.

            In my opinion, your "Lawyer" saw you coming, and is slipping one in your rectum.

            Grin and dear it, boy.

          • Grin and bear this.

            He calls for the most violent solution to every possible situation. That comment wasn't made in a vacuum.

            And IMO you're still just trolling, grin and bear that.

          • Roger, let me clarify a few things for you, and your gawd-damned Attorney.

            I'm too busy just trying to ignore you.
            No. You are not ignoring me.
            You are compelled to respond to my every keystroke.

            Do you really think I take you seriously?
            I would never venture to hazard a guess as to the inner workings of your mind, but apparently you do. You hang on my every word, and pounce on my every comment.

            Are you stalking me?
            Should I be concerned?

            If I were a woman, I would get a Restraining Order on you. Poof should do that.

          • Let me clarify a few things.

            When a troll comes and insults and attacks instead of coming to discuss issues they become something like you.

    • Alinsky Hero USA

      The Nazis loved being recorded, dumbfuc k.

      • After they seized power. Not before and not when seizing power with abuses.

        • Alinsky Hero USA

          No, dumbfuc k, they always loved being recorded.

          • Do you have a recording of Goebbels recording them strategizing on how to deadlock the legislature when Hitler was looking to be chancellor?

          • Alinsky Hero USA

            Mein Kampf

          • So, you don't.

            Why do you put yourself into a position where people can so easily prove you wrong?

          • Alinsky Hero USA

            The book lays out his plan, and he promoted it openly. Stupid f u ck.

            You don't have an education, and you are just plain retarded.

            No wonder you are alone.

            I am now going to ignore you, and watch you beg for attention form me and others.

            Beg, beg , beg, you are so lonely.

          • The story was on a video, you said the nazi's loved to be record and you can't show they had one of their most important pivotal moment.

            Beg, whine, troll. troll…. it's all you do.

  2. Story after story.
    Police ignore the rights of the people. They abuse those they are meant to serve.

    This has to be addressed or we will live in Germany 1939.

    • Gonna go for a personal record today Roger?
      You should try to break one thousand posts.
      I see you were up until the wee hours of the morning, entertaining Poof with your misogynistic comments. You're a vile little man. I bet you even pick your nose.

      • I see you are here ignoring this danger to the republic.

        People often think that if they obey the law that they will be safe from police abuse, and by the time they are the ones abused they realize the trap. And by then it's too late for them.

        We need to be calling the shots in our own communities. It is 'our' community and if the police drive us like sheep the country is lost.

        • How is that new career as a misogynist working out for you? Do you like it better than Anal Gazing? Your voice has changed, but your breath still smells the same.

          You are going to tarnish your nice guy image Rog, posting the things you post in the wee hours of the morning at Bitchspot.

          11 hours ago @ Bitch Spot – Horror Show Wednesday:… · 4 replies · 0 points
          You may, and you're welcome to it.

          I prefer women that actually are smart and don't feel threatened by those who disagree. And of course women that are graced enough and feminine enough to act as ladies

          • Why is treating a woman as an equal misogynist?
            Why is preferring women that are ladies a bad thing?

            And why are you ignoring the danger to our republic as laid out in the story?

          • Give it a break Roger.
            All people need do is view your archives.
            What are you going to do, start deleting your posts, again?

            10 hours ago @ Bitch Spot – Horror Show Wednesday:… · 14 replies · -2 points
            You would know, I'm not a liar. So I'll have to take your word for it.

            How are those sagging boobs doing, are they around your naval yet?

          • Give it a break troll.

            I realize you're here to do to this site what you guys did to the Heritage foundry site. This site seems determined to outlast you posse folks.

          • Alinsky Hero USA

            How are your girlfriend's boobs Roger, since you are asking personal questions online.

          • A comment about the heritage site is a personal question?

          • ……if memory serves me, you, and HPDuuuh, and some of those other clod-hoppers at Conservative Victory pulled the exact same thing with OneCornPone. Strong, opinionated women threaten you guys, don't they? Make you all shriveled and small, like you're standing waist deep in ice water.

            You are quite the little nose picker.

          • If memory serves you correctly you'll see that I agreed with Corn on almost all issues. Once more you are derailing a quality thread on a vital interest.

          • How is your continuing career as a lying troll?

            Treating all equally based on their comments isn't sexist.
            In spite of how you try to spin it.

          • Wow Roger.
            Just wow.

            The weally, weally sad part of this is, is that you believe all the stupid shlt you write.

            People aren't stupid.
            All they have to do is read your archives.

            You have said some really nasty shlt to that woman, going back over two weeks, going back to the LRC thread where you got into your misogynist mode, and CitizenSane first called you on it. (Didn't think that I paid attention, did you?)

            I sure hope the WeeToddEdwards and Alinsky and all the other folks you are suing are paying attention, and have taken screen shots of all the vile crap you have spewed.

            Your lawyer will love it…………

          • Wow, just wow

            The really sad part is you think that trolling isn't bad.

          • Yep, plenty of screen shots

          • Great, then you'll have plenty of ammo to show I respond in kind.
            Imagine that, you can show I use intense debate on a forum designed for it.

          • You use it a way to stalk and harass people and make sexist comments towards women

          • Like you just did with your comment?

            Sexism would be not treating her as anyone else.

            You can't show I used her gender to motivate my replies, yet you keep up this campaign to deliberately mislabel those comments in an apparent attempt to cause me emotional distress.

          • You are causing me emotional distress with ever reply you make to me. Telling a women she smells like fish is a reference to her va gina.

            That is a sexist comment.

            I hope we have a woman judge

          • It would be sexist to give someone different treatment due to gender.

            You can't show my motivation was gender over conduct. She called me foul and I returned the favor. So, want to try another misrepresentation in an attempt to systemically cause me emotional distress?

          • You just caused me more emotional distress

          • The truth may do that. Don't blame me for your short comings.

          • More emotional distress caused by you

          • Dont' blame me if the truth is unpleasant for you.

          • You are causing me emotional distress. YOU have threatened me physical violence and are giving me unwanted attention and harassing me

          • If the truth is unpleasant to you, you may be having emotional distress on levels far more fundamental than just my comments.

          • Weird how he hates women but loves spending his time with you. Sorry, bro.

          • Weird how you think you know what I love.

          • I know, it's so creepy

          • Creepy is this kind of bigotry.

            24 minutes ago @ – Soldier Found Guilty i… · 1 reply · +1 points
            The whole town needs locked in the church and the church set on fire. IMO

          • Now that is funny

          • Rog Honey, you better quit now.
            You are the deep end of the pool, and are wayyyyy over your head.

          • Your garbage is deep, but not over my head just yet.

            How many more comments are you going to spam the place with?

          • Wee, I hope you have a woman Judge.
            I weally, weally do.

          • ME too!!!

          • I'm serious man. Let me know when the "Trial of the Century" is. I want to come and get Press Credentials and do a story on it, and post it here.

          • Will do.

          • Why get the credentials?

            You can do insults and attacks now. So, pretending to be serious would seem a waste of time.

          • One that is well mannered and doesn't hide behind her gender to behave badly.

          • Wow people, just wow.

            Your little feud is really quite pathetic. Just ignore him already. I really hope you are not serious about going to court Wee. That would be beneath you. If Roger is really suing, that is even more than pathetic…idk what word to use. It's the f ing internet people. If you all really hate each other why don't you meet up and settle it like men with a good ole fashioned fist fight??? I will ref.

            Let's start focusing on real issues and stop talking s h i t over cyber space, lol lol lol

  3. The Terrorism Statistics Every American Needs to Hear, May 19, 2014

    Calm Down … You Are Much More Likely to Be Killed By Boring, Mundane Things than Terrorism

    McClatchy reported in 2010: There were just 25 U.S. noncombatant fatalities from terrorism worldwide. (The US government definition of terrorism excludes attacks on U.S. military personnel). While we don’t have the figures at hand, undoubtedly more American citizens died overseas from traffic accidents or intestinal illnesses than from terrorism.

    • Lincoln,
      Don't you just love it, that since 9/11, every tin horned doughnut wrangler with a badge uses terrorism as their fall back, default position. To paraphrase, "Well, you know, ever since 9/11, we can't be none too careful………"</>

      They stutter, and stammer, and try to fumble their way around, over and through the Constiutution, when in reality, they are nothing but Jack Booted Thugs.

      Fat gutted, Brown Shirted shltbags, harassing the citizenry.

      The only way it will stop, is pushback.

      $##$(&^)%*^%^#$ !
      This will have me fired up for the rest of the day.

  4. Alinsky Hero USA

    He looked Mexican, and should have had an ID with him at all times, and should be required to present it to any officer for any reason.

    Wait, just looked at the video again. He's white. Never mind. Those police are tyrants.

    • Yo, Knumb-knutz.
      Don't clutter this thread up.
      Go Troll for Roger at Bitchspot.

      Wee has been chumming the waters all morning, and Roger is biting.

      • Alinsky Hero USA

        You don't like my comment that exposes your racist hypocrisy?

        You POS f u ck.

        • You always bring up the skin color, nobody else does.

          • Alinsky Hero USA

            Wincheter and HPD do all the time you stupid prick.

          • You pretend to be HPD all the time, and you are the one that brings it up why deny it?

          • Alinsky Hero USA

            Either you have some proof I pretend to be HPD or you are lying and ruining my reputation. And your lawyer will know about it.

          • Either you have proof that he makes racist comments or you lied and are trying to ruin his reputation. And your lawyer can explain it to you.

          • Alinsky Hero USA

            So you admit your lack of proof makes you liable. Thanks, that all I needed.

            You like that last sentence? I am sure you are going to repeat my words,

          • So you claim I admit that.

            Thanks, you're still grasping at straws.

          • Alinsky Hero USA

            You stole the "thanks." Thanks, you are a monkey. A monkey that is now liable.

          • Liable for pointing out your flawed position?

            Yeah, good luck with that.

          • Alinsky Hero USA

            Liable for accusing me of pretending to be HPD making racist comments.

            You just blew your whole case, stupid.

          • If that's true then why hide and not jump at the chance to vindicate yourself in court?

          • Alinsky Hero USA

            I don't want your creepy life part of mine. You have no friends and are so lonely that you need to sue people in order to have personal contact.

            Stop begging me to call your lawyer, and face the fact you f u c ked up and spent all your money for nothing.

            You are a true loser.

          • Is that why you have been on this voluntary forum making comments like this?

            1 week ago @ – growl · 26 replies · -9 points
            That;s right!! There ill be blood you f**kers!!!!

            When you try to make people slaves, you soon find your head in a basket.

            Then I will f**k you in your dead eyeball.

  5. I think this is funny.
    I am not here for friends.
    I am not here for points.
    I have a generic profile and do not use an Intense Debate profile, consequently, points to not matter fro me, or count.

    I had the first two comments on this thread this morning, almost a full hour before anyone else showed up.

    Then Roger comes running through, and BOOM, BOOM!
    My two comments each gets a thumbs down.

    As though it matters?!
    Because some kling-on with 146 thousand points and change is going to affect my day?

    Roger, you are a transparent little nose picker aren't you?

    ………and a Misogynist

    • Still a troll?
      You may think that treating a person based on conduct over gender is misogynist. I think it's gender equality.

      But don't let facts bother you, just carry on doing what you do. What all trolls do.

      And yet this site hasn't gone the way of Breitbart and The Foundry at the heritage site.

      That must bother the posse no end.

  6. Not trying to anyone what to do but I think we all need to ignore a certain someone on this site. This certain someone has already wrecked this thread and it has been pointed out by several others. If we ignore IT maybe IT will go away. Don't feed IT's ego anymore, let IT respond like an attention grabbing child

  7. Unbelievable.
    Roger has gone to every comment on this thread, and made a comment.

    There are 108 comments here.

    Roger has made 49 of them.

    • And what's unbelievable is that you're here saying nothing.

      It's just what you do, the posse has an agenda and discussing it rationally doesn't seem to be central to your agenda.

    • Yep and he is on a site where no one likes him and he calls all of us trolls. Not one regular poster of this site wants him here. I will continue to ignore him on here and not let him bring this site down. Not sure why he is so threatened by this site

      • What is unbelievable is that you say that about me and it was alinsky that was going bonkers. I guess you support the posse member covering for the weekend when you aren't scheduled at your terminal.

        Not so sure why the posse is threatened by this site.

      • He broke LRC.
        They switched over to Dick-sux. Re-vamped their entire website, just like Breitbart did.

        I know you remember what happened at breitbart. Roger raised holy-hell, until they changed over, then he wouldn't use the new system, because at that time he had around 100,000 comments, and did not want to lose them.

        He is nothing but a cheap fraud.

        If Roger wore a suit, be would be Obama's twin.

        Another Empty Suit.

  8. Story Leak
    Mr. Gucciardi,
    Mikael Thalen,
    Michael Thomas,

    Yesterday was June 5th.
    Today is June 6th.

    What do you all print? A couple idiotic Puff-Pieces.

    President Ronald Reagan died on June the 5th.
    Today, June 6th. was the 70th. Anniversary of D-Day.

    ……….and you all didn't even think to mention it.

    Frankly, you all should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Fer Chrissakes folks, how are we going to know Where we are going?
    If we so quickly Forget where we came from?

    • Why are you here if this site offends you so much?

    • D-Day should have been mentioned.

      • There are sites for that. This site, in spite of the posse has tried to focus on truth in the news. News stories the media ignores.

        The media didn't ignore D Day. Why are you here if the site offends you so much?Or is that why the posse IS here? Because of offends you and you want to diminish it, you and your posse seem to be focused on that like a laser.

    • Alinsky Hero USA

      And they never mentioned MLK DAY.

      • Good point!

      • MLK Day is not a holiday.

        Oh, sure, the Powers that be all got together, and decided to give ,i>them</i< a day. A day to appease them. It is certainly nothing to celebrate. Just another step in the walk of multiculturalism and bastardization of the United States.

  9. Unbelievable.
    Roger has gone to every comment on this thread, and made a comment.

    There are 108 comments here.

    Read more:

  10. Not trying to anyone what to do but I think we all need to ignore a certain someone on this site. This certain someone has already wrecked this thread and it has been pointed out by several others. If we ignore IT maybe IT will go away. Don't feed IT's ego anymore, let IT respond like an attention grabbing child
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  11. Cant go around recording us? Isnt what the cameras on traffic lights do? 24/7
    Our Government says it Legal because the cameras are in the public

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