Two proposed infringements on our civil liberties that would inhibit free speech are looking ripe for your feedback and disapproval today.
One is a local NYC regulation and the other is national legislation that some are already calling the “Gonzales Amendment.”
—First, the Bloomberg administration’s Office of Theater, Film, and Broadcasting is proposing new regulations that would make it necessary to obtain a permit in order to film in any one location in NYC for more than 1/2 hour or more than 10 minutes with a tripod. The ACLU points out that this formulation is so vague that it could be applied selectively to citizens in a political context. The reason the City needs to change its permitting process in the first place is that its old regulations were struck down in court after being unfairly enforced against an Indian national who was singled out for refusal for permitting.
Anyone who was in NYC during the Republican National Convention in 2004 knows how the NYPD, under orders from the Mayor and the RNC, can selectively enforce any regulations. If you are opposed to the current proposal, register your displeasure; send your comments to Katherine Oliver, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Theater, Film, and Broadcasting.
—The other item on today’s griddle is a Senate revision of FISA rules that is being rushed ahead- in spite of the fact that FISA has been totally ignored by the Attorney General, the NSA, and the White House over the last several years.
Until it’s sure that revisions will not be used for political cover by a rogue group intent of spying on the American public without oversight, let’s oppose this “Gonzales Amendment” and rush instead to make a complete investigation of the lying and the spying that’s been going on despite FISA’s existence. Contact your Senators and let them know you aren’t on vacation from watching them.