Google Glass Wearing Patron Questioned by
Homeland Security as Potential Pirate
Wearing Google Glass recently proved perilous for a movie patron in Columbus, Ohio. On Monday, The Gadgeteer posted a frightening story apparently
from a member of the Glass Explorer program. An hour into watching Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit wearing his prescription version of Glass, he said, he'd
been abruptly pulled from the theater and interrogated at length by "feds," who accused him of attempting to pirate the movie by recording it.
After going through the photos on his device, the man says, the officers concluded that there'd been a misunderstanding, and theater owner AMC called
a man from the "Movie Association," who gave him free passes to see the film again. But the man described himself as shaken by the incident,
especially because he'd worn Glass to the theater before and had no trouble. The story initially seemed too dramatic to be true, but both AMC and the
Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement division have confirmed it.
So... what we have here is yet another example of someone who has done nothing wrong, but since he has the potential
to be doing something
wrong, he is interrogated by Homeland Security
- which is an organization that is supposed to be fighting terrorists, by the way, not potential
movie pirates -
And this leaves some questions wide-open about the American legal system. Homeland Security and the N.S.A. already bypass many of our Civil Liberties,
although no one seems to be sure or agree on exactly how or how often, and although we keep being assured that they are not going against common
criminals, this is obviously a lie - as one can see above.
U.S. Directs Agents to Cover Up Program Used to Investigate Americans
Yet Obama says this kind of thing. Another point for this thread:
The presidential commission’s Dec. 12 report made this point explicitly. The panelists found no evidence that the National Security Agency had
used its surveillance technologies in ways that violated the civil liberties of American citizens. Their big warning was that, in the future, some
high-level officials—a Nixon-like president or a J. Edgar Hoover-like director—might “decide that this massive database of extraordinarily
sensitive private information is there for the plucking.”
So, on the one hand, a panel was unable to find existing violations of civil liberties - and in the same stroke, the panel warns about potential
future misuses of the system - this is a glaring flaw that needs to be addressed. How come it isn't being addressed?
It might seem like fun and games now, but it would be much easier to deal with this issue before
it becomes a problem and someone in charge
misuses the system - which, according to the panel, is a possibility
Are we really going to kick the can down the road on this one in the classic American fashion?
Positive thoughts about this just to even out the take a bit- at least the Google Glass tester got reimbursed for missing his movie, and at least
Homeland Security admitted there was a misunderstanding - I have anxiety when it comes to dealing with this sort of issue, but it does help me relax
when I realize that I'm not the only one in situations like this and to remember that I'm not doing anything wrong.
Okay end positive outlook. People get lazy about these kind of things. It may be nice to get reimbursed for the movie now - but that might also not
always be the case in the future.
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