NY Civil Liberties Union Sues for Right to Film in Public

Details from the New York Daily News, the city's only real paper:

An amateur photographer is suing the Department of Homeland Security, saying his arrest for filming a political protest outside a Manhattan courthouse was illegal.

Antonio Musumeci, a 29-year-old software programmer, videotaped the arrest of a Libertarian activist outside Manhattan Federal Court last year.

His lawsuit says that even though he was standing in a public plaza next to the courthouse, an inspector with the Federal Protective Service told him he was under arrest.

Musumeci was forced to sit on the sidewalk for 20 minutes, he says. His camera memory card was confiscated and he got a ticket for filming on federal property, a violation.

The ticket was later dismissed in Manhattan Federal Court, court papers say. His memory card was never returned.

Musumeci, himself a member of the Manhattan Libertarian Party, later returned to the courthouse to videotape other political protests organized by the group and made sure to stand on the public sidewalk.

Even so, he was again threatened with arrest, according to the lawsuit the New York Civil Liberties Union filed Thursday on his behalf.

On the topic of filming public actions of government, Steve Chapman calls for mandatory cop-car cameras.

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    Fuck the draft!

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    The Manhattan Libertarian Party? You could probably fit their entire membership inside a smallish room in a house.

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    You mean studio apartment.

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    I've been to their meetings - a studio definitely will do it.

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    You could probably fit their entire membership inside a smallish room in a house minutely larger copy of Antonio Musumeci.

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    Men using condoms during anal sex -- women aren't: Health Department

    BY Kathleen Lucadamo

    Thursday, April 22nd 2010, 6:12 AM

    Just 23% of women make their partners use condoms during anal sex compared with 61% of men, a new Health Department study says.

    The practice was most common among women ages 18 to 24, and Asian women.

    Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said the HIV risks of unprotected gay anal sex are widely known, but the study found "a large number of women are also putting themselves at high risk."

    Farley urged all New Yorkers to "use a condom every time."

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    You know who else didn't use condoms?

    Hitler, that's who.

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    One of the advantages of anal is no possibility of pregnancy, so why the hell would you use a condom?

    Mr. Farley is obviously not an accomplished sodomite.

  • Anonymous||

    Because it's still an STD transmission vector... In fact, even moreso, because the body doesn't have as many safeguards for that particular opening...

  • don't be an idiot||

    Anal fucking produces offspring. Where the hell do you think lawyers come from?

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    The practice was most common among women ages 18 to 24, and Asian women.

    Good to know.

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    The practice was most common among women ages 18 to 24, and Asian women.

    I'll be in my bunk.

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    Now isn't there a piece around here somewhere about how much more free we are nowadays compared to a few generations ago???

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    Yeah, but it got taken down after a civil rights complaint was filed with the feds.

  • No Name Guy||

    How much you want to be The Chosen One's justice department fights this tooth and nail. So much for the most open government in history.

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