Can We Talk About This Propaganda Video?August 22nd, 2012
This video was posted pixic.com: Houston Propaganda Video Depicts Photographers as Terrorists
It was produced by the City of Houston, funded by the Department of Homeland Security (Your taxes at work). You can probably already guess what I think of it. But I’m interested in what you think. So, I suggest you take the video’s advice. “If you see something, say something.” Take 10 minutes or so to watch the video and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Or, contact Michael Walter, the Public Information Officer of the Houston Office of Emergency Management and let him know what you think.
What jumps out to me immediately is how much of the video is just patently false. For example, Carlos Miller points out that it is not a common practice for terrorists to take photos or video before an attack. Bruce Schneier, in his article, The War on Photography states:
The 9/11 terrorists didn’t photograph anything. Nor did the London transport bombers, the Madrid subway bombers, or the liquid bombers arrested in 2006. Timothy McVeigh didn’t photograph the Oklahoma City Federal Building. The Unabomber didn’t photograph anything; neither did shoe-bomber Richard Reid. Photographs aren’t being found amongst the papers of Palestinian suicide bombers. The IRA wasn’t known for its photography. Even those manufactured terrorist plots that the US government likes to talk about — the Ft. Dix terrorists, the JFK airport bombers, the Miami 7, the Lackawanna 6 — no photography.
Seems to me the issue is not that the government doesn’t like terrorists, it’s that they don’t like cameras. The video is just comical. Everyone is perfectly diverse, well dressed and with studio perfect hair and make-up. Looks like a bunch of extras left over from The Truman Show. And yet they’re all utterly paranoid about every little thing. Call the police if someone leaves a backpack in restaurant. Call the police if someone holds the door for you. Call the police if someone is wearing a Winter coat in the Summer time. Seriously?
Let me know what you think.
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