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The same group of activists who were harassed and threatened earlier this month in front of a Philadelphia courthouse returned to the same courthouse, only to be harassed and threatened again. This time it was a different set of security guards. The activists were videographer Georg

Clueless federal security guards threaten to confiscate camera in Philadelphia




The same group of activists who were harassed and threatened earlier this month in front of a Philadelphia courthouse returned to the same courthouse, only to be harassed and threatened again.

This time it was a different set of security guards.

The activists were videographer George Donnelly along with Julian Heicklen and Jim Babb and others who were passing out information about jury nullification.

Like the last time, a security guard got into Donnelly’s face in an intimidating manner and ordered him to stop shooting video, informing him that it was illegal to take pictures on federal property.

They even threatened to confiscate his camera.

But like the last time, Donnelly remained calm and never stopped filming, exposing “M. Harris” and “L. Harris” for the uniformed thugs that they are.

Twice they attempted to pull the camera out of his hands.

“You keep filming me, I’ll take it from you,” the thug identified as L. Harris said.

“You cannot film on federal property. Simple as that. If you don’t know the law, you just don’t know the law.

I know the law. I get paid to know the law.”

That was when M. Harris, who had stepped away to talk to one of his superiors on the walkie-talkie, returned to the scene and ordered the other guards back into the building.

Obviously, L. Harris didn’t know the law as well as he thought he knew the law.

Or as the activists say on the video, perhaps the guards finally received the memo.

They continued handing out their pamphlets without further incident.

Heicklen, who was also at the scene of the November incident in New York that resulted in a lawsuit against Homeland Security, is planning more protests in the Philly/New York area.

They are outlined on Donnelly’s blog, where he describes the latest incident.

Monday, May 3, 2010, 11:45 am–1:15 pm: Manhattan, NY, 500 Pearl St
Monday, May 10, 2010, 11:45 am–1:15 pm: Trenton, NJ, 402 E State St
Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 8:00 am–9:30 am: Allentown, PA, 504 W Hamilton St
Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 11:45 am–1:15 pm : Reading, PA, 400 Washington St
Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 8:00 am–9:30 am: Johnstown, PA, 319 Washington St
Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 11:45 am–1:15 pm: Pittsburgh, PA, 700 Grant St
Thursday, May 13, 2010, 11:45 am–1:15 pm: Harrisburg, PA, 100 Walnut St
Friday, May 14, 2010, 8:00 am–9:30 am: Philadelphia, PA, 601 Market St
Friday, May 14, 2010, 11:45 am–1:15 pm: Wilmington, DE, 844 N King St

About Carlos Miller

Carlos Miller is founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, which began as a one-man blog in 2007 to document his trial after he was arrested for photographing police during a journalistic assignment. He is also the author of The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which can be purchased through Amazon.