"The world's foremost intelligence agency is nothing more than the world's most secretive cubicle farm, staffed with supervisors more interested in coasting towards retirement at the helm of the placid USS CYA then actually addressing an employee's concerns."
I'm imaginging "The Clap" (James Clapper for those of you unfarmiliar with my raving Libertarian rant) as Lumburgh-
Yeah, soo..., I'm gonna need you to come in on Saturday. We've "lost" a few people recently, and not everyones consitutional rights have been vilated yet, sooo, yeah, we're gonna need you to come in this weekend. And it's not gonna' be a half day or anything, soooo, yeah thanks...
"...the misdemeanor becomes a felony if the captured images are "distributed"..."
It is my understanding that distributed means being in the custody of more than one "person" so when the NSA or GCHQ strip the images off your store security system network, while you are checking you live feed remotely, that you have now distributed the material. Double burn.
If you tax a constitutionally guaranteed and protected right out of existence from all but the super-rich what is to stop the honorable defenders of the constitution from taxing your right to free speech in to oblivion as well?
Remember to protect the rights you like and enjoy you must be "the bigger man" and protect those rights which you do not like or enjoy.
As someone who provided surveillance evidence, from a retail store, and testified on the states behalf in a relatively high-profile attempted murder case where public and private surveillance was used to convict a minor child to life in prison, even if the state did what they say they do with license plate readers I'd still be against them. Max Wade was recently sentenced to life in prison for attempted murder, you can read a bunch about him on the web, he's easy to find. Check out, http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/01/31/lamborghini-thief-max-wade-may-be-linked-to-unsolved-tib uron-killing/ Also have a look at what municipalities in the San Francisco bay area, and California in general, are doing with license plate readers… https://www.aclu.org/blog/technology-and-liberty-national-security/use-automated-license-plate-reade rs-expanding-northern Now consider that if the local thugs, er, uh, I mean police, were doing what they say they were doing with license plate readers how is it that "Mad" Max Wade was not caught driving Guy's stolen Lambo all over Northern California (stolen in 2011) before he tried to murder a girl's (he was trying to date her, and may not have even noticed she was in the SUV when he shot it up) date while dressed as a Biker-Ninja over a year later. The car either had its original plates, stolen ones, fake ones, or no plates on it while he drove it past hundreds of license plate readers for OVER A YEAR! The surveillance state is being built to convict We The People of crimes with evidence collected even before anything occurs, and not as "they", and believe me we all know who they are, say to prevent crime or stop it during commission. I may not have a realistic expectation of Privacy while I'm in public, however I do have an expectation of anonymity, and there is a big difference.