Military police detain journalists

A newspaper reported military police detained a reporter and a photographer outside a tank plant in northwest Ohio after the photographer took pictures of the plant’s exterior.
Associated Press
Mar 29, 2014


The Blade in Toledo said its reporter Tyrel Linkhorn and photographer Jetta Fraser had stayed outside the gate of the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center operated by General Dynamics Land Systems.

The newspaper said its employees were stopped as they were leaving Friday and later released.

The Blade reported both were wearing media credentials.

The newspaper said police kept Fraser’s cameras, telling her photography of the plant was not permitted.

Messages left at the plant and with U.S. Army public affairs weren’t immediately returned.

A man answering a General Dynamics number Friday evening said offices were closed and messages couldn’t be left.



What you say we go mess with these photogs?
Why not? Nothing better to do.
What if command objects?
We are command.
OK so they are taking pictures of the power grid!
Time move on them. Nobody allowed to see power lines!
This is a security breach of the highest alert!
We must save these tanks that the military doesn't want or need!
Drive over there and harrass them now!


Hmm, well the plant is sitting out in the public eye. Just high tech is the security there for them to notice someone taking pictures. Im sure the camera was a digital camera, why would they need to take the entire camera I wonder.

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I'm getting a group of people together to go stand on public property and exercise out 1st amendment by taking pictures of whatever we want. There is NO expectation of privacy in a public place.
Let's play... I'm already on the domestic terrorist list and SPLC's hate group list, what more can they do, send me to Gitmo?


Worse...the Cuyahoga County hole.


This is great! The military does NOT want these tanks. Yet Ohio Dems & GOPs want this plant to stay. Close it down.

The first amendment is for government approved lackeys according to Democrats.

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The Hero Zone

Any relation to the National Defense Authorization Act? This act wasn't very well received. Anonymous, for example, had this to say (quote below isn't full transcript which can be read on the video site):

"In a stunning move that has civil libertarians stuttering with disbelief, the U.S. Senate has just passed a bill that effectively ends the Bill of Rights in America.

The National Defense Authorization Act is being called the most traitorous act ever witnessed in the Senate, and the language of the bill is cleverly designed to make you think it doesn't apply to Americans, but toward the end of the bill, it essentially says it can apply to Americans "if we want it to.

Bill Summary & Status, 112th Congress (2011 -- 2012) | S.1867 | Latest Title: National Defense Authorization Act for.

This bill, passed late last night in a 93-7 vote, declares the entire USA to be a "battleground" upon which U.S. military forces can operate with impunity, overriding Posse Comitatus and granting the military the unchecked power to arrest, detain, interrogate and even assassinate U.S. citizens with impunity.

Even WIRED magazine was outraged at this bill, reporting:

Senate Wants the Military to Lock You Up Without Trial

...the detention mandate to use indefinite military detention in terrorism cases isn't limited to foreigners. It's confusing, because two different sections of the bill seem to contradict each other, but in the judgment of the University of Texas' Robert Chesney — a nonpartisan authority on military detention — "U.S. citizens are included in the grant of detention authority."

The passage of this law is nothing less than an outright declaration of WAR against the American People by the military-connected power elite. If this is signed into law, it will shred the remaining tenants of the Bill of Rights and unleash upon America a total military dictatorship, complete with secret arrests, secret prisons, unlawful interrogations, indefinite detainment without ever being charged with a crime, the torture of Americans and even the "legitimate assassination" of U.S. citizens right here on American soil!

If you have not yet woken up to the reality of the police state we've been warning you about, I hope you realize we are fast running out of time. Once this becomes law, you have no rights whatsoever in America. — no due process, no First Amendment speech rights, no right to remain silent, nothing."

In addition to Wired magazine, even Forbes had something to say:

Looking it up on Wikipedia:

"The most controversial provisions to receive wide attention were contained in subsections 1021–1022 of Title X, Subtitle D, entitled "Counter-Terrorism", authorizing the indefinite military detention of persons the government suspects of involvement in terrorism, including U.S. citizens arrested on American soil. Although the White House[11] and Senate sponsors[12]maintain that the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) already grants presidential authority for indefinite detention, the Act states that Congress "affirms" this authority and makes specific provisions as to the exercise of that authority.[13][14] The detention provisions of the Act have received critical attention by, among others, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and some media sources which are concerned about the scope of the President's authority, including contentions that those whom they claim may be held indefinitely could include U.S. citizens arrested on American soil, including arrests by members of the Armed Forces.[15][16][17][18][19] The detention powers currently face legal challenge."

Some things in the current version were changed (such as a written provision that habaeus corpus won't be infringed upon) but controversial aspects of the act remain.

The Big Dog's back

Why didn't the NDAA bother you before Obama? It's done every year. I never seen you reference this one:
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, Pub.L. 110–181. This NDAA is notable for including a signing statement, one of many that President George W. Bush controversially (see articles) used in attempting to project a "strong" unitary executive theory — one that he hoped would consolidate and expand Executive Branch power.




They were detained by a private security company contracted by the U.S. Government and not by Military Police.

Peninsula Pundit

Oh, you mean like Blackwater?
In that case, carry on?



The Toledo Blade in a follow-up article, reports that the journalists and an editor from the Blade have filed civil rights complaints with the FBI concerning the official misconduct by government officers intentionally interfering with First Amendment rights. The Complaint to the FBI may serve as an example to people seeking a federal civil rights investigation into Sandusky County LEO's and other officials based on official misconduct