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December 15, 2012
Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed — and I can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Flickr (my photos) and YouTube. Also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in April 2012, “The Complete Guantánamo Files,” a 70-part, million-word series drawing on files released by WikiLeaks in April 2011, and details about the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, and available on DVD here — or here for the US). Also see my definitive Guantánamo habeas list and the chronological list of all my articles, and please also consider joining the new “Close Guantánamo campaign,” and, if you appreciate my work, feel free to make a donation.
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Carry on with your London picture project. But why is it politically charged?
Well, not all of it, Tom, but I hope some of it is — those parts looking at the ongoing housing bubble, the ongoing plague of speculative housing, and the increasing signs of poverty.
Got it. I thought maybe it was because the police were stopping you and seizing your camera for some reason.
No, not yet, Tom. There is a problem with overzealous security guards in some places, though. I was stopped and questioned when photographing a government building near Parliament recently, and I’ve also been told to stop taking photos in a number of shopping centres, where photography is, apparently, strictly forbidden. The clampdown will continue, I am sure, just as there is a continuing clampdown on what members of the public are allowed to do in former public spaces that have been privatised.
When I was in central London, I had my own photo moment when I was surprised I wasn’t stopped. I was on the street with other people looking in at the front entrance to 10 Downing St. Then I went down and around to the other end. For some reason the security gate was open, and no security was around. Naturally, for a split second I went in, took a quick picture and left. Didn’t get stopped or anything.
Here, as far as I know not every mall has a Homeland Security office in it. Not yet, at least.
I’m presuming that was back in the days when 10 Downing Street was open to the public, was it, Tom? It was fenced off in 1989. Great anecdote!
Nice to hear that the US is not quite as riddled with jobsworths as here, although that’s probably only because it eats into profits to actually employ people.
Yes, it was around when John Major was Prime Minister. I was also at Parliament one day with a big crowd when Major and several other cars drove by. Imagine roughly 100 people all leaning to the right, and then a mass wave to the left.
Don’t be fooled about jobworths. They’re just as bad here. Also, if you ring up Homeland Security for any reason, you have to give them your name and number before they’ll answer your question. It is an actual law. However, the reason why they have it is “classified”. My tax dollars are going for this.
Ha! Very nicely put, Tom. A perfect summary of petty bureaucracy and over-classification.
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