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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Peter Suderman, Reason: One of the strangest things about the tense situation in Ferguson, Missouri, ... is that there have been no overhead shots of the action. There's a reason for that. Last week, when the protests began, the Federal Aviation Administration banned low-flying vehicles -- vehicles like news helicopters -- below 3,000 feet over Ferguson airspace, in order "to provide a safe environment for law enforcement activities." The no-fly-zone was created at the request of local law enforcement, following a police report that a police chopper had been shot at. Yesterday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) renewed the ban, citing the same police-safety justification.

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So, what's the problem?

#1 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-08-20 09:10 AM | Reply | Flag:

The problem is that it violates the First Amendment to the US Constitution, which guarantees a press free of government intervention. This prohibition on overflights is intervention.

#2 | Posted by kmidkiff at 2014-08-20 10:06 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

HAHAHAHA!!!....anytime the gov't says they want to "help" or "protect" someone? They are talking about themselves.

#3 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-08-20 11:00 AM | Reply | Flag:

1: I hope that wasn't a serious question.

#4 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-08-20 11:06 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

I wouldn't quite call this fascism, but it is starting to border on it.

#5 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-08-20 11:24 AM | Reply | Flag:

No witnesses means no accountability. This and other similar activities are aimed at saving the jobs of everyone in the local PD...

#6 | Posted by catdog at 2014-08-20 12:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

"I wouldn't quite call this fascism..."

Shawn would.

#7 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-08-20 02:13 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

So if someone shoots at a police helicopter in an area all air traffic in that area must be banned. Makes perfect sense.

#8 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-08-20 02:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

"I wouldn't quite call this fascism..."
Shawn would.

#7 | POSTED BY REDIAL

Leaving only 10% tip is fascism for that clown.

#9 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-08-20 03:32 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Tick tick tick go our individual rights and freedoms under some pretense of "security". Transparency is what provides security of our freedoms. The local media should sue the cops or FAA for shutting down airspace to media.

We're starting to sound a lot more like tyrannical Gestapo style governments that institute martial law for "their own" security, not the citizens.

#10 | Posted by Robson at 2014-08-20 03:58 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

1: I hope that wasn't a serious question.

#4 | Posted by pragmatist

Then you don't know sniper...

#11 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-08-20 04:35 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

They don't care about public safety; it's control, plain and simple.

#12 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-08-20 04:37 PM | Reply | Flag:

The problem is that it violates the First Amendment to the US Constitution, which guarantees a press free of government intervention. This prohibition on overflights is intervention.

#2 | Posted by kmidkiff

Hell, the press outnumber the rioters in that town.

#13 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-08-20 04:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

Hell, the press outnumber the rioters in that town.

#13 | Posted by Sniper

so what? you think we should thin the herd?

#14 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-08-20 05:01 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Then you don't know sniper..."

I did say hope.

And I don't know any of you people. You're just names on a screen. :)

#15 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-08-20 05:01 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Then you don't know sniper..."

I did say hope.

And I don't know any of you people. You're just names on a screen. :)

#16 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-08-20 05:01 PM | Reply | Flag:

It is fascism. And it couldn't be accomplished without the consent of BOTH parties. The fact that they aren't outright murdering protestors is only a matter of degree.

#17 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-08-20 08:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Peaceful Protesters".....lol

#18 | Posted by aescal at 2014-08-21 03:03 AM | Reply | Flag:

This is like allowing the cockroaches to decide if you're allowed to turn on the kitchen light.

#19 | Posted by Sully at 2014-08-21 11:13 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

We all know that, if it ain't on camera, it didn't happen.

Nothing to see here; move along.

These are not the droids you're looking for.

#20 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-21 11:14 AM | Reply | Flag:

Hell, the press outnumber the rioters in that town.

#13 | POSTED BY SNIPER

So do the majority of the protesters.

Not to disparage NASCAR fans, but the % proportion of those there interested in watching the race and those that are only interested in seeing the accidents is probably similar. Large percent for the former, small for the latter.1

#21 | Posted by Lohocla at 2014-08-21 11:30 AM | Reply | Flag:

Today, the young gentleman who was helping me carry my groceries out to my truck said that the company that supplies Israel's army and Egypt's army with tear gas is the same company, based out of my dear home state of Pennsylvania, that is supplying the Ferguson police with tear gas.

If his information is correct, that bothers me to a depth that is a bit too uncomfortable. The controversial actions of foreign governments to "quell" unrest and actions by our American police forces should not be linked in such a way, but, apparently, shockingly, they are.

This is just me on my soapbox, but when the various methods and devices of crowd control and/or dispersing becomes an increasingly bankable commodity, that's a concern.

#22 | Posted by scalawag at 2014-08-21 12:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

So sca, how many companies do you think make that stuff? I am having a hard time seeing what your problem is.

I guess the other option is napalm. You good with that?

#23 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-08-21 03:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

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