You Won’t Believe What Blow Illinois Just Made to Citizen Journalism

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This is actually pretty sad and angering, yet not at all surprising to many who are just hearing the news:  Illinois has made it officially illegal to film police officers.  Thousands if not more of citizen journalists globally see this as a “test step” towards greater and greater media lockdown – both on mainstream and independent media, which includes citizen journalism – one of the most impactful, and to many, most important types of journalism of our time.

According to an article in Natural News called “Government’s descent into Hunger Games injustice and tyranny nearly complete” [1], Mike Adams writes:

If you haven’t already seen Hunger Games, Catching Fire I urge you to watch it now. The movie, available for free on Amazon’s PRIME service, depicts a totalitarian centralized government ruling over disarmed, oppressed subjects with outrageous cruelty and injustice.

The movie is a warning to what might happen to us all very soon if we don’t stop the march of tyranny in America. You need to watch the film because America is headed straight for a similar outcome, and this fact was especially driven home today by one of the most outrageous new laws to ever be passed in any state. By a wide margin of support, Illinois just voted to criminalize citizens filming police in public spaces.

“The amendment has stripped away safeguards to free speech rights from the original legislation and instituted a blanket ban on recording officials in public,” writes Steve Watson at [1] “It was passed by both the Illinois House and the Senate, with huge majorities, within two days of its introduction.”

“Only a government that lives like cockroaches in the darkness would pass a law criminalizing the act of turning on the light,” writes the Free Thought Project [2], which goes on to point out how the mainstream media is completely silent on this story. (The media censors all stories it doesn’t want you to know about, including the CDC whistleblower story, Fukushima radiation in the USA and the worsening Ebola pandemic.)

You can view the actual text of this Illinois Senate bill amendment at this link (PDF), and there’s a valuable write-up of the law published at the Illinois Policy website.

It’s legal if the cops do it; it’s a felony if you do it

To be clear, the Illinois law makes it a felony crime for citizens to do exactly what the police do: record audio and video in public places.

When the police activate their video recorders, they claim citizens have “no reasonable expectation of a right to privacy in a public space,” and that’s their justification for recording. But when a citizen does the same thing, they will now be arrested and charged with the felony crime of “wiretapping” police conversations.

America is now a two-class system, in other words. There are the OFFICERS who are granted an elevated set of “rights,” privileges and powers; and then there are the SUBJECTS who are denied those same rights, privileges and powers.

A nation of law has descended into a lawless land of tyranny

The idea that America is a nation of law where all men and women are created equal is shattered. The very idea that all laws apply equally to everyone, including government officers, officials and even Presidents, is now openly abandoned. The new rule is that laws are only selectively applied to Subjects, while Officers of the government are exempt from those same laws.

Chicago is now a city where it is completely legal for a police officer to murder a citizen in plain sight, but it is a felony offense for a citizen to record the video of that event on their mobile phone. The citizen who witnesses the murder is now the criminal, you see, while the government employee who commits it is granted total immunity.

Similarly, when the government lies to the people, that’s never considered a crime. After all, politicians lie all the time to get elected. (Remember “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” promise?) But when citizens lie to the government, that’s a felony crime. That’s why Martha Stewart went to prison, by the way: for lying to the government.

When police interrogate suspects, they are allowed to lie with impunity. But if that suspect makes one false statement to the police, even in the context of having been lied to by those same police, that’s now a felony crime.

If a government commits accounting fraud and lies about its earnings and debt, nobody goes to jail at the Treasury. But if a small business owner does the exact same thing, he or she gets arrested and charged with felony fraud.

When militarized government police accidentally raid the wrong house and drop flashbang grenades in baby’s cribs — or shoot people dead — nobody in law enforcement goes to jail. They are immune to the same laws that you and I must abide by.

The rules and laws are completely different, you see, depending on whether you are a Subject or an elite government “Officer.”

Illinois criminalizes citizen journalism

The arrogance of a state legislative body that would criminalize a citizen’s public filming of police is beyond astonishing. It is an open admission that lawmakers are so terrified of transparency that they would criminalize citizen journalism and thereby provide cover for yet more police abuse like we’re witnessing across America.

This criminalization of citizen journalism is not very far away from North Korean laws where it is a crime to criticize the “dear leader” Kim Jong-Un. In North Korea, citizens are subjects of the dictator — property of the state — and they have no inherent rights or privileges other than what is granted by the state. More and more, this looks like where America is headed, and as a key component of this descent into absolute dictatorial control over the people, nearly all the socialist-leaning political leftists in America have, for years, tried to completely disarm the American people by gutting the Bill of Rights, leaving the masses defenseless against an increasingly oppressive, elitist and heavily armed government (where police militarization is out of control).

It is no coincidence that the very same state which has now criminalized citizen journalism is also where large cities like Chicago have for years criminalized private gun ownership and concealed carry by honest citizens. This pursuit of injustice is a predictable pattern: the criminalization of recording video in public goes hand in hand with trampling citizens’ constitutional rights, police brutality and selective government prosecutions of political enemies. The fall of the republic doesn’t take very long to become the rise of in-your-face tyranny, where a police officer can literally choke you to death on the sidewalk and simultaneously have his badge wearing buddies arrest anyone nearby who has the courage to try to video record your murder.

Most cops are not bad guys

Sadly, this new law only furthers widespread public suspicion that police are badge-wearing thugs — a belief which is almost entirely NOT true.

Most local law enforcement officers are honest, upstanding professionals who help keep the peace in cities and towns which might otherwise be overrun with gang violence. Yet this Orwellian desire by Illinois lawmakers to shroud the actions of police in total secrecy just smacks of a deeply-ingrained culture of corruption and criminality.

If the police are helping keep the peace, then what could possibly be wrong with recording them on video? And aren’t police officers taxpayer-funded public servants in the first place? How can a member of the taxpaying public possibly be criminalized for recording the actions of a public servant who is essentially an employee of the People?

Even more fundamentally speaking, doesn’t the U.S. government (via the NSA) covertly record all our phone calls, emails, web surfing destinations, phone texts, social media posts and bank transactions? How is this massive government surveillance of the People possibly justified when that same government criminalizes citizens who attempt to shed a little light on the public actions of government employees? In the United States today, it turns out, “transparency” is a one-way looking glass.

Why the Illinois government is headed for imminent financial collapse

You may find it interesting to note that when the inevitable financial collapse comes, Illinois will be among the first three states to see their governments fall into financial ruin. Those three states are: 1) California, 2) Illinois, 3) New York.

Other states aren’t far behind, of course, but CA, IL and NY will be among the very first to collide with bankruptcy. All three of them are operating on the verge of imminent financial collapse, and all three are bastions of runaway socialism, elitist government arrogance and systemic oppression of constitutional rights and basic human liberty.

Only states that promote (or at least tolerate) individual responsibility and productivity will make it through the financial crash that’s coming. Those states include Vermont, Maine, Texas, Wyoming, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Montana and several others. I very much doubt you’ll see any of these states passing laws that turn citizen journalists into felons. (But keep in mind there is still a communist/socialist element in each of these states that’s trying to seize power in every election.)

Like many states, over the last two decades Illinois has become a cesspool of political corruption and abuse of power. State retirement funds, to the great surprise of many Illinois retirees, have already been looted and will at some point evaporate overnight, leaving state pensioners with no incomes.

The state is so incredibly corrupt that it doesn’t even have a state law requiring the gathering of statistics detailing citizen killings caused by police (justified or not). Those numbers remain completely hidden, just as the state’s budget is also deliberately obfuscated and hidden from the public. Illinois, the political home base of Barack Obama, is truly the land of non-transparency and obfuscation. Is it any wonder the White House so closely parallels the political actions of Chicago?

In a state where the citizens are criminalized for watching the police, no one is safe

America’s dissatisfaction with police seems to be at an all-time high. Recent events in Ferguson, MO and NYC reveal a seething undercurrent of anger and resentment toward what citizens increasingly see as police brutality, corruption and abuse of power.

Illinois has just made that perception far worse by criminalizing citizen journalism. Now, the honest citizens of Illinois don’t merely suspect Chicago cops are corrupt criminals… they KNOW it! The Illinois legislature all but admitted it in the law. “Thou shall not video record our police crimes against the citizens…”

Every Illinois lawmaker who voted for this law needs to be immediately recalled and thrown out of office. This law needs to be immediately revolted against, challenged in the courts and openly denounced by all Illinois citizens… Gandhi style. It is an unjust law born out of a corrupt legislature that’s terrified of what real transparency might reveal about their own criminal behavior. This abuse of government power has reached a breaking point across America, and the citizens have almost reached their tolerance limit for abuses of government power and the rapid erosion of their freedoms. (Or, those who are awake anyway. The mercury-injected masses will of course never regain real consciousness.)

But guess what? The U.S. Treasury is buying up emergency survival kits to be distributed to bankers across the nation [3], apparently in anticipation of something coming that might demand survival kits. With all the dead bankers being “suicided” lately — i.e. winding up dead under suspicious circumstances — I have no doubt there are forces at play behind the scenes that you and I can’t even imagine.

What I do know is that everyone left holding U.S. dollars when the music stops will wish they had diversified into other assets.

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