DHS counter-piracy ops E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

If you read the paper you couldn’t really be blamed for thinking the Department of Homeland Security is little more than the law enforcement arm of corporate America. According to a recent article in PC World magazine, yet another DHS operation was recently determined to be entirely unrelated to what some people call homeland security and others call national security. Instead DHS was working hard to make sure 20th Century Fox does not lose a penny.

As anyone that’s ever watched a DVD can tell you, the FBI and DHS take copyright infringement very seriously.

Long story short - a bunch of DHS employees detained and interrogated a guy watching a movie in a theater because he was wearing those Google glasses thingies.

According to PC World: “A man who wore Google Glass to a movie theater in Ohio was detained and interrogated by officials of the Department of Homeland Security, highlighting concerns that the device may be used by people to illegally record movies at a theater.

A spokesman for the Motion Picture Association of America, which works closely with theaters all over the U.S. to curb camcording and “theater-originated piracy,” said it was a false alarm. The man, as it turned out, was not a homeland security threat because he was not recording the movie he paid to see with the glasses.

If you want to get a sense of who’s calling the shots between the privateer sector and DHS, there it is.

According to an account posted on the website “the Gadgeteer” -  the unnamed person said he went to AMC theater in Easton Mall in Columbus, Ohio to watch a movie with his wife. “Because I don’t want glass to distract me during the movie, I turn them off but since my prescription lenses are on the frame, I still wear them,” he told the gadget review website.

DHS officials questioned the person and let him go after they determined he was not using the device to record the film, a source close to the situation said.

So sleep soundly America. We may no much less than jack-crap about the Tsarnev brothers, but we do know that the vague appearance of recording the Lego Movie is an imminent threat to homeland security - at least as far as the movie moguls calling the enforcement shots are concerned.

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written by bill welcher, April 20, 2014
How ridiculous! One more example of how law enforcement needs to be a state or local matter...not a federal one. Almost without exception, there is nothing a federal enforcement agency does that isn't really carried out with state/local personnel using federal money with some federal personnel participating in an 'advisory' capacity. There are exceptions, but not enough to justify the size of the federal law enforcement body. State and local task forces working in conjunction with federal prosecutors seems to me to be much better use of the funding with at least the same results. That would allow the freeing of not only the salaries of the federal enforcement agents, but also the cost of their training, their medical benefits, their retirement benefits, etc.

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