First Amendment upheld in Border Patrol video case (video)by Pamela Powers Hannley on Oct. 01, 2011, under Arizona, democracy, Free Speech, Immigration
A few weeks ago, I posted a story about a border activist who captured the Border Patrol scouring her property and adjacent land and the eventual arrest of one man. Less that 24 hours after posting her video on You Tube (and publication of the video on the TucsonCitizen.com), the videographer began receiving notices from YouTube that they had received privacy complaints about her video.
As you can see from the blank spot in my blog post, her video was pulled from YouTube.
Unfortunately for the Border Patrol who wanted to suppress loneprotestor’s video, the American Civil Liberties Union said she had the right under the First Amendment to film their actions and publish her video on You Tube. Above is the remake of her original video.
Here is her statement about Part Dos…
BANNED FROM YOUTUBE. Was it the dogs and chickens? The plainclothes agents with the latex gloves? Or was it the young detainee with the bloody nose? First Amendment protections were designed to keep the government and its officers from abusing absolute power. This video contains a remake of a benign video that was removed from YouTube at the request of Border Patrol. The original video was intended to show that life on the U.S.-Mexican border is not the ‘war zone’ as is portrayed in the corporate media. However, the new video is now properly censored and annotated, with a left-wing liberal bias.
Hurray for the First Amendment.