When I was in Qingdao my apartment looked onto a Chinese military naval base and it was almost natural that I would point my camera and “click” on occasion. Therefore, when my partner visited and did the same, the last thing I was going to do was restrain her. Unfortunately, on the day she “clicked” the base had extra security due to the visit of a PLA general. Anyway, the “click” produced a flash, the sun was shining against the window, a little man screamed up at the window and,to cut a long story short, we received a visit from the police and three plain clothed members of the Chinese National Security, who confiscated my camera and my laptop.
Three days later, my “Guanxi” had produced the desired results and the laptop and camera were returned with a little warning. The photographs of the base on the desktop had been deleted, but they could all still be found in the hidden files. It might just be that the Chinese National Security knew what my friend in England had told me, namely, that he could see more of the base on google maps, than he could in any of the photos.
That is why, those living across the pond should find the attached video slightly worrying. Here we are being told that someone taking a photograph of a particular place might be a potential terrorist, along with someone wearing “unusual” clothing and someone falsely parking. “Make the Call” and every Tom, Dick and Harry is given licence to act out their own little fantasies, act on their own little prejudices, and, who knows, even indulge in a little spite or vengeance, here and there, all adding that type of atmosphere and intimidation, which helps facilitate the War on Terror. Or, might it just be that the American authorities are just a wee bit more stupid than their counterparts in China?