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Smashing State Surveillance: Group Breaks CCTV Cameras on the Street

When I see all those cameras on street corners, I see lots of target practice for Americans.

August 19, 2013
"A group of German anarchists have inspired other radicals to take a direct action approach to surveillance cameras: smash them.

As Salon’s Natasha Lennard notes, the practice has now migrated to the U.S. It’s a brash approach to the surveillance state.

It started in Berlin. German anarchists took to the streets at night in groups or alone, and went around smashing and dismantling surveillance cameras on the street. They then posted video evidence of their actions online, and called what they were doing Camover, as Vice magazine first reported. The group of anti-surveillance radicals are also encouraging others to follow their example.

Vice’s Simon Childs writes that “Camover have also recently announced a competition encouraging others to get involved. All you have to do to enter is think of a name that begins with the words ‘Brigade…’ or ‘Command…’ and that ends with the name of a historical personality, recruit a mob and smash up cameras. Then you send pictures and video evidence to their website, and they declare the winning footage.” The “competition” ends in February, when the European Police Congress gathers in Berlin.

The smashing of surveillance cameras has spread to Finland, Greece and the U.S. A Camover group in Washington state released a statement this month saying that they destroyed 17 surveillance cameras. “ This act is concrete sabotage against the system of surveillance and control,” the group said in a statement."

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I always had fantasizes about doing this

But never thought people would do it! This is awesome

Meeeeee too!!!!

Running around bashing these things with a hammer in my hand would be like the best Christmas and birthday present combined into one.

Cameras are paid for by the public--us...

That means we can smash em if we want. :)

Christians should not be warmongers! http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance87.html

Love It Love It Love It (I think)

Does it violate the non-aggression principle? Hellz ya.
Do I care? Right now not sure I do.

I'm in a highly controlled place in the Middle East that is ostensibly an 'ally' of the US. Several months ago I got gigged - unfairly in my humble but accurate opinion - by a traffic cam here for a right-turn on red violation. The equiv of 135 smackers later (with my employer was 'encouraging' payment the whole way, no interest in proof or a defense) so I can leave the country without extortion at the border.

Let us not go into details of the justification but let me say, I'm not the only one that has got the shaft by that and other cameras here. Speeding tix in this place are even worse financially (and the locals are the WORST abusers).

Its a situation that needs to be dealt with in a similar way.

i would suggest

the installation of such devices violate the non-aggression principle.
therefore, we are witnessing self defense.

"The two weakest arguments for any issue on the House floor are moral and constitutional"
Ron Paul

Violence against property is preferable to...

violence against people. The PTBs will still get the message.

"Because the Dukes revenge on

"Because the Dukes revenge on property, not people."

Andrew Napolitano for President 2016!
http://andrewnapolitano.com/index

"Patriotism should come from loving thy neighbor, not from worshiping Graven images." - ironman77

To compete with governments,

To compete with governments, this group will need to start targeting drones ...
This group will need an anti-drone drone so it better start adapting technology, e.g. pulsed lasers *, for use in its anti-drone drone. ;)

* BTW, pulsed lasers DO exist already, but the cycle-time is still far too high, ~ 1 minute per shot currently.

This looks like it's becoming

This looks like it's becoming a worldwide movement.

I saw a video of a speed enforcement camera in England

being destroyed with a burning tyre necklace.

Ooh Like Their Style

The Brits always have that unique sense of wry humor.