Tuesday, November 7, 2017

City Government Sues Watchdog Group For Demanding Transparency

Source: Tenth Amendment Center

The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.
- Patrick Henry

“You know what’s really ironic about this? I’m trying to get information about surveillance whenever you do that, people will give you the, ‘Well if you don’t have anything to hide, you don’t have anything to fear.’ And yet, I’ve got stacks of redacted documents and a lawsuit, and I’m wondering what Lexington’s got to hide and what they’ve got to fear.”

The surveillance state is much like a one way mirror, wherein they can see what you're doing but you can't see what they're doing. On September 29th, City of Lexington, Kentucky filed a lawsuit against resident Mike Maharrey for essentially asking too many questions. It all began when Maharrey, founder of We See You Watching Lexington and communications director for the Tenth Amendment Center, filed an open records request with the Lexington Police to find out how surveillance cameras were being used, among other concerns. Maharrey was motivated to file the request after the city installed new surveillance cameras at a local skateboard park near his home. The city divulged some information on the stationary surveillance cameras they use but redacted much information on what they call mobile surveillance cameras. Unsatisfied with their answers, Mike sent a second request concerning the mobile surveillance cameras. In particular, he wanted to know how the mobile surveillance cameras are deployed, what pramaters surround them, and how they will share the information from them. The City declined to release very basic information citing "officer safety" concerns. Maharrey appealed the city's decision to the state attorney general who opined that the city is obliged to release basic information on the mobile surveillance cameras. The city responded by filing a civil suit against Maharrey to stop the release and pin him with their legal fees. Maharrey will be represented by the Kentucky chapter of the ACLU.

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