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Old 01.02.2011, 17:33
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Re: Guardian Davos journalist's sinister encounter with the Swiss riot police

My sinister encounter with the US Homeland Security:

While boarding a ship in New Orleans some 4 years ago a sign stating "No guns beyond this point" amused me enough to take a picture of it with my digital camera.

A burly and unsmiling official, who had actually taken his gun beyond that point. Dryly demanded that I delete the picture I had just taken.

Did I enquire under what statute he was empowered to make such a request? No. I fancied continuing my holiday, so I duly deleted it...
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Old 01.02.2011, 17:56
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My sinister encounter with the US Homeland Security:

While boarding a ship in New Orleans some 4 years ago a sign stating "No guns beyond this point" amused me enough to take a picture of it with my digital camera.

A burly and unsmiling official, who had actually taken his gun beyond that point. Dryly demanded that I delete the picture I had just taken.

Did I enquire under what statute he was empowered to make such a request? No. I fancied continuing my holiday, so I duly deleted it...
Aww, I've had such fun with DHS at border control. Admittedly it can delay one's itinerary, but the ensuing actually becomes the holiday.

Rainbow Bridge Immigration

Burly US Guard: Passport Please
Me: There you go Sir
Burly US Guard: Ahh, I see you're from Britland...Britain.
Me: Yep
Burly US Guard: We bin doin pretty well since the ol revolution herherher
Me: Well, if you call a bunch of dandies throwing tea into the water a revolution then...
Burly US Guard: Step outta the car Sir...

That was my first introduction to a DHS interview room. Tasty.
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Old 01.02.2011, 18:06
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My sinister encounter with the US Homeland Security:

While boarding a ship in New Orleans some 4 years ago a sign stating "No guns beyond this point" amused me enough to take a picture of it with my digital camera.

A burly and unsmiling official, who had actually taken his gun beyond that point. Dryly demanded that I delete the picture I had just taken.

Did I enquire under what statute he was empowered to make such a request? No. I fancied continuing my holiday, so I duly deleted it...
oops, I've been lucky then as I've photographed such signs in different locations and never been challenged.
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Old 01.02.2011, 20:01
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Re: Guardian Davos journalist's sinister encounter with the Swiss riot police

From The Grauniad:

"I was initially ignored until a policeman twigged my BlackBerry..."

My theory:
Here there's so little action for the Swiss Police or "commandos" that Davos is Xmas Day for them.
They have to have some fun. And they do...
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Old 01.02.2011, 20:24
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Re: Guardian Davos journalist's sinister encounter with the Swiss riot police

Two years ago on my visit to Israel, I went sightseeing down south of Beer Sheva close to Dimona. The hotel staff warned me not to take pics in that area as there was either military base of some sort or nuclear power station. If police catches you there while shooting the pics you would be under arrest and your camera destroyed. So I obeyed the rule and didn't want to take chances. Do you think I would be in position to deny or dispute to prove them wrong?

In Switzerland or anywhere else in the world, there are some things you simply don't do and places that you do not trespass. Why push your luck paparazzi?
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Old 01.02.2011, 20:37
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Well, if the Guardian are using journalists to cover Switzerland who don't know any of the local languages, that speaks volumes for the quality of the stories they will be sending home.

Andrew Clark is the Guardian's business editor. He's covering the WEF, which happens to be held in Switzerland.
He's not covering anything 'Swiss' - Why should he speak the language
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Old 01.02.2011, 20:39
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Two years ago on my visit to Israel, I went sightseeing down south of Beer Sheva close to Dimona. The hotel staff warned me not to take pics in that area as there was either military base of some sort or nuclear power station. If police catches you there while shooting the pics you would be under arrest and your camera destroyed. So I obeyed the rule and didn't want to take chances. Do you think I would be in position to deny or dispute to prove them wrong?

In Switzerland or anywhere else in the world, there are some things you simply don't do and places that you do not trespass. Why push your luck paparazzi?
Dimona's where the Israelis deny they have a nuclear weapons programme, probably best not to muck about.

Then again Davos is not a nuclear enrichment facility or vital to Swiss security is it...

Just full of money grabbing tax avoiders, empire builders and politicans.
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Andrew Clark is the Guardian's business editor. He's covering the WEF, which happens to be held in Switzerland.
He's not covering anything 'Swiss' - Why should he speak the language

That's a fair point, but his snotty attitude towards the fact that a representative of the local constabulary might happen to speak in "broken English" and not understand everything he says suggests that he hasn't given much thought to the fact that Switzerland is a foreign country, populated by people who don't give much of a monkey's about him being a big-shot journalist for the Manchester Guardian.
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Old 01.02.2011, 20:45
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Re: Guardian Davos journalist's sinister encounter with the Swiss riot police

Well not until there is bomb blast threat in hotel during World Economic Forum. Global threat of terrorist attacks and overall paranoia associated with it, increased security - people get tense, so does the police.
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Old 01.02.2011, 20:47
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Then again Davos is not a nuclear enrichment facility or vital to Swiss security is it...

Just full of money grabbing tax avoiders, empire builders and politicans.
Agreed, but if something serious happened to those guys, Switzerland, "The Swiss," the Cantonal Police of the Grisons etc. would be blamed by the whole world for having been careless, unprepared etc..
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Agreed, but if something serious happened to those guys, Switzerland, "The Swiss," the Cantonal Police of the Grisons etc. would be blamed by the whole world for having been careless, unprepared etc..
Then again they could be doing us all a favour
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Re: Guardian Davos journalist's sinister encounter with the Swiss riot police

Never photograph police in action, in any country ! This is something very basic. Members of the traffic police in Western countries will accept it to be photographed, true, but members of special units anywhere will react negatively.

And in regard to the Broken English, it must be made clear that a Graubünden policemen HAS to be fluent in German, Romansh and Italian, the three official languages of his Canton. If he, beside that, also speaks some words in another language, it is nice.
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Never photograph police in action, in any country ! This is something very basic.
A sentiment I'm sure Ian Tomlinson & Rodney King share with you, Wolli.
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That's a fair point, but his snotty attitude towards the fact that a representative of the local constabulary might happen to speak in "broken English" and not understand everything he says suggests that he hasn't given much thought to the fact that Switzerland is a foreign country, populated by people who don't give much of a monkey's about him being a big-shot journalist for the Manchester Guardian.
It wouldn't surprise me if it was the same Guardian idiot who's been cold-calling me about financial advice and tax optimisation.

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