Homeland Security in the Gulf Working with BP and Local Police

Alex Thomas & Shepard Ambellas
Over the past month there has been numerous reports of BP security intimidating  journalists and blocking access to certain areas, including refineries as far away as Texas. We now have documented evidence that not only BP security, but local police and DHS have taken part in “police state” tactics against reporters, denying them their first amendments rights and threatening them with arrest.
Lance Rosenfield, on assignment for PBS Frontline, was detained and integrated by the Joint Terrorism Task force for photographing a Texas City highway sign in public.

The photographer, Lance Rosenfield, said that shortly after arriving in town, he was confronted by a BP security officer, local police and a man who identified himself as an agent of the Department of Homeland Security. He was released after the police reviewed the pictures he had taken on Friday. They recorded his date of birth, Social Security number and other personal information. The police officer then turned that information over to the BP security guard under what he said was standard procedure, according to Rosenfield.  ProPublica.com

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