DEA Agents Fail at Intimidating Man Recording Federal Building

Less than a month after PINAC crew members were harassed, threatened and one [__even battered for video recording__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2014/07/11/pinac-crew-member-files-police-report-dea-agent-battered-video-recording/)outside a Drug Enforcement Administration building in Florida, another man decided to do the same to a DEA building in Texas Thursday, receiving almost the same reaction.

Brett Sanders was not breaking the law as a [__2010 settlement__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/AR2010101906119.html) with Homeland Security determined that it is legal to photograph federal buildings.

But as we’ve seen, that has made absolutely no difference to the security guards outside the buildings, not to mention the federal agents inside the building.

First, a security guard told him he was not allowed to do that, but when he asked her if it was an actual law, she hesitated, then decided to call the agents outside.

The first agent that stepped out stormed up to his face and ordered him to turn the camera off twice, but Sanders refused, so the agent had to settle for peppering him with the usual questions, then demanding his identification.

And when Sanders refused to provide it, another agent crowded into Sanders’ personal space, telling him he was trying to read his press pass, warning him that if he came any closer, he would be arrested for trespassing.

However, if the agent had gotten any closer, he would have committed battery, not that he would have been arrested for it.

“You got a camera at a federal building sir,” the second agent said. “It’s national security what’s going on here.”

The first agent remained with a quizzical expression on his face, apparently unable to put two and two together that Sanders was simply doing what many citizens around the country are doing; testing their knowledge on the law in regards to legal photography of federal buildings.

The second agent continued walking into Sanders, putting his face directly into his face, telling him he was only doing so to “have a conversation” with him as if all conversations are preceded by attempted make-out sessions.

“I actually like close, close conversation,” the agent responded when Sanders asked him to back away.

But it was obvious he was hoping for Sanders to shove him back, even slightly, which would have resulted in a violent takedown and arrest on charges of battery on a federal agent.

“You just hit my glasses,” the agent said after he shoved his face into Sanders’ face, highlighting the importance of recording every encounter with law enforcement officers because if they create their own reality on camera, imagine what they will do off-camera.

Meanwhile, the first agent who had stepped away after obtaining Sanders’ name from his Infowars press pass, returned and started asking him about living in Frisco, Texas, indicating he had already done a full background search on him.

After a few minutes of discussion on the effectiveness of the drug war, Sanders walked away, wishing them all a good day.

By now, it should be common knowledge among law enforcement officers that there is  a growing movement of citizens with cameras that are doing nothing more than testing their reactions to the cameras, making a viral stand for transparency in the wake of a growing lack of transparency within government.

We may be rabble-rousers but we’re not terrorists. And they should already know this considering how many of us they monitor.

But they still insist on doing the whole song and dance about safety and security, hoping to intimidate us from recording when it’s becoming clear those days are over. The citizens are learning their rights and are not afraid to stand up for them.

We’re not going away and neither are they. But they should at least save themselves from these embarrassing videos.

Less than a month after PINAC crew members were harassed, threatened and one [__even battered for video recording__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2014/07/11/pinac-crew-member-files-police-report-dea-agent-battered-video-recording/)outside a Drug Enforcement Administration building in Florida, another man decided to do the same to a DEA building in Texas Thursday, receiving almost the same reaction.

Brett Sanders was not breaking the law as a [__2010 settlement__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/AR2010101906119.html) with Homeland Security determined that it is legal to photograph federal buildings.

But as we’ve seen, that has made absolutely no difference to the security guards outside the buildings, not to mention the federal agents inside the building.

First, a security guard told him he was not allowed to do that, but when he asked her if it was an actual law, she hesitated, then decided to call the agents outside.

The first agent that stepped out stormed up to his face and ordered him to turn the camera off twice, but Sanders refused, so the agent had to settle for peppering him with the usual questions, then demanding his identification.

And when Sanders refused to provide it, another agent crowded into Sanders’ personal space, telling him he was trying to read his press pass, warning him that if he came any closer, he would be arrested for trespassing.

However, if the agent had gotten any closer, he would have committed battery, not that he would have been arrested for it.

“You got a camera at a federal building sir,” the second agent said. “It’s national security what’s going on here.”

The first agent remained with a quizzical expression on his face, apparently unable to put two and two together that Sanders was simply doing what many citizens around the country are doing; testing their knowledge on the law in regards to legal photography of federal buildings.

The second agent continued walking into Sanders, putting his face directly into his face, telling him he was only doing so to “have a conversation” with him as if all conversations are preceded by attempted make-out sessions.

“I actually like close, close conversation,” the agent responded when Sanders asked him to back away.

But it was obvious he was hoping for Sanders to shove him back, even slightly, which would have resulted in a violent takedown and arrest on charges of battery on a federal agent.

“You just hit my glasses,” the agent said after he shoved his face into Sanders’ face, highlighting the importance of recording every encounter with law enforcement officers because if they create their own reality on camera, imagine what they will do off-camera.

Meanwhile, the first agent who had stepped away after obtaining Sanders’ name from his Infowars press pass, returned and started asking him about living in Frisco, Texas, indicating he had already done a full background search on him.

After a few minutes of discussion on the effectiveness of the drug war, Sanders walked away, wishing them all a good day.

By now, it should be common knowledge among law enforcement officers that there is  a growing movement of citizens with cameras that are doing nothing more than testing their reactions to the cameras, making a viral stand for transparency in the wake of a growing lack of transparency within government.

We may be rabble-rousers but we’re not terrorists. And they should already know this considering how many of us they monitor.

But they still insist on doing the whole song and dance about safety and security, hoping to intimidate us from recording when it’s becoming clear those days are over. The citizens are learning their rights and are not afraid to stand up for them.

We’re not going away and neither are they. But they should at least save themselves from these embarrassing videos.

Support our Mission

Help us build a database of bad cops

For almost 15 years, PINAC News has remained active despite continuous efforts by the government and Big Tech to shut us down by either arresting us for lawful activity or by restricting access to our readers under the pretense that we write about “social issues.”

Since we are forbidden from discussing social issues on social media, we have created forums on our site to allow us to fulfill our mission with as little restriction as possible. We welcome our readers to join our forums and support our mission by either donating, volunteering or both.

Our plan is to build a national database of bad cops obtained from public records maintained by local prosecutors. The goal is to teach our readers how to obtain these lists to ensure we cover every city, county and state in the country.

After all, the government has made it clear it will not police the police so the role falls upon us.

It will be our most ambitious project yet but it can only be done with your help.

But if we succeed, we will be able to keep innocent people out of prison.

Please make a donation below or click on side tab to learn more about our mission.

Subscribe to PINAC

Bypass Big Tech censorship.

Carlos Millerhttps://pinacnews.com
Editor-in-Chief Carlos Miller spent a decade covering the cop beat for various newspapers in the Southwest before returning to his hometown Miami and launching Photography is Not a Crime aka PINAC News in 2007. He also published a book, The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which is available on Amazon.

Leave a Reply

- Advertisement -

Latest articles