Spain Proposes Law Prohibiting Recording And Capturing Of Local Cops In Action

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If a recently proposed law by the director general of Spanish police, Ignacio Cosidó, is actually enacted, it is likely that live (or replayed) webcasts, photos and any electronic recordings such as those seen recently from the Madrid anti-sovereignty riots may be a thing of the past. But not because they no longer exist: simply because very soon it may be illegal to actually record said events. El Pais reports that "authorities are studying the possibility that the next update to the Public Security Law could include an article prohibiting the recording, processing or circulation on the internet of police officers performing their duties, if doing so would endanger them or the operation in which they were engaged." These are the same riot cops who typically wear gas masks, and full riot attire and shields precisely to preserve their identity. But facts matter little when the liquidity tide is going out and all the Ponzi schemes are exposed to have been swimming naked. For now, Spain will be happy to little by little strip its citizens first of their rights to free expression, then all other rights, as it slowly but surely sells the country into Troika slavery.

From El Pais:

The police chief said the reform to the Public Security Law, which is being studied by the Interior Ministry, would seek to “strike a balance between the protection of the rights of citizens and those of members of the security forces. Only in recognition of the immense labor of the security forces are we able to progress toward achieving a more just, safer and peaceful society.”


The reform to the law could also include a penalty for taking part in a protest with a covered face.


Cosidó was speaking at a meeting with the Independent Labor Union of Public Workers (CSI-F), the Spanish Confederation of Police (CEP) and the European Confederation of Independent Labor Unions (CESI), which was convened to analyze the effects of the economic crisis on the operation of security forces. The measure, Cosidó said, is designed to protect the privacy of officers and their families and guarantee their rights of honor and image. The government, he said, will be able to “take a step forward” in providing the police with more safety to go about their work, “with strict compliance with the rule of law.”


During recent protests in Madrid, the actions of police were placed under the spotlight after videos were posted on the internet showing riot officers storming into the Atocha railway station firing smoke pellets and beating bystanders with their batons.


The director general also took the opportunity to express his support for the draft of a reform to the Penal Code that, he said, “sets out the basis for the prevention and prosecution of conduct that prevents a serious threat to public order.” Among the proposed changes to the law is the definition of a violent attack, which will include any aggression or threats of violence against security forces and ambulance and fire crews.

Guaranteeing their "rights of honor and image" will likely be better served if the same officers know that their every action will be always captured and scrutinized, and for the entire world to see, instead of take place in a dark, quiet corner without surveillance. But surely no authority enforcer has ever been known to take advantage of dark rooms when left alone with individuals who traditionally are guilty until proven innocent at least if there is no camera present. But not bankers. Never bankers. Bankers are immune from anything and everything.

After the police chief’s declarations, one of the largest unions, the Unified Union of Police (SUP), expressed its concern that Cosidó’s comments were “wishful thinking, we hope not demagogic, that doesn’t mention how to prevent the recording of images, something that would appear to be impossible in the technological society in which we live.”


In a statement, SUP suggested that Cosidó was trying to “deflect attention from the reality of the loss of purchasing power” of its members, after government cuts to public sector workers’ pay. “We ask that a comparative legal report with our neighboring democracies be drawn up to evaluate how they deal with the problem,” the union stated.


Judges for Democracy (JpD), a professional association of judges and magistrates, questioned the legality of preventing citizens from recording photos and videos of police officers on duty. The association’s spokesman, Joaquim Bosch, said the proposed reform was “extremely ambiguous and in no instance should be used to prevent the circulation of excesses on the part of police.”

While we are confident that this measure will ultimately fail in Spain, a national which paradoxically (still) has more freedom than the US, we bring it to our readers' attention because this type of progression is indicative of the direction the insolvent world is heading. Because first they take your freedom to use your cell phone camera, and when nobody says anything, they take away every other one.

Because remember, dear reader, to them you are merely a unit of consumption, preferably one with insurmountable and non-dischargeable student debt, as well as maxed out credit cards as far as they eye can see, who spends every hour away from the unemployment office or the version of Solitaire installed in the office PC watching reality and surreality TV during peak hours. Then you are truly a model citizen.

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HelluvaEngineer's picture

May you get all the freedom you deserve.

Silver Bug's picture

Wow welcome to a police state. Get out while the gettin out is good.

Skateboarder's picture

Protects their rights of honor and image? Rights of HONOR and IMAGE? Fucking hell - has everyone been watching so much TV that we've forgotten that honor is earned!?

Thoreau's line from Walden strikes home truly.

"Talk of heaven! ye disgrace earth."

icanhasbailout's picture

The moment the people start to fight back for real, the farce ends. The first time some riot cop's head explodes in a mist of red from a sniper's bullet, police morale will break and they will start to turn on their masters.

Dr Benway's picture

Yes, because there has never been a military dictatorship in Greece, eh?

MillionDollarBogus_'s picture

That's me in the red head band, behind the guy in the green hoodie, pushing him into the cop swinging the billy-bob club-stick.

Normally I would be up front in these things, but this time a guy could get hurt.

Surly Bear's picture

I might be the only one, but I recall Franco....

knukles's picture

And I remember Sgt. Joe Friday's badge number was 714 and he didn't say anything about not recording stuff and uploading it.

He was relaxed.

714 over and out.

I remember Franco, too.
He was bad juju.
Not like Joe Friday.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture



Yes, and Lemmon after that.

3rdgrader's picture

They should put thoses peoplein cages

knukles's picture

Stumble biscuits,. disco biscuits. Karen Quinlan cocktails, party poopers, sliders, puddle pills

Them made by Rorer had the number "714" on 'em

As did Joe Friday's badge

Rorer is also the company makes Maalox.
Get the "AA"
If ya' abuse enough of the shit, not recommended btw, you'll need AA, NA or God knows what else, too.

toady's picture

Ah, to be young & dumb again ....

I still can't remember big chunks of the early 70's.

icanhasbailout's picture

That's OK, most of the 70s is not worth remembering except for the music

Big Corked Boots's picture

The first time some riot cop's head explodes in a mist of red from a sniper's bullet, their masters will escalate to the full might of the military, and the civil war really starts. Are you sure you want to go there? Do we all really believe there is no turning back? Who do you think will win? 

Personally I'm close to losing all hope in the current system. The next step is passive, peaceful resistance. After that the blood will spill. I'm not looking to skip any steps in that path, partly because it would make me one of them, and partly because I think we would lose.


If you're that close to the action, you will probably get beaten or pepper sprayed anyway so it matters not that you have a video camera in hand. 

Apeman's picture

Like hell we would lose. Seriously. They're scared to death of an uprising by the masses. They wouldn't be able to hold us back forever. Victory is pretty much assured imo.

icanhasbailout's picture

If you think we would lose, you are sorely mistaken. As Yamamoto said, there would be a rifle behind every blade of grass. Cops would quit en masse in preference to a high probability of getting killed in the act of enforcing illegal orders.

knukles's picture

Mucho agreeable.

It's not wise to burn a village to save it.

And I abhor violence.
If somebody else want's to take to the streets, so be it.... butchu better watch out just who the fuck it is, 'cause they may be bigger, meaner and tougher than you and really wanna hurt your ass.
Plus most of the puffers here about all that kind of crap have not served, never been under fire, never killed another man, been shot or stabbed, have never had to rescue a mate from harm's way when he's down, have not taken a direct lawful order he didn't like that had a high probability of getting his ass shot and have no fucking clue of the stress and fog of battle.

Lotta big talk.
That is not constructive.

Alpacanio's picture

Sooo... What do expect the people to do? Starve to death? Wait for the NWO pigs to come to your door to collect a debt or your family. Problem is, it's a lotta big talk and horrid deeds from the repressors. Sure it's no cake walk, but sometimes you have to stand for your family and neighbor. Stand as one or stand together?

My guess is, back in 1775 you would have run to Canada to surve under the king.

Apeman's picture

I've been trying to convince so many of those peaceful protestors of this. Only deadly force by the people will bring about meaningfull change. Not that I don't respect their efforts, I do. But they need to realize that to have a successfull revolution, violence is unfortunately necessary. The world doesn't work the way they think it should work, it works the way it does.

ForTheWorld's picture

However, those that are sitting at home are consuming the information shown to them by television and internet news streams. These news streams will be telling people that the protestors are terrible people, and that the police will need to shoot on sight. This will then put the support of the proles behind the "security forces" (notice how the article talked of security, rather than police?), and the protestors will have nothing. Basically, it'll just be a big Two Minute Hate against the protestors.

Drachma's picture

"Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve."

 - Karl Popper


Bicycle Repairman's picture

"The moment the people start to fight back for real, the farce ends. The first time some riot cop's head explodes in a mist of red from a sniper's bullet, police morale will break and they will start to turn on their masters."

No.  The farce ends when the police realize that they will be victimized by austerity as well.

Abitdodgie's picture

Do you think a policeman will figure that out ,they are a very dumb animal.

e-man's picture

Police state?  But I thought it was all in line with the new European Nobel Peace Prize. 

Urban Redneck's picture

The Nobel Idiots had the wonderful precendent of Barry, who expanded the Bushy Police State, and where various laws already exist for arresting those trying record State brutality for posterity (or future referal to the ICC).

Serves the EU sheeple right for not speaking up when the same tyranny was being imposed in another "civilized" country.

williambanzai7's picture

Rights of image...another form of Visual Combat

JLee2027's picture

That's what it's boiling down to. All the "entitled" gave up their freedom long ago to support "The System" where it's not even necessary to read the bill in Congress. All that's asked, is does it support "The System"? If so, then the lemmings blindly vote YES. Details are unimportant. That this will all end badly is an understatement. The car will not just break down on the road and need to be fixed. The car will have to be replaced. And possibly the road as well.

macholatte's picture




Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.
George Orwell

Dapper Dan's picture
The Iron Heel -- Jack London's Vision of Fascism

Today Jack London is remembered mostly for The Call of the Wild and White Fang and some other adventure stories. But besides being an adventurer, Jack London was a Socialist and very concerned with social and political issues. He has the distinction of having preceded Orwell's 1984, Huxley's Brave New World, and Zamyatin's We with an anti-utopian vision of society in his book The Iron Heel.

Political theory only lightly cloaked in a fictional form, The Iron Heel is stunning in its insight into how a fascist society could take shape. Though the century-old language seems quaint in some ways, it is clear that London had insight into the mechanism by which unrestrained capitalism could turn society into an extremely oppressive and dismal environment for human beings. The story prefigured the growth of fascism in Italy, Germany and trends toward fascism in the United States. The novel portrays a society under the control of a group of monopoly capitalists called The Oligarchy or The Iron Heel. The book was written 1906, published in January 1908.

In the Foreword of the 1980 edition, Rutgers professor H. Bruce Franklin, itemizes some of London's specific descriptions of the world that was to come.

Franklin: London foresees: the creation of attractive suburbs for the relatively privileged strata of the working class while the central cities are turned into what he calls "ghettoes"for the masses of unemployed and menial laborers, shoved into the darkest depths of human misery; the deliberate economic subversion of public education in order to spread illiteracy and ignorance; adequate food, health care, and housing priced above the reach of more and more people; the ubiquitous secret police infiltrating all organizations opposing the government; the establishment of a permanent mercenary army; the government conspiring in real and phony bomb plots, in the suppression of books and the destruction of printing presses, in witch hunts aimed at dissident labor leaders, professors, and authors, in destroying the reputations of some of its opponents, imprisoning many others and murdering the few it finds too formidable; spontaneous mass rebellions of the downtrodden people of the central cities; urban guerrillas battling the government's army of mercenaries and police in the canyons of the cities.

reTARD's picture

This is precisely what happens when socialism begins to turn upon itself (its own various factions). People who take advantage of others eventually get a taste of their own medicine. Karma bitchez!

alstry's picture

Great....let's propose a law that law doesn't matter.  We are all milking each other in the Udder World.

1100-TACTICAL-12's picture

Have the Spainerds been disarmed alredy ?

falak pema's picture

back to Franco, or is it NDAA type of regression?

Dr Benway's picture

May I just point out that filming cops can already get you arrested in the US?

Bob's picture

I was scanning to the bottom before saying it.  WTF--I couldn't believe most people, including our author, don't seem aware of this. 

Manthong's picture

Recording a cop (audio at least) is still a felony in Illinois.

"720 ILCS5/14-4 (b) The eavesdropping of an oral conversation or an electronic communication between any law enforcement officer, State's Attorney, Assistant State's Attorney, the Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, or a judge, while in the performance of his or her official duties, if not authorized by this Article or proper court order, is a Class 1 felony."

It’s so nice in Illinois.

But Breaking news…..  the Fascists in Cook county want a new nickel a bullet tax.

So how about $50.00 tax on a brick of .22’s in the lovely Land of Lincoln?

Cathartes Aura's picture

thank you for that - awesome video, this is how it's done.

CunnyFunt's picture

I imagine YouTube (GOOG) would happily comply in removing "unlawful recordings".

HD's picture

Unless you take the Internet down - it won't matter.  Hell, Pirate Bay has been around for 10 years and is a huge target for TPTB.

Not that it matters:

Bob's picture


The site's owners have taken increasingly sophisticated action to keep the site up: They've set up servers in mountain caves, stopped directly hosting torrent files earlier this year, and suggested that they might fly "server drones" high over Sweden's skies.

[SEE ALSO: First Couple Married Under Swedish File-Sharing Religion]

JLee2027's picture

Protect the thugs at all costs.

salvadordaly's picture

Exactly! Don't want the "BRUTAL" beat downs that are coming to be seen by the rest of the world!

PrintingPress's picture

Fuck'em Bitches! Keep printing!