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This sort of story always has me near helpless on the floor with laughter…

Those who, in theory at least, should be a lot smarter, have yet to grasp the concept of how the greatest creator of publicity for something, anything, is to demand it is given privacy.

The French Secret Service is certainly a stranger to the concept, as are most people who demand privacy. After all, isn’t the best and cheapest way for a waste-of-skin celebrity to get their unwanted faces plastered across the media for them simply to start up some gripe about not being given privacy?

In this case, the French seem to be demanding that Wikipedia take down a page (from 2009, four years ago!) that they seem to have suddenly developed some sort of phobia over:

French agents at the Direction Centrale du Renseignement Intérieur (DCRI), apparently turning their attention to Wikipedia for the first time in years, demanded last month that the Wikimedia Foundation delete an entry about a military radio relay station written in 2009.

When Wikimedia refused, the DCRI approached a French man with administrative editing rights on Wikipedia about taking down the page. The man told them that he had no involvement with the page’s creation or hosting. And that his mother told him not to talk to strangers.

Via French Secret Service Freaks Out About Seemingly Nonexistent Military Secrets On Wikipedia | Gizmodo UK

There’s even a video of the chief of the radio relay station, station hertzienne militaire de Pierre sur Haute, giving an interview about the station’s operations, and taking a reporter on a tour of the facilities.

This one warms up a sore spot I have, and would almost post a pic just to get revenge, but the house and location are too recognisable and the incident too recent – I just had an altercation with a home owner who came running up to me and asked me what I thought I was doing. I though I was standing in a public street taking photographs of some interesting decorations, but he seemed to think I was taking pictures of his house, was interfering with his children (who were at school at the time of day concerned), and even threw worrying his wife into the pot at one point.

I pointed out, and showed him (aren’t digital cameras wonderful?) that I had not even caught his hovel in any of my shots, let alone take any pictures of it, but regardless, we did not part the best of friends.

Yes folks… there are still nut jobs out there, fuelled by the dregs of the media and their alarmist stories carrying tales of evil people openly carrying cameras in public.

Just wait until they learn about miniature hidden cameras and phones that have cameras built in, and can even take moving pictures, so people can wander about taking covert pics and not even be noticed.

 

 

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April 8, 2013 - Posted by | military | , , , ,

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