Posts Tagged ‘Greenwood South Carolina’



Have you ever had one of those days when you just need to rant; to pitch a little hissy fit and get something off your chest? Well I’m having one and I think that the best thing to do is just to go ahead and let it out.

Now a lot of people aren’t going to like what I have to say, so I’m going to say in advance that I really don’t care if you like it or not. If you don’t like it you may need to look at yourself pretty hard.

Recently, to my surprise I came across this article about Greenwood S.C. putting up surveillance cameras everywhere. Notice how they called them “Security” camera’s but they in fact do not secure anything, they simply spy on people.

Barrineau said, in applying for the CDBG funding through the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the city noted it would install security cameras as part of the project.

There is a section of the grant application that reads as follows: 

As a public safety feature, the city will install hardware and software to support a color PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) camera system with infrared capability. The system will allow for future expansion for more cameras and will include monitoring capability along with record and playback features. This system will be an affective policing tool during outdoor events.” 

About $10,000 has been budgeted to meet this grant requirement.

Barrineau said the cameras will be installed to cover large public gathering areas — around the Veterans Monument and Uptown fountain — that are within the project area of Oak and Main.

We will also be using the camera system to deter potential vandalism to the South Carolina Festival of Flowers topiaries,” the city manager said.

In addition, Greenwood City Council has budgeted $25,000 in the 2014 local hospitality tax budget to expand the initial number of cameras.

Barrineau said the distribution of additional cameras will focus on topiary locations and highly traveled pedestrian areas frequented by residents and tourists.

Also, Barrineau said the Greater Greenwood Parks and Trails Foundation has funded cameras to be installed at West Cambridge Park and Magnolia Park. The city manager said the Uptown cameras and park cameras likely will be installed in coming weeks.

Feeds from the cameras will be maintained by the city’s information technology department.”

So, you can’t walk down the street in uptown Greenwood without being tracked by local NSA or master spy or what ever the hell they do because of plants. OK.

I posted a little piece on this and then went about my business. Yesterday, I happened to see the local papers headline and it was “Greenwood considers stop-and-identify law.”…

WHAT!!! Just who the hell do these people think they are and who comes up with these insane ideas? Two council members voted no but the Mayor, the City Manager and 5 other council members are stupid enough to think that this is a good idea.

Of course the online news is just a teaser, you still have to go and buy the hard copy to much information but don’t worry; I sprang the 75 cents for the paper.

According to the proposed ordinance, no person who is in a public place shall refuse to disclose their name, address or date of birth when requested by a law enforcement officer who reasonably suspects the person is committing, has committed or is about to commit a criminal offense.”

Reasonable suspicion, yeah right, we all know how that works. And don’t you like the part about the psychic cops? If they know that you haven’t committed a crime but that you are about to, shouldn’t they be able to pull your name address and birthday out of the cosmos? This is just 1 level below a stop and frisk law where they can just throw you to the wall and frisk you for walking down the street.

Now here’s a doozy from the paper… “ Nothing in the ordinance requires a person to answer any question beyond providing their name’, address and date of birth. Also, nothing in the ordinance authorizes a police officer to arrest anyone for not providing information beyond their name, address or date of birth or for refusing to describe the offense they witnessed.”

WOW… silly me… in all of my years, I always thought that the 4th amendment of the United States Constitution protected me from arrest and now after heading on 60 years I find that it was the Greenwood city council all this time. Who knew?

Now why do they want to stop and identify? Well they claim that is for officer safety. Bull shit… Do you know how stupid that sounds? You see the law is actually pretty clear on this.. If you break the law, the police can arrest you. Simple right. If you have not broken a law, the police can not arrest you and your name, address, date of birth or what color drawers you have on is absolutely none of anybodies business. Simple right? Small town nazi’s on the march if you think otherwise.

What the hell is wrong with these people?


I almost forgot the plan… You can take stupid people and point out how stupid their plan is but unfortunately they are too stupid to understand. So, here is what needs to be done… You take the Mayor, the City Manager and the 5 council members and anyone else who support this and every time that they step out of their house, somebody needs to be demanding their name, address and date of birth… over and over and over. Follow them through the grocery store though Walmart, walking down the street, driving their car… Hey what’s your name?… What’s your address?… What’s your date of birth? Line up and when one gets tired another steps up and the relentless questioning continues.

Make them regret the day they ever came up with this stupid idea….