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January 24, 2011

I can barely contain my eye-rolls when I see stories like this.

In the Land of Lincoln, there is something called the Illinois Eavesdropping Act.  Illinois is a two-part consent sort of place.  There’s all sort of words in the code to describe what can and can’t be done.  It gets exceptionally strange as you read through it.  I believe, under the right circumstances, the reading of this code will transport a person to another dimension.  I will not publish what those circumstances are because I know you folks.  Not to be trusted with such information.

I can give you one hint.  This part must be read during the silence between the 5th and 6th songs of a certain album (14-3 (m)):

(m) An electronic recording, including but not limited to, a motion picture, videotape, digital, or other visual or audio recording, made of the interior of a school bus while the school bus is being used in the transportation of students to and from school and school-sponsored activities, when the school board has adopted a policy authorizing such recording, notice of such recording policy is included in student handbooks and other documents including the policies of the school, notice of the policy regarding recording is provided to parents of students, and notice of such recording is clearly posted on the door of and inside the school bus.

That’s all I can say about that.

One thing is clear, the circumstances surrounding an “eavesdropping event” seem to be an obvious factor.  There are times in which the concept is acceptable.  Even desirable.

Shamefully, there’s a large chunk of folk that can’t figure out what those reasonable circumstances might be.  All aboard, this is an express train!

The real story here is the stupendously hilarious quote bestowed upon us by Mark Donahue, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police – Chicago Lodge 7.

Mark Donahue, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said his organization “absolutely supports” the eavesdropping act as is and was relieved that the challenge [the ACLU of IL challenged the IEA in federal court in August ’10] had failed. Mr. Donahue added that allowing the audio recording of police officers while performing their duty “can affect how an officer does his job on the street.”

Even giving Donahue the benefit of the doubt, that’s some funny shit.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Necromanticore permalink
    January 25, 2011 12:07 PM

    Amusing. So the Po Lease are worried they can’t be themselves if they are being monitored. That’s rather frightening. Though I don’t care for the eavesdropping idea at all. It’s pretty hinky to me.

    • January 27, 2011 11:27 AM

      You’re probably involved in illicit activity or you would support this.

  2. January 31, 2011 7:09 PM

    I can’t hear you. Please speak louder and enunciate properly.
    (No slang please)

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