Advice for living in the Bush Police State
Don't wear black, folks.
*I actually made the mistake of having nothing but black clothes left when I was covering a protest in Irvine, California. The cops there (including guys staked out atop a Yum! Brands parking garage with rifles and telephoto lenses) assumed I was an anarchist too. Their undercover mole -- a complete moron, as he was wearing a Nike baseball cap and trying to pretend to be a supporter of the downtrodden laberor -- was shooting photos of people's faces. The top local cop made the mistake of telling me that the images were to be used in a database to identify troublemakers.
The troublemakers he referred to had pre-arranged the protest months in advance, had permissions up the wazoo, and the extent of the trouble was chanting and the consumption of non Taco Bell tacos.
I've always wondered if I made the database, and if they used the shot where I was giving the cop the finger.