Re: Do we actually have a right to defend? I rarely take pictures of individuals without asking first, even at demos, etc, when people expect to be photographed. If it isn't possible to ask (when shooting a march or protest, for example) then I make it very clear that I am taking photographs! If someone asks me not to then I fully respect that! My right to take pictures of people without their permission is not what I am defending here...because, being camera-shy myself, I don't tend to do it! But I do object to policemen and security guards abusing their authority and the law...I served in the military for 12 years defending our freedoms...at least that is what they told me I was doing...now I can't even photograph a peaceful protest, for example, outside an arms fair in London without risking arrest under anti-terrorism laws! I'm not a terrorist, I've had friends killed by terrorists...and the way the government and police are now behaving is an insult to their memory!