DEA agent sues US over accidental shooting tape
In 2004, before this blog began, a DEA agent was filmed giving a presentation to a class. Shortly after he announced that only he was professional enough to carry a handgun, he managed to shoot himself in the foot. The videotape of course made the rounds of the internet.
The Smoking Gun announces that now he's suing the government over allowing dissemination of the tape.
Reading the complaint, he might just have, dare we say, a shot at it. He alleges the person who videotaped the event turned over the only copy of the tape to DEA, and DEA returned it with the event erased (which says something about how the government functions -- simply destroy privately owned evidence if it embarasses the agency). If this is true, the only copy was in DEA hands, and protected by the Privacy Act. Now, you could probably get it thru the Freedom of Information Act, but his allegation is that copies were just passed around by DEA and eventually got onto the web. If so, he might just have a Privacy Act case.
Thanks to Alan Gura for the tip...