At first I was annoyed at the assumption that the government should not work with BP on the spill. There really is no alternative that makes sense, given the special knowledge BP and its contractors have generally and specifically about the specifics of this well. Strangers would have a steep, and I fear, long learning curve.
But, apart from keeping the public and reporters out of places where their presence might intrude on work to stop the spill, it did not occur to me that the police powers of the various governments would be used to keep reporters from taking pictures of whatever they might see, something I feel even more strongly about if they are on public property when they are doing their reporting. I also didn’t expect anything to be confiscated or shared with BP, nor questions to be asked the answers to which are none of BP’s business. This strikes me as a bad state of affairs.
It also strikes me as a place where good investigative journalism can circumvent these measures by its sheer cleverness and get the stories out.