Will Potter’s TED talk is live, and on the TED.com homepage!
"It was less than a year after September 11, and I was at the Chicago Tribune writing about shootings and murders and it was leaving me feeling pretty dark and depressed. I had done some activism in college so I decided to help a local group hang door knockers against animal testing. I thought it would be a safe way to do something positive but of course I have the absolute worst luck ever and we were all arrested. Police took this blurry photo of me holding leaflets as evidence. My charges were dismissed, but a few weeks later two FBI agents knocked on my door and they told me that unless I helped them by spying on protest groups they would put me on a domestic terrorist list.”