Monday, July 26, 2010

Freedom of Photography

Story Here
Courts have long ruled that the First Amendment protects the right of citizens to take photographs in public places. Even after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, law enforcement agencies have reiterated that right in official policies.

But in practice, those rules don't always filter down to police officers and security guards who continue to restrict photographers, often citing authority they don't have. Almost nine years after the terrorist attacks, which ratcheted up security at government properties and transportation hubs, anyone photographing federal buildings, bridges, trains or airports runs the risk of being seen as a potential terrorist.
You may or may not remember my own unpleasant experience on this subject. I can attest that they don't take kindly to impromptu citizen lectures on Constitutional law.

Federal Parking Garage II

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