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Monday, July 26, 2010

i take my camera EVERYWHERE. i mean that too

two things i carry with me where ever i go. rain or shine. good mood or bad. winter or summer. my knitting AND my camera. when the mood strikes me, i snap snap and snap.

i happen to know it's NOT against the law to photograph a public building or public goings-on. i also happen to know a LOT of law enforcement people don't understand that. what's a person to do? if you continue to protest, you most likely will be arrested. of course you'll be let go, but not until after you're carted down to the station and goddess only knows what else.

this HAS to stop. this IS america. land of the free and all, right?

Freedom of photography: Police, security often clamp down despite public right
Washington Post Staff Writer  

A few weeks ago, on his way to work, Matt Urick stopped to snap a few pictures of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's headquarters. He thought the building was ugly but might make for an interesting photo. The uniformed officer who ran up to him didn't agree. He told Urick he was not allowed to photograph federal buildings.
Urick wanted to tell the guard that there are pictures of the building on HUD's Web site, that every angle of the building is visible in street views on Google Maps and that he was merely an amateur photographer, not a threat. But Urick kept all this to himself.
"A lot of these guys have guns and are enforcing laws they obviously don't understand, and they are not to be reasoned with," he said. After detaining Urick for a few minutes and conferring with a colleague on a radio, the officer let him go...............

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