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I'm a terrorist?

I saw this article last week, but hadn't gotten around to posting it yet.
The TSA is encouraging people to view photographers with suspicion.
Article here

C&P of text here:
TSA Sows Fear of Photographers
Radley Balko | September 7, 2010

There's a spot along the George Washington Memorial Parkway just outside of D.C. called Gravelly Point. It's a picnic and recreation area a few hundred feet from one of the runways at Reagan National Airport. It's a popular spot for photographers to snap shots of planes taking off and landing. It's part of the National Park Service, and the proximity to the airport is a big reason why the spot is so popular. I bring up Gravelly Point because of the absurd TSA poster to your right, spotted by Carlos Miller.

What should we find suspicious about the figure in the picture? That's he's carrying a camera near an airport? Maybe it's the hoodie. But then maybe it's cold outside. Point is, TSA is putting in our heads that photographers are people we ought to view with suspicion.

No wonder law enforcement officials around the country, including TSA workers, wrongly assume that they can stop, detain, arrest, and otherwise harass people who take photos in Metro centers, on AMTRAK, at airports, or in other public places.

The poster in question:

(photo by Carlos Miller)

So... If photo equipment means you're a terrorist, why did the TSA let me board a plane with this equipment in my carry-on? Moose must have convinced them!
We're so close that my big lens is too big!!!! #nasatweetup on Twitpic
We're so close that my big lens is too big!!!! #nasatweetup on Twitpic
Hmmm... Taking pictures of planes = you're going to steal them. Does this mean I'm going to steal the Space Shuttle?! :)

Photography is Not a Crime

Comments

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kindredspirit75
Sep. 16th, 2010 10:29 am (UTC)
I was going to make sarcastic comment but the government has made me too paranoid to do so...
hellziggy
Sep. 16th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
Shhhhhhhh. They'll hear you!
mad_brilliant_
Sep. 16th, 2010 11:45 am (UTC)
I was pulled out of line at the airport and my bag gone through by hand because I had two cameras and two extra lenses. Weirdness.
hellziggy
Sep. 16th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
I was honestly shocked going to Florida and back by how easy security was. I've never in my life traveled with as much electronic & camera equipment as I did for that trip. With both my carry-on and my laptop bag being mostly electronics I really thought I'd get pulled out for a hand search.
mysticmoonstorm
Sep. 16th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
I hate the TSA with a passion. This is what happens when an undereducated underexposed (ha ha... that's kind of pun-y) person gets in a position of power. They don't have the knowledge base to know/understand photographers or their equipment (or their passionate nature). Secondly, they don't have the experience to know that there are places in this world that just HAVE to be photographed and documented. Third, most TSA people have a high school diploma and nothing else and while secondary education isn't for everyone (and I respect that), TSA officials seem to get it in their head that they made something of themselves without going the extra mile and they are not in a position of power and that makes them better than everyone else (not just equal, but better) and therefore they can treat everyone like crap and make stupid accusations like this!

This whole new secure flight data thing they've implemented is a pain in the butt. People do not like giving out their birthdate. If it isn't in the airline record the agency gets fined (up to $3000 - for not including a middle name and a birthdate in the reservation record), and all because the TSA thinks that by adding a middle name and birthdate will make us safer. How?
Ooops sorry - TSA tangent. (This is why I need to get the hell out of the travel industry!)

Yeah, I really hate the TSA. :)
hellziggy
Sep. 17th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
The TSA can be useful... When I was on the light rail in Phoenix heading to the airport I was paranoid about missing my stop or getting off on the wrong one. A guy in his TSA uniform got on so I just followed him. ;) Other than that though? not so much.
whimsywinx
Sep. 17th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
Fuckin' fear mongers.
hellziggy
Sep. 17th, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
Yup, that's pretty much all they are.
gunthar
Sep. 17th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
Can I ride on moose's new space shuttle?
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