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Regular People Still Paying With Anti-Terror Methods

Photo by Joe Architect

More criminalization of photography underway: Las Vegas is the latest place to implement the hysteria-inducing anti-terror campaign, “See Something Say Something.” Eight area billboards will ask for the public’s help in identifying suspicious activity. 

What does that look like, according to the Las Vegas Sun?

It could be a car parked in a suspicious spot, a person taking unusual photos of a building’s infrastructure or even snippets of an overheard conversation that raise concern.

And on the other side of the country, the Washington Post is reporting that authorities have now implemented random bag searches in Washington, DC-area Metro stations. As someone who regularly uses this dilapidated system, I can tell you if the people doing the searching are anywhere near as incompetent as those who run and operate it, “terrorists” don’t have anything to worry about.

(Thanks to MP)

“No pictures. You could be a terrorist.”


Keith Garsee was one of the photographers who joined us at the Photographers’ Rights Day rally in Hollywood on Sunday and also one of the inspirations for the event in the first place. He was harassed in the Los Angeles Metro, and we do mean harassed. It’s one thing to be told you can’t take photos, another to be threatened with arrest, and then quite another altogether to be told “F–k you” when you ask a simple question! Perhaps our tax dollars need to be going toward charm school for these security folks?

Here’s just an excerpt.

Him: Hey! It’s against the 9-11 Law to take pictures down here man!
Me: You mean the Patriot Act?
Him: No pictures.
Me: Could you explain? What law do you mean?
Him: You are lawyer?
Me: No.
Him: No pictures. You could be a terrorist. Very strict!
Me: How about I take a picture of you?
Him: F**k you… (I couldn’t believe it either)

Read the full account here.

Via Boing Boing.

Photo by discarted.

Photographers Stand Up for their Rights

Naomi Mercer, host of the web series “Gadget Gossip,” passed up a beautiful day at the beach to document our first-ever Photographers’ Rights Day in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 1.  

Video by Naomi Mercer

A Good Start But a Long Way to Go

NPRD Photographers 

The first-ever Photographers Rights Rally yesterday was a success — and a good start in getting the word out about this issue. About 35 people (from as far-flung as San Diego, Fullerton and Costa Mesa) showed up over the course of the day and we had LA County sheriffs (very cordially, I might add) supervise us at Hollywood and Highland and escort us on the Metro to Union Station. We had free reign to shoot wherever and whatever we liked. However, as predicted, as soon as the rally ended, things went back to normal and two photographers were harassed, one on the platform at Union Station and threatened with arrest. A letter was sent to Capt. Dan Finkelstein, MTA’s chief of police, Mayor Villaraigosa and Councilmen LaBonge and Garcetti asking to clarify their policies; no response yet.

To check out the shots of the day, click here.

And stay tuned for a photo/audio montage to be posted here soon.

Thanks to all who came out, shot pictures and showed support.

Photo by amianda

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