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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    I'll put on my tinfoil hat on and say that it probably has more to do with maintaining a general level of fear in the population.
    I would believe that if police harassment of harmless amateur photographers was commonplace in the whole western hemisphere. Fact is I only hear these stories from the US, UK and possible Australia. I hope these stories are not an indication of things to come here but at the moment in Austria I can photograph whatever I want in public space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rudeofus View Post
    Fact is I only hear these stories from the US, UK and possible Australia. I hope these stories are not an indication of things to come here but at the moment in Austria I can photograph whatever I want in public space.
    As can most of us in the UK, the US and Australia. All we hear on the news is reports of the rare incidents where a photographer was wrongly harrassed or detained. We don't hear reports of the hundreds of thousands of times someone takes a picture in public including a government building, police officer, bridge, etc. with no problems encountered.

    Obviously these events shouldn't happen at all but there is a certain amount of paranoa and hysteria involved to the extent that some US residents say they will not travel to the UK because of it and likewise for some UK residents to the US. This is complete nonesense and is blowing the problem up out of all proportion.


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    Quote Originally Posted by juan View Post
    I've been challenged by cops when photographing in the middle of a Florida swamp.
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    That tears it! I'm packing up the Yashica and heading downtown! I've been meaning to do a photo series on architecture ever since the new court house was built. This just reminds me of it.

    But, first, I'll print out a copy of the Constitution, fold it up and stick it in my back pocket before I go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Worker 11811 View Post
    That tears it! I'm packing up the Yashica and heading downtown! I've been meaning to do a photo series on architecture ever since the new court house was built. This just reminds me of it.

    But, first, I'll print out a copy of the Constitution, fold it up and stick it in my back pocket before I go.

    I have a Federal Courthouse nearby, just waiting to be photographed.

    If DARPA developed an Invisibility Device, they would not have to
    worry about buildings being photographed.

    There Is An iPhone App for the Constitution, no folding necessary.


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    I want the Constitution on paper so I can roll it up like a newspaper and slap those bad little doggies on the behind with it!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Worker 11811 View Post
    I want the Constitution on paper so I can roll it up like a newspaper and slap those bad little doggies on the behind with it!


    I see your point.
    The iPhone could be used to photograph the building.
    So it would only create another problem for the security personnel.
    Then they would have to Taser me twice, I guess ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Worker 11811 View Post
    I want the Constitution on paper so I can roll it up like a newspaper and slap those bad little doggies on the behind with it!


    If you're reasonable with the cops, you probably won't find much trouble. However, I'm sure at least one photographer has tried the "show them the Constitution" trick and been accused of being a terrorist/Communist/smartass for "waving that piece of paper around".
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    Not only that, the iPhone can instantly transmit that photograph across the internet. Even if the Rent-a-Cops demanded that you erase the photo and you were stupid enough to do it, the damage could already be done. By that time the photo has already been sent to Afghanistan... PLUS photos of the Rent-a-Cops, themselves, as they run out to harass you, could be just a second behind.

    By the time Sheriff Roscoe P. Coletrane and Deputy Barney Phife even figured out what had happened, let alone do anything about it, ole' Osama Bin Laden already has the information he wants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Worker 11811 View Post
    I want the Constitution on paper so I can roll it up like a newspaper and slap those bad little doggies on the behind with it!
    Does it give you the un-conditional right to do that?!


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