Quote Originally Posted by Barry S View Post
She was 100% wrong, but unfortunately it's often the rule around Federal areas in DC. It's completely arbitrary and every officer and security guard is a law unto themselves. Sometimes they wrongly restrict you and sometimes they don't. After 9/11, laws and due process got thrown out the window. Gives em something for their incident logs, I guess.

Not just DC. In Texas, cops interpret the law the same way. When I am approached by the law over some minutia(sp?), I am convinced they are really just bored, and most of lapses in their judgement can be blamed on boredom.