Why is photography now considered a terrorist act?

Started Oct 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
John1940 Senior Member • Posts: 2,778
Re: Why is photography now considered a terrorist act?

FrankieJ wrote:

Why is photography now considered to be part of, or equivalent to, a terrorist act?
This past weekend I was shooting at Los Feliz fountain in Los Angeles for a college assignment.

The site is undergoing renovation of the surrounding garden areas which ARE fenced off.
The fountain itself is unfenced with no prohibitive signage and is operating normally. I stayed next to the fountain, within the un-restricted areas.

One of the DWP gardeners felt that it was his duty to tell me that I had to stop what I was doing and leave the location. I did as "Told" and packed up and left (I was done shooting).
But why is the first reaction to legal public photography one of threat?
(With apologies to anyone affected by 9/11) Did he fear I would use the photos somehow to fly a plane into the fountain? Wouldn't Google Earth be superior for that?

Haven't you noticed that the now-old idea of flying an airplane into things is under control (to the extent such attacks can be)? I use Google Earth a lot and it will not find places where to put small packages that could possibly kill many people. Terrorists seem to think up new ways of doing harm. You are behind the eight ball and your post title proves it. It's a totally ridiculous extrapolation.

I would love to hear viewpoints of those that agree that photography IS a threat to public safety to help me better understand.

Photography is not a threat. Use your head.


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