Why is photography now considered a terrorist act?

Started Oct 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
stevo23 Forum Pro • Posts: 15,277
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? I would love to hear viewpoints of those that agree that photography IS a threat to public safety to help me better understand.

Thank You

It's actually nothing new. I've run into this many times in the past 40 years.

If you were in the right, you should have asked him why you had to leave. People shouldn't get the idea they can tell you to stop photographing an inanimate object just because they feel like it.

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