Why is photography now considered a terrorist act?

Started Oct 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
amalric
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walkaround wrote:

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

Because we live in a police state (albeit a nicely disguised one), and photography has been used time and again to record and expose the reality of oppressive societies. So it is treated with suspicion.

Photography were barred from the NYC subway system for nearly 10 years after 9/11. Why? It makes no sense whatsoever, except in the context of repression.

Well it's a good point. In my 'backward' European town I have no restriction whatsoever. However we had the bad surprise of being spied by the NSA, which has nothing to do with our institutions and the respect of privacy across the UE.

In a way photography should be considered as a universal right, as long as it doesn't defamate other fellow citizens. But that is a matter of common sense.

Otherwise even doing macros of insects should be construed as preparing a terrorist insect invasion.

Am.

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