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Re: NYCTA moves forward with photo ban
Posted by RJM on Thu Nov 25 12:51:57 2004, in response to NYCTA moves forward with photo ban, posted by Mark on Thu Nov 25 12:03:22 2004.I sent the following e-mail to the MTA:
First of all, I cannot describe how angry I am at the proposed Rules
of Conduct for NYCT and SIRTOA; in particular the part that concerns
Since I'm a transit photographer, I am strongly against the new
proposed rules. Banning photography would NOT help security and
safety, and it would NOT stop terrorism. The ban would only stop
people like me, who find interest in the transit system and enjoy it.
Terrorists DO NOT need pictures to carry out their plans. They only
need to observe the crowding conditions at major stations.
And supposing that they DO need photos? They will use the vast array
of photos available on the Internet. The two following sites have
close to 25,000 photos when put together: www.nycsubway.org , and
Supposing this ban is passed AND a terrorist would want photos? He
would do it anyway. If he was to get a summons, why would he care? He
would just move to another location anyway.
There are MANY other things to worry about, rather than banning
photography. The first thing would be to clear the subway of homeless
people, who foul up stations with their belongings and degrade the
subway system. The second thing would be better enforcement of the
"no food" rule, etc. The main point is, why are you
worrying about terrorism when you can't even keep the subway system
in working and clean condition?
Visit this webpage: http://www.nycsubway.org/photoban.html to
learn about the REAL effects of the photo ban.
This e-mail is only the first action I will take. I, among with many
other transit enthusiasts in NYC, will do everything we can to stop
this nonsense that is the photo ban.
Hopefully the MTA will notice this... but they'll probably throw it out anyway. :-(