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Re: Reviewing The Footage (Called A ''Terrorist'' By A T/O)

Posted by ntrainride on Tue Dec 11 22:01:55 2007, in response to Re: Reviewing The Footage (Called A ''Terrorist'' By A T/O), posted by Jersey Mike on Mon Dec 10 00:23:41 2007.

And yet...something analogous to this incident happened to me...I swear...two weeks before the 9/11 attacks. It had been a while since I had walked on Staten Island so that day i had decided to make my way over to the Bayonne Bridge and cross over into Bayonne to ride the HBLRT. (How I got to the bridge is another story in itself: hitched in from Islip, got a ride to Newkirk Avenue station, caught a B8 bus to Fort Hamilton, transferred to a B53 to Port Richmond, and walked to the bridge. I really wanted to get there!)

Well, crossing the bridge I had sort of climbed on top of the walkway fence once or twice, on the highway side, to take some pics of Bayonne and east. No less than three times while on the bridge I got questioned by P.A. cops, stopping their cars on the highway to talk to me. Twice on the upward slope, once on the down slope. None of `em did anything, they all went on their way after I "explained" what and why I was doing on the bridge. Let me note that I didn't climb onto that sidewalk wall after the first questioning.

Then, when I was actually in Bayonne city limits, at the stairway leading to the street, two Bayonne cops were awaiting, to question me. Again, I was left to get on with my hike after giving my explainations and showing them my i.d. They seemed surprised that I had come there from L.I. without a car, but even they noted that no laws were broken.

I mean, two weeks before the attacks. Afterwards, I wondered if that incident, occuring so close to 9/11 might draw some kind of investigation my way. In retrospect, the actual circumstances of my adventure that day could very well have been construed to be, i don't know, connected. Some dufus with a camera on a bridge from Staten Island to Bayonne (that name always makes me think of Ralph and Norton...), putting himself into oddball locations, taking pictures like that towards New York City...

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