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Re: MTA training (Re: Called A ''Terrorist'' By A T/O)

Posted by Terrapin Station on Wed Dec 12 13:11:31 2007, in response to Re: MTA training (Re: Called A ''Terrorist'' By A T/O), posted by Brighton Private on Wed Dec 12 12:55:41 2007.

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Now -- and don't all have a stroke about this -- there are elements to railfan photography that distinguish it from, say, casual tourist photography that MIGHT legitimately lead a cop or MTA employee to ask a couple of questions: in particular its intensive and repetitive nature and its frequent focus on infrastructure and technology (such as signaling). But AT MOST that justifies a couple of polite questions from the authorities -- who by this time know damned well what railfans are and what they do. It NEVER justifies disrespect, attitude, threats, confiscation, handcuffing, and knowingly false assertions that photography is illegal.

I totally agree. But a smart terrorist wouldn't fall into the trap of allowing his photography to be seen as "intensive and repetitive with a frequent focus on infrastructure and technology". He use a hidden camera and take his shots quickly and without raising suspicion. He does not want to get questioned (thereby having to say, fake being a railfan), as that is just one step closer to being found out. So the only people who are going to get caught doing photography seen as "intensive and repetitive with a frequent focus on infrastructure and technology" are railfans!

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