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

Posted by BMTLines on Thu Dec 13 00:23:58 2007, in response to Re: MTA training (Re: Called A ''Terrorist'' By A T/O), posted by Railman718 on Wed Dec 12 23:53:34 2007.

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I simply find Nilet's claim plausible - I surf the general photography boards as well and there are lots of people telling tales of how cops and TA personnel told them to stop taking pictures in the subway.

So I'm sorry but the event as described is quite plausible. IMO photographers need to make a united stand in order to stop the misinformation and blatant harassment. Getting behind the NYCLU lawsuit is one way. I have written my opinions on the issue to the MOFTB and Mayor Bloomberg with a cc: to the NYCLU. My latest letter was sharply critical of city policy and expressed full support for the NYCLU lawsuit.

I don't think anyone should give up their rights or priviledges without a counterargument. If approached by a motorman I feel anyone is within their rights to explain that photography is legal and show a copy of the rules. Personally I would not escalate it beyond that - if the motorman still refuses to allow the legal activity - I may let him think he won by pretending to back down. BUT what he won't know is that it is only the beginning. Besides posting details of his description and train he was operating on every photography and railroad website I would write scathing letters to the mayors office, MOFTB, ACLU, MTA, each and every City Council member and all the newspapers. Believe me I can be a vicious letter writer and I have no problem with getting anyone in trouble if they done me wrong!!!

Personally I have not been affected by this that much since my interest in the system is primarily historical and I really don't take too many pictures of current operations. Still I find the current police attitude towards photographers to be highly offensive and will strongly defend the right to use a camera anywhere, anytime and anyplace. If you can see it you should be able to "shoot" it (photographically).

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