19.1.14

NYET FOTOGRAFIER!

Cold Spring Shops has long defended the right of ferroequinologists to photograph trains.  It is not illegal to photograph trains.  It is Stupid Corporate Policy to have security officers ask questions of ferroequinologists as the Executive Train passes.  Depressingly, though, local officials continue to treat photographers of rail infrastructure as Dangerous People whose names must be placed on a list that is likely to be leaked the next time a government data-base gets released to Wiki Leaks, or is hacked.
"The 9/11 mentality that there are terrorists everywhere has the potential to intrude on everybody's constitutional rights," says Laurie Levenson, a professor of criminal law at Loyola Law School and a former federal prosecutor. "And I don't even think it's effective law enforcement. You can end up getting so much information that most of it is not useful and you're missing the needle in the haystack."
Round up the usual railfans!

Those guys at flight school who aren't doing touch-and-go reps?  Nothing to see.

Those guys wisecracking in Russian as they buy Fourth of July supplies?  Is this a great country, or what?

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