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Freelance photographer Lance Rosenfield was working on assignment for ProPublica in Texas City, Texas, last week, when a BP security guard began following him. Rosenfield was later detained by police after taking photos for two ProPublica stories. One revealed that BP’s Texas City refinery had illegally emitted 538,000 pounds of toxic chemicals into the air in April and May. The other reported that the Texas City refinery continues to have serious safety violations five years after an explosion at the plant killed 15 workers.
TIME has learned that sometime today the FBI plans to send a classified Intelligence Bulletin to 18,000 state and local law enforcement agencies over its secure telecommunications network, advising officials to pay attention to suspicious activities around nuclear power plants, and including people who are spotted photographing them...
A Long Beach Harbor Patrol officer told two photographers they needed a permit to photograph industrial plants, even though they were standing on a public sidewalk.
" In fact, he said, the only thing they told him before handcuffing him was that “it was illegal to take photos of the trains.”
The officers told Miller that they needed to inspect the photos he had just taken.
“I need to see it for matters of Homeland Security,” the officer told him. “You can’t be taking photos around here.”
Originally posted by Da Man6
The things our founding fathers died for are simply vanishing... Our FREE COUNTRY simply does not exist anymore.
Originally posted by ttatw
I suppose if you took a picture of the cop that would change things a bit.