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2014-07-20 01:11:48 AM  
Thou shalt not go around poking the bear for no reason other than "public area! I can take photos! I'm being repressed!".....

This is no better than the open carry activist idiots... Why push your luck "justbecause you can" or to "prove a point".... oh yeah, because you are a childish AW....
 
2014-07-20 05:26:33 AM  
old news is old.....we live in a police state.

the reporter is lucky he didn't get Rodney King'ed
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-07-20 07:58:30 AM  
The photographer should wear an explosive vest. When confronted by an overzealous security guard, hit the trigger.

But then America would lose two minor annoyances.
 
2014-07-20 09:08:41 AM  

SauronWasFramed: old news is old.....we live in a police state.

the reporter is lucky he didn't get Rodney King'ed


You live in a police state only if you're paranoid and feel oppressed.  That says volumes about you.
 
2014-07-20 09:09:34 AM  
The post office is shaped like a dick and balls
 
2014-07-20 09:10:36 AM  

Olo Manolo: Thou shalt not go around poking the bear for no reason other than "public area! I can take photos! I'm being repressed!".....

This is no better than the open carry activist idiots... Why push your luck "justbecause you can" or to "prove a point".... oh yeah, because you are a childish AW....


So arguing that you were told that you could take pictures to a guy that told you you couldn't is AW'ing now?

/At this rate, even keeping your head down and doing your business quietly will be AW'ing in 10 years...
 
2014-07-20 09:14:39 AM  

Olo Manolo: Thou shalt not go around poking the bear for no reason other than "public area! I can take photos! I'm being repressed!".....

This is no better than the open carry activist idiots... Why push your luck "justbecause you can" or to "prove a point".... oh yeah, because you are a childish AW....


You know how I know you are one of the "sheeple"?

/Open-carry people are still douchebags.
//Just like those who Roll Coal
 
2014-07-20 09:16:38 AM  
This was a gay joke, right?

I ask because usually using the words "Spongebob" and "top" in the same sentence usually refers to something homosexual.
 
2014-07-20 09:18:54 AM  
Well, the comments were a BuzzFeed staple:  People who were probably on the side of the kid who was attacked for flying a picture drone over a beach are on the side of the cops against this picture taker.  Damn hypocrites.
 
2014-07-20 09:22:09 AM  
I'm a photographer and therefore a terrorist. And I have a security clearance. I used to be on the TSA watch for who knows why. Now I'm not and have a TSA pre check authorization.

Next they'll find out I have an interest in other languages and countries and have to lock me up.

/it's people like me that have ruined America, or so I've been told
 
2014-07-20 09:22:45 AM  
I remember when they passed the Anti-Nervousness laws and the Suspicious Persons act.

The way to avoid feeling nervous about suspicious people is always to give up freedoms and embrace a police state because that's not scary at all.
 
2014-07-20 09:24:10 AM  
Here is a picture from inside each of those buildings. It's uncanny. They're all the same. This is what the government doesn't want you to know. Robot Spongebobs talking to Robot People. Thanks Robama.

img.fark.net
 
2014-07-20 09:25:09 AM  

LeoffDaGrate: SauronWasFramed: old news is old.....we live in a police state.

the reporter is lucky he didn't get Rodney King'ed

You live in a police state only if you're paranoid and feel oppressed.  That says volumes about you.


Far be it from me to be caught in the SauronWasFramed Derp-A-Looza camp, but if this comment was accurate:

"You are suspicious, we live in a post 9/11 world,"

what kind of state do you think we live in?  No, the reporter was not arrested, not beaten, didn't have her camera taken away, but a single attack that occurred almost 13 years ago is now an excuse to prevent photographs taken from public sidewalks of public buildings, and there is no law to enforce that, just a "this is a post 9/11 world" that can apparently be used as an excuse for all eternity.  Because we don't immediately burst out laughing when that's the excuse, 13 years later.  So I have to assume it will be just as potent after 26 years, or 52.  Most of us still carry that little "Keep Murica Safe" hymn in our hearts, even if we have now changed out of our Dubya Stormtrooper uniforms and disavowed all past allegiance to The Saddam Is a Bad Man Party.

It may not actually be a police state (yet), but it's certainly a surveillance state, and in fact it's already moved beyond that.  They not only watch you, they come charging out the door the second they see a camera, even though they know the camera takes photos of nothing but blank, ugly building facades and doorways.

They think everyone, literally everyone, is a terrorist casing their building for the next big attack.  Because there was one attack, 13 years ago.

Fourteen years ago, if you had described a situation like this without naming the country, 99% of respondents would have said, "That's obviously Russa/Iran/North Korea."  If you had told them it would soon be the US, you would have gotten the "why do you hate America" refrain.  Now it's either Sauron's "so we live in a police state, who cares" or it's "you must be paranoid if you don't believe we live in Best America."

All of this is on top of the profound stupidity of the whole thing, because they only react when somebody openly walks up to the building, openly pulls out a camera, and openly takes a picture.  As if there are no zoom lenses in the world, as if there are no helicopters, as if there aren't countless ways of taking photos of those ugly, blank facades that nobody cares about.  They throw up barriers and checkpoints and security zones to keep the pony from getting out of the barn, the pony that disappeared over the horizon more than a decade ago.

Meanwhile those photos show only too plainly (as anyone who just walks by would know) that the buildings are entirely unsecured against a car bomb attack or even a guy wearing a suicide vest.  So the fat, bored cops waddling out of buildings to shout at people with cameras is nothing more than an exercise in futility.

And blind stupidity is another key factor in a police state.
 
2014-07-20 09:32:18 AM  
People who use the phrase "post-9/11 world" should have a plane fly into them.
 
2014-07-20 09:32:42 AM  
I'm sure countless numbers of tourists take photos in front of these buildings every day.  Yet, we never seem to read anyone else complain about being harassed for doing so.  I wonder what this particular photographer did differently to attract their attention.
 
2014-07-20 09:33:28 AM  

hardinparamedic: This was a gay joke, right?

I ask because usually using the words "Spongebob" and "top" in the same sentence usually refers to something homosexual.


You move in interesting circles.
 
2014-07-20 09:41:34 AM  
Seeing the quality of the DoE building and property (in terms of maintenance/repairs) compared to the others should qualify for [SAD].
 
2014-07-20 09:41:58 AM  
Not to sound racist, but notice how all of these security goons also happen to be of the blah persuasion? Seems that if you ever encounter a blah security guard, you're going to have a bad time.

static2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-07-20 09:42:31 AM  

edmo: I'm a photographer and therefore a terrorist. And I have a security clearance. I used to be on the TSA watch for who knows why. Now I'm not and have a TSA pre check authorization.

Next they'll find out I have an interest in other languages and countries and have to lock me up.

/it's people like me that have ruined America, or so I've been told


Meantime, of course, people who have guns or threaten to bring guns are just A-OK, the most 'Murcan thing we can have.

/Unless they're blah.
//Or brown.
///Or kinda swarthy-looking.
///Or loners.
///Or just look liberal.
 
2014-07-20 09:43:49 AM  
People going on about a "post 9/11 world" are overlooking things like the Navy Yard shooting that were much more recent.
It's not terrorists that we have to guard against as much as it is a crazy loner with a grudge.
 
2014-07-20 09:51:09 AM  
i183.photobucket.com
 
2014-07-20 09:51:59 AM  
We don't live in a police state. Good Lord you people are dramatic. East Germany was a police state.

We live in a state where the laws can't keep up with the ever expanding technology produced at an ever increasing rate. It's not a sinister conspiracy it's just chaos
 
2014-07-20 09:53:30 AM  

seenonradio: People going on about a "post 9/11 world" are overlooking things like the Navy Yard shooting that were much more recent.
It's not terrorists that we have to guard against as much as it is a crazy loner with a grudge.


And those guys aren't likely to be taking pictures of buildings they're intimately familiar with...
 
2014-07-20 09:53:48 AM  
Reporter seems like a total douchebag. "Im only taking a picture of a public sidewalk".. meanwhile public sidewalk is lined with massive security barriers.

"An ARMED Bike Cop approached me!"... really? An armed police officer?

And I know this guy makes it seem like he only took a single snapshot of these places, but something tells me he was being a total douche about it since his dumb article doesn't really focus on ugly architecture at all, and instead is just a series of entrances and barriers.

Im all for taking pics and video of cops when they're arresting somebody, but Im not too keen on trolling security around government buildings because Im not 14 years old with a skateboard.
 
2014-07-20 10:00:25 AM  

seenonradio: People going on about a "post 9/11 world" are overlooking things like the Navy Yard shooting that were much more recent.
It's not terrorists that we have to guard against as much as it is a crazy loner with a grudge.


Seriously! I mean what do Post Offices have to do with Islamic terror,...anthrax on the other hand. Totally home grown by a Government Employee..so the security guards are right to question anyone wondering around bureaucratic sites in DC taking photos. I commend to dudes who just look like shiftless Black rent-a-cops to the photo guy, but who are actually doing their job effectively.
 
2014-07-20 10:01:56 AM  
Seriously: Those really are ugly buildings. The police should ask, "Sir, why the hell are you wasting energy taking pictures of this ugly building?" Any answer, of course is acceptable. And then... If I were a cop, I'd do my best to photobomb every pic. For the LOLs.

But nooooo. We can't have LOLs because terrorists.
 
2014-07-20 10:03:01 AM  
for any if you who say stopping photographers is ok, "it's a post 9/11 world" or are apathetic about it

fark YOU.

in my life time we have gone from the anti war, kent state standing up for our rights to some pussy "mommy the bad guy is out there" attitude. shame on you.
 
2014-07-20 10:03:11 AM  

FnkyTwn: Reporter seems like a total douchebag. "Im only taking a picture of a public sidewalk".. meanwhile public sidewalk is lined with massive security barriers.

"An ARMED Bike Cop approached me!"... really? An armed police officer?


Now we see the violence inherent in the system.

Help! I'm being repressed!
 
2014-07-20 10:07:40 AM  

Cataholic: I'm sure countless numbers of tourists take photos in front of these buildings every day.  Yet, we never seem to read anyone else complain about being harassed for doing so.  I wonder what this particular photographer did differently to attract their attention.


It was probably something really flagrant, so provocative, so disgustingly disrespectful of the holy memories of the Victims of 9/11, that they couldn't just ignore it.

For example, being on a bicycle and alone, instead of on foot, fat, sunburned, with a spouse and two kids and a "What to See in D.C." brochure sticking out of your pocket.  She probably doubled down on this crazy provocative act by pulling out a camera with a detachable lens, the surest sign of the al Qaeda operative casing Building 7G in Annex 3 of the Institute of Really Boring Statistics for imminent car bomber attack.

Because it's that kind of shamelessly provocative, disprespectful act that brings the harsh response she received, i.e., fat security guards waddling out to tell her, "You can take pictures of the building, but you can't take pictures of this doorway."

Sounds legit.
 
hej
2014-07-20 10:07:53 AM  

Olo Manolo: Thou shalt not go around poking the bear for no reason other than "public area! I can take photos! I'm being repressed!".....

This is no better than the open carry activist idiots... Why push your luck "justbecause you can" or to "prove a point".... oh yeah, because you are a childish AW....


When is the last time you heard of somebody dying from a photography wound?
 
2014-07-20 10:10:22 AM  

Doktor_Zhivago: We don't live in a police state. Good Lord you people are dramatic. East Germany was a police state.

We live in a state where the laws can't keep up with the ever expanding technology produced at an ever increasing rate. It's not a sinister conspiracy it's just chaos


And nothing bad can ever come out of an extended period of chaos.  You don't ever see bad things coalescing and gradually growing worse during a 13-year-period of chaos.  No, eventually, things right themselves and we're all happy again and the bad stuff goes away, and we think, well we certainly feel foolish for worrying, now that the trains run on time and our national pride has been restored.
 
2014-07-20 10:16:18 AM  
These brave police officers were merely trying to enforce security through obscurity. If terrorists are unable to take pictures with their own cameras immediately, they are permanently thwarted from their nefarious acts!

Also, in my world the sky is green.


/Watch out, Department of Education! He was able to take pictures without an eagle-eyed post office cop stopping him!
//Put the building  underground or in North Dakota if you want people to refrain from taking pictures of it.
 
2014-07-20 10:18:15 AM  

Doktor_Zhivago: We don't live in a police state. Good Lord you people are dramatic. East Germany was a police state.

We live in a state where the laws can't keep up with the ever expanding technology produced at an ever increasing rate. It's not a sinister conspiracy it's just chaos


But cops ask for driver's licenses which is exactly like a requirement to have internal travel permission documents!

And free speech is gone because you cannot roads and stuff.

Wake up sheeple.

/dnrtfa
 
2014-07-20 10:18:31 AM  

Kibbler: And nothing bad can ever come out of an extended period of chaos.  You don't ever see bad things coalescing and gradually growing worse during a 13-year-period of chaos.  No, eventually, things right themselves and we're all happy again and the bad stuff goes away, and we think, well we certainly feel foolish for worrying, now that the trains run on time and our national pride has been restored.


Ok when the Sicherheitsdienst starts coming to take people in the middle of the night we can start godwinning.  Until then please calm down.  The photographer was asked to leave not sentenced to hard labor.

BEING ASKED TO LEAVE IS NOT WHAT POLICE STATES DO.
 
2014-07-20 10:20:26 AM  

Doktor_Zhivago: Kibbler: And nothing bad can ever come out of an extended period of chaos.  You don't ever see bad things coalescing and gradually growing worse during a 13-year-period of chaos.  No, eventually, things right themselves and we're all happy again and the bad stuff goes away, and we think, well we certainly feel foolish for worrying, now that the trains run on time and our national pride has been restored.

Ok when the Sicherheitsdienst starts coming to take people in the middle of the night we can start godwinning.  Until then please calm down.  The photographer was asked to leave not sentenced to hard labor.

BEING ASKED TO LEAVE IS NOT WHAT POLICE STATES DO.



It is what crossing guard states do!
www.riversideca.gov
 
MFK
2014-07-20 10:21:31 AM  

Curious: for any if you who say stopping photographers is ok, "it's a post 9/11 world" or are apathetic about it

fark YOU.

in my life time we have gone from the anti war, kent state standing up for our rights to some pussy "mommy the bad guy is out there" attitude. shame on you.


This.

Seriously.
 
2014-07-20 10:22:06 AM  

TV's Vinnie: Not to sound racist, but notice how all of these security goons also happen to be of the blah persuasion? Seems that if you ever encounter a blah security guard, you're going to have a bad time.

[static2.wikia.nocookie.net image 670x695]



What about meh security guards in California and Texas?
 
2014-07-20 10:22:08 AM  

Olo Manolo: Thou shalt not go around poking the bear for no reason other than "public area! I can take photos! I'm being repressed!".....

This is no better than the open carry activist idiots... Why push your luck "justbecause you can" or to "prove a point".... oh yeah, because you are a childish AW....


LOL WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARRYING LETHAL WEAPONS AROUND LIKE A CRANKY TODDLER AND EXERCISING FREE SPEECH

ALSO WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MAKING THE PUBLIC UNCOMFORTABLE WITH MURDER TOYS AND IRRITATING A GOVERNMENT THAT SUPPOSEDLY ANSWERS TO US WITH A NONLETHAL CAMERA

You may have also missed the point where the person was there getting photos for a specific other article which is linked to at the bottom of the page.
 
2014-07-20 10:22:21 AM  
It should be legal to hunt photographers for sport.

Some of them have expensive gear; you could sell it on eBay.
 
2014-07-20 10:23:00 AM  

LeoffDaGrate: SauronWasFramed: old news is old.....we live in a police state.

the reporter is lucky he didn't get Rodney King'ed

You live in a police state only if you're paranoid and feel oppressed.  That says volumes about you.


Yeah! You shut up and go away, guy! It's only a police state once the upper middle class is uncomfortable!
 
2014-07-20 10:24:16 AM  
I'm calling bullshiat on his version of events. At all these places the cops are well used to people taking photographs and you have to be acting pretty out of the ordinary for the police to even ask you what you're doing let alone ask you to leave.
 
2014-07-20 10:25:09 AM  

FnkyTwn: Reporter seems like a total douchebag. "Im only taking a picture of a public sidewalk".. meanwhile public sidewalk is lined with massive security barriers.

"An ARMED Bike Cop approached me!"... really? An armed police officer?

And I know this guy makes it seem like he only took a single snapshot of these places, but something tells me he was being a total douche about it since his dumb article doesn't really focus on ugly architecture at all, and instead is just a series of entrances and barriers.

Im all for taking pics and video of cops when they're arresting somebody, but Im not too keen on trolling security around government buildings because Im not 14 years old with a skateboard.


This and for a supposed overbearing authoritarian state the reporter sure has his freedom and lots of photos.

Security shooed away a loitering troll. Good for them.
 
2014-07-20 10:25:50 AM  

Target Builder: I'm calling bullshiat on his version of events. At all these places the cops are well used to people taking photographs and you have to be acting pretty out of the ordinary for the police to even ask you what you're doing let alone ask you to leave.


I took pictures inside the Smithsonian and I didn't even get locked in a concentration camp.  Can you believe it?
 
2014-07-20 10:27:00 AM  

Doktor_Zhivago: We don't live in a police state. Good Lord you people are dramatic. East Germany was a police state.

We live in a state where the laws can't keep up with the ever expanding technology produced at an ever increasing rate. It's not a sinister conspiracy it's just chaos


"

The inhabitants of a police state experience restrictions on their mobility, and on their freedom to express or communicate political or other views, which are subject to police monitoring or enforcement."

or

"A country where the police watch what you do and try to control your life. Where there's cameras in town centres and on public transport. Where you can be arrested because of something you said to a friend about the leaders of your country. Where police stop and search people for no reason. Where you can be detained without charge or trial. Where the state plants bugs with impunity. Where protesters have to get police permits, and where police regularly attack protesters. "

Want to try that again?
 
2014-07-20 10:28:05 AM  
Note: If you are an average tourist taking one or two pictures of the building from the sidewalk, no one will stop you, they won't even notice you.

If you are someone carrying professional photography equipment taking dozens of pictures of the building from multiple angles, including points of entry and exit and defensive barriers, you will make security nervous, and they will ask you to leave.
 
2014-07-20 10:28:10 AM  
Seriously though, somebody needs to organized a mass-photographing of those buildings.
 
2014-07-20 10:28:25 AM  
Seems like the security guys are in a no win situation. Yeah it seems ridiculous to hassle someone for taking pictures, but these guys read the same articles about second amendment solutions that we do. They read the articles about terrorist plots and homemade bombs. They hear about the anger towards the government and remember 9/11 and Oklahoma City.

Also how often do you think people wander up on their own, not part of a tour, and take pictures of the entrances of government buildings? I'm 100% willing to bet it doesn't happen much. I'd be a little suspicious too.

At the same time the reporters camera is always given back, they are never  detained long and the worst they get is told less than politely to leave.

Can complain about living in a police state for sure, and there is a lot out there to use to make that argument. This article isn't amongst them though.
 
2014-07-20 10:29:52 AM  

Doktor_Zhivago: We don't live in a police state. Good Lord you people are dramatic. East Germany was a police state.


You need to watch The Lives of Others.  America has become East Germany, but thanks for playing.
 
2014-07-20 10:29:58 AM  
Obviously the woman is an inter-agency spy, sent to count the number of cameras on the building taking pictures of photographers.

The FBI doesn't want to be embarrassed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development having newer, cooler cameras on the outside of the building that don't require a dial up modem to send the data. Guards should have asked two questions: A. Are you a disgrunted former employee B. Are you a spy from another federal agency C. Am I on Fark?
Why the girl didn't offer to do a selfie with him is obvious. He knew he was on camera and would be teased the rest of the day.
 
2014-07-20 10:31:11 AM  
A SpongeBob mailbox?  Super spiffy.

Though it's kinda odd to see SpongeBob's happy face located in the designated smoking area.
 
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