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See, officer, I can too take that picture!

January 28, 2011

As enthusiasts of American government, DC’s most avid resident tourists, and (very) amateur photographers, Rachel and I have occasionally incurred the misdirected wrath of the people employed to protect government buildings. So, news of this Federal Protective Service memo, “Photographing the Exterior of Federal Buildings,” is particularly satisfying. “See, officer, I can too take that picture.” David Dunlap of the New York Times Lens blog quotes New York Civil Liberties Union’s Christopher Dunn, “Given the many reports of harassment, we encourage photographers to carry this directive with them, particularly if they intend to take pictures where they’ve had problems in the past.” The printer is humming as I write…perhaps I’ll laminate my copy so it holds up.

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