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I'm a suspected terrorist!


discreetphoton e2
10 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2009 7:37PM
Guess who got stopped today under the Terrorism Act 2000?
Apparently the Forth river authority would have been happy for me to take pictures of the road bridge from North Queensferry, but weren't happy about where I parked the car (I missed the sign by looking for the shot). That attracted the attention of the police, who wouldn't even let me take the photos. Probably confused them because I was using a film camera Wink
Had to spend ten minutes giving my details (as did my girlfriend). The officer was very friendly, and I didn't think it was worth the argument, as we were headed up the coast anyway.
All because a certain mister Brown has a house in the area. Just hope the film turns out, I didn't have time to get the digital out of the bag. We were there less than a minute before the police were called.

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Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
19 Feb 2009 7:40PM
Did you actually get any of the shots you wanted? Was your film camera an SLR?
discreetphoton e2
10 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2009 7:59PM
Nikon FM2, loaded with a roll of black and white. 24mm 2.8. Not exactly intimidating to look at.
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
19 Feb 2009 8:03PM
But still an SLR. A compact or camera phone and they might not have bothered ("Just a tourist" etc).
kaybee e2
10 4.0k 24 Scotland
19 Feb 2009 8:09PM
It is a feeble excuse and purely a 'number gathering' exercise.
I am getting to the point of being embarrassed to admit I used to be in the police
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
19 Feb 2009 8:11PM
Well it helps their statistics I guess, and is certainly a lot less hassle than going after knife-wielding social psychos, tracking down burglars etc. Wink
cameracat e2
11 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
19 Feb 2009 8:32PM

Quote:embarrassed to admit I used to be in the police


Don't be Roy, I'm sure most people realise that the poilce officers themselves have been given the orders from above, It's the same old story, The pen pushers make stupid rules, But they get someone else to deliver them.....Sad
jondf e2
8 2.7k
19 Feb 2009 8:38PM
It's awful that this sort of thing should happen to a perfectly innocent person yet I recall seeing cctv footage in a 9/11 documentary showing one of the suspected terrorists loitering around the twin towers with a camera. Governments can only take action as they see fit. It could be argued that taking no action at all shows incompetence and lack of foresight.
Overread e2
6 3.9k 18 England
19 Feb 2009 8:39PM
some people though don't know the difference.
I remember reading about army officers who were being rejected services (I think one was rejected a room in a hotel from the example I read) because they were involved in the war in Iraq.
As I recall it was big thing in the media last year (ok big I think they were on about it for a week to a month and then -- as the media does - got bord and found something else)
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
19 Feb 2009 8:41PM
That was the right approach to take in your case. To argue and kick up a fuss would probably have gotten you and your girlfriend taken downtown. It's human nature; you hassle me, I'll hassle you.

Put yourself in the other person's position for a minute; you're an airport security person at a checkpoint, it's Friday and it's been a long week, 6 hours into your shift, everything having gone smoothly so far, passengers and crew members all pleasant and understanding, and then this person shows up, you know the type, loud, abusive, rude, acts the same way in restarants, etc. This person is against the system, against authority, obviously has no respect for you or your colleagues, or the other people waiting behind him/her in line; what would you do? He he! I'd make up for the previous frustrations of the job for the whole week; I was just waiting for this jerk, and they actually pay me $15.00 and hour to give him/her the most miserable time of his/her life. Then when I got off shift, I'd go home happy, and enjoy the weekend.
Snapper e2
9 3.8k 3 United States Outlying Islands
19 Feb 2009 8:45PM

Quote:We were there less than a minute before the police were called.


Tha area is probably at saturation point with CCTV! Sad
sidaorb e2
8 3.9k 2 England
19 Feb 2009 9:05PM
David,
I'm interested, did they actually mention the Terrorism Act when they spoke to you?
uggyy e2
9 2.1k 9 Scotland
19 Feb 2009 9:06PM
Was there a big sign saying don't take photos here as its the home of the countries PM hero?

I stopped in the village last time I was there near the harbour. Not that familiar with the area.

Snapper the whole UK is full of cameras. I have never met anyone who actually works with them though. I often imagine the workers on the other end of the camera sleeping with there feet in the air me thinks Smile

Tommy
spaceman e2
10 5.2k 3 Wales
19 Feb 2009 9:09PM

Quote:But still an SLR. A compact or camera phone and they might not have bothered


Which has always puzzled me. If an unstoppable fiend was plotting badness surely he would use the most inconspicuous camera possible.
Coleslaw e2
9 13.4k 28 Wales
19 Feb 2009 9:12PM

Quote:If an unstoppable fiend was plotting badness surely he would use the most inconspicuous camera possible.

tell that to the police!

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