- From: "JoeT" <glitchworks@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2007 22:35:00 -0500
"Pat" <groups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:1184636282.117705.83910@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
On Jul 16, 5:28 pm, "Joe" <NoM...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:I thought I'd tell you what happened this evening.
I was out with my wife in the car and went to a place called Grangemouth (in
Scotland). It's a huge oil refinery and looks like something space-age or
from another planet. As we drove though, I stuck the camera out the window,
but before long we were being tailed by the security team. They pulled us
over and asked why I was taking photos. I said "for fun". They called out
the cops who arrived in two minutes. I had to explain to them how I was a
photographer! :) It wasn't so easy though as they were going on about
terrorists and Glasgow airport and how they had to view everyone as a
potential terrorist. I had to wait until they checked me out on their
computer and let me go, but I had to erase the images first. I can sort of
understand their point of view, but what are we NOT going to be able to take
photos of next then? I guess these terrorists have already won as everyone
is so scared of a guy with a camera nowadays.
It's just another example of making a show of security rather than
actually making something secure. This way people think they are
secure rather than actually making people secure. It is security in a
So they made you delete the photos. What does that mean. That just
means that it takes you an extra 30 seconds to undelete the images
before you download them to your camera. It provided no security.
The best it would do is to slightly delay a very, very stupid
terrorist. However in all likelihood, if they were too stupid to
undelete an image, they are too stupid to be a terrorist.
Shhh don't point that out, the idiots will start confiscating the memory cards from we poor unsuspecting photogs...
Actually this is a rather common occurrence, especially surrounding facilities considered to be terrorist targets. Power plants, water works, refineries etc.
Here's one site that deals with these issues. There are many.
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