"Photographers across the country have complained of getting harassed by law enforcement officials citing security concerns since the September 11 terrorist attacks."
- Portland, Oregon Attorney Bert P. Krages and his online "The Photographer’s Right -- Your Rights When Stopped or Confronted for Photography"
Dear Amtrak Customer,
Thank you for your inquiry.
Photography is allowed onboard the train, and passengers are permitted to take pictures.
We hope this information will be helpful.
Customer Service, Amtrak
Frank, it absolutely is the fault of the fault of the current political climate that the "rogue" Amtrak employee was able to get away with such transparently false actions. Saner passengers would have laughed her out of the car.
The American people are being conditioned to be told here and there that this right or that right is limited "for security reasons". When the administration tacitly approves such actions instead of issuing a public statement saying "shall not be infringed means just that", let alone encourages it, blame can indeed be laid at their feet.
Don't forget that Amtrak receives federal funds. Until this incident is investigated and, if true, the employee is verifiably disciplined, this is unconstitutional action by the federal government.
It won't help the affected passenger, but everyone should print out and save the photographer's bill of rights pamphlet.
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