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  •  No (3+ / 0-)
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    Shotput8, Kevskos, Tonedevil

    They weren't at a toll plaza, they were at the middle of the bridge, where photography is now LEGAL.

    •  Please read carefully. (2+ / 0-)
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      saluda, VClib

      from the PA website link above:  

      Videotaping and photographing at toll plazas at any of these facilities is prohibited, and the Port Authority reserves the right to restrict videotaping and photography to designated areas at all of its bridges and tunnels.
      Unless the diarist was in one of the "designated areas" for videotaping and photography (which he does not indicate that he was) then what he was doing was against Port Authority rules.  
      •  Please read MORE carefully (1+ / 0-)
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        Yes, they "reserve the right" to restrict photography, but currently, and once again:

        Following the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, the Port Authority prohibited people from taking photographs on the premises of the bridge because of the fear that terrorist groups might study any potential photographs in order to plot a terrorist attack on the bridge. Such prohibitions have since been lifted.
        "Reserving the right" does not equal "asshole cop can decide for himself".

        Photography from the bridge itself, is currently LEGAL.

        • Seriously? (1+ / 0-)
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          1.  First, you cite no source.  Apparently your source -- as you linked to above -- is  Please tell me that you don't consider to be a more reliable indication of Port Authority rules than the Port Authority.  I would hope no one really would believe that.  

          2.  More importantly, the Port Authority website DOES NOT SAY THAT PICTURES ARE PROHIBITED.  It DOES say that picture taking is LIMITED TO DESIGNATED AREAS.  

          Unless the diarist was in one of the designated areas for picture-taking, he apparently was violating Port Authority rules.  

          You can certainly argue that the rule should be lifted.  But it's kind of ridiculous to say that is a better source for Port Authority rules than the Port Authority website.  

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