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  •  That's outdated (1+ / 0-)
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    Kevskos
    Can you take pictures on the George Washington Bridge?

    Answer: Yes -

    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. As the enclosed lower level is more vulnerable to hazardous material (HAZMAT) incidents than the upper level, most HAZMATs have been prohibited there even before the September 11th attacks.

    •  You cited Answers.com as definitive??? (1+ / 0-)
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      Heavy Mettle

      I think I'd take the Port Authority website over Answers.com as evidence of Port Authority rules.  

      The Port Authority does not say you can't take pictures.  It DOES say that you have to be in designated areas to take pictures.  

      Again, you can argue that the rule should not be the rule.  But as to what the Port Authority's rule is, I think the Port Authority is a more reliable source than Answers.com

      •  Google Knows Best (1+ / 0-)
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        In 2009, youcould not talk a virtual walk across the GWB.

        Now, you can...in 3D. I just did.

        So if photography of the GWB is illegal, you might want to get on the phone to Google and tell them the bad news before all the terrorists FINALLY get to see what they could have never have found elsewhere.

        •  Argh (0+ / 0-)

          "take a virtual walk"

        •  Proves Nothing. Nada. Here's why. (0+ / 0-)

          1.  Google drives without stopping to take pictures or video, so we don't know (a) when this was done, (b) how this was done, or (c) if the PA even knew about it.   If you've never seen the Google Earth car, take a look.

          2.  We don't know if the Google Earth car got permission from the Port Authority.

          3.  We don't know if the PA stopped the Google Earth car, or if their policy is only deal with people who stop to take pictures, as the diarist did.  Perhaps people who are in cars driving across the bridge take pictures from inside their cars without stopping, and the PA don't generally object.  You don't know and neither do I.

          3.  Here's the most important one.  The fact that you think that there may have been another instance of breaking the rules (and we don't know if it was or wasn't) doesn't mean that it's not a rule.  We can't use "but someone else did it" when we are confronted with our own breaking of the rules.

          The fact that pictures of the bridge are on the Google Earth website does not mean that the stated Port Authority rule is not, in fact, a rule.  I think we need to take the Port Authority at its word when the Port Authority tells the public what the Port Authority's rules are.  

          •  No (0+ / 0-)

            Google is keenly aware of access laws about photography, the exact reason why the tour of the GWB was NOT available before the rule had been lifted.

            You are misinterpreting the information on their site, to boot.

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