Looks like Amtrak police got a little ahead of themselves; they arrest a photographer in NYC which he attempted to take pictures for an Amtrak photography contest. I know – it is a bit confusing. Don’t worry – Colbert explains it all to us in nice small words.
As you probably know, I live in Washington DC. I take photographs in DC as well. We’ve got a few quirky rules here about that. For example, if you are on National Park land, you cannot use any photographic equipment that touches the ground. As you can imagine using tripods becomes a bit tricky. But beyond that, I haven’t heard of many photographers getting harassed in the name of security, unlike Chicago and London. Then I read this piece in the Post today. Glad to see that Eleanor Holmes Norton getting involved. Her Open Society with Security Act bill is certainly intriguing.