Virginia State Police released a new “crime-fighting” app that encourages citizens to photograph citizens who are legally photographing in public, the latest chapter in the War on Terror that further criminalizes photography.
Per MyFox DC:
What do Virginia State Police want people to report using the new app?
“Suspicious photography, vehicles or people in places that just look ‘out of place,’” explained Maj. Rick Jenkins.
From the Virginia Fusion Center – which, trust me, is not a concert venue celebrating a melding of the music of Miles Davis and Grandpa Jones - we have suggested guidelines for determining who needs to be turned in and who doesn’t:
Taking pictures or video of facilities, buildings or infrastructure in a manner that would arouse suspicion. Examples include taking pictures or video of:
- Infrequently used access points
- Personnel performing security functions
- Security-related equipment (fencing, security cameras, etc.)
Demonstrating unusual interest in facilities, buildings or infrastructures beyond mere casual or professional (e.g., engineers) interest. Examples include:
- Observation through binoculars
- Taking notes
- Attempting to measure distances, etc.
“Infrequently used access points”? Like all entrances to the Washington Redskins’ stadium for the next few years?
That’s only partially a joke (though probably only RGIII will know for sure.)
But more seriously…
We’re to believe that, for example, Harry Hootenany from Hampton Roads, Larry Limpnoodle from Lynchburg, Nelson Nutbag from Norfolk and Rachel Rutabaga from Roanoke - and their collective nine years of schooling – are supposed to know just by looking at the person photographing/observing that the person doing the photographing/observing is or is not doing so out of “professional interest”?
Memo to architecture students in the state of Virginia: You just became non-persons.