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Authorities on Lookout for 2 Men Seen Videotaping D.C. Subway Station
foxnews ^

Posted on 11/12/2010 3:47:06 PM PST by traumer

WASHINGTON -- Metro has circulated an internal memo asking employees to be on the lookout for two men seen videotaping the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station.

An internal memo says the individuals were "attempting to videotape inconspicuously, by holding the camera at their side, between their chest and waist." Metro was alerted by a rider who took a picture of the men last week while they were sitting on the train.

The alert comes just after the recent arrest of a Northern Virginia man in a sting where he videotaped two Metro facilities for what we thought was going to be an attack on the system.

Metro says in a statement Thursday that the alert was part of "routine follow-up," not intended to be a public notice and not meant to alarm anyone.

The memo was first obtained by WUSA.

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KEYWORDS: dc; metro; northvirginia; subway; subwaystation; suspiciousincident; videotaping; virginia; washington

1 posted on 11/12/2010 3:47:09 PM PST by traumer
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To: traumer

“holding the camera at their side, between their chest and waist....”

**** RED ALERT ****


2 posted on 11/12/2010 3:48:15 PM PST by traumer
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To: traumer

Were they bearded and Middle-eastern looking?


3 posted on 11/12/2010 3:49:27 PM PST by luvbach1 (Stop Barry now. He can't help himself.)
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To: traumer

Well, since the Amish don’t believe in the use of electricity, we can rule them out. Unless it is one of those hand cranked video cameras. But my experience with those is that the picture is so shaky as to be useless.


4 posted on 11/12/2010 3:51:11 PM PST by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: traumer

Two men... well, that narrows it down.

They have a witness’ photo of the perps. I can’t believe the metro servalience cameras don’t have them on tape.

And yet, they are on the look out for “two men.”


5 posted on 11/12/2010 3:55:32 PM PST by Never on my watch (Never let a kid play with matches or run with scissors; and never give a gavel to a Democrat!)
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To: traumer
As a videographer this story makes me think the authorities are really misguided.

First, it's common to video public places. It may be a school project or something anyway.

Second, holding the camera inconspicuously is necessary if your goal is to get candid footage.

Third, holding the camera at stomach level is very common. It's intended to get a different, more dramatic point of view than holding the camera at eye-level.

Finally, what possible useful information can be gathered in a public place with video that could not be gathered just by observing the area or with a still camera?

6 posted on 11/12/2010 3:59:06 PM PST by freedom_forge (http://libertyphysics.wordpress.com/)
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To: Never on my watch

“two men” is code for dark-skinned.


7 posted on 11/12/2010 4:11:30 PM PST by sbMKE
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To: freedom_forge

I’m a photography buff and can see myself getting caught up in something like this. I seldom leave the house without my camera and photograph just about everything of interest to me.


8 posted on 11/12/2010 4:14:18 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: freedom_forge
Finally, what possible useful information can be gathered in a public place with video that could not be gathered just by observing the area or with a still camera?

Or Google Street View for that matter.

9 posted on 11/12/2010 4:23:06 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy!)
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To: nw_arizona_granny; LucyT; Velveeta; Oorang; WestCoastGal; Cindy

fyi


10 posted on 11/12/2010 4:25:40 PM PST by Rushmore Rocks
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To: ElkGroveDan

This is just ridiculous.....


11 posted on 11/12/2010 4:35:27 PM PST by traumer
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To: traumer

They were just unicorn ghosts. The lighting in subways creates those optical illusions.


12 posted on 11/12/2010 4:39:30 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: cripplecreek

And you like Glenn Beck. You’re definitely suspect.


13 posted on 11/12/2010 4:42:43 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: TigersEye
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14 posted on 11/12/2010 4:45:39 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Never on my watch
I can’t believe the metro servalience cameras don’t have them on tape.

Government surveillance = OK
Citizen surveillance = terrorist threat

Something wrong with this picture.

15 posted on 11/12/2010 4:48:16 PM PST by meyer (Hey Obama - It's the end of the world as you know it.... ..... and I feel fine!)
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To: cripplecreek

Heh.


16 posted on 11/12/2010 4:55:38 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: freekitty; 1curiousmind
I was reminded of 1curiousmind's thread about the strangers scoping out the church in Michigan and freekitty's remarks at Post 93 on that thread, so I'm pinging you to this just in case you're interested.

freekitty: "Most corporations have a very strict rule about taking pictures in front of their buildings. Employees can’t do it either. The Middle Easterners have been caught in buildings taking pictures of hallways and exit doors; etc. They pretend like they aren’t doing it by placing the cameras waist-high."

Mentioned in this alert: An internal memo says the individuals were "attempting to videotape inconspicuously, by holding the camera at their side, between their chest and waist." Metro was alerted by a rider who took a picture of the men last week while they were sitting on the train.

17 posted on 11/12/2010 4:59:18 PM PST by arasina (So there.)
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To: meyer
Government surveillance = OK Citizen surveillance = terrorist threat

Something wrong with this picture.

I agree. I don't fear people filming public places. I am particularly troubled about police seizing cameras outside public buildings. I am quite sure we need as many citizen-operated cameras as possible. We can't expect the MSM to accurately document these troubled times for posterity.

Now, something made these guys suspicious to a witness (who also used a camera). I suspect there was some aspect of their behavior or appearance. Or it was just a paranoid metro rider.

18 posted on 11/12/2010 5:02:01 PM PST by Never on my watch (Never let a kid play with matches or run with scissors; and never give a gavel to a Democrat!)
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To: luvbach1

“Were they bearded and Middle-eastern looking?”

Did they work for Google? :)


19 posted on 11/12/2010 5:20:23 PM PST by dljordan ("His father's sword he hath girded on, And his wild harp slung behind him")
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To: meyer

“Government surveillance = OK”

They made it back to Langley ok.


20 posted on 11/12/2010 5:21:42 PM PST by dljordan ("His father's sword he hath girded on, And his wild harp slung behind him")
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To: Rushmore Rocks; nw_arizona_granny; WestCoastGal; SlowBoat407; callmejoe; Cindy

Eyewitnesses described how the pair held their cellphones at their sides, waists, and chests in an effort to keep from raising suspicion. These two greatly underestimated the observation skills and street smarts of workers in our nation's capitol city! Vigilant riders took quick notice of the suspicious activities and reported their concerns to Metro PD beginning last Monday. The sightings continued through Friday while the men videotaped various aspects of boarding.

21 posted on 11/12/2010 5:39:38 PM PST by Velveeta
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Sorry about that formatting - don’t know what happened.


22 posted on 11/12/2010 5:40:24 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: luvbach1

Yup.


23 posted on 11/12/2010 5:48:23 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: freedom_forge
Vigilant riders took quick notice of the suspicious activities and reported their concerns to Metro PD beginning last Monday. The sightings continued through Friday while the men videotaped various aspects of boarding.
24 posted on 11/12/2010 5:50:55 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: meyer
Vigilant riders took quick notice of the suspicious activities and reported their concerns to Metro PD beginning last Monday. The sightings continued through Friday while the men videotaped various aspects of boarding.
25 posted on 11/12/2010 5:54:17 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: traumer
Tea Party, Chuck Baldwin, Ron Paul, pro-life Homeland Security ping.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

26 posted on 11/12/2010 6:18:53 PM PST by The Comedian (Time and tide wait for no man. But who needs a bad magazine and cheap soap?)
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To: arasina

Thanks. You would be surprised the number of foreigners that do this and you would be surprised how many of them know they aren’t suppose to take pictures.


27 posted on 11/12/2010 7:35:05 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Velveeta

Thanks Vel.

I’ll spread it around.


28 posted on 11/12/2010 7:36:47 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Thank you.


29 posted on 11/12/2010 8:33:01 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: traumer
Photobucket
30 posted on 11/12/2010 8:37:11 PM PST by airborne (Why is it we won't allow the Bible in school, but we will in prison? Think about it.)
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To: traumer

Are the borders still wide open to any and all terrorists who care to come in? Are Muslims with terrorist ties still working in the Congress and in the Universities and government? What about Fort Hood. Have they cleared out the known jihadist dreamers from the base yet? A little late on that one!

In the meantime, we are sweeping in with the naked scanning or molesting the croches and/or boobs of every man, woman and child who dares pass through our airports.

And then we have to chase around those sneaky people taking pictures who came over the border or on a plane while security was busy feeling up a six year old and his mom.

I can not stand these people.


31 posted on 11/12/2010 9:37:19 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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freekitty: "Most corporations have a very strict rule about taking pictures in front of their buildings. "

I saw that, truly amusing. Building owners or occupants have no right to control pictures being taken of them. When their rent-a-cops come out, it can be even more fun

32 posted on 11/12/2010 10:15:15 PM PST by Starwolf
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To: Velveeta
Vigilant riders took quick notice of the suspicious activities and reported their concerns to Metro PD beginning last Monday. The sightings continued through Friday while the men videotaped various aspects of boarding.

I stand corrected. And now the authorities can't find them? What's the point of surveillance?

33 posted on 11/12/2010 10:16:39 PM PST by freedom_forge (http://libertyphysics.wordpress.com/)
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To: Velveeta

Bump


34 posted on 11/14/2010 6:02:49 AM PST by WestCoastGal
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