Skip to comments.Authorities on Lookout for 2 Men Seen Videotaping D.C. Subway Station
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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“holding the camera at their side, between their chest and waist....”
**** RED ALERT ****
Were they bearded and Middle-eastern looking?
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.
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.”
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?
“two men” is code for dark-skinned.
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.
Or Google Street View for that matter.
This is just ridiculous.....
They were just unicorn ghosts. The lighting in subways creates those optical illusions.
And you like Glenn Beck. You’re definitely suspect.
Government surveillance = OK
Citizen surveillance = terrorist threat
Something wrong with this picture.
freekitty: "Most corporations have a very strict rule about taking pictures in front of their buildings. Employees cant do it either. The Middle Easterners have been caught in buildings taking pictures of hallways and exit doors; etc. They pretend like they arent 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.
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.
“Were they bearded and Middle-eastern looking?”
Did they work for Google? :)
“Government surveillance = OK”
They made it back to Langley ok.
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.
Sorry about that formatting - don’t know what happened.
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.
I’ll spread it around.
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.
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
I stand corrected. And now the authorities can't find them? What's the point of surveillance?