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ACLU warns Maryland transit system not to ban public from taking pictures of trains

(The following appeared on the USA Today website on June 1, 2011.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The ACLU of Maryland is threatening legal action against the Maryland Transit Administration for allegedly ordering an Oregon man and a second photographer not to take pictures of its trains, buses and transit systems, The Baltimore Sun reports.

The Sun notes that taking pictures of infrastructure systems has become a point of contention over security risks since 9/11.

The newspaper says a spokesman for the MTA had no immediate comment on the letter, but noted that it is MTA policy to urge people who want to photograph MTA facilities to ask permission first.

Full story: USA Today

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

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