Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/01/21

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Subject: [Leica] Amtrak harassing photographers
From: gregj_lorenzo at (Greg Lorenzo)
Date: Wed Jan 21 20:12:08 2009
References: <> <> writes in part:> Do I sympathize with your organization? 
Why should AMTRAK listen?
Perhaps this excerpt from the referenced article explains it best:
""I am concerned that Amtrak has ignored the First Amendment implications of 
their actions prohibiting photography," NPPA president Bob Carey said today. 
"They are a publicly-funded corporation and this prohibition is very simply 
unconstitutional. And NPPA will continue to fight for First Amendment 
protection for photojournalists."
Amtrak was created in 1971 when the Rail Passenger Service Act was signed by 
President Richard M. Nixon. There are eight presidential appointees on 
Amtrak's board of directors who must be confirmed by Congress. 
"The federal government currently appropriates $2.5 billion a year to run 
Amtrak. So I believe Amtrak certainly has more requirements at the First 
Amendment level since it is a quasi-public entity," Carey said."
Greg Lorenzo
Calgary, Canada
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