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This is the Thomas S Foley Federal Courthouse building in Spokane, Washington and this is the photo that started the whole bruhaha with security and the Federal Protective Service.

As I was snapping away, I hear a voice call out from my right, "May I help you?"

I ignored it.

Again, "May I help you?"

I looked up, saw a guy in street clothes(unfortunately, I didn't get a pic of him) and said, "No, doing pretty good by myself thanks."

"Why are you taking pictures of the building?"

Me: "Because I can."

Him: We don't like people taking pictures of the building."

Me: "Well, I'm on a public sidewalk, and it IS a public building."

Him: "I need to know why you are taking pictures of the building, I am the head of security here."

Me: "I'm exercising my 1st Amendment rights."

Him: Well, you can't take pictures of the security systems, or the cameras."

Me: Actually, I can, if they are in public view.

Shortly after our conversation started, two uniformed security guards came rushing out of the front doors....

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Taken on March 26, 2010