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Amtrak Genesis units arriving in Chicago | by Mark Vogel
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Amtrak Genesis units arriving in Chicago

Canal Street


After taking this photo I heard someone calling me over the loudspeakers. I turned around to find a nice Chicago Police Department officer who proceeded to give me the usual "homeland security" bullshit. This photo was taken from the side of a public road, not on railroad property. Just out of the photo to the right along the tracks was a not so inconspicuous white SUV (I'm sure Amtrak or Metra police). I am really sick of people trying to tell me that I can't take photos from public property, and if it wasn't for the fact that I didn't want to get arrested (although the resulting lawsuit would have helped me with my student loans!), I would have told the officer to call up DHS and let them explain the "law" to me, because I supposedly am breaking it every time I walk down the road and take a photograph of any building/ transportation related object/ cloud/ puppy/ or anything else that in some way might be considered to be a terrorist target.


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Taken on November 14, 2009