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FBI Shows Up on Man’s Doorstep After He Shoots Photo of Clouds

The next time you’re photographing clouds, make sure those clouds aren’t hovering over a location that’s considered “sensitive”. National Weather Service volunteer Michael Galindo learned this lesson last month after pulling over to the side of the road near Houston to snap a photo of storm clouds brewing in the distance (shown above). Problem was, between Galindo and the clouds sat the Lyondell Refinery.

Carlos Miller of Photography is Not A Crime reports that someone at the refinery spotted Galindo photographing the scene, and contacted the local police department.

By the time the summoned officers arrived, Galindo had already left the location… so the police called the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Imagine the look on Galindo’s face this past Friday, when the FBI arrived on his doorstep to question him about his activities. Luckily for Galindo — a 26-year-old man with a squeaky clean police record — FBI agent David Pileggi was satisfied with his explanation after a 20-minute questioning, and simply left with a warning to “be careful next time.”

This story comes just two months after a “report photographers as potential terrorists” video posted to the Houston city website began making the rounds on the web.

(via Photography is Not a Crime via Boing Boing)


Image credit: Photograph by Michael Galindo


 
 
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Redblood-Blackflag/700083881 Redblood Blackflag

    “unknown subjects sitting in a car in a modest single family dwelling neighborhood IS suspicious” – “Hey, you! In the car! What’re you doing over there minding your own business?!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Redblood-Blackflag/700083881 Redblood Blackflag

    “Call the police, they talk to them” I don’t reccomend doing that. Check out ‘Don’t talk to the Cops I & II’ & “America’s Largest Street Gang’ on youtube to find out why.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Redblood-Blackflag/700083881 Redblood Blackflag

    Seriously? Did petapixel delete my comments?
    ” The person who reported the photog was doing what they are told to do.” Yeah. . . just like the Nazis who tossed Jews into ovens.
    “Law enforcement does more than just eat donuts” You’re right. They also run around harrassing people, intimidating people, threatening people, and initiating violence against people for disobeying the “politician.”
    ” Call the police, they talk to them.” I don’t reccomend doing that. Check out ‘Don’t Talk To The Cops I & II’ and “America’s Largest Street Gang’ on youtube to find out why.
    The “Police FORCE” – the role of “police officer” is that of an armed mercenary for “the state.” Their duty is not to protect you, in fact courts have ruled many times that “the police” have no “legal” obligation to protect you.
    Their job is to initiate force for disobedience to the commands of “the state.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Redblood-Blackflag/700083881 Redblood Blackflag

    ” The person who reported the photog was doing what they are told to do.” Yeah. . . just like the Nazis who tossed Jews into ovens.
    “Law enforcement does more than just eat donuts” You’re right. They also run around harrassing people, intimidating people, threatening people, and initiating violence against people for disobeying the “politician.”
    ” Call the police, they talk to them.” I don’t reccomend doing that. Check out ‘Don’t Talk To The Cops I & II’ and “America’s Largest Street Gang’ on youtube to find out why.
    The “Police FORCE” – the role of “police officer” is that of an armed mercenary for “the state.” Their duty is not to protect you, in fact courts have ruled many times that “the police” have no “legal” obligation to protect you.
    Their job is to initiate force for disobedience to the commands of “the state.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/DanielGBallard Dan Ballard

    So how often does a cop or an FBI agent get sat down and “talked to” for rousting a person breaking NO LAWS? A little less often than photographers in public places I’d bet.

  • cheap shots for real

    say no more, indeed they have!

  • cheap shots for real

    war on terrorism and al-qaeda just gave the perfect excuse for the militants and other “hawks” to act. no wonder, the arms industry had plenty to patch up after the cold war ended by the break of 1990′s to remain the largest and most lucrative industry in the world.. ;)

  • cheap shots for real

    exactly, the only problem would be how to keep the list, freely floating out there, secret from the *actual* terrorists. :)

  • cheap shots for real

    that’s exactly like the highly authoritarian pre 1990′s communist states like the soviet russia or east germany back
    in their ages.. you’d get into jail for parking on a wrong street because they had unmarked KGB offices or military bureaus by it.. i think the USA is just a memory of the land of the free, all paranoid about it’s safety.. what gives?

  • http://twitter.com/PhotoEthusiasm Philippe Trounev

    Land of the “free” home of the great.

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.h.weiner Richard H. Weiner

    Just out of curiousity I Googled “Lyondell Refinery”…loads of documents, some addresses, maps, and images. Yup, it’s far easier to sit in an armchair and let everyone else do your ‘intell’ for you.

  • liam

    The silliest part of being intimidated into deleting images, is that the security goons don’t even realize that deleted images can be restored later.

  • liam

    Shhhhh…you are letting the security goons in on our dirty little secret! :D

  • http://www.postlinearity.com gregorylent

    america is freaking insane with fear and paranoia .. land of the brave? hahahaha