Friday, November 15, 2002

Train Spotters Elicit Suspicion

As described in this article from the Washington Post, train spotters–people who "spend much of their time observing and photographing railroad operations out of a love for trains"–have drawn the suspicion of local, railroad, and Federal law authorities. Can increased scrutiny of bird watchers–with their high-powered scopes and binoculars, high-tech cameras and sound recording equipment, camouflage clothing, furtive (some might even say secretive) behavior, unintelligible jargon, assorted PDA devices, and cryptic note taking–be far behind in the new paradigm of homeland defense?

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