The bulletin is located here:|
If you print this memo, be sure to print "Document with mark-ups" - keep one in your wallet.
"This Information Bulletin (IB) is being released to raise awareness of the public's right to photograph the exterior of federally owned and leased facilities, [redacted]"
It's nice to know that the feds consider this a "right".
INSIDE A FEDERAL BUILDING: You can take photos inside a federal building with written permission. You can take photos inside "building entrances, lobbies, foyers, corridors, or auditoriums for news purposes" without written permission.
OUTSIDE A FEDERAL BUILDING: "Therefore, absent reasonable suspicion or probable cause, law enforcement and security personnel and must allow individuals to photograph the exterior of federally owned or leased facilities from publicly accessible spaces."
WHEN CAN A COP TELL YOU "NO!": 1) Observe until you believe a "Field Interview (FI)" is warranted. 2) Approach. 3) Identify yourself. 4) "Conduct a FI to determine the purpose for taking photographs of the facility and endeavor to ascertain the identity of the individual. Note that such encounters are voluntary contacts, not detentions. A photographer may not be detained unless, and until, the officer develops reasonable suspicion (for a brief Terry Stop) or probable cause (for an arrest)." 5) Not a terrorist and no criminal behavior? Let them go, "Photography should be permitted to proceed unimpeded."
INTERESTING SHIT: "Because the initial interview is voluntary, officers should not seize the camera or its contents, and must be cautious not to give such "orders" to a photographer to erase the contents of a camera, as this constitutes a seizure or detention."
It's not like the cops follow any sort of rules, and they clearly don't give a shit about legalities. However, it should add an interesting element if you can prove to them on the spot that what they are telling you to do is baseless. All of this applies to all federal buildings, including the FBI, and TSA checkpoints at the Air Port.