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Houston Man Receives Visit from FBI after Photographing Weather
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[quote:T Ceti H.C. Radnarg:MV8yMDExNzY1XzMzODM4MTc0XzlGQUIzQzQx] [quote:CuriosityCat1:MV8yMDExNzY1XzMzODA3NTczXzE5MDU2QkI4] What am I missing here? Why would the FBI care if someone took a picture of "weather?" And how did they find out.. They don't call me "Curiosity" for nothin'.:lol: If they came to my house for that reason, I would really be interested in finding out WHY?????? [/quote]...every picture can be seen by remote electronics..you send pictures from phone to phone dont ya?...your eye scan is even updated when you look into a digital camera or video recorder..electronics are "godlike productions",lol.. [/quote]
A man who snapped photos of a brewing storm last month received a visit Friday from an FBI Agent, inquiring why he would want to take such photos.
Michael Galindo explained that he was simply volunteering for the National Weather Service.
And FBI Agent David Pileggi seemed to be satisfied with that response.
But Galindo was left wondering whether he now has a permanent FBI file.
“He told me, ‘you’re not a threat and you are doing a public service but just be careful next time,’” Galindo said in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime.
The problem arose because Galindo happened to be taking photos near the Lyondell Refinery outside of Houston on September 13, even though he was never standing on the refinery’s property.
Someone from the refinery spotted him and called police, whom apparently arrived after he had left.
Police then contacted the local FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, which bills itself as “nation’s front line on terrorism.”
Galindo told the agent that he volunteers for a NWS program called Skywarn that trains citizens to monitor the weather in the name of “protecting lives and property.”
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