National Counterterrorism Center: Urban Exploration Photos Pose Security Risk
How is photography of abandoned areas of a city more of a threat than photography of well used or crowded areas of a city? There are areas that are forbidden for reasons of liability and nuisance. How would photography of those areas be a national security threat? Apparently if I use a rooftop to photograph what any high rise tenant or window washer could view that would be a threat to national security.
One can rent cranes and excursion helicopters easily enough.
But a guy with a cheap DSLR is a problem. Uh huh.
Urban exploration photography has gotten quite a bit of publicity in recent years, with more and more photographers taking their cameras to off-limits and/or abandoned parts of their city in order to see and capture what most people never get a chance to. While it may be a fun pastime of practitioners and one that leads to beautiful images, not everyone is a fan.
The National Counterterrorism Center (NCC) warns that photographs shot by urban explorers could pose a national security risk by aiding terrorists in their surveillance and planning.