Forest City Maine Border Station

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wyrddsmith on March 29, 2009

I know this photo is at least ten years old, but still it is illegal to take photos of secured government buildings! This photo should be removed for that reason.

wbaron on March 29, 2009

I appreciate your concern, but there isn't anything an adversary can gain from a picture of a building that he can't get from just looking at it. This is a public building, and if you ask, they will let you use the bathroom. None of my pictures show the people who work there or the procedures they use. Those aspects are considered sensitive, but the building itself is available for everyone to see, and is no more vulnerable because of this old photo.

wbaron on May 31, 2009

The inspectors don't like to have their pictures taken, primarily so their procedures aren't studied. Some will pose for a picture if you ask though.

wyrddsmith on July 1, 2009

Actually, they prefer not to have their pictures taken because they are not authorized to speak for their agencies, and because pictures are often used to their detriment!

wyrddsmith on July 1, 2009

And wbaron, it's still illegal and you in all likelihood don't know enough about these facilities to determine what information a photo carries that could compromise site security. That old saying "loose lips sink ships" applies. Tiny bits of data can be gleaned and combined to form a broad intelligence picture.

Proof Sheet on July 1, 2009

I think we need to gain some perspective here...all I see is a of a US border station building in rural Maine with no people or equipment shown. I see nothing wrong with the photo.

wbaron on July 1, 2009

Seriously wyrddsmith, there is no law that prohibits the photography of a border station. I hate when people throw around the term "illegal" when it's not.

Yes, I know a thing or two about physical security, and you have made a classic error regarding where to place your concern. The border station is not the "asset" to be protected, it is the "mechanism" to administer protection. If a terrorist were to exploit the vulnerabilities of a border station (especially a small one like this), it would be a wonderful misapplication of adversary resources. Better Forest City than Times Square you might say. We can only hope they are dumb enough to focus their attentions here.

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