There have been lots and lots of reduction in our rights as photographers to make images in the past 7 years. I am amazed at some of the stories I read and hear about these days.
As American citizens, we have THE RIGHT to make any photograph at any time in public. We have the RESPONSIBILITY to make sure those who work for us (police especially) are doing their jobs, and there is a long-standing, historical interest in documenting our society.
Recently, there have been a number of camera confiscations, photographer detentions, arrests, and outright harassment cases in NYC and elsewhere.
Tomorrow a group of NYC photographers are staging a protest about specific issues with the NY Metropolitan Transit Authority, surrounding the construction of a new train yard.
Should be interesting. Hope no one I know gets hurt.