As a local resident, I would like to commend the Department of the Army Police for being vigilant and performing their duty of securing a federal restricted access facility and its assets. It is unfortunate that some people are so arrogant, or ignorant, as to think they are above the law and regulations in place for good reason.
Lately we have had two so-called professional journalists stopped while doing something they shouldn’t have done, and who are now, through innuendo and selective reporting by them and their fellow journalists, attempting to shift blame from themselves to the police.
This situation could have been avoided if these so-called professionals would have actually done their job, and researched before acting by checking with either the security force or General Dynamics. This facility is not Ford, P&G or Whemco. It is a highly restricted area with national security assets and they take all forms of security very seriously.
People, especially so-called professional journalists, are usually treated in the manner they deserve. Just because they have a tag hanging around their neck that could be printed on any computer, it doesn’t give them any special rights to ignore the federal restrictions for the property on which they are standing which are posted on a three by five foot sign in front of where they were taking pictures. I drove by and looked at it.
Don’t let their argument that Google or cell phone pictures are the same thing validate their actions. I am sure these so-called professionals were using professional equipment with two foot long lenses that can give up close detail form a mile away. You don’t get detail with Google or a phone.
It was sad to see our no longer local newspaper jump right on the side of these so-called professional journalists.
— Bill Beery, Lima