Archived View From McFarland Hill, Acadia National Park

May 26, 2011 8:00 AM EST

Visual range is less than 11 miles 

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On May 26, 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law a four-year extension of the Patriot Act, a post-September 11 bill that gave the federal government broad powers to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists.


With Obama in France for a G-8 summit, the White House said the president used an autopen machine to sign his actual signature on the document. This is the first instance of legislation signed remotely by a US president. 


These photographs are archived views from the National Park Service webcams the day of Obama’s signature.


Produced during the Copy Rights research residency at Provisions: Art for Social Change, Washington D.C.


Archived View of Sierra del Carmen in Mexico from Big Bend National Park 

May 26, 2011 3:00 PM CST
Visual range is less than 50 miles 

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Archived View From Look Rock, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
May 26, 2011 3:00 PM EST
Visual range is less than 17 miles 

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Archived View of Halema’uma’u Crater, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
May 26, 2011 2:00 PM HST
Visual range measurement is unavailable 

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Archived View of Green River Valley, Mammoth Cave National Park
May 26, 2011 12:00 PM CST
Visual range is less than 158 miles 

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Archived View of Point Reyes Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore
May 26, 2011 11:00 AM PST
Visual range measurement is unavailable 

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Archived View From Giant Forest, Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park 

May 26, 2011 8:00 AM PST
Visual range measurement is unavailable 

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Archived View from Pinnacles, Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park
May 26, 2011 12:00 PM EST
Visual range is less than 22 miles 

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Archived View of Painted Canyon, Theodore Roosevelt National Park
May 26, 2011 2:00 PM MST
Visual range measurement is unavailable 

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Archived View from the Netherlands Carillon Looking East, Washington, D.C. 

May 26, 2011 3:00 PM EST
Visual range is less than 21 miles 

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Archived View of Yosemite National Park May 26, 2011 11:00 AM PST
Visual range measurement is unavailable 

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