London (UK) cops reach new heights of anti-terror poster stupidity

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Agent 204 Agent 204's picture
London (UK) cops reach new heights of anti-terror poster stupidity

This is crazy:

The London police have bested their own impressive record for insane and stupid anti-terrorism posters with a new range of signs advising Londoners to go through each others' trash-bins looking for "suspicious" chemical bottles, and to report on one another for "studying CCTV cameras."

From boingboing, via atomicat. The post highlights the idiocy of this:

It's hard to imagine a worse, more socially corrosive campaign. Telling people to rummage in one another's trash and report on anything they don't understand is a recipe for flooding the police with bad reports from ignorant people who end up bringing down anti-terror cops on their neighbors who keep tropical fish, paint in oils, are amateur chemists, or who just do something outside of the narrow experience of the least adventurous person on their street. Essentially, this redefines "suspicious" as anything outside of the direct experience of the most frightened, ignorant and foolish people in any neighborhood.

But in a society gripped by moral panic, this is the norm.



Of course, the really smart terrorists will now start booby trapping garbage cans.

Agent 204 Agent 204's picture

Well, don't go to the UK or that last post might come back to haunt you...

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

remind remind's picture

Sounds as though another step on the fascist indoctrination train is being used.

And I must say, I thought perhaps they new had posters up of Galloway, when I read the title.


Galloway, Goldstein.


Potatoe, potato.

radiorahim radiorahim's picture

I have a couple of friends in the UK...both retired cops...and they are in no uncertain terms opposed to all the "surveillance society" crap that's going on in the UK these days.