As a public service, and at our own expense, Spy Blog has published a campaign button graphic for the Anti-terrorism hotline phone number 0800 789 321 for several years.
However, we are now seriously considering no longer publicising this "hotline" , due to the official "climate of fear" propaganda which may as well have been designed by terrorist sympathisers, who are trying to spread discord and suspicion:
N.B. despite the spread of mobile phone and internet technology and accessibility, there is still no SMS text message short number or a secure SSL/TLS encrypted web form, or a published PGP encryption key or even an email account, to use instead of the old fashioned voice telephone "hotline". Incredibly, the UK Government, with effectively unlimited funds being placed at the disposal of the anti-terrorism agencies, is not bothering to offer any financial rewards for anti-terrorism tip offs, somehow, the alienated communities in which the terrorists hide, are meant to inform on them, simply out of a sense of public duty and engagement with the wider society.
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We appear to be in the middle of a five-week long anti-terrorism advertising propaganda campaign with the slogan 'Terrorism. If you suspect it, report it.' currently running in London, Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and the West Midlands.
See the Metropolitan Police Trust your instincts: it could disrupt terrorist planning and save lives campaign web page
For example, this poster:
Observation and surveillance help terrorists plan attacks. Have you seen anyone taking pictures of security arrangements?
In what way is simply using a camera, as per the poster, grounds for suspicion of terrorism ?
Given the increase in the capabilities of modern mobile phone cameras, and the miniaturisation of camcorders, are all the customers of Dixons or Curry's or Ccar Phone Warehouse etc. to be considered as terrorist suspects ?
TERRORISTS NEED TO TRAVEL
Meetings, training and planning can take place anywhere. Do you know someone who travels but is vague about where they are going?
So anyone who travels, anywhere is now a terrorist suspect ?
Surely a terrorist could plausibly lie about their travel plans, and not appear vague ?
TERRORISTS USE COMPUTERS
Do you know someone who visits terrorist-related websites?
What exactly does a "terrorist-related website" look like ? Most of the amateur bomb making instructions are published in the USA on, say Yahoo Groups or via Google search engines etc.
Is a "terrorist rellated" website, one which shows interviews and statements with alleged terrorist death cult leaders and video clips of bomb atrocities etc ? Like the BBC or any major news website ?
We are still awaiting some concrete proposals and policies which address our list of Questions to Franco Frattini and the European Commission, regarding "terrorist websites"
TERRORISTS NEED TRANSPORT
If you work in commercial vehicle hire or sales, has a sale or rental made you suspicious?
Suspicious of what, exactly ?
The July 7th 2005 suicide bombers used a hire car to pick up and transport their bomb rucksacks and gang members. and then to drive down the M1 motorway to board a train into London.
What exactly was there for the people who hired the vehicle to the driver, to be suspicious of ?
Is every White Van, as per the poster, now suspicious ?
TERRORISTS NEED COMMUNICATION
Anonymous, pay-as-you-go and stolen mobiles are typical. Have you seen someone with large quantities of mobiles? Has it made you suspicious?
Most mobile phones in the UK are "anonymous, pay-as-you-go". Are all the tens of millions of people in the UK who use them now to be considered as "terrorist suspects" ?
What quantity of mobile phones is considered to be "suspicious" ?
The mobile phones used as simple timing devices in the Madrid train bomb attacks, were supplied by a conspirator who owned and ran a mobile phone shop
There is a second, equally alarming poster in this "climate of fear" propaganda campaign:
TERRORISTS NEED STORAGE
Lock-ups, garages and sheds can all be used by terrorists to store equipment. Are you suspicious of anyone renting commercial property?
What exactly constitutes suspicious terrorist behaviour regarding storage facilities ?
All that this vagueness in this poster campaign achieves, is to sow discord and suspicion, doing the work of the terrorists for them.
TERRORISTS USE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Handling chemicals is dangerous. Maybe you’ve seen goggles or masks dumped somewhere?
Is everyone who obeys the law and takes proper Health and Safety precautions, according to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations, now to be considered a terrorist suspect ?
TERRORISTS USE MULTIPLE IDENTITIES
Do you know someone with documents in different names for no obvious reason?
According to the then Home Secretary David Blunkett, together with the then Home Office Minister Des Browne, giving oral evidence to the Home Affairs Committee, on 4th May 2004, citing Security Service MI5 sources, implied that over two thirds of terrorists i.e. most of them, do not use multiple identities, they use their own names.
In how many terrorism cases, have the suspects been stupid enough to let any one person see them use their multiple identity documents, without using a disguise ?
What if the names used are very common ones, but the address details are different ?
TERRORISTS USE CHEMICALS
Do you know someone buying large or unusual quantities of chemicals for no obvious reason?
Which chemicals exactly ?
Why is there no specific mention of , say Hydrogen Peroxide, or Hexamine or Acetone or Citric Acid or Sulphuric Acid, or Ammonium Nitrate fertiliser etc. ?
Why have the Police not already identified the limited number of likely suppliers of these of these chemicals, and visited them regularly to provide training to all their staff about what to look out for ?
TERRORISTS NEED FUNDING
Cheque and credit card fraud are ways terrorists generate cash. Have you seen any suspicious transactions?
Why are there no financial rewards being offered to petty cheque and credit card thieves and fraudsters, to inform on their rivals or clients who may be terrorist fund raisers ?
Relying simply on the bureaucratic "money laundering" regulations and reporting system imposed so expensively on banks etc, which innocent customers have to pay for, has been an utter failure in terms of the amount of terrorist finance which has been detected or frozen or confiscated.
This latest anti-terrorism advertising campaign does nothing to properly inform the public of what they should be suspicious of, and just adds to the "climate of fear" and suspicion.
Would it really have been so hard to link to a website which explains things in the necessary detail, which cannot obviously be fitted onto a poster or into a short radio advert ?