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New anti-terror adverts are urging Londoners to look in their neighbours’ dustbins to help the overstretched police unmask the enemy within. Either this is a viable way of catching terrorists or the police and security services are getting desperate.
One advert (pdf) shows a mother with a pushchair in an ordinary-looking suburban street – but look closer. The wheelie bin in front of a house is overflowing with discarded containers of bomb-making equipment. With its catchphrase "Don’t rely on others. If you suspect it, report it", the advert’s message is don’t trust your neighbours: they may be making a bomb in their shed.
It does seem unlikely that bomb-making equipment would be dumped in an open bin, to be discovered by a passing mother. You might think that hardened terrorists would be more careful – or at least leave the empty containers in a neighbour’s bin, not their own. In any case, the poster gives the men of violence a handy reminder of how to avoid detection.
Originally posted by johnsky
While I understand the need to report things that look dangerous... isn't telling people to snoop through other peoples trash a little... fascist?
[edit on 7-4-2009 by johnsky]
Most of the people out there have no idea what you can make a bomb from.
How will they tell when trash is bomb making materials.