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These so-called "spotter cards" are issued by police to identify individuals they consider to be potential troublemakers because they have appeared at a number of demonstrations.
The photographs are drawn from police intelligence files. This card was apparently dropped at a demonstration against Britain's largest arms fair in 2005.
The Met said: "This is an appropriate tactic used by police to help them identify people at specific events … who may instigate offences or disorder."
Originally posted by Goathief
As I've said before on here, I now always carry a scarf or bandana with me if I'm attending a protest to avoid being unlawfully investigated or identified. People assume that everyone who chooses to hide their faces must be up to no good, but that really isn't the case at all - well, unless you are coming from Mr. "intelligence" officer's point of view where all those evil dissidents don't want to play Big Brother's ball...
you just identified all the under cover operatives
So attending a protest is now enough to make you a suspect in our police state.
Too bad police "intelligence" (oxymoron) doesn't spend as much effort targeting the real criminals in society.