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Neighbors Who Keep Curtains Closed Reported as Terror Suspects in UK

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posted on Jun, 1 2010 @ 10:08 PM
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If this was in the U.S my neighbor would turn me in just because she could.




posted on Jun, 1 2010 @ 10:15 PM
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They'd be investigating me for sure. Not only do I keep my curtains closed I also keep my gates chained and padlocked at all times


Seems to me that if people want privacy in their own homes they are entitled to it.

Thankfully America hasn't gotten that bad YET



posted on Jun, 1 2010 @ 10:41 PM
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Closed curtains make you a terrorist in the UK? We have much higher standards here in the US. You can't just close your curtains and get that title. You can't just kill a few people. That is just a street punk. You have to perform some major operations. I suppose that is logical in a country where there are more guns than people. However thanks to looser ways of defining a terrorist, I believe our government could manage to label anyone a terrorist. Now that is scary.



posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 03:29 AM
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Originally posted by orionthehunter
Closed curtains make you a terrorist in the UK? We have much higher standards here in the US. You can't just close your curtains and get that title. You can't just kill a few people. That is just a street punk. You have to perform some major operations. I suppose that is logical in a country where there are more guns than people. However thanks to looser ways of defining a terrorist, I believe our government could manage to label anyone a terrorist. Now that is scary.


Gosh, how small minded.... "here in the US"... it has nothing to do with countries any more. It stopped being about "here in the [insert country name]" a long time ago.

What it is all about is the so-called governments of what we used to know as countries working together to a common agenda.

Different objectives are being achieved in different "regions", but ultimately the goal is the same - a single world government.

You'll see some major changes in the US before long, and then people will be saying to you "you'll never see that in my country we have higher standards".... watch this space.



posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 03:56 AM
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Originally posted by orionthehunter
Closed curtains make you a terrorist in the UK? We have much higher standards here in the US. You can't just close your curtains and get that title. You can't just kill a few people. That is just a street punk. You have to perform some major operations. I suppose that is logical in a country where there are more guns than people. However thanks to looser ways of defining a terrorist, I believe our government could manage to label anyone a terrorist. Now that is scary.

Really? Just recently in my town, we had a couple of guys who were sent to beat up some guy who had assaulted a friends sister. The got the house number wrong and beat up the wrong guy. Our local newspaper called it an act of terrorism. I posted in the comments on how stupid that was and almost every one told me I was nuts and that it was indeed terrorism.



posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 05:00 AM
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The police are only good as their own individualistic opinions. If they've been conditioned to e numbified to the point they cant even make a reasonable judgement about a individual based upon those circumstances, then it says a lot about "terrorism" profiling all throughout the force. I wonder what it's agenda really is? Social Darwinism immediately springs to mind.



posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 05:16 AM
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A lot of people in the UK, especially England, have curtains drawn and blinds down, because they're growing cannabis. The police know this too. I think our society is just becoming too paranoid about its citizens.



posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 05:39 AM
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It is ridiculous.. i was going to reply to this as well, having lived in both places i sure as hell know where there are more freedoms. As you say no place on Earth is free from problems on any level.. everywhere has their issues. It does amaze me how (usually Americans i have noticed over the years) people envision life over here, and how far out of focus that view really is. talking to my mother you wouldnt even think they have running water and toilets in the house over here! lol..

As to the OP, this artical came up someplace awhile back, its the same all over the place, the governments are very fearful of losing their control over the populace, they would have to be.. so of course they want neighbors to spy on their neighbors, in the guise of stopping terrorists and making mankind ever more suspicious of one another, keeping us seperated from one another..
Thankfully, where i live, all our neighbors know we arent overly social, but i do put on the face when need be to integrate to an extent, our curtains are normally closed, and we keep to ourselves most of all, but those living around us know this, accept it and thats that.
And just because the artical is of the UK doesnt mean it isnt happening in the US..if not more so as this practice has been started with the people since 9/11 happened.



posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 05:44 AM
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I ignore my neighbours, and they reported me for just being alive lol.

I have never had anything to do with my neighbours, and never would even look at them, but they just set out to destroy my life.

Amazing how bad people are in london.

I am not surprised by this. Problem if your poor you have no choice but to accept where you live.



posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 05:45 AM
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Originally posted by sandman441
If this was in the U.S my neighbor would turn me in just because she could.


Exactly, people are absolute rubbish.

The police have spent 18 years in london trying to frame me and destroy my life. They are not there trying to help people, they want to destroy people on purpose and my life has proven it.

[edit on 6/2/2010 by andy1033]



posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 07:19 AM
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Wow, interesting, a "schoolboy" allegedly obssessed with drawing guns and bombs.

Notice, there was no age given, this could be a 6 year old, or a teenager.

While yes, this is certainly a cause for concern, obssessions often are, he is most likely doing this because it is all that is on television these days.

What with the War in Iraq, to Afghanistan, to North Korea and American news.

The way I was raised, you did not leave your curtains open, so people could not scope out your home for a robbery, period, and if the United Kingdom is that paranoid about terrorism, and the citizens want to live in the literal "Police and Surveillance State", let them have it.

Law Enforcement can only do its job, to the limited ability that citizens assist it.

But, there is a limit even to what we do, before we are living within a prison of our own making, and when assistance to deterrance of terrorism is equal to giving away too much power to Government, because people are terrified not only of the alleged terrorists under every bush.

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[edit on 2-6-2010 by SpartanKingLeonidas]



posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 09:54 AM
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I notice on the recording that someone made that the copper wouldn't give his name, so maybe if someone has the bottle it would be a good jape to ring them up and say that you've come across some suspicious characters who:

Are asking for information about people and events, wanting to know routines etc, but they hide themselves and won't reveal their identity. You think it's really suspicious and they might be terrorists.

When they start to get interested and ask who it is say "it's you."

What do you mean? "Well, what's your name," etc.

You get the idea.

That could be funny if it's done right.



posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 10:04 AM
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I agree this is a bit extreme.... but better safe than sorry



posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 10:30 AM
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Does it strike anyone else as profoundly stupid and ironic to try to prevent radicalisation through an increase in exertion of control?

There is nothing as infuriating as having your space intruded - whether that space is physical or psychological - by an entity claiming to bring peace.

Their policies will never 'save' as many schoolboys from radical thoughts as they will instill in society in general.



posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 10:31 AM
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Originally posted by panzerpundit
1984, and welcome to the Big Brother world. Never mind that the UK has the biggest CCTV network in the world, but now they need their citizens to spy on each other. Brilliant.


i'm sure it's been mentioned before on ats but for the full scary picture of the big brother state that is the uk, watch a film called "erasing david" - scary stuff!

now, i'm off to top up my oyster card (aka tracking and location recording device, as required to be used by ten million londoners...)

sun is shining..


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posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 10:40 AM
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Originally posted by Tykonos
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It's harldy like 1984. North Korea maybe but the UK....seriously?

So we have lots of CCTV in public places, why should that bother you?

As for neighbours spying on each other, well if you lived in the town I used to when I was younger, you couldn't fart without the whole street knowing about it.


You're right it's not like 1984. In many respects it's much worse. And what's scary is next to no one knows or cares about it. The ability to spy on people already far surpasses Orwell's vision.

ALL governments become corrupt.
ALL institutions become corrupt.
Pyschos and sociopaths gravitate toward positions of power and their lack conscience means it's easier for scum to rise to the top. Scum attracts scum subordinates. It's time to start your preparations, get a food store, water collection and purification system, start your own power generation, grow a vegetable patch, get out of paper money and into gold silver and tangible assets with intrinsic value. Get your shotgun licence, it's a right not a privilege. Yes you read right, here in the UK you have a right to own a shotgun.

Jakarta is coming.

A fascist police state is nearer than you think.
Population reduction is already underway.
They're even destroying UK pensions right now so we'll barely be able to afford food.



posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 10:43 AM
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Originally posted by little_green_man
I agree this is a bit extreme.... but better safe than sorry


Better safe than sorry?!?!?!? Its that kind of attitude that has allowed TPTB to whittle away nearly all of our freedoms. Turn ur neighbor in for keeping their curtains closed? Absolutely ludicrus! Its the "better safe than sorry" mentality that has brought the world this far into the total mess it is. Where one has to fill out paperwork in order to use the toilet, to wipe one's own @$$! What amazes and perplexes me is that the CCTV system in Britain was put into place in order to monitor everyones comings and goings and to watch everyone. It is the most extensive system in the world, yet it is apparently not working, because authorities are now asking neighbors to spy on each other!!! Just how much control and monitoring do TPTB think we need? What's next? Perhaps CCTV cameras placed in all rooms of ones house?
I am so glad they've not implemented a system like that where I live. I certainly hope it doesn't come knockin anytime soon either!



posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 10:43 AM
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I keep my bedroom curtains shut for most of the day as my computer is near the window and the light streaming in makes it hard to see the screen. Does this make me a terror suspect? My father keeps his curtains shut because he is terminally ill, needs sleep and the light shining through keeps him awake.

I think this shows that knowing your neighbors has yet another benefit.



posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 10:43 AM
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Good thing I'm a U.S. Citizen. I keep my curtains closed, because we don't generally wera clothes, inside our home. If our curtains were open and a neighbor saw, we would be convicted and registered as SEX OFFENDERS. Pretty-cool set-up, eh?



posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 10:56 AM
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Wow big post I skimmed it, I think I'm in agreement with you.

In regards to the kids' drawings he was probably just suffering Halo or COD withdrawl. Aren't all male kids and many females too all obsessed with guns and bombs? Isn't that what gaming is all about? Isn't that what TPTB want? They want 'enders' to pilot their drones and control their teleprescence robots.

Jakarta is coming! Honest!



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