I wonder, has the Metropolitan Police (London U.K.) been taking lessons about how to run an informer society from the old East German Stasi (after all, those 90,000 ex-Stasi agents must have something to offer to someone)? Below is a jpeg of the Met's (along with the City of London Police and the British Transport Police) latest "Counter Terrorism" campaign (they are also targeting people being suspicious in their home or using cell-phones...hmm).
You can link to the pdf here for a better look (as well as click on the images for a slightly bigger view):
THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS EVERY DAY. WHAT IF ONE OF THEM SEEMS ODDFunnily enough, I just came across a copy of Orwell's Road to Wigan Pier today in the library at work so he was on my mind as I looked at this. I wonder what old George would have thought...?
Terrorists use surveillance to help plan attacks, taking photos and making notes about security measures like the location of CCTV cameras. If you see someone doing that we need to know. Let experienced Officers decide what action to take.
Peter Jones on the Streetphoto list brought the campaign to my attention and John Brownlow came up with a couple of suggestions about what their next few posters may say. I added one of my own as well. Funnily (and sadly) enough, they don't seem that far-fetched. In all honesty (and I write as someone who has dealt with violent terrorists first hand - no armchair critic here) I have to ask - what on earth were they thinking when they came up with this?
All I can say is that 90% of the photographers that I know - obscure or well known - are a little "odd"...
(Oh, and if any Met Public Affairs wonks are reading this, the use of the poster comes under both satire and commentary fair use under all relevant Copyright legislation...)