Monday, November 28, 2005

Miami police to "shock and awe" terrorist citizens

Who knows, maybe I am an alarmist, but I don't like the guts of the following story, which involves police surrounding random buildings, checking all IDs, and "reminding citizens to be vigilant."

Can you say "Papers, please?" What if you're in one of these buildings, after taking the bus, and you don't have a driver's license?

Vigilant for what? Should we all get high powered microscopes, learn biology and genetics, and look for biological weapons?
Should we be atomically afraid of anything called "Enola" or "Gay?"
Should we be on the lookout for "jihadis?"
Or should we worry about which shopping mall is going to be invaded by the local police, you know, for shock and awe.?
Don't worry, it will make sense when you read the article below. It's the short version. If you go into Google News and search "Miami police" and terrorism, you'll have a plethora to choose from.

Miami Plans Anti-Terrorism Sweeps
Written for the web by C. Johnson, Internet News Producer

MIAMI (AP) -- The idea is to keep terrorists guessing, and to keep the public on its toes.
Miami police said they will stage random, high profile drills, including surrounding a building and checking everyone's ID, to remind citizens of the need to be vigilant.
Deputy police chief Frank Fernandez called it "an in-your-face strategy" that would keep al-Qaida and other groups off guard.
The plan also called for posting uniformed and plainclothes officers on buses and trains, and for long-term surveillance operations.
Fernandez told reporters that the department wants people to notice the increased security. He said, "We want that shock, we want that awe," while not threatening a person's rights.
11/28/2005 2:04:21 PM

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