London plods raid Wikipedia in counter-anarchist operation
Know your malodorous enemy, Project Griffin style
It's half an hour on the naughty step today for London's Metropolitan and City Police's Project Griffin team for resorting to Wikipedia in the struggle to contain the anarchist menace.
In case you're wondering, Project Griffin is a collaborative effort "to familiarise managers, security officers and employees of large public and private sector organisations across the capital on security, counter-terrorism and crime prevention issues".
Naturally, it's always handy to know your enemy, especially when your "Beech [sic] Volleyball" event may be under threat from shouty, malodorous scruffs leading dogs on string.
To save the Project Griffin anti-terror plods valuable time in future threat bulletins, we direct them to the Wikipedia entries on Taliban, al-Qaeda, photographers, Rebekah Brooks and beach volleyball. ®
Living through the 70s?
I WAS alive in the 70s and I can tell you first-hand that people then were *nothing* like they are now. Aside from having dreadful sense of fashion, the biggest difference was that political correctness didn't exist, and people were a lot more laid back about things as a result.
You didn't have to worry about "offending" someone with every little thing you say, racist and sexist jokes were considered funny, you were allowed to smoke on planes, trains and buses (in smoking compartments), CCTV cameras only existed in banks and police stations, the local plods were more apt to let you off with a warning if you were caught speeding or not wearing a seatbelt, and if your kid grazed his knee on playground equipment you stuck a band-aid on it snd sent him back out to play instead of suing the arse off the council, the equipment manufacturer and everyone else your lawyer could think of.
As a result, the world was in many ways a much better place. The only improvement has been in technology, while the majority of people seem to have turned into easily-offended, litigious PC arsewipes.
What - by himself?
The problem isn't complete bastards is it? The problem is other people doing what they're told by said bastard. Also it won't collapse into tyranny in that situation, just chaos, eg Afghanistan. If following anothers orders was as unacceptable in society as, say, paedophilia is today it would be unlikely to happen.
The Pavlovian obedience of a large chunk of society to pretty much anyone who gives them orders is the greatest evil of our times.
Why should all information relating to anarchists be reported to the local police? It's not actually illegal (yet), is it?