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Florida Activates System For Citizens To Call Each Other Terrorists 501

An anonymous reader writes "Sheriffs in 13 Northeast Florida counties announced an online system Thursday for residents to report suspicious activity they think may be terrorism-related. The site provides examples of red flags to watch for, such as people with an unusual interest in building plans or who are purchasing materials useful in bomb making. Important places to watch include hobby stores and dive shops."
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Florida Activates System For Citizens To Call Each Other Terrorists

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  • Re:The Haystack (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 17, 2013 @09:11AM (#43751097)

    That's if the goal is actually to find the needle, rather than simply expand the business of government.

    If you listen to what they say, you will be fooled. If you watch what they actually do, you will be enlightened.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 17, 2013 @09:54AM (#43751613)

    Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!

    Time travel may not work, but here's proof of space-travel, shifting between parallel universes. Arguably equally useful.

  • Re: The Haystack (Score:4, Informative)

    by h4rr4r ( 612664 ) on Friday May 17, 2013 @10:21AM (#43751901)

    You can only watch so many hours of video.

    Sorry, if that is a revelation to you.

  • by GodfatherofSoul ( 174979 ) on Friday May 17, 2013 @11:00AM (#43752493)

    Exactly how a lot of people ended up in Gitmo. Besides the hundreds we've released already, there are other innocent men certified as such by our intelligence services that they won't release.

  • Re:Really??? (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 17, 2013 @11:37AM (#43753059)
    Depends on your definition of "large numbers". More people die from everyday things than terrorists. An example of the cure being worse than the disease. We've lost more soldiers to suicide than actual war in our current wars.
  • Re:Really??? (Score:4, Informative)

    by cold fjord ( 826450 ) on Friday May 17, 2013 @01:07PM (#43754405)

    No, it doesn't because it is irrelevant. The US lost more than 100x the number of people that died at Pearl Harbor in WW2, but it still went to war against Japan, Germany, and Italy. The problem they presented wasn't going to go away by doing nothing. I expect that far more people at the time died of accidents of various sorts than were killed in the attack. Not relevant. The problem of Al Qaida is the same - it won't go away by itself. but will only get worse if ignored. It has to be addressed to turn it around. The point about suicide versus battlefield casualties doesn't negate that and is irrelevant. Although I will take a moment to recognize the considerable improvements in battlefield medicine and personal protection through various means which have resulted in a much lower death rate than previous conflicts - fabulous work.

    On a tangential note, you might want to find out what Al Qaida's goals are. They are ultimately independent of US actions.

    The Future of Terrorism: What al-Qaida Really Wants [spiegel.de]
    The short version: Restore the Islamic Caliphate dissolved in 1923, take over the work, and convert the world to Islam. It is a long term goal. You may not think that is realistic, but that is what they fight and kill for.

    Including this lot: Bomb plot: Life sentence for Irfan Naseer, ringleader of Birmingham men planning wave of UK suicide attacks [independent.co.uk]

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