Here’s yet another strange campaign to make the general public even more paranoid.
The London Metropolitan Police are running newspaper ads asking the public to be on the look out for “odd looking photographers“.
Thousands of people take photos every day. What if one of them seem odd?
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 experiences officers decide what action to take.
While the multiple overlapping law enforcement agencies in DC haven’t gone so far as to advertise, many of their people already consider anyone using a “professional” camera in certain parts of town to be suspect.
In case you’re unaware, a “professional” camera is pretty much any SLR. Or so I’ve been told. Which, I suppose, is different from the completely innocent “tourist” point-and-shoot model.
I’ll be visiting London for a while this summer and will be frequently using my “professional” camera (Canon Rebel XT) during the trip.
I wonder if Scotland Yard will consider me “odd”.