Police chiefs endorse anti-terror community watchIf someone submits a report that says they're concerned about some 'Muslims' then we won't accept the report, but will file it just in case.... And maybe send in a SWAT team just in case.... And maybe shoot up the place, just in case.... and maybe get the FBI to dummy up some charges, just in case.
DENVER – A store clerk's curiosity about why Najibullah Zazi was buying large quantities of beauty supply products indicated that something about the transaction wasn't quite right — and it's an example of the kind of citizen vigilance that can combat terror, a police commander said Saturday.
Los Angeles police Cmdr. Joan McNamara cited this summer's incident as police chiefs meeting in Denver adopted a model for a nationwide community watch program that teaches people what behavior is truly suspicious and encourages them to report it to police.
Los Angeles police Chief William Bratton, who developed the iWatch program with McNamara, called it the 21st century version of Neighborhood Watch.
The Major Cities Chiefs Association, headed by Bratton and composed of the chiefs of the 63 largest police departments in the U.S. and Canada, endorsed iWatch at the group's conference Saturday.
iWatch would have provided an easy way for that Colorado store clerk and others to report suspicious activity so police could launch investigations earlier, McNamara said.
"That clerk had a gut instinct that something wasn't right," she said.
Using brochures, public service announcements and meetings with community groups, iWatch is designed to deliver concrete advice on how the public can follow the oft-repeated post-Sept. 11 recommendation, "If you see something, say something."
Program materials list nine types of suspicious behavior that should compel people to call police, and 12 kinds of places to look for it. Among the indicators:
_If you smell chemicals or other fumes.
_If you see someone wearing clothes that are too big and too heavy for the season.
_If you see strangers asking about building security.
_If you see someone purchasing supplies or equipment that could be used to make bomb
Bratton and McNamara said privacy and civil liberties protections are built into this program.
"We're not asking people to spy on their neighbors," McNamara said.
If someone reports something based on race or ethnicity, the police will not accept the report, and someone will explain to the caller why that is not an indicator of suspicious behavior, McNamara said.
Brainstorm courtesy of the LAPD’s Counter Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau (CTCIB)
Hey, I'd like to report a suspicious bunch of characters. There's people coming and going all hours of the day and night and the house is armed to the teeth. They constantly make threats against neighbors and have shown they're not above killing people they don't like by going in and killing all of a home's occupants and then destroying the house.
They seem to be mobbed up with another vicious gang of thieves operating out of some place called "Wall Street."
The location of these brutal, sadistic thugs is a big white house on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Turn in someone named Mohammed and you'll get a gold star! Turn in someone name 'Moshe' and the goon squads will be kicking down your door.
And don't pay any attention to all of those Israeli's staffing those kiosks at malls nation-wide. Just because they happen to like malls near large military installations means nothing, GOY!