Miami Police Stages "Random Shows of Force"
They actually think this is a good idea:
Miami police announced Monday they will stage random shows of force at hotels, banks and other public places to keep terrorists guessing and remind people to be vigilant.
Deputy Police Chief Frank Fernandez said officers might, for example, surround a bank building, check the IDs of everyone going in and out and hand out leaflets about terror threats.
"This is an in-your-face type of strategy. It's letting the terrorists know we are out there," Fernandez said.
The operations will keep terrorists off guard, Fernandez said. He said al-Qaida and other terrorist groups plot attacks by putting places under surveillance and watching for flaws and patterns in security.
Boy, is this one a mess. How does "in-your-face" affect getting the people on your side? What happens if someone refuses to show an ID? What good is demanding an ID in the first place? And if I were writing a movie plot, I would plan my terrorist attack for a different part of town when the police were out playing pretend.
The response from the ACLU of Florida is puzzling, though. Let's hope he just didn't understand what was being planned.
EDITED TO ADD (11/29): This article is in error.
EDITED TO ADD (11/30): more info.
Posted on November 29, 2005 at 1:07 PM • 52 Comments