NYC Issues Cops Card On Terror-Spotting Tips

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New York City’s police department has issued a pocket-sized reference card to patrol officers detailing guidelines to help spot terrorists, the New York Times reports. The department says to watch out for people with drivers’ licenses from more than one state, passports from more than one country, and identification papers with different names and people videotaping or photographing bridges, tunnels, utilities, landmarks, and government facilities.

The card it is described as a “general guide” and notes that the presence of one or more of these indicators does not necessarily mean that terrorist activity is planned. It warns officers to avoid interfering with constitutionally protected speech and not to target people based on their race or religion. One tip advises officers to watch for anyone who is “overtly hostile” and expresses “hatred for America and advocates violence against America and/or Americans.” Christopher Dunn of New York Civil Liberties Union, said, “The Police Department must be very careful that it does not confuse criticism for terrorist activity.”

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/18/nyregion/18tips.html

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