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"War On Terror" Board Game Confiscated In UK

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the security-theater-as-low-comedy dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 598

An anonymous reader writes "The board game The War On Terror is a satirical game in which George Bush's 'Axis of Evil' is reduced to a spinner in the middle of the board, which determines which player is designated a terrorist state. That person then has to wear a balaclava (included in the box set) with the word 'Evil' stitched onto it. Kent police said they had confiscated the game because the balaclava 'could be used to conceal someone's identity or could be used in the course of a criminal act.' Balaclavas are freely sold all over the place in the area." Schneier has blogged this stupidity, of course.

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Police thugs (5, Interesting)

mlwmohawk (801821) | more than 5 years ago | (#24617849)

All too often Police confuse "fighting crime" and "protecting the peace" with authoritarian "because I said so and I have a gun" mentality.

I refrain from a rant, but the more police I meet, the more I hate the police.

Re:Police thugs (5, Insightful)

Bryansix (761547) | more than 5 years ago | (#24617901)

I agree with you there. Sometimes Police take matters in their own hands when they should be busy enforcing the actual laws on the books. In addition many police just act above the law when off duty simply because they are police during the day. Really the police should be policed more rigorously then the general public.

Re:Police thugs (1, Troll)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618443)

I agree with you there. Sometimes Police take matters in their own hands when they should be busy enforcing the actual laws on the books. In addition many police just act above the law when off duty simply because they are police during the day. Really the police should be policed more rigorously then the general public.

This doesn't strike me as a +5 "Insightful" comment. It's a broad-brushed rant with no supporting evidence. Even if it's true, it's not a novel idea. I suggest we stick with fact-based discussions.

Re:Police thugs (5, Interesting)

Atheil (1184445) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618449)

I don't disagree with this, they should be policed more rigorously than the general public, and they usually are. If a cop comes under investigation for a crime, it is a lot more likely to make it to Court than if it is a private citizen, at least in Canada anyways. The best solution to this problem is to allocate more money to police budget so that you have more people wanting to become police officers (since now you'll have an actual benefit to the amount of work they have to do) and can be pickier with who you choose.

Re:Police thugs (4, Insightful)

kalirion (728907) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618577)

There should also be an effort made to ensure that the Police are in fact aware of what the laws are.

Re:Police thugs (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24617953)

They don't have guns, this is the UK

Re:Police thugs (5, Informative)

damburger (981828) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618259)

Since when did our police not have guns? The unarmed bobby on a bicycle toting a whistle is very much a thing of the past.

As one unfortunate Brazillian man found out, our police have guns and they are all too happy to use them.

Re:Police thugs (3, Informative)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618361)

They don't have guns. Firearms Units are the only police officers authorised and trained to use firearms. Jean Charles de Menezes wasn't shot by some random bobby who took the law into his hands, he was shot by a specialist Firearms Unit which had been readied for possible use against a terrorist suspect in his neighbourhood, whose superiors should've known what they were doing.

Re:Police thugs (1, Insightful)

jacquesm (154384) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618455)

He was shot by a total moron.

The guy that made the call had *0* hard evidence that he was tailing a terrorist.

He probably also single-handedly did more damage to the credibility of British intelligence than any other event since the weapons of mass distraction.

Rest in peace dr. Kelly...

Re:Police thugs (5, Interesting)

damburger (981828) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618535)

Furthermore, some have suggested that the ridiculously gung-ho attitude displayed by the police on that day may in part be a result of having received counter-terrorism training from the Israelis, hardly renowned for respecting the civil rights of those they consider enemies of the state.

Of course, that hardly exonerates the officers in question, any more than 'we were obeying orders' exonerated Nazis.

Re:Police thugs (3, Informative)

Faluzeer (583626) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618371)

Hmmm

It is more accurate to state that the majority of Police officers in the UK do not carry guns. There are, of course, specially trained officers that do carry guns are part of the course of their normal duties.

Re:Police thugs (5, Insightful)

pilgrim23 (716938) | more than 5 years ago | (#24617967)

I am older, and was raised to always trust a policeman.
As an adult, I rarely say this: My parents were wrong.
The Republic is now an Empire.. with the centurions carrying assault rifles
Rei Publicae Scutum no longer...

Re:Police thugs (5, Insightful)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618211)

I am older, and was raised to always trust a policeman.
As an adult, I rarely say this: My parents were wrong.
The Republic is now an Empire.. with the centurions carrying assault rifles

when I traveled to the UK, many years ago, I ran into the same sentiment - that 'ask a friendly policeman on the corner' if you need help or have a question. nice friendly guys (....)

that ship has sailed. now, the current wisdom is to never talk to cops (2) [youtube.com] never talk to cops (1) [youtube.com]

this is BOTH a copy AND a lawyer giving this advice!

clearly, they are not anymore representing 'the will of the people'. they are anti-freedom and you would be best advised to consider the huge risk by even talking to them, even if you are innoncent. a slip of a casual word CAN be used against you and there is never ever 'off the record' when you talk to cops.

Re:Police thugs (-1, Troll)

cwAllenPoole (1228672) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618685)

I once read that a REAL DOCTOR told people not to drink water out of plastic water bottles. I also heard that you need to be careful about a virus named GOOD TIMES. I also forwarded an email which tested Bill Gate's email tracking system. I was going to get a dollar... In all fairness, these videos are actually interesting. But, just because someone claims he's a lawyer...

Re:Police thugs (1)

damburger (981828) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618297)

How is this a troll? I am only 27 but can see its a correct observation. The police are becoming less and less public servants and more and more preening bullies.

They have been lobbying in favour of every bit of authoritarian legislation that has come out of this excuse for a government.

And anyone who thinks a lurch to the right will help cannot, either through youth or stupidity, not recall the last Conservative government. They have a 'respect' agenda even stronger than Labour which basically gives the police more powers to impose themselves on innocent citizens.

Re:Police thugs (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618351)

The Republic is now an Empire.. with the centurions carrying assault rifles

Save your rhetoric until it comes time for the new President (futilely wishing for a third-party winner here) to be sworn in. Emperors aren't in the habit of peacefully (no matter how begrudgingly) handing over the reigns to someone else (maybe Castro?).

One could make the argument that the President isn't really the one in control (a la Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), but most rants are against Bush specifically.

Also, I haven't seen many assault-rifle-wielding policemen (unless SWAT counts)

Re:Police thugs (1)

HockeyPuck (141947) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618575)

I hope if something ever happens to you that you need the police, you don't call them. We all know how legal vigilantism is. I'd hate to be paying taxes to provide a service to someone who only appreciates those that provide the service when it suits them.

 

Re:Police thugs (1)

Ortega-Starfire (930563) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618701)

If I need the police, it means I'm in immediate and unavoidable danger of losing my life or being severely injured. I took out a life insurance policy from Beretta and Colt to cover that possibility, so I'm good. Response time is pretty good too, faster than the police ever were.

I have yet to come across a time I needed the police, and I doubt I ever will.

I DO however fully support my local firefighters and hospitals. Both with cash and volunteer time.

Re:Police thugs (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24617973)

Fredy Villanueva, Montreal.

yeah, moral of the story is if you're a teen don't play dice outside, or else expect to be shot dead by cops when they come to harass you for making the grave mistake of not being born white.

Re:Police thugs (1)

jacquesm (154384) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618503)

I don't know who modded you flamebait, there is (unfortunately) nothing but fact in your post.

Re:Police thugs (1)

Gat0r30y (957941) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618003)

"because I said so and I have a gun"

Well, when the police have used up all their good will (which I believe they did actually have at some point, but I can't prove that) by being pricks this is their last resort.

Re:Police thugs (1)

Atheil (1184445) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618125)

I still don't understand this labeling the police as the enemy, or as a single entity that has "used up its goodwill." Would anarchy had served the owner of that board game better?

Re:Police thugs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24618293)

Watch an old episode of 'The Blue Knight' and compare/contrast with today's beat cop. George Kennedy has said he was basically just mimicking a cop he grew up around. They don't exist anymore.

Re:Police thugs (2, Insightful)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618429)

Ok, have you ever been hurt/beat up by a terrorist? Harassed by a terrorist? Framed by a terrorist? Most of us haven't but for most people at least one of the above has happened with them and a cop.

Re:Police thugs (3, Insightful)

Atheil (1184445) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618059)

I don't hate police, mostly because I respect their job and understand the difficulties that arise from it. For instance, they were probably sent in there to confiscate all materials related to crimes. It wasn't that they decided "hey, lets go steal this board game" it was lets take everything in here that could possibly be related to crimes in any way. That being said, I do agree that it is ridiculous that they took the board game, it's just not a good enough reason to "hate the police."

Re:Police thugs (3, Insightful)

CrackedButter (646746) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618159)

But why don't they have the capacity to think. Can't they go back to the station empty handed and simply say all they found was a board game?

Re:Police thugs (5, Informative)

Atheil (1184445) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618343)

According to the article "The satirical board game was confiscated along with knives, chisels and bolt cutters, from climate protesters during a series of raids near Kingsnorth power station, in Kent, last week." So they actually just grabbed a ton of stuff. It's not like the only thing they took was the board game. I agree that they probably should have been more selective, but generally they prefer to be on the thorough side, versus the nicer side.

Re:Police thugs (3, Informative)

jason.sweet (1272826) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618473)

Not exactly. TFA indicates that the raid was on an environmental group, presumably planning or preparing for an act that could be considered and act of terror. If you are investigating an alleged terrorist, confiscating a box with the word "terror" printed on it is probably erring on the side of caution.

Nothing in TFA indicates whether or not the raid was justified, but it is pretty clear that the group's ownership of the game was not the cause of the raid.

Re:Police thugs (5, Interesting)

mlwmohawk (801821) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618209)

it's just not a good enough reason to "hate the police."

I'm not going to go on my typical police rant, but this is not an isolated incident, but a general pattern of behavior seemingly for police everywhere.

I know a LOT of police. I have a step brother who is head of a police union. I have plenty of stories.

The police almost NEVER come to your door to "help" you. Even if they save your life, keep your mouth shut. In Boston the last few years we've had fairly peaceful celebrations after some sports wins, and the police are leading the homicide and injury count.

In dorchester and southie (Boston, MA) under-achievers became criminals or cops. The cops are worse.

Re:Police thugs (1)

Atheil (1184445) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618411)

First of all, appeal to personal knowledge is not enough to justify hating police everywhere. You have no idea what police are like outside of your city. Secondly, the Police are working stiffs just like you or me. They get paid a LOT less than other jobs and get worked a lot harder (although it's usually a personal responsibility thing whether or not they actually DO the work). So before you say they "almost NEVER come to your door to "help" you" you should understand that they aren't saints. They're paid to solve crimes, and are measured by this, not on the degree of "help" they rendered. If police were getting paid a lot more, then there is justification to judge them more harshly, but as it is it's just a regular blue collar profession.

Re:Police thugs (1)

jacquesm (154384) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618565)

they are not paid to solve crimes, they're paid to protect and serve the general public. That job description obviously does not include harrasment, rape, murder and a whole bunch of other crimes that the police have committed against those they were asked to protect.

If you do not like your job description you're free to change jobs. There are lots of police officers (I don't like the term 'cop') that are fantastic people and there are a very select few that ruin the image of police forces the world over by being power tripping crooks in uniform.

Re:Police thugs (2, Insightful)

Free the Cowards (1280296) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618379)

Why not? They are given power and responsibility beyond a normal citizen. They should be held to a higher standard.

Re:Police thugs (1)

Atheil (1184445) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618531)

They are given a pay-grade equal to or below an average citizen. I believe in holding someone to a higher standard when it's possible. If you fired every police officer who did something like this you'd have a HUGELY understaffed police force. They're not paid competitive wages as it is, so they have to make do with the people they're given. If you increase the pay, then you can be more picky about who you choose.

Re:Police thugs (2, Insightful)

Thangodin (177516) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618231)

Agreed. There may be many good police, but you only need a few bad ones...

The main problem with giving police discretionary powers is that many police have no discretion.

Re:Police thugs (1)

Atheil (1184445) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618419)

Of course they have discretion, everyone has discretion, what you don't like is the choices they make with that discretion.

Re:Police thugs (5, Informative)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618497)

I refrain from a rant, but the more police I meet, the more I hate the police.

I don't. Refrain, I mean; here's my rant from January- Police State: In USSA, cops hassle YOU! [slashdot.org] The police ought to serve a good purpose, protecting us from robbers, thieves, rapists, murderers, etc. But all too often the police themselves are the villians [illinoistimes.com]. The last link is about a cop here in central Illinois who was charged with 49 felonies including one count of obstructing justice, three counts of criminal sexual abuse, seven counts of criminal sexual assault, seven counts of armed violence, 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, and 21 counts of official misconduct. He plead guilty to TWO MISDEMEANORS and got off. Anybody else would have been behind bars for the rest of their lives.

Re:Police thugs (4, Informative)

Kamokazi (1080091) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618635)

To be fair, from TFA:

"The satirical board game was confiscated along with knives, chisels and bolt cutters, from climate protesters during a series of raids near Kingsnorth power station, in Kent, last week."

The game was one of the items they took along with the real dangerous stuff. They were presumably caught planning a break-in to a power plant (the article is scant on important details, and chooses to focus on the board game). It's still kind of stilly that they took the game, but realizing that they had knived and devices intended to break into and probably sabotage a power plant puts a whole different perspective on the situation. I would chalk it more up to police officers being overcautious (or clueless) and siezing anything that could possibly be considered evidence of their intentions. Had they has other baclavas, they probably would have siezed those as well).

Ironic in so many ways... (4, Insightful)

jayveekay (735967) | more than 5 years ago | (#24617855)

One of which is that this is great publicity for the game and will surely increase sales.

Re:Ironic in so many ways... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24618139)

One of which is that this is great publicity for the game and will surely increase sales.

Hey, it worked for Steve Jackson Games [wikipedia.org]. Unfortunately, it almost bankrupted the company and took four years [sjgames.com] for the case to be resolved in their favor. That was in the 90s; I doubt that the victims next SJG-style incident will be so "lucky" in Post-9/11 America.

"First Post" Board Game Confiscated in AC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24617861)

n/t

pwned

John McCain: Warmonger Part 2 +1, Helpful (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24617903)

Although, ultimately, you will need to make up your own mind about John McCain, I have a number of things to say that you may find useful. But first, let me pose you a question: Is McCain actually concerned about any of us or does he just want to cover up his criminal ineptitude? After reading this letter, you'll surely find it's the latter. His favorite buzzword these days is "crisis". McCain likes to tell us that we have a crisis on our hands. He then argues that the only reasonable approach to combat this crisis is for him to sell us fibs and fear mixed with a generous dollop of Maoism. In my opinion, the real crisis is the dearth of people who understand that McCain is one of those villainous blusterers who quotes the Bible but never reads it. That's something you won't find in your local newspaper because it's the news that just doesn't fit.

If we foreground the cognitive and emotional palette of McCain's patronizing analects rather than their pathology we can enter vitally into his world. Why do we want to do that? Because when I say that McCain's penchant for materialism chokes his judgment like tea leaves blocking a sink, this does not, I repeat, does not mean that granting him complete control over our lives is as important as breathing air. This is a common fallacy held by amoral despots.

If you look soberly and carefully at the evidence all around you, you will really find that McCain teaches workshops on allotheism. Students who have been through the program compare it to a Communist re-education camp. Throughout history, there has been a clash between those who wish to say "no" to his blockish, effete bromides and those who wish to cause the destruction of human ambition and joy. Naturally, McCain belongs to the latter category. I don't need to tell you that he's dumber than dirt. That should be self-evident. What is less evident is that by writing this letter, I am certainly sticking my head far above the parapet. The big danger is that McCain will retaliate against me. He'll most likely try to force me to lie awake at night wondering who his next victim will be although another possibility is that his confreres think that "McCain's the best thing to come along since the invention of sliced bread." First off, that's a lousy sentence. If they had written instead that I pray for the day when those who destroy our youths' ability to relax, reflect, study, and meditate will see what they're doing to the world and to all of its citizens then that quote would have had more validity. As it stands, McCain has been trying to convince us that society is screaming for his snow jobs. This pathetic attempt to befuddle the public and make sin seem like merely a sophisticated fashion deserves no comment other than to say that the biggest supporters of McCain's self-serving endeavors are impetuous scofflaws and what I call perverted desperados. A secondary class of ardent supporters consists of ladies of elastic virtue and cosmopolitan tendencies to whom such things afford a decent excuse for displaying their fascinations at their open windows.

There is no contradiction here; even though McCain is capable of a large array of negative feelings, you mustn't forget that I, not being one of the many fork-tongued nutcases of this world, strive to be consistent in my arguments. I can't say that I'm 100% true to this, but McCain's frequent vacillating leads me to believe that I am reminded of the quote, "The uncongenial tone used by McCain in his theatrics clearly shows what kind of person he really is." This comment is not as sententious as it seems because McCain's sound bites cannot stand on their own merit. That's why they're dependent on elaborate artifices and explanatory stories to convince us that public opinion is a reliable indicator of what's true and what isn't. McCain, already oppressive with his loquacious excuses, will perhaps be the ultimate exterminator of our human species -- if separate species we be -- for his reserve of unguessed horrors could never be borne by mortal brains if loosed upon the world. If you think that that's a frightening thought then consider that it would not be out of character for McCain to champion censorship in the name of free speech, intolerance in the name of tolerance, and oppression in the name of freedom. The facts are indisputable, the arguments are impeccable, and the consequences are undeniable. So why does he believe that everyone with a different set of beliefs from his is going to get a one-way ticket to Hell? This is an important question because his cat's-paws get a thrill out of protesting. They have no idea what causes they're fighting for or against. For them, going down to the local protest, carrying a sign, hanging out with McCain, and meeting some other out-of-touch thieves is merely a social event. They're not even aware that McCain says that he needs a little more time to clean up his act. As far as I'm concerned, McCain's time has run out.

Mutual efforts against subversive absenteeism are not just an educational process designed to teach people that in a larger context, McCain's pernicious, feral arguments remind us that acts of nihilism continue in our midst. These efforts also serve as a beacon, warning the world of the stuck-up consequences of McCain's inimical conclusions. McCain is more dangerous than other garrulous pissants because the spoiled, pampered offspring of the cosseted upper class actually believe McCain when he says that the laws of nature don't apply to him. His older positions were vexatious enough. His latest ones are clearly beyond the pale.

McCain's slurs have paid off: Already, McCain has had some success in his efforts to muzzle McCain's critics. While he and other disruptive rumormongers sometimes differ on the details and scale of their upcoming campaigns of terror they never fail to agree on the basic principle and substance. Hence, it is imperative that you understand that I am truly at a loss for words when McCain asserts that prissy Philistines are easily housebroken. He can't possibly be serious. I suspect that the real story here is that McCain is absolutely determined to believe that mediocrity is a worthwhile goal, and he's not about to let facts or reason get in his way.

McCain will probably throw another hissy fit if we don't let him "solve" all our problems by talking them to death. At least putting up with another John McCain hissy fit is easier than convincing McCain's representatives that I must part company with many of my peers when it comes to understanding why McCain cares for us in the same way that fleas care about dogs. My peers suspect that I'm indisputably bewildered by the scurrilous nature of McCain's litanies. While this is truly true, I insist we must add that we can divide McCain's ideas into three categories: deluded, inconsiderate, and cruel.

If there's an untold story here, it's that if McCain were as bright as he thinks he is, he'd know that his objectives are like an enormous imperialism-spewing machine. We must begin dismantling that structure. We must put a monkey wrench in its gears. And we must reach out to the poor, the marginalized, and those unfortunate enough to have been labeled as self-indulgent by McCain's propaganda machine because McCain appears to have found a new tool to use to help him make our lives miserable. That tool is neopaganism, and if you watch him wield it, you'll undoubtedly see why his desire to make excessive use of foul language is the chief sign that he's a snippy, caustic vigilante. (The second sign is that McCain feels obliged to control, manipulate, and harm other people.)

If you ever ask McCain to do something, you can bet that your request will get lost in the shuffle, unaddressed, ignored, and rebuffed. Others have stated it much more eloquently than I, but he keeps missing my point. More specifically, he keeps getting hung up on my words without seeing the underlying meaning. For example, when I say that by increasing society's cycle of hostility and violence, McCain has forfeited his claim to be morally superior to Attila's Huns or Hulagu's Mongols, McCain seems incapable of realizing that what I'm really getting at is that he operates on an international scale to mortgage away our future. It's only fitting, therefore, that we, too, work on an international scale, but to deal stiffly with eccentric, loud champions of deceit, lies, theft, plunder, and rapine who make us dependent on immoral, rancorous swindlers for political representation, economic support, social position, and psychological approval.

I am shocked and angered by McCain's bloody-minded improprieties. Such shameful conduct should never be repeated. Truth be told, if McCain believes that he acts in the name of equality and social justice, then it's obvious why he thinks that the world is crying out to labor beneath his firm but benevolent heel. What I wrote just a moment ago is not the paranoid rambling of a nit-picky wacko. It's a fact. In purely political terms, McCain is so unpatriotic, I could lose heart. Still, I recommend you check out some of his accusations and draw your own conclusions on the matter. I conclude this letter with an appropriate quote: "Choleric showboaters who trade fundamental human rights for a cheap 'guarantee' of safety and security will, hopefully, eventually be replaced by people who believe in freedom, justice, and the pursuit of personal growth." I believe we all know who said that, don't we?

Re:John McCain: Warmonger Part 2 +1, Helpful (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618047)

Okay okay, we get it, but you're wasting your time because it's obvious that not a lot of Americans will vote Republican again.

Next time troll in favor of McCain so that the troll fans may laugh a lot harder. Or go back to posting stories about coprophagy and canine zoophilia, those were quite entertaining and +1 informative.

Re:John McCain: Warmonger Part 2 +1, Helpful (1)

Jock Kodimar (599124) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618251)

Was that written by one of those automatic letter writers? You know the type that spews lines and lines of inane B.S.?

Re:John McCain: Warmonger Part 2 +1, Helpful (1)

T.E.D. (34228) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618373)

Was that written by one of those automatic letter writers? You know the type that spews lines and lines of inane B.S.?

Close. It was written by a political hack.

Re:John McCain: Warmonger Part 2 +1, Helpful (3, Funny)

FiloEleven (602040) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618481)

John McCain has a comprehensive economic plan that will create millions of good American jobs, ensure our nation's energy security, get the government's budget and spending practices in order, and bring relief to American consumers. Click to learn how the McCain Economic Plan will help bring reform, prosperity and peace to America. Read More... [johnmccain.com]

Straight Talk Express, here I come!

Free Publicity (4, Funny)

Nathan Boley (1042886) | more than 5 years ago | (#24617907)

I wonder how much did the board game creators paid the police 'confiscate' the game? Talk about cheap advertising.

They need another card. (5, Insightful)

BitterOldGUy (1330491) | more than 5 years ago | (#24617921)

Terrorists can use special cards such as "suicide bomber", "plane hijack" and "WMDs" to advance themselves.

They need the "Police in free country crack down on their own people for idiotic reasons and abusing their authority thereby turning free country into a less-free country thereby aiding the terrorists" card.

Re:They need another card. (5, Insightful)

blueg3 (192743) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618085)

They need the "Police in free country crack down on their own people for idiotic reasons and abusing their authority thereby turning free country into a less-free country thereby aiding the terrorists" card.

Actually, that's how the terrorist player wins the game.

Re:They need another card. (5, Insightful)

T.E.D. (34228) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618187)

That's kinda long-winded. How about an "Idiots Elected" card instead?

Re:They need another card. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24618657)

And how is that different from every other election?

Stupidity? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24617923)

More like awesomeness.

I don't understand? (5, Funny)

UberHoser (868520) | more than 5 years ago | (#24617951)

Why would you wear a dessert on your head? I mean I can see it if the game was like "Spin the bottle" or something of that ilk...

Re:I don't understand? (1)

Critical Facilities (850111) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618691)

I thought the same thing. You could understand if the guy had a souvlaki, well he could put an eye out, but how much damage can one do with a pastry? Thank goodness he wasn't packing any tzatziki, imagine the horror.

fashion statement (5, Funny)

Chief_Wiggum (1341031) | more than 5 years ago | (#24617955)

Because when I think 'hijacking an airplane', I think about wearing a balaclava with the word EVIL stitched to my head.

Re:fashion statement (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618241)

Even so, there's nothing illegal about balaclavas (aka 'ski masks') in just about any jurisdiction in the Western world. You can buy them at department stores, Wal*Mart, sporting goods stores, sometimes even the convenience store down on the corner sells them.

People use them to keep their faces warm in the winter. Especially while doing something like, say, skiing. ;)

Make a list (2, Interesting)

FredFredrickson (1177871) | more than 5 years ago | (#24617979)

They better get started confiscating things because I've got a lot of identity concealing items around.

-Any article of clothing
-Towels
-Sheets
-Paper Bags
-Ski masks
-My Hands
...

Re:Make a list (1)

CheeseTroll (696413) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618111)

Makes me wonder what happens at airports on Halloween. Are there passengers that (attempt to) wear costumes and/or masks in the airport or on the plane itself? Are there rules against such a thing?

Re:Make a list (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24618247)

They better get started confiscating things because I've got a lot of identity concealing items around.

-Any article of clothing
-Towels
-Sheets
-Paper Bags
-Ski masks
-My Hands ...

-Make-up
-Pumpkins
-Sheep

Whoops! Sorry - wrong forum.

Re:Make a list (1)

FredFredrickson (1177871) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618581)

Troll? This does not constitute trolling.

Learn how to think.* (*This is trolling, note the difference. Class is dismissed.)

there should be tiny camera 'player pieces' (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618037)

afterall, we KNOW (right?) that EVIL bad guys use cameras to do their harm.

what kind of terr-a-wrist would be seen in public without his 'spy cam'?

just like monopoly has those silly figurines that run around the board, there should be something mentioning cameras. taking an image not only steals your soul but its a 'tool of evildoers'.

Context, context (5, Informative)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618051)

This was a raid (of uncertain provenance) on a protest outside a power station. The other items seized are "knives, chisels and bolt cutters". It seems to me that the police took the balaclava under the quite reasonable assumption that someone was going to put it on and break into the station using some of the tools. That it was part of a board game is entirely incidental.

If the police seize a pack of ladies' stockings from your home, that's absurd. If they seize a crate of ladies' stockings, bank plans, and a toy gun from your car outside a bank, that's reasonable.

Re:Context, context (1)

T.E.D. (34228) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618319)

That it was part of a board game is entirely incidental.

I was going to disagree, but this statement saves your whole post.

Re:Context, context (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24618391)

If they seize a crate of ladies' stockings, bank plans, and a toy gun from your car outside a bank, that's reasonable.

There is no crime in owning those items. Mentalities like that are what afford such gross imbalance of power the authorities/gov't have over the people. Like what has been said before, the police should be fighting crime, not protecting the peace.

Re:Context, context (2, Insightful)

petes_PoV (912422) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618547)

>If they seize a crate of ladies' stockings, bank plans, and a toy gun from your car outside a bank, that's reasonable.

Not if the bank is in a row of shops containing a toyshop and a lingerie store,

Too bad ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24618089)

Its too bad that they cant find a little humor in it. does this mean if the ouija board came out today, that would be considered terroristic? on a lighter note, I think i might buy the game ... i wonder if they have minitures of terrorist leaders, i wanna be kim jong-il!

Context (4, Informative)

Bogtha (906264) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618095)

The satirical board game was confiscated along with knives, chisels and bolt cutters, from climate protesters during a series of raids near Kingsnorth power station, in Kent, last week.

Here's the thing: a bunch of people were protesting by chaining themselves to gates and generally impeding operations at a power station. The police came along, hauled them off, and took away the tools they were using. Knives, chisels, bolt cutters, and balaclavas.

It's got nothing to do with balaclavas being illegal, any more than bolt cutters are illegal. It's got nothing at all to do with the game itself. It's the fact that the masks were being used in the process of shutting down a power station.

Did anybody spot that most of the article was dedicated to describing the game and its distribution hopes, as if it were a game review, while the confiscation itself got just a single sentence in the article? This is a fucking advert. The creators, from Cambridge, heard about it, and got their mate at the local paper, in Cambridge to write about it as a favour. This is a local paper, and the event the article is supposed to be talking about happened in Kent, 100 miles away.

So they took the whole game? (1)

argent (18001) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618223)

So they took the whole game because of the evil balaclava?

Re:So they took the whole game? (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618441)

I doubt they took the time to actually look over the game, read the list of contents, and decide that the balaclava went with it, during the raid. Perhaps the rest of the game was collected afterwards? Maybe it wasn't collected at all? The police's statement only mentions the balaclava itself.

Re:Context (1)

stsp (979375) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618299)

Did anybody spot that most of the article was dedicated to describing the game and its distribution hopes, as if it were a game review, while the confiscation itself got just a single sentence in the article? This is a fucking advert.

Yep, and it sure worked:

The server at www.waronterrortheboardgame.com is taking too long to respond.

Bloody pigs (5, Interesting)

damburger (981828) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618135)

The UK police are a serious threat to liberty, and I say this as someone who used to work for them.

They are monumentally petty, generally taking the view that who they arrest should be based on who they don't like the look of rather than who has done something wrong, and then sort out the crime they are to be charged with later.

A common method is to approach people whose appearance suggests poverty (normally written down as "looking suspicious), and intimidating them until they do something that could be construed as resisting arrest or assaulting the officer, then haul them away and throw them in a cell.

They then whinge about having to do loads of 'paperwork' which basically translates to 'its difficult to pin crimes on everybody we haul in'. Having been on the paperwork end of policing I can safely say that if someone has be caught for a specific crime (rather than hauled in for wearing a tracksuit and leaned on) then it isn't hard to get them convicted.

The majority of policing in the city I worked in (where I saw every file that went through the local magistrates court, albeit briefly in most cases) consisted of protecting the property of city businesses, banging up drunks, and bullying chavs.

Also there are restrictions on the spinner device (4, Funny)

dilvish_the_damned (167205) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618195)

Technically the spinner is a munition, developed specifically for US intelligence.

Re:Also there are restrictions on the spinner devi (1)

NeuroManson (214835) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618245)

The spinner has pointy bits, and could conceivably be used as a weapon as well. Brit cops are scared of pointy things.

Re:Also there are restrictions on the spinner devi (1)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618471)

Brit cops are scared of pointy things.

Absolutely. I'm sure everyone remembers the police training video where the instructor would ask the recruits how they would defend themselves against attackers wielding various weapons such as grapes, raspberries and bananas. The one recruit kept mentioning pointy sticks but the instructor ignored him.

For those that don't remember, here's the video [youtube.com] in question.

How much more can you take? (1)

PainMeds (1301879) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618269)

When are you brits going to overthrow your ridiculous government already and just get on with a normal life? We did the same in the 1700s and it got us 200+ years of "useful" government. Granted, we've got our issues here in the US, but they're not nearly as bad as yours. What bothers me more is most brits seem to like living in a police state.

Re:How much more can you take? (2, Insightful)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618559)

Here is the thing though, all the presidential candidates admire the UK for this, Obama sees that it is great with all the government provided health care, McCain sees it as great because of how the police can watch you 24/7. But you do it halfway and in 4-8 years we will have the other half of it. The US has become as tyrannical if not more than the government we overthrew 200 years ago.

Re:How much more can you take? (1)

PainMeds (1301879) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618617)

The US has become as tyrannical if not more than the government we overthrew 200 years ago.

Please take a look at the list of grievances in the declaration of independence. I don't think we're anywhere close to the tyranny that we fought against then, though 8 years from now might be noticeably closer.

Re:How much more can you take? (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618673)

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness

I honestly don't think that our government gets the powers they have from the consent of the governed anymore.

Re:How much more can you take? (1)

jacquesm (154384) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618667)

hilarious ! Pot, kettle, black. The US is every bit as much a police state as the UK is, and in some jurisdictions far more so.

Really, was that meant sarcastic and did I miss your joke or did you mean that ?

Huh? (1)

wcrowe (94389) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618345)

...the balaclava 'could be used to conceal someone's identity...

So could a pair of Groucho glasses. Those are next.

what about motorcycle helmets? (2, Insightful)

cabinetsoft (923481) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618347)

the balaclava 'could be used to conceal someone's identity

lots of people were them too under helmets on motorcycles to protect from cold or just to protect the helmet. But forget about the balaclava... wearing a simple full face helmet could be considered that conceals the identity of the motorist - isn't wearing a helmet mandatory in UK?

Oh my god!!! - How stupid!!! (2, Funny)

houbou (1097327) | more than 5 years ago | (#24618707)

I looked up on the web what a balaclava was, for I wasn't familiar with the term.

In Canada they sell those made of wool and other sturdy fibers as a winter gear for protection against the cold weather.

See the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balaclava_(clothing) [wikipedia.org]

Now, I'm shocked that they would prohibit a game because of the headgear, that's ridiculous! It's a GAME! Beside, this type of head gear is sold everywhere!

Not worse than those KKK back then, when they were wearing bedsheets for pete's sakes!

How can the authorities be so "STUPID!"

Wow.

My head is still spinning over this. Unbelieavable.

Everything can be used to conceal's one's identity.

Ok Uk Police, ban the following, please, because you must be thorough in your logic

1) makeup
2) hair extensions, hair pieces, hair products for coloring
3) ban the growth of beards
4) ban coloured contact lenses
5) ban theatrical makeup
6) ban plastic surgery
7) ban every form of toy weapons, including those dangerous Super Soaker Water guns, since these can actually be dangerous (try chlorine bleach instead of water)
8) hell ban all form of clothing too, because ya know, at this point, one could wear a long coat and a hat and try to conceal themselves too!!

I could go on, I'm just totally blown by how ridiculous the UK authorities are on this issue!

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