Stop me if I’m suffering from pareidolia or apophenia, but i think these tidbits somehow are related to the point of interest. Interesting use of euphemism ”strategy of 1000 cuts” as it’s how sometimes organized stalking is described. So before police used to investigate once they have a tip, now they just go and disrupt since it’s easier than collecting evidence. At least Netherlands cops don’t hide their psychological harassment tactics behind sanitizing descriptions.
The tactics advocated by al-Qaeda and other extremist groups has changed from one of ”big, bad bombs” and violent attacks by terrorists working together in a cell to a ”strategy of 1000 cuts”, in which individuals take short, sharp ”potentially high-impact” action, says Assistant Commissioner Steve Lancaster, the national manager of counterterrorism for the Australian Federal Police.
Secretive types can ”self-radicalise” without communicating with anyone else, making their plans difficult to detect, he says.
”The [traditional] philosophy of police is that people are suspected of committing a crime, you do an investigation and you get enough evidence and you then arrest or summons them and put them through the courts,” he says.
”The idea is to get them when they’re still in the thinking stage. They are starting to give the community clues that they are [becoming] extreme in their views and the most ideal situation is to stop them from taking that quantum leap on doing something … It does rely on information from the community and their participation in trying to identify who these people are.”
Under investigative procedures recently put in place, investigators and the police have begun to do what they call ”disturbing” people to deter them from joining radical groups. It is a kind of harassment that involves following people at close range, calling them by telephone, parking police cars in front of their homes and approaching them on the street to inform them that they are being watched.