Post by Janet
Post by Mark Brader Post by Ken Blake Post by Cheryl
ISIS is making a habit of claiming responsibility for every high-profile
killing and disaster that hits the news. I'm surprised they aren't
claiming responsibility for the recent hurricanes.
"Claim" is the word used by almost all news sources, but I hate the
word "claim" being used that way. They should say "ISIS is making a
habit of admitting responsibility..."
From the point of view of ISIS there is nothing to "admit"...
Exactly! Every time their doings make the news, the reporters are
helping them, but that's the price we pay for a free press. But
adopting their vocabulary as well, that's helping them *unnecessarily*.
It isn't "their" vocabulary. Western media reaps what it sowed.
Long before ISIS, claiming responsibility for terror attacks was a
tactic by Western terrorist groups operating from at least the 1960's
and to the present day. I recall such claims from ETA, the Red Brigade,
Black September etc and all the Irish groups.
IIRC, in the height of The Troubles the different Irish factions
routinely reported their activities to the security forces and UK media
using pre-agreed code words to confirm the ID of the perpetrators. They
The IRA and other Irish Republican terrorists frequently phoned warnings
to a intermediary which passed the warnings on to the police. One
intermediary was the Samaritans charity. It is a charity which is there
to help suicidal people. Its phones are staffed "round the clock, 24
hours a day, 365 days a year".
This news report the day after what came to be known as the Bloody
Friday bombings includes:
The Provisional IRA accepted responsibility for the bombings,
which seemed to be aimed at civilians. It claimed that at least 30
minutes' warning was given before each explosion, but the warnings
which were received were so vague as to be almost useless.
A spokesman for the Belfast Brigade of the Provisional IRA pointed
-> out that telephoned warnings were given to the Samaritans, the
-> police, newspapers and the local Rumour Service and Public
-> Protection Service at least thirty minutes before each explosion. In
the case of the two worst explosions at Oxford Street and the
Cavehill Road, warnings were given well in advance. The Oxford
Street warning was heard over the military radio net at 2.10pm,
and a woman telephoned the police telling of a box in the back of a
car on the Cavehill Road an hour before the explosion.
Huge explosive decides were detonated at places certain to be
thronged with people - bus termini, railway stations, and shopping
centres. It was calculated that over 1,000lb of explosives had been
 "Rumour Service" was a nickname for an official telephone
Information Service about terrorist acts. The idea was that if someone
heard a rumour that there had been a bombing or riotous attack in a
location with which they had personal connections they could phone the
Information Service to have the rumour confirmed or denied. That greatly
reduced the number of people leaving their places of work to rush home,
or elsewhere, to see if family and friends were OK. There were multiple
attacks each day so this was not a trivial mater.
That was decades before the availability of affordable mobile phones
which enable person to person contact regardless of location.
There were posters in public places and in workplaces given phone
numbers of the "Rumour Service" and some other official phone services.
They were the Confidential telephone service, and an Intimidation
If you had information about a terrorist attack that had happened or was
planned you could pass the information to the authorities using the
Confidential phone service with complete certainty that your name would
not be asked for and that the call would not be traced. Sometimes there
would be a public announcement on local radio (and maybe TV) asking
"Would the person who called the Confidential phone at [date and time]
please contact the service again".
Some people suffered harrassment and intimidation for political reasons.
There was the Intimidation telephone service from which they could get
advice and, if they wished, practical assistance.
 At that time radio communications between army vehicles and bases
used VHF frequencies somewhere between 102 and 108 MHz. Many domestic
VHF radios could receive those frequencies. Many ordinary citizens and
journalists would have radios permanently tuned to the army channels so
as to find out what was going on. If a soldier reported by radio that
something had happened somewhere journalists would arrive there as soon
as they could. Other people would use the information so as to avoid the
place. I recall hearing one soldier on the radio say to the person he
was speaking to "Be careful what you say. This is the most popular radio
station in Belfast". The Fire Service also used frequencies in that
range. The Police and Ambulance services used frequencies not receivable
by domestic radios.
Peter Duncanson, UK