The media versus Opsec / Persec

Discussion in 'Professionally Qualified, RAMC and QARANC' started by Flambo, Mar 24, 2007.

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  1. Given the comments made by Ventriss re: Opsec heres a story i thought was relevant regarding compromising security :

    On Sunday 18th March at approx 1800hrs a Lynx helicopter crash landed in Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh. I stumbled across this story at approx 1930hrs on noneother than our very own BBC's website. In the next hour or so the BBC proceeded to identify the nature of the casualties - four PSNI and two soldiers had been hurt, one seriously. They then went on to further reveal the two hospitals the casualties had been taken to. Both are Cat A hospitals.

    Anyone want to comment?

    (Note that at the same time they were reporting that ambulance crews treating the casualties on the scene were attacked by snowballs, rocks and fireworks and that an ambulance carrying one casualty away from the scene was attacked and stopped by a angry mob).
  2. ... and that the following night, approx 70 petrol bombs where thrown at the police guarding the site of the crash!

    Peace in our times.

    they didnt name names, they'll get away with it.

    Unfortunately, the media do not run to the same rules as we do.
  3. Given that Northern Ireland is still technically an operational tour, all be it for another few months only, surely there must be some legislation in place to prevent the release of sensitive information, especially when it comes to injured personnel in a hostile environment?
  4. they didnt really cross the line - no rules broken.

    the mob knew what was going on, so i'd imagine the info would have got round telling of who they were and where they went.

    the Provos were credited many years ago as having the best intel gathering system ever seen.
  5. ViroBono

    ViroBono LE Moderator

    Firstly, the BBC's information was not entirely accurate, but when has that ever stopped a journalist?

    Secondly, Bliar, Sinn Hain and everyone else involved in promoting 'normalisation' will see the open reporting of such incidents as a demonstration that all is peace and love in NI now. The BBC certainly seems to be 'govt friendly' in its reporting of NI news - when reported, public order incidents, punishment beatings etc. and even murders are invariably stated to be 'not sectarian related' or due to 'dissident republicans'.