You’ve heard of the tube, of lorries and bobbies, but
It’s a word that has emerged from London after last week’s
bombings. The English police believe the suspects in the case are
“cleanskins” – young operatives with no background of terrorism
or crime. It’s more difficult to investigate cleanskins because
they have no criminal records.
(From “British Bestow Term Of Terror.”) Meanwhile, Schneier points out that the London Times reports “Security sources confirmed that none of the bombers was on any MI5 file, although one had links to a person investigated by police.”
It seems that having a clean record will now be held against you. This reminds me of the DEA profiling criteria: ‘Acting nervous, acting calm. Well-dressed, shabbily dressed…’
Kafka would be so proud.