Police mistakenly called on war game developer

A Bristol, UK apartment building manager called police after seeing a tenant's whiteboard diagrams of a planned nuclear attack on Washington. Turns out that the tenant, Henry Smith, is a software developer working on a game called "Global Thermonuclear War." Ahem, I can tell you right now "the only winning move is not to play." From The Guardian:
366828db 45dd 4ff2 8536 209c78a673ea 460x276“At first I was ridiculously frightened by the whole thing,” he told the Guardian. “When they said they’d told the police I absolutely bricked it. I ran home to check if the police had raided the house or something. It was definitely very frightening to think that the police had a report in their system alleging that I was up to something suspicious involving nuclear warheads. Knowing how the police here deal with suspected terrorists, I was worried they’d do a dawn raid or worse. It was genuinely scary for a while.”

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  1. He'd already freehand drawn a sketchy approximation of the trajectory of the missile on a whiteboard! This plan for international destruction was already in the advanced phase!

  2. Such a sad world we live in. Mr. Smith's fear for how he would be treated by the authorities is more reasonable than some curtain-twitcher's fear of 'terr'ists'.

  3. We've pumped up the fear so much, it's hard to know what not to be afraid of! And the cops typically will count false positives like this one, as proof that it's working. (protip: a real terrorist would likely be more discreet)

    That's why I prefer to call it "war with terror" instead of "war on terror".
    The ambiguity is deliberate: terror is a weapon of war, not an enemy.

  4. I suppose he's lucky he doesn't have an Arabic surname.

  5. Chuck Jones and his team at Warner Bros would have been on a watch list for sure:

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