You! You with the book! Hands up!

The FBI is warning police nationwide to be alert for people carrying almanacs….It urged officers to watch during searches, traffic stops and other investigations for anyone carrying almanacs, especially if the books are annotated in suspicious ways.

I so want to go buy some Farmer’s Almanacs, go through them randomly with a highlighter and scribble notes in the margin, and then leave them in random places when nobody is looking.

Update Cut for brevity…

FBI Intelligence Bulletin No. 102

FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT USE ONLY
TO: Law Enforcement Agencies
FROM: FBI Counterterrorism Division December 24, 2003

Threat Level: Orange (High).

THE FBI INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN, DISSEMINATED ON A WEEKLY BASIS, PROVIDES LAW
ENFORCEMENT WITH CURRENT, RELEVANT TERRORISM INFORMATION DEVELOPED FROM
COUNTERTERRORISM INVESTIGATIONS AND ANALYSIS. THE INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN DOES
NOT CONTAIN THREAT WARNING INFORMATION.

ITEM I: HSAS THREAT LEVEL RAISED TO ORANGE (HIGH) On December 21, 2003, the
Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS) threat level was raised from Yellow
(Elevated) to Orange (High), the second highest level on the HSAS, which
characterizes the terrorist threat based on a five-tier scale of threat
conditions and corresponding colors: Low (Green), Guarded (Blue), Elevated
(Yellow), High (Orange), and Severe (Red).

The U.S. Intelligence Community has received a substantial increase in the
volume of threat related intelligence reports. Reliable sources suggest the
possibility of attacks against the United States by early 2004 that could
possibly rival the terrorist attack of September 11 in scope and impact.

An FBI Counterterrorism Division communication disseminated via the National
Law Enforcement Telecommunications System on December 21 provides general
guidelines relating to countermeasures law enforcement agencies can adopt in
response to the heightened threat condition. Law enforcement agencies are
encouraged to remain alert to possible indicators of terrorist planning and
to report suspicious activity immediately to the nearest FBI Joint Terrorism
Task Force.

ITEM II: POTENTIAL TERRORIST USE OF ALMANACS Investigation has revealed that
terrorist operatives may rely on almanacs to assist with target selection
and pre-operational planning. Almanacs, available both in print and online,
provide comprehensive information on a variety of topics, including
government, geography, vital statistics, the economy, health matters,
science and technology, weather trends, and tourism. Information commonly
found in almanacs that may be exploited for terrorist use includes profiles
of U.S. cities and states and information on geographic and structural
features such as waterways, bridges, dams, reservoirs, tunnels, buildings,
and landmarks. This information is often accompanied by photographs and
maps.

The use of almanacs or maps may be the product of legitimate recreational or
commercial activities; however, when combined with suspicious behavior or
other information such as evidence of surveillance activities, these
indicators may point to possible terrorist planning. The practice of
researching potential targets is consistent with known methods of Al-Qaeda
and other terrorist organizations that seek to maximize the likelihood of
operational success through careful planning.

During the course of authorized searches, traffic stops, and other contacts,
law enforcement officers should be alert to the potential terrorist use of
almanacs for pre-operational activities. Indicators of the use of almanacs
for this purpose may include suspicious notations concerning high-profile
locations such as tall buildings or landmarks and references to specific
dates. Agencies should report any suspected use of almanacs in this manner
to their nearest FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Departments are requested to contact the nearest FBI field office or
resident agency in their area should additional information be developed
related to the above matter. Questions regarding the content of these
Bulletins should also be directed to the nearest FBI field office or
resident agency. Specific comments or suggestions about the format or
content can be provided to [removed].

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