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Meaning of acronym A.C.A.B. and 1312

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A.C.A.B. - All Cops Are Bastards

A.C.A.B. is an anti-police acronym. It’s an abbreviation for “All Cop[per]s Are Bastards”. Today, the A.C.A.B. we can find on many walls and slogans in graffiti, tattoo’s and another graphic which has the main goal to show antipathy against law enforcement and police. The first appearing of this acronym in public is in 1977 when a journalist from Newcastle spent the night in prison. He documented A.C.A.B. acronym written on prison walls. He published book “The Dictionary of Catchphrases” where it is written that A.C.A.B. acronym is from early 1970th and can’t be older until full meaning of words coming from 1920. British punk band, the 4.Skins populated acronym A.C.A.B. through their song with the same name during 1980-es.

Using of acronym A.C.A.B.

The acronym is often integrated into prison tattoos in the United Kingdom apropos Great Britain. It’s often written on fist, finger by finger, and sometimes like small dots on every finger. In modern politics, all sides using acronym “ACAB” like “All Cops Are Bastards”. It’s most used in the world of football fans worldwide.

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ACAB graffiti in Athens, Greece

Using of ACAB, as we mentioned is most popular in the world of sports fans, especially football ones and their ULTRAS culture. It’s not weird to see graffiti, t-shirts, transparent and other equipment of football hooligan “decorated” with these symbols and acronyms. It’s their way to show their anger against police and law enforcement.

In past years, publishing of ACAB in public, in many countries was forbidden by law, so the football fans created an alternative. The new synonym 1312 means same as ACAB and that was a way to override laws in some countries. 1312 means that every number is one letter (1312=A.C.A.B., where 1 stands for A, 3 stands for C, 1 stands for A and 2 stands for B what fits the letters from the English alphabet).

Today, in most countries in Europe, publishing of these symbols is forbidden by law and punishable as a minor offense because it’s recognized as inappropriate behavior and abetment on riots.

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  1. Lohner Lohmann

    Mar 30, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    toony ist 1…..h.

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Take a look at 1989 Vintage FBI Surveillance Van

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RDUCars TV has got a ton of requests to make a video on the 1989 FBI Surveillance van since they had purchased it on the government auction. It has went viral over the web via articles, Facebook, and over 100,000 views on eBay!

They have never expected to make this go viral in such numbers. Seems to me that everyone loves this brown Dodge Ram which is actually a surveillance van that was used quite a lot, even though it only has 23,000 miles! How cool!

According to the video, so many gadgets were found and it was just an adventure to get to try them all and see how everything works and we even found tapes and cd’s which showed FBI investigation clips from 2013 and earlier.

The Dodge B-Series is a full-size van that was built by Dodge. Starting in 1971 the B-Series was sold as the Dodge Ram Van; the passenger variant was known as the Dodge Ram Wagon and Plymouth Voyager.

DaimlerChrysler discontinued production of the Ram Van and Ram Wagon after more than 30 years of production following the 2004 model year, replacing them with the Dodge Sprinter. All Ram Vans and Wagons were built at the Pillette Road Truck Assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, which has since been demolished.

The vehicle is up for auction right now on eBay.

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UDBA – secret police of the former Yugoslavia

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The Yugoslavian secret police UDBA

UDBA was an acronym for The National Security Agency of former Yugoslavia. This agency, notorious secret police during the second Yugoslavia, was created in 1946 after the reorganization of OZNA and  operated under that name until the disintegration of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. With the number of informants was used as a mean of intimidation and terror against dissidents and critics of the regime. Today in Serbia, operates reorganized agency called the Security and Information Agency (BIA).

Origin and task

UDBA was formed in March 1946 after the reorganization of OZNA, service  under whose supervision and coordination many  crimes were committed after the Second World War. During 1966, UDBA was renamed the State Security Service. As a civilian counter-intelligence service agency was  part of the SSUP, consisted of four main departments that  concerned with:

  • internal enemies
  • emigration
  • foreign intelligence services
  • technology monitoring and surveillance

UDBA, from the very beginning, was an instrument of Tito’s regime. Its main task was to monitor and wiretap people who are a threat to the regime, whether at home or abroad. Often resorted to state terror and murder, largely dissidents – immigrants from the former Yugoslavia, regardless of their nationality, who were a serious threat to Yugoslavia.

During the period from 1946 to 1990, secret police killed 69 Croatian dissidents, and eight of them are still missing. Agency carried out a failed assassination attempt on the 24 Croatian emigrants, and victims were pulled out with minor or severe injuries. The three men were abducted, and distant four were able to save themselves from kidnapping. The most famous crime of this Yugoslav service is murder of Croatian immigrant and the leader Bruno Busic on October 16, 1978 in Paris. 1960 in Buenos Aires, in the hall of, the Croatian House, bomb was  activated, whose detonation killed a the three year old Dinka Domančinović. That action was directed against the targeted children, due to the fact that in this auditorium was celebrated the last day of school holidays.

Murders and kidnappings abroad

Killings

UDBA informants and agents accounted numerous killings of dissidents in various countries. German judiciary is currently conducting judicial proceedings against several former collaborators of the secret police for the murder of Stjepan Djurekovic. They currently live as retirees in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In Croatia remain outstanding judicial proceedings against UDBA criminal associates. UDBA agent  Josip Perkovic was sentenced in Germany on life imprisonment  becouse of murder . Judgment states that “in Germany until 1989, UDBA politically motivated killed 67 Croats. 22 assassinations were committed after 1970 s.

Obstruction

The investigation and trial against Krunoslav Prates was obstructed, according to the analysis of non-governmental organizations Croatian Club,  by  persons familiar to the  structures  of UDBA.

UDBA files

UDBA contributors, forty-five years gathered data on so-called  “enemies of the people”. Several tens of thousands of files are  now in the Croatian State Archives. Every citizen who wants,after certain procedures can look  their files. The former East Germans, Romanians and Czechs can see the files and the names of the agents who followed them, while in Croatia, you can only see the code names of agents.

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