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IN IRAQ, CHAOS FEARED AS US CLOSES PRISON

Camp Bucca closing and out go the inmates, most of whom should never have been arrested in the first place. Yup, they’re going to be cross and some hardcore guys will cause trouble. The US started wrong and they’re finishing wrong. Lessons for Afghanistan? Send in the clowns. Talking of which, tourists are back in Iraq.

Seriously, what is the lesson here? There are many others wrongly detained by the Iraqis themselves. This is now an Iraqi problem…time to go! The spooks are packing for Kabul, Kandahar and Jallalabad, where they will make another nice mess, Stanley! The lesson is, spooks gather intelligence, but don’t put them in charge of a policing job. Refocus the US Army away from fighting war to police support…hmmm, no, I cant see it either. Police primacy? The UK had problems with that too. So many lessons to be learnt from Northern Ireland and so many mistakes being forgotten.

EU BANKS NAMED IN DIRTY MONEY REPORT

Ah. Back to business as usual. Global Witness has brought out a report detailing the business done between EU banks and corrupt regimes.Undue Diligence-Banks: Helping the poor to get poorer: http://www.undue-diligence.org/I havent had a chance to read it yet, but it sounds excellent.

STASI HQ UK…WHERE DETAILS OF YOUR JOURNEY ARE SECRETLY LOGGED AND KEPT

I’m having a right-wing day clearly. This one appears to be from the Daily Mail, but its actually a Facebook group too, called “Eating lentils doesnt make me a terrorist suspect” Now, the Mail seems to go berserk about “profiling” which is in fact a perfectly respectable technique, designed to minimise the number of people in transit who are given a higher level of inquiry and perhaps a search so that the other travellers may move quickly.
There are huge problems with the algorithms, indeed I have given papers about the problems of cross-examining a computer in court. You can become guilty because the algorithms say you are suspicious and the step from one to the other is the step that must be prevented. Profiling means risk-profiling here. But someone needs to risk-profile the algorithms themselves and hold up their hands about what might go wrong.
The innocent may have nothing to fear, but those adjudged suspicious by the algorithms do, because being judged suspicious means youre caught up in the “no smoke without fire” mentality. You havent got a right of access to legal services when someone starts messing with your right to fly either. I hate agreeing with the Daily Mail and the brown-rice eating, open-toed sandal brigade simultaneously.

PENTAGON RETHINKING OLD DOCTRINE ON 2 WARS

What’s this got to do with crime? I hear you ask…Well, someone seems to have forgotten in the Pentagon/White House or wherever that a national security strategy is being fought against terrorism and organised crime. It isnt just Iraq and Afghanistan, its terror and drugs as in war on terror, war on drugs…Afghanistan is as much about drugs as it is the Taliban…and Iraq? That was just a terrible mistake…and Colombia, in the shape of FARC as well as what is left of the Medellin and Cali cartels…and Mexico? and the enemies of Israel? and Somalia?…and the Sudan and Zimbabwe..and Cuba…and Venezuela…Ok the last 6 arent declared wars on the part of the US of A…but you get the point? The resources arent there to use force against all your real and imaginary enemies…time for diplomacy?

PENTAGON RETHINKING OLD DOCTRINE ON 2 WARS

What’s this got to do with crime? I hear you ask…Well, someone seems to have forgotten in the Pentagon/White House or wherever that a national security strategy is being fought against terrorism and organised crime. It isnt just Iraq and Afghanistan, its terror and drugs as in war on terror, war on drugs…Afghanistan is as much about drugs as it is the Taliban…and Iraq? That was just a terrible mistake…and Colombia, in the shape of FARC as well as what is left of the Medellin and Cali cartels…and Mexico? and the enemies of Israel? and Somalia?…and the Sudan and Zimbabwe..and Cuba…and Venezuela…Ok the last 6 arent declared wars on the part of the US of A…but you get the point? The resources arent there to use force against all your real and imaginary enemies…time for diplomacy?

FINANCIAL FRAUD IS FOCUS OF ATTACK BY PROSECUTORS

Pity they didnt start sooner. I suppose the difference is that juries want blood. Defendants will know that conviction is more than likely and will plea bargain. But the article suggests they will either plead stupidity, or “everyone else was doing it”. Only obeying orders, eh? This all happening in the US.

HOW RISKY IS THAT DRINK?

Nothing to do with crime…yet! But I know many of my readers have been hiding behind the red wine alibi for years. As your blogger completes three months of abstinence, he just thought a cautionary word would be timely…Mind you, it’s British research, all of which seems to be done by a combination of the Temperance League and Cassandra these days. Yeah, life is a terminal disease. if the thunder dont get you the lightning will!

POLICEMAN SHOT DEAD IN NORTHERN IRELAND

The “Real IRA” determined to kill off the peace process. This is when we will find out if the Catholic population has accepted the legitimacy of the PSNI.

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