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FBI STRUGGLES TO HANDLE WAVE OF FINANCIAL FRAUD CASES

Hmmm. So Osama bin Laden has unintentionally assisted white collar crime in the US by conning the FBI into transferring a third of its agents to terrorism and intelligence duites. Yeah, sure. As you get to the end of the article it becomes clear that senior figures in the Bush Administration thought the FBI investigations in this area were anti-business. But you can blame anything on the Tora Bora pimpernel! [discuss]

FRAUDSTERS’ WEBSITE SHUT IN SWOOP

The website was used by criminals to buy and sell credit card details and bank logins. 60 people arrested so far. According to FiveLive, the website included tutorials on how to commit fraud.

WITNESS TIES COLOMBIAN GENERAL TO PARAMILITARIES

Bet he wont be designated and have his assets seized! All allegations of course, but then so were yesterday’s against the Chavez aides. Demonstrates another dimension to that designation….Timing! “A plague on both your houses” is the only way to run a counter=insurgency campaign long-term…and a counter organised crime strategy. Try to use people one against the other and you end up used yourself. [Is that a “Confucius he say” sort of statement? Far too early to be setting this year’s exam paper.]
The witness, however, is somewhat tainted, if you read to the end of the piece. Unfortunately, so is everybody else!

GOVERNMENT CONDEMNED FOR FAILURE TO TACKLE BRIBERY

Lets see now…a country that has failed to guarantee the political independence of its anti fraud investigative agency, has failed to implement the OECD Convention against corruption….any other country but the UK would find itself blacklisted by a majority of international organisations. Why havent we done it?

LINK BETWEEN HARDORE CHILD PORN AND TERRORISM DISCOVERED

Times headline a little lurid. Child porn images being used to transmit messages, police have discovered. Some in jihadist groups, some in right wing groups, some in groups unnamed. The comments below the story are also interesting.

MOB MUSCLES ITS WAY INTO POLITICS IN BULGARIA

New York Times piece blaming the EU for organised crime in Bulgaria. Not wholly fair. The organisations sprang as much out of “shock therapy” and then saw possibilities in grabbing EU aid programmes. Once you get past the outdated neo-liberal ideology of the authors, however, there is a lot of information in the piece and it refers to an OLAF report, bits of which have leaked, on organised crime in Bulgaria.

MAN ADMITS RESTAURANT BOMB ATTACK

This update to yesterday’s story fills in a lot more of the details, more, I must admit, than I expected. ACC Debbbie Simpson is quoted as saying the police do not think anyone else helped him to assemble the bombs. He was groomed by extremists he met in Plymouth. He was in contact with two individuals overseas through his YouTube page.

TUPMAN ON THE EXETER BOMBING

Well, I didnt expect to be the sole “expert” interviewed! Hope the local police are still talking to me!

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