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EU TIGHTENS ANTI-TERRORISM LAWS

Agreement between EU Justice and Interior Ministers to create punishable offences throughout EU. Targets incitement via internet amongst other activities.

CHECHEN CRIME BOSS ABDUCTED

Movladi Atlangeriyev, head of Lazanskaya crime group, kidnapped. Associate of Nukharyev and is supposed to have worked with him to unify Chechen gangs, the article from the Moscow Times says. The dreaded words “someone in Chechnya wants a word with you” spring to mind. Watch this space.

ARMED GANG RAIDS SOUTH AFRICA COURT

There’s a longer story here. Documents stolen relating to high-profile cases. The abolition of the Scorpions, the anti-organised crime unit also shows that there is corruption in the centre of power. Dangerous times ahead.

RITA BORSELLINO: ANTI-MAFIA CAMPAIGNER

Some covert warnings in this piece from the BBC about the political connections of the Sicilian Mafia. Rita is the sister of Paolo, an anti-Mafia magistrate killed by the Mafia.

POPPY FOR MEDICINE

An integrated counter-narcotics, development and counter-insurgency model for Afghanistan. Looks like we’re all counter-insurgency specialists now!

A CALL FOR ACTION ON TAX SCAMS

Washington Post article demonstrating how identity theft can be used to steal tax refunds. Fascinating process. Puts the theft of laptops with databases on them into perspective. Also covers illegal immigrant identity fraud. IRS setting up facility to assist victims of identity fraud. Anybody got similar information about such frauds in the EU?

ARREST OF CIGARETTE SELLER IS A COUP, BROOKLYN OFFICIALS SAY

New York Times article, but warning, defending lawyer is certain client has been set up. So these are all allegations ans may not shed any light on counterfeit cigarettes in the US. The alleged trail runs from China via an Indian reservation to Brooklyn. Or are there two separate trails? But high taxation as usual lies at the root of the problem.
Apparently there is no taxation on cigarettes sold on Indian reservations, nut sellers are supposed to tax non-Indians…. Is this another of those weird US law structures like the one that bans financial shenanigans everywhere…except for three states, so that the US has internal financial crime havens? Ah, federalism!

OFFICIALS FIND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ON 20,000 VIRGINIA COMPUTERS

The paedophilia enterprise is huge. Operation Fairplay provides tracking software now used by 18 countries. Article incoherent in places. A quick google search shows that the last Operation Fairplay was Zia ul Haq’a coupd’etat against Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in Pakistan. Hmmmm.
There appear to be issues here: http://www.protect.org/newswire/pdf/deconflictionwp.pdf
The link is to a white paper from the National Association to Protect Children. Canada has a Microsoft designed system, but the US was using one developed in Wyoming, but now wants to start again.
Without wanting to sound like a conspiracy theorist, you always wonder how far up the tree these people go. The DoJ initiative sounds like a great way to buy a year to regroup for the paedophila networks…Oh, cynical, cynical!

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