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PLAN FOR HUNTING TERRORISTS SIGNALS US INTENDS TO KEEP ADDING NAMES TO KILL LISTS

First article in a series of three on counter terrorism policy reprinted from the Washington Post by the Independent. Drone victims will hit 3,000 in the near future.Reads a bit like the Wild West mentality is still alive and well at the highest echelons of US government. What will they do with all this stuff when the last al Qaeda operative has been killed? What do we learn from a study of the end of the Cold War and the redeployment of the spooks and funnies? Its essay question time!

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/plan-for-hunting-terrorists-signals-us-intends-to-keep-adding-names-to-kill-lists-8224945.html

MYSTERIOUS THEFTS SCUPPER EU TOBACCO CRACKDOWN

Something not right here…Why should laptop thefts stop legislation? The connection is not obvious.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/mysterious-thefts-scupper-eu-tobacco-crackdown-8227362.html

ANTI-SLAVERY DAY: ONE VICTIM OF CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING IS ONE TOO MANY

Article from the Independent discussing why there are so few convictions for trafficking in the UK. Suggests that there is a prioritisation of cutting immigration, so victims tend to be treated as a target for deportation rather than the victim of a crime. In the case of children, the word of an adult is always preferred, as in the emerging controversy over allegations about Jimmy Savile. Finally the legal framework is not fit for purpose.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/antislavery-day-one-victim-of-child-sex-trafficking-is-one-too-many-8215390.html

THE ASSISTANT MAYOR, THE SWISS BANK ACCOUNTS AND THE €350,000 OF MOROCCAN DRUGS MONEY

Interesting little story about money laundering. Cannabis dealers swapping drug profits for money that tax evaders in France wished to repatriate from Swiss bank accounts. This one will run and run because it involves a prominent Green politician.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/the-assistant–mayor-the-swiss-bank-accounts-and-the-350000-of-moroccan-drugs-money-8210969.html

REGGIO CALABRIA MUNICIPALITY DISSOLVED FOR MAFIA INFILTRATION

The municipality of Reggio Calabria has been finally dissolved for mafia infiltration (‘Ndrangheta). This is the first time a county seat is dissolved for this reason.
http://www.corriere.it/cronache/12_ottobre_09/reggio-calabria-sciolto_417c842c-1237-11e2-919a-606647d2c25a.shtml

GARDAÍ TARGET REAL IRA BOMB MAKER

Interesting piece on feud between organised crime groups and real IRA in Dublin. Pipe bombs have been used.
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/1004/breaking15.html

UNDERCOVER ANTI-TERROR OPERATION WINS NATIONAL AWARD

Undercover officers gather evidence to convict extremists recruiting individuals with mental problems for operations against British troops in Afghanistan

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/9586867/Undercover-anti-terror-operation-wins-national-award.html

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