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GANG’S £60 MILLION DRUG BUSINESS AMONG BIGGEST IN UK

Skunk smugglers near Swindon. End of their trial, subsequent to “Operation Scarlet”. odd that they were importing it. I thought most of this stuff now being grown locally. There’s a back story here, I suspect.

BESLAN’S MAIN TERRORIST FINALLY CAUGHT

It is far too long since I spotted a piece by Yulia Latynina. The sting in this one is in the tail. None of the terrorists captured or killed in the Caucasus recently has been a Chechen or fighting for an independent Chechnya. They were fighting for the Caucasus Emirate. She has comments on the Beslan massacre too as well as some scathing things to say about the security agencies. I must see if she has a blog somewhere

REAL IRA PLOT ACCUSED ENTRAPPED BY MI5, RULES JUDGE

Bit of a surprise here, and probably with wider implications. Case against one defendant dismissed, but not against the other defendant. One MI5 agent ruled to have misbehaved, the other to have stayed in characted as an arms dealer. Judges final statement will be worth looking at as it will effectively lay down guidelines for sting operations in the UK, assuming it isnt challenged.

INSIDE AUSTRALIA’S DATA RETENTION PROPOSAL

Sleepwalking into the police state. I’m not really sure how far we have gone down this path in the UK and the EU, but we had all better pray that the new authoritarians dont win the next election…Oh, you say they already did?

SMOKE [AND MIRRORS] BEHIND BANGKOK FIRES

Article from Asia Times on why some buildings may have been torched by the Thai redshirts/blackshirts and not others. Terrorism, crime and the rich. Tell the Guardian its journalists have a lot to learn about how to analyse violence..

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