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GOVERNMENT TO RETREAT FROM “SUPER-FRAUD” STRATEGY

Plans to create a National Fraud Reporting Centre scrapped. grand plan to coordinate and share informatio0n between agencies in tatters. Are we surprised? Er…no! another victory for the City…but of course, there’s no money to fund it…and investor confidence in the UK? Caveat emptor, old boy!

HOW CRIMINALS COMMUNICATE

Oh Wow! Laurie Taylor talks to Diego Gambetta about criminal communication codes! In the radio 4 Thinking Allowed series. First time I’ve found these, so it may disappear to an archive area.

BAE SYSTEMS READY TO ADMIT GUILT OVER CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS

Sunday Telegraph report..actually it says company and its lawyers want to read evidence against it before agreeing deal with the SFO. Where is the Manhattan D.A.s office when you need them? The article actually presents BAEs point of view. Not an objective word in it, journalists. You’re so lazy!

TEL AVIV COURT CHARGES GAIDAMAK

Article from Moscow Times on Israeli-Russian businessman. Didnt his son own Portsmouth footbal club? He is charged with money-laundering. The French are also after him for involvement in arms dealing and “Angolagate”. The Israelis wouldnt extradite him to France. In addition, there is no extradition from Russia. Its unconstitutional.

STILL NOT TIRED

Piece on “terrorism” by Thomas Friedman of the New York Times. Four good points made. Read them!

CIA AT WORK IN UK, ANTI-TERROR CHIEF TELLS M.P.S

Given American abilities to screw up anti-terrorist work, this is bad news, but that 12-13% of the prison population is Muslim is much more disturbing. We have to rethink prison policy in the light of the risk of radicalisation there.

ALLEGATIONS THAT US PAID LOCKERBIE WITNESS

Your blogger has been struggling with his new laptop and will now attempt to catch up on lost posts, starting with this one. I have read another today that argues that all angles of this case have been political and makes some serious allegations about political interference in the original trial. Lots of issues here.

BROWN STANDS BACK AS BAE FACES PROSECUTION OVER BRIBES

This case seems to me to disqualify Tony Blair from ever being President of the EU. The way he stopped prosecution of BaE over the Saudi case was essentially an abuse of power. Although he didnt benefit personally from his action, it was interference with the judicicial process for political reasons [Discuss].

THE FACEBOOK PAEDOPHILE RING

Paedophile groups are neglected in studies of organised crime, but the methodology here is important. As far as we know, these people never met. Loose networking via the internet. Other criminal enterprises are using similar methods.

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