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TOBACCO SMUGGLERS TO MAKE A PACKET FROM CUSTOMS BLUNDER

oops…the wrong people have had assets confiscated. although not as many as the opening of the article suggests. Customs have spread the definition a little too widely. Only masterminds and smugglers can have assets confiscated, not associates. That’s a relief then!

“TERRORIST FACEBOOK! THE NEW WEAPON AGAINST AL QAEDA

Nothing new about it at all. Its just Ana capa analysis repackaged. the real problem is that using it against criminals requires evidence, too. in the hands of the security services, it replaces evidence. Once you’re placed in a network, because you once met someone, that’s evidence of guilt.
This is a good article lower down the column.

HOW ACTIVE IS THE REAL IRA

One o the Independent’s “Big Question” pieces. good background to the trial in Lithuania blogged yesterday.

VILNIUS “REAL IRA” TRIAL TO OPEN

Michael Campbell, brother of Liam, held for allegedly trying to buy arms off people who turned out to be Lithuanian intelligence officers. Liam was recently held responsible, with others, for the 1998 Omagh bombing as the result of a civil action.

US MAN “STOLE 130 MILLION CARD NUMBERS”

Albert Gonzalez and two unnamed Russian co-conspirators charged with hacking into retailers computer systems. BBC version omits the more lurid details included in some newspaper accounts.

SHOCK! HOROR! DOWNLOADERS TO BE CRIMINALISED! PANIC!

Independent article seems to be saying 7 million people to be criminalised…so let’s all vote for the Pirate party! a fairly confused article, that manages to attack Mandelson, Labour marginals and puff the Pirates. Sounds like it must originate in Conservative central office. Cui bono, old chap, cui bono?

THE HEIST: BRITAIN’S BIGGEST GEMS ROBBERY

I wonder if the Independent has been taken over by a bunch of over-excited public school interns for the Summer Holidays? Breathless piece on this week’s jewel robbery, plus a paragraph on the alleged Russian arms dealer on trial in Thailand and the “hijacked” Russian cargo ship. what subeditor let all these stories be conflated?

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