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2007 INCB REPORT

Actual text of the report. Be interesting to check how American the input to it is.

DRUG CARTELS RUNNING RAMPANT, SAYS UN

International Narcotics Control Board’s annual report. Small voice of criticism at foot of article. This is the report that has been seized on as blaming “celebrities” for drug taking by certain sections of the media.

ECOTERRORISM SUSPECTED IN SEATTLE FIRES

Just what we all needed! A new form of terrorism…first narcoterrorism, now ecoterrorism. The Earth Liberation Front [ELF] has been around for a while apparently…Elf, get it? Little green chaps and chapesses creating lots of carbon emissions. I wonder if they ever consider the carbon footprint of their acts? Now there’s a counter-terrorist strategy for you!

US SEEKS TERRORISTS IN WEB WORLDS

Let’s see now….we couldnt find Osama bin Laden in Tora Bora…so let’s invade the privacy of all the geeks in those virtual reality worlds. Let the spooks define “normal” behavior and then snoop around anything abnormal. I kid you not….that’s what it says!

Oh don’t worry…the innocent will have nothing to fear…Just the non-normals. I thought criminology and psychology gave up on concepts of “normal” decades ago…and “deviant”.

Suppose they will be profiling the blogs too. Swivelling eyes good, critical abnormal…and they say we defeated the Soviet Union! Looks awfully like Stalin won to me!

‘NDRANGHETA, MAXISEQUESTRO DI BENE ALLE FAMIGLIE DELLA STRAGE DI DUISBURG

Big seizure here. There’s a lot happening in Italy right now. Pity it is all likely to stop once the government changes.English version reached the BBC a day later: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7278427.stm They must have had to take it to the local restaurant to get it translated after work… World Service has been badly cut!

BONY FAILS IN BID TO HAVE JUDGE REPLACED

I hadnt noticed this case trundling on in Moscow. It raises some interesting issues. Given that Manhattan courts claim jurisdiction over just about every financial transaction in the world, what will happen when this case in Moscow comes to judgement. Theyre only after a cool $22 billion. Hmmm…any connection here with attacks on Russia as not a proper democracy…Nah, I’m being cynical again.

OFFICIALS WARN OF TERRORIST LINKS TO PRISON GANGS

This article in the Guardian connects to those warnings from the US about illegal immigrants creating links to existing gang culture in jails. Somebody should have known this might happen, but where are the plans for deradicalisation and to break down gang culture in prisons?

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