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MOHAMED MOGHRABI DRIVES TO GERMANY

I just came across this as part of a series of articles in OMNI [Oh My News International] written by Ludwig de Braeckeleer. It appears to be trying to document an alternative explanation of the Lockerbie disaster. I present it for general interest.

SILENCE OF THE DAMNED

In depth article on the Camorra in Naples. Very depressing, but some useful stuff on organisation. Argues the Camorra consists of warring clans and is not centralised.

RESPONSE TO 9/11 WAS “HUGE OVERREACTION” SAYS EX-MI5 CHIEF

Stella Rimington interviewed by Guardian…I think for the release of her latest book. Full interview at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/oct/18/iraq-britainand911 Ms. Rimington wonders aloud whether the Press continue to pursue an old myth about how the secret services work. Since they do in every other field, it shouldnt really surprise us…

CRIME MAPS “WILL GUIDE CRIMINALS”

At first sight, it’s the Chair of the Police Federation sounding off in Luddite fashion. He does, however, have a point. Intelligence can be used by both sides in unpredictable ways.

WINE FRAUDS LEAVE BUYERS IN THE RED

Fraudsters flod panicking investors wine as investment opportunities…As Satnam Tumani, SFO investigator says: ‘The question people need to ask themselves is, why are they being asked for money? If these companies can really make 200 per cent returns in a year, why aren’t they simply going to the banks and borrowing the money to buy the wine themselves?’

BELGIUM SEIZES “PEOPLE SMUGGLERS”

Indian men from Punjab being smuggled to UK via Moscow and Belgium. Two of those arrested alleged by prosecutors to be the core of the network, controlling lots of little groups, sometimes playing them off against each other.

AL QAEDA WEB FORUMS ABRUPTLY TAKEN OFF-LINE

Washington Post piece on web conflicts between Sunni and Shia, interference by Western security agencies and possible attacks by individual hackers. Something going on out there. Not clear quite what, but the effect has been to take the majority of al Qaeda propaganda off-line.

PASSPORTS WILL BE NEEDED TO BUY MOBILE PHONES

So when are they going to introduce bicycle licenses…and registration plates? I suppose it will happen once CCTV has become ubiquitous. I can remember John Alderson years ago, as his opening joke, suggesting tongue in cheek that one day there would be a female Labour Home Secretary that would empower police officers to check whether male testicles were adequately supported…

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