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DEATH THREAT TO GREEK MEDIA AS TERRORISTS PLOT BOMB HAVOC

The Sect of Revolutionaries, thought to be a breakaway from an earlier group, revolutionary struggle, nearly detonates an enormous car bomb in Athens. Who’s training them and how are they funded? is this a return to 6os and 70s groups or something different?

STANFORD INVESTIGATIONS: FBI ALLEGEDLY LOOKS AT POSSIBLE LINKS WITH MEXICAN DRUG GANG

This is more or less the same story that has appeared in different parts of the UK media, so these “sources” must have given an off the record press conferencs, although all of the boradsheets claim its exclusive…but that would be typical of sports journalism, which is what we have here. The libel lawyers must be going crazy! Quote from DEA: “I think we’ll find that any possible drug-related trail and SEC priorities are not all in the same frame.”

KIDNAP ON BRITAINS STREETS

Unpleasant little stories of kidnap and torture. The majority involving drug addicts and petty criminals, but a problem that the BBC believes is on the increase. I would like to hear the police comment.

CRIME SCENE IMPERFECTIONS

U.S. National Academy of Sciences casts doubts on TV version of forensic evidence. So-called scientific methods actually depend on “expert” interpretation and “experts” can say different things at different times about the same piece of evidence. it subjective. All those white coats dont make it scientific.

BRITISH MUSLIMS PROVIDING TALEBAN WITH PARTS FOR ROADSIDE BOMBS

Yeah, yeah, typical Torygraph piece on “the enemy within”.

there are two pieces of data here: one is that electronic bits and pieces “originating in the UK” have been found in bombs in Afghanistan…now UK electronics does sell all around the world, Torygraph editors. Secondly, militants with Yorkshire and Midlands accents had been heard speaking on the radio. All this stuff fed to little David Miliband. It’s possible, but its not evidence, milord. Chain of evidence, please before you start stirring up domestic conflict.

CRICKET PROMOTER ALLEN STANFORD LINKED TO DRUGS INVESTIGATION

Please not that this is essentially a sports story. I hope the chief Sports Reporter remembered to check with the libel lawyers! ABC news is the source for this story. Oh my Hornby and my Barlow long ago…

For the field is full of shades as I near the shadowy coast,
And a ghostly batsman plays to the bowling of a ghost,
And I look through my tears on a soundless clapping host,
As the run-stealers flicker to and fro, to and fro :
O my Hornby and my Barlow long ago!

[time for a bit of class]

COCAINE PRICE “SET TO FALL MORE”

International Narcotics Control Report for 2008 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/18_02_09_undrugsreport.pdfWest Africa and Balkans rout becoming major problems. Price of cocaine has halved in 10 years. So much for the “War on Drugs”. Time for a new strategy Mr. Obama!

TIME CATCHES UP WITH GLOBAL GANGSTER

Ricardo Fanchini, allegedly a major figure in the growth of organised crime after the fall of Communism. Born Katowice, Polish mother, Italian father from Naples….Linked to Pruszkow gang, to Mogilevich and to Bout. He has now agreed a plea bargain in the US. The book will be interesting if and when it comes out!

MINISTERS USING “FEAR OF TERROR”

Dame Stella Rimington attacks Government for using fear to restrict civil liberties. She points out that the Government is actually doing the terrorists job for them. Pity its taken her so long to come out with this, and that it is in the Daily Telegraph, which would like to restrict voting to rich males…To be fair, she has spoken out before, against Government attempts to extend powers of detention. I also note that the Daily Mail is attacking ACPO, apparently on the grounds that it has privatised itself…I thought that’s what Tories wanted?

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