Drones – Fighting for Airspace

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Misuse of Drones Ruining Everyone’s Fun

 

Here in the US we have had a multitude of issues resulting from Drones. People have used them in all sorts of creative ways so as to cause chaos, trouble, break laws.

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States, municipalities, governments, law enforcement have all had to take the resulting issues seriously and start to write rules, regulations, laws and the like on the books in an effort to thwart the continued issues resulting from individuals flying drones around for the simple sake of just causing trouble or breaking the law.

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In the UK, it seems that they are seeing the very same issues as we have in the US.

The drones have come very close to causing a few airplane vs drone accidents, they have been used as weapons, a fan favorite, delivering drugs, weapons and contraband to prisoners, drunk, careless drone flying and they have been used to spy on people.

The UK has in particular seen an increase in the number of close calls involving drones and planes, and that number has been on a steady rise within the last 3 years. 92 cases were reported just last year in the UK alone with several being classified as involving a serious chance of a collision.

To fight back the UK has teamed up with several several companies, including Droptec, OpenWorks Engineering, and DroneDefence who have developed hand-held or shoulder-mounted “guns” that fire a net to trap a suspect drone.

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Droptec’s kit was used to protect Donald Trump who was on an official visit to Switzerland earlier this year although the authorities won’t say whether it saw any action.

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OpenWorks has also developed an automatic mounted gun that can identify, track and capture drones that fly within a prohibited area.

While other security firms have installed net capture tech into interceptor drones that can lock onto a rogue drone and disable it in mid-air.

The system which was used at the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February, and it has been used by police in Tokyo, for the last 3 years.

It doesn’t look like the battle of the skies above our heads is going to end anytime soon so it’s likely we will only see an increase in new technology in an effort to keep a more watchful eye on the skies for drones being used to break laws and get around any and all legal systems.

Cristal M Clark

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Vladimir Putin’s Spy Game

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Russia Double Agents – Beware

I keep having to tell my partner that I am not a spy, he asks me everyday almost, in fact last night after our date at the movie Black Panther he jokingly asked me if I felt a sense of connection with the spies in the movie.

The life of a spy, well that carries way more danger to it than I care to live every day.

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This past week news started to break however with regards to a double agent that some suspect was poisoned by Russia for his betrayal of his onceloved homeland. Sergei Skripal, who was once a colonel in Russia’s GRU military intelligence service was poisoned along with his beloved daughter.

Sergei was born 6/23/1951, once convicted of spying on the UK back in 2006. Back in 2004, Sergei was arrested by Russia for trading some fairly sensitive intel about Russia to MI6.

The rumor was that Sergei had all of the makings of a James Bond style spy because of how it was that he traded intel to MI6.

What’s more is now questions are starting to surface with regards to the deaths of Surgei’s wife and son.

Sergei’s wife died in 2012 at the age of 59 according to the official report from a type of cancer, yet that has not stopped conspiracy theorists from asserting that somehow Russia may have very well ordered her to be executed as a way of sending a very clear message to Sergei.

To add further mystery here, neighbors said that Sergei’s wife in fact died in some type of car accident regardless of what the official autopsy report stated.

Sergei’s son died in 2017 at the age of 43 in of course some type of auto accident and the family cleaner claimed that Sergei’s son died of liver issues, which would makes sense if he drank excessively.

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Vladimir Putin does have a long and rich history of having a zero tolerance policy with regards to double agents who trade Russian secrets, which is understandable, the US has policies so her own as does just about every other foreign nation who employs spies.

So what if Russia is behind the poisoning of the the double agent and his daughter?

You read that right, so what, spies know what they are getting themselves into when they sign up, this is far from unusual or surprising and it is well known worldwide that Sergei in fact gave Russian imtel to MI6, he by default betrayed his own nation, he is guilty of espionage and so should be be punished for that.

The UK sent a sort of hilarious warning to Russia over this mysterious poisoning of the double agent, they promised a “Robust Response,” should the UK find evidence that Russia is in fact behind the poisoning.

Honestly, it is highly unlikely that the UK will find a ton of concrete, nail in the coffin evidence, they did not the last time this happened.

To be even more honest, this is not surprising at all in the world of spies and double agents.

Wrong or right, this is the life of a spy, particularly that of a double agent. They know full well what they are signing on for so if they are trading intel of any type, one should fully expect something to happen, no one happily skips off into a field of flowers here.

When it comes to Russia, they have a fairly robust group of spies that are highly skilled at what they do, not mention a leader that his pretty fearless, betraying one’s nation by becoming a double agent and then being punished for that move is actually an unspoken law in the world of spies, espionage and engaging in the life of a double agent.

In the world of being a spy, rules are not followed, lies are told, secrets are traded and loyalty is very hard to come by.

Cristal M Clark

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London, UK Investigator found slain

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Close to exposing massive police corruption

37-year old Daniel Morgan was a private investigator who was rumored to be very close to exposing the details of police corruption within the Metropolitan Police Service, London’s main police force.

His unsolved murder has been deeply tied to what some call the worst case of police corruption in over 50 years.

On March 10th, 1987, Daniel was found dead in the parking lot of  the Golden Lion pub, near his car in Sydenham, from what appeared to have been a blow to the back of the head by an ax.

Investigators quickly ruled out robbery as a motive because although his watch had been taken, his wallet along with a rather large sum of money were found on his person. Rather curiously it was found that a pocket on his pants was ripped open and other than his wallet, the only other items that were missing were the notes he had been seen taking earlier.

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It would seem that Daniel stumbled across a rather interesting tidbit of intel, in that he had discovered drug related police corruption. Prior to his murder he had in fact been investigating the drug related corruption in south London…it is highly likely that he in fact tied some of the drug related corruption as well as, media conspiracy right back to his then partner Jonathan Rees.

It has been rumored that through the investigation police did find a DNA match to DNA on Daniels torn pants pocket however, police have been more than reluctant to confirm that. The rumor was at one time reported on by The Sun, a UK publication.

Even more strange, in April of 1987 a total of 6 individuals including Detective Sid Fillery who had been stationed at the Catford police station and who had been assigned the case, along with to Metropolitan police officers were arrested on suspicion of murder. They were all later released without charges it would seem.

Detective Fillery failed to mention to superiors that he had been working unofficially for Southern investigations which is the company that Daniel and his partner Jonathan Rees owned and operated.  

During one of the inquests into Daniel’s murder, it was revealed that he and his partner Jonathan did have quite a few disagreements. It was alleged that Jonathan had told an accountant with Southern Investigations, Kevin Lennon that police at the Catford police department were going to kill Daniel or arrange for his untimely death so that Sid Fillery could replace Daniel as Jonathan’s partner at the firm.  

An accusation Jonathan denied of course. Sid Fillery did however retire from the Metropolitan Police on medical grounds and subsequently did in fact, join Southern Investigations as Jonathan’s business partner.

Also, worth a mention that witnesses reported that Sid tampered with evidence and attempted to “interfere” with witnesses during inquests into Daniel’s murder.

The investigations into Daniel’s murder were anything but clean although police gave it some effort. As a result, 5 inquiries over a 20 year span were held, with still no conviction.

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Allegations of police corruption, drug trafficking and robbery seemed to come up quite often during the inquests. Then, in December of 2000, it was discovered that Jonathan had been conspiring to plant cocaine on an innocent woman in an effort to discredit her in a child custody battle.

He was charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice, found guilty and then sentenced to 7 years in prison.  

Moving forward, between 2002–2003 a suspect’s car and Mr. Glenn Vian’s house were bugged the Metropolitan Police obtained evidence that linked a number of individuals to the murder, but the Crown Prosecution Service decided that the evidence was insufficient and decided against charging anyone.

So, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair declared that the first police inquiry that involved Sid was “compromised”, which led to the 5th secret inquiry.

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As a result of the inquiry, police arrested Jonathan Rees and Sid Fillery once again, and this time, Glenn and Garry Vian and a builder, James Cook, all on suspicion of murder, as well as a serving police officer (Sid) suspected of leaking information. Additionally, Sid Fillery was also arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Yet, the case fell completely apart with each defendant, with the judge noting the complexity of the case leaving no one convicted of Daniel’s murder.

In 2011 it was learned that Jonathan had been supplying illegally obtained information with regards to individuals in the public eye to News of the World and he was being paid by News of the World for the illegally obtained information.

In October 2014 the Glenn and Garry Vian, along with Sid Fillery, Jonathan Rees and James Cook decided to launch a £4 million lawsuit against the Metropolitan Police.

Could Daniel’s murder ever be solved?

Evidence was tampered with, lies were told, not to mention that when a cop corrupts a case, the critical parts of it tend to go missing, forever.

The only hope would be that someone would tell the truth finally. The same individuals have been named during every single inquest, they have been in trouble for other crimes having to do with corruption, planting evidence as well as other illegal activity.

It would seem that Daniel was murdered because perhaps, he wanted to have an honest business that was responsible for conducting honest investigations.

Those that are responsible for his murder, they wanted the complete opposite of that and could not afford for him to go public with what he knew.

It was once stated that Daniel Morgan’s murder served  “as a reminder of the old police culture of corruption and unaccountably” in London.

Today, the case and it’s investigation are still living up to that reputation.

Cristal M Clark

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Assassination in Dubai

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Sometimes a necessary evil

 

محمود المبحوح‎‎, Maḥmūd al-Mabḥūḥ found murdered in a Dubai hotel room.

Understanding why is easy, figuring out who? Well that’s the difficult part.

Murdered 1/19/2010, in Al Bustan Rotana airport hotel in Dubai. Upon staff opening the door of room 230 they found the body of a man on the bed.

According to the death certificate, the cause of death was “brain hemorrhage.”

Mabhouh was drugged, electrocuted and then suffocated. Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim of the Dubai Police Force said the suspects tracked Al-Mabhouh to Dubai from Damascus, Syria.

The suspects? Well in all they had between 26 – 30 suspects. 26 of those delightful individuals also managed to make it to Interpol’s most wanted list. The Dubai police found that 12 of the suspects used British passports, along with 6 Irish, 4 French, 1 German, and 3 Australian passports.

Interpol and the Dubai police believed that the suspects stole the identities of real people, mostly Israeli dual citizens.

The only arrest made has been that of Uri Brodsky who was apprehended in Poland and extradited to Germany for allegedly procuring a fraudulent German passport. It’s unknown if Uri Brodsky is his real name, what is clear is that during the investigation, authorities started to see a picture that just might implicate multiple nations of conspiring to kill Mabhuh.

Dozens of suspects were interviewed however…

Why?

It is believed that Mabḥuh was responsible for the kidnapping and murder of two Israeli soldiers in 1989, was considered to be the chief weapons negotiator for Hamas, the Palestinian organization’s main contact to Tehran and responsible for the logistics behind rocket attacks on Israel coming from the Gaza Strip.

In other words, he wasn’t exactly the most well liked guy walking the face of the earth and he had a lot of enemies as a result.  

Dubai’s police chief had at one time said that he is at least “99% certain” that the assassination was the work of Israel’s Mossad and that is sure that all of the suspects are hiding in Israel. He later recanted that, or at the very least had second thoughts on the subject.

Hamas leaders also think that Israel is responsible but Hamas didn’t exactly have the best reputation as far as the EU and US go. Given the allies and enemies of both Hamas and Israel one can understand why many suspect that either multiple nations were involved with the actual assassination if not the planning and subsequent hiding in suspects that seemed to just disappear.

Earlier attempted assassination

According to GQ magazine, in 2009 this elite team of killers tried and failed to kill Maḥmūd al-Mabḥūh by poisoning him. It is not clear if they snuck into his hotel room and placed it in or on something that he touched or if it was placed directly into his food or drink, all that is known is that he became very ill for a time.

The story goes that in an article written by Ronen Bergman, an Israeli investigative journalist pretty much says outright that Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency was behind the attack. The agency’s code name for al-Mabhouh was Plasma Screen.

It was well known at the time that Israeli spies had been monitoring Mabhouh’s e-mail and online activities via…a Trojan horse that had been planted on his computer. They knew he planned to go to Dubai from that.

They did not know exactly what hotel he’d be saying at, but in Dubai you can find someone relatively easily and it was even easier when surveillance teams were deployed to figure out which hotel Mabhouh would be staying at.

Mabhouh,  was reportedly in Dubai to arrange shipments of weapons to Hamas and the team just so happened to reprogram the electronic lock on his hotel room door while he was out for a four-hour meeting.

They reprogrammed it so that the hit men could enter the room with an unregistered electronic key while at the same time not disabling it for Mabhouh’s key.

Hotel records did show that about an hour before the hit, someone in fact was tampering with the lock.

According to Bergman, who disputes the police report, the assassins entered his room and waited for him to return, at which point he was injected with a poison that causes muscular paralysis, once the muscles needed for breathing cease it will cause death. They managed to leave the room with no sign of a struggle.

The hit team made a rather large number of miscalculations and mistakes however on their way out of the town. The most glaring of which is that they failed to recognize the fact that the Dubai police force has a success rate of about 100% in terms of closing cases, with 100% accuracy.

What can I say, they are pretty good.

Other mistakes include but are not limited to:

~Operatives used the bathroom facility at the same hotel then put on some pretty piss poor disguises.

~They were caught on surveillance tape entering and leaving the bathrooms.

~Other operatives hung out in Mabhouh’s hotel lobby for hours wearing tennis gear but showed no sign of interest in heading to the courts to actually play tennis.

~The Dubai police were actually able to piece together hours and hours of footage and piece together the movements of the team…over several months of movements throughout Dubai.

Bergman wrote: “The laughable attempts of the Mossad operatives to disguise their appearance made for good television coverage, but the more fundamental errors committed by the team had less to do with cloak-and-dagger disguises than with a kind of arrogance that seems to have pervaded the planning and execution of the mission.”

October 11, 2010 the National of Abu Dhabi published an interview with Dubai’s police chef, LT. Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim where he claimed that the a “western” country had arrested a top suspect in the killing around two months prior. He went on to say that the ambassador of that western country did not want to name the country or the suspect.

On 28 December 2010, secret cables leaked by Wikileaks showed that Dubai considered keeping the assassination secret, and asked the United States to help track down information on credit card numbers suspected of having been used by the assassins. The United States did not cooperate with the investigation.

Most countries will outwardly tell you that they do not sanction or condone such assassinations yet inwardly, they know that sometimes they are a necessary evil.

As for the assassination of Maḥmūd al-Mabḥūḥ, well it’s never quite officially been solved and it is unlikely that it ever will be with so many who have chosen to look the other way.

Cristal M Clark

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To Brexit

Or not

 

On Thursday June 23, 2016 the citizens of the United Kingdom head to the polls to vote on whether or not they should leave the European Union.

This vote has been coined Brexit throughout the world.

The idea of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union has the establishment as a whole a bit shaken because the United Kingdom has been part of the establishment for decades.

To give you an idea if you don’t already know, the European Union is an economic and political partnership between 28 member nations that are committed to the prosperity of the region as a whole.

The 28 members are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Britain joined the European Economic Community, which was later absorbed into the European Union in 1973 and has been a valuable contributing member since.

The European Union or Establishment if you will grew out of 3 communities that were founded after World War II to establish peace and prosperity in Europe.

The European Coal and Steel Community set up in 1951, the European Atomic Energy Commission founded in 1957 and the European Economic Community was also founded in 1957.

The fundamental laws of the European Union are set out in the various treaties agreed to  ratified by the Member States. A treaty is ratified when it is formally accepted by the Member State.

The most important treaty however is the Treaty of Rome. Rome created the European Economic Community in 1957.

Since the Treaty of Rome, the following treaties have been agreed to and ratified by all the Member States: the Merger Treaty in 1967, the Single European Act in 1986, the Treaty on European Union (the Maastricht Treaty) in 1992, the Treaty of Amsterdam in 1997, the Treaty of Nice in 2002 and the Treaty of Lisbon in 2009.

The European Union focuses on:

  • Establishing European citizenship. This means protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms.
  • Ensuring freedom, security and justice. This means co-operation in the field of justice and home affairs.
  • Promoting economic and social progress. This involves the single market, the euro, environmental protection and social and regional development.
  • Asserting Europe’s role in the world.

The European Union is run by the following 5 main institutions:

  • The European Parliament
  • The Council of the European Union
  • The European Commission
  • The Court of Justice
  • The Court of Auditors

So the United Kingdom leaving the European Union not only impacts the UK’s citizens but it impacts the union as a whole.

No matter which side you are on it really is anyone’s guess as to how it might end up should the United Kingdom leave the European Union.

One argument or example if you will as to why anyone would want to leave the European Union is, and this should not surprise anyone that each member nation must pay into the union on a monthly basis.

As it turns out, in 2014, the United Kingdom gave nearly $5.5 billion more to the European Union than it took from the budget, accounting for 8 percent of total national contributions, but less than 5 percent of the European Union’s total expenditures, according to the European Commission.

Germany had an even greater negative balance – more than $17 billion after contributing 18 percent of the budget. And, Italy had a negative balance of $5 billion after contributing 10 percent of the budget.

The argument to leave the union does seem to be gaining at least for the most part the majority of media attention at least here in the US if you have seen it or heard it on the news and followed it.

That was until last week of course. Last week a man fatally shot and stabbed a member of Parliament, Jo Cox who supported staying in the European Union. The man shouted the words “My name is death to traitors,” while he committed his crime.

Those on the side of leaving the European Union have said this is necessary to protect and/or restore the country’s identity, it’s culture, independence and place in the world.

As one can imagine this side also opposes immigration and uses the above to express how they feel about immigration.

While the other side would argue that staying in the European Union is better for the United Kingdom economy. They argue that immigration is not enough to outweigh the consequences economically of leaving the European Union.

Not much different from the US however, the debate over whether or not to leave the European Union cuts along the country’s financial classes.

Supporters of leaving are largely those that are not as financially well off as the supporters who want stay in the union.

It has been said that the “Brexit” has seemingly stemmed from a sense of lower wage earners feeling abandoned. The debate has become the perfect vessel for the anti-establishment, anti-elite movements across the United Kingdom. In other words, the lower financial classes see this break as hope.

The funniest part of all of this is that neither side is defending the European Union at all. They are not saying that it’s done much for them, they don’t seem to feel that it is admirable let alone meaningful to them.

A lot of individuals in the United Kingdom have an overall sense that remaining in the union will further cause a burden to the United Kingdom by having to take on immigrants, bailing out troubled economies and the like.

According to Brian Klass, Britain feels it has lost it’s place in the world because they have to consult with Brussels before doing anything.

Britain also feels that due to immigration, it is losing its cultural and national identities. In 2013 a British Social Attitudes survey concluded that more than three-quarters of Britons wanted the country’s immigration policies reduced and around 56% wanted it reduced “a lot.”

Some are also saying that the sense is that Britain has lost something, or rather that it has lost sovereignty.

In short, Britain cannot close her borders in the way they’d like to.

Then again you have those that feel leaving would spell disaster to the economy. What’s key to this argument is that quite a few economists agree with that. Europe is Britain’s most important export market as well as its most important source of foreign investment. Topping that off is the fact that union membership has been a critical tool for establishing London as a global financial center.

Leaving the European Union puts that in jeopardy to the point that it could come crashing down.

Supporters of leaving still feel that the United Kingdom can support itself and still manage those long standing relationships past a break from the Union and come out in stable if not better condition.

Britain has always sort of felt aloof from Europe in sort of an alien kind of way. Britain has pretty much felt above most of Europe if you will. 

So it’s anyone’s guess as to what might happen exactly, should the United Kingdom leave the European Union.

In the short term, it’ll most likely hurt them financially because without the access they have while in the union to the open markets, Britain might lose trade and investment, not to mention that should they leave, they wanted immigration cut back so they would lose that work force. Which leads to slower economic growth due to lower productivity.

One must also consider this, Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon said that should Britain leave the European Union she will hold a referendum so the Scots could vote to exit Britain and rejoin the European Union as independent nation.

Scotland has tried this before back in 14 and it was unsuccessful, this go around however it might be very successful because the majority of Scotland supports being in the European Union.

Lastly, should a Brexit occur, it can cause a destabilization economically that it could affect us here in the US.

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At the end of the day no one can say for sure what a Brexit could mean to the world. The only two things for sure here are that, on this eve I’ll go to bed while voters are voting to leave the European Union.

Regardless of how the vote turns out, this will forever change the relationships and trust the United Kingdom had with the other states within the European Union.

Cristal M Clark

@thecrimeshop

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