INTERPOL has Warned for Years that Terrorists Could Use Stolen Travel Documents

By: Anthony Kimery  03/14/2014 ( 1:28pm)


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In May 2007, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble warned the Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security that countries which do not provide their border control officers at airports and other points of entry with direct access to INTERPOL’s database on Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) are leaving their citizens exposed to grave danger.Noble told US lawmakers that terrorists’ use of stolen travel documents represents a gaping hole in global security.

The INTERPOL chief — a former Department of Treasury Under Secretary for Enforcement – said “The decision therefore by [then] Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to give Customs and Border Protection [CBP] officers access to INTERPOL’s database by the end of 2007 is one which should be welcomed as a significant step forward in enhancing border security.”“Clearly,” Noble told the committee, “the next step is for all border officers at all airports and other points of entry in all countries around the world to be given access to INTERPOL’s SLTD database, and for the support network to be put in place to ensure that any country registering a hit can immediately receive any necessary follow-up information.” Continue reading

‘Indian Army preparing for limited conflict with China’

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Thursday, February 09, 2012 Press Trust Of India

Noting that India is increasingly getting concerned about China‘s posture on its border, a top US intelligence official on Wednesday said that the Indian Army is strengthening itself for a “limited conflict” with China.
“Despite public statements intended to downplay tensions between India and China, we judge that India is increasingly concerned about China’s posture along their disputed border and Beijing’s perceived aggressive posture in the Indian Ocean and Asia-Pacific region,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in his prepared testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

“The Indian Army believes a major Sino-Indian conflict is not imminent, but the Indian military is strengthening its forces in preparation to fight a limited conflict along the disputed border, and is working to balance Chinese power projection in the Indian Ocean,” he said.

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Has China’s most famous police official defected to the United States?

February 9, 2012 by Ian Allen


There are rumors that China’s most famous law enforcement official may have tried to defect to the United States, after Chinese police surrounded a US consulate in Southwest China. Three years ago, Wang Lijun, the chief of police in Chongqing, a city of nearly 30 million inhabitants, launched an extensive campaign aimed at dismantling southwestern China’s criminal networks. Among his targets were the notorious Triad gangs, as well as China’s extensive drugs, human, and consumer goods smuggling networks. Since that time, he has conducted nearly 1,100 arrests, helped convict several organized syndicate bosses to death, and overseen an anti-corruption program that led to the removal or arrest of several Chongqing police officials. Media sources in China report that Wang, who has become a popular icon of anti-corruption campaigners in China, has been targeted in numerous knife and sniper attacks, one of which left him in a coma for over a week.

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13 Sites I Spied in China

Kevin Baker–11/26/11 – 10:00 AM EST

clip_image001BEIJING (MainStreet) — Since the United States Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive has reported to Congress that China is spying in America by hacking into our government and private computer networks, I feel the time is right to disclose the sites I spied during my recent trip to China.

Under the deviously clever disguise of tourist, the following photographs were taken by me from Sept. 11-28. Based on what I discovered, I recommend other U.S. citizen spies give these sites more scrutiny.

My travels included 13 airplane flights, one riverboat, nine tour buses and one magnetic levitation train. If you take on this mission to China and are going to fly Air China, be sure to give them your frequent flyer number for Unites Airlines — now part of United Continental Holdings(UAL) — to get credit for the huge number of miles to be traveled. Sign up for free with United’s MileagePlus.

As Bond-level spy craft is all about the gadgets, I was able to sign up for United’s MileagePlus over my Apple(AAPL) iPhone 4 while waiting on the check-in line at the airport in San Francisco. As I did not have access to Q Branch, I picked up a multi-country electric power converter plug plus a triple plug splitter at Wal-Mart(WMT) to recharge my iPhone and Sony(SNE) Alpha 33 camera. Be sure to hide all these items in your carry-on bag, as you may be sent through one of the airport’s new virtual strip-search machines, which, unlike the old metal detectors, required you to have completely empty pockets.

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China bans time travel


Beijing is taking action against an increasingly popular genre on Chinese television. From the China Hush blog: 

In these time-travel based TV plays, usually the protagonist is from the modern time and for some reasons and via some means, travels through time and all the way back to the ancient China where he/she will constantly experience the “culture shock” but gradually get used to it and eventually develop a romance in that era. Though obviously the Chinese audience is fond of this genre of shows, the country’s authority -General Bureau of Radio, Film and Television, to be exact, is not happy about this trend and calls a halt to the making of this type of drama.[…] Continue reading

Iran, China Block Outside Sites to Muzzle Mideast News

The authoritarian    regimes in Iran and China are playing a double game, when it comes to the unrest in the Middle East. Tehran and Beijing are doing their best to spin the protests in their favor, when they talk to the world. But at home, they’re pursuing a different strategy: trying to muzzle anything but the official line on the upheaval.

Commentators have been keen to liken the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia both to the 1979 revolution that brought the Iranian regime to power and the electoral protests of the Green Movement which tried to unseat it. Not surprisingly, the Iranian government has preferred to use the latter comparison. Continue reading