Colorado Shooter Had More in Common with Paramilitary Cops than Batman

Kurt Nimmo July 23, 2012

clip_image002According to the official narrative now disseminated by the establishment media, James Holmes was acting out some warped fantasy about Batman when he entered a theater in Colorado and killed a dozen people.

It is said the cops found Batman paraphernalia in his apartment, which was supposedly booby-trapped with sophisticated explosives.

The corporate media has described in detail the gear he allegedly wore during the mass shooting without drawing the obvious conclusion.

Instead of a Batman fetish, Holmes was fascinated with the sort of paramilitary gear now routinely donned by cops.

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Globalisation and transnational organised crime in South Africa

Organised crime - cash flow

Organised crime – cash flow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Written by Khalil Goga (1)

It is argued that in an increasingly borderless world, transnational criminal groups have developed the ability to manoeuvre, prosper and become a dangerous threat to the world system. Increasing levels of transnational criminality in a post-Cold War world and a focus on linkages between organised criminal groups and terrorist groups have brought attention to the effects of organised crime across the globe.

Within South Africa, crime in general has become a national concern since the demise of apartheid. High murder rates and significant property crime rates have led to South Africa being referred to as “the crime capital of the world” with some comparative justification.(2) While the focus on crime in South Africa has often been on the extraordinary levels of violent crime; global, regional and domestic factors have contributed to a growing awareness of the implications of transnational organised crime. A recent estimate by State Security Minister, Siyabonga Cwele, approximated that South Africa lost 10% of its gross domestic product (GDP), estimated at ZAR 178 billion (US$ 21 billion) a year, to the “illicit economy.”(3)

Globalisation has often been cited as a major cause of increasing transnational organised crime.(4) The compression of time and space (5) is seen to facilitate the exchanges of goods, people and finance across borders at a faster rate than ever before, which, in turn, facilitates illicit exchanges. Simultaneously, globalisation has also benefited states in their ability to prohibit and prosecute transnational criminals, and there have been a growing number of cooperative regional and international efforts by states to combat transnational organised crime.(6)

This paper, therefore, critically engages with the relationship between globalisation and transnational organised crime in South Africa.

Defining organised crime

Given the conflation of terminology related to both organised crime and globalisation, there is a clear definition related to the subject matter. When using the term ‘organised crime’, the focus has often been on organised criminal groups such as the Mafia or Japanese Yakuza. Moreover, the focus on these criminal groups has often been one of a hierarchal structure with a ‘godfather’ type personality who controls the organisation.(7) Whilst this has been the dominant paradigm on which organised crime literature has been built, there is increasing evidence of a smaller, more network-orientated approach by organised criminals with more fluid networks, providing criminal organisations with “diversity, flexibility, low visibility, and longevity.”(8)

Organised crime has also been used to refer to “activities.”(9) Thus, a group of criminals engaging in a criminal activity falls under an ‘activity’ and, therefore, constitutes an organised crime. In this paper, the focus is on activities rather than organised crime groups given the changing nature of organised crime groups. Furthermore, focusing on organised crime groups as a differentiation between what is perceived as organised crime and white collar/commercial crime, has been particularly misleading to researchers, because this differentiation (between white collar and organised crime) has been focused on the separation between the ‘respectable classes’ and the ‘criminal classes’ without a proper basis.(10) Often the criminal network is made up of a variety of ‘shady’ and ‘not so shady’ (11) characters, which could include members of the respectable classes (such as lawyers, accountants, politicians). Thus, a focus on organised criminal activities would provide a more critical and focused approach to a study.

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cyber crime and security

Presented by S.A. Ayesha Shadoon K. Kowsalya

Presentation Transcript

Slide 2:What is Cybercrime? Crime committed using a computer and the internet to steal a person’s identity or illegal imports or malicious programs Cybercrime is nothing but where the computer used as an object or subject of crime Online activities are just as vulnerable to crime and can compromise personal safety just as effectively as common everyday crimes. Lawmakers, law enforcement, and individuals need to know how to protect themselves and the persons for which they are responsible. Continue reading

India faces terrorist financing risk: IMF

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India, which has witnessed numerous terror attacks and still remains a potential target for such strikes, faces significant money laundering and terrorist financing risk, the IMF has warned. The International Monetary Fund in its report “India: Observance of Standards and Codes FATF Recommendations for Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism” however appreciate the steps taken by New Delhi to counter money laundering and terrorist financing. Continue reading

Miami police, City Hall at odds over game machines

Posted on Wednesday, 01.12.11

Miami police, City Hall at odds over game machines

The Miami Police Department and City Hall disagree over the interpretation of a state law on amusement machines.


At Cafe Raul in Hialeah, diners can feed dollars into an All Fruit Bonus video gaming machine. Though it looks like a traditional slot machine, the game — allowed by the city — gives winners nothing more than a free game or two and a few minutes of amusement, says Miguel Rotella, owner of the machines.

But in Miami, police say the machines are illegal — and the owners subject to arrest.

“Everything is legal. We’re not delinquents,” said Rotella, who had 10 similar machines seized by police in Miami cafes in October. “They’re lumping us in with the mafia.”

Whether the video game machines constitute illegal gambling or not is at the heart of an escalating conflict between Miami Police and City Hall.

Miami police say the machines are illegal, that the games are based on pure chance dressed up as “amusement.” But the adult arcade industry insists the machines are legal because they are programmed differently than casino slots, and can be mastered by skilled players.

The flash point came last month when Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito publicly accused Mayor Tomás Regalado of attempting to interfere with an October raid on establishments that operate the machines.

Last year, the mayor successfully championed an ordinance, modeled after a Hialeah ordinance and crafted with help from the arcade industry, that allows the machines to run as long as operators pay a registration fee. The ordinance stresses the machines cannot be used for gambling. Continue reading

Al-Qaida prisoners living in hostels after early release

Jamie Doward, home affairs editor
The Observer, Sunday 19 July 2009

At least 20 men suspected of harbouring al-Qaida sympathies and convicted of terrorism offences have been released from British prisons this year, according to probation staff.

The men had reached the two-thirds point of their sentence and therefore qualified for release back into the community, where the majority are being supervised by probation staff as they reside in hostels.

Many have been placed on curfews or placed under strict licence conditions in a bid to ensure they are kept under close supervision. But the revelation that convicted terrorists are being housed in hostels is likely to trigger a national debate on how best the authorities can deal with what is considered by many experts to be a new type of serious offender.

Most of the men released so far were convicted for offences associated with the possession of terrorist material or literature or aiding others who went on to carry out terrorist attacks both in the UK and abroad. The probation union, Napo, claims that nine men convicted for terrorist offences are being housed in hostels in London, two in the Midlands and another four in Yorkshire.

Probation staff say that, although many of those released may pose a real threat, the normal tools used to assess the risk of reoffending are of limited value because of the motivation which led to their crime.

“It is extremely difficult to work with any individual whose criminal behaviour is politically motivated,” said Harry Fletcher, assistant general secretary of Napo. “The psychology is totally different from the vast majority of persons convicted of criminal offences whose activity is either acquisitive or, in cases of violence, often pathological.”

However, with an estimated 160 people convicted of terrorism offences inspired by al-Qaida currently residing in Britain’s jails, there is growing pressure on the authorities to give details of how they intend to deal with convicted terrorists.

While most are considered “minor” offenders, several convicted of more serious offences are due to be released soon. Andrew Rowe was given a seven-and-a-half year sentence after being caught with details of how to fire mortar bombs and secret codes to facilitate terror attacks. He is due to appear before the parole board within weeks.

Raids on his home uncovered a handwritten guide to firing battlefield weapons, videos of the 9/11 atrocities and tapes of Osama bin Laden. He had used the names of specific models of mobile phones as code for words and phrases such as “airline crew”, “explosives” and “army base”. His socks carried traces of TNT and plastic explosives.

A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said anyone convicted of terrorist offences and sentenced to more than 12 months’ imprisonment would be subject to probation supervision on release from prison.

“They have to adhere to a set of strict conditions and are subject to recall to custody if they breach their conditions or their behaviour indicates that it is no longer safe to allow them to remain in the community,” she said. The Home Office has also pledged to deport any convicted terrorists who are foreign nationals.

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