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      I grew disillusioned about editing the complete document before the end of February. In order to keep with old promises and new writing plans, I am providing the first five pages of text. The document I started with is quickly growing to yield more than thirty pages. If I continue in this vein to post everything, […]
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      Friday, February 17, 2017 6:13 p.m. The crux in enjoyment is the bowl. Make it big and beautiful. 2-3 ounces of Mung Bean noodles (vermicelli). Prepare it by soaking the noodles in boiled water for 10-20 minutes. Return the kettle to the flame with more water. When the whistle blows for the second time pour 2 […]
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      I am posting for someone’s sake, not my own. My ultimate hope is that others will find todays blog useful. Before I begin the matter , let me frame in a quote from friend, “You’re damn if you do, damned if you don’t.” From friend I found out it is a common practice between mother-daughter, father-son, mother-son, and father-daughter to commit murders. […] […]
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In response to Anonymous article

Posted by Tespid on March 27, 2012

A reader commented on the following article about the arrest of members of Anonymous the group of hackers most recently in the news. The reader suggested a conversation need begin to give another angle perhaps to the newsstory.

Sometimes when gleaning articles I choose not to read because I’m not in the mood, but know that I’ll come back to what I deemed reader worthy. I read the coverage with bated breath and connection started to flood through my brain.

The only major connection comes from the hacking of Stratfor which was reported in the news months ago. I had lifted and posted the article for one reason: a direct relationship to eco-terrorism headlines in the United States. This blog posted two article if I remember correctly under the heading of Primer. Both were representative of the hackers, et alia point of view.

While that settled in my head , I began to realize how accurate the statement of contemporary terrorist organization master the internet as a tool to gain support and communicate. What I did not know was that terrorist groups and enclaves work with each other if their tasks coincide with each other.

In the least eco-terrorism in the U.S. has a direct connection with the British Isles and anywhere else Anonymous reached.

If I remember correctly eco-terrorism is no longer  number one on the FBI’s investigation list, but I could be wrong. It will be looked up and posted.


~Fluted Frog, Esq.

Posted in Fringe, Primer Series | 5 Comments »

The Crying Game

Posted by Tespid on August 25, 2010

Murdered spook was a cross dresser


Published: Today 

MURDERED MI6 worker Gareth Williams was a secret transvestite who may have been killed by a gay lover, detectives said yesterday.His body lay undiscovered for TWO WEEKS after he was killed and his remains stuffed into a suitcase in his bath.

Cops found women’s clothing that would fit him at his Pimlico flat in central London, a short distance from MI6’s HQ beside the Thames.

Keen cyclist and brilliant former student Mr Williams was on secondment to MI6 from GCHQ, the intelligence eavesdropping base.

Police are also working on the theory that intelligence expert Mr Williams may have been killed by a foreign spy.

Spook agencies in some countries target British operatives by using good-looking agents to seduce them into giving up secrets.

And Mr Williams, 31 – found murdered at his central London home – was known to meet men in the capital’s gay mecca of Vauxhall Cross and Soho in the West End.

Tribute ... florist delivers blooms as cop guards flat yesterday

Tribute … florist delivers blooms as cop guards flat yesterday


Officers broke into his £400,000 top-floor flat in Pimlico when he failed to contact colleagues.

Mr Williams’ mobile phone and several SIM cards were on a table. His decomposing body was in a suitcase in the bathroom.

At college ... Mr Williams

At college … Mr Williams


He was a middle-ranking officer at GCHQ, Britain’s eavesdropping base in Cheltenham, Gloucs. But he was on secondment to MI6, the Secret Intelligence Service which gathers information about the UK’s enemies.

Downing Street was monitoring developments yesterday as Scotland Yard’s Homicide and Serious Crime Command probed the murder of keen cyclist Mr Williams.

The Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command and the domestic intelligence agency MI5 were also being kept up to date.

Horror ... body is taken from London flat

Horror … body is taken from London flat


As the inquiry progressed it was revealed that women’s clothes that fitted Mr Williams were found at the flat.

He was thought to have been dead for two weeks. A post mortem proved “inconclusive” on the cause of death. Neighbour Laura Houghton, 30, said: “His windows were always shut and curtains were often closed.”

Senior Government figures were concerned that anyone with a private life as sensitive as his could hold a post in which he could be vulnerable to blackmail.

The flat was thought to belong to the intelligence services. Ownership of the building was hidden behind a private company, New Rodina, registered in the British Virgin Islands. Rodina means “motherland” in Russian.



Public documents showed that several current and former residents of the freehold block had links to London and Cheltenham.

Mr Williams’ parents Ellen and Ian and his sister Kerry, 28, who recently married, were too distressed to talk last night.

A London police officer was outside the family home in Holyhead, Anglesey, North Wales.

Mr Williams’ uncle William Hughes said: “It was a terrible shock. He worked for GCHQ for many years and we knew he was in London. but he would never talk about his work.”

  • A MAN was being quizzed in Bahrain last night over the murder of Moroccan-born Fatima Kama, 28, a Canadian whose body was found in a suitcase at Heathrow in 1999.

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    Posted in Fringe, How to be a Perp, Jean val Jean File, Police | 1 Comment »

    Inside: Forget McDonald’s I wanna work for Home Depot

    Posted by Tespid on January 17, 2010

    Professor gets imperial medal for work on solving Japanese sarin-gas attacks • Item 23935 • Posted: Tuesday December 1, 2009  
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    A deadly nerve gas attack in Tokyo more than a decade ago alerted the world to international terrorism and made a Colorado State University professor into a hero in Japan.

    Aum Shinrikyo


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    Anthony Tu — now an emeritus professor of biochemistry at CSU — became famous for helping Japanese authorities track down the source of sarin nerve gas attacks in two Japanese cities, including Tokyo, in 1994 and 1995.

    His work with police was celebrated through the media and academia. Finally, this month, the 79-year-old Tu received recognition from the Japanese emperor for his accomplishments.

    Tu was bestowed The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by Japanese Emperor Akihito on Nov. 9. Tu was one of 61 individuals, including 10 U.S. citizens, to receive the honor.

    Tu’s primary research has been on snake venom. But he also was interested in chemical warfare and published papers on the subject just before the 1994 nerve-gas attack in Matsumoto that killed seven people and poisoned 500 others.

    Police asked Tu for help with that case and with the ensuing sarin-gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995 that killed 12 and injured about 3,800 more.

    At the time, the Japanese — like much of the world — knew little about the implications of a mass attack of sarin gas.

    “Japan was in a big uproar at the time because no one had ever heard of sarin gas,” Tu said.

    Tu assisted Japanese officials in analyzing the sarin and its byproducts to identify the manufacturing facility where the religious sect Aum Shinrikyo produced 70 tons of the deadly nerve gas.

    Tu’s knowledge of the chemicals produced from the degradation of sarin in soils helped convict the sect’s leader, Shoko Asahara.


    – Source / Full Story: CSU professor gets imperial medal for work on solving Japanese sarin-gas attacks, Monte Whaley, The Denver Post, Nov. 30, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

    Posted in Fringe, Religion, Terrorism | 3 Comments »

    ASR: Yoshihiro Inoue

    Posted by Tespid on January 17, 2010

    Death penalty for AUM Shinrikyo member upheld • Item 23963 • Posted: Thursday December 10, 2009  
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    TOKYO, Dec. 10, 2009 (Kyodo News International) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a high court decision that sentenced former AUM Shinrikyo cult member Yoshihiro Inoue to death for playing a key role in the deadly 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system.

    Justice Seishi Kanetsuki, the presiding judge of the case at the highest court’s first petty bench, turned down an appeal from Inoue, 39, against a high court decision that overturned a life sentence and instead gave him the death penalty.

    Aum Shinrikyo


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    Under Japan’s Code of Criminal Procedure, Inoue can still file an objection with the highest court against its decision. But it is limited to technicalities such as an error in the wording. Thursday’s decision is expected to eventually become final as the highest court has rarely accepted such an objection.

    This would bring the number of former AUM members on death row to nine for their involvement in a series of crimes. Among them is AUM founder Shoko Asahara, 54, whose real name is Chizuo Matsumoto.

    Of the nine death row inmates, only Inoue was given a life sentence at the district court level. Cases of four other AUM members who were sentenced to death at lower courts are still pending at the Supreme Court.

    Inoue has been charged in 10 criminal cases. The Tokyo High Court gave him the death penalty in May 2004, overturning a life sentence by the Tokyo District Court in June 2000.

    According to court findings, Inoue, in conspiracy with Asahara and senior AUM members, conducted the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system on March 20, 1995, killing 12 people and sickening thousands.

    Inoue was also convicted of involvement in two murder cases in 1994 and in the 1995 abduction of a Tokyo notary clerk who died later.

    Inoue, who joined the cult in 1986 at the age of 16, assumed the post of ”intelligence minister” at AUM which had assumed a state-like structure.


    – Source / Full Story: Death penalty for AUM Shinrikyo member Inoue to stand, Kyodo News International (Japan), Dec. 10, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

    The point at issue in the appeal was how great a role Inoue played in the gas attack.

    In his first trial, the court decided that he had provided “logistical support,” while the high court ruled he had an “overall coordinating role” under Aum leader Chizuo Matsumoto (a.k.a. Shoko Asahara) and Hideo Murai in implementing the attacks.

    – Source / Full Story: Aum cult member’s death sentence upheld over Tokyo subway gas attacks, Mainichi Daily News (Japan), Dec. 10, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

    According to the ruling of the high court, Inoue plotted the attack, which killed 12 people and injured thousands, with Aum Supreme Truth sect leader Shoko Asahara.

    The court also ruled he kidnapped and murdered Kiyoshi Kariya, then 68, who tried to shelter his sister after she escaped from the sect.

    The bearded guru was revered as a god by his sect, which preached a blend of Buddhist and Hindu dogma mixed with apocalyptic visions. He was obsessed with Nazi-invented sarin gas and paranoid his enemies would attack him with it.

    – Source / Full Story: Death penalty for cult member, AFP via The Straits Times, Dec. 10, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

    Posted in Fringe, Religion, Terrorism | 2 Comments »

    Quest: Finding that little “banned” Coca-Cola documentary (c.1990)

    Posted by Tespid on December 13, 2009

    Coca-Cola sucking communities dry Adivasi women on vigil in front of coke plantThe people of Plachimada, in Kerala , rallied together on Friday April 22nd, for the third aniversary of the Plachimada Coca Cola plant, and an accompanying 3 year, 24hrs day 7days a week, protest vigil outside it’s gates, to publicly show it’s opposition to the corporation’s existing and planned environmental degredation in the area.

    This has been the most recent of ongoing opposition to Coca-Cola’s inethical conduct in India, where they have been alleged to have caused severe water shortages, water and land pollution, the distribution of toxic waste as fertilizer, and for the sale drinks containing high levels of pesticides | 1 | 2. Coca-Cola is further negligent as it has not reported any of the damages it has made, continuing operations. Tens of thousands of community members, have been participating in and International Campaign to Hold Coca-Cola Accountable for it’s conduct, with plants in Mehdiganj, Uttar Pradesh, Sivaganga, Tamil Nadu Kaladera, Rajastan, facing increasing resistance to their operations as community members demand they are shut-down.

    [ India Resource Centre | Take Action | Coca-Cola in India [PDF] | killercoke | Stolen Generation ]

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    GM seeds burnt by more than 3000 tribal women Bhubaneshwar (Orissa): Demanding Orissa be declared an Organic State, more than 3000 tribal women today made a bonfire of hybrid and genetically modified seeds of cotton and other crops — calling it the launch of a seed satyagrah…
    The New Seed Bill in the offing, they said, runs counter to the Plant Varieties Protection and Farmers’ Right Act (PVPFA), 2001Farmer’s rights are now being taken away through the Seed Bill. This clearly demonstrates that the government is being run by the multinational seed companies. Orissa Nari Samaj (ONS), the tribal women’s organisation with a membership of close to 200,000 demanded the scrapping of the proposed Seed Bill, and wanted to government to recognise the rights of the people in respect of indigenous seeds.


    Writers note: I saw the documentary. Well as much as I could handle up to two hours. It went longer than three. The documentor was having trouble getting it shown, but he travelled where ever he could. The film contains interviews with farmers and migrant workers who farm the fruit that go into Coca-cola. They are sometime tird , four, or fifth generation on the farm. Several generations of white farmers and families were interview as well as black. Itinerant? Is that the right word? I came away disgusted and confused but clear as to how some large companies structure themselves to be too big to fail. ~tUL.

    Posted in Activism, Fringe | 3 Comments »

    Tip Jar $20.36

    Posted by Tespid on December 13, 2009

    Ok. you tell me how much this is worth in tUL’s tip jar…

    I used to believe my eyes, but thanks to doubt and assimilation I’ve changed my mind. Now considering the amount  I hear, I have to take days if not months to find concrete supporting evidence before I go cockarell with a full crown at sunrise. Arlington, Texas and Fort Wort, Texas, CNN listed in the top four rankings of cities with the best water supply in the U.S.A. I followed some of both stories over time . What bolstered my suspicions was playing down in the allegedly “no trespassing” parts of waterways (In my defense there was no sign.). During the best of times in other jobs the whispers and bodiless voices articulated revenge for those green and who know how to stay biologically clean in and out. Personally speaking, cataclysm forced those two cities to improve water quality. Although I have no culprit to which to point, but I did come across an article talking about strategic protection of Texas’s water infrastructure being a point of great lacking. And there was no plan for changing that in the future.

    Take that, coupled with the public broadcasting systems’ documentary about water wars, drilling and development in Texas. The shadow side of me wants to suggests corporate sabotage, espionage and maybe toss in a radical group or two. Throw in a backroom whisper or a soccer mom on the telephone in the backyard gaffawing over someones possession of a biological weapon somewhere between Azle and Rockwall and you have the making of the world tUL gleans on what seems a regular basis.

    Take this with a grain of salt. Some of it is here say. Some of it is foggy memory. Some of it is recounting years old. But the makings of a good story from an inclination and a whim.

    Fluted Frog, Esq.

    Writer’s Note: Like in speeches don’t open by apologizing and most certainly don’t apologize for you opinion when you are writing. Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one. Which means you have just as much right to speak your mind articulately as another. On one hand Frog, we can use your opinions to fertilize others. Crap that don’t fertilize, is just a waste of time. Let the readership evolve their own opinions. Give a homosapien a chance to think, they might stand up for themselves.

    ~W.H. Tespid

    Posted in Fringe, Investigators Reference Questions, The Resistance, Water Wars Intelligence, Writing | Tagged: , | Comments Off on Tip Jar $20.36

    Zimbabwe: Zesa/Nampower

    Posted by Tespid on December 11, 2009

    Zimbabwe: The Dark Tale of Zesa’s Collapse

    Nevanji Madanhire

    10 December 2009

    BEN Rafemoyo is my friend; I mean the Zesa Holdings chief executive. Teetotal and deeply religious, he exudes commonsense. I can bet my bottom dollar if he put his signature to the Zesa/Nampower deal that was the right thing to do in the circumstances. I go most days without electricity in my home, so does everyone else. I have reverted to behaving like a bachelor.

    I pass by the butcher’s every day after work to buy a small chunk of meat because the fridge is switched off. My cat is getting fat on sour milk. My geyser is off too; so I have to do with cold baths. Often I want to be angry with Rafemoyo; to pick up the phone and really give him a go-over but I hold my horses.

    I travelled the whole length and breadth of Zimbabwe in 2001 and part of 2002 before the presidential election with Rafemoyo and we became very close.

    Those were the days of Zesa’s Expanded Rural Electrification Programme. Being a haughty young man who questioned everything, I used to ask him why we were doing this programme when we knew it did not make any sense. He, the stoic, always said rural electrification would benefit posterity. “Once we have put in the pylons, they cannot be removed; so even if this looks mad now it will be good in future,” he would say.

    Let me tell you the source of our problems; it’s not Rafemoyo!

    The 2000 constitutional referendum had been a wakeup call to Zanu PF that its erstwhile iron grip on the populace was loosening. The elections of that year too had seen the young MDC party almost upstaging Zanu PF in spite of it having entrenched itself in the country for 20 years.

    The 2002 presidential elections loomed large and there was the real danger of Morgan Tsvangirai trouncing incumbent President Robert Mugabe in that poll. The Mugabe mystique had been shattered and people now knew he could be defeated in a free and fair election.

    Zanu PF had to quickly reconnect with the electorate from which it had distanced itself as it ensconced in power. How could Mugabe’s popularity be restored again in the quickest way possible? Someone came up with an answer: let’s do something so populist that the electorate will sit up and say, “Oh he still exists.”

    The plan was to electrify the whole countryside and let Mugabe address all the commissioning ceremonies, that way he would reconnect with the masses. It was a masterstroke!

    But there were problems and everyone in Zesa knew them. The power stations were not working properly; there were constant breakdowns.

    Hwange Colliery was broke and so could not provide enough quality coal to power Hwange Power Station. Kariba Hydro was not working at full capacity because of lack of spares.

    The small thermals at Bulawayo, Munyati and Harare had been decommissioned because running them did not make sense. Zesa itself was too broke to pay for power imports. Very importantly it was common knowledge that the southern African region would have a power deficit beginning 2007.

    So, the logical thing was not to expand electrification but to ensure that the power stations were refurbished so they could supply enough electricity to our industry and to our households.

    But political expediency had to come first. The strategists at Zanu PF knew the then Zesa CEO Simbarashe Mangwengwende was too sensible to embark on this mad project, so against the Electricity Act, the position of Executive Chairman on the Zesa Board was created and Sydney Gata appointed to it.

    Gata is a highly qualified engineer and consults for dozens of power utilities in Africa and overseas. But he was also Mugabe’s brother-in-law. Although he knew all the problems associated with the rural electrification project he would play ball for, there was too much at stake.

    Mangwengwende and literally all of his lieutenants were pushed out; these were real technocrats who knew what they were doing.

    So, for the next year or so all Zesa resources were channelled towards rural electrification; the power stations were left to rot. Mugabe went on a hectic schedule; he was flown all over the country to address the grateful rural folk. He won the election.

    Everybody knew it was folly to electrify areas where power would be used to light up little general dealerships and bottle stores in places as remote and inaccessible Muzabani and Border Munaka.

    Everybody knew the revenue from those little outposts would not make economic sense; it would always be cheaper to give these people the power for free than to drive around the country collecting the little amounts. So, after such a massive programme in which millions of real dollars were spent, no revenue would be collected.

    Meanwhile the regional power deficit deepened and our power stations could not be refurbished because there was no money to do so.

    There was another problem — vandalism. Zimbabwe has no aluminium or copper mines but it was exporting the metals. Thieves who were most likely disgruntled Zesa employees stole aluminium and copper conductor and had it smuggled to ready markets notably South Africa.

    Transformers were drained of their oil. Replacing stolen cable and oil goes into millions if not billions of dollars. The whole network collapsed.

    Gata got his comeuppance — he was sacked.

    Good old Rafemoyo took over the mess. I don’t envy him.

    Posted in Economic Growth, Fringe | Tagged: | 2 Comments »

    Robert Mugabe’s Successor

    Posted by Tespid on December 11, 2009


    Zimbabwe’s ZANU-PF Looking for Mugabe Successor

    Many ZANU-PF delegates say they want to decide who will succeed President Robert Mugabe, who will be 86 in February. President Robert Mugabe received fewer votes in the presidential election last year than MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

    Peta Thornycroft | Harare 08 December 2009

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe addresses mourners at the burial of the late Zimbabwean Vice President Joseph Msika at Heroes Acre in Harare on 10 Aug 2009

    Photo: AFP

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (File)

    Wednesday, Zimbabwe’s ZANU-PF begins one of its most important party congresses since coming to power at the country’s independence in 1980.  Many ZANU-PF delegates say they want to decide who will succeed President Robert Mugabe, who will be 86 in February.

    Provincial delegates loyal to ZANU-PF are gathering in Harare for their congress, which is held every five years to decide the party’s leadership. 

    This party meeting is being held nearly a year after ZANU-PF lost its parliamentary majority for the first time since independence.  Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe received fewer votes in the presidential election last year than MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who pulled out of the second round of runoff citing violence against his supporters.

    ZANU-PF and the Movement for Democratic Change have since formed a unity government with Mr. Tsvangirai as prime minister.

    ZANU-PF delegates say the battle to succeed Mr. Mugabe is between Vice President Joyce Mujuru and Defense Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.

    The unity government’s political agreement says a ZANU-PF member will succeed Mr. Mugabe as national president should he retire or die before new elections.  Zimbabwe will not vote again until a new constitution is adopted, which could take two years.

    ZANU-PF youth secretary for Harare province, Tendai Wenyika, predicted the congress would be turbulent and said most people want the succession issue decided.  She said at previous congresses and annual conferences, the question of succession had been what she described as “taboo.”

    But she said Mr. Mugabe is now too old to continue for much longer.  She and others also say Mr. Mugabe’s long tenure has caused “factionalism” in the party.

    Meanwhile, South Africa President Jacob Zuma’s three-person team of mediators is back in Harare, for the second time in two weeks.

    They were meeting Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai to try to resolve outstanding issues from the political agreement that led to the still fragile unity government.

    Leader of the team, is African National Congress stalwart Charles Ngakula.

    “We are following up on the negotiations that are happening,” he said.  “And we believe that there will obviously be a story that we will get.  That is our main purpose so that we can better report that.  We have given a report and of course there were still some details that [Zuma] still wanted to have.”

    The outstanding issues include senior civil servant appointments made by Mr., Mugabe after he signed the political agreement and his main complaint is that the West maintains some sanctions against Zimbabwe.

    Mr. Zuma’s team of mediators will forward their report on progress toward resolving the outstanding issues to the Southern Africa Development Community, which guaranteed the political agreement.


    The World’s 10 Worst Dictators

    By David Wallechinsky
    published: 03/22/2009

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    1. Robert Mugabe


    In power since:
    Last year’s rank: 6

    Inflation in Zimbabwe is so bad that in January the government released a $50 billion note — enough to buy two loaves of bread. The unemployment rate has risen to more than 85%. In 2008, Mugabe agreed to hold an election, but it became clear that he would accept the result only if he won. His supporters launched attacks on the opposition, killing 163 and torturing or beating 5000. He ultimately signed a power-sharing agreement with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, but since then Mugabe has broken its terms and installed his own people at the head of every ministry. Meanwhile, health conditions have reached crisis levels. More than 3800 Zimbabweans have died from cholera since August.

    U.S. link: Although U.S. leaders have called for Mugabe’s resignation, imports from Zimbabwe (primarily nickel and ferrochromium, both used in stainless steel) rose in 2008.

    Posted in Fringe, Terrorism, U.S. Foreign Policy | Tagged: | 2 Comments »

    Alt-Terrorism: Living Dictators

    Posted by Tespid on December 11, 2009

    July 06, 2005

    The March for TyrantsOf the 10 Worst Living Dictators, five terrorize Africa according to  David Wallechinsky writing for Parade Magazine.

    Number four is the thug and criminal for whom I have burned some electrons within these pages, Robert Mugabe.

    According to Human Rights Forum, Mugabe’s government has killed or tortured and displaced more than 70,000. While allowing elections, he has restricted opponents’ ability to campaign and shut down media that don’t support him. When opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai won 42% of the vote anyway, Mugabe had him arrested and charged with treason. As his support has slipped, Mugabe has played the race card, confiscating farms owned by whites and giving them to his supporters.

    Number 6 is Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea

    U.S. oil companies have poured billions of dollars into the country. Although the per capita income is $4,500 a year, 60% of the people live on less than $1 a day. The bulk of the oil income goes directly into the U.S. bank account of President Obiang, who has declared: “There is no poverty in Guinea.” Rather, “The people are used to living in a different way.” In July, state radio announced that Obiang “is in permanent contact with the Almighty” and “can decide to kill without anyone calling him to account and without going to Hell.” There is little public transportation, no daily newspapers, and only 1% of government spending goes to health care.

    Number 7 is Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan

    Sudan, the largest country in Africa, has been involved in a complex 20-year civil war that has claimed the lives of 2 million people and uprooted 4 million. Al-Bashir seized power in a military coup and immediately suspended the constitution, abolished the legislature and banned political parties and unions….his army has routinely bombed civilians and tortured and massacred non-Muslims, particularly in the oil-producing areas of the south. Sudanese troops also have kidnapped southerners and enslaved them. Al-Bashir has been accused of “engineering famine” in regions that oppose him.

    Number 10 is King Mswati III of Swaziland

    Though educated in England, Mswati has shown a liking for certain Swazi traditions. In Sept. 2002, he watched thousands of girls and young women dance bare-breasted in the annual Reed Dance, then chose one to be his 10th wife. (His father had 100 wives.) The girl’s mother filed a lawsuit charging the king with abducting her daughter. Mswati announced that Swazi courts were forbidden to issue rulings that limited the king’s power. To appease world opinion, he approved a new constitution to replace the one his father suspended 30 years earlier. However, the new constitution bans political parties, allows the death penalty for any criminal offense and provides for debtors’ prisons.

    Clownsg8In Scotland a large unruly group of clowns are marching for the dictators in Africa, asking the leaders of the Western Democracies to relieve the debt burden on these poor countries so that the homicidal and masochistic maniacs that run them can profit some more from their despicable reigns.

    But these are no peaceniks:

    More than 100 black-clad anarchists smashed car windows, threw rocks and tried to blockade one of the main roads into the Gleneagles resort in Scotland that is hosting the three-day summit of world economic leaders, according to The Associated Press.

    Sweet! Robert Mugabe would be proud.

    Hey! I have an idea, since giving money to countries that are run by criminals is not going to relieve the terrible economic conditions of the people who live there anyway, why not tie the debt relief and aid to political and economic reform? Great idea, huh?

    Oh. What? You mean Bush already thought of that and that is precisely his position?


    U.S. President George W. Bush delivered a tough message for African nations hoping for more aid or debt relief, saying on Wednesday they had to abide by the rules of democracy and fight corruption.

    “We will give aid and cancel debt, but we want to be assured that governments invest in their people … and fight corruption,” he told a news conference after talks with Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

    Bush said he could not look U.S. taxpayers in the eye if countries which received aid did not meet the right standards of democracy. “We expect good governance,” he said.

    Who is it that keeps calling Bush a moron?

    Oh, that would be the clowns marching for tyrants in Scotland.

    Interestingly, the Chief Moron, Britain’s George Galloway, could not see the irony of the situation when he protested the possibility of Scotland’s police cancelling the demonstration

    George Galloway, a politician recently re-elected to the house of commons despite being thrown out of Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Labour Party, said he was still angry that the police had tried to prevent the march.

    “When, exactly, did this become a police state?” he said.

    “When did the police get … the power to call off demonstrations here in this free country of ours?”

    Mr Galloway, and the clowns, seem blind to the fact that none of the above listed Tyrants of Africa allow such demonstrations at all and the march that is in support of them simply gives these meglomaniacs aid and comfort.

    What? You say, I forgot one of the worst living dictators of Africa?

    Well that would, of course, be number 5; Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

    But somehow I don’t think the clowns are marching for that Africa.

    It’s not like they would ever come out and demand that these countries live in political and economic freedom.


    Posted in Fringe, Terrorism, The Underground Manuals, U.S. Foreign Policy, Underground Economy | Tagged: , | Comments Off on Alt-Terrorism: Living Dictators

    Book Recommendation:Spiritual Terrorism

    Posted by Tespid on December 10, 2009

    Spiritual Terrorism: Spiritual Abuse from the Womb to the Tomb 

    Boyd C. Purcell, Ph.D., Author

         Why is the the cover of Spiritual Terrorism a picture of a blazing inferno?  It is because it depicts the problem of literal vs. metaphorical interpretation of fire.  The three great enemies (“the unholy trinity”) of sane, reasonable, and sensible Biblical interpretation are:  literalism, legalism (salvation by obeying all the rules), and mixed messages (God loves you but…) of God’s love and justice.  The common misunderstanding of the symbolic use of fire in the Holy Bible and other Holy Books is a cause of various forms of spiritual abuse and all forms of spiritual terrorism.  Spiritual terrorism is the basis of domestic and international terrorism.  Terrorists motivated by a fearful view of God which causes irrational religious zeal kill innocent men, women, children in the name of God!

         The word “Gospel” means Good News.  The Good News of Christian Universalism assures eternal life for all which brings peace of mind and joy of living since it brings freedom from fear of eternal damnation!  Universal salvation is taught by all major world religions (in spite of major superficial differences, underneath the surface):  Judeo/Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sikhism.  This truth is carefully documented, in Spiritual Terrorism:  Spiritual Abuse from the Womb to the Tomb with historical and current facts, Biblical references, and exposition of the Greek text of the New Teatament.  Biblical literalists are fond of saying, “The Bible says, … The Bible Says, … The Bible Says….”  and yet what they contend that the Bible says is dishonoring to God and insulting to Jesus.  If people really want to know what The Bible says, which honors God and exalts the Lord Jesus Christ, read Spirituation Terrorism:  Spiritual Abuse from the Womb to the Tomb.

         The information in these website pages is intended to help people who are seeking healing for damaged emotions due to spiritual abuse/terrorism and for those who may be interested in buying Spiritual Terrorism for themselves and/or as a gift for others in need of spiritual healing.  These pages include only a very small amount of vital information from this book of 500 pages.  There are many examples of victims of spiritual abuse/terrorism having been healed.  This book is Dr. Purcell’s treasure trove of spiritual wealth which facilitates spiritual healing! 

    Copyright, All Rights Reserved. 


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    Primer Series V: The Underground Economy

    Posted by Tespid on December 6, 2009

    I. Bone> Defintions:

    A. Source I: U.S.A. Applications

    “Underground economy” is a term that refers to those individuals and businesses that deal in cash and/or use other schemes to conceal their activities and their true tax liability from government licensing, regulatory, and taxing agencies. Underground economy is also referred to as tax evasion, tax fraud, cash pay, tax gap, payments under-the-table, and off-the-books.

    What Does It Cost You?

    A February 2005 report, California’s Tax Gap, prepared by California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office, estimates California’s income tax gap to be $6.5 billion. Reports on the underground economy indicate it imposes significant burdens on: (1) the State of California, (2) businesses that comply with the law, and (3) workers who lose benefits and other protections provided by state law when the businesses they work for operate in the underground economy.


    When businesses operate in the underground economy, they illegally reduce the amount of money expensed for insurance, payroll taxes, licenses, employee benefits, safety equipment, and safety conditions. These types of employers then gain an unfair competitive advantage over businesses that comply with the various business laws. This causes unfair competition in the marketplace and forces law-abiding businesses to pay higher taxes and expenses.


    Employees of the businesses that do not comply are also affected. Their working conditions may not meet the legal requirements, which can put them in danger. Their wage earnings may also be less than those required by law, and benefits they are entitled to can be denied or delayed because their wages are not properly reported.


    Consumers can also be affected when contracting with unlicensed businesses. Licensing provisions are designed to ensure minimum levels of skill and knowledge to protect the consumer.

    The ultimate impact is erosion of the economic stability and working conditions in this State. Our pamphlet Paying Cash Wages “Under the Table”…Is It Really Worth the Risk? outlines some of the costs and effects of cash pay on your business, your employees, and taxpayers in general. It is available in both English (DE 573CA) and Spanish (DE 573CA/S/).

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    Goods and services that are controlled or forbidden by governments but continue to be bought and sold privately are said to be traded on the black market. Illegal drugs, pornography and some forms of gambling are classic examples of goods and services that trade on the black market. Black markets tend to thrive in highly controlled economies where governments ration many products such as food, gas and luxury goods.

    Goods in the black market do not trade in open view of the authorities. When products are banned, they can be smuggled or produced illegally, yielding profits based on demand. Legal goods and services are sometimes traded on the black market to avoid taxes.

    C. Source II: Assorted Internet definitions

    • The underground economy or black market is a market where all commerce is conducted without regard to taxation, law or regulations of trade. … 
    • An expression used to describe all market exchange that goes unreported either because it is illegal or because those involved want to evade taxes. 
    • Part of an economy that is unrecorded by the tax authorities. It may be unrecorded because it involves a barter transaction, for example, or because it is attempting to evade tax. URL: Universal Resource Locator is a means of identifying an exact location on the Internet. …


    II.Flesh on the the Bone: Conditions and Observations from the top

    The Underground Economy

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    economic lives. Many are laboring in the underground economy. Never in history did so many aliens enter the United States illegally as in recent years.
    III. Habitat: Conditions and Observations from the bottom

    The real recession – a decline in the underground economy and reverse migration

    // Written by dailyclarity on // Nov-21-08 9:56am

    The US official economic and unemployment figures are bad enough, but what is not factored into those numbers is the massive declines in the underground or “black” economy. These are the numbers that the government does not and cannot disclose, but the declines there are equally as bad. While estimating the size of the underground economy is difficult, a 2005 Wall Street Journal article estimates its size at around $970 billion which equates to about 9% of the real economy. The data on the real economy is enough to give pause – a 16 year high in the number of people registering as unemployed, a 26 year high in the number of people drawing unemployment benefit and a stock market down to the lowest indicator since 1997. In the underground economy the indicators are that the same thing is happening, and this is a decline in cash transactions possibly a more real measure of the health of an economy.

    The US has long been a migrants dream whether they have entered the country legally or illegally. Not today. Reverse migration (people leaving the US to go home) is on the rise. The dream may be over in a depressed economy. A new report by the National Statistics and Geography Institute. deals with the numbers as they apply to reverse migration to Mexico, a long time source of legal and illegal migration. The report tells us that Mexican emigration has fallen by 42 per cent during the last two years. The study appears to confirm that emigration to the US has become less appealing amid an economic downturn and a increasing raids against illegal migrants. The survey, which was carried out via household surveys, includes all Mexicans who left the country, and did not break down legal and illegal migration. There have been other indications that Mexican emigration, which is still mainly to the US, has been falling dramatically. The US Border Patrol has reported a 39 per cent drop in the capture of migrants trying to cross the frontier illegally since 2005. Money sent home by Mexican emigrants has also fallen. Remittances fell 12 per cent to $1.9bn in August, the biggest drop since record-keeping began 12 years ago, according to the Mexican central bank. Mexican authorities say the country may also see a surge of returning migrants as the economy worsens in the US. Mexico City’s municipal government has predicted that up to 30,000 more immigrants than usual will return from the US over the next few months.

    The migrant workforce, whether appreciated or not, has been a powerhouse for the US economy. Now it appears they are deserting as opportunity fades in a US economy in recession. In effect, this may well drive up labor costs for many of the businesses that rely on illegal migrants such as agriculture, processing plants and the like. This will be passed on as a price increase for US consumers. Both economies, real and underground, can be said to be now in recession. There will be greater poverty in the US and Mexico as a result. The social impact in Mexico may be major as families reliant on funds being sent home are denied such access. The flag may well fly at half-mast in Mexico as a result. Whether at time of boom or bust, the US and Mexico are intrinsically linked. They are feeling the pain too at this time.

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    Your education is what I tell you.

    Posted by Tespid on December 6, 2009

    Reading books by cover-up

    • John Beveridge
    • From: Herald Sun
    • November 13, 2009 12:02PM

    THERE are many side effects from the Federal Government’s misguided decision to retain the protectionist import monopoly on books.

    But the most bizarre is its stated reliance on offshore booksellers such as Amazon to keep downward price pressure on Australian publishers.

    Encouraging consumers to help employ offshore shippers and to avoid paying GST on the way through is no doubt a message that will resonate strongly with consumers, who love nothing better than a bit of government-endorsed tax avoidance.

    As long as the shipping comes in at less than 10 per cent of the cost, the dollar remains strong and the price is cheaper, the consumer will no doubt oblige and assist in the restructuring of the local industry.

    The only victims are taxpayers, Australian booksellers who are prohibited from shopping directly offshore, and eventually the predominantly foreign publishers who continue to treat Australian consumers like colonial patsies.

    If books are available more cheaply it is only logical to assume that people will buy more of them, growing the pie and creating a healthier market for authors.

    Instead, the industry gets to hide behind an artificial and anti-competitive wall that will inevitably crumble and will hit bricks-and-mortar retailers and their employees the hardest.

    As we have seen before in the case of the automotive and textile, clothing and footwear industries, what emerges at the end of a long period of industry protection is not a competitive and attractive butterfly but a sickly moth on borrowed time.

    When the ban on parallel imports on CDs was lifted in 1998, consumers responded to lower prices and the local industry ended up being more competitive and stronger than if “assistance” had continued.

    There are genuine issues that could have been directly addressed through grants, such as culturally important authors with small print runs, local language differences (mom versus mum) and possibly local printing jobs, although that is debatable given the penchant of Australian publishers to print offshore.

    In the very long term, the protectionist wall will go the way of its Berlin counterpart when “books” are downloaded on to electronic readers rather than coming off printing presses.

    In the meantime, it is every consumer for themselves as Australians try to get the best value they can from the $2.5 billion they spend on books every year.

    AMP in front

    BARRING any competitors spoiling the party, it is looking increasingly likely that Craig Dunn at AMP will get his hands on the levers at AXA Asia Pacific Holding’s Australian wealth management and insurance business.

    The $12.5 billion “scheme of arrangement” bid for AXA will need to be sweetened to above $6 a share at some stage, but so far the winds of change have been blowing in AMP’s direction, with a firming share price filling the bids sails and giving it a sense of inevitability.

    With AXA’s French parent and 53 per cent shareholder desperate to get direct control of the fast-growing Asian wealth business run by its listed Australian arm, AXA APH’s chairman Rick Allert is now fighting to get the best price possible rather than repelling the invaders from a position of strength.

    While it is a great pity to see Australian shareholders lose a listed exposure to an attractive Asian wealth management business built up over many years, the burning question is what Craig Dunn plans to do with the local AXA business when and if he gets hold of it?

    The most obvious is to cement AMP’s position as the fifth pillar in Australia’s burgeoning wealth management industry at a time of tremendous change.

    There was a time when AMP and the old National Mutual dominated this field with their slick sales forces.

    But since then, the big four banks have all busily built or bought significant wealth and insurance arms. Commonwealth has Colonial, NAB the MLC business, ANZ has ING and Westpac BT.

    After being badly burnt through British acquisitions and focusing back on Australia, it is a logical move for AMP to bulk up to remain a player of scale.

    Another reason to get bigger is the two current inquiries into the area.

    Former ASIC deputy chairman Jeremy Cooper is well into a thorough review of the superannuation industry and his recommendations are likely to put downward pressure on fees and charges.

    And the Henry review into taxation is having a close look at the tax treatment of superannuation, with a likely outcome higher superannuation taxes (or lower tax breaks) for higher income earners.

    The combined effect of these changes and the continuing pressure to phase out the commission structure for financial planning are likely to favour players with large and efficient investment platforms such as the banks and a combined AMP/AXA.

    While Dunn faces a mammoth task in integrating AMP and AXA, the restructuring pain is the only strategic option to remain relevant in the more than trillion dollar superannuation industry.

    Hot topic

    THIS week, the most important players in meeting Australia’s target of 20 per cent renewable energy by 2020 were all rubbing shoulders at a Brisbane conference.

    Geothermal Downunder brought together what could literally become the next “hot” sector on the share market.

    With 10 ASX-listed players and 48 companies in total, the conference heard that geothermal could become the next coal seam gas industry — a sector that literally came from nowhere to be worth multiple billions of dollars as plans developed to liquefy and export the gas from Gladstone.

    Just like coal seam gas, there are plenty of sceptics who point out that so far nobody is producing significant renewable electricity from underground heat in Australia.

    The reply from the players is that they are the only ones developing a source of reliable, baseload renewable electricity and if they don’t succeed, there is no way the 20 per cent target will be met in a meaningful way.

    While wind power is the fastest growing renewable power source, its intermittent nature makes it problematic for electricity distributors and unreliable for producing power at peak times.

    Large-scale solar has similar limitations until practical storage solutions such as electric cars become common.

    Which leaves the two main geothermal methods racing to produce power.

    The deep, hot rock technology being developed and tested by the large players Geodynamics and Petratherm aims to produce large amounts of electricity at below $100 per MWh to overcome remote locations in the South Australian outback.

    With significant partners such as Origin Energy, Beach Petroleum and TRUenergy and recent government grants of $152 million riding on their success, pressure is building up in places other than their very deep wells which produce superheated steam.

    Geodynamics suffered a blowout at its Habanero 3 well, but as chief executive Gerry Grove-White pointed out, he would rather find out they needed different steel well casings now than after they had 100 wells operating.

    The shallow aquifer players hope to produce smaller power plants closer to established electricity markets using proven lower temperature technology, although they will be more reliant on renewable energy certificates as their electricity will probably cost more than $100 per MWh to produce.

    If the 20 per cent renewables target is to be met, we may need both types to succeed.

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    CIA’s checking account affords McDonalds

    Posted by Tespid on December 5, 2009


    An Investigation into the CIA’s ‘Black Budget’

    Friday, 30 January 2004, 10:43 am
    Opinion: Michael E. Salla


    The Black Budget Report: An Investigation into the CIA’s ‘Black Budget’ and the Second Manhattan Project

    © Michael E. Salla, PhD
    Center for Global Peace/School of International Service
    American University
    Washington DC
    Tel: 202 885 5987

    Table of Contents
    About the Author
    Birth of the Black Budget
    Legal and Congressional Efforts to Disclose the CIA’s Black Budget
    HUD’s Missing Money, Catherine Fitts, Hamilton Securities and the CIA
    The Ultimate Beneficiary fot he CIA ‘Black Budget’: The Intelligence Community and the Second Manhattan Project
    Organized Crime, Drugs, and the CIA
    Estimating the Size of the CIA’s ‘unofficial’ Black Budget
    Table 2. Department of Defense (DoD) – Unsupported Accounting Entries 1998-2003
    Conventional Oversight System for the CIA’s and DoD’s Classified Programs
    Oversight of the CIA’s ‘Unofficial’ Black Budget & Manhattan II


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    This report examines the existence of a CIA ‘black budget’ and an extensive network of ‘deep black projects’ that it funds. The report identifies the legal framework established by the US Congress for the creation of a CIA ‘black budget’ from the appropriations earmarked for other federal agencies that are siphoned through the CIA as the sole conduit of black budget funds. The report investigates the legal challenges to the constitutionality of the CIA’s black budget; how the CIA uses its legal authority to extract appropriations from government agencies such as HUD; how the CIA launders non-appropriated money through other federal agencies; and the efforts the CIA goes to prevent these financial transfers from being exposed. Using as a case study the legal difficulties faced by an innovative mortgage finance company, Hamilton Securities, the report will argue that the CIA’s covert role in Hamilton’s demise is compelling evidence that the CIA was involved in funding irregularities in HUD. It will be finally argued that the size of black budget, the secrecy surrounding it, the extent senior officials in Federal agencies go to targeting individuals and companies that threaten to reveal where congressional appropriations are ultimately going, suggest a vast number of ‘deep black projects’ that collectively form a highly classified second Manhattan Project whose existence, goals and budget are kept secret.


    About the Author
    Dr. Michael E. Salla has held academic appointments in the School of International Service, American University, Washington DC (1996-2001), and the Department of Political Science, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (1994-96). He taught as an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University, Washington DC., in 2002. He is currently researching methods of Transformational Peace as a ‘Researcher in Residence’ at the Center for Global Peace/School of International Service, American University (2001-2004), and directing the Center’s Peace Ambassador Program. He has a PhD in Government from the University of Queensland, Australia, and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of The Hero’s Journey Toward a Second American Century (Greenwood Press, 2002); co-editor of Why the Cold War Ended (Greenwood Press, 1995) and Essays on Peace (Central Queensland University Press, 1995); and authored more than seventy articles, chapters, and book reviews on peace, ethnic conflict and conflict resolution. He has conducted research and fieldwork in the ethnic conflicts in East Timor, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Sri Lanka. He has organized a number of international workshops involving mid to high level participants from these conflicts. He has a website at

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    Primer VIII: Masonry:Intellectual Memory Bytes

    Posted by Tespid on December 5, 2009

    I just had a brain infarction… I’d rather say that than a brain fart. And it does not qualify as a eureka moment. Let’s just say, that the various bits of information that I go at from 1,000 different angles just from into a cohesive understanding. I received a request and welcomed it in. From my understanding I got a request to focus on religion and terrorist issues both domestic and foreign. My requestors are correct, I write about other issues to flesh a few things out here and there. Then running a series of articles I find to connect them to a thread that you as a reader may understand or benefit from the information.

    In my earlier years of reading and finding fascination machines in the code and dust of libraries and random conversation, I came across a video or some such on Masonry. The rise of Masonry in Europe was in direct opposition of religious control of government. If you know anything about European history it is fraught with religious wars founded by Catholicism insistence, Protestant reactionism and various  cults that gain influence and sustained it before the 19th century. So please, the controlling issues of radical Islam is nothing new to that region of the world. Masonry’s foundation then was  free thinking and rationalism. The stuff the Renaissance and Enlightenment propelled itself on.

    So here I am after reading a communica and looking for alternative news. Then it clicks. Same issue, different country, different year. If you watched the Matt Lauer interview with Dan Brown you can infer what you may not concretely know. The accepted line is that masonry established the Untied States of America. (And it was not Thomas Jefferson that had a damn thing to do with it, It was James Madison that constructed and wrote most of the Constitution. But that is a story for another day.) What I was trying to get at was remember the argument that separation between church and state is not i the Constitution. True it is not. It is an opinion in the U.S. supreme Court case that I can not remember that name of at the moment. But, as the opinion it becomes law. Also, religion is in the Bill of Rights; its status excludes it from the affairs of state by not being directly mentioned in the Constitution itself.

    The confusion in what I research came clear in the approach where religion is not an issue of the state in the guise of becoming a theocracy. The early history of masonry and freemasonry in the United States contains battles with the Catholic church, Baptists and other Anti-Masons to fight for control of this nation. It is a fight that can not and will not end. The pros and cons of the benefits of religion versus methodical logical thought are disillusioned in the realms of emotion, ethics and free will. Funny thing in all of this has to do with a conversation I had with a former co-worker. While on assignment we had a lengthy conversation about Catholics and Masons. I felt I was under interrogation, but apparently fielded the questions in a pleasing manner. He kept talking. In fact he talked the most. He told me that Masons do have a religion. It is Mormonism. He figured they will soon be in the white house as well. He also spoke of how Catholics still hate Masons now. As far as I knew, he knew nothing of what I have mention earlier in this passage, but it was intriguing to listen. I later found out that some have been trying to gauge my stance on the subject over all. Masons and Masonry that is. You never know who is behind a closed door.

    Someone will have to remind me one day to tell you the difference between Masons and Freemasons, because there is one. I got into an argument once with someone, but closed my mouth out of courtesy. My comments are just based on something I read, nothing important like actually living history.

    W.H. Tespid reporting

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    “Fringe” and the the fallout

    Posted by Tespid on December 3, 2009

    Barclays ‘questioned over terrorist blacklist’


    By Katherine Griffiths, Financial Services Editor
    Published: 12:01AM GMT 04 Mar 2008

    Barclays is being investigated by the US government over possible breaches of rules banning banks from doing business with states on a terrorist blacklist.

    The bank said it had been contacted by the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the New York district attorney with questions about payments made in dollars through its New York branch. The payments may have been made by people or companies from states which are on the US blacklist of nations it believes sponsor terrorism. That list includes Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.

    The US has banned banks from carrying out most transactions in dollars for clients from these countries to try to undermine terrorists’ ability to finance their activity.

    The probe, which has gone unnoticed until now, was referred to in Barclays’ notes to its annual 2007 results on February 19, where it warned “the potential financial effect of any resolution could be substantial”.

    In the past few years US banks have had to obey the rules, which carry heavy penalties and potential criminal prosecution. America is now putting increasing pressure on European banks to follow.

    ABN Amro was fined $80m (£40m) in civil penalties in 2005 for transactions through its New York offices which the US government said failed to meet the necessary controls on money laundering.

    The case dealt a serious blow to the credibility of the Dutch bank. ABN was sold following a bidding battle to a consortium led by Royal Bank of Scotland in October.

    RBS said in its annual results published last week that ABN is the subject of an ongoing criminal probe by the DoJ over the same issue. Negotiations over a possible $500m settlement are ongoing, RBS said.

    HSBC yesterday noted in its results that it has a “small representative office in Tehran”. HSBC said it recognised that should it break the US rules on sanctions, there would be “serious legal and reputational consequences”.

    America’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) polices companies to ensure sanctions are upheld.

    Certain foreign institutions are completely banned from making dollar payments, while in other cases “U-turn” transactions are permitted, whereby a dollar payment is legal as long as it does not start or end in the suspect country.

    European banks such as Barclays and RBS must follow US policies because they have large businesses there.

    Ellen Zimiles, chief executive of Daylight, which advises companies on compliance with OFAC and other laws, said: ” Non US institutions which operate in the US have to make sure their people have proper training and understand what the issues are.”

    Barclays said it was carrying out its own internal review. It said the outcome was unlikely to have “a material adverse effect” on its finances.

    Separately, Barclays said it was buying Russian lender Expobank for £373m in its first overseas acquisition since losing the bidding contest for ABN. The deal expands the empire of Frits Seegers, head of Barclays’ retail and commercial banking business.

    Expobank, with one of the largest networks of cash machines in Moscow, has net assets of £93m.

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