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Yorkshire detective arrested in fraud probe

Yorkshire detective arrested in fraud probe

A SENIOR detective from South Yorkshire Police was among 10 people detained by West Yorkshire officers probing fraud and money laundering offences.
Det Insp Shakeel Ahmed from Sandal, Wakefield, was questioned at Wakefield’s Wood Street Police Station following the swoops by police on homes and business premises in the Agbrigg and Sandal areas earlier in the week.

South Yorkshire Police have so far failed to comment on the arrest of DI Ahmed.

All those arrested were later released on bail pending further inquiries.

West Yorkshire Police have declined to give details of those arrested other than to say that nine were detained in Agbrigg and one in Sandal.

Police team to bug thugs

Police team to bug thugs

CAMERAS are the latest weapon to be used in the fight against crime.

Police officers in Rochford are filming and following prolific offenders to stop them committing more offences.

Operation Bug-A-Thug uses the same big brother- style tactics first trialled in Basildon.

Chief Insp Andy Prophet, of Rochford police, said: “Operation Bug-A-Thug is just good old-fashioned proactive policing.

“We will be following known local offenders and trouble-makers, very much along the lines of the best practice established in Operation Leopard in Basildon.

“We will make use of video cameras and everything else within our powers to track those we know are committing crime and antisocial behaviour.”

Police will only stop hounding the offenders if they agree to be referred to agencies which can help them break the cycle.

Tilehurst man planned to attack ‘non-British’ people using shrapnel bombs, Old Bailey hears

Tilehurst man planned to attack ‘non-British’ people using shrapnel bombs, Old Bailey hears

A NEO-Nazi from Tilehurst planned to unleash havoc against “non-British” people using shrapnel bombs, a jury heard today(Monday.)
Forty-three-year-old Neil Christopher Lewington had a bomb factory in the bedroom of the home he shared with his parents in Church End Lane, the Old Bailey jury in London was told.
Brian Altman QC, prosecuting, said officers found explosive chemicals and racist manuals including the Waffen SS UK Members’ Handbook and instructions on constructing devices.
His cache of hate literature and chemicals was discovered after Lewington was arrested for drunkenly abusing a female rail employee at Lowestoft train station in Suffolk on October 30 last year, it is claimed.
An RAF bomb disposal expert examined the contents of his holdall which included plastic bags, each containing a digital clock with three batteries glued to the back.
Another plastic bag contained a large box of firelighters attached to modified filament igniters and booster tubes containing match head and firework powder.
Later searches of Mr Lewington’s home revealed the Waffen SS handbook which contained drawings of electronics and chemical mixtures, jurors were told.
Mr Altman added: “In addition to all of that, the police discovered evidence that the defendant sympathised with and quite clearly adhered to white supremacist and racist views.
“The effect of these finds is to prove that this man, who had strong if not fanatical right-wing leanings and opinions, was on the cusp of embarking on a campaign of terrorism against those he considered non-British.”

Church of Scientology in Belgium to be prosecuted?

Church of Scientology in Belgium to be prosecuted?

A Belgian court will decide on Tuesday whether the Church of Scientology will be prosecuted.

Two years ago Belgian public prosecutors stated that the Church is a criminal organisation.

The prosecution, if it happens, will be a world first.

In September 2007 detectives completed an investigation into the Church of Scientology. The activities of the organisation during the past twelve years came under scrutiny.

Their verdict was not a flattering one.

The public prosecutor’s office claimed that the organisation was involved in fraud, blackmail of members and illegal medical practices.

This is all rather out-ethics, to say the least. For shame, Xenuphobes, for shame.

Mexico’s death cult protests shrine destruction

Mexico’s death cult protests shrine destruction

MEXICO CITY (AP) — About 200 worshippers marched Sunday to protest the government’s destruction of “Death Saint” shrines, saying Mexico’s fight against drug cartels has veered into religious persecution.

“We are believers, not criminals!” the protesters chanted as they marched from a gritty Mexico City neighborhood to the Metropolitan Cathedral downtown.

At shrines, chapels and small churches across the country, tens of thousands of people worship the Death Saint, which is often depicted as a robe-covered skeleton resembling the Grim Reaper.

It is popular with drug traffickers, and soldiers often find shrines to the saint during raids on cartel safe houses. But in crime-ridden neighborhoods, people of all walks of life believe the “Santa Muerte” protects against violent or untimely deaths. Devotees often use elements of Catholic rites, leaving offerings of candles or praying to the folk saint for protection.

Mexican law enforcement won’t say it is targeting the “Santa Muerte.” But last month, army troops accompanied workers who used back hoes to topple and crush more 30 shrines on a roadway in the city of Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Laredo, Texas. Many were elaborate, one-story, marble-clad constructions with electric lighting and statues of the skeletal Death Saint.

Sara Jane Olson: American Housewife, American Terrorist

Sara Jane Olson: American Housewife, American Terrorist

In one life, Sara Jane Olson was a doting, upper-class soccer mom who drove a Plymouth minivan and was a dynamite gourmet cook. In another, she was a terrorist—and a totem of the age of violent radicalism that erupted during the 1970s. Olson — nee Kathleen Ann Soliah, the infamous Symbionese Liberation Army fugitive — was released Tuesday from a California state prison, seven years after pleading guilty to participating in a deadly bank robbery and planting pipe bombs under police cars.

After a quarter-century on the lam, Olson’s imprisonment seemed to close a sordid chapter in the strange narrative of the SLA. But her early release from prison has resurrected a simmering debate: How should society treat a woman guilty of committing abhorrent crimes but who had seemingly transformed into a productive member of society?

Scientology to be put on trial in France for fraud

Scientology to be put on trial in France for fraud

Paris – The Church of Scientology, a controversial self-styled religion with many well-known Hollywood adherents, will be tried in Paris on charges of organized fraud, France-Info radio reported on Wednesday.

If found guilty, the church could be declared illegal and disbanded. French authorities have always considered that Scientology, which counts film stars Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its members, is a sect, not a religion.

History has a way of repeating itself. In 1978, L Ron Hubbard – founder of Scientology – was personally convicted of fraud in France, along with two assistants.

Boris Johnson: Gary McKinnon believes in little green men – but it doesn’t make him a terrorist

Boris Johnson: Gary McKinnon believes in little green men – but it doesn’t make him a terrorist

Way to go, Mr President. I think we can all agree that it has been a cracking first week. Apart from the swearing-in glitch – which was entirely the fault of that judge – I have supported just about everything that Barack Obama has done.

I liked the speech, and the promise that America is ready to lead again. It is good news that he is getting rid of Guantanamo and water-boarding and extraordinary rendition, all the dread apparatus of the Bush regime.

But before we all get too misty-eyed about the new era, and before Barack devotes himself entirely to the meltdown of the banks, there is one more thing in his diplomatic in-tray. There is one last piece of neocon lunacy that needs to be addressed, and Mr Obama could sort it out at the stroke of a pen.

In a legal nightmare that has lasted seven years, and cost untold millions to taxpayers both here and in America, the US Justice Department is persisting in its demented quest to extradite 43-year-old Londoner, Gary McKinnon.

To listen to the ravings of the US military, you would think that Mr McKinnon is a threat to national security on a par with Osama bin Laden. According to the Americans, this mild-mannered computer programmer has done more damage to their war-fighting capabilities than all the orange-pyjama-clad suspects of Guantanamo combined.

And how? He is a hacker.

More information on Gary McKinnon can be found at freegary.org.uk.

Athlete charged after photos show crime

Athlete charged after photos show crime

OLYMPIA — Prosecutors have charged Olympia mixed-martial-arts champion and avowed anarchist Jeff Monson with first-degree malicious mischief based on photographs published in a December edition of ESPN The Magazine that showed him spray-painting an anarchist symbol on the state Capitol, court papers state.

A warrant for Monson’s arrest was filed Wednesday in Thurston County Superior Court. Monson, 37, is charged with first-degree malicious mischief, a felony carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

The graffiti cost $19,000 to clean up, court papers state.

Police have sought the people responsible for spray-painting graffiti on columns on the north side of the Capitol on Nov. 26. The graffiti included anarchy symbols, a peace symbol and phrases such as “no war” and “no poverty.”

According to court papers, a State Patrol and an Olympia police detective recognized Monson as the source of the graffiti on footage captured by a camera at the Capitol, but the break in the case occurred after ESPN The Magazine published an article on Monson Dec. 29.

A photograph of Monson leaving graffiti on the Capitol was included with the article, court papers state.

Gaza victims’ burns increase concern over phosphorus

Gaza victims’ burns increase concern over phosphorus

Photographic evidence has emerged that proves that Israel has been using controversial white phosphorus shells during its offensive in Gaza, despite official denials by the Israel Defence Forces.

There is also evidence that the rounds have injured Palestinian civilians, causing severe burns. The use of white phosphorus against civilians is prohibited under international law.

The Times has identified stockpiles of white phosphorus (WP) shells from high-resolution images taken of Israel Defence Forces (IDF) artillery units on the Israeli-Gaza border this week. The pale blue 155mm rounds are clearly marked with the designation M825A1, an American-made WP munition. The shell is an improved version with a more limited dispersion of the phosphorus, which ignites on contact with oxygen, and is being used by the Israeli gunners to create a smoke screen on the ground.

The rounds, which explode into a shower of burning white streaks, were first identified by The Times at the weekend when they were fired over Gaza at the start of Israel’s ground offensive. Artillery experts said that the Israeli troops would be in trouble if they were banned from using WP because it is the simplest way of creating smoke to protect them from enemy fire.