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    Sunday, June 29, 2008

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    More Evidence of the Criminal-Terrorist Nexus

    By Douglas Farah

    Those who are skeptical of the growing ties between drug trafficking organizations and terrorist groups-which I think will be the real war we will be fighting for many years, given the resources obtainable by drug trafficking organizations-should read the latest UN Office of Drugs and Crime report.

    Among the many interesting findings is that the two areas of greatest increase in illicit production of drugs in the world are in the hands of designated terrorist groups: the Taliban in Afghanistan and the FARC in Colombia.

    A third party involved in the expansion of drug production is Burma, a rogue criminal state. This bodes ill for the rest of the world.

    As Antonio Maria Costa, director of the agency, told the AP:

    "The explosion of narcotics in those areas is explained by their presence (the terrorist groups) and the protection they offer," Costa told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday.

    "I believe that slowly these people, although politically motivated at the beginning, are becoming a kind of organized crime," he said. "Money tends to stick to fingers, and a big lump of money becomes very problematic."

    The numbers should alarm policy makers and the intelligence and law enforcement communities. My full blog is here.


    What do they spend the money on?


    Al-Qaeda's Growing Online Offensive

    Posted by Soulskill on Sunday June 29, @09:54AM
    from the propaganda-made-easier dept.
    andy1307 brings us a story from the Washington Post about al-Qaeda's technological capabilities and the methods they use to protect themselves and their networks from opposing military forces. Quoting: "U.S. and European intelligence officials attribute the al-Qaeda propaganda boom in part to the network's ability to establish a secure base in the ungoverned tribal areas of western Pakistan. Analysts said that as-Sahab (AQ's propaganda network) is outfitted with some of the best technology available. Editors and producers use ultralight Sony Vaio laptops and top-end video cameras. Files are protected using PGP, or Pretty Good Privacy, a virtually unbreakable form of encryption software that is also used by intelligence agencies around the world. [Al-Fajr, a propaganda distribution network] is heavily decentralized, with its webmasters generally unaware of one another's true identities for security reasons, intelligence analysts said. It also has separate 'brigades' devoted to hacking, multimedia, cybersecurity and distribution."


    al Qaeda hacking their own, for $$$

    How to win the Info WAR

    How to break the DRUGS/ TERROR connection.

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