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BBC News - Pablo Escobar’s hippos: A growing problem
"A herd of hippopotamuses once owned by the late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar has been taking over the countryside near his former ranch - and no-one quite knows what to do with them."
weird  crime 
1 hour ago by warrenellis
Jesus Malverde: Not Just a Narcosaint | R. Andrew Chesnut
"Malverde quickly earned a reputation as el bandido generoso, the generous bandit who stole from the rich and distributed the plunder to the needy. In the most popular version of the Malverde legend, the governor of Sinaloa, Francisco Cañedo, personally challenged Malverde to steal his sword or daughter, promising that if successful he would be granted a pardon. Malverde passed brazenly through the governor's mansion like a ghost and left a note stating "Jesus M. was here." Humiliated, the governor ordered him hanged with his arms tied behind his back. As a show of force, local authorities refused to allow Malverde to be buried and his body was left hanging until the bones fell to the ground. Over time, peasants threw small stones towards his remains as a sign of respect, eventually covering the body. "
cult  crime 
yesterday by warrenellis
She Tweeted Against the Mexican Cartels. They Tweeted Her Murder. - The Daily Beast
"Reynosa, a border city in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas located a short drive from McAllen, Texas. Tamaulipas is notorious as a state caught in the iron grip of organized crime. Extortion, kidnappings, shootouts, arson, bodies excavated from arid pits, all of this happens in Tamaulipas, practically on a daily basis, but hardly any of it gets reported because of a media blackout the cartels decreed four years ago that is as strictly enforced as martial law after a coup."
cities  crime 
yesterday by warrenellis
Hong Kong police deny using triads to disrupt protests - video | World news | The Guardian
"Hong Kong's assistant police commissioner denies allegations that criminal gangs were called in to disrupt protests in the city. Thugs punched and kicked pro-democracy protesters on Friday night, drawing blood as they tore down their tents and attempted to force them out. Meanwhile, tensions remain high on Saturday between pro-government and Occupy groups"
crime  pol 
17 days ago by warrenellis
Android security mystery - 'fake’ cellphone towers found in U.S.
"Seventeen mysterious cellphone towers have been found in America which look like ordinary towers, and can only be identified by a heavily customized handset built for Android security – but have a much more malicious purpose, according to Popular Science."
spook  security  crime  comms 
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
BBC News - The death list that names 5,000 victims
"A year ago, a Dutch prosecutor published a list of 5,000 names, which immediately led to scenes of public mourning in Afghanistan. These were the names of people killed after a communist coup d'etat in 1978 - and some of those with blood on their hands are now living in Europe."
crime 
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
BLDGBLOG: Emergency Exit
"Marketed as a tool for urban warfare with—wouldn't you know it—handy civilian uses on the side, the SkySaver system's goal is to let you escape from, say, a building siege or a hotel fire. "
design  war  crime 
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
Rise of the Super Drug Tunnels + Subtraction.com
"This short film from Reason takes a look at the struggle against the ever increasing number of tunnels being dug by drug cartels to transport drugs from Mexico into the United States. It focuses on Joe Garcia, a deputy special agent with the Department of Homeland Security and head of the San Diego Tunnel Task Force, who has discovered and shut down over two hundred tunnels since 1990, even as new ones continue to proliferate. It also features insightful commentary from David Shirk, associate professor of international relations and director of the Justice in Mexico project at the University of San Diego, who argues that simply throwing more money at the government agencies fighting this problem is a futile solution; “You can’t fight markets,” he says."
crime  pol  money 
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a TerroristThe Intercept
"The rulebook, which The Intercept is publishing in full, was developed behind closed doors by representatives of the nation’s intelligence, military, and law-enforcement establishment, including the Pentagon, CIA, NSA, and FBI. Emblazoned with the crests of 19 agencies, it offers the most complete and revealing look into the secret history of the government’s terror list policies to date. It reveals a confounding and convoluted system filled with exceptions to its own rules, and it relies on the elastic concept of “reasonable suspicion” as a standard for determining whether someone is a possible threat."
pol  surveillance  spook  war  crime 
11 weeks ago by warrenellis
Privacy under attack: the NSA files revealed new threats to democracy | Technology | The Guardian
"What if every book for the past 500 years had been reporting its readers at headquarters?"
surveillance  pol  comms  war  crime 
may 2014 by warrenellis
Man suspected of cannibalism arrested in Pakistan; police say he and brother are repeat offenders | Toronto Star
ISLAMABAD—Police in central Pakistan arrested a man Monday suspected of cannibalism after finding body parts including a skull that may have belonged to a child in his house, officials said.
crime 
april 2014 by warrenellis
Sentient Developments: Bioengineered monkeys with human genetic diseases have almost arrived — and that's awful
"Looking to create more accurate experimental models for human diseases, biologists have created transgenic monkeys with "customized" mutations. It's considered a breakthrough in the effort to produce more human-like monkeys — but the ethics of all this are dubious at best."
med  crime  pol 
february 2014 by warrenellis
Island of Terror: Don't Get Mad, Get Murderous
"Britain’s own The Angry Brigade took a gentler approach, trying to avoid hurting anyone if possible but, ultimately, they proved to be utterly ineffectual and got caught and imprisoned, so it was not a massively successful policy. I’m glad that they didn’t kill anybody, of course, but they might have got further if they had."
pol  crime  war 
february 2014 by warrenellis
BBC News - Pussy Riot whipped at Sochi Games by Cossacks
"Russian protest group Pussy Riot have been beaten with horsewhips by Cossacks who are helping patrol Sochi during the Winter Olympics."
crime  pol 
february 2014 by warrenellis
Law Enforcement Can Identify Suspects From Reflections In Your Eye – ReadWrite
"The scientists positioned a group of eight people in front of "bystanders" and, using a 30 megapixel digital camera, photographed the latter's faces in high resolution. By zooming in on the eyes, they managed to extract facial images that—though fuzzy or highly pixelated—were still identifiable."
crime  tech 
february 2014 by warrenellis
Taking Down Silicon Valley's Electrical Grid with Rifles? - Global Guerrillas
"Last year, one or two people shot up a electrical substation in central California that fed Silicon Valley.  As is usual in this type of attack, it was successful yet nobody was arrested or hurt -- which makes attacks like this easier to recruit for and easier to repeat."
war  crime 
february 2014 by warrenellis
Why Syria Is the Most Dangerous Place To Be a Journalist
"For the second year running, more journalists have been killed in Syria than anywhere else in the world, according to a report released Monday by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). In 2013, 29 were killed there in the course of reporting; in 2012, the grim toll reached 31."
war  crime 
december 2013 by warrenellis
Reconciliation – The New Inquiry
"...torturers expressing their disappointment in the tortured. This disappointment quickly becomes anger. What is the matter with these blacks? The tortured act troubled, it is observed. They consistently fail to live up to the hopes the torturers have for them."
war  crime 
december 2013 by warrenellis
Two-Decade Review Yields History of Covert Action in Congo
"“At the same time, based on authorization from President Eisenhower’s statements at an NSC meeting on August 18, 1960, discussions began to develop highly sensitive, tightly-held plans to assassinate Lumumba. After Lumumba’s death at the hands of Congolese rivals in January 1961, the U.S. Government authorized the provision of paramilitary and air support to the new Congolese Government….”"
war  crime  spook  intel 
december 2013 by warrenellis
Angels and Demons
"The deliverance ceremonies designed to bring children out from under the spell of witchcraft can be traumatic and even dangerous. According to Mulinde, the patient often becomes violent and vomits. At one such ceremony in Cameroon earlier this year, a 9-year-old girl died as the pastor attempted to cast out evil spirits. Even after the demons are exorcised, the victims are often stigmatized for life. "Their houses have been stoned and sometimes have been burned," Mulinde says. "Even the chiefs [traditional local authorities] tell them to migrate from [their villages]." Abandoned by their families and banished from their homes, accused witches sometimes end up living on the streets, where they are particularly vulnerable to trafficking, prostitution, homelessness, and death from exposure."
cult  crime 
december 2013 by warrenellis
What is the meaning of the 'vampire graves' unearthed in Poland? | World news | The Guardian
In 2008, archaeologists found a 4,000-year-old grave in Mikulovice in the Czech Republic in which the skeleton had been weighed down at the head and the chest by two large stones. "Remains treated in this way are now considered as vampiric," Radko Sedlacek, the director of the East Bohemia Museum, told reporters at the time. "The dead man's contemporaries were afraid that he might leave his grave and return to the world."
crime  cult  occult  weird 
july 2013 by warrenellis
How Inspire Magazine Motivates Acts of Terrorism | Analysis Intelligence
"The Boston bombing investigation continues to reveal new information on the two primary suspects, but quietly reported last Friday was the discovery of jihadi propaganda Inspire Magazine - produced by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) - on a computer belonging to the elder Tsarnaev brother’s widow. The publication, particularly its first issue containing instructions for building a pressure cooker bomb, was spotlighted as a possible resource immediately after the bombings."
crime  pol  war  magazines 
may 2013 by warrenellis
Meet Cody Wilson, the anarchist behind the world's first 3-D printed gun
"Yes, it's undetectable, but more importantly it's unobservable by institutions and countries and sovereigns.... This might be a politically important object."
crime  war  fabbing  pol 
may 2013 by warrenellis
Tracking gunfire with a smartphone
"You are walking down the street with a friend. A shot is fired. The two of you duck behind the nearest cover and you pull out your smartphone. A map of the neighborhood pops up on its screen with a large red arrow pointing in the direction the shot came from."
tech  crime  war  phones 
april 2013 by warrenellis
BBC News - Tenerife beheading: Murder suspect 'haunted by voices'
"Answering questions in Bulgarian via an interpreter, Mr Deyanov said voices had told him he was "an angel of Jesus Christ who is going to create a new Jerusalem"."
crime 
february 2013 by warrenellis
Food Deaths: the Annual 9/11 « Ultraphyte
"Each year, 130,000 Americans are hospitalized and 3,000 die of contaminated food."
eco  crime 
january 2013 by warrenellis
Parties Tangle Over Discovery in Kiriakou Leak Case | Secrecy News
“The government must prove only that the defendant had a ‘reason to believe’ that the information ‘could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation’…. The defendant’s intent to injure or serve the United States is not at issue.”
crime  war  intel 
october 2012 by warrenellis
A Real-Time Map of Global Cyberattacks - Global - The Atlantic Wire
"Cyberattacks are happening constantly across the globe, and now you can see what that looks in real-time with this map by the Honeynet Project that shows so many attacks, it looks and feels like it's straight out of an apocalyptic war movie."
dataviz  comms  war  crime 
october 2012 by warrenellis
Stone Age people may have battled against a zombie apocalypse | MNN - Mother Nature Network
Archaeologists working in Europe and the Middle East have recently unearthed evidence of a mysterious Stone Age "skull-smashing" culture, according to New Scientist. Human skulls buried underneath an ancient settlement in Syria were found detached from their bodies with their faces smashed in. Eerily, it appears that the skulls were exhumed and detached from their bodies several years after originally being buried. It was then that they were smashed in and reburied separate from their bodies.
history  crime  vahana 
august 2012 by warrenellis
Police Find 49 Bodies by a Highway in Mexico - NYTimes.com
"Forty-nine mutilated bodies were found dumped along a highway on Sunday near Monterrey, Mexico’s third-largest city, according to officials."
crime  drugs  war  pol 
may 2012 by warrenellis
BBC News - MI6 inquest shown video of holdall in bath
"As the pictures were shown to the court, Mrs Sebire and coroner Fiona Wilcox agreed that at no point did anyone seem to be following him." Because, of course, if you were a kill team tasked to kill a man without leaving an obvious cause of death, fold his body into a holdall and padlock it shut, and then probably leave four years' worth of women's clothes in his flat, you'd be DAMN sure to get yourself seen on CCTV, wouldn't you?
crime  pol 
april 2012 by warrenellis
Religious cult leader, "God in the flesh," pleads guilty to lesser sex crime
"Dalton told his then 15-year-old daughter he was ‘the Holy Ghost’ and promised her she would be ‘blessed’ before forcing her to have sex with him. Prosecutors said he also condoned an ‘impression’ that Geody Harman, 38, said he had received indicating that he needed to have sex with the girl. Within the sect Harman was referred to as ‘God in the flesh.’"
crime  cult 
april 2012 by warrenellis
Swedish town rocked by second child exorcism
"At one point her parents held her down and tried to stick live wires in her mouth to release the evil spirits through electrical shocks."
crime  cult 
april 2012 by warrenellis
BBC News - Brazil murder suspects 'confess to cannibalism'
"He said one of the female suspects had claimed to have used some of the flesh of her alleged victims for making pasties, which she allegedly sold in Garanhuns. Mr Oliveira said the three would be charged with murder, kidnapping, hiding bodies, fraud and offences against public health."
crime 
april 2012 by warrenellis
Bangladesh's teenage brothels hold dark steroid secret | Reuters
"Also known as Dexamethasone, Oradexon treats inflammation and allergies in humans and is used by farmers to fatten livestock."
crime 
april 2012 by warrenellis
Did El Salvador cut a deal with the gangs to bring down violence? | FP Passport
"With the world's second-highest homicide rate, (around 66 per 100,000 people) it's not surprising that El Salvador might take drastic measures to stop the killing. But a sudden drop in homicides is raising questions about just what the infamous MS-13 gang is getting in return..."
crime  pol 
march 2012 by warrenellis
How secret renditions shed light on MI6's licence to kill and torture | World news | The Guardian
"Section 7 of the 1994 Intelligence Services Act offers protection not only to spies involved in bugging or bribery, but also to any who become embroiled in far more serious matters, such as murder, kidnap or torture – as long as their actions have been authorised in writing by a secretary of state."
war  pol  crime 
february 2012 by warrenellis
Hidden Communal Guns Are More Common - NYTimes.com
"Somebody said, ‘Get the Waka Flocka.’ Two men broke off, crossed East 161st Street, entered the lobby of an apartment building, approached the bank of 207 mailboxes and opened one. Waka Flocka is the name of a rapper. But to these men, the phrase described something else. The community gun."
crime  social 
february 2012 by warrenellis
Doyle McManus: U.S. targeted killing program needs discussion - latimes.com
"We needed a court order to eavesdrop on him," Hayden notes, "but we didn't need a court order to kill him. Isn't that something?"
drones  war  pol  crime 
february 2012 by warrenellis
Industrial salt sold as food salt in Iceland for 13 years
""The salt is not safe because foreign entities can be found in it, for example rocks, metals and other things that are filtered out of table salt," Reykjavik Health Protection Authority official Oskar Isfeld Sigurdsson told the daily Frettabladid."
crime 
january 2012 by warrenellis
India orders crackdown on 'human safaris' in the Andaman Islands | World news | The Observer
"In the footage an off-camera police officer orders partly naked Jarawa women to dance for tourists in return for food."
crime 
january 2012 by warrenellis
Saudi woman executed for ‘witchcraft and sorcery’
"Amnesty International says the charge of sorcery has often been used in Saudi Arabia to punish people, generally after unfair trials, for exercising their right to freedom of speech or religion."
crime 
december 2011 by warrenellis
Skull Candy
"Ad-hoc interview with a member of BOPE – background reading particularly the report entitled “They Come in Shooting” by Amnesty International recommended. Their working schedule changes daily spending a straight 36 hours in the field. “I carry three or four spare mobile phone batteries”."
crime 
december 2011 by warrenellis
Man questioned over woman burned alive in lift | World news | guardian.co.uk
"A man is being questioned by police in connection with the death of a woman burned alive in the lift of her New York City apartment building."
crime 
december 2011 by warrenellis
Couple's nude photo shoot inside their dead horse - Boing Boing
"After Elizabeth Herrick and her boyfriend "euthanized" their 32-year-old horse with a rifle, they gutted it and Herrick climbed inside its carcass for a nude photo session."
crime 
november 2011 by warrenellis
Russia: Mummified Bodies Found At Historian's Home
"Ministry spokesman Valery Gribakin said Monday that the suspect from the Volga River city of Nizhny Novgorod dug up the bodies at several cemeteries in the region. The man, whose identity was withheld, dressed them in clothes dug up from the graves."
crime 
november 2011 by warrenellis
Donor in Liam Fox scandal revealed as defence lobbyist Stephen Crouch | Politics | The Guardian
"Crouch is registered at Companies House as a director under the name Stephen Crouch Plantard de St Clair. Pierre Plantard de St Clair was a notorious French hoaxer who died in 2000, and who fabricated the legend of the so-called Priory of Sion, which figured in the best-selling fantasy thriller The Da Vinci Code."
pol  crime 
october 2011 by warrenellis
Iranians Bristle as Banking Scandal Widens - IPS ipsnews.net
"A banking scandal, identified by Iranian authorities as the "largest embezzlement in the country's banking history", has further shaken confidence in the government whose legitimacy was already under question after the contested results of the 2009 presidential election."
money  pol  crime 
october 2011 by warrenellis
BBC News - Murder victim Maire Rankin 'beaten with crucifix'
"Prof Jack Crane said Mrs Rankin had bruising on her chin consistent with the crown of thorns on Jesus' head."
crime  cult 
september 2011 by warrenellis
BBC News - S Korea holds North defector 'in poison-needle plot'
"South Korean officials have arrested a North Korean defector on suspicion of plotting to kill high-profile activist Park Sang-hak, reports from Seoul say."
crime  pol  war 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Guernica / Joanna Eede: Brazilian Indians Demand Shell Leave Their Land
"Indians of the Guarani tribe in Brazil have demanded that energy giant Shell stop using their ancestral land for ethanol production."
war  pol  crime  energy 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Guernica / Majed Neisi: The Heroin Lab of Darayem
"“Since the Taliban moved in, we can plant the poppy. The people are not starving anymore, because they have opium. And if the government tries to bully us, we have weapons.”"
war  pol  crime  drugs 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Guernica / Joanna Eede: “Trucks of Men” Brutally Attack Indigenous Brazilians
This is one of a series of attacks on these Guarani since the beginning of August 2011. It follows attempts by the Indians to reclaim their ancestral land, which was seized by ranchers in the 1970s and has been occupied ever since.
war  pol  crime 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Bodies hanging from bridge in Mexico are warning to social media users - CNN.com
Two posters left near the bodies declared that the pair -- a young man and woman -- were killed for posting denouncements of drug cartel activities on a social network.
crime  pol  drugs  war 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Ex-cop acquitted of rape, Kenneth Moreno, won't face charges after heroin found in police locker
A disgraced ex-cop acquitted of raping a drunk Manhattan woman won't face drug charges after heroin was found in his police precinct locker.
crime  drugs 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Cable reference id: #06NEWDELHI4667
"an "encounter killing" -- an extrajudicial execution framed to look like the police foiled a bona fide terrorist attack. In some cases the victim is killed while in custody or after having been unofficially arrested, and brought to a (usually) isolated location where the officers later announce they had prevailed in a shoot-out with a hardened criminal or hard-core terrorist."
crime  war  pol 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Inside the spy unit that NYPD says doesn't exist - Yahoo!
Working with the CIA, the New York Police Department maintained a list of "ancestries of interest" and dispatched undercover officers to monitor Muslim businesses and social groups, according to new documents that offer a rare glimpse inside an intelligence program the NYPD insists doesn't exist.
pol  crime  war 
august 2011 by warrenellis
Guernica / Noam Chomsky: Drug Cartels and the Growing Border War
..."about 80% of the businesses in Mexico are involved in one manner or another with the drug racket. Now once you start publishing things like that and looking into it, you’re getting to the power centers of Mexican society, and they’re simply not going to want to be exposed." If they can use the drug assassins to stop it, they will.
drugs  war  crime  pol 
august 2011 by warrenellis
LINKS: August 20, 2011 - Global Guerrillas
"Many communities previously relied on the drug gangs for services from water to wireless internet, and critics have pointed out that the state has been slow to replace them."
crime  pol 
august 2011 by warrenellis
The Property Clerk Division
the 80′s they began melting handguns down in a foundry in Pennsylvania.
crime 
august 2011 by warrenellis
Finding Evidence
NYPD Property Clerk Division
crime 
august 2011 by warrenellis
Tracking crime in real time
The algorithm works like a computerized sleuth, taking pieces of information such as phone calls, emails, or credit card interactions and reducing them to a set of random variables for further analysis.
crime  tech  svk+lives 
august 2011 by warrenellis
Shop for Spies and Would-Be Spies - NYTimes.com
Requests for cellphone debugging exams ($150), in which phones are examined for tracking devices and software, are up, as are sales of Spy Shops’ $1,800 cellphones, equipped with built-in scramblers to prevent conversations from being monitored.
tech  crime  comms  phones  gm 
august 2011 by warrenellis
Child 'drought brides' sold secretly in Kenya - TrustLaw
Now young girls are being sold, according to locals, for as little as 15,000 Kenyan shillings ($168).
crime  pol 
august 2011 by warrenellis
The Life and Madness of Edward H. Rulloff | Victorian Gothic
"Rulloff was a murderer and a thief whose savant-like intelligence and erudition have invited comparison to Doyle’s Professor Moriarty. He committed robberies throughout his life in order to fund his grandiose research into the science of philology; an obsession that may have had unrecognized origins in a deep-seated sense of remorse."
crime  history 
june 2011 by warrenellis
25 years after Rajneeshee commune collapsed, truth spills out -- Part 1 of 5 | OregonLive.com
"In a nearly unbelievable chapter of Oregon history, a guru from India gathered 2,000 followers to live on a remote eastern Oregon ranch. The dream collapsed 25 years ago amid attempted murders, criminal charges and deportations. But the whole story was never made public. With first-ever access to government files, and some participants willing to talk for the first time, it's clear things were far worse than we realized..."
crime  cult 
may 2011 by warrenellis
CONSTANT SIEGE - New Statesman - No limits to the law in New Orleans
"...Paul Craig Roberts, a former editor of the Wall Street Journal and former assistant secretary to the treasury under Ronald Reagan, wrote recently: “Police in the US now rival criminals, and exceed terrorists as the greatest threat to the American public.”..."
crime 
may 2011 by warrenellis
Brazil's 'Josef Fritzl' decapitated | Herald Sun
"The rioters reportedly requested a kilo of cannabis as ransom for freeing other hostages and putting an end to the uprising."
crime 
february 2011 by warrenellis
Followers of Ramtha cult murder police officer
"A further controversial issue regarding Ramtha’s teachings involves the so-called end times, which are linked to a belief that the Mayan civilization predicted the world would end in 2012. Some of the cult’s students believe that they can obtain powers to raise the dead, freeze a rocket in mid-air, make gold appear out of thin air, and predict the future."
cult  crime 
january 2011 by warrenellis

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