Daily Archives: August 6, 2009

Blackwater Founder Implicated in Murder

The Nation | Aug 4, 2009

By Jeremy Scahill

erik-princeA former Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on August 3 in federal court in Virginia. The two men claim that the company’s owner, Erik Prince, may have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company. The former employee also alleges that Prince “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe,” and that Prince’s companies “encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life.”

In their testimony, both men also allege that Blackwater was smuggling weapons into Iraq. One of the men alleges that Prince turned a profit by transporting “illegal” or “unlawful” weapons into the country on Prince’s private planes. They also charge that Prince and other Blackwater executives destroyed incriminating videos, emails and other documents and have intentionally deceived the US State Department and other federal agencies. The identities of the two individuals were sealed out of concerns for their safety.

These allegations, and a series of other charges, are contained in sworn affidavits, given under penalty of perjury, filed late at night on August 3 in the Eastern District of Virginia as part of a seventy-page motion by lawyers for Iraqi civilians suing Blackwater for alleged war crimes and other misconduct. Susan Burke, a private attorney working in conjunction with the Center for Constitutional Rights, is suing Blackwater in five separate civil cases filed in the Washington, DC, area. They were recently consolidated before Judge T.S. Ellis III of the Eastern District of Virginia for pretrial motions. Burke filed the August 3 motion in response to Blackwater’s motion to dismiss the case. Blackwater asserts that Prince and the company are innocent of any wrongdoing and that they were professionally performing their duties on behalf of their employer, the US State Department.

The former employee, identified in the court documents as “John Doe #2,” is a former member of Blackwater’s management team, according to a source close to the case. Doe #2 alleges in a sworn declaration that, based on information provided to him by former colleagues, “it appears that Mr. Prince and his employees murdered, or had murdered, one or more persons who have provided information, or who were planning to provide information, to the federal authorities about the ongoing criminal conduct.” John Doe #2 says he worked at Blackwater for four years; his identity is concealed in the sworn declaration because he “fear[s] violence against me in retaliation for submitting this Declaration.” He also alleges, “On several occasions after my departure from Mr. Prince’s employ, Mr. Prince’s management has personally threatened me with death and violence.”

In a separate sworn statement, the former US marine who worked for Blackwater in Iraq alleges that he has “learned from my Blackwater colleagues and former colleagues that one or more persons who have provided information, or who were planning to provide information about Erik Prince and Blackwater have been killed in suspicious circumstances.” Identified as “John Doe #1,” he says he “joined Blackwater and deployed to Iraq to guard State Department and other American government personnel.” It is not clear if Doe #1 is still working with the company as he states he is “scheduled to deploy in the immediate future to Iraq.” Like Doe #2, he states that he fears “violence” against him for “submitting this Declaration.” No further details on the alleged murder(s) are provided.

“Mr. Prince feared, and continues to fear, that the federal authorities will detect and prosecute his various criminal deeds,” states Doe #2. “On more than one occasion, Mr. Prince and his top managers gave orders to destroy emails and other documents. Many incriminating videotapes, documents and emails have been shredded and destroyed.”

The Nation cannot independently verify the identities of the two individuals, their roles at Blackwater or what motivated them to provide sworn testimony in these civil cases. Both individuals state that they have previously cooperated with federal prosecutors conducting a criminal inquiry into Blackwater.

“It’s a pending investigation, so we cannot comment on any matters in front of a Grand Jury or if a Grand Jury even exists on these matters,” John Roth, the spokesperson for the US Attorney’s office in the District of Columbia, told The Nation. “It would be a crime if we did that.” Asked specifically about whether there is a criminal investigation into Prince regarding the murder allegations and other charges, Roth said: “We would not be able to comment on what we are or are not doing in regards to any possible investigation involving an uncharged individual.”

The Nation repeatedly attempted to contact spokespeople for Prince or his companies at numerous email addresses and telephone numbers. When a company representative was reached by phone and asked to comment, she said, “Unfortunately no one can help you in that area.” The representative then said that she would pass along The Nation’s request. As this article goes to press, no company representative has responded further to The Nation.

Doe #2 states in the declaration that he has also provided the information contained in his statement “in grand jury proceedings convened by the United States Department of Justice.” Federal prosecutors convened a grand jury in the aftermath of the September 16, 2007, Nisour Square shootings in Baghdad, which left seventeen Iraqis dead. Five Blackwater employees are awaiting trial on several manslaughter charges and a sixth, Jeremy Ridgeway, has already pleaded guilty to manslaughter and attempting to commit manslaughter and is cooperating with prosecutors. It is not clear whether Doe #2 testified in front of the Nisour Square grand jury or in front of a separate grand jury.

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New ‘unforgeable’ ID cards cloned and reprogrammed in 12 minutes

UK national ID card

Flawed: The new ID card design, with the same data we were able to forge

New ID cards are supposed to be ‘unforgeable’ – but it took our expert 12 minutes to clone one, and programme it with false data

Daily Mail | Aug 6, 2009

By Steve Boggan

Adam Laurie is no ordinary hacker. In the world of computing, he is considered a genius – a man whose talents are used by government departments and blue-chip companies to guard against terrorists and cyber-criminals.

But even by his standards, what he is about to demonstrate is mind-boggling – and deeply disturbing.

Laurie is holding one of 51,000 ID cards issued by the Home Office to foreign nationals currently working or studying in Britain.

It is similar to the ID card for British citizens unveiled last week by Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, as part of the Government’s ongoing National Identity Scheme.

Embedded inside the card for foreigners is a microchip with the details of its bearer held in electronic form: name, date of birth, physical characteristics, fingerprints and so on, together with other information such as immigration status and whether the holder is entitled to State benefits.

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This chip is the vital security measure that, so the Government believes, will make identity cards ‘unforgeable’.

But as I watch, Laurie picks up a mobile phone and, using just the handset and a laptop computer, electronically copies the ID card microchip and all its information in a matter of minutes.

He then creates a cloned card, and with a little help from another technology expert, he changes all the information the card contains – the physical details of the bearer, name, fingerprints and so on. And he doesn’t stop there.

With a few more keystrokes on his computer, Laurie changes the cloned card so that whereas the original card holder was not entitled to benefits, the cloned chip now reads ‘Entitled to benefits’.

As a chilling twist, he adds a message that would be visible to any police officer or security official who scanned the card: ‘I am a terrorist – shoot on sight.’

And all of this has been done in such a way as to fool the electronic readers intended to check the ID card’s authenticity. It is, quite simply, a terrifying achievement.

For the implications of what he has demonstrated could scarcely be more serious. Laurie’s fake card could be used to fool banks, commit fraud and maybe even illegally claim benefits or free NHS care.

More disturbing still, it could be used to cover the tracks of terrorists planning atrocities on British or foreign soil. By any sensible measure, his demonstration, as part of a special Mail investigation, should be the final nail in the coffin of the Government’s £5.4-billion ID scheme.

The card unveiled by the Home Secretary will not hit the streets until the end of this year, so Laurie has not had the chance to test the precise design.

But according to the UK Identity And Passport Service, it is essentially the same and potentially just as vulnerable as the Home Office’s ‘foreign nationals’ card we tested.

‘It is the same technology,’ a spokesman told me. ‘We’re not running two different systems. It is just the facade that is different.’

This does not augur well for the reputation of the supposedly fail-safe ID card. The Government says the scheme will be rolled out only on a ‘voluntary’ basis, beginning with a trial run in Manchester in November.

But if Labour wins the next General Election and continues with its current policy, the scheme will be expanded nationwide by 2012.

And, as many banks, businesses and public service providers start to require an ID card as part of routine identity checks, Labour hopes the public will feel it has little option other than to ‘opt in’ to carrying a card, if only to make life simpler.

Standard Nokias come equipped with chip-scanning software

Standard Nokias come equipped with chip-scanning software

But would you volunteer for one? The Government insists the technology is totally secure. This investigation shows that the very opposite is true.

Our inquiries began last December, when Adam Laurie and I approached the Home Office with our suspicions that ID cards for foreign nationals, issued for the first time just one month earlier, were potentially flawed.

Officials agreed to meet us to discuss our concerns – then cancelled at the last minute. So we decided to test the system for ourselves. It took us several months to persuade a foreign student to lend us his card to examine. But when we got one, even we were shocked by what we found.

Within 12 minutes of laying his hands on it, Laurie had made a clone. I’ll explain what he did next, but first some background.

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Mexico to issue citizens national identity card

AP | Jul 28, 2009

MEXICO CITY — President Felipe Calderon says Mexico will start issuing nationwide identity cards for its citizens starting this year, and by 2012 everyone will have one.

The cards will carry the bearer’s photograph. It will also include information on fingerprints and biometric data, including facial and iris scans, on a magnetic strip.

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Most Mexicans currently use their voter ID cards for identification. They contain a photo, signature and one fingerprint. They will continue to be issued.

Interior Secretary Fernando Gomez Mont said Tuesday the new cards will help in the fight against organized crime, and ensure transparency in government aid programs.

Drug traffickers frequently use false identification documents to evade law enforcement.

Congress eyes biometric authentication for job eligibility

IDG News Service | Jul 22, 2009

by Jaikumar Vijayan

In a move likely to worry opponents of a national ID card, some lawmakers in Congress are proposing that biometrics be used to authenticate the identity of anyone seeking a job in the U.S.

In a move likely to heighten concerns among opponents of a national ID card, some lawmakers are proposing that biometrics be used to authenticate the identity of anyone seeking a job in the U.S.

At a hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship, lawmakers from both parties expressed broad support Tuesday for strengthening the E-Verify online employment eligibility verification program with biometrics.

The chairman of the subcommittee, Sen. Charles Schumer, (D-N.Y.), said that E-Verify only checks whether the name, date of birth, citizenship status and other details provided by a job applicant match those in official records from the Social Security Administration and the IRS. The process does little to stop identity thieves and those using identity credentials fraudulently from working illegally in the U.S.

“It is not difficult for illegal workers to scam the system,” because there’s no reliable way check identities, he said.

What is needed is a “tough, fair and effective employment verification system” that relies on the use of a “non-forgeable” biometric identifier, such as fingerprints or palm prints and digital photos, to authenticate the identities of job seekers, he said. Only with such a system is it possible for employers to reliably check the eligibility of new hires, he said.

Schumer’s sentiments were echoed by Sen. John Cornyn, (R-Texas), who also backed the use of “secure, tamper proof” ID cards for employment eligibility verification. Cornyn called the E-Verify system “broken” and said the system needs better direction, legal authority and resources.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, (D-Ill.), urged Congress to ignore “naysayers” opposed to biometric authentication. With adequate security, privacy protections and care, a biometric-based employment verification system is the “only hope” for dealing with illegal employment, he said.

While the lawmakers stressed the need for adequate checks and balances — and a close eye on costs — the proposals are sure to add fuel to the already a contentious debate over the use of E-Verify.

That program, run jointly by the Department of Homeland Security’s Citizen and Immigration Services unit and the Social Security Administration (SSA), is a free Internet-based system that lets employers compare job application information against DHS and SSA data. Starting Sept. 8, federal contracts will be awarded only to employers that use the online E-Verify system to make sure new workers are legally allowed to work in the U.S.

According to the DHS, the SSA database holds some 425 million records, while the DHS immigration databases hold more than 60 million. In most cases, employers get search results in seconds. The system has processed a total of 6 million employee verification requests since last October.

While supporters of the system say it is sorely needed to weed out undocumented workers, critics argue that the program is unreliable. Critics have contended that some information stored in the SSA and DHS databases is flawed or outdated and hasn’t been updated for years. They also contend that people could be deemed ineligible to work in the U.S. due to common misspellings or because of name changes, and note that those with flawed data have little recourse to challenge inaccurate results.

At yesterday’s hearing, for instance, Sen. Russ Feingold, (D-Wis.) said the E-Verify data set is “filled with errors” and has incorrect data on more than 12 million people. If the program were to become mandatory, it would result in at least 600,000 people being incorrectly deemed ineligible to work in the U.S., Feingold said. “That kind of error rate makes the system unworkable,” he said.

Adding a biometric component to the E-Verify program will only will further “invade Americans’ privacy and create a new employment blacklist,” the American Civil Liberties Union warned in testimony submitted to the subcommittee. “From a practical point of view, a biometric system is the worst of both worlds,” ACLU counsel Chris Calabrese wrote. Under the biometric ID system, individuals would need to visit a government agency, provide proof of identity and then have their fingerprint or some other biometric recorded. That biometric would then either be put into a database or on an ID card.

“This is a quintessential national ID system,” Calabrese wrote.

Refusing vaccination labels you a “criminal”, so says WHO

Farm Wars | Jul 30, 2009

by Marti Oakley

The World Health Organization determined in 2005 it has the authority to dissolve sovereign governments and take control should there be a “pandemic”. This applies to any country signed onto WHO….which of course we are. The WHO just raised this non-existent pandemic to level 4.

From the WHO 2005 declaration: (excerpted) “ Under special pandemic plans enacted around the world including the USA, in 2005, national governments are to be dissolved in the event of a pandemic emergency and replaced by special crisis committees, which take charge of the health and security infrastructure of a country, and which are answerable to the WHO and EU in Europe and to the WHO and UN in North America.

If the Model Emergency Health Powers Act is implemented on the instructions of WHI, it will be a criminal offence for Americans to refuse the vaccine. Police are allowed to use deadly force against “criminal” suspects. Here are ten key points associated with MSEHPA:

Under the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act, upon the declaration of a “public health emergency,” governors and public health officials would be empowered to:

Force individuals suspected of harboring an “infectious disease” to undergo medical examinations.

Track and share an individual’s personal health information, including genetic information.

Force persons to be vaccinated, treated, or quarantined for infectious diseases.

Mandate that all health care providers report all cases of persons who harbor any illness or health condition that may be caused by an epidemic or an infectious agent and might pose a “substantial risk” to a “significant number of people or cause a long-term disability.” (Note: Neither “substantial risk” nor “significant number” are defined in the draft.)

Force pharmacists to report any unusual or any increased prescription rates that may be caused by epidemic diseases.

Preempt existing state laws, rules and regulations, including those relating to privacy, medical licensure, and–this is key–property rights.

Control public and private property during a public health emergency, including pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, nursing homes, other health care facilities, and communications devices.

Mobilize all or any part of the “organized militia into service to the state to help enforce the state’s orders.” Ration firearms, explosives, food, fuel and alcoholic beverages, among other commodities.

Impose fines and penalties to enforce their orders.

So there you have it. You are now officially to be declared a criminal if you refuse the vaccine and deadly force can be used against you if you resist. And to think, not only did our federal government agree to this abomination, it was also successful in getting the same laws passed in most states. I will be revisiting this list of powers in a subsequent article as it relates to the coming “healthcare reform”, and other odious pieces of legislation being devised.

This gives me pause to consider this: Could the so-called healthcare reform that the government claims must be done right away, right now, quickly, immediately….no time to waste be tied somehow to this WHO declaration? Hmmmm. I smell a really big rat!

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Queen Elizabeth to make Masonic LA police chief a Commander of the Order of the British Empire on September 11th

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Chief Bratton was recently honored by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the honorary title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his exceptional contributions in promoting and enhancing operational cooperation between the United States and the United Kingdom police. Photo LA Now

Altegrity Names Chief of LAPD William Bratton as Leader of New Business Unit

Chief Bratton to Oversee New Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement-Security Solutions Provider

businesswire.com | Aug 5, 2009

FALLS CHURCH, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Altegrity, Inc.—the global screening and security solutions provider—has named Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) William J. Bratton as Chief Executive Officer of Altegrity Security Consulting (ASC), a new business unit in Altegrity. ASC will provide products, services, and solutions—including training, information, and consulting—to law enforcement agencies and the federal government, both in the United States and overseas. Chief Bratton, who has been serving as the Chief of the LAPD since October 2002, will join Altegrity later this year and will report to Altegrity CEO Mike Cherkasky.

As CEO of this local- and federal-level government solutions business unit, Chief Bratton will oversee strategic growth, recruiting, business development, and program operations. ASC will coordinate its work with and rely on internal resources from Altegrity’s government business, USIS, to create a world-class business that provides its services in U.S. and international markets.

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Chief Bratton was recruited for this leadership position because of his exceptional record of innovation and excellence in solving tough law enforcement problems and for his one-of-a-kind experience in both U.S. and international law enforcement and criminal justice system operations. He is the only person to serve as chief executive of both the LAPD and the New York Police Department (NYPD), and he has established an international reputation for re-engineering police departments, creating solutions to intractable challenges facing civilian criminal justice systems, and leveraging technology to fight crime.

Altegrity CEO Cherkasky, who has supported the law enforcement community in numerous oversight and policy development roles for the past 30 years—including 16 years of service as a prosecutor—worked closely with Chief Bratton on several occasions. This includes collaborating with Chief Bratton when he led several different law enforcement agencies in New York; when the chief provided consulting services to Kroll, Inc., which Mr. Cherkasky led at the time; and while Mr. Cherkasky served as the court-appointed Independent Monitor of the LAPD for eight years.

“I have had the great fortune to work closely with Bill in both government and private industry,” Mr. Cherkasky said. “He pulls together exceptional teams and creates a culture of excellence and integrity everywhere he goes. No one understands how to provide security services and solutions within established rules of law better than Bill Bratton.”

Altegrity CEO Cherkasky continued: “Chief Bratton is the right person to lead this team that will create specialized ‘total solution offerings’ to government clients around the world. Under our USIS business, the federal government already trusts us to perform critical background screening services for men and women who will have access to the nation’s most classified information. We have also built a strong reputation of performance in the international security training arena. Now, under Bill’s leadership, we will significantly expand our government offerings in the United States and around the world. We will provide criminal justice analysis and security solutions as well as critical support to post-conflict nations. We will help these nations create law enforcement institutions that become the foundation of self-operated criminal justice systems.”

“When Mike approached me with this opportunity, my first thought was that it would be exciting at this point in my professional career to be with a company at the forefront of national and international security,” said Chief Bratton. “I am proud to join this team that is focused on making Altegrity the undisputed leader in providing a center of excellence for law enforcement analysis and mentoring, anti-terrorism systems and training, and civilian police training. We will build ASC into a consulting and solutions provider that can partner with the government to make a difference in our country and around the world. Our focus will be on quality and results, not on quantity and just checking the box.”

LAPD Chief Bratton continued: “I am also joining this team because of Mike Cherkasky’s professional reputation and personal dedication to creating a safer world. He has built a team at Altegrity that is dedicated to being the best possible provider of solutions to their many government and commercial clients.”

ASC will assist USIS in broadening the range of products, services, and solutions provided to law enforcement agencies and the federal government, both in the United States and overseas. USIS has already trained more than 10,000 students in over 50 countries in police, anti-terrorism, and counterinsurgency techniques, and presently has training teams operating in Iraq, Indonesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Colombia. USIS is expanding its team of experienced law enforcement and criminal justice system professionals interested in serving as independent contractors on new contracts through a web-based tool that provides background information about USIS’ programs and information about new opportunities at http://www.usisengage.com.

William J. Bratton biographical details

William J. Bratton was appointed Chief of the LAPD in October 2002. In Los Angeles, Chief Bratton oversees the third largest police department in the U.S., managing more than 9,800 sworn officers, 3,000 civilian employees, and an annual budget of more than one billion dollars. After directing a major re-engineering and reform effort that emphasized individual accountability in the department, Chief Bratton has focused on initiatives aimed at using real-time information to further reduce crime, targeting gang violence, and mitigating threats posed by international terrorism. Results: After almost seven years in office, crime in Los Angeles has been reduced to historically low levels, with Part I crimes down 38 percent and homicides down 54 percent.

The only person ever to serve as chief executive of the LAPD and the NYPD, Chief Bratton has established an international reputation for re-engineering police departments and fighting crime. He is credited with revitalizing morale and cutting crime when he served as Chief of the New York City Transit Police, Boston Police Commissioner, and New York City Police Commissioner. While serving in New York, he is credited with achieving the largest crime reductions in the city’s history.

Chief Bratton led the development of COMPSTAT, the internationally acclaimed computerized crime mapping system developed by the NYPD in the 1990s, which is now used by police departments nationwide. By bringing all crime and arrest data together by category and by neighborhood, COMPSTAT revolutionized policing, allowing officers to focus efforts in problem areas, armed with real-time information and accurate intelligence supported by rapid deployment of resources and relentless follow-up procedures. From 1996 until his service in Los Angeles, Chief Bratton worked in the private sector, forming his own consulting business, The Bratton Group, LLC. The Bratton Group worked on four continents, and its efforts included extensive consulting work in South America. Chief Bratton also provided consulting services to Kroll, Inc., overseeing the monitoring team that assisted in implementing the Federal Consent Decree with the LAPD.

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“AIG awarded Larry Silverstein BILLIONS of dollars for the destruction of the entire World Trade Center complex. Kroll Associates is a subsidiary of AIG. Kroll Associates was in charge of security at the entire World Trade Center complex from 1993 through September 11, 2001. Kroll Associates is currently ‘consulting’ the LAPD over its entire operations. LAPD Chief William Bratton was working for Kroll Associates on September 11, 2001. The Queen of England is awarding Chief William Bratton as a member of the British Empire at the British Embassy in Washington D.C. on September 11, 2009. On September 11th !!!!”

A U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, Chief Bratton began his policing career in 1970 as an officer with the Boston Police Department, rising to Superintendent of Police, the department’s highest sworn rank, in just 10 years. In the 1980s, Chief Bratton headed two other police agencies, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Police and the Massachusetts Metropolitan District Commission Police.

Chief Bratton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement from Boston State College (University of Massachusetts Boston). He is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute and was a Senior Executive Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also the only chief executive to serve two terms in the elected position of President of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). He is currently the President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association. A frequent lecturer, writer, and commentator in the fields of law enforcement and justice systems, Chief Bratton is the author of a critically acclaimed autobiography, Turnaround, published by Random House in 1998.

Among his many honors and awards, Chief Bratton holds the Schroeder Brothers Memorial Medal, which is the Boston Police Department’s highest award for valor. In 2007, Chief Bratton was honored with the Executive Leadership Award from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and was recognized by Governing Magazine as one of its Public Officials of the Year. In 2008, he was honored with the Outstanding American Award by the Los Angeles Philanthropic Foundation. Most notably, Chief Bratton was recently honored by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the honorary title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his exceptional contributions in promoting and enhancing operational cooperation between the United States and the United Kingdom police. Chief Bratton is married to attorney Rikki Klieman and has one son, David Bratton.

About Altegrity—www.altegrity.com

Altegrity, a global screening and security solutions company headquartered in Falls Church, Va., has nearly 8,000 employees in locations around the world. Altegrity, which is the holding company for USIS, HireRight, and Explore Information Services, partners with its clients to help them Make Decisions Smarter® by providing superior investigative services, specialized training, contextualized data mining, and cutting-edge software solutions. Altegrity is the largest commercial provider of background investigations for the government; a trusted supplier of criminal justice and law enforcement specialized training solutions; a globally recognized and leading supplier of on-demand employment background screening and alcohol and drug testing services to more than 25 percent of the Fortune 500; and one of the principal providers of data services to the insurance industry.

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Who Killed John O’Neill? Kroll Associates, William Bratton and the CIA

Kroll Associates announces signing of agreement with William J. Bratton and The Bratton Group LLC

Welcome to the murky world of Kroll Inc – the private CIA

They helped track down billions of dollars of treasure looted from Kuwait by Saddam Hussein. They finally proved that “God’s Banker”, Roberto Calvi, found hanging under London’s Blackfriars Bridge with bricks in his pockets, was murdered. They were hired by Prince Charles to find the “Princess Di tapes”. Move over James Bond, this is the real-life fantasy world of the thousands of former cops and spooks, bodyguards, forensic accountants, journalists and criminal lawyers who made up what claims to be “the world’s foremost independent risk consulting company”, Kroll Inc.

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Kroll was notorious during the 1980s as the “CIA of Wall Street” due to the prevalence of former CIA, FBI, Scotland Yard, British secret service and British Special Air Service men Kroll employed for corporate espionage in takeover bids, as well as for destabilization of foreign nations.

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Bratton’s relationship with Kroll brings up serious questions about a potential conflict of interests, since Kroll is the ongoing ‘independent’ monitor of the LAPD’s federal consent decree it was placed under after the Rampart division corruption scandal and the mini police riot at the 2000 Democratic National Convention. Additionally, and even more disturbing, Kroll appears to be at the nexus of a group of characters who are logical suspects for their potential complicity in the 9/11/01 black op.

“Terrorism is theater”

– Brian Jenkins, Kroll Associates