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Old 07-21-2014   #21
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Default When organised crime uses terror

The full title is 'Transnational Organized Crime (TNOC) and terrorism Part I – Godfathers and bombs: organised crime and terrorist tactics' on the Kings of War blog 'Strife':https://strifeblog.org/2016/02/15/go...orist-tactics/

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This series will focus on this latter type of the crime/terror nexus. Why should a criminal organisation use dangerous terrorist tactics? Which kind of objective is it pursuing? Is this an entirely new phenomenon? We will deal with these questions all along the three parts of our Series. First, Martin Stein will explore the bombings of 1992-93 in Italy and their role in the struggle between the Sicilian Mafia and the Italian State; then, the Bombay bombings of March 1993 will be covered, and how one of the most famous Indian dons, Dawood Ibrahim, was part of the plot to hit India; finally, Joe Atkins will review the cases of mass killings and ‘disappearances’ in Mexico, exploring how terror is widely used as a tool to assert control on a frightened population. The varied scope of these articles will highlight different aspects of the link between criminal organisations and the use of terror. In Italy, bombings were part of a precise strategy to intimidate the Italian state; in India, the attacks were motivated by religious reasons and by Ibrahim’s intent to appear still as the protector of Bombay Muslims; in Mexico, terror seems to constitute a ‘normal’ part of ‘cartel justice’, thus delivering worrying parallels between ‘narco-warriors’ and fundamentalists.
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Default Hidden Power The Strategic Logic of Organised Crime

Organized / organised crime features here and there is a new strategic book out by James Cockayne, 'Hidden Power: The Strategic Logic of Organised Crime' and is available at 40% off by the publisher, with worldwide free P&P.

Need to check if worth a purchase? The author and a UK DFID respondent spoke last month @ IISS, London and there is a podcast:http://www.iiss.org/en/events/events...sed-crime-a11a

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The struggle for power between states and criminal entities is a real one. New research conducted by Dr James Cockayne using unpublished government documents and mafia memoirs sheds light on political-criminal collaboration, and indicates that those links – once embodied by the activities of the Sicilian mafia in twentieth-century New York – are very much alive and thriving today. From Mexico to Central Asia to Russia to West Africa, states and organised criminals compete in a 'market for government', and not only states, but also some criminal groups, make war.
The publisher's offer:http://www.hurstpublishers.com/book/hidden-power/
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There are other books of note for this Forum:http://www.hurstpublishers.com/holid...eid=80d42c7c0a
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A senior National Security Agency official appeared to confirm that North Korean computer hackers were behind a multi-million dollar heist targeting Bangladesh’s central bank last year.
Computer hackers attempted to steal $951 million, but only got away with $81 million, some of which was later recovered. After the theft, security firms quickly pointed the finger at North Korea. Other experts disputed that finding. But on Tuesday, NSA Deputy Director Rick Ledgett appeared to say North Korea was the culprit during a cryptic exchange at a Washington forum.
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Speaking at an Aspen Institute roundtable, Ledgett pointed out that private sector researchers had linked the digital break-in in Bangladesh to the 2014 hack on Sony Pictures, which the U.S. government attributed to Pyongyang.
“If that linkage from the Sony actors to the Bangladeshi bank actors is accurate — that means that a nation state is robbing banks,” Ledgett said. “That’s a big deal.”
The moderator of the event, former Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin, quickly followed up: “Do you believe that there are nation states now robbing banks?”
Ledgett offered a simple answer: “I do.”
http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/03/21/...sh-bank-heist/
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United States federal prosecutors are reportedly building a case implicating North Korea's government of orchestrating an $81 million cyber heist from the Bangladesh central bank's account at the New York Federal Reserve.

The Wall Street Journal, citing officials familiar with the matter, reported on Wednesday that prosecutors also believe Chinese middlemen helped Pyongyang plunder Bangladesh Bank's funds. The case implicates the country of North Korea, rather than any particular North Korean officials, and also includes charges against the Chinese middlemen or businesses allegedly involved.
The US Treasury is reportedly also considering sanctions against the middlemen.
http://www.dw.com/en/fbi-prepares-ch...ist/a-38081602
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Eight threads have been merged here and theme includes all types of crime and their consequences.
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Default Forward thinking on transnational threats

An IISS meeting on this theme on the 5th April 2017 and explained as:
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The IISS and the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime warmly invite you to join this discussion on transnational threats. It will be an opportunity to explore some of the findings of a recent US National Defense University project on the emergence, over the past ten years, of a ‘highly adaptive and parasitic’ criminal ecosystem. The panellists will explore its consequences for national security, state fragility and the global order. Specifically, the discussion will address the following questions:what is the role of social media in bolstering the appeal of anti-state actors, allowing them to establish ‘cult-like’ followings? To what extent are jihadist networks increasingly a part of the drug-smuggling business in West African ‘protection economies’? How is the growing grey space between licit and illicit commerce explored by global counterfeit and smuggling networks? And how have technological innovations, which have made our lives and work so much easier, produced disconcerting vulnerabilities in the cyber domain that are increasingly being exploited by criminal groups, terrorists and hostile states alike
The speaker bios are there too:http://www.iiss.org/en/events/events...l-threats-d6fd

There is an IISS podcast via YouTube (87 mins):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS7C03oZMM8
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Default Crooked States: UN University report

A background study commissioned by the UK, co-author James Cockayne has appeared in this thread before and the report's (47 pgs.) sub-title says:
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How organized crime and corruption will impact governance in 2050 and what states can – and should – do about it now.
Link:http://collections.unu.edu/eserv/UNU...ates_Final.pdf
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