Monday, March 26, 2007

Iraq Deputy Prime Minister Attack "Inside Job"

The initial suspicions seem to be correct. The suicide attack against Iraq's Sunni deputy prime minister is now seen as an inside job.

Get this. It appears to have been carried out by a member of Deputy Prime Minister Salam al-Zubaie's own security detail who was a distant relative who had been arrested as an insurgent, freed at the official's request, then hired as a bodyguard. Did you get that? Arrested as an insurgent and then hired as a bodyguard! There are reports that the attacker had recently been removed from the bodyguard detail, but remained on the payroll and was, therefore permitted to enter the officials home during a private prayer service.

The assassination attempt is at least the third major security breach involving a top politician in four months which has prompted Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to order government-wide security changes which includes plans to hire a foreign company to guard the Green Zone building where parliament meets.

Zubaie was seriously hurt and nine people were killed.

A cook for Zubaie who has since disappeared is also under suspicion.

The deadly serious nature of close protection demands that security details be handled professionally, by professionals.


Friday, March 09, 2007

Border Crimes in Texas Down by 60%

A crack down on illegal border crossings has produced a stunning reduction in crime for 27 Texas counties which border Mexico. The crime reduction is a result of increased enforcement because the border counties were being overrun by criminals and the federal authorities ignored local pleas for help. Officials say the border communities are far safer as a result.

Life Expectancy After Prison is Short

The New England Journal of Medicine reports that former inmates die at a rate 13 times that of the general population within the first 2 weeks after release from prison. The leading cause of death among former inmates is - by a large margin - drug overdose. And the most common deadly drug is cocaine.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Sword fight ensues after S.C. break-in

Fri Mar 2, 12:22 PM ET

A man toting a 3-foot sword apparently met his match when he broke into his ex-girlfriend's apartment: The woman's roommate grabbed a sword of his own and sliced the intruder, police said.
The roommate, a sword collector, fended off the ex-boyfriend, who was cut on the arm, police said.
Elvis Javier Polanco, 18, was treated at a hospital and charged with burglary and aggravated assault, Beaufort County sheriff's Capt. Toby McSwain said. He said Polanco broke a window and climbed on his friend's shoulders to get into the apartment.
The roommate, Louis Delgado Hernandez, disarmed the intruder while the woman called police, McSwain said.

Hey, use the self-defense tool which you have & train to be proficient in it's use. As Ben Franklin said, "The used key is always bright."