The Times has been doing the best reporting from Iraq by far at the moment. Here’s some evidence. Now, to substance. Note this: “We have received a shipment of Strela antiaircraft rockets,” Abu Sajad boasted to a Sunday Times reporter.“We intend to use them to prove to the world that the Mahdi Army will not…Read More leave it, Daz, he’s not worth it
Abu Muqawama on Pakistan: Raise your hands if you think Pakistan would totally sell the U.S., India, and Afghanistan down the river to earn it a (temporary and illusory) respite from the Islamist insurgents currentlythreatening Islamabad. (You can’t see it on your computer monitor, but Abu Muqawama is typing with one hand because the other…Read More Answering the wrong question
Via comp.risks, across the wire the electric message came: German students crack encryption on over 2bn RFID smartcards made by NXP Semiconductor. The cards in question are NXP’s MiFare Classic type, and are used for public transport….but also for access control in sensitive government installations, it turns out. Inevitably, NXP threw up its hands –…Read More Can Haz RFID? Noes? I HAZ FN FAL!
What on earth? Dolphin Air, (ICAO: FDN), the company formed from the assets of Santa Cruz Imperial, has a flight leaving Sharjah at 1600GMT for the United States – specifically Decatur, Illinois. Flight number is FDN 1457. As far as I know the only aircraft left on the FDN register is an old 737-2X5, which…Read More Surveillance
The Metropolitan Police Authority meets on the 22nd November to discuss Sir Ian Blair’s case; they cannot be left uninformed. This body consists of members from the London Assembly, magistrates, and “independent members”. Their details are here. The balance is as follows – 7 Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, who can be expected to vote no…Read More Target for Tonight
The IPCC report is, first of all, a cracking job of work, despite that the Met did its level best to dodge the investigators. They have established a lot of facts, and carried out a mass of interviews, and come up with sensible conclusions; I’d like to recommend again that you read it, as it…Read More Stockwell Report: A Response
So dodgy Russians have bullied Fasthosts into darking Craig Murray’s blog, as well as a gaggle of others on the same virtual machine. (Iron-clad integrity *and* technical chops; what more do you want?) Naturally, this has only spread the poison; so here’s the complete text. Kindly post it on your own blog. In a creative…Read More Mirrorball: Usmanov vs Craig Murray
This Spyblog post, regarding the Grauniad’s splash story yesterday that the TITAN RAIN inquiry into alleged Chinese hackers attacking the US government had spread to attacks on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, raises some interesting questions. For a start, like all Chinese-hacker stories, it’s based heavily on semi-military sources and quotes from doctrinal publications. What,…Read More A Mystery, Wrapped in Cat-5 Cable..
Michael Hodges’s new book on the history of the Kalashnikov assault rifle is clearly a work that fits in with this blog. And we can say that it’s also well worth reading; not just for the knockabout, although there are some good stories (the brothel in the Izhevsk arsenal; Mikhail Kalashnikov’s special elk soup). As…Read More Review: “AK47: The Story of the People’s Gun”
Disturbing Search Request of the decade: 188.8.131.52, searching Google for “who would handle a commercial shipment of arms and ammunitions from Sharjah to Baghdad”. That’ll be someone downstream of AS5384, or Etisalat (Emirates Telecom), the UAE’s fun-loving national telco monopoly, best known for blocking more websites than China. Ha. But there is some actual substance…Read More War Profiteers Read My Weblog