Friday, July 31, 2009

Southern Fried Miami Vice

"Using city data's profiles for each in 2007, Miami had a crime index of 682.3 and Los Angeles had a lower crime index of 356.8. The national average is 320.9. Murder rate is also higher in Miami at 19 per 100,000 and L.A. is at 10.2 per 100,000 in 07."

Crime is up in Miami. And the legal system is jumping right on it, it seems. Concerned neighbors are calling in reports of disturbances and the courts are handing down sentences that let those who break the law know, "not in my town."

Case in point:

Miami Beach wants to evict famous riding rooster Mr. Clucky A talented but noisy rooster that delights tourists and locals alike by riding on his master's handlebars is being evicted by Miami Beach.

In the live-and-let-live annals of Miami Beach, the city has embraced a disparate cast of characters: the cross-dressing former cabbie who jives to '60s hits for change; the woman who walks her iguanas in a pram built for two; and the middle-aged man who makes custom paintings with his toes, to name a few.
But you have to draw the line somewhere, and so the city has decreed that Mr. Clucky -- the bike-riding rooster known for weaving his way through the laid-back crowds at Lincoln Road Mall -- must go. The morning of May 27, a code enforcement officer showed up at owner Mark Buckley's Jefferson Avenue studio apartment, where the bird sleeps in the closet... Someone had complained, presumably about the rooster's habit of crowing every morning at 6 a.m. sharp. The city had to investigate.
The charge: keeping farm animals. The punishment: a $50 fine. Buckley was given 10 days to get rid of the chickens or appeal. But the 54-year-old construction worker who props the bird on the handlebars of his red Schwinn as he -- Buckley, not the rooster -- pedals the beach is not backing down.... If he doesn't pay -- and if Clucky doesn't go -- Buckley stands to receive repeated violations and higher fines, said Fernandez. But arrest is not likely. As for whether the city will go in and remove the rooster by force, Fernandez said that is still being figured out.

Good to see the "neighbors" are willing to call in when there is crime afoot. Better to see that there is no tolerance for breaking the law in Miami. I'm sure the folks who first came up with the neighborhood watch programs would be proud.

Do something about the real crime. Would this neighbor have the guts to call in a real crime? Would the courts and legal system be willing to put as much effort into clamping down on gang violence, dope dealers, murderers, and rapists as they are on the bird?

Or are they just plain chicken?

Do your jobs. Do something about real crime. Seems like chickens aren't the only problem in Miami.

Sounds like there might be a jackass or two running around too.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

GITM Your Source for Safety

Gang Intelligence / Threat Management in recent months has proven itself to be a leader in addressing critical and current threats. Our organization demonstrates its ability to identify relevant information to help keep you and your loved ones keep safe.

In recent months, GITM reported that the Department of Homeland Security's assessment of right wing groups and their threat potential was not a targeted attack on conservative values. We also identified the ongoing and increasing threat of Neo-Nazi groups and individuals (lone wolves.)

Thereafter, the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC was attacked by a Neo-Nazi killing one. The brave acts of the guards, stopped a potential massacre.

Pictured: Shooter at DC Holocaust Museum. (his name not worth mentioning,)


And one day prior to the attacks by terrorists in Jakarta, we featured an article (prior to this one) educating others on some of the tactics terrorists use to bomb innocent civilians.

The attack took place on July 17, 2009...

Jakarta Attacks May Be Linked to Bali Bombers
By Berni Moestafa and Widya Utami

July 19 (Bloomberg) -- The bombings at the Jakarta JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton hotels that killed nine people, including two suspected attackers, are probably linked with the mastermind of the 2002 Bali blasts, an Indonesian official said. The attacks two days ago bear the hallmark of tactics and explosive devices used by Malaysian terrorist Noordin Mohammad Top, said Ansyaad Mbai, who coordinates Indonesian counter-terrorism efforts. Police identified one of the bombers, and determined that both were members of Jemaah Islamiyah, which the government blames for the Bali attacks, Agence France-Presse reported today, citing national police spokesman Nanan Soekarna.

Keep reading and refer others to our site. Information here may just help save some lives.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Things that go BOOM in the night

Whether we are discussing the deadly actions of organized crime, terrorists, street gangs, or psychologically impaired individuals it is critical that we understand more about their tactics in order to defend against them.

Bombings. Perhaps the most well known and most used of any terrorist tactic. Car bombs, pipe bombs, letter bombs, IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), bombs laced with poisons, toxins and nails, bombs in trucks, backpacks, in luggage on planes, and strapped to human bodies.

Bombs can be detonated by cell phones, trip wires, booby traps, radio controlled devices, detonators attached to the bomber, altitude sensors, and timers. He / she may even utilize something seemingly innocuous such as remote controlled model airplanes, cars, boats, or other similar devices.

Bombs can be made from military grade explosives such as Semtex, C-4, PETN, hand grenades, mortar shells, TNT, and similar chemicals and devices. They can be high tech devices made from pastes and binary liquids (two inert substances that when combined become explosive.) They can be made from simple ingredients found in the home, store, and local farmer's supply. Many common bombs used by the most sophisticated bombers are made from a combination of fertilizer and some form of petroleum product. Timothy McVeigh used such a bomb.

Bombs can carry extra killing power as well beyond the explosion itself. Many bombers place nails, ball bearings, marbles, nuts and bolts as well as other items that can produce “shrapnel” that upon explosion fly out and kill more victims than simple blast waves and fire. Some bombs can include ingredients such as cyanide or chlorine and other toxins. The ultimate nightmare devices include radiological devices and nuclear weapons. Radiological devices are regular explosive devices with radioactive materials attached to the bomb in solid or more effectively in powder form. Radiological devices cause more than immediate death, the effects can be long term in that those exposed to the radiation may die months or years later from cancer.

Bombs can make terrorist actions safer for the terrorist, if he is not a suicide bomber, in that the bomber doesn't have to be present to kill. While avoiding a bombing can be difficult as it can come without warning and with limited predictability there are some instances where you can improve your chances of surviving some bomb based attacks.

The Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski, targeted those he perceived as enemies, however it is believed he had no personal relationship with any of his victims. The targets of terrorism are most commonly innocent bystanders, the public, or other groups perceived to be affiliated with whomever or whatever government / ideology / religion the terrorist(s) consider themselves at war with. Then there is also the possibility of simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

What to look for with anonymous or ‘long distance’ bombers:

Unattended packages, luggage, backpacks, briefcases and similar items in places that could be considered of high value for an attack.

Vehicles particularly trucks, vans, ambulances etc…parked in strategic places. Such as in front of official buildings, near support columns of buildings, large public gathering places, or symbolic targets. One possible key to spotting this kind of activity is observing the driver park and then hastily leave the scene without ever going into the building.

Packages delivered with no return address or otherwise unknown senders (unexpected packages)

If you are in an area that could be considered “high risk” ( especially if terrorist activity is expected) such as a large sporting event, a symbolic event, or political / religious gathering avoid these things when possible:

Standing near garbage cans and similar containers less likely to be checked

Standing or sitting in large open areas (without the protection of some sort of barriers)

Standing near objects that could be bombs in disguise (fire extinguishers / boxes / other containers)

Sitting in the center of a bus or even at the front. (suicide bombers most often detonate themselves in the center to do the most damage or prematurely upon entering the bus)

Sitting under a balcony (a bomb in a place such as a theater will most likely be detonated where the most people can be killed by the explosion and consequential collapse of a structure.)

Sitting with your back to the door

To be continued...