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The CIA’s “Family Jewels”

Posted by abu ameerah on Wednesday, June 27, 2007

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The newly released papers titled “Family Jewels” document a nearly thirty year time period in CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) history. The papers highlight the secretive exploits of a Government agency that operated (and continues to do so) almost entirely outside the law. Wire taps, break-ins, and assassination attempts are just some of the illegal actions taken by the CIA from the 1950’s to 1970’s.

While much of the information contained in these papers was already known, or at least alluded to by Ex-CIA officers, and written about by media figures — the papers themselves were only declassified a couple of days ago. At the very least, I think that the Family Jewels make for interesting Summer reading. Check out the link to read more about CIA involvement in everything from Watergate to botched assassination attempts Mafia-style (against Fidel Castro) here:

http://www.foia.cia.gov/browse_docs.asp?doc_no=0001451843&title=%22FAMILY+JEWELS%22&abstract=&no_pages=0702&pub_date=5/16/1973&release_date=6/18/2007&keywords=FAMILY+JEWELS&case_no=F-1992-00353&copyright=0&release_dec=RIPPUB&classification=U&showPage=0001

 

Simply click on the link above and search through 700 pages of CIA history. Just type in the page number you would like to look at in the “Go To” area at the top of the page.

Or you can view the entire document here:

http://www.foia.cia.gov/browse_docs_full.asp?doc_no=0001451843&title=%22FAMILY+JEWELS%22&abstract=&no_pages=0702&pub_date=5%2F16%2F1973&release_date=6%2F18%2F2007&keywords=FAMILY+JEWELS&case_no=F%2D1992%2D00353&copyright=0&release_dec=RIPPUB&classification=U&showPage=0001

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Protecting yourself from Identity Theft and other financial crimes…

Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, May 27, 2007

Here are two of, possibly, the most hated words in the English language: Identity Theft.

Identity theft is a serious crime that has become a major cause for concern in most industrialized nations, especially in the West. The United States, in particular, has become a hotbed of Identity theft related crimes. Those who commit the crime of Identity theft are nothing more than common criminals. These criminals prey upon the financial well-being of usually unsuspecting victims. The victims of Identity Theft often never even realize that they have been the victims of such a crime until the bank (or the FEDs) come knockin’.

Identity Theft, and related crimes, has only recently come on the radar of law enforcement and government agencies including the Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov). While law enforcement has been tackling the issue for some time now — Congress has finally stepped in. The last few years have seen legistlators on Capitol Hill holding Committee hearings into the depth and magnitude of this crime. Keep in mind that Identity Theft is in no way a victimless crime — and — like most other crimes involves layers of illegal activity and collusion. Often, the crime of Identity Theft is part of a larger network of criminal activity that ultimately has it’s despicable tentacles among transnational groups and actors/operators.

In essence Identity Theft, and related financial crime(s), are sometimes the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, in a web of crime that has also spread with globalization (and in some cases has even moved on specific routes of global economic growth) to transnational actors with the most nefarious of intentions in mind.

It’s not all gloom-and-doom however. There are things that you can do to by being proactive in protecting yourself from Identity Theft. Here are just a few simple things that anyone can do:

1. Regularly monitor your credit report.

2. Get a micro shredder and destroy ANYTHING with your personal information on it.

3. Never give out your personal information (including PIN #’s) to anyone you don’t know or feel comfortable with.

4. Don’t make your PIN #’s easy to determine.

5. Avoid making too many purchases online. In those moments when you absolutely must have that dirt cheap SD Card or digital camera on Ebay … please do so with one unique credit card that you only use for online transactions. This credit card should also have a small limit (less than $1,000) so that the impact of a possible Identity Theft crime can also be handled in an easier manner. Simply put, you don’t want potential thieves ripping you off for too much should you be the victim of such a crime.

Remember that Identity Theft is not a victimless crime. If you do not keep a watchful eye on your money — thieves will…

 

 

 

What is Identity Theft?

(Warning: The lady in this video is not wearing hijab. Also, I am not promoting any Identity Theft product — I just like the opening of this video)

How To Protect Yourself from Identity Theft:

A humorous take on Identity Theft:

 

 

 

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