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Google said the sensors on the smart contact lens are so small they look like bits of glitter

Google has said it is testing a “smart contact lens” that can help measure glucose levels in tears.

It uses a “tiny” wireless chip and a “miniaturised” glucose sensor embedded between two layers of lens material.

The firm said it is also working on integrating tiny LED lights that could light up to indicate that glucose levels have crossed certain thresholds.

But it added that “a lot more work” needed to be done to get the technology ready for everyday use.

“It’s still early days for this technology, but we’ve completed multiple clinical research studies which are helping to refine our prototype,” the firm said in a blogpost.

“We hope this could someday lead to a new way for people with diabetes to manage their disease.”

‘Exciting development’

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It is likely to spur a range of other innovations towards miniaturizing technology and using it in wearable devices to help people monitor their bodies better”

Manoj Menon Frost & Sullivan

Many global firms have been looking to expand in the wearable technology sector – seen by many as a key growth area in the coming years.

Various estimates have said the sector is expected to grow by between $10bn and $50bn (£6bn and £31bn) in the next five years.

Within the sector, many firms have been looking specifically at technology targeted at healthcare.

Google’s latest foray with the smart contact lens is aimed at a sector where consumer demand for such devices is expected to grow.

According to the International Diabetes Federation, one in ten people across the world’s population are forecast to have diabetes by 2035.

People suffering from the condition need to monitor their glucose levels regularly as sudden spikes or drops are dangerous. At present, the majority of them do so by testing drops of blood.

Google said it was testing a prototype of the lens that could “generate a reading once per second”.

“This is an exciting development for preventive healthcare industry,” Manoj Menon, managing director of consulting firm Frost & Sullivan told the BBC.

“It is likely to spur a range of other innovations towards miniaturizing technology and using it in wearable devices to help people monitor their bodies better.”

Open innovation?

Google said it was working with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to bring the product to mainstream use.

It added that it would look for partners “who are experts in bringing products like this to market”.

Google said it would work with these partners to develops apps aimed at making the measurements taken by the lens available to the wearer and their doctor.

Mr Menon said it was “commendable” that Google was willing to work with other partners even before the product was commercially ready.

Sensible Baby
Sensible Baby showcased a prototype baby sleep monitoring system at this year’s CES

“Their open innovation approach is going to help accelerate the development of this product and get it out to the market much faster,” he said.

Other firms have also been looking towards wearable products that help monitor the health of the wearer.

Earlier this month, a gadget called Sensible Baby was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It is a sensor put in an infant’s night clothes that tracks their temperature, orientation and movement.

It sounds a smartphone app alarm if it detects a problem.

Several smartwatches that can monitor data by studying key indicators such as the the wearer’s heart rate and temperature have also been launched.

Last year, Japanese firm Sony filed a patent for a ‘SmartWig’, with healthcare cited as one of its potential uses.

It said the wig could use a combination of sensors to help collect information such as temperature, pulse and blood pressure of the wearer.

 

By Michael Millar BBC Business News

Two heads Human-to-human “mind control” has, until now, been a concept in science fiction and fantasy

With one tap on his space bar, Andrea Stocco fires the cannon on his computer game and blows a rocket out of the sky.

The game itself is unremarkable – in fact it looks like a relic of the 1980s.

What is remarkable is the way it is being played because the University of Washington researcher can’t actually see it.

 

The person who can, fellow scientist Rajesh Rao, is sitting across campus looking at the screen.

He is wearing a cap with wires coming out of it (which looks like something you might have seen in a 1950s sci-fi programme that was imagining this moment).

Without moving a muscle, or using a communication device, Mr Rao told his colleague to fire the cannon at just the right moment.

The only thing Mr Rao had was the power of his mind, so, at the right moment, he imagined firing the cannon.

This sent a signal via the internet to Mr Stocco, who, wearing noise-cancelling earphones (and a purple swimming cap) involuntarily moved his right index finger to push the space bar.

Imperius curse

What has just happened seems to be the first documented case of human-to-human “mind control”.

The researchers gave it the rather less alluring title of human-to-human brain interface, but that’s scientists for you.

Researchers doing the experiment University of Washington researcher Rajesh Rao, left, plays a computer game with his mind. Across campus, researcher Andrea Stocco, right, carries out the command

Until now this concept remained in the realms of theory, or more likely science fiction and fantasy.

Those of a wizarding persuasion will see parallels with the evil Voldemort’s Imperius curse, used to manipulate people in the Harry Potter stories.

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It could lead to better-linked teams of people – who may speak different languages – working together to solve hard problems faster”

Daniel Wilson Robopocalypse author

Mr Stocco jokingly refers to the experiment as a “Vulcan mind meld”, after a technique employed by Mr Spock in Star Trek to share thoughts.

“The internet was a way to connect computers, and now it can be a way to connect brains,” Mr Stocco says.

He compares the feeling of his hand moving to that of a nervous tic.

Mr Rao says it was “both exciting and eerie” to watch an imagined action from his brain get translated into actual action by another brain.

“The next step is having a more equitable two-way conversation directly between the two brains,” he adds.

Brain activity

There are already numerous examples of the human brain being used to control technology.

For example, Samsung is experimenting with a mind-control tablet.

Technology firm Interaxon is marketing a “brain sensing headband” that it hopes will allow people to control devices with their minds.

It is already widely used to help those with physical disabilities.

Indeed the technology for recording and stimulating the two researchers’ brains in this experiment are both well-known.

Cycle of the experiment Brain signals from the “Sender” are recorded. When the computer detects imagined hand movements, a “fire” command is transmitted over the internet, causing an upward movement of the hand of the “Receiver”

Electroencephalography – the technique used to send the message from Mr Rao – is routinely used by the medical profession to record brain activity from the scalp.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation – which made Mr Stocco’s finger move – is a way of delivering stimulation to the brain to prompt a response.

But putting the two together, effectively allowing one person to direct the responses of another, is new.

‘Trivial’

The researchers are quick to point out that this experiment is very basic in terms of the concept.

But Daniel Wilson, who has a PhD in robotics and is the author of Robopocalypse, says it remains important as a “proof of concept” experiment.

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There’s no possible way the technology that we have could be used on a person unknowingly or without their willing participation”

Chantal Prat University of Washington

“It has sparked a discussion of how brain-to-brain interfaces might impact society in the future,” he says.

“Although the experimental set-up is too narrow to have practical value, it certainly makes us think.”

However, others are unimpressed.

Dr Ian Pearson, a futurologist with a background in science and engineering, compares it to experiments by Australian performance artist Stelarc 15 years ago.

He enabled people to remote control his limbs via the internet.

“Adding a simple thought recognition control system is pretty trivial,” Dr Pearson says.

“If they were taking a thought from one person and directly creating a thought in another then I’d be impressed.”

Collaboration

There is more general agreement on the impact that future developments in this field could have on the way humans collaborate and communicate.

Mr Stocco says that one day it could be used to enable someone on the ground to help a passenger land an aeroplane if the pilot becomes incapacitated.

Spock “Are you thinking what I’m thinking?” Star Trek character Mr Spock used the “mind meld” to share thoughts

Dr Pearson cites the example of a complex project where numerous different types of professionals are involved.

“Say you’re trying to design a building and you have engineers, designers and artists,” he says.

“Even if they are far apart, the artist could conjure up an idea and perhaps the engineer thinks that won’t work for some reason, so they refine it.

“Working together they could come up with something complex, very quickly.”

Dr Pearson, who gazes in to the future for a living, is pretty sure this scenario will one day be real, based on nano-technology placed directly onto the brain.

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When we have full links into the brain directly and you can control someone like a robot then we might have problems”

Dr Ian Pearson Futurologist

But we’ll have to wait another 30 to 40 years for that, he says.

No zombies

Of course, the whole concept of mind control is often overshadowed by the disturbing implications of its misuse.

Although he has written a book about a dystopian, robot-controlled future, Mr Wilson is sanguine about the implications of the experiment.

“I see nothing inherently dangerous about increasing the communication bandwidth between human beings,” he says.

“If anything, it could lead to better-linked teams of people – who may speak different languages – working together to solve hard problems faster.

“The intricate technical requirements of transcranial magnetic stimulation make covert mind control unfeasible.”

Chantal Prat is assistant professor in psychology at the University of Washington and helped conduct the experiment.

She agrees with Mr Wilson’s analysis.

Ian Pearson Dr Pearson believes these techniques will be used in the future by teams carrying out complex tasks

“I think some people will be unnerved by this because they will overestimate the technology,” she says.

“There’s no possible way the technology that we have could be used on a person unknowingly or without their willing participation.”

Just beware of someone coming at you holding a swimming cap with wires poking out of it.

But these are early days; what will come as the technology develops is anyone’s guess.

“We are not in the realms of creating zombies,” Dr Pearson says.

“When we have full links into the brain directly and you can control someone like a robot then we might have problems.

“Whether it turns to slavery or state control – who knows; you could write any number of sci-fi books about that.”

October 27, 2013 By Leave a Comment

21st Century Wire says…


The state will use intimidation and force, in order to preserve corporate cartel market price-fixing and control of the supply chain. 

British authorities have raided a workshop, for allegedly ‘printing illegal gun parts’. Police believe that that the basis of their raid in Manchester, England, was that:

“Police believe the parts represent the “next generation” of firearms, which can be created by gangsters in the privacy of their own homes and smuggled with ease due to the fact they can avoid X-ray detection.

Police found what is suspected to be a 3D plastic magazine and trigger which could be fitted together to make a working gun.”

3-D printers are still in their infancy, but they pose a threat to corporate hegemony, so it’s expected that both US and UK authorities will seek to make this new technology heavily regulated and licensed, if not illegal. Their main point of attack on the technology will be the ability to make a gun or extended magazine with a 3-D printer

Making guns for personal use has been legal for decades, but doing so has required machining know-how and a variety of parts. You can make a crude shotgun, or a deadly sling shot with materials available in most garden sheds. With 3-D printers, users download blueprints from the Internet, feed them into the machine, and make the parts they need. 

The Washington Post reported earlier this year on the impact of this new technology for the better of humanity:

“Restrictions are difficult to enforce in a world where anybody can make anything,” said Hod Lipson, a 3-D printing expert at Cornell University and co-author of the new book, “Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing.” “Talking about old-fashioned control will be very ineffective.”


21WIRE reported on the man who tested the forst 3-D printed gun, Cody Wilson (photo, above), founder of Defense Distributed back in May 2013, as well is information you can go to now to see how to create your own 3-D printed item.

RT reports…

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Lock, stock and a smoking printer? UK police seize ‘3D-printed gun parts’

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A handout picture taken on October 24, 2013 and released by Greater Manchester Police on October 25, 2013 shows a 3D printer seized by British police during an operation that also resulted in the seizure of plastic 3D components that police believe could be used to make a viable 3D-printed gun in the Baguley area of Manchester, northwest England on October 24, 2013. (AFP Photo)

A handout picture taken on October 24, 2013 and released by Greater Manchester Police on October 25, 2013 shows a 3D printer seized by British police during an operation that also resulted in the seizure of plastic 3D components that police believe could be used to make a viable 3D-printed gun in the Baguley area of Manchester, northwest England on October 24, 2013. (AFP Photo)

British police say they’ve seized a 3D printer and 3D-printed gun components, including a trigger and a magazine capable of holding bullets, during a raid in Manchester. Critics, however, say they found nothing more than spare printer parts.

The alleged gun parts were discovered, along with the 3D printer, when officers from the Greater Manchester Police force carried out a search Thursday in the Baguley area of Wythenshawe, in the south of Manchester. 

If the parts prove to be legitimate, the bust would represent the first-ever seizure of the next-generation weapon, which can be constructed by a 3D printer almost entirely out of plastic – creating the possibility of evading detection by airport security metal detectors. 

The components are now being forensically examined by firearms specialists to establish if they could be used to construct a functional device. 

A man has been arrested on suspicion of making gunpowder and is currently in custody for questioning. 

Police fear such weapons can be created by criminals in the privacy of their own homes, thus evading detection by security scanners at airports and other high-risk targets. 

“If what we have seized is proven to be viable, components capable of constructing a genuine firearm, then it demonstrates that organized crime groups are acquiring technology that can be bought on the high street to produce the next generation of weapons,”
 Greater Manchester Detective Inspector Chris Mossop told Sky News. 

“In theory, the technology essentially allows offenders to produce their own guns in the privacy of their own home, which they can then supply to the criminal gangs who are causing such misery in our communities,” he said. “Because they are also plastic and can avoid X-ray detection, it makes them easy to conceal and smuggle. These could be the next generation of firearms.”
 

A commenter on the California tech-blog GigaOM noted, however, that the parts being paraded in the media “are actually spare parts for a 3D printer,” and not components for a weapon. 

“If the police thinks that the part on the photo is a trigger, just search mk8 on thingiverse.com and you will see that it’s a upgrade part for a printer. I really don’t get this media/police fascination relating to 3d printers with guns… it’s a tool to make 3d parts, not guns,” user nuno gato wrote. 

A handout picture taken on October 24, 2013 and released by Greater Manchester Police on October 25, 2013 shows a plastic component that British police suspect to be a trigger that could be used to make a viable 3D-printed gun, seized by police during searches as part of an operation in the Baguley area of Manchester, northwest England on October 24, 2013. (AFP Photo)

A handout picture taken on October 24, 2013 and released by Greater Manchester Police on October 25, 2013 shows a plastic component that British police suspect to be a trigger that could be used to make a viable 3D-printed gun, seized by police during searches as part of an operation in the Baguley area of Manchester, northwest England on October 24, 2013. (AFP Photo)

Hours later, New Scientist came to the same conclusion, noting the “trigger” identified by police appears to be part of a MakerBot 3D printer designed to extrude 3D-printing plastic to make an object. The “clip,” incidentally, looks like a part intended to hold spools of plastic. 

“It does look like the MakerBot part,” Stuart Offer, of 3D-printing firm 3T RPD in the UK city of Newbury, told the magazine. “These 3D printed guns seem to have hit the headlines, but I’ve no idea why they take off so much,” he said, noting that homemade weapons were not that difficult to manufacture. ”A little engineer in his shed with a mill down the bottom of the garden could make a proper metal barrel capable of firing a high-velocity bullet.” 

A handout picture taken on October 24, 2013 and released by Greater Manchester Police on October 25, 2013 shows a plastic component that British police suspect to be a magazine that could be used to make a viable 3D-printed gun, seized by police during searches as part of an operation in the Baguley area of Manchester, northwest England on October 24, 2013. (AFP Photo)

A handout picture taken on October 24, 2013 and released by Greater Manchester Police on October 25, 2013 shows a plastic component that British police suspect to be a magazine that could be used to make a viable 3D-printed gun, seized by police during searches as part of an operation in the Baguley area of Manchester, northwest England on October 24, 2013. (AFP Photo)

3D printed weapons first came to the attention of law enforcement officials worldwide after Defense Distributed announced it had successfully test-fired a handgun created with a 3D printer. 

In May, the organization, founded by a 25-year-old crypto-anarchist Cody Wilson, posted blueprints for the single-shot .380-caliber Liberator online. 

The files were downloaded more than 100,000 times in just two days before the US State Department demanded that they be removed. Britain was the No. 5 downloader of the plans upon publication, with Germany, Brazil, the United States and Spain filling out the top four positions. 

A working version of the Liberator went on display in September in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. 

The only non-plastic part of the Liberator is a tiny nail that acts as the firing pin, as well as a .380 cartridge it fires. Wilson is reportedly working on fabricating plastic bullets, a move that would make it nearly undetectable at security screenings.  3D-printed firearms can also be manufactured without serial numbers or unique identifiers, tripping up ballistics testing. 

Anyone with a sufficiently sophisticated 3D printer, which can be bought for $1,725 or even less, can make such weapons. 

After users download designs for guns or components, the printers themselves ejects molten plastic to produce 3D shapes of whatever design has been downloaded. 

An actual 3D gun can be made for as little as $25, according to a report by Forbes magazine. 

Police agencies in Germany, Austria and Australia (http://rt.com/news/3d-gun-australia-police-758/) have been testing 3D weapons to get a better sense of their efficacy. Preliminary tests indicate a strong likelihood users could maim or kill themselves instead of the intended target, however, though the guns are expected to become increasingly sophisticated as technologies advance. 

“In Germany and in most European countries, the possession of an unregistered weapon, even if it is manufactured at home, is illegal and punishable by law,” Michael Brzoska, a security expert and director of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Studies at the University of Hamburg, recently told the New York Times. “But the temptation to try, if it’s technically possible, is a great one.” 

While it is currently legal for a person to manufacture a firearm for personal use in the US, the production of weapons using 3D printers is already banned by a European Union directive to member countries.

The UK imposed a ban on handguns after the 1996 Dunblane Primary School massacre, when a gunman shot 16 children and one adult before committing suicide. 

So far, there are no reported violence crimes committed with 3D printed weapons.

Manchester United apologises over ‘swastika’ logo

New Order title used in Manchester United newsletter Manchester United said any offence was “entirely unintended”

Manchester United has apologised after a ‘swastika-style’ logo was sent out to fans in a newsletter alongside the Nazi affiliated title “New Order”.

The similarities between the logo, which spelt out the letters MUFC, and the Nazi symbol were pointed out after United Uncovered was issued via email.

Manchester United said any offence caused was “entirely unintended”.

It said the title related to the band New Order, and that the feature was about the club’s young players.

The statement, which was emailed to fans, said: “In this week’s United Uncovered email newsletter, a graphic spelling the letters MUFC ran alongside a feature about Manchester United’s younger squad members entitled New Order.

“While the headline was intended to reference the band of the same name, it has been pointed out that the graphic had design similarities to a swastika which, combined with other connotations of the phrase ‘new order’, has caused offence which was entirely unintended.

“For this, United Uncovered unreservedly apologises.”

The club’s head of media David Sternberg responded to a number of complaints over Twitter.

He tweeted: “The creative is completely inappropriate; we apologise unreservedly and are taking appropriate internal action.”

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-24691368

 

By Brian Wheeler Politics reporter, BBC News

Conspiracy theories

The more information we have about what governments and corporations are up to the less we seem to trust them. Will conspiracy theories eventually destroy democracy?

What if I told you I had conclusive proof that the moon landings were faked, but I had been told to keep it under wraps by my BBC bosses acting under orders from the CIA, NSA and MI6. Most of you would think I had finally lost my mind.

But, for some, that scenario – a journalist working for a mainstream media organisation being manipulated by shadowy forces to keep vital information from the public – would seem entirely plausible, or even likely.

We live in a golden age for conspiracy theories. There is a growing assumption that everything we are told by the authorities is wrong, or not quite as it seems. That the truth is being manipulated or obscured by powerful vested interests.

And, in some cases, it is.

‘Inside job’

“The reason we have conspiracy theories is that sometimes governments and organisations do conspire,” says Observer columnist and academic John Naughton.

It would be wrong to write off all conspiracy theorists as “swivel-eyed loons,” with “poor personal hygiene and halitosis,” he told a Cambridge University Festival of Ideas debate.

They are not all “crazy”. The difficult part, for those of us trying to make sense of a complex world, is working out which parts of the conspiracy theory to keep and which to throw away.

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Conspiracy theories through the ages

Benjamin Disraeli
  • ‘Secret societies’: Paranoia was rife in the 19th Century in the wake of the French revolution. British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli (pictured) warned of “secret societies which have everywhere their unscrupulous agents, and can at the last moment upset all the governments’ plans”
  • Freemasons: A secret society tracing its roots back to the 14th century, freemasonry has been accused of everything from controlling the judiciary to faking the moon landings
  • Illuminati: Initially referred to the Bavarian Illumaniti, a secret society founded in 1776 to oppose religious influence over public life. Outlawed in 1785 but name now linked to alleged conspiracies to create New World Order
  • Dreyfus affair: A young artillery officer of Jewish extraction, Alfred Dreyfus, was wrongly convicted in 1894 of treason and sent to Devil’s Island in a case that divided France. Nationalists believed there was a Jewish conspiracy against Catholicism
  • Protocols of the elders of Zion: An anti-semitic hoax supposedly describing Jewish plans for world domination. Publicised by the Nazis despite already being exposed as fraudulent
  • McCarthyism: Named after Senator Joseph McCarthy who led a witch-hunt against suspected communists in American public life in the first half of the 1950s

Mr Naughton is one of three lead investigators in a major new Cambridge University project to investigate the impact of conspiracy theories on democracy.

The internet is generally assumed to be the main driving force behind the growth in conspiracy theories but, says Mr Naughton, there has been little research into whether that is really the case.

He plans to compare internet theories on 9/11 with pre-internet theories about John F Kennedy’s assassination.

Like the other researchers, he is wary, or perhaps that should be weary, of delving into the darker recesses of the conspiracy world.

“The minute you get into the JFK stuff, and the minute you sniff at the 9/11 stuff, you begin to lose the will to live,” he told the audience in Cambridge.

Like Sir Richard Evans, who heads the five-year Conspiracy and Democracy project, he is at pains to stress that the aim is not to prove or disprove particular theories, simply to study their impact on culture and society.

Why are we so fascinated by them? Are they undermining trust in democratic institutions?

David Runciman, professor of politics at Cambridge University, the third principal investigator, is keen to explode the idea that most conspiracies are actually “cock-ups”.

“The line between cock-up, conspiracy and conspiracy theory are much more blurred than the conventional view that you have got to choose between them,” he told the Festival of Ideas.

“There’s a conventional view that you get these conspirators, who are these kind of sinister, malign people who know what they are doing, and the conspiracy theorists, who occasionally stumble upon the truth but who are on the whole paranoid and crazy.

What constitutes a conspiracy theory?

“Actually the conspirators are often the paranoid and crazy conspiracy theorists, because in their attempt to cover up the cock-up they get drawn into a web in which their self-justification posits some giant conspiracy trying to expose their conspiracy.

“And I think that’s consistently true through a lot of political scandals, Watergate included.”

‘Curry house plot’

It may also be true, he argues, of the “vicious” in-fighting and plotting that characterised New Labour’s years in power, as recently exposed in the memoirs of Gordon Brown’s former spin doctor Damian McBride.

The Brownite conspiracies to remove Tony Blair were “pathetically ineffectual” – with the exception of the 2006 “curry house” plot that forced Blair to name a departure date – but the picture painted by Mr McBride of a “paranoid” and “chaotic” inner circle has the ring of truth about it, he claims.

Gordon Brown Gordon Brown was a keen student of conspiracy theories

And Mr Brown – said to be a keen student of the JFK assassination – knew a conspiracy when he saw one.

“You feel he sees conspiracies out there because he has a mindset that is not dissimilar to the conspiracy theorists,” said Prof Runciman.

He is also examining whether the push for greater openness and transparency in public life will fuel, rather than kill off, conspiracy theories.

“It may be that one of the things conspiracy theories feed on as well as silence, is a surfeit of information. And when there is a mass of information out there, it becomes easier for people to find their way through to come to the conclusion they want to come to.

“Plus, you don’t have to be an especial cynic to believe that, in the age of open government, governments will be even more careful to keep secret the things they want to keep secret.

“The demand for openness always produces, as well as more openness, more secrecy.”

Which brings us back to the moon landings. I should state, for the avoidance of any doubt, and to kill off any internet speculation, that I am not in possession of any classified information about whether they were faked or not. My contacts at Nasa are not that good.

But then I would say that wouldn’t I?

The lone wolf propaganda carries on in Britain and the UK.

A Ukrainian white supremacist tried to start a one man race war in the UK by murdering a Muslim pensioner and exploding bombs near three mosques.

Pavlo Lapshyn pled guilty at the Old Bailey Photo: CENTRAL NEWS
 
Tom Whitehead

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Pavlo Lapshyn, 25, a PHD technology student, was in Britain just five days before he stabbed defenceless 82-year-old Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham, launching a three month race-fuelled frenzy.

He told police he wanted to “increase racial conflict” and his bombs were detonated at a time of high community tension around the country in the wake of the alleged murder of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, east London.

But the Home Office faced questions over why he was allowed in the UK in the first place after it emerged he had previously been questioned by police in his native Ukraine over a small explosion in his flat there.

The Lapshyn attacks also fuelled concerns of a new terror threat facing Britain from “lone wolf” far right, white supremacists, especially in the wake of the Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik.

Police believe he was preparing to set off more homemade bombs when he was caught and his last, most powerful explosion could have killed or injured hundreds of people but for a blunder by Lapshyn.

The nail bomb, detonated next to a mosque in Tipton in July, sprayed shrapnel more than 200 feet and had been timed for 1pm, when worshippers would normally be arriving at the Mosque.

But that day’s prayers had been put back an hour due to Ramadan and no one was injured as a result.

He had previously detonated bombs near mosques in Walsall and Wolverhampton.

Lapshyn admitted murdering Mr Saleem, causing an explosion and engaging in terrorist acts when he appeared at the Old Bailey.

Mohammed Saleem, 82, who was murdered as he walked home from his local mosque (PA)

During a police interview, Lapshyn said: “I would like to increase racial conflict.

“I did it because they are not white and I am white.

Asked why he had attacked Mr Saleem, in April, he said: “I have a racial hatred, so I have a motivation, a racial motivation and a racial hatred.”

He was described by officers as “calm, calculated, committed” throughout the interview and remained emotionless as he admitted his crimes yesterday.

Lapshyn had arrived in the UK just five days before the murder to take up a work placement with a company called Delcam Plc in the Small Heath area of Birmingham.

Police later discovered he had extreme right wing literature such as the 1978 novel The Turner Diaries, in which a violent revolution evolves into a race war in the US and leads to the extermination of all non-white, gay and Jewish people.

He also researched information about Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

Speaking outside the court, West Midlands Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale described Lapshyn as “dangerous and evil”.

“His motivation was very much that he thought the white man was better than everybody else and he was attacking for that reason.

””He was extremely dangerous. It is of great relief that he is not free to walk the streets any further.

“He’s a dangerous, evil and completely ill-informed man. There is no justification for the crimes he committed or the intent that he has.

“He was operating alone, he was a lone actor.”

Mr Saleem’s daughter Shazia Khan said of her father: “He did not do anything to deserve this horrific killing other than being a Muslim.”

On Lapshyn, she added: “It’s such a pity that he has lost his whole life for some personal hatred or opinion that he has of a particular faith. To kill someone because of what they look like and what they believe in is unforgivable.”

She said that when she saw Lapshyn in court, she pitied him.

“We just looked at him and we felt pity. He looked pathetic. He looked frightened and stressed.”

Her husband Hanif Khan said: “How can you get closure? I thought today we would get that, but you can’t. It opens up wounds. How can you weigh up a sentence to a life? What does it mean?”

He added: “I tried to weigh up what this individual has done, the most selfish act. It’s beyond comprehension.”

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said: “This is a satisfying outcome to a highly distressing case where Pavlo Lapshyn’s hatred has robbed a family of a loved one and attempted to cause fear and division within our communities.”

 

 

Lapshyn, who had a Master’s degree in the technology of machine building, made the bombs from chemicals and equipment he had purchased from the internet, local shops and market stalls after arriving in the UK.

His first device exploded on June 21 next to a mosque in Walsall then a week later he set off a bomb near a Wolverhampton mosque.

On July 12 he detonated a nail bomb next to a mosque in Tipton which blasted shrapnel and debris over a 230-foot area.

Lapshyn set off the Tipton device, which contained 600g of nails, at 1pm to coincide with daily prayers when hundreds of people would usually congregate at the mosque.

Fortunately, due to Ramadan, the mosque’s prayer time had been put back an hour to 2pm meaning the building and car park were empty when the device exploded.

“Luckily the bomb went off at 1pm.

“An hour later the building and car park outside would have been filled with people and cars,” said Dept Supt Edwards.

“At least 200 people attend prayers at the mosque and during Ramadan this could go up into thousands.”

He added: “He increased the amount of explosive that he put in each bomb. He openly admitted he wanted the Tipton bomb to hurt people.”

Police initially linked Lapshyn to the Walsall bombing using CCTV which showed a man arriving at the scene with a children’s “Shark” lunch box containing the bomb and leaving empty-handed a few minutes later.

They trawled through thousands of hours of footage from all over the area to trace the unknown man back to the Small Heath area of Birmingham, where Lapshyn was living in accommodation provided by his employers.

Community policing teams finally uncovered Lapshyn’s identity when they presented CCTV images of him at Delcam’s offices on July 18.

Lapshyn was arrested the same day in connection with the Walsall bomb and immediately admitted to the attack.

During his questioning he also informed police that he had been behind the Tipton bombing and the mystery explosion in Wolverhampton.

Subsequent searches of his room and computer revealed material linking him to the murder of Mr Saleem.

When confronted with this evidence on July 20, Lapshyn admitted killing the grandfather and was charged with his murder.

He first appeared at the Old Bailey on July 25 and was remanded in custody

Lapshyn came to the UK after winning third place in a competition for a work placement at Delcam, where colleagues described him as a “loner”.

He had been awarded a Master’s degree with honours from Ukraine’s Natural Metallurgical Academy in 2010 before starting his PhD.

He then won the scholarship to come to the UK in 2011 but it is not known if he started planning his attacks before arriving.

West Midland Police are working closely with their Ukrainian counterparts to build up a picture of Lapshyn’s life before he came to Britain.

Lapshyn will be sentenced on Friday and can expect a life sentence.

 

Power plant deal leaves the UK handing £90bn to France and paying DOUBLE the going price of electricity for 35 years

By Jon Rees, Financial Mail On Sunday

PUBLISHED: 22:26, 19 October 2013 | UPDATED: 08:34, 21 October 2013

President Francois Hollande will be rubbing his hands with glee this week when the British Government is expected to sign a deal on nuclear power that could funnel £90billion into French coffers.

The agreement with French state-owned EDF Energy will create a price the Government guarantees will be paid for the electricity generated. This is likely to provoke fury as it is twice the market level.

Osborne last week announced plans to allow Chinese firms to take a minority stake in Britain’s nuclear power industry. But remarkably, even after that announcement, the Department of Energy issued a terse statement saying the exact terms of the deal with EDF were ‘still being negotiated’.

 
Nuclear power deal: The agreement with EDF could see electricity prices doubling

Nuclear power deal: The agreement with EDF could see electricity prices doubling

The Government appeared to have made promises to the Chinese before agreeing the guaranteed price with the French, though it refused to comment on its apparent blunder.

Critics say the Government found itself ‘over a barrel’, with the French and Chinese the only bidders left offering to build two nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset – the first in the UK since 1995 – at a price of £14billion.

With the inflation-linked price per megawatt hour likely to be about £90, many are questioning whether this is too much or simply what Britain must pay to keep the lights on and meet environmental targets.

A spokesman for the Energy Intensive Users Group, representing big business users of electricity, said: ‘Major industry needs security of supply and nuclear power can give us that – but not at any price.

‘This deal will cost the consumer more than coal and gas would, but as we decarbonise it is vital that nuclear is part of the mix. Renewable energy, like wind power, is just not reliable enough.

‘Nuclear is not going to come cheap, but it is secure and that is what big users need.

‘Given that we have lost control of our energy industry it is far better that this project is going ahead than not.’

 
Invitation: George Osborne has opened the door for China to enter the UK power market

Invitation: George Osborne has opened the door for China to enter the UK power market

China has even been told it may be allowed to operate nuclear power plants in the UK on its own in the future. Angela Knight, chief executive of the energy companies’ trade body Energy UK said: ‘Energy is a global business and the massive sums needed mean we must attract multi-national investment.’

The £90 per megawatt hour will be guaranteed to EDF through customers’ bills no matter what happens to prices in the wholesale energy market. Offshore wind power has a higher price, at £155 per megawatt hour, but that will last only 15 years.

EDF will make an estimated £90billion over the length of the contract, which is likely to be 35 years, almost as much as the £110billion that the Government estimates is needed to invest in the UK energy market over the next decade. It is a far cry from the £80 per megawatt hour the Treasury was apparently seeking originally.

The Government strongly denies that it is a subsidy. If it were, the whole deal could fall foul of European Union rules against state aid.

Current guidelines do not explicitly exclude nuclear power from receiving state aid and the EU declined to comment on the deal, since it has yet to be signed, but there has never been a test case on the issue so Britain’s would be the first.

Germany, which abandoned its nuclear power programmes after the Fukushima disaster in Japan in 2011, is expected to raise questions about what it may regard as a UK subsidy.

The guaranteed price has been at the crux of tortuous negotiations between the Government and EDF for months.

But as coal-fired power stations are forced to close to meet EU climate-change rules, the UK’s spare capacity in the electricity market is predicted by the National Grid to be as low as 5 per cent this winter, which compares badly with an average of about 15 per cent in America.

Green energy schemes are not able to take up the slack and any doubt over the provision of nuclear power would throw the energy industry into chaos.

Why Has US President Already Delivered Guilty Verdict to Boston Bombers?

Posted: April 21, 2013 in Alternative News, Media, News, Propaganda News
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President delivers ‘executive verdict’ as Feds draft in Gitmo interrogators to handle 19 year old student held in custody

Patrick Henningsen
21st Century Wire

Rule number one for any serious crime scene or investigation is to gather all the evidence and all the testimonies first, before being able to establish criminal charges, let alone deliver any meaningful verdict.

In an extraordinary executive intervention, the President of the United States has weighed in on the Boston Bombing case – already delivering a guilty verdict for the Tsaranev brothers.

Executive Verdict?

Barack Obama informed the nation this weekend, “Whatever hateful agenda drove these men to such heinous acts will not, cannot, prevail. Whatever they thought they could achieve, they’ve already failed.”

The President added to this conclusion,“Why did young men who grew up and studied here as part of our communities and our country resort to such violence?”

Why is there such an incessant rush by the White House to quickly draw a line under this case? Does the President know something yet to be discovered by CSI investigators and witness interviewers in this case?

One reason could be the ever-growing list of unanswered questions and evidence yet to be addressed by either the FBI and law enforcement in charge of this case.

Dzhokar still only a suspect

Granted, a trial in the media is almost expected these days in America, but are we being asked to give up the expectation that the business of determining guilt should be within the jurisdiction of CSI teams, police detectives and the courts – and not within the scope of any politician’s remit? Is it the President’s role to play judge in such matters?

Despite all the patriotic rhetoric, political hype and media fanfare endured over this last week, the fundamental problem with such conclusive statements by the executive branch – is that suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev is only that – a suspect, and no actual or real forensic, or eyewitness evidence has been produced to prove that either him, or his deceased older brother were the actual bombers.

It has been confirmed that the suspect Dzhokar was not read his Miranda Rights by law enforcement. According to officials, the surviving suspect should not receive the same Constitutional rights normally offered to Americans by invoking a “public safety exception”, effectively placing him in the category of enemy combatant.

“The government has invoked the public safety exception, a designation that allows investigators to question the teen without reading him his Miranda rights and without a lawyer present, another Justice Department official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, told CNN.”

Will Dzhokar be allowed to talk?

Interestingly, we are told that 19 year old student Dzhokar may not be able talk at all, due to injuries sustained to his throat.

“The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings suffered an injury to his throat and may not be able to talk, a federal official told CNN on Saturday, possibly hindering attempts by authorities to question him about a motive in the attack.”

The health and well-being of the suspect should be of the up most importance to everyone involved. One should also note here that if this suspect is not able to tell his story in public, it would be a great loss to the American people, who might be robbed of any further evidence and insight into the actual involvement of the two Tsarnaev brother in the Boston Bombings last week.

Beyond this, if any untoward behaviour or broken procedure was done by law enforcement during the pursuit and apprehension of the two suspects, this would likely be revealed by Dzhokar’s own testimony. His inability to talk might be convenient for law enforcement, if any basic rules of engagement were broken.


PHOTO: Officials announce that Gitmo and CIA torture team on its way to handle suspect questioning.

Guantanamo interrogators assigned to suspect

If this suspect is able to talk eventually, he may have to go through a process of interrogation that is normally reserved for US detainees held at the government’s dubious offshore facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

ABC news conformed today that a team specialising in ‘enhanced interrogation’ are already on the way to conduct information extraction from the 19 year old student.

“Tsarnaev will be questioned by a federal team called the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group, which includes officials of the FBI, CIA, and Defense Department, an Obama administration official said.”

This development carries additional implications as to the definition of a suspect’s rights to a fair testimony and trial in the United States.

Sadly, it threatens to drag the entire torture debate back to square one again, with the obvious question rearing its old head: is any evidence or testimony gleaned through torturing a suspect even admissible in a modern court of law? The key word there being “modern”.

Rather than seize the opportunity to advance modern progress in justice and human rights – to really prove the robustness of our own justice system (yes, that one we supposedly fought and died for), the Federal jackboot, led in this instance by President Obama, has chosen to digress instead.

Meanwhile, this highly staged drama continues to unfold…

Boston bomber arrested: Tamerlan Tsarnaev was questioned by FBI in 2011

Posted: April 21, 2013 in Media, Propaganda News
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Boston bomber arrested: Tamerlan Tsarnaev was questioned by FBI in 2011

One of the two brothers accused of the Boston Marathon bombing was questioned by the FBI two years ago but dismissed as being no threat, it was disclosed on Saturday.

Boston bomb suspects are brothers

The FBI’s contact with Tamerlan was described as ‘a sit-down interview where they asked him questions about contacts and surroundings’ Photo: Julia Malakie/Lowell Sun

By , and Nick Allen in Boston and Patrick Sawer

As the hunt for the bombers culminated in a dramatic shoot-out, it emerged that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been interviewed by US officials in 2011 because the Russian government was concerned over his ties to “radical Islam”.

There were fears that Tamerlan, who was killed while trying to flee police on Friday evening, was ready to travel to the Caucasus to join “underground groups”. However, the 26-year-old was released after the FBI assessed he had no connection to terrorist activity.

The disclosure came just hours after the manhunt for Tamerlan’s younger brother Dzhokhar, one of the biggest in US history, had culminated in a suburban back garden.

The 19-year-old was found cowering in a boat by a Boston resident who had wandered outside to stretch his legs and noticed a trail of blood. Police quickly surrounded the property and Dzhokhar was arrested after a gunfight in which 30 shots were fired.

The FBI was facing urgent questions last night over the extent of its knowledge of the two brothers, immigrants from the Caucuses. Their mother and father both claimed yesterday that US federal agents had kept the brothers under watch for at least three years. Zubeidat Tsarnaeva said FBI agents had told her they feared her son Tamerlan was an “extremist leader”.

The FBI confirmed yesterday it had interviewed Tamerlan in 2011, at the request of an unidentified foreign government — later reported to be Russia — over suspected ties to an extremist group.

The questioning did not produce any “derogatory” information and the matter was put “to bed,” a US law enforcement source said.

The FBI’s contact with Tamerlan was described as “a sit-down interview where they asked him questions about contacts and surroundings”.

They are also likely to have conducted a standard background check on him, running his name through databases, checking on his communications and any overseas travel.

The FBI said in a statement: “The request stated that it was based on information that he was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer, and that he had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country’s region to join unspecified underground groups.”

The matter was not pursued further, however, because interviews with Tamerlan and family members “did not find any terrorism activity, domestic or foreign”.

Michael McCaul, the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said: “It’s new information to me and it’s very disturbing that he’s on the FBI radar screen.”

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva said: “They [the FBI] used to come [to our] home, they used to talk to me. They were telling me that he [Tamerlan] was really an extremist leader and that they were afraid of him. They told me whatever information he is getting, he gets from these extremist sites.

“They were controlling him, they were controlling his every step and now they say that this is a terrorist act. Never, ever is this true, my sons are innocent.” She added: “I am 100 per cent sure that this is a set-up. It’s impossible for both of them to do those things. If there was anyone who would know, it would be me.”

Dzhokhar’s capture triggered jubilant scenes across Boston and brought to an end a five-day drama in which police imposed an unprecedented lockdown across the city.

It also emerged on Saturday that Tamerlan’s wife was a Muslim convert from a middle-class Boston family.

Katherine Russell, 24, converted to Islam three years ago, after meeting Tamerlan and giving birth to their daughter Zahara. She was described by neighbours as an “all-American girl”. Dzhokhar, 19, was on Saturday night being treated for “serious but not life-threatening” injuries at a hospital in Boston. He suffered a severe loss of blood and was said to be too ill to talk to police about the motive for the attack.

The US Justice Department said on Saturday that Dzhokhar would not initially be read his rights, under a rare public safety exemption that allows officials to interrogate him and submit his statement in court without prior legal warning. An official said Dzhokhar could face a range of charges, including the use of weapons of mass destruction for his part in the detonation of a bomb. That charge carries a maximum penalty of death.

While Massachusetts has outlawed the death penalty, federal law allows it.

The brothers, ethnic Chechens who were apparently well integrated into US society, are suspected of having set off two bombs in pressure cookers packed with ball bearings and nails at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring nearly 180 more.

Among those who died was eight-year-old Martin Richard, whose family welcomed Dzhokhar’s capture. In a statement they said: “Tonight, our community is once again safe from these two men.”

However, further questions were raised when it was reported that Tamerlan left the US in January 2012 to travel to Russia, returning in mid-July.

An official at the Department of Homeland Security said he was on the “radar screen” of agents in Boston from when he returned to the US to the end of autumn.

The suspects’ father, Anzor Tsarnaev, who lives in the Russian republic of Dagestan, also said the FBI had been watching his family and visited the brothers’ home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, five times, most recently 18 months ago, looking for Tamerlan. “They said there were doing preventive work. They were afraid there might be some explosions on the streets of Boston,” he said.

Tamerlan was allegedly one of a number of young Muslim men who were feared to have become radicalised at one of the city’s mosques.

National security and law enforcement authorities had said earlier that they had not turned up any evidence that the Tsarnaev brothers had contacts with al-Qaeda or other militants overseas.

On Saturday night, FBI agents led a woman wearing a hijab away from the apartment where the brothers had lived in Boston. One television channel said the woman was Tamerlan’s wife, although a neighbour said it was another relation.

Speaking after Dzhokhar’s capture, President Obama said there were still many unanswered questions. “Among them, why did young men who grew up and studied here as part of our communities and our country resort to such violence?” He said the families of those killed deserve answers.

According to the Boston Globe, Dzhokhar attended a soccer party on Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, where other guests described him as looking relaxed.

While Tamerlan had a Green Card but was not a US citizen, Dzhokhar became a naturalised citizen during a ceremony on Sept 11 last year.

In announcing his arrest, Boston police posted a notice on Twitter at 1.30am GMT on Friday, stating: “Captured!!! The hunt is over.”

EU demands access to British police files: Forces will be ordered to hand over documents on investigations or face fines

Posted: April 21, 2013 in Propaganda News
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EU demands access to British police files: Forces will be ordered to hand over documents on investigations or face fines

ARE WE IN AN EU DICTATORSHIP?

  • The EU’s crime intelligence agency would be allowed access to private files
  • Europol could insist chief constables disclose evidence from criminal cases
  • This could include witness statements, DNA samples and fingerprints

By Ian Drury

British police forces will be forced to hand sensitive details of criminal investigations to Brussels or risk a massive fine.

In a controversial move, the European Union’s crime intelligence agency would be allowed to demand access to private police files.

Europol could insist chief constables disclose evidence from criminal cases, witness statements, DNA samples, fingerprints and other data.

Controversial: British police forces will be forced to hand sensitive details of criminal investigations to Brussels or risk a massive fine Controversial: British police forces will be forced to hand sensitive details of criminal investigations to Brussels or risk a massive fine

The UK would not be able to block a request – even if it harmed national security or jeopardised an ongoing investigation.

It raises the prospect of corrupt or incompetent police officers or officials in other countries allowing compromising information to fall into the hands of criminals.

The proposal would also put huge operational strain on forces as they would be ordered to divert resources from tackling crime to information-gathering for Brussels.

If the UK refused to comply, it could be hit with a £220million-a-year fine.

Concerned critics warned the move, which would cost £62million a year, was a step nearer a single European criminal justice system.

Tory MP Dominic Raab said: ‘This plan lays bare the federalist ambition of moving towards a single European criminal justice system, shorn of proper national democratic control.

Concerns: In a controversial move, the European Union¿s crime intelligence agency would be allowed to demand access to private police filesConcerns: In a controversial move, the European Union’s crime intelligence agency would be allowed to demand access to private police files

‘If you don’t trust the Whitehall machine to look after your personal details, it will be a massive liability if it is sent to places that are rife with corruption and incompetence.’

The proposals were sneaked out by the European Commission in a 109-page document with the title European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Co-operation and Training.

They would expand the powers of Europol, the agency set up by the EU in 1999 to share intelligence, crime-fighting techniques and bolster cross-border police co-operation.

A Home Office spokesman said: ‘We will study the Commission’s proposal in detail and will consult Parliament before making a final decision on whether to opt in to it.’