Mr Gabi Vago founded Fortress GB, and has been the Company’s CEO since its incorporation in 1999. He established Fortress GB as a smart card system integrator and application developer. Fortress GB is a key player in technological development with a strong focus on chip design and chip security as well as a deep involvement in the development of the Cryptochip’s security module.
To date, Fortress GB has enjoyed success with their Smart Solutions within the sports, education, aviation and transportation industries. Their Smart Stadium Solution, implemented at many stadiums around the world including a quarter of all UK Premiership Clubs, won the prestigious Sesame Award for best software in 2003.
Fortress GB continually pushes the boundaries of RFID technology with the introduction of their innovative multi application RF smart card. The range of applications on each card includes access control, electronic purse and a host of management tools. Fortress has also developed applications in compliance with NFC standard in conjunction with Nokia, for the next generation of mobile phones.
Prior to establishing Fortress GB, Mr Vago served as the CEO and Managing Director of ICTS (UK) (the leading aviation and general security company in the UK). Under his management, ICTS (UK) grew from an annual turnover of £2 million to over £45 million, employing 2500 staff in the process. Mr Vago also served as ICTS Europe B.V. (ICTS (UK) parent company) Vice President of R&D and Technology Development.
Before joining ICTS (UK), Mr Vago was an IT security consultant to major blue chip companies, working jointly with IBM, Arthur Andersen and Amdahl defining, developing and implementing IT security solutions. In this capacity, Mr Vago gained over fifteen years’ experience in development and implementation of IT security systems with governments and commercial organisations around the world.
Mr Vago holds a BA in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.
|March 22 2002|
Final line-up for Biometrics: Business & Security 2002 announced.
Hear first-hand how biometrics are providing additional security for passengers at Gatwick Airport.
Gabi Vago, Managing Director of Fortress GB reveals all as part of his case study presentation in the Travel Stream on Wednesday afternoon 'Combining biometrics and smart cards to enhance the passenger experience at Gatwick Airport'.
"English Reading has launched its new ticket facility
The Championship club launched a new facility at its Madejski Stadium. Fortress GB and Software4Sport provided a solution of a
multifunctional smart card which tracks all supporters coming through the stadium’s turnstiles. The club now will be able to use the
information collected to benefit fans. Supporters are able to book tickets over the phone or via the Internet and get an automatic
access to the ground without the need to queue at the ticket office to collect tickets. The new system integrates with the club’s
existing infrastructure, such as Talent Ticketing and CRM software and the Boca printer"
Source: Google Cache of <a href='http://footballjob.com/newsletters/NewsletterVol11-printedition.pdf' target='_blank'>http://footballjob.com/newsletters/Newslet...rintedition.pdf]</a>
|ICTS- International Consultants on Targeted Security- founded by a select group of security experts, former military commanding officers and veterans of government intelligence and security agencies has been a world leader in aviation security and security solutions since it was founded in 1982. Company affiliates can be found in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Within Europe, subsidiaries operate from 40 locations including Paris, London, Rome and Amsterdam, employing over 10,000 people.|
|ICTS CORPORATE SCANDAL|
ICTS International N. V. (NASDAQ: ICTS), a leading provider of advanced aviation services, today reported that on Sunday, May 25, 2003, Mr. Ezra Harel, the Chairman of ICTS International N.V. was detained and subsequently released on bail in Israel by the investigative authorities of the Israeli Securities Authority in connection with a criminal investigation under Israeli law involving an unrelated company in which Mr. Harel was a former director and controlling shareholder.
Mr. Menachem Atzmon, a director of ICTS International N.V. was also detained and subsequently released on bail in the same matter. Mr. Atzmon may be deemed a former controlling shareholder of the unrelated company. The substance of the Israeli Securities Authority's questioning of Mr. Harel and Mr. Atzmon is not known, since a gag order is in effect in connection with the investigation.
Mr. Lior Zouker, the President of ICTS stated that "ICTS has no indication that the investigation involves ICTS."
|ICTS's MENACHEM ATZMON & LIKUD VOTING FRAUD IN ISRAEL|
Atzmon and his business partner Ezra Harel are the majority owners (57%) of ICTS?International Consultants on Targeted Security, run by "former [Israeli] military commanding officers and veterans of government intelligence and security agencies" according its Web site. In 1999, Atzmon's Netherlands-based firm took over management of security at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, through ICTS' subsidiary Huntleigh USA.
Israeli plutocrat Menachem Atzmon was co-treasurer of the Likud, along with Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert, during and after the 1988 Israeli elections. In August 1988, Atzmon worked with Olmert and two other men to collect illegal contributions for the Likud from corporations, against Israel's party funding law, by providing fictitious advertising services to the contributors. Atzmon was later convicted in that campaign finance fraud, while Olmert was acquitted.
This convicted Likud criminal's firm was in charge of security at Logan Airport?inspecting the validity of passports and visas, searching cargo, screening passengers?when two airliners were hijacked from there on Sept. 11, 2001, and demolished the World Trade Center towers in New York.
A Bigger Scandal:
Illegal U.S. Funding of Sharon's Likud
|ICTS & RICHARD REID, THE SHOE BOMBER|
12/31/2001 Debka, Israel: "The shoe bomb case has also sent ripples through US-Israeli relations. DEBKAfile?s sources report the angry tone taken by US officials with Israeli security officers and Sharon himself over the Reid affair. They believe Israeli intelligence services knew six months ago about Reid?s suspected involvement in terrorist activities as well as the real purpose of his Gaza visit ? but said nothing. Had Israel spoken up, or at least dropped some hint about Reid, he never would have been allowed to board the American Airlines plane. Washington would have tipped off French authorities, which would have picked Reid up immediately on his arrival in Paris. To make the situation worse, a private security company called ICTS, owned by an Israeli, Ezra Harel, and registered in the Netherlands, was employed at Charles de Gaulle airport to screen passengers boarding US planes. Most of its personnel are ex-Shin Bet officers. The company covers security at Boston?s Logan airport, where the American Airlines plane came down after flight attendants and passengers overpowered Reid. The Americans believe someone at ICTS must have known that Reid planned to take that flight and passed it on to Israel, which withheld information that could have prevented a major air disaster. The Israeli response to US allegations is no less harsh. They admit letting Reid board an El Al flight from Amsterdam to Tel Aviv in July, although an armed sky marshal was ordered to sit next to him. This was a calculated risk in order to find out who Reid?s contacts were in Israel and the Palestinian territories and the only way to cover his movements effectively."
|ICTS & US AIRPORT SECURITY|
On the foreign front, journalists like Globe-Intel's Thomas laid the groundwork for a future expose of Israeli complicity. An example of the subtlety of this effort: in his May 21, 2002 piece on the Israeli spy ring, Thomas mentioned that the Mossad sent its agents trailing the hijackers to New York, Florida, and?very significantly?the Netherlands (in particular, to the Schipol Airport). Whether Thomas here was a witting or unwitting agent of disinformation cannot be ascertained, but clearly somebody knew the crucial importance of including the Netherlands on the Mossad infiltration itinerary?for it was an Israeli-founded company, ICTS, which, through its subsidiary, Huntleigh, handled passenger screening for one of the airliners out of Boston's Logan Airport on September 11. And, as it so happened, ICTS was based out of the Netherlands. As we shall see, the security companies would theoretically be the ideal operative agents for ensuring that the September 11 "op" would go off without a hitch. Thus, an Israeli connection on this front would be a key factor in a counter-legend placing the State of Israel?as opposed to individual Jews and/or Israeli operatives?front and center as the main perpetrator of 9/11.
|Support Sacked Belfast Airport Strikers|
We are appealing for messages of support and financial backing for 24 airport security staff in Belfast who have been sacked for striking against the low pay and poor conditions imposed upon them by the management of ICTS UK Ltd. Notably the workers sacked were prominent union activists, including two key shop stewards. One worker was even told by management that he was being sacked for speaking at a union meeting and taking too strong a line with management! The response of some of the higher up officials in the union - the T&G - and at union HQ has been woefully inadequate, especially when it becomes clear that after initially sanctioning the strike of the airport officers as legal and official, they later turned around and repudiated the action opening the way for management reprisals.
Gordon McNeil, one of the sacked shop stewards, spoke to Socialist Appeal.
Socialist Appeal: Why were you and your workmates sacked?
Gordon McNeil: We were out fighting a trade dispute for extra money, but the management, I believe, have a hidden agenda. They want to get rid of the two shop stewards - i.e. myself and my other colleague Madam Gupta. The others who've been sacked have all been heavily involved in union activity, they have been very strong when in forcefully voicing our opinion to management. I think the underlying agenda here was to remove the strong people from the security of employment. Therefore, the management have embarked on a litany of abuse against the staff. Clearly their aim is to remove the strong people so that they can crush the rest.
SA: What are the issues surrounding the strike and how exactly did it come about?
G McN: The strike came about following a massive 97% majority in a postal ballot for strike action. We had been involved in pay talks with this company since November 1, 2001. We have had problems with our regional officer within the union, Mr Joe McCusker. We had been in touch with Mr McCusker who asked us to suspend our action on Wednesday May 8 until Tuesday May 14 pending discussions via the LRA to resolve the dispute. We entered these talks on the understanding that it was to be a meaningful dialogue with the company - but the company basically laughed in our face; they were not serious about making offers of money. We then sought advice from the union on Monday May 13 to resume our action from Tuesday May 14 because it was the named time and date, and we'd already gone through the full process of serving it on the company. The union told us to just go ahead, we engaged in action on Tuesday morning, and on Wednesday morning we had a repudiation notice served on us by our regional officer, Joe McCusker. We felt very angry that we had been told that we were fully entitled to engage in a strike because it was perfectly lawful and legal, and then for the union to go ahead and repudiate it left us wide open. This is why the company jumped on the back of this repudiation to dismiss us. We have subsequently taken advice on this and the union have now stated that the advice we were given on Monday was indeed that it was official action, and also that on Tuesday afternoon they had even told the company that it was official. But they still seem to be adopting the position, as we speak, that it was an unofficial strike action, even though they now admit the advice they gave at the gates on the Monday.
SA: Are you unhappy then with the role the union has played in both the action to begin with and their response to the sackings?
G McN: Yes I am, I must say I am quite angry. A union is a body of people, and the ordinary members and lay activists on the street are not the ones I am angry at. I am angry at some of the regional organisers, and the director of the legal services of the union, Fergus Whittey. We have had quite poor representation till now, but one thing that has really galled me, and I would like people to reflect on this, is the fact that the management has been able to use this situation to further their own ends, and that they are really very despicable in this whole situation. Take the communication between our National Secretary Tim Lyle, who is the civil aviation officer for the union, on Wednesday of last week with Ben Lewis who is the company secretary of ICTS about the sacking of the 24 officers. Tim Lyle stated that Ben Lewis laughed at him down the phone. Mr Lyle said: "Do you think that's funny that you have sacked 24 workers?" Mr Lewis replied that he thought it was hilarious that he had ruined 24 lives. Naturally there is great anger amongst the staff particularly those who have been sacked, but also among the staff still there in the airport.
SA: What support have you had?
G McN: The support we have had has been outstanding. We are planning on upping our campaign and we just require as much support as possible, even if it is just a signature, it all goes to show that we have support. That the public are not going to stand back and let a company, especially a company that are so adamant that they can rule the workforce, get away with it. Therefore, we think that it is an abuse not only upon ourselves but it is an abuse on all people who dare to speak out in the workplace to further the rights of workers.
SA: Is the mood and morale of the activists is high?
G McN: Very strong, we are obviously very angry, but we are also resolute that we will not be beaten down. I will not have my voice silenced because I am only speaking out for basic rights for these workers. At the end of the day the whole dispute was over a 30p per hour pay rise which would have taken us up to �5.50. We are on �5.20 at the moment, no sickness benefit, and no overtime rate. When we see an airport porter - and I am not being derogatory towards porters here - on a substantially higher wage than ourselves, with full sickness benefit for 6 months a year, and they get overtime on double rates. I think there has to be a correlation brought into the job we do in relation with other workers in the airport, and therefore we will have our say and we will not be beaten down by this management or any management.
SA: What do you see as the way forward specifically for your dispute? What can trade unionists in Britain and Ireland do to help your dispute?
G McN: The first thing would be the monetary aspect, finances. Twenty four officers are now sitting on social security benefits - some of them don't even get that. We would need financial support to pay the bills and to build this campaign which we intend to run against this company. I would ask people in their workplace to raise their concerns with their regional officers, and to write to Mr Morris of the T&GWU.
The headquarters of the company in London are Devonshire House ICTS UK Ltd, I would ask people in London to make representations there and to send letters and demand answers to why these officers here, who do a fantastic job. We protect the lives of the travelling public regardless of their race, colour or creed, have been treated in this despicable manner. It is not particularly nice for a security officer to have to go through peoples personal belongings or get physical with people and search their bodies, but we do it in order to secure passenger safety. We ask the public across Britain to show support for us to organise and demonstrate on our behalf, and not let this company be seen as a successful union buster. The company has behaved disgracefully towards their employees
Thank you to every single person out there who has shown support, and a great thanks for those who will show support in the future. We will do all we can over here to fight our cause. At the end of the day this is an attack on all workers who dare to challenge management on the conditions in their workplace. So this is an attack not just on one sector but an attack on all, because it is me today but it could quite easily be you tomorrow.
Eugene McGlone, sacked Irish T&G official told Socialist Appeal that he had met some of the sacked workers and that "it is disgraceful that nothing has been done about this. Not just words of support but action is needed. The union must stand up for its members, for workers and their families. The campaign for our reinstatement [the campaign to reinstate Mick O'Reilly and Eugene McGlone] gives its 100 percent backing to the sacked airport workers and would appeal to trade unionists everywhere to offer their support."
Protests should be sent to:
ICTS UK Ltd
1 Devonshire Street
London W1W 5DP
Gordon has asked us to forward messages of support to the strikers, so please email us with messages from you union or organisation, or individually to email@example.com.
Please also raise this matter in your union branch and your workplace. Take up a collection for the strikers and send them your financial and written support.
June 17, 2002
|The Intelligence Summit: Intelligence News and Information, Terrorism, Maritime Security, Defense and Homeland Security|
Col. Oded Shoham, IDF (Res.)
CEO, ICTS Technologies USA, Inc.
Speaker's Photo Col. Oded Shoham (IDF - Israel Defense Forces, Res.), has been intensely involved in intelligence and security activities over the past 30 years.
An expert System & Electronics Engineer, a summa cum laude graduate, Col. Shoham is the former head of the Technological Research, Development and Implementation Center of the Israel Defense Forces' Intelligence Corps.
During his 25-year military service Col. Shoham accumulated wide-ranging expertise and experience, encompassing the design and development of complex, large-scale, innovative technological systems designed to meet specific intelligence and security requirements, from the initial stage of analyzing and determining the field requirements, through system planning, concept design, development and implementation, to system installation, provision of long-term maintenance and subsequently - technological upgrading to meet evolving intelligence and security needs. In many cases, Col. Shoham was entrusted with the task of developing unique, creative technological solutions in order to provide suitable responses to specific problems. Throughout his career, Col. Shoham has successfully executed numerous highly sophisticated projects and has implemented pioneering programs of major significance, for governmental and private organizations in the US, Europe and Israel.
After retiring from the Israel Defense Forces, Col. Shoham joined a private firm specializing in network security solutions, as its General Manager.
In his current position as the CEO of ICTS Technologies, Col. Shoham continues to lead the development and management of advanced technological solutions for the homeland security market. ICTS Technologies, develops state-of-the-art technological products that combine the company's significant technological capabilities with its extensive expertise and international experience in security operations worldwide, spanning a period of more than two decades.
|Stephen L. Friedman and Menachem Atzmon: partners in Likud money-laundering, with implications in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.|
A Philadelphia lawyer, Friedman was the general counsel in the United States for the Likud party of Israel from 1984 (or, officially, 1988) to 1999. Friedman is a close friend of the Netanyahu family; he grew up in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, around the corner from Benjamin and his father Benzion Netanyahu, the senior aide to avowed fascist Vladimir Jabotinsky.
Israeli plutocrat Menachem Atzmon was co-treasurer of the Likud, along with Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert, during and after the 1988 Israeli elections. In August 1988, Atzmon worked with Olmert and two other men to collect illegal contributions for the Likud from corporations, against Israel's party funding law, by providing fictitious advertising services to the contributors. Atzmon was later convicted in that campaign finance fraud, while Olmert was acquitted.
Up until his 1996 conviction, Atzmon was president of the Israel Development Fund (IDF), a U.S. tax-exempt foundation funneling money illegally to the Likud. IDF is one entity in a cluster of such false-front Likud money spigots, all run by Philadelphia attorney Steven L. Friedman, a partner in the Dilworth, Paxson firm.
Friedman has overseen the Likud's U.S. fundraising since 1984, when he began arranging Netanyahu's broadcasts and meetings with American leaders. Netanyahu first met Mervyn Adelson at that time, and brought him into his inner circle along with Friedman and Ron Lauder. Friedman is a key leader of the Republican Jewish Coalition, founded and run by Detroit Purple Gang mobster Max Fisher, a longtime chairman of dope-running United Fruit. The Coalition finances and corrupts the U.S. Republican Party.
Friedman created a network of tax-exempt U.S. organizations tied to Likud. The first entity, Israel Development Fund (IDF), began in 1989. According to Internal Revenue Service tax records, IDF gave money directly to the Likud, directly countering the purpose of the U.S. tex exemption laws.
In The Jewish Week for Feb. 19, 1999, reporter Lawrence Cohler-Esses wrote: "Several former Netanyahu cronies say the Israel Development Fund, which over six years raised about $1.5 million, was of indirect help to Netanyahu. Another source claims that the fund helped finance Netanyahu's jaunts to the U.S. The fund did allocate several grants to youth programs, as it was originally set up to do; but only about half of its expenditures were for such programs. According to the fund's tax reports, it granted $16,000 to 'Lichud'—evidently a distortion of Likud. Other donations include $9,000 to "Shood Harabanim"—apparently a mutation of the name "Ichud Harabanim," a group of West Bank rabbis who have called on Israeli soldiers to refuse to obey orders if the Israel Defense Forces redeploy in the West Bank; $13,000 to the settlers' journal Nekuda; another $13,000 to 'Gagner Aliyah,' a contortion of "Gesher Aliyah"—a charitable organization supervised by Avigdor Lieberman, former director-general of the Prime Minister's bureau, a body later subjected to criminal investigation.
Cohler-Esses obtained a list of IDF donors from 1989 through 1992, which included "[Irving] Moskowitz; New York businessman Joseph Mermelstein; Reuben Mattus, the late founder of Haagen Dazs ice cream, and his widow, Rose; and Manfred Lehmann, the late philanthropist and right-wing activist who defended Dr. Baruch Goldstein's murder of 29 Palestinians in Hebron in 1994.... In 1995 [tax reports] ... Moskowitz's foundation [was reported as giving] 5,000 to IDF and 5,000 to the Likud party through Friedman. When questioned about this, Friedman, in the only brief interview he agreed to, said the listing of the political donation to Likud was 'a mistake.' Soon after the interview, Friedman filed an amendment to his Justice Department filing stating that the 1995 Moskowitz donation to Likud was, in fact, to the charity IDF."
Menachem Atzmon resigned as president of Friedman's IDF following his 1996 conviction for Israeli election campaign finance fraud. But his later U.S. activities would prove to be much more disturbing.
Atzmon and his business partner Ezra Harel are the majority owners (57%) of ICTS—International Consultants on Targeted Security, run by "former [Israeli] military commanding officers and veterans of government intelligence and security agencies" according its Web site. In 1999, Atzmon's Netherlands-based firm took over management of security at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, through ICTS' subsidiary Huntleigh USA.
This convicted Likud criminal's firm was in charge of security at Logan Airport—inspecting the validity of passports and visas, searching cargo, screening passengers—when two airliners were hijacked from there on Sept. 11, 2001, and demolished the World Trade Center towers in New York.
Is it possible that Steven L. Friedman's exalted position in U.S. and Israeli politics lent influence to help accomplish this seemingly difficult task?—vetting a man with Atzmon's past as the principal figure in security at Logan, and other American and European airports as well. (Atzmon's firm also advises the U.S. and other governments on airport security.)
|Menachem Atzmon, convicted of campaign financing fraud in the 90s, and Stephen L. Friedman are partners of International Consultants on Targeted Security (ICTS) run by former Israeli military commanders and government intelligence agencies. In 1999, ICTS took over management of security at Logan Airport in Boston under its subsidiary Huntleigh, USA and was in charge on 9/11. Friedman is a member of the Israel Defense Fund. And then there's Ronald Lauder, heir to the Estee Lauder cosmetic fortune who is treasurer of the World Jewish Congress and a trustee of the Special Reserve Fund of the Anti-Defamation League.|
|PROSPECTUS INKSURE TECHNOLOGIES INC. 32 Broadway Suite 1314 New York, New York 10004 (212) 269-0370|
Events related to our largest stockholder and one of our directors could affect our reputationand harm our business.
On May 30, 2003, Ezra Harel, one of ourdirectors and a director of ICTS International, N.V., our largest stockholder, and Menachem Atzmon, another director of ICTS, were detained and then released on bail in Israel by officials ofthe Israeli Securities Authority in connection with a criminal investigation.
The probe involved an unrelated company in which Mr. Harel was a former director and Mr. Aztmon was the controlling shareholder. We do not know thesubstance oftheIsraeli Securities Authority's questioning of Mr. Harel and Mr. Aztmon, due to a gag order on the investigation is in effect. Wehave no indication whether theinvestigation involves ICTS, nevertheless, publicity related to this investigation or other events could include references to us. Publicity ofthis type could cause harm to our reputation and business, and our ability to obtain future financing.
Via: A Google Cache of corporate PDF
|ICTS International N.V. (NASDAQ: ICTS [ADR])|
1181 JC Amstelveen, The Netherlands
Hoover's coverage by Amy Schein
ICTS International works internationally to make the skies a little safer. Through its I-SEC subsidiaries (I-SEC International, I-SEC Technologies, and I-SEC Homeland Security), the company offers aviation security and related services to customers worldwide. The Aviation and Transportation Security Act (which states that aviation security companies operating in the US must be at least 75%-owned by US citizens) has forced ICTS to limit its Huntleigh USA unit and scale back its US-based security offerings. Company chairman Menachem Atzmon controls a majority stake in ICTS.
|NETHERLANDS: ICTS International N.V. reports entering into the railroad security business|
05-05-2005 12:09:13 GMT
[Statement issued by ICTS International N.V. on 3 May 2005]
ICTS International N.V. today reported that it is entering into the railroad security business which will be headed by Mr. H. Graf, who has had ten years experience in the field and is considered a world leader in railroad security. The new division under Mr. Graf is actively marketing its products to the rail and transportation market and is under negotiation with several significant potential customers. The Company expects contracts to be announced in the near future. Mr. Menachem Atzmon, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ICTS, stated that he "sees great potential in the rail and land transportation market and sees this activity as an important component in the future of the Company." Mr. Atzmon further stated that Mr. Graf's knowledge and experience in the important area of rail security will also be used in connection with ICTS's ongoing operations in other security fields.
For the past ten years Mr. Graf has headed the Israeli railways security division, during which time he developed and implemented an entire concept of rail security, covering terminals, stations infrastructure, cargo, passenger, procedures, man power, training hardware and software.
ICTS has interests in a variety of businesses and ventures. Its current principal activity consists of providing manpower based aviation security services in the Netherlands and non-security related manpower based general aviation services in the USA. Its other activities consist primarily of developing integrated technological solutions designed for enhancing the processing time of passengers at airports and other gateways and establishing and operating motion-based entertainment theaters in the USA.
ICTS International N.V.
Source: Yet another Google Cache or an Excite Cache
|ICTS International N.V.: Company Receives Security Contracts in European Airports|
Business Wire, August 25, 2005
AMSTELVEEN, Netherlands -- ICTS International N.V. (NASDAQ: ICTS), a leading provider of advanced security services, reported today that its wholly owned subsidiary, International Security BV (I-SEC), has received two contracts from a major airline for security services in two major cities in Europe. The contracts commence in October 2005.
Mr. Menachem Atzmon, Chairman of ICTS, stated, "This is a significant breakthrough in ICTS's re-entering into the airport security market in Europe following the announcement made earlier this year." He further stated that he "expects that more contracts will be obtained in Europe in the near future."
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|ICTS Reestablishes Its Security Operations in Various European Airports|
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ICTS International N.V. ICTS, a leading provider of advanced security services, reported today that its wholly owned subsidiary, I-SEC International Security B.V. ("I-SEC") has completed the initial phase of its reentry and penetration into the international aviation security market. This phase, executed in parallel to the expansion of I-SEC's existing operations in the Netherlands and in Russia, includes the establishment of new subsidiaries and the provision of services at international airports in London, UK (Gatwick); Paris, France (Charles de Gaulle); Cologne, Germany; Barcelona, Spain; Budapest, Hungary; and Edinburgh, Scotland. I-SEC is supplying a range of aviation security services and implementing state-of-the-art technologies at these locations within the framework of long-term contracts signed with various airlines. Following this recent expansion, I-SEC is providing services at a total of 9 locations in Europe, through 9 subsidiaries. Additionally, I-SEC is providing aviation security consulting services at airports in the Asia Pacific region.
Mr. Menachem Atzmon, Chairman of ICTS International N.V., declared: "I-SEC's outstanding performance confirms the trust placed by the airline industry in the company's professional capabilities. This achievement establishes I-SEC as a leading provider of advanced aviation security services to airlines and airports." He further stated that he "expects more contracts to be signed by I-SEC for the supply of aviation security services at additional locations in Europe and in the Far East in the near future."
About ICTS International N.V.
ICTS specializes in the development and implementation of innovative security concepts and solutions designed to meet the needs of a variety of industries, mainly including transportation (aviation, railroad and other means of public transportation), border control and sensitive facilities. ICTS International benefits from over two decades of expertise and international operational experience in transportation security, with a particular emphasis on high-risk environments, passenger processing transactions and the integration of security services to provide a comprehensive security solution. It also offers a wide variety of customized training programs, tailored procedures and a wide range of security consulting services. The company has developed and implemented unique technological solutions, based on its comprehensive approach to security, designed to enhance the level of security while accelerating the security check process. www.icts-int.com
About I-SEC Homeland Security B.V. (I-SEC HLS)
I-SEC HLS developed comprehensive solutions for the homeland security market. Its main areas of activity include mass transportation and railroad security; incident management and decision support systems; security solutions for essential infrastructure and for installations and sites at which large numbers of people congregate; and more. www.isec-hls.com
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, regarding the Company's business strategy and future plans of operations. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, both general and specific to the matters discussed in this press release. These and other important factors, including those mentioned in various Securities and Exchange Commission filings made periodically by the Company, may cause the Company's actual results and performance to differ materially from the future results and performance expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date hereof and the Company expressly disclaims any obligation to provide public updates, revisions or amendments to any forward-looking statements made herein to reflect changes in the Company's expectations or future events.
Contact Information: ICTS International N.V. Avraham Dan, 011-972-9-9955454
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|ICTS International N.V. Reports Favorable Court Decision For Huntleigh USA Corporation in Takings Case|
Thursday April 28, 2:26 PM EDT
AMSTELVEEN, Netherlands, Apr 28, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ICTS International N.V. (ICTS), today reported another court victory for its wholly-owned subsidiary, Huntleigh USA Corporation, in Huntleigh's lawsuit against the federal government alleging a violation of the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment. On January 7, 2005, the United States Court of Federal Claims issued an opinion denying the government's motion to dismiss the action. The government, recognizing the import of the opinion which allowed Huntleigh's claims to proceed, sought to reargue the motion to dismiss and asked the Court to reconsider its position. Last week, the Court denied the government's motion to reconsider the January 7 opinion.
Huntleigh's lawsuit alleges that Huntleigh's airport security screening business was destroyed when the government federalized security at all domestic airports in the wake of September 11. The action also claims that the United States violated sections of the Aviation Transportation and Security Act when it did not pay adequate compensation for the loss of Huntleigh's private screening contracts. In the Court's recent opinion denying the government's motion for reconsideration, the Court stated that the government had failed to meet the standards to prevail on its motion and reaffirmed the holdings in its January 7 opinion. Menachem Atzmon, the Chairman of ICTS's Supervisory Board, remarked that the Court's opinion "clears the way for Huntleigh to establish the validity of its Takings claim."
ICTS has interests in a variety of businesses and ventures. Its current principal activity consists of providing manpower based aviation security services in the Netherlands and non-security related manpower based general aviation services in the USA. Its other activities consist primarily of the development of integrated technological solutions designed for enhancing processing time of passengers at airports and other gateways and the establishment and operation of motion-based entertainment theaters in the USA.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, regarding the Company's business strategy and future plans of operations. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, both general and specific to the matters discussed in this press release. These and other important factors, including those mentioned in various Securities and Exchange Commission filings made periodically by the Company, may cause the Company's actual results and performance to differ materially from the future results and performance expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date hereof and the Company expressly disclaims any obligation to provide public updates, revisions or amendments to any forward-looking statements made herein to reflect changes in the Company's expectations or future events.
SOURCE: ICTS International N.V.
CONTACT: ICTS International N.V.
M. Albert Nissim, 212-218-1850
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| A. Major Shareholders.|
The following table sets forth certain information regarding the beneficial ownership of the Common Shares of ICTS, as of the date of this Annual Report, by each person, other than officers and directors, who is known by ICTS to own beneficially more than 5% of the outstanding Common Shares:
Number of Shares Percent of
Beneficially Owned Class Owned
Leedan...................... 2,255,000(1) 36.2%
Harmony .................... 679,443(2) 10.9%
Port of Rostock............ 390,000(3) 6.3%
(1) Leedan, through wholly-owned subsidiaries, owns approximately 36.2% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares. Mr. Menachem J. Atzmon and Mr. Ezra Harel own, indirectly 100% of the outstanding shares of Leedan and may be deemed to control Leedan. Leedan, Mr. Atzmon and Mr. Harel may be able to appoint all the directors of ICTS and control the affairs of ICTS.
(2) Harmony owns approximately 10.9% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares. Harmony is owned equally by Mr. Atzmon's Family Trust and Harel Family Trust. Mr. Menachem J. Atzmon and Mr. Ezra Harel may be deemed to control these shares as joint managing directors of Harmony.
(3) Port of Rostock owns approximately 6.3% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares. Port of Rostock is fully controlled by Harmony. Mr. Menachem J. Atzmon and Mr. Ezra Harel both are directors and executives of Port of Rostock and accordingly they may be deemed to control all of the outstanding shares of Port of Rostock.
Atzmon and Mr. Ezra Harel both are directors and executives of Port of Rostock and accordingly they may be deemed to control all of the outstanding shares of Port of Rostock.
B. Related Party Transactions.
In December 2000 and January 2001, the Company, invested $500,000 in Omnivee. A principal of Omnivee is the son-in-law of Lior Zouker, Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
In connection with the Company's investment in John Bryce, the Company in 2000 paid Leedan and one of its affiliates a fee of $170,000 in consideration for investment advisory services rendered by these companies.
In July 2000, the Company in conjunction with ITA purchased 16 common shares of Ramasso from Leedan, a major shareholder of the Company, for $16,000 in cash and a loan of $500,000 to Ramasso by the Company at the rate of LIBOR plus 2%. When the Company exercised its option to acquire stock the loan was converted into equity.
In July 2000, the Company issued a bank guaranty for $1,000,000 to Seebex as a substitute to another bank guaranty given by Ezra Harel, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Company. In consideration for the guaranty the Company received 100,000 shares of Seebex common stock, representing 10% of Seebex's equity and the right to appoint 1/4 of Seebex's board of directors. Seebex has developed new software for building presence and messaging applications which creates a life community on a persons web server enabling visitors to communicate with each other.
In October 2000, the Port of Rostock extended the Company a loan for $1.5 million. This loan was repaid in January 2001. Both Mr. Ezra Harel and Mr. Menachem Atzmon are principals and indirect majority shareholders of Rostock.
In December 2000, In December 2000, the Company, pursuant to a Stock Subscription Agreement, exercised an option to purchase a total of 100 common shares of ITA for $600,000, representing 10% of the outstanding share capital of ITA. Ezra Harel and Menachem Atzmon, two of the major shareholders and members of the Supervisory Board of the Company indirectly are the major shareholders of ITA.
In January 2001, as part of the sale of its European operations by the Company to Civas, the Company in exchange for services rendered by the members of the Supervisory Board and the executives in connection with the sale paid out the following:
Ezra Harel $1,800,000(1)
Boaz Harel $ 169,000(2)
Savinoam Avivi $ 18,000
Michael Barnea $ 225,000(3)
Gerald Gitner $ 118,000
Menachem Atzmon $ 412,000(4)
Amos Lapidot $ 18,000
Lior Zouker $1,080,000(5)
Albert Nissim $ 30,000
Joseph Yahav $ 500,000(6)
Doron Zicher $ 163,000(7)
(1) This amount was due to Mr. Ezra Harel's agreement with the Company entered into June 1998 and was designated by him to be paid out to Leedan.
(2) In exchange for this cash payment Mr. Boaz Harel surrendered 16,667 of stock options held by him in the Company.
(3) Mr. Barnea designated Pinkhill Business Ltd, to receive this payment from the Company.
(4) Mr. Atzmon designated Leedan to receive this payment from the Company on his behalf.
(5) This amount was paid out pursuant to an employment agreement entered into between the Company and Mr. Zouker on December 28, 1995 which was renewed on December 12, 2000.
(6) In exchange for this cash payment Mr. Joseph Yahav surrendered 49,464 of stock options held by him in the Company.
(7) In exchange for part of this cash payment Mr. Doron Zicher surrendered 6,667 of stock options held by him in the Company.
Source: Edgar Online
|Israel: A Conspiracy Here, A Conspiracy There|
6/29/2004 1:11:00 PM GMT
....Menachem Atzmon, convicted of campaign financing fraud in the 90s, and Stephen L. Friedman are partners of International Consultants on Targeted Security (ICTS) run by former Israeli military commanders and government intelligence agencies. In 1999, ICTS took over management of security at Logan Airport in Boston under its subsidiary Huntleigh, USA and was in charge on 9/11. Friedman is a member of the Israel Defense Fund. And then there's Ronald Lauder, heir to the Estee Lauder cosmetic fortune who is treasurer of the World Jewish Congress and a trustee of the Special Reserve Fund of the Anti-Defamation League.
Source: Al Jazeera
|2 October 2005|
00:05:06 o'clock BST
Pride of Britain Awards
I was woken this morning by a call from a reporter from the Sunday Mirror asking me if I had seen the front page of the mirror. I don't really buy newspapers unless I pickup a free Metro, if i'm not in London i'm not up before 11am usually !
So 8:45am this morning I dragged myself out of bed and headed up to the newsagents to grab a copy of the paper. It was a suprise to see Davinia in the newspaper as I wasn't aware the "Pride of Britain" awards were even taking place. I'm glad everyone can see what a star she really is and as I said on ITV news tonight she really is "radiant". It shows how brave alot of people REALLY are, the girl who was hit by a petrol bomb and the guy who stopped an armed robbery are real life heroes !
I've been invited to Washington DC to be honoured by the Anti Defamation League (www.adl.org) they campaign for an end to terrorism and are very well respected in the states. More on this soon ..........
Source: Paul Dadge London Bombing's Page
|Boating out of Rostock?|
Demco Group - Emergency and Security Solutions
DEMCO Group Emergency & Security Solutions is a system development and consultancy firm founded in 1982. Its team comprises of senior retired military and security forces officers, who benefit from vast experience in Emergency Preparedness, preparation of Operating Procedures and the planning and performance of national to local scale exercises for emergency situations, Response to Emergency situations and disasters and Recovery.
DEMCO offers modularly scaled and tailored services in Emergency Planning, Emergency Preparedness, Crisis Management, Training & Exercises, Organization of Emergency Agencies, Preparation of Doctrine Manuals & Procedures, and Planning of C3 Systems.
DEMCO’s expertise in preparing various agencies to handle emergencies such as Homeland Security Threats, including conventional and non-conventional terror attacks, Low Intensity Conflicts (LIC), wars, natural disasters and various crisis situations are well known in the industry. Furthermore, following the methodology of Community Resilience and recovery, we possess unique, extensive expertise in the field of psycho-social support and stress management for a more successful behavioral operational recovery.
DEMCO has established itself internationally as a practical and reliable firm concentrating on emergency-related projects. It specializes in integrating scalable, sustainable solutions for governmental ministries and agencies, regional and local authorities, law enforcement agencies, private and multinational corporations, civil defense and rescue forces, medical institutions and local communities.
In keeping with ICTS International N.V.’s objective of significantly expanding its presence in the USA, in January 1999 the company acquired the Huntleigh Corporation, which at the time of the acquisition was the fifth largest provider of airline passenger screening services in the United States. The addition of this subsidiary placed ICTS International N.V. in a unique position as a worldwide service provider to the aviation industry, with the ability to provide its clients with a broad spectrum of services spanning the Atlantic.
Based in St. Louis, Huntleigh operates at 36 US airports, including most of the international aviation gateways in the USA.
The services provided by ICTS/Huntleigh USA include security agents, charter flights security screening, skycap and wheelchair services, baggage Handling, Ticket Verification Agents, guards, ramp agents, passenger service agents, baggage Services Agents, Crew transport, baggage x-ray, aircraft search, Vendor Security Screening, and more.
|New Railway Contract for ICTS (UK) Ltd.|
ICTS UK is contracted to supply all the passenger contact staff for the new rail ling to Heathrow Airport—ticket sellers, revenue protection officers, train hosts, porters, wheelchair attendants, trolley collectors.
The service is scheduled to begin in March, 2005.
ICTS Europe Holdings B.V.
Burgemeester Stramanweg 102-J, 1101 AA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tel: +31-20-5675222, Fax: +31-20-5675239, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ictseurope.com
|QUOTE (amirrortotheenemy @ Nov 8 2006, 05:07 PM)|
|I've just found out that the Philip Mark Croshaw that I've mentioned here in http://z13.invisionfree.com/julyseventh/in...p?showtopic=955 as a former director of Samara Medical Services along with Shakir Al-Ani was also involved in Fortress GB along with a Belinda Croshaw.|
|BTW, Paul Dadge ('who works for the internet provider AOL and whose job there, ironically, involves monitoring discussion threads', hello Paul) was invited to Washington DC to be honoured by the Anti Defamation League:|
|QUOTE (Bridget @ Nov 11 2006, 10:01 PM)|
What info is there on the Croshaws and Fortress GB?
|QUOTE (The Antagonist @ Nov 14 2006, 02:44 AM)|
|Abu Qatada was banned by most mainstream mosques, so held his own meetings at the Four Feathers Club, near Baker Street in Central London. His lawyer says that he “entirely denies” any involvement with terrorism.|
|QUOTE (amirrortotheenemy @ Nov 14 2006, 02:09 PM)|
8 Baker Street is the registered office of Fortress (GB) Limited and Geldof's Live 8 Limited, while our man Croshaw is a former director of 'The Feathers Association' that runs the Four Feathers Club. Sir Michael Kershaw Ridley is one of the present trustees.
|Friday, 16 June, 2000, 21:06 GMT 22:06 UK|
Royal Victorian Order and Medals
The Royal Victorian Order is a personal award for services performed on behalf of the Sovereign.
Royal Victorian Medal is associated with the Royal Victorian Order and the two awards can be held by the same person.
ROYAL VICTORIAN ORDER
Michael Kershaw Ridley, CVO Clerk of the Council, Duchy of Lancaster.
|QUOTE (amirrortotheenemy @ Nov 14 2006, 02:09 PM)|
8 Baker Street is the registered office of Fortress (GB) Limited and Geldof's Live 8 Limited, while our man Croshaw is a former director of 'The Feathers Association' that runs the Four Feathers Club. Sir Michael Kershaw Ridley is one of the present trustees.
|A right mixture of public buildings in fact. There's the Fourth Feathers youth and community centre (a 70s brick fortress secured behind unwelcoming steel gates|
In the final part of our investigation into the Afghanistan war's unanswered questions, the focus falls on Muslim groups in the UK accused of promoting terrorism
Allies point the finger at Britain as al-Qaida's 'revolving door'
The British connection
Audrey Gillan, Richard Norton-Taylor, John Hooper in Berlin, Jon Henley in Paris and Giles Tremlett in Madrid
Thursday February 14, 2002
Investigators in Britain are privately at loggerheads with their US and continental European counterparts over claims that the UK was used as a pivotal base for Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network in the run-up to the September 11 terror attacks.
Documents compiled in Madrid, Milan, Paris and Hamburg and seen by the Guardian indicate that most of the known attacks planned or executed by al-Qaida in the past four years had links to Britain. Investigating magistrates, police and intelligence officers in those cities believe that Islamist spiritual leaders based in Britain played a key role in the indoctrination and possibly even the authorisation of terrorist operations. Given the unique nature of Bin Laden's movement, they may have played an even more crucial role than al-Qaida's operational commanders.
But British security sources paint a very different picture, saying that the ties with al-Qaida are tenuous. They are backed up by police, defence lawyers and terrorism experts who all argue that there has been little activity in terms of terror cells.
"They would say that, wouldn't they?" said one source, referring to his continental colleagues. "There is a blame game going on which isn't very helpful."
The disagreement goes to the heart of the ethical and legal dilemmas facing the British judicial system as it tries to assess the degree to which the country has been used as a refuge for those engaged in terrorist activity and what should be done to ensure it is not.
There have been dozens of arrests, but only five people have been charged, not a single one on charges relating directly to September 11. In one terror round-up in Leicester, 11 men were arrested, five were eventually freed, four were transferred to immigration authorities, and only two were charged. On Tuesday the highest profile detainee, Lotfi Raissi, was released on bail after the district judge said the FBI lacked enough evidence to press a case of terrorism.
Investigators in France, Spain, Germany and Italy are adamant that at least seven top Bin Laden lieutenants operated out of Britain in recent years. They claim that the Muslim clerics, such as Abu Qatada, allowed to openly preach jihad in the UK were in fact spinning a "revolving door" to radical Islam and on to terrorism.
Italian officers point to a list of phone numbers found in the diary of an al-Qaida associate and say that 18 out of 32 of the numbers belong to British-based suspects. A Spanish judge says that one man made calls from the UK before September 11 which indicate that he knew of the impending attacks.
One source close to the French investigation told the Guardian that before the events of September 11 "Britain acted - and, to some extent, may still act - as a kind of filter for parts of al-Qaida. The main European centres for spiritual indoctrination were London and Leicester; any weak links were weeded out there. The new recruit would then be sent to suffer in the camps in Afghanistan. After passing both tests, the mojahid could take his place in the sleeper networks in Europe".
A senior German intelligence officer summed up the mood when he said: "All the clues lead to London. All the roads lead to London."
So, what is this evidence upon which such sweeping and alarming claims are based? Investigators in continental Europe point to a series of key characters whom they say prove that Britain is the terrorists' revolving door:
· Abu Qatada
A Spanish judge, Baltasar Garzon, claims that Sheikh Abu Qatada, the London-based Muslim cleric who ran the Four Feathers centre near Baker Street, is "the spiritual leader of mojahedin [holy warriors] across Europe". He claimed that Qatada, a Palestinian previously living in Acton in west London, whose bank account has been frozen after the Treasury named him as being suspected of funding terrorism, helped channel money from the Spanish terrorists to a group in Jordan who planned a series of attacks in 1999.
Qatada was sentenced to death in absentia in Jordan and is accused by the US, Spain, France and Algeria of being a key influence in the September 11 attacks. Videos of his speeches were found in the Hamburg flat of Mohammad Atta, the hijackers' ringleader.
In a bugged conversation Sami Essid, who goes on trial this month in Milan accused of leading al-Qaida's network in Italy, talks about maintaining security within the organisation and refers to "Sheikh Abu Qatada" as an example to be followed. The Italian authorities say this implicates Qatada.
· Djamel Beghal
The French point to the confession of Djamel Beghal, a French Algerian who was detained in Dubai and questioned after he was persuaded by a series of imams that terrorism was anti-Islamic. Beghal, who is suspected of plotting to bomb the American embassy in Paris, told police he had been a follower of Qatada and that he was a key figure in his radical conversion. Beghal moved from France to Leicester where he worshipped at the Mosque of Piety and travelled to London to listen to Qatada preach. Beghal is suspected of having recruited Zacarias Moussaoui, the former South Bank University student suspected of being part of the September 11 plot, and Richard Reid, the alleged shoe bomber who tried to blow up a Paris-Miami flight, to camps in Afghanistan.
· Kamel Daoudi
Following Beghal's confession, police across Europe closed in on a small unit of men they believe were planning some kind of "spectacular". One, Kamel Daoudi, who had been living in Beghal's flat in Paris, was found in Beghal's other flat in Leicester. He is said to be the unit's computer expert.
· Abu Abdallah
Daoudi told French police that he met an al-Qaida guerrilla in Leicester called Abu Abdallah. Abdallah's identity remains uncertain but French investigators believe he may be among the 11 men arrested in Leicester last month.
· Baghdad Meziane and Brahim Benmerzouga
Arrested in Leicester in January. They are accused of belonging to al-Qaida and conspiring to raise money to fund terrorism. Meziane is also accused of "directing the activities of al-Qaida".
· Abu Doha
Five months before the attacks on America, Italy's special operations police produced a report which identified two al-Qaida networks in Europe. Both were run by Islamist extremists based in Britain -"one made up principally of Algerians and led by Abu Doha; the second made up predominantly of Tunisians and led by the Tunisian Seifallah Ben Hassine".
Doha is currently in detention in Belmarsh high-security prison in south-east London fighting extradition to the US on charges that he was part of an al-Qaida cell plotting to blow up Los Angeles airport on millennium eve. The whereabouts of Ben Hassine are unknown.
French police sources say they have uncovered further links to Britain with the "priceless" evidence of the recently arrested Yacine Akhnouche, a French Algerian detained on suspicion of close links with a cell in Frankfurt which planned an attack on the Strasbourg Christmas market. He has told police that while in al-Qaida training camps in Afghanistan he met Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called "20th hijacker" in the September 11 attacks, as well as Richard Reid and Abu Doha, who he says was the "recruiting sergeant" of Bin Laden's European operation.
Spain points to four more British-based Bin Laden lieutenants, identifying them by their pseudonyms in an indictment. Spanish police taped a series of cryptic phone calls from a caller in Britain using the codename "Shakur". One of these, according to Judge Garzon, shows that Shakur knew of the upcoming September 11 attacks. "In our classes, we have entered the field of aviation, and we have even cut the bird's throat," he said on August 27.
The British riposte
Security sources say the evidence produced by the continental Europeans is in many ways as flimsy as that brought by the US against Lotfi Raissi, the Algerian who was released on bail this week. He was originally accused of training at least four of the hijackers involved in September 11. They say that Qatada's role has been overstated, that he is a spiritual leader and a rabble rouser but that there is no evidence of his direct involvement in terrorism.
Qatada fled his home in Acton the day before parliament passed the new anti-ter rorist legislation and security sources refuse to say whether he would have been interned. His disappearance has raised questions about his role (recently, the French daily Le Figaro claimed that Qatada was an MI5 agent, something the security services vigorously deny).
British sources claim that the French, Germans, Spanish and Italians are trying to point the finger at Britain in order to distract attention from the presence of terrorist suspects in their own countries and shield themselves from US criticism. Many of the claims about Britain, they imply, are made by ambitious magistrates out to advance their political as well as legal careers.
One senior police source says it is important to differentiate between political dissent and extremist political violence when looking at the British picture. In a stinging criticism of the quality of investigations on the continent, he claims that his counterparts in cities such as Berlin and Paris often fail to appreciate the difference.
British investigators also stress that al-Qaida is not a structured terrorist group, like Eta or the IRA. "It is not even a cell. Individuals are loosely connected with al-Qaida and other networks," said an intelligence source.
Sources admit that some of the recently arrested suspects had some links with extremist networks calling for a jiha. But they emphasise that their role was essentially one of supporting them by fund-raising, mostly through credit card fraud.
Lawyers such as Gareth Peirce, who represents a number of the men currently interned or facing extradition on terror-related charges, are certain that al-Qaida, as it is being portrayed by the CIA, does not actually exist in the UK, and that it has become a handy media shorthand for all that is "evil". They say that men are being imprisoned without charge simply because they are political dissenters.[/b]
Akhtar Raja, a lawyer representing Khaled al-Fawwaz, currently fighting extradition to the US in connection with the east African embassy bomb attacks, says he has been studying the "so-called" al-Qaida organisation for a number of years.
"It's very, very difficult to take little pockets of Muslims around the world who individually comprise small numbers but may well espouse violence - and they are few and far between - and make them a tangible target from the CIA's point of view. They are not connected at all in terms of any formal or loose relationship or allegiance to each other."
Security sources here are privately furious at the fishing expedition launched by the US in the wake of the September 11 attacks, and seething at the allegations coming out of continental Europe that al-Qaida has flourished in this country.
The focus of investigations should not be alleged al-Qaida cells operating in Britain - British authorities are convinced they simply don't exist. Individuals with nefarious connections may have operated out of London and Leicester, but "cells" is a concept that does not fit. Continental European investigators find this element of Britain's self-defence baffling, as they point out that they have always accepted that formal cells probably did not exist in the UK.
The focus, intelligence and police sources say, should be to the future, not the past. Their worry is that hundreds of young, disaffected Muslims and new converts to Islam are still being drawn into extreme Islamist movements in which they are susceptible to manipulation. In little halls up and down the country youths are still being drawn by preachers using Bin Laden's name as the big attraction when they have no connection to him or his movement.
As Mike Diboll, an expert in modern Islamic and Arabic thought, says: "It seems to me that there are two groups of people in the UK who are very vulnerable to recruitment into anti-western Islamist terrorist groups: young Asian Muslim men who are seething with resentment at Britain and the west, not out of directly religious concerns, but as a result of socio-political factors such as racism, unemployment and social exclusion, and white or African-Caribbean converts to Islam who, while they approach the religion in good faith, are liable to be exploited by militants as a result of their combination of zeal and ignorance."
MI5 and the anti-terrorist branch are using new resources to monitor these recruiting grounds, in the hope that they can break the cycle in which potential future terrorists are moulded.
The new strategy involves gathering intelligence on sympathisers of a number of Islamist groups - whether they be Kashmiri, Algerian, Chechen or other nationalities - and paying much closer scrutiny to the mosques that preach fundamentalist doctrines. Abdel Bar Atwan, editor of the Arab newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi, who travelled to the Hindu Kush to interview Bin Laden in 1996, said: "I have received a lot of calls from young Pakistanis who said 'look, we want to go and fight the Americans, we want to go and join Bin Laden'.
"You can find these hot-headed young chaps anywhere and they are willing to do anything."
Blame game or list of shame?
Plots the continental Europeans say are linked to Britain include:
· A plan to bomb the US embassy in Tirana, Albania. Documents prepared for the trial of Misbah Ali Hassanayn, an Egyptian, which the Guardian has obtained, quote a message from Rome police saying he was suspected of being in touch with "a group of terrorists living in London that was about to carry out an attack on the US embassy in Tirana".
· A planned attack on the 2000 Christmas market in Strasbourg. Until now this has been ascribed entirely to a Frankfurt-based group but a Milan police report indicates that hit men sent from Britain were to have played the key role.
· Italian court papers point to Abu Doha's involvement in a prospective attack on the US embassy in Rome. In January 2001, the embassy was closed. Court papers say the US had been tipped off to a possible attack. Doha was described as "the person in charge".
· A suicide attack by helicopter or lorry on the US embassy in Paris was planned by a group including Djamel Beghal and Kamel Daoudi, who had lived in Britain.
(1) Djamel Beghal
(2) Kamel Daoudi
(3) Abu Abdallah
(4) Baghdad Meziane
(5) Brahim Benmerzouga
(6) Abu Doha
A day before the tragic events of New York and Washington, a Judiciary information has been open in Paris about a group of islamic extremists based in Belgium and Netherlands, which apparently had planned to blow up the American embassy, according to the confession of Jamel Beghal, a French-Algerian extremist, arrested last July in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). Jamel himself who has sojourned in the United Kingdom had been trained in an Afghani military camp as a member of "Attakfir wal hijra " - a radical extremist group to which belongs also another militant arrested on September 13 in Brussels: Nizar Trabelsi. The latter is originally from Tunisia. He was dwelling in Essonne - a Parisian suburb- and had also sojourned at least one time in Afghanistan. Whether the operation against the American embassy in Paris was scheduled to occur at the same time than the American operation or not, is not known. But it seems that the four persons arrested last Thursday in Netherlands (: two French, an Algerian and a Netherlander) are suspected to be linked to Jamel Beghal and Nizar Trabelsi.
source: The British Connection s there an Islamist Conspiracy against The West run from London? by Hichem Karoui (2001)
|QUOTE (numeral @ Nov 30 2006, 04:49 AM)|
|Spotted: Kingstar van parked in the vehicle entrance 34 Southwark Bridge Road at about 1830 yesterday.|
|My own view is I doubt Kingstar themselves were 'involved', but that the placement of the Kingstar van (if it was not entirely coincidental) was definitely a 'Tavistock tactic'.|
There were also questions about the length of time it took the police to set up a central casualty bureau with a dedicated hotline so that accurate information could be given to friends and relatives of victims.
There are London Response guidelines on setting up a casualty bureau. Ron McPherson, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service, in his testimony to the GLA Review Committee explained the setting up of the casualty bureau and the reasons for the delay:
The MPS Casualty Bureau came online with another 34 call-takers at around 3.40pm or 4pm that afternoon, so it was later than we would have liked. The reason for that was that there was a line fault somewherse between the British Telecom (BT) exchange through Damovo, our outsourced telephony supplier, and the Casualty Bureau switch at Hendon. When that fault was finally identified and fixed, we were then back on line.
|QUOTE (whatsacubit @ Jul 9 2007, 10:46 PM)|
|Is it appropriate to add Damovo to this thread?|
Damovo has no address in the Russell-Tavistock area.
Damovo's UK HQ, Surrey:
Also offices in Warrington and "Group Global HQ" in Glasgow.
Anyway, Damovo seems to be busy in South & Central America as well as in the USA.
Damovo might be a competitor to ICTS for NHS hospital IT/network/communications provision and/or services:
Addenbrookes hospital is top of the UK branch's alphabetical list:
Also London Underground and Network Rail:
London Underground "case study":
On 7th July, Damovo was involved (perhaps mildly blamed?) with delays in setting up the MPS Casualty Bureau (whatever that is) -- presumeably part of Damovo's purpose is to streamline such provision:
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) seem (now) to use an 0870 number for this service!
[I searched this site for any other reference to Damovo -- negative. As an aside, What is the delay in getting a decent search working?]
|Damovo created a high-speed campus network providing more than 5,000 students with access to email and the Internet from their rooms.|
|EC Harris' infrastructure plans essential to Olympic bid success|
July 6, 2005 - EC Harris, the leading international consultant, is celebrating this week after its help directly contributed to London successfully winning the bid for the 2012 Olympic Games. EC Harris was instrumental in helping London win, as it was solely responsible for establishing the budget for the delivery of all capital and operational transport elements in the bid.
Since 2004, EC Harris' Infrastructure Sector experts have provided commercial, programme and organisational management and strategic scheme advice to TfL's Olympic Transport Strategy (OTS) team. One notable success was the Delivery Plan that the EC Harris team produced for the IOC final evaluation visit in May. It provided a concise, powerful and colourful guide to the Olympic transport plan, supporting the more detailed information given in the formal Candidature File. The IOC's crucial final evaluation report produced after their visit stated "Substantial London rail transport infrastructure investments have been clearly confirmed, guaranteed and accelerated."
Reuel Abrams, Project Manager on EC Harris' Olympic bid team, said: "It was a truly remarkable turnaround for the IOC Evaluation Commission when only 12 months ago they said London's present transport system and future plans weren't up to scratch. We have worked extremely hard to get the plans just right as we knew that less than perfect would not do.
"The focus now turns to delivery. Network Rail and the Mayor have a capital investment programme of £20bn over the next five years. Many of the schemes are already underway and other Olympic schemes will now move up a gear. The EC Harris team has prepared a Programme Execution Plan which will ensure a smooth and immediate transition to the next phase in this historic project."
|QUOTE (The Antagonist @ Jun 30 2006, 12:27 AM)|
| From a longer article:|
Note the bit in bold, "(ICTS) run by former Israeli military commanders and government intelligence agencies".
A typo/grammatical error, or a statement saying that ICTS is run by 'government intelligence agencies'?
|The Israeli military and intelligence agency have long had the capability to convert and disguise large-body aircraft in the United States and their companies that do this kind of work are connected to ICTS, the Israeli airport security company that is a prime suspect in the "false flag" terrorism. ICTS is also a key defendant in the 9-11 litigation.|
The Israeli military has spawned several aircraft leasing and maintenance companies in the United States since the late 1960s. There is, in fact, a network of Israeli-controlled aviation companies operating in the United States which were all started by Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), now known as Israel Aerospace Industries.
At its Israeli hangars, currently jammed with 707s bearing obscure markings, Atasco remodels the interiors to suit customers and paints on their proud colors - Iran Air, Tarom of Romania, Uganda Airlines.
In May 1976, Atasco sold the 707 that was once Pan Am's "Clipper Jupiter" to a firm in Zurich, which dealt it on to Amin.
Intelligence sources say that the head of this Zurich firm is a 15-year veteran of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, and the firm is an agency "laundry." It exists, these sources say, to pass on Mossad funds for deals in which the Israeli secret service is interested.
The Washington Post, one of the most important newspapers in the United States, is a leading national newspaper of record. Oddly, however, the extremely important information contained in this article about ATASCO was never repeated in any of the subsequent articles in which this mysterious company was mentioned. For example, when Gerald L. Gitner, a key aviation executive with Pan Am, TWA, and a host of smaller airlines, was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ATASCO USA, Inc.
In 1986, when Gitner became CEO of the Israeli-owned company with a documented history of murky business it was simply described as a New York aircraft leasing and brokerage company. ATASCO's previously published history of involvement in Mossad operations was never mentioned.
Gitner, who was CEO of Mossad's "privately held" aircraft leasing and maintenance company until 1990, was involved in the dismemberment and selling off of the assets of the once prosperous airlines Pan Am and TWA.
In October 1986, when Gitner was appointed CEO of the Mossad-run ATASCO U.S.A. Inc., he was or had been a senior executive with PanAm Corp. and TWA. He was the president of Texas Air Corp., the holding company for Continental Airlines and New York Air, when he was appointed president and CEO of ATASCO U.S.A., "a private aviation concern involved in commercial aircraft leasing and heavy aircraft maintenance."
Gitner was also co-founder and president of People Express Airlines. The Houston Chronicle of October 3, 1986, however, only identified ATASCO as "an aircraft leasing and brokerage company."
Gitner, who began his career at TWA in 1968 was a vice president when he also left TWA in 1974 to join the much smaller Texas International Airlines.
Gitner reportedly stayed with ATASCO from October 1986 through December 1989. In 1989, Gitner was appointed to head Presidential Airways of Herndon, Virginia.
Gitner later served on the board of directors of another Mossad-run company, ICTS, which is one of the key defendants in the 9-11 litigation. Along with a handful of senior Israeli Mossad veterans, Gitner was a director of ICTS from at least 1997 through 2005. Most significantly, he was a director of the Israeli parent company which was responsible for airline security and passenger screening at Boston's Logan Airport on 9-11.
International Consultants on Targeted Security (ICTS) International, N.V. is the Mossad-run company that owns Huntleigh USA, the airline security company that oversaw the passenger screening operation at Boston and Newark airports on September 11, 2001.
How would Gitner be a director or CEO of a Mossad-run company like ATASCO or ICTS if he were not working for the Mossad? Has Gerald Gitner from Boston been working with the Israelis since he began at TWA in the late 1960s? Is this the reason he left TWA and began working for Texas International?
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|I work in construction & the type of 'Controlled Demolition' that Kingstar offer is concrete sawing etc. where structures have to be demolished or taken apart.|
These sorts of firms are all over the place - see the Drilling & Sawing Association website:
Kingstar are not listed, but not every drilling/sawing firm is. [Kingstar Contracts are listed under the 'London & South East' link]
My own view is I doubt Kingstar themselves were 'involved', but that the placement of the Kingstar van (if it was not entirely coincidental) was definitely a 'Tavistock tactic'.
|QUOTE (Sinclair @ Jul 1 2009, 10:52 AM)|
The Kingstar/'Controlled Demolition' placement was utilised by the BBC Conspiracy Files Programme on 30th June 2009...
|The pentagram is used extensively in black magic, but when so used its form always differs in one of three ways: The star may be broken at one point by not permitting the converging lines to touch; it may be inverted by having one point down and two up; or it may be distorted by having the points of varying lengths. When used in black magic, the pentagram is called the "sign of the cloven hoof," or the footprint of the Devil. The star with two points upward is also called the "Goat of Mendes," because the inverted star is the same shape as a goat's head. When the upright star turns and the upper point falls to the bottom, it signifies the fall of the Morning Star.|
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Israeli firm blasted for letting would-be plane bomber slip through
By Yossi Melman, Haaretz Correspondent
The Israeli firm ICTS International (not to be confused with ICTS Europe, which is a different company), and two of its subsidiaries are at the crux of an international investigation in recent days, as experts try to pinpoint the reasons for the security failure that enabled Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to board Northwest flight 253 and attempt to set alight explosives hidden in his underwear.
A Haaretz investigation has learned that the security officers and their supervisor should have suspected the passenger, even without having early intelligence available to them.
At this time, ICTS and the Dutch security firm G4S are hurling recriminations at each other, as are the authorities at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the Federal Aviation Authority and U.S. intelligence officials.
The failure was a twin flop: An intelligence failure, which U.S. President Barack Obama has already stated, in the poor handling of information that arrived at the State Department and probably also the CIA from both the father of the would-be bomber and the British security service; and a failure within the security system, including that of the Israeli firm ICTS.
The ICTS daughter company, I-SEC, has another daughter company - called PI (Pro-Check International). The firms provide security services to airports: consultation, instruction, training, inspection and supervision.
Two decades ago, ICTS adopted the system used in Israel, namely of profiling and assessing the degree to which a passenger is a potential threat on the basis of a number indicators (including age, name, origin and behavior during questioning). At the same time, a decade ago, the company developed a technological system called APS (Advanced Passenger Screening).
This system is based on a computerized algorithm, and is fed passenger information from the airline company. The system was offered to the Israel Airports Authority and the Shin Bet in the past, but rejected. According to the company's Web site, most of the large airlines in the United States use the system.
However - in real time - the system of ICTS failed. Even if U.S. intelligence failed and the name of the Nigerian passenger was not pinpointed as a suspect for the airline, he should have stirred the suspicion of the security officers. His age, name, illogical travel route, high-priced ticket purchased at the last minute, his boarding without luggage (only a carry on) and many other signs should have been sufficient to alert the security officers and warrant further examination of the suspect.
However, the security supervisor representing I-SEC and PI allowed him to get on the flight.
ICTS was established in 1982 by former members of the Shin Bet and El Al security. Menachem Atzmon, who has been chairman of the board of directors since 2004, holds the controlling shares in the firm.
The ICTS headquarters are in the Netherlands and the company is traded in the New York Stock Exchange. Some senior managers are Israeli, including the joint managing director Ran Langer.
Another important figure is Doron Zicher, general manager of I-SEC. Zicher has been in charge of operations in the Netherlands for more than two decades and has served as adviser to the Dutch Justice Ministry, which is responsible for setting guidelines for airport security.
The company prides itself on employing 1,300 persons and providing security services to airports in 11 countries including France, Britain, Spain, Hungary, Romania and Russia.