Police Interactions.

hanimmal

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SYDNEY — An international coalition of law enforcement officials announced Tuesday that they had ensnared alleged criminals around the world after duping them into using phones loaded with an encrypted messaging app that was controlled by the FBI.

The audacious effort, led by the FBI, Australian police and a host of European law enforcement agencies, gave the officials a window into the conversations of criminal networks as people traded photos of cocaine packed into shipments of fruit, plotted robberies and put out contracts for killings.

Law enforcement officials — some of whom on Tuesday could barely contain their glee — announced they had arrested more than 800 people and gained an unprecedented understanding into the functioning of modern criminal networks that would keep fueling investigations long past the coordinated international raids that took place in recent days.

The effort was “one of the largest and most sophisticated law enforcement operations to date in the fight against encrypted criminal activities,” said Jean-Philippe Lecouffe, the deputy director for operations of Europol, the agency that coordinates police activity among the 27 European Union countries, in a news conference in The Hague.

U.S. law enforcement officials were expected to announce further details of the operation later Tuesday.

How America’s surveillance networks helped the FBI catch the Capitol mob

For nearly three years, law enforcement officials have been sitting in the back pocket of some of the world’s top alleged crime figures. Custom cellphones, bought on the black market and installed with the FBI-controlled platform, called AN0M, circulated and grew in popularity among criminals as high-profile crime entities vouched for its integrity.

The FBI in the past has dismantled encrypted platforms used by criminals to communicate, and infiltrated others. This time, it decided to build an encrypted app of its own to target organized crime, drug trafficking and money laundering activities across the globe.

A breakthrough came after Australian police met with the FBI in 2018 over a couple of beers, according to officials. The Australians then built a technical capability to access, decrypt and read communications on the FBI’s platform.

The users believed their AN0M devices were secured by encryption. Instead, they were feeding criminal intelligence directly to law enforcement agents.

“Essentially, they have handcuffed each other by endorsing and trusting AN0M and openly communicating on it — not knowing we were watching the entire time,” Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw said.

The global operation, known as Special Operation Ironside in Australia and Trojan Shield in the United States and Europe, has allegedly exposed criminals linked to South American drug cartels, Triad groups in Asia, and criminal syndicates based in the Middle East and Europe. A total of 17 countries took part in the effort.

Officials said that raids in those countries in recent days had impounded more than eight tons of cocaine, 22 tons of marijuana and hashish, two tons of methamphetamine and amphetamine, 250 firearms, 55 luxury vehicles and more than $48 million in cash and cryptocurrencies.

The operation has “struck a heavy blow against organized crime,” Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. “Not just in this country, but one that will echo around organized crime around the world.”

More than 9,000 law enforcement officers were involved, sifting through 27 million messages that were sent on via the app over the 18 months of the operation. The alleged criminals used the system like an illicit WhatsApp or text message system, communicating in 45 languages to trade details of their activities, officials said.

“To give you an idea of the magnitude of our penetration, we were able to actually see photographs of hundreds of tons of cocaine that were concealed in shipments of fruit. We were able to see hundreds of kilos of cocaine that were concealed in canned goods,” Calvin Shivers, assistant director from FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, told reporters in The Hague. “The results are staggering.”

Officials described a wide-ranging, disruptive effort that they said they hoped would deliver a serious setback to criminal networks in their countries.

In Australia, police used information as the operation was underway to seize 3.7 tons of drugs, 104 weapons, and some $35 million in cash. During that time, the alleged criminals had no idea why their drugs were being seized, and their plots foiled, police said.

Police said they disrupted a number of possible homicides, including one plot involving plans to shoot a family of five at a cafe.

In Sweden, which has struggled with drug networks in recent years, a top official said they had “performed one of the most important strikes ever” against violent crime and drug networks.

The official, Linda Staaf, head of intelligence for the Swedish Police Authority, said that in recent days, 70 suspects had been arrested, “many of them persons with essential roles and heavy influence on the drug market. Those who instigate murders and violence by shootings and explosions right in the middle of Swedish society.”

A top Dutch police official reveled in what she said was the app’s success.

“It has a good reputation among criminals. They mutually promote it as the platform you should use for its absolute reliability,” said Jannine van der Berg, chief commissioner of the national unit of the Dutch police. “But nothing was further from the truth.”
 

hanimmal

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Police Did Not Clear D.C.'s Lafayette Park For Trump Photo Op: Report

This sounds like total bullshit. They were scheduled to clear the park to put up fences' was what I heard then say. It doesn't mean that Trump didn't have them do that so that he could time it for his speech.

I still need to read that, but I call bullshit on the giant hole we have to ignore in the report that is Trump.
 

DIY-HP-LED

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This sounds like total bullshit. They were scheduled to clear the park to put up fences' was what I heard then say. It doesn't mean that Trump didn't have them do that so that he could time it for his speech.

I still need to read that, but I call bullshit on the giant hole we have to ignore in the report that is Trump.
It's MSNBC reporting on the IG's report, not saying Trump didn't set it up like that.
 

DIY-HP-LED

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This sounds like total bullshit. They were scheduled to clear the park to put up fences' was what I heard then say. It doesn't mean that Trump didn't have them do that so that he could time it for his speech.

I still need to read that, but I call bullshit on the giant hole we have to ignore in the report that is Trump.
I imagine Joe and his AG have been briefed on the NY state case(s) against Trump and figure he's gone for life once they get their teeth in his ass and that in a cell. Any federal criminal convictions against Trump would be the republicans united target in the form of a Trump pardon rally, even with NY state charges against him. Remember, his base is not rational or smart!
 
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DIY-HP-LED

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This sounds like total bullshit. They were scheduled to clear the park to put up fences' was what I heard then say. It doesn't mean that Trump didn't have them do that so that he could time it for his speech.

I still need to read that, but I call bullshit on the giant hole we have to ignore in the report that is Trump.
When ya think about it, the place with the least likely way out for Donald is the NY state prison system, there is less likelihood of NY going republican than the country. If Donald was doing federal time, the first act of a 2024 GOP president would be to pardon Trump, they would have to promise to do it to get the nomination. I believe Trump could get the republican nomination from his Max Security cell at Sing sing NY! Can ya run a White house from inside the Big House? :lol:
 

hanimmal

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Do you know anything of representative Johnson? Only watched a few minutes of him, but for a republican, he seemed pretty solid.
Ill need to re watch it to catch who you are talking about, so far I have heard nonstop reruns of all their debunked trolls or them asking questions in a way that they can make it sound like there is smoke, when they know the FBI can't talk about specific cases.

He's not one of the at least sane ones it seems.

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I thought Hank Johnson is really solid though on the Democrat side.
 

mooray

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Yeah that vote is a pretty solid bar. If you don't think trump incited the capitol feces party, you are either disconnected with reality, or suffer from very weak moral fortitude. I'm not any sort of Liz Cheney fan, but at least she fights to keep a toe on the ground.

FBI director Wray communicates in such a fair and committed manner. He always gives me the, "I sure wish my boss were like that" vibe. I'm sure republicans hate his guts, even though he always goes out of his way to keep from using language to describe them that is easily justifiable.
 

HGCC

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Ill need to re watch it to catch who you are talking about, so far I have heard nonstop reruns of all their debunked trolls or them asking questions in a way that they can make it sound like there is smoke, when they know the FBI can't talk about specific cases.

He's not one of the at least sane ones it seems.

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I thought Hank Johnson is really solid though on the Democrat side.
I dont know much about him, but I feel for the guy from Illinois as a native of the area. Its a blue state, but man, it's deep freaking hillbilly country south of Chicago. It isnt even like the good hillbillies of Tennessee or Kentucky.

I probably don't agree with them, but I respect them for having a spine and trying to stand up for reality.
 

hanimmal

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Do you know anything of representative Johnson? Only watched a few minutes of him, but for a republican, he seemed pretty solid.
nm, found him.

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FARA is what he starts out talking about.

There was more in Mueller


Then he talks propaganda about Papodopolous (who Trump pardoned) after nobody ever tugged on his strings and even Graham at the close of one of the bullshit Republican controlled senate hearings said something about how the questions might lead to him but who knows kind of bullshit.

Then talks about Flynn. And says something about 'perceived selective blah blah'.

Basically snow flaking that Trump got caught because he hired a bunch of criminals who scammed and got caught over and over again.

I don't know man, I would put this guy in the political hack category.

But he did let Wray respond really well and wasn't full on troll and was peaking around the problems more than I think Trump/Flynn would feel comfortable with. So you might be onto something, thank you for pointing me back to that.

I still can't get over this one.
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Im sure her district is really upset about FISA.

The person she beat's ads.


I dont know much about him, but I feel for the guy from Illinois as a native of the area. Its a blue state, but man, it's deep freaking hillbilly country south of Chicago. It isnt even like the good hillbillies of Tennessee or Kentucky.

I probably don't agree with them, but I respect them for having a spine and trying to stand up for reality.
I know Decatur area a bit from a semester down there at Millikin.
 

HGCC

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nm, found him.

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FARA is what he starts out talking about.

There was more in Mueller


Then he talks propaganda about Papodopolous (who Trump pardoned) after nobody ever tugged on his strings and even Graham at the close of one of the bullshit Republican controlled senate hearings said something about how the questions might lead to him but who knows kind of bullshit.

Then talks about Flynn. And says something about 'perceived selective blah blah'.

Basically snow flaking that Trump got caught because he hired a bunch of criminals who scammed and got caught over and over again.

I don't know man, I would put this guy in the political hack category.

But he did let Wray respond really well and wasn't full on troll and was peaking around the problems more than I think Trump/Flynn would feel comfortable with. So you might be onto something, thank you for pointing me back to that.

I still can't get over this one.
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Im sure her district is really upset about FISA.

The person she beat's ads.



I know Decatur area a bit from a semester down there at Millikin.
Lol, yep, that is the particular region of the state I was thinking. As a kid my parents took me to all sorts of union activities there, lots of manufacturing. Town smells weird as a result.
 

mooray

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nm, found him.

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FARA is what he starts out talking about.

There was more in Mueller


Then he talks propaganda about Papodopolous (who Trump pardoned) after nobody ever tugged on his strings and even Graham at the close of one of the bullshit Republican controlled senate hearings said something about how the questions might lead to him but who knows kind of bullshit.

Then talks about Flynn. And says something about 'perceived selective blah blah'.

Basically snow flaking that Trump got caught because he hired a bunch of criminals who scammed and got caught over and over again.

I don't know man, I would put this guy in the political hack category.

But he did let Wray respond really well and wasn't full on troll and was peaking around the problems more than I think Trump/Flynn would feel comfortable with. So you might be onto something, thank you for pointing me back to that.

I still can't get over this one.
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Im sure her district is really upset about FISA.

The person she beat's ads.



I know Decatur area a bit from a semester down there at Millikin.
Spartz is a mess. Eastern bloc politics have caused such a skewed perception of US politics for people from these regions. They end up supporting the same ideologies they're trying to get away from.
 

hanimmal

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Spartz is a mess. Eastern bloc politics have caused such a skewed perception of US politics for people from these regions. They end up supporting the same ideologies they're trying to get away from.
I would feel a lot more xenophobic if she didn't push all the propaganda that Trump needed and the Russian militarized trolls delivered, but she does.

It really makes me wonder if Susan Brooks developed a sense of self respect, or fear of falling out of windows.

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