Wednesday, October 12

Six Clicks to Murder -

Now comes in due course the story of
the curious murder of Florida Law Professor
Daniel Markel by a maladroit hit man whose kill shot was placed far wide of the victim's brain stem.

Who would do such a thing? And why?

For those busy souls who are still interested in this case,
ABC TV devoted an entire hour of its 20/20 program to it recently.

And, subsequently, a woman named Katherine Magbanua was charged in connection to the case.

Will there be more arrests?

It's a small world. Maybe so, if evidence
is found in the social links of that community.


Monday, August 22

The Elusive Origin of ISIS -

When the real story
is much more interesting . . .

A dispute erupted over the origins of ISIS when Donald Trump asserted that President Obama founded it. I casually presumed Trump was speaking figuratively and didn't give his remark a second thought.

Then someone in the Mainstream Media asserted that it was Zarqawi who founded ISIS. And many others repeated that response like parrots in an echo chamber.

Oddly enough, I remember this story quite differently. I blogged it as the story unfolded because I had to study Propaganda Analysis in college and because it seemed like a historic development.

ISIS, I believe, migrated from a CGI animation.

We tell stories to help us make sense of our experiences in the world. My own memory of the story may be imperfect because some of the story may be classified top secret and because of my own efforts to make sense of what was disclosed.

There came a point in time when the Al-Qaida chapter in Iraq was having terrible problems. As I recall, every time the cult named new leadership, our team bumped them off. It became a kind of death sentence to be identified as one of their leaders. Consequently, the cult was having a hard time finding anyone willing to assume leadership.

This is how the Al-Qaida brand went toxic. The cult needed to rebrand their group or face dissolution and extinction.

And then, the second shoe dropped. Once they rebranded, how could they stop the Allies from assassinating the leadership of the "new" group?

The terrorists devised a scheme which they believed would protect them. As many young men these days play computer video games, they were familiar with CGI animation. Some of the artwork in these games and movies can be quite lifelike and convincing.

They had some friendly geeks create a CGI animation of an avatar who could appear in cyberspace on the Internet to make announcements or issue directives.

Thus it was, they created the virtual Sheikh Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, Emir of the "new" group which they called the "Islamic State of Iraq."

I would conjecture our geeks in the DIA and other agencies performed some packet traces to locate the group, but, eventually, the case was cracked wide open because our team tracked down the actor who was reading the avatar's script, and he publicly confessed what he had done.

The following is an adaptation
excerpted from my blog entries at the time:

A Cyberspace Myth -

The mysterious Abu Omar al-Baghdadi - the so-called "emir" of the so-called "Islamic State of Iraq" - apparently avoided capture so elusively through a very clever ruse: He didn’t exist... (7/19/07)

A computer-generated avatar -

Sheikh Abu Omar al-Baghdadi's
speeches were read by an actor.

The ruse was devised by Abu Ayub al-Masri, and Mashhadani, who served as a propaganda chief in the organization, helped create the Islamic State of Iraq as a virtual organization that is essentially a pseudonym for al-Qaida in Iraq. (9/15/07)

The last word on this matter
has probably not yet been written.


Friday, August 19

Some Strange Appearances -

Another Florida Face-Eating Attack
has been reported this week. Drug
involvement is strongly suspected.

::nbcmiami:: - - - ::wsvn:: - - - ::local10::

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A new Netflix documentary which will spotlight Amanda Knox will debut at the Toronto Film Festival [TIFF] next month before a global release at the end of September, according to the British Press Association at The Guardian.

Like The Tunnel, currently airing on PBS, which is a joint Anglo/French production, the Knox movie was filmed in collaboration with a Danish producer.

 A few days ago while on a supermarket checkout line, I was surprised to see the image of Jodi Arias on the cover of a tabloid publication.

Although I affirm the rights of the authors to express themselves with a movie spotlighting Amanda Knox, I think it is far too soon for such a documentary to have any serious credibility. Besides that, both Jodi Arias and Amanda Knox have been featured abundantly in the Media already.

For me, the final court outcome on Knox was akin to the Scottish "bastard" verdict and was deliberately left ambiguous for the public to resolve for themselves within a more personal realm.

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A beautiful and intricate new
crop circle recently appeared in Wiltshire.
And it's definitely worth a look.


Monday, July 18

Pulse & Dogma -

Gimme A Fresh Angle . . .

If the Orlando terrorist attack had happened in the Fort Lauderdale area, it probably would have had a much different outcome.

Every gay man I know in this area carries a small canister of pepper spray on his key chain or in his pocket when he ventures out after dark. Although the choreography of this crime may not yet have been fully reconstructed, it is possible the shooter could have been foiled early in his enterprise by someone spraying pepper spray in his eyes and blinding him.

The Mainstream Media immediately jumped
on the story with not one but two Treatments:

First, they treated it as a Gay Hate Crime. Although it was experienced by the Gay community as a hate crime, it turned out to be a terrorist attack. The doctored 911 records were not appreciated.

Then, they tried to treat the Pulse story as an argument for Gun Control. The jihadi terrorists do not necessarily use guns; they have been known to use other weapons. And, by the same token, you don't necessarily have to use a gun to counteract them.

I understand that cell phones have been used to remotely detonate their bombs from a safe distance. Are we going to outlaw cell phones, too?

According to reports, Omar Mateen repeatedly expressed his devotion to the leader of one of the Islamic-style terrorist cults, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi. This is a pronounced characteristic of cult activity, whether the devotion is to Charlie Manson, Jim Jones, David Koresh, or any other leader.

ISIS is just one of a cluster of regional cults which have a long history. Many of them attribute their existence to the breakup of the Ottoman Empire which they fantasize as a Golden Age they wish to recapture. The Muslim Brotherhood, one of the earliest of these groups, was founded in Egypt in 1928.

What should we call these groups? The nomenclature issue has become an unnecessary controversy. If you wish to avoid any mention of Islam, you can call them Militant Jihadis or Caliphate Militants. This controversy has become a red herring.

The term "caliphate" is just a word which can mean many different things to many different people. For some, it may mean a kind of Shangri-la; for others, a Utopia. For a terrorist jihadi cult, it means the establishment of their own Slave Empire.

:: Pulse Orlando Shootings ::

:: Censored 911 Records? ::


Monday, June 6

Markel Murder: Not So Thin Air -

More information about the murder case of
Law Prof Daniel Markel has been released . . .

The investigation involved a lot of cyber sleuthing and digital bread crumb tracking, according to Mike Vasilinda at News4Jax.

Then, too, Morgan Norwood points to the importance of cell phone pings when added to security and traffic camera video tape evidence, etc.

Jose Lambiet, a well-known South Florida society diarist, has written up an article for The Daily Mail in their style, but don't jump to any hasty conclusions just yet!


Saturday, May 28

Law Prof's Murder: Update -

A multi-agency arrest has been made
at a Hallandale Beach gas station of
a Miami Beach man for the murder
of FSU Law Professor Daniel Markel.

The 34-year-old man, Sigfredo Garcia, lists
his profession as "heavy machine operator."

The authorities have sealed the papers for the case
which, they explain, is still active and ongoing.

:: NBC 6 :: - - - - - :: Tampa Bay Times ::


Thursday, May 26

Rough Passages -

ZombiCon Killer, BookSlut
Bows Out, and a Grotesque Diatribe . . .

Last year, during a ZombieCon festivity in Fort Myers, a man fired a gun into the crowd, killing 20-year-old Expavious Tyrell Taylor. The shooter is still at large. If you have any information which could help the police, there is a $36,000 reward.

You can call the Fort Myers Police Department at 239-321-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.

::NBC Miami:: - - - ::News-Press:: - - - ::NBC News::

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The Literati on the Internet
are losing a valued contributor.

Jessa Crispin has announced that she has decided to end her BookSlut project, which included a Blog and a monthly online literary magazine. While I was reading her remarks about the finale of the project, I was remembering David Bowie's poignant song Where Are We Now?

Much has changed since the early days of the new century as far as writing online. Feed Magazine was an example of less emphasis on form and more of a focus on content. Experts advised us to make our landing page load as quickly as possible.

Today, a typical online "magazine" is often heavy with an over-abundance of fancy computer code in its format, but contains thin contents, which may be there simply to promote something else the writer is selling.

Maybe Jessa could still contribute an
occasional piece to The Guardian Book Blog.

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A vile agitprop piece worthy of Der Sturmer, demonizing George Zimmerman, was posted at The Daily Beast recently. The poison pen involved was wielded by a writer named Gideon Resnick, who seemed to be trying to incite some loose screw into killing the former NCW.

Have a nice holiday weekend!