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Sunday, January 10, 2010

ICTS and the "tranced out" knicker-bomber (updated)

When the Christmas bomber set his underpants on fire, he placed the Israeli security firm ICTS (which has all sorts of links to Mossad and Shin Bet) in the hot seat...
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.
As I noted in an earlier post, visitors to the ICTS Europe web site will see a disclaimer insisting that that the company has no linkage to Schiphol Airport. Yet publicity materials offered by the same company included the following announcement:
ICTS International N.V. (Nasdaq: ICTS) announced today that it has formed a partnership arrangement with ICTS Europe Holdings BV, an unaffiliated party, to provide security services at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in The Netherlands.
I give links for all of this in my previous post.

Given the wording of the afore-quoted announcement, I am wondering just who decided that the world needs two separate airport security firms named International Consultants on Targeted Security. The web page for ICTS Europe is here. The page for ICTS International is here. (ICTS International has the word "international" in its name twice.) Both are headquartered in Amsterdam; if you look for the two offices on Google Earth, you'll see that they are roughly three miles apart, located in nondescript buildings.

Nevertheless, ICTS International insists that ICTS Europe is a "different entity."

'Twas not ever so. ICTS Int used to own ICTS Europe until 2002. This SEC filing indicates that the deal to divest was cemented in 2000. No online source explains the business reason for this mitosis. When the split occurred, ICTS Europe was sold for $100 million to a security company called Civas, owned by the Frankfurt airport. Is Civas a real company? Yes: Here's the address and here's a page saying that they handle baggage control around the world. And yet I can't find a web site. You'd think that a firm that could cough up $100 million would be able to afford a web site.

Ah well. One could go mad trying to track these corporate maunderings. Let's get back to the latest:
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.
As we've already seen, ICTS has a particular fondness for division and sub-division. The afore-cited SEC filing has this to say about Procheck, the company which (as of that date) provided
aviation security services at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands. Procheck also holds 2/3 of the shares in APS Data Screening Systems B.V., which owns the APS software, on the basis of which the Company [ICTS Int.] provides technology-based aviation services. Another subsidiary of the Company holds the remaining 1/3 shares in APS.
Yada yada. I honestly don't know why so many sub-companies have to be involved in order for anything to get done in the world of airport security.

Apparently, this APS software is said to have failed on Christmas Day, even though there were plenty of indicators that this Nigerian required attention. By "indicators," I mean the strange nature of his route, as well his origin point and the fact that he paid in cash. I'm not referring to the placement of his name on a U.S. terrorist database, the warning to the CIA from Big Daddy, the U.K.'s refusal to allow him back into that country, or the claim that the CIA had been watching him for months.

Oddly enough -- or maybe not so oddly -- Israeli airports do not use the APS system.

The closest thing to a full corporate history of ICTS is here (scroll down about halfway.) The listed owners of ICTS are Menachem J. Atzmon and Ezra Harel. (A correspondent tells me that Harel has died.)

Atzmon, who runs several companies, is an interesting fellow. Quite a few websites report that he was convicted of masterminding a scheme to channel illegal campaign contributions to Israel's right-wing Likud party. His (unconvicted) partner in that was Ehud Olmert, later the Prime Minister.

If you try to trace all of the holdings of Atzmon and the other ICTS luminaries, you'll soon get very dizzy. They run quite a few venture capital firms and have a hand in many, many enterprises.

For what it is worth, Wayne Madsen links the Pollard spy case to ICTS -- alas, Madsen's garbled syntax makes the relevant passage difficult to understand. Here's what I can put together from other sources: One of the managers of ICTS is Major General Amos Lapidot, formerly the head of the Israeli Air Force and a director of the airline El Al. Lapidot was, according to various accounts (including this one), one of the high-level Israelis who was made perfectly aware of Jonathan Pollard's spying activities in the U.S. on behalf of Israel. "When he [Pollard] was arrested, they tore themselves away from him and fled as if from fire." Nevertheless, these Israeli VIPs mounted a Pollard defense fund. Pollard had a co-conspirator in the Israeli Air Force who, after the spy's arrest, received a promotion; protests from the U.S. eventually forced Lapidot to ask for his resignation.

Elsewhere... There is a report that the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has invited Alhaji Umar Mutallab, the wealthy Nigerian banker who spawned the undie-bomber, to appear at a hearing on January 20. Big Daddy will not pay for his kid's lawyers, even though he showed up for Farouk's hearing in Detroit. (He pled not guilty.)

If you want to read an interesting Nigerian perspective on this dubious family, go here.

Tranced out: I'm becoming interested in the reports that Farouk seemed to be "in a trance" throughout the incident. According to this report, Jasper Schuringa -- who wrestled Farouk out of his seat -- said
"He was shaking. He didn't resist anything. It's just hard to believe that he was trying to blow up this plane. He was in a trance. He was very afraid."
This report says that Shuringa received burns on his hands, apparently from a "burning liquid" that dripped onto the floor. Would PETN liquify? If not, then what was that liquid?

If Shuringa was burned, one can only imagine the pain that Farouk was in. Yet the kid remained eerily calm:
'He was staring into nothing. The whole plane was screaming, but the suspect, he didn't say a word.'
Religious zealotry? Or -- and I hesitate even to mention such a foily idea -- drugs and/or hypnosis?

Update: Lori Haskell, one of the two witnesses to the "well dressed man" who helped Farouk, has a blog called "Lori's liberal realm." I really like her. From her self-description: "i don't like most lawyers, even though i am one. i hate showy lifestyles and those who flaunt what they have."

She says that another witness (aside from her husband and herself) confirms the existence of the well-dressed man at Schiphol...
...however, this person does not want to come out in public and tell their story, as they are worried they will suffer some sort of backlash as we have. How sad is that? They have read people talking badly about us online, and they don't want the same thing to happen to them or their family.
Comments:
From one of your links--

It is curious that so many foreign born Muslims who have become radicalized have been educated in Western countries, particularly Great Britain.
 
Whatever happened to the guy filming the whole flight? Debunked? Ignored? Wrong?
 
Triggering an explosive can often be done using a strong acid, like sulphuric acid. It has the advantage of skipping the use of detonators or electrical devices, which can be detected. Sulphuric acid can be contained in certain types of plastic materials.

It's possible that the burns he caused himself were done by acid. If he was drugged, he might have had a loss of coordination, which resulted in too little of the acid poured into the PETN, causing only a partial reaction and not the expected one.

At atmospheric pressure it is difficult to ignite PETN and it burns relatively slowly. But it can be triggered to explode by a strong acid or a strong base.
 
-> stage hypnosis is mass hypnosis.
http://www.dangers-of-hypnosis.co.uk/dangers_of_stage_hypnosis.html
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Since the foiled terrorist attack by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian national on Northwest Flight 253 to Detroit, the President has repeatedly stated that there has been a systemic failure as he reiterates his commitment to fill this gap in our security. This incident, like the Fort Hood shooting, exemplifies why our government must apply every valid preventative approach to identify a potential terrorist.

The myriad methods to identify a terrorist, whether “no-fly list,” “explosive and weapons detection,” mental illness based approaches, “profiling” or “deception detection” - all continue to fail us. Furthermore, the development of deception detection training at Boston Logan Airport demonstrated that the Israeli methods of interrogation will not work in the United States.

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Being in a trance is called a "dissociative" state. Lots of people go into one when overwhelmed, such as during a crisis or trauma. You don't need to hypothesize drugging or hypnosis (which is similarly dissociative but with a different induction method).
 
I was going to add the fact that both ICTS Europe and ICTS International were lieing about not being in any way connected or affiliated but I see this is the
main topic of your update on the Nigerian bomb suspect.Also note this is precisely what they did at the time of the London subway bombing - thet lied and denied about 'not operating in the U.K.'
at the time they were being queried re their alledged role in the London subway bombing of 7/7/05
as well.And note the reason for the supposed anti-terrorism drill that was coincidentally scheduled for that very day in the very same place was not for the protection London or its citizens at all - but to supposedly protect the private property of wealthy Jews and or Israelis.
In effect if you are not an Israeli or wealthy Jew the governments of the U.S. and the UK and Holland and Germany and France,etc.,consider your life or their own citizens lives less important than international, Israeli or Russian Jewish private property.
So is it any surprise that the stock shares money laundering terrorists of ICTS International who commit stock fraud against Americans and whose ICTS failure led first to the death of 3,000 NY residents and then a million Iraqis and Afghanis and over 4,000
U.S. soldiers are protected by the entire U.S.goverment and NATO ?
And because Logan Airport Boston is located in John Kerry's state of Massachusetts HIS SILENCE ON ALL THIS IS SICKENING.



http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Chilcot-Inquiry-Brita-by-Maidhc-O-Cathail-100104-369.html

The exercise envisioned "almost precisely" the bombings that actually occurred, Power said.
Power described the simulation of "simultaneous attacks on a underground and mainline station" and "bombs going off precisely at the railway stations" at which the actual bombings occurred.
"There were a few seconds when the audience didn't realize whether it was real or not," he said. On ITV, Power suggested that the unnamed partner in the terror exercise was concerned about Jewish buildings and banks being targeted.


"Was ICTS International, or one of its affiliates, involved in the July 7 terror exercise in London?" AFP asked ICTS spokesperson Petra Snoek at company headquarters in Amstelveen, Holland.
"Herewith I would like to inform you that ICTS International is not operating in the U.K.," Snoek wrote.
But ICTS International does have a subsidiary in Britain called ICTS U.K. Ltd., located in London's Tavistock House South, precisely where the double-decker bus was bombed on July 7.
A receptionist at ICTS U.K. Ltd. said the office was temporarily closed after the bombing due to damage, but that the company was indeed part of ICTS International.[...]
 
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