Belgium’s federal prosecutor said on Saturday that Abrini admitted to being the ‘man in white’ – also known as ‘the man in the hat’ – who was seen at Zaventem airport on March 22 just before the attack that killed 16 people.
‘We confronted him with the video evidence prepared by our special unit,’ a spokesman for the prosecutors’ office said. ‘He had to admit it was him.'”
“Wrongful death is a claim against a person who can be held liable for a death. The claim is brought in a civil action, usually by close relatives, as enumerated by statute. Under common law, a dead person cannot bring a suit, and this created a loophole in which activities that resulted in a person’s injury would result in civil sanction but activities that resulted in a person’s death would not.
The standard of proof in the United States is typically preponderance of the evidence as opposed to clear and convincing or beyond a reasonable doubt. In Australia and the United Kingdom, it is ‘on the balance of probabilities’. For this reason it is often easier for a family to seek retribution against someone who kills a family member through tort than a criminal prosecution.
However, the two actions are not mutually exclusive; a person may be prosecuted criminally for causing a person’s death (whether in the form of murder, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, or some other theory) and that person can also be sued civilly in a wrongful death action (as in the O.J. Simpson murder case). Wrongful death is also the only recourse available in the United States when a company, not an individual, causes the death of a person; for example, historically, families have tried (both successfully and unsuccessfully) to sue tobacco companies for wrongful deaths of their customers.
“Meeting in Washington, DC, on May 17, 2011 US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and EU Foreign Affairs & Security Policy High Rep./European Commission VP Catherine Ashton discussed a number of issues of common concern, including the situations in Libya, Syria, Egypt and Belarus. Following their meeting, Secretary of State Clinton and High Representative Ashton signed a Framework Agreement between the US and the EU, which provides a legal framework for US civilians [and – allegedly – Serco’s 8(a) protégé companies] to participate in EU crisis management missions.”
“The Schutzstaffel (SS; also stylized as with Armanen runes; German pronunciation: [ˈʃʊtsˌʃtafəl] ( listen); literally “Protection Squadron”) was a major paramilitary organization under Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP; Nazi Party) in Nazi Germany. It began with a small guard unit known as the Saal-Schutz (Hall-Protection) made up of NSDAP volunteers to provide security for party meetings in Munich. In 1925, Heinrich Himmler joined the unit, which had by then been reformed and given its final name. Under his direction (1929–45), it grew from a small paramilitary formation to one of the most powerful organizations in Nazi Germany. From 1929 until the regime’s collapse in 1945, the SS was the foremost agency of surveillance and terror within Germany and German-occupied Europe.
The two main constituent groups were the Allgemeine SS (General SS) and Waffen-SS (Armed SS). The Allgemeine SS was responsible for enforcing the racial policy of Nazi Germany and general policing, whereas the Waffen-SS consisted of combat units of troops within Nazi Germany’s military. A third component of the SS, the SS-Totenkopfverbände (SS-TV), ran the concentration camps and extermination camps. Additional subdivisions of the SS included the Gestapo and the Sicherheitsdienst (SD) organizations. They were tasked with the detection of actual or potential enemies of the Nazi state, the neutralization of any opposition, policing the German people for their commitment to Nazi ideology, and providing domestic and foreign intelligence.
“On the morning of 22 March 2016, three coordinated nail bombings occurred in Belgium: two at Brussels Airport in Zaventem, and one at Maalbeek metro station in Brussels. In these attacks, 32 victims and three suicide bombers were killed, and over 300 people were injured. Another bomb was found during a search of the airport. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attacks.”
“Mohamed Abrini Admits to Being ‘Man in Hat’ in Brussels Airport Attack
by CASSANDRA VINOGRAD
The massive hunt for the “man in the hat” linked to the Brussels airport bombings appears to be over.
Belgium’s federal prosecutor said that Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini had confessed to being at the scene of the blasts in Brussels on March 22.
Speculation had been mounting since Abrini’s arrest on Friday that he was the suspect pictured in surveillance video from the airport alongside two suicide bombers.
That video showed a man in a light-colored jacket and dark hat pushing a luggage cart loaded with a black bag at the airport. Two other men pictured with the man in the hat — Najim Laachraoui and Ibrahim El Bakraoui — blew themselves up in the attack, leaving Belgian authorities searching for the third suspect.
Police released more footage showing the so-called “man in white” or “man in the hat” on Thursday in an appeal for information as to his whereabouts, noting the suspect had ditched the light-colored jacket.
On Sunday, Belgium’s federal prosecutor said that Abrini had “confessed his presence at the crime scene.”
“He explained having thrown away his vest in a garbage bin and having sold his hat afterwards,” the prosecutor added in an emailed statement.
The prosecutor’s office earlier had confirmed Abrini has been charged with “terrorist murders” and participating in a terror group in relation to the Paris terror attacks last November.
However, it was not immediately clear if Abrini’s alleged confession meant he would face further charges.
Abrini had been filmed on security footage at a gas station with Salah Abdeslam, one of the alleged Paris attackers, just two days before the terror spree in the French capital, which left 130 dead.
His apparent confession to being in the Brussels Airport adds another link to the attacks in Belgium and the Paris massacres.
In addition to the Abrini revelations, Belgium’s prosecutor announced that three other men had been charged with terror offenses.
One of them — identified as Osama K — was allegedly present at the time of the bombing on the Brussels subway, according to the prosecutor. Two others are suspected of assisting Abrini and Osama K.
The announcement of the new charges came as 50 police officers were on the scene of an anti-terror operation in the Brussels suburb of Etterbeek, with roads closed off and nearby people evacuated.”
“Serco awarded new European External Action Service IT contract
Serco has secured a new service contract to deliver a central management service for IT classified systems. The services will be delivered in Brussels with all staff executing the service holding security clearance up to ‘Secret UE’ level to access the classified zones. The duration of the contract is 4 years and it is valued at 9,000,000 EUR.
The European External Action Service is the European Union’s diplomatic corps. It supports the EU foreign affairs chief (High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton) in conducting the common foreign and security policy. It has Delegations around the world working on behalf of the people of Europe and representing the EU as a whole. The EEAS manages the EU’s response to crises, has intelligence capabilities and cooperates with the European Commission in areas which it shares competence with.”
“BASE ONE CERTIFICATIONS Base One [a Serco protégé company] is NO longer an 8(a), or HubZone certified company. Base One is a Small Business and a Women Owned Small Disadvantaged Business. Base One previously held certifications by the SBA. Please disregard any references to Base One being currently certified as an 8(a) or HubZone firm by the SBA.
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“In July 1994, Cameron left his role as Special Adviser to work as the Director of Corporate Affairs at Carlton Communications. Carlton, which had won the ITV franchise for London weekdays in 1991, was a growing media company which also had film-distribution and video-producing arms. Cameron was suggested for the role to Carlton executive chairman Michael Greenby his later mother-in-law Lady Astor. Cameron left Carlton to run for Parliament in 1997, returning to his job after his defeat.
In 1997, Cameron played up the Company’s prospects for digital terrestrial television, for which it joined with ITV Granada and Sky to form British Digital Broadcasting. In a roundtable discussion on the future of broadcasting in 1998 he criticised the effect of overlapping different regulators on the industry. Carlton’s consortium did win the digital terrestrial franchise but the resulting company suffered difficulties in attracting subscribers. Cameron resigned as Director of Corporate Affairs in February 2001 in order to run for Parliament for a second time, although he remained on the payroll as a consultant.”
“Disowned by Cameron, the raffish men-only club that his father once ran
By HARRY MOUNT FOR THE DAILY MAIL
PUBLISHED: 22:15 GMT, 18 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:22 GMT, 19 July 2013
As the BBC is embroiled in yet another row over sexism after presenter John Inverdale’s poorly judged on air-comments, and MPs scramble in Westminster to condemn male-only establishments – just down the road, at White’s in St James’s, it is very much business as usual. The exclusive membership only establishment – the ‘original ‘old boy’s club’ – is the grandest, oldest and most notoriously difficult to gain entrance to. Once, every Prime Minister from Robert Walpole in the early 18th century to Robert Peel in the mid-19th was a member, and the club boasts a bar which ‘has not shut for 200 years’. But White’s – to which only one woman, the Queen, has ever been allowed entrance – was quietly disowned by David Cameron in 2008, despite his father Ian once being chairman. The Prime Minister is said to be the only member to have left of his own free will.
Here, HARRY MOUNT takes a look at the history of Britain’s most notorious male only club – where rakes, rogues and royals have drunk side by side. The Culture Secretary Maria Miller would, it’s safe to say, disapprove of White’s, the grandest, oldest, raciest gentlemen’s club in London. But, then again, she’s unlikely to be invited to visit. The only woman who’s ever been entertained there is Her Majesty the Queen.
All-male clubs have been the subject of Mrs Miller’s ire this week as she attacked the men-only policy of Muirfield, which is hosting golf’s Open Championship.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister gave her his full support. A spokesman for David Cameron condemned such all-male clubs as looking ‘more to the past than they do to the future’.
But Mr Cameron was not always so high-minded.
Until fairly recently he was a member of the notorious White’s club, just up the road from St James’s Palace. Indeed his late father, Ian, was its chairman. But the future Prime Minister tactically resigned when Leader of the Opposition because the all-male club didn’t fit with his vision of modern Conservatism.
It is said that he is the only member to have left of his own free will – and not by death or shameful forced resignation. The club was founded in 1693 as a hot-chocolate house by an Italian, Francesco Bianco, whose name translated into Francis White – and thus White’s. It soon graduated to more intoxicating practices, notably heavy drinking and gambling.
For centuries, it has taken pride in its reputation as the hardest of the London gentleman’s clubs to get into.
The Victorian Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, said there were only two things that an Englishman cannot command – being made a Knight of the Garter or a member of White’s.
There is a long waiting list to join and many applicants are still blackballed – rejected – by existing members. New members must be vouched for by 35 signatories and membership is more than £850 a year.
The late journalist Auberon Waugh – whose father Evelyn was a devoted White’s member – was blackballed in 1995 by anonymous enemies at the club. In the Spectator, Waugh retaliated, writing of the ‘insecure, big-bottomed men who think that membership of White’s gives them some sort of social cachet … White’s has always had its fair share of s***s and twerps and pompous bores’.
Since then, the ‘White’s Club S**t’ has entered club slang to mean the worst sort of nasty, selfish, pompous show-off.
Still, in its 300-year history, the club has played host to some illustrious members and a glittering array of politicians.
Among its old members are the Duke of Wellington, the Regency dandy Beau Brummell, George IV, William IV, Edward VII and Winston Churchill’s son, Randolph. Prince Charles is a member and held his Bollinger champagne-fuelled stag night at the club before his wedding to Lady Diana Spencer.
Prince William is said to be a member.
The club has also attracted its fair share of rogues.
White’s was implicated in the great ‘Cambridge Spies’ scandal. Some have claimed that the recruitment and subsequent movements of Guy Burgess, Donald Duart Maclean, Kim Philby and Anthony Blunt were orchestrated from the club’s bar.
Meanwhile, in his novels Evelyn Waugh used the club as the model for ‘Bellamy’s’, the home of ‘grandee and card sharper, duellist and statesman’. Certainly, gambling has always been part of the fabric of White’s. In William Hogarth’s 1733 series of cautionary paintings – The Rake’s Progress – the rake is driven mad by losing his fortune at the gaming tables of White’s.”
“The HAC is the Army’s only Reserve Surveillance and Target Acquisition (STA) Regiment. We are based in the City of London and recruit Officers and Soldiers from across the South East.
The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) Operations The HAC exists to support the Regular Army on operations. The Reserves have played a critical role in delivering international security through operations in the Middle East and elsewhere. With ongoing changes to the way the Regular Army is structured, this role will only get bigger. We work closely with 5th Regiment Royal Artillery and many other Army units.
Over the past 10 years, over 220 HAC soldiers have deployed on operations. These have included Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans, Cyprus and Op OLYMPICS in London. Most recently the Regiment has supported the medical teams in Sierra Leone. To date all deployed soldiers and officers have been volunteers, and have had their civilian jobs protected by law. They were normally mobilised for a period of 12 months: six months pre-deployment training followed by six months deployment on operations Operational roles for Officers and Soldiers in the HAC are hugely varied and challenging. The majority focus on our core Surveillance and Target Acquisition (STA) skills, however there are often broader opportunities. Sometimes these correspond with the civilian expertise and experience of our soldiers.”
“Preparing the 8(a) application package
You do not need to pay anyone to prepare your 8(a) application. SBA designed the application forms so the applicant can complete the application. However, a consultant can assist in completing the application. Please be advised that no one can guarantee that an application for 8(a) program participation will be approved. The application process is intended to assure that each applicant receives a fair, unbiased review, free from favoritism and influence. Any irregularities in the application review process should be immediately referred to the SBA Inspector General.
Definition of Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Individuals
Socially disadvantaged individuals are those who have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias because of their identities as members of groups without regard to their individual qualities. The social disadvantage must stem from circumstances beyond their control. In the absence of evidence to the contrary, the following individuals are presumed to be socially disadvantaged:
Black Americans; Hispanic Americans (persons with origins from Latin America, South America, Portugal and Spain); Native Americans (American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, and Native Hawaiians); Asian Pacific Americans (persons with origins from Japan, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Samoa, Guam, U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands [Republic of Palau], Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Laos, Cambodia [Kampuchea], Taiwan, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Macao, Hong Kong, Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu, or Nauru); Subcontinent Asian Americans (persons with origins from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, the Maldives Islands or Nepal); And members of other groups designated from time to time by the SBA.
In addition, an individual who is not a member of one of the above-named groups may apply for 8(a) certification. However, the applicant must establish social disadvantage on the basis of clear and convincing evidence.
Economically disadvantaged individuals are socially disadvantaged individuals whose ability to compete in the free enterprise system has been impaired due to diminished capital and credit opportunities, as compared to others in the same or similar line of business and competitive market area who are not socially disadvantaged. For purposes of program entry, an individual whose personal net worth (excluding the equity in their personal residence and business) exceeds $250,000 will not be considered economically disadvantaged.
A woman-owned business may be recognized as a “socially disadvantaged firm” if the owner is a member of one of the groups for which social disadvantage is presumed. If the woman is not a member of one of the groups for which social disadvantage is presumed, she must establish her individual disadvantage on the basis of clear and convincing evidence that she has suffered discriminatory treatment because of her gender and that this treatment has impeded her entry into or advancement in the business world. SBA will consider any pertinent evidence but will give particular attention to evidence of discriminatory practices suffered in the areas of education, employment and the business world.”
“Serco do a bunch more that didn’t even make our story: As well as thanking God for his success, CEO Chris Hyman is a Pentecostal Christian who has released a gospel album in America and fasts every Tuesday. Amazingly, he was also in the World Trade Centre on 9/11, on the 47th floor addressing shareholders [such as Wells Fargo with an insured interest in the leveraged lease on the WTC Twin Towewrs]. Serco run navy patrol boats for the ADF, as well as search and salvage operations through their partnership with P&O which form Defence Maritime Services. Serco run two Australian jails already, Acacia in WA and Borallon in Queensland. They’re one of the biggest companies In the UK for running electronic tagging of offenders under house arrest or parole.”
Field McConnell, United States Naval Academy, 1971; Forensic Economist; 30 year airline and 22 year military pilot; 23,000 hours of safety; Tel: 715 307 8222
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