Spectre? Did Serco’s AI Prisoners Track ConAir Marcy’s Novicihok?”

“Prisoner tracking and warning system and corresponding methods Abstract A system and method for tracking, monitoring and learning prisoner or parolee behavior involves obtaining prisoner or parolee data and monitoring data for at least one individual prisoner or parolee, storing the prisoner or parolee data and monitored data into a database, learning prisoner or parolee behavior from the prisoner or parolee data and the monitored data in the database, and updating the prisoner or parolee data and the monitored data in the database. Expert system (i.e. including but not limited to fuzzy logic, reinforcement learning, neural networks, artificial intelligence, etc.) algorithms are executed for determining and analyzing deviated behavior by the prisoner or parolee. A parole level is assigned to the prisoner or parolee and it is determined whether the prisoner or parolee is to be moved up or down a parole level depending on whether the prisoner or parolee behavior does not constitute or does constitute prisoner or parolee violations. Furthermore, the system tracks, monitors, and learns the behavior of the prisoner or parolee by controlling and regulating the permitted/prohibited locations or sectors, the permitted/prohibited location or sector dwell times, the permitted/prohibited travel routes, the permitted/prohibited travel times that the prisoner or parolee spends at or between various locations. Original Assignee Lemelson Jerome H. Pedersen; Robert D. Hiett; John H. Priority date 1998-06-04 1998-06-04 US09090665 Active 2000-04-25 US6054928A Grant 2000 US09514771 Active.”


Source: OCCRP

Novichok Has Already Killed


Sergei Skripal, the former Russian military intelligence agent who was poisoned in Britain, was not the first victim of the deadly toxin. Is it still out there?

The name “Novichok” is now widely-known after the poisoning of Sergey Skripal in Salisbury. It turns out that a substance from this group of chemicals was used to murder a banker in 1995. Could some of it have fallen into the hands of criminals? Photo by: Edin Pasovic / OCCRP

Russian authorities have angrily denied that “Novichok,” a substance blamed by the British authorities for poisoning a former Russian military intelligence officer in the United Kingdom, has ever existed.

But new evidence unearthed in Russia shows not only that an entire group of substances called Novichok did indeed exist, but that some was obtained by criminals after being produced in a government lab as late as 1994 — and has since killed at least two people.

Reporters for Novaya Gazeta, a partner of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), tracked down records from a sealed 1995 criminal case in which a Russian banker and his secretary were murdered using a poisonous substance.

Two specialists who have worked with Novichok independently confirmed to reporters that the toxin described in the investigation was one of several varieties of the Novichok agent.

The case materials show that enough of the poison to create hundreds of potentially lethal doses had fallen into the hands of criminals. A separate criminal case against the man responsible for distributing the substance was labeled “top secret” and never resolved.

Novichok Resurfaces

Sergei Skripal, Novichok’s most recent alleged victim, has lived in the United Kingdom since being convicted of espionage by the Russian government and traded for Russian “sleeper agents” in a prisoner exchange with the United States. His daughter Yulia was also poisoned in their home in the English city of Salisbury, but she is recovering.

The British authorities have declared that Novichok was used in the attempt on Skripal’s life. They blame the Russian government of either being complicit in the attack or of allowing the substance to fall into the hands of the attackers.

Moscow has angrily denied any role in the affair. In response to the British accusations, the Russian government declared that all Soviet chemical weapon development programs were halted in 1992, and that by 2017 any remaining stockpiles had been destroyed. Furthermore, authorities have said that no compound called Novichok ever existed.

“No scientific research programs under the name ‘Novichok’ were carried out in the Russian Federation,” Vasily Nebenzya, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, said at a Security Council meeting.

Sergey Ryabkov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, has also insisted that no programs for the development or production of chemical weapons under the name ‘Novichok’ existed, either in the Soviet Union or Russian Federation. The ministry’s official spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, has repeated these claims on Russian television channels.

But according to documents from Russian criminal case 238709, work with a substance of this nature continued “in the period before 1994” and the equivalent of hundreds of lethal doses was given or sold to violent criminals in 1994 and 1995. In the case files, the identity of the substance is referred to as a state secret. However, specialists contacted by reporters identified it as belonging to the Novichok group.

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