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Norman Inkster past Interpol president who allegedly set up Entrust spread bet keys for Operation PaperCHIP.
”Terrorism™ Terror in North Africa: are Westerners pulling the strings? [Yes]
English-speaking jihadis seen in Mali, as a Canadian is reported to have co-ordinated Algeria attack DANIEL HOWDEN
TUESDAY 22 JANUARY 2013
Mali troops retake strategic town of Douentza
Special report from Mali: You could not recognise the bodies of dead jihadis as human David Cameron says Britain faces a 'generational struggle' as Islamist terrorists switch focus to North Africa
Why the French believed they had no choice but to intervene in Mali’s war Brother of Scottish gas worker killed during Algerian hostage crisis found out about his sibling's death on Facebook
Canada is investigating an allegation by the Algerian Prime Minister that one of its citizens co-ordinated the terror raid at the Saharan gas plant in which dozens of hostages were killed.
Westerners, including a man with blond hair and blue eyes, are believed to have been among the Islamist militants who launched last week’s attack on the Tigantourine complex near Algeria’s border with Libya.
A French jihadist, previously unknown to authorities, and two Canadians are suspected to have been involved in the hostage-taking, and reports also claim that a man with a Western accent was among the extremists who lured terrified gas workers from their rooms during the hostage crisis.
Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal told reporters that a man, judged “by his English accent” to have been Canadian, was among the 32 Islamists whose raid on the Algerian refinery prompted a global crisis. One of the Canadians, identified only as “Shaddad”, is alleged to have played a leading role in the attack which left 58 hostages – including 37 Westerners - dead after a four-day battle with Algerian forces. Five further Western workers are still unaccounted for. “A Canadian was among the militants,” Mr Sellal said. “He was co-ordinating the attack.”
The militant group also included men from Tunisia, Egypt, Mauritania and Niger, Mr Sellal said. At least 29 Islamists from eight nationalities were killed in the operation to end the siege, with the remaining three captured alive. The make up of the attacking group – an al-Qa’ida splinter brigade who call themselves “Those Who Signed in Blood” - will be carefully examined as security experts try to assess the scale of the terror threat across North and West Africa.
Concern at the international composition of the Algerian kidnap brigade will be compounded by reports from residents in Diabaly, Mali, that Islamists who overran the town last week contained English-speakers and militants of European appearance. Speaking to The Independent yesterday after French and Malian forces had retaken the town, student Amadu Dumbia said: “I definitely heard them and there’s no chance that I made a mistake with another language. They spoke like they were from England, but had darker skins.”
Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the leader of the group who is suspected of masterminding the gas plant attack from outside Algeria, yesterday warned that there would be more attacks on those participating in the military campaign in neighbouring Mali. In a statement to a radio station in Mauritania, which received regular communications from the militants during the In Amenas plant siege, the Algerian-born militant said: “We warn all the states who took part in the Crusader campaign against the Azwad region [northern Mali] that if they do not retreat from their decision there will be more operations.” He also insisted that the brigade which undertook the attack was not local, saying “only five Algerians” took part in the attack and “none of them were locals from the city”.
Prime Minister David Cameron today told the Commons that the West faced a “generational struggle” in combating the “poisonous ideology” of Islamic extremists in the Sahel. Mr Cameron said that Britain would join the manhunt for Belmokhtar and promised extra support for the French campaign in Mali. Echoing the language used by Tony Blair in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre, he said: “This is the work our generation faces and we must demonstrate the same resolve and sense of purpose as previous generations have with the challenges that they faced in this House and in this country.”
A spokeswoman for Canada’s Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday said that they were still seeking clarity on a possible Canadian connection to the raid. “We are in close contact with Algerian authorities, but nothing [has been] confirmed yet,” Chrystiane Roy told Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper.
The Algerian authorities have declined to confirm whether the alleged Canadian co-ordinator was among the 29 militants who died.
One of the hostage takers was a North American who took part in the killing of numerous Japanese workers, the AFP agency reported. An Algerian employee of a Japanese engineering firm working at the site, identified as Riad said the Islamist attackers shot three Japanese who were in a bus, then went straight to the rooms occupied by the Japanese.
“One terrorist shouted ‘Open the door’ with a North American accent, then fired,” he told AFP. “Two other Japanese died and we found four other Japanese bodies inside the base.”
One of the kidnappers was tall, blond with blue or green eyes and spoke English, an Algerian military source told the Norwegian daily Aftenposten. Norway’s Statoil energy company was one of the two foreign firms operating at the gas complex. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/terror-in-north-africa-are-westerners-pulling-the-strings-8460832.html”
“Some Algeria Attackers Are Placed at Benghazi
The New York Times ^ | Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | Adam Nossiter
Posted on 1/22/2013 8:08:06 PM by kristinn
Several Egyptian members of the squad of militants that lay bloody siege to an Algerian gas complex last week also took part in the deadly attack on the United States Mission in Libya in September, a senior Algerian official said Tuesday. The Egyptians involved in both attacks were killed by Algerian forces during the four-day ordeal that ended in the deaths of at least 38 hostages and 29 kidnappers, the official said. But three of the militants were captured alive, and one of them described the Egyptians’ role in both assaults under interrogation by the Algerian security services, the official said. SNIP
But the Algerian official did not say why the captured kidnapper’s assertion — that some fighters had taken part in both the Benghazi and Algerian attacks — should be considered trustworthy. Nor did he say whether it was obtained under duress. Instead, he focused on the chaos unleashed by the recent uprisings throughout the region, leaving large ungoverned areas where extremists can flourish. “This is the result of the Arab Spring,” said the official said, who spoke on condition of anonymity because investigations into the hostage crisis were still under way. “I hope the Americans are conscious of this.”
“Ottawa calls in Algerian envoy to demand proof Canadian was among militants
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 4:41PM EST
OTTAWA -- The Foreign Affairs Department has called in Algeria's ambassador to Canada to get more information on why the country's prime minister labelled some of the hostage-takers in last week's gas-plant siege as Canadian.
The diplomatic dressing down was part of Ottawa's ongoing efforts to confirm or debunk reports that there were two Canadians among the terrorists involved in the attack on the remote plant in the Algerian desert.
The federal government is operating on the assumption that unless they can determine otherwise, any identifying papers that might point to Canadian involvement are likely fake.
Baird wants proof Canadians among militants in Algeria
Algeria scouring Sahara for 5 foreigners missing since gas plant attack
A senior government official says Canadian diplomats in Algeria are also requesting access to the information the Algerians are using to identify any of the militants as "Canadian."
Some 37 hostages and 29 militants were killed when Algerian forces stormed the complex; five other foreign workers remain unaccounted for.
Senior federal sources tell The Canadian Press the government has been frustrated by a lack of detailed information coming from Algerian officials.”
“Norman Inkster From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Norman David Inkster, OC (born August 19, 1938) served as 18th Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, from September 1, 1987 to June 24, 1994. From 1992 until 1994 he also served as President of Interpol.
Early life and career
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but spending nearly all of his early years in Broadview, Saskatchewan where his father, Harold, was a Master mechanic with the CPR and his mother, Martha, was a housewife, he was educated at the University of New Brunswick, where he studied sociology and psychology. During his studies he was continuously employed in the Human Resources department of the RCMP. In 1961 he married Mary-Anne Morrison. They raised three children together: Leslie Anne (1965), Scott (1967) and Dana (1972).
Recent life and career
From 1994 to 2003 he was a partner with KPMG in Toronto, the latter part of which he was global managing partner of the forensic practice. In 1995 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2003 he retired from KPMG and started Inkster Group. He was the President of the Inkster Group, which provides various security and policing services to a list of international clients, including the Province of Ontario. In 2006 Inkster Group was acquired by Navigant Consulting where Inkster served as a managing director. In 2007, Inkster became an independent consultant. He was engaged to marry Pamela Jeffery, founder of the Women's Executive Network in 2008. They later were married in of October in a service in Toronto with friends and family. He was warded 2011 with the Gusi Peace Prize
“MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2009 Entrust Goes Private with Thoma Bravo This morning former Nortel spinout Entrust announced its agreement to be purchased by Chicago-based Thoma Bravo, a private equity firm that specializes in acquiring and consolidating public and private software companies. It is not yet clear whether Entrust will be the consolidation platform for other Thoma Bravo targets in the security sector, or whether it will be rolled into another TB portfolio company. Entrust has been an Ottawa staple for years and its alumni have gone on to found other companies, including Ottawa's Third Brigade. This kind of private equity investment makes me happy, as it is based on the theory that value can be built through consolidation (versus the theory that value can be extracted by breaking up the assets of a business and selling them). It's the kind of exit that can give investors and founders some significant upside despite a sterile public market.”
“10 December 2012 INTERPOL News President Ballestrazzi addresses Arab Police and Security Chiefs in Algeria ALGIERS, Algeria – Addressing the 36th Conference of Arab Police and Security Chiefs, INTERPOL President Mireille Ballestrazzi said that their constant efforts made a significant contribution to making the world a safer place for all citizens.
On her first official mission since her election last month as INTERPOL President, Madame Ballestrazzi also pointed to the long-standing relationship between the world police body and the General Secretariat of the Arab Interior Ministers’ Council, following the signing of a cooperation agreement in 1999 which reinforces the coordination of initiatives tackling organized crime in the Arab world.
“INTERPOL provides its 190 member countries with a range of tools and services designed to support operational activities in the fight against organized crime and terrorism, key among which are the global databases, accessible to National Central Bureaus and beyond 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said President Ballestrazzi, highlighting that in 2012, Arab countries carried out nearly 15 million searches of INTERPOL’s nominal database and more than 80 million checks against its Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database.
The INTERPOL President praised the region’s achievements in combating organized crime and terrorism and said the recent election of Algeria’s Abdelkader Kara Bouhadba, Commissaire Divisionnaire de Police, Directeur de la Police Judiciaire, as Delegate for Africa on INTERPOL’s Executive Committee demonstrated member countries’ confidence in the expertise and experience both of Algeria and its representative in continuing these efforts.”
Entrust and INTERPOL Announce the Delivery and Use of Innovative Smartcard Credential Service
Jun 15, 2010
DALLAS - Entrust, Inc., and INTERPOL have announced the delivery of secure, multipurpose global identification cards and service for INTERPOL officers to expedite uninterrupted travel on missions in the pursuit of transnational criminals. This public-private partnership will provide law enforcement with the right combination of state-of-the-art eID documents, systems, and services to move the world from a one size fits all approach to a targeted approach for identity-based security.
At a briefing of United Nations officials and foreign correspondents in New York City, Secretary-General Ronald K. Noble said, "INTERPOL consistently pursues opportunities to utilize state of the art technology in combating terrorism and other transnational crimes. INTERPOL selected Entrust because of its track record in developing world-class products and services. The solutions developed by Entrust enable INTERPOL and other law enforcement agencies to work more freely, effectively and efficiently in protecting personnel, facilities and digital assets in the pursuit of transnational criminals."
This unprecedented credential - the INTERPOL Global Smart eID & eVisa - provides authorized users with secure access to INTERPOL facilities and networks. Officers only need this single multipurpose smartcard for secure enterprise access and expedited border crossings.
"These specialized cards and service are versatile, scalable and adhere to high security standards — including the anytime, anywhere access requirements of INTERPOL," said Entrust President and CEO Bill Conner. "They also help ensure that the identities of these trusted individuals aren't misused."
A leader in identity-based security solutions, Entrust's comprehensive credentialing service includes all necessary components — identity vetting, data capture, personalization, printing, issuance and revocation. The credential facilitates mobility, interoperability and security of end-user access by employing one credential for building access, computer/logical access and a wide range of key applications, including secure e-mail and document-signing.
Entrust Managed Services PKI allows organizations to establish and maintain a trustworthy environment by providing certificates that secure many off-the-shelf applications using encryption, digital signatures and strong certificate authentication. This enables organizations to control access to resources, prevent theft of information, and comply with privacy and digital signature regulations.
About Entrust Entrust provides identity-based security solutions that empower enterprises, consumers, citizens and Web sites in more than 4,000 organizations spanning 60 countries. Entrust's identity-based approach offers the right balance between affordability, expertise and service. For strong authentication, fraud detection, digital certificates, SSL and PKI, call 888-690-2424, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.entrust.com.
Entrust is a registered trademark of Entrust, Inc. in the United States and certain other countries. In Canada, Entrust is a registered trademark of Entrust Limited. All Entrust product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of Entrust, Inc. or Entrust Limited. All other company and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.”
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