Thursday, October 10, 2013

#1714: Marine Links MI-3 Desmarais Kill Team Kinnect to CSEC Petrobras Key for Air France Nose-up Stall

Plum City – (AbelDanger.net). United States Marine Field McConnell has linked ‘Kill Team Kinnect’, a CGI sabotage squad allegedly deployed by the late MI-3 Agent Paul Desmarais through The Insurers’ Livery Company, to the CSEC encryption key apparently used by former CGI director David Johnston to authorize a hack of the Airbus Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System and trigger the Air France Flight 447 nose-up stall which killed Petrobras press officer and prospective whistle-blower Adriana Sluijs.

McConnell claims that Desmarais, a former member of the Supervisory Council of Air France insurer AXA, and his MI-3 Insurers’ associate Ian Richardson ordered CGI to integrate the Kill Team Kinnect electronic hub with Logica, the outsourced application management provider for Airbus's Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System service out of Toulouse, and supply the Entrust PKI key needed by CSEC to coordinate the murder of Ms. Sluijs.

Disambiguation:

MI-3 = Livery Companies’ patent-pool supply-chain protection racket using Privy Purse Forfeiture Fund Marcy (Forfeiture Fund – KPMG Small Business Auction – Liquidation – Prisoner Medical Services – JABS)
+ Inkster (Queen’s Privy Purse – KPMG tax shelter – RCMP Wandering Persons Registry – Escrow fraud)
+ Interpol (Berlin 1942-1945 – Operation Paperclip into Foreign Fugitive File – William Higgitt - Entrust)
+ Intrepid (William Stephenson – GAPAN patent pool – MitM Pearl Harbor attack – Kanada Kommando)

MI-3 = Marine Interruption Intelligence and Investigation unit set up in 1987 to destroy above 

McConnell notes that in Book 12 at www.abeldanger.net, agents deployed by his Marine Interruption, Intelligence and Investigations (MI-3) group are mingling in various OODA modes with agents of the Marcy Inkster Interpol Intrepid (MI-3) Livery protection racket based at Skinners’ Hall, Dowgate Hill. 

Prequel 1:
#1711: Marine Links MI-3 IT Livery Key to Canada’s CAI Death-Panel Clouds Hiding CGI Obamacare Frauds

Prequel 2:
#1660 Marine Links MI-2 Murder-For-Hire Livery Lottery to Prince Andrew GAPAN, Air France 447 Nose-Up Stall

Canada Spying on Brazil - Mining Industry Targeted by 5 Eyes CSEC - Edward Snowden

Air France 447 CRASH SIMULATION By: Ciro X9


The AF 447 TCAS Failure
01/08/2009 — Leave a comment
The BEA have released their Interim report on the AF 447 disaster (BEA, 2009), contained in the report are the complete set of CMC messages received in the final moments of AF 447 and an explanation by the BEA of what the various message codes mean.

The report confirms initial reports that the Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) had become inoperative during the early part of the event sequence for a reason as yet un-identified by the BEA.

The TCAS Altitude Credibility Monitor. In fact the explanation may actually be fairly straight forward and relate to the TCAS system’s fault tolerance processing. An aircraft’s TCAS uses aircraft Air Data Reference (ADR) pressure altitude, provided by the Mode S transponder as an input to the collision avoidance processing (RTCA 97).

Obviously altitude data errors can lead to a false output so the TCAS Minimum Operational Performance Standard (MOPS) requires that TCAS incorporate a barometric altitude credibility monitor that will reject barometric altitude changes of greater than a specified acceleration limit and the aircraft track is then coasted (RTCA 99).

TCAS MOPS also requires that TCAS become inoperative when the System Performance Monitor function detects that the own aircraft track has coasted for 5 seconds (RTCA 99).

Rapid changes in barometric pressure were previously experienced in the Air Caraibes F-OFDF icing incident (1). So a large enough change in barometric altitude due to icing, such as occurred in the Air Caraibes incident, could cause TCAS to declare itself inoperative, as was seen in the AF 447 event data (2).

TCAS logic was revised in a change to Version 7 (CP 98) to maintain own track under the combined conditions of aggressive pilot manouevre and bad altitude inputs. This resulted in an altitude credibility window with a half-width of 195 ft when track softness is minimum, 325 ft when softness is maximum, and 260 ft in-between (RTCA 99).

Unfortunately as air data is not the only input to TCAS that could trigger a TCAS fault state we cannot say with absolute certainty that a rapid altitude change is the culprit (3) . But, working on the principal that if you hear hoof beats in Central Park, you probably shouldn’t expect to see zebra rounding the corner, I think we’re safe in assuming that altitude related data is the causal factor here (4) (5). 

The interesting point about the TCAS failure is that if the air data was sourced from a specific ADR it strongly infers the failure of that specific ADR. If transponder altitude was derived from ADR 1 this would support the hypothesis that ADR1 failed early in the event sequence.

Another interesting point is that the Mode S transponder would have been outputting AF 447s altitude data (along with other data) to other aircraft in the area. I’m not aware whether this sort of track data is recorded by other aircraft, if not this might be a consideration for further development of aircraft data recording systems.

Fault tolerance and complexity. The unexpected nature of the TCAS failure also neatly illustrates that the implementation of varying fault tolerance strategies across a system can lead to, ’surprise’ behaviour when a system experiences a challenge. This is of recurring concern to system architects as we rarely build a system from scatch and can usually expect elements of the system to be updated/replaced asynchronously.

Notes

1. For installation into older aircraft where pressure altitude information was supplied in Gillham’s code format, detection of an altitude source or encoder failure was also required. Normally this was satisfied by the use of redundant altitude sources (JAA 2001).

2. As in the F-OFDF incident the onboard TCAS did not declare itself inoperative it should be fairly straightforward to cross check the altitude changes in that incident against that aircraft’s TCAS performance monitor implementation. A similar check could be performed for other incidents involving unreliable air-speed and TCAS equipped aircraft.

3. For example Honeywell’s ACS-5059 TCAS manual indicates that aircraft heading and attitude could also cause a TCAS fault state (Honeywell 2001).

4. During the Air Cairaibes incident barometric altitude was seen to initially rapidly vary from 35,000 to 34,700 ft (Houang 2001).

5. Re-reading the RTCA documents an agressive flight manouevre that exceeds the RTCA worst case scenario could also trigger the TCAS performance monitor, especially in combination with the fluctuating barometric altitude . The RTCA posited an initial descent at 6,000 fpm, then, after a short time, a vertical rate reversal with an acceleration that builds up at the high rate of 8 ft/s3 (jerk) to a maximum acceleration of 40 ft/s2 (1.25g). Updated 27 Sept 09.

Further Reading

BEA, Interim report,on the accident on 1st June 2009, to the Airbus A330-203, registered F-GZCP, operated by Air France flight AF 447 Rio de Janeiro – Paris, Report Number f-cp090601ae, July 2009. Honeywell, TCASII/ACASII Collision Avoidance System User’s Manual, ACS-5059 , Revision 5, 2001. Houang, H., Air Cairabes Memorandum, Givrage Des Sonde, 8 December 2001.

Joint Aviation Administration, LEAFLET NO 13: Certification of Mode S Transponder Systems for Elementary, Surveillance, 2001.

RTCA SC-186, TCAS Change Proposal CP 98, 23 Sept 1999.

RTCA SC-186, Draft TCAS II Minimum Operational Performance Standards (MOPS) Version 7 (DO-185B), 27 April 1997, accessed from http://adsb.tc.faa.gov/SC-147.htm.” 

www.oilandgasinternational.com , 2 June 2009 [cached] Now it is known that Petroleo Brasileiro (Petrobras) press officer Adriana Francisco Sluijs was on the plane, along with Joao Marques da Silva Filho, an executive with Estaleiro Atlantico Sul; Helge Gustafsson, with FMC Technologies; Subsea 7's Graham Gardner; Devon Energy's Michael Harris and his wife Anne; and Karsten Moholt and son Karsten Aleksander Moholt, owners of Karsten Moholt offshore services.

LATEST UPDATE: 13/03/2010
- AF 447 CRASH - BRAZIL - JUSTICE
Air France insurer Axa to appeal Brazilian compensation ruling

Air France insurer Axa has said it will appeal a Brazilian judge's ruling to pay $1.6 million in compensation to the family of one of the victims of the June 2009 crash, while Air France did not immediately comment on the ruling.
By News Wires (text)

REUTERS - Air France’s insurance company said on Friday it will appeal a Brazilian court’s ruling for the airline company to pay $1.16 million in compensation to the family of a victim of a fatal crash last year.

French insurance company Axa said in a statement it did not accept Thursday’s ruling as a precedent because compensation should be decided by a committee set up after the crash by Brazil’s government, associations of victims’ families and insurers. That committee agreed to define the criteria for fair compensation for the families.

Air France flight AF447 between Rio de Janeiro and Paris crashed into the Atlantic Ocean during a storm on June 1, 2009, killing all 228 people on board.

A Rio civil court judge ordered Air France on Thursday to pay 2.04 million reais ($1.16 million) as compensation for the death of Marcelle Valpacos Fonseca Lima, a 41-year-old woman who was the Rio state attorney-general.

Judge Mauro Nicolau Junior said in his ruling that the crash, the cause of which is still unclear, was in large part due to the “negligent conduct of the accused.”

An Air France spokeswoman declined to comment while the airline studies the ruling.

The company said after the crash that it would compensate families of the victims through its insurers, with payments of around 100,000 euros ($137,000) per victim as a compassionate gesture rather than an admission of liability.

Passengers from 32 nationalities were killed in the crash of the Airbus 330. Among them were 61 French people and 58 Brazilians.

An international search to locate the wreckage failed to find the black box recorders that are crucial to pinpointing the cause of crash. It is due to resume this month.”

AXA Canada

AXA Canada chooses CGI to migrate its PeopleSoft application to an Oracle/Unix platform

“This good relationship was made possible through the wide range of PeopleSoft specialists at CGI and the dynamism of the project team. The performance of the application has improved significantly, and we are pleased to report that in the 24 months since this migration, there has been no interruption to our services.”

Johanne Cassis, Senior Vice-President, Planning-Budgets-Results and Corporate Project Office, AXA Canada xxxxxWith a volume of $1.06 billion in premiums, assets of $2.2 billion and 1,939 employees working for 2,600 brokers, AXA Canada is one of the country’s leading damage insurance companies.

The Challenge

When PeopleSoft decided that as of December 31, 2000, it would no longer support the AS400 platform, AXA Canada found itself facing two problems. “On the one hand, we had to change platforms,” explained Johanne Cassis, Senior Vice-President, Planning-Budgets-Results and Corporate Project Office at AXA Canada. “On the other hand, we did not have sufficient manpower to provide solid technical support. We therefore decided to have a service supplier take charge of this application, and CGI was the company we chose.”

All of the PeopleSoft financial modules used by AXA Canada had been functioning on an IBM AS400 platform. Moreover, PeopleSoft’s timing of the decision left very little time (three and a half months) for CGI’s specialists to evaluate the components that would support AXA’s PeopleSoft modules.

The Strategy

CGI began by studying the costs and benefits of the various available platforms and also conducted an evaluation of material and software needs.

Once AXA Canada decided to implement its PeopleSoft application on the Oracle/Unix platform (60% of PeopleSoft implementations are done on Oracle/Unix), CGI put together a team comprised of its top experts. This multidisciplinary team, unique in the company at the time, was able to offer services such as consultation, applications support, technology management and systems operation and hosting. A group of 10 people, including three AXA Canada employees (mainly accounting experts who had become financial systems specialists), undertook to migrate the system to the new platform. The transition began with the conversion of the DB2 database from the AS400 platform to an Oracle database installed on SUN servers equipped with Unix operating systems. Next, the team assigned to the project focused on optimizing the performance of the newly migrated application. Logistical and physical improvements were then made to the system.

Transparent communication between CGI and AXA Canada not only allowed the client to clearly define its objectives, but also ensured it remained up to date on issues related to the project delivery.

The Technology
Oracle database
Sun/Unix servers
The Results

Thanks to the close collaboration between the AXA Canada and CGI teams, the new system was implemented on schedule in June 2000. All of the work involved in the project was carried out on time and on budget. [Ergo Desmarais’ MI-3 Kill Team Kinnect was set up for dead peasant life insurance fraud on 9/11]

“This good relationship was made possible through the wide range of PeopleSoft specialists at CGI and the dynamism of the project team,” concluded Ms. Cassis. “The performance of the application has improved significantly, and we are pleased to report that in the 24 months since this migration, there has been no interruption to our services.””

Paul Desmarais is the son of a lawyer, Jean-Noel Desmarais, and Lébéa Laforest. He grew up in a prosperous family. He studied at the University of Ottawa where he obtained a B.A. in Commerce. When he finished university, he returned to Sudbury where, in 1951, he took control of a bus company. In 1959, he created the Transportation Management Corporation Limited; though this, he acquired Provincial Transport Ltd in 1960, and then obtained effective control of Gelco Entreprises Ltd in 1962. The following year, he bought the Imperial Life Assurance Company of Canada. Two years later, it was the turn of the Corporations des valeurs trans-Canada, his first conglomerate.

In 1967, Trans-Canada created Les Journaux Trans-Canada Ltée, a press company that acquired the great Montreal daily, La Presse. In 1968, Mr. Desmarais took control of the Power Corporation of Canada. Today, the Power Corporation consists of Gesca Ltée, which publishes La Presse and other dailies and weeklies, and Power Financial Corporation, which owns the Great-West Life Assurance Company, London Life Assurance Company, Investors Group Inc. and Pargesa Holding S.A., an international holding company headquartered in Geneva.

Paul Desmarais is Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Power Corporation of Canada. He is also Chairman of the Board and Deputy Director of Pargesa Holding S.A. (Switzerland). He is a director of the following companies: CLT-UFA (Luxembourg), the Power Financial Corporation, Power Broadcasting Inc.; Electrafina S.A. (Belgium), the London Assurance Group Inc., Group Investors Inc., London Life Assurance Company, Pargesa Holding S.A. (Switzerland), the Power Corporation of Canada, La Presse Ltée, the Telegraph Group Limited (England) and Total Pina (France). He is also a member of the international advisory committee of the Barrick Gold Corporation and Chase Manhattan Bank N.A., and a member of the Supervisory Council of AXA [alleged operator of the CGI Kill Team Kinnect attack on AF447 which triggered the fatal nose up stall] and the Compagnie Financière de Paribas (France).

Mr. Desmarais is honorary president of the Canada-China Business Couoncil. He is a member of the Privy Council, a Companion of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec and an Officer of the Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur and Commander of the Ordre de Léopold II.” 

Court Assistant – Ian Richardson

Ian Richardson was appointed a Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Insurers in October 2012. Before he retired at the end of 2007, he was Group Business Risk Director of AXA UK plc, the insurance company, with Main Board responsibility for Legal, Company Secretarial, Operational Risk, Compliance and Internal Audit matters.

He grew up in Chester, graduated from Manchester University with an honours degree in law (LL.B) and then qualified as a Chartered Secretary (ACIS and subsequently FCIS).

His business career started with The Rank Organisation (films, cinemas, hotels, Hard Rock cafes, etc), where he became Deputy Secretary. He was then appointed Group Company Secretary and Director of Administration of H P Bulmer, the Herefordshire cider maker and drinks distributor (Strongbow, Bulmers Original, Perrier, Red Stripe lager, Pol Roger champagne, etc).

He was elected a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Insurers in 2006 and a Liveryman in the same year. He has also been a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and was Master in 2011-2012.

He is a Trustee of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators General Charitable Trust (Chairman 2009 – 2011), non-executive Chairman of the AXA UK Pension Scheme, a member of the Financial Services Group of Livery Companies (which briefs the Lord Mayor ahead of his overseas visits, promoting UK financial services) and Vice-Chair of the Governors of Rokeby School in a very challenging area of the East End of London. The school is supported was rated ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED in April 2011, having come out of Special Measures only six years previously.

His main interests are jazz, chamber music, the theatre and long distance walking”

Canadian spies targeted Brazil's mines ministry: report

NSA leaks journalist Glenn Greenwald worked with Globo on TV report alleging espionage

The Associated Press Posted: Oct 07, 2013 6:30 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 07, 2013 10:33 AM ET

A Brazilian television report that aired Sunday night said Canadian spies targeted Brazil's Mines and Energy Ministry.

The report on Globo television was based on documents leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and was the latest showing that Latin America's biggest country has been a target for U.S., British and now Canadian spy agencies.

What do we know about Canada's eavesdropping agency?

The report said the metadata of phone calls and emails from and to the Brazilian ministry were targeted by the Communications Security Establishment Canada, or CSEC, to map the ministry's communications, using a software program called Olympia. It didn't indicate whether emails were read or phone calls were listened to.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper would neither confirm nor deny the allegations when asked to respond to the report late Sunday night.

The "CSEC does not comment on its specific foreign intelligence activities or capabilities," said Harper's communications director Jason MacDonald.

Brazilian Mines and Energy Minister Edison Lobao told Globo that "Canada has interests in Brazil, above all in the mining sector. I can't say if the spying served corporate interests or other groups." 

American journalist Glenn Greenwald, based in Rio de Janeiro, worked with Globo on its report.

Greenwald broke the first stories about the NSA's global spy program focusing on Internet traffic and phone calls.

Globo previously reported that the communications of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and also state-run oil company Petrobras were targeted by NSA spying.

Earlier, Greenwald wrote articles in the O Globo newspaper saying that the NSA was gathering metadata on billions of emails, phone calls and other Internet data flowing through Brazil, an important transit point for global communications.

The fallout over the spy programs led Rousseff last month to cancel a planned visit to the U.S., where she was to be the guest of honour for a state dinner.

Rousseff last month spoke at the United Nations General Assembly and called for international regulations on data privacy and limiting espionage programs targeting the Internet.”

Airbus outsources application management to Logica
10 Jun 2009 0 Comments

Airbus will be supported by IT staff in Europe and India

Airbus has agreed a three-year outsourcing deal with IT services supplier Logica, combining local and offshore resources.

The aircraft maker will use Logica to manage applications for document management, archiving, groupware and knowledge management. The vendor will also work on development and improvements to the firm’s software.

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The contract will see service delivered from sites in Hamburg and Toulouse, local to Airbus’ European operations, supported by a centre in Chennai, India, to save costs.

“Our customers will benefit from local teams on site, and from international teams that have in-depth technical expertise and experience delivering large-scale outsourcing projects,” said Torsten Strass, chief executive of Logica in Germany.

Airbus did not provide further comment on the deal.”

BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY
May 31, 2012, 3:42 p.m. ET
Canada's CGI to Buy IT Rival Logica
By LILLY VITOROVICH
LONDON—CGI Group Inc., GIB -1.82% a Canadian provider of information-technology services, agreed on Thursday to buy embattled Anglo-Dutch rival Logica PLC for £1.7 billion (US$2.6 billion), as CGI seeks to expand its global footprint.

CGI said the acquisition would create a "global technology champion with significant presence throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia," including 72,000 employees in 43 countries. Annual revenue is expected to be 10.4 billion Canadian dollars (US$10.1 billion).

"We believe Logica is the right acquisition at the right price and at the right time to create one of the very few independent global end-to-end technology-services providers," CGI Chief Executive Michael Roach said in a written statement.

The move by CGI, which has teamed up with Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, one of Canada's biggest pension funds, is the latest example of Canadians going overseas for assets. Canada's big pension funds have been buying up real-estate and infrastructure assets around the world, while Canada's big banks have ventured deep into the U.S. market and beyond, having emerged from the global financial crisis relatively unscathed. Caisse de depot has agreed to invest C$1 billion (US$971 million) in Montreal-based CGI to help finance the deal. "This investment is fully aligned with our strategy, which aims to encourage the growth of Quebec companies abroad while generating attractive long-term returns for our depositors," said Michael Sabia, president and chief executive of Caisse, in a written statement.

Logica provides consulting, outsourcing and IT services to governments and companies across France, the U.K., Sweden, Central Europe and the Benelux countries of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. It also has smaller operations in Australia, India, the Philippines, Malaysia, Morocco, Egypt and the U.S. Logica says the British government accounts for 60% of the company's U.K. revenue, making the government its largest domestic customer.

The company has struggled, however, as Europe's economic environment has deteriorated, issuing a profit warning in December and announcing plans to cut more than 1,300 employees, or about 3% of its 41,000 workers. Logica's net profit slumped 82% last year, sinking to £27.2 million from £152.1 million in 2010.

The deal will allow CGI to expand in Europe, where it has a minimal presence, while for Logica it provides an opportunity to scale up. Logica "has been struggling for a while at the operating level and was not presenting any clear strategy of expansion," Cheuvreux analysts said in note to clients. 

The tie-up gives the enlarged company particular scale in financial services and the public sector, where both Logica and GGI are already strong; one in Europe and the other in the Americas, said Tom Reuner, principal analyst at Ovum. It also gives the combined businesses a better cost structure at a time when customers are sensitive to high prices.

"Given the financial turmoil we went through and are still going through, obviously price sensitivity is one of the key issues for all the buyers, thereby all the providers have to be much more price-aggressive trying to gain deals," Mr. Reuner said.

CGI's offer of 105 pence a share is a 60% premium to Logica's share price of 65.70 pence on Wednesday, before the deal was announced. The Canadian company will also take on Logica's net debt of £322 million.

Shares in Logica rose 69% to 110.90 pence in London on Thursday.

Numis Securities analysts David Toms and Will Wallis said there is a "small chance" of a counter bid, either from another international competitor such as U.S. computer maker Dell Inc. DELL 0.00% or a European company, possibly French IT services provider Capgemini.

A spokesman for Dell said the company doesn't comment on rumor or speculation. Capgemini also declined to comment.

About 94% of CGI's sales last year came from North America, compared with 3% at Logica, according to analysts at UBS. "From a business mix, we believe Logica's high-end technology skills will fit well with CGI and culturally the businesses are similar," they said.

CGI has irrevocable pledges from just over 18% of Logica's shareholders to vote in favor of the offer. CGI, which provides IT outsourcing, cloud-computing and managed-security services, has about 31,000 employees in Canada, the U.S., Europe and the Asian-Pacific region. It expects the deal to boost its profit by 25% to 30%, excluding the costs of the acquisition and the integration of the two businesses over the first three years.

At the end of March, CGI's annualized revenue was about C$4.3 billion.”

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