Hawkins has trademarked a virtual machine he has called Malipod™ as an analytical tool to reverse engineer expert-system or AI algorithms allegedly used by various patent custodians to motivate the Serco Con Air SWAT teams who appear to have extorted Washington, D.C.'s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner into ruling that the late Daniel Best, a pharmaceutical executive who led U.S. Department of Health and Human Services efforts to lower prescription drug prices, died from suicide even though his body was found with "multiple blunt force injuries" near the garage door exit of an apartment building in Navy Yard neighbourhood at 5:25 a.m. on Nov. 1.
Hawkins has used his Malipod™ virtual machine to reverse engineer the expert-system or AI algorithms and Entrust PKI patented devices or methods which appear to have enriched people identified by Jeffrey St. Clair in “Arkansas Bloodsuckers: the Clintons, Prisoners and the Blood Trade” where such patents include Jerome Lemelson’s “Prisoner [Con Air] tracking and warning system and corresponding methods 2000-04-25 US6054928A Grant”; the US Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Human Ebola Virus Species and Compositions and Methods Thereof US20120251502A1 Priority date 2008-10-24 and Immunization for ebola virus infection Priority date 1997-12-23 … 2005-02-08 US6852324B1 Grant.
A Malipod™ analysis indicates that Serco shareholders including the governments of the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Singapore, insiders of the SAFE-BioPharma Association and the Clinton Foundation and the DOJ Pride associates of Kristine ‘Con Air’ Marcy, sister of Marine Corps whistle-blower Field McConnell, are using patented devices on the Federal Bridge Certification Authority (FBCA) network to ….
· Protect and conceal a prisoner-based [Con Air] trade in tainted blood and CBRNE weapons;
· Offer vaccine investment opportunities for private equity group insiders such as McVicar’s CAI;
· Eliminate whistleblowers and/or generic drug competitors e.g. the late Barry Sherman;
· Extort donations or protection money from targeted businesses and governments;
· Manipulate the public by using or threatening to use biological or chemical weapons; and,
· Establish controlling LGBT elites in the DOJ (FBI, BOP, USMS, OJP etc) and its inter-agency partners at the Center for Medicare Services [HHS], HUD, and the Department of Labor.
Hawkins believes that Soames, McVicar and Serco agents are using the Lemelson prisoner-tracking to monitor SWAT teams of prisoners, parolees and victims for “heart rate, pulse, blood pressure, respiration, temperature, and chemical properties of selected body fluids such as sweat and/or breath” and reward them for the spoliation of evidence of hard-core and child-pornography and online-betting sites, formerly operated by Vancouver-based Starnet Communications, as was apparently the case …
· In August 1999, when ‘SWAT teams and computer specialists from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Customs Service, invaded Starnet's Carrall Street office and seized equipment and records’;
· On 9/11, when Nicholas Soames deployed Serco Con Air dead-pool SWAT teams to the 47th floor of WTC #1 and Tracey McVicar attempted to remove a computer from the WTC complex;
· In August 2010, when SWAT teams appear to have “tidied up” the flat of the late MI-6 spy Gareth Williams and removed fingerprints from the padlocked bag containing his body; and,
· On December 15, 2017, when SWAT teams appear to have removed electronic straps from the wrists of the late Barry and Honey Sherman; returned alibied Con Air killers to their prison cells; and, injected fake news of a murder suicide into the Toronto Police communications system.
Copy of SERCO GROUP PLC: List of Subsidiaries AND Shareholders! [Note Serco shareholders and Con Air SWAT teams appear to have sponsored leverage-lease and cat-bond frauds for the Double Occurrence demolition of the Twin Towers on 9/11 where 343 NYPD firefighter died wrongful deaths] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncj9tg1WD1I
Hawkins has identified Nicholas Soames, a grandson of Winston Churchill and former Minister of State for the Armed Forces from 1994 to 1997 in the government of John Major, as the primary custodian of patents covering Con Air AI/expert systems and Entrust PKI devices who, allegedly, ordered Serco and the UK MOD to adopt the version of Entrust PKI developed by a CAI investee, the B.C.-based MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., for the secondary custodian Tracey McVicar, founder of the Vancouver branch of the NYC-headquartered CAI Private Equity Group, and alleged client for Starnet’s online LGBT, child pornography and pig-farm murder-for-hire services from 1996 to 2002.
Hawkins is recommending that families who lost loved ones in HVT or mass casualty events associated with the negligent, reckless, wilful or fraudulent use of patents in the de-facto custody of agents of Soames, McVicar, Serco or the CAI Private Equity Group, including their shareholders, investment bankers or clients, should follow civil procedures with claims for damages for wrongful deaths similar to those used by the Brown and Goldman families where were awarded compensatory and punitive damages totalling $33.5 million after O.J. Simpson was acquitted in a verdict announced on October 3, 1995 of the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, but where Simpson as sole defendant in the civil case was found responsible for both deaths.
Hawkins has also stated that if he is given all or any of the $10 million reward offered by the family for his help in solving the Sherman murders, he will share the reward equally with Jason Goodman, founder of Crowd Source the Truth, as the only investigative journalist with the technical ability to work with Hawkins on the real-time ‘discovery’ of evidence needed to identify the principals of network who use patented devices or systems to spot fix times of death or body counts at HVT or mass-casualty events.
Introduction to Reverse Engineered Crime Scene Investigation with David Hawkins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZHkQUQjP_k
©2018 David C. Hawkins
“Why Malipod to describe a virtual machine apparently present at coordinated and spoliated HVT and mass-casualty events? [‘Mali-’ because it is derived] from dismal (adj.) c. 1400, "unlucky, inauspicious," in dismal day, earlier as a noun, in the dismal (c. 1300) "in days of misfortune or disaster, under inauspicious circumstances, at an unlucky time," from Anglo-French dismal (mid-13c.), apparently from Old French (li) dis mals "(the) bad days," from Medieval Latin dies mali "evil or unlucky days" (also called dies Ægyptiaci), from Latin dies "days" (from PIE root *dyeu-"to shine") + mali, plural of malus "bad" (from PIE root *mel- "false, bad, wrong") and ‘-pod’ because Con Air SWAT teams tend to bond together as experts to exploit different vulnerabilities—Sex, Fear, Greed, Power—in their victims.”
“DOJ Pride will be hosting a Fall happy hour with our inter-agency parties are the Center for Medicare Services [HHS], HUD, and the Department of Labor. It will take place tomorrow at Pitchers DC (2317 18th St, Washington DC) at 5:30 pm. We hope to see many of our members there!”
“Death of HHS official Daniel Best is ruled a suicide
Updated Nov 15; Posted Nov 15
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Nov. 1 death of Daniel Best, a pharmaceutical executive from Bay Village who led U.S. Department of Health and Human Services efforts to lower prescription drug prices, has been ruled a suicide, officials in Washington, D.C., said Thursday.
Police say Best was found "unresponsive" near the garage door exit of an apartment building in Washington, D.C.'s Navy Yard neighborhood at 5:25 a.m. on Nov. 1, and was pronounced dead by medical personnel who responded to the scene.
The city's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Thursday said Best died from "multiple blunt force injuries" and it ruled his death a suicide. It would not release further information.
In announcing his death, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said the 49-year-old former CVSHealth and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals executive agreed to work at HHS "out of a desire to serve the American people by making health care more affordable."
"He brought his deep expertise and passion to this task with great humility and collegiality," Azar's statement said. "All of us who served with Dan at HHS and in the administration mourn his passing and extend our thoughts and prayers to his wife Lisa and the entire Best family at this difficult time."
“SEPTEMBER 4, 2015 Arkansas Bloodsuckers: the Clintons, Prisoners and the Blood Trade
The year Bill Clinton became governor of Arkansas, that state’s prison board awarded a fat contract to a Little Rock company called Health Management Associates, or HMA. The company was paid $3 million a year to run medical services for the state’s prison system, which had been blasted in a ruling by the US Supreme Court as an “evil place run by some evil men.”
HMA not only made money from providing medical care to prisoners, but it also started a profitable side venture: blood mining. The company paid prisoners $7 per pint of their blood. HMA then sold the blood on the international plasma market for $50 a pint, splitting the proceeds 50/50 with the Arkansas Department of Corrections. Since Arkansas is one of the few states that does not pay prisoners for their labor, inmates were frequent donors at the so-called “blood clinic.” Hundreds of prisoners sold as much as two pints a week to HMA. The blood was then sold to pharmaceutical companies, such as Bayer and Baxter International; blood banks, such as the Red Cross; and so-called blood fractionizers, who transformed the blood into medicines for hemophiliacs.
HMA’s contract with the Arkansas Department of Corrections and its entry into the blood market coincided with the rise of AIDS in the United States. Regardless, HMA did not screen the torrents of prison blood, even after the Food and Drug Administration issued special alerts about the higher incidents of AIDS and hepatitis in prison populations. When American drug companies and blood fractionizers stopped buying blood taken from prisoners in the early 1980s, HMA turned to the international blood market, selling to companies in Italy, France, Spain, and Japan. But the prime buyer of HMA’s tainted blood, largely drawn from Cummings Unit prisoners in Grady, Arkansas, was a notorious Canadian firm, called Continental Pharma Cryosan Ltd. Cryosan had a shady reputation in the medical industry. It had been nabbed importing blood taken from Russian cadavers and relabeling it as though it was from Swedish volunteers. The company also marketed blood taken from Haitian slums.
Cryosan passed the Arkansas prison blood on to the Canadian Red Cross and to European and Asian companies. The blood was recalled in 1983 after the FDA discovered contamination, but less than one-sixth of the blood was recovered. In Canada alone, more than 7,000 people have died from contaminated blood transfusions, many of them hemophiliacs. More than 4,000 of them died of AIDS. Another 40,000 people in Canada have contracted various forms of hepatitis.
Dr. Francis “Bud” Henderson started HMA in the 1970s. As the company began to expand, he brought in a Little Rock banker named Leonard Dunn to run the firm. Dunn was a political ally and friend of the Clintons. He was appointed by Clinton to sit on the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission and served as finance chair of Clinton’s 1990 gubernatorial campaign. Later that same year, Dunn purchased the Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan (later to achieve great notoriety in the Whitewater Scandal) from Clinton’s business partner, James McDougal. Dunn later served as chief of staff to Arkansas’ Lt. Governor, Winthrop Rockefeller.
Dunn’s ties to Clinton served HMA well after the company came under scrutiny for both abusive treatment of prison patients and shoddy management of the blood center. In 1983, the Food and Drug Administration stripped HMA of its license to sell blood after it found that the company had failed to exclude donors that had tested positive for Hepatitis B, often a precursor of HIV.
A state police report, compiled as part of an investigation into the company’s operations at the Cummings Unit, noted that the FDA pulled the company’s license to sell blood “for falsifying records and shipping hot blood.” The report goes on to say that “the suspension was for collecting and shipping plasma which had been collected from donors with a history of positive tests for [Hepatitis B]…the violations were directly related to using inmate labor in the record and donor reject list.”
Dunn, and the Arkansas Department of Corrections, convinced the FDA that the fault lay with a prison guard who was taking kickbacks from prisoners in order to let them get back into the blood trade. The license was quickly restored and tainted blood once more began to flow.
That didn’t end the investigations. HMA’s contract was up for renewal by the prison board. When investigators began probing the company’s practices, Dunn repeatedly boasted of his ties to Bill Clinton. “Mr. Dunn spoke openly and freely and explained to these investigators that he was the financial portion of the corporation as well as its political arm,” investigator Sam Probasco stated in his report. “Dunn advised that he was close to Gov. Clinton as well as the majority of state politicians presently in office.”
The allegations against the company involved numerous health and safety violations, failure to test for diseases such as Hepatitis and syphilis, bad record keeping, falsification of records, and drawing blood from multiple patients with the same needle. Several former prisoners at Cummings are now charging that they contracted hepatitis and AIDS from the blood program.
Another incident involved a botched operation in which an HMA doctor unnecessarily amputated a prisoner’s leg at the hip. According to Michael Galster, a prosthetics specialist who worked at the Cummings Unit at the time, HMA hired Vince Foster, then with the Rose Law firm, to help squash the investigation. Galster says that Foster approached him asking that he build the prisoner an artificial leg, with the hope that it would prevent the prisoner from moving forward with a legal claim against the company.
“The purpose of his being there was to convince me to take this, smooth it over, and everybody would be happy,” said Galster. “I refused him. He said, ‘I understand your predicament. But this could make it difficult for you to get a future state contract.’”
Although Galster refused to go along, Foster seems to have accomplished his task. The state’s internal investigation of HMA cleared the company of any wrongdoing.
But an independent review by the Institute for Law and Policy Planning, a California firm, concluded that HMA’s work in the prisons was extremely deficient. The report cited more than forty contract violations and was replete with instances of negligence—in the care of patients and handling of the blood center. Much of the blame for the problem landed on another Clinton pal, Art Lockhart, who was the head of the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
When the independent review came out, pressure mounted for Clinton to fire Lockhart. Clinton swiftly nixed the idea, telling reporters that he didn’t believe the allegations were serious enough for him to “ask Mr. Lockhart to resign.”
The Arkansas State police launched a half-hearted investigation into allegations that HMA was awarded a renewal of its contract after they bribed members of the state prison board. The investigation soon focused an attorney named Richard Mays, a close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Mays was given at least $25,000 by HMA to act as an “ombudsman” for the company, a position that featured no job description and no apparent responsibilities.
Mays, who served as a vice-president for finance at the DNC, has been at the heart of several Clinton scandals. In 1996, he was credited with securing Little Rock restauranteur Charlie Trie’s $100,000 contribution to the Democratic Party’s coffers. He also appears in the Whitewater probe, where he tried to stave off the federal prosecution of David Hale. Mays and his wife were frequent guests the White House, including an overnight stay in the Lincoln bedroom. Dunn claims that Mays was recommended to him by Clinton, as well as prison board chairman and Clinton intimate, Woodson Walker.
In 1986, HMA’s contract was revoked. But that didn’t stop the Arkansas Department of Corrections’ prison blood program. A new company, Pine Bluff Biologicals, took over the blood center and expanded it to include two other prison units. The new company’s safety record turned out to be about as dismal as HMA’s. Screening for AIDs was particularly lax. Pine Bluffs president Jimmy Lord dismissed such concerns and suggested that AIDs was not a problem in Arkansas. “If anyone got caught in a homosexual act,” Lords said, “we took them off the roster.”
By the late 1980s, Arkansas was the only prison in the United States still running a blood program. In 1991, a reporter for the Arkansas Times asked John Byus, medical director of the Arkansas Corrections Department, how much longer they planned to continue the operation, and was told, “We plan to stick with it till the last day, to the last drop we’re able to sell.”
The blood trade program stayed in operation until Bill Clinton moved to Washington. It was finally shut down in 1993 by his successor, Jim “Guy” Tucker.
This article is excerpted from a chapter in Born Under a Bad Sky: Notes From the Dark Side of the Earth by Jeffrey St. Clair.
Jeffrey St. Clair is editor of CounterPunch. His new book is Bernie and the Sandernistas: Field Notes From a Failed Revolution. He can be reached at: [email protected] or on Twitter @JSCCounterPunch”
“Prisoner Escorting and Court Services Serco delivers safe and secure prisoner escort services on behalf of justice departments. We quickly and efficiently move people between prisons or police stations and court appearances, and care for them within the court environment.
We have unparalleled experience in the management of this complex prisoner care, planning, and logistics service, and understand the varied requirements of the stakeholder community.
Serco puts welfare and security at the heart of its escorting services, at the same time delivering the best value possible. With an extensive fleet of specialist cellular and multi-purpose vehicles, our services are carried out with compassion and care by highly trained and security cleared staff.
We innovate in partnership with customers and have trialled initiatives such as Mobile Video Court Services. This has not only helped us to reduce travel times, reduce the impact of the journey on the prisoner, increase court productivity, and reduce costs, it also continues to demonstrate that justice can be done digitally, securely, and still ‘in person’.”
“Serco Processes 4 Millionth Patent Application for U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
HERNDON, Va., Nov. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services, announced today that the Company recently processed their 4 millionth patent application for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). USPTO is the government agency that grants U.S. patents and registers trademarks. Since 2006, Serco has performed classification and other analysis services through awarded contracts including Pre-Grant Publication (PGPubs) Classification Services, Initial Classification and Reclassification (ICR) Services, and Full Classification Services (FCS) contracts.
Serco's Intellectual Property (IP) team is responsible for the analysis of the full disclosure including claims, specifications, and drawings in patent applications to identify the subject matter contained in each application and to assign the appropriate U.S. and international classification symbols representative of proposed inventions. These classifications are critical elements to the patent process and are used to enable examiner and public search as well as for internal routing of documents at the USPTO.
In processing 4,000,000 applications, Serco patent classification experts have analyzed more than 56,000,000 claims, and assigned more than 18,000,000 classification symbols with a quality measure greater than 95%. Serco exceeded contractual timeliness measures by delivering over 99.99% of these applications to the USPTO on-time. Serco has received multiple awards and recognitions from the government for exceeding quality and timeliness standards.
On the program, Serco has driven innovation by integrating artificial intelligence (AI) and other automated toolsets into business processes that streamline the classification decision process and enhance classification quality. The Serco IP Program is located in Harrisonburg, VA and currently employs over 100 scientists, engineers, and IP professionals. Additionally, the team supported the USPTO's classification transition to the Cooperative Patent Classification system launched as a joint effort between the USPTO and the European Patent Office (EPO) in 2010.
U.S. Congressman Bob Goodlatte, who has visited the facility on multiple occasions, congratulated Serco for their support of the USPTO and processing their 4 millionth application. "America is the world leader in innovation and creativity," said Congressman Goodlatte. "The strength of our economy and American jobs rely on a strong patent system that fosters an environment of innovation. Congratulations to Serco on achieving this milestone and continuing to help make America more competitive."
"We take great pride in the work our team does for the USPTO because it promotes U.S. innovation and assists the USPTO in achieving their mission of providing timely and high quality protections to U.S. inventors," said Tom Watson, Senior Vice President of Serco's Federal Services Business Unit.
In addition to the patent classification services to the USPTO, the Serco IP team offers a variety of search, analysis, and training services to legal practitioners and corporate clients. The team provides the strategic framework for efficient and successful approaches to identifying relevant prior art in patent litigation or patent prosecution. For more information on all of our IP services visit www.SercoPatentSearch.com.
About Serco Inc.
Serco Inc. is a leading provider of professional, technology, and management services. We advise, design, integrate, and deliver solutions that transform how clients achieve their missions. Our customer-first approach, robust portfolio of services, and global experience enable us to respond with solutions that achieve outcomes with value. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, Serco Inc. has approximately 6,000 employees and annual revenue of $1 billion. Serco Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Serco Group plc, a $4 billion international business that helps transform government and public services around the world. More information about Serco Inc. can be found at www.serco-na.com.”
“US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Immunization for ebola virus infection Priority date 1997-12-23 … 2005-02-08 US6852324B1 Grant Abstract Ebola virus vaccines comprising nucleic acid molecules encoding Ebola viral proteins are provided. In one embodiment, the nucleic acid molecule encodes the transmembrane form of the viral glycoprotein (GP). In another embodiment, the nucleic acid molecule encodes the secreted form of the viral glycoprotein (sGP). In yet another embodiment, the nucleic acid molecule encodes the viral nucleoprotein (NP). Methods for immunizing a subject against disease caused by infection with Ebola virus are also provided.”
“Current Assignee US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (Department of Health and Human Services) Human Ebola Virus Species and Compositions and Methods Thereof Priority date 2008-10-24 …. 2017 US15688421 Pending … Abstract Compositions and methods including and related to the Ebola Bundibugyo virus (EboBun) are provided. Compositions are provided that are operable as immunogens to elicit and immune response or protection from EboBun challenge in a subject such as a primate. Inventive methods are directed to detection and treatment of EboBun infection. … Accordingly, compositions and methods directed to the new Ebola virus species are described herein and the most closely related Ebola Ivory Coast species, which compositions and methods are useful for diagnosis and prevention of human Ebola virus infection; including related vaccine development, and prevention of hemorrhagic fever in a human population.”
“The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), also known as the Health Department, is a cabinet-level department of the U.S. federal government with the goal of protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. Its motto is "Improving the health, safety, and well-being of America". Before the separate federal Department of Education was created in 1979, it was called the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW).
HHS is administered by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, who is appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. The United States Public Health Service (PHS) is the main division of the HHS and is led by the Assistant Secretary for Health. The current Secretary, Alex Azar, assumed office on January 29, 2018, upon his appointment by President Trump and confirmation by the Senate.
The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) was created on April 11, 1953, when Reorganization Plan No. 1 of 1953 became effective. HEW thus became the first new Cabinet-level department since the Department of Labor was created in 1913. The Reorganization Plan abolished the FSA and transferred all of its functions to the Secretary of HEW and all components of the Agency to the Department. The first Secretary of HEW was Oveta Culp Hobby, a native of Texas, who had served as Commander of the Women's Army Corps in World War II and was editor and publisher of the Houston Post. Sworn in on April 11, 1953, as Secretary, she had been FSA Administrator since January 21, 1953.
The six major program-operating components of the new Department were the Public Health Service, the Office of Education, the Food and Drug Administration, the Social Security Administration, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and St. Elizabeth's Hospital. The Department was also responsible for three federally aided corporations: Howard University, the American Printing House for the Blind, and the Columbia Institution for the Deaf (Gallaudet College since 1954).
The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare was renamed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 1979, when its education functions were transferred to the newly created United States Department of Education under the Department of Education Organization Act. HHS was left in charge of the Social Security Administration, agencies constituting the Public Health Service, and Family Support Administration.”
“The Clinton Foundation (founded in 1997 as the William J. Clinton Foundation and from 2013 to 2015 briefly renamed the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation) is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code. It was established by former President of the United States Bill Clinton with the stated mission to "strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence."Its offices are located in New York City and Little Rock, Arkansas.
Through 2016 the foundation had raised an estimated $2 billion from U.S. corporations, foreign governments and corporations, political donors, and various other groups and individuals. The acceptance of funds from wealthy donors has been a source of controversy. The foundation "has won accolades from philanthropy experts and has drawn bipartisan support". Charitable grants are not a major focus of the Clinton Foundation, which instead uses most of its money to carry out its own humanitarian programs.
According to the Clinton Foundation's website, neither Bill Clinton nor his daughter, Chelsea Clinton (both are members of the governing board), draws any salary or receives any income from the Foundation. When Hillary Clinton was a board member she reportedly also received no income from the Foundation.”
“NEWSWEEK—SEX, BETS AND BIKERS
BY MARK HOSENBALL ON 10/17/99 AT 8:00 PM
The raid was swift, and thorough. As dawn broke over one of Vancouver's seedier business districts last Aug. 20, a heavily armed team of law-enforcement agents smashed into the offices of Starnet Communications International, a four-year-old company that runs gambling and pornography sites on the Internet. Over the next three days authorities sifted through the company's files, hauling away boxes of papers and cartloads of computer equipment. The raid was the culmination of an 18-month probe of Starnet's operation, which authorities have described as "substantially and fundamentally an illegal enterprise." According to documents filed in Canadian courts in connection with the search warrant, Vancouver law-enforcement agencies claimed that the company routinely engaged in illegal gambling, distribution of hardcore pornography and money laundering, all using the Internet.
The raid on Starnet was big news in Vancouver, where the company had been heralded as an Internet success story. The company's stock, which is publicly traded on the U.S. over-the-counter market, was a hot buy, soaring from 37.5 cents last November to $29 last July. At its peak, Starnet's paper value neared $900 million. Now, with some of the company's bank accounts frozen, the stock has plunged to the single digits. Starnet vigorously denies the allegations of any illegal activity. "Bogus," says the company's lawyer. The company notes that police have not brought any formal charges against Starnet or anyone connected with the company. But law-enforcement agents clearly hope to make an example of Starnet, one of the first targets in a new battle against online crime.
Ken Lelek didn't start out to be an Internet pioneer. Back in the early '90s Lelek and a friend, Lloyd Robinson, ran an agency booking strippers for nightclubs. Lelek and some other friends, including Paul Giles, realized there was money to be made selling sex on the Internet. Pooling their money with other investors, they launched Starnet. (Lelek, through his lawyer, now insists his role in the company was always limited and he no longer has anything to do with it--a claim the police dispute.) The company's Web sites, which now include Sizzle.com, Chisel.com and Redlight.com, featured live strip shows and all manner of hardcore pornography. The company boasts it has porn customers in more than 60 countries. By 1997 the company had branched out to another lucrative online enterprise: gambling. Online customers could enter the cybercasino and play blackjack or craps, or put down wagers on college and professional sports. The company enlisted sports celebrities, including former heavyweight-boxing champion Larry Holmes, to endorse its gambling sites. Profits soared. Starnet's revenues for fiscal 1999 totaled $9.7 million. The company's stock was selling so well that Starnet applied for permission to trade on the prestigious Nasdaq market. In 1998 a "Nightline" broadcast about online businesses hailed Starnet as a "reputable pioneer of Internet gambling."
Back in Vancouver, the police had a decidedly more skeptical opinion of Starnet. For years British Columbia's organized-crime unit had been tracking the movements of the Canadian Hells Angels, which authorities there viewed as a dangerous motorcycle gang and one of the most threatening criminal groups in the region. They were particularly interested in the activities of Lelek's old partner Lloyd Robinson, whom prosecutors once identified as a leader in the outlaw biker group. The connection between Starnet and the Hells Angels, in fact, may have been tenuous. Robinson and Lelek had officially parted company years earlier, and Robinson never worked for Starnet--though his company did provide strippers for Starnet's live Internet shows. Nevertheless, people close to the company believe that the crime unit opened an investigation of Starnet based on the possible Hells Angels link. (Robinson could not be reached for comment.)
The Starnet probe, codenamed "Project Enigma," scoured the company's business connections, downloaded dozens of Web site pages, even searched through the garbage at the homes of company executives, looking for evidence of wrongdoing. The police also set up a sting, having officers pose as Canadian and American gamblers looking to put down wagers--a violation of Canada's tough gambling prohibitions. In Canada, like in the United States, it is illegal for companies to provide gambling services without a license, which Starnet did not have. (Unregulated Internet gambling has become so widespread in the United States that Congress is now considering banning it outright.) Police also allege that the company's adult-entertainment Web sites contain graphic depictions of sadomasochism, which violated Canada's antiobscenity laws.
In the weeks since the August raid Starnet officials have denied the allegations, suggesting the company is an innocent victim of the government's obsession with the Hells Angels. "The police are just rabid about bikers," says one source sympathetic to the company. Starnet's general counsel, Meldon Ellis, insists that the company has long outgrown its origins, and is now a professionally managed corporation. "Obviously, we're haunted by our past," he says. Ellis says the company has taken extraordinary measures to avoid inadvertently accepting illegal bets. The company also claims its pornographic Web sites, which are now up for sale, don't violate obscenity laws.
Starnet's troubles may be just beginning. NEWSWEEK has learned that the U.S. Customs Service and the Internal Revenue Service are now also investigating Starnet. The Monday after the raid, Starnet officials tried to empty the company's Vancouver bank accounts. But suspicious bank employees stalled the transaction until the police could freeze the accounts. Meanwhile Starnet has withdrawn its application to Nasdaq, and the company's president, Paul Giles, has moved the company's headquarters to the Caribbean haven of Antigua, outside the reach of Canadian and American regulators. That may give Starnet a brief respite from the prying eyes of the law, but the stakes for the mushrooming Internet gambling industry just got a lot higher.”
“Electronic tagging is a form of surveillance which uses an electronic device, fitted to the person. For example, an ankle monitor is used for people who have been sentenced to electronic monitoring by a court, or are required to wear a tag upon release from prison. It is also used in healthcare settings with people with dementia and in immigration contexts in some jurisdictions. If the device is based on GPS technology, it is usually attached to a person by a probation officer, law enforcement or a private monitoring services company field officer, and is capable of tracking the wearer's location wherever there is the satellite signal to do so. Electronic monitoring tags can be also used in combination with curfews to confine defendants or offenders to their home as a condition of bail, as a stand-alone order or as a form of early release from prison. The combination of electronic monitoring with a curfew usually relies on radio frequency (RF) technology, which differs from GPS technology. … In 1981, writer Tom Stacey [White’s Club associate of Nicholas and Rupert Soames] took to the British Home Office a proposal for the electronic tagging of offenders to track their movements, or fix a home curfew, using cellular radio telephone technology. Stacey had been briefly imprisoned abroad in his former role as a foreign correspondent and had for several years served as a "Prison Visitor" in England. In a letter to The Times on 6 October 1982 he outlined the proposal and immediate founded the Offender's Tag Association, composed of electronic scientists, penologists and prominent citizens. The term 'tagging' thus entered the British English vocabulary in the penal context. In March 1983, the Offender's Tag Association held a national press conference.”
“Entrust Inc. is a $130 million privately owned software company with 350 employees. Originally a spin-off from Nortel's Secure Networks division, it provides identity management  security software and services in the areas of public key infrastructure (PKI), multifactor authentication, Secure Socket Layer certificates, fraud detection, digital certificates and mobile authentication. Headquartered in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the company’s largest office is in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It also has offices in London, Tokyo, Washington, D.C. and other cities internationally.
Entrust reports having customers at public and private organizations in 60 countries, with 125 patents either granted or pending in the areas of authentication, physical/logical access, certificates, e-content delivery and citizen identities.
In April 2002, Entrust’s PKI technology served as the foundation for the prototype of what is now the United States Federal Bridge Certification Authority (FBCA). The Federal Bridge certificate authority is a fundamental element of the trust infrastructure that provides the basis for intergovernmental and cross-governmental secure communications. Entrust's PKI is interoperable with all major FBCA vendors.[which?]
In May 2000 Entrust acquired enCommerce, a provider of authentication and authorization technologies. In 1994, Entrust built and sold the first commercially available PKI.”
“Jerome H. Lemelson’s Prisoner tracking and warning system and corresponding methods Priority date 1998-06-04 2000-04-25 US6054928A Grant 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.
FIG. 3 illustrates a prisoner/parolee tracking and monitoring system and method in accordance with the herein disclosed inventions. The system and method of FIG. 3 permits simultaneous tracking and monitoring of multiple prisoners or parolees 38. The individual prisoners/parolees 38 each have securely attached to their body a prisoner sensor/processor unit 52. The unit 52 may be attached to the arm, the leg, the waist or in any convenient manner to each prisoner/parolee 38. Such attachment is, however, secured and may only be removed by an authorized person. The prisoner or parolee sensor/processor unit 52 permits tracking the location of individual prisoners/parolees 38 as well as monitoring audio sounds, communicating with the prisoner/parolee 38 or other personnel in the vicinity of the prisoner/parolee 38, and monitoring physical conditions of the prisoner/parolee 38 including, for example, his/her heart rate, pulse, blood pressure, respiration, temperature, and chemical properties of selected body fluids such as sweat and/or breath. The unit 52 is a compact electronic system specifically designed for comprehensive monitoring, tracking, and learning of prisoners/parolees 38.”
“SERCO: ‘The biggest company you’ve never heard of’
21st Century Wire says…
As politicians asset-strip the public’s portfolio of properties, infrastructure and services, one multinational corporation has grown as a result – and its scope and reach may shock many people who have not been paying attention.
All around the globe, our governments are busy outsourcing public-sector services like health, education, police, prisons, money delivery and military – to the esteemed private sector. It’s sold to the public as a solution to avoiding higher taxes, while retaining better services. But it’s simply an accountancy shell game, where the government kicks the can down the road by spreading the bill to the taxpayer over a longer period of time, in order to avoid any large upfront payments – all the while, allowing a private corporation to extend its influence over society. This, by definition, is fascism.
They are called SERCO, and they run countries…
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. Coincidentally [bullshit!] he was in the World Trade Centre on 9/11 on the 47th floor addressing shareholders.”
“Tracey McVicar on her journey from Wall Street wizard to inner-city teacher to one of B.C.’s most influential board directors
It took one book to radically shake up Tracey McVicar’s life.
Thanks to Ordinary Resurrections: Children in the Years of Hope, based on the experiences of educator Jonathan Kozol in a South Bronx school, McVicar left 12 years of investment banking during the frenzied technology run-up of the ’90s to teach kids in an inner-city New York City school in 2001. Even though she later returned to finance (she’s now the Vancouver managing partner of private equity firm CAI Capital Management Co.), it’s a career curveball that she describes as “living a dream.”
TRACEY MCVICAR'S FAVOURITES
1. “The ‘new’ Giardino (1328 Hornby St., Vancouver) is as lively as ever and thank goodness it’s back. There was a hole in the city without Umberto.”
2. “Love La Buca (4025 Macdonald St., Vancouver). I love that it’s within walking distance from home and I crave the crispy chicken.”
3. “For coffee meetings, nothing beats the drama or cappuccinos of Caffé Artigiano (1101 W. Pender St., Vancouver).”
While she found investment banking rewarding and enjoyed how the high-performing environment attracted smart people, often with a good sense of humour, McVicar laments the singular focus on making money. The business, says the UBC commerce grad, is “bereft of helping others by its nature. To be really good, you have to be consumed by it and really live it.” She describes an environment where people were hiring Bryan Adams for their weddings, and everybody one-upped each other on their latest luxury vehicle. “I wondered to myself, ‘Just who are you?’ I felt I was going in a direction that wouldn’t be very fulfilling later.”
Turns out “fulfillment” is a recurring theme over our brunch of poached eggs and bacon at Mosaic restaurant in Vancouver’s Hyatt hotel. McVicar—who worked at RBC Capital Markets from 1990 to 1997 and Raymond James Ltd. (and its predecessor, Goepel Shields & Partners) from 1997 to 2001—set up NYC-headquartered CAI in Vancouver after returning to B.C. following 9/11. “Of course that changed everything,” says McVicar, who was in Brooklyn at the time of the attacks although had been due to pick up some computers, donated to her school, at the World Trade Center that morning. “My idealistic dream of teaching in the inner city, earning $28,000 a year, living in New York, was just that—a dream. I realized that both me and the school would be much better off if I went back to finance, back to Canada and donated that amount every year instead.”
However, teaching undoubtedly spurred McVicar to engage more with the community and join boards as if they were a full-time job. From not-for-profits such as Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland and Science World to mega corporations such as BC Hydro and Teck Resources, the 47-year-old Quilchena resident has become one of the province’s most coveted board directors. McVicar also runs an annual Golf for Good charity tournament—in its ninth year—which has brought in more than $1 million. (“You have to be careful because at a certain point people won’t take your call anymore,” she says, with a slight laugh. “Then you’ve got the quid pro quo that if I tap you, then you’re going to tap me or my firm. And I get that—it’s how it all works.”)
The mother of a five-year-old son adopted from Vietnam (who’s often brought to her myriad meetings) is well-versed in board machinations in general. “I know how to study it intently for a short period of time to make a contribution,” she says. “It’s important who is with you at the table because you can get logjammed and I’ve watched enough ‘crazy’ on boards.”
A self-confessed people collector, McVicar admits she carries a binder in her purse with names for the boards she has to reject. Putting down the phone without forwarding five names—and reasons why they are good—is not an option: "It's my job to never let a seat go unfilled without a good person who wants to serve."”