***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/ ***** Current Spanish govt has a commission studying this. Report in last week International Herald Tribune says commission is divided politically. Barry _____________________________________________________________________ Barry Wellman Professor of Sociology NetLab Director wellman at chass.utoronto.ca http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman Centre for Urban & Community Studies University of Toronto 455 Spadina Avenue Toronto Canada M5S 2G8 fax:+1-416-978-7162 To network is to live; to live is to network _____________________________________________________________________ On Tue, 3 Aug 2004, Sam Friedman wrote: > Date: Tue, 3 Aug 2004 17:15:54 -0400 > From: Sam Friedman <[log in to unmask]> > To: [log in to unmask] > Subject: Re: [SOCNET] organized criminal activity and > terroristindividuals orgroups > > ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/ ***** > > I reiterate: There are clear issues of data quality here. Police often > make charges that turn out to be false. > > The overall project will be interesting in terms of how you will want > to deal with this. I would recommend that, once you have made your > "best estimate" as to which characterizations are real, you might want > to do some sensitivity analyses. For example, assume that some percent > of the characterizations you discarded as unreal were real; and some > percent of the characterizations you accepted as real were not. I would > suggest using fairly high percents (30% - 70%) in terms of police > allegations that people are dealers or terrorists. If the allegations > proved out in a jury trial, I might lower this by quite a lot; but if > (in the USA at least) a person pled guilty, this is often just a > statement of helplessness and thus may have little impact on the > percents (30 - 70) I suggested above. > > It should prove interesting. > > best > sam > > Sam Friedman > National Development and Research Institutes > 71 West 23d Street, 8th floor > New York, NY 10010 > USA > 1 212 845 4467 > Fax 1 917 438 0894 > [log in to unmask] > > >>> John Taylor <[log in to unmask]> 8/3/2004 3:46:14 PM >>> > > ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/ ***** > > FYI - The recent train bombing was coordinated with the help of a major > drug > dealer and the explosives were exchanged for drugs. You can probably > find out > more about it in open source / Internet accounts. Good hunting. > > JT > > > Lebanese man arrested over Madrid train bombings > By ASSOCIATED PRESS > > > > Advertisement > > > MADRID, Spain > > A Lebanese man with a police record for drug trafficking was arrested > in > connection with the March 11 train bombings in Madrid, officials said > Thursday. > Semaan Gaby Eid was detained Wednesday night outside his home in > Madrid's > Carabanchel neighborhood, police and Interior Ministry officials said. > He was not immediately charged, but cell phones, bank statements and > documents were confiscated as possible evidence, according to a > ministry statement. > "He is a person whom we consider to be linked directly to suspects who > are in > jail," police spokesman Antonio Nevado said in a telephone interview. > More than 50 people have been arrested so far and 16 are in prison, > including > at least two who allegedly were directly involved in the bombings. Most > are > Moroccan. > Islamic militants with suspected ties to al-Qaida are blamed for the > attack - > nearly simultaneous blasts that ripped through four commuter trains, > killing > 191 people and injuring more than 1,600. > The Lebanese man arrested Wednesday was allegedly traced to the > suburban > Madrid neighborhood of Leganes where seven suspects blew themselves up > on April 3 > in an apartment as police were closing in on them. > The Interior Ministry said he was carrying false documents identifying > him as > Gabriel Salim Aoun, born in Mozambique in March 1960. > Just hours after the bombings, the suspect was in the area of a > farmhouse > outside Madrid where the bombs were prepared, the ministry said. > "We have had witness verification, but I cannot reveal any more details > about > that," Nevado said. > > _____________________________________________________________________ > SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social > network researchers (http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/). 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