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Current Spanish govt has a commission studying this. Report in last week
International Herald Tribune says commission is divided politically.

 Barry
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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
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> 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
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> >>> John Taylor <[log in to unmask]> 8/3/2004 3:46:14 PM >>>
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> 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
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> 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.
>
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