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Arrests in EU - Europol nets over 1000 in crackdown

OWoN: At last we see some attempts to coordinate EU crime which is vast. Romania is a huge source of trafficking, theft gangs and prostitution. It's a start, but major high security jails are needed now. Preferably with cyanide laced food to cut the numbers and costs down.


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Over 1,000 arrested in Europe crackdown on organized crime – Europol


RT
24 September 2014

European police have arrested more than 1,000 suspects in an unprecedented nine-day swoop on organized crime. At least 30 Romanian children have been saved from child traffickers and over 2,000kg of drugs have been seized.

Operation Archimedes, lasting from September15 to 23, "was the single largest coordinated assault an organized crime in Europe," the chief of the European police organization, Rob Wainwright, told reporters on Wednesday.

Organized crime groups and their infrastructures was the target of the operation that involved Eurojust, Frontex and Interpol.

INFOGRAPHIC #OpArchimedes: fighting #crime together in 34 countries and hundreds of locations #Europolpic.twitter.com/7En2TTiZfF

— Europol (@Europol_EU) September 24, 2014

Australia, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, the USA and Colombia also participated in the raids in hundreds of locations across the European Union.

According to Wainwright, as a result of the operation 1,027 people were arrested, 30 children were rescued from trafficking, about 10,000 illegal migrants were checked and over 2.1 tonnes of drugs including cocaine, heroin and cannabis were confiscated.

Seized: 1.3 tonnes cannabis, 599 kg cocaine, 200 kg heroin. Live online updates on #OpArchimedes results here: https://t.co/GPWq1NQJZb

— Europol (@Europol_EU) September 24, 2014

Europol head said the operation, that was coordinated from The Hague, the Dutch home city of the organization, "has led I think to a very significant attack on the whole criminal infrastructure in Europe."

"What we have seen emerging is an integrated underground criminal economy," Reuters reports Wainwright as saying, referring to the ‘dark net’ – or encrypted internet – used by criminals to communicate with each other.

The arrests during the biggest European sweep were mainly made among criminal middlemen and criminal groups’ mediators.

“Months in the planning, it was a carefully coordinated series of attacks on key nodal points and crime sectors that underpin the underground crime economy in Europe," Europol head said.

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  1. The United States has instructed Europol, the European Union’s police agency, to withhold its own annual internal data-protection review from EU lawmakers because the report was written without the US Treasury Department’s permission. [ US VERSION OF “OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE”.. SOUNDS LIKE USAG’S INTER-OFFICE MEMO “DO NOT INVESTIGATE”..[VKD]
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    The United States has instructed Europol, the European Union’s police agency, to withhold its own annual internal data-protection review from EU lawmakers because the report was written without the US Treasury Department’s permission.

    Europol drafted the data-protection report “without prior written authorisation from the information owner (in this case the Treasury Department),” according to the US, violating “security protocols” that could “undermine the relationship of trust needed to share sensitive information between enforcement agencies.”

    The report, drafted by Europol’s Joint Supervisory Body, outlines how data concerning EU citizens and residents is transferred to the US, according to the EUobserver. The document is mainly known to monitor implementation of the EU-US Terrorist Finance Tracking Program, or TFTP. Basically, the US Treasury Department is quite territorial about how the TFTP is adhering to European data protection compliance.

    EU ombudsman Emily O’Reilly said Europol refused to allow her to see the report based on US demands. O’Reilly then confronted US ambassador to the EU Anthony Gardner in July. Gardner confirmed the order.

    On Thursday, O’Reilly said she sent a letter to the European Parliament asking the body “to consider whether it is acceptable that an agreement with a foreign government should prevent the Ombudsman from doing her job.”

    “If the US says ‘No disclosure’ then it won’t be disclosed, which is ridiculous because we are EU citizens, we vote, we pay taxes, we have EU laws, and we decide what happens on this continent. Nobody else,” Dutch MEP liberal Sophie In’t Veld told EUobserver. In’t Veld first requested the report in 2012.

    In’t Veld said there is no top-secret information in the report that should be viewed as overly sensitive.(Read more at link)

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