Friday, May 27, 2011

The UN is Driven by Anecdote

I decided to post this, because I read another article from the UN that was trying to say that the Afghan Security Forces fail to protect teachers.  They based this on the fact that the Taliban killed one principal.  While the death of the teacher is tragic, and points out the ignorance of those that would follow Taliban principles, it is one incident.

I bet we could find such an incident in almost any civilized country where a teacher/professor/speaker is killed by some whacko activist(s).

My point is, the writer of the story says he knows of case after case of this happening, yet there are no statistics and nothing to show that the police or other security forces were aware of the threats before the killings happened.  I know that security forces in Afghanistan have a long ways to go, but the UN needs to stop its reactionary style of peacekeeping when a high profile case or two happens someplace.  It all sounds good to address these issues - but that focus often redirects efforts from programs/policies/training that is working and is more often than not met with failure.

What do you think?  Stay Safe!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Scam Email Claims to be From DynCorp

I first learned of this from the International Police Civpol Facebook Page.  Apparently some bozos are sending out scam emails for the purposes of identity theft.  here is the text of the email:
Fedex Mon, May 23, 2011 at 2:05 AM 
You are receiving this email prior to your resume/CV posted on this website, DynCorp International LLC. is looking for candidate wiling to relocate to the UK for training and deployment to duration of 24 months. 

If you are interested in applying for position with us, kindly email us your resume;

Recruitment Team 
DynCorp International LLC.

Note the gmail address which would not be from DynCorp.  Thanks to Will for giving the heads up!  DynCorp is aware and has warnings on it's website.  They say, "DynCorp International has become aware of unauthorized individuals who are falsely using the DynCorp International name and/or logo in an attempt to solicit fees from potential job seekers. These deceptive and unauthorized individuals are soliciting money, promising placement in a position with DynCorp International."  and they also add  "DynCorp International will never ask for a placement fee or any other fee to expedite the hiring process.  If you are contacted by anyone offering employment with DynCorp International, you should never be asked to pay a fee for recruiting.

DynCorp International personnel will always send e-mail from an identifiable corporate account and never from a public email account, such as Yahoo!™, Gmail™, Google™, or Hotmail™."

Take care and be safe!