Saturday, November 4, 2017

Remember, Remember Gunpowder, Treason & Plot...

Remember, Remember
Gunpowder, Treason & Plot...
by Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group

What has changed from 1605 to today in 2017?

Nothing in the fact that people protest in similar ways, especially in the use of explosives. The difference is the speed and methods we receive the information.  
In this case, it is was a failed attempt to blow up the House of Lords in London, with barrels of gunpowder in the basement. It had major religious connections with the Catholic Church and the potential assassination of King James I.

The U.K. celebrates Guy Fawkes each November 5th, with massive bonfires and burning the effigy of Guy Fawkes on its top. Then fireworks display to boot!

As you see, the world has not changed with our daily sordid events.

The way in which we receive information is just as dangerous as the gunpowder plot itself.

The explosive content is the information stored on Data Silos and Servers around the global, Guy Fawkes has been replaced by Hackers, Phishers, and Man in the Middle Brutal Attackers.  Even the Guy Fawkes likeness has been hijacked as the logo of the Hackers.

The Internet is worse than a smelly, damp basement, it is a sewer of miscreants, no, cyber terrorists, who want what you have and not pay for it. 

Cyber thievery is rampant and YOU are doing NOTHING about it!

The Daily Hack Attacks are becoming so matter of fact that you have stopped being concerned.  Complacency has set in!  If it was you they got this time, you think you have missed the cyber bullet!


YOU are on the list and they will find you and ply their cyber trade, messing up your life and financial stability.  Whether personally or corporately, it will do harm!

As a corporation, can you afford the same problems as Target, the retail store?
Major loss of revenue, a mistrusted BRAND, customer rejection and now closing more stores across the USA?  Of course, you can't!

Then why are you being so arrogant in not solving the cyber issues?

We are not wanting to be your friend, we want to secure your business and not let what happened to Target and thousands of other companies be destroyed because they thought they knew it all.



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Thursday, November 2, 2017


by Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Global

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Reach out to all that come close to your store and enter within.

Proximity Marketing Beacons are here, available and the successful means of reaching Smartphones that are within 300 feet of your store or business.  Give them so much great information right in the palm of their hand!

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Dysfunctional Does Not Mean You Ignore The Issues...

Dysfunctional Does Not
Mean You Ignore The Issues…  
By Nick Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group

Look, dysfunctional families are in the majority!  

We are surrounded by them, you might be a member, as I am.

Normal is what?  Certainly not what we once thought.

You have been hearing the word, radicalized which is bantered by the media, in regard to the two brothers and their horrific violent act at the Boston Marathon, other attackers globally and the latest in the New York attack.  

If someone is radicalized they change and someone or all of the family noticed this change.  

They said nothing to anyone whatsoever.  Muslims know better than anyone of the effect of labeling since 9/11.  In fact many Muslims who watched in horror the bombing and then the release of the photographs of the suspects, seemed that they could breathe easier, as the bombers looked like regular “white guys” and not members of their faith. 

Dysfunctionality or traits are not just associated to jihad terrorism and we can draw lessons from these other areas of concern.  Something someone will do, that is out of the ordinary is a trigger for a future event in that person’s live.
Traits such as personality, intelligence, attitude, and beliefs are important characteristics to measure and assess. Whether you're hiring people, helping team members understand themselves and their relationships with others, or trying to figure out what you want to do with your life, it's useful to assess these types of "hidden," less obvious attributes.

We have to be taught it seems, to question and not be political correctness and accept statements by others, including country leadership. 

If you want to determine someone's attitude, you can ask the person directly, observe the person in action, or even gather observations about the person from other people. However, all of these methods can be affected by personal bias and perspective.  If you are suspicious of someone’s actions, you cannot ignore, for all our safety, we must question and share concerns as you never know what this or these persons will do in the future.

Assessing and appraising people is a highly complex and subjective process as is stated by many.  No it is not!  Logic and common sense is the simplest way to determine the situation.  The initial stages of radicalization is when the individual tests their newly gained inner feelings and experiments by making statements, then refines the wording and statements to garner the reactions and establish their footings of their new beliefs.

Extremism (represented on both sides of the political spectrum) is any ideology or political act far outside the perceived political center of a society; or otherwise claimed to violate common moral standards.

Extremism is usually contrasted with moderation, and extremists with moderates (for example, in contemporary discussions in Western countries of Islam, or of Islamic political movements, it is common for there to be a heavy stress on the distinction between extremist and moderate Muslims, and it is also not uncommon to necessarily define distinctions regarding extremist Christians as opposed to moderate Christians, as in countries such as the United States).

Political agendas perceived as extremist often include those from the far left or far right as well as fundamentalism or fanaticism.

The term extremism is almost invariably used pejoratively, however the term may also sometimes be associated with person(s) who have different view(s) which is not consistent with the existing norm(s). It need not necessarily imply that the person is a threat to the society or the government or any other agency.

Power differences also matter when defining extremism. When in conflict, the activities of members of low power groups tend to be viewed as more extreme than similar activities committed by members of groups advocating the status quo. In addition, extreme acts are more likely to be employed by marginalized people and groups who view more normative forms of conflict engagement as blocked for them or biased.

Extremist acts often employ violent means, although extremist groups will differ in their preference for violent vs. non-violent tactics, in the level of violence they employ, and in the preferred targets of their violence (from infrastructure to military personnel to civilians to children). Again, low power groups are more likely to employ direct, episodic forms of violence (such as suicide bombings), whereas dominant groups tend to be associated with more structural or institutionalized forms (like the covert use of torture or the informal sanctioning of police brutality).

The terms extremism or extremist are almost always exonymic — i.e. applied by others to a group rather than by a group labeling itself. Rather than labeling themselves extremist, those labeled as such might describe themselves as, for example, political radicals. There is no political party that calls itself "right-wing extremist" or "left-wing extremist", and there is no sect of any religion that calls itself "extremist" or which calls its doctrine "extremism".

Extremism or radicalization is not only held to political events and used by terrorists.  Sexual abusers, which include incestuous perpetrators, such as abusive fathers have characteristics that vary widely from the standard profile of a pedophile.

On the surface, sexually abusive parents can be "normal" (typical) in every way. Many like children, play with them, guide them in life, teach them morals, protect them against harm, and are willing to adopt poor or orphaned children of either sex. The abusive men or women are usually heterosexual, but sexually interact with both girls and boys. Objective statistics show equal prevalence of sexual abuse in both genders and invalidate the notion that abuse of girls is much more prevalent than abuse of boys is.

The above statement may seem like an exaggeration of reality or outright nonsense. Most people believe that it is impossible for the whole society to be psychopathic and not to recognize its mental and moral corruption. If sexual abuse of children is as widespread as claimed, there would have to be an acknowledgment of the phenomenon by doctors, and there would have to be some kind of evidence of such abuse.

The same can be said on the preaching’s of religious leaders of all faiths.  Fire and Brimstone has always been present in the oratory statements of pastors, priests and Islamic Imams.

Why do the individuals who are violated either sexually or by radical teachings say nothing? Is it the suggestions of the information, which has now been an indoctrination that has penetrated so deep into the individuals mind, the fear of reprisal be that strong?  It is a fear factor that is exerting the individual to execute the will of the speaker.  Following through on the request for action, hence bombings and doing harm the USA and the western world.

According to a new study published by the Association of Psychological Science, terrorists become suicide bombers because they have a “fused” personality type. Supposedly, people with “fused” personalities have a bond much stronger than just simple group identification with their group and are willing to take extreme action to protect that group, including sacrificing themselves for the group. The researchers use this “newly discovered” personality type to explain why terrorists are willing to become suicide bombers. I guess it’s easier to blame terrorism on a personality type which differs “them” from “us” than to focus on what really makes someone willing to commit a terrorist act, like not having basic human needs met for example. Before terrorists became terrorists, they were just like you and me. So let’s focus on what would make your and my personality type become a terrorist.

Instead of philosophizing about how much of a martyr we would be in a given situation, let’s look at recent history. Hitler convinced an entire nation that Jews must be killed by creating a “fused” identity of Aryan race in Germans who were suffering from a bad economic depression following World War I. He even convinced way too many Germans to torture and kill Jews for no good reason – keep in mind that these Germans weren't even killing to save other Germans, they were just killing Jews because they were Jews.

Ever since September 11th, terrorism has been on virtually all of our minds. And now, over a decade later, our fears remain. The frustration that most people experience in the aftermath of extreme violence is largely the result of the question why.

Why would anyone want to commit so heinous a crime? How could they live with themselves? Terrorism is a widely researched topic, but it seems to be particularly salient now, as it hits closer to home. Are terrorists different than the rest of us? Are they different than serial killers? If brain equals behavior, then yes, they are. But perhaps that equation is only true in some cases.

Because the acts that terrorists execute are so disturbing, many people think they must be crazy - that there must be something fundamentally wrong with them or with their brains. There is an ongoing debate on this matter - especially since different research shows variations in the extent to which terrorists are perceived as "crazy."

If it is so evident that they have changed, why has no one, family, friends or associates said nothing?

It is the discovery that terrorists and non-terrorists are not as different as originally thought that is so unnerving to non-terrorists (the "us"). It is difficult for most people to accept that they could, that anyone could, hypothetically, commit mass genocide, use commercial jets as missiles or place bombs among a public gathering.

The path that future terrorists follow is a gradual one, for it is almost impossible for someone unaccustomed to killing, to suddenly be able to do so. The ability to kill must be nurtured over time, usually through the group dynamics of terror networks: "The terrorist has a fixation on systemic value. This means that they emotionally crave membership in the organization, group, or order to which they belong".

Terror groups are like families to terrorists, each with their role, and each providing support for their fellow terrorists. Terrorists live for the survival of their group and for the group's ideas and rules. The meaning of terrorists' lives "comes from being a dutiful soldier and member of the group".

In order for this type of blind loyalty to occur, subjects must lack any personality, individuality or sense of self - this is the mechanism that allows terrorists to kill, for without any solid conviction of who they themselves are, they cannot understand the value of individual or collective human life: "a terrorist does not see the infinite, unique, singular value of people and therefore does not see what is wrong with killing or maiming another person".

In this way, terrorists are able to almost alienate themselves from social norms and completely immerse themselves in the ideology of the group.
Terrorists' motivation to kill is comprised of a combination of factors. They may kill for political or economic reasons, but they may also kill for the sense of power it generates. Terrorists, according to Stephen J. Morgan, "crave the ultimate power, that of power over life and death of innocent people. They believe themselves to be omnipotent, messengers and agents of God, without feeling guilt or shame for anything they do".

This seems logical, but if terrorists see themselves as being divine or immortal, then they should have no reason to believe that other nations would be able to affect, manipulate, or disturb them - unless, of course, they kill because they see the other nations and civilizations that populate the world as threats.

There is a general discourse over the nature of terrorist psychology and behavior - some researchers accept terrorists as "neurotics" or "psychopaths", while others emphasize the importance of examining "the social, cultural, political, and economic environment in which they operate" Akin to this is Khachig Tololyan's argument that as a result of terrorists' humanness, "their behavior cannot be understood by the crude - or even by the careful - application of pseudo-scientific laws of general behavior".

Rather, he claims, "we need to examine the specific meditating factors that lead some societies under pressure, among many, to produce the kinds of violent acts that we call terrorism".

This seems a logical argument, for environment can certainly influence one's behavior. Although the acts of terrorists are hardly forgivable, they do not necessarily immediately qualify terrorists as clinically insane, for there may be some external forces or circumstances (political, social, and/or economic constructs) that may provoke terrorists to respond violently.

It is difficult to compare terrorists to other criminals because so few terrorists have been caught and those who have been caught are rarely willing to talk about their experiences. Therefore, it is hard to know whether terrorist motivations stem from abuse, trauma, or biological problems. However, although terrorists and serial killers are both thought of as "rational," meaning that their mental states are stable enough to allow them to organize, plan, and execute their attacks, they are certainly not sane - at least not by Western standards. In their own minds, and to their groups, they are sane - and perhaps in the future we will be able to more fully understand their rationale.

CommSmart Global Group has involved itself though staff, to be informed regarding terrorism for over forty years.  Our knowledge is vast and improves every single day that goes by.

At our core is the ability to sort through street level information, it is the ability to place this information within the database and not in data silos, hidden away until a request on a subject is received.  Real, live data is needed now!  This allows us to be predictive in our information and not behind the times.

Allowing public safety departments to be on top of the situations and utilizing resources in a more profitable manner.

Information is bombarding us every single millisecond and humanly it is impossible to search through so much without spending thousands and thousands of man hours.  With the human element things will be missed, it is human nature that things get missed.

The media reported, Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was radicalized in the United States by someone who brainwashed him — and roped his younger sibling into the despicable plot that killed three and injured more than 180, a relative charged.

Ruslan Tsarni, an uncle of the two Chechen brothers who planned and executed the worst US terror attack since 9/11, said Tamerlan, 26, had fallen under the thrall of a religious leader while living in Cambridge, Mass.

Tamerlan — killed in a gunfight with cops — took the “path of God” after losing hope because he didn’t have “any point in life,” the uncle said, recalling a 2009 conversation.

My point is made, someone
knew something and did nothing!

Dysfunctional Does Not Mean
You Ignore The Issues…  

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Really Knowing Those That Want To Live In the Western World

Really Knowing Those That Want To Live In the Western World
by Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO CommSmart Global Group

Immigrants and refugees are so different from the first that came through Ellis Island, New York back in the day.  They came for a future and fulfill their dreams of success in the land of the free.  Yes, freedom and acceptance of what America stood and stands for.

All religions, classes, and creeds entered our shores with checks and balances, which were slim but relied on family information, ethnicity, skill sets, and their humble means to move forward.

Today, the Western world is hated by a whole group of fanatics who have taken a religious ideology with twists and lies to force their ill-gotten mindsets to change the world with disgusting violence, mayhem, and fear.

There is so much written on the ideology of jihadists, especially those associated with the Muslim faith. 

There is a fundamental quarrel advocated by jihadist ideologues and leaders which are that the Muslim world is inundated by objections and injustices, many of which are caused by the Western world.

According to their misguided logic, the United States with the corrupt, oppressive Muslim regimes are two sides of the same coinage. Jihadist leaders warn Muslims not to fall for Western “deceptive” ideas such as democracy and human rights because they are designed to divert the umma (Islamic community) from jihad and ultimately paralyze it.

Ayman al-Zawahiri asserted that the United States has only achieved its interests “by spreading oppression and terrorism at the hands of its allies.” According to al-Zawahiri, Western civilization sings the praises of human rights and liberties as long as such singing serves and benefits its interests. Jihadists have thus determined that jihad is the only path toward sincere change in this world and divine reward in the hereafter. Their jihad, they claim, is to fight to make God’s Law supreme on earth. Only then can all Muslims, rulers, and citizenry, be equally accountable to God’s Law.

A little different to those that have come to America and the Western World before them!

With the prevalence of “Islamic” expressions in contemporary political discourse, it is critical to distinguish between Islamists and jihadists.

Islamists who share with jihadists the belief that Islamic teachings of social justice are the answer to the malaise Muslims face today.  They operate within the political procedures of the state; they often form political parties and advance their agenda through contesting elections. By contrast, jihadists reject the world order of nation-states, believing it to be a continuance of Western expansionism through other means.

This extends to their rejection of political notions such as national sovereignty and any regional or international institutions (such as the Arab League or the United Nations).

Jihadists have instead opted for an exemplary exclusively defined by religious philosophies. Given their rejection of the legitimacy of national and international political norms and institutions, a religious paradigm allows the jihadists to find alternative sources of legitimacy that would make it lawful, in their eyes, to transcend and indeed violate the laws of their home regimes and those of the international community. Such an ideology, as articulated by its adherents, has its strengths, but also harbors within itself the seeds of its own destruction.

To allow anyone into a country we must look at why they want to come in the first place and have in place a method for checks and balances.  Egypt and Australia both have strict guidelines and are quoted by so many.  Sadly they do not go far enough on what they are reviewing of those that wish to enter.  It is a demanded necessity to drill down far deeper on who is who, what are their views, thoughts, and connections. 

This is not being implemented or addressed by anyone in the manner we, CommSmart Global Group, a LexisNexis Risk Solutions Partner, have been using since our entry into the second Iraq conflict or a war on terror.

Why is it not in place right now?

Atmospherics was developed by us in war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan, CommSmart Global Group has honed the initial skillsets capabilities and expanded the effectiveness and success of these analytic tools, making us all Street Smart

The key concept requiring further examination is that of the atmosphere. Social Media Monitoring is an absolute key today, but categorically useless, unless you have vast data repositories to analyze, both public and of local, regional and national crime data from the arrests and events, that we have and all have to access to.

Additionally, there is few comprehensive, police information sharing consortiums in existences, even after 9-11, that share local police contact data (non-biometric), integrated with RMS/CAD, Jail booking and Criminal Histories (biometric-based) together. To build these systems and participate in multi-agency networks have taken years and many millions of dollars and an exorbitant amount of time to develop.  

Furthermore, the public data is a level of information that has immense strengths.  Using compliant data and social media allows so much more information to assert positive decisions.  That is we have the repository for enormous use.

In the Arabic or Muslim world, personal information is so limited it is farcical, even for most today!

Arabic names are historically based on a long naming system; most Arabs did not have a given/middle or family names, but a full chain of names. This system was mainly in use throughout Arabia and part of the Levant.

Almost all Arabic-speaking countries (excluding, for example, Saudi Arabia or Bahrain) have now adopted a Westernized way of naming. This is the case for example in the Levant and Maghreb, as well as some North African countries, where French or English conventions are followed (an effect of European colonization), and it is rapidly gaining ground elsewhere.  The database aspect is still way behind in updating the information, which is a total hindrance unless you have been amassing this information.

Also, many Arabs adapt to Western conventions for practical purposes when traveling or when residing in Western countries, constructing a given name/family name model out of their full Arab name, to fit Western expectations and/or visa applications or other official forms and documents. The reverse side to this is when Westerners are asked to supply their first name, father's name, and family name in some Arab visa applications.

The Westernization of an Arab name may require transliteration. Often, one name may be transliterated in several ways (Abdul Rahman, Abdoul Rahman, Abdur Rahman, Abdurahman, Abd al-Rahman, or Abd ar-Rahman), as there is no single accepted Arabic transliteration system. A single individual may try several ways of transliterating his or her name, producing even greater inconsistency. This has resulted in confusion on the part of governments, security agencies, airlines and others: for example, especially since 9/11, persons with names written similarly to those of suspected terrorists have been detained.

No More!

Proven capabilities for governments and law enforcement to know who is who and what and whom we are dealing with.

Verification Information Portfolio (V.I.P) is the underlying vetting procedure with all known data and information on persons.  Registered, public and social attributes all connected through our Link Analysis.

It is a Virtual Center, in fact already used successfully by law enforcement as a Virtual Crime Center.  It goes so much further than what is in place today and is operational in an extremely effective time frame, with an investment factor which is acceptable by all.

CommSmart Global Group, a LexisNexis Risk Solutions Partner has decades of law enforcement background with Change Agents, Cybercrime Analysts, ex-London Metropolitan Police Officers & management, U.S. Chiefs of Police and Sheriff Commanders on staff with a compliment of analytical and social media staff.

Our involvement in counter-terrorism and cybercrime internationally allows us to think and act with the confidence demanded in these dire times.  We understand all concerns, methodology and speak the right language to you all.
Our solutions are available now and will be discussed via telephone with established law enforcement or government agencies.  Call or email us for verification.  Then, we can discuss and demonstrate.
Oh, have a cup of coffee at hand, afterward, you will understand why.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Corruption Begets, Corruption... Houses of Cards Are Tumbling...

Corruption Begets, Corruption
Houses of Cards Are Tumbling...
By Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group Global

Is it me, or is there a sudden surge of corrupt situations, which when they start explaining, dig a deeper hole for us to bury them in?  

I will not mention the Clintons... as they are digging their own hole, deeper and deeper...

The US Government is being exposed on three major fronts and even more, are being uncovered at every turn.  The British are about to be headline news with a government scandal regarding sexual abuse and fudging the numbers.  The French, well it is the same old same old, taxes and more taxes.  Now Belgium, with Brussels being the seat of the European Parliament has so many House of Cards that even a small breeze will cause them all to come tumbling down. 

The media is scrambling to be first with all the latest dirt-dishing, since one of their own was a target and any dig of criminal connections is a winning headline. 

Poor so-called sexual abusers... 

Corporately, a business must understand that you don’t have the luxury of a cover-up strategy as politicians do, even the ones in the Big House.  Nor should you think that way!

Success, profit, and harmony are the perfect way to conduct business.  Employing the right people and achieving a relationship that has longevity has been striving for since time began.  Unfortunately, humans and greed got in the way!  The path to success and harmony with a little profit thrown in is still here and CommSmart Global Group will bring you to that point.

It is about hiring the right people in the first place saves you money and increases productivity.  Teaching those within your company a skill set of Leadership and Communications, further enhances your success.

Having the right information at your fingertips is the real essence of enhanced success.  That is why we are in the analytical side of life, with a dash of street-level expertise.  With our years of learning, which, by the way, never stops and is the crux of the opportunity. 

Public Safety Departments worldwide, as corporations, rely on information and the ability to understand how to utilize the vast information flow and not be overwhelmed. CommSmart Global group has with its partners and innovators, harnessed the solutions.  Through our daily work and internal training methods, we now have expanded these decade-old techniques are brought them to Corporate America.  Especially in our Proximity Social Marketing Beacons.

Nothing has changed, except our ability to bring the solutions to those that wish to succeed.

COmmSmart Global Group and the expansion of PROXCOMM, see our information by going to this part of our website

We are in the NOW and
KEEP YOU; in the KNOW…
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