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Some anomalies with the passport photos:
Since 2005 Subjects must look straight ahead with mouths shut and "neutral" expressions, whereas the photos of those released in the press show many of them grinning like loons. These photos should have been rejected in a UK passport application. Anyone who has applied for a UK passport knows exactly how fussy they are about these rules. Many of the photos also show the holders wearing glasses.
and then some info from the
From the Home Office website:
Information for photographers
Guidelines for photographic studios producing photographs for United Kingdom passports.
Glasses can often show reflection or glare from flash, and the frames can obscure the facial features we need to capture. This can cause problems when trying to capture the biometric. We strongly recommend that customers wearing glasses are asked to remove them to ensure that we are able to obtain an accurate biometric. Whilst this may mean that their passport photo does not show them as they usually appear, their photo will still be a good likeness.
Customers with a visual impairment should also follow this guidance.
Facial expression must be neutral (not frowning nor smiling) with the mouth closed
Therefore, these photos should not have made the grade
So, how is it they did?
Interesting points raised in this article
There is no doubt this is a mossad hit. Even the method of the kill was chosen to look as if the vicitm died of natural causes.
The pathologist who examined the victim said that pronouncing him murdered was the most difficult judgment he’d ever had to make.
Ok, the method of killing was good, so to speak.
Totally fabricated travel documents won’t work any more
Border police have near-instant access to international passport databases
So the passports used by spies have to match passports in the international databases.
Makes sense....but, those pictures, shouldn't they have set some alarm bells off, somewhere?
I don't know perhaps I am just not devious enough to grasp this mess, so if anyone else has some thoughts, please indulge me!
Then, contradictions on when and who knew what-
The Foreign Office denied claims that it had been tipped off about the use of British passports before the hit, insisting: “We only received details of the British passports a few hours before the [February 15] press conference held by the police in Dubai.”
The Irish foreign ministry has confirmed that it knew Irish passports had been used by the hit squad as early as February 4 – and it would seem surprising if Britain did not know at least that soon too.
Britian is claiming they did not find out until 11 days after the Irish Foreign
office? (that just doesn't seem credible)
Especially since, Dubai authorities claimed the use of “European” passports in the hit as early as January 29.
So, Britian really does appear to have gotten angry, once the whole mess hit the news.
Which does support the claim of Israel that "the UK is merely “going through the motions of outrage to mollify the media”.
Also- MI6 has been reassuring Mossad that everything “would blow over”.
Why would MI6 reassure Mossad, unless they were involved? Did MI6 supply or make the passports? It would seem they would have had to been involved somehow.
Britian is now in Israel to 'investigate' the use of passports in the assasination.
Expect a cover-up, given the MI6 reassurance of everything blowing over
PM Kevin Rudd seems to be contradicting himself with every sentence he utters!
First, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is said to not be satisfied with its Israeli envoy's explanation about the fraudulent use of Australian passports in the assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai last month.
But, then Rudd said his government had to "proceed very carefully" in the investigation because of its complex security nature.
What in the hell! Your country has been wronged, Rudd, why would you not proceed full steam ahead. What complex security nature? Rudd is playing word games. Clearly. Worse, he is playing games with the people of Australia.
Besides, Britian and Australia playing word games, Europe seems to be completely missing in action.
Europe seems to be wary of following the killers trails.
A killer - or killers - may be on the loose in Europe after a Hamas operative was slain last month in Dubai. European nations, however, seem to be in no rush to find him, her or them.
Authorities there (France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy) have either declined to say whether they are investigating, or have said they have no reason to hunt down the 26 suspects implicated in the Jan. 19 killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.
"Countries such as Germany have a special relationship with Israel because of their history and therefore wouldn't be interested in investigating," he said.
What the hell?! Special relationship?
Dutch and Italian officials, too, said they aren't investigating the flight of six suspects to Amsterdam and Rome.Michael Boyle, a lecturer in strategic studies at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, said European countries were "unlikely or unwilling to make it a serious political issue with Israel.
It's going to raise up embarrassing questions and complicate their relationship with Israel," he said.
All these countries cooperate militarily, can we assume their intelligence agencies are all inter-connected? I would think so. So none of these countries can really question Israel, since they are all part and parcel of this entire intrigue, and risk exposing themselves.
Well, that is my take on it!