By Stephen Cheney

So long as Terrorists confuse or persuade it, the Public will provide an endless resource, a supply of new recruits that Terrorists can use for support or for activities.  The Public needs to be pre-armed, inoculated against the unhealthy ideas of extremist propaganda, so that when such dangerous ideas come knocking, the sociable door that common people present to all comers, will not be opened.  Law Enforcement and even the military are doing their best, yet it is not logistically possible for their efforts to be fully effective in stopping Terrorists.  They are as bailing water from a sinking boat yet unable to stop the cold and deadly ocean from pouring in.  A different solution is required, one that needs to be added to the efforts of Law Enforcement.


The Public Needs its Own Understandable Definition of Terrorism

Definitions of Terrorism/ Terrorists are used by Law Enforcement and the Legal Courts to detect and confirm that those whom they catch and punish are ‘terrorists’.  However, as with insurgents, the real power behind defeating insurgencies or terrorists is that power which is held, not by the military or the Law, but by the Public from out of whom terrorists recruit an unending supply of new terrorists, and from whence can come the most widespread resistance to terrorists and thus the future existence or non-existence of terrorism.  The Public is, after all, the true target of terrorist acts, for terrorists influencing the public through Fear is the only way that terrorists can rise to power and thus the ideologies that terrorists seek to promote then can dominate the Earth.


The Public commonly has a limited understanding of the use of aggressive force.  Basically, the Public comprehends that aggression is justified in retaliation to some grievance, and citizens seek to understand an attack made on another by looking for the cause in some act of the victim that provoked the attacker to use force.  The lack of morality in Terrorism makes it hard for those who are moral to comprehend it and thus better fight it instead of waiting and doing little or nothing.  The Public is like a deer that waits for the arrow because it does not comprehend the intent of the Hunter.  Because normal people do not attack others without cause: they find it difficult to understand aggressors.  In not understanding, the public tends to do nothing to prevent Aggression from occurring, it only tends to act afterward, which is too late.  So there is a need for a definition of Terrorism/ Terrorists in the common language level of the people, and not in legalese or in condensed and long words suitable only for those in higher education.  It does not have to be too simple, but it does need to be comprehensible to the mind of the intended reader.


If the mind of the Public is hardened against Terrorism by a better understanding of it: then they will tend not to react only with Fear at terrorist acts, but also will react with disgust and a more warrior-like determination to oppose terrorism and the terrorists dominating ideas.  By having a better understanding, the Public will be more motivated to oppose Terrorism continually whether or not terrorists are actually attacking.  Terrorism is after all the arch-enemy of all Public social and compassionate systems.


Why the Need for a simpler publically understandable Definition of Terrorism:

There are many highly compact and legalistic definitions of Terrorism and much disputing between them.  However legalistic definitions are precisely for the use in a courtroom.  Terrorism is a phenomenon that endangers society if it is not curbed.  It is society, the common people, who need to understand and fight Terrorism in order to prevent or hamper its continuance and murder.  Legal definitions with legalistic phrasing and terminology are of little value to the public.  What public groups of ordinary citizens can be found to be arguing the definitions of Terrorism?  None that are not experts in the topic.  As Terrorists target ordinary citizens, it is the intellectual needs of those citizens that must be met.  Thus my definition (not the only useful one) is an expansion in nearly ordinary language so that the public can grasp the meaning of Terrorism, a meaning that they already find hard to comprehend, they not being radicals themselves.  If the public cannot easily comprehend Terrorism, then it cannot effectively fight it.  If the public does not fight Terrorism: then the experts and Law Enforcement organizations will find themselves fighting Terrorism forever until one of the two opposing forces wins.  In a lack of a common understanding of terrorism, the non-terrorist world is divided and is not a united force.  It is the duty of experts and of organizations responsible for public safety to educate the public to understand concepts and enemies that are foreign to the public’s own nature.  If you cannot understand you enemy then you cannot effectively fight them.  In that it is the same with terrorist ‘disease’ as with medical disease.  Knowledge is not power, it is power if it is valid, distributed and utilized.


My Definition of a Terrorist and thus also of Terrorism, to separate them from other forms of normal political, military, religious and ideological conduct:



Terrorist: A ‘Terrorist’ is one who is willing to, and does, kill civilians.  Not for the sake of eliminating them for some grievance against them, but instead using the malicious act itself for the specific purpose of installing sufficient Fear into all those who are not killed, in order to persuade otherwise reluctant living peoples, and thus also their governments, to either continue to adhere to, or to newly conform to the beliefs held by the Terrorist.


Terrorism: The method of choice used by a Terrorist, to establish and expand the acceptance of their system of living, of their beliefs: It is the method of using Fear and dominance instead of commonly socially acceptable methods such as ideological argument and consensus.  Terrorism is rule by Fear.  There is no Terrorizing someone without Fear being the persuading effect aimed for.  It is viciousness to a few in order to affect and dominate the many.



You don’t have to be exact in wording, the Public needs an understanding of at least two principles of Terrorism, it does not need legalese.  It needs to be clearly told:

  1. That Terrorists kill innocents such as women and children.
  2. That their motive is to dominate your beliefs with theirs.  They have no respect for anyone else’s beliefs.

The public does not need at all to know the details, the political or religious beliefs and interpretations held by Terrorists.  The Public mainly comprehends what they can see and most easily imagine.  The Public is under the cutting edge of Terrorism, and it needs a cutting definition to understand its predicament.  Terrorism is not so much a belief as a method chosen deliberately to dominate by Force and Fear.  Terrorism is a form of aggression.


Terrorist are rebels against their own God:

Terrorists do not leave the judgment of others up to their God and their God’s own chosen timing; instead they judge and punish and execute prior to any normal dying and expected heavenly court process.  In their own religion they usurp their God’s right.  The right to judge a person only after a lifetime of a freedom of living and the good and bad choices within that period of Godly grace.  Terrorist do not ‘Live and let Live’, a principle of the multitude in many religions.


Terrorists and the Media:

Terrorists are not so much interested in conducting a revenge and killing those who failed to be persuaded, as much as they are interested in a Fear persuasion upon those whom they have not as yet killed.  Thus Terrorists require the maximum public and media display of their fearsome acts.


Freedom Fighters and Terrorists:

Thus a terrorist is Not a Freedom Fighter, a Freedom Fighter being one who fights against either their current dominating oppressive government who harms citizens unrightfully, or against a foreign dominating government who invades their land.


Military Combatants and Terrorists:

A Terrorist is Not a Military Combatant, although they can be that as well as a Terrorist.  A Military fighter is a soldier who fights other soldiers in wars or conflicts under a Code of Conduct (hopefully an honourable one).  It is the accepted social rule of the champions of the people, its soldiers and armies, fighting on behalf of the citizens as directed through their approved government.  Using champions of the people is an age-old solution to deciding serious differences and is less destructive (though many still die) than using both soldiers and citizens in actual battles.  When their soldiers lose the citizens concede and destruction stops.  There is a legally recognized soldiers’ Code of Conduct, such as that authorised by international consensus, by the United Nations that limits atrocities.  When a soldier or leader of soldiers transgresses that code and commits acts of Terrorism against non-combatants, then they have passed from soldiering into Terrorism and are thus justifiably tried in courts, mainly international courts, tried as Terrorist criminals and are not tried as soldiers.  Soldiers are the instruments of governments for their defense or for attack against other nations and are thus under some form of political control.  A Terrorist has no such controls as the Terrorist is in effect their own sole authority over what they do, including over their higher God authority whose rulings they interpret unto their own ends, ends which include the right to murder anyone and persuade others by the use of Fear.  A soldier kills, a terrorist murders.


Bullets or Propaganda

Bullets and bombs are commonly used by the aggressive to change people’s thinking into submission by maiming or killing bodies, but mostly persuading by maiming the mind.  As to propaganda, words are also as bullets, but in bulletins they have a wider scatter pattern of distribution than bullets do, and thus reach more targets or minds than the narrow focus of bullets – bullets reaching only the bodies in their vicinity.


Who Controls the Mind Controls the Body

The physical battle plays out on the world stage, which is the arena of battle.  The real battle however, the one which affects the path or evolution of society is the mental battlefield.  The mind of each person is where foreign or dangerous ideas come and bash in the door.  It is the mind of society that needs protection not only the bodies of a community.  The mind is the arena where Law Enforcement or those who truly seek to protect their society must go and prepare defences.  Persuading or protecting or hardening the mind is PSYOPS.



  • That the armies of the state, the military, are designed to fight other armies of aggressive states and cannot by themselves wipe out the elusive numerous groups of Terrorists who use small scale logistics.
  • That a state’s Law Enforcement, though it can detect and stop some Terrorist groups, it cannot by itself detect nor stop them all, especially ‘Homegrown terrorists’, who are its own citizens hypnotized by the ideas of Terrorism and already living within the nation’s walls.
  • That the ranks of Terrorism are increasing, despite numbers of them being killed or incarcerated, for Terrorists are able to tap into an endless supply of new recruits who have been persuaded by the arguments and ideas that Terrorists have presented to them.
  • Those recruits come from the Public area of human supply, not necessarily only from a religious source.
  • That the only practical way to extinguish Terrorist non-state groups is to turn off their recruitment tap at the source:  That source being the Public.
  • As the Public is persuaded by Fear or by propaganda from Terrorists, the Public requires that its mind-set be hardened against Terrorism prior to being personally confronted by Terrorism and all its wiles.
  • As cruel beliefs are normally foreign to the Public, the Public finds them hard to understand and in a state of confusion the Mind of the Public in vulnerable and if not in a state to be active against Terrorists, then in a state of confusion being inactive and that also is to Terrorism’s advantage.
  • As fearsome Terrorist acts, or as seductive terrorist ideas confront the Public mind, that Public mind needs to be able to immediately categorise the event or ideas as dangerous and therefore not be easily persuaded to join the Terrorist ‘cause’, whatever cause that might be.
  • To assist that defensive process the Public has need of a plain speaking definition of Terrorism.  Just what the hell terrorism is, for in Hell its victims are soon to be.  And that definition needs to be promoted as a common topic of conversation.


So, who will design simple definitions, who will communicate it to the people, and who will keep it alive in the conversations of humanity, for the sake of humanity?

Author: Roman Romachev — CEO, The Private Intelligence Company “R-Techno”


Many companies today are obsessed with IT security while clearly underestimating the risk of confidential corporate data leakage caused by hacking via a regular phone call.

Business intelligence professionals refer to this phenomenon as HUMINT – human intelligence. It is company’s own employees who often work as the weakest link in the security system developed by the company.

The American social engineering contest is part of Defcon, a large hacker convention held in Las Vegas. The event has a rather civil focus: IT hackers probe IT security systems for their weak spots, social engineers hack large American corporations by engaging their employees in phone conversations and extracting corporate secrets from them. All of this happens in front of guests, some of whom rank rather high – among them are senior officials from the FBI, NSA, US Department of Defense and Department of Justice. What I think is interesting is that social engineers achieve their goal faster and more efficiently than their IT counterparts, and sometimes even help them out with tips for an efficient computer attack on the target company.

The contest has a simple procedure. The organizers distribute a list of ten random organizations picked out of the Fortune 500 ranking, and a list of flags – the data that the competitors must obtain. Hackers have two weeks to choose their target, research it using publicly available data, analyze its weaknesses and develop a legend. During the contest they take their places in a transparent soundproof booth set on a stage, and have the phone number dialed for them, with the conversation audible through speakers to the audience to demonstrate the social engineering skills of the hacker. Each hacker has 20 minutes to collect as many points as possible.

Many episodes of the latest contest held in June could be included into competitive intelligence anthologies. John Carruthers who chose to attack a Target store chain was first of the competitors to claim leadership. During the time allowed, he has interacted with several IT officers from the stores all over the country, posing as a systems administrator for a Target data center in Minnesota and asking why they hadn’t deployed an important patch to the company’s supplier software. While getting ready for the contest, John Carruthers noticed that in building its website, Target has unwittingly made public important corporate information – internal store IDs. They ended up included in the URL of the respective pages of all stores within the chain. And if the Target employees expressed any doubts whether they were actually talking to the systems administrator of their company, he would just quote their respective store ID and that was enough to make the ‘friend-or-foe’ system work to his advantage and make the further process go like clock-work.

Engineers posing as analysts carrying out marketing research and journalists found the task to be more difficult.


The championship of the contest has, for the second time, been claimed by Shane MacDougall who had impressively pulled to pieces the security system of the Wal-Mart store located in a Canadian town. Shane called the store manager and posed as a logistics executive from the Wal-Mart headquarter. He said that he was going to visit the town soon as he was selecting ‘pilot’ stores for a program that would be implementing a large government contract that was about to be awarded to Wal-Mart – but he wanted to clarify certain operating details on the phone. Falling for the legend, the store manager has started giving up the flags one by one, lightly and without a shadow of doubt, even blundering out many of the things he was not asked about: shift schedule, the OS and antivirus software installed in his office PC, name of the cleaning services provider, personnel compensation scheme, etc. Finally, MacDougall asked him to go to an external website and fill in a questionnaire there (“To help me get ready for the trip”, MacDougall said). The store manager was willing to do that as well; the only reason he couldn’t do it was because the corporate IT system has blocked the website recommended by the hacker.

Following the successful hack, MacDougall told the CNNMoney reporters that his favorite target are sales employees: “As soon as they think there’s money, common sense goes out the window”. The winning hacker went on to voice another important idea: “I see all these CIO that spend all this money on firewalls and stuff, and they spend zero dollars on awareness.”

Social engineering is a very old phenomenon, but its ‘heroes’ usually choose to stay in the shade. Competitors of this social engineering contest are exceptions. In fact, most of them are professional security systems ‘auditors’ working for large corporations and are therefore interested in demonstrating their skills to the public. If I were to name a famous social engineer of America’s past who did not shy away from using the morally ambiguous methods to their advantage, the only name to come to mind would be the legendary editor of Chicago’s American Harry Romanoff. He managed to source almost all of his sensations via the phone, posing as the chief of police, or the governor, or the chief of a fire department. (History tells of a ‘Romanoff’s mistake’ he made when he called a house that was a crime scene where an investigation team was working. “This is Coroner O’Bannion. How many dead ones you got?” Harry asked. After a pause, the voice replies, “No, this is Coroner O’Bannion. Who the hell are you?”)

The business community must realize that the work of social engineers of today is much easier: it’s easier to target an employee, to collect a dossier, to understand the professional and personal relations within a corporations, the hierarchy of its business divisions and its corporate culture. They have access to social networks where the majority of employees – from juniors to seniors – will have personal accounts. There they can take their time to interact with their target and learn their professional language to be able to talk the same language to the target.

Other social engineers choose to not go the obvious way and do not try to obtain confidential information from the most obvious source in the company that possesses such information. It’s not necessary to target an IT officer to learn about IT security, or the accountant – to learn about the company’s finances. Classical example of business intelligence is to use a cleaning lady who removes waste paper from the waste basket in the CEO office. Such waste paper can be a source of commercially important information.

Phone calls are an extremely convenient tool for a social engineer. As long as the information obtained is not used to the detriment of any particular person or the company, the social engineer bears no criminal responsibility: it’s not illegal to talk to someone. In this case, the other party of the discussion must be mindful of their responsibility. For example, if an accountant discloses, even if unwittingly, any data on the phone that then ends up in the possession of the company’s competitors, such an act can result in criminal prosecution under the Federal Law “On Trade Secrets”.


A rather typical situation: an accountant receives a call from a man claiming to be an official within a statistical agency and requests that the accountant replies to the inquiry sent out to the corporate mail. The document raises no suspicions as it is executed in accordance with all standards. There are different scenarios of what happens next. One accountant will probably reply to the inquiry and unwittingly send it to the company’s competitors. Another accountant will demand an original copy, call the agency to find out why they send their inquiries vie e-mail… Guess which scenario is the right one.

It’s important to understand that technology-based security will not guarantee protection on its own. Apart from the expensive and complex IT systems, people working in a company should be responsible for the protection of its data. That is administrative security, which requires continuous awareness development. Any company must have written regulations on management of confidential information, and every new employee must sign a non-disclosure agreement when hired. There must be corporate trainings or seminars at least once a year. Company management must clearly state what constitutes confidential information and how it should be protected. Education is the way to prevent data leaks.

Social networks have long become the place where black hackers carry out their ‘human research’. There have been instances when they made an account posing as a director general of a company and started actively networking with the employees, extracting the information they needed. Certainly this kind of hack will mostly work with the companies where the management is somewhat distanced from its employees, either it terms of geography or management hierarchy. In this case there’s no risk that the director will learn about his interaction with the employees online. Prudent management makes sure that its staff ignores the fake account by making the confirmed account of the director general known to it. And it works. But a hacker can just as easily create an account of the manager’s wife and to interact with everyone related to the company, thus gradually finding out more and more. So how can a company protect itself? The solution is to maintain the highest level of awareness within a company, ensuring that the staff has the general idea of who to hold correspondence with and what topics to discuss.


Published in Business Magazine Online, September 10, 2012.

Being alive is special.  Being alive you can enjoy being creative.  In the day you can day-dream.  In the night you can night-dream.


Only when you are dead you no long dream, the mind having fragmented.  In a darkness where there is no feeling, no pain, no joy, no insight.  In the Darkness of Death there is no darkness of Black either, for you have no vision to see and register that Darkness.  Though, for some, they believe that Death is where you eternally dream.  That in death you are a dream.


Only whilst you are alive, though, have you the opportunity and power to transform your dreams into a Reality for others to enjoy or appreciate.  As to see and read this text you must be Alive, what then are you doing with your Dreams in this moment of Reality?


Dreams also need a life to be, and they also extend their life when you communicate them with words or works and place them in the fertile compost of other minds.  To share your ideas you must communicate your ideas.  So make creative works, make new things, make writings, make art, make conversation and make Love and Loving.


Reality is, after all, the garden that is there for you to plant, to grow and to share Your Dreams.  As you can only dream while in reality, perhaps reality exists for dreaming and by dreaming Reality is created.


Perhaps we are all a part of some God’s dream and while we are Alive is when we are given a dream-ability, and when we are dead we are given the ability to re-immerse ourselves back into being God’s Dream.  Whatever way it goes, Given the Gift of Dreaming, we should not waste it.


For those who do not believe in God, it is still undeniable that you are alive and somehow are given gifts, gifts that inanimate things just do not have.  Non-living objects cannot move of themselves as they have no internal reactive program to follow, they cannot explore, dream, or change the local environment to their own will, but you can.


You can even, just by smiling, change the life force of those around you, change their perception of their life and their dream of their future.  God or no God, we are living creatures in a vastness of Nature.  If there is or is not a God, still, we are capable of being god-like.  Dreaming and actively weaving those dreams into Reality.

Stephen Cheney

Facebook has revealed that it wants to allow children to register on the social network under the supervision of their parents. Parents will be able to control whom their children add as friends on their pages and, in general, to understand with whom they communicate. The initiative is good, but it looks like its goal is to increase the number of users, which by now exceeds 900 million people.

“In my opinion, it really is an attempt to attract attention. This is yet another instance reminding them of the fact that the IPO that was not very successful. Besides, children do register there anyway, they only add several years to their age,” Russian IT-specialist Alexander Shestakov believes.
However, Director General of the Duemarx marketing intelligence agency Elena Rogacheva absolutely does not agree. She often conducts master classes in schools on safe Internet usage, and she is sure that behaviour standards in the networks must be instilled from a young age.
“I believe that any attempt to protect children in social networks, including the one that is now suggested by Facebook, must be encouraged and supported. And such a function as control of adding friends on children’s pages is necessary, because most of the children indiscriminately add everybody who comes knocking. Consequently, they can disclose too much unnecessary information about themselves. As for binding children’s pages to the pages of their parents, I think that this can do more harm than good. In this way malefactors will be able to figure out and find parents through their children and cause some damage.”
Elena Rogacheva recalls last year’s kidnapping of Ivan Kaspersky, the son of the famous anti-virus software creator Eugene Kaspersky. The criminals figured out the young man’s location based on data taken from social networks. They tried to blackmail his parents, extorting a large sum of money. Moreover, according to Elena, there are lots of cases when children leave a status update such as “going to the sea”, and in the meantime thieves visit their empty houses.
In response to Voice of Russia’s question concerning the proper way children should behave online, Elena Rogacheva said:
“They would be better off having not just one page on social networks, but preferably two or three, in order to reduce the risk, and not add all friends on one account. They also should not disclose a lot of information and post personal photos in networks. There were cases when people, when at school or university, had posted their pictures, and later – when they were applying for a job – they were being turned down because this information reached their potential employers.”
Speaking about possible registration of children in their social network, Facebook representatives have promised to create a special page for parents with advice on proper behavior on the Internet. But is it going to bring results? After all, communication standards cannot be instilled in one day; it should start from birth. And it concerns communication both on the Internet and offline.

By Stephen Cheney

Relaxed Alertness and its effect on Fear and Surprise Attacks:

In an unfair fight there is usually a Predator and a Victim.
The Victim is the one whose mind gives way first and who usually does not have full control over what they do.  The Aggressor, the Predator, is confident; plays mind games to dominate, does not hesitate and is dangerous.  When you are in a dangerous situation, a fight situation with a Bully swearing, postulating and intending to attack:  You make a choice and if you choose to become a Predator, that then makes the Aggressor the Victim and not you.  To do that you need to know and practice enough Self Defense techniques to be dangerous.  It is the Mind that drives those techniques, so you need to learn how to remain in control of your mind.

You be the leopard in the tree alert and waiting, uncaring as to what happens as you already know what you can do in a fight.  You can also choose to leave, but you can do that only if the Aggressor lets you.  If you cannot leave and cannot talk the Aggressor out of attacking you, then you must fight to preserve your life.  Leaving is not an option if you have no exit such as in a confined space or if the Aggressor blocks your way out; or if you must remain to protect children.  Negotiating is not an option if you are set upon by surprise.

A Surprise! occurs when everything looks and feels normal to you, and then there is a Sudden Change that seriously involves you.

Such as you are in a normal crowd of close people and then Suddenly someone from behind grabs you.  Or you are driving down a straight highway with sight to the horizon and no traffic anywhere and your eyes check your mirror and Suddenly in that moment, a high speed vehicle flies off some unseen side track and straight across your path.

When your environment is Not normal you expect more such non-normality, you expect change and your senses, mind and body get ready for it.  You are already reacting to change.  But it is in the moment when all looks well that all Hell can break loose, catching you off-guard.  Without anything to focus on, alertness usually drifts into being bored and inactive and your senses no longer circularly sweep the surrounding environment.  An environment in which you are the center-piece or the central-obstacle for all incoming forces to collide with.

All collisions, all danger, all damage happens in the Present moment.  The mind is a time-traveler.  It has the ability to dwell in the Past or Future.  These time zones are environments which are often far more interesting than the present boring moment where nothing is perceived to be happening.  You are a construct of matter which is atoms, and atoms are actually constructs of energy, as Einstein and science have proved. That energy does not solely exist in the present moment of existence.  That energy is smeared through Past, Present and into the Future moment, as has been proven by science examining the nature of electrons through Quantum Physics.  As your body and brain matter particles can transcend time at least a little bit, it is not surprising that your mind which so depends on them, can do the same.

Your Awareness, or the magnifying glass of your concentration or Will, can only converge on a moment of time, whether it be in the Past, the Present or the Future.  It travels between them and sits in them but cannot reside in all at once.  Our bodies always have an existence or anchor in the Present moment.  Our mental focus can however drift elsewhere.  You will often find your mind focusing in its Past, in its memories.  A mind often sits in its vast library of experiences and data, reading volumes in your memory library, watching Past videos, some of them may be horror movies, unresolved conflicts and traumas.  The outside Universe the mind internally reconstructs and edits.

Alternatively, the mind will be found focusing on the Future, on dreams of vagueness as clouds not fully shaped, on imaginations about possibilities; a Universe that the mind itself creates, where in dreaming in the night or day-dreaming in the day, it often includes itself as the principle actor and victim.  The Future is a blank movie set, and the mind is a landscaper, script writer, emoter in music, director, actor and camera.  The mind time travels when not actively engaged, as that is its purpose: a life force that explores all universes, Past, Present and Future.  A god passing on the Bifrost Bridge between all conceivable worlds.  A beam of light travelling through space.  All life explores, at the least, what its immediate environment or its intimate self.

So, for a warrior, a survivalist, the time to sweep for possible danger, of possible change, is in the Present moment when all seems normal.  So every now and then, look up from whatever you are doing or from what occupies you, and softly sweep your surrounds with your senses and your mind.  From the submarine of your consciousness, you up-periscope at check out what is happening; especially whatever is incoming, as that can change your state from an unalert victim into a hard-to-surprise warrior.  In order to do that, it is useful, as in Tai Chi, as in ballet, to swivel your head to a vertical upright position where it can see best, turn best.  Where the head can be the steering wheel of the body allowing instant movement in any direction.  Senses, mind and body all to relax as one blending in a relaxed awareness of the present moment.  Like a leopard resting up a tree but surveying all, is what the ancient warriors sought, in order to cope with sudden danger and thus enjoy to life a little longer.

When you expect trouble even when there is no trouble, and do that in a relaxed and not a tense manner: then it is difficult to surprise you.  When you can imagine possible dangerous scenarios through the day but do so without tensing mind or body, then you are less likely to evolve fear from a nebulous nothing into a choking rigidity; you are then less likely to go into a frozen state of Fear when danger sets upon you.  Fear is a normal reaction.  Pre-empt its potency by changing your mind-set with a vigilant relaxation of your being.  You cannot change outside happenings, but you are the master of your internal world.  So to be more in charge of your reactions: you just give yourself prior commands.  As it is upon whatever is the present state of your mind, that outside fearful and other impressions must impose themselves.  The Demons real or imagined pounce, but what is the nature of the being that they pounce upon?  Not everything that Dangers attack is an unsuspecting victim.  Command yourself and rule.

Competitive Intelligence Analysis of India  – Future Potential of  Political Violence resulting in Insurgency because of lack of Political Will in India to handle Issues of Corruption.

Worst Case Scenario: God forbid if anything happens to Anna Hazare

1. Will there be a Civil War
2. Will there be a Revolution
Indian people have grievances ie Corruption and these grievances become Issues ie Anna Hazare fasting against Corruption.

Issues are points in argument. These are the questions that have not been addressed by the Indian government ie Corruption. These become the focal points of discontent and even insurgency.

Some believe that insurgency is a military problem while others believe that insurgency is the result of outside interference while some others believe that insurgency is caused by poverty.

For this we need to understand the socio, political and economic conditions that are exploited by vested interests. The breeding ground for insurgency could be because of either or some or all the factors. It could be because of breakdown of traditional social organizations and customs because of cross cultural influences or because of rapid improvement in social, economic and political conditions or Urbanization or Industrialization  or lets say in the case of India, vacuum created by the departure of a colonial power or it could be because of Indian government corruption, ineptitude or tyranny or due to political instability in the centre as well as state governments, further widespread unemployment and underemployment and poverty or deep social and economic divisions based on caste and class divide.

The root cause of insurgency which the government needs to understand is the intolerable inconsistency between that which people think that they have a right to accept and which they estimate they realistically are capable of attaining.

The gap which is created between value expectations and value capabilities is called relative deprivation. In India this is especially heightened by the great class and caste and religious divide.

Out of the frustration in the local population between that which people think that they have a right to accept and which they estimate they realistically are capable of attaining resulting in a gap called perceived relative deprivation.

Because of Indian government corruption and ineptitude and due to political instability in the centre as well as state governments in not being able to address widespread unemployment and underemployment and poverty results in  deep social and economic divisions based on caste and class divide.

Out of this arise issues. What are issues? Issues are points in argument. These are the questions that have not been addressed by the Indian government. These become the focal points of discontent and even insurgency.

What the government fails to understand is that these issues belong to certain groups and when these issues are not properly addressed because of government ineptitude or corruption that a certain sect of local population takes it upon themselves as to how these issues should be readdressed.  Members of local population  who realize that the government is incapable of addressing these issues take it upon themselves to affect the behavior of the local population by offering them utopia.

These insurgent leaders who advocate these issues become the rallying point for local population as the local population now starts to believe that  which people think that they have a right to accept and which they estimate they realistically are capable of attaining resulting in a gap called perceived relative deprivation.

These issues advocated by groups become demands. Now if demands are properly addressed they result simply in the normal functioning of the political system. As it happens in India, issues which belong to groups which are inadequately addressed become demands which results in heightened perceived relative deprivation because  of the frustration in the local population between that which people think that they have a right to accept and which they estimate they realistically are capable of attaining resulting in a gap called perceived relative deprivation.

The resulting frustration in the local population between that which people think that they have a right to accept and which they estimate they realistically are capable of attaining resulting in a gap called perceived relative deprivation   represents potential for political violence.

As is the case of Indian political history there have been precedents that whenever local population resorts to political violence that it is only then that the government pays attention.

These issues belonging to groups advocated by influencers become demands and when these demands are not adequately addressed that have the potential for political violence develop legitimacy not in legal terms but on psychological terms result in popular support because of the frustration in the local population between that which people think that they have a right to accept and which they estimate they realistically are capable of attaining.

This results in directed focused political violence. This is where insurgent leadership takes over out of the frustration in the local population between that which people think that they have a right to accept and which they estimate they realistically are capable of attaining resulting in a gap called perceived relative deprivation which the insurgent leadership makes the local population understand that the issues which have not been addressed by the government belonging to certain groups and thereby gather popular support.

Then PSYOPS is used by insurgent leaders who use MICE and especially Ideology to create loyal cadres to seize political control.

What the government forgets is that the government has yet not been able to understand the coercive potential of insurgent leaders which is greater that the coercive potential of the government to make populations conform.

The insurgent leaders advocate their causes and win over local population and breaks the links that bind the people to the government. This is because the coercive potential of insurgents is greater and for this the insurgent leaders destroy the legitimacy of the local government and create legitimacy for their own leadership because of the frustration in the local population between that which people think that they have a right to accept and which they estimate they realistically are capable of attaining resulting in a gap called perceived relative deprivation.

The   popular support to the insurgency happens because of Indian government corruption, ineptitude or tyranny or due to political instability in the centre as well as state governments, further widespread unemployment and underemployment and poverty or deep social and economic divisions based on caste and class divide.


Thank you for the invitation to join your Corporate  Risk Management Community.  I do not know what a “Black Swan” is, although, it appears we are experiencing a surprising flock of them converging at that moment in our human condition and situation. I do know what an independent “Black Sheep” is through the experiences I enjoyed within my own life story; parachuting into a constellation of identities, discourses, institutions, cultural patterns and systemic processes operating in a blind swept along historic drift, and through “ho*ok and cro*ok” (curiosity & naivite) has developed an independent point of view.  I call it being autopoietic as an observer in momentariness.  Pain and suffering is like rain off the back of a black swan, after awhile you are neither moved by the sweet or sour fruit any longer.  One gravitates to an inner wisdom of don’t sweat the small stuff in a realization, and  it’s all small stuff, and there is no thing to get too excited about.  You just keep you feet in the water paddling along, in a merry way with no fear, and enjoying the moments day~by~day.  It sounds kinda foolish and crazy at first and praxis makes it perfect.

I offer this writing this morning as an introduction and invitation to potential risk management global business collaborators interested in learning about the V3W notion of inventing an “Office of the Future” where the privacy of the human autonomy is respected as an on~going learning experience for future generations and the game of living becomes an artistic sculpturing in designing enactive embodiment of our “virtual identities” to making history in the permanent domains of human concerns by caring for future generations and the household of our humanity ~ the planet earth.

“In a small country, those in power have, long ago,  forced all those not belonging to their group to reservations far from the cities and power centers.  The government is a dictatorship, an apartheid.  The dictator, and the power base he is supported by, knows little of the culture, values, or spirituality of their perceived enemies.  Fear and control are behind every decision.  It is believed that if those without power ever came to prominence, the entire way of being of the country would be threatened.  One day there is a serious power outage.  The power lines have been cut.  Power, which has been the major export and resource of this country, has stopped flowing entirely.  The government is paralyzed.  The marginalized groups do not deny they cut the lines, but assert that the power has always belonged to them….” Deena Metzger “Personal Disarmament

The big hoopla this morning worldwide is the USA Sterling Triple AAA credit rating has been downgraded by S&P to AA+ while India’s credit rating is rolling along at beautiful BBB- and growing.  The pundits worldwide will have a hay day beating a new drum 24/7 regarding the final demise of Western Civilization’s Capitalistic 1492 notions of agrarian lawlessness as white people basically fight over the precious metal of gold.  The war to end all wars is mounting between the “haves” and the “have nots.” The “Ship of Fools” in Washington D.C. will continue to exploit the mass media political hysteria and prejudicial exceptional bias (racism) of a broken failed policy of globalization now operated by quants in dark rooms who monetize data to information and play ruthless gaming of humanity’s worst fears.  And another PTS trigger in the ultimate fall of WS manifest destiny embodied in the USA geopolitics is happening.  King George demonstrated leadership is bare naked.  Humpty Dumpty has fallen off his coercive deceptive throne and all the kings men can’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again.  What we need is a funeral!  The competitive arrogant aggressive arrested immature adolescent behaviors of Washington D.C. and Wall Street’s privilege elite are blind, deaf and dumb of  Main Street ~ people’s concerns.  The Reagan Global Consensus strategy has failed and reduced the American way of life to a “Robosphere” of enslaved consumerism where Goldman Sachs Facebook is offering everyone employment in Farmsville and future generations are strapped to a debt for as a far as the eye can see ~ eternity.  We are facing a global leadership crisis that is converging in diverse domains of human conditions and situations without any agreed upon basis for meaningful social civil authentic dialog, while our worst fears of man’s inhumanity~to~Man are being released in a gluttony of predatory chaos based in greed, ownership and high risk.

I submit India plays an essential role in the awakening our global civilization to a new beginning and designing a future world together.  An authentic master never get mad at a caterpillar gluttony and not being a butterfly.  Part of the caterpillars journey is gluttony and after eating beyond its capability, being stuck unable to move, it forms a pupa, and through the inner imaginal seeds becomes a butterfly.  The good news is America has stuffed itself and the only way out of the current predicament is to envision a new future.  For wise elders surrounding America the key trick in risk management is to be firm in throwing out the bath water and not the immature baby acting out on the playground of global affairs.  The notion of fierce compassionate decisive discipline like “take your seat, shut up, listen before you do any further damage” comes to mind.

Mahatma Gandhi was a history making global ethical citizen with a mature wise voice that envisioned a non-violent agrarian justice on earth and confronted the injustice of coercive 
agrarian political lawlessness based in power, aggression and arrogance.  As an “observer” he studied the swept along constellation of discourses, institutions and practices of agrarian political laws.  And like an Aikido master turned the laws as a reflected mirroring on the lawlessness of leaders as a non
violent restrained mature observer.
  Gandhi declared simply “There is enough in the world for everyone’s 
needs; there is not enough for everyone’s greed.” Gandhi’s last words were “Real Swaraj (a sacred Vedic term for self-rule, freedom, self-restraint) will come not by the acquisition of power by a few, but by the capacity by all to resist authority when it is abused.” This truth is as relevant today as it was in the moment he spoke it and that is the power of a spiritual truth.  Truth lives forever and resonates in shrine of unity contained in the human heart and is our emergent power today. His words also are an optimistic point of view to a day when the “victims” become “victorious” in the midst of predatory chaos.  So, let us take heart as new emergent warriors against the tyrants of past patriarchal indoctrinated belief systems operating today blindness.  Let us be compassionate yet as determined as Gandhi to give no quarter to any injustice in the future.

Gandhi’s political consideration’s was the core principle of the Vedic teachings of India that are over 5,000 years old.  The United Kingdom British Empire was at the very height of it’s imperial coercive deceptive political strategy of agrarian lawlessness and confronted an ancient
 Vedic Indian whose prayer book was the “Bhagavad-Gita” an inspirational love song of one’s
 duty within a spiritual universe.  Gandhi as an “observer” became the enactive embodiment of 
the Bhagavad-Gita in effective action in modernity. Standing alone on his own faithful conscious awareness of
 “Self Realization” he confronted the political authority of western 
civilization oppressive domination over Indians and Moslems without ever 
raising a sword or generating hatred or aggressive violence for his 
oppressors.  There is no higher praxis in living then non-violence and doing no harm to one another. This
 small fragile independent man’s observation prevailed against the British Empire. What other secret do we need to learn
 as observers in this moment of modernity?

There is a sacrifice required to cross this bridge that is always already living in the secret tabernacle of the human heart. The sacrifice is to be open to the human pain of existence that happens 
in the circularity of birthing and dying, while releasing the distorted suffering 
of the human commentary in the mind as an “observer.”  This “observer of the observer” viewpoint releases 
personal egoic gratification of meaningless temporal desires based in fame, fortune,
position, territory, titles and chooses freely to serve an endless notion of 
 being a glorious vision of human realization and freedom for future generations in service not positioning.  It’s the sacrifice of the 
limited finite games based in egoic self importance to experience the eternal love and life that constitutes existence itself.  The Self is no longer moved by 
either sweet or sour fruit on the tree of human knowledge. Awakening to the reality of momentariness is choosing freely to cross the bridge to primordial 
elder wisdom and live in the eternal infinite glorious playfulness that is 
always already victorious in the loving universe surrounding us.

My prayer is India awakens once again as a people and the traditional wisdom embodied in your flesh becomes an enactive commitment to Mahatma Gandhi’s demonstration of true power on earth in service.  In my assessment it means we awaken and become living saints ourselves in designing a future world.  There is a lot more going on here then credit ratings.

Gandhi showed us as a living “observer” that in the end of the world, it is possible to demonstrate a unified singularity within the diversity of our own humanity. The 
fundamental solution is answered in the autopoietic paradox of a closed self 
ruled dynamic temporal architecture called a Homo sapiens amans that lives naturally in an absolute
 oneness within a thriving loving universe.  Today our world is experiencing a convergence of all the units of our humanity into this unitary heartfelt sense of knowing.  Let’s be optimistic rather than fearful.  We are on the move, making the quantum jump in our infancy into an ecological agrarian age of justice, freedom and independence.  A new day is arising where the trees, waters, air, 
fish, animals and fire lives in a legitimacy~in~coexistence for future
 generations.  The ancient Vedic 
vision of the contemplative forest is a “praxis of balance” where there is the 
natural love of diversity within the web of life that is being awakened in every human soulful presence.  Those that can’t agree to that can go find another planet in the universe to inhabit in arrogant aggressiveness.

In the deep dark living cavern of the human heart there is already always a caring, feeding and nurturing love for social relations not power. It’s the beauty and well being we experience in the domain of friendship everyday, a new infant’s smile, or watching a flower being nourished
 by a bee, or inventing a solution to a human concern.  It’s time to awaken ourselves to the wonder of doing it with one another as an ethical fundament in living as a standard practice in the 21st century.  So, thank you Vivek for the invitation to join your caravan and let’s get to work before we destroy ourselves in this nonsensical BS arising in our lives.  There is a lot more to life and living then what your credit rating is!  Mine is 526 and I’m not depressed just indignant at injustice.

As an introduction for an appreciative dialog and conversation I offer a thumbnail background to my professional experiences as a reference point to ground the context of my intentional commitment in the V3W notion and participating in your competitive intelligence conversations in the future.

Thumbnail Sketch of Relevant Background:

I am 60 years old, raises in Columbus Ohio USA in the Roman Catholic spiritual tradition under the Franciscan habit. My father Bernard (90) served in WWII and flew 40 missions in Operation Torch out of North Africa. Married a beautiful virgin and Cadillac called Alice (Deceased) and together had five male pups with no daughters. I am the third of five. I served in the U.S. Army  with a Secret Clearance, Intelligence Assistant in ARADCOM, ’68 to 70.  I was ordained a priest on July 26, 1974 in the Holy Order of MANS, San Francisco CA.  In preparation for my ordination I studied the  Bhagavad-Gita with Swami Chimmayananda.  HOOM is a spiritual contemplative order with a mission of uniting all faith through the golden thread of spiritual understanding contained in the pathway of esoteric wisdom within every unit of our humanity.  It was a phenomenal spiritual experience based in ancient initiatory practices and revelatory authority from the unseen world. (The HOOM found safe harbor in the Russian Orthodox Church in the 1980′s and is still in existence although I have no relationship with it whatsoever.)

I left active spiritual praxis and became an entrepreneur ’78 to 2000 gaining various experiences and new skills in business ranging from General Contracting, Management & Research Consulting, and piloted two large 3rd party administrator projects; First, BNRR (1984) was in depth human stress research with BNRR Chief Medical & Safety Officer;  Second, Farmers Insurance Group (1997), V3W ~ Redesigning Residential Insurance Claims Practices in the Age of Networking ’97 to 2000.

Stress Research Project & Cognitive Science:

In the early 1980′s stress research emerged in modern medicine medical research and using a state of the art clinical assessment tool, Stress Vector Analysis (SVA) a 476 computer scored battery of statistical leading edge tests, the SVA was capable of identifying specific stressors environmentally, physically, and psychologically.  The pilot project was administered freely to any participant of the 30,000 employees, working on 26,000 miles of railroad, managing $9 billion of freight per year, in a confidential research project between my company Roberts & Associates Inc and  Dr. Tom Mears, Chief Medical and Safety Officer, Burlington Northern Railroad.   Two statistics that I assess are relevant today are;  first, the number one environmental stressor was “overloaded at work.”  A condition in human employment were the demands being made on a person’s autonomy were beyond the individual’s capacity to perform.  Primarily because the individuals had no control over the work being requested of them and did not have the right to say “no” to the requests.  Imagine the overload today as corporate productivity is hammering profits to shareholders, unemployment is epidemic, and the knowledge explosion in the Noosphere is radically transforming every professional activity.  Second, 7% of the workforce encountered suicidal ideations in the previous seven days of taking the SVA test.  Imagine the suicidal ideations going on today worldwide as moods of resignation shift to despair (there is no future in which to authentically participate in) and by the Wednesday hump people lack the coping skill to make it to Friday Happy Hour.  Suicide is a systemic global indicator occurring not just by terrorists, also veterans, and peasant farmers in India who drink the pesticide sold to them by Monsanto after losing their farm to debt credit scheme in globalization.

(A professional side note to consider today.  Rebecca Henderson Getting Unstuck: How to Promote More Sustainable Practices in Our Organizations & John Seddon Systems Thinking: Management by Doing the Right Thing. According to Rebecca only  3% of the leadership in organizations are currently managing people in an open communicative competent environment and overload is 200 to 550% on knowledge workers today (the worker bees are stressed) who are increasingly becoming less, less productive as fire fighters of organizational mandates that consistently go nowhere.  The bottom line is to unleash the authentic emotional power & ethical juice of knowledge workers creativity to take effective action that addresses sustainability and human survival as thriving self directed agents of change.  And that can only happen when we start to be honest and forthright in what we say to one another in authentic assessments (living speech acts) within conversations of working together, not intellectual jargon (dead speech acts) operating in command and control that is based in demanding obedience and negating one another.  John’s report card on IT systems management & design is even worse: “What we have witnessed in the last 25 years is a series of programmes of change failing to achieve their intended outcomes. Customer Care, ISO 9000, TQM, ABC, BPR. All the research and experience show that the latest panacea does no better than its predecessors. Over and over again improvement programmes are thwarted by commonly-known but illusive forces. The problem is labeled as ‘organization culture’, which typically leads to rationalizations like ‘change takes time’, or ‘each programme is an element in the total change programme.”  (In my honest assessment it sounds like consultants are used car salesman looking for consistent cash flow giving advice that leaders would have been better off never hearing much less following as a competitive strategy.)

The stress research project opened a further investigation into what is missing in medical tools being offered in the project after I became aware of a nurse who knew all the stress management strategies and had committed suicide.  Something was missing?  I was introduced to Fernando Flores who had just arrived via Amnesty International from General Pinochet’s mock trials in Chile.  Fernando a financial engineer had served as the Minister of Finance and Commerce in the Allende government, and taken over the industry in Chile.  Through the leading edge ontological learning research he provided, I became aware of new awarenesses being discovered in the field of cognitive science by Professors Humberto Maturana, Francisco Verela and Gregory Bateson.  I fell in love with the notion that language is not a descriptive phenomena in my human experience, rather, a generative creative act of constituting the creation I experience in the human commitment I embody.  My learning experience is articulated in a poster submitted by a nameless wanderer to the Symposium on Autopoiese: Biology, Linguistics, Cognition, Society in Belo Horizante Brazil in November 1997.  (The poster follows this introduction for interested participants in V3W’s notion.)

V3W ~ Redesign of Praxis in the Age of Networking

The primary innovative notion of V3W ~ Velocity in the Third Wave LLC was created in 1997 during the initial Dot Com bubble.  To facility this 3rd party administrative project I planned to use a visionary state~of~the~art interactive (P2P) business process management and communication enterprise system to coordinate all the stakeholders and innovative the value chain in the insurance industry; insurers, insured, agents, claims, contractors, vendors and professional services.  The V3W notion is that collaboration occurs in stakeholders of value chains performance engines through a shared agreed upon language of distinctions called “human commitment” in person~to~person conversations of possibilities and actions.  As perceivers and doers we “see” through “distinctions” in our languaging.  I offer that the new standard praxis in living speech acts versus dead speech acts is the realization that our utterances of fighting over ontological arguments of truth and reality, or profit are nonsensical rubbish compared to gathering the trust in authentic living speech assessments that actually harnesses human commitment to invent, design and reconfigure our world together.  I propose a new simple standard praxis “I invite/request/offer X by Y and I promise X by Y” as the mutually agreed upon ethical standard for innovating breakdowns to breakthroughs in a history making praxis, rather, than suffering in old worn out indoctrinated myths based in patriarchal power of exclusion and appropriation based in the fear of scarcity and being powerless in one’s human condition or situation.  It’s called “pulling yourself up by the bootstraps” and in the “pull” caring for the life surrounding you.

My professional endeavor with the Farmers pilot project was interrupted in May ’99 due to a breach of contract by my own company’s insurer that initiated six years of litigation, where in the end, I sued American Family Insurance Company and a mid-size insurance litigator Harris, Karstedt, Jamison & Powers P.C. for Bad Faith in Denver CO District Court.  The civil conspiracy discovered between all parties including the State of Colorado was a breath taking experience of injustice, avarice and robotic cultural nonsense that cannot stand.  I settled on the courthouse steps with no confidentiality to any party involved.  I consider this breakdown experience a breakthrough event and one of the most meaningful learning experience in my entire life.  The experience broke the taken for granted blind trust I had and faith in American business principles.   It interrupted my entrepreneurial role as an “observer” in the swept along cultural American drift of business that I had parachuted into as a citizen.   And the painful experience brought forth a deeper questioning of what is fundamentally missing in American standard practices?  I still harbor righteous indignant like Gandhi for the lawless injustice revealed in the litigation process and refuse to accept these standards any longer as a citizen of USA.

Professional Hiatus 2000 to 2011:

Since 2000 I have been on a professional hiatus exploring and walking in new developing circles at the edges of learning within our human community.  I have participated in the International ManKind Project extensively; a 25 year old repository for developing sacred masculine initiation in modernity for men to grow up, including boys~to~men facilitating young men to connect with the sacred masculine with elder mentors. I entered a new contemplative praxis of reflection through Roshi Junpo Denis Kelly’s Renzie Zen Hollow Bones Buddhist Order and was given the Dharma name of Mushin (No/Know Mind) and declared the 1st Sensei in MKP emergent respository.  I was introduced to Bill Center, a Lakota spiritual uncle, in Denver CO in 2000 that has taken me on a wonderful adventure with the Lakota people at Pine Ridge Reservation were I currently reside.  In 2006, I was introduced to the self directed initiatory learning experience of Stars Edge International, also a 25 year old repository, that provides breakthrough insights into connecting with embodied primary knowing and dis-creating past indoctrinated belief systems, thereby freeing one’s attention and will power to create the living experience we deserve in loving relationships others.

On May 4th 2002 following 911 I founded “The Order of Earth” in Denver Colorado.  My Lakota elder friends translated the OOE into Lakota “Maka Si Tomni” (Surrounding the Universe).  To gain an understanding of Maka Si Tomni’s intentions watch this 10 minute You Tube video offered by Jhon Goes In Center entitled “The Lakota Paradigm.” I have just returned to Pine Ridge Reservation to create a “Maka Si Tomni Wake Up Retreat” and am committed to bringing forth the V3W notion within elder wisdom throughout the world starting here at Pine Ridge Reservation.  My assessment is we have a lot of living grace surrounding us in indigenous spiritual elders who have gently preserved the natural law of caring, feeding and nurturing the questioning of children in good ways.  Most of these wise elders have been silenced by the recent communication technological explosion in modernity.  My desire is to gather wise elders together in the silence, stillness and solitude, and harness the wisdom of our collective spiritual heritage that is embodied in our bones, blood and living experience as artistic sculpture’ers designing a future world culture together.  Anyone in your network of influence interested in being a friend of the Lakota Maka Si Tomni endeavor please feel free to contact me directly.

Cell 303-520-6866


Skype: orderofearth_patric

In deep appreciation for the invitation to participate, learn and grow together,

Mushin Mato Wambli ~ Patric Roberts

EMERGE~N~SEE Poster submitted to International Symposium on Autopoiese in  November 1997 originally entitled a “An Autoethnography on Autopoiese: Communication ~ Relationship ~ Community” by a nameless wanderer.


“The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity

(One is unable to notice something because it is always before one’s eyes.)

The real foundations of his inquiry do not strike a man at all.”



This monograph uses a relatively newer method of explanation called “Autoethnography” a new field of scientific inquiry in which the ethnographer is both the observer and the observed.

The autoethographer attempts to explain the world by turning inward and
interpreting his/her experience within accepted theoretical, epistemological,
and analytical traditions.

The “individual” providing this narrative and developing this Autoethnography in this narrative is unimportant. Using someone as an object of scrutiny is not the purpose. The “individual” called ‘Nameless Wanderer’ agrees to reveal his experiences with the condition
of anonymity, and his contribution is central to the monograph and the process 
the writing seeks to reveal.

Chapter I – Personal Inquiry

This ensuing monograph starts with a paper entitled “An Autoethography of Autopoiese: Communication, Relationship, Community.” The paper was submitted to the International Symposium on Autopoiese: Biology, Language,
Cognition and Society in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, November 18-21, 1997. This is the poster displayed at the symposium.

This is a true story about a man’s journey to Autopoiese – The Realization of the Living, from suffering to a mood of joyful concern. The essay 
addresses the significance of Autopoiese to living in the 21st
century through the subjective revelations of a Nameless Wanderer.

It’s an enticing way to be introduced to the work of: Humberto Maturana, 
Francisco Verela,

Fernando Flores,

Fritof Capra, Gregory Bateson and 
Teilhard de Chardin. The story describes the shifts from: objectivity 
to “objectivity”, 

rationality to cognition as an autopoietic entity,

 blindness in language to communicative competence, 

lost in the drift of living to 
designing an articulate authentic self,

 self-negation to legitimacy in organizational life, 

patriarchy to deepening ecological ethics.

This essay shares the possibilities of transforming human life by applying new distinctions of the autopoetic process in a practical way to everyday life, organization and culture.

All are invited to contribute to the essay’s goal, a new page in history.

The Story

“When I was growing up I had four brothers. Four of us were born within a five year period so we were close but like most boys, a bit on the aggressive side. As we were growing up, one of the most special moments for each of us was when our father would tell us a story. We would 
all relax, quiet down, grab a pillow, lie on the floor and snuggle next to our
 dad. He would speak in a soft voice 
so we would have to listen closely. 
We were excited at the possibilities of what we might become through the 

Our father would begin to tell the story and away we would go, on to yet another imaginary journey. He told some of greatest stories in the world, most of them made up.
The characters of the story were four young, adventurous boys who would
 explore, and attempt to conquer an unknown and sometimes unforgiving world.  As one might imagine, each of us was a character in his many stories and our father would add his own unique attributes to each of us, most of the time in a humorous way that caused us to 
laugh. The stories always had a 
happy ending.

I suspect telling stories is how language must have begun back when our ancestors roamed the plains and occupied caves. Stories have brought forth our history. Today, telling stories plays an important part of the human 
experience and we enjoy telling them.
We tell stories about science, religion, politics and commerce. Sometimes we become convinced our 
stories are the truth or the only stories that explain humanity. We worship stories in our daily

Human beings are inveterate and skillful storytellers – and they have a habit of becoming the stories they tell. With repetition, stories harden into realities, sometimes trapping the storytellers within the 
boundaries that the storytellers themselves helped to create.

This essay is a story about being trapped in a story and how the author got out alive.”

Manner of Living

“As a child I was curious like most children. I can remember my expectations and excitement at learning about history, the world, myself. I was wild eyed and fascinated at the opportunity to learn so I listened intently when teachers spoke. I attended parochial school and 
Franciscan nuns taught me in a spiritual habit of authority.  I was given a story that to this day haunts me like a ghost. The central image of the experience is described well by Francisco Varela “a
cognitive agent parachuted into a pregiven world.”

The Baltimore Catechism extracted the essential features and representations of the pregiven world I parachuted into, one in which St. Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologica had been condensed into an objective, rational argument to be memorized and mastered. The greatest thinkers in all the ages 
have been wrestling with the mysteries of life and here at seven years old I
 was handed an epistemology that was expected to condense my entire existence 
into a few simple explanations.

In 1950, I was born in the mid-west of America. The culture I was born into was a culture based in conformity, where there was distrust for differences in other people. It was a period of American chauvinism where we meddled in the affairs 
of others and our popular commercialized culture arose. This is the basic 
prejudicial background I inherited at birth.  The 1960’s provided a decade of change: the decade of anti-establishment, civil rights, eastern thought, the feminist movement, the Viet Nam war, John Kennedy and the Beatles. It was a massive civil revolution that challenged everything that stood for tradition or 
the status quo.

I questioned each domain with passion and sometimes insulted the views of those in authority. It was in the midst of this cultural upheaval – while bringing forth my own identity
of who I am and what I was to become, an event of immense proportion happened
in my life.”

An Accident – Breakdown

“I arrived at the doorstep of this theory of Autopoiese through a personal breakdown. At seventeen years old, I was full of energy and the spirit of entrepreneurship. I worked at a gas station and owned a two-door Chevy Corvair. My identity was intimately tied to my first car.  On a Friday evening in March 1968, I had a breakdown. I had stopped at a traffic light on the far right lane next to parked cars, the street was well lit, the light
 turned green and I proceeded at a normal speed. About halfway up the block, traveling at 30 miles an hour, 
out of nowhere, BAM! A body hit the front of the car and then hit my 
windshield. The windshield 
immediately shattered into a million pieces and blood was everywhere. The man 
had come out so suddenly that I did not even hit the brakes.  

My initial shock and fear was numbing. I immediately jumped from 
the car and took off at full speed thinking of helping the victim. As I was running I come upon one of his 
legs in the gutter. I then started walking feeling really scared and 
frightened. I walked up to the
 body. It was clearly dead: 
dismembered, bloody, clothes and flesh torn, a pile of bones, a pool of flesh 
and blood.

I snapped upon looking at it. I cried and went into a state of hysteria, shock and panic.

  I was thrown into a bodily sensation of estrangement, numbness, and paralysis, a feeling of 
unreality. I experienced a 
neurosis from touching and experiencing death itself.  The overwhelming experience overloaded my central nervous system. I was in a mental state of confusion, denial, passivity; I was unaware of others, and gave the appearance of being unaffected. I started searching for answers, 
explanations, and understandings frantically, and became deeply
 philosophical. Why did this 
happen? What is life? Who am I?

I ask the basic question we all share as humans. 

Like any seventeen-year-old, inventing a public identity challenged me; concerned about my social identity, 
how I looked, appeared and related to others. My family, friends, church and
 community didn’t know what to say, so nothing was said.

Conversations were hidden, disguised and uncomfortable.”

Recurring Breakdowns

“The idea of being of service to my country and society made sense, so 22 days after graduation, I joined the U.S. Army. I served 2 years, 3 months and 10 days.  My search in philosophy exploded, metaphysics and comparative religions became my Passion. In my search for answers I discovered that military power was not a viable
 answer. So, as an enlisted 
soldier, I resigned under the threat of a dishonorable discharge and 20 years 
in Leavenworth. I spent 3
months in the stockade and received an undesirable discharge in lieu of a 
general court marshal.

Immediately following the Army. I entered a highly disciplinary, non-denominational, semi-monastic, Pauline Catholic religious order. A refuge in the 70’s in the 
midst of drugs, rock-n-roll, and free love. This contemplative environment was old, deep and 
profound. Here life was figured 
out for me but my questioning continued.  The exploration of a transcendental self and soul was the focus. Spiritual exercises, direct experience and study the diet of the
community. The central practice of the community was daily communion and 
meditation. On July 26, 1974, I
 was ordained a priest.

The years that followed were traumatic and I continued to suffer from a blindness that produced serious bouts of depression. I felt like I needed to save the world. The mood that pervaded my existence was panic and a fear that at any moment I could be 
annihilated.  During this time my family talked openly between one another about the possibility of my pending suicide. No one saw me as having 
any semblance of peace; I was perturbed, lost in a maniacal fervor to make 
sense of what was happening to me.

In 1984, while working with leading edge stress researchers I was told a story about a nurse who was proficient in all the stress management strategies available, who had committed suicide.  How could some one who knew all the stress management interventions commit suicide? What was missing? In 1984 I was introduced to the work of Fernando Flores. Like
 Wittgenstein’s quote the idea of living in language had never dawned upon me.”

Communicative Competence

We humans belong to language. The human self is immersed in our interpretations of ourselves, others, and our world. In language, we love and hate, we admire and despise, we create enterprises and declare bankruptcies. In
language, we feel foreign in foreign lands and at home among friends. In language, we suffer and exalt and
despair. In language, we receive
the gift of being human. All the
feeling, the thinking, the action, the things of the world as we know it are
given to us in language. Fernando Flores

“Through Flores I was introduced to a new scientific and philosophical foundation of what it means to be human. The authentic thinking at the frontier of the human landscape is attempting to design a new paradigm for 
understanding self and being. A paradigm shift from Cartesian/militaristic
 thought of ‘things and objects’ to ‘beings and becoming,’ a shifting in 
language as ‘describing qualities, characters and reality’ to ‘generating, inventing 
and constituting human actions.’

An awareness of an ‘articulating self’ with new human responsibilities. 

In this community of learning all were welcome and everyone was a beginner learning the dance of autopoiese. Learning was exciting and rigorous. Everyone was legitimate even in 
breakdowns. Yet there was rigor 
and commitment to the process not knowing where it leads. Uncertainty was 
embraced rather than feared.

New distinctions about our identity arise from recurrent patterns of breakdown in a concernful activity. A ‘breakdown’ interrupts the ways of being, breaks the transparency, and frees the familiarity of our existence. Nothing exists except 
through language. So the standard practices, habits of ‘being-in-the-world’ are 
disclosed to us and new distinctions are brought forth.

Ontological reconstruction is becoming a new observer with a new set of distinction in language. The new language of distinctions is: domains of human concerns, breakdowns, discourses, innovations, and 
reconstruction.  Breakdowns serve an extremely important cognitive function, revealing to us the nature of our practices and new design can be created and implemented only in the space that emerges in the recurrent structure of 


Every human act takes place in language. Every act in language brings forth a world created with others in the act of coexistence, which gives rise to what is human. Thus every human
act has ethical meaning because it is an act of constitution of the human
world. This linkage of human to
human is, in final analysis, the groundwork of all ethics as a reflection on
the legitimacy of the presence of others. Humberto Maturana, The Tree of Knowledge

“In this rationalistic tradition we deprecate the body and emotions and blind ourselves to the bodyhood in which we live as human beings and the worldhood co-structured with others. Our living emotions are braided with our language and in our interactions with other human 
beings. This fundamental presence of emotioning in everything that we do 
creates the human culture we experience.

The heart of Maturana’s work for us lies in his understanding of emotions. Emotions are domains of action in living systems. An emotion defines the action ‘at hand’ not the doing. Emotion precedes 
all action. If this is so, human
 relations take place in different emotions.

Not all-human relations are the same kind and human relations will be of a different kind according to the emotion. Social relations are those relations that take place in the domain of love. If you relate with another in the domain of action that constitutes the other as a legitimate other in coexistence with yourself,
 certain thing will happen and other things will not happen.

And, if you treat the other or interact with the other in the domain of action in which you negate the other as a legitimate other in coexistence with yourself, other things are going to

Not all-human relations are social relations. Relations of power are founded on obedience and entail mutual negation
 and self-negation. Whenever you obey,  you do something that you would do; only 
because you want to conserve something else, in that moment, you negate
 yourself.   We speak as if aggressions were a part of social life, its not, it’s a different emotion and it has different consequences.

Emotions are domains of behavior. We live
 daily life in a flow of emotion -

(Humberto Maturana, The Biology of Emotions: Living Together, Language and Biology, Video 1991)


“Is it as St. Thomas Aquinas says that we are a soul embedded in the womb at birth? Or are we humans, like Ivan Petrovich Pavlov says, like dogs we salivate on the ringing of the bell, money, prestige, power, sex, etc. Or, am, I am that I am, determined by my own human 
conversations internally. My world 
has shifted – from the eternal, transcendental self, isolated individual to a 
living biology in action with others.
  Trauma was my wake up call.

After searching philosophy, theology, comparative religions and rendezvousing with God, I found biology. I love autopoiese and what it says to me everyday. This new awareness has brought healing and health in its

As fundamentalism continues to explode before us, and God is used as the source and authority of any and every belief system possible. Biology offers a grounded foundation and a way out of this madness. It points to a reflective self, aware 
of its limits but unleashing new possibilities as a human. – A biology based in 
love – legitimacy in coexistence with others.

Human ecology can only be maintained by understanding how dependent and common we are to one another. 

I was born into the redemptive community but found redemption in my biological origins. The glory of man has become the
 desolation of the earth. The
 scientist-priest-prophet-mystic, Teilhard de Chardin, in a moment of subjective 
reflection became aware that the opaqueness of matter had dissolved and man was 
less an isolated, Olympian, knowing principle than a being in which the 
universe in its evolution became conscious of itself.

Patriarchy is a set of distinctions that have been passed from generation to generation: appropriating, excluding and dominating. A new way of understanding value and ethics is required. The new Summa 
that is presently being written with the help of the theory of autopoiese is 
the Story of Living Systems. A New 
Story, that points us towards an ecological age, where the trees are seen as
our sisters and counted in our census as one of the living.

Our work is to ‘bring forth’ within the context of all human affairs, all professions, occupations and creation of man – subjective intercommunion within the total range of reality. Within this context redemption rhetoric and scientific 
rhetoric can both be seen and a new integral languaging of being and values can 

I have a mood of joyful concern about the future. I have confidence in the continuing revelation occurring in our process of being autopoietic. If the molecular dynamics of the universe from the beginning shaped the course of the heavens, lighted the sun, 
and formed the earth – if the same dynamism brought forth the continents and 
seas and atmosphere, if it awakened life in the primordial cell and then
 brought man into being and guided him safely through a turbulent history – there is no reason to believe that 
this same guiding process (autopoiese) is precisely what has awakened in man 
his present understanding of himself and his relation to this stupendous 

With this story we can awaken in the morning and know where we are. We can answer the questions of our children. We can interpret suffering, integrate knowledge, and guide education. We can have a context 
in which life can function in a meaningful way. We can hasten slowly to recover what was never lost. Across all cultures and all professions 
we want to live, to have variety but cling to tradition, to feel recognized for 
our individuality and liked for who we are. All our fears and anxieties regarding our condition in life
 originate from these sources, the deepest and most universal suffering of 
humans is that which each one carries in the secrecy of his heart and which 
throughout his life compromises his or her actions.

Chapter II – The Theory of Autopoiese

The Roots of Biological Understanding ~ Realization of Living

From the beginning of time immemorial man has been intuitively drawn to understanding himself. The basic distinction was not between body and mind but between body and soul, or body and spirit. These ideas have been expressed through the metaphor of the breath of life. Indeed, the 
etymological roots of “soul’ and “spirit” means “breath” in antique languages.
  The words for “soul” in Sanskrit (atman), Greek (pneuma), and Latin (anima) all
 mean “breath.” The same is true of the word for “spirit” in Latin (spiritus), 
in Greek (psyche), and in Hebrew (ruah). The common sense intuition behind all 
these words is that of soul and spirit as the breath of life. The theory of autopoiese goes far
beyond the rational mind as it includes the entire process of life. Describing it as the breath of life is 
a perfect metaphor.” [1].

Autopoiese is an emerging theory of living systems where cognition, the process of knowing and the process of life are simultaneously brought forth.

Autopoiese is the antithesis of the patriarchal ontological argument of Catholicism. It is not
 a set of objective representations independently existing in a world outside to
 be memorized or understood. It’s devoid of truths, purposes and meaning. It is 
not a set of rules, parts or features that can be rationally grasped, 
understood and argued.  It is a radical and controversial epistemology, concerned about the nature of our knowledge and knowing, that is based in the foundation of biological processes. To experience this process of
Autopoiese one begins a journey of becoming “autopoietic”: a new observer of 
self, reflexive and self-referential versus rational, linear and mechanistic.

The emerging acceptance of the continuity between observer and observed gives increased urgency to the study of how human functioning shapes knowledge and, in particular, how language affects what we think and do. (P.21) Karl Tomm (1989) writes, “we have observed again and again how mental 
phenomena are generated, maintained, and modified through social interaction,
but we cannot explain it. Humberto
Maturana can and that is the reason we attracted to him” (p.8). Tomm also adds, “understanding human
 conversation appears to be at the core of these processes” (p.9). What we are coming to appreciate is 
that words and symbols are as basic to humans as claws and teeth are to animals 
in the jungle. They are as 
consequential and just as “biological.”

Moreover, in this framework, terms that were often viewed as polar opposites, such as thinking and acting, are seen as different sides of the same coin. Language, for example, is 
not separate from action-it is a particular form of action. (P.21) Maturana
(1970, 1984) describes human functioning, including language operations, from a 
biological perspective.  His approach has two advantages. First, he recognizes the inseparability of the observer and observed,
and thus he in tune with recent developments in epistemology, biology, and the
 philosophy of science (see, e.g. Overton, 1984; Thompson, 1987). Second, his theory is made up of 
well-defined and precisely integrated terms. (P.21)

Maturana’s theory of science, epistemology, and living systems is known as structural determinism. It developed out of research with organisms other than human beings. However, the principles of his approach can be extrapolated to the domain of human interaction. In this domain, they provide a sound
 basis for understanding people (p.22).

The basic principles of structure determinism:

•       Living systems are self-creating entities – what Maturana calls “autopoietic.”

•       Science can only study structure-determined entities.

•       Living systems are informationally closed.

•       Keeping “objectivity” in quotation marks reminds us that we manufacture that which we think we know.

•       Fundamentally, life is a purposeless drift.

•       Survival requires maintaining an adequate structural coupling with the medium.

•       All our ostensibly rational systems are based on arational starting premises.

•       Language, biologically speaking, is a specialized form of communal action-it results in the creation of domains of distinction.

Autopoiese suggests that we human beings share a 3.5 billion-year biological history with all living systems. We share biological principles with all living systems: we are structured determined systems, self-generating,  co-structured with the medium, and alive only in present.

We human beings operate as observers; that is, we make distinctions in language. With these distinctions
his examination produces a claim within the “biological discourse” that
cognition and language not only describes an objective reality “out there,” but
also instead is an active process, rooted in our biological structure, by which
we create, invent, generate and constitute our world of experience.

We don’t live in information, descriptions or reality but rather are perturbed or triggered by language or events in our environment. The behavior (changes in 
position or attitude) another observes is a function allowed by the observer’s 
structure/nervous system not by the outside events.  This new interpretation of living systems being self-referential systems that generate internal representations of its interactions with the environment is called autopoietic we are in a continuous dance biologically between our environment and our autonomy.

In this rationalistic patriarchal tradition we deprecate the body and emotions and blind ourselves to the bodyhood in which we live as human beings. Our emotions are braided with our language and in our interactions with other human beings. This fundamental presence of emotions in everything that we 
do connects us with our basic mammalian and primate biological history. This is 
not a limitation to our humanity, but, on the contrary, is our condition of
possibility as human beings.

“All doing is knowing and all knowing is doing.”

“Everything said is said by someone.”

Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela

Living systems are closed systems and all of our thinking, feeling and doing reflects our internal structure responding to and activated by our environment, the medium surrounding us.  Living is simply a reflection of our structure within a medium or environment. This is true for bacteria and all life and it is true for you because you are
 biological.  The way to deal with this simple biological truth, right now, is 
not to try to refute it or totally understand it.  Just dwell in it as a question that needs care, nurturing and feeding. Could this be so? External triggers in our
 environment or medium activate our internal responses; it pushes our buttons 
like a machine. When you think 
about your life what do you see for yourself?

Whatever it is, arises from and lives within your structure and is triggered by events in your life. The environment or medium releases, or calls forth, a behavior, but does 
not determine them.

  Perception (seeing) does not involve taking in an event or thing; analyzing or trying to understand it (knowing); and then acting 
accordingly.  Rather, perception and knowing are not representations of reality; they are a reflection in action of what you
 as a mechanism see, understand, or do.
  In short, perception is structurally determined.

Imagine for a moment that you are a fifteenth century Italian. If you stood on a beach in Genoa and watched a sailboat adventurously sail off into the distance, getting smaller and smaller, what would happen? If you had a friend on the boat, you’d panic because you’d
perceive that the boat would fall off the edge of the earth and your friend 
would perish. Your perception is 
real enough for you, as your sweaty palms would indicate. What you wouldn’t see is that your 
common sense of the time embodied in your structure. Your structure would act consistent with your beliefs.

A modern example reinforces the point. Do you love to watch sunsets? I do. Poems, songs, romance, and peaceful endings to summer days of joy – all of this comes up for me at sunset. The only problem with this is that for four hundred years we have known that the
 sun does not set. It stays where
 it is the earth turns and the sun never rises or sets. Yet the next time you see a sunset, I
 guaranteed that you will see it set.
  Your old romantic structure will tell you so.

If you want to change yourself, you have to change your structurally determined responses, not alter your environment. Our tendencies to blame others or play the victim are threatened. If your responses are determined by your structure, and if your structure is developed 
in your past, then at any given moment you are doing only and exactly what your 
past allows. This gives a 
biological basis for compassion and respect for others and myself. We are not destined to repeat our 
history, we chose to, by what we say and do.

As a human being our cognition acts as a listening deterministic structure within the musical instrument we call universe. Our mathematics and poetry are the reflection we listen to as the echoes of the entire universe. We are unable to disclose more than a fragment of “what is” in our most exalted moments. Today, the quantitative aspects of our knowledge or the epistemological concerns of our knowing, we have forgotten the deeper psychic dimensions of our living history that activated our current awareness, 
captivate us.

 Poetry and the depths of soul presence in our lives emerge in our living together because the inner form of mountains, oceans, forests,
animals and sky activate depth awareness in humans.  Such profound feelings and emotions are personal and individuated and hint a destiny of mutual evocation of mountains, animal, world. Depth communication of 
primordial existence is the reality at the foundation of all being.  As humans we give voice to our most 
exalted and terrible feelings because we find ourselves bonded and immersed in
 a universe filled with such awesome realities.

Surrounding universe activates the inner depth of each individuated being in the universe. Take for instance the monarch butterfly. Climbing out of a pupal shell, stretching its wings in the drying sunlight, what other than the voices of the 
universe can this butterfly rely upon for guidance? It must make a journey that
 will cover territory filled with both dangers and possibilities, none of which 
has been experienced before. To 
rely on its own personal experience or knowledge would be a disaster for the
butterfly. Instead it finds itself 
surrounded by voices of the past, of other insects, of the wind and rain and the leaves of the trees.

Through the bonding and listening in interaction a precise pathway is disclosed moment to moment. The monarch butterfly has little if they confront any individual awareness of the difference between beneficial winds and dangerous winds until 
it in reality.  The winds speak to the butterfly, the taste of the water speaks to the butterfly, and the shape of the leaf speaks to the butterfly and offers guidance that resonates with the 
cognitive wisdom encoded in the determined structure of being a monarch 
butterfly.  Such communication takes place beneath the level of language in the spirit or breath of life itself. The source of guidance is 
both within and without and the universe acts as a singular listening as the 
nature of being itself.

The capacity within human awareness to hear and respond to the spontaneities of the universe was deeply developed by primal peoples of every continent. In order to approach this genius we need to recognize the vast diversity of their cultural 
expressions an insistence on establishing a close relationship with the psychic 
depths of the universe. Their aim 
was a life in resonant participation with the rhythms of reality. For this reasons the drum became their
primary instrument. The drum was 
part of their sacred techniques for orchestrating the unity of the
 human/universe dance.

The adventure and experience within the universe depends upon our capacity to hear. Why do we enjoy art, poetry and songs? Why do we look forward to visiting nature and experience beauty?  What do we get from these encounters where we shut down the robotic madness of modern 
culture and listen, reflect and still the maniacal ghostly voices of our monkey 
mind of dualistic emotional contradictions and double binds in a swept along blind historic drift?

[1] Web of Life, Capra, 1996 p265-266

A Lebanese belly dancer has placed herself at the center of a cross-border war of words after performing at a French musical festival with an Israeli metal band, and brandishing the Israeli and Lebanese flags.

Johanna Fakhry, 22, says she can’t return to her homeland following threats from her family and compatriots for appearing on stage with the band Orphaned Land in front of 90,000 fans at the Hellfest festival last month in Clisson, France.

“Salute to Johanna Fakhry to have the courage to work for Israel-Lebanon Peace process”.


Need of the hour is to work on Israel-Iran Peace process

What needs to be addressed is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Nations around the world. Collateral damage of wars around the world is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in societies.

To subdue the enemy without fighting is the supreme excellence.” – Sun Tzu

US should stay in the shadows and Russia should lead the negotiation with Iran and maybe Russia will deliver the peace process.

Secondly, we never put an embargo on people of Iran, this will result in various factions developing hate against US and Israel. This can be avoided.

Cold war is over, 911 is the strategic inflection point. Let Russians lead the Israel-Iran peace process.

The Middle East is rabid against United States.

The best center forward is Mr Putin ie Russians who leads the first round of Israel-Iran peace process negotiations.

In the second round of Israel-Iran peace process negotiations Indians should be on the team with Russians or Indians lead with Russians.

Think about it.


Recent kidnapping of E. Kaspersky’s son has once again reminded: be careful when talking about yourself on the Internet. Criminals have found a guy on information in social network: they know the address of his work and home, where he studies and rests, tentative schedule…

“Due to World Wide Web, it is possible to learn about you everything, since with whom you communicate, and finishing an account number in bank”, – Roman Romachev, the president of the business intelligence company, is assured.

Plain to see

A&F: – Roman, where you can gather information on a person?

Roman Romachev – the president and the founder of the group of companies. Reserve officer of FSB. In security and business intelligence sphere he has been occupied for more than 12 years. The author of the articles, software products for business intelligence and business security.

R.R.: – People use different Internet services – sites of government departments, social networks, mass media, and place announcements. For example, on the site of the tax office it is possible to check up transport or property tax debts and so to make sure that a person has a car, an apartment, a summer residence. On announcement sites you may see whether a person sells something – so you know what he owns and his cell number. In social networks you can find information on circle of contacts, work, and family pictures. On job search sites you can find resumes with the information on places of work, study, contacts. It is often that resumes are open, so employers could see them. So you can gather quite an extensive dossier. It is not a secret that court enforcement officers find debtors through social networks.

Everyone may turn to a business intelligence agency. Often request is to find information on a doctor – a client is going to be operated and wants to be sure in his surgeon. We check doctor’s qualification, responses. The same concerns teachers, nannies, tutors. Frequent clients are employers checking potential employees. That is not only firms that are looking for a top manager. Even a cleaning lady may have access to information that is a commercial secret. Many employers want to be sure that a candidate wrote in his resume actual information about his place of study and work; they want to know his circle of contacts. Second category of customers – bank’s security departments and other financial structures. Businessmen are checking on potential partners. Once we had an order from Americans. A rich Russian proposed them some interesting projects. We’ve found out that he served time in jail for fraud and then he changed his last name and have begun a new life.


A&F: – Is it often that deception is revealed?

By the way
- In Singapore there is a site where you can find data about owners of any company.
- In the USA you may find out whether a person was involved in administrative or criminal liability just by using special search system. In the Internet you may see salaries of American state officers.
- More than 50% of British are dreaming of deleting information about themselves form the Net. 35% confessed that without any thinking of the circumstances, they were placing compromising facts.

R.R.: – About 20% of people who being checked on, try to hide some information. Exaggerate their importance on previous work, or holds back about administrative or criminal liability, bought diplomas are being revealed. There was an interesting case: a major politician asked to find out what his girlfriend represents. With the help of social networks we contacted with her, made a friendship, were chatting about a month and even met. As a result all information on her, including intimate character, became accessible to us, as has been reported to the customer.

An Italian made a check on his Russian fiancée with our help. It was revealed that she had a fake passport.

A&F: – What kind of information you should never reveal in social networks?

R.R.: – The most important – is our children safety. Be careful with whom they communicate in the Web, whom they add as friends. Give them advice not to register under their real names; it is better to use nicknames. Don’t write your age, place of work, study. The information is often used by pedophiles and other criminals. And for adults it is better to use a nickname, either. Don’t place pictures where everyone can see you apartment, car, children and relatives, – some day it may become a bargaining chip in the wrong hands. If your account is closed, it does not crack the problem. Although it is a crime, but there are people who offer these services.