posted on Oct, 16 2018 @ 10:03 AM
They are concept-mapping.
They are downloading all your contacts, and especially your phone and text histories, along with your choice of apps.
The EU & US are paying them to do this, and of course share the maps generated with NZ. But it's really of value to the traveller's home state.
Organized crime, from drug cartels to gypsy families to ISIS, are so insidious because of their secret organization. When customs downloads all your
contacts, their computer maps all your social relationships; giving them a list of the contacts you have in common with criminal organizations.
-when a terrorist is about to act, he "drops out" of his own social network and his calendar. So imagine a guy who has frequent phone calls with a
guy in his hometown (say, Detroit). He calls his gramma in Hoboken every Tuesday. And takes a toll road to work at a pharma factory 5 days a week.
Then suddenly he doesn't call his gramma or his only friend, and doesn't go to work. Instead he rents a truck and drives it to his work, after hours
on a weekend. Then he drives the truck toward Washington DC, 24/7, only stopping for gas, not even stopping to buy food. He only places one
call---to someone he has never called before. Then stops in a residential neighborhood in Indianapolis at the home of this stranger, who just dropped
out of HIS own network. Together the two of them are driving nonstop to Washington DC.....
That's the kind of pattern they are looking for.
The other thing that criminal organizations do is find obscure phone social apps with a chat function that isn't logged. They can hold conversations
in there that will disappear from the net when they log off. With spoofing, they can each log in as other users to confuse the authorities even more.
So what are the odds that on five different flights from 5 different countries, on the same day, 5 different tourists who are all refugees from Kosovo
all fly in to NZ, and they all use the ETSY chat function at the same time from different countries?
Hawala banking is often conducted through chat rooms like etsy and Call of Duty.
The customs police are interested in you because, if you have absolutely no connections to criminals, the can use your data to build a "network of
exclusion"--people not connected to criminals.
but they can also use your clean record to build a baseline of expected behavior for your criminal connections. If you are sonny soprano's niece, and
he calls you whenever he flies through Chicago O'Hare airport, then the cops know this is just a family visit. But if sonny flies through Chicago
Without calling you, then it wasn't a vacation, and they know to watch uncle sonny when his plan lands in Las Vegas tonight...
So if you are law biding, knowing your networks helps the cops track their quarry....