Our private investigators, from armed forces-intelligence services-business-academia, will convincingly add value to customers and clients with positive terra firma ambitions for years ahead – and, not only in their own countries, albeit worldwide, which is our factual modus vivendi: A Global Private Finance and Business Investigator, specializing in international industrial undercover work and counterindustrial espionage, including advanced Technical Surveillance CounterMeasures (TSCM) and computer forensics.
As noted in a Walhallen Intelligence / Private Investigator Estimate Report: "The hostile intelligence threat to corporate / company computer systems is magnified by the enormous growth in the number and power of computers, the vast amount of data contained in them, as well as dismal Internet security measures. Computers multiply hugely the information to which a single individual may obtain access, hence the vast risk. For businesses, as well as for private individuals, we design, customize and implement encryption communications and storage software; 100% unbreakable.
Rise of the incognito Internet does not imply that the maxim of "nothing to hide, nothing to fear" should apply to Internet security... The peculiar psychology of code-breaking often involves one genius trying to work out what another genius has done, at times resulting in the most appalling carnage. To break a code - or the most abstrusive cryptogram, even for an experienced private detective / private investigator - is to extend a hand to grasp the sky and hope to catch a bird.
“Trade follows the flag,” declared Cecil Rhodes, and as globalization forces many companies to move strategic assets abroad, even to another continent – terra nullius / no man’s land, there is a need to be en garde, if not actually aux armes. However, the Mafia - the Mob - the Cosa Nostra - the Camorra - the 'Ndrangheta - the Yakuza, and other criminal groups are cunning, no more.
Formidable as they might be, Mafia button-men do not have the intelligence training of a professional private detective/private investigator, and are tabby cats next to panthers in this particular jungle. As private detective-s/private investigator-s we combat these daggers with inflexible determination, however, given the Underworld's predilection for deception, unique situations acquaint us with som strange bedfellows.
In contacts with these, and other monstra horrendum - before contacting private investigators / private detectives - I would paraphrase Theodore Roosevelt: "Speak softly, but carry a big stick." Often, when you want adult behavior, treat people like babies; while we believe humans are rational, their behavior is constantly the opposite.
To be beaten by one of your own is not as bad as be beaten by a foreign one, however, and roaring like a mouse, fighting like a flea singing “Give me your arm, old toad; Help me down Cemetary Road” would make us appear useful idiots. A proper attitude can turn a burden to a blessing, a trial to a triumph. Johann Wolfgang on Goethe would have expressed it as: "Unglück ist auch gut."
Being part of a diaspora in dire straits, one can be comfortable imagining existing alongside an independent judiciary rather than in a smash’n grab society – Raubwirtschaft. However, possession is nine tenths of the law, and with foreign officials reasoning – “I am with my brother against a cousin, and with my cousin against a stranger”, many bona fide intentions will be jeopardized.
Growth and developing economies hide a thousand sins, and with the cruel clarity afforded by distance, you might realize you have interests rather than friends. For example, the recent murder of a middle-aged (41 year-old) British businessman – supposedly Aston Martin’s representative in Beijing – and a close friend of one of China’s fourteen most powerful politicians (Bo Xilai-now imprisoned), adds an international dimension to this country’s most serious political upheaval in two decades, and exposes uncomfortable truths about how business and politics are conducted in the world’s second-largest economy.
In this area of the world your enemy's enemy is probably your enemy too. A friendly feeling does not equalize a friendly intent; alas, often au contraire, a hostile intent blends very well with a friendly feeling. Always use international, experienced private detective-s / private investigator-s in developing / transition economy countries when you need fast, accurate and reliable CCCI [Control-Command-Communication-Intelligence]. There are effective and efficient bureaus beyond Walhallen - that we can recommend - for a great many lesser undertakings.
Too tough a bargaining for low private detective / private investigator retainer fees could cost you dearly, indeed - nota bene! - more precious things. Free armchair advice is always rich and plentiful.
The verb corrumpere means destroy in Latin, and having seen that [corruption], as plaintiffs’ private investigator in commercial and criminal courts numerous times, we agreed to co-found The International Intelligence Institute of Commerce (www.wiiic.org). The Principal Investigator of WIIIC welcomes any information of corruption, grand thefts, miscarriages of justice etc. “Shame and silence are cousins” – right?
The Institute will be able to provide unbiased Independent Business Resolutions’ Schemes - lightening the burden of courts, prosecutors, lawyers, accountants, who often miss the “red flags” that private investigators detect - as well as carry out Forensic Audits and Impairment Tests; and this in addition to hosting an academic research and education group focusing on Intellectual Property and Patented Technology.
The Romans used to assess situations metaphorically, e g: Cum catapultae proscripta erunt, tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt – "When catapults are outlawed, only outlaws will have catapults." Their reasoning implies “rules replace common sense and reason."
In a fair and just society, with archaic European and American legal practices – often hiding behind procedure – and an international institutional machinery that grinds along at a pace that would shame snails, preparedness is the key to success and victory. Western governments also often “piggy-back” on existing national investigations rather than undertake their own probes, creating “double jeopardy” by triggering separate prosecutions of the same case in different jurisdictions.
You learn in my business there aren't any rules, whether in corporate or child custody cases, divorce or alimony cases; you are dealing with infinitely variable factors - the human heart and mind. My role is not to have a formula, and not to take one single thing for granted. It is my business to know what other people do not know ... in particular regarding:
-corporate and international fraud, proof and accounting documentation, court preparations, taxes/VAT- calculations, general surveillance, debt collection and close personal protection.
-internet security, computer forensics and cryptography (the latter meaning "secret writing" in Greek).
-matrimonial affairs - divorce, child custody, infidelity and alimony.
There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times; albeit, to a great mind nothing is little, and the humbler of our private detective / private investigator clients are usually the more interesting. Characterizing sought-after information as elementary does not, of course, imply that it is easy to get or even that it is a simple matter.
As a private detective / private investigator since many years - in search of evidence and the truth - I prefer to begin at the beginning. Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore it is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that we should dwell.
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Is there an unquestionable Logic, an absolute Evidence or a perfect Truth? The estimation of a theory is not simply determined by its truth. It also depends upon the importance of its subject, and the extent of its applications; beyond which something must still be left to the arbitrariness of human opinion.
In one respect, the science of logic differs from all others; the perfection of its method is chiefly valuable as an evidence of the speculative truth of its principles. To supersede the employment of common reason, or to subject it to the rigour of technical forms, would be the last desire of one who knows the value of that intellectual toil and warfare which imparts to the mind an athletic vigour, and teaches it to contend with difficulties and to rely upon itself in emergencies.
That which renders logic possible, is the existence in our minds of general notions, - our ability to conceive of a class, and to designate its individual members by a common name. The theory of logic is thus intimately connected with that of language. A successful attempt to express logical propositions by symbols, the laws of whose combinations should be founded upon the laws of the mental processes which they represent, would, so far, be a step towards a philosophical language.
Regarding logic as a branch of philosophy, and defining philosophy as the “science of a real existence,” and “the research of causes,” and assigning as its main business the investigation of the “why”, while mathematics display only the “that”, we contend, not simply, that the superiority rests with the study of logic.
The pursuits of the mathematician, or the technician, “have not only not trained him to that acute scent,” to that delicate, almost instinctive, tact which, in the twilight of probability, the search and discrimination of its finer facts demand; they have gone to cloud his vision, to indurate his touch, to all but the blazing light, the iron chain of demonstration, and left him out of the narrow confines of his science, to a passive credulity in any premises, or to an absolute incredulity in all.
It is an important observation, which has more than once been made, that it is one thing to arrive att correct premises, and another thing to deduce logical conclusions, and that the business of life depends more upon the former than upon the latter. The study of the exact sciences may teach us the one, and it may give us some general preparation of knowledge and of practice for the attainment of the other, but it is to the union of thought with action, in the field of Practical Logic, the arena of Human Life, that we are to look for its fuller and more perfect accomplishment.
If we want to study the problems of truth and falsehood, of the agreement and disagreement of propositions with reality, of the nature of assertion, assumption and question, we shall with great advantage look at primitive forms of language in which these forms of thinking appear without confusing background of highly complicated processes of thought.
When we look at such simple forms of language, the mental mist which seems to enshroud our ordinary use of language disappears. We see activities, reactions, which are clear-cut and transparent. On the other hand we recognize in these simple processes forms of language not separated by a break from our more complicated ones. We see that we can build up the complicated forms from the primitive ones by gradually adding new forms.
We investigate whether e g “Brick” means the same in the primitive language as it does in ours; and then this goes with our contention that the simpler language is not therefore an incomplete form of the more complicated one. We make it plain that words have the meanings we give them, and that it would be a confusion to think of an investigation into their real meaning.
If you have not distinguished between a language and a notation, you may hardly see any difference between following a language and following a notation. But in that case you may well be unclear about the difficulties in connection with the relation between language and logic. Much of all this can be answered by emphasizing that speaking and writing belong to intercourse with other people. The signs get their life there, and that is why the language is not just a mechanism.
What is the meaning of a word? Let us attack this question by asking, first, what is an explanation of the meaning of a word; what does the explanation of a word look like? The way this question helps us is analogous to the way the question “how do we measure a length?” helps us to understand “what is length?”
Asking first “What’s an explanation of meaning?” has two advantages. You in a sense bring the question “what is meaning?” down to earth. For, surely, to understand the meaning of “meaning” you ought also to understand the meaning of “explanation of meaning”.
What one generally calls “explanations of the meaning of a word” can, very roughly, be divided into verbal and ostensive definitions. If the definition explains the meaning of a word, surely it can’t be essential that you should have heard the word before. It is the ostensive definition’s business to give it a meaning.
I point this out to remove, once and for all, the idea that the words of the ostensive definition predicate something of the defined; the confusion is grave between the sentence “this is criminal”, attributing the [culpable] etiquette to some human behaviour or act, and the ostensive definition “this is called criminal”.
Giving a reason for something one did or said means showing a way which leads to this action. At this point, however, another confusion sets in, that between reason and cause. One is led into this confusion by the ambiguous use of the word “why”. This when the chain of reasons has come to an end and still the question “why” is asked, one is inclined to give a cause instead of a reason.
The difference between the grammars of “reason” and “cause” is quite similar to that between the grammars of “motive” and “cause”. Of the cause one can say that one can not know it but can only conjecture it. For a private detective / private investigator this is of vital importance de jure!
The double use of the word “why”, asking for the cause and asking for the motive, together with the idea that we can know, and not only conjecture, our motives, gives rise to the confusion that a motive is a cause of which we are immediately aware, a cause ‘seen from the inside’, or a cause experienced. Giving a reason is like giving a calculation by which you have arrived at a certain result.
Instead of “craving for legal generality” I could also have said “the contemptuous attitude towards the particular case”. If, e g, someone tries to explain the concept of number and tells us that such and such a definition will not do or is clumsy because it only applies to, say, finite cardinals I should answer that the mere fact that he could have given such a limited definition, of for example a crime sequence, makes this definition extremely important to us. (Elegance is not what we are trying for as truth seekers.)
Philosophy, as we use the word, is a fight against the fascination which forms of expression exert upon us. Many questions can be raised. Socrates asked: “What is knowledge?” Saint Augustine asked: “What is time?” We ask: “How can we hang a thief who does not exist?” One answer to the latter can, by a private detective – private investigator, be put in this form: “We can not hang him when he does not exist, but we can look for him when he does not exist.”
Our investigative method is purely descriptive; the descriptions we give are not hints of explanations. Think of words as instruments characterized by their use [...] “It is no act of insight which makes us use the rule-s as we do,” because there is an idea that ‘something must make us’ do what we do. And this again joins on to the confusion between cause and reason. We need have no reason to follow the rules as we do. The chain of reasons has an end.
Many pundits will say, no doubt, please use the language of the law, [that] “to make out your case”. This may be the practice in law, but it is not the usage of reason. My ultimate object is only the truth. Reason feels its way, in its search for the true.
Many find it sagacious to echo the small talk of lawyers, who, for the most part, content themselves with echoing the rectangular precepts of the courts. I would here observe that very much of what is rejected as evidence by a court is the best evidence to the intellect. For the court, guided itself by the general principles of evidence – the recognised and booked principles – is averse from swerving at particular instances.
Do we have a revolutionary, or evolutionary, true justice; or the "Absolute paradox of excessive cleverness?" All professions are a conspiracy against the laity, and one way that conspiracy manifests itself, especially amongst lawyers, is in the use of jargong, so that outsiders cannot follow what is going on. Another tendency is to belittle the contribution that other professionals, more or less intelligent, make. In order to eradicate "inconvenient truths" we might fall back on a kind of nominal legalism, in which the law is less protecting the citizenry than being an instrument of power.
You can be too profound. Truth is not always in a well. In fact, as regards the more important knowledge, I do believe that she is invariably superficial. The depth lies in the valleys where we seek the truth, and not upon the mountain-tops where the truth is found.
Investigating serious crime and fraud globally, I can not abstain from reflecting over that a man is not what he does so much as what he is allowed to do; otherwise what would each of us not do to change the world and our lives...
The future will tell us what to do; more than ever we live for the moment, and no amount of looking back or forward offers any explanation or guide, only a wall of impenetrable darkness.
As the famous Swedish chancellor Axel Oxenstierna told his son during the seventeenth-century Thirty Years War: "You see, my son, by how little wisdom the world is ruled."
Appearing positive is, though, as always, a self-serving argumentum e silentio.
(There are excerpts from The Ethics herein.)
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Modern business and private lives are complex, and many sang-froid judges realize not even they are equipped to parse the facts; proximity to real power, though, is intoxicating – and misplaced pride melts away. Retaining an International Private Investigator should be a “game-changer” – levelling the playing field; not looking sheepish – without proof or evidence.