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Embarrassment or Dirty Dealing Discovery – the Real Reason for Secret Trials

Cameron, Blair, Brown and Straw – The Real Reason for Secret Trials

Embarrassing Smiles Cover Up Secrets and Lies

Tony Blair and Jack Straw

Tony Blair and Jack Straw

Jack Straw may have been “embarrassed” when he abolished his plans to abolish secret inquests which would have covered up his and Blair’s secret dealings over the euphemistically named extraordinary renditions (a.k.a. kidnappings and torture) that he initially claimed not to have done.

He may have been embarrassed about his son getting done in a tabloid sting for dope selling although his continued usage of the substance seems to have passed him by.

He may also have been embarrassed about being caught out for hiding the truth about using fake reasons to start the illegal war in Iraq.

Discovery and Personal Guilt

Embarrassment is not it though.  The real reason is our discovery of Straw & Blair’s hypocritical dealings over wars and torture, kidnap and illegal detention without trial, things that Straw’s government, and now our own coalition one, seek to hide.  That’s a deep guilt.

Was it guilt over the knowledge that as he was the head of an unaccountable web of spies, they were doing everything that any free democratic nation would naturally think abhorrent?

Or was it guilt over authorising these abhorrences to civilised behaviour?  Perhaps he knew that in 2005 the US was training already designated terrorists, in terrorism, on their own soil?

Extraordinary rendition, U.S. style

Extraordinary rendition, U.S. (and U.K!!) style

That’s the special relationship for ya!   Straw brought in the US-UK one-sided extradition agreement in 2003.  The following yearhe and Blair were found out to have started the war in Iraq on false pretences.  There then followed the endless investigations that dragged on for so long that folks forgot what they were about.

A collusion between the military, the law and politics from the establishment, designed to legally obfuscate by the dreary analysis of the minutiae of the webs of illegality they’d hatched?

We now find out, in the same year, 2004, that Straw and Blair were (supposedly) in government, Fatima Bouchar and her husband, Abdel Hakim Belhaj were captured, bound in gaffa tape (her eyelid bound open for 17 hours during this process), kidnapped and transported to a foreign power (Libya) where they were tortured and imprisoned for seven years.

Straw said he knew nothing, so what exactly was he paid for?  Was he a stooge, a calm reassuring personae, quietly acquiescing to misdeeds on the grandest of scales in exchange for lifelong protection and a nice pension?

Abdel is now in the ruling government of Libya, having fought and beaten Gaddhafi, with The West’s help, let’s not forget….

See: Special report: Rendition ordeal that raises new questions about secret trials.  This is the story of their imprisonment, and the trail of evidence that reveals the involvement of the British government.  It’s all there.  Detailed.  How Straw and Blair either instigated or permitted this to happen.

Cover Up Illegal Government Work by Invoking Secret Trials, “in the national interest”!

Killer Drone Aircraft

Killer Drone Aircraft

It’s all true.  Our own (and the US) secret services kidnapped and transported innocents from our own and foreign soils to foreign powers.  This was all done without the intervention of a judge, without court orders and in many cases (those in Guantanamo Bay for instance), without any immediate or subsequent trial.  They’re still doing it!

Bush, Cheney, Obama, Blair - their handiwork

Bush, Cheney, Obama, Blair – their handiwork – it is estimated that >3ooo civilians have been killed by drones

The only difference between the recent actions of Jack Straw, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Blunket, Teresa May, Ken Clarke & David Cameron, and the historical actions of Joseph Stalin, Chairman Mao and Adolf Hitler are that in the former, there’s been no trial and the people are still alive, and in the latter there were usually show or peremptory trials usually followed by immediate execution.

Stalins Handiwork

Stalins Handiwork

Though life is precious, today’s innocents (innocent unless proven guilty, remember) may have at times wished they were dead.

One man’s been locked up since just after Jack Straw brought in the extradition deal with the US…! He’s now destined for transport to the USA and has been in solitary confinement here, without trial, for 8 years!  Murderers get less than that!  His crime was to host an anti-American website using a US-based host.

Killer Drone Pilots

Killer Drone Pilots

This is a bit like me.

  • I hate much of what the USA & UK does in the name of freedom, because plainly, it’s not.
  • I hate the undemocratic, illegal processes that the US and UK have done in the past (and now it appears are continuing to do) with a passion.
  • This website is hosted in the USA (Dallas, Texas, to be exact).

Can I expect a knock on the door and to be gaffa-taped off to solitary soon?  Probably not, because I don’t promote war, in fact, it’s an abhorrence.

Meanwhile, thousands of civilians die in US drone attacks while a lawyer for the victims is mysteriously prevented from gaining a visa because of “technical difficulties”!

Terrorist Distractions

Haditha Killings - US marines get away with murder

Haditha Killings – US marines get away with murder

Let’s not get distracted by today’s news that the European Court of Human Rights has allowed the extradition of a few “terror suspects” to be extradited to the USA though.

Killer Drone Pilot Control - the hand of death.

The targets have no chance to surrender, and the Afghan government has raised concerns. The drone strikes are dubbed ”Kill TV” or ”Taliban TV” because soldiers watch live video feeds of bombs and missiles detonating, with one source admitting it is uncomfortable viewing: ”You can see everything.”

Because the real devilish forces, whereby a supposedly civilised country like the United Kingdom can kidnap and torture with impunity, still exist.  Pregnant Fatima Bouchar was not a terrorist and nor was her husband.  Their terrifying ordeal at the hands of our secret service stands testament to that.

The Real Targets - our own freedoms

The Real Targets – our own freedoms

Even worse, our own dear whiter-than-white freedom-loving governments have now been found to have colluded in the kidnap, lied about having knowledge of the kidnap, and now seek to cover up any further public knowledge of this and other kidnaps (and worse, perhaps?) under the guise of “national security”.

These are the real devils in our midst.  They are the real terrorists.  Under false pretexts they continue to bomb civilians with drones and kidnap and torture those they can’t kill.  Though from different political persuasions, successive governments draft laws cover up the previous one’s actions.

What an evil nasty bunch they are.     Cameron and his crowing cohorts are just the latest in a long line.

 

Meanwhile,

  • MPs and judges can retire to fully indexed-linked pensions,   unlike the rest of the public sector workers who have been recently brutalised and scape-goated in the press for the thieving behaviour of gambling banker-politicians.
  • MPs and judges are protected from harm by the very secret services they’ve steered and governed while the rest of us are made
  •  to feel fear at home, where none exists
  • to feel loathed abroad, when we have done nothing

All due to the evil machinations of these few folk.

The Real Reason for Secret Trials and Internet Censorship

At least we can all now see the real reason for last week’s push for secret trials by Cameron and the ConDems – to cover up our government’s hypocritical, illegal, criminal, actions.

In future, all reporting of these actions will naturally be curtailed when the internet is thoroughly locked down and all we’ll be able to see will be tits, bums and football interspersed with Simon Cowell same-songs and holiday-home recipes of the day.  Everything will be like the front page of the Daily Mail website.  Some freedom, eh?

Question:  Why Pictures of Drones and Dead Innocents, Yet not many Kidnaps?

A. Simple.    It’s the same mentality of person that sends in the drones to kill innocents as kidnaps innocents.  In fact, it’s the same people.  They stand there smiling on our TVs, in suits, with the appropriate amount of gravitas dependant on the situation.

The real devils in our midst.  The real terrorists.

 

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UK Judges See Terror Sense

Freedom and the Law

In stark contrast to the US which still insists on draconian measures against people thought to be bad (the lowest of the low Rumsfeld called them), the UK has had a landmark ruling for common sense in a democratic, freedom-loving country.

Nine Law Lords have unanimously ruled it was unfair for any individual to be kept in ignorance of a legal case against them.(see news item here)

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Terror suspects win legal battle

I won’t bother labouring the point, so here’s what the nine judges said about imprisonment without trial or any knowledge of the case or evidence against one.  This law was progressively implemented by out nice Labour government under Blair-Brown, finally being nailed down by wacky backy Jacqui Smith.  If ever there were a bigger bunch of folk blind to the realities of democratic freedom and liberty, then they don’t exist except in the USA.

A trial procedure can never be considered fair if a party to it is kept in ignorance of the case against him (…) If the wider public are to have confidence in the justice system, they need to be able to see that justice is done rather than being asked to take it on trust.
The best way of producing a fair trial is to ensure that a party to it has the fullest information of both the allegations that are made against him and the evidence relied upon in support of those allegations  (…)  the slow creep of complacency must be resisted.    If the rule of law is to mean anything, it is in cases such as these that the court must stand by [legal] principle.   It must insist that the person affected be told what is alleged against him.

The last highlighted bit has been part of English (and most other) Law for millenia.  It’s only this Labour lot who forgot it.  Oh!  And Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot etc…  I didn’t though, see here.

Torture

In another piece of news today, we see that six London coppers have been suspended, accused of torture.  This is good, the application of law to everyone no matter their status.  It’s the mark of a free society, certainly more open and freer for many a month.  Now investigations and justice must plough their furrows.  It’s what we do, but at least it’s being done!  Similarly with the MP expenses ferago.  No-one should be above the law.

Well?

I await the outcomes of all this with bated breath.  Has there been a real change or will it be another Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction whitewash?  I’m 52% positive actually.

The two main protagonists, Blair and Brown, are now withered grapes on a vine.  I sense new shoots of egalitarian pragmatism in the country.  Blair seems to be doing religious cartoons and Brown’s finest hour approaches as he locks down MPs into a solid framework of pay that the public will hopefully trust.

A secondary hope would be for the citizens of the USA to turn on Cheney, still pushing the ‘torture – good!’ message from his millionaire’s mansion, steeped in the blood and money of Iraq.  I doubt it, but there’s always hope that the reality of his evil actions will make themselves plain.  Maybe, ‘keep him talking – he’ll hang himself eventually’ is a good mantra for now.

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Obama’s Been Got

@AmazonHigh Hopes Replaced by Low Expectations

It’s the torture, see?

UK

In the UK, when Blair was first elected Prime Minister, the people in the country had such high hopes.  There were promises of an ‘end to sleaze’ and an ‘ethical foreign policy’.

@AmazonSince those heady few weeks in the UK;

  • We’ve had years of subterfuge and an erosion of freedoms on an unprecedented scale except perhaps following the Norman Conquest or during the purges of the Tudor period.
  • We’ve had the mysterious deaths of civil servants and the accession to kidnap and torture at the behest of our allies.
  • We have had an endless catalogue of tales of personal aggrandisement by our elected representatives gorging at the trough of the public purse.
  • We’ve had financial waste and mis-management on a staggering scale.

So much for an end to sleaze.  So much for an ethical foreign policy.  John Smith and Robin Cook will be turning in their graves.

USA

And now in the USA, Obama has been suckered into the establishment line.  It’s only taken 100 days – wow, 3 and a half years left!  We had two stories about torture in rapid succession and various recent commentaries, notably from the biggest winner of the Iraq war, Dick Cheney.  Talk about personal gain…?

  • Firstly, torture was supposed to have been small scale, but effective.  It got the results, apparently.
  • Secondly, torture on some individuals was used hundreds of times. This also got results, apparently.

Now call me thick, but if someone ‘needs’ to be tortured hundreds of times, it’s not very effective, is it?

This means the victims were tortured for pleasure, because the two statements above are mutually exclusive – they can’t both be right!

Now, I’d like to say ‘bizarrely’,  but given past history from our democratic elected representatives into a society awash with vested interests, it’s got to be ‘not unexpectedly’, Obama isn’t doing anything about the perpetrators or instigators of these crimes against humanity.  It’s all being swept under the nice new carpet.

Obama has been suckered into the corporate establishment….  So;

  • Torture?  OK!
  • Personal and Corporate governance and financial accountability?  No way!
  • Greenhouse gases?  Love ’em!
  • Same old car companies?  Of course!
  • Surely the people won’t have to pay for corporate greed and mismanagement will they?   Of course they will!

It’s downhill all the way now.

@AmazonLets not forget that the whole Vietnam war fiasco was started and expanded under the Democratic administrations of Kennedy and Johnson?  Carpet bombing?  Napalm?   Democrats!

So welcome to the brave new world of flying drones in their thousands bombing civilians far away (death by computer game, anyone?).  Where government psychopaths are allowed to roam unchecked, stuffing their pockets with cash all the while.

I hope all the US voters who each chipped in their 100 dollar bills for Obama’s campaign think that it was all worthwhile.  For me, it looks like same old story, different cover.

Maybe Now is the Time to Move the UN?

Yes!  It’s a golden opportunity for the freedom loving nations of the world to pull up their roots and move the United Nations to somewhere safe – like Cuba or Norway.  Why?

Take a look at Article 5 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, written in 1948 and signed by the USA.  It reads:

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

When it says no-one, it means no-one. It doesn’t say ‘except really really bad people, in our opinion’ in tiny letters afterwards.  It’s simply hypocritical that the UN seat should be in such a country that because of it’s might, can pick and choose which bits to uphold for itself and which bits to sling at others.

Please Note, Mr President;

  • The Declaration is an all-or-nothing thing.
  • It’s not to be picked about and simpered over.
  • It’s not about comparative behaviour with the evil people of the world.
  • It’s an absolute statement made by people in 1948 who had plenty of time to think about evil and plenty of first hand experience to back it up.

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BBC and Weird Pravda Report on Gas

In the news today, although you’d hardly think so because of the Israeli / Palestinian conflict, is the story that the Ukraine can’t pay their gas bills.  I apologise for it being a bit buried amongst the profits’ statements etc, but hey!, I didn’t write it.

However, please read the links.  Within the blurb is the crushing realisation, like a deja vu, that the events in Georgia this last year, along with all the dire dependency that the West (especially Europe) has on Russian energy, still have not gone away.  I’ve banged on about this for over a year now…  It’s a sleeping, really obvious, giant, that we choose to ignore at our peril.

Today, only the four links above mention this news.  The rest of the world is asleep, mesmerised by the Israeli weaponry.  So lets look at it logically.

  • Western European gets 45% (and rising) of it’s gas from Russia.
  • My house is heated by gas and I live in Western Europe.
  • Russian gas is managed by a “company” called GazProm.
  • GazProm is very similar to US “companies” (especially now :-?) in that the political leaders (Putin, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Paulson) control the companies.
  • Putin controls GazProm.
  • GazProm can charge what they like for their gas – it’s a free market and the country (Russia) is well capable of looking after it’s interests defensively, and offensively.
  • Ukraine can’t pay – they’ve run out of cash.
  • The Ukraine will get cut off (again!!) in 2009.
  • The gas for Western Europe goes through a pipeline – across the Ukraine.

And there we have it.  And I did tell you so.  In this post, Georgia, USA Trade & the Gas Bills, Repeating History & The Destroyer of Worlds , for instance!  At the beginning of this year,  Ukraine refused to pay thinking “The West” would back them up.  Within a fortnight, the gas was cut off, Ukraine paid up, then the gas was back on!

Now we are back to square one except GazProm is richer, Putin has more power, the US is bankrupt and a new, unique, US President, has been served a dog’s dinner of an economic and political legacy and been asked to turn it into a banquet to satisfy all tastes.


As an aside, in the research for this article, I came across Pravda again.  Each time I go there it gets more and more bizarre…. and I mean, bizarre.

It still has the constant haranguing of capitalism etc from it’s old paper output during the cold war.  Some articles are pretty good, almost as good as mine ;-) ,…

But what is odd is two things;

etc, etc, etc.

Funnily enough, just as I was copying the link for the Ukraine news from Pravda, a ticker header flashed across the top of the screen;

Ukraine mourns victims of gas explosion

You can’t make it up, can you?

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What Price Freedom and Justice?

Introduction

  • When there’s a war on in one’s country, say WW2 in the Europe, the people unite against the common enemy and accept that some will die so that the war is won and the next generation can continue.
    • If you lived in the UK, the consensus was that you’d be fighting for “freedom” and that the rights of individuals and groups, acquired over centuries, would continue.
    • If you lived in Nazi Germany, the consensus was that you’d be fighting for “the fatherland” and the safety and security that came from one very strong power that had absolute authority.
  • Both viewpoints included the possibility that some might die so that others might live.

Or have I got something wrong here?

Murder Conviction & Repeal

Iain Davis, convicted murderer, repealed, ?

Iain Davis, convicted murderer, repealed, ?

So what now following the disturbing news that a convicted murderer will be set free because his conviction was unsafe due to the fact that the prosecution used anonymous witnesses?  Jack Straw now wants a permanent change to the law so that anyone can be convicted for a crime on the say-so of anonymous witness evidence.

Result

So when this naff law is passed we will then be living in a country:

  • where you can be locked up for 42 days without a defence
  • – then be prosecuted without seeing your accusers or cross-examining them and calling them a bunch of liars, if appropriate.
  • where full details of your trial may never be published if it’s “against the public interest”.
  • where you can be locked up for life on the strength of the above (fortunately, (but for how long?), not executed).

Remember, this can happen to anyone.  The catalogue of British miscarriages of justice must weigh a ton now.

So How is This Related to WW2?

There’s always been a “black” culture and cultural identity.  So what?  There’s been a Geordie, Welsh and Scots one as well.  It’s the way it is and the way that people identify themselves to their peers.  We all exist and live within the law of the land though.  It started just before Magna Carta.  But if law breaks down or is invalid, like in wartime, people group together for the common good and accept that some will die.

History

1980 to 2000:   Development of black “gansta-rappa” culture.  Gold, guns, big cars and big arses admired.  People get shot, mostly black.  People with big stuff and attitude are brave (not)

2001 to the present day: People whinge about too many blacks getting shot e.g. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/1420330.stm

2002: single bullet kills party-goers.  Two dead.  Gunman runs off – very brave (not)

2004: Iain Davis convicted.  He’d run all the way to America, bravely (not)

2004: Iain Davis sentenced to life imprisonment.  Apparently he bravely (not) asked for a gun, which was passed to him, and then shot a man through the neck.  The bullet passed through and killed someone else as well.

2005: Martin Harvey not guilty of being the other man.  There were 40 people at this “party”, and I use the word very loosely.

2008, today: Iain Davis acquitted for possible re-trial.  Police and Jack Straw etc say this is bad for justice.  They say that anonymous evidence must be allowed (their emphasis).

My Take on all This

All 40 people at the party are guilty of denial and self-delusion.  It’s ALL their faults that two men ended dead and it’s ALL their faults that one man has walked free.  It’s my fault I’ve backed the Labour government this far, but it’s ALL their fault to hero worship guns and the power that follows.  This reinforces and validates the power that thugs have within a community, and following the Buddhist law of cause and effect, they’ve made their causes and reap their effects.

It’s not good enough to say that you’ll only give evidence if you can remain anonymous.  For the health and security of the whole 60 million people on this island, the lives of all 40 people at that party are nothing.  By their silence and attitudes they have convicted themselves.  Remember, we’ll all be dead one day anyway.  How you live your life and what you do, govern your karma across all of time and space.

Look at it this way.

  • Suppose in 2002-2004 the 40 refused to testify.
    • The freedoms of our land would still be intact.
    • Iain Davis would have gone free, possibly to kill again, if he’s really a murderer, or not.
    • He may have killed some of them if they insist on going to the same environment as him, or other people, related or not.
    • If he killed again, eventually he would be caught in such an incriminating way that he’d be convicted properly and justice would be served. (Yes really. The murder solving rate is pretty good).
    • The end result would be that:
      • a few people would be dead
      • All 60 million UK people would be safe under the law
      • One less scum on the streets
  • Suppose in 2002-2004 they testified in person(yes, bravely.  It does take courage)
    • The freedoms of our land would still be intact.
    • Iain Davis’s accomplices may have killed some or all of the witnesses
    • As each witness was killed, protection would be increased and the chances that the potential killers would be caught would be increased
    • Iain Davis and his accomplices would eventually be caught and convicted
    • The end result would be that
      • a few people would be dead
      • All 60 million UK people would be safe under the law
      • A few less scum on the streets

In both scenarios the result is the same!  Sadly, some people would still die, probably, but not necessarily, different people.

Conclusion

Now, because of the ultimate cowardice of these 40 people who pretend so bravely to wrap themselves up in the machismo of black gangsta rappa street culture, the rest of us 60 million have to suffer:

  • the fact that a killer is still loose on the streets
  • the fact that gun possession and gun crime is now seen as part of everyday life
  • the extra deaths because many more people are now dead because of the attitudes to guns and drug-related crime
  • all our liberties are being whittled and chiselled away by a spineless government cowering under the right wing backlash from a greedy, corrupt and incompetent USA administration, whose country is the source of all this crap gun culture in our green and pleasant land anyway.

This is what I object to.  Ultimately, for all of us, our freedom is the most important thing.  Our lives, while being precious and individual, are only temporary.  If black people en-masse decide a gun and drug culture is good, it’s still each individual’s choice whether to live and associate with the group.  Eventually though, the group must live within the law of the land.  If it doesn’t, then the backlash from the vast majority that set the law of the land will be swift and terrible, much like to the Krays and their kind.  For a broader view, the history books show that the British people have violently turned on ethnic and social groups when they’ve had enough and the usual laws aren’t applied …  jews, lombards, flemish, teddy boys

I don’t doubt for an instant that they would do the same in future and this is the prime reason to make sure that our laws are followed and not arbitrarily changed in some knee-jerk reaction.  The consequences for all groups that set themselves apart could be dire if laws are ignored.

To say that I’m a fat old white bloke does not mean that I’m lacking in knowledge or experience of people and gangs like these.  I just made my life choices at certain moments not to associate with them as it’s patently bad.

But doing and saying nothing also validates the actions of the bad guys.  So part of my karmic retribution is to point this out.  The rest will follow in due course.


Summary

  • Bush: bastard
  • Rumsfeld: bastard
  • Cheney: bastard
  • Blair: bastard
  • Straw: bastard
  • Blunkett: bastard
  • Smith: bastard
  • All 40 people at that party: bastards
  • Iain Davis: bastard
  • Gansta rappaz: laffable

To all of you in the list:  Thanks for Nowt!

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