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Assange Given Ecuadorian Asylum

Assange Given Ecuadorian Asylum – but what next?

Ecuador Assange Statement

Ecuador Assange Statement

This is the full text released by Ecuador for their reasons for Assange’s successful application.  See original text at the end.

But What is to Happen Now?

For now, Assange will have to stay in the Embassy.  Ecuador has asked for assurances about his safe passage, but as it stands, Hague and Cameron look the foolish chumps for what they are and won’t back down.

My guesses, are:

  1. That Assange will have a “mysterious” accident or similar and the nasty people in the world will breathe a sigh of relief – the embassy is no doubt bugged and all communications in and out religiously monitored.  His undetected escape looks unlikely.   Food, drink or water could be tampered with; holes could be drilled, hypodermics, germs or gas through the walls – who knows?   Like a Sherlock Holmes/locked room mystery,  try the poisoned ice dart through the keyhole?   See http://wramsite.com/forum/topics/breitbart-murder-by-heart-attack-the-cost-of-exposing-our-corrupt  and http://youtu.be/tzIw44w00ow CIA Whistleblower talks about Heart Attack gun
  2. Assange will have to wait for a change in UK government.  Even so,
    • should he get a plane to Ecuador it can be shot down (remember the start of the Rwandan genocide?).
    • Should he get a boat, it can “disappear” in a storm…
    • Should he arrive safely he can be either murdered in secret or by a public presidential decree – remember Trotsky in Mexico, Allende in Chile, Che Guevara in Bolivia, Bin Laden in Pakistan, Rudolf Diesel on the English Channel?
  3. At  low level of current probability, those in charge of the USA and UK must fundamentally change their attitude towards freedom of information and accountability in public office.
    • The emails etc. which are at the real centre of Assange’s troubles show elected and non-elected officials behaving with scant regard to either their own laws, international laws or natural law.
    • It is for them to recognise this which will allow Assange back into normal society and thus face the law courts in Sweden.
    • As I said, a very, very low probability in the current climate since those in power, those in the emails, those on the tapes, those on the videos (like the machine gunning of innocent civilians), all of those need to recognise their culpability at worse, or at least that they’ve been shown to have acted like idiots and now have egg on their face.

Reminder:  The Initial Swedish Set-up

Forgetting the secret US indictment from over a year ago revealed in the Stratfor secrecy emails,  Sweden issued an arrest warrant, then dropped it, then “sort-of” reopened the investigation before barring Assange from Sweden?  I know.  You work it out.  It’s all detailed succinctly in this Telegraph page from June 2012.

Bizarrely though, this Foxnews rant/explanation from Glenn Beck (both not noted for their liberal stance…!) is even better at describing the events for which Assange was arrest warranted with in Sweden.  Pay close attention and you’ll see how what we are now being fed by Hague and the Obama administration is seriously at odds with this very precise investigation and summary made soon after the events in question…  http://youtu.be/npBvNJl6X9w

Ecuador’s Key Points

An English translation of the eleven key points, derived from The Dissenter, is here:

  1. Julian Assange is an award-winning communications professional internationally for his struggle for freedom of expression, press freedom and human rights in general;
  2. That Mr. Assange shared with the global audience was privileged documentary information generated by various sources, and affected employees, countries and organizations;
  3. That there is strong evidence of retaliation by the country or countries that produced the information disclosed by Mr. Assange, retaliation that may endanger their safety, integrity, and even his life;
  4. That, despite diplomatic efforts by Ecuador, countries which have required adequate safeguards to protect the safety and life of Mr. Assange, have refused to facilitate them;
  5. That is certain Ecuadorian authorities that it is possible the extradition of Mr. Assange to a third country outside the European Union without proper guarantees for their safety and personal integrity;
  6. That legal evidence clearly shows that, given an extradition to the United States of America, Mr. Assange would not have a fair trial, could be tried by special courts or military, and it is unlikely that is applied to cruel and degrading , and was sentenced to life imprisonment or capital punishment, which would not respect their human rights;
  7. That while Mr. Assange must answer for the investigation in Sweden, Ecuador is aware that the Swedish prosecutor has had a contradictory attitude that prevented Mr. Assange the full exercise of the legitimate right of defence;
  8. Ecuador is convinced that they have undermined the procedural rights of Mr. Assange during the investigation;
  9. Ecuador has found that Mr. Assange is without protection and assistance to be received from the State which is a citizen;
  10. That, following several public statements and diplomatic communications by officials from Britain, Sweden and USA, it is inferred that these governments would not respect the conventions and treaties, and give priority to domestic law school hierarchy, in violation of rules express universal application and,
  11. That, if Mr. Assange is reduced to custody in Sweden (as is customary in this country), would start a chain of events that would prevent the further protective measures taken to avoid possible extradition to a third country.

What’s clear is that Ecuador is actually in a win-win situation here.

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 22:  A protester wearin...

    LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 22: outside the Ecuadorian embassy.(Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

    They recognised the sabre rattling of William Hague and David Cameron for what it is – that the UK cannot pick and choose which international treaties to abide by without acquiring the severest opprobrium of its own people and parliament.

    •  Of course, there’s the “sticks and stones” argument which the government may ignore by barging in, armed to the teeth, anyway, but also the long-lasting risks to the whole British diplomatic force who will be placed in the severest of danger.  This latter they cannot ignore.
    • The memory of the US embassy in Iran lies still, as does the death of WPC Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan embassy.
    • How can the UK pontificate on others when behaving worse than a bull in a china shop?
  • Ecuador has its own internal problems and this crisis will strengthen the hand of its President Correa, but also its standing in the eyes of all the little countries of the world, especially those in South America, historically in the thrall of US might.
  • They point out that Assange is only wanted for questioning in Sweden and that Sweden has refused to question Assange on Ecuadorian “land”, the embassy.
  • They point out the red herring issue of Sweden in its entirety, in that several public and private threats have been made or allured to against Assange by the governments of Sweden, USA, UK and that his own country hasn’t offered any protection (of course, we all know that the Aussie government is following the UK & USA like sheep).
  • So Assange is in dire and immediate threat of kidnap, torture, summary trial by a military court, execution or imprisonment in inhumane conditions.  We all know the USA is guilty of this having been caught red handed several times as has the UK in its collusion.
  • So the UK & USA are not havens of justice, guardians of the rights of Man, protectors from dictatorships nor international peacemakers.
    • Their actions from Vietnam through to Chile, from Egypt through to Bahrain, from corrupt banking to multinational deforestation programs, from Stratfor and the secret surveillance society to drone bombings of civilians shows them to be pariah states on the same footing as Zimbabwe or North Korea, say.
    • Ecuador has rightly recognised all of this, and more.

As part of their statement, they stood on the following points  (derived from Google translate!):

a) The asylum, in all its forms, is a fundamental human right which creates obligations erga omnes, that is, “for all” states.

b) The diplomatic asylum, shelter (or territorial asylum), and the right not to be extradited, expelled, delivered or transferred, human rights are comparable, since they are based on the same principles of human protection: no return and no discrimination without any adverse distinction based on race, colour, sex, language, religion or belief, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, or any other similar criteria.

c) All these forms of protection are governed by the principles pro person (i.e., more favourable to the individual), equality, universality, indivisibility, interrelatedness and interdependence.

d) The protection occurs when the state of asylum, refugee or required, or the protecting power, consider the risk or the fear that the protected person may be a victim of political persecution or political offences against him.

e) The State granting asylum seekers qualify causes, and in case of extradition, assess evidence.

f) No matter which of its forms or forms are present, the seeker is always the same cause and the same legal order, ie, political persecution, which causes it lawful, and safeguard the life, personal safety and freedom of protected person, which is the lawful purpose.

g) The right to asylum is a fundamental human right, therefore, belongs to jus cogens, ie the system of mandatory rules of law recognized by the international community as a whole, do not support a contrary agreement, being null treaties and provisions of international law they oppose.

h) In cases not covered by the law in force, the human person remains under the protection of the principles of humanity and the dictates of public conscience, or are under the protection and authority of the principles of international law derived from established custom, from the principles of humanity and from the dictates of public conscience.

i) Lack of international agreement or domestic legislation of States can not legitimately claim to limit, impair or deny the right to asylum.

j) The rules and principles governing the rights to asylum, extradition no, no delivery, no expulsion and transfer are not converging, as far as is necessary to improve the protection and provide it with maximum efficiency. In this sense they are complementary international law of human rights, the right to asylum and refugee law, and humanitarian law.

k) The rights of protection of the human person are based on ethical principles and values universally accepted and therefore have a humanistic, social, solidarity, welfare, peaceful and humanitarian.

l) All States have the duty to promote the progressive development of international law of human rights through effective national and international action.

  • Here they kick down the quasi-judicious use by the UK of the 1987 Act regarding Embassies and the like in the UK.
  • They state the various rights of Man as defined in the United Nations and elsewhere (in case the UK has forgotten them!!!)
  • They point out the various ethical issues.

Ecuador has produced a clear and unambiguous statement, totally unlike the shadowy cloak and daggers stuff from Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

United pops up a lot in the state’s names.  They’re united, but only united in shame and devilishness corruption.  This is the reason for their stance – it’s nothing to do with national security and everything to do with covering their own backs.

The truth is really out now.  Notably, bonkers Boris has been quiet on the issue so far – he never thought much of Cameron and I guess it’s even less now!


Ecuador Statement

Declaración del Gobierno de la República del Ecuador sobre la solicitud de asilo de Julian Assange

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Use Loads of Water – Ignore Hosepipe Ban

Pre-Emptive rationing Behaviour

Cars Queue Needlessly for Fuel

Cars Queue Needlessly for Fuel

In the spirit of the recent government diktat from dorky Francis Maude  for all motorists to get into their cars, then queue for hours to buy up all available petrol, I’ve decided to jump the gun on the water shortage!

I’ve now run round the house turning all the taps on and put the lawn sprinklers on full blast because I’m just outside the hosepipe ban area.

Hosepipe Ban

Hosepipe Ban

Five Baths!

Five Baths!

My partner plans to have five baths today as well.

This will ensure that all the water is gone before the ban starts!

Punch And Judy

That’s the way to do it!

That’s the way to do it!

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We Need Two Things to Save the Planet

Data, and Trust in Science

The Burden of Proof is on Science but ’twas ever thus….

The arguments from climate change sceptics ultimately hinge around the general perception of aloofness and intangibility that hang round science and scientists.  The trouble is that some people are basically innumerate and no amount of trying will make them any better.  It’s the same with painting and art – there’s absolutely no way I could paint oils on canvas as a representation of reality – it’s the way it is.  The difference, of course, is that I can recognise genius and skill and thus accept that some people really are better than me….  And because they are better than me, I trust their judgement.

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Eleven Men Die and World Sighs with Relief

Taj operation finally over, casualty figure very high – reports NDTV.com


Mumbai Gunman

Justifiably, the world sighs with relief. Some are glad that the shooting has stopped. Some are glad the killers are dead.

Currently, the dead number ~200, the killers, 11.  A ratio of ~9:1 killed per killer.


Jokela school shooter

In recent years there seem to have been more and more pointless killings.  America has had it’s all too familiar share of mad schoolchildren who go beserk.  Last year Finland had Pekka-Eric Auvinen in the Jokela High School Massacre who killed 9 – remarkably the same killing ratio.  The UK has had Hungerford and Dunblane.

The truth is that there are always massacres.  Maybe they are just reported better nowadays.  Here’s a (remarkably incomplete) list.

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator
However, spurious number slinging aside, wayward bombs dropped by the USA recently against largely Muslim targets in IRAQ and Afghanistan/Pakistan have killed the same numbers, and usually, the American pilots fly safely home.  Over the years, thousands have died this way.

In this context, the actions of the Mumbai killers do not look so mad.  In their eyes, they see their action as retribution – a continuation of the Jewish principle of “an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth”.  (an aside:  No matter how much the Muslim world loathes the Jewish world, their innate justice is remarkably similar – today’s news for instance, is that an Iranian Islamic court is going to blind a man who blinded a woman – literally, an eye for an eye.)

Nichiren Buddhism’s view on this is consistent and unequivocal.  Simply, that all human lives are precious, even the killers.  It’s simply the law of cause and effect applied to the real world using real people’s lives and experiences.

Cause and effect is simple.  The cowardly killers made the cause – now they are dead.  For them it was easy as there was no-one to fight back, and when an armed response arose, they’d be pretty certain to die quickly…true cowards…

But very little will really change, especially in Mumbai.  The world has selective memory.  Since 2001 there have been huge bomb atrocities in Mumbai, Delhi and elsewhere which have killed the same amount of people as this latest gun battle.  And that’s just India.  (an aside: We notice now and we are bothered because it’s very public and rich westerners are involved this time  –  300 people have also been murdered today in Nigeria – did you notice? )

In other words, the killers can keep killing, themselves and others, but there is a natural order of things that is very hard to change.  The world did not change because of the previous attacks. If it had, the killers, if they have truly honourable motives would have stopped the killing?  Wouldn’t they?

So When or How will the Killing Stop?

The people of Northern Ireland finally realised this futility 10 years ago.  So former enemies are now partners in peace.  The country is slowly changing to reflect this, although it may be later generations who will finally reap the benefits and take down the wall.  The huge death toll in the province and elsewhere affected a lot of lives….

Another effect (by design) of the killers is that of widening divisions and increasing hatred.  But as in Northern Ireland, eventually even this hatred runs out of steam.

The USA is also reaping the effect of the causes it’s making.  It’s reliance on high-tech mass-killing methods to protect it’s own armed forces from harm is actually fuelling resentment in the local affected populations that will last for centuries.  And the thing is, in the end the men on the ground are harmed just as much anyway by the guerilla tactics of roadside bombs from an angry and energised local population.  It’s how the US/UK has lost most men.

Truly, cause and effect.

Hopefully, the failed days of Bush’s “shock and awe” will change to ones of building bridges under the new president Obama.  The rippling effects of peace will then reflect back to America and it can assume it’s self-styled role of a beacon of enlightenment.

The angry men who fuel the excesses of people like the Mumbai killers will then be ridiculed for what they really are – sad, angry despots, living to have an excuse to deal death.

An example of this shift was in Northern Ireland this very month.  Loyalist Michael Stone was found guilty of attempted murder (he was a convicted murderer anyway, but was released as part of the peace process).  Once (in)famous throughout the land, hardly anyone bothered to turn up in court – he’s just too boring and people don’t want the killing anymore and certainly don’t wish to hear his meandering gibberish.

It was like closing the final chapter on a dreadful book. (added 8 Dec 2008: 6 times murderer Stone gets locked up for 16 years! )

And what of the one remaining gunman?  What does Buddhism say?

If verifiably true, the man has done wrong.  Cause and Effect means he will suffer as he’s disrespected human life in the most profound sense – he’s killed.  Cause and effect is immediate.

However, in the film “The Bird Man of Alcatraz“, Burt Lancaster, the multiple killer, is eventually rehabilitated into a world of peace.  Self acknowledgement of his evil acts is part of it.  But time cannot be unwound, so the effects of his killing actions last for a very long time.  That is, society has it’s backlash.

The Mumbai killer may or may not reveal his Buddha nature, but even if he does, the negative effects he generated will linger, dependant on the cause he originally made.

In this respect, the film of the Bird Man, is a view of how we’d like Robert Stroud to have been.  The real Bird Man, by all accounts, was a complete twat who continued all his life to make bad causes and suffered the bad effects as a consequence!

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CTC info: Sheldon Brown and Critical Mass, Monty Python and Lupins

These two bits are from a recent CTC mailing… The extra opinions and slight exaggerations are my work!

Sheldon Brown

So farewell then, Sheldon Brown. You never did get to vote for Obama. I’m actually a bit sad because you looked a bit of a nutter who livened up the cycling debates in a quite sensible and logical way. I made my new back wheel after reading you up a bit… (radial non-drive side, two cross drive side, double butted spokes.) It works and has stayed true.

Bristol’s Critical Mass Discouraged by Authorities, Friday 25th May 2007

Start of Ride

Start of Ride

Last year there was a Critical Mass cycle ride which is a well known form of demonstration or publicity for the benefits and hazards of cycling. At my guess, the 60+ cyclists in the photo at left are taking up the road space of about 8 travelling cars or 15 parked ones. In light of the problems that followed, maybe each person should drive a tank instead… What would be the speeds and congestion then? Would they be safe from attack?

This link

It's only a Scratch!!!

It's only a Scratch!!!

(and the picture above) shows a bunch of cyclists whizzing round Bristol in excess of the normal average speed for London (12 mph) ! Apparently this is too slow for Bristol so a car driver rammed a cyclist with his car, broke his bike and the cyclist got a wee bit peeved.

Someone else blocked the car so that soon-to-be-attending police could catch him (remember, the cyclist had just been attacked with a ton of metal).

ow!  Geddoff!!

ow! Geddoff!!

So the police told him to fuck off, he lost it a bit (probably been to the pub) and ended up having his knee bent over a sharp kerb which could possibly cripple him for life. (see pictures on the link or copied at left)

Now he’s been prosecuted – and guess what? Well now, the case has been thrown out of court and the police have still taken no action against the dangerous car driver. You must recognise evil and stupidity wherever and whenever you are; In this case, dressed in a police uniform with short hair. We expect the law to be upheld at all times, not when they feel like it and need a few points for their monthly bonus.

Remember, if you’ve read the link, the cyclist was arrested for “non-motor vehicle obstruction of the highway”. While this was going on, ELEVEN police cars had blocked the highway much more effectively.

Actions really do speak louder than words. Dangerous murderously aggressive car driver let go. Noisy cyclist slapped down. Police state, identity cards, people? Your country is safe with us! Hah! Fair play to the magistrates for spotting a lemon disguised as heinous behaviour.

Fear and Loathing in the UK

Also remember, these are the same lot (i.e. the law, the establishment, the powers that be…) who want the right to lock anyone up on THEIR say-so if THEY think you’re a terrorist or something – for 56 days, without access to lawyers, friends or anyone except THEIR appointed representatives. And then they want another 56 days after that if they can’t pin something on you!!! Ad Infinitum.

Where is the freedom in this? This potential law is much more powerful than the straight contempt of court law (which has the same effect on the individual). Except, you don’t even have to go to court to disappear into the cells.

As an aside, during WW2, there was a strike and the war government tried to get it banned and the strikers locked up. Churchill, (not one of my favourite people), put the blockers on this idea saying that the war was on to protect people and their rights, one of which is the right not to work…

Now we are being told to be frightened of a few piss-poor bombers who are about as effective as Inspector Cluso. I say let them drop their bombs because then we’ll all know who they are and can get them. Currently, there’s a movement in the country to tar all Muslims with the same terrorist brush; which is really really bad. So I can only think it’s by design to keep everyone scared – woooh!

The only freedom being protected is the freedom to drive like a maniac and burn up all the earth’s resources until everyone is dead. I’m reminded of the Monty Python lupin sketch with Denis Moore. Freedom to have as many lupins as we want… mmm, yummy.


Ironic Addendum

Arrest, Park, and Ride

Arrest, Park, and Ride

After perusing the photos from the campaign website, I’m reminded of the irony of it all. Let’s see;

  • the ride was to promote one sustainable form of transport from many
  • the car driver was annoyed because the traffic was slow
  • another person decided to help a fellow human being after he was assaulted with a deadly weapon
  • better use of buses would ease congestion

Check out the picture. The guy is being bundled into the police car. Check the background…..The Bristol park and ride bus is COMPLETELY EMPTY!

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