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R.I.P. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart

Strangely post on February 23rd, 2011
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R.I.P. Actor Nicholas Courtney

Actor Nicholas Courtney as The Brigadier

Actor Nicholas Courtney as The Brigadier

So farewell Brigadier!

Many a time you and your UNIT chums saved the world from horrible alien monsters.  It wasn’t always “The Doctor” and your calm panic and belief in the Doctor’s powers (despite himself) always pulled us through.  You acted with just the right amount of authority.   Saturday tea-times were never the same once you “retired” and Doctor Who was pulled from the schedules….

And as you said many times,

RIGHT!  Lets get on with it!

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Weird World of Secrecy and Freedom

Introduction

Yesterday’s News

The use of intercept evidence in courts in England and Wales is not “legally viable”,

…the Home Office has said.  This is reported on the BBC here, Using intercept evidence in court ‘not yet viable’

Security

From the earliest days of the British (English) Secret Service, back in Elizabeth I’s time, all manner of devices and methods have been used to “secure the nation”, initially for the sovereign, and latterly, to maintain the structures of our notionally democratic government system.

I’ve commented many times about the draconian laws implemented in this country by successive Home Secretaries – upwardly-mobile Blunkett, Mr Fixit Reid & Two Homes Smith.  And how they’ve been implemented, yet hardly used, and yet could still be used to snatch all our hard-won freedoms away in a jiffy.

We also had the illegal shooting of the Brazilian Menendez at a tube station, which was a catalogue of human errors from initial data acquisition to the panicky police with pistols to the botched cover-ups from higher command.

And without any use of the draconian laws we’ve seen several sets of murderous people stopped in their tracks and locked away for good.  The shoe-bomber and the Glasgow airport bombers come to mind.

Wasted Time

So now, in light of yesterday’s news, why are we still wasting time with these crap laws that do nothing for our freedom except curtail it, and have now been found to be largely ineffectual because much of the evidence gained by our Secret Services has been found to be “inadmissible in court”.

Q. How So?

A. Well, a very small bit of our English Law still remains that Wacky Backy Jacqui Smith et al have been unable to squash.

Defence of an Accused Person

This is that anyone charged with an offence must have access to all the information that the prosecution has to throw at them!  It’s a hard-won pillar of our justice system.

Time and time again, when it’s been found that the police or others have with-held information from the defence, the case is thrown out of court.  Nearly all the famous miscarriages of justice, like the Birmingham Six, Guildford Four etc, nearly all have been found wanting because of this.  (There’s also issues of doctored evidence, but like any criminal activity, one sort of illegality is usually accompanied by others).

So let us make sure that this right is not done away with!

Because current Home Secretary Johnson is full-on in his determination to “make the system workable” – his words.

What he wants is a way to make intercept information available to a court without the defence knowing how or why the information is derived or sourced.

And without that, there are no checks on the veracity of the information.  All it would need is a member of the security services to say (probably hidden in court);

“yep.  Data is okay.  The defendant said that”

….and we are straight back to 1974 and the Birmingham Six where the copper’s word was deemed truthful and above reproach, when it patently was not.

Now is the time when we need a new, youthful Ludovic Kennedy.  Where are they now?

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Paulson, Like a Bumbling Aristocrat trying to Escape the Guillotine

Guillotine and “The Reign of Terror”

Funny how I missed this during the summer – I was in hospital, I think.

Kaa the Snake

Kaa the Snake

Henry Paulson

Henry Paulson

This video is Henry Paulson, stumbling and squirming, as he struggles to evade quite simple questions for someone in his position.  (I talked about his deceit last year here and here, at the start of the “Credit Crunch”).

Guillotine

Guillotine

His performance reminds me of the terror of the aristocrats during the French Revolution, as they struggled to justify their actions and lives in order to escape Monsieur le Guillotine.

Lives of power, wealth and privilege.

Watch him panic.

Why can’t he answer, simply, the reasons for the various preferential bank collapses, bailouts and the huge sums of money gained by himself and his cronies?

It was his job as a professional, after all…?

Unfortunately, we’ll never know.  The ‘rules of engagement’ for this type of investigation set a time limit on Congressman Stearns‘ questions.

But in a true court of law, there is no time limit to determine a level of satisfactory proof.

And so Paulson walked away, secure with his $200 million tax-free cushion, protectively engineered by a system and rules that he himself set up!

There’s an extra interview, with quotes, of Cliff Stearns in this YouTube clip below that explains much that the Congressman couldn’t ask directly to Paulson.

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Uneven Response to Plague and Flu Deaths

Comparing The West and The East

Black Death

Black Death

There is currently a world-wide flu epidemic and it’s interesting to compare the responses of various countries to it, with the historical pandemic of The Plague, i.e. the Black Death.

Flu

  • In the USA, it’s been called “Mexican Flu” sometimes quite pejoratively, especially at it’s outset and especially by some. – link & even worse link
  • In Europe, especially the UK, it’s called “swine flu” and there’s been a bit of a minor panic. – link There will shortly be enough medicine for everyone in the country.
  • In China, massive quarantines have been set up. – link
  • In Egypt, they killed all the pigs to piss off the pig-owning Christians… – link

Plague

  • In China, two neighbours, miles from help and contact, have died from the lethal septicaemic type of plaque.  China has now quarantined tens of thousands of people.  – link
  • In the USA, about 2 people a year die from The Black Death.  Usually, there’s a small news item and a handful of people are either quarantined or dosed with medicines.  But they don’t call it Mexican Plaque.  – link
  • In Mexico, probably a couple of people a year die from Plague  – however, all articles I can find relate to New Mexico deaths (e.g. link) or to racist comments about Mexico (e.g. this crap i.e. no facts, just racial slur).  I can’t find any actual recent Mexican deaths from plague apart from 1920! Between the USA and Mexico, thousands die annually in drug-related crime.
  • In Egypt, it’s closes it’s borders and declared a state of emergency! – link

Conclusion

Virus

Virus

Massive pandemics have always created panic and historically, it’s always the least advantaged or minorities in a society that have suffered.

When the plague erupted in the Middle Ages, Jews were massacred in Germany and burnt for “poisoning wells”.  Old women, cripples, nearby tribes, nations or religions, you name it –  they’ve all been made scapegoats for the completely natural and organic organisms behind infection.

Judge from the above how much ignorance exists both in the leadership and general population within the various societies for the causes, effects and solutions to the problem.

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Free The UFO One!

Gary McKinnon, the UFO spotter cum computer hacker is still not tried for his ‘offence’.  But the ice he’s treading is getting thinner and thinner.

Recently our nice CPS deemed that there wasn’t enough UK evidence to try him – but that the USA had plenty so we’ll send him there!

WargamesHis charge, which I mentioned earlier here, Gold’en Rant : Why Did The UK Government Fail To Back Gary McKinnon?, and which I referred to this post, Gold’en Rant : Why Did The UK Government Fail To Back Gary McKinnon?, is that he cracked open lots of poorly defended USA military computers.  His defence is that he was only looking for hidden information on UFOs, which many in the USA believe to be true.

Funnily enough, even though there’s a potentially life-long sentence awaiting him and the USA has admitted recent torture and abduction of civilians (e.g. Guantanamo Bay etc), the UK has a one-way extradition treaty with the USA.  This means that nutter computer Yanks can’t be extradited here!  There are actually tens, if not hundreds of USA based spammers and trojan launchers who could fit that criteria … think of the damage and economic waste they’ve generated…   funny that, innit?

THe Bourne Identity etcPersonally, after watching him in the two videos below, he just seems a bright guy.  I’m not even certain about the Asperger’s thing – I’m exactly like him.  His real crime seems to be upsetting the GW Bush PATRIOT mob and making their billions of high tech look like kindergarten bricks.  GW Bush etc seem to have been trapped into believing that the power of IT in their hands, as depicted in films like “The Bourne Identity” etc, is true.  The reality, as we’ve all seen on our British streets, is that the intelligence services are as clueless as everyone else and will shoot a defenceless man on a tube train eight times in the head with dum-dum bullets in a blind panic.

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