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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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Western Hypocrisy over Iran Elections

President Ahmadinejad

President Ahmadinejad

Everyone, it seems, both in the East and West, even China, is now aware of the huge forgery that gave last week’s Iranian election result to the cross-eyed one.

Tehran Election Results Demo 2009

Tehran Election Results Demo 2009

However, when talking about the brave people marching through Tehran’s streets, saying “everyone deserves freedom” etc etc, we should cast our minds back only a few months in the UK, when the G20 protests were initially derided until that man Tomlinson died after being whacked by the police.

Cast our minds a little further back to the massive con over the American electorate that was the election of George Bush via his nepotic brother and the hanging chads fiasco.  Yet still, even now, recall that USA elections are not fair because of the electronic voting system in place which can be manipulated to put anyone in power that controls the vote …

In light of this, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s re-election does not look so extra-ordinary.

It now appears that they are going to have a recount.

I ask, a recount of what? – Forged and corrupted ballot papers that’s what.

Iraq War Demo 2003

Iraq War Demo 2003

No doubt the Western powers are secretly gleeful about all these events.  It’s only for the oil though!  Forget all thoughts of people’s right to demonstrate for freedom….     The USA and UK in particular, have a horrible history in Iran that people in that country have never forgotten.  For instance, the CIA ran round dishing out money for voters to secure an election, and when he wasn’t suitable, the UK under nice Mr Churchill and the USA conspired to impose the Shah of Iran in his place – which is what happened.

Meanwhile, yesterday in the UK, Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced a secret investigation  into the Iraq war (Iran’s neighbour), one founded on false ‘facts’ about weapons of mass destruction.  A million people demonstrated in the UK against this war (similar to those on the streets in Tehran yesterday – compare and contrast the two photos) – and yet the war in Iraq still went ahead!

So much for people power…

What chance for a real vote recount in Tehran then?

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Another American gets his Priorities Wrong

Strangely post on August 14th, 2008
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A laughable bit of summer news arrived yesterday in the form of a 70 year old Ohio man, who reportedly paid for his car with coinage.


Here’s $8,000 in coins

– ‘I want that Chevy truck’

tootled the Cincinnati Enquirer.  Er… not quite.  He paid for half of it because he “doesn’t trust paper money” and the other half with a cheque.

James Jones’ son, Dennis, said his father was

pretty tight with his money

However, I’ve just checked the specs for his purchase.  Check them yourself here on the Chevrolet Silverado website.

For a supposedly tight man, (he seems to have bought the 2WD base model for the price he paid which kind-of negates the machine’s off-road abilities…..),   he has bought a vehicle that only does 15-20 mpg even after all the trumpeted miserliness of the 5.3litre engine.

Mr Jones lives in New Miami, Butler County, Ohio which has the geography that really demands a tough off-road vehicle – NOT!  See satellite image here.  (In actual fact, because of his proximity to a flood plain and the fact that the satellite image clearly shows several former river courses, he’d be better off fixing the handbrake on his old car and buying a boat).

At least we know that the war in Iraq is being fought for the correct reasons.   I’m pleased for Mr Jones so that he can continue with his 15 miles per gallon “lifestyle” and I’m sure that he feels happy about the 100,000 deaths that allow him to do so.

I’m also sure that the $18,000 he paid has knocked a big hole in the $51,000,000,000 loss that GM has made over the last three years.  The two stories are connected – they both show a total lack of planning for the future and the triumph of greed over need…


And now a few links to remind me that the dinosaurs did become extinct and can again:

GM and BMW; They Must Change or Die Like Jaws

Carmaker GM loses another $15.5bn

Car sales fall hits US spending

GM axes four SUV and truck plants

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Andrew’s History of Britain Not Marred by Inaccuracy

I’ve just watched Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain on the BBC and was thoroughly impressed by his succinct insights and straight proclamations of “truth”.  This was the fifth and final episode in his mini series and I’ll quote the programme blurb here in case the linked page is pulled as it’s only a schedule.

New Britannia

In the final part of Andrew Marr’s epic national saga, Britain enters the uncharted waters of the post-Thatcher era. Many have done well in the end during the Thatcher years but now boom is turning to bust. Britain feels more vulnerable than ever to rapid international change – from the influence of powerful new global market forces to global warming. Just when many in post-war Britain are getting used to the good things in life, it seems we are going to have to start giving up our big cars and foreign holidays – or at least go back to some form of rationing. But who could persuade us to do this? Churchill had that kind of power in the 1940s, but which politician would we trust and follow today? Step forward the unassuming Brixton boy, John Major and New Labour’s smiling master of spin, Tony Blair. From Black Wednesday to war in Iraq, from the British inventor of the world wide web to millennium fever, this is Andrew Marr’s up-to-the moment story of Britain’s extraordinary transformation from Imperial Power to island at the heart of the global economy. [AD,S]

I wish I’d seen the rest of the series now.  Even though it’s dated 2007 I missed the lot, probably more than twice!  Also, inevitably, the show has none of the recent shenanigans about credit crunches, house price crashes and fuel price explosions.

Be that as it may, his analysis and commentary was exemplary, even including some self-deprecatory comment on himself doing a piece outside 10 Downing Street.  I especially liked his bit on the Iraq War, the lead up, the reasons, the outcome etc.  Foremost  of all was his walk along some Oxfordshire woods where he described the events surrounding the death of the UK Government scientist, Dr David Kelly, was especially poignant, as was his prose he used to describe the House of Commons committees and later Hutton Inquiry.  He somehow intimated the unease and distrust that the public now feel about all government inspired or backed inquiries….   He perfectly picked up the change in Blair from pink and fluffy optimistic lad to wrinkled and untrustworthy pawn to fate.

One day, hopefully, people will realise the wool that’s been pulled over their eyes and the things said and done in their name.

Good Show Andrew!

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Law Regarding Measures of State Self-Defense (Leviathan, how come?)

a.k.a. How did the Labour Party come to this?

The present Home Secretary, the former teacher called Jacqui Smith, is desperately trying, at all costs, to implement laws that would allow events such as the law that is title of this post, to easily occur at some future date.

Let’s state my case;

  • I’m (still) a member of the UK Labour Party and have been since the dark days of Michael Foot. He was a very nice, principled man, who I felt sorry for, so one day, while walking down East Reach in Taunton, I popped into the local Labour Party office and asked if they’d like some money from me. The guy fell off his chair. (Membership was at an all-time low and Labour were the pariah’s of Europe ). Since then the Direct Debit system has periodically siphoned a small amount from my personal money stash. In a small way it has helped win elections.
  • If the 42 day lockup that Jaqui is forcing through parliament right now comes to fruition
    • NO MORE CASH LEAVES ME FOR Victoria Street
  • If the Identity Card system is forced through to implementation
    • NO MORE CASH LEAVES ME FOR Victoria Street

But Hey! But if you want to give your money to a party that leaves the way open for Fascists, Communists and Totalitarians of the worst kind to overrun our green and pleasant land, then please click here. The key to the future lies in the past.

Jaqui Smith went to a standard comprehensive school and thence to Oxford. Her college has an original signed copy of Leviathan. It’s an interesting tome, fashioned not long after we chopped off the head of the tyrannical Charles I who thought he was a god and his powers handed down by “god”. I think she’s read it and taken a lot on board. It’s from this book that the phrase

Life in the state of nature is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short”

is derived. Well just because something is written down does not mean that it is true! We can aspire to better things.

The gist of the book is that to end civil war, and to ensure strife doesn’t arise, ever, a country needs a strong hard person – a monarch (Hobbes didn’t like democracy). The overall tone is very militaristic, much like loony US republicans like Bush et al and it’s very “if I’m attacked I have an absolute right to blast the person/group/country out of existence” biased.

The thing is, it would be. There’d just been the hideous civil war followed by an equally disastrous “commonwealth” in England. Hobbes was used to full-on aggression and yearned for stability. He also came up with the term “social contract” where your general plebs all release some of their absolute freedoms to do absolutely anything they like in return for the protections and peace under a higher authority.

Anyway, where we are now is that the Labour Government wants to take away all our hard-won liberties of ages (they’ll be “protected” by “safeguards” they say ) so that we don’t get hurt by mad people (they are calling them terrorists.) Despite the tory supposed opposition to this law, all the right-wing loonies must be laughing up their sleeves at this moment.

As an aside, the word “Tory” comes from the Irish abusive word for outlaw, derived from the Latin for ……. TERROR! The Tories thought it was so funny that they took the word to call themselves out of pure upper-class spite…

Jean Charles de MenezesSo far they’ve caught less than a hundred, panicked the nation into xenophobia and shot one person “accidentally”, eight times.

Meanwhile, although our “Military Intelligence” have been watching people for ages (including the London bombers) and the now recent Exeter bomber, they’ve singularly failed to be any good at stopping anyone. There’s precious little hope that they’ll get any better in future, in fact, it makes one wonder if the failures are deliberate to make sure that the populace stay frightened. There have already been news leaks for ALL the “terrorist” events, that each of the suspects had been watched for months – how else could they be caught so quickly?

Since the 28-day rule came in (bad enough!), they’ve arrested hundreds of people and charged about sixteen. Next stop the GULAGs in Shropshire. meanwhile, the real crime continues – like a teenage girl getting killed by a stalker while the police, like Pilate, do nothing.

How Does the Past Relate to all This?

If someone can get someone else locked away on their say-so for an increasingly indeterminant period, we have a police state.

If that person is a policeman, we have a police state.

If it’s against the law to tell anyone that someone has been locked up under these laws, we have a police state.

If the police pick and choose which laws to enforce, we have a police state.

That’s what it’s like now. The powers aren’t used much – but how would we know. If you hadn’t seen your friend for a year and no-one knew where he was, then who could you ask?

Would you dare ask?

The police state is here now. Our freedoms are removed and distractions are invented to hide their true impact. Here, bizarrely, is what Herman Goering had to say about it all to a prison psychologist called Gilbert while in his cell during the Nuremberg trials.

Göring: Why, of course, the people don’t want war. (…) Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.

Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.

Göring: Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.

Goering did and said some stupid, horrible things in his life; but this wasn’t one of them. This quote was even used by the longest ever serving US Senator, the former KKK member, Robert Byrd, who since his youth has now had a complete volte-face and used it to try and stop Bush’s war in Iraq.

Law Regarding Measures of State Self-Defense

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This is what happens when political opposition is eliminated

This is what it was like after the Night of the Long Knives, and subsequently. In this period, Hitler got rid of most of his political enemies. He then retrospectively passed the above law to legalise his act and any future ones he did.

The law is very similar in it’s terms and scope to the projected law of Jaqui Smith. It’s a bit like the US Dept of Homeland Security too. It’s final outcome was systematic genocide of peoples and races, World War II, the deaths of tens of millions of people and the invention of the atomic weapon that we still have to live with now. Interestingly, the German population as a whole were broadly in favour of the Law Regarding Measures of State Self-Defence. They were persuaded that the “enemies of the state” had to be expunged. The legal establishment gave in to Hitler’s demands and all the “checks and balances” that Jaqui is fond of quoting disappeared into thin air like a mirage.

There is a direct parallel to this in the US following the twin towers fiasco…the patriot act, dept of homeland security…etc…etc News today is that I can’t go to the US without being fingerprinted! So sorry Arnie – I shan’t be visiting. Fingerprinting isn’t foolproof, especially in the US where people have been executed on wrong fingerprint evidence.

It’s shite. Half the UK can see it’s absolute shite and half seem hypnotised into walking into the abyss of a future dark age. Meanwhile, while these fundamental changes are being instigated, they’ve got the country all het up about teenage drinking as a distraction. Because that’s all it is. Nothing will happen about it.

Bastards.

Nichiren Daishonin, the great Buddhist thinker from 13c Japan, said:

Emperors and kings have their foundation in the state and bring peace and order to the age; ministers and commoners hold possession of their fields and gardens and supply the needs of the world. But if marauders come from other regions to invade the nation, or if revolt breaks out within the domain and people’s lands are seized and plundered, how can there be anything but terror and confusion? If the nation is destroyed and people’s homes are wiped out, then where can one flee for safety? If you care anything about your personal security, you should first of all pray for order and tranquillity throughout the four quarters of the land, should you not? – Nichiren Daishonin: On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land – WND1, page 24

What this does NOT mean is that the country should be militarised up to the teeth and everyone should spend their lives in fear and panic. Our lands have not been seized and plundered – far from it. If some of our current actions lead at some future date to people’s homes and lives being destroyed, it’s the current actions that need to change to avoid future calamities.

These draconian laws will lead to actions that hurt our people, nation and the very fabric of our society. If you care anything for your personal security (and I do), it’s tranquillity we should be aiming for, harmony with our surroundings. That’s what Nichiren means.

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