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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.

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    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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Cameron Reveals the Second Totalitarian Democracy

Totalitarianism Hits Britain

The End of Freedom –  Here is the News

Today, dozy Brits sleepwalked into a slightly-uncomfortable oblivion.  No-one blinked.

Monument at Hitler's Birthplace

Monument stone at the site of the birth of Adolf Hitler reads: For peace freedom / and democracy / never again fascism / millions of dead remind us. The stone is from the quarry at the Mauthausen concentration camp.

Following on from yesterday’s news that everything any of us does will be recorded, anything and everything, it’s now the end of justice as we know it and a sharp veer to the Nazi/Soviet/Zimbabwe model of total surveillance, secret police and secret trials.

The BBC said, David Cameron defends secret courts and web monitoring plans, and the comments are cascading in fast.

Can no-one see this?  Where is the common sense that we British are reputed to have, or is that just a sham like our justice as well?  Something to brag about when criticising Little Johnnie Foreigner but not something we do at home?

As long as the lights still work and the Proles can drive to the burger shop they’ll all be happy.  Is that what the powers-that-be think?

It certainly looks like it.

Men in Suits

David Cameron

David Cameron (Photo credit: Nick Atkins Photography)

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (left) of Bahrai...

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (left) of Bahrain responds to a reporter’s question during joint press availability with Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld (right) outside the Pentagon on Feb. 4, 2003 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hitler and Mussolini

Hitler and Mussolini

Mugabe

Mugabe

Stalin

Stalin

 

Who Are What?

Now, instead of medallioned shouty people brandishing fists, swords and tanks like Hitler or Stalin, we find our freedoms are removed by men in suits.  Men like Cameron, Clegg, Brown and Blunkett.  Men like bankers and offshore tax advisors.  Men on hidden committees and quangos.  Men on secretly funded so-called “focus groups” that are nothing but sham cover-ups for the men in suits.

Other men taking away “other people’s freedoms” they slag off as bad, bad, bad.  Actually, most of them are!  People like Mugabe are obvious.  Less obvious is the King of BahrainHamad bin Isa Al Khalifa or the King of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud.  They wear their own sort of suit.

But like Hitler (say) before,  they all remove power from the people and misuse their army, their courts and laws as a disservice to the common man.

Islam Karimov, president of Uzbekistan

Islam Karimov, president of Uzbekistan

They all wear suits and they’re all bad people.  Cameron finally reveals his spots.  Obama, the false hope is just the same.  Chanting loud the voice of nationalism and national security, in actual fact they are the public face of non-accountable multi-national powers of huge influence.  They all had a chance to “change” things, but have been sucked into the greater, totalitarian void that multi-national capitalism is.

They are Borg.

Resistance is futile.

Smile as your freedom goes.  At least you’ve got a job, mate!

We are Borg.

We Are THe Borg Unicomplex

We Are The Borg Unicomplex

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A Military Way out of The Credit Crunch

Willie Sutton

Willie Sutton

Willie Sutton

In a curious parallel with the Great Depression when many millions lost their homes and money, I’m reminded about the phrase reputedly said by a USA bank robber of the time, and how it could equally well be applied to our current predicament….

When asked “Mr Sutton, why do you rob banks?”, he is supposed to have said;

…..because that’s where the money is.

More likely as a real attributed saying is this one, about his gun-toting while robbing banks;

You can’t rob a bank on charm and personality

Both quotes I’ll come to later…(SP)

Brown, Obama and the Western Dilemma about ‘Business as Usual’ (BAU)

The trouble with a return to the ‘BAU scenario is that all the old bad habits will return along with an even faster return to a fossil-carbon dominated society with all the climate problems in tow.  Today on the Number 10 website, toothless PM Brown of the UK is re-iterating his mantra of the past few months;

Banks must start lending again – PM

Of course, we own the banks and in reality there’s absolutely nothing to stop them.  The ideal solution out of the ‘lack of credit’ predicament has been passed over, unfortunately….

The best solution would have been to give every citizen of the UK, every man, woman and child, an equal share of the money that’s been used to bail out the corrupt and incompetent bankers.

  • Some people would have frittered it – just like the bankers!  But those people would stimulate the economy with their spending.  And the receivers of the cash all cash up, in banks!
  • Some would use it to pay off loans and mortgages – so the banks would get the money anyway and those people would have more to spend.
  • The parents of minors would have had to invest it in their name, in the banks… –  so the banks get the money again, ready to lend to businesses etc.

As I say, the point has passed, but it would have been a win-win situation, unlike now where we still have to pay, both in loans and in higher future taxes.  The only winners are the incompetent and crooked bankers and other money spivs.

Which brings me back to,

A Military Way out of The Credit Crunch

Because all of the missing money, the money that we’ve had to give to the banks to pay for their losses, it’s all had to have gone somewhere.  Like the Zimbabwe ladies in the news today or the wealthy Nigerians of my wife’s experience; like crooked Stanford and Madoff, the money has gone offshore.  To places like The Cayman’s, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Bermuda, Belize, Switzerland.

A much better, less bloodthirsty and legal use of our supposed military might in the West would be to retrieve all our stolen money (don’t forget the Enron billions, Lazards etc etc etc) and pay a nice visit to these offshore havens, packed to the gizzards with siphoned off tax and stolen drug money as well as the proceeds of the biggest frauds the world has ever seen.  As Willie Sutton said;

You can’t rob a bank on charm and personality

If Regan could manage Grenada I’m sure Obama and Brown have a mandate to pay a visit to some or preferably all of the above.  You know it makes sense and it’s the only sure way to inject some money into the system.

It’s certainly cheaper than alienating yet more Pakistanis pursuing the ghostly Taliban all over the world.

Conclusion

Of course, all the world’s leaders have probably got their stashes tied up in these places.  Berlesconi comes to mind…..   So I can’t see it happening although it’s an easy, do-able solution to the recent financial meltdown.

To re-quote Willie Sutton – why go and raid the Cayman Island banks and Lichtenstein etc?

because that’s where the money is!!!

And it’s OUR money!!!

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Roger Irrelevant, Data Security, Liam Byrne and Johnny Foreigner

Liam Byrne

Liam Byrne

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Roger Irrelevant

Two items this week have prompted this post which follows on from others like Laughable Big Brother. The Viz character, Roger Irrelevant is the link. (Viz flash version of a Roger Irrelevant cartoon.)

Quoting from the Wikipedia description of Roger:

“Roger Irrelevant is utterly detached from reality. The premise of the strip is that he spends his entire time making irrelevant remarks and suffering from bizarre delusions, usually involving inanimate objects. Roger does not have much of a personality and is oblivious to nearly everything around him.”

Three quizzed in migration probe

The BBC investigates illegal immigrants then the cops wade in….  There are bucket loads of forged papers on sale to anyone who wants them….

Border and Immigration Minister Liam Byrne said:

“This is fresh evidence for why ID cards are needed so urgently (my stress) and why it is so misguided to propose shutting our new system down.(…) businesses need to know who is legitimately here and that is why cards are so important.

MoD admits loss of secret files

The MOD has lost 658 laptop computers and 131 USB flash drives.

This is one of many government data losses.  Some of this stuff is top secret – apparently – whatever that’s supposed to mean nowadays.  So I repeat what Liam Byrne said just in case you missed it:

“This is fresh evidence for why ID cards are needed so urgently (my stress) and why it is so misguided to propose shutting our new system down.(…) businesses need to know who is legitimately here and that is why cards are so important.

Let’s find why Liam Byrne keeps repeating this bollox!

The minister had an ordinary education and did Politics & Modern History at university.  He then got a prestigious grant to get a MBA from HarvardSo being good at Politics, History and Business Administration immediately qualifies him to be an expert on computing systems and security?  Would you feel qualified?

Byrne co-started up a company called E-Government Solutions Ltd which does what it says on the tin.  It seeks to get all things IT into the government machine. This was before Byrne entered parliament, but as soon as he became an MP he had an unusually fast promotion according to Wikipedia.  Nothing wrong there except for his pronouncements from on high.  Previous to his recent promo for ID Cards, (which with the current idiots in charge will in the end probably give to a company seeking to get all things IT into the government machine), he’s made such pronouncements as;

This is how the minister’s pronouncements and actions have reminded me of Roger Irrelevant. Unfortunately, Labour dot gov have seen fit for him to be in charge of ID Cards and Immigration.

He thinks ID Cards will control criminals – er, no they won’t. Criminals have a behaviour that’s in their name – they’re criminals for fuck’s sake.

If all they have to do to forge a document is stick a fingerprint on it, then that’s what they’ll do.  They’ve already forged the document with a stolen name! If all they need is a few more IDs, they’ll just go to a website or a roundabout or maybe the back of a government taxi to find some our details there – the government has proved at all levels that it is singularly incapable of safeguarding ours or anyone elses info!

Apart from MPs own addresses that is!  What’s that?

Yes it’s true.  Our elected representatives are now on the need to know list, as the headline shows;

MPs’ addresses to remain secret.

Somehow they’ve conveniently forgotten that when you register as a candidate, your address, your nominee and your seconder are all there in the public domain.  This is part of the democratic system that’s called “free and fair” elections with accountability at all levels to ensure this is so.

Unless they’ve removed all of that?  I don’t know.  I may as well give up and go to Zimbabwe.

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Zimbabwe c.f. United Kingdom & Justice

MugabeSorry to keep banging on about this, but the new laws in the UK which severely limit our freedoms and liberties gained over centuries should be compared to the current Zimbabwe situation and then taken forward in time as a thought experiment.

The nearly current state of affairs in the UK I’ve summarised here in this post.

Currently we are still a reasonably civilised place to be……….. but the ease with which the bad people can get a hold cannot be over-emphasised……..

……..so just suppose the right wing nasties get in by shooting enough of their venom at the immigrant population and stirring up the doleful public to vote for them. (I can’t see any left wing nasties on the horizon currently)

The current laws can then be used to make it treasonable to disagree with their views.  And what then?

Look at the following quote from a BBC article today.  It relates to Zimbabwe and the paranoid Mugabe.

A Mr Tendai Biti, of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), had been detained on treason charges(…) Mr Biti’s release on bail came two weeks after he was arrested.
He has been charged with treason, which carries the death penalty, and also with publishing false statements and insulting the president.
His bail was set at one trillion Zimbabwe dollars, the equivalent of about $200 (£100).

The court said that Mr Biti had to remain in his home, hand in his passport and the deeds to his house, and report once a week to a police station.

Now compare this story to the UK or the USA where the premier/president is routinely ridiculed and all actions questioned.  A lot different eh?

But the thing is, it’s not.  It only takes a small shift, much like what the Republicans will be doing soon to vilify Obama, and just like they did at the last two presidential races.

The Florida vote rigging hanging chad excluded voters scandal demonstrates that in the grubby contest to remain in or gain power, we in the west are not far removed from Mugabe and his 5000 cronies.  We in the UK are following the USA and their Patriot Act to the edge, and if we are not vigilant, over the edge.

On the subject of Mugabe and his psychotic coats.  I think they’re covering about three bulletproof and stabproof vests.  Nobody can be the shape he is – I mean really – look at him.  There’s more than a man stuffed in there.

What’s he frightened of?  He’s won the “vote” and killed off all opposition in more ways than one.

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