Tuesday 31 July 2007

A blogger's criticism of Robert Fisk

I have to agree with this, I respect Fisk a lot but he displays an oldsters attitude to the Net. It's not a web of hate, it gives the population of this planet the ability to research and publish their ideas without a bunch of academics or professionals telling them it's not good enough because it doesn't meet certain standards of language or subservience to mainstream ideas. Besides, who the hell wants a room full of messy newspapers when they can all be accessed online? Not to mention the fact that you can read small provincial newspapers from around the world which you would never be able to buy as hardcopy. Robert Fisk is a very brave and intelligent man but he does not, I think, understand the fundamental nature of the Internet. But then can we really fault that in a person brought up on hardcopy?

click here to visit his website Robert Fisk is one of the greatest reporters of all time. He has written some of the most insightful, biting criticisms about U.S./Israeli/British foreign policy and provided readers, in vivid detail, a vision of of the plight of people living in war torn areas of the Middle East. I have nothing but sincere gratitude to him for putting his life on the line to give us these excellent stories. But, having said this, I think he is doing a disservice to his readers by claiming his contempt for the Internet and also by his refusal to look critically into the events of 9/11.

As far as Fisk's distain for the Internet, here is what he had to say about it in his latest article published in The Independent:

Robert Fisk: No wonder the bloggers are winning:

I despise the Internet. It's irresponsible and, often, a net of hate. And I don't have time for Blogopops. But here's a tale of two gutless newspapers which explains why more and more people are Googling rather than turning pages.


With such a broad, sweeping dismissal of the vast expanse of scientific research, political articles, commentaries, and important videos that one would never see on prime time news, calling the Internet "irresponsible" is the epitome of irresponsibility itself.

Most of us who use the Internet have found invaluable information about covert operations and alternative history that one could never find in our school's history books or newspapers. Maybe, if we tried hard enough, we might be able to find a book at the library that would reveal the layers of hidden history, but we would have to try really hard as publishers are reluctant to publish those books. True, on the Net we have to separate out the bad information from the good, but, at least it's there for us to sort out instead of the censors at the Ministry of Truth.

And, as far as his comment that the Internet is a "net of hate". Yes, we know that the Internet will connect people to hate-spewing Nazi propaganda web sites, as well as Zionist ones, but the internet doesn't even come close to being a organ for hate -- with its captive audience to millions -- as traditional media.

For example, Fisk should spend some time watching Glenn Beck as he gives his nightly "two minute hate" speeches on CNN. For those who don't know Beck. His job is to tell Americans how much Muslims hate us and are itching to drop a nuclear bomb on one of our cities. This vile speech often runs simultaneously with a visual of a nuclear bomb going off in the background.

Sometimes the scenarios on Beck's program don't always culminate in a mushroom cloud but are more mundane, though horrifying just the same. For instance, just the previous night Beck had on his program fiction writer and DHS terrorist-scenario creator, Brad Thor, telling American parents that their kids are in jeopardy from a Beslan-like school hostage crisis from depraved, fanatical Muslims. (So much for the notion of corporate responsibility -- this raving lunatic is given a soapbox to voice his hate courtesy of the Time Warner company who are owners of CNN).

And, if you don't get your hate from that bastion of liberalism, CNN, you could always go to Fox New's Bill O'Reilly who hates everything liberal, and MSNBC's Joe Scarborough who ran one of the most vicious campaigns to get Rosie O'Donnell fired from The View -- right at a time that she was educating people about 9/11.

Broadcast news and radio oozes hate and fear to millions daily, but, just because it is corporate-sponsored, does that make it any less reprehensible than what one can read on the Internet?

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Monday 30 July 2007

The day of the zealots

Utterly fabulous! Rod Liddle on how to deal with sanctimonious non-smokers! I've replaced the stars with proper expletives. As Bill Hicks said, "I'd stop smoking if I didn't think I'd become one of you!"
Please note that it is now mandatory to smoke while reading codshit.com

Standing outside a London mainline station, waiting for a taxi, I lit my first cigarette for three hours, leaned back against the wall and inhaled a lungful of cool grey smoke and felt an agreeable tingling spread throughout my body. Do you smoke? You really should give it a go. Very agreeable experience.

Anyway, no sooner had my brain started sending out messages of tranquillity and satisfaction to every part of my body leaving me in the unfamiliar state of feeling goodwill towards my fellow man, than I heard a voice in my ear which dissipated it all in a nanosecond.

"Excuse me," the voice said, with studied politeness, "would you mind putting out that cigarette." The absence of a question mark in that sentence is an accurate reflection of the tone in which it was said.

I looked up. It was a short, bearded cock of a man, swathed in self-righteousness. More to the point, he was an American.

"My family doesn't care to breathe in your second-hand smoke," he added. I looked around in mystification. What fucking family? There was no-one in sight. I had been standing miles away from the entrance to the station, in the open air (no roof, no second wall) in an area devoid of both people and no-smoking signs. I started to get worried. Maybe he was one of those American loonies you read about who, through a sense of alienation or anomie, goes on one of those crazed killing sprees in schools or shopping malls. Maybe my cigarette was what the psychologists call the precursor and within a moment the machine gun would be taken out of his backpack and sprayed around indiscriminately. Clearly he'd made up that he had a family. Maybe he'd already killed them. Tread carefully, I thought.

"Um, I'm sorry, " I said. "but what family?"

He turned and pointed about forty yards away where two spoiled sub-teen female brats were sitting sulkily on a collection of luggage. This arsehole must have espied me lighting up and immediately sprinted the distance between us out of a sort of burning hatred or, as Slavoj Zizek puts it, an incalculable narcissism. Whatever way you look at it, his action was deranged. How on earth should one respond to people like this?

"Fuck off."

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MI5's role in torture flight hell

Here's your special relationship. The US government does whatever the hell it likes and this pathetic little country still plays along like the good little Bi'atch it really is. Rule Britannia my arse!

An Iraqi who was a key source of intelligence for MI5 has given the first ever full insider's account of being seized by the CIA and bundled on to an illegal 'torture flight' under the programme known as extraordinary rendition.

In a remarkable interview for The Observer, British resident Bisher al-Rawi has told how he was betrayed by the security service despite having helped keep track of Abu Qatada, the Muslim cleric accused of being Osama bin Laden's 'ambassador in Europe'. He was abducted and stripped naked by US agents, clad in nappies, a tracksuit and shackles, blindfolded and forced to wear ear mufflers, then strapped to a stretcher on board a plane bound for a CIA 'black site' jail near Kabul in Afghanistan.

He was taken on to the jail at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba before being released last March and returned to Britain after four years' detention without charge.

'All the way through that flight I was on the verge of screaming,' al-Rawi said. 'At last we landed, I thought, thank God it's over. But it wasn't - it was just a refuelling stop in Cairo. There were hours still to go ... My back was so painful, the handcuffs were so tight. All the time they kept me on my back. Once, I managed to wriggle a tiny bit, just shifted my weight to one side. Then I felt someone hit my hand. Even this was forbidden.'

He was thrown into the CIA's 'Dark Prison,' deprived of all light 24 hours a day in temperatures so low that ice formed on his food and water. He was taken to Guantanamo in March 2003 and released after being cleared of any involvement in terrorism by a tribunal.

A report by Parliament's intelligence and security committee last week disclosed that, although the Americans warned MI5 it planned to render al-Rawi in advance, in breach of international law, the British did not intervene on the grounds he did not have a UK passport. The government claimed he was the responsibility of Iraq, which he fled as a teenager when his father was tortured by Saddam Hussein's regime.

The report confirmed that al-Rawi, 39, was only held after MI5 sent the CIA a telegram, stating he was an 'Islamic extremist' who had a timer for an improvised bomb in his luggage. In reality, before al-Rawi left London, police confirmed the device was a battery charger from Argos.

The committee accepted MI5's claim, given in secret testimony, that it had not wanted the Americans to arrest him, in November 2002, concluding the incident had damaged US-UK relations.

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Sunday 29 July 2007

The Voice of the White House - July 25, 2007

Pure dynamite!

Uncle Sam wants YOU to die for big business There is a veritable flood of silly stories about the 'Real Reasons' for the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings on September 11, 2001. Many of these are invented by people looking for attention but there are also a number that are deliberately created, and publicized, by the government itself. The reasons for this fictionalizing of a national tragedy? Because if the actual truth ever became public, there would be such an enormous, and unstoppable, outcry that the result could well be the destruction of the Bush administration with very probable criminal charges being brought against some its most important members.

In American and British intelligence agencies, at the higher levels, it is well-known that the Russians have long ago penetrated Israeli intelligence with many pseudo-"Jewish immigrant plants. Since Israel and the United States have a very close working arrangement (Mossad agents are assigned to a physical presence in the CIA headquarters in Langley and regularly report back to Tel Aviv what goes on there at the very highest level) it is no surprise to those of us with long service in Washington, that what goes to Tel Aviv (like the vast outpouring of the most secret documents stolen by Pollard and sold by him to the Israeli intelligence organs) goes immediately to Moscow. Thanks to Pollard, whom Bush is "thinking about pardoning, the Russians got the keys to all of the highest level American intelligence codes to include the Army, the Air Force, the NSA, the CIA and other agencies.

Given this background, let me progress to the crux of this report.

Vice President Dick Cheney runs the White House in some areas and he runs Bush with an iron hand. Cheney is interested in stopping, dead, the EPA's attempt to control American industry and its production methods. Cheney is the instigator of the attack on Iraq. He wanted this attack so that the United States could have control over all Iraqi oil and serve as a US command center in the Middle East so as to be able to move militarily against any oil-producing Arab state that dared to contradict energy policies that he, Cheney approved of. A very staunch ally of Israel, Cheney also wanted a significant long-term American military presence in the Middle East to support and protect Israel from possible military actions from her neighbors.

To invade Iraq with public support, Cheney connived with the Israelis to foment an incident of significance aimed at the United States and executed on American territory. When the Israeli Mossad infiltrated Arab terrorist groups functioning inside the United States, they reported both to their own officials and, through them, to the CIA.

The Mossad knew in detail about the projected attacks on New York and Washington, passed this information to their people and, via the CIA, directly to Cheney. None of this was given to Bush, whom Cheney considers to be a 'weak sister.

When it became evident that the attack was to be forthcoming, Cheney quietly warned Attorney General Ashcroft, key members of his personal staff and key staffers at the Pentagon not to fly by commercial American aircraft between the end of August and the middle of September, 2001.

This inside information was certainly known to 'Scooter' Libby and was the primary reason Bush quickly commuted his sentence of imprisonment and, as we all know here, plans to give him a full pardon just as he is leaving office.

Bush, who knew nothing of all of this, went to his Texas ranch at Crawford for the month of August. Bush likes to go to go to Crawford so he can drink himself into a stupor without the danger of unwelcome observation. Without informing Bush of his specific knowledge, Cheney saw to it that Bush and his staff went to Florida for the main event, where they would be out of the way, and safe, while he hid in his famous bunker and planned to emerge as the Edward Stanton of his day, directing the government until Bush returned. Cheney planned to use his inside information to permit the attack to proceed and, if it was successful, use it as a tool to increase the Presidential power (and his own) and launch a military attack on oil-rich Iraq.

Cheney was completely successful in his goals .Over 3,000 people died directly as a result of deliberate silence, and in the intervening years, the death tolls have become immense. What has also become immense is the sum of money Cheney has made by forcing no-bid contracts for Halliburton on the government. Cheney has many stock options in this company, options he got when the stock was far lower in value than it is today after he deliberately inflated its value.

Now, let's look at certain very important, and sourced, incidents leading up to the attack to see just what Cheney and his claque knew and when they knew it.

March 7, 2001 The Russian Permanent Mission at the United Nations secretly submits "an unprecedented detailed report to the UN Security Council about bin Laden, his whereabouts, details of his al-Qaeda network, Afghan drug running, and Taliban connections in Pakistan. The report provides "a listing of all bin Laden's bases, his government contacts and foreign advisors, and enough information to potentially kill him. The US fails to act. Alex Standish, the editor of the highly respected Jane's Intelligence Review, concludes that the attacks of 9/11 were less of an American intelligence failure and more the result of "a political decision not to act against bin Laden. [Jane's Intelligence Review 10/5/01]

On June 26, 2001, the CIA informed the White House that they had intercepted foreign intelligence traffic concerning possible al-Qaeda strikes in America on July 4.

June 2001 -- German intelligence, the BND, warned the CIA and Israel that Middle Eastern terrorists were "planning to hijack commercial aircraft to use as weapons to attack important symbols of American and Israeli culture." [Source: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, September 14, 2001.]

July 5, 2001, the CIA informed the President, through the office of the Vice President, that al-Qaeda attacks against American targets "were entirely possible during the summer of that year.

June 2001: German intelligence warned the CIA, Britain's MI6, and Israel's Mossad that Middle Eastern terrorists were training for hijackings and targeting US and Israeli symbols. [Source: Fox News, 5/17/02]

June 28, 2001- National security advisor Condoleeza Rice said: "It is highly likely that a significant al-Qaeda, attack is in the near future, within several weeks."

Late June 2001 White House National Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Richard Clarke, gave a direct warning to the FAA to increase security measures in light of an impending terrorist attack. The FAA refuses to take such measures. [New Yorker 1/14/02]

July 26, 2001: Attorney General Ashcroft stopped flying commercial airlines due to a threat assessment. [Source: CBS, 7/26/01] He later walked out of his office rather than answer questions about this. [Source: Associated Press, 5/16/02]

August 2001 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian intelligence to again warn the U.S. government "in the strongest possible terms" of imminent attacks by suicide pilots on airports and government buildings. [Source: MS-NBC interview with Putin, September 15.,2001, Fox, September 17, 2001]

August 2001 At least six 9/11 hijackers, including all of those that boarded Flight 77, lived in Laurel, Maryland from about this time. They reportedly include Hani Hanjour, Majed Moqed, Khalid Almihdhar, Nawaf Alhazmi and Salem Alhazmi Nawaf Alhazmi, Khalid Almihdhar, Marwan Alshehhi, and Mohamed Atta

August 4-30, 2001 President Bush spent most of August 2001 at his Crawford, Texas, ranch, nearly setting a record for the longest presidential vacation. While it was billed a "working vacation, ABC reported Bush was doing "nothing much aside from his regular daily intelligence briefings. [ABC 8/3/01;

August 8-23, 2001: Two high ranking Israeli Mossad agents came to Washington to warn the FBI and CIA that up to 200 terrorists had slipped into the US and were planning an imminent major assault in the US. Indications pointed to a highly visible target. [Sources: Telegraph, 9/16/01, Los Angeles Times, 9/16/01, Fox News, 5/17/02] The Mossad gave the CIA a list of terrorists. A major Israeli spy ring was hard on the heels of at least four members of the 9/11 hijackers, including lead hijacker Mohammed Atta. [Source: BBC, 10/2/01]

August 24, 2001, the head of the Israeli Mossad reported the imminence of an Arab attack against American targets and a similar report was made by the same agency on September 7, 2001.

August 28, 2001 Hijacker Atta was able to buy his flight ticket, despite being wanted by police for driving without a license and violating visa regulations. He should have been wanted for sabotaging a stalled aircraft as well "Four of the five members of the group that diverted American Airlines flight number 11 Mohammed Atta, Abdulaziz Al-Omari, Walid and Wahd Al-Shehri, as well as one of the five terrorists of United flight 175, Marwan Al-Shehhi , resided all at various times in Hollywood, Florida. Arab terrorists and suspected terror cells lived in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as in Miami and Hollywood, Florida from December 2000 to April 2001 in direct proximity to the Israeli spy cells.'

According to the report, the Mossad agents were interested in the leader of the terrorists, Mohammed Atta and his key accomplice, Marwan al-Shehi. Both lived in Hamburg before they settled in Hollywood, Florida in order to plan the attacks. A Mossad team was also operating in the same town. The leader, Hanan Serfati, had rented several dwellings. Everything indicates that the terrorists were constantly observed by the Israelis. The chief Israeli agent was staying right near the post office where the terrorists had a mailbox. The Mossad also had its sights on Atta's accomplice Khalid al-Midhar, with whom the CIA was also familiar, but allowed to run free.

September 10, 2001: A particularly urgent warning was received the night before the attacks, causing some top Pentagon brass to suddenly cancel travel plans for the next morning, apparently because of "sudden security concerns ' . [Source: Newsweek September 12, 2001] "Why that same information was not available to the 266 people who died aboard the four hijacked commercial aircraft may become a hot topic on the Hill." [Source: Newsweek, 9/13/01]

September 11, 2001, President George Bush flew with a significant number of his senior staff to Sarasota, Florida where he visited the Emma E. Booker Elementary School. In a well-covered media event, Bush attended a meeting of school children and read portions of a child's book to them. When Airforce One took off with the President and his entourage safely on board, it headed west to carry the President away from the apparent target areas. While the President and his staff, like Vice President Cheney were safely ensconced in concrete bunkers

And from a personal perspective, my wife's best friend in Washington knows Cheney's wife, Lynn very well. She told my wife several times that in August of 2001, the Vice President told his wife, who was planning to take a trip later that month, that she had best not fly by commercial airlines "because we believe there will be a serious terrorist attack sometime between the end of August and the middle of September… I heard this just after the attack and again about three weeks ago.

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Saturday 28 July 2007

Heathrow puts up legal barricades to keep away protesters

It's freedom Jim, but not as we know it. Mussolini himself said that fascism should better be described as "corporatism" because it involves the fusion of corporation and state. If this doesn't follow that description then I don't know what does.

If you're a member of the National Trust, the RSPB, the Woodland Trust or Friends of the Earth, then you could be banned from Britain's biggest airport. And the Piccadilly line. And parts of Paddington station. And sections of the M4. All because the authorities want to halt a protest against climate change...

By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent
Published: 27 July 2007

Five million people in peaceful environmental organisations such as the National Trust and the RSPB have become the subject of an extraordinary legal attempt to limit their right to protest.

In legal documents seen by The Independent, the British Airports Authority has begun moves that would allow police to arrest members of 15 environmental groups to prevent them taking part in demonstrations against airport expansion.

While the threat of terrorism and consequent security checks have been dominating the headlines during the start of the summer holidays, BAA has been planning a pre-emptive strike against environmentalists.

Next week, in response to a demonstration due to be held outside Heathrow airport, BAA will go to the High Court to seek judicial approval for an anti-environmentalist injunction, the terms of which are so wide they have provoked astonishment among the green movement. Any one of five million people in groups such as the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England could be arrested for travelling on the London Underground or possessing a kite.

Anyone failing to give 24 hours' notice of a protest could be arrested for travelling on sections of the motorway or from standing on platforms 6 and 7 at Paddington station to catch the Heathrow Express. The terms of the injunction would cover: "All railway trains and carriages operating upon the Piccadilly line of the London Underground System ; the M4 and all service stations between and including junctions 3 and 6; and the M25 and all service stations between and including junctions 13 and 15..."

Civil rights campaigners claim the injunction, which will be heard on Wednesday, would put new limits on the right to peaceful protest. Liberty described the "massively wide ban" - which has no time limit - as ridiculously unenforceable. "The dangerous and undemocratic trend of large corporations seeking to trample the legal right to peaceful protest should be taken very seriously by the courts," the human rights group protested.

BAA insisted it had a duty to protect the travelling public from disruption during the holiday season and was not seeking to prevent legal protest. As part of the second annual Camp for Climate Action, up to 5,000 protesters were to pitch tents for a week at or near Heathrow from 14 August in protest at plans for a third runway that would increase flights by 50 per cent. A day of peaceful direct action, such as occupying an airline office, was planned but organisers have promised not to compromise safety or inconvenience passengers.

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Will This August Be Like 1914 or 1939?

From Ron Holland who posted a comment on the site. An excellent article, not much of a choice is it really? The worst thing is that most of the population is blissfully ignorant of any of this. I really hope the Internet will make a difference, that's why this site and a lot of others exist.

During the last couple of weeks, many have written articles warning how the Bush Administration could be trying to save its place in history and restore collapsed support and poll numbers through a staged terror attack and war against Iran or an invasion of Pakistan. The flawed reasoning goes that otherwise the GOP is doomed to defeat in the 2008 election. The usual extreme comparisons are being made with Germany just before World War Two both domestically and in foreign affairs. I believe this conspiratorial scenario is wrong and irresponsible.

First of all neither Cheney or the handlers of Bush are dumb enough to ever allow them to be aware of or much less implicated in such a treasonous plot against the Constitution or the American people. Second, the availability of alternative news sources on the internet make the old style war propaganda obsolete in a wired society so no administration could hope to get away with this kind of provocation. Finally, certain special interests want war with Iran and there is another way to war that protects the Bush Administration and this is why I fear this may be the calm before the storm.

In August 1939, most of the people of the German Reich were opposed to war although the German Leader Adolf Hitler had the overwhelming support of the German people. Germans enjoyed the summer, the cafés, and went about business as usual while they worried about the future but hoped for the best. Few politicians or historians on either side of the looming conflict thought a short war in Poland would bring about the greatest military conflict in world history but they were wrong.

Following a faked German-staged “Polish attack” on a German border radio station on August 31, the propositioned German forces invaded Poland from all directions. Although there were degrees of fault and honest historical and territorial claims on both sides, this German invasion started World War Two.

Today, almost 70 years later, naval and air forces of the United States are propositioned around Iran and some warn a mass air and naval assault just may be planned for August when Congress is out of session. They suggest the spark could be another Islamic terrorist attack against the U.S., a provocation by Iran or a staged attack against American targets in the United States or elsewhere by “rogue intelligence operatives” with “plausible deniability” protecting high government officials, foreign intelligence operatives or other related groups.

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Friday 27 July 2007

Libby a long-time Israeli intelligence agent

From the Wayne Madsen report, good article about how many of the people in the US government aren't actually putting America's interests first. Talk about the tail wagging the dog!

Irving Lewis "Scooter" Libby (Leibowitz) has been a long-serving intelligence agent for Israel's Mossad, according to a veteran CIA "official cover" officer who spoke to the Wayne Madsen Report on deep background. The CIA's Clandestine Service has, over the years, gathered a tremendous amount of intelligence on Libby's activities on behalf of Mossad.

Libby served as the lawyer for Switzerland- based American fugitive financier Marc Rich, aka Mark David Reich, who is also known to be an Israeli intelligence asset and someone Israel relies upon for missions that demand "plausible deniability" on the part of the Mossad. Rich heads up a worldwide empire of dummy corporations, foundations, and numbered bank accounts that have been involved in sanctions busting and weapons smuggling. The nations involved include Israel, United States, United Kingdom, Iran, Panama, Colombia, Russia, Iraq (under Saddam Hussein), Cuba, Spain, Nigeria, Singapore, Bolivia, Jamaica, Bermuda, France, Italy, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Australia, Argentina, Peru, Ireland, Zambia, Sw

In 1983, the then-U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York urged jail time for Rich and his partner Pincus Green for racketeering. The name of that U.S. Attorney is Rudolph Giuliani. Giuliani, who is now running for president, praised Bush's decision to commute Libby's jail sentence. After Clinton 's pardon of Rich, Giuliani said he was "shocked." Paul Klebnikov, the Moscow editor for Forbes' Russian edition, wrote about the connections of Rich to Russian gangsters like Boris Berezovsky, a business partner of Neil Bush, in his book "Godfather of the Kremlin." Klebnikov was shot to death gangland-style on a Moscow street on July 9, 2004.

Libby not only provided the Mossad with a top agent inside the White House but also an important conduit for the Russian-Israeli Mafia.

Libby arranged for Rich's eleventh hour pardon by outgoing President Bill Clinton in January 2001. The pardon of Rich was urged in a phone call to Clinton by then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, as well as Shimon Peres and Ehud Olmert.

Yesterday, Libby received a commutation of his 30-month prison sentence from President George W. Bush. Libby was convicted on four counts of perjury, lying to a federal law enforcement officer, and obstruction of justice in the investigation by U.S. Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald of the White House's leak to the media of the identity CIA non-official cover officer Valerie Plame Wilson.

Libby was denied bail by U.S. Judge Reggie Walton and was ordered to prison while appealing his sentence. Libby was assigned Bureau of Prisons inmate number 28301-016.

Libby worked for Paul Wolfowitz in the State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 1982 to 1985. Libby again worked for Wolfowitz in the Pentagon as the Principal Undersecretary for Strategy and Resources. Libby later became the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy and served as a chief aide to Defense Secretary Dick Cheney.

It was while Libby was working for Wolfowitz at State, the FBI arrested Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, who had delivered enough highly-classified U.S. documents they could have entirely filled a garage. It was well known that Pollard had a "control officer" within the Reagan administration. The control officer was code-named "Mega."

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US regime escalates pre-war propaganda against Iran

Everybody's going to war,
But we don't know what we're fighting for,
Don't tell me it's a worthy cause,
No cause could be so worthy...

If love is a drug, I guess we're all sober,
If hope is a song I guess it's all over,
How to have faith, when faith is a crime?
I don't want to die...
If God's on our side, then God is a joker,
Asleep on the job, his children fall over...

Nerina Pallot - Everybody's Gone to War

US military spokesmen, officials and analysts are gradually adding flesh to the bones of allegations of official Iranian collaboration with Shia and Sunni insurgents in Iraq, including elements linked to al-Qaida.

[In contrast to the continuing flow of unsubstantiated "allegations" about Iran, there is no doubt that the US regime certainly is involved with insurgent groups, The US regime cannot control where all of the the weapons, explosives and money they provide to insurgents in Iraq actually end up, even if we accept the apparent assumption that US agents stirring-up violence in Iraq care who gets what let alone need to control the process.]

The development comes amid reports that the White House is leaning towards military action against Iran over its suspect nuclear activities and supposed meddling in Iraq, and growing expectations that George Bush will extend the military "surge" to at least next summer.

A senior US official in Baghdad told the Guardian in May that Iran was fighting a proxy war in Iraq. He accused Tehran of "committing daily acts of war against US and British forces", including weapons and other assistance to militias and ad hoc cooperation with individual extremists tied to al-Qaida.

The allegations were rejected out of hand by Iran. Anti-war groups dismissed them as unsubstantiated US propaganda, reminiscent of false claims made prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In an apparent response to this scepticism Brigadier-General Kevin Bergner, of Multi-National Force Iraq, put coalition concerns on the record at an official briefing in Baghdad on July 2.

For the first time he formally accused Iran's senior leadership of instigating, or at the least countenancing, insurgent attacks. He cited an incident in Kerbala, in January, which led to the deaths of five Americans, and identified 21 "high-level operatives" who worked under clandestine Iranian direction.

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Thursday 26 July 2007

Homeland General: Attack 'Could Happen Any Day'

Well, they would know! Seriously though, when it does happen the scale will be unlike anything the world has seen. They have to motivate the masses to volunteer themselves for the slaughter. The pieces all seem to be falling into place for the NWO. I wonder if this dull, cow-like species of ours will wake up in time or whether it will all happen again?

The U.S. military commander in charge of defending the U.S. homeland said Tuesday that he believes there are al-Qaida cells in the United States or people working to create them.

Air Force Gen. Victor "Gene" Renuart said that while the terrorism threat within the nation's boundaries has increased in the past year, officials have strengthened intelligence sharing, particularly in an effort to shore up weaknesses in security at U.S. ports.

"I believe there are cells in the United States, or at least people who aspire to create cells in the United States," Renuart said in an interview with The Associated Press. "To assume that there are not those cells is naive and so we have to take that threat seriously."

He added, "Am I concerned that this will happen this summer, I have to be concerned that it could happen any day."

Other U.S. officials last week said they did not know of al-Qaida cells in the United States.

Renuart, who took over the job as the head of U.S. Northern Command just four months ago, said that to counter the growing threat, the military also needs to create two more brigade-size units to be available to respond to nuclear, chemical and biological incidents at home - because currently there is only one. A brigade is about 3,500 troops.

Renuart's comments came in the wake of a national intelligence report released last week, which concluded that al-Qaida is using its growing strength in the Middle East to plot attacks on U.S. soil.

Port security has long been identified as a key weak point, including the need to scan cargo containers coming into the country by ship.

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Michael Moore - Impeach Bush and Cheney

Hear hear!

Wednesday 25 July 2007

Voice of the White House - July 22, 2007

I want the software he talks about! If anyone knows how to get it leave a comment on this post!

I have a nephew who is 15 years old and fascinated by computers and computer systems. He told me that he had developed a system that could block any ads from a system and stop anyone from breaking into a personal computer. This was an interesting concept because now that the print media is disintegrating and losing many of their readers, the frantic advertisers have joined forces with the web. Now, when you get up on almost any server, you are deluged with ads. Look at many sites and smack in the middle of an article you see "Ads by Google" or some such and if you want to download the material, you have to split up the cut and paste activities. And, let us say, you are using Yahoo, whenever you want to check your mail, you have to wait until the show you two or three ads for super wonderful mortgages, free credit reports (that aren’t) and used cars. After you sit through these, then and only then can you check your mail. With my nephew's system, the ads are still there but are only a block of light gray and you don’t have to look at slightly used cars or pump and dump stock for five minutes. And the "Ads by Google" are only gray blocs and you can download right over them. As an added advantage, if someone, such as the DHS, tries to pry into your system, they get a dose of virus that would kill a large cow but without damaging your own site. Wonderful concept! I checked out his program, put it on my own system, found it worked very well and recommended it to others. The upshot of this is that my nephew is now in business for himself and sells these, very privately through me, to friends who are not interested in Chertoff's trained baboons poking around in their system or having to read yards of trashy ads while waiting to download your mail. He has a friend who is 17 who has devised a chip that shoots a bolt of lightening into those misguided slobbers who try to capture his browser. I said that if he sold it, which he wanted to do, some clever dick would buy one and reverse engineer it. No, he said, he had set it up so that any attempt to get into it would destroy the inner working. Wonderful how technically brilliant some children are! One of them has a paper from MIT, not designed for the general public, that tells in detail how a standard television set can be used to eavesdrop on conversations. I will do a story on that fairly soon but a tip to those who say bad things in front of the TV: This snooping will only work if your TV is connected to a cable system. To ensure complete privacy, simply unplug the cable connection. It won’t work to unplug the set because it will still snitch. Unplug the cable and everything is blessed silence. The house apes that regularly go into the local cable heads will wonder why they can hear nothing.

Onward and upwards with the arts! My nephew is now buying gold coins with his obscene profits because he has decided, very wisely, that the dollar is about to fall off the cliff (it is already collapsing against the Euro, making life terrible for American tourists) and gold is better. He suggested that people do not buy gold and let the seller "keep it safe in their special vaults" because this is just another hedge-fund Ponzi scheme.

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Vista = Disappointment

The first release of a Microsoft OS is ALWAYS crap, that's why people are waiting for the first service release. MS doesn't spend much on bug testing and lets us do it through trial and error. They don't call it a BETA because no-one would buy the damn thing!! The picture below is great too!

New numbers from web metrics firm Net Applications shows that Windows Vista’s rate of adoption is even worse than earlier believed. In fact Vista is still to reach a 5% market share, and June was the first month in Vista’s history to surpass the good old Windows 2000.

According to Net Applications’s report Windows Vista had a market share of just 4.52% at the end of June compared to only 0.18% in January, so it has been a growth. But if almost everyone is complaining about Vista, why are still people switching to Vista? Well the answer is simple, people are buying new PC’s and in most cases that PC comes pre-loaded with Windows Vista.

In an interview with Financial Times Deutschland, Acer president Gianfranco Lanci said:

The whole industry is disappointed with Windows Vista.

Despite the long wait between Windows XP and Vista, the latest operating system still lacks maturity. Stability is certainly a problem.

Users are voting with their feet, Lanci said, so that the Vista launch has had the smallest impact on PC sales of any version of Windows in the history of PC manufacturing. He added the situation didn't look likely to change in the next six months. And that a lot of people are still asking for XP to be loaded on their machines.

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Tuesday 24 July 2007

Sun's Output Increasing in Possible Trend Fueling Global Warming

Climate has always changed, the notion that we can "stabilise" global temperatures is not only fallacious it is the height of idiocy. The Earth goes through periodic warming and cooling cycles naturally. Plus there is evidence of global warming on Mars, Jupiter and Neptune and there are no SUVs there! Also, contrary to David de Rothschild on Alex Jones' recent show Mars and Jupiter are further away from the sun. How the hell can you claim to fight for the planet when you don't even know where it is in the Solar System?! We humans think we are so great and know so much, but we are really a primitive child-race only a few stages up on the evolutionary ladder from cave-men and great apes! More CO2 is release from one volcanic eruption than from all of human activity! Ok so I know it's a bit of a negative view and I should have more faith in the Human Spirit but there you go, it's like the smoking ban. The Hegelian Dialectic can be used to understand this. Powerful people want more control but the people will revolt so they create this boogeyman called "global warming" or "smoking" and use it to get us to agree to the very things that they know we wouldn't under normal circumstances. Pure 21st century mind-control BS.

In what could be the simplest explanation for one component of global warming, a new study shows the Sun's radiation has increased by .05 percent per decade since the late 1970s.

The increase would only be significant to Earth's climate if it has been going on for a century or more, said study leader Richard Willson, a Columbia University researcher also affiliated with NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

The Sun's increasing output has only been monitored with precision since satellite technology allowed necessary observations. Willson is not sure if the trend extends further back in time, but other studies suggest it does.

"This trend is important because, if sustained over many decades, it could cause significant climate change," Willson said.

In a NASA-funded study recently published in Geophysical Research Letters, Willson and his colleagues speculate on the possible history of the trend based on data collected in the pre-satellite era.

"Solar activity has apparently been going upward for a century or more," Willson told SPACE.com today.

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Monday 23 July 2007

The Voice of the White House - 19 July 2007

At least there is one person in the White House that is a normal human being! Unfortunately I think this person is a rather junior staffer.

This is such a lovely place to work. Packs of sweating and desperate Republican Congressmen coming in and out, trying to talk to Bush and get him to at least make some kind of promise (of course never to be kept) about withdrawing or at least to stop snarling at people. Pointless. Bush is constantly in a rage here and yesterday, I had to deliver something to the West Wing. After I had dropped of my files and was heading back to my office, someone opened a door and I could hear, very clearly, Our Beloved President screaming with rage. He said, and I quote: “Goddamit! I said to quit bugging me about Iraq! I will never withdraw a single man from there and when I leave here for good, my successor can handle it.” My associates say he has been shouting at everyone here about this and it is interesting to watch him. His eyes squinch shut, his mouth turns down and he shakes all over. And his face gets white as flour and all kinds of blotches can be seen on it. Not a nice sight and rather frightening considering who he is (and who he thinks he is) and what he can do, even with his nuts chopped off. The Democrats are pussy-futting around, enraging the electorate who elected them to stop the crazy Bush from further manic bloodshed. Recruitment has tanked, the Surge is a total flop, Republicans are hysterical with fear and about 30% of the staff has quit the Monkey Palace with more desertions planned. I still think the only thing to do is to impeach both Bush and Cheney but the Democrats are too frightened and too busy looking for more lobbyist money to be worth more than a pinch of sour owl shit.

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Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism

Just so we're all clear on definitions. Use this list and compare it against the country you live in. How many of these points hold true?

Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread
domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.

6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

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Weather War?

I know you all probably think I'm a bit mad but maybe, just maybe, the recent flooding in the UK is not the result of Mother Nature but is in fact Russia's response to the whole Litvinenko affair. Expel 4 diplomats for the benefit of the media and cause the floods, which the brainless hacks blame global warming for!? Or something... Well, that's why they call this codshit.com!

The huge mushroom cloud soared skywards, the captain was gripped by fear, believing his plane was about to be engulfed by the fall-out from a nuclear explosion. After declaring mayday and ordering his crew to don oxygen masks, the experienced pilot had the presence of mind to record that the cloud measured an estimated 200 miles in diameter and was tipped by an eerie light, like nothing he had seen before. Eventually, it soared harmlessly into the atmosphere, leaving the passenger jet to continue safely on its journey from Anchorage, in Alaska, to Tokyo.

But far below, a fleet of fishing boats trawling the sea between Japan and the Soviet Union was drenched by a violent but short-lived downpour before the weather suddenly cleared. Nuclear tests and volcanic activity were later ruled out but scientists concluded that this was not a natural phenomenon. More than two decades later suspicion still exists that the stunned airline crew and fishermen in 1973 were witnessing a sinister Cold War experiment, in which water from the Sea of Japan was blown into the air to create clouds and rain.

British government papers, just released by the National Archives, show that throughout the Seventies there was deep mistrust between the two superpowers over environmental warfare. The documents reveal that both the US, which led the field, and the Soviet Union had secret military programmes with the goal of controlling the world's climate. "By the year 2025 the United States will own the weather, " one scientist is said to have boasted.

Since then, a United Nations treaty has been signed which bans environmental warfare, such as causing earthquakes, melting the polar ice caps and altering climate. But some experts believe that clandestine work to create the ultimate weapon of mass destruction continues.

These claims are dismissed by sceptics as wild conspiracy theories and the stuff of James Bond movies but there is growing evidence that the boundaries between science fiction and fact are becoming increasingly blurred. The Americans now admit that they invested L12million over five years during the Vietnam war on "cloud seeding" - deliberately creating heavy rainfall to wash away enemy crops and destroy supply routes on the Ho Chi Minh trail, in an operation codenamed Project Popeye.

It is claimed that rainfall was increased by a third in targeted areas, making the weather-manipulation weapon a success. At the time, government officials said the region was prone to heavy rain.

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MPs criticise map used in Iran crisis

So they were in Iranian waters after all. This government seems to like trying to tell us that rain is dry, black is white and the government of this country is a paragon of virtue and honesty!

A British map of the northern Gulf where Iran seized 15 naval personnel in March was not as accurate as it should have been and Britain was fortunate Iran did not contest it, a review into the crisis said on Sunday.

The parliamentary report also said the Foreign Office should name the person who let two sailors sell their stories to the media, a decision widely criticised for handing a propaganda coup to Britain's enemies and embarrassing serving troops.

The report by the Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) said the Foreign Office's overall approach could not be faulted, but it said efforts should have been made to contact key Iranian negotiator Ali Larijani sooner.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards seized 15 British personnel in the northern Gulf in March sparking a 13-day standoff that ended when Iran's president freed them, a day after Larijani spoke to a senior adviser to then Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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Friday 20 July 2007

Idiots on the March

From Charley Reese about the insanity of all the crazy ignorant fundie idiots being led to the slaughter. An attack on Iran seems to be inevitable at this stage :-( This world really does suck like shit sometimes. If the people of Earth allow themselves to be taken in to another World War then quite frankly they deserve everything they get and to Hell with our whole species! There really are days that I want Aliens to come and abduct me!

Idiots in Israel, along with those American idiots in the punditocracy who can't see where they are going because their vision is blocked by Israeli backsides, are trying to pressure our idiots in the White House to commit an act of insanity.

That act of insanity is launching a military attack against Iran because the idiots and their followers believe, despite a total lack of evidence, that Iran is pursuing a nuclear bomb. If you think the Middle East is in turmoil now, just watch what happens if idiocy prevails.

Let's review a few facts. There is no evidence that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon. Of course the Iranians put a lot of their nuclear facilities underground. After all, they saw the Israelis – in clear violation of international law and without any evidence that Iraq was building a bomb – attack and destroy a nuclear reactor in Baghdad without a peep from the U.S.

Given how the Israelis constantly rant against Iran, Iranians would have been fools not to put as much of it as possible underground.

Iran signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Israel refuses to sign it. Iran allowed international inspectors. Israel never has. Israel has nuclear weapons – and apparently a lot of them. Iran doesn't have any, not one. If you are worried about an Islamic nuke, I remind you that Pakistan already has them. A Hindu nuke? India has them.

So Israel, Pakistan and India all have nuclear weapons, all refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and all are warmly held allies of the idiots in Washington.

Here's another fact to stack against the clear evidence of insanity on the Potomac. Suppose Iran is lying about peaceful uses and does build a bomb (even the Israelis say it will take until 2009). So what? The world is full of nuclear weapons. My whole life, since the 1950s, has been lived 30 minutes away from nuclear annihilation.

People, especially in the press, tend to get hysterical about nuclear weapons. A nuclear bomb is, after all, a bomb. It has, whatever its size, a limited burst radius. Fallout is a captive of the wind. There have been lots of nuclear detonations on the ground and in the atmosphere, counting the two we dropped on Japan, plus all the nuclear tests conducted by us, the Russians, the French and whoever else. So far as I know, the people around the world are still producing normal babies, and no giant spiders or ants have appeared over the horizon.

Furthermore, having five or six nuclear weapons does not make you a threat against a country with 200 nukes (Israel), much less the U.S., which has more than 3,000 nukes.

So let these facts settle into your head. Iran says it seeks to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes, as it is legally entitled to do under the terms of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. There is no evidence to contradict that. Iran has said repeatedly that it has no desire to acquire a nuclear weapon. It has never – despite the propaganda based on a misquotation – ever threatened Israel or the United States, or, for that matter, anyone else.

So what's afoot? I'll tell you what I think. The neocons in the U.S. and their pet bully, Israel, intend to dominate the Middle East and its oil. That means any country not run by a servile suck-up (Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, etc.) must be weakened or destroyed.

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Gordon Brown tells British Zionists he always loved Israel

The more things change the more they stay the same. Why do all our politicians have to Israel's bitch? We started this mess with the Balfour Declaration and the current government is as subservient to the Zionists as ever! Meanwhile thousands of innocent Palestinian PEOPLE are being slowly starved to death.

If anyone had harboured illusions that Britain's new prime minister, Gordon Brown, might adopt a less biased position towards Israel than his Zionist predecessor, Tony Blair, now is the time to dispel them.

To begin with, Gordon Brown has appointed Israel apologists to key positions in his government, with arch-Zionist James Purnell heading the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which has oversight responsibilities for the British media, including the BBC, and Douglas Alexander, a recipient of Labour Friends of Israel hospitality, taking over the Department for International Development.

They are complemented by another Israel apologist, Jim Murphy, who has become minister of state for Europe with responsibility for the BBC World Service and the British Council. Mr Murphy served as chairman of Labour Friends of Israel during 2000-02 and has also been a member of the Anglo-Israeli All-Party Parliamentary Group.

In addition, Gordon Brown has appointed Simon McDonald, a former British ambassador to Israel and a man described by Israeli officials as "a true friend to Israel", as his chief foreign policy adviser.

Another Israel fanatic, Meg Munn, becomes parliamentary under-secretary of state with responsibility for foreign affairs. Ms Munn is a former chairwoman of Labour Friends of Israel and is a recipient of hospitality from the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Gordon Brown has also been at pain to stress his Christian Zionist credentials. In a speech to the Labour Friends of Israel annual fundraising dinner in April 2007, quoted by the Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post, Brown described how his father, a Presbyterian preacher, had been a passionate supporter of Israel who had taken him to the racist Jews-only state at least twice a year for most of his adult life to show solidarity with the usurpers of Palestinian land.

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White House Gets Defensive Over Accusation Bin Laden Is Dead

From the good folks at propagandamatrix.com. A rare insight into the true nature of up/down, left/right and black/white in this Universe. Also an indication that at least one person would rather run away than try and answer serious, justifiable questions about the "Global War on Terror".

White House Homeland Security Advisor Fran Townsend was asked at a press conference earlier this week what evidence she had that Osama Bin Laden was still alive, considering the fact that he has been gravely ill and on a kidney dialysis machine while traversing the harsh terrain of the Pakistani border region. Townsend's response was to refuse to discuss the matter and immediately leave.

Here's the exchange from the end of the press conference (watch the video and cycle to the final 2 minutes).

REPORTER: Fran, do you know if Osama bin Laden is still on a dialysis machine, is he still ill? What? I mean, could you tell us about that? I mean, because -- it might be laughable, but people are finding it hard, six years this man is sick, moving around from cave to cave, and can't be found -- with a dialysis machine?

MS. TOWNSEND: Have you ever been to the tribal areas? I suspect not.

REPORTER: No, I haven't, but I've seen some great pictures from Ken Herman as to the rough terrain over that way. (Laughter.)

MS. TOWNSEND: It's not exactly easy. If it were easy he'd be dead.

REPORTER: But it's not easy for him to travel around with medics and machinery if he's sick. I mean, is he -- do you know from your intelligence if he's still sick? What do you know about that?

MS. TOWNSEND: I'm not going to talk about that.

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Non Executive Entity Cheney To Assert Executive Privilege

If this guy doesn't have the makings of a 21st Century Dictator then I don't know who has! If nothing else the man should be in the Guiness Book of World Records as the most hippocritical person in the history of humanity!

Three weeks ago it was revealed that for the past four years Dick Cheney's office has declared itself above the law by claiming it was not part of the executive branch, despite continuing to receive funding from the bill that funds the executive branch. Now letters out of Cheney's office indicate that it is to attempt to make an independent assertion of executive privilege, contradicting its previous statements and seemingly just making up the law as it goes along.

The implication was contained within a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee in relation to an extension, which has been granted, to comply with a subpoena on documents related to the NSA domestic spying program.

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No charges reported after "cash for honours" probe

In the words of the immortal Bantu Stephen Biko, "The System will never convict the System." Just in case you thought the Broon government was going to be any different from the Phoney Tony one! Don't it just make ya prouder'n'shit to be the member of the Free World? I know it does me!

No one will be charged with the illegal sale of state honours as a result of a police enquiry that dogged former Prime Minister Tony Blair's last months in office, media reported on Thursday.

Police completed their probe three months ago and handed their findings to the Crown Prosecution Service, which has to decide whether to press charges.

Media said the CPS would announce on Friday its decision not to bring criminal charges.

A CPS spokeswoman declined to comment on the reports.

"The decision-making process is ongoing. We have no timing on a decision. If journalists wish to call us tomorrow morning that is entirely up to you," she told Reuters. "Anything being reported is speculation."

Blair was interviewed as a witness three times during the "cash for honours" enquiry, which lasted 16 months and cost one million pounds.

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Thursday 19 July 2007

The War Against the Third World

How Murdoch had a hotline to the PM in the run-up to Iraq war

We always knew Tony was a tool, here's proof! If The Sun (Murdoch) told the people of this country to vote a chicken into Downing Street they probably would. I have friends who read the Sun, I spend most of my time trying to put their ideas straight. The amount of ignorant rubbish that people are subjected to amazes me. And most of them fall for it hook line and sinker. Scary shit.

Turner and Murdoch Tony Blair had three conversations with the media magnate Rupert Murdoch in the nine days before the start of the Iraq war, the Government has disclosed.

Details of the former prime minister's contacts with Mr Murdoch have been released under the Freedom of Information Act. After trying to block disclosure for four years, the Government backed down in a surprise change of heart the day after Mr Blair resigned last month.

Requests for information under the Act were submitted by the Liberal Democrat peer Lord Avebury and The Independent journalist James Macintyre. An appeal was pending and evidence was about to be served in a case before an Information Tribunal.

Yesterday the Cabinet Office said there were six telephone discussions between Mr Blair and Mr Murdoch in 20 months, all at crucial moments of his premiership. The subject of their calls was not revealed.

In 2003, Mr Blair phoned the owner of The Times and The Sun on 11 and 13 March, and on 19 March, the day before Britain and the United States invaded Iraq. The war was strongly supported by Murdoch-owned newspapers around the world. The day after two of the calls, The Sun launched vitriolic attacks on the French President Jacques Chirac. The Government quoted him as saying he would "never" support military action against Saddam Hussein, a claim hotly disputed by France.

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Tuesday 17 July 2007

The Voice of the White House - 16 July 2007

Washington, D.C., July 16, 2007: “My God, the CIA is at it again! It is very well-known here, but not elsewhere, that bin Ladin died in a Pakistani hospital in 2003 of renal failure but whenever the idiots who run this country want to scare the shit out of the public (this time to prevent Congress from daring to carry out the people’s mandate and end the mess in Iraq) they drag out a faked CIA “Osama Tape” that is made at a language center in Texas. “Oh, lookie!” says the head chimpanzee into the mike, “al Quaeda is all over the place and is going to attack New Jersey next! But if we keep our troops right in Iraq, they can protect America! I’m trying so hard to save you all…don’t lose faith in me. God loves me, kids, and don’t forget it.” The propaganda generated here is so infantile that no one believes it except, maybe, the handful of mindless twits that still love Bush. Well, enjoy the war kids because the peace will be awful!”

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Monday 16 July 2007

Lock terror suspects up indefinitely say police

This is just great, now the police are openly calling for a police state. I guess they want to be able to lock 'em up indefinitely so that they can avoid disclosing mow many of the poor bastards are actually innocent!! Look at the number of terror suspects they end up releasing and the number of innocent Afghan taxi drivers the yanks have locked up in Gitmo and then tell me I'm wrong! This is why we got rid of hanging - because too often the wrong person was hanged! Same with terrorism. Gordo Broon can basically say "you're a terrorist" and then plod pounces and suddenly you're in a deep dark hole. All for lighting up a fag on an open-air train station platform! On a side note you've got to love Shami from Liberty, a lone voice of the people in a sea of facist war-mongering pseudo-humans in suits!

One of Britain's most senior police officers has demanded a return to a form of internment, with the power to lock up terror suspects indefinitely without charge.

The proposal, put forward by the head of the Association of Police Chief Officers (Acpo) and supported by Scotland Yard, is highly controversial. An earlier plan to extend the amount of time suspects can be held without charge to 90 days led to Tony Blair's first Commons defeat as Prime Minister. Eventually, the government was forced to compromise on 28 days, a period which Gordon Brown has already said he wants to extend.

The Observer understands that the Acpo proposal has been discussed in meetings between Brown and senior police officers. Whitehall sources said the PM was receptive to the association's demands, but believes an upper detention limit is essential to avoid a de facto Guantanamo Bay based in the UK.

Ken Jones, the president of Acpo, told The Observer that in some cases there was a need to hold terrorist suspects without charge for 'as long as it takes'. He said such hardline measures were the only way to counter the complex, global nature of terrorist cells planning further attacks in Britain and that civil liberty arguments were untenable in light of the evolving terror threat.

Jones, a former chair of Acpo's counter-terrorism committee, said: 'We are now arguing for judicially supervised detention for as long as it takes. We are up against the buffers on the 28-day limit. We understand people will be concerned and nervous, but we need to create a system with sufficient judicial checks and balances which holds people, but no longer than a day [more than] necessary.

'We need to go there [unlimited detention] and I think that politicians of all parties and the public have great faith in the judiciary to make sure that's used in the most proportionate way possible.'

The proposal has provoked anger among civil rights groups. 'It is coming to the point when we have to ask serious questions about the role of Acpo in a constitutional democracy,' said Shami Chakrabarti, director of the civil rights group Liberty. 'We elect politicians to determine legislation and we expect chief constables to uphold the rule of law, not campaign for internment.' Internment was last used in Britain during the Gulf war against Iraqis suspected of links to Saddam Hussein's army. It has also been used against terrorist suspects in Northern Ireland and Germans during the Second World War.

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Friday 13 July 2007

Iran Asks Japan to Pay Yen for Oil, Start Immediately

Wait for the final aircraft carriers to arrive, then the next staged "terror" attack and then, hey-presto, WWIII. :-( What is this world coming to? Is humanity really that dumb as to allow ourselves to be dragged into another war by people who are going to make a fortune while innocent boys get slaughtered in a 21st century high-tech desert abbatoir? Uncle Sam doesn't "need you" he needs a damn good kicking, people of America please throw those assholes out of power. American Revolution Mk. II. Now that would be cooler than an Innuit chill-out.

Iran asked Japanese refiners to switch to the yen to pay for all crude oil purchases, after Iran's central bank said it's cutting holdings of the U.S. dollar.

Iran wants yen-based transactions ``for any/all of your forthcoming Iranian crude oil liftings,'' according to a letter sent to Japanese refiners that was signed by Ali A. Arshi, general manager of crude oil marketing and exports in Tehran at the National Iranian Oil Co. The request is for all shipments ``effective immediately,'' according to the letter, dated July 10 and obtained by Bloomberg News.

The yen rose on expectations for an increase in demand for the currency to buy shipments from Iran, Japan's third-largest oil supplier. Central bankers in Venezuela, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates have said they will invest less of their reserves in dollar assets because of the weakening currency, while the United Nations Security Council is preparing for another round of sanctions against Iran because of the nation's nuclear research.

``What else can Japan do but to accept the request, once the oil producer sent its wish?'' said Hirofumi Kawachi, an analyst at Mizuho Investors Securities Co. in Tokyo. ``The tensions between the U.S. and Iran are escalating, and it's Iran's measure to hedge risk.''

A spokesman for Iran's oil ministry in Tehran said he could neither confirm nor deny that the letter had been sent. Most Japanese oil refiners have until now used U.S. dollars to pay Iran for oil, said the spokesman, who declined to be identified by name because of government policy.

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Tuesday 10 July 2007

The Crashing U.S. Economy Held Hostage

The measures mentioned below should be implemented in this country too, and around the world. The only problem is that anyone gaining political power and trying to implement these reforms would be dead within 48 hours. Every single hitman in the world would be gunning for them, not to mention intelligence agencies and the tentacles of people like the Rothchilds!

Contrary to so many doomsayers, the mature world economy is capable of providing a decent living for everyone on the planet. It cannot because the monetary equivalent of its bounty is skimmed by interest-bearing debt.

These are things that monetary reformers have known about for decades. The first steps within the U.S. would be 1) a large-scale cancellation of debt; 2) a guaranteed income for all at about $10,000 a year, not connected to whether a person has a job; 3) an additional National Dividend, fluctuating with national productivity, that would provide every citizen with their rightful share in the benefits of our incredible producing economy; 4) direct spending of money by the government for infrastructure and other necessary costs without resort to taxation or borrowing; 5) creation of a new system of private lending to businesses and consumers at non-usurious rates of interest; 6) re-regulation of the financial industry, including the banning of bank-created credit for speculation, such as purchase of securities on margin and for leveraging buyouts, acquisitions, mergers, hedge funds, and derivatives; and 7) abolishment of the Federal Reserve as a bank of issue with retention of its functions as a national financial transaction clearinghouse.

While these proposals are basically simple, the overall program is so different from what we have today with our financier-controlled system that it takes careful reading and a great deal of thought to understand exactly how it would work. One way to approach it is to look at the likely effects.

These measures would immediately shift the basis of our economy from borrowing from the banks to a mixed system that would include the direct creation of credit at the public and grassroots level. The size of government would shrink, our producing economy would be reborn, debt would come down, economic democracy would become a reality, and the financial industry could be right-sized. Finally, the international situation could be stabilized because we would no longer be driven to a constant state of warfare to seize other nations’ resources as with Iraq and to prop up the dollar as a reserve currency abroad.

Such a system would work by creating indigenous sources of credit needed to mobilize the natural wealth and productivity of the nation. There are people who could implement this program. Systems to do so could be installed within the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve within a matter of months.

Fundamental monetary reform implemented to restore economic democracy is what America’s real task should be for the twenty-first century. One thing is for certain. The out-of-control financial system that has wrecked the U.S. and world economies over the last generation cannot be allowed to continue.

How the outcome will play out may well depend on whether there is a Jefferson, Lincoln, or Roosevelt waiting in the wings. The success of each of these great leaders was due to one critical factor: their ability to implement monetary reform at a time of national emergency.

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Diana death paparazzi driver shot twice in the head

The paparazzi photographer at the centre of investigations into Princess Diana’s death died with two bullet holes in his head, it is claimed.

James Andanson, who followed the Princess’s every move in the week before her death, was thought to have committed suicide when his burnt corpse was found in the wreckage of a car in the French countryside.

But now the fireman who discovered the body, Christophe Pelat, has said: “I saw him at close range and I’m absolutely convinced that he had been shot in the head, twice.”

The revelation threatens to blow apart the inquest on Diana, which will have another preliminary hearing today in the London High Court.

Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed, whose son Dodi, 42, died with Diana in a Paris crash, is now demanding that Mr Pelat be called to give evidence at the inquest – or at least that his account is heard.

Andanson, 54, has been one of the key figures in the mystery surrounding the fatal crash, which happened 10 years ago next month.

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Monday 9 July 2007

London 'Terror' Car - Bombs? Hardly

If you really believe this terrorist nonsense then go away, I don't have time for your ignorance. It's all about mass-manipulation and mind control. Interesting that it happened just after Gordon Broon takes on the reigns of leadership from the Phony One and a new Home Secretary. Someone obviously trying to make a point, but not the one we think.

A huge case of media hysteria was the only serious consequence of the London/Scottish would-be car bombs. Upon close analysis none of these "car bombs" would have done anything except burn up a car. That's it--no explosions, no deaths, and no big plot. One difference though: As compared to other recent plots, riddled with government informers and agent provocateurs, these wanna-be terrorists seem to be of the amateur variety.

In short, police discovered a Mercedes vehicle parked outside a London night club with some 20 gallons of gasoline inside. Shortly afterward another similar vehicle was discovered. Then, in seeming coordination, a burning Jeep was driven into a terminal building at Glasgow Airport. It failed to explode and the driver had to get out and try and manually light the vehicle on fire. Sounds like the would-be terrorist Richard Read trying to light the plastic explosive in his shoe with a match (which would only have burned the material--no explosion. It takes a blasting cap to set off C-4 explosives).

As PrisonPlanet.com reported, Ex-CIA agent Larry Johnson put the threat into perspective when he spoke with commentator Keith Olbermann. "This is not one of the truck bombs or car bombs we see going off in Iraq - what's really striking about this today is that you had two non-bombs in London when we had at least five bombs in Baghdad in which U.S. soldiers were killed in one of those so I think it's just out of proportion - this was an incendiary, this was not a high explosive... Johnson said that had the gas been ignited properly, there would have been a loud boom that would have split the tank but that no projectiles would have even exited the vehicle."

Fear-mongering leaders in both the UK and the US made the most of the media hype and raised terror threat levels to their highest levels, just in time to inconvenience travelers in the US on their July 4 holiday. Arianna Huffington takes note of the various players working this angle: "In Washington, opportunistic politicians donned their curled lips and went on the Sunday shows to use the attacks as an excuse to allow the president a freer hand to spy on the American people.

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The Voice of the White House - 4 July 2007

Washington, D.C., July 4, 2007: “ ‘It is worse than a crime, Sire, it is a mistake.’ So said Talleyrand, Napoleon’s Foreign Minister, when the Emperor had the Duc d’Enghein kidnapped and shot.

These words can equally be applied to Bush’s arrogant, self-serving and politically annihilating commutation of the convicted felon, Libby.

It should be obvious to anyone with an IQ higher than their neck size that Bush did this to keep Libby from telling what he knew about the viciousness and complete corruption of the régime that he served so loyally and so well. Shrill cries for mercy from the far, far right and, more important, from Libby’s co-religious Jewish groups in the United States coupled with fears that Libby would bring down the administration with his revelations about things most have only guessed at kept Libby from a well-earned prison cell.

Bush, who has personally enormously enriched himself and his family during his reign, is leaving politics, could care less what happens to anyone else, but in fact, he has done terrible and possibly fatal damage, not only to the far right of both American political institutions but religious ones as well.

He is now fighting subpoenas requesting many White House documents.

Among those frantically supporting Bush’s refusals are many major American telecommunication firms such as SBC, AT&T, AOL and Google. These firms have eagerly and voluntarily supplied confidential information on their subscribers to any government law enforcement or intelligence agency that might find them interesting. Bush and Cheney are well aware of this permissiveness and, in fact, have completely encouraged it.

If just this aspect of the secret White House papers ever became public, these giants would lose most if not all of their outraged victims so this easily explains the fear and frenzy over defending Bush’s flat refusal to turn any of his papers over to Congress.

This is mandated by Federal law but we can see very clearly that supporting Federal law is not something Bush practices. As Keith Olbermann says, both Bush and Cheney should have the decency to resign but it is obvious that decency is a word that is foreign to both of them.

Impeach both of them…now!”

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Friday 6 July 2007

Ancient DNA hints at natural warming


A SCIENTIST yesterday claimed climate change could be caused by natural conditions after finding ancient DNA in Greenland, which indicates the region was much warmer during the Ice Age than previously thought.

Martin Sharp, a glaciologist at the University of Alberta, made the claim after taking part in an international research project that collected the oldest ever-recorded DNA samples.

He had previously supported the idea that global warming was caused by humans but the project raised some doubts.

The DNA was discovered at the bottom of a 2km-thick ice sheet and came from trees, plants and insects of a boreal forest estimated to be between 450,000 and 900,000 years old.

Ice underneath the glacier created a natural freezer, which had preserved the DNA samples.

They suggest the temperature of the southern Greenland boreal forests at the time was probably between 10C in summer and -17C in winter.

The reduced glacier cover means the global ocean was probably also between one and two metres higher during that time compared with current levels.

Mr Sharp said: "These findings allow us to make a more accurate environmental reconstruction of the time period from which these samples were taken, and what we've learned is that this part of the world was significantly warmer than most people thought."

He now believes there is evidence climate warming on the current scale is possible through natural conditions.

He said: "It could mean that our current warming is the result of both natural processes and human influences, and we may be heading for even bigger temperature increases than we previously thought."

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Wednesday 4 July 2007

Bush and Cheney Should Resign

Why can't more media people be like this????