Mini skirts are terrible
Be really afraid of mini skirts. Oh sorry, you were
edit: Sorry, I’m should do this better:
It’s either a few people, or Tony Blair and his missus cos they had the address – as though that was a secret -(it’s just off Regent Street, people have tried to install Saint Tony glass there – you’ll know where it is – there are armed police outside)
or a Mumbai-like massacre. Well that’s almost everything, isn’t it?
It could be either
Well, c’mon you don’t have much clue then for this terrrism trial held in private
It suggests that there is nothing
Is is Blair & co OR a Mumbai massacre?
it could be a dustbin or 911.
Be afraid, no don’t be afraid.
Please appreciate that what you’re being told by politicians & corporate media is intended to scare you so that you conform.
I’m just starting to get a grasp of this ISIS BS. I wonder if any newspapers will be publishing this story with me tomorrow.
Kurdistan has control over its natural resources according to the constitution of the federal Iraq.
Kurdistan sold its oil in Texas independently of the central Iraqi government despite legal action by the central government to prevent that sale.
Basra in the south of Iraq is the region responsible for the vast majority of Iraq’s oil production – about 75% – together with huge oil and gas reserves.
Basra has also been attempting to assert its control over it’s oil resources in federal Iraq.
This Independent article raises objections to UK government claims that military intervention is legal since it is requested by the Iraqi government. It should also be appreciated that the Kurdish Regional Government has legitimate control of Kurdish oil.
This is a DRAFT and I will publish a fuller article
21.25 Still working on this. The least UK MPs can do if they’re going to vote on military intervention tomorrow is to try to comprehend the wider context and legal issues.
26/7/14 DRAFT subject to many revisions
OK, this is taking longer than expected.
It seems very sensible that those intending to influence government are not terrrists
that is the [ed: very] basis of representative democracy i.e. that elected representatives represent their electors. You cannot be a terrrist on the basis of intending to influence government because that is exactly what active citizens do and are expected to do. That is recognised as completely legitimate action.
penumbra is used as a legal term.
Tony Blair Inc is doing fantastically well – being a conzultant to all the most repressive anti-democratic regimes that there are.
In 1997 Blair was elected with 418 MPs – which I find (edit: so) weird and makes me wonder if all so-called Western democracy is so corrupt.
9/11 He was awfully ‘lucky’ (lucky lucky – we know a song about that;)
He should be so lucky, lucky, lucky
Was it more than luck?
That the Blair was there at that opportune moment …
To stand shoulder to shoulder, to be there at that time … in front of the cameras … so all the rest of the world … could take a lead from …
He was due to address the TUC congress, the organisation that represents UK unions and therefore the UK working class that Bliar as leader of the ‘Socilaist’ working-class was supposed to represent …
all of sudden …
Bliar couldn’t address the TUC congress because there was an international crisis
That was ****ing lucky for Him cos they wanted his head on a spike for shi**ing on the unions and the working-class.
That was awfully lucky for Him
or was it …
arranged that way?
Blair on 9/11
Was it so fortunate that Bliar had a stage to abandon on 11 September, 2001? That he was the first World leader to frame the international response to 911? Was that fortunate or something else?
He was due to address the TUC. Television stations were there to transmit his speech. The World caught it. This is why Bliar is so successful. He is a terrorist.
“This mass terrorism is the new evil in our world today. It is perpetrated by fanatics who are utterly indifferent to the sanctity of human life and we, the democracies of this world, are going to have to come together to fight it together and eradicate this evil completely from our world.”
By being the first to respond, He framed and constrained the response.
I can’t find the cnut addressing the TUC on 9/11. Can anyone find that? It should be available.
OK, I’ll continue with alleged UK/Blair complicity in 9/11
Don’t you think it’s weird that this lying cnut promoted it so much?
ed: The point I was trying to make – which I have probably failed to make so far – is that Tony Blair was made and has enriched Himself fantastically through His response to 911 and since. TBC. and that’s all
ed: that He’s a terrorist because that’s all that there is about him
… everything was in place for Blair to seize the moment; the planned live coverage of the speech meant that with a little advance warning other news networks around the world could easily link up to Brighton. Official reaction was sparse as governments scrambled to interpret what was going but the word went out that Blair was about to give Britain’s first response.
However tragic the circumstances Blair’s director of communications Alastair Campbell needed no guidance on how to respond: his task was to ensure that Blair’s authority was enhanced. The prepared text was abandoned and the Prime Minister’s instant attempt to address the challenges facing democratic nations could hardly be bettered:
“This mass terrorism is the new evil in our world today. It is perpetrated by fanatics who are utterly indifferent to the sanctity of human life and we, the democracies of the world, are going to have to come together to fight it together and eradicate this evil completely from our world.”
Later that evening on his return to Downing Street, Blair spoke again to reporters and reinforced his call for solidarity with the United Sates, a soundbite which was replayed time and again on American news channels:
“This is not a battle between the United States of America and terrorism, but between the free and democratic world and terrorism. We therefore here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder with our American friends in this hour of tragedy. We, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world.”
Right on cue images were supplied to illustrate the standing “shoulder to shoulder” soundbite. Next morning the pictures reinforced the message as the band of the Coldstream Guards performed the American national anthem the Star-Spangled Banner outside Buckingham Palace during the Changing of the Guard.
Campbell’s orchestration was a masterful demonstration of Blair’s understanding of the demands of the electronic news media and it is little wonder that their ability to exploit a global television audience became the envy of many other governments around the world. End Nicholas Jones 5.9.2011
“People’s Princess” (you know)
3.55 I have been trying to develop the theme that there is nothing more to Bliar than terrorism.
Terrorism made Blair.
Blair was there straight away, If it wasn’t for terrorism …
4.30 Time for a full stop?
Be afraid …
what a load of nonsense to make you far more afraid
ed: Cor, look at that 4 days later a huge anti-war protest Weren’t they afraid? Didn’t they believe the bullshit dossiers and all that? Didn’t they believe that Tony Bliar was a truthful straight kinda guy? Didn’t they believe all that bullshit about those fantastical caves? Didn’t they believe that Tony, the UK government and establishment were only interested in protecting them – because they were in such imminent danger?
Didn’t they believe that there were evil terrrists out there?
Shouldn’t these demonstrators have realised that there were terrrists coming to Heathrow?
Shouldn’t they have realised that they can make imaginary liquid bombs?
Shouldn’t they be afraid and not question our glorious leaders?
… who are no doubt only interested in protecting them (us) …
Fascists control through fear.
We’ve not had this for a while. This is what happens to Fascists
UK political events combine into a lurch towards Fascism.
The gagging law is passed. Called the Transparency of Lobbying Bill, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act it has nothing to do with transparency of lobbying and everything to do with silencing the government’s critics and opponents. It’s a huge blow against trade unions and other campaigning groups like 38degrees and charities. The Conservative-pretendLiberal coalition have attacked democracy by passing this law.
Fascism is described by it’s creator Benito Mussolini as corporatism – the unification of corporations and government. This is entirely the action that the gagging law continues to excuse. Fascism is right-wing authoritarianism typified by attacks on trade unions and political opponents.
Home secretary Theresa May wants to strip suspected terrorists of their nationality and leave them stateless. This is to be done through the use of secret courts. Theresa May has previously stripped dual-nationals of UK nationality so that they could then be renditioned, etc.
This is intended to be done to suspected terrorists. If there was any evidence against them they would be terrorists. Political activists and dissidents are suspected terrorists. Terrorism as defined in UK law is not necessarily anything to do with explosives or arms or similar threats. Once again the government is seen to be silencing it’s critics and opponents.
Madman and London Mayor Boris Johnson wants police to use water cannon and “get medieval” on protesters. The riots of 2011 were sparked by the police murder of Mark Duggan.
later edit: Home Secretary Theresa May’s intention is to deprive ‘naturalised’ subjects i.e. from abroad and granted UK status, of UK nationality. It’s still disproportionate since it only needs suspicion rather than any evidence and the powers are bound to be extended later. Politicians love terrorism because it gives them cover for Fascist laws.
Although reported almost universally as suspected terrorists it is actually “… the Secretary of State is satisfied that the deprivation is conducive to the public good because the person, while having that citizenship status, has conducted him or herself in a manner which is seriously prejudicial to the vital interests of the United Kingdom, any of the Islands, or any British overseas territory.” [source] That seems far wider than suspected terrorists.
Why did Jack Straw try to make it illegal for children at childrens’ homes to speak out about abuse? Was Jack Straw influenced by the fact that some of his friends and fellow politicians were paedophiles? Was this a desperate attempt to stop the truth coming out not only that Labour politiicans are paedophiles but highest level politicians of ALL parties?
Up to 50 nuclear power stations could be built under plans being looked at by the government. The remarkable figure – 10 times the number the government is openly discussing – is revealed in documents submitted to the Department of Energy and Climate Change by one of its own advisory bodies.
The documents are likely to raise questions as to what extent the government’s energy policy is weighted in favour of nuclear and away from renewables such as wind turbines. It comes as Brussels begins an investigation into whether Britain is providing up to £17bn of potentially illegal public guarantees for the first nuclear power plant in a generation, Hinkley Point C in Somerset, which aims to provide 7% of the country’s electricity.
More details of people and institutions targeted by UK and US surveillance have been published by The Guardian, The New York Times and Der Spiegel.
The papers say that the list of around 1,000 targets includes a European Union commissioner, humanitarian organisations and an Israeli PM.
Just hours after receiving a report from his hand-picked advisory panel on National Security Agency surveillance operations, President Barack Obama used his end of the year press conference Friday to deliver an Orwellian defense of unrestrained US spying both at home and abroad.
“I have confidence that the NSA is not engaging in domestic surveillance and snooping around,” Obama said, despite the cascade of revelations proving just the opposite. These revelations, including the latest from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, have established that the agency is collecting and storing billions of files recording the phone calls, text messages, emails, Internet searches and even the daily movements of virtually ever US citizen, not to mention those of hundreds of millions of people abroad.
“The United States is a country that abides by rule of law[!], that cares deeply about privacy[!], that cares deeply about civil liberties[!],” he added. Who, at this late juncture, does the American president think he’s fooling? One only has to read the ruling by a Washington, DC Federal District Court judge—which was then stayed in the interest of “national security”—finding the surveillance methods of the NSA to be “almost Orwellian,” and its activities unconstitutional, i.e., criminal.
The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has abandoned its promise to carry out an independent inquiry into Britain’s involvement in “extraordinary rendition”, detention”and torture carried out by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Instead, the inquiry will be undertaken by Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), whose record is one of covering up the activities of the intelligence services.
Only last month, the ISC questioned the head of the internal security service MI5, Andrew Parker; the director of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Sir Iain Lobban; and Sir John Sawers, head of the foreign intelligence department MI6. The hearing was meant to demonstrate unprecedented openness and accountability to Parliament of the secret state apparatus, after revelations by US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden that the UK agencies worked with the US to monitor the Internet and phone activity of most of the world’s citizens.
Clare Algar, executive director of the human rights organisation Reprieve, criticised the decision to hand the investigation to the ISC: “If the government takes this course, it will be breaking its promise to hold a genuine, independent inquiry into the UK’s involvement in torture.
The father of one of the 270 victims of the Lockerbie bombing has asked mourners to pray for the “innocent family” of the only person convicted of the worst mass murder in British history, as the nation marked its 25th anniversary.
In his address to a memorial service at Westminster Abbey yesterday evening attended by relatives of the victims, Dr Jim Swire also accused the British government of failing to tell “all the truth they know about this terrible tragedy”.
Before the service, the UK, US and Libyan governments in a joint statement promised to work together to “reveal the full facts of the case”, saying that they wanted “all those responsible for this most brutal act of terrorism brought to justice, and to understand why it was committed”. [BS: positive identification]
Labour should “do god” BS …
Huge tech firms have formed the Reform Government Surveillance group to demand changes to excessive surveillance by world governments. The group has published an open letter to President Obama and Congress:
Dear Mr. President and Members of Congress,
We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer’s revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide. The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual — rights that are enshrined in our Constitution. This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for a change.
For our part, we are focused on keeping users’ data secure — deploying the latest encryption technology to prevent unauthorized surveillance on our networks and by pushing back on government requests to ensure that they are legal and reasonable in scope.
We urge the US to take the lead and make reforms that ensure that government surveillance efforts are clearly restricted by law, proportionate to the risks, transparent and subject to independent oversight. To see the full set of principles we support, visit ReformGovernmentSurveillance.com
AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo
Malcolm Rifkind, chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee is dismissive of the call:
“So I start off by recognising that, in the modern world, the terrorists use all the technology available to them.
“It would be foolish for the intelligence agencies in free societies not to start by using that technology.
Isn’t there a contradiction there?
Amnesty International is to start legal action against the UK government through the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. While it’s quite clear that Amnesty is not involved in terrorism, that will be used as the justification since it is the normal BS justification.
I watched the 4th episode of The Revolution Will be Televised last night. First broadcast on 1st December, it’s very good.
Commentary and analysis on recent UK political events.
Following George Osborne’s Autumn statement there are warnings that the poor will be dead before they are able to retire.
Plans to raise the basic state pension age to 70 for people currently in their twenties were laid out in the George Osborne’s Autumn Statement this week. But with male life expectancy at birth as low as 66 in some of the most deprived parts of the country, public health experts have warned that a “one size fits all” pension age risks condemning many to a life without retirement.
The Mirror has an article on hypocritical Tories praising Mandela when years ago they opposed him, called him a terrorist and for him to be killed.
The ANC started bombing campaigns following the Sharpeville massacre which is regarded as a turning point in South African history.
… [O]ur celebrity-focused culture virtually ignores the work of the rest of his colleagues during Mandela’s 27 years in prison (1963-1990) that ended Apartheid. The official media picture is as if a man went to jail and solely by example toppled an entrenched system of mandatory racial segregation. That’s not at all how it happened. The organizing – and, in particular, the evolution of it – by so many others remains one of the epic collective heroic stories of the twentieth century.
… Mandela’s absolutely unique evolution on questions of violence and nonviolence and their efficacy in struggle. Mandela began, by his own words, as an expressly Gandhian leader. “I followed the Gandhian strategy for as long as I could,” he later reflected, “but then there came a point in our struggle when the brute force of the oppressor could no longer be countered through passive resistance alone.” He then helped lead the military wing of the movement, received training in guerrilla warfare and sabotage in Algeria, and was arrested when back in his own country for that activity. He was kept in prison longer than his original five-year sentence precisely because he refused to renounce armed struggle, right up through his release in 1990.]