Monday, June 25, 2012

Obama And Irelands Assassination Policy.

ShannonWatch.org

21.06.2012
 

A report in the Irish Times of 19th June highlights a UN call on the Obama administration to justify its policy of assassinating rather than capturing al-Qaeda or Taliban suspects. The policy which is being implemented using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drone, is also responsible for a lot of innocent civilian lives in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere.
What the Irish Times report doesn’t point out is that this may be a lot closer to home that most of us in Ireland realise. There is no disclosure of who or what goes through Shannon on US military aircraft, and no political interest in inspecting the aircraft. We may well be part of Obama’s policy of assassination,  just as we were part of Bush’s policy of rendition.
The Irish Times report notes that Christof Heyns, UN special rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, urged Washington to clarify the basis under international law of the policy of assassination. He did this in a report issued to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Heyns asked the United States to lay out the legal basis and accountability procedures for the use of armed drones. He also asked the U.S. to publish figures on the number of civilians killed in drone strikes against suspected terror leaders in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere.

“Disclosure of these killings is critical to ensure accountability, justice and reparation for victims or their families,” according to Heyns’ report.

“The (US) government should clarify the procedures in place to ensure that any targeted killing complies with international humanitarian law and human rights and indicate the measures or strategies applied to prevent casualties, as well as the measures in place to provide prompt, thorough, effective and independent public investigation of alleged violations.”

The US military has conducted drone attacks in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. Ireland has probably assisted them. And workers at Shannon Airport may have watched as aircraft carrying drone “coffins” are refuelled or serviced,

Drones break down into six pieces that are transported in huge crates called coffins. A coffin contains the fuselage, wings, tail surfaces, landing gear, propulsion system and payload/avionics bays for a UAV.

How many of these “coffins” have passed through Shannon?

There is no inspections procedure in place at Shannon to ensure that these killer drones are not being transported through. Successive Irish governments have denied complicity in renditions. In a few years time we will probably listen to the same politicians saying that there were no drones being transported through Shannon.

By refusing to inspect aircraft at Shannon the Irish government are as guilty of murder and human rights abuse as the ones ordering the deployment of the killer drones.

Source: http://shannonwatch.org/blog/ireland-and-obamas-assasination-policy

http://declanoshea.net/2012/06/25/ireland-and-obamas-assassination-policy/

Iraq : The BBC And All Western Media Propaganda OUT !

Iraq's communications and media commission announced the impending closure of several media outlets, including the BBC and Voice of America. While officials chalk the matter up to expired license fees, press freedom groups fear a looming crackdown.

http://www.rt.com/news/iraq-closes-dozens-media-outlets-679/comments/?d=1814998?

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Obama: For Israel's First 'Blackish' Muslim President - Pat Dollard Claims It's All Falling Apart.

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The lapdog media is getting wise. Democrats are boycotting the DNC, to avoid the train wreck of a failed amateur, looking beyond what they anticipate will be Obama’s single term, and positioning themselves to survive the aftermath. Jay Leno is slamming Obama’s campaign spending. Hollywood is worried about Obama’s celebrity.

It’s all too delicious.

And now comes this: Obama’s own base is turning on him over his 23rd hour invocation of executive privilege this week, calling him a “sheep in wolf’s clothing.”

BOOM!.....do read more

http://patdollard.com/2012/06/its-all-falling-apart-for-barack-obama/

 

Andrew Marr Show : War Criminal And Papal Knight Of Malta Tony Blair . Blairs Daughter Tried To Take Her Own Life Due To Her Fathers War Crimes.



Published on 24 Jun 2012 by
Ex-Labour prime minister Tony Blair celebrates his fifth year of being a free man, and talks to Andrew Marr on topics as the collapsing European Union.

Recorded from BBC1 Andrew Marr Show, 24 June 2012.

Iraq: Waterboard Blair Then Let The War Criminal Rot In Jail.



MPs demanded an emergency recall of the Chilcot inquiry last night after new revelations that Tony Blair blocked the Government's most senior lawyer from explaining to Cabinet the legality of the war in Iraq.


According to the newly published full version of Alastair Campbell's diaries, the Attorney General Lord Goldsmith wanted to "put the reality" to cabinet ministers that there was a case against, as well as for, military action in March 2003. But, according to his former spin doctor, the then Prime Minister feared that the legal opinion was too "nuanced" and would allow the war's ministerial critics Robin Cook and Clare Short to say that the case had not been made.

The disclosure is significant because, while it has long been suspected that Mr Blair and his inner circle put pressure on Lord Goldsmith to change his legal advice, this is the first evidence that the PM actively blocked the Cabinet from hearing the full details of the case for war.
MPs from all parties urged Sir John Chilcot, who has finished taking evidence and is now preparing his report into the Iraq war, to reconvene a special session to hear from Mr Blair, Mr Campbell and Lord Goldsmith. The former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell said: "According to the diaries, Tony Blair was determined that the decision should not rest with the Cabinet and overruled his Attorney General. Sofa government prevailed at the expense of constitutional requirements. The diaries prove that once a decision to go to war against Iraq had been taken, intelligence and legal advice was manipulated to support that decision."

Lord Goldsmith presented a longer legal opinion to Mr Blair on 7 March 2003 in which he said he believed there was a "reasonable case" in favour of military action, but that "there was also a case to be made the other way". According to Mr Campbell's diaries, Lord Goldsmith warned Mr Blair that he did not want the Prime Minister to "present it too positively" in favour of military action because there was a "case to be made the other way". Mr Campbell wrote: "TB also made it clear he did not particularly want Goldsmith to launch a detailed discussion at Cabinet, though it would have to happen at some time, and ministers would want to cross-examine. With the mood as it was, and with Robin [Cook] and Clare [Short] operating as they were, he knew if there was any nuance at all, they would be straight out saying the advice was that it was not legal, the AG was casting doubt on the legal basis for war. Peter Goldsmith was clear that though a lot depended on what happened, he was casting doubt in some circumstances and if Cabinet had to approve the policy of going to war, he had to be able to put the reality to them."

But Mr Campbell added that this was blocked by Mr Blair and his gatekeeper, Sally Morgan, during a meeting of Mr Blair and his closest aides on 11 March: "Sally said it was for TB to speak to Cabinet, and act on the AG's advice. He would simply say the advice said there was a reasonable case."

Following the 11 March meeting, Lord Goldsmith produced a new, one-page legal opinion which put the "reasonable case" for war – which was discussed at Cabinet and used in Parliament to justify military action.

In his own memoir, A Journey, Mr Blair did not reveal details of how he tried to block Lord Goldsmith. He said only that the Attorney General had "set out the arguments for and against and on balance came out in favour". When he gave evidence to the Chilcot inquiry in January 2010, Lord Goldsmith was asked by inquiry panel member Sir Roderic Lyne whether anyone asked him to "restrict what you said to Cabinet to the fairly limited terms in which you presented this to Cabinet". Lord Goldsmith replied: "No."

Sir Menzies added: "There seems to be a substantial difference between the contents of the diaries and the evidence given to the Chilcot inquiry, and the inquiry would be well advised to reconvene itself."

Last night Clare Short said she was not surprised that Mr Blair had been "deceitful" in presenting the case for war. Peter Kilfoyle, a minister in the Blair government, also called for the Chilcot inquiry to be recalled. "There is a straightforward contradiction between the two positions and it needs to be corroborated."

The Conservative MP Patrick Mercer said: "New facts have come to light and this makes me question whether we know enough about the then Prime Minister's attitude that justified the war."

Mr Campbell said last night: "Peter Goldsmith's legal opinion is in the public domain and it was no secret he had concerns at various points. This is entirely consistent with what he and Tony Blair said to the Chilcot inquiry."

Blair's road to war

29 July 2002
Lord Goldsmith writes to Blair that regime change in Iraq is "not a legal basis for military action".

24 Sept 2002
"Dodgy dossier" in which Blair claims it is "beyond doubt" that Saddam has WMD.

22 Oct 2002
In submission to Chilcot, Lord Goldsmith says "my advice was not sought" after this date.

January 2003
Blair tells MPs there were some circumstances where a second UN resolution "not necessary".
30 Jan 2003
Goldsmith warns Blair lawfulness of invasion debatable with-out UN Security Council determination.

February 2003
Goldsmith advises the "safest legal course" was to gain fresh UN approval.

17 Mar 2003
Lord Goldsmith publishes advice declaring military action "legal", giving "green light for military action".

21 Jan 2011
Blair tells Chilcot inquiry he "did not understand how Lord Goldsmith could reach the conclusion that a further [UN] decision was required" in January 2003.


Saturday, June 23, 2012

IRAQ: U.K. Torture - Abuse by British soldiers carried out at a secret network of illegal prisons in the Iraqi desert - Covered Up!

The Mail on Sunday can today reveal devastating new claims of abuse by British soldiers carried out at a secret network of illegal prisons in the Iraqi desert.
One innocent civilian victim is said to have died after being assaulted aboard an RAF helicopter, while  others were hooded, stripped and beaten at a camp set up at a remote phosphate mine deep in the desert.
The whereabouts of a separate group of 64 Iraqi men who were spirited away on two RAF Chinooks to a ‘black site’ prison, located at  an oil pipeline pumping station, remain unknown.
The phosphate mine site for Station 22, which was one of the 'black sites' where UK soldiers allegedly beat innocent Iraqi men under the authority of Ministry of Defence lawyers
The phosphate mine site for Station 22, which was one of the 'black sites' where UK soldiers allegedly beat innocent Iraqi men under the authority of Ministry of Defence lawyers
Perhaps the most shocking aspect of these alleged abuses, which appear to have been flagrant breaches of international law, is that this secret network is claimed to have been sanctioned by senior Ministry of Defence lawyers.
Yet the top British Army lawyer on the ground in Iraq – who was  supposed to be responsible for all aspects of prisoner detention – remained completely unaware of it.
Meanwhile, the Government last week introduced its new secrecy law in Parliament, which, if enacted, would mean details of the emerging scandal would be hidden for ever.
The role of both the soldiers and the lawyers in the alleged prisoner abuse will come under the spotlight tomorrow, when the first stage of a legal action on behalf of some of the victims is launched.
If the Justice and Security Bill becomes law, Ministers will be able to demand secret hearings, and to prevent the victims from ever  seeing evidence about their claims.

Last night, Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Mercer, the chief British Army lawyer in Iraq during the 2003 invasion, said what went on in the secret prison network amounted to ‘war crimes’.
He said it was his part of his job to monitor the treatment of prisoners taken by British Forces and the conditions at detention facilities. But he was kept ‘totally in the dark’ about the secret network’s existence.
‘This prisoner facility operated entirely outside the normal chain of command,’ said Lieut Col Mercer, who has left the Army.
‘I find it remarkable that I knew nothing about it at the time. What is clear now is that, if the Justice and Security Bill does become law, the truth may never come out.
‘These are alleged war crimes,  but what Britain did may never be  disclosed. Indeed, the Bill may be specifically designed to prevent such allegations ever coming to light.’
Senior Conservative MP David Davis said the Bill seemed to be  ‘tailored to produce a cover-up’.
He said: ‘I find it astonishing that the military authorities responsible for the legality of prisoner detention were not even notified about these secret camps. If these allegations are substantiated, they amount to a serious blow to the rule of law.
‘The Bill, if passed, would be another, giving Ministers the power effectively to instruct judges to withhold evidence in court cases.’
The pending action will be taken by solicitor Phil Shiner of Public Interest Lawyers, whose earlier work brought to light details of the murders of the hotel worker Baha Mousa and other Iraqis detained by British troops. The new focus is on a number of almost simultaneous incidents at two black site locations. It is thought there were at least two more.
The first location, a desert oil pumping station known as ‘H1’, was the destination for 64 prisoners picked up by the Australian SAS close to Iraq’s western border on April 12, 2003.
This was almost a week after the final collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime, but under international law, there was still a state of war, meaning Britain should have been strictly bound by the Geneva Conventions.
One innocent civilian victim is said to have died after being assaulted aboard an RAF helicopter, while others were hooded, stripped and beaten at a camp set up at a remote phosphate mine deep in the desert
One innocent civilian victim is said to have died after being assaulted aboard an RAF helicopter, while others were hooded, stripped and beaten at a camp set up at a remote phosphate mine deep in the desert
Sources say that H1 was run jointly by British Forces and the American CIA, and that interrogation methods were often brutal.
One of the 64 men, a Baghdad odd-job man named Tariq Sabri, was allegedly kicked to death by a member of the RAF regiment aboard one of the Chinooks. But although there was an official investigation, it failed to establish the cause of Mr Sabri’s death, because he was buried in the desert without a post mortem.
A pathologist was not asked whether Mr Sabri should be exhumed for more than a year, at which point he concluded it was too late.
However, a leaked RAF report provides documentary evidence that prisoners on the helicopter were assaulted while they were handcuffed, hooded, and were knelt on if they ‘refused to adopt the required position’.
A man and his two sons were forced out of the car, repeatedly kicked and punched, handcuffed, made to wear thick, suffocating hoods, then put into an armoured personnel carrier, where they were assaulted again
Another man who ultimately survived was unconscious and unresponsive when the flight landed, and a third lost his prosthetic legs. According to the RAF report, the two unconscious men – one of them Mr Sabri – were loaded, face down, into a Humvee high-mobility tactical vehicle, one on top of the other.
By the time it reached the camp, Mr Sabri was dead. His hood had been fixed so tightly over his face it had to be cut off.
The final fate of the surviving 63 prisoners flown to H1 remains unknown, and there is speculation some, at least, may have been ‘rendered’ to a US prison outside Iraq – yet another potentially illegal act.
The pending action will high- light a second camp, described as ‘Station 22,’ whose existence is today revealed by The Mail on Sunday for the first time.
Witnesses who have made contact with Mr Shiner say it was established at a phosphate mine near the town of Al-Qaim, close to the Syrian border, after Saddam’s regime fell.Three former prisoners, all of them civilians, who say they had no connection with Saddam’s dictatorship or his Ba’ath political party, have given statements to Mr Shiner and his colleagues.
Their contents have been made known to us on an anonymous basis. The first man, now 55, was stopped in his car on April 13, 2003, by British troops manning a roadblock between Al-Qaim and Ramadi, one of the main cities of Al Anbar province.
This part of Iraq was not within the British-controlled zone near Basra, although the SAS and other Special Forces troops are known to have operated there.
According to his statement, the man and his two sons were forced out of the car, repeatedly kicked and punched, handcuffed, made to wear thick, suffocating hoods, then put into an armoured personnel carrier, where they were assaulted again.
The British Army had supposedly outlawed hooding more than 40 years earlier, following an inquiry into prisoner abuse in Northern Ireland.
Station 22, where the Iraqi men were allegedly tortured, was in Al-Qaim close to the border of Syria
Station 22, where the Iraqi men were allegedly tortured, was in Al-Qaim close to the border of Syria
They were driven for approximately 45 minutes to a place the man would later recognise – when his hood was removed to allow him to use the toilet – as Station 22, where a detention centre had been set up in a storage shed.
The camp had not been registered with the Red Cross, as the Geneva Conventions require.
The man was not a soldier, and  neither he nor his sons were armed. Detaining civilians is only lawful in wartime if they can be shown to pose an imminent danger to an  occupying army’s forces.
The beatings and hooding continued for another three days. The man’s statement says he was interrogated by a British officer about his supposed knowledge of weapons caches and missiles. Half an hour into one interrogation, the statement goes on, a soldier began removing the man’s clothes, item by item. He says he was shocked but in no position to resist.
‘I find it remarkable that I knew nothing about it at the time. What is clear now is that, if the Justice and Security Bill does become law, the truth may never come out.'

Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Mercer
Finally, he was forced to stand naked and was still in this state when his sons, also naked, were brought into the interrogation room. He says he feared they were about to be raped: ‘It has been nine years but I can never forget that day.’
Over the next three weeks, many more prisoners were brought to  Station 22. Finally, after 22 days, he and his sons were driven away in a British Army vehicle and dumped on a highway between Al-Qaim and the town of Akashat.
He later found his car had been burnt out. He had been carrying a substantial sum in cash in order to repay a loan, and according to the statement, this was never returned.
The second witness, a lorry driver aged 45, was stopped at a checkpoint when he went out in search of food.
Like the first prisoner, he was hooded, beaten, taken to Station 22 and interrogated about where the old regime had hidden its alleged weapons of mass destruction.
He claimed that when he said he didn’t know, a soldier kicked him so hard that two of his ribs broke. He too was freed after three weeks.
In the meantime, his distraught wife, who had not been told of his detention and had assumed he was dead, had suffered a miscarriage.
The third witness, aged 48, says he was hooded, punched and kicked when stopped at the roadblock, detained at Station 22, and interrogated about WMD. He was also stripped naked and, like the others, dropped on the roadside after 22 days.
Lieut Col Mercer said: ‘The allegations are blatant violations of the Geneva Conventions and UN Convention Against Torture. If indeed prisoners were rendered beyond Iraq’s borders, then this is potentially one of the most serious war crimes under the Rome Statute.’
MI5 Director-General Jonathan Evans claims the new bill is essential for national security
MI5 Director-General Jonathan Evans claims the new bill is essential for national security
Mr Shiner will attach the statements to a letter he intends to send tomorrow to the Ministry of Defence, demanding a full investigation and a public inquiry.
This, he will say, must also examine the rest of the secret prison network, including H1. If the MoD does not grant his request, he will file a claim for a High Court judicial review, and for full disclosure of all the relevant documents. Mr Shiner said: ‘The evidence of these three Iraqi men raises issues of the utmost constitutional importance. Who knew about these secret sites? Who was responsible for the interrogation of the detainees? Why didn’t the head of Army Legal in Iraq at the time know of them?
‘Most importantly, who gave legal cover for them? These and many other questions must now be answered by the MoD providing full disclosure of relevant documentation, including emails.’
But if the Bill becomes law, Mr Shiner said there was little chance this evidence would ever be revealed: ‘This is exactly the kind of case which the Bill seems to have been designed for.
‘It has all the elements: alleged  torture, the use of Special Forces, possible renditions of prisoners to foreign powers. The truth about what happened must be disclosed.’
Like the camps themselves, legal supervision for the inquiry into Mr Sabri’s death did not pass down through the usual military chain of command. Instead, it is understood that it was taken over by civilian lawyers at MODLA, the MoD Legal Advisers, based at the Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) at Northwood, North-West London.
Lieut Col Mercer said: ‘As the senior military lawyer in Iraq, I want to know why I wasn’t told about any of this. For PJHQ and MODLA to have taken charge of an investigation of this kind is highly irregular.’
An MoD spokesman last night said he could not respond to the allegations until Mr Shiner’s pending action had commenced and had been fully considered by MoD officials.
Earlier this year, Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke admitted MI5 and other security and intelligence agencies have had a significant ‘input’ into the proposed new measures.
For more than a year, MI5 Director-General Jonathan Evans has been lobbying Ministers and Shadow Cabinet members, claiming the Bill’s measures are essential in order to protect national security.
The Bill has been introduced in the House of Lords, rather than the Commons, and received its second reading last week.
However, several Lib Dems are known to find the Bill ‘unacceptable in its present form,’ including former party leader Lord Ashdown.
Shami Chakrabarti, director of civil liberties campaign group Liberty, said: ‘Lawyers and other officials must be servants of the rule of law, not above it, and if lawyers sanctioned these alleged abuses, they do not deserve the cloak of anonymity. The current Bill would make it highly unlikely that the truth of such cases would ever be aired in public.’


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2163799/UK-soldiers-beat-innocent-Iraqi-men-black-ops-jails-new-secret-justice-law-means-torture-hidden-forever.html#ixzz1ygvphuSA

Friday, June 22, 2012

Syria - SPIEF:Transcript of Vladimir Putin's address at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Alastair Campbell's Diaries : Inside The Mind Of A Warped Perverse Individual.

The fourth volume of Alastair Campbell's diaries is published this week, covering 2001-2003, and although publicity has been fairly muted the journals are of some interest because they include an account of the run-up to and aftermath of the unnatural death of Dr David Kelly, an episode with which Campbell will be associated for the rest of his life.
For those who have forgotten the finer points of this tragic episode, Dr Kelly was a world-renowned weapons inspector working for the Ministry of Defence.
Allegedly, he killed himself after being named by the government as the prime source of a BBC news report accusing Tony Blair’s administration of lying to take Britain into the Iraq war.
Tragic: Goverment weapons inspector Dr David Kelly was found dead after claiming to the BBC that Britain went to war in Iraq on unreliable evidence
Tragic: Goverment weapons inspector Dr David Kelly was found dead after claiming to the BBC that Britain went to war in Iraq on unreliable evidence
Significantly, Dr Kelly always denied being the BBC's source, and was cleared of this charge by the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee a few days before he died. What is not disputed, however, is that senior government figures authorised the release of his name to the media, forcing him into the spotlight against his will at the very end of his life.
It seems too much of a stretch to believe that Campbell did not have some intimate knowledge of the decision to throw Dr Kelly to the wolves, and although he uses his book to lament Dr Kelly's death his regret comes across as hollow because he has carefully avoided mentioning the time in May 2006 when he and Tony Blair's wife, Cherie, effectively danced on Dr Kelly's grave, of which more later.
First, it is worth running through some facts.
Dr Kelly's body was found in woods close to his Oxfordshire home on July 18, 2003.
Alastair Campbell
Dr David Kelly
Intimate knowledge: The death of Dr Kelly is covered in the latest volume of Alastair Campbell's diaries
His death remains hugely contentious mainly (though not exclusively) because, uniquely in modern English legal history, successive governments including David Cameron's have refused to allow a full coroner's inquest into it to be held.
To be strictly accurate, an inquest was opened as a matter of routine immediately after he died, but it was swiftly closed down by the government and replaced by a public inquiry chaired by Lord Hutton, a judge appointed by Tony Blair to 'conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Dr Kelly' despite Hutton having no coronial experience whatsoever.
The ad hoc, non-statutory nature of this inquiry meant that Hutton had none of the investigatory powers of a coroner: he was not able to subpoena witnesses; no witnesses could be required to give evidence under oath; no witnesses could be cross-examined; no jury was called; and the suicide finding which Lord Hutton eventually reached did not have to meet the rigorous standard of proof - 'beyond reasonable doubt' - required of a coroner.
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Lord Hutton
Public inquiry: Prime Minister Tony Blair appointed Lord Hutton to lead the inquiry into Dr Kelly's death
Amazingly, we now know that some key evidence relating to Dr Kelly's death was actively concealed from the public at the Hutton Inquiry, something that could not have happened had a coroner been in charge.
Furthermore, Dr Kelly left no note of intent and had booked a return plane ticket to Iraq on the morning he was last seen alive. Since a coroner must prove that somebody intended to take their own life and then did so before classifying a death as suicide, these are not points that could or would have been casually disregarded had normal events been allowed to run their course.
This absence of due process crowns several other peculiarities about Dr Kelly's death which have been written about many times before yet remain unresolved. Notably, there were no fingerprints on six items found with his body: the knife he allegedly used to kill himself, a watch, his mobile phone, his spectacles, an open water bottle and two blister packs of pills he supposedly swallowed. The lack of prints is made all the more odd when you consider that Dr Kelly was not wearing gloves when his body was found, nor were any discovered at the scene.

Moreover, despite Thames Valley Police knowing about the lack of fingerprints at the time its officers gave evidence to Lord Hutton, the fact that these tests had been conducted by the force was never raised at the Hutton Inquiry and was only established years later using the Freedom of Information Act.
Adding to the mystery, in 2010 it emerged that in 2004 all medical and scientific reports relating to Dr Kelly's death – including photographs of his body – were secretly classified for 70 years. In other words, the burial of this material was itself buried. Much of it has still not been released and no legal explanation for this highly unusual gagging order has ever been made.
In light of all of this, and because Campbell stands accused at the very least of helping to hound the weapons inspector to his death, it is perhaps not surprising that Dr Kelly is a subject on which the spin doctor has hitherto been uncharacteristically silent.
Questions: Alastair Campbell arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice to be cross-examined at the Hutton Inquiry
Questions: Alastair Campbell arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice to be cross-examined at the Hutton Inquiry
On those occasions when he has been challenged about Dr Kelly publicly - for example on BBC1 panel programme Question Time in 2011 when George Galloway openly taunted him - he has squirmed, merely confirming the idea that the biggest egos are like the biggest balloons: easy to prick.
However, if you walk into a bookshop and pick up Campbell's new tome (it runs to more than 700 expletive-ridden pages) you will see Dr Kelly's name on the flyleaf, where his 'suicide' is described as a crisis moment of Blair's decade in Downing Street and, by extension, a selling-point of this book.
Putting aside the fact that Dr Kelly's death cannot technically be called a suicide until a coroner has, in the normal way, determined how he died, it seems the height of poor taste that Campbell has sought to record and explain his version of these events via a commercial enterprise from which he will profit. 
What is even more unpalatable is that Campbell has also had a go at seeking sympathy.
In the introduction to the new diaries, Campbell writes: 
'I never met David Kelly, but I think about him often, and whether I could have done anything differently that might have stopped him from taking his own life. With the exception of the deaths of family and close friends, the day his body was found was perhaps the worst of my life, certainly the worst of my time with TB [Tony Blair]...The feelings I had then are among the reasons why, despite staying involved, and going back to help out in two general elections, I have never really wanted to return to a full-time position in the front line of politics.'
On the face of it this is the sort of self-pitying claptrap many people would expect of old Crocodile Tears Campbell. Who can forget his extraordinary appearance on BBC1's Andrew Marr Show in February 2011 when he had a panic attack live on air while attempting to explain how the 'intelligence' surrounding WMD had come to be?
Cashing in: Cherie Blair auctioned a signed copy of the Hutton report for £400
Cashing in: Cherie Blair auctioned a signed copy of the Hutton report for £400
Crocodile tears: Alastair Campbell had a panic attack on the Andrew Marr show when asked about Dr Kelly's death
Crocodile tears: Alastair Campbell had a panic attack on the Andrew Marr show when asked about WMD
But, aside from that, it's hard to believe that Campbell is telling the truth when he says that Dr Kelly's death had such a profound effect on him.
The reason for this is that he seems to have conveniently forgotten what is perhaps the most tawdry incident of his professional career - and one I remember well because I broke the story at the time when I was a reporter on the Londoner's Diary column in the Evening Standard.
In May 2006 Campbell and Tony Blair's wife, Cherie Blair, autographed a copy of Lord Hutton's Report into Dr Kelly's death.
The report was then auctioned at a Labour Party fundraising event held in a Piccadilly members' club, fetching £400.
Is this really the act of a man riddled with guilt, one who professes to reflect on Dr Kelly 'often', as Campbell claims in his new book? To the best of my knowledge he has never publicly acknowledged or apologised for this violation.
What it amounts to is this: it is not necessary to go beyond the introduction of Campbell's latest volume of diaries to see that he continues to swerve, duck and weave as he sees fit. The tragic death of an honourable man is secondary to his own ends.
Campbell has developed a reputation as the hard man of politics over 20-odd years of bullying, swaggering, scheming and score-settling.
But as time passes this reputation is pretty laughable. He seems a desperately insecure figure, albeit one who is surrounded by darkness.
His book is called The Burden of Power. Campbell is obviously still burdened (as he should be) but, mercifully, he no longer wields any power.
As for Dr Kelly, the campaign to secure a full coroner's inquest into his death goes on, led by retired surgeon Dr David Halpin, and any new information which anybody can contribute to help achieve this will be welcomed.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2162235/Alastair-Campbell-diaries-The-day-danced-Dr-David-Kellys-grave.html#ixzz1yVEioX8U

Alastair Campbell Diaries : Inside The Mind Of A Warped Sad Lying Individual.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Pentagon Hacked By Wikiboat.

A newly established hacking collective has published private information that they say was stolen from the official website of the US Department of Defense.

On Thursday, hackers with a newly-formed WikiBoat collective released a collection of names, email addresses and phone numbers allegedly lifted from files they claim were pilfered from a database hosted on defense.gov, the main website for the Pentagon.

“Recently today, I stumbled across a very old leak on my Computer; I cannot remember if I have already leaked this site, but I do know that this site deserves to be leaked. Who is this site we are targeting? defense.gov ,” reads a statement from an WikiBoat operative posted on the website Pastebin.

“[W]hile this is not a SQLi vulnerability we still did manage to get our hands on part of the database not all. So enjoi!”

The WikiBoat is believed to be an offshoot of the international hacktivism collective Anonymous and was formally established on March 30. According to a separate press release posted last month by one member, the group exists is composed of “a small team of individuals simply looking for the one thing we all love: lulz.”....read more

http://rt.com/usa/news/pentagon-wikiboat-collective-us-936/

Obama : Was Communist Mentor Intimate With Obama's Mother ?

by Jerome R Corsi

Was Obama’s goal in writing his autobiography, “Dreams from My Father,” to misdirect Americans away from a deeply disturbing family background and a Marxist political foundation?

These are questions filmmaker Joel Gilbert poses in the full-length documentary “Dreams from My Real Father,” which argues Frank Marshall Davis is the president’s biological father, not the Kenyan Barack Obama.

Gilbert reports he has recently discovered racy photos in vintage fetish and bondage magazines of Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, that he believes were taken by Davis. The photos, he says, bolster his belief that Dunham had an intimate relationship with Davis.

Joel Gilbert’s “Dreams from My Real Father” is on sale now at WND’s Superstore
Gilbert has given WND a preview of a new “Breaking News” page on his documentary’s website titled “The Intimate Ann Dunham-Frank Marshall Davis Relationship.” On the page, he presents a video that shows some of the 30-plus pin-up photographs he believes Davis took of Obama’s young mother and other models in his home at 2994 Kalihi Street in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Frank Marshall Davis, pornographer

In 1968, Greenleaf Classics in San Diego published a pornographic novel titled “Sex Rebel Black: Memoirs of a Gash Gourmet,” authored by “Bob Greene,” a pen name Davis later admitted was his own.

In the sex novel that Davis claimed was autobiographical, he describes a swinging lifestyle in which he and his wife had sex numerous times with an underage girl named “Anne,” a figure very suggestive of Obama’s mother.

As Gilbert documents, Davis was a semi-professional photographer for more than 30 years, beginning when he lived in Chicago. His specialty was taking nude photographs of female models that he called “horizontal cameos.”

In a collection of Davis poems published in a book titled “Black Moods,” compiled by his biographer, University of Kansas English Professor John Edgar Tidwell, are 37 written “portraits” grouped in a section subtitled “Horizontal Cameos.” Each poem is dedicated to a different woman identified only by her first name. The second poem is dedicated to “Anne” and reads as follows:
Anne
In the gangling hours
Thin, adolescent hours
Before night runs softly
Away into the west
Anne rises wearily From her tired bed
And sleeps
Sitting in a chair.
In the three nude photographs initially discovered on the Internet in 2008, the young naked model is shown in a living room setting. She is posing in or around a chair, with a Christmas tree and a 1950s Hi-Fi with various jazz vinyl record albums in the background.

See Joel Gilbert’s video of his latest finds (Warning: Viewer discretion advised. The video contains explicit images, with portions blacked out):...more at link provided




http://www.wnd.com/2012/06/was-communist-mentor-intimate-with-obamas-mother/

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Obamaleaks: 'Kill List' - The Response From U.S. Newspapers To The Leaks Hysteria.


Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, June 12, for a Justice Department oversight hearing. With politicians in a frenzy over leaking by the Obama administration, Holder was forced multiple times to defend and explain his plan to investigate and get to the bottom of the leaks. Republican senators took issue with Holder’s plan to have two US attorneys linked to the Justice Department investigate the leak when leaks likely came from the Justice Department.
A few senators made it clear in their questions that they would have no problem if investigative journalists became caught up in the kind of wide-range investigation, which they feel is warranted given the kind of information on kill lists, cyber warfare, and covert operations that is now in the public domain. Sen. Jon Kyl wanted to know if the investigation would require journalists “to reveal their sources if that information can’t be obtained otherwise.” Sen. Jeff Sessions read from the New York Times article on the “kill list” and said, “the President’s top aides, former top aides, some of your senior officials at the department are people that were talking to the New York Times and need to be interviewed in an aggressive independent way.” And, on CNN on June 6, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said journalist David Sanger, author of Confront and Conceal, where many of these so-called leaks can be found said:
He assured me that what he was publishing, he had worked out with various agencies and he didn’t believe that anything was revealed that wasn’t known already…Well, I read ‘The New York Times’ article and my heart dropped, because he wove a tapestry which has an impact that’s beyond any single one thing. And he’s very good at what he does. And he spent a year figuring it all out. And he’s just one. And this is a problem....read more

http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2012/06/14/the-response-from-us-newspapers-to-the-leaks-hysteria/

Iraq: The Robin Cook Conspiracy.

David Kelly Post-Mortem Ordered Buried For 70 Years

dailymail - Vital evidence which could solve the mystery of the death of Government weapons inspector Dr David Kelly will be kept under wraps for up to 70 years.

In a draconian – and highly unusual – order, Lord Hutton, the peer who chaired the controversial inquiry into the Dr Kelly scandal, has secretly barred the release of all medical records, including the results of the post mortem, and unpublished evidence.

The move, which will stoke fresh speculation about the true circumstances of Dr Kelly’s death, comes just days before Tony Blair appears before the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War.

It is also bound to revive claims of an establishment cover-up and fresh questions about the verdict that Dr Kelly killed himself.

Tonight, Dr Michael Powers QC, a doctor campaigning to overturn the Hutton findings, said: ‘What is it about David Kelly’s death which is so secret as to justify these reports being kept out of the public domain for 70 years?’

Campaigning Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker, who has also questioned the verdict that Dr Kelly committed suicide, said: ‘It is astonishing this is the first we’ve known about this decision by Lord Hutton and even more astonishing he should have seen fit to hide this material away.’

The body of former United Nations weapons inspector Dr Kelly was found in July 2003 in woods close to his Oxfordshire home, shortly after he was exposed as the source of a BBC news report questioning the Government’s claims that

Saddam Hussein had an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction, which could be deployed within 45 minutes.

Lord Hutton’s 2004 report, commissioned by Mr Blair, concluded that Dr Kelly killed himself by cutting his wrist with a blunt gardening knife.

It was dismissed by many experts as a whitewash for clearing the Government of any culpability, despite evidence that it had leaked Dr Kelly’s name in an attempt to smear him.

Only now has it emerged that a year after his inquiry was completed, Lord Hutton took unprecedented action to ensure that the vital evidence remains a state secret for so long.

A letter, leaked to The Mail on Sunday, revealed that a 30-year ban was placed on ‘records provided [which were] not produced in evidence’. This is thought to refer to witness statements given to the inquiry which were not disclosed at the time.

In addition, it has now been established that Lord Hutton ordered all medical reports – including the post-mortem findings by pathologist Dr Nicholas Hunt and photographs of Dr Kelly’s body – to remain classified information for 70 years.

The normal rules on post-mortems allow close relatives and ‘properly interested persons’ to apply to see a copy of the report and to ‘inspect’ other documents.

Lord Hutton’s measure has overridden these rules, so the files will not be opened until all such people are likely to be dead.

Last night, the Ministry of Justice was unable to explain the legal basis for Lord Hutton’s order.

The restrictions came to light in a letter from the legal team of Oxfordshire County Council to a group of doctors who are challenging the Hutton verdict.

Last year, a group of doctors, including Dr Powers, compiled a medical dossier as part of their legal challenge to the Hutton verdict.

They argue that Hutton’s conclusion that Dr Kelly killed himself by severing the ulnar artery in his left wrist after taking an overdose of prescription painkillers is untenable because the artery is small and difficult to access, and severing it could not have caused death.

In their 12-page opinion, they concluded: ‘The bleeding from Dr Kelly’s ulnar artery is highly unlikely to have been so voluminous and rapid that it was the cause of death. We advise the instructing solicitors to obtain the autopsy reports so that the concerns of a group of properly interested medical specialists can be answered.’

Tonight, Dr Powers, a former assistant coroner, added: ‘Supposedly all evidence relevant to the cause of death has been heard in public at the time of Lord Hutton’s inquiry. If these secret reports support the suicide finding, what could they contain that could be so sensitive?’

The letter disclosing the 70-year restriction was written by Nick Graham, assistant head of legal and democratic services at Oxfordshire Council.

It states: ‘Lord Hutton made a request for the records provided to the inquiry, not produced in evidence, to be closed for 30 years, and that medical (including post-mortem) reports and photographs be closed for 70 years.’

Nicholas Gardiner, the Chief Coroner for Oxfordshire, confirmed that he had seen the letter.

Speaking to The Mail on Sunday today, he said: ‘I know that Lord Hutton made that recommendation. Someone told me at the time. Anybody concerned will be dead by then, and that is quite clearly Lord Hutton’s intention.’

Asked what was in the records that made it necessary for them to be embargoed, Mr Gardiner said: ‘They’re Lord Hutton’s records not mine. You’d have to ask him.’

He added that in his opinion Lord Hutton had embargoed the records to protect Dr Kelly’s children.

The inquest into Dr Kelly’s death was suspended before it could begin by the then Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer. He used the Coroners Act to designate the Hutton Inquiry as ‘fulfilling the function of an inquest’.

News that the records will be kept secret comes just days before Mr Blair gives evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry on Friday.

To date, Dr Kelly’s name has scarcely been mentioned at the inquiry. One source who held a private meeting with Sir John Chilcot before the proceedings began said that Sir John had admitted he ‘did not want to touch the Kelly issue’ .

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said: ‘Any decision made by Lord Hutton at the time of his inquiry was entirely a matter for him.’

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said yesterday that it would not be possible to search their records during the weekend.

The Mail on Sunday was unable to contact Lord Hutton.
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David Christopher Kelly, CMG (14 May 1944–17 July 2003) was an employee of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MoD), an expert in biological warfare and a former United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq. Kelly's discussion with BBC Radio4 Today programme journalist Andrew Gilligan about the British government's dossier on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq inadvertently caused a major political scandal. He was found dead days after appearing before the Parliamentary committee charged with investigating the scandal.

The Hutton Inquiry, a public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding his death, ruled that he had committed suicide, and that Kelly had not in fact said some of the things attributed to him by Gilligan. The following day, 28 January 2004, the Independent ran a special issue, the front cover being largely blank and containing in the centre, "WHITEWASH? THE HUTTON REPORT. A SPECIAL ISSUE."
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The 9/11 Commission Report And Facts That Were Not Reported.

Obamaleaks :Obama Hypocrite - Just Another Blood Soaked War Criminal .



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Classified documents highlighting the Obama administration's achievements in the war on terror have been leaked to U.S. media. The White House is facing tough criticism for what some claim was a deliberate leak for the sake of political gain. Peter Van Buren, former Foreign Service officer at the State Department, believes the now public documents paint the President as a hypocrite.

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Blair: The War Criminal's Legacy.

Blair: Papal Knight Of Malta - War Criminal - Mass Murderer Found It Amusing That A Member Of The Public Wished To Make A Citizens Arrest For His War Crimes..

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newsvideo/uk-politics-video/9332059/Protester-attempts-to-arrest-Tony-Blair-in-Hong-Kong.html

Cardinal Edward Egan praised Blair on his speech and on his effort to fight extremism

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Leveson : Libya Blair And The JPMorgan Link.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair, left, and Libyan leader Col.  Moammar Gaddafi, right, during an hour long break in their talks, stroll together to a separate tent for a lunch in Tripoli, Thursday March 25, 2004.  (AP Photo/Stefan Rousseau/PA) ** UNITED KINGDOM OUT: MAGAZINES OUT: NO SALES: **


Business ... Blair and Gaddafi in Tripoli in 2004. Photo: AP
TONY BLAIR is facing calls for greater transparency in his role as Middle East peace envoy after it has emerged he visited Muammar Gaddafi in 2009 while JPMorgan, the investment bank that employs Blair as a £2 million-a-year ($3.2 million) adviser, sought to negotiate a multibillion-pound loan from Libya.

Blair also championed two large business deals in the West Bank and Gaza involving telecoms and gas extraction which stood to benefit corporate clients of JPMorgan, an investigation by the UK Channel 4 TV station's Dispatches program reveals.

Blair, who represents the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East - the US, European Union, Russia and the United Nations - flew to see the former Libyan leader in January 2009 as JPMorgan tried to finalise a deal for the Libyan Investment Authority to lend a multibillion-pound sum to Rusal, the aluminium company run by Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska.

The LIA was set up by Gaddafi to manage the country's wealth and was estimated to be worth $64 billion last September.
Emails obtained by anti-corruption campaign group Global Witness and seen by the Guardian reveal JPMorgan's vice-chairman, Lord Renwick, invited the then vice-chairman of LIA, Mustafa Zarti, to ''finalise the terms of the mandate concerning Rusal before Mr Blair's visit to Tripoli which is scheduled to take place on around 22 January''.

The meeting went ahead, but a spokesman for Mr Blair denied the former British prime minister had been involved in the proposed Rusal deal. A spokesman for JPMorgan said Blair had no knowledge of the proposal but could not explain why Blair's visit to Gaddafi was raised in the email.

''Neither Tony Blair nor any of his staff raised any issue to do with a Russian aluminium company,'' Blair's spokesman said. A Rusal presentation obtained by Global Witness showed the aluminium company had been seeking a $4.5 billion loan in the form of a convertible bond, but the deal never happened.

In the Palestinian territories as the quartet envoy, Blair persuaded the Israeli government to open radio frequencies so mobile phone company Wataniya could operate in the West Bank. The company's owner, Qtel, a Qatari telecoms company, is a client of JPMorgan and bought Wataniya with a $2 billion loan the bank helped arrange.

The second deal saw Mr Blair champion the development of a gas field off the coast of Gaza.

The owner of the rights to operate the field is BG Group, a client of JPMorgan.

A spokesman for Mr Blair said: ''In neither case was Mr Blair even aware JPMorgan had a connection with the company.''

Guardian News and Media

http://www.smh.com.au/world/spotlight-on-blair-peace-envoy-role-over-gaddafi-and-jpmorgan-link-20110926-1ktkw.html

#Leveson #Libya: #Blair #Gaddafi Dealings Draw Concerns (2011)

Monday, May 28, 2012

IRAQ: US Deliberately Destroyed Iraq'a Water Supply

In September 2001 Professor Thomas Nagy of George Washington University, D.C., revealed the existence of Defense Intelligence Agency documents “proving beyond a doubt that, contrary to the Geneva Convention, the U.S. government intentionally used sanctions against Iraq to degrade the country’s water supply after the Gulf War. "The United States knew the cost that civilian Iraqis, mostly children, would pay, and it went ahead anyway.” On May 12, 1996 some of the horrible consequences of this policy were revealed when the CBS news program 60 Minutes reported that roughly half million Iraqi children had died as a consequence of U.S. imposed sanctions.

This led to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s infamous answer to the question, “is the price worth it?” Her reply was yes “we think the price is worth it.” Albright later apologized, not for the murderous policy for which she was partially responsible, but rather for the fact that her answer to the above question had “aggravated our public relations problems” in the Middle East.

As to domestic reaction, her comment “went unremarked in the U.S.” Subsequently, in 2003, the U.S. invaded Iraq using the strategy of “rapid dominance” (more popularly known as “shock and awe”). The object of this strategy was to “paralyze” the enemy’s “will to carry on” through the disruption of “means of communication, transportation, food production, water supply, and other aspects of infrastructure.” One of the targets of the bombing campaign that led off the invasion was Iraq’s electrical grid. That directly impacted the country’s ability to process clean water."
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http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=31011

#Leveson #Iraq : The Trial Of Tony Blair.

#Leveson #Iraq:Video - Kate O' Sullivan Attempted A Citizen's Arrest On War Criminal Blair.

#Leveson #Iraq:War Criminal Blair Citizen 's Arrest Attempted By David Cronin.

22nd March 2010. David Cronin attempted a citizens’ arrest of Tony Blair as he was about to enter a hearing on Palestine in the European Parliament. David approached him, put a hand on his arm and said: “Mr Blair, this is a citizens’ arrest.” He was then pushed away by one of Blair’s bodyguards, whereupon he shouted “You are guilty of war crimes”. His attempt was reported in the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Guardian, the Irish Times and other outlets.

#Leveson #Iraq : War Criminal #Blair and the Papal Knights. Cardinal Edward Egan praised Blair on his speech and on his effort to fight extremism

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