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There have been many items in the press and broadcast media of interest to the espionage fans, military history enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists among us in recent months, e.g. ;-
The Daily Telegraph of September 7 carried the following short piece under the headline "Adams worker's home bugged";- A bugging device has been found at the home of one of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams's staff. Republicans blamed British agents who they said were out to wreck Ulster peace negotiations. The listening equipment was allegedly discovered by workmen in the loft of a house in West Belfast. A Sinn Fein member said, "It was clearly put there by one of the intelligence - gathering organisations".
The Mail on Sunday of September 26 featured an article by Mr. Peter Kilfoyle, Member of Parliament for the Liverpool Walton constituency, the home town of Ken Bigley the engineer kidnapped and subsequenly murdered by Islamic millitants in Iraq. In a general discussion on the situation in the Middle East and of the worsening situation thanks to the Bush/Bliar intervention and the view that George Dubya may already have Iran lined up for something unpleasant if he wins the U.S. election he states the following which I have not seen reported elsewhere;- "Only last week America gave its client state Israel 500 "bunker buster" bombs which would be ideal to destroy Iran's nuclear faclities, as Israel destroyed Iraq's in 1981"
The Daily Mail of October 4 carried an article headed "Outcry as Emperor heads for sainthood" which reported that the last ruler of the Austo-Hungarian Empire, Emperor Karl I, is up for a sainthood from the Vatican not withstanding the fact that up until now his main claim to fame has been as an alcoholic womaniser and as an enthusiastic proponent of chemical weaponry during the First World War, organising the use of mustard gas against the Italians in 1917 and criticising his generals for not using enough of the stuff. So there might be salvation yet for Saddam Hussein and "Chemical Ali"!
Those seeking a change of career may have noted the advertisements in the situations vacant sections of several of the national daily newspapers on October 14. The eye-catching advertisement headed "We're as unique as you are" and offering employment in the spheres of engineering, science, environmental safety, security, process operation and business administration was on behalf of the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire. The text of the advertisement includes the statement "No other organisation in the UK does what we do. Nor do they operate the way we do". Well, I hope they're right about that. Looks like a massive expansion of Britain's H-Bomb capability might be on the way. I wonder who the potential target is supposed to be now that the bogeyman of the last half century or more, i.e. the Soviet Union, is long gone. Right at the end of the advertisement is the statement "Previous applicants need not re-apply". Perhaps they had had an application from a tall, thin man with a prominent beard and wearing a bed-shirt and turban who gave his current address as "The Cave, Afghanistan".
The monthly "Short Wave Magazine" is well known for its interesting reading on a wide variety of radio - related subjects, and I'm not just referring to the recent series "Number Stations a beginners guide"! The September issue included a supplement called "Scanning Scene" aimed at those whose radio interests are more towards the VHF/UHF part of the spectrum; titled "OPSEC", an acronym for Operational Security, by one Dave Roberts, it was a worldly - wise comment on the problems that are likely to arise if one's costly radio gear and other expensive household effects are targeted by burgulars. "Don't believe for a minute that the Government have any interests in "cracking" crime as they tell us", says Mr. Roberts. He then goes on to demonstrate with the aid of figures that when a burglar does, say, £300 worth of damage to someone's house by forcing his way in, by the time the unfortunate victim has payed for replacements for his damaged doors and window frames on which there will be Value Added Tax and the extra tax on the next years home insurance - which will have increased as the result of the claim from being burgled - the Government will make over £100. "That's why the Government are happy to see crime increase", says Mr. Roberts. This is a conspiracy theory which can often be heard in any public bar but it is the first time I have ever seen it in print! It ties in with another belief widely held by pub-pundits and bar-room philosophers, i.e that no Government - no Government whatsoever - is going to do anything about the drug problem which is so rife in the country today. If the distribution of drugs was stopped then the economy of large parts of the UK , especially the post-industrial cities of The Midlands and The North and their hinterlands would collapse.
The distribution of drugs is, allegedly, organised on a pyramid basis with a small number of "Mr Bigs" at the top, very wealthy individuals who are close to leading politicians and other people in high places and upon whom local up-market purveyors of top of the range real estate, cars, jewellery and so on rely for much of their turnover, extending right the way down to your local drug dealer and his coterie of users who steal your valuables to pay for it all. Stories are heard from time to time concerning the record crop of Papaver Somniferum which has been harvested in Afghanistan this year along the lines that when a British army patrol has happened upon a large field of this botanical species, they have requested permission to set about destroying it before it can be gathered in and processed into heroin to blight the lives of people in the West but have been ordered to leave it alone owing to standing orders not to interfere with the local warlord's business interests.
The BBC's Radio 4 is probably the least dumbed down of all the Corporation's undertakings and has come up with some superb programming over the last few weeks. On 4-September there was a half hour programme with the title "Unsung Heroes" which was billed as "The little known story of amateur radio operators who provided vital communication networks for the rescue agencies when the World Trade Centre was attacked in New York on 9/11". This told the story of local radio amateurs who used their equipment to set up emergency communications in the aftermath of the attack, using hand-held transceivers linked to repeaters - presumably two metres although since the programme was aimed at a generally non-technical listening audience this was not confirmed - with eventually two hundred operators being involved. The World Trade Centre had, because of its height, been used as the site for much of New York's fire, police and ambulance radio repeater relay systems so that when the building was destroyed all of those systems went off the air. Individual amateurs interviewed for the programme included Frank, N2UMC, husband and wife Robert, KB2PSM and Phyllis, KC2DKD and Carlos, K2LCD.
Also in September BBC Radio 4 did a short series of programmes called "Club Class" on the subject of secretive organisations which have power and influence. One episode was on the subject of "Skull and Bones", America's most elite club recruited from graduates of Yale. We were informed that whatever happens in the US election in November the President will be a "Bonesman" because both George W Bush and John Kerry are paid up members. But then, I suppose it could also be argued that whatever happens in the 2005 British general election the next Prime Mvinister will be a smart-Alec Oxford trained lawyer. Another episode covered the subject of Britain's secret intelligence service, MI5, MI6 and all that, including a contribution from David Shayler, one of the few operatives to be recruited from outside of the usual public school set
Another Radio 4 documentary covered the subject of "Hitler's Indian Soldiers", which told the story of how during the Second World War the Germans recruited a number of Indian soldiers for their army from among personnel taken as prisoners of war while fighting for the British Empire. The story of an Indian National Army being recruited by the Japanese from prisoners captured in the Far East is fairly well known but very little had been said about those fighting for Nazi Germany. They thought they would be sent overland in some way to drive the British out of India but they ended up being deployed in Western Europe. However, it is believed that this incident may have hastened Indian independance which took place in 1947; the British Raj had always thought that they could rely on their locally recruited troops who had taken an oath of allegiance to the King Emperor to maintain their rule in India but they realised that this was not necessarily the case.
And finally there was a programme called "The Battle of Shingle Street", an investigation as to whether or not there was an attempted landing by the German army on the Suffolk coast at a small isolated village called Shingle Street in 1940. The rumour of such an event had long been spoken of among people who were living in the area at the time, the story being that one evening in September 1940 loud explosions were heard and flames were seen out to sea. Many of the locals believed - and some still living in the district, although getting on in years, still do - that there was a sizeable German landing either as a prelude to a general invasion or to probe the British defences. The landing was repelled, so the story goes, by a British secret weapon which involved pumping large quantities of petrol and oil onto the sea in the path of the invaders and igniting it. The evidence for this was reports of large numbers of burnt bodies in German uniform being washed up along the east coast of England and reports from neutral journalists in Germany at the time - including the American William L Shirer - of seeing long ambulance trains carrying many soldiers suffering from burns. It was all hushed up at the time and everyone involved was sworn to secrecy in case British moral was weakened. However, the programme put forward an explanation - or was it part of the cover - up, still being maintained even after sixty-four years? - for the incident, i.e. that the explosions and distant fires heard and seen by the locals were the result of RAF raids on targets on the other side of the North Sea and carried a long way because of an exceptionally clear night and that the bodies found along the coast had drifted across the sea from a British attack which had been carried out on German shipping conducting an invasion rehearsal exercise a few miles off the Dutch coast.
Just a couple of comments on items in E2k Newsletter issue 24;- I was intrigued by the mention on page 35 of the news item from the US Department of Defence on the closure of 10 microwave relay sites in the UK, one of which is Barkway; presumably this is Barkway in Hertfordshire up on the chalk ridge not too far from Royston, a site used by many different radio organisations including a Civil Aviation Navigational beacon "BKY", the two-metre amateur radio repeater GB3PI - sadly little used these days - and when Pye Telecom was a mighty force in the land the site of one of their VHF 2-way mobile radio base stations. I am sure I can remember an article in the local evening paper about 20 years ago which was a personality profile of the United States Airforce general who was in charge of all the American bases in the region. Along with all the well known ones such as Lakenheath, Mildenhall and Bentwaters and so on I am sure there was a passing reference to a communications facility at Barkway but I had not heard anything about it since then and I had wondered since if I had read it correctly; so a twenty year old mystery cleared up here.
Also on page 35 of issue 24, the TV films "The Day After" and "Threads" are discussed; another film in the same genre might be worth a mention, the "War Game", made for the BBC in 1965 in black and white. It was a 44 minute film done in the style of a documentary on the subject of a nuclear attack on London. In the words of the "Radio Times Guide to Films" ;-
"Such was the power of The War Game that the BBC refused to transmit Peter Watkin's film, leaving it to sit on the shelf gathering dust and notoriety before a cinema release in 1966." I seem to recall it has since been shown on BBC television although just the once in the late eighties or early nineties. I also remember buying a paperback book of the same name which consisted of still photographs taken from the film with text of the narrative which would also have been in about 1966.
We are all aware of the tragic events that deeply shocked the world on 3rd September in the Russian Beslian School. Leaving many children and young adults dead. The Daily Mail, dated 04/09, carried a particularly poignant comment alongside an article entitled ‘Terror’s Victory’. The strap lines read ‘Three years after the 9/11 attacks, Bush’s war on terror has made the world a far more dangerous place…’ The Times, also dated 04/09, carried an interesting report entitled ‘Swaggering Bush has scent of victory.’. There were no strap lines, it was obviously a report on the first Republican Convention to be held in New York. On the extreme right of the page was Bush’s speech. Two excerpts stood out: ‘We are staying on the offensive, striking terrorists abroad so we do not have to face them here at home’ and ‘Because we acted to defend our country, the murderous regimes of Saddam Hussein and the Taleban are history, more than 50 million people have been liberated and democracy is coming to the broader Middle East.’
The article in the Daily Mail was very analytical of events that have occurred since ‘9/11.’ “Islamist terrorism, or the fear of it, abounds across the globe, from the United States and Europe to Turkey, Palestine, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. What a shambles! Osama bin Laden could hardly have dared hope that 9/11 would pay so marvellous a long term dividend.”
So whilst terrorism occurs anywhere else but the USA where is the democracy in Iraq? As the chat show host on LBC said at 0207 04/09 , “When Bush gets back in, which country will be next – Iran, Sudan…?” Lets watch this space!
In his parting speech the Brussels Commissioner Chris Patten [former chairman of Conservative Party and last Colonial Governor of Hong Kong] used his speech to deliver a rejection of the Bush administration’s go-it-alone approach and contempt for its allies.
Mr Patten recognised that the US led invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein not only split the Western alliance but also failed to bring peace to Iraq, Israel or Palestinians. Mr Patten added ‘The world deserves better than American testosterone.’
Meanwhile Kofi Annan condemned the war on Iraq as illegal, apparently delivering a ‘withering’ attack on Tony Bliar and George Bush.
As British troops went to war front line troops left without vital kit because the MoD’s £550m computer system failed [That’s the biggest load of nonsense ever. PC’s only do what they are told to do]. Troops went without enhanced body armour, noddy suits [NBC kit], vapour testing kits [only 4000 short though] and a 40% shortfall in nerve agent detectors. As a result teams, taken from the front line units, were forced to search out their missing kit.
Amazing that the most professional and worlds best fighting force has to work like that.
Finally, security at the Houses of Parliament was breached when demonstrators made their way into the Chamber whilst a debate about hunting was underway. Outside a remake of ‘Zulu’ was underway as Police repelled protesters using batons. Wonder if this will go down in history as ‘Met Police Stick Fest 2004’ with the relevant T shirt issued.? The Metro newspaper scored a definite hit for the protesters when they showed an image of a protesters being properly restrained for handcuffing [back stack and double locked] as being ‘another narrowly escapes being trampled beneath a policeman’s feet.’ Well done Met.
[This attitude of being politically correct and damning all that persons do has misfired 01/11. The condemnation of a shooting by police of a man carrying a chair leg, thought to be a firearm, returned a verdict of unlawful killing. As a result a number of Police authorised shots are refusing to carry firearms in support of their colleagues responsible for the chair leg carrier. Quite right too – lets have a bit of solidarity for a group of blokes who do a thankless task and who get shat on from a great height at the first opportunity by their lefty flowered shirt wearing, meusli eating, sandal wearing, tree hugging, politically correct prattish masters who do not have the backbone to do the job and are not fit to lick the boots of a British Policeman. Another professional force that the govt is hell bent on destroying. Let the police do the job they are paid to do without all the targets and statistical crap that is bogging them down behind desks when they could be out and about tackling the lowlife of Britain.
It’s not just the Met either: Six police walking in pairs 50M apart, to promote the idea of a larger police presence, in nightime Sheffield to deter binge drinking. See page 24, Police Review 29/10/04].
A satellite for the US NRO was launched from Cape Canaveral on 31/08, another for Israel, the Ofek-5 spy satellite, was launched from a coastal air force base south of Tel Aviv. The Ofek-5 gives Israel an extended capacity to monitor military developments in the region and would be able to concentrate its high-resolution cameras on Iran, Iraq and Syria.In common with this spy satellite and also the Jericho missile Israel has also developed with the United States, an anti-missile system named Arrow. The first of Arrow missiles have been deployed at the same air base the Ofek-5 was launched from. Ofek means Horizon.
Software developed by Autonomy, a Cambridge based company is used to track al-Qaeda terrorists. The company is a world leader in analyzing and recognizing patterns in otherwise unstructured information.
The US Dept of Homeland Security and 20 other Gov’t agencies are using this technology in the battle against terrorism. A new version is now available to large employers who fear being hit by multi million Pound claims for sexual discrimination and harassment. It is being promoted by Aungate, a subsidiary of Autonomy, which claims the software would identify abusive and malicious intent in emails, not just by key words but also by detecting subtle codes and patterns. The software costs in the region of £200k.
Image witheld until authorisation to publish is received from New Zealnd Herald.
Two Israeli men, (Eli Cara left with Uriel Kelman, face covered R ) thought to be agents of the Israeli secret service agency, Mossad were released having completed three months of a six month prison sentence after pleading guilty to fraudulently trying to obtain a NZ passport.
The pair were also fined $100,000 to be paid to the cerebral palsy Society, a reparation order made by the high court.
A third man Ze'ev Barkan fleed NZ before the arrests of the Mossad pair and is still wanted by police.
The pair were expected to fly from NZ to Hong Kong then on to Israel with police escorts.
[Tnx AnonNZ 30/09/04]
A London Gaol is being discussed concerning its running by American Company, Management and Training Corporation of Utah. This is the company that set up the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq as recently seen by the worlds press for the most inhuman treatment of its prison population.
MI6 officers working in the Balkans have found their task of tracing war criminals most difficult since the leaking of their identities. In Sarajevo MI6 officers were leaked via the ‘Slobodna Bosna’ magazine although two officers remain in Zagreb despitetheir identities being blown.
According to the Sunday Times 'Business' section [page 16, 05/09/04] two of Britain's senior Generals, a businessman and a performance psychologist have started a company to offer training in the subject of counter-terrorism and specialist security tactics. Those involved are Major General John Holmes, the former director of UK Special Forces and General Sir Jack Deverell, former Commander of Allied Forces North. They have teamed up with Nikki Heath, a psychologist and David Sebire. Sebire is chairman of several companies.
The company they have formed is the Security Operation and Education Academy whose aim is to prepare primarily companies against terrorist attack, but some civilians too. Maj.Gen Holmes' last assignment was Project Unicorn, during which the Army and New Scotland Yard simulated a terror attack in the City of London in an attempt to see how businesses could help the counter terrorist effort. Apparently the ‘help’ was a disappointing 'almost not at all'.[Was FANY called in, did they erect HF antennae at HAC Hq and send messages via 5MHz using Near Vertical Incidence? NVI experimentation has been subject to a Notice of Variations to enable Radio Amateurs to aimlessly modify equipment the report signal strengths using SINPO, although ‘it simply is an experiment’ and nothing to do with darker aspects’]. Nikki Heath has helped design courses that helped sportsmen cope with extreme individual reactions. Sebire will be in charge of raising an initial £2M to rent premises to house 300 trainees a week and to get the courses going.
During Project Unicorn Businesses and City workers were to be the most vulnerable targets and were found to be so lacking in basic knowledge that it was thought that 'immediate guidance' and 'simple protective/defensive advice' was needed. As a result SOEA was formed. [I don't care about the new shoes, make-up and hairdo, Miss Jones; Get that sand bag and its brothers filled now or you'll get a beasting]!
For Brits to enter America most, with a UK passport, can enter under the VWP. On the aircraft you are given a form that asks very important questions. One such very sensible question is 'Were you involved in the Nazi genocide?' - they don't ask directly or indirectly. Another cracker is 'Are you planning to overthrow the US State?' Interestingly Oscar Wilde once wrote, "Sole purpose of visit!"
The VWP does not apply to those with a criminal record and they have to travel to London and be interviewed and fingerprinted for the audacious cost of £60 [approx US$100]. For those who ultimately get to the US they are confused about the type of passport they should present; as if they actually have any power to persuade Her Britannic Majesty's Government to supply anything better!. Biometric passports are demanded by the US Govt as from Autumn 2004 [That's 'fall' to our cousins in the western provinces] but because HM Govt can't do that for at least another year those that arrive in the US will have our fingerprints scanned and their photo take by a friendly American. Better still; from 26th October if you wish to enter under the VWP your passport must be machine readable as Dubya no doubt believes that the models seen in 'I, Robot actually exist! Personally I care not if my passport is acceptable on the other side of the Atlantic. I have no intention of visiting America as all things American can be seen here - Rip off priced designer labels, Poor TV programmes, Grafitti over everything, Rythmic rotten, noisy sounds with lots of bass with some twat shouting inane sentences & called Rap, fast food outlets and mugging. Of course Britain should do likewise for the entry of Americans to our green and pleasant land, but as only 22% of Americans actually possess passports, why bother. No doubt that a sudden downturn in takings for the American tourist trade may well force the US Govt to drop certain requirements. But then again........
[Tnx Ken - another belter].
The Inquiry into the loss of the Gaul reconvened for one day to hear evidence from an ex CPO. The ex CPO had overheard a conversation in a Mess suggesting that a Polaris Submarine had snagged the Gaul. Not surprisingly the denials flowed quicker than beer at a Munich bierfest. A map was produced with a simple cross illustrating the position of our one then active polaris submarine, HMS Resolution, as being 1000 miles away. In addition to that there was confirmation that communication logs were not kept as history and that a certain cable, used as a listening device was not in anyway live at the time. Read more at Graham's Media World News site at: http://www.mediaworldnews.co.uk/
There is also a moving letter from Mike Spurgeon [Son of Mr Maurice Spurgeon, Mate on the Gaul].
A senior member of Hamas was killed on 26/09 when a bomb was detonated whilst he was driving his car.
The interesting bit was reported as ‘Israeli spies kill Hamas militant’ in one paper and ‘Mossad blamed for Hamas killing’ in another.
The common piece was the suggestion that a mobile phone was heard to ring and that the victim answered his phone as the blast occurred. Dangerous stuff this RF, mobiles really are a health hazard!
For 90mins British viewers were treated to an apparent factual piece of fiction as S013 anti-terrorist branch [http://www.met.police.uk/terrorism/] and Special Branch or SO12 [http://www.met.police.uk/so/special_branch.htm] followed up leads to try to stop the detonation of a ‘dirty’ radioactive device somewhere in London. In fact these terrorists had decided that Liverpool Street station required a face lift and blew it up. Viewers were warned that the images they would see would be harrowing [?] the make up was good, but not that good! There were certain characters who held the storyline; one being a disgruntled fireman who became a hero when he tried to match Chernobyl by irradiating himself beyond his 100microsievert level [what ever happened to the favoured Becquerel?] and his last reading on the dosimeter was 250mSv. We get to see him in hospital, snorting oxygen and looking fairly queer, skin peeling, hair ruffled and so on. But back to the storyline. There were two other vans for secondary explosions, one of the two actually being shot as they pulled away on their run to a target.
It was a nice bit of doom and gloom indeed, good story, acting ok, recogniseable parts of London and no Americans taking the lead.
Better still, the Minister who we see lying her way from scenario to scenario actually reminded me of Hazel Blears by the way she was made up.
Better still when the IED was being prepared by the terrorists they showed it being powered by a single PP3 9v battery. Reminiscent to at least two members of E2k following the assistance they gave to a University Student reading Forensic Science who had a task to design a ‘bomb’. Both persons were ex-Army , one an ex-EOD, the other ex infantryman. A weekend was spent designing a simple initiator and detonator based on wash day technology a PP3 and one other item that will not be named. That student gained 90% for that module. However, whilst that student carried nothing more than a PP3 with her, there were other students dragging car batteries around to initiate their explosions.
The piece was made all the better for the fact that the News of the World newspaper was involved in the arrest of four terrorists who were trying to purchase a quantity of ‘Red Mercury’ to make a device similar to that in the film. With typically good timing the NotW managed to release the story as Britain’s viewers waited for the drama. As a result four were held for questioning.
A Greek civilian A340 Airbus landed safely at Stanstead airport. It was immediately surrounded and terrified passengers evacuated.
The aircraft was escorted by two RAF Tornados who, the Metro newspaper reported on 27/09, ‘would have had no hesitation shooting the plane down if it had been on a 9/11 style suicide mission.’
A full search of the aircraft and co0ntents seemed to indicate a hoax. We hope that HM Govt charges the Greek Govt for the entire cost and doubles it. All in thanks for the non-return of the bail monies and prison that 12 British and 2 Dutch plane spotters suffered for photographing some ancient helicopters in Greece.
A British Airways Airbus A319 flying from Berlin to Heathrow was the subject of an apparent hoax when a German TV station received a warning. Diverted to Schipol Airport, Amsterdam it was accompanied by two fully armed F16 fighter jets.
The incident apparently followed repeated threats to specific London to Washington flights, some of which were cancelled or severely delayed.
30th Sept was the day that America insisted on all British and EU tourists to the US to submit themselves for photographing by digital camera and fingerprinting of both index fingers as part of their ‘new’ anti-terrorist checks. Tourists were greeted with long waits at Miami International Airport, particularly in immigration hall B. That serves BA and American Airlines ans was so packed that the queues backed up along corridors for hours. Virgin Atlantic uses E concourse and after two hours of queuing only a handful of passengers had cleared the security checks.
One 56yo tourist said, “It’s absolute chaos. There are 24 desks open and each one has a queue of 50 or 60. It’s taking 6 to 10 minutes to process each person. I’ve been here about 20 times and this really makes me wonder if its worth coming again..” Then the 56 yo tourist added, “We don’t do this to the Americans when they come to our country. Why the hell should we put up with this treatment from them?”[From Daily Mail , 1st October 2004, page 45].
The resultant biometrics are then checked against known criminals and those on the US terrorist watch list.
It also appears that the computers used were unable to deal with the mass of persons being screened in this way and became very slow. Also many British Airways passengers missed onward flights to the Caribbean and South America thanks to the paranoid and crackpot idea. What made it worse was that those who needed to stay overnight had to pay their bills themselves because the delays were not the airline’s fault. Well done America, world leader in paranoia and others inconvenience! Glad I’ll never be going ‘Stateside’.
A Saudi Diplomat, Dr Ali al-Shamarani was the ‘handler’ of a Police officer who he asked to acquire details on certain person for him.
Apparently the officer used the police national computer and the criminal intelligence database [crimint] to find data on those opposed to the Saudi regime.
The officer was said to be in debt and received cash, circa £14k, for assisting the diplomat with his search. He was arrested in July 2003 but not before the inquisitive diplomat left Britain. The officer was sentenced to 30 months gaol and will lose his £70k lump sum and pension he was due to receive when he retired from the Met. The officer originated from the Yemen. [Metro 5/10/04 for details]
Despite its broken doors and very dishevelled appearance the Embassy looks as though it is in use again. In passing PLondon saw two persons knocking on the rather battered and damaged door. Suddenly it opened and a lady, of apparent Arab origins, spoke to the two men, both in their 50’s, and they left.
And remember it was the former Iraqi Information Minister Mr Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf who correctly stated, "I think the British nation has never been faced with a tragedy like this fellow [Blair]" as well as, "These cowards have no morals. They have no shame about lying."
Police have uncovered details of a terrorist plot to detonate a ‘dirty bomb’ using the radioisotope Americium 241, which is used in the actual detector of Smoke Alarms. Details of the plot were originally revealed in the US magazine ‘Time’. Meanwhile it is known that plans to make a nuclear bomb using Americium 241 have been posted to the web by an American somewhere [and they look for non-existent WMD’s in Iraq]. Suppose Londoners will see the tube system stopped everytime someone loses a luminous watch on a tubetrain. Assuming that London Underground have the kit to detect the radiation!
Whilst Time Magazine publishes that sort of stuff to raise our spirits British police, according to the Daily Mail 04/10/04 have discovered plans to drive car bombs into underground garages at skyscrapers in the City [of London?]. That’s not even an original idea.
19th March 2002:
They [al-Qaeda agents] have left Afghanistan and they’ve landed in a variety of countries, one of which is Iraq,
19th March 2002:
Baghdad has a long history of supporting terrorism and also had contact with al-Qaeda ,
CIA director George Tenet
26th September 2002:
There clearly are contacts between al-Qaeda and Iraq that can be documented,
US national security adviser Condoleeza Rice
28th January 2003:
Iraq has aided and protected terrorists, including members of al-Qaeda,
29th January 2003:
We do know of links between al-Qaeda and Iraq,
14th June, 2004:
Saddam had long established ties with al-Qaeda,
US vice-president Dick Cheney
and here’s a good ‘un
16th June 2004:
We have no credible evidence Iraq and al-Qaeda cooperated in attacks against the US,
US Commission investigating 9/11
Then reported in Metro 06/10 Rumsfeld comes clean and does a U turn on the Iraq terror attack link: ‘To my knowledge, I have not seen any strong, hard evidence that links the two.’ [Saddam Hussein to al-Qaeda].
Then he apparently admitted that CIA data collected before the invasion was faulty, ‘It turns out we have not found weapons of mass destruction. Why the intelligence proved wrong, I’m not in a position to say, but the world is a lot better off with Saddam Hussein in jail.’ Wonder if the destroyed and lawless Iraq sees it that way, wonder if parents, wives and children of the wasted lives of all servicemen and women and civilians see it that way too.
Sal ibn Hari sends in this gem he grabbed from the Spooks site, complete with spelling mistakes:
"The US has never had a "policy" of jamming. Not only because of US freedoms, but even if it wanted to, it would take dozens of jammers on every available SWBC frequency to stop propaganda from outside the US. As to jamming the Numbers stations, it was never deemed to be fruitful. And surprizingly often, thanks to many unsung heros, the numbers traffic can be decoded, with the result it is far better to let it be heard, for it is not only deciphered by the intended recipient but by the US Gov. Yes, that means someone in the enemy camp has supplied a code book, or otherwise has contaminated the OTP process, and, yes, that happens. All it takes is one Cuban (for example) sending a miniature OTP key book out of his country to the US. From there, the rest is easy. Even if it cannot be deciphered, which is usually the case, some information is obtainable, other than simply where it originates."
[Shukri Sal, now we all know how successful the American BS system is. It even reads in the same style of our knowledgeable XP expert who knew nothing about which he wrote].
As the CIA post a massive pdf on the net that suggests there were no WMD's to chase, and there were no other countries at risk from Iraq we now hear that Tony Bliar is planning to award honours to those civil servants involved in compiling the flawed case for war in Iraq. According to the Daily Mail [p26 11/10] our gallant PM has requested for 50 non-military officials to be given awards ranging from MBE's to knighthoods for recognition of their efforts during the conflict. Surely these desk-driving johnnies should be awarded with the OBE, known in British jargon as 'Other Bugger's Efforts'.
How they can even consider awards for these persons is a trite peculiar as soldiers and ordinary citizens die in a very flawed, and according to Kofi Annan, illegal war? This is for the New Years Honours list. There are a few of us in E2k who have 'gongs' that were won and earned fairly and squarely and worn with pride at Ceremonial occasions such as Remembrance. Giving honours to those who devised a means to prosecute this terribly wrong campaign cheapens our awards. Wonder what awards are being given to those overpaid clerks who saved Government money by sending British Troops to Iraq with the wrong gear? Their policy was not JIT [Just in Time] but JTL or Just too Late.
“We have placed them in a quagmire from which they can never emerge except dead”
Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, Iraqi Minister of Information, whose rhetoric was mocked by certain members of the 'alliance'.
[with apologies to award winning investigative journalist and author, Duncan Campbell]
You could never believe in a million years that Tony Bliar has been accused of agreeing to a secret deal to allow American missiles in the UK to protect the US. Apparently he has already allowed further development in Fylingdales as part of a detection system against long range missiles aimed at America. Now the media reveals that any long range missile in space will be destroyed long before it lands in the US. Bet they don’t care where the bits come down either.
Or more likely 850. Bliar’s minion Geoffrey Hoon has allowed, without Parliamentary debate, 600 members of The Black Watch to reinforce American Troops south of Baghdad. What is more than interesting that The Black Watch is on a list to be disbanded shortly.
Quite why Britain has to support the American Forces fiasco in Baghdad is not really clear. Our most professional soldiers will not only have to face those bent on interfering with all occupying forces but will also need to look over their shoulders to ensure they are not victims of the so-called friendly fire incidents that Bush’s poorly battle disciplined cowboys seem very adept at. In addition to the 600 it now looks as though another 1300 Brits will be posted to Iraq. As far as Iraqis are concerned they will at least see professional soldiering. British troops do not kill everything they see, anymore that they attempt to use overwhelming force. The Americans, and more importantly, the Iraqis will see troops trained to think for themselves and who joined the army for a career, rather than beat unemployment. They will also meet troops who will learn local customs and language rather than treat them with contempt.[Tnx KW]
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