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Events in Iraq continue to go from bad to worse with suicide bombings an almost daily occurance. An article in The Guardian of 24-June by writer and military historian Max Hastings was headlined "Two years on, the echoes of Vietnam are getting louder" which highlights the similarities between the Vietnam War in the late sixties where under Lyndon Johnson "Half a million Americans found themselves pursuing victory in Indochina and five more disengaging"
The general tone of the article is to the effect that Uncle Sam is becoming bogged down in Iraq in much the same way as he did in Indochina four decades ago and concludes with "The most notable irony of a comparison between Indochina and Iraq is that American defeat in 1975 brought about Vietnamese unification, while American failure in Iraq will almost certainly precipitate that country's fragmentation",
There was an item concerning Iraq in my local weekly paper, the Saffron Walden Weekly News of May-12, not one of the more well known organs of the press. Headlined "Stansted may see new direct service to Baghdad", it begins "Stansted Airport could be the base for the first direct commercial flights from Britain to Iraq since 1990. The airline concerned is the no-frills Air Scotland" With a name like that one would expect the owner to be someone with a name like McGreggor or McTavish but no, the main man here is a Mr Dhia Alani so it was a fair bet that none of his ancestors marched behing the flag of Robert The Bruce and neither were they likely to have been at Culloden with Bonnie Prince Charlie and sure enough the article goes on to inform us that Mr A. hails from Iraq. The plan is for a twice a week service to Baghdad and once a week to Arbil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq using either a Boeing 757 which can carry 233 passangers or a Tri-Star with capacity for 309. Further on the article states "Around Greater London there are around a quarter of a million Iraqis wanting to visit their friends and relatives and there are a lot more living in Europe" Which poses the question, two hundred and fifty thousand - a quarter of a million - Iraqis in Greater London alone? Why? Have we not just sent the best of our young men to that country and spent vast sums of money we can ill afford to overthrow the tyrant who has been oppressing them all these years? So why have they not all returned to help rebuild their shattered country? If and when the service to Iraq gets going I bet those nice policemen who prowl around Stansted Airport wearing those stylish flak jackets and carrying those sub-machine guns tilted at a rakish angle, together with their canine pals with the sensitive noses, will be taking more than a passing interest in Air Scotland flights.
The British General Election came and went a few weeks ago with the result that everyone predicted, i.e. another term for Mr. BLiar with a reduced majority. Not that it mattered very much because the supposed party of opposition has exactly the same policy on most topics of concern to the British people and since both parties are one hundred and one percent in favour of the new buzzword "globalisation" it could hardly be otherwise. The underlying principle of this new philosophy would appear to be the ongoing dismantling of our manufacturing industry and shifting it to the cheap labour countries of the Far East, the privatisation of whatever national assets are left and since the utilities such as electricity, gas, railways and telecoms are in effect owned by the City of London - Wall Street axis that leaves the National Health Service, the Police and the Armed Forces, and ever increasing levels of mass immigration to provide the rootless, low wage casual labour which can be used to force down wages in the rest of the economy. During the election campaign the Tories suddenly announced they were in favour of immigration controls. On a phone-in on a commercial radio station I heard a caller ask one of their spokesmen if they were in favour of immigration controls why his leader just a few days earlier had stated that his party agreed with the fast-tracking of Turkey into the EU, exactly the same policy as the Government's, which would allow millions of Turks to turn up in the UK and demand employment, housing and health-care. Quick as a flash the spokesman replied with a wonderful display of the rat-like cunning and weasel style language that anyone who aspires to a career in politics must cultivate something along the lines of "Ah, but that would not be immigration, you see; no, that would be fellow citizens of the EU exercising their right to move to another part of the Union in the same way as in the United States of America someone may freely move from, say, New York to Los Angeles". And they wonder why almost half of the population don't bother to vote.
On Tuesday 10th May at 0831 my daughter BSc sent me a text message. It read, “That bird of David Shayler is on GMTV.”
Being at work I was unable to watch it. – the job and employer is good, but no telly just yet!
On arriving home that night I spoke with my wife and mentioned the text message from our daughter, who is away doing her Masters at Uni. My wife stated, “Yes, I saw that! There’s abook out called Spies, Lies and something or the other.” Armed with that knowledge I did a ‘net search using ‘Annie Machon + Spies, Lies.’ In an instant I received relevant hits.
On Thursday I did another search and discovered that a Book launch was going to occur at the Toynbee Hall in East London.
Subject: Spies, Lies and Whistleblowers + Book Launch
Speaker: Annie Machon and David Shayler
Venue: 6.45pm, Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LS.
Date: Friday 13 May 2005
**PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE**
Annie Machon - author of the new book "Spies, Lies and Whistleblowers" - is the only female spy to go public who has worked at the sharp end against modern terrorist threats, and this is one of the few books ever written by someone who has been an MI5 officer. It is a damning indictment of the operations, the methodology, the targets and the personalities within MI5 today.
Spies, Lies and Whistleblowers not only examines the "crimes" and "misdemeanours" of MI5 and MI6 over the last decade, it goes on to show how our intelligence community should be reformed to protect us effectively from modern threats such as Al Qaeda.
It is also an insider's analysis of the intelligence failures in the run-up to the Iraq war, the death of Dr Kelly, and the Hutton and Butler "enquiries". Annie is the partner of notorious whistleblower David Shayler, but she did not overturn her entire life to support David merely because she was his girlfriend; she has seen for herself what he talks about, and has some horror stories of her own to throw in.
There will be an opportunity to ask them both questions.
I decided this was too good an opportunity to miss and on Friday at 1710 I met fellow ENIGMA 2000 member and good friend, MalcF, at Victoria Station.
We made our way to Aldgate East LUG station and finding the hall not 100yds away we entered the premises. It was just 1740!
Expecting things to have been already prepared I spoke with the facilitator who informed us that we were far too early but that he would be along soon. So MalcF and PLondon enjoyed a coffee and cinnamon bun apiece in Costas Coffee Bar nearby.
Having made our way back to the Toynbee Hall we met with a couple of others who were waiting by the lecture hall doors.
Soon the doors opened and we were joined by the facilitator and we entered. All there, ladies included, placed chairs and tables for the audience and speakers. Books wee put on display by MalcF and myself, MalcF using his in-depth knowledge of marketing techniques to arrange the books in an aesthetic manner.
Around 1855 Miss Annie Machon and David Shayler walked up the path, entered the hall and spoke with the facilitator.
Just after 1900 the general buzz of noise in the hall subsided and Annie Machom made her introduction and then gave her spiel about the book. Having moved in-depth to the contents she then handed over to David Shayler.
All of us cannot fail to be aware what David Shayler was alleged to have done and that the media has been at variation of the picture they have painted of him; at worst they have provoked the view that Mr Shayler is somewhat oafish. Both MalcF and myself were pleasantly surprised at David Shayler’s account of matters surrounding his actions towards his ex-employer. He spoke with skill and displayed the traits of an articulate person; hardly those that the media had attempted to portray when DS was in the public eye. The same can also be said of Miss Annie Machon, a classics graduate from Girton College, Cambridge.
DS explained his reasons for doing what he did in easy to understand terms, there were also some surprises there too. For instance did you know that TUNWORTH, as mentioned in ‘that’ CX form, was probably a Libyan bloke named Abdullah RADWAN or that the late Dr Kelly was an agent for MI6? [That is not unknown – a certain Surgeon Lt Commander C D****s OBE RN[rtd] known personally to PLondon, they were schoolmates, also worked in the Secret Squirrel world and made his name over the weaponisation of Smallpox and the inspection of Russian BioWar facilities].
The CX form was of course CX 95/53452 of 04 December 1995 and entitled ‘Libya:Plans to overthrow Qadahfi in early 1996’ and which was posted on the internet, much to the chagrin of UK PLC! A part-time journalist/student was credited with posting that doc and subsequently arrested we were told whilst attending lectures. [Imagine; lecture hall crammed full of students. The big bang as shaped charges blow out the windows and sputtering flash-bangs are tossed in along with CS gas. Armed police abseil into the lecture hall and under radio command of ‘Alpha Control’ snatch the naughty student. All this of course whilst SB men, dressed as caretakers clandestinely enter the Halls of Residence and grab the student’s pc for the damming evidence]!
Moving onto his time in prison DS mentioned that he felt threatened whist in gaol but added, perhaps with some inner glee, that his prison number was HP6007. He felt the last three numbers were perhaps a humorous attempt at his expense.
There were close on 50 persons present for this talk, the majority from the local area, predominantly Muslim, and recently won by George Galloway [Respect Party] from Labour’s Oona King.
During his talk DS made some remarks about the Islamic Terror campaign. As an Englishman who lived in the Yemen for some time I realised that DS was slowly climbing the stairs to some comment from the audience, and shortly after a Muslim gentleman asked DS if he actually knew anything about Islamic culture. DS did not try to gloss the matter over and answered truthfully that he did not.
The question and answer session was conducted well. The question from PLondon was: ‘Given the past history from the British judicial system concerning such cases as the ABC case, Peter Wright and Richard Tomlinson, to name three prominent cases, what response did you expect from your Court hearing given their past actions? I might mention that in the ABC case the jury was a little strange, with Colonel X being apparently planted there, and what a good job of advertising they did for Peter Wright’s Spycatcher Book.’
DS knew exactly what PLondon was talking about; “In the ABC case one of the exhibits was a photo taken of the GPO Telcom Tower, or the BT Tower as it is now known. It was not until someone produced a postcard with the same image upon it that this evidence of spying was withdrawn.” DS then stated that he had expected better treatment, given the legendary fairness of the courts system. What he did not expect was not being able to give certain evidence and to make comment to the jury. He received six months.
After a number of interesting questions the session drew to a close. Books were then sold. Whilst PLondon was talking privately with DS he was asked about his particular interest in the case and surrounding events. PLondon mentioned his interest of Number Stations coupled with a compliment on DS’s short appearance during Simon Fanshawe’s BBC Radio Four production ‘In Search of the Lincolnshire Poacher: The Number Stations.’ DS showed some interest so PLondon left a hard copy of the then current issue [NL28] of the Newsletter.
With the evening drawing to a close PLondon and MalcF helped stack the chairs and left in good spirit, arriving on Thornton Heath BR Station around 2215..
In closing both PLondon and MalcF were taken with the passion and skill which David Shayler and Annie Machon spoke. Clearly both articulate persons the evening was both enjoyable and enlightening. The ENIGMA 2000 library has a copy of Annie Machon’s ‘Spies, Lies and Whistleblowers’ which bears the signatures of DS and AM. We will eventually review this book.
The story surrounding David Shayler’s whistleblowing and the support given him by Annie Machon is not the only event with an espionage and state security bent to affect Toynbee Hall. The reason for that is its connection with Lord Profumo of the Christine Keeler Affair. Lately glamourised in the film ‘Scandal’.
Maggie urged us to, ‘Put Great back into Britain’ now we are urged to bend over for America!
Babar Ahmed a computer expert from London will be extradited to America unless his appeal, to be heard in a High Court, is successful.
This despite a massive presence outside the courthouse and claims of innocence. Mr Ahmed was arrested in Dec 2003 and was accused of being Osama bin Laden’s London General. He was soon arrested without charge. Then, on 5th August 2004 Babar Ahmed was arrested again.
The affidavit giving details of Babar Ahmed’s most heinous crime against America has been posted to the net and makes interesting reading. Not in there is the actual event of his wanting to open a Terrorist Training Camp in Arizona [He’s a computer buff not a f……g military instructor for God’s sake] as claimed by the US and Amerika PLC has promised not to execute him in the event of his actually being extradited and found guilty. http://www.freebabarahmad.com/
Note George Galloway’s endearing statement about the Senate, “This is a right wing committee with an agenda that reached its conclusion before even considering the facts. Joseph McCarthy must be smiling admirilingly in Hades.”
All this is happening as the Rt Hon George Galloway MP makes his way to Capitol Hill to confront the Senate with his fiery brand of rhetoric in answer to the utter boll*cks spoken by Senator Norm Coleman [just think all you word buffs – all you need to do is add another ‘o’ for a descriptive definitive if you invert the word]. “I’m not going to debate George Galloway…the evidence speaks for itself.”
As I type this it has just been announced that the piece that affects George Galloway is written in a different font, ill matched in size and more than possibly entered after the doc was originally typed up.
Read on for Geo’s gems!
"Senator, I am not now, nor have I ever been, an oil trader, and neither has anyone on my behalf. I have never seen a barrel of oil, owned one, bought one, sold one - and neither has anyone on my behalf.
"Now I know that standards have slipped in the last few years in Washington, but for a lawyer you are remarkably cavalier with any idea of justice. I am here today but last week you already found me guilty. You transduced my name around the world without ever having asked me a single question, without ever having contacted me, without ever writing to me or telephoned me, without any attempt to contact me whatsoever. And you call that justice.
"Now I want to deal with the pages that relate to me in this dossier and I want to point out areas where there are - let's be charitable and say errors. Then I want to put this in the context where I believe it ought to be. On the very first page of your document about me you assert that I have had 'many meetings' with Saddam Hussein. This is false.
"I have had two meetings with Saddam Hussein, once in 1994 and once in August of 2002. By no stretch of the English language can that be described as "many meetings" with Saddam Hussein.
"As a matter of fact, I have met Saddam Hussein exactly the same number of times as Donald Rumsfeld met him. The difference is Donald Rumsfeld met him to sell him guns and to give him maps the better to target those guns. I met him to try and bring about an end to sanctions, suffering and war, and on the second of the two occasions, I met him to try and persuade him to let Dr Hans Blix and the United Nations weapons inspectors back into the country - a rather better use of two meetings with Saddam Hussein than your own Secretary of State for Defence made of his.
"I was an opponent of Saddam Hussein when British and Americans governments and businessmen were selling him guns and gas. I used to demonstrate outside the Iraqi embassy when British and American officials were going in and doing commerce.
"You will see from the official parliamentary record, Hansard, from the 15th March 1990 onwards, voluminous evidence that I have a rather better record of opposition to Saddam Hussein than you do and than any other member of the British or American governments do.
"Now you say in this document, you quote a source, you have the gall to quote a source, without ever having asked me whether the allegation from the source is true, that I am 'the owner of a company which has made substantial profits from trading in Iraqi oil'.
"Senator, I do not own any companies, beyond a small company whose entire purpose, whose sole purpose, is to receive the income from my journalistic earnings from my employer, Associated Newspapers, in London. I do not own a company that's been trading in Iraqi oil. And you have no business to carry a quotation, utterly unsubstantiated and false, implying otherwise.
"Now you have nothing on me, Senator, except my name on lists of names from Iraq, many of which have been drawn up after the installation of your puppet government in Baghdad. If you had any of the letters against me that you had against Zhirinovsky, and even Pasqua, they would have been up there in your slideshow for the members of your committee today.
"You have my name on lists provided to you by the Duelfer inquiry, provided to him by the convicted bank robber, and fraudster and conman Ahmed Chalabi who many people to their credit in your country now realise played a decisive role in leading your country into the disaster in Iraq.
"There were 270 names on that list originally. That's somehow been filleted down to the names you chose to deal with in this committee. Some of the names on that committee included the former secretary to his Holiness Pope John Paul II, the former head of the African National Congress Presidential office and many others who had one defining characteristic in common: they all stood against the policy of sanctions and war which you vociferously prosecuted and which has led us to this disaster.
"You quote Mr Dahar Yassein Ramadan. Well, you have something on me, I've never met Mr Dahar Yassein Ramadan. Your sub-committee apparently has. But I do know that he's your prisoner, I believe he's in Abu Ghraib prison. I believe he is facing war crimes charges, punishable by death. In these circumstances, knowing what the world knows about how you treat prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison, in Bagram Airbase, in Guantanamo Bay, including I may say, British citizens being held in those places.
"I'm not sure how much credibility anyone would put on anything you manage to get from a prisoner in those circumstances. But you quote 13 words from Dahar Yassein Ramadan whom I have never met. If he said what he said, then he is wrong.
"And if you had any evidence that I had ever engaged in any actual oil transaction, if you had any evidence that anybody ever gave me any money, it would be before the public and before this committee today because I agreed with your Mr Greenblatt [Mark Greenblatt, legal counsel on the committee].
"Your Mr Greenblatt was absolutely correct. What counts is not the names on the paper, what counts is where's the money. Senator? Who paid me hundreds of thousands of dollars of money? The answer to that is nobody. And if you had anybody who ever paid me a penny, you would have produced them today.
"Now you refer at length to a company named in these documents as Aredio Petroleum. I say to you under oath here today: I have never heard of this company, I have never met anyone from this company. This company has never paid a penny to me and I'll tell you something else: I can assure you that Aredio Petroleum has never paid a single penny to the Mariam Appeal Campaign. Not a thin dime. I don't know who Aredio Petroleum are, but I daresay if you were to ask them they would confirm that they have never met me or ever paid me a penny.
"Whilst I'm on that subject, who is this senior former regime official that you spoke to yesterday? Don't you think I have a right to know? Don't you think the Committee and the public have a right to know who this senior former regime official you were quoting against me interviewed yesterday actually is?
"Now, one of the most serious of the mistakes you have made in this set of documents is, to be frank, such a schoolboy howler as to make a fool of the efforts that you have made. You assert on page 19, not once but twice, that the documents that you are referring to cover a different period in time from the documents covered by The Daily Telegraph which were a subject of a libel action won by me in the High Court in England late last year.
"You state that The Daily Telegraph article cited documents from 1992 and 1993 whilst you are dealing with documents dating from 2001. Senator, The Daily Telegraph's documents date identically to the documents that you were dealing with in your report here. None of The Daily Telegraph's documents dealt with a period of 1992, 1993. I had never set foot in Iraq until late in 1993 - never in my life. There could possibly be no documents relating to Oil-for-Food matters in 1992, 1993, for the Oil-for-Food scheme did not exist at that time.
"And yet you've allocated a full section of this document to claiming that your documents are from a different era to the Daily Telegraph documents when the opposite is true. Your documents and the Daily Telegraph documents deal with exactly the same period.
"But perhaps you were confusing the Daily Telegraph action with the Christian Science Monitor. The Christian Science Monitor did indeed publish on its front pages a set of allegations against me very similar to the ones that your committee have made. They did indeed rely on documents which started in 1992, 1993. These documents were unmasked by the Christian Science Monitor themselves as forgeries.
"Now, the neo-con websites and newspapers in which you're such a hero, senator, were all absolutely cock-a-hoop at the publication of the Christian Science Monitor documents, they were all absolutely convinced of their authenticity. They were all absolutely convinced that these documents showed me receiving $10 million from the Saddam regime. And they were all lies.
"In the same week as the Daily Telegraph published their documents against me, the Christian Science Monitor published theirs which turned out to be forgeries and the British newspaper, Mail on Sunday, purchased a third set of documents which also upon forensic examination turned out to be forgeries. So there's nothing fanciful about this. Nothing at all fanciful about it.
"The existence of forged documents implicating me in commercial activities with the Iraqi regime is a proven fact. It's a proven fact that these forged documents existed and were being circulated amongst right-wing newspapers in Baghdad and around the world in the immediate aftermath of the fall of the Iraqi regime.
"Now, Senator, I gave my heart and soul to oppose the policy that you promoted. I gave my political life's blood to try to stop the mass killing of Iraqis by the sanctions on Iraq which killed one million Iraqis, most of them children, most of them died before they even knew that they were Iraqis, but they died for no other reason other than that they were Iraqis with the misfortune to born at that time. I gave my heart and soul to stop you committing the disaster that you did commit in invading Iraq. And I told the world that your case for the war was a pack of lies.
“I told the world that Iraq, contrary to your claims did not have weapons of mass destruction. I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to al-Qaeda. I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to the atrocity on 9/11 2001. I told the world, contrary to your claims, that the Iraqi people would resist a British and American invasion of their country and that the fall of Baghdad would not be the beginning of the end, but merely the end of the beginning.
"Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong and 100,000 people paid with their lives; 1600 of them American soldiers sent to their deaths on a pack of lies; 15,000 of them wounded, many of them disabled forever on a pack of lies.
If the world had listened to Kofi Annan, whose dismissal you demanded, if the world had listened to President Chirac who you want to paint as some kind of corrupt traitor, if the world had listened to me and the anti-war movement in Britain, we would not be in the disaster that we are in today. Senator, this is the mother of all smokescreens. You are trying to divert attention from the crimes that you supported, from the theft of billions of dollars of Iraq's wealth.
"Have a look at the real Oil-for-Food scandal. Have a look at the 14 months you were in charge of Baghdad, the first 14 months when $8.8 billion of Iraq's wealth went missing on your watch. Have a look at Haliburton and other American corporations that stole not only Iraq's money, but the money of the American taxpayer.
"Have a look at the oil that you didn't even meter, that you were shipping out of the country and selling, the proceeds of which went who knows where? Have a look at the $800 million you gave to American military commanders to hand out around the country without even counting it or weighing it.
"Have a look at the real scandal breaking in the newspapers today, revealed in the earlier testimony in this committee. That the biggest sanctions busters were not me or Russian politicians or French politicians. The real sanctions busters were your own companies with the connivance of your own Government."
Having effectively castigated the Senate for its unlikely charges against him it appears that Rt Hon Geo Galloway MP [RESPECT] now has to face investigation by the Charities Commission. [I’ll bet he’s wetting himself in fear at that]!
According to Dave the Meterman all this was set up by Tony Bliar to give Mr Galloway a political kicking. If so it didn't work, did it? Whilst were mentioning TB [what a decent set of initials, what a debiliating disease, what a prime minister] DS didn't have a decent word to say about TB, but then again he did stand against TB, eventually standing down for Reg Keys [Father of one of the RMP's killed in Iraq] who gained 653 votes only.
It has since been reported that George Galloway could charge £5000 a night to tour the American ‘Ivy League’ Universities giving talks.
“At a senate near you, we present an evening in the company of Mister George Galloway”
Anyone have a clue where all these woollen tank top wearing, thin faced, muesli eating, bedwetting, head in the sand politically correct pillocks come from? We refer to the same burks who currently embarrass Britons by demanding that we discredit ourselves for our glorious Imperialsitic past, our walk with slavery [and apologise to a variety of crack-pot Africans for such – with compensation of course].
Now, according to the Sunday Times we should not be too proud of Admiral Nelson who saw off the combined Franco/Spanish Fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Those with no grounding in Naval History might be interested to learn that Nelson’s 27 ships engaged the combined Fench and Spanish Fleet of 33 ships. The British sank or captured 22 ships with no loss to themselves. The loss of Nelson at the time was sad [his corpse was returned to Britain in a barrel of Brandy – soused!] but it laid the foundation of Britain’s naval supremecy which lasted over a century.
With the Battle of Trafalgar – where we thrashed the French and Spanish – it is right that we should celebrate this slice of Britain’s proud history. To do this a ‘son et lumiere’ style recreation will provide the illusion of the battle in the Solent [Southsea]. There will be no naming of sides – not Britsh vs Franco/Spanish Fleet, not likely, oh no. Musn’t offend the losers, definitely not. It occurred 200 years ago yet we are told the sides will be termed as ‘Red Fleet’ or ‘Blue Fleet’ Unfortunately these lilly livered pink panty wearing pc libs will have to refer to Admiral Nelson – bet that makes the buggers wince. The reason being that this celebration of our National pride cannot be seen as a chance to bash the French.. As fellow Europeans why would we wish to anyway?
This PC fiasco will take place in front of Government Leaders from 73 Countries and HM Queen will be there too. There will be an International Fleet Review [the sigs analysis boys will be working overtime, and remember Buster Crabb] no doubt because our Navy – couple of ships, some subs and auxilliary’s and a few whalers, will no doubt be elsewhere.
‘Captain. There’s a message from the American Sixth Fleet Commander – that mass of fine looking ships at Red five zero!’
‘Read it out Number One, will you?’
‘Yes Sir; it reads, ‘Greetings from the American Sixth Fleet – how does it feel to be in the worlds smallest Navy?’
‘Thank you Number One. Have this sent back, ‘Great! How does it feel to be in the World’s second best?’
Also present will be the Argentine Navy which fought the British Fleet in 1982 over the Falklands. And there I am, still checking the Corned Beef cans to make sure it’s not produce of Argentina 23 years after we reclaimed the Falklands back.
Blooming good job this lot weren’t in power then, they would have let the Islands go without any fight at all, especially if Mr Bush told his tone too]! The Falkland War was fought without American military interference and whilst decisive it was perhaps the last Colonial War Britain will ever fight.
‘Target still bearing Red Two Seven, steady.’
‘Group up, ten fathoms, WEO ready tubes 2, 4, – your shot.’
‘All away – 90 seconds to hit.’
‘Blimey Sir! nothings happened – we missed – quarter of a million quids worth of high tech crap has just been fired into the og, and we missed!’
‘Quiet on decks! Level up, keep heading, yours again WEO’.
‘Check tubes 3, 5 – type 21s please. Flood tubes. Bearing /depth?’
‘Both maintained Sir.’
‘Ready tubes 3, 5, no spread, my shot – bearing/depth?’
‘No Change Sir,’
‘Very well, Shoot 3, Shoot 5, 90s to run.’
‘Two hits, well done everyone!’
‘What happened before WEO?’
‘We used those modern torps Sir, bounced off side of target’.
‘OK WEO stay with the type 21’s as used in WWII’.
Heart of Oak [verse 1 & chorus]:
Come cheer up my Lads, 'tis to glory we steer,
To add something more to this wonderful year.
To honour we call you, as freemen, not slaves,
For who are so free as the sons of the waves?
Heart of oak are our ships, jolly tars are our men,
We always are ready, Steady, boys, steady,
We'll fight and we'll conquer again and again! [Composed before Govt cuts]
It’s worth noting that in the 1950’s Naval Review you could see British ships afloat, almost forever. PLondon remembers at least 18 A Class Subs moored by Tower Bridge awainting the breakers, their proud past to be converted into razor blades.
The BBC had not planned to televise the event – no doubt in favour of the ongoing Africa nonsense.
Nowadays we don’t have the ships, there are more desk jobs in the MoD than sailors in the Navy, and we sink to inviting vessels from other navies to make up the difference.
[Whilst in New Zealand PLondon purchased a T Shirt that stated on the front ‘Good Bastards’. On the back it stated ‘100% Politically Incorrect’.
It’s nice to know that somewhere in the Commonwealth someone is prepared to make a stand!]
Immediately after Tony Bliar gets to stay in No10 for third term dedicated to anti social youth, refugees, high taxes and waging war in Iraq he immediately pushed for ID cards again.
As a proponent of this system I always maintained there would be nothing to fear if you were not a wrong’un.
Well apart from the possibility that you *might* one day be asked to show the card there is an immediate indication that the cost, to the holder [this gov’t pays for nowt] will be an excessive £93. Not only that but it would become a necessity for a citizen to hold a card to gain benefits from the state. These asylum seekers and refugees produce nothing other than a load of symptoms – so how do they get all the benefits?
Well there is something more insidious than a gob full of TB coming your way. The US wants to be able to read our ID cards. It should have the same microchip and technology as the ones used on American Documents – so the septics demand.
[Immediately one asks how the technology will recognise correctly spoken, spelt and paraphrased English]?
The reason stated was apparently the same as was experienced in the early VCR market? VHS or Betamax – in other words we’ll all use the same technology. It was immediately recognised that differing technologies might not save America money!
Did you know that Britain is one of 27 countries where visas are not needed if you care to stay in the US for less than 90 days BUT the septics have stated they want all 27 countries to issue new passports by 26th October 2005.
These passports must contain a digital photograph and a computer chip.
It is apparently necessary purely to track down terrorists and criminals and to provide a fair and reasonable [to the US at least] service.
US diplomatic sources stated that Washington did not want to interfere in the domestic affairs of other countries [is that except Vietnam, Somalia, Iraq, Libya and North Korea – Hollywood’s latest filmset ‘B1 bomber’ appearing at a defenceless oil rich country near you shortly].
The diplomats also say that the system will ease confusion over who exactly constitutes a terrorist – Yusuf Islam [Cat Stephens] was their latest victory who was stopped entering the US.
I was a great believer in the ID Card scheme – but if nothing is sacred from the septics I don’t want one.
Even if the card can be read by a yank he has to have a database of information to match it against – and what database will that be - I wonder! Its about time we started harassing all these septics who enter Great Britain without any problem [and who travel as Canadians because they are so well liked worldwide].
Just one more thing regarding the septics – recently veteran anti Menwith Hill demonstator Lindis Percy appeared in Court with the threat of an ASBO upon her at the request of the MoD. Luckily the judge saw the plight of self expression and free speech and refused, Ms Percy now wears a ‘tag’. For those of you who can’t recall, Ms Percy is the same 61 yo Grandmother who placed the Stars and Stripe [the American flag] in the path of a vehicle driven by septics. She appeared in Court with that one as it caused ‘fear and harrassment’ to the US soldiers. [Not Guilty!]. If a bit of flag on the deck causes so much problems for them what on earth does their ‘shock and awe’ campaign do?[Tnx KW] It’s the same Lindis Percy who scaled the gates of Buck House with an upside down US Flag to make Dubya feel wanted. Unfortunately he landed round the back , no doubt entered by the ‘tradesmans entrance’. Ed
Recent info suggests that the informatiom contained within these proposed ID cards will now be ‘sold on’ in a less than transparent attempt to raise money. Metro Newspaper, dated 27th June stated in newspiece ‘ID card scheme left in tatters’ that the LSE has estimated the cost at £18Bn and would not work for many reasons including the inability of identifying the iris’ of the elderly and black persons and that the reliabitity of reading fingerprints of people with big fingers.
The bill for these ID cards has now reached its second reading stage. All this from a megalomaniac who knows no concern for the damage he does this Country. Look here – its worth a view:
On page 51 of the last newsletter we had a piece entitled “Clutter/Paranoia and that hole in the ground” in which we mentioned what happens when flying objects get a little to close to Washington.
Well its happened again as newspapers on 12/05 reveal. This time a single engined Cessna entered the restricted airspace some 14.9 miles from central Washington. According to the Times ‘Police cleared the floors shouting, ‘get out, get out’ in the Capitol’s maze of corridors. Senators debating a highway Bill dropped their papers and ran from the Senate chamber.
Meanwhile in the sky two F16 fighters shot warning flares as they circled the Cessna waiting for a Black Hawk helo to escort the Cessna. [The Cessna is so slow that F16’s are unable to escort it].
At Maryland the pilot was handcuffed [he was such an obvious threat out of his plane] and led away. According to the Times there was a student pilot aboard named ‘Troy’ and enroute to a North Carolina airshow.
It’s a damn good job Michael Caine’s *swarm * of killer bees [from a duff film of the same name] doesn’t decide to fly in. It’s all so dramatic in the US isn’t it?
This piece was sent to us in its entirety:
Bogus spy jailed
By PETE BELL
A HEARTLESS conman, who posed as an MI5 spy, faces life imprisonment today after being found guilty of a string of callous offences.
Robert Hendy-Freegard, 34, pocketed a £1million fortune in what a prosecution barrister termed, "an unbelievable odyssey of deceit".
The bogus spook was convicted of two counts of kidnap, ten charges of theft and eight counts of deception after jurors heard of his ruthless manipulation of victims.
In a decade of lies and fraud, he wrecked the lives of eight people by swindling their money and scaring them with tales of IRA plots and Polish mafia threats.
Six of Hendy-Freegard's victims were women, and he was bedding 5 of them at the same time without them knowing. Among them was a solicitor, who rated his bedroom techniques "11 out of 10", a psychologist and a pregnant company director.
The swindler's used his charm and good looks to get close to victims then connned them from as much money as possible, scaring them with lies about his life as a spy.
One couple he was involved with, students Sarah Smith and John Atkinson, spent years on the run believing they were IRA targets. Hendy-Freegard fleeced them of life savings to pay for non-existant police protection.
He spent ten years living in luxury, eating at the finest restaurants, staying at the best hotels, driving flash cars and wearing designer clothes.
Prosecuting QC Godfrey Carey told the court: "Should he have been Pinocchio, he would have tripped over himself several times in the Witness box.".
"This is the most unusual, truly out-of-the-ordinary case, the extraordinary against the unbelievable. His dishonesty and manipulation of others seemingly knew no limits."
The conviction came after a nine-month trial. The Judge is expected to pass sentence on Monday.
Study the pictures:
And has it anything to do with ‘Airwave’? After all you get a variety of antennae atop official buildings as these – and it’s anyones guess who some of them belong too, anyone’s guess indeed.
Melita Norwood, codename Hola, has passed away aged 93.
Thanks to the work of Vasili Mitrokhin and his ‘Mitrokhin Archive, with Prof Christopher Andrew, Miss Norwwod was unmasked in 1999. It was believed that she spent over 40 years passing on secrets concerned with Britain’s nuclear weapons programme to the USSR.
At the time of her spying she was a secretary at the British Non-Ferrous Metals Association – otherwise known as Britain’s Nuclear Weapons Research. She was 87 when uncovered and HM Govt considered her too old to prosecute. Miss Norwood died peacefully in May in a Nursing Home.
Blair security, according to the Metro Newspaper 30th June page 3, is ‘like Soviet era’. The MP for Bournemouth West, Sir Peter Butterfill is reported as stating, “Tony Blair’s ‘Soviet style’ security arrangements are causing major disruption. It’s reminiscent of the security for the politburo in former Soviet Union.’ He was referring to the closure of Parliament Square for 20 minutes BEFORE the premier travels to the Commons.
The Speaker, Micael Martin, vowed to investigate.
Whoops! Its in the Daily Mail too, page 4 – and it’s not complimetary to our self inflated ‘Prime Minister’. According to this piece there are more persons complaining than MPs; The London Chamber of Commerce and the Forum of Private Business are also quoted. It also appears that members of the Press have also been stopped whilst TB lords it up in a one man motorcade.
Daily Mail 30th June, p29: “From boots to body armour, how the MoD failed to deliver to front line. .33pc of troops’ vital kit arrive too late for Iraq war.”
No need for a lengthy article to explain that.
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