Noam Chomsky's Manufacturing Consent: The Final Chapter
Noam Chomsky speaks about democracy, freedom and the possible future of humanity.
Wake the Fuck Up! (Manufacturing Consent in America)
Some of us have realized that we do live within the Matrix.
Unlike the film we don't live in pods, rather we are wirelessly connected via the airwaves through TV and TalkRadio.
Like all propagandists they lie without conscience and keep you placated. Hannity, Limblow, Beck, Tucker, Savage Weiner, are all more dangerous to our democracy than any army of phantom Osama bin Ladens.
The war on terror is a hoax, its a war on your freedom being played out in your mind. (Pssst, Osama is dead you know.)
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Noam Chomsky's Manufacturing Consent: The Final Chapter
Posted by Rory Winter at 11:39 pm
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Police State Britain = Cocked-up Conspiracies
So the terrorist killers of Jean-Charles de Menezes are allowed to get away with it and their fascist boss, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Ian Blair, is untouched as well. While, over the the Irish Sea, the chief accused of the Omagh bombings is freed due to the sudden discovery that he had been convicted on dodgy evidence.
We are told, also, that at the time the Omagh Police helpfully steered the crowds directly into the area of the exploding bomb!
And in Scotland Muslims of colour are banged-up for thought-crimes while their lawyers are terrorised by reactionary judges serving a political agenda.
Cock-up or conspiracy? You decide. But taken against the history of the British secret services who have killed their own people over and over again in cold blood, it shouldn't take much to figure out what goes on and is then covered-up in Police State Britain.
Posted by Rory Winter at 3:32 am
Saturday, December 15, 2007
|Britain is losing the war in Afghanistan but needs to ensure Karzai's survival|| || |
|Hizb ut-Tahrir, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 |
| London, UK, December 12 2007 - Prime Minister Gordon Brown said in his speech today that Britain is winning the war in Afghanistan. However, unless his measure of success is the deaths of thousands of people over the past six years, the occupation of Afghanistan could only be seen as an unmitigated failure, increasing instability - violent incidents are up by 20% in the past year - worsening poverty and an ever growing drugs problem.|
Taji Mustafa, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "Brown's launch of a new plan for Afghanistan is an admission of failure. It is precisely because the war is being lost that he is proposing a more sustained military operation. It is because Karzai, the client ruler in the region is weak that he has proposed a step increase in economic aid."
"Today's speech was an attempt to win the hearts and minds of the British people because the hearts and minds in the Muslim world have already been lost. The worsening security and worsening poverty prove to them that this military venture has not been about ensuring a more peaceful world or about humanitarian intervention, but has been about Britain fighting its corner in a new colonial Great Game. Sadly, the victims of this competition between Russia, Britain and the US, in this most strategically and materially important region, are the people of Afghanistan."
"The brutal occupation, worsening security and instability is the price extracted from the Afghan people in order to see the survival of Karzai and western interests in the region. It is the same story across the Muslim world where support for ‘democratic stooges' drives the opinion that only an Islamic Caliphate, which will stand up for the people against colonialism and occupation, can bring stability and a new way forward."
Posted by Rory Winter at 1:36 am
Friday, December 14, 2007
The US and Her Fundamentalist Stooges are the Main Human Rights Violators in Afghanistan
RAWA communiqué on Universal Human Rights Day, Dec.10, 2007
Human rights violations are widespread across Afghanistan
The US and her allies tried to legitimize their military occupation of Afghanistan under the banner of “bringing freedom and democracy for Afghan people”. But as we have experienced in the past three decades, in regard to the fate of our people, the US government first of all considers her own political and economic interests and has empowered and equipped the most traitorous, anti-democratic, misogynist and corrupt fundamentalist gangs in Afghanistan.
In the past few years, for a thousand times the lies of US claims in the so-called “War on terror” were uncovered. By relying on the criminal bands of the Northern Alliance, the US made a game of values like democracy, human rights, women’s rights etc. thus disgracing our mournful nation. The US created a government from those people responsible for massacres in Pul-e-Charkhi, Dasht-e-Chamtala, Kapisa, Karala, Dasht-e-Lieli, 65,000 Kabulis and tens of mass graves across the country. Now the US tries to include infamous killers like Mullah Omer and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar into the government, which will be another big hypocrisy in the “war against terror”.
The reinstatement of the Northern Alliance to power crushed the hopes of our people for freedom and prosperity into desperation and proved that for the Bush administration, defeating terrorism so that our people can be happy, have no significance at all. The US administration plays a funny anti-Taliban game and pretends that a super power is unable to defeat a small, marginalized and medieval-minded gang which is actually her own product. But our people found by experience in the past few years that the US doesn’t want to defeat the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, because then they will have no excuse to stay in Afghanistan and work towards the realization of its economical, political and strategic interests in the region.
After about seven years, there is no peace, human rights, democracy and reconstruction in Afghanistan. On the contrary, the destitution and suffering of our people has doubled everyday. Our people, and even our unfortunate children, fall victim to the Jehadis’ infighting (Baghlan incident), the Taliban’s untargeted blasts and the US/NATO’s non-stop bombardments. The Northern Alliance blood-suckers, who are part of Karzai’s team and have key government posts, continue to be the main and the most serious obstacle towards the establishment of peace and democracy in Afghanistan. The existence of tens of illegal private security companies run by these mafia bands are enough to realize their sinister intentions and the danger they pose.
Human rights violations, crime, and corruption have reached their peak, so much so that Mr. Karzai is forced to make friendly pleas to the ministers and members of the parliament, asking them to “keep some limits”! Accusations about women being raped in prisons were so numerous that even a pro-warlord woman in the parliament had no choice but to acknowledge them.
Rabbani, Khalili, Massoud, Sayyaf, Fahim, Ismael and other criminals for the sake of being “ISI” and “VEVAK” agents could become “leaders” in the early 90’s, invited their god-father General Hamid Gul of ISI to become their army chief. But today they raise anti-Pakistan slogans to hide their corruption and wrong-doings. In this act they even go further and abuse Pakistani people. But they never talk about the dirty act of Pakistan in creating fundamentalist bands and imposing them on our people. More importantly, they keep silent about the wider, more devastating and more active meddling of the brutal Iranian regime in Afghanistan through its cultural and media agents. Pro-Iranian regime politicians and intellectuals are as much traitorous to democracy and human rights as the intellectuals and politicians who, from an ethnocentric and reactionary point of view, call the barbarism and terror of Taliban a “national armed resistance,” and shamelessly defend them.
The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) has announced a number of times that when the legislative, administrative and judicial bodies are ruled by drug-lords and warlords or their Talibi, Gulbudini, Parchami and Khalqi accomplices, they will never do anything positive for our deprived people. Rather these bodies will act as a mechanism to continue the ongoing crime, drug-trade and looting by these mafia bands to become richer.
If the US government replaces Karzai with a new puppet, even if he is not from among the Jehadi criminals, it will be just a deception of our people and an attempt to put the responsibilities of today’s tragedies on the shoulders of a single person. Such a move will have no positive outcome for our nation. Only a president who rely on people and come to power through a fair election, free from any kind of dependence or dealings with the fundamentalists, would be ideal for Afghan people.
Instead of defeating Al-Qaeda, Taliban and Gulbuddini terrorists and disarming the Northern Alliance, the foreign troops are creating confusion among the people of the world. We believe that if these troops leave Afghanistan, our people will not feel any kind of vacuum but rather will become more free and come out of their current puzzlement and doubts. In such a situation, they will face the Taliban and Northern Alliance without their “national” mask, and rise to fight with these terrorist enemies. Neither the US nor any other power wants to release Afghan people from the fetters of the fundamentalists. Afghanistan’s freedom can be achieved by Afghan people themselves. Relying on one enemy to defeat another is a wrong policy which has just tightened the grip of the Northern Alliance and their masters on the neck of our nation.
By publishing the book “Some Documents of the Bloody and Traitorous Jehadi Years”, RAWA has taken another small step in unmasking and prosecuting the war criminals of the past three decades. But we will not stop here. In the face of continuous threats by the terrorists sitting in the parliament and the government, we will not be intimidated and despite the passivity and compromises of intellectuals in this regard, we are determined that with the help of justice-loving people and organizations of Afghanistan and around the world, will work to push the war criminals into a court of justice and reclaim billions of dollars worth of national assets from them. Only then the eyes of our grief-stricken people may no longer burn endlessly for justice and democracy.
Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)
December 10, 2007
Posted by Rory Winter at 1:57 am
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Afghanistan: The Dollar Line
The Battle of Musa Kala is supposedly over and the city is once more in the hands of NATO forces. There has been a virtual news blackout about the manner in which the city was taken but, listening to the BBC World Service yesterday, I picked up snippets about a heavy aerial bombardment by the US Air Force, using B1 and Stealth bombers in what appeared to be a Shock & Awe blitzkrieg. Phosphorous bombs may have been used. Thousands of civilians may have been killed. We just don't know.
Nor do we know just what what the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is doing in South Central Asia. It is a question that after six years still goes unanswered. If pressed, we are given vague assurances about a continued "War against Terrorism", the catch-all justification the USUK regimes give their public for just about whatever they wish to do, either domestically or abroad.
In fact the much-vaunted "War against Terrorism" is really the ongoing World War of western capitalism that replaced the Cold War, a time during which "hot" wars were exported to places like Korea and Vietnam, with the idea of "Endless War", which is really an unending war based on geostrategic needs to grab as much of the Planet's mineral resources as possible.
And in this scenario, Afghanistan, rich in Gas, Oil and Coal, sits neatly in the middle of the Great Game, currently occupied by the western economic bloc but neighboured by the opposing bloc of the countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Indeed, looking at the history of US involvement in the area since the early days of its use of the Taleban as anti-Russian insurgents, it may be seen how Afghanistan has played the part of a significant chess-piece in the Great Game of geostrategic politics and war. And the entire fake operation of 911 as the window of opportunity which provided, amongst much else, the excuse for the US along with its dogged ally the UK, to occupy in perpetuo this strategic cross-roads, hence ensuring that it would never fall into the hegemony of the opposing powers.
The argument for a pipeline through Afghanistan was made before the US Congress in 1998 by John Maresca of the Unocal Oil Company in testimony to the House Sub-Committee on Asia and the Pacific:
Maresca concluded his Congressional testimony with this peroration. "Developing cost-effective, profitable and efficient export routes for Central Asia resources is a formidable, but not impossible, task. It has been accomplished before. A commercial corridor, a "new" Silk Road, can link the Central Asia supply with the demand -- once again making Central Asia the crossroads between Europe and Asia."
Gas, Oil and Afghanistan by Jon Flanders
The area includes a huge field of natural resources, predominantly Gas, Oil and Coal. Since the 'nineties the Texas-based Unocal company was negotiating with the Taleban to build pipelines south to the Arabian Gulf. But these negotiations were brought to a halt by events in a highly destabilized part of the Great Game.
Yet, even were the US oil monopolies temporarily unable to secure the required conditions to pipe the resources, they could still hold a stake in the area's oil-fields for future exploitation, particularly if the area concerned remained under US occupation. After Unocal pulled-out of the Central Asian Gas Pipeline (Centgas) the company's chief shareholder became the Saudi Arabian Delta Oil Company.
Unocal's defection did not end pipeline plans. According to the VOA's Sarah Horner "But the pipeline dreams have surfaced again. In May 2000 there were reports of discussions of the issue involving Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Iran and Turkmenistan. And the Taliban newspaper, the Kabul Times, recently reported that the mine and industries minister, Mullah Mohammed Isa Akhond, met representatives of the Central Asia-based US company, Central Asia Oil and Gas Industry. The newspaper quoted company representative, Rafiq Yadgar as saying: "Central Asia Oil and Gas Industry is ready to invest in Afghanistan in the field of oil and gas extraction and meanwhile is willing to build an gas and oil refinery in Afghanistan." He added that Turkmen authorities are ready to cooperate with his company."
Now it is the US-puppet Karzai regime which runs Afghanistan, not the Taleban. So if anyone is going to exploit Afghanistan's rich resources they would come from the western bloc, not the SCO. Hence the importance of Afghanistan remaining under the permanent occupation of the USUK and a fragmented NATO reborn as a 'Coalition of the Willing.' And why the UK Government has built in Kabul a huge, new fortified Embassy, signifying plans for a long-term occupation.
The present Bush junta represents nothing less than a coup d'état against the US people by oil interests.
As most of us know, the Bush-Cheney team that took control of the US Government in January, 2001, was heavily influenced by the oil industry. Bush himself is a veteran of a number of mostly failed oil enterprises. Condolezza Rice, Bush's assistant to the president for national security affairs, was on the board of Chevron. Vice President Dick Cheney was the CEO of Halliburton, a major player in the downstream oil industry.
The hot spot for where the business is the Caspian.
In a column dated Thursday, August 10, 2000 in the Chicago Tribune , Marjorie Cohn, a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego [wrote] ... "Because of the instability in the Persian Gulf, Cheney and his fellow oilmen have zeroed in on the world's other major source of oil --the Caspian Sea. Its rich oil and gas resources are estimated at $4 trillion by US News and World Report. The Washington-based American Petroleum Institute, voice of the major US oil companies, called the Caspian region, "the area of greatest resource potential outside of the Middle East." Cheney told a gaggle of oil industry executives in 1998, "I can't think of a time when we've had a region emerge as suddenly to become as strategically significant as the Caspian." Halliburton's Caspian investments include Turkmenistan.
And in this revealing paper, written in 2001, its author goes on to note,
P.V. Vivekanand, chief editor of The Gulf Today in the United Arab Emirates sums up the pipeline picture in the Caspian/Central Asia region in this way..."There are dozens of oil and gas pipeline projects in Central Asia, some estimated to cost billions of dollars and almost all sparking transborder disputes and controversies. Most of the projects have been discussed for decades as the oil giants wait for the right political conditions to move in. Because pipelines are the best method to transport oil and gas over land, the efficiency of such a delivery system is too tempting for energy exporters and importers to let go of plans in a hurry. And for many potential exporters and pipeline hosts, the realization of such projects can mean economic survival."
and finally concludes,
I think the evidence is overwhelming. The Bush administration plans to use the WTC attack as an opportunity to use the US military as pipeline police, with the current goal of splitting the government of Pakistan and the Taliban from the Islamic militants led by Bin Laden. If they can accomplish this, and this is a big if, the way might be cleared for the Afghanistan pipeline project, and the basis for further penetration into the oil rich former Soviet republics established, as part of a general rollback of Russian influence in the Caspian and Central Asia.
Six years on we can see how this analysis has been borne out. It underscores the vital role played by the false-flag events of 911 which are now being increasingly exposed as having been a CIA-Mossad operation. And it reveals the skeleton-in-the-cupboard behind a nonsensical war, not so much against terror but of ongoing terror by the USUK-led capitalist West against the people of our Planet.
We have seen how in these wars the deaths of millions are just written-off as "collateral damage", of no significance in contrast to the purposes to be achieved by the constant playing-out of a hell on earth. Hells which are carefully kept out of the view of consumer target audiences and where war crimes are repeated so often that the concept itself begins to seem meaningless.
All wars are ruthless. But when the very survival of the New World Order lies at stake, as it now does, we can be sure that their horror and intensity will only grow, foreshadowing a great, planetary showdown in the interests of the Dollar Line.
BREAKING NEWS: NATO Meets in Scotland, 14-12-2007, to Discuss Afghanistan - More News Here
Posted by Rory Winter at 2:06 am
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Edward Said Lecture: The Myth of 'The Clash of Civilizations'
In 1993 Harvard Professor Samuel P. Huntington wrote an essay titled "The Clash of Civilizations?" and later he expanded it into a book with the same title, but without the question mark. Edward Said, late Columbia professor, rips Huntington's thesis to shreds.
Posted by Rory Winter at 12:49 am
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Fool Me Twice (Bali Bombings/East Timor Documentary)
Exposing the Australian government's lies about the East Timor massacres, the cover-up of the Bali bombings (including 93'WTC attack) and subsequent anti-terror legislation forced through parliament.
Posted by Rory Winter at 7:49 pm
The Ripple Effect: the July 7 Bombings
'The Ripple Effect' is the best video yet produced in respect of what really happened in London on 7th July 2005. Whereas Alex 'I Am a Zionist Disinformationalist' Jones' 'Terrorstorm' acknowledges that Israel had foreknowledge of the event, his documentary does not, however, go anywhere near the issue of Mossad involvement. On the contrary, Jones heads in the opposite direction as per usual and tries to convince us that MI5 did it.
Indeed, Alex Jones is on the record as saying that his research offers "conclusive evidence" that British intelligence were the perpetrators. While MI5 were most definitely involved in the atrocities - in a faciltating role at the very least - all the evidence points towards the Israeli Mossad being responsible for executing the bombings. Unlike 'Terrorstorm', 'Ludicrous Diversions' and 'Mind The Gap', 'The Ripple Effect' acknowledges this fact.
'The Ripple Effect' is THE definitive video on the 7/7 bombings. The producer has done a wonderful job in putting together a comprehensive list of verifiable, documented facts which offer conclusive proof that the official account of the events of 7th July is a lie. Spread this video far, spread it wide.
Posted by Rory Winter at 12:33 pm
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
"[Bin Laden supposedly confessed] to the Qaeda September [attack] to the two towers in New York [claiming to be] the author of the attack of the 11, while all the [intelligence services] of America and Europe ... now know well that the disastrous attack has been planned and realized from the CIA American and the Mossad with the aid of the Zionist world in order to put under accusation the Arabic Countries and in order to induce the western powers to take part ... in Iraq [and] Afghanistan."
Of course this startling testimony from a distinguished, intellligence expert and intelligence "insider" is consistent with the huge BENEFIT to the Racist Zionists and Racist Bush-ites from the dishonest and war criminal exploitation of 9/11 by the Bush Administration to launch the Bush Wars (post-invasion excess deaths in the Occupied Iraqi and Afghan Territories now total 1.5-2 million and 3-6 million, respectively) (see: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya081107.htm ).
This November 2007 interview has been reported in the Alternative media but not as far as I know by the lying, corporate, Bush-ite Mainstream media of the Western Murdochracies.
Posted by Rory Winter at 8:08 pm
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
The BBC, David Miliband and Arsehole Politics
It never fails to amaze me that even when faced with the devastating truth, as it was today, the pathetic BBC and its talking heads, in a desperate face-saving operation, have to turn reality on its head in an attempt to prove that the opposite is true.
In a remarkable statement today by US Intelligence we were told something which bloggers like me have been saying for well over a year now: Iran is not, I repeat not, developing a nuclear weapon.
This, of course, has been a huge embarrassment for the BBC which for so long now has been enthusiastically beating the Neocon war drums and giving so much air-time to the utterly discredited John 'Bonkers' Bolton when no one else would touch him with a bargepole. We now have even the genteel Yasmin Alibhai-Brown from THE INDEPENDENT accusing the BBC of having been taken over by the Right.
The BBC is not simply in denial. It is a national institution which having so discredited itself in the eyes of the world is now like an oligarchic dictatorship under siege by the forces of truth and democracy.
Instead of simply admitting to 'having been mistaken' (it would never admit to having lied) about Iran's nuclear energy programme, it then tried to prove that it was right all along by making the ludicrous suggestion that even were there no evidence at present that Iran was producing a bomb it might have the capability to do so in five years time and thus remains a threat!
And, in doing so, it was aping the equally pathetic weasel words emanating from UK Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, who made a similar suggestion in a hastily-organised Press Conference. Politicians, of course, never admit to having lied or making a mistake. So again we have this amazing contortion of logic which is able to pull non-existent threats out of thin air on the basis of something which might happen tomorrow, sometime or never!
Miliband is a bare-faced liar and I have the evidence. For it just so happened that on the very day this amazing revelation hit the world media I received a reply from my MP, Alex Salmond, enclosing a statement from Mr Miliband regarding 'UK policy' on Iran were it to be suddenly attacked by the USA:
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I use inverted commas around 'UK Policy' because anyone who bothers to read this garbage will see that it comes directly from the same song-sheet being presently sung by the warmongering chorus of the Bush cabal. UK Foreign Policy, these days, is written for its politicians in Washington, DC and Langley, Virginia.
Sock-puppet Miliband simply ignores all the considerable evidence that exists that the US Military is preparing air-strikes against Iran in which so-called tactical nuclear weapons are being held as an option.
He suggests that the Iranian government has not "fulfilled its international obligations to suspend uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities." This flies in the face of repeated assurances from the International Atomic Energy Authority (IKEA) that there is absolutely no evidence that Iran is processing uranium at the high level of refinement necessary to make a nuclear warhead.
Mr Miliband selectively refers to a UN Security Council resolution brought about in the most dubious of circumstances and which, therefore, lies discredited in the eyes of the world. And his innuendos are now exposed as a pack of lies by recent US intelligence reports.
His patronizing comments, "Iran must also accept that it has responsibilities to its neighbours, to the region and to the wider international community," (the last, read USUK interests), simply ignore all the hard work Iran has done in the region to create a security zone.
Finally, more lies: Iran has not, as Mr Miliband states, violated the NPT nor undermined regional stability.
Thanks but no thanks, Mr Miliband. Your letter is a perfect example of the kind of arsehole politics* the British public have become so accustomed to have shoved at them by a corrupt and incompetent bunch of wankers who presume to legally run this country on a 20% vote by a bored and pissed-off electorate.
And the same goes for the cowering BBC who, these days, receive their autocue texts directly from the Ministry of Propaganda.
Posted by Rory Winter at 6:54 pm
Guardian: US spies give shock verdict on Iran threat
US intelligence agencies undercut the White House yesterday by disclosing for the first time that Iran has not been pursuing a nuclear weapons development programme for the past four years. The secret report, which was declassified yesterday and published, marked a significant shift from previous estimates. "Tehran's decision to halt its nuclear weapons programme suggests it is less determined to develop nuclear weapons than we have been judging since 2005," it said.
The disclosure makes it harder for President George Bush, to justify a military strike against Iran before he leaves office next year. It also makes it more difficult to persuade Russia and China to join the US, Britain and France in imposing a new round of sanctions on Tehran.
Now Read On
Posted by Rory Winter at 12:19 pm
Legal Aid not available to defend Michael on the grounds of his salary of £21,000. How does anyone defend themselves from criminal charges if Legal Aid is not available? Equal before the eyes of the law? We don't think so!...Craig Murray, Rector of Dundee University has contacted the campaign to express his concern...has been asked to contact the University to see if CCTV tapes are secured. We wouldn't want them to go missing, get lost or taped over eh! See you all Saturday!
VENCEREMOS! WE SHALL WIN!
Michael's Defence Campaign is being formed to challenge the arrest and charge and to vigorously and publicly demand that the officers themselves be charged. This is a vital moment for all campaigners and political activists as the Labour government plans to bring in even more repressive legislation and the targetting of communities such as the Muslim community is stepped up. Defence of our rights to protest, to free speech, to distribute and associate is under attack. All these rights are guaranteed in law but they must be asserted and defended to be meaningful. It cannot be the case that a crime can be made of making socialist and anti-racist material publicly available and that police officers can behave in this arbitrary and dangerous way.
Please support the campaign. Contact the campaign (see below) to add your organisations or individual name to the Statement of Protest. Leave contact details and consider a donation to help fund the costs of campaigning. The campaign can be contacted on 07904057790 and at email@example.com."
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Posted by Rory Winter at 10:59 am
Monday, December 03, 2007
What in the hell is this? Apparently, it's some sort of hybrid music video/documentary/comedy/Chinese propaganda thing featuring electro beats and an arrogant text narrator who taunts our weak American work ethic. Equal parts mesmerizing, hysterical and humiliating, this video is a sure sign that our American empire is on the ropes.
Posted by Rory Winter at 5:15 pm
The British Police State Marches On
Since the highly dubious circumstances surrounding the Glasgow Airport incident some months ago, the jailing for eight years of Mohammed Siddique for nothing more than a thought-crime, the persecution of his lawyer, Aamer Anwar, by a politically-biased judge, Colin Sutherland, and the threatening tones being made by the Scots Police of the danger of a dirty-bomb attack it seems that the Brown junta (c'mon, it's not a government, it's a four-man junta) has given special instructions to the Scots Plods to come down heavy on Muslims and pro-Muslims alike.
Why else would a perfectly innocent campaigner against Islamophobia be treated so aggressively for doing nothing more than leafleting in a lobby? Michael in Dundee (see Press Release below) was not only violently assaulted by the Police, he was thrown to the ground and cuffed painfully before being banged-up in a filthy cell before being charged. The only thing they didn't do was to taser him! That's coming, no doubt.
It seems that the Scottish Police, having nothing better to do than persecute innocent citizens, have been watching too many videos of police violence in the US such as the one below. Besides which, it is highly likely that these new tactics of violent arrest for nothing more than leafleting are being deliberately used by the Police in order to test the legal waters to see if the Scottish judiciary is still brave enough (after the Anwar incident) to defend the civil rights of our people.
Are these plods sniffing confiscated coke which is making them so violent? Or are they natural-born, authoritarian bullies? Or both?
Whatever the case, the Police in both Scotland and south of the Border are now becoming too big for their size-ten boots. It is high time that they should be knocked down to size for it is their job to protect the citizenry, not to attack them.
Ever since 911, this blogger has been warning his readers that the fake 'War on Terror' was merely a justification for taking away whatever freedoms we had and to turn our countries into police states. And that the Muslims were, like the Jews in Nazi Germany, the canary-in-the-cage. First it would be the Muslims, then it would be all dissenters.
That time has come.
The reputation of the Police is now at an all-time low. Far from trusting them to tell you the time or to help old ladies across the road, the Police are now feared by the average citizen. A fear that is deliberately promoted by a Police force whose supposedly blue uniforms get darker as their peaks become more reminiscent of the Gestapo.
Britain is now very close to being a Police State. It is already very late in the day to stop what seems like a horrific inevitability. But of course, it's never too late, for even Police States cannot last forever. However, if they are not prevented, contained and reversed by the few powers that the people still have then it will no longer be possible to change things through the electoral process.
And when the electoral process can no longer provide a means for change only one other means remains available. And that is Revolution. I put it to my readers, which option do you prefer? Ignoring both, by the way, is no option at all.
For as long as human beings, not cyborgs, walk the face of this Earth they will treasure their freedoms which, when taken away from them, they will fight to retrieve in one form or another. Where political reform does not come only revolution will. Our politicians know that only too well. And yet they cynically refuse us political reform and bully us into accepting a rapidly-deteriorating status quo, hoping perhaps that it's a problem they can simply ignore and leave for another day, another government.
Meantime, the Police State marches on. Is that what our rogue politicians think will save them when the crunch comes? No prizes for sending me the right answer to that question.
Posted by Rory Winter at 1:03 pm
Sunday, December 02, 2007
What the BBC News won't Cover: CIA Sponsors another Coup in Venezuela
One thing you will not hear on the BBC reports on the Venezuelan Referendum is about the CIA's attempts to conduct yet another coup against President Hugo Chávez.
Another CIA-sponsored Coup d'Etat? Venezuela's D-Day: Democratic Socialism or Imperial Counter-Revolution?
Read it here
CIA 'Operation Pliers' Uncovered in Venezuela
Read it here
Posted by Rory Winter at 8:09 pm
Message from Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!/Revolutionary Communist Group.
"We are circulating this email round all the socialist, solidarity, campaigning and progressive organisations.
On Tuesday evening in Dundee, 27 November, the police arrested a comrade from Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!/Revolutionary Communist Group. Michael was distributing his organisation's newspaper and handing out leaflets about the forthcoming Speaking Tour of Cuban comrades. The police arrived at the instigation of the janitors at the new Heathfield Building in Dundee's Hawkhill. Michael was there because this building was the venue for that evening's "Allah Made Me Funny" show.
He was receiving a friendly response from the overwhelmingly Muslim crowds and no complaints were made. The police aggressively demanded that he move on and arrested Michael very violently when he asked what the legal basis for that request was. He was charged at by the female officer, turned round and held by the arms by both officers. It was demanded by the officers that he lie face down on the concrete and present his arms behind him for cuffing. Michael verbally protested at this treatment and shouted to the crowd that he was not resisting arrest or being violent. He was cuffed very painfully and charged at the local police station with disorderly conduct, namely "lashing out with arms and legs". He was released just before midnight. Michael is very confident that CCTV and the videoing of the arrest by people will back this account and clear him completely.
Michael's defence campaign is being formed to challenge the arrest and charge and to vigorously and publicly demand that the officers themselves be charged. This is a vital moment for all campaigners and political activists as the Labour government plans to bring in even more repressive legislation and the targeting of communities such as the Muslim community is stepped up.
Defence of our rights to protest, to free speech, to distribute and associate is under attack.
All these rights are guaranteed in law but they must be asserted and defended to be meaningful. It cannot be the case that a crime can be made of making socialist and anti-racist material publicly available and that police officers can behave in this arbitrary and dangerous way.
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Note from SACC - Michael, the victim of this incident, has supported various SACC events in Dundee and is a comrade and friend to many of us. He is hoping that people who videoed the incident will get in touch with him.
Posted by Rory Winter at 10:10 am
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Just another mindless, fucking Nazi in his CCTV Panopticon
Recently I have been focusing on the British Secret State and its attendant Police State as well as the manner in which the Blair/Brown junta is busily denying Brits their right to enjoy European civil rights protection.
The sad truth is that none of this could have happened without the silent consent of the British people. And in that sense the old adage, "People get the governments they deserve," remains very true. There is a strong authoritarian streak amongst those who rule Britain. This has existed for centuries. Some say it was imposed on Anglo-Saxon culture by the caste-ridden Normans who conquered Britain almost a thousand years ago.
That same authoritarian racism must, inevitably, have been stamped indelibly on the British psyche and lies there smoldering, flaring up as arrogance, xenophobia, racism and a general resentment of all things foreign. Of course, their rulers know and share these sentiments and put them to good use in order to exercise even greater control over the masses.
I came across an example of it today.
Firenzo is an East European gipsy immigrant who, most days, can be seen outside the local supermarket selling copies of The Big Issue, a magazine published especially for the homeless to sell and to make a little money from. He doesn't sell many but still he stands there in his padded jacket, braving the bleak winter winds, a smile on his face, shivering.
He's a long way away from his beloved homeland, an economic migrant trying to eke a living in this hostile society in order that he can send a little of his earnings back to the family he left behind. Homeless, he lives illegally in a derelict building, hoping the Police don't know or are turning a blind eye.
He's a friendly guy and always says hello.
"Ça va bien, mon ami?" he says in French, which he speaks more of than English.
"Ah, le temps, il fait si froid. Il est chié!" I reply in a bad temper.
"Oh, ce n'est pas trop mauvais," he replies cheerfully.
People like Firenzo. They stop and chat with him before going into the supermarket. He's become part of the local scene. Even the Municipal Council is including him in their latest tourist brochure.
Walking towards the supermarket today, I saw him at his usual post outside the entrance chatting with someone. All of a sudden a man with an English accent shouts at him.
"People like you should be digging trenches, doing hard labour twenty-four-seven, that's what you should be doing!" he screams, his face distorted with hate.
Firenzo looked on in astonishment taking the brunt of this attack quite calmly but with an expression of incredulity.
I stepped in, pointing at his assailant and shouting back, "It's fucking Nazis like you that're turning this country into a fascist state!"
"Who me?" he replied, wide-eyed with disbelief that suddenly it was he who was under attack.
"Yes you, you fucking Nazi!" I replied, and to underline the point shouted in German, "Scheisskoepf!" at a rapidly receding figure who, seeking refuge in his car, drove off still screaming abuse at us. Returning the compliment, I gave him the finger.
Poor Firenzo shook my hand and thanked me. I bought a copy of his magazine, commiserated with him and went in to do my shopping. When I came out he was gone, probably afraid that the incident would attract the attention of the Police who would then move him on. His intuition was correct. Five minutes later a Police van drove past slowly.
A few minutes later I saw him walk past waving. I returned the wave with a clenched fist sign of solidarity. For I too have known what it is to be homeless and on the street. But much worse, like Firenzo I too have experienced the brunt of mindless prejudice and racism from cowards no different to that hate-filled man.
So sad, when I think about it, that narrow-minded bigots such as he, choosing scapegoats and racial stereotypes against which to spill all his pent-up anger and resentment, through such misdirected rage only play into the waiting hands of cynical and opportunist politicians who calculatedly play the race card and flirt with the prejudices of the gutter for their own personal gain. Something which in Britain both Nu Labour and Tory are doing alike with no heed of the consequences.
It is on those politicians our bigot should be offloading his toxic waste, not on ordinary, fellow humans. But of course, he can't because they're well out of his range, well-protected in their bubble of unreality, protected from the hoi-polloi by body-guards, who drive around in armour-plated cars.
Britain's chickenhawk dictators, leaders of a new managerial aristocracy who live in gated, secure communities, separated from an increasingly impoverished underclass by both invisible economic walls as well as CCTV cameras.
This bigot will continue voting for the chickenhawk dictators who kill millions of innocents in his name. Not that he cares a damn. To him they're just "Dirty Arab Terrorists." He will continue to blame all his troubles on the closest available victim. He will whinge and complain and do nothing to challenge the real cause of his unhappiness, the Police State around him. And in his narrow-minded, nasty little way he will, as he always has, keep helping to build that open prison.
He's just a mindless, fucking Nazi who's turned this country into a CCTV Panopticon.
Posted by Rory Winter at 3:30 am
Monday, November 26, 2007
Secret State-terrorism Rules, OK?
The recent attack by the fascist, Scottish Judge, Lord (Colin Sutherland) Carloway (picture above), on the lawyer, Aamer Anwar, was not only an expression, on the former's part, of a redcoat arrogance but must be seen as a calculated attack on the Scottish judiciary itself.
The entire Thought Crime Trial against the Scots-born Mohammed Siddique smacks, from beginning to end, of having been instigated by the secret services under the cover of the State. The message is clearly meant to terrorise the British Muslim community into fear and subservience. It is a notable fact that whereas Muslims of colour are being punished thus, whites convicted of similar offences are being treated leniently.
British law, on either side of the border, remains institutionally racist and apparently above any criticism. For if it is the Law then it goes to say, does it not, that the manner in which it is practised must be, without question, right and proper?
Well, certainly in the pompous minds of those such as the stern-faced Colin Sutherland who would have Scotland remain under the iron heel of the terrorism of its ruling elite, his very name evoking the infamous Duke of Sutherland of the Highland Clearances.
Very relevant to the encroaching police state in Britain are a collection of essays, Writing by Candlelight, by the late radical historian, Edward Thompson. Published nearly thirty years ago, Thompson describes how the current police state developed over successive Labour and Tory governments. And significantly how a police state can only grow through the previous existence of a secret state (a state within a state answerable to no one but itself).
After all these years and having purchased another copy of Thompson's essays for just one penny from Amazon (40-odd copies left) I am re-reading them with care in order to comment in the hope that readers not familiar with Thompson may see for themselves how Britain's very own brand of fascism has been so long in the making.
Of course, it can be taken much, much further back, at least into Victorian times. The British ruling classes have always possessed a ruthlessness, particularly against its subject races, of the type that later became associated with Hitler. But in the real world it is more likely that Hitler copied the cruelty of British imperialists!
we are now approaching a point of crisis  in which not fascism but a peculiarly British form of authoritarianism, working behind the back of of the democratic process, is now bringing national life within its general closure ... Britain, as we enter the 1980s, has the most reactionary government in Western Europe, which is simultaneously attacking the livelihood and democratic rights of its own people, and accepting, with bellicose subservience, a client role for the state as a station of NATO. In compensation for the abject collapse of traditional British influence and power, Mrs Thatcher is repeating history as a farce, and attempting to mimic (before bored auditoriums) Churchill's post-war role as the leading ideologist of Cold War in the Western world.
Writing by Candlelight, Introduction, p. ix
Now, anyone who has a memory of the old British colonies will know exactly what Thompson means by "a peculiarly British form of authoritarianism" because that's how they were ruled until bankruptcy required them all to be ditched. But authoritarianism didn't just disappear. It returned home to roost in what's now left of the dysfunctional, motley entity still jokingly referred-to as the United Kingdom. The empty ideology of Empire was replaced by an equally fake Cold War propaganda and that, in turn, by the nonsense of the 'War on Terror', a straight import with the former from Washington, DC.
Faced with suddenly having to replace a brainwashing of plebs with Hollywood lies about a Red Menace &c, the British secret state, along with its US counterpart, had to find a replacement to justify its ongoing imperialist ravaging of the Planet. Enter the 'War on Terror' which it promoted simultaneously in both the UK and the US as well as the other Anglo-Saxon countries. Such a promotion simply side-stepped parliaments and was taken-up by a few political figure-heads, such as Bush, Blair, Aznar and Howard, who were fed in turn by their secret services.
About which Thompson observed:
The inter-operation of and exchange of information, intercepts, etc., between British and US security services (CIA, NSA, etc.) is total: ... 'anything and everything would be possible if it was considered necessary to protect the Anglo-American joint Intelligence arrangement.'
ibid, p. 118
And not only did the spooks, in their incestuous, pan-Atlantic relationship, cooperate totally with each other, they both fed and controlled politicians through constant threats of blackmail and political destabilisation. Thompson mentions Harold Wilson's sudden decision to step-down from the premiership as an example of this, quoting Chapman Pincher, "that Sir Harold Wilson said, last year, that MI5 'plotted against him, tried to secure his downfall'," (ibid, p. 121)
Arguing the desperate need for a parliamentary inquiry into the danger coming from MI5 and MI6, Thompson goes on to say, "But the unpleasant truth is that this inquiry cannot and will not be made." (ibid, p. 120)
It is becoming evident that the reason why the Prime Minister, the Government, the Parliamentary Labour Party, and the House of Commons, will do nothing whatsoever about the situation is that they lie under a state of blackmail to the security services.
I know of no historical precedent for this ...
ibid, p. 121
Now, think about this: a rumour has long been circulating that Tony Blair's unquestioning support for George Bush's illegal attack and occupation of Iraq came as a direct result of pressure put on him by the secret services. Pressure of blackmail that would have destroyed his political career.
We already have it from ex-spook, David Shayler, that he was assured by one of his MI5 colleagues they had a dossier on Blair (and many others no doubt, including Brown). So, knowing that the CIA and its British counterparts work so closely together, nothing could have been easier for Bush's rogue cabal to have ensured that he, Blair, stayed in line. And this despite all the more recent talk of Bush not having pressured Blair to support his murderous war.
The conclusion is clear: Britain, from what Thompson warned us of thirty years ago, is run by a secret-state that manipulates elected politicians like rag-dolls. And it is that secret-state that pressured the rag-dolls to legislate away all our hard-won freedoms to replace them with the police state which has come to be.
Meantime, the secret services in Britain continue their totalitarian agenda without any question or challenge from the Mother of Parliaments itself.
In a very real sense, the symbol of the state in the form of the Parliament, has not only lost all legitimacy, sitting in splendid isolation in its Victorian Gothic pile, which just like the government, masquerades as something it’s not, it has also relinquished whatever power it had over the functioning of the state to Blair’s vampires who are in reality ‘asset-stripping’ public resources under the guise of ‘efficiency’ and ‘reorganisation’.
Sooner or later people are going to wise up to what ‘Blatcherism’ has done, the question is, will we have a voice and the means to turn the tide?
William Bowles, Democracy Inaction
How the Mighty have Fallen!
Yet Blair's coup against British parliamentary democracy did not arise from thin air. It followed similar coups by Thatcher and, before that, through concerted attacks against democracy by the secret state and its services in MI5 which, no doubt, were following directives given the CIA by Washington, DC. That must never be forgotten and it's why books like Thompson's must be read and re-read.
For without the Secret State, neither Blair nor his successor Brown, or the Redcoat Judge, Carloway, could get away with the terrorist crimes they continue to perpetrate against the people of Britain.
Posted by Rory Winter at 7:27 am
Saturday, November 24, 2007
A Bad Day for Bennelong's Baboon-Lookalike
The champagne corks will be popping in Kangaroo Valley in London tonight. And it's a good day for the rest of us as well because, finally, the Ozzies got to kick out the baboon-like fascist thug, John Howard, described by OpEd as "Bush's rectal appendage" in a humiliating electoral defeat.
Howard always reminded me of one of those classical, idiot Ozzie archetypes straight out of the Edna Everage Show. The kind that any Ozzie would squirm with embarrassment over. And it was this utter shitbag, to continue in the antipodean vernacular, who was responsible for the killings of thousands of innocent Iraqis and who shoved Australia up a place in Bush where the Sun don't shine.
He also turned Australia into a police state as have his partners-in-crime, Tony Blair and Gordon 'The Toad' Brown, Britain. The arrogant Toad knows his come-uppance is still delayable.
But for how much longer?
In the classic manner of all robber barons, Brown has so overstretched the capabilities of the British military that it is no longer viable as a fighting-machine. While social spending has been severely cut back, military expenditure spirals. Imperialist, warmongering Britain comes only second to the USA in military expenditure and leaves the rest of Europe behind.
What a sad epitaph for Britain's End-of-the-Empire-Show!
The baboon Howard even lost his own parliamentary seat, keeping him out of the Australian parliament altogether. Let's hope The Toad is given the same treatment in Britain's next elections. For the only place he belongs is behind bars along with serial-killer, Blair.
Posted by Rory Winter at 6:14 pm
Thursday, November 22, 2007
A Rebellion has now Arisen Over the Land
It is by no accident that I have invoked the Mother-of-all-Jihads against the would-be dictator Brown and his ruling junta of ministers. There is a rebellion that is burning over the land. A rebellion fed by an anger that has been building over the last six years since that other traitor and war-criminal, Tony Blair, dragged a reluctant people into the killing-fields of Afghanistan and Iraq.
This revolt is now so widespread that it can no longer be dismissed or ignored by either the British state or its servile mainstream media (MSM). And it is coming from every sector of British society, from both its establishment and from the streets and market-places. On the one hand, we see it emanate from hoary old Peers in the House of Lords complaining of the shameless irresponsibility of a Premier who sends ill-equipped soldiers to fight and die in Washington's imperialist wars. And on the other we see it in the total disaffection of Joe Public with the two-party dictatorship and oppressive State apparat that rules over him.
The rebellion that burns today will, I forecast, sooner or later turn into some sort of popular velvet revolution. I can predict that with certainty because, as with all revolutions, it is the growing dissatisfaction and unrest provoked by the oppressive and disastrous follies of the State itself that is bringing this about.
When the Berlin Wall finally fell in late 1989 I was in Lübeck, Germany, visiting an old relative. I remember telling him then that once the old regimes of Eastern Europe fell that, sooner or later, their demise would be reflected in a similar collapse of their mirror-images in the West. For despite all the empty talk about 'democracy', blah, blah, western governments are themselves carefully-contrived dictatorships of one sort or another. There is no true freedom of expression. Dare to express your political views too loudly and you're guaranteed to get a visit from the Men-in-Black. Or worse, especially if you're a brown-skinned Muslim in Britain's racist, police state.
It happened to me in Edinburgh ten years ago just before the first elections to the Scottish Parliament. At the time people were being actively encouraged to take a real political interest and to put themselves forward as candidates for the new Parliament. Having played a very active role, to say the least, in Highland politics in the 'nineties I decided to have a go. Being an anarchist by nature, I formed my own political party calling it Rainbow Alliance Alba (or RAA). The idea of RAA was to form a rainbow alliance of people of all political hues in order to create a true, peoples' party.
Having entered RAA onto the electoral list, I printed out some leaflets and distributed them around Edinburgh and Glasgow. From the RAA leaflet it was clear that my sentiments were unashamedly anti-capitalist and against its wage slavery.
Two weeks later I received a knock on the door and two plain-clothes cops from ostensibly the CID (Special Branch more likely) insisted on entering my home and questioning me about RAA. Very polite they were but still extremely curious about my reasons for standing for the Scottish Parliament. In the event, I assured them it had all come to nothing and that RAA had died a quiet death in the backstreets of Portobello. They went away.
So much for free-speech in Britain.
In the real world, Britain is a parliamentary dictatorship where each citizen is heavily but discreetly surveilled and where no one is very far from the midnight knock on the door. Not even the slightest attempt at political dissent goes unnoticed or is not investigated by an inquisitive State. If you are an Asian, a person of colour, or God forbid, a Muslim, then you're really asking for trouble. So the rule is just keep your mouth shut, don't attract attention to yourself and go quietly about your daily business.
No one seriously believes all that nonsense about democracy anymore. A cynical public is only too aware that that was all ideological crap that was forced down our throats, along with Thatcher's notorious reds-under-the-bed, to keep us standing to attention and in line during the days of the West's Cold War against China and the Soviet Union. Since then not only have all ideas of democracy been ditched but so have any remaining thoughts of individual freedom. The State rules over all.
And that brings me back to the present rebellion and the coming Revolution. Because this will not be led by a Marxist-Trotskyist elite or British Left that is no more capable of organising a revolution than a common piss-up in a brewery. Nor will it be led by some precious liberal-minded pseuds or a foppish and mercenary literati from the intellectual salons of the Internet, although no doubt they will all attach themselves like limpets to anything that might get going.
It will be fuelled, if anything, by a libertarian Right who, in their eyes, see that an Englishman's home is no longer his castle and that a 'Marxist State' (sic) has now encroached upon all that is sacred to the British way of life. And joining them will be the surly middle-classes who see their pensions being eroded and their privileges being taken away. To these can be added the raggle-taggle Left as well as the economically and socially marginalized sectors of the population, all threatened by the encroaching dictatorship of the Brown junta and its farcical ID cards.
Sadly, the Muslim population of Britain --the real canary-in-the-cage when it comes to Britain's encroaching police state-- will, with a few notable exceptions, continue to play the role of a passive victim no different to that of a Pakistani or Bangladeshi waiter abused and attacked by a bunch of racist thugs on a late-night binge. The British State's highly-politicized, racist judiciary will continue to hand out impossibly harsh sentences to brown-skinned 'terrorists' in a manner which would have put their Victorian counterparts to shame. And in Scotland, Lord Carloway and Butcher Cumberland's Red-coats still rule, OK?
The rebellion and the slow revolution-in-the-making will come from precisely the same place where Eastern European uprisings originated. It will have nothing to do with ideological dogmas or Marxist dialectics. It will arise from a common disaffection that people all around the Planet harbour against the encroaching oppression of the State in people's private affairs. Something that already unites conservative and right-wing libertarians with liberal-minded democrats, Christian evangelists, anarchists, armchair Lefties and yer average bloke dahn-the-marketplace.
It will be from that unlikely and unexpected quarter that our dictators will find themselves hauled away by the tumbrils whence, indeed, heads shall roll. For Both Brown and Bush are really now in the very same place that the failing Romanian tyrant, Ceausescu, once found himself.
Up against the Wall.
Posted by Rory Winter at 11:51 pm