Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Why Britain is being turned into an Internal Prison and an External Fortress

Fifteen years ago, driving to catch the ferry from Scotland to Ulster, I was stopped by a policeman and asked the question, "Where are you coming from and where are you going?" It's a question that was repeated many more times at police and military check-points throughout Ulster to end only when crossing into Eire which felt to be a haven of tranquillity after occupied Ulster.

Finally, on return to Britain via the ferry from Cork another police-check was made of my car. I assured the cop that I wasn't carrying any 'Dublin Rock' (dynamite) and he laughed. Fifteen years on, if I dared to say that, I'd likely be arrested, my car impounded and its upholstery ripped apart. I could expect to be interrogated for hours on end, strip-searched, DNA-tested and my details fed into the police national database.

Britain has become both an internal prison and a fortress from outside.

Hence, some further observations to make after the publishing on this blog of a series of several articles about the encroaching police state in Britain, a series which has received well over 1600 hits on this blog in the last three days or so:

In the Guardian article below, Anas Altakriti asks why it is that, despite all the draconian security measures implemented by Blair and Brown in the past few years, Britain is now more susceptible to terrorism than ever before.

Part of the answer must be that a lot of what has been labelled 'terrorism' by Washington's quislings in London was part of a fabricated, thus quite artificial, contrivance by secret service spooks in the classical manner they are known for throughout the annals of British imperial rule both abroad, in Ireland and now in mainland Britain. It was precisely the kind of thing that the radical historian, the late Edward Thompson, warned about in his book, Writing by Candlelight.

Add to that we must bear in mind that NATO has a history of using secret operations meant to deliberately cause 'terrorist' incidents within NATO countries in order to frighten and more easily control populations as well as to scapegoat target groups and organizations. Operation Gladio was a NATO-run operation in the 'fifties which was employed to do just that.

The infamous Bologna bombings of the 'seventies was a Gladio operation which was then conveniently blamed on the Red Brigade. There is nothing to show that this kind of operation is still not used by NATO and its associates in the western secret services, including the Israeli Mossad.

In fact, it [Operation Gladio] wasn’t even an American idea – it was very much ours. The strategy of tension began on the order of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who in July 1940 called for the establishment of a secret army to “set Europe ablaze by assisting resistance movements and carrying out subversive operations in enemy held territory.”

The Strategy of Tension, N.M. Ahmed, The Cutting Edge

In his excellent article, Nafeez Mossadeq Ahmed goes on to observe that,

The existence of this secret operation exploded into public controversy when in August 1990 upon the admissions in parliament by Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, the existence of ‘Gladio’ was exposed as a secret sub-section of Italian military-intelligence services, responsible for domestic bombings blamed on Italian Communists. Ganser documents in intricate detail how a subversive network created by elements of western intelligence services – particularly that of the US and UK - orchestrated devastating waves of terrorist attacks blamed on the Soviet Union, not only in Italy, but also in Spain, Germany, France, Turkey, Greece, i.e. throughout western Europe. Despite a number of European parliamentary inquiries; an European Union resolution on the Gladio phenomenon; NATO’s close-doors admissions to European ambassadors; confirmations of the international operation from senior CIA officials; and other damning documentary evidence; NATO, the CIA and MI6 have together consistently declined to release their secret files on the matter.

The Strategy of Tension simply isn’t part of our historical consciousness. Very few historians of the Cold War are fully conversant with it, let alone academics working in international relations and political science. This is despite the fact that it played an instrumental role in physically constructing a threat, projected into the USSR, which did not ultimately exist. Ipso facto, the Strategy of Tension belongs to the waste-bin of history.

But not quite because, at least since the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, it was revived by the CIA and its British and Israeli friends in the form of the infamous 'Al Qaeda' ("the Database") where it can be proven that Al Qaeda was a creation for which the CIA itself was responsible. So everytime you hear mention of "Al Qaeda" (or, more appropriately, Al-CIA-duh) be sure you can smell a rat.

The Bush cabal and their minions in London would rather we didn't know that. Strange, was it not that Britain's ex-Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, who resigned that post when Blair dragged Britain into the bloodbath of Iraq, met a sudden death whilst hill-walking on Ministry of Defence land in the Scottish Highlands? Was Cook's death the result of something rash he said in the House of Commons when he identified Al Qaeda as The Database and because he just knew too much about why Blair insisted, as even he admits, that British soldiers should go into the killing fields?

Whether Tony Blair was in any way personally involved with the circumstances around the death of Robin Cook as well as those surrounding the "suicide" of whistle-blower, Dr David Kelly must yet remain a mystery. What is extremely clear is that he is a war criminal who still walks free. His time must come. He has a huge deficit to pay not only on his house mortgage but in terms of the millions of human deaths for which he is directly responsible.

The Coven Dines

Blair will, doubtless, know something about the principle of karma. Although it's rather late in the day now he would do well to ponder on karma as well as to recall the Christian version seeing as he claims to be a religious person: "As you sow so shall you reap." But when he talks about religion it's more likely that, as we have seen in practice, his is of a more diabolic nature! Anyway, his appointment with the rest of Eternity is of his making and not of our concern.

But the police-state this arch-traitor and his minion, Gordon 'The Toad' Brown, have created are most certainly another matter. For by adopting a copy-cat foreign policy with that of the imperialist Neocons, who twice stole the White House from the people of the USA, he has used Bush's fake 'War on Terror' to create a replica police-state in Britain along the lines of those which have been created in the other English-speaking countries, the USA, Canada and Australia.

As Anas Altakriti says, on his several journeys all over the world nowhere does he encounter so much police surveillance as he does whenever he returns to Britain. Six years ago at Reading Station, on returning from south Asia, I had occasion to leave my suitcase unattended for a moment. Literally minutes later, on my return, I found a policeman rifling through its contents, just in case there was a bomb inside. This was weeks after 911. I wasn't arrested. Today I might have been tasered.

And it is a sobering thought that while Britain has become so oppressive the chances are that a walk through Moscow Central Station would encounter less suspicion from the men in black.

And that brings me to the second point why Britain has been turned into a police-state: it is because the British government --no matter who might be running it-- is now solidly welded to an aggressive US foreign policy. A policy based on decades of permanent war to rob Oil, Gas and other material resources needed to perpetuate the American-led capitalist economies. These wars being presently --and which in future will be-- fought all over the Planet are bound to attract resistance and retaliation from their victims. Hence the plans for blast-proof public buildings, extra surveillance, border controls etc.

It is reminiscent of the barbed-wire and CCTV cameras that encircled public buildings during the 'nineties in northern Ireland. Nothing has changed just magnified and where surveillance is now far more sophisticated and extensive.

"Where are you coming from and where are you going?"

As my foreign readers will see, Britain has been a tightly-controlled police-state for much longer than most others and always because of its imperialist interventions abroad. 911 provided the psychological gateway for this present blitzkrieg on our freedoms. Blair knew that when he made his notorious, sleight-of-hand speech saying that "the kaleidoscope had been shaken" and when the pieces settled there would be "a new world." A rather bad attempt at verbal mesmerism, I thought at the time. But, for at least a while it served to trick the masses into a kind of hypnosis.

Just as Ulster was then reduced to a country in permanent siege, as Edward Thompson predicted would happen it is now the turn of mainland Britain. Whether the 'terrorists' are 'from the IRA' or 'from Al Qaeda' is, ultimately, of little relevance. Both are a deceit. Instead, what should concern us, are the reasons why succeeding British governments invite such retaliation through their constant and unwanted interference in the affairs of other peoples and their countries.

It is not only Blair who has his karma to face. It is our rulers who while so afraid of their world-in-collapse resurrected a Frankenstein of their own making, the very thing they lied to us about while deceitfully claiming to 'protect' our freedoms.

For it is they who are the terrorists we were warned to expect.

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