38 thoughts on “Distraction

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  • OldMark

    ‘Oldmark, some people wish to live a nomadic life, as travellers. Are you saying that this should be prevented?’

    No, not prevented, but I can see no reason to facilitate it, subsidise it, or turn a blind eye if the vehicles they use aren’t roadworthy, taxed, insured etc.

  • mary

    Did you know that Frank Gardner was an OBE? He did not reply to the Media Lens editors but someone called Paul Rasmussen from the BBC did. Any relation of the NATO thug Fogh Rasmussen I wonder.
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    http://www.medialens.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=646:the-golden-rule-of-state-violence-terrorism-is-what-they-do-counterterrorism-is-what-we-do&catid=24:alerts-2011&Itemid=68
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    and Jonathan Cook, ex Guardian journalist now living in Nazareth, writes on the message board
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    Latest alert: Jonathan Cook responds to Frank Gardner – The Editors Today, 2:46 pm
    Latest alert: exchange with a reader – The Editors Today, 2:48 pm
    Email to Frank Gardner – The Editors Today, 3:10 pm
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  • wendy

    “Mr Edwards your quite right, Mr Murray let’s wait and see and let’s hope that they’re wrong to arrest these individuals . But if they have stopped innocent victims from harm should you be so quick to be so dismisive ?”
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    and the evidence that they were targeting ‘innocent’ victims is …
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    curiously the reporting of dead brit soldiers in afghanistan always provide the sense that they are innocent victims and the afghani resistance to occupation is terrorism ..
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  • wendy

    “Did you know that Frank Gardner was an OBE? ”
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    i dont know why but ive always thought of him as being in some way linked to the intel agencies .. along with a few other ‘journos’ ..
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    the level of independence / objectivity / honesty in reporting in our media is quite low – just about non existent – compared to that being offered on russia today/presstv/even france24 ..

  • John Edwards

    “Mr Edwards your quite right”, surely you mean “Mr Edwards YOU’RE quite right”

    Anyway I still think that the idea that the British State would organise these arrests as a distraction from the evictions at Dale Farm is laughable.

    Not least because the majority of the public is probably itching for the bailiffs to get stuck in rather than feeling sorry for the residents.

  • Clark

    John Edwards, you wrote “Not least because the majority of the public is probably itching for the bailiffs to get stuck in rather than feeling sorry for the residents.”
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    I’m not so sure about that. People find brutality in the abstract more acceptable than if they actually see it happening. In the miners strike police on horses stormed a picket line, and miners retaliated by throwing stones. On the news, that sequence was reversed. In 1985, when the police smashed up the convoy headed for Stonehenge and beat the occupants with truncheons, the news footage was heavily edited:
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JCkUZAwvEA
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    Never underestimate “perception management”.

  • mary

    Six terror suspects in Birmingham questioned for longer
    It is understood the investigation relates to suspected Islamist extremism Anti-terror searches continuing

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    Seven held in anti-terror raids
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    Detectives have been given more time to question six men held in Birmingham as part of an anti-terrorism operation.
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    They are being held on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism in the UK.
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    West Midlands Police now have until around midnight on Sunday to charge or release the men or apply for more time.
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14997298

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