Gould-Werritty: A Real Conspiracy, Not a Theory

by craig on November 25, 2011 1:33 am in Uncategorized

There is a huge government cover-up in progress over the Werritty connection to Mossad and the role of British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould, and their neo-con plan to start a war with Iran.

Yesterday at 22.15pm I submitted by email a Freedom of Information request for:

All communications in either direction ever made between Matthew Gould and Adam Werritty, specifically including communications made outside government systems.

At 23.31pm I was astonished to get a reply from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The request was refused as it was

“likely to exceed the cost limit”.

Now it is plainly nonsense that to gather correspondence between two named individuals would be too expensive. They could just ask Gould.

And a reply at nearly midnight? The Freedom of Information team in the FCO is not a 24 hour unit. Plainly not only are they hiding the Gould/Werritty correspondence, they are primed and on alert for this cover-up operation.

Even more blatant was the obstruction of MP Paul Flynn, when he attempted to question Cabinet Secretary Gus O’Donnell on the Gould-Werritty connection at the House of Commons Public Administration Committee. These are the minutes: anybody who believes in democracy should feel their blood boil as you read them:

Publc Admininstration Committee 24/11/2011

Q<369> Paul Flynn: Okay. Matthew Gould has been the subject of a very serious complaint from two of my constituents, Pippa Bartolotti and Joyce Giblin. When they were briefly imprisoned in Israel, they met the ambassador, and they strongly believe—it is nothing to do with this case at all—that he was serving the interest of the Israeli Government, and not the interests of two British citizens. This has been the subject of correspondence.

In your report, you suggest that there were two meetings between the ambassador and Werritty and Liam Fox. Questions and letters have proved that, in fact, six such meetings took place. There are a number of issues around this. I do not normally fall for conspiracy theories, but the ambassador has proclaimed himself to be a Zionist and he has previously served in Iran, in the service. Werritty is a self-proclaimed—

Robert Halfon: Point of order, Chairman. What is the point of this?

Paul Flynn:> Let me get to it. Werritty is a self-proclaimed expert on Iran.

Chair:> I have to take a point of order.

Robert Halfon:> Mr Flynn is implying that the British ambassador to Israel is working for a foreign power, which is out of order.

Paul Flynn:> I quote the Daily Mail: “Mr Werritty is a self-proclaimed expert on Iran and has made several visits. He has also met senior Israeli officials, leading to accusations”—not from me, from the Daily Mail—“that he was close to the country’s secret service, Mossad.” There may be nothing in that, but that appeared in a national newspaper.

Chair:> I am going to rule on a point of order. Mr Flynn has made it clear that there may be nothing in these allegations, but it is important to have put it on the record. Be careful how you phrase questions.

Paul Flynn:> Indeed. The two worst decisions taken by Parliament in my 25 years were the invasion of Iraq—joining Bush’s war in Iraq—and the invasion of Helmand province. We know now that there were things going on in the background while that built up to these mistakes. The charge in this case is that Werritty was the servant of neo-con people in America, who take an aggressive view on Iran. They want to foment a war in Iran in the same way as in the early years, there was another—

Chair:> Order. I must ask you to move to a question that is relevant to the inquiry.

Q<370> Paul Flynn:> Okay. The question is, are you satisfied that you missed out on the extra four meetings that took place, and does this not mean that those meetings should have been investigated because of the nature of Mr Werritty’s interests?

Sir Gus O’Donnell:> I think if you look at some of those meetings, some people are referring to meetings that took place before the election.

Q<371> Paul Flynn:> Indeed, which is even more worrying.

Sir Gus O’Donnell:> I am afraid they were not the subject—what members of the Opposition do is not something that the Cabinet Secretary should look into. It is not relevant.

But these meetings were held—

Chair:> Mr Flynn, would you let him answer please?

Sir Gus O’Donnell:> I really do not think that was within my context, because they were not Ministers of the Government and what they were up to was not something I should get into at all.

Chair:> Final question, Mr Flynn.

Q<372> Paul Flynn:> No, it is not a final question. I am not going to be silenced by you, Chairman; I have important things to raise. I have stayed silent throughout this meeting so far.

You state in the report—on the meeting held between Gould, Fox and Werritty, on 6 February, in Tel Aviv—that there was a general discussion of international affairs over a private dinner with senior Israelis. The UK ambassador was present. Are you following the line taken by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who says that he can eat with lobbyists or people applying to his Department because, on occasions, he eats privately, and on other occasions he eats ministerially? Are you accepting the idea? It is possibly a source of great national interest—the eating habits of their Secretary of State. It appears that he might well have a number of stomachs, it has been suggested, if he can divide his time this way. It does seem to be a way of getting round the ministerial code, if people can announce that what they are doing is private rather than ministerial.

Sir Gus O’Donnell:> The important point here was that, when the Secretary of State had that meeting, he had an official with him—namely, in this case, the ambassador. That is very important, and I should stress that I would expect our ambassador in Israel to have contact with Mossad. That will be part of his job. It is totally natural, and I do not think that you should infer anything from that about the individual’s biases. That is what ambassadors do. Our ambassador in Pakistan will have exactly the same set of wide contacts.

Q<373> Paul Flynn:> I have good reason, as I said, from constituency matters, to be unhappy about the ambassador. Other criticisms have been made about the ambassador; he is unique in some ways in the role he is performing. There have been suggestions that he is too close to a foreign power.

Robert Halfon:> On a point of order, Chair, this is not about the ambassador to Israel. This is supposed to be about the Werritty affair.

Paul Flynn:> It is absolutely crucial to this report. If neo-cons such as yourself, Robert, are plotting a war in Iran, we should know about it.

Chair:> Order. I think the line of questioning is very involved. I have given you quite a lot of time, Mr Flynn. If you have further inquiries to make of this, they could be pursued in correspondence. May I ask you to ask one final question before we move on?

Sir Gus O’Donnell:> One thing I would stress: we are talking about the ambassador and I think he has a right of reply. Mr Chairman, I know there is an interesting question of words regarding Head of the Civil Service versus Head of the Home Civil Service, but this is the Diplomatic Service, not the Civil Service.

Q<374> Chair:> So he is not in your jurisdiction at all.

Sir Gus O’Donnell:> No.

Q<375> Paul Flynn:> But you are happy that your report is final; it does not need to go the manager it would have gone to originally, and that is the end of the affair. Is that your view?

Sir Gus O’Donnell:> As I said, some issues arose where I wanted to be sure that what the Secretary of State was doing had been discussed with the Foreign Secretary. I felt reassured by what the Foreign Secretary told me.

Q<376> Chair:> I think what Mr Flynn is asking is that your report and the affair raise other issues, but you are saying that that does not fall within the remit of your report and that, indeed, the conduct of an ambassador does not fall within your remit at all.

Sir Gus O’Donnell:> That is absolutely correct.

Paul Flynn:> The charge laid by Lord Turnbull in his evidence with regard to Dr Fox and the ministerial code was his failure to observe collective responsibility, in that case about Sri Lanka. Isn’t the same charge there about our policies to Iran and Israel?

Chair:> We have dealt with that, Mr Flynn.

Paul Flynn:> We haven’t dealt with it as far as it applies—

Chair:> Mr Flynn, we are moving on.

Paul Flynn:> You may well move on, but I remain very unhappy about the fact that you will not allow me to finish the questioning I wanted to give on a matter of great importance.

It is shocking but true that Robert Halfon MP, who disrupted Flynn with repeated points of order, receives funding from precisely the same Israeli sources as Werritty, and in particular from Mr Poju Zabludowicz. He also formerly had a full time paid job as Political Director of the Conservative Friends of Israel.

But despite the evasiveness of O’Donnell and the obstruction of paid zionist puppet Halfon, O’Donnell confirms vital parts of my investigation. In particular he agrees that the Fox-Werritty-Gould “private dinner” in Tel Aviv was with Mossad, and that Gould met Werritty many times more than the twice that O’Donnell listed in his “investigation” into this affair.

Of the six meetings of Fox-Gould-Werritty together which I discovered, five were while Fox was Secretary of State for Defence. Only one was while Fox was in opposition. But O’Donnell has now let the cat much further out of the bag, with the astonishing admission to Paul Flynn’s above questioning that Gould, Fox and Werritty held “meetings that took place before the election.” He also refers to “some of those meetings” as being before the election. Both are plainly in the plural.

It is now evident that not only did Fox, Gould and Werritty have at least five meetings while Fox was in power – with never another British official present – they had several meetings while Fox was shadow Foreign Secretary. O’Donnell is right that what Fox and Werritty were up to in opposition is not his concern. But what Gould was doing with them – a senior official – most definitely is.

A senior British diplomat cannot just hold a series of meetings with the opposition shadow Defence Secretary and a paid zionist lobbyist. What on earth was happening?

The absolutely astonishing cover-up and lack of honesty from the government about the Fox-Gould-Werritty relationship is being maintained with cast-iron resolve. Not only is Gould a self-declared fervent zionist, he was born in the same year as Chancellor George Osborne and attended the same private school – St Paul’s. At least some of the time he was meeting Fox and Werrity while they were in opposition, Gould was Private Secretary to New Labour Foreign Secretary David Milliband. That opens up the question of whether David Milliband, another fervent zionist, was part of the discussions with Mossad and US neo-cons on how to engineer war with Iran, for which Werritty was the conduit.

That would help explain the completeness of the cover-up. The government appears able with total impunity to refuse to answer MPs’ questions on Gould/Fox/Werritty, and they will not respond to Freedom of Information requests. It is now proven without doubt that O’Donnell lied blatantly about the number of Gould-Fox-Werritty meetings, and that Mossad was involved. And yet every single British mainstream media outlet still refuses to mention it.

I know from a mole that the plot involves a plan to attack Iran. For the cover-up to be so blatant and yet so comprehensively maintained, the secret at the heart of this conspiracy must be great, and those complicit must include a very large swathe of the British political and media establishment.

UPDATE: access to this blog is now blocked from FCO and Cabinet Office terminals. Very wise – truth can be contagious.

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  1. The “likely to exceed the cost limit” is the usual answer. The only solution is to keep asking, hoping they won’t destroy the correspondance. Maybe they already did.

  2. Sophia,

    Thanks but I have done plenty of requests before, and never had that answer. And indeed never had any answer in less than two weeks, let alone immediately and after 11pm.

  3. Knowing what we know about the Iraq war now, this story should mobilise. However, there is inertia created in my opinion by its absence from the mainstream media.

    As long as the mainstream don’t publish the story, it won’t mobilise.

    It’s interesting in a way because it reveals the control these media have on the public.

  4. Breach the costs limit indeed. It’s not as if pretty much every email client has ways and means of searching for emails is it?

    But many props for getting a FoIA response in an hour and a quarter, albeit a refusal. Quickest I’ve ever heard of anywhere.

    I presume you know that you’re mentioned in the latest Private Eye over this issue? Doesn’t quite count as ‘mainstream media’ but at least it’s a start.

  5. Craig,

    Good one. Keep digging on this and don’t let the issue die. If it weren’t for the total farce that was the lead up to Iraq, we might have discounted these meetings and connections as peripheral and part of the usual mess of lobbyists trying to get heard. Werrity could be discounted as quite mad, visiting Iran on private trips and supporting the opposition.
    But no – Iraq showed us that these lunatics can and do have influence with the most terrible consequences. Diplomacy and defense can never be completely transparent. There are of course state secrets and meetings that can’t be public. But when those meetings fly in the face of stated foreign policy and national interest they are not protected. They are traitorous.

  6. Good one. Keep digging on this and don’t let the issue die. If it weren’t for the total farce that was the lead up to Iraq, we might have discounted these meetings and connections as peripheral and part of the usual mess of lobbyists trying to get heard. Werrity could be discounted as quite mad, visiting Iran on private trips and supporting the opposition.
    But no – Iraq showed us that these lunatics can and do have influence with the most terrible consequences. Diplomacy and defense can never be completely transparent. There are of course state secrets and meetings that can’t be public. But when those meetings fly in the face of stated foreign policy and national interest they are not protected. They are traitorous.

  7. Is it worth re-submitting the request, but reducing its scope, to call their bluff on the ‘cost’? For example, you could ask for all communications within a limited time period, and if that’s refused try again for an even shorter time period, until you get down to a single day – then if they ever respond properly, you (or someone else) can try again for another day or month or whatever. Alternatively, you could start by asking for communications within government systems, and then ask for communications by email outside government systems, and then phone calls and so on.
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    I don’t know if there’s any right of appeal against these ‘cost’-based refusals, but if not, reducing the scope of the request to the point that such a refusal is plainly preposterous might be a useful approach.

  8. It’s quite possible that Gus O’Donnell is not aware of more than one meeting before the election but spoke of ‘meetings’ to distract Mr Flynn from the point that five of the six known meetings took place after the election and yet he only recorded two in his report. It’s a pity Mr Flynn didn’t follow up on that. Why did you not mention the three extra meetings, Sir [Au]gus[tine]?

  9. Talking about democracy – why were my comments deleted twice? Am I banned??

  10. Very interesting. And scary. Escobar thinks the Syrian meddling is the first step, the beginning of the war that’s on already. It makes sense from their point of view – Hezbollah must be hampered, etc. Britain, like Canada (where I’m from) should be restraining all this stuff, not actively encouraging. Hell. Glad I’ve got you on RSS Craig.

  11. Dick the Prick

    25 Nov, 2011 - 7:37 am

    Private Eye are running with it now so more publicity – the timing of your response seems highly bullshit and an awfully quick calculation.

  12. Keep digging, Craig!

  13. Yes keep on keeping on Craig. A cover up if ever there was one. Gould is a dangerous latent would-be killer of humans.
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    Latest update from PSC text version.
    http://www.palestinecampaign.org/index7b.asp?m_id=1&l1_id=4&l2_id=106&Content_ID=2271&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=PSC+update%3A+this+Saturday+-+BDS+Day+of+Action&utm_source=YMLP&utm_term=For+the+full+text+only
    .

  14. I can’t help thinking we’re missing something in this story in that Werritty visited Iran a number of times. Surely, if he were linked to anti-Iran groups in the UK, as well as to Israel, he was putting himself in serious danger (he has no dip. immunity). The Iranians certainly have their own spies in Israel and the UK. Now, I wonder what he was doing there? Meeting anti-regime elements? Could he be such a fool? Not very likely.

  15. James Chater

    25 Nov, 2011 - 8:17 am

    You could try asking them to explain what is their “cost” basis, i.e. what are their criteria? This will tie them down.

  16. Good one, Craig. And if Paul Flynn’s reading this, 10/10 for not taking any crap: “If neo-cons such as yourself, Robert, are plotting a war in Iran, we should know about it.”
    No question.
    Keep digging.

  17. Guess Flynn’s constituent must be this Pippa Bartolotti;

    http://pippabartolotti.blogspot.com/
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    She’s got a few questions, too.

  18. Halfon receives donations from many sources including
    Caledonia Group Services Ltd
    Caledonia Investments PLC
    Auckland Shipping Ltd
    Sussex Research Ltd
    Simon Waxley
    Robert Shetler-Jones
    .
    ???
    Halfon seems to be extraordinarily well funded. Who are these people and companies and why does Halfon need so many £thousands? Some digging. Perhaps he is a conduit for the money. The Israeli support set up is more and more like the mafia and just as brutish.

  19. Halfon’s latest register of interests
    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmregmem/111116/111116.pdf Page 121
    declares that the Conservative Friends of Israel paid for his accomomodation at the Manchester conference to the tune of £1,100.
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    This summary is dated November 2011. Scanning through what they are ALL picking up leaves one feeling sick.

  20. Antelope Grazer, my big fear is that these missions (if they’re really spies or special forces, and otherwise why are they there?) are already going on. Regardless of the opinions of decent people who contribute to this blog, devoted MPs like Paul Flynn (where are the others?), persistent bloggers after truth, like Craig, there is nothing we can do to stop them. This war on Iran is on the agenda. Nothing can remove it. Gould, and the other two Zionist ambassadors to Israel from Canada and the US, are there for a purpose. NATO is at their beck and call. Cover-ups and whitewashes like O’Donnell’s will continue, and questions will not be answered until these evil people (Hague, Fox, Osborne, their colleagues across the Atlantic and Israel, et al) get their way.

  21. As well as having been favourably compared by the Jewish Telegraph with Louise Ellman (ie fearless channel for Zionist propaganda), Halfon is a member of the Henry Jackson Society.
    http://powerbase.info/index.php/Henry_Jackson_Society.
    .
    As is Michael Gove, btw.

  22. Excellent news, what a faux passe by Gus’, could it be that he is retiring soon?
    Right, this calls for another global linking charge from us all, there must be no doubt that this will get through to everyone.
    The defense of the realm is seriously undermined and it looks like the establishment is letting it happen, trying desperately to keep it under the carpet. I shall start with my face book page and then shall work my way through my adress book.
    Clearly Liam Fox should now be asked to resign as an MP until further notice, I’d have him arrested and Mathew Gould recalled with imediate effect, its just my Krauty nature.
    When it comes to real issues the likes of Hitchens and Monbiot are nowhere to be found, where are Britain principled Journalists?

    Do they all work for Private Eye?
    Good on you for being persistent, your recall of last nights FCO encounter of the strange kind had me in pupatations, what a hoot, a midminght service eh?, spooks never sleep, by now you must have half of MI6 buzzing.

    Now would be a time to engage with your neighbours regards to the time when you go walkies on the beach, etc. This is getting very close and they do not like it up them I fear. Think about a few tricks from your past, there are easy ways to see who has visited whilst you are away.

  23. One of Halfon’s donors, Robert Shetler-Jones, funds the Tories more generally, pays through a shell company, and has interesting links.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/oct/25/partyfunding-conservatives

  24. And Dmitry Firtash, the Ukrainian oligarch who has absolutely nothing to do with Robert Shetler-Jones (oh, no, nothing at all. Don’t you believe me?), who helps fund the Tories and, specifically Halfon, has an Israeli passport. Allegedly.
    .
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1303215/MI5-vetoed-Security-Minister-Baroness-Pauline-Neville-Jones-links-Ukrainian-oligarchs.html
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    Who’da thunk it?

  25. “UPDATE: access to this blog is now blocked from FCO and Cabinet Office terminals. Very wise – truth can be contagious.”

    If I doubted before, I am certain now…

  26. willyrobinson

    25 Nov, 2011 - 10:20 am

    Readers, please pass this article on to as many people as you can – thanks – w

  27. Willyrobinson, if you mean Craig’s blog today, I’ve already posted it on Facebook (but don’t think most people read anything polical; they are too interested in other more mundane things).

  28. willyrobinson

    25 Nov, 2011 - 10:59 am

    @John Goss – yes of course, my own post is a bit too light to really travel. And I agree, it’s often hard to get people interested in complex stories, but I think we could make the same effort to get a message out again today as when Craig first broke the story. With MPs on record about various meetings it’s less risky for MSM to carry should they want to.
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    Now, do they want to?…

  29. Apologies folks have been deleting everything not strictly on topic as want to keep this targeted at the moment.

  30. Murder most fowl

    25 Nov, 2011 - 11:55 am

    Freedom of Information requests should have a two-part reply: “do we have the information?” and “How (or if) we will give you the information.” It isn’t clear here which is answer is too expensive (= about three person-days work).

    I had a similar strange response to a request for information of communications between a (named) minister and a (named) council (not about Sharon Shoesmith, but similar). My reply (after a reasonable fifteen days) was that it was too expensive to determine if they held the information.

    It makes it difficult to refine a request to get it into the resource limit (which they are supposed to help you with). My practice in such cases is immediately to make another FoI request about how my first request was handled: it shouldn’t take three days work to find this out.

    I received a holding reply (invoking the extra twenty days reply period) as they were holding meetings to see if they could respond!

    You might like to try a similar tack.

    In passing, Brent Council refused to even reply to an American friend’s FoI until he provided proof of identity. As he already held the information (leaked to him) and was only covering the tracks of the leaker, he went ahead and published the story anyway!

  31. This is important.
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    http://wn.com/Friends_of_Israel_Initiative
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    Go to people and you will find Halfon.

  32. Robert Halfon (see Mary’s post above) is also funded by Auckland Shipping Ltd. Alan Bekhor is a director of this. He also funds Philip Hollobone MP (who he?) and Michael Gove MP.
    He gets around, too. I’ve seen the name in another, related context, but can’t remember where. Maybe one of Fox’s old donors?
    Here’s where he is politically, anyway.
    http://www.powerbase.info/index.php/Alan_Bekhor
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    He is Jewish, and described by some commentators as a staunch Zionist. Standpoint Magazine, which he funds, is described thus by Anthony S. McCarthy in Culture Wars:
    .

    “Then I read Standpoint.

    It is written, though not exclusively, by a motley bunch of anti-Christian neoconservatives who, like Paul Johnson, seem to prize Israel, demonise Muslims and boast of their ‘hawkish’ approach to the “War on Terror”. As if this isn’t bad enough, there are cultural articles by people like the ‘philosopher’ Alain de Botton….(snip)”

  33. The probable funder as well as founder member of the Friends of Israel Initiative is: http://www.powerbase.info/index.php/Robert_Agostinelli

  34. RE: FOIA requests

    I have made many FOIA requests. Often the tactic is to refuse them at first. The ultimate handbook on this is Heather Brooke’s Your Right To Know, however I have lent it to someone else, so I can’t tell you what she says on the costs argument.

    1) It is important to be persistent, and try again and appeal etc.

    2) Cut your request down to a minimum, and submit several individual requests

    eg: a) outgoing comms between werrity and gould through ministerial channels, b)outgoing comms beween w and g
    non-ministerial c) incoming ….etc etc

    3) Does your refusal offer you an internal review?

    If so go for it

    4) If not appeal to the ICO

    I hope this helps. I’ll try to get my book back and consult Ms Brookes, the oracle of getting **our** info out of **our** functionaries.

    btw thanks for all your commitment to proper government conduct and justice over the years

    best

    J

  35. “I can’t help thinking we’re missing something in this story in that Werritty visited Iran a number of times. Surely, if he were linked to anti-Iran groups in the UK, as well as to Israel, he was putting himself in serious danger (he has no dip. immunity). The Iranians certainly have their own spies in Israel and the UK. Now, I wonder what he was doing there? Meeting anti-regime elements? Could he be such a fool? Not very likely.”

    Wonder if he was in Iran between 2003-2005? When Gould was charge d’affaires there? Wouldn’t need immunity if he met the dissidents in the Embassy, would he?

  36. Might I suggest Craig resubmit his request to ask for all communications between Werrity and Gould within Government systems. My guess is that the FCO have something of valid point about the cost of searching all systems and not just their own.

    I don’t think that the latest round really adds very much – apart from demonstrating the reluctance of the FCO to have details of its conversations with foreign governments/security forces aired in public – but this is something you can see all over the place if you care to look. It also provides some support as to why GOD may not have been lying as previously claimed – given that someone else is responsible for Gould as a member of the Diplomatic Service.

    As for the continuing argument that all these meetings had the express purpose of engineering war against Iran we are still relying solely on Craig’s mole as the unsubstantiated source. Not proven as they would say in the Scottish courts.

    Cue loads of troll comments and other related garbage from those who have formed their view regardless of the evidence – but I still remain to be convinced.

    @Ingo
    “When it comes to real issues the likes of Hitchens and Monbiot are nowhere to be found”

    In the case of Hitchens it may well have something to do with him having probably terminal cancer and suffering from pneumonia – but don’t worry I think Hitchens has already made his views on the subject of Iran pretty clear – look here for a start, which is even more relevant today than it was back in August 2010.

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/fighting_words/2010/08/its_not_just_about_israel.2.html

    Hitchens may be many things put he is certainly not a coward when it comes to expressing his views on the subjects that matter.

  37. Louise Ellman MP, the member for Israel, sorry Liverpool Riverside .
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    Ellman’s Political Advisor in the Parliamentary Office is Zeev Portner.
    .
    As well as advising Ellman, look what he does in his spare time:
    .
    Israel Advocacy Skills Training Day Israel Needs You! Ever feel lost for words when defending Israel?

    Join us for this Israel Connect Training Day, as part of our Training Programme. For all young professionals aged 20-35.

    Sunday 11th January 2009, 3.00-6.00pm, NW London venue (message for details).

    Session 1: ANALYSIS – Everything you wanted to know about the Israeli Elections, and more! By Shmuel Ben Tovim, Embassy of Israel
    Session 2: SKILLS – Putting your point across, and how to impact on the media. By Rafael Broch, Director of Strategy for JustJournalism
    Session 3: ACTION (optional) – “But what can I do?” – lobbying. By Zeev Portner, Political Advisor in the Parliamentary Office of Louise Ellman, MP

    source:tinyurl.com/7clldas
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    .
    Is Zeev Portner getting a wage from Louise Ellam expenses? if so, we the taxpayers are paying for the above Israel Advocacy Skills!!!

  38. I am posting it on my FB, as well as sending to PressTV…

  39. Thanks to John Goss for pointing out that Robert Halfon is a participant in the Friends of Israel Initiative, along with Lord Trimble, Lord Weidenfeld, Robert Bolton, and Jose Maria Aznar
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    The role of the last two in fomenting the Iraq war of 2003 may be conveniently ignored….

  40. Good digging everyone. Keep those spades polished and sharp edged.
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    Still about Gould. Is there a word that says hypocrisy but more strongly?
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    Here he is with wife Celia in the ghastly ‘hat’ at a Service of Remembrance at Ramle.
    http://ukinisrael.fco.gov.uk/en/news/?view=PressR&id=693075082

    YOU WILL NOTE HOW GOULD SPEAKS OF JEWS FIGHTING FOR THE BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH FORCES BUT NOT OF BLOWING UP CORPSES OF HUNG TOMMIES WITH BOOBY TRAPS. HE IS A SCOURGE.

    There are men in that cemetery from the Mandate days who were killed by Israeli terrorists. AND THERE ARE MORE BRITISH VETERANS IN GAZA IN TWO MORE CEMETERIES WHERE SOME OF THE INSCRIPTIONS ARE MORE THAN POIGNANT RE THE WW1 ‘FALLEN’. THE MOST FREQUENT DATE ON THE STANDARD (LUTYENS?) STONES IS NOVEMBER 2 1917 = BALFOUR ‘DECLARATION’.

    {http://dhalpin.infoaction.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=37&Itemid=2}

  41. What brave and powerful campaigners are Paul Flynn’s constituents who got him to ask questions. They were two of 12 detained in Israel for trying to visit Bathlehem.
    .
    http://gazatvnews.com/2011/07/twelve-pro-palestinian-britons-detained-in-israel/

  42. “Wonder if he was in Iran between 2003-2005? When Gould was charge d’affaires there? Wouldn’t need immunity if he met the dissidents in the Embassy, would he?”

    What about before that time, Komodo, because these plans have existed for a very long time, since Reza Pahlevi took his leave, and very openly in 2000 in Vienna, when the CIA tried to foist a fake nuke blueprint on Iran.
    This resolve by the west to topple Irans mullahs has been a goal for a very long time, I’m sure Craig one day will tell us what then was normal brief. Saddams stooge days will fill libraries, a wanten tool to crack the Iranian nut, despite the many cultural and religious ties that exist between these two countries.
    If our speculations are in any way correct and these two have had enegagements in Iran, then I expect it was as part of a prep exercise, making connections, meeting people…. setting up the pieces and reliants. That is the only plausible suggestion that I can come up with, unless there are powerfull accomplices within Ahmadinejads inner circle who can demand security for this trio.
    If Werritty was unhindered in Iran, was allowed to travel freely, then I very much suspect that he has been watched, intensely.
    What is very uncomfortable about this affair is that it has not blown yet, like a wettish fuse, fizzlin’ along, how come our security services are allowing such crass interference in foreign policy, what is it that they don’t understand about this sordid undermining of our mainstream political parties, or those BICOM’s money sloshers, favours to be called in later?

    Gould should be recalled now, not that it would change much, the damage has been done.

  43. For shame, Mary; you should doubt the loyalty of our Zionist ambassador?
    http://www.ibca.info/past.htm
    (17th.Nov 2010 entry)
    See, he has the Union Jack on his kippah? He’s as British as salt beef and carrots….

  44. Ingo, I’m sure our security services are at least partially aware of what’s going on. It’s their business to know. I just wonder at what point they will realise that secrecy is not the patriotic option, if ever.

  45. Do you mind Komodo! My blood temperature is high enough already.
    .
    The provision of photos and announcements of activities is so in your face. More chutzpah.

    Stephen’s quiet. Given up and gone away?

  46. Very enlightening Komodo, especially the history of that organisation, very much engrained into society.

    here is a fairly accurate situation analysis from Noam Chomsky, no relations. It accurately shows who the agressors to Iran are. We must not forget that Iran was a democracy before 1953, I was shuffling around on my potty, barely a year old. Sadly, the west could not keep their grubby hands out of Irans affairs, just as with Iraq, it was not our kind of democracy, we wanted mallable leaders who sold us oil.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2011/11/20111122142555908626.html

  47. Stephen

    My tolerance for you is now over, you are plainly a deliberately misleading troll and no more. Plainly the FCO do not have to search all communications systems outside the FCO for communications between Gould and Werritty, they just have to ask Gould for it. He is their employee.

    The argument that Gould should not be included in the Cabinet Secretary’s report into the Gould-Werritty affair, because O’Donnell has no line management responsibility for Gould, is plainly nonsense. On those grounds, Werritty should not have been included either.

  48. Mr Murray

    Have you considered taking this issue up with George Galloway? Surely a story as hot as this would be right up his street and he would almost certainly run with it. I believe that his friday evening programme on talksport garners quite a sizeable audience. I assume that he has full editorial control.

  49. Iran Mullahs are not big favourite in Iran, but Iranian are looking at Iraq and Afghanistan and are taking heed. I remember 15 years ago, people would openly say, let the west come here and rescue us from these mullahs. Now ask Iranian in Iran including Jewish ones and all they say is “curse the Zionist west, we will solve our own problems, and will get rid of the mullahs eventually” and a great majority are in favour of Nuclear Iran, even if it is Nuclear weapon.

  50. Perhaps you could structure your request differently, limit the time frame, or ask about specific dates,

    Paul Flynn is a decent MP, I suppose it might explain why I have never heard from him before on the media.

  51. Stephen’s response to Craig’s accusation of trolling is classic trolling, picking out half a sentence and ignoring the rest. Talk about proving a point!
    Take a hike Stephen. You may not like what people talk about here, but until you actually have something to add, go argue about sport in the pub.

  52. Medialens Messae Board
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    The Werrity Affair: Concerns about Matthew ‘Third Man’ Gould expressed in Parliament
    Posted by The Editors on November 25, 2011, 8:38 am
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    November 24, 2011
    Did Sir Gus breach the code?
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    Total of British soldiers killed in Afghanisatan = 389
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    Below is the full uncorrected verbatim account of my clash with Gus O’Donnell impeded by the Committee Chair and MP Robert Halfon. This morning Halfon’s constituency party was named as a recipient of £5,000 from one of the NeoCon backers of Werritty. Halfon declares £22,000 of donations to his party from individuals. He previously was prominent in the Conservative Friends of Israel.
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    I raised the matter at Business Questions in the Commons today.
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    Paul Flynn (Newport West) (Lab): Witnesses before a Select Committee have said that the inquiry into the Werritty affair was rushed and inadequate, and possibly in breach of the ministerial code as it was not conducted by the only person who is the enforcer of the code: the independent adviser on ministerial affairs. As the inquiry was conducted for reasons of political expediency to avoid embarrassment for the Government, and as new evidence is available, should we not have a full legitimate inquiry conducted by the only person authorised to undertake it: Sir Philip Mawer?
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    {http://paulflynnmp.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/11/did-sir-gus-breached-the-code.html}
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    Re: The Werrity Affair: Concerns about Matthew ‘Third Man’ Gould expressed in Parliament
    Posted by johnlilburne on November 25, 2011, 9:25 am, in reply to “The Werrity Affair: Concerns about Matthew ‘Third Man’ Gould expressed in Parliament”

    See Craig Murray:

    {http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2011/11/gould-werritty-a-real-conspiracy-not-a-theory/#comments}

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    http://members5.boardhost.com/medialens/thread/1322210281.html

  53. Robert Halfon is the grandson of a Libyan Jew. A Liverpool University got him to withdraw unsavoury comments about the university receiving fund from Libya which had been approved by the FCO.
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    http://217.18.90.33/news/uk-news/52614/university-drops-libya-libel-suit-against-mp-robert-halfon

  54. And the next article in the same newspaper is about Matthew Gould and anti Israeli sentiments in Universities.

    http://217.18.90.33/news/uk-news/52610/matthew-gould-cautions-uk-campus-extremism-image

  55. Carlos

    Thanks – Stephen has been dispatched to outer darkness for that particularly gratuitous example

  56. We should organise, expose these Zionist puppets pretending to work for their constituents and work to expose them and support their opponents. The law of treason I think is giving aid and comfort to a foreign nation, does it apply in the UK? Halfon only got 44% of the vote, we should create pamphlets highlighting his connections and his attempt to prevent legitimate enquiries by another MP as evidence that he does not work for his constituents. The lives of innocent Iranians depends on toppling these puppets. Every zionist MP will know the people will be organised against them at the election. Shame we can not recall these agents of a foreign power.

  57. Halfon has a Facebook account. Who wants to befriend him? http://www.facebook.com/RobertHalfon?sk=wall

  58. They don’t let toxic dragons join Facebook. Let him come here.
    @ConHome:@Halfon4HarlowMP:The​ BBC cannot continue as a kleptocracy. We need to put licence-fee payers in charge
    (Halfon, facebook, today)
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    No objection to letting the Conservative Party continue as a kleptocracy, I imagine.

  59. Just one thing wrong with this backbench “debate”: no-one against the motion…
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    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110120/halltext/110120h0001.htm
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    Halfon, Ellman, Mann et al for. Bit of a circle jerk really.

  60. Keep fighting the good fight Craig. Be spurred on by the trolls and the establishment smokescreens. They are proof that you are on to something. Don’t let this drop, we all need to bang the drum as loudly as possible. If Private Eye are on to it, get Hislop to go public with it, he’s identifiable enough to generate momentum. Can we all badger individual journalists and editors with demands until they have no choice but to publish? Bombard their twitter accounts with demands for publicity. I’ll try to post a list of some prominent journos and MPs twitter accounts, they will fear how quickly the fire can spread I reckon.

  61. Having read a few of his articles, this Halfon comes across as a bit of an eager dimwit.
    .
    I think too that the manner of his interruptions of a collegaue on the committee hearing does rather confirm that impression.
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    We can only hope that Mr Halfon develops a much higher profile. I think he may prove an endless source of much needed amusement.

  62. Would the Mossad people at the dinner be related to the Mossad people now saying in public that attacking Iran would be barking mad? Gould, as anyone who knows Iran, will know that a military attack would do wonders for the regime in getting people to rally behind it. Have you considered the possibility that Gould might in fact have been conspiring with Mossad to stop an Israeli attack?

  63. Tim,

    I have a diamond inside source who tells me the opposite. Don’t be fooled so easily – don’t you remember the USA military pretending to be against an attack on Libya, at the very time they were negotiating support for it in the Arab League in return for US diplomatic support for the Saudi invasion of Bahrain?

  64. Tim: I think Mossad’s main objective is to persuade the US/EU to invade Iran on Israel’s behalf.
    .
    The recent statements from Mossad have been in response to the idea of an attack by Israel alone, which Netanyahu has been talking up of late. They are right, it is indeed madness. Israel will never attack Iran.

  65. Craig, you are entitled to ask for a breakdown of the costs and the methodology within the terms of the FOI Act. You could also offer to meet the costs yourself.

  66. James Cook has an article about you and this subject.
    Over at Global Research.
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=27854
    I posted yours, and his on my blog.
    Good luck, and keep up the truth to power.

  67. MJ,
    I think the decision to attack Iran would have already been made by the US, Israel and the UK. The meetings would more likely to have been how to attack Iran and get away with it. Of course, persuading the EU would have been of great importance.

    This affair highlights the fact that there are policies not made by Parliament, which to me exemplifies that there is a ‘government’ within the government that in reality leads in some areas. The hidden government is totally bonded to the US and Israel, which I believe came about when the UK virtually collapsed about twenty years ago and the US and Israel secretly bailed them out. In the UK and abroad there is a vast plethora of companies the ‘government’ controls or has shares in. The intelligence services engage in activities in common with the US and Israel to grab resources to maintain their empire.

  68. We spread this as far and wide as possible. An even bigger effort than the inspirational one the readership mustered the day Craig broke this story originally. Below is a list of the twitter addresses of a number of prominent tweeters. I suggest everyone tweet/message them and direct them to Craig’s account. I’ve divided them up into journalists, politicians, and people with prominent readership who might be able to spread the word in a big way at the click of a mouse.

    I suggest we either(as appropriate) enquire as to whether they are aware, ask them if they doubt Craig’s claims, ask why they think MSM are not biting, request retweets, ask them to raise in parliament, enquire if their media outlet has been informed, ask what action they are taking, demand action etc.

    I’m aware that some of the following will definitely already have been alerted or may even be pursuing their own neo-con agenda, but I still think it is worth letting them know that we know. The more they start to fear that the word is getting out the more they will be forced / shamed into action. Many will be terrified of this story going viral or ‘trending’

    Right here goes:

    Journos: @SeumasMilne, @GaryGibbonBlog, @GeorgeMonbiot, @sunny_hundal, @afneil @TheDailyShow, @GdnPolitics, @garyyounge, @johannhari (maybe not a grat idea, not one will believe us!) @j_freedland, @pollytoynbee, @arusbridger, @martinkettle, @steverichards14, @ns_mehdihasan, @andrewrawnsley, @jonsnowc4, @richardpbacon, @AndrewSparrow, @mattfrei (some hope!) @BBCBreaking, @Peston, @JonSnowblog, @MichaelWhite, @bbcnickrobinson, @gabyhinsliff, @faisalislam, @cathynewman, @c4politics, @Krishgm

    Politicos: @DAlexanderMP, @DMiliband, @johnmcdonnellMPneed to , @tom_watson, @edballsmp, @SadiqKhan, @CarolineLucas, @Labour Party, @ChukaUmunna, @Ed_Miliband, @edvaizey,

    Might RT???: @rorybremner, @prodnose (Danny Baker) @campbellclaret (seriously…) @piersmorgan, @PennyRed, @NaomiAKlein, @Aiannucci, @Kevin_Maguire, @leftfootfwd, @christopherhitc, @davidschneider, @alandavies1, @MMFLint, @stephenfry (he’s from Norwich Craig, lean on him, 2million folowers! would really be mobilising!) @ken4london, @eddieizzard, @Jemima_Khan, @TimMontgomerie, @wdjstraw.

    Let’s mobilise!

  69. Jonathan Cook. Lives in Nazareth ‘within the belly of the beast’ as we say. Married to a Palestinian. Got away from the Guardian.
    .
    Why my reporting is different
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    I have chosen to position myself in the region in two ways – one professional, the other geographical – that distinguish me from colleagues. This approach gives me greater freedom to reflect on the true nature of the conflict and provides me with fresh insight into its root causes.

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    Professionally, I am one of the few journalists regularly writing about the region who work as an independent freelancer. I choose the issues I wish to cover, so I am not constrained by the ‘treadmill’ of the mainstream media, which require an endless flow of instant copy and analysis. I am also not tied to the mainstream agenda, which gives disproportionate coverage to the concerns of the powerful, in this case the Israeli and American positions – in the US media to a degree that makes much of their Israel/Palestine reporting implausible. I also rarely accept commissions, restricting myself to topics that I consider to be the most revealing about the conflict.

    .

    Geographically, I am the first foreign correspondent to be based in the Israeli Arab city of Nazareth, in the Galilee. Most reporters covering the conflict live in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, with a handful of specialists based in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The range of stories readily available to reporters in these locations reinforces the assumption among editors back home that the conflict can only be understood in terms of the events that followed the West Bank and Gaza’s occupation in 1967. This has encouraged the media to give far too much weight to Israeli concerns about ‘security’ – a catch-all that offers Israel special dispensation to ignore its duties to the Palestinians under international law.

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    Many topics central to the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians, including the plight of the refugees and the continuing dispossession of Palestinians living as Israeli citizens, do not register on most reporters’ radars.

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    From Nazareth, the capital of the Palestinian minority in Israel, things look very different. There are striking, and disturbing, similarities between the experiences of Palestinians inside Israel and those inside the West Bank and Gaza. All have faced Zionism’s appetite for territory and domination, as well as repeated attempts at ethnic cleansing. These unifying themes suggest that the conflict is less about the specific circumstances thrown up by the 1967 war and more about the central tenets of Zionism as expressed in the war of 1948 that founded Israel and the war of 1967 that breathed new life into its settler colonial agenda.
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    http://www.jkcook.net/
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    A good man.

  70. @ Reality Zone
    Jonathan Cook. Lives in Nazareth ‘within the belly of the beast’ as we say. Married to a Palestinian. Got away from the Guardian.
    .
    Why my reporting is different
    .
    I have chosen to position myself in the region in two ways – one professional, the other geographical – that distinguish me from colleagues. This approach gives me greater freedom to reflect on the true nature of the conflict and provides me with fresh insight into its root causes.

    .
    Professionally, I am one of the few journalists regularly writing about the region who work as an independent freelancer. I choose the issues I wish to cover, so I am not constrained by the ‘treadmill’ of the mainstream media, which require an endless flow of instant copy and analysis. I am also not tied to the mainstream agenda, which gives disproportionate coverage to the concerns of the powerful, in this case the Israeli and American positions – in the US media to a degree that makes much of their Israel/Palestine reporting implausible. I also rarely accept commissions, restricting myself to topics that I consider to be the most revealing about the conflict.

    .

    Geographically, I am the first foreign correspondent to be based in the Israeli Arab city of Nazareth, in the Galilee. Most reporters covering the conflict live in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, with a handful of specialists based in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The range of stories readily available to reporters in these locations reinforces the assumption among editors back home that the conflict can only be understood in terms of the events that followed the West Bank and Gaza’s occupation in 1967. This has encouraged the media to give far too much weight to Israeli concerns about ‘security’ – a catch-all that offers Israel special dispensation to ignore its duties to the Palestinians under international law.

    .
    Many topics central to the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians, including the plight of the refugees and the continuing dispossession of Palestinians living as Israeli citizens, do not register on most reporters’ radars.

    .

    From Nazareth, the capital of the Palestinian minority in Israel, things look very different. There are striking, and disturbing, similarities between the experiences of Palestinians inside Israel and those inside the West Bank and Gaza. All have faced Zionism’s appetite for territory and domination, as well as repeated attempts at ethnic cleansing. These unifying themes suggest that the conflict is less about the specific circumstances thrown up by the 1967 war and more about the central tenets of Zionism as expressed in the war of 1948 that founded Israel and the war of 1967 that breathed new life into its settler colonial agenda.
    .
    http://www.jkcook.net/
    .
    A good man.

  71. on the website “theyworkforyou” you can check and search every speech by any mp, halfon’s speeches show clearly where his sympathies lie.

  72. Dear Craig, could we get one of those e-petitions going to make them release the information we need?

  73. I wonder if the current shadow defence minister is being contacted by mossad/pro zionist elements, can a question be asked of him? Does the shadow defence minister have to list all his meetings and contacts? also have the liberal democrats also been “contacted”?

  74. from Paul Flynn’s website:

    TMr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter) (Lab): Will the Leader of the House invite the Prime Minister to come to the House to explain why he did not feel the need to declare his land deal with a major Conservative party donor and lobbyist? Following on from the question asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Newport West (Paul Flynn), what is the point of having an independent standards commissioner if his advice is never sought?

    anyone know anything about this cameron land deal?

  75. Nuremberg Trials;
    ,
    Article 6 (a) ; Crimes against Peace: namely, planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression, or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances, or participation in a Common Plan or Conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the foregoing.
    ,
    Patently applicable to the points arising, in the posting made by Craig. Sadly despite the fact that Israel proves to be a clear and present danger to the countries in the Mid east and the larger world, somehow it is not held to task, and her aggressive stance goes unchallenged.
    ,
    The litanies of improprieties engaged in by those representing zionists interests, included the deployment of the candidates, and leaders with the political hierarchy, have brought about the blatant disregard of the remit of the said political class and the evident corruption of the processes safeguarding the continuance of peace, and order in the world.
    ,
    The evident and deliberate interruptions of the questions of the Honourable Paul Flynn MP. In addition to the procedural constructs that Sir Gus O’Donnell resorts to omit the probable fallout of the scandalous conspiracy of war criminals is a reprehensible, and vile enterprise.
    ,
    However, why should there be such blatant efforts in protection of the said war criminals? This is the factor that often is open to speculation, and is almost always to be ended with a plethora of rebuttals. This too is an anticipated outcome, that is to ensure the longevity of the forces of evil engaged in their vile enterprise. Further this too can be found to be a replication of the behaviour found in Nature. As found in the parasitic world of brain hijackers, in particular Glyptapanteles species, in which the crazed caterpillar is a vehicle for aggression towards the enemies. This is almost an uncanny parallel to the current state of affairs in our world.

  76. Nuremberg Trials;
    ,
    Article 6 (a) ; Crimes against Peace: namely, planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression, or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances, or participation in a Common Plan or Conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the foregoing.
    ,
    Patently applicable to the points arising, in the posting made by Craig. Sadly despite the fact that Israel proves to be a clear and present danger to the countries in the Mid east and the larger world, somehow it is not held to task, and her aggressive stance goes unchallenged.
    ,
    The litanies of improprieties engaged in by those representing zionists interests, included the deployment of the candidates, and leaders with the political hierarchy, have brought about the blatant disregard of the remit of the said political class and the evident corruption of the processes safeguarding the continuance of peace, and order in the world.
    ,
    The evident and deliberate interruptions of the questions of the Honourable Paul Flynn MP. In addition to the procedural constructs that Sir Gus O’Donnell resorts to omit the probable fallout of the scandalous conspiracy of war criminals is a reprehensible, and vile enterprise.
    ,
    However, why should there be such blatant efforts in protection of the said war criminals? This is the factor that often is open to speculation, and is almost always to be ended with a plethora of rebuttals. This too is an anticipated outcome, that is to ensure the longevity of the forces of evil engaged in their vile enterprise. Further this too can be found to be a replication of the behaviour found in Nature. As found in the parasitic world of brain hijackers, in particular Glyptapanteles species, in which the crazed caterpillar is a vehicle for aggression towards the enemies. This is almost an uncanny parallel to the current state of affairs in our world.

  77. “Mr Murray

    Have you considered taking this issue up with George Galloway? Surely a story as hot as this would be right up his street and he would almost certainly run with it. I believe that his friday evening programme on talksport garners quite a sizeable audience. I assume that he has full editorial control.”
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    He doesnt have full editorial control .. but that has ever stopped him from discussing the issues he wants to put across

  78. That’s not a bad idea, Larry Levin. Babar Hammad’s case is to be heard because there were more that 100,000 signatures. An e-petition would be a good indicator of how this story is spreading, especially since Halfon swears by them.

  79. Shadow Defence Minister Jim Murphy-A Labour Friend Of Israel- conspicuous by his silence…

    I believe this is what’s known as a closed loop.

    A private conspiracy to start another bullshit war.

    Grotesque.

  80. of course there will be an undermining of iran, regime change and maybe direct war .. the fantastic thing about the neo cons is that they do make these announcement well in advance of the act taking place. one just has to be aware of these announcements very often via the corporate media.
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    for the neo cons, its “fill yer boots” time , not only siphoning of vast amounts of money from the public purse (via banks and financial institutions, military industrial complex) but also land grabs, by any means necessary .
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    the focus whilst on werrity/fox/gould should also be on preventing war with syria and iran and that means targeting current ministers and cameron because the likes of cameron et al can claim to have no knowledge — one needs a smoking gun .. maybe those emails make that fox – cameron connection with israel – mossad .. but there must be more .. somewhere

  81. Miniluv: Secret Police
    Minitruth: Agency for propaganda and lies
    Freedom of Information Act: ?

  82. Wendy, I for one am a great admirer of George Galloway’s rhetorical powers. His scolding of the US Senate Committe was one of the best things I have ever witnessed in my life – “Love, Actually” in reality. I feel sure that Dr Johnson and Winston Churchill would be impressed by Mr Galloway’s fluency, articulacy, memory, and powers of persuasion. Not to mention his superb vocabulary and choice of words.

    All of which, unfortunately, make his speech more or less incomprehensible to more and more people educated in modern British schools.

  83. Larry Levin Craig did not want us going off topic. I put a link to Cameron’s land deal on 23rd November on the Petrol on the Flames thread about two thirds of the way down.

  84. PS Larry The beautifully coiffed Ben Bradshaw Lab Exeter was a Foreign Office Minister under Bliar and is a Labour Friend of Israel.

  85. I have trawled halfon’s website, Not one word for his love of Israel and his support for zionism? his constituents would not have a clue about who this man really is, I must wonder is ambassador Gould is a constituent of halfon’s ? and ho would an attack on Iran help the people of Harrow, his list of interests make for interesting reading, he paid £15,000 to a company he is 100% owner of, why would someone pay their own company £15,000 ? also its hard to find out what he did before he became an MP?

  86. Craig. You need to get yourself a job on Al Jazeera English, Russia Today (RT) or PressTV. Ok there are question marks about whether they really are alternative news outlets or just a different shade of the same crap that the BBC pumps out, unified under the same major objective, but they are more likely to carry news and investigations by a ‘rebel ex-ambassador’ which the corporate media like the ZBC may no be able to ignore.
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    OR may I suggest Craig Murray ITV. Set up your own internet station and invite others to help out.
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    I would really love to have a Craig Murray Internet TV

  87. Yes, lwtc247 (lwt – now that was a good channel!) I’m afraid Al Jazeera seems deeply compromised. Their Chief resigned after it emerged that he was acceding to various requests from the US state in relation to news items. The role of Qatar in the recent Libyan operation and in Al Jazeera itself draws shadows down unpn the organisation. Increasingly, the channel seems not unlike those Cold War ‘alternative’ outlets which were actually CIA-run, the aim, to capture and guide dissent towards channels acceptable to over-arching strategic objectives. To paraphrase Nirvana (the early 1990s one, niot the 1960s one), ‘they all are imitators’.

  88. The Johnathon Cook article is also published in CounterPunch

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/11/25/is-britain-plotting-with-israel-to-attack-iran/

  89. So, Craig Murray Broadcasting – yeah, go for it!
    .
    Yes, I’m suspicious of such blatant ‘leaked’ statements from MOSSAD wrt the madness of an attack on Iran – we hear about such statements generally when they want us to. It’s a little like Jonathan Evans’s (MI5 Chief) Speedo trunks photos. As the excellent Corinne Souza pointed out recently, that was PR on behalf of MI5 to indicate that they were really just common men and women and so on. Likewise, the tale about him having to wait in the Security Check queue at the airport. One suspects the supposed MOSSAD ‘leaks’ are in similar vein. When the attack on Iraq was mooted in pub,lic, Jack Straw said it was not on the cards. He knew it was on the cards, indeed that he knew it had already been decided. He lied.

  90. Pippa Barlotti is already on your fb list craig think shes mentioned you before could well be useful for media attention.

    Heres a brief bio.
    Founder member of COEXIST where we believe that true and lasting peace can only be sustained when social, economic and environmental justice has been achieved Green Party Parliamentary Candidate, Newport West, 2010 Human Rights speaker for Amnesty International
    Deputy leader of the Wales Green Party
    Wales Palestine Network

  91. “All of which, unfortunately, make his speech more or less incomprehensible to more and more people educated in modern British schools.”
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    i dont think he is that much hard work, though i do suspect people hear what they want to hear and of course believe .
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    theres an extraordinary headline in the Independent today:
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    “English Defence League prepares to storm local elections”
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    – if there was any sense of a conspiracy this is it, in the guardian mail and independent the EDL get an rather high profile and not always negative , though it might appear so superficially.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/english-defence-league-prepares-to-storm-local-elections-6267740.html
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    Someone in high places surely wants them to succeed

  92. On Medialens
    .
    Re: Is Britain Plotting With Israel to Attack Iran?
    Posted by Si on November 25, 2011, 7:30 pm, in reply to “Is Britain Plotting With Israel to Attack Iran?”
    .
    Excellent piece building on Murray. I was struck by this section:

    ‘The British media have cautiously raised the issue of apparent Israeli links to Fox and Werritty.
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    The Daily Telegraph reported that the pair secretly met the head of the Mossad –possibly at the Tel Aviv dinner, though the paper has not specified where or when the meeting took place.
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    Last month the Independent on Sunday claimed that Werritty had close ties to the Mossad as well as to “US-backed neocons” plotting to overthrow the Iranian regime. The Mossad were reported to have assumed Werritty was Fox’s “chief of staff.”’
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    Reading that you could be forgiven for believing that the British media is in the game of exposing warmongering – when in fact they are key war enablers.

    –Previous Message–
    :
    : http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/11/25/is-britain-plotting-with-israel-to-attack-iran/
    : by JONATHAN COOK

  93. Only slightly off-thread: Not a squeak from our Governments regarding the attempts by the brave crowds in Egypt to rescue their revolution. Better to keep it in the hands of reliable tryants like the military junta.
    I wonder what our leaders would say if the crowds were massed in the centre of Damascus or Tehran…

  94. Someone was asking what the Islamophobic zionist Robert Halfon did before becoming an MP.
    Here:
    http://www.feweek.co.uk/index.php/2011/11/09/robert-halfon-his-story/
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    I could applaud the guy if that were all that there was to him: the bee in his bonnet is well concealed in this account.

  95. Antidote to the above: refers to Halfon’s description, under the shield of Parliamentary privilege, of Engage as antisemitic.
    http://londonmuslims.blogspot.com/2011/02/robert-halfon-mp-warned-in-parliament.html
    …which they denied, challenging him to produce any evidence…
    as part of his successful attempt to remove the group’s input to the All-Party Group on Islamophobia:
    .
    “The founder of Muslims4UK, Inayat Bunglawala, condemned the MPs’ decision on his blog under the headline: “Israel lobby gloats over removal of Engage from APPG on Islamophobia”.He continued: “Around six months ago, I wrote that pro-Israeli activists were involved in strenuous efforts to try and hobble a new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia… And lo! It came to pass.”
    .
    Just try hobbling any Parliamentary group with “Antisemitism” as its brief.

  96. Wonder if I tripped a sensitive rule in the auto-moderator? It’s gone, anyway…
    this is the gist of it.
    http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/52728/row-over-mps-rejection-islamophobia-group

    X-phobia, good; antiYism, bad, eh?

  97. http://www.henryjacksonsociety.org/stories.asp?pageid=49&id=1686

    The Hon. José María Aznar

    I would first like to thank the Honourable Robert Halfon, MP, Alan Mendoza and all the people at the Henry Jackson Society. Thank you for making this event possible. I cannot think of a better place to launch the Friends of Israel Initiative than the House of Commons, the very cradle of modern democracy.
    (July 2010)

    Halfon kept his name away from this one..
    http://blsc.org.uk/news/?p=40

    (2 March 2011)

    Halfon is a signatory to the Henry Jackson Society.

  98. The British Embassy is here in Tel Aviv. In the centre of the map marked with a X. It is a tower block called MigdalOr House and is the location for the Russian and French Embassies and airline and travel offices.

    .
    http://wikimapia.org/#lat=32.07322&lon=34.76792&z=17&l=0&m=b
    .
    Nice and near the beach. No naval gunboats for the bathers there nor sewage laden water like Gaza.

  99. Better to search Halfon’s Blog re Israel..
    http://roberthalfon.blogspot.com/search?q=israel

  100. Halfon defends Atlantic Bridge as a charity asking why it cannot be treated like the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) in today’s FT.
    .
    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e304d018-ff20-11e0-9b2f-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1ekb6oOyE

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