The Tough Life of a Dissident 101

Ray McGovern always advises me not to accentuate the negatives in becoming a whistleblower. I always talk of the inevitable unemployment – no employer, not even those you might think of as moral, will ever employ a whistleblower as the quality an employer values in an employee above all others is loyalty to their employer. I also talk of the persecution and harassment. Those are very real indeed, and I think of Bradley Manning constantly.

Ray’s excellent point is that we need more whistleblowers not less, so I should accentuate the positive and talk of how great I feel, how I can sleep at night, how I am recognized all round the world, etc. – all of which is true.

On top of which, I am at the Cannes Film Festival with my incredibly beautiful and talented Nadira.

It’s been a bit hectic getting here straight after Istanbul, so will post on the Mavi Marmara tomorrow.

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101 thoughts on “The Tough Life of a Dissident

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  • doug scorgie

    15 May, 2013 – 9:16 pm


    “Glad you chimed in. I meant to cite this article a few weeks back:”

    “Sharia councils: unjust, unequal and consequence of failed integration policies”

    “…the main issues to be addressed here aren’t only the discriminatory nature and inequality of these councils, but also the broader context of the failed integration polices of the current government. The failure to integrate migrants and refugees and the government’s pro-faith agenda has resulted in the demand and justification for such parallel systems to fulfil the needs of those who feel they are ‘different’.”

    For your information Slapding:

    “Jewish courts are in daily use in Britain, and have been for centuries.”

    British Jews have their own religious courts, the Beth Din.

  • doug scorgie

    15 May, 2013 – 10:44 pm

    To me:

    “Kindly fuck off and stick your lectures up your arse.”

    Aha! We have a Shakespeare fan.

  • doug scorgie

    16 May, 2013 – 2:20 am

    “Have you ever heard more absurd propagandic guff?”

    Maybe Jives:

    “The Boston marathon bombing suspect wrote a message in a boat where he hid, describing victims of the attack as “collateral damage”, US media report.”

    “In the note, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev also reportedly scribbled that his brother was a martyr, adding: “When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims.”

    “The bombs were retribution for the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the note said, sources told US media.”

  • doug scorgie

    17 May, 2013 – 9:15 am

    “Question: Would the mass carrying of potatoes (but no spud gun) in their various varieties and styles, with the intention of inducing the police to examine/confiscate them, constitute “wasting police time”?”

    Yes I believe it would and organising the carrying of potatoes would no doubt involve a further charge of conspiracy.

    Perhaps even conspiracy to distribute weapons of mash destruction.

  • Abe Rene

    I think you are right in telling people the plain truth about being a whistleblower so that they count the cost. This is a difficult decision to make, and that those who do it evidently need to be prepared to be self-employed afterwards.

    But there’s an idea for entrepreneurs: what about a company that employs ex-whistleblowers, just as some might employ ex-cons? Think of the untapped talent out there!

  • doug scorgie

    Alexander Litvinenko died at University College Hospital London NW1.

    The Coroner for the district is Dr Andrew Reid of St Pancras Coroners Court.

    Why was High Court Judge Sir Robert Owen sitting as the coroner in this case when the jurisdiction is surely that of Dr Reid?

    “The coroner [Sir Robert Owen] ruled the inquest could not take evidence on possible Russian state involvement, citing national security.”

    “The British government had argued that certain material should be withheld from the inquest on the grounds that revealing it could damage national security.”

    “But he said addressing these issues at the inquest without the material could mean a verdict would be “potentially misleading and unfair”.”

    I think it likely now that the inquest will be cancelled and a public inquiry held rather than a proper inquest.

    This, as you will recall, is what happened in the case of Dr David Kelly that lead to the farcical Hutton inquiry.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    The Brits will never do anything convincing about Sasha’s murder because they were behind it.

    He came to Britain in the hope that the information he had gathered as a GRU and a KGB agent would be of value to London, not realizing that it was up to its eyeballs with Washington’s Iran Contras covert operators.

    Having supplied the assassin, it seems, for the Olof Palme murder, Sir John Scarlett didn’t want to hear anything about it being part of a non-nuclear plan to end the Cold War – what would have resulted in the Soviets winning it if it had not been for all of Putin’s spies – much less that Romano Prodi was one of them too.

    So he was poisoned with polonium-210 by the Israelis apparently, and made to look like Russians did it. When MI6 finally gave up trying to fit up Putin for the horrible murder, Boris Brerezovsky was left carrying the can, explaining his recent suicide.

    Should be a most cautionary tale for any would-be whistleblower, especially in Britain.

  • Horseman Joe

    It might be a cautionary tale, if one could make head or tail of it. To what do the following refer?
    – ‘it’ in the second paragraph
    – the second ‘it’ in the third paragraph

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    The first ‘it’ you want identified is the assassination of Palme on February 28, 1986 in Stockholm, and there is no second ‘it’ in the third paragraph.

    No wonder you have trouble understanding complicated operations. You add what isn’t there!

  • Horseman Joe


    I think you are miscounting your own paragraphs – there are five in all. Try again, old sock.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    You are right. But glad I miscounted as it gives me another chance to discuss this vicious, most outrageous assassination.

    The ‘it’ in the second paragraph refers to London, and the second one in the third refers to the Palme assassination.

    Litveninko should have been recognized, like the other Sovietr spies who prevented it, the surprise Palme murder, from spinning out of control into a nuclear war which, according to authorities like former DCI Admiral William Studeman, the Soviets would have won rather than its agreeing to go out of business peacefully.

    Litveninko’s GRU railway squad discovered the sensor container going across the USSR to see if Moscow mounted a launch of its ICBMs in response to the surprise aka Operation Absorb.

    Coupled with the failure of putting a Lacrosse laser satellite up in the sky on NASA’s Challenger Shuttle, it left the West’s war makers blind and defenseless as they staggered into the allegedly non-nuclear showdown with the Soviets.

    It still. resulted in the murders of about two dozen innocents

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