UK Moves to Block US Senate Report to Protect Blair, Straw and Dearlove

by craig on April 14, 2014 12:04 pm in Uncategorized

From a British diplomatic source I learn that Britain has lobbied the United States against the publication of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture and extraordinary rendition.  The lobbying has been carried out “at all levels” – White House, State Department and CIA.  The British have argued that at the very least the report must be emasculated before publication.

The British argument is that in a number of court cases including the Belhadj case, the British government has successfully blocked legal action by victims on the grounds that this would weaken the US/UK intelligence relationship and thus vitally damage national security, by revealing facts the American intelligence service wish hidden.  [We will leave aside for the moment the utter shame of our servile groveling judges accepting such an argument].  The British Government are now pointing out to the Americans that this argument could be fatally weakened if major detail of the full horror and scope of torture and extraordinary rendition is revealed by the Senate Intelligence Committee.  The argument runs that this could in turn lead to further revelations in the courts and block the major defence against prosecutions of Blair, Straw and Dearlove, among others, potentially unleashing a transatlantic wave of judicial activism.

The unabashed collusion of two torturing security states in concealing the truth of their despicable acts – including complicity in the torture of women and minors – and blocking criminal prosecution of the guilty is a sign of how low public ethics have sunk.  Fortunately there are still a few people in the British Foreign Office disgusted enough to leak it.

 

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  1. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    14 Apr, 2014 - 12:24 pm

    This is not good. Two questions

    1/. you say that the UK has lobbied the White House, State and the CIA. Do you know how receptive they have been to this UK lobbying? Have they in turn put pressure on the Senate Committee?

    2/. If so, are there any first indications of what the Senate Committe is minded to do?

  2. So Cameron and his cohort are attempting to hold the line to protect Blair, Straw and Dearlove. Incredible. In Felicity Arbuthnot’s piece on the previous thread, she reports on meetings between Blair and Cameron. The latter is now being described as ‘Heir to Blair’.

    ~~~

    The trial of Abu Hamza is about to start in New York. Torture is mentioned in this BBC report.

    ‘In fighting against the extradition, his lawyers claimed some of the evidence that could be used against him in the US was obtained using torture.

    They also claimed he could face inhumane treatment, but courts eventually found that his human rights would not be violated.’

    Abu Hamza terror trial set to start in US
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-27015350

    There is little news about Abu Qatada in Jordan.

    Defence team for Abu Qatada asks for delay in terrorism trial
    http://www.albawaba.com/news/abu-qatada-trial–564763

  3. Habbabkuk,

    My understanding is the response was that the Obama administration is of the same view that the report should be blocked or watered down to pointlessness. I don’t eexpect Feinstein to do much except bluster.

  4. Ba'al Zevul (Keep Calm, Dear!)

    14 Apr, 2014 - 12:38 pm

    I hope that Obama will proceed with releasing as much of the report as is possible, and that he will do so in the interests primarily of Americans, as he is paid to. Our lobbying to prevent this is itself clear evidence of our complicity – if we had no part in it there would be no reason whatever to try to influence a foreign government. And cases thrown out on the grounds of security should be retried in the light of any relevant US findings once they become public property.

  5. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    14 Apr, 2014 - 12:39 pm

    Craig,
    Thanks for that. It would be good if Feinstein found a hitherto hidden pair of cojones (or had a pair grafted onto her by her Committee colleagues).
    If the report does get out unexpurgated, it would not be the first time that information unavailable in the UK is dug out via the US (to whom all praise for that).

  6. “The British have argued…”

    If we were still a functioning democracy, then we would all share the blame; but the British people were unaware of what these spiteful little Bureaucrats were up to, in our name.

  7. Rather enigmatically, she seemed to speak some sense here.
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/01/15/feinstein-under-fire-for-israel-comments.html

    whereas last year, she went along with a similar resolution.

    ‘Brooks also pointed out that Feinstein voted for a Senate resolution last year, sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), that contained the exact same language. That resolution passed last May by a vote of 99-0.’

    She is 80.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianne_Feinstein

  8. Ba'al Zevul (Keep Calm, Dear!)

    14 Apr, 2014 - 12:53 pm

    Feinstein’s apparent eagerness to open up the report may have something to do with the CIA hacking the SIC’s computers last year. This from Fox News gives another, albeit rightwing, take on Feinstein –

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/03/20/freedom-for-me-but-not-for-thee-dianne-feinstein-cia-and/

  9. Chilcot – (verb) – To Chilcot – to lightly tickle with a feather duster before taking the participant out for a lovely, boozy dinner.

    How come i’m not even slightly surprised. I guess there may be electoral cycle issues which could allow publication but I doubt it….

  10. The psychology community was less than exemplary in their response. Mitchell and Jessen were professional psychologists hired to generate torture techniques that would not leave marks and would allow euphemisms to be believed. Now everyone is running around like Captain Reynault in Casablanca, “shocked” to hear that torture has occurred

  11. YouKnowMyName

    14 Apr, 2014 - 1:01 pm

    Don’t forget Jack Straw’s convoluted confirmation of the UK’s over-collecting over-influential corrupt Security State
    from Andre Tyrie MP (CON) http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debate/?id=2010-03-18b.1057.0

    : I shall quote the then Foreign Secretary, Mr. Straw, who likened what I and others were suggesting to conspiracy theories. He said:

    “Unless we all start to believe in conspiracy theories and that the officials are lying, that I am lying, that behind this there is some kind of secret state which is in league with some dark forces in the United States…there simply is no truth in the claims that the United Kingdom had been involved in rendition”

    you can see why UKUSA is lobbying hard!

  12. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    14 Apr, 2014 - 1:01 pm

    Yes, what IS going on exactly with the Chilcot inquiry report?

    It may be that that report, when it finally emerges, will be less anodyne than many suspect. There are some FCO mandarins of the older generation who might not be adverse to putting in the boot into the Blair administrations….

  13. I read the Fox story. Interesting I had never hear of British General Warrants before; I can see why the American colonials were annoyed by them. Whilst reading it up popped up an F Type Jag ad with the line “There’s a new British villain in town”.

  14. Seems much too personalized, and too benign about why Britain is lobbying against the release of the report.

    There are assassinations that the UK has to be worried about, like that of GMP Chief Constable Mike Todd who had been completely frustrated in investigating, and the list of individuals would have to be increased to include officials like MI5 Directors, especially Jonathan ‘Bob’ Evans, key officers in the police, and those in GCHQ.

    A proper inquiry calls for more than just picking out a few most disliked ones, as Britain has been up to its ears in the process, and its cover up.

  15. Britain has always used torture, subsequent governments have always covered it up.

    There was one prisoner who had been held by the Gestapo and by the British at the London cage in WWII who said that the British were by far the worse.

  16. Ben-Smoker, joker, red-eyed toker

    14 Apr, 2014 - 3:10 pm

    Mike Rogers, who is retiring from the House, is the mirror-image of Feinstein. He’s got big plans for carving his ideal Security State.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/30/mike-rogers-2016_n_5058537.html

    “”You know, Ronald Reagan back in 1980 — I don’t have to tell you — used his platform as a radio commentator to run for president,” said Wallace. “So is that a consideration for you? Are you prepared at this point to rule out any interest in 2016?”

    “Ronald Reagan used his platform on radio to run for president of the United States? I had no idea, Chris,” replied Rogers with a coy, joking smile.

    After a long pause, Wallace responded, “So what are you saying?”

    “Listen, I’m going to take it where it goes,” said Rogers. “This is a very unique opportunity that I will be able to talk about issues in ways you don’t hear on a national radio platform today, about the importance of national security, foreign policy and all of the issues facing America. … My goal here is to be as engaging as I can and to get listeners’ opinion.”

    Rogers will have a radio show on stations affiliated with Atlanta-based Cumulus Media. His interest in broadcasting dates back to his time in college, when he had a radio show. He has also been a frequent TV guest while in Congress.

    On Sunday, Rogers also criticized “celebrity politicians using issues” in a way that is “detrimental to the national security of the United States,” although he declined to name names.

  17. Ben-Smoker, joker, red-eyed toker

    14 Apr, 2014 - 3:14 pm

    “In 2006, Cumulus acquired control of Susquehanna Radio, with the backing of 3 venture capital firms (Bain Capital Partners LLC, The Blackstone Group and Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P.) for a price of $1.2 Billion.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cumulus_Media

    The usual suspects….

  18. Ben-Smoker, joker, red-eyed toker

    14 Apr, 2014 - 3:16 pm

  19. Ben-Smoker, joker, red-eyed toker

    14 Apr, 2014 - 3:28 pm

  20. Ben-Smoker, joker, red-eyed toker

    14 Apr, 2014 - 3:40 pm

    “Blum’s wife, Senator Dianne Feinstein, has received scrutiny due to her husband’s government contracts and extensive business dealings with China and her past votes on trade issues with the country. Blum has denied any wrongdoing, however.[3] Critics have argued that business contracts with the US government awarded to a company (Perini) controlled by Blum may raise a potential conflict-of-interest issue with the voting and policy activities of his wife.[4] URS Corp, which Blum had a substantial stake in, bought EG&G, a leading provider of technical services and management to the U.S. military, from The Carlyle Group in 2002; EG&G subsequently won a $600m defense contract.[1]

    In 2009 it was reported that Blum’s wife Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to provide $25 billion in taxpayer money to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, a government agency that had recently awarded her husband’s real estate firm, CB Richard Ellis, what the Washington Times called “a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms.”[5]”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_C._Blum

    Blum Capital is associated with CBRE; a Blackstone tentacle.

  21. Ben-Smoker, joker, red-eyed toker

    14 Apr, 2014 - 3:42 pm

    Is the picture becoming clearer?

  22. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    14 Apr, 2014 - 3:50 pm

    Fred

    “There was one prisoner who had been held by the Gestapo and by the British at the London cage in WWII who said that the British were by far the worse.”
    _______________

    After pointing to the fact that not everyone held by the Gestapo was actually tortured (especially before the war, and in Germany itself), I should like to ask Fred to provide more info on the above; for example, who was this prisoner?

    {On a historical note, further info for Fred : after the partition of Poland in 1939, there were exchanges between the NKVD and Gestapo of Communists and /or Jews who had fled from Nazi Germany (who were handed over to the Gestapo) and of refugees from Soviet Russia (who were handed over by the Gestapo). Several, writing after the war (Mrs M.Buber-Neumann was one), claimed that their treatment in Soviet Russia was worse than their treatment by the Gestapo.}

  23. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    14 Apr, 2014 - 3:52 pm

    Ben

    “Is the picture becoming clearer?”
    _________________

    No. For God’s sake make your point clearly and preferably succinctly.

  24. Ben-Smoker, joker, red-eyed toker

    14 Apr, 2014 - 3:53 pm

    You can lead a Jackass to water…….

  25. Ben-Smoker, joker, red-eyed toker

    14 Apr, 2014 - 4:21 pm

  26. Was David Miliband also complicit?

  27. Is the picture becoming clearer?

    Yes Ben and it is all so horribly predictable.

  28. Ben-Smoker, joker, red-eyed toker

    14 Apr, 2014 - 5:07 pm

    Mary; Feinstein is being portrayed as a reformer, but she is jacked-into the same mindset.

    Of course, she was upset that her own ox was gored (her credibility?) and she feigns some precious outrage.

  29. ” block the major defence against prosecutions of Blair, Straw and Dearlove, among others ”

    such as David Cameron and William Hague

  30. doug scorgie

    14 Apr, 2014 - 7:42 pm

    You’ve changed your tune Habbakuk.

    You said it was all a “conspiracy theory”.

  31. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    14 Apr, 2014 - 8:11 pm

    Mr Scorgie

    I don’t recall ever saying anything about the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture, but I might of course be mistaken. Do you have a link/quotation?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Support the GBP, the USD and the CHF, sell reals, rubles and renminbis.

  32. Here’s the point back in 2009 when UK judges weren’t totally convinced by the FCO’s argument that disclosing the UK’s complicity in torture would harm relationships with the US:

    “What made the FCO ratchet up the dispute is the judges’ devastating ruling last month, when they accused Miliband of acting in a way that was harmful to the rule of law by suppressing evidence about what the government knew of the illegal treatment of Mohamed.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/nov/12/torture-foreign-office-miliband-judge

    Miliband has since gone on to take up the role of president and CEO of IRC.

    http://www.spinwatch.org/index.php/issues/more/item/5483-what-is-david-miliband-s-international-rescue-committee

    The CIA has long had an active role in this ngo. Others like NED were deliberately created as CIA front organisations during the period when the CIA was under political pressure over its illegal activities.

    NED was heavily involved in Ukraine, for example, and Putin has moved to close down these US ngos activities in Russia, much as Kennedy wanted the Israeli lobby organisations to register as foreign entities. Never happened after his assassination.

    Sibel Edmonds, in a wide ranging interview on Gladio and its successors, has pointed out that the CIA now prefers to base its foreign staff within such ngos than in more obvious embassy attachment.

    http://wideshut.co.uk/gladio-b-the-origins-of-natos-secret-islamic-terrorist-proxies/

  33. Ben-Smoker, joker, red-eyed toker

    14 Apr, 2014 - 8:35 pm

    Blackstone is a major contributor to IRC, Herbie. Of course, they fund several non-profits.

    http://www.rescue.org/become-corporate-partner

  34. This article explains how clever neocons made torture legal:

    “But soon after Alberto R. Gonzales’s arrival as attorney general in February 2005, the Justice Department issued another opinion, this one in secret. It was a very different document, according to officials briefed on it, an expansive endorsement of the harshest interrogation techniques ever used by the Central Intelligence Agency.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/04/washington/04interrogate.html?pagewanted=all

    Amnesty USA’s take on the matter:

    http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/issues/torture

  35. Back to Miliband D who ran off and found a niche.

    http://www.rescue.org/david-miliband

    David Miliband’s move to the US : A staff of 12,000 and a salary of £300,000 on the aid gravy train
    •Top job at International Rescue Committee charity includes number of perks
    •Complimentary private health care and gold-plated, tax-free pension
    •Likely to be paid five times salary of Labour MP for 37-and-a-half hour week

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2300240/David-Milibands-US–A-staff-12-000-salary-300-000-aid-gravy-train.html

  36. Even The Daily Mail saw through Miliband’s role:

    “But the odds-on favourite to win the leadership contest, former Foreign Secretary David Miliband, is finding it very hard indeed to disentangle himself from the most sordid and shameful aspect of New Labour rule – British involvement in the torture of numerous terror suspects overseas.”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1295158/TORTURE-INQUIRY-Nailed-David-Miliband-6-lies-abuse.html

    They further claimed that the trail led all the way to Blair:

    “Tony Blair was accused of ordering Jack Straw to ‘violate the law’ as the row over Britain colluding in torture took a new twist.

    Previously secret documents exposed their alleged roles in sanctioning British citizens being sent to Guantanamo Bay, where they were abused.

    For the first time, the former Prime Minister’s office is implicated in a series of explosive classified files which Labour ministers battled to suppress but which have been released on the orders of the High Court.”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1294868/TORTURE-INQUIRY-Former-PM-Tony-Blair-sanctioned-abuse-UK-citizens.html

  37. Interesting look at how the torture issue is played out politically in the US:

    “Gordon’s book, like most others, speaks of torture as being largely in the past — even while admitting that it isn’t really. “Bush administration-era policies” are acknowledged to be ongoing, and yet somehow they retain the name “Bush administration-era policies,” and discussion of their possible prosecution in a court of law does not consider the control that the current chief perpetrator has over law enforcement and his obvious preference not to see a predecessor prosecuted for something he’s doing.”

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/torture-is-mainstream-now/5377746

    Seems similar to how the issue plays politically in the UK.

    Here Liberty explain how the UK colludes in torture using secret courts to conceal their complicity:

    “In recent times extraordinary steps have been taken to keep any information about possible UK complicity in torture secret. The previous government sought to use principles of public interest immunity to restrict access to government documents and to suppress parts of a court judgment in the case of Binyam Mohamed which outlined what the UK knew about torture and ill-treatment of detainees in US custody.”

    http://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/human-rights/no-torture/uk-complicity-torture

  38. Brennan First

    14 Apr, 2014 - 9:26 pm

    The transatlantic panic comes from US review by the Human Rights Committee (HRC), which just assessed US compliance with the ICCPR, a binding treaty with which all domestic legislation must be brought into compliance and supreme law of the land equivalent to federal statute. Here’s what the HRC said: “Interpret the Covenant in good faith.”

    Holy shit.

    Then,

    “Accountability for past human rights violations
    5. The Committee is concerned at the limited number of investigations, prosecutions and convictions of members of the Armed Forces and other agents of the U.S. Government, including private contractors, for unlawful killings in its international operations and the use of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment of detainees in U.S. custody, including outside its territory, as part of the so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” program. While welcoming the Presidential Executive Order 13491 of 22 January 2009 terminating the programme of secret detention and interrogation operated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Committee notes with concern that all reported investigations into enforced disappearances, torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment that had been committed in the context of the CIA secret rendition, interrogation and detention programmes were closed in 2012 leading only to a meagre number of criminal charges brought against low-level operatives. The Committee is concerned that many details of the CIA programme remain secret thereby creating barriers to accountability and redress for victims (arts. 2, 6, 7, 9, 10, and 14).

    “The State party should ensure that all cases of unlawful killing, torture or other ill-treatment, unlawful detention, or enforced disappearance are effectively, independently and impartially investigated, that perpetrators, including, in particular, persons in command positions, are prosecuted and sanctioned, and that victims are provided with effective remedies. The responsibility of those who provided legal pretexts for manifestly illegal behavior should also be established. The State party should also consider the full incorporation of the doctrine of ‘command responsibility’ in its criminal law and declassify and make public the report of the Senate Special Committee on Intelligence into the CIA secret detention programme.”

    Article 7, which deals with torture, is a non-derogable right and a peremptory norm to boot. That gives every country in the world a responsibility to stop the US breaches and hold the state and its officials to account.

    And this is only the warmup. The US goes before the Committee Against Torture in November. Then the US response gets tested against the binding requirements for investigation, prosecution, and compensation in the Convention Against Torture. Granted the US and UK have pissed away virtually all their influence, standing, and soft power, but now the whole world is watching them try to squirm out of this commitment: “No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.”

    NATO’s already a mile wide and an inch deep but this could fatally weaken it. As it is, NATO allies in Afghanistan are afraid to hold prisoners at all, they pass them off like hot potatoes to avoid the appearance of refoulement to the US torture state.

    Think Ukraine cannot blow up? The US needs a war to get out of this.

  39. I’m not going to hold my breath for a candid release of information from the Americans. But I do like the idea of both the UK and US being embarrassed for having to hide this information from the people they purport to represent.

  40. Ben-Smoker, joker, red-eyed toker

    14 Apr, 2014 - 9:29 pm

    “The US needs a war to get out of this.”

    All roads lead to Teheran.

  41. Brennan First

    14 Apr, 2014 - 9:40 pm

    @ben hell, the US has got nothing to lose from aggression at this point. The Special Rapporteur on Counter-terrorism and Human Rights stated that US policy authorities are promulgated with the intent of “practically shielding from criminal and disciplinary responsibility all those involved in what appears to be a joint enterprise leading to widespread and systematic violations of Article 7.” That is, a serious crime of concern to the international community. Specifically, a crime against humanity. Universal jurisdiction, no statute of limitations. No impunity for heads of state.

  42. Blair’s had no major honour yet, which is usually given to senior politicians when they boost the military-industrial capacity to kill lots of foreigners.
    His brand is toxic. So why is he being protected? Maybe he’ll tell tales out of school if he gets collared. I wonder if he’ll fall ill quite soon like Cook and Kelly…

  43. Ben-Smoker, joker, red-eyed toker

    14 Apr, 2014 - 9:58 pm

    “His brand is toxic. So why is he being protected?”

    Can you imagine the length and breadth if he gets squeezed and starts talking?

    Blair likes to travel without fears about his chances of arriving safely. He’s being protected because so many need protection.

  44. Ben-Smoker, joker, red-eyed toker

    14 Apr, 2014 - 10:00 pm

    Mike; sorry that comment left off your name.

  45. Toxic Tony.

    And that’s just what his friends say.

    Yeah. I’ve long thought they’ll be looking for a scapegoat:

    “Tony Blair: from New Labour hero to political embarrassment

    Friend of the Murdochs, adviser to authoritarian regimes and associate of the super-rich – the former prime minister’s reputation is on a downward spiral. And each new revelation manages to be more jaw-dropping than the last”

    “It would be hard for him to move into working for more liberal international institutions,” says a former ally, “because he’s toxic.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/feb/26/tony-blair-new-labour-hero-political-embarrassment-murdoch

    Puts Zoe Williams hagiographic article, the subject of the previous thread, in new light. He must now be desperate for any positive media he can get. Pity it wasn’t well received.

  46. Thanks Craig.

    On public ethics. Humans are supposed to work and co-operate. As Craig shows
    we are not so far away from deciphering our true being although the diversionary tactics employed by the status quo disable us to become the image of man?

  47. “So why is he being protected? ”

    It’s traditional, politicians always protect their predecessors. It means they themselves can do what they want, legal or illegal, and there won’t be any comeback.

  48. @Fred: And they call it Democracy?

  49. “And they call it Democracy?”

    Yes. In dictatorships ex heads of government tend to be hung from lamp posts or rodgered with bit of stick or something.

    Both systems have their merits.

  50. Craig,

    MAJOR respect for this post…holy hell you’ve got balls of steel for daring to push this post.

    One of the most important posts in the history of this blog-which is saying something indeed Craig.

    How much longer can the architects of this global institutionalised torture,gang-stalking,MK-Ultra programme hide?

    Thank you so much for this brave,vital and defining post Craig.

    Deep respect.

  51. Allow me also,Craig,to add my deepest respect for those extremely brave,principled and moral souls in the British FO who’ve leaked this vital info.

    I’m usually no fan of the Establishment but this act of bravery and principle shines so much positive decent humane light on the last decade or so of weak cowardly reptiles lies.

    Thank you all.

  52. There is no mention of Craig’s work here (I second Jives above) or any mention of Blair’s involvement with torture in the comments sections on these rather feeble Guardian articles.

    Don’t be nostalgic about Tony Blair. His effect on Britain and beyond was toxic
    The Iraq war is rightly seen as a defining low point in Blair’s career, but the damage he did does not stop there
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/14/blairism-britain-iraq-war-tony-blair
    Chris Nineham STWC 14 April 2014

    Publish Chilcot report on Iraq war now, says Nick Clegg
    Deputy PM appears to suggest that those likely to face criticism in inquiry’s conclusions are partly to blame for delay
    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/apr/14/publish-chilcot-report-iraq-war-nick-clegg
    Rowena Mason, political correspondent Monday 14 April 2014

    not forgetting the Zoe Williams’ whitewash.

    ~~~

    Clegg’s piece is risible. I am sure that when he roars, the powers-that-be roll over.

    PS The Guardian US and Washington Post have been awarded the Pulitzer prize for ‘public service’. http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2014-Public-Service

    Edward Snowden refers to a ‘free press’ in this piece.
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/14/edward-snowden-pulitzer-statement-prize-guardian-washington-post

    So free I suppose that the Guardian give Blair houseroom.

    Articles by him http://www.theguardian.com/profile/tonyblair
    and articles that discuss him or refer to him by the thousand.

  53. It is perfectly predictable, if power answers to no-one it will happily become absolutely corrupt.

    I ask sincerely and apparently naively: What UK law, or lack of it, allows intelligence /diplomatic sensitivity to essentially trump the rule of law?

    The politicians are supposed not to be above the law but “there is nothing to see”? when the intelligence agencies are routinely above serious, despised by all British, crimes?

  54. Ba'al ZZevul (Follow The Money)

    15 Apr, 2014 - 8:22 am

    Blair’s had no major honour yet…

    The most plausible reason for not taking his simpering mug to the Lords is perhaps that he would have to make a checkable disclosure of his finances. Which, as his duplicate parallel networks of income-hiding companies indicate, would not be convenient.

    Significant, in that case, that Blair’s dealings are even dodgier than those of his mucilaginous chum, “Lord” Mandelson, whose shining trail across the decks of numerous luxury yachts is more clearly visible.

  55. Ba'al Zevul (Follow The Money)

    15 Apr, 2014 - 8:24 am

    What UK law, or lack of it, allows intelligence /diplomatic sensitivity to essentially trump the rule of law?

    The Official Secrets Act.

  56. I imagine that the Senate Intelligence Report will be leaked by some “Ed Snowdon II” and so the truth will be made known in the long term anyway :)

  57. Ba'al Zevul (Follow The Money)

    15 Apr, 2014 - 8:41 am

    What UK law, or lack of it, allows intelligence /diplomatic sensitivity to essentially trump the rule of law? (2)

    The Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005

    The Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Act 2011.

    The Justice and Security Act 2013

    http://www.opendemocracy.net/opensecurity/rod-jones/%E2%80%98enemies-within%E2%80%99-justice-and-security-act-2013

    I particularly recommend the last section of this piece: “The Ghost of Carl Schmitt”, as it underlines the legislative convergence between the UK and a fascist state.

  58. Sofia Kibo Noh

    15 Apr, 2014 - 9:02 am

  59. “Blair’s had no major honour yet…”

    George’s Day is coming soon, he could well get his reward for services to the establishment yet, I believe the sad demise of Mrs Thatcher created a vacancy.

  60. Sincerely hope you are wrong there Fred.

    Lord Blair of ……….? Can someone photoshop him in the ermine and suggest a place name for his title. Wouldn’t Cherie love to sit listening in her finery to the Queen’s Speech etc!

  61. Ba'al Zevul (Follow The Money)

    15 Apr, 2014 - 9:42 am

    Chilcott – 2015 (and counting). Even Clegg thinks this is a bit much, while Tony can’t wait to see it published. He still thinks Iraq wasn’t a miserable and expensive, bloody disaster. Just put your arms in here, Tony, and we’ll soon have you comfy in this special coat. Now the tranquilliser, Nurse…

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tony-blair-strikes-back-at-nick-clegg-over-chilcot-report-into-iraq-war-9259866.html

  62. @Ba’al Zevul (Follow The Money)
    15 Apr, 2014 – 8:41 am

    Thank you, it seems like the Justice and Security Act 2013 is the death knell of fairness and morality in the British judicial system.
    I just read it, a chilling Act of power grabbing Fascism.

    Dude, Where’s my country?

  63. Ba'al Zevul (Follow The Money)

    15 Apr, 2014 - 11:57 am

    Just for light relief –

    http://www.worthytoshare.net/theres-island-happy-pigs-swim-around-every-bit-awesome-sounds#

    (it gets a little Orwellian halfway through ;-))

  64. Ba'al Zevul (Follow The Money)

    15 Apr, 2014 - 11:59 am

  65. These two outfits can see the £ signs. Any connection between BLiar and the bidders?

    Abu Dhabi Fund And CVC In £1.5bn Spire Race
    The vast Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund enters the race to buy one of the UK’s biggest private hospital groups, Sky News learns.
    http://news.sky.com/story/1242920/abu-dhabi-fund-and-cvc-in-1-5bn-spire-race

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CVC_Capital_Partners

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Dhabi_Investment_Authority

  66. You have to laugh. MI5 getting suddenly caught short?

    Russian Intelligence Analysts
    Ref:RV Russian Apr 14
    Location:London
    Salary:£30,000 including language allowance
    Closing date:12 May 2014

    The deeper you go into a language the more you uncover.

    A conversation turns from sport, to the economy, to politics. And you’re there not just to translate it, not just to interpret it; you’re there to add a depth of understanding that enables us to make the right choices to help safeguard national security.

    As a Russian intelligence analyst at MI5, you’ll be a core member of the investigative team. Your work will involve translating a wide variety of challenging audio and textual material from Russian into English. You’ll listen to Russian language telephone calls and work with written documents intercepted under warrant, and your translations and analysis will feed directly into the team’s investigations. Your excellent Russian language comprehension will enable us to make the right choices to help safeguard national security.

    This role will stretch you like no other and you’ll develop not only your Russian language but also a range of other workplace skills in a supportive environment that is both friendly and informal. Every day you’ll be exposed to new subtleties and nuances in the Russian language, new terminology, new political, cultural and social differences.

    Using your specialist Russian language skills and your knowledge of Russia’s cultural affairs, history, politics, ideology and economy, you will add real understanding to the intelligence that has been gathered and deliver clear analysis in a variety of ways. Your work will enable us to take a well-informed view of potential threats to national security, including terrorism and espionage.

    As your experience grows and following relevant training and development you should have the opportunity to become more directly involved in investigations, working closely with colleagues from across the wider UK intelligence community and presenting on your work to other departments or agencies.

    Your linguistic skills and cultural awareness will be invaluable as you’ll be asked to contribute to team discussions on how to progress investigations. You also may be involved in providing interpreting support for agent meetings or assisting with delivering realistic training for our agent runners, all of which will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of what is fascinating work.

    […& cetera]

  67. RIP Michael C. Ruppert

    http://www.vice.com/vice-special/apocalypse-man-part-1

    A great friend has passed over – sadly missed

  68. Indeed Mark, I remember the impact that accidently stumbling on Collapse had on me; RIP Michael C. Ruppert

    A very important Blog post here, Craig doing what he does best, providing an insider’s insight, thank you.

  69. Mary 15 Apr, 2014 – 9:29 am

    “Lord Blair of ……….? Can someone photoshop him in the ermine and suggest a place name for his title. Wouldn’t Cherie love to sit listening in her finery to the Queen’s Speech etc!”

    Sorry hurried job, anyone got a better title?

    http://ubuntuone.com/6qED4cfag4PjquMEJGd05l

    Going out now, back tomorrow.

  70. A Node; “Sorry hurried job, anyone got a better title?”

    Well Robert Fisk always referred to him as “Lord Blair of Kut al-Amara”, but now thinks that “Lord Blair of Isfahan” may be more appropiate;

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-blair-should-take-responsibility-for-iraq-but-he-wont-he-cant-2069231.html

  71. Ba'al Zevul (Follow The Money)

    15 Apr, 2014 - 2:40 pm

    More correctly, Lord Mandelbrot (chaotic name, chaotic guy!) is officially styled thus: The right hon. the Baron Mandelson of Foy in the county of Herefordshire and Hartlepool in the county of Durham

    Blair will need to trump the dual-residence thing and might add a couple of foreign plaguespots to his pedigree…so…

    The right hon. the Baron Blair (KCBS, etc – insert idiotic orders at random) of Sedgefield in the county of Durham, Almaty in the country of Kazakhstan and Baghdad in the country of Iraq?

    Kigali’s a contender, too…
    http://www.inyenyerinews.org/politiki/the-untold-stories-the-former-uk-prime-minister-tony-blair-and-the-international-community-is-betraying-rwanda-and-rwandans/

  72. Sofia Kibo Noh

    15 Apr, 2014 - 2:45 pm

    Winkletoe. 12 23pm

    Beat the gridlock and get to MI5 early as thousands, eager for the colossal £30,000 salary* are expected to clog the streets, desperate to get into the interviews.

    “…A conversation turns from sport, to the economy, to politics. And you’re there not just to translate it, not just to interpret it; you’re there to add a depth of understanding that enables us to make the right choices to help safeguard national security…”

    Once you have the job, and when you have listened in on you targets for a few days and can’t bear to hear another word about Lokomotiv Moscow you can get the fecker droned.
    In a few months time you can join the drone pilot in therapy.

    http://www.swords-to-plowshares.org/2013/02/25/drone-pilots-are-found-to-get-stress-disorders-like-combat/

    I bet you’ll be able to find the kidnappers and torturers in there too.

    *including language allowance!!!

  73. Ba'al Zevul (Follow The Money)

    15 Apr, 2014 - 2:50 pm

    eager for the colossal £30,000 salary*

    Was wondering about that, too. And the cost of commuting to the nearest affordable housing, in Handsworth, maybe. The language allowance will be for fluency in Brum.

  74. Thanks A Node for that and for the name suggestions. Excellent.

    These are some ‘news’ items for Mandelslime.

    Britain can cut gas prices by working with Europe, says Mandelson
    Telegraph.co.uk-1 Apr 2014
    “We pay more because Russia and Gazprom play divide and rule,” Lord Mandelson told the British Chambers of Commerce annual conference …

    Peter Mandelson Says UK Would Be ‘Stark Staring Bonkers’ To …
    Huffington Post UK-1 Apr 2014

    Lord Mandelson: Britain ‘bonkers’ to leave European Union
    Whittier Daily News-1 Apr 2014
    Explore in depth (43 more articles)

    Peter Mandelson refuses to defend links to Russian defence firm
    Telegraph.co.uk-4 Apr 2014
    Lord Mandelson, the former Labour business secretary, faces calls to surrender his directorship at Sistema, a large Russian conglomerate…

    ‘Lord Mandelson is not the marrying kind’
    Telegraph.co.uk-3 Apr 2014
    After more than 15 years together as a couple in all but name, Lord Mandelson may not be walking down the aisle with Reinaldo da Silva any …

  75. Ba'al Zevul (Follow The Money)

    15 Apr, 2014 - 2:54 pm

    And did you see this?

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/14/cia-drones-pakistan-us-air-force-documentary

    I really think the CIA should do its own murdering, preferably face to face against superior odds.

  76. Sofia Kibo Noh

    15 Apr, 2014 - 3:09 pm

    Drones: Legitimate Quesfbijdsfbz!

  77. Not sure if this has been posted. Is so, apologies.

    Retaliation from BLiar. Still gunning for war though.

    Tony Blair strikes back at Nick Clegg over Chilcot report into Iraq war
    Former Labour Prime Minister also took a swipe at the Coalition’s ‘inaction’ over the three-year-long civil war in Syria
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tony-blair-strikes-back-at-nick-clegg-over-chilcot-report-into-iraq-war-9259866.html

  78. Ben-Smoker, joker, red-eyed toker

    15 Apr, 2014 - 3:20 pm

    “still gunning for war’

    Yes, Mary. Clegg even said Iraq may have been the worst move since the Suez Canal. The MO doesn’t change.

    (trip down memory lane)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suez_Crisis

    “The attack followed the President of Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasser’s decision of 26 July 1956 to nationalize the Suez Canal, after the withdrawal of an offer by Britain and the United States to fund the building of the Aswan Dam, which was in response to Egypt’s new ties with the Soviet Union and recognizing the People’s Republic of China during the height of tensions between China and Taiwan.[16] The aims of the attack were primarily to regain Western control of the canal and to remove Nasser from power,[17] and the crisis highlighted the danger that Arab nationalism posed to Western access to Middle East oil.[18]

    Less than a day after Israel invaded Egypt, Britain and France issued a joint ultimatum to Egypt and Israel, and then began to bomb Cairo. Despite the denials of the Israeli, British, and French governments, allegations began to emerge that the invasion of Egypt had been planned beforehand by the three powers.[19] Anglo-French forces withdrew before the end of the year, but Israeli forces remained until March 1957, prolonging the crisis. In April, the canal was fully reopened to shipping, but other repercussions followed.”

  79. Ben-Smoker, joker, red-eyed toker

    15 Apr, 2014 - 3:32 pm

    A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  80. Ben-Smoker, joker, red-eyed toker

    15 Apr, 2014 - 3:37 pm

    “True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.”

    ― Kurt Vonnegut

    Sofia; thax for intro to Prose before Hos. :)

  81. Ben-Smoker, joker, red-eyed toker

    15 Apr, 2014 - 3:43 pm

    “Each Javelin round costs $80,000, and the idea that it’s fired by a guy who doesn’t make that in a year at a guy who doesn’t make that in a lifetime is somehow so outrageous it almost makes the war seem winnable.”

    ― Sebastian Junger, War

  82. “Lord Blair of ……….?”

    I was referring to being made a Knight of the Garter Mary, I don’t think you need to be a Lord to qualify though many of them are.

  83. Well Fred he would have had one of your thistles if he hadn’t blabbed so much according to the D Express.

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/197595/Queen-s-snub-to-Tony-Blair-by-withholding-honour

    The honours system all archaic and nonsensical of course when you see some of those who have received them.

  84. ” …if major detail of the full horror and scope of torture and extraordinary rendition is revealed …”

    The US and UK have succeeded in limiting the discussion of torture to what they may have directly instructed others, such as Assad and Mubarak, to do. Craig has long campaigned against the additional creation of a market for evidence from torture by those dictators. But the discussion surely needs to move on to the message coveyed to the dictators of the entire world if UK and US leaders sponsor torture.

    Until Obama, Cameron, Bush, Blair and their accomplices stand trial I can’t see how the rest of the world’s crackpot rulers could see it to their advantage to stop it. Come on Dave, let’s wire you up first, and Barack, try this Klu Klux Klan style hood for us please.

    The reason why Syria won’t move forward is because Muslims have united with torturers against torturers. You can’t pass heat from a cooler to a hotter and you can’t win a jihad from the moral low ground.

  85. This comment is in the Medialens thread about Mike Ruppert’s suicide.

    ‘Devastated to hear the news

    Posted by Sherwoodian on April 15, 2014, 4:52 pm, in reply to “A good brave! Go well bro. NOM”

    Ruppert was a warrior to the last, RIP brave soul.

    I can´t help worrying for the safety of the other brave warriors, very few in number, Galloway, Craig Murray, Keiser, Ron Paul, PC Roberts, et al.

    We are approaching the end game and the empire will stop at nothing to win.

    I´m not saying that Ruppert was killed, but that he was put under enormous pressure. Jesse Ventura, another warrior has “gone underground” with his broadcasts for the same reason.’

    http://members5.boardhost.com/medialens/thread/1397550255.html

    He was obviously well liked and loved.
    http://www.collapsenet.com/free-resources/collapsenet-public-access/news-alerts/item/12454-collapsenets-founder-michael-c-ruppert-has-committed-suicide

    The war criminals walk free and breathe fresh air.

  86. Ben-Smoker, joker, red-eyed toker

    15 Apr, 2014 - 7:49 pm

    Mary; MR was an LAPD narcotics officer. He didn’t have psychological problems.

    http://www.fromthewilderness.com/mcr_lapd.shtml


    At the time of my resignation from the L.A. Police Department I had been certified for promotion to Detective, had no pending disciplinary actions, and was earning the highest rating reports possible. The records speak for themselves.

    Have I ever seen a psychiatrist? Absolutely. In 1977, after I had discovered the CIA bringing drugs into New Orleans, detectives from LAPD’s Organized Crime Intelligence Division, who I knew had CIA connections, began suggesting to me that I hadn’t seen what I had seen and that perhaps I was hallucinating. They began suggesting that I go see a psychiatrist of their choosing for “help.”

    Instead, I went to my own psychiatrist. His statement is included for your review. Having been betrayed by my fiancée and also by members of my own department, I do not need to justify a statement that this was a stressful period of my life. I had been threatened, burglarized, followed and shot at for months. If that isn’t stressful, then what is? I make no apologies for it and feel no shame. No one who seeks therapy or guidance should ever feel shame. My “injury” was ruled as being “Duty Related” or IOD. Never once was I placed on restricted duty.”

  87. Everything about this brilliant post rings true. In fact, the anti-Blair faction inside the FCO tried to get damning papers against Blair released during 2010…they hated Moral Tone because he’d ignored them nonstop for seven years.
    The papers were never leaked – MI6 made sufficient nasty threats to ensure this.
    At the time, my FCO source said “It will all come out in Congress in time”. So much for that.
    There is something about Blair and Black Jack Straw I find depressingly disturbing every time I watch them in action…but Hague has continued the nose/bum position without missing a beat. One wonders why…

  88. Michael Ruppert’s last radio show from Sunday night http://prn.fm/lifeboat-hour-carolyn-bakerfor-mimi-german-041314/

  89. RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s king has appointed a new intelligence chief, Youssef al-Idrisi, replacing Bandar bin Sultan in the key post, which oversees the kingdom’s support for Syrian rebels.

    The Saudi Press Agency carried the royal decree Tuesday saying Bandar had requested to be relieved of the post. Al-Idrisi was Bandar’s deputy.

    The news comes after security officials told The Associated Press that 65-year-old Bandar was returning to the kingdom after around two months abroad for surgery on his shoulder.

    Bandar’s responsibilities as head of intelligence included executing Saudi policy in the Levant, including policies toward Syrian rebels seeking to oust President Bashar Assad.

    Bandar was ambassador to the U.S. for 22 years before becoming director general of Saudi Intelligence Agency in July 2012.

  90. Ben-Smoker, joker, red-eyed toker

    15 Apr, 2014 - 9:40 pm

    Bandar, no doubt has a rotator-cuff issue from pitching for the Yankees. :)

  91. @Ben

    Wasn’t it midnight toker?

  92. Ben-Smoker, joker, red-eyed toker

    15 Apr, 2014 - 11:01 pm

    Yeah, Fred, but Hab made an issue of my intemperance. Time to revise the add-on. My swordfight with him is past, thank the Gawds.

  93. Baal 8.22 – “mucilaginous” what a wonderful word – goes with oleaginous a treat. Pome now complete. Patience Strong – eat your heart out!

    Thanks for all the digging and prodding; power to your elbow.

  94. Brilliant article Craig.

    Of course, the situation today is even worse with British citizenship being removed in private and the US then told they are free to drone or render the victim.

  95. Ben-Smoker, joker, red-eyed toker

    16 Apr, 2014 - 12:12 am

  96. What are we to make of the revelation Neil Kinnock had been in the pocket of and owned fully by the US/CIA since 1970 -so that’s Labour institutionally fucked, with the Tories it seems just as likely a voluntary submission, swearing fealty would be all it would take; the SDP-Liberal-Dem lot are actual US/CIA creations, with UKIP revising that trojan role to spearhead a further pro-US rightward lurch in this new century of American shame.

    “The British argument is that in a number of court cases including the Belhadj case, the British government has successfully blocked legal action by victims on the grounds that this would weaken the US/UK intelligence relationship and thus vitally damage national security, by revealing facts the American intelligence service wish hidden.”

    The claim that “that a large part of the case should not be heard for fear of damaging relations with the USA” sounds similar to the weaselly arguments David Miliband made in court in another case where he claimed the US had threatened to reduce or end intelligence co-operation with the UK. Frankly that would be no bad thing and a desperate bluff that should have been called. Unravelling the 75 year long post-ww2 entanglement of our interests with those of the US, all done without any popular mandate approving such fusion and confusion in peacetime, in effect subjugating our interests to those of fickle US delusions and whims, is long overdue and that threat, unexpected indeed from a ‘friend’ or even partner, bluff or not, should have been grasped, it would have been far more damaging to the US in cementing its utter friendless isolation, and by now our again independent capabilities would have been commensurate with any realistic need.

    We don’t need no stinking US approval to try Blair or Straw domestically, nor for that matter Cameron/Hague, and of course the culpable head-of-state, throughout these orgies of depravity and bloodshed, is the one who calls herself Queen. You have to follow this through to its logical and just conclusion, as well as prevent any recurrence.

    I recommend too, the voluntary dismemberment and ‘pastoralisation’ of the United States.

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