Sunday, December 14, 2008

Time to stand up and be counted - help Craig Murray

Some of you may know I'm a big fan of Craig Murray, the ex British ambassador to Uzbekistan. I wrote about him recently here.

For those who don't know who Craig Murray is, here is a brief précis:

Murray worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) from 1984 - 2002. He had a lot of overseas appointments in that time, however the most important was his assignment to Uzbekistan in 2002. It was during this time he not only got over his head in local politics (taking principled stands on local issues that was quite uncharacteristic for an international ambassador, especially one cut from the phlegmatic British cloth), he also began communicating to Her Majesty's government that British ties with Uzbekistan were the height of hypocrisy, especially once the 'War on Terror' had begun in earnest.

The Uzbeki regime is - and was - fundamentally corrupt. In one case that Murray was responsible for exposing, a political dissident was boiled alive by the government of the day. Notions of fighting for civil liberties, "democracy" and against terrorism were absolutely laughable when one considers that Uzbekistan was - and remains to this day - a supposed key ally. Murry revealed the extent of this double standard, as well as cases of FCO negligence, incompetence and corruption.

Murray was harrassed and threatened by the FCO, eventually being forced out of his job in 2004. He has been a thorn in the side of Her Majesty's government ever since.

And now he's asking for your help.

Politically I don't see completely eye to eye with Murray. However, I simply cannot fault his principled opposition to Her Majesty's government and her cronies in corruption and lies. He's also a man after my own heart in that he believes in a 'warts and all' philosophy: Murray is more than open about his failings and weaknesses, some of which I share myself (a definite weakness for women for one....). It's precisely the kind of thing that makes me trust the man, and relate to him, all the more.

Murray never gave up his ongoing exposure of intransigence, hypocrisy and outright corruption of Her Majesty's government, and the regimes with whom she does business. He has recently been working on a new book, "The Catholic Orangemen of Togo". In this forthcoming piece, he continues his exposures, relating various experiences he had while working for the FCO. Amongst other things, he reveals new information on our old friend, mercenary Tim Spicer and the activities of his mercenaries. Spicer and co, like another beacon of virtue shielded by Her Majesty's government - Alisher Usmanov - is a fan of applying the rich man's libel. In other words, he has more money than you, so he has the privilege of free speech, however you do not.

English libel law (and "libel tourism") is regarded by many in the U.S. as a fundamental threat to freedom. And Murray is being threatened, again, by rich man's lawyers, schillings over publishing a book recounting his own experiences.

Murray is asking everyone who wants to help to do something simple. And it takes very little effort. Just a little courage:

He is going to release his new book as a PDF file. He is asking everyone who wants to stand up and be counted to host a copy of this book on their website. If you don't have a website, or don't know how to upload files, then you can still help - just link to one (preferably more than one) of the websites who will be hosting the file.

I will be hosting it myself, though I won't have the file until Craig sends it to me. I already have a directory on my website - which is publicly viewable - dedicated to Craig Murray files and it already hosts a number of the "libellous" accusations. You can find it here. It would be much more useful if linkers linked directly to the file when it is available, rather than the above directory, so I'm going to give you the name of the URL now (it won't work yet, but check back in a few days, hopefully it will be live by then with the actual file):

Other people will be hosting the file and I'll post updates as soon as I have the URLs. It is important to link to more than copy of the file if you can, as we're liable to get taken out by schillings et al. one by one, though if there are enough of us they will fail.

If you are interested in hosting the file, contact Craig on this email address:

Let's get the bastards.

Speaking of bastards, it's easy to let them grind you down, so here's a touch of humour, where David Rees explains the situation in cartoons much better than I could in words:

You can find more here, here, here and a good one on another Caspian Sea "friend", Azerbaijan, here.

Friday, December 05, 2008

The week of WTF?

What a strange week.

DNA ruling
Let's start with some good news for a change though. In the case of two men from Sheffield (yay!), the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the Police will have to wipe the DNA details of nearly one million innocent people from their database. No more keeping people's DNA 'just in case', without probable cause....

But wait, what's this? The government response (from Jackboots):

"The Government mounted a robust defence before the Court and I strongly believe DNA and fingerprints play an invaluable role in fighting crime and bringing people to justice.

"The existing law will remain in place while we carefully consider the judgement."

So basically the government will ignore the ruling. NEXT......

Government spunktaps

Well they might as well be. It looks like the government is considering the "nuclear option" of printing more money. Because we didn't see that one coming.... >:-/

For those of us for whom debt is more of an issue than savings (and pensions), then the combination of inflation and low interest rates is actually a good thing, (though if you're a victim of the stagflation (inflation + recession) it isn't going to make a blind bit of difference without a fucking job. And any benefits accruing from having a job and being a debtor in this scenario assume at least a half-hearted attempt by your employers to keep your wages up with inflation.

And for those people I said to a year ago that we were going to go into stagflation and you didn't believe me: Here's another big fucking reason to suppose the government really doesn't have a clue and is criminally negligent and you shouldn't have been listening to them (and their client lackey media). (The other alternative, that they're making consciously planned decisions here is too horrible for most people to contemplate, so I'll leave that one and come back to it in another 5-10 years, with a suitable amount of schadenfreude attached).

Meanwhile, in new legislative changes it looks like the government might actually be planning to hide the spunktaps from us. In other words, we won't have a clue when they're printing more money. This is going to make predicting the direction of the economy nigh on impossible. The bastards.

The Americans were way ahead of us on this one - on 10 November 2005 the Federal Reserve announced that as of 23 March 2006, it would cease publication of M3. 'M3' is the main measure economists use to estimate the total money in circulation. UTTER UTTER BASTARDS. At least in the case of Old Blighty's "government" (stifle that laughter at the back, yes you!), hiding the fucking money supply is a reactive measure. It looks like someone at the Fed was being pro-active and had notions that something might be in the offing.....surely not?

It's not just the "nuclear option". It's also known as the "Mugabe option". Some of us call the part of government ZauLab for a damn good reason. In fact, just recently the actions of the U.S. and U.K. governments regarding their banking industry have been praised by none other than the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. Hahahahahahahahaha....oh.


....UK government in "proactive" shocker!

Yes of course, I'm referring to the arrest of Damian Green MP. It still remains very murky exactly what he is supposed to have done (other than "groomed" a source inside the Home Office to leak documents to him). The chap responsible is one Chris Galley. And for some reason I cannot fathom - he is being held in a safe house (by the Home Office!) for protection. Protection from whom????!!!

And what crucial information vital to national security did he leak?

From BBC revision number 3:

* The November 2007 revelation that the home secretary knew the Security Industry Authority had granted licences to 5,000 illegal workers, but decided not to publicise it.
* The February 2008 news that an illegal immigrant had been employed as a cleaner in the House of Commons.
* A whips' list of potential Labour rebels in the vote on plans to increase the pre-charge terror detention limit to 42 days.
* A letter from the home secretary warning that a recession could lead to a rise in crime.

* the news that an illegal immigrant had been employed as a Commons cleaner and
* a letter from the home secretary warning that a recession could lead to a rise in crime.

The resolution of this situation centres around whether or not Green and Galley can legitimately claim that the above were in the 'public interest' to leak. Let's take one that's close to my heart: The 5000 illegal SIA badges. The Home Office since admitted that this could be up to 11,000 illegal immigrants with SIA badges. YIKES! This is nothing short of an insult to all the legitimate people who's lives in security work have been adversely affected, even ruined by the SIA. An organisation which is about as useful as a one legged man in an arse-kicking contest - and about as pointless too.

In this age of paranoia regarding terrorism, where we're supposed to queue up to get our fingerprints, DNA, phone records and internet browsing habits onto an almighty government database in order to "combat terrorism", Her Majesty's government allows up to 11,000 people in through the back door to claim their SIA badges. It's beyond satire and I can't find enough expletives to express how angry it makes me.

The long and the short of it though is that it is pretty fucking clearly in the public interest to know this.

Now, Dr Richard North thinks we're all getting our knickers in a twist over this one. He thinks that politicians shouldn't be above the law and that we're missing the point. (If you want to see this put in a very snide, ZanuLab fashion, check out the MP for Mogadishu East, Kerry McCarthy's thoughts).

Au contraire Dr. North. The point is that, indeed, MPs shouldn't be above the law, however it is manifestly clear that some of them are and some of them are not. For example, apparently it is ok for the Serious Fraud Office to have it's investigation scotched. You know - that investigation into corruption between Saudi Arabia and British Aerospace, involving not a few UK public officials. It got so close to home it was stopped in a manner resembling a presidential decree. And it is, sadly, only one example amongst many others.

The arrest of Green looks very much like a political arrest. It isn't a matter of right or wrong, of legality or illegality. No. It is about which political interests are at stake. And when a senior member of the opposition party is arrested on this basis, when so many more serious violations have been perpetrated by the party in power, and they have come away unscathed, then my friends, that is very fucking serious indeed.