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    Monday, August 28, 2006

    New York Times interferes in UK criminal case against terrorists deliberately

    Today is a Public Holiday in the UK. An ideal day for the UK Gubment to allow a "leak" that "emerged" in discussions with "high ranking British, European and American officials last week" by Don Van Natta Jr. Elaine Sciolino and Stephen Grey of the New York Times Pages A 1 / A 8 in pole position in the top left front page. Thus continuing the dishonourable method of subverting the UK court proceedings against alleged conspiracy for murder, bombing aircraft etc.,

    The blatancy of this attempt is made even more apparent by the boxed warning on Page A8. See pic above.

    So those "high ranking British, European and American officials last week" knew exactly what they were doing. They also knew that by releasing information to the Press that they had gained from their employment without approval was a breach of the criminal law, their employment terms and conditions and would also prejudice the trial proceedings of the defendents currently charged.

    As such they should be investigated and charged under disciplinary rules and by the courts for subverting the course of justice in a criminal case.

    But they won't be.

    Here is the story. Please have patience, Lord Patel whilst travelling does not have access to a scanner and is a crap typist. Also for some peculiar reason Blogger is playing silly buggars today.

    In Tapes, Receipts and Diary, Details of British Inquiry Into suspected Terror Plot
    Martydom Motive and 'Bomb Factory' Cited

    This article was reported and written by Don Van Natta Jr.,Elaine Sciolino and Stephen Grey. (Extra reporting for this article was contributed by William J Broad from New York, Carlotta Gail from Pakistan, David Johnston and Mark Mazzetti from Washington.)

    LONDON, Aug. 27 - On Aug. 9, in a small second-floor apartment in East London, two young Muslim Inen recorded a video justifying what the police say was their suicide plot to blow up trans-Atlantic planes: revenge against the United States and its "accomplices," Britain and the Jews.

    "As you bomb, you will be bombed; as you kill, you will be killed," said one of the men on a "martyrdom" videotape, whose contents were described by a senior British official and a person briefed about the case. The young man added that he hoped God would be "pleased with us and accepts our deed."

    As it happened, the police had been monitoring the apartment with hidden video and audio equipment. Not long after the tape was recorded that day. Scotland Yard decided to shut down what they suspected was a terrorist cell. That action set off a chain of events that raised the terror threat levels in Britain and the United States, barred passengers from taking liquids on airplanes and plunged air traffic into chaos around the world.

    The ominous language of seven recovered martyrdom videotapes is among new details that emerged from interviews with high-ranking British, European and American officiais last week, demonstrating that the suspects had made considerable progress toward planning a terrorist attack. Those details include fresh evidence from Britain's most wideranging terror investigation: receipts for cash transfers from abroad, a handwritten diary that appears to sketch out elements of a plot, and, on martyrdom tapes, several suspects' statements of their motives.

    But at the same time, five senior British officials said, the suspects were not prepared to strike immediately. Instead, the reactions of Britain and the United States in the wa.l{e of the arrests of 21 people on Aug. 10 were driven less by information I about a specific, imminent attack than fear that other, unknown terrorists might strike.

    The suspects had been working for months out of an apartment that investigators called the "bomb factory," where the police watched as the suspects experimented with chemicals, according to British officials and others briefed on the evidence, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity, citing British rules on confidentiality regarding criminal prosecutions.

    In searches during raids, the police discovered what they said were the necessary components to make a highly volatile liquid explosive known as HMTD, jihadist materials, receipts of Western Union money transfers, seven martyrdom videos made by six suspects and the last will and testament of a would-be bomber, senior British officials said.

    One of the suspects said on his martyrdom video that the "war against Muslims" in Iraq and Afghanistan had motivated him to act.

    Investigators say they believe that one of the leaders of the group, an unemployed man in his 20's who was living in a modest apartment on government benefits, kept the key to the alleged "bomb factory" and helped others record martyrdom videos, the officials said.

    Hours after the police arrested the 21 suspects, police and government officials in both countries said they had intended to carry out the deadliest terrorist attack since Sept. 11.

    Later that day, Paul Stephenson, deputy chief of the Metropolitan Police in ondon, said the goal of the people suspected of plotting the attack was "mass murder on an unimaginable scale." On the day of the arrests, some officials estimated that as many as 10 planes were to be blown up, possibly over American cities. Michael Chertoff, the secretary of the Department of omeland Security, described the suspected plot as "getting really quite close to the execution stage." But British officials said the suspects still had a lot of work to do. Two of the suspects did not have passports, but had applied for expedited approval. One official said the people suspected of leading the plot were still recruiting and radicalizing would-be members.

    While investigators found evidence on a computer memory stick indicating that one the men had looked up airline schedules for flights from London to cities in the United States, the suspects had neither made reservations nor purchased plane tickets, a British official said. Some of their suspected bomb-making equipment was found five days after the arrests in a suitcase buried under leaves in the woods near High Wycombe, a town 30 miles northwest of London.

    Another British official stressed that martyrdom videos were often made well in advance of an attack. In fact, two and a half weeks since the inquiry became public, British investigators have still not determined whether there was a target date for the attacks or how many planes were to be involved. They say the estimate of 10 planes is speculative and exaggerated.

    In his first public statement after the alerts, Peter Clarke, chief of counterterrorism for the Metropolitan Police, acknowledged that the police were still investigating the basics: "the number, destination and timing of the flights that might be attacked."

    A total of 25 people have been arrested in connection with the suspected plot. Twelve of them have been charged. Eight people were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and preparing acts of terrorism.

    Three people were charged with failing to disclose information that could help prevent a terrorist act, and a 17-year-old male suspect was charged with possession of articles that could be used to prepare a terrorist act.

    Eight people still in custody have not been charged. Five have been released. All the suspects arrested are British citizens ranging in age from 17 to 35.

    Despite the charges, officials said they were still unsure of one critical question: whether any of the suspects was technically capable of assembling and detonating liquid explosives while airborne.

    A chemist involved in that part of the inquiry, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was sworn to confidentiality, said HMTD, which can be prepared by combining hydrogen peroxide with other chemicals, "in theory is dangerous," but whether the suspects "had the brights to pull it off remains to be seen."

    While officials and experts familiar with the case say the investigation points to a serious and determined group of plotters, they add that questions about the immediacy and difficulty of the suspected bombing plot cast doubt on the accuracy of some of the public statements made at the time.

    "In retrospect," said Michael A. Sheehan, the former deputy commissioner of counterterrorism in the New York Police Department, "there may have been too much hyperventilating going on."

    Some of the suspects came to the attention of Scotland Yard more than a year ago, shortly after four suicide bombers attacked three subwav trains and a double-decker bus in Londo~ on July 7, 2005, a coordinated attack that killed 56 people and wounded more than 700. The investigation was dubbed "Operation Overt."

    The Police Are Tipped Off

    The police were apparently tipped off by informers. One former British counterterrorism official, who was working for the government at the time, said several people living in Waltham stow, a working-class neighborhood in East London, alerted the police in July 2005 about the intentions of a small group of angry young Muslim men.

    Walthamstow is best known for its faded greyhound track and the borough of Waltham Forest, where more than 17,000 Pakistani immigrants live in the largest Pakistani enclave in London.

    Armed with the tips, MI5, Britain's domestic security services, began an around-the-clock surveillance operation of a dozen young men living in Walthamstow -- bugging their apartments, tapping their phones, monitoring their bank transactions, eavesdropping on their Internet traffic and e-mail messages, even watching where they traveled, shopped and took their laundry, according to senior British officials.

    The initial focus of the investigation was not about possible terrorism aboard planes, but an effort to see whether there were any links between the dozen men and the July 7 subway bombers, or terrorist cells in Pakistan, the officials said.

    The authorities quickly learned the identity of the man believed to have been the leader of the cell, the unemployed man in his mid-20's, who traveled at least twice within the past year to Pakistan, where his activities are still being investigated.

    Last June, a 22-year-old Walthamstow resident, who is among the suspects arrested Aug. 10, paid $260,000 cash for a second-floor apartment in a house on Forest Road, according to official property records. The authorities noticed that six men were regularly visiting the second-floor apartment that came to be known as the "bomb factory," according to a British official and the person briefed about the case.

    Two of the men, who were likely the bomb-makers, were conducting a series of experiments with chemicals, said the person briefed on the case.

    MI5 agents secretly installed video and audio recording equipment inside the apartment, two senior British officials said. In a secret search conducted before the Aug. 10 raids, agents had discovered that the inside of batteries had been scooped out, and that it appeared several suspects were doing chemical experiments with a sports drink named Lucozade and syringes, the person with knowledge of the case said. Investigators have said they believe that the suspects intended to bring explosive chemicals aboard planes inside sports drink botties.

    In that apartment, according to a British official, one of the leaders and a man in his late 20's met at least twice to discuss the suspected plot, as MI5 agents secretly watched and listened. On Aug. 9, just hours before the police raids occurred in 50 locations from East London to Birmingham, the two men met again to discuss the suspected plot and record a martyrdom video.

    As one of the men read from a script before a video-camera, he recited a quotation from the Koran and ticked off his reasons for the "action that I am going to undertake," according to the person briefed on the case. The man said he was seeking revenge for the foreign policy of the United States, and "their accomplices, the U.K. and the Jews." The man said he wanted to show that the enemies of Islam would never win this "war."

    Beseeching other Muslims to join jihad, he justified the killing of innocent civilians in America and other Western countries because they supported the war against Muslims through their tax dollars. They were too busy enjoying their Western lifestyles to protest the policies, he added. Though British officials usually release little information about continuing investigations, Scotland Yard took the unusual step of disclosing some detailed information about the investigation last Monday, when the suspects were charged.

    A Trove of Evidence

    "There have been 69 searches," Mr. Clarke, the chief antiterrorist police official from Scotland Yard, said Monday. "These have been in houses, flats and business premises, vehicles and open spaces."

    Investigators also seized more than 400 computers, 200 mobile phones and 8,000 items like memory sticks, CD's and DVD's. "The scale is immense." Mr. Clarke said.

    "Inquiries will span the globe." He said those searches revealed a trove of evidence, and officials and others last week provided additional details.

    Four of the law firms that are defending suspects declined to comment.

    When police officers knocked down the door to the second-floor apartment on Forest Road, they found a plastic bin filled with liquid, batteries, nearly a dozen empty drink bottles, rubber gloves, digital scales and a disposable camera that was leaking liquid, the person with knowledge of the case said.

    The camera might have been a prototype for a device to smuggle chemicals on the plane.

    In the pocket of one of the suspects, the police found the computer memory stick that showed he had looked up airline schedules for flights from London to the United States, a British official said. The man is said to have had a diary that included a list that the police interpreted as a step-by-step plan for an attack. The items included batteries and Lucozade bottles. It also included a reminder to select a date.

    In the homes of a number of the suspects, the police found jihadist literature and DVD's about "genocide" in Iraq and Palestine, according to British officials. In one house searched by the police in Walthamstow, the authorities found a copy of a book called "Defense of the Muslim Lands." A "last will and testament" for one of the accused was said to have been found at his brother's home. Dated Sept. 24, 2005, the will concludes, "What should I worry when I die a Muslim, in the manner in which I am to die, I go to my death for the sake of my maker." God, he added, can if he wants "bless limbs torn away!!!"

    Looking for Global Ties

    In addition, the British authorities are scouring the evidence for clues to whether there is a global dimension to the suspected plot, particularly the extent to which it was planned, financed or supported in Pakistan, and whether there is a connection to remnants of Al Qaeda. They are still trying to determine who provided the cash for the apartment and the computer equipment and telephones, officials said.

    Several of the suspects had traveled to Pakistan within weeks of the arrests, according to an American counterterrorism official.

    At a minimum, investigators say at least one of the suspects' inspiration was drawn from Al Qaeda. One of the suspects' "kill-as-they-kill" martyrdom video was taken from a November 2002 fatwa by Osama bin Laden.

    British officials said many of the questions about the suspected plot remained unanswered because they were forced to make the arrests before Scotland Yard was ready.

    The trigger was the arrest in Pakistan of Rashid Rauf, a 25-year-old British citizen with dual Pakistani citizenship, whom Pakistani investigators have described as a "key figure" in the plot.

    In 2000, Mr. Rauf's father founded Crescent Relief London, a charity that sent money to victims of last October's earthquake in Pakistan. Several suspects met through their involvement in the charity, a friend of one of them said. Last week, Britain froze the charity's bank accounts and opened an investigation into possible "terrorist abuse of charitable funds." Leaders of the charity have denied the allegations.

    Several senior British officials said the Pakistanis arrested Rashid Rauf without informing them first. The arrest surprised and frustrated investigators here who had wanted to monitor the suspects longer, primarily to gather more evidence and to determine whether they had identified all the people involved in the suspected plot.

    But within hours of Mr. Rauf's arrest on Aug. 9 in Pakistan, British officials heard from intelligence sources that someone connected to him had tried to contact some of the suspects in East London. The message was interpreted by investigators as a possible signal to move forward with the plot, officials said.

    "The plotters received a very short message to 'Go now,' " said Franco Frattini, the European Union's security commissioner, who was briefed by the British home secretary, John Reid, in London. "I was convinced by British authorities that this message exists." A senior British official said the message from Pakistan was not that explicit. But, nonetheless, investigators here had to change their strategy quickly.

    "The aim was to keep this operation going for much longer," said a senior British security official who requested anonymity because of confidentiality rules. "It ended much sooner than we had hoped." From then on, the British government was driven by worst-case scenarios based on a minimum-risk strategy.

    British investigators worried that word of Mr. Rauf's arrest could push the London suspects to destroy evidence and to disperse, raising the possibility they would not be able to arrest them all. But investigators also could not rule out that there could be an unknown second cell that would try to carry out a similar plan, officials said.

    Mr. Clarke, as the country's top a..t1titerrorism police official in London with authority over police decisions, ordered the arrests.

    But it was left to Mr. Reid, who has been home secretary since May and is a former defense secretary, to decide at emergency meetings of police, national security and transoort leaders. what else needed to be done. Mr. Reid and Mr. Clarke declined repeated requests for interviews.

    Prime Minister Tony Blair was on vacation in Barbados, where he was said to have monitored events in London; Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott did not attend the meeting.

    While the arrests were unfolding, the Home Office raised Britain's terror alert level to "critical," as the police continued their raids of suspects' homes and cars. All liquids were banned from carry-on bags, and some public officials in Britain and the United States said an attack appeared to be imminent. In addition to Mr. Stephenson's remark that the attack would have been "mass murder on an unimaginable scale," Mr. Reid said that attacks were "highly likely" and predicted that the loss of life would have been on an "unprecedented scale." Two weeks later, senior officials here characterized the remarks as unfortunate.

    As more information was analyzed and the British government decided that the attack was not imminent, Mr. Reid sought to calm the country by backing off from his dire predictions, while defending the decision to raise the alert level to its highest level as a precaution.

    In lowering the threat level from critical to severe on Aug. 14, Mr. Reid acknowledged: "Threat level assessments are intelligence-led. It is not a process where scientific precision is possible. They involve judgments."

    More on the decision and a copy of the article here

    Saturday, August 26, 2006

    Atomic Bomb Survivor - and a little known secret message to Japan from American nuclear scientists

    Today I met (see pic) the only survivor of the bombing mission that dropped the 2nd Atomic Bomb , "Fat Boy" (a plutonium weapon unlike the uranium bomb droped on Hiroshima) on Nagasaki on August 9th 1945.

    Bill Barney was a young radar operator on the crew of Fred Bock's C-13 crew. Their plane "Bockscar" V - 77 was used to drop the bomb and was flown by Charles Sweeney and Fred Bock's crew flew Sweeney's "Great Artiste" V - 89 to monitor the explosion. I met him today. A clear eyed , deeply nice guy - proud that he did the job he was assigned ,which was to drop three instrument carrying canisters with pressure gauges and radio transmitters deployed with parachutes to be dropped at the same time as "Fat Boy". Operating on three different frequencies these would display shockwave profiles on cathode ray tube oscilloscopes and photograsphic records made. This was Bill's task.

    Luis Alvarez had designed the testing equipment as he had invented the concept of measuring the atomic blast in kilotons of TNT. Using a linear microphone from Caltech and FM telemetering transmitter and receiver this was first tried out on the Fat Man test at Alomagordo and also used to monitor the Hiroshima bomb using the same observation plane but with a different crew.

    The scientists Robert Serber , Luis Alvarez and Phil Morrison had inserted a letter to Professor Ryokichi Sagane of Tokyo University (who had once met them at Berkeley) warning of the dire consequences for Japan if they did not surrender and asking him to convey this message to the Japanese General Staff. Alvarez drafted the letter and three copies in his handwriting were attached to the three canisters.The canisters miraculously were recovered and the letter can be seen in the Nagasaki International Culture.

    The letter reads ..
    ..9th August 1945
    Professor Sagane

    From 3 of your former scientific colleagues during your stay in the United States.

    We are sending this as a personal message to urge that you you use your influence as a reputable nuclear scientist , to convince the Japanese General Staff of the terrible
    consequences which will be suffered by your people if you continue this war.

    You have known for several years that an atomic bomb could be built if a
    nation were willing to pay the enormous cost of preparing the necessary
    material. Now that you have seen we have constrcuted the the production plants,
    there can be no doubt in your mind, all the output of these factories working 24
    hours a day will be exploded on your homeland.

    Within the space of 3 weeks we have proof fired one bomb in the American desert, exploded one in Hiroshima and fired the 3rd this morning.

    We implore you to confirm these facts to your leaders and to do your utmost to stop the destruction and waste of life which can only result in the total annihilation of
    all your cities if continued. As scientists we deplore the use to which
    a beautiful discovery has been put
    , but we can assure you that unless
    Japan surreenders at once, this rain of atomic bombs will increase manyfold in

    Of course "Fat Boy" being a plutonium bomb was less costly and easier to manufacture than the uranium "Little Boy" and this last remark may well have been true. No further Unranium bombs were made in the US. The letter is a remarkable and to Lord Patel a previously unknown part of the fascinating history of the bombing of Japan as it included material of the utmost secrecy - which it is impossible to believe could have been sanctioned officially.

    On the plane with Bill and his crew were Lawrence "Larry" Johnston (designer of the essential exploding bridgwire detonato and the only person to see all three atomic weapons explode) and Walter Goodman of Project Alberta to help monitor the blast recording equipment. William Laurence of the New York Times was also on board - who was to tell his readers that "Great Artiste " had dropped the Nagasaki bomb.

    The original target was Kokura the site of Japan's greatest weapons dump, but due to bad weather the went to the second target , Nagasaki, site of the Mitsubishi Steel and Arms workls and at 11.58 local time dropped the "bomb. Bill didn't see it as he had to run the radarscopes and only saw the photgraphs later.

    Later photo reconaissance showed 4% of the city was destroyed.

    The day following the bombing the Japanese started making arrangements to surrender.

    A recent and very readable history was recently published " Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima" by Stephen Walker Publisher: HarperCollins (July 26, 2005) ISBN: 0060742844

    "The 509th Remembered" is a an illustrated history of the 509th Composite GRoup who dropped the 2 Atomic bombs on Japan in August 1945.Compiled by Robert and Amelia Krauss (who I met with Bill) with over 350 photographs (many never seen before) for the 59th Re-union in Wichita Kansas in October 2004. You can buy a copy here
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    Friday, August 25, 2006

    Rex 84 - FEMA's Katrina fuck up was a dry run for coming concentrations camps nationwaide ?

    Global Research has a story (20th August) that FEMA is set to act to organise and impose martial law under a plan called Rex 84 (readiness Exercise - geddit ?) which stems from the days of Iran contra.

    It seems it was reported in the Iran Contra hearings in 1987, and subsequently reported (it appears only by them) by the Miami Herald on July 5, 1987:as a plan to set up camps / prisons.

    "These camps are to be operated by FEMA should martial law need to be implemented in the United States and all it would take is a presidential signature on a proclamation and the attorney general's signature on a warrant to which a list of names is attached."

    Hurricane Katrina is said to have provided FEMA with a chance to “dry run” its unconstitutional powers in New Orleans, rounding up "refugees" ( “evacuees”) and "relocating" them in various camps. "Some evacuees are being treated as ‘internees’ by FEMA," writes former NSC employee Wayne Madsen:

    “Reports continue to come into Wayne Madsen Report that evacuees from New Orleans and Acadiana [the traditional twenty-two parish Cajun homeland] who have been scattered across the United States are being treated as ‘internees’ and not dislocated American citizens from a catastrophe"

    Sharp eyed readers of the NYT yesterday will have seen a map and read an article across 2 pages on page A 20 / 21 "Hurricanes Escape Routes : One was forced, another chosen"

    NOLA's population pre Katrina was approx 480,000 it is now put at 200 - 250,000. suggesting a diaspora of at least 200,000. A map (see above) by Matthew Ericsoon /NYT shows the details as known.This information was available from the US Post Office of people who had changed their forwarding address from the parishes that were damaged

    They Moved to
    New address in NOLA 76,000
    Elsewhere in Southern Louisiana 52,000
    Houston 35,000
    Dalls Forth Worth / Austin / San Antinio 24,000
    Atlanta 12,000
    Washington /Chicago/ South California 4,500
    Memphis 3,000
    Florida 1,500
    The rest were spread across many cities in hundreds and the odd thousands.

    If this was a dry run for FEMA of Rex 84 it looks a strange distribution.. especially as the diaspora looks to be fairly fixed with the folks being moved, rapidly putting down roots, having lost and left everything behind they coudn't carry. Maybe it was just a clever plan to send more home help to the booming cities of Texas and Atlanta ( grown 400% in 20 years).... or a neat trick to clog their school systems and healthcare provision with NOLA's black urban poor ?

    Sounds just like the fuck up you can expect from Brownie, (you're doin' a great job) , Chertoff (his mom was El Al's first air stewardess) and FEMA - so much for the threat of prison camps across America.

    Lord Patel doubts whether FEMA could organise a Boy Scout Camp. Posted by Picasa

    Wednesday, August 23, 2006

    Another 9/11 Mystery - Donetsk or Shanksville - bodies disappear in Pennsylvania but not Ukraine

    On 9/1///2001 Captain Jason Dahl taxied United Airlines Flight 93 Boeing 757- 200 at Newark International Airport, ready for its 8:01 AM departure but heavy runway traffic, delayed departure until 8:42 AM. Besides the 2 pilots there were 5 flight attendants and 37 passengers aboard.

    The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology DNA lab in Rockville, Md., were later to identify their remains , from the crash site in Shanksville. Except the 4 alleged hi-jackers as Somerset County Coroner Wallace Miller ( pay US$35,854 a year as coroner) explained "To make a DNA identification we need something from the victims or their family members -- personal effects, or blood samples -- to match," Miller said. "We don't have that kind of information about the terrorists."

    Which chimed oddly with the report in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette of October 15th 2001, "It was as if the plane had stopped and let the passengers off before it crashed," Miller said.

    At the crash site State Trooper Tom Spallone of Greensburg said the impact of the crash was so severe that the biggest piece of debris he had seen there is no bigger than 2 feet.

    Eric Peterson, 28, was working in his shop in the Somerset County village of Lambertsville in the morning when he heard a plane - "There was a crater in the ground that was really burning," he said. Strewn about were pieces of clothing hanging from trees and parts of the Boeing 757, but nothing bigger than a couple of feet long, he said. Many of the items were burning.

    Peterson said he saw no bodies, there also was no sign of life.

    The crash site is now a National Park.

    This is a photograph from the Library of Congress - there are some more here. Note how an airplane with some 5,000 gallons of fuel hasn't even scorched the grass round the crater ? No engines , no tail fin ...

    Today's New York Time reports the crash at approx 2.30 pm local time of Pulkovo Airlines Tupolev 154 un Sukha Balka, near Donetsk in the Ukraine in which 169 people died. The plane fell from 36,000 feet and by Tuesday evening rescuers had recovered 30 bodies.

    It is interesting to compare the specification of the 2 aircraft , the length and wingspan are virtually identical but the Boeing tailfin is 7 feet higher.

    TU 154 Length: 48.0 m (157 ft) Wingspan: 37.55 m (123 ft 3 in) Height: 11.40 m (37 ft 5 in)

    Boeing 757-200 Length: 47.32 M (155 ft 3 in) Wingspan: 38.5 M (124 ft 10 in) Height: 44 ft 6 in (13.6 m)

    Now look again at the Ukraine crash site , engines littered about, parts of the tail fin fires burning evidently some time after the crash when fire trucks have got there and bodies recovered.

    Now do you think Flight 93 crashed at Shanksville ?

    The NYT picture Victoria Sinistra / Agence France Press - Getty Images

    Thursday, August 17, 2006

    Black Woman Federal Judge Orders Halt to NSA Wiretapping - but it won't happen until Sept 7th at earliest.

    Dan Eggen of the Washington Post reports at 5.18 pm EST U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit, Mich. wrote in a strongly-worded 43-page opinion that the NSA wiretapping program violates privacy and free-speech rights and the constitutional separation of powers between the three branches of government. She also found that it violates a 1978 law set up to oversee clandestine surveillance.

    It is worth recording here thatIn 1979, Anna Diggs Taylor a graduate of Yale Law School in 1957 became the first black woman judge to be appointed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Nineteen years later, she became the first black woman Chief Judge for that circuit as well.(see Pic)

    "Obviously, of course I'm disappointed," said the sobbing, creepy Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said at a briefing for reporters. "I believe very strongly that the president does have the authority to authorize this kind of conduct, particularly in a time of war, conduct that's very consistent with what other presidents have done in a time of war. And we believe the authority comes from the authorization to use military force and from his constitutional authority as commander in chief."

    Of course the little runt is unhappy, 43 pages of legal arguyment to upset his tawdry script that the President can do any goddam thing he wants, because there is a "War on terror".

    "Today's ruling is a landmark victory against the abuse of power that has become the hallmark of the Bush administration," said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero. "Government spying on innocent Americans without any kind of warrant and without congressional approval runs counter to the very foundations of our democracy."

    He called the ruling "yet another nail in the coffin of the Bush administration's strategy in the war on terror. . . . The judge very clearly points out that this, at its core, is about presidential powers."

    Three cheers for Democracy and the separation of powers!!!!

    However ... As the Justice Department have appealed, a hearing will be held before Judge Taylor on Sept. 7, and her decision will not be enforced in the meantime

    I caught up with Seth Tumbleweed for his reaction to this shock , awe and horror legal announcement.... he said " I jes' tell you, this here is the classical paradigm affecting the post war, post industrial society as the globalisation of war by that runty Texan hits the old air conditioning ... just as long as that they airconditioning works ... probably not if it's made in Korea." Hew whittled some more on an antique coon dog collar made out of buffalo hide and continued..." That Texan carpetbagger may talk big but , when they call the lawyers in the front line... well you jist , ...you know they got a beating comin'." I left him whittling.

    Tuesday, August 15, 2006

    From the US Top Shelf. Magazines not to be seen reading on planes.

    Of the many things to like about America are their wonderful magazines - Rolling Stone brings us the picture of when President Bush cut short his meeting with Prime Minister Yo Blair to meet the American Idol winners en bloc. They didn't have the scoop that CNN could call on, that the Fox program winner Taylor Hicks, “has a personal connection inside the White House: Susan Whitson, Laura Bush’s press secretary, who taught him 9th grade English at Hoover High School in Birmingham, Ala,”

    In September Vanity Fair (which seems to have been given over to boosting cocaine snorting Kate Moss's career), Graydon Carter rounds of his Editorial with a provocative, novel but challenging thought (and we don't just mean the grammar).
    On this fifth anniversary of 9/11 perhaps it's time to review the administration's assertion that that was the day the world changed. It really wasn't ; 9/12 was. That was the day the neocons in the White House began using this devastating attack on American soil to further their own dreams of taking over Iraq. That was the day the administration began plotting to remove a dictator over there and to create one here.

    Which just makes us wonder ... what are Dubya's musical tastes ?

    Stiff Little Fingers ... "Suspect Device" maybe ? Click for the lyrics here. Posted by Picasa

    The ideal Patsy

    In some ways she was far more acute than Winston, and far less susceptible to Party propaganda. Once when he happened in some connection to mention the war against Eurasia, she startled him by saying casually that in her opinion the war was not happening. The rocket bombs which fell daily on London were probably fired by the Government of Oceania itself, “just to keep the people frightened.”
    George Orwell, 1984 published 1948

    Waheed Zaman, 22, DOB May 27, 1984 of 104 Queens Road, Walthamstow UK National Insurance No. JE296729B.

    The Times Online (Rupes Rag)Mr Zaman is a biomedical science student and a well-known political activist. He is head of the Islam Society at London Metropolitan University and is reported to have spoken at Muslim rallies and written a number of articles about Islam for the student magazine.

    His older sister, Safeena Zaman, 24, defended her brother in an interview with The Sun. She said he was proud of being British.

    She said: "He loves fish and chips and Liverpool Football Club and his favourite TV programme was Only Fools and Horses. He even wanted to join the police as a forensics expert.

    "As part of his work with the Islamic Society at university he would organise Muslim events and would often give talks. He is a great believer in the importance of integration between our community and the Western world."

    According to a report in London's Evening Standard Mr Zaman and other suspects in the area attended the Edinburgh Road Primary School.

    The Sun Online
    (Rupes Rag)Terror suspect Waheed Zaman met controversial MP George Galloway many times, his sister said last night.

    Safeena, 24, said of her 23-year-old brother: “He saw it as his duty to stand up for his community and that’s what led him to know George Galloway. He has a lot of respect for him and has met him many times.”

    A spokesman for MP Galloway, above, said: “Waheed Zaman is not a name that George is familiar with. He is not known to him on a personal level.”

    Now why would a guy like Waheed want to deal with the spooks ? Because he is a loud, visible sortta guy, lotsa contacts wants lotsa attention ? Plausible ? Gullible ? It's not impossible to believe he has had a few intimate momentson a comfy sofa, in the lounge of the Horse Guards Hotel or the Charing Cross Hotel over a glass of sparkling Appletiser with a glamourous, young and friendly lady.

    How else do you find a way into these secretive fucking Muslim IslamoFascist Jihadist societies? With their plots for bombs, mass suicide and Armageddon ?

    "The rocket bombs which fell daily on London were probably fired by the Government of Oceania itself, “just to keep the people frightened.”

    Sunday, August 13, 2006

    Japanese illegals take over the US. Chemical warfare useless.

    When they inscribed the lines from the Jewish poetess Ms. Lazarus about bringing the hungry and huddled massese on the Statue of Liberty ( now paradoxically closed for ever) they hadn't imagined that the hungry would include the The Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica Newman) which first arived in the 1930's in the US in a nursery in southern New Jersey.

    Without its natural enemies it has spread as a pest of both gardens and agriculture and is to be found in nearly every state , and in it's adult form is to be found everywhere this month.In Jpan faced with natural predators it present no problems to the gardener or the gariclturalist.

    The insect is a voracious eater both in the larval grub stage in the spring when it feeds on plant roots, of various plants and grasses and often destroying turf in lawns, parks, golf courses, and pastures. It is today the most widespread turf-grass pest in the United States and it causes damage in Millions US$'s and is the cause of over US$350 MN. expenditure on pest control with insecticides.

    The distinctive shiny metallic green and bronze adult beetle is 1/2" long. During the feeding period, females intermittently leave plants, burrow about 3 inches into the ground--usually into turf--and lay a few eggs. This cycle is repeated until the female lays 40 to 60 eggs which will hatch by mudsummer and start to devour turf roots, in the winter the grub burrows and hibernates , then re-appears to destroy more turf in the spring and pupate to become an adult after about 10 months of subterranean life..

    Chemical controls

    A fearsome armoury is used Carbaryl,Malathion, Methoxychlor,Rotenone for the adults and Imidacloprid , Bendiocarb, Isofenphos, Chlorpyrifos, Diazinon for treatement of the soil in the spring to kill the grubs.

    Biological control
    The US Department of Agriculture has been at the forefront of biological pest control since WWII and has directed a lot of effort to control (with some success) but have failed to eardicate this expensive pest.

    2 nematodes , sprayed in a nutrient / water mix Steinernema glaseri and Heterorhabditis bacteriophora are commercially available. A spray of Bt or Bacillus Thuringiensis is often used as well. These worms and bacterial pests infest the beetles and kill them.

    Milky spore or the sporulating phase of the bacterium Bacillus popillae is sprayed on the soil and will inevitably be ingested by the larvae, wher is matures and grows rapidly and distends and eventually kills the grub which will have taken on a characteristic white colour , hence the name.

    Tiphia vernalis--is a small, parasitic wasp of Japanese beetle grubs resembles a large, black, winged ant. Its current distribution is believed to be throughout the Northeastern United States and south to North Carolina. Like all the parasitic wasps the female wasp digs into the soil, paralyzes a beetle grub by stinging, and then deposits an egg on the grub. When the egg hatches, the emerging wasp larva consumes the grub which has made both a handy home and a tasty breakfast.... or two.( Tiphia popilliavora is also said to predate on the Jpanese Bettele)

    Istocheta aldrichi This solitary fly is an internal parasite of the adult Japanese beetle and is the most serious natural predator of the beetle in Japan. The female flies are capable of depositing up to 100 eggs during a period of about 2 weeks. The eggs are usually laid on the thorax of the female beetles. Upon hatching, the maggot bores directly into the beetle's body cavity, killing the beetle.

    Attempts at establishing this predator in the United States have met with limited success, primarily in New England.

    Because it does not take this fly long to kill the beetle, I. aldrichi can often suppress Japanese beetle populations before beetles can reproduce.

    I. aldrichi is commonly seen feeding on aphid nectar deposited on Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum), another pest from Japan.

    Lord Patel sought the views of Seth Tumbleweed about this pesky pest , he caught him carving an antique wooden duck decoy our of a piece of a stoop hand rail made from sassafass wood...." Well this is the paradigm of the post war , post industrial society and its direct relationship to asset mobility and globalisation" started Seth, " we whupped they Japs at Iwo Jima and dropped the big bomb"... but they crafty guys had one on us and sent a bomb long time afore. They Jap beetles pretty sure enough taken the continent over since."

    "Jest watch they Muslims do the same" he said, " First they Japs sent us Sony TV's with cases looked like wood but made of plasticky stuff , next thang y'now they've tookover the car industry" .

    Lord Patel left him whittlin' away. (Pic of a beetle on a flower of Althea a popular garden plant related to Hibiscus. Posted by Picasa

    Saturday, August 12, 2006

    What's sauce for the Wyoming Winger ....

    "Be careful", warns the label. " Cheney's Birdhsot Pepper Sauce will hurt you. If you swallow it, stick it up your ass, or shoot it in your face, IT will HURT."

    Learn more from www.tahitijoeshotsauces.com.

    One thing for sure - do not take it on board in your hand baggage - unless you want to see what the weather is like in South Cuba!

    This handy culinary gift to Lord Patel remains, as yet, unopened. Posted by Picasa

    Friday, August 11, 2006

    Consulted by the best legal brains . ......

    It is fascinating to see who is reading the coverage of terrism on this site..Lawyers seem to be on the prowl, Aug 11 2006 4:24:06 pm (PST) from a Hyatt hotel 12.42.164.# someone from top legal outfit Thelen Reid & Priest LLP. who clcok up over 400 attorneys, and have offices in New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and Northern New Jersey, Thelen Reid provides superior legal services to Fortune 500 companies, leading privately owned enterprises, public institutions, and partnerships around the world.

    Top sniffy, blue chip commercial lawyers, London based Slaughte & May have had staff reviewing "Terrorism - It's a 12 step program" which examines the HMG policies outlined by the Dear Leader last year.

    Huge Savvis Communications Corp. the major SA group stopped by after Googling "liquid-peroxide based explosives" to discover Postman was 3rd on the hit list of over 9,000, and a portal to the goods on the FBI site.

    My , it's strange how many respectable folks are anxious to find out how to make bombs outta liquid detergent and suchlike. Now there is this site in Lambeth that seems to belong to .... well 'nuff said.

    "Evnin' all"

    Wednesday, August 09, 2006

    Joe and the Jewish Lobby. Surprise Move.

    The big news is that Karl Rove called Joe Leiberman. "Hey Joe", (this is what a close aide says to George Stephanopoulos - and they weren't discussing the Hendrix discography) "we want to reach out to you." Probably the only reason Rove wants to reach anyobdy is either to steal their wallet or sabdbag them (see Joe Wilson for details).

    "we want to reach out to you."

    You bet

    George Dubya Bush wants every damn friend he can find after November 2006 and AIPAC / JINSA / ADL knows that. They will have game planned every possibility - let's face it Joe's defeat didn't come out of a clear blue sky, like an Israeli missile hitting a Tyre apartment block.

    "The boss wants to help. Whatever we can do, we will do.'"

    You bet.

    George (that's Stephanopoulos) runs through the possibilities;

    1. The GOP replace the weak Republican candidate, Alan Schlesinger, with a stronger candidate so screwing Lamont ? Bollocks George.

    2. Convince Schlesinger to drop out of the race and endorse Lieberman in the final week or two, when it's too late for another candidate to fill the GOP slot.

    3. A quiet White House effort to steer some money ( which presumably means slotting the Jewish Lobby into top gear, in overedrive ) in Lieberman's direction ( he is the sole Orthodox Jew in the Senate) - is another possibility. Absolute certainty George.

    As real life gets more like an episode of West Wing we can just sit and watch whilst the Jewish ju-ju works in Connecticut.

    It will be a brave man who lays decent odds on Lamont enjoying the privileges of Washington next year.

    One thing is absolutely certain about the mid term elections , the Jewish Lobby (which doesn't exist) will use every , cent, organise every one they can , strongarm every waverer to ensure, climb every mountain etc., so that the Republicans run both Houses to ensure success of the Israeli policy of continual war in the Middel East.

    Supporting Joe is just one brick in the wall - there will be many, many, more.

    Pic. Joe at an Israeli Bonds Fund raiser (it raised US$71 Mn) at the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Fla. with Israel Bonds board chairman Burton Resnick. Burton Resnick has been associated with Jack Resnick & Sons since 1956. The company currently controls and operates more than 5 million square feet of prime office space in New York. He-is also co-chairman emeritus of the Real Estate Council of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York regional cochairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, an honorary director of the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association, and a past campaign chairman of UJA-Federation in New York - also a personal friend of Ehud Olmert who has a lively interest in real estate deals.

    Sunday, August 06, 2006

    Mossad's links with Tony Blair , No 10, Lord Levy , and the Foreign Office

    This guy looks like Uncle Werthur and should be force feeding the grandchildren with toffees. Maybe he does.

    He is Efraim Halevy and he has been on BBC TV defending the actions of the failed Israeli State - which is not surprising because he used to run Mossad - Mrs Livni, the Israeli Forein Secretary was one of his staff at the time.

    He is also a school chum (Hackney Downs) of the Karaoke King, My Lord Levy , Tony Blairs's "Personal Envoy" to the Middle East who has houses and business interest in both the UK and Israel.

    Lord Levy of course has an office in the Foreign Office immediately adjacent to the office of HMG Foreign Secretary Mrs Margaret Beckett.

    There is of course no Jewish Lobby at work in the UK and certainly not at the Heart of Government. To suggest that would be a scandalum magnatum as mi learn'd friends might say.
    As proof - notice that since he was kidnapped by the Metropolitan Police and his computers seized, and documents removed from his house, you haven't heard a word of , by or from him. Which given the state of the Middle East at present might be considered odd. Or not.

    Now why don't those smart journalists who throng Downing Street ask Tony what his tennis playing chum, the man quite scandalously said to be at the heart of "cash for coronets" is doing to help him solve the problems of the Middle East.

    I wonder what the guys who work for Mr Desmond, pornographer , labour funder and owner of the Star and the Express must think ? Posted by Picasa

    Wednesday, August 02, 2006

    Opium crop is good this year

    Papaver somniferum the Opium Poppy clusters of which are happily growing in Rochdale Hospital - why bother going to Afghanistan ? Picture taken today. Posted by Picasa

    Lebanese Government Official map of bombings > Aug 1st

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    FASCISM What It Is and How To Fight It

    What Next? Vital Question for the German Proletariat, 1932

    After fascism is victorious, finance capital directly and immediately gathers into its hands, as in a vise of steel, all the organs and institutions of sovereignty, the executive administrative, and educational powers of the state: the entire state apparatus together with the army, the municipalities, the universities, the schools, the press, the trade unions, and the co-operatives. When a state turns fascist, it does not mean only that the forms and methods of government are changed in accordance the patterns set by Mussolini -- the changes in this sphere ultimately play a minor role -- but it means first of all for the most part that the workers' organizations are annihilated; that the proletariat is reduced to an amorphous state; and that a system of administration is created which penetrates deeply into the masses and which serves to frustrate the independent crystallization of the proletariat. Therein precisely is the gist of fascism....

    Leon Trotsky

    Tuesday, August 01, 2006

    Peacock / Saturday

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    Tony Balir - He won't be back

    There is something gloriously obscene in our Dear Leader hanging out playing at tree hugging with the Governator.

    It was of course the Governator who convinced GM that they should get a licence from AM to build a consumer version of the military Hummer - a sort of mobile Tomb much in use in Iraq - this led to the original H1 behemoth , to be followed by the chic pocket sized H2 based on the Chevvy Tahoe chassis weighing in at 3 tons, kerbside.(not including 40 gallons (US) of gas)

    These days, the Governator whose campaign to replace the bouffant haired brainless Gray Davis (who he Ed?) was masterminded by George Schwartz,(at whose modest condo the Dear Leader is resting his sun tanned forehead at present) finds it difficult to chose which of his 8 Hummers to use.

    GM, in serious financial trouble, even built a hydrogen powered Hummer for him built for squillions of US$ as a "cencept", showed him off to the press ( the 50 mile limit between re-fuelling stops not being enough to get him home), he returned home in a standard heavy polluting gas-guzzler. Not forgetting no doubt to wreath himself in his own cloud of stinking pollution whilst he chomped his reeking ceegars.

    Our favourite story of Hummer excess, which beats the Governator, is of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball King LeBron James. Back when James was regarded as the nation's top high school basketball player, he found himself under investigation by Ohio athletic officials who questioned his amateur status when he started driving around in a new bright canary yellow H2 equipped with three televisions. He later was cleared after his mother produced documents showing she bought the vehicle -- which had a base retail price of $50,000 -- for her son's 18th birthday.

    Let's get serious now

    British Prime Minister Tony Blair and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger apparently plan to lay the groundwork for a new trans-Atlantic market in carbon dioxide emissions, The Associated Press has learned - Not content with imposing enormous financial burdens on European consumers of the insane EU ETS scheme for outdoor relief for bankers, lawyers, consultants and other City fraudsters our Dear Leader wants to export this nonsensical scheme to sunny CA.

    One has to applaud James L. Connaughton, Chairman of the White House Council for Environmental Quality and Bush's chief environmental adviser (also lawyer,avid vocal harmony singer, sailor, scuba diver, and beachcomber) for his high profile absence from the press hoopla that Blair and the Governator produced when they went to the port of Long Beach. Quite sensibly he presumably will have nothing to do with this massive financial fraud.

    Where beyond the photo-call everyone was supposed to see, the way behind schedule BP, "cold ironing " project which saves pollution from discharging oil tankers by transferring the high energy load from ship board diesel power to onshore electrical power when discharging.

    The scheme simply diverts pollution from the coastal cities to the massive coal fired polluting plants in the interior of CA, like the San Joaquin Valley, home to some of the nation's most polluted air which also claims the nation's highest asthma rates in children. ... or even further inland where the state buys electricity producing what they call the California Coal Shadow.(PDF alert)

    So Blair might reasonably tackle the Governator about the new report detailing California's existing out-of-state coal plants which release a staggering 67 million tons of global-warming carbon dioxide and discharge ten times more smog-forming pollution and 200 times more mercury than all of the power plants in California.

    Add to that the 14,000 megawatts of new coal-fired power plants which are under construction and development in the Interior West, designed for the California coastal market and with no measures for addressing their vast quantities of global warming pollution.

    What might cheer the Dear Leader up, is that the US Energy system is as fucked up as the UK one - except that the UK is heading at terminal speed into an 89% reliance on imported energy - without the industrial base to sustain such an increase in imports.

    Why should the Dear Leader worry - unlike the Governator - He won't be back.

    PS They say what attracted the President to James L. Connaughton was a paper he co-authored in a 1993 law journal , Champion Magazine, a publication of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers entitled "Defending Charges of Environmental Crime -- The Growth Industry of the '90s."

    Don't forget it was economist Phil Cooney Chief of Staff at the White House Council on Environmental Quality who allegedly had deleted/ amended whole sections of official scientific reports on climate change. Since leaving he was hired by ExxonMobil June 2005,

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