31 May 2010

Con Coughlin - MI6 stooge, the proof.

Yet more proof that Daily Telegraph correspondent Coughlin works for MI6 and as MI6 is a minor department of the CIA, Con Coughlin also works for the CIA. Whether they pay him or not is beside the point.

The proof comes here, at Salon.com:in Louis Bayard's article on Pullitzer Prizewinner Ron Suskinds new book  "The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism":

"In September 2003, according to Suskind, CIA officials -- at the direct command of then-CIA director George Tenet and at the behest of the White House -- deliberately forged a backdated letter from Iraqi security chief Tahir Jalil Habbush to Saddam Hussein. The phony letter claimed that 9/11 ringleader Mohammed Atta had trained for his mission in Iraq and that al-Qaida had facilitated mysterious shipments from Niger to Iraq. The letter was the "slam dunk" the Bush administration had been seeking so desperately: evidence of a direct operational link between al-Qaida and Saddam's regime. Leaked to conservative British journalist Con Coughlin, the letter was made public just as Saddam was captured in his spider hole near Tikrit. In the course of a single news cycle, the war against Saddam had been "vindicated," Saddam himself had been flushed from hiding, and the Bush administration's war had seemingly reached its triumphal and foregone conclusion. "

The news is not new. It was first aired at Democracy Now! back in August 2008 - nearly 2 years ago in an interview with Ron Suskind, which also reveals that MI6 and Dearlove were aware back in early 2003 before the invasion that Iraq defintely had no WMD.

Now, having read Bayard's article and Suskinds inerview, here is Coughlin's disinformation:

"Terrorist behind September 11 strike was trained by Saddam"
By Con Coughlin
Published: 12:01AM GMT 14 Dec 2003

This is not ghe first time, as Coughlin has a history of publishing aticles with false information supplied by the intellifence services. See here:

"Con Coughlin, more MI6 disinformation?"

25 May 2010

Chris Hedges: The Greeks Get It

"Here’s to the Greeks. They know what to do when corporations pillage and loot their country. They know what to do when Goldman Sachs and international bankers collude with their power elite to falsify economic data and then make billions betting that the Greek economy will collapse. They know what to do when they are told their pensions, benefits and jobs have to be cut to pay corporate banks, which screwed them in the first place. Call a general strike. Riot. Shut down the city centers. Toss the bastards out. Do not be afraid of the language of class warfare—the rich versus the poor, the oligarchs versus the citizens, the capitalists versus the proletariat. The Greeks, unlike most of us, get it. 
The former right-wing government of Greece lied about the size of the country’s budget deficit. It was not 3.7 percent of gross domestic product but 13.6 percent. And it now looks like the economies of Spain, Ireland, Italy and Portugal are as bad as Greece’s, which is why the euro has lost 20 percent of its value in the last few months. The few hundred billion in bailouts for other faltering European states, like our own bailouts, have only forestalled disaster. This is why the U.S. stock exchange is in free fall and gold is rocketing upward. American banks do not have heavy exposure in Greece, but Greece, as most economists concede, is only the start. Wall Street is deeply invested in other European states, and when the unraveling begins the foundations of our own economy will rumble and crack as loudly as the collapse in Athens. The corporate overlords will demand that we too impose draconian controls and cuts or see credit evaporate. They have the money and the power to hurt us. There will be more unemployment, more personal and commercial bankruptcies, more foreclosures and more human misery. And the corporate state, despite this suffering, will continue to plunge us deeper into debt to make war. It will use fear to keep us passive. We are being consumed from the inside out. Our economy is as rotten as the economy in Greece. We too borrow billions a day to stay afloat. We too have staggering deficits, which can never be repaid. Heed the dire rhetoric of European leaders."

Read the rest here.

U.S. Is Said to Expand Terrorism in Mideast Region

There it is in black and white in the NYT: "U.S. Is Said to Expand Secret Military Acts Terrorism in Mideast Region"

(NB. Just look at the comments section to see the moral, ethical level of the NYT readership)

Let's just imagine this same article appeared in the New Tehran Times: "Iran's Revolutuonary Guard Is Said to Expand Secret Military Acts in America's Region":

"The top Iranian commander has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in an effort to disrupt militant groups or counter threats in the US, Canada, the UK and other countries in the region, according to defense officials and military documents."

Of course there would be an outcry and Iran would rightly be accused of terrorism.

This reminds us of the Bush directive which the NYT blatantly lies about in this article: "the Bush administration had approved some clandestine military activities far from designated war zones". In fact the Independent reported back in June 2008 in the article "Bush steps up covert action against Iran" that "the cross-border activities inside Iran, particularly the authorisation of lethal force by US special forces as they pursue "high value targets" was troubling "Democratic (sic)  leaders".

Of course some sensible people are worried "Many in the military are also concerned that as American troops assume roles far from traditional combat, they would be at risk of being treated as spies if captured and denied the Geneva Convention protections afforded military detainees."

Spies? And terrorists too!

See here for my piece from July 2008:

Letter: US Terrorism and British Law

23 May 2010

Honduran campesinos under the gun

Fine report from the Real News Network:

22 May 2010

Is America Yearning For Fascism?

Interview with former foreign corespondent for the NYT, Chris Hedges, on the US decline into fascism, following up on his 29 March 2010 article at truthdig.com "Is America ‘Yearning for Fascism’?"

Also worth checking out is this 2007 CBC interview with Chris Hedges on the publication of his book: "American Fascists":

20 May 2010

Letter to the Guardian re "Death of rogue Thai general sparks fears of renewed violence"


As an English teacher, I am fascinated by the repeated use of the adjective 'rogue' in your article "Death of rogue Thai general sparks fears of renewed violence". Please could you explain its use here? What definition did the author of this piece have in mind?

The Compact Oxford English Dictionary gives these 4 definitions:
1 a dishonest or unprincipled man. 2 a mischievous but likeable person. 3 an elephant or other large wild animal with destructive tendencies driven away or living apart from the herd. 4 a person or thing that is defective or unpredictable.

Surely, the use of the word 'rogue' in this article is subjective, and has no place in a fair and balanced piece of journalism?

Yours Sincerely

Letter to the Guardian re Ed Pilkington's 19 May article "US nuclear talks risk collapse over Middle East plan"


Re Ed Pilkington's 19 May article "US nuclear talks risk collapse over Middle East plan", the author writes "Failure to achieve any positive outcome would be a serious blow to the credibility of the international community's efforts to deal with pressing nuclear problems, particularly in regards to Iran."

Perhaps Ed Pilkington could enlighten us readers as to exactly who he means when he uses the term 'international community'? Does he mean that Turkey and Brazil and the rest of the 118 countries that make up the Non-Aligned Movement and who support Iran's right to a peaceful nuclear program do not form part of that 'international community'? Isn't it about time journalists stopped using politicians' language to refer to the US and its poodles?

Yours Sincerely,

18 May 2010

Carta abierta a Ana Pastor de RTVE ref a su entrevista con Alvaro Uribe

Srta Pastor,

Referente a tu entrevista con el actual presidente colombiano, Alvaro Uribe, me gustaría hacer algunas observaciones:


En la entrevista que mantuviste con Uribe, el dijo que Colombia tiene 'una política de seguridad con libertades' ¿Libertades para quién? Como dice NAHUI, correctamente, Colombia es el pais más peligroso del mundo para ser sindicalista.

Dijo Uribe  que 'ha sido muy útil la persistencia en la políticia de la seguridad en estos años que ha hecho una gran transformación cultural en Colombia. Hoy las grandes mayorías colombianas son amigas de que sigue la política de la seguridad,'. Pues claro cuando matas a todos quienes están en su contra, obviamente hay una 'gran transformación cultural'.

Ana Pastor, le has dejado verborrear, contando cuentos chinos de Colombia. ¿Qué pasó hija? ¿No habías hecho los deberes? No tenías los datos y hechos para contradecirle? Le dejaste a Uribe hablar de DDHH como si fuera el salvador de eso derechos, pero bueno , ¿no has leido el último informe del Reino Únido que lamenta la falta de progresos en Derechos Humanos en Colombia?

Y la 'política social? La pobreza alcanza el 43% de la población según el Washington Post en abril de este año. El número de indigentes subió, y la diferencia entre ricos y pobres ha aumentado espectacularmente año tras año bajo Uribe. No olvidemos que Colombia ha recibido $7.3 billiones en ayuda de EEUU desde 2000.

Ni mención del escándalo de las escuchas de la DAS, nada sobre los falso positivos, nada sobre su primo y su propio partdo en escándalo de la para-política, nada de su pasado de Alcalde de Medellín en pleno reino del cartel de Escobar, amigo de la infancia de Uribe, nada sobre las importaciones de la empresa del director de su primera campaña presidencial (50.000 kilos de permanganato de potasio - precursor indispensable para la producción de cocaina).

De hecho Srta Pastor,me has desilusionado bastante con la entrevista. Te he admirado antes por su coraje en hacer preguntas dificiles a los políticos, y de ser tenaz, pero en esta entrevista nada de nada, parecía mas bien una charla entre amigos - la estrella Uribe y su fan Pastor.

13 May 2010

“Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.”

Bill Blum wrote the script for this video. Its only a few minutes, so why not watch it?

07 May 2010

Judge Lewis Kaplan is a Cunt (with a capital C)!

Yes, you heard me. You, Judge Lewis Kaplan of the district court in Manhattan. How much did Chevron pay you? Or have Chevron got you on tape fucking your secretary? For transparency and justice, you say? Fucking hipocrite. Justice for who? For this pathologically criminal organisation?


"Chevron wins access to film-maker's Amazon pollution footage"