Information Clearing House Archive Part 6 July 28-31 2005

31 July 2005 — Information Clearing House

[I’ve been archiving ICH digests since early 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

Information Clearing House
Digest July 28-31 2005
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 84 Days

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Weekend Video

The War on Truth: 9/11, Disinformation and the Anatomy of Terrorism.

Beyond Downing Street Town Hall Meeting

Featuring Nafeez M. Ahmed
This presentation by eminent researcher Ahmed was recorded at the American University during the Washington, D.C. Emergency Truth Convergence Saturday, July 23 Real Video.

Click here to watch
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9626.htm

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Death of a Brazilian or how to massage the facts to fit the crime By William Bowles

30 July 2005

“There is nothing patriotic about our pretending that you can love your country but despise your government.” – President Bill Clinton

Blair the AppeaserAs more information has come to light on the circumstances surrounding the assassination of the unfortunate Brazilian, it is abundantly clear that from the moment he stepped out of his apartment building in Tulse Hill to go to his job as an electrician, Menezes was a dead man.

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Statewatch News Online, 28 July 2005 (29/05)

28 July 2005 — Statewatch

Full contents see: www.statewatch.org/news

1. Special: EU: Schengen III Treaty
2. EU: Draft European Commission proposal on data retention
3. EU: Commission proposal on transfers of funds
4. Expulsions to Kabul and Joint charter flight
5. UK: ID Card Bill as amended in Committee
6. Democracy at the crossroads? Counter-terrorism and the state: International forum
7. UK: London shooting
8. Statewatch database
9. UK: Prison Ombudsman: Mistreatment of detainees
10. UK: Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) call for new terrorism measures
11. UK: Home Secretary announces new terrorism laws
12. UK: Information Commissioner’s Annual Report 2005

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A collective shitting in the pants By William Bowles

27 July 2005

What kind of a mess have our erstwhile leaders got us into? It’s not too late you know, to do something about this gang of murdering politicos who have their cold, hard hands around our throats.

It struck me that the common message I have been getting of late is not only anger and frustration but of fear, not of bombers but of the political class and the growing realisation of what they are capable of and that perhaps it took a July 7 to wake people up to the reality of a desperate ruling class, backed into a corner, whose only way forward (or is it backward) is to rack up the terror, notch by notch, through holding the nation to hostage.

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 5 July 23-27 2005

27 July 2005 — Information Clearing House

[I’ve been archiving ICH digests since early 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

Information Clearing House
Digest July 23-27 2005
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 80 Days

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Who’s Taking Blame for Christian Violence?

How do our current religious leaders think Jesus would react to the concept of collateral damage?

by Calvin White

Now that imams in Britain and Canada are standing up and publicly condemning terrorist acts as anti-Muslim and against the teachings in the Qur’an, I wonder if pressure might be put on Christian leaders to take a similar stand.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9577.htm

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Media Lens: The New Statesman Editor And Blair’s “Mistake” – In The Service Of A Machine

27 July 2005 — Media Lens

The American philosopher Henry David Thoreau once wrote:

“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not; and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board.” (Thoreau, Walden And Civil Disobedience, Penguin, 1986, p.379)

How often, dear reader, do we go away hungry from the media board, and for the same reasons? What a dismal experience it is to spend twenty minutes leafing through a two-inch wedge of newsprint on a Saturday morning, finding almost nothing of human interest but plenty that offends and grates. Continue reading

Ramping up the fear quotient By William Bowles

26 July 2005

Day 6 of Open Season on those who are “darker than blue”

A sure fire way of keeping the spotlight off a murderous government that is neither believed nor trusted by the majority of the population, is to have a diversion of enormous magnitude caused by an enemy, preferably of an elemental kind (anarchists, communists, fanatics, fundamentalists, terrorists, take your pick).

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HM Government announces “No Bomber Left Behind” Policy Edward Teague

25 July 2005 — The New Dark Age

DialloIn several announcements today the UK Government made it clear that the NBLB (just a bloodied mess) policy which had been covertly introduced by the previous Chief Constable of the Metropolitan Police Lord Stevens, as “Operation Kratos” would continue and if necessary be extended. What this policy involves is what the elite members of London’s finest , SO19 , call the “the shot of excellence.”

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Six decades on the third rock from the sun By William Bowles

24 July 2005

Day 4 of Open Season on those who are “darker than blue”

First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out.

Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out.

Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out.

And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me. – Pastor Martin Niemoller

I first used this statement in an essay here back in 2003 and it was and is, entirely predictable that the hysteria surrounding ‘extremist, fanatical Muslims’ that Blair’s Britain has created would finally result in the murder of an innocent man at the hands of Blair’s security state.

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 4 July 19-22 2005

22 July 2005 — Information Clearing House

[I’ve been archiving ICH digests since early 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

Information Clearing House
Digest July 19-22 2005
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 75 Days

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The Iraq war is over, and the winner is… Iran

Hamstrung by the Iraq debacle, all Bush can do is gnash his teeth as the hated mullahs in Iran cozy up to their co-religionists in Iraq.

By Juan Cole

More than two years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, it is difficult to see what real benefits have accrued to the United States from the Iraq war, though a handful of corporations have benefited marginally. In contrast, Iran is the big winner.
informationclearinghouse.info/article9540.htm

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Evil ideology + young Muslims + DIY Bombs = Terror By William Bowles with Edward Teague

21 July 2005

Britain’s enemy within
Headline in the The Scotsman, 17 July, 2005

Talking of which, my pal Edward Teague who is, as they say from ‘oop North’, has been making extensive inquiries, talking to Asians (or at least British of Asian extraction) trying to find out what they make of it all, especially what they think of the idea of how four young and apparently quite normal working class people could be involved in something so outrageous and complex as the London bombings. The general impression is one of incredulity and disbelief but above all, one of fear that they are now the target of a dreadful hate campaign being conducted by the government in order to justify its global ‘war on terror’. A war, which ‘conveniently’ has now been brought home by 7/7. Continue reading

Information Clearing House Archive Part 3 July 15-18 2005

18 July 2005 — Information Clearing House

[I’ve been archiving ICH digests since early 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

Information Clearing House
Digest July 15-18 2005
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 71 Days

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The Sounds of Hope

Have you ever heard the sound of a mother screaming for her son?

By Cindy Sheehan

I will never, ever forget the night of April 4, 2004, when I found out that Casey had been killed. After what seemed an eternity, I finally began to wonder who or what was making those horrible screaming noises. Then I realized it was me.
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Ordinary Fascism By William Bowles

18 July 2005

The Lord Chancellor told BBC News under new laws people “attacking the values of the West” and “glorifying the acts of suicide bombers” would be imprisoned for “long periods” and “deported wherever possible”, but no law could stop terrorism altogether.


We always obeyed the law. Isn’t that what you do in America? Even if you don’t agree with a law personally, you still obey it. Otherwise life would be chaos. – Gertrude Scholtz-Klink, chief of the Women’s Bureau under Hitler explaining the Jewish policy of the Nazis

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Media Lens: The London Bombings

18 July 2005 — Media Lens

Terrible ironies attend the use of violence for political ends. Despite their ostensible opposition, two warring factions are often united in their fundamental view of the world. Both insist that continued violence is the only realistic option. Both insist the enemy is the incarnation of mindless evil, completely beyond reason. Both reject as treasonous rational analyses indicating their own responsibility for promoting violence and rejecting non-violent alternatives. Continue reading

Dead men tell no tales: Were the London bombings a set up? By William Bowles and Edward Teague

15 July 2005

Mohammed Hanif, 31, and Abdul Mateen, 22, from Deeplish in Rochdale were caught in Glasgow with 10kg of the drug, worth £1 million in street deals. Hanif claimed that Mateen had driven him to Glasgow to collect £500 owed to him for a car by another Asian.

Strathclyde Police drug squad detectives, acting on a tip-off, arrested the pair and found the drugs in a car boot.
news.scotsman.com/topics.cfm?tid=1162&id=1453462004

I’m leery of conspiracy theories, especially when they involve convoluted plots. Occam’s Razor is my guide, however, ever since the events of July 7 something has been nagging at me about the nature of the latest terrorist attack, and not merely the timing but the methods. Call it a gut reaction if you like but as more information has become available my suspicions have heightened that all may not be as it seems. And as the four young men are (conveniently) dead, we’ll never hear their side of the story.

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 2 July 11-14 2005

14 July 2005 — Information Clearing House

[I’ve been archiving ICH digests since early 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

Information Clearing House
Digest July 11-14 2005
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 67 Days

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It is an insult to the dead to deny the link with Iraq

Tony Blair put his own people at risk in the service of a foreign power

Seumas Milne

The first piece of disinformation long peddled by champions of the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan is that al-Qaida and its supporters have no demands that could possibly be met or negotiated over; that they are really motivated by a hatred of western freedoms and way of life; and that their Islamist ideology aims at global domination.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9469.htm

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Statewatch News Online, 13 July 2005 (27/05)

13 July 2005 — Statewatch

Full contents see: www.statewatch.org/news

1. EU: UK Presidency proposes that all ID cards have biometrics
2. UK-EU: Call for mandatory data retention of all telecommunications
3. EU policy “putsch”: Data protection handed to the DG for “law, order and security”
4. EU: UK Presidency programme on asylum and immigration
5. European Parliament rejects the EU-Canada agreement on transfer of personal data
6. EU: UK House of Lords report on: The Constitutional Treaty: Role of the ECJ

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Bush and Blair’s ‘Prime Evil’ By William Bowles

13 July 2005

UK Presidency proposes that all ID cards have biometrics – everyone to be fingerprinted.

“This proposal, with others, means that everyone living in the EU is going to be finger-printed and their details held on an EU-wide database. At a time of great tragedy it is all the more important that we act with care and do not bequeath to future generations a society where every movement and every communication is under surveillance. Whether a democratic way of life could survive in such a climate is doubtful.”
See: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2005/jul/07eu-id-bio-plan.htm

This is a moment to seize. The Kaleidoscope has been shaken. The pieces are in flux. Soon they will settle again. Before they do, let us re-order this world around us – Tony Blair, Labour Party Conference, October 2nd 2001

In the light of the increasingly orchestrated hysteria surrounding the slaughter in London last week, it’s worth taking a deep breath and a step back and look at the history of the ‘war on terror’ and how the concept came to be and its inevitable and horrific consequences, consequences that rarely, if ever target the ‘terrorist’ but civilians.

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