Attempted Murder of Former Russian Spy Sergie Skripal – The Facts Without the Waffle – Who did it? – You Decide

 

 

 

MI6 handler:Pablo Miller & Sergie Skripal

 

 

15 Aug 2017: This Will Blow Your Mind – Required Reading Before Taking in the Rest of the Article

We think we are more connected to the world, when in reality it’s the opposite. We no longer trust the world we live in precisely because of Facebook, Google and Twitter who now have dominance over the global narrative, themselves braided and intertwined into the architecture of the establishment and their handlers.

According to the 2017 Edelman TRUST Barometer trust in the British media has fallen 4 places in just one year to seventh from bottom globally, behind countries such as Turkey, Poland and Russia, none of which are considered to have a free press.

In fact, trust in the four institutions of government, business, media and NGO’s has taken a dramatic dive in just the last three years alone.

Military designed disinformation campaigns are being used against us to ensure we fall into line. This is a world concocted by a faulty and deceitful media operated and managed by the neurosis of government and its agencies.

Just six people control about 80 percent of all printed media in Britain and an even smaller number controls nearly 90 percent of what is seen on the Internet. The same exists in the USA and across Europe.

Allegations of government officials pressuring and even threatening editors and journalists are now rife in the industry.

Mainstream media was literally choked by government information officers peddling propaganda, disinformation and fake news and now we, the people are directly targeted by the surveillance systems the public paid for but had no control over.

Full article here: http://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/mainstream-media-the-spies-who-choked-me/

 

Skripal arrested in Russia

 

 

5 Mar 2018: Attempted Murder of Former Russian Spy

Ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, former colonel in Russia’s Military Intelligence Directorate and his daughter, 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, – are in a critical condition in Salisbury after being exposed to an ‘unknown substance’

Skripal was one of four Russians exchanged in 2010 for 10 Russian “sleeper agents” discovered in the United States. Four years before, he had been sentenced to 13 years in prison for treason, providing British intelligence with information about Russian security agents.

He decided to seek permanent residence in Great Britain and led a quiet life in Salisbury, where he reportedly bought a four bedroom house for £340,000 cash.

It is unclear why Skripal decided to resettle specifically in Salisbury, but Pablo Miller, the MI6 agent who recruited him also resides in the town.

It is also reported that Skripal had been awarded an MI6 pension on his arrival in the UK in 2010, in return for giving speeches to defence and security officials and for providing “consultancy” to the intelligence services.

Skripal’s wife, Lyudmila, lived with him in Salisbury until her death a few years ago. His son died from liver failure in 2017 in St. Petersburg. Yulia’s Facebook page states that she had moved to Salisbury in 2010, with her parents, but had returned to Moscow a few years later.

 

Sergie Skripal in Salisbury.

 

1 Mar 2018: Skripal is reported to have visited the local police station to advise of his concern for his safety and well being.

 

Yulia Skripal

 

 

1 Mar 2018: Skripal Planning a Return to Russia?

It was revealed by Victoria Skripal (niece) that Yulia’s current partner is a high ranking official in the Russian security services and Yulia had travelled from Russia to Salisbury to be together with her father on the date of her late brother Alexander’s birthday and the first anniversary of his death.

Secondary business included the formal completion of paperwork pertaining to the transfer to Yulia of “Power of Attorney” over the affairs of her father and her late brother who both own properties in Russia and where her late brother has a bank account, balance £200,000 approx.

Skripal, previously formally pardoned for his crimes against the Russian state, was negotiating his return to Russia in exchange for information proving that MI6 had fabricated the Trump Dossier in order to delegitimize President Trump. He also wished to be with his elderly mother (87) in her final years.

 

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey

Yulia & Sergie Skripal in Zizzi restuarant but who is the photogapher?

 

 

4 Mar 2018: Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, resides near to the Skirpal residence and it is feasible that he pulled a protective escort duty at the time the Skirpals were away from their home on 4 March 2018.

All photography of the officer portays him in uniform but his normal attire would be civilian clothes. If the duty is affirmed his involvement in the incident would need to be revised.

A photograph of Skripal and his daughter reported to be at lunch in the Zizzi restuarant on the day of the incident appeared in the press.

In it the person taking the photograph appeared to be at lunch with the Skripals. But is the person mirrored Nick Bailey? If it is this is where he might have become infected with the toxin.

There are other aspects of his involvement in the incident that raise further enquiry:

It is reported by the police force that Nick first went to the aid of the Skripals long after after they had been in receipt of medical aid from an unprotected qualified doctor and other first aiders for about 15 minutes.

Assistance that continued unbroken until Skripal and his daughter were removed from the scene and taken to hospital. Between 30-45 minutes.

Why is it that all those involved in the care of the Skripal’s with the exception of Nick were unaffected?

The police offered that Nick may have been contaminated through a transfer of the agent from the doorknob of the Skripal residence when he went there after they had been removed to hospital.

This begs more questions:

The doorknob explanation is “false news”. Delivery of the toxin was confirmed to be by mouth in liquid form.

This rules out the house visit as the place Nick became contaminated. What other explanation is there?

Why did Nick feel the need to go to the house?

Did he have a doorkey?

Did he enter the house?

If he did enter the house why did he not secure the open windows before leaving?

Did he remove anything from the house?

Why did he drive alone to the hospital in a marked police car well after the incident?

When did he begin to feel unwell?

When and at what time was he admitted to hospital?

At the time of his visit to the Skripal home, why did Nick not remove to a safe place the £4000 valued Persian house cat, a second cat and guinea pig pets?

The cat, “Nash Van Drake” was found weeks after the incident, starving and dehydrated in a ‘distressed state’ in the Skripal home.

A veterinary surgeon had to euthanise the animal to “alleviate its suffering.”

Skripal’s two guinea pigs were also found dead in the course of the discovery.

Were the dead animals tested for the presence of the toxin?

If affirmative what were the findings?

The £4000 Persian cat was put down days after Yulia had recovered. Did she give her permission?

 

Skripal home in Salisbury. Note the open windows

 

 

4 Mar 2018: Sequence of events

1255 – 1335: Left home. Visited cemetery.

1335 – 1340: Travelled by car to The Maltings. Parked up in the car-park.

1340 – 1415: Drinks in the Bishop’s Mill Pub.

1415 – 1545: In the Italian Zizzi Restuarant. Yulia reportedly opened a “gift from friends” as they consumed a meal. Soon after Skirpal began acting irrationaly.

A witness, who saw the pair at the restaurant said Mr Skirpal was acting “very strange” and was “very agitated”.  He seemed to lose his temper… and he just started screaming at the top of his voice, he  wanted his bill and he wanted to go.”

Traces of the agent were found in the restuarant some days after the incident.

1545 – 1548: CCTV footage of Skripal and Yulia in the Maltings Shopping Centre walking towards the bench were they were found distressed shortly after. (https://t.co/RotGv7wEdZ)

1600 – 1615: Skripal and daughter found on park bench comatose, frothing at mouth, contracted pupils, vacant stare, convulsions, evidence of vomiting.

Attending doctor described Yulia as “vomiting and fitting” after losing control of her bodily functions.

The doctor, one of the first people on the scene described how she found Ms Skripal slumped unconscious on a bench, vomiting and fitting.

She had also lost control of her bodily functions.

The woman, who asked not to be named, told the BBC she moved Ms Skripal into the recovery position and opened her airway, as others tended to her father.

She said she treated her for almost 30 minutes, saying there was no sign of any chemical agent on Ms Skripal’s face or body.

The doctor said she had been worried she would be affected by the nerve agent, but added that she “felt fine”.

1615 – 1645: Police, ambulance and Air ambulance arrived at scene.

Yulia transferred to hospital by Air ambulance. Father transported by road to same hospital.

 

 

 

6 Mar 2018: Skripal Poisoning – Suspicious Substance Identified at Scene

Authorities declined to name the toxin to which the pair were suspected to have been exposed, but local media soon reported the substance found at the scene to be similar to fentanyl: a lethally strong opioid available even on Salisbury’s soporific streets.

But the UK government was already hinting at Russian involvement. The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd issued a brief statement on Monday 6 March 2018 after visiting the site. She said:

“The attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, using a nerve agent was a “brazen and reckless” act.

On Tuesday 6 March 2018, She briefed MP’s stating:

“This was an “outrageous crime and the government will act without hesitation as the facts become clearer. It would be inappropriate to speculate on whether the Russian state might have been involved in the attack.

It is a police investigation and findings should be based on “facts, not rumour”.

That same day local police were stood down from the investigation and ordered to pass the matter to a police anti-terrorist unit.

 

Sergie and Yulia leaving Zizzi’s

 

6 Mar 2018: Expert comment

Dr Jennifer Cole, an associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, said anyone manufacturing nerve agents needs advanced chemical knowledge and some form of laboratory. “With something that dangerous you need to know exactly what you’re doing, particularly so that you don’t get it on yourself.

It wouldn’t be difficult to manufacture in the UK – it wouldn’t have to be imported.”

Dr Cole added that when nerve agents are absorbed through the skin or inhaled, they are very fast-acting. “The fact that there doesn’t seem to have been anyone with them when they collapsed points to it being ingested (swallowed).

Antidotes do exist to several nerve agents but their effectiveness relies on them being administered immediately to counteract their rapid effect onthe nervous system.”

 

Accused Russia of the Murder Attempt

 

 

7 Mar 2018: The Russians Did It says Prime Minister May and Boris Johnson

Experts at Porton Down laboratories have identified the substance used as a military-grade nerve agent “of a type developed by Russia”, and part of a group of such agents known as Novichok.

Prime Minister Theresa May gave Moscow 36 hours to “provide full and complete disclosure of the Novichok programme” to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

The OPCW is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention, which entered into force in 1997 and has 192 member states.

May said police were still investigating how the dose of the nerve agent was administered. But who is responsible?

“The government has concluded that it is highly likely that Russia was responsible for the act against Sergei and Yulia Skripal,” May said.

She added that Britain had reached the verdict based on its knowledge that Russia had previously produced the agent and could still do so, the country’s “record of conducting state-sponsored assassinations” and its analysis that Moscow views some defectors as legitimate targets for killing.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the Skripal case has “echoes” of Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian dissident who died of Polonium poisoning in a 2006 attack attributed to Moscow.

Moscow  denied involvement in the Salisbury attack and accused Prime Minister may of an attempt to “discredit” Russia.

A police statement, issued later stated,  “we are not declaring a person of interest or a suspect at this time”.

 

Porton Down statement: Novichuk or closely related agent

 

 

9 Mar 2018: Russian Ex-Pats Add Fuel to the Fire

Valery Morozov, a former construction magnate who fled Russia after revealing corruption, claimed last night that Sergie Skripal, 66, was still working, and remained in regular contact with military intelligence officers at the Russian embassy.

He added that, as a result, he had decided to steer clear of Skripal for his own safety.

Speaking to Channel 4 News he said: “If you have a military intelligence officer working in the Russian diplomatic service, living after retirement in the UK, working in cyber-security and every month going to the embassy to meet military intelligence officers – for me, being a political refugee, it is either a certain danger or, frankly speaking,  I thought that this contact might not be very good for me because it can bring some questions from British officials.”

Andrei Lugovoi, another former Russian agent, stated that Skripal had been pardoned in Russia so no one from there would be after him. “I don’t rule out that this is another provocation by  the British.

Whatever happens on British territory, they start yelling: “He was killed, he was hung, he was poisoned!” and that Russia is to blame for everything. This is to their advantage.”

Igor Sutyagin, yet another Russian traitor flown to Russia in 2010 in an exchange of spies-also said, “I don’t think that Skripal would be targeted, because he was pardoned.”

 

 

9 Mar 2018: Poisioned British-Russian Double-Agent Has Links To the Hilary Clinton Presidential Campaign

There are indicators pointing to a strong connection between the Skripal case and the anti-Trump/anti-Russia propaganda drive run by the Obama administration and the Hillary Clinton election campaign.

See my posts:

https://caltonjock.com/2018/04/14/dirty-tricks-trumpgate-and-skripal-all-roads-lead-to-london-and-mi6/

https://caltonjock.com/2018/04/04/porton-down-director-distances-his-establishment-from-prime-minister-mays-accusation-that-russia-is-responsible-for-the-nerve-agent-attack-on-skripal-and-his-daughter-but-we-must-trust-information/

Skirpal’s MI6 handler and close neighbour in Salisbury, Pablo Miller, now retired, is employed as a security consultant by Orbis Business Intelligence.

In it’s employ Miller actively participated with Steele and a number of Russian contacts, (in the UK and Russia) in the process of compiling a controversial dossier, (since dismissed as entirely false) on US presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Orbis is owned by Christopher Steele’s company which was paid by Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS working for the Clinton campaign to make up or find ‘dirt’ about Trump.

Steele had spent more than twenty years in M.I.6, most of it focussing on Russia.

For three years, in the nineties, he spied in Moscow under diplomatic cover. Between 2006 and 2009, he ran the service’s Russia desk, at its headquarters, in London.

He is fluent in Russian, and widely considered to be an expert on the country.

Steele was an MI6 undercover agent in Moscow around the time when Skripal was recruited and handed over Russian secrets to the MI6.

He also ran the MI6 Russia desk so anything about Skripal will have passed through him. It is very likely that they personally knew each other.

If there is a connection between the dossier and Skripal, which seems likely, then there are a number of people and organizations with potential motives to kill him.

Lots of shady people and officials, on both sides of the Atlantic were involved in creating and running the anti-Trump/anti-Russia campaign.

There are several investigations on-going and some very dirty laundry may yet be revealed.

Removing Skripal whilst attaching the blame to Russia looks like an opportune way to get rid of a potentially troublesome witness.

But the important question of motive has not yet been asked nor answered and this weakens any assertions attaching blame to Russia.

It was certainly not vengeance for Skripal’s earlier spying since he had been in Russian jails for four years and had lived openly in Salisbury for eight, providing many opportunities for the Russian’s to top him if they wished to.

Also faced with an already belicose and increasingly belligerent UK government and media Russia did not need to attract any more anti-Russian propaganda in the “western” media.

The former British ambassador Craig Murray suspects a different motive and culprit: (Craig Murray @CraigMurrayOrg – 10:21 AM – 8 Mar 2018)

“Russophobia is extremely profitable to the armaments, security and spying industries and it reinforces intellectually challenged voters in their Tory loyalty. Ramping Russophobia is the most convincing motive for the Skripal attack.”

Former Ambassador Murray also pointed out that Salisbury, where the incident took place, is just 8 miles away from Porton Down, a chemical weapon test site run by the British government.

As the BBC noted in a report about the place: “chemical agents are still manufactured on site.”

More likely motives can also be found in the statement:

“It is no surprise that the UK government, and the US, are promoting a “wicked Putin’s Russia” story eagerly embraced and circulated to a gullible public, by the British media since it allows the implentation of further wide ranging sanctions and other punitive actions against Russia all with the purpose of starting the process of “Regime Change.”

 

 

 

15 Mar 2018: Craig Murray Former UK Ambassador: The Novichok Story Is Indeed Another Iraqi WMD Scam

As recently as 2016 Dr Robin Black, Head of the Detection Laboratory at the UK’s only chemical weapons facility at Porton Down, a former colleague of Dr David Kelly, published in an extremely prestigious scientific journal that the evidence for the existence of Novichoks was scant and their composition unknown. Full report here:

(http://truepublica.org.uk/united- kingdom/novichok-story-indeed-another-iraqi-wmd-scam/)

 

 

 

13 Apr 2018: Defence Laboratory Chief Executive wrong to say Salisbury Novichok nerve agent could “probably” only be made by a state actor

Eminent scientists disagree with Porton Down statement, read:

https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/12644/exclusive-scientist-defence-laboratory-chief-executive-wrong-say-salisbury-novichok

 

 

 

14 Apr 2018: Swiss Laboratory says Incapacitating Agent ‘BZ Toxin’ was used in Salisbury

Blood Samples of the persons infected were provided by the UK to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). These were were passed to the Swiss State Spiez Chemical Laboratory for analysis.

The lab is an internationally recognized centre of excellence in the field of the nuclear, biological and chemical protection and is one of the five centres permanently authorized by the OPCW.

Their findings indicated the presence of a novichuck agent and an incapacitating binding toxin known as 3-Quinuclidinyl benzilate or BZ.

The BZ toxin had never been produced in Russia, but was in service in the US, UK, and other NATO states.

The presence of the BZ toxin nullified the potency of the Novichuck agent so that ingestion would only incapacitate a victim for a period of between 2-5 days from which there would be an expectancy of a full recovery.

The Swiss Centre sent the results to OPCW. But the UN chemical watchdog limited itself only to confirming the presence of a novichuck agent without mentioning anything about the other facts presented in the Swiss document.

The Russian Foreign Office asked OPCW to comment on the issue which in their view suggested the attack on the Skripals might have originated in the UK or the US.

Moscow also believes that the entire Skripal case lacks transparency and that the UK is not interested in an independent inquiry.

“We get the impression that the British government is deliberately pursuing the policy of destroying all possible evidence, classifying all remaining materials and making a transparent investigation impossible,” the Russian ambassador to the UK, Alexander Yakovenko, said during a press conference.

The Russian foreign minister also said that London refused to answer dozens of “very specific” questions asked by Moscow about the Salisbury case, as well as to provide any substantial evidence that could shed light on the incident.

Instead, the UK accused Russia of failing to answer its own questions, he said, adding that, in fact, London did not ask any questions but wanted Moscow to admit that it was responsible for the delivery of the chemical agent to the UK.

 

 

 

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/03/spy-posions-spy-and-the-anti-trump-campaign.html#more

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ex-russian-spy-drama-know-191546394.html

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2000/mar/25/russia.iantraynor1

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/sergei-skripal-freelance-spying-targeted-russian-spy-double-agent-poisoning-nerve-agent-salisbury-a8246686.html

https://www.globalresearch.ca/another-false-flag-skripals-black-persian-cat-russia-did-it/5635112?utm_campaign=magnet&utm_source=article_page&utm_medium=related_articles

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5503849/Was-Russian-spys-daughter-REAL-target-nerve-agent-attack.html

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Dirty Tricks – Trumpgate and Skripal – All Roads Lead to London and MI6

 

 

 

 

 

Note:  This article is a follow up to the undernoted link.

(https://caltonjock.com/2017/11/17/trump-putin-congressional-investigation-moving-finger-of-fate-pointing-at-the-tory-party-and-stirling-university-on-the-hook-as-well/)

 

 

 

Boris Johnson – Trump – The Tory party

Three senior past and present Foreign Office ministers, including the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, were targeted by individuals identified by the FBI as central to their investigation into Trump-Russia collusion.

Alok Sharma MP said: “I did not introduce Mifsud to Boris Johnson and I don’t think anyone else did either.”

But indications of Russian efforts to make contacts with British officials could prove embarrassing for Johnson, who was asked about possible foreign interference in Britain last week and replied: “I haven’t seen a sausage.”

But there were meetings and encounters between British ministers and two individuals named in FBI indictments unsealed last week – George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser for Donald Trump’s campaign, and a “London professor” with high-level connections to the Russian state, subsequently identified as a Maltese academic, Joseph Mifsud.

Alok Sharma, a Foreign Office minister until June this year and MP for Reading West, confirmed he had met Mifsud “a couple of times” and he had attended a fundraising dinner in his constituency on 19 October this year, where he had “briefly greeted” him.

An email from Mifsud to a colleague, uncovered by Byline, the crowdfunded independent journalism site, revealed Mifsud had told a colleague he would be “meeting Boris Johnson for dinner re Brexit” on that date. Sharma confirmed Johnson was the guest speaker at the event.

The revelation comes as an investigation into foreign influence places him in a web of relationships between a known Russian spy, Sergey Nalobin, expelled from Britain in 2015, and Matthew Elliott, the chief executive of Vote Leave, the official Leave campaign headed by Johnson.

A witness said: “We’re starting to have a much clearer picture from America of how the Russian state sought to influence the US election and I think there are multiple questions to be asked about how and in what ways the Russian state may have been exerting influence in British politics.

Given the gravity of the allegations against Mr Papadopoulos, the government should make public any meetings these two individuals had with British officials and what was discussed.”

Even more questions are raised by a meeting between Papadopoulos and Tobias Ellwood, then a senior minister in the Foreign Office, at the UN general assembly in New York in September 2016.

This was when Papadopoulos was still working for the Trump campaign and, according to the FBI’s documents, had made multiple contacts through his intermediary – the “London professor” – with “high-level Russian officials”.

Ellwood’s meeting occurred after Papadopoulos had discovered in April that the Russians had “dirt on Hillary Clinton” in the form of “thousands of emails” but before WikiLeaks started publishing her emails in October.

Ben Bradshaw, the MP who has been one of the few voices asking questions about possible Russian interference in British democracy, said the Foreign Office’s explanation that such a meeting was “routine” was implausible.

“In my experience, it is not normal for a minister to meet party campaign operatives while on official government business.”

He added: “If Mr Papadopoulos’s role was as junior as Trump has been claiming, I would be surprised that a minister as senior and experienced as Mr Ellwood would agree to meet him.”

More here: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/nov/04/boris-johnson-brexit-russia-trump

 

 

 

September 2015:  Senior Republican Opposed to Trump Nomination – Commissioned a Damaging Dossier From Fushion GPS

In September 2015, a wealthy Republican donor who strongly opposed Trump put up the money to hire a Washington research firm run by former journalists, Fusion GPS, to compile a dossier about the real estate magnate’s past scandals and weaknesses.

Fusion GPS, headed by a former Wall Street Journal journalist known for his dogged reporting, Glenn Simpson, most often works for business clients.

But in presidential elections, the firm is sometimes hired by candidates, party organizations or donors to do political “oppo” work — shorthand for opposition research — on the side.

It is routine work and ordinarily involves creating a big, searchable database of public information: past news reports, documents from lawsuits and other relevant data.

For months, Fusion GPS gathered the documents and put together the files from  Trump’s past in business and entertainment, a rich target.

After Mr. Trump emerged as the presumptive nominee in the spring, the Republican interest in financing the effort ended.

But Democratic supporters of Hillary Clinton were very interested, and Fusion GPS kept doing the same deep dives, but on behalf of new clients.

Simpson then hired Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with whom he had worked before.

Steele, in his early 50s, had served undercover in Moscow in the early 1990s and later was the top expert on Russia at the London headquarters of Britain’s spy service, MI6.

When he stepped down in 2009, he started his own commercial intelligence firm, Orbis Business Intelligence.

As a former spy who had carried out espionage inside Russia, Steele was in no position to travel to Moscow to study Trump’s connections there.

But instead he hired native Russian speakers to call informants inside Russia and made surreptitious contact with his own connections in the country as well.

Steele wrote up his findings in a series of memos, each a few pages long, that he began to deliver to Fusion GPS in June and continued at least until December.

By then, the presidential election was over, and neither Steele nor Simpson was being paid by a client, but they did not stop what they believed to be very important work.

The memos described two different Russian operations. The first was a year long effort to find a way to influence Mr. Trump, perhaps because he had contacts with Russian oligarchs whom Mr. Putin wanted to keep track of.

According to Steele’s memos, he used an array of familiar tactics: the gathering of “kompromat,” compromising material such as alleged tapes of Mr. Trump with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel, and proposals for business deals attractive to Mr. Trump.

Word  of the dossier reached Capitol Hill and Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, obtained a copy from David J. Kramer, a former top State Department official who works for the McCain Institute at Arizona State University.

McCain then passed the information to James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director. who decided to sit on it until after the Presidential election.

 

 

 

September 2016:  Unverified Dossier Creates a Crisis For Trump

Recently retired British spy, Christopher Steele, was tasked  to build a file on Donald J Trump’s  ties to Russia.

This week, explosive details — unsubstantiated accounts of frolics with prostitutes, real estate deals that were intended as bribes and coordination with Russian intelligence of the hacking of Democrats — were summarized  in a top secret intelligence report.

Trump denounced the unproven claims as a fabrication, a Nazi-style smear concocted by “sick people.”

It further undermined his relationship with the intelligence agencies and cast a shadow over the new administration.

 James R. Clapper Jr., director of national intelligence, issued a statement decrying leaks about the matter and saying of the Steele dossier that the intelligence agencies had “not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable.”

Much of the report remained out of reach — most critically the basic question of how much, if anything, in the dossier was true.

But the  debacle offered a glimpse of the hidden side of US presidential campaigns, involving private sleuths-for-hire and secret agents of foreign countries looking for the worst they can find about the next American leader.

 

 

 

Early April 2016: Dirty Tricks Campaign Orchestrated by the Clinton Team, Hakluyt & Co (UK), Papadopoulos, Mifsud and UK security services – Discrediting Trump in Favour of Clinton

Categorised as a nonentity by Trump’s campaign team yet Papadopoulis wielded a powerful fist in London as Trump’s foreign policy advisor.

Undoubtably the “Daniel Defoe” of the Trump presidential campaign he  nearly succeeded in getting Hilary Clinton into office.

Claire Smith Head of UK intelligence committee

 

 

27 April 2016: Trump’s Delivers his first Foreign Policy public statement (edited by his Europe and, Middle East advisor), George Papadopoulos
“We desire to live peacefully and in friendship with Russia. We want to ease tensions and to see “improved relations with Russia, so that this horrible cycle of hostility  can be ended and soon. Good for both countries.” I want to make a deal that will be beneficial to Russia and the US.”

 

 

Claire Smith & Joseph Mifsud

 

 

4 May 2016: Prime Minister Cameron told by George Papadopoulos to Say Sorry to Trump or the Risk Special Relationship

As Trump’s chances of gaining the Republican Party nomination for President of the US increased the diplomatic service hurriedly changed it’s foreign policy backing away from Hilary Clinton adopting a more pro-republican approach.
This was confirmed in an article published in the Associated Press (AP) stating:
“British diplomats have been ordered to mend fences and David Cameron
should apologise for calling Donald Trump “divisive, stupid & wrong” said, a foreign policy adviser to the Republican frontrunner.”

George Papadopoulos, the lawyer advising Trump on Europe and the Middle East revealed that the Trump Team had been shocked to be attacked by the British Prime Minister, that Trump was considering a tour of both regions but that he had yet to be invited to Britain by the government.

 Cameron had recently rejected calls to ban Trump from the UK after the tycoon proposed barring Muslims from the US but said that Trump’s remarks were “divisive stupid and wrong”.

I think if he came to visit our country he’d unite us all against him,” Mr Cameron.”

 

 

 

Early May 2016: Australia’s High Commissioner to the UK- Alexander Downer Provides Key Information to the FBI & Clinton Team

Russiagate was triggered by slipshod conversations in a swanky bar in London, between Australia’s High Commissioner to the UK, Alexander Downer, who was based in London, and a drunk junior Trump foreign policy adviser George Papodopoulous.

The pair reportedly discussed the alleged Russian “dirt” on Hillary Clinton while they were drinking in a bar in London.

Downer is closely tied with The Clinton Foundation via his role in securing $25 million in aid from his country to help the Clinton Foundation fight AIDS.

But he is also a member of the advisory board of the secretive London Based Hakluyt & Co.,  an intelligence firm set up in 1995 by three former UK intelligence officials and described as “a retirement home for ex-MI6 (British foreign Service Intelligence) officers.”

And whereas research group Fusion GPS received all the media attention Hakluyt is “a more powerful and mysterious opposition research and intelligence firm… with significant political and financial links to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her 2016 campaign”.

When the information Papadopoulos had disclosed to the Australian diplomat was passed by himself to Clinton and the FBI,  the bureau opened an investigation that soon became one of its most closely guarded secrets.

It had not been prompted by the dossier compiled by former British spy’s, but by Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos boasting to a top Australian diplomat about Russia’s dirt on then Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

 

Claire Smith – Head of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee

 

 

Trump and Russiagate – All Roads Lead to London and MI6

1.   Boris Johnson met with Misfud on 19 Oct 2017.

(https://www.politico.eu/article/boris-johnson-pictured-with-london-professor-from-fbi-russia-probe/amp/)

2.  Misfud worked in Riyadh for a “think tank” run by the former head of Saudi intelligence, Prince Turki al Faisal.

(https://archive.fo/minut#selection-1597.0-1597.147)

3.  Misfud and Claire Smith of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee and eight year member of the UK Security Vetting panel both trained Italian security services at the Link university in Rome.

(https://archive.fo/YX9jq#selection-341.263-347.99)

4.  Alexander Downer in London, closely associated with Hakluyt (now Holdingham Group Ltd) a private MI6 outfit, met with Papadopulos. The FBI used AD’s statement about Misfud to open the FISA interception warrants against the Trump camp.

(http://www.news.com.au/world/britain-is-concerned-about-australias-links-to-hakluyt-security-firm-created-by-former-mi6-agents/news-story/5d6a3c7ccbd5cd9992379aeecaa5e3dc)

5.  It was former UK MI6 officer Christopher Steele who compiled the smear filled “Steel Dossier” funded by Hillary Clinton.

6.  The UK government approved the giving of the Steele dossier to President Obama and the FBI.

7.  It was the UK government that issued a press suppression notice (DA Notice) about Steele.

Downing Street defends move to protect identity of ex-MI6 agent behind Trump dossier.

Tory MPs urge Theresa May to distance the UK government from report by Christopher Steele.

(https://www.ibtimes.co.uk/downing-street-defends-move-protect-identity-ex-mi6-agent-behind-trump-dossier-1600837)

8.  Steele used former UK ambassador Sir Andrew Wood to funnel the dossier to the Trump hating Senator John McCain.

Sir Andrew Wood, McCain’s ‘go-between’ confirm’s he acted as a “go-between” informing Sen. John McCain about the controversial “dossier” containing salacious allegations about then-candidate Donald Trump.

(http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/12/11/inside-trump-dossier-handoff-mccains-go-between-speaks-out.html)

9.  Paul Wood, a reporter routinely operating within UK military and intelligence covert operation zones verifies key claims alleged in the content of the Christopher Steele compiled Trump dossier.

(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39435786)

10. Executives with London-based Hakluyt & Co. contributed thousands of dollars to 2016 Democratic presidential nominee’s campaign.

(https://www.lifezette.com/polizette/meet-hillary-clintons-other-more-powerful-shadowy-oppo-research-firm/)

11. Robert Hannigan, former head of British intelligence agency GCHQ, is another personality of note in the formation of the Russiagate narrative and its deep links to the UK.

Hannigan announced he would step down from his leadership position with the agency just three days after the inauguration of President Trump, on 23 January 2017.

His career profile noted that Hannigan had flown to Washington D.C. to personally brief the then-CIA Director John Brennan on alleged communications between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

What is so curious about this briefing “deemed so sensitive it was handled at director-level” is why Hannigan was talking director-to-director to the CIA and not Mike Rogers at the NSA, GCHQ’s Five Eyes intelligence-sharing partner.

 

Summary.

It is clear, in concentrating on Russia those having an interest in US affairs have been looking in the wrong place – and at the wrong country – to unearth the so-called ‘foreign meddling’ in the 2016 US election.

All roads lead to London and MI6.

My next post will provide information linking ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal  to MI6 and Anthony Steels’s report on Trump.

 

 

 

Information Links

https://archive.fo/UPHNc (Hannigan)

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/10/veteran-spy-gave-fbi-info-alleging-russian-operation-cultivate-donald-trump/

https://archive.fo/6jtGe (Trump Dossier)

 https://archive.fo/o/rcOpz/www.businessinsider.com/who-is-george-papadopoulos-pleaded-guilty-fbi-russia-contacts-2017-10 (Papadopoulis)
 https://archive.fo/o/rcOpz/https://www.justice.gov/file/1007346/download    (Papadopoulis)

https://archive.fo/o/qn3BY/https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/30/us/politics/how-fbi-russia-investigation-began-george-papadopoulos.html (Downer)

https://www.nbcnews.com/video/comey-confirms-fbi-investigating-any-links-between-russia-and-trump-campaign-902047811951

https://archive.fo/o/rcOpz/www.businessinsider.com/how-democrats-republicans-view-mueller-trump-russia-probe-2017-12

 https://archive.fo/8Cjao (Carter Paige)

Terrorists in Syria Facing Defeat Expect France, UK and the US (FUKUS) to Rescue Their Illegal Regime Change Assault on Democracy Using Any Pretext Regardless of Truth

 

 

 

Planned Invasion by the Western Allies of Syria in the Spring of 2018

Late 2017 the Syrian Army liberated parts of their eastern provinces, re-establishing a land route stretching from Iran to Syria and the formidable Hezbollah forces based in the Lebanon.

This is unacceptable to the Western allies and a major offensive is to be launched by the US, UK, Israel and France against the Syrian army in the West of the country, from US, French & UK warships and on the border between Iraq, Jordan and Syria sometime in the spring of 2018.

The primary purpose of the offensive is to establish a permanent Western allied presence in Syria encompassing all major oilfields in eastern and central Syria.

The offensive, when fully completed will remove the Iran-Iraq-Syria-Lebanon land route diminishing Iran’s ability to channel funds and armaments to Hezbollah adversely affecting Syria’s ability to trade with Iraq and Iran further complicating Syria’s post-war reconstruction plans.

The offensive by the Western Allies will significantly undermine Syria’s sovereignty, threatening the progress the Syrian Army has made stabilizing many parts of the country.

 

 

 

The White Helmets

“The White Helmets are feeding images of ‘humanitarian disaster’ and ‘war crimes’ to the very same nations funding them, to politicians and media outlets, with the explicit purpose of lobbying for a no-fly zone in Syria.

Recent history teaches that establishing such a zone carries with it the threat of reducing Syria to a Libya-style failed state.

 

 

The Origins of the White Helmets

The White Helmets are a “propaganda machine” supporting the regime change ambitions of the US, UK, Israel and France and a number of violent extremist groups operating in Syria.

The group plays an active, often armed role in the terrorist war on the legitimate Syrian government.

A huge number of allegations relating to inhumane and often violent abuses is documented against the White Helmets, including their prevalent use of human shields.

Whereever Al Qaeda and Daesh go in the country, the group is sure to follow.

Their support has also been logistical, monitoring Syrian and Russian forces, flight patterns etc.

The group was founded in March 2013 not in Syria, but in Turkey – and not by concerned local civilians, but by James Le Mesurier, a British private security specialist and former military intelligence officer.

While no mention of him is to be found on the White Helmets’ official website in 2018, Le Mesurier’s work in the UK armed forces took him to several far-flung theaters of conflict, including a spell as intelligence coordinator for Pristina City, Kosovo soon after the NATO intervention.

After leaving the army, he worked for a number of organizations, including a term as Vice President for Special Projects at the private mercenary organization “The Olive Group”, which has since merged with “Academi” – formerly known as “Blackwater”, the infamous US private military contractor.

In a 2014 interview Le Mesurier implied the founding of the White Helmets was largely serendipitous – he was holidaying in Istanbul, and felt compelled to help civilians in Syria after hearing harrowing stories of devastation from refugees who had fled across the border.

But his presence in Turkey was neither coincidental, nor spontaneous. It happened just as the Syrian civil war was turning in Assad’s favor, and the Western Allies push for regime change was running out of steam.

The ease with which he secured significant financial assistance from foreign powers is quite remarkable

By Le Mesurier’s own account, he quickly raised around US$300,000 in initial funding from the UK and US, among others, a figure that before long ballooned to over US$100 million when Western NGOs and Gulf states started stumping up cash.

Other foreign backers include the Netherlands ($4.5 million), Germany ($4.5 million), Denmark ($3.2 million) and Japan (figure undisclosed).

Equipment and supplies have also flowed from a number of EU member states.

As of February 2018, the group’s funding stands at over $150 million.

 

 

 

2 Mar 2018: Advance – Terrorists Prepare Chemical Attacks to Discredit Damascus

Russian statement: “Syrian terrorists are preparing provocations involving chemical warfare agents in Eastern Ghouta, which will be used by western states as a pretext for accusing Damascus of the use of chemical weapons against the Syrian civilian population.

They have bombarded residential areas in Damascus in the last 24 hours, firing a total of 28 mortar rounds and they also continue to violate the current ceasefire regime not only in Eastern Ghouta but in Aleppo and Latakia provinces.

 

 

7 Mar 2018: Fake News Alert: Media Stirred Over White Helmets’ ‘New’ Horror Movie

Pictures allegedly showing the White Helmets’ filmmaking studio in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta have appeared on social media, prompting numerous news agencies to assume that the group is producing another “documentary” movie about the “atrocities” of the Syrian government.

Syrian activist Penelope Stafyla posted the footage to her Facebook profile to show the “media industry” and the “Hollywood production” of the White Helmets; the images featured fake human limbs, theatrical grease-paint, a plastic bottle with some substance that looked like blood, etc. She suggested that the group was shooting another film to demonize President Assad as well as to accuse the Syrian government of using chemical weapons against civilians.

 

 

17 Mar 2018: Advance warning – Eastern Damascus – Western Allies to Stage a Chemical Attack

US-trained terrorist groups using chemical weapons will serve as a pretext for the United States and it’s allies to attack Syria.

A significant number of warships including two aircraft carriers have been deployed to the Eastern Mediteranian, Persian Gulf and Red Sea in preparation for cruise missile strikes.

A statement issued by the Russian General Staff said:

“Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists along with the White Helmets are preparing a staged chemical attack.

There are 20 chlorine containers in their possession and the incident will be widely broadcast in the Western media.

American instructors have prepared several groups of militants to carry out provocations.

The toxic agents were delivered to southern Syria, through Israel, disguised as humanitarian aid.”

Earlier this month US Envoy to UN Nikky Haley threatened a Washington strike against Damascus in the event chemical weapons were used by Syrian forces.

 

 

19 Mar 2018: Eastern Ghouta-Humanitarian Aid

The Russian General Staff issued a statement updating the media;

“Tomorrow, another UN humanitarian convoy, consisting of 25 buses and heavy vehicles will head to Douma to assist the city’s population. Today one can say that the situation in Eastern Ghouta has radically changed. Right now you are witnessing a humanitarian operation of a unique scale.

Just today, 26,610 civilians left through the humanitarian corridor, while the entire number of people, who’ve left has reached 44,639.

Those in the city, in need,  have received 445 tons of food, essentials and medicines.”

Latest reports indicate that Syrian troops have already liberated more than half of the area, which terrorists have controlled since 2012. But it is known that 10,000 to 12,000 terrorists are still in the city suburb and are continuing to shell the area which remains a hot spot on the Syrian map.

On February 24, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2401 that urged all conflicting sides to immediately stop all hostilities and adhere to a humanitarian pause across Syria in order to ensure the safe delivery of humanitarian aid, as well as medical evacuation of those injured. Russia also proposed an initiative of organizing a five-hour daily pause in hostilities to ensure humanitarian supplies and evacuations from the area.

 

 

8 Apr 2018: US to Attack Syria

A President Trump security adviser has said that the US will not rule out launching a cruise missile attack in response to news reports about a chemical attack on the terrorist-held area of Duma in Eastern Ghouta, Syria.

In a tweet Trump accused Russian President Vladimir Putin, Moscow and Tehran of backing Syrian President Bashar Assad despite the alleged use of chemical weapons by the regime, adding that Damascus would pay a “big price.”

He further stated that the alleged “mindless” chemical attack was a “humanitarian disaster for no reason and that there were many dead, including women and children. in an area in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world.”

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said “The Syrian government may have again used chemical weapons on people. Reports from a number of contacts and medical personnel on the ground indicate a potentially high number of casualties, including among families hiding in shelters. These reports, if confirmed, are horrifying and demand an immediate response by the international community.

State Department, Steven Mnuchin said “Trump’s National Security team will consider the possible plans of actions in relation to the chemical attack messages in Syria.”

The United Nations also commented on the situation, saying that the alleged use of chemical weapons if true is “abhorrent” and required “thorough investigation.”

The statements were issued only hours after the Russian Foreign Ministry had warned of the possible provocations involving the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Earlier in the day, the Russian Defense Ministry strongly refuted the allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, which had been spread by NGOs, including the infamous White Helmets, who have long been suspected of supporting terrorists.

The major aim of the US is to accuse the Syrian government forces of using chemical weapons and justify possible military intervention in Syria from abroad, according to the ministry.

The Syrian government has denied allegations of using chemical weapons in the city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta, saying it doesn’t need such measures to stop the terrorists.

Last month, Damascus announced that several foreign experts were operating to stage a chemical attack, which would be carried out with the help of the infamous White Helmets and would be covered by mainstream media. The same warning was issued by the Russian Center for Syria reconciliation in January.

Following unconfirmed allegations concerning the use of chemical weapons by Damascus spread by Syrian terrorists in the early hours of 7 Apri 2017; the United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian military airfield in Ash Sha’irat, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the city of Homs. Trump said the attack was a response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria’s Idlib, which Washington blamed on the Damascus authorities.

Damascus slammed that move, calling it “aggression,” while Moscow noted at the time that there was no evidence, proving Damascus’ role in the alleged chemical attack and had demanded a thorough probe into the incident.

Commenting on the new accusations against the Syrian government, Russia has multiple times reiterated its position that all chemical weapons had been removed from Syria mid-2014

 

Russian Missiles Ready in Syria

 

8 Apr 2018: Russian Forces In Syria On Combat Alert As US Considers List Of Targets To Attack Government Forces

Russian forces deployed in Syria have been put on combat alert, in the country’s provinces of Tartus and Latakia where Russian military facilities are located.

Meanwhile, Israeli TV, citing US officials, claimed that the US military is to provide President Trump with a “set of options for carrying out strikes against the Syrian government.”

A few hours earlier, a group of Israeli top officials and public figures officially called on Trump to conduct missile strikes against Syrian government forces in response to an unconfirmed chemical attack in Douma.

In turn, Trump forgot that confirmation of an attack by Syrian government forces had not yet been provided when he stated in a tweet that “Animal Assad” will pay a “big price”.  He also blamed “President Putin, Russia and Iran” for the incident.

Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry denounced chemical attack reports as “hoax” and warned that military actions against Syria could lead to the “gravest consequences.”

The conflict in Syria is on the brink of yet another large-scale escaltion by the Western Allies.

 

 

9 Apr 2018: Macron & Trump Exchange Data ‘Confirming’ Chemical Weapons Use in Douma

The President of France strongly condemned chemical attacks against citizens of Duma in Eastern Ghouta on April 7.

The French president and the US president exchanged information and analysis data, confirming the use of chemical weapons. The statement reads:

“Trump and Macron decided to coordinate their actions and initiatives within the UN Security Council, which is to meet on Monday, April 9, 2018 in New York, in order to condemn disrespect for Resolution 2401, as well as the repeated use of chemical weapons.”

On Sunday, nine out of 15 members of the UN Security Council urged the convocation of an emergency meeting to discuss reports about alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Russia convened a separate meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss increasing threats to international peace and security.

Credit: Vanessa Beeley. Independent Journalist and Sputnik

 

Is Adam Tomkins a Latter Day Daniel Defoe ? His Close Links to the U.S. State Department Certainly Suggest He Might Well Be the Spy Defoe Reborn

 

 

     

 

Family Ties

Rodney Ford has been a major influence in African affairs for nearly 20 years. His partner is Gillian Apfel also a senior US diplomat.

Gillian is the sister of Lauren Apfel, wife of Adam Tomkins, Tory MSP and constitutional affairs spokesman for the Tory party in Scotland.

This short review of their involvement in the affairs of African and Middle East nations exposes the hypocisicy of US foreign policy under the last four president’s and the callous support provided by the UK government.

Between them the the two nations are culpable in the destruction of many countries in Africa and the Middle East, all in pursuit of control of their assets.

What is puzzling is the decision of Tomkins to take up residence in Scotland, for which he has no affiliation, when he would be guaranteed a more financially lucrative career in the US where his wife’s family enjoys significant political clout.

Reflecting on his his participation in Scottish politics I am reminded of Daniel Defoe and his infamous spying role in support of England at the time of the 1707 Treaty of Union.

 

Rodney Ford

 

 

Rodney Ford: Diplomat. Foreign Service Institute. Department of State: Washington D.C.

Experience:

September 2017 – Present. Foreign Service Institute. Language Student – Italian

August 2016 – June 2017. Graduate Student – National Security Studies. National Defense University – National War College. Washington D.C.

August 2014 – August 2015.  U.S. Department of State. Deputy Director, Bureau of African Affairs, Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. U.S. Department of State. Washington D.C. Oversee the allocation of more than $38 million in public diplomacy programming, providing daily policy guidance and program support to 49 Public Affairs Sections across Africa, and oversee public diplomacy personnel assignments for the Africa Bureau in Washington and in the field.

July 2013 – July 2014. Spokesperson. U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq. Responsible for all media-related activities advancing the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement.

August 2010 – July 2013. Information Officer. U.S. Embassy Rabat, Morocco. Served spokesperson and senior adviser for all media-related activies for the U.S. Mission to the Kingdom of Morocco.

July 2007 – July 2010. Public Affairs Officer. U.S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar. Directed U.S. public diplomacy efforts in Madagascar and the Union of the Comoros. Advised the Ambassador on issues related to U.S. interests in Malagasy and Comoran media.

June 2004 – December 2006. Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer. Bureau of Afican Affairs. Managed full range of U.S. exchange programs with South Africa.

2002 – 2004. Consular Officer. U.S. Department of State.

 

Gillian Apfel

 

 

Gillian Apfel: Diplomat. US Department of State

Experience:

Sep 2017 – Present. Foreign Service Officer. U.S. Department of State. Arlington, Virginia. Studying Italian at the Foreign Service Institute in preparation for assignment at the US Embassy in Rome.

Aug 2015 – Aug 2017. LNA Coordinator. U.S. Department of State.

Sep 2014 – Aug 2015. Consul. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Aug 2013 – Aug 2014. American Citizens Services Chief. Baghdad, Iraq. Refugee Coordinator for Admissions. Working at the US Embassy in Baghdad resettling Iraqi refugees in the U.S.

Jul 2012 – Jul 2013. Program Officer, Working at the Operations Center in Crisis Management Support. U.S. Department of State. Washington D.C.

 

Kagame & Clinton

 

President of Rwanda – Paul Kagame

The Rwandan government’s warped historical record of massacres in Central Africa was used to provide credence to President Paul Kagame’s 25 year totalitarian rule in Rwanda.

It was also used to justify the U.S.-backed invasion, occupation and plunder of the immensely resource rich Democratic Republic of the Congo, despite many U.N. reports documenting Kagame’s army’s atrocities in both Rwanda and Congo.

Kagame was shielded by powerful friends, including Clinton, Blair and Obama.

But any attempt to cling to power beyond 2017 would not be supported by the US, the UK and the EU.

Kagame is a longtime ally of former president Clinton who presented him with a Global Citizen Award in 2009.

Asked about his closeness to Kagame, Clinton said that war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide crime that Kagame is accused of in U.N. reports had never been adjudicated in a court of law.

Critics commented that U.S. administrations made sure that Kagame was never indicted by an international court.

 

Cameron & Kagame

 

26 Jul 2010: Campaign group sues UK government for enabling DR Congo violence

Global Witness is taking the British government to court for allegedly failing to report companies trading Congolese “conflict minerals”.

The organisation alleged that British companies had been trading in minerals controlled by armed groups in DR Congo in defiance of United Nations sanctions introduced in 2008 and 2009.

Global Witness said groups controlling the trade in minerals such as tin and tungsten use the money generated to buy arms to fund campaigns against civilians.

A group legal adviser said it was applying to the High Court in London for an order requiring the government to put forward for sanctions British firms violating the UN resolutions.

She said: “We approached the UK government in early 2009 once sanctions were passed where you could list entities supporting armed groups for sanctions. We decided to take advantage of that and requested they put forward certain names. But no action was taken.

Further evidence again came up during that period, which showed that these companies were breaking sanctions. In eastern DR Congo there are still high levels of violence. By the UK government not taking action it allowed the funding of armed groups in these areas and allowing the conflict to perpetuate.”

The UK’s Foreign Office released a statement stating, “the government expects all British companies operating in the minerals sector in the DR Congo to follow high standards of due diligence.

We will continue to take reports that they are not doing so seriously, and will assess in each case whether there are grounds to consider recommending to UN partners that sanctions measures be imposed or supporting proposals for listings made by other states.”

(http://en.rfi.fr/africa/20100726-campaign-group-sues-uk-government-enabling-drc-violence)

 

 

Aug 2010: UN report shows Rwanda massacred Hutus in DR Congo

A UN report detailed the mass killing of Hutu refugees by Rwandan forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the late 1990s.

The document investigated allegations of genocide and other human rights abuses in eastern DR Congo, between 1993 and 2003 when over a million Hutus fled to DR Congo in the wake of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide.

In a Wikileaks expose, Clinton Foundation staffer Amitabh Desai wrote: “Rwandan Ambassador said criticism of Kagame seems to have quieted, partly due to Clinton and Blair’s unwavering support for Kagame.

Rwandan Ambassador said Kagame and Rwanda very much appreciate their unflinching support.”

The report identified “systematic attacks” against Hutu refugees by the Rwandan army – and the Congolese rebel group the AFDL – in the years 1996 to 1998.

Kagame spent many weeks attempting to quash the report and threatened to pull Rwandan troops out of UN peacekeeping missions over the allegations.

(http://en.rfi.fr/africa/20100827-un-report-shows-rwanda-massacred-hutus-dr-congo-says-le-monde)

 

 

25 Nov 2011: U.S. backed the invasion of Eastern Congo on Obama’s inauguration day

There was a U.S.-backed campaign to destabilize, depopulate and colonize Eastern Congo/Zaire since the first U.S.-supported invasion of 1996, which occurred under President Clinton, and which followed the U.S. destabilization and coup d’etat in Rwanda.

In 2001 the U.S. and its allies, again deployed their proxy army, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), comprising many child soldiers, in a secret campaign to balkanize Congo and create a Republic of the Volcanoes in the region.

The mission was to expand Rwanda through the annexation of the Kivu and Maniema Provinces.

Fellow participants Uganda also with U.S. support, set out to annex the Ituri province. The campaigns were backed by multinational corporations, and the goals were political, military and economic.

So President Barack Obama invaded Congo, the heart of Africa, on his Inauguration Day?

The U.S.-backed military invasion of 20 Jan 2009 included U.S. military commanders, special forces, military advisers, technicians and other U.S. military personnel, and it involved weaponry supplied by the U.S. and Britain.

(http://sfbayview.com/2011/01/u-s-backed-the-invasion-of-eastern-congo-on-obamas-inauguration-day)

 

Clinton & Kagame

 

2 Jan 2014: Rwanda’s former spy chief ‘murdered’ in South Africa

Kagame’s former chief of external intelligence, Patrick Karegeya, was found murdered in a posh Johannesburg hotel.

In exile, Karegeya had secretly been advising South African and Tanzanian intelligence.

Kagame officially denied involvement in the assassination, but speaking on the matter to a domestic audience shortly thereafter, said: “You can’t betray Rwanda and not get punished for it.”

Comment: So the U.S. supported a President complicit in the murder of former spys resident in foreign lands.

(https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/02/rwanda-former-spy-chief-karegeya-murdered-kagame)

 

Patrick Karegeya, Murdered

 

 

14 Jul 2015: Rwanda parliament votes in favour of Kagame’s third term

Rwandan legislators voted in support of a referendum allowing President Paul Kagame a third term in power, backing a petition signed by millions of citizens.

The Rwandan constitution, adopted in 2003, limited the number of presidential  terms to two, and therefore barred Kagame — elected first in 2003 and again in 2010 — to stand for a third term.

But petitions signed by a total of two million people demanded that Kagame be allowed to stay in office. Parliament subsequently amended the constitution allowing Kagame to run for a third term of office.

Addressing the press Kagame said that he was open to going or remaining based on what Rwandans decided ahead of 2024.

 

Kagame

 

Dec 2015: US State Department briefing by Rodney Ford

Bureau of African Affairs spokesman Rodney Ford said the U.S. will not support Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s bid to abolish Rwanda’s constitutional term limits so that he can remain in power.

Ford’s statement came as a surprise because Rwandan President Paul Kagame has been such a close, longstanding and useful ally and “military partner” to the U.S.

The statement was, however, unequivocal: It read: “The United States supports the principle of democratic transition in all countries in the region through free, fair, and credible elections, held in accordance with current constitutions, including provisions regarding term limits.

The United States believes that democracy is best advanced through the development of strong institutions, not strongmen.

For that reason, we do not support changing constitutions to benefit the personal or political interests of individuals or parties.

Changing constitutions and eliminating term limits to favor incumbents is inconsistent with democratic principles and reduces confidence in democratic institutions.

We are committed to support a peaceful, democratic transition in 2017 to a new leader elected by the Rwandan people.”

Comment: Kagame ignored the US State Department instruction and got himself elected yet again. And the US is still backing him because they need his army to police other states.

(http://sfbayview.com/2010/08/political-cost-of-standing-with-kagame-mounts-by-the-hour)

 

Kagame

 

5 Aug 2017: Kagame re-elected president with 99% of vote in Rwanda election

Paul Kagame, 59, the controversial president of Rwanda, won a landslide victory in the African state’s election, securing a third term in office, extending his 17 years in power. The result will surprise no one, inside or outside Rwanda.

Kagame won international praise for the stability and economic development he brought Rwanda since the 1994 genocide, when an estimated 800,000 people were killed, but he has also been accused of running an authoritarian, one-party  state.

 

 

 

1 Dec 2014: Nigeria ends U.S. mission to counter Boko Haram

In May 2013, the U.S. Army posted a story on its official website announcing that soldiers and special operators would train a Nigerian 650-man Ranger battalion to fight Boko Haram, marking the first time that U.S. troops would train their African counterparts for a mission other than peacekeeping.

Col. John Ruffing, chief of US Army Africa’s Security Cooperation Division, said: “It is not peacekeeping — it is every bit of what we call decisive action, meaning those soldiers will go in harm’s way to conduct counterinsurgency operations in their country to defeat a known threat.”

But only 8 months later it emerged that the Nigerian government had terminated the U.S. effort to train a battalion of its troops to fight Boko Haram, an Islamist terrorist group responsible for abducting hundreds of schoolgirls earlier in the year.

According to Rodney Ford of the State Department. Who stated: “We regret the premature termination of this training, as it was to be the first in a larger planned project that would have trained additional units with the goal of helping the Nigerian Army build capacity to counter Boko Haram.

The U.S. government will continue other aspects of the extensive bilateral security relationship, as well as all other assistance programs, with Nigeria.

The U.S.government is committed to the long tradition of partnership with Nigeria and will continue to engage future requests for cooperation and training.”

The move followed the U.S. refusal to sell Cobra helicopters to Nigeria. The transfer being denied over concerns that Nigeria couldn’t properly use and maintain the Cobras, a State Department spokeswoman said.

The decision drew criticism from Nigeria’s ambassador to the U.S., who said it would hinder the country’s efforts to bring down Boko Haram.

 

South Sudan Army training

 

The United States Is Illegally Sponsoring an Army That Recruits Child Soldiers

American law prevents military aid to countries that employ child soldiers—but that hasn’t stopped the US in South Sudan where approximately 13,000 children have been recruited into armed groups, according to the United Nations children’s Fund (UNICEF).

In 1996, the United States began funneling military equipment through nearby Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Uganda to rebels in southern Sudan as they battled for independence.

A decade later, after the civil war ended in a peace deal, Washington officially began offering military “assistance” to the SPLA, according to State Department documents.

At that point, without fanfare and far from the prying eyes of the press, the United States launched a concerted campaign to transform the SPLA from a guerrilla force into a professional army.

Asked about the scope of the training, Rodney Ford, the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs spokesperson, said: “The US government began a comprehensive defense professionalization program which started in 2006 and continued after the referendum and independence of South Sudan until December 2013.

This assistance included infrastructure, vehicles, human rights training, logistics, administration, medical, military justice, finance, and English language training among an array of other military subjects.

The US government, for example, conducted a comprehensive medical program with the South Sudanese military which entailed procuring mobile field hospitals, building clinics, training nurses and improving the military’s medical infrastructure.”

Ford emphasized that no “lethal equipment” was provided and noted that the lessons were designed to “give soldiers the tools and skills that would benefit the civilian population.”

It sounded almost like they were building a South Sudanese Peace Corps.

In reality, there was more to it. US support was not strictly a kumbaya effort of medical clinics and human rights instruction. It included:

Training and equipping of the elite presidential guard.

Construction of a new SPLA headquarters in Juba.

Renovation of a training center at the SPLA Command and Staff College in Malou, a town north of the capital.

Construction of the headquarters of two SPLA divisions in the towns of Mapel and Duar.

Training programs for general officers and senior instructors.

Deployment of a “training advisory team” to guide the overhaul of intelligence, communications, and other key functions.

Employment of Kenyan and later Ethiopian instructors to teach basic military skills to SPLA recruits.

Provision of secure voice and data communications to SPLA general headquarters.

Development of riverine forces and up to 16 tactical watercraft.

Military police instruction.

Training of commando forces by Ethiopian troops.

Establishment of a noncommissioned officers academy at Mapel with training from private contractors and later US military personnel.

Comment: Disgraceful support of military forces largely staffed by under aged children. But the oil is the key factor.

(https://www.thenation.com/article/united-states-sponsoring-army-recruits-child-soldiers)

 


Judge Hussen Al-Anbaki, his family and Bridgeport Deputy Assistant State Attorney Emily Dewey Trudeau (center)  in Iraq in 2008.

 

16 Aug 2014: Time running out for Iraqi judge who jailed terrorists

In 2008, the U.S. Congress authorized a Special Immigrant Visa program to allow Iraqis, Kurds and Afghans who had worked for the U.S. government and were now in danger for doing so to immigrate to the U.S.

For more than five years, Iraqi Judge Hussen Al-Anbaki worked alongside U.S. troops battling to bring terrorists to justice only to be denied safe haven in the USA.

Now he’s engaged in an even bigger fight — trying to get himself and his family into the U.S.

In a letter to Al-Anbaki, Gillian Apfel, refugee coordinator for the U.S. Chief of Mission, stated: “You were not actually employed by or on behalf of the U.S. government. Your work with the Law and Order Task Force was the result of a cooperation agreement between Multi-National Force Iraq and the government of Iraq.”

A local state prosecutor and a New Haven immigration lawyer are spearheading an effort to convince the U.S. government to issue Al-Anbaki and his family special visas.

They say with U.S. troops gone from Iraq terrorist groups have become emboldened and are assassinating judges, and they are worried Al-Anbaki is next on their list. “This is not just about wanting a better life for himself and his family, this is about wanting a life. Their lives are now in peril because he helped us,” said Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney Emily Dewey Trudeau.

Trudeau was a lieutenant in the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s office when in 2007 she was assigned to the Law and Order Task Force in Iraq.

It was there she began working with Judge Al-Anbaki and became friends with him and his family, his wife and three children.

As an investigative judge, Al-Anbaki worked within the Iraqi judicial system gathering evidence on terrorism against both American soldiers and Iraqi citizens that he would then present before an Iraqi trial panel.

“He was doing it because he believed it was the right thing to do because these were people not only dangerous to the Americans in Iraq, but to the Iraqi people as well,” she said.

Trudeau went on to say that it had been the judge’s decision not to be on the U.S. government’s payroll.

He believed he could do a better job if he was considered neutral. She said: “He purposely remained neutral as a member of the Iraqi judiciary, but he did receive other compensation from the U.S. We supplied him with a secure housing facility so he could carry out his work without getting killed.

If I had hired someone in Iraq to keep up my WiFi, giving them a paycheck, that person would be eligible to come to the U.S., but not the judge. He tries to come here and gets the door slammed in his face.”

On June 16, 2006, insurgents killed Army Specialist David J. Babineau and captured Private First Class Kristian Menchaca and Private First Class Thomas L. Tucker.

Despite a search operation by 8,000 American and Iraqi soldiers, Menchaca and Tucker were not found. Three days later their bodies  were found. They had been tortured and mutilated and rigged with an improvised explosive device.

Judge Al-Anbaki led the investigation into the deaths of Tucker and Menchaca. It was the first time an Iraqi judge worked to get justice for Americans murdered in Iraq.

Al-Anbaki also rode with the convoys of U.S. troops into insurgent territory to interview possible witnesses to the kidnapping and murder of the two soldiers. “He was persuading the local Iraqis to come forward and testify against terrorists, something that had never been done before because people were too afraid.

He convinced them to have faith that the legal system would bring bad people to justice.”

Eventually, as a result of Al-Anbaki’s efforts, a terrorist was convicted in the case. “While on one hand it was disappointing that only one of the terrorists were convicted, the fact that there was a conviction through the Iraqi judicial system was a victory, and it did bring some justice to the families of the soldiers that were killed,” she said.

On Nov. 14, 2006, paramilitary gunmen in the uniforms of Iraqi National Police commandos raided a building belonging to the Ministry of Education in Baghdad’s Karrada district and arrested around 100 members of staff from two departments and around 50 visitors. The bodies of those kidnapped were found buried in shallow graves in 2012.

Judge Al-Anbaki took part in the investigation. “His investigations involved people high up in Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government who were responsible for corruption and sectarian violence.

This was a very bold move for the judge to take and put the lives of himself and his family in danger. But he believed he could use the Iraqi justice system to weed out corruption and terrorists from the government.”

Comment: Cold unfeeling response to a plea for help from someone who put his own and his family’s lives in jeopardy in support of the US.

(https://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Time-running-out-for-Iraqi-judge-who-jailed-5693338.php)

 

Hilary Clinton & Gillian Apfel

Porton Down Director Distances His Establishment From Prime Minister May’s Accusation That Russia Is Responsible For the Nerve Agent Attack On Skripal and His daughter – But We Must Trust Information Provided By MI5 and MI6 – Just As We Did in 2002

 

 

 

 

Extracts from Hansard: House of Commons: Tuesday 24 September 2002

The Prime Minister (Mr. Tony Blair):

Today we published a 50-page dossier, detailing the history of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programme, its breach of United Nations resolutions, and its attempts to rebuild that illegal programme.

As the dossier sets out, we estimate on the basis of the UN’s work that there were up to 360 tonnes of bulk chemical warfare agents, including 1.5 tonnes of VX nerve agent; up to 3,000 tonnes of precursor chemicals; growth media sufficient to produce 26,000 litres of anthrax spores; and over 30,000 special munitions for delivery of chemical and biological agents.

All of this was missing and unaccounted for.

It is actually an 11-year history: a history of UN will flouted, of lies told by Saddam about the existence of his chemical, biological and nuclear weapons
programmes, and of obstruction, defiance and denial.

His weapons of mass destruction programme is active, detailed and growing.

The policy of containment is not working. The weapons of mass destruction programme is not shut down; it is up and running now.

I am aware, of course, that people will have to take elements of this on the good faith of our intelligence services, but this is what they are telling me, the British Prime Minister, and my senior colleagues.

The intelligence picture that they paint is one accumulated over the last four years. It is extensive, detailed and authoritative.

It concludes that Iraq has chemical and biological weapons, that Saddam has continued to produce them, that he has existing and active military plans for the use of chemical and biological weapons, which could be activated within 45 minutes, including against his own Shia population, and that he is actively trying to acquire nuclear weapons capability.

On chemical weapons, the dossier shows that Iraq continues to produce chemical agents for chemical weapons; has rebuilt previously destroyed production plants across Iraq; has bought dual-use chemical facilities; has retained the key personnel formerly engaged in the chemical weapons programme; and has a serious ongoing research programme into weapons production, all of it well funded.

In respect of biological weapons, again, production of biological agents has continued; facilities formerly used for biological weapons have been rebuilt; equipment has been purchased for such a programme; and again, Saddam has retained the personnel who worked on it prior to 1991.

In particular, the UN inspection regime discovered that Iraq was trying to acquire mobile biological weapons facilities, which of course are easier to conceal.

Present intelligence confirms that it has now got such facilities.

The biological agents that we believe Iraq can produce include anthrax, botulinum, toxin, aflatoxin and ricin-all eventually result in excruciatingly painful death.

As for nuclear weapons, Saddam’s previous nuclear weapons programme was shut down by the inspectors, following disclosure by defectors of the full, but hidden, nature of it.

That programme was based on gas centrifuge uranium enrichment.

The known remaining stocks of uranium are now held under supervision by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

That is the assessment, given to me, of the Joint Intelligence Committee.

In addition, we have well founded intelligence to tell us that Saddam sees his WMD programme as vital to his survival and as a demonstration of his power and influence in the region.

Our case is simply this: not that we take military action come what may, but
that the case for ensuring Iraqi disarmament, as the UN itself has stipulated, is overwhelming.

I defy anyone, on the basis of this evidence, to say that that is an unreasonable demand for the international community to make when, after
all, it is only the same demand that we have made for 11 years and that Saddam has rejected.

If people say, “Why should Britain care?”, I answer, “Because there is no way this man, in this region above all regions, could begin a conflict using such weapons and the consequences not engulf the whole world, including this country.”

Hansard Tuesday 24 September 2002.

 

Cambridge Analytical & SCL – Chiels Wha Winna Ding, and Canna Be Disputed – Remember the 2014 Referendum – A Stitch-up

 

 

 

 

“Better Together” Gains Unfettered access to Experian’s Database

Experian is one of the largest data collection companies in the world, and provides credit worthiness reports for its subscribers.

Blue State Digital, a US data-mining agency that had worked for US President Obama on his successful election campaigns was asked by “Better Together” to devise an enhanced data management tool further developing its “Patriot” software which had contributed so much to Obama’a election.

Experian extracted extensive personal data of millions of Scots from its database and supplied it to Blue State Digital who then developed a data-mining software programme which they titled, “Mosaic” and sold it to the UK government supported “Better Together” campaign for use in the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum. Cost £500,000.

“Mosaic” allowed “Better Together” to identify lifestyle indicators, categorize voters and link them with activists of a similar age or with similar social media friends in order to greatly enhance voter targeting and canvassing.

The data was used on, Facebook and UTube with the purpose of recruiting volunteers who were subsequently provided with the personal details of Scots and asked to cold-call them in order to canvass them for support. All information gleaned by the calls was then stored in the campaign database and transmitted to the three parties involved in Better Together.

 

19 Jul 2013: Scottish independence: “Better Together” Targets Voter ‘Tribes’

The group campaigning for a “no” vote in Scotland’s Independence Referendum has said it will embark on the most sophisticated targeting of voters seen in British political history.

Pro-union “Better Together” has launched its new “Mosaic” system.

It will divide Scotland’s four million voters into 40 different tribes.

This will then allow the campaign to speak directly to undecided voters using letters, emails and face-to-face discussions.

Better Together said the technology, developed with information purchased from credit rating agency Experian at a cost of £500,000 and further improved by additional input from political and strategy advisers of the successful President Obama campaign will allow it to identify lifestyle indicators such as, the number of cars a family owns and other personal information. Voters will then be “linked” to activists of a similar age or with similar social media friends.

 

Better Together Campaign Director Blair McDougall said;

“We have to make sure that we are on the doorsteps and high streets, but also that we are also on peoples’ smartphones, tablets and PCs.

This new tool will help bring our thousands of volunteers together with the key voters who will decide the outcome of the referendum.”

It is estimated “Better Together” had 10,000 volunteers signed up by the start of the campaign. IT expertise was utilized through the on-line presence of a significant number, including UK government staff based in England.

Social media (Facebook) played an important role in local campaigning especially as it enabled “Better Together” to more effectively mobilize more volunteers and disseminate information using the “Patriot” software.

(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-23379615)

 

16 Dec 2014: Westminster Civil Service, “Devolved Countries Unit”, (Dirty Tricks) campaign team wins “special” Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Award

The three amigo’s who actually run the UK: Sir Jeremy Heywood, Sir Bob Kerslake and Sir Nicholas McPherson collaborated and plotted against Scotland marshalling the full might of the civil service attacking the Scottish government and anyone in support of the “Yes” campaign.

In the months after the referendum they expressed great satisfaction that their “Campaign of fear” had generated “fearties” in sufficient numbers so as to win the day for the Unionist coalition.

An award, in recognition of the team’s outstanding achievement in making a difference on an issue of national significance, (the Referendum) was presented by the ”Cabinet Secretary and civil service head Sir Jeremy Heywood. The proud team of strictly impartial, very senior civil servants commented afterwards;

* Paul Doyle;

“This award is for all the hard work that was done by all government departments on the Scotland agenda. The reality was in all my experience of the civil service, I have never seen the civil service pull together in the way they did behind supporting the UK government in maintaining the United Kingdom.”

* William MacFarlane, Deputy Director at HM Treasury, (Budget and Tax Strategy);

“As civil servants you don’t get involved in politics. For the first time in my life, suddenly we’re part of a political campaign. We were doing everything from the analysis, to the advertising, to the communications. I just felt a massive sense of being part of the operation. This being recognized [at the Civil Service Awards], makes me feel just incredibly proud.”

* Shannon Cochrane;

“We’ve learned that it is possible for civil servants to work on things that are inherently political and quite difficult, and you’re very close to the line of what is appropriate, but it’s possible to find your way through and to make a difference.

* Mario Pisani Deputy Director at HM Treasury, (Public Policy);

“We all had something in common, we’re trying to save the Union here, and it came so close. We just kept it by the skin of our teeth. I actually cried when the result came in. After 10 years in the civil service, my proudest moment is tonight and receiving this award. As civil servants you don’t get involved in politics.

For the first time in my life, suddenly we’re part of a political campaign. We were doing everything from the analysis, to the advertising, to the communications. I just felt a massive sense of being part of the operation. This being recognized [at the Civil Service Awards], makes me feel just incredibly proud.”

http://www.civilserviceworld.com/articles/news/hm-treasury-team-wins-special-civil-service-award

 

Comment: The Scottish electorate should be concerned about the abuse of personal information by State supported bodies:

“Anyone with a credit card, bank account, loan, mortgage, store card or monthly/quarterly mobile phone will likely have an Experian profile. The company conducts millions of credit checks each year on many hundreds of thousands of UK citizens. The level of data they collect and hold is frankly staggering. Making matters worse, the information Experian retain is very often gathered without our knowledge.

Companies run credit checks on potential customers whenever a new application for credit is made, yet it is rarely explained what “doing a credit check” actually entails. In fact, the consumer has little to no choice over which company actually undertakes the credit check. They are chosen by the bank, estate agent, mobile phone network or any other commercial organization.

Not engaging with a credit reference agency is almost impossible. It would entail not having a bank account, not having any direct debits, not having a credit card, not renting or owning a property. We have to, whether we like it or not, engage with these companies.

The consumer needs to be able to trust companies such as Experian that handle massive levels of personal data, more acute when we have little to no say over what data they hold.”

This is what the French thought: (https://rfcb.revues.org/418?lang=en)

Scottish Tory Unionist Party – Orange Order – Ulster Democratic Unionist Party – Glasgow Rangers – A Toxic Mix That’s Bad For Scotland

 

 

 

The Scottish Tory & Unionist Party and Glasgow Rangers

Links between Tory Party MSP’s and other Individuals, Glasgow Rangers, the Ulster Democratic Unionist Party (UDUP) and the Orange Order are an unhealthy manifestation of the hard line Unionist approach to politics in Scotland adopted by the Tory Party under the Leadership of Ruth Davidson. It is time Scottish Rangers supporters, (the bulk of the fans) voiced their views publicly making it clear that the sectarian views of the largely foreign minority have no platform with Glasgow Rangers. Politicians are expert at exploiting division to their party’s ends and fans should reject any political mischief.

 

Old Firm Match Sunday 11 March 2018 – The Conduct of Douglas Ross – Linesman

The match was frenetic and chaotic but played in good spirit and was finely balanced until the 57th minute when Referee Collum sent Jozo Simunovic packing for elbowing Alfredo Morelos.

Collum, was behind the play and being unsighted might have viewed the incident as a 50/50 tackle but there was no chance of that since the linesman Douglas Ross, (Tory MP) who was also behind play frantically waved his flag and repeatedly shouted “Red card !Red card! Red card!” forcing the referee to send the Celtic player off. Watching a replay later it is clear that Simunovic’s arm is outstretched and there is contact with the upper body of Morelos but the disparity in height between the players exacerbated the incident and it is difficult to determine if there was any malice aforethought on the part of Simunovic unless you’re Douglas Ross.

The antics of Mr Ross were widely criticized and reported in the media after the match and in consideration of the necessity to ensure politics and sport are not adversely influenced by conflicting loyalties it is perhaps time politicians steered clear of officiating in professional sporting events.

15 May 2008: UK Prime Minister Brands Rangers Riot Fans ‘A Disgrace’

The Prime Minister, Mr Brown condemned the hooligans for their running battles with police during and after the Uefa Cup final, while a senior police commander compared them to a “pack of wolves” after one of her officers was pounced on by about 20 thugs.

Alex Salmond, the First Minister, said the “shocking and unacceptable” violence had severely dented Scotland’s hard-won reputation for well-behaved football fans.

The Scottish Conservatives’ deputy leader, Murdo Fraser, a Rangers fan, suggested the problem may have been caused by heavy-handed policing.

The crowds of up to 200,000 Rangers fans who travelled to watch the UEFA Cup final in Manchester left a “tide of filth” in their wake. The streets were littered with broken glass, empty bottles, cans, vomit and even human excrement.

It looked “like a tornado had hit the city”, one resident said. Yesterday, the city council was embarking on its biggest ever clean-up, with hundreds of tonnes of rubbish uplifted. (the Scotsman)

 

Former Vice Chairman of the Scottish Tory Party Provides a Secret £425,000 Brexit Donation for the DUP

Brian Monteith, former Tory MSP and ex-colleague of Richard Cook, the Scot whose group plowed more than £400k from undeclared donors into the DUP for its pro-Brexit campaign, denies knowing where the money came from.

Monteith runs the right-leaning think tank Think Scotland, for which Cook once acted as a senior adviser, and served as head of press at Leave.EU, which campaigned for withdrawal in the EU referendum.

Leave.EU was co-funded by Arron Banks, whose EU referendum donations are still under investigation by the Electoral Commission.

Cook also chairs the top secret Constitutional Research Council (CRC), which bankrolled part of the DUP’s Brexit campaign.

Full story at (opendemocracy)

 

17 Jan 2018: Bella Caledonia Addresses the Scottish Tory Party Agenda

There have always been extreme elements on the Scottish right. As a political tradition, it is defined by a drooling loyalty to antique British institutions, from the Crown and the Union to the empire and the military. But they are more pronounced now than they have been for years – and Ruth Davidson is directly to blame for that.

In an effort to shore-up opposition to independence, and to consolidate her electoral base, she elevated hard line unionism to the centre of her entire political strategy, relentlessly exaggerating the threat of a second independence referendum while simultaneously decrying the “turmoil and division” of the first one.

The result is a form of turbocharged British identity politics, heavily laden with right-wing jingoism, that has resonated with some of the most backward and reactionary (and Orange-inflected) sections of Scottish society.

That’s why she won’t publicly disown those members of her party who use arcane slurs to describe Irish Catholics, or who openly celebrate the sectarian lineage of Rangers Football Club, or who eulogize Enoch Powell. Her success is symbiotically linked to their support, and without them, she would be lost.

For anyone even slightly familiar with the iconography of unionism in Northern Ireland, which fetishes the royal family and the UK armed forces, the messaging was and is unmistakable. Indeed, the Scottish Tories have a much closer relationship to the Orange Order than they are willing to admit.

According to a report last year, which quoted Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland Grand Master Jim McHarg, a “huge number” of the Lodge’s estimated 50,000 Scottish supporters are Tories, and more members of the Order are now serving as elected officials across Scotland than at any time in the past two decades. (bella caledonia)

 

16/08/2016: A Holyrood Motion – Adam Tomkins, MSP, Representing Glasgow for the Tory & Unionist Party

That Parliament congratulates the Rangers Charity Foundation on the work it has undertaken in summer 2016 under its director, Connal Cochrane, in the communities of Ibrox and Govan;

Notes that 114 young people from the local area attended a free summer camp in July, run by the foundation, which allowed them to participate not just in football but in dance and badminton clubs.

Recognizes that the foundation hosts the Glasgow Veterans United organization at Ibrox Stadium, which helps veterans in overcoming addictions and mental health issues, and that many veterans go on and obtain an SFA level 1 coaching badge, and further notes the positive impact that the foundation’s work will continue to have during the 2016-17 season with many new programmes to be introduced, including a Friday night sports hub for young people from the local area and a food bank collection that was organized by the foundation prior to the Rangers v Motherwell match on 20 August in aid of the Glasgow South West food bank, which is based at Govan Parish Church. Supported by 21 MSP’s (19 Tory):

Tory MSP’s: Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Maurice Corry, Oliver Mundell, Alexander Stewart, Jeremy Balfour, Margaret Mitchell, Alex Johnstone, Peter Chapman, Alison Harris, Murdo Fraser, John Lamont, Ross Thomson, Jackson Carlaw, Edward Mountain, Gordon Lindhurst, Brian Whittle, Maurice Golden, Neil Bibby.

 

 

2 Oct 2017: Compulsive Tweeter – Murdo Fraser Tory MSP

Fraser, a well known and unashamed anti-Catholic bigot, tweets sly sectarian driven innuendo almost daily alongside his Sevco tweets and his party never censor him.

The Scottish Tory’s clearly don’t give a toss about their MSP’s openly publishing and voicing anti-Catholic sentiments stirring the sectarian pot, they know their behaviour will not be condemned by the Scottish press and will be embraced by the Orange Order Unionists anticipating that the exposure will increase their vote share allowing them to carry on, and that sums up the Tory “one nation conservatism”.

Fraser tweeted, after the Bayern game about Celtic’s elimination from the Champions League: “Don’t you hate Scottish teams being dragged out of Europe against their will? And on Reformation Day too.”

After an “old firm” match in 2016 Fraser tweeted: “Rangers 5 Celtic 4 – The Queen’s 11 deliver Her Majesty the perfect Birthday present.”

Tweets, designed to increase the pain of losing confirm the mindset of the man who associates Brexit and Protestantism with Celtic’s elimination from the Champions League. And this from a someone who has sat in the Scottish parliament for nearly 20 years collecting his taxpayer funded salary as an MSP without ever being elected.

 

15 Nov 2016: Murdo Fraser – His College Days

Commenting on the election of Donald Trump, Tory MSP, Murdo Fraser wrote: “If it was mostly poorly-educated working-class males who voted Trump, wasn’t it the same demographic that largely voted yes in 2014?” Last month on Twitter he declared: “I’m British and I’m staying that way.”

At Aberdeen in the 1980s, he was a member of the FCS, the Federation of Conservative Students. The FCS were an organization so obnoxiously right-wing that they embarrassed even Norman Tebbit, who was then Conservative Party Chairman and not much left of Vlad the Impaler in his own political beliefs; and he had them disbanded in 1986.

When Murdo and his FCS mates weren’t strutting around the campus waving the Union Jack, they were behaving like pillocks towards gay students, singing “Hang Nelson Mandela!” at discos whenever the DJ played the Special AKA anthem Free Nelson Mandela, and making nuisances of themselves in pubs yelling “F*** the Pope!” But I guess that for Murdo, white, Protestant British nationalism is all good; whereas Scottish nationalism is unspeakably bad. (blood and porridge)

15 Mar 2018: Tweetie Time Again

Aidan Kerr Tweets: MSPs have voted to repeal the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act. https://stv.tv/news/politics/1410439-holyrood-scraps-offensive-behaviour-at-football-act/

Murdo Fraser added: Great to be part of this – scrapping illiberal, unworkable legislation

KAT Prodcast: Replying to Murdo Fraser: Murdo please be guarded against the inevitable consequences of this. The SNP along with others will comeback with a new shambolic piece of legislation that is blatantly aimed at Rangers fans (unionists) and doesn’t target the IRA nonsense and anti-British pish from they tramps.

 

 

 

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