Posts Tagged ‘terrorism’

London Bridge terrorist attack

June 5, 2017

As a proud and patriotic British Muslim I say this: you do not commit these disgusting acts in my name. — Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Saturday night, a van ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge, then three men leapt out of the van and attacked with knives people in nearby Borough Market. Within eight minutes, armed police arrived on the scene and the terrorists were cut down in a hail of bullets.

Seven killed, 48 injured.

Prior to the police arrival, ordinary people, unarmed, attacked the terrorists and probably saved more people from being killed or injured.

In many ways a copycat of what happened on Westminster Bridge in March.

The attack less than two weeks after the suicide bomb attack at a concert in Manchester leaving 22 dead, and on the eve of a  benefit concert in Manchester.

A sobering and informative account by Paul Mason in an interview for Democracy Now.

A lesson for the BBC which has become a national embarrassment.

Countries across the world, mayors across the world, have pledged support for Sadiq KhanMayor of London, but not Donald Trump who has once again shown himself to be an ignorant ill-informed arsehole.

Yes, we have to clamp down on Muslim extremists in UK, a view backed by Muslims I talked to today.

That Theresa May has cut the number of police officers by 20,000 officers does not help.  When the Police Federation at the time warned of the consequences, they were accused by Theresa May of scaremongering.  Local police, bobbies on the beat, are the eyes and ears in the community.

Often the terrorists are not known. In these last three attacks, they were known.

We also have to tackle countries like Saudi Arabia, a country that funds ISIS, exports a perversion of Islam, is waging genocide in Yemen, and is now waging a war of words with Qatar.  We must stop supplying weapons to Saudi Arabia. We must stop buying their oil and move to a  Green New Deal where we move very rapidly to renewable sources of energy. We must see publication of the government report that links corrupt House of Saud to terrorism.

Only a few days ago, at a hustings in Thanet, a candidate was cut off for highlighting these links.

As the ISIS Caliphate is destroyed, their ideology not.

Three attacks this year.  At least five attacks thwarted.

Economic terrorism

July 4, 2015

We’ve made hope return to Europe. — Yanis Varoufakis

Sunday’s referendum will take place under a kind of financial warfare not seen in the history of modern states. — Paul Mason

Greece is being subjected to economic terrorism by the EU.

In a deliberate attempt to force a YES vote, last weekend  ECB turned off the money to the Greek banks, forcing a run on the banks and banks to be closed for five days.

Paul Mason:

The Greek government was forced to close its banks after the European Central Bank, whose job is technically to keep them open, refused to do so. The never-taxed and never-registered broadcasters of Greece did the rest, spreading panic, and intensifying it where it had already taken hold.

Threats if Greece votes NO, will be kicked out of the euro, kicked out of EU.

Martin Schultz, German  President of the European Parliament, has told Greeks to vote YES, to remove Syrizas, and replace with a government that will do the bidding of the EU. What he is calling for is a coup against a democratically elected government and the EU is only too will to use economic terrorism to achieve their objectives of a coup.

Schulz on Thursday told German Handelsblatt business daily that “new elections would be necessary if the Greek people vote for the reform programme and thus for remaining in the eurozone and Tsipras, as a logical consequence, resigns.”

The time between the departure of Tsipras’ hard-left SYRIZA party and new elections would have to “be bridged with a technocratic government, so that we can continue to negotiate,” Schulz was quoted as saying.

“If this transitional government reaches a reasonable agreement with the creditors, then Syrizas time would be over,” he said. “Then Greece has another chance.”

On the one hand the corrupt elites, wanting to destroy Greece, dictating how Greeks should vote.

On the other hand, across Europe, support for Greece in their stand against the EU.

Greece No More Looting

Greece No More Looting

On Friday, Greek flag was unfurled in front of the Elgin Marbles in the British Museum, the looting of Greece has to stop, vote NO.

mass  rally in Athens in support of NO vote

mass rally in Athens in support of NO vote

In Athens, a massive demonstration calling for a NO vote.

In London today and across Europe, demonstrations in support of the Greek people and a NO vote.

All we can do now is hope and pray that Greeks show courage, do not buckle under intimidation, back their government and loud and clear say NO to he EU.

It is not only Greece, at stake across Europe is democracy.

Welcome to Police State UK

August 19, 2013
David Miranda and Glenn Greenwald

David Miranda and Glenn Greenwald

David Miranda, Brazilian associate of journalist Glenn Greenwald, detained and questioned by the police for nine hours, laptop, camera, mobile phone, memory stick seized, as he passed through Heathrow en route from Berlin to Brazil.

Detention was made using police powers, because they could.

Irrespective of the use of anti-terrorism legislation, it would appear to have been a crude attempt to intimidate Glenn Greenwald, and by implication, intimidation of Edward Snowden by association.

As Greenwald says, the detention had absolutely nothing to do with terrorism as no questions were asked on terrorism:

The stated purpose of this law, as the name suggests, is to question people about terrorism. The detention power, claims the UK government, is used “to determine whether that person is or has been involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.”

But they obviously had zero suspicion that David was associated with a terrorist organization or involved in any terrorist plot. Instead, they spent their time interrogating him about the NSA reporting which Laura Poitras, the Guardian and I are doing, as well the content of the electronic products he was carrying. They completely abused their own terrorism law for reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism: a potent reminder of how often governments lie when they claim that they need powers to stop “the terrorists”, and how dangerous it is to vest unchecked power with political officials in its name.

Worse, they kept David detained right up until the last minute: for the full 9 hours, something they very rarely do. Only at the last minute did they finally release him. We spent all day – as every hour passed – worried that he would be arrested and charged under a terrorism statute. This was obviously designed to send a message of intimidation to those of us working journalistically on reporting on the NSA and its British counterpart, the GCHQ.

Before letting him go, they seized numerous possessions of his, including his laptop, his cellphone, various video game consoles, DVDs, USB sticks, and other materials. They did not say when they would return any of it, or if they would.

David Miranda was en route from a meeting with independent filmmaker Laura Poitras. Laura Poitras has been repeatedly harassed by the US. David Miranda says during his nine hour period of detention, he was questioned by six different agents and asked about his entire life.

Under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act of 2000, police do not have to have reasonable suspicion to detain up nine hours and seize equipment for one week, they can do so because they are seeking information on terrorism. Those detained are obliged to answer questions, failure to do so is a criminal offence. Those detained are not entitled to be represented by a lawyer.

According to David Anderson, independent reviewer of Terrorism legislation, speaking on BBC Radio 4 lunchtime news programme World at One, 60-70,000 people have been detained under Schedule 7 but only 40 detained longer than six hours.

Tom Watson MP is demanding answers, as is Keith Vaaz MP chair of House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee. Amnesty International has condemned the detention, as has Liberty, as the NUJ, as has the Society of Editors. Brazil has lodged a formal complaint with the UK.

Are all those who now question the state, now terrorists?

When Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden exposed the extent to which the state in the US and the UK was spying on its citizens, the knee-jerk reaction was at one end of the spectrum the two should be summarily executed for treason, to the other end of the spectrum the ordinary citizen has nothing to fear.

The detention of David Miranda for nine hours for no other reason than intimidation, shows the ordinary citizen has everything to fear.

Who ordered the detention? How did they know David Miranda was passing through? Were they aware of his visit to Laura Poitras? At the very least David Miranda must be on a watch list, his name flagged up.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4 evening news programme The World Tonight, John Schindler, former NSA and now Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College in Newport Rhode Island where he is a specialist on intelligence and terrorism, has said he does not regard Glenn Greenwald as a real journalist, and if he was he, he would be very careful where he traveled.

Writing in exile, is something dating from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Stalinist Russia, or maybe Iranians outside of Iran. But no, Glenn Greenwald is having to write from Brazil. Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger is now based outside the UK. The Guardian has had government agents pay them a visit and trash hard drives.

Does this sound like an open and democratic country?

Welcome to Police State UK!

US lies on drone strikes

June 25, 2013

Leaked documents have exposed the extent of the US government lies on drone strikes.

Pakistan is a neutral country. Pakistan is not at war with the US. And yet the US still continues to attack Pakistan with drone strikes.

These are not strikes at carefully selected targets as the US would have us believe. These are strikes against people who fit a rough profile.

If you launch attacks on people, you expect them to hit back.

The Taliban cold-blooded execution of mountaineers in the Himalayas, was as direct response to drone strikes.

The attack and beheading of an off-duty soldier in London in broad daylight was a direct response to British involvement in drone strikes.

Surveillance does not stop terrorist attacks. Terrorism, or the threat thereof, is being used as an excuse for mass surveillance. It is action by the US that is creating terrorists.

Bank of Ideas and St Paul’s in-the-Camp linked to terrorist groups

December 4, 2011
letter from City of London Police terrorist alert

letter from City of London Police terrorist alert

A leaked letter, not known if true or a fake, a briefing on terrorist activities from the City of London Police to businesses in the City of London (though I daresay it does not go to the local coffee shops) links Bank of Ideas and Occupy London Stock Exchange with proscribed terrorist groups such as the Columbian FARC and Al-Qaeda.

If nothing else this shines a spotlight on the police mindset, anyone calling for democratic change and a fairer society is automatically seen as a terrorist. This one assumes is then used to justify paramilitray policing as though dealing with a real terrorist threat.

Businesses are warned, again one assumes not your local coffee shops, to be on the alert for filming of buildings and to in turn film those carrying out the filming.

Maybe we should all go out with our cameras and throw a bit of grit into the wheels of what is becoming increasingly a police state.

Are the clergy at St Paul’s who are working with the camp now all classed as terrorists? Or maybe they are designated Known Associates of Terrorists.

We all have a right to be concerned. In the non-existent Ricin plot, the case against the defendants was fabricated.

Ricin the terror plot that never was

Assuming we still have a democratically functioning Parliament (which is debatable), questions must be asked.

Portable Berlin Wall
London to host Bejing-style Olympics for 2012
Paramilitary policing and police brutality from Seattle to Occupy Wall Street
Even in Churches, Wall Street Protesters Can’t Escape Watch of Police

Of Gods and Men

November 23, 2011
Of Gods and Men

Of Gods and Men

scene from the film

scene from the film

I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. — Psalm 82:6-7

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction. — Pascal

A deeply moving French film of a group of monks living in an isolated monastery in Algeria at the height of Islamic terrorist atrocities.

What sense is there when teenage girls are killed for not wearing a veil, their bodies dumped by the roadside? This is not the Koran.

When Croations are killed working on a nearby road the monks are offered protection by the army, but this is declined by the Abbot as he will not allow weapons in the monastery, nor will he depart and abandon the poor villagers who are dependent on the monastery. They were called by God to serve.

Each monk struggles with his faith and his God. Does he leave or does he stay?

All they have to protect them is their faith.

Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux) by the French director Xavier Beauvois is based on the kidnapping and murder of monks in Algeria in 1996. Who killed them, fundamentalists or the state, and the circumstances of their death is not known.

The film has a faded appearence, not the rich colours one would normally expect. This serves to resonate with the simple and austere lifestyle of the monks. Having a new laptop and this being the first DVD I had watched, I thought maybe something wrong and downloaded two new media players.

The film captures beautifully the sounds you hear up in the mountains, in the distance a neighbour’s dog barking, a cock crowing.

Des hommes et des dieux premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Grand Prix.

Des hommes et des dieux was shot on location at an abandoned monastery in Azrou, Morocco.

The monastery in Algeria lies abandoned, a ghost monastery.

Ricin the terror plot that never was

October 15, 2011

Ricin! A plot! A hoax! Or hyped by the Blair government to justify ever more draconian anti-terror legislation and the war with Iraq?

It was bizare, if fiction dismissed as not credible.

It was the aftermath of 911, the security services jittery, Tonly Blair trying to justify war with Iraq.

to be cont …..

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September 28, 2010

My ears are battered and burned and
i have just learned that i have been
listening to the wrong radio station

My mind has been brutalised now the pain can’t be disguised
I’ve been listening to the wrong radio station

I was beginning to believe that all black men were bad men
and white men would reign again
I was beginning to believe that i was a mindless drugs freak that
couldn’t control my sanity or my sexuality
I was beginning to believe that I could not believe in nothing except nothing
and all i ever wanted to do was to get you and to do you.
I’ve been listening to the wrong radio station.

My future has been blighted i am so short sighted
I’ve been listening to the wrong radio station

I was beginning to not trust me, in fact, i wanted to arrest me
I’ve been listening to the wrong radio station.

I’ve been dancing to music that i can’t stand.
I’ve been reciting commercials to my girlfriends.
I’ve been trying to convince myself that what i really need is a sunbed
and a mortgage and some hairspray, the kind of hairspray that will wash my grey blues away.

I been trying to convince myself that i could ease my conscience
if I gave a few pence or a few cents to a starving baby in Africa
because African babies need my favours
because Africa is full of dictators
and oh yeah globalisation will bring salvation!
I’ve been listening to the wrong radio station.

I thought my neighbours formed an axis of evil
I wanna go kill people
I’ve been listening to the wrong radio station.

I am sure I didn’t inhale so why is my mind going stale
I’ve been listening to the wrong radio station

I was beginning to believe that all muslims are terrorists
and christian terrorists think they existed
I really did believe that terrorism couldn’t be done by governments
not our government, not white government
I just could not see what was wrong with me.
I gave hungry people hamburgers you see
I was beginning to believe that our children were better than their children
their children would die from terrorism but i couldn’t hear their children call
and a child from Palastine simply didn’t count at all.
What despair,
no children i was not aware
I’d been listening to the wrong radio station.

For years I’ve been sedated, and now i think I’m educated
I’ve been listening to the wrong radio station
and every time i got ill, i took the same little white pill
I’ve been listening to the wrong radio station.

When it started I was curious but then it got so serious
It was cool when it began but now I really hate Iran
and look at me now i wanna make friend with Pakistan
I wanna bomb Afghanistan, and i need someone to tell me,
where the hell is Kurdistan?
Yeah, you can be my ally for a while until i come to bomb your child
and I’m sure there’s a continent called the middle east
and i think i can bomb my way to peace
I’ve been listening to the wrong radio station.

I’ve been listening to the wrong jams, I’ve been listening to the wrong beat
I’ve been listening to the wrong radio station.
I’ve been listening to the wrong tones of the wrong zones
I’ve been listening to the wrong radio station
I’ve been listening to the wrong voices
I made such mad choices
I’ve been listening to the wrong radio station.
I’ve been listening to spies I’ve been listening to lies
I’ve been listening to the wrong radio station.

I needed to know what some pop star somewhere was having for breakfast
I needed to know that I was no longer working class
I needed to know if the stock market rose 1 percent
I needed to know that I had a ruler to give me confidence
I needed to know that my life would improve loads
if I had an operation on my nose.
I needed to hear that DJ say,
“Good morning, good morning!”
I thought he was there just for me
I loved the way that he would say, “This show was sponsered by…”.
“Oh my oh my”, he made me cry
I’ve been listening to the wrong radio station.

Can you dig this? I put my self on a hit-list
I’ve been listening to the wrong radio station
I’m laughing and I’m crying and I’m watching myself dying
I’ve been listening to the wrong radio station.

Listen to him, can you hear?
Listen to her, can you hear?
Listen to it, can you hear?
Listen to me, keep this frequency clear!
Tune in, Drop out.

— Benjamin Zephaniah

Also see

Strange Meeting

Lowkey – Terrorist? by Lowkey

‘We want equality’

Lowkey – Terrorist? by Lowkey

September 16, 2010

I am no fan of (c)rap music, indeed it is a misconception to even call it music, but there are exceptions.

Noam Chomsky uses US Military definition of terrorism to demonstrate state terrorism by US.

Also see

‘We want equality’

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