Posts Tagged ‘Animal Cruelty’

The Real Reason the Government Wants British Terrorist Suspect Tried in Secret Courts

March 18, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, Mike also commented on the case of two Pakistani men, who had been rounded up on suspicions on terrorism offences by Britain and then handed over to the Americans, where they then spent the next 13 years or so held at Bagram in Afghanistan. There is now pressure for the men to be given a proper trial. However, May’s government has decided that this should only be done in a secret session to preserve sensitive official secrets important to national security. Mike asks the obvious question of how such information, which is now 13 years old, can possibly still be relevant to Britain’s security. See http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2017/03/05/are-we-really-expected-to-believe-13-year-old-national-security-information-justifies-secret-court-hearing/

This blogger can think of two reasons at least why May would not want these men’s cases to be heard in open court, which have absolutely nothing to do with ‘national security’, and far more to do with normal justice and human dignity.

Firstly, depending on how the men were caught, they may be entirely and embarrassingly innocent of the charges. William Blum, the ‘West Bloc Dissident’, who has spent much of his career documenting and denouncing the horrific and multitudinous crimes of the American empire, has pointed out in his blogs and books that many of those imprisoned on suspicion of terrorism offences were guilty of nothing of the sort. What happened was that the American government offered a bounty to various Middle Eastern and other governments if they rounded up terrorists. And so countries like Pakistan duly found suitable suspects, even to the point of imprisoning innocents, simply for the reward money. I don’t know if Britain offers a similar bounty, and unless someone comes forward to state clearly whether or not this is the case, we may never know. But it is a possibility that this may have happened here.

It’s also likely that the men may have been tortured in order to force a confession out of them. International law supposedly forbids countries from using torture, or sending criminal suspects to countries that use torture. Britain has violated these provisions through colluding with the Americans in their programme of ‘extraordinary rendition’ – that is, of handing terrorist suspects over to countries like Pakistan and the various Middle Eastern states, where they would be tortured. And America itself has plenty of previous when it comes to torture. Blum in his books and on his blogs has described the torture manuals and training produced by the CIA and its military training apparatus, like the infamous School of the Americas, for the various death squad regimes it supported in Latin America. In the 1950s and 1960s the US navy also used to torture is its own recruits, the details of which formed the basis of one of the stories in the 90s anti-superhero comic strip, Marshal Law. If the men were tortured, then this would also be a serious embarrassment to the government, which is adamantly refusing to pull out of its policy of sending suspects to states which use torture.

There are other reasons too, which might account for the government’s refusal to allow the men an open try, as previous required under the principles of Magna Carta. There have been reports of friction between US and allied troopers and their Afghan counterparts over the latter’s activities on US bases. American and European squaddies based in Afghan have apparently complained about Afghan soldiers bringing little boys onto the base to sexually abuse, how they also torture dogs on the base for fun, and that their Afghan allies can be dangerously untrustworthy. There have been instances where an Afghan soldier quartered in the base has turned his gun on his western comrades. Many of these allegations have been made on the islamophobic sites. This does not, however, necessarily mean that they’re wrong. If such abuses are occurring, and were disclosed to the general public in open court, it would do much to undermine public support for the continuing occupation of Afghanistan.

My guess is that any or all of these issues may well be the real reason why May and the British government doesn’t want to give these men a fair, open trial. And this makes it even more necessary that they should.

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Hope Not Hate Has New Anti-Kipper Site, ‘The Real UKIP’

March 12, 2015

The anti-racist, anti-religious extremism organisation, Hope Not Hate, has another sited directed explicitly against UKIP on Tumblr. It’s called The Real UKIP, and consists of memes quoting and describing various offensive remarks, actions and policies by the party. Such as these shown below.

Kipper Breastfeeding

Kipper Animal Cruelty

Kipper Holocaust Denial

This last, horrendous meme shows just how far some of UKIP’s members really do bear out absolutely accurately the description of the party as ‘Nazis in blazers’.

The site’s at http://realukip.tumblr.com/ Go there for more Kipper lunacy and rancid prejudice.

Laughing at UKIP and Britain First

June 8, 2014

I found these jokes about UKIP on the Facebook pages Britain Furst and Britian First, parodying the Fascist splinter group, Britain First. This new squad of stormtroopers claim to be non-racist, but in fact split off from the BNP. Their policies are, of course, militant super-patriotism, and a hatred of immigrants and Islam. They also specialise in fraud and raising money under false pretences, and tastelessly exploiting the vicious murder of Lee Rigby to push their own anti-Islamic views. The Angry Yorkshireman over at Another Angry Voice has an excellent article demonstrating that they are indeed, Fascists, ’12 things You Should Know about Britain First’, whatever they claim to the contrary at http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/12-things-britain-first.html. He has also put up a previous post detailing why he has reported them to the Electoral Commission, because of their misleading advertising. They use issues like animal cruelty to advertise themselves, without mentioning that they are a political party, so that many of the genuine animal lovers who may donate to them are probably unaware that they are a bunch of Fascists. The article’s ‘An Open Letter to the Electoral Commission’, at http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/open-letter-electoral-commission.html.

The two parody sites have also taken a pop at the racism and xenophobia in UKIP, which is desperately trying to shake off its reputation as the ‘BNP-lite’. Despite Farage’s assertion that they are a non-sectarian and non-racist party, they certainly seem to contain more than their fair share of racists and xenophobes. The stormtroopers of Britain First only managed to put up two candidates at the election, both in Wales, and so urged their supporters in the rest of the UK to vote for UKIP. Hence the parodies of the latter party on the two satirical sites. Here are some of the jokes they put up as a response.

This was posted by Julian Brown on Britian First:

UKIP Foreigner

Those of us who grew up in the ’80s may remember their song, ‘I want to know what love is’, which had the lines, ‘I want you to show me’.

‘Britian First’ themselves post this one, with following explanation:

Now we all know my felings on Nigel farade ( clue : hes a LEFTIE LIBERAL ) but when he did that interveiw last week i thought he exelled himself !! He said what were all thinking and if you say you werent thinking what Nigel was thinging then youre clearly lieing !! But how do you know weather youre neighbers are Romanien or German ?? Well , heres a czech list ( Gerrit ?? ) to find out !@!

Britian First UKIP

Then there’s this from Britain Furst. This refers back to David Icke’s bonkers idea that the world is secretly run by a conspiracy of Reptoid aliens, who have passed themselves off for thousands of years as members of our ruling elites. This includes members of the royal family and, er, Ted Heath, the former Conservative Prime Minister. In an interview on an internet radio show, Icke stated that in the 1980s he was called on to do a television interview. Entering the dressing room, he found Ted Heath already there. Icke greeted him, but the veteran Tory politician said nothing, but coolly looked him up and down. As he did so, he betrayed his reptilian nature as his eyes went completely black.

I think this story says more about the possible lighting conditions in TV dressing rooms, and the bizarre state of Icke’s own mind and the fallibility of human memory than it ever does about the supposed reptilian nature of Tory politicos. There are indeed many reptiles on the Tory benches, but sadly, none of them come from outer space and their cold-blooded nature is only metaphorical.

Britain Furst UKIP

Britain Furst is at https://www.facebook.com/BritiainFurst?fref=ts, while Britian First can be found at https://www.facebook.com/britianfirst?fref=ts. They’re both strongly recommended if you love laughing at Fascists and want to stop them by making them look more ridiculous than they already are.