Blogroll Me! How This Old Brit Sees It ...: June 2005

29 June 2005

The US / Iran war has already started ...

Remember Scott Ritter? He's the former chief UN weapons inspector in Iraq, 1991-1998, and author of Iraq Confidential: The Untold Story of America's Intelligence Conspiracy, to be published by I B Tauris in October 2005.

He's also the man who insisted on telling the truth about the none existent Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction, regardless of the personal sacrifice and cost entailed.

As I've never found any evidence to the contrary, he's a man I've always believed to be entirely trustworthy and expertly credible. Therefore, whenever Ritter makes pronouncements they shouldn't be taken lightly; rather they should immediately ring alarm bells -- extremely loudly.

For example, fasten your seat-belts and get your brains into gear- fast- then read on.

The reality is that the US war with Iran has already begun. As we speak, American over flights of Iranian soil are taking place, using pilotless drones and other, more sophisticated, capabilities.

Surprised? You shouldn't be. This is the way things work these days. You know, like Ritter has to reach you by writing for middle east publications, which are then forwarded to writers like the Old Brit, to be passed on again -- and again -- and over & over again. What a sorry state of affairs. What a perverse form of freedom, eh?

Here's another snip from Ritter's latest revealing piece.

But Americans, and indeed much of the rest of the world, continue to be lulled into a false sense of complacency by the fact that overt conventional military operations have not yet commenced between the United States and Iran.

And here's some more of the same.

President Bush has taken advantage of the sweeping powers granted to him in the aftermath of 11 September 2001, to wage a global war against terror and to initiate several covert offensive operations inside Iran.

The most visible of these is the CIA-backed actions recently undertaken by the Mujahadeen el-Khalq, or MEK, an Iranian opposition group, once run by Saddam
Hussein's dreaded intelligence services, but now working exclusively for the CIA's Directorate of Operations.

It is bitter irony that the CIA is using a group still labeled as a terrorist organisation, a group trained in the art of explosive assassination by the same intelligence units of the former regime of SaddamHussein, who are slaughtering American soldiers in Iraq today, to carry out remote bombings in Iran of the sort that the Bush administration condemns on a daily basis inside Iraq.

Shocked and sickened? Just plain old scared shitless, maybe? Whatever. Sane folk everywhere should be all three.

Now, here's today's final teaser.

US military planners have already begun war games calling for the deployment of multi-divisional forces into Azerbaijan.Logistical planning is well advanced concerning the basing of US air and ground power in Azerbaijan.

Given the fact that the bulk of the logistical support and command and control capability required to wage a war with Iran is already forward deployed in the region thanks to the massive US presence in Iraq, the build-up time for a war with Iran will be significantly reduced compared to even the accelerated time tables witnessed with Iraq in 2002-2003.

For the full story, hit the link below. And remember, you WERE warned.

28 June 2005

The World Tribunal on Iraq ...

* Posted by Hello

Hello again. This Old Brit's missed you. Really. I hope the feeling's mutual.

Like the old song says, it is so nice to go traveling but so much nicer to come home.

So, let's all get back to business; let's talk Turkey. Indeed, that's exactly where I've been for the last couple of weeks. In Asia Minor, that place of biblical renown where East meets West.

Ever heard about the World Tribunal on Iraq? If you rely on mainstream media for your information, I very much doubt it. ( Particularly if you live in fortress America.) So, let's see if we can try to somewhat change that.

Between 23rd & 27 th June the World Tribunal on Iraq took place in the city of Istanbul, Turkey. Amongst the numerous attendees was a lovely lady that you may well have heard of before - Arundathi Roy; she was the 'chair' of the Jury of Conscience.

Here's a brief idea of what it was all about.

Istanbul, 27 June, 2005.

With a Jury of Conscience from 10 different countries hearing the testimonies of 54 members of the Panel of Advocates who came from across the world, including Iraq, the United States and the United Kingdom, this global civil initiative came to an end with a press conference at the Hotel Armada where the chair of the Jury of Conscience, Arundathi Roy, announced the Jury's conclusions.

And here's an example of some of things they had to say.

The Jury defined this war as one of the most unjust in history. The Bush and Blair administrations blatantly ignored the massive opposition to the war expressed by millions of people around the world. They embarked upon one of the most unjust, immoral, and cowardly wars in history.

Here's another 'teaser' to whet your appetite for more.

The session in Istanbul was the culminating session of commissions of inquiry and hearings held around the world over the past two years. Sessions on different topics related to the war on Iraq were held in London, Mumbai, Copenhagen, Brussels, New York, Japan, Stockholm, South Korea, Rome, Frankfurt, Geneva, Lisbon and Spain.

To find out much more about the World Tribunal, follow the link provide at the end. And, be sure to make your way all around the Tribunal's site. I'm certain it will be worth your while.

Unless, of course, you're one of the ignorant, kick-ass, uncivilized, ill educated Neanderthalls who couldn't give a flying shit about what happens to innocent people. Unless they're your own colour/race/nationality/ religion, of course. (Sarcasm ends.)

Here's a final excerpt from where I'm recommending you visit. When you get there, please read, learn and inwardly digest. Then, as usual, please help spread the truth by passing on The Old Brit's blog link.

They have compiled a definitive historical record of evidence on the illegality of the invasion and occupation that will be recorded in a forthcoming book.

12 June 2005

Summer Holiday ...

Posted by Hello

It's that time of year that I've been looking forward to; it's summer holiday time.

So, the Old Brit is taking a break.

Soaking up the sunshine, sifting through the sands and a' swimming in the sea; that's what suits me to a 'T'.

Pity it can't be permanent, eh? Heh. Still, half a loaf's better than none, as they say.

Well, I'll promise to behave myself - if y'all will do the same. - ;^ )

I'll be back in The Old Brit business in about two weeks time. Certainly, before the end of the month.

Meanwhile, y'all take good care of each other, and do not give the bad guys one single minute's peace.

Seriously, thanks so much for your support; it's genuinely appreciated.

See y'all again -- soon!

Keep taking the tablets ?

Posted by Hello

It's not just the so called War on Terror that continues causing so many needless deaths. Iraq and Afghanistan aren't the only places where untold numbers of us - the mere munchkins - are quite literally, dying to make fat cats even fatter.

Untold numbers of us and our nearest & dearest are endangered on a daily basis, in the supposed safety of our own homes. If you can bring yourself to stomach some more shock and awe, read this. It's enough to make anyone feel sick.

Vital data on prescription medicines found in millions of British homes has been suppressed by the powerful US drug regulators, even though the information could potentially save lives.

So say Roger Dobson and Jeanne Lenzer, in today's UK Independent newspaper. Then they go on to say much more.

... under pressure from the pharmaceutical industry, the American Food and Drug Administration routinely conceals information it considers commercially sensitive

Dr Peter Juni, one of the team of Swiss investigators who helped to expose the risk of the new-generation drugs, claims his efforts were obstructed by the FDA.


Hundreds of years ago in England, an infamous highwayman called Dick Turpin regularly held up stagecoaches. Shoving his lethal loaded musket into poor unsuspecting passenger's faces, he invariable said the same thing: "Stand and deliver! Your money or your life?" What a make-your-mind-up ultimatum. Eh? Talk about Hobson's choice.

It seems things are now going backwards instead of forwards. Forget about people's personal safety. Who the hell wants to know about their well being? Certainly, not today's corporate drug lords.

Relieving folk of as much of their money as possible still matters most, just as it did in the bad old days. Though there is a variation on the theme. Instead of old English highwaymen or wild west outlaws asking you to choose between your money or your life, it's now the pharma-bandits who appear equally prepared to do likewise.

Some extremely serious side effects of many common drugs still being sold, seem to be more life threatening than the maladies they are meant to treat. Yet, we still get the Hobson's choice of times gone by.

I mean, what about our continued well being? Forget it. Either, meekly accept their no-choice option - or forget it. Big fat-pharma-profits rule the roost. Sick people play second fiddle.

Read the full Independent article and be shocked by the list of familiar medications mentioned -- and be in awe of some of the awful possibilities.

But first, here's a health warning. Even if you feel fine right now - after hitting the link below your blood pressure could go straight through the roof.

11 June 2005

Heroic Old Brit "Law Lord" ...

Lord Steyn. Posted by Hello

Claire Dyer, the Guardian's legal editor, today tells us 'how it is'. Here's her headline.

** Britain accused of creating terror fears ~
Law lord says. **

UK and US tried to bend international law with Belmarsh and Guantánamo detentions.

And you thought it was only in America where 'Big-Brother' ruled, eh? Well, think again. Anything Bush can do, his 'blood-brother' Blair can do too; so he does.

Now, read today's first 'teaser'.

** One of Britain's most eminent judges yesterday accused the British and US governments of whipping up public fear of terrorism, and of being determined "to bend established international law to their will and to undermine its essential structures". **

The eminent judge referred to, is Lord Steyn. He's one of the longest serving 'law lords' in Britain's top court -- the House of Lords. He knows all about the 'law' and he knows all about 'justice' too. Moreover, he's not afraid to say so. But, to this once proud nation's undying shame, the Blair bully-boys have seen to it that this heroic, honest & true Old Brit - has had his 'card marked'.

Witness as follows.

** He was forced to step down last year from the panel of judges hearing the challenge to the lawfulness of detention without trial for foreign terrorist suspects after the government took exception to earlier remarks he had made on the subject. **

This is more than disgusting; it's frightening. Talk out of turn and you'll pay the price. This is the horrifying reality of 21st century, so-called civilized Great Britain -- under the boot of Blair.

However, as heroes have a habit of doing, Lord Steyn still speaks out. Here's an example.

** Lord Steyn said Lord Bingham's judgment in the Belmarsh case, pointing out the "wholly democratic mandate" given to judges by parliament in the Human Rights Act, had contained the "most eloquent and magisterial rebuke" to an attorney general since Lord Denning quoted the words of Thomas Fuller: "Be you ever so high, the law is above you." **

Do you hear that, Mr Tony-little-Hitler-Blair? The law is above you. Forget it at your peril, for the British public at large never will. Nor will any fair minded people from further afield. Remember this, dear Tone; the world today is a global village.

Furthermore, the global village already has it's global idiot. The last thing it needs is another.

Here's the link to the full shameful story:,12780,1504266,00.html

10 June 2005

Iraq "Contractors" Karma ...

Posted by Hello

Restlessness and resentment in the ranks? Rough justice? Mercenaries made to pay? Contractors' come-uppance? Fed up in Falluja? Settling some old scores? Contempt for 'Corporate Warriors'?

I choose to call it Karma.

Ah, well ..... whatever. "A rose by any other name ..... " Eh?

Jamie Wilson in Washington, writes this in today's Guardian:

** A group of American security guards in Iraq have alleged they were beaten, stripped and threatened with a snarling dog by US marines when they were detained after an alleged shooting incident outside Falluja last month. **

The Old Brit's seen similar 'signs,' several times before. Elsewhere, admittedly. However, 'signals' as strong as this invariable point to problems yet to come. Problems with a capital 'P'. Fresh trouble is brewing. One can read it between these lines.

Here's some more of the same.

** "How does it feel to be a big, rich contractor now?" one of the marines is alleged to have shouted at the men, in an apparent reference to the large sums of money private contractors can make in Iraq. **

Oh, dear. Sounds like a distinct demonstration of dissatisfaction -- somewhere. And no bloody wonder, either. Why should regular serving US soldiers get 'the shitty-end of the stick'? Or even be made to feel as though they are?

Just look at this.

** According to Peter Singer, a Brookings Institute scholar and author of the book Corporate Warriors, private military contractors in Iraq are operating in a black hole as they do not fall within the military chain of command. "What appears to have happened here is tension between forces bubbling to the surface .... " **

Hit this link for more:,2763,1502474,00.html

08 June 2005

The EXXON Connection ...

Posted by Hello

In spite of the recent leak of the damning 'Downing Street Memo,' some people still don't get it.

It's all about OIL. Be it the war or worse. Be it dying or killing. Be it climate change or any other man-made catastrophy. It's all about OIL.

One would have to have lived on the planet Krypton, for years, not to have heard of Kyoto. Likewise, Exxon and OIL.

Have you heard about this though? Lets call it the Exxon-Connection.

** President George Bush's decision not to sign the United States up to the Kyoto global warming treaty was partly a result of pressure from ExxonMobil, the world's most powerful oil company, and other industries, according to US State Department papers seen by the Guardian. **

Surprised to hear that? You shouldn't be. Surely you knew 'Bush Government Inc.' worked for the benefit of the 'big-buck- oil-boys' -- not the 'people'. Didn't you?

Stay with me. See if you can connect the dots. It's not difficult. Millions, right across the globe, already have.

** In briefing papers given before meetings to the US under-secretary of state, Paula Dobriansky, between 2001 and 2004, the administration is found thanking Exxon executives for the company's "active involvement" in helping to determine climate change policy, ... **

Getting interested? You should be. Here's some more of the same.

** Until now Exxon has publicly maintained that it had no involvement in the US government's rejection of Kyoto. But the documents, obtained by Greenpeace under US freedom of information legislation, suggest this is not the case.

"Potus [president of the United States] rejected Kyoto in part based on input from you [the Global Climate Coalition]," says one briefing note before Ms Dobriansky's meeting with the GCC, the main anti-Kyoto US industry group, which was dominated by Exxon.

The papers further state that the White House considered Exxon "among the companies most actively and prominently opposed to binding approaches [like Kyoto] to cut greenhouse gas emissions".

But in evidence to the UK House of Lords science and technology committee in 2003, Exxon's head of public affairs, Nick Thomas, said: "I think we can say categorically we have not campaigned with the United States government or any other government to take any sort of position over Kyoto." **

My God. Talk about telling 'porkies'. Eh?

There are so many damned lies fed to the both the UK and US public, that it's hard to keep track of them all. And that's exactly how the evil architects of this whole web of deceit designed it to be.

Okay. Here's your final 'teaser'.

** "President Bush tells Mr Blair he's concerned about climate change, but these documents reveal the alarming truth, that policy in this White House is being written by the world's most powerful oil company. This administration's climate policy is a menace to humanity," **

Rearing to go read the rest ? Ready for more revelations? Then hit the link below.,12374,1501646,00.html

07 June 2005

Organized Old Brits ...

Posted by Hello

Here's a Press Association piece in today's Guardian that made 'This Old Brit' feel proud to be what he is.

How's this for a heart warming headline?

Minister booed down by pensioners.
Press Association, Tuesday June 7, 2005

Good on 'em, I say. Power to the pensioners. I just wish I could have been there with them.

Get a load of this.

** Angry pensioners booed and shouted down the government's new pensions minister today as he tried to give a speech.

Stephen Timms had to break off delivering his address at the annual pensioners parliament in Blackpool as hundreds of senior citizens whistled, shouted and slow hand-clapped.

The minister, appointed after the general election, was given a rough ride ....

Well, wouldn't you feel angry if this was your lot, too?

** The "age audit" taken from the government's own figures, showed one in five pensioners lived below the poverty line - no improvement since Labour returned to power in 1997.

A further 1.5 million pensioners are malnourished or at serious risk of malnourishment, and the same number say their house is too cold in winter, with 22,000 people dying as a result of cold last year.

So much for Tony Blair and his 'New Labour' brand of socialism. And this, after a full eight years in which to do something about this sorry state of affairs. It's nothing short of a scandal; it should be recognized as such.

** "We don't look after our pensioners in this country at all," said Peggy Runciman, 66, a retired machine operator from Birmingham. "We show no interest, some of these people have been through two world wars for us." **

Too bloody true, Mr Timms. Call yourself a Pensions Minister? Humphh! More like a poodle's poodle.

** .... pensioners attending the convention marched from Blackpool's North Pier, along the promenade .... **

As I said before -- power to these poor old people -- I wish I could have marched with them.

* ( Incidentally, please don't 'nit-pick' the header-illustration spelling. These old folk do their best. )

Here's the link to the full, pensioner piece.,6453,1501247,00.html

06 June 2005

Bolton - The war plot thickens ...

John R. Bolton Posted by Hello

While the 'phony war' plot thickens and John Bolton still seeks U.S. Senate confirmation as America's U.N. ambassador, come claims of 'threats and menaces'.

In a weekend report by the Guardian newspaper, Associated Press are said to have been told by 'a spokeswoman' - that Bolton " ... would have no comment for [the] article."

It's easy to 'get the gist' of the piece from the Old Brit's following 'teasers'.

** John R. Bolton flew to Europe in 2002 to confront the head of a global arms-control agency and demand he resign, then orchestrated the firing of the unwilling diplomat in a move a U.N. tribunal has since judged unlawful, according to officials involved.

A former Bolton deputy says the U.S. undersecretary of state felt Jose Bustani ``had to go,'' particularly because the Brazilian was trying to send chemical weapons inspectors to Baghdad.

That might have helped defuse the crisis over alleged Iraqi weapons and undermined a U.S. rationale for war.

Bustani, who says he got a ``menacing'' phone call from Bolton at one point, was removed by a vote of just one-third of member nations at an unusual special session of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), at which the United States cited alleged mismanagement in calling for his ouster.

The United Nations' highest administrative tribunal later condemned the action as an " unacceptable violation'' of principles protecting international civil servants. The OPCW session's Swiss chairman now calls it an ``unfortunate precedent'' and Bustania " a man with merit.''


Get the picture yet?

** Bolton has been criticized for supposed bullying of junior U.S. officials and for efforts to get them fired. Bustani, a senior official under the U.N. umbrella, says Bolton used a threatening tone with him and ``tried to order me around.'' **


And it gets even more interesting -- if interesting isn't an understatement.

** After U.N. arms inspectors had withdrawn from Iraq in 1998 in a dispute with the Baghdad government, Bustani stepped up his initiative, seeking to bring Iraq - and other Arab states - into the chemical weapons treaty.

Bustani's inspectors would have found nothing, because Iraq's chemical weapons were destroyed in the early 1990s. That would have undercut the U.S. rationale for war because the Bush administration by early 2002 was claiming, without hard evidence, that Baghdad still had such an arms program.


There's this, too;

** Former Bustani aide Bob Rigg, a New Zealander, sees a clear U.S. motivation: ``Why did they not want OPCW involved in Iraq? They felt they couldn't rely on OPCW to come up with the findings the U.S. wanted.'' **


Click the link below to read the full Guardian story. It's written by Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press, Special Correspondent.,1280,-5052309,00.html

05 June 2005

Busy Bunch of Bs ...

Sen. J. Bingaman

Bush, Blair, Brown and Bingaman.
What does such a busy bunch of blokes, currently have in common? [ Besides the blindingly obvious. ]
Take a tour through today's 'teaser' list, to see .

** Tomorrow, Tony Blair will venture into the lion's den, to beard George Bush on the two questions that most sharply divide Britain and the United States: aid to Africa, and global warming.

Publicly, British officials have been stressing the points on which London and Washington agree. They praise George Bush for having trebled the US's aid budget during his presidency, and say that the US and UK are united in their view that aid must be strictly monitored to ensure it goes into projects such as hospitals and schools, not into financing war or corruption.

Privately, the British officials preparing for the summit have been amazed and angered by the "utter intransigence" of the Bush administration.

Suggestions that Mr Blair needs to be rewarded for supporting the US in Iraq have met a dismissive response: "That was then; this is now." **
( snip )
I ask you, how the hell is that - for standing "shoulder to shoulder," eh? With friends like these, who needs enemies?
** Gordon Brown's idea of creating an International Financing Facility (IFF) for Africa has been brusquely dismissed. "We have made our position pretty clear on that: that it doesn't fit our budgetary process," President Bush said last week. He reiterated his position privately to President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa ... **
( snip )
But it was mainly this - which surprised me so much.
** In these unpromising circumstances, Mr Blair has taken the unusual step of inviting up to 20 senators to a meeting at the British embassy to put his case directly to them.
A spokeswoman for Senator Bingaman said last night: "I guess [Mr Blair] is aware that the Bush administration is not interested, but he must know that does not apply to everybody else. Things can be done in Washington without the White House, especially if there is strong support in Congress."
( snip )
I have to admit that don't know much about Senator Jeff Bingaman. However, I'm most certainly intrigued.
** Here's the link for today's relevant 'Independent' piece. Written by a formidable, five man reporting team; Andy McSmith, Andrew Buncombe, Geoffrey Lean and Severin Carrell.

04 June 2005

McNamara's Stand ...

Robert McNamara

In the Old Brit's book -- this is BIG.

*** Robert McNamara, the US defence secretary at the time of the Cuban missile crisis, yesterday described the British and American approach towards nuclear weapons as "immoral, illegal and militarily unnecessary". ***

Sounds like strong stuff, eh?

Well, Mr McNamara's a man who's been around a long time. He's a man with a lot of first hand experience in such matters. He's a man who must know what he's talking about. Apparently, he's also a man who's not scared of making a 'stand'. He says it like he sees it - and wants everyone to know it.

So, it seems there's not much for the Old Brit to add today. Except, maybe to mention that Mr McNamara said this, too:

*** "The dangers and threats surrounding the 1962 Cuban missile crisis were similar to those which exist today," he said.

" About 2,000 US strategic nuclear weapons are on hair-trigger alert, ready to be fired in 15 minutes." ***

I doubt any of this will be mentioned much in the US mainstream. So maybe it's time get into overdrive again - and please start passing today's Old Brit, around. Pretty, pretty please.

Click the link below for the relevant article by Richard Norton-Taylor, just now published in this morning's 'Guardian' - Saturday, 4th June.,3604,1498935,00.html

02 June 2005

Become an E.U. 'instant expert' ...

Posted by Hello

It's not surprising there's so much misunderstanding surrounding the proposed 'written' EU constitution. The current version of the document consists of over 500 pages. Yet the French and Dutch people have recently been asked a single sentence question. Even more amazingly, they've been offered the option of only a one word answer.

How dare these politicians !

Talk about taking ordinary people for granted. Talk about insulting their intelligence. Talk about treating them with contempt. Talk about dismissing their concerns with disdain. Huh!

Because - believe me - that's exactly what's been happening in France and Holland. Likewise, it's exactly what's been planned for UK people too - by our own smarmy set of self serving, phony politicians.

Whatever your previous preferences, thoughts, opinions, beliefs, etc - I strongly recommend that anyone genuinely interested in any European self-enlightenment - should spend just a few short minutes studying what follows. It's the 500 word work of 'gobbledygook,' translated & condensed into a simple, plain English, 'nutshell'.

If anyone can then tell this particular European, Old Brit, how the hell anyone [other than the ruling elite] can hope to gain anything from this proposed 'constitution' that they haven't already got .......... well ................. I promise them a prize.

** The EU constitution: a 10-point guide.

The ( U.K.) Foreign Office's guide to the EU constitution (Tuesday June 17, 2003)

Britain and the other member states agree to establish a European Union so that they can work together where they need to. The union has a constitution setting out what is done at the European level. It can be changed if everyone agrees. Any European state can join or leave. (Articles 1, 6, 57, 59, Part IV)

The union is based on certain principles: human dignity, liberty, democracy, the rule of law, and respect for human rights. It aims at promoting peace, its values, and its peoples' well-being. It treats all equally. Its citizens' rights are set down in a charter. (Articles 2-3, 44-46, 50-51, 58, Part II).

It is a union of the citizens and states of Europe. Its decisions are taken as closely as possible to the citizens. It respects its member states' national identities, and the member states must help each other fulfill the union's objectives. It works openly. (Articles 1,5, 7-8, 42, 49, Subsidiarity and National Parliaments Protocols)

The union has only the powers the member states give it. It acts at EU level only when it needs to. When it does act, its laws prevail over member states' laws. (Article 9-11)

The main bodies of the union are: a council with ministers from each member state; a European parliament with MEPs from each member state; an independent commission; and a court with judges from each member state. There are other bodies. The council and commission have presidents. The union has a budget, which must balance. (Articles 18-31, 52-55)

The leaders of the member states, meeting in the European council and acting unanimously, are in charge of the union's political direction. Acting within their guidance, the commission will propose EU laws, and the council will decide on them, often by majority vote and jointly with the European parliament. (Articles 18-26, 32-38)

There will be a single market, with free movement of goods, peoples, services, and capital across the union. (Articles 3-4).

Member states coordinate their economic policies. There will be a single currency, the euro, for member states that wish to participate and meet the conditions. (Article 14)

There will be common action, more in some areas than others, where it makes sense to work together: agriculture, fisheries, transport, environment, illegal immigration, asylum, fighting crime, and so on. In some areas, smaller groups of member states can act together. (Articles 12-13, 16-17, 41,43)

Member states will seek to act together in foreign and defence policy, but both remain intergovernmental and subject to unanimity. Common action will be co-ordinated through a European foreign affairs representative. (Articles 15, 27, 39-40, 56).,7369,979434,00.html