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Just Because You’re Paranoid……

26 Nov

Something interesting landed in my inbox the other day.  It’s not unusual to get an email from Microsoft informing you of potential unauthorised activity on your account.  It can be triggered because of a geographical difference in your usual location.  This one just happened to be my blog account……’

Now, it’s not unusual to get these type of emails, especially with all the scams that take place.  Microsoft kindly gave me the IP address of the person, persons or organisation that tried to, or did access my account and took me through the process of account verification and password change.  Because they had given me the IP address I decided to track it.  The result is interesting as you will see…..

Here’s a screenshot of the email.  Note the IP address…..


And, here’s the result of my search for the owner of that IP address……

The longitude and latitude of the server turned out to be closest to this property operated by the Minisrty of Defence……


I’m not concerned in the slightest that the Ministry of Defence may want to view my private communications.  I make frequent references to the crimes carried out by them; the extra-judicial execution of ‘terrorists’ in the sovereign territories of far away countries by drone on their orders, often killing innocent people in the process, and we are expected to simply take their word for it that they are terrorists who pose a threat to our national security.  I maintain that both the Afghan and Iraq wars were illegal and that the public were misled as to the treat posed by them.  The deaths of our troops and those of at least 1.5million innocent civilians make this a very serious issue and the Commander in Chief should be indicted, hauled off the in International Criminal Court and answer for their actions.  Our part in Extraordinary Rendition, torture in so called ‘black sites’ and the illegal detention without charge of UK nationals in Guantanamo Bay.

In my opinion our politicians are nothing more than puppets, controlled by an incredibly powerful group of nefarious overlords and are in the pay of the Military Industrial Complex.  An organisation who benefit from war and incursions all over the globe, hence the ramping up of war in the Middle and Far East. They benefit from every angle, be it the initial destruction for which they fund and supply arms to all sides.  They benefit from migration with lucrative contracts holding asylum seekers in detention centres and they benefit from the rebuilding of the infrastructure they destroy.  Suffice to say ‘world piece’ or an end to the media driven ‘war on terror’ is not one of their goals.  As the ‘Project for a New American Centry – Rebuilding America’s Defenses’ stated they intended to have a war without end against an invisible enemy.  

Wars make money and money is the bottom line for the Globalist New World Order.  They will stop at nothing to achieve this end……  Privately owned ‘federal’ banks control the money supply and Governments under the control of the Biulderberg Group and the illusion of democracy allows them to get away with it……
If my private blog correspondence is so threatening then indict me and I’ll see you in open court…..

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Britain’s Guantanamo Bay……

29 May

‘Philip Hammond, the Secretary of State for Defence, has today been forced to admit that up to 90 foreign nationals are being held illegally at a secret military detention centre……’

The Secretary of State insisted that the detention centre at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, is not secret and was discussed in the House of Commons last year.  Although it may not be an ‘eyes only’ secret, this is the first time the majority of the public will have heard about it.

Philip Hammond & Some Bombs

Philip Hammond & Some Bombs

The detainees, some of whom have been held for 14 months, have been denied access to legal representation and have not been charged with any offences but Philip Hammond said “Many of those held posed a danger to troops”.  He claimed the reason they had not been handed over to the Afghan authorities was because of concerns that they would be mistreated.

UK lawyers acting for eight of the men have launched habeas corpus applications in the High Court in a bid to have them released, raising comparisons with the outrage over the GuantanamoBay prison camp.  The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) rules dictate that British Forces are only allowed to hold suspects for 96 hours.

Gitmo_SignpostPhil Shiner, the lawyer for eight of the men, said the Government had failed to train Afghan Security Forces how to treat people lawfully and humanely, leading to the secret detention facility to protect their human rights, ironic though this seem.  Shiner again reaffirmed that the prisoners has not been told what they were accused of and denied access to legal representation, except for two men who had been allowed a one hour phone call each with a lawyer on Wednesday.  Hammond again said that many of the detainees were suspected killers of British troops or known to be involved in the preparation, facilitating or laying of improvised explosive devices and it would be wrong to put them “back on the battlefield”.

“We would like nothing more than to hand these people over to the Afghan authorities so they can be dealt with by the Afghan judicial system,” he told the Radio 4 Today programme, dismissing the description of Camp Bastion as a secret facility as “absurd”, but then he’s not the one being illegally detained there.

Yet again we see the erosion of basic human rights by our Government, indefinite detention without trial and access to legal advice and the ‘rebirth’ of the Data Communications Bill allowing access to your private email, text messages and internet searches.

And while the Data Communications Bill is on the agenda; my understanding is that one of the intentions is to stop people ‘preaching’ hatred and inciting attacks on one group by another.  Does this extend to the vile rhetoric of politicians misleading statements about immigrants or the divisive ‘them and us’ approach to the ‘shirkers and strivers’, those who want to ‘work hard and get on’, as opposed to those, who by implication, don’t want to work hard and get on?

As for the 90 detainees at Camp Bastion, when the coalition forces withdraw from Afghanistan they should be released, as is standard practice for prisoners of war unless they are responsible for crimes against humanity.  An Afghan national who attacks the invading forces with whom they profoundly disagree should be treated as any other prisoner of war at the end of a conflict and released.  After all, the invasion was carried out under the pretext of dismantling ‘Al Qaeda’ training camps which were abandoned long before American boots hit the ground.  In the interim the coalition forces, under the control of the new world order, have sought to impose their ideological ‘democratic’ model on a country which as never operated such a system and probably never will.  Instead, imposing a government comprising ex-warlords and some very shady characters that will fall apart the minute foreign forces withdraw.

Will we also be bringing American and UK forces to the International Criminal Court for the extra-judicial execution of Wanted01innocent civilians and their families by drone aircraft in another sovereign country’s airspace and one which is not involved in the Afghan dispute?  I doubt it……

 

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Soldier Killed in Attack on UK Streets……

23 May

‘A British Soldier, Lee Rigby, was brutally attacked and killed in London by two men on Thursday.  This was a vicious crime and our thoughts are with the grieving families, but the media cannot help themselves when it comes to speculation and the chance to score points on the word wide stage……’

 

Perspective…..

Due to the reported ramblings of one of the perpetrators in the immediate aftermath, it has been reported as a revenge attack, carried out to highlight the enormous death toll of innocent civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq, which in effect it has.  The more mentally stable amongst us would agree that this is not the kind of protest acceptable to the majority but to someone who may be mentally unstable they may feel differently.  This brings me neatly on the way in which it is being reported in the mainstream media.

We have already heard the attackers being called ‘extremists’ and ‘fundamental Islamists’.  Allying  them with them with the distorted western  view of a primitive tribal culture, there may well be some truth to these accusations but before the investigation has begun the language of the ‘war on terror’ is ringing out loudly.  At this stage, I believe we are only able to say categorically, is that these men are mentally ill and a danger to society on the whole.

If they are found to be ‘extremists’ or ‘Islamic sympathisers’ their albeit twisted approach in demonstration against the west’s killing of millions of innocent civilians in ‘the war on terror’ still holds some validity, diminished by their choice of demonstration but valid all the same.  This will of course be buried under the web of propaganda that exists between the ‘loony Islamic Jihad-ist’ and ‘the freedoms and equalities’ imposed by their uninvited liberators.

Imagine……

When it happens on your proverbial doorstep as it were, your immediate response is one of horror and disgust, but project yourself onto a hillside in the Peshawar region of Northern Pakistan early one ordinary morning.  You awake to hear the news that an entire family has been dismembered by an American drone aircraft.  These are the pictures you don’t often see.  The ‘target’ has been identified by ‘intelligence’, sometimes extracted under torture, sometimes with bribes (in one of the poorest countries in the world).  The drone was operating illegally in Pakistani sovereign airspace without their knowledge.

The War of Fear……

I don’t want to see innocent British Soldiers killed on the streets; neither do I want to see innocent Pakistani children killed by drones.  The ‘War on Terror’ is now a ‘War of Fear’, for both sides.  Truth and fiction hold no meaning anymore.

‘The only constant in the War on Terror is the USA & UK……’

The Dripping Tap Editorial……

29 Nov

‘There are a few things I’d like to get off my chest today, so here’s an editorial from the Dripping Tap’……

 

Uganda……

In early November the Department for International Development stopped all UK aid payment to Uganda due to allegations of fraud.  This comes as no surprise to most of us but there’s a bigger issue here.  Should we pay aid to any country with questionable human rights records?  We should give money to agencies charged with delivering services directly on the ground but not to corrupt governments.

Right now there’s a big human rights issue in Uganda and one which our government cannot ignore.  Homosexuality is still a criminal offence in Uganda and can carry a life sentence but in new legislation they are proposing the death penalty for homosexual acts and for transgender people.  Furthermore, the Ugandan Government’s rhetoric is driving ‘vigilante’ behaviour amongst the population.  Gay people are being murdered for their sexuality and very little is being done to take action against those committing the violence.  This is a serious issue and GLBT people should not have to live in fear of the state or their fellow countrymen.

What can you do to help?  Please sign the petition at change.org – and/or join the Amnesty International campaign and email the Ugandan authorities to make your feelings known.

Palestinian Request for Membership of the UN……

Israel has a permanent seat at the United Nations.  Palestine does not.  It is applying to be recognised by the UN as a state but the UK Government has refused to back their application unless they return to negotiations immediately.  Although, this may not sound like an unreasonable request, Israel is in breach of over 30 UN Resolutions for being in violation of International Law and the Geneva Conventions.  The Palestinians do want to negotiate a two state solution but are reluctant to do so whilst the Israelis are still illegally occupying Palestinian territory and blocking imports and aid to the Palestinian people.  As I have pointed out before, it is Israel who is the aggressor in this dispute and seems to act with impunity.  It is not unreasonable for the Palestinians to lay out terms for any negotiations to take place and the UK, US, and UN should accept that this is a perfectly reasonable position for the Palestinians to take and support their application.

What can you do to help?   Email the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, and make you view known.  The power of numbers can only help.  Be careful to include your name and address in your email or they may not respond and ask questions that require a response to stop them from moving your email straight to the trash can.  Email:  haguew@parliament.uk……

Energy Bill Increases……

As previously reported in the Dripping Tap, the UK Government have passed legislation to add a percentage to your energy bills to cover the cost of ‘renewable energy’.  Today they announced that this will amount to £7.5 billion but to add insult to injury there is an exemption for high energy consumers such as the Steel industry, Cement industry and others who use disproportionately large amounts of power in the creation of their products.

Not only should the energy companies be paying for their own green power generation from the huge profits they have accumulated over the past 25 years or thereabouts, since green issues and global warming has been known about, but to give exemptions to the most prolific ‘offenders’ is unfair when the rest of us are being penalised to cover the cost of infrastructure investment.

Last year approximately 27,000 mostly older people died during cold periods for fear of putting on their heating.  In a first world country this is unacceptable and another yearly increase of around £120 is not going to help reduce this figure.

What can you do to help?   The Secretary of State for Energy is Edward Davey.  Why not send him an email asking why the utility companies have not made provision to pay for something they knew was going to happen.  Again include your name and address and ask a question which requires a response.  Contact Edward Davey:  daveye@parliament.uk……

Minimum Pricing on Alcohol……

Firstly, I disagree with the concept that minimum pricing on alcohol will have any effect on alcoholism.  There is no evidence that the price of a drug, albeit Heroin, Cocaine, Ecstasy or Cigarettes has every contributed to the reduction of addiction.  If anything it can be counterproductive in that an addict will commit more crimes to fund the addiction and cause more damage health through lack of money.  This of course is yet another tax on the poor as the MPs voting on it probably don’t by the cheapest wines on offer, they probably charge it to expenses for the ‘important’ lunches they have with other bigwigs.  As with the increases in tobacco taxes this is a cynical ploy to raise some more money for the treasury.  To the majority of casual drinkers it simply helps to make one of the few pleasures that are left in life more unattainable…….

Leveson……

The whole Leveson Enquiry was a diversion to put some time and distance between the Politicians, Police and the Media.  Phone hacking is a criminal offence and should have been dealt with by the police and there was no need for Leveson.  The publication of the report is due later today so I haven’t had a chance to read it but I get the feeling that the status quo will prevail and the press will have a new independent regulator without any statute to give it any real powers.  The corruption between the Politicians and the Police and the relationships between the Politicians and the Media will slip under the radar……

Atos Healthcare – Lord Harrington’s Final Review……

Lord Harrington is to step down from his position reviewing Atos, the Work Capability Assessments and the DWP.  In his last of three reports in which he said the system was ‘not fit for purpose’ and having made 48 recommendations to improve things, he leaves stating ‘there are still problems with every stage of the process’, ‘it is slightly better than it was’ and that the majority of his recommendations have yet to be fully resolved.

Meanwhile, up to October of 2011, 31 people declared ‘fit for work’ died before their appeals were even heard.  At least 10 people have committed suicide due to the financial pressure and stress placed upon them by Atos Healthcare.  Many of our Armed Forces who lost limbs and suffered trauma in Iraq and Afghanistan have been told that they too are ‘fit for work’ by Atos Healthcare.  Whether you agree with our Foreign Policy or not, our troops deserve better.

We have a Welfare State.  This is supposed to act as a security blanket for those who cannot work through ill health.  The DWP have only one objective and that is to reduce the budget by £10 billion regardless of who gets hurt along the way.  If we spent more time closing the loopholes which allow Anglian Water, Google, Amazon, eBay and Starbucks from avoiding paying corporation tax, the £10 billion would pale into insignificance.  This country has more than enough money to pay for the services we may all depend on at some point.  Instead they dedicate a huge amount of time giving the public the impression that there is a large majority of malingerers who live on benefits as a ‘life choice’.  Try telling that to people with terminal illnesses that are being denied benefits while they suffer, most of who will have paid their taxes for most of their working lives prior to diagnosis…….

And Finally……

After the expenses scandal a couple of years ago we were told ‘no longer will MPs be allowed to get away with making inflated claims at the tax payers expense and, in the future they will be expected to follow the principal as well as the letter of the law’.  Well surprisingly enough that hasn’t happened as MPs have found a way around claiming mortgage interest by claiming rent which they are paying to each other.  And I’m sure that’s not the only scam they’ve got going.  Time will tell.

What can you do to help?   Get in touch with the Parliamentary Standards Authority and ask what action they intend to take against those ‘bending’ the rules.  Contact:  compliance@parliamentarystandards.org.uk……

‘In our ‘democracy’ the four yearly vote is practically worthless as the party you vote for does not adhere to the promises made in their manifesto.  We are a democracy in name only.  We do, however, have the power of the internet (for now at least).  Make use of it, make your voice heard and always ask for answers to avoid being filed in the recycling bin’

 Regards….  The Dripping Tap…..

Israel – A Rogue State…….

16 Nov

The case is overwhelming that Israel is a rogue state which treats with contempt its obligations under international law and agreements it has signed.

Unrivalled Record of Military Occupation, Annexation and Colonisation……

 

First and foremost, it deserves the title “rogue state” because it has occupied militarily large swathes of territory not its own for well over forty years – the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Golan Heights. It has annexed East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.  Not only that, it has planted more than 500,000 Jewish settlers on this territory, with the clear intention of holding on to some, or all of it, permanently.  This record of military occupation, annexation and colonisation for more than four decades is unrivalled in this world.

World Record for Violating Security Council Resolutions……

 

Israel holds the world record for violating Security Council Resolutions. It is in breach of over 30 Security Council Resolutions that require action by it, and it alone, dating back to 1967. If it had implemented those resolutions, it would have:

  • removed all Jewish settlements from the West Bank, including East Jerusalem
  • its annexations of East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights
  • allowed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect its secret nuclear facilities (It remains the only country to deny access to the IAEA).

Continuous Breaching of the Fourth Geneva Convention……

 

Israel is the Occupying Power within the meaning of the Fourth Geneva Convention in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and in Gaza.

(Notwithstanding its “disengagement” from Gaza in August 2005, Israel remains in “effective control” of the territory – and therefore, under international law, it remains the Occupying Power.)  As the Occupying Power, Israel has breached the Fourth Geneva Convention continuously since it took over these territories in 1967. It continues to do so today. For example:

  • Its economic blockage of Gazza constitutes collective punishment, contrary to Article 33 of the Convention.
  • Its unceasing destruction of property in the occupied territories is in breach of Article 53.
  • Its unceasing construction of settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is in breach of Article 49.

Friends of Israel Often ask Why it is Singled out for Criticism……

The answer is that Israel is unique in this world in having been in military occupation of large swathes of territory not its own since 1967 – the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Golan Heights.  Not only that, it has planted more than half a million Jewish settlers in the territory it occupies, contrary to Article 49(6) of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and to Security Council resolutions 446, 452 and 465.  And it has annexed East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, again contrary to a raft of Security Council Resolutions.  No other state in the world has Israel’s 45-year record of military occupation, annexation and colonisation. That’s why it’s singled out for criticism.

But, its Friends say, Israel is the Only Democracy in the Middle East……

 

Israel cannot be described as a democracy when it has ruled over millions of Palestinians in the OccupiedTerritories since 1967, without according them any democratic rights whatsoever. They have had to endure more than 45 years of Israeli military dictatorship.  Jews living in the illegal West Bank settlements have a vote in elections to the Knesset, but Palestinians living in the West Bank haven’t – which is akin to the voting system that operated under apartheid in South Africa.  That demonstrates a 45-year record of contempt for democracy rather than a commitment to it.

To merit being described as a democratic state, Israel must either:

  • Withdraw to the occupied territories to the agreed 1967 lines and make way for the creation of a democratic Palestinian state.
  • Accord democratic rights, including the right to vote in the Knesset, to everybody who lives in the OccupiedTerritories, as well as in Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, told the US Congress on 24 May 2011, “What the people of Israel want is for the people of the Middle East to have what you have in America, what we have in Israel — democracy.”

Happily, Prime Minister Netanyahu is in a position to deliver democracy to the Palestinians who have lived under Israeli military dictatorship for the past 45 years.  Taking either one of the options above may give Israel the right to be called a democracy.

Palestine Legislative Council Elections……

 

The great irony about Israel’s claim to be the only democracy in the Middle East is that it refused to accept the result of a democratic election on its doorstep – the elections to the Palestinian Legislative Council in January 2006, elections that were widely agreed to be free and fair, in which Hamas won 74 out of the 132 seats in the Council, and won a majority of the seats both in the West Bank (30 out of 42) and in Gaza (15 out of 24).

Israel’s Violation of UN Security Council Resolutions……

Israel holds the world record for violating Security Council resolutions. It is in breach of over 30 Security Council resolutions that require action by it and it alone, dating back to 1967.

This refusal to implement Security Council resolutions should be a prominent feature of propaganda in for all nations under the control of an invading power:

  • The UN is well regarded in Ireland and there is a general feeling that its resolutions should be implemented.
  • No politician in Ireland, not even supporters of Israel, would publicly disagree with the proposition that Security Council Resolutions should be obeyed.
  • Neither would the US Government.  President Bush told the UN General Assembly on 12 September 2002; “We want the United Nations to be effective, respectful and successful.  We want the resolutions of the world’s most important multilateral body to be enforced.”

If Israel had carried out the decisions of the Security Council as it is supposed to do as a UN member, there would be no Jewish settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Nuclear Facilities – Under IAEA Safeguards……

 

In June 1981, after Israel’s aerial attack on an Iraqi nuclear reactor, the Security Council passed resolution 487, which demanded Israel open its secret nuclear facilities to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA). Israel has refused to comply. Unlike Iran’s nuclear facilities, which are open to international inspection, Israel’s are cloaked in secrecy.  Were it not for the bravery of Mordechai Vanunu, who spent many years detained by the Israelis, the full extent of Israel’s nuclear capability may well have remained unknown.

Israel has refused to comply as it is supposed to do as a UN member.

The Annexation of East Jerusalem……

Israel annexed East Jerusalem in 1967. In May 1968, the Security Council passed resolution 252 demanding that Israel reverse this annexation. Israel’s failure to comply with this resolution prompted further resolutions – 267 in July 1969, 271 in September 1969, 298 in September 1971, 476 in June 1980, and 478 in August 1980 – demanding the reversal of its annexation of East Jerusalem.

Israel has refused to comply as it is supposed to do as a member of the UN.

The Annexation of the Golan Heights……

In December 1981, the Security Council passed resolution 497 demanding that Israel reverse its annexation of the Golan Heights, which were captured from Syria in June 1967.

Israel has refused to comply as it is supposed to do as a UN member.

Breaching the UN Charter……

 

Article 2.4 of the UN Charter states:

“All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations”.

Hardly a day passes by without Israel threatening to use force against some state or group in the Middle East. These days, Iran is the main target for its threats. Each and every one of those threats is a breach of Article 2.4 of the UN Charter.

Also, Israeli war planes regularly enter Lebanese airspace contrary to Article 2.4 of the UN Charter.

The Wall……

In July 2004, the International Court of Justice ruled that Israel’s construction of the Wall in the West Bank is “contrary to international law” and ordered Israel to dismantle it. In August 2004, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution by 150 to 6 demanding that Israel comply with the Court’s ruling. Ireland, and all other EU states, supported the resolution. Only Australia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau and the United States opposed.

Nevertheless, Israel refuses to comply with the Court’s ruling and continues with the construction of the wall.

Israel and the International Criminal Court……

Israel likes to describe itself as a country governed by the rule of law. But it doesn’t accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. Why not?

The EU says its relations with Israel are based on “shared values”. Given that all EU members accept the jurisdiction of the ICC, shouldn’t the EU be pressing Israel to sign up to the ICC?

 

Systematic Discrimination Against Israeli Arabs……

Israel has engaged in systematic discrimination against its Arab minority since the foundation of the state.

Here’s what a European Commission report on Israel dated May 2004 had to say about this:

“The Arab minority, Muslim, Christian and Druze, makes up almost 20% of the Israeli population. Although the Declaration of Independence proclaims equality for citizens, Israeli legislation contains laws and regulations that favour the Jewish majority. … As highlighted by an Israeli Commission report presented in 2003 (“Or Commission”), the Arab minority also suffers from discrimination in many areas including budget allocations, official planning, employment, education and health.”

Former Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, highlighted discrimination against Arabs in employment in evidence to a parliamentary commission of inquiry on 11 November 2008, saying:

“We have not yet overcome the barrier of discrimination, which is a deliberate discrimination and the gap is insufferable”

He continued:

“… there are government agencies who employ a miniscule number of Israeli Arabs, among them the Bank of Israel and Israel Electric Company. There is no argument that there were ministries and offices that did not accept Arabs. It’s terrible that there is not even one Arab employee at the Bank of Israel and at the Electric Company Arab workers represent less than one percent of all employees.”

Gaza

For many years, long before its “disengagement” in August 2005, Israel arbitrarily restricted the movement of people and goods in and out of Gaza.

However, since Hamas took control in Gaza in June 2007, it has imposed an extremely restrictive regime, including a near total ban on exports, which has made economic development in Gaza impossible.

This regime was further intensified after Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s military assault on Gaza in December 2008/January 2009, when it killed over 1,400 Palestinians and deliberately destroyed much of Gaza’s commercial and industrial infrastructure. In particular, restrictions on the import of building material have meant that very little reconstruction has been possible since.

Israel’s actions are part of a calculated plan to suffocate the economic life of Gaza because Hamas in control. That this is the case, and that it is being done with US connivance, is evident from a cable from US Embassy in Tel Aviv, dated 22 October 2008, which was revealed by Wikileaks. This states

“Israeli officials have confirmed to Embassy officials on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy functioning at the lowest level possible consistent with avoiding a humanitarian crisis. … As part of their overall embargo plan against Gaza, Israeli officials have confirmed to econoffs [economic officials from the US embassy] on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy on the brink of collapse without quite pushing it over the edge.”

 

The people of Gaza as a whole, including political opponents of Hamas, are being collectively punished because Hamas is in control of Gaza. This collective punishment is contrary to Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

In November 2005, Israel signed up to the Agreement on Movement and Access, sponsored by the Quartet (US, EU, Russia and the UN). This agreement set out the arrangements that were supposed to operate for the passage of people and goods in and out of Gaza, in order to maintain its economic life, in the wake of Israel’s “disengagement” from Gaza a few months earlier.

In it, Israel agreed that the crossings on the Israel-Gaza border would “operate continuously”. They haven’t. Israel also agreed to the re-opening of the Gaza airport, the construction of a seaport in Gaza, bus and truck convoys between Gaza and the West Bank and fewer barriers and checkpoints in the West Bank. None of this has happened.

Israel has treated its obligations under the Agreement on Movement and Access with contempt and the Quartet hasn’t lifted a finger to make it fulfil them.

Operation Cast Lead……

Israel told a big lie when it said that it had no alternative but to launch Operation Cast Lead against Gaza in December 2008, in order to stop rockets being fired out of Gaza by Hamas. In fact, that problem had been solved by the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, which Hamas honoured to the letter from 19 June to 4 November 2008. Israel broke the ceasefire on 4 November 2008, when the world was watching the election of Barack Obama. To protect its citizens from rockets fired out of Gaza, all it needed to do was to observe the ceasefire.

The Road Map……

The Quartet-sponsored Road Map is another agreement that Israel signed up to (in May 2003), but refuses to honour. This laid down conditions that Israel had to fulfil before the start of negotiations about a two-state solution, including:

  • Make an unequivocal public commitment to an independent, viable, sovereign state.
  • Dismantle all settlement outposts erected since March 2001.
  • Freeze all settlement activity, including natural growth.

Israel has certainly failed to implement (2) and (3) and there is a good case for saying that it hasn’t implement (1) either.

Israel Accepted the UN Partition Plan in 1948……

Israel constantly says that Jewish leaders accepted the UN General Assembly partition plan in 1948 and, had Arab leaders done likewise, a settlement would have been possible then.

In reality, Jewish leaders didn’t accept the partition plan. Had they done so, Israel would now exist in the 56% of mandate Palestine that the plan allocated to a Jewish state (even though Jews made up around a third of the population and owned less than 6% of the land) and Jerusalem would be under international control.

Instead, Zionist forces expanded the territory allocated to the Jewish state to include 78% of Palestine, including western parts of Jerusalem. To ensure that Jews were numerically dominant in the expanded Jewish state, nearly all the Arabs — around 750,000 — were expelled from this territory into the rest of Palestine and the surrounding Arab states, where they and their descendants live today. Over 500 Arab villages were destroyed so that those expelled had no homes to return to…….

‘The behaviour of Israel as a member of the United Nations General Assembly is frankly a disgrace.  The other member states do not appear to put pressure on Israel to honour the obligations to which it signed up.  No other country would be allowed to act in this way.  Along with detention without trial, the extrajudicial execution of individuals using drone strikes in countries with which we are not at war and the use of torture by member states, shows the United Nations has no gravitas in worldwide politics and renders it impotent’

 

‘It is time that rest of the world woke up to the Palestinian plight and took direct action against Israel.  Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq are not a threat to the stability of the Middle East.  Israel, in league with the United States of America, is the most dangerous force in Middle Eastern politics’……

‘We live a a world under the control of a select few whose ideology is incomprehensible.  They display the classical symptoms of the sociopath; self gratification, lack of empathy for their fellow human beings, where control and greed are the only motivating factors.  These few individuals have pulled off the ultimate deception; to make others think that the ‘devil’ does not exist when the evil they are involved in is the proof that he does.  This is not the biblical devil, rather the demon on mans evil toward all others, regardless of the suffering he inflicts on his brothers and sisters’. 

‘This is a sad world and one which I, as an individual, cannot change.  The thought of leaving it does not frighten me, it leaves me with a feeling of relief ‘

Regards, The Dripping Tap……

 

My thanks to http://www.sadaka.ie for some of the information used in this report……

Crimes Against Humanity……

3 Oct

Afghanistan……

Precise figures for the total number of civilians killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are hard to establish.  From a

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variety of sources including the World Health Organisation, citations from Wikipedia and official government statistics put the figure at around 2 million.  Considering the 9/11 hijackers were neither trained in, funded by, or citizens of either country, this has been a heavy price to pay in wasted human lives.  President George W. Bush announced within 24 hours of the 9/11 attacks that Osama Bin Laden and the Al Qaeda network were responsible despite having no evidence with which to back up this claim.  The invasion of Afghanistan was done on the basis that the Al Qaeda networks had training camps there and were in the advanced stages of planning another attack on American soil.  It soon became clear that any activity in Afghanistan was limited and on a small scale.  After the initial air bombardment in the north of Afghanistan failed to route out Osama Bin Laden, ground forces were deployed and 68,000 US troops are still occupying the country 10 years later with casualties now in excess of 2000.  It was known by US intelligence that Osama Bin Laden was not in Afghanistan when the attacks began and the Taliban offered to hand over Bin Laden to the US if it presented them with proof of his involvement in 9/11; proof which the Americans did not have and, have not to this day provided to the Taliban, their own citizens or the rest of the world.  The official FBI poster does not indict him with the attacks of 9/11 as, by their own admission, they have not one shred of evidence linking Osama Bin Laden to 9/11.  Bin Laden also suffers from Diabetes and Renal Failure, for which he requires Insulin injections and Dialysis; not something easily accessible in a third world country whist hiding from the rest of the world in a cave.  Osama Bin Laden was in Pakistan, a fact which the US Government was well aware of.

Iraq……

Saddam Hussein and Iraq were not implicated in the 9/11 attacks in any way whatsoever.  He provided no funding or

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practical help to Osama Bin Laden a man whom he reportedly disliked.  It is now a matter of public record that ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’ was agreed between President Bush and Prime Minister Blair long before the ‘sexed up’ dossier appeared at a Downing Street meeting.  The substance of the dossier was that Saddam Hussein had the ability to launch a biological attack against UK soil in 20 minutes.  It was this claim that led to the invasion of Iraq by UK and US forces, beginning with ‘Shock & Awe’, an opportunity for the US military to demonstrate the fire power available to it at a moments notice and was done for the benefit of the rest of the world rather than in the pursuit of neutralising the ’20 minute’ threat to the UK.  In the same way that the Bush administration knew Osama Bin Laden was not in a cave in Afghanistan, Blair and the Cabinet knew that the ’20 minute’ warning was completely false.  This makes President George W. Bush and Prime Minster Tony Blair ultimately responsible for the deaths of over 2 million innocent civilians.

Iran……

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, continues Sabre rattling at the United Nations over the Iranian’s alleged

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desire to build a nuclear weapon.  According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran could produce enough fissionable material for a single warhead by 2013.  Netanyahu has proposed that the west intervene when the Iranians have reached 90% of that target.  This is a clearly ridiculous stand by the Israeli Prime Minister as Iran, which is a signatory to the non-proliferation treaty and as a sovereign state is fully entitled to use nuclear energy, would be highly unlikely to build and launch one single warhead against any of its neighbours.  Ironically, Israel does not allow inspections by the IAEA and denied having a nuclear program until Mordechai Vanunu blew the whistle on Israel in 1986, for which he received an 18 year prison sentence, 11 and a half of which he spent in solitary confinement……

Extraordinary Rendition and Torture……

The ‘Extraordinary Rendition’ of UK citizens is state sponsored kidnapping.  UK citizens have been unlawfully abducted by covert operatives of a foreign government, flown out of the UK to undisclosed ‘black’ sites and been subjected to torture by their captors.  This is illegal under UK law, EU law and International law.  Some of the victims of ‘Extraordinary Rendition’ have eventually ended up at GuantanamoBay, where they have not been charged with any crime, tortured and deigned access to legal representation.

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Any Cabinet Minister and, ultimately, the Prime Minister are responsible if they had prior knowledge of an ‘Extraordinary Rendition’.  They must be complicit as it is not possible for an aircraft to enter our airspace, land and leave British airspace without clearance from either civilian or military air traffic control.  This, in turn, makes them responsible for any action taken against the individual subsequently.

The International Criminal Court……

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Both Bush and Blair knowingly invaded Afghanistan and Iraq under false pretences needlessly causing the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent civilians.  This amounts to an act of unprovoked aggression for which they should be tried.  Complicity in the extraordinary rendition, torture and illegal detention of civilians without charge is a crime.  The extrajudicial execution of civilians by unmanned ‘Predator’ drones in a countries sovereign territory is not only a crime; it is an act of war……

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The International Criminal Court……

27 Apr

The International Criminal Court was established in 2002 for the purpose of bringing to trial Dictators, Rebel Forces Leaders and other undesirables accused of committing Human Rights violations and Crimes against Humanity.  I have not been able to find a definitive figure for the costs of running the ICC, although it is almost certainly into hundreds of millions of Pounds annually, paid for by the tax payers of signatory countries.  With no shortage of candidates responsible for Human Rights violations, one would have expected the ICC to proudly list its achievements.  However, to date they have secured only one such conviction, that of former Liberian President, Charles Taylor……

Charles Taylor was found guilty of ‘Aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity for supporting the rebels in neighbouring Sierra Leone, in return for ‘blood diamonds’.  Some of the abhorrent crimes committed in Sierra Leone range from the raping of women and children, amputation of limbs, the burning down of villages and the use of child soldiers.  The sentence has yet to be announced but the ICC does not have the death penalty in its remit.  Life, or 25 years is likely to be the sentence handed down.  And where will Charles Taylor be incarcerated; in aUK high security prison at an estimated cost of £100,000 per year.  Again, I have not been able to establish who will bare the cost of this……

I am fully committed to the trials of Human Rights abusers but with many, many candidates who could be brought before the ICC, a poultry single successful conviction in over ten years of operation appears to show that the ICC has very little practical use for the purpose for which it was set up.  It is merely the ICC in name only and whist the rest of the world faces austerity, slave labour and starvation for many, you can be fairly confident that the ICC big-wigs and employees will be getting well remunerated……

There are many candidates who could be brought before the ICC.  The Chinese Government, former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak and Sri Lankan rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, to name but a few.  The question of the United Kingdom and United State’s complicity into the illegal ‘extraordinary rendition’ of their own citizens to face torture in 3rd party states and subsequent detention without trial at Guantanamo Bay and Bagram Airbase, could easily be defined as Human Rights abuses by many.  The issue of innocent civilians losing their lives in the drone attacks against alleged ‘enemy combatants’, killed by the US Government on foreign sovereign territories, without being subject to any judicial process, could also amount to contraventions of Human Rights law and international criminal acts.  Somehow, I don’t imagine George W. Bush, Tony Blair or any high ranking officials being summoned to face charges at the ICC any time soon……

The International Criminal Court is little more than a folly set up to satisfy the West’s interpretation of crimes against humanity and appears to apply to Middle Eastern and African countries.  The West has chosen to apply its own version of what constitutes a war crime and human rights abuse by a definition which suits them and absolves them from the application of unilateral standards……

Charles Taylor intends to appeal his conviction by the ICC, a process which could take even more time and cost you and I even more in tax contributions.  Watch this space……