Tuesday, October 31, 2006

" Blurring the distinction between Church and State"
........... Since 2002

Monday, October 23, 2006

How do you define terrorism?

October 23rd is the day that Robert Cottage and David Jackson have a date at Burnley Crown Court , charged under the Explosive Substances Act of 1883 and remanded in custody around the 3rd of October 2006, according to very limited reports in the British media.

Mr Cottage is alleged to have been found with a huge amount of chemicals. According to local news "the 22 chemical components recovered by police are believed to be the largest haul ever found at a house in this country". Mr Jackson , a retired dentist , was claimed to be in possession of rocket launchers , chemicals , British National Party literature and a nuclear biological suit.

These two gents deserve a fair trial and protection from a media circus that might prejudice their case. What is extraordinary, in this instance, is the almost complete lack of coverage of what appears to be a massive threat to the general public. Mr Plod has assured all and sundry that "it is not a bomb making factory" and added that it was not related to terrorism.

Superintendent Neil Smith said , concerning Cottage , ...............
He's not a terrorist and it's not a bomb factory but we are interested in what we have seized from his house. It will take expert advice to establish exactly what he has got. He was arrested under the Explosives Act on suspicion of possessing chemical substances that aren't in themselves an offence to possess but if combined may be capable of making an explosion."

"Scuse me ossifer but who is it that makes this decision?", asks a fairly bewildered me. How come when two people are found with enough combined weaponry to cause massive damage , they are immediately ruled out as 'terrorists'? Afterall , prosecution lawyer Mrs Christiana Buchanan saw them as working towards "some kind of masterplan".

Since I first became aware of this case I have attempted to chase it via google , local British newspapers and major dailys. There are no reports in "The Independent" archives. In The Guardian , I came across this fragment from a diary by one Jon Henley on Oct 13 , 2006.

" An extensive search of our extensive archives has failed to find a single mention of this in any national daily. Furthermore , Mr John Reid has not , to our knowledge , appeared on our TV screens to enlighten us as to the terrifying extent of this new threat to our nation's security. Then again, no one involved was a Muslim. Arf arf. "

The two men charged have links to the BNP , despite attempts by the organisation to distance themselves . Cottage stood for a position on the local council as their representative. It looks a bit like British political masters have a definition of terrorism that only includes those parties that suit their purposes. How even the so called progressive media completely ignores this, is deeply disturbing. As a p.s. I thought there may be a report, somewhere, about the continuation of this court case but I am not holding my breath.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Not easy being Green.

Expose`s on recent "Four Corners" programs, particularly the episode titled "The A-team", have highlighted the dangers for any poor sod who takes their concerns for the natural environment seriously. Evidence seems to suggest a substantial coalition working very hard to squash greenie ambitions.

Out to get them are.................
1) The Exclusive Brethren,
2) Certain Large Companies,
3) All Major Parties,
4) Most Media Outlets.
5) P.R. spin doctors from Conservative Thinktanks.

The Exclusive Brethren are a religious group who shun the modern world, as they prepare for armageddon. While followers are exhorted to stay away from politics and voting , green groups are considered a fly in the ointment to a speedy afterlife transition. Apparently, the likes of George Bush and John Howard are critical to cataclysmic timing. In this context their leaders approve of an 'anything goes' approach to political advantage, against the enemy. Concurrently, Bob Brown is a natural target because he is gay. Secret Brethren are unashamedly homophobic and far from harmless as "Four Corners" transcript shows.
( Click on to the above E.B. election material for a closer look at their vicious handiwork.)

Amcor (now Paperlinks) and Gunn's are rep's of big business that attack the green groups in a worse than bully-like manner. The latter has used the 'slap lawsuit' to silence individual opinion. They have used their substantial financial clout to directly finance both major parties at the expense of forests and their guardians. Amcors so called "A team" went one step further to spying and infiltration , largly at company and shareholder expense.

The National Party, Liberal and Labor Party have varying degrees of hatred for Greens. The wink and the nod , effectively, from the coalition parties to their attack dogs, has seen questionable election material appear at critical points in the political cycle. Very effective branch stacking campaigns have seen the disenfranchising of an environmental voice within the Labor Party.

Most notable example of media demonising of the federal Green Party was that by "The Herald-Sun" before the last federal election. (Reports here and here) Gerald Mc Manus was severely reprimanded by his peers, "The Australian Press Council", for a grossly misleading article, that severely effected their chances of gaining an extra seat in the Senate and leading to effective control of that house by the Howard government. With a little bit of help from a preference deal between Family First and Labor , admittedly.

Astroturfers are out to get the Greenies. With help from individuals, groups and big business these organisations pose as environmentally concerned, but actually aim to undermine preservation of native bushland for their masters. A most interesting post on Lavatus Prodeo points the finger at ,"The Australian Environment Foundation", which looks like a pretty good example of what we are talking about.

It can easily be said that there are no problems with all this. After all, that's all part of Democracy. Sadly, liberal democracy is the real victim of this cosy cabal. Tactics used against the Green player are way 'out there' and blatantly antithetical to any organised form of political order. They are not just unfair, but reach to a frightening new low in behaviour. If they are not illegal they are mighty close to the bar. Besides that , we need more political players rather than less.