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PODCAST July 9, 2005

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On our first podcast, (left to right) editors Henry See, Scott Ogrin, and Joe Quinn discuss the recent bombings in London and the connections between the Valerie Plame case and certain shadowy intelligence organisations in Italy that appear to be connected to the Gladio network.

Below are some of the articles cited so that you can read the material yourselves.

Next show we'll be discussing the latest on the Bush regime. Upcoming on a future podcast is an interview with Darren Williams on the topic of 9/11. Darren is the creator of the Pentagon Strike video that has been seen by over 300,000,000 million people around the world. If you haven't seen it, check it out at the Pentagon Strike web site.

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Articles mentioned this week:

London blasts bear hallmarks of al-Qaida
07/07/2005

London has feared a devastating terrorist "spectacular" since 191 people were killed and more than 1,500 injured in the Madrid bombings in March last year.

Today's series of multiple attacks across the capital – on the first full day of the G8 summit – bear all the hallmarks of al-Qaida's style of terrorism.

Like previous strikes, including the September 11 attacks in the US, there were almost simultaneous blasts. And like Madrid, they came on a clearly significant day.

In the Spanish city, terrorists planted 10 bombs on four packed commuter trains just days before the Spanish elections, which ousted the right-wing government that backed the invasion of Iraq.

Al-Qaida-linked militants claimed responsibility.

A video found near a Madrid mosque after the attack claimed it was revenge for sending 1,300 troops to Iraq.

Terrorism expert Professor Eric Moonman told Sky News: "It's where the normal public go day-to-day that is always an attraction for the terrorist mind.

"It's a twisted mind and that's why we're finding that the heart of London is almost closed down.

"The bus is a public vehicle and this is what was found in Madrid and what the Israelis have to live with because they know it produces the most terrible and terrifying of pictures and it makes a story.

"We haven't been up to the mark on this... nevertheless, this isn't the moment to apportion blame.

"But there is a massive job to be done, confidence has to be restored and then we have to start to think about where they are coming from.

"The unfortunate thing is because of what is going on Scotland some of the twisted minds of the terrorists will all want to claim credit for this action.

"There will be a lot of people who will want to say we did it."

The expert added: "The fact is, you can do any crime if you really want to.

"It is a bloody sight and it's one I think will probably continue, that's why the authorities are determined to keep people out of London because I don't think we have seen the end of it today.

"It is still early morning and the co-ordination they've used is to wreck the day. It is quite conceivable they haven't finished yet.

Comment: Firstly, as evidence of how the mainstream press is in no way "free" or "impartial" but rather infiltrated by extremist right-wing thinkers and government lackeys, the abovementioned so-called "terrorism expect", employed by Rupert Murdoch's Sky News, is ex-British parliamentarian and Professor of Marketing at London City University, Eric Moonman, who just also happens to be President of the Zionist Federation of London.

Surely everyone would agree that the opinion of the President of the Federation of Zionists on Arab terrorism is anything but objective, yet we note that Sky News did NOT inform their viewers of Moonman's extremist Pro-Israel background, stating only that he is a "terrorism expert" and even then neglecting to provide any credentials that might support his claim to terrorism expertise.

We would like to appeal to all our readers to think about these attacks rationally. First of all, ask yourself, what does "al-Qaeda" or any other "previously unknown" Islamic group have to gain from carrying out these attacks at this particular time in London. Coming on the very day that the "G8" leaders meet in Scotland, the only tangible results of the attacks have been to vector British and world public attention TOWARDS the "reality" of "Arab terrorism" and AWAY from the crimes of people like Bush and Blair as regards the pillaging of the resources (both human and natural) of third world countries. On the very day that G8 leaders were expected to deliver on the demands of the World public to alleviate "third world" debt, "al-Qaeda" steps in and saves them the trouble by bringing "terrorism" center stage.

One of the most troubling aspects of "Arab terror" attacks in Europe and the US is that the victims are almost always ordinary civilians. By now, any Arab terrorist strategist should surely have realised that their issue is not with the civilian population of Western nations but rather with the politicians that make the decisions, many of which run contrary to the will of the people. The massive anti-Iraq war demonstrations around Europe and the US made this point quite clear. In this case, what does "al-Qaeda" have to gain from attacking London trains and buses filled with civilian workers when it is patently obvious that civilian deaths at the hands of "terrorists" will do nothing to sway the average Western government from their political and military designs on the Middle East, quite the opposite in fact.

It really is a no brainer that "al-Qaeda" terrorism very definitely serves the agenda of Bush and Blair.

Another most interesting aspect to today's London bombings is that right next door to the scene of one of the attacks on the London Metro, the Great Eastern Hotel was hosting a conference on the Israeli economy, attended by Israeli finance minister Benjamin Netanyahu, one of the most extreme right-wing "Zionist" members of Sharon's Likud party and a staunch opponent of next month's Gaza pullout plan. Most bizarrely of all, one initial report claimed that the Israeli embassy had received advanced warning of the attacks from British police, a claim that Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom later denied, while another report had British police denying that they had received advanced warning of the attacks from the Israeli embassy, which then THEY denied! What seems clear is that one or other or even both DID know of the attacks in advance and now both are attempting to cover up that fact.

Contrary to the headlines on mainstream news sources and claims by the British government, the attacks today in London bear all the hallmarks of yet another false flag operation carried out by a Western intelligence agency. Perhaps now is a good time to talk about the fact that, on many, many occasions in the past, US, British and Israeli intelligence agencies have employed "false flag" operations to further their political and military goals. Indeed, the idea of attacking oneself or the population of one's own country and then blaming it on your enemies is as "old as the hills" and is a core element of covert intelligence agency tactics.

Take, for example, the Madrid train bombing of March 11th 2004. 191 people were murdered, supposedly by al-Qaeda, yet all of the victims were simple, working class people, many of whom had protested against the Iraq invasion and the then Spanish government's decision to send troops to Iraq. So why would al-qaeda, an organisation that claims to represent the interests of the Islamic people, want to attack innocent people who to some extent share their opposition to pro-American European governments? It just doesn't make sense, and the claim that the "terrorists" are just crazy and that there is no logic to their actions is not in keeping with the lucid and erudite demands that the "terrorists" have made. Because the Madrid train bombings lead to the ousting of the right-wing Aznar administration, the argument has also been made that this was the actual goal of "al-qaeda" in carrying out the bombings, yet "Arab terrorists" won few supporters in Spain by killing 191 innocent Spaniards, and most analysts had been expecting a popular swing towards the left at the polls regardless. No indeed, the most obvious explanation is that, like the train bombings in London today, the Madrid train attacks of "3/11" were an attempt to turn Spanish (and wider Europe and and world) public opinion against "Arabs" in general and garner support for Bush and Sharon's war on the Arab population of the Middle East.

The shadow of a false flag operation has in fact been spread across the headlines over the past couple of weeks, yet due to the chronic lack of real journalism in the US, the general public is mostly unaware of it. Last month an Italian judge called for the detention of 13 alleged CIA agents who had "rendered" (abducted) from Milan to Egypt Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, a Muslim Cleric and CIA informant on February 17, 2003 according to Albanian intelligence officials as published in the Chicago Tribune on July 2, this year. While the official line is that the Americans were CIA agents, there is reason to believe that they were in fact part of "a covert team of U.S. Defense Department Special Forces, mercenaries, and intelligence agents who are now the subject of international arrest warrants" as Wayne Madsen writes.

Running parallel to this is the story from the Italian daily Corriere della Sera that Italian officials have uncovered an underground police network while investigating the death of Fabrizio Quattrocchi, an Italian private security contractor slain in Iraq in 2004. The investigation by the Genoa Public Prosecutor's Office revealed that the officially illegal anti-terror police, called the Department of Strategic Antiterrorism Studies (DSSA), was staffed by Freemasons and shadowy CIA operatives. Among the 50 people that are being investigated are Gaetano Saya and Riccardo Sindoca, both Freemasons and DSSA directors with links to the extreme right and intelligence organizations including "Gadio". Wayne Madsen tell us:

Former Italian President Francesco Cossiga has quickly distanced the parallel intelligence network from official intelligence and police networks by claiming that Saya and Sindoca are just criminals and not tied to the Italian Gladio, which a number of intelligence experts believe Cossiga once headed. Cossiga also defended the secret U.S. intelligence operation in Italy that is presently under attack by Milan prosecutors. Cossiga said that by not telling the Italian government of the operation, the U.S. avoided having its secret plans spread throughout the Middle East.

By mentioning both the Milan and Genoa cases, Cossiga may have unintentionally linked the two. The parallel intelligence network is reportedly the outgrowth of a Gladio network consisting of six divisions that operated in Italy, North Africa, and the Middle East during the Cold War. The P-2 Lodge, headed by fascist leader Licio Gelli, reportedly maintained close links to former Secretary of State Alexander Haig and his one-time foreign affairs adviser, Michael Ledeen.

A number of SISMI agents and assets have also been tied to the group, including Francesco Pazienza, an SISMI agent, and Rocco Martino, who said he was the source of the faked Niger yellowcake uranium documents that were laundered through Rome and used as proof by the Bush White House that Saddam Hussein was shopping for uranium in Niger. That charge prompted the CIA to send Ambassador Joseph Wilson to Niger, resulting in a retaliatory outing of Wilson's wife as a covert CIA operative and exposure by the White House of the CIA's covert weapons of mass destruction counter-proliferation network.

It would seem reasonable to assume that there is indeed a very definite connection between a group of American "black ops" personnel with ties to the Pentagon who were involved in kidnapping a Muslim Cleric in Italy who was on their payroll as an informer and a shadowy extra-judicial Italian anti-Muslim terrorist organisation founded by two Italians who were also being funded by the Pentagon. The mention of the term "Gladio" and Saya and Sindoca being affiliated with this organisation is very interesting. Chris Floyd writing in the Moscow Times explains the essence of "Operation Gladio":

'You had to attack civilians, the people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game. The reason was quite simple: to force ... the public to turn to the state to ask for greater security."

Operation Gladio [was] a decades-long covert campaign of terrorism and deceit directed by the intelligence services of the West -- against their own populations. Hundreds of innocent people were killed or maimed in terrorist attacks -- on train stations, supermarkets, cafes and offices -- which were then blamed on "leftist subversives" or other political opponents. The purpose, as stated above in sworn testimony by Gladio agent Vincenzo Vinciguerra, was to demonize designated enemies and frighten the public into supporting ever-increasing powers for government leaders -- and their elitist cronies.

First revealed by Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti in 1991, Gladio (from the Latin for "sword") is still protected to this day by its founding patrons, the CIA and MI6. Yet parliamentary investigations in Italy, Switzerland and Belgium have shaken out a few fragments of the truth over the years. These have been gathered in a new book, "NATO's Secret Armies: Operation Gladio and Terrorism in Western Europe," by Daniele Ganser, as Lila Rajiva reports on CommonDreams.org.

Originally set up as a network of clandestine cells to be activated behind the lines in the event of a Soviet invasion of Western Europe, Gladio quickly expanded into a tool for political repression and manipulation, directed by NATO and Washington. Using right-wing militias, underworld figures, government provocateurs and secret military units, Gladio not only carried out widespread terrorism, assassinations and electoral subversion in democratic states such as Italy, France and West Germany, but also bolstered fascist tyrannies in Spain and Portugal, abetted the military coup in Greece and aided Turkey's repression of the Kurds.

Among the "smoking guns" unearthed by Ganser is a Pentagon document, Field Manual FM 30-31B, which details the methodology for launching terrorist attacks in nations that "do not react with sufficient effectiveness" against "communist subversion." Ironically, the manual states that the most dangerous moment comes when leftist groups "renounce the use of force" and embrace the democratic process. It is then that "U.S. army intelligence must have the means of launching special operations which will convince Host Country Governments and public opinion of the reality of the insurgent danger." Naturally, these peace-throttling "special operations must remain strictly secret," the document warns.

What seems to be true is that Operation Gladio was the brain child of American intelligence personnel after the (so-called) defeat of Fascism during WWII. It goes without saying that the very existence of tyrants like Hitler and Mussolini was extremely useful for the "allies", particularly the Americans. After all, when your goal is global hegemony, you need a good reason to send the troops overseas. However, with the defeat of the Nazis, America was forced to find a new boogeyman, or rather boogey ideology, to justify continual war. Very quickly after WWII, "the commies are coming" became the new battle cry and with it came a plan to establish "stay-behind" groups of mercenaries trained by Americans in the art of guerilla warfare in the event that a Communist (or in any way left-leaning) government should gain strength in any strategically important (from the point of view of the US) nation.

Going one level deeper, and with the benefit of hindsight, we realise that Communism itself, much like the "Arab terror" threat of today, was a wholly manufactured threat and was used by the US throughout the "cold war" to justify US covert and overt aggression against any country it chose. One example of the many atrocities carried out by the US backed and financed "Gladio" included the Bologna (Italy) train bombing of August 2nd 1982 where 85 civilians were massacred, an act that was then blamed on Italian Communists who were vying for political power in Italy at the time.

Over the years Gladio's so-called "strategy of tension" -- fomenting fear to keep populations in thrall to "strong leaders" who will protect the nation from the ever-present terrorist threat was used to great effect, mainly by the US, in many parts of the world. Both the Reagan and Bush administrations employ the use of mercenaries in South American countries throughout the 1980s and right up until the present day. As soon as it appeared that a populist group might gain political ground, the US-sponsored death-squads sung into action committing murder, creating mayhem and blaming it on the opposition as a way to cajole the population into accepting the need for "strong leadership", or to put it another way, fascists, that would be much more amenable to allowing large US corporations access to their countries resources. Of course, in the case that this tactic did not work, as was the case in Chile in the early 1970's, direct coups were financed and a military dictatorship imposed.

Of course, with the fall of the "iron curtain" (you gotta love those metaphors) Communism was dispensed with, but not before the groundwork had been laid for the creation of the next terrifying threat to world "freedom" (read American dominance) - Muslim terrorism. In exactly the same way that groups like "Gladio" infiltrated Socialist and Communist "enemy" groups, similar bands of cutthroats are today infiltrating and even creating Muslim terrorist groups that they can maneuver to be the patsies for US, UK and Israel-sponsored terrorist attacks.

While the word is today synonymous with mass murderers like Hitler, Fascism is,a nd always has been, an ideology adhered to by those who seek ultimate control over as much of the world and its people as possible. In this regard, the real fascists in the world today are alive and well and conducting covert false flag terror attacks from their headquarters in the White House, Whitehall and the Knesset.

Just to close the circle and bring the topic back to current US headlines; it has been recently revealed that covert CIA agent Valerie Plame was outed by US Presidential advisor Karl Rove in retaliation against her husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson, who had discovered that the documents stating that Saddam had tried to procure uranium from Niger were in fact false. And from whom did the Bush cabal get the Niger documents? Rocco Martino, an agent of the Italian Intelligence Service (SISMI) who is also linked to Saya and Sendoca, the NeoCon's agent provocateurs in the global phony war on terror.

As an aside, yet 100% linked to this discussion, it is entirely likely that the Gladio network is behind many "insurgent" attacks in Iraq, particularly the ones that involve the mass murder of innocent Iraqi civilians and the kidnapping of European aid workers like Giuliana Sgrena. It is no coincidence that Sgrena's bodyguard, Nicola Calipari a legitimate member of the Italian Intelligence Service (SISMI), was murdered in an American covert operation on March 4th this year, just as he was escorting Sgrena to freedom. The obvious conclusion is that Calipari had become aware of the fact that Sgrena's kidnappers were not the evil Muslim terrorists that the White House claimed they were, but rather were made up of US and Israeli agents assigned to demonise the "enemy" - the legitimate Iraqi resistance who simply wanted the occupying US troops to leave their country. It was for this reason that he had to be silenced.

It is likewise very possible that the US informant Muslim Cleric Moustafa Hassan Nasr, who was kidnapped by the American "Gladio gang", had decided that he didn't want to play Gladiator anymore and was perhaps threatening to spill the beans on the real cause of most Muslim terrorism in the world today.

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FLASHBACK! July 8, 2004

Top police officer says London has been in terrorists' sights
Thu Jul 8, 4:50 AM ET

LONDON (AFP) - Britain's most senior police officer reiterated that London has been targeted by terrorists, and that "massive resources" are being deployed to head off an attack.

"London has been the target of unsuccessful terrorist attacks and a lot have been disrupted," Sir John Stevens, who is expected to retire later this year as the chief of London's Metropolitan Police, told BBC radio.

"We can't disclose to the people what we are doing covertly and even overtly," he explained.

But he added: "We, and the security services MI5 and MI6, are working incredibly hard, and there are massive resources that we're using (to ensure) that no one breaks through in a successful attack."

Besides day-to-day policing in the greater London area, the Metropolitan Police also takes the lead in investigating terrorist activity throughout Britain.

Stevens revealed last March, in the wake of the Madrid train bombings, that "we have actually stopped terrorist attacks happening in London," but gave no details.

Mayor Ken Livingstone added that it would be "miraculous" if the British capital escaped attack.

The last known terrorist incident in London was a car bombing outside a pub in August 2001 blamed on the Real IRA, a Northern Ireland group opposed to peace efforts in the British-ruled province. [...]

Comment: Notice the date on this article (which is unfortunately no longer available at the URL). One year ago. If as often happens they were reporting comments made the day before, that would put it exactly one year ago, July 7, 2004. Of course, with the amount of fear mongering that has been going on over the last years, one shouldn't put too much weight on the coincidence of dates. You could probably find similar statements for many other dates. Still....

So, yes, we have been softened up to expect such an attack, and to immediately associate such an attack with those inhuman brutes known as al Qaeda. The Pavlovian association is well imprinted. It was only a question of when: when the powers that be needed a little boost in the "war against terror" because we don't put much credence in the idea that this was carried out by Islamic fundamentalists. Of course, it is possible. There may be a cell of genuine Islamic terrorists out there who aren't in some way being manipulated by Mossad or MI5 or the US intelligence agencies. It's possible, but we don't think it is likely they would have pulled off a blast such as this.

More probable is that is was a group in one of the spy agencies of a "civilised" country. We'll look at that question below.

At the moment, though, it is important for people to remain critical and lucid. These events are designed to stir us up, to get the juices flowing so that we can be swept along into accepting changes that we wouldn't accept with a clear head. It is important to be on guard in times like these against such manipulations. You can see that Blair is getting ready to try when you look at what he said today in reaction. It was full of the old colonist lines about "civilisation".

That the "civilised" countries are even more barbaric than the one's he was criticising goes unmentioned. Our crimes are always for the good of others. The white man knows best.

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Blair vows terrorists won't win
BBC

Tony Blair has said terrorists will not succeed in destroying "our values and our way of life" after blasts hit London's transport network.

The prime minister said it was reasonably clear the blasts were a terrorist attack designed to coincide with the G8 summit in Gleneagles.

He said he was flying back to London to hear reports from police and emergency services face-to-face.

But the G8 summit would continue in his absence, he said in a TV address.

"It is particularly barbaric this has happened on a day when people are meeting to try to help the problems of poverty in Africa"
Tony Blair

Mr Blair said it was "reasonably clear" terrorists were behind the blasts.

"It is important that those engaged in terrorism realise that our determination to defend our values and our way of life is greater than their determination to cause death and destruction to innocent people in a desire to impose extremism on the world," he said.

"Whatever they do, it is our determination that they will never succeed in destroying what we hold dear in this country and in other civilised nations throughout the world."

Mr Blair said all the G8 leaders wanted the meeting to continue in his absence so "that we should continue to discuss the issues that we are discussing and reach the conclusions that we were going to reach".

"Each of the countries around that table have some experience of the effects of terrorism and all the leaders ... share our complete resolution to defeat this terrorism," he continued.

"It is particularly barbaric this has happened on a day when people are meeting to try to help the problems of poverty in Africa and the long term problems of climate change and the environment.

"Just as it's reasonably clear this is a series of terrorist attacks, it's also reasonably clear, that it is designed and meant to coincide with the G8."

BBC political editor Andrew Marr said Mr Blair was clearly extremely upset when he gave his reaction to the blasts.

Comment: We watched as a, to use a hackneyed phrase that suits a hackneyed politician, "visibly shaken" Tony Blair spoke from Gleneagles at noon today, UK time, to give his reaction to the London bombings. We found this remark particularly barbaric:

"It is particularly barbaric this has happened on a day when people are meeting to try to help the problems of poverty in Africa and the long term problems of climate change and the environment."

As well as the following:

"Whatever they do, it is our determination that they will never succeed in destroying what we hold dear in this country and in other civilised nations throughout the world."

Yes, the civilised nations, the ones responsible for pillaging the rest of the globe to fuel their economies, the ones that send their troops to the four corners of the earth, suppressing local dissent, employing children to do their labour, leaving a trail of pollution and blood. And home in time for tea.

The ones who, today, were sitting down to solve the problems for those poor, helpless Africans, not to mention global warming.

Oh, so, civilised. Oh, so, caring. Listen to these words from Bush:

"The contrast couldn't be clearer between the intentions and the hearts of those of us who care deeply about human rights and human liberty and those who kill, those who have such evil in their heart that they will take the lives of innocent folks," Bush said.

The president said the ideology of hope and compassion would triumph over that of hate.

While Agence France Presse reported that Bush affirmed that the war on terrorism would continue and that the contrast between what we see on the television screens here and what is happening there couldn't be clearer. Bush went on to say that while the G8 was working to reduce poverty and stem the spread of AIDS and protect the environment, on the other hand yo have people who kill the innocent. The contrast couldn't be clearer.

Yes, indeedy.

George, how many innocent people have been killed by your invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq? Oh, that's right. You don't keep count. And how many died because of your embargo on Iraq in the 90s? How many hundreds of thousands?

While watching the television reports from London, we saw scenes of bodies being removed from the underground, including on shot of medics attempting to revive someone being wheeled along the London street on a stretcher. When was the last time people watching Fox News saw a shot like that from Iraq, a shot of an innocent bystander in the last throes is life. Yes, they give us images of "insurgents", or people they are trying to pass off as insurgents such as the dead teenager with planted guns next to his body on the news recently.

The "civilised" Mr Blair has blood on his hands.

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FLASHBACK July 21, 2003

"Do you have blood on your hands?"
Joe Quinn
Signs of the Times staff writer

I watched the BBC main evening news yesterday of Blair's press conference in Japan on the death of Dr. Kelly. Blair fielded a number of questions from reporters on the alleged suicide of the former government arms advisor. He seemed to be handling the situation quite well, but it was obvious that he was completely unprepared for what was to be the final question of the briefing.

"Mr. Blair" the reporter asked "do you have blood on your hands?". The only way to describe the effect on Blair was that his face crumpled, it was as though something collapsed inside him. He stood silent and motionless for a few seconds and then abruptly called the session to a close, excusing himself without answering the question. It seemed as if the pressure of lying continually and on such a massive scale, momentarily got a little too much for Tony, and he cracked. Not to worry though, he will surely be patched up and bristling again for his next outing.

Comment: The killing games have been going on for as long as our species has walked this planet. If you want to make your way up the hierarchical pyramid of power, you have to "play the game". The death of Kelly, that we have covered (use our searchable archives), allowed one facet to be seen. Then there was this report from a reader of the site Propaganda Matrix.

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"This is what you wanted, you asked for this so play the game Tony."
Propaganda Matrix

I received the following E mail from a Scottish journalist who works from a mainstream paper. I know his identity but he asked it not to be revealed. Suffice to say I have verified his name. It is up to the reader to discern whether the following information is accurate but it fits in with related information previously featured on this website. The E mail is edited for clarity.

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I'm a reader from Glasgow, Scotland in the United Kingdom. I'm a journalist and stand-up comedian and heard some bits and pieces from a BBC reporter who was on Tony Blair's far-east tour plane following Kelly's death.

A conversation was overheard by this BBC reporter between Tony Blair and his press secretary Alistair Campbell. The conversation was heard folowing the press conference when Blair was asked if he had Dr Kelly's blood on his hands and Blair froze and didn't answer.

Campbell, a notorious ranter was heard to say: "What the fuck was that, you know the line on this, what were you doing, why didn't you answer." Blair's response was inaudible and Campbell was then heard to say: "This is what you wanted, you asked for this so play the game Tony." Since then Blair continually trotted out the line about waiting for the Inquiry before commenting.

Normally in the UK Public Inquiries take months and months before they start but this one was pushed through quickly because Tony Blair is apparantly on the verge of cracking. Campbell needs to get this over and done with ASAP and then have Chancellor Gordon Brown installed as Prime Minister before the end of the Year and give him plenty of time to get the people on his side before the 2005 elections.

Secondly a contact of mine, a former MI6 spook, was speaking about the circumstances of Kelly's death. He said he's been taught how to "make anything look like anything" and said that there must have been some kind of struggle at the scene of Kelly's death. He said it was sloppy work that Kelly's body was found with enough pills for an overdose but hadn't ingested them, he said that should have been removed from the scene under normal procedure. He added "You can slit someone's wrists and make it look like suicide easily but it's a lot harder to make someone swallow tablets." He also said the heart monitor pads found on Kelly's chest were "simply there to make sure he was dead." He also said those should have been removed and suspects the agents involved were disturbed by someone in the process of the killing.

I just thought some of this shit might have been interesting to yourselves. I'm happy to contribute occasional pieces of information every now and then but I'd rather you didn't publish my name along with anything I send you.

All the best.

ML20

Comment: As with so many reports on the Internet, it is hard to verify whether this is true or not. We read it and judge that it sounds plausible, but, then again, that could simply be because it confirms a picture we have of Tony Blair built up from his many pronouncements, the Tony Blair who told us that Saddam could hit London in 45 minutes, for example.

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G8 leaders condemn 'barbaric' attacks
Thursday, July 7, 2005 Posted: 1235 GMT (2035 HKT)

GLENEAGLES, Scotland (CNN) -- Flanked by the somber leaders of the world's largest industrial nations at the G8 summit in Scotland, British Prime Minister Tony Blair condemned what he said were likely terrorist attacks in London.

"We condemn utterly these barbaric attacks. We send our profound condolences to the victims and their families.

"All of our countries have suffered from the impact of terrorism. Those responsible have no respect for human life. We are united in our resolve to confront and defeat this terrorism that is not an attack on one nation, but all nations and on civilized people everywhere.

"We will not allow violence to change our societies or our values, nor will we allow it to stop the work of this summit. We will continue our deliberations in the interest of a better world.

"Here at the summit, the world's leaders are striving to combat world poverty and save and improve human life.

"The perpetrators of today's attacks are intent on destroying human life. The terrorists will not succeed. Today's bombings will not weaken in any way our resolve to uphold the most deeply held principles of our societies and to defeat those who impose their fanaticism and extremism on all of us.

"We shall prevail and they shall not." [...]

Comment: Blair's statement translate to: "Our terror shall defeat 'their' terror." It looks to us like it is all one terror, part of an elaborate system designed to keep us frightened and running on our emotions so that we are incapable of standing back and looking critically at events and the statements of our elected officials.

It will be curious to see what effect the London bombings have on Bush's standing back in the US. We've noted that the polls show that his approval rating has dropped and that there is more open criticism of the war in Iraq -- even if it amounts more to how the US can save face than recognition that it was an illegal war and that the perpetrators should be tried for war crimes.

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Financial Times: British forces withdrawal from Iraq expected
Iraq-UK, Politics, 7/6/2005

The British daily Financial Times disclosed on Tuesday that the British defense office has prepared a plan to withdraw a great part of its forces from Iraq.

The paper explained that the plan states a plan to implement the first phase of the withdrawal next Autumn by handing over security arrangements to the Iraqi forces in two of the governorates of the south where some 8000 British soldiers are deployed.

However, a spokesman for the British defense office said that the British forces will continue to remain in Iraq, as far as this is necessary.

Comment: Another curious synchronicity. Could it be that someone doesn't want British troops out of Iraq?

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Netanyahu Changed Plans Due to Warning
By AMY TEIBEL
Associated Press
July 7, 2005

JERUSALEM - British police told the Israeli Embassy in London minutes before Thursday's explosions that they had received warnings of possible terror attacks in the city, a senior Israeli official said.

Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had planned to attend an economic conference in a hotel over the subway stop where one of the blasts occurred, and the warning prompted him to stay in his hotel room instead, government officials said.

Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said he wasn't aware of any Israeli casualties.

Just before the blasts, Scotland Yard called the security officer at the Israeli Embassy to say they had received warnings of possible attacks, the official said. He did not say whether British police made any link to the economic conference.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the nature of his position.

The Israeli Embassy was in a state of emergency after the explosions in London, with no one allowed to enter or leave, said the Israeli ambassador to London, Zvi Hefet.

All phone lines to the embassy were down, said Danny Biran, an Israeli Foreign Ministry official.

The ministry set up a situation room to deal with hundreds of phone calls from concerned relatives. Thousands of Israelis are living in London or visiting the city at this time, Biran said.

Amir Gilad, a Netanyahu aide, told Israel Radio that Netanyahu's entourage was receiving updates all morning from British security officials, and "we have also asked to change our plans."

Netanyahu had been scheduled to stay in London until Sunday, but that could change, Gilad said.

Comment: Scotland Yard saw fit to warn the Israeli Embassy, and yet according to BBC and SkyNews television broadcasts this morning, the British people and apparently even law enforcement officials and government leaders were not given any warning??

No sooner had this report appeared, then the Israeli government issued an official denial:

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Israeli Minister Denies Scotland Yard Warning
Thursday, July 07, 2005

JERUSALEM - Israel was not warned about possible terror attacks in London before a series of blasts ripped through the city, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said Thursday.

A Foreign Ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, had said earlier that British police warned the Israeli Embassy in London of possible terror attacks minutes before the first explosion.

"There was no early information about terrorist attacks," Shalom told Israel Army Radio later. "After the first explosion an order was given that no one move until things become clear. "

Israel was holding an economic conference in a hotel over the London subway stop where one of the blasts occurred. Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was supposed to attend the conference, but "after the first explosion our finance minister received a request not to go anywhere," Shalom said.

He said he wasn't aware of any Israeli casualties.

The Israeli Embassy was in a state of emergency after the explosions in London, with no one allowed to enter or leave, said the Israeli ambassador to London, Zvi Hefet.

All phone lines to the embassy were down, said Danny Biran, an Israeli Foreign Ministry official.

The ministry set up a situation room to deal with hundreds of phone calls from concerned relatives. Thousands of Israelis are living in London or visiting the city at this time, Biran said.

Amir Gilad, a Netanyahu aide, told Israel Radio that Netanyahu's entourage was receiving updates all morning from British security officials, and "we have also asked to change our plans."

Netanyahu had been scheduled to stay in London until Sunday, but that could change, Gilad said.

Comment: The Fox URL had the initial report that Israel had been warned and has now been replaced with the above article.

Where have we seen this before? Israelis are warned about an attack, then the report is denied?

Oh, yes, it was on 9/11 when reports appeared stating that employees of the Israeli company Odigo had received warnings prior to the attacks to stay away from the World Trade Centre that day. The reports were quickly denied amid suggestions that they were put out by anti-Semitic forces.

Only trouble was that they were later confirmed by Odigo itself as being true.

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FLASHBACK! October 27, 2004

Odigo says workers were warned of attack
By Yuval Dror
Apr 04 2004

Odigo, the instant messaging service, says that two of its workers received messages two hours before the Twin Towers attack on September 11 predicting the attack would happen, and the company has been cooperating with Israeli and American law enforcement, including the FBI, in trying to find the original sender of the message predicting the attack.

Micha Macover, CEO of the company, said the two workers received the messages and immediately after the terror attack informed the company's management, which immediately contacted the Israeli security services, which brought in the FBI.

"I have no idea why the message was sent to these two workers, who don't know the sender. It may just have been someone who was joking and turned out they accidentally got it right. And I don't know if our information was useful in any of the arrests the FBI has made," said Macover. Odigo is a U.S.-based company whose headquarters are in New York, with offices in Herzliya.

As an instant messaging service, Odigo users are not limited to sending messages only to people on their "buddy" list, as is the case with ICQ, the other well-known Israeli instant messaging application.

Odigo usually zealously protects the privacy of its registered users, said Macover, but in this case the company took the initiative to provide the law enforcement services with the originating Internet Presence address of the message, so the FBI could track down the Internet Service Provider, and the actual sender of the original message.

Comment: We commented at the time:

The rumour that Odigo had been warned of the 9/11 attacks was denounced as anti-Semitism after the attack because it implied that the force behind 9/11 was not "Islamic terrorists." In the two and one-half years since, much evidence has come out to suggest that this is in fact the case. The Bush administration has yet to produce the slightest hard evidence that the hijackers were the men they claim or to show the slightest proof that the attackers were part of the mythical al Qaeda.

Notice the ridiculous explanation by the CEO of the company that received the message. It is not clear whether "Odigo" is an American company, an Israeli company or an Israeli-American company. Whatever the case, Odigo, at the time of the 9/11 attacks, had an office in the WTC itself, as well as offices in Herzliya in Israel. The article states that the ISP information was eventually given to the FBI, and we assume that the FBI checked into the ISP and the sender, so who was it? Well, perhaps we don't need the FBI to make the first obvious connection. In the article we notice that that two employees of Odigo that received the warning immediately contacted Israeli intelligence. While the article above does not state it, this would seem to suggest that the two employees were in the Israeli office, and that the message originated either in Israel or somewhere else in the Middle East.

The Israeli offices of Odigo are noteworthy for their location - Herzliya, a resort city to the north of Tel Aviv, which was named after one of the founders of the Zionist movement, Theodor Herzl. Most significant however is that the actual office building of Odigo in Herzliya is right next to the "Herzliya Interdisciplinary Centre", a private university financed by US donors, mainly the trader Marc Rich, the Israeli criminal and lobbyist that Clinton was "forced" to pardon. Thierry Mesan has this to say of the centre on his Reseau voltaire site (translated from the original French):

[...] the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Centre, a private university near Tel Aviv and financed by US donors, mainly the trader Marc Rich (Glencore). It comes from the International Institute on Politics and Counter-Terrorism that has made its specialty to the supposed links between Palestinian resistance movements, Al Quada, and the "Axis of Evil." The institute is notoriously linked to the secret services of the Israeli army, and two of its former directors sit on the Institute's Board of Directors: Generals Shlomo Gazit and Eli Zeira. The offices of the Institute are next to those of the private telecommunications firm Odigo that announced the attacks on the World Trade Centre two hours before they were perpetrated.

Interesting indeed. We find it unlikely that a internet messaging business would be located so close to the heart of Israeli intelligence without there being some co-operation between the two.

If we look at 9/11 from the point of view of who benefited, there are only two countries in the world - Israel and the United States. Israel has used the attacks to justify their ruthless murder of Palestinians; the United States to justify their intervention in the internal affairs of Afghanistan and Iraq. [...]

False flag operations are nothing new. They are pretty much the rule when it comes to the battle for the minds of the population. If you need to demonise your enemy, what better way to do it than to carry out a bloody attack on innocent civilians and then put the blame on them.

Israel is particularly good at this. How many of the "suicide bombers" are in fact working, whether they know it or not, for Israeli intelligence? How many of the current round of kidnappings in Iraq, especially those that end in executions such as Nicholas Berg, are in fact false flag operations?

Closer to "home", or the Home Office, we only have to go back to 1994 to find Mossad engaged in a false flag operation in London: against the Israeli Embassy!

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Report: Mossad behind destroying London Israeli embassy in 1994
Israel, Politics, 11/27/1998

The British daily "The Independent" on Thursday unveiled important information on spying attempts made by the Israeli Mossad and operations targeting the destruction of Israeli embassies abroad.

In an article published on Thursday and quoted by the BBC, the paper added that the person who is accused of being behind the bombing of the Israeli embassy in London in 1994, Rida Maghribi, was an agent recruited by the Mossad and was assigned by Israeli foreign intelligence for that purpose.

The paper added that behind such an act, Israel was seeking to distort the image of the Palestinians in Britain and the western countries. However, this new Mossad scandal unveiled by the British paper is added to several similar scandals dogging the Mossad in Switzerland, Cyprus and Germany involving spying against the interests of these countries and on Lebanese and Palestinian resistance forces.

Comment: With that bit of evidence, now look at this following report on the bombing that appeared the year before.

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Embassy Bomb Warning Ignored by British Intelligence
Date: Sun, 02 Nov 1997 12:08:28 0000
From: Leiah and Jason Elbaum <elbaum@dircon.co.uk>

The British newspaper The Mail on Sunday reports (2 November) that the British intelligence service MI5 was warned in advance of the devastating 1994 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in London, yet it took no action, failing even to tip off the police or the Israeli government.

The warning, a written report from a highly trusted source, was sent for assessment to a desk officer in MI5's international terrorism section. After she failed to act on the report, it was later found buried in the filing cupboard of another officer, reports the Mail, leading to speculation of a bungled coverup. Neither officer was disciplined and MI5 management failed to institute procedures to prevent the recurrence of such an incident.

Responding to the revelations, Israel's ambassador to Britain Moshe Raviv said, "This story is completely new to me. The Embassy had passed on to the Foreign Office general warnings based on information from Jerusalem. These warnings had been sent to a number of our embassies and as a consequence we had asked the Foreign Office to step up security and vigilance at the Embassy in London. If this information is correct, it is amazing that greater efforts were not made to prevent the attacks."

Shabtai Shevet, head of Israel's Mossad in 1994, called the development a setback in the fight against international terrorism. "Had a similar piece of information concerning a British office or institution been known to us we would not have hesitated to pass it to them," he said.

The embassy bombing in July 1994, just 24 hours after Jordan's King Hussein shook hands with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at the White House, was one of the worst terrorist bombings London has seen. A 50-pound (22 kg) car bomb injured 13 and almost destroyed the embassy. Later that night a second bomb injured six people at the London offices of Britain's main Jewish charities and pro-Israel institutions.

Credit for the attacks was claimed by a previously unknown group, the Palestinian Resistance Jaffa Group Palestine. Two Palestinians were later convicted for the attacks. The presiding judge said it was only "Providence" that more people were not seriously injured or killed.

The revelations were published after the lifting of a two-month-old gagging order by the British government. British Home Secretary Jack Straw allowed publication, adding, "It is not the case that such information as the Security Service had in its possession would have enabled it to prevent the Israeli bombing from happening."

Comment: So, here we have a Mossad operation carried out against the Israeli Embassy, and the head of Mossad at the time gets on his high horse and says that "we would have passed it on" if it had happened to them. Such concern. Such caring.

And note the reference to the group that was supposedly responsible: a previous unknown group. Today's attack in London is being claimed by a "previously unknown group" called the "Secret Organization group of al-Qaeda Organization in Europe".

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United Kingdon: Concerns remain on the convictions of two Palestinians accused in connection with the Israeli embassy bombing
5 November 2001
AI Index EUR 45/016/2001 - News Service Nr. 195

Amnesty International is concerned that Samar Alami and Jawad Botmeh, convicted in connection with the 1994 Israeli embassy bombing, have been denied the right to a fair trial and that their convictions are unsafe.

On 1 November 2001, the Court of Appeal denied all grounds of the appeal against conviction and sentencing by Samar Alami, a Lebanese-Palestinian, and Jawad Botmeh, a Palestinian, both of whom are UK residents. They had been sentenced in 1996 to 20 years' imprisonment after being convicted of conspiracy to cause explosions in 1994 at the Israeli Embassy and Balfour House in London. Bombs exploded at these locations in July 1994; no one was killed as a result.

Samar Alami and Jawad Botmeh have consistently maintained their innocence of the charges. There was no direct evidence connecting either of them to the attacks and both had alibis. The appeal was based on the grounds that the convictions were unsafe, including due to the failure of the prosecution to disclose evidence to the defence, and on the length of the sentences.

Amnesty International is concerned that Samar Alami and Jawad Botmeh have been denied their right to a fair trial because they have been denied full disclosure -- both during and after the trial -- of all information, including intelligence information, that may have been relevant to the investigation of the bombings. Some of this evidence had been subject to Public Interest Immunity certificates, thus blocking its disclosure. Crucial questions remain unanswered concerning the role of the various intelligence services, the actions of the Israeli embassy including in the investigation, and the nature of the initial police investigation.

This case highlights some of the dangers of use of Public Interest Immunity certificates to block disclosure of evidence and raises questions about the accountability of the intelligence services.

One of the grounds of appeal was based on statements made by former MI5 agent, David Shayler, that the security services had received a warning before the bombing that an attack on the Israeli embassy was being planned. David Shayler alleged that this information had not been acted upon. Amnesty International was concerned that the appeal court proceeded, in October 2000, with a closed hearing in the absence of the defence team. (Although the judges were willing to include the leading defence barrister in the hearing, the defence solicitor would have been excluded and the barrister would have had to give an undertaking not to disclose information to the accused.) During the closed hearing the prosecution presented to the court documents which had not previously been disclosed to the accused or their lawyers.

After the hearing the judges ordered the disclosure of only one piece of evidence. This consisted of a handwritten note outlining information received by the intelligence services before the bombings that a terrorist organization, unconnected to Samar Alami and Jawad Botmeh, was seeking information about the location and defences of the Israeli Embassy in London for a possible bombing attack. The note added that related intelligence after the bombings indicated that this particular organization had not carried out the bombing. The note also explained that this information had not been disclosed to the trial judge by MI5 and Special Branch because of at least six instances of ''human error'' and ''oversight''.

Amnesty International has monitored, since 1995, the arrests and remand hearings of a number of persons in connection with the bombing attacks; the conditions in which some of the detainees were held on remand; the prosecution and trial in 1996 of four people, in which two people were acquitted; and the appeal hearings of Samar Alami and Jawad Botmeh in October 2000 and October 2001.

Comment: Anyone interested in learning more about Mossad false flag operations should read By Way of Deception, Victor Ostrovky's account of his years in Mossad.

The most spectacular of these was 9/11 itself which appears to have been a joint Israeli/US operation.

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