Yearly Archives: 2005

Out, Out, Damned Spot

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That’s rich!! The National Spy Agency violates the privacy of millions of Americans, listening to their most intimate conversations, tracing commercial transactions, and intercepting their mail and, when somebody finally blows the whistle to call the cops, they call out the dogs to find who “ratted” the spymasters out.
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Craig Murray

December 29, 2005
Damning documentary evidence unveiled. Dissident bloggers in coordinated exposé of UK government lies over torture.

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Constituent: “This question is for Mr Straw; Have you ever read any
documents where the intelligence has been procured through torturous means?”

Jack Straw: “Not to the best of my knowledge… let me make this clear… the British government does not support torture in any circumstances. Full stop. We do not support the obtaining of intelligence by torture, or its use.” – Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, election hustings, Blackburn, April 2005

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I was summoned to the UK for a meeting on 8 March 2003. Michael Wood gave his legal opinion that it was not illegal to obtain and to use intelligence acquired by torture… On behalf of the intelligence services, Matthew Kydd said that they found some of the material very useful indeed with a direct bearing on the war on terror. Linda Duffield said that she had been asked to assure me that my qualms of conscience were respected and understood. – Ambassador Craig Murray, memo to the Foreign Office, July 2004
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American health

If healthy Americans living in a healthy environment is a serious goal, then we’re going to have to make sure that the Congress we elect this November is prepared to deliver a universal health coverage program. ‘Cause it shouldn’t make any difference whether you get sick in Mississippi or Minnesotta, Maine or California. Getting the right medical attention where and when you need it should be a given.
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Bombing Iraq

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The largely untold story. When the American military “confirms surge in airstrikes” is it insurgent?

Who’s killing and who’s being killed? When bombs are being dropped on Iraqi villages and towns, it’s almost certain that Iraqis are being killed.

Publishing the story on Christmas Eve does not suggest a high priority.
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R.I.P.

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This is a picture of a woman of a certain age (98 years, to be precise) resting on the “box” her grandson made for her eventual cremation. That event will occur in the next few days, depending on the holiday schedule of those who provide such services.
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