British broadcasters have not made any documentaries which either seriously examine flaws in the official 7/7 story or look at suggested alternative scenarios. However there are at least five films circulating on the internet: BT Final Version; Mind The Gap; Ludicrous Diversions; The Homefront and 7/7 The Ripple Effect which make a case that the four bombers accused by Sir Ian Blair may not be responsible for the attacks.
There are four horrifying holes in the British governments official narrative of 7/7. Any one of these should prompt a public enquiry into the attacks but, as part of an apparent cover up, the government has been extraordinarily resistant to one.
1. Peter Power says his company Visor Consultants' exercise at the same three tube stations on the same day as the attacks was a coincidence. There is a 7,600 million to one chance that he is telling the truth about his exercise having no link to the attack.
2. A warning 15 minutes prior to the explosions relayed to Associated Press (AP) and subsequently published under the title 'Netanyahu Changed Plans Due To Warning' by several English language newspapers. AP's Jerusalem desk were told by the Israeli Embassy that the warning had come from Scotland Yard and that as a result Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu didn't leave his hotel to head for Liverpool Street that morning. Scotland Yard have denied making the call.
3. The cancelled Luton to Kings Cross train implies the four alleged bombers could not make it in time to where they were supposed to have blown up the bombs.
4. Despite the number of cameras there is no CCTV evidence in the public domain that the four alleged bombers were anywhere on the tube network that day - CCTV snaps released to the press being from a 'dummy run' nine days before.
There are at least twenty more minor questions which also throw serious doubt on the government's 2006 'narrative' including evidence the famous Luton CCTV picture was 'Photoshopped', that the alleged bombers may have been terrorist exercise 'actors' and survivors' reports that the bombs exploded underneath the trains. There is also the fact that tube privatisation in October 2004 allowed an extremely secretive private Israeli business, Verint Systems, 24hr. access to London's entire Underground System. There have been no inquests for the alleged bombers as the law demands. Nobody will put their name to the government 'narrative' which is supposed to explain the attacks.
There is also the overall modus operandi in which the targeting of ordinary people, two-and-a- half million of whom turned out two years previously to protest against the attack on Iraq, contradicts the bombers supposed motives. With recent revelations that David Cameron's think tank 'Policy Exchange' has been caught fabricating evidence of Muslim extremism there is an alternative hypothesis developing: that God fearing Muslims have replaced the Soviet Union as establishment's 'bogey-men' and are being 'set-up' for far right interests, much like the Jews were demonised by the Nazis.
I am concerned about the racist overtones of the Government/Metropolitan Police's version of events which hasn't been properly tested in court amounting to a extra-judicial 'trial by media' of the four bombing suspects.
British IT engineer Scott Forbes was working in New York's World Trade Center in September 2001 and lost 89 of his work colleagues in the 9/11 attacks.
Listen here to his eyewitness account of the security systems power down and mysterious 'cabling' contractors working in the south tower the weekend immediately prior to the attacks.
Scott Forbes demands disclosure of documents authorising the power down and details of who the contractors were.
From his nearby flat, on his day off, Scott witnessed the second plane strike the tower just below offices where his colleagues were working.
The 9/11 Commission were not interested that the WTC security cameras and other security systems were paralysed between 12 noon on Saturday 8th and 2pm on Sunday 9th September 2001.
The New York Port Authority now deny that there was any power outage. It has now become a mission for Scott to get an explanation.
Scott is appealing to anyone and everyone, in New York particularly, to file freedom of information requests with the Port Authority for disclosure of the documents authorising the power down and details of who the contractors were.
Scott was interviewed on Wednesday 18th July 2007 at Charing Cross in London by Tony Gosling and Fran Scott... for the people....
Duration 26m 42s
Previous interview on Google Video has been removed without explanation.
9/11 Truth: Scott Forbes describes power-downs in WTC
Please copy this mp3 and circulate widely. Thanks and respect to Fran and to Scott.
Two secretive companies entrusted, post-privatisation, with the safety of Londoners on the Underground system have since become embroiled in an insider trading, fraud and bribery trial in New York. A closer look shows some of the concerns raised, but put aside, during privatisation were justified, and suggests that for the safety of Londoners contracts with these businesses should immediately be terminated.
That is the topic of a report, today available to the public, prepared for the London branch of a campaign looking at terror attacks in the US and UK. It shows another side to the 2005 London bombs than that presented to press and public by the Sir Ian Blair and other government officials. It shows that security may have been compromised not only by terrorists, but by private firms that are supposed to protect Londoners from the terror threat.
Under the spotlight are two companies, Verint Systems and their parent business, Comverse Technologies who were last month delisted from the New York NASDAQ index. Comverse’ Chief Executive is at the centre of a multi-million dollar fraud, money laundering & bribery scandal, has absconded & faces extradition from Africa.
Because of the nature of the businesses, which have close ties to the police and intelligence services, information about these scandals has been difficult to uncover. There is a culture of complete trust in security firms and no-one wants to contemplate the enormous implications of their being corrupt, or working in the interests of private or foreign powers and against those of both travelling public and underground staff.
Verint's PR people misrepresent the facts to talk up their own products, as evidenced by inaccurate statements on the London bombings by Verint's Alan Roden.
But the facts speak for themselves, businesses shrouded in double walls of secrecy due to 'commercial confidentiality' and 'national security', entrusted with the safety of three million passengers a day on the London Underground have broken that covenant of trust. Metrolink Rail and the GLA, in the interests of safety, should terminate Verint Systems’ contract, and their security clearance access to the London Underground network immediately.
The full report is copied below.
Contacts - www.public-interest.co.uk
Tony Gosling 0117 9446219, Nick Kollerstom 0207 7228196
A report for the UK 911 Truth campaign presented by Tony Gosling in the Mahatma Gandhi Hall, Indian YMCA, Fitzroy Square London W1T 6AQ on Monday 19th March 2007.
Wiretapping, phone billing and mobile phone voicemail software developers. An Israeli company now at the centre of $8bn fraud enquiry in New York. Comverse share six directors with a wider network of linked companies also under investigation. Comverse took over Hong Kong company Multivision Intelligence Surveillance Ltd. in January 2006 but Comverse directors didnt file the financial information required by law. Delisted from NASDAQ and stock trading suspended on 1st February 2007 because of financial mismanagement and non-filing of essential accounting information along with Verint Systems who are now also NASDAQ delisted.
All activities of this business are directed by Comverse Technology who own 57% controlling stock. Two thirds of Verints business is security products used by law enforcement and intelligence services to intercept voice, video and email traffic, the other third is call centre monitoring and employee evaluation software. Approx 1000 employees worldwide. Awarded contract for all London Undergrounds CCTV in September 2004 by privatised 'Metronet Rail' who, in turn, have a 30 year contract from the UK government to manage London Underground security. Privatisation was imposed against wishes of elected Greater London Authority (GLA) by Gordon Browns Treasury Department.
Verint CEO Daniel Bodner is a former senior Israeli army officer who gets $4m annual benefits (including salary). Verint currently being investigated by Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over proposed merger with Witness Systems Inc. for possible phone monitoring technology monopoly. Verint rumoured to be targeted by IBM for takeover.
Nextiva Transit is Verints networked hi-tech CCTV system now being installed on London Underground platforms and remote portions of track. The system is programmed to automatically watch for people loitering on transit platforms or people wearing heavy coats on hot summer days.
Verint spokesman Alan Roden was referring to Londons July 7th 2005 bombing claims when he told Michael Fickes, video proved an effective investigation tool and highlights the value of networked video in mass transit systems. An article in Government Security website went on to say that using CCTV images London police had discovered who was responsible and arrested many, if not all, of the perpetrators who remained alive. Quotes and articles such as this misrepresent the historical record. No CCTV image of any of the four alleged bombers on the London Underground on 7th July 2005 has been disclosed, neither were there any perpetrator arrests, as all four suspects allegedly blew themselves up.
Target of FBI, Wall Street Journal and Securities & Exchange Commission fraud enquiry in New York, declared fugitive in August 2006. Wanted on 35 criminal counts including stock option backdating, conspiracy, securities fraud, money laundering and bribery. Arrested after 7 week manhunt in Namibia in September 2006. Travelling via. Israel he transferred $17m to Namibia, bought a luxury house and formed a new construction, tourism and agriculture company. Now building 200 low income homes for workers at the new Langer Heinrich uranium mine. Alexanders extradition hearing begins in Windhoek on April 25th 2007, hes facing up to 20 years jail in New York. Known to be a close associate of former Chinese president Jiang Zmein.
Turned states evidence, pleaded guilty and told New York FBI that Comverse CEO Alexander offered him financial inducements to take the rap for everything. CEO Jacob Alexander allegedly offered him $2m and he refused, offered him $5m and he still refused, then, according to Kreinberg, Alexander said name your price. To be sentenced February 23rd 2007.
Pleaded guilty. Paid $3.1 million fine at the end of 2006 as compensation for fraudulent activities. Permanent ban on acting as a company lawyer.
Roughly three million people a day use the London Underground network. Since privatisation, contracts are also shrouded in double walls of secrecy to protect both national security and commercial confidentiality. But with that secrecy comes a caveat of absolute 100% trust and loyalty to the travelling public of London who use the tube network. Instead what we find is a company with 24 hour access to the entire tube network, run by a senior ex Israeli army officer, whose former employers are engaged in a largely covert war against Arabs for land and oil. Bodner's present employers are wanted in New York on 40 plus criminal counts, implicated in multi-million dollar fraud and conspiracy and facing several long jail sentences.
This report has been time-consuming and difficult because of the immense secrecy surrounding the security businesses involved. Though I have sent the story to the Evening Standard and the BBC for London it has not, to my knowledge, been reported. As a result tube staff & public are almost entirely unaware of the criminal nature of this firm entrusted with the safety of millions of Londoners.
The covenant of trust required by all those who use and work on the tube has been broken. For the safety of all Londoners contracts with Verint Systems must be immediately suspended by Metronet Rail, the GLA or the Government pending a transparent investigation into Verint and Comverse. Also control of the London Underground CCTV network must be wrested from those with close ties to the Israeli armed forces until the Middle East conflict is over.
(this article was submitted for approval by the July Seventh campaign but subsequently rejected - it was also deleted by the moderators at www.arrse.co.uk)
Nasdaq to Complete Verint Delisting Associated Press 05.23.07, 3:07 PM ET
The Nasdaq Stock Market on Wednesday said it will delist software provider Verint Systems Inc. stock following a suspension. Nasdaq suspended the stock Feb. 1 because it failed to comply with the Nasdaq continued listing requirement that mandates all filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission be made on a timely basis, and it has not traded since then.
Verint has delayed filing its quarterly financial reports because of an ongoing investigation into the stock-option practices of Comverse Technology Inc. (nasdaq: CMVT - news - people ), its approximately 57 percent stockholder. Nasdaq will file a form with the SEC to complete the delisting, which will be effective 10 days later.
CNBC Senior Correspondent Scott Cohn is on the trail of a controversial former corporate executive who prosecutors say has fled the country. Cohn and a producer have traveled to the African nation of Namibia, searching for former Comverse (CMVT) CEO Jacob "Kobi" Alexander. He's due to appear in a Namibian court this coming Friday. It's part of his fight to avoid extradition to the United States where an indictment charges him with engineering a long-running scheme to steal millions by improperly backdating stock options. Alexander was apprehended in Namibia last September, but is free on a $1.3 million bail bond.
Cohn has filed his first video dispatch from Namibia, and you can see it here only on CNBC.com. Future reports will appear on both CNBC-TV and CNBC.com, starting tomorrow.
While our attempt to talk to Alexander may, or may not be successful, we do expect to see him at his court appearance. We also will show you what he's been up to during his stay in Namibia. One of his activities is generating even more controversy. He's spending a lot of money, in what may be an attempt to persuade Namibian authorities to let him stay. A solar-powered, low-income housing project on the southwest African coast is one project we'll be showing you.
On the Avon and Somerset police website it explains that Avon and Somerset's present Chief Constable Colin Port headed an 'independent' investigation into the 1999 car-bombing and murder of Republican lawyer Rosemary Nelson.
Colin Port's web page explains, "Between 1999 and 2002 he was seconded to Northern Ireland to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Rosemary Nelson."
Colin Port's so-called independent investigation team was partly made up of RUC officers, operating out of Lurgan barracks, the station from which most of the death threats against Rosemary Nelson emanated.
After three years on the case Port's found nothing and prosecuted no-one.
So disgusted were the Irish people, from both sides of the divide, that the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland was forced to begin a new inquiry in 2004. That inquiry was mysteriously slow to open and has been stalled further since Security Service MI5 became formally involved in September last year (2006).
Hearings have now been postponed indefinately and this is hardly suprising since the Security Service MI5 is implicated in Republican killings. A mystery car seen at one murder scene has been traced back to them.
Colin Port's responsibility for protecting rather than questioning Rosemary Nelson's alleged killers is slowly sinking in around Avon and Somerset.
As is the fact that since the Orange Order and Freemasonry are so closely connected to Loyalism that any association Port may have with the Freemasons would make his investigation of Rosemary Nelson's murder not just the travesty of justice, but a criminal offence by him too for failing to declare his interest.
Hopefully pressure from concerned citizens, elected Councillors, the Police Authority and from honest cops within the constabulary will force Colin Port to publicly explain why he didn't question prime RUC murder suspects in the Rosemary Nelson case. If he doesn't want to do that he might quietly resign, retire,or be sacked for bringing the force into disrepute.
With Port's lack of credibility as an honest public servant much of the force is demoralised and defeatist. Worse still a notion is becoming clear, rightly or wrongly, that corruption starts at the top at Avon and Somerset Police.
Colin Port - Avon and Somerset police
Unit linked to N.I. death squads may be in Iraq
I AM becoming increasingly alarmed, in the run-up to a possible invasion of Iran, by the way British newspapers and broadcasters are reporting terrorism. Through systematic bias and the influence of a lying government, the BBC, which is supposed to be our national benchmark medium, has turned on the public and become an accessory to the crime.
The coverage of the July 7 London bombings has become a frightening case of trial by television. Unfortunately, as evidence to the contrary trickles out, our media editors' verdict looks increasingly questionable.
The BBC crossed a lethal professional line when it decided to refer to the four 7/7 suspects as 'suicide bombers'. Ignored is inconvenient evidence including the advance warning to the Israeli embassy and the untidily Photoshopped Luton CCTV image (a railing behind the figure at the back passes in front of his arm).
By rubber stamping Muslim guilt here in the UK the corporation has taken on a leading role in an anti-Muslim pogrom. BBC spin now flies in the face of its motto carved on Broadcasting House, "Nation Shall Speak Peace Unto Nation", as its one-sided presentation of modern terrorism builds a neo-con case for a religious war against Islam, and for Islamic oil and opium.
A professional journalistic blunder is committed with almost every new story of a "suicide bomber". Whether a bomb explodes accidentally, by remote control or if a "bomber" believes he has a shipment of cocaine in his bag he's still most likely to be termed a "suicide bomber" in the news.
In April 2004 Bush's Iraq chief Paul Bremer initiated the Iraqi insurgency by closing down the Al Sadr newspaper. The reason? The editor had printed a front-page lead story that a "suicide bomb" in a bus queue was, according to eyewitnesses, a missile fired from a helicopter. The newspaper was closed down by the US Army the next day.
This simple lie, referring to a "suicide bomber" on the say-so of anonymous military contacts with little or no evidence, is a propaganda narrative of which Josef Goebbels himself would have been proud. It sends out a clear message demonising the target racial or religious group as insane, murderous and impossible to reason with. Dead men condemned with no proof and no court case - the presumption of the "suicide bomber" is not only bad journalism, it seeds genuine terrorism.
When a racial or religious group, after false-flag attacks, becomes demonised and targeted by racists it begins to fight back. Thus is real terrorism born.
Tony Gosling is Vice-Chair of the NUJ's Bristol Branch
There are lots of reasons, which I have listed, why many journos find it almost impossible to write just what they want to write - particularly on this key Power Elite & military brainwashing issue: 'Invasion of Muslim lands is GOOD & Muslims are BAD.'
See my list under 'Why so little critique of the 911 tissue of lies here
and critique the list itsself there if you wish anyone.
The NUJ is addressing this issue with a new 'Concience Clause' campaign
I adapted this from the 911 truth media strategy
Guardian columnist Mark Honigsbaum was outside Edgware Road during the morning of July 7th. He had been speaking all morning to survivors as they were evacuated, and his phone call put through from the Hilton Hotel opposite the Edgware Road tube was made around noon to The Guardian newsdesk. He first filed this audio report, after speaking to a good eyewitness source at Marks and Spencers who believed the Edgware Road bomb was under the train, and then he later composed and sent off a written account (1). His written account did not make it into the next day's edition of the paper, despite his vivid, first-hand accounts of the terrible event.......(the entire document is here)
12Aug05 - Tony Gosling
Touting themselves about as an alternative to Bristol's mainstream press the clique of editors (Thomas Rawlings, Ana Kronchonabl and Mike Tonks) who control Bristol Indymedia are echoing many of the control-freakery of the press they ostensibly challenge.
As one of the people who set the BIMC project up in 2001 I subsequently found my material edited, erased, hidden. Passwords holders were decided privately by the editors, not agreed and minuted at the public meetings.
When I brought up the issue of who has passwords to the site at their so-called public meetings it was ruled off the agenda by Thomas Rawlings. One editor managing the site from London, Ian Ferguson, now a media studies lecturer at Harrow College then told me he would, "punch you so ****ing hard". The Bristol Inymedia email list discussion of this and other material, once publicly archived has now been hidden - for obvious face-saving reasons by the BIMC elite.
I wish the project well but I have seen my material - especially research on the military - censored too many times to trust the process. Their mean-spirited approach to those that question their little technocracy, rule by passwords, is reflected in lacklustre content which does virtually nothing to reflect the positive attitudes that pervade the city they purport to represent.
Some of the discussions can be read here
Others have been removed by BIMC editors from previously public lists - now made private
The OFCOM 'Consumer Panel' makes no attempt to represent community, minority, trade union or low-income views. I spoke to Ofcom today and they tell me members were appointed by Ofcom itself - Individual candidates were selected by the now Chairman Colette Bowe, who is deputy chairman of a privatised utility. Colette picked the panel from a shortlist provided by Corporate executive headhunters Odgers - see www.odgers.com
Roger Darlington is flagged up by OFCOM as the only person on the panel with Trade Union background - but he's a 'Company Man'. His Internet Watch Foundation does not appear to be watching on our behalf, it is funded from Corporate media including Microsoft and the major UK financial institutions.
Colette Bowe (Chairman) is Deputy Chairman of Thames Water, a board member of the Yorkshire Building Society and the Framlington Group and a member of the Statistics Commission.
Ruth Evans (Deputy Chairman) is Chairman of the Standards Committee of the General Medical Council, a board member of the Nationwide Building Society and holds a number of other public appointments.
Azeem Azhar is a writer and analyst focussing on economic and social effects of new technologies.
Fiona Ballantyne is Managing Director of a marketing development consultancy and represents the interests of people in Scotland.
Nainish Bapna is the Managing Director of Pharmacy Channel and the founder of the Asian Professionals Network.
Roger Darlington is part-time Chairman of the Internet Watch Foundation and represents the interests of those living in England.
Simon Gibson OBE is Chief Executive of Wesley Clover Corporation, a private equity fund. He represents the interests of people in Wales.
Graham Mather is President of the European Policy Forum and a member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
Kevin McLaughlin is a development worker for the Magherafelt Disability Forum. He represents the interests of people in Northern Ireland.
Kate ORourke is a solicitor and Deputy Chair of the London Regional Council of Arts Council England.
Bob Twitchin is an Associate of the Employers Form on Disability and has a wealth of experience in telecommunications.
1 Panel members were paid flat fees as follows: the Chairman whose commitment is up to 3 days a week - £50,000 per annum the Deputy Chairman whose commitment is up to 2 days a week - £30,000 per annum members whose commitment is up to 1 day a week - £12,000 per annum
2 During the period of the report the number of Ofcom colleagues in the Panel support team increased from two to four.
3 Includes qualitative and quantitative consumer research.
4 Includes consultants who worked on the Panels report on digital switchover.
Tony Blair with his youngest son Leo and daughter Kathryn
On or around Thursday 13th May 2004 Tony Blair's 16 year old daughter Kathryn attempted to commit suicide. She is in the middle of exams, believed to be GCSE's and took an overdose of unknown pills. She was rushed to hospital and a news blackout was requested by the PM's office and adhered to by the British Press. Katherine is believed to be studying at the Sacred Heart school in Hammersmith, West London, a Roman Catholic state secondary school.
News about the suicide attempt was confirmed by Alan Johnson, Labour MP for West Hull and Hessle.
So, was this a sudden pang of concience from the British tabloids over sensitive reporting of the PM's family? Or the establishment press (yes even the tabloids are owned by the establishment) kow-towing to protect the flagging public image of the most disasterous Prime Minister this country has ever seen just before local and European Elections?
In a democracy, the public have a right to know about the family failings of anyone in public office - it enables them to judge whether to vote for that individual or not. When that failing family is the Prime Ministers the press have a duty to inform the public - not to protect politicians' images from public scrutiny.
You can comment on the news blackout here:
Stupid Boy forum
Barfi Culture Forum
So-called open publishing newswire Indymedia have also censored this story
- see here
Ethical guidance on the reporting of suicide is here
Feargal Mc Kay November 2004
Traditionally, the British media like to think that anyone and everyone is fair game when it comes to finding stories that'll sell their product. But British Prime Minister Tony Blair has ruled his family off-limits. And where one story is concerned this year, Blair seems to be winning this battle of the wills.
When Tony Blair came to power in 1997, pictures of the Blair family posing outside 10 Downing St filled the front pages. Three years later, when he became the first serving Prime Minister in 150 years to have fathered a child, pictures of the doting father and the adorable baby Leo again filled the front pages. But having started off as a Prime Minister who wanted to show how much of a regular guy he was, Blair is now in a situation where his children receive almost as much protection from the British media as the Princes William and Harry received following the death of Diana.
In 2000, before the Blairs adopted a get-tough policy with the British media and their coverage of the Blair brood, the British media had something of a field day, reporting with glee the news that Tony Blair's eldest son, Euan, had been found vomiting in Leicester Square after drinking too much in celebration of his GCSE results. Two years earlier, the media had similarly celebrated when the son of Home Secretary Jack Straw was entrapped by a Daily Mirror reporter, Dawn Alford, into selling her cannabis. Attempts to hush that story up failed when, despite the English media being injuncted, Scottish media ran with the story.
But the timing of the Euan story couldn't have been more propitious for the British media even if they'd staged it themselves by plying the child with alcohol. Only days before, Blair had proposed on-the-spot fines for drunken and yobbish behaviour, painting a picture of police officers leading bladdered-up youths to cash points in order to pay their fines.
Protecting his family from the glare of the British media is now so important for Blair that any company or individual providing services to the Blairs is required to sign a confidentiality agreement. In 2000, when the Mail on Sunday obtained a draft of a book written by former Blair nanny Ros Mark - which, in recognition of the confidentiality clause in her contract, she had not intended publishing without the permission of the Blairs - and sought to publish an article about it, the Blairs obtained a High Court injunction forbidding further publication of the Mail on Sunday article even though early editions of the paper had already hit the streets with the story in them.
Some believe that the Blair's are applying a double standard with regard to their family privacy and this has been a regular bugbear for the British media over the last few years. In 2002, then Tory leader Ian Duncan Smith accused Blair of exploiting his children for political purposes: "I think Tony Blair uses his children ruthlessly. Once you open the doors to your children it just gives the press an excuse for intrusion."
In December of last year, the British media's frustration with this apparent double standard erupted on the front pages, with stories concerning the family's 2003 Christmas card. The card had featured a photo of the Blair family outside Downing Street. This card was meant for circulation only to close friends and family, while the official Christmas card featured a picture of just Tony and Cherie. However, the London Evening Standard decided to publish the family card, claiming that its circulation went well beyond family and close friends.
Coming as it did just weeks after the Blairs had sought to block publication of a photograph of Jacques Chirac holding up a signed picture of baby Leo, the Standard felt that the Blairs were being hypocritical in regard to their much vaunted family privacy. In their own inimitable way though, the British media only reinforced the Blairs' case for family privacy, arguing not about whether Blair was being hypocritical on the matter of his family's privacy, but instead choosing to condemn Cherie for allowing what they described as Kathryn Blair's "tree trunk" legs to be photographed in such a fashion.
Kathryn has been the subject of media attention before last year. In 1999, the Blairs successfully fought an action against the Mail on Sunday, which had published a story about her acceptance by a local Catholic school. This year though, the British media have avoided one story concerning Kathryn which has been circulating on the internet since April, the main substance of which is the sixteen year old daughter of the Prime Minster had attempted to commit suicide.
The story of Blair's family difficulties almost broke into the mainstream British media in September, when Melvynn Bragg let slip about a Blair family secret when, in an interview with ITV's Alastair Stewart, he suggested that Blair had considered reigning earlier this year over domestic reasons. With those few words, Bragg gave credence to a story which, by now, has been circulating internationally, as well as on the web. Papers in Australia discussed the story of the domestic difficulties without referring to them, merely pointing their readers to the internet to find out.
Bragg's words also helped to explain to those not familiar with the internet rumours the rash of media speculation concerning Blair's future in May and June, when reports claimed that family as well as political problems would force him to resign. For all that the British media were ignoring the story, their knowledge of its existence was fuelling their speculation concerning Blair's future as British PM.
Blair's imminent retirement had been front page news in January and February, when he faced the double-whammy of the Hutton Report and a threatened backbench revolt over university top-up fees. When he survived both scares, most people assumed that the media would stop crying wolf over his departure. But by April the stories had returned, even louder than before and it wasn't just a seven year itch fuelling them. Most tried to hang their speculation on some new, looming crisis, but most all also claimed that personal reasons would hasten his departure.
When it wants to, the British media can avoid a story. But eventually one paper breaks ranks and the others are all forced to follow in the ratings race. For a long time, the news of an affair between British Home Secretary David Blunkett and Spectator publisher Kimberly Fortier had been one of Whitehall's most closely guarded secrets, known by many but unreported by anyone. Until, that is, the News of the World chose to break ranks earlier this year and print the story.
For now though, the British media are holding the line where the Blair children are concerned and keeping a safe distance. But with Christmas only around the corner and another Blair family Christmas card already in production the question really is which paper will break ranks first and print the story which, for internet users, is already old news.
November 2004 http://www.siglamag.com/features/0411/TonyBlair.php
Robert Henderson - 25th August 2005
The British media claims it is committed to informing the public. The reality is that it frequently colludes with politicians to suppress stories. A classic example is the attempted suicide of Blair's daughter Kathryn in April 2004. Every single newspaper and broadcaster (including the BBC) has refused to use the story.
The BBC as a public service broadcaster has a special obligation to put anything of political interest before the public. Consequently, I have twice confronted its chairman Michael Grade with the failure of the BBC to run the story.
The first occasion was at the Viewers and Listeners Spring Conference in April 2005. Grade claimed not to know the story, but refused to discuss the matter. Later I wrote to him asking him to justify his failure to make the story public. Grade did not reply but I received a letter from the BBC's Head of communications Tina Stowell which ran "The question you raised at the VLV Seminar on 25 April relating to the Prime Minister's daughter is not one which the BBC Chairman will respond to in public or via correspondence."
The second occasion was at the Governors "AGM" at Television Centre on 19 July 2005. After the programme, The Governors rashly mingled with the audience. I managed to corner Grade for about five minutes and ask him in front of plenty of witnesses why he had censored the story of the Blair daughter's attempted suicide, especially after I had raised the matter with him in April 2005 at the Voice of the Viewer and Listeners Spring Conference. He tried to make a joke of it, but before he escaped I asked him the following question: Do you believe the story is true? He refused to answer. 'nuff said.
At the same meeting I lobbied four other Governors: Deborah Bull, Merfyn Jones, Fabian Monds, Ranjit Sondhi and Angela Sarkis. Without exception they all seemed painfully startled by the news. I got a promise from each to look into the matter if I sent them the full details. I wrote to them and the other Governors on 20 July 2005. None have replied. Instead, I again received a letter from Tina Stowell (22 July 2005). This ran "Thank you for your letter to the Board of Governors. The BBC's position remains the same as in my previous letter." I then submitted a formal complaint through the governors' website of 28 July 2005. No reply has been received after a month.
During the BBC R5 morning phone in programme of 3 May 2005, hosted by Victoria Derbyshire, I managed to bring up the attempted suicide of Kathryn Blair. I was cut off almost immediately.
After the R5 episode I wrote to Feedback, the programme which supposedly deals with listeners concerns with the BBC, asking them to investigate the censorship. They have failed to do so.
The BBC (and rest of the media) does not have any general trouble with reporting teenage attempted suicides, for example, Rebecca Ling, the girl who survived a suicide pact in 2004 received very full coverage.
Blair Scandal website: http://www.geocities.com/blairscandal/
Personal website: http://www.anywhere.demon.co.uk
Robert Henderson <philip(at)anywhere.demon.co.uk>
These conduits were originally wooden or lead pipes that brought fresh water into the city centre from the surrounding hills. The first conduits in a city were often build by masons paid by the church. Why should masons become plumbers you might well ask? The answer is in the fact that most of the work went into building the narrow underground tunnels used to service the conduits. If a pipe leaked way underground someone would have to dig down to fix it, a task that might be inpracticable, especially if structures had been built on top of the conduit! Medieval conduit tunnels were normally between four and six feet high and only three or four feet across. The water pipe layed along the length of the tunnel in the middle of the floor. Most cities had a plethora of entrances to the conduit service tunnels, most were locked basement doors from merchant's houses, churches and other 'important' buildings.
The exact location of conduit tunnel entrances was ususally a closely guarded secret.
Police officers in Bristol have taken the unusual step of writing to the Home Secretary expressing their lack of confidence in Avon and Somerset's Chief Constable, Steve Pilkington.
In the letter to David Blunkett, a copy of which has been sent to the Evening Post, the officers also claim that morale within the force is low.
They also criticise Mr Pilkington's much-vaunted 'geographic policing strategy'.
The letter follows several weeks of bad publicity for the force.
Last month, it was revealed that recorded crime in the force area had risen by 20% - the third highest rise in England and Wales. Yet the constabulary's clear-up rate of 14% was the lowest.
Other worrying incidents last month included the police failing to turn up when neighbours in Whitchurch caught two joyriders.
Officers were also criticised for not acting quickly enough when a Hambrook teenager discovered burglars at her family home.
Attached to the letter to Mr Blunkett was a copy of the recent Evening Post interview with Mr Pilkington in which he blamed the media for its 'negative' reporting of the police.
The officers' letter said: "We are fed up seeing our Chief Constable losing it on TV, having to read articles like the one enclosed, hearing that our force is now in the group of non-achieving police forces and reading about one of our Chief Superintendents being suspended. Morale is bad."
In June, Chief Superintendent Graham Cawley was suspended from his position as commander of the South Bristol police district after allegations of 'inappropriate' behaviour at a charity dinner for the Knowle West Against Drugs Group.
The letter continues:
"Only a few years ago Avon and Somerset Constabulary was one of the best in the country. We had a Chief Constable we had confidence in and on our district a Chief Superintendent who got things done."
Crime fell each year until recently - a rise that senior officers have blamed on new reporting methods. It continued:
"While we are pleased to get extra officers from other areas working in Bristol, they don't want to be here and don't know the people. Our problem is sector policing."
The local branch of the Police Federation has some sympathy with the officers' views. Asked whether morale was low among frontline officers, Inspector Andy Palfreman, chairman of Avon and Somerset Police Federation, which represents more than 3,000 officers, was diplomatic but ambiguous.
"Morale in Avon and Somerset is as good as you would expect among officers who are working very hard to deliver good quality policing to the public under great pressure," he said.
Insp Palfreman added it was a pity that officers felt that the only way they could express their concerns was through an anonymous letter.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary denied morale was bad but would not comment on officers' confidence in Mr Pilkington, who is currently on holiday.
But the force's Deputy Chief Constable, Martin Richards, said: "Over the past year we have seen a dramatic surge in crime particularly in the central Bristol area. We have identified drugs like crack cocaine and heroin as fuelling crime and have responded robustly through major operations like Atrium and Lynx, as well as Action on Street Crime.
"In terms of morale, whilst the job remains challenging, the numerous example of good work by our officers confirms to me their commitments is as positive as ever.
"We can reassure our communities that we remain firmly committed to the top priorities of prevention and detection of crime, and responding to emergency calls for assistance."
The Park Street Masonic Hall was one of the 'Bristol open door' venues this year. A rare opportunity to have a poke around our city's normally forbidden freemasonic H.Q.. Most Bristolians, if you ask them, walk straight past the sandy building at the bottom of Park Street all their lives without knowing where the Masonic Hall is, let alone wondering what might go on inside.
All masons must believe in some kind of supreme being or god. The other prerequisite is a belief in an afterlife. And they seem to have at least one 'god' on their side. Though Tony Blair promised a public register of Freemasons in the Labour Manifesto (to combat masonic infiltration of the police) miraculously no new law has been drawn up to implement the pledge, now all but forgotten.
We were shown round by Grand Wizzard: Dr Dennis Fox, or to give him his masonic title 'Provincial Grand Master'. Bristol, we were told, is the only masonic 'province' in the country to be a city rather than a county. Masonry is, Fox explained, a mainly charitable institution. It is not a 'secret society' but a 'society with secrets'. One of the secrets that was not related to us by our guide is that the M25 road-rage murderer and cop-killer Kenneth Noye was the head of his local masonic lodge.
We were shown Bristol's main temple with its high-backed chairs at the ends, portraits of past Grand Masters along the walls and chequerboard carpet in the centre. This, we were told, is where the craft, that is the first second and third degree masons, do their ceremonies.
In the next small ante-room something called the 'ceremony of the veils' takes place we were told. The analogy is that someone who has been picked to join the higher (Royal Arch) levels of freemasonry is passing from a state of ignorance to a state of enlightenment. Only masons of a higher degree than him can part the 'veils of ignorance' so he can become 'enlightened' and be allowed into the 'Royal Arch' which is apparently the masonic 4th to 33rd degree.
Then we moved into the Royal Arch temple laid out, Dr. Fox explained, like a Synagogue with the flagpoles and pendants of the twelve tribes of Isreal in the centre. Both windowless temples were entirely free from natural light and, instead of switches, had hefty 1950's dimmer wheels by the entrances. Mason guides I asked about this gave me conflicting stories but the dimmers suggested that some of the ceremonies in the temples could be conducted in darkness, with only a few candles to see by.
In the Royal Arch temple we 40 or so masonic tourists listened to Dr Fox as he talked us through some of the aprons and other paraphernalia of the various masonic degrees. The open session that followed began with some questions about why women couldn't join. We were told they can and do join special women's Eastern Star lodges. One question to which there was no answer forthcoming though was 'what are the actual rituals you perform in here?'. Dr Fox didn't want to answer and advised us to look it up in the public library.
At one point Dr Fox mentioned a recent book purporting to link the Medieval Knights Templar with the early freemasons. This, presumably, was 'Secrets of the Lodge', by Tubal Cain (pub. Delphi). This comes up with strong evidence of continuity: banking, similar rituals, hidden passageways, wealth, secrecy and sunless temples are strong characteristics of both. When pressed Dr Fox denied that he has ever had any financial or 'pecuniary' advantage from his masonic connections.
During the tour there were masons posted at strategic points around the lodge to stop visitors 'wandering off'. These masons barred any exploration of the lower levels of the lodge which might reveal regalia changing rooms and passages to nearby buildings. This guesswork was partly confirmed when we were told the story of the owner of a hat shop opposite who had managed to get into the basement of the lodge and rescue some valuables when the building was bombed during world war two. The artifacts had been in the basement so how did he get in and out of a bombed building?? Not necessarily as mysterious as it might seem.
One theme in Dr Fox's commentary was the easy compatibility of Freemasonry with Christianity. A recent book 'Freemasonry, A Christian Perspective' by John Lawrence (Pub. Gazelle Books) reveals that most top-ranking Church of England clergy are masons but it draws the opposite conclusion on compatibility. So when I found myself standing next to Bristol's Grand Wizz after the tour had finished, I raised some questions.
One central Christian/masonic conflict is with the blood-oath sworn by masons. On initiation into the first degree they have to swear to keep the secrets of masonry and to always protect a fellow mason. In the sermon on the mount at Matthew 5:33 Christ advises us: 'Do not swear an oath... simply let your "yes" be "yes" and your "no" be "no", anything else comes from the devil.' When I quoted this snippet of scripture to him Dr Fox looked a little perplexed and questioned the validity of my translation. Had I read the verse in the original Hebrew?
After a little thought I pointed out that Matthew was originally written in Greek, not Hebrew. Dr Fox then asked me what I would do in a court room if asked to swear on the Bible. I explained I would not swear on the Bible but quote that verse instead. He quoted a disputed verse from the end of Mark about 'thrusting one's hand into a nest of vipers' and made off.
I remain to be convinced that the freemasons are anything other than an anti-social, sexist, racist club of men who think themselves above anyone not in the club. Just look at the wealth and influence masonic accountants, solicitors, judges, magistrates, police, military officers, councillors, civil servants, bankers, barristers and businessmen have. The perfect elitist and endemically secretive 'old boy network'.
Spiritually, I found Bristol Freemasons Hall a particularly negative place, it took my fellow visitors and me several hours to recover composure in a local coffee shop after the visit. Our fear was the lodge might be a harbour for grasping men who dare not expose corrupt connections to public scrutiny.
When I politely pointed out to a Bristol masonic magistrate shepherding us that Britain's half a million masons don't have a monopoly on integrity he invited me to join. He missed the point.
The Brotherhood, Stephen Knight, Grafton 1985, Harper Collins 1994 ISBN 0
586 05983 0
Inside the Brotherhood, Martin Short, Grafton 1989, Harper Collins 1993 ISBN 0 586 07065 6
'Freemasonry, A Christian Perspective' by John Lawrence (Pub. Gazelle Books)
Bristol's slave trading, neo-masonic Merchant Venturers are always going on (and on) about their charitable gifts etc. through their various charitable arms such as the Greater Bristol Foundation and Yet their ownership of land in and around Bristol and the power that confers increases day by day. Are they making fun of Bristol's downtrodden and - for the most part - humble poor people with their outward show of charity as they toss us their crumbs? This point of view is certainly backed by a closer examination of their secret latin motto. INDOCILIS PAUPERIEM PATI - What is the meaning of these words? Indocilis means 'difficult to teach' or 'slow to learn' (stupid) Pauperiem is 'the poor' and pati translates as 'able to endure' or 'longsuffering'. "The poor are stupid and longsuffering." Hey - thanks are surely due to Bristol's big nobs for rubbing our noses in it. I wonder what the merchants' official translation of this motto is? source: Collins Latin Dictionary
The National HQ of TV Licencing is at 100 Temple Street, Bristol
run by 'Crapita' it's located a stones throw from Bristol Temple Meads Station
TV licencing contractors 'Capita' run these offices. The BBC puts out so much propaganda these days (see AMW), particularly the BBC1 'flagship' news, where the Cabinet Office apparachiks 'advise' on each days national news bulletin some quite rightly wish to challenge their legal right to collect a licence fee. Some think the BBC should only be allowed to collect a licence fee if they can show they are independent and truly serving the public. And they should not rob the poor to collect it. See here and here.
Essential reading on what's wrong with TV licensing - if the BBC really stood up to political pressure people would be happy to pay http://www.turnoffyourtv.com/international/bbc.html
The old TV licencing building off Brunswick Square
What is commonly known as a television licence is in most licence fee countries actually a broadcast receiver licence. It was originally known as a radio licence, used to fund public radio broadcasting, and with the arrival of television some countries created a separate additional television licence, while some just increased the radio licence fee to cover the additional cost of TV broadcasting, changing the licence's name from "radio licence" to "TV licence" or "receiver licence".
If you receive your images through a cable you're not using it as an arial receiver and therefore shouldn't need to purchase a licence.
thanks to Jacque Kowalski for that - T
Widespread occult order, of Free and Accepted Masons, swearing oaths to secrecy and mutual aid. Claims to have been founded in London in 1717. Development of medieval Craft Masons, retaining secret signs and passwords by which itinerant workers in the guild recognised each other.
Masonic sect founded by Adam Wieshaupt in Bavaria in 1778 claiming that the illuminating grace of Christ resided in it alone.
Of or characteristic of magical, mystical, or supernatural arts, phenomena, or influences. [C16: from Latin occultus, past principle of occulere, from ob over, up + culãre, related to celare to conceal]
Highest order of British Knighthood. It consists of the sovereign, 31 knight companions and extra members created by statute.
Society professing esoteric religious doctrines, venerating the emblems of the rose and the cross as symbols of Christ's resurrection and redemption, and claiming various occult powers. The order believed an association was needed in Europe that would guide rulers along the paths of wisdom and good [C17: from Latin Rosae Crucis, Rose of the Cross, translation of the German name Christian Rosenkreutz (b.1378 d.1484), supposed founder of the society]
Knights Templar. A religious, military and banking order (Knights of the Temple of Solomon) founded by Crusaders in Jerusalem to defend the Holy Sepulchure and Christian pilgrims; a kind of Foreign Legion. Founded by Hugues de Payns with nine followers in 1118. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux drew up the Templars rule, 72 articles, in 1128. Invented the checking account and became the world's first multinational. After Jerusalem was lost finally in 1244 the order's prestige and credibility fell. Abuses of landed and financial poer increased. King Philip the Fair of France ordered the arrest for of all French Templars in a suprise raid on Friday 13th October 1307. The French Treasury was located in the Temple in Paris, outside the King's control. Some captive Templars confessed they worshiped Baphomet and the Devil in the form of a cat. French Templar leaders, Templar preceptor of Normandy Geoffroy de Charnay and Grand Master Jacques de Molay were burnt at the stake for in 1312.
Founded by Elena Petrovna Blavatsky, author of Isis Unveiled (1877), in 1875. Claims intuitive insight into the divine nature, but denies the existance of a personal God. Claims to be derived from the sacred writings of Brahmanism and Buddhism.