Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday Globe Special: British Gems

Let's start with a girl's best friend, 'eh?

"Video shows brazen burglary in London’s diamond district" by Jill Lawless Associated Press  April 12, 2015

LONDON — The police force has acknowledged that a burglar alarm at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit facility was triggered just after midnight on April 3, the start of the holiday weekend, but no one was sent to check on it. The crime was not discovered until businesses reopened on Tuesday.

Must be too busy setting up Muslim patsies and pathetic terror plots.

John O’Connor, former head of Scotland Yard’s armed-robbery squad, told the BBC that the thieves appeared professional and well-prepared, but police had been ‘‘utterly incompetent’’ in not answering the alarm call.

Yeah, or they were in on the inside job. C'mon!

Britain has a soft spot for a good crime story, and newspapers have reveled in the emerging details of the theft....

That is when I stop reading.


They have the same problem in France, believe it or not.

"BBC executive assails phone hacking" Associated Press  March 07, 2015

LONDON — A senior BBC executive said Friday that he felt ‘‘invaded and sickened’’ by news that his phone was hacked repeatedly by staff at Britain’s Mirror Group newspapers.

Why, they might have picked up something untoward from the Brits Buggering Children network?

Alan Yentob, the broadcaster’s creative director, told a High Court hearing that he felt ‘‘violated on a truly massive scale. . . . It is extremely disturbing to think that these people knew about so many aspects of my personal and professional life and my most private of conversations.’’

What are you hiding? 

I mean, he doesn't appear to mind that the NSA is scooping it up and sharing it with GCHQ -- and vice-versa -- so they don't "break the law."

David Sherborne, a lawyer for hacking victims, has said illegal eavesdropping was ‘‘rife’’ at the Mirror, Sunday Mirror, and People newspapers for almost a decade from 1999 on.

In other words, the newspaper was a front for intelligence-gathering -- a bit of a switch from being pure propaganda outlets controlled by same intelligence agencies.

These are precious.

Sherborne said journalists intercepted Yentob’s voicemail messages for information on his high-profile friends, who included musician Sting, comedian Mel Brooks, writer Salman Rushdie, and celebrity cook Nigella Lawson.

Trinity Mirror PLC, which owns the newspapers, has accepted liability and apologized to the victims.

All better now?


RelatedUK prosecutors drop reporter bribery charges after acquittals

So much for a good crime story.

Sort of makes the fight over the letters meaningless, along with the fawning over $cum royalty produced by Rothschild incest.

RelatedA prince of a prospect, but would you hire this man?


And don't worry, they won't be hiring you either:

"Britons appear set for more economic austerity measures" by Griff Witte Washington Post   April 12, 2015

Wow, that will sure make for a wild election season in Britain, and I'm sure the Globe will answer all your questions

LONDON — After enduring five years of some of the deepest spending cuts in Britain’s modern history — with budgets for police, the arts, and early-childhood development slashed — voters have the chance to ease the pain as the economy recovers.

But rather than pull back on austerity, the famously ascetic British appear ready to double down.

Although polls show that the Conservative Party — one of the two partners in the governing coalition — and its main opposition, Labor, remain locked in a dead heat with less than a month to go before the next general election, surveys give the Conservatives a wide lead on the question of who is trusted to run the economy.

And the Conservatives, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, have made no secret that their economic agenda for a second term looks much the same as the first.

They plan to plunge the knife even deeper in areas where defenders say the cuts have stopped stripping away fat and begun to strike bone.

I a$$ure you, the war efforts and a$$i$tance to bankers will continue. 

Re$t ea$y, British citizen. All's well.

The public’s willingness to go along with at least several more years of austerity, even as Britain’s overall economic picture brightens, reflects just how heavily the hangover of the global financial crisis continues to be felt in this country. Nearly eight years after the descent began, voters remain scarred by the prospect of a national treasury bled dry by rampant government spending.

‘‘The general economic approach of ‘We need to bring down spending’ is something that voters of all colors have bought into,’’ said Joe Twyman, head of political and social research at the polling firm YouGov. ‘‘There’s a recognition that we just spent too much money.’’


The antidote, first pitched by Cameron during his winning 2010 campaign, was to dramatically scale back. Governments across Europe did the same as German-style fiscal rectitude came to be seen as a cure-all for a boom-years binge.

The 21st-century $ieg Heil, $o to $peak!

After years of severe cuts, countries in southern Europe appear to be rejecting the medicine, with a radical leftist party winning election in Greece in January on a platform of ending austerity and another vying to do the same in Spain in a vote due this year.

Ah, Spain!  

"Spanish authorities have arrested a Moroccan woman on suspicion that she was involved in female recruitment for the Islamic State. Samira Yerou, arrested Saturday on her arrival at Barcelona’s international airport from Turkey, had left the country in December with her 3-year-old son, the Interior Ministry said. The boy’s disappearance had been reported by his father, who lives in Spain (AP)."

Arrested on "suspicion?" In the Free West?

Yeah, I suppose it is a good thing the female jihad ring was cracked and ISIS was prevented from going to.... Ukraine

Yeah, word is there were discussions, and you can't stancil in the propaganda any better than that. Spain has followed the ‘swindlers’ to the ends of the earth and beyond.

You can keep scrolling if you like to see more of what the Globe has given me in Spanish (I suppose history has shown a strong streak of fascism in them).

But in Britain, where the cuts have been deep by national historical standards but relatively mild compared with southern Europe’s, there is no sign of a widespread backlash.

Even the Labor Party, which has branded Cameron’s plans for additional cuts ‘‘extreme,’’ has said it will not reverse austerity measures already enacted and in fact will continue to trim — just not as aggressively as the Tories, as the Conservatives are otherwise known. 

Then why bother voting?

Smaller parties — including the Greens and the Scottish and Welsh nationalists — have passionately criticized austerity, but their followings remain niche.

Yeah, we've seen elections all across the continent stolen from those types of parties, and even when they win (Greece), they $oon fall back in line.

‘‘Labor doesn’t want to give the Conservatives a stick with which to beat them,’’ Twyman said. ‘‘In Britain, we just don’t have an effective, popular antiausterity party.’’

That’s despite the fact that many economists question the wisdom of continuing to cut rather than borrow at a time when interest rates remain exceptionally low and the recovery is still fragile.

In a survey of top British economists last month by the Center for Macroeconomics, a substantial majority said the government’s austerity-focused policies have hurt the recovery rather than helped. Several suggested a more balanced approach including stimulus, similar to the strategy pursued in the United States.

At the local level, the cuts have hit in the form of closed libraries and children’s centers, as well as fewer support services for the most vulnerable, including refugees and other immigrants.

Police departments, too, have felt the strain, with the outgoing head of Britain’s police chiefs’ association recently saying that further cuts would make it impossible for security forces to protect the public from crime and the rising threat of homegrown terrorism. The former chief, Hugh Orde, told the Observer newspaper that police budgets had been slashed by 26 percent, taking 35,000 officers off the streets.


Will be ISIS, no doubt!

Retired military leaders have also spoken out, saying the country is on the verge of cutting its way to irrelevance on the global stage and could soon become a far less valuable partner to the United States.

Don't worry; you guys always get your money.

But the outcry has not been as loud as one might expect, in part because key spending areas, including education and health, have been insulated from the cuts.

‘‘The services that most people use most of the time are the ones that have been relatively protected,’’ said Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a nonpartisan think tank. ‘‘From a political point of view, the cuts have been quite carefully crafted.’’

I$n't that lovely!?

But Johnson said that much of the low-hanging fruit is already gone, meaning that if the Tories win another five years in office, it will be far more difficult to carry out austerity without provoking the public’s ire. 

Oh, is that why Cameron is fore$wearing a third term

He'll be hated more than any British PM ever if he lasts another five years.

Cameron, for instance, has said that to put the treasury in the black by 2019, he intends to slash about $18 billion from the welfare budget, which includes assistance to the poor, the elderly, and the disabled. But he has not spelled out exactly where he will cut, and Johnson said there are no obvious answers. ‘‘It’s really tough to find those kinds of savings in that kind of time,’’ he said.

Tired of the $hit-$how fooley yet?


Looks like Cameron has a knife to his belly (placed there by ISIS).

"Groups decry reported US-UK spying" Associated Press  February 21, 2015

LONDON — Rights organizations on Friday called for urgent steps to be taken to protect private calls and online communications after allegations that US and British agencies hacked into the networks of a major SIM card maker.

Oh, yeah?

The World Wide Web Foundation, founded by Web pioneer Tim Berners-Lee, said the alleged hacking by the National Security Agency and its British counterpart, GCHQ, was ‘‘another worrying sign that these agencies think they are above the law.’’

The claims of the hack into Netherlands-based company Gemalto came from documents given to journalists by whistle-blower Edward Snowden. A story about the documents posted Thursday on The Intercept website said the agencies hacked into Gemalto’s networks to steal codes that allow both governments to seamlessly eavesdrop on mobile phones worldwide.

In an e-mail to the Associated Press on Friday, GCHQ said it does not comment on intelligence matters. However, it said all its work was legal and its ‘‘interception regime’’ fully complies with the European Convention on Human Rights.

Privacy International, which recently won an unprecedented court victory against GCHQ in the wake of the Snowden revelations, said that the electronic eavesdropping agency had lost its way.

Oh, no, I think they are tracking just fine.


There is a call for overhaul by another cover-up commission, and maybe it would all be better if women were recruited, right?

Someone already has:

"Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday urged the nation's schools to be vigilant in the fight against Islamic extremism after three British schoolgirls left the country in a suspected bid to join the Islamic State. Cameron said the teenagers' disappearance shows that schools and colleges have a role to play in stopping people from joining what he called an "appalling death cult." The three girls, aged 15 to 16, flew to Turkey on Tuesday without leaving any messages behind." 

Yes, the schools must be vigilant!

"A foreign intelligence operative suspected of helping three British schoolgirls join the Islamic State group in Syria has been detained, Turkey’s foreign minister said Thursday. Mevlut Cavusoglu said the suspect helped the teenagers even though he or she worked for the intelligence agency of a country that is part of the US-led coalition fighting the group, also known as ISIS. Cavusoglu didn’t identify the country, but said it wasn’t the United States or a European Union member." 

First thought was Israel, but it's gotta be Saudi, right? 

Found them on Twitter, did he or she?

Look who else is getting caught up in the spy-net:

"Influence sting entraps top UK officials" Associated Press  February 24, 2015

LONDON — Two former senior British ministers denied wrongdoing Monday after being caught in a hidden-camera sting appearing to offer access to politicians and diplomats in return for cash.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the allegations against Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind were ‘‘very serious matters’’ that should be investigated by Parliament.

Oh, wow, Jack Straw! He helped Bliar lead you to war based on lies.

Straw, foreign secretary under Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Rifkind, Conservative former foreign secretary, were secretly filmed by reporters posing as representatives of a fictional Hong Kong-based communications agency allegedly seeking top UK politicians to join the firm’s advisory board.

Rifkind was recorded as saying he could arrange ‘‘useful access’’ to ambassadors, while Straw spoke of using ‘‘charm and menace’’ to change politicians’ minds.

As foreign secretary, Straw strongly backed the decision to invade Iraq in 2003, while Rifkind played a role in efforts to bring peace to the Balkans.

The sting by Channel 4’s ‘‘Dispatches’’ program and the Daily Telegraph newspaper reopened a debate about political lobbying. Currently, legislators can have outside business interests as long as they declare them.

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has called for lawmakers to be banned from serving as consultants or company directors.

Rifkind and Straw, who are still lawmakers, have referred themselves to Parliament’s standards watchdog. Both were suspended from their party caucuses.

Rifkind said allegations of wrongdoing were ‘‘unfounded’’ and defended lawmakers’ right to make money.


Then he stays and fights, right?

"British lawmaker, accused of influence peddling, steps down as intelligence panel chairman" by Stephen Castle, New York Times  February 25, 2015

LONDON — After being cited in an undercover report, Malcolm Rifkind, a former British foreign secretary, said Tuesday that he would resign as chairman of an influential parliamentary panel overseeing intelligence and would not run for reelection to Parliament in May.

In a statement, Rifkind, a lawmaker in Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party, insisted that none of the discussions about paid consultancy work he had with a reporter had related to the chairmanship of the parliamentary committee, a post that gives access to highly sensitive information.

“However, I have today informed my colleagues that, while I will remain a member of the committee, I will step down from the chairmanship,” he said. He added that he was doing so because he did not want its work “in any way distracted or affected by controversy as to my personal position.”

In a separate statement, Rifkind, who was foreign secretary from 1995 to 1997 and held other senior positions, also said he would not run in the general election in May and would retire from the House of Commons at that time.

Rifkind, 68, was one of two former foreign secretaries to be cited in the investigation by Channel 4 and The Daily Telegraph. The other was Jack Straw of the opposition Labor Party. They were filmed talking to a reporter who posed as the representative of a Hong Kong-based company that was purportedly seeking to hire them.

The two politicians denied breaking any parliamentary rules. On Monday, Rifkind rejected the allegations against him as “very serious” but unfounded, telling the BBC, “I’m going to fight them with all my strength.” He had also suggested that he would retain his chairmanship of the parliamentary committee unless other members wanted him to go.

But Rifkind’s vigorous defense of his position appeared to have backfired in a climate of public distrust of politicians, which has been fueled by a series of earlier scandals over parliamentary expenses.

On Monday, Rifkind justified earning money in addition to his parliamentary salary of about $103,000, something that is not, in principle, against the rules.

Though a parliamentary salary sounded substantial to those earning less, Rifkind said, “the vast majority of people from a business or professional background earn far, far more than that.”

And that ju$tifies anything, doe$n't it?


At least they weren't caught diddling little kids, right?

RelatedBriton arrested in hacking at Pentagon

Oh, don't worry; not going to go to start a World War over it or anything. All that stuff has been buried in the past years ago, where it rests undisturbed in the collective unconscious.

I thought I would patch this down under:

"Arrests thwarted terror attack, Australia officials say; 5 suspects said to be inspired by Islamic State" by Michelle Innis New York Times  April 19, 2015

SYDNEY — The Australian police arrested five young men on Saturday who they said had been planning terrorist attacks to be carried out next weekend, during a national holiday.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the men had been inspired by the Islamic State extremist group.

That ought to keep you Australians walking on eggshells.

The police said they believed that two of the men, both 18, had been preparing to attack police officers in Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, during the Anzac Day holiday, traditionally observed on April 25.

Anzac Day honors the landing of troops from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey during World War I. This year is the centennial of the landing, and large-scale public commemorations are planned for next Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Wasn't that a great defeat and disaster?

“We believe that the potential attack was inspired by the Daesh death cult in the Middle East,” Abbott said at a news conference here hours after the arrests. Daesh is an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group, which controls territory in Iraq and Syria.

The arrests followed raids early Saturday on several residences in Melbourne by about 200 police officers.

The five men arrested had been under surveillance, and the raids were conducted after the police became aware of a specific threat, Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan of the Australian Federal Police said at the news conference where Abbott spoke. “These people have been on our radar,” Phelan said.

Phelan also said he was “extremely confident that this particular cell and these particular plans” had been stopped.

Well, better have, what with Australia being part of the Five Eyes spying network.


The Australian government said it had confiscated the passports of about 100 Australians to prevent them from traveling to the Middle East to join extremists there.

Abbott said Saturday that domestic intelligence agencies were conducting more than 400 investigations of “people who would do us harm.”

I'm scared, aren't you?

In February, two men were arrested in suburban Sydney after a police raid on their home found weapons, a homemade Islamic State flag, and a video recording of one of the men plotting an attack. The police also found a machete and a hunting knife.

Australia has joined the US-led coalition that is carrying out airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria, and last week Australian and New Zealand troops left for Iraq to help train the Iraqi army in its fight against the militants.

Oh, and now you can't be against the wars over there, right? 

Maybe they were assisting those schoolgirls looking to go to Syria, huh?


I'm not going to slave over this propaganda any longer, folks; it's gone so far over the top and become nothing more than a shrill and hysterical shriek from the war media that it is no longer worth the time.

RelatedAfghanistan suicide bombing blamed on Islamic State kills 35

As previously noted, SILLI is now EVERYWHERE!

Also seeSale of US arms fuels the wars of Middle East nations

Not really a secret as to who is enabling the "terrorists," and who is benefiting from it. 

Who win$ when the wars go on forever?