Wednesday, March 29, 2006

'Chip & Pin' us to the wall

A Government Whistleblower Reveals the Real Agenda Behind ID Cards

I started this post in January, but put it on a backburner. A disturbing email I received today has just revived it. The email contains new shocking and sinister revelations about the Government's proposed security measure. The sender apparently works in a UK government department and they provided a telephone number. I called the number and confirmed this person does work for the named office. I have as yet, been unable to speak to the sender, but will continue attempts to do so, and post any updates.

The impractical and unnecessary scheme, which has the potential for extreme abuse is being doggedly pushed through Parliament, despite being defeated numerous times, and receiving overwhelming critism from its opponents. The Government's persistance is worrying, seeing as the drawbacks far outweigh the proposed benefits.

On the Home Office website, they describe what type of data will be on the cards, and assurances are given regarding the threat to our privacy. However, they then contradict themselves on the very next page, when describing what needs to be finalised before the cards are made law. In a list of considerations comes: specifying the types of information that will be held in the National Identity Register and agreeing safeguards to protect the register. SO the type of data to be stored is, by no means finalised, and the data is by no means secure.

I did have quite a bit more to say on the issue, but this email, pretty much covers it all, and it is a shocking read:

PLEASE READ, THIS AFFECTS EVERYBODY...

You may have heard that legislation creating compulsory ID Cards passed a crucial stage in the House of Commons. You may feel that ID cards are not something to worry about, since we already have Photo ID for our Passport and Driving License and an ID Card will be no different to that. What you have not been told is the full scope of this proposed ID Card, and what it will mean to you personally.

The proposed ID Card will be different from any card you now hold. It will be connected to a database called the NIR, (National Identity Register), where all of your personal details will be stored. This will include the unique number that will be issued to you, your fingerprints, a scan of the back of your eye, and your photograph. Your name, address and date of birth will also obviously be stored there. There will be spaces on this database for your religion, residence status, and many other private and personal facts about you.

There is unlimited space for every other detail of your life on the NIR database, which can be expanded by the Government with or without further Acts of Parliament.

By itself, you might think that this register is harmless, but you would be wrong to come to this conclusion. This new card will be used to check your identity against your entry in the register in real time, whenever you present it to 'prove who you are'.

Every place that sells alcohol or cigarettes, every post office, every pharmacy, and every Bank will have an NIR Card Terminal, (very much like the Chip and Pin Readers that are everywhere now) into which your card can be 'swiped' to check your identity. Each time this happens, a record is made at the NIR of the time and place that the Card was presented. This means for example, that there will be a government record of every time you withdraw more than £99 at your bank - who now demand ID for these transactions. Every time you have to prove that you are over 18, your card will be swiped, and a record made at the NIR. Restaurants and off licenses will demand that your card is swiped so that each receipt shows that they sold alcohol to someone over 18, and that this was proved by the access to the NIR, indemnifying them from prosecution.

Private businesses are going to be given access to the NIR Database. If you want to apply for a job, you will have to present your card for a swipe. If you want to apply for a London Underground Oyster Card, or a supermarket loyalty card, or a driving license you will have to present your ID Card for a swipe. The same goes for getting a telephone line or a mobile phone or an internet account.

Oyster, DVLA, BT and Nectar (for example) all run very detailed databases of their own. They will be allowed access to the NIR, just as every other business will be. This means that each of these entities will be able to store your unique number in their database, and place all your travel, phone records, driving activities and detailed shopping habits under your unique NIR number.

These databases, which can easily fit on a storage device the size of your hand, will be sold to third parties either legally or illegally. It will then be possible for a non governmental entity to create a detailed dossier of all your activities. Certainly, the government will have clandestine access to all of them, meaning that they will have a complete record of all your movements, from how much and when you withdraw from your bank account to what medications you are taking, down to the level of what sort of bread you eat - all accessible via a single unique number in a central database.

This is quite a significant leap from a simple ID Card that shows your name and face.

Most people do not know that this is the true character and scope of the proposed ID Card. Whenever the details of how it will work are explained to them, they quickly change from being ambivalent towards it.

The Government is going to compel you to enter your details into the NIR and to carry this card. If you and your children want to obtain or renew your passports, you will be forced to have your fingerprints taken and your eyes scanned for the NIR, and an ID Card will be issued to you whether you want one or not. If you refuse to be fingerprinted and eye scanned, you will not be able to get a passport. Your ID Card will, just like your passport, not be your property. The Home Secretary will have the right to revoke or suspend your ID at any time, meaning that you will not be able to withdraw money from your Bank Account, for example, or do anything that requires you to present your government issued ID Card.

The arguments that have been put forwarded in favor of ID Cards can be easily disproved. ID Cards will not stop terrorists; every Spaniard has a compulsory ID Card as did the Madrid Bombers. ID Cards will not 'eliminate benefit fraud', which in any case, is small compared to the astronomical cost of this proposal, which will be measured in billions according to the LSE. This scheme exists solely to exert total surveillance and control over the ordinary free British Citizen, and it will line the pockets of the companies that will create the computer systems at the expense of your freedom, privacy and money.

If you did not know the full scope of the proposed ID Card Scheme before and you are as unsettled as I am at what it really means to you, to this country and its way of life, I urge you to email or photocopy this and give it to your friends and colleagues.

The Bill has proceeded to this stage due to the lack of accurate and complete information on this proposal being made public. Hand to hand, we can inform the entire nation if everyone who receives this passes it on.

Please make sure you do this.
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It is so important that this is spread throughout the UK. Send this to everyone you know, by whatever means you can.
Any means necessary! Unless the word gets out this bill will be passed by stealth and before we know it, it will be too late. We will have missed Orwells' warnings.

After sending this to every UK citizen you can, visit these websites to see what else you can do.
No 2 ID Campaign
Liberty: Shami Chakrabarti
ID Cards | A Liberal Democrats Campaign
The Justice Not Vengence Campaign Against ID Cards
Stand: Defining Digital Freedoms in the UK
DEFY-ID

An initially, humorous look at the future

Those of you who visit my blog often, will know I have had this poll running on the issue, since the birth of Red Pill News. Please vote.


Tuesday, March 28, 2006

No President Wants to go to War

For Once, Let's Give Him the Benefit of the Doubt

by Joaquín Ramón Herrera
http://www.opednews.com

"No president wants to go to war."

—George W. Bush, White House Occupant


One day we will realize that Bush was far more honest to the public than we gave him credit for. True, he is delusional and deadly, but when he speaks to you and tells you things like "we won't cut and run on my watch," he means it. He means that as long as you are afraid to impeach him, he will keep his war going. And no matter what happens to our troops, he will keep them in harm's way. That is just who the man is, and he tells you so.

When Bush says "I get up every day and think of how to protect America—every day" he means it. The first thoughts in this man's dawn-pure mind are not of sunrise, calm, or the simple, nameless thrill of gratitude for one more day alive. The first thoughts in this poor man's mind are those of death, bombs, spies, and lurkers. The lost soul is paranoid, terrorized, and exists in an utter state of negativity. He projects his inner chaos upon the world, and magnifies what is there by horrifying degrees. George W. Bush's vision for the future is one of fear, martial might, and unchecked Executive power. Sound familiar?

When Bush implies with his banners and speeches that the Mission is Accomplished, he means it. He has achieved what he set out to achieve. He walks with the pride of a man who has reached his goals. He wanted to stage a hostile takeover of the America Corporation Conglomerate, and he did. He wanted to steal the election, and he did. He wanted to Bomb Iraq before he ever wedged his Connecticut-Cowboy posterior into the throne, and he did. In fact, Mister Bush does whatever he wants. Just like the little, spoiled, rich boy that he always will be.

When Bush says that he has been spying on Americans, and that he intends to keep doing it, he means every word. Nothing he signs, nothing Congress says, and nothing you type into your little keyboard or fax to your Senator will change that. He intends to keep doing it, and he will.

When Bush tells you that he doesn't feel he has to answer to you, that he doesn't pay attention to the polls, or that he doesn't feel Congress' approval is necessary, he means it. He does not see himself as a "President." The man has no respect at all for the office of President. He has no Old Glory sewn into his soul, no shining Ideals behind his battallions. Despite his empty rhetoric. Those are just soundbites for the camera and the history books. Those words are advertising. To Bush, this game is just one more company to be milked, one more deal to be bilked, one more gambit to be run. His sunbeam rug holds more reverence in his heart than do the near-sacred walls and traditions of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

When Bush says that God told him to bring Freedom and War to the Middle East, he means every word. When he talks about the Bad Guys (I thought we stopped talking like this in grade school) and the Evil-doers, he is not using shorthand. He perceives in shorthand. And if we choose to ignore the language of Crusade, Cleansing, and Inquisition, we should not blame him for our trepidation. He is not afraid to confess to slightly deranged cognitive processes, why on Earth are we afraid to confront them?

Let's not misplace our anger. Let's not get riled when the man asserts that "no president wants to go to war." I think we can all agree on that! No president does. What harm is there in Bush saying what we all know to be true? Bush, who was never legally elected, is not our President. He is the self-authored sequel to the Nuremberg Trials. And he has always wanted to go to war. In fact, it is the only thing he wants to do. This is why his "Presidency" will see war after war after war, if we remain docile. Iraq will not be the end, nor will Iran. I promise you. This man needs war like a junkie needs a fix. In fact, war is George W. Bush's current drug of choice, to use the proper parlance. Why would he drink? He's moved on to murkier spirits.

Don't get me wrong: Bush lies. In fact, one could safely say that Bush is a lie, such is the screaming paradox between who he purports to be by design, and who he is by deed. As we all know, a man is judged on his deeds. The problem is not that Bush lies. The problem is that we let him get away with it. The Press, Congress, and far too many who have power accept what he does because either they, too, see through a lens of fear, or because their cake is sugared with Bush's shrapnel.

But again: let's not pin too much hostility on Mister Bush. He is usually telling us his truth. We are afraid to hear it for what it is. But at least he is gracious enough to swagger and preen, in recognition of his feat. I suppose it is the only form of gratitude this man is capable of communicating sincerely. At at least he doesn't hide his happiness.

And after all, you have to admit: You may not like war without end, spying on citizens, the negation of our most beloved ideals, or torture, but at least you know that George W. Bush stands for it.

http://www.wreckingboy.com

Joaquín Ramón Herrera is an author and illustrator by trade, a rebel at heart, and a fugitive from the iron claw of ennui. You can delve deeper into his brand of hyperreality at wreckingboy.com, Lookingglass, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World, and Escaping the Frame.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Death raises concern at police tactics

By Matthew Davis
BBC News, Washington


The recent killing of an unarmed Virginia doctor has raised concerns about what some say is an explosion in the use of military-style police Swat teams in the United States.

Armed with assault rifles, stun grenades - even armoured personnel carriers - units once used only in highly volatile situations are increasingly being deployed on more routine police missions.

Dr Salvatore Culosi Jr had come out of his townhouse to meet an undercover policeman when he was shot through the chest by a Special Weapons and Tactics force.

It was about 2135 on a chilly January evening. The 37-year-old optometrist was unarmed, he had no history of violence and displayed no threatening behaviour.

But he had been under investigation for illegal gambling and in line with a local police policy on "organised crime" raids, the heavily armed team was there to serve a search warrant.

As officers approached with their weapons drawn, tragedy struck. A handgun was accidentally discharged, fatally wounding Dr Culosi.

Two months on, investigations into the incident are still continuing, a delay which Dr Culosi's family says is compounding the "horror and burden of it all".

Salvatore Culosi Sr, the dead man's father, told the BBC: "I never knew him to carry so much as a pocket knife so it bewilders me how a detective could spend three months investigating my son and not know he is a pussy cat.

"If anything comes out of this it must be that another family does not experience this pain and anguish for absolutely no reason.

"Policy needs to change so these kinds of accidents never occur again."

'Excessive force'

Professor Peter Kraska, an expert on police militarisation from Eastern Kentucky University, says that in the 1980s there were about 3,000 Swat team deployments annually across the US, but says now there are at least 40,000 per year.

"I have no problem with using these paramilitary style squads to go after known violent, armed criminals, but it is an extreme tactic to use against other sorts of suspects," he said.

Dr Kraska believes there has been an explosion of units in smaller towns and cities, where training and operational standards may not be as high as large cities - a growth he attributes to "the hysteria" of the country's war on drugs.

"I get several calls a month from people asking about local incidents - wrong address raids, excessive use of force, wrongful shootings - this stuff is happening all the time," he adds.

Every wrongful death of a civilian, or criminal killing of a police officer, fuels the complex and emotive argument over the way the United States is policed.

Those who reject criticism of the use of Swat teams argue that the presence of the units actually prevents violence through the credible threat of overwhelming force.

John Gnagey, executive director of the National Tactical Officers Association, told the BBC: "What we find is that when Swat teams go out, shootings go down.

"We don't see it as escalating anything. We see it as reducing violence."

The NTOA rejects Dr Kraska's figures and says the actual number of deployments is far lower, but says there is a need for national training standards.

An NTOA study of 759 Swat team deployments across the US, found half were for warrant service and a third for incidents where suspects had barricaded themselves in a building - 50 were for hostage situations.

When criminology professor David Klinger looked at 12 years of data on Swat teams in 1998, he also found the most common reason for calling out teams was serving warrants, but that the units used deadly force during warrant service only 0.4% of the time.

Recruitment video

Last year the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) commissioned music video director JC Barros to make them a 10-minute film - To Protect and Serve - that would "get young men and women excited" about a career with the force.

More action film than recruitment video, it follows two LAPD officers who - in one day - capture a robbery suspect, are first on the scene when a gun-toting man takes a woman hostage, mediate a fight, and help to find a young kidnap victim.

Along the way they are supported by colleagues from bike patrol, K-9 dog teams, air support and, of course, the Swat team.

But Dr Kraska sees such initiatives as reflecting a changing culture of police work.

"These elite units are highly culturally appealing to certain sections of the police community. They like it, they enjoy it," he says.

"The chance to strap on a vest, grab a semi-automatic weapon and go out on a mission is for some people an exciting reason to join - even if policing as a profession can - and should - be boring for much of the time.

"The problem is that when you talk about the war on this and the war on that, and police officers see themselves as soldiers, then the civilian becomes the enemy."

Monday, March 20, 2006

The Matrix Had Me!

Sorry to those of you that have been checking this blog for updates recently, to find there have been very little. I am back now and will be posting updates a lot more regularly from now on.

Thanks to those that have stuck around. You know who you are. I don't. Just your IP's. :)

Friday, March 17, 2006

Boston Legal - US Government should 'Stick It' - A MUST SEE CLIP



This version has audio sync issues. Oh well. The message is still the same. Dynamite!

Sunday, March 12, 2006

SAS soldier quits Army in disgust at 'illegal' American tactics in Iraq

By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent
(Filed: 12/03/2006)

An SAS soldier has refused to fight in Iraq and has left the Army over the "illegal" tactics of United States troops and the policies of coalition forces.

After three months in Baghdad, Ben Griffin told his commander that he was no longer prepared to fight alongside American forces.

He said he had witnessed "dozens of illegal acts" by US troops, claiming they viewed all Iraqis as "untermenschen" - the Nazi term for races regarded as sub-human.

The decision marks the first time an SAS soldier has refused to go into combat and quit the Army on moral grounds.

It immediately brought to an end Mr Griffin's exemplary, eight-year career in which he also served with the Parachute Regiment, taking part in operations in Northern Ireland, Macedonia and Afghanistan.

But it will also embarrass the Government and have a potentially profound impact on cases of other soldiers who have refused to fight.

On Wednesday, the pre-trial hearing will begin into the court martial of Flt Lt Malcolm Kendall-Smith, a Royal Air Force doctor who has refused to return to Iraq for a third tour of duty on the grounds that the war is illegal. Mr Griffin's allegations came as the Foreign Office minister Kim Howells, visiting Basra yesterday, admitted that Iraq was now "a mess".

Mr Griffin, 28, who spent two years with the SAS, said the American military's "gung-ho and trigger happy mentality" and tactics had completely undermined any chance of winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqi population. He added that many innocent civilians were arrested in night-time raids and interrogated by American soldiers, imprisoned in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, or handed over to the Iraqi authorities and "most probably" tortured.

Mr Griffin eventually told SAS commanders at Hereford that he could not take part in a war which he regarded as "illegal".

He added that he now believed that the Prime Minister and the Government had repeatedly "lied" over the war's conduct.

"I did not join the British Army to conduct American foreign policy," he said. He expected to be labelled a coward and to face a court martial and imprisonment after making what "the most difficult decision of my life" last March.

Instead, he was discharged with a testimonial describing him as a "balanced, honest, loyal and determined individual who possesses the strength of character to have the courage of his convictions".

Last night Patrick Mercer, the shadow minister for homeland security, said: "Trooper Griffin is a highly experienced soldier. This makes his decision particularly disturbing and his views and opinions must be listened to by the Government."

The MoD declined to comment.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Huge Collection of 9/11 Videos & Evidence

This is an absolutely amazing collection of 9/11 related media and evidence.

Big, big thanks to Masterpiece for putting this together. ;-)

All the links below are to videos on either Google Video and/or streaming videos for Windows Media Player. You don’t have to wait for the entire files to download completely before you can watch them.

Quick overview of 911 for busy people

911 for Very Busy People


Analysis of the attack on the twin towers and the Pentagon:

A thorough analysis of the attacks on both the Pentagon and WTC. This video deals with pretty much, every unanswered question surrounding the attacks. This is a very good start!
Painful Deceptions - An analysis of the September 11th Attack

’Loose Change (2nd Edition)’ contains animations of the attack on the Pentagon and a very thorough analysis of both the attacks on WTC and the Pentagon:
Loose Change 2nd Edition

Acoustic profile of the explosives used to bring down the towers. Recorded by an eyewitness, who filmed the entire attack from peer 51. This video contains footage you can't find anywhere else.
911 Eyewitness

This recent presentation by Dr. Steven Jones (Department of Physics and Astronomy - Brigham Young University) is primarily focused on the collapses of World Trade Center 1, 2, and 7 on 9/11.
9/11 Revisited: Scientific and Ethical Questions (6-2-06)

Here are the related documents that go along with this presentation:
Jones's research 'white paper'

Steven Jones has joined: Scholars for 9/11 Truth

Out of the ashes of the September 11th tragedy, a dark empire of war and tyranny has risen. The Constitution has been shredded and America is now a Police State. This film exposes not just who was behind the 9-11 attacks, but the roots and history of its orchestrators.
Martial Law 9/11 - Rise of the Police State:

There are some who maintain that the mythical 9/11 hijackers, although proven to be too incompetent to fly a little Cessna 172, had acquired the impressive skills that enabled them to fly airliners by training in flight simulators. Nila Sagadevan is an aeronautical engineer and a qualified pilot. Here, he explains how the manoeuvres Hani Hanjour had to go through to reach the Pentagon are virtually impossible.
The Impossibility of Flying Heavy Aircraft Without Training


About suspicious Stock Market events in the period leading up to 911

Ever since the attacks on the World Trade towers and the Pentagon, disturbing questions have been raised about the possible involvement of some parts of the U.S. security apparatus or Administration. These questions have been supported by extensive circumstantial evidence and have been investigated by several U.S. Congressional Committees. Furthermore, the U.S. media have reported on the well known relationship which exists between President George W. Bush, the Carlyle Group, several oil companies and the Bin Laden Family.

Former narcotics investigator Mike Ruppert was forced out of the LAPD in 1977 when he exposed evidence of drug trafficking by the CIA. The Truth & Lies of 9-11 is a filmed lecture at Portland State University, where Ruppert uses only government documents, official statements and press reports as the basis of his investigative work. This pioneering, groundbreaking expose of 9-11, now two years old, paints a stark, but accurate picture of our world today and tomorrow.
Truth and Lies of 911


Debunking the Kean commission report about 911

David Ray Griffin explains PNAC and the neocon's dream about an American empire in relation to 911:
911 and the American Empire

Here he literally debunks the entire report as a 170 page lie:
The 911 Commission Report: Ommissions and Distortions


Specifically about 9/11 in relation to PNAC (Project for the New American Century)

Was 9/11 more than just an attack? Could the Bush administration have had anything to gain from the attack? Two prominent European politicians, Michael Meacher and Andreas von Bülow, express their serious doubts about the official version of the 9/11 story.
Attack or Godsend
Alternative link: Attack or Godsend


About the media as complicit in the cover-up of 9/11

This is a ground-breaking 44-minute video by Barrie Zwicker. He was the first mainstream journalist in the world to go on air (in January 2002) and ask hard questions about the official story of 9/11. He analyses the use of fear to befuddle the public. He deconstructs the so-called "war on terrorism". He examines in depth the failure of the military on 9/11 and George Bush's highly inappropriate behaviour that day. He finds the 9/11 Commission to be a total coverup operation. Throughout, he analyses the role of the mainstream media as complicit in keeping the public massively misinformed and befuddled.
The 911 news special you never saw


Summary

This video is a compilation of segments from other videos on the 9/11/01 attack and historical precedents.

* The Great Deception by Barrie Zwicker
* Painful Deceptions by Eric Hufschmid
* Aftermath -- Unanswered Questions from 9-11 by GNN.tv
* 9-11 International Inquiry, San Francisco

Perspective on 9-11 excerpts the portion of Painful Deceptions that covers the collapse of Building 7 -- which includes five videos of the Building 7's implosion. Jenkins' video is an excellent tool for education and outreach in audiences sceptical of the idea that the attack was an inside job. Jenkins combines the best parts of the work of others, sticks to substantial evidence, and frames the presentation of that evidence in a historical context that facilitates its objective examination.
Stream: Perspective on 9/11
Download: Perspective on 9/11


Download links to all the videos listed above
http://www.911busters.com/911_new_video_pr...ions/index.html
http://www.question911.com/links.php


Other Documentation for those who wants to check the facts for themselves:

NIST report:
http://wtc.nist.gov/reports_october05.htm

Comments from other experts on this report:
http://wtc.nist.gov/wtc_public_comments.htm

Eyewitness testimonies:
http://www.mjbarkl.com/locked.htm

911 reading room:
http://911readingroom.org/bib/

Pictures, reports, articles etc.
http://911research.wtc7.net/