Thursday, July 07, 2011





Stunned disbelief ripped through British political and media circles today as Morlock Jnr., James Murdoch, Chair of News International Europe in the Media Empire of pere (Not Sir) Rupert Murdoch, called a press conference to announce the closure of the News of the World, the paper at the centre of the phone-hacking scandal which erupted into a major political controversy this week landing even on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street.

This development, partly covered by a previously ordained economy measure to replace NOTW with a 7 day version of the daily “The Sun” but ,also a cynical attempt to save the hide of CEO Rebekah Brooks under massive pressure to resign as she was the Editor of NOTW at the time major abuses were taking place. Furious staff at Wapping were today rounding on Brooks as she seemed to be holding on to her job as they were losing theirs, particularly as most of the current NOTW staff were not employed there at the time when these abuses were first being investigated by Scotland Yard. Not to worry, Lads and Lassies, Brooks won’t survive the week!

The current police investigation which,we are told, is hot on the tail of the major culprits, threatens not only Brooks and cronies but, also, previous editor Andy Coulson, former Head of Communications for Cameron at Downing Street and possibly Morlock Jnr. himself, who carries ultimate responsibility for the corporate affairs of News International. British media reporting through the day that high-profile arrests are imminent. Extra supplies of Rennies and Gaviscon delivered to Downing Street today.

Miracle of the Silent Sun:

Somewhat akin to the Miracle of Fatima, where the Sun supposedly danced in the sky before
thousands of the faithful gathered near the Portuguese village in 1917, a solar miracle occurred in London today when “The Sun”, usually the most vocal and provocative of the Murdoch smutrags in Britain, appeared without giving a mention to the tsunami of disgust and revulsion sweeping Britain against its sister rag “News of the World” in the stable of filth and felonies operated there by the Murdoch media empire.

The political after-shocks continued in the House of Commons yesterday where Brit Prime Minister, David Cameron, was forced to agree to a full scale judicial inquiry into the NOTW phone-hacking scandal which has now reached epic proportions. The British Government was also stymied in its decision to approve the takeover of BSkyB television, including Sky News, by NewsCorp, Murdoch’s media company, which was supposed to be announced this week. Unable to resist the shock-horror effect of the revelations on British public opinion of the phones of murder victims, their families, victims of the London bombings, 2005, whose anniversaries, poignantly, occur today, and British troops killed in the war in Afghanistan, being hacked into by Murdoch minions, the Government was forced to shunt their decision aside until next September. Given the extent of the revelations now parading into the spotlight, it’s likely Morlock Snr will never get his grubby hands on BSkyB.

Áth Cliath/Dublin,
07 Iúil/July 2011.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011


Irish ship sabotaged in Turkish port

The Irish Anti War Movement released a statement  on Friday,01.07.11 condemning the sabotage of the Irish Ship to Gaza - MV Saoirse. The ship was due to sail to Gaza as part of the Freedom Flotilla 2 last week. The damage is extensive and the ship is now unsafe to sail. The propeller shaft of the ship has been severely damaged and had this not been discovered before the ship set sail it would have seriously endangered the lives of the 25 crew and passengers on board.

Jim Roche, steering committee member and passenger on board has confirmed that the damage was definitely sabotage. He will be returning to Dublin  together with the majority of the other passengers. Six of the passengers will still travel as part of the flotilla on another ship. All passengers are safe despite this malicious act of violence against the Irish vessel (which is Sovereign Irish Territory).

“Initial reports suggest that the official Turkish “investigation” into the sabotage of the Irish ship MV Saoirse that was due to take part in the now Greek-impounded Freedom Flotilla 2 will find that “the breakdown of the ship might not be a result of sabotage” and that even if it was sabotaged, it “was damaged before it entered Turkish waters”.However, the Irish Ship To Gaza campaign view such conclusions with deep suspicion ; “it remains the opinion of the Irish Ship To Gaza campaign that an act of underwater sabotage was conducted against the Irish boat, the MV Saoirse, as it sat in the Turkish port of Göcek”.” Mr Roche declared.

The Organisers of the ISTG believe that it is beyond coincidence that both the Irish ship and the Greek-Scandinavian ship the Juliano (berthed in Piraeus, Greece) suffered almost identical damage  within a week while docked in two separate countries, some three hundred miles from each other.  Both ships were due to take part in Freedom Flotilla Two.

According to the MV Saoirse’s engineer, Pat Fitzgerald, a former fisherman and seaman with twenty years experience with boats:

“There was a gouge taken out of the propeller shaft and it was bent. This shaft was three-inches in diameter, it doesn’t bend easily … Where the actual damage to the propeller was, wasn’t actually the deepest point of the vessel. The propeller was much deeper, probably another half-metre deeper again. The damage couldn’t have happened without hitting the propeller … If we had hit something we’d have known about it, but we didn’t hit anything. Just to be sure that we hadn’t hit anything in the oil jetty, and to be sure that there wasn’t anything unusual there, we sent people to snorkel the area. There was nothing … I’ve been twenty years at sea. I’ve seen all types of underwater damage and I’ve never seen anything like this. It had to have been caused by something that I have never come across. It’s not natural wear-and-tear, it wasn’t accidental damage, it had to be man-made damage; there is no way around it. We can’t find any explanation other than sabotage.

Israeli Deputy Premier hints at sabotage by IDF:

In a further development, renowned blogger and Guardian website columnist, Richard Silverstein, (whom the Israeli newspaper Haaretz  has described as an “international messenger of information which military censorship and Israeli courts forbid publishing), has noted an apparent implicit admission of guilt from Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon on the Hebrew website of Ynet:

Ya’alon, praising the preparatory work of Israel towards the flotilla, said “those problems the Flotilla is having in realizing their plans didn’t just happen. They are thanks to the work of the political echelon whose focus was on diplomatic political issues, and operational work of the IDF to prepare for every possible eventuality”.

The last phrase is doublespeak which both reveals and conceals at the same time, a formulation any Israeli would recognize as not just alluding to an IDF role in sabotage, but practically bragging about it.  What possible role could the IDF be playing currently in frustrating the plans of the Flotilla if it isn’t the round of sabotage that struck the Irish and Swedish ships?

Even the New York Times’ Jerusalem bureau chief, Ethan Bronner, who has ties to the Israeli military, has pointed the finger at Israel, saying:

“Israel, for its part, has been campaigning against the flotilla and perhaps doing more — some of the boats have suffered sabotage”.

Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, shares the same suspicions. He has said that there is:

“Strong circumstantial evidence of Israeli responsibility … It stretches the imagination to suppose that a sophisticated cutting of the propeller shafts of both ships is a coincidence with no involvement by Israel … Israel has so far done little to deny its culpability. Its highest officials speak of the allegations in self-righteous language that is typically diversionary, asserting an irrelevant right of self-defence, which supposedly comes mysteriously into play whenever civil society acts non-violently to break the siege of Gaza.”

The Irish Government's response has been weak and pathetic. Foreign Minister and Deputy Premier, Eamonn Gilmore, stated that the government would wait on the result of the turkish investigation before making a decision. This is not good enough. An Irish vessel with 25 Irish citizens on board has been attacked and serious damage inflicted endangering the lives of all on board. A tacit admission of responsibility has been publicly stated by the Deputy Premier of Israel, Moshe Ya'alon, on a public website in Israel. This is enough, prima facie, for Mr Gilmore to immediately demand an explanation from the Israeli Government, expel the Israeli Ambassador from Dublin with a message for Tel-Aviv that this outrageous action will not be tolerated.

The Irish Government should not be waiting for any Turkish investigation to be completed, Irish Naval engineeers should be immediately despatched to the area to examine the vessel and report back to Dublin forthwith. Nothing less will be accepted by the Irish people.

Áth Cliath/Dublin,
06 Iuil/July 2011.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Phone hacking scandal in Britain


The long-running scandal of hacking of private mobile phones by the “News of the World”, part of the Rupert Murdoch media empire exploded today with further allegations that notes made by Glenn Mulcaire the PI employed by NOTW and later prosecuted and convicted for the offences indicated that phones belonging to missing teenager Milly Dowler, later found murdered, were hacked into and messages listened to and some deleted in pursuit of news stories for the paper.

The British Government faced stinging criticism from both its supporters and opposition in both Houses of Parliament today as the news spread and public anger mounted. The Speaker of the House of Commons allowed a motion for an emergency debate on Wednesday, initiated by Labour MP, Chris Bryant .

Heavy pressure piling on through the day on Rebekah Brooks, current CEO of News International and Editor of NOTW at the time, to resign. Brooks issued a defiant statement saying she would not be resigning and knew nothing of the phone hacking operations. Only hours later a sensational revelation on Channel 4 News revealed that Brooks while editor, had attended a meeting with senior LMP personnel where she was told of police concerns that a senior detective involved in a serious murder investigation was being targeted by NOTW employees. Brooks position has now become untenable and her resignation is expected within 24 hours. This is a staggering blow for the Murdoch Empire; CEO on the rack and advertisers queuing up to ditch NOTW from their lists, Ford Motors and Tesco leading the charge. A flurry of legal actions expected to be lodged in the London High Court within days demanding millions in compensation from News International.

GUBU moment for Brit Prime Minister, David Cameron, having arrived in Afghanistan this week to be greeted by news of a British soldier gone missing and later found shot dead, putting a damper on the high profile propaganda visit. Cameron and Missus, dining buddies of Brooks at her posh pad in the cosy Cotswolds, and only recently having to sack his former head of communications at Downing Street, Andy Coulson, also a former editor of NOTW, mired in the phone hacking scandal, leaves Cameron with an unwanted and unexpected scandal of serious proportions involving his own political and social circle. Cameron, like Blair and Brown before him, bootlicked Morlock seeking favourable notice in the Morlock owned smutrags. Intense public revulsion sweeping the country like a forest fire as Cameron returns to London. Serpents’ eggs now hatching out with demonic rapidity.

Scotland Yard's latest inquiry into allegations of phone hacking by the News of the World took a dramatic turn earlier this year as the paper's chief reporter, Neville Thurlbeck, and its former assistant editor Ian Edmondson were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept mobile phone messages. Thurlbeck and Edmondson were arrested after voluntarily presenting themselves at different police stations in south-west London. Both men were later released on police bail to return in September. Their houses, as well as Thurlbeck's office and computer at the News of the World head offices, were searched by police. This the second and supposedly more thorough police enquiry into the affair. After the first outing in 2006 the Knackers turned up only two culprits for the frying pan Clive Goodman, Royal correspondent at the paper and Glenn Mulcaire, a free-lance PI who was employed by NOTW and subsequently convicted and jailed along with Goodman, much to the relief of the Hackers Ring who thought they had escaped justice.

It is suspected by London Police that Edmondson, who was sacked from the News of the World in January, and Thurlbeck ,have been implicated in the long-running scandal through documents seized from Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator employed by the newspaper. Both Edmondson and Thurlbeck  have denied any wrongdoing.

In another major embarrassment for the Knackers’ Squad, Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, directly challenged the accuracy of evidence given to Parliament by John Yates, the acting deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. Yates has repeatedly claimed there were only 10 or 12 victims of the affair, but evidence has emerged that police in 2006 knew of "a vast number".

Commissioner Yates has told parliamentary inquiries on four occasions that he used the lesser number because prosecutors had advised police to adopt a very narrow interpretation of the law, but in a detailed letter to the chairmen of two select committees, Starmer contradicted Yates's account of the legal advice, insisting that prosecutors "did not limit the scope and extent of the criminal investigation". Labour MP Chris Bryant said Yates should now "consider his position" at the Metropolitan Police.

The DPP's letter was greeted by fury and gnashing of teeth at Scotland Yard. Starmer’s claim that police did not dispute the facts in his letter, setting out the timeline of legal advice given to detectives investigating phone hacking, left top officers "very, very angry" according to British Media. Knacker canteens were abuzz with rumours and derogatory slagging of “the Brass” for once again landing the Met in deep political shit.

Each side has been describing the other in increasingly vitriolic terms, bandying around words such as "disingenuous" and "lying" in private. Such a vitriolic and sustained row between senior brass and prosecutors is unprecedented, according to sources in both organisations. The News of the World until recently insisted that the only phone hacking carried out on behalf of the paper was by a "rogue reporter", Clive Goodman, and the only other arrests linked to the simmering saga took place in 2006, when Goodman, the News of the World's former royal editor, and two associates were arrested. In January 2007 Goodman was given a four-month jail term and Glenn Mulcaire a six-month term for plotting to intercept voicemail messages left for eight public figures.

Suppressed evidence of further phone hacking was not revealed until an investigation in July 2009 by the “Guardian” Newspaper in Britain. “Operation Weeting”, which is responsible for the arrests, is the second investigation into hacking run by Scotland Yard. Previous investigations failed to act on evidence which they obtained in 2006. So far six reporters and executives have been publicly linked to the phone-hacking practice. Lawyers for the actress Sienna Miller obtained papers which implicated Edmondson in the hacking of her and eight of her friends and family’s phones. Thurlbeck's name was brought into the affair by an e-mail which was disclosed to a select committee of the British Parliament by the “Guardian” in July 2009 in which a News of the World reporter sent the transcript of 35 voicemails "for Neville".

In another development, Vodafone agreed to hand over call data relating to Miller, following a legal ruling that could set a precedent for other public figures suing the paper over allegations of phone hacking. The Metropolitan Police hoped that the arrests of senior journalists would prove to the public that the phone-hacking scandal was being aggressively investigated. It hoped it would allow a distance to be drawn between itself and the original investigation, which has been heavily criticised. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers, leading the new investigation, reportedly told one alleged victim, former Deputy Prime Minister in the Gordon Brown government, John Prescott , she was "not satisfied" with the original inquiry. "Whatever the police did before on this investigation is water under the bridge. The new operation is doing a good, thorough job. If that shows that someone in the past did a bad job, then so be it". The arrests were also, she claimed, proof that the operation is flourishing despite being under considerable pressure.The team of 45 full-time detectives is having to review all actions and decisions taken by the previous investigation.

With further revelations spilling out like beans from a barrel, the scandal has proved a mighty embarrassment for media mogul owner of News International, (Not Sir) Rupert Murdoch, the Ozzie Gauleiter of right-wing media lies and propaganda world wide. Morlock, insanely jealous of rival dinosaur “Sir” Dickhead Bransonpickle who was “sirred” by Queen Eliza years ago leaving Morlock fuming in his Castle of Evil, has been desperate to acquire a title for himself as due reward for his support of the Blair and Brown “New Labour” governments and especially the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars in his daily and Sunday smutrags “The Sun” and “News of the World”. Snowball’s chance in Hell now of any such move occurring as Buckingham Palace recently issued a further complaint that royal princess Eugenie’s phone is suspected of being hacked. Morlock will have to face being shunned by the Palace and all its allies for eternity. Definitely no invitations to Royal Weddings or Palace Junkets sent out and blacklisted at all the Courts of Europe, grovelling apologies notwithstanding. 

Couldn’t have happened to a nicer Reptile!

Update; latest: 

Tomorrow's "Independent" in London will headline the fact that besieged CEO of News International, Rebekah Brooks, despite furious denials that she knew anything of the rampaging scandal now engulfing her Company, personally commissioned searches by one of the private investigators used by the News of the World to trace the family of the murdered Surrey teenager Milly Dowler. The "Independent" reveals that Ms Brooks, while editor of NOTW, used Steve Whittamore, a private detective who specialised in obtaining illegal information and provided the paper with the Dowlers' ex-directory home phone number, to "convert" a mobile phone number to find its registered owner.
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), which successfully prosecuted Whittamore for breaches of the Data Protection Act in 2005, said last night it would have been illegal to obtain the mobile conversion if the details had been "blagged"
(illegally obtained) from a phone company.

Looks like a short ride to the guillotine for the Ginger Gorgon now.

Baile Átha Cliath/Dublin
05 Iúil/July 2011.


State papers released in London under the “30-Year Rule” on June 22, show that in 1980, Taoiseach Charles J. Haughey and Foreign Minister Brian Lenihan both indicated to British Ambassador in Dublin, Robin Haydon, that their government would be willing to increase defence and security cooperation with Britain even to the extent of Ireland joining NATO, the Cold-War military alliance dominated by the USA.

Haydon reported to London, around the same time as Haughey’s first meeting with shriek-owl British Premier, Thatcher, that Haughey expressed interest in security cooperation with the British “against terrorism” in the wake of the Iranian Embassy siege which had been “an example to everyone”. Haydon assured London that Haughey’s accession had “not harmed security cooperation between the RUC and Gardaí which seemed, if anything, to have improved”.

After the Downing Street conflab, Haydon met Lenihan who “not prompted by me” said that Ireland would be prepared to take part in defence cooperation. “I asked if that included possible membership of NATO and he replied that it did”. “In his view, Ireland’s neutrality was diminished as soon as it joined the European Community”. “He admitted, in reply to my question, that he might be before his time as far as the general public were concerned; the public would have to be educated for the change, which he was sure would come” Haydon reported.

Now we know; Sleazebag Haughey, corrupt and immoral bastard as he was, pretending that he was leader of “The Republican Party” and successor to the leaders of 1916, was prepared at a whim and to curry favour with the British and NATO warmongers, to sell out and demolish Ireland’s traditional policy of neutrality in international conflicts without compunction. Another example of the serial hypocrisy and corruption of the Fianna Fáil Party under Haughey’s reprobate leadership. Neutrality policy has served our people well even considering only the recent activities of NATO, the world’s largest criminal organisation, since 2001 with illegal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq costing $4.4 Trillion, more than 60.000 casualties among their own troops, 1 million civilian dead in Iraq, 750,000 in Afghanistan, 8 million people displaced from their homes in both countries and a new war started in Libya this year. It’s bad enough that the shameful collaboration with the US military transports continues at Shannon Airport but, at least, those of us who have defended Irish Neutrality down the years don’t have the blood of innocent people on our hands.

Baile Átha Cliath/Dublin
05 Iúil/July 2011.