David Kelly- It Wasn’t Suicide

That is the verdict of the Right Honourable Norman Baker MP, unfortunately his investigation is included in a documentary going out in the ‘Conspiracy files’ strand on BBC2 tonight so it is immediately made dubious by being labelled a conspiracy:-

Mr Baker, who has spent a year investigating the case, believes there is enough evidence to suggest that the scientist did not kill himself.

The Liberal Democrat MP said toxicology reports suggested there was not enough painkiller in Dr Kelly’s system to kill him, and the method he had apparently chosen to commit suicide was not a recognised or effective one.

“I’m satisfied it was not suicide. And after that you’re left with the conclusion that his life was deliberately taken by others,” he tells The Conspiracy Files.

He tells the programme it has been suggested to him that the weapons scientist was assassinated. –

What we now know is that on the day Kelly died a large chunk of the intelligence case for the Iraq war was formally withdrawn by the spooks, if this had been known at the time the govt’s case would have been in tatters. But this withdrawal was kept secret, the only way the public would have found out was if a highly placed source with Iraqi WMD & intelligence expertise was talking to the press, on that day David Kelly was found dead, go figure.

NB. At the end of the linked BBC article there is a hilarious theory it was done by Iraqi intelligence, the source for it is one man who has ties to neo-cons and their favoured PR agency Benador. So it’s misinformation bullshit that should be discounted.

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Random Hilarity

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A standing joke about American TV is that there are many bad formulaic shows with an unlikely premise and bad punning titles. Every so often while mooching round the IMDB you come upon one of these shows that supports that cliche. Ladies & Gentlemen I give you:-

Ghost Dog: A Detective Tail (2003) (TV)

AKA. Dog Gone

Kyle’s a police officer, and his partner is his dog, Hunter. Hunter gets killed in the line of duty, and his spirit comes back in the body of a criminal named Howie. Howie, with the spirit of Hunter in him, helps Kyle in solving a dastardly plot.-

Genius.

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News- Priorities & Biases

Front page on the BBC news site is the headline ‘World Waits To Hear Oscar Winners’, really? The whole of planet earth wants to know which film company mounted the best  campaign to pretend they are involved in art not business. Then elsewhere the report (h/t the Drum Major) that Iran has launched an orbital rocket, no congratulations for this scientific achievement just fear and paranoia that this means they are even more of a threat than ever, was this how the moon landings were reported?

-US Conquers the Moon world fearful of what will be next-?

And of course they have to include Ahmadinejad’s speech showing determination to proceed with their nuclear research. As if Iran was a monolith that does everything towards one goal determined by one man, ludicrous war pimping bollocks.

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Guillermo Del Toro

I have always liked Guillermo Del Toro’s films since seeing ‘Cronos’ many moons ago. So it is very pleasing that he is getting wide recognition and is an artist who does engage with the world in which he works and is not selling out to cowardly apolitical banality to safeguard his career:-

Guillermo Del Toro told a reception in Beverly Hills that he had been surprised to learn that his film, a fable about a little girl who retreats into a fantasy world in fascist Spain, had been shown at the White House.

“I imagine Mr President finding that it was in Spanish, first of all,” Del Toro told an audience at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“Having garnered praise from Stephen King, I felt it would be interesting to see what a true master of horror would think. Or a master of science-fiction if you think about the intelligence on Iraq.”

Del Toro said his film, which is set in post-civil war Spain in 1944, was particularly relevant in the post September-11 political climate.

“It’s good to remind people how things about your security and the good of your country can turn into absolutely horrid things,” Del Toro said.-

Give that man an Oscar!

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This Picture Makes Me Nauseous & I’m Not Even Australian

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John Howard has found true love at last. And just feel the humanity they both ooze for David Hicks:-

AUSTRALIAN Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks was near the head of the queue for consideration for judicial processing, US Vice-President Dick Cheney declared yesterday amid growing concern at Hicks’s prolonged incarceration.

Prime Minister John Howard raised Hicks’s five years in detention without trial in a meeting with Mr Cheney in Sydney. At a joint press conference later, Mr Howard said he had no sympathy for the accused terrorist but believed he should be brought to trial “as soon as humanly possible”.

“Mr Hicks is near the head of the queue,” Mr Cheney said. “We can’t interfere with that process … we’re not allowed to call over and say, ‘When are you going to be through?”-

Oh yeah, Cheney has no pull with the Pentagon. Scumfuck.

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Wha? US Army Re-Charges Ehren Watada

Because the first trial was a mistrial and the Bushco ordered victimisation doesn’t worry much about the double jeopardy concept, here they go again:-

The Army refiled charges Friday after his first court-martial was declared a mistrial. First Lt. Ehren Watada, 28, who refused to deploy with his unit last June, faces the same allegations he initially faced – missing movement and conduct unbecoming an officer – and could be sentenced to a dishonorable discharge and six years in prison if convicted. The Army has not set a date for a second court-martial.

“We’re back to square one,” Fort Lewis spokeswoman Leslie Kaye said.

Watada’s first trial began early this month but ended abruptly when the judge, Lt. Col. John Head, said he did not believe the soldier fully understood a pretrial agreement he signed admitting elements of the charges. Watada’s attorney, Eric Seitz, said he would seek to have the charges dismissed as a violation of the Constitution’s protection against double jeopardy.

“When it’s not going well for you, you can’t just call a mistrial and start over again,” Seitz said. “No matter how much lip service they give to wanting to protect my client’s rights, that just doesn’t exist in the military courts.”

Watada faces one charge of missing movement and another of conduct unbecoming of an officer. The latter charge accuses him in four instances of making public statements criticizing the war or President Bush.

Watada freely admitted missing the deployment and making the statements in the pretrial agreement. Before the mistrial was declared, he had planned to take the witness stand to argue that his motives were to avoid committing war crimes by participating in an illegal war.-

Watada did what in theory any Army member can, refuse an illegal order; That is the veneer which lets the army pretend it is civilised, but look what happens when one man actually does fulfil his duty as an officer not to participate in illegal wars.

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Alter Rally

The big rallies in Glasgow and London are happening and the numbers for London range from 2,000 to 100,000. Unfortunately there was a train crash which allowed the news shows to concentrate on that and the Welsh Labour conference in Llandudno was completely missed by protesters, though this may have something to do with it being in Llandudno (oh come on it’s not like it’s Rhyl). Meanwhile here at the under volcano base that is tenpercent HQ the work is ongoing to launch a new feature that should debut next week and concerns the sabre rattling regarding Iran. Meanwhile in Australia Cheney continues to war pimp:-

“We haven’t taken any options off the table,” Cheney said in an interview with the US ABC News network from Australia, where he is traveling.

“A nuclear-armed Iran is not a very pleasant prospect for anybody to think about,” Cheney said. “We need to continue to do everything we can to make sure they don’t achieve that objective.” Cheney was speaking a day after the International Atomic Energy Agency issued a report saying that Iran had not halted, and in fact had expanded, its uranium enrichment program, defying a UN Security Council demand to stop by this week.

The UN nuclear watchdog’s report brought new calls for tough UN sanctions on Tehran, and the six major powers dealing with Iran’s suspected push to develop nuclear weapons will meet in London on Monday to mull their response to Iran’s reticence, the US State Department said Thursday. The United States, France and Britain called Thursday for tougher Security Council sanctions on Tehran, while Germany, China and Russia have taken softer stances ahead of the meeting.-

India, Pakistan, N.Korea all became nuclear powers in the last 5 years, a process that ultimately was handled by negotiation. And who started this recent round of escalation by reneging on international agreements? George and Dick. Who showed that by attacking Iraq because they knew it had no WMD that the only way to be safe from assault was to have functional WMD? George and Dick (&Tony). And who wants to sell the UK new nuclear weapons so we remain dependent on them and give an ass load of money to the defence contractors they are synonymous with? George And Dick, and Tony. And who gets to die in all the shit they are causing? NOT George or Dick or Tony.

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