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Terror crimes of the British state

Issue No. 1883

BLAIR CLAIMS to be fighting a 'war against terrorism' alongside Bush. But the British state has played a dirty role over terrorism in Ireland.

In 1974 a bomb in Dublin killed 33 people and injured nearly 300. The Irish government's recent report did not reach a conclusion over the British government's involvement. But relatives have no doubt that British intelligence conspired with the UVF Loyalist terror group, to organise the bombing as a warning to the Irish government not to interfere in Northern Ireland.

British security forces have a history of undercover operations on both sides of the Irish border. One of the most infamous cases is that of the Littlejohn brothers, Kenneth and Keith. They were criminals recruited by an MI6 officer to infiltrate the IRA. The British government paid and armed them.

They carried out a series of bank raids and bombings in Ireland. The Littlejohns acted as agents provocateurs, planting bombs that would then be blamed on the IRA.

In December 1972, while the Littlejohns were operating in Ireland, the Irish parliament discussed a bill that would clamp down on IRA members. During the debate, with the vote in the balance, two bombs exploded in Dublin. The IRA was blamed, and the bill was passed by 69 votes to 22.

The Littlejohns were captured and put on trial in 1973. The Irish prime minister, Jack Lynch, was reportedly suspicious that the 1972 bombs had been the work of British Intelligence.


Mail in refugee lie shocker

'£16,000-THAT'S what the average asylum seeker's family gets a year in handouts,' screamed the Daily Mail the day before MPs debated the latest Asylum and Immigration Bill.

But even Home Office figures show a family with two children get less than half that. An asylum seeker aged 25 or older gets just £37.77 a week, with £33.50 a week for each child under 16. A couple with two children would get just £7,400 a year.

The Mail included administration costs for the asylum system and legal aid costs!


Dressing up for a night out?

POLICE IN Australia have finally cracked a long-running investigation.

Two men were caught on camera in August 2001 driving at speed and wearing hooded Ku Klux Klan outfits. Improvements in camera technology have now allowed the perpetrators to be identified. It was an unmarked police car driven by two officers from the local force. They have been suspended and rightly face the sack.

But their offence seems not to be their racist KKK gear but the fact they were speeding.

  • Thanks to Matt Gordon


    Hey, boss, leave them kids alone

    CORPORATIONS have been raiding schools in Scotland seizing computer equipment and impounding school libraries after a PFI deal collapsed.

    Pupils and teachers at six schools in East Lothian have seen the books and equipment repossessed after contractor Ballast UK went bust.


    It runs in the family

    YET ANOTHER blow has been struck to the reputation of the Bush family.

    Neil Bush, George's less well known brother, is embroiled in controversy. His divorce case was famous for its revelations about his business trips to Thailand and Hong Kong. Apparently women he did not know would knock on his hotel door, come inside and have sex with him. He assumed that they weren't prostitutes because he never personally paid them.

    But the case also revealed the financial connections between Neil Bush and the corporate sell-off of Iraq. As co-chairman of the Crest Investment Company he was paid $15,000 every three months for 'answering phone calls when the other co-chairman called for advice'.

    Jamal Daniel was that other co-chairman. He is well connected with the Bush family and various Middle Eastern dictators. He is also on the advisory board of New Bridge Strategies. It was created to help firms 'evaluate and take advantage of business opportunities in the Middle East following the conclusion of the US-led war in Iraq'.


    Illegal gas that isn't

    IS THE US using deadly gas, which it condemned the Russians for using, against prisoners at its Guantanamo Bay camp in Cuba?

    When Russian forces stormed a Moscow theatre last year they used an unknown chemical spray. This killed scores of people including the hostages. The Russian government was condemned by the West for refusing to say what was in the spray.

    Now the New Scientist magazine reports that guards at the US's Guantanamo Bay camp could be using the same spray. It was probably a derivative of the chemical fentanyl, used to subdue prisoners.

    The use of the gas in warfare is banned under international chemical weapons treaties. The US is a signatory to these treaties. But the US gets round this by saying its prisoners are not covered by international war rules such as the Geneva Convention.


    In this week - snapshots from history

    1924

    The first Labour government took office in January amid high hopes from its supporters.

    But already there were secret deals over the strategy of that government. The prime minister, MacDonald, met with other leading Labour figures-Snowden, Thomas, Henderson and Sidney Webb-and they agreed there would not be radical change.

    MacDonald made it clear. He wanted to 'gain the confidence of the country' and would 'suit my policy accordingly'.


    Figure it out - 30%

    The pay rise that British MEPs voted themselves in December. That puts them on £72,000 a year. Labour and the Lib Dems voted for it and even the Tories could not bring themselves to vote against. They just abstained in the vote.


    Who says?

    'The Iraq Survey Group has already found massive evidence of a huge system of clandestine laboratories, workings by scientists, plans to develop long range ballistic weapons.'

    Tony Blair

    'I don't know where those words come from but that is not what the Iraq Survey Group chief David Kay has said. It sounds like someone who doesn't agree with the policy sets up a red herring and then knocks it down.'

    Paul Bremer, US overlord in Iraq on Blair's claims

    'If fees and mortgages were the only things young people were spending money on, then the bars, nightclubs and restaurants this Christmas would be empty.'

    Malcolm Wicks, pensions minister

    'For Bush and Blair to go into Iraq was like a bunch of white vigilantes going into Brixton to try and stop drug deals.'

    Tom Wright, Bishop of Durham

    'The creation of a well-functioning local secret police, that in effect is a branch of the CIA, is part of the general handover strategy.'

    John Pike, expert on military budgets on US plans to fund a new Iraqi secret police


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    Inside the System
    Sat 10 Jan 2004, 00:00 GMT
    Issue No. 1883
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