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Billionaire EU campaigner ‘paid’ Tony Blair

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Flashback: Blair to be named EU President ‘within weeks’ if Irish ratify Lisbon Treaty | European Leaders Call For New Global Order | EU Looking for Presidential Candidates

Jon Ungoed-Thomas and Bojan Pancevsk, Sunday Times
October 11, 2009

Tony Blair, the favourite to become Europe’s first president, is believed to have accepted tens of thousands of pounds from a steel billionaire campaigning for Ukraine to join the European Union.

Victor Pinchuk, who is championing the country’s bid for EU membership, has already hired Stephen Byers, the former Labour cabinet minister, to press his case. He reportedly paid Blair to give a keynote speech in Ukraine.

Ukrainian diplomats are preparing to launch a membership bid as early as next year and consider Blair a key ally.

Several European countries support closer economic ties with Ukraine but have not directly backed a bid. Some, including Germany, are concerned that closer links with Ukraine may jeopardise relations with Russia.

Blair’s commercial activities and links to key business figures such as Pinchuk will come under scrutiny in any campaign for the EU presidency. The details of the role and contract of employment for the presidency are expected to be discussed by Gordon Brown and other leaders this month.


Interpol and U.N. Back ‘Global Policing Doctrine’

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

INTERPOL, students of history will note, is a non-governmental organization – that is, a private organization – funded by its state members thanks to your tax dollar/pound/franc/etc. It was founded in Austria in 1923 following a massive international police conference in 1914. And just to keep things interesting, there would have to be Nazi roots, as StatismWatch uncovered during the painstaking background research conducted for this article. (Eg; Wikipedia) See here also. The organization was taken over by the SS in 1938. This is not the only aspect of the internationalist project that the machinations of the Third Reich have been detected – other desired projects included, oh let’s see, the founding of the EU itself. Now, Interpol and Wiki both imply by omission that this organization perished with the regime, stating simply ‘Belgium leads the rebuilding of the organization after the end of WWII”. However, in 1990, investigative journalist Gerald Posner wrote the New York Times a letter entitled Interpol’s Nazi Affiliations Continued After the War, in which he stated

In 1963, Jean Nepote was elected Interpol’s president. He had collaborated with France’s collaborationist Vichy Government during the war. In 1968, Interpol elected Paul Dickopf as its president. Although it was discovered that he had been an SS officer in the war, having worked in the very villa where Interpol and the Gestapo were headquartered, he nevertheless remained president until 1972.

Although the current secretary general, Raymond E. Kendall, is well intentioned, Interpol’s interest in Nazi war criminals during the crucial 1950′s and 60′s was nonetheless virtually nonexistent. Admitting its past mistakes is the first step in making Interpol the vaunted police organization that the public often perceives it to be.

So – is there a particular reason that now we suddenly need a global police force run at arms length from sovereign states on an intergovernmental model, a new Security Council? (Insert rationalization about 9/11 here) Note, however, that this infrastucture is to be used against us – that the vision of global governance we’re being sold on is increasingly coming to resemble a meta-police state, with vast global databases, face scanning, and pointed questions should anyone deviate from their approved habits. On the scheme outlined in this article, INTERPOL will be there to man the internal checkpoints, and the designated elite will simply be waved through in their motorcades and private jets. There are other ways to fight organized crime. Centralizing police power, however, is an excellent way to ensure total corruption. And incidentally, the secretary general of INTERPOL and the man who would lead the global police is the guy responsible for greenlighting the firebombing of the Waco compound and subsequent coverup. 76 lives were lost in the flames that day.

Flashback: EU Plans Massive Surveillance Panopticon That Would Monitor “Abnormal Behavior” | UK plans to integrate ‘cybersecurity’ centre with US, Canada | EU wants ‘Internet G12′ to govern cyberspace | EU Police set to step up warrantless hacking of home PCs | Bush Signs New Unified Command Plan for ‘Synchronized Global Planning’ | EU Police to Stream into Kosovo Despite Protests | Interpol wants facial recognition database to catch suspects | Secret EU security draft risks uproar with call to pool policing and give US personal data | Vision 2015: Consolidation of U.S. Intelligence Into Global Intel Network | Canada working with FBI on ’server in the sky’

Doreen Carvajal, The New York Times
October 11, 2009

PARIS – Interpol and the United Nations are poised to become partners in fighting crime by jointly grooming a global police force that would be deployed as peacekeepers among rogue nations riven by war and organized crime, officials from both organizations say.

On Monday, justice and foreign ministers from more than 60 countries, including the United States and China, are gathering in Singapore for a meeting hosted by the two international organizations.

It is the first step toward creating what Interpol calls a “global policing doctrine” that would enable Interpol and the United Nations to improve the skills of police peacekeepers, largely by sharing a secure communications network and a vast electronic trove of criminal information, including DNA records, fingerprints, photographs and fugitive notices.


UK: National Health Service frontline staff shun H1N1 vaccine

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Flashback: US: Hospitals fear ‘Flumist’ H1N1 nasal vaccine could spread swine flu | New swine-flu wave hits GTA: Provincial Health Official | Canadian taxpayers on hook for any H1N1 vaccine damages | Second wave of swine flu pandemic begins to hit US | Seasonal flu shots delayed for non-seniors on fears of increased H1N1 risk | Seasonal flu shot may increase H1N1 risk | Swine flu death rate similar to seasonal flu: expert | Swine flu unlikely to become superbug | UK: Half of all pregnant women will refuse swine flu jab, poll reveals | Flu vaccine plan will be too slow: CMAJ | Swine flu jab link to killer nerve disease: Leaked letter reveals concern of neurologists over 25 deaths in America | Canada to order 50.4 million H1N1 vaccine doses – with adjuvant additive | Genetically modified Swine Flu hybrid may provide vaccine yield solution | Washington Post: Swine Flu Vaccine Will Contain Mercury | UK Government Swine Flu Advisor On Vaccine Maker Payroll | Fast-tracked swine flu vaccine will be safe, officials insist | Swine flu: How scared should we be? | Top Epidemiologist Slams Swine Flu Fearmongering | Legal immunity set for swine flu vaccine makers | Swine flu ‘related’ to 1918 pandemic virus – survivors exhibit resistance | Did leak from a laboratory cause swine flu pandemic? | Swine Flu May Be Human Error; WHO Investigates Claim | Lessons of 1976: swine flu, fear, mass vaccinations, wasted millions | ‘Accidental’ Contamination Of Vaccine With Live Avian Flu Virus Virtually Impossible | Officials investigate how bird flu contaminated vaccines in Europe | Researchers unlock secrets of 1918 flu pandemic

Dennis Campbell, The Guardian
October 11, 2009

Health department urges frontline staff to get jab, say inoculation vital in efforts to contain pandemic

The Department of Health has ordered NHS bosses across England to ensure that frontline staff get immunised against swine flu amid growing signs that many doctors and nurses intend to shun the vaccine.

Chief executives and boards who run hospitals, primary care trusts and strategic health authorities have been told to urgently maximise the number of workers having the jab. Leading DH figures including Sir Liam Donaldson, the chief medical officer, have written to them six times in the last five weeks stressing the need for action before the second wave of the pandemic causes major problems.

Ian Dalton, the NHS’s national director of flu resilience, last week warned that vaccination of nurses, doctors and other frontline staff was “absolutely critical” and that widespread take-up of the jabs “will help us to save lives”.

The DH’s letters stress that patients’ health could be put at risk and the NHS left seriously short-staffed through virus-related absenteeism if senior managers do not overcome “perceived obstacles” to the vaccination of workers. Swine flu’s threat is so great that the NHS must avoid only small numbers of personnel getting immunised, as usually happens with seasonal flu every winter, the letters add.


Canadian police adopt new TASER directive

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

But all of the apologists have been insisting TASERs are perfectly safe. It must be hard on them, poor things, lost and abandoned by their paragon of virtue and honesty: TASER International. Can you imagine the hardship of having to construct entirely new rationalizations? All that work for naught. (TASER is in damage control mode over the Dziekanski inquiry.)

Flashback: Dziekanski’s death following Taser jolts no coincidence: expert | Dziekanski ‘would not have died’ if spared Taser, expert tells inquiry | TASER’s medical expert says weapon didn’t cause Dziekanski’s death | Stun gun shock to head may cause seizures, doctors warn | U.S. study raises more questions about TASER safety | Some tested Tasers fire stronger current than company says: CBC/Radio-Canada probe | One-third of people shot by Taser need medical attention: probe | U.S. jury shocks Taser, investors, with rare loss in court | Tasers pose risk to heart, MDs testify | Chicago study calls Taser’s safety claims into question | Officer injured in Taser demonstration

CBC News
October 11, 2009

Officers told to avoid shocking the chest area

A number of Canadian police agencies are changing their policies on stun-gun use in light of a new training bulletin from the manufacturer of the weapon.

Taser International says the guns should not be aimed at a suspect’s chest whenever possible. Instead, officers are advised to target the abdomen, legs or back.

“Note, we have lowered the recommended point of aim from centre of mass to lower centre of mass for front shots,” the company says in the bulletin on its website.

“When possible, avoiding chest shots with electronic control devices avoids the controversy about whether ECDs [electronic control devices] do or do not affect the human heart,” the bulletin said.


Bloody siege in Pakistan ends with 20 dead

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

It appears that a civil war is being fomented by security forces in Pakistan. As we’ve covered in the past, there is a revolving door between the armed forces, the ISI, and top Islamic groups in the country – and as usual, there was foreknowledge of the attack in the highest levels of government (see article, below). So take note of the conceptual slippage between notions that these militants are ‘allied with’ or identified with Al-Qaeda and the Taliban – different news outlets blur this distinction.

Flashback: Links to ‘Al-Qaeda’, Pakistani training camps linger after ‘Toronto 18′ member imprisoned | Pakistani militant leader dead: Taliban | Whistleblower Who Linked “Taliban” Leader To US Intelligence Is Assassinated | Pakistani president Asif Zardari admits creating terrorist groups | Western Governments Funding Taliban & Al-Qaeda To Kill U.S. Troops, Destabilize Countries | The Main Result of the “War on Terror”: The Destabilization of Pakistan | Not very cricket: Witnesses report Pakistani security abandoned convoy prior to attack | Report: CIA runs secret bases in Pakistan | Key Benazir Bhutto assassination witness shot dead | CIA, Pakistani ISI have long, complicated relationship | US Allowed Taliban, Al-Qaeda Airlift Evacuation

Nahal Toosi, Zarar Khan, Associated Press
October 11, 2009

RAWALPINDI—Pakistani commandos freed dozens of hostages held by militants at the army’s own headquarters Sunday, ending a bloody, 22-hour drama that embarrassed the nation’s military as it plans a new offensive against Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

The standoff killed 20 people, including three captives and nine militants, who wore army fatigues in the audacious assault. The rescue operation began before dawn Sunday, ultimately freeing 42 hostages, the military said.

One attacker, described as the militants’ ringleader, was captured.

The attack on Pakistan’s “Pentagon,” home to the nation’s most powerful institution, showed the continued strength of insurgents allied with Al Qaeda and the Taliban despite military operations and U.S. missile strikes that have battered their ranks. It was the third major attack in Pakistan in a week and threatens to deflate the army’s growing popularity in the wake of successful operations against the Taliban in the Swat Valley, Buner and Bajur.