Saturday, April 25, 2009

Outbreak of global pandemic: Are the pieces of the puzzle beginning to fit?

***Disclaimer: The following could be nothing more than a random series of synapses misfiring in a long line of disturbed and delusional minds. At least, one hopes that is the case.***

Swine flu deaths spur global epidemic fears



'Heightened concern' over new flue-like virus breakout




WHO worries Mexico flu deaths could mark pandemic

By MARK STEVENSON – 18 hours ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico closed its schools across its capital Friday after at least 16 otherwise healthy people died and more than 900 others fell ill from what could be a new strain of swine flu. The World Health Organization worried that it could mark the start of a flu pandemic...


Fatal Swine Flu Shuts Schools in Mexico, Found in U.S. Cases
25 Apr, 2009

By Tom Randall and Andres R. Martinez

(Bloomberg) -- Swine flu struck hundreds people in Mexico City, California and Texas, raising the threat of pandemic and leading health authorities to distribute masks and shutter schools, museums, movie theaters and libraries.

At least 68 died and more than 1,000 became sick with flu- like symptoms in the Mexico City region in the past month, Jose Cordova, Mexico’s Health Minister, told reporters yesterday. Swine flu was confirmed in 20 of the deaths so far, he said. Of 14 tissue samples tested from Mexico, half were a genetic match with the swine flu reported in eight people in California and Texas, the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention said.

The new influenza strain, a conglomeration of genetic fragments from swine, bird and human viruses, is the biggest threat of a large-scale flu pandemic since the emergence of the H5N1 strain that has killed millions of birds and hundreds of people, said William Schaffner, an influenza expert at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee.

“It recombined to create something totally new,” David Butler-Jones, Canada’s chief public health minister, told reporters yesterday. “How, when, or where it did that I don’t think we know.

“What it will lead to is impossible to predict,” Butler- Jones said. “It is very concerning.”




CDC says too late to contain U.S. flu outbreak
25 Apr, 2009

...CDC acting director Dr. Richard Besser told reporters in a telephone briefing it was likely too late to try to contain the outbreak, by vaccinating, treating or isolating people.

"There are things that we see that suggest that containment is not very likely," he said...


Pre-pandemic bird flu shots eyed / Health ministry to urge study of potential early vaccination recipients

Masayuki Takata / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer
(Apr. 25, 2009)

Despite the recent announcement by a Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry research group that vaccines planned for use ahead of a pandemic of a new type of influenza are effective and safe, the ministry will ask experts to carefully study the occupations of people to be given the vaccines and the timing for the vaccinations.

The pre-pandemic vaccines are produced based on the H5N1 type of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, commonly known as bird flu, which experts regard as highly likely to become transmissible among humans.

The ministry believes vaccines planned for development based on a new type of human-transmittable influenza virus after a flu outbreak will be the key to tackling a flu pandemic.

However, experts believe it will take at least 1-1/2 years to prepare appropriate pandemic vaccines for everyone in the country, given current manufacturing capacities.

Therefore, the ministry believes pre-pandemic vaccines are necessary to fill the time gap before the pandemic vaccines become available.


Firm set to reap rewards on swine flu
25 Apr, 2009

By Alexander Haislip

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The swine flu outbreak is likely to benefit one of the most prolific and successful venture capital firms in the United States: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Thomson Reuters Private Equity Week reported on Friday.

Shares of the two public companies in the firm's portfolio of eight Pandemic and Bio Defence companies -- BioCryst Pharmaceuticals and Novavax -- jumped Friday on news that the swine flu killed a reported 60 people in Mexico and has infected people in the United States.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said the virus appears to be susceptible to Roche's flu drug Tamiflu, also known as oseltamivir, but not to older flu drugs such as amantadine.

Roche said it has five million treatment courses of Tamiflu on stand-by for the WHO in its "Rapid Response Stockpile."

"Roche was contacted by the WHO and is prepared to immediately deploy the stockpile if requested. However, this request has not been made at this time," Roche spokesman Terry Hurley said. ...




Mexico flu deaths raise fears of global epidemic
Unique virus connected to cases in Calif. and Texas; source still a mystery

msnbc.com news services
24 Apr, 2009

Mexico shut down schools, museums, libraries and state-run theaters across its overcrowded capital Friday in hopes of containing a swine flu outbreak that authorities say killed at least 20 people — and perhaps dozens more. World health authorities worried openly that the strange new virus could become a global epidemic.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said tests show some of the Mexico victims died from the same new strain of swine flu that sickened eight people in Texas and California. Of the 14 samples tested from Mexico, seven were matches, said the CDC's acting director Dr. Richard Besser...


Fighting Deadly Flu, Mexico Shuts Schools
By MARC LACEY and DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
24 Ap, 2009

... “We’re dealing with a new flu virus that constitutes a respiratory epidemic that so far is controllable,” Mexico’s health minister, José Ángel Córdova, told reporters after huddling with President Felipe Calderón and other top officials on Thursday night to come up with an action plan. He said the virus had mutated from pigs and had at some point been transmitted to humans.

The new strain contains gene sequences from North American and Eurasian swine flus, North American bird flu and North American human flu, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A similar virus has been found in the American Southwest, where officials have reported eight nonfatal cases.

Most of Mexico’s dead were young, healthy adults, and none were over 60 or under 3 years old, the World Health Organization said. That alarms health officials because seasonal flus cause most of their deaths among infants and bedridden elderly people, but pandemic flus — like the 1918 Spanish flu, and the 1957 and 1968 pandemics — often strike young, healthy people the hardest...


Fort Detrick disease samples may be missing
22 Apr, 2009

By Justin M. Palk
News-Post Staff

Army criminal investigators are looking into the possibility that disease samples are missing from biolabs at Fort Detrick.

As first reported in today's edition of The Frederick News-Post by columnist Katherine Heerbrandt, the investigators are from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division unit at Fort Meade.

Chad Jones, spokesman for Fort Meade, said CID is investigating the possibility of missing virus samples from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.

He said the only other detail he could provide is that the investigation is ongoing...




Jack Bauer can't stop 'The Goldman Conspiracy'
20 Apr, 2009

10 reasons why Wall Street has absolute power over America's democracy
By Paul B. Farrell, MarketWatch

...Scene 4. Wall Street used the meltdown to take over America's government
Matt Taibbi, author of "The Great Derangement," captured this drama in a Rolling Stone piece, "The Big Takeover, how Wall Street insiders are using the bailout to stage a revolution." A must-read: "As complex as all the finances are, the politics aren't hard to follow. By creating a crisis that can only be solved by those fluent in a language too complex for ordinary people to understand, the Wall Street crowd has turned the vast majority of Americans into non-participants in their own political future. ... in the age of CDS and CBO, most of us are financial illiterates."
Wall Street "used the crisis to effect a historic, revolutionary change in our political system -- transforming a democracy into a two-tiered state, one with plugged-in financial bureaucrats above and clueless customers below." ...


StandoutStocks.com: "Stocks that Standout" picks for today are: Diagnostic Imaging International Corp. (DIIG) CTS Signs 10 New Hospitals!
14 Apr, 2009

...Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVAX) today reported preclinical study results showing that an investigational H1N1 virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine based on the 1918 Spanish influenza strain protected against both the Spanish flu and a highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza strain. The study, published in the March 25, 2009 online issue of the Journal of Virology, was conducted by scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA and Novavax under a Collaborative Research and Development Agreement.

Novavax scientists designed and produced a recombinant VLP vaccine candidate against the 1918 H1N1 influenza strain. This 1918 influenza strain was responsible for more than 50 million deaths worldwide during the great Spanish flu pandemic. Mice and ferrets were vaccinated with VLPs by one of two routes: either by standard intramuscular injection or by administering a small drop of the VLP vaccine in the nose (intranasal immunization). All of the 1918 VLP-immunized animals were protected when exposed to a lethal dose of the 1918 influenza virus, regardless of the route by which the vaccine was administered. Remarkably, animals immunized by the intranasal route were also protected against a lethal dose of a contemporary, highly pathogenic avian influenza subtype H5N1 virus strain, isolated from a fatal human case in 2004 (A/Vietnam/1203/2004 strain).

The H1N1 VLP vaccine candidate was made up of the hemagglutinin (HA), neuraminidase (NA), and matrix 1 (M1) proteins from 1918 Spanish influenza virus strains. These proteins, which were produced in insect cells, formed three-dimensional structures that mimic the 1918 pandemic influenza virus but without the genetic material needed for replication. The mechanism of action by which this H1N1 VLP vaccine candidate provided broad cross-protection is under further study, but the scientists described preliminary evidence that antibody cross-reactivity between the HA and possibly NA proteins of the H1N1 and H5N1 influenza were important.

"Unlike other non-live influenza vaccines, the VLPs are uniquely positioned to stimulate immunity through multiple mechanisms," said Dr. Penny Heaton, Chief Medical Officer at Novavax. "First, they contain HA protein that is the same structure as the live virus, which may stimulate HA antibodies of several types that not only prevent the virus from attaching to cells but also prevent the virus from fusing with cells. Second, the VLPs contain NA which may stimulate production of antibody that prevents spread of the virus down the respiratory tract. Finally, the structure of the HA and NA proteins and the way in which they are embedded in lipids on the surface of the VLP may activate the innate immune system providing protection against both the H1N1 and H5N1 strains," said Dr. Heaton. ...




Truckers Unwittingly Used to Transport Dangerous Avian Flu Materials?
8 Apr, 2009


Commissioners ignore warning to conduct business
7 Apr, 2009

by Della Batts, Daily Herald Staff Writer

...Northampton County Health Department Director Sue Gay presented a pandemic influenza plan to commissioners to the sound of thunder. The plan describes “how the county health department will prepare for and how it will respond to an influenza pandemic. According to Gay, “pandemics occur when a novel influenza virus emerges that can be easily transmitted to humans. The last three pandemics occurred in 1918, 1957 and 1968. They killed approximately 40 million, 2 million and 1 million people worldwide, respectively. Northampton County’s plan has been approved by the state and should reduce morbidity, mortality and social disruption by “following the framework used by the World Health Organization describing the phases of pandemic flu.”...


‘Accidental’ Contamination Of Vaccine With Live Avian Flu Virus Virtually Impossible
5 Mar, 2009




Vaccines as Biological Weapons? Live Avian Flu Virus Placed in Baxter Vaccine Materials Sent to 18 Countries
3 Mar, 2009


Inside source reveals FEMA & DHS preparing for mass graves and martial law near Chicago
11 Feb, 2009

By: D. H. Williams @ 10:41 PM - EST

An Indiana county municipal official in the vicinity of Chicago reveals the contents of his meetings with FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. The initial requests seem reasonable enough when FEMA asks the county officials to prepare a Hazard Mitigation Plan to deal with flooding, fires, high winds and tornadoes.

But as the required meetings and calls with FEMA and DHS continue over a two year period their request become more unusual, raising suspicions of county officials.

“We want to know every important thing in this county. We want to know where police departments are. Where weapons are stored. Hazardous material. Where can we land a helicopter. Where are the airports. How big a plane can you land at the airport. Where are all the bridges. Where are all the power stations. Where are all the generating stations.Where are all the substations. They literally wanted to know where everything was. I’m sitting there thinking man if there was ever martial law. This kind of information is exactly the kind of stuff they are going to want. We’re just laying it all out for them right there.”
During the legally mandated meetings held with FEMA and DHS different disaster scenarios were reveled to county officials:

* In late December 2008 municipal officials were invited to Indianapolis for a briefing on the state of Indiana. There were told if industry were to collapse for example GM going bankrupt resulting in mass unemployment a depression would soon follow and municipalities could expect to loose 40% of their funds.
* Every county in the nation would be required to prepare a Hazard Mitigation Plan.
* The county should prepare a plan to vaccinate the entire population within 48 hours and practice the plan several times.
* FEMA inquired to where mass graves could be placed in the county and would they accept bodies from elsewhere.
* The sheriff’s department via the state sheriff association was told that no .223 ammunition rounds would be available as the military would be purchasing all stocks.
* The county was asked to make plans for “hardening” of police and fire stations, putting in hardened bunker type buildings around town.
* The county was asked to make plans for the possibility of up to 400,000 refugees from Chicago.


Anthrax Investigations: Dead Microbiologists Revisited
10 Aug, 2008

Diary Entry by Better World Order

What's the average rate at which microbiologists die under mysterious or suspicious circumstances? Bruce Ivins is only the latest of many.

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Murders and mysterious “accidents” involving microbiologists, confirmed and reported by mainstream media:

Scientists' deaths are under the microscope By Alanna Mitchell, Simon Cooper And Carolyn Abraham in the Globe and Mail, May 4, 2002

Conspiracy Theories: Does a rash of mysterious deaths around the world lead to Memphis? By Rebekah Gleaves in the Memphis Flyer, March 7, 2002

List of 16 who died in 5 months, starting November, 2001: compiled by 911research.WTC7.net Mysterious Deaths of Microbiologists

Perhaps some are satisfied the FBI has proved beyond a “reasonable doubt” that Ivins and no one else was responsible for the post 9/11 Anthrax attacks on Democrats and “liberal” media, and that he killed himself to avoid prosecution. However, Ivins isn’t being autopsied, and the FBI was not ready to present evidence to a grand jury; they claim they were going to sit down with him and his attorney and present it to them!




DoD to 'augment civilian law' during pandemic or bioterror attack
11 May, 2007

By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org

H.R. 1585

Section 1615, page 672 (of 794)

(Under TITLE XVI, NATIONAL GUARD ENHANCEMENT) .....

DETERMINATION OF DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CIVIL SUPPORT REQUIREMENTS

(a) DETERMINATION OF REQUIREMENTS---- The Secretary of Defense shall determine the military-unique capabilities needed to be provided by the Department of Defense to support civil authorities in an incident of national significance or a catastrophic incident.

(b) PLAN FOR FUNDING CAPABILITIES---


100 DEAD SCIENTISTS AND MICROBIOLOGISTS - The Master List
16 Jun, 2006

“While some of these deaths may be purely coincidental and seem to pose no connection, many of these deaths are highly suspicious and appear not to be random acts of violence. Many are just plain murders.

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List mirrored below. Rest in peace.

Awoken Research Group
http://valis.cjb.cc/

In the 1980’s over two dozen science graduates and experts working for Marconi or Plessey Defence Systems died in mysterious circumstances, most appearing to be ‘suicides.’ The MOD denied these scientists had been involved in classified Star Wars Projects and that the deaths were in any way connected.

Judge for yourself

March 1982: Professor Keith Bowden, 46
—Expertise: Computer programmer and scientist at Essex University engaged in work for Marconi, who was hailed as an expert on super computers and computer-controlled aircraft.
—Circumstance of Death: Fatal car crash when his vehicle went out of control across a dual carriageway and plunged onto a disused railway line. Police maintained he had been drinking but family and friends all denied the allegation.
—Coroner’s verdict: Accident.

April 1983: Lt-Colonel Anthony Godley, 49
—Expertise: Head of the Work Study Unit at the Royal College of Military Science.
—Circumstance of Death: Disappeared mysteriously in April 1983 without explanation. Presumed dead.

March 1985: Roger Hill, 49
—Expertise: Radar designer and draughtsman with Marconi.
—Circumstance of Death: Died by a shotgun blast at home.
—Coroner’s verdict: Suicide...


ENRON, CHENEY, 9/11, LIVE HIJACKERS, & DEAD MICROBIOLOGISTS

9 Feb, 2006
PART 1 of 2, By Devvy
NewsWithViews.com


ENRON, CHENEY, 9/11, LIVE HIJACKERS, & DEAD MICROBIOLOGISTS

9 Feb, 2006
PART 2 of 2, By: Devvy
NewsWithViews.com





List Of Dead Microbiologists
1 Dec, 2005
From Charlene Fassa


Knowledge Filtration (and Dead Microbiologists)
20 Nov, 2005

Ck out... http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Avian2005/

"Scientific knowledge filtration" usually takes the form of making it impossible to properly evaluate evidence because of strongly held theoretical preconceptions. Our extended pharma/medical complex has plenty of (profitable) preconceptions in place, and because they control purse strings on Research, fund the D.C. paid for whores, and maintain a tight grip over doctors through an army of well paid young Drug company sales reps(drug dealers..or spies?)--whose only job is dropping off latest samples and monitoring their Dr.'s list for prescriptions volume- it has little trouble maintaining these preconceptions as "gospel"...disagree like geniuses Royal Rife or Wilhelm Reich, and be blackballed, even prison could await.

BUT what to do with the top guys who won't follow the line. What to do with the Ft. Detrick trained guys who know of real possible motives for a laundry list of murder and scams?


Dead Scientists And Microbiologists - Master List

2 May, 2005
Compiled by Mark J. Harper




40 DEAD MICROBIOLOGISTS PART OF GLOBAL PLOT?
24 Jan, 2005

Original headline: Author airs conspiracy theory on Im’s death

The death of retired research Professor Jeong Im has all the makings of a spy novel, and some say that idea isn’t far off base.

Someone stabbed the 72-year-old scientist multiple times in the Maryland Avenue parking garage at the University of Missouri-Columbia, put him in the trunk of his Honda and set the car on fire. Adding to the mystery, police say a hooded, masked man was seen carrying a gas can away from the scene.

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Story originally published by :.
Columbia Daily Tribune MO | Mike Wells - Jan 23.05


Dead Microbiologists
There is an ongoing worldwide series of killing experts in virus and infections diseases




dead microbiologists
It seems like the most dangerous profession in the world right now is being a microbiologist. Quite a few have turned up dead in last few years from suicides, car accidents, murder, hit and runs, and more at a rate of one or two every few months.

Is it all a big coincidence, or something far more sinister? Furthermore, why is the mainstream media ignoring this?


Dead Microbiologists Linked To Ethno-Specific BioWeapons
8 Oct, 2003
From Patricia Doyle, PhD

Hello, Jeff - Note the following exerpt from the article enclosed. I remember when I first read each news report about the death of separate microbiologists. Absolutely no one considered the fact that the deaths of the various microbiologists, especially the first five - Dr. Que, Wiley, Schwartz, Paschnek and Dr. Nguyen - were related. The press simply reported each death as it occurred and did not put the deaths together. In essence, no one connected the dots until you and I discussed the connection on your program.

It would appear that Dr. Kelly is related to the microbiologist deaths phonomenon. Please note the excerpt below. In the scheme of things, I wonder where Ken Alibek fits in? He is definitely one dot that I believe (allegedly) connects to, not only the microbiologist deaths, but the Anthrax attacks of 2001. I also believe that (allegedly) Don Rumsfeld is another dot.

If you remember, when we connected the dots i.e. put the deaths together, I discussed the possibility that each scientist had a "piece of the puzzle" in regard to a "target specific" bioweapon. I am wondering if SARS, somehow fits into the puzzle? Was SARS developed in China, or Israel? Does make one wonder.

Excerpt:

"The two American scientists he had worked with were Benito Que, 52, and Don Wiley, 57. Both microbiologists had been engaged in DNA sequencing that could provide "a genetic marker based on genetic profiling." The research could play an important role in developing weaponized pathogens to hit selected groups of humans"identifying them by race. Two years ago, both men were found dead, in circumstances never fully explained." ...




A Career In Microbiology Can Be Harmful To Your Health
11 Jun, 2003

Computer experts also wiped out mysteriously!

It doesn't pay to be a scientist either if you are against gasoline!

compiled by Dee Finney

DREAM - I was working on a computer, trying to track 3 different germs as they moved from East to West across the country. There was some data on the program that seemed not to need to be there, so I tried deleting it, but it couldn't be done because the government had put it in place and I couldn't change it.

NOTE: ANTHRAX, SARS, WEST NILE VIRUS, AIDS, CHICKEN VIRUS, BIRD VIRUS,
SMALLPOX, MAD COW DISEASE, CREUTZFELDT JAKOB DISEASE,SUPER FLU,

THE LIST JUST KEEPS GETTING LONGER!!!

A Career In Microbiology Can Be Harmful To Your Health

DEATH TOLL MOUNTING AS CONNECTIONS TO DYNCORP, HADRON, PROMIS SOFTWARE AND DISEASE RESEARCH EMERGE

Several major researchers have begun to investigate serious discussions by legitimate scientists and academics on the possible necessity of reducing the world's population by more than four billion people, no stranger set of circumstances since Sept. 11 adds credibility to this possibility than the suspicious deaths of world-class microbiologists. The newest connections to DynCorp, Hadron and PROMIS software are leads an amateur would not miss. How else would any microbiologists threatening an ultra secret government biological weapons program be identified than by secretly scanning their databases to see what they were working on? --



Dr Kelly just the latest in a LONG list..a must read




A Career In Microbiology Can Be Harmful To Your Health (Revised - updated)
28 Feb, 2002 - FTW

DEATH TOLL MOUNTING AS CONNECTIONS TO DYNCORP, HADRON, PROMIS SOFTWARE AND DISEASE RESEARCH EMERGE
by Michael Davidson, FTW staff writer and Michael C. Ruppert


The mysterious deaths of top microbiologists
It all began with Don Wiley.

On November 15th, Harvard Professor Don Wiley left a gathering of friends and colleagues some time after 10:30 PM. The next morning, Memphis police found his rental car stopped on a bridge, with a full tank of gas and keys still in the ignition. There was no financial or family trouble. Indeed Wiley was supposed to meet his family at the Memphis airport to continue on to an Icelandic vacation. Neither was there any history of depression or mental illness.

In the report printed in the New York Times on November 27th, the FBI's Memphis office distanced itself from the case saying that the available facts did not add up to a suspicion of foul play. I guess at the FBI it's a perfectly everyday occurrence for a Harvard Professor to stop his rental car on a bridge in the middle of the night before he is supposed to leave for Iceland and just walk away into the Tennessee dark.

The IMF: Raping the world, one poor nation at a time

24 Apr, 2009

By Dana Gabriel - BlackListedNews.com

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been described as one of the enforcers of globalization.  Nations who receive IMF assistance are often forced to surrender more sovereignty and further open up their borders to international banks and multinational corporations.  Much of their wealth is then sucked dry by foreign predators with its resources and population essentially becoming the collateral for such financial aid.  As a result of the global economic crisis, many more nations are having to turn to the IMF for help.  At the recent G-20 Summit in London, the IMF's role was expanded and its powers enhanced.  There was little mention of its failed policies and its less then stellar record of effectively promoting development and democracy around the world.  While some talk of reform, the IMF continues to rape the world, one poor nation at a time.
 
The IMF, along with the World Bank were established as financial sister institutions with both originating out of the 1944 Bretton Woods Agreement.  They are part of the United Nations system.  The IMF was designed to help stabilize the post-World War II international financial system and is the framework for a central bank of issue.  It provides short term financial assistance to nations that qualify, but this is at a very high price.  These countries are placed in an economic straitjacket with the IMF and World Bank working in tandem, dictating large portions of public policy.
 
Some IMF conditions that countries have been forced to comply with can only be described as harsh and undemocratic.  Often the devaluation of a nation's currency has been a precondition for IMF assistance.  In order to qualify for IMF loans, some nations have also been forced to lower tariffs, restrict governmental subsidies and spending, balance budgets, as well as sell-off state institutions to foreign interests.  In some cases, the IMF has even prohibited wage increases as some countries have tried to do so, in order to compensate for a sharp rise in food prices and other commodities.  Environmental and labor rights have also taken a hit as a result of IMF policies.  Under the guise of helping economic distraught countries, the IMF is really bailing out foreign investors and multinational corporations.  They have further fueled chaos and instability in some of the poorest regions in the world.

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'This constitutes a substantive and procedural breach of the European Convention on Human Rights'

From British soldiers 'tortured and murdered 20 Iraqis, then covered it up with firefight claim' by Neil Sears

23 Apr, 2009

British soldiers tortured and murdered up to 20 Iraqis in cold blood, the High Court was told yesterday.

It happened after a three-hour gun battle at an Army checkpoint near Basra, a lawyer claimed.

Rabinder Singh said a group of local men were taken prisoner and transported to an Army camp where they were beaten with a rusty tent pole, punched, slammed against walls, denied water, blasted with loud music and forced to strip naked in the presence of a woman – a humiliation for Muslim men.

The next day, he said, only nine were still alive – and 20 corpses were returned to their families. One was teenager Hamid Al-Sweady.

The Army claims the men all died in the initial gun battle, but Hamid's uncle Khuder Al-Sweady and five survivors of the incident yesterday began a court battle in London to win an independent inquiry.

The clash in May 2004 came after insurgents launched a heavy attack on a checkpoint known as Danny Boy in Al Majar-al-Kabir – the town north of Basra where six military policeman had been murdered the previous year.

According to Army accounts, the soldiers were heavily outnumbered but fought back heroically, mounting a bayonet charge at one point, until the attackers were defeated. The Army says only nine Iraqis were taken away alive for questioning.

But Mr Singh said that when the shooting was over, the British troops took bloody revenge. He said: 'It is the claimants' case that at least some of those captured were tortured and killed by British troops between 14 and 15 May 2004, and that there has been no effective investigation into what happened to them in that 24-hour period.

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Police caught on tape trying to recruit Plane Stupid protester as spy

Paul Lewis reports in The Guardian :

Climate change activist taped men who offered cash for information about group's members and activities

Undercover police are running a network of hundreds of informants inside protest organisations who secretly feed them intelligence in return for cash, according to evidence handed to the Guardian.

They claim to have infiltrated a number of environmental groups and said they are receiving information about leaders, tactics and plans of future demonstrations.

The dramatic disclosures are revealed in almost three hours of secretly recorded discussions between covert officers claiming to be from Strathclyde police, and an activist from the protest group Plane Stupid, whom the officers attempted to recruit as a paid spy after she had been released on bail following a demonstration at Aberdeen airport last month.

Matilda Gifford, 24, said she recorded the meetings in an attempt to expose how police seek to disrupt the legitimate activities of climate change activists. She met the officers twice; they said they were a detective constable and his assistant. During the taped discussions, the officers:

• Indicate that she could receive tens of thousands of pounds to pay off her student loans in return for information about individuals within Plane Stupid.

• Say they will not pay money direct into her bank account because that would leave an audit trail that would leave her compromised. They said the money would be tax-free, and added: "UK plc can afford more than 20 quid."

• Accept that she is a legitimate protester, but warn her that her activity could mean she will struggle to find employment in the future and result in a criminal record.

• Claim they have hundreds of informants feeding them information from protest organisations and "big groupings" from across the political spectrum.

• Explain that spying could assist her if she was arrested. "People would sell their soul to the devil," an officer said.

• Warn her that she could be jailed alongside "hard, evil" people if she received a custodial sentence.

The meetings took place in a Glasgow police station last month and in a supermarket cafe on Tuesday. Gifford used a mobile phone and device sewn into her waistcoat to record what they described as a "business proposal" that she should think of as a job.

They intimated that in return for updates on Plane Stupid's plans she could receive large sums of money in cash.

When lawyers acting for Plane Stupid contacted Strathclyde police this week to establish the identities of the detective constable, they were initially told by the human resources department there was no record of his name.

But when the Guardian contacted the force, they acknowledged officers had had meetings with Plane Stupid activists.

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Listen to the tapes and read the transcripts

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Cop on Facebook: "can't wait to bash some long haired hippys up @ the G20"

PC Rob Ward is under investigation but not suspended, for writing on his Facebook page before the G20 demonstrations in London: "Rob Ward can't wait to bash some long haired hippys up @ the G20."

PC Rob Ward's Facebook posting
PC Rob Ward's Facebook posting

PC Rob Ward
PC Rob Ward


The cop wrote this on April 1 an hour after Ian Tomlinson was killed. before heading up to the G20 demos, where presumably he "bashed some long haired hippys". Seems like anyone with short hair was OK with him though.

The message was removed but it looks like someone spotted it somehow.

Report from the BBC news: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8016620.stm
It's also reported in a lot of the national mainstream press.

According to the Sun, he is based at a police station near his home in Enfield, north London.

anon

~ source: UK Indymedia ~

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