Saturday, 23 March 2013



'Shoot to Kill' policy in Northern Ireland 

Under the Intelligence Services Act of 1994, MI6 officers have immunity from prosecution for crimes committed outside Great Britain. Although The Criminal Justice Bill of 1998 makes it illegal for any organization in Great Britain to conspire to commit offenses abroad, Crown agents still have immunity. With the end of World War Two the SOE (Special Operations Executive) undoubted ability in both subversion and assassination was absorbed into the Secret Intelligence Service and for many years afterwards Britain is believed to have made regular, if sparing use of assassination to further its foreign policy aims.

The Littlejohn Brothers were recruited in 1972 by John Wyman of MI6 who handled a number of agents in Northern Ireland and paid them substantial sums of tax payers money to infiltrate the IRA and to act as agent provocateurs, organizing and conducting bank robberies and bomb attacks in the Republic of Ireland. Wyman told them that there was "going to be a policy of political assassination" for which they were to make themselves available. "If I was told about any illegal act before it happened, I would always discuss it with London. I was always told to go ahead," said Kenneth Littlejohn who went on to claim that the MI6 Officer told him 'If there is any shooting, do what you've got to do.'" Wyman indeed gave the Littlejohn's a list of IRA leaders to assassinate; these included Seamus Costello, Sean Qarland and Sean McStiofain. After Littlejohn passed on the name of Joe McCann, a leading Republican, to his MI6 handler, McCann was shot dead by British paratroopers a few days later as he walked, apparently unarmed, through the Belfast market area.

Whatever one may think of such claims, there is now at least official confirmation from the Steven's Inquiry into the 'Shoot to Kill' policy in Northern Ireland that British security officials were indeed deeply involved in the assassination of a number of Catholics in the province. The Guardian in April 28th 2001, headlined its article Sinister role of secret army unit: Police investigate claims of collusion with paramilitaries describes the organizations involved in covert British operations in Ireland "The FRU was one of three army-sponsored undercover intelligence squads in Northern Ireland. The others were 22 Squadron SAS, and 14 Company. The FRU, which was set up in Northern Ireland in 1980, dealt with recruiting and handling agents in paramilitary organizations." Company specialized in surveillance while 22 SAS undertook 'executive actions'. 'That means they killed people,' said an army source. Many outside observers remain convinced that this is merely the tip of an iceberg and much is still being hidden by an ongoing official cover-up. 

The Real Terrorists in Northern Ireland
SAS (Special Air Service) is a secret regiment in the British Army. It was formed in 1941 to conduct raids behind the German lines in North Africa. At the present it forms part of the United Kingdom Special Forces alongside the Special Boat Service and the Special Reconnaissance Regiment. The role of the SAS includes intelligence gathering, behind enemy lines target attacks, counter revolutionary warfare, conducting military missions without official British Government involvement, training special forces of other nationalities, and counter-terrorism operations. SAS is subject to the Sovereign Queen only.

The SAS was deeply involved in the British conflict in Northern Ireland since its start in 1969. At the beginning they operated openly in their own uniform, and later on they planted moles in the IRA, who were involved in terror bombing. The well known August 15th, 1998 Omagh bombing attack, which killed 29 civilians was done by an SAS double agent as reported by Sunday Herald. The Paper also reported the confession of another SAS member, who operated as an IRA mole from 1981 to 1994 while on full British army pay. He helped to develop a new type of bomb activated by photographic flashes to overcome the problem of IRA remote-control devices being signal jammed by army radio units.

Another mole, known by his codename "Stakeknife", was still active in December of 2002 as one of Belfast's leading provisionals. His military commander "allowed him to carry out large numbers of terrorist murders in order to protect his cover within the IRA".

In late 2002 the paper reported reliable evidence that the British army had used its moles in terrorist organizations to "carry out proxy assassinations", such as the case of the human rights activist Pat Finucane, who was murdered in 1989 by the Protestant Ulster Defense Association (UDA). The mole supplied the UDA with necessary information to assassinate Finucane.

The inside story of British death squads in Northern Ireland

Simon Basketter reveals how a campaign to terrorize Catholics was orchestrated by military intelligence. Operation Banner: An Analysis Of Military Operations In Northern Ireland is the official history of British occupation that started in 1969. The book is co-written by General Mike Jackson, who was second in command of the Parachute Regiment when they shot dead 14 unarmed people after a civil rights march in Derry. He was later to command British forces during the invasion of Iraq. According to the official history, the conflict in Northern Ireland was about two warring tribes, the Catholics and Protestants, who had to be kept apart for their own sakes by British soldiers.

But in reality the occupation of Northern Ireland was brutal, repressive and murderous. Far from keeping “warring tribes” apart, military intelligence recruited, trained and armed Loyalist murder gangs in Northern Ireland, ordering them to carry out a series of assassinations.

The latest source to shed light on the death squads run by the British army in Northern Ireland is known only as “John Black”. He is a convicted Loyalist terrorist. Black alleges that he -along with dozens of other members of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), a Loyalist terror organization - were trained and armed by British military intelligence. “Military intelligence trained, armed and moulded squads of Loyalists to put pressure on the IRA,” he says. He also claims UVF members were ordered by military intelligence to carry out assassinations in order to sow terror among the Catholic population and undermine the Republican movement. Black was convicted twice of terrorist offences, in the 1970s and in the early 1990s. He says he carried out some 50 UVF operations sanctioned by the army’s secret Force Research Unit (FRU). He became a “killer, bomber, arsonist and robber”, he says.

Black was a UVF member in the early 1970s when he was first approached. As well as being trained in firearms at army barracks and firing ranges around Northern Ireland - primarily at Palace Barracks near Holywood in County Down - Loyalists were given intelligence on potential targets and details about which targets to attack. As many as 120 people could have been trained by military intelligence. At times they were given uniforms to provide cover while they were with their handlers. Black even drank with his handlers in the bars on military bases.

While the army-backed murder squads were active, military intelligence would impose an Out Of Bounds (OOB) order on the area in which the attack was about to take place. A OOB means an intelligence operation is under way - so police and army stay out of the area. This gave Loyalist murder gangs the freedom to operate with impunity. Black says he was trained by the army in how to use a variety of handguns, machine guns and rifles, as well as in bomb making techniques. He claims his handlers gave the UVF consignments of guns and ammunition. Loyalists were given classes on how to avoid leaving incriminating evidence at the scene of crimes and how to steal cars for use in assassination operations. Black says he was told, “We don’t expect that active service units of the UVF will kill somebody every time they go out. The mere fact that an attempt has been made and shots fired - even if they wound or miss altogether - is all part of the terror tactics.” The policy was meant to “scare the shit” out of Catholics.

McGurk’s Bar

A bomb was planted in McGurk’s Bar - a predominantly Catholic bar on North Queen Street in Belfast - on 4 December 1971. It exploded, killing 15 men, women and children. In the immediate aftermath of the McGurk’s Bar bombing, the army told the media that the bomb had belonged to the IRA. It had been inside the bar waiting to be transported when it exploded, they said. This was a lie. Seven years later a UVF man received 15 life sentences for the bombing. For years, the families of the victims have been lobbying for the bombing to be reinvestigated. They argue it was the result of collusion between the UVF and the army.

Black says he was told about the planned bombing two weeks before the attack and was with his handler at the time it happened. He also claims he saw his handler take pot shots at Catholic teenagers on the streets of Belfast. Pat Irvine, whose mother Kitty was killed in the McGurk’s bombing, told Socialist Worker, ‘‘It is clear that the attack took place in collusion with the state. We are concerned with ensuring that Black’s paymasters, and those who took the decisions at the highest levels of the establishment, are exposed for their role in collusion. “The family of Kitty Irvine knows this for certain. No doubt, the source will be accused of fantasy or profiteering, as with any other whistleblower on the dirty war in the north east of Ireland. “The British authorities will try to stymie any further investigation into their own government’s and army’s felonies. The government and military are guilty of war crimes against Irish men, women and children.”

Bloody Sunday

In the weeks leading up to Bloody Sunday in Derry, on 30 January 1972, in which the Parachute Regiment killed 14 people, Black claims he was informed by his handlers that the army had been ordered by the cabinet “to use whatever force and tactics necessary to put these troublemakers down”. “The Bloody Sunday massacre was sanctioned by the government and top military chiefs,” he believes. The day before Bloody Sunday, Black says he was taken for a training session at Palace Barracks, where he was given a pep talk by a major who praised him for “having the courage and loyalty to participate in covert actions against the common enemy”. The major told Black, “We are hoping to provoke a confrontation with the IRA in Derry - and give them an example of what to expect in future attacks.”

Black was provided with a uniform, a gas mask, camouflage face paint and a rifle as cover for the time he would spend in Derry with his handler. Black says he watched from a military intelligence observation post as soldiers opened fire on civilians. He claims to have seen members of military intelligence shooting at - and hitting - unarmed civilians from the gun nest in the observation post.

New Lodge Six

In 1973, handlers organised and took part in a gun attack in Belfast that left six Catholic men dead. The killings took place within hours of each other on the night of 3 February and early hours of 4 February in the New Lodge area in the north of the city. The army claimed all six were shot dead during a gun battle with the IRA. But no gun battle took place - and none of the six dead men was armed. Locals and a number of the victims’ families have always alleged the killings took place as a result of collusion between paramilitaries and the army.

Black claims he was one of a team of four gunmen led by an FRU member who opened fire in the New Lodge area that night. Black said his handler phoned him on the day: ‘‘He rang and told me that something was planned for that night - and that our role in it was to create the impression that the New Lodge was under attack from Loyalists. ‘‘Later I listened with him to the military radio until a code came over it, which was the cue for us to start shooting. Me and two other UVF men were positioned in an entry close to Edlingham Street beside the New Lodge. “The four of us fired shots for around 15 minutes, then we went to a different point at Edlingham Street where British soldiers were firing into the area.”

Black said that the attack was designed to draw the local IRA into a gun battle with the troops. John Loughran, a spokesperson for the victims’ families, told Socialist Worker that he is hopeful that Black’s claims will help uncover the truth about what happened that night. ‘‘It is the families’ view that these killings were sanctioned at the highest political levels in Whitehall,” he says. “Now that this has been acknowledged by someone involved in the murky underworld of British military intelligence, this must be considered as new evidence. This is the basis for a new investigation into the killings of six innocent men.”

Counter gangs

In 1971 British army brigadier Frank Kitson proposed establishing ‘‘counter gangs’’ to defeat the rapidly developing ‘‘insurgency’’ in the north of Ireland. The philosophy was simple and brutal - terrorize Catholics through the use of Loyalist gangs that were controlled by the security forces, but whose activities could not be traced back to the British government. From the late 1970s onwards, both Labour and Tory governments backed the Force Research Unit which supplied names, addresses and photographs of targets to paramilitaries. During this time the FRU worked alongside the Special Branch of Northern Ireland’s police force.

In the 1980s, the FRU was led by Colonel Gordon Kerr. He now heads British intelligence in Iraq. The key person supplying the information was British army agent Brian Nelson. He infiltrated the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), a Loyalist paramilitary group. His information was responsible for the murder of at least 30 Catholics, including solicitor Pat Finucane. Jack Grantham, a former FRU handler, described Nelson’s role “as an extension of the operational capability of the British army”.

“By that I mean refining their targeting, increasing their operational efficiency by re-arming them and using them to target known subversives which fitted the criteria and other type of person that the FRU wanted eliminating.” In January this year the Northern Ireland police ombudsman’s report concluded that one UVF unit in the Mount Vernon area of north Belfast was run by Northern Ireland Special Branch. That unit carried out up to 16 murders. Earlier this month the Department of Public Prosecutions said there would be no prosecution of police or soldiers over the death of Pat Finucane.

In the context of Northern Ireland the term collusion has come to embrace a number of illegal activities on the part of the British forces, British Army, RUC and intelligence services.

In the context of Northern Ireland. These include:
  • conspiring with loyalist paramilitaries to carry out assassinations;
  • taking part in assassinations;
  • collecting information on individuals and passing it over to loyalist paramilitaries;
  • passing officially collected information to loyalist paramilitaries for legitimate purposes;
  • failing to prevent loyalist paramilitary assassinations; providing weapons to loyalist paramilitaries;
    running British intelligence agents involved in illegal loyalist paramilitary activities up to the most senior levels;
  • assisting in the commission of killings by loyalist paramilitaries, for example, by lifting road-blocks; failing to investigate such killings rigorously;
  • failing to inform individuals that they have been targeted for assassination;
  • failing to provide individuals targeted for assassination with the nature of their personal details in the hands of loyalist paramilitaries;
  • failing to share information with other sections of the British forces which should result in an individual being warned that they were being targeted for assassination;
Various organs of the British state, such as the Attorney General, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, have:
  • failed to prosecute those responsible for such killings;
  • failed to prosecute or otherwise discipline those members of the British forces involved in collusion;
  • used Public Interest Immunity certificates and claims at trials and inquests to withhold information concerning alleged collusion;
  • allowed members of the British forces to carry illegal acts, whether in conspiracy with loyalist paramilitaries or not, with impunity and hindering official investigations of those acts.

The Scot behind Ulster's dirty war

Elite unit passed intelligence to UDA death squads 

INVESTIGATION The Sunday Herald today names for the first time the Scottish military intelligence officer who controlled an ultra-secret covert army unit in Northern Ireland that colluded with loyalist terror gangs to murder at least 14 Catholics. Brigadier Gordon Kerr ran the counter-intelligence Force Research Unit (FRU) in Northern Ireland between 1987 and 1991. He is to be questioned by Sir John Stevens, the Scotland Yard commissioner, over allegations that his unit aided and abetted loyalist killers as part of a state-sanctioned murder campaign.

Photographs and intelligence reports on republican targets were deliberately passed by the FRU to members of the outlawed Ulster Defence Association, which then passed the information to its gunmen to carry out sectarian and political executions. One of the FRU's key agents was Brian Nelson, the UDA's chief intelligence officer. Two of Nelson's FRU handlers were Scottish soldiers, and one of his RUC handlers was also Scottish. Before he was recruited as an army agent, Nelson had been a private in the Black Watch regiment. He was later jailed but now lives in hiding in Germany. Kerr, who comes from the Aberdeen area, served with the Gordon Highlanders before moving to Northern Ireland.

One FRU source, who spoke to the Sunday Herald under guarantee of anonymity, said: ''We were able to take out leading Provos with the help of the UDA. It was a great military move.'' Kerr, who is currently the military attache to the British embassy in Beijing, will be interrogated by members of the Stevens' inquiry team within the next three months, as will at least two other high-ranking FRU members. The Sunday Herald understands that Stevens plans to arrest a number of FRU officers shortly. The principal killing that Stevens is investigating is the 1989 murder of the solicitor Pat Finucane, whose clients included many leading nationalists. He was gunned down by loyalists in front of his wife and children at his Belfast home.

A former FRU member who served under Kerr, Philip Campbell Smith, was arrested by detectives from the Stevens team early last week for threatening witnesses. Smith, a 41-year-old security consultant from Northamptonshire allegedly intimidated a former military intelligence agent, who uses the cover name Martin Ingram. Ingram has voluntarily co-operated with the Stevens inquiry by giving a detailed statement about the covert activities of the FRU in Ulster. Smith allegedly threatened Ingram by sending e-mails revealing his address. This could have led to republicans trying to kill Ingram. Smith is the author of a Ministry of Defence-approved book, The Fishers of Men. It was written under the pseudonym Rob Lewis and details the FRU role in Northern Ireland.

The Sunday Herald's FRU source described Smith's book as being ''riddled with disinformation and lies''. The Ministry of Defence said it had ''full confidence in the suitability and capability'' of Kerr to continue working as the British military attache in Beijing. The MoD said it had no intention of launching an inquiry into Kerr and his role as FRU commander following information that the Stevens inquiry wanted to interrogate him. At the time of the Finucane murder, the Tory government was under pressure from its back benches to take a strong hand with the IRA. It was often said that the army should ''eliminate'' known paramilitaries, given the extent of high-level intelligence on IRA volunteers. The role of Kerr and the FRU in the dirty war is not a story that the British government nor establishment want to be revealed. The government has already gagged the Sunday People newspaper for trying to publish a story similar to today's investigation in the Sunday Herald. Probing the activities of the FRU has also led to the Sunday Times and Ireland's Sunday Tribune being hounded under the Official Secrets Act.
Turning a blind eye to murder Sir John Stevens' report on collusion, the darkest corner of Northern Ireland's "dirty war", is the most damning indictment ever made of British intelligence operations in the province. It paints a shocking picture of sections of army intelligence and RU...
Scandal of Ulster's secret war
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UDA spy's death sparks fresh call for public inquiry
Campaigners yesterday intensified calls for a public inquiry into the murder of the Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane, following the death of Brian Nelson, the army double agent said to have set him up, just days before a new police report on the case.
Army had 'hundreds' of agents in IRA
An undercover army unit set up to infiltrate paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland recruited and handled between 160 and 200 agents in the Provisional IRA in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Guardian has learned.
Brigadier may face Ulster murder charges 
A British army brigadier and up to 20 other serving and retired soldiers and police officers could be prosecuted for allegedly conspiring with loyalist terrorists in Northern Ireland, it emerged yesterday.

Britain's tame death squads 
The British state has been conspiring to murder its own citizens in Northern Ireland. That is the only credible conclusion that can be drawn from the evidence that has seeped slowly into the public domain over the past decade.
Exposed: security force links to loyalist killer gangs
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Partners in crime: loyalist killers and British security forces in NI 
Collusion between British security forces and loyalist terrorists in Northern Ireland was the focus of hearings on Capitol Hill this week in Washington. 

Friday, 22 March 2013

NEW EMPIRE BRITAIN Genocidal Imperialism

NEW BRITISH EMPIRE - Evil, Bloody and Genocidal Imperialism
The essential feature of British imperial method: to blame its crimes on others, and rally its colonial victims, such as the Arabs, against the United States. The core of British imperial method has always been to rule through orchestrating conflict and war, made possible by systematically organizing, funding, protecting, and deploying the most irrational and violent, opposing, sides, of each and every important conflict, anywhere in the world.
British Genocides
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British Racism
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New British Empire - Evil, Bloody and Genocidal Imperialism

Commonwealth of Nations with it's British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies
The Commonwealth of Nations consists of 53 member states and it is the successor of the British Empire. Queen Elizabeth is the monarch of the Commonwealth of Nations and the Commonwealth realms which consists of 16 member states. 
It was once said that "the sun never sets on the British Empire", and the British Overseas Territories still extend to every geographic region of the world, with the Caribbean Overseas Territories in North America, the Falklands in South America, Saint Helena and Dependencies in Africa, Pitcairn in Oceania, Gibraltar in Europe, British Indian Ocean Territory in Asia, and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands in Antarctica.
The 14 British overseas territories are: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn Islands, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia, Turks and Caicos Islands. The head of state in the overseas territories is the British monarch, currently Queen Elizabeth II. 

The Crown Dependencies are possessions of The Crown in Right of the United Kingdom, as opposed to overseas territories or colonies of the United Kingdom. They comprise the Channel Island bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey and the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. They are possessions of the British Crown they are not sovereign nations in their own right, and the power to pass legislation affecting the islands rests ultimately with their own legislative assemblies, with the assent of the Crown (Privy Council). (Source: Wikipedia).

Now the British Empire today, contrary to what most people are misled to believe, is still an empire, but of a very special form. It's called the Commonwealth. Most people don't know how the British Empire functions. The British Parliament is a joke. It's an adaptation, a reform of the Monarchy. It does not run the Monarchy. The Queen runs from the top down, through a Privy Council.

Number One on the Privy Council, after the Queen, is a whole lot of other people, about 500. These 500 people run the British Empire, including the apparatus of its old Colonial Office. The Colonial Office was never disbanded. They call it the Overseas Development Office now. The Crown Agents who ran the colonies still function. They operate whole countries around the world.

In the minds of the political, industrial, and intellectual elites of the overwhelming majority of nations of the world today, there exists a deadly dangerous myth: that the British Empire has disappeared from the face of the Earth; and that Great Britain, the United Kingdom, is of little consequence in world affairs. According to this fairy tale, Britain's royal family is a powerless relic of days gone by, collecting its modest pension, fulfilling its ceremonial obligations, and, perhaps, drawing in a few tourist dollars, to justify its upkeep. In the extreme version of this Big Lie, today's Britain is cast in the role of a benign force in world affairs, a "friend of the downtrodden" and "diligent defender of human rights."

The authorship of both of these complementary hoaxes - the demise of the British Empire, and its replacement by the U.S.A. as the new "Great Satan" - is traceable to Britain's own vast propaganda and intelligence apparatus, associated with such institutions as British Broadcasting Corp., Reuters News Service, the Hollinger Corp., the Tavistock Institute, the Mont Pelerin Society, Oxford and Cambridge universities, the British Commonwealth, and His Royal Highness Prince Philip's World Wildlife Fund (WWF, now the World Wide Fund for Nature).
The British Empire is very much alive and well today. Behind closed doors at such locations as Chatham House, the London headquarters of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (RIIA), blueprints for the consolidation of one-world empire, drawing upon the resources of the British Commonwealth and the United Nations Organization (UNO), have already been drawn up, and construction is under way.

The United Kingdom itself has very little to do with the new British Empire. England, Scotland, Wales, and, especially, Northern Ireland, are today little more than slave plantations and social engineering laboratories, serving the needs of a collection of families, numbering no more than 3,000-5,000 people, who live and work in and around the City of London, a one-mile-square financial and corporate district, which represents the greatest concentration of financial power ever assembled in one location.

These families constitute a financier oligarchy; they are the power behind the Windsor throne. Among their own ranks, these financier oligarchs refer to themselves as the Club of the Isles, after the original "Prince of the Isles" Edward Albert (King Edward VII), the son of Queen Victoria, who orchestrated the Crimean War, the Opium Wars, the Russo-Japanese War, and World War I, to consolidate Britain as the primus inter pares (first among equals) of the European monarchies and feudal families.

The City of London dominates the world's speculative markets. A tightly interlocking group of corporations, involved in raw materials extraction, finance, insurance, transportation, and food production, controls the lion's share of the world market, and exerts virtual "choke point" control over world industry.

"Queen Elizabeth II the largest landowner on Earth." 

Queen Elizabeth II, head of state of the United Kingdom and of 31 other states and territories, is the legal owner of about 6,600 million acres of land, one sixth of the earth's non ocean surface. She is the only person on earth who owns whole countries, and who owns countries that are not her own domestic territory...The value of her land holding. £17,600,000,000,000 (approx)...This makes her the richest individual on earth...Her holding is based on the laws of the countries she owns and her land title is valid in all the countries she owns. Her main holdings are Canada, the 2nd largest country on earth, with 2,467 million acres, Australia, the 7th largest country on earth with 1,900 million acres, the Papua New Guinea with114 million acres, New Zealand with 66 million acres and the UK with 60 million acres...(Source: Who Owns the World)

Queen Elizabeth II is the grand-daughter of Queen Victoria

The opium drug wars were Queen Victoria's little wars and here are references about these wars at Wikipedia:

Queen's Cayman Islands

The islands of the Caribbean have long played a key role in the British Empire's assault against the United States. The Brits set up the offshore banking centers in the Caribbean to pave the way for the explosion of narcotics out of Ibero-America, then used the proceeds from the dope trade to take over the U.S. financial system. The most important of the Caribbean offshore financial centers is the Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory run by a royal governor appointed by Queen Elizabeth II. The Caymans are mainly a mail drop and regulation-free zone, a place where hot money is welcome and few questions are asked. Companies register themselves in the Caymans in order to take advantage of the tax breaks, lax regulations, and secrecy provided by the British. It is well known in law enforcement circles that the dope trade would quickly choke on its own cash were not a significant portion of the global financial system devoted to money laundering, and the offshore centers in the Caribbean were set up to facilitate the South American drug trade, and have expanded with it. Overseeing the Caymans financial system are a brace of imperial operatives. The royal governor, Stuart Duncan Jack, is a knighted Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority is run by Timothy Ridley, who was made a knight of the Order of the British Empire. The Center for Economic Growth is run by Richard Rahn, a member of the oligarchic Mont Pelerin Society.

The British use the UK media for mass psychological warfare. The UK media is carefully manipulated and directed in order to create and mold popular opinion. The center of this mass psychological warfare apparatus is based outside London in the Tavistock Institute.

Thursday, 21 March 2013


Political Internment of  Martin Corey

The British Government’s Northern Ireland Office and the unelected Viceroyal Owen Paterson's decision to overturn the Belfast High Court order, to release veteran Republican Martin Corey last year, exposes the default position of the British Government, when dealing with Ireland as being naked repression.

All the fine talk of a 'peace process"which the British supposedly signed up to, counts for nothing, when it comes to dealing with Martin Corey, whose only ‘crime’ is to believe in the independence of Ireland, wear green and attend an annual Bodenstown commemoration ceremony attended by Government ministers, of which the British establishment doesn't approve. 

In Martin Corey's case the British state has subverted its own courts, in order to block the order of release of an Irish Republican. What the political internment, without trial, charge, explanation or length of internment of Martin Corey, a 63 old senior citizen has done, is to lift the veil of British Occupied Ireland and reveal a scum state, where there is no rule of law, where a person can be locked up on the secret evidence of a shadowy and hidden intelligence agency such as MI5, who are responsible for the murder of human rights lawyers, journalists, human rights activists and more than a thousand people in Ireland.

No one is safe in such a scum state and those in Britain who dismiss Martin Corey’s case as relevant only to traditional Irish republicans, would do well to remember that what is experimented in British Occupied Ireland today, becomes common practice against ordinary working class people in Britain tomorrow.

The treatment of Martin Corey constitutes an attack by the British Government, not just on Martin’s human and civil rights but also an attack on the human and civil rights of all people within British Occupied Ireland, which along with the political internment of Marian Price on trumped up charges, reflect the the true nature of  bigoted British involvement, in mentored sectarianism of divide and conquer in Ireland..

The Stormont regime, who propagate the lie, that everything is approaching normality, with a new ‘human rights’ agenda are discredited, with their sectarian undemocratic and colonial statelet, with secret courts, special courts, special laws and a re-packaged colonial police force, of old RUC winos, in new PSNI bottled green PSheads, trying feebly, to enforce the writ of the British Royal and her current unelected, vice prostitute. Nothing of any significance has really changed in terms of the British scum state, towards Irish people and the return of internment without trial is the proof of it.

The subverting of their own judicial process, with regard to Martin Corey, has generally been ignored by the corporate media, and when it has, it has been mentioned the emphasis has been on Martin’s previous 19 year political imprisonment in Long Kesh concentration camp. Telling the truth would shine a light on the abnormality of the British Occupied scum state in Ireland. People need to unite and organize on the internment without-trial of Martin Corey and Marian Price and to reshare or retweet articles and accurate information worldwide, to beat the rampant censorship on the political internment of both in Ireland.


Irish Foreclosure Wave Risks Housing Recovery: Mortgages

Irish bankers preparing for the biggest wave of foreclosures in the nation’s history are struggling with how to dispose of the homes as the central bank pressures them to go after owners of investment properties.
Ireland, which had the biggest real estate crash in Europe with a 50 percent plunge in residential prices since 2007, is only now contemplating significant repossessions. The focus is on the so-called buy-to-let market, or properties bought to rent, which jumped during Ireland’s decade-long real estate boom, and now account for more than a fifth of the 142 billion- euro ($184 billion) mortgage market.
Residential property sits on a stalled housing development in Dublin. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg
March 19 (Bloomberg) -- Marian Finnegan, chief economist at Sherry FitzGerald Group, talks about the Irish housing market and the investment appeal of commercial office space. She spoke Feb. 15 in London with Bloomberg's Neil Callanan. (Source: Bloomberg)
More than a quarter of the 31.1 billion euros of loans on those properties was more than three months in arrears at the end of December, the Irish Central Bank said this month. As the banks repossess and then dispose of properties, they risk killing the nascent real estate recovery, so far limited mainly to Dublin, as international buyers hunt for distressed assets and the country seeks to emerge from the international bailout program at the end of this year.
“If you dump them in the market, you create all kinds of distortions and dislocations,” David Duffy, chief executive of Dublin-based Allied Irish Banks Plc (ALBK), the nation’s biggest mortgage lender, said in an interview. It will be more “ a managed bleed” of homes on to the market, he said.
The scale of the mortgage crisis is clear from central bank figures released this month. Rents fell 25 percent between 2007 and 2010. Buy-to-let mortgages more than three months delinquent rose to 28,421 at the end of December from 27,018 three months earlier. Another 13,469 have had their terms modified. In all, 25 percent of Irish mortgages by value are in arrears or have been restructured. The government has said repossessions will focus mostly on investment properties rather than family homes.

More Expertise

“We see an awful lot more buy-to-let property coming under the control of banks, though not so dramatic among owner- occupiers,” said John Reynolds, KBC Bank Ireland chief executive. “We will need to bring in more expertise to manage” properties over the next two years, he said.
U.S. investors have already made forays into Irish property, as the country seeks to be the first to leave a rescue program since the euro crisis started more than three years ago.
After being forced to take a bailout in 2010 as its financial system teetered on the verge of failure following Western Europe’s worst real estate collapse, Ireland is now forecast to have the second-fastest growth rate in the euro region this year. It last week sold its first 10-year bond since the bailout, and five-year borrowing costs have dropped to the lowest in almost eight years.

Ross Invests

Billionaire Wilbur Ross’s WL Ross & Co. was among five investors to buy a 34.9 percent state in Bank of Ireland Plc, the nation’s largest bank in 2011. Kennedy Wilson Holdings Inc., a real-estate investment services firm, bought a 210-unit apartment building in central Dublin with Fairfax Financial for 40 million euros in June. The building was sold by receiver Grant Thornton LLP for Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc’s Ulster Bank unit.
Kennedy Wilson also led the 27 million-euro purchase of a 119-unit apartment complex south of the capital city’s center in November.
“It’s a changing market place,” said Marian Finnegan, chief economist at Sherry FitzGerald Group, the nation’s largest property advisory company. “We’ve seen a handful of reasonably good deals in the last year. That’s certainly the way the market will evolve.”

Cultural Taboo

More opportunities may arise as the banks ramp up repossessions. Even with arrears rising, lenders have foreclosed on few homes, holding just 454 buy-to-let homes and 903 owner occupier residences at the end of 2012, the central bank said. In part, the reluctance to repossess reflects a cultural taboo, captured in the words of labor union leader Jack O’Connoron March 8.
“The parallels between the graphic images of post-famine Ireland and the prospect our own authorities evicting people from their family homes to pay off debts to those at the top of the European banking system are striking,” O’Connor, head of SIPTU, the country’s biggest union, said. “I suspect that the recent intensification in calls for such unspeakable cruelty is about pandering to the vultures of the global banking system.”
Speaking to lawmakers on March 6, John Moran, head official at the Finance Ministry, said repossession levels are “unnaturally low” and will rise.
Before December 2009, lenders used a 1964 law as the basis to repossess homes. This was repealed and replaced in 2009, which due to a drafting oversight, applied only to loans taken out after Dec. 1 2009. The government has pledged to introduce laws to plug the loophole by the end of the first quarter.

Inevitable Repossessions

Repossesions are “inevitable,” Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan said last month, as he outlined the challenges linked to banks foreclosing on such properties.
“Will release of repossessed or surrendered property into the market depress prices further?” said Honohan in a speech. “Or will instead the increased number of transactions relieve uncertainty and help the market to finally find a price floor?”
The question for the banks is what to do with the properties they foreclose on. A complication is the fragile nature of a recovery in home values. Dublin prices rose in January, the second increase in three months. Mortgage lending rose last year by 7 percent to 2.6 billion euros, the first increase since 2008, according to the Irish Banking Federation. Lending peaked at 40 billion euros in 2006.
Yet prices outside the capital fell 1.6 percent in January from December. Across the country, prices fell 3.3 percent from the year-earlier period.

Recruit People

“Banks are going to have to recruit people with property management and asset management skills as they are going to have to accept the reality of holding repossessed buy-to-lets for some time,” said Jeremy Masding, CEO of Dublin-based Permanent TSB Group Plc (IPM), the largest mortgage lender during the boom. “One of their key skills will be offloading repossessed properties without undermining the market.”
Dublin may be able to absorb more houses coming onto the market, according to Rob Kitchin, director of the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis in Maynooth, west of Dublin.
“In provincial towns, it will be much more difficult to shift such property,” Kitchin said. “So banks face the decision of selling low and cutting their losses or holding out for some time until there is stabilization in these markets.”

Recognize Dangers

Bankers recognize the dangers of flooding the market and are looking at alternatives. Allied Irishhas built a database of real estate to see where shortages may emerge. The lender will “manage” properties on to the market, while hiring outsiders for the upkeep of homes, Duffy said.
“One of the big risks is that they turn fallow and that they just go to ruin,” he said. “We want to maintain a portfolio that’s well managed and kept.”
In the banks’ favor is a recovery in rents. Across the country, leases rose 2.2 percent last year, after dropping 0.3 percent in 2011 and 2.5 percent in 2010, according to, the real estate Web site. Dublin prices have risen 6 percent in the past two years.
Twenty-five minutes’ walk away from AIB’s headquarters, at KBC Ireland Bank, John Reynolds is mulling how to bundle portfolios of houses or apartments together to attract overseas investors, as banks prepare to ramp up repossessions. He said buy-to-let portfolios could be packaged as “a neat bundle” for sale.
“If through bad fortune, one ends up with a more spread portfolio, it wouldn’t take huge reengineering to create a pool for investors,” Reynolds said.

Bank Seizures

While 11.9 percent of loans on Irish private homes were at least three months in arrears in December, repossessions amount to 0.11 percent of all mortgages.
By contrast, while 2.89 percent of U.S. home loans are in arrears, banks’ inventory of repossessed homes was equivalent to 3.74 percent of their loan book during the same time period, according to Mortgage Bankers Association in Washington D.C.
“Arrears are likely to plateau in 2014 as the banks accelerate the resolution” in line with new targets set by the Irish central bank, Fitch Ratings said in a report today. Banks need to propose sustainable solutions for 50 percent of mortgages in long-term arrears -- over 90 days overdue -- by the end of 2013. The central bank is also considering “higher capital requirements for banks that have poor mortgage arrears resolution strategies and weak execution,” according to Fitch.
Even in Dublin, banks need to go about selling property in a controlled way, according to Philip O’Sullivan, economist at NCB Stockbrokers.
“If they were to flood the market with repossessed properties, they would just set back asset values, which isn’t in anyone’s interest -- least of all, their own,” he said.
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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

SUCK IT UP IRELAND ! The Fourth Reich

Reports from Nicosia suggest that the bailout plan — negotiated between the Cypriot government and the so-called “troika” of the European Commission, European Central Bank (ECB), and International Monetary Fund (IMF) — doesn’t have the votes to pass that country’s unicameral legislature. Update: The budget failed Tuesday afternoon, garnering 0 votes in parliament.
This comes despite President Nicos Anastasiades amending the plan’s most controversial provision, a haircut on bank deposits. Initially, the plan was to confiscate 6.75 percent of the first €100,000 of each bank account and 9.9 percent of any money above that, but Anastasiades changed the plan to exempt the first €20,000 in deposits. That likely means the plan wouldn’t raise the €5.8 billion demanded by the troika, but the hope was to mitigate the effect on average Cypriots. But even that more measured plan appears to be dead in the water.
So what are Cyprus’s options now? Here are a few.
Negotiate another European bailout, complete with haircut.

Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who leads the European Commission’s finance ministers, talks with IMF head Christine Lagarde on Friday. (Virginia Mayo — AP)
The troika is clearly still worried that the Cyprus situation is spiraling out of control, and so might be amenable to a different bailout package. One possibility is to slightly amend the plan beyond Anastasiades’s changes, for example by increasing the exemption at the bottom and increasing the cut of large accounts, which would both meet the troika’s €5.8 billion target and possibility ameliorate the concerns of Cypriot legislators. This approach would have the same pros and cons as the previous plan, more or less, and given that that planfailed to rattle world markets or cause bank runs in larger vulnerable economies like Italy and Spain, the pros could well outweigh the cons.
But there are other concerns. The central bank chief of Cyprus, the aptly named Panicos Demetriades, has said that 10 percent of the country’s bank deposits will flee should any kind of bank levy take effect. That would likely increase the necessary scale of the bailout, perhaps to a level the troika is unwilling to tolerate. Worse, it could prompt an even larger haircut, leading to further capital flight, and so on, creating a deadly spiral. Demetriades, the central bank, and the ECB all want to exempt deposits under €100,000, which aresubject to government guarantees which the bank levy would abrogate, but his warnings suggest he doesn’t think that change would be sufficient to stop significant withdrawals as soon as banks open on Thursday.
There are also geopolitical concerns. Russia, a patron of sorts to Cyprus and source of about a third of its bank deposits, is firmly against any kind of bank levy. President Vladimir Putin has described the plan as “unfair, unprofessional and dangerous,” while Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev said it “was just like a confiscation of someone else’s money.” Medvedev ominously warned that Russia may be forced to “correct” its relationship with Cyprus if the levy should go into effect. It may be that preventing that sort of “correction” is important enough to Cypriot legislators to render any deal including a haircut a non-starter.
A more traditional European bailout.

Greek austerity, ladies and gentlemen. (Yannis Behrakis — Reuters)
Most countries in Europe receiving bailouts have been forced to raise money as a condition of receiving emergency funds, but usually that money is raised through austerity measures. Greece, for example, typically has to agree to debt reduction to be achieved through some combination of spending cuts and tax increases as a condition of getting bailout funds. Cyprus could, in theory, agree to raise its €5.8 billion share of the European bailout through these means.
There are a number of disadvantages to this approach, however. The experience of Greece, Spain and Britain in recent years confirms what Keynesian economists have always known: Austerity is a great way to make a recession worse, or even cause one to come back. Should the pattern repeat itself in Cyprus, the country could, paradoxically, see its debt situation worsen as tax revenues fall with incomes and government social transfers increase as more citizens fall into poverty.
What’s more, €5.8 billion is a huge figure for Cyprus. For context, the country’s GDP in 2012 was about €17.9 billion. Their share of the bailout, in other words, amounts to 32.4 percent of GDP. For context, in 2012 government spending was 47 percent of GDP. Presumably, their payments of the bailout money would have to be spread out over the course of a number of years to avoid economic catastrophe, which might be less attractive to their European lenders. And even that would likely deepen the country’s already bad recession.
Bail out the banks themselves.

Neel Kashkari, seen here straight chillin’, managed TARP, the largest bank bailout financed by a country on its own without international help. (Linda Davidson — The Washington Post)
The main problem in Cyprus is that the country’s banks have taken on toxic Greek assets which wrecked their balance sheets and put them in danger of failing. It’s commonly assumed that Cyprus is incapable of financing its own bailout, given its high 7 percent interest rate on long-term government debt. Any bailout package it puts together itself would have to be financed through some combination of expensive debt and crippling austerity measures. But worst comes to worst, the country could loan a ton of money on the open market (as opposed to from the Troika) to finance that. Whether the country would have a functioning economy or a non-bankrupt government after that is an open question.
A Russian bailout.

Who could say no to that face? (Associated Press)
Russia has a vested interest in Cyprus not collapsing in on itself. For one thing, the Russian government relies on it as a means of funneling arms to Syria to help it kill its citizens, a project that most governments understandably shy away from. But more importantly, Russian banks have lent $40 billion to Russian-controlled businesses on Cyprus.
If the Cyprus situation worsens, to avoid capital fleeing the country it’s likely the government will impose capital controls. That means less money leaving Cyprus and going to Russia to repay those loans. That’s a big deal. The AP quotes Ivan Tchakarov, chief economist at the investment bank Renaissance Capital in Moscow, as estimating that capital controls would lead to Russian bank losses on the order of 2 percent of GDP. That’s a genuine economic catastrophe for Russia.
But Russia would likely demand something in return. That something might be a share of Cyprus’s bountiful natural resources, not least of which are its significant natural gas deposits. Gazprom, the world’s largest extractor of natural gas which Putin nationalized in his previous tenure as president, has offered to bailout Cyprus itself. All the island has to do in return is give Gazprom all of its natural gas. It’s also possible that Russia would want Cyprus to crack down on the many Russian oligarchs who use the island for money laundering and tax evasion. That would deprive the Cypriot banking sector of a significant source of revenue.
An American bailout.

Ben Bernanke’s got 99 problems, and Cyprus probably doesn’t have to be one. (Reuters — David Stubbs)
Yeah, right, I know, but Ben Bernanke can technically decide that the latest round of asset buys the Fed is conducting should be switched from mortgage-backed securities to Cypriot bonds. If he buys those at bargain basement rates, Cyprus could finance the bailout without bankrupting itself. Same goes for any other central bank, like the Chinese or Indian banks. Brazil could get involved, maybe Britain or Canada. Who knows, it could be a whole party. Whether any of these countries think it’s worth the political risk of bailing out a tiny island in the Mediterranean which none of their constituents care about is another story. That’s why discussion focuses around Europe’s central bank rather than any institutions outside the European Union.
Leaving the Euro.
The Cypriot pound, before the country joined the Euro in 2008. (
The Cypriot pound, before the country joined the Euro in 2008. (
This is the scenario where everyone’s justified in panicking and freaking out. The reason Cyprus has very little control over its interest rates is that it does not have control over its own currency. The ECB controls its currency. However, if it were to leave the euro and start issuing Cypriot pounds again — or, even worse, start converting bank deposits and obligations into Cypriot pounds from euros or rubles or dollars — that problem goes away. It could default on its debts, not an option while still in the euro, or it could use financial repression to pull down interest rates to a manageable level, or it could pile on more debt, bail out the banks, and then inflate its way out of debt.
That would definitely cause bank runs in Cyprus, as a key component of that strategy is devaluing the Cypriot pound to well below the current value of the euro, so people would want to take their money out of Cypriot banks before that happened, and their money became worth much less. But it would also raise fears that Greece and possibly Spain, Portugal, or Italy was about to leave too, which could trigger bank runs in those countries. It would be really, really, really, really bad.
That’s why President Anastasiades’s statement over the weekend that failing to pass the bailout could force Cyprus to leave the euro was so terrifying, so countries like Ireland continue to suck it up!