Counterinsurgency handbook

June 22nd, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


The manual directly advocates training paramilitaries, pervasive surveillance, censorship, press control and restrictions on labor unions & political parties. It directly advocates warrantless searches, detainment without charge and (under varying circumstances) the suspension of habeas corpus. It directly advocates employing terrorists or prosecuting individuals for terrorism who are not terrorists, running false flag operations and concealing human rights abuses from journalists. And it repeatedly advocates the use of subterfuge and “psychological operations” (propaganda) to make these and other “population & resource control” measures more palatable.


Fight fire with fire

June 19th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

Bal Thackeray:

The threat of Islamic terror in India is rising. It is time to counter the same with Hindu terror. Hindu suicide squads should be readied to ensure existence of Hindu society and to protect the nation.

Bal Thackeray is an Indian politician, and the Indian congress has, rightly so, condemned his statement.

What the hell would a recruitment poster look like for a government run Suicide Squad?

What’s a ‘permanent base’?

June 18th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

NY Times Blog:

“The whole debate about permanent bases is meaningless,” said John Pike, the director of Global Security, a Web site that collects information on defense and intelligence issues. “There is no such thing as a permanent base.”
For example, Mr. Pike said, the United States military is currently vacating “temporary” facilities in the center of Seoul, South Korea, for more secure and modern barracks to the south of the city. Those temporary facilities, built after the Korean War, are more than 50 years old

Farewell to an old friend

June 17th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

I tried posting some pictures I took whilst on a secret mission at the weekend.

Due to technical issues, it’s all gone wrong and I can’t be arsed now. Maybe later.

But thanx to Tim, D-Notice and Davide for a good afternoon. Most enjoyable.

Proper posts about it from Tim, and Davide.

Movie plot threats

June 12th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


On more than one occasion, while out and about taking photographs, (mainly in London) I’ve been stopped for having a camera round my neck and looking like I might be about to take a picture.

Yup, that’s all it seems to take now-a-days to raise the suspicions of some underpaid private security guard. Just be out and about minding your own photographic business, perhaps dangerously close to the threshold of some crappy shopping centre and as quick as it takes for a CCTV camera to rotate.. There they are, trying to enforce some imaginary law.

42 days

June 11th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


Prime Minister Gordon Brown has narrowly won a House of Commons vote on extending the maximum time police can hold terror suspects to 42 days.

Oh! The irony of it all…

Our beloved government would not have been able to secure the passage of legislation designed to restrict the activities of one group of religious extremists (Muslim terrorists) without the help of another group of religious extremists (the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland).

Minor Subversion

June 10th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

I may not be man enough to square up to Mrs -O, but I can still be subversive in my own little way.
So in a not-ripped-off-from-Sunny-at-all way, I give you LOL-Bush!

It’s, er, just the one at the moment, I’ll update if I do some more, or you let me know of yours.

And another mention for Stop The War, 15 June.

The Manticore Stirs

June 9th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

I’m not much of a fan of Chimpy McFlightsuit* and so I was pleased to get an invite to join Operation Manticore.

But after reading in their forum where it was heading, I’ll be following avidly, but not participating.

I’m all for a bit of gentle civil dis-obedience, but my bollocks aren’t as big as they once were and more frighteningly, Mrs -O would kill me.

Best of luck guys, and your secret’s safe with me.

I suppose I’d better take my Operation Manticore banner down now.

Oh, don’t forget to tell your mates:

15 June 5pm Parliament Square
Protest at Bush Visit – 5pm, 15 June, Parliament Square

*blatantly ripped from bloggerheads

A little bit of logic

June 6th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

The Daily Mash:

“The prime minister keeps saying there are 2000 active terrorists in the UK, engaged in 30 active plots.
“But the thing I don’t quite get is, if the government knows for a fact there are 2000 terrorists and 30 plots, then how come there aren’t 2000 terrorists in prison and no plots?”
…if you can count them then – surely to Christ – you can arrest them?”

Iraq 2.0

June 5th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

The Independent:

…US troops would occupy permanent bases, conduct military operations, arrest Iraqis and enjoy immunity from Iraqi law…

So, is this like, “New, improved! Iraq 2.0, with integrated Americans”?

Via Manic

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