Monday, 27 November 2017

Another absorbing case for Miss Markle and the BBC.

Oh dear! BBC overflowing with another Royal engagement. Hopefully an American won't be acting up? It certainly appears to be a very human and genuine love match.

Once upon a time Royal marriage was primarily a matter of alliance. Love was a secondary but not necessarily excluded consideration and possibility.  Prospective spouses were selected from other European royal families for political purposes. 

In an age of "Constitutional Monarchy" in which important decisions are taken by elected officials and an invisible elite, an American Catholic with mixed heritage may tick all the modern PC boxes. Will it help to reinvigorate an ailing institution and a "special relationship" beyond the immediate personal one?

Incidentally I'm not necessarily anti-Harry or anti-Monarchy. They and it provide continuity and national symbolism, wrapped up in a personalised family that people can identify with. There needs to be a bit of glamour, charisma and mysticism at the top of things. That's what old wealth and the trappings of majesty can do. 

It also helps if you can trace your family and their deeds - whether laudable or otherwise - back a thousand years and beyond - and nobody that is anybody in world history, has not been touched in some way or other by all the antecedents.

Nor is it likely that anyone can find fault in the way the present Monarch has filled the roll or undertaken the arduous responsibility, given the fact that she had not chosen it for herself. Here indeed is both the strength and weakness of the hereditary principle.

Certain parallels but fortunately abdication not one of them!

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Once it was a given that the King/Queen was the "Lord's Anointed" on earth. Both political pragmatism (from 1688 onwards) and religious agnosticism (increasingly from mid-19th C. on) have undermined it although the traditional Coronation and the remnants of a Christian faith or even embedded superstition, have preserved the idea, almost like a vestigial tail. 

Humans like to think themselves to be rational beings, but as recent research has proved (as if experience had not proved it before) this is far from true psychologically or socially. In fact we remain deeply influenced by embedded mental processes and the developmental conditioning we are subject to. The 'hidden persuaders' are as active now as ever - in fact more so. The irrational decision making better understood - at least by academics - than ever also.

To give them their due, the Princes have attempted to reconcile the old and new, whilst suggesting how the Institution might be made more relevant to this modern technological era. The paradox of the rich and privileged promoting the welfare of the poor and disadvantaged cannot be avoided and it is hard to see it as other than a cynical ploy in image creation. 

However this is not to take anything from the much good that they have done for their chosen charities. After all there are lots of selfish wealthy people who choose to do nothing for others and few can claim to have done as much.

You get the impression that they are rather embarrassed to be Royal at all, as summed up in that Harry quote that, "No one wants to be King or Queen." As sixth in line (currently) there is little chance he will be, but he has managed to carve out a distinctive, risqué but attractive personality, shaped primarily by a measure of vulnerability and genuine empathy. 

Given his own circumstances, it is to be hoped that this relationship will be truly happy and long lasting. It and they are certainly likely to remain very much in the public eye. It appears there is an insatiable global appetite for this particular 'soap'. 

Let's hope Miss Markle is up to it, with or without the assistance of the BBC.

Margaret Rutherford as Agatha Christie's 'Miss Marple'.

Monday, 20 November 2017

What's Up at Langley? 
Marines Invade! Huge Fire!

Stories are emerging of two remarkable and potentially significant events at the headquarters of America's spy network - Langley, Virginia. 

The first that it was raided by a contingent of US Marines. For what purpose remains unclear, but to say the least, this doesn't happen every day. 

Then the report of a major fire that apparently revealed a massive illegal drug factory

Neither of these stories have as yet been covered by main stream media (MSM).

The question is, are the stories reliable and if not how have they been allowed to circulate on the Internet? 

But if they are true, why has the MSM suppressed them, for surely it must, if as it appears, the stories have not appeared on outlets?

Dark Humour? "The George Bush Centre for Intelligence" 
CIA Headquarters, Langley, Virginia.

Armed soldiers surrounding the CIA headquarters in Langley Virginia, followed by a major fire revealing covert drug manufacture, might be expected to create some interest in the British and world-wide news media. Yet a Google search of both "Langley Marines"and "Langley Fire" reveal NOTHING by MSM news outlets. 

Only fringe web-site appear to be carrying these dramatic reports.

More importantly, if accurate, what can these unprecedented events mean? 

Armed Marines surrounding the site and presumably entering and taking charge of the building and spy-masters could only take place on the explicit orders of the President. In what circumstances and for what purpose would such extraordinary steps be taken?

U.S. President George W. Bush (C) after a briefing at CIA headquarters
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Then a major fire in a wing named after George Bush that took over six hours to bring under control, only hours after the Marines were deployed, that apparently revealed a covert commercial drug factory! Really?

Yet here is the BBC One o'clock News running order, leading yet again with two interminable non-news stories and several others of dubious importance regarding celebrity deaths and anniversaries, high on emotion and low on substance. Needless to say not a mention of the Langley events, that in normal circumstances would surely be considered news-worthy. 

I wonder why this should be? Is it because it does not fit the agreed narrative regarding the agencies that ostensibly 'protect' us, or indeed who the enemies - Russian or Arab - really are?

BBC News Topics: Running Order 20.11.2017

  1. Zimbabwe
  2. Brexit
  3. Bidding for Euro Banking Authority and Euro Medicines Agency
  4. German coelition collapse Angela Merkel
  5. Yana Nevotna death @ 49 - tears and triumph
  6. Charles Manson death @ 82 (Sharon Tate murder)
  7. British Gas/Centrica Phasing out standard variable rate.
  8. Child abuse in Jehovah Witnesses
  9. Death of 
  10. Bullying in British sport.
  11. 70th wedding anniversary of Queen and Prince Philip
  12. Weather report

So what is true and what is false. Is the absence
of media coverage indicative of FAKE NEWS
Following from:

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A Marine expeditionary unit, formerly called Marine amphibious unit, is the smallest Marine air-ground task force in the United States Fleet Marine Force. Wikipedia
UPDATED 9:17 PM EST (SEE BOTTOM) -- Reports are beginning to surface that a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) landed at Langley on Saturday 18th November, 2017. 
Marine expeditionary unit (MEU, pronounced "Mew"),  is the smallest Marine air-ground task force (MAGTF) in the United States Fleet Marine Force. Each MEU is an expeditionary quick reaction force, deployed and ready for immediate response to any crisis, whether it be natural disaster or combat missions.
A Marine expeditionary unit is normally composed of: a reinforced Marine infantry battalion (designated as a Battalion Landing Team) as the ground combat element, a composite medium tiltrotor squadron forms the aviation combat element, a combat logistics battalion provides the logistics combat element, and a company-size command element serves as the MEU headquarters group.
Troop strength is about 2,200 and usually commanded by a colonel, and is deployed from amphibious assault ships. Currently, a Marine expeditionary unit embarks Marines and equipment onto the amphibious warfare ships of an Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) which also includes escort ships and submarines to protect them from air, surface, and submarine threats. For further protection and strong air support, such an ESG is often deployed along with one or more carrier battle groups.


According to persons who reside near Langley, a large contingent of Marines arrived at CIA Headquarters in tilt-rotor aircraft and when the Marines deplaned, they were armed and moved quickly into CIA Headquarters! (I did not personally witness this and am relying solely on what witnesses are telling me)
Those witnesses also say that a significant number of tilt-rotor aircraft could be clearly seen circling the grounds of CIA Headquarters, parked on the grass around the building.
This is not normal.


"Langley, Virginia | A major explosion occurred last night at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency, igniting a fire which almost completely destroyed an annex of the building and led to the discovery of a suspected drug lab.

"The detonation took place around 11:30 pm last night. The powerful blast was heard for miles around the complex and sent plumes of black smoke into the air."
"While inspecting the building to secure the area, they found large quantities of chemicals and over-the-counter medications that are used to make meth and fentanyl.
"The firefighters transmitted the information to the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO), which dispatched dozens of deputies and investigators on the scene.
"After conducting a search of the western wing of the George Bush Center for Intelligence, they found more than 2 tons of pure pseudoephedrine, as well as large quantities of acetone, iodine crystals, battery acid, drain cleaner, lantern fuel and antifreeze.

“The various chemicals found on the scene are either used to produce methamphetamine or fentanyl, and we also found a lot of drugs,” said FCSO spokesman, Jared Matters. “We also found large quantities of these two drugs in a nearby storage room that was spared by the fire.”

Fire Damages CIA Headquarters and Reveals a Gigantic Drug Lab

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Open Letter to President Trump Concerning Jahar

Administrative Malpractice for which a young and
largely innocent man stands accused and under penalty of 
death, here:

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Are they preparing for more war in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East?

Brexit keeps the UK occupied and similarly at least four high profile shooting incidents plus Hollywood sleaze (Britain has its own thank you) keep American attention on domestic events. Meanwhile there are are some pretty important developments overseas that get hardly a look-in, failing to raise eyebrows let alone frighten the horses. Some might think that staged terror events and may well be created by the very same people to distract from what they are doing elsewhere. I could not possibly say.

Mr Trump, the still fairly new American President, is better known for his off the cuff tweets and outrageous opinions than he is for any intellectual profundity. Indeed some might think that Americans elected a fool to be in charge of the greatest military power known to man besides directing the fate of over three hundred million individuals at home. On the other hand he may be brighter than he looks, playing rather than being dumb as a political strategy. We cannot be sure.!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_750/mabon20e-1-web.jpg

Who can forget the Oscar-worthy performance by media mogul Rupert Murdoch - referred to affectionately by Private Eye as the 'Dirty Digger' - before the House of Commons Select Committee when he was called to account for the phone hacking scandal, in which his memory failed him and he gave every appearance of suffering from the early stages of Altzeimers disease from which he seems to have fully recovered? 

Clearly a loss of memory or the appearance of stupidity, can in certain circumstances, be a positive advantage. However, returning to Trump his recent Delphic comments may not be without substance on two counts, one domestic and another foreign. Whether these turn out to be good or bad for the world in general and countries in particular, awaits to be seen.

He was famous for his comment that he intended to "drain the Washington swamp" and to put Hillary Clinton in gaol. We now hear that there is apparently an unprecedented 840 sealed indictments winging their way towards their destination. Only time will tell what these relate to or the fate of their recipients. We shall have to wait and see but the results could be explosive.

However on a foreign front, there are indications that big (violent?) changes are afoot of which the American Government and President cannot be unaware or indeed be partly responsible for. Given 'modern' American policy and activity across the globe from Korea onwards, and most recently in the Middle East, we do not need to be persuaded of its possibility or terrible consequences. Perhaps more attention should be given to it?

So what recent developments have there been that might indicate something significant happening centring (as usual) on Israel and its immediate neighbours that may have consequences for the world? I would contend they have been dramatic but largely under the media radar either by accident or design.

We must all by now be aware that the nineteen hijackers on 9/11 came primarily from Saudi Arabia, as did the alleged mastermind, Osama bin Laden, whose family were close associates of President Bush. But hopefully we are also aware that this was just the cover story for the real perpetrators, a combination and conspiracy between agencies based in Israel and the USA. 

This is beyond reasonable doubt but still denied by these countries and others in on the gigantic fraud. Indeed the myth has been perpetuated in Washington by accusing Saudi Arabia of direct responsibility, much as Qatar has recently been pilloried for supporting ISIS, when everyone knows it was the creation of the United States and Israel using largely oil states money and with the backing of NATO nations. (Ref. 7 & 8)

All recent events validate this huge fraud and hypocrisy that surely must eventually come home to to roost? (Ref. 1 - 6)

So what seems to happening is that a Trump led US is intent on blaming Arab states for supporting ISIS related terrorism when it knows full well the main suspects in the charade are the countries NOT mentioned, namely itself and Israel with the support of NATO members. In response the chief oil state, Saudi Arabia, supported by other Arab nations, conveniently gang up against Qatar in the class room comedy of, "It weren't I Sir, it were He!" Significantly it closely followed on from Trumps 'sword dance' visit to the Kingdom.

Meanwhile there are some very significant happenings in Saudi Arabia itself, with or without the assistance of Mossad and the CIA, to whom plane crashes, carrying important persons, are child's play. Significantly also it appears at the beginning of October in an unprecedented move a senior Saudi Prince visited Netanyahu to improve diplomatic relations. (Ref. 9)  In fact to make a deal. (Ref. 10) Now we hear that Riyadh is putting pressure on the Palestinian leadership to agree to Israeli terms for a peace deal.  

The London Times reports as follows: 

"Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, was summoned to Riyadh last week for a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Details were overshadowed by the purge ordered by the prince of rival royals, ministers and businessmen on corruption allegations and the apparently Saudi-orchestrated resignation of Saad Hariri, the Lebanese prime minister."  (Ref. 11)

Postcard from Lebanon 2006

These are three prominent and extraordinary developments in the region, namely 1. closer ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia; 2. the political asylum or kidnapping of the Lebanese Prime Minister who has indicated he was fearful of assassination in the manner of his father; and 3. pressure being placed on Abbas by Saudi Arabia (and Egypt) to accept a peace deal sponsored by the US and offered by Israel, but which is probably quite unacceptable to the Palestinian people, if previous attempts are anything to go by. All of this on the back of a massive political purge in Saudi Arabia itself. Talk about the "night of the long knives".

So what has happened in Saudi Arabia recently, who is behind it, and what are the implications?

Thirty-one year old Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was appointed Crown Prince and next in line to throne in June 2017 following his father's surprising decision to remove Muhammed bin Nayef. A new broom certainly sweeps clean. Since his appointment not only is it apparent that there has been a radical purge of top people but also indications of increased tension, militarism and an anti-Iranian stance, which rather accords with the American/Israeli stance. 

The big question is whether this is an omen of some sort of military action against Lebanon or Iran, of which there have been other indicators. Were this to start, given Russian support of Syria and alignment with Iran, plus the presence of nuclear arsenals, the consequences are hard to predict or underestimate. Why are the dangers not given greater attention by world opinion and media?

It is the above gentleman we have principally to thank for the aggressive campaign waged against largely Yemeni population with the support of America, both with advanced weapons and blockade which has resulted in starvation, destruction and death (yet again). Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has thereby proved what sort of approach he prefers, and it does not bode well for other neighbours in the region. 

All dangerous leaders display their character and intentions on targets that offer little opposition: Mussolini had Abyssinia; Hitler had Sudetenland; Netanyahu had Gaza; and these are just a few examples. Will Salman prove himself another?

He has a vision apparently. Vision 2030 plans to reform theSaudi economy towards a more diversified and privatised structure. It details goals and measures in various fields, from developing non-oil revenues and privatisation of the economy to e-government and sustainable development. What this means in practise awaits to be seen. At least women will be allowed to drive a car. Whether executions (158 people were executed in 2015, and at least 154 2016 pop. 32,3 million making it the highest rate in the world)  and public floggings will be reduced is another matter.

On November 4th security forces had rounded up dozens of members of Saudi Arabia's political and business elite, mostly in the capital and the coastal city of Jeddah including eleven PRINCES as well as over 40 princes and government ministers on corruption and money laundering charges.
Some were invited to meetings where they were detained. Others were arrested at their homes and flown to Riyadh or driven to the Ritz-Carlton, which has been turned into a temporary prison. As to their welfare, treatment, little is known but Saudi Arabia is hardly renowned for its humane treatment of the accused.
Whether the move is genuinely to tackle high-level corruption, which has considerable street-level support, or whether a popular objective is being used merely as an excuse for a personal power grab and the removal of opposition is not altogether clear. In a country in which corruption has been endemic for generations, and where King Salman apparently spent $100 million on his summer holiday, proving financial fraud is unlikely to prove difficult
The BBC correspondent Frank Gardner, who carries with him the physical consequences of Middle East hostilities, was quoted as saying that, 
"Prince Mohammed is moving to consolidate his growing power while spearheading a reform programme. Yet it is not clear what those detained are suspected of."
Rather coincidentally (or should we say conveniently?) the day following the round-up, the 5th November, 2017, an helicopter carrying Prince Mansour bin Muqrin and several high-ranking officials, including the head of the province of Asher crashed about one hundred miles from the Yemen border. Eight people including the head of Saudi intelligence were killed. (Ref. 12)
"His Royal Highness Prince Mansour bin Muqrin Al Saud, who was appointed Deputy Governor of Asir in 22 April 2017, was killed in a helicopter crash while performing an inspection in remote parts of The Governorate. He was also accompanied by several other officials of the Asir Governorate and local municipalities," a spokeswoman for the Saudi embassy in D.C. told NBC News.
The day before it was claimed that a ballistic weapon from Houthi separatists was intercepted. Will it be claimed that the helicopter was shot down by such a device as pretext for further aggression or other measures against Yemen or Iran?

Perhaps in passing we should note in 2017 alone, Britain's sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia topped £1.1millions. (Ref. 12) This was dwarfed by the $350 BILLION deal agreed by President Trump in May. (Ref. 13) As may be seen these figures are sufficient to stop mouths and prove where the alliances are, whatever their cost in human lives or regional stability. 
Or for that matter ethical responsibility.

1.  "US helicopters airlifted hundreds of fighters behind IS lines at the start of the assault last Wednesday."

2.  "The source said that the first such extraction took place on August 26, a "US Air Force helicopter" had evacuated 2 Daesh field commanders of "European origin" with members of their families from an area located to the north-west of Deir ez-Zor at night. According to his data, two days later, US choppers transfered 20 Daesh field commanders and militants close to them from an area south-eastern of the city of Deir ez-Zor to northern Syria."

3.  "“Americans’ support and assistance to the ISIL is done openly to save their regional plan in a desperately attempt,” al-Talaybawi underlined."

4.  "Media and local sources from al-Mayadeen said that US helicopters have transported ISIS leaders from al-Mayadeen to an unknown destination shortly before the Syrian Arab Army reached the city’s outskirts."

5.  "Britain sends 85 troops to train Syria rebels.The British Army is joining a US-led effort to train 5,000 Syrian insurgents a year in camps in Turkey and Jordan."

6.  "Moshe Ya’alon, said:“(w)e’ve assisted (anti-government terrorist groups in Syria on) two conditions. That they don’t get too close to (Israel’s) border, and…don’t touch the Druze.”"

7. "As a presidential candidate, he spent much of the election campaign needling, critiquing, denouncing, and even threatening the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Yet as president, he is making his first foreign visit this weekend to … the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

8. "The Arab world’s biggest powers cut ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of support for Islamist militants and Iran, and reopening a festering wound two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump’s demand for Muslim states to fight terrorism."

9.  A Saudi prince visited Israel in secret over the past few days, Voice of Israel radio reported yesterday.

10.  Al Akhbar publishes supposed 'secret document' from Riyadh looking to normalize relations with Jewish state to unite against Iran

11. "Saudi Arabia’s all-powerful crown prince has opened up a new front in his attempts to change the Middle East by intervening in Palestinian politics and demanding backing for President Trump’s vision for peace with Israel."



14.  On May 20th, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a US$350 billion arms deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.[1][2][3] The arms deal was the largest in American history.