Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Burying Bad News (again)

Whilst pondering upon the possible wider implications of the Find Madeleine campaign/ psyop(?) I flicked through some of the other news stories from the end of last week that were eclipsed by the latest upsurge in McCann mania.

Ever since Jo Moore got busted I think it’s pretty difficult for even the most hardened ‘realist’ (sic.) to continue pretending that there aren’t amoral psychopaths working for our establishment who have absolutely no problems with ‘burying’ bad news stories by synchronising their disclosure to coincide with more sensational, populist stories.

In fact, I’d argue that times when sensationalist stories like the McCann saga are being plastered all over the media are precisely the times to be most alert and on the look out for more significant, ‘buried’ bad news stories.

After all, shouldn’t a little bit more have been of the announcement that the recent Foot and Mouth outbreak in the UK was the result, allegedly, of dodgy drains?

How exactly does Foot and Mouth make its way out of a dodgy drain and, as I understand, move uphill to nearby farms? What exactly are highly-trained scientists doing pouring F&M down a leaky drain in the first place? Why is the facility in question still in operation? What is the state of repair of other similar facilities? WTF is going on?

Or how about the news that the government has once again rejected holding an inquiry into the 7/7 bombings?

…another story that received barely a mention whilst everyone was wetting themselves in their eagerness to cover the McCann thing

"The government remains of the opinion that a public inquiry is not necessary. We are making no further comment as legal proceedings are ongoing."

I’ve read quite a few comments from people on blogs and newspaper comment sections that support the government in not holding a public inquiry. The gist of the argument against an inquiry is summed up in a couple of comments I saw under a post in
Elmer Q. Gooseburger’s blog

“Excellent news, Mr. Gooseburger, our security officers have much better things to do with their time than fannying around at the behest of a bunch of politically-inspired self-publicists... Even as I write, I do not doubt that there are several intricate and potentially dangerous operations in progress which require their full-time application. I want them at work, not stuck in some court-room answering questions raised with the perfect 20/20 vision of hind-sight.”

“Exactly, so, Mr. Gooseburger. I suspect that one or two mistakes might have been made prior to the 7/7 bombings. I am equally sure that lessons have been learned by the officers concerned and as there has never been a war fought without SNAFUs, I don't expect that this one will break the mould, particularly as it is likely to rage for a generation or two.”

There are, or course, one or two small problem-ettes with this line of reasoning

The first being that for reasons that should be blindingly fucking obvious there is was a well-established tradition in the UK that when something horrible happens to people an investigation is carried out virtually as a matter of course.

The investigation can take any of several forms – a trial, an inquest or an inquiry by a regulatory body.

And the results are published

I have no doubt, for example, that the criminally negligent rail operators in this country would love to claim every time they accidentally slaughter a few dozen of their passengers that all necessary lessons have been learned and that external inquiries would simply hamper the process of acting on those lessons

But that would be bollocks

An awful lot of people died on 7/7 and the 'Official Narrative' of the events of that day is being used to justify fundamental changes in the way of life of this country. All without any due process or rigour being exercised on that Official Narrative.

Now if the politicians and senior security officers involved in peddling that Official Narrative had an unblemished track record for honesty I’d kind of understand, but not agree with, those people who are arguing that an inquiry would be a distraction

But there is no such track record

Cut Out and Keep DIY Debating Aid for use when spinning against Conspiraloons who express scepticism about the Official 7/7 Narrative - courtesy of The Conspiraloon Alliance

And waiting until after a war has been fucked-up to investigate the whos, hows and whys of that war is daft.

The best historical parallel I can think of is the Norway Debate of 1940. The British had just fucked-up a military operation in Norway. Quite badly. The Germans were doing rather well and poised to crush the French. None of which stopped the British Parliament tearing the existing government a new arsehole and ultimately forcing a change in leadership and strategy.

Those were the days

Or maybe the people who think that inquiries during 'wartime' are counter-productive reckon this country would have fared better in WW2 if Neville Chamberlain had stayed in charge?

Neville Chamberlain - famously crap

Aside from all that, and this is admittedly a secondary point, it’s kind of hard to swallow the idea that our senior police officers are so stretched fighting the War on Terror!! that they can’t devote some of their time to be subject to the ‘eternal vigilance’ that some of us are lunatic enough to still believe is the price of freedom.

Take Assistant Commissioner Andy ‘
Whoops, I’ve just been caught lying through my fucking teeth about the public execution of an innocent man’ Hayman CBE (awarded 2006) for example

If he’s so fucking pushed that he can’t take part in an inquiry into 7/7 then what’s he doing speaking at privately-organised bollocks War on Terror conferences like this old toss later this month?

He can’t be that busy can he?

Junket superstar and (alleged) fibber par excellence, Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman wins a prize... oooooh, shiny


edit - I should point out that the 'Understanding Terrorism in the UK' conference
featuring Andrew Hayman CBE (Confirmed Brazilian Execution) I link to above has recently been canceled due to 'appalling apathy'...

John Casson organiser of the Conference is preparing a report for Prime Minister Gordon Brown, David Cameron, leader of the opposition and the Association of Chief Police Officers which will be made available to them and the press on Thursday 6th September 2007. The purpose of the report is to alert them to the apathy.

No doubt Assistant Commissioner Hayman will now be able to devote the time that has been freed up to hunt down even more crazed jihadists than his important engagement at this crucially important conference would otherwise have permitted him to.



Anonymous said...

Good post, but I fear that, having quoted *the* stupidest man in the British blogosphere, you could find yourself accused of attacking straw men.

Stef said...

OK, how about quoting this bloke instead...


and if he's stupid what does that make the rest of us putting up with him for 10 years

Stef said...

/ off to search for candidates for the title 'Stupidest Man in the British blogosphere' now

The Antagonist said...

Just in case anyone missed it, the British government quietly updated the Home Office 7/7 narrative. Now it makes even less sense than it did before:

"06.49: The 4 men .... each put on rucksacks" -- and then they put on another set half an hour later -- 07:14: .... The 4 then put on their rucksacks...."

And, seeing as you've mentioned Hayman, I'll see your Andy "Chief Constable of Norfolk Constabulary and chair of the Criminal Justice Board" Hayman and raise you a DAC Peter Clarke, just because everyone needs to see this quote about the "investigation" (in the loosest possible sense of the word) into a man that has since received a life sentence with a recommended minimum of 40 years:

"It is no exaggeration to say that at the time of the arrest there was not one shred of admissible evidence against Barot. The arrest was perfectly lawful - there were more than sufficient grounds, but in terms of evidence to put before a court, there was nothing. There then began the race against time to retrieve evidence from the mass of computers and other IT equipment that we seized. It was only at the very end of the permitted period of detention that sufficient evidence was found to justify charges. I know that some in the media were sharpening their pencils, and that if we had been unable to bring charges in that case, there would have been a wave of criticism about the arrests. Barot himself of course eventually pleaded guilty last year and received a 40-year sentence." – DAC Peter Clarke

Merkin said...

Beautiful post there.
I wonder if Barot, who was not the full shilling (may be wrong), had to wear a Massaoui Stun Belt in Court?.

Elmer Quigley Gooseburger said...

*The* Stupidest Man In The British Blogosphere...

I like it!!

Think I'll use that as my strapline....


Stef said...


This may come as a crushing disappointment but I suspect that anon was referring to the person who commented on your blog as opposed to your goodself

but, fuck it, it's a good strap line

Anonymous said...

Aye, that is who I meant.

But for f's sake don't mention his name, it's like saying Candyman five times.

Stef said...

Be my victim!

Elmer Quigley Gooseburger said...

< Crushed >

Shutter said...

I have been reading your reports about the decline of apathy long enough - quite frankly I cannot be bothered anymore

Stef said...

*the* most apathetic man in the British blogoshpere?

Neil said...

Reminds me of Alexei Sayle when he said "*I'm* the dirty man of Europe!"

Elmer Quigley Gooseburger said...

"...off to search for candidates for the title 'Stupidest Man in the British blogosphere' now"


Stef said...


Who said Google searches were becoming less reliable