31 Similarities Between Hitler and President Bush 31 January 2006

by Edward Jayne

1. Like Hitler, President Bush was not elected by a majority, but was forced to engage in political maneuvering in order to gain office.

2. Like Hitler, Bush began to curtail civil liberties in response to awell-publicized disaster, in Hitler's case the Reichstag fire, in Bush's case the 9-11 catastrophe.

3. Like Hitler, Bush went on to pursue a reckless foreign policy withoutthe mandate of the electorate and despite the opposition of most foreignnations.

4. Like Hitler, Bush has increased his popularity with conservative voters by mounting an aggressive public relations campaign against foreign enemies. Just as Hitler cited international communism to justify Germany's military buildup, Bush has used Al Qaeda and the so-called Axis of Evil to justify our current military buildup. Paradoxically none of the nations in this axis--Iraq, Iran and North Korea--have had anything to do with each other.

5. Like Hitler, Bush has promoted militarism in the midst of economic recession (or depression as it was called during the thirties). Firsthe used war preparations to help subsidize defense industries (Halliburton, Bechtel, Carlyle Group, etc.) and presumably the rest ofthe economy on a trickle-down basis. Now he turns to the very samecorporations to rebuild Iraq, again without competitive bidding and atextravagant profit levels.

6. Like Hitler, Bush displays great populist enthusiasm in his patriotic speeches, but primarily serves wealthy investors who subsidize his election campaigns and share with him their comfortable lifestyle. As he himself jokes, he treats these individuals at the pinnacle of our economy as his true political "ZZZbase."

7. Like Hitler, Bush envisages our nation's unique historic destiny almost as a religious cause sanctioned by God. Just as Hitler did forGermany, he takes pride in his "providential" role in spreading hisversion of Americanism throughout the entire world.

8. Like Hitler, Bush promotes a future world order that guarantees his own nation's hegemonic supremacy rather than cooperative harmony underthe authority of the U.N. (or League of Nations).

9. Like Hitler, Bush quickly makes and breaks diplomatic ties, and he offers generous promises that he soon abandons, as in the cases of Mexico, Russia, Afghanistan, and even New York City. The same goes for U.S. domestic programs. Once Bush was elected, many leaders of these programs learned to dread his making any kind of an appearance to praise their success, since this was almost inevitably followed by severe cuts in their budgets.

10. Like Hitler, Bush scraps international treaties, most notably the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, the Biological Weapons Convention, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the Convention on the Prohibition of Land Mines, the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Kyoto Global Warming Accord, and the International Criminal Court.

11. Like Hitler, Bush repeats lies often enough that they come to be accepted as the truth. Bush and his spokesmen argued, for example, that they had taken every measure possible to avoid war, than an invasion of Iraq would diminish (not intensify) the terrorist threat against the U.S., that Iraq was linked with Al Qaeda, and that nothing whatsoever had been achieved by U.N. inspectors to warrant the postponement of U.S. invasion plans. All of this was false. They also insisted that Iraq hid numerous weapons it did not possess since the mid-1990s, and they refused to acknowledge the absence of a nuclear weapons program in Iraq since the early nineties. As perhaps to be expected, they indignantly accused others of deception and evasiveness.

12. Like Hitler, Bush incessantly shifted his arguments to justify invading Iraq--from Iraq's WMD threat to the elimination of Saddam Hussein, to his supposed Al Qaeda connection, to the creation of Iraqi democracy in the Middle East as a model for neighboring states, and back again to the WMD threat. As soon as one excuse for the war was challenged, Bush advanced to another, but only to shift back again at another time.

13. Like Hitler, Bush and his cohorts emphasize the ruthlessness of their enemies in order to justify their own. Just as Hitler cited the threat of communist violence to justify even greater violence on the part of Germany, the bush team justified the invasion of Iraq by emphasizing Hussein's crimes against humanity over the past twenty-five years. However, these crimes were for the most part committed when Iraq was a client-ally of the U.S. Our government supplied Hussein with illegal weapons (poison gas included), and there were sixty U.S. advisors in Iraq when these weapons were put to use (see NY Times, Aug. 18, 1992). U.S. aid to Iraq was actually doubled afterwards despite disclaimers from Washington that our nation opposed their use. President Reagan's special envoy Donald Rumsfeld personally informed Hussein of this one hundred percent increment during one of his two trips to Iraq at the time. He also told Hussein not to take U.S. disclaimers seriously.

14. Like Hitler, Bush takes pride in his status as a "War President," and his global ambition makes him perhaps the most dangerous president in our nation's history, a "rogue" chief executive capable of waging any number of illegal preemptive wars. He fully acknowledges his willingness to engage in wars of "choice" as well as wars of necessity. Sooner or later this choice will oblige universal conscription as well as a full-scale war economy.

15. Like Hitler, Bush continues to pursue war without cutting back on the peacetime economy. Additional to unprecedented low interest rates bestowed by the Federal Reserve, he has actually cut federal taxes twice by substantial amounts, especially for the top one percent of U.S. taxpayers, while conducting an expensive invasion and an even more expensive occupation of a hostile nation. As a result, President Clinton's $350 billion budget surplus has been reduced to a $450 billion deficit, comprising an unprecedented $800 billion decline in less than four years. At the same time the U.S. dollar has steadily dropped against currencies of both Europe and Japan.

16. Like Hitler, Bush possesses a war machine much bigger and more effective than the military capabilities of other nations. With the extra financing obliged by the defeat and occupation of Iraq, Bush now relies on a "defense" budget well in excess of the combined military expenditures of the rest of the world. Moreover, the $416 billion defense package passed last week by Congress will probably need to be supplemented before the end of the year.

17. Like Hitler, bush depends on an axis of collaborative allies, which he describes as a "coalition of the willing," in order to give the impression of a broad popular alliance. These allies include the U.K. as compared to Mussolini's Italy, and Spain and Bulgaria, as compared to, well, Spain and Bulgaria, both of which were aligned with Germany during the thirties and World War II. As a result of their cooperation, Prime Minister Blair's diplomatic reputation has been ruined in England, and a surprising election defeat has produced an unfriendly government in Spain. The Philippines have withdrawn their troops from Iraq to save the life of a hostage, and other defections can be expected in the near future.

18. Like Hitler, Bush is willing to go to war over the objections of the U.N. (League of Nations). His Iraq invasion was illegal and therefore a war crime as explained by Articles 41 and 42 of the U.N. Charter, which require two votes, not one, by the Security Council before any state takes such an action. First a vote is needed to explore all possibilities short of warfare (in Iraq's case through the use of U.N. inspectors), and once this has been shown to be fruitless, a second vote is needed to permit military action. U.S. and U.K. delegates at the Security Council prevented this second vote once it was plain they lacked a majority. This was because other nations on the Security Council were satisfied with the findings of U.N. inspectors that no weapons of mass destruction had yet been found. Minus this second vote, the invasion was illegal. Bush also showed in the process that he has no qualms about bribing, bullying, and insulting U.N. members, even tapping their telephone lines. This was done with undecided members of the Security Council as well as the U.N. Secretary General when the U.S.-U.K. resolution was debated preceding the invasion.

19. Like Hitler, Bush launches unilateral invasions on a supposedly preemptive basis. Just as Hitler convinced the German public to think of Poland as a threat to Germany in 1939 (for example in his Sept. 19 speech), Bush wants Americans to think of Iraq as having been a "potential" threat to our national security--indeed as one of the instigators of the 9-11 attack despite a complete lack of evidence to support this claim.

20. Like Hitler, Bush depends on a military strategy that features a "shock and awe" blitzkrieg beginning with devastating air strikes, then an invasion led by heavy armored columns.

21. Like Hitler, Bush is willing to inflict high levels of bloodshed against enemy nations. Between 20,000 and (more probably) 37,000 are now estimated to have been killed, as much as a ro-1 kill ratio compared to the more than 900 Americans killed. In other words, for every U.S. fatality, probably as many as forty Iraqi have died.

22. Like Hitler, Bush is perfectly willing to sacrifice life as part of his official duty. This would be indicated by the unprecedented number of prisoners executed during his service as governor of Texas. Under no other governor in the history of the United States were so many killed.

23. Like Hitler, Bush began warfare on a single front (Al Qaeda quartered in Afghanistan), but then expanded it to a second front with Iraq, only to be confronted with North Korea and Iran as potential third and fourth fronts. Much the same thing happened to Hitler when he advanced German military operations from Spain to Poland and France, then was distracted by Yugoslavia before invading the USSR in 1941. Today, bush seems prevented by the excessive costs of the Iraqi debacle from going to war elsewhere if reelected, but not through any lack of desire.

24. Like Hitler, Bush has no qualms about imposing "regime change" by installing Quisling-style client governments backed by a U.S. military occupation with both political and economic control entirely in the hands of Americans. It is no surprise that Iyad Alawi, Iraq's current temporary prime minister, was once affiliated with the CIA and has been reliably reported by the Australian press to have executed six hooded prisoners with a handgun to their heads just a day or two before his appointment a couple weeks ago.

25. Like Hitler, Bush curtails civil liberties in captive nations and depends on detention centers (i.e., concentration camps) such as a Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, and any number of secret interrogation centers across the world. Prisoners at the camps go unidentified and have no legal rights as ordinarily guaranteed by the Geneva Conventions. They have also been detained indefinitely (for 2 ½ years already at Guantanamo Bay), though there is mounting evidence that many are innocent of what they have been charged--some, for example, having been randomly seized by Northern Alliance troops in Afghanistan for an automatic bounty from U.S. commanders. Moreover, many Iraqi prisoners have been tortured, in many instances just short of death. Recent U.S. documents disclose that as many twenty have died while being tortured, and twenty others have died under unusual circumstances yet to be determined.

26. Like Hitler, Bush uses the threat of enemies abroad to stir the fearful allegiance of the U.S. public. For example, he features public announcements of possible terrorist attacks in order to override embarrassing news coverage or to crowd from headlines positive coverage of Democratic Party activities. He also uses the threat of terrorism to justify extraordinary domestic powers granted by the Patriot Act. Even the books we check out of public libraries can be kept on record by federal agents.

27. Like Hitler, Bush depends on a propaganda machine to guarantee sympathetic news management. In Hitler's case news coverage was totally dominated by Goebbels; in Bush's case reporters have been almost totally "imbedded" by both military spokesmen and wealthy media owners sympathetic with Bush. The most obvious case is the Fox news channel, owned and controlled by Rupert Murdoch. Not surprisingly, recent polls indicate that the majority of Fox viewers still think Hussein played a role in the 9-11 attack.

28. Like Hitler, Bush increasingly reduces the circle of aides he feels he can trust as his policies keep boomeranging at his own expense. Just as Hitler ended up isolated in his headquarters, with few individuals granted access, Bush is now said to be limiting access primarily to Attorney General Ashcroft (who also talks with God on a regular basis) as well as Karl Rove, the Vice President, Karen Hughes, and a few others. Both Secretary of State Powell and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld are now said to be out of the loop.

29. Like Hitler, Bush has become obsessed with his vision of conflict between good (U.S. patriotism) and evil (anti-Americanism. Many in contact with the White House are said to be worried that he is beginning to lose touch with reality--perhaps resulting from the use of medication that seriously distorts his judgment. Possibly symptomatic of this concern is the increasing number of disaffected government officials who leak embarrassing documents.

30. Like Hitler, bush takes pleasure in the mythology of frontier justice. As a youth Hitler read and memorized the western novels of Karl May, and Bush retains into his maturity his fascination with simplistic cowboy values. He also exaggerates a cowboy twang despite his C-average elitist education at Andover, Yale, and Harvard.

31. Like Hitler, Bush misconstrues Darwinism, in Hitler's case by treating the Aryan race as being superior on an evolutionary basis, in Bush's case by rejecting science for fundamentalist creationism.


Should clients fear lawyers after Law Chief attack ? 30 January 2006

Should we clients fear our lawyers after the Leslie Cumming attack ? It's certainly a valid point, after the vicious attack on Leslie Cumming - which the Police currently seem to be considering to be coming from within the legal profession itself ..... So, just how safe are us clients, if the lawyers are ordering murder hits on their own colleagues ???

Does this not show a Scottish legal profession OUT OF CONTROL ??? Could it be the case that perhaps ... clients in the past who have complained against their lawyer have been 'roughed up' by contacts, or associates of their lawyer ? or even have been subject to the same kind of attack as poor Mr Cumming, or revenge attacks in other ways .. and it has gone without being reported or not investigated by the Police ???

Surely if a lawyer can be a suspect in an organised violent attack, or a murder bid on a colleague - and on a regulatory colleague at that .. they can certainly be capable of organising the same kind of treatment to a client .....

Whether it be actions of revenge of an aggrieved lawyer by way of harrassment against a complaining client by way of anonymous & false tips to the cops, visits from the inland revenue on false info provided by a lawyer 'to get at' their former client, or a burglary on a client's house carried out by a house breaking criminal which a lawyer has defended in the past (I am aware of certain instances such as this) .... we, the clients, will certainly have to be on our guard over such appalling & violent behaviour from the legal profession against not only their own, but anyone who gets in their way ... if you know of an instance such as this - or have had cause to fear in your dealings with your lawyer, or want to give me a lead on a story related to the legal profession - please

email me at petercherbi@hotmail.co.uk


Scotland on Sunday's article on the Leslie Cumming attack The continuing revelations in the media over the attack on Leslie Cumming, Chief Accountant of the Law Society of Scotland, make for interesting reading .. where it is being reported today in Scotland on Sunday, the main lead being pursued is that of a hitman, probably hired by a lawyer to attack Mr Cumming. If such a theory indeed turns out to be the truth, and reveals that a fellow member solicitor of the Law Society membership orchestrated the vicious attack on Mr Cumming, then I think, those at Drumsheugh Gardens should sit back and take a long hard look at themselves over how they have policed their own members over the years ... needless to say ... not very well .. if some of their own people are arranging for colleagues to be attacked or even murdered ?.....

A lawyer hiring a hitman to attack another lawyer .... would be one in the eye for those at the Law Society who, on Friday,opportunistically & viciously turned on aggrieved clients who have started their own websites & protest groups, wanting all such expressions of free speech by those disaffected by the Scottish legal profession 'shut down' on the basis that those 'aggrieved clients' websites & protests are allegedly 'calls for violence' ..... however, it seems the "violence" has probably come from the within legal profession itself .... I was given an opportunity to comment in Scotland on Sunday today, which I have done so, and I would say, for the record, I have had dealings with Mr Cumming, back in 1999-2001.. and here is a summary of what happened ... The actual dealings I had with Mr Cumming related to Andrew Penman's administration of my late father's will in terms of the financial investments, which Leslie Cumming, as Chief Accountant, was charged with regulating. However, I had severe difficulties with Mr Cumming's consideration of matters, and frequently had to ask the FSA and even other Law Society officials, to step in to prompt him for action. Even getting Mr Cumming to initially investigate my allegations of misappropriation of funds, delays of action, etc, by Mr Penman, was difficult enough - and I recall that the Client Relations Office Director , Mr Philip Yelland, tool some 4 months to inform him that I actually wanted to make a complaint (his office is, apparently, next door !) ... and when Mr Cumming eventually sent the complaint onto a Complaints Committee, it was so full of holes, that nothing was done, of course (and if you go back to the original William Chisholm & Jenny Booth articles, you will see why - the representation by Mr James Ness, Senior Council Member of the Law Society, of Mr Penman) - made sure nothing was done .. so it was fiddle after fiddle ...

I then of course went to the Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman, which was Garry S Watson at the time. However, the rules & interpretation of the law made it so that he claimed he could not look into matters of a financial nature and investigations by Mr Cumming's office - so, up until this point, the Ombudsman was not able to look into the actions of Mr Cumming in terms of complaints by clients. I then persuaded the Financial Services Authority in London, through a long course of letters, to discuss the matter with the Ombudsman, and new regulations were brought in, so that the Ombudsman COULD review complaints against solicitors of a Financial & Investment nature that had passed through the Office of Mr Cumming . So - the end result was that the Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman could now look at complaints brought by clients who had made a complaint to Mr Cumming's office which had been mishandled - it's a pity the Ombudsman didn't ask for those powers himself, instead having to be pushed by a client - me - to do it ... such is the nature of the legal profession and those who are appointed to oversee those who regulate it ... but who turn out to be just as bad .... In any case, this blog made the headlines, as you will see from today's Scotland On Sunday newspaper article by Murdo Macleod at this link -http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=145782006 ...and all that is left to say on this issue for now, is that I wish Mr Cumming a speedy recovery, and for the Police to catch the culprits as soon as possible .. because crooked lawyers on the loose are bad enough - but violent lawyers on the loose - well, that just shows a legal profession out of control .... and of course - over the next few days & weeks, I will be publishing a LOT more material as to what the legal profession did to me & my family ... so, stay tuned for even more insidious details of how an entire profession, using every resource available to it, can set about attempting to destroy the life of a single complainant .... - and remember - everyone uses a lawyer, so, it could happen to YOU too ....

Major move by the Law Society of Scotland to silence critics in the wake of assault on one of it's top members Amidst the recriminations over the assault of Leslie Cumming, the Law Society of Scotland and it's allies have moved to condemn aggrieved clients of lawyers in Scotland - and particularly those who have set up websites displaying their case of what their lawyers did to them - in an effort it seems, to get them shut down and block free speech. The Law Society of Scotland - widely known to be one of the most corrupt regulatory organisations in Scotland - with 1000s of disattisfied clients every year complaining against their member solicitors, has seized the opportunity to try and silence their critics - and of course, the website of Injustice Scotland, Scotland Against Crooked Lawyers, and others, are the targets of these outlandish accusations by people who are serial liars & fraudsters .... The direct quote from the Scotsman article :

"Senior figures in the Law Society and the Faculty of Advocates feel some of the websites set up by clients aggrieved by the legal service are tantamount to calls for violence." so .. it seems that if a client who is disattisfied with the way in which the Law Society of Scotland handles their complaint, against a crooked lawyer (that being - the Law Society let's the crooked lawyer off the hook, and the client looses everything) and airs his opinions in public, this is "calling for violence" ... whereas of course, the solicitor or advocate who ruins their client, steals their money, robs their dead family members assets, fiddles cases, overcharges work, sells a client's house on the cheap to a lawyer colleague or political friend, or puts a client out of their family home ...etc .. is but a saint, and can go on robbing & pillaging people blind as they see fit .. immune from the law and any independent regulation ..... and if we, the client try & do something about it .. well then ... the Law Society of Scotland will envoke all it's friends in Government - such as the Justice Minister, all it's friends in the Police, the Crown Office, and any other public sector .. and will nail you to the cross .... just as has happened to some campaigners over the years ..... Whereas of course, the solicitor or advocate who ruins their client, steals their money, robs their dead family members assets, fiddles cases, puts them out of their family home ...etc .. is but a saint, and can go on robbing people blind as they see fit .. immune from the law and any independent regulation ..... Whatever happened to Mr Cumming, would be certainly nothing to do with any successfully and impartially considered complaint which came to a successful conclusion for a complainant ... so, we will just have to wait and see what revenge tactics the Law Society and it's allies in the media take against those who speak out against how they have been treated by the likes of the Law Society of Scotland ... in a way, similar to what just happened to Fathers 4 Justice - which was shut down, apparently, only on the basis of rumour rather than evidence ... so this must certainly mark the start of a major drive against disattisfied clients & consumer organisations who oppose the crooked Scottish legal profession .... a very dangerous practice indeed and certainly an attempt to shut down our right of free speech when we have been ripped off ....


Cash laundering link to law chief stabbing 30 January 2006

Police are looking at the theory that Cumming, chief accountant for the Law Society of Scotland, was the victim of a revenge attack ordered by a lawyer whose alleged criminality he had exposed.

FOUR Scottish solicitors suspected of money laundering are to be interviewed by detectives investigating a frenzied knife attack on a top law official. Leslie Cumming, who survived 12 stab wounds, is understood to have headed an inquiry into corruption among lawyers which resulted in the four solicitors facing trial.

Police are looking at the theory that Cumming, chief accountant for the Law Society of Scotland, was the victim of a revenge attack ordered by a lawyer whose alleged criminality he had exposed. Cumming, 62, was attacked last Monday outside his home in the Murrayfield area of Edinburgh by a masked man. He spent three days in hospital. Cumming, who is viewed as a tough customer by many members of the legal profession he helps regulate, is understood to have spearheaded a recent crackdown on all forms of misconduct relating to finance, including money-laundering.

At present, 16 Scottish solicitors face charges, including four on allegations of money-laundering. A Lothian and Borders Police source said: "We will be questioning people who have been involved in money-laundering because he and his team normally take to investigating them. There are some guys - especially some in criminal practice - who give us a lot of concern because of the people they associate with. And they will know some pretty nasty guys who could carry out an attack for them." Police will also this week begin sifting through all Law Society files that were being dealt with by Cumming and his team of 12 accountants. They will be looking for anyone who could have a grudge against Cumming, or who might have feared being investigated. Cumming has given detectives the names of two former solicitors who have been banned from practising at least partially because of his inquiries and could have a grudge against him. One was struck off for professional misconduct and the other for embezzling.

But officers say they will not be restricting their inquiries to these two individuals. Another force insider said: "Because of his position there are any number of people who will have had a grudge against him." The attacker is described as being in his twenties, stocky and wearing dark clothing. Police will begin putting up posters in the area tomorrow in an effort to get more information from potential witnesses. Meanwhile, campaigners for greater openness in the legal profession have hit back at suggestions that their organisations and websites could have been linked to the attack. Senior figures in the Law Society have made it known they feel some of the websites criticising lawyers are tantamount to incitement to violence. But Peter Cherbi, a long-time critic of the Law Society who runs a weblog "A Diary of Injustice in Scotland", said: "I'm concerned that some people will try and use this to stifle criticism and open debate. I can't imagine anyone connected to the campaigns would be involved in anything like this. Lawyers are supposed to uphold the right to free speech and not be acting against it."

He added: "As for Mr Cumming, I wish him all the best and a speedy recovery from this terrible attack." At the Cummings' imposing home there was little sign yesterday of the knife attack just a few yards away. The small gated set of stairs leading down to their front door remained unlocked and windows around the house were left ajar. Shreds of police tape which had been used to cordon off the area earlier in the week remained caught on a bush near the scene. Out on the hedge-lined street there were few passers-by, and residents hurried from their front doors to their cars parked on the road, with a few nervous glances. A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said their inquiries were ongoing.


Was Hitler a "British" Agent? 30 January 2006

By Henry Makow Ph.D

Greg Hallett's book "Hitler Was A British Agent" depicts war as a ghoulish illusion conjured by occult magicians in order to degrade and eventually enslave humanity in world government. Hallett's claim that Hitler was a "British" agent is based on the testimony of a shadowy network of retired intelligence agents. While he fails to provide documentary proof, Hallett does offer persuasive circumstantial evidence. For example, Adolph Hitler was in England in 1912-1913, a fact supported by his sister-in-law's book: "The Memoirs of Bridget Hitler"(1979). Many historians including Hitler biographer John Toland have ignored this startling information. (If Hallett is right, historians like Toland are guilty of sanitizing Hitler and actually making him more credible than he was.)

Hallett says Hitler spent February to November 1912 being brainwashed and trained at the British Military Psych-Ops War School at Tavistock in Devon and in Ireland. "War machines need war and [that means they need] funded, trained and supported double agents to be their patsies, their puppets and their puppet enemies," Hallett writes (38). His sister-in-law describes Hitler as completely wasted when he arrived at her Liverpool home baggageless. "I had an idea he was ill, his colour was so bad and his eyes looked so peculiar," she wrote. "He was always reading, not books, little pamphlets printed in German. I don't know what was in them nor exactly where they came from." (pp. 29,35) Hallett says these were Tavistock training manuals. "Hitler was a British Agent" is useful as an alternative paradigm. (Usually we cannot recognize truth because we have the wrong paradigm, i.e. our "education.") When Hallett says "British", he means Illuminati, the Masonic cult of super rich bankers who control an interlocking network of megacartels. This cult is based in the City of London but uses England and most nations and ideologies, as sock puppets in a the Punch and Judy show called modern history. Hallett's claim would clarify many improbable events in the Second World War. For example, why did Hitler let 335,000 Allied soldiers escape at Dunkirk? This quixotic gesture was explained as a peace overture, but surely England would have been more attentive if its army were in Nazi POW camps. The Nazi triumph in Feb. 1940 was like a knock-out in the first round. The Illuminati did not intend for the match to end so soon, nor for the Nazis to win.

In the summer of 1940, when the Nazis was triumphant and Britain prostrate, Nazi Military Intelligence Chief (Abwehr) Admiral Wilhelm Canaris told Romanian Foreign Minister Prince Michael Sturdza to stay neutral because England would win the war. He also gave this message to Spanish dictator Franco. Hallett's theory also explains why Hitler, supposedly the arch enemy of Jewish bankers, acted like he didn't know the Rothschilds controlled England (and America) when this was practically common knowledge. If Hitler were for real, he wouldn't have tried to accommodate these countries. England would have been invaded and conquered before Russia was attacked. Hallett's hypothesis explains 1)Why Hitler was able to expand into the Rhineland etc. without fear of retaliation. 2) Why the Nazi war machine was financed and built by the Bank of England and a Who's Who of Anglo American corporations controlled by the Illuminati. 3) Why Hitler never sealed the Mediterranean at Gibraltar; and why the Spanish dictator Franco remained neutral, despite the huge debt he owed the Nazis from the Civil War. 4) Why I.G. Farben headquarters in Frankfurt was never bombed. This became CIA headquarters. It would explain why Hitler gave his ridiculous racial policies priority over actually winning the war. He could have enlisted millions of Slavs (and even many Jews) in overcoming Communist Russia. Instead, he made them implacable enemies willing to fight to the death. We could question why Japan attacked the U.S. instead of Russia; why the Nazis never figured out that their communications were compromised; why Hitler didn't conquer the oil fields of Russia and the Middle East when he had the chance etc. but you get the picture. The fix was in.


The biggest improbability of all is that an Austrian tramp, street cleaner and gay prostitute could become the Chancellor of Germany. Hitler joins a long list of obscure blackmailable figures who have been catapulted to world prominence with the aid of an unseen hand. Hallett writes that Hitler's grandfather was Nathan Meyer Rothschild. Maria Schickelgruber, Hitler's grandmother, was a maid in the Rothschild's Vienna mansion when his father, Alois was conceived "in fear" in a satanic ritual rape. The Rothschilds could only marry within their extended family so they had illegitimate children who functioned as anonymous agents. (Apparently this is a pattern with the Illuminati. Bill Clinton is rumored to be a Rockefeller.) His grandmother received child support from a Jewish businessman who was probably an intermediary for his grandfather. Bridget Hitler quotes Hitler's sister Paula: "Since [Adolf] started the race laws we have no grandfather, Adolf and I. Certainly anyone who wished could make a good deal out of that." (Memoirs, p. 175)

Rothschild's son, Alois Hitler's third marriage was to his niece, Klara, who became Hitler's mother. His father was abusive and his mother over- compensated. Hitler became destitute at age 18 when his mother died, and he lived in a Vienna men's hostel that was a haunt for homosexuals. In 1912, Hitler traveled to England for training as an Illuminati agent which took place in German. This "training" ranged from imbibing a sense of his role in Germany's destiny to learning how to mesmerize audiences. It also included trauma brainwashing. The "alter's" consciousness is shattered by witnessing savage atrocities and suffering sexual abuse, all of which is filmed. Then the various fragments of consciousness are programmed and can be accessed with special code words. (Read Fritz Springmeier and Cisco Wheeler for a detailed description of Illuminati mind control techniques. ) Hitler returned to Germany in May 1913 and enlisted in the German army. During World War One, he served as a runner and was captured twice by the English. On both occasions, he was spared execution by an "angel" in British intelligence. According to Hallett, Hitler was a bisexual who enjoyed having women defecate on him. He also had undersized genitals and only one testicle. (Many women whom he courted committed suicide. The love of his life was his 17-year-old half-niece Geli whom he murdered in 1931 when she tried to escape.)

(For more on Nazi Homosexuality, see "The Pink Swastika" online.


History is unfolding according to the Illuminati's long-term plan. Wars are plotted decades in advance and orchestrated to achieve the destruction of nations and natural elites, depopulation, demoralization, and of course power and profit. The super rich have organized themselves into a satanic cult to prey on mankind and to establish their permanent hegemony. Put yourself in the central bankers' shoes. The nations of the world owe you trillions based on money you printed for the cost of paper and ink. The only way to protect this "investment" is to establish a thinly disguised dictatorship, using sophisticated methods of social and mind control. This is the true meaning of the "War on Terror." It's not directed at "Muslim terrorists." It's directed at you and me. According to Hallett, Joseph Stalin was another Illuminati "agent of war" who attended the Tavistock Psyche Ops training school in 1907. Clifford Shack has suggested that Stalin was also an illegitimate offspring of a Rothschild.

Hallett says Hitler's death was faked (a double was killed) and Hitler escaped to Barcelona where he lived until 1950, when he died of stomach cancer. Greg Hallett is a maverick and his rambling book is full of repetition and digressions. I wouldn't swear by any of Hallett's claims as yet. But he deserves our thanks for advancing an alternative view of history that while far- fetched is more plausible than what supposedly transpired. We should be able to entertain speculative views without feeling compelled to accept or reject them. World War Two achieved all of the Illuminati's goals. Europe and particularly Germany was turned into a wasteland. So was Japan. Sixty million people were slaughtered. The Jewish holocaust motivated Jews to establish the Rothschild's world government headquarters in Israel. Idealists and natural leaders on both sides were slaughtered. Nations were laden with debt. The United Nations rose like a phoenix from the ashes. Hiroshima cast a pall of terror over the world. The stage was set for the next act...the Cold War. Given the bleak outlook for humanity, there is a tendency to actually idealize Hitler as an opponent of central banker hegemony. I fell into this trap myself. Hallett's book is a useful reminder that like Stalin and Mao, Hitler was a monster; and the Illuminati sponsor "enemies" in order to foment conflict, and keep humanity in its thrall.


The lengths Law chiefs go to lie and deceive 29 January 2006

Press release

The lengths Law chiefs go to lie and deceive about the massive corruption going on in Scotland were land ,business and property is being seized on a grand scale with Grand Master and Godfather Leslie Cumming HEADING that massive corruption.

Cumming ignored the £660,000 embezzlement of Kennedy Forster for 10 years and only exposure by the GALLOWAY GAZETTE was he FORCED to take action


Profile of the Chief Accountant's Department of the Society, emphasising the financial probity of Scottish solicitors The Journal, May 2004, page 42

[Scottish solicitors really do have the highest standards of financial probity, and we have the comments from overseas visitors to prove it, LESLIE CUMMING tells Peter Nicholson in the Journal’s latest profile of the Society’s departments]

The Scottish legal profession, its leaders like to tell us, is overwhelmingly honest. To some it may appear a little self-congratulatory, but to Leslie Cumming it is a pillar of his accounts inspection and monitoring system. That was reinforced when a foreign visitor, commenting what a well constructed system was in place in Scotland, added that it might not work back home “because they didn’t think that the base population were as trustworthy as your average Scots solicitor”, says Leslie. “It is a fact that our system relies on the near 100% honesty of the profession which is what we find time after time. It is our duty to the profession and their clients to ensure that those who maintain the highest standards and their clients are protected from the actions of the few who act dishonestly.” In the wake of the drawn-out Kennedy Forster case (the Crown prosecution has now concluded three years after the Society prosecution), such comments perhaps keep matters in perspective – only a very small proportion of solicitors are involved in dishonest conduct and claims on the Guarantee Fund in recent years have averaged under £250,000 annually. But we had to ask, given the regime of regular inspections of every firm in the country that has been in place for 15 years now, how Forster had managed to carry on for so long undetected. “This case involved a uniquely complex system with the evidence well hidden. But as with all cases, once the cracks appeared layer after layer of the fraud was exposed and produced the evidence which we needed and which the Crown then used. Most successful frauds involve several strands and depend on a position of particular power or influence. The hardest to uncover are those where there’s an element of complicity. It’s a constant challenge and each time we find a scheme we ensure that all our inspection teams know about the mechanisms and how it worked so that they can recognise the signs in the future.”

Identifying those most in need of intervention may not be straightforward. “One of the most difficult aspects of the work is when people raise concerns about a practice or a practitioner but can produce only anecdotal evidence. That is useful but the Society and its regulatory departments still have to find the hard evidence before we can take action or pass information to the police or the Crown Office”, Leslie explains. The headline-grabbing cases, while each requiring a heavy work commitment, make up only a small part of his department’s workload. The work of the inspection team, the aspect most obvious to the profession, is itself far from the complete picture. What the department also does, and would like to do more, is advise practices known to be in difficulty financially while there is still some prospect of rescue. “It’s a difficult thing to manage because most people are very optimistic about their business and what they hope to do. Even when things are looking pretty grim they’re always very hopeful that things will get better. Sometimes the reality is that they are sending ‘good money after bad’, but that’s not the way people see it when they are caught up in their hopes and working hard for the practice to survive. I’d like to do more in that area if we could reach those who are struggling with financial pressures, because we’ve been through that with several solicitors and we can give good advice at an early stage, before they crash.

“We can talk about finding a managed solution. We can look to see if within the local community there is interest in taking over clients’ business. We can separate out the solicitor’s interest from the clients’ interests. It may no longer be a going concern but the assets can be sold on which in turn buys a solicitor time to take a step back and think about their future. They can also avoid being caught up in a shambles which can lead to breaking the rules and prosecution. By getting in at the right time we can streamline the process and help. We’ve had one or two encouraging results but we would like to do more.” Broader education issues also figure prominently – training sessions, seminars, roadshows, faculty visits, plus special courses for cashroom partners and staff and the biannual induction meeting for all those coming to partnership for the first time. Not surprisingly much attention is currently devoted to money laundering duties (an updated package of advice and guidance appeared on the website this month). Further, the whole field of relevant practice rules is kept under constant review. The move a few years ago from the annual accountant’s certificate to six-monthly self-certification of compliance has been “a great success”, says Leslie – the Society has a more up-to-date picture, and the certifying partner is much more directly involved with and responsible for the accounts. “This part of our work has been looked at and followed up by other jurisdictions.” The Guarantee Fund Committee, whilst agreeing on settlements of claims, also oversees the inspection and reporting system. Made up of practitioner Council members and currently convened by Kirriemuir solicitor John Hamilton, it is “a very hardworking committee …a serious generator of paper”, in Leslie’s words. Each inspection is reported to the committee, and only a minority achieve a completely clean report. Most matters picked up are minor and technical rule breaches which can be settled by correspondence with the firm concerned with some helpful advice; in case of dispute the committee will consider the position and will decide how to proceed where a report requires particular attention. In addition to ordinary meetings, committee members work a rota of interview meetings with those solicitors who have problems accepting what is required – this is more effective coming practitioner to practitioner rather than from an inspector. “But probably a good third to a half of those meetings are in fact much more advice, encouragement, instruction as it were, advising the solicitor as to how to do better or how to set up a system or how to make things work more easily, which again comes from people who have the experience.” If professional misconduct has to be considered, the case is passed to the new Professional Conduct Committee, which decides if there is a case to go to the Discipline Tribunal. The PCC can also advise on questions of professional standards. There is also liaison with the Client Relations Office – if the same names are coming to the attention of both departments, it could be an early sign of trouble ahead.

Such an integrated approach is indeed recognised by those who monitor the regulation of the profession as providing the high level of public protection of which the Scottish profession can be proud, says Leslie. “The profession may not be aware that the Scottish jurisdiction’s regulation package is well known to organisations like the IBA and we have had contact from many jurisdictions who have sent observers see what we do and how we do it and take the best of the ideas back to use in their jurisdiction. It’s very encouraging that they look at what we’re doing and think it’s a standard that they would like to achieve. So I think we punch above our weight, as they say, in the international community in this field. The Society’s regulatory work is undertaken at the will of Parliament and funded and monitored by the profession. The Committee and the Council decide what’s reasonable, what’s appropriate, what needs to be done and it’s my task to try and deliver that as efficiently as we can. “I think it’s fair to say that the profession are very firm about what they expect in the way of standards and we have to work hard to make sure that everybody achieves that level.” Young, single – and honest“No claims under the age of 30, ever.” Leslie Cumming offers that “interesting statistic” as an indication that those who might arouse concern in older members of the profession do not deserve the label. And while he agrees that the under-30s constitute a minority of the 100-120 firms that set up each year, “in point of fact they’re the very model of enthusiasm and commitment in terms of setting up a new business”. Indeed Leslie offers full backing for anyone striking out on their own. “I’m very much in favour of encouraging the sole practitioner business because that’s where people start – all the big organisations usually start off with some entrepreneurial drive from an individual and it’s the future of the profession coming through at that level.” Nor do they have to be regarded as high risk in relation to financial malpractice: “We’ve had more money lost in partnerships since we started inspecting all firms than from all the sole practitioner frauds since the Society was set up in 1950.” Kennedy Forster (which was settled through the Master Policy) and Giles Davis (which was settled through the Master Policy and Guarantee Fund) were both partnership claims.

Phyllis Stephen, organiser of the Solitaire group of sole practitioners, said she was “happy to see that the Society is supportive of our sole practitioner status and realises that we are in the main hardworking honest individuals! A large percentage of firms in Scotland and England are in fact sole practitioners. We welcome that support and any assistance offered by the Society in the face of the ever increasing burden of endless rules and regulations mainly in the field of money laundering.” Leslie Cumming, the Society’s Chief Accountant since 1984, now also has a management responsibility as Deputy Chief Executive under Douglas Mill. Managers reporting to him are John Boyle, who takes on the Society’s monthly budgets and management accounts, annual audited accounts, projections and forecasts; Morag Newton, in charge of the monitoring section; and Morna Grandison, who runs the intervention section and has the rare combination of specialist skills, and experience to act as judicial factor under the statutory scheme for Society factories. “The important point there is that because the Society initiates judicial factories, the public feel that they have a Society connection and there is a protection in that relationship. They see that as a positive part of the Society’s supervisory/regulatory role”, says Leslie Cumming.


Law chief blames crooked lawyers for knife attack 29 January 2006

AN ACCOUNTANT stabbed and left for dead outside his home in Edinburgh believes that he was targeted because of his work investigating crooked lawyers. Leslie Cumming, 62, has told detectives that he believes his attack was most likely connected with his work investigating corrupt solicitors in his role as chief accountant of the Law Society of Scotland, The Times has learnt. Mr Cumming, who heads a team that inspects the accounts of solicitors to check that they are not laundering money or stealing from clients, was stabbed repeatedly on Monday after parking his Jaguar in a garage behind his flat. The attack has sent shockwaves through the affluent Murrayfield area, where Victorian houses sell for about £1 million and residents include the city's leading bankers, lawyers and academics.

Although police are refusing to rule out the possibility of mistaken identity, they suspect that the stabbing of Mr Cumming was, indeed, a planned attack, probably by a professional hitman. Detective Inspector Keith Hardie, who is heading the investigation, admitted yesterday that a repeat attack was possible. His officers have issued security briefings to the 12 accountants employed by the Law Society's Guarantee Fund, which inspects the books of all solicitors in Scotland and compensates clients if they have been defrauded by their lawyers. It also investigates whether solicitors are being used by criminal gangs to launder money. Mr Hardie said: "Although these attacks are very rare, the level of violence used against Mr Cumming was particularly unusual. We have considered the possibility of a repeat attack and, though we think it highly unlikely, Mr Cumming has been afforded advice in relation to his personal security." Detectives have also asked the Law Society to provide a list of solicitors being investigated by Mr Cumming with a view to identifying possible suspects.

Mr Cumming has worked closely with the National Criminal Intelligence Service and has lectured on anti-money laundering regulations. Mr Hardie said: "If we can establish a motive we can investigate that with a view to finding the person responsible. I'm keeping an open mind but obviously the type of job Mr Cumming does means this has to be a significant line of inquiry." Mr Cumming had parked his car at about 5.05pm on Monday when he became aware of a figure approaching in the narrow lane behind his home. As he turned he was slashed several times in the face by a man wearing a balaclava. He threw himself on his assailant, who stabbed him repeatedly in the back as he tried to wrestle him off. As Mr Cumming fell to the ground, his attacker walked off down the lane and into a neighbouring street. Bleeding profusely, Mr Cumming staggered through his garden to alert his wife, who was inside their flat.

Detectives are baffled by several aspects of the attack. The attacker, described by police as "cold and calculating", did not speak a word. Although it is being treated as attempted murder, officers believe that the attack was probably carried out with a short-bladed knife, suggesting that the attacker may not have intended to kill Mr Cumming but merely to deliver a warning. Witnesses have reported seeing a man of stocky build, in his early twenties and dressed in dark clothing, running in the area about the time of the attack. No weapon has been recovered. A neighbour, who did not want to give her name, said yesterday that she was shocked by the attack. "I've lived here since I was 3 and I've never heard of anything violent like this. It's a peaceful, quiet place," she said. Mr Cumming, likely to have facial scars for life, was recovering at home yesterday. He said in a statement: "It was a traumatic event and I am now glad to be out of hospital and with my family. We are looking for some privacy at this time to help my recovery."


Jobs for the CORRUPT Legal Boys and Girls 28 January 2006

Costelloe Baker COVERED up Law Society of Scotland corruption for years now gets promoted for her aiding and abetting establishment corruption.

Independent Monitor

Mrs Costelloe Baker is the fourth Independent Monitor for Entry Clearance since the appointment was first made in 1993. The first Monitor, Dame Elizabeth Anson held the position from 1993 to 2000. She was succeeded by Rabinder Singh QC (2000 – 2002) and Fiona Lindsley (2003 – 2005).

Mrs Costelloe Baker is the Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman investigating complaints against the Law Society of Scotland or the Faculty of Advocates. She has been in this post since 2000 and is also Chairman of a Ministerial Working Group advising the Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform on the regulation of the Adult Entertainment industry.

Under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, Mrs Costelloe Baker monitors visa refusals made by UK Entry Clearance Officers (ECOs) in cases where there is no right of appeal to check that decisions are consistent and fair. The position is full-time and Mrs Costelloe Baker is required to submit her findings to the Foreign Secretary in the form of two reports per year. The reports are based on a detailed review of about 3,000 – 4,000 refusals drawn from all Entry Clearance issuing posts world-wide. It is not an alternative to the appeal system; nor is it a procedure for applicants or sponsors to have decisions reviewed in individual cases. The Independent Monitor does not have powers to overturn decisions.


WHERE THERE'S CASH THERE'S CORRUPTION (Law Chief stabbing) 28 January 2006

BENT lawyers? Surely some mistake? Aye right. When I was a nipper I used to think that lawyers had to be the most honest people in the world. But then I also believed in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy. The simple childlike logic went that they were the folks upholding the law, the law told you what was right and wrong so they had to be good guys, didn't they? The weird ideas we get as weans, eh? If anyone is still in doubt about bent lawyers don't ask me, ask Edinburgh cops. After the attack on Law Society man Leslie Cumming the other morning, they have announced they are looking for bent lawyers as possible suspects.

Except they don't call them 'bent', of course. Even the cops take care when describing lawyers -honest or otherwise. They are 'rogue' lawyers. Same difference in my book. As he went to work early one morning Cumming was ambushed by a man in a balaclava and stabbed repeatedly. Cumming is a strong man and fought back. Just as well, because instead of being badly hurt he might well be in the mortuary. The cops reckon the blade man had lain in wait for some time. A couple of girls spotted a suspicious-looking bloke hanging around there earlier on. It has all the marks of a planned hit contract.

Let that one sink in. Lawyers or former lawyers are being viewed as suspects in a possible hit. Yet should we be so surprised? The lawyers we tend to read about in the newspapers are the ones who appear in court in high-profile crime cases. But the ones most ordinary punters use are desk-bound solicitors handling granny's will, maybe your pension and, if you're lucky enough to have some dosh, your investments. They deal in money, in other words, and where there's cash there's corruption. We're spoiled for choice for examples with sticky-fingered lawyers coming up almost weekly. But here's a couple that might illustrate a few points.

Two years ago, a lawyer was found guilty of embezzling £206,000 from clients' accounts. In spite of repaying £100,000 through the Law Society, he was still sentenced to four years in jail. Quite right too, some folk might say, but his case is unusual. Not unusual in that he stole from people who trusted him, but unusual in that he was jailed. A more common example of that is a lawyer who had been administering the estate of a wealthy dairy farmer and billed the family for £28,808. The farmer's son reckoned his dad hadn't been that wealthy and complained about the bill.

When the Law Society became involved, the lawyer acknowledged the error of overcharging by almost £20,000 and blamed a faulty computer. Aye right. He repaid the full amount of the bill. Fair dos. But he wasn't struck off. Fined £3000 and suspended from practice for two years in 2003, he could well be acting as a lawyer again somewhere near you. Few lawyers get struck off regardless what they do. It's one of the constant complaints that make many of the public see the Law Society as a toothless tiger. Yet Edinburgh cops believe that whoever had Leslie Cumming knifed didn't think so. His job is to investigate the financial doings of law firms and to punish the bad boys.

But it isn't just over-billing and ripping off clients' dosh that some of our lawyers can get up to. Fifteen years ago a group of Scots solicitors were investigated for funding the IRA. Two years ago, Scottish cops warned all lawyers that they were going to chase up those handling cash for mobsters. Investing the profits of drug trafficking into legitimate enterprises is money laundering on a huge scale and very profitable. At first the Scottish legal profession protested its innocence. Yet within two months the Law Society announced that reports of cash-rich but jobless clients from lawyers to the cops had doubled. The man who made that announcement? Les Cumming, currently recovering from his knife wounds in an Edinburgh hospital. Lawyers are human, thank God, but humans sometimes go off the rails. They're a bit like doctors and dentists - get a good one and hang on to them. Just be sure your lawyer is honest too. Even a child would understand that. Wouldn't they?


Hitman may have targeted top legal official, say police 28 January 2006

DETECTIVES believe a hitman may have carried out a "cold and calculating" knife attack on a senior law official who was stabbed more than a dozen times outside his home. Police last night said the assault on Leslie Cumming appeared to have been carefully planned rather than frenzied, revealing that his assailant "walked calmly" away from the 62-year-old after knifing him in the back, face and chest.

They said aspects of the assault, in Edinburgh's affluent Murrayfield district, suggested the attacker may have been a hired hitman. Senior officials at the Law Society of Scotland are now convinced the attack was connected to Mr Cumming's work as the body's chief accountant. He was attacked as he returned from work around 5:10pm on Monday. His assailant, who was wearing a balaclava and dark clothes, is thought to have been waiting behind a tree for Mr Cumming to arrive, before plunging a knife into his back as he locked his garage door. The victim had driven home in his Jaguar car and was about to make the short walk from the garage, which is at the end of a secluded lane, to his back door when the knifeman struck.

Mr Cumming struggled with his attacker and managed to stagger to his door where his shocked wife, Mary, found him slumped against the wall, covered in blood. Mr Cumming, who on Thursday was able to leave Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where he was being treated, told police his assailant calmly walked down the lane after the attack. Around 8am that day, two schoolgirls saw a man fitting the attacker's description acting suspiciously in the lane. Search teams have scoured the area for clues, but the weapon has not been found. Detective Inspector Keith Hardie, who is leading the hunt for the knifeman, said: "Mr Cumming has told us the attacker walked calmly down the lane after the assault. Nothing was said. It was a cold and calculated attack and afterwards he just walked down the lane.

"It was serious and vicious but also cold and calculating." He added: "His evidence has raised the possibility that the attacker was a hitman. That is something we are strongly considering." DI Harris also revealed that two witnesses have come forward to say they saw a man run down a street adjoining the lane around the time of the assault.

He said: "We have identified a couple of other potential witnesses to a male who was seen running down Ormidale Terrace around the time of the attack. "That is significant. Hopefully it is the same person who carried out the attack." Detectives have already interviewed Mr Cumming in hospital and plan to question him further over the next few days. They will be asking him to identify people who may have had a grudge against him as a result of his work. Police are drawing up a list of lawyers and clients whom Mr Cumming has come into contact with in his role as secretary of the Law Society's Guarantee Fund. The fund investigates allegations of theft by lawyers from clients and provides advice in money laundering cases.

The society's inspection team carries out bi-annual checks of the accounts of Scotland's 1,275 law firms to look for discrepancies, but aggrieved clients have accused the body of failing to expose irregularities. A legal source said: "We are sure the attack is connected with his work. Everyone in the Law Society is devastated but we cannot see any explanation." Senior figures in the Law Society and the Faculty of Advocates feel some of the websites set up by clients aggrieved by the legal service are tantamount to calls for violence.

Last year the Scottish Court Service (SCS) moved to shut a website dedicated to exposing corrupt Scottish lawyers. Cathy Jamieson, justice minister, said the site, operated by lobby group Scotland Against Crooked Lawyers (SACL), was "potentially defamatory", and that SCS officials had contacted the website's internet service provider. SACL, which claims to have hundreds of members, has run a vocal campaign demanding the Law Society be banned from investigating complaints against solicitors. Yesterday, the police inquiry team quashed reports that a housebreaker was operating in the Murrayfield area, adding there was "no evidence" to support the claim.

Officers will on Monday increase their presence in Murrayfield, putting up posters and handing out leaflets in the hope that residents who they have not yet spoken to come forward with information. Mrs Cumming yesterday refused to comment other than to say the family was recovering from the shock of the attack. She added: "Well, to say it's a shock is an understatement. I'm very shaken."


FREEMASONS in the Judiciary 27 January 2006

Personal account

Ian Bailey

Your report dated Nov. 3/05 ‘Child-protection panel loses Gove’, brought back some troubling memories involving a custody case many years ago. Your article refers to Gove as a highly respected member of the bench. While this may be the outward appearance reality is far different. The custody case I think of involved two seventeen-year-old parents and their six-month-old daughter. The father, a recovering alcoholic with his mother who promised to help raise the child. The mother of this child also had her own mother to assist in raising the child. I was involved in this case due to my own custody matter in the USA involving a judge, a member of Freemasonry. Judge Gove, a Freemason ruled in favor of the father who was surrounded by brother Masons to Judge Gove as was the situation in my own custody case. The daughter now a teenager raised by a troubled father recently attempted suicide.

My own son was diagnosed with moderate metal illness due to abuse when I abducted him in 1985. Refer to news article by Salim Jiwa in The Province, Dec. 19, 1985. As a former Freemason due to my custody matter I have a personal view of the corruption involving judges who obligate themselves in blood oaths to protect their brother Masons in this secret society. The corruption involved is so bad that British Parliament passed laws obligating members of the British judiciary to identify their Masonic membership in an attempt to restore justice to their courts. Refer to attachment, ‘The Court System and Freemasonry’. As a matter of profound injustice I trust that you will investigate further or forward to others who would desire to do so. Masonic influence is one of the greatest forms of corruption within our courts. Books and other documents have been written attempting to break through the media censorship. In Britain, Steven Knight wrote the Brotherhood which became international and changed British politics. I look forward to such in North America.

Evans Nicholson

THE MEASURE OF A MAN 27 January 2006

by Alan Karmin

Thanks to false accusations of domestic violence made by my ex-wife, my life - and that of everyone else around me - was turned completely upside down. It did not matter that I did absolutely nothing wrong and that my ex-wife was lying. The mere fact that she made the claim was damage enough. Most people in this great country of ours are under the misconception that you are INNOCENT until PROVEN GUILTY.

Well that is just not the case when it comes to domestic violence. Murderers and drug dealers are given more rights. During the whole ordeal, I was verbally abused and threatened by a judge, verbally and physically accosted by police officers, criticized by DYFS officials, shown the door by school officials and even turned away by some life-long friends.

No parent - man or woman - should ever have to go through the ordeal I went through. No child should have to be put through the emotional turmoil brought upon my children, Eddie and Beckie, who at times, proved to be more resilient than me. This is our story.

Exerpt from book:

When you hear the term "Final Judgment" it tends to give you a sense that it is the end - the marriage is over and there should be nothing left to argue about. Most people are under the misconception that the Final Judgment is ironclad and that you just read it, understand it, and adhere to it.

On the contrary, the Final Judgment is actually more fodder for the building up of tensions between the two parties.But the success of ANY agreement is not determined by what the two legal representatives are able to create, but rather the willingness of the parties to not only abide by it, but UNDERSTAND why things were done and remain flexible when there is a need to be flexible. ..for anyone who has ever been thrown into the Family Court System.

The word "justice" may as well be a four-letter word. For there is no other court in the land where the penalty for perjury does not exist - you can lie your ass off and not only NOT be punished for it.but actually be rewarded for it. There is no other court where you are presumed guilty until proven innocent. And for non-custodial parents.especially fathers.going through a divorce.and the never-ending litany of custody issues and all the rest that goes with it.it can feel like eternal damnation.

It is an Illuminati book 27 January 2006

The book was ordered written and produced by Philip Rothschild, the leader of the Illuminati in his day and age. It was ordered written by a woman named Ayn Rand. She was, at that time, one of Philip Rothschild's mistresses. She was already a well-known author and her books sell nationwide. She wrote this book, it was suppose to be a novel. It's 1100 pages. It was written as a novel supposedly, but it is a codebook. And what's in the book, is a step by step plan to take over the whole world by taking over the United States.

Now, the power of the Illuminati and I'll give an explanation, the Illuminati did this following: First, most people have found the Illuminati in things that have crossed their path. People have found it in the occult and mistakenly they have said, "Ah ha, the Illuminati is the occult." Then, they have found it In the Masons and they have said, "Ah ha, the Illuminati is the Masons. Then, they have found it in politics and they said, "Oh, it's politics". So they found it in the International banking system or they found it in Zionism so they list it as just being that. Actually, it is all these things, and much more. They found it in the Mormon religion. That's because the leaders of the Mormon religion are in high echelons in the Illuminati. They have found it in the John Birch Society, that's because the man who leads the John Birch Society is both a high degree Mason and a Mormon. It is all these things and its power is finance. If you would take its finance away, which is impossible. I am getting ahead of myself. The book is called Atlas Shrugged. They did not want people to buy this book other than those told to buy it within the occult and within the Illuminati. They're extremely mad because just this year alone (1977?) they have sold a million of them, mostly to Christians. And they don't like that. In fact, they tried to stop printing it, but people don't want to stop printing it they're raking so much money.

The bad thing about it though, is since it is written as a novel, it has some passages I think might belong in Hustler or other places. Maybe out of 1100 pages, you might count five that are this way, you can tear them out and throw them away. They're stuck in there on purpose to keep Christians from reading the book. So, if you get to a passage that is a little something you shouldn't read, just turn to the next page, it'll be over by then and you can go on with the story. Now if you don't like to read, skip the first 200 pages. The first 200 pages are exactly the way most people in the world are, they're very boring. No, actually they're the conspiracy from people in all the walks of life talking about this incident happening and that incident happening and you know it's very boring to the fact that let's you know that it's the conspiracy that's planning the incidents. It's like reading the newspaper today, you don't really know what's happening behind it. But after the first 200 pages, 8 chapters, 9 chapters something like that, it starts showing you that everything that is happening, is conspired to happen. The common name for the Illuminati is The Conspiracy, or the Great Conspiracy. Now until we lost the school system to people within the Communist party and within the Illuminati and so on, you were taught in your history classes and some people can remember this, that history was taught that it happened because somebody conspired for it to happen. Then, we didn't want in this nation anybody to get ideas that maybe our Government was a conspiracy so they decided to start teaching that it happened because it happened. World War II happened because some people got mad, World War I happened because some people got mad. The Depression happened because we bought too much too soon without enough money. They did not want anybody to get the idea that it all happened because somebody conspired for it to happen. I hope to accomplish one thing tonight more than anything, that I will change your attitude, that I will put new forms or patterns or whatever in your life that you will walk out of here and when something happens you'll go. "Now, I wonder what they're really up to." Really.

When you study Atlas Shrugged, you will find out that you are reading the front pages of the paper today. The oil shortage that doesn't exist. They state that they destroy their own oil wells, that they hide their own oil so nobody can have it. They state how they destroy the coal mines and shut the coal mines down, they shut the electricity down, they state how they cripple the country and no food is grown. It states how they pit and derail trains so that no trains go. It states how they sink and pirate thousands of ships every year. We just recently heard down in Florida, how they're asking people not to sail out in pleasure craft in the Bermuda Triangle area, not because they believe in the Bermuda Triangle, but because over 1,000 ships were pirated last year and everybody on board was killed and dumped in the ocean. Now, they don't like to put that on the front page as you see that might cause some people to wonder about some things.

And this is all in this book that was written 12 years ago and in the book, they gain control of the world by bankrupting their own businesses. The Illuminati owns most, I would say, 99 9/10 of the stores that you walk into and shop, and the gas stations you go to and they are going to destroy them on purpose. They are in the process of buying up the last few years, all the stores they don't own. They bought up Grants and they bankrupted it. They just bought up Two Guys and you can watch for them to go out of business and they keep in business the ones that they've always owned and they're going to bankrupt them before too long and cripple them and bankrupt them before too long and cripple them and destroy them.

The idea of taking over is to bankrupt the whole world where nothing is of any value and the currency does not exist anywhere and then come back and solve all the problems. The book Atlas Shrugged ends with the hero, John Galt, which is really Philip Rothschild, lifting his hand up in the air and drawing the symbol of his organization, never says Illuminati in the book, in the air and he says, "We shall follow this symbol back." The symbol that he draws is the dollar sign. Now the $ sign is only used in America, by the way. Nowhere else to represent money. It's almost 8,000 years old or probably older, goes back in time to the pyramids and it means to scourge or to punish and through punishment to purify and make right. That's what it means. Funny that that's what we symbolized our money. Now, the Rothschilds lead the Illuminati and in every country they have a family with the head of that family being the head of the Illuminati. In the United States, we have the Rockefellers. David Rockefeller is both the head of the Council of Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Administration or Council which is the name of the Illuminati within the United States.

The main source of finance for the Illuminati and for the whole world, particularly in the United States is the Standard Oil Co. Now, I'm going to educate you about something tonight that the Illuminati hoped nobody would ever find out about. Of course, you can check out who owns Standard 0il, --that's David Rockefeller. Now, when we were in the Illuminati we had to learn the hieroglyphics of the Illuminati. We had to go and shop at the stores that the Illuminati marked themselves, marked their stores by. Of course, they own almost everything but their main businesses, they mark. Standard Oil is the conglomerate that owns almost everything. I'm going to tell you the things they own. You won't believe what they own. It's that astonishing. If I ask most people today besides Standard Oil what do you say is the number one conglomerate in the United States? Besides Standard Oil, Sears, General Motors, they own Ford, they own American Motors, they own Chrysler. Now, you've got these Federal Department Stores down here. Federal Department Stores is Sears, Penneys.

A man very close, very powerful in the Illuminati, doesn't live too far from here, that owns all the Federal Department Stores. He lives in Columbus, his name is Lazarus. Now, Lazarus owns Federal Department Stores, Federal Department Stores owns Gold Circle, they own Kresges, which own Kmart. They own just about every department store In the United States. Globe, Ontario so on. They own Woolworth, which owns Willcos. But Standard owns Mobile and Mobile owns Montgomery Wards. You getting the message? Now, you can find out what Standard owns because they mark their signs with blue and red. Everything they own. They also, with their oil companies, mark their oil companies with occult symbols. The main symbol is the sign of their god, the five-pointed star. Now, the strongest version that I have ever seen of it was a five pointed star radiating rainbow colors because they know that Lucifer is the god of the rainbow, as they put it. And if you'll read Ezekiel 28 you'll find out he does kind of radiate like a rainbow, he's covered with different colored gills and so on. And this thing they'll have Sunaco with the arrow through it because that's the sign of casting spells, the arrow. They use 76 because May 1st, 1776 is the birthday of the Illuminati. They use the sign of what witches practice in, the magic circle. When they write Mobil, they write everything in blue but they leave the circle in red. Most people don't even notice that. But there's a difference. The winged horse in Marathon, Pegasus, is the messenger of the gods. It goes on and on. Holiday Inn is the star with the rainbow. You just go on and on. The age old path of what a witch must pass to become a powerful witch is the symbol of Denny's. That's owned by them.

An American Hitler and his Gestapo Schuttzenstaffel 27 January 2006

The Rant

Capitol Hill Blue

America, once hailed as the land of the free, has – under the tyranny of King George – become Amerika, reviled as a global thug that doesn’t give a damn about anyone’s rights, especially those of its own citizens.

Protest if you want. Spout the Republican Party line is you can without gagging. I don’t give a damn. If you believe George W. Bush is anything less than an American Hitler then you’re too damn dumb and stupid to argue with anyway.

Bush is an evil man, a power-grapping despot who believes in absolute rule, a madman so wrapped up in his perceived role as “a wartime President” and “Commander in Chief” that he believes no law applies to him or his rotting, corrupt, administration. The Constitution? Why it’s just “a goddamned piece of paper” to this insane megalomaniac.

Legal scholars agree that Bush blatantly broke the law by ordering the National Security Agency to spy on Americans without warrants or court review. The only cretins who support this dictator are the brain-dead Republicans who put power above the law and party loyalty above their country.

Bush is a traitor to his country. As a traitor, he should be led from the White House in chains and tried as one. Since he insists he is a “wartime President,” then let’s try the son-of-a-bitch as a wartime traitor, a Benedict Arnold who turned on his country and gave aid and comfort to its enemies. Bush has done far more damage to the freedoms and security of American than Osama bin Laden. In fact, I’m starting to believe the traitorous asshole is in league with bin Laden and others who want this country destroyed.

No true American would treat the Constitution with the contempt that spills like toxic bile from the lips of George Bush. No true American would continue to support this maniac as he continues to dismantle what once was the greatest country in the world.

Bush is clearly guilty of high crimes against the Constitution of the United States. It’s time to give this reincarnation of Adolph Hitler exactly what he deserves.


We are in very, very deep trouble people 27 January 2006

I found this story too incredible to handle.

A Michigan man, after getting a divorce, discovers one of his two kids isn't his; that the mother is now living with the boyfriend who is the father of the second child; and, to top it off, that the mother had another child with this same boyfriend before this man met her, but she gave it up for adoption.

Upon confrontation with DNA evidence, the mother admits to it, and makes a settlement agreement for no more child support (for that child), but with reasonable visitations. The judge throws that out, orders the man to pay child support on both children and removes his visitation rights altogether.

Are you getting confused yet? The mother then leaves the boyfriend ... with both the kids. So the judge gives the boyfriend custody of both of them and orders both this man AND the mother to pay the boyfriend child support. Really confused yet?

This begs a serious question. While we would want to believe this judge is stupid, we know he probably knows full well what he has done. The real question is, how stupid do these judges think we are? How long will we will continue to allow such perversions of justice for the sake of corrupt judges padding their own wallets?

We all know this is not an isolated incident, though likely one of the more twisted. We all know this is not solely related to so-called "family law, though it is by far the most noticeable arena. We can't "fix" this kind of stuff with amendments, new laws, or "civil" remedy.

There seems to be no end to these perversions in our society, and it is destroying the very fabric of our being, eating us from within. The biggest question is how long will it take? We are in very, very deep trouble people. The "fall" is inevitable, and its gonna be a big one.

Wiley - Webmaster for:

The Forster Scandal and stabbed law chief 26 January 2006

Stabbed Law Society of Scotland chief Leslie Cumming, 53, the chief accountant with the Law Society of Scotland would have been head of investigations looking into Crooked lawyer Kennedy Forster who embezzled £660,000 from clients

The Forster Scandal! THIS week The Galloway Gazette reveals how the Law Society of Scotland ignored complaints about disgraced former solicitor Kennedy Forster for NINE YEARS and only acted after our exclusive coverage of clients misgivings.

As reported in last week's Gazette, Forster was finally jailed for six and a half years for embezzling over £660,000 from client accounts even though The Law Society had told the Gazette as late as April 2000 that there were no aspects of the Forster case which required their intervention. But just two weeks later, after further revelations by The Gazette, The Law Society finally handed over the Forster case to the Crown Office for possible criminal proceedings.

One former client told the Gazette this week that he felt betrayed by The Law Society and felt that no action would have been taken had The Galloway Gazette not brought extensive publicity to the case. The Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman has also expressed unhappiness about the way in which The Law Society deals with complaints against solicitors following the Forster case. Yet despite this, the Law Society last week sought to put a positive spin on its eventual handling of the Forster case after the former solicitor was finally jailed in the High Court.

Its President, Joe Platt insisted that the Society always worked in the best interests of the public. He said:"This is an example of the Law Society doing it's job well and taking every effort to ensure that the public are protected from any rogue solicitor." But Gazette Editor Peter Jeal said: "Far from demonstrating that The Law Society has ‘done it's job well' the Forster case has only served to highlight the need for an independent complaints authority to be set up. "What is clear from this sorry tale is that The Law Society cannot possibly serve the interests of its members, solicitors, and the interests of the public at the same time.

"On their own admission, they only started to take this case seriously in April 2000 after The Gazette highlighted client concerns which date as far back as 1991. "We will be calling on the Justice Minister, Cathy Jamieson, to put in place an independent complaints authority to deal with complaints against solicitors."

Copyright © The Galloway Gazette 2004.


Gazette campaign gains national momentum

THE Galloway Gazette has written to Scottish Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson to end self regulation for solicitors and set up an independent complaints body in the wake of the Kennedy Foster case.

And, the Gazette has received calls from all over Scotland congratulating this newspaper to taking a stand and “representing ordinary people all over the country” on this issue. Forster was jailed for six and a half years two weeks ago for embezzling more than £660,000 from clients, including charities and churches. Yet, despite complaints stretching back more than nine years, The Law Society failed to act.

Last week, we carried a detailed report on those failings which according to one caller this week, Stewart McKenzie from Perthshire, “has got all of Scotland buzzing.” Border Television also reported on our story on Monday night. Mr McKenzie has been pressing for changes in the way solicitors are regulated after he failed to get his complaints against a solicitor properly dealt with by The Law Society of Scotland.

He also gave evidence to a Scottish Parliament inquiry into the issue but, he says, large parts of his submission to the parliamentary committee were scored out by the Parliament’s own lawyers – members of The Law Society – before being heard. Mr McKenzie added that the inquiry committee was made up mostly of MSP’s with legal backgrounds.

The inquiry, which ended in October last year, decided, incredibly, to let the present system of self regulation continue despite a string of complaints about the Law Society. Sheila Clark, of Largs, Ayrshire also contacted the Gazette this week. “Thank you for taking up this issue. The Galloway Gazette is speaking for the people of Scotland,” she said. “It’s so refreshing to see a newspaper standing up for people.” Ms Clark has also been embroiled in a battle to get her complaint against a solicitor dealt with impartially and also feels let down by The Law Society. In a letter to Justice Minister, Cathy Jamieson this week, Gazette Editor Peter Jeal called for action to ensure that complaints against solicitors are taken out of the hands of The Law Society.

“We, and many others, do not believe that any organisation can represent the interests of their members and the public, when they have complaints against those members,” said Mr Jeal.

“This is the greatest example of a conflict of interests it is possible to see and undermines totally the credibility of the justice system.” He added: “This is a very serious matter which is long overdue for action to resolve it.”

The Galloway Gazette 2004.


In the Dock

The sorry tale of inaction by The Law Society of Scotland

THE Law Society of Scotland itself stands in the dock this week, accused of a cover up over its handling of complaints against disgraced Stranraer solicitor Kennedy Forster. The Gazette can exclusively reveal that the Society’s Guarantee Fund Department formally reported their suspicions about Forster’s dodgy dealings to the Crown Office on April 20th, 2000, only DAYS after this newspaper broke the story on April 7th. At the time The Gazette was told by the Society: “There are no aspects which require the Society’s intervention at this time.”

Until then, serious complaints made by local businessman David Inglis about misconduct by Forster, senior partner in law firm Ferguson and Forster, had, he said, been “swept under the carpet” by the Society since 1991. The Society tried to draw a line under the Forster affair in August 1999, when, having had their initial whitewash of Forster rejected by the Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman, they handed down the token punishment of ‘unprofessional conduct’ to Forster. No financial penalty was imposed and Forster was allowed to continue practicing. Less than eight months later The Gazette exposed the unfolding scandal and Forster was on his way to prison.

Earlier, in 1993, the Society had found Forster’s junior partner, Carl Crone, guilty of the more serious charge of misconduct in an attempt to counter serious complaints from Mr Inglis, now of Blair Way, Newton Stewart. This was despite Mr. Inglis’ complaints being against Kennedy Forster and the firm itself. Mr. Crone confirmed at the time that he was unhappy at being left “to carry the can.”

The firm had been Mr Inglis’ agents bidding for the former Littlejohn’s ironmongers in Victoria Street, Newton Stewart, when on the day before offers were due to close Mr. Inglis phoned Mr.Crone to say he was coming in to submit a final offer, only to be told “it’s a bad day today.” Hours later, after office hours, he was informed by Carl Crone that he could no longer act for him because the firm’s senior partner, Kennedy Forster, had been negotiating with the owner of the property with a view to buying it all along. Mr. Inglis had immediately phoned Kennedy Forster on December 5th, 1991 to complain about the actings of his firm, and that there had been a conflict of interest and a breach of client confidentiality.

“I don’t believe you and I have met, Mr Inglis,” was Forster’s sole response. Mr Inglis subsequently took the matter to the Law Society, then finding no satisfaction there, to the Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman in 1997, SIX YEARS after his original complaint. The Ombudsman examined how the Law Society had handled the complaint, and on September 23rd 1998 concluded that “I am not satisfied that the reporter or the Complaints Committee examined the conduct complaint in the appropriate terms.” The Ombudsman returned the case to the Complaints Committee “for further consideration”, having no powers to compel the Law Society to alter its procedures. The Law Society then re-examined their original decision to absolve Forster of blame, taking another year to find him guilty, on two counts, of the minor charge of ‘unprofessional conduct’. Forster continued to practice unchecked until he ‘retired’ and was rumbled by the Gazette.

David Inglis feels betrayed and let down by the system, and feels that without the intervention of The Galloway Gazette, nothing would ever have happened. “From the early 1990’s we knew he was crooked, my solicitor knew he was crooked, but nothing was happening. I felt I was powerless, banging my head against a brick wall. We got £250 ‘compensation’ from Carl Crone for ‘expenses’ incurred which was a joke. Our complaint was never against Carl Crone in the first place,” he said. Joe Platt, President of the Law Society, denied that it was more than coincidence that the Society had handed the case over to the Crown Office almost immediately after The Gazette had broken the story, saying it was merely “routine” for a case to be transferred for possible criminal proceedings when there were suspicions of dishonesty. But previous attempts to force a change in procedures have been refused by The Law Society, Ombudsman Linda Costelloe Baker told The Gazette. “If we decide that its conclusions are inappropriate, or if a decision is perverse, then we can ask the Law Society to reconsider, but they can easily say ‘no we won’t’. I can really understand why complainants get fed up,” she said. “ The Law Society will fail in its obligations to the public if they refuse to look at a series of complaints against a solicitor or firm of solicitors, but until now they have adamantly refused to change tack,” she added.

But Mr. Platt disagreed that previous history of complaints is always disregarded, despite the society receiving 12 complaints about Ferguson and Forster between 1995 and 2000. He said: “In misconduct cases if a firm has had a substantial number of complaints, then the committee might take the view it is indicative of a course of conduct.” “The Society has, at all times, worked to protect the interests of the clients of John Kennedy Forster. His conduct was disgraceful and that is why he can no longer practice as a solicitor in Scotland. Any client who can prove that they have suffered loss as a result of his dishonesty will be or already has been reimbursed under the professional indemnity scheme.”

“After our routine faculty visit last week it’s clear local solicitors feel badly let down. They are very down about it. I think they feel they have been tarnished by what he has done. I know lawyers are perceived as sticking together but that’s not the case,” he added. But many legal practitioners remain unconvinced that action was taken in time. “When exactly did Forster go to them with his hands up?” asked one prominent local solicitor. “They should have been put on their guard a lot earlier and should have come down on him like a ton of bricks.” Suggesting even now that Forster was being less than forthcoming about money secreted away he added: “The criminal authorities are still burrowing away to get more money out of him - so at this time the Law Society is particularly anxious not to rock the boat.” Currently the Society represents its own members facing formal complaints from clients, while claiming to serve the best interests of the public. Under pressure from the Scottish Parliament’s Justice 1 Committee, the Society increased the lay representation on its Professional Conduct Committee to 50 percent in September last year. Further changes could be in the pipeline.

John Kennedy Forster is now serving 6-and-a-half years at HM Prison Barlinnie for embezzling £667,000 from dozens of people between 1996 and 2000.

Copyright © The Galloway Gazette 2004.






Police target rogue lawyers after bid to murder Law Society official

POLICE investigating the attempted murder of a senior legal official have drawn up a list of aggrieved clients and rogue lawyers amid a growing belief that his work holds the key to the vicious knife attack. Leslie Cumming, 53, the chief accountant with the Law Society of Scotland, was repeatedly stabbed outside his Edinburgh home at around 5pm on Monday.

The assailant, who was wearing a black balaclava, pounced on Mr Cumming as he locked his garage door in a secluded lane in Murrayfield after returning from work. It is thought the attacker had been lying in wait behind a tree before he rushed towards Mr Cumming, plunging a knife into his back, then stabbing and slashing him in the face and chest. Mr Cumming is secretary of the Law Society's Guarantee Fund, which investigates allegations of theft by lawyers from aggrieved clients. His team has the power to check the books of more than 1,000 legal firms in Scotland and then make payments to clients if they discover irregularities.

He also carries out checks on firms to ensure they are not involved in money laundering from drugs, prostitution or protection rackets, and can report lawyers for prosecution. Yesterday The Scotsman revealed that Mr Cumming has regularly received hate mail relating to his job. As Mr Cumming continued his recovery yesterday, Detective Inspector Keith Hardie, who is heading the investigation into the attack, said it was becoming increasingly apparent that he had been singled out by his assailant. He revealed they were looking for a man seen acting suspiciously outside the victim's house on the morning of the attack.

"Two schoolgirls spotted a man acting suspiciously in the lane at about 8.10am - around the time Mr Cumming would have been leaving for work. Their account appears to fit the description we already have of the man. The guy was wearing a hooded top and possibly had something else on his head. "We suspect it was the same man who carried out the attack, but we cannot be 100 per cent sure. It does not appear to have been a random assault." DI Hardie said police were in regular contact with the law society, with whom Mr Cumming has worked for 26 years. "That is one of our significant lines of inquiry. We are looking at the inquiries Mr Cumming has been carrying out, both recently and historically."

He said the list would include lawyers and members of the public. DI Hardie said no weapon had been recovered and the search would be expanded along the attacker's possible escape routes. Detectives yesterday interviewed Mr Cumming for the first time at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where he was said to be improving. Police, who spent most of the day talking to the victim, said they hoped he would provide them with "a clearer picture of the chain of events during the frenzied assault".

Forensic officers yesterday took fingerprints from Mr Cumming's garage. Swabs were taken of blood spattered on a gate leading to his front door and have been taken away for analysis. Residents in the affluent neighbourhood remained in a state of disbelief as detectives intensified their efforts to track down the knifeman, carrying out door-to-door inquiries and fingertip searches of the area surrounding the scene of the attack. David Wishart, 63, a retired civil servant, said: "We are all very distressed for Mr and Mrs Cumming, and that such a thing could happen in this quiet area."


'Strange' man seen outside home of stabbed legal chief 24 January 2006

DETECTIVES investigating the brutal stabbing of an Edinburgh law chief are hunting a man seen acting suspiciously outside the victim's house on the morning of the attack. Neighbours have reported seeing the man outside the Murrayfield Drive home hours before 62-year-old Leslie Cumming was stabbed.

Mr Cumming, chief accountant with the Law Society of Scotland, was stabbed ten times in the frenzied assault as he parked his car in a lane at the rear of his home just after 5pm on Monday. Detectives are investigating whether the attack was linked to Mr Cumming's work, which involved investigating any allegations of theft from clients against lawyers. Reports of a violent housebreaker operating in the area are also being probed. The inquiry team hope to speak to Mr Cumming in full for the first time today as he recovers in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

A police spokesman said reports of a mean acting strangely around Mr Cumming's home on Monday morning were key to the inquiry. He said: "Following door-to-door inquiries in Murrayfield Drive throughout yesterday, we have had reports from a couple of witnesses of a man seen acting suspiciously near the house where the stabbing happened. "This will now be one of our lines of inquiry - to establish who he was and what he was doing." Detective Inspector Keith Hardie, who is leading the investigation from Gayfield Square police station, said the victim's job with the legal watchdog had also opened up lines of inquiry as they search for a motive. He added officers were to probe the criminals and crooked lawyers with whom he crossed paths.

As part of his duties, Mr Cumming also oversees investigations into solicitors who turn a blind eye to the laundering money from drugs, prostitution and protection rackets by villains. The society, which represents 8000 lawyers across Scotland, boasts an inspection team which visits legal firms to look for signs of dodgy dealings. Det Insp Hardie said his team were aware of Mr Cumming's central role in the inspection process and the "kind of characters" he may have become known to.

He added: "Obviously the fact that Mr Cumming works for the Law Society is an important line of inquiry for us. "It's possible that we'll investigate those people he has had to deal with in the past." A Law Society spokeswoman today said: "We would be happy to cooperate with the police if they feel there is any link between the incident and Mr Cumming's job, but I would stress there is no evidence of that at the moment. We are trying to support him as an employee and our sympathies are with him and his family." She added: "Thankfully his injuries are not serious and he is already making a good recovery."

Mr Cumming has previously spoken of the society's "pro-active" approach in uncovering crooked lawyers. His attacker plunged a knife into his back after approaching him in a lane next to his house. Mr Cumming was stabbed several times in the face and body as he fought desperately for his life. The attacker fled towards Ormidale Terrace and the Roseburn area. He is described as being in his 20s, stocky, and wearing dark clothing and a dark balaclava. Mr Cumming was able to stagger to his back door where his shocked wife, Mary, found him.


Law Society chief accountant received hate mail before he was stabbed 24 January 2006

Stabbing victim received hate mail

A SENIOR legal official who was stabbed outside his home in the west of Edinburgh regularly received hate mail, The Scotsman can reveal. Leslie Cumming, the chief accountant with the Law Society of Scotland, was attacked just after 5pm on Monday. The 62-year-old was locking his car in a secluded garage lane behind his home in Murrayfield Drive when he was attacked from behind. The assailant was wearing a black balaclava and plunged a knife into his back, police said. In the ensuing struggle Mr Cumming was stabbed in the face and body several times. Detective Inspector Keith Hardie, who is leading the investigation, said: "Thankfully, Mr Cumming managed to fight off his attacker and make his way to the back door of his property to alert his wife.

"Nothing was stolen so there is the suggestion that this was not just a random mugging." Det Insp Hardie added: "We are looking at two possible motives in our investigation: either Mr Cumming disturbed and allayed a minor crime, or this was a deliberate and premeditated attack." Mr Cumming's has a high profile job that involves investigating solicitors for financial irregularities. He can report solicitors for prosecution and handles a fund that compensates the clients of solicitors for losses caused by irregular dealings.

He also helped rewrite Law Society of Scotland rules to ensure lawyers who helped their clients launder money would be harshly dealt with. A senior legal source said: "Receiving threats through the post, and by telephone, is unfortunately a regular feature of Leslie Cumming's job." A spokesman for the Law Society explained: "Mr Cumming oversees the inspection of the books for every law firm in Scotland in his capacity as chief accountant; to make sure there are no breaches of the account rules such as a misappropriation of funds or the theft of client money." Mr Cumming was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where he was in a serious but stable condition last night. A Law Society spokesman said he is expected to make a full recovery in time.

Detectives are appealing for information from anyone who may have seen the attacker loitering around Murrayfield Drive and Ormidale Terrace late on Monday afternoon. So far, door-to-door enquiries have been carried out in the leafy suburb, as a forensic team combed the area. Drains were being cleared yesterday in the search for a weapon that may hold vital clues for police. Alan Francey, 51, a neighbour, said: "I am shocked this kind of thing could happen round here. I would never have expected it in this area, no-one deserves this." The attacker made off towards Ormidale Terrace and the Roseburn area, police said.

Dr Iain Middlemass, 72, who lives in Ormidale Terrace, in the house adjacent to the lane where the attack took place, said: "The police have searched our garden, taken flash photos all over the lane and questioned us last night. I am very shocked by all this. That lane is totally unlit and pitch dark by evening. It was an incident waiting to happen as far as I'm concerned. "We see people hanging around the lane and sometimes see eyes peering through our fence, but they're usually just young people. I still wouldn't go down it in the dark if I was the last thing on God's earth." The attacker is described as being in his 20s, of stocky build, and wearing dark clothing and a dark balaclava. A Law Society statement said: "The best wishes of colleagues and friends are with Leslie Cumming and his family."



Law society official injured in frenzied knife attack

ONE of Scotland's top legal figures was the victim of a frenzied knife attack by a hooded assailant outside his home. Leslie Cumming, 62, chief accountant with the Law Society of Scotland, was stabbed several times on the body, head and face outside his home in the Murrayfield area of Edinburgh just after 5pm on Monday. Detectives do not know the motive for what appeared to be a targeted attack, but Mr Cumming's job involves contact with members of the public who have applied for compensation against lawyers judged to have mismanaged clients' cases.

The attack happened after Mr Cumming had parked his car in a secluded private garage. As he tried to lock the garage door, the attacker pounced, stabbing him several times in the back. When Mr Cumming turned to face his assailant, he stabbed him in the face, head and chest. Police believe he could have been killed had he not fought back so strongly. The attacker fled when Mr Cumming attempted to pull off his balaclava. A law society source said: "He heads up the department that deals with the Scottish solicitors guarantee fund, which every solicitor pays into as part of their subs every year. "If a client of a lawyer lost out financially, they can make a claim on this fund . . . and if they can prove they've lost out, the fund will pay out."

A leading lawyer said last night: "Leslie is a pretty ordinary, decent accountant type. I can't imagine him making any enemies as such. On the face of it, there would be far more obvious targets than him, but the circumstances do make it seem very personal. "Letters will go out telling people they weren't being compensated with his name at the bottom, and I suspect that will be an angle that the police are looking at." Detective Inspector Keith Hardie, of Lothian and Borders police, said: "At this stage, we have no idea what the motive for this attack may have been. We have to consider the possibility that it was a premeditated attack, where the attacker could have been lying in wait for Mr Cumming to arrive home.

"But we must also address a wide range of other possibilities, including the fact that Mr Cumming may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time and simply disturbed his attacker who had perhaps been in the garage area to carry out another less serious crime. Whatever the motive, this was a potentially fatal attack. "Mr Cumming did not see his attacker approach him, and he certainly did nothing to provoke the attack. We believe that if he hadn't put up such a brave fight, then his injuries could be even more serious." Mr Hardie added: "We have received information that a man matching our suspect's description was seen and heard in the area at 8am on Monday morning. We are attempting to get a more detailed description of this man. The victim did attempt to pull off his attacker's balaclava and it was at this point that he ran off." Yesterday, colleagues of Mr Cumming, who is married with grown-up children, described him as a quiet man who had worked for the society for the past 26 years. A spokeswoman said: "Thankfully his injuries are not serious and he is already making a good recovery."


Law Society boss stabbed 24 January 2006

Police investigate attack on Edinburgh businessman

Detectives in Edinburgh are investigating a frenzied stabbing attack on a prominent city businessman. Leslie Cumming, the Chief Accountant with the Law Society of Scotland, was slashed several times during the assault in Murrayfield Drive yesterday evening. The 62 year old is now in a stable condition in hospital. Police say its too early to say what the motive was, but are appealing for witnesses. Inspector Keith Hardie from Lothian and Borders Police said: "At around 5 o'clock last night a man was parking his car in his garage in the Murrayfield area when he was approached from behind by a man who stabbed him in the back. This led to quite a frenzied attack on the indivisual and resulted in a number of serious stab wounds."


Torture planes at Scottish airports 23 January 2006

Thank you for continuing to report and editorialise critically on the US torture planes allegedly refuelling at Scottish airports. There are issues which separate civilisation from barbarism, and the use of torture is the clearest such. It is absolutely despicable that Scottish airports are aiding and abetting this inhumane and illegal practice. I raised the matter with BAA, and its director of communications made out nothing could be done. I also raised it with a member of the Scottish Executive, in the presence of several senior police officers, and all she could say was that the Scottish Executive would want to distance itself from any illegal practice. I'll bet it would. Unfortunately, the evidence is right there under its noses.

Frankly, all members of the British government and of the Scottish Executive are condoning evil; they are no better than people who tolerated the slave trade. What has gone wrong with the spines of these Labour politicians? May decent newspapers such as The Herald, Sunday Herald and The Independent keep campaigning until this filthy crime against humanity has been eradicated.

Dr Alistair S Duff, 90 Glen Douglas Drive, Cumbernauld.


Shutters still down on ‘closed shop’ for lawyers 19 January 2006

The Scottish Executive has taken the unprecedented step of resorting to the courts to block the release of sensitive documents which could explain why Scotland's legal services market has never been opened up to greater competition. Bill Alexander, a long-standing campaigner for wider consumer access to legal services, is seeking disclosure of ministerial correspondence and memoranda from the last decade concerning the enduring ban on people other than solicitors and advocates being paid to represent clients in the Scottish courts.

Ministers are refusing to comply with an order from Scottish information commissioner Kevin Dunion to publish the documents, which include letters from the late first minister Donald Dewar to both deputy prime minister John Prescott and Lord Irvine of Lairg, the former lord chancellor. For the first time since freedom of information legislation took effect 13 months ago, the executive has elected to fight its case before the Court of Session, a move which will cost the taxpayer thousands of pounds. Sixteen years have passed since sections 25-29 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990 should have abolished the ban on non-lawyers applying for rights of audience in Scottish courtrooms.

Commencement of the sections was indefinitely deferred, however, amid bitter controversy. At the time, ministers gave an undertaking that they would not be implemented until other reforms in the 1990 act – in particular, the introduction of solicitor-advocates – had been given time to bed down. The fact that the measures remain on the statute book but are still not active has provided ammunition for critics of the lawyers' "closed shop". It has also attracted the attention of both the Office of Fair Trading and the House of Commons trade and industry select committee. The same representation rights already exist in England and Wales in relation to members of the Institute of Legal Executives and the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents.

Alexander and his supporters from lobby group the Association of Commercial Attorneys argue that the ban has resulted in cases where parties have been denied their legal rights. He stresses that removing the ban could sharply reduce the cost of securing legal representation, for which qualified solicitors and advocates can charge more than £200 an hour. Ordering publication of many of the documents sought by Alexander, Dunion declared that there is "a strong public interest" in the release of information that would explain why sections 25 to 29 were never commenced. The information commissioner observed: "Mr Alexander has argued that proper debate on the issue will not take place without general access to all the relevant information. He believes that commencing sections 25 to 29 would go some way towards obtaining affordable justice for people who have no means of paying high legal fees and who are not successful in obtaining legal aid. Mr Alexander has pointed out the differences between England and Scotland in this respect."

Any party which appeals to the Court of Session against a decision by the commissioner can do so only on a point of law – not because they disagree with his view of the case. A Scottish Executive spokesman said last night: "We have considered the decision by the FoI commissioner and believe that we have grounds to appeal that decision. However, as the case is currently live, any further comment on the appeal would be sub judice." The last Tory administration, under former Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth, set a target date of mid-1996 for commencing sections 25-29. Commencement appears to have been shelved altogether when Labour came to power the following year.


Fathers 4 Justice to end campaign 19 January 2006

Campaign group Fathers 4 Justice is to disband, following reports linking it to a plan to kidnap Tony Blair's son, founder member Matt O'Connor has said. Fringe elements of the group were said to have talked about holding Leo Blair, five, to highlight the cause of fathers denied access to their children. Mr O'Connor told Channel 4 News the group could not continue after negative publicity generated by the allegations. The group became known with a number of protests at public landmarks.

A Downing Street spokesman has said there will be no comment on the announcement. Mr O'Connor said: "Three years after starting the organisation, we are going to cease all operations and bring the campaign to a close purely on the basis of what's happened." He added that in recent months "extremist elements" had "undermined the position and credibility of an organisation that was flying along for the first two years of its existence".

Earlier the group had said it was suspending its activities pending an inquiry into the claims in the Sun newspaper regarding the prime minister's youngest son. Mr O'Connor said he was now "past caring" what happened to Fathers 4 Justice. "I want to get a good night's sleep. This is not what I wanted. I don't want to be associated with an organisation getting headlines like this," he said. The group expelled 30 people last year in a bid to get rid of so-called extreme elements.

The organisation, which was committed to improving the rights of fathers who are estranged from their children, had staged a number of headline-grabbing stunts in recent years. Protests included members throwing dyed flour at the prime minister in the Commons chamber and a protester dressed as Batman perching on a Buckingham Palace ledge for around four hours. Police sources told the BBC that they were aware of a plan to abduct Leo, but said the plot only got as far as the "chattering stage". There has been no kidnap attempt and no arrests regarding the matter.


MI5 will get new powers to bug MPs 15 January 2006

Furious cabinet revolt as Blair gives green light for security services to spy on elected representatives Tony Blair is preparing to scrap a 40-year ban on tapping MPs' telephones, despite fierce Cabinet opposition, The Independent on Sunday can reveal. He is expected to formally announce to the Commons within weeks that MPs can no longer be sure that the security services and others will not intercept their communications.

Until now, successive administrations have pledged that there should be no tapping "whatsoever" of MPs' phones, and that they would be told if it was necessary to breach the ban. But that convention - known as the Wilson Doctrine, after Harold Wilson, the prime minister who introduced it - is to be abandoned in an expansion of MI5 powers following the London bombings. MPs should be treated in the same way as other citizens and will be given the same safeguards against wrongful tapping, the Prime Minister will say. The decision provoked a furious row in the Cabinet just before Christmas, when the Secretary of State for Defence, John Reid, voiced his opposition.

His outburst surprised other ministers, since he is seen as one of Mr Blair's closest allies and not known for his support for civil liberties. "Reid demanded to know why on earth we were going down this route," said one government colleague. "It was all the more surprising since you would have thought the MoD is one of the departments most in favour of increased surveillance powers." A Downing Street spokesman last night said: "The recommendation has been received and will be considered in due course." Mr Blair was last night put on notice that any attempt to tap MPs' phones would be bitterly opposed in the Commons. Andrew Mackinlay, Labour MP for Thurrock, said it was a "hallmark of a civilised country" that its state did not spy on elected representatives.

"This goes to the heart of what is to have a free Parliament not some privilege enjoyed by MPs. Constituents, pressure groups and other organisations need to know for sure that they are talking to their elected representatives in complete confidence." He is to press for the Commons' Committee on Standards and Privileges to urgently investigate the Downing Street plans to ditch the convention. Professor Peter Hennessy, the Whitehall and constitutional expert, also called on MPs to question Mr Blair's intentions. "It seems pretty odd to me that they should be doing this," he said. There has been a marked expansion of surveillance in Britain since 1997. New technology and new laws mean that Britons are among the most spied-on citizens on earth.

Sweeping new powers to snoop on emails, texts and other communications were included in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, while satellite technology offers multiple new surveillance opportunities for the secret state. Mr Blair has confirmed at least three timesthat his government observed the Wilson Doctrine, most recently in 2003 when it became clear that MI5 had been bugging Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams, who has not taken his seat and so is not formally an MP. Tony Blair is preparing to scrap a 40-year ban on tapping MPs' telephones, despite fierce Cabinet opposition, The Independent on Sunday can reveal. He is expected to formally announce to the Commons within weeks that MPs can no longer be sure that the security services and others will not intercept their communications. Until now, successive administrations have pledged that there should be no tapping "whatsoever" of MPs' phones, and that they would be told if it was necessary to breach the ban.

But that convention - known as the Wilson Doctrine, after Harold Wilson, the prime minister who introduced it - is to be abandoned in an expansion of MI5 powers following the London bombings. MPs should be treated in the same way as other citizens and will be given the same safeguards against wrongful tapping, the Prime Minister will say. The decision provoked a furious row in the Cabinet just before Christmas, when the Secretary of State for Defence, John Reid, voiced his opposition. His outburst surprised other ministers, since he is seen as one of Mr Blair's closest allies and not known for his support for civil liberties. "Reid demanded to know why on earth we were going down this route," said one government colleague. "It was all the more surprising since you would have thought the MoD is one of the departments most in favour of increased surveillance powers."

A Downing Street spokesman last night said: "The recommendation has been received and will be considered in due course." Mr Blair was last night put on notice that any attempt to tap MPs' phones would be bitterly opposed in the Commons. Andrew Mackinlay, Labour MP for Thurrock, said it was a "hallmark of a civilised country" that its state did not spy on elected representatives. "This goes to the heart of what is to have a free Parliament not some privilege enjoyed by MPs. Constituents, pressure groups and other organisations need to know for sure that they are talking to their elected representatives in complete confidence." He is to press for the Commons' Committee on Standards and Privileges to urgently investigate the Downing Street plans to ditch the convention. Professor Peter Hennessy, the Whitehall and constitutional expert, also called on MPs to question Mr Blair's intentions. "It seems pretty odd to me that they should be doing this," he said.

There has been a marked expansion of surveillance in Britain since 1997. New technology and new laws mean that Britons are among the most spied-on citizens on earth. Sweeping new powers to snoop on emails, texts and other communications were included in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, while satellite technology offers multiple new surveillance opportunities for the secret state. Mr Blair has confirmed at least three timesthat his government observed the Wilson Doctrine, most recently in 2003 when it became clear that MI5 had been bugging Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams, who has not taken his seat and so is not formally an MP.


The politics of paranoia 15 January 2006

Nobody is off limits in the Prime Minister's war on terror. Now he wants to dispose of the 'Wilson Doctrine' and bug his own MPs. But does the state need more power to spy on us? Francis Elliott reports

A Prime Minister deeply distrustful of many of his own MPs, intent on fighting a war with the "enemy within". Parallels between Tony Blair and Harold Wilson have been charted before. The news that Mr Blair is preparing to ditch his predecessor's pledge never to tap the phones of Britain's MPs suggests that the current occupant of No 10 has less regard for constitutional niceties. Mr Blair knows that bugging elected representatives will be fiercely opposed by many in Parliament but is confident he can argue the case over their heads that nothing - and no one - should be off-limits in the fight against terrorism. "Let no one be in any doubt," he declared in the wake of the London bombings, "the rule of the game are changing." In truth, say critics, the rules have been changing ever since Mr Blair became PM and he has overseen a massive expansion of the state's capacity to spy on private individuals. There can be little doubt that, over the past eight years, technology and new legislation have significantly increased the security services' capacity to peer into our lives.

From the dramatic expansion of DNA and other databases to the multiple surveillance applications of satellite technology and new powers to read emails and texts, little now remains obscured from official snooping. Indeed, the Prime Minister recently boasted that he had "doubled the capacity" of MI5 in recent years. Mr Blair has used the threat of international terrorism or crime to justify every reduction of civil liberty while pledging the safeguard of democratic oversight. Now even that oversight is under attack as the 40-year-old convention that MPs' communications should not be intercepted is to be torn up. The history of how the Wilson Doctrine came into existence helps to explain why senior MPs and constitutional experts are so concerned at its imminent demise. In late 1966, in the midst of the Cold War, Wilson had been forced on to the defensive after his extraordinary attack on the organisers of a seamen's strike, among whom was a young John Prescott. Challenged to justify his claim that the union was being manipulated by a "tightly knit group of politically motivated men", Wilson hinted at intelligence supplied by MI5.

It caused an uproar, and MPs demanded to know whether their phones were being tapped. On 17 November Wilson appeared in the Commons to give a statement that has been endorsed by every subsequent Prime Minister - until now. Wilson said there "should be no tapping whatsoever" of MPs' phones and that if it was considered necessary to change the policy, the Commons would be told. Wilson said that he understood the "seriousness" of concerns, "particularly if tapping comes to be developed in this country on the scale on which it has developed in other countries". He could have little conception about the "scale" of interception technology 40 years on, nor how much the state could know about the lives of its citizens. As detailed on this page, the scope for surveillance is increasing rapidly thanks to satellites, scanners, CCTV, information sharing and, shortly, ID cards. The legislative framework for this spying boom is laid out in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) 2000, which was supposed to reconcile new methods of snooping with human rights. New watchdogs were created supposedly to ensure that the security services kept within the rules. But, ironically, Mr Blair says it is one of the new regulators who is pressing for the change to the Wilson Doctrine. In an almost unnoticed Commons statement last month, the PM said that Sir Swinton Thomas, the Interception of Communications Commissioner, had written to him saying that Ripa's "regulatory framework" had "possible implications" for the ban on tapping MPs' phones. Most ministers and officials involved in the issue believe, however, that it is Mr Blair who is most keen to sweep away what he believes is a "Cold War anomaly".

The doctrine has come close to being breached on a number of previous occasions. Two years ago, for example, it emerged that it clearly does not extend to Sinn Fein's elected representatives. Gerry Adams revealed that a listening device had been planted in a car used by him and other senior party figures. Eliza Manningham-Buller, head of MI5, was later reported to have privately admitted that the security services planted the bug. However, since Mr Adams refuses to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen, he is not formally an MP - and is therefore considered fair game by the snoopers. It is incidents like this that lead experts such as Peter Hennessy, professor of contemporary history at Queen Mary, University of London, to believe that the doctrine is scrupulously observed by the security services at all times. Nevertheless, he says he finds it "pretty odd" that the Government is preparing to dismantle it. Only Mr Blair's sternest critics would suggest that he is motivated by anything other than a desire to give to the security services everything they say they need to tackle terrorism. The problem, as seen by champions of Parliament such as Labour MP Andrew Mackinlay, is who is to watch the watchers. "Governments can never be trusted on their own not to confuse national interest with what is in their political interest," he says.

Big Brother Blair and the war on terror


A fifth of the world's CCTV cameras are in the UK, and the average person is caught on film 300 times a day. Britain's four million cameras cover almost every town centre, and the numbers are growing. Each year, an estimated £300m is spent on CCTV. The London bombings demonstrated their advantages to spectacular effect, but Liberty wants clearer controls to ensure information is not misused.


In 1997, there were 1,712 warrants allowing phone taps. In 2003, there were 4,827, about two and a half times the total when Labour came to power. The increase is more stark given that the rules have changed so warrants are issued against individuals, not communication providers, such as BT. Investigators used to need separate warrants. Now the Home Secretary need sign just one to intercept all communications.


More than 5 per cent of the UK population - about three million people - are registered on one of the world's largest DNA data-bases. Anyone arrested can be sampled and permanently entered into the National DNA Database. Prosecution is not a condition for inclusion. About 140,000 people on it have not been charged or cautioned for an offence. Some 37 per cent of black males are on the register, and 9 per cent of white men.


Trials have started in Yorkshire of "tag-and-beacon" road pricing technology. Similar trials are to be held in London soon, possibly to replace the system for the congestion charge. But the real surveillance advance will come with satellite road pricing. Fitting tracking devices in cars to replace road tax with variable charges will also help the security services pinpoint details of every road journey made in Britain.


ID cards are scheduled to come into use in 2008, subject to parliamentary approval. More than 50 pieces of information relating to the holder, including biometric information (iris patterns, fingerprints), will be on the cards. The Government says they will be invaluable in the fight against terrorism, organised crime and benefit fraud. Checks against a compulsory identity register are to be offered to private firms.


The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 gave police and security services powers to monitor websites and intercept emails. The legislation provides for heavy penalties for failing to surrender passwords or encryption keys. Internet service providers are responsible for the installation of remote-controlled black boxes that relay all data passing through their computers to MI5.


Details of every car numberplate, including date, time and location, are to be stored for at least two years, whether the owner has committed an offence or not. A control centre, which opens in April, can process and track 50 million plates a day. Plans are in place to enable 100 million a day, with records stored for five years. Commuters using London's Oystercard are providing a detailed record of their movements each day.


A millimetre wave machine, or "body scanner", is being tested on Heathrow Express commuters at Paddington. The scanner, a 7m-long steel box, creates a virtual image of people inside. An operator views this on a screen and can see any concealed objects. Critics say, aside from privacy, the health and safety aspects of such devices are unknown, because the technology is similar to that used on mobile phone masts.


Details on England's 11 million children are to go on an electronic database along with information on their families. Teachers, social workers and others working with children can access it. Set-up costs are estimated at £224m, and annual running costs £41m. Critics say the index will capture information on almost every child, except those most likely to be at risk. Trials suggest even schools have several addresses for some children.


The NHS is compiling a database of medical history on all patients. Inclusion is not compulsory, but patients must actively opt out or it will be assumed they have opted in. The records would allow huge improvements in patient care, but the NHS is under pressure to allow the security services access to private medical data. It is believed MI5 has already asked to view the database.


US troops seize award-winning Iraqi journalist 14 January 2006

American troops in Baghdad yesterday blasted their way into the home of an Iraqi journalist working for the Guardian and Channel 4, firing bullets into the bedroom where he was sleeping with his wife and children. Ali Fadhil, who two months ago won the Foreign Press Association young journalist of the year award, was hooded and taken for questioning. He was released hours later. Dr Fadhil is working with Guardian Films on an investigation for Channel 4's Dispatches programme into claims that tens of millions of dollars worth of Iraqi funds held by the Americans and British have been misused or misappropriated.

The troops told Dr Fadhil that they were looking for an Iraqi insurgent and seized video tapes he had shot for the programme. These have not yet been returned. The director of the film, Callum Macrae, said yesterday: "The timing and nature of this raid is extremely disturbing. It is only a few days since we first approached the US authorities and told them Ali was doing this investigation, and asked them then to grant him an interview about our findings.

"We need a convincing assurance from the American authorities that this terrifying experience was not harassment and a crude attempt to discourage Ali's investigation." Dr Fadhil was asleep with his wife, their three-year-old daughter, Sarah, and seven-month-old son, Adam, when the troops forced their way in. "They fired into the bedroom where we were sleeping, then three soldiers came in. They rolled me on to the floor and tied my hands. When I tried to ask them what they were looking for they just told me to shut up," he said.


Big Brother Britain has world's biggest DNA database 14 January 2006

More people in Britain have had their DNA stored by the police than in any other country in the world, it has emerged. By 2008, the state will have access to the genetic data of 4.25million - or one citizen in 14. Hundreds of thousands of those on the database - which already contains three million names - will never have been charged with a crime. Last night, critics warned of grave infringements on civil liberties and the danger of the Government selling the highly valuable information to insurers and mortgage companies. The current total of three million names, or 5 per cent of the population, is the highest in the world. It outstrips even the second on the list - Austria - by five to one. More than 700,000 ten to 17-year-olds are on the British database - one in every ten in that age group.

But Ministers said the huge expansion in DNA gathering, started by Tony Blair in 1999, would bring to justice tens of thousands of criminals who otherwise have remained at large. Those trapped to date include hundreds of murderers and rapists, Home Office Minister Andy Burnham said. Previously, police could only take the DNA of those charged with a crime - and it had to be immediately destroyed if the prosecution was dropped of if they were cleared in court. But in 2000, under the instruction of the Prime Minister, this rule was swept away so officers no longer had to erase any data. And in 2004 the power to take DNA was extended to cover anybody arrested - regardless of whether they were later charged or not.

Net cast wider

Four days ago, the net was cast even wider when every crime was made arrestable - including dropping litter, driving in a bus lane or not wearing a seatbelt. Last year, 113,000 people arrested but not charged with a crime were added to the database. The total is 140,000. Of the three million currently logged on the database a further 200,000 were charged but not prosecuted, or were cleared by the courts. Police can use the giant computer system to check DNA against any hair, blood, sweat or other sample left at a crime scene. It could also be used to trap a family member who has committed a crime, if it is strikingly similar - but not identical - to that left at an unsolved crime scene.


However last night, there was concern that innocent people's DNA was being added to the store in massive numbers. Tory home affairs shadow Damian Green said: "If the Government wants a database which has the details of everyone, not just criminals, they should be honest about it." Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, Lynne Featherstone, said: "This is an intolerable infringement of liberty and personal privacy. "There is no purpose or justification for keeping the DNA record of anyone who is not charged with an offence. "We cannot be absolutely certain that there will be no misuse of the DNA database. There are no real safeguards in place to control it." Phil Booth, of the civil liberties campaign group NO2ID warned the Government could be tempted to sell the data to insurers and mortgage companies.

It could be used to ramp up premiums or reject loan applications.

Mr Booth added: "There are all sorts of ways in which this could be commercially usable. When Government spending spirals out of control, what is to stop them selling the data to recoup some of their costs?" Shami Chakrabati, director of Liberty, said: "No one should confuse the use of well targeted DNA information with a monster DNA database containing the details of every man, woman and child in the UK." But Mr Burnham said the Government would never contemplate selling information from the database.

The law-abiding had nothing to fear, he said, as it would allow them to prove their innocence. "This will deliver serious benefits. It will put people behind bars who have done horrendous crimes who would otherwise have not been punished," he said. "Yes, it is a lot of data and a lot to hold, but it is of enormous value to the police." Direct detections of a crime using DNA more than doubled from 8,612 in 1999-2000 to 19,873 in 2004-05. There were also a further 15,732 crimes detected as a result of further investigations linked to the original case in which DNA was recovered.


A Gestapo Administration 12 January 2006

by Paul Craig Roberts

Caught in gratuitous and illegal spying on American citizens, the Bush administration has defended its illegal activity and set the Justice (sic) Department on the trail of the person or persons who informed the New York Times of Bush’s violation of law. Note the astounding paradox: The Bush administration is caught red-handed in blatant illegality and responds by trying to arrest the patriot who exposed the administration’s illegal behavior Bush has actually declared it treasonous to reveal his illegal behavior! His propagandists, who masquerade as news organizations, have taken up the line: To reveal wrong-doing by the Bush administration is to give aid and comfort to the enemy. Compared to Spygate, Watergate was a kindergarten picnic. The Bush administration’s lies, felonies, and illegalities have revealed it to be a criminal administration with a police state mentality and police state methods. Now Bush and his attorney general have gone the final step and declared Bush to be above the law. Bush aggressively mimics Hitler’s claim that defense of the realm entitles him to ignore the rule of law.

Bush’s acts of illegal domestic spying are gratuitous because there are no valid reasons for Bush to illegally spy. The Foreign Intelligence Services Act gives Bush all the power he needs to spy on terrorist suspects. All the administration is required to do is to apply to a secret FISA court for warrants. The Act permits the administration to spy first and then apply for a warrant, should time be of the essence. The problem is that Bush has totally ignored the law and the court. Why would President Bush ignore the law and the FISA court? It is certainly not because the court in its three decades of existence was uncooperative. According to attorney Martin Garbus (New York Observer, 12/28/05), the secret court has issued more warrants than all federal district judges combined, only once denying a warrant. Why, then, has the administration created another scandal for itself on top of the WMD, torture, hurricane, and illegal detention scandals?

There are two possible reasons.

One reason is that the Bush administration is being used to concentrate power in the executive. The old conservative movement, which honors the separation of powers, has been swept away. Its place has been taken by a neoconservative movement that worships executive power. The other reason is that the Bush administration could not go to the FISA secret court for warrants because it was not spying for legitimate reasons and, therefore, had to keep the court in the dark about its activities. What might these illegitimate reasons be? Could it be that the Bush administration used the spy apparatus of the US government in order to influence the outcome of the presidential election? Could we attribute the feebleness of the Democrats as an opposition party to information obtained through illegal spying that would subject them to blackmail?

These possible reasons for bypassing the law and the court need to be fully investigated and debated. No administration in my lifetime has given so many strong reasons to oppose and condemn it as has the Bush administration. Nixon was driven from office because of a minor burglary of no consequence in itself. Clinton was impeached because he did not want the embarrassment of publicly acknowledging that he engaged in adulterous sex acts in the Oval Office. In contrast, Bush has deceived the public and Congress in order to invade Iraq, illegally detained Americans, illegally tortured detainees, and illegally spied on Americans. Bush has upheld neither the Constitution nor the law of the land. A majority of Americans disapprove of what Bush has done; yet, the Democratic Party remains a muted spectator. Why is the Justice (sic) Department investigating the leak of Bush’s illegal activity instead of the illegal activity committed by Bush? Is the purpose to stonewall Congress’ investigation of Bush’s illegal spying? By announcing a Justice (sic) Department investigation, the Bush administration positions itself to decline to respond to Congress on the grounds that it would compromise its own investigation into national security matters. What will the federal courts do? When Hitler challenged the German judicial system, it collapsed and accepted that Hitler was the law. Hitler’s claims were based on nothing but his claims, just as the claim for extra-legal power for Bush is based on nothing but memos written by his political appointees.

The Bush administration, backed by the neoconservative Federalist Society, has brought the separation of powers, the foundation of our political system, to crisis. The Federalist Society, an organization of Republican lawyers, favors more "energy in the executive." Distrustful of Congress and the American people, the Federalist Society never fails to support rulings that concentrate power in the executive branch of government. It is a paradox that conservative foundations and individuals have poured money for 23 years into an organization that is inimical to the separation of powers, the foundation of our constitutional system. September 11, 2001, played into neoconservative hands exactly as the 1933 Reichstag fire played into Hitler’s hands. Fear, hysteria, and national emergency are proven tools of political power grabs. Now that the federal courts are beginning to show some resistance to Bush’s claims of power, will another terrorist attack allow the Bush administration to complete its coup? Dr. Roberts is John M. Olin Fellow at the Institute for Political Economy and Research Fellow at the Independent Institute. He is a former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, former contributing editor for National Review, and a former assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury. He is the co-author of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.


Citadel of Skull and Bones 12 January 2006

SKULL AND BONES Yales secret-society system

Ron Rosenbaum - Esquire Magazine - September, 1977

Take a look at the hulking sepulcher over there. Small wonder they call it a tomb. It's the citadel of Skull and Bones, the most powerful of all secret societies in the strange Yale secret-society system. For nearly a century and a half, Skull and Bones has been the most influential secret society in the nation, and now it is one of the last.

In an age in which it seems that all that could possibly be concealed about anything and anybody has been revealed, those blank tombstone walls could be holding the last secrets left in America. You could ask Averell Harriman whether there's really a sarcophagus in the basement and whether he and young Henry Stimson and young Henry Luce (Time magazine) lay down naked in the coffin and spilled the secrets of their adolescent sex life to 14 fellow Bonesmen. You could ask Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart if there came a time in the year 1937 when he dressed up in a skeleton suit and howled wildly at an initiate in a red-velvet room inside the tomb. You could ask McGeorge Bundy if he wrestled naked in a mud pie as part of his initation and how it compared with a later quagmire into which he so eagerly plunged. You could ask Bill Bundy or William F. Buckley, both of who went into the CIA after leaving Bones - or George Bush, who ran the CIA / President - whether their Skull and Bones experience was useful training for the clandestine trade. ("Spook," the Yale slang for spy.) You could ask J. Richardson Dilworth, the Bonesman who now manages the Rockefeller fortune, just how wealthy the Bones society is and whether it's true that each new initiate gets a no-strings gift of fifteen thousand dollars cash and guaranteed financial security for life. You could ask...but I think you get the idea. The lending lights of the Eastern establishment - in old-line investment banks (Brown Brothers Harriman pays Bone's tax bill), in a blue-blood law firms (Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, for one), and particularly in the highest councils of the foreign-policy establishment - the people who have shaped America's national character since it ceased being an undergraduate power, had their undergraduate character shaped in that crypt over there. Bonesman Henry Stimson, Secretary of War under F.D.R., a man at the heart of the heart of the American ruling class, called his experience in the tomb the most profound one in his entire education. But none of them will tell you a thing about it. They've sworn an oath never to reveal what goes on inside and they're legendary for the lengths to which they'll go to avoid prying interrogation. The mere mention of the words "skull and bones" in the presence of a true-blue Bonesman, such as Blackford Oakes, the fictional hero of Bill Buckley's spy thriller, 'Saving the Queen', will cause him to "dutifully leave the room, as tradition prescribed."

I can trace my personal fascination with the mysteriouis goings- on in the sepulcher across the street to a spooky scene I witnessed on its shadowy steps late one April night eleven years ago. I was then a sophmore at Yale, living in Jonathan Edwards, the residential college (anglophile Yale name for dorm) built next to the Bones tomb. It was part of Jonathan Edwards folklore that on a April evening following "tap night" at Bones, if one could climb to the tower of Weir Hall, the odd castle that overlooks the Bones courtyard, one could hear strange cries and moans coming from the bowels of the tomb as the fifteen newly "tapped" members were put through what sounded like a harrowing ordeal. Returning alone to my room late at night, I would always cross the street rather than walk the sidewalk that passed right in front of Bones. Even at that safe distance, something about it made my skin crawl. But that night in April I wasn't alone; a classmate and I were coming back from an all-night diner at about two in the morning. At the time, I knew little about the mysteries of Bones or any of the other huge windowless secret-society tombs that dominated with dark authority certain key-corners of the campus. They were nothing like conventional fraternities. No one lived in the tombs. Instead, every Thursday and Sunday night the best and the brightest on campus, the fifteen seniors in Skull and Bones and in the Scroll and Key, Book and Snake, Wolf's Head, Berzelius, in all the seven secret societies, disappeared into their respective tombs and spent hours doing something - something they were sworn to secrecy about. And Bones, it was said was the most ritualistic and secretive of all. Even the very door to the Bones tomb, that huge triple-padlocked iron door, was never prermitted to open in the presence of an outsider.

All this was floating through my impressionable sophmore mind that night as my friend Mike and I approached the stone pylons guarding the entrance to Bones. Suddenly we froze at the sight of a strange thing lying on the steps. There in the gloom of the doorway on the top step was a long white object that looked like the thighbone of a large mammal. I remained frozen. Mike was more adventuresome: he walked right up to the steps and picked up the bone. I wanted to get out of there fast; I was certain we were being spied upon from a concealed window. Mike couldn't decide what to do with the bone. He went up to the door and began examining the array of padlocks. Suddenly a bolt shot. The massive door began to swing open and something reached out at him from within. He grasped, terrified, and jumped back, but not before something clutched the bone, yanked it out of his hand and back into the darkness within. The door slammed shut with a clang that rang in our ears as we ran away. Recollected in tranquility, the dreamlike gothic moment seems to me an emblem of the strangeness I felt at being at Yale, at being given a brief glimpse of the mysterious workings of the inner temples of privelege but feeling emphatically shut out of the secret ceremonies within. I always felt irrelevant to the real purpose of the institution, which was from its missionary beginnings devoted to converting the idle progeny of the ruling class into morally serious leaders of the establishment. It is frequently in the tombs that conversions take place.


It's night and we're back in front of the tomb, Mike and I, reinforced by nine years in the outside world, two skeptical women friends and a big dinner at Mory's. And yet once again there is an odd, chilling encounter. We're re-creating that first spooky moment. I'm standing in front of the stone pylons and Mike has walked up to stand against the door so we can estimate its height by his. Then we notice we're being watched. A small red foreign car has pulled up on the sidewalk a few yards away from us. The driver has been watching us for some time. Then he gets out. He's a tall, athletic looking guy, fairly young. He shuts the card door behind him and stands leaning against it, continuing to observe us. We try to act oblivious, continuing to sketch and measure.

The guy finally walks over to us, "You seen Miles?" he asks. We look at each other. Could he think we're actually Bones alumni, or is he testing us? Could "You seen Miles?" be some sort of password? "No," we reply. "Haven't seen Miles." He nods and remains there. We decide we've done enough sketching and measuring and stroll off. "Look!" one of the women says as she turns and points back. "He just ran down the side steps to check the basement-door locks. He probably thought he caught us planning a break-in." I found the episode intriguing. What it said to me was that Bones still cared about the security of its secrets. Trying to find out what goes on inside could be a challenge. And so it was that I set out this April to see just how secure those last secrets are. It was a task I took on not out of malice or sour grapes. I was not tapped for a secret society so I'm open to the latter charge, but I plead guilty only to the voyeurism of a mystery lover. I'd been working on a novel, a psychological thriller of sorts that involved the rites of Bones, and I thought it wouldn't hurt to spend some time in New Haven during the week of tap night and initiation night, poking around and asking questions. You could call it espionage if you were so inclined, but I tried to play the game in a gentlemanly fashion: I would not directly ask a Bonesman to violate his sacred oath of secrecy. If, however, one of them happened to have fudged on the oath to some other party and that the other party were to convey the gist of the information to me, I would rule it fair game. And if any Bonesman wants to step forward and add something. I'll be happy to listen

What follows is an account of my search for the meaning behind the mysterious Bones rituals. Only information that might be too easily traced to its source has been left out, because certain sources expressed fear of reprisals against themselves. Yes, reprisals. One of them even insisted, with what seemed like deadly seriousness, that reprisals would be taken against me. "What bank do you have your checking account at?" this party asked me in the middle of a discussion of the Mithraic aspects of the Bones ritual. I named the bank, "Aha," said the party. "There are three Bonesmen on the board. You'll never have a line of credit again. They'll tap your phone. They'll..." Before I could say, "A line of what?" the source continued: "The alumni still care. Don't laugh. They don't like people tampering and prying. The power of Bones is incredible. They've got their hands on every level of power in the country. You'll see - it's like trying to look into the Mafia. Remember, they're a secret society, too."


Already I have in my possession a set of annotated floor plans of the interior of the tomb, giving the location of the sanctum sanctorum, the room called 322. And tonight I recieved a dossier on Bones ritual secrets that was compiled from the archives of another secret society. It seems that one abiding preoccupation of many Yale secret societies is keeping files on the secrets of other secret societies, particularly Bones. The dossier of Bones is a particularly sophisticated one, featuring "reliability ratings" in prercentiles for each chunk of information. It was obtained for me by an enterprising researcher on the condition that I keep secret the name of the secret society that supplied it. Okay I will say, though, that it's not the secret society that is rumored to have Hitler's silverware in its archives. That's Scroll and Key, chief rival of Bones for the elite of Yale - Dean Acheson and Cy Vance's society - and the source of most of the rest of the American foreign policy establishment. But to return to the dossier. Let me tell you what it says about the initiation, the center of some of the most lurid apocryphal rumors about Bones. According to the dossier, the Bones initiation ritual of 194O went like this: "New man placed in coffin - carried into central part of the building. New man chanted over and 'reborn' into society. Removed from coffin and given robes with symbols on it. (sic) A bone with his name on it is tossed into bone heap at start of every meeting. Initiates plunged into mud pile."


I'm standing in the shadows across the street from the tomb, ready to tail the first person to come out. Tonight is tap night, the night fifteen juniors will be chosen to receive the one-hundred- forty-five-year-old secrets of Bones. Tonight the fifteen seniors in Bones and the fifteen in each of the other societies will arrive outside the rooms of the prospective tappees. They'll pound loudly on the doors. When the chosen junior opens up, a Bonesman will slam him on the shoulder and thunder: "Skull and Bones: Do you accept?" At that point, according to my dossier, if the candidate accepts, he will be handed a message wrapped with a black ribbon sealed in black wax with the skull-and-crossbones emblem and the mystic Bones number, 322. The message appoints a time and a place for the candidate to appear on initiation night - next Tuesday - the first time the newly tapped candidate will be permitted inside the tomb. Candidates are "instructed to wear no metal" to the initiation, the dossier notes ominously. (Reliability rating for the stated to be one hundred prercent.)

Not long before eight tonight, the door to Bones swings open. Two dark-suited young men emerge. One of them carries a slim black attache case. Obviously they're on their way to tap someone. I decide that Bones inititates are taken to a ceremony somewhere near the campus before the big initiation inside the tomb. The Bonesmen head up High Street and pass the library, then make a right. Passing the library, I can't help but recoil when I think of the embarrissing discovery I made in the manuscript room this afternoon. The last thing I wanted to do was reduce the subleties of the social function of Bones to some simpleminded conspiracy theory. And yet I do seem to have come across definite, if skeletal links between the origins of Bones rituals and those of the notorious Bavarian Illuminists. For me, an intersted but skeptical student of the conspiracy world, the introduction of the Illuminists, or Illuminati, into certain discussions (say for instance, of events in Dallas in 1963) has become the same thing that the mention of Bones is to a Bonesman - a signal to leave the room. Because although the Bavarian Illuminists did have a real historical existence (from 1776 to 1785 they were an esoteric secret society within the more mystical freethinking lodges of German Freemasonry), they have also had a paranoid fantasy existence throughout two centuries of conspiracy literature. They are the imagined megacabal that manipulated such alleged plots as the French and Russian revolutions, the elders of Zion, the rise of Hitler and the House of Morgan. Yes the Bilderbergers and George De Mohrenschildt, too. Silly as it may sound, there are suggestive links between the historical if not mytho-conspiratorial, Illuminists and Bones.

First consider the account of the origins of Bones to be found in a century-old pamphlet published by an anonymous group that called itself File and Claw after the tools they used to pry their way inside Bones late one night. I came upon the File and Claw break-in pamphlet in a box of disintigrating documents filed in the library's manuscript room under Skull and Bone's corporate name, Russell Trust Association. The foundation was named for William H (later General) Russell, the man who founded Bones in 1832. I was trying to figure out what mission Russell had for the secret order he founded and why he had chosen that particular death-head brand of mumbo jumbo to embody his vision. Well, according to the File and Claw breakin crew, "Bones is a chapter of corps of a German university. It should properly be called the Skull and Bones chapter. General Russell, its founder, was in Germany before his senior year and formed a warm friendship with a leading member of a German society. The meaning of the permanent number 322 in all Bones literature is that it was founded in '32 as the second chapter of the German society. But the Bonesman has a pleasing fiction that his faternity is a descendant of an old Greek patriot society founded by Demosthenes, who died in 322 BC." They go on to describe a German slogan painted "on arched walls above the vault" of the sacred room 322. The slogan appears above a painting of skulls surrounded by Masonic symbols, a picture said to be "a gift of the German chapter." "Wer war der Thor, wer Weiser, Bettler oder Kaiser? Ob Arm, ob Reich, im Tode gleich," the slogan reads, or, "Who was the fool, who the wise man, beggar or king? Whether poor or rich, all's the same in death." Imagine my surprise when I ran into that very slogan in a 1798 Scottish anti-Illuminatist tract reprinted in 1967 by the John Birch Society. The tract (proofs of a conspiracy by John Robinson) prints alleged excerpts from Illuminist ritual manuals supposedly confiscated by the Bavarian police when the secret order was banned in 1785. Toward the end of the ceremony of initiation in the "Regent degree" of Illuminism, according to the tract, "a skeleton in pointed out to him [the initiate], at the feet of which are laid a crown and a sword. He is asked 'whether that is the skeleton of a king, nobleman or a beggar.' As he cannot decide, the president of the meeting says to him, 'The character of being a man is the only one that is importance'".

Doesn't that sound similar to the German slogan the File and Claw team claims to have found inside Bones? Now consider a haunting photograph of the altar room of one of the Masonic lodges at Nuremburg that is closely associated with Illuminism. Haunting because at the altar room's center, approached through the aisle of hanging human skeletons, is a coffin surmounted by - you guessed it - a skull and crossed bones that look exactly like the particular arrangement of jawbones and thighbones in the official Bones emblem. The skull and crossbones was the official crest of another key Illuminist lodge, one right-wing Illuminist theoretician told me. Now you can lok at this three ways. One possibility is that the Bircher right - and the conspiracy-minded left are correct: The Eastern establishment is the demonic creation of a clandestine elite manipulating history, and Skull and Bones is one of its recruiting centers. A more plausible explanation is that the death's-head symbolism was so prevalent in Germany when the impressionable young Russell visited that he just stumbled on the same mother lode of pseudo-Masonic mummery as the Illuninists. The third possibility is that the break-in pamphlets are an elaborate fraud designed by the File and Claw crew to pin the taint of Illuminism on Bones and that the rituals of Bones have innocent Athenian themes, 322 being only the date of the death of Demosthenes. (In fact, some Bones literature I've seen in the archives does express the year as if 322 BC were the year one, making 1977 anno Demostheni 2299.)

I am still following the dark-suited Bonesman at a discreet distance as they make their way along Prospect Street and into a narrow alley, which to my dismay, turns into a parking lot. They get into a car and drive off, obviously to tap an off-campus prospect. So much for tonight's clandestine work I'd never get to my car in time to follow them. My heart isn't in it anyway. I am due to head off to the graveyard to watch the initiation ceremony of Book and Snake, the secret society of Deep Throat's friend Bob Woodward (several Deep Throat theories have postulated Yale secret-society ties as the origin of Woodward's underground-garage connection, and two Bonesmen, Ray Price and Richard Moore, who weree high Nixon aides, have been mentioned as suspects - perhaps because of their experience at clandestine underground truth telling). And later tonight I hope to make the first of my contacts with persons who have been inside - not just inside the tomb, but inside the skulls of some of the Bonesmen.


In his senior year, each member of Bones goes through an intense two-part confessional experience in the Bones crypt. One Thursday night he tells his life story, giving what is meant to be a painfully forthright autobigraphy that exposes his traumas, shames, and dreams. (Tom Wolfe calls this Bones practice a fore-runner of the Me Decade's fascination with self.) The following Sunday-night session is devoted exclusively to sexual histories. They don't leave out anything these days. I don't know what it was like in General Russell's day, maybe there was less to talk about, but these days the sexual stuff is totally explicit and there's less need for fabricating exploits to fill up the allotted time. Most Sunday-night sessions start with talk of prep school masturbation and don't stop until the intimate details of Saturday night's delights have come to light early Monday morning. This has begun to cause some disruptions in relationships. The women the Bonesmen talk about in the crypt are often Yale co-eds and frequently feminists. While it might seem to be a rebuke to Bone's spirit of consciousness raising, none of these women is too pleased at having the most intimate secrets of her relationship made the subject of an all-night symposium consecrating her lover's brotherhood with fourteen males she hardly knows. As one woman put it, "I objected to fourteen guys knowing whether I was a good lay...It was like after that each of them thought I was his woman in some way."

Some women have discovered that their lovers take their vows to Bones more solemnly than their commitments to women. There is the case of the woman who revealed something very personal - not embarassing, just private - to her lover and made him swear never to repeat it to another human. When he came back from the Bones crypt after his Sunday-night sex session, he couldn't meet her eyes. He'd told his brothers in Bones. It seems that the whole secret society system at Yale is in the terminal stages of a sexual crisis. By the time I arrived this April, all but three of the formerly all male societies had gone co-ed, and two of the remaining holdouts - Scroll and Key and Wolf's Head - were embroiled in bitter battles over certain members' attempts to have them follow the trend. The popular quarterback of the football team had resigned from Scroll and Key because its alumni would not even let him make a pro-coeducation plea to their convocation. When one prominent alumnus of Wolf's Head was told the current members had plans to tap women, he threatened to "raze the building" before permitting it. Nevertheless, it seemed as though it wouldn't be long before those two holdouts went co-ed. But not Bones. Both alumni and outsiders see the essence of the Bones experience as some kind of male bonding, a Victorian, muscular, Christian-missionary view of manliness and public service.

While changing the least of all societies over its one hundred forty-five years. Bones did begin admitting Jews in the early Fifties and tapping blacks in 1949. It offered membership to some of the most outspoken rebels of the late Sixties and more recently, added gay and bisexual members, including the president of the militant Gay Activist Alliance, a man by the name of Miles. But women, the Bones alumni have strenuously insisted, are different. When a rambunctious Seventies class of Bones proposed tapping the best and brightest of the new Yale women, the officers of the Russell Trust Association threatened to bar that class from the tomb and change the locks if they dared. They didn't. The sort of thing is what persuaded the person I am meeting with late tonight - and a number of other persons - to talk about what goes on inside: after all, isn't the core of the Bones group experience the betrayal of their loved ones' secrets? Measure for measure.


What would happen if Britain became a republic tomorrow? 11 January 2006

Whose Britain Is It Anyway? BBC2, 9.00pm Surviving Disaster, BBC1, 9.00pm

When Peter Snow appears on your screen you know that pie charts cannot be far behind. In Snow's world there are statistics, damned statistics and still more damned statistics. It's just a bit of fun, as he has been known to say while proving that one man's idea of fun is another man's definition of a coma. Sometimes, though, numbers matter. Take away people and their prattle, their self-serving excuses and their rewritten histories: only the facts remain. One fact recorded in Whose Britain Is It Anyway? reminded us that a century ago our aristocracy owned 50% of the country's land mass. These days, having whinged for decades over punitive taxation and hard times down on the tenant farm, the poor souls are reduced to only 30% of our 60 million acres. As Snow put it, a little too politely: "It seems reports of (aristocracy's) decline have been greatly exaggerated." Possibly so: walk five miles across London, as Snow and his son Dan did, and you will traverse £8.5bn worth of real estate. This little goldmine is in the hands of four families, none of whose ancestors did anything so grubby as to work for the legacy their successors have milked for centuries.

The Snows, father and son, were taking up a topic of perennial interest. In these parts, indeed, journalists have been asking the question for years: who actually owns Scotland's 19 million acres? The Duke of Buccleuch – Walter Montagu Douglas Scott – can supply part of the answer. His acreage count comes in at 250,000. For some inexplicable reason, Buccleuch was averse to the Scottish Executive's attempts at land reform. Peter and Dan made the point that in England and Wales the ownership of unregistered land is often a matter of guesswork. They appeared to believe that things are more civilised in a Scotland only recently released from feudalism. It's a quibble, but an important one: trying to track down the foreign concern that owns the offshore trust that owns the firm that owns the estate encompassing an enormous chunk of the Highlands. Your reviewer's past experience teaches that there are better hobbies. When such issues are raised, big landowners use scary words such as "confiscation" and "Stalinism". They forget to recall, as the Snows pointed out, all the subsidies, grants and tax dodges they have enjoyed down the years. Even if Britain became a republic tomorrow, the Queen would remain among the top 20 private land-holders. All those decades of tax avoidance gave the Windsors a certain commercial edge.

Prince Charles, meanwhile, does not take a penny piece from the public purse. Unless, that is, you regard freedom from capital gains tax as a tiny advantage for the Duchy of Cornwall, a hereditary privilege generating £36,000 a day for the heir, according to the Snows. Some of that is gained from rents on hideous tower blocks certain people might describe as carbuncles. Peter and Dan preferred to avoid the politics of envy. Early in an engaging film they did, however, flatten one myth. Rural Britain disappearing under a sea of concrete? Not by European standards. True, the government wants to see more houses built, but it wants them built on ever-smaller plots, 14 to an acre. The space allotted to the average family home has in fact shrunk by a third in a generation. Ninety per cent of us occupy only 10% of the land. Call it a metaphor. For some football fans, the 1958 Munich air disaster remains a metaphor, of sorts. Exquisite talents destroyed by arbitrary fate, beautiful young men cut down in their prime, the greatest English football team in a generation ripped apart: eight bodies in the German snow constitute the legend of promise lost. All true, in its fashion. The trouble is that the story has been told at least once a decade for almost 50 years. This drama-documentary on the fate of the Busby Babes was well enough staged – though Maurice Roeves was miscast as the eponymous manager – but it added nothing


Surviving the New World Order 9 January 2006

By Henry Makow, Ph.D

This isn't about storing silver coins or canned food or getting an AK-47. It's about saving your soul not your skin. It's about the tendency to obsess on the New World Order, get depressed and become unbearable. The situation is depressing. A satanic cult controls the credit of the world and rules through myriad proxies. It is determined to destroy civilization and institute an Orwellian police state. You spend hours every day addictively watching for new developments. Your face is pressed up against the store window of the world. You are "externalized." You can't go into the kitchen without switching on the radio.

You try to squeeze your sustenance from the world. But much of what you imbibe is poisonous: depravity, corruption, duplicity and tragedy. (Is that the point of the mass media? To demoralize and brutalize?) Mankind is in the grip of a diabolical force that constantly strives to legitimize itself through deception. You can't overcome this demon. But you still control your personal life. Ultimately, the battle is for the soul of humanity. Why not begin by defending your soul? This means erecting a wall between the soul, and the world, and establishing a balance between the sacred and the profane. You need to shut out the world (the profane) for set periods of time and focus on what inspires you. That means turning off the TV, Internet and media in general. Just as you nourish your body with food, you feed your soul with thoughts, sights and sounds. Your soul reaches out for beauty, grace, harmony, truth and goodness. You need to discover what lifts your spirit.

It might be a long walk, nature, music, sports, or music. It might be time with your family or friends. It might be the Bible, religious writing or meditation. "Do what you love," Henry David Thoreau said. "Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw at it still." You agree with the mystics who say happiness is within. It involves the possession of your soul, and not wanting anything else. By looking outside your self, you displace your soul and become the thing you want. This is the source of addictive behavior and unhappiness. The occult elite controls us with sex and money- the North-South of the mind. The courtship stage is a period when sexual feelings are strong so two people will bond and start a family. Sex/romance was not meant to become a permanent preoccupation and panacea. The cult uses it to distract and degrade us while it creates a police state (using the "War on Terror" as a ruse.)

The same is true of money. The stock market is a giant casino addicting millions. The central banking cult has unlimited funds. To make us feel good, (while it trashes civil rights and wages senseless war) it makes the market go up. To fleece us, it crashes the market. Don't be a puppet. The diabolical powers have been here for a long time. You have discovered their existence only because they signaled the beginning of their endgame on Sept. 11. Don't let them stunt or degrade you by obsessing on their iniquity. Restore balance by attuning yourself to the things you love. Be an outpost of happiness.


MASONIC MATRIX 9 January 2006

In the UK and USA the bulk of the press and TV are protecting sinister high profile masonic crooks who are raping and pillaging their countries people through a secret society network using key footsoldiers.

They comprise of the judiciary,lawyers,politicians,government departments and most serious of all the police.Corruption at the very highest level of society is going on free of any coverage in the national medias .This being mainly due to owners of that so called free press and their media lawyers who function as a filter for all those people destroyed by what is going on in both the UK and USA's civil courts. Massive land and property fraud ,by these sinister interactions, is allowing the transfer of assets to fund the masonic matrix ultimately controlled by the illuminati ensuring the system self perpetuates a crime wave that makes Germans Third Reich pale by comparison.

Ultimately this evil elitist system is destroying their infrastructure while ensuring the corruption continues to be propped up by serial fraudsters acting as agents for the masonic matrix.

The UK and USA ,thanks to the failures of OUR national media ,allows the continued multi trillion pound extortion racket due to a conspiracy of agencies both government and non government to operate a network of fraud and corruption sanctioned by judges, the vast majority who have previously been indoctrinated into their secret society oaths of allegiance prior to reaching positions of power.

One of the most notorious is the Speculative Society of Edinburgh who were implicated in the wide spread abuse of children at Dunblane prior to the massacre by sleeper Thomas Hamilton and distracted attention from senior legal figures who were involved in those abuses.These same legal figures playing a major part in the use of civil law to destroy peoples lives and steal children under the guise of family law ,a major illuminati tool to aid and abet the corruption going on in both countries.