The Torture Trail – Then and Now 21 June 2005

By Dr Les Dove

The recent public display of photographs depicting the abuse and torture of Iraq prisoners by US and British forces are indeed horrific. These kinds of abuses bring shame on any nation that permits them. However, the pretentious displays of disgust by the politicians of both these nations do not project the whole truth, nor does their perceived democratic rhetoric ensure that true human rights will prevail either in their own countries or within the sinister forces that act on their behalf abroad.

Under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in 1948, and since signed by many countries, abuse of prisoners or citizens - whether at war or not, has been deemed a crime against humanity. That interdiction has, however, not prevented the torture and abuse of many other thousands of prisoners and dissenters, nor has it allowed most of them any form of recompense for their sufferings. Legislation has instead simply led security forces into adopting more insidious methods of torture and repression. Indeed, the United States and Britain both have a very long history of covert repression upon which they can draw from. The present abuses are at the end of a very long trail that stretches back to 1850 when in Port Arthur, Australia, Britain drove over 100 prisoners insane through the use of psychological torture methods. Indeed, Britain, France and the United States have all carried out torture during their colonial wars around the world and, in one form or another, that torture and abuse has continued unabated until the present day.

Recently the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, proposed a new law that will make any form of political dissent in Britain a criminal offense (5). David Blunkett, the British Home Secretary, (now resigned) is also adding another 1.000 Special Branch agents to make sure that repressive law is adhered to. Whatever, political repression within Britain is hardly new. Psychological control in British prisons has been a fact of life for many years. Political dissenters inside prison have been persecuted, tortured and otherwise ‘neutralized’ for well over a hundred years. Indeed, little or nothing in the way of political freedom has changed at all. What has changed are the methods used to cover-up repression and torture. A recent Human Rights Watch report also highlighted much abuse by guards in inside American prisons. It stated: “In recent years, U.S. prison inmates have been beaten with fists and batons, stomped on, kicked, shot, stunned with electronic devices, doused with chemical sprays, choked, and slammed face first onto concrete floors by the officers whose job it is to guard them. Inmates have ended up with broken jaws, smashed ribs, perforated eardrums, missing teeth, burn scars—not to mention psychological scars and emotional pain. Some have died.” It then continued, “Both men and women prisoners—but especially women—face staff rape and sexual abuse. Correctional officers will bribe, coerce, or violently force inmates into granting sexual favors, including oral sex or intercourse. Prison staff have laughed at and ignored the pleas of male prisoners seeking protection from rape by other inmates. (6)”

That te United Kingdom signed the Geneva Convention has in no way prevented it from degenerating into a police state, nor has it prevented anyone who dares to challenge the status que from being persecuted, tortured or even murdered by Special Branch or MI-5 agents. Having rules and regulations against this kind of abuse is one thing, being able to use them to good effect is quite another.

“By 1976 the British Ministry of Defense confirmed that 1.858 army officers and 262 senior civil servants had been trained to use psychological torture techniques for internal security purposes. And furthermore that psyops have acquired the ability to launch political campaigns in pursuit of military objectives without reference to the political regime (1).” And in an interview with The Irish Times it was stated that: “High officials in Intelligence, MI5 and MI6, consider their organizations to be above the law. (2)”

In other words the above organizations – and their agents, are answerable to nobody but the Queen of England, to whom they are sworn to serve. Indeed, as is every politician within Britain. The Queen alone has the absolute power of veto over all parliamentary decisions which undoutably makes Tony Blair’s frequent rhetoric about freedom and democracy something of a cruel charade, to say the very least. So much for free speech and accountability through the so-called elected representatives of the British people. Who, if they really desire freedom and democracy, have no other option but to become political dissidents?

Human Rights organizations within Britain have also fallen far short of what was expected of them by dissidents. Indeed, Amnesty International, Liberty and Redress do nothing whatsoever to address the widespread repression by MI-5 within Britain. These so-called human rights groups are considered to be no more than ‘front organizations’ by serious human rights researchers most of whom now steer well clear of them for obvious reasons. The media in Britain has also degenerated into being little more than a mouthpiece for their masters. None of the national newspapers reflect the true state of what is really happening in the country and censorship of all kinds is widespread. Indeed, were it not for the Internet, the real Britain would be all but unknown and the plight of the tortured and repressed would have continued to be hidden as it has been for so many years in the past.

Many Americans have for a long time wondered why so many peoples around the world hate them. The answer to that question is more than obvious to anyone who has studied human rights in depth. For, like Britain, America also has security services that have long considered them selves to be above the law, even though in the United States, unlike Britain, they are to some small extent answerable to the law.

Whatever, the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been involved with death squads and torture almost from the day it was conceived. The overthrow of the legitimate governments of Guatemala, Chile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Iran, Greece, Laos, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Brazil, Cambodia, Bolivia, Angola, Uruguay, Indonesia, plus many other legitimate governments was organized by the CIA (4). All these governments were then replaced by dictators, often financed and maintained by the CIA, who began a reign of torture and terror that resulted in the deaths of millions of men, women and children.

Indeed, death squads, torture, disappearances and dreadful mutilations became the hallmark of the CIA throughout many countries all over the world. According to the writer Keith Parkins, “The USA, using the CIA as it’s lead agency, is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism. During the Reagan years alone, the CIA proxy army the Contras killed 8.000 Nicaraguan civilians. In Chile the bloody overthrow of the Allende regime saw 130.000 Chileans murdered, tortured and disappeared. The CIA intervention in Central America is one long litany of unspeakable bloody tragedy. (3)”

Ralph McGehee, a CIA agent for 25 years, stated:

“The CIA is not now nor has it ever been a central intelligence agency. It is the covert action arm of the President's foreign policy advisers. In that capacity it overthrows or supports foreign governments while reporting "intelligence" justifying those activities. It shapes its intelligence, even in such critical areas as Soviet nuclear weapons capability, to support presidential policy. Disinformation is a large part of its covert action responsibility, and the American people are the primary target of its lies (9).”

Indeed, The Association for Responsible Dissent estimates that by 1987, over six million people had died as a result of CIA covert operations. Few of which the American people had ever heard about. Yet torture methods and the tactics of terror are taught right here in the USA at the ‘School of the Americas’ in Fort Benning, Georgia. Truthful reporting of these terrible events was largely ignored by the mainstream American media. As a result most Americans were, and still are, totally ignorant of them. These atrocities were, however, carried out in the name of all Americans. Whether by their own bloody hands or the hands of their paid free-lancers the CIA has done more to damage the good image of America than any other security service. Surely the American people are entitled to have security services that act in the best interests of all Americans rather than the elite few who head huge multinational companies.

Had the American public been truly informed as to what their various governments had been doing over the years much repression and horror throughout the world may have been avoided? But as John Swinton, the former Chief of Staff of the New York Times, stated:

"There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dare to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes. (8)"

Since his retirement Walter Cronkite, the famous TV newscaster and journalist, has also voiced similar criticism of the American Media. He has been quoted as saying: "My lips have been kind of buttoned for almost twenty years."

Another comment reads:

"Media criticism does exist in America. But by and large, it is not citizen-based criticism designed to make media a better source of information in a democracy. Instead, it is a cynical manipulation of the discourse designed to silence even the mildest dissent from the conservative, militantly pro-corporate dogma that has come to pass for news in an era when "reporters" brag about the size of their American-flag lapel pins."

Robert McChesney and John Nichols

The CIA, against American and international law, is also thought to be directly responsible for the repression and torture of American citizens inside the USA today. Indeed, many American dissenters are now being targeted simply for refusing to believe the garbage much of the US media passes off as news. Using stooges and free-lancers the CIA has –like MI-5 in the UK, taken to using the military microwave machine to ‘neutralize’ its targets. The CIA then uses that old standby ‘plausible deniability’ to shrug off torture allegations made against it. Yet on one Internet site alone there are hundreds of victims whose allegations of repression and torture are backed up by many doctors and other professionals who have no doubt whatsoever who is behind these present day atrocities. Indeed, some former members of the American intelligence community have confirmed our darkest fears.

The prime reason for George Bush’s utter refusal to become a member of the International Criminal Court is easy to understand. Should America become a member he knows full well that at some future date many present and past members of the CIA, not to mention the National Security Agency, would be held fully accountable for the horrors they have perpetrated throughout the world. And that is something only a very courageous President would permit. To do so would expose to the entire world the true nature of American foreign policy during the last fifty years or so at the very least, and underscore the involvement of the American Presidents who permitted it. It would also expose the manipulation of public opinion by the American media and the gullibility of Americans for so readily believing the many lies and distortions told to them by Congress and their so-called free press. What governments say they are doing – and what they really are doing, are quite often two quite different things.

Now seems a good time to look back on a speech given many years ago by a true American patriot.

The following is an excerpt of a speech, delivered in 1933, by Major General Smedley Butler, former Commandant of the United States Marine Corps:

“War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.

I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and in nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we'll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns six percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.

I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to defend some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things that we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.

There isn't a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its "finger men" to point out enemies, its "muscle men" to destroy enemies, its "brain men" to plan war preparations, and a "Big Boss"—Super nationalistic Capitalism.

It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service as a member of our country's most agile military force—the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from a Second Lieutenant to Major General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high-class muscleman for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

I suspected I was just a part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all members of the military profession, I never had an original thought until I left the service. My mental facilities remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service,

I helped make Mexico—especially Tampico—safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. I was rewarded with honors, medals, and promotions. Looking back on it, I feel that I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents. (7)”

Things haven’t changed so much as we might have expected since then, have they? However, as Harry C Bauer said, “What is right with America is a willingness to discuss what’s wrong with America.”

The American media has finally shown courage in widely exposing the CIA horrors in Iraq. That truth has been much appreciated by good Americans everywhere. Let the media now be more courageous still and start to expose what is happening right here inside America today, and Britain. America may then become a country the entire world can look up to, and respect.

(1) Bloch. J. Fitzgerald. P. British Intelligence and Covert Action.” Junction Books. London. UK 1983. P.29

(2) Bloch. J. Fitzgerald. P. ‘British Intelligence and Covert Action.’ Junction Books. London. 1983. UK. P.54

(3) Parkins. K. ‘Intelligence Services Unaccountable and Out of Control.’ Internet source.

(4) Killing Hope: ‘U.S. Military and CIA Interventions since World War II.’ Monroe, Maine. Common Courage Press, 1995. USA.

(5) The Sunday Herald. UK.

(6) Human Rights Watch. Prisoner Abuse: How Different are U.S. Prisons? By Jamie Fellner, Esq

(7) From GIDRA, a California Asian paper. 4221 Germantown Avenue/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

(8) Swinton. J. 1953. In a toast before the New York Press Club.

(9) McGehee. R. Deadly Deceits. Book, published in 1983. McGehee account of the CIA in his book Deadly Deceits

The six million people the CIA has helped to kill are people of the Mitumba Mountains of the Congo, the jungles of Southeast Asia, and the hills of northern Nicaragua. They are people without ICBMs or armies or navies, incapable of doing physical damage to the United States the 22,000 killed in Nicaragua, for example, are not Russians; they are not Cuban soldiers or advisors; they are not even mostly Sandinistas. A majority are rag-poor peasants, including large numbers of women and children.

John Stockwell, former CIA official and author

"The crimes of the U.S. throughout the world have been systematic, constant, clinical, remorseless, and fully documented but nobody talks about them. " Harold Pinter


By Dr Les Dove

Under George W Bush fascism has thrived in the United States. The so-called free press has all but vanished. Investigative writers who were once prominently featured in the mainstream media have mostly been relegated to the Internet. As in the United Kingdom the press has been taken over by the multi-national corporations and the intelligence services, and as such it has become a managed media where conformity to extreme right wing guidelines is rigidly enforced. Indeed, when I wrote about Britain’s democracy charade I might just as well have been talking about America’s own democracy charade. The government is estimated to be spending around $400 million every year on manipulating the public and the media, both in America and abroad. Many American writers now describe the CIA as being ‘their secret government’, one that selects puppet presidents and rigs elections in their favor. Pretty much as the CIA has long been doing in many other countries all over the world.

Yet most of the American population is totally ignorant of its own recent history. Those who are not are still naive enough to believe that whilst the CIA may have committed unspeakable horrors abroad over the last fifty years it would never stoop to such horrors in the United States. But it will, and indeed it has. Yet the American public has become so indoctrinated and controlled by insidious lying propaganda it simply cannot conceive that the country has been turned into a police state.

Politicians in America, who are decidedly fascist, are now described by the ‘state’ press as being ‘conservative’, whilst moderate politicians are described as being extremists, or outright pinko’s. As a result the content of the average American newspaper, and I use the term ‘newspaper’ lightly, is little more than state propaganda. So much so that many American writers now openly talk of the coming police state, while some writers, myself included, believe that America already is one. To write the truth, however, is something reporters in the mainstream press cannot do. If they did they would be out of a job within twenty-four hours. (1) And they know it.

Freethinking writers in Britain have long been used to being persecuted by Britain’s own security service, MI-5, indeed just as I was when I lived there.

Now, however, the self-same persecution is happening inside the USA. That free speech is supposedly guaranteed by the 1st Amendment of the American constitution seems to matter not at all. If the powers that be dislike what they write Investigative journalists who dare to expose government abuses can now expect to be smeared, censored and persecuted in the United States just as they are in many other countries. Indeed, some American Web sites are clearly warning investigative writers to expect just that.

The ‘freedom and democracy’ that George Bush often refers to cannot today stand much scrutiny. The present attorney general has all but shredded the true meaning of the American constitution. In reality poor American’s, and there are a lot of them, have almost no recourse at all over ‘state power’ – again, just as in the UK. People can be arrested, thrown into prison and have their property confiscated for the most trivial of reasons. Indeed, the American prison population is now bursting at the seams. A third of all Americans have no health coverage at all, and at least thirteen million American children go to bed hungry every night (2). Even here in the Coachella valley where I live there are many hungry children. And God help you if you are homeless here. Almost nobody else will. All this in spite of many Americans working two jobs a day and often eighty hours a week. Statistically speaking the average American is worth only about $5.000.00 after working hard for thirty years or more. There are, of course, many huge success stories in the United States. But, as in Britain the many millions who live in abject poverty are all but ignored by the mainstream press, who mostly follow a hidden agenda pretending that poverty isn’t an issue. But it is, very much so. Money, however, appears to be the only thing that the majority of Americans now care about, and they don’t seem to care how they get it.

Sleaze is apparent everywhere, from the very largest of companies right down to the smallest. If companies can get away with anything that adds to their profit margin, they do it. The rip-off is in wherever you look. Newspaper advertising here shows it all too clearly. Very rarely is the true price of anything quoted and the offered price is often far below what you will pay after various ad-on’s have been applied. The so-called ‘rebate’ offers are amongst the worst scams of all. But scams of all kinds have become a way of life in the US. Indeed, it appears that almost anything you do in the ‘land of the free’ costs money, and a hell of a lot of it. If you have a good job then, of course, you can afford to pay all these extra charges. However, millions upon millions of Americans have now lost their jobs because of ‘outsourcing’. Most of these jobs have gone to India and the Far East where labor is cheap by comparison to the United States. Indeed, according to the LA Times (3) business bankruptcies here now outnumber divorces.

Many workers in the American service industries suffer badly too. Most workers are expected to work for a mere pittance. They must rely on tips if they are to survive. Without tips they couldn’t. Most of these workers now have no health insurance at all. The average American family of four must pay something like $10.000.00 a year for full health coverage. So not many people can afford to cover themselves properly. The same goes for the necessary drugs many elderly people need. Which now cost up to 55% more than they do in other countries (4). Many seniors simply cannot afford to buy drugs in the US so they cross over the borders into Canada or Mexico. Or, they buy drugs overseas using the Internet. A practice very much frowned on by the huge American pharmaceutical companies. Who, it appears, are doing everything they possibly can to stop citizens buying their drugs outside of the United States. But what else can elderly people on low incomes do? Quite a few seniors overcome this problem by going to live in Mexico. Housing can be a lot cheaper there to start with, and if one chooses to become a legal resident full time medical insurance can be had for about $500.00 a year. That figure also includes any necessary dental work. That’s just one good reason for so many Americans leaving The USA.

Another reason is, of course, crime. The police here, in spite of some bad apples, do a very good job in trying to prevent crime. Indeed, about sixty police officers are killed each year whilst doing their duty. Yet crime still flourishes. Whole areas of some cities are pretty much off limits unless you are part of a gang. So ghettos of all kinds continue to exist. Illegal drugs cause much of the problem. But people continue to use them and the huge profits made from dealing in drugs make the issue pretty well unsolvable. Indeed, many people truly believe that the ‘war on drugs’ can never be won.

Sport appears to be the one thing that makes Americans think of things other than crime and their social problems. When it comes to sport there is little the Americans don’t know about it. If a ball is kicked, thrown or carried from one end of a pitch to another, it never ceases to fascinate them. Americans know all about sport. Unfortunately, they don’t know all that much about more important matters like preventing corporate fascists from taking over their country. They really should get out more and start thinking for themselves. If they did they might then begin to think of taking their country back from the CIA and the thieving corporations who have undoubtedly stolen it from them over the years. Their judgment, however, appears to have been colored by government lies and the deceit of those they trusted to protect them.

America was built by rugged individualists who carved out a country that gave refuge and a home to many millions of people who had for one reason or another been persecuted out of their own homelands. Fascism drove many of them to America and being free of it allowed them to build the greatest country the world has ever seen. Indeed Americans fought in two world wars to keep fascism out of America. Immigrants had seen only too clearly what fascism had done to their former homelands and they wanted none of that elitist evil to take root in their new country. But it has, deeply so. Like Britain the United States now has only a ‘form of democracy’ at best, which is far away from being the real thing as imagined by the Founding Fathers.

Fascism, hiding under a cloak of conservatism, has insidiously been brought about by the very governments Americans elected to protect them from it. Whilst hundreds of millions of Americans have been busy chomping on hamburgers whilst watching silly games on television thousand of ardent corporate fascists have undermined the American constitution and corrupted their government to it’s core. In so doing they have made Americans look like total fools. Worst still, most Americans aren’t even aware of the fact. They still honestly believe that their ‘democracy’ is a true one. Americans quite apparently lap up blatant propaganda without a seconds thought. Indeed, today the American, and British people must be the most manipulated people in the western world. Not so long ago America was an open freethinking country with an ear to what the rest of the world was thinking. But that is not true today. The fascist mind-set that has now corrupted the United States has all but isolated it from any opinion other than it’s own. According to supporters of the George Bush regime he is always right whilst the rest of the world is always wrong. George Bush simply cannot understand that people in other countries think differently than he does. He believes that everyone wants to become an American. He can’t understand that most people just want to be left alone, in their own countries, to live their own lives without interference, from America, or anyone else for that matter. Britain’s Tony Blair has his own peculiar mind-set. He too is busy consolidating his own dirty little police state. Recently the British media declared over 60.000.000 Americans as being fools for voting for George Bush, yet it wasn’t so long ago that the British themselves voted the fascist admirer Margaret Thatcher into power.

She turned out to be so corrupt and rotten her own party had to remove her from office. Yet when Thatcher visits America members of Congress rise to their feet as one to applaud her. That is certainly a good indication of what Congress really believes in. Whatever, Britain has become even more repressive by introducing a new law (4), on the pretext of preventing terrorism of course, that will inter every active political dissident inside his or her own home without access to a telephone, the Internet, an income or representation. This is exactly the same kind of ‘house arrest’ that is practiced in other police states all over the world. This latest measure against free speech and association, however, is not as new as Tony Blair would have people believe. Internal exile has been used in Britain for at least twenty-five years. I know this from personal experience because I was one of the writers exiled there. And if you believe that America would not also introduce such a law I strongly suggest that you think again.

Recently the American history TV channel (5) showed a program that exposed the CIA for having co-operated with the Nazis after the last world war. The program outlined the fact that ardent Nazis intelligence agents were covertly brought to the USA to set up a spying organization. At least 1,600 of these people, including some scientists and their dependents, were recruited and brought to the United States by ‘Operation Paperclip’ and its successor projects through the early 1970s (6). In return for working for the Americans the many serious crimes and breaches of human rights committed by many of these Nazi monsters were forgiven. Indeed, the CIA treated these Nazis almost as brothers. They were housed, fed, paid very generous salaries and feted wherever they went. In return these Nazis fooled, outwitted, and betrayed their CIA handlers at every turn. Pretty much as the British MI5 intelligence network has always fooled and betrayed the CIA. Which isn’t at all unusual. The security services don’t only lie to and deceive us they all lie to and deceive each other as well.

Some American senators appeared on the History TV program and voiced their disbelief and outrage that such a terrible thing could ever have happened in the United States. Which, if anything, just goes to show how naive some senators can be. Whatever, the common herd is even worse. Americans act almost as one in praising the late Ronald Reagan. However, according to Alex Constantine, the journalist and author, plus the historian C. Vann Woodward, Reagan was in 1952 an early recruit in raising funds for the resettlement of Nazis in the United States (7). Operation ‘Mockingbird’, which was also set up for exactly that purpose, made good use of Reagan, who also acted as an informer for the FBI. His informer's code number was said to be T-10 and his FBI file indicates Reagan’s intense collaboration with producers to 'purge' the movie industry of so-called ‘subversives’. Which meant anyone who was bold enough to stand up for real democracy rather than the blatant fascism the FBI was then promoting. Whatever, this goes a long way in explaining Reagan’s role in the gross human rights abuses and corruption committed under his presidency.

The mass manipulation of the American media by the CIA and the FBI, then and now, prevented the American public from knowing just what was really going on in the world. Indeed, over 3.000 CIA agents were – even back in the 1950’s, engaged in fooling the public through their blatant propaganda efforts. Indeed, in 1978 the Copley News Service openly admitted that at least 23 of its employees were CIA agents. So much for the ‘freedom of the American press’. Similar repression of free speech is also much in evidence in the United Kingdom where MI5 agents and their ‘Official Secrets Act’ prevent the truth from ever reaching a long deceived British public. The cost of lying to each other and the rest of the world cost American taxpayers an estimated $265 million a year by 1978. This is a budget said to be larger than the total combined expenditures of Reuters, UPI and the AP news syndicates. Today taxpayers are thought to be paying at least $400 million towards their own repression every single year. What the real amount is God only knows?

That Nazis were invited to be a part of American society causes no surprise at all to human rights researchers. Indeed, we would have been surprised if such scum had not been brought here, simply because the intelligence agencies of both Britain and America have always welcomed such people into their ranks. Dealing with tyrants and monsters has been a part of their secret agendas for a great many years. These various intelligence agencies pay only lip service in preventing human rights abuses. In truth they have supported abuses all over the world, and they continue to do so today. That most Americans know nothing at all about this sad fact isn’t news to anyone with half a mind and a computer to research with. But of course, you have to want to know the truth in the first place, and most people don’t seem to care enough if it interferes with their imagined perceptions of what is happening all around them? It is quite apparent that the average American simply cannot face the possibility of their country being anything other than that, which is portrayed by their controlled media and their politicians. Indeed, there appears to be an ingrained inability for most Americans to reason outside the box at all. Mass manipulation of the public by the media it seems has been highly successful. As a result Americans fail to realize that the billions upon billions of dollars annually spent by their government and their so-called intelligence services on wars and deceptions could not only make their country so much better if spent elsewhere, it would also go a long way into making their own lives a lot better too. Not to mention the worldwide goodwill it would generate.

But again, people generally don’t appear to care enough. The greed and avarice that Reagan’s De-Regulation introduced into America, just as Margaret Thatcher’s did in Britain, insidiously permeated into society to such an extent it almost turned selfishness into a virtue. Corporate greed and the Special Interests promoted by Reagan became the hallmark of his administration. Just as it has with the administrations of his successors.

Those of us who do care enough to try and do something other than blindly follow corrupt governments find ourselves far out on a limb. Governments go to great lengths in trying to prevent writers from exposing their lies and corruption. Indeed, so far as their intelligence services are concerned we are prime targets for their arsenal of dirty tricks, which includes being smeared by lies and deceptions, designed specifically to destroy both our reputations and our ability to earn a living. That is why so many writers find themselves on the Internet. Corporate interests own the mainstream media and they are hardly likely to employ writers who would expose their many misdeeds. Many writers do indeed find themselves in a kind of internal exile. Whilst the first amendment of the American Constitution may protect free speech, getting that free speech actually published in the mainstream press is an entirely different matter. Which is why so much wrongdoing goes completely unnoticed by the public. And it is the reason why so many Americans who are being persecuted, and even tortured, in these United States have not received the publicity and the justice they deserve. For many years now a victims list, regularly updated, has been an essential part of the Mind Control Forums web site (8). This is a list of people who claim they have been persecuted and tortured within this country. These victims now total at least 440 people and they are supported by many doctors and supporting professionals. These victims of domestic state terrorism have been almost totally ignored, certainly by the mainstream media, whilst the American president, George W Bush, has been hypocritically gallivanting around the world preaching about democracy and freedom! No wonder that he is one of the most hated men in the entire world.

A similar human rights site to the one above exposed government hypocrisy in the United Kingdom. It was recently closed down. (9). My friend George Farquhar operated the site. It was brought down by Britain’s security service MI5 and George was arrested on trumped up charges. I have been unable to find out what has happened to him since then? However, having been persecuted and tortured in Britain myself I fear the worst. Because the worst is what happens when you allow tyrants to do anything they wish to do without protest. Yet here in “The land of the free” Americans are doing just that. There are denying justice of any kind by not allowing a hearing to those who should be heard. And ignorance is no excuse. America has more computers than anywhere else on earth. Surely they can’t all be used just for playing silly games?

Or can they? Whatever, until the American people demand a hearing for these victims and a truthful accounting of what caused their plight in the first place they might think again before boasting about their ‘freedom and democracy’.

As Robert Lederman recently wrote:

“GW Bush and the real President of the United States, Mr. Dick Cheney. They are the best fascists money can buy.”

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

More to the point we should read this again and start doing what should have been done a long time ago:

‘This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or the revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.’ Abraham Lincoln

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(1) John Swinton. Former Editor New York Times.

(2) By Bob Herber. The New York Times, November 22, 2004

(3) LA Times. 10th October 2004.

(4) LA Times. 27th January 2005

(5) “Big Pharma’s Dirty Little Secret’ LA Times. 12-26-2004

(6) The History Channel, 10pm. 12-19-2004

(7) Staff memorandum and other working document prepared for the members of the Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments. April 5, 199

(8) ‘Tales from the Crypt. The Depraved Spies and Moguls of the CIA's Operation Mockingbird’. By Alex Constantine


(10) This site is mirrored on the site above.

NOTE: For further info read:

Carl Bernstein, "The CIA and the Media -- How America's Most Powerful News Media Worked Hand in Glove with the Central Intelligence Agency and Why the Church Committee Covered It Up", Rolling Stone, October 20, 1977.


Article by Carla Binion. Nazis and the Republican Party:

Article by R. William Davis, ‘SHADOW OF THE SWASTIKA’ Documented Evidence of a Secret Business and Political Alliance between the U.S. "Establishment" and the Nazis - before, during and after World War II - up to the present.

There are now many web sites listing cases of repression and torture within the United States. You can find links to them on: and where another list of American and British victims can be found along with contact addresses.

“Brainwashing America”, Norman D. Livergood.

“The Power of Delusion”, Dale Allen Pfeiffer and Elizabeth Anne Pfeiffer.

‘CIA Agents Infest US Mass Media,’ The People’s Spell breaker, News They Never Told You.... News They'll Never Tell You, The Newspaper For The People Of Montana. Editor: John DiNardo.

‘CIA. America’s Secret Government.’ Bill Moyers documents U.S. support of terrorist regimes and the brutality of America’s foreign policy. Watch the video right now:


Forty years ago, the CIA’s, “Operation Mockingbird,” went into full swing. The goal of the program was simply to control all mechanisms of opinion - the print news, the public opinion polls and the television news media. Their thinking was, if you control what people think, you’ve won the war before it has even begun.

“The corporate mass-media serve to divert the unwashed masses and reinforce the basic social values: passivity, submissiveness to authority, the overriding virtue of greed and personal gain, lack of concern for others, fear of real or imagined enemies, etc.

“The goal is to keep the bewildered herd bewildered. It’s unnecessary for them to trouble themselves with what’s happening in the world. In fact, it’s undesirable — if they see too much of reality they may set themselves to change it. Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the [U.S.] media.”

Noam Chomsky
M.I.T. professor of linguistics
prolific author & U.S. foreign policy critic

“The result has been that an increasingly authoritarian agenda has been sold to the American people by a massive, multi-tentacled media machine that has become, for all intents and purposes, a propaganda organ of the state.”

David McGowan from the introduction to Derailing Democracy

“The enormous gap between what US leaders do in the world and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments of the dominant political mythology.”

Michael Parenti Political scientist and author of Inventing Reality: The Politics of News Media

“The U.S. Government spends more than $400,000,000 per year to employ more than 8000 workers to create propaganda favorable to the United States. The result: 90 films per year, twelve magazines in 22 languages, and 800 hours of Voice of America programming in 37 languages with an estimated audience of 75 million listeners — all describing the ‘virtues’ of the American way.”

Pratkanis and Aronson Age of Propaganda: the everyday use and abuse of persuasion 1992

“The CIA is not now nor has it ever been a central intelligence agency. It is the covert action arm of the President’s foreign policy advisers. In that capacity it overthrows or supports foreign governments while reporting ‘intelligence’ justifying those activities. It shapes its intelligence, even in such critical areas as Soviet nuclear weapons capability, to support presidential policy. “Disinformation is a large part of its covert action responsibility, and the American people are the primary target of its lies.”

Ralph McGhee former CIA intelligence analyst Deadly Deceits: My 25 Years in the CIA

“The [Central Intelligence] Agency has owned outright more than 240 Media operations around the world, including newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, radio and television stations, and wire services, and has partially controlled many more.”
Michael Parenti
Political scientist and author of
Democracy for the Few and
Inventing Reality: The Politics of News Media

“The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.”

William Colby former Director of the CIA

And Finally: "The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off."


By Dr Les Dove

It has often been said that 'patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels' and indeed it is. That 'refuge' now appears to be in the throes of being overtaken by the 'democracy scam' - in that the so-called 'democracy' now on offer by not a few governments is in fact no more than a simple play on words which has nothing whatsoever to do with the real thing. At least as imagined by most people. Who more and more are beginning to view their own so-called 'democracy' as being little more than a political charade, which is used to fool them into believing that their version of it is a true one?

One fine example of a 'fake democracy' is that used by the United Kingdom. In the British parliament and elsewhere UK politicians continuously refer to 'our democracy' as though it was the Holy Grail. So does much of the UK media. The truth, however, is very different from what 'the establishment' there would have us believe. Their first lie is that Queen Elizabeth and her family has nothing to do with 'politics'. In reality she has everything to do with them - in that the Queen of England has absolute veto over all parliamentary decisions and can reject just about anything that she wishes to. And indeed she often does. Politicians in Britain must also swear their allegiance not to the British people but to the Queen herself. The same applies to her security services MI-5, MI-6 and the British armed forces. None of which are sworn to protect the British people as such - only the crown. Indeed, considering that Britain has no proper 'constitution' the British people have no real protection from internal tyrants at all. Indeed, the real enemy of the British people today is their own government. The last three of which - starting with Margaret Thatcher's, have all but removed what few rights the British people ever had, whilst new laws passed since then make sure that those 'rights' are unlikely ever to return.

A military junta under the control of Military Intelligence-5 to all intents and purposes now rules Britain. And Military Intelligence-6, also known as the SIS, undoubtedly are the worst tyrants Britain has ever had. They operate completely outside the law, above and outside political and legal structures. (1) Totally unaccountable - in spite of what their supporters may say, (Military Intelligence-5) MI-5 has installed a 'Police state' apparatus throughout the entire country. Their notorious 'Official Secrets Acts' control and dominate almost every facet of British life. So much so that Britain has long been considered the most secretive country in the western world. The methods of MI-5 may be slightly different from those used by Saddam Hussein's secret police when he was in power but their ultimate objective is exactly the same, which is the total eradication of all opposition to the fascism they so eagerly embrace. When a government security service has all but unlimited power, controls and censors all public information, it can make most people believe anything. In 1976 over 1.858 British army officers and at least 262 senior civil servants had been trained in the use of psychological torture techniques for internal security purposes. They also have the ability to launch political campaigns in pursuit of military objectives without any reference to the political regime (2). Since that date it is believed well over 40.000 British citizens may have been tortured or 'disappeared' by these torture units. The present home secretary, David Blunkett, is now adding a further 1.000 MI-5 agents to ensure the end of all dissent in Britain. Indeed, Tony Blair has recently proposed a new repressive law that will make any form of political dissent within Britain a criminal offence.

The Internet and e-mail along with the British media is censored to an unbelievable degree with MI-5 agents and informers being on the staff of every newspaper in the country. Many British breweries, also long time supporters of fascism, have willingly allowed their pubs, clubs and hotels to be secretly wired for sound and vision so that 'Big Brother' in the form of MI-5 and the police Special Branch can see and listen to everything said inside them. So much so that many foreign businessmen have been warned by their governments against using 'careless talk' when visiting Britain, whilst others have been told not to do any business there at all. Even the prestigious American magazine 'Smart Business' featured an article that suggested American business leaders think twice before starting any operation in the UK. Simon Moores, chairman of the Research Group, also stated that the UK is a questionable place to do business. He was referring to another repressive law called RIP, short for the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act. This allows police and other law enforcement agencies to intercept the communications of any business in Britain. Even worse companies will themselves have to pay for the software that allows it. For a small to medium-size business, the mandated equipment would cost between $145.000 and $725.000. (3) Other, and far more sinister 'military devices' are also being used against British citizens. Particularly against dissidents who dare to speak out and expose the police-state tactics' being widely used by MI-5. Particularly its departments of 'Deception, Disinformation, and Psychological Operations'. The latter 'Psy-Ops' section of MI-5 operates throughout the entire country. Using highly trained teams of specialists they smear, harass, intimidate, persecute, torture and even kill any dissident who MI-5 considers to be a threat - in that the dissident might expose the deep corruption and widespread abuse of Human Rights by MI-5 and other covert British security services. Indeed, MI-5 agents often arrange fatal 'accidents' to dispose of their critics. One of their most favored weapons for bringing about the death of its chosen victims is the military microwave machine. By using this device MI-5 agents can beam microwaves on any 'target' from a house or an apartment next to where the 'target' lives. The device can even be operated from a van across the street, and in their present form these military microwave machines can penetrate through walls giving a pretty clear picture of anyone inside a building. Even worse the microwave beams emitting from these machines can be closely focused to penetrate the human body and cause great damage to it. The result of this damage can be:

Mild to severe headaches; sleep deprivation; nervousness and irritability; lethargy and fatigue; stress; nausea; insomnia; eye damage; paralysis; aggression and rage; paranoia and panic attacks; hysteria; schizophrenia; hallucinations; memory loss; disordered thought; uncharacteristic emotions; obsessive behavior; confusion; hopelessness; brain and nervous system damage; heart attacks; fast-acting cancers and severe depression leading to name only a few. Torture in the United Kingdom is SECRET State policy designed to violate human rights.(4) Whilst under microwave attack by MI-5 in the UK, for daring to expose their widespread corruption through my report "Torture in The United Kingdom" I too became a 'target' and for many years I suffered from some of the above damage to my own system. Many UK torture victims, however, are thought not to have survived at all. As a therapist I believe that many British torture victims have been driven to commit suicide. Which undoubtedly is the prime intention of MI-5 as it has then silenced those particular dissidents forever - without leaving a trace of evidence. Whilst other victims are thought to have been 'disappeared.' Many of them into so-called 'mental hospitals' which were used by the soviets against their own dissidents not so long ago.

The very thought of musicians daring to ridicule the British police state, or of writers exposing it, is enough to bring out the worst MI-5 has to offer. And it does so in no small measure. One television presenter, Richard Kershaw, was blacklisted almost thirty years ago and the public has never heard of him since. Another brilliant artist and sculpture, a friend of mine at the time, was some years ago 'framed into prison' for possessing a small amount of pot. He was released only because he agreed to help MI-5 frame other people they wanted to control. Needless to say this artist is a friend of mine no longer. The manuscripts of some books that I had written in South Africa during the apartheid years were also stolen by MI-5 because they did not want the public to know about their deep involvement there, or that they were persecuting novelists. But they do. Viciously so, just as the Nazis before them did in Germany. The British Nazis in MI-5 are no different. They may even be much worse, for the many abuses discovered so far by the Freedom Network are undoubtedly the mere tip of a very large iceberg. Indeed, creative artists of all kinds are particularly vulnerable to being 'subverted and neutralized' by MI-5. Particularly performing artists who have gained vast popularity and wealth. They are in a position to defend them selves. So being bribed through their inclusion in the 'Queens Honors list' in effect neutralizes these people. But make no mistake on this point. Any creative artist who sups at the royal trough is supporting British fascism and all the repressive apparatus that maintains it. While some politically naive personalities like Paul McCartney, Elton John, Phil Collins and Rod Stewart may be fooled into supporting the crown many other lesser-known artists are relentlessly pursued and persecuted into obscurity by the security services for their refusal to do so. An artist's failure to cooperate with MI-5 can and often does lead to their full-scale persecution. Which in turn means that their names will never appear in any British publication. No British record company will ever sign them up and no British television program will ever feature their work. Indeed they are relentlessly driven into poverty and obscurity. Their only option is to leave the UK forever and hopefully start life anew in some other country. Whatever, MI-5 goes much further? Already having been accused of rigging some British elections in the past MI-5 has found a perfect way to subvert all elections there in that they no longer have to rig them through the ballot box at all. Through manipulation, lies, deception and sheer terror going all the way back to when Margaret Thatcher came to power in Britain MI-5 now all but owns every politician in the country.

Whether any so-called politically left or right candidate actually wins an election in Britain is in fact irrelevant - in that their future actions will follow not their own dictums but those, which MI-5 defines for them. That is why so many British politicians fail to live up to the expectations of the people who elected them. And it is why the present Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has done nothing whatsoever to curb the rampant corruption within the security services. Indeed, Tony Blair, along with most of the other politicians in Britain, are apparently no more than establishment puppets. Being a puppet, however, does not exonerate him from the abuses being committed by the security services. As Prime Minister he is responsible for their illegal actions and must be held accountable for them. By doing nothing to stop them Tony Blair is just as guilty as they are. That MI-5 and their Hi-Tech death squads now define this sad state of affairs as being their 'version of democracy' is nothing less than blatant hypocrisy. They are at best a bunch of traitors and an insult to every citizen who ever gave their life for Britain. They died so that the British people could live in a decent society and have a true democracy - not the charade that is being passed off as one in the Britain of today. Clearly MI-5 cannot be reformed. It should be abolished, its leadership dismissed and its relevant members, both past and present, should be tried for crimes against humanity. If the British people as a whole knew what was being done by MI-5 they would be outraged. But they don't know because overpowering censorship prevents the public from being informed by the news media, which has now become little more than a state propaganda machine. So-called human rights organizations in Britain won't expose torture there because most of them have become MI-5 'front organizations'. And British lawyers can't defend torture victims because MI-5 would put them out of business if they tried to do so. That is the only kind of 'democracy' you will get in the Britain of today. It is their version of the New World Order. That the British Establishment is now taking advantage of the terrible 9/11 New York disaster by sending politicians abroad to "counter terrorism' is yet another example of its blatant two faced hypocrisy. It is also using the American tragedy to introduce even more repression, which will not only curtail further criticism of its own deplorable actions but also give 'legality' to any form of internal repression under the guise of 'preventing terrorism'. That British Human Rights organizations have also done nothing whatsoever to protest the horrors being committed by MI-5 - nor done anything to help the many British torture victims, is an insult to anyone who ever supported them. Amnesty International, Liberty and Redress have all been severely criticized for not daring to confront and expose psychotronic torture and repression in the UK - yet their inaction has remained constant for a great many years. So much so that one can't help but wonder just what is it they do with the hundreds of millions of pounds they collect in donations from the public each year? They certainly don't use it to protect the British citizens it came from.

Amnesty International in particular should be ashamed at their inaction. In 1993 Pierre Sane the secretary-general of Amnesty said: "Governments are prepared to go to great lengths to cover up their crimes. They know that a bloodstained human rights record will damage their international image. So they set up phony human rights institutions to cover up crimes. They use sophisticated public relations techniques, lies behind lies. Governments use death squads and undercover agents so that they can deny involvement. Everything has become subtler since Amnesty International was founded. To make people disappear you need sophisticated security arrangements, and secret departments. Human rights abuses have not gone away. They have just gone further into the dark." I suggest that that the totally inept people now running the British section of Amnesty International should read the above again - then expose the deplorable situation prevalent in Britain today. Otherwise they will not only become totally discredited in the UK they will also fall under the category of being called phony throughout the rest of the world. And if you are a supporter of Amnesty then think again - you just might not be supporting what you may think you are?

Even dissidents who have fled - or have been driven from the UK, are no longer safe from the British security services. In their efforts to discredit and smear anyone who tries to expose the truth about their illegal actions and Human Rights abuses in Britain MI-6 agents pursue and 'target' British dissidents all over the world. However, it isn't only Britain that tortures and murder's citizens who dare to dissent, far from it. There are now thousands of web sites all over the world who are reporting the same human rights abuses in other so-called democracies. Their methods of repression are all remarkably similar. Indeed, there appears to be little if any doubt that these crimes against humanity are being committed by the world's largest security agencies. Only these agencies have the technology and the resources to carry out these crimes, plus the power to cover them up afterwards. The mainstream media has known of these atrocities for many years now yet they have failed to publish a single word about them. Only governments and the security services have the power to silence the media at will and quite apparently they do so with ease. Without the Internet the entire world would have remained ignorant of these abuses. That we are not is certainly not due to the mainstream media. If anything the media has conspired along with the security services to fool and manipulate the public rather than inform them of what has been happening around the world. In doing so it has lost the respect of the public at large. The drivel that is now being presented as news is an insult to anyone with half a brain, let alone someone who craves real information about what is going on in the world around us. Indeed, without a computer and an Internet connection it is today all but impossible to gather any real political information of value. Without a computer you simply cannot be truly informed, no matter where you live in the world. So if you don't have one then get one. You'll be glad that you did. (Latest news.) The British Internet site of the Freedom Network, as described below, has apparently been closed down by MI-5 and it's director George Farquhar has not been heard from recently. Considering MI-5's long persecution of George and other human rights activists in Britain this gives us cause for grave concern. If anyone has any info on George please e-mail it to: immediately

The above article is from a series being published worldwide by writers and activists supporting the Freedom Network, which is dedicated to exposing repression, torture and murder in and out of the United Kingdom by the British security services MI-5 and MI-6. Full documentation for this article can be seen in 'The Torture Report' a copy of which may be obtained by contacting Dr Les Dove at the e-mail address above. Survivors of torture in the United Kingdom should, when possible, contact George Farquhar of the Freedom Network or: and have details of their suffering in Britain listed. This is a prelude to a future class-action suit to be brought against members of the British government, MI5, MI6 and other British organizations and individuals deemed responsible for repression and torture in the UK. Some of the British torture victims who are still alive are listed below. Dr Les Dove CPH - George Farquhar (Now missing) - Tim Rifat BSc Bed - Marina L Findlay - Martin C Mack - Thierry Mouton - Robert Naeslund - Mickie Poirier Val des Monts - John Walsh - Aleksander Zielinski - Tim Matthews - John Beveridge - Robert La Mont - Blanche Chavoustie (Now missing) - Nico Ntumba - Chris McCabe - Vincent-Cano - Alex Sadegholvaad - Jurgen Volske - Stuart Carter - John W Allman - John allman - Stephen Baker

(1) Bloch. J. Fitzgerald. P. British Intelligence and Covert Action." Junction Books. London. UK 1983.

(2) L. Dove. The Torture Report. National Association of Writers. 1998.

(3) W.M. Grossman. Smart Business Magazine. Feb. 2001.

(4) G. Farquhar. The Freedom Network. UK.

Depressed British mother 'cooked' baby 15 June 2005

A depressed British mother who cooked her three-week-old baby son on a stove needs treatment not jail, a judge said today after the woman pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Cheryl Green, 40, who had a long history of mental illness, admitted she had burnt baby Mickle to death after becoming confused and hearing voices telling her to do it. She admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility in London's Old Bailey criminal court. "This is not a case where the public interest requires punishment. What you need is treatment," Judge Christopher Moss said. Green had suffered from a schizo-affective disorder since 1985 which caused her to hear voices and suffer depression, the court heard.

The court was told the baby's death occurred on April 22 last year. Green, who was naked, woke her neighbour at 3am saying she had locked herself out. As the neighbour drove Green to her mother's house, she blurted out: "I burnt the baby. I burnt the baby." They returned to Green's home and found Mickle, who was born prematurely and was said to be no bigger than an adult's hand, lying on the floor in front of the stove with the main gas ring turned up high.

"I put the baby on the fire. I burnt him on the stove. I got confused," Green said. Despite suffering 90 per cent burns to his body, doctors and paramedics managed to keep the boy alive for nine hours. The incident was so horrific that paramedics had to be given counselling for emotional trauma. Moss called for those responsible for caring for Green to review their procedures to see if they were adequate and ordered that she be put into the "guardianship" of Southwark Council in London where she would be supervised in a care home.

Corrupt Solicitors,Barristers and Judges have hijacked the UK judicial system 15 June 2005


Now you know why victims of rough justice cannot find a solicitor in the UK to take on (our) legitimate cases, which is a clear violation of Article 6 of the Council of Europe Convention, and Article 47 (“Right to an effective remedy and to a fair trial”) Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The sole reason that this law (and all the other laws) has failed to protect us victims in the UK is because, corrupt Solicitors, Barristers and Judges have hijacked the judicial system for their own pecuniary gain. Do the Psychiatrists in the UK still hold the delusional belief that conspiring criminals can dispense justice in the UK? The incontrovertible evidence of the hijack of the judicial system by the legal mafia in the UK is there for all to see. What more evidence is needed before proper action is taken against these criminal bastards who are destroying families and communities, up and down the country with impunity on a daily basis? Who said crime doesn’t pay?

You will also note that the few criminals that are caught, the punishment do not fit their crimes. Therefore, crime does pay, and has paid big dividends for these criminals, who were in a position of trust, and owed a duty of care to their clients. Where is the deterrent in such paltry sentencing for such serious crimes? The legal and judicial system in the UK has reached this state of lawlessness by the press and the media ignoring the legitimate cries of the defrauded victims over the years. How much Legal Aid has solicitors and barristers taken in my case over the years - and never once stepped inside the door of a court to protect my interests and represent me? Why were these known criminal allowed to get off Scott free with the legal robbery of Legal Aid? Please see The Guardian Web Pages below on my case.

Yours truthfully,
Patrick Cullinane.

Colonel's wife exposes the USA military MOB rule 14 June 2005


"They took with them the most perverted aspects of Nazi Germany and brought them over to the United States."  "They get rid of the good guys. The Marine Corps are the assassins for the Mob. The military is run by the Mob. The military IS the Mob."   "He told me what they did. They nurture--they cultivate--the sons of prominent families. They're called "rising stars." They rope them in. Then they "turn" them."

Colonel's wife names names in Military/homosexual/pedophile Underground Recently, Kay Griggs, a prominent military colonel's wife, set out to right a long history of patent wrongs, which include: homosexual initation rites in the U.S. military--particularly within the Marines; well-documented instances of both homosexual and hetero pedophilia, often as brazen rape, amongst U.S. military figures and notable senior statesmen, Henry Kissinger being named loudly by Mrs. Griggs.

Griggs, in her videotaped interviews recently, discovered her husband's diary and was suitably horrified at what she read. She then began asking questions of her friends in the military wives club, and many of them confessed to the same dirty little secrets. Her candor on video is both disturbing and compelling: the woman has come to grips with the fact that this "culture," as she calls it, is rife within senior U.S. military, and that the stain of being called out as a queer is what keeps the men quiet to the arms- and drugs-running that are a vital function of Our Military.

Batman and Robin quit protest group 14 June 2005

By Sandra Laville

You've heard of the Real IRA. Now meet Real Fathers4Justice, the caped crusaders who refuse to give up the fight Spiderman took over Tower Bridge, Santa Claus closed the Severn crossing and Batman scaled Buckingham Palace, not to mention the most memorable stunt: the lobbing of a condom filled with purple powder at the Labour frontbench.

Derided and celebrated in equal measure, the antics of the superhero-clad crusaders of Fathers4Justice undoubtedly grabbed attention. They even appeared to be working when the president of the high court's family division, Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, admitted that the present family court system was open to criticism, much of it well-founded. But as Monty Python fans can attest, where there is radicalism there are always cries of splitter. Two and a half years on from the formation of Fathers4Justice some of its superheroes have quit to form a breakaway group, angry at what they see is its creeping conservatism and a departure from direct action.

"You know there's the IRA, right," David Chick, who held a crane top protest on Tower Bridge dressed as Spiderman, said yesterday. "Well, I'm not saying we are like the IRA, but it's like when the Real IRA formed. What we are is the RealF4J and in the next few months it's going to kick off - because the fight goes on." The split came after months in which accusations of theft, misappropriation of funds, drunken brawling and misogyny have been flying. Then last Thursday, Jason Hatch who climbed Buckingham Palace dressed as Batman and David Pyke, who dressed as Robin, were expelled over allegations that a 73-year-old pensioner had been tricked into donating £500 - something they deny.

In response they called a meeting with 40 other expelled members in Bromsgrove, and agreed to form a breakaway group committed to direct action in the fight for better rights for fathers. Twenty four hours later, Matt O'Connor, the founder of Fathers4Justice, rang Scotland Yard to say he was cancelling a national demonstration planned for Saturday June 17, because of fears that extremists would cause trouble.

For Mr Hatch and his followers, this was typical of a man whom they believe has gone soft and who they say has spent the last six months cosying up to the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) - the organisation many fathers believe is biased against them. Mr Hatch was particularly dismayed by the cancellation of the demonstration. As he said, "I was going to lead the rally as Ronald McDonald." He wasn't the only one looking forward to the protest. "People have spent money on their costumes, this was going to be a big day."

He questioned whether members were getting value for their membership money. "We believe that only direct action will change the law. I am the face of Fathers4Justice, I got it world wide attention. But when I started challenging Matt [O'Connor] he didn't like it." Mr O'Connor, who says he runs Fathers4Justice along military lines, not as a democratic movement, defends his move to less radical tactics. He said the 40 members were expelled from the organisation for a variety of offences including sexism, violence and stealing from local branches.

"I sometimes feel like I have created a monster, a Frankenstein," he said. "We have had a terrible reputation and there has been a dark underbelly of the group. "What we are going through is typical growing pains. We have to evolve and mature, to become more professional, hire a lobbyist if we can later and become a credible political force."

A measure of how far Mr O'Connor has moved on, is that for the last six months he has suspended the direct action campaign against Cafcass - the organisation which takes over when parents are involved in disputes in the family courts. In the past Cafcass has been the subject of bomb threats, but Mr O'Connor has spent months in direct talks with its chief executive Anthony Douglas, a man he now says he likes and respects.

He predicts that within days or weeks Cafcass will release a breakthrough statement which will go a long way to achieving what Fathers4Justice has been demanding - equal access for fathers. "We are hoping within days that they will support shared residence for children between father and mother. We have given them six months to do that and now is a crucial stage. If there isn't progress on this then there will be more support for a militant splinter group."

With Mr Hatch and others threatening a new campaign within weeks, a source within Cafcass said a statement was planned soon. Whether it will be enough to save Fathers4Justice from a takeover by its revolutionary wing, only time will tell.,3604,1502264,00.html

Why bother working when divorce will net you a fortune? 14 June 2005

Women have it both ways
Rod Liddle

Women, it seems, are far too tired to sleep with us these days. They are also too tired to do paid work and that unpaid domestic servitude we males glibly pass off as ³housework². Women, in short, are completely whacked. They could do with sitting down on the sofa with their legs up and a nice cup of tea.

Two reports out last week show just how exhausted women have become: they do not, at first sight, seem to be linked ‹ but when you think about it for a bit, the connection is pretty obvious. The first and most startling came in the magazine Mother & Baby (to which journal, as you might imagine, I am a subscriber).

This was the place where we discovered that women who have young children are too bushed for sexual intercourse, even that sadly familiar form of congress that lasts only a nanosecond. The report also came up with this statistic: about 77% of women who have recently had babies say they are ³unable to work effectively² because they are up all night breast-feeding. This is interesting for two reasons.

First, most women who have babies and continue working (after their fairly long, mandatory maternity leave) tend to do so on a part-time basis, to the frequent chagrin of their bosses. But they¹re still exhausted. Second, while we might empathise with their insuperable weariness, should we not also spare a thought for the curmudgeonly bosses, especially those of small firms, who have complained endlessly about women staff with very small children working on a part-time basis and are usually designated antediluvian chauvinists when they dare to do so?

Here we have it from the horses¹ mouths, so to speak: the vast majority of women with very small children are, by their own admissions, useless at their jobs. They are ³ineffective². This is not sexism in the workplace, it is down to the sexism of biology: women lactate and men don¹t. The second report cropped up in The Economist. Here we were told the excellent news that women have made startling inroads into three previously male strongholds law, medicine and the church.

More than half of those now called to the bar are women. Further, more women than men are entering the medical profession (and have been for 10 years or so). Once again, they are doing so on a part-time basis and hence are not receiving quite as much pay as their male counterparts. More than half of all female GPs work part-time. Ring them at two in the morning with the DTs and you¹ll take second place to the baby. The fact that women don¹t earn as much as men is seen as a ³bad² thing. So too is the fact that far more women than men work part-time.

Yet the individuals and organisations that agitated ‹ bravely and correctly ‹ for maternity leave and the introduction of flexitime, job sharing and term-time working practices (all of which have massive take-up among women and negligible take-up among men) now bemoan the fact that women seem ghettoised in less remunerative part-time work.

There is a whiff of having one¹s cake and eating it here. If you enact legislation that makes it easy for one sex not to go to work, without much in the way of penalty, they are likely to take it up. That¹s human nature, male or female. However, little such legislation or cultural latitude applies to men. We chaps get two weeks of paternity leave, like it or lump it ‹ and only if we can attest that we are the real fathers (which, at The Spectator magazine, is a perennial problem).

Similarly, we have recently discovered, in The Journal of Human Resources, that the greatest redistribution of wealth since the sale of council houses has been the transfer of vast sums of cash to divorced women. These days, when courts pass judgment in divorce cases, they have in mind the proto-feminist notion that the woman who ³sacrifices² her career in order to support her husband has made a 50% economic contribution to the household, regardless of the fact that ³progressive² legislation has made it likely that many of them are pursuing their own careers.

Likewise, in custody cases, the mother needs to be a rancid, drug-addled termagant to lose control of her children: this part of the legal system accepts, beyond all doubt, that a child¹s place is with his or her mother. In this regard, men are never equal and the mindset of our family courts is yet another moral and economic disincentive to women to compete on an equal footing in the job market. Why bother working when divorce will net you a fortune? Why shun your young child and go off to work when the courts insist that you are their natural care-giver? And the law is probably right, both in divorce and custody cases. But you cannot have it both ways.

At the moment, one part of our judicial system and our culture insists that women, effectively, should stay at home and look after the kids. While another the employment tribunals, the Equal Pay Act insists that women should be paid the same as men and given the same working opportunities. Woe betide any employer who dares to cavil when the woman goes part-time and turns up to work half wrecked two days a week. Call it post-feminist male bleating, but this is a dichotomy. Whichever way you look at it: it simply does not add up.,,2088-1641292,00.html

Mother charged after 4 babies dead 14 June 2005

Mother facing charges after four dead babies discovered

In a horrific discovery, Austrian police have found the bodies of four newborns - two hidden in a freezer and two encased in cement - and the mother faces quadruple murder charges. The mother, 32, and her live-in boyfriend were arrested in the southern city of Graz yesterday after a tenant in her house discovered a dead baby inside a communal freezer, a police spokesman said.

"The man opened a bag and saw a baby in it. He called the police and we then began our search," spokesman Anton Lehr told AFP. Police found two babies in the freezer and another two hidden in boxes encased in cement inside garden sheds. "We searched the house with sniffer dogs yesterday and found the baby encased in cement. This morning we again searched the house and we have just found the fourth baby. It was also a newborn," Lehr said. "We are continuing our search to see if there are any more." The case went back at least two years, he said. Police said the babies did not appear to be twins or triplets and the woman is believed to have given birth to them over the course of the past few years. The woman had confessed to killing the babies, but Lehr said she claimed she never noticed she was pregnant until she gave birth in the bathtub and was unsure how the babies died.

"She said afterwards she was in such a shock that she does not know what happened, whether the baby drowned in the bathwater or whether she suffocated or beat it. "We believe this may have happened once, but four times is highly improbable. We cannot believe that". The woman has also told the police that she suffered from "existential angst". Lehr said she "could speak to us in a normal way" but would be examined by a psychiatrist. Her lover, a 38-year-old carpenter, claimed that he had never noticed that she was pregnant - but the police were dismissive of his claims.

"This we cannot believe either. He is married to another woman, with whom he has three children, but has been living with the suspect," Lehr said. Another police spokesman, Alexander Gaisch, said the man claimed the woman had for long periods refused to let him touch her or to undress in front of him. The police said there were no scars visible on the corpses and autopsies were being carried out to determine the exact cause of death. Gaisch said the police planned to charge the mother with murder, but were waiting to gather more forensic evidence early next week. "Two of the bodies were frozen, so it will take time before we have results from an autopsy on them. We will have to wait until next week, but we are holding her on suspicion of murder."

Uk cars to be fitted with satelitte tracking 14 June 2005

UK now under new world order control

UK all cars and lorries to be fitted with a "black box"
Government plans pay-as-you-drive road system

Drivers could pay up to £1.34 a mile in road charges being considered as a replacement for fuel tax, the Government has admitted. Transport Secretary Alistair Darling said that change was essential if Britain was to avoid "LA-style gridlock". Under the proposals, all cars and lorries would have to be fitted with a "black box" which would track their journeys via a satellite system.

A feasibility study carried out last year suggested that charges could range from 2p a mile on rural roads to £1.34 a mile for peak time journeys on the country's busiest roads and motorways. Although the system could not be introduced for at least a decade, Mr Darling said in a series of newspaper interviews that decisions will have to be made in the current Parliament on whether to proceed with the scheme. "You could dance around this for years, but every year the problem is getting worse," he told the Independent on Sunday. "We have got to do everything we can during the course of this Parliament to decide whether or not we go with road pricing." He said that he intended to present a bill before the next general election to establish a pilot project in a large urban area, such as Greater Manchester or the West Midlands within the next five to six years.

"If we don't do anything it's pretty clear to me, when you look at all the trends, we would face complete gridlock," he told The Sunday Times. "More and more cars will grind to a halt and the generations to come will curse those people of my generation who didn't do anything about it." Mr Darling - who will set out his thinking in a speech on Thursday to Social Market Foundation - acknowledged that he would need to build a consensus over the course of the next Parliament if the scheme was to win public acceptance.

"We've got to take the British people with us," he said. He emphasised the the new charges would replace fuel tax - dramatically cutting the price of petrol - and also, possibly, road tax. "You are certainly not talking about a charge on top of another charge. You can't have both. this would be a completely different concept, a completely different way of doing things," he said. Although road-pricing schemes operate on some motorways in America and the Australia, Mr Darling said that "nothing on this scale has ever been attempted". However, with satellite navigation kits now "fitted almost as standard" on top of the range cars, the technology was becoming increasingly widely available. "In another ten years I expect every car will be fitted with this equipment. So it makes sense to see whether or not you can't use that to good advantage and give drivers a better deal," he said.

Call for tax crackdown on highest-polluting cars Meanwhile the Government has been urged to crack down on gas-guzzling cars by reforming the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) car tax. The various bands within VED should be widened, with the least-polluting cars paying no tax at all or receiving a tax bonus, said the Government-funded Energy Saving Trust (EST). At the other end of the VED scale, the most-polluting vehicles, such as 4x4s and large saloons, should pay more, the EST added. The trust's call came on World Environment Day and follows statistics showing that some car buyers are once again opting for larger vehicles which pump out more carbon dioxide.

The EST also pointed out that a recent poll revealed that a differential of up to £150 between VED bands would persuade about 55% of new private car buyers to switch to a lower-emission vehicle. EST chief executive Philip Sellwood said: "It's no surprise that the UK still has one of the highest average CO2 figures for new vehicle sales in the EU when our Government is offering drivers little or no real incentives to buy more fuel-efficient vehicles. "If the Government is serious about cutting the UK's CO2 emissions then it must make driving efficient cars a more financially beneficial prospect."

Fathers 4 Justice split by infighting 11 June 2005

FATHERS 4 JUSTICE has imploded amid bitter infighting and an attempt to oust the leader, two of the organisation’s best-known figures have said. Jason Hatch and David Pyke, who scaled the gates of Buckingham Palace last September dressed as Batman and Robin, said that the fathers’ rights campaign had “fallen apart at the seams” four months ago. Several members are now considering setting up a breakaway organisation.

Both activists were expelled from the group last week over accusations that they duped a pensioner out of £500. Both deny the allegation, claiming that they were kicked out for questioning the state of the organisation’s finances. The pair said that 40 members of the group had attended an emergency meeting last weekend in Bromsgrove, West Midlands, to discuss its future, and that they had carried a motion of no confidence in Matt O’Connor, the head of Fathers 4 Justice. Gary Birch, speaking on Mr O’Connor’s behalf, dismissed suggestions that there were any internal problems with the organisation. “Matt O’Connor is still very much the head of this organisation,” he said.,,2-1645108,00.html

Fathers 4 justice UNMASKED 11 June 2005

Violence, debauchery, sexism... truth behind Fathers4Justice

POLICE arrest a husband following allegations about his treatment of his wife. No charges are made but divorce is to follow. Perhaps just another sad case of domestic unhappiness and threats. But that man was Matt O'Connor, the founder of Fathers4Justice. The self-styled champion of fathers' rights has never spoken of the shame at being arrested for breach of the peace seven years ago.

In O'Connor's countless interviews, the details of the arrest have never been mentioned. But it is one of many dark secrets that lie behind the group's superhero, super-caring image. Today, a Daily Mirror investigation can reveal the violence, drunken debauchery and crass sexism behind the acts of daring.

How deputy leader Eddie Gorecki, who scaled the Royal Courts of Justice dressed as Batman, was jailed for assaulting a woman at a family barbecue. How an F4J member took an indecent photo of an unsuspecting woman at their leader's home which was later passed around to his sneering colleagues. Since founding the group in 2002, leader O'Connor, 37, has mounted a relentless publicity campaign in a bid to gain more access rights to children. Be it scaling Buckingham Palace, powder bombing the Prime Minister or laying siege to buildings, O'Connor believes all publicity is good publicity.

But there is one shocking allegation he has not volunteered.

Seven years ago he was accused of breaching the peace in a drunken rage and was dragged from his home, near Orpington, Kent, by three police officers watched by his distraught wife Sophie. She was seven months' pregnant with their second child.

These days, she denies O'Connor ever touched her and no charges were made. Last night, she refused to comment on her former husband's arrest. WHEN asked yesterday to discuss it, O'Connor said: "I have no comment to make. As husbands go, it is on record that I was pretty dire but I now get on famously with my ex-wife. "We are very close and I have just spent a day with her and the children."

But O'Connor's brush with the police was no isolated incident. On Christmas Day 2000, he was cautioned for criminal damage after a huge row with Sophie in front of the children. Drunk, he launched himself at his wife's car. Then in February 2001, he was prosecuted for being drunk and disorderly in a car park. And he has also been convicted of criminal damage after daubing paint on a government building. That's how it all started for O'Connor - showing anger at a system which stopped him seeing his children after his messy divorce in 2002.

O'Connor's right-hand man, Eddie Gorecki, 46, also has a dark past. He was jailed for beating his wife's cousin, in front of children, in 2002. Gorecki, a father-of-four, married Kelly Freeman in 1988 but it was a union marked by thuggery. His wife was forced to take out several injunctions preventing him from approaching her but when Gorecki did get within arms' length, he wasted no time in punishing her. In 1995, he beat Kelly so badly she suffered two skull fractures and spent five days in intensive care.

Kelly said: "I ended up dropping the charges. He then beat up my cousin Shelly. He is a thug and he shouldn't represent decent fathers." Thankfully, Shelly Johnson - who suffered a broken nose and black eyes - didn't shy away from prosecuting Gorecki and he was jailed for nine months for affray and assault in June 2001. "He is an animal," said Shelly. Proving her point, in August this year, Gorecki was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage after allegedly getting into a pub fight. HE said yesterday: "I am not making any comment whatsoever because of your previous history of all this stuff you have put to me. It is ludicrous and outrageous, and all wrong." But criminality seems to permeate F4J. David Chick, 37 - who scaled the London Eye dressed as Spiderman - has been convicted of a lewd act in a men's toilet.

Buckingham Palace intruder Jason Hatch - who bragged that he had enjoyed more than 100 one-night stands in the past five years - wass found guilty of harassing his wife Victoria two years ago. He was given a 12-month conditional discharge, though charges of making threats to kill his wife and her mother, Susan Beacham, were ordered to lie on file. Hatch and other F4J activists are given orders from O'Connor's home. But the comfortable house in Cavendish, Suffolk, has been the scene of behaviour which left a principled protester disgusted. A woman was secretly photographed as she celebrated the F4J Buckingham Palace protest. The picture of her private parts was then passed around.

Ray Barry, 54, former Midlands Co-ordinator, quit in disgust. He said the photo made him "feel sick". In an email to members, he said: "Sorry about this, guys, but this is another resignation." Relating the sordid tale, he concluded: "As I drove home I began to feel sick..." ANOTHER senior member also decided to quit, after his 10-year-old daughter was exposed to lurid sex stories. Dave Ellison, 55, took his daughter to the Shropshire hotel where the Palace stunt was planned. A Mirror reporter witnessed the group in the bar boasting about bedding women and using Viagra. Ellison's ex-wife, Jackie Steele, was furious that their daughter had been present. Jackie, 38, emailed the F4J co-ordinator about it. Replying, Ellison wrote: "I decided a while ago that I was retiring from the group..." Jackie told the Mirror that she agreed with F4J's aims but added: "The fathers who shout the loudest are the ones whom the courts have reasons to prevent seeing their kids."

As more decent members quit, the hardcore continue to plot. The Mirror has discovered a hitlist which pinpoints Heathrow and the M25 as targets. Railway stations and Windsor Castle are also mentioned. The public may remain tolerant of their actions or even amused by them. But the women those men abused or abandoned won't be laughing.

Oct 26 2004

Mother who tried to poison children escapes jail 2 June 2005

A depressed mother who tried to poison her three children by giving them anti-nausea medication she had crushed up in milkshakes and doughnuts has been spared prison by a Perth judge. The 35-year-old woman, whose name has been suppressed to protect her children's identities, was allowed to walk free from Western Australia's Supreme Court on Wednesday, in what Judge Geoffrey Miller described as a "line-ball decision".

The woman admitted three counts of administering a stupefying drug with intent to commit the offence of wilful murder, and one count of attempted murder. The court was told that in June last year the woman was extremely depressed after the break-up of her marriage, having left her husband earlier that month.

The woman formed the intention of killing the three children by putting them to sleep and then suffocating them with a pillow, before committing suicide herself. After writing a suicide note in the morning, she visited three different pharmacies around Perth and purchased syringes and numbers of Phenergan tablets.

The court was told she then put the tablets in a food processor and crushed them into a powder, then placing the powder into cream inside some doughnuts. After attempting to get the children to eat the doughnuts after picking them up from school, she also put the powder into an orange drink, milkshakes and ice-cream and tried to get them to swallow those, but the children refused the food because of the taste. Later that night, the woman approached her youngest child as he lay in bed, and injected him with white spirits she had placed in a syringe.

Although he was badly injured, he has since made a full recovery, the court was told. Judge Miller said according to reports, the woman was in a state of "double depression" at the time of the attempts on her children's lives. "What presents to me is a situation in which it's clear that you were in deep depression when you committed these offences and that's the clear explanation for them," Judge Miller said.

"The offences are grave; there's no doubt about that." Despite their gravity, Judge Miller said the case could be treated as exceptional, and as such he could spare the woman prison. "Foremost in my decision in that regard is your own prospect for rehabilitation which will be much better served by intensive psychiatric and psychological counselling in the community," the judge said.

She was sentenced to five years in prison for attempted murder, which was suspended for two years, along with a two year intensive supervision order for the charges of administering a stupefying drug.

NSA access codes have been secretly built into windows 1 June 2005

How NSA access was built into Windows
Duncan Campbell
Careless mistake reveals subversion of Windows by NSA.

A CARELESS mistake by Microsoft programmers has revealed that special access codes prepared by the US National Security Agency have been secretly built into Windows. The NSA access system is built into every version of the Windows operating system now in use, except early releases of Windows 95 (and its predecessors). The discovery comes close on the heels of the revelations earlier this year that another US software giant, Lotus, had built an NSA "help information" trapdoor into its Notes system, and that security functions on other software systems had been deliberately crippled.

The first discovery of the new NSA access system was made two years ago by British researcher Dr Nicko van Someren. But it was only a few weeks ago when a second researcher rediscovered the access system. With it, he found the evidence linking it to NSA. Computer security specialists have been aware for two years that unusual features are contained inside a standard Windows software "driver" used for security and encryption functions. The driver, called ADVAPI.DLL, enables and controls a range of security functions. If you use Windows, you will find it in the C:\Windows\system directory of your computer.

ADVAPI.DLL works closely with Microsoft Internet Explorer, but will only run crypographic functions that the US governments allows Microsoft to export. That information is bad enough news, from a European point of view. Now, it turns out that ADVAPI will run special programmes inserted and controlled by NSA. As yet, no-one knows what these programmes are, or what they do.

Dr Nicko van Someren reported at last year's Crypto 98 conference that he had disassembled the ADVADPI driver. He found it contained two different keys. One was used by Microsoft to control the cryptographic functions enabled in Windows, in compliance with US export regulations. But the reason for building in a second key, or who owned it, remained a mystery.

A second key

Two weeks ago, a US security company came up with conclusive evidence that the second key belongs to NSA. Like Dr van Someren, Andrew Fernandez, chief scientist with Cryptonym of Morrisville, North Carolina, had been probing the presence and significance of the two keys. Then he checked the latest Service Pack release for Windows NT4, Service Pack 5. He found that Microsoft's developers had failed to remove or "strip" the debugging symbols used to test this software before they released it. Inside the code were the labels for the two keys. One was called "KEY". The other was called "NSAKEY".

Fernandes reported his re-discovery of the two CAPI keys, and their secret meaning, to "Advances in Cryptology, Crypto'99" conference held in Santa Barbara. According to those present at the conference, Windows developers attending the conference did not deny that the "NSA" key was built into their software. But they refused to talk about what the key did, or why it had been put there without users' knowledge.

A third key?!

But according to two witnesses attending the conference, even Microsoft's top crypto programmers were astonished to learn that the version of ADVAPI.DLL shipping with Windows 2000 contains not two, but three keys. Brian LaMachia, head of CAPI development at Microsoft was "stunned" to learn of these discoveries, by outsiders. The latest discovery by Dr van Someren is based on advanced search methods which test and report on the "entropy" of programming code.

Within the Microsoft organisation, access to Windows source code is said to be highly compartmentalized, making it easy for modifications to be inserted without the knowledge of even the respective product managers.

Researchers are divided about whether the NSA key could be intended to let US government users of Windows run classified cryptosystems on their machines or whether it is intended to open up anyone's and everyone's Windows computer to intelligence gathering techniques deployed by NSA's burgeoning corps of "information warriors".

According to Fernandez of Cryptonym, the result of having the secret key inside your Windows operating system "is that it is tremendously easier for the NSA to load unauthorized security services on all copies of Microsoft Windows, and once these security services are loaded, they can effectively compromise your entire operating system". The NSA key is contained inside all versions of Windows from Windows 95 OSR2 onwards.

"For non-American IT managers relying on Windows NT to operate highly secure data centres, this find is worrying", he added. "The US government is currently making it as difficult as possible for "strong" crypto to be used outside of the US. That they have also installed a cryptographic back-door in the world's most abundant operating system should send a strong message to foreign IT managers".

"How is an IT manager to feel when they learn that in every copy of Windows sold, Microsoft has a 'back door' for NSA - making it orders of magnitude easier for the US government to access your computer?" he asked.

Can the loophole be turned round against the snoopers?

Dr van Someren feels that the primary purpose of the NSA key inside Windows may be for legitimate US government use. But he says that there cannot be a legitimate explanation for the third key in Windows 2000 CAPI. "It looks more fishy", he said.

Fernandez believes that NSA's built-in loophole can be turned round against the snoopers. The NSA key inside CAPI can be replaced by your own key, and used to sign cryptographic security modules from overseas or unauthorised third parties, unapproved by Microsoft or the NSA. This is exactly what the US government has been trying to prevent. A demonstration "how to do it" program that replaces the NSA key can be found on Cryptonym's website.

According to one leading US cryptographer, the IT world should be thankful that the subversion of Windows by NSA has come to light before the arrival of CPUs that handles encrypted instruction sets. These would make the type of discoveries made this month impossible. "Had the next-generation CPU's with encrypted instruction sets already been deployed, we would have never found out about NSAKEY."




Gender - Women | Human rights

Half of Nigeria's women experience domestic violenceafrol News, 31 May - While the level of violence against Nigerian women in the home remains poorly mapped, pilot studies conclude it is "shockingly high". Up to two-thirds of women in certain communities in Nigeria's Lagos State are believed to have experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence in the family and in other areas, around 50 percent of women say they are victims to domestic violence. In the absence of official studies, research into the prevalence of violence in the family has been conducted by individuals and organisations. In a recent small-scale study of gender inequality in Lagos and Oyo states, 40 percent of the women interviewed said they had been victims of violence in the family, in some cases for several years. The study concluded that such violence was not documented in Nigeria because of widespread tolerance of violence against women: "once a woman is married, she is expected to endure whatever she meets in her matrimonial home," according to information released by the human rights group Amnesty International today.

In Nigeria, there was said to be little awareness of psychological abuse in marriage, and 20 percent of the urban women interviewed and 29 percent of the rural women did simply not know if they had been subjected to abuse or not. The worst-yet numbers of domestic violence in Nigeria had been disclosed in a 2001 survey by Project Alert on Violence Against Women. Here, interviews were conducted with women working in markets, women in other work places, and with girls and young women in secondary school and at university in Lagos State. They were asked about physical abuse in the family, rape and reporting incidents of violence. In Lagos State, 64.4 percent of the 45 interviewed women in work places said they had been beaten by a partner, boyfriend or husband. 56.2 percent of 48 interviewed market women had experienced the same type of violence.

According to Amnesty, the federal and state governments of Nigeria were partly responsible for these "shocking" numbers. Neither the Lagos government nor the Federal government was doing anything to stem the tide of violence – and in some cases they were even condoning it, the human rights group said at a press conference today, launching its report 'Nigeria: Unheard voices – violence against women in the family'. Amnesty's Stephane Mikala was outraged over the level of violence against women in Nigeria. "On a daily basis, Nigerian women are beaten, raped and even murdered by members of their family for supposed transgressions, which can range from not having meals ready on time to visiting family members without their husband's permission," she said. "Tragically, husbands, partners and fathers are responsible for most of the violence against these women," Ms Mikala added. In some cases, the report found, vicious acid attacks have left women with horrific disfigurements, in a brutal form of punishment known as an "acid bath". Such violence is deliberately intended to mutilate or kill – and many women subjected to an "acid bath" die as a result of the attack. Violence against women in the home is generally regarded as belonging to the private sphere in Nigeria, and therefore to be shielded from outside scrutiny. A culture of silence reinforces the stigma attached to the victim rather than condemning the perpetrator of such crimes.

- The criminal justice system in our country provides almost no protection for women from violence in the home or community, said Itoro Eze-Anaba of the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP), who contributed to the study. "The police and courts often dismiss domestic violence as a family matter and refuse to investigate or press charges." Years of "corruption and under-resourcing in the police force" over the years had left little public faith in its integrity or capacity, causing many victims to avoid the police, according to the report. "Furthermore, the few rape victims who summon up the courage to take their cases to court face humiliating rules of evidence," Ms Eze-Anaba said. The human rights activists urged the Nigerian government to "take immediate action to meet its obligations under international human rights law," obliging it to protect women from gender-based violence. This included information about women rights, legal reforms, a police force and judiciary capable of aiding female victims and the establishment of safe-houses where women could escape violence - which are non-existent in Nigeria.