When Margo MacDonald MSP wrote in a letter to MI5’s director general: “I will be obliged if you can give me an assurance that UK Security Services will not be used in any respect in the lead-up to the Scottish referendum on sovereignty” I bet more than a few shook their heads at the seeming paranoia of the independent MSP.
Margo was convinced from her experiences of fighting the 1979 Devolution referendum that the security services had infiltrated and interfered with the democratic process back then, and were currently doing the same today, with agents and provocateurs in the SNP and the YES campaign.
It’s all a bit far fetched, even if such occurred back in the day,as was indicated in the BBC ALBA documentary Diomhair (Secret), surely not now?
Just as we had settled down from this startling and seemingly paranoid intervention, when more currently worrying news started to filter through. On June the 6th Scotlands Lord Advocate ordered a probe into new claims CIA planes landed at Scottish airports as part of an “extraordinary rendition” programme.
A study conducted by two academics at UK universities claims 13 flights used Aberdeen, Wick and Inverness airports in the US security service’s “war on terror”..
Extraordinary rendition was used by the US Government in the years after the September 11 attacks. It involved the secret kidnapping, detention and transfer of terror suspects to other countries for interrogation and alleged torture.
A few days later on June 9th the worldwide news networks were buzzing with the startling revelations of the former CIA worker Edward Snowden, that Americas Spy agencies routinely spy and gather through their PRISM programme, and with the cooperation of the major Internet and Social network companies all our Facebook messages, emails, and online communications, including phone calls on a daily basis, and our GCHQ spy centre circumvents British Legislation by getting the American NSA to pass this information onto them.
The British Foreign Secretary William Hague, when confronted with this, refused to confirm or deny these facts, even though the American government had been forced to confirm this was indeed the case. Instead he came out with statement that ” law abiding citizens had “nothing to fear” from intelligence agencies’ activities.”
suddenly Margo MacDonalds letter to the Head of MI5 doesn’t seem so paranoid and daft after all!
I am sure that many of you will have watched the excellent STV series written by Ian MacWhirter, “Road to Referendum” which gave a potted history post 2nd World war to the current day, of Scotlands travel to next years referendum. If you did, I have a further must watch documentaries for you today, these documentaries by John Pilger and Naomi Klein cover much the same time period, but focus on International events. Scotland has never lived in a parochial backward goldfish bowl, and the events and policies highlighted in these documentaries will perhaps give you a far broader view to consider. But I warn you now…They are extremely disturbing and may leave you with nightmares!
The first documentary film “The War You Don’t See” by the award winning investigative journalist Pilger, explains how the media is used and compliant with the State, in order to spread their propaganda to us the masses, and how this is used to retain their control over what we see, what we hear, and what we know, or don’t want us to know.
During one point in the film Pilger interviews the BBC’s Head of News gathering, and forces her into the following revelation ” What the BBC have the duty to do, is to Report what Government and their representatives are saying”
In effect the Government tells the BBC what it wants it broadcast, and without question they spread the propaganda to us. This will come as no surprise to Scottish Independence campaigners who have been shouting in the streets and anywhere that people can hear, that the BBC is not to be trusted in reporting the Scottish referendum. In fact there is no point in us asking them to be balanced, they will not be….end of story!
Pilger speaks to journalists and former British and American Foreign office officials ,and questions journalists in particular why they report news that they know themselves not to be true. In effect he questions why no real journalism or investigative reporting takes place, and he discovers that many are obligated to report what government tells them, or tells their editors to report.
Taking this in relation to Scotland, it is no big surprise that the current Scottish government and the YES campaign have such a hard time getting their story across, when they are up against such a machine.
Here is Pilgers award winning documentary on Channel 4
The other documentary is by award winning author Naomi Klein and it is called “The Shock Doctrine”
And if you were disturbed by Pilgers documentary, this one will leave you whimpering under your beds!
Again it covers the same period of history, and it is a Brutal history indeed.
There can be no other conclusion that I could arrive at after viewing it than that Britain is a corrupt Rogue Terrorist State, and that the British….i.e Us…have been creating and participating in war and conflicts the world over, every year since 1945.
To the victor the spoils, and the retelling of history.
If we have radicalised young men in Englands Back yard, it is hardly surprising after viewing this award winning documentary. The only surprise is that there haven’t been far more attacks on the scale of London 7/7
The war on terror is a total Con, In fact as David Cameron sells arms across the globe to dictatorships and other dubious states, and is itching to get involved with selling arms to the Syrian rebels, in what incidentally is a sectarian war between Muslims,Shia versus Sunni, not as they report good guys v bad guys in a western perspective. Cameron and Hague are taking care of British War business, as the 2nd largest Arms supplier on the planet!
It is extremely clear that British interests in Scotland, the nuclear weapons, the place at the top table in NATO, is nothing to do with our defence, but rather to retain and maintain British interests along with our American sidekicks in other countries affairs. Oh and of course….Oil!
But these attacks, this war on terror, is not only against other peoples and other countries, it is part of an economic warfare programme began by Thatcher and maintained by Blair and the current government in the present day. It is terrorising the people!
This Austerity programme, the attacks on the poor and the weak in our own society, is all part of what is going on, and being ramped up.
Britain is the Worlds 4th most unequal society, and climbing. The gap between the highest earners and the average worker in Thatchers day was 10%. Today the highest earners are 400 times richer than the average earner, and those below the poverty line now amounts to quarter of the country!
Here is Naomi Klein “Shock Doctrine”:
Looking and listening and learning about all this, tells me that we have a real fight on our hands if we are to get Independence.
In fact it is a War of Independence, only one fought thus far without bloodshed.
The Shock and Awe tactics of the Better Together campaign is to hit us with a daily barrage of negativity, to strip us of our spirit to believe in our own ability to survive as an independent people in an Independent country.
This war of independence is not fought with bullets and guns and missiles, it is fought with words and they do not assail us physically, but It is a war for our minds.
On the NO Better Together side, they have the British State, The BBC, the Newspapers and of course their politicians and Lords. Their appeal is to jingoism and the symbolism of the union jack, and the fraud that we really matter to them as people.
The YES side has the Scottish government, the collective grouping of nationalists, socialists, republicans,and internationalists,a small number of journalists, and the foot soldiers.
I hesitate to make the comparison, lest I be accused of being all Braveheart…but the scale of the forces aligned, is the equivalent of Bruce at Bannockburn.We are vastly outnumbered in forces, but we have the people.
Against the State Broadcaster and the vast amount of newspapers, we have these terrible Cybernats, the bloggers, the social media groups, and those who pound the streets.
I said at the very beginning of this war,which began in the early morning of the 6th of May 2011, that this would be a dirty campaign we would be up against. All the revelations of recent times, the methods used, the spying, the propaganda, tells me that I was not wrong. I expect much more to come yet.
But after watching both these documentaries I have put up today, have a good think to yourself.
If you do not want an independent Scotland after all that, then at least admit to yourself that by being silent, by not speaking out, by being part of and supporting the British State, you yourself become equally culpable, and it is all done in your name!
Do you really want to be associated with that? Then think on! I want no part of it.