Daily Archives: April 9, 2007

Secret paper reveals Blair Government lied about ID cards

Daily Mail | Apr 7, 2007

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The Government faces damaging claims of misleading voters over ID cards after documents revealed it always planned to make the controversial scheme compulsory.

Whitehall papers, which the Government has fought for two years to suppress, disclose that Labour intended to force the public to sign up to the programme.

They appear to contradict commitments given by Labour in its 2005 Election manifesto, which pledged that the cards, and the national identity register containing people’s names, addresses, fingerprints and other information, would be ‘on a voluntary basis’.

The briefing notes, released under the Freedom Of Information Act, show that civil servants had already been told ID cards would be compulsory for everyone by 2014.

Opposition MPs said the papers proved the Government had ‘purposely set out to mislead the public and politicians about their plans’.

The Department For Work And Pension’s (DWP) ‘ID Fraud Benefit Profile’ was produced in October 2004 and was designed to show how the project would cut benefit fraud.

In a table illustrating the predicted yearly savings expected by the department it states that from 2014 – Year 7 of the project – ‘The identity card scheme is now compulsory’.

But 18 months later, the then Home Secretary Charles Clarke insisted the scheme was voluntary. He told MPs: “In accordance with the Labour party’s Election manifesto…we will introduce ID cards…initially on a voluntary basis.”

The papers also undermine claims by Ministers that the scheme would halve the £50million lost to benefit cheats. The internal briefing reveals that the much-quoted savings were purely guesswork by officials.

It says: “NOTE: DWP perceive losses to identity fraud to be between £25-£50million per annum, due to the nature of our business processes and recording of monetary value of fraud and error the figures are unreliable therefore DWP can only sign up to a maximum saving in the area of £25million per annum.”

The first ID cards are due to be issued in 2009 to anybody who applies for a passport. Britons will be required to give fingerprints, biometric details such as a facial scan and a wealth of personal details – including second homes, driving licence and insurance numbers.

While the ID Cards Bill was going through Parliament, peers and Ministers agreed an ‘opt-out’ for people who needed a passport but did not want to join the ID cards scheme. But to get a passport, ID card objectors will now still have to hand over all personal details to the ID cards register.

Former Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Mark Oaten, who successfully fought to get the internal documents published, said: “They show Ministers had no basis to claim the cards would combat benefit fraud, that from the very beginning the cards were going to be compulsory and that Ministers were consistently not telling the truth about their true intentions.”

The DWP said the details in the papers ‘are no longer valid’.

A Home Office spokesman said the documents were ‘incredibly out of date’.

13,000 National Guard troops Awaiting Deployment to Iraq

Daily Herald | Apr 8, 2007

These troops are awaiting deployment into the Iraqi meatgrinder to become cannon-fodder for the New World Order though many of them believe they are going to defend America and “Democracy”. Roughly 25% will come back with debilitating mental problems caused by the resultant guilt and horror of killing innocent people. A majority will come to realize that their very presence in Iraq is the whole reason for the conflict in the first place and this will tear them up inside. Potent drugs designed to make them more aggressive and stay up for days on end will push many others over the edge. A large number will get exposed to depleted uranium and carry the seeds of cancer for years until their organs jellify and they finally die of it. Most of them will not escape injury or amputaton of limbs and most of them will experience frustration at how badly the government treats them after come home. Many of them will come home in flag-draped caskets and 13,000 troops represent many more thousands of family members who will come to grieve their losses. Many will never realize that the entire war is based on lies and disinformation.

And no, the Democrats will not put a stop to it because Iraq is merely a staging area for the prize of Iran which is going to be bombed and invaded any day now, dragging us further into the horrible trap which is World War III.

Now did Bush get us into this mess? No, not really because he is just a puppet for the financial elite following a script, and his daddy is a high-level gofer. They are elites, but they are not the elite of the elite. The one’s who have planned this war (for decades I believe) live in palatial mansions and estates far away from either Washington or Iraq. They live in places like the Kykuit estate in Upstate New York and Eythrope estate in Buckinghamshire England. Their names are David Rockefeller and Baron Jacob Rothschild, two of the most powerful men in all the world who carry the highest ranking in the criminal underground of the elite secret societies. They are the aristocratic mob-bosses who give the orders to their government yes-men and women and share rank with kings and queens.

They are the ones financing and orchestrating major world events to go their way, to increase their power and control beyond even what it already is. They are the ones who ordered 9/11 to be carried out. They are the ones who have ordered this war. They ordered the construction of a global government and the implementation of Orwellian police-state controls. And they are the ultimate beneficiaries of all of it. The immediate goal is to takeover the Middle East and Central Asia using American might, then to sublimate a greatly spent, broken and battered America into the resultant Global Union constructed of trilateral superstates of the EU, AU and the PU (yeah because the PanAmerican Union stinks).

So the point is, if you really support the troops and you really want to protest this war, you might want to go stand with your signs in front of places like Kykuit and Eythrope where the orders originate.

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“Seems like all we’ve done is spend a bunch of money and got a bunch of people hurt,” said Pawhuska resident Jerry Slinkard.

Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry said the Pentagon is, in effect, reinstating the draft on the backs of National Guard units.  
 
National Guard Staff Sgt. Gabe Robinson knows he will be married only a matter of months before he’s likely to redeploy to Iraq, but considers himself lucky he’s been home since 2004.

Still, he worries about being injured.

“It’s always in your mind,” said Robinson, 32, who plans to marry in May. “Anyone who says they don’t think about that, they are lying.”

The Oklahoma City resident is among the 13,000 National Guard troops in Oklahoma, Indiana, Arkansas and an as-yet unspecified state expected to be notified soon that they could be sent to Iraq around the first of next year, military officials say.

“There’s always going to be some apprehension out there,” said Capt. Brad Hanna, a chaplain in the Oklahoma National Guard who served in Afghanistan. “We’re not in the position of making policy; all we can do is be ready to do what we’re called to do.”

As the body count increases in Iraq, some governors have begun to voice concerns about the military’s heavy use of National Guard troops.

Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry said the Pentagon is, in effect, reinstating the draft on the backs of National Guard units. Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said redeploying National Guardsmen from his state would be “stretching our citizen soldiers thin.” North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley said he’s worried about morale and readiness.

National Guard deployments also can be hard on some small towns.

Pawhuska, a town of 3,500 people 60 miles northwest of Tulsa, will lose a member of its school board in the next National Guard deployment.

Sgt. 1st Class Earl Smith, 53, works full time for the National Guard at a tiny armory that is scheduled for closure under Pentagon downsizing plans. For him, the possibility of a deployment means his plans for military retirement are on hold.

If the orders stand, he will take about two dozen soldiers to Iraq next year on a security mission.

Members of Smith’s unit work at car dealerships, construction sites and factories. One is recently unemployed.

This time next year, they could be in a desert half a world away from their home towns, behind the wheel of an armored vehicle or manning a .50-caliber machine gun.

Staff Sgt. Andrew Armstrong, a 36-year-old iron worker who’s been in the guard about 16 years, said the not knowing has everybody on edge. But leaving his family and his job for at least a year is part of his duty. “Somebody’s gotta do it,” he says.

Capt. Chris Rogers, of Cary, N.C., served in Iraq with the 30th Brigade Combat Team in 2004. He says he hasn’t given much thought to the possibility of returning.

“I don’t really think about it,” Rogers said. “I know it’s part of the job. If we’re called to go back, we’ll go back.”

Many folks in Pawhuska, as in many small towns, support the troops. But some find themselves questioning the mission and why more of their employees, Little League coaches and leaders are going over there.

“Seems like all we’ve done is spend a bunch of money and got a bunch of people hurt,” said Pawhuska resident Jerry Slinkard.

Leaning on the tailgate of a pickup, Slinkard shoots the breeze with two buddies outside The Greek’s, a popular cafe on the main drag of this town.

Between dips of chewing tobacco, they use the word “Vietnam” to describe what’s happening over there.

War always takes its toll on a small town, said Bristow native Louis Harding, a veteran of World War II and Korea.

He remembers the major troop deployments in both wars that turned thriving Oklahoma communities into ghost towns seemingly overnight. He knows the same thing could happen again.

“We accepted it, of course,” recalls Harding, 81. “We really didn’t know what we were getting into.”

Police order boy, 5, to stop chalking hopscotch ‘graffiti’ on the street

Daily Mail | Apr 8, 2007

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Lisa Badland with Ryan: ‘He said the police had handcuffs and was frightened they would take him away’

A boy of five playing hopscotch with friends looked up to find himself confronted by two police officers.

They ordered Ryan Badland and his five playmates to stop because chalking the grids on the road in their quiet cul-de-sac was “graffiti”.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Ryan’s mother Lisa, 30, at their home in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset.

“They are sensible kids and weren’t doing anything wrong. I thought the police would have better things to do.

“There’s under-age drinking in the town and a 13-year-old was mugged a couple of weeks ago.”

Mrs Badland, a part-time checkout operator, said: “I saw these giant chalks when I was out shopping and bought them for Ryan because he loves drawing on our drive.

“When I got home I gave them to him because it looked likely to rain that evening so whatever he drew would be washed away.

“About an hour later he came rushing in and said, ‘Mum, there’s some policemen outside.’ I thought it was a bit odd because you don’t see the police round here very often.

“He said they had got handcuffs and he was frightened they would take him away.”

Graham Coogan’s children, Nicole, eight, Sian, six, and three-year-old James, were also told off by the two constables.

Mr Coogan, 35, said: “The police told me that my children had been chalking on the street and it could actually be classed as graffiti. They said that they could ask me to clean it off. They also said they were concerned about the children being in the street. But it’s a quiet street and the reason we moved here was so the children could play safely.”

The road was later washed clean by the rain. Since the incident a fortnight ago the parents have banned their children from using chalk outside.

Avon and Somerset Police said they were responding to a report that up to six children were drawing graffiti on roads and pavements.

The call was logged as alleged criminal damage.

A spokesman said: “Officers attended because anti-social behaviour is a priority. When they got to the scene they realised that it was chalk on the road and therefore no crime had been committed.”

The incident follows the case of magistrate’s son George Rawlinson, whose home in St Helens, Merseyside, was visited by four police officers after he sent an e-mail to a classmate calling him “gay”.

Pentagon: No Saddam-Al Qaeda Link

CBS News | Apr 6, 2007

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Meanwhile, Cheney Repeats Assertions Of Terror Group’s Ties In Iraq

Saddam Hussein’s government did not cooperate with al Qaeda prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the U.S. Defense Department said in a report based on interrogations of the deposed leader and two of his former aides.

Meanwhile, Vice President Dick Cheney repeated his assertions of al Qaeda links to Saddam’s Iraq, contending that the terrorist group was operating in Iraq before the March 2003 invasion led by U.S. forces and that terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was leading the Iraqi branch of al Qaeda. Others in al Qaeda planned the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

“He took up residence there before we ever launched into Iraq, organized the al Qaeda operations inside Iraq before we even arrived on the scene and then, of course, led the charge for Iraq until we killed him last June,” Cheney told radio host Rush Limbaugh during an interview Thursday. “As I say, they were present before we invaded Iraq.”

However, a declassified Pentagon report released Thursday said that interrogations of Saddam and two of his former aides as well as seized Iraqi documents confirmed that the terrorist organization and the Saddam government were not working together before the invasion.

The Sept. 11 Commission’s 2004 report also found no evidence of a collaborative relationship between Saddam and Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network during that period.

Democratic Sen. Carl Levin, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, had requested that the Pentagon declassify the report prepared by acting Defense Department Inspector General Thomas F. Gimble. In a statement Thursday, Levin said the declassified document showed why a Defense Department investigation had concluded that some Pentagon prewar intelligence work was inappropriate.

Schoolchildren to be fingerprinted in Big Brother-style shake-up

Daily Mail | Apr 8, 2007

Up to 5.9million children face having their fingerprints taken by schools in another move towards a ‘Big Brother’ society.

Pupils will have to hand over their biometric details simply to borrow library books or gain access to school dinners.

£20m payout as the blame culture hits the classroom

A million children’s fingerprints are believed to have been taken already, some without parental approval and even by ‘con tricks’ such as pretend spy games.

Freedom of Information data obtained by the Tories reveals a further 4.9 million sets of prints could now be added to school computers after the vast majority of local education authorities sanctioned the practice.

Critics say it is part of a ‘softening-up’ exercise to condition children to accept a creeping surveillance society. They also point to the danger of identity theft, if hackers manage to access school databases.

Phil Booth, of the NO2ID campaign, said: “This is an abrogation of moral duty. Schools should be teaching children to look after their biometric information.

“They are going to grow up in a world where keeping it secure is enormously important, yet they are being taught that it is OK to hand it over for the most trivial of matters. It is a disgrace.”

He added the Government could ultimately seek access to huge amounts of sensitive information by the ‘back door’.

More than 3,500 schools already use systems which allow pupils to take out books by scanning their thumbprints instead of using a card. The technique is also being used in dinner queues.

Now the Conservatives have surveyed every education authority in the country to see if they allow the practice. Only 39 of the 171 that replied said they do not allow it. This means that up to 17,000 schools, with a total of 5.9million children, may already be allowed to fingerprint.

The Tories say that, in some cases, it is being done without parents’ permission. Last month, it emerged a primary school headmaster had persuaded pupils to give their prints by pretending they were playing at being spies.

He reportedly told youngsters at Ghyllside Primary School in Kendal, Cumbria, it was ‘just a game … so there’s no need to tell your parents’. The prints are used to operate the school’s new library system.

Tory frontbencher Damian Green called for a new code to protect youngsters, consisting of the following four points:

• No fingerprinting of children without prior parental consent;

• Coding of information so that no child can be identified from the school database;

• Information should be used only for purposes specified by the school in advance;

• All data to be destroyed when the child leaves the school.

Mr Green said: “Schools use fingerprints as security for libraries, and sometimes to allow access to canteens. If parents have given permission, this is acceptable, but only on strict conditions that every school should follow.

“We must not allow children to assume they are growing up in a world where their private information belongs to someone else. The surveillance state is creeping up on us, and it needs resisting.”

Participating schools, however, insist there is nothing ‘sinister’ going on, and that fingerprints are destroyed when the child leaves. They insist it makes libraries a ‘cool’ place to visit.

‘I dreamt up a phone number and found my bride to be’

Daily Mail | Apr 8, 2007

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David and Michelle Brown on their wedding day

Waking up one morning five years ago, David Brown found a mystery mobile phone number running through his mind.

When it refused to go away, he decided to call it.

It turned out to belong to Michelle Kitson, at the time a 17-year-old student living with her parents more than 60 miles away.

Even the most die-hard romantic would have forgiven her for ignoring a message from a strange man she had never met or heard of before.

But she decided to respond and after a string of text messages, a phone call and a letter the couple met and fell in love.

Now they have just returned from their honeymoon in Goa, southern India – and still can’t believe their luck.

“She really is the girl of my dreams,” said Mr Brown, now 24, from Harefield, North-West London.

Recalling how they met, he said: “I went out for a quiet night with some mates and ended up having a few to drink. When I woke up this number just kept running through my head.”

Thinking that perhaps someone had given him the number in the pub, Mr Brown decided to send a text message asking: “Did I meet you last night?”

By coincidence Michelle was only a few miles away, in a car with her parents travelling through Watford, when she noticed the message.

After she responded: “Who are you and where are you from?” it became obvious that there was no connection between the two.

They continued to chat by text message, however, and days later she plucked up the nerve to make a phone call. Mr Brown sent her a letter containing his photograph and she agreed to meet so he travelled to her home city of Cambridge.

Arriving early he telephoned the number again, to see a young woman answering the phone on the other side of the road. “It was love at first sight for me – I loved everything about her,” said Mr Brown, who moved to Cambridge to be with Miss Kitson.

“I’ve no idea how I ended up with her number in my head – it’s only a few digits different from mine.”

His bride said she had found the initial encounter “spooky” but she was captivated from the start.

“It was really weird but I was absolutely hooked. My mum and dad kept saying, ‘But he could be an axe murderer’, but I knew there was something special about it. I hadn’t had a boyfriend before. Those first text messages were a real adrenaline rush.

“I believe that things happen for a reason. There is no way someone could have said my number in the pub, but he had that number in his head.

“I know some people will find it hard to believe, but we know the truth.”

As for the wedding day, the bride – who stands 5ft 4in to her husband’s 6ft 7in – said: “It was fantastic, we couldn’t have wished for a better day.

“The weather had been awful, but when we went to the church it was beautiful sunshine.”

Professor Heinz Wolff, emeritus professor of Brunel University, said: “Whatever else it is a charming story but I would be against a supernatural explanation. It is likely the number of this girl was mentioned in the pub and somehow this young man overheard it, even without realising, and his subconscious remembered it.”

He said the probability of a “random” phone number leading to a suitable woman of the right age was actually quite high.

“Say for argument’s sake that every 100 phone numbers lead to five girls, the probability of the event they describe is not so remote as you might think. A few thousand to one would be my guess.

“The sheer romantic background would have increased the chance of some relationship being formed, which would have increased the probability somewhat.”