Daily Archives: September 8, 2007

Shopping Center Forces Little Girl to Remove Her “Hoodie”


Karen Lewis, 4, was forced to take down her hood on a visit to a shopping centre

Daily Mail | Sep 7, 2007

In her pink cardigan and standing a mere 3ft 6in, four year old Karen Lewis hardly looks a menace to society.

But that didn’t stop staff at a seaside amusement arcade reducing the little girl to tears by warning her she was flouting company rules on hooded tops.

A worker explained to Karen’s mother, Cheryl, that it was company policy to insist customers pulled down their hoods, in case yobs used them to conceal their identity while causing trouble.

The incident took place while Karen was playing on a 2p slot machine at Les Harker’s Amusements in the North Wales resort of Rhyl, where she was on holiday with her mother and grandparents.

Miss Lewis, 36, a mature student from Shrewsbury, said: “I appreciate there is bad publicity about hoodies, but a four-year-old girl is an entirely different issue.

“Bearing in mind that I’m disabled and my father, who was with us, is 69, we were hardly posing a threat. It is just ludicrous.

“Karen was really unhappy for the rest of her holiday because she thought she was to blame.

“We had a few tears in the car on the way home. She still thought the men were picking on her because she was little.”

Arcade owner Les Harker, who was not present at the time, confirmed the policy but said he would usually ask “with a smile and a gag” to ensure no one took offence.

He added: “I am disappointed this has happened. I think it’s a case not of what the staff member said, but how it was said.”

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Senior police officer blames family breakdown for violent crime ‘cancer’ destroying society

World religious leaders gather in Arctic prayer to stop global warming

The Times | Sep 8, 2007

by Alex Kirby

They flew in from around the world, completing the final leg in a half-full charter from London that must have left an embarrassingly large carbon footprint.

But the leaders of six world religions paused for two minutes here yesterday under a grey sky, with a mirror-calm sea, and on an unseasonably warm day, to pray for the ailing planet.

The Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew, the leader of 250 million Orthodox Christians, was joined by Christian bishops and a cardinal, the Grand Rabbi of Paris, Sunni and Shia scholars, and by Hindu, Shinto and Zen Buddhist leaders.

All are taking part in an Arctic Symposium, the seventh such event organised by Bartholomew since 1995 on threatened rivers and seas.

Inevitably, perhaps, the focus this year was climate change. The Patriarch said he had prayed “for the planet and for the Earth, for salvation of life and heart, for the coming generation, and for Creation.” Pope Benedict XVI sent a message of support.

The ceremony was held on a Norwegian cruise ship a few hundred yards from the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, the probable source of the iceberg which sank the Titanic in 1912, and one of the fastest-moving in the world.

Dr Robert Correll, a glaciologist, chaired the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, the most authoritative recent scientific review of the region. He said: “A few years ago the glacier was moving at several kilometres a year . . . it’s now heading for the sea at 15km annually, two metres an hour.

“Ice is more permeable than we thought. Melted water is flowing down through cracks in the ice. It’s as if we’re putting oil on the bottom of the glacier.”

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Global Warming Doomsday Called Off


More Than Half of Analyzed Weather Stations Don’t Meet Federal Guidelines
The preliminary results show Watts and his volunteers have surveyed about a quarter of the 1,221 stations making up the U.S. Historical Climatology Network. Of those, more than half appear to fall short of federal guidelines for optimum placement. Some examples include weather stations placed near sewage treatment plants, parking lots, and near cars, buildings and air-conditioners – all artificial heat sources which could affect temperature records.

Globalists Love Global Warming
Trilateral Commission, chairman of British Petroleum, CFR, Club of Rome fan hysteria to achieve world government
In his excellent article, Global warming hysteria serves as excuse for world government, Daniel Taylor outlines how the exploitation of the natural phenomenon of “global warming” was a pet project of the Club of Rome and the CFR. “In a report titled “The First Global Revolution” (1991) published by the Club of Rome, a globalist think tank, we find the following statement: “In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill…The real enemy, then, is humanity itself.”

The First Global Revolution: A Report by the Council of Rome
“In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill…The real enemy, then, is humanity itself….Bring the divided nation together to face an outside enemy, either a real one or else one invented for the purpose…”

Al Gore’s Global Green Fascism
In a New York Times editorial, Al Gore says we need a new generational mission to combat global warming. What he really wants is government control of the economy.

Globalist politics of global fascism……

“It would seem that men and women need a common motivation, namely a common adversary, to organize and act together in the vacuum such as motivation seemed to have ceased to exist or have yet to be found. The need for enemies seems to be a common historical factor…

Bring the divided nation together to face an outside enemy, either a real one or else one invented for the purpose…

Democracy will be made to seem responsible for the lagging economy, the scarcity and uncertainties. The very concept of democracy could then be brought into question and allow for the seizure of power by extremists of one brand or the other…

In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. The real enemy [of the elites and their minions] then is humanity itself.”

– “The First Global Revolution” (1991) published by the Club of Rome. Members of the Club of Rome include: Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, Bill Gates, George Soros and author of the Kyoto Protocols Maurice Strong.

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MORE References:

Key: “during times of quiet sunspot activity” as have now, and which is falsely used as the “reason that the sun can’t be causing warming.”

NASA Study Finds Increasing Solar Trend That Can Change Climate
Since the late 1970s, the amount of solar radiation the sun emits, during times of quiet sunspot activity, has increased by nearly .05 percent per decade, according to a NASA funded study.

The Science of Global Warming in Perspective
The cause of global warming is oceans heating, not greenhouse gases, as always occurs at the beginning of ice ages. When an ice age begins, global Warming occurs exactly as it is doing now. Heated oceans cause precipitation to increase. Eventually, increased snowfall will reflect away solar energy and trigger a cool-down.

Stop driving SUVs. It will save the Martian Ice Caps! Right….

Mars Melt Hints at Solar, Not Human, Cause for Warming, Scientist Says
Simultaneous warming on Earth and Mars suggests that our planet’s recent climate changes have a natural—and not a human-induced—cause, according to one scientist’s controversial theory. In 2005 data from NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor and Odyssey missions revealed that the carbon dioxide “ice caps” near Mars’s south pole had been diminishing for three summers in a row.

The truth about global warming – it’s the Sun that’s to blame
Global warming has finally been explained: the Earth is getting hotter because the Sun is burning more brightly than at any time during the past 1,000 years, according to new research. A study by Swiss and German scientists suggests that increasing radiation from the sun is responsible for recent global climate changes. This just shows, that even if CO2 was the cause of the current warming trend (which it isn’t), the premise that warming will keep spiraling out of control is totally unsubstantiated

Even if CO2 WAS causing warming (which it isn’t), the theoretical projections for disastrous warming spiraling out of control are totally false.

The 60-Second Climate Skeptic
A Layman’s Guide to Anthropogenic (Man-Made) Global Warming
Using simple math, we see that if temperatures have risen 0.5C due to 36% of a doubling, we might expect them to rise by 1.39C for a full doubling to 0.056% of the atmosphere. But this assumes that the rise is linear — but we already said (and no one denies) that it is in fact a diminishing return relationship. Using a truer form of the curve, a 0.5C historic rise for 36% of a doubling implies a full doubling would raise temperatures by about 1C, or about 0.5C more than we have seen to date. Based on empirical evidence, we would then expect a rise of CO2 concentrations to 0.056% (a level we might expect between the years 2070 and 2100) to increase world temperatures another 0.5C. This means that the magnitude of global warming in the next century might be about what we have seen (and apparently survived) since 1940.

Global Government: the top agenda of the elite

Global warming hysteria serves as excuse for world government
If world government is to be achieved by consent, the world must be sold on the idea of world government and its necessity

Depopulation: another top agenda of the elite. Global Government and Depopulation go hand in hand.

This reveals the sick globalist’s eugenics agenda using doomsday hysteria to convince us that we need to be culled, by any means necessary. Of course, he isn’t volunteering to go first.

Top Scientist Advocates Mass Culling 90% Of Human Population
A top scientist gave a speech to the Texas Academy of Science last month in which he advocated the need to exterminate 90% of the population through the airborne ebola virus. Dr. Eric R. Pianka’s chilling comments, and their enthusiastic reception again underscore the elite’s agenda to enact horrifying measures of population control.

More depopulation eugenics of Global Warming

Global Warming Fanatics Warming Up to Evangelicals
The producer of a movie on global warming that is being shown in Evangelical churches has admitted she believes earth’s true problem is too many people.

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China’s cyber army is preparing to march on America, says Pentagon

The elite aristrocratic evilarchy funded the Bolsheviks, the Fascists, Hitler, Stalin and Mao. They have staged terror attacks and engineered a new enemy in “Islamo-Fascism” in order to foment WWIII as a pretext for their global government police state system of total control, and as a smoke screen for their depopulation agenda.

They have set up China to become the new super-power because their totalitarian system is considered a model for the world and because they have the manpower to enforce the new system. Meanwhile, the American Empire is to be systematically crushed and sublimated into the global government.

And get this, and get it good: The Communist leadership could not do this without the technical aiding and abetting of treasonous American IT corporations and the financial backing of the Clinton-Bush-Rockefeller-Rothschild crime family syndicate. As usual, the threat is created by the globalist establishment to foment “order out of chaos”. It’s a deadly game played to bring about a “New World Order” at the people’s expense.

There is nothing more to it than that and if you want it all to stop you best get your head together and put all your support behind the ONLY presidential candidate who will work to reverse this process of engineered catastrophe:

His name is Ron Paul…get hip

We can save this country and the world itself in the nick of time if, and only if, we make the Ron Paul Revolution a success. We really just have this one shot at it.

Then we can live in a world that is much more free from the insanity of these constant threats to peace, life, liberty, security and prosperity.


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China’s cyber army is preparing to march on America, says Pentagon

The Times | Sep 8, 2007

by Tim Reid in Washington

Chinese military hackers have prepared a detailed plan to disable America’s aircraft battle carrier fleet with a devastating cyber attack, according to a Pentagon report obtained by The Times.

The blueprint for such an assault, drawn up by two hackers working for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), is part of an aggressive push by Beijing to achieve “electronic dominance” over each of its global rivals by 2050, particularly the US, Britain, Russia and South Korea.

China’s ambitions extend to crippling an enemy’s financial, military and communications capabilities early in a conflict, according to military documents and generals’ speeches that are being analysed by US intelligence officials. Describing what is in effect a new arms race, a Pentagon assessment states that China’s military regards offensive computer operations as “critical to seize the initiative” in the first stage of a war.

The plan to cripple the US aircraft carrier battle groups was authored by two PLA air force officials, Sun Yiming and Yang Liping. It also emerged this week that the Chinese military hacked into the US Defence Secretary’s computer system in June; have regularly penetrated computers in at least 10 Whitehall departments, including military files, and infiltrated German government systems this year.

Cyber attacks by China have become so frequent and aggressive that President Bush, without referring directly to Beijing, said this week that “a lot of our systems are vulnerable to attack”. He indicated that he would raise the subject with Hu Jintao, the Chinese President, when they met in Sydney at the Apec summit. Mr Hu denied that China was responsible for the attack on Robert Gates, the US Defence Secretary.

Larry M. Wortzel, the author of the US Army War College report, said: “The thing that should give us pause is that in many Chinese military manuals they identify the US as the country they are most likely to go to war with. They are moving very rapidly to master this new form of warfare.” The two PLA hackers produced a “virtual guidebook for electronic warfare and jamming” after studying dozens of US and Nato manuals on military tactics, according to the document.

The Pentagon logged more than 79,000 attempted intrusions in 2005. About 1,300 were successful, including the penetration of computers linked to the Army’s 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions and the 4th Infantry Division. In August and September of that year Chinese hackers penetrated US State Department computers in several parts of the world. Hundreds of computers had to be replaced or taken offline for months. Chinese hackers also disrupted the US Naval War College’s network in November, forcing the college to shut down its computer systems for several weeks. The Pentagon uses more than 5 million computers on 100,000 networks in 65 countries.

Jim Melnick, a recently retired Pentagon computer network analyst, told The Times that the Chinese military holds hacking competitions to identify and recruit talented members for its cyber army.

He described a competition held two years ago in Sichuan province, southwest China. The winner now uses a cyber nom de guerre, Wicked Rose. He went on to set up a hacking business that penetrated computers at a defence contractor for US aerospace. Mr Melnick said that the PLA probably outsourced its hacking efforts to such individuals. “These guys are very good,” he said. “We don’t know for sure that Wicked Rose and people like him work for the PLA. But it seems logical. And it also allows the Chinese leadership to have plausible deniability.”

In February a massive cyber attack on Estonia by Russian hackers demonstrated how potentially catastrophic a preemptive strike could be on a developed nation. Pro-Russian hackers attacked numerous sites to protest against the controversial removal in Estonia of a Russian memorial to victims of the Second World War. The attacks brought down government websites, a major bank and telephone networks.

Linton Wells, the chief computer networks official at the Pentagon, said that the Estonia attacks “may well turn out to be a watershed in terms of widespread awareness of the vulnerability of modern society”.

After the attacks, computer security experts from Nato, the EU, US and Israel arrived in the capital, Tallinn, to study its effects.

Sami Saydjari, who has been working on cyber defence systems for the Pentagon since the 1980s, told Congress in testimony on April 25 that a mass cyber attack could leave 70 per cent of the US without electrical power for six months.

He told The Times that all major nations – including China – were scrambling to defend against, and working out ways to cause, “maximum strategic damage” by taking out banking systems, power grids and communications networks. He said that there were at least a thousand attempted attacks every hour on American computers. “China is aggressive in this,” he said.

Giuliani: Illegal immigration no crime


“It’s not a crime,” Giuliani said Friday. “I know that’s very hard for people to understand, but it’s not a federal crime.”

Associated Press | Sep 7, 2007


WASHINGTON – Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani said illegal immigration is not a crime, prompting rival Mitt Romney to accuse him of not taking the problem seriously. The two have clashed for weeks over illegal immigration, an issue that inflames GOP conservatives who influence primary elections. The irony is that both candidates have in the past taken more liberal stands on the issue.

“It’s not a crime,” Giuliani said Friday. “I know that’s very hard for people to understand, but it’s not a federal crime.”

Giuliani’s comments came in an interview with CNN Headline News and radio talk-show host Glenn Beck.

“I was U.S. attorney in the Southern district of New York,” he said. “So believe me, I know this. In fact, when you throw an immigrant out of the country, it’s not a criminal proceeding. It’s a civil proceeding.”

Illegal immigration shouldn’t be a crime, either, Giuliani said: “No, it shouldn’t be because the government wouldn’t be able to prosecute it. We couldn’t prosecute 12 million people. We have only 2 million people in jail right now for all the crimes that are committed in the country, 2.5 million.”

He added: “My solution is close the border to illegal immigration.”

The former New York mayor has been defending his city’s so-called sanctuary policy, which stopped city workers from reporting suspected illegal immigrants. The policy is intended to make illegal immigrants feel that they can report crimes, send their children to school or seek medical treatment without fear of being reported. It did require police to turn in illegal immigrants suspected of committing crimes.

A Romney spokesman said the comments show Giuliani doesn’t take the problem seriously.

“His advocacy for sanctuary city policies and his troubling lack of interest in making enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws a priority puts him at odds with those who want to secure our borders and end illegal immigration,” said Romney spokesman Matt Rhoades.

Giuliani’s campaign accused Romney of showing a lack of interest in enforcement as well, pointing out that as governor of Massachusetts, Romney did not try to punish sanctuary cities in his own state.

Giuliani spokeswoman Katie Levinson said: “Mitt Romney’s position of the hour probably shouldn’t be taken seriously considering he rewarded four Massachusetts sanctuary cities with hundreds of millions of dollars in state aid and allowed the illegal population to skyrocket.

“We’ll wait a minute and see if he changes his mind again,” she said, alluding to criticism that Romney has changed his position on several issues.

Also Friday, Giuliani said he would mark the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks Tuesday at ground zero, where the World Trade Center towers stood before the attacks. Some victims’ families have criticized those plans, saying presidential politics shouldn’t be part of the ceremony.

“I was there when it happened, and I’ve been there every year since then. If I didn’t, it would be extremely unusual. As a personal matter, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself,” Giuliani said after touring the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in Largo, Fla.

“That’s personal, that’s not political,” he said. “That’s a personal thing. I will do that for as long as they have a ceremony out there.”

Cherie milks ‘Brand Blair’ for all it’s worth on vacation with Bono


Besotted: Cherie stares adoringly into his eyes

Daily Mail | Sep 7, 2007


Grappling singer Bono into a vice-like — and distinctly proprietorial — embrace in the South of France this week, Cherie Blair wore the rapt and adoring expression of a somewhat ageing bobby-soxer.

With a girlish giggle, and before the massed ranks of the paparazzi, she proceeded to plant two wet kisses on the stubbly cheeks of the U2 frontman.

It was an exuberant and excitable performance, given that this was hardly the unexpected reunion of two long-lost friends (the Irish singer spent much of last week in the company of the Blairs as they holidayed on the Riviera).

But as Cherie has come to realise of late, it pays to make the most of every good photo opportunity.

It is an approach that might be better suited to a minor reality television star or wannabe model, rather than a respected human rights barrister and wife of the former Prime Minister.

But as Mrs Blair adapts to life after No. 10, she has thrown herself wholeheartedly into launching what those in her entourage are christening “Brand Cherie”.

Rather than fade into the background, Mrs Blair has declared, privately, that not only does she fully intend to remain in the public eye, but is determined to exploit her “celebrity” credentials for all she’s worth.

Hence her high-profile appearance for the cameras without her husband at this week’s joint unveiling with Bono of a fountain dedicated to religious harmony.

All of which might seem odd given that barely ten weeks ago, when the Blairs finally quit Downing Street, her parting shot to the media she so vehemently despises, was:

“Goodbye, I don’t think we’ll miss you.”

What, then, has changed?

In a word, money.

With the untold wealth she’d been predicting was coming their way once Tony resigned as PM still seemingly as elusive as ever, she has been forced reluctantly to resume her role of chief breadwinner.

For she is said by friends to be ” tearing her hair out” over her husband’s decision to resurrect his battered reputation by attempting to negotiate peace in the Middle East rather than make the millions she craves.

So, free from the shackles of office, Cherie has instructed her advisers she wants to cash in on the lucrative international lecture circuit with a vengeance.

And all too aware that she is no longer unofficial “First Lady” of Britain, her kudos here and — more importantly — in the U.S. will be done no harm by her being photographed with the saintly Bono.

As if to underline her conversion from political wife to full-blown celebrity, she is reported to be hoping to persuade Tony that they should appear on a charity Christmas edition of ITV’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?


The Blairs with Bono, holidaying on the Riviera

And in an astonishing break with protocol, sources within the Cherie camp tell me her go-getting American manager, Martha Greene, has not ruled out Mrs Blair appearing in adverts to endorse products in the States.

Cherie has already begun topping up the Blair family coffers.

She broke off from a family holiday at Sir Cliff Richard’s Barbados villa last month to fly to the U.S. to give three speeches.

The previous month she is said to have earned as much as £90,000 from another three lectures in San Jose, Denver and Toronto.

With close to £5million of mortgages on their properties to repay, Cherie is wasting no time.

She has also laid plans for their first official photo-shoot since leaving No. 10 — to take place at the family’s new home in London’s Connaught Square next week.

The photographs, she has told friends, will be a promotional tool.

Hardly surprising, then, that she is bemoaning Tony’s “lackadaisical” approach to making the most of the £40million it is estimated he can earn now he is out of office.

Cherie has been told by executives at New York’s Harry Walker Agency, which handles her speaking engagements, that her husband can easily earn $125,000 (about £62,000) a lecture in the U.S.

Although he has shown little inclination to cash in, after much cajoling from Cherie, he has agreed to enlist the help of Washington lawyer Robert Barnett to negotiate a lucrative deal for his memoirs.

Barnett brokered the £8 million advance for former President Bill Clinton’s autobiography My Life.

But confidantes of the former PM say a book is “many years away”.

Blair is also said to have promised Gordon Brown he will not publish while his successor is in office.

This week, Mr Blair arrived in Jerusalem on his first major visit as unpaid peace envoy to the quartet of America, the UN, Russia and the European Union — his decision to accept the mission a cause of “considerable friction” between Tony and Cherie.

While friends say Tony barely gives a thought to finance, Mrs Blair is painfully aware that his PM’s pension of £117,500-a-year (he also receives £90,000 for secretarial staff) will not cover the combined £20,000-a-month mortgages on their £3.5million house in London and two flats in Bristol.

One friend who saw Cherie shortly after Blair left office, said: “She kept going on about how she had been working her guts out for ten years.

“She actually said: ‘There’s no way Tony’s going to be allowed to sit round on his butt.’

“I have to say it was all rather odd seeing that whatever you think of him, the guy had been running the country during those ten years.”

Another said: “She is always complaining about Tony not being concerned where the money comes from.

Cherie is frustrated and resentful about it.”

As he sets himself to work on the task of brokering an unlikely peace in the Middle East, Mr Blair has already suffered a setback.

Unable so far even to agree who should sit at the talks, he has failed in his attempt to take up residence at Government House, the British colonial building with panoramic views over Jerusalem’s Old City, and has had to make do with rooms in the city’s American Colony Hotel.

And as for his plans for setting up his own charitable Blair Foundation, the organisation aimed at promoting inter-faith dialogue and combating poverty in Africa still has no HQ.

Also, the domain name, blairfoundation.org, which was registered by Miss Greene on his behalf, remains unused.

And embarrassingly for the former premier, web surfers visiting blair-foundation.co.uk are led to a site which features the face of Mr Blair and a bottle of ladies’ face foundation cream alongside the words “papering over the cracks in Tony Blair’s government since 1997”.

It adds: “Worried about the size of your debts?

“Fallen out with your interfering neighbour?

“Police on your back?

Explore our website and find out how Blair Foundation can help you.”

In fact, tough-talking New Yorker Miss Greene — who had been confidently predicting that she would be given the task of managing his lucrative career post Downing Street — has been unceremoniously dropped by Mr Blair.

In what has been described as a “night of the long knives”, Miss Greene was informed by another Blair aide, Jo Gibbons, that she was no longer wanted, although she will continue to work for Mrs Blair.

Unsurprisingly, former restaurateur Miss Greene, who usurped Carole Caplin as Cherie’s closest confidante, is said to be furious over the snub and Tony’s failure to break the bad news to her personally.

As her husband searches for a base, Cherie has taken over the front part of the Connaught Square home for her private office.

But three years after they bought the house, the builders are still hard at work renovating the property.

Indeed, before the family jetted off to Barbados to stay at Sir Cliff’s, the Blair children were billeted out by their mother because their own home remains largely uninhabitable.

Eldest son Euan, 23, was sent to stay with the parents of his girlfriend, while Nicky, 21, stayed with friends, and Kathryn, 19, was sent on holiday to Sicily.

Even seven-year-old Leo and the family’s nanny were despatched to stay with the parents of one of his school friends.

Friends of the couple say that when Cherie confided their predicament to new best friend Bono, who was given an honorary knighthood earlier this year, he immediately offered them the use of his stunning Riviera villa in the village of Eze.

They say Cherie was excitedly telling them of her plan to take the singer up on his offer.

But in the event, after the family had enjoyed a three-week sojourn in the Caribbean, they stayed instead on the yacht of their billionaire friend Bernard Arnault in the Med.

Then, after returning to London for the Diana Memorial Service last weekend, Cherie headed straight back to the Cote d’Azur for that photo-op with Bono, although her spokesman denied this week that she had stayed at his nearby home.

Her determination to maximise her own publicity was also the reason behind her decision to allow BBC cameras to follow her for the much-derided documentary, The Real Cherie, in which she was interviewed by a largely supine Fiona Bruce.

But friends say there was another motivation for her agreeing to the programme.

Strangely, given her determination to keep the lives of her children private, she also gave permission for Euan to be interviewed by the film crew.

In fact, both she and Tony are said to be keen for their eldest son to follow his father into politics and stand as an MP, and saw the documentary as a fitting launchpad for his future.

An ally of the Blairs said: “Cherie’s attitude to the media has always been one of utter loathing, but she knows she needs to keep a high profile if she is going to continue to be a draw on the public speaking circuit.

“She knows she can’t possibly earn enough money from her work at the Bar to keep them afloat and she is constantly being driven demented by Tony’s refusal to put his mind to earning the money she knows is out there.

“She says he never thinks about money at all. It has caused quite a few rows between them.”

In the meantime, as she faces a long wait for those millions to start rolling in, Cherie has reconciled herself to the fact that — for the foreseeable future — it is up to her to keep the tills of “Brand Cherie” ringing.

Madeleine’s parents officially named as suspects


Traces of blood from Madeleine were allegedly found on a car hired by Gerry and Kate McCann shortly before they met the Pope at the Vatican

The Times | Sep 8, 2007

by Steve Bird in Portimao

Kate McCann was accused of killing her daughter, Madeleine, in questioning by Portuguese detectives yesterday as she and her husband Gerry were formally declared to be suspects in the investigation into the girl’s disappearance. They now face the prospect of being charged at a later date.

The astonishing twist came as more than 400 local people massed outside an Algarve police station, and there were jeers and shouts as Mrs McCann attended her second day of interviews. The scenes were in stark contrast to the applause she and her husband received three months ago when they went to church in the resort where Madeleine vanished. Emerging after more than three hours of questioning at the Polícia Judiciária headquarters in Portimão she looked exhausted as some people whistled and shouted.

Late last night Mr McCann emerged from the same police station looking drawn and emotional after more than ten hours of questioning. Both are now held on bail, with no conditions.

Madeleine’s aunt, Philomena McCann, claimed yesterday that Portuguese detectives had offered Mrs McCann a deal if she “confessed to accidentally killing Madeleine”. She told ITV News: “They tried to get her to confess . . . by offering her a deal through her lawyer — ‘if you say you killed Madeleine by accident and then hid her and disposed of the body, then we can guarantee you a two-year jail sentence or even less’.”

The questioning of Mrs McCann focused on scientific tests suggesting that Madeleine’s blood was found in a car the couple hired 25 days after the child disappeared from Praia da Luz in May. The vehicle was seized a month ago and examined before being returned to the couple. Local papers claimed the child’s bloodstains had been found in the boot and on the key fob, but police refused to confirm this. The couple hired the Renault Scenic only days before embarking on their tour of Europe, when they met the Pope.

Two detectives questioned Mrs McCann in the presence of two lawyers and an interpreter for three hours yesterday, after nine hours of questioning the day before. A family spokesman said Mrs McCann was “shocked and angry” at the decision to ask her if she was involved in killing the child.

Family and friends reacted with outrage at the suggestion that she had killed her child accidentally, possibly with sedatives. The implication that she had then disposed of the girl’s body was condemned as even more preposterous. Shortly before he was questioned, Mr McCann posted a statement on the Find Madeleine website insisting that his wife was “completely innocent”. It is understood the couple will ask for the case to be reviewed by British police over fears that the Portuguese have “misread” evidence.

Detectives have also received results from tests on samples believed to include traces of blood taken from the holiday apartment. Other reports claim that police found a syringe in the apartment, raising the suggestion that Madeleine had been sedated. Mrs McCann’s lawyer, Carlos Pinto de Abreu, has advised her there is “a possibility” she may be charged, a friend of the family said. “There’s currently a ludicrous suggestion that blood was found in her hire car. That’s been put to Kate and it’s been suggested it’s connected to the death of her daughter.”

Police urge Kate McCann toward confession deal in Maddy’s death

Scotsman | Sep 8, 2007

“[Portuguese detectives] tried to get her to confess to having accidentally killed Madeleine by offering her a deal through her lawyer – ‘if you say you killed Madeleine by accident and then hid her and disposed of the body, then we can guarantee you a two-year jail sentence or even less’.”

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‘Did you kill Madeleine,’ police ask missing girl’s mother


PORTUGUESE police urged Kate McCann to confess to her daughter’s killing in exchange for a lenient jail sentence, her relatives claimed last night.

Mrs McCann’s aunt said police told her niece that if she admitted accidentally killing Madeleine and hiding and disposing of the body, they would give her no more than a two-year jail sentence.

The allegation came during an extraordinary day which saw Mrs McCann accused for the first time by Portuguese police of killing her missing daughter, Madeleine. Mrs McCann’s husband, Gerry, was also being questioned last night, although it was not clear if he would be formally named as a suspect.

Back in the UK, friends and relatives of the beleaguered couple took to the airwaves in their droves to protest the McCanns’ innocence, denouncing the Portuguese authorities as “imbeciles”.

The day began with Mrs McCann undergoing five hours of questioning at the headquarters of the Policia Judiciaria, Portugal’s equivalent of the CID, in Portimao.

She was made an arguida, or female formal suspect, before detectives grilled her on 22 key points about Madeleine’s dis appearance.

A family spokesman said that among the questions put to Mrs McCann, 39, “it was clearly suggested to her that she had accidentally been responsible for Madeleine’s death”.

However, despite Mrs McCann’s fears that she might be charged following the police interview, no such charges were issued last night.

Mrs McCann underwent 11 hours of questioning on Thursday, during the course of which detectives suggested traces of her daughter’s DNA had been found in the family’s hire car.

She is understood to have told them angrily there was “no way” this could be the case because they did not lease the car until 25 days after Madeleine disappeared.

Cardiologist Mr McCann, also 39, arrived at the police station to undergo questioning separately a few minutes before his wife left. He was not initially being treated as a suspect.

Like his wife, Mr McCann faced a barrage of journalists and onlookers when he arrived at the headquarters of the Policia Judiciaria at 3:35pm.

He arrived in a car driven by the couple’s campaign manager and spokeswoman, Justine McGuinness.

Wearing a blue T-shirt and brown trousers, and carrying a maroon backpack, he gave the waiting photographers and TV crews a forced smile as he walked to the entrance.

There were a few whistles from the large crowd of locals and holidaymakers, but the reception was more muted than that given to Mrs McCann. She faced some jeers and whistles from onlookers although one British holidaymaker shouted: “We believe you, Kate.”

Before attending the police station, Mr McCann insisted any suggestion his wife was involved in their daughter’s disappearance was “ludicrous”.

Writing on his blog, on the findmadeleine.com website, Mr McCann said: “Anyone who knows anything about 3 May [the day Madeleine vanished] knows that Kate is completely innocent.”

Mr McCann added that the family would “fight this all the way and we will not stop looking for Madeleine”.

Later, Mrs McCann’s aunt, Philomena McCann, said police had offered her niece a deal.

She said: “[Portuguese detectives] tried to get her to confess to having accidentally killed Madeleine by offering her a deal through her lawyer – ‘if you say you killed Madeleine by accident and then hid her and disposed of the body, then we can guarantee you a two-year jail sentence or even less’.”

Today marks 128 days since Madeleine went missing from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz while her parents dined with friends nearby.

Friends and family rallied round the couple.

Susan Healey, Kate McCann’s mother, speaking from her home in Liverpool, described the situation as ludicrous.

Mr McCann’s brother, John McCann, dismissed as “crazy” the suggestion Mrs McCann could have been involved with Madeleine’s death.

The McCanns are said to fear that the Portuguese police might “frame” them over their daughter’s disappearance.

The latest developments have upset the McCanns’ plans to return to their home in Rothley, Leicestershire, with their two-year-old twins, Sean and Amelie, tomorrow.

Has DNA brought breakthrough or just raised more questions than answers?

IT TOOK Portuguese police 127 days to formally make Kate McCann a suspect in her own daughter’s disappearance after a series of apparent DNA breakthroughs in the case.

Their designation of 39-year-old Mrs McCann as an arguida is said to have allowed them to put 22 particular questions to the GP.

What that list consists of is unknown, but the fact Mrs McCann is now a suspect hints at their nature.

The most urgent line of questioning appears to be driven by the initial results from DNA material recovered from the McCanns’ holiday flat, hire car and also the home of Robert Murat, the ex-pat Briton previously named as an official suspect in the inquiry.

The tests, carried out by a forensic service laboratory in Birmingham, are said to have found traces of Madeleine’s DNA in the Renault Scenic hired by the family, and blood in the holiday apartment in Praia da Luz.

If true, what accounts for Madeleine’s DNA in the Renault, a vehicle hired by the family 25 days after Madeleine disappeared?

The results of those DNA tests, received by Portuguese police earlier this week, are said to have prompted the authorities to look again at other parts of the investigation. Sources inside the Portuguese police are described as speaking of a “very big jigsaw” gradually assembling, some parts provided by the DNA work, others from information gathered locally in Portugal.

The move to assign arguida status to Mrs McCann is also viewed as having had the effect of kick-starting an investigation that, despite the questioning of several people, had made little apparent headway.

Some of the 22 questions are thought to be prompted by what Portuguese detectives consider, in the light of new information, to be possible gaps in the accounts given by the McCanns and their friends about what happened on 3 May, the night Madeleine disappeared.

Until now, police have appeared content with the McCanns’ explanation that there was less than an hour between the last time Mr McCann saw the toddler and the time Mrs McCann discovered she was missing.

Investigators are now said to be looking again at when Madeleine was last seen by someone other than the McCanns. Three couples holidayed with the Leicestershire family, some of whom helped check on the sleeping children by listening outside their rooms. The original account says the McCanns arrived for dinner at 8:40pm when they joined their friends Rachael Oldfield, her husband Matthew, Jane Tanner, Russell O’Brien, David and Fiona Payne and an unidentified woman. Gerry and Kate McCann are said to have arrived at the nearby tapas restaurant later than usual after playing tennis.

Mr McCann says he checked on Madeleine and her two-year-old twin siblings at 9:05pm and that Matthew Oldfield checked at 9:30pm before Kate McCann discovered Madeleine was missing at 10pm. Mr Oldfield has since admitted that he only listened at the apartment door.

One line of questioning is said to focus on whether the abductor had, in reality, more than an hour to take the four-year-old. Madeleine is known to have gone to a holiday childcare complex in the day, but otherwise little is known about her movements.

Interest is likely to centre on what time she was put to bed. All of these pointers build to the central thrust of the questioning – could an intruder have had more than an hour in which to enter the building and possibly even kill the little girl before removing her body?

The DNA tests are said to spark other lines of inquiry. Have they produced some evidence that might suggest there were other adults in the McCanns’ apartment on the night of the disappearance? Or has that forensic research produced – as has been reported – evidence that on the night, the McCanns were at a location they failed to mention in their original account?

The tests may also have addressed one of the wilder claims circulating around the case, that Mr McCann in some way sedated his daughter before leaving the flat for the evening. Is it conceivable, according to unconfirmed reports, that the scientific evidence has put a question mark over the much-quoted timetable of Madeleine’s disappearance? In addition, have the Birmingham scientists found some suggestion, as one report has claimed, that there were other passengers in the hire car besides the McCanns? If so, why were they there?

Portuguese police say partial results from those tests have now been received but are silent on what they might indicate.

The Portuguese media has not been silent, however. A string of stories appeared throughout August suggesting – generally with quotes provided by unnamed police “officials” – that the McCanns knew more than they were telling about Madeleine’s disappearance.

The parents have been appalled by what they regard as a farrago of newspaper invention and the apparent collusion of some elements of the police in providing detail.