July 30, 2005
Day 9 of Open Season on those who are "darker than blue"
"There is nothing patriotic about our pretending that you can love your country but despise your government." – President Bill Clinton
more information has come to light on the circumstances surrounding the
assassination of the unfortunate Brazilian, it is abundantly clear that
from the moment he stepped out of his apartment building in Tulse Hill
to go to his job as an electrician, Menazes was a dead man.
In all likelihood, the real scenario is as follows:
The block of flats is under surveillance by a team of police no doubt based on 'information received’.
leave the building, walks to the bus stop and catches the bus to
Stockwell tube station, followed by the police surveillance team, where
he enters the station and contrary to the police reports, he doesn’t vault the turnstyle but uses his ticket to go through the turnstyle.
this point a plainclothes team take over and follows Menazes into the
tube station. Menazes makes his way to the Northern line platform where
a train is in the station with its doors open.
runs for the train; the police close in; Menazes stumbles as he enters
the carriage. The police board the train, jump on the unfortunate
Brazilian and administer the coup de grace, seven shots to the head and
one in the shoulder.
No doubt this is followed by a triumphant message to their bosses, 'We got 'im chief!’ Another 'terrorist’ bites the dust.
this point on, it’s downhill for the men in (plainclothes) blue, for on
identification, they realise that their 'Islamic terrorist’ is in fact
a Brazilian. Whoops! Big cock-up. What to do?
the meantime, chief London cop, Blair of the Yard in his haste to claim
a success (no doubt one more notch on his way to collecting his
knighthood for 'services rendered to the state’) has already announced
that Menazes is definitely "directly connected to the terrorist
The problem now is how to best cover-up the cock-up? From this point on, the entire enterprise goes completely pear-shaped.
In order to justify the murder of Menazes it is necessary to 'massage’ the facts to fit the crime.
1: Put it about that he was wearing a 'bulky’ jacket on a warm summer’s
day whereas in fact, he was wearing a lightweight jeans jacket. Very
suspicious, for underneath the bulky jacket could be hidden a bomb. In
addition they imply that his behaviour was 'suspicious’.
2: Instead of walking quite normally through the station turnstyle, the
police allege that he ran into the station and vaulted the turnstyle.
The police of course, following the scenario laid down by 'Operation
Kratos’ now have a 'licence to kill’.
3: At this point the 'hit squad’ take over, who follow him down to the
station platform. The events from here on until the point at which he
enters the train and is murdered, are somewhat conjectural but in all
likelihood, once on the platform Menazes is either warned to stop
(police version) and is chased by the hit squad, with guns drawn.
Menaizes, understandably, seeing that he is being chased by three
unidentified men with guns, runs for it. Or, seeing the train in the
station, he runs for it before the doors close, onto the train where he
stumbles as he boards followed by the hit squad.
4: Either way, he is chased into the train by the three men who,
according to Whitby, one of the witnesses, "jump on top of him" and
fire several bullets into him at point blank range (Whitby said five,
another witness said three but in fact, according to the police it was
eight). Either way, Menazes was dead.
doubt the hit squad’s first act is to communicate to their superiors
that the suspect has been 'neutralised’. At this point, due to his dark
skin it is still assumed that Menazes is an 'Asian’. Had he in fact,
been an Asian, no doubt the story concocted by the authorities would
have been somewhat different and given the hysterical atmosphere
created around the events of July 7 and the preceding day, the 'Asian
man’s’ unfortunate demise would have been 'regrettable’ but
understandable. And anyway, who cares about the odd Asian biting the
dust? The sympathies would have been with the police who are, in any
case "under severe strain".
Blair of the Yard has already 'jumped the gun’ so-to-speak and
announced to the world that the victim was "definitely directly
connected to the terror network". This was the first of many errors
committed by the state that no doubt forced the invention of the story
that was subsequently released to the press.
time for some 'reverse engineering’, hence we see the 'bulky coat’, the
'vaulting of the turnstyle’, his 'suspicious behaviour’, necessitating
the use of lethal force to 'protect the lives of the innocent’.
the 'shoot-to-kill’ policy of Operation Kratos is revealed in order to
take the heat off the cops’ cock-up. Blair and co are in theory,
unassailable being able to retreat behind the façade of 'policy’. The
propaganda campaign kicks in big time.
first of many disinformation pieces appear, namely that he might have
been an 'illegal alien’, thus justifying him running from the police in
an attempt to justify the murder. The Home Office initially issues a
rigorous denial and condemns press speculation on Menazes status in no
uncertain terms, but of course in line with the tactic of putting out
as much 'chaff’ as possible, the thought is planted in the minds of the
public regardless of official utterances to the contrary.
status goes through a series of revisions over the following week, with
yet another story surfacing that the stamp in his passport is "forged".
The Home Office refuses to comment. Overall though, the impression is
left in the public’s mind that there was something 'dodgy’ about
Menazes. It’s all grist for the propaganda mill. The mainstream press
of course, rush to the defence of the police’s actions in total
lock-step with official policy on state-sanctioned murder.
The witnesses to the assassination disappear completely. There are no followup interviews by our intrepid press. A brief press release
is issued by the RMT union that the driver of the train, who
understandably fled along with everyone else when the shots rang out,
is chased by the police and has a gun held to his head before being
released (was he by any chance, 'darker than blue’ I wonder?). I phoned
up the RMT and was told that the driver was in fact a member of ASLEF,
the other transport workers’ union. The only press report on this that
I could find was in the Morning Star. I attempted to talk to the ASLEF
press office but to no avail and as far as I know, ASLEF has not
commented on the event, there is no mention on the ASLEF Website of the
incident. No matter, it’s merely another 'sidebar’ in the 'war on
the days pass, it finally emerges that the story released by the police
on the events leading up to Menazes’ death is somewhat off the mark but
by now, the government’s propaganda defensive is in full swing and the
actual facts disappear under a swathe of justifications issued by the
police and the government, chiefly of course the 'shoot to kill’
policy, that it is necessary to shoot first and perhaps ask questions
later, but in any case, the state has no choice but to institute the
policy given the nature of the threat, suicide bombers, who have to be
taken out before setting off their bombs.
I would like to offer the following observations on the government’s
tactics that point I think to some serious flaws in the government’s
calculations that first and foremost hinge around the disastrous
debacle of the Menazes murder.
the first instance, it is clear that as the situation goes from bad to
worse in Iraq, it has revealed the strategic disaster that is the 'war
on terror’ from which the USUK alliance is unlikely to recover. All
attempts to bring the other leading capitalist states onboard have
failed miserably, so with every passing day, the 'coalition of the
killing’ finds itself ever more isolated and most dangerous of all,
desperate. Those who scorn the idea that 7/7 was in actuality
instigated by the security services of the 'Axis of Terror’, the US, UK
and Israel, need to bear this reality in mind, never mind alleged
forged photos, airbrushed images and the like.
if we need proof of this we need only note the change of tack announced
this week; goodbye to 'the war on terror’, hello to 'the war on violent
extremism’. Extremism of course is a much wider and even vaguer
definition than 'terror’, for clearly this change in tactics is
designed to prepare us for the next stage in the creation of a
full-blown police state simply because it is inevitable that resistance
to Blair’s policies will increase as the implications of the failed
invasion sink in.
announcement of new and even more repressive state powers this week,
are a clear indication of the increasing desperation of the ruling
elite’s situation, justified by the 'convenient’ events of July 7 (and
what I still consider as the accident of the botched and obviously
amateur copycat attempts on July 21).
last night told Tony Blair that they need sweeping new powers to
counter the terrorist threat, including the right to detain a suspect
for up to three months without charge instead of the current 14 days.
officers also want powers to attack and close down websites, and a new
criminal offence of using the internet to prepare acts of terrorism,
[and] to "suppress inappropriate internet usage".
also want to make it a criminal offence for suspects to refuse to
cooperate in giving the police full access to computer files by
refusing to disclose their encryption keys.
what the hell is "inappropriate internet usage"? Once the state embarks
on a course of repression in order to enforce policy on an unwilling
population, it is on a one-way street to fascism for there can be no
backing down nor turning back. The only course of action is even more
repression or the overthrow of what is effectively becoming a
'middle ground’, represented by a social democratic model of rule
through some kind of consent and compromise is no more, abandoned as
with much of the rest of the inconvenient baggage of social democracy
such as being answerable to the public.
as the situation gets ever more polarized by the actions of the
government, it is inevitable that 'terror’ morphs into 'extremism’,
thus widening the net to encompass an increasing percentage of society
that opposes Blair’s 'ordinary’ fascism. Before you know it,
independent media sources such this will be branded as 'extremist’
simply because we oppose the government’s policies.
Driving the entire enterprise is the state’s demonisation of Islam which has become ever more strident and extreme
is why I don’t even agree actually … that in the end they just want us
out of Arab countries, they don’t, it is far more fundamental than
that, they want a war between Islam and other religions, that is what
they want, that is why they keep referring to this as the crusader
Zionist alliance and all this sort of rubbish. That is what they want,
they want a situation in which we end up being divided – Tony Blair
The we being of course, the white, Anglo-Saxon alliance of the US and the UK. Interestingly, the only time the term "crusader Zionist alliance"
has been used was allegedly by Osama bin Laden in October 2004 in a
taped speech that was identified with "moderate confidence" as bin
Laden by the CIA, so it’s not even certain that Osama actually used the
phrase. Moreover, the speech was released on one of the will 'o the
wisp websites, much favoured by the alleged al-Qu’eda terror network.
we are not going to deal with this problem, with the roots as deep as
they are, until we confront these people at every single level. And not just their methods, but their ideas. [my emph. WB] – Tony Blair
note now the use of the phrase "Not just the methods but the ideas"
heralding the nature of the relationship between the US and UK as the
US too alter their propaganda campaign to mesh with the reality of the
failed military option. For failing to win the 'war on terror’, there
is only one option left, wage war on their domestic populations as the
opposition to failed policies increases.
speech from which these quotes are taken reveals an ever more unhinged
Blair, with sections of the speech resembling nothing so much as a
'stream of ranting consciousness’, replete with all the by now familar
buzzwords. But it is the way reality is twisted that is most disturbing
such as this example