Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Monday, May 30, 2005
This pledge's permanent location: www.pledgebank.com/no2id
"I will refuse to register for an ID card but only if 3,000,000 people will sign up."
Deadline: 1st January 2007. 492 people have signed up, 2,999,508 more needed
Sunday, May 29, 2005
"Despite the memo’s disturbing and explosive revelations, there has been a virtual media blackout with some newspapers deliberately turning a blind eye to the Downing Street memo. Contact the media and ask them to do their job in reporting and investigating the information in the memo. Write a letter to the editor, call in to radio shows. It's time for the media to address real news." http://www.downingstreetmemo.com/takeaction.htmlAnd here is the fatal flaw of all campaigners against the war and corruption/conspiracy in western government. They still believe like the most naïve of children, that the public can be motivated by the media, and that somehow, scandal still matters. Everyone should now understand completely that scandal, being caught out in a blantant lie, mass murder - none of these things, when exposed to the public via the media, can bring a polititian or government down. The only way to stop the warmongering, mass murdering, criminal, immoral governments is to take a true action against them. 'Taking action' does not mean getting the media to report that a lie has been told; even if the media did report it widely, a single report, dozens of reports, would have no conssequences. A true action entails a cutting off of the means to wage war and to govern. It means mass non cooperation with any illigitimate government. It means refusing to finance government until you get the government that you require, i.e., one that uses your money only for shools, hospitals, road maintenance and everything else you want and nothing that you don't want (war). Anyone who calls for demonstrations, petitions, pleas to the media and any other 20th century style action is a part of the problem. Only one type of action is left, one last weapon; a cutting off of the sole reason why your enemies do what they do - money.
Saturday, May 28, 2005
Friday, May 27, 2005
27 May 2005
The United States wants Britain's proposed identity cards to have the same microchip and technology as the ones used on American documents.
The aim of getting the same microchip is to ensure compatability in screening terrorist suspects. But it will also mean that information contained in the British cards can be accessed across the Atlantic.
Michael Chertoff, the newly appointed US Secretary for Homeland Security, has already had talks with the Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, and the Transport Secretary, Alistair Darling, to discuss the matter.
Mr Chertoff said yesterday that it was vital to seek compatibility, holding up the example of the "video war" of 25 years ago, when VHS and Betamax were in fierce competition to win the status of industry standard for video recording systems.
"I certainly hope we have the same chip... It would be very bad if we all invested huge amounts of money in biometric systems and they didn't work with each other.Hopefully, we are not going to do VHS and Betamax with our chips. I was one of the ones who bought Betamax, and that's now in the garbage," he said. [...]
Of course, if there is one manufacturer, thats another 60 million sheep to be sheard on a decanual basis. I presume that the manufacturer of the us system is in the usa...either way, they are gunning for the one manufacturer over all others. Imagine it; that momentum could mean that there is one company making these chips world wide for BILLIONS of sheep.
That is a wet dream beyond wet dreams, the very definition of a licence to print money.
And of course, you will already be aware that Northrop Grumman got the contract for the UK Police IDENT1 system, so there is a precedent for the usa having access to UK citizens data. YES, criminals in the uk are still UK citizens. Whats that you say? Northrop would not back door the system so that CIA would be denied access? YOU FOOL!!!!
Thursday, May 26, 2005
ID cards are to be introduced on a staged basis. First it will become compulsory for foreign nationals to register under the scheme, then it will be voluntary for UK nationals to register when they renew their passports.[...] From here
Thu May 19, 3:00 AM ET
Are you who you say you are? Answering that question may soon involve more than simply handing over your ID. You may also need to hand over part of your personal biology by submitting to a biometric scan.
Voice, face, and eye scanners have been a staple of Hollywood science fiction for years. Now they're rapidly becoming a part of everyday life, as the spike in identity theft and fears over terrorism have created a biometrics boom.
Today, facial recognition is used in airports to identify potential terrorists and at casinos to finger card sharks. Schools use fingerprint and hand scanners to restrict access to employees and students. Iris scanners help secure border checkpoints and nuclear power plants, while banks are starting to use voice prints to verify transactions made over the phone.
A company called Food Service Solutions sells fingerprint-scanning systems to K-12 schools around the United States. The schools mainly use the systems in cafeterias to speed kids through lines by linking them to a personal cash account that pays for their lunches. Reviews have been mixed on whether lines have gotten shorter.
Grocery stores have also begun experimenting with fingerprint scans to hurry shoppers on their way and protect debit accounts from illegal use.
But what's the potential downside? Privacy watchers say that as biometric scanners become more widespread, it becomes possible for organizations--companies, the government--to create a detailed dossier of your physical movements as you pass from one scanner to the next. If Starbucks can easily track your movements, so can Uncle Sam, or your insurance company, or your spouse's divorce attorney, and so on. [...]
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
[...] “Our identities are incredibly valuable to us and too easily stolen. ID fraud is a growing crime which can ruin lives and underpin illegal activities from people-trafficking to credit card fraud, from abuse of our healthcare and benefits systems to terrorism. [...]From the Home Office:
SAFEGUARDING OUR IDENTITIES: GOVERNMENT REINTRODUCES THE ID CARDS BILL
Reference: 5775 - Date: 25 May 2005 13:30
Please Note: There are currently no plans for further biometric trials.
A secure compulsory national identity cards scheme would protect people’s identities and help the
Release time: 00.01, 25th May 2005 The Crypto Wars Are Over! The "crypto wars" are finally over - and we've won! On 25th May 2005, Part I of the Electronic Communications Act 2000 will be torn out of the statute book and shredded, finally removing the risk of the UK Government taking powers to regulate companies selling encryption services. The crypto wars started in the 1970s when the US government started treating cryptographic algorithms and software as munitions and interfering with university research in cryptography. In the early 1990s, the Clinton administration tried to get industry to adopt the Clipper chip - an encryption chip for which the government had a back-door key. When this failed, they tried to introduce key escrow - a policy that all encryption systems should leave a spare key with a `trusted third party' that would hand the key over to the FBI on demand. They tried to crack down on encryption products that did not contain key escrow. When software developer Phil Zimmermann developed PGP, a free mass-market encryption product for emails and files, the US government even started to prosecute him, because someone had exported his software from the USA without government permission. In its dying days, John Major's Conservative Government proposed draconian controls in the UK too. Any provider of encryption services would have to be licensed and encryption keys would have to be placed in escrow just in case the Government wanted to read your email. New Labour opposed crypto controls in opposition, which got them a lot of support from the IT and civil liberties communities. They changed their minds, though, after they came to power in May 1997 and the US government lobbied them. However, encryption was rapidly becoming an important technology for commercial use of the Internet - and the new industry was deeply opposed to any bureaucracy which prevented them from innovating and imposed unnecessary costs. So was the banking industry, which worried about threats to payment systems from corrupt officials. In 1998, the Foundation for Information Policy Research was established by cryptographers, lawyers, academics and civil liberty groups, with industry support, and helped campaign for digital freedoms. In the autumn of 1999, Tony Blair finally conceded that controls would be counterproductive. But the intelligence agencies remained nervous about his decision, and in the May 2000 Electronic Communications Act the Home Office left in a vestigial power to create a registration regime for encryption services. That power was subject to a five year "sunset clause", whose clock finally runs out on 25th May 2005. Ross Anderson, chair of the Foundation of Information Policy Research (FIPR) and a key campaigner against government control of encryption commented, "We told government at the time that there was no real conflict between privacy and security. On the encryption issue, time has proved us right. The same applies to many other issues too - so long as lawmakers take the trouble to understand a technology before they regulate it." Phil Zimmermann, a FIPR Advisory Council member and the man whose role in developing PGP was crucial to winning the crypto wars in the USA commented, "It's nice to see the last remnant of the crypto wars in Great Britain finally laid to rest, and I feel good about our win. Now we must focus on the other erosions of privacy in the post-9/11 world." Press release - Foundation for Information Policy research <www.fipr.org>Now, let the ID Wars begin, and this time there is no way we can let them rage on for years as we loose troops to registration. Registration is the battle ground in the ID wars. To be a soldier in this war, you must not register. You must recruit your friends and family so that they do not register. The enemy gains territory as people register; people and their data are the battleground. Right now, we have the high ground, because registration has not even begun. In the board gaming sense we are already in the winning position. By incremental registration, we will slowly loose this war. Every individual's resistance to registration is a battleground. You do understand this, right?
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Late last week, the U.S. House of Representatives quickly approved an $82 billion appropriations bill to fund America's military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. This bill is headed to the Senate in the next few days, and President Bush has indicated his strong support.
Tucked inside this massive funding package are some of the most sweeping - and, many have said, harshest - changes to immigration law in years. Representative James Sensenbrenner (R - Wis), the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, is the primary sponsor of this legislation, which is known as the "REAL ID" Act.
The most high-profile provision of REAL ID would mandate that applicants for state drivers' licenses must prove they are in the U.S. legally, in order to get identification that may be used at federal facilities (airports, national parks, government offices, and so on.).
However, REAL ID is much broader than that. It will fundamentally reshape the U.S.'s policies governing the admittance and removal of foreigners from our country. And this change, in turn, will alter the way the rest of the world thinks about the United States.
Despite the extensive debate around REAL ID over the past several months, one vital fact has surprisingly been overlooked: Many provisions of the legislation violate treaties that are part of U.S. law. Others insult well-established international norms, including norms the U.S. itself helped develop; often, they betray Eleanor Roosevelt's great legacy.
In the end, this aspect of the Act may be its biggest flaw. It also, as I will argue, may undermine the Act's very justification - by making America less, rather than more, secure. [...]
perfectly usable for all conventional CC purposes after the chip is treated with a hammer.Best idea yet. In related news, here is something on the RealIDRebellion: "Sunni Maravillosa has created a blog to coordinate resistance to the Real ID Act. Stop by, read the comments and links, add your site to the list of "REAL ID Rebels." http://realidrebellion.blogspot.com/ There's nothing about my property in a car that ought to require me to pay some extortionist a license. And the RealID can't steal my freedom if I burn it, or never apply for it. Several jurisdictions in North America are considering offering driver "license" type documents for those who wish to have identity papers without being "RealID'd". Regards, Jim http://indomitus.net/ _______________________________________________ Politech mailing list Archived at http://www.politechbot.com/ Moderated by Declan McCullagh (http://www.mccullagh.org/)
Several jurisdictions in North America are considering offering driver "license" type documents for those who wish to have identity papers without being "RealID'd".State delivered ID systems with unique identifiers and the associated legislation forcing you to carry them and register for them are the problem. If these states create 'ID that are not RealID'd' they will still be 'offering' systems that can be harvested and integrated into the larger federal system. Let me spell it out for you. The goals of the anti RealID campaign should be as follows:
- The permanent forbidding of ID cards in the USA
- Permanent removal of all legislation requiring persons to identify themselvs with state ID for any purpose.
- Permanent and stringent restrictions on the aggregating of personal identifiers and data by the state and any other entity.
- Permanent enshrining of the right to travel without documents and the right to refuse to identify yourself .
Monday, May 23, 2005
|Star Wars and the American Empire|
|by Scott Horton|
[Spoiler warning: This article gives away important details about the new movie.]
"For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the Dark Times. Before the Empire." – Ben Kenobi
"This is how liberty dies: with thundering applause." – Senator Padme Amidala
Many of us grew up on Star Wars, and some of us, as 10-year-olds on rainy Saturday afternoons, even spent time trying to piece together the story before the story. What were the Clone Wars? How did the Old Republic become the Empire? How could the emperor have defeated what were presumably thousands of Jedi and taken over the galaxy?
Now we know the answer: Deception. Just like in the real world.
Before the movie was even released, people began making the connection between the war on terror and Vader's declaration near the end of Revenge of the Sith, "You are either with me – or you are my enemy." Lucas, however, when asked if this was a reference to the War on Terror, said at the Cannes film festival, "When I wrote it, [the current war in] Iraq didn't exist. We were just funding Saddam Hussein, giving him weapons of mass destruction; we didn't think of him as an enemy at that point. We were going after Iran, using [Saddam] as our surrogate – just as we were doing in Vietnam. This really came out of the Vietnam era – and the parallels between what we did in Vietnam and what we're doing in Iraq now are unbelievable." [...]
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Magnetbox passed me the Musical Baton. Normally I don't answer stuff like this, but I am a viral addict, and the geometric explosion of a theme (or do I mean meme?) is just too tempting to not be a part of. And since it came from Magnetbox, it must therefore be cool. Strangely enough, I rushed to read the pass the baton email thinking that Magnetbox was giving up running his manly and utterly superb RIAA Radar site, which would be a disaster of sorts. I was wrong, thankfully, and look what I got instead!
Total volume of music on my computer 11,063 songs, taking up 55.67GB of an internal hard drive. This is 833 artists according to iTunes, spread over a possible 35.8 days of continuous listening. And I've pruned it down.
The last CD I bought Bruce Gilbert's 'Ordier'. And I bought two copies.
Song playing right now Now playing: 'Oxygene 3', by Jeanne-Michel Jarre.
These are five artists that I listen to alot, snarfed from my audioscrobbler prifile. Yes, prifile. I listen to alot of music, and love alot of it. It's pointless to be pinned down to a small list - better to embrace it all and swim in it. How could I possibly pick a single Davis cut to enter into that list? I will say that I have recently been listening to 'Sugar Ray' and everything else from the 'Jack Johnson' sessions. Wow. Anyone who doesn't like Modern Miles is just a fool. Marais and Forqueray (and to a similiar extent Couperin) hit it with me so perfectly that it is almost like the music is a part of my very soul.
Bruce Gilbert is simply the greatest ever sculptor of sound.
Five people to whom I'm passing the baton I'm passing it on to people who love music and who I know run or contribute to some sort of regularly updated site, or who can pass this baton on to someone who does. That means Alex_t, Mary 13, Meau2, Alun Kirby, and Cardiffteam.
Saturday, May 21, 2005
Friday, May 20, 2005
City workers first to get hi-tech ID cards By Sam Lyon, Evening Standard
Britain's first hi-tech identity cards are being issued to London workers today, the Evening Standard can reveal.
The cards, containing details of credit history, criminal records and immigration status, are being introduced to combat identity theft and illegal working.
Hundreds of staff at City banks, blue chip companies and government departments are being issued with them. Thousands more are expected to follow.
But critics condemned the scheme, which is being administered by a private-sector company, as an "unprecedented invasion of people's privacy".
Phil Booth, national coordinator of the No 2 ID campaign, said: "This is very worrying. Soon there will be no aspect of our lives which isn't sucked into the identity system."
The cards are linked to a database containing personal details gathered during a vetting process and held by private investigators Crocker Stolten. Unique identifiers such as fingerprints can also be added.
Former fraud squad officer Lionel Stolten, the man behind the London Identicheck scheme, said: "Companies need to know who is entering their buildings and that those people really are who they say they are, especially major corporations which hold sensitive information."
Most of the cards are being issued to foreign nationals, who work as contract cleaners, restaurant and mailroom staff.
Workers at Birkin Cleaning Services, whose cl ients include the Home Office and the Ministry of Defence, and MailSource UK, whose clients include Barclays, Shell, Deutsche Bank, the BBC and Channel 4, will be among the first to receive the cards.
There is already growing controversy over government plans to introduce national ID cards from 2008, to combat identity theft, organised crime and terrorism, and help stamp out benefit fraud.
The cards, which are not expected to become compulsory before 2012, will carry either fingerprints or an eye scan.
But Mr Stolten said: "I doubt the Government's plan for ID cards will include thorough searches of people's identity. It would take an army of staff."
Figures issued by Equifax, a credit rating firm leading the fight against ID fraud, suggest 31 per cent of Londoners have already been a victim.
External affairs director Neil Munroe said: "Companies are increasingly looking at more checks on people they employ. It protects the organisation."
So, workers who will have access to sites with sensitive data, have to hand over their sensitive data to make sure that they dont tamper with sensitive data, and of course, their sensitive data will be added to the sensitive data they are going to be allowed acces to. It's totally InSaNe. It would be much better not to keep sensitive data all in one place, in plaintext. In this way, people impersonating cleaners will not be able to go in and copy anything. For decades banks and all institutions have done without ID cards and everything worked very well - this is a false problem created by 'security' vendors, and everyone is being whipped up into a frenzy to adopt this nonsense. Whenever you hear someone advocating it their diatribes include the phrase, "are who they say they are". Keep an ear/eye out for it. If you want to keep a building from letting in people who are not authorized, you don't need to roll out an ID card that holds all sorts of personal data linked to a central database. You vet the person you want to hire, and then once that person is accepted, if you REALLY want to, you can have a finger print system that is totally internal to your facility; in other words, a bespoke system that doesnt involve cards or access to any external system. You guarantee your employees that the system is only internal to the company, and that your fingerprint will NEVER be released to any third party for ANY reason, and then you have a barely acceptable access control system. The vendor above is totally over the top, feature creeped-out and does nothing to really protect a building or a system. They collect and hold data just because they can and thats never a reason to violate someones stuff. Any of those workers can be compromised after they are vetted; this if the fatal flaw and reason why you cannot put a great deal of trust in these systems. Who ysay you are and being able to prove it doesn't give any indication of what your intentions will be in the future.
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Dear friends, I'm writing to you now as the Government prepares to steamroller its "Identity Cards" Bill through Parliament. Each one of you can do something immediately that will help in the fight against this unnecessary, oppressive and invasive legislation. Even the polls which the Government portray as indicating 'overwhelming support' for ID cards clearly indicate that there are 3 to 4 million people in Britain who are strongly opposed to ID cards. What I would like you to do now is quite simple. Get as many of these people (and others) as you can to sign NO2ID's petition before the Second Reading of the Bill in early June. When we tried this last year, we were hundreds strong and thousands signed in two weeks - now we are ten thousands strong our impact should be that much greater. Two ways to go about this are: 1) Promote the petition on your website, blog, lists or (best of all) by e-mail to people you know - please do not spam! A personal request to just five friends or colleagues will take just a few minutes. The online petition is at http://www.no2id-petition.net/. 2) Attached to this mail is a PDF copy of our petition, a downloadable version is available at http://www.no2id.net/downloads/forms/NO2ID%20Petition.pdf. Print it out and collect as many names and addresses as you can - some supporters have already sent in dozens gathered from their work, college, church or pub in just a few hours. The address to send completed sheets to is on the bottom of the page. Don't worry if you can't fill a sheet, send us what you have got. Thank you for helping us. Please act now. Phil Booth National Coordinator, NO2ID www.no2id.net
11 Matters Beyond BT’s Reasonable Control Sometimes BT may be unable to do what it has agreed because of something beyond its reasonable control. If this happens BT is not liable to the Customer.It appears that 'The Phone Disc' is alive and kicking. The lines above are from the terms and conditions. Here are the details:
|BT Phone DiscTM Single User version|
The Phone DiscTM Single User version contains approximately 15.5 million telephone number listings across the whole of the UK (including those from other Licenced Operators and the Channel Islands).**
Ideal as a source of number information, this CD offers 3 search categories, "people", "business" and "all" using sophisticated interactive searching techniques.
A range of other very useful features include:
|The Phone DiscTM Single User version contains a national data download from the BT Directory Solutions OSIS database. New versions are produced every quarter and can be searched for 12 months following each release. |
Phone Disc is activated with search credits following installation, either via a dedicated website or through calling our BT Customer Support Team
Personal Data for the Taking
enator Ted Stevens wanted to know just how much the Internet had turned private lives into open books. So the senator, a Republican from Alaska and the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, instructed his staff to steal his identity.
"I regret to say they were successful," the senator reported at a hearing he held last week on data theft.
His staff, Mr. Stevens reported, had come back not just with digital breadcrumbs on the senator, but also with insights on his daughter's rental property and some of the comings and goings of his son, a student in California. "For $65 they were told they could get my Social Security number," he said.
That would not surprise 41 graduate students in a computer security course at Johns Hopkins University. With less money than that, they became mini-data-brokers themselves over the last semester.
They proved what privacy advocates have been saying for years and what Senator Stevens recently learned: all it takes to obtain reams of personal data is Internet access, a few dollars and some spare time.
Working with a strict requirement to use only legal, public sources of information, groups of three to four students set out to vacuum up not just tidbits on citizens of Baltimore, but whole databases: death records, property tax information, campaign donations, occupational license registries. They then cleaned and linked the databases they had collected, making it possible to enter a single name and generate multiple layers of information on individuals. Each group could spend no more than $50.
Although big data brokers can buy the databases they crave - from local governments as well as credit agencies, retail outlets and other sources that students would not have access to - the exercise replicated, on a small scale, the methods of such companies.
They include ChoicePoint and LexisNexis, which have been called before Congress to explain, after thieves stole consumer data from their troves, just what it is they do and whether government oversight is in order. And as concerns over data security mount, inherent conflicts between convenient access to public records and a desire for personal privacy are beginning to show. [...]
Finally some journalist has caught up withh the tip of this iceberg.
Many years ago, there was a disc you could buy that contained all the BT telephone records. Called 'The Phone Disc' you could do forbidden 'reverse lookups' with it. It was the same data and programme used by Directory Inquiries.
Now. I guarantee you that there are DVDRs floating around with linked datasets of the american population, including SSNs and data from every available public record source and all the 'stolen' Choice Point and Lexis Nexis datasets. These DVDRs are changing hands for thousands of dollars now, but it won't be long before an ISO is available on USENET.
The point we need to understand is this; the UK, being still largely paper based for all of its important records should not go down the american road, which leads only to a spectacularly fatal car crash. It must not deploy a centralized database, because such a treasure trove will be copied and sold to people. The agents of HMG are constantly loosing laptops full of secret information; all it will take is someone to loose a tower or laptop containing a mirror of the complete database, or someone to retrieve an improperly sanitized hard drive from a garbage skip and then the pandoras box is open. Forever.
The computer illiteracy of the legislators elected by 22% of the electorate is no excuse for such an ill thought out idea to be adopted here. This legislation must be rejected outright, if not, then you can fasten your seatbelts all you like, you will be ground up in that car crash if you give in and register.
As for the public services you use, its long past the time to change the name of the billed person on all your accounts....right?
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
[American press sources: NY Post, LA Times, Wash Post...]
Best headline, from the New York Post: BRIT FRIES SENATORS IN OIL
Coleman said later that despite the theatrics, Galloway gave evasive answers to some questions and was unable to refute the documentary evidence collected by his investigators. He said he would send the committee's report to British authorities. [...]
Speaking to reporters after the hearing, both Coleman and the panel's top Democrat, Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, questioned Galloway's credibility. Asked if Galloway violated his oath to tell the truth before the committee, Coleman said, "I don't know. We'll have to look over the record." [...]
After the hearing, Coleman said that "nothing was said today that at all discounted the veracity, the reliability of those documents that were affirmed by senior Iraqi officials." Both Coleman and Carl Levin of Michigan, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said it was "simply not credible" that Galloway — who described himself as a "dear friend" of Aziz, one of three Iraqi officials, according to Coleman, who selected the contract recipients — did not know that his partner and the man who funded his campaign against the war was making oil deals with Hussein. "If in fact he lied to the committee, there will have to be consequences," Coleman said. [...]
After the hearing, Senator Coleman said that "it strains any concept of reasonableness for him to assert that he didn't know, or wouldn't answer the question, whether his named representative in Iraq was involved in trading for oil. [...]
One Republican senator, Robert Bennett of Utah, defended the philosophy behind the oil-for-food program. "The efforts on behalf of the United States to help the people of Iraq have been well-placed and should be applauded rather than attacked," [...]
From the BBC: Senator Levin later said he was "deeply troubled" that Mr Galloway had "ducked the question".
Asked his reaction to the "unusual" manner of the witness, he replied: "I was not offended by what he had to say, it was not relevant.
"The theatre, the dramatics - I was not looking at that. I had one goal and it was to make a record." [...]
And that record has already been made.
You spin me right round baby, right round.
"Here was an opportunity to demonstrate his cussedness and vanity on a genuinely global scale. Mr Galloway seized the limelight with both hands, proclaiming his own innocence before moving on to a full-blown recitation of the anti-war gospel according to St George."I saw nothing vain about the way The RT Hon gentleman from Bethnal green conducted himself; I found it to be calm, reassured, measured and polite. As for 'cussedness' there is nothing stubborn about going into a kangaroo court and defending yourself against lies that have been told about you. This is a word carefully used to subtly mischaracterize and besmirch a man who has done nothing but say what he thinks. Astonishing.
"No wonder the senators began to look a little embarrassed at this ranting apparition in their midst."I put it to you that they looked embarrassed because they had been catastrophically caught out as puppets and simple minded country bumpkins, without evidence or morality.
"It was an unequal battle. Senator Coleman had Mr Galloway’s name on a list: but Mr Galloway had something more, the gift of the Glasgow gab, a love of the stage and an inexhaustible fund of self-belief."And....? The fact that these idiots had nothing on him. They had no evidence, and what they managed to have cobbled together for them was already in the public domain and totally discredited. This is what the right Hon. member had on his side, he was on the side of right, he knew it and he ran with it, and rightly so. The Times cant stand this. Shame on them. The Guardian said:
Then it was the Respect party leader's turn and any sense of judicial propriety was instantly shattered. The courtroom became a vaudeville theatre, as the MP lampooned his interrogators, accusing them of making "schoolboy howler" mistakes.Vaudville? Lets make absolutely sure: Vaudville:
- Stage entertainment offering a variety of short acts such as slapstick turns, song-and-dance routines, and juggling performances.
- A theatrical performance of this kind; a variety show.
- A light comic play that often includes songs, pantomime, and dances.
- A popular, often satirical song.
"...Even so, it was a REMARKABLE and compelling performance. Crooks And Liars has an incredible video of the spectacle of Galloway ripping into U.S Iraq policy aiming his remarks at Norm Coleman. Two things on this. (1) This writer has supported the war, but reads and watches everything he can on the subject. (We realize that some on the left and right consider that treason — to read and watch everything you can — so we plead guilty on that.) (2) Galloway's statement is powerful stuff, delivered with no-holds-barred language and he seemingly makes the case that he has been correct on lots of things and HE is not having to backtrack with spinners trying to justify his earlier position... It doesn't matter if you support or oppose the war...this is must viewing (and Crooks And Liars as usual does a great job with giving you a hefty piece of high quality video). Watch it yourself." http://www.themoderatevoice.com/posts/1116388846.shtmlThis is how the Guardian piece should have read, if it were written honestly. It would have linked to the footage, and frankly, been honest in reporting what happened. Its rather stupid not to do this, since everyone can go and double check their reporting with six or seven clicks. That last link turns up in a Google News search, alongside links to traditional news sources; it really is Game Over for trying to spin these stories. But you know this!