Trojan Horse

November 9, 2013

Europe - Satellite image - PlanetObserver

Europe – Satellite image – PlanetObserver (Photo credit: PlanetObserver)

With a plethora of new radical groups seeking to vindicate the rights of a growing number of people and institutions in mortgage arrears weighed down by personal and commercial debt, this is  a concern for those in power. They must worry that such groups may drift into the arms of more militant groups such as the IRA. Hitherto in regard to austerity the Irish public have proven to be most compliant.

Those in power may not resist the special urge to get more involved than ordinary rules of intelligence gathering, if they exist, would allow.

Intelligence agencies may not be motivated by the high ideals of Stieg Larsson The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest , founder and editor-in-chief of the anti racist magazine EXPO. He was one of the world’s leading experts on anti-democratic, right-wing extremist and neo-fascist organisations.

Guarding Your Pension

Irish journalist, Gene Kerrigan speculates on the release of classified documents from US intelligence agent Bradley Manning showing intelligence gathering in Ireland:

“July 23, 2008, then said this: “Gilmore, who has led calls against a second referendum, has told the Embassy separately that he fully expects, and would support, holding a second referendum in 2009. He explained his public posture of opposition to a second referendum as ‘politically necessary’ for the time being”.

Perhaps more serious questions should be asked of rather than what was said, but why such meetings taking place in the first place?

Perhaps such revelations re Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore may explain why pensions of senior government ministers are ring fenced  cocooned against the waging of austerity.

“1. Changes are being introduced, but they fail to deliver on the €60,000 limit that was promised. In fact tax relief will continue to be granted to allow funding of pensions significantly in excess of €60,000—in some cases up to €100,000 p.a. And among the people who will benefit from this largesse are the very Ministers and senior officials who drafted this change in legislation.

2. It would be bad enough if that’s where it ended, but it’s not. The Minister in a written response to my PQ revealed that as a result of not fully implementing the €60,000 limit, the tax savings would be €130m short of his earlier projections (i.e. €250m less €120m). And he went on to say that the fact that the assessed tax savings would have a considerably lower yield…necessitated the imposition of the additional 0.15% pension fund levy. This levy is expected to yield €135m p.a.

The Labour Party has shown compliance to the need to protect the assets of the rich 1% from the justified needs of the 99%

Democratic Rights

Those who advocate the vindication of democratic rights  worry that intelligence gathering has taken on a neo-fascist demeanour with intelligence oraganisations becoming more of a terrorist threat than the objects of their surveillance.

Intelligence organisations fear anger due to austerity may be manipulated by extreme right groups that may in previous incarnations have had a violent agenda, such groups as The Golden Dawn in Greece, or the IRA in Ireland.

“Britain intervened during a Council of Europe ministerial conference on Friday in Belgrade – Freedom of Expression and Democracy in the Digital Age – where a 14-page document was due to be signed by the 47 members of the body which established the European Convention on Human Rights.

Link/click here to full draft document

The document, entitled Political Declaration and Resolutions, says that the Council of Europe should examine whether the gathering of data by intelligence agencies is consistent with the European Convention on Human Rights.”

English: Ban Ki-Moon in the Council of Europe,...

English: Ban Ki-Moon in the Council of Europe, 60th Anniversary of the European Convention of Human Rights. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Britain is delaying the publication of a declaration on internet freedom by the 47 members of Europe’s human rights watchdog after objecting to a probe into the gathering of “vast amounts of electronic data” by intelligence agencies.”

In an unprecedented move heads of UK intelligence agencies have been publicly grilled following the Snowdon revelations on their role in intelligence gathering:

Back and forth arguments pivot on the benefit intelligence gathering provides to defend against the real threat of terrorist and militant and hostile attack to innocent lives against the democratic rights of individuals from Angela Merkel down to the ordinary citizen.

“In Snowdon’s own words, his “sole motive” for leaking the documents was “to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them.”[30] The disclosures have fueled debates over mass surveillancegovernment secrecy, and the balance between national security and information privacy.[31]

“By October 2013, Snowdon’s disclosures had created tensions[92][93] between the US and some of its close allies after they revealed the US had spied on countries including France,[94][95]Mexico,[96] Germany,[97][98] Brazil,[99] Britain,[100] China,[101] and Spain,[102] as well as 35 world leaders.[103]

In the wake of the Snowdon revelations, concern is being raised that the rights of ordinary citizens are being violated on a vast scale by arrogant and unregulated intelligence agencies violating at will, one or more of  their democratic rights.

In Ireland such rights may be:

  • Equality before the law
  • Right to life
  • Personal liberty
  • Freedom of expression
  • Freedom of assembly
  • Freedom of association
  • The right to fair procedures
  • Bodily integrity
  • Trial by jury
  • Religious liberty
  • The right to privacy
  • The right to earn a livelihood
  • Freedom to travel
  • Inviolability of a citizen’s dwelling
  • Property rights
  • The rights of the family

Getting a handle on the Irish situation for Irish intelligence agencies is something we know next to nothing about. In the absence of a proper, open, transparent and public inquiry on our banking collapse, there is little likelihood that a parliamentary committee in Ireland will grill intelligence chiefs in Ireland.

Snowdon has not let us know if the phones of ordinary Irish citizens are being tapped or what methods are used to gather intelligence on Irish citizens or Irish organisations right to free assembly.

Intelligence operations may be ongoing right now to gather information from those active in the area of resistance against demands made by financial institutions and banks.

One method worthy of the term ‘financial terrorism’ carried out by an Irish intelligence agency would be to set up an Irish organisation with aims purporting to vindicate the rights of people in financial distress;  hold public meetings to recruit activists in this area; populate and steer such an organisation away from more militant activities; place a command structure in place designed for information gathering.

Far fetched pure speculation of a paranoid and fanciful imagination or alert reasoning inspired by a heightened awareness, the choice is yours?

“Contrary to “economic warfare” which is undertaken by states against other states, “economic terrorism” would be undertaken by transnational or non-state actors. This could entail varied, coordinated and sophisticated or massive destabilizing actions in order to disrupt the economic and financial stability of a state, a group of states or a society (such as market oriented western societies) for ideological or religious motives.”

This wouldn’t be of the scale of economic terrorism purported to be that of Geithner torpedoing of efforts by the IMF to help the Irish government out of its hole of massive bank debt.

“Arranged against Ireland were most of the power-brokers in the EU and ECB and, interestingly, US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner {photo}. Kelly says that Geithner torpedoed efforts by the IMF to help the Irish government rid itself of the massive bank debts. In fact, Kelly says that “only one to speak up for the Irish was UK chancellor George Osborne,” which goes a long way to proving de Gaulle right.”

Contrary to actions taken on an inter state level, this would be on a local level.

Such matters become more of a concern when support for government parties and the official opposition are both waning; when the concerns of Stieg Larsen re the emergence of dangerous neo fascist groups in Europe are coming to the fore.

One question  would be whether such a method be legal or would this be a remnant of an East German stasi, or Nazi or South American or African banana republic? Would it be bananas or given the Snowdon revelations would this be merely the tip of the iceberg in the financial war of terrorism currently being waged by the 1% against the 99%.

Could whistle blowers like Irish doppelganger duplicates of Snowdon and Manning expose the cover provided by such a false organisation, if such an organisation exists, by reporting evidence to an Irish judge or possibly the European Court of Human Rights?

Its unlikely intelligence agencies in Ireland would expose themselves in this way to the point of going on public record by naming agents involved in such a setup as part of a formal leadership structure of such an organisation.

But if you are in a new organisation vindicating democratic rights brought about by financial pressures on  its members, watch out for interim committees that do not expose themselves by going on the public record vis-a-vis  more permanent structures.

Make sure your group organisation goes on public record with named chairperson/vice chairs with executive committees with a clear mission, constitution and if necessary a business plan respecting the rights of individuals. Cultivate openness and transparency and democratic paradigms to help with development of your organisation.

Be alert and sure your group operates in the light and not in the shadows. Avoid and protect and disinfect yourself against neo-fascist elements.

The right to free assembly without waters muddied with failure to respect the constitutional rights of ordinary citizens is of great concern in this world where such rights are being eroded on a daily base.

Socialism for the Banks

Socialism for the banks is effecting all our communications in our daily lives as it moves the world closer to a realisation of a new world according to Orwell’s Big Brother.

The questionis, are western intelligence agencies violating the rights of ordinary people? Or are they truly vindicating the rights of ordinary citizens? Are they compromising these rights by abdicating them in favour of a shadowy agenda of state intelligence institutions acting in the service of state or global financial institutions?

You can be the judge of that.

It may be prudent for Ireland to reexamine whether the gathering of data by intelligence agencies is consistent with the European Convention on Human Rights; whether the exercise of such powers should be better directed to examine the affairs of those who advocate and administer socialism for the banks?

With the exit, for the moment, of the troika in Ireland echoing loud complaints against the high cost of medical care in Ireland; the high costs exacted by the legal profession, its unlikely the latter will cede its lucrative intent to investigate bankers at some future unspecified date.

Its much more likely the 1% will direct intelligence gathering away from them towards the 99% of which you are likely to be a member with all of the infringement of your democratic rights that this entails!



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