At 4:00AM British troops invaded nationalist areas and 350 men were dragged from their homes, in many cases from their beds. Many areas were placed under military curfew and locked down. One notorious event was the Ballymurphy Massacre. 10 civilians including a local priest were murdered – 5 months before the event of Bloody Sunday in Derry.
The brutality meted out to the internees is well documented. The “intelligence” used was so poor that most of the men seized were innocent and many were leaders of the non-violent civil rights movement or trade union activists. Less well known was the practice where 7 men - guinea pigs -were selected for special interrogation techniques – torture.
Why do I bring up these events? It is to remind everyone that the British government does not believe in fair play and a stiff upper lip. It never has and still maintains the Imperialist instincts from centuries of hands-on practice. All of the powers used then are still in place and have even been expanded upon.
If you think that these sorts of things only happened in the dim, uncivilised past you are dangerously deluding yourself. The usual reaction of the sheep is to recite the litany that these actions are to protect “our safety.” Sure they are, go back to sleep. You’ll never get it until your own front door is smashed down and you or your fathers, brothers or sons are dragged away to an uncertain fate. Once witnessed it is never forgotten.
Consider the case of Babar Ahmad. Basically he was guilty of reading. Yep, we got ourselves a reader. An obvious danger to the public don’t you think? He was arrested in a pre-dawn raid (timing is the key) by the
After they let him out they decided to let Big Brother – literally – have a go. Obligingly the American’s demanded his extradition on the grounds of – wait for it - possession of a tourist brochure. Damn, a reader who might like to travel – hanging is not good enough for these monsters!!
In March 2009 he was awarded £60,000 for his treatment during his initial arrest described as 'grave abuse, tantamount to torture.' Despite that Babar is still in jail. The forces of the state are still doing all in their vindictive power to send him to the US – with all that entails.
In case you think this is a rarity, I know of one case in Ireland where a man (Owen Carron) was locked up for over a year on remand for the possession of “explosive material” – a box of matches.
So what I hear you say. The statues (not laws remember) are still on the book. Babar’s ordeal occurred before the staged London bombings. Bush’s war on Islam was still openly unpopular here. There have been many similar cases of innocent Muslim men locked up on the flimsiest excuses.
Parallel to these developments, the police and secret services have been complicit in murder (John Charles de Menezes) and torture around the globe – Guantanamo, Pakistan and Uzbekistan. Former British Ambassador Craig Murray has been forthright and vocal on this topic.
The British public has been “treated” recently to 2 recent shooting incidents. Murdock’s tabloid press have howled about the lack of public protection. Gradually the public are becoming accustomed to the sight of Black Kevlar dressed policemen complete with armoured cars. Reminds me of a song we used to sing. These protectors will replace the traditional “bobby” or community police – just as the SWAT teams have replaced normal police officers in the US.
The state and the faceless vampires that control it are ready. Last year they were preparing for a “summer of anger”. It was merely a dry run for this year. The new coalition in power is daily announcing massive government spending cuts and austerity measures. Eventually even the sleeping herd will sense what has taken place.
All it takes is a spark. It could come from mass protest or from another false flag and the state will move against any that oppose it. Remember the events of August 1971 – the Irish certainly do. The year following Internment saw the fiercest reaction and revolution in all the years of the recent “troubles”.
You didn’t seem to mind when they rounded up the Muslims. What will you do when they come to round up the rest of the readers?