Clive Ponting, Hero

Clive Ponting, doyen of British whistleblowers, anti-imperialist historian and campaigner for Scottish independence has died at his home in Kelso, age 74. Clive came closer than anybody else to saving British society and industry from the horrors of Thatcherism. There is a danger in history of believing that everything that happened was inevitable. In fact …

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Assange Legal Farce Continues

There has simply never been a broadcast report in the UK on Assange as fair as this one from Sky News Australia. https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6177251758001 nor is it conceivable that there ever could be. I have reported already on the US changing the indictment after the defence’s opening statement had been heard and defence written evidence submitted. …

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“Credible Open Source Reporting”, the Intelligence Services and Scottish Independence

I write as somebody who held Top Secret clearance for 21 years, with extensive daily use of Top Secret material that entire time, and the highest possible specific codeword clearance above Top Secret for 11 years. I personally conducted for the FCO the largest “action on” operation in GCHQ history. (“Action on” is the process …

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Cold Wars and Profit

The Guardian carried a very strange piece yesterday under the heading “Stamps celebrating Ukrainian resistance in pictures”. This was the first image shown: The Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) was, without any shadow of a doubt, responsible for the slaughter of at least 200,000 Polish civilians; they liquidated whole Polish communities in Volhynia and Galicia, including …

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