glasgow smiles better – world cup a go-go

aye with all that lovely sunshine we have been having over the last few days lots of smiles on everyone’s faces though 26 degrees is hot the last two days but great for the garden.  A few slugs kind of got baked in the sun i noticed at least the garden gets some much needed heat and sunshine.

Good to see the world cup what a shockeroony Spain is not doing good just watching them against chile just now – and they are losing so if they lose then they are out of the world cup  the reigning world champions yikes.

On another note about football Israeli soldiers deliberately shot two palestinian footballers on their feet so that they will never play football again – is that not sick?  Sickeningly disgusting. They have bombed Gaza looking for the missing israeli teenages and arrested over 200 palestinians and so much hoo haa yet when Palestinian teenagers are kidnapped by Israel nothing is on the news and no hoo haa at all just complete slience by the media.

The Syrian Patsy to teach another country a lesson – how machiavellian – an immune bush or two

It’s cold today in Glasgow and raining let’s hope the weather improves and we get warmer weather at least until mid-October so my bottle pumpkins can grow before the cold and frost start biting.  End of next month will plant my garlic, leeks. onions and spring onions and maybe broad beans.  The broad beans i planted a few years back in the winter gave me a great crop the following year so may do so again.

UK parliament thank goodness did not vote for an attack on Syria – hurray for that even though they won by only 13 votes would have been more emphatic if it was a larger victory but hey ho small mercies are better than nothing.  Now John Kerry says that they will bomb Syria to teach a lesson to Iran and Hezbollah. Erm so they will basically destroy and slaughter civilians ie children, women, elderly and young men in another country to teach Iran and Hezbollah a lesson.  Funny lesson that.  So does that mean that if they are mad at the UK they will decide to bomb say Ireland to teach the UK a lesson!  So if I am not happy say with my neigbhour on the right and instead of addressing the problem with them with negotiations and lots of peace talks i should just bomb my neighbour on the left to teach the neighbour on my right a lesson ie don’t mess with me.  How Machiavellian. If that is the new law of the land we would all be doing it and there would be no checks and balances just chaos and gang fights but we have a judiciary and checks and balances to stop us from acting out in this way yet the western governments think they can do this in other countries and get away with it.  The consequences are too harrowing and horrific to even think about if they go ahead for what type of a world are we really living in.  The more there is of technology the worse the world becomes in it’s spying and authoritarianism and fascism really all under the banner of freedom and democracy.

Do they not realise that by doing so they have polarised the world even more into right and left and that by doing so they will cause an even large world war or do they think that nothing will happen as they will then cite Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya etc as their samples that this did not cause a break of war elsewhere in the world.  Methinks they are living in a naive fantasy world egged on by their dear master and controller Israel whom they trust so implicitly that even if Israel kills one of them they have automatic immunity and exemption from being prosecuted.

Forgot just read an article that the evil bush – instigator of the iraq war and false wmd has been given permanent immunity by obama.  Just shows what kind of government the USA has – definitely not fair and democratic now what would the founding founders have said? Here is the article Obama Gives Bush “Absolute Immunity” For Everything

Those poor Gazans what with their terrible blockade and shooting by Israeli’s on their people on land and sea now the Egyptians are shooting the poor Gazan fishermen who like anyone else in the world are just trying to make a living to feed their families.  Now I wonder where they got that idea from – must have been prepped well – where is super nanny when you need her a country starting with I in the Middle East needs treatment badly.


those pesky syrian rebels – egypt a go-go – security lapses

Well Glasgow is cloudy today supposed to be sunny and warm let’s see.  Put the last of the chicken poo, can be bought at b&q in a large bucket on the courgettes and will need to find a good source of horse manure for the veggie patch to put over the winter so it is ready for next year’s planting season.  Last time the chappie came he brought it in a huge bag then ended up almost down the road cos we live on a hill – old days they used to dump it on the kerbside – better that way.  Noticed the potholes in the bottom of the road have been filled temporarily hurray was fed up doing the can-can on the road with the car.  Planted all of the bottle pumpkins and guess what all grew and are now flowering so may have tons of them depending on if the weather lasts until end of october.  Tatties are almost ready to be picked and their are neeps growing in the garden been two years since i planted them but looks like those pesky snails have eaten the leaves cos there are huge holes all over them yikes.

Ah those pesky Syrian rebels – now there is another huge chemical attack – bit strange that it happens right when the UN chemical weapons chappies are in Syria.  Of course they are blaming the government but why would a government do such a thing with the UN on their doorstep bit strange?  A bit like the army unit which was slaughtered and the Syrian government was blamed – why would you kill your own army unit?  very strange goings on in Syria

Egyptian army has ordered the release of the murderous Mubarak – looks like the arab spring is no more in Egypt as said previously Egyptians prefer the old dictator ways as they are used to it and still they are believing the propoganda that Muslim Brotherhood are terrorists.  Methinks they need to think deeply within themselves who was worst for them.

If anyone has a business remember when your employee leaves to revoke all passwords and delete the person from getting any access to your system once left unlike a travel company which did not and their ex-employee a  young Scots lad booked many many trips worth thousands of puonds and it took them six months to find out!  Lot of loss of money and what about reputation?

Egypt in cold blood sniper sniper – hatred out at the wrong outlet

Glasgow is awash with heavy rain today and some sunshine, garden gave us over three kilos of raspberries and a few courgettes  yummy.

What is happening in Egypt is so tragic and sad.  All the pent up hatred that the Egyptians have within them from the terrible and evil times of Mubarak and his henchmen, the hated and torturous police force, is now being manifested against the muslim brotherhood and those trapped in the Fateh Masjid in Cairo.  This is one of the most saddest and tragic happenings in Egypt.  To call the Muslim Brotherhood terrorists because they practice their religion and believe in Allah (God) and are not corruptible unlike those of before and the military and police and present regime currently and the Egyptian people who want them to be destroyed is so sad and mob rule is going on not the thinking of sane people but of those who have found an outlet for their hatred of old and instead of manifesting it against the people who did all those evil bad things they do it to the innocent.  These same people who cry for democracy and rights and peace what kind of peace and democracy is this?

The shooting on the Fateh Masjid minaret showed people firing from inside but the problem is that both the entrances of the minaret has been controlled by the security forces since the start of the seige and they have had access to the minaret right from the beginning.  So does that mean that by putting in their thugs to shoot out of the masjid they can justify their eventual  slaughter of those poor people in the masjid?  Most of the people in the masjid fled there from the violence yesterday on the streets and as the same time it was being used as a makeshift morgue.

Of course Washington and Israel are rejoicing in this as then they can control the Egyptians more tightly especially the army who get over 1.3bn in military aid and the Israeli’s of course know how to bribe well the Egyptians so they can get their way in stealing land and killing innocents.  Not only that both have been baying for the Muslim Brotherhood to be put under the terrorist list for so long because then they can justify their own killings of them. General Al-Sisi sold his soul to the devil for arms for aid and would rather have the deaths of thousands of innocents, on his hands, are like grains of sand to him and he has also been in constant telephone contact with israel every few hours since the brutality started and the police and present interim government.  Corruption within Egypt is rife and will continue as there is no such thing as democracy in Egypt. The people are so used to doing things which are wrong that they most definitely want their old ways back and not what is right that is the real tragedy of Egypt.  Currently the Israeli’s are lobbying washington and EU capitals furiously to persuade them not to condemn the interim government and military’s brutal massacres and slaughter – just shows you what type of country israel is – certainly not good in any terms and conditions pity super nanny has not been yet to teach them morals.

The elite in egypt hate muslim brotherhood because they are used to their prostitution, drugs, alcohol and whatever illegal activity and things which are clearly not allowed in their religion and they would rather have the blood of thousands on their hands and ban a movement because the muslim brotherhood are hard to corrupt and bribe.  These people act like the Pharoahs of old just plain and pure tyrants.

Snipers are rife in Egypt yesterday on friday whilst people were praying the military and police snipers were killing people during their Friday prayers.  How can those people who are praying peacefully be classified as fighters and terrorists?  Every day since the massacre on Wednesday where several thousand were killed and many more injured by snipers there have been more and more supporters of Morsi being killed one by one continuously with the present government saying that it is the fault of the pro-Morsi supporters who started it first even though evidence shows that it is the opposite.  What is even sadder is the Saudi government have stated they are backing the egyptian military and calling muslim brotherhood terrorists – does the last word sound familiar from two other countries who keep saying that?  What is interesting is that Qatar has stated the opposite and said reconciliation is important. So does that mean if the Egyptian interim government is arresting pro-morsi supporters that the 70% of the population who voted for morsi will also be arrested?  the military and interim government are insisting that what they have done is by the will of the people mmm?

Morsi was in power for one year yes he made mistakes and things cannot be repaired in a country overnight but he sure did not do what the mubarak regime did with their torturous ways but that does not mean he should  have been ousted in such a way.

For real democracy to happen then all the killings must be stopped and all sides must make concessions just like a marriage but for that to happen the brutal military and the police must be disbanded or at least emasculated asap and this will never happen as long as washington is backing them and israel too.  The real terrorists are the interim government, military and police with their thugs.  To call those who follow their religion correctly fascists is most telling of those in the government who know noting about what is real fascism and what is real islam.

what is quite interesting is that the Muslim Brotherhood was the social service of Egypt when it was under it’s brutal regime and they gave food, shelter and generally helped the poor who needed help and now these same people are biting the hand that fed them. Those regimes who support the brutal goings on should reflect on this in the months and years to come and keep looking behind their backs as what goes out comes around.

also what is quite interesting watching the press conference by the egyptian government how they have twisted their answers and made reality of what happened topsy turvy and put the entire blame on morsi’s followers that is so DISGUSTING and such LIARS LIARS PANTS ON FIRE.

just as suspected the christian churches which were burnt down this week and blamed on the muslim brotherhood was actually by the egyptian thugs, or should we say undecover egyptian security forces here is a an article about it Church vicar in Al Minya: the baltigya [thugs] burnt the churches not the muslim brotherhood

A Fathers Letter to Obama – Snowden

Today it has been raining off and on and we picked more raspberries today gave them to friends and garden is looking very lush and green from all the rain.  Let’s hope that the sun and heat start coming back quickly and noticed that my onions are growing quite nicely today woohoo.

Have decided to put the letter sent by Edward Snowden’s father to Obama below as it is so well written and no comment needed from myself just read and think deeply and hopefully this will awaken the sleeping person within you to start inquiring instead of sleepwalking into trouble:

A letter from Edward Snowden’s father and his lawyer, Bruce Fein, to President Obama:

Bruce Fein & Associates, Inc.
722 12th Street, N.W., 4th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: 703-963-4968

July 26, 2013
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Re: Civil Disobedience, Edward J. Snowden, and the Constitution

Dear Mr. President:

You are acutely aware that the history of liberty is a history of civil disobedience to unjust laws or practices. As Edmund Burke sermonized, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

Civil disobedience is not the first, but the last option. Henry David Thoreau wrote with profound restraint in Civil Disobedience: “If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go: perchance it will wear smooth certainly the machine will wear out. If the injustice has a spring, or a pulley, or a rope, or a crank, exclusively for itself, then perhaps you may consider whether the remedy will not be worse than the evil; but if it is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine.”

Thoreau’s moral philosophy found expression during the Nuremburg trials in which “following orders” was rejected as a defense. Indeed, military law requires disobedience to clearly illegal orders.

A dark chapter in America’s World War II history would not have been written if the then United States Attorney General had resigned rather than participate in racist concentration camps imprisoning 120,000 Japanese American citizens and resident aliens.

Civil disobedience to the Fugitive Slave Act and Jim Crow laws provoked the end of slavery and the modern civil rights revolution.

We submit that Edward J. Snowden’s disclosures of dragnet surveillance of Americans under § 215 of the Patriot Act, § 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments, or otherwise were sanctioned by Thoreau’s time-honored moral philosophy and justifications for civil disobedience. Since 2005, Mr. Snowden had been employed by the intelligence community. He found himself complicit in secret, indiscriminate spying on millions of innocent citizens contrary to the spirit if not the letter of the First and Fourth Amendments and the transparency indispensable to self-government. Members of Congress entrusted with oversight remained silent or Delphic. Mr. Snowden confronted a choice between civic duty and passivity. He may have recalled the injunction of Martin Luther King, Jr.: “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.” Mr. Snowden chose duty. Your administration vindictively responded with a criminal complaint alleging violations of the Espionage Act.

From the commencement of your administration, your secrecy of the National Security Agency’s Orwellian surveillance programs had frustrated a national conversation over their legality, necessity, or morality. That secrecy (combined with congressional nonfeasance) provoked Edward’s disclosures, which sparked a national conversation which you have belatedly and cynically embraced. Legislation has been introduced in both the House of Representatives and Senate to curtail or terminate the NSA’s programs, and the American people are being educated to the public policy choices at hand. A commanding majority now voice concerns over the dragnet surveillance of Americans that Edward exposed and you concealed. It seems mystifying to us that you are prosecuting Edward for accomplishing what you have said urgently needed to be done!

The right to be left alone from government snooping–the most cherished right among civilized people—is the cornerstone of liberty. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson served as Chief Prosecutor at Nuremburg. He came to learn of the dynamics of the Third Reich that crushed a free society, and which have lessons for the United States today.

Writing in Brinegar v. United States, Justice Jackson elaborated:
The Fourth Amendment states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

These, I protest, are not mere second-class rights but belong in the catalog of indispensable freedoms. Among deprivations of rights, none is so effective in cowing a population, crushing the spirit of the individual and putting terror in every heart. Uncontrolled search and seizure is one of the first and most effective weapons in the arsenal of every arbitrary government. And one need only briefly to have dwelt and worked among a people possessed of many admirable qualities but deprived of these rights to know that the human personality deteriorates and dignity and self-reliance disappear where homes, persons and possessions are subject at any hour to unheralded search and seizure by the police.

We thus find your administration’s zeal to punish Mr. Snowden’s discharge of civic duty to protect democratic processes and to safeguard liberty to be unconscionable and indefensible.

We are also appalled at your administration’s scorn for due process, the rule of law, fairness, and the presumption of innocence as regards Edward.

On June 27, 2013, Mr. Fein wrote a letter to the Attorney General stating that Edward’s father was substantially convinced that he would return to the United States to confront the charges that have been lodged against him if three cornerstones of due process were guaranteed. The letter was not an ultimatum, but an invitation to discuss fair trial imperatives. The Attorney General has sneered at the overture with studied silence.

We thus suspect your administration wishes to avoid a trial because of constitutional doubts about application of the Espionage Act in these circumstances, and obligations to disclose to the public potentially embarrassing classified information under the Classified Information Procedures Act.

Your decision to force down a civilian airliner carrying Bolivian President Eva Morales in hopes of kidnapping Edward also does not inspire confidence that you are committed to providing him a fair trial. Neither does your refusal to remind the American people and prominent Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate like House Speaker John Boehner, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann,and Senator Dianne Feinstein that Edward enjoys a presumption of innocence. He should not be convicted before trial. Yet Speaker Boehner has denounced Edward as a “traitor.”

Ms. Pelosi has pontificated that Edward “did violate the law in terms of releasing those documents.” Ms. Bachmann has pronounced that, “This was not the act of a patriot; this was an act of a traitor.” And Ms. Feinstein has decreed that Edward was guilty of “treason,” which is defined in Article III of the Constitution as “levying war” against the United States, “or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”

You have let those quadruple affronts to due process pass unrebuked, while you have disparaged Edward as a “hacker” to cast aspersion on his motivations and talents. Have you forgotten the Supreme Court’s gospel in Berger v. United States that the interests of the government “in a criminal prosecution is not that it shall win a case, but that justice shall be done?”

We also find reprehensible your administration’s Espionage Act prosecution of Edward for disclosures indistinguishable from those which routinely find their way into the public domain via your high level appointees for partisan political advantage. Classified details of your predator drone protocols, for instance, were shared with the New York Times with impunity to bolster your national security credentials. Justice Jackson observed in Railway Express Agency, Inc. v. New York: “The framers of the Constitution knew, and we should not forget today, that there is no more effective practical guaranty against arbitrary and unreasonable government than to require that the principles of law which officials would impose upon a minority must be imposed generally.”

In light of the circumstances amplified above, we urge you to order the Attorney General to move to dismiss the outstanding criminal complaint against Edward, and to support legislation to remedy the NSA surveillance abuses he revealed. Such presidential directives would mark your finest constitutional and moral hour.

Bruce Fein
Counsel for Lon Snowden
Lon Snowden