Big Brother is Watching You …… And Listening Too

Surveillance cameras are in almost every high street now – part of what the Guardian, on 25/1/99, reported as little known EU proposals that would lead to a massive expansion of surveillance – it will prevent crime they say – maybe, but there’s not a lot of evidence of that so far. Perhaps more importantly they can also be used to identify anyone and monitor their activities and movements, particularly those of political activists and dissidents. With the introduction of driving licences with photographs and passport photographs, both of which are digitally duplicated in central computer banks, it is possible, through image comparison, to identify anyone in seconds. Speed check cameras, now common on many roads, by reading a number plate can also be used to track the movement of any vehicle across the country.

If you go on any sort of political demonstration, the chances are that police or security personnel will film you. Big Brother is watching you more and more… and he can also listen to you too. Via the Echelon communications monitoring system run by the American “National Security Agency” operating out of bases at Morwenstow, Cornwall and Menwith Hills, North Yorkshire, England. This system monitors telephone, fax and e-mail communications throughout Europe and elsewhere. It is programmed to lock on to a particular communication for analysis if certain “key” words are used in that communication [1]. If you carry a mobile phone, even when switched off, it emits a radio signal to the nearest base station. So with the co-operation of the mobile phone companies, your movements can now be tracked too.

Under the Security Services Act, MI5 now has powers of policing with wide discretion to bug and burgle, but with no definition of what categories of people are liable to surveillance, and no limit on what activities can be subject to surveillance. In 1998, the EU came up with Enfopol 98, a plan requiring telecommunications companies to build tapping connections into every kind of communications system including mobile phones, the internet, fax machines, pagers and interactive cable TV services. Pursuant to this, using a “fast track” bill and its huge majority in parliament, the government rushed through the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act; this gives the police and security services the power to monitor internet mailing lists. They can also order internet service providers to give them access to peoples’ private E-mail. The latest measures, contained in an EU directive, allow governments to require that phone and internet companies shall retain detailed logs of their customers communications for an unlimited period – presently these are kept for short periods for billing purposes and are destroyed thereafter. Whilst police still require a warrant to intercept the content of electronic communications, this legislation means they can build up a complete picture of peoples personal communications, including who they have e-mailed and telephoned and which internet websites they have visited [2]. As always, it is claimed that such measures are targeted at organised crime, drug trafficking, paedophilia, terrorism etc., but clearly they can be used against any form of dissent.

Repressive Legislation

There has been a dramatic increase in recent years of legislation that limits personal freedoms. An early example aimed at the right of people to gather peaceably was the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 which made certain forms of trespass a criminal offence. The first example of detention without trial in Britain is detention provisions for those said to be “mentally disturbed” and as a result “a danger to themselves or the public”. Who decides what is meant by these terms and what is a threat to the public is open to question. But whoever decides the legal mechanisms are now in place to effectively monitor and silence dissent. For example, Europol has a brief to monitor people critical of the existing order from a psychological angle – perhaps they need “treatment”.

The Terrorism Act 2000 has widened the definition of terrorism enormously to include the threat of “serious violence” against any person or property. How could this definition be interpreted? The term “terrorist” has traditionally been used to refer to armed thugs who carry out shootings and plant bombs, but this Act can clearly embrace the likes of people who tear up genetically modified crops. The Act goes further – organisations can be “outlawed” – addressing a meeting at which there is a member of such an organisation is an offence. There are additional stop and search powers for the police, and expressing support can be treated as “incitement”. All newly created terrorist offences carry very severe penalties, as part of a process that seems intent on creating a state in which no dissent of any description will be tolerated.

The only way you can get the public to accept all this is by having a climate of fear in which people will forego their freedoms as they call for more “state protection”. The Criminal Justice and Conspiracy Act 1998, universally condemned by human rights groups, followed the Omagh bomb outrage in Northern Ireland so quickly that one wonders if it was not already drafted even before the bomb went off….

In 1999, we had horrific bombings in London aimed at black people and gays. Naturally there were demands for more “protection”, but part of that “protection” will be more legislation restricting personal freedom, more surveillance cameras and increased powers for the police. So who really gains – is it not the authorities who wish to introduce repressive laws? And who exactly is responsible for these outrages….?

Security and Intelligence Services

In the murky world of the intelligence and security services the trade is treachery — state backed terrorism using propaganda, disinformation, manipulation and murder. They have ties with all kinds of sinister extremist groups, which seem to be infiltrated as a matter of course by the security services. One might say this is essential to keep tabs on their activities, but it is now apparent that the infiltrators are often there to act as “agent provocateurs”. Combat 18, an extreme right wing racist group is thought to have been set up initially by the intelligence services. Agent provocateurs have clearly played a role in the violence seen recently in anti capitalist demonstrations in London, Gothenburg, Genoa, Barcelona etc, – in Gothenburg and Genoa there were eye witness accounts of violent “protesters” producing their ID cards to police and then being given safe passage behind police lines [3]. This will bring the wider protest movement into disrepute, as was intended. This is a world of subversion, where state agencies, media sharks, anarchists and the political fringe overlap. The magazine “the Searchlight” (NOT to be confused with the now defunct American investigative newspaper “the Spotlight”) is reckoned to be an M.I.5 mouthpiece and even ITV’s “World in Action” programme is referred to as “M.I.5 in Action” in some circles. Reflecting the fact that there are journalists and media workers who are deep cover intelligence service operatives whose prime task is to get misleading stories and disinformation into the public arena.

If the powers that be want to bring in more surveillance and laws suppressing public freedom, what more effective way than to get involved with extremists, play “agent provocateur” and help perpetrate atrocities? A year or two back, David Copeland, was convicted for the 1999 London bombs. From his associations it is clear that he encountered these sorts of people. It is now apparent that the security services knew of him and had identified him as the perpetrator of the first bomb attack, yet nothing was done. Why not? Because he went on to bomb the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho, a well-known homosexual haunt. In the aftermath of this type of atrocity, a fearful outraged public along with MPs demand “something must be done…” They call for the very measures the authorities want in the first place…. more surveillance cameras, powers for the police, tracking devices to help identify and catch these terrible criminals etc.” It is now clear that a warning about a major bomb attack was given to police in Northern Ireland just before the Omagh bombing which precipitated the Criminal Justice and Conspiracy Act … yet the information was not acted upon. Despite the fact that the IRA is heavily infiltrated by undercover British military personnel [4]

In the United States, as awareness about the emerging “New World Order” grows, a few people are forming into militia groups ready to resort to armed resistance. The authorities claimed that Timothy McVeigh, who was found guilty of the Oklahoma City bomb outrage, had such connections. However, the size and sophistication of the explosive device(s) used was way beyond anything a small militia group could have produced. Investigators suspect a carefully planned sting operation to put the blame on militia groups, and to use this as an excuse to remove the right of U.S. citizens to carry guns. There are some who would say that guns are not a good thing, but this should not be allowed to conceal the real reason why some in government want to ban guns. The government has also used the outrage as an excuse to increase the use of wiretaps and internet censorship.

In the U.S., the National Security Agency (NSA) or “No Such Agency” as it is sometimes known, is said to keep files and information on many thousands of U.S. citizens. Likewise here in Britain MI5 and Special Branch are known to have files on literally hundreds of thousands of British citizens.

The Kennedy’s, Martin Luther King, Olaf Palme, Yitzak Rabin, Diana Princess of Wales – every time a prominent figure is gunned down, it always gets blamed on a mad gunman acting alone – or in Diana’s case an “accident”. And in some cases, the alleged killer ends up being killed or witnesses conveniently have an accident – it’s all wearing a bit thin isn’t it? Enter again the intelligence and security services – the international heavy mob. Both MI5 and MI6 are unaccountable to the British parliament and the CIA likewise unaccountable to Congress in the US. The CIA is reckoned to operate a substantial “black budget”- the proceeds of drug trafficking, in which it is heavily involved in the Caribbean and Colombia, are carefully laundered and kept separate so as to avoid congressional scrutiny. It then uses these to fund its “dirty tricks” campaigns world-wide – e.g. seeking to destabilise governments that act in their own interests as opposed to those of the US.[5]

Latest research into JFK’s murder reveals that the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad worked with leading figures in the CIA supportive of Israel, particularly James Jesus Angleton, to eliminate Kennedy. Kennedy was determined to ensure that Israel did not develop nuclear weapons, he wanted friendly relations with Arabs states and he wanted to settle the problem of Palestinians forced from their homes when the state of Israel was created. Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion and the powerful Jewish lobby in the US saw this as a threat to the existence of the state of Israel… the rest as they say is history.[6]

Another example was the MI5/CIA killing of WPC Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan People’s Bureau in London in 1984. Blamed on Libya, this successfully turned British public opinion against Libya, and paved the way for the use of British air bases for American raids on Tripoli in 1986, the purpose of which were to kill Col. Qathafi [7]. Qathafi had already been wrongly blamed for involvement in terrorism in previous years – his real sin in the eyes of Britain and the U.S, was to take control of his country’s oil resources for the benefit of his own people – something the Anglo American oil companies will never accept.

In Russia a security service whistle-blower has recently revealed how the KGB’s successor the FSB was in 1999 responsible for bomb attacks on flats in Moscow and elsewhere which claimed 300 lives. Blamed on “Chechen terrorists”, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, himself an ex KGB boss, used these atrocities as the justification for an all out assault in Chechnya. [8]

There is hardly a country in central and south America where the CIA has not been involved in covert operations to maintain a regime, or help impose a regime, no matter how ruthless, so long as it supports the interests of the U.S. elite. Chile, Panama, El Salvador, Nicaragua are the best known and all this ties in well with the “Grand Area” envisaged by the Council on Foreign Relations back in 1941. Indeed a terrorist training facility is maintained at home in the US. Set up in 1946, it was called the “School of the Americas” but has recently renamed itself the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Co-operation. Its victims run into many thousands. It is based in Fort Benning, Georgia, and it is funded by the US government. It has trained more than 60,000 soldiers and policemen in Central and South America. Among its graduates are many of the continent’s most notorious torturers, mass murderers, dictators and state terrorists. For example, in 1993, the United Nations truth commission on El Salvador named the army officers who had committed the worst atrocities of the civil war. Two-thirds of them had been trained at the School of the Americas. In Chile, the school’s graduates ran both Augusto Pinochet’s secret police and his three principal concentration camps. In February 2001 an SOA graduate in Colombia was convicted of complicity in the torture and killing of 30 peasants by paramilitaries. The school’s training manuals include top tips for terrorists such as blackmail, torture, execution and the arrest of witnesses’ relatives. [9]

So who is behind the security services? Not being answerable to government, they appear to be a law unto themselves, but in reality they are actually corporately backed and receive corporate funding as well as state funding. They do the bidding of the military industrial complex with their orders coming from a cabal of financial, industrial and political godfathers. Their sponsors include the Royal Institute for International Affairs, the Council for Foreign Relations, the European Round Table of Industrialists, the Bilderberg Group, the Tri lateral Commission, World Economic Forum etc. They have their own forum too – the Pinay Circle, the membership of which reinforces the point, being made up as it is, of senior personnel from the CIA ,MI6, Mossad etc, along with military chiefs, right wing politicians, bankers and corporate bosses [10]. MI6 and the CIA are essentially the same beast, and other agencies such as the German BDR and Israel’s Mossad are closely connected. The Special Air Services (SAS) is the military connection to MI6 – SAS units frequently implement “special operations” abroad designed to help achieve political objectives – e.g. training local guerrillas and dissidents to overthrow a national government not amenable to corporate aims. The training of Kurdish separatists in northern Iraq to fight against Saddam Hussein is a current long running example, and the recruitment and training in the 1980s, of the “Mujihadeen” to overthrow the socialist government of Afghanistan and remove the Russian presence that supported it, is another example.

Whereas MI6 is essentially concerned with overseas operations, MI5 is concerned with domestic operations. One department deals with breaking into private property, bugging and intimidating targets, another with prying into the personal affairs of deemed “subversives” and yet another linking in with the SAS is involved in physical intimidation, beatings and murder [11] A classic example of the corporate agenda being pursued by an intelligence service that has come to light recently, is the CIA’s funding of the European Movement in Britain as far back as the 1950’s, the object of which was to promote British membership of the European Union’s forerunner the Common Market. [12]

1 “Echelon – the NSA’s Global Spying Network” Nexus magazine Aug/Sept 1999 – Nexus is available by subscription from 55 Queen’s Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 1BG.
2 “Law will allow police to spy on phone and net traffic”. Guardian 31/5/02
3 See under “Comment” in Positive News Autumn 2001 – Positive News is a quarterly newspaper which, unlike the mainstream media, concentrates on the good things that are happening in the world, with contacts for getting involved in a wide range of projects and good causes. Available from 5 Bicton Enterprise Centre, Clun, Shropshire, SY7 8NF.
4 For in depth studies in this very difficult area see “Notes from the Borderland” No. 3 by Larry O’Hara, BM Box 4769, London WC1N 3XX. Also “Lobster” magazine produced by Robin Ramsay, (address see note 3 above) is possibly the most reliable magazine regularly examining the role of the security services. The circumstances surrounding the Omagh bomb and the role of undercover agents in the IRA is covered in an article “A security service war unmasked” Morning Star 30/7/02.
5 See Nexus magazine which regularly runs articles on the drugs trade e.g. “Deep Black – the CIA’s Secret Drug Wars” by David Guyatt. Nexus Dec97/Jan98.
6 See book “Final Judgement” by Michael Collins Piper (The Centre for Historical Review 5th. Edition 2001) – available through American Free Press.
7 See Lobster magazine Winter 1999 – which also challenges the claim in the press that in 1999, Libya finally admitted responsibility for the killing.
8 See “Trial in absentia for Russian defector” – Guardian 29/5/02.
9 See George Monbiot writing in the Guardian 30/10/01.
10 See “The Pinay Circle – an invisible network” – Nexus Aug/Sept 1996.
11 The book “Princess Diana – the Hidden Evidence” by Jon King and John Beveridge (SPI Books 2002) Chapters 4 to 8 are very good source of information on the security and intelligence services. Not only does the book contain very clear evidence that Diana was murdered and how a road traffic “accident” is a favoured method of assassination by the intelligence services, but it explores in detail the many motives for her murder.
12 See “15 Lies from the European Movement” pamphlet by Rodney Atkinson – available from 1 Sands Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE16 3DJ.