Skip to comments.Loving Big Brother (London Police Shooting)
Posted on 07/26/2005 10:36:38 PM PDT by Coleus
|Loving Big Brother
by William Norman Grigg
July 26, 2005
The July 22 shooting death of Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes at the hands of plainclothes London police left Fox News commentator John Gibson swooning with admiration.
"I love the way the Brits have 10 million cameras sticking up the nose of every citizen no matter where they are, except in the loo [bathroom]," exulted the host of the Fox program "The Big Story." "What is also good is the Brit police tactics that we saw at work in the subway Friday morning. The tackle and kill team is incredible, if for no other reason than their bravery. Can you imagine the job of those cops? Tackle the guy wearing a vest bomb and hope your colleague is right behind with the gun to put five bullets in the noggin before he sets off the bomb."
The problem is, the Brazilian national didnt have a bomb, wasnt connected in any way to the terrorists responsible for recent attacks in London, was in the country legally, and hadnt been involved in any illegal activities of any kind. Much of this was known at the time Gibson wrote his mash note to the British cops just hours after the event. Still, he continued, one has to admire "the cojones of those Brit cops to go after him like that . Five in the noggin is fine. Dont complain that sounds barbaric. Were fighting barbaric."
Gibson, like many other neo-"conservative" media figures, is a nebbishy pencil-neck whose pipe-cleaner arms would snap like dry twigs if he were forced to perform a push-up. Its tempting to say Gibsons essay, riddled with unconvincing tough-guy slang, represents what Dr. Thomas Fleming calls "vicarious masculinity." More serious than Gibsons man-crush on British counter-terrorism cops is his unbuttoned embrace of totalitarian police state tactics a type of behavior becoming very common among Bushs conservative followers.
The lethal tactics extolled by Gibson ("five in the noggin" first, ask questions later) were taught to British counter-terrorism police by Israels National Police (INP), and the Israeli Security Service, Shin Bet. Notes Canadian international affairs analyst Michel Chossudovsky: "The shoot to kill policy was undertaken under the auspices of `Operation Kratos, named after the mythical Spartan hero. It was carried out by the London Metropolitan's elite SO19 firearms unit often referred to as the Blue Berets . The training of the S019 marksmen was patterned on that of Israel." According to The July 23 Scottish Daily Record, S019 had been briefed "by officers who had been to Israel to meet their counterparts there and pick up tips gleaned from the experience of dealing with Hamas bombers."
Chossudovsky also points out that "Israel has also collaborated in the training of members of the FBI and the LAPD." A report in the July 15 Houston Chronicle documents that "the combat-garbed men patrolling light rail stations and bus transit centers" in Texas, individuals who "look like soldiers, but their uniforms say POLICE" have also received specialized training by Israeli counter-terrorism specialists.
In Houston, officers of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) consists of "16 Metro police officers and two sergeants [who have] trained with `experts from Israel as well as from the FBI, Transportation Security Administration and several U.S. transit agencies," reported the Chronicle. The team "was formed shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks but had not been deployed in public until the July 7 terrorist bombings of trains and a bus in London."
Its reasonable to suspect that SORT-style teams are being prepared in other major cities across the U.S., presumably trained in the same "five in the noggin" rules of engagement that made Gibsons heart beat ever so faster. And its both interesting and unsettling to wonder what other surprises of this sort will be unveiled next time a terrorist attack occurs in London, New York, or elsewhere.
Incidentally, while Israeli counter-terrorist specialists have been training local police in Great Britain and the U.S. back in the 1990s, Washington was lavishing similar attention on the "security" forces of Yasser Arafats regime. As The New American reported in 1997, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms disclosed that fact during a counter-terrorism seminar in Chicago.
Complicating things even further is the fact that Hamas the terrorist group whose murderous depredations justified the "shoot-to-kill" tactics employed by the Israelis, and taught to British and (most likely) U.S. police was essentially a creation of Israeli intelligence. "Israel and Hamas may currently be locked in deadly combat, but, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials, beginning in the late 1970s, Tel Aviv gave direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas over a period of years," reported United Press International in 2002. "Israel `aided Hamas directly -- the Israelis wanted to use it as a counterbalance to the PLO [Palestinian Liberation Organization], said Tony Cordesman, Middle East analyst for the Center for Strategic Studies."
Its an old story, one captured in Frederic Bastiats despairing observation that governments increase their powers by creating the poison and the antidote in the same laboratory. The same governments supposedly protecting us from terrorism have long cultivated many of the same terrorists and terror organizations that now threaten us, leaving the public insecure and increasingly willing to surrender personal liberty in pursuit of safety.
And abetting this cynical power grab are purported journalists like John Gibson, who rather than confronting the corrupt exercise of power lecture the public about their duty to love Big Brother.
Meanwhile the second wave of bombers are laughing.
Wow! I thought I was cynical.
John Gibson is a frigging idiot.
What is wrong with people? Bombs are going off killing hundreds of innocents all over the world and these morons are whining about the police trying to protect the citizens? Have we all gone MAD???? I feel like this is the real Twilight Zone!
I completely agree.
Gibson needs some sun. The Brits have the right idea and I think they were justified in shooting the guy.
Anybody that could be so happy about being under the kind of surveillance society that the Brits maintain is a frigging idiot. And that's not the only thing that makes him a frigging idiot, that's just the most recent.
Okay, if you say so.
You asked, I said so :) Have a nice evening :)
Everyone is was laughing at that nut Madsen for calling FR, among other things, home to the John Birch Society and like clockwork the JBS newsletter is posted on FR.
Aye. I'll go along with that as well.
Televised accounts of Israeli forces apprehending and assisting bombers in disarming their belts are existant and happened within the last 2 or 3 years..
A young boy, (2 in fact) were stopped and were not shot..
Newspaper and magazine articles as well as other press reports recount numerous bombers in Israel that are identified, and "talked" down.. Not shot..
The point of the article was that government(s) tend to be the "cause" of the problems in the first place..
Those same governments then "solve" the problem by eroding individual liberties..
The author was correct in the premise of his article..
As for jumping a turnstile, resisting arrest or failing to obey the direct command of a LE officer is concerned, while those acts may be illegal, only dire circumstance justifies use of deadly force..
Granted, the extremely tense situation in London contributed to this tragic shooting, but "suspicion" is still not the same as "I observed what appeared to be a bomb strapped to the suspect's waist.. "..
Not the same at all..
I will excuse the officer's over-reaction due to circumstance..
But I refuse to Justify It..
They made a mistake..
They were wrong, and a man died...
"Let's do the time warp again."
Don't waste your time. I've been through these arguements on other forums, and these "neo-con" idiots are the type of fools who would sacrifice freedom for the illusion of security. Exactly like their Dim-rat counterparts. And to be honest, there is quite a bit bigotry here too. The fools keep talking about "arabic" looks and such BS.
Don't worry, Mark Steyn agreed that this shooting went too far as well. And he's a hellava more intelligent than some of the sheltered folks who just want to "kill 'em all and let God sort it out!" types.