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  • Jack Straw Admits Release of Lockerbie Terrorist Was ALL ABOUT OIL

    09/04/2009 6:56:42 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 10 replies · 724+ views
    UK Telegraph/The Lid ^ | 9/4/09 | The Lid
    Many people around the world, not just the relatives of the victims of the 270 people killed when Abdel Baset al-Megrahi blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over a Scottish town, are still furious about his release from a Scottish prison and the warm greetings extended to him when he arrived in Libya. The TV cameras showed the gala reception, Qaddafi hugging Megrahi, and Megrahi kissing the Libyan despot. Libya's leader then praised his "friend" British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the British government on Thursday for what he called their "courage" in allowing Megrahi's release. "To my friends in...
  • Jack Straw admits Lockerbie bomber's release was linked to oil

    09/04/2009 5:52:39 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies · 713+ views ^ | Sept. 4, 2009 | Mary Riddell, Simon Johnson and Andrew Porter
    Jack Straw has reignited the row over the release of the Lockerbie bomber by admitting for the first time that trade and oil were an essential part of the Government’s decision to include him in a prisoner transfer deal with Libya. The Justice Secretary said he was unapologetic about including Abdelbaset al Megrahi in the agreement, citing a multi-million-pound oil deal signed by BP and Libya six weeks later. The admission directly contradicts Gordon Brown's insistence only days ago that oil deals were not a factor in the prisoner's release. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Mr Straw also...
  • Downing Street approved Lockerbie bomber deal

    08/30/2009 4:11:52 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 43 replies · 1,808+ views
    Times Online ^ | August 30, 2009 | Suzy Jagger and Tom Baldwin
    Gordon Brown was dragged into the centre of the row over the early release of the Lockerbie bomber last night after it emerged that a key decision that could have paved the way for the terrorist to serve his sentence in Libya was approved by Downing Street. A source close to Jack Straw told The Times that the move to include Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi in a prisoner transfer agreement in 2007 was a government decision and was not made at the sole discretion of the Justice Secretary. “It wasn’t just Jack who decided this. It was a Government decision....
  • UK: New law to back 'have-a-go-heroes' (Justice Secretary says it'll be okay to tackle thugs)

    07/12/2008 8:38:19 PM PDT · by Stoat · 12 replies · 217+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | July 12, 2008 | CLODAGH HARTLEY
      Jack Straw ... law will back heroes            New law to back 'have-a-go-heroes'     By CLODAGH HARTLEY Home Affairs Correspondent Published: 12 Jul 2008     NEW legislation will protect “have-a-go heroes” who intervene in crimes or use force to defend themselves, Justice Secretary Jack Straw vowed last night. From Monday a person’s actions will be judged on the situation “as they saw it at the time” — even if in hindsight the force could be classed as unreasonable, according to insiders. Mr Straw told The Sun: “We’re not going to have a...
  • Terrorist is released early under scheme to ease prison overcrowding crisis

    03/30/2008 6:38:07 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 5 replies · 278+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 28th March 2008 | MATTHEW HICKLEY
    Jack Straw yesterday closed a loophole in prison release rules that saw two terrorists freed early to ease overcrowding. Yassin Nassari, who was caught with plans for a military rocket, was last month given his liberty 17 days early, officials admitted. Another terrorist, who is understood to be teenager Abdul Patel, benefited from the early release scheme in January. Within hours of the two cases coming to light yesterday, Mr Straw issued a hurried announcement saying terrorists would no longer be freed early. The Justice Secretary's critics said the U-turn was a sign of disarray in Whitehall. They demanded to...
  • UK: It will be OK to bash a burglar (Victims will now be allowed to defend a degree)

    12/19/2007 11:25:39 PM PST · by Stoat · 5 replies · 152+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | December 20, 2007 | GRAEME WILSON
    Straw ... proposals    It will be OK to bash a burglar     By GRAEME WILSON Published: Today     HAVE-a-go heroes who defend themselves against thugs and burglars are to be protected, Justice Secretary Jack Straw pledged yesterday. People who use reasonable force should not fear prosecution, he said. He is proposing reforms he says would protect people who ACTED “instinctively”, FEARED for their safety or the safety of others and used FORCE that was not “excessive or disproportionate”. Mr Straw – who has helped catch muggers or burglars four times himself – said: “Law-abiding citizens should...
  • Veiled Threat - Why it may be important to see a woman's face

    11/07/2006 5:01:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1,729+ views
    National Review via The Manhattan Institute ^ | November 20, 2006 | THEODORE DALRYMPLE
    Not long ago in the hospital in which I once worked, a young male nurse was asked by the administration to remove the ironmongery with which he had recently adorned his face and ears. He was outraged by this assault on his inalienable right to mutilate himself in any way that he chose, which he believed to be narrow-minded. He was, after all, the owner of his face and ears in fee simple; they were his to dispose of as he saw fit. As it happens, he was a decent and dedicated young man, albeit one with the bad taste...
  • Straw backs BBC Taleban interview

    10/26/2006 10:55:58 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 2 replies · 286+ views
    BBC ^ | 10/26/06 | n/a
    Commons leader Jack Straw has defended the BBC's decision to broadcast an interview with a Taleban spokesman. The report had been "informative" and "good" and it was "important to see the nature of these people", he told MPs. Tory MP Julian Lewis had demanded a ministerial statement on the broadcast of "unalloyed Taleban propaganda". But Mr Straw said "independence of journalism" was one the BBC's strengths and it must not be directly influenced, "particularly" by ministers or MPs. "The difference is that in Taleban-controlled territory, anybody who steps out of line is killed. "We are a democracy, and we are...
  • Straw refuses to back down as he faces constituents

    10/14/2006 2:05:34 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 31 replies · 611+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | October 14, 2006 | Nigel Bunyan
    Anyone expecting Jack Straw to be cowed on his first return to Blackburn since the row over veils embroiled him a week earlier would have been disappointed yesterday.He began the day by engaging in the sort of shuttle diplomacy that was his stock in trade until he left the Foreign Office to become Leader of the Commons. Except that for New York, Baghdad and Teheran read the Asian-dominated suburbs of Brookhouse and Little Harwood. Later, in the town hall, he held court, making clear that he took back not a single word of his remarks and going on to develop...
  • (Robert) Spencer on the Straw Flap at Hotair

    10/13/2006 1:01:08 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 2 replies · 454+ views ^ | 10/12/2006 | n/a
    This week's Jihad Watch videoblog at Hotair explores the controversy that Jack Straw, of all people, has kicked up in Britain by suggesting that he'd rather Muslim women didn't wear the niqab when they come see him.
  • Salman Rushdie says Muslim veils 'suck'

    10/10/2006 7:32:51 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 14 replies · 1,083+ views ^ | 10/10/2006 | Staff
    The row over Muslim women's dress codes reignited today after author Salman Rushdie declared that "veils suck". Rushdie, whose book The Satanic Verses triggered death threats from Islamic clerics, gave his full backing to Leader of the Commons Jack Straw for raising the issue. Rushdie was forced into hiding for 10 years after Iranian cleric Ayatollah Khomeini served a "fatwah" on him over his book's alleged slight on the prophet Mohammed. He had round-the-clock police protection costing nearly £1 million a year, although that has been downgraded in recent years after Iran indicated the death sentence no longer applied. But...
  • Row over veil remarks rumbles on (in UK)

    10/08/2006 5:16:23 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 5 replies · 456+ views
    Reuters UK ^ | Oct 8, 2006 | Jeremy Lovell
    A row over Leader of the House of Commons Jack Straw's remarks that it would be better for social integration if Muslim women did not veil their faces refused to die down on Sunday. The comments last week by Straw provoked Muslim ire, political tremors and public commentaries that he had voiced a feeling silently held by many people. The row erupted after Straw, whose northern English constituency has a large Muslim population, revealed that he asked visitors to his office to remove their veils, saying they acted as "a visible statement of separation and difference". But he defended Muslims'...
  • My Straw poll: extremists must be seen for what they are

    10/08/2006 4:46:39 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 328+ views ^ | 9/10/2006 | Charles Moore
    The most interesting thing about Jack Straw's pronouncement on the Muslim veil is that it was made by Jack Straw. No prominent British politician has been more friendly towards Muslims. With 25,000 of them in his Blackburn constituency, he has a clear reason to avoid giving offence. Whether on big policy issues such as Iran's nuclear bomb, on which he was terribly weak when Foreign Secretary, or on small matters of style, Mr Straw has always stood out for his Islamophilia, and has sometimes been craven towards extremists. When the Danish cartoons of Mohammed were published, he attacked the European...
  • Veil: British papers back Straw

    10/07/2006 7:23:13 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 15 replies · 631+ views ^ | 10/7/2006 | Staff
    British newspapers on Saturday backed cabinet minister Jack Straw after the political storm sparked by his remarks that veils worn by Muslim women harmed community relations. Former foreign secretary Straw wrote in his local newspaper that a veil was "a visible statement of separation and difference" and that he was more comfortable dealing with female visitors to his local political office with their faces uncovered. Most UK dailies turned their leading articles to the nationwide debate -- and subsequent protests -- triggered by Straw, now in charge of government business in the House of Commons. Many of them published picture...
  • Straw veil call sparks Muslim fury (Jack Straw grows a spine?)

    10/06/2006 5:20:47 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 8 replies · 540+ views ^ | 10/6/2006 | Staff
    A senior British Cabinet minister has sparked fury by saying that Muslim women who wore full veils made community relations more difficult. Jack Straw wrote in a newspaper that a veil was "a visible statement of separation and difference" and that he was more comfortable dealing with female visitors to his local political office with their faces uncovered. But Muslim leaders in Straw's Blackburn constituency in northwest England said many Muslim women would find his comments "offensive and disturbing." Straw, leader of the House of Commons and the former foreign secretary, said he was concerned that "wearing the full veil...
  • Take off your veils, says Straw

    10/05/2006 11:36:08 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 23 replies · 765+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | October 6, 2006 | Nigel Bunyan and Graeme Wilson
    Jack Straw provoked anger yesterday by suggesting that community relations would be helped if Muslim women did not wear full veils.The Leader of the Commons disclosed that for the past year he had been asking women who visited his constituency office to remove their veils so that he could see them face-to-face. He always made sure that he was accompanied by a female member of staff and so far no constituent had refused to lift her veil. Mr Straw said that wearing the full veil was bound to make "better, positive relations" between communities more difficult, as it could be...
  • Sudan Warns Britain That Intervention Could Turn Into Another Iraq

    07/22/2004 7:29:23 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 583+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-23-2004 | George Jones/Andrew Sparrow/Rachel Sylvester
    Sudan warns Britain that intervention could turn into another Iraq By George Jones, Andrew Sparrow and Rachel Sylvester (Filed: 23/07/2004) British troops are welcome to enter the Darfur region, Sudan's foreign minister said yesterday, but they would rapidly find themselves in an Iraq-like situation. Responding to a British newspaper report suggesting that Tony Blair was considering options to send troops to the region, Mustafa Ismail said his government was willing to withdraw from Darfur. Children at Abu Shok refugee camp "We will give him the chance if he can give security to Darfur," Mr Ismail said in Paris. But he...
  • How the US fired Jack Straw

    08/06/2006 5:47:56 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 15 replies · 1,161+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | 08/07/06 | William Rees-Mogg
    The Foreign Secretary spoke his mind on the Middle East — and became a target in Washington WHEN JACK STRAW was replaced by Margaret Beckett as Foreign Secretary, it seemed an almost inexplicable event. Mr Straw had been very competent — experienced, serious, moderate and always well briefed. Margaret Beckett is embarrassingly inexperienced. I made inquiries in Washington and was told that Donald Rumsfeld, the Defence Secretary, had taken exception to Mr Straw’s statement that it would be “nuts” to bomb Iran. The United States, it was said, had put pressure on Tony Blair to change his Foreign Secretary. Mr...
  • Did Bush Force British Minister Out?

    05/07/2006 2:55:41 PM PDT · by gwb43_2004 · 33 replies · 1,233+ views
    CBS NEWS ^ | May 7, 2006
    (CBS/AP) Two London papers have speculated this weekend that complaints by President George W. Bush forced a British minister from his post because of his opposition to the use of nuclear force against Iran. The Independent suggests that a phone call from the U.S. president to British Prime Minister Tony Blair led to the removal of Foreign Secretary Jack Straw Friday. The newspaper reports that friends of Straw believe Mr. Bush was extremely upset when Straw pronounced any use of nuclear weapons against Iran "nuts." Both The Independent and the Guardian write that Straw's "fate was sealed" after a White...
  • Ayatollah Jack Straw, British Foreign Secretary was fired!

    05/05/2006 5:57:13 AM PDT · by remuk · 17 replies · 1,191+ views
    Forbes (AP) ^ | 5 May 2006 | remuk
    Good news, the main advocate of mullahs' appeasement policy and ayatollah lover who had blocked the regime change in Iran for almost a decade is gone. AP says, "Prime Minister Tony Blair fired his law and order chief Friday and chose a new foreign secretary in a wide-ranging Cabinet shuffle a day after his party took a pounding in local elections". I believe a big obstacle towards getting rid of the mullahs for ever is gone, Europe hopefully strengthen its position against Iran and gets tougher on Ahmadinejad. The man is on a head on collision course expecting the...