It must be a dangerous place to be when one thinks one is so intelligent that anything that comes out of one’s mouth-bottom will be believed by everyone else – because they are stupid.
Such was the case this evening while watching the BBC news which featured the useful idiot Theresa May talking about the holding of David Miranda at Heathrow airport.
Describing Theresa May as talking out of a horse’s arse is an insult to horses. At least when something comes out of a horse’s arse you can have a reasonable idea of what to expect – especially if you stand too close. But with May, you just don’t know what string of superior, inane, and condescending sycophantic buzzwords and non-committal phrasing she is going to try to put together in her version of ‘communication’.
As with most government ministers, May lives in her own little ‘superior’ bubble where there is no sign of the real world in which real people live. There may also be no sign of life, as the robotic response to a question about the detention of David Miranda under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 was met with “I think that it’s absolutely right that if the police believe that somebody is in possession of highly sensitive stolen information that could help terrorists, that could risk lives, or lead to a potential loss of life, that the police are able to act, and that’s what the law enables them to do.”
The US and UK governments (not much difference between them in many ways) are desperate to get hold of the information Edward Snowden has secreted away not because of the information getting into the hands of ‘terrorists’, but because they do not want it to get into the public domain and for their lies to be exposed to the world.
Current intelligence information has a very short shelf-life, so any information Snowden has access to is more likely to concern past events rather than up to date intelligence. If the information was a serious threat to current operations, Snowden would have a limited time in which he could release it to have any significant impact. Instead, Snowden has kept it back from the public domain – perhaps as an ‘insurance policy’ in case the authorities get too close to him.
If that is the case, then the information must have long-term value, especially considering that Snowden has undertaken not to make any more revelations while in exile in Russia – which could be up to a year under Russia’s current arrangement with Snowden. If the information has long-term value then it must concern an event, or events, in which the US (or it’s close allies) have acted in an illegal, or morally reprehensible way, and which would seriously damage the US government (and/or its allies) in some way.
For Theresa May to proclaim that the detention of David Miranda was anything other than an attempt to harass Greenwald and/or Snowden is complete rubbish. Greenwald and Snowden are both highly intelligent individuals who have (so far) foiled the attempts of US authorities to obtain the ‘mystery’ information. To think that they would risk entrusting that information (or anything which could lead to its discovery) to a close associate who is sure to be under surveillance is ridiculous.
Everything that David Miranda had in his possession when he arrived at Heathrow has been (or will be) forensically inspected by the authorities in the hope that there is some clue to the whereabouts of the information they want back or destroyed. Again, Greenwald and Snowden would be well aware of this and would take the necessary precautions.
Theresa May told BBC news “But we live in a country where those decisions as to whether or not to stop somebody or arrest somebody are not for me as home secretary, they are for the police to take.” This statement is somewhat contradicted by a statement from Scotland Yard which said a detailed decision-making progress had taken place, and by the claim of May that she was pre-informed of Miranda travelling to the UK. Unusually, there was no mention of MI5 being involved.
Miranda was held for nine hours, which David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation described as ‘unusual’, and will meet with police authorities to discuss Miranda’s detention.
As we have come to expect of the BBC, they failed to ask the hard questions, or to show any part of an interview with Miranda in Brazil which would cast doubt on the motives of May and her cronies. Thank goodness there are other news sources who are not afraid to challenge the smoke and mirrors the UK government tries to hide their agenda behind.
So next time you are in a field with a horse, and they are about to do what comes naturally, appreciate the experience and remember that it is a thousand times more honest than what comes out of a politician’s mouth-bottom.