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EVERYWHERE — A request for more information on the extradition of Julian Assange has been refused under sections 27(1)(a) 30(1)(c) and 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Information is exempt information under 27(1)(a) if its disclosure under the FOIA would, or would be likely to, prejudice relations between the United Kingdom and any other State.
There is a vital public interest in maintaining good relations between the UK and other States to enable effect to be given to international commitments and treaty obligations in relation to criminal justice.
If communications were to be released into the public domain, officials within the criminal justice arena would feel inhibited to freely justify and maintain their thought process when making decisions.
It is vital that officials are able to engage in discussion and debate with other criminal justice Departments with the object of achieving better prosecution decisions as possible, lack of candour in the decision making process would have adverse ramifications on the integrity of the extradition process we have in place.
The material you have requested concerns the extradition of Julian Assange. Much of the material held is personal data as defined by s.1 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998). A proportion of this personal data is sensitive personal data as it concerns an alleged commission of a criminal offence.
Upon review we believe that none of the criteria are met in either schedule and therefore releasing personal data to you would breach the principles of the DPA 1998.
There You Have It
So there you have it: personal data on Julian Assange may not be released (primarily to Julian Assange) because... Because 'blah blah' actually. Take the wider picture.
Freedom of information acts were enacted in many countries to provide transparency into government conspiracies. A conspiracy by definition is something going on where the players don't want the world at large to know what they're up to.
Given the status of Julian Assange, it's hardly surprising there's a conspiracy afoot.
But that must make us all pause and wonder. For if those grandiose FOIAs aren't effective in getting the information we want, the information the conspiracies want to hide, then what good are they?
And the UK? What are they afraid of anyway?
New World Order
Rule Britannia? Britannia rule the waves? Not so much. The wise politicians in the United Kingdom understood long ago that their commonwealth would no longer be predominant in world affairs. They've actually been given a lot of credit for voluntarily accepting a downgrade to trusted lapdog of their former colony, the united 'States of America'.
And Britannia ruled the waves? O RLY? That was nothing like what we have today.
Coups & Covert Ops
The US currently have military in more than 150 countries. Wikipedia can only account for 206 countries all told.
A partial list of US coups and covert ops since the 1950s.
- 1953 - Democratically elected Iranian PM Mohammed Mossadegh overthrown by the CIA for threatening to nationalise British oil.
- 1954 - Coup in Guatemala sponsored by CIA topples Jacobo Árbenz Guzmán for threatening to oust US interests that controlled most of the economy.
- 1957 - One CIA coup per year in Laos until 1973 in attempt to nullify democratic elections. CIA even created a clandestine army of mercenaries. But after successive defeats, they start bombing the shit out of the country, dropping more bombs than in all of World War II. 25% of the population become refugees as a result, many living in caves.
- 1961 - CIA decided their Dominican Republic puppet Rafael Trujillo was too big for their own good (he started competing with US business interests) and so provided the weapons for his assassination.
- 1961 - Military forces backed by CIA force the democratically elected president of Ecuador (José Velasco) to resign. The vice president fills the president's shoes, then CIA move their own man into the vacant vice president slot.
- 1961 - Democratically elected PM of the Congo Patrice Lumumba killed with the help of the CIA.
- 1963 - Military coup engineered by CIA in Dominican Republic overthrows democratically elected Juan Bosch.
- 1963 - Military forces backed by CIA overthrow Ecuador president Arosemena whose policies had become 'unacceptable' to Washington.
- 1964 - Military forces backed by CIA overthrow Brazilian president João Goulart, replacing him with one of the most bloodthirsty juntas in history, creating the first Latin American 'death squads' who hunt down political opponents.
- 1965 - Democratically elected Sukarno finally overthrown by CIA in Indonesia after eight years of failed attempts including assassination and sexual intrigue. Sukarno's successor Suharto will massacre 500,000 - 1,000,000 civilians, names often supplied by CIA.
- 1965 - Greek PM George Papandreou removed by king with backing of CIA for failing to support US interests.
- 1965 - Mobutu Sese Seko installed as dictator of Congo by military coup backed by CIA.
- 1967 - Military coup in Greece backed by CIA two days before national elections (because George Papandreou was favoured to win) bringing in the 'reign of the colonels' also backed by the CIA, a 'reign of terror' with widespread torture and murder. A Greek ambassador asks the White House about plans for Cyprus and is told by president Lyndon Johnson: 'fuck your parliament and your constitution'.
- 1967 - Agents in south Vietnam helped by CIA to identify and murder 20,000 Viet Cong leaders.
- 1969 - Notorious CIA torturer Dan Mitrione arrives in Uruguay and convinces locals to use torture as a routine widespread practice. Mitrione's motto is 'the precise pain, in the precise place, in the precise amount, for the desired effect'. Revolutionaries kidnap and murder him a year later.
- 1971 - Military forces backed by CIA overthrow Bolivian president Juan Torres. The installed dictator Hugo Banzer arrests, tortures, rapes, and executes over 2,000 political opponents in the next two years.
- 1973 - Latin America's first democratically elected socialist leader president Salvador Allende overthrown by CIA for nationalising US financial interests. CIA previously offered $1 million by ITT to engineer the coup. Allende replaced by the notorious Pinochet who tortured and murdered thousands in a crackdown on Allende sympathisers.
- 1975 - Angolan Jonas Savimbi backed by CIA who have to run the campaign 'off the books' until 1984 when US congress again legalised funding. The ensuing war killed over 300,000 Angolans.
- 1979 - Supplies by CIA to any forces opposing Soviet presence in Afghanistan, ensuring that when Soviets finally leave, civil war will erupt.
- 1981 - Arms sales to Iran through the CIA, the profits channeled to Contras in Nicaragua. Ronald Reagan promises he'll get the Nicaraguans to 'say uncle'. The CIA's Freedom Fighter's Manual for the Contras includes instruction on economic sabotage, propaganda, extortion, bribery, blackmail, interrogation, torture, murder, and political assassination.
- 1981 - Military advisers sent to El Salvador.
And that's only the coups and covert ops. That's not the overt military operations. That's way more. Here's Bill Blum's map for that part of it.
And just as a sidebar: the Iranians are currently surrounded by 45 US military bases mostly on or close to their borders. And they're supposed to be a threat? Are they supposed to be acting in a threatening way?
'We're All Fucked'
Now a bit of a hop skip and jump over the pond to you-know-where. And whilst most people outside the US regard their situation as increasingly hopeless, how do the good people of the US feel about it? Here comes Luke Rudowski.
A military presence in over three quarters of the countries on the planet. An unfettered list of military coups, torture, intrigue, assassination going all the way back (more or less) to the founding of the country when natives were regarded as 'savage' and the 'Americas' as a whole were considered 'fair game' for the 'States of America'.
'Render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power... quartering large bodies of armed troops among us... depriving us in many cases of the benefit of Trial by Jury... transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences... plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people... an absolute Tyranny... let Facts be submitted to a candid world.'
I should welcome almost any war for I think this country needs one.
- Teddy Roosevelt
The flag has not been planted in foreign soil to acquire more territory but for humanity's sake.
- McKinley campaign poster
Wikipedia: List of sovereign states
Wikipedia: United States military deployments
Legislation.gov.uk: Freedom of Information Act 2000
Wikipedia: Timeline of United States military operations
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