Why stop him being extradited?

If you physically rob a bank in the United Kingdom and get arrested, convicted and sentenced; you serve time in a British prison (also known as Butlins’). Stands to reason, you do the crime: you serve the time! But what happens if you use T’Internet to literally rob a bank in New Jersey, or Montana? The Justice officials in London would receive an extradition request from a Court in America, so that your physical presence would be tried where the crime was committed; in New Jersey or Montana. It is equable. You may have stayed in London, or in Macclesfield, when tapping away at your keyboard, but the results of your criminal activity were felt in New Jersey, or Montana, and that; mate, is where you will be tried and sentenced, if found guilty.

But what would be, or rather should be; the outcome if you were part of a hacker collective; if you thought you were above the law; if you had the idea that you could show people, ezpeshully the ‘Merricun Guvmmint’ that they were wrong, and they should listen to you, and you decided that you would take action to prove that you knew better than the authorities.

Amongst the many targets which the oh-so-smart Lauri Love penetrated were:-

  • Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Missouri
  • US Department of Health and Human Services breached
  • US Sentencing Commission website defaced with a video criticising sentences for internet crimes. Site stayed down for three weeks
  • As well as the sites, thousands of e-mail addresses were looted from the servers, all by the same smart-arses which included Lauri Love

But he left a few clues, including the statement “I am invincible”, and the United States decided to prove that he wasn’t; ending up, two years after he cracked all these sites, with the Metropolitan Police on his doorstep, armed with an extradition warrant.

Then all the sob stories commenced peeling out of the ‘grab-bag’ of excuses usually trotted out by such as he, inclusive of the all-encompassing ‘Get-out-of-jail-free’ card known as Asberger’s Syndrome, eczema, declining mental health, etc., etc.. Now before any ATW reader reckons and claims I am unfeeling, grouchy or just don’t understand those who are afflicted by these problems; I have two relatives afflicted by this sort of problem, and I know of that which I speak. This bloke Lauri Love knew exactly what he was doing, knew exactly the type of damage he was going to wreak upon American Government web-sites, all allegedly in protest at the death of a fellow hacker who committed suicide.

He is charged with hacking the US government as part of a protest against the treatment of Aaron Swartz, a programmer renowned for helping develop the social network Reddit.Love stated “Swartz was symbolic,’ he says. ‘He was a totem for people that have been involved in the internet community, in building the technical architecture and shaping how it would evolve and integrate into society. I personally cried for days and was completely distraught after Aaron died.’

My opinion is encapsulated within the comment ‘Aw Diddums!’

He and his legal supporters will spin out the legal extradition processes, after the High Court, the Supreme Court, and then the European Court of Human Rights: he may get away with it, he may not; but the excuses, the ‘strong moral code’ it is said he possesses; all tell, one thing, and one thing only; he knew exactly what he was doing, and; in the words of the Sage:- “If you can’t do the time; Don’t do the Crime!”

You can fool all of the people; all of the time

Sunday Times’ Rod Liddle:- I interviewed Ian Smith, leader of Rhodesia until Independence, and asked; ‘How would Mugabe do as leader?’ Smith replied, ‘He will be there for thirty years, murder or imprison all of his opponents; and bankrupt the country!’

Not a terribly bad call.

 

In my long years of watching, viewing and commenting upon Black African Politics, I see nothing but the repeat, time and time again, of the new, or rather recycled thugs taking over the governing, or rather the raping, of the country they have “rescued” from the depredations of the last thuggish Dictator who has just been removed /overthrown /sliced-diced-refried /set on his way to his Swiss bank accounts.

When I first heard of the ‘Military’ arresting Mugabe, and then allowing the festering thief who is his wife Grace to claim asylum in Namibia, I felt that I could write the whole saga without a single reference to either broadcast TV, print and online newspapers or other political blogs. Yes, we saw the hundreds of thousands of protesters dancing in jubilation at the ‘theoretical’ downfall of the man who led Zimbabwe; but that jubilation turned sour when Mugabe refused to play ball, and stated he would continue.

My point, briefly, if any discussion on Black Africa can ever be short, or brief, or concise, is simply that one bunch of thieves is being stripped of their positions, graft, bank balances: but the Zimbabwean People will never, ever, see that reflected in their standards of living because the NEXT set of thieves, cut-throats and killers are ever ready to step in and grab the swag, the power and the Government positions which will enrich them; before any other.

For a sober, steady and reflective view of Zimbabwe in particular, and Black Africa in general, take a quiet half-hour, and graze through a sample of Cathy Buckle’s writings. There you will see the real story of Zimbabwe, a fabled land which truly held the title of ‘Breadbasket of Africa’, but sadly now holds the title of ‘Yet another Failed State’; where starvation rules amidst a land which was, truly, the most bounteous Country of all.

I might, indeed I probably will, be sneered at for my next sentence but, in my own view, it must be written, because it it true. The ONLY incorruptible State; in All of Africa, was when the Afrikaaners, and before them the English, ruled in South Africa.

Rohingyas: not enough angst, nowhere near enough blood.

The International Authorities stand accused; and Britain in particular, says international law expert Professor Penny Green, from Queen Mary University of London, interviewed by Sky News. She reckons the World is shirking its responsibilities by not labelling the forced removal of the Rohingyas as Genocide. But the good Professor is a little cagey when it comes to what happens after the ‘Genocide’ is agreed.

Do the Western Powers decide to invade Burma, punish these nasty Buddhists who are being so ruthless in simply fighting back against an armed Muslim insurgency in the only way they know how: which is by kicking these invaders out of Burma, and sending them back to where they came from? Do we invade yet another Regime’s country which we disagree with, on the grounds that they aren’t very nice people? Do these people who protest just a tad too loudly, do so because of the simple truth that, for once, it is Muslims which are getting kicked in the butt? Haven’t we seen enough of the effects in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya to have learned to keep our noses out of places which simply do not wish our presence or involvement

Genocide is a very specific term within the sparse vocabulary of International Law. It is defined as the structural and systematic destruction of innocent people by a state bureaucratic apparatus. I see no genocide in the deliberate movement of a large number of Muslims from Rakhine State to Bangladesh. Yes, they are being shoved out, but I see no holocaust, as there was with the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda and Burundi. The Hutus deliberately targeted Tutsis in a series of massacres, after the Hutu got cheesed off with Tutsi raids on Rwandan Hutu. Tribal violence is very near the surface in most of Black Africa with the uneducated masses easy to manipulate; and, when it explodes, such as in Kenya, its simply best to be somewhere else. I see forced movement in Burma, I see villages burnt, but is this not a modern version of ‘We don’t want you, and this is what happens when we get cheesed off with your violence, your murders and armed insurrections’. Its maybe not very pleasant to watch, but we shouldn’t get too loud about it; after all, from Spain’s colonial past, to America stretching out over the plains and the mountains; it has always been thus.

No, Professor Penny darlin’, just get back in your cushy little box, and find another project with which to beat the Western democracies over the head and chest with. The International Criminal Court just isn’t a suitable venue, and besides which Burma would probably tell you to go and get stuffed! Great Britain might plan to do many things, but take on a disciplined and motivated army the size of Burma’s without a damn good reason? We’re just not that daft; and besides which, our Armed Forces have been allowed to decay so much, we couldn’t even get a decent Armoured Division ready, and then transport them halfway around the world; because we are just not capable any more!

“The cost of everything: and the value of nothing!”

Sometimes, when reading the Guardian, I am reminded of the old aphorism; You must know your enemy in order to defeat him.

Before and during Hitler’s rise to power in 1920’s & 1930’s Germany, his power base was bolstered by his formation of the SturmAbteilung (SA); virtually his private army. Formed of mercenaries, former soldiers, and member of the Freikorps, they performed many duties with which the early Nazis didn’t wish to soil their hands. They persecuted Jews, formed bands and beat up political opponents, with blockades of universities against ‘undesirables’ such as Jews a speciality. They became very powerful, too powerful for the German Generals who now saw that Hitler was the coming ‘leader’; but they resisted accepting and working with him until Hitler accepted that one private Army was one too many. Hitler then organised the ‘Night of the Long Knives’; detaining and executing the top levels of the SA, and decimating the middle rank and file.

When one reads of huge Companies making ever larger profits out of doing work for the Public; for doing work which should be, or used to be done by the  Civil Service; we should examine their history, and see if their history (good or bad) has had any effect upon the value of further Contacts awarded to that Company: and more importantly why they were awarded the contracts after screwing up so badly.

Group 4 (G4S) has been handed a tender worth a conservative £290 millions, which would allow it to arrest and detain people who have not paid their Court fines, making it the first private Company whose employees will be given the power of detention by the State. Remember, these guys; G4S employees are not trained and Sworn officers, such as the Police are, they are civilians, just like you and I; they hold only allegiance to one entity, the Company which pays them.
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Brexit costs Money (Squared)

European Union demands Britain pay its fair share of all projects signed up to during her membership of the European Union.

That is all projects, useful, practical, helpful: or not; over four decades of waste.

Even the real pie-in-the-sky projects, dreamed up by people who fell in love with an idea so ridiculous that it should have been rubbish-bin-bound before being even printed.

Let me lead you down the path of sheer, utter stupidity; which, amongst others, had cost British taxpayers just over a million quid before the Government came to their belated senses and cancelled the whole stupid, outrageous, silly shebang: and then, the lunatics having taken over the Asylum, are again considering spending lots of our cash on, well, absolutely nothing workable at all! As well as the sheer lunacy of the Climate Change Act, which will cost us, here in the UK, billions of pounds to achieve: absolutely nothing!

The EU wanted to show super-willing, with all the garbage about either ‘Global Warming/Climate Change  (GW/CC) due to man-made Carbon Dioxide (CO2), which they claim too much of which is changing the weather, melting the ice-caps and flooding Pacific Islands. Lots of people have written lots of stuff about GW/CC, so I won’t bore you with the details. When I state that the first bloke to run with this lunacy was an American POLITICIAN named Al Gore, which should really have warned a lot of sensible people that a whole heap of cash was heading, well, Gore-wards! Suffice to say that ten thousand scientists have bodged up twenty million reports, graphs and papers, all telling us we’re all doomed: and people like me, only much, much smarter; are calmly saying “Hang about a bit, if you are right, we should be seeing this, or that. Instead, folks, we are seeing, well, not a lot of change at all.”

So the Europeans heard of the ‘Gold Standard’ of GW/CC strategies, which is Carbon Capture & Storage. This scheme, which basically says any Carbon Dioxide which comes from, say, a coal-fired Thermal Power Station should, I repeat SHOULD, be stored safely, preferably underground, and not released into the atmosphere, where it would be allegedly melting all that ice at the North Pole, and possibly the South Pole as well. So they spent £520 million quid on the planning and various detailed projects, and came up with Sweet **ck All; because they had got their sums wrong, and the (hoped for) technology just would not work, or be efficient, or not run thirty times over budget!

The British side of things was to set up a competition to design, build and operate a C.C.& S system, worth One Billion quid; but then they cancelled it, as I wrote, because it just would not work, and then some clown got the ear of yet another POLITICIAN, and now Claire Perry thinks she can SAVE THE WORLD from, well, not very much at all!

‘Zeus; Apollo: On Guard’

I rarely note the deaths of ‘Slebs’ or ‘singers’ whom I have never heard of; but I would make an exception this morning when I post on the death of John Hillerman. The surprising choice of a Texan to play the part of a grouchy, pedantic English butler, working as caretaker in a Hawaiian Island estate, who was lumbered with the erratic detective Magnum, played of course by Tom Selleck, made the series; catapulted Selleck into the big time, and furnished a slightly-surprised Texan with a legion of fans, all of whom thought he was British.

 

A really nice guy, and a credit to the acting profession.