Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Torture Flights. Telling the Truth.

According to the Mirror newspaper another CIA plane dropped into the UK on Saturday. It was the RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk base.

Of course there is no way of knowing the purpose of the landing. It's hard to believe that the torture flights would still be using UK airports but there again the US and the UK have been pretty brazen about the use of torture as a legitimate means of gathering intelligence.

I hope the plane spotters are keeping their eyes peeled.

Whilst the world media, governments and the blogosphere debate the why's and the wherefores of cartoon depictions of an ancient and revered prophet, Craig Murray, a contemporary truthteller, has been obstructed in the publishing of his book, Murder in Samarkand.
The British Foreign and Commonwealth office is not keen on Craig’s book getting into print. Read about the changes that Craig was willing to make in accommodating the FCO's censorship.

But now Craig has decided to 'publish and be dammed'.

I hope that the British media will give this brave stand of his even half as much coverage as it has to the aforementioned published cartoon.

Craig has sent a message.

As you may know, I have written a book, now called Murder in Samarkand, about what I witnessed of our complicity with tyranny, torture and oil grab in the name of the War on Terror.

Strenuous attempts to clear my text with the government have failed, so we are going ahead without government clearance. No ex-civil servant is allowed to publish memoirs without clearance (so much for freedom of speech). That is a big risk for a publisher to take. I have found an excellent publisher, but they have a major parent company with a 50% ownership stake, and it is vital that we convince them that it is commercially worth the gamble.

I am therefore appealing to people to pre-order the book, which is available on or If you don’t want to make that up-front financial commitment, you can print out the details from the site, and take it in to a bookstore to order.

You might also consider if you know any institutions or libraries which might order.

I will, of course, make money from the book. But, frankly, after a year of campaigning on these issues with virtually no income, I am not shy about that. This is not a sell – we really do need the orders to be sure to get the truth out.


I will be buying your book Craig. I hope that there will be many others who do the same.

Now some info on the vigils that took place last weekend in Scotland.

You will find some photographs on the Scotland Against Criminalizing Communities site. You will be able to access the submission they made to the Parliamentary Committee on Control orders and a letter from a detainee.

Fly the Campaign Plane. Details at Liberty. They have a competition going to see who can come up with the most inventive place to fly your plane. You can download a template for printing out later or they will send you some

Good article in Seven Days The Mag with the Sunday Herald. Taking Politicians at their words.

There's also an article by one of my favourite authors Kurt Vonnegut. In fact there are two. Second one here. Give them a read.


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