Sunday, 18 December 2016

Wouldn't it be nice?

We make no attributions of possible guilt in the case to the  McCann parents or anyone else. We have neither the evidence  nor the desire to do so. Instead we wait for investigation and judicial process to provide the facts.
 
 
For our regular, sensible,  readers who remain genuinely puzzled at the length of time the investigations have taken, perhaps we can make two points.
During the three years from 2008-2011 almost no real investigation took place. That was because neither the UK nor Portugal authorities had any stomach for one, given the public support for the pair and the unlikelihood of the chief witnesses altering their attitude to co-operation. The key point, then and now, is that time was  no longer of the essence, for the child was obviously dead. Urgency was no longer a factor. The Hunt for the Dom Pedro, by the way, the McCanns’ utterly ludicrous two men and no dogs “search”, about which the less said the better, may have been many things: urgent it was not.
Only in 2011, with  the McCanns’ request for an “investigative review” by the UK, was the logjam broken.  Two years later, on completion of the review,  the full Scotland Yard investigation began.
So the Yard investigation into perhaps the trickiest and most controversial case in living memory has taken some four years in all. That compares with seven years so far for the altogether simpler McCanns/Amaral libel case in Portugal. Truth can be hard to find.
Secondly we urge those of our readers who are genuinely  puzzled or disturbed by the apparently soap opera performance of Operation Grange to look for themselves – as always with the Bureau, really – rather than accept our opinions. The best way to do so in this instance is to go to McCann Files and start skimming through the sections on Grange from 2013 onwards.
All you have to do is check which reports clearly derive from  Grange statements or admissions. A large proportion of the reports are centred on Grange press conferences  so this isn’t difficult. Unfortunately, and for whatever reasons, the reports continue as if they are still quoting the police officers when in fact they are not.
You will find that 99% of the “facts” about Grange which people on twitter, cesspit and elsewhere quote as examples of the “farcical” nature of the investigation, are inventions and have not been provided by Grange either on or off the record.  Have a look, for example, at the widely believed claim  that the squad has never had focussed targeting and the cumulative building of a case but has been caught skipping like fictional comedy cops from one unlikely group of suspects to another. You won't find any evidence for the claim except the elaborate, repeated but unsourced junk rumours in the MSM and on the net. "Fictional"? Absolutely - carefully constructed  fiction.   
Ever since Grange began investigating, rather than “reviewing”, this process of planting false stories, all of them to the detriment of the squad’s reputation, has continued, using  the methods of deception that we highlighted in recent Bureau posts. This, of course, adds to the complexity of the case and affects the time-scale, for we are  not on normal police investigation territory here: there is clearly a plan to misrepresent and devalue this investigation.  Not a vast and spine-chilling conspiracy to keep us awake at night, and not one likely to be threatening in the longer term because the Yard has been following it for over a year, but nevertheless, a plan and it can be seen in operation thanks to Nigel's McCann Files. Stories do not get planted without an aim. 
Unfortunately for the majority of public McCann critics, who  believe  they have a  hard-bitten “they don’t fool me”  attitude to the police investigation, this interference is not coming from the stock villains - government, MI5, billionaires, police commanders, all straight from Central Casting - but,  while they are looking in the wrong direction, from elsewhere.
You will almost never find criticism of Grange on the internet or elsewhere by avowed supporters of the parents and nor will you ever find them repeating and amplifying the "blundering cops" stories as the internet critics so regularly do - much more frequently than the tabloids. That says nothing about the beliefs, credibility  or judgement of those who support the McCanns; it tells you something, however, about who the organizers of this Fake News campaign are  trying to  manipulate. And it isn't the McCann supporters.
We urge you again: don't take our word for it but go to McCann Files and at least have a glance to see the process and the interference in action. We were surprised at the evidence  of systematic deception when we saw it there. You might  be too. 

Wouldn't it be Nice?

Many things which had been bubbling below the surface in the UK erupted in 2016, most of them good, one of them, particularly if you are a democrat, absolutely wonderful and game-changing – the assertion of power by ordinary people in a referendum which brushed aside a prime minister like a leaf in the wind.
In a thoroughly strange way the McCann Affair has always reflected events and attitudes in wider UK society. It began like some sort of creepy bacillus thriving on the remains of the Blair Rich Project, that scarcely believable culture of lies and routine deceit; later, it added, in a small way,  to a general sense of cynicism and helplessness following  the great crash of 2008.
Lord Mandy strutting in ermine.  Says it all.
It would be appropriate if events in the Affair in 2017 added to the new optimism that can now be felt buzzing – away from the wreckage of the MSM and its depressed and bewildered crew – in the UK.
To those  readers who share our outlook, not our opinions, and who therefore matter a great deal to us at the little Bureau,  a merry Xmas, as always.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Forgive and Forget


The Bureau says: A couple of stories today. The evidence of public support for the Tories, and the way that clear winners, however humble their background, find a home with them,   grows apace - but first a Xmas plea for tolerance, forgiveness  and good sense.
Forgive and forget. That should be the message to the journalists who have hounded Jeremy Corbyn for appointing Jayne Fisher, who worked as an aide for Gerry Adams and is known as an IRA sympathiser, to his office.
 
Look,  you can’t go on living in the past. Things have changed. Gerry Adams may have carried a revolver once but so have lots of people  and we doubt if he  has one in his waistband now. After all, there are plenty of people  whose past can look revolting, dishonest, wickedly sly,  even. And we've known, especially in the Blair years, a few absolute swine who made the most of that period and thrived, like maggots on  an open wound, in that era of deceit and lies. But no doubt they thought there was a lot at stake.
 
Yes, they stank like rotten fish marinated in  human pus - although we stress we're not talking about Jayne Fisher, who is described by  the  Bearded Elf as "lovely"  - and perhaps that filthy stench will never completely go away but as times change, so do our perceptions.
 
There  are some  who now probably regret having supported vile causes, public outrages, murderers and suspects and  we should give them time to come to terms with their horrible  pasts.  
 
For there will always be those who close their eyes to wickedness when it benefits them.  And there will always be public defenders, whether of  Stalin, Chavez or less exalted common criminals, people who lie, lie and lie again when paid well to do so. But times change and we must change with them.
 
Of course, if it turned out that M/S Fisher had actually aided criminals, if, for instance, a couple of her ex "pals" or even "family friends" were to be arrested and charged in 2017 for past kneecapping frolics, then that would rather change things.
 
Obviously it won't happen to M/S Fisher but if, hypothetically, some of the less savoury Displaced Persons from Blairland  were found, for example, to have taken hundreds of thousands of pounds from  contemptible criminals in order to protect them, then that would be different. Very different indeed. Then the law, and public disgust, should take its course.
 
In the meantime, however ugly, villainous or corrupted these people appear, however much their dishonesty is etched into their faces by their past actions, let us be tolerant this Xmas.

Politics

Top of the World, Ma! 

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Answers Wanted

WANTED



Kate and Gerry McCann have always said they will not comment about the investigation into the fate of their daughter.
 
So why do they allow  Clarence Mitchell to spread rumours in the press about Operation Grange?
 
Why does he use false identities – such as “a source” and a “family friend” to give credibility to these stories?
 
Why does  he talk to the press about new possible suspects – giving them time and reason, of course, to kill the McCanns’ daughter?
 
Why won’t he shut up?
 
Why won’t the McCanns stop him?
 
What is the aim?
 
What is the motive?

Friday, 9 December 2016

No Choice - the McCann Way


**The McCanns' spokesman is briefing  on the Grange investigation in ways which could be harmful  to the course of justice. Until he and his clients cease to do so then we'll point them out.**
 



"Can you imagine what would have happened if ...

In the week following May 3 2007  Kate and Gerry McCann did two things.
  1. They claimed explicitly and publicly that they supported the police investigation.  
  2. They began anonymously spreading poison about the police investigation using proxies.

"...we’d announced to the journalists heading for Huelva...  

When the PJ began developing lines of investigation that the parents might describe as "unhelpful", they moved on and developed an elaborate and well-funded system for briefing the British public against the PJ. In order to reduce the chances of  being found out - for what they were doing was illegal - they used the coaching provided by PR man Alex Woolfall to set up a highly structured and complex mode of news management. 

"...that the police were coming to do some forensic work in our villa?"

Journalists at the Leveson inquiry described  the way that a “code” was developed by which the journalists, but  not the public,   would know that certain information came from Mitchell on behalf of the McCanns, even though it was usually claimed to come from elsewhere. At the end of each story Mitchell would be identified and  pretend to be “responding” (to the stuff that the McCanns had fed or invented!) on behalf of Kate & Gerry McCann.

“Today was a bit of a write off for me...

In May 2011 Scotland Yard set up an "investigative review" into the case in response to requests from the  McCanns. For the first few months the remnants of the McCann media team stayed quiet.
In early 2012 it emerged – via Goncalo Amaral in the first instance – that Scotland Yard, quite unknown to the McCanns, hadn’t been spending all their time marking the PJ nought out of ten for  “errors”   but were working hand in glove and “very amicably” with another, large and hand-picked, PJ team.  

"...as I was laid low with a probable viral illness...

 A week after the news, with all that it implied,  emerged and was confirmed by the Portuguese government, the McCanns’ Portuguese lawyers began spinning for the first time since 2008 in the Portuguese media, claiming – guess what? –  that it was a “new lead” that had emerged. Yep, a new lead. That was why the Portuguese squad had been created, they said.  There was no new lead.

"...which meant I could not stray too far from the house!”

In 2013 the Yard announced that they were moving from  the review phase into the investigation phase, although, in fact, it had, again unknown to the McCanns, already begun. At which point the wheels began to whirr and haven't stopped since.
Exactly the same techniques have been used by Clarence Mitchell on behalf of his employers, the McCanns, as were used in Portugal to destroy the credibility of the original investigation: overt support for Grange by the couple combined with covert fabricated or embroidered stories about either “new leads” or “difficulties”.

"We’d never lied about anything…But now we found ourselves in one of those...

They have continued to this day, although with noticeably diminishing skill, conviction and energy. At no time have the parents ever asked Mitchell to stop the  spinning.

"...tricky situations where we just didn’t seem to have a choice…"

Now come on readers, we know that the loonies look for ever more convoluted theories, more wheels within wheels - because, after all, it's fun.  But you don’t need them: none of us do. All you need to ask is why the McCanns have acted in precisely the same way with Operation Grange from 2013-2016 as they did with the PJ investigation in 2007/8. Then you'll find your bearings.
 
 

 

  

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Lenin's "Useful Idiots"

Despite the health warnings there are still people claiming that there is some truth in the latest batch of false stories provided by Kate and Gerry McCann and their media team.

There is none whatever. Exactly as there was none whatever in Kate & Gerry McCann' s lies to the British press pack described in the health warning yesterday. Exactly as Gerry McCann's "illness" described in his blog to augment the lies to the press was a complete invention to disguise the fact that they were being investigated. And there are more examples.

We'll take one "Useful Idiot", in Lenin's phrase to stand for all, a Twitter entity calling itself Stephen Motson who claims, among other wind,  to be a "private investigator".

Motson has stated that the claims made by the three liars are true. He has been asked on twitter #mccann today to quote the words that back up his claims. He has wriggled, he has bluffed, he has insulted, he has lied. But the one thing he can't produce are words that the British and Portuguese police and Whitehall civil servants used.

Because there aren't any.

Prize Time


"Scotland Yard are now investigating as high priority a critical new lead: that Madeleine McCann was abducted by a gang of people traffickers."
No, they are not. The Bureau offers a free Kindle copy of the AJS comic masterpiece No Stone Unturned to the first person producing  words from Scotland Yard, not anonymous liars, stating this.      
Senior  Whitehall officials have been briefed about it  by the   police because it is so important.
No, they have not. The same prize is offered for any words from police or civil servants, not anonymous liars, stating this.  
As a result extra funding has been granted for more months of investigation.
No, it has not.
Even the trolls aren't claiming that that lie is true.   
The Metropolitan Police are calling this the "last throw of the dice".
No, they are not. The same prize for these words uttered  by a Yard officer, not an anonymous liar.
The Portuguese police have said that both they and the British are focusing on this "latest theory".
No, they have not.
The same prize for any words from any Portuguese police officer stating this, either on or off the record.

Note for Useful Idiots and pretendy private investigators: when a story quotes a "source" as the origin of what the police are claiming, that means "not a police source" - otherwise they call it a "police source". Get it?

Motson, the "private investigator" is therefore either a troll or a moron lacking text comprehension, or, as is likely, both. But readers interested in these things should go back to the original reports themselves and see exactly how this team of nauseating liars structure their stories in order to deceive not just useful idiots but ordinary members of the public.  As they have been doing since they were first investigated in 2007. That's what they do.
 

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Health Warning

Health Warning

 
 
Before reading any media stories from Kate and Gerry McCann and their "ex-employee" Clarence Mitchell, readers are reminded of their track record when it comes to deliberately lying and misleading the public  during live police investigations into the disappearance of their daughter
 


Kate McCann describes August 2 2007, when four detectives seized their clothes and possessions, in her book Madeleine - and she and Gerry McCann conspired to lie to assembled journalists to conceal the fact that they were under investigation:
“The police wanted to come over at 10am… We’d never lied about anything…But now we found ourselves in one of those tricky situations where we just didn’t seem to have a choice… can you imagine what would have happened if we’d announced to the journalists heading for Huelva that the police were coming to do some forensic work in our villa?"
Gerry McCann then repeats and adds to the lies the same day in his "blog"  - after the police had made them leave the villa for some hours while it was examined:
 “Today was a bit of a write off for me as I was laid low with a probable viral illness which meant I could not stray too far from the house!”

 

Monday, 5 December 2016

Whose last throw of the dice?

We don't write these days  about possible legal action against possible suspects because of the risk of prejudicing any future legal action. In this case, however, we make an exception - since Kate & Gerry McCann appear to be doing so themselves.
 
 
 
Nothing changes

The Latest Story 

This story was prepared and fed to the press solely by Kate and Gerry McCann and their "ex-employee" Clarence Mitchell. The McCanns authorised Mitchell to pretend to be a source within the investigation, with the condition attached that the papers carrying the story were not to name him as the true source. Mitchell  has no knowledge of any kind regarding recent operations of Grange.
 
Readers may wonder why the McCanns, who have countless times stated that they do not comment on Grange operations, should be providing misinformation about  an investigation dedicated to discovering the fate of their daughter.
 
One answer lies in the consistency of their "anonymous" media interventions: the message is always the same - Grange is always picking out absurd new "suspects", always running out of  money, always "throwing dice" or going for "last hopes", always failing to nail anyone, always failing to get co-operation from the Portuguese.  With such a record of chaos and failure their eventual conclusions are bound to be, surprise, surprise,  worthless. Just as the conclusions of the PJ were in 2007, when the same corny "last throw of the dice" stuff was used against them.* They're a very unlucky couple with  investigations into the fate of their daughter, aren't they?
 
Their greatest allies in this strategy are not the MSM but the net and twitter loonies who fall for this guff every time as proof that Grange is a "charade". But then they've  been ruthlessly  used by the couple for at least the last three years, the poor sods.  
 

 The "Details" 

Scotland Yard are now investigating as high priority a critical new lead: that Madeleine McCann was abducted by a gang of people traffickers.
No, they are not. The claim is an invention by the McCanns' media team.     
Senior  Whitehall officials have been briefed about it  by the    police because it is so important.
No, they have not. That is an invention by the McCanns' media team.
As a result extra funding has been granted for more months of investigation.
No, it has not. No extra funding whatever has been granted. The funding remains the £95 000 granted earlier this year, which runs until April 2017. It is an invention of the McCanns' media team.  
The Metropolitan Police are calling this the "last throw of the dice".
No, they are not. No such comment has been made by any officer of the Yard. It is an invention of Kate and Gerry McCann's media team.
The Portuguese police have said that both they and the British are focusing on this "latest theory".
No, they have not. No Portuguese police officer has made such a statement, either on or off the record, as any reader can see for themselves. It is an invention of the McCanns' media team.

* "With the investigation apparently fizzling out it could have been one last throw of the dice for the habitually eccentric Portuguese police operation." Belfast Telegraph 2007. Courtesy of BB/MCF

Poor Old Useless Grange


In 2014 the Bureau, without making a fuss about it, revealed how Grange had located the inside source of a number of leaks about Grange "difficulties" and "problems" being used in Mitchell-placed stories.   How did they find it? Using the intelligence services technique of constructing a fictional report,  tracking where it surfaced and then tracing it, irrefutably,  back to the offender - in Portugal. Where the McCanns PR people Lift Consulting are based. The leaks ended.

It would be very foolish for Mitchell to believe that Grange stopped doing things like that back in 2014.






 



Thursday, 24 November 2016

Chronicle of a Death Foretold


We aren’t writing about the investigations into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann or any possible suspects: we don’t want to prejudice a legal process that is working in a most satisfactory way.


David James Smith
 

Safe With Us

Remember those wonderful claims that the MSM used to make about the difference between itself and the dirty little net?
Kier Simmons and David James Smith were just two of the loudest shouters –  people tend to shout when fleeing a collapsing building – about  the MSM giving  you a sort of John Lewis warranty free with every story. Why, they all claimed, with those disgusting, mad, internet tales you’re on your own, at the mercy of any nutter’s inventions, while the MSM is a proper organization, you know, like an Oxford college or a civil service department: archives, researchers, intensive training,  tradition, a reputation to protect, answerability and ethics.  
What a load of old shit that was, but frightened people say strange things, don’t they? Simmons, of course, is emblematic of almost everything that’s wrong with television news, as anyone knows who watches the shockingly trivial kids'  magazine junk that ITN pushes out at 10PM every night;  and the Times never told us why these warranties didn’t protect people from David James Smith’s hidden McCann  promotion  [an indispensable insight to it can be found here]
Ethics Man
 
Or, to take the most obvious example,  how did those lofty standards and structures protect us against the green and stinking rotten meat that journalist Tony Parsons dumped in our laps  week after week in 2007, deifying a couple he knew literally nothing about and insulting in nauseating  terms the Portuguese, one of the most decent and civilized peoples in the world?   Had he received an education in the different European cultures or any real education at all?  No, of course not. Was he trained? Yes, on the job - at the New Musical Express, a pop promo-sheet aimed at other semi-literate teenagers. Ethics? No, f*****g Essex. Did he have a reputation to protect? Tony Parsons? Reputation?
Still, we can  stop rehashing  these old arguments because events are now moving so fast that the MSM itself dare not make them any longer. Instead they’ve gone for  the “Fake News”  stuff which, according to them, is a deadly virus infecting Facebook, Twitter and, of course, Breitbart and which, wait for it, may have saddled America with a madman. Oh, if only they’d listened to us!

Post-modern, innit?

Pull the other one. Twice in the last couple of weeks alone the London Times, David James Smith’s  old paper, has been caught inventing news on a huge scale, [ link here ] news which other, supposedly “quality”, papers as well as the broadcasters followed up noisily and in detail for days, despite having had  cast-iron evidence provided to them that it was fake. That's how it is now.
This tendency has been growing  for years but it’s the nervous breakdown induced by Brexit and now Trump that has revealed just  how the Death Ride of 2007 foretold things to come for the MSM: it is now a husk, hollowed-out by infiltrators cleverer than itself, spinning sensationalist “opinions” (inventions) around news agency tapes – just like Facebook clickbait sites. And it's skint.
Some warranty, eh? Everybody with any intelligence – and, granted, that leaves a few people out – uses the net. They use it carefully, if they’re interested in the facts or don’t want to get hurt –  both of which, as the Bureau never tires of pointing out to the Cesspit floaters, are the same thing. The net reflects the wild, often crooked and unsavoury chaos of life itself while the media image of life is pure fiction. People with sense, though, know that just as you can't use the media but only passively consume it, you have to use the net or else it will use you: result  Click and Regret!
Only the barmy or thick choose an hotel on the basis of a single Trip Advisor review: the rest of us know the site is crammed with shills, paid promoters, people with a grudge and all the rest of it. What do we do? We read a good selection analytically, use Google Earth if we want to, weed out the dross and about 99.99% of the time we end up in a hotel in the Alps with a view  as beautiful as its website pics suggest and no Tyrolean dancing. And the same goes for the rest of the net. In spades. But what about a hotel review in the travel pages of the MSM? The Times, say. How do we use or evaluate that? How do we claim on the warranty?

No Returns!

The real death sentence for the current MSM model is that you can’t use it because it's one-way and they deliberately hide everything you need to know. It’s not accountability that the MSM lacks, as  Scouser   Leveson insisted, it’s transparency - and that will never change now. We can suss out the dodgy Trip Advisor hotel write-ups most of the time but what can we do against a corrupt and obsolete culture of hiding everything that matters?

Like, in this trivial instance, who provided the hotel story? What perks did the journalist get? Was a PR company or other hollowing-out parasite involved?  Did  any of them  know the owner? Trivial, yes. But not trivial at all when the story’s not about an hotel but about a politician’s life and sexual tastes or a crucial vote or a couple of vulgar arguidos in a missing child horror case. When someone on the net - no names - makes a claim but can't produce evidence for it then at least we can follow it up and see the deception for ourselves - even if pointing it out to suckers is a waste of time. Yet  the MSM has got away with the "a source said" rubbish for decades without anyone condemning its obvious invitation to deceive.
And all that, of course, applies to David James Smith  and the Times when they so accurately foreshadowed the future of the MSM with the McCann story. They never made it clear how  Beyond the Smears was provided to the Times, never told us how  the couple’s PR spinners were involved, never told us what agreements, tacit or otherwise, had been made with the couple, never told us about the significant gaps in the narrative, never said what control the pair had over content. Most of all they never helped us with the  question that we now know matters most in the modern  information  world, the question that you need an answer to before doing anything, even reading on – why was it written? Whether on the net or the MSM, whether the subject is Bitcoin, Viagra,  Tony Blair or Brexit - why was it written? Who gains? 
That David James Smith article was in fact a trailer for all that  the MSM was to become. We didn't enter the media-created "Post-Fact World" in 2016. We glimpsed it in 2007 and it stank as much then as it does now. Then it was the stink of deception; now it's the  stench of MSM putrefaction as it rots away.  

 

Friday, 18 November 2016

In We Go


Jeff Sessions apparently being approached by a dark gentleman
 
The new United States attorney-general  will be  Jeff  Sessions, a 67 year old  son of an Alabama shop keeper who is unlikely to reassure the right-thinking inhabitants of New York, LA or the UK Guardian’s “news” room.
In a conference following the lynching of a black man by the Ku Klux Klan years ago Jeff said of the KKK “those bastards - I used to think they were OK but now I’ve found out they smoke marijuana!”   
 
Now Jeff's conference was pure Lenny, Lenny Bruce, founder of modern satire.   It was almost word-for-word one of his album   fantasy skits, in line with LBJ being unsuccessfully coached by advisers on how to pronounce the word “negro”, or with an airline pilot having a bad LSD trip at 30 000 feet, chucking the Boeing into side-flips and cackling into the intercom while the passengers scream, throw themselves into the aisle, wet themselves, attempt suicide etc. etc. 
Saintly Obama was making a tearful Farewell and Reassurance Tour to  Europe this week. As he addressed the assembled rulers perhaps he used that peculiar sing-song preacher’s call & response voice he slips into for black audiences on emotional occasions. "We'll keep the world safe - Amen! - Ahm handing over the chalice - Amen! - of rights and equality! - Amen! - to Mr Trump  [dead silence]" -  and in his earpiece he's being told that Good Ol' Jeff, who'd also been turned down as a judge for being "too racist" and tended to call black men "boy", is the new attorney-general. Ouch. Ouch!   We are clearly somewhere quite new: that was an aimed shot and  Trump is  a games player.
Even Lenny  never riffed on a presidential campaign where one contender stated that he was going to put the other in jail - that's playing for keeps, isn't it? Where the hot issue being debated was not the rust belt  or  Russia  but - pussy-snatching. At the Bureau we love the uproar that Trump has caused among the luvvies, the putrescent media and the Europolitik class and we also think it's time for lots and lots of  change. But it’s, well,  strange to find ourselves living inside a Lenny Bruce fantasy, all of which were unnervingly funny precisely because they could never actually happen.
Thank God the UK, at least, is getting out of the EU, rather than being chained to a dinosaur.  Some nimble footwork  is going to be needed over the next few years, first to establish the right distance –  no hugs! – between Trump and the UK,  then to make the most of the very real opportunities that his presidency offers and, lastly, to avoid the fallout when  The Donald  gets accident prone. That bit could be tricky for both the US and us but in the end both countries will be OK. 
The EU? Nope. The EU doesn't do nimble - except when claiming their expenses. So it's going to get hurt.
But still…living inside a Lenny Bruce meth and shit-smoking fantasy whether we want to or not. It is very, very, very weird.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

The Bewilderment Industry


We aren’t writing about the investigations into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann or any possible suspects: we don’t want to prejudice a legal process that is working in a most satisfactory way.





What the MSM, led by the BBC, revealed about themselves in 2007 was that they had genuinely lost the ability to tell truth from fiction.
That, rather than the monopoly corruption  and their open-legged surrender to special interests,  is the reason the entire industry in its present form deserves to die. And by the MSM we don’t mean the joke villains like Murdoch or the BBC governors, so beloved of the internet plotters' and losers' club, but the people at the heart of the corruption and  self-deception – the journalists themselves and the editors that the journalists become. Journalists like the supposedly hard-nosed Alastair Campbell, (also Blair's "irreplaceable" spin mechanic)  whose latest diary reveals that for over ten years  until 2014 he believed without reservation that Lance Armstrong, whom he befriended,  was completely truthful and honest.  Being an uncouth bully does not mean you are hard-nosed.  
It was the Madeleine McCann Affair that revealed the extent of the MSM’s fall  when  they lapped up the lies that the McCann family told them, all of them spelled out by the Bureau for years but still never mentioned in the MSM, and then acted as though it didn't matter whether the couple were telling the truth or not. The whole Affair could be played as a game:  sceptical news about the couple on page one, favourable comment on page 10, day after day, week after week,  in which the public - the people who financed them - were just passive instruments. Which is what the PR industry - which had hollowed out the MSM like those wasps that lay their eggs to hatch and feed on living insects - had always believed. 
It was, as we said then, a Death Ride. No industry with any confidence or real belief in its role or  future  would have chosen such a madly self-destructive path.
And it was this vile betrayal of the public that earned the MSM our absolute and undying hatred and contempt. Now, nearly a decade later, their inability to analyse, interpret or understand themselves or what is going on around them has been revealed to the wider public by their utter bewilderment and disarray at Brexit and now Trump, the two biggest stories of the last half-century.
 
That is why it’s been an extraordinary pleasure  to read the reactions of this horrible, discredited but above all bewildered bunch to Donald Trump’s election. You can try and sell many things in the news industry - Hillary Clinton, hotels that bribe you with ski holidays, restaurants opened by friends, fear,  dodgy share tips, transgender upbringing hints, Lance Armstrong -  but the one thing you can't sell is bewilderment.
The UK Guardian’s coverage has been the best:  acres of tearstains followed by an appeal for funds from its readers because the paper is broke.
Good. Keep on dying with the rest of them. Painfully.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Designer Cupboard Sale in Aid of EDS Syndrome

 
In aid of the MM (McCann Malnourishment) Fund. These fine and interesting pieces have been donated by relatives of those  suffering from severe Long Term EDS (Evidence Deficiency Syndrome) which has resulted in retirement or disability. Please help now! 
 
 
 
 
 
Extremely dense and detailed construction lies behind this charmingly domestic Spanish Cupboard, carved by a small but brilliantly talented family who had been cut off from the outside world for a decade before succumbing to E-starvation. 
 
Small cupboards hidden behind drawer faces contain smaller "mystery"  cupboards and these in turn contain even smaller ones until the limits of vision and concentration are reached. A little miracle of invention  which even  Flann O' Brian  of Chippendale workshops would have been proud to claim his own. 
 
A few cracks began to appear over the last few years (visible top right). Unfortunately it holds less than you think.
 
A large circular table made by the same family has, tragically, been destroyed, possibly  by Death Watch Beetle.
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Heritage cupboard, found only in USA, as the guns suggest. Note the overall effect of restrained good taste, particularly the drawer handles. Not an important piece but quaint.
 
Despite a specialist doctor being called in to assist in good time the owner was  too badly weakened by E-deficiency to carry on, while the  doctor himself succumbed to cross-infection. Much to our regret: a speedy recovery to all.   
 
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"People in need" is described and limited to those defined in our articles of association, available from our address which can be found on our website. The support will consist of   intensive nourishment in both solid and liquid form, including such high-protein but reasonably priced diet items as tinned Russian/Iranian  fish eggs and certain specified Italian fungi as certified by our medical panel. It will be  administered at qualifying dietary centres (also called restaurants) in London, Padstow, Lisbon (the Don Pedro Hotel Carve-Up), Paris, Portofino and Tokyo.  Due to the hygiene and cross-infection risk E-deficiency sufferers and their families are not eligible to attend.
 
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This is an exceptional example of the JFAM design house style as can be seen from the memorial website to its earliest victims  Here

A prize winner in the recent London "Vulgarity" exhibition this crudely constructed but extremely post-modern example of the genre well represents  the content, thoughtfulness and good taste of its group members. Most of them are now believed to be dead due to E-Deficiency early onset and the curses of visual design guru Stephen Bayley. One of them, however, skilled multi-linguist Pedro Silva - for it is he - is known to be lingering  on somewhere in Scotland.

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The Bonnybraes empty cupboard is seen to its best advantage here, in BB's bedroom overlooking the disused Auchtermuckie canal basin and tanning plant. M/S Brays, who has only limited mobility, apologised for the "untidy" state of her bedroom when we arrived unannounced to take pictures for the grand sale. As we laughingly reassured her, there was no need for apologies at all - it was exactly what we, and no doubt other fans of the Big Bad Brae, were expecting.
 
Fortunately she has not yet had to retire completely due to her condition. At present she comments vaguely on world affairs with her usual good sense and works with great enthusiasm, given her age and infirmities, as a beater for the Laird.
 
On Wednesdays at the  grouse shoot. Curiously she never mentions the case that made her famous all over the parish.
 
"Who?  Oh, the wee bairn. No, that's all behind me now."
 
An example to us all.
 
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World-famous modern designers for children of every age before E-Deficiency struck, the Wayback Factory is now for sale, a sad reminder of its great days.  The numerous victims  have been causing concern to the NHS because they have been struck by Elective Mutism  Syndrome, a rare complication of EDS,  and have gone into seclusion.
 
"If only they could tell us where they are," said Betty (not her real name), a cheerful community nurse  from Batley, Yorks. "That way we could at least reassure them that there's nothing to be ashamed of, nothing at all. But they don't reply."
 
"Now why would that be?" we asked. But Betty was gone. 
 
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This extraordinary picture comes from "A History of Locked Wards" by Edmund Spenser, FRCN.
 
They are not imprisoned but  opted to live in these specially designed  cupboards because of  a psychotic fear that abductors and alien policemen haunt their ward once the lights are  out. Inside  they feel relatively secure. In a manner of speaking. Between them the three have fifty seven different identities which is why they were known originally as "The Baked Bean Kids" to the nurses.
 
The lives of the latter were made more difficult at medication time since the drugs were labelled according to their identities that morning. By night-sedative time they refused to answer to the name on the label.
 
The patients pictured forty nine years ago now move freely around the wards with the aid of modern drugs while retaining a residual, but apathetic,  belief in the bogeyman fantasy. But they are helplessly malnourished.
 
A doctor writes:  "A tragic side effect of the EDS plague is  the frustration that comes with the lack of evidence nourishment and the excessive anger it creates. Attacks on anyone who wears a Portuguese police uniform, classy middle aged women who know how to use a knife and fork  and, bizarrely, innocent dog-walkers, are common and extremely disturbing."
 
The Ward is now threatened with closure due to the lack of patients.  
 
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This is a fine example of Portuguese Colonial cupboard design. It is a Moraes, a very famous name in Portugal and overseas.
 
Its saleslady has gone into seclusion, yet another victim of the  E-Deficiency scourge and now lives behind a modern "Better Call Saul" hygienic cyber-barrier waiting for suitable nutrition to become available. Of course we wish her well.
 
A doctor writes:  "A tragic side effect of the EDS plague is  the frustration that comes with the lack of evidence nourishment and the excessive anger it creates. Attacks on anyone who wears the wrong  uniform, on middle aged women who have been luckier than themselves and, bizarrely, innocent blog-walkers, are common and extremely disturbing."
 
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Saturday, 29 October 2016

Britain Leads the Way in Europe

We saw it here first

 
 
 
 
2015: window-sized pixilated image deliberately placed in front of people in sedentary position. 
 
Passive recipient  sector of population led by German first minister brainwashed by well-known but rarely acknowledged psychological effects of electronic imagery.
 
Tears and uproar follow. Image reinforced and unpredictable feedback "something must be done" loop created by follow up images/text and resulting reaction in mass and social media. Uncontrollable mass hysteria follows.  Leading worthies and all politicians respond appropriately to majority "public mood" with European treaty on refugees ignored "by acclamation", local residents ignored or vilified  and  EU law trampled on.  German borders opened to largest movement of populations since 1945.
 
People turn on each other. Pop singers sobbingly apologize to prematurely aged refugee children. Next decade will be spent in working out the consequences at home and abroad of decisions taken by electronically triggered hysteria, including the departure of the UK from the European Union, hastened by the sudden population movement increase. Will lessons be learned? Is UK experience any guide?
 


 
2007: window-sized pixilated image deliberately placed in front of people in sedentary position.
 
Passive recipient sector of population led by avid junk TV watcher Gordon Brown brainwashed by well-known but rarely acknowledged psychological effects of electronic imagery.
 
Tears and uproar follow. Image reinforced and unpredictable feedback loop created by follow up images/text and resulting reaction in mass and social media. Uncontrollable mass hysteria ensues. Leading worthies and all politicians respond appropriately to majority "public mood"  with European investigative practices damaged "by acclamation", local residents ignored or vilified with attempts made to pervert the course of extradition law.  Public in  grip of hysteria  hurl money at parents and turn them into millionaires. Pop singers sob convincingly.
 
Next twelve years or so spent in the consequences being worked out of decisions taken by electronically triggered mass hysteria. Majority of electronically stimulated  subjects seek vainly for an explanation of their own hysteria, turn on each other, enter denial about their role in creating the affair, take refuge in fantasy alibis of government protection, police whitewashes, sinister billionaires, abduction, international plots, keeping weather eye open for media to confirm their beliefs.
 
Policeman's career destroyed by Portuguese legal system funded by money given freely by the British. Innocent woman dies as a result of the affair, her body followed to the grave by dismissive insults and contempt from still well-read and well-supported British media.
 
After a decade the fantasy alibis finally  run out of fuel. Majority of electronically stimulated subjects start to put it all out of their minds in bewilderment.  Mass media have long moved on, internet media alibi-sources fall silent, search for other, new,  targets or head for the doors and new identities.

Two years or so still to go.
 
 
 
 

Friday, 28 October 2016

Nigel Moore


What He Did
 
AJS writes: The work that Nigel  did in creating and maintaining McCann Files is, of course, well known. That site is simply a gem to anyone who wishes to research the case in either its narrow or broader aspects. Most of the English language primary sources are there as well as a wealth of other stuff  but perhaps the most valuable material is potentially the most misused or misunderstood: media reports.
Such reports tell us almost nothing of value about the supposed subject being covered but, potentially,   a great deal about the people providing the information and why, for little ever goes into a national UK paper without a hidden  reason.  Until Google it was impossible to track what they were up to. Few wanted to search through giant volumes of essentially shallow thinking in press cuttings libraries sorted by date, not thematically; journalists had long got used to living in a kind of permanent present in which the continuity of (hidden) special  interests in their stories was largely unseen and unchallenged.  

With Google’s help the genius of Nigel changed all that. His long, scroll-like threads followed press reports thematically for days and weeks at a time and suddenly – a revelation, in Mr Redwood’s words –  it was all there: with a little practice you could see which group had fed the story originally, how it was added to and developed, which journalists were in the pockets of which PR people, how alternative versions or rebuttals of the original story were handled and so on.  It was extraordinary to see a half-century old modus operandi stripped naked in this way,  as though the people involved had been bugged at their place of work. And the reality was not pretty: an industry completely infiltrated and corruptly available for hire. His exposure was a clinical Anatomy of the Lie.
Nigel’s work in the collation and sequencing of the broadcast media revealed an industry less  corrupt financially  than the press but  open to similar abuse due to the overwhelming power of the image on the screen and its ability to make us suspend or dismiss rational thought. Few people remember the words used in TV news reports: they remember the mood not the boring facts, or absence of them, and this provides a splendid cloak for manipulation, whether for "good" or ill. Who remembers the words to the news item about the drowned refugee child on the beach? The words, all spoken of  course in the undertaker's voice that well-fed correspondents can turn on or off like a tap, or in Olga Guerin's case like a faulty fire alarm, didn't matter: it was the picture that ultimately opened the doors to Germany. Such is the power of television.

The Dom Pedro Hotel, like Phillip Greene’s vulgar and disgusting gin palace and his McCann-carrying private jet,  is now a byword for greed and  the style to which the parents  became accustomed with others' help. Its notoriety  is due largely to one of Nigel’s triumphs: putting together the footage from the numerous media conferences given by Gerry McCann when he returned to Portugal and allowing viewers to draw their own conclusions.
It remains genuinely shocking to this day: the deception, the shamelessness, the outright lying to the Portuguese public, time and again, about the reasons for his presence in the country. And in there also is Mitchell, stating that staying in a luxury hotel (while secretly consulting his libel lawyer) was a justified use of the money donated to that wretched fund. Yep, Gerry McCann was entitled to the money because he was “searching” while staying in the Dom Pedro. Where, under the f*****g bed?
Such are  Nigel’s innovations and they remain as relevant today, perhaps even more so, than when he developed them. Our friends the City correspondents, the sort of people who enriched Piers Morgan by using the media to illicitly increase share prices, for example,  hardly  need reminding that   the Nigel Moore method works well with them too.
What He Is
As many will be aware he’s had a tough life and some harrowing personal tragedies. Yet you wouldn’t know it when communicating with him about this case: in all the time I knew him he radiated balance, fairness and a sense of proportion.   I never knew him to be openly hostile to the McCann pair. Often, when I’d written something that I thought might be too strong I sent it to him for his opinion and was  rewarded with his calm analysis. He was, indeed, the first person I’d occasionally allow  to edit my work in decades and I always agreed with his suggestions. In my experience he was trusted by everyone involved with the case who dealt with him and - a considerable rarity, this -  as much in Portugal as in the UK, from GA down. I never knew him to breach anyone’s confidence. He had no front to him, no desire to impress or big himself up.
About the snakepit side of the affair – when that black-toothed  and poisonous crone  BB, for example,  stated repeatedly that “everyone knew” that the commentator Dr Roberts was actually him, which of course was deliberately calculated to make people distrust him  –  he shrugged it off. When a couple of crooks tried to take over McCann Files he got rid of them and later described the episode with weary amusement.
To those who think that this might be an idealised portrait I can only reply that I write about him as I saw him and hope to see him again. Any fears among the less realistic of our readers that he dropped out under intimidation  are groundless: Nigel was sensible enough not to libel and was pretty impervious to pressure. Over the past few years, though, he found it a burden to keep up such a high maintenance site while dealing with a sea of troubles; appealing for funds for the site was something he dreaded, which is why when the appeals did come they were late and hesitant, as though he felt he was imposing. He is uninterested in money. FWIW, over the past eighteen months or so he found the flight into unreality that appeared to have overtaken case comment  troubling and expressed his dissatisfaction vigorously.  It is one of life's typical and bitter ironies that, having provided the tools to research the case properly, he watched them being ignored in favour of assertion and fantasy.
 
Although Brenda Leyland was a Bureau reader, and a complimentary one, I never had any relationship with her and therefore knew nothing about her personality from close up. Yet it is the sense of appalled sadness I felt at her death, and the unspeakable treatment of her by the media, that springs to mind whenever  I think of Nigel and his long travails. He too was  targeted by the (fed and prompted) media and he too has paid a price for what he did.  But it’s something deeper than that.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Secret Stuff


JB writes: In Cristobell’s admirable blog recently I made a brief reference to  GA’s “mistaken” view that the British security services were involved in the first investigation.  That drew forth a certain amount of steam behind the ears in response, demanding evidence for my opinion.
Well, naturally, I wasn’t going to give anything to an anonymous poster – that’s why we don’t have comments on the Bureau – that might be used to spread discord but, on reflection, I’m willing to enlarge a little on my view. The libel trial is, after all, over now and there is nothing wrong with disagreement. In addition, anything that further convinces the usual suspects that I am working for the McCanns is a Good Thing.
A word about my knowledge of the intelligence services. It is the same, roughly, as that of anyone who reads the careful but pretty voluminous information about them published since the war. I have, in addition, had very brief contact with one agent and one officer when I was very young and knew the family of the head of one of our agencies (not the head himself) some decades ago. But nothing written here derives from that.

As far as I know the claims, at root, derive from misunderstandings. The first relates to the Wikileaks document. I wrote about it years ago and drew down a storm of criticism and really rather filthy abuse from readers of the Joanna Morais blog.
Here is an extract from Sic Noticas, Tuesday, 14 December 2010.
Pedro Mourinho:  Goncalo Amaral…is with us live. (…)A very good evening to you Dr.           Goncalo Amaral.
Goncalo Amaral:  Good evening.
P.M:  Is there any novelty for you in the documents now released by WikiLeaks?
G.A:  No, in reality the only news is the document disclosure itself, since as for the evidence - the indicia - that is in the process. The cooperation and collaboration with the English police is public knowledge and is in the process. The results are there, therefore there isn't anything new.
P.M:  So, for you, it isn't news that it was the British police that found* the evidence that has... would have incriminated   Madeleine's parents?
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*A pause here. This is a complete mistranslation from the English to the Portuguese. How many times this mistranslation had been used to GA before I do not know: perhaps it all derives from a common document. The WL cable never said anything about the British police “finding” evidence. It said, of course, “developed”. All the important evidence was “found” by the Portuguese police, with the exception of the dog evidence, in which the British, working to Portuguese requirements, featured and the results of which they helped develop.
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GA: No, I didn't say that. It's not news with regard to the evidence. Now, as to the proof held by the British police, I don't know what they are referring to. There was cooperation and collaboration, the evidence and indicia are in the process thus... I don't know, someone should say what the evidence is; perhaps someone from the British police should say it. All the same, it was the cooperation between the British and Portuguese police that arrived at the proof that is in the process. 
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The Wikileaks despatch was critically important, and acknowledged as such at the time,   because it confirmed that the claims made by and on behalf of the parents – that it was the wicked PJ alone who were fixated on the McCanns, while  the sensible, non-sardine-eating British cops had no time for that nonsense –  were, surprise, surprise, completely untrue.
But to my extreme puzzlement GA didn’t see the despatch that way at all, and more’s the pity because it was a vindication for him. Instead, and somewhat oddly, it triggered an expansion of his views about British machinations behind the scenes, including his beliefs about satellite images being held back for possibly sinister reasons.
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G.A:  As I said before, the investigation is an investigation that is interrupted, an investigation that needs to be concluded. I believe that it is possible to make progress, if it wasn't for lack of political will; now with political will, based on this note - which is only a note as you said, but remains an important note nevertheless between two ambassadors, from one ambassador to the US State Department, that must have the weight that it has. Hopefully now, it will also be disclosed those photos, those satellite images that we believe to be in the possession of the US authorities, that we, the Portuguese police mentioned first, and also requested, a request that was denied to us.
P.M: In your understanding, what could those satellite images reveal?
G.A: They can reveal who was the person that carried the child on that night on its way to the beach. According to an Irish couple's statement, with an alleged 80% certainty, it was Gerald McCann himself. That could be the confirmation of that Irish couple's statement.
P.M: And those images exist?
G.A: We believe that, yes. In fact, the McCann couple themselves, said, a few months ago, that they also searched for them; that they don't exist, someone else later stated that they don't exist. It's possible that the site that has divulged the cable might also be able to release those images. That would be interesting.
P.M: In your opinion, if they exist, why weren't they yet revealed?
GA: *Well, probably because they are a secret of state somewhere... In fact, the whole investigation was a state secret in England. I remind you that there is documentation in that sense, referring that it is a state secret. We do not understand why it is considered as a state secret. In question is the disappearance, and the likely death of a child, and we still fail to understand why that is considered as state secrecy.
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*This paragraph expresses the nub of the misunderstanding. The phrase "in fact" is not followed by any supporting evidence for the conclusions. 
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P.M. You have spoken before about the 'political will'. Do you consider that there was a connivance of the British government, with the McCann couple, knowing that the London authorities - and at least we now have that certainty - were indeed aware of the evidence uncovered by the police of their own country? What I want to ask you, in your opinion, in the scope of this document, is, if we can understand a little bit better the manner in which the McCanns left the country?                                                             
G.A: I apologize for stating the obvious, but they have left the country by airplane. And they were well received back in England. What we became increasingly aware was the political influence, of the intervention of the British prime minister at the time, Gordon Brown, of the conversations that he allegedly had with our own prime minister, in October, at the Lisbon Summit - if they indeed spoke on the subject or not, we weren't there to listen. Some say they did, others say they didn't; but a fact remains, and this was the result: there was a point that the British police officers working on the case had to sign a document as if they belonged to the secret services, requesting their confidentiality so they wouldn't speak about the case. Definitely something strange, not usual under other circumstances. Thus, from then on, and with other elements - that would be too lengthy for us to be detailing here now - remains no doubt that a political intervention, practically, archived the case.
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The apparent misunderstanding of the despatch and the paragraphs above, the last of which has no connection to the ambassador's despatch,  are the basic “evidence” given by GA for state secrecy and the involvement of the security services. (The minor comments made at other times about  “people on the tarmac”, what might have been said by someone to Martin Grime and the taxi service provided by Special Branch are not worthy of consideration).
It just doesn’t hack it, I'm afraid.

I am unaware of the existence of a document that British officers had to sign about secrecy, by the way, even though that great authority on the McCann case, Paolo Reis,  claimed there was  one. If somebody lets me know about it I’ll have a look. But if it exists it certainly won’t confirm the existence of “state secrecy” in the McCann case, if only because GA refers to it as merely “requesting confidentiality” and throwing in the phrase “as if they belonged to the secret services” is a bit naughty, isn't it?
Certainly as late as December 2010  GA had the wrong end of the stick about the Official Secrets Act which all UK police, as well as many other public servants, had to sign up to at the beginning of their careers. He was, for example, unaware that his lawyer’s demand for attendance of the McCanns’ Scotland Yard liaison officer in Portugal as a defence witness at the Lisbon HR libel trial would be worthless precisely because of the routine confidentiality that applies in all British  cases, at home or overseas. The officer was not forbidden to come because of the case but because of the law but GA, when it was explained to him, didn't see it that way.   
The "state secrecy" that so troubled GA - in this case the relevant provisions of the Official Secrets Act - was to do with nothing more than the problems of information received during investigations and the necessity of protecting people from the effects of premature or unjustified release of information. That, it should be remembered,  is a problem for Portugal as well – as the final libel trial judgement made very clear in great detail. The two countries deal with the same problem in different ways and one of them, the Portuguese way, was set to cost GA a quarter of a million euros or more before the appeal saved him: so far no evidence has emerged to show that the British legal approach to secrecy in police investigations has cost him a penny.    
GA’s belief that there was something extra-secret at work in the McCann case justifying the likelihood of “MI5” – we all know that “MI5” wouldn’t have been working overseas, but that’s just trivia – or other intelligence agencies being involved might have merit but he has provided no facts to back it up.
He was speculating about overseas matters outside his normal area of expertise. In the absence of any evidence one can only accept his claims because of who he is and what he has done. But that isn't enough. It never is.

As I've said, it will all come out in the wash.