Inside Track #23 with David Condon & Jason Kennedy – LISTEN NOW!

First broadcast June 29th, Inside Track #23 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. This show featured Michael Fallon being compared to Bumble of Oliver Twist.

Harry Secombe in action

The show began with revelations of more Tory election cheating, courtesy of an undercover investigation by Channel 4 News. Secret footage clearly proves campaigning laws were broken, though the prospect of any action being taken looks, as ever, remote.

The Tory-DUP deal was concluded this week. The deal saw 1.5 billion UKP suddenly materialize, despite the never-ending Tory claims that magic money trees simply do not exist. There will, however, be no extra government funds for councils facing economic ruin over fixing cladding of the sort thought responsible for the Grenfell Tower fire.

Not content with entering a coalition with a political party with astonishingly close links to terrorist groups, the government is apparently also considering keeping MPs dispersed for as long as possible by adding an extra month to their summer holidays.

Fake News / Anti-Russia

Three CNN journalists resigned this week, after being caught red-handed producing a fake news story that sought to link a Trump associate to an ongoing investigation of a Russian bank. Trump understandably reacted with glee, tweeting, quite rightfully, ‘FAKE NEWS!‘ Glenn Greenwald covered the story, and used a wealth of evidence of previous anti-Russia stories that have fallen apart, to contextualize this latest scandal.

On a similar theme, we also noted a Guardian story regarding the recent cyber-attack on the UK Parliament, which was headlined: Cyber-attack on UK parliament: Russia is suspected culpritThe accompanying article, however, contained not a single piece of evidence of any Russian involvement whatsoever, the highlight being a security source’s comment: “The nature of cyber-attacks means it is notoriously difficult to attribute an incident to a specific actor.” Undeterred, the article then recycled past claims of Russia being linked to interference in various other events, all of them equally evidence-free.

Khan Sheikoun

On this week’s show we discussed the events of 4th April in Khan Sheikoun, Syria, and the aerial attack that left 89 people dead. Of interest here is a new article by Seymour Hersh, veteran investigative reporter, that draws upon US intelligence sources to cast significant doubt on the official narrative.

CNN, for example, in its reporting of the attack, produced an astonishing propaganda video and declared the events of April 4th to be, “a sarin attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun, which evidence shows was launched by Syrian government forces”, while a later story claimed OCPW had ‘incontrovertible’ evidence that sarin, or a similar substance, was used.

Hersh claims that not only did US intelligence services know there were no chemical weapons used by the Syrians, this information was presented to, and dismissed, by Donald Trump. Forewarned of the incoming Tomahawk missiles, the spectacular images of US military might that generated a surge in Trump’s approval ratings were, according to one source, merely ‘a firework display’.

If one is wondering why such an important story is being ignored in the Western media, Jonathan Cook has two posts on that theme; the first looks at how Seymour Hersh has been rapidly pushed to the margins, while the second notes how Hersh’s revelations are being ignored, even as two spoilers that seek to trump his claims are given significant attention.

The first of these spoilers was the Sean Spicer statement that, “The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children. The activities are similar to the preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack.” Spicer’s statement was greeted with disbelief by officials at the Pentagon and the State Department, who had no foreknowledge of its release.

The second spoiler was a ‘new’ story ‘confirming’ that the OCPW investigation (which was widely reported months back) found evidence of the use of sarin.

Meanwhile, Scott Ritter has brought his expertise to bear on the Khan Sheikoun attack, and in an excellent piece demonstrates, among other things, that the ‘chain of custody’ re samples collected from the scene was broken numerous times, thus rendering the OCPW findings that CNN declared ‘incontrovertible’, moot. His reasoning leads him to the conclusion that the most like explanations is that the White Helmets fabricated the samples to advance their anti-Assad agenda.

Perhaps the most worrying comment on this whole saga is this one, by Jonathan Cook, who notes that these latest US threats re Syrian chemical attacks, “… increase, rather than reduce, the chances of a new chemical weapons attack. Other, anti-Assad actors now have a strong incentive to use chemical weapons in false-flag operation to implicate Assad, knowing that the US has committed itself to intervention. On any reading, the US statements were reckless – or malicious – in the extreme and likely to bring about the exact opposite of what they were supposed to achieve.”

Inside Track #22 with David Condon & Jason Kennedy – LISTEN NOW!

First broadcast June 22nd, Inside Track #22 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. This show featured a reference to General Zod of Superman II.

General Zod and his accomplices

The show began with a discussion of the Grenfell Tower fire. We noted one story that showed young people who could have tried to escape the blaze preferring to remain in place and die with their elderly family members. We also made reference to a firefighters’ first-hand account of his experiences and thought processes during the fire. Blogger Craig Murray pin-pointed outsourcing and complex contracting arrangements as a significant source of the culture that ends with a fire such as Grenfell Tower. And on the subject of David Lammy MP calling for the Metropolitan Police Service to stop Grenfell Tower contractors from destroying evidence related to the fire, we noted that the Met are world experts in the destruction of evidence; Operation Othona revealed that an entire ‘lorry-load’ of evidence that may have helped the inquiry into Stephen Lawrence’s death was ‘inexplicably shredded in 2003’.

We covered the Finsbury Park Mosque attack and explored the so-called double standard that white attackers are rarely labelled as terrorists. We noted that as white attackers don’t martyr themselves, the reporting of their actions is far more guarded, and extends to not instantly labelling them as terrorists. We did note, though, that in the case of the Westminster Bridge attacker, it was perhaps wrong to designate him as a terrorist, as the Metropolitan Police Service admitted that he acted alone and his motivations may never be known. On the subject of mental illness motivating terror attacks, we noted that such a view is not simply a rhetorical move to exonerate white males, but is often actually the case, as in the recent example of a mentally ill man jailed for making Facebook threats to an MP he felt was going to vote to cut the support services he depends upon.

We ended with some white privilege/SJW-type stuff, with one example being this bizarre effort, How Can You Not Like The Beatles?

Inside Track #20 with David Condon & Jason Kennedy – LISTEN NOW!

First broadcast June 8th, Inside Track #20 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. This show featured the song, Rip It Up, by Orange Juice.

Rip it up

Sadly, the show opened with our focusing on yet another terror attack, this time on London Bridge and Borough Market. As we noted, one of the attackers, Khuarm Shazad Butt, was featured in a 2016 Channel Four documentary, The Jihadis Next Door, in which he unfurled an ISIS flag in a park. Butt had been reported to the authorities on at least two occasions. One of the attackers was unknown to the authorities, while another, Youssef Zaghba, was an Italian national of Moroccan descent, who had previously been prevented from flying to Syria. When asked by Italian officials why he wanted to travel to Syria, Zaghba is reported to have replied, “I’m going to be a terrorist”. Italian police say that a dossier on Zaghba was sent to the UKG in April 2016. UK authorities, however, claim Zaghba was ‘not a person of interest’.

We looked at Saudi Arabia once again this week; we noted that the government appears to have gone back on a promise to Tim Farron to publish a report on UK terror funding that is said to implicate the Saudis. We also made reference to the bribery scandal surrounding the Al-Yamamah arms deal between BAE and Saudi Arabia. A Serious Fraud Office investigation into the deal was killed by Tony Blair in 2006, amid threats from the Saudis of ‘another 7/7‘. After the collapse of this investigation, US authorities opened their own investigation, and in 2010 BAE agreed to pay a USD$400 million fine.

Inside Track #19 with David Condon & Jason Kennedy – LISTEN NOW!

First broadcast June 1st, Inside Track #19 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. This show had some technical problems that we apologize for. It also featured a reference to the David Cronenberg movie, Scanners.

Michael Ironside

On this show we discussed Salman Abedi and his links with a Libyan terrorist group, the LIFG (Libyan Islamic Fighting Group). Firstly, we discounted the oft-cited cry after such attacks, that the Muslim community didn’t do enough to alert the authorities of an attacker’s intentions. In fact, the authorities were warned on SIX occasions, five warnings were from members of the public, while the sixth was from the FBI, in January of this year. Tom Clark, of Another Angry Voice has come up with a list of 13 questions that would be worth hearing answers to regarding this attack… many of the questions centre on why Abedi and others like him were able to pass so easily through UK airports on their way to Libya (Abedi also spent time in Syria). Middle East Eye reports that MI5 gave their blessing to UK Libyans going out to fight in the coup against Gaddafi. The Guardian reports that Abedi acted, ‘largely alone‘, which is misleading, given the decades-long context of the Libyan extremist community he had grown up in the UK, and the fact that MI5 knew all about these individuals for many years. The Burning Blogger of Bedlam has a long post about this history, and has even written a free book about the Libyan coup of 2011. Lastly, any lessons to be learned are unlikely to include punitive measures against any of the spooks involved, as, in true British fashion, inquiries into any potential wrongdoing by MI5 will be carried out by… MI5.