ON THE DAY WE EXPECT THE DECISION ON JULIAN ASSANGE

This is an article first published in May 2021. Craig has served his sentence, we await to discover whether the journalist Julian Assange will be freed or whether he faces extradition to the USA. Attacks on our freedom of speech are becoming more common. Judges are creating new rules to control those who write, minusContinue reading "ON THE DAY WE EXPECT THE DECISION ON JULIAN ASSANGE"

ON THE DAY WE EXPECT THE DECISION ON JULIAN ASSANGE

This is an article first published in May 2021. Craig has served his sentence, we await to discover whether the journalist Julian Assange will be freed or whether he faces extradition to the USA. Attacks on our freedom of speech are becoming more common. Judges are creating new rules to control those who write, minus the protection of the giant news corporations. These are very dangerous times and good people must stay vigilant and vocal in defence of our freedoms.

THE POLITICS OF FEAR AND INTIMIDATION.

Craig Murray wrote last week about this topic  and his concern that he was being confronted with a fear of becoming cowardly, scared to continue writing and challenging authority here in Scotland.

Take a minute to think about that. A former British Ambassador, internationally known and widely respected for his defence of human rights held a fear about the consequences of freely writing about what he considered the truth here in his own country Scotland. What has happened to freedom of speech in our country? Have we joined the list of despot nations where such freedoms are denied?

A man who is one of the key friends and ally of Julian Assange who the Scottish courts are stopping appearing as a defence witness in his trial. What is going on and who, exactly who, and how many are behind it ?

He is but one of a string of blatantly political moves involving the police and courts in Scotland where Nicola’s Scottish Government is increasingly using the legal system as a tool to intimidate and silence her political opponents. You can call it a lot of things but in my view fascist Government gets closest.

Trumped up, often ludicrous or trivial allegations are created. The process is always the same, police raids, the seizing of all electronic equipment, long and expensive delays until the “offences” come to court where the defendants are found not guilty or sometimes the judgement confirms there is no case to answer, only confirming the malicious nature of the allegations in the first place.

If the public were to find out the ludicrous nature of most of the charges that were contrived against Alex Salmond they would be astonished at them being classified as sex crimes. I found them just plain ridiculous, a view subsequently shared by the jury when they came to court. It is the fact they ever came to court that is the main case against the Crown Office as being complicit in political prosecution.

Mark Hirst’s case was even more obvious as being clearly political. The comments he made in his video commentary could never be considered threatening, critical yes but never threatening. Nevertheless, his home was raided, his computer equipment seized, months of delay, jobs and income lost, legal expenses mounting, only to eventually come to court and the charges to be dismissed out of hand, no case to answer. Taxpayers money, police time, the court system fully engaged at public expense to pursue intimidation against a political opponent.

Most recently Dave Llewelyn who during the election made a remark about a prominent SNP husband and wife team only to find that the pair incredibly interpreted it as a threat to murder them and wanted him charged with attempted murder. That was a step too far even for our corrupted prosecution services but he has been through the process of the police raid, the seizure of his computer equipment and facing trial on much lesser charges in December, his legal Bill continues to climb.

Craig himself of course faces an eight month sentence for telling the truth. His reports on the Salmond trial revealed less evidence about the identity of his accusers than many in the Unionist media. What is more his reports accurately reflected the eventual decisions of the jury based on the full evidence, including the defence witnesses. The defence evidence was of course studiously avoided and ignored as it did not fit the disgustingly dishonest narrative the Unionist media were intent in delivering against Alex Salmond

Now to the crux of this, virtually all the complainants in all the above cases come from a known grouping within the SNP. A MOST REMARKABLE COINCIDENCE IS THAT NOT?

Now as we all know I or anybody else cannot name those involved without facing a long list of charges but I do want to raise a valid point.

The gift of anonymity is not a right, it is a privilege and if it is being subsequently used aggressively as a political weapon, as it is with the ongoing smearing of Alex Salmond and others then surely it must be subject to review at some stage.

Now many will be happy to ignore these warnings, others will be scared, intimidated, to say nothing. If they do, then not only will these tactics continue, they will escalate. Nobody will be safe, our freedoms will continue to be eroded. Evil, malicious evil, will grow as the poison spreads wider and wider.

Let me leave you with this thought. As part of the process of a huge fishing exercise against Alex Salmond, motivated by a desire to find more solid charges than the pathetic ones delivered by his accusers, the police investigated over 400 people involving 700 face to face interviews, encompassing all who he had contact with him over his entire life. This enormous effort, completely unheard off for anyone else facing similar charges, at huge public expense, turned up NOT ONE SINGLE CHARGE OR EVIDENCE OF INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR. 

Given those facts is it not very strange Mr Salmond’s “offences” only happened to involve so many known friends, colleagues and supporters of the FIRST MINISTER? Wonder what odds you would get from Labrokes for that one?

Our legal and political system has been corrupted. They need fixed. Who is going to do it is the problem?

Folk who care about freedom must speak out because it needs all the people of Scotland to fix this.

The judgement delivered in the Assange case will highlight whether these important freedoms still exist in England. I await the judgement with pen in hand.

I am, as always

YOURS FOR SCOTLAND

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