October 14, 2011
A Successful Fox Hunt
A while ago a headline in Great Britain read: Unashamed 'country boy' David Cameron makes passionate defence of Fox hunting
So people went hunting and here is the result:
BBC: "BREAKING NEWS: UK Defence Secretary Liam Fox has resigned, his office confirms"
Fox held his young friend, best man and rumored gay partner, Adam Werritty as an unofficial adviser while Werritty was on the payroll of some Israel lobby folks, U.S. defense industry companies and a hedge fund that held defense investments.
There were additional issues with Fox acting against the established rules of his former ministry plus the non-disclosure of other lobby contacts (including rumored Israeli intelligence contacts).
Fox was, through is non-profit Atlantic Bridge, one of the main contact persons between the British conservatives and the U.S. neo-conservatives. His resignation could lead to a U.K.policy that is less U.S. centric. He was a Thatcher man and more to the right than his rival Cameron who will now likely feel some relief over this resignation. But with Cameron's own problems over his connections to Murdoch's News Corp he could well be the next fox to be hunted down.
Posted by b on October 14, 2011 at 11:35 AM | Permalink
This is getting blanket coverage over here in Ireland (which mainly gets the same channels as Britain). Certainly very good news.
The Israel lobby group in question is called Bicom, which lobbies the British government on Israels behalf. The chairman/owner of Bicom (and 18th richest guy in Britain) is Poju Zabludowicz. On top of owning this Israeli lobby group, Poju owns a shopping mall in a West Bank Settlement and his families wealth came from his father who owned a big military contracting company called Soltam Systems in Israel.
So this Poju billionaire was the one who gave Werritty £35,000. Werritty basically had no security cleareance and no government job but because he was old flatmates and best friends with the Defense Minister he flew around the world with Fox and even sat in on military briefings (including one with US Defense Sec Robert Gates). Officially he claimed to be a Private Consultant but most of the dignataries he visited assumed he was part of Ministry of Defence since he followed Fox around everywhere.
The Private Intelligeance Company he also took money from is a London firm called G3 that specialises in "risk management". Don't know much about it other than it has British Aerospace as one of its clients.
Anyway this "friend" has ending up bringing down the British Defense Minister and because it is a coalition government alot of haggling will be needed to find a replacement. But this guy was an Ultra Neo-Con and Ultra Pro-Israel for British standards and even if Cameron gets a conservative replacement (which ain't guaranteed with the Liberal Democrats) he will certainly be less hawkish.
Posted by: Colm O' Toole | Oct 14, 2011 3:48:49 PM | 1
Agreed with C. O'Toole.
That Fox disappears is a good thing, but I doubt that much will change. The same powers have other methods.
There are two issues:
1) the influence of the banksters. Difficult to change, if the finance of the political parties in UK remains the same.
The bizarre aspect of Israeli policy, at the moment, is that they want an ethnically clean state. Perhaps they will succeed, perhaps not.
British policy goes along with this ideal. I don't see much prospect of change.
It is the US that suffers from Obama's support of a ridiculous accusation.
Posted by: alexno | Oct 14, 2011 5:13:08 PM | 2
I like the 'fox hunt' angle, b.
I also agree with CO'T - as far as he takes the story. But I suspect that Fox is going into voluntary retirement to enjoy his lavish and ill-gotten reward for a recent legislative change to one of the long-standing rights of UK citizens.
I'm referring to the citizens right to generate an arrest warrant for suspected foreign war criminals. The UK has been a no-go zone for high-ranking members of the Israeli govt and military due to private citizens availing them selves of this right. The Jews swore to have this right removed and I believe the law which granted the right has been either struck down or heavily modified.
One imagines that Fox, being a traitor was part, if not the leader of, the lobby group which facilitated this black day for British Justice.
Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Oct 14, 2011 11:23:19 PM | 3
One of the commenters to the EI article makes an interesting point - that the strength of the new law (that only the DPP can authorise the issue of an arrest warrant) has yet to be tested by someone lodging a private request for a warrant and then asking the DPP to justify its rejection of the request.
Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Oct 15, 2011 10:26:12 AM | 5
Revealed: Fox's best man and his ties to Iran's opposition
An IoS Investigation: The murky world of Adam Werritty: Self-styled adviser 'had links to Mossad'.
Adam Werritty, the man at the centre of the Liam Fox cash-for-access scandal, has been involved in an audacious plot to topple Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, it was claimed last night.
The self-styled adviser to Mr Fox, whose close personal friendship with the former defence secretary led to Mr Fox's downfall, has visited Iran on several occasions and met Iranian opposition groups in Washington and London over the past few years, The Independent on Sunday has learnt.
Mr Werritty, 33, has been debriefed by MI6 about his travels and is so highly regarded by the Israeli intelligence service Mossad – who thought he was Mr Fox's chief of staff – that he was able to arrange meetings at the highest levels of the Israeli government, multiple sources have told The IoS.
Posted by: b | Oct 16, 2011 1:09:14 AM | 7
oh, my first link is to guy fawkes' blog. this is a somewhat popular UK political blog which i have encountered before. yesterday i spent a few hrs making the rounds of different sites and news article about this and thus far all of the people funding Werritty have the israel connection. it seems very likely to me it was the exposure of this connection to the C# group that tipped the scales. it seemed he jumped off the bandwagon very quickly which leads me to believe there's a lot more that could be exposed. plus, the gov person who was supposed to head off the investigation announced his resignation the same day which seems strange. i wouldn't be surprised if this touched other MPs or even cameron.
also, this is interesting:
"The question Liam Fox should have been asked "
Every Labour MP called by the Speaker – and by my count there were 18 of them – failed to land a glove on the Defence Secretary. Their questions were either over-elaborate or designed to show how smart the questioner was, or a combination of both. The question that was screaming out to be asked was: "What was Mr Werritty doing at those meetings?" That, surely, is what we all want to know. Why didn't anyone ask? It's not the first time that MPs have missed the obvious and it won't be the last. The short, sharp and pithy question is a valuable weapon in the Chamber yet is seldom used. The same is true at select committees. Ponderous, over-elaborate statements-cum-questions are the order of the day, when quick-fire, brief and targeted interventions would be far more effective. Fox will have no complaints – but we should have. An enormous amount of information was given out by him yesterday, but we are none the wiser about what Werritty was really up to.
this leads me to believe the MP's are very compromised themselves. like our congress they don't want to cross the lobby, it's could prove dangerous to their careers.
Posted by: annie | Oct 16, 2011 7:49:41 PM | 9
The new UK law that supposedly complicates but in effect prevents arrest of ‘war criminals’ thru ‘universal human rights’ legislation, posted by HoarseW above, has been in the works for a quite a while.
I believe it became a critical issue, a spitting cause for outrage, when Livni cancelled a trip to England for fear of arrest, Dec. 2009. Now she can visit, is doing so > a request for arrest was turned down on the day. (Oct. 2011, see news.)
Moshe Yaalon, Ehud Barak, Doron Almog and no doubt many others have cancelled trips for the same reasons, in the past.
One other ex.: G. W. Bush to Switzerland.
That some members of the PTB could not travel freely is actually incredible...
Joe and Marcia, if they have the cash, can go to Florence, Basel, Toronto, Zurich, London, Tel Aviv, Moscow, Cape Town, anywhere. The very idea that powerful ppl would not have similar freedom is devastating.
Of course the Brits were the first to cave.
3 assorted links
Posted by: Noirette | Oct 18, 2011 11:37:56 AM | 10