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December 15, 2018

The 'Integrity Initiative' - A Military Intelligence Operation, Disguised As Charity, To Create The "Russian Threat"

The British government financed Integrity Initiative is tasked with spreading anti-Russian propaganda and thereby with influencing the public, military and governments of a number of countries. What follows is an contextual analysis of the third batch of the Initiative's internal papers which were dumped by an anonymous yesterday.

Christopher Nigel Donnelly (CND) is the co-director of The Institute for Statecraft and founder of its offshoot Integrity Initiative. The Initiative claims to "Defend Democracy Against Disinformation".

The Integrity Initiative does this by planting disinformation about alleged Russian influence through journalists 'clusters' throughout Europe and the United States.

Both, the Institute as well as the Initiative, claim to be independent Non-Government Organizations. Both are financed by the British government, NATO and other state donors.

Among the documents lifted by some anonymous person from the servers of the Institute we find several papers about Donnelly as well as some memos written by him. They show a russophobe mind with a lack of realistic strategic thought.

There is also a file (pdf) with a copy of his passport:


From his curriculum vitae (pdf) we learn that Donnelly is a long time soldier in the British Army Intelligence Corps where he established and led the Soviet Studies Research Centre at RMA Sandhurst. He later was involved in creating the US Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) at Ft. Leavenworth. He worked at the British Ministry of Defence and as an advisor to several Secretaries General of NATO. He is a director of the Institute for Statecraft since 2010. Donnelly also advises the Foreign Minister of Lithuania. He is a "Security and Justice Senior Mentor" of the UK’s Stabilisation Unit which is tasked with destabilizing various countries. He serves as a Honorary Colonel of the Specialist Group Military Intelligence (SGMI).

During his time as military intelligence analyst in the 1980s Donnelly wrote several books and papers about the Soviet Union and its military.

Donnelly seems to be obsessed with the 'Russian threat' and is determined to fight it by all means.  His paranoia is obvious in a "private - confidential" report by the Statecraft Institute on The Challenge of Brexit to the UK: Case study – The Foreign and Commonwealth Offices (pdf):

Our problem is that, for the last 70 years or so,we in the UK and Europe have been living in a safe, secure rules-based system which has allowed us to enjoy a holiday from history.
Unfortunately, this state of affairs is now being challenged. A new paradigm of conflict is replacing the 19th & 20th Century paradigm.
In this new paradigm, the clear distinction which most people have been able to draw between war and peace, their expectation of stability and a degree of predictability in life, are being replaced by a volatile unpredictability, a permanent state of instability in which war and peace become ever more difficult to disentangle. The “classic” understanding of conflict being between two distinct players or groups of players is giving way to a world of Darwinian competition where all the players – nation states, sub-state actors, big corporations, ethnic or religious groups, and so on – are constantly striving with each other in a “war of all against all”. The Western rules-based system, which most westerners take for granted and have come to believe is “normal”, is under attack from countries and organisations which wish to replace our system with theirs. This is not a crisis which faces us; it is a strategic challenge, and from several directions simultaneously.

In reality the "Western rules-based system", fully implemented after the demise of the Soviet Union, is a concept under which 'the west' arbitrarily makes up rules and threatens to kill anyone who does not follow them. Witness the wars against Serbia, the war on Iraq, the destruction of Libya, the western led coup in Ukraine and the war by Jihadi proxies against the people of Syria and Iraq. None of these actions were legal under international law. Demanding a return to strict adherence to the rule of international law, as Russia, China and others now do, it is not an attempt to replace "our system with theirs". It is a return to the normal state of global diplomacy. It is certainly not a "Darwinian competition".

In October 2016 Donnelly had a Private Discussion with Gen Sir Richard Barrons (pdf), marked as personal and confidential. Barrons is a former commander of the British Joint Forces Command. The nonsensical top line is: "The UK defence model is failing. UK is at real risk."

Some interesting nuggets again reveal a paranoid mindset. The talk also includes some realistic truthiness about the British military posture Barrons and others created:

There has been a progressive, systemic demobilisation of NATO militarily capability and a run down of all its members’ defences
We are seeing new / reinvented ways of warfare – hybrid, plus the reassertion of hard power in warfare
Aircraft Carriers can be useful for lots of things, but not for war v China or Russia, so we should equip them accordingly. ...
The West no longer has a military edge on Russia. ...
Our Nuclear programme drains resources from conventional forces and hollows them out. ...
The UK Brigade in Germany is no good as a deterrent against Russia. ...
Our battalion in Estonia are hostages, not a deterrent. ...

The general laments the lack of influence the military has on the British government and its people. He argues for more government financed think tank research that can be fed back into the government:

So, if no catastrophe happens to wake people up and demand a response, then we need to find a way to get the core of government to realise the problem and take it out of the political space. We will need to impose changes over the heads of vested interests. NB We did this in the 1930s

My conclusion is that it is we who must either generate the debate or wait for something dreadful to happen to shock us into action. We must generate an independent debate outside government.
We need to ask when and how do we start to put all this right? Do we have the national capabilities / capacities to fix it? If so, how do we improve our harnessing of resources to do it? We need this debate NOW. There is not a moment to be lost.

This was an order from the core of the British thinking to Donnelly to get even deeper into the inner-British influence business. Hype Russia as a threat so more money can be taken from the 'vested interests' of the people and dumped into the military machine.

That particular advise of General Barrons was accepted. In 2017 the Integrity Initiative bid for funding from the Ministry of Defence (pdf) for various projects to influence the public, the parliament, the military and the government as well as foreign forces. The bid lists "performance indicators" that are supposed to measure the success of its activities. The top indicator for the success of the Initiative's proposed work for the Ministry of Defense is a "Tougher stance in government policy towards Russia".


Asking for government finance to influence the government to take a "tougher stand towards Russia" seems a bit circular. But this is consistent with the operation of other Anglo-American think tanks and policy initiatives in which one part of the government, usually the hawkish one, secretly uses NGO's and think-tanks to lobby other parts of the government to support their specific hobbyhorse and budget.

Here is how it is done. The 'experts' of the 'charity' Institute for Statecraft and Integrity Initiative testified in the British parliament. While they were effectively paid by the government they lobbied parliament under the cover of their NGO. This circularity also allows for the use international intermediates. Members of the Spanish cluster (pdf) of the Initiative testified in the British Parliament about the Catalan referendum and related allegations against Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange. (It is likely that this testimony led to the change in the position of the Ecuadorian government towards Assange.)

Unfortunately, or luckily, such lobbying operations are mostly run by people who are incompetent in the specific field they are lobbying for. Chris Donnelly, despite a life long experience in military intelligence, has obviously zero competence as a military strategist or planner.

In March 2014, shortly after Crimea split from the Ukraine, Donnelly suggested Military measures (pdf) to be taken by the Ukraine with regards to Crimea:

If I were in charge I would get the following implemented asp
  1. Set up a cordon sanitaire across the Crimean Isthmus and on the coast N. of Crimea with troops and mines
  2. Mine Sevastopol harbour/bay. Can be done easily using a car ferry if they have no minelayers. Doesn’t need a lot of mines to be effective. They could easily buy some mines.
  3. Get their air force into the air and activate all their air defences. If they can’t fly the Migs on the airfield in Crimea those should be destroyed as a gesture that they are serious. Going “live” electronically will worry the Russians as the Ukrainians have the same electronic kit. If the Russians jam it they jam their own kit as well.
  4. Ukraine used to have some seriously important weapons, such as a big microwave anti-satellite weapon. If they still have this, they should use it.
  5. The government needs a Strategic communication campaign-so far everything is coming from Moscow. They need to articulate a long-term vision that will inspire the people, however hard that is to do. Without it, what have people to fight for?
  6. They should ask the west now to start supplying Oil and gas. There is plenty available due to the mild winter.

I am trying to get this message across

Think for a moment how Russia would have responded to a mining of Sevastopol harbor, the frying of its satellites, or the destruction of its fighter jets in Crimea. Those "gestures" would have been illegal acts of war against the forces of a nuclear power which were legally stationed in Crimea. And how was the west to immediately supply gas to Ukraine when Ukraine's pipeline network is designed to uni directionally receive gas from Russia?

Such half-assed thinking is typical for the Institute and its creation of propaganda.

One of its employees/contractors is Hugh Benedict Nimmo who the Initiative paid to produce anti-Russian propaganda that was then disseminated through various western publications. (Nimmo now works at the Digital Forensic Research Lab of the Atlantic Council, another hawkish lobbying shop. Not one of other 'Digital Research' researchers has a background in information technology. They are all political hacks.)

According to the (still very incomplete) Initiative files Ben Nimmo received a monthly consultancy fee of £2.500 between December 2015 and March 2016. In August 2016 he sent an invoice (pdf) of £5,000 for his "August work on Integrity Initiative". A Production Timetable (pdf) for March to June 2016 lists the following Nimmo outputs and activities:

  • 17 March Atlantic Council: Yes, Putin really believes his own propaganda, Ben Nimmo
  • 21 March Newsweek: Putin's paranoia is driving his foreign adventures, Ben Nimmo
  • 22 March, UK House of Commons: Russian information warfare - airbrushing reality, Jonathan Eyal and Ben Nimmo
  • Mid May: Atlantic Council: Distract, deceive, destroy: Putin at war in Syria. Ben Nimmo et al (Major study)
  • Early May timeframe: Russian penetration in Germany, Harold Elletson, Ben Nimmo et al - 10,000 words
  • June timeframe: Atlantic Council, major report on Russian conspiracy theory and foreign policy, Ben Nimmo (potential launch events in London and / or Washington)
  • End-June: Mapping Russia's whole influence machine, Ben Nimmo - 10,000 words

One wonders how often Ben Nimmo double billed his various sponsors for these copy-paste fantasy pamphlets.

In late 2017 Ben Nimmo and Guardian 'journalist' Carole Cadwalladr disseminated allegations that Russia used Facebook ads to influence the Brexit decision. Cadwalladr even received a price for her work. Unfortunately the price was not revoked when Facebook revealed that "Russia linked" accounts had spend a total of 97 cents on Brexit ads. It is unexplained how that was enough to achieve their alleged aim.

Cadwalladr is listed as a speaker (pdf) at a "skill sharing" conference the Institute organized for November 1-2 under the headline: "Tackling Tools of Malign Influence - Supporting 21st Century Journalism".

This year Ben Nimmo became notorious for claiming that several real persons with individual opinions were "Russian trolls". As we noted:

Nimmo, and several other dimwits quoted in the piece, came to the conclusion that Ian56 is a Kremlin paid troll, not a real person. Next to Ian56 Nimmo 'identified' other 'Russian troll' accounts:

Ben Nimmo @benimmo - 10:50 UTC - 24 Mar 2018

One particularly influential retweeter (judging by the number of accounts which then retweeted it) was @ValLisitsa, which posts in English and Russian. Last year, this account joined the troll-factory #StopMorganLie campaign.

Had Nimmo, a former NATO spokesperson, had some decent education he would have know that @ValLisitsa, aka Valentina Lisitsa, is a famous American-Ukrainian pianist. Yes, she sometimes tweets in Russian language to her many fans in Russia and the Ukraine. Is that now a crime? The videos of her world wide performances on Youtube have more than 170 million views. It is absurd to claim that she is a 'Russian troll' and to insinuate that she is taking Kremlin money to push 'Russian troll' opinions.

Ben Nimmo's latest nonsense is the claim that Putin's Russia turned humour into a weapon. We documented long ago that, according to western media, Russia 'weaponizes' ... everything, from robotic cockroaches to Jedi mind tricks. Weaponizing humor though, is new idiotic claim:

Ben Nimmo, an Atlantic Council researcher on Russian disinformation, told the BBC that attempts to create funny memes were part of the strategy as "disinformation for the information age".

Could someone please help the dude to grow up?

The Institute for Statecraft Expert Team (pdf) list several people with military intelligence backgrounds, as well as many 'journalists'. One of them is:

Mark Galeotti
Specialist in Russian strategic thinking; the application of Russian disinformation and hybrid warfare; the use of organised crime as a weapon of hybrid warfare. Educational and mentoring skills, including in a US and E European environment, and the corporate world. 
Russian linguist

Galeotti is the infamous inventor of the 'Gerasimov doctrine', and of propaganda about Russia's alleged 'hybrid' warfare.

In February 2013 the Russian General Valery Gerasimov, then Russia’s chief of the General Staff, published a paper that analyzed the way the 'west' is waging a new type of war by mixing propaganda, proxy armies and military force into one unified operation.

Galeotti claimed that Gerasimov's analysis of 'western' operations was a new Russian doctrine of 'hybrid war'. He invented the term 'Gerasimov doctrine' which then took off in the propaganda realm. In February 2016 the U.S. Army Military Review published a longer analysis of Gerasimov's paper that debunked the nonsense (pdf). It concluded without reservations that:

Gerasimov’s article is not proposing a new Russian way of warfare or a hybrid war, as has been stated in the West.

But anti-Russian propagandist repeated Galeotti's nonsense over and over. Only in March 2018, five years after Galeotti invented the 'Germasimov doctrine' and two years after he was thoroughly debunked, he finally recanted:

Everywhere, you’ll find scholars, pundits, and policymakers talking about the threat the “Gerasimov doctrine” — named after Russia’s chief of the general staff — poses to the West. It’s a new way of war, “an expanded theory of modern warfare,” or even “a vision of total warfare.”

There’s one small problem. It doesn’t exist. And the longer we pretend it does, the longer we misunderstand the — real, but different — challenge Russia poses.

I feel I can say that because, to my immense chagrin, I created this term, which has since acquired a destructive life of its own, lumbering clumsily into the world to spread fear and loathing in its wake.

The Institute for Statecraft's "Specialist in Russian strategic thinking", an expert on "disinformation and hybrid warfare",  created a non-existing Russian doctrine out of hot air and used it to press for anti-Russian measures. Like Ben Nimmo he is an aptly example of the quality of the Institute's experts and work. 

One of the newly released documents headlined CND Gen list 2 (pdf) (CND= Chris Nigel Donnelly) includes the names and email addresses of a number of military, government and think tank people. The anonymous releaser of the documents claims that the list is "of employees who attended a closed-door meeting with the white helmets". (No document has been published yet that confirms this.) One name on the list is of special interest:


Pablo Miller was the handler and friend of Sergej Skripal, the British double agent who was "novichoked" in Salisbury. When Miller's name was mentioned in the press the British government issued a D-Notice to suppress its further publishing,


As we wrote in April:

Pablo Miller, a British MI6 agent, had recruited Sergej Skripal. The former MI6 agent in Moscow, Christopher Steele, was also involved in the case. Skripal was caught by the Russian security services and went to jail. Pablo Miller, the MI6 recruiter, was also the handler of Sergej Skripal after he was released by Russia in a spy swap. He reportedly also lives in Salisbury. Both Christopher Steele and Pablo Miller work for Orbis Business Intelligence which created the "Dirty Dossier" about Donald Trump.

In 1979, before becoming a spy, Pablo Miller served at the 4th Royal Tank Regiment. (BBC Newsnight 'journalist' Mark Urban, who recently published a book based on interviews with Skripal, served together with Miller in the same regiment.) The 4th regiment's motto was "Fear Naught". Pablo Miller's email address given in the Chris Donnelly list is "".

In March, at the very beginning of the Skripal affair and before there was any talk of 'Novichok', we asked if Skripal was involved in creating the now debunked "Dirty Dossier" and if that was a reason for certain British insiders to move him out of the way:

Here are some question:
  • Did Skripal help Steele to make up the "dossier" about Trump?
  • Were Skripal's old connections used to contact other people in Russia to ask about Trump dirt?
  • Did Skripal threaten to talk about this?
If there is a connection between the dossier and Skripal, which seems very likely to me, then there are a number of people and organizations with potential motives to kill him. Lots of shady folks and officials on both sides of the Atlantic were involved in creating and running the anti-Trump/anti-Russia campaign. There are several investigations and some very dirty laundry might one day come to light. Removing Skripal while putting the blame on Russia looks like a convenient way to get rid of a potential witness.

The most recent release of Integrity Initiative documents includes lots of in-depth reports (pdf) about foreign media reactions to the Skripal affair. One wonders why the Initiative commissioned such research (pdf) and paid for it.

After two years the Muller investigation found zero evidence for the alleged 'collusion' between Russia and the Trump campaign that the fake Steele dossier suggested. The whole collusion claim is a creation by 'former' British intelligence operatives who likely acted on request of U.S. intelligence leaders Clapper and Brennan. How deep was the Russia specialist Chris Donnelly and his Institute for Statecraft involved in this endeavor?

After reading through all the released Initiative papers and lists one gets the impression of a secret military intelligence operation, disguised as a public NGO. Financed by millions of government money the Institute for Statecraft and the Integrity Initiative work under a charity label to create and disseminate disinformation to the global public and back into the government and military itself.

The paranoia about Russia, which objectively does way less harm than the 'western' "rules based system" constantly creates, is illogical and not based on factual analysis. It creates Russia as an "enemy" when it is none. It hypes a "threat" out of hot air. The only people who profit from this are the propagandists themselves and the companies and people who back them.  

The Initiatives motto "Defend Democracy Against Disinformation" is a truly Orwellian construct. By disseminating propaganda and using it to influence the public, parliament, the military and governments, the Institute actively undermines the democratic process that depends on the free availability of truthful information. 

It should be shut down immediately.


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Aside from the fact that the government itself funds this organization, the creepiest thing about it is that the "non-governmental individuals" that help fund it are the same people that run the think tanks: a bunch of Rhodesians.

Posted by: flayer | Dec 15 2018 16:49 utc | 1

"Such half-assed thinking...Think for a moment how Russia would have responded to a mining of Sevastopol harbor, the frying of its satellites or the destruction of its fighter jets in Crimea. Those "gestures" would have been illegal acts of war against the forces of a nuclear power which were legally stationed in Crimea."

It sure seems like this half-assed thinking isn't just the domain of a fringe element, but is increasingly mainstream among the elites. Doesn't bode well.

Posted by: Russ | Dec 15 2018 16:59 utc | 2

Thank you B. It is truly amazing to watch the UK elites unravel as they have become truly unhinged by their own connivances. It is a bad joke at the commoner's expense that they propagandize and demonize in the name of the 'Western rules based system' even as they are busy shooting themselves in both feet by committing Brexit. Although there are legitimate grievances with the EU, it is clear that Brexit is a Tory power play that is all politics and zero governance. Alas, Perfidious Albion has succumbed to Mad Cow disease.

Posted by: Roy G | Dec 15 2018 17:10 utc | 3

Here is an interesting look at how little the Russia-linked entities spent on advertising on Google during the 2016 election:

Slowly but surely, the Russian meddling narrative is falling apart.

Posted by: Sally Snyder | Dec 15 2018 17:10 utc | 4

Great summary b!

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Dec 15 2018 17:24 utc | 5

I will read this later on today, there is alot of info coming now and we all need to get the time to really grip the overall picture. This shouldnt be buried!

<>b your work is of course more than appreciated but if I could ask for one thing, could you use some headlines throughout the text? Because then the content will be more manageable and easier to read/understand rather than a wall of text that is a bit tiresome to read. Again thank you for your work!

Posted by: Zanon | Dec 15 2018 17:29 utc | 6

One of Donnelly's nuggets:

"Aircraft Carriers can be useful for lots of things, but not for war v China or Russia, so we should equip them accordingly. ..."

Two uses come to mind:

At several billions each, superb make-work projects for the Navy's contractors
As places for sailors to eat and sleep when at sea

Posted by: Bart Hansen | Dec 15 2018 17:37 utc | 7

Thanks, b.

What remains mysterious (not really) is why --if these initiatives are truly meant to save and strengthen democracy-- they aren't proudly proclaimed and advertised, in the open, transparent, for everyone one to see and judge, like an adult democracy that they claim to stand for might want to debate and form an opinion on.

The fact that it isn't, is testimony to the nefarious anti-democratic, authoritarian and totalitarian streak that runs in between every two lines that they put on paper.

Posted by: bjd | Dec 15 2018 17:46 utc | 8

thanks b! great summary as jackrabbit notes! i am tongue tied, lol..

Posted by: james | Dec 15 2018 17:54 utc | 9

McCarthyesque smear campaigns to discredit opponents and squash dissent has become normal practice.

Integrity Initiative tweets against Corbyn is a stark example, but there have been MANY other people and groups that have been tarred with claims of being sponsored/led/influenced by Russia, including Catalonian independence activists and Yellow vest protesters.

Every time one scratches the surface of such smears, it seems there is a connection to US/British MIC, Ukraine, or Israel - essentially, those who benefit (financially or otherwise) from greater tensions with Russia.

At what point does neocon doubling-down on failed foreign policy become more than just picking our pockets and warping our minds? At what point do they start killing our kids in another unnecessary war?

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Dec 15 2018 17:58 utc | 10

Cold War has been over for nearly 30 years. It's time enough for Western countries to send into real retirement every single cold-warrior, their time is over, their mindset is quaint and useless, if not downright dangerous and counter-productive.

Posted by: Clueless Joe | Dec 15 2018 18:01 utc | 11

Thank you ‘b’
I’ll just say —- there is safety in numbers ! Already valuable information, important to the public good and democracy has been spread wide enough to be certain, this gene won’t go back in the bottle ! D notice or no !
And by doing that, has made the fearless journalists and investigators lives all the safer ! Safety in numbers, spread this wide everyone?
Are these people above the law ? No.

Posted by: Mark2 | Dec 15 2018 18:11 utc | 12

Thanks for the continued exposition of this story b.....may it go viral

I want to comment on some of the wording you quote Donnelly as writing
" giving way to a world of Darwinian competition where all the players – nation states, sub-state actors, big corporations, ethnic or religious groups, and so on – are constantly striving with each other in a “war of all against all”.

This is Donnelly's characterization of a world in which finance is a public utility instead of the private jackboot that it currently is. This is the delusion these people have been led to believe.

So instead of his "war of all against all" that some might call human cooperation on the basis of merit we have a mythical God of Mammon religion that continues to instantiate the private finance led world of the West with it parasitic elite and fawning acolytes.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 15 2018 18:12 utc | 13

Absolutely superb journalism, b, on a par with the product of any editorial team anywhere, present or past. Many thanks for putting this all together.

And thanks also to the leaker - long may such people prevail.

Posted by: Grieved | Dec 15 2018 18:22 utc | 14

@8 bjd... that is a very good point you make... i hope this is driven home more by those like us who want to challenge this.. thanks..

Posted by: james | Dec 15 2018 18:33 utc | 15

Dear god, what has gotten into the minds of the military and political "elite" within the UK! Mining Sevastopol would have been an obvious act of war against Russia and Russia would have responded with force. Thankfully it wasn't done but the fact this was even discussed by senior figures confirms that there was at least a sizable minority pushing for it. 30 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Western elite have truly abandoned all sense of reality and embraced a consequence free view of the use of force. After Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya they haven't learned a thing! I'm becoming more and more certain that a peaceful transition to the multipolar world is impossible and that it will only happen after the US or one of its' vassal states blunder into a proxy war and get utterly and comprehensively defeated, forcing a radical world realignment, but with nuts like John Bolton and the neocons in the Whitehouse it could easily lead to a nuclear war

Posted by: Kadath | Dec 15 2018 18:34 utc | 16

@7 Bart Hansen

That shows what a moron Donnelly is, a more accurate version would be-

"Aircraft Carriers can be useful for lots of things, but not for war v ( any nation supplied with effective anti-ship weapons from ) China or Russia (ie. any nation that has a leadership with an I.Q. over 100 ), so we should equip them accordingly. (with nothing, as they are just useless white elephants in the guise of sitting ducks ) ..."

Posted by: TJ | Dec 15 2018 18:42 utc | 17

It looks like one of the decision was to get closer to France (after getting very close friends in Homs and Aleppo?)
See the list of people in the French II cluster dumped yesterday by Anonymous: half the names work at the fr Min of F Affairs

The grumpy general at Turcopolier has skept the II topic entirely.

Posted by: Mina | Dec 15 2018 18:45 utc | 18

@13 psychohistorian

" we have a mythical God of Mammon religion"

I hope you're not here in dear old Blighty, as you'll probably get arrested for antisemitism

Posted by: TJ | Dec 15 2018 18:53 utc | 19

Skripal father probably fully participated to the whole story. These kinds of narratives are useful to distract the masses from the complete impotency of their politicians. He now enjoys a forced holiday in Brasil under a new name and a new face, and the same for his daughter, who had to share in this involuntarily .

Posted by: Mina | Dec 15 2018 19:07 utc | 20

This group may have officially formed in 2015, but its work is no different from the British propaganda that swamped the MSM when MH17 was downed. Tied into the Steel dossier and Russian collusion in the US. This is the anglosphere or five eyes permanent state.

Posted by: Peter AU 1 | Dec 15 2018 19:13 utc | 21

As an aside this happens to be "Bill of Rights Day", the anniversary of the passage of the Bill of Rights as amendments to the yankee constitution. This reveals again how far from the rule of law the yankee imperium, now the key element of the British Empire they supposedly seceded from, has strayed, since it is apparent that this "Integrity Initiative" was engaged in to ensure that the regime was in the safe hands of the harpy. It has also ensured that the victorious candidate has been neutered and faithfully follows the world control line put forward by the five eyes spy-masters making up the empire in its present iteration. This also shows what a farce the regime, based on the rule of law, now presents. It is interesting that Trudeau, the Canadian figurehead, clothes his country's kidnapping of the Chinese business figure as "in defence of the rule of law." All in all, it is now apparent we would be far better off if the Kaiserreich, with all of its militaristic and bombastic flaws, had triumphed in the Great War. No Hitler, no Stalin, no five eyes fascism.

Posted by: exiled off mainstreet | Dec 15 2018 19:22 utc | 22

The "Western-based rules system" described in this article reminds me of a game called "Calvin Ball" which appeared in the former comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes." In the strip Calvin a wildly imaginative adolescent boy who plays a free-form of football with his imaginary pet toy tiger (Hobbes). Rules of the game are made up as the game is played to suit the players. There you have it real life imitates art.

Posted by: GeorgeV | Dec 15 2018 19:27 utc | 23

b, I downloaded the zip file, and had also downloaded all the PDF's from pdf-archive yesterday.
There are more files in the zip, but the following were on pdf-archive and are NOT inb the zip:

integrity-france.pdf (this is a dud, looks like html, prob. response from a failed attempt to put a file up on pdf-archive)

Posted by: bjd | Dec 15 2018 19:38 utc | 24

Browsing through those docs brings one up close and personal with an ugly, extremist and dangerous case of projection and entitlement.

Posted by: bjd | Dec 15 2018 19:54 utc | 25

Better yet, can anyone name an NGO, any NGO ever, that's not closely if not directly linked to

a secret military intelligence operation

Anyone? Bueller? Mueller?

Posted by: sejomoje | Dec 15 2018 20:06 utc | 26

B you're on fire.

Posted by: dan | Dec 15 2018 20:13 utc | 27

Just like Above Top Secrect is the place you reveal your secrets to the Top secret, SNOPES is the place where truth is decided. Look up the White Helments and decide for yourself.

Posted by: steve | Dec 15 2018 20:25 utc | 28

@B: Thanks for hearing my request for an upload of all files as archive! If anyone needs it later on, just ask. Even in many years. My flat may be a mess, but my data is in perfect order, walled up behind multiple encryption layers and mirrored in multiple devices and locations, So no deleting here NATO.. ;)
Sorry, i am a nerd with Data Hoarding syndrome..
PS: as a tip: If anyone needs someone who archives something for them, even in multiple TBs, check out the DataHoarder subreddit! There are ppl over there who do this as a hobby, and have up to Peta-Bytes of storage..

Posted by: DontBelieveEitherPropaganda | Dec 15 2018 21:02 utc | 29

Wait, is the 38MB upload everything? Well, i will mail you soon (around end of December) anyway because i will be finally able to fulfill my donation promise.

Posted by: DontBelieveEitherPropaganda | Dec 15 2018 21:04 utc | 30

Thank you very much for this terrific analysis.

Donnelly: "... it is we who must either generate the debate or wait for something dreadful to happen to shock us into action. "

Numerous American publications featured very similar language in the years ahead of 9/11, with "Islamic terrorist threat" substituted for the Russians.

Posted by: jayc | Dec 15 2018 21:05 utc | 31

The transcript of his conversation with the general shows very starkly that we would last about two minutes in a nuclear exchange, but about half a day in a conventional one.No reserves, no equipment stockpiles, a navy consisting of two fat targets, neither of which has any aircraft and some destroyers which have propulsion problems, a smallish air force and very small numbers of troops. The tripwire force in Estonia is wholly sacrificial. In fact he lays bare the whole fallacy of biting the bear. With the armed forces in the state he describes, and with the recruitment and retention problems, wouldn't it be better, as one defence minister said, 'to go away and shut up'...

Posted by: Emmanuel Goldstein | Dec 15 2018 21:21 utc | 32

Thanks b and especially the link to Valentina Lisitsa who I had tinkling in the background as I read your grand expose. These people are seditious morons, parasites infesting the state apparatus. Shut these fools down.

Nice touch publishing the passport image.

I can just imagine the frenzied aftermath of Kit's visit to the basement. Big thanks to anonymous and Craig Murray too. Their IT personel are probably visiting Devil's Island or Diego Garcia as we read.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 15 2018 21:27 utc | 33

Vesti News has published an excellent documentary on how "clusters" work....not only to spread Russophobia...but also on continuous intends to overthrown Russian legitimate government...

The British and US connections to loot and evade Russian riches and funds are expossed, as well as the origin of sanctions, supposed "alt-media" "truth-seakers" like Meduza...or supposed "pro-Russian" US intelligence operatives married to Russian women....

Posted by: Sasha | Dec 15 2018 22:00 utc | 34

I wonder how much of this latest information Jeremy Corbyn is aware of ? The more M.P.’s that see this the better !
That would circumvent any gagging order, this makes there whole life a complete sham. I’d hope they would be as angry as I am. Phone calls to the police from M P’s will help apply pressure.

Posted by: Mark2 | Dec 15 2018 22:13 utc | 35

@Posted by: Mina | Dec 15, 2018 1:45:39 PM | 18

Amongst the many issues he usually passes over trying to make himself the fool, while at the same time trying to convince us of the oustanding intellectual capacities, honesty and classy stance of him and his "comittee"...

For that travel, to end bluntly and in such public view siding with the nazis of the "Azov Regiment" and other criminals of war, there was no need of so many saddlebags, so as pretending that the people who supported Trump as if there was no tomorrow, were enlightened people who only wanted to rescue "America" for the "Americans", as if there would not be a sign of blatant exceptionalism in approapiating of the term "Americans" for themselves in such a huge continent....

Posted by: Sasha | Dec 15 2018 22:32 utc | 36

In my view, the USA's FP has been undermined by EURO elites which is forcing a game of chicken with Russia.

The FP pre-Soviet collapse consisted of one MO: GET THE COMMIES!

Since then, Neocons and Neolibs which are frontmen for this Non-National Globalized Elite, have hijacked our country's military and have steered it to a Global agenda where dominance in the ME means either superiority for these EURO elites or Vassal-hood.

The last two periods of the US FP could be understood thusly:

1) Pre-Soviet collapse which was marked by a horrifically tragic and misplaced ideal of defending against communism (Good guys v. Bad Guys); and

2) Post-Soviet collapse which has been a period of coup d'etats where our hijacked military has been used for a Globalist Agenda for increasingly opaque (less defensible) reasons and missions.

The average American could care less about the ME and the US would be 1000x better-off reverting to an isolationist stance.

But this will not happen so long as Nationalism in the US and UK is repeatedly put-down. It seems as though there is going to be another Brexit vote. Does anyone doubt that miraculously the people by then will have second-guessed their will to Brexit and so will vote against it given another crack at a vote?


Posted by: NemesisCalling | Dec 15 2018 22:44 utc | 37


"I wonder how much of this latest information Jeremy Corbyn is aware of ? "

Do Labour care at all aboutthis? Why this silence?

Posted by: Zanon | Dec 15 2018 22:56 utc | 38

b: After two years the Muller investigation found zero evidence for the 'collusion' between Russia and the Trump campaign that the fake Steele dossier suggested.

I bet that there are few tons of evidence. b is unfamiliar with the most basic methods for detectives and prosecutors: connect the dots. For example, one dot in Toronto, ONT and the second in New Delhi, India. Connect them using a straight line, or more correctly, so-called grand circle that is the unique shortest air route from Toronto to Dehli. Voila! It goes through Russia.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Dec 15 2018 23:01 utc | 39

“Unfortunately, or luckily, such lobbying operations are mostly run by people who are incompetent in the specific field they are lobbying for. “

Incompetence in general and IT and data analysis, physics 101, etc.:

* Outsource manufacturing while making existing systems weak (as Snowdon predicted) buy building backdoor vulnerabilities “on board”
* “Lose” ~20 trillion of 5 eyes military budget (
* Outsource IT
* Import IT workers and staff science faculties from abroad w dual citizens while kkr buys wafer labs that outsource to mainland for manufacturing

Cry boo hoo hoo to wake up with indigenous capacity decades behind world players like Russia, China, India, etc who operate on fractional budgets...

But this drama also exposes ashura/emigods intra necine warfare: right after 2016 US elections there was a facade of split between military and intelligence differentiation. Seems that veil has been dispensed with, but it invites other questions, insofar as UK is Her Majesty’s Service, so are we to read this with Prince Harry or Philip’s culture, or a “consent by silence”) in mind? Defending crown or EU “Saturnus Sattelitus”?

Posted by: slit | Dec 15 2018 23:04 utc | 40

Zanon, why is labour silent?

In battle there is wisdom in calmly watching the opponent cut themselves to pieces in their whirling frenzy as you can be sure they will exhaust themselves and their followers.

I sense that is the hallmark of Jeremy Corbyn style of politics and it is refreshing. He is daily attacked even when he does not stick his head above the parapet. The obvious strategy of the looney right is to convert any retort from Corbyn into the immediate issue rather than the embarrassing issue they have on their hands.

This the same dishonest trick they use in their 'anti semitic' accusations. It is nonsense whipped up like an egg white into a bowl full of 'substance'. But people have forgotten the foundation issue and the tame media has made sure of that.

Labour has spokespeople that can retort and an electorate information system via twitter, fb, etc that pumps the party position. The rest of the public audience watching this likely detect that the government has been feeding them BS yet again.

Lets watch this play out over the coming weeks. I think the gilet jaune is the bigger issue as through that movement Corbyn can gain immense traction. Or lose it depending on how the UK state deploys its agents provocateurs.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 15 2018 23:28 utc | 41

@ 39
lol, they've been busily trying to connect the dots for 2 years, and so far the dots remain stubbornly separate. financial crimes, sure, which both the repubs and dems are guilty of btw, but no collusion with russia to influence the u.s. election, which was the original point of the whole inquiry. and some of the people trying to connect those dots, or who drew the dots in the first place, are the very people getting exposed in this latest scandal, steele, the atlantic council etc.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Dec 15 2018 23:28 utc | 42

Yeah, they hijacked a few other countries too, including Russia. Or if not hijacking, setting the mood right for some shenanigans in the near future... I think you're quite right about the cheif host of the globalist neolib parasite. Hijacked near fully. Being bled dry.

That unaccounted for 21 Trillion at the pentagon is a bit of a giveaway.

All under the guise of free markets and democracy. Good to see Trump finally give it a face... 'you need freedom and security now pay up bitches'

Posted by: MadMax2 | Dec 15 2018 23:28 utc | 43

Zanon @ 38
Good question. My instinct born out of 35 years of being aware of this establishment swamp /bog. He’s the leader we need to keep clean ! The crap that man has taken is beyound imagination ! We now know thanks to this post where it came from. The last 2 elections were fake !
This particular topic is so fast moveing and spreading, that I hope all party’s will jump on it !
It’s fascinating that both the right and left wing public have now seen the true problem ‘the establishment ‘ both are finding common ground ! It’s edge of the seat stuff ! We are watching history in the making.
As we speak the left and right wing are on the streets of France side by side ! They are called the public !! no more devide and rule,
The elite will be very nervous and desperate people do desperate things ! We need to watch out for fake terrorist atacks major distractions ect ect. And thanks for asking. I’d love to hear your view, speak ya mind even if you disagree, respect.

Posted by: Mark2 | Dec 15 2018 23:32 utc | 44

NemesisCalling | Dec 15, 2018 5:44:31 PM | 37

In my view, the USA's FP has been undermined by EURO elites which is forcing a game of chicken with Russia.... Globalist Agenda
I think the opposite is true.

The US-led Empire and their globalist sycophants seek to weaken Europe so that it can not act independently in its own best interests. They will do what ever they can to ensure that the vassals never join with Russia/China and the SCO.

Russian scare-mongering and immigration have been effective in furthering this agenda. Also note: what USA has termed "new Europe" - eastern European states like Poland and Ukraine - are solidly pro-American.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Dec 15 2018 23:38 utc | 45

'Integrity Initiative' - A Military Intelligence Operation Designed To Create A New Enemy

Perfect description.

Why has this ageing nutjob been allowed to secretly dictate British foreign policy? He's clearly insane.

Posted by: John2o2o | Dec 15 2018 23:56 utc | 46

@ Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 15, 2018 6:28:07 PM | 41

Labour is not "silent". Apart from Thornberry's questioning already mentioned in another post here, the party's newspaper published a news about it:

Government admits that Institute of Statecraft was funded through CSSF, by Lamiat Sabin, 14th December 2018.

Posted by: vk | Dec 15 2018 23:58 utc | 47

Sounds to me like that Integrity initiative dude needs to go on a ‘de-radicalisation program !!! How many billions is that guna save us all ! not to mention lives saved.

Posted by: Mark2 | Dec 16 2018 0:12 utc | 48

@45 jr

Wrong JR. It seems quite the obvious that the big boy in the west, the US, would seem to be the one spearheading the whole globalist agenda.

But this is a retarded proposition.

The US is nothing more than a Golem. It has been redced to somnambulism and hijacked, utilized for the ends of these Non-National elites. Sure, like many posters here, it feels good to blame the US for everything. But the powerbrokers have always been in London and now its hypercentralized endgame in Brussels. You can say that it is the US through and through, but ask yourself who has more to gain from US FP abroad: average Americans or the global elites?

Or are we just arguing semantics?

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Dec 16 2018 0:42 utc | 49

Those former-Eastern Bloc countries, i.e. Poland and Ukraine, do not count as power brokers. They have and will always be pawns in the game. So what if they still worship Icons of Americanism which is a remnant culture of their F*ed up narrative where they still believe they are fighting the commies.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Dec 16 2018 0:44 utc | 50

Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the decider aka Bush Jr. having had a shoe thrown at him.

'For the sake of Iraq': Bush shoe-thrower running for parliament refuses to exploit 'hero image'

Muntadhar al-Zaidi was arrested and tortured for it...

"They broke my teeth, my nose, my leg, they electrocuted me, lashed me, they would beat me, they even broke a table or a chair over my back. I don't know, they had my eyes covered," al-Zaidi recalled. "This was one thing I never experienced before. Torture by the authorities, by the rule of law."

I wish it had been a hand grenade.

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Dec 16 2018 1:06 utc | 51

a thoroughly enjoyable read!

Posted by: annie | Dec 16 2018 1:33 utc | 52

@37 nemesis calling and @45 jr... my thinking is it is most probably a 2 way street... the western oligarchs can be from any country, but they definitely don't give a rats ass about that so much as profiting from the neo con koolaid they continue to hand out..

i have always thought the eu and nato was a great concept to keep europe divided and on edge.. whose idea would that be? whether one wants to call it the usa or the uk, it is more military industrial complex / financial complex profiting off it all... but i am glad jr said what he did nemesis c. as i was going to say that but he saved me from it.. now, if you are an ordinary american that is heresy what i am saying, but as a canuck, that is indeed how i see it..

why is it the uk and usa have been involved and tied at the hip in so much of the mayham on the planet the last however many years? does someone think blair and bush were just buddies doing the world a heap of good? lol...

Posted by: james | Dec 16 2018 2:05 utc | 53

b said in part;"In reality the "Western rules-based system", fully implemented after the demise of the Soviet Union, is a concept under which 'the west' arbitrarily makes up rules and threatens to kill anyone who does not follow them."

There ya' go b, succinct and right on target. And all for the enrichment of a very small number of malignant billionaires who are afflicted with a terminal case of greed.

Posted by: ben | Dec 16 2018 2:42 utc | 54

"Labour is not "silent". Apart from Thornberry's questioning already mentioned in another post here, the party's newspaper published a news about it: vk | @ 47

The Labour Party does not have a newspaper.
That is part of the problem. The Morning Star is excellent but it is underfinanced, understaffed and the paper of the Communist Party. Labour has no paper because it has chosen not to have one, preferring to let the MSM (and therefore the Security State which has, as Labour knows, thoroughly corrupted the media) define the limits of debate.
And here Uncle Tungsten's point is right: what Thornberry is questioning is flagrant abuse, what Labour has not been questioning is the entire raft of anti-Russian propaganda and the employment of public money to corrupt journalists AND to engage in dishonest political propaganda, including blatant lies, which are not only clearly designed to favour the Tory party but to promote a neo-con foreign policy on behalf of the United States.
There is no mystery as to why Corbyn is keeping a low profile on this issue: more than half of the Labour MPs are Blairite Tories looking for any opportunity to torpedo the Party's election campaign, while the media are primed to attack any sign of Labour dissenting from the idiotic Tory foreign policy as unpatriotic and treachery.
In the meantime no part of the media is more disgraceful than The Guardian, the paper long courted by the Blairites and as much their organ as the Telegraph is the Tories'.
And yet Labour must start challenging the bases of the foreign policy of a government that is not only incompetent, stupid and sadistic but known to be all these things and worse by any sentient being on the planet: 10 Downing Street makes the White House look like a smooth running machine, staffed by people of talent, experience and wisdom. It is that bad. And it is time that Labour threw off the kid gloves and started tearing the government to pieces. Time, also, that it made it clear to the Blairites that nothing less than 100% loyalty will earn them a chance to run again on the Party ticket.
And that will mean that Thornberry is hoping to have re-evaluate support for the obnoxious and deceitful Magnitsky Act, demand a full enquiry into the Skripal case and an end to the drip drip leaking of MI6 crafted lies through the media.
All that and the immediate foundation of a Daily Newspaper carrying the arguments that, currently, voters have to come here, or to Craig Murray or one or two other honest websites (including RT and Sputnik, among the last refuges of journalism in the English speaking world)-none even run by Labour supporters- to read.

Posted by: bevin | Dec 16 2018 2:46 utc | 55

@ ben who wrote: "And all for the enrichment of a very small number of malignant billionaires who are afflicted with a terminal case of greed."

I agree but offer a friendly upgrade.

The Fake News would have you believe that those in the Fortune 500 are the richest in the world. What would not be fake news would be the top 50000 (a guess) trust funds owners of the world that would show consolidated ownership now in the trillions, billions are chump change for these folks.

We see these folks as greedy and they see themselves as entitled. I guess to the extent they can make pliant zombies out of much of the populace they will stay in power. It will be interesting to see how they continue to do so in the coming world.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 16 2018 3:02 utc | 56

Thank you bevin @55

I found theblogmiredotcom to have superb analysis of the Skripal novifraud false flag although it has just moved on to new matters. Mighty good group of myth busters and applied intelligence there and its entire novifraud series are good value.

UK column seems ok but I have only just discovered that so time will tell.
Canary I just scan for update.
Labour Briefing is good for a view of policy matters.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 16 2018 3:30 utc | 57

I want to parse some of b's sentances
Demanding a return to strict adherence to the rule of international law, as Russia, China and others now do, it is not an attempt to replace "our system with theirs". It is a return to the normal state of global diplomacy.
Coming out of WWII there was a fig leaf of international rule-of-law and agreement among nations that was immediately polarized by the Bretton Woods meeting where the czar of Russia said no to the private money thing.

The UN has evolved to be the world court for empire where global diplomacy plays out like the rest of the circus we see....sanctions against Israel about Palestine, Gaza, etc. but no movement because it is really a Western rules based system.

What we are seeing is an attempt to establish a multipolar state of global diplomacy maybe more than going back to some past mythical normal

The underlying dynamic of global private finance is the engine and control mechanisms behind the curtain of empire which has not changed in centuries but now faces exposure for the senseless mode of social organization it has become.......when is the global jackboot debt bubble going to burst?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 16 2018 3:36 utc | 58

@53 james

It is my opinion that the EU experiment is the greatest organized crime network in world history.

In the US, you still have a semblance of accountability. Shenanigans are often caught, with the (great) exception of the MIC and Pentagon Budget which makes it easy to see the funneling of free money to whoever is at the end of the conveyor.

The EU, OTOH, is one big front for the exchange, laundering, and concealing of wealth accumulation. The EU is the table at which the true power brokers are able to pull the strings through their lobbyists and reach D.C. and its elected pool teeming with morons. To an extent, it is difficult to argue what came first, the chicken or the egg, and so it is just easier to say:

My theory is that the EU is the brains and the US is the muscle.

I have thought this for quite some time and have so been put off by many here who put the blame squarely on the American apparatus without examining that the Non-National Elites have always hated Americans because we don't fucking care how many forks you need for all the courses in your Endangered-Species-entree soiree.

The Uncouth (i.e. Nationalists) are the only ones who can save us.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Dec 16 2018 4:17 utc | 59

NC @ 59 said in part;"My theory is that the EU is the brains and the US is the muscle."

Good take, however, it could be argued there are no brains involved here, only unadulterated greed, and avarice.

Considering they, (the malignant billionaires), own 99% of the conduits of information, the possibility of meaningful change is slim. Only the peons of the globe, turning to pitchforks and torches, can reverse this ongoing malignancy, and without true and relevant information, it will never happen.

Posted by: ben | Dec 16 2018 4:51 utc | 60

william bowles- bevin

I am neither rude, arrogant nor a psychopath, albeit how it may appear in print - just an observer of what goes on online.

I believe this blog (and its proprietor)to be the pre-eminent debunker of much that passes as
truth in the mainstream world and also believe there are many who would like to devalue its content to reduce its effectiveness and appeal in the online world.

This is why I criticised mark2's comments.

They come across as illiterate and dyslexic adding nothing of value other than to give the appearance of a 'gossip column' type narrative rather than a serious journalistic endeavour.

The subject of a 'D' notice in this instance is a canard as the subject matter has been covered by the guardian, morningstar, sky news and the canary and is a matter of public record in hansard.

To emphasise my position I note that mark2 has, in the main, cured his dyslexia and illiteracy overnight with his post on this thread at #44. I don't find that to be a believable scenario.

I respect the honest commentary views of both bevin and wb in adding value to the narrative of the site's author but fail to understand why either can't get their head around the fact there's a media war going on here and lurking in the shadows are what I consider to be 'disruptors' such as mark2 pumping out unintelligible crap most of the time. I could be wrong and stand to be corrected but the evidence is there in black and white for all to see.

Posted by: m | Dec 16 2018 5:45 utc | 61

NemesisCalling @ 59, Ben @ 60:

Actually I think the Deep State behind the British establishment - some of whom have ties with the Deep State in Washington - fancies itself as the brains of the operation. But those brains operate at a low level of intellectual capacity. Think of the British Royals and their current spouses, or of the people in the Conservative Party - people like David Cameron or Theresa May - and their educational qualifications (many if not most having studied just the one university course at Oxford University), and your jaw will drop.

Andy Beckett, "PPE: the Oxford degree that runs Britain"

Posted by: Jen | Dec 16 2018 5:47 utc | 62

What lies mid-way between American exceptionalism (personified by Trump) and globalism is where we want to be. Trump is the personification of American tyranny and corruption fermented in that exceptionalism, so quit making excuses for him and treating him like the victim of a grand conspiracy already!

Most of what you wrote feels true, and is a successful exposé of the perils of Russophobia but goes totally awry when you insert Trump as the poor innocent victim of this group's conspiracy. Whatever Trump did to ingratiate himself with Russians for whatever opportunistic reasons, he did so willingly and intentionally, and if he breached any laws, it was out of sheer stupidity laced with greed. What makes him a target of wall to wall criticism and judicial ire is the very fact that he considers himself in a class of his own, so exceptional as to be beyond the reach of the Law and the truth and thumbs his nose at transparency as if it's something beneath his calling, but that which he demands from others. He pisses women off behaving like an entitled puerile macho. He's the type of person that arrives late but goes to the front of the line pissing off everyone who arrived earlier and waited their turn. He's fake populist who exploits ignorance. So he deserves whatever kickass blowback Sheriff Mueller has in store.

To even put Trump in the same category as Corbyn who is a real victim of political sabotage and maybe of intended harm if he gets anywhere close to victory and to draw any parallel as both being victims of a similar conspiracy is pretty offensive since Corbyn and Trump are world's apart in authenticity and integrity. Trump is a Zionist ass kisser and Corbyn kicks Zionist ass. Trump is a defender of Saudi butchery while Corbyn denounces and condemns it and wants to end support for the Saudis. Trump is putting more power in the hands of the 1% while Corbyn is with the common working class. Trump was the Chosen of the Chosen and is in power while the Chosen will do anything to stop Corbyn's momentum at every turn. Frankly it is just so intellectually insulting as we are looking at two categories of human beings: one whose natural habitat is the gutter and the swamp, take your pick, and the other who's fighting the latter degenerate species. I just don't buy Trump-the-victim. Skripal, Steele, Brennan, Clapper all conspiring against Trump - is on the level of pizzagate. Period! Let Trump implode already. He deserves all of it!

I'm with JR on the U.S. vis EU dynamic and I exclude the UK somewhat as being the representative of imperial authority on the European continent. It's true what JR wrote that mass migration and Russophobia and I'll add the demonization of Iran and China keep the EU from exploiting its best interests, and this same psy-ops srategy is also used on the American mass for the same purpose to ensure they vote against their best interests and so keep secure the realm of the 1% rulers.

Posted by: Circe | Dec 16 2018 6:11 utc | 63

To extricate power and wealth from the domain of the few and repatriate it justly is a revolutionary ambition. The goal should be to replace NWO with a JustWorldOrder, and it starts by eradicating exceptionalism and checking the slightest re-emergence of it with multi-power balance and an application of the rule of law without bias. One can dream.

Posted by: Circe | Dec 16 2018 6:50 utc | 64

jen #62

totally concur with your observation

Posted by: m | Dec 16 2018 6:58 utc | 65

Nice work, b.
The evidence you've assembled reinforces my belief, formed after Karl Rove's 'reality' rant, that the main prerequisites for induction into a pro-war think tank are:
1. An ability to persuade the existing members that you're as insane as they are.
2. Inability to pass IQ tests. Anyone too intelligent will be ruled out due to the potential threat they pose to the pecking order.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Dec 16 2018 7:23 utc | 66

Has anyone asked the Spanish government and political parties what they think about a covert political interference operative in the UK embassy coordinating an astroturfed attack on a Spanish person to prevent them being appointed to a senior government job?

All the Integrity Initiative cluster leaders in UK embassies should have been declared persona non grata by their host countries already. The work they do for II is incompatible with diplomatic status and with international law.

Posted by: Richard C | Dec 16 2018 8:24 utc | 68

@68 My mistake, the Spanish operation wasn't run from the embassy.

Posted by: Richard C | Dec 16 2018 8:37 utc | 69

M @ 61
Your comment here, is classic psycalolical projection. The critasism you make, is designed to drag comments away from the very important topic of this post. In fact ironically that’s the same tactic used against Jeremy Coybyn and members of the Labour Party and for the the same reason, your scared of the truth we speak,
The truth here is, your adding nothing to this blog with these insults. looking back over preveous posts you don’t contribute much ! in any sense of the word. You are the lurker /disrupters not me. Out of respect for ‘b’ his blog and commenters here, I chose to step back so as not to disrupt the importance of the subject ! But your back ! Sadly !

Posted by: Mark2 | Dec 16 2018 8:39 utc | 70

Thanks again b. for this article. a piece that should be studied and praised in any school of journalism (it will not), a story that should be on every media (it is not). still, truth is the only weapon, against which no one can fight on the long run.

Posted by: alain | Dec 16 2018 8:41 utc | 71

Atleast two "The Guardian" journalists caught involved in Integrity Initiative:

Drain the swamp!

Posted by: Zanon | Dec 16 2018 9:02 utc | 72

I think it would be very interesting to take the list of names, involved in Integriety initiative and see if they appear in the panama papers ! With all that mis-used tax payers money washing around,I bet they don’t donate it to charity ! So do they pay tax on it ? Or do they as I suspect invest it in the arms trade, or other immoral enterprises ! for these people to ‘ pro war lobby government whilst paid by the government encouraging war for there own gain, is equal to insider trading and immoral.

Posted by: Mark2 | Dec 16 2018 9:38 utc | 73

Some real hatred of the EU going on there from Nemesiscalling, quite a fantasy obsession. Only Trumpies hate the EU so much, Hillarys too but less. The problem is that the EU is outside US control, that's why the hatred. Surprising to see that kind of stuff on MoA.

Posted by: laguerre | Dec 16 2018 11:16 utc | 74

let me reiterate it's all rooted in policies more from 150 years ago

Amazing excerpts from EC Knuth The Empire of the City:

One of the most forthright revelations, both of the secret agreement of 1897 and of the malignant disease which underlies modern civilization, and which threatens to tumble the world back into chaos and barbarism, was disclosed in a speech by Chauncey M. Depew, New York Senator and high political and financial power of his day, in seconding the nomination of Theodore Roosevelt for the Vice-Presidency of the United States at the Republican National Convention of 1900, when
he stated in part: "What is the tendency of the future? Why this war in South Africa? Why this hammering at the gates of Pekin? Why this marching of troops from Asia to Africa? Why these parades of people from other empires to other lands? It is because the surplus productions of the civilized countries of modern times are greater than civilization can consume. It is because this overproduction goes back to stagnation and poverty. The American people now produce two thousand million dollars' worth more than we can consume, and we have met the emergency; and by the providence of God, by the statesmanship of William McKinley, and by the valor of Roosevelt and his associates, we have our market in the Philippines, and we stand in the presence of eight hundred millions of people, with the Pacific as an American lake ..."
In the following tabulation the modern cyclical wars of the British Empire in its unceasing struggle to maintain control of the dynamic and rapidly shifting balance of world power are numbered in order, while the intermediate cyclical or pivotal wars are indicated by the letter O, and the wars of imperialistic expansion by the letter X:

Posted by: PeacefulProsperity | Dec 16 2018 11:16 utc | 75

China, Russia, the United States and Germany are in order the most populous independent nations in the world, and therefore represent the most dynamic and most dangerous competition of the British Empire. All of them have been the victims of recurrent British repression. The Russian and German cycles of repression were listed in the foregoing tabulation. The Chinese
cycle follows:

Of the events which led to the British war with the Chinese Nationalists under Chiang Kai-Shek in 1926-1927, T'ang Leang-Li writes in "China in Revolt" published in London in 1927 that the City of Wanhsien of 750,000 population was bombarded on Sunday evening, Sept. 5, 1926, by a British fleet, causing civilian casualties of 2000 and destruction of a great part of the city. This despite the fact that General Yang Sen had merely detained the British steamer Wanliu to investigate a "river outrage" and negotiations had been in progress a day or two, and despite the fact that bombardment [[15]] of an unfortified town is forbidden by international law. The bombardment was made the subject of a message of congratulation to the naval authority by H. M. Government.


Sounds familiar...?

Posted by: PeacefulProsperity | Dec 16 2018 11:19 utc | 76

Reporting and comments on this topic are fantastic, thanks.

I wonder though, what's SERCO's, "the company running the UK", role in this...

Posted by: PeacefulProsperity | Dec 16 2018 11:29 utc | 77

Sorry, just one more example from ECK, very telling (deja vu?):

T'ang Leang-Li further charges that repeated raids on the Kuo Min Tang headquarters in the British Concession at Tientsin, in November and December of the year before, by the British police, resulting in the handing over of numerous Nationalists, including several girl students, for court-martial to their mortal enemies, who are notoriously savage in their dealings with political opponents, cannot but be interpreted as a desire on the part of the British authorities at Tientsin to assist in a plain and deliberate massacre; that British agents in China continue to pursue the traditional policy of blackmail and bully. The British policy of the Iron Hand, far from intimidating the Chinese people, has as its effect the rallying of the Chinese masses to the banner of the anti-Imperialist Chinese National Party. (Page 156.)
T'ang Leang-Li describes in some detail the spider-web of exploitation woven about China by International Finance, and the traditional British policy of promptly attacking and eradicating any Chinese government indicating initiative and growing strength.
Few Americans realize that as late as 1932, Japan was engaged in subduing Manchuria as a British ally, with British support and protection, against the protests of the League of Nations, the United States and China.
Manchuria was awarded to Japan by the British international financial oligarchy for assuming the greater part of the fighting and the expense to overcome the Chinese Nationalist revolution of 1926-1927 under General Chiang Kai-shek against the domination of the British. It is of interest to note that every war listed as a "Revolution," including the "Boxer" War, was a war against foreign imperialists holding the Chinese Government in bondage, a war against the bankers of the City and against the "foreign devils."
The statesmen of the international financial oligarchy made many deceptive and illusory promises to many peoples and many nations before and during World War I to induce them to fight their aggressors and to defeat them in absolute and total victory, and Mr. Woodrow Wilson promised many more things, and these promises were revoked almost without exception after total victory had been won. Mr. Wilson's promises of "New Orders" and "New Freedoms" to the subjects of the British Empire were all retracted and resulted in an immense wave of riot and revolution over a period of years following World War I. The following are some of the most outstanding of these instances of bloodshed:
Egyptian Revolution. 1919 - 1921
Anglo-Irish War Jan., 1919 - May, 1921
Ulster War July, 1920 - June, 1922
Massacre of Amritsar April 13, 1921
Indian Revolution 1921 - 1922
Egyptian Revolution 1924 - 1925
In an editorial "A Dwarf Between Giants" in the Chicago Tribune of Bunday February 6,1944, appears a statement that the British Foreign office generally run America's foreign affairs for fifty years, and that for the eleven years the British have had no difficulty in guiding our policy. this is true is apparent from the following chapters herein in which is a detailed description of the means, the men, and the methods by , this was accomplished.


BTW have you noticed that with President Trump in charge, the USUK "special relationship" is missing...?

Posted by: PeacefulProsperity | Dec 16 2018 11:39 utc | 78

The (sometimes secret) masonic lodges are convenient vehicles for exerting extrademocratic influence and I would be surprised if the high military figure B tells about isnt a masonic instrument
".. the P-2 is not an "exception" or "accident" as the Masons say in
an attempt to cover up the scandal. On the contrary, they need these "secret and isolated lodges" to accommodate the top government officials in a country. What is an "exception" or "accident" is that the P-2 was exposed.
Evidence to this effect came also at the middle of 1990's from England.
Lord Nolan was appointed by the Prime Minister John Major in 1994 to lead
a Committee on Standards in Public Life to investigate allegations of corruption in British politics. Realizing that Masons were at the center of the allegations, he decided to focus on their involvement in politics. The newspaper Independent's 21st January 1995 issue gave it a headline article, launching an inquiry into Freemasonry for the first time in British history. It reported that the Masons were an organization 300,000 strong, represented at the top of the police force, in the government, the House of Lords, the high court, banking, the boardrooms of the largest companies and every part of the establishment, even the Royal family!
Nolan's committee also established that, just as with the P-2 in Italy,
along with the ordinary English lodges there were more secretive ones.
Some were very selective about where they recruited their members. One of
these lodges, for example, was recruiting only from the Ministry of
Defense, among high-ranking officers, and the senior management
of the arms industry.
A similar scandal hit the front pages in France.
For years the corruption of Roland Dumas, former French Foreign Minister and Mason, had been covered up by other highranking government officials who were also Masons.
Le Point, the French weekly magazine, exposed other cases of
corruption, revealing how the Masons covered up for each other in their illegal activities.
Clearly, the P-2 scandal in Italy wasn't a series of coincidences.
Considering other scandals in Britain and France, it can safely be said that these weren't isolated cases. This leads to the question of whether every country has its own P-2s."
Source :The Knights Templars by pseudonymous author Harun Yahya, 2003

Posted by: Peter Grafström | Dec 16 2018 12:11 utc | 79

B, again a great blog. Wonderful!!

However, I think that the name 'Integrity Initiative' is quite appropriate.

The Oligarchic Elites who have usurped power in the former 'Western Democracies' (U.K., EU, U.S.) have made a complete hash of things. The citizens are restless and are trying to use the quaint vestiges of the bygone days of democracy (free press, elections) to try to hold these dictators to account. However, by definition, dictators are accountable by anyone but themselves. What to do?

Well, if you can 'prove' that these institutions of democracy have been corrupted by the enemy (Russia), then the only solution to maintain the 'Integrity' of your governance system is to shut down these institutions. Which is exactly the objective of the 'Integrity Initiative'.

Posted by: dh-mtl | Dec 16 2018 12:24 utc | 80

@80 corrected.

B, again a great blog. Wonderful!!

However, I think that the name 'Integrity Initiative' is quite appropriate.

The Oligarchic Elites who have usurped power in the former 'Western Democracies' (U.K., EU, U.S.) have made a complete hash of things. The citizens are restless and are trying to use the quaint vestiges of the bygone days of democracy (free press, elections) to try to hold these dictators to account. However, by definition, dictators are accountable to no one but themselves. What to do?

Well, if you can 'prove' that these institutions of democracy have been corrupted by the enemy (Russia), then the only solution to maintain the 'Integrity' of your governance system is to shut down these institutions. Which is exactly the objective of the 'Integrity Initiative'.

Posted by: dh-mtl | Dec 16 2018 12:32 utc | 81

if you wish to contribute to the discussion there are a few things you might try to make your comments more interesting. First of all use spell check, try using any word processor to compose your thoughts and then paste into the comment box. What is quite annoying is you seemingly do not know the difference between your and you're as well as their, there, and they're. It seems to me that you are a native English speaker which makes these mistakes less forgivable. The host speaks and writes much better and he is German.

There are many astute and learned commenters here, please consider that before adding a comment with low signal to noise.

best regards

Posted by: dan of steele | Dec 16 2018 12:42 utc | 82

BTW have you noticed that with President Trump in charge, the USUK "special relationship" is missing...?
Posted by: PeacefulProsperity | Dec 16, 2018 6:39:57 AM | 78

I hadn't noticed but Heath @ #103 in the British Spies Infiltrated Bernies Campaign thread postulated that...
The Election of Trump was terrible news for Westminister as DC totally rejects an EU which will be pretty powerful and able to stymy a lot of DC's moves as super power.

The British branch of The Swamp is certainly acting as though It sees Trump as a 'Clear and Present Danger. How hard is it to guess what Trump said to spook them?

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Dec 16 2018 12:53 utc | 83

Ignore dan of steele. He's just one of several people with nothing to say who come to MoA to say it... as he's just made crystal clear.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Dec 16 2018 13:09 utc | 84

Off-topic, sort of, and pulled out the arse of my back pages. Mark2 rock on dewd:

Why I Mispel

I created the Mispellicism Movement on PFF as a pwoggie intellectual equivalent and tribute to the politicized debasement of the Ainglish language found in hip-hop. I am pleased to say that to date, Mispellicism has grown to become the only sustained activism of historical note in the short, sordid history of the Whiteysphere.

Anytime you see a mispelled word on a soft-left political blog you can be sure that the action has its root in donkeytaliana.


The qwestian has been raised to me by many, many loosers over the years–“why do you misspell, you moron?” (or similar words to that effect) Of course, whiteyspherean jackoffs never get anything intrinsically, as we are most all overgrown semi-adult versions of the nerdy kidz everybody hated in junior hi skkkool to whom the kkkool kidz never explained why they were kkkool and we were snot.

So let us today, in the great AmeriKKKan spirit of equanimity engendered by Tuesdaze elevation of the humble, geeky son of an African immigrant and a Kansan hippie chick to the most exulted position on the Wightman’s stage [ed. note: this dairy was originally pub lushed 1/23/09 on a blog that shall remain blameless], dane to provide an answer to this most vexing and complex qwestian of the age of the internetz.

You r (5.50 / 2)
either a sockpuppet of DavidByron, Stet and Fairleft or you all need a refresher course in English grammar: the difference between “your” and “you’re,” “its” and it’s” and “their,” “there” and “they’re.”

Lettuce begin our lesson today with a cursory review of the Ainglish language and its udder lack of consistently applied reulez.

Furthermore, lets play pretend and consider empathetically from the standpoint of the multitudes of recent immigrants to our shores who grapple daily in frustration with our ridiculous language in a way that the Whiteysphere neither observes nor cares a twitter about.

Consider the following:


What do the composition of these same-sounding words, pulled out my ass at random in a matter of less than thirty seconds have in common?

Nuthin. And this is but the tip of the ice burg.

Strictly speaking, the Ainglish language is based on nonsense, created as it was by sodden oafs for other sodden oafs. It requires the student to burn up so many of his/her already limited brain units in order to memorize all of its inconsistencies that their is bearly enuff brainpower left over to actually, y’know, think the thot the words are attempting to express.

In fact this archaic, unruly language has rendered us all simpletons. Incessant worry about grammar intrudes upon and eventually destroys the wrighter’s ability to create nuanced, complex thoughts on the skkkreen.

[projection alert]

A simple, elegant language based on clear, consistent rulez helps to bring the wrighter’s intellect to the forefront without getting in the way. This explains why the greatest, most sophistcated literary works in the western cannon are written in Italian, French, Russian.

There is a reason for the paucity of grate poetry and literature in the Ainglish langwage. Grammar policing doesn’t explain all of the thot debasement, to be sure, but it explains a lot.

Pub ail accounts for the wrest.

Mispellicism recognizes that Ainglish grammar is the most vexing problem constricting our intellectual livez and seeks remedy by removing the main barrier: the need to waist three quarters of your brain in the attempt to please hare-brained sheeple with your spelling while they completely ignore yur thots, in any event.

Let us illustrate with an example:

Yur an idiot
You’re an idiot
Your an idiot
Youre an idiot

In every mispelled variation of the contracted “you are” the reader understands the meaning of his idiocy in precisley the same, just-as-accurate manner as she does in the properly contracted, correctly verbed statement.

See, correct speling doesnt matter a whit in the conveyance of written Ainglish. So why allow the rulez to intrude? Why not do away with these archaic word forms and rulez? The evolution of any langwage should be to simplify its useage, broaden its utility and expand the scope of its application to the gratest number of peeple.

Its the thot that counts.


Posted by: donkeytale | Dec 16 2018 13:15 utc | 85

Precisely the opposite, Trump has repeatedly mentioned the "special relationship" the US and UK should keep.

Laguerre, if you want to understand why some people develop some hate for the EU, why don't you try to settle in a EU country and get health insurance? and then in another one, within, let's say, a year. One could imagine that when lookinf for a job, these situations may occur.
Then try to write to "Solvit" and tell me how useful are the answers you get. Not two EU countries have the same system regarding health insurance -how to be registered, how long it takes, if you need additional coverage or not (and what it covers exactly). For people who are very flexible (because the EU wants them so, I am in particular speaking here for academic nomads) you end up with the unique possibility of going to the emergencies at the hospital when you really need it. That leaves a lot of things aside.

Posted by: Mina | Dec 16 2018 13:42 utc | 86

@85 donkeytale

Bill hooks

Posted by: TJ | Dec 16 2018 13:46 utc | 87

I'm such a newb, I should've thought about it way before. Considering that this is done by some genuine cold-warriors, and that the "initiative" targets many European countries, including Western ones, any chance that some of their clusters are Gladio remnants? Not entirely, of course, some are dead or into real retirement due to old age, but there must be some agents fit and active enough to have been used to expand and re-create networks in Spain, Italy and the like, so that Gladio could be used as the nucleus around which the new web can be drawn.
I don't suppose we know the identity of Gladio members, except possibly in a couple of countries of lesser importance, who did investigate? Because it would be interesting to check if some names reappear.
I mean, the whole Russiagate looks like the sorry excuse to falsely stay relevant from people who should've been fired for being useless by now.

Posted by: Clueless Joe | Dec 16 2018 15:01 utc | 88

" The problem is that the EU is outside US control, that's why the hatred.'
I'm amazed that people still believe this. The EU has always been integrated with the Imperial system, and any potential of its breaking away to some sort of independence disappeared in the 1990s, and was exemplified in the development of the eastern european countries into authoritarian comprador regimes at Washington's beck and call-Rumsfeld's New Europe.
Regarding the British Labour Party and Emily Thornberry, this blog by an expelled member of the party-a Rabbi's son whose anti-racism is condemned as antisemitism- explains where Emily comes from

Posted by: bevin | Dec 16 2018 15:06 utc | 89


Folks might be interested in this roundup of people/sources investigating II/II:

Posted by: William Bowles | Dec 16 2018 15:16 utc | 90

The Brits and the USSR and then the Russian Federation have been playing silly bugger and jacking each other over for generations. Since George Smiley and Karla faced off all those years ago the books of Le Carre have given a very reasonable representation of the lengths to which both sides were prepared to go to maintain the upper hand.

I think it's a very safe bet that the Russians are not sitting idly by while the Brits dream up new ways to make them look bad. Who knows where the deepest moles reside? The ones that were turned while they were still young, like Kim Philby, and full of piss and vinegar.

Oh, the horror.

Posted by: peter | Dec 16 2018 15:22 utc | 91

b, the roots of this go back to Tony Blair's invasion of Iraq in 2003, in fact even further to 9/11 and Blair's advisor, a former senior civil servant called Robert Cooper, who wrote a paper called 'The New Liberal Imperialism’. It’s this kind of thinking that opened up the way for Integrity Institute to come about. An us versus them psychosis that justifies any and all actions, “when we are operating in the jungle, we must also use the laws of the jungle”. Robert Cooper.

Here's a quote from it:

The new liberal imperialism by Robert Cooper
Observer Worldview Extra, Sunday April 7, 2002

The challenge to the postmodern world is to get used to the idea of double standards. Among ourselves, we operate on the basis of laws and open cooperative security. But when dealing with more old-fashioned kinds of states outside the postmodern continent of Europe, we need to revert to the rougher methods of an earlier era – force, pre-emptive attack, deception, whatever is necessary to deal with those who still live in the nineteenth century world of every state for itself. Among ourselves, we keep the law but when we are operating in the jungle, we must also use the laws of the jungle. In the prolonged period of peace in Europe, there has been a temptation to neglect our defences, both physical and psychological. This represents one of the great dangers of the postmodern state.


How should we deal with the pre-modern chaos? To become involved in a zone of chaos is risky; if the intervention is prolonged it may become unsustainable in public opinion; if the intervention is unsuccessful it may be damaging to the government that ordered it. But the risks of letting countries rot, as the West did Afghanistan, may be even greater.

What form should intervention take? The most logical way to deal with chaos, and the one most employed in the past is colonisation. But colonisation is unacceptable to postmodern states (and, as it happens, to some modern states too). It is precisely because of the death of imperialism that we are seeing the emergence of the pre-modern world. Empire and imperialism are words that have become a form of abuse in the postmodern world. Today, there are no colonial powers willing to take on the job, though the opportunities, perhaps even the need for colonisation is as great as it ever was in the nineteenth century. Those left out of the global economy risk falling into a vicious circle. Weak government means disorder and that means falling investment. In the 1950s, South Korea had a lower GNP per head than Zambia: the one has achieved membership of the global economy, the other has not.

All the conditions for imperialism are there, but both the supply and demand for imperialism have dried up. And yet the weak still need the strong and the strong still need an orderly world. A world in which the ef cient and well governed export stability and liberty, and which is open for investment and growth - all of this seems eminently desirable.
What is needed then is a new kind of imperialism, one acceptable to a world of human rights and cosmopolitan values. We can already discern its outline: an imperialism which, like all imperialism, aims to bring order and organisation but which rests today on the voluntary principle.

Postmodern imperialism takes two forms. First there is the voluntary imperialism of the global economy. This is usually operated by an international consortium through International Financial Institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank - it is characteristic of the new imperialism that it is multilateral. These institutions provide help to states wishing to nd their way back into the global economy and into the virtuous circle of investment and prosperity. In return they make demands which, they hope, address the political and economic failures that have contributed to the original need for assistance. Aid theology today increasingly emphasises governance. If states wish to bene t, they must open themselves up to the interference of international organisations and foreign states (just as, for different reasons, the postmodernworld has also opened itself up.)
Robert Cooper - 'The New Liberal Imperialism'

Posted by: William Bowles | Dec 16 2018 15:32 utc | 92

Ceterum censeo Britaninem esse delendam.

Posted by: Den Lille Abe | Dec 16 2018 15:41 utc | 93


How apt! Deja vu

Posted by: William Bowles | Dec 16 2018 15:50 utc | 94

@74 laguerre

Of course I hate the EU.

It is the greatest experiment in hypercentralization to date.

Is there anything about it that is even remotely defensible?

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Dec 16 2018 15:57 utc | 95

I agree that this is just a Gladio 2.0

Posted by: Mina | Dec 16 2018 16:33 utc | 96

@ 13

Concerning Donnelly's biases, clearly, despite all the red herrings and contradictory statements about change and advancing a "radically different
way to do foreign affairs and defence," the purpose of his "Report Private Report. The Challenge of Brexit to the UK: Case study – The Foreign
and Commonwealth Office" was ultimately to get public money transferred away from the health care, education and social programs into the budgets of the military–industrial-security network.

The ”radically different way to do foreign affairs and defence” he refers to is advanced as a way to force through that budgetary relocation, and the entire Brexit & security argument is nothing more an "opportunity to reconfigure our national institutions."

Given this, the language, rhetoric and problem solving approach contained within the report reveal someone who was politically formed and continues to remain firmly mired in state budget management arguments of the mid-1980s / early 1990s.

In fact, considering the use of such terms and discussion points as “vested interests and inertia,” efficiency vs effectiveness, leadership vs management techniques, rationalizing / retooling and re-configuring, to the referencing of Darwin and Sun Tzu, paradigmatic shits and even the mention of concerns with safety standards, to the use of the “elephant” metaphor and the dated idiologism “moving the cursor along,” I am tempted to say that this article was based on an academic exercise drafted during the early 1990s and updated opportunistically to include concerns with security and Brexit.

Did the Tory government go ahead with the £48 M investment in chemical weapons defence tabled immediately under cover of the Skripal episode?

With apologies to John Maynard Keynes: "the power of ideas is vastly exaggerated compared with the gradual encroachment of vested interests… sooner or later, it is these interests, not ideas, which are dangerous for good or evil." We had better keep our eyes on the balls being juggled.

Thanks for the excellent report b. Your blogs are always refreshing.


Posted by: Alan Heffez | Dec 16 2018 16:47 utc | 97

I know mu recent comment was a bit puerile. But the more that are revealed about this long has goen empire, the more disgusting it is. The more disgusting its politicians, the more disgusting its ignorant and sheepish inhabitants. Engeland has far too long have too much to say in international politics all because a Empirical long gone past. Like Rome prior to A.D 476 : a has been.
Viewing what Britain has become, it is at the furthest of the European Community's ideals, not becuase of ability, no because of its ruling class. A segregated county of haves and not haves, of inborn wealth and poverty. A voting power much meaningless and also powerless.
Ohh Britain when will your Grachii brothers be born, when will the sheeple rise in anguish at the conditions served them. Even the Danish yoke a 1000 years ago was more kind and involving. Wake Up Britain you are ruled by the descendants of the scum of Europe, the outcasts, the one that would not toil for common good: The united States.
This robber (illegal) state has made war its goal and so has covered al nations not in the practice. Britain ist not the robber barony of U$A however and is part of Europe, but they do not grasp it.
Within 20 years I foresee severe, severe civil riots in Britain and a civil war in the US. It is inevitable.

Posted by: Den Lille Abe | Dec 16 2018 17:06 utc | 98

@59 nemesis calling... i am an equal rights kind of person... the blame for much of what has happened in the world since i have been growing up and observing would land squarely on the usa's doorstep.. in my present view i mostly see the european nations going along with the march to endless wars that the usa refers to as 'it's coalition' of partner.. if i was to say who is leading who - it sure looks like usa warmonger leads the charge, with immediate back up from britain, followed by the poodles.. so, you and i see all this very differently.. i don't doubt european countries are quite corrupt.. but they seem to pale in comparison to the corruption going on in the usa today..

back to the topic of this thread... this russia phobia thing which has been cultivated... is that europe that created it, or the usa? seems to me that their is equal responsibility on this to go around... the mueller investigation into russian meddling in the usa is a usa project after all... the steele dossier - made in the uk for the usa it would seem... the skripal affair - made in the uk, and serving the same agenda... the syrian dynamic - usa continues to project itself where it is none of it's business - to protect israel i assume... the white helmets - made in the uk, with strong financial support from the usa...

i think any honest view on this sees the usa and uk tied at the hip in their warmongering insanity... both of them are apparently good friends of israels too, lol...

we are going to have to agree to disagree... cheers james

Posted by: james | Dec 16 2018 17:35 utc | 99

@97 Alan Heffez

Ideas are bulletproof.

Posted by: TJ | Dec 16 2018 17:38 utc | 100

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