Friday, September 26, 2014

Government Girls

UN Charter 

Article 2

The Organization and its Members, in pursuit of the Purposes stated in Article 1, shall act in accordance with the following Principles.
  1. The Organization is based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its Members.
  2. All Members, in order to ensure to all of them the rights and benefits resulting from membership, shall fulfill in good faith the obligations assumed by them in accordance with the present Charter.
  3. All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.
  4. All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.
  5. All Members shall give the United Nations every assistance in any action it takes in accordance with the present Charter, and shall refrain from giving assistance to any state against which the United Nations is taking preventive or enforcement action.
  6. The Organization shall ensure that states which are not Members of the United Nations act in accordance with these Principles so far as may be necessary for the maintenance of international peace and security.
  7. Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state or shall require the Members to submit such matters to settlement under the present Charter; but this principle shall not prejudice the application of enforcement measures under Chapter Vll.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

S/RES/2178 (2014) 24 September 2014 Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts

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UN 101

There is no UN definition of terrorism

The UN has no internationally-agreed definition of terrorism.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Putting them in their place

The Five Eyes Alliance against
 brown people with weird hats.

Australian Signals Directorate

Reveal Their Secrets – Protect Our Own

The Australian Signals Directorate, which has recently "rebranded" itself as something completely different, leads the Five Eyes with seriously creepy graphics and advertising slogans.

Who, for example, are "they"?  As opposed to "us"?

There is of course no end of "them".  John Baird, Canada's alleged Minister of Free Trade, Marketing, Resource Exploitation, Uncritical Israel Support and Foreign Affairs, has trouble keeping up with the most worstest threats to world peace:

Iran, Russia, Hamas, ISIS... all of these must be fought although we have trouble telling them all apart.  Except the Russians.  They're at least white guys, or most of them are, except for the Islamists in the Caucasus, who are brown, and therefore dangerous and incomprehensible.  The good news is they're being "suppressed" by the other Russians, the ones we know to be a hideous threat to world peace as shown by their resistance to NATO interference in the Ukraine.

The Five Eyes used to worry about the inscrutable Chinese, but they're now just as worried about the brown people in weird hats as the Five Eyes and parts of Russia are.

Fortunately, we won't be running out of "them" any time soon, and it's a growth industry.  There will never be an end to this war, never a victory, never the definition of "victory", and never the admission of responsibility for  policies that would have resulted in death by hanging at Nuremberg.

It's all good.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Creachure in Canada

I creach, you creach, we all creach for ICREACH.

Image pirated from 
Ryan Gallagher, The Intercept

The scary part of this picture is that it implies whoever is in the "Global IC Analytic Community" has free access to CSEC's databases. There might be a "future broker" as there is now an existing "broker" for GCHQ.  

But for now, is it open season on whatever information CSEC happens to have?  Is it subject to Canadian law regarding warrants to collect such information?  Does anybody in the Canadian government have the slightest idea what's wrong with this picture?  Does the Privacy Commissioner know about it?  Does anybody in the judiciary know about it?

Or is this the picture of an international consortium of military spooks - and they are all military agencies - who have decided they can hijack all five well established democracies and then use fear to suck the life out of 800 years work, starting with the Magna Carta?

Fuck that.