"Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, no matter what name it is called." ~ John Stuart Mill
License to Kill
It was inevitable, I suppose. Just like the sea of sewage that attempted to justify the invasion of Iraq, the 'facts' surrounding the cold-blooded state murder of poor Jean Charles de Menezes have evaporated over time. Except this time, it only took days instead of months. First we were told that he was directly involved in the aborted terror bombings the day before he was killed. As the story goes, an 'Asian-looking man' was spotted exiting a house that was under surveillance for suspected terrorists. When confronted by undercover police (i.e., camouflaged, armed killers), he bolted and ran, jumping a turnstile and running into a train where he was tackled by these three state killers and shot five times in the head (later revised to seven, and eight times in total). All because the police claimed he had been wearing a jacket inappropriate for London weather. Quickly all this fell away. First we were told that he wasn't involved at all and the British public's first encounter with the Blair regime's new shoot-to-kill policy (shoot first, never apologize, to hell with due process, suspicion not facts are our new methods) was all just a horrible mistake, but the police announced they were still "comfortable" with a policy that produced such a mistake. Then we learned that he wasn't Asian but Brazilian, and was in Britain legally and hoping to make enough money to move back to Brazil and start a business of his own. So much for his dreams. It wasn't bad enough that his regime had gunned down an innocent man in front of dozens of witnesses. Blair and his henchmen had to dance on the man's grave with their insincere and hollow 'statements of regret.' Whatever Tony Blair says isn't worth reprinting, but the statements by London's police commissioner Sir Ian Blair are, as he defended their 'license to kill,' and actually suggested that more killings of innocent people by police could occur in Britain. "This is not a Metropolitan [police] policy, this is a national policy and I think we are quite comfortable that the policy is right, but of course these are fantastically difficult times . . . there are still officers having to make those calls as we speak. Somebody else could be shot." What is this but an open declaration that the regime of Tony Blair has established a policy that his police forces can shoot to kill just on suspicion? Can kill anyone in Britain--including British citizens--without any safeguards at all, based all on how someone may walk or what they wear somewhere at some time. What is this but an outright Soviet-style policy directed by the regime against the general public? It's not too surprising that this was imported from Israel, another regime tutored early on by Stalinism. Seriously, if a British police officer is suspicious of your behavior, not that you are being suspicious, merely that he or she is suspicious of you, that officer is free to kill you on sight. For national security, of course. The low regard that Tony Blair and his regime have for human life, even the lives of his British slaves is summed up by Sir Ian Blair's immediate predecessor, the man who imported the shoot to kill policy, John Stevens, who sent out sympathy and a shoulder not to poor Jean Charles de Menezes, but to his murderer. "My heart goes out to the officer who killed the man in Stockwell Tube Station," he wrote. And, now of course, we learned that he didn't run, he didn't hop the turnstile and that he wasn't even wearing that suspiciously large bomb concealing jacket that allegedly lead to his murder. "He used a travel card," his cousin, Vivien Figueiredo, said. "He had no bulky jacket, he was wearing a jeans jacket. But even if he was wearing a bulky jacket, that wouldn't be an excuse to kill him." "My cousin was an honest and hard working person," said Ms. Figueiredo, who shared a apartment with him. "Although we are living in circumstances similar to a war, we should not be exterminating people unjustly." But exterminating people unjustly is the pattern of Tony Blair's political career of unrestrained evil. After their excuses collapsed into the fetid swamp of lies that is the stock in trade of the Blair regime, it was announced that the Independent Police Complaints Commission has began an inquiry into the murder. Not surprisingly, this is expected to take several months, where it is undoubtedly believed that the public will have lost interest in the results. Of the three armed killers involved in the murder of Jean Charles de Menezes, one has been put on leave, and two have been moved to non-firearm duties, lest they kill again, perhaps. Vivien Figuerdo condemned police chief Ian Blair's decision to authorize the leave, saying she wanted to confront the man who killed her cousin, and that he should be put in jail. The de Menezes family's attorney, Gareth Peirce, condemned Ian Blair's statements on the case, saying there had been a "regrettable rush to judgment" and expressed astonishment that the phrase "shoot to kill" was being used as if it was a legitimate legal term. Welcome to Tony Blair's New Britain. I wonder. If I was a stout young British lad, out on the town one starry night and spotted someone acting suspiciously, perhaps say, wearing a large jacket, and walking quickly, perhaps concealing some sort of package or container of some sorts, could I act as the police did? Let's suppose that as a patriotic Briton, marching in knee-jerk lock-(goose)step with Blair and Bush and believing every noble claim they make for their killings, and knowing that those evil Arabs have infested Britain, I was determined to be a loyal soldier on the home front war against Arab terror, and had previously purchased a black market gun. And I followed this suspicious chap, tapped him on the shoulder, spun him around, and plowed seven bullets into his face. I wonder would I be hero or villain? Protector or menace? Would I be allowed to walk the streets in anonymity, free to resume my career in due course? Or would I be arrested and charged with the cold-blooded murder of an innocent man who was expecting rain that day? Tony Blair's evil doctrine of 'shoot-to-kill' establishes a clear marker. The police, and by extension the regime it supports, is above the law. There is the government, and then its slaves, that can be hunted and culled at whim. Britons now must not only fear the possibility of being killed in a terrorist attack, now they must fear that they could be going about their lives and be murdered by the police. All a result of Tony Blair's and George W. Bush's war crimes. Last Friday, Jean Charles de Menezes was buried in his native city of Gonzaga. Brazilian labor leaders delivered a letter to the British consulate in Sao Paulo, saying they "repudiate the assassination of a Brazilian worker." The letter also demanded "the punishment of those responsible for the killing." "We cannot accept state terrorism as a response to terrorism," labor leader Paulo Pereira da Silva told a crowd of about 50 gathered in front of the British consulate. "Menezes was assassinated; he was executed by the British government." Jean Charles de Menezes, just 27 years old, is one more of the tens of thousands of victims of Tony Blair's dishonesty and evil disregard for human life. Big Brother had the image of a boot stamping on the human face forever. I guess Big Tony's new image for Britain is seven bullets to the back of the head.