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dinsdag 19 september 2017

CIA 70 jaar: 70 jaar moorden, martelen, coups plegen, nazi's beschermen, media manipulatie enz. enz.........

Het is 70 jaar gelden dat de CIA met 'haar heilzame werk' begon. 70 jaar waarin de CIA:

  • staatsgrepen pleegde, o.a. tegen Iran (destijds Perzië), Congo, Chili en Brazilië. 
  • 'false flag' operaties leidde, operaties zogenaamd uitgevoerd door vijanden van de VS, zodat de VS 'acties' tegen haar onwelgevallige, veelal democratisch gekozen regimes kon beginnen....... (niet zelden door het voeren van illegale oorlogen)
  • honderden (wellicht nog veel meer) verdachten martelde (en martelt), dit vooral in het buitenland en buitenlandse regimes (veelal niet democratisch gekozen) leerde 'hoe het best kan worden gemarteld....... 
  • drugsoperaties leidde, zodat men met de opbrengsten geheime missies in het buitenland kon bekostigen........
  • oud-nazi's uit de gevangenis houden en hen zelfs naar de VS te brengen om daar hun werk voort te zetten. Voorts leidde de CIA een netwerk van 600 ex-nazi agenten in het door de Sovjet-Unie bezette deel van Duitsland, De dagelijkse leiding van deze nazi's was in handen van Reinhard Gehlen, voormalig hoofd van de nazi-inlichtingendienst voor de Sovjet-Unie......
Er zijn nog veel meer zaken te noemen, waarvoor ik naar het onderstaande artikel van Anti-Media wil verwijzen

Happy Birthday CIA: 7 Truly Terrible Things the Agency Has Done in 70 Years

September 18, 2017 at 5:26 pm
Written by Carey Wedler

(ANTIMEDIA) — On Monday, President Trump tweeted birthday wishes to the Air Force and the CIA. Both became official organizations 70 years ago on September 18, 1947, with the implementation of the National Security Act of 1947.

After spending years as a wartime intelligence agency called the Office of Strategic Services, the agency was solidified as a key player in the federal government’s operations with then-President Harry Truman’s authorization.

In the seventy years since, the CIA has committed a wide variety of misdeeds, crimes, coups, and violence. Here are seven of the worst programs they’ve carried out (that are known to the public):
    1. Toppling governments around the world — The CIA is best known for its first coup, Operation Ajax, in 1953, in which it ousted the democratically elected leader of Iran, Mohammed Mossadegh, reinstating the autocratic Shah, who favored western oil interests. That operation, which the CIA now admits to waging with British intelligence, ultimately resulted in the 1979 revolution and subsequent U.S. hostage crisis. Relations between the U.S. and Iran remain strained to this day, aptly described by the CIA-coined term “blowback.”
But the CIA has had a hand in toppling a number of other democratically elected governments, from Guatemala (1954) and the Congo (1960) to the Dominican Republic (1961), South Vietnam (1963), Brazil (1964), and Chile (1973). The CIA has aimed to install leaders who appease American interests, often empowering oppressive, violent dictators. This is only a partial list of countries where the CIA covertly attempted to exploit and manipulate sovereign nations’ governments.
  1. Operation Paperclip — In one of the more bizarre CIA plots, the agency and other government departments employed Nazi scientists both within and outside the United States to gain an advantage over the Soviets. As summarized by NPR:
The aim [of Operation Paperclip] was to find and preserve German weapons, including biological and chemical agents, but American scientific intelligence officers quickly realized the weapons themselves were not enough.

They decided the United States needed to bring the Nazi scientists themselves to the U.S. Thus began a mission to recruit top Nazi doctors, physicists and chemists — including Wernher von Braun, who went on to design the rockets that took man to the moon.

They kept this plot secret, though they admitted to it upon the release of Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists To America by Annie Jacobsen. In a book review, the CIA wrote that “Henry Wallace, former vice president and secretary of commerce, believed the scientists’ ideas could launch new civilian industries and produce jobs.” 

They praised the book’s historical accuracy, noting “that the Launch Operations Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, was headed by Kurt Debus, an ardent Nazi.” They acknowledged that “General Reinhard Gehlen, former head of Nazi intelligence operations against the Soviets, was hired by the US Army and later by the CIA to operate 600 ex-Nazi agents in the Soviet zone of occupied Germany.”

Remarkably, they noted that Jacobsen “understandably questions the morality of the decision to hire Nazi SS scientists,” but praise her for pointing out that it was done to fight Soviets. They also made sure to add that the Soviets hired Nazis, too, apparently justifying their own questionable actions by citing their most loathed enemy.
  1. Operation CHAOS — The FBI is widely known for its COINTELPRO schemes to undermine communist movements in the 1950s and anti-war, civil rights, and black power movements in the 1960s, but the CIA has not been implicated nearly as deeply because, technically, the CIA cannot legally engage in domestic spying. But that was of little concern to President Lyndon B. Johnson as opposition to the Vietnam war grew. According to former New York Times journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Tim Weiner, as documented in his extensive CIA historyLegacy of Ashes, Johnson instructed then-CIA Director Richard Helms to break the law:
In October 1967, a handful of CIA analysts joined in the first big Washington march against the war. The president regarded protesters as enemies of the state. He was convinced that the peace movement was controlled and financed by Moscow and Beijing. He wanted proof. He ordered Richard Helms to produce it.

Helms reminded the president that the CIA was barred from spying on Americans. He says Johnson told him: ‘I’m quite aware of that. What I want for you is to pursue this matter, and to do what is necessary to track down the foreign communists who are behind this intolerable interference in our domestic affairs…’

Helms obeyed. Weiner wrote:

In a blatant violation of his powers under the law, the director of central intelligence became a part-time secret police chief. The CIA undertook a domestic surveillance operation, code-named Chaos. It went on for almost seven years… Eleven CIA officers grew long hair, learned the jargon of the New Left, and went off to infiltrate peace groups in the United States and Europe.”

According to Weiner, “the agency compiled a computer index of 300,000 names of American people and organizations, and extensive files on 7,200 citizens. It began working in secret with police departments all over America.” Because they could not draw a “clear distinction” between the new far left and mainstream opposition to the war, the CIA spied on every major peace organization in the country. President Johnson also wanted them to prove a connection between foreign communists and the black power movement. “The agency tried its best,” Weiner noted, ultimately noting that “the CIA never found a shred of evidence that linked the leaders of the American left or the black-power movement to foreign governments.
  1. Infiltrating the media — Over the years, the CIA has successfully gained influence in the news media, as well as popular media like film and television. Its influence over the news began almost immediately after the agency was formed. As Weiner explained, CIA Director Allen Dulles established firm ties with newspapers:
Dulles kept in close touch with the men who ran the New York Times, The Washington Post, and the nation’s leading weekly magazines. He could pick up the phone and edit a breaking story, make sure an irritating foreign correspondent was yanked from the field, or hire the services of men such as Time’s Berlin bureau chief and Newsweek’s man in Tokyo.”

He continued:

It was second nature for Dulles to plant stories in the press. American newsrooms were dominated by veterans of the government’s wartime propaganda branch, the Office of War Information…The men who responded to the CIA’s call included Henry Luce and his editors at Time, Life, and Fortune; popular magazines such as Parade, the Saturday Review, and Reader’s Digest; and the most powerful executives at CBS News. Dulles built a public-relations and propaganda machine that came to include more than fifty news organizations, a dozen publishing houses, and personal pledges of support from men such as Axel Springer, West Germany’s most powerful press baron.”

The CIA’s influence had not waned by 1977 when journalist Carl Bernstein reported on publications with CIA agents in their employ, as well as “more than 400 American journalists who in the past twenty five years have secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency.”

The CIA has also successfully advised on and influenced numerous television shows, such as Homeland and 24 and films like Zero Dark Thirty and Argo, which push narratives that ultimately favor the agency. According to Tricia Jenkins, author of The CIA in Hollywood: How the Agency Shapes Film & Televisiona concerted agency effort began in the 1990s to counteract negative public perceptions of the CIA, but their influence reaches back decades. In the 1950s, filmmakers produced films for the CIA, including the 1954 film adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Researchers Tom Secker and Matthew Alford, whose work has been published in the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, say their recent Freedom of Information Act requests have shown that the CIA — along with the military — have influenced over 1,800 films and television shows, many of which have nothing to do with CIA or military themes.
  1. Drug-induced Mind control – In the 1950s, the CIA began experimenting with drugs to determine whether they might be useful in extracting information. As Smithsonian Magazine has noted of the MKUltra project:
The project, which continued for more than a decade, was originally intended to make sure the United States government kept up with presumed Soviet advances in mind-control technology. It ballooned in scope and its ultimate result, among other things, was illegal drug testing on thousands of Americans.”

The intent of the project was to study ‘the use of biological and chemical materials in altering human behavior,’ according to the official testimony of CIA director Stansfield Turner in 1977. The project was conducted in extreme secrecy, Turner said, because of ethical and legal questions surrounding the program and the negative public response that the CIA anticipated if MKUltra should become public.

Under MKUltra, the CIA gave itself the authority to research how drugs could:’ ‘promote the intoxicating effects of alcohol;’ ‘render the induction of hypnosis easier;’ ‘enhance the ability of individuals to withstand privation, torture and coercion;’ produce amnesia, shock and confusion; and much more. Many of these questions were investigated using unwitting test subjects, like drug-addicted prisoners, marginalized sex workers and terminal cancer patients– ‘people who could not fight back,’ in the words of Sidney Gottlieb, the chemist who introduced LSD to the CIA.

Further, as Weiner noted:

Under its auspices, seven prisoners at a federal penitentiary in Kentucky were kept high on LSD for seventy-seven consecutive days. When the CIA slipped the same drug to an army civilian employee, Frank Olson, he leaped out of the window of a New York Hotel.”

Weiner added that senior CIA officers destroyed “almost all of the records” of the programs, but that while the “evidence that remains is fragmentary…it strongly suggests that use of secret prisons for the forcible drug-induced questioning of suspect agents went on throughout the 1950s.

Years later, the CIA would be accused of distributing crack-cocaine into poor black communities, though this is currently less substantiated and supported mostly by accounts of those who claim to have been involved.
  1. Brutal torture tactics — More recently, the CIA was exposed for sponsoring abusive, disturbing terror tactics against detainees at prisons housing terror suspects. An extensive 2014 Senate report documented agents committing sexual abuse, forcing detainees to stand on broken legs, waterboarding them so severely it sometimes led to convulsions, and imposing forced rectal feeding, to name a few examples. Ultimately, the agency had very little actionable intelligence to show for their torture tactics but lied to suggest they did, according to the torture report. Their torture tactics led the International Criminal Court to suggest the CIA, along with the U.S. armed forces, could be guilty of war crimes for their abuses.
    7. Arming radicals — The CIA has a long habit of arming radical, extremist groups that view the United States as enemies. In 1979, the CIA set out to support Afghan rebels in their bid to defeat the Soviet occupation of the Middle Eastern country. As Weiner wrote, in 1979, “Prompted by Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter signed a covert-action order for the CIA to provide the Afghan rebels with medical aid, money, and propaganda.
As Weiner detailed later in his book:

The Pakistani intelligence chiefs who doled out the CIA’s guns and money favored the Afghan factions who proved themselves most capable in battle. Those factions also happened to be the most committed Islamists. No one dreamed that the holy warriors could ever turn their jihad against the United States.”

Though some speculate the CIA directly armed Osama bin Laden, that is yet to be fully proven or admitted. What is clear is that western media revered him as a valuable fighter against the Soviets, that he arrived to fight in Afghanistan in1980, and that al-Qaeda emerged from the mujahideen, who were beneficiaries of the CIA’s program. Stanford University has noted that Bin Laden and Abdullah Azzam, a prominent Palestinian cleric, “established Al Qaeda from the fighters, financial resources, and training and recruiting structures left over from the anti-Soviet war.” Much of those “structures” were provided by the agency. Intentionally or not, the CIA helped fuel the rise of the terror group.

Weiner noted that as the CIA failed in other countries like Libya, by the late 1980s “Only the mujahideen, the Afghan holy warriors, were drawing blood and scenting victory. The CIA’s Afghan operation was now a $700-million-dollar-a-year-program” and represented 80% of the overseas budget of the clandestine services. “The CIA’s briefing books never answered the question of what would happen when a militant Islamic army defeated the godless invaders of Afghanistan,” though Tom Twetten, “the number two man in the clandestine service in the summer of 1988,” was tasked with figuring out what would happen with the Afghan rebels. “We don’t have any plan,” he concluded.

Apparently failing to learn their lesson, the CIA adopted nearly the exact same policy in Syria decades later, arming what they called “moderate rebels” against the Assad regime. Those groups ultimately aligned with al-Qaeda groups. One CIA-backed faction made headlines last year for beheading a child (though President Trump cut off the CIA program in June, the military continues to align with “moderate” groups).

Unsurprisingly, this list is far from complete. The CIA has engaged in a wide variety of extrajudicial practice, and there are likely countless transgressions we have yet to learn about.

As Donald Trump cheers the birthday of an agency he himself once criticized, it should be abundantly clear that the nation’s covert spy agency deserves scrutiny and skepticism — not celebration.

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Moet u nagaan, dan durft men nog te spreken over 'fake news' en een land als Rusland de schuld voor veel internet ellende te geven en te beschuldigen van agressief gedrag.............. ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!

Special Forces: een week in de hel...... Commercieel ronselen voor oorlogvoerend orgaan 'Defensie.....'

Zag gisteren de aankondiging voor een programma op RTL 7 genaamd 'Special Forces: een week in de hel'  (die combinatie Engels - Nederlands.... ha! ha! ha!)

Eén grote reclame voor speciale commando's die o.a. geheime moordoperaties moeten uitvoeren (standrechtelijke executies), m.a.w. reclame voor staatsterreur........ Dit op een tijdstip waarop jongeren tv kijken, jongeren 'die rijp zijn voor het leger....' Een programma voor de psychopaten in de dop, die na hun opleiding klaar zijn om wie dan ook te vermoorden, zolang het bevel maar van boven komt...... (en u weet het: 'Befehl ist Befehl'),

Eenmaal uit het leger kunnen ze of zich aansluiten als huurling bij organisaties die onder contract in oorlogen vechten, zoals bij 'dienstverleners' als Blackwater (dat nu 'Academi' wordt genoemd), of onder eigen naam nog wat gewone burgers opruimen, daar ze in feite levende wapens zijn...........

Eén van de leuzen in het menu onder het programma: 'over alle denkbare en ondenkbare lichamelijke en geestelijke beproevingen........'

Deze toekomstige moordenaars worden opgeleid door professionele ex-moordenaars van de Britse SAS, de VS Navy Seals en de Russische Spetnatz........... Sensationeel hè........???

Schandalig dat men zo openlijk ronselt onder kinderen, iets dat het ministerie van Defensie ook keer op keer flikt........

Zwagerman uit de Sint Maarten bocht met 45 km/u.......... Koenders (PvdA) bedelt bij VN.......

Stemde gistermorgen na 10.00 u. af op Radio1, waar toen het megasuffe Mediaforum (altijd 'goed' voor de domste uitspraken!) bezig was. Hoorde Marianne Zwagerman trots zeggen dat ze eerder al gemeld had het belachelijk te vinden, dat men op een eiland (eilanden) blijft wonen, waar om de paar jaar een grote orkaan overheen raast..........

Uiteraard doelde ze op Sint Maarten...... Alsof alle inwoners welgestelden zijn, die een vakantiewoning op het eiland hebben...... 'Uiteraard' weet Zwagerman niet, dat de grootste groep mensen op Sint Maarten arm is, waaronder velen, die amper genoeg geld hebben om voedsel voor meer dan 2 dagen te kopen......

U snapt dat deze mensen niet zomaar kunnen vertrekken, daar hebben ze simpelweg het geld niet voor...... En Zwagerman, als die mensen zouden kunnen vluchten, waar moeten ze dan heen, naar Nederland? Daar zullen jouw ex-collega's, de haat en angstzaaiers van de Telegraaf, de lobbyisten van het nieuwe fascisme, 'blij mee zijn.......'

Kijk Zwagerman kent natuurlijk wel welgestelde witte Nederlandse belastingvluchtelingen op de Antillen, tja die kunnen makkelijk verkassen........ Trouwens, de huizen van dit misdadig tuig zijn wel orkaanbestendig en zij kunnen zich met het grootste gemak een generator aanschaffen, waarmee ze stroomuitval het hoofd kunnen bieden..........

Uiteraard moest het plunderen nog even genoemd worden, dat gebruiken de Nederlandse reguliere media (en politici als verantwoordelijk PvdA minister en opperhufter Plasterk) als schaamlap voor het jarenlang achterstellen van Sint Maarten, dat nu zogenaamd zelfstandig is, maar eerder op een derde wereldland lijkt*, dan een voormalig onderdeel van het rijke Nederland....... Twee vliegen in 1 klap overigens, immers door de aandacht op plunderingen te vestigen, die niets met 'plunderingen' voor eten, drinken of medicijnen te maken hebben, vergeet 90% van de Nederlandse bevolking, dat er niet eens noodvoorraden op Sint Maarten liggen.....

Hoewel het voorgaande ook al het geval was onder Nederlands beheer in 1995, toen orkaan Luis huishield op datzelfde Sint Maarten en zelfs die orkaan heeft niet gezorgd dat er voorzorgsmaatregelen tegen orkanen werden genomen, zoals het aanleggen van die noodvoorraden, of orkaanbestendig bouwen voor de onderlaag op Sint Maarten en de Antillen in het geheel.......

'Mooi bijkomend effect': met de overdreven aandacht voor plunderingen wordt het beeld bevestigd dat een fascistische haatprofeet als Wilders van de Antillen schetst: gekleurde Antillianen 'zijn allen misdadigers.......'

Over Wilders gesproken: volgens Zwagerman is de Telegraaf serie, waarin als laatst toegevoegd onderdeel een 'interview' met Wilders, goed journalistiek werk is. U begrijpt een serie over 'de problemen met de moslims.........' De ander gast in het forum was Brahim Bourzik en deze stelde de vraag aan Zwagerman welke problemen er dan met de moslims zijn........... ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! Zwagerman probeerde zich te herstellen, door niet in te gaan op die vraag, maar kwam er duidelijk niet mee weg: ze wist het antwoord niet!!! Dit door haarzelf als geweldig journalistiek werk aangeduid, werd zo goed gelezen door Zwagerman, dat ze geen antwoord wist op haar eigen uitlating!!! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! Wat een draak!!

Zwagerman vloog geheel en al uit de bocht, toen ze zich kwaadmaakte over een uitspraak van VVD lulletje Rutte, waar ze zo te horen ook al dagen van ondersteboven is, deze zou gezegd hebben dat we op Sint Maarten met een ramp van ongekende omvang te maken hebben......... Toch triest als je je al jaren druk maakt om linkse politiek, zoals Zwagerman en het is je nog nooit opgevallen, dat de neoliberale hufter Rutte vooral lulkoek uitslaat.........

* Dat was al op het moment dat Nederland het nog voor het zeggen had op Sint Maarten.

PS: vanmorgen maakte BNR bekend dat PvdA wanprestatie Koenders een oproep aan de VN heeft gedaan, geld te geven voor de wederopbouw van Sint Maarten.......... Schaamteloos, zeker als je bedenkt dat Nederland zelf amper of niets heeft gedaan aan voorzorgsmaatregelen, die dergelijk noodweer vereisen...... Bovendien is Nederland geen armzalig land en als je onze band met de Antillen ziet, zou Nederland de verantwoording op zich moeten nemen....... Zelfs de Rode Kruis inzamelingsactie van Giro 5125 was al een schande, waar PvdA kloothommel Plasterk het gore lef had het Nederlandse volk op te roepen gul te geven, terwijl hij niet aankondigde, zoals eerder gebruikelijk bij dergelijke acties, dat de regering het ingezamelde bedrag zou verdubbelen.......

maandag 18 september 2017

David Bowie misbruikt voor de promotie van wapens en munitie.......

Op de Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEI), een wapenbeurs die van 12 tot 15 september jl. plaatsvond in Oost-Londen, heeft wapen- en munitiefabrikant Edgar Brothers een afbeelding van David Bowie gebruikt om haar moorddadig tuig te verkopen........

Dat ging deze wapenfabrikant echter alles behalve goed af. Darren Cullen, een artiest die werkte op de beurs bemerkte de foto en ondernam actie (volgens theCanary werkte hij op de beurs, maar gezien het artikel is het duidelijk dat Cullen zich vooral bezighield met demonstreren tegen deze doods-beurs...).... De beheerder van het fotoarchief, waarin de bewuste foto van Bowie zich bevindt, The Duffy Archive bevestigde wat Cullen al vermoedde, er was geen toestemming gegeven voor het gebruik van de foto en na actie van dit archief werd de foto verwijderd........

Er werden overigens 100 mensen gearresteerd, die demonstreerden tegen deze waanzinnige beurs van DSEI...... Een beurs waar ook wapenhandelaren uit landen als Bahrein, Algerije en Saoedi-Arabië in de rij stonden voor 'al het moois' dat te koop werd aangeboden.....

Over de laatste gesproken, Saoedi-Arabië, dat bezig is met een genocide op de sjiitische bevolking van Jemen, kocht de laatste jaren in Groot-Brittannië voor maar liefst 4,5 miljard euro aan moorddadig wapentuig, helikopters, vliegtuigen en munitie, waaronder clusterbommen van Groot-Brittannië..........

De Londense burgemeester Sadiq Khan wilde deze wapenbeurs weren uit zijn stad, maar is daartoe niet gemachtigd....... De schoftenregering May doet er het zwijgen toe, niet zo vreemd, daar het Britse ministerie van Defensie en dat van Internationale Handel de beurs mede hebben bekostigd...... Middels de verkoop van Brits wapentuig, waar duizenden mensen mee zijn en worden vermoord, verdient Groot-Brittannië grof geld, ofwel bloedgeld.......

De Britse overheid heeft dan ook 10 keer meer verdiend aan het leveren van wapens en hardware t.b.v. Saoedi-Arabië, dan het aan noodhulp heeft gegeven voor de bevolking van Jemen, een bevolking die wordt gebombardeerd door S-A en haar coalitiegenoten (onder regie van de VS, dat zelf o.a. middels drones en raketten moordt in Jemen.......)....... Met deze enorme terreur hebben deze landen een grote hongersnood en een enorme cholera uitbraak veroorzaakt in Jemen...............

Hier het relaas over deze zaak, zoals theCanary dit op 15 september jl. plaatste:

A company just tried to use David Bowie’s image to sell bullets at a UK arms fair. It didn’t end well.


A firearms and ammunition company attempted to use David Bowie’s image to sell its wares at one of the world’s largest arms fairs. But it didn’t go well. Because the company seemed to forget that it needed permission to use the image.


The Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair is currently taking place in East London. As The Canary previously reported, over 100 people have been arrested trying to stop the arms fair from taking place.
In 2015, arms dealers from 61 countries queued up to view the merchandise of 1,500 exhibitors. 14 of the countries invited, including Algeria and Bahrain, had authoritarian regimes. Four, including Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, have been listed by the UK as having human rights issues. And a further 11 countries on the list, such as Ukraine and Iraq, are currently at war.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan wanted this arms fair banned from the capital. But he said he was powerless to stop it. Meanwhile, there is an eerie silence from the government over DSEI. Although this is perhaps unsurprising. Because the event is sponsored by the Ministry of Defence and the Department for International Trade. And figures show that the UK has made ten times more out of arms sales to Saudi Arabia than it has given in aid to Yemen.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Arabian-led bombing of Yemen continues. And so do the arms sales. Since 2015, the UK has licensed £3.8bn of arms to the regime.

Edgar Brothers

Edgar Brothers is a company manufacturing ammunition and firearms. It describes itself as:
"one of the oldest, most well established importers and wholesalers of firearms, ammunition and associated products in the UK and Northern Ireland".

And it decided to use Bowie’s image to sell bullets. This was noticed by Darren Cullen, an artist who currently has work at the Art the Arms Fair exhibition.

UK pavilion at  seems to include a photo of David Bowie to help advertise killing machines. Not sure he'd be down with this. 

Not down with this

Speaking to The Canary, Cullen described what happened:
"I was checking Instagram to see if any of the DSEI contractors were posting about being behind schedule due to the Stop the Arms Fair blockades and I saw this photo of the UK arms trade pavilion with a giant picture of David Bowie. It really stuck out to have someone like Bowie featured among this festival of violence, and just in really bad taste considering his own recent death".

So Cullen took action:
"I got in touch with the rights-holder of the photograph, the estate of the photographer Duffy, and just hoped to hell they hadn’t given permission for these bastards to use his image. They got back to me the next morning thanking me for bringing it to their attention and saying they had definitely not given permission and they’d been frantically trying to have the photo removed. The Duffy Archive were really on top of it, full credit to them. They finally got hold of a director at Edgar Brothers and the display was taken down straight away due to their complaint. As far as I know, they’re still in discussions as to what the next steps are. I hope the Duffy Archive hammer them for it".

Richard Farrimond, marketing manager for Edgar Brothers, claimed:
"We are not in a position to comment just yet. We’re actually still in conversations with the Duffy Archive in relation to the incident in question".

A tale of two events

DSEI ends on 16 September. Speaking to The Canary, Andrew Smith from Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) described the arms fair as “two events”:
"The last two weeks have been a story of two events. One has been the arms fair itself, which has seen weapons being promoted to some of the most brutal and oppressive regimes in the world.
The other has been the solidarity and the optimism offered by thousands of activists and campaigners, who have been rightly appalled by these arms exports and the atrocities they could be used in for years to come. DSEI is a moral abomination. It’s time to shut it down for good".

And Smith has a clear message for Bowie fans:
"DSEI and the UK government may be experts at pushing arms exports, but when it comes to David Bowie they are absolute beginners. The real heroes were protesting outside DSEI, while the scary monsters and super creeps were inside. We need to do all we can to keep the arms fair under pressure".

Shut them down

DSEI may be nearly over, but the arms trade continues throughout the year. And the arms dealers have offices and factories around the country. It’s down to all of us to let them know that this trade will not continue in our name; that we can and will keep up the pressure. Together, we can shut them down.
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