Why Brown should be joining Iceland’s former PM in the dock, from The Telegraph

September 29, 2010

 By Jeremy Warner Economics Last updated: September 29th, 2010


 Negligent? Gordon Brown and Iceland’s Geir Haarde

Iceland’s decision to push ahead with charges of negligence against its former prime minister, Geir Haarde, raises the not entirely frivolous question of whether it might be possible to mount a similar case against Gordon Brown.

Nevermind the alleged war crimes of Tony Blair, ruination of the British economy is a pretty serious charge. The case is quite easily constructed; that he did willfully take the brakes off public spending, that he failed to control the recklessness of the banks, that he stripped the Bank of England of its powers of financial supervision and gave them instead to a shiny new, politically correct but wholly inept regulator, that he misled parliament over the state of the public finances, and that he did gratuitiously insult the hapless Gillian Duffy. I could go on, but let’s not intrude too far into private grief.

In any case, all this would seem quite enough to put him behind bars. Yet as my colleague Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, has just pointed out to me, there is one overarching act of mitigation. He refused to allow Tony Blair to take us into the euro, which had it happened would have sealed our fate as surely as that of Greece, Spain and Portugal. The prisons are quite crowded, I’m told, so perhaps a non custodial sentence is in order.

Iceland ex-PM faces possible charges over banking crisis

September 29, 2010

Iceland ex-PM faces possible charges in meltdown


REYKJAVIK, Iceland — Iceland’s former Prime Minister Geir Haarde has been referred to a special court in a move that could make him the first world leader to be charged in connection with the global financial crisis.

After a heated debate Tuesday, lawmakers voted 33-30 to refer charges to the court against Haarde for allegedly failing to prevent Iceland’s 2008 financial crash — a crisis that sparked protests, toppled the government and brought the economy to a standstill by collapsing its currency.

Haarde faces up to two years in jail if found guilty. The court, which could dismiss the charges, has never before convened in Iceland’s history. A hearing date has not yet been set.

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American People To Corporate Media: We Don’t Trust Anything You Say

September 29, 2010

Steve Watson
September 29th, 2010


A Gallup poll has revealed that a record majority of Americans fundamentally do not trust the mass media and believe it to be politically biased.

When asked how much confidence they have in newspapers, TV and Radio to accurately report events, 57% of Americans surveyed said that they generally have “not very much or none at all”.

 The figure marks a one percent rise on 2008’s record high of 56%, while the general trend shows an increase in mistrust in the media of around 13% over the past decade.

Just 43% of Americans said they now have “a great deal or fair amount” of trust in the mainstream media, a record low, and a plummeting drop from a height of 72% in the mid 1970s. Read the rest of this entry »

Globalist press “freedom” institute in Austria remains silent

September 29, 2010

 The Gloablist-controlled International The International Press Institute (IPI)  based in Vienna, Austria, and funded in part by the Austria government has failed to issue a single report on the press media freedom scandals currently rocking the country.


The IPI claims on its website to be “ a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists. We are dedicated to the furtherance and safeguarding of press freedom, the protection of freedom of opinion and expression, the promotion of the free flow of news and information, and the improvement of the practices of journalism.” Read the rest of this entry »

Austrian Justice Minister backtracks as condemnation of press freedom infringements grow

September 28, 2010

The Austrian Justice Minister Dr Claudia Bandion-Ortner was forced to concede to demands for talks on more guarantees for press freedom following fierce criticism of „ a justice system run amok“.


Salzburger Nachrichten Editor Andreas Koller on Saturday accused state prosecutors and judges of running wild by summoning investigative journalists for interrogations even though they had not violated any laws and for trying to seize material from the state-run TV station, the ORF, in violation of laws on the confidentiality of journalism sources.

The actions by the justice officials were condemned in a rare show of unity among politicians, journalism associations and unions as an attack on press freedom and democracy.

Buoyed by the support, head of ORF announced on Sunday the state run TV station would defy  the Upper Court and Bandion-Ortner and not hand over confidential journalism sources.

Making a U turn, Bandion-Ortner today said she is in favour of a „broad discussion“ on press freedom.

The president of the Austrian parliament Social Democrat Barbara Prammer also called for an inquiry into media laws, press freedom and the confidentiality of sources.


The attacks on journalists investigating the Hypo Alpe Adria scandal is the latest in a series of justice scandals to have rocked Austria.

Suing the Austrian Republic over my false court guardianship

September 28, 2010

I am now preparing to sue the Republic of Austria over the court guardianship (Anhaftungsklage) that was introduced against me on the basis of verifiably false claims, and that finally had to be dropped because of the publicity.

Every single independent review failed to stop the guardianship in spite of the evidence of lies by the judge Mag Michaela Lauer – including by Walter Geyer at the corruption state prosecutor – indicating a total breakdown of justice system here.

Such a court guardianship would spelled the end of my civic rights and highly likely would have led to psychiatric confinement and forced medication.

I will also examine how I can best make all the individual justice officials personally responsible for their role in allowing me to be stripped of all my civil rights, my property etc. Perhaps charges of attempted murder are appropriate? Certainly, a charge of attempt to rob me of my freedom and intention to cause grievous bodily harm.

Judge Michaela Lauer from the Hietzing Court who initiated the court guardianship on the basis of trivial but verifiable lies has to bear the main responsibility. But the Justice Minister Dr Claudia Bandion-Ortner is also responsible for allowing the justice system to be misused for criminal purposes.

In my case, there is, therefore, clear evidence that the Austrian state and numerous justice officials systematically conspired to rob me of my freedom, and possibly my life, by making up verifiably false statements in connection with the estate of my late father. Because the local magistrates court gets involved automatically in Austria when someone dies, it is easy for a corrupt judge to misuse the administration of an estate to impose a court guardianship on someone. Read the rest of this entry »

Austria plunged into crisis of democracy by government assaults on free media

September 27, 2010

Bemused Austrians woke up last week to find themselves in the middle of a coup d’etat of the kind the Nazis would have been proud of. All that was missing were blood red Swastika flags hanging from every single street, market square and building as well as columns of German army military vehicles rolling in.

In an series of events without parallel in postwar Austrian history, the Justice Minister working with her counterparts in Munich, Germany, attempted to destroy nothing less than the remnants of a free and critical press, democracy and the rule of law in the country.

Hauling in the few journalists left reporting one of the biggest financial scandals in the country’s history — conducted with the help of high ranking politicians like Edmund Stoiber — for interrogations even though they had broken no law was bad enough.

Justice officials then demanded material from the state run ORF TV station in a pattern of harrassment that is becoming very alarming. Material was demanded  in spite of the fact that it is protected by laws on the confidentiality of sources, and handing such material over would set a precedent that would spell the end of whatever is left of any independent reporting in the country.

From that moment on, no journalist could be sure that their workplace is not raided and material seized and censored before they can publish it. A judge can issue any decree ordering any unspecified material to be handed over on any pretext.

The tame pussy cat which is usually civil society in Austria, however, roared like a lion.

Journalists, unions, politicians joined a chorus condemning the imminent loss of democracy and freedom of the press as soon as the  shocking news that the justice system is systematically engaged in break laws and destroying democracy on Thursay last week.

The roar was so defeaning that even Dr Bandion-Ortner had to hesistate with her whiplash exhortations to fall into line and accept the fait accompli and obey decrees, however, illegal.

Once more publicity has proved to be decisive in stopping a total breakdown of law and order by a government that has run amok. Read the rest of this entry »