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Freedom Rider: Chickens Roost in Woolwich

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    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Two British-Nigerians frightened the great former colonial empire to death by nearly beheading a soldier, in London. Yet British and other western politicians have far more blood on their hands than the young Africans. “This killing was no more awful than those committed by the military from the U.S. or other NATO nations.”


    Freedom Rider: Chickens Roost in Woolwich

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Just as in the recent Boston marathon bombings, the suspects had repeated contacts with their nation’s intelligence service.”

    If terrorism can be defined as the wanton killing of innocent people, then there are many terrorists around the globe. Most of those terrorists are not members of al-Qaeda, al-Shabab or other organizations whose names the corporate media repeat ad nauseam. Neither are they the often decried “homegrown,” “lone wolves” or “free lancers.” Instead they are the otherwise respected presidents, prime ministers and cabinet secretaries who serve the governments in the so-called civilized nations of the world. The killing and maiming they are responsible for is swept under the rug, known only to those who survive their acts of aggression.

    It is important to keep these facts in mind after the killing of a British soldier near his barracks in Woolwich, London. Lee Rigby was first run over by a car and then hacked to death by two men who immediately took responsibility for the killing. Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale calmly spoke to witnesses who recorded them blood soaked and armed with knives and meat cleavers.

    The howls of outrage spread from the U.K. to the U.S. The deed was called depraved, sick, disgusting, savage, horrifying, etc. Those adjectives are in fact correct but this killing was no more awful than those committed by the military from the U.S. or other NATO nations. Lee Rigby was decapitated in Woolwich but bombs and bullets decapitate. Babies in Fallujah, Iraq are born without heads because of the lingering effects of depleted uranium. In Gaza, the Israelis terrorize a civilian population with impunity, killing men, women and children, sometimes killing entire families who are all defenseless.

    The top of his head was completely off and his brains were on the ground.”

    In the now famous Collateral Murder video revealed by Wikileaks, American troops can be seen running over and crushing an Iraqi they had just shot to death. The soldiers killed eight people in total, two of whom were journalists. They also shot two children and killed their father. Former American soldier Ethan McCord tells the story of what he witnessed that day. “One guy’s head was off, the top of his head was completely off and his brains were on the ground and the smell, the smell still haunts me every day. I don’t know how to describe it.” Rigby faced the same fate as the men killed by American troops. He was no more deserving of such a fate, but his death isn’t any worse.

    Not only is it important to acknowledge the terror committed by the governments that consider themselves so aggrieved, but there are crucial questions about the killers themselves which need answering. Just as in the recent Boston marathon bombings, the suspects had repeated contacts with their nation’s intelligence service.

    One of the suspects in the Woolwich killing, Michael Adebolajo, was arrested in Kenya in 2010 as a suspected al-Shabab fighter. He told friends and family that he was tortured by Kenyan security before being deported back to Britain. After he returned home he and his family were approached numerous times by MI5 in an effort to enlist him as an informer. One of Adebolajo’s friends, Abu Nusaybah, was arrested at the BBC’s studios after giving an interview about his friend’s experiences.

    Adebolajo’s family describes him as a man who came home forever changed and who attempted to get legal help to stop the harassment against him. The MI5s and the FBIs of the world are often given too much credit as creators of grand conspiracy. Sometimes they just screw up. Apparently MI5 is no more competent than their counterparts in the United States but like them they are protected by powerful people. The world will hear very little if anything about Adebolajo and MI5.

    After he returned home he and his family were approached numerous times by MI5 in an effort to enlist him as an informer.”

    There are young men who go to Somalia to help defend it from the onslaught of violence committed against it by western nations. The United States conspired with Ethiopia to invade that country and in the process killed thousands of people. Al-Shabab might be labeled terrorist in the capitals of the west, but they have not created the blood bath in Somalia. The respected presidents and prime ministers get the blame for those atrocities.

    Violence does beget violence but the violence committed by the state is supported by the media and sadly by the masses of uninformed people. There are now protests in Britain not about that government’s complicity in the destruction of Iraq or Libya but about Lee Rigby. Rigby deserves protest but so do the victims of western state terrorism. As long as there is injustice with impunity there will be what we call terrorism. Yet it should be remembered that terror comes in all sizes but the worst and biggest isn’t created by any “lone wolf” but by politicians elected to office.

    Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)

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    I want to agree entirely with Margaret Kimberley's article; the only thing I would add is:

    To the grieving widow and the rest of his family, he was a killer just like the man who killed him. And I am not going to be shedding any crocodile tears for a man who himself would have killed innocent people in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    I am sorry, but if he was a normal citizen, you folks would have all my sympathy and more. Just imagine that what you are going through thousands and thousands of Iraqi and Afghani people have gone through.

    In conclusion, the holy book says in Revelation:

    he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword.

    To the grieving...

    To the grieving widow and the rest of his family, he was a killer just like the man who killed him. And I am not going to be shedding any crocodile tears for a man who himself would have killed innocent people in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Cheers from Trafic Organique - SERPLinker

    Yes. Just plain "yes", M. Kimberley.

    Terror by pols elected in a country where so many don't vote and the  executive privilege expanded to murder at will, inviduals or many.  Sigh.

    London_Boston 'Terrorism'_Blow-Back, Coincidence or Conspiracy?

    Beverly: I have to agree that there’s something more than a bit odd about the recent so-called ‘terrorist’ attack in London where a white UK soldier was allegedly hacked to death in broad day-light by 2 Black Muslims, who then stayed at the scene for the UK cops to arrive 20 minutes later [after getting an ‘Officer Down’ alert]. This just happened to be a ‘conveniently–sufficient’ amount of time to do what would be their next ‘act’.
    Which Was: 1 of the ‘terrorists’- clearly a Black guy holding a knife w his hands dripping blood- walks up to a white guy filming the whole thing by cell-phone from across the street- & then gives a political speech / rant about this being an act of vengeance for all Muslims victimized by western imperialism.
    Now I’m a rather large Brother from a pretty rough Chi-Town hood, but if I see a couple of guys [Black, Brown, white, or whatever] hack a guy to death w knives & then start walking up on me- if I’m packing heat I’m gonna pull it fully prepare to shoot, other-wise I’m in the wind like Usain Bolt!!! I’m not gonna stand there & film some guy holding a knife whose hands are dripping blood, ranting about whatever!! [Hey I can read about it later or watch it on the evening News]!! IMHO that just don’t make sense unless it was staged.

    IMO without their ‘conveniently’ recorded political rant / speech, it would have been more difficult to hype this as a 'TERRORIST' Act- It would have likely been reported as just 2 crazed Black guys hacking to death some poor white guy- for God knows what- maybe as an ‘ordinary’ ‘hate’ crime of some sort. – So perhaps the white guy who stuck around to ‘conveniently’ record this Black Muslim dude’s political rant / speech was NOT just some ‘innocent by-stander’.
    And what could be more scary to & rile-up most white folks than the ‘scene’ of couple of BLACK & Muslim dudes hacking a White Cop to death in broad daylight w their hands dripping w his blood!!! Sounds like scene straight out Holly-weird’s ‘Scary Movie 5.0′ / ‘Friday the 13th’ to me!!!

    > This Plot Thickens Even More: From the BBC:} MI5 asked Woolwich murder suspect Michael Adebolajo if he wanted to work for them just 6 months before the killing- says a childhood friend [this friend was later arrested by MI5 after giving this interview] –

    Mr Adebolajo was “basically being harassed”, Abu Nusaybah said. “His wording was, ‘They [MI5] are bugging me – they won’t leave me alone.’
    Mr Adebolajo, 28, and fellow suspect Michael Adebowale, 22, had been known to MI5 for 8 YEARS, Whitehall sources told the BBC… {

    So MI5 had these guys in their sites for 8 whole yrs & actively tried to ‘recruit the main alleged ‘Terrorist‘ attacker just 6 months before his so-called ‘terrorist attack’. Compare that to the FBI’s pre-knowledge of & contact w the 2 alleged Boston Marathon Bomber Bros -& before that- the FBI’s & military Intel’s contact w Lee Harvey Oswald yrs before & right up to Nov 22nd 1963, & the CIA's contact & recruitment of bin Laden & the Afghan Mujahideen / Taliban vs the USSR 1 - 2 decades before the 9-11 ‘New Pearl Harbor’ Event….


    PS: IMO This also sounds like a convenient ‘counter-narrative’ to that video that recently went viral of one of those so-called [UK-US-French-NATO & GCC Backed / yet Al-Qaeda linked] FSA ‘freedom-fighters ‘cutting open a dead Syrian Soldier’s Chest & EATING His Heart!!!


    There’s also some stuff that ain’t adding up RE the Boston Marathon bombing- Some might want to note this piece: ‘Official Story has Odd Wrinkles: A Pack of Questions about the Boston Bombing Backpacks’ [@ ] -AND Also- FBI Murder of Ibragim Todashev: The Boston Witness “Who Knew Too Much”? [@]: } FBI and other law enforcement officials revealed Wednesday that Ibragim Todashev, the 27-year-old Chechen immigrant who was shot and killed [in FL] after being interrogated for days about the Boston Marathon bombings, had been unarmed.

    The killing of Todashev, and the rapid disintegration of the government’s official story—that he was shot after lunging at interrogators with a knife — casts doubt on everything that has been said so far about the Boston Marathon bombings.

    The report that Todashev was unarmed was followed Thursday by a press conference in Moscow, where the murdered man’s father, Abdulbaki Todashev presented a series of photographs of his son’s body taken at a Florida morgue showing that he had been shot six times in the torso and once in the crown of his head [IE: execution style].

    “Maybe my son knew some information the police did not want  made public. Maybe they wanted to silence my son.”..

    The involvement of the CIA both in promoting Islamic extremist forces [IE: Al-Qaeda & the Mujahideen / Taliban] against the former Soviet Union and utilizing such forces as proxy troops in countries like Libya and Syria is well known. Is it possible that Tamerlan Tsarnaev became involved somehow in these links?

    On the other hand, virtually every major terror incident on US soil since 9/11 has been orchestrated by the FBI using agent provocateurs, who provided everything needed to carry out an attack before arresting their patsies and announcing another victory in the “war on terrorism.” Was this such a staged incident that got out of hand, or perhaps was allowed to proceed?..{

    The Patient is beyond healing

    We are a collective of sick f**ks, African Americans especially. You actually have (I'd guess 90%) of Black folks who buy this WOT bullshit, especially because the HNIC is Obama.

    If Bush had fomented as much terror or invaded Africa with such gusto, the Negroes would be up in arms, when Obama does it all you get are bootlicking Negroes who cry "hater" when you criticize him and say "he ain't the President of the Hood."  

    Damn right he ain't because when ya Black asses get chopped down in the Hood, he could give a damn, when you can't move out of the Hood because of credit redlining, he could give a damn, when you can't network and get a job or file an EEOC claim because your employment options are set in stone by the Hood, he could give a damn.  So yeah, ya damn right, "He ain't the President of the Hood" for damn sho.

    The CIA accurately predicted that Obama would schmooze over the protestors of the so-called WOT, he's done an exceptional job with the Progressive and Black voter base in particular.  Or, perhaps the truth is they (we) are all fakes and poseurs anyway?


    In Your Name

    In Your Name

    by Marge Piercy


    In your name, we have invaded
    come with planes, tanks and artillery
    into a country and wonder why
    they do not like us
    be proud

    in your name we have bombed villages
    and cities leaving torn babies,
    the bloated bellies of their mothers,
    a little boy crying for his father
    who lies under his broken house
    the smashed arms of teenagers
    in the sunbaked streets
    every death creates a warrior
    be proud

    In your name we have taken men
    and women from their homes
    in the afternoon breaking down their doors
    in the night waking them to the rattle
    of weapons leaving their children
    weeping with fear
    be proud

    in your name we have taken those we suspect
    because they were in the wrong place
    or because someone who hated them gave their names
    or because a soldier didn’t like the way they stared at him
    put them in cells and strung them up like slaughtered cattle
    stripped their clothes and mocked them naked
    ran electricity through their tender parts
    set dogs to rip their flesh
    in your name
    be proud

    This is who you are becoming.
    There is none other but you sanctioning this.

    In your name young boys from Newark and Sandusky
    are shot at by people who live in the place
    they have been marched to.
    In your name a young woman from Detroit
    is disemboweled by a bomb.
    In your name the sons of out of work miners
    step on land mines.
    In your name their bodies are shipped home.
    In your name fathers return to their children
    maimed and blind, their brains seared.

    This is who you are in Athens or in Lima not Ohio
    when people glare at you in the street.
    This is the person your passport identifies,
    the one who allows the order to be given
    for blood to be mixed with sand
    for bones to be mixed with mud

    In your name is all this being carried out right now
    as we sit here, as we speak, as we sleep.
    Every day we do not act, we are permitting.
    Every day we do not say no, we all say yes
    be proud.


    Never read the truth so well put!

    Thank you for the information about our corrupt, sick, irredeemable country.  (All races are complicit.)  

    Not even the mirage of sticking it to the man over here yet

    If you think you got it bad in America, count your blessings that you're not here in the UK right now. 

    The ass of white supremacy UK has never been so clean and its boots never shined so bright, as they do right now - from all the ass kissing and bootlicking there has been in the wake of this event by people who call themselves Muslims, Africans, and even people of the Christian faith who call themselves Carribeans.  

    I can't stand it.

    The main stream media has milked the incident for every drop of propaganda mileage they can wring out of it, a process still ongoing. Building false (white) unity by stoking the fires of racial hatred. Ethnic minorities cowed and bowed by fear and perhaps sincere horror at what unfolded that day, come out in droves to publically condemn this act and express condolences to the dead soldier's family. 


    I've never heard a single one of the mewling cowards condemn the daily atrocities being commited somewhere someplace in the world, by whites in the name of their war on terror. 

    No word even for their fellow Brit, Muslim, ethnic minority - a Pakistani Muslim man aged 75 who was stabbed to death by two white males only a week or two earlier. The assault was so brutal that the knife penetrated from the entry point in the back through to the front of his body. 

    Nothing but a small unheralded article about it in the Gaurdian. 

    Yet no one to date has condemned it.

    So I will 

    I condemn the cowardly racist scum who killed a pensioner walking home from Mosque, for the mere "crime" of being non-white.

    My condolences and prayers go to his family. 

    I aint got no great love for Muslims since many of those particular bastards have been borderline to outright anti-black racist in their condemnations of  Rigby's assailants. I've lost count of the number of times I've heard the words "these men are just criminals" and "not real Muslims", mentioned in this saga. 

    So I say fuck them too. 

    What this event highlights for me is how the discontent many  black youths feel is driving them into the hands of rogue political entities who speak a language of rebellion and resistance to white supremacy that appeals to them, but do not have their best interests at heart.

    These people will merely use them as cannon fodder to do their dirty work, and then wash THEIR bloody hands of them.

    This is what happens when we forget BLACK FIRST. 

    Final thought

    I'm just sick of negros who want to fight everyone's fight but black people's.