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America’s Vassal Acts Decisively and Illegally

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I returned to the UK today to be astonished by private confirmation from within the FCO that the UK government has indeed decided – after immense pressure from the Obama administration – to enter the Ecuadorean Embassy and seize Julian Assange.

This will be, beyond any argument, a blatant breach of the Vienna Convention of 1961, to which the UK is one of the original parties and which encodes the centuries – arguably millennia – of practice which have enabled diplomatic relations to function. The Vienna Convention is the most subscribed single international treaty in the world.

The provisions of the Vienna Convention on the status of diplomatic premises are expressed in deliberately absolute terms. There is no modification or qualification elsewhere in the treaty.

Article 22

1.The premises of the mission shall be inviolable. The agents of the receiving State may not enter
them, except with the consent of the head of the mission.
2.The receiving State is under a special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises
of the mission against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the
mission or impairment of its dignity.
3.The premises of the mission, their furnishings and other property thereon and the means of
transport of the mission shall be immune from search, requisition, attachment or execution.

Not even the Chinese government tried to enter the US Embassy to arrest the Chinese dissident Chen Guangchen. Even during the decades of the Cold War, defectors or dissidents were never seized from each other’s embassies. Murder in Samarkand relates in detail my attempts in the British Embassy to help Uzbek dissidents. This terrible breach of international law will result in British Embassies being subject to raids and harassment worldwide.

The government’s calculation is that, unlike Ecuador, Britain is a strong enough power to deter such intrusions. This is yet another symptom of the “might is right” principle in international relations, in the era of the neo-conservative abandonment of the idea of the rule of international law.

The British Government bases its argument on domestic British legislation. But the domestic legislation of a country cannot counter its obligations in international law, unless it chooses to withdraw from them. If the government does not wish to follow the obligations imposed on it by the Vienna Convention, it has the right to resile from it – which would leave British diplomats with no protection worldwide.

I hope to have more information soon on the threats used by the US administration. William Hague had been supporting the move against the concerted advice of his own officials; Ken Clarke has been opposing the move against the advice of his. I gather the decision to act has been taken in Number 10.

There appears to have been no input of any kind from the Liberal Democrats. That opens a wider question – there appears to be no “liberal” impact now in any question of coalition policy. It is amazing how government salaries and privileges and ministerial limousines are worth far more than any belief to these people. I cannot now conceive how I was a member of that party for over thirty years, deluded into a genuine belief that they had principles.

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5 Responses to America’s Vassal Acts Decisively and Illegally

  1. who_me August 17, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    apparently the zionist occupied british government backed off on its threat to storm the equador embassy. cooler heads acting responsible? unlikely. this was probably more jewish theatrics, like their constant threatening war against iran. irregardless of who assange may be connected with, jp is making the issue into the usual hyped melodrama.

    meanwhile:

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/08/17/256751/ecuador-may-take-assange-case-to-icc/#.UC6NYFKz6So

    “The Ecuadorian government is examining the option to appeal the International Criminal Court if the British government fails to provide Julian Assange safe passage.”

    and another example of how far down the ladder the occupying ziofascists have lowered britain:

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/256754.html

    “The reportys come as 40 protestors masked in balaclavas, targeted the embassy which is located in an upscale part of London.

    A spokesman for the Russian embassy said a group of protestors, who were chanting anti-Assad government slogans, attacked the building in the middle of the night, throwing stones and smashing windows.

    He said, “The police who arrived at the scene regretfully did not take any measures to stop the unsanctioned protest and detain the attackers,”

    The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused London police of not taking measures to stop any of the violence or vandalizing of the embassy’s building.

    The Foreign Ministry has announced the attack as one more case of the principal of inviolability of diplomatic nations.”

    the cops look on as israel’s minions attack, much like idf soldiers do when israelis attack palestinians. the israelification of britain is complete.

    • who_me August 17, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

      oops, this post was intended to be connected with the ddos attack post below. i clicked the wrong reply.

      the same people behind the ddos attack on wikileaks were behind the ddos attack on rt:

      http://rt.com/news/rt-ddos-attack-hack-925/

      “The RT.com website went down for hours worldwide on Friday after a massive DDoS attack, with the hacker group calling itself AntiLeaks claiming responsibility.

      “Yes. We are behind the DDoS attack on #RT_com,” AntiLeaks wrote on Twitter.

      The hackers that attacked RT.com put a #FreePussyRiot hashtag in the end of their tweet, expressing their support for the three alleged members of punk band Pussy Riot who are currently on trial in Moscow.”

      a bit of irony about the reason for hacking rt is that rt, being mostly jewish/sabbath goy staffed, has been very supportive of those 3 jewish grrrrrls who desecrated an important christian church, motivated by religious hatred and enmity along with a desire to please their jp ngo masters who organised the pr stunt as part of their campaign to disrupt russia.

      • Blake August 17, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

        I have always found RT, along with PressTV, to be the most open about the zionistas agenda as it were.

  2. who_me August 17, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    “100,000 HITS IN 100 MINUTES CRASHED THE SITE. WE DON’T KNOW YET IF GENUINE INTEREST OR DENIAL OF SERVICE ATTACK. OUR BRILLIANT WEBHOSTS HAVE QUADRUPLED THE RESOURCE, BUT IF YOU CAN HELP TAKE THE STRAIN BY REPOSTING I WOULD BE VERY GRATEFUL.”

    is this about an attack on deliberation? i thought it was going slowly late yesterday. rt was ddos attacked late yesterday, early today.

    i wonder what jp has planned for the weekend? it’s usually their favourite time to start stuff.

  3. etominusipi August 18, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    Craig wrote:

    I cannot now conceive how I was a member of that party for over thirty years, deluded into a genuine belief that they had principles.

    i think we have all (those of us who think at all) experienced ‘a rude awakening’. whatever merit there may have been in the old-style party politics, it has now almost evaporated. we must adapt. this is not easy – we would all like to believe we live in a well-governed society in which not only do the trains run on time but politicians act with honorable motives, the news media give honest accounts of world and domestic events etc. etc.

    perhaps nostalgia paints a rosier picture of the past, but we can see there were gains in education, individual freedom, minority rights…

    nostalgia may sell films, but it does not win wars.

    in evolutionary terms humanity is self-defined by its ability to adapt to changed circumstances.

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