Polonium Follies




by  Michael Shrimpton 


Very sad news indeed about poor old Ernest Borgnine, one of the greats, who has gone to the great PT-boat base in the sky.   

Just goes to show you can have nice 33rd degree Freemasons!  He was a decorated Mason too, in the Scottish Rite.

I well remember him from McHale’s Navy, one of the best tv comedy series of all time, even if the later shows based in Italy were not quite as compelling viewing. The PT boat by the way was a British innovation, the US boats being based on a Fairmile design from memory.

Borgnine had a great supporting cast, including Joe Flynn as Captain Binghamton.

Ernest Borgnine

The show was so good it’s virtually banned these days, although to their credit Channel 73 in Australia ran the entire series last year.

With plywood hulls and unprotected fuel tanks, using high-octane gasoline unless I am mistaken (engines varied but three V-1650 Packard Merlins were a typical fit), it took courage to go to war in them, fast and nimble though they were.

He will be missed.  God rest his soul.

I see the thorny subject of Polonium poisoning has come up again.  Mrs Arafat is trying to maintain that her late husband was assassinated, as opposed to snuffing it from natural causes.

As ever, poor old Mossad are getting the blame.

There are several problems with this particular conspiracy theory.  The old terrorist popped his clogs, no offence intended, in 2004.

As Gordon has pointed out to me Polonium would have turned to lead by now – I’m no physicist but that sounds about right.  Po210  only has a 138 day half-life.

The second problem is that the clothing which has traces of Po on it, according to the boys in Lausanne (I am not doubting them), has come from Mrs Arafat, ie the chain of evidence has been broken, to put it mildly.

The next problem is that none of the doctors treating the old boy noticed any signs of Polonium poisoning.  The fourth problem is that the Po is probably Iranian. 

Polonium has a signature, ie you can usually tell where it’s come from.  This Po has mullah fingerprints on it, not Mossad.  Forget Po poisoning.  It’s a load of pooh, not Po.

How did Polonium traces get on Arafat’s clothing?

The Arafat saga had its funny moments, if you weren’t Yasser.  He snuffed it on the Friday from memory but certain folk were worried about certain bank accounts and it was convenient to pretend he was still alive whilst certain funds were recovered.

I got on the blower to a nice man from Mossad, if that is not a tautology, and confirmed my suspicions.  It was perfectly clear the boys had an asset inside the hospital.

On the Saturday, if my memory serves me right, the French put out a statement that ‘Arafat’s condition had not changed in the last 24 hours.’  Since he been dead for at least 24 hours that was a truthful statement but it was hardly the whole truth!

Sky News missed a great story.   I like Sky (I appear on there from time to time) and don’t like seeing the wool pulled over their eyes.  When their reporter from Paris trotted out the latest French bollocks I got hold of Sky Centre and asked to be patched through.

Sky didn’t argue the toss with me – it was perfectly clear they weren’t buying the French line – but they wanted confirmation before breaking the news that Arafat had died. 

I did suggest they check with other capitals because I had heard that the Egyptians had already started knocking out the funeral invitations!     The media can be too cautious at times.  Caution is fine, but sometimes that second source just isn’t going to turn up.

Litvinenko – His last days

The classic case of alleged Po poisoning was that of Lt-Col Litvinenko, a former KGB intelligence officer, who died in 2006.

Again the Po was Iranian – nothing whatsoever to do with Russia, indeed the Po never went anywhere near Russia, being picked up from an airfield near Hamburg.

Litvinenko probably died from peritonitis, having swallowed British Anti-Lewisite, a metallic antidote which can be worse than the poison.

Sadly MI6, the Foreign Office and the media started shouting the odds about murder, absurdly blaming that nice man Mr. Putin and saying he had ordered a hit.

Had they studied the autopsy reports more carefully they might have been a bit more responsible in their public statements.

Always look at the autopsy report – the body is the starting point in any murder investigation and usually can tell us a lot.

I expect MI6 and the FO never watched Quincy ME, another fine series by the way, marked by some very fine acting from Jack Klugman.

Editing: Jim W. Dean



Author Details
Michael Shrimpton is a barrister, currently suspended of course, called to the Bar in London in 1983. He is a specialist in National Security and Constitutional Law, Strategic Intelligence and Counterterrorism. He has wide ranging connections both in Western Intelligence agencies and amongst ex-Soviet Bloc agencies. The late Generaloberst Markus Wolf, of the Stasi and DVD, was one of his contacts. Michael has earned respect in the intelligence community for his analysis of previously unacknowledged post-WWII covert operations against the West by the German DVD organization based in Dachau, near Munich, Germany, and its British, French and American client agencies. These continue to the present day, as politicians and the media are too nervous of standing up to them.

Michael was formerly an Adjunct Professor of Intelligence Studies in the Department of National Security, Intelligence and Space Studies at the American Military University, teaching intelligence subjects at Masters level to inter alia serving intelligence officers. He has represented US and Israeli intelligence officers in law and briefed in staffers on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9-11. In the wake of that murderous attack he addressed panels on terrorism in Washington DC and Los Angeles organized by the respected Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. Fellow panelists included a former head of Special Operations Command and a former Commander of the US Atlantic Fleet.

Michael’s active assistance to Intelligence and Law Enforcement agencies in the Global War on Terror produced some notable successes, including the exposure of the Abu Ghraib ‘hood’ photograph as a fake. His work on strategic intelligence took him to the Pentagon and he has also met with senior advisors to the President of the Russian Federation, in Moscow, in November 2005. He participated in the Global Strategic Review conference in Geneva in 2005 and was a speaker at both the Intelligence Conference (Intelcon) in 2005, and the Intelligence Summit in 2006, each at Crystal City.

In 2006 he was flown out to, and flew off from, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65), as part of the US Navy’s Distinguished Visitor Program. She was then working up her air group off the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, before operational deployment to the Persian Gulf. It is comparatively unusual for a foreign civilian to complete a carrier landing and launch cycle.

Michael’s ground-breaking, 700 page intelligence text “Spyhunter: The Secret History of German Intelligence” was published in England by June Press in April 2014. It features on a number of intelligence syllabuses, as does intelligence analysis prepared by Michael, e.g. on the brutal 2003 assassination of British weapons scientist Dr David Kelly CMG.

In their unlawful raid on Michael’s home in Wendover, Buckinghamshire in April 2012 Thames Valley Police officers seized the manuscript of Spyhunter and all of Michael’s onshore backups. Publication was only possible because the draft had been backed up offshore. The police hung onto the seized copies long after it was decided not to use them as evidence.

In November 2014 Michael was convicted at Southwark Crown Court by a tampered-with jury panel on two bogus bomb-hoax charges. Prior to bringing in the police the British Ministry of Defence, after consulting with the Cabinet Office, destroyed their recordings of Michael’s initial contact and qualified intelligence briefing re a DVD operation to target the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics using a stolen Russian SS-N-19 warhead.

Happily the NSA intercepted both Michael’s call to MOD and their call to him (on a number he had provided) and the intercepts are now in the hands of MI5.

As Michael’s distinguished Veterans Today colleagues Gordon Duff and Ben Fulford have confirmed on this website, his intelligence briefing to MOD was substantially correct and two warheads, both off an SS-19, were recovered by the US. After inspection the Department of Energy estimated their yield at 20KT. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Shrimpton
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