Operation Vulcan Prosecution
… by Michael Shrimpton
Some of you may have seen Viscount Monckton’s hilarious attack on this very silly prosecution, no offense intended, on WND this week. If not, I recommend it!
He is particularly scathing about the prosecution request for a psychiatric report, not on themselves, but on me! Normally, it’s the defense who plead insanity!
As I was listening to this astonishing application, made last September at the ‘plea and directions’ hearing, I was wondering whether the prosecution might be pleading insanity.
Had they done so, I was going to submit, in my usual respectful way, that they might have a case. In the events which happened His Lordship Judge McCreath, the learned Recorder of Westminster, did not trouble me for a reply, i.e. very wisely, with respect, did not waste any more of the court’s time on what was obvious nonsense.
The prosecution is even sillier than Christopher Monckton realizes, with respect. His Lordship assumed that the intelligence that was passed to me by a prosecution witness turned out to be wrong.
In fact it was verified by an NRO bird, and the warhead in question was eventually recovered by the US Navy, a.k.a. the Good Guys, in the Indian Ocean. Whoops.
Readers who are lawyers might have done a double-take at the suggestion that the intelligence came from a prosecution witness and thought to themselves “that has to be a typo, surely he means defense.”
No, I mean prosecution, as in the people who are bringing the case. That’s right folks. Britain’s idiotic Crown Prosecution Service, which is controlled by the Cabinet Office, is prosecuting me for passing on, in good faith, intelligence supplied to me by one of their own witnesses.
There is no dispute about this. At my suggestion the CPS took a second statement from said witness, who confirmed that yes, he had indeed passed the intelligence on to me, and yes it was for the purpose of briefing in someone in authority.
The idea of prosecuting someone for a ring-back bomb hoax was pretty silly in the first place. This is the first time, so far as I can tell, in either the UK or US, that anyone giving the authorities their real name and a ring-back number has been prosecuted for a bomb hoax!
The absurdities do not end there. Very obviously, as an intelligence professional, I gave the usual health warning with the intelligence. Not only did I emphasise that it was not verified, I was suggesting verification by an E-3D Sentry.
I was unaware at the time I gave the briefing, to one Barry Burton, then Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence, that the Cabinet Office had ordered the grounding of the RAF’s entire Sentry fleet, on bogus grounds.
The MOD have dug a deep hole for themselves by suggesting that a design flaw in the radar pylons had been uncovered during the dismantling of a withdrawn aircraft.
As anyone who knows anything about the RAF knows, the UK ordered 7 Sentries in total. The inventory is still 7, i.e. no aircraft have been withdrawn. Should this get to trial, which if I am any judge it won’t, I am obviously going to have some fun with this. I know the MOD have been accused of getting their sums wrong, but surely even they can count to 7!
In order not to produce the recording of the telephone briefing the MOD are claiming that they do not record outgoing telephone calls ?!? The Harpenden Building Society probably record outgoing telephone calls. MOD have not yet deigned to say whether this is a blanket policy, covering all calls, or just those concerning a missing half-megaton maximum theoretical yield nuclear warhead which might have turned up in London.
Perhaps they only record calls about missing nuclear warheads with a yield of one megaton or over.
GCHQ are of course sitting on a recording of the briefing, and I don’t blame them. It would blow the prosecution case out of the water. Suppression of this material evidence by the government is not however a legally defensible course to take. Either my subpoena request will have to be met, or the CPS will have to explain to a jury why they are refusing to play the recording.
Happily the NSA have a copy. It might turn up in the post, on a memory stick, in a plain brown wrapper, or to be more precise, jiffy bag. You never know. Stranger things have happened, like having a Kenyan elected President of the United States.
The CPS have been further rocked by confirmation from another prosecution witness, a military intelligence officer of vast experience, that my intelligence briefing was not only given in good faith, it was substantially correct.
In other words the DVD did indeed smuggle a nuclear warhead stolen from the sunken Russian submarine Kursk into East London, and exfiltrate it via SSK, i.e. diesel-electric submarine, to be precise a Type XXI U-Boat refitted with Air Independent Propulsion.
This confirmation was given at a lunch for the officer and myself, kindly hosted by Dr Jerry Corsi. I followed up with a confirmation e-mail to CPS, copied to Jerry, who placed an extract on WND’s website. Boomps-a-daisy.
Jerry Corsi also spoke to John Large, who is being summonsed as a material witness, whose opinion on balance is that the Kursk went to sea with up to 6 nuclear-tipped cruise missiles on board. Of course she did. That was her mission. She was a nuclear missile submarine. There was no reason in the world for her not to have been carrying nuclear warheads. John’s opinion counts, because he helped salvage the wreck.
Unfortunately Corsi decided to have a pop at me last week, and tell his readers about another prosecution, in the magistrates’ court, equally absurd, about which I had told him in confidence. Not only that, but he didn’t get his facts straight. After the Vulcan allegation started to collapse, in December 2012, after CIA had briefed in MI6, who in turn briefed in the Foreign Office, who in turn went public with the existence of a nuclear threat to the Olympics, Thames Valley Police decided that they had found some pornography on my computer equipment.
Ho-hum. As one of the intelligence officers monitoring the case said “it’s the oldest trick in the book, Michael”. Indeed. When challenged with this nonsense (barristers don’t go around downloading naughty piccies from the Internet!) I gently enquired of the rozzers whether they had done a fingerprint check on the memory stick they were claiming was mine. Jerry Corsi reported it as a computer – not so easy to swap – but it was a memory stick, and a Chinese memory stick at that.
They went away and did a fingerprint check, and it came up negative for my prints, ditto DNA. Oh dear, end of case, you may think. Not at all. We are speaking of Thames Valley Police remember, the third most corrupt force in Britain. They simply decided to suppress the fingerprint report, presumably for fear of the damage it would do to the prosecution case.
That is no more a ground for concealing evidence from the defense in England than it is in America. Unfortunately for them they told MI5, no doubt thinking it wouldn’t get back to me, their case being that I don’t have any intelligence connections at all.
Guys, it’s a basic rule of propaganda not to believe the bullshit you are pushing out. That’s like a crack dealer snorting his own product. Given the number of bent rozzers in Thames Valley taking cash from crack dealers, who by and large live a charmed existence in this part of the world, maybe that was the problem.
Inspector Morse is fiction, remember. Of course it got back to me. They have now admitted that they suppressed the negative fingerprint report.
They have also admitted that they lied to me and that they couldn’t see any pornography on the memory stick. All they saw were recovered deleted images, and what’s more they don’t know when the images were put there and when they were deleted. Sometime between my arrest and the examination of the memory stick (for which there is no audit trail by the way) would be my guess. As one of my solicitors observed it’s not an allegation which is going to survive the first fair hearing.
The CPS need to be abolished, which is now UKIP policy. In a not untypical story of CPS life, reported this week, one of their caseworkers, Thomas Blazquez, who is said to have instructed counsel in “hundreds” of murder cases, was on trial for murder himself. He bashed an innocent old lady to death just as she was about to go on a Norwegian cruise. He is pleading insanity, or a version of it. I presume the CPS excuse for employing a killer to handle murder cases is that it ‘takes a thief to catch a thief.’
They will prosecute any old nonsense. In another case reported this week some clown at CPS, no offense intended, is reported to have authorized a charge of arson with intent to endanger life, an offense carrying a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, against Captain Cifford Caughey, formerly skipper of the guided missile destroyer HMS Fife. He is aged 82.
He was obviously a bit peeved about something, as he drove his car into the local yacht club and set fire to it. Nobody died however, and the yacht club wasn’t burnt down. All that was needed was a quiet word with the old boy, and advice not to do it again.
You don’t have to make a federal case out of everything. Prosecuting an elderly naval officer, who had not long lost his beloved wife, isn’t going to win the CPS any friends.
As I predicted, the Russians were waiting for the ground to firm up, before moving up their armor. The last 7 days have seen substantial Russian troop and armor movements near the Ukrainian frontier, and rightly so. NATO is being very careful about where it sends aircraft and troops!
Hague and Kerry are huffing and puffing, but neither Britain nor America will do anything if the Russians move in (invade is such a strong word!) to recover their former territory and protect their own nationals.
MH 370 Shootdown Update
Well done to the Western Journalism Center for having the guts to report this story. They have just put out a very good video, based on my reporting, indeed it features a still of my column from March 15th. Unsurprisingly, no wreckage has turned up, nor has any credible explanation emerged for the failure to evacuate the Sewol.
Her captain was clearly acting under orders and equally clearly the South Korean government is committed to a dodgy prosecution, in the course of which the truth will be suppressed. No doubt they are sending someone to England, to get a few tips by watching the CPS in action.
I am not just offended by my own unjust prosecution. If you want to be treated justly yourself you must also be angered by injustice to other people. The sad death was reported this week of the African-American boxer Rubin Carter.
His conviction for the fatal shooting of two men in a bar in Paterson NJ was wholly unjust. The prosecution was such a cruel farce it could have been conducted by the CPS, no offense intended.
The local police were almost as corrupt as Thames Valley, and racist to boot.It was nearly 20 years before Rubin Carter’s name was cleared. Well done Bob Dylan for writing a song about it (Hurricane).
Denzel played Rubin in the movie, which I shall have to watch and review for Veterans Today! To his immense credit, after he was freed this good man devoted his time to helping other victims of miscarriages of justice. God Rest his soul.
Don’t believe what Amazon tell you! My book is not “out of print.” It was only published last week – how could it be out of print?
It’s available from Amazon.co.uk, by order from any good bookshop (this should work in the US as well as the UK) or from the publishers, at www.JunePress.com.
I am conscious of the shipping cost and we are working on US distribution of the English edition, and an American edition, although if somebody asks me to change all the spellings back I shall scream!!
Movie of the Week : I Was Monty’s Double (1958)
This entertaining movie, based on a real-life episode from World War II, tells the story of a classic exercise in military deception. It stars M. E. Clifton James, both as himself and General Montgomery (who first name was Bernard, Jerry Corsi, not ‘Thomas’!).
The other leads are played by those fine actors Sir John Mills and Cecil Parker. Sir Michael Hordern also features, along with a host of fine old British character actors, including Patrick Allen and Patrick Holt. It really is a very strong cast.
Lt James was in the Pay Corps. His major contribution to the war effort was to impersonate ‘Monty’ in an effort to persuade ‘Jerry’ that we weren’t going to invade western France in 1944. He did it exceptionally well, and showed some courage, as he made himself a target. He took great pride in what he did, and rightly so.
He was treated rather badly, indeed inexcusably badly. He wasn’t even promoted, and was reassigned to the Pay Corps. After the war he was starved of parts, although he had considerable acting ability. The movie, and his book, on which it was based, gave him just recognition, even if it exaggerated things a little bit, for theatrical effect.
If he were still alive (sadly he died in 1963) I wouldn’t add this final comment, but it was all in vain. Canaris had MI5 penetrated and Operation Copperhead was blown from the outset, by Victor Rothschild.
Michael Shrimpton is a barrister, called to the Bar in London 1983. He is a specialist in National Security and Constitutional Law, Strategic Intelligence and Counterterrorism.
Michael was formerly an Adjunct Professor of Intelligence Studies in what was then the Department of National Security, Intelligence and Space Studies at the American Military University. Michael’s ground-breaking, 700 page intelligence text “Spyhunter: The Secret History of German Intelligence” was published in England by June Press on April 14th, 2014.
Editing: Erica P. Wissinger