McConnell notes that after serving as “ship jumper” for Jardine Matheson in Hong Kong in 1985 and spot-fixing vandal for the Bullingdon Club at Oxford, Cameron worked at Treasury for Chancellor Norman Lamont and allegedly set Serco up as operator of the NPL cesium clock to tunnel the Red Switch Network and execute man-in-the-middle attacks on the government of the United States starting in 1993.
McConnell invites reader to examine Serco's Red Switch tunnels into the U.S. military establishment at http://www.serco-na.com/markets/defense and ask themselves what happens when Barack Obama asks a Serco technician for his POTUS 44 “Flash Override” privilege only to be told by Rupert Soames, Ship Jumper Dave’s friend and Serco CEO that he is not entitled to that privilege!
Prequel 1: #2059: Marine Links Serco Red Switch to Taitlek Tunnel Vision, U.S. General Contract
The Riot Club Trailer“Chinese Should Know Cameron Was a ‘Hong’ The PM’s trip to China reminds Guido that he has a little factoid that he hasn’t seen anywhere else, namely that during Dave’s 1985 gap year he worked for Jardine Matheson, before going up to Oxford. Young Cameron worked for three months in Hong Kong as a ‘ship jumper’ for Jardine Shipping Agencies. Dave was responsible for attending to ships when they called at Hong Kong. His tasks ranged from taking care of all the formalities with the customs and immigration authorities, to looking after travel and personal arrangements for crew members. Did his time in Hong Kong teach him to work hard and invest wisely – or did it encourage him to squander his salary in the bars of Wan Chai? Guido can confirm that there are many exciting diversions for a young man in Hong Kong…
The political relevance of this is that Jardine Matheson is one of the original Hong Kong trading houses or “Hongs” and Jardine Matheson’s early profits were based on selling opium to the Chinese. When the Chinese emperor tried to ban the trade, the company called on Britain to intervene, leading to the 1839 Opium War. This is not viewed well in China, something to be borne in mind when the former lackey of the oppressors is lecturing them about human rights”
“American general killed during ‘insider’ attack on Afghanistan base
A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire on foreign troops at a military base, causing casualties, an Afghan military spokesman said.
KABUL, Afghanistan — A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire on foreign troops at a military base, reportedly killing a two-star American general and wounding 15 people, among them a German brigadier general and “about a dozen” Americans, authorities said.
Details about the attack at Camp Qargha, a base west of the capital, Kabul, weren’t immediately clear. Gen. Mohammmad Zahir Azimi, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s Defence Ministry, said a “terrorist in an army uniform” opened fire on both local and international troops. Azimi said the shooter had been killed and that three Afghan army officers were wounded.
A U.S. official said one American soldier was killed and “about a dozen” of the wounded were Americans, but declined to comment further. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss details of the attack by name on the record.
Germany’s military said 15 NATO soldiers were wounded in an assault launched “probably by internal attackers.” The wounded included a German brigadier general, who the German military said was receiving medical treatment and was “not in a life-threatening condition.”
NATO said it was investigating the attack, which Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned as “cowardly.”
It is “an act by the enemies who don’t want to see Afghanistan have strong institutions,” Karzai said in a statement.
Qargha is known as “Sandhurst in the sand”— referring to the famed British military academy — as British forces oversaw building the officer school and its training program. In a statement, the British Defence Ministry said it was investigating the incident and that “it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”
After the shooting, a soldier in a NATO convoy leaving Camp Qargha fired his pistol in an apparent warning shot in the vicinity of Associated Press journalists and pedestrians nearby. No one was wounded.
The Qargha shooting comes as so-called “insider attacks” — incidents in which Afghan security turn on their NATO partners — largely dropped last year. In 2013, there were 16 deaths in 10 separate attacks. In 2012, such attacks killed 53 coalition troops in 38 separate attacks.
Such “insider attacks” are sometimes claimed by the Taliban insurgency as proof of their infiltration. Others are attributed to personal disputes or resentment by Afghans who have soured on the continued international presence in their country more than a dozen years after the fall of the Taliban’s ultra-conservative Islamic regime.
Foreign aid workers, contractors and other civilians in Afghanistan are increasingly becoming targets of violence as the U.S.-led military coalition continues a withdrawal to be complete by the end of the year.
In eastern Paktia province, an Afghan police guard also exchanged fire with NATO troops near the governor’s office, provincial police chief Gen. Zelmia Oryakhail said. The guard was killed in the gunfight, he said. It wasn’t clear if the two incidents were linked and police said they were investigating the incident.
Meanwhile , a NATO helicopter strike targeting missile-launching Taliban militants killed four civilians in western Afghanistan, an Afghan official said . NATO said they were investigating the attack.
The attack in western Herat province comes as civilian casualties from NATO attacks remain a contentious issue across the country. Almost 200 people protested against NATO in Herat , carrying the bodies of the dead civilians into the provincial capital and demanding an investigation.
In a statement, NATO said it was aware of the attack and was investigating, without elaborating.
A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire on foreign troops at a military base, causing casualties, an Afghan military spokesman said. In a statement NATO said it was investigating an "incident" involving both Afghan and international troops at Camp Qargha which trains officers for the country's army.
Civilians increasingly find themselves under fire as the 2001 U.S.-led war draws to a close, as Afghan forces take the lead in operations targeting the Taliban. The civilian death toll in the war in Afghanistan rose 17 per cent for the first half of this year, the United Nations reported in July. The U.N. said 1,564 civilians were killed from January through June, compared with 1,342 in the first six months of 2013.
Insurgents were responsible for 74 per cent of the casualties, the U.N. said, while pro-government forces were responsible for 9 per cent, government forces 8 per cent and foreign troops just 1 per cent. The rest could not be attributed to any group.
Karzai has repeatedly clashed with NATO over civilian casualties and strongly condemned the helicopter attack .
Afghan security forces also increasingly find themselves under attack as the planned foreign troop withdrawal draws near. , a police car struck a roadside bomb in the eastern province of Nouristan, killing three officers, provincial police chief Abdul Baqi Nouristani said. Two other roadside bombs in northern Sari Pul province killed three people, including a district police chief and his driver, deputy provincial police chief Sakhi Dad Haidary said.”
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“'Sandhurst in the sand' under threat as it emerges Britain could join U.S. in pulling all troops out of Afghanistan at the end of 2014
Around 170 troops committed to opening of new academy in Kabul
Military school in desert at Qargha dubbed 'Sandhurst in the sand'
But Washington sources say Obama is considering speeding up withdrawal.
Military commanders concerned for troop's safety if US leaves early
PUBLISHED: 19:44 GMT, 9 July 2013 | UPDATED: 08:13 GMT, 10 July 2013
A British Army-run academy to train Afghan military officers dubbed 'Sandhurst in the sand' could be axed if the US pulls all its troops from the war zone.
Some 170 UK troops are set to teach cadets skills and discipline at a replica of the Royal Military Academy being built in the desert at Qargha, west of the Afghan capital Kabul.
The Afghan National Army Officer Academy, expected to open early next year, will focus on military tactics and leadership to defeat the Taliban.
Tactics: Sources in Washington say President Obama is considering speeding up the US withdrawal from Afghanistan
But the centre would be jeopardized if President Barack Obama carries out a threat to withdraw all American forces from the battlefield by the end of next year, experts have warned.
The White House is committed to ending combat operations on , but planned to keep about 8,000 troops, including engineers, medics and air support, in Afghanistan to back local forces.
But cooling relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai means President Obama is 'seriously considering' speeding up the drawdown.
It could lead to Washington taking the 'zero option' of bringing every US serviceman and woman home and leaving Karzai's forces to fend for themselves.
'There's always been a zero option, but it was not seen as the main option,' a senior Western official in Kabul told the New York Times.
'It is now becoming one of them, and if you listen to some people in Washington, it is maybe now being seen as a realistic path.'
A full-scale pullout would have serious implications for Prime Minister David Cameron over his plan to open the 'Sandhurst in the sand'.
Senior sources in Whitehall insisted the UK remained 'committed' to opening the academy but military commanders will urge politicians to reconsider the plan if the US withdraws all troops.
Top brass would question whether the safety of 170 British service personnel could be compromised if only a small number of Nato troops remain in the war zone.
Major Charles Heyman, who edits the British Army handbook, said: 'If the US pulled everything out we would have to pull out in parallel, and so would the Germans, French, Italians and other Nato forces. It would be too dangerous to stay.'
But he said the prospect was 'highly unlikely'. 'This seems to be a bit of a kite-flying exercise by the US to concentrate Karzai's mind on negotiations over security,' said Maj Heyman.
The US and Afghanistan have been in talks for months over a long-term security deal involving how many troops and bases the Nato-led coalition should leave in the war-torn country and the speed of the withdrawal.
But the relationship between President Obama and President Karzai reached a new low last month after the US attempted to begin peace talks with the Taliban.
This led to President Karzai suspending negotiations on the security pact, which could be worth as much as £5.3billion a year to Kabul.
A video conference between the pair aimed at defusing tensions ended badly, according to US officials.
They raised the prospect that the US could accelerate the drawdown to bring the bulk of the troops home next summer.
The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan - now around 63,000 - already is set to decline to 34,000 by February.
But Afghanistan played down the possibility of President Obama ordering a complete withdrawal.
One senior official in Kabul said: 'Both sides understand how to pressure each other. But both the U.S. and Afghanistan fully understand the need for foreign troops, especially U.S. ones, to stay beyond 2014.
'That it is vital for security here and in the wider region. We don't think the U.S. will compromise on that, because past experience of abandoning Afghanistan was that the country descended into chaos.'
Last month it was revealed that Britain was coming under pressure to keep additional troops in Afghanistan for up to five years after the end of combat operations in 2014.
A senior military commander said Nato personnel would be needed to provide medical evacuation and logistics, plan helicopter operations and integrate ground combat with air support.”
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