IRA behind bombs in Iraq?

Eight British soldiers and two private security guards killed during recent insurgent ambushes in Iraq were the victims of a highly advanced roadside bomb first developed by the IRA, the Independent on Sunday reported.

This contradicts Britain’s recent claims that the sophisticated roadside bombs were supplied by the Hezbollah terror movement via the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

But the technology reached the Middle East as a result of the IRA?s long time co-operation with Palestinian groups, some of which used to be sponsored by Saddam Hussein?s Baath party, a former British Agent told the Independent. “There is no doubt in my mind that the technology used to kill our troops in Basra is the same British technology from a decade ago.”

British intelligence coordinated with the IRA in the development of these bombs thinking that intimate knowledge of the technology would enable security services to counter the attacks. “Unfortunately, no one could see back then that this technology would be used to kill British soldiers thousands of miles away in a different war,” a senior British intelligence source explained.

Iran denied any direct or indirect ties to the attacks and an Iranian ambassador alluded to a fear that Britain would use the issue of Iraq “to put pressure on Iran during nuclear negotiations.”

Over the weekend Iran alleged that the British were behind a third round of explosions in the oil rich Khuzestan province in southwest Iran since June. “We are very suspicious about the role of British forces in perpetrating such terrorist acts,” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the ISNA student news agency.

“The claim may not be as far-fetched as we?d like to believe,” says the tendowningstreet blog. However, “Iran does not make accusations without sufficient evidence to support them,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said in reference to Britain’s recent accusations. The British government reject these allegations as “completely without foundation.”

In Basra, The military officer in charge of all investigations against British troops serving in Iraq was found dead of an apparent suicide on Saturday. Capt. Ken Masters had been under pressure to contest a number of allegations relating to incidents in which Iraqi civilians have been killed. Master’s biggest investigation was ordered after the incident on September 19 when two British SAS troopers were rescued from a Jameat police station. The dramatic rescue led to a day of violent confrontations on the Basra streets which claimed the lives of seven Iraqis and injured 43, many of them police, according to Iraqi authorities.

Massive multi-player online games baby!

Five grand is on the table, that’s $5,000!!! in a contest to Design an MMOG.

The idea, according to an article in the Washington Post, is to promote democracy with a massive multi-player online game:

a competition to develop a game that promotes international goodwill toward the United States, a kind of Voice of America for the gamer set.

Enter the contest at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy Virtual Worlds web page here. Also, check out their Games and Public Diplomacy blog here.

Prizes of up to 5 grand to create a veritable virtual exchange program extolling democracy and fun? Who’s in?
George W. Bush
ummm… Helloooo?!??? Anyone there????

Congrats White Sox

soxtAs strange as it feels being a die-hard Cubs fan…. here’s to the Sox for bringing a World Series to my hometown for the first time in forever.

They truly play baseball like its meant to be played – unbelievable to see 4 pitchers go the distance in this day and age.

I hope they beat whichever unworthy National League team comes to town.

Keith Olbermann: The Nexus of Politics and Terror

Olbermann’s blog posts the extended transcript of this brilliant piece of journalism.

In a 13 minute segment on his MSNBC program, “Countdown,” Olbermann goes through details of no less than ten specific dates in which a “terror alert” was released by DHS or the White House within days of breaking controversy or bad news from the Iraq front.

Watch it here or below.

U.S. fakes Al-Qaeda Letter

As if it wasn’t obvious enough that it must be a joke, when FoxNews actually posted it as a downloadable .pdf on their website.

On the subject of fakes, MSNBC reports of CNN’s Allison Barber admitting that she drilled President Bush through questions before his Pentagon teleconference briefing (VIDEO – .wmv, QT .mov.

Olbermann on the photo-op (video – .wmv)Could the CIA’s new clandestine spy operation already have revealed a product of their own fraudulence?