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Europe has 'powerful enemies' in US, says French Europe minister - EUobserver

France's Europe minister, Jean-Pierre Jouyet, has said that Europe has enemies in Washington, suggesting that neo-conservatives played a significant role in the Irish rejection of the Lisbon treaty earlier this month.

French daily Le Monde reports Mr Jouyet as saying that "Europe has powerful enemies on the other side of the Atlantic, gifted with considerable financial means. The role of American neo-conservatives was very important in the victory of the No."

Jean-Pierre Jouyet made the comments at a pro-Europe rally over the weekend

He made the comments at a pro-Europe meeting in Lyons over the weekend, just over a week after Irish voters rejected the EU's latest treaty by 53.4 to 46.6 percent.

Allegations that some funding for the No side came from across the Atlantic also came up during the Irish debate preceding the referendum.

Libertas, an anti-treaty organisation campaigning on a platform of cutting Brussels red-tape, was on the receiving end of such accusations earlier this month.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 24th, 2008 at 04:42:25 PM EST
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will actually investigate and find facts, rather than simply report quotes from interested parties?

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 24th, 2008 at 05:49:33 PM EST
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But that wouldn't be impartial reporting!

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 24th, 2008 at 06:05:34 PM EST
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they might piss off their politicians friends and spoil their week-ends together!

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 24th, 2008 at 06:41:54 PM EST
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I thought we all understood that managing editors and their bankers had decided that journalism was not cost-effective?

The last condition our minders wish for is an educated voting class.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Wed Jun 25th, 2008 at 02:31:31 AM EST
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Libertas: US Military Contractors Against Lisbon! - Indymedia Ireland
Ganley Spills the Beans

So, at this stage we've established a few things. The figures behind Libertas are extremely closely connected to the US military and Intelligence community; their arguments appear to be clearly disingenuous; the US military and intelligence community are indeed opposed to the treaty. The facts are, by themselves, strong circumstantial evidence in favour of the idea that Ganley and McEvaddy's connections to the US military provide the underlying motives for opposing Lisbon. But can we do any better? Can we turn up any positive evidence to support our tentative conclusion?

As it happens, we can.

The "positive evidence" (Ganley's spilt beans) decribed is actually still circumstantial and speculative, but worth considering.

Conclusion

This article has examined the reality behing the Libertas campaign, the connections of its two high-profile backers, the implausibility of its message, the peculiar nature of its campaign and some of the underlying strategic differences at play. The conclusion is that the evidence suggests that Libertas is most likely to serve primarily as a vehicle for advancing US strategic interests. However, it is important to remember that while this is the most likely and most plausible conclusion about the underlying forces at play, it is impossible to ever be certain about any individual's motivation. It is possible that both Ganley and McEvaddy are both entirely genuine in their stated reasons for opposing Lisbon - although that would mean that they are also seriously stupid and completely incapable of understanding many of the elementary facts about the treaty. There's also the possibility that some other underlying motive is at play, but the evidence seems to points towards the Pentagon.

All of the material in this article is in the public domain. Ironically, the source of some of the information contained herein is David Cochrane's politics.ie site where more speculative and less well substantiated versions of this argument have been published over the last few weeks: see here: http://www.politics.ie/viewtopic.php?f=172&t=34169 (hat-tip to ibis) It is interesting that despite all of this material being in the public domain, it has been Internet posters who have raised it, while the media has essentially provided Libertas with mountains of coverage, without bothering to even check as to whether it's a real campaign at all. That's because the Irish media does little other than recycle press releases, and is utterly cowardly when dealing with stuff that might annoy powerful people.

Finally, for those who might suspect that this is a hatchet job aimed at discrediting the No Campaign. I am actually a No campaigner myself. See here: http://www.indymedia.ie/article/86857



... all progress depends on the unreasonable mensch.
(apologies to G.B. Shaw)
by marco on Tue Jun 24th, 2008 at 07:05:15 PM EST
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Damn.  Once again committed a EuroTrib cardinal sin: Search before you post!

http://www.eurotrib.com/story/2008/6/12/131942/129#78

... all progress depends on the unreasonable mensch.
(apologies to G.B. Shaw)

by marco on Tue Jun 24th, 2008 at 07:10:18 PM EST
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I would not rule out CIA involvement in the "no" campaign...Covert political operations are the stock and trade of the CIA.

And - this fits well with the pattern of a "groomed individual" (Ganley) - with lots of gifts, an "out front" political organization (Libertas) that puts out lots of disinformation about the campaign.

Look up "CIA covert political operations" - especially in Latin America and see the CIA's methodology in its operation in elections...Dr. John J. Nutter's 2000 book "The CIA's Black Ops" is a good one.

...creating "front" political organizations and companies...
...selecting prominent individuals...
...giving subsidies (funding) to groups and "groomed individuals..."
...putting out confusing information and disinformation...

It will start to look eerily like the Irish "no" vote.

by euamerican on Fri Jun 27th, 2008 at 10:16:49 PM EST
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