UK abuses powers in apparent retribution for exposing propaganda and intelligence-aligned ‘journalists’
UK investigative journalist Kit Klarenberg was detained by border police on his return to the UK in what appears to have been a punitive move – and certainly carried worrying overtones of the fascism into which this country has been dragged by the Establishment – for his and the Grayzone‘s successes in exposing UK/US propaganda and the secret communications of intelligence-aligned supposed journalists.
Klarenberg was detained by a group of plainclothes officers at Luton airport and held under the UK’s draconian ‘counter-terrorism’ laws – without even the right to remain silent and under pain of prosecution if he failed to surrender the passwords to his electronic devices to the police, apart from anything else an inexcusable breach of journalistic privilege and the crucial right to protect the identity of sources, as well as opening the possibility of the state planting ‘evidence’ to use against him:
Klarenberg’s powerful journalism has exposed the communications among intelligence agents and cut-outs, ‘academics’, so-called ‘disinformation experts’ and supposedly ‘left’ journalists – including, most notably, emails in which the now openly pro-war hack Paul Mason outlined and charted which left outlets, including the Grayzone site for which Klarenberg writes, should be discredited and put out of business.
Klarenberg has also exposed UK plans to destroy the Crimea-Russia Kerch Bridge, the CIA’s recruitment of two 9/11 hijackers, abuse of the Official Secrets Act by Tory MPs. Mason’s bizarre non-denial of the emails included attempts to smear Klarenberg as a Putin asset. Social media platforms appear to have collaborated with state attempts to reduce the circulation of revelations about Mason, as Klarenberg’s colleague Max Blumenthal has pointed out:
During the more than five hour detention, police seized Klarenberg’s electronics and bank cards, fingerprinted him and took DNA samples – then quizzed him about his political views, his journalistic work with Grayzone and his sources for the leaked emails – none of which are remotely criminal and which are supposed to enjoy protected status under UK law. Klarenberg was also grilled, bizarrely, about his home rental arrangements, faced wild accusations-framed-as-questions about supposed links between Grayzone and Russian and was questioned about his views of Tory PM Rish Sunak.
Such abuses of power and trampling of human and journalistic rights are unlikely to receive journalistic scrutiny or meet parliamentary opposition in the UK’s blighted, one-party-two-rosettes political landscape, where the UK’s collusion with the US to extradite Wikileaks founder Julian Assange despite the disgraced US case against him has been resolutely ignored by both Keir Starmer’s notional opposition party and the entire so-called ‘mainstream’ media.
The UK moves ever nearer to outright fascism – and indeed in such actions it is already there. Solidarity with Kit Klarenberg, Julian Assange and all real journalists facing oppression and persecution in the UK and elsewhere.
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