The evidence in the story of Edinburgh mosque displaying "extremist literature", all over the news 2 months ago turns out to have been fabricated. By a "think tank" called Policy Exchange who are linked to a guy with a background in "political warfare", according to Spinwatch.
POLICE in riot gear were on stand-by in the city centre as protesters gathered ahead of today's Nato summit outside Edinburgh.
Around 20 demonstrators were in Rutland Square at breakfast time, close to the Caledonian Hotel, where many of the world leaders are staying.
They were faced with a similar number of police, who had arrived in three riot vans and erected steel barriers in front of the hotel. Defence and foreign ministers from eight countries are expected to discuss the latest situation in Afghanistan at the army headquarters at Craigiehall, near South Queensferry. UK Defence Secretary Des Browne and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates are among those at the day-long gathering. Mr Browne – who was the first to arrive at the summit – warned success in Afghanistan would need a "significant and concerted" international effort. The meeting comes two days after Prime Minister Gordon Brown set out plans to secure the long-term stability of the war-torn country while ruling out talks with senior Taliban leaders. Heavy security surrounded the Craigiehall base today, where around 25 more demonstrators had gathered this morning on a grass verge just off the A90. There was also a heavy police presence around Holyrood, and at Edinburgh Castle last night where former Scottish Secretary Douglas Alexander was attending a reception. The protesters in Rutland Square this morning were carrying banners with slogans including "Scrap Trident" and "Troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan". One eyewitness said: "The police were keeping them away from the hotel and they put fencing up around the street. There wasn't any trouble though." Many of the demonstrators were questioned by police last night after attempting to hand out leaflets in the Caledonian Hotel bar. A spokeswoman said they had gathered at the nearby Peace and Justice Centre to make banners, but became aware that the delegates were staying at the hotel. Three people went into the hotel bar while another eight were singing outside. They were quickly surrounded by police and asked to leave. Ahead of the summit last night, Mr Browne said: "Progress has been made in recent years and that is a great credit to the resolve of the Afghan government and the international effort. "But strategic success and the long-term security of Afghanistan can not be guaranteed without a concerted push." He said he had just returned from a four-day visit to Afghanistan where he had seen "tangible" progress. "But military power can only ever be part of the solution. We must build on our hard-won military gains and go further to help the people of Afghanistan to provide their own security, governance and economic development." But Australia's defence minister Joel Fitzgibbon was today reported to be planning to say his country would send no more troops to Afghanistan until European countries such as Spain and Germany step up their commitment. The meeting involves the eight countries with troops in the south of Afghanistan.
Around thirty protesters, including around a dozen cyclists, arrived just as the sun was rising. They set up near the NATO meeting in view of a dual carriage way, and at the Craigiehall entrance used by the military and political elite. Three separate groups of protesters wandered through fields and trees to within a stones throw of the buildings of Craigiehall military base. The night before, four anti-militarist campaigners entered the Caledonian-Hilton hotel where they hung a banner from the staircase, and handed out flyers in the foyer and bar. For a top secret meeting, security was lax; if there had been more time for organisation and more people involved a good deal more would have been possible. Protesters look forward to Edinburgh's full NATO summit in 2009.
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Police let show their lack of a plan for today's NATO summit on the outskirts of Edinburgh, not knowing quite what to do with activists found well inside their supposedly secure area.
Route Irish is a new movie from director eamon crudden. it follows the realisation and increased awarness of the U.S. governments covert operations prior and starting the war on iraq.
this film is very important as it shows the truth that was there even before the rendition scandal (which incidently was set off and contributed to by irish activists).
the film also documents the direct actions taken by activists (one of them a faslane peace camper at the time!! and scottish too.)as their outrage grew with knowledge.
About thirty people, amongst them a dozen cyclists, blockaded the main road to the NATO summit in Craigiehill this morning. There were no known arrests, but a heavy police presence including mounted police and dogs.
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