• U.S. Blocks Former British Ambassador From Entering America to Honor CIA Whistleblower

    September 5, 2016

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    Posted in: Democracy, Embassy/State, Post-Constitution America

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    The United States over the weekend denied travel to a former British ambassador, Craig Murray, who was also a British diplomat for some 30 years, and is the author of several books.

    Murray has stood twice for election to the House of Commons. He was “honored” by being thrown out of Uzbekistan by its repressive government after risking his life to expose appalling human rights abuses there. He is not a terrorist and is not a social media jihadi. He has no criminal record, no connection to drug smuggling, and does have a return ticket, a hotel reservation and ample funds to cover his expenses.

    He is however seen as a threat to the United States.

    Ambassador Murray was headed to the U.S. this week to be Master of Ceremonies at an award ceremony honoring John Kiriakou, the CIA torture whistleblower. Kiriakou was the only U.S. government official to go to jail in connection with the torture program, and all he did was help expose it to the media. The event is sponsored by Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (of which I am a member.)

    Murray has also spoken in support of Wikileaks’ Julian Assange. Hmm. Might have something to do with this visa problem.

    No one has told Murray why he cannot travel to the U.S., though he has been here numerous times over the past 38 years. Murray learned of his travel bar when applying for the online clearance the U.S. requires of all “visa free” travelers. Murray was electronically informed to contact the State Department to see if he might qualify otherwise.

    Ambassador Murray was stopped by what the State Department and Homeland Security calls “a hit.”

    What happens is dozens of American intelligence agencies pour names into a vast database, which includes everyone from Osama bin Laden (his name has allegedly never been removed in some sort of reverse tribute) to the latest ISIS thug to all sorts of others who have little or no actual reason to be there, such as Murray.

    The likely salient part of the database in Murray’s case is called CLASS, part of the Consular Consolidated Database. It is the largest known data warehouse in the world. As of December 2009, the last time information was available, it contained over 100 million cases and 75 million photographs, and has a current growth rate of approximately 35,000 records per day.

    When one of those persons labeled a bad guy applies for entry or a visa to the U.S., the computer generates a hit. A hit is enough to deny anyone a visa-free trip to the U.S. with no further questions asked and no information given. Technically, the traveler never even officially knows he was “a hit.”

    Bang, you’re dead.

    If Murray chooses to follow the process through and formally applies for a visa to the United States, the State Department in London will only then examine the hit. In 99.9999 percent of the cases, all the State Department official will see in their computer is a code that says “Contact Washington,” officially a Security Advisory Opinion, or SAO.

    The State person abroad will most often have no idea why they are refusing to issue a visa, just that they can’t. They sign their name to a blank check of a refusal. They make a potentially life-altering decision about someone with no idea what the evidence against them, if any, is. The traveler of course has no chance to rebut or clarify, because they too have no idea what is being held against them. There is no substantive appeal process and of course everything in the files is likely classified.

    The “contact Washington” message triggers a namecheck process in DC that rumbles around the intelligence community looking for someone who knows why the U.S. government wants to keep Murray out of the United States next week. That process can take anywhere from weeks to forever, and taking forever is one strategy the U.S. uses when it just wants some troublesome person to go away. For politically motivated cases such as Murray’s, that is what is most likely to happen: not much. Murray may thus never learn why he cannot travel to the United States.

    That is what free speech (and free speech covers not only what people say, but what people, Americans in this case, in America may choose to listen to) is about in 2016.

    America is now afraid of people like Ambassador Craig Murray.

    BONUS: Murray has only been denied travel to one other country, Uzbekistan. Such is the company America now keeps.

    MORE BONUS: Those who think this is the first time the U.S. has used a visa denial to stop free speech, please see the case of scholar Tariq Ramadan, denied the opportunity to teach at Notre Dame. There have been many more such cases, albeit less mediagenic. This is policy now for America, not an exception.

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    • bloodypitchfork said...


      “For politically motivated cases such as Murray’s, that is what is most likely to happen: not much. Murray may thus never learn why he cannot travel to the United States. ”

      Why? Of course he knows why. Kiriakou caused a massive legality problem for the USG, notwithstanding exposing the depth of USG depravity. And ANYONE, who they can stop from helping him receive recognition for what he did… is dead meat as far as they are concerned.

      I’m actually surprised State hasn’t forced Glenn Greenwald and Laura Po, notwithstanding YOU… into exile, like the USG did to Jacob Appelbaum, among who knows how many.

      One thing is blindingly clear here. The USG isn’t a person. It takes PEOPLE, sick, psychopathic monsters with a streak of vindictiveness a mile deep, to target those who would make them look bad in the eyes of the world. And OBAMA is the worst. This vindictive war criminal has proven EXACTLY what he is, by prosecuting more people under the Espionage Act than all other Presidents combined in history. Meanwhile, lying through his fucking teeth about ..ahem..”the most transparent administration in history”. What a joke. Of course..let’s look forward..not backward.

      Excuse me while I puke.

      As for these “databases”.. at some point in time, peoples lives will be determined by which database you are going into when you are BORN. Mark my word.

      09/6/16 4:46 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Ps.. speaking of vindictiveness. Wait till Clinton is in the Whitehouse. She’ll fill the streets of DC with the blood of all those who have crossed her and Bill over the decades.

      09/6/16 4:50 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      Keep US updated, Peter. I assume Mr. Murray will apply for a visa to enter the US at some point. Probably one of Dick Cheney’s goons entered his name.

      09/6/16 8:06 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      American Unexceptionalism.

      09/6/16 8:55 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      Talked to my source in DS. Murray was blacklisted for the same “crime” that Kiriakou was found “guilty.”

      “Murray was removed from his post in October 2004, shortly after a leaked report in the Financial Times quoted him as claiming that MI6 used intelligence provided by Uzbek authorities through torture.”

      09/6/16 9:54 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      09/6/16 9:56 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      “He specifically drew attention to fabricated ‘intelligence’ obtained under torture by Karimov’s government, lapped up by the CIA and then fed to the MI6. Summoned to London several times and told ‘not to put such things in writing’, he persisted in criticising the British government for its tacit endorsement of torture as a means of attaining ‘dross’. (His public attacks on the government’s hypocrisy eventually led to his sacking.) While fighting Messrs. Straw, Blair, Rumsfeld, Bush and Karimov, Murray was also having a mid-life crisis of sorts — he left his wife and family for the hooker from the nightclub, and soon various embassies in Tashkent were having to make space on the guest list for the British Ambassador’s bellydancerCraig Murray’s tale is better known. His Murder in Samarkand is full of fascinating insider-detail on the complicity of the Blair and Bush governments to torture. The tawdry theme is now too well known to recount except in summary — aggrandizement of the Islamist Threat enabled each government to pick the pockets of its citizens. Karimov pulled in people randomly, tortured them till they confessed to anything that would play well in the NYT or the Times, and this information was convenient for Bush, Cheney, Blair and Co. in raising ‘threat levels’ to yellow/orange/red and stampeding their under-informed electorates into rubberstamping no-bid contracts for Blackwater et al.”

      Holy christ. The more I learn, the more I detest the USG.


      No wonder. This guy is DANGEROUS to the USG AND the British government. Because he knows the truth.

      Thanks Rich.

      09/6/16 10:32 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      oh… btw. No wonder he left his wife. 🙂

      09/6/16 10:37 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Oh, one other thing. On that page …down at the bottom, is a pic of one of the victims of torture. They boiled him alive. Too bad it wasn’t Cheney et al.

      09/6/16 10:41 AM | Comment Link

    • Helen Marshall said...


      Here ya go. He outed the Agency in Uzbekistan, of course he’s a threat. The article is by him.


      How long before everyone who comments on this article is on the List?

      09/6/16 11:09 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      09/6/16 11:14 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      “How long before everyone who comments on this article is on the List?”

      What? And give Peter more material for another book?

      The Times they are a changing.


      09/6/16 11:52 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      bloodypitchfork said:
      “No wonder. This guy is DANGEROUS to the USG AND the British government. Because he knows the truth.”

      OMG. He took the words right out of my mouth.



      “How long before everyone who comments on this article is on the List?”

      Well, I’m not worried. With my income, I can’t even travel 50 miles. Although, I’d bet we’re all on some list, some where. Just for commenting here.

      09/6/16 12:48 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      I appreciate links, and I saw them, but I can’t remember if I read them or not. USA USA USA …etc.

      09/6/16 1:01 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      I remember the band Men At Work. What is this “Menwith Hill Station” stuff?

      09/6/16 1:06 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      chuck said..”What is this “Menwith Hill Station” stuff?:


      09/6/16 2:04 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Wave multiple flags, and god bless us. Bonus questions: What is dog spelled backwards? What is Mom spelled upside down? Have a nice day!

      09/6/16 2:52 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Ok to close this moot subject with the breaking news that Obama will visit Laos where 80 million bombs America dropped failed to explode in its secret war. I doubt the war was a secret to the Laotian peasants but I’m wondering. If you round up all those bombs can they be returned to the manufacturer for a refund or at least credit for the next order? Maybe the manufacturer will say there is no proof they were actually dropped out of a bombay door but instead just pilfered from some armory of a despot. 80 million unexploded! How many did explode– “secretly” of course. 1 billion? Perhaps.

      09/7/16 11:55 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      I think to maximize return on investment, the U.S. will use social media to convince ISIS jihadis to travel individually to Laos and each retrieve one bomb and blow themselves up in place. This strategy will work as well as all others tried by the U.S. so far.

      09/8/16 11:28 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Update- the US dropped 250 million bombs over Laos – a 1 in 3 failure rate

      09/7/16 5:27 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      John Poole said…

      “Update- the US dropped 250 million bombs over Laos – a 1 in 3 failure rate”

      Hmmm..where was the Laos Chamber of Commerce to complain to? right.

      sheezusHfuckingcrist. 250 million bombs. Fuck. ..no…fucking Johnson/USG et al war criminals, including Helms/et al at th CIA. Someone should have shot that motherfucking, scumsucking psychopathic war criminal.

      Meanwhile, another scumsucking war criminal gets away with emailing totally SAP classified info to her best pal..


      Yes… another insane fucking day in the life of the USG, which hopefully will do itself in someday soon.

      09/7/16 6:57 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Pitch- Blumenthal was most likely first giving them to AIPAC. Street chatter is that Patrick Kennedy was the one behind Hillary’s decision to use a private server. He lies well! Or is it that no one in both of the faux parties cares anymore. “No one cares”- a line from the retired and despondent sheriff to Will Kane in HIGH NOON.

      09/7/16 7:18 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      After a 16,000 person petition to the State Department and letter writing and lobbying including by Jeremy Corbyn, Roger Waters and Daniel Ellsberg, Craig Murray was granted a 10 year US visa.

      Craig Murray: Following my initial refusal of ESTA clearance and the offer then withdrawal of help from the US Embassy in London, it is only fair to say that the staff of the US Consulate in Belfast could not have been more pleasant and helpful, and my “interview” lasted thirty seconds. It is however a disgrace and an insult that the US issues visas in Belfast but not Edinburgh.

      I will be going to Washington in a week to have the great honour to chair the presentation of the Sam Adams Award to John Kiriakou – the CIA agent who blew the whistle on waterboarding, and was jailed for it as part of the disgraceful Obama/Clinton War on Whistleblowers.

      09/19/16 1:12 PM | Comment Link

    • USA hindrar brittisk ambassadör inresa för att hedra visselblåsare | Anders Romelsjö på jinge.se said...


      […] Som bekant har Obama åtalat fler visselblåsare än någon annan president i USA. Då är det knappast någon överraskning att USA nyligen förhindrat den förre brittiske ambassadören Craig Murray att resa in i landet och hylla en visselblåsare. Peter van Buren och libertianen, läkaren och förre presidentkandidaten i USA Ron Paul skriver om detta, vilket jag översatt och något förkortat.Ron Paul. Ursprungsartikeln finns här […]

      09/28/16 10:00 AM | Comment Link

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