For those who don’t know, it is worth introducing Reid. A hardened Stalinist with a long term reputation for personal violence, at Stirling Univeristy he was the Communist Party’s “Enforcer”, (in days when the Communist Party ran Stirling University Students’ Union, which it should not be forgotten was a business with a very substantial cash turnover). Reid was sent to beat up those who deviated from the Party line.
From Craig Murray’s blog. You know, the Craig Murray that was booted out of the British civil service for kicking up a stink over us accepting Usbekistani evidence extracted by boiling people alive, like one might extract a stock.
“In the international arena, Reid, during his drinking days, fell into bad company in the Balkans with the Bosnian Serb mass-murderer Radovan Karadzic, who tops The Hague’s International War Crimes Tribunal list of wanted men. Reid has admitted spending three days in 1993 at a luxury Geneva lakeside hotel as a guest of Karadzic. “He used to talk to Karadzic, he admired Karadzic. He mistook the Bosnian Serb project as the inheritor of the united Communist ideal,” says Brendan Simms, a Cambridge academic and author of Unfinest Hour: Britain And The Destruction of Bosnia.”
From The Guardian, via numerous sources.
Now that the liquid explosive theory has begun to evaporate (too much acetone’ll cause that: it’s not easy stuff to mix in an aeroplane toilet) it’s suddenly safe to criticise Our Glorious Politicizer of the Security Forces again (no, not Sir Ian Blair), so everyone’s at it and I’ll join in. I can’t tell which I find the most reprehensible: the timing of his anti-human-rights speech shortly before the arrests (Rumsfield’s been doing this too) to gain political points; or his attempts to disturb due process of law by claiming the police had caught the “main players” (but if he gets his way we can have new legislation that mean his irresponsibility doesn’t utterly ruin any chance of a prosecution).