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Oh, those wacky London Bobbies. Those police sleuths that gave birth to Scotland Yard, always considered a crack group of law investigators. Now I think they may just plain have cracked up.
Reading the story that follows, you'll see why. HuffPo:
LONDON (AP) — A spy whose naked, decomposing body was found inside a padlocked gym bag at his apartment likely died in an accident with no one else involved, British police said Wednesday — a tentative conclusion that is unlikely to calm conspiracy theories around the bizarre case.
Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt said the death of Gareth Williams, whose remains were found inside a bag in his bathtub in August 2010, was "most probably" an accident.
Okay, let's consider the facts of this accident for a moment. I'm no Sherlock Holmes so some "obvious" details might escape me. But others don't.
Start with the victim-- a spy.
Williams, a cyberwarfare expert, worked for Britain's GCHQ eavesdropping service and was attached to the overseas espionage agency MI6 when he died.
He's naked inside a padlocked gym bag? How'd he lock it on the outside while he was inside? And this gym bag was found in the bathtub. Did he hop himself home from the gym and try to shower without taking the locked bag off?
Is this starting to sound a bit bizarre to you?
Maybe in the spy world you have to learn all kinds of skills, but I doubt hiding out naked inside a gym bag and contorting yourself enough to lock it from the outside is on that syllabus. So based on what does Hewitt declare this incident is probably an accident? What was he doing in the gym bag, then, practicing some long lost Houdini escape illusion?
When does common sense take over an investigation like this? To borrow from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle through his Holmes character, The Sign of the Four, ch. 6 (1890) (Doubleday p. 111)
"when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains,however improbable, must be the truth? "
I think Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Hewitt better revisit this crime. He seems to be focusing on the impossible, rather than the improbable and he's missing the truth. I'm not alone in this thinking. A number of experts don't agree with his finding either.
The police verdict also disagrees with a coroner's inquest, which concluded last year that Williams had probably been killed by another person in a "criminally meditated act."
Hewitt defends his findings, saying there was no evidence that the apartment had been cleaned to remove forensic traces and nothing to suggest a struggle or a break-in. Yet at the same time, the police say that the lock on the gym bag had no prints or DNA that matched the deceased spy. So what did Williams, the spy, do? Did he wipe down his own prints from the lock, remove all the DNA and then make the cleaning rag disappear?
Maybe the part that the Deputy Assistant Commissioner doesn't understand is that if the late Mr. Williams was done in by another spy, perhaps the assailant knew not to leave any evidence behind or leave the place looking suspicious. Maybe he even wiped down the lock this dead man supposedly secured from the inside.
You gotta hand it to the Brits-- they sure know how to make an interesting mystery story a page-turner. If there ever was a case that called for the fictional Holmes sleuthing, this would definitely qualify. I think Commissioner Hewitt might be like Inspector Lestrade, in a bit over his head.
"Pip pip, ol' boy. Stiff upper lip, Lad. We'll eventually get to the tea twigs at the bottom of the kettle."
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I love music. And I love parody. When you mix them together, you can end up with with clever and witty, or stupid and sh##ty. Amanda Palmer is someone who can pull it off, as well as take it off as you'll see in this video.
If you don't know Amanda, suffice to say she has the voice of a Katy Perry and the attitude of a Janis Joplin or Bette Midler. She rose to fame as the lead singer in a group called "The Dresden Dolls." She grew up in my very own Massachusetts, so I can't help be be partial to her wonderful song stylings. She's the kind of girl I knew and went to high school with. She can and will say and do just about anything, so watch yourself.
She is clearly not a woman to cross. After the Daily Mail claimed she had "made a bit of a boob of herself" with a Glastonbury "wardrobe malfunction", the singer got her own little revenge by writing a song mocking this sexist, misogynistic rag.
Palmer proclaims during her performance below that "The Daily Mail clearly don't know who I am if they're writing a story about my breasts being exposed," pointing out that her "entire body had escaped" on stage in the past.
Amanda, you're my hero. You sure showed them, and us, how stupid it can be to write about the shock and horror of an unintentional flash of skin-- and you did it with the acrid bit of wit and intentional fun your fans have come to expect. I'm with you, sister. Thank you for such a fun, bawdy performance. As she point out, Mick Jagger can go without a shirt and they write about his concert and performance. She accidentally flashes a boob and all they write about it here boob. Well, now there's more to write about. Amanda makes a stand against debasing women -- and oh what a stand it is.
To most people, there is little doubt that the effects of global warming on our planet. The biggest nay-sayers are the GOP morons in congress. To them we're all Chicken-Little and we're yelling that the sky is falling. Sadly, it is. The are already concrete signs - in the last century the average temperature has risen around 1 degree Fahrenheit and sea level has increased nearly 2 inches. The greatest single danger, scientists warn, is that global warming will cause a dramatic rise in sea levels, flooding the world's most powerful cities under a catastrophic deluge.
How devastating will it be? The great folks over at Environmental Graffiti have generated some visual images, forecasting the not-too-distant future.
A global deluge threatens to engulf large sections of the world as a result of unchecked climate change. These effects will be to drown some of the world's most recognizable landmarks:
The Statue of Liberty in New York,
Tower Bridge in London
How about San Francisco:
And our very own capital, Washington D.C.
The amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere has steadily increased over the last century, largely due to large scale consumption of fossil fuels and other pollutants, increasing the amount of heat that is being retained in the atmosphere. This issue is set to dominate the opening sessions of the international climate change conference in Copenhagen this week. The meeting has been organised to set the agenda for this December's international climate talks which will draw up a treaty to replace the current Kyoto protocol for limiting carbon dioxide emissions.
You know, it wouldn't kill you to let your congressmen/women know how you feel about this issue-- though it might kill you if you don't!
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