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Monday Matters Orlando Shooting 13 June 2016

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Jason has more reaction to those terrible events over in America as President Obama says the Orlando gunman, who shot dead 49 people at a gay nightclub, was a home-grown terrorist. Omar Mateen’s father has condemned his son – saying he’s “sad” but also “mad” about the attack.

We will hopefully cross live to Orlando and get the latest news and reaction.
After 9pm tonight we talk about another murder – but on British soil and one that happened over 30 years ago. Hilda Murrell was 78 and an anti-nuclear campaigner – when she was abducated from her home – stabbed and left to die in the Shropshire country side. Her nepher, former naval commander Robert Green – insists that she was killed by the state and or nuclear interested parties.

There is the latest music news and we may even hear from Nigel Farage who was in ‪#‎sittingbourne‬ ‪#‎kent‬ today.

The featured artist is Paul McCartney who turns 74 on Saturday – after 8pm we have 4 non-stop songs from the man with Wings.

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Orlando: Another Mass Shooting – LGBT targeted

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In the early hours of June 12, 2016, a gunman, who I’m not interesting in naming, walked into the gay night club called Pulse in Orlando, Florida and started shooting at a group of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered people – who were doing nothing but being who they were and enjoying themselves.

This was a direct attack on gay people, freedom, humans, love and a different way of life.  As a gay man in love with another man you are always aware that there are people who would hurt, damage or kill people like me – just because of who they love.  Attitudes to gay people have fundamentally changed in the UK since I was born in the late 1970s.  Hostility was very present in the 80s when gay bars started to spring up in cities, albeit usually in discrete and concealed places – until the 90s and 2000s when the gay movement stopped hiding and people like me felt comfortable being open about our sexuality at work and so rather than being some distant object of derision – we become up close and personal with our straight colleagues – who realised – we were just like them.

But we are still not in a world, or country where being gay is still acceptable across the board.  When a bakery can refuse service to customers who wanted a gay themed cake because it is ‘against their belief’ – backed up by Christian groups and media elements.  It demonstrates to gay people that although we have journeyed far – the route back to the dark ages of the 1950s when we were illegal, arrested and in-prisoned – isn’t as far away as we might like to believe.

On my Monday Matters radio show I spoke to gay radio presenter DJ Justice, who presents his show in Orlando and often visited  Pulse and lost people that he knew in the atrocity.

 

 

Andreas Lubitz from pilot to mass killer

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Today marks another sad day in the story of aviation as it was confirmed that 28 year old co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was the probable cause of Germanwings flight 4U9525 being deliberately flown into the French Alps on Tuesday with the loss of 150 people.

This tragedy comes as the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370), thought to have also of been through the deliberate actions of one or both of the pilots, is still fresh in our minds with questions still hanging in the air about how it is possible for a pilot to block entry to the cockpit of his fellow pilot?  Malaysia 370 also raised serious questions about how it is possible for all communications from a plane to be shut off – effectively cloaking the plane and making it invisible?

Given the advances in military listening technology – it is hard to believe that the final location of MH370 isn’t known to at least one intelligence gathering agency.  However, any country with this specific information may be unwilling to provide such detail as it would compromise their secret data gathering sources and point to specific activity happening in that area which they were monitoring.

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The big question arising from Germanwings flight 4U9525 and European air travel in general is why we allow one person to be left at the controls of an aircraft at anyone time? In America, at least, if one of the pilots is required to leave the cockpit – a senior steward is called to occupy that space – leaving two people in the cockpit at all times.  Why have we been so lax here in Europe? Why did so many people have to die for such an easy procedure to be put in place?

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What made Andreas Lubitz take the actions he did will be discussed, dissected and debated for years to come.  The fact he did what he did is not just unforgivable but also the worst possible final action that anyone could take.  To kill yourself is a personal tragedy, but to kill yourself and many others, whom have placed their full trust in you – is totally reprehensible and cowardly.

Andreas will never know the individual personal sorrow of the families of those who perished  nor face the consequences of his actions.  And maybe the media place too much focus on these killers.  Maybe the real focus should be on the victims – and not the perpetrators.  Do we need to know his name?  Do we need to see his face? What of his family – how much privacy are they now entitled to?

What of the checks that are done on pilots?  If someone is going through a difficult time which is causing them mental stress – what are checks and balances in place to spot such signs – but also, how are pilots treated who do suffer mental issues?  How does the industry treat them?

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Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin stated in a press conference that the blackbox audio recorder showed the Captain had left the cockpit, possibly to use the toilet, and was denied access when he returned.  It was during the absence of the Captain that Lubitz manipulated the flight monitoring system that put the plane into a descent. “The action of selecting the altitude could only have been done voluntarily,” Prosecutor Robin said.

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He then detailed how the flight commander was heard to tap on the door to demand for it to be opened and that several calls were made by the Captain to the co-pilot for access to the cockpit in which the Captain identified himself – but there was no response from the cockpit or co-pilot.  However, the co-pilots breathing was clearly audible and the inputs required to keep the plane on it’s continuing decent meant that the co-pilot was not incapacitated and was indeed manipulating the plane.

Prosecutor Robin added: “The control tower at Marseille, receiving no response from the aircraft, asked for a distress code, and the activation of the transponder for a forced landing. There was no response. Air traffic control asked other aircraft in the area for a radio relay to try to contact the Airbus. No response came.

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In further revelations about the last moments of the plane it was stated “Alarms went off signalling the aircraft’s proximity to the ground, and we heard the sound of violent blows as if someone is trying to force the door. Just before the final impact we hear the sound of an impact on the [rock] embankment. There was no distress signal, no ‘mayday, mayday, mayday’ received by air traffic control….I don’t think the passengers realised what was happening until the last moments because on the recording we can only hear cries in the final seconds.”

The fact this disaster has been caused by deliberate human action is probably the worst outcome of any possible reason.  One man’s decision has lead to such grief, anguish and hurt.  He may not be missed – but it is to the families of the dead who are sorely missed – that we have to give our thoughts to and feelings.  As I watch the news coverage – the focus has shifted from that of the victims to that of the killer.  Maybe we all have lessons to learn.

And, out of all possible circumstances that could bring a plane down – wasn’t this always a likely scenario?

Here is a video that details the workings of the cockpit door – which appears to be the barrier to the Captain being able to try and intervene forcing a different possible outcome.

ukip are MAD, but not as dangerous as the killers we keep!

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How is this possible?

The current coalition Government and their opposition numbers in the Labour party denounce UKip for the “racist” and the “dangerous” language they use when speaking on matters of immigration.  I wouldn’t wish to take this valid point away.

However, how well does our Government’s record stand up to scrutiny when it comes to the immigration status of the truly undesirables in the UK?

The UK political elite state that UKip’s protestations, that there are too many ‘immigrants’ in the UK, is nothing short of dangerous racism, yet at the same time – have allowed our courts to give ‘leave to remain’ to some of the worst murders and war criminals at large from around the world.

They seem not as affronted when a foreign killer of a few or many – wins the right to stay in Britain indefinitely – after claiming his human rights would be breached if he was deported.

Or when a mass murderer is allowed to roam our streets freely because to send him back to the country that seeks him – to answer for his crimes- may use capital punishment and to that end – we will not go.

I do not agree with capital punishment – but I agree even less with a murderer or someone connected with genocide escaping to our country and using our laws to hide the justice that seeks them.

I cannot comprehend what it must be like to know that the person who killed your family member (or family) is being protected by another country- that defends them that slaughtered your loved ones the “right to family life”?

Yet we have it here in the UK.

The test for our politicians is not just to point at UKip – accuse them of being racist and hope the problem will go away – but to look at the reality of modern day Britain and ask…

Who would you rather stayed in our country?

  • A mass murderer
  • A student whose visa has expired

Currently – if you are on a student visa which expires – we’ll grab you by the collar and throw you out on your ear and our courts won’t lift a finger to help! However, let us say you are a mass murderer…well, errrm… “Welcome To The United Kingdom”.

Here are just a few examples…

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Foreign war criminals ‘able to stay in UK’ 

Immigration judges block foreign killer’s deportation on ‘human rights’ grounds

IRA terror suspects told they would not face prosecution in ‘comfort letters’

Killers on our streets: 207 war crime suspects living in Britain including five ‘Nazis’

Britain home to nearly 400 war crimes suspects

100 war criminals apply for UK asylum in a year

 

Yet it takes years for us to deport known extremists and the only way we seem to get any kind of conviction is in a foreign court!

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Abu Hamza found guilty of terror charges in US court

Britain finally deports Abu Qatada

 

And if they are not mass murders – just ordinary people – they have even more of a struggle…

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Nigerian Lesbian Posts Video Plea For Asylum, Facing Death or Prison if Deported

19-year-old Mauritian student Yashika Bageerathi deported

UK decides to deport Indian girl’s entire family back to Mauritius despite protest

Community shocked as Sajid family is deported

Derry man Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh tells of wife deportation fear

 

Others just have to fight….

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FORMER British Army soldier Isimeli Baleiwai fights to stay in the UK

Najibullah Hashimi seeks help raising cash to fight deportation

Convicted boat race protester Trenton Oldfield fights deportation from UK after visa denied

Thankfully they won…but only after a BIG fuss….

Soldier given leave to remain in UK

Teenager ‘over the moon’ after winning deportation battle to Afghanistan

Boat Race protester Trenton Oldfield wins deportation case

I guess the question is – what are human rights in the 21st Century and does that apply to those who seek to evade justice?