Saturday, March 7, 2009

Once again, great reading from Paulo Sargento

Satellites and Espionage

by Paulo Sargento*

Duarte Levy has published an article in ‘24Horas’ newspaper, on Monday the 23rd of February 2009, that many unsuspecting readers might think was a Carnival joke. But anyone who knows journalist Duarte Levy knows that, both in the ‘blogshpere’ and in the more traditional press, he is not a man to hide behind masks. Actually, that’s the very reason why, showing his face throughout the high quality investigation that he carries out, he has experienced a few misfortunes, just like Paulo Reis, Gonçalo Amaral, Hernâni Carvalho and others who, if it wasn’t for the excessive amount of events, on the same “targets”, and within particular time circumstances, one might state that these gentlemen share the common fact that… “they’re very unlucky”. Within less than 2 years, these men have experienced more flat tires, car hits, unjustified detentions, persecutions, computer hackings, cowardly dog assassinations, phone threats, computer viruses, anonymous letters, forbidden document translations, thefts, robberies, meetings with mediums and threats to their physical integrity, than they had suffered in their entire lives. Their ages lie between 40 and 50. But it took only 21 months for the number of “unpleasant” events to reach, for some of them, and within this time frame, occurrence rates that are 50 times higher than the probability that they occur with to any common citizen within an average 80 year life span. Amazing, isn’t it? And everything in silence and without (apparent) connections.

Well. Let’s return to Duarte Levy’s article and explore a bit of the subject that he treated notably.

I retained two central aspects: that the satellites were turned towards Morocco and the existence of “spies”.

Why did I retain the reply that the journalist was offered: “The satellites were all turned towards Morocco”?

Because this is a Mitchell Style reply. If we take a closer look at some of the questions and answers that appear, from a certain time onwards, in the Maddie case, we are faced with notable structural similarities, under the linguistic point of view (both in syntactical and in pragmatic terms). But, even more! While looking barbarously stupid, those questions or answers are absolutely contusing! Always! What do I mean? That they are obvious lies! Nobody believes that all British satellites (because they certainly don’t own just one, and as a matter of fact, the number of objects that circle the earth is becoming worrying, namely since recently two satellites collided) were turned towards Morocco. Why? Because apart from the technical problems that would arise, there would have to be at least
ONE acceptable justification for such an event. A State secret? This is where I state that the replies are contusing, despite barbarously stupid and appearing to treat us all as clowns (I beg the clowns, the real ones, whom I much admire, to forgive me).

How does one refute a State secret? Motives to point towards Morocco? Yes, of course! But they are top secret! And it had to happen in the 3rd of May 2007, of all days! What special event took place in Morocco at that point in time, for all of the satellites to be oriented into that location? As far as we know: NOTHING. NOTHING. But being a
State Secret, the stupidity acquires contusion.

This type reply is typical, just like the justification for G. McCann’s visit and so many others.

Allow me to say this: there probably is nothing that could be more irritating than to be
forced to accept the contusion of stupidity!

But, there was a mention of spies?

Apart from the simple technique of anonymity that is permitted by the ‘blogshpere’ but which an attentive analysis of the timings and the “grammatical styles” unveils, we have a far more powerful trap: a new form of counter-information – the “Streisand effect”.

The so-called
“Streisand effect” has often surfaced on the internet. In Portugal, we have a more parsimonious popular expression: “a cat hiding with its tail sticking out”.

So, what’s this so-called “Streisand effect”? This is a supposed effect that is produced when there is an attempt to censor something on the internet. In a simplified manner, given the structure, the number of people and the means that are available on the internet, if I want to prevent certain news from coming out, or if I try to censor it, the effect of said censorship is the exact opposite of what was intended, because it tends to replicate in every possible and imaginary manner, like some sort of cybernetic self-regulation.

But is it just us who know this? No! The “Streisand effect” is
Poison and Antidote, an old espionage recipe. Do you know why? Imagine that I try to censor a piece of news in order to render another one innocuous? Imagine that after one undesirable piece of news is at risk of spreading, I place two or three other placebo pieces of news (but booby-trapped as pseudo-censors)? Is this possible?

Can you imagine how often this has happened in the Maddie Case? Numberless times, and almost always under the shape of

See you around!

source: Câmara de Comuns blog, 25.02.2009

* Forensic psychologist, university professor, author and blogger

From Wikipedia: The term Streisand effect originally referred to a 2003 incident in which Barbra Streisand sued photographer Kenneth Adelman and for US$50 million in an attempt to have the aerial photo of her house removed from the publicly available collection of 12,000 California coastline photographs, citing privacy concerns. Adelman stated that he was photographing beachfront property to document coastal erosion as part of the California Coastal Records Project. As a result of the case the picture became popular on the internet, with over 420,000 people visiting the site over the next month.


Anonymous said...

Rosies Mole said ...

Comments from the J4 blog are in italics.

I think we have an anon with one liner questions aimed to stir rather than genuinely enquire.
Theyre in the right place then.There are nearly 1000 posts here and most of them are revolting insults. As Rosiepops said while she was in victim mode YET again:
Still someone should tell me what this has to do with Madeline and her parents.
So concerned about MadelEine and still cant spell her name.Naturally she wasn’t talking about the J4 blog but about someone else's.How blind can she be? The funny thing is that she wrote to Forumotion and said
I have no idea what goes on, on that blog or the other one. As you know I do not visit them, I find the level of intellect by the people taking part on those blogs to be on par with imbeciles and this just proves my point.
Imbeciles?Way above the J4 blog then.
The pathetic saps, there is no mole, they just picked something up that was on the blog. Brainless idiots.
How riled we are that someone on the forum isnt as adoring as you believed.Its OK to publish Viles Mole posts but not Rosies Mole?How typical of your hypocrisy.Maybe someone on the J4 forum is fed up with you telling people what to do and say.
But one thing you will not find on here, is a stupid woman who thinks it is fine to name her children and talk about their underage sexual exploits, taking place in another house without her present.
…us, who only have your children's best interests at heart

No you find a stupid man telling everyone about his daughter and then putting a photo up! Dylan used first names only. How easy will it be to trace any of her children?Vee hands out his full name, his location and a photo of himself and his family! You don’t have anyones children's best interests at heart IMO. It's just a game of power to you.
I just feel that a breakthrough is imminent, please do not ask me why, I have no idea why, I just feel it, so please can we band together, be strong and totally ignore the 3 A's, Vile's, Sky or wherever and whoever, on this forum?
This was taken from a PM sent to the J4 forum members. There are hundreds of comments on the blog "ignoring" the 3As, Viv's and Sky.Are people to band together, be strong and ignore on the forum only? This is all very confusing for forum members!
Come on Claudia, this is a direct challenge, publish the posts you say you have.
You post your PM from Forumotion to prove that the LennyH mail was a fake.You can't because it doesn’t exist. Am I right?You expect everyone to prove everything. When they do you say it is a fake, but you refuse to back up anything you say.
They have courted controversy and incited hate.
And the J4 blog does what?
Rosie doesn't visit that site easily, if Rosie visited there it was for good reason…
Rosie seems to adore the McCanns so much she has her own Clarence Mitchell, namely Tinks! LOL!

Cláudia said...

Hi, Rosies Mole.
Thank you. Interesting stuff, especially the communication with Forumotin on the PM about ignoring all other places. PMSL! It seems it was a impossible to resist, uh? :-)
TBH, I'm just happy she doesn't call her Margaret...
Keep them coming! :-)

Zetta said...

Poops said...

how fickle some people are when in the throes of jealousy
Por que razão é que aquela mulher estúpida acha que há alguém suficientemente desesperado para ter inveja dela?

Cláudia said...

Olá, Zetta!
Seria preciso ter uma vida muito infeliz, estar completamente sozinho no mundo e estar internado numa ala psiquiátrica para se ter inveja daquela criatura. Pessoalmente, acho que a mulher não é boa da cabeça.

Anonymous said...

Good morning all,

Thanks for the article Claudia, very mysterious goings on! I am sure, as they say tha DL would not have published it had it not had some substance to it.

Thank you Rosie's mole. I have never seen such hypocrisy in my entire life, I don't think! I also feel sure that ceratin people DO visit this blog. After all, that blog only exists to "discuss" "anti" blogs and I can't see there is any way to do that unless you actually visit the blogs. Of course they could just be making it all up, lol!

Hi Zetta :-)

Claudia, I am a bit better today, I think. I don't think this week can get any worse than last week, so here's hoping! Thank you for putting up with me this weekend. You are indeed a good friend to do that.

Dylan xxx

Cláudia said...

Hi, Dylan! Good morning!
Misterious indeed. The positive aspect is that some people have absolutely no intention to let the subject go.
Of course they visit (which I find natural, to be honest - unless they say they don't and they I see their IPs all over the place). What I find interesting is not the fact that they visit. It's the fact that they pay attention to our words and then use an entire blog to repeat them! It's an honour. :-)

I'm glad you're feeling better. :-) I didn't put up with you this weekend. Friends don't put up with each other. Friends are there. I'm sure this week will be better. But if, by any chance, it isn't, then you will still be screaming and kicking and putting up one hell of a fight. :-)

helmylin2 said...

Hi Cláudia,

apparently Gerry McCann is live on Sky News at 14:45.

by newperson on 10 Mar 2009, 11:26

weiss, you can watch it online here this afternoon (it will also go in the video archives on the website for 12 months so you can watch it at any time-not sure if you are outside the uk) ... ingId=3631
Last edited by newperson on 10 Mar 2009, 11:28, edited 1 time in total.
PR Spokesman

Posts: 9145
Joined: 15 Dec 2007, 13:47
Private message . Hopefully newperson dosen't mind me posting this here.

Apparently both Gerry and Kate have arrived at the studio. This might explain all the hostility over the weekend. I mean on the forums.


Cláudia said...

Hi, Helmy!
I'm not sure if they will be actually on Sky News studios. It's today the Gerry is supposed to give evidence on the Select Committee, so I take it Sky will boadcast it live.
There's no shame in this world! :-)
Let's wait and see.
Thanks for warning me, L.

Anonymous said...

Hi all,

My son-in-law (to be) has just shown me an article on what Gerry has said. Apparently Madeleine has been made a commodity by the press so that they could make money out of her! I could not believe what I was reading!

Gerry also said that the papers had been reporting that Madeleine had died in the appartment, thereby obstructing any search for her, when there is no evidence that M died in the appartment. I wish Eddy and Keela could talk! Also, I cannot see how hiring a firm of fraud investigators has helped in the search for Madeleine or not answering questions. If anybody is to blame for obstructing the search, I would say the onus is definitely on the McCanns. Anyway, when did they go and and search for her on 3/5/2007?

Dylan xxx

Cláudia said...

Hi, Dylan.
The hypocrisy is just unbelievable, isn't it? He should have been asked about who used the terms 'marketing ploy', the shameless creature. It's a shame he didn't do all he could and failed to convince his wife to answer 48 police questions and his little friends to show up for a reconstruction.
TB was right behind Gerry, almost breathing down on his neck. It made me ROTFLMAO!

nancy said...

Hi Claudia, I just left a comment but I think it went whoosh clunk!

Be back in the morning with my comments on today's press meeting.


Cláudia said...

Hi, Nancy.
You first comment seemed not to have come through.
I look forward to your comments in the morning!

Zodiac said...

Hi Claudia,

That was a borefest! After 45 mins I FW'd to the end. I do not have too much time on my hands as some at that meeting suggest I use my time wisely! Well what a pair of hypocrites they stopped looking at the Internet a long time ago said with a subtle smirk! Yeah that’s right they do not look at the Internet but want the bloggers Freedom of Speech to be taken from them whilst saying Freedom of Speech in a Democracy has to stand! Although only if anything that is to be written anywhere has to be run by them and only have a big mucka official stamp on it before it can be published! I did notice the body language of some of the people there to view this meeting suggested mind numbing boredom! Especially the young guy with the heavy coat and scarf behind CM to CM's right! I don’t think he stayed until the end! Well done Tony for getting a seat right behind them. Although it did not look like a packed house anyway! I did see G’s PR have peek over his shoulder at Tony and then he leaned over to say something to G. Hmm wonder what it was? G’s CR guy had a glance at Tony later on. I even heard whilst nodding off to sleep myself GM say M's safety was completely disregarded by the Media! Well you could not make this stuff up he and his wife leave their 3 children in a holiday flat with no supervision night after night. Go to the Tapas Bar for wine and food with their friends. Their eldest child asks them one morning, where were you when we were crying? What do they do? Go the Tapas bar again leaving the kids unsupervised open to all kinds of danger let alone abduction! The mother says to a friend whilst sitting in the Tapas Bar that she has left the door open as it's perhaps best that her then 3-yr-old child can get out and go look for her if she wakes up again and wonders where her parent's are! One of her other friends who has also left her 19 month old child in an apartment unsupervised, more safety conscious the apt is locked! Well this friend gets her hubby to go and check their child. The hubby has to check on their child as she feels uneasy about going to the apt because it is so dark in the so safe area that KM has said publicly if she thought for a second it was not safe she would never have left her children! Her friend who practises the same parenting style feels it is responsible parenting to leave her little one all alone also! The only people who disregarded the missing child’s safety, imo, are the missing child’s parents not only the missing child’s safety but the safety of the twins also. They chose to publish the child’s eye defect when advised not to. Is that not a disregard to the missing child’s safety?

Cláudia said...

Hi, Zodiac!
After reading your post, the only thing I'm able to say tonight is that they have lost contact with reality and any sense of shame.

Anonymous said...

Hi all,

Does anybody have a link to watch the McCann thing? I tried two versions, one posted by Joanna on youtube and one BBC news one but both appear to have been "wooshed"! Strange.

Dylan xxx

nancy said...

Hi Claudia,

Well said Zodiac! great post as usual and you said it all!

I couldn't believe the audacity of those two spin doctors, with Gerry flanked by his henchman either side, complaining about media coverage when they both court the media all the time, be it for their Fund top ups, for television interviews, newspaper ads for the safe return of Madeleine (Daily Mail), magazine interviews, you name it, they have done it and all in the name of publicity for Madeleine, but I think really to get those coffers filled up!

And what a pathetic lot those doing the questionning were - a couple just about gave the impression they didn't believe a word they said, but by and large they let them get away with hammering the press without asking them why they court it!

What we could do with is someone like Paulo Sargento, someone with a bit of gumption to say just what he thinks. At least Tony Bennett had the courage of his convictions to grab a seat right behind them!

I think our press are really scared of the untouchable McCanns and their surrounding bodyguards, because even if they do get sued, they make plenty of money by just putting Maddie's picture on the front page, so I don't think money is the problem.

Of course, their answer is that it's down to the editors, which I suppose it is, but surely reporters are allowed an opinion on a world wide case, otherwise what's the point of hiring them if they just have to go along with whatever the editor thinks!

I thought GM was very nervous at the start (and what about the hair dye),and he had every right to be, the hypocrite, and his ultra expensive lawyer most certainly was uncomfortable and going redder by the minute! Pinky enjoyed it all but then he would as he loves the limelight.

I see the Daily Mail printed it today, but I couldn't see it on the DX - haven't looked at the rest yet.

We'll no doubt see them all again on Maddie's 6th birthday with the usual publicity shots that they so detest!

Why wasn't Kate there I wonder -too busy reading the files still?

Have to go now - Nx

Cláudia said...

Hi, Dylan. I have two links, but none of them work for me either.
Try this one, Dylan:

Cláudia said...

Hi, Nancy!
I don't think I have anything to add to what you said. To be honest, the only thing I can say is that they have no shame whatsoever. And that I'm just glad my press isn't like the UK one.
Have a good day, Nancy.

Zodiac said...

Hi Claudia,

'that they have lost contact with reality and any sense of shame'

I agree Claudia, pity a poor child is suffering or has suffered because of their lack of morals!

Hi all,

The link below is the Jeremy Paxman interview (thanks to newperson 3 A's) imo GM stutters, blinks and squirms in this interview. ... 936305.stm

Cláudia said...

Zodiac, Madeleine deserved so much better.
Thank you for the link. I watched it yesterday and I struggled to watch it till the end.
HAve a great day.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the links Claudia & Zodiac.

Nancy, I'm having trouble opening mail at the moment, but I will open yours that you have kindly sent as soon as I've sorted it out!

Claudia, sent you a text today. Did it get through?

BBL to read all of the comments :-) Dylan xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi all,

Sorry to be a pain, either my PC is on the blink or odd things are happening! I tried the links and eventually got the you tube one to work of the interview with Paxman, but then it got stuck and when I tried again it said it was unavailable. The other one in parliament I cannot access at all. The media player appears but does not play anything. Also, all of the other McCann videos on youtube have been wooshed. If it's not my PC, what on earth is going on here?

I have now read back the comments though. I can't add anything as they are all very good, except that Misty on 3a's has coined Gerry's snarl/smirk as a 'Snirk' - lol! When I saw the snirk on the video, it reminded me of what my mother used to tease me with when I pulled a face, which was that it would stay that way if the wind changed direction! What a horrible thought in the case of Gerry's 'snirk'. The media would be running away to NOT print his picture or put him on the TV - hope that thought doesn't put anybody off of their supper ;-)

I find it so hard to believe that he can shun the very press and media that he courted in the first instance. You should never bite the hand that feeds you, and, IMO, that is exactly how the press feels now.

Have a good eve all, and I'll open your mail Nancy, as soon as hotmail will allow me to!


Cláudia said...

Hi, Dylan!
Had (I'm still having) a very looong day. I'm in the middle of a translation that I had to start after I spent 6 hours at work. Your text did not get through. I just emailed you.

nancy said...

Hi Dylan,

Sorry to hear you are having trouble getting the e-mails through! I hope you manage to get it sorted soon - it's so frustrating I know!

Wouldn't you like to have just knocked CM and GM's heads together at that press meeting! What a pompous and overbearing pair they are and have the cheek of the devil if you ask me to sit their running down the press - as you say biting the hands that feed them!

I imagine the media will get its own back on them all in their own way!

I wonder how many go along with the theory she is safe somewhere with a paedophile, which is what those arrogant parents would have us to believe. They must think we are all as stunted as they are.

When they first had counselling in PdeL they told the counsellor they thought Maddie was dead - it was he that changed their minds and told them to be more positive, so they were no different to the media in the beginning!

Very dull and grey today so I'm playing my Cuban CD and having a dance all on my own - in between looking at the blogs!

Catch you all later!


Cláudia said...

Hi, nancy!

"Wouldn't you like to have just knocked CM and GM's heads together at that press meeting!" ROTFLMAO!

Dance away, Nancy, and be happy! :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi all,

Think my emails are back up and running now, for all except attachments :)

Nancy, hope you enjoyed your dancing.

Claudia, tried to text and added the '+' this time, lol! Hope it got through.

Have a good evening.
Dylan xxxx

Cláudia said...

Hi, Dylan!
It still didn't get through. I have no idea what's wrong. Did it say it was sent? Are you sure the number is right? Can't see what's not working.

Anonymous said...

Claudia, I have no idea! I am guessing that the first 2 numbers are a country code. I know that usually the '0' is removed when this is put in front. Maybe I should put it back in?

I'll email you mine again. I think our CC is +44, but I'm not certain. I am so hopeless!


Cláudia said...

Dylan, I'll e-mail you in a minute.

Cláudia said...

Problem solved, Dylan! :-)

Anonymous said...

Olá Cláudia!
Tem email!

Hi Dylan
Hope you are feeling better!

Be careful, Rosie is being nice to you!

I am having trouble logging in!

Anonymous said...

Sorry, that should have been from me, Zettipops, I wasn't telling Zetta I couldn't log in!


Cláudia said...

Olá, Zetta! :-)
Will check it!

Poops and nice in the same sentence? Are you sure there was not a terrible chemical accident or something? :-)

Cláudia said...

Understood, Zettipops! :-)

Anonymous said...

Good morning all and hi there Zetta! I am feeling much better, thanks :-)

I did notice that PH-H managed to say something nice about Zodiac, however the nice bit was pre-empted (sp?!) by moralising clap-trap about what Zodiac believes happened to Madeleine. I think Zodiac did very well in her very polite answer to Viv, and she is also fully entitled to have her opinions. It is when people start to try to dictate to you what you should and shouldn't believe, that the "1984" "Thought crime", comes into play in a very scary way! I don't think that people's beliefs should be smothered, no matter what they pertain to. Good for Zodiac for sticking to her opinions in a calm and sensitive manner. I for one share her opinions and they certainly aren't "gory killing theories" as one person has suggested.

It seems that the Press will have their say in Parliament in the future and I'm really looking forward to hear what they have to say. As I've said before, you should never bite the hand that feeds you, and in the McCann's case, they would never have had all of those "brown envelopes" without them.

Rosie says that every penny of the fund has been used to find MM so how can we condone GA and TB for making money out of her? I would answer to that that this is blatantly untrue. The McCanns spent money on their mortgage out of the fund, and therefore they have used MM to line thier own pockets. They should have sold their house while they could, it is too late now that the house prices have plummeted. Also, the company that they hired to find her, specialised in fraud and not finding missing children, may only have been hired out of naiivety, I admit, however, more thought and research should have been put into the selection when Madeleine's safety is at stake and people's hard-earned money. (If she had been abducted). JMO.

have a good day all.

Dylan xxx

Cláudia said...

Hi, Dylan!
Glad you're feeling better.

That place doesn't say nice things. That place uses apparent nice things to suit their agendas e get at others. Theirs is a lost battle because they cannnot control what people think and in the end that is their aim. People do not have to ask their permission before thinking, speaking or writing. And the more they want people to think the way they do, the more people will tend to think differently.

I also applaud Zodiac's reply and politeness. People think whatever they want and should be able to express what they think. And fortunately there are many places where people can express their opinions. The good thing about the internet is that even if you feel you don't have a place to express yourself, you are free to create one.

This case hasn't been forgotten yet because people stand up and stick up to their opinions. I believe Madeleine McCann is dead and I believe Eddie and Keela reacted to her blood and 'scent of death'. I would be happy to be proven wrong (as I think all the people who believe Madeleine is dead would). But I will only be convinced otherwise if Madeleine is found alive. The fact that the McCanns keep repeating the 'There is no evidence whatsoever that Madeleine is dead or that she has been seriously injured' mantra means nothing whasoever to me. In fact, it makes me think exactly the opposite.
It seems the press is starting to change their behaviour. Let's wait and see...
I wish all the money had been spent looking for Madeleine. But that is not the truth. Mortgage payments, PR expenses and Media Monitoring expenses will never help find Madeleine. Their choice to hire M3 is laughable, but probably not surprising...
Have a great day, Dylan!