Sunday, October 18, 2009

Naughty, naughty Sunday Express

Satellite Clue to Maddie Kidnap

By James Murray

Home Secretary Alan Johnson is prepared to ask US spy chiefs for satellite images which may show the face of Madeleine McCann’s kidnapper, following intervention by the Sunday Express.

Hope of new progress came after it emerged Leicestershire Police never made a formal request to the Home Office for views of Praia da Luz on Portugal’s Algarve at the time the little girl vanished in May 2007.

The quality of pictures taken by satellites in space is now so good they can reputedly identify the colour of someone’s eyes.

Last night a senior source with the Portuguese police said: “We know US spy satellites regularly sweep over Portugal looking at military installations and government facilities.

“So we thought they might actually have images of Praia da Luz on the day of the kidnapping and the preceding days.

“We hoped spy images may have captured the kidnapper watching the apartment prior to the event or even on the day itself. Obviously, having a picture would have speeded up the apprehension of the offender.”

Yet more than two years after Madeleine was snatched no help has been forthcoming, despite early requests from senior Portuguese detectives.

The Portuguese source explained: “This was fully discussed with Leicestershire Police and officials with the British Government.

“We were confident of getting progress because of Gordon Brown’s interest in the case and this apparent special relationship between Britain and the United States.

“Your ambassador to Portugal even visited our officers soon after the kidnap.

“The bad news for us is that we got nowhere with this avenue of inquiry, which was both frustrating and infuriating.”

For, despite all the talk, nothing appears to have been done officially with the British government and the formal requests were never made.

Last night a spokesman for Mr Johnson said extensive checks within the security intelligence community had failed to discover any formal request ever having come to them through Leicestershire Police from Portugal.

However, he said that if a request were now made Mr Johnson would see whether he could offer any assistance in trying to persuade the Americans to become co-operative.

The issue appears so sensitive that Prime Minister Mr Brown may have to speak directly to US President Barack Obama in order to achieve co-operation.

The Sunday Express sought explanations for the extraordinary situation from the US government’s ultra- secretive National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

The agency’s lawyers are now considering a Freedom of Information request from the Sunday Express.

A spokesman for the agency said: “NGA does not provide imagery to private citizens or private companies. For reasons of national security we do not discuss specifics about what images we have or our capabilities.”

Private investigators working for parents Kate and Gerry McCann, who live in Rothley, Leicestershire, have also tried to access US satellite images, but with no success.


source: Sunday Express, 18.10.2009


By James Murray

Home Secretary Alan Johnson is prepared to ask US spy chiefs for satellite images which may show the face of Madeleine McCann’s kidnapper, following intervention by the Sunday Express.

Hope of new progress came after it emerged Leicestershire Police never made a formal request to the Home Office for views of Praia da Luz on Portugal’s Algarve at the time the little girl vanished in May 2007.

The quality of pictures taken by satellites in space is now so good they can reputedly identify the colour of someone’s eyes.

Last night a senior source with the Portuguese police said: “We know US spy satellites regularly sweep over Portugal looking at military installations and government facilities.

“So we thought they might actually have images of Praia da Luz on the day of the kidnapping and the preceding days.

“We hoped spy images may have captured the kidnapper watching the apartment prior to the event or even on the day itself. Obviously, having a picture would have speeded up the apprehension of the offender.”

Yet more than two years after Madeleine was snatched no help has been forthcoming, despite early requests from senior Portuguese detectives.

The Portuguese source explained: “This was fully discussed with Leicestershire Police and officials with the British Government.

“We were confident of getting progress because of Gordon Brown’s interest in the case and this apparent special relationship between Britain and the United States.

“Your ambassador to Portugal even visited our officers soon after the kidnap.

“The bad news for us is that we got nowhere with this avenue of inquiry, which was both frustrating and infuriating.”

For, despite all the talk, nothing appears to have been done officially with the British government and the formal requests were never made.

Last night a spokesman for Mr Johnson said extensive checks within the security intelligence community had failed to discover any formal request ever having come to them through Leicestershire Police from Portugal.

However, he said that if a request were now made Mr Johnson would see whether he could offer any assistance in trying to persuade the Americans to become co-operative.

The issue appears so sensitive that Prime Minister Mr Brown may have to speak directly to US President Barack Obama in order to achieve co-operation.

The Sunday Express sought explanations for the extraordinary situation from the US government’s ultra- secretive National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

The agency’s lawyers are now considering a Freedom of Information request from the Sunday Express.

A spokesman for the agency said: “NGA does not provide imagery to private citizens or private companies. For reasons of national security we do not discuss specifics about what images we have or our capabilities.”

Private investigators working for parents Kate and Gerry McCann, who live in Rothley, Leicestershire, have also tried to access US satellite images, but with no success.


source: Sunday Express, 18.10.2009


By James Murray

Home Secretary Alan Johnson is prepared to ask US spy chiefs for satellite images which may show the face of Madeleine McCann’s kidnapper, following intervention by the Sunday Express.

Hope of new progress came after it emerged Leicestershire Police never made a formal request to the Home Office for views of Praia da Luz on Portugal’s Algarve at the time the little girl vanished in May 2007.

The quality of pictures taken by satellites in space is now so good they can reputedly identify the colour of someone’s eyes.

Last night a senior source with the Portuguese police said: “We know US spy satellites regularly sweep over Portugal looking at military installations and government facilities.

“So we thought they might actually have images of Praia da Luz on the day of the kidnapping and the preceding days.

“We hoped spy images may have captured the kidnapper watching the apartment prior to the event or even on the day itself. Obviously, having a picture would have speeded up the apprehension of the offender.”

Yet more than two years after Madeleine was snatched no help has been forthcoming, despite early requests from senior Portuguese detectives.

The Portuguese source explained: “This was fully discussed with Leicestershire Police and officials with the British Government.

“We were confident of getting progress because of Gordon Brown’s interest in the case and this apparent special relationship between Britain and the United States.

“Your ambassador to Portugal even visited our officers soon after the kidnap.

“The bad news for us is that we got nowhere with this avenue of inquiry, which was both frustrating and infuriating.”

For, despite all the talk, nothing appears to have been done officially with the British government and the formal requests were never made.

Last night a spokesman for Mr Johnson said extensive checks within the security intelligence community had failed to discover any formal request ever having come to them through Leicestershire Police from Portugal.

However, he said that if a request were now made Mr Johnson would see whether he could offer any assistance in trying to persuade the Americans to become co-operative.

The issue appears so sensitive that Prime Minister Mr Brown may have to speak directly to US President Barack Obama in order to achieve co-operation.

The Sunday Express sought explanations for the extraordinary situation from the US government’s ultra- secretive National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

The agency’s lawyers are now considering a Freedom of Information request from the Sunday Express.

A spokesman for the agency said: “NGA does not provide imagery to private citizens or private companies. For reasons of national security we do not discuss specifics about what images we have or our capabilities.”

Private investigators working for parents Kate and Gerry McCann, who live in Rothley, Leicestershire, have also tried to access US satellite images, but with no success.


source: Sunday Express, 18.10.2009

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am not actually sure how to interpret this piece in The Express. By actually stating that the satellite may have images of the abductor cements the abductor scenario and I suspect no images will ever turn up. The reason being that such images might not be comfortable for some and would prove that there was no abductor. It is strange that the LP never requested the images or at least asked if there were any? That speaks volumes to me. One would think that such images would be the first thing to obtain after all CCTV is now regularly used in solving crime and satellite is even better. IMO this case is supposed to stay unsolved.

Cláudia said...

Hi, anon.
But wouldn't we all love that those satellite images existed and were made public? After all we want the truth and those images can only show the truth. I'm sure the McCanns would be the first to demand such images to be asked for and used so the culprit(s) are found and punished. ASAP.
:-)

Anonymous said...

Yes Claudia,
I agree. I thought of another permutation in that it might be a warning to team McCann to shut up now and stop the circus or else the satellite images might turn up which might be very uncomfortable for some?

Cláudia said...

Not for the McCanns, certainly, anon. They just want the truth, like all of us, right?. No stone unturned, remember? No satellite image unseen, I say. ;-)
I remember Gerry going to the USA to do all he could to find his daughter. I'm sure he will gladly return to demand those images are given to the competent authorities. And he will certainly also pressure his government to ask for those images. Why not ask for a meeting with Obama and show him some wristbands and t-shirts to convince him? :-)
xxxx

Gina said...

Anon ..."It is strange that the LP never requested the images or at least asked if there were any? That speaks volumes to me."

Anon, I am fairly sure that both the Portugese & British police asked for these images and were told the satellite was directed towards Morocco at the time. What I am not sure of is who actually asked. By that I mean, did the police have to make the request to their government, who would them make the request. If that is the case then I become totally unsure whether the question was ever raised and for what reason it was never persued more strongly before now.

Cláudia said...

Hi, Gina.
As far as I know the Portuguese police asked for those images and got nowhere. But if the big shots ask...
xxxx

nancy said...

Hi Claudia -

Have you got your Everton T shirt ready to wear at the match?

A nice little earner for the Madeleine Fund if the Everton Club paid for all the thousands to be handed out freely at the airport and game eh?

Not very good advice by their PR company in Portugal - especially if Everton win - I can see a few Portuguese fans being a bit miffed with whoever thought up this stunt!

How low will this couple stoop in the name of Madeleine - she is nothing but a wallet loader for them now.

They should do something concrete like pressing for the case to be reopened and answer the PJ's questions if they really want to find Madeleine - that would be a bit towards leaving no stone unturned!

JUSTICE FOR MADELEINE!

nancy said...

Hi everyone -

Martin Brunt's latest blog on Sky (also on the McCann Files and Joana Morais) indicates that his patience is running out with the lack of co-operation of the Leicestershire Police, who seemingly weren't available to answer any of his questions when he rang them! That must be catching - exactly what Kate McCann failed to do for the PJ's!

I begin to doubt the LP's have any intention whatsoever of looking more deeply into Madeleine's disappearance - a bit like Gordon Brown's latest response when sent a Petition asking for the case to be reopened. He puts the onus on the PJ's of course, when really the onus is on the parents to insist on it.

Cláudia said...

Hi, Nancy!
God to read you!
Haven't got my Everton T-shirt, Nancy. But if I was going to the match, I would take an original T-shirt with Kate, Gerry and Clarie's face on it and below a middle finger up in the air. :-)
MON: And e a lot in common. Neither like answering questions. :-)
Hope you're ok.
xxxx

Gina said...

Seems like things are not going entirely to plan. I have no problem with people doing what they can to find a missing child but I have always had a problem with so much attention being placed on just one child. Maybe the fans should also consider wearing shirts of other missing children too.

Campaign by Everton Restricted

The campaign for Madeleine McCann that the Everton team wanted to do today at the Luz Stadium in the match against Benfica was restricted by UEFA .

The governing body of European football banned the use of allusive t-shirts by the English players and the passage of the girl's picture on the screens of the stadium. It is because of this decision that the campaign will be limited to the stands, where the fans of the English club can use t-shirts saying: "We're still looking for you."

Cláudia said...

Hi, Gina.
Just saw the news. Thanks.
Yes, I agree. The people in UEFA are certainly not stupid. Their mission is to avoid problems, not create them...
xxxx

Gina said...

Hi Claudia,

I know I may appear mean saying this but I am glad UEFA have taken this decision as my heart has always gone out to parents of other missing children who must wonder by now why M gets all the publicity when their child has to rely on missing persons organisations. I am sure some will argue that it is because the McCanns have campaigned much harder to ensure M stays on people's minds but I would argue back, that normal parents would not have known how to set up a media circus and marketing campaign so quickly and even if they did they would have been too devasted to even think about that side of things at the time. I think most people would have called the police first, started searching and left their mobile free to receive calls from friends also searching if they had any news. Not the McCanns it seems. Guilty or not they are defination the "odd couple" and as thick skinned as a rhinos bum

Cláudia said...

Hi, Gina.
They are the ones who caused people to feel the way they feel. People are entitled to feel the way they do. I despise them, their parental choices, their refusal to take responsibility for their parental choices and what they stand for. I find them repulsive. Quite simple, really.
As for Everton, the game is almost over and they will bring 5 to the UK. 5 - 0, I mean. :-)
xxxx

Gina said...

Claudia I never watched the match, did you notice loads of supporters wearing the T shirts for M, or were they wearing what they normally wear.

To be honest if it were my child I would not want to run the risk of a T shirt ending up on the back of someone in a match brawl. I know not everyone who goes to football matches is a hooligan but it only takes one to get the T shirt noticed on TV but in a disrespectful manner and that would only go to demonstrate that the shirt was worn because it was free not because the wearer cared. Some people just cannot think outside the box can they.

Cláudia said...

Hi, Gina.
I agree with you. Too risky.
I spotted very few people wearing T-shirts but it's difficult to talk about numbers because they were only in the stands and the action was in the field! :-)
xxxx

Zodiac said...

Hi Claudia and all,

Ernie Allen told the parents of the missing child, featured on the Everton T-Shirts, on the Oprah show in May 2009 that using a picture that was two years old was not good enough. Five months later and that image is still being used! Why?

Cláudia said...

Hi, Zodiac.
Maybe they're distracted with more important things...
Hope you're ok. :-)
xxx

nancy said...

Hi Zodiac -

Maybe they are still using the younger photo of Madeleine because they know that a young Madeleine will get a more sympathetic response than an older Maddie, and they will receive more donations for their ever depleting (or so they tell us) Fund!

It would be interesting to know just how many they sold at the game though.

Everything is about money for the McCanns. Gerry said on one occasion that losing Madeleine was as bad as finding out there is no money in your bank account when a university student. She really comes high in his priorities - NOT!!

nancy said...

Hi Claudia - I hope you are well!

I'm sure you will agree that it's disgraceful the way Goncalo Amaral is being treated by the authorities in Portugal, having his book banned, as well as his profits from the book hijacked! I thought it was only our country that was doing its very best to make sure his lips are sealed, but it seems to be his own country where he is being persecuted too. I feel very sorry for him and his family and hope that things turn round for him, and the McCann's get their come uppance if it ever gets to trial. I don't hold out much hope though because it seems they can do no wrong.

Cláudia said...

Hi, Nancy.
Good to read you.
Been away because I have been busy and still dealing with some family issues.
The only thing I know for sure is that Mr Amaral is a strong man, The other, I don't know for sure, but I strongly believe in it: karma.
xxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi all,

It seems I have been away for a long time and yet nothing ever changes with TMcC does it?

They have had some fairly obvious choices for 2 and a hlaf years now and yet, have opted to ignore them. Like lie-detector tests, satellite back-up photos, reconstructions....the circus must go on it appears! This is why I got so fed-up of it all. The public is never told anything and the McCanns never do anything to help find their daughter but the majority of the public is dimly aware that they did something and will carry on believing that they want to find her. Sad!

Hope you are all well.

Take care,

Dylan xxx

Cláudia said...

Hi, Dylan.
I'm ok, thanks. Still dealing with family issues. Hope you're well.
I understand you perfectly. It's not only you who feels that way, Sometimes I do too and feel like forgetting all about this whole sorry mess. I don't think there is much left to do for Madeleine and I couldn't care less about the ones who put her in this world.
xxxx

Gina said...

Hi all

Dylan I know how you feel. I am sure that most people who have not read as much as we have about the case just feel sorry and get on with their lives. Many are totally unaware that there are two sides to this but they are not given both sides to consider. It seems totally unfair to me that the media can bring so many people into this based on all the "sightings and information" supposedly received, and then after pulling them to pieces just move onto the next victim. The list is endless! Now the latest is a guy who supposedly said he took Madeleine to order and again 2 years on someone mentions this. Then we have all the sueings, Amaral being the latest victim. No interviewer or paper has ever had the courage to ask the McCanns why they have never really helped the police etc etc.

I don't know how, but it should be stopped once and for all

Cláudia said...

Hi, Gina.
Couldn't agree more.
I just hope one day it will stop. And if that happens, then what a huge fall it will be.
xxxx

Gina said...

Claudia, I do not know if you can answer this, but I am really confused. I understand that Amarals book was banned by a Portuguese judge (not sure why but that is another story) and as far as I can see Amaral has not published it anywhere else since that ban. So why have his assets been seized and who gets those assets?

Also I thought the McCanns just wanted the book banned and they seem to have got their way, but I now read they are sueing Amaral for writing it. Can they do that and get away with it? He was a private citizen when he wrote it and was giving an opinion on an unsolved case he worked on. I do not know if his presumptions were correct but surely someone cannot sue another person for giving their views if they are unable to prove themselves that those views are untrue (if you see what I mean)

Cláudia said...

Hi, Gina.
The judge banned the book (it is in fact a temporary injunction, not a decision) without hearing the arguments from the other side (Mr Amaral) and the process was done in secrecy. This gave Mr Amaral two reasons (and two different deadlines) to appeal. Appeal against the injunction itself and appeal against the fact that the injunction was granted without Mr Amaral's side being heard.
As for the assets, they haven't been seized in the sense that someone is going to keep them. They have been frozen so Mr Amaral can't sell them or transfer them to guarantee that he has assets/money to pay the McCanns in case they win the court case. As for suing, anyone has the right to sue whoever they wish. They just have to win a court case. And court cases sometimes are long, dirty battles where many things get out in the open.
xxxx

Gina said...

Thanks for that Claudia. Have you read this ( a completely different, bold statement of how and when Madeleine died)

http://gerrymccan-abuseofpower-humanrights.blogspot.com/2009/08/national-security-lawyerbarrister.html

No wonder we get confused, so many people are sticking their necks out and putting their names to these statements

Cláudia said...

Hi, Gina.
I had hard of that person's theory. A nut, if you ask me. He makes the craziest conspiracy theorists look the sanest people on Earth. But that's just my opinion. :-)
You are very welcome!
xxxx

Gina said...

Yes I agree, possibly a nut, but I find it amazing how people are prepared to say such things when they know they are playing with fire.

I also find it odd he is not on the "sue list" because I thought one of the reasons for sueing Amaral was because the McCanns did not like statements that M was dead

Cláudia said...

But Gina, the nut thinks that Madeleine was abducted from her bed and murdered because of a huge international conspiracy and doesn't think it's particularly important to mention the Madeleine and her twins brother and sister were left alone to fend for themselves. In short, he thinks the McCanns have been the victims of a horrible crime. Why would they sue him? Especially because they have also admitted that Madeleine may be dead. In fact, very early on they even asked for that South African 'specialist' to go to the Algarve and look for Madeleine's body. I think they don't mind nutters like that. :-)
xxxx

Gina said...

I thought the McCanns said that if people are told M is dead they will stop looking for her. IMO if that is the case, if they sue amaral for saying it, then they will have to sue this guy too. Or is this just a personal vendetta. If it is then we can see where their priorties are and it is therefore not surprising why they are not liked by many people. Never before have parents of a missing child been able to turn a tragedy into a farse

Cláudia said...

Can't disagree with you there, Gina. :-) At all.
xxxx

Gina said...

I have always tried to see this from both sides, but it seems that the McCanns can't do that.

Off to bed, have not finished what I was suppose to be working on so I will have to tell a lie about the truth in order to buy more time :-) nite

Cláudia said...

:-)
Sleep well, Gina.