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A bit ‘o Barbados history: Walter Tull, first black British Army officer died at Somme Valley, France 1918

Walter_Tull

“There were military laws forbidding ‘any negro or person of colour’ being commissioned as an officer, despite this, Walter was promoted to lieutenant in 1917.”

Royal Mint to issue coin to honour the first black British Army officer

Walter Daniel John Tull was born on April 28, 1888 in Folkestone, Kent, England – the son of Barbadian carpenter Daniel Tull and Kent-born Alice Elizabeth Palmer. Orphaned at about seven years old, he was raised in an orphanage. The start of World War I found Tull doing quite well as a professional footballer, but he volunteered to serve and in 1916 fought in the Battle of the Somme, rising to the rank of Sergeant.

You have to understand that a negro/person of colour was not allowed to command white soldiers, but because of the need and Tull’s talent and earned respect, he was placed in charge of white soldiers and eventually promoted to lieutenant.

Tull was machine gunned to death on March 25, 2918. According to reports, several of his men (white soldiers all) tried to recover his body but could not due to the battle. His body was never found and Tull remains on the field of battle with thousands of his comrades.

There are efforts to recognize Walter Tull with a statue or a belated medal, but perhaps the best recognition is for Bajans to tell his story to others.

For the interested, here is where you can find a little more depth and details…

Wikipedia: Walter Tull

Walter Tull Sports Association: Who is Walter Tull?

The Guardian: Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British army, to feature on £5 coin

Our thanks to our old friend Christopher for reminding us of Walter Tull.

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Model airplanes master builder discovered!

Battle of Britain Bf109E

The Art! The Art!

Okay, okay, so I’ve gone overboard on the title, but the fellow who runs the Amateur Airplanes blog does some fine fine work.

Look at that battle weary Bf109 Emile above and the detail on the F100 Super Sabre cockpit below.

You know I love airplanes – big, small, real, homebuilts, warbirds and models – so when I stumbled onto Amateur Airplanes I lost a half an hour just flipping through the projects and comments. There’s no word on who this chap is, but you can see the dedication and talent – and he has over 1,500 followers.

I don’t see a DC-3 like the old one I learned to taxi with at Druxford, but this modeller could duplicate every ding and oil streak. All I’d need would be the smell of air petrol, oil and metal – and to hear the tinks as the big old P&Ws cooled. The only additions I’d like to see on his blog would be a search function in the menu, and perhaps a tag list of aircraft types and model kits.

If you enjoy airplanes, you’ll enjoy a tour of Amateur Airplanes.

10/10

Robert

F100 Super Sabre Cockpit

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Saint Vincent’s very own Gestapo: The Vincention Mongoose Gang

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“Why would heavily-armed men who are dressed for jungle warfare, be used to carry out police functions in a metropolitan city?”

“Just a political force carrying out its political orders to cause as much panic and fear as possible, while showing the regime’s might to opponents.”

by Peter Binose

Are men dressed in army jungle warfare dress – men who carry no identification on their tunics or jackets, no numbers, no names, no ranks – considered police officers?

Or, are they military officers? Whatever they are called they are a political army, answerable only to this current Marxist led regime.

Why would such men, carrying loaded weapons by way of automatic pistols in hip holsters under their tunics, be used to carry out police functions in a metropolitan city when they are dressed for jungle warfare?

Why?

Why does Saint Vincent need an armed paramilitary force, a force who frighten and brutalise Vincentian people if not physically, certainly mentally? Clad in military uniform, sometimes carrying armed assault rifles, ready to fight a jungle war in Kingstown. What are we coming to? What has this communist led regime done to us? Continue reading

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Afghanistan: America’s and Britain’s latest Vietnam

As the West prepares to ‘Exit with Honour’ from Afghanistan, it is difficult to remember why we were there

Can anyone tell me what has been accomplished by over ten years of American and British boots on the ground in Afghanistan? The Taliban is poised to retake control where they don’t already run things and by all accounts the Afghanistan government and people are ready to let it happen. Women are still treated like dirt – with child brides being bought and sold as a normal practice. According to Medica Mondiale and UNICEF, 57 per cent of Afghan females are married under the age sixteen without their consent, with girls as young as eight and nine being taken as wives by 50 year old men.

And the west is not even talking about the resurgence of Bacha Bazi – the infamous tradition of dressing boys as girls for use as ‘entertainment’ by older men. Sexual abuse of children is a cultural norm that our leaders seem to tolerate – just like they tolerate other Afghan cultural norms such as child brides, the mutilation of women and the continuing abuse, rape and murder of non-Muslims living in Islamic societies.

Islam is enshrined as the state religion in the ‘new’ Afghan constitution. Bibles and other non-Muslim religious texts are forbidden in the country and people have been sentenced to death under the ‘new’ government for leaving Islam, or insulting Islam or the Muslim prophet Mohammed. Anyone who converts to Christianity is sentenced to death by the government courts.

What outcome were we looking for? What is the definition of ‘victory’ in this war? How will we know it is time to leave? Why not now? What will change in another six months or two years?

Last weekend as I dug through an old box of Dad’s things, I came across a thirty-five year old softcover book: A Rumour of War by Philip Caputo. A “Hatchards, Piccadilly, London” card was inside, I presume as a bookmark. I smiled and started reading. Three hours later when I looked up the sun was gone and I hadn’t moved.

From the first page, all I could think about was Afghanistan. I’ve typed out the first page and a bit for you – if you want more you’ll have to buy the book…

In thy faint slumbers I by thee have watch’d And heard thee murmur tales of iron wars…
~ Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 1

This book does not pretend to be history. It has nothing to do with politics, power, strategy, influence, national interests, or foreign policy; nor is it an indictment of the great men who led us into Indochina and wholes mistakes were paid for with the blood of some quite ordinary men. In a general sense, it is simply a story about war, about the things men do in war and the things war does to them. More strictly, it is a soldier’s account of our longest conflict, the only one we have ever lost, as well as the record of a long and sometimes painful personal experience.

On March 8, 1965, as a young infantry officer, I landed at Danang with a battalion of the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, the first U.S. combat unit sent to Indochina. I returned in April 1975 as a newspaper correspondent and covered the Communist offensive that ended with the fall of Saigon. Having been among the first Americans to fight in Vietnam, I was also among the last to be evacuated, only a few hours before the North Vietnamese Army entered the capital.

Although most of this book deals with the experiences of the marines I served with in 1965 and 1966, I have included an epilogue briefly describing the American exodus. Only ten years separated the two events, yet the humiliation of our exit from Vietnam, compared to the high confidence with which we had entered, made it seem as if a centre lay between them. Continue reading

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Coastal Dawn: New book features Bajan RAF ace Aubrey Richard de Lisle Inniss

‘Coastal Dawn’ also includes Battle of Britain Jamaican Pilot Officer Herbert Capstick

by Andy Bird, author ‘Coastal Dawn’

Dear Barbados Free Press,

Pilot Officer Aubrey ‘Sinbad’ Inniss – of No 236 Squadron in 1940 will feature in a forthcoming book entitled “Coastal Dawn” to be published this July 2012, by Grub Street Publishing, London.

“Coastal Dawn” will also feature the only Jamaican to take part in the Battle of Britain, Pilot Officer Herbert Capstick also flying with No 236 Squadron.

From Amazon.com booksite

In 1940, the defence of Great Britain rested with a handful of volunteer aircrew, Churchill’s ‘few’. Overshadowed in later folklore by the more famous Spitfire and Hurricane pilots, there were other pilots, observers and air gunners – just as courageous – flying the Bristol Blenheim MKIV-F. The future of the country and arguably that of the free world depended also on their skill, morale and sacrifice. Remarkably little has been chronicled of these men and their aircraft – the ‘Trade Protection’ squadrons formed by Hugh Dowding – allotted to 11 Group in October 1939. The aircraft’s range and endurance made it suitable for defence of coastal shipping against attack on the southern and eastern shores of Britain, and for operations further afield. Indeed during bitter fighting casualties among Numbers 235, 236, 248 and 254 Squadron Blenheims were high on operations over Norway, Holland, France, Dunkirk and then the Battle of Britain where the Blenheims were completely outclassed by Messerschmitt 109 and 110 fighters and fell easy victims, scythed from the sky. But the record of the aircraft and their crew was an immensely proud one. Drawing on contemporary diaries, periodicals, letters, logbooks, memoirs and interviews with survivors, lauded historian Andy Bird reassesses the vital role they played and repositions it in history. In doing so, he justifiably embraces the heroes we have left behind.

About the Author,  Andrew D. Bird

Born in Berkshire, England in 1962 , like many of his friends, Andrew had only one ambition during his school years, and that was to fly fast jets with the Air Force. At the age of 13 he was enrolled into the Air Cadets during which time he became friends with MRAF Sir Arthur ‘Bert’ Harris C-in-C RAF Bomber Command 1942-1945, leaving the Air Cadets in 1980. Andrew then served with the TAVR before joining the RAF Regiment. Andrew is an aviation artist as well, exhibiting his work at the Guild of Aviation Exhibition, London, his work has been shown in galleries in London, the Home Counties, and Toronto, Canada.

His first book ‘A Separate Little War’ reached the number three position in The Top Ten Best Sellers List in 2003 (Glasgow Herald & Daily Mail Weekend Magazine) it was reprinted twice in hardback. The author up-dated ‘A Separate Little War’ for the paperback edition 2008.

Further Reading

BFP: Battle of Britain 70th anniversary – Remembering Bajan RAF ace Aubrey Richard de Lisle Inniss

Blenheim Mk IV photo courtesy of Wikipedia

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Jim Bailey: Battle of Britain fighter pilot and anti-apartheid warrior

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The wondrous life of James R. A. Bailey, DFC – founder of DRUM Magazine, South Africa

Anybody who has spent any time at all in South Africa knows DRUM Magazine, a publication that has had its ups and downs in the past six decades but was always on the front line of the struggle for freedom. Since I spent some time in Jo’burg in the early 1990’s, DRUM has turned into more of a black urban lifestyle publication but there was a time when the tabloid told stories that no one else could without getting banned.

What I didn’t know before now, and only just discovered this past week, is that DRUM was started and financed for decades by a white ex-Royal Air Force fighter pilot named Jim Bailey. To my great delight an old friend presented me with a birthday gift of Bailey’s wartime biography The Sky Suspended – A fighter pilot’s story. That led me to looking up the author online and there I found the story of Jim Bailey and DRUM. Isn’t the Internet a wonderful thing?

As near as I can discern from the online stories, Bailey poured much of his inherited wealth into starting DRUM as a “black” publication in 1950. It was a true tabloid with girls, crime and violence to keep the readers titillated and the numbers up but it developed a reputation for coming right up to and crossing the line about freedom issues. I think BFP’s readers will understand our appreciation of that marketing philosophy. 🙂

When the police beat Steve Biko to death in 1977, DRUM showed the activist in his coffin. When Desmond Tutu wanted to tell the people why he met with the South African apartheid government, he did so in the pages of DRUM. When the bodies piled up on the streets in the townships, DRUM showed them beside the photos of the white police who shot them down. These were dangerous stories to cover, but DRUM did so and made a difference.

Jim Bailey died in early 2000 but he left a legacy of books and poetry that I’ve yet to read. I’m only 40 pages into The Sky Suspended, but other than writing this post I doubt I’ll do any work for the next few days until I finish the book.

Later this week I’ll put up a few more posts on Bailey and his role in Sooth Africa at the time, but for now here’s what he says about what it takes to be a fighter pilot…

It became a study of mine, one I pursued meticulously at this time, to discover what type of man makes the best fighter-pilot. I found, for example, that only children, pilots without brothers or sisters, were particularly helpless. When a new pilot came to us, I would try to guess after a day or two whether he came from a large family or not and then go and ask him. If he did, he had a better chance to survive.

Good pilots are common, good fighter-pilots were rare. It is as with polo: many can ride, but few play polo well; and among those who play well, many ride in a crude and efficient way, without good hands or precision. I arrived at a few conclusions. The qualities that made for success in a fighter-pilot seemed to be just those sturdy qualities that made for success in other professions; observation, initiative, determination, courage, including the courage to run away.

Battle of Britain veteran Jim Bailey on what makes a great fighter pilot

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What is the definition of “Victory” in the Afghanistan war?

“The war in Afghanistan has no purpose, no definition of victory.”

US Navy SEAL Team 6 Helicopter shot down by Taliban – 38 warriors dead.

“But these boys are dying for the jihad. That’s all the war in Afghanistan is about. If there were no jihad, we would not be there. If jihadis had not taken down the Towers, we would not be there. But Obama won’t say it, Petraeus won’t say it, the NATO commanders won’t say it, no one will say it. And what do they say instead? Nothing. The war in Afghanistan has no purpose, no definition of victory. Obama is sending these boys to die for nothing. Nothing. The jihadis are killing them for jihad, and they are dying for no cause, no objective, no mission, no end in sight.”

Pamela Geller has a point at Atlas Shrugs

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Arrest in Hit-Run death of Carson Morris, Bajan son

Over the weekend Fayetteville Police near the US Army’s Fort Bragg arrested a local man for the April 23, 2011 hit and run death of a Barbados son serving in the US Army. 35 year-old Staff Sergeant Carson Morris was killed while riding his motorcycle. The other driver fled the scene of the accident, leaving the US Army 17 year veteran dying on the pavement.

Carson Morris was born in Barbados and joined the US Army at 18 years old. He served at US Army posts in Germany, California, Texas, South Korea and Fort Bragg, North Carolina (Home of the US Special Forces Operations) where he died. Morris was buried in Barbados on May 6, 2011.

Carson Morris is survived by his wife, Tarika; four sons, Jalen, Ephraim, Jaden and Ian Morris; his daughter, Naja; his mother, Eula O. Morris of Freehold; his father, Carson M. Morris of Freehold; his brothers, Paul Jones of Ontario, Canada, and Brian Edghill of Freehold; his sister, Sandra and husband Jeff Padmore of Boston; his sister, Signa Valerie Jones-Friday and husband Bernard Friday of Ontario; his sister, Sonia Schwartz of Freehold; his sister, Nancy Burnham of Barbados; his sister, Cherryann Brome of Barbados; his sister, Shernel Morris and husband Sye Strong of Freehold; and numerous other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Our heartfelt condolences to Carson’s family and friends.

Further Reading

FayObserver.com: Fayetteville man arrested in hit-and-run accident that killed Fort Bragg soldier

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France Honours fallen Barbados pilot George Inniss

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Dear Barbados Free Press

Thanks for your assistance with publicizing our search for the Barbadian Pilot of AD750 for the commemoration in France. (see BFP’s France to honour fallen Barbados RAF pilot George Inniss in May 2011 – Looking for relatives, photos)

Only a month ago we received pictures of George Inniss , which can be seen here.

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The commemoration was this weekend just passed. I expect lots of pictures from the attendees, but this was the first one I received (top) which I thought’ you’d like.

Best wishes
Jonathan Ives

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US kills Osama Bin Laden: American Judge proves why it doesn’t matter.

Another violent Islamist gets his 77 virgins and alcohol

President Obama announced last night that a US Navy Seals team killed Bin Laden in a raid on a fortified compound outside Islamabad, Pakistan. According to US authorities, Pakistani forces were not asked to take part in the operation. (No kidding!)

The US has the body and and DNA testing confirms the dead terrorist is Bin Laden.

“A small team of Americans carried out the operation. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”

… President Obama on national television

An Execution carried out in Pakistan by the United States: You can run, but you can’t hide.

It is interesting that President Obama stated that Bin Laden was killed “after a firefight”, not “during a firefight”, so it was apparently an execution and Obama said so. That suits me just fine, thank you.

The US took great pains to announce that the body would be “handled in accordance with Islamic practice and tradition”. Breaking news at 08:10 GMT, May 2, 2011 is that the mass murderer Bin Laden has been buried at sea. Good. I hope they tossed him out the back of a low-flying aircraft with nobody knowing exactly where.

Frankly I’d like to see some of those invisible “moderate Muslims” step forward and say that Bin Laden wasn’t a real Muslim and that he should have been interred with pig guts for misunderstanding the peaceful nature of Islam.

There’s no chance of that because a very sizable portion of Muslims worldwide – several hundred million at a minimum – support violence to advance Islam. In fact, Bin Laden is wildly popular just about everywhere, including in London, England and Dearborn, Michigan. (Don’t believe me on this, just do a little internet research for yourself and you’ll confirm that in about two minutes.)

Bin Laden’s death is a small milestone in an ongoing war between Muslim and Western ideology and values. Continue reading

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Libya and the addiction of “The World’s Policeman”

The Military Industrial Complex says, “Pssst… Hey… Want some good stuff?”

Upon reading today’s news about the continued war in Libya (and yes, Marcus, it is a war) my thoughts again turn to the questions: “What is the compelling national interest that caused the UK and the USA to intervene on one side of the Libyan civil war? And when they did intervene, why did the UK and the USA choose to fight on the side of Al-Qaeda?” Continue reading

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Dr. Gerald Bull assassinated 21 years ago: Was it the Israelis? Americans?

UPDATED: March 24, 2011

Thanks to an old friend, we ask Who was Jonathan Moyle and why was he murdered a few days after Gerald Bull? (photo of Jonathan Moyle above)

On the evening of March 22, 1990, Dr. Gerald Bull got out of a car in Brussels, Belgium and headed back to his apartment.

Gerald Bull got out of the elevator and walked toward his apartment.  From the shadows another shadow stepped, holding a silenced pistol.  Three shots were fired into the back of Gerald Bull and, after he fell, two more into his head for good measure.  Gerald Bull was dead.

… from the blog Today’s History Lesson: Supergun no Bull to Somebody

“Super Gun” Inventor Felled By Assassins – Were They American, Israeli or Others?

In the mid-sixties, the Government of Barbados allowed the Space Research Corporation (SRC) to use Barbados as a base for it’s High Altitude Research Project (HARP) in exchange for the installation and maintenance of an advanced Radar system at the Seawell Airport (now the Grantley Adams International Airport).

Officially, the purpose of HARP was to develop an alternative method to launching payloads into space. The scientists were exploring the possibility of using large guns to fire objects into space… instead of the conventional method of using rockets.

The large gun could be heard over most of the island… and just a few miles away, our house began to crack in the walls from the shockwaves…

(Thanks to Stephen Mendes and his excellent photo documentation of the HARP project in Barbados.)

Further BFP Reading About Gerald Bull & HARP Supergun

A Piece Of Barbados History: Dr. Jerry Bull’s Assassination, The HARP Gun, Saddam Hussain and Israeli Intelligence

Barbados Author Angela Cole Writes BFP About Gerald Bull, HARP – And The Claim That Bull’s Assassin Was Recently In Belize

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BREAKING NEWS: Barbados mentioned in 261 WikiLeaks US Embassy cables

UPDATED: December 3, 2010 12:33pm

The WikiLeaks website is under attack and is rotating between different servers around the world. We’ll put the current link to the Embassy Cables at the bottom of the article, but if our readers find it has changed, please issue an update in the comments.

Are the FBI files mentioned?

Unless you’ve been living in an information vacuum for the past few days, you are aware Wikileaks is in the process of publishing 251,287 stolen United States embassy cables. But if you think that those cables couldn’t possibly impact little old Barbados, you are in for a surprise.

Today, Barbados Free Press learned that our country is mentioned in 261 of those still to be released cables.

What will they say? The cables go back to 1966, and like you, we can probably guess at some of the subjects. Here’s what we think, what we’ve learned and how you can examine the documents yourself… Continue reading

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Barbados 1936: Happy natives dive for coins, Nazi swastika flies in Bridgetown

Critical Past archival film shows an edited version of Bajan life in 1936

Our thanks to a reader who directed us to the CriticalPast.com archives where we found some 1936 film footage of “Barbados Island” showing the way we were. Well, the way we were at least according to some American tourist who edited their home movie. Lot’s of stereotypes and a big Nazi surprise too! Continue reading

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France to honour fallen Barbados RAF pilot George Inniss in May 2011 – Looking for relatives, photos

Updated: February 4, 2011

70th Anniversary of the death of a young Bajan pilot

Someone in Barbados must have a photo of George Harold Frederick INNISS

Let’s help France remember a young Bajan who died so far from home. Continue reading

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Wikileaks – tens of thousands of secret war docs on internet show betrayal by “moderate” Muslim allies

Pakistan Intelligence Agency actively assisting Afghan Taliban

Pakistan receives over a billion US dollars every year in aid from the USA alone, yet its intelligence service meets regularly with Taliban soldiers and terrorists to guide their actions, including assassinations of Afghan government members.

That is just one of the revelations in a treasure trove of tens of thousands of stolen US military and intelligence services documents that have been posted at WikiLeaks.org

The New York Times, The Guardian and the German magazine Der Spiegel were provided with the documents weeks ago and today have their stories up in coordination with WikiLeaks. The owner of WikiLeaks has been on the run from various authorities for a month now.

If you only learn one thing from the WikiLeaks revelations, learn this: Continue reading

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Baltimore Ravens sign Bajan Ramone Harewood

“Harewood is a huge man. I mean he’s a giant,” (Ravens’ scout Hortiz said. “You guys are going to see him – he’s massive. He can knock down his side of the line of scrimmage.”

“…new Ravens offensive lineman Ramon Harewood may be the most intriguing prospect the Ravens drafted.”

Barbados sure to watch more American NFL Football now!

We’ve been following Ramon Harewood’s NFL chances since last October when we reported that Barbados Athlete Ramone Harewood has shot at NFL so we were mightily pleased to hear that our Bajan son will be playing for the Baltimore Ravens.

Baltimore is the home of the famous anti-slave ship, the USS Constellation

I don’t know much about American football or the Ravens, but I love Baltimore for its waterfront and history. You’ll find the USS Constellation moored in the harbour. When it was retired in 1955 it had served for 100 years in the United States Navy!

The USS Constellation is of special interest to me because it was involved in the interdiction of the slave trade during the US Civil War, rescuing and setting free over 700 slaves.

It’s a long story, but I once walked the decks of the USS Constellation and I was surprised at how small the bunks were in the officer’s quarters. Men were smaller a hundred and fifty years ago.

Not mentioned on the web but told to me as part of the tour of the USS Constellation is that Winston Churchill used the ship as a residence and base of operations when he visited the USA early in the Second World War when times were at their worst in Britain and he came begging for help from President Roosevelt.

Here’s what Wikipedia says about the ship’s anti-slave trade actions…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Constellation_(1854)

From 1855-1858 Constellation performed largely diplomatic duties as part of the US Mediterranean Squadron.

She was flagship of the US African Squadron from 1859-1861. In this period she disrupted the African slave trade by interdicting three slave ships and releasing the imprisoned Africans.

On December 21, 1859, she captured the brig Delicia which was “without colors or papers to show her nationality… completely fitted in all respects for the immediate embarcation [sic] of slaves…”

On September 26, 1860, the Constellation captured the “fast little bark” Cora with 705 slaves, who were set free in Monrovia, Liberia.

On May 21, 1861, the Constellation overpowered the slaver brig Triton in African coastal waters. It held no slaves, although “every preparation for their reception had been made.” [1]

Constellation spent much of the war as a deterrent to Confederate cruisers and commerce raiders in the Mediterranean Sea.

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BBC Traitors assist Muslim terrorists

BBC advises Muslim suicide bombers on optimum bomb placement, size & altitude for detonation

Thanks to an extensive study and actual field tests by the publicly-funded BBC, Muslim terrorists and their bomb makers now know that they haven’t been using enough explosives to bring down a Boeing 747. They also now know where to better place the bomb and what altitude it should be set off at for maximum effect.

No doubt the Muslim homicide bombers and their evil leaders will shout “Praise Allah” after watching the BBC video that explains where they’ve been going wrong.

Read the BBC story Boeing 747 survives simulated ‘Flight 253’ bomb blast and watch the video. Like the terrorists, you’ll learn that “underwear bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab wouldn’t have brought down Flight 253 on Christmas because even if he managed to set off the bomb, it simply wasn’t large enough or placed close enough to the outside skin of the airliner.

Al-Qaeda is undoubtedly saying “Praise Allah and the BBC for this information that will help us to succeed next time!”

When some BBC viewers questioned whether the experiment was valid given that the test aircraft wasn’t pressurized, the BBC even revised the article and provided additional information on bomb placement for greatest effectiveness and selecting the correct altitude for detonation to cause maximum damage.

PRAISE ALLAH for the assistance from the BBC!

The so-called journalists who wrote the article and organised the bomb test haven’t put their names on their work, but here are the photos and names of the two irresponsible and traitorous bastards who assisted the BBC in providing specific technical information to the Muslim terrorists…

Aiding Muslim terrorists: Dr. John Wyatt (left) & Captain J. Joseph

The BBC says Captain J Joseph is air accident investigator and Dr John Wyatt is an international terrorism and explosives expert who consults for the UN – United Nations. Traitorous bastards, both of them.

This irresponsible and traitorous BBC story and video is reminiscent of two episodes that happened during World War II…

Hedgehog Anti-submarine weapon

During the development of the “hedgehog” anti-submarine bomb, the British inventors didn’t know how much explosive to use. They knew how much it would take to sink a British submarine, but how much would it take to sink a German U-Boat? The problem was the British engineers didn’t know the distance from the deck of a German submarine to the pressure hull. The hedgehog would explode on contact with the deck of the German submarine, but had to have enough power to then rupture the pressure hull that could be between 2 feet and 4 feet under the deck. British sub specifications they knew, but what about the German U-Boats? How to find out?

Easy…. the Brits flipped through a bunch of German newspaper and magazines and found a photo of a German seaman loading torpedoes into a U-Boat. The seaman’s upper body was visible above the deck as he stood on the pressure hull. The Brits estimated his height and the distance of his body not visible and in this way accurately estimated the distance between the outer deck and the pressure hull. This was much less than the Brit subs and the designers were therefore able to use a smaller charge for the Hedgehog and throw it further.

They designed the hedgehog accordingly and it went on to be a major sub-killer – in no small part because the German propaganda photo allowed the Brits to select the proper size of explosive charge.

Congressman Andrew May - Revealed military secrets, killed 800 U.S. sailors

Japanese destroyers fail to set their depth charges deep enough when attacking American submarines

Congressman Andrew May (House Military Affairs Committee) was on a junket to Pearl Harbor and got a briefing on how the US subs were taking the fight to the Japanese and really starting to kick some tail by 1943. He was briefed on the following subjects:

•    That the Japanese destroyers were not following up attacks.
•    That the Japanese were setting their depth charges too shallow.
•    That the Japanese depth charges were not packing enough “wallop” to breach the 1″ steel plating on US subs unless it was a direct hit.

Congressman May then held a press conference when he got home, relating the TOP SECRET information to the radio and newspapers, assuring the mother’s of submariners that their boys were safe. (Sounds like the BBC assuring travelers that they are safe on the 747!)

Of course, Japanese spies ALSO listen to the radio and read the papers, and they reported the issues to their bosses. Corrective action was soon applied, with a super depth charge of 600 lbs of TNT hitting their arsenal. Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood, commander of the U.S. submarine fleet in the Pacific, later estimated that May’s revelation cost the navy as many as ten submarines and 800 crewmen.”

I view the BBC’s article and video as no less stupid than Congressman May – to the point of treason.

Every person who worked on the BBC story should be charged with aiding terrorists.

… thanks to one of our readers who forwarded major portions of this story to BFP

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