Sunday, January 24, 2016

On the use of the term "probably" by the inquiry into Alexander Litvinenko's killing, and later its nefarious extrapolation by Western media

Is it responsible for a judge to use the word "probably" when giving out a judgment, while admitting simultaneously that there's no solid evidence to support the accusation? I haven't seen the use of this term by a judge before. Courts/judges either convict an accused, or announce that there isn't sufficient evidence for conviction. The fact that the British inquiry's judge used the word "probably" leads one to conclude that, in the face of an absence of evidence, this report's conclusions are politically designed and motivated to effectively blame and defame both Vladimir Putin [in particular] and the Russian Federation [in general] for the death/killing of Alexander Litvinenko.

Evil Western media and media from Western allies such as Qatar, as expected, has quickly extrapolated the already-misused term "probably", and taken it to a whole new level of anti-Putin propaganda with obsessive, round-the-clock reporting on this inquiry - directly blaming President Putin for the killing and demonizing him like seldom before, as if the inquiry had directly convicted Mr. Putin rather than assigned a [questionable] qualitative probability. Al Jazeera America's anti-Putin piece [link and screenshots below] is even more poisonous than the Polonium-210 used to kill Mr. Litvinenko. Similarly, dumb Indian media which republishes Western stories has spread out these propaganda pieces to Indian audience. And so on.

This is the same Western media that has forgotten that America and Europe [and Bush, Cheney, Rice, Powell, Rumsfeld, Blair, Sarkozy, etc.] definitely approved the barbaric and murderous wars in Iraq, Vietnam, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere, killing millions upon millions, with full knowledge and desire of the Western leadership. The level of anti-Putin and anti-Russia sentiment in these so-called advanced countries is simply disgusting. Western media is emphasizing the "murder of British citizen on British soil" point. Where were these dumbasses when Americans and Europeans were merrily slaughtering Iraqi citizens on Iraqi soil and Syrian citizens on Syrian soil and Libyans citizens on Libyan soil and so on?

The statement of Mr Litvinenko's widow, Marina, is noteworthy: "the words my husband spoke on his deathbed when he accused Mr Putin have been proved by an English court". Wrong, the court didn't prove anything. Foolish journalists who are "reporting" that the court has somehow "proved" something and the general public need to know the difference between "probably" and "definitely". These illiterates also need to be reminded that the court/inquiry has itself admitted that there's no solid evidence to support the court's/inquiry's claims.
  • Al Jazeera America: Putin’s murderous record can’t be ignored [link]
  • BBC: President Putin 'probably' approved Litvinenko murder [link]
  • Bloomberg: Putin 'Probably' Approved Litvinenko Murder, U.K. Judge Says [link]
  • DW: Opinion: Litvinenko report - Essentially a verdict against Putin [link]
  • DW: Getting away with murder [link]
  • DW: UK judge says Putin 'probably' approved Litvinenko killing [link]
    • Notice how this article nefariously - albeit predictably - switches from the use of the term "probably" in the title to a definite blame in the sub-title: "...British investigation has concluded Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the green light to poisoning former Russian spy turned Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko..."
  • NYT: Putin ‘Probably Approved’ Litvinenko Poisoning, British Inquiry Says [link]
  • NYT: Key Findings From the Litvinenko Report [link]
  • NYT: Alexander Litvinenko and the Banality of Evil in Putin’s Russia [link]
  • NYT: Mr. Putin and the Poisonous London Tea Party [link]
  • NYT: Diplomatic Clash Over Russian Poison Case [link]
  • RFE/RL: British Inquiry Implicates Russia, Putin In Death Of Ex-Agent Litvinenko [link]
  • The Atlantic: The Moment Russia Went Fully Rogue [link]
  • WP: The death of a former KGB operative is a reminder of Vladimir Putin’s past life as a spy [link]
  • WP: Why would Putin have had a former KGB operative murdered? [link]
  • WP: Putin implicated in fatal poisoning of former KGB officer at London hotel [link]
  • WP: The stealthy, nefarious way an ex-KGB officer was murdered in London [link]
  • WP: With his dying words, poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko named Putin as his killer [link]
  • WP: Analysis: Russia’s tone familiar after spy poisoning report [link]

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