ANALYSIS: Iran escalates stand-off, Israel could soon face war. The only country in the world using military force to thwart the Iranian imperialistic aspirations in the Middle East is Israel.

“I imagine the only plan Westminster and the British Royal Navy have is… to park up in international waters, ninety miles off the coast of Iran… and stick their fingers up at Iranians!” 😀 “Fucking mincing little cunts”

ANALYSIS: Iran escalates stand-off, Israel could soon face war

The only country in the world using military force to thwart the Iranian imperialistic aspirations in the Middle East is Israel. Yochanan Visser,

Oil tankers pass through Strait of Hormuz

Oil tankers pass through Strait of HormuzReuters Iran is slowly taking off its gloves and has dropped its mask in the widening confrontation with Western countries and Israel.

After the United Kingdom (UK) seized an Iranian tanker with oil bound for Syria on July 4, the Iranians embarked on a piracy campaign against British and other vessels in the Persian Gulf.

The tanker, Grace 1, was carrying 2.1 million barrels of oil when it was detained by British Marines and will stay in Gibraltar for another month, a court in the British colony decided last Friday.

Iran called the British action an “act of piracy” and again threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz which is the world’s single most important oil passageway.

Last week, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) made good on its promise to seize British ships sailing through the Strait of Hormuz and on Thursday committed its first act of piracy when it forced the small Panamanian-flagged United Arab Emirates tanker Riah into Iranian territorial waters.

Iran claimed the Riah was smuggling fuel.

That incident followed an earlier attempt to seize the British tanker Heritage on July 11 when a Royal Navy warship foiled an attempt by IRGC speedboats to block the passage of the ship through the Strait of Hormuz.

On Friday last week, the IRGC again seized two ships in the Strait of Hormuz and used a helicopter to take over control of the UK-owned tanker Steno Impero, while speedboats were used to board the Liberian-registered tanker Mesdar.

The Mesdar tanker was later released and continued its voyage, Norbulk Shipping, the British operator of the vessel, reported later on Friday.

The Iranians lied repeatedly to justify their acts of piracy in the Strait of Hormuz. For example, they claimed they responded to a distress call or in the case of the Steno Impero claimed the vessel had collided with an Iranian fishing boat, while video evidence made clear there was no such incident.

A video released by the IRGC clearly showed speedboats full of IRGC members surrounding the tanker while masked men were sliding down a rope from a helicopter hovering over the deck of the Steno Impero.

The British government reacted to the Iranian provocation by calling the seizure of the Steno Impero “a hostile act” which would have “serious consequences,” but stopped short of announcing it would at least re-introduce sanctions against Iran.

Iran, on the other hand, accused “domestic political forces” in the United Kingdom of stirring-up “existing tension” between the two countries and said it was ready “for different scenarios.”

“U.K. government should contain those domestic political forces who want to escalate existing tension between Iran and the U.K. well beyond the issue of ships. This is quite dangerous and unwise at a sensitive time in the region,” Hamid Baeidinejad, Iran’s envoy to Britain, tweeted on Friday.

Instead of standing tall against Iran, the British government later made clear it wanted to “de-escalate” the crisis and admitted it was in a “tit for tat situation.”

“It’s a typical Iran-West story where Iran blusters and threatens and the Western powers end up begging Iran to end the standoff while everyone pretends they saved face, but clearly, Iran looks like it came off better,” wrote Jerusalem Post analyst Seth Franzman.

Iran has put the West on the defensive and shows it is able to continue to carry out operations in the Gulf as it pleases. The Islamic Republic is aware that Western countries are wary of new interventions in the Middle East, according to Franzman.

He could be right.

Until now both the US and Britain have limited themselves to shooting down drones and aiming guns at IRGC speedboats which were dangerously close to their warships in the Persian Gulf while the Trump Administration shows no signs of a serious military built-up to confront Iran.

The announcement that another 500 American soldiers will be deployed in Saudi Arabia for the first time since the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 cannot be seen as a preparation for a large military action against Iran.

Consequently, the only country in the world using military force to thwart the Iranian imperialistic aspirations in the Middle East is Israel.

The Israeli military as well as the spy agency Mossad are constantly carrying out daring missions to stop the Iranian take-over of the Middle East and to prevent Iran from encircling the Jewish state.

According to Iranian and Arab media, the Israeli air-force just carried out a new raid against the Quds Force of the IRGC and its Iraqi proxy Hashd al-Shaabi.

Fars News, an IRGC affiliated news outlet in Iran reported that a base in use by the Quds Force and Hash al-Shaabi militias near Amerli in northern Iraq was bombed by three Israeli Harop UAV loitering missiles on Friday.

The alleged Israeli raid came after the Arab outlet al-Arabiya reported that the Shia Al-Shuhada militia of Hash al-Shaabi had received new Iranian ballistic missiles.

At the same time, reports came in that Hezbollah is moving forces in both Lebanon and Syria to areas along the Israeli border.

The Iranian-founded and sponsored Lebanese terror group says it will open two fronts against Israel whenever Iran is directly targeted by the US and its allies.

“If any missile hits Iran, it will be treated like Israel did it,” a Hezbollah commander in southern Lebanon told The Daily Beast in the US, adding that there are “no more red lines” (by the Assad regime) for military action from the Syrian Golan Heights against Israel and that it will be a war never seen before in the history of Israel.

“The sanctions (on Iran and Hezbollah) now have us preparing for dealing with the Israeli front,” the commander said adding that this time around Hezbollah will “fire the first shot.”

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, meanwhile, upped his rhetoric against Israel and said “the occupying Zionists are the most irrational creatures on the earth, and do not understand anything other than the discourse of resistance.”

The Hezbollah boss claimed he “bears no grudge against Jews” but said “the Zionists are the root cause of corruption and insecurity in the region.”

Nasrallah made his comments as a high-level Hamas delegation arrived in Tehran for talks with the Iranian regime.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh didn’t elaborate on the content of the talks, but said “the visit will go on for a few days. “

“We’re expecting important results,” Haniyeh, furthermore, said in an apparent reference to the Iranian aid to Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza.

Israeli minister: We’re the ‘only country killing Iranians’

Tzachi Hanegbi says Tehran understands Jerusalem ‘means business,’ claims no need for concern about ‘cautious’ American response to Gulf crisis

Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi arrives at the weekly cabinet meeting, March 3, 2019 (Marc Israel Sellem/POOL)

Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi arrives at the weekly cabinet meeting, March 3, 2019 (Marc Israel Sellem/POOL)

Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi boasted Sunday that Israel is the only country in the world that has been “killing Iranians.”

Hanegbi, in a radio interview, brushed off concerns when asked whether Israel should be worried about the Trump administration’s “cautious” response to the standoff between Iran and the UK, which, like Israel, is a close ally of Washington.

“For two years now, Israel has been the only country in the world killing Iranians,” the Likud minister said. “We have hit the Iranians hundreds of times in Syria. Sometimes they admit it, sometimes foreign publications expose the matter, sometimes a minister, sometimes the chief of staff. But everything is a coordinated policy.

“The Iranians are very limited in their responses, and it’s not because they do not have the capabilities, but because they understand that Israel means business,” Hanegbi told the Kan public broadcaster. “We are very firm on issues of national security.”

Last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that “the only army in the world that is fighting Iran is the Israeli army.”

The Israeli military has acknowledged carrying out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria in recent years, on targets linked to Iran, which is backing President Bashar Assad’s regime in the Syrian civil war. Israel has repeatedly said it will not allow Iran, or its Shiite proxies, to establish a permanent presence in postwar Syria.

This undated photo issued July 19, 2019 shows the British oil tanker Stena Impero, which is believed to have been captured by Iran. (Stena Bulk via AP)

Tensions in the Gulf have soared since May, with US President Donald Trump calling off airstrikes against Iran at the last minute in June after the Islamic Republic downed a US drone.

On Friday, kicking off a tense standoff, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said it seized the British-flagged Stena Impero for breaking “international maritime rules” in the Strait of Hormuz, a choke point for around a third of the world’s seaborne oil.

Britain said Iran seized two ships, but the British owner of the Liberian-flagged Mesdar said it had been released after being temporarily boarded by armed personnel.

That came hours after a court in Gibraltar said it would extend by 30 days the detention of an Iranian tanker seized by British authorities two weeks ago on allegations of breaching EU sanctions against Syria.

Washington has blamed Iran for multiple attacks on tankers in the Gulf.

The escalation comes more than a year after Washington unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement and began ratcheting up sanctions against Tehran.

Footage Iran says was taken by one of its drones after the US claimed to have brought it down in the Strait of Hormuz, July 19, 2019 (video screenshot)

Earlier this month, Iran exceeded the deal’s caps on uranium enrichment, aiming to pressure the remaining parties to make good on promises to help prop up its economy.

Tehran has repeatedly threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz if attacked.

The incident came as Trump and American officials insisted, despite denials from Tehran, that the US military had downed an Iranian drone that was threatening an American naval vessel in the Strait. Trump said the drone had been threatening amphibious assault ship USS Boxer.

The Revolutionary Guards released footage they said disproved the US claims. The seven-minute video, apparently shot from high altitude, shows a convoy of ships the Guards said they were tracking as they passed through the Strait. The vessels could not be immediately identified, although one resembles the USS Boxer.

As tensions soared, Iran’s archrival Saudi Arabia said it would once again host US troops to boost regional security.

The Pentagon said the deployment “ensures our ability to defend our forces and interests in the region from emergent, credible threats.”

The US military also said its patrol aircraft were monitoring the Strait, and announced a “multinational maritime effort” to ensure freedom of navigation in key waterways.


MI6 probe if seized British tanker was given ‘spoofed’ Iran coordinates by Russian spies

Was the British oil tanker Stena Impero given ‘spoofed’ GPS coordinates? Hellfire club, that all sounds rather James Bond! 😉

Iran tanker crisis: MI6 probe link to Putin after British ship is seized

EXCLUSIVE: British oil tanker may have been driven into danger zone by ‘spoof’ GPS co-ordinates in a Tehran trap operation

ByChris HughesDefence and Security EditorAlan Selby

A British oil tanker was “steered” towards Iranian waters by false GPS co-ordinates sent by Russian spy technology, it is now feared.

Security sources say GCHQ and MI6 are investigating whether Iranian intelligence transmitted spoof signals to the skipper of the Stena Impero.

The tanker was seized on Friday and dramatic footage released on Saturday by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard showed the moment commandos swooped.

As a helicopter hovered above, six balaclava-clad soldiers abseiled on to the deck armed with machine guns.

A number of speedboats darted around the tanker and it was all captured on film – suggesting the whole thing had been a trap laid by Tehran.

The capture of two tankers in Iranian waters may have been the result of Russian efforts using spy technology
An investigation into potential Russian involvement in the Iranian seizure of two tankers has begun (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

On Saturday a defence source said a Royal Navy warship raced to help the vessel but arrived 10 minutes too late.

The tanker was still in Omani waters when the orders were sent, but by the time HMS Montrose arrived the Impero had been redirected into Iranian waters.


Security sources said Iranian drones may have tampered with GPS signals.

They told the Sunday Mirror that investigators will look into whether there is a technological footprint – and whether western spy planes in the area picked up any suspicious signals.

A western security source said: “Russia has the technology to spoof GPS and may have helped Iran in this venture as it was extremely brazen. It would make British shipping extremely vulnerable and will be of grave concern to Royal Navy warships in the region.

“The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Russian intelligence have worked very closely in Syria, protecting and promoting their interests.”

An image from footage of the Stenal Impero tanker being seized

News of Russia’s apparent involvement – which could only happen with President Putin’s approval – comes after spooks learned they have the ability to fool ships into false location readings.

It means the British tanker may have thought it was a safe distance from Iranian waters – only to stray off course.

A report in April found 10,000 “spoofing” incidents conducted by Russia.

The Centre for Advanced Defence said most discovered over a 12-month period had involved ships, but some were seen around airports.

British commanders are surprised by the brazen and confident nature of the seizure, which adds weight to the possibility of GPS interference.

The former head of the Royal Navy, Admiral Lord West, on Saturday demanded convoys be deployed to support ships travelling through the Gulf to prevent Iran seizing more vessels.

He said: “If Iranian ships try to attack them you sink them. They are the ones who have escalated things by attacking one of our merchant ships.”

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on July 16 in Tehran (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt insisted the vessel was seized in Omani waters – in “clear contravention of international law”.

After a COBRA briefing on Saturday Mr Hunt said the incident “raises very serious questions about the security of British shipping and indeed international shipping in the Strait of Hormuz”.

Mr Hunt said MPs would be updated about what “further measures” the Government will take on Monday. He said: “Our priority continues to be to find a way to de-escalate the situation.

“We need that ship released and we continue to be very concerned about the safety and welfare of the 23 crew.”

It was initially suggested by Iran that the tanker had been in collision with a fishing boat, violating maritime rules.

The men wore balaclavas during the seizure of the ships

But later Iran linked the seizure with Britain’s role in detaining a tanker off Gibraltar earlier this month.

It was carrying Iranian oil bound for Syria, in breach of EU sanctions.

A spokesman for Iran’s Guardian Council was quoted as saying “the rule of reciprocal action is well known in international law” and that Tehran made the right decision in the face of an “illegitimate economic war and seizure of oil tankers”.

While Britain seeks a diplomatic solution it is feared Iran’s IRGC or its proxy forces – local terrorist militia – could strike in Iraq and Syria if international tensions escalate.

On Saturday Stena released a statement saying the tanker is anchored at Bandar Bahonar and the crew – of Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino nationality – “are in good health”.

An MoD image of the HMS Montrose warding off Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboats early in July (Image: MOD)

It also emerged Britain is to a send nuclear-powered attack submarine to the Gulf, but sources stressed that it would perform a purely defensive role.

More than a fifth of the world’s oil moves through the Strait of Hormuz – around 17 million barrels per day.

And rising tensions could mean higher petrol prices.

The AA’s Luke Bosdet said: “Our big fear is that the cost of fuel may get worse.”

Countdown to the crisis

Current tensions in the gulf have been simmering for more than a month leading up to the capture of the UK-flagged Stena Impero.

June 13: Two US oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz were attacked in an assault that left one ablaze and adrift. US President Donald Trump blamed Iran for the incidents.

Iran denied involvement in the tanker attacks and accused the US of promoting an ‘Iranophobic’ campaign.

June 20: A US military drone was downed by Tehran, with Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani claiming it had violated their airspace.

Mr Trump then canceled retaliatory strikes against Iran after he claimed he was told 150 people could die.

July 4: Royal Marines from 42 Commando were involved in an operation to seize a supertanker off Gibraltar suspected of carrying oil destined for Bashar Assad’s Syrian regime.

They worked alongside authorities in Gibraltar to detain the Iranian tanker Grace 1, which was believed to be heading to the Banyas refinery in breach of EU sanctions. In response, Iran’s revolutionary guard warned a British oil tanker could be seized in retaliation.

July 10: Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose drove off three Iranian vessels which tried to stop the commercial ship British Heritage.

July 11: Police in Gibraltar said they had arrested the captain and chief officer of the Iranian supertanker Grace 1 in relation to suspected violations of EU sanctions on Syria.

Two days later the force said the captain, chief officer and two second officers of the vessel had been conditionally bailed without charge.

July 13: In a telephone call with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt offered to facilitate Grace 1’s release in return for guarantees from Tehran that it would not breach EU sanctions on the Assad regime in Syria.

July 15: Mr Hunt attended a Brussels meeting of EU foreign ministers on the issue of the Iran nuclear deal.

Both he and Tory leadership rival Boris Johnson later ruled out supporting Mr Trump should he pursue military action in the Gulf.

July 17: US officials said they suspected Iran had seized a Panamanian-flagged oil tanker from the United Arab Emirates as it travelled through the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran later said its Revolutionary Guard had seized a foreign oil tanker and its crew of 12 for smuggling fuel out of the country.

July 18: Mr Trump said the USS Boxer had shot down an Iranian drone that came within 1,000 yards of the warship and ignored calls to stand down.

Iranian military officials denied one of its drones had been lost in the Strait of Hormuz.

July 19: Two oil tankers are reported to have been seized by Iranian authorities in the Persian Gulf.

The Stena Impero, registered in the UK, was seized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the Strait of Hormuz for “violating international maritime rules”, the semi-official Fars news agency said.

A second oil tanker, the Liberia-flagged Mesdar, managed by Glasgow-based firm Norbulk Shipping UK, appeared to veer off course towards the Iranian coast.

The Mesdar’s operator said the ship was boarded by armed guards but the crew were left “safe and well” and allowed to continue their voyage.

Jeremy Hunt called the ships’ seizure “unacceptable” and attended a meeting of the Government’s emergency committee Cobra.


Psilocybin mushrooms and aliens! :D (Psychedelics and the UFO/ET experience)

“I was physically on a recliner in my sun lounge, but my consciousness was on board an alien craft (or another planet?)… and there where these two entities/beings/extra-terrestrials, like giant insects, who where monitoring me from behind a computer dash board, like a medical exam… like I’d ended up in an alien hospital. Then other beings where coming in to check on me, some where coming in to just get a glimpse of ‘the human’… and they where zapping me with lasers… everywhere I’ve ever suffered a serious physical injury got zapped with a red laser…
Then I ended up back in my sun lounge… and I was being shown the history of life and evolution on planet Earth… and these beings kept popping in to check I was alright… some where laughing!”
😀 “I was pissing myself in hysterics!”

What if… if these mushrooms are throughout the universe, as hypothesised by Terrence McKenna… different intelligent species are using the same compound to communicate with each other?

What the fuuuuuuck! XD

Magic Mushrooms or Ancient Aliens?

Posted byBryce Baker November 1, 2015

Shrooms or Aliens?

For thousands of years in cultures allover the world the magic mushroom or psilocybe cubensis has been used by humans. Ancient priests and shamans used them to commune with the other side, to heal and for divination. Now people allover the world use mushrooms for many of the same purposes.

Could this age old sacrament actually be connecting people into some sort of deeper external consciousness as people have believed for thousands of years? And if so, is it possible that this sacred mind altering fungus is an extraterrestrial intelligence from elsewhere? Terence Mckenna, an ethnobotanist commented on this question saying

Intelligence, not life, but intelligence may have come here in this spore-bearing life form. This is a more radical version of the panspermia theory of Crick and Ponampurama. In fact I think that theory will probably be vindicated. I think in a hundred years if people do biology they will think it quite silly that people once thought that spores could not be blown from one star system to another by cosmic radiation pressure. As far as the role of the psilocybin mushroom, or its relationship to us and to intelligence, this is something that we need to consider.

Terence Mckenna

Psilocybe Cubensis or “Magic Mushrooms”

Psychadelic mushrooms like Psilocybe cubensis or “shrooms” have been a part of human culture from the beginning. These mushrooms have been depicted in prehistoric cave paintings and rock art found allover the world. Cubensis were sacred even to primitive forms of humans like the neanderthals.

Many anthropologists believe that psychadelic mushrooms and cacti played an integral role in the evolution of human language and possibly the species itself. Our capability to express ourselves and creative nature is possibly a result of our ape ancestors eating mushrooms and progressively getting weird in the forest somewhere. We may owe the development of our complex psychology to entheogens like cubensis.

In mesoamerican cultures the psilocybe mushroom was known by names like divine mushroom, or the genius mushroom. It was believed magic mushrooms acted as a means of communication with the spirit world and the divine. These traditions recognized that magic mushrooms did more than just cause hallucinations, but put those who ingested them in contact with a deeper external consciousness that real wisdom and knowledge could be obtained from.

Even today psilocybin is being used by millions of people for spiritual and healing purposes. The Multi Disciplinary Association of Psychadelic Studies is even doing scientific experiments using psilocybin to treat addiction and as a medication to help critically ill people come to terms with death. So far psilocybin is proving to be very promising for these sorts of applications.

Intelligent Fungi?

Are psychadelic mushrooms conscious as people throughout the ages and even today believe? Many

people that take magic mushrooms believe there is some sort of communication and exchange of information between them and the mushroom itself. New perspectives and personal insight open up to them as intricate and colorful living geometric patterns dance across reality pulsing with light. Life changing revelations and new self awareness emerges out of a beautiful ever evolving spectrum of psychadelic information barraging all the senses.

All this information can be overwhelming to some. as it tends to come much faster than the mind can fully process. This barrage of information and new introspection can also be difficult for someone who find seeing things in this different light disturbing and hard to accept.

Regardless of how the information is processed by the psychonaut there seems to be an abundance of it. The information seems very external and alien to the psychonaut. If this information is coming from their own minds it is being released from some deep corner of it human beings do not normally have access to.

One explanation for where all this extra information could be originating is that it really is external information that our minds are always processing in the background. Our brains are receiving stimulus from myriads of different signals and sources every millisecond. Our normal awareness is just a condensed form of what we are really perceiving. The brain takes all this information and normally condenses it by prioritizing the most obvious and discarding much of what the mind typically deems useless. If our brain did not work this way we would likely spend much of the day staring at our reflections in the creek or the texture of a cave wall and not do much along the lines of surviving. So it makes sense that we evolved this way.

It is possible the psilocybe mushrooms evolved their ability to interface with animal consciousness to

give them a unique look at all the information their brains typically disregard. The mushroom can inspire higher thought and evolution. Perhaps this ability to alter the mundane survival oriented nature of animal consciousness is really a symbiotic relationship between the mushroom and animal. The mushroom has evolved this latent consciousness that needs the nervous system of an animal to awaken from it’s dormant state.

But why would the mushroom evolve this ability? Scientists cannot find any good reason this mushroom produces psilocybin and psilocin. A mushroom produces spores that are basically seeds to grow more mushrooms. Perhaps this ability to form a symbiotic state of consciousness simply started as a way to move spores around. If the mushroom provides something valuable to animals and inspires them to be intelligent enough to cultivate it, then the animals value the mushroom and take it everywhere with them and propagate it. This would mean the mushroom produces psilocin and psilocybin to ensure survival and spread as far and wide as it can.

it is possible the mushroom originated somewhere else in the universe forming symbiotic relationships with other species. Species allover the universe may find common ground in this higher cosciousness symbiotically obtained from the same mushrooms. Maybe these alien species leave behind spores allover the universe, or perhaps the spores traverse space themselves.

Mushrooms In Space

So could mushrooms have traveled through space and ended up here on earth? Mushrooms could easily grow on any of the 40 million potentially habitable planets that are estimated to be in the Milky Way galaxy alone based on cutting edge Kepler data.

It is feasible that mushroom spores can survive the harsh trials of deep space. Their shells are as strong as steel. Recently traces of maritime life was even found on the outside of the International Space Station. Bacterial and fungal life could very well be making interstellar journeys from planet to planet.’

When the subject of ancient aliens comes up many of us think of greys in flying saucers. Perhaps the real ancient aliens have been staring us in the face this whole time.

Maybe aliens brought this fungi who’s DNA is encoded with a blueprint to a higher state of

consciousness here. Perhaps this symbiotic fungi traveled here on its own, along the winds of cosmic radiation.

No matter how psilocybe mushrooms came to be, there is no doubt about the integral role they have played in our culture and evolution.

Terence McKenna – Shrooms Are Organic Space Probes Sent to Earth by Aliens


In this awesome lecture, Terence Mckenna adds some psychedelic flavor to Panspermia, the theory that life in the universe is distributed by meteors and asteroids. Mckenna believed that mushroom spores were able to survive space travel to become the catalyst of human evolution.

Shrooms Are the Most Unique Lifeform on Earth

First argument – entirely a physical argument. Psilocybin is O-phosphoryl-4-hydroxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine. What this means is that there is a phosphorous group substituted at the 4 position of the molecule. Now here’s the headline folks: This is the ONLY 4-phosphorylated indole on this planet! On this planet.

Now, if you were searching for extraterrestrial thumbprints on the biology of Earth, you would look for molecules that are unique – that don’t have near relatives spread through other lifeforms. In psilocybin we have a perfect example of this. It is the only 4-phosphorylated indole known to occur in nature! Nature doesn’t work like that folks, nature builds, always, on what has previously been accomplished. So this is a red flag saying at the molecular level this thing looks like an alien artifact – at the molecular level.

Shrooms Used as Probes to Detect Life

A single mushroom in the sporelization phase can shed up to 3 million spores a minute for up to six weeks. ONE mushroom could do this. I maintain, that a strategy for extraterrestrial contact carried on by a super technology would take the following form:

Build a probe.

Give the probe the ability to replicate itself.

Start these probes out from your home planet.

The probes replicate so the volume of the probes stays constant as the volume of space increases.

If you’re carrying out an exhaustive search of the galaxy for life, it’s very hard to imagine a civilization that could visit and monitor every star over long periods of time. A much more efficient strategy would be the “phone home” strategy. You send, essentially a calling card which says if you get this message, call the enclosed toll free number and immediately report your location, we will come at that point. That’s what I think is going on.

Psychedelics and the UFO/ET experience

A rough draft of a commissioned article

Psychedelics and the UFO/ET experience

Bill Hicks often referenced, onstage and off, his greatest UFO experience. Whilst taking a ‘heroic dose’ of psychopsilocybin mushrooms with friends, both he and his friend (Kevin Booth) encountered a UFO and met the occupants. In his book ‘Bill Hicks: Agent of Evolution’, Kevin details how through this shared experience, they come to believe that through the use of such psychedelics, such alien entities were contactable, in fact they believed such entities were constantly around, accessible if one was prepared to make the journey through dimensions. Kevin details how they prepared for this experience through yoga, diet and clearing of the mind. As they relaxed, whilst under the influence of the psychopsilocybin mushrooms, they became aware they were somehow now on a UFO. Inside, the craft was shaped like a conch shell, and as they walked down the ramp towards a circle of light they became aware of the occupants of the craft. Whilst in the presence of these entities they became aware, more through realisation than anything else, that such barriers to time travel and non-verbal communication such as telepathy were all in the mind. After leaving the craft they felt that they were connected through the collective consciousness to hundreds if not thousands of people, who were also wanting to share that connection and communicate. According to Kevin, it was the most important event of Bill’s life.

Bill was heavily influenced by the writings of Terence McKenna who believed that the way to save humanity was by opening up human consciousness through the use of psychedelic substances. McKenna also believed that UFO experiences were accessible through the use of such psychedelic substances. Whilst controversial for many reasons, especially with the more ‘nuts and bolts’ UFOlogists, there is a large body of evidence that points to such experiences being extremely commonplace. McKenna claimed that “In psilocybin and the tryptamine hallucinogens we actually have a state of mind that is very similar to the state of mind reported to accompany the UFO contact…” McKenna was referencing the sense of connection, the telepathic experiences and the awareness of what other entities were feeling or experiencing, as reported by many UFO experiencers. It seemed through UFO/ET contact experiences, the amount of non-verbal communication dramatically increased which is consistent with what many psychedelic experiencers also report experiencing when under the influence of such compounds.

McKenna wasn’t alone in his beliefs about using psychedelic substances to access other realms. Timothy Leary, the other great psychedelic proponent, believed that ETs were less literal or ‘nuts and bolts’, and viewed them as more of a mental, spiritual and interdimensional phenomena. He also found it unlikely that ETs would travel such vast interstellar distances solely by craft. Leary believed that due to humanities inability to blend the physical and paraphysical worlds that ET is more likely to be experienced in the physical world. He believed that due to the limitations of our minds, man cannot access places where time, space and matter are manipulated, which is the frame of reference more common with ETs and ET encounters. McKenna agreed this point and believed that through the psychedelic experience, the human mind could become the UFO and travel the great distances of the universe at the speed of thought. Many UFO experiencers have noted how time has been distorted and have experienced periods of missing time. Such experiencers have reported floating through walls with ETs highlighting that the manipulation of matter is commonplace for ET. It is this frame of reference, beyond what we normally experience as our conscious frame of reference, that Leary believed was accessible through psychedelic substances.

Further research appeared to echo McKenna and Leary’s beliefs. Dr. Rick Strassman, author of ‘DMT: The Spirit Molecule’ also described repeated encounter with alien-like beings whilst experimenting on volunteers with Di-Methyl Tryptamine (DMT). During five years of research, Strassman administered 400 doses of DMT to 60 volunteers, and over half of the volunteers reported experiences where they encountered or interacted with non-human beings. One participant reported: “I felt like I was in an alien laboratory, in a hospital bed like this… A sort of landing bay, or recovery area. There were beings… They had a space ready for me. They weren’t as surprised as I was. It was incredibly un-psychedelic. I was able to pay attention to detail. There was one main creature, and he seemed to be behind it all, overseeing everything. The others were orderlies, or dis-orderlies. They activated a sexual circuit, and I was flushed with an amazing orgasmic energy. A goofy chart popped up like an X-ray in a cartoon, and a yellow illumination indicated that the corresponding system, or series of systems, were fine. They were checking my instruments, testing things. When I was coming out, I couldn’t help but think ‘aliens’. I am so disappointed I didn’t talk to them. I was confused and in awe. I knew that they were preparing me for something. Somehow we had a mission. They had things to show me. But they were waiting for me to acquaint myself with the environment and movement and language of this space.”

Many under the influence of DMT have experienced alien abduction type experiences yet have not physically left the room they were in. Many have also exhibited the physical phenomena associated with alleged physical alien abductions such as small scars and scoop marks. This interaction between the realms that DMT appears to give access to and the physical dimension is no surprise to many experienced psychedelic adventurers. Conversely there are those who claim to be alien abductees and have experienced something akin to a psychic abduction. In the book ‘Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind’, the author (C.D. Bryan) details a case where a woman is psychically abducted whilst in the presence of UFO researchers. The abductee recalled a typical abduction scenario, as if she had been taken out of her body rather than physically present. For the researchers they witnessed the experiencer seemingly faint, yet she was able to describe verbally all that was happening to her.  Are we to assume that the psychic plane that both the DMT experiencer and the psychic abductee are encountering are in fact one in the same?

The comparisons between the entities encountered via DMT are extremely similar, not only in appearance but also in behaviour as those in more traditional alien abduction type scenarios. One volunteer reported encountering insectoid type beings who ‘consumed’ his feelings. The observance of emotions by aliens during abduction experiences is a very common theme reported by abductees. Many DMT experiencers also reported medical type examinations, the imparting of important information and warnings relating to the state of the world/environment, which again is commonplace for those who allege they have been abducted by aliens. The appearance of the stereotypical Grey type aliens was also a commonplace report by many DMT experiencers.

It isn’t only under the influence of DMT or psychopsilocybin mushrooms that such encounters have been documented. Ayahuasca experiencers also report meeting alien-like entities. Graham Hancock, in his book ‘Supernatural’, described meeting Grey type beings whilst experimenting with the South American psychedelic brew. He also noted that not only had many people reported similar beings also but that many of the supernatural beings drawn by indigenous cultures looked identical to the drawings of Grey type aliens. Hancock believes that the archetypal Grey alien as witnessed in alien abduction scenarios and the spirit-beings encountered by shamans and Ayahuasca experiencers were one in the same.

It is not difficult to see where the two realms of the ‘traditional’ UFO/ET experience and that of psychedelically induced UFO/ET experience overlap. Both exhibit the manipulation of matter, the distortion of local time and the amplification of emotions, telepathy and learning experiences to name but a few. Whilst for many the UFO is a purely physical reality, there is no doubting aspects of the experience that are very much beyond our consensual everyday reality.

However, there have been many criticisms to the theory that such psychedelic substances can enable such UFO/ET experiences. Most of the recent criticism has been levelled at Strassman’s work, inasmuch as the participants knew what they were letting themselves in for so the expectation of some revelatory experience was in fact one of the main reasons as to why such revelatory experiences occurred. Many scientists bemoaned the fact that many of the theories in Strassman’s book failed to explain proposed relationships between meditation, the pineal gland and DMT. Other criticisms have come from the UFO/ET community itself. To theorise that many abductees are people who naturally produce too much DMT has annoyed many UFO researchers (and abductees) who only see abduction experiences as purely physical events and not something manifested within the mind. Also, the criticism that the objectivity of such psychedelic participants is questionable due to the fact that they are under the influence of powerful psychedelic compounds, is hard to shake. If we accept that UFO/ET experiences are valid under the influence of psychedelic substances, then all the unicorns, weird creatures and melting walls that are witnessed under such substances have to be accepted as valid too. However you view the issue of participant objectivity, the fact remains that such UFO/ET experiences occur so often with psychedelic experiencers, that there must be more to it than a statistical anomaly or wishful tripping.

Stanislav Grof, another psychedelic pioneer, explained that the issue of physical reality versus psychedelic reality has been boiled down to a simplistic dichotomy. Namely that “real material events involving extraterrestrial spacecraft and alien visitors from another part of the physical universe versus hallucinations of the psychotic person.” McKenna was in agreement, he stated that “… I think what’s being missed is that a whole dimension of communication is being ruled inadmissible as evidence simply because it doesn’t conform to the epistemological biases of the people who are asking the question”.

Grof believed that discoveries in theoretical physics and quantum mechanics have “dramatically changed the understanding of the physical universe and the relationship between consciousness and matter.” Grof went on to state that while the research into the physical reality of UFOs was extremely valid, he felt that physical research was not enough and having a greater understanding of the non-physical aspects was the missing key to fully understanding the UFO phenomena. The late John Mack, former Head of Psychiatry at Harvard University, saw that our current understanding of the nature of reality was not suitable to fully understand the UFO/ET phenomena. Mack felt that the behaviour of ETs and their craft was so alien to us (no pun intended) that our reality does not necessarily apply to their reality and that to fully understand ‘them’ we needed to place ourselves in an altered state of reality. He went on to say that expansion of our minds, not just our technology, was required to make that leap in understanding other realities and their occupants

Further research is evidently the key, but research into such psychedelic substances is uncommon. For many years such psychedelic research was banned in the United States plus there has been very little interest within the scientific community as to research in that area. The esteemed medical journal The Lancet reported in 2012 that a renaissance in research into psychedelic substances was finally taking place, with many researchers now feeling unbound by the politics of the drugs debate. Research is now taking place into the use of psychedelic substances to combat depression, personality disorders and other diverse conditions such as epilepsy and even looking at the nature of consciousness itself. What this research will tell us about consciousness is uncertain, but hopefully it may shine a little light towards just what are minds are capable of once we free it from earthbound fetters and discover just what is in/out there.


JET TERROR FEARS British Airways cancels all flights to Cairo as Foreign Office warns of ‘increased risk of aviation terrorism’ in Egypt

“Security risk. Someone knows something we don’t.”… laptop bomb!

British Airways cancels all flights to Cairo as Foreign Office warns of ‘increased risk of aviation terrorism’ in Egypt

  • Jacob Dirnhuber

BRITISH Airways have axed all flights to Cairo for SEVEN days amid fears of an imminent terror attack.

Foreign Office officials warned on Friday of an “increased risk of aviation-related terror” – and advised against all non-essential air travel to Brit tourist hotspot Sharm el Sheikh.

 Flights to Cairo airport have been called off
Flights to Cairo airport have been called offCredit: Reuters

A BA spokesman said: “We constantly review our security arrangements at all our airports around the world, and have suspended flights to Cairo for seven days as a precaution to allow for further assessment.

“We are rebooking customers who wish to travel this week on flights with alternative airlines.

“Customers who no longer wish to travel will be offered a refund.”

It is understood that British Airways alerted the Department of Transport of plans to axe flights in advance.

Shocked passengers at Heathrow were told their flights had been cancelled as they boarded jets bound for Egypt.

One tweeted: “Currently about to board a @British_Airways flight to Cairo and it’s cancelled. Not for a day.

“Not for two days but for seven. Security risk. Someone knows something we don’t.”

It comes just days after the Foreign Office updated travel guidance for Egypt – citing a “heightened risk of terrorism against aviation.

The advice said: “There’s a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation. Additional security measures are in place for flights departing from Egypt to the UK.

“You should co-operate fully with security officials at airports.”

German airline Lufthansa followed by cancelling flights to Cairo from Frankfurt and Munich.

A spokesman said: “As safety is the number one priority of Lufthansa, the airline has temporarily suspended its flights to Cairo today as a precaution, while further assessment is being made.”

In October 2015 a Russian plane was brought down over Egypt’s Sinai desert – with a bomb being confirmed as being responsible for the crash.

The attack, which ISIS claimed responsibility for, took 224 lives – killing all on board the passenger jet.

The Airbus A321 disappeared 23 minutes after leaving Sharm el-Sheikh airport on October 31, flying towards St Petersburg.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We are aware that British Airways is notifying passengers that it has decided to suspend flights to Cairo temporarily.”


Good luck Boris! :D

“In short, it seems, Britain was set up.” 🙂

Iran crisis: Former military supremo issues bold threat – UK ‘could be tied into war’

FORMER Admiral Lord Alan West believes the “UK could be tied into a war with Iran” after two British tankers were seized by Tehran in Iranian waters.

Iran-UK World War 3 latest news: Lord West claims conflict could occur after tanker seizure

Iran-UK World War 3 latest news: Lord West claims conflict could occur after tanker seizure (Image: GETTY)

The UK was plunged into chaos following the revelation as military officials attempted to make contact with the tanker, which took a turn into the waters. The vessels were later impounded by Iran, leading to Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt calling an urgent COBR meeting as to what the UK’s next steps are. Speaking to Sky News, Lord West said: “They are the ones who escalated by attacking one of our merchant ships, so if they attack one of our merchant ships then they get their comeuppance.

“But for the Iranians to use that to come and attack our ships, I think, is not appropriate and we’ve got to look after our ships, but we mustn’t let them just steam around unprotected in what are very dangerous waters.

“It would be a disaster, we do not want a war, but we will be tied into it.”

Lord West also revealed that leadership hopefuls Mr Hunt and Boris Johnson were “deluding themselves” if they did not back the US in any potential conflict in the future.

US President Donald Trump backed the UK following the tanker seizure.

How Trump’s arch-hawk lured Britain into a dangerous trap to punish Iran

Simon Tisdall

With the seizure of a supertanker off Gibraltar, distracted UK government was set up by John Bolton as collateral damage

British-flagged Stena Impero has been held by Iran which is a constant target of US national security adviser John Bolton.
British-flagged Stena Impero has been held by Iran which is a constant target of US national security adviser John Bolton. Composite: AP

John Bolton, White House national security adviser and notorious Iraq-era hawk, is a man on a mission. Given broad latitude over policy by Donald Trump, he is widely held to be driving the US confrontation with Iran. And in his passionate bid to tame Tehran, Bolton cares little who gets hurt – even if collateral damage includes a close ally such as Britain.

So when Bolton heard British Royal Marines had seized an Iranian oil tanker off Gibraltar on America’s Independence Day, his joy was unconfined. “Excellent news: UK has detained the supertanker Grace I laden with Iranian oil bound for Syria in violation of EU sanctions,” he exulted on Twitter.

Bolton’s delighted reaction suggested the seizure was a surprise. But accumulating evidence suggests the opposite is true, and that Bolton’s national security team was directly involved in manufacturing the Gibraltar incident. The suspicion is that Conservative politicians, distracted by picking a new prime minister, jockeying for power, and preoccupied with Brexit, stumbled into an American trap.

In short, it seems, Britain was set up.

The consequences of the Gibraltar affair are only now becoming clear. The seizure of Grace I led directly to Friday’s capture by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards of a British tanker, the Stena Impero, in the Strait of Hormuz. Although it has not made an explicit link, Iran had previously vowed to retaliate for Britain’s Gibraltar “piracy”. Now it has its revenge.

As a result, Britain has been plunged into the middle of an international crisis it is ill-prepared to deal with. The timing could hardly be worse. An untested prime minister, presumably Boris Johnson, will enter Downing Street this week. Britain is on the brink of a disorderly exit from the EU, alienating its closest European partners. And its relationship with Trump’s America is uniquely strained.

Much of this angst could have been avoided. Britain opposed Trump’s decision to quit the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, the trigger for today’s crisis. It has watched with alarm as the Trump-Bolton policy of “maximum pressure”, involving punitive sanctions and an oil embargo, has radicalised the most moderate Iranians.

Yet even as Britain backed EU attempts to rescue the nuclear deal, Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt, foreign secretary, tried to have it both ways – to keep Trump sweet. They publicly supported Washington’s complaints about Iran’s “destabilising” regional activities and missile programme, and berated Iran when it bypassed agreed nuclear curbs.

Crucially, the government failed to significantly beef up protection for British-flagged vessels transiting the Gulf after attacks in May and June. This was partly because a depleted Royal Navy lacks capacity to mount adequate patrols. But it was also because officials feared that by raising its military profile, Britain could be sucked into armed conflict with Iran.

For Bolton, however, drawing Britain unambiguously in on America’s side was a desirable outcome. So when US spy satellites, tasked with helping block Iranian oil exports in line with Trump’s global embargo, began to track Grace I on its way, allegedly, to Syria, Bolton saw an opportunity.

The Spanish newspaper, El Pais, citing official sources, takes up the story: “The Grace 1, which flies a Panamanian flag, had been under surveillance by US satellites since April, when it was anchored off Iran. The supertanker, full to the brim with crude oil, was too big for the Suez Canal, and so it sailed around the Cape of Good Hope before heading for the Mediterranean.

“According to the US intelligence services, it was headed for the Syrian oil refinery of Banias. Washington advised Madrid of the arrival of the supertanker 48 hours ahead of time, and the Spanish navy followed its passage through the Strait of Gibraltar. It was expected to cross via international waters, as many Iranian vessels do without being stopped.”

Although Spanish officials, speaking after the event, said they would have intercepted the ship “if we had had the information and the opportunity”, Spain took no action at the time. But Bolton, in any case, was not relying on Madrid. The US had already tipped off Britain. On 4 July, after Grace I entered British-Gibraltar territorial waters, the fateful order was issued in London – it is not known by whom – and 30 marines stormed aboard.

Iran’s reaction was immediate and furious. It claimed Britain had acted illegally because the EU embargo on oil supplies to Syria, which Hunt claimed to be upholding, applied only to EU states and not to third countries such as Iran. In any case, Tehran said, the ship’s destination was not Syria.

Iran’s outrage was shared, to a lesser degree, by Josep Borrell, Spain’s socialist foreign minister. Borrell resented the British incursion into Gibraltar’s territorial waters, which Madrid does not recognise. He also appears to have been annoyed that Spain was drawn in – in Tehran, the Spanish ambassador had been summonsed by the foreign ministry to explain Madrid’s role. His reaction was to distance Spain from the affair. The Iranian tanker had been seized “following a request from the United States to the United Kingdom,” he said. And even though Britain was supposedly upholding EU regulations, the External Action Service, the EU’s foreign policy arm, has remained silent throughout.

Iran’s retaliation in snatching the Stena Impero has further exposed Britain’s diplomatic isolation and its military and economic vulnerability. The government has advised British ships to avoid the Strait of Hormuz, an admission it cannot protect them. But between 15 and 30 British-flagged tankers transit the strait each day. If trade is halted, the impact on energy prices may be severe.

Hunt’s appeal for international support for Britain has so far fallen on deaf ears, France and Germany excepted. China, Japan and other countries that rely on oil from the Gulf show no sign of helping. The US plan for a multinational coalition to protect Gulf shipping has few takers. Meanwhile, Trump’s promise to back Britain has scant practical value – and carries inherent dangers.

The Bolton gambit succeeded. Despite its misgivings, Britain has been co-opted on to the front line of Washington’s confrontation with Iran. The process of polarisation, on both sides, is accelerating. The nuclear deal is closer to total collapse. And by threatening Iran with “serious consequences”, without knowing what that may entail, Britain blindly dances to the beat of Bolton’s war drums.

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UK dilemma on Iran confrontation is part of a much larger conflict

Seizure of British-flagged tanker could force new prime minister to rethink approach to nuclear accord
Gideon Rachman

Unexpected events have a way of crowding a world leader. Boris Johnson hasn’t even been elected leader of the UK Conservative Party, let alone moved in to 10 Downing Street. Now the man who is expected to win that election on Tuesday and be appointed British prime minister on Wednesday faces the prospect of having to deal with a major diplomatic crisis with Iran that could spiral into military conflict.

On Friday, Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker that was sailing through the Strait of Hormuz. The Iranian action was seen as retaliation for the British seizure earlier this month of an Iranian tanker, near Gibraltar, that had been suspected of violating sanctions on Syria.

The British government has already threatened “serious consequences” for Iran, a phrase often regarded as a euphemism for a military response. Mr Johnson comes to power with a carefully-cultivated image as a robust no-nonsense patriot, and will want to appear strong in what could be his first major test as a national leader.

But military and diplomatic realities will constrain a British response. The UK has consistently tried to pursue the path of negotiations with Tehran. As recently as last week (before the tanker seizure), Mr Johnson said he would oppose military action against Iran. And with the Royal Navy stretched very thin, it would be risky for the UK to take on Iran in its own backyard.

In any military clash with Iran, the UK would certainly look to the US for support. On Friday, Donald Trump intimated vaguely that such support would be forthcoming. But the US president has already demonstrated his reluctance to take military action against Iran. Last month, he abruptly cancelled bombing raids on Iran that had been planned as retaliation, after Iran had shot down an unmanned American drone.

Britain’s current dilemma can only be understood as part of a broader escalation of tensions between Iran and the west, in which the governments in Tehran and Washington are the central players.

The US has been pursuing a strategy of “maximum pressure”, which is designed to force Tehran into direct negotiations. In pursuit of this goal, the US has withdrawn from the Iran nuclear accord and reimposed swinging economic sanctions.

So far, the American strategy has not worked. Iran has refused to engage in direct talks and instead has resorted to a series of small-scale military provocations, including the tanker seizures and the attack on the American drone. The Iranian leadership may be relying on Mr Trump’s clear reluctance to get involved in another shooting war in the Middle East.

But Tehran is at risk of miscalculating. There are influential people in Washington — such as John Bolton, Mr Trump’s national-security adviser — who have long been advocates of a strike on Iran, Repeated Iranian provocations may tip the argument in their direction.

The seizure of the British-flagged oil tanker could also push the UK towards a more hawkish position on Iran, something that has been resisted by the EU. The Trump administration’s 2018 decision to pull out of the nuclear accord was rejected by Germany, France and the UK, who are cosignatories to the deal. They have collectively struggled to keep alive the prospect that Iran will reap economic benefits from continuing to respect the negotiated restraints on its nuclear programme.

But if the UK is looking to deliver “serious consequences” for Iran that stop short of a military response, it could abandon its efforts to preserve the Iran nuclear accord and instead join in the Trump administration’s efforts to strangle the Iranian economy.

A British decision to align its Iran policy with that of Washington, would probably finally kill off the EU’s efforts to keep the Iran nuclear accord alive. It would also represent the abandonment of a long-standing British foreign-policy position and might increase the chances of a military confrontation further down the road. It is a momentous choice for a new prime minister to face, in his first few days in office.


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Boris Johnson warned: focus on Iran crisis or risk war

Tory leadership rivals kept informed about spiralling crisis in the Gulf as ex-naval chief blasts government

Admiral Lord West: ‘our political establishment have been focused on the election of a new prime minister’

Boris Johnson will be tested by a major international crisis in his first days as prime minister, senior military figures and politicians have warned, after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in a move that raised tensions in the Gulf to new heights.

Johnson, who is expected to win the race to succeed Theresa May as Tory leader and be installed as the new prime minister on Wednesday, was kept informed about the spiralling crisis on Saturday by his rival for the top job, Jeremy Hunt, whom he is expected to reappoint as foreign secretary.

The former first sea lord Admiral Lord West, writing in the Observer, says the British government should have done more to protect UK ships in the Gulf in recent days and suggests those responsible for such decisions were distracted by the race for No 10.

Under a new prime minister, he says, the government must now focus on the crisis or risk a descent into war.

“This crisis has developed as the eyes of our political establishment have been focused on the election of a new prime minister,” West says. “Whoever wins is going to have to face a major international crisis as soon as he is in post. It cannot be ignored because of Brexit.” He adds: “There are very real risks of a miscalculation or foolhardy action leading to war.”

Writing on theguardian.com, Alistair Burt, a former Foreign Office minister with responsibility for the Middle East, says the new prime minister already had enough problems to contend with, but now has “a fully formed international crisis sitting in the in-tray marked Iran”.

On Saturday, Hunt summoned Tehran’s top diplomat in London, and warned UK ships to temporarily avoid the strait of Hormuz, after Iran’s Revolutionary Guards seized the British-flagged tanker off the country’s coast and took it to one of its main military ports on Friday.

The foreign secretary said he had spoken to his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to express “extreme disappointment” over Iran’s actions, and vowed to protect UK ships during the crisis. On Saturday night, Hunt insisted the tanker, the Stena Impero, had been seized in Omani waters in “clear contravention of international law”, and condemned the move as “totally and utterly unacceptable”.

“It raises very serious questions about the security of British shipping, and indeed international shipping, in the strait of Hormuz,” he said.

Jeremy Hunt leaves Downing Street after a meeting to discuss the deepening Iran crisis.
Jeremy Hunt leaves Downing Street after a meeting to discuss the deepening Iran crisis. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Hunt had promised a robust response if the tanker was not released, but said the government was not contemplating military action.

On Saturday night it was reported that Hunt is to use a Commons statement on Monday to announce a package of diplomatic and economic measures, including possible asset freezes, against the regime.

Government sources said the timing of Iran’s action, just before a change of prime minister, meant it was now almost certain that Hunt would stay as foreign secretary if, as expected, Johnson is declared the winner of the Tory leadership contest on Tuesday. One former minister said it would be “unthinkable” for a new foreign secretary to be brought it in at such a time.Advertisement

However, doubts remained in Whitehall about the ability of Johnson and his new team to handle the crisis. Johnson was strongly criticised when, as foreign secretary, he made false remarks about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian woman detained in Iran, which her family say worsened her plight.

The former foreign secretary Margaret Beckett said it was a dangerous moment: “This is a critical test for the new prime minister which will put him and his team on their mettle.”

The government’s emergency committee, Cobra, met on Saturday afternoon to discuss the crisis – the second such gathering in under 24 hours. It is understood that, while Johnson was not due to be briefed, as he is not a member of the government, Hunt kept him abreast of developments.

Iran’s chargé d’affaires, the country’s senior diplomat in London, was also summoned to the Foreign Office. Iran’s capture of the tanker and its 23 crew members came two weeks after Royal Marines seized an Iranian tanker, the Grace 1, off Gibraltar, on suspicion of shipping oil to Syria in violation of an EU embargo, and just hours after authorities in Gibraltar announced that they would extend their custody of the vessel.

The Stena Impero’s owners said the tanker had been taken to Bandar Abbas, one of Iran’s main military bases, and was carrying “23 seafarers of Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino nationality”. The crew were said on Saturday night to be in good health.

The details of what happened on Friday afternoon remained unclear. Iran’s official news agency has said the ship was seized after hitting a fishing boat. A spokesman for the Revolutionary Guards said it was being escorted by a UK military vessel at the time, which tried to stop Iran diverting the tanker to its coast.

The defence secretary, Penny Mordaunt, said a Royal Navy frigate had been an hour from the scene when Iranian forces took control of the Stena Impero. The tanker was in Omani waters at the time, she told Sky News. The ship’s owners have said it was in international waters, complying with all laws and regulations, when it was captured.

Tory MP Tom Tugendhat, chair of the Commons foreign affairs committee, said that with the tanker at Bandar Abbas, Britain should rule out the use of force. “It’s an important military port and any military options will be extremely unwise,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

On Saturday, Iran appeared to explicitly link Friday’s move to the seizure of the Grace 1, which Tehran had denounced as piracy carried out on the orders of Washington.

“The rule of reciprocal action is well-known in international law,” Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei, a spokesman for Iran’s Guardian Council, said. The council rarely comments on state matters, but when it does it is seen as reflecting the view of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Hunt rejected this interpretation, saying that although Tehran saw it as a “tit-for-tat” situation, “nothing could be further from the truth”.

A second Liberian-flagged but British operated tanker was also detained for several hours by Iranian forces on Friday, before it was allowed to continue its voyage. Fars, a semi-official Iranian news agency, reported it was given a notice to meet environmental regulations.

Around a fifth of the world’s oil must pass through the strait of Hormuz, the busiest shipping lane in the world for crude tankers, and under 40km wide at its narrowest point. Tensions in the Gulf had already affected oil trading, and Friday’s tanker seizures caused prices to spike.