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PEOPLE WHO WERE PROVED RIGHT IN THE END

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PEOPLE WHO WERE PROVED RIGHT IN THE END

Post by Tony Bennett on 14.02.16 14:42

This is meant to be a sort of companion thread to 'GREAT LIES AND HOAXES'.

It's intended to honour those people who, against the run of play - against the prevailing orthodoxy - have held out against an overwhelming opposition, only to be proved dead right in the end.

I'll kick this thread off with Emile Zola, who - against the entire anti-Semitic French establishment - said that Jew, Albert Dreyfus, had been wrongly convicted of treason. He did so in a famous article called 'J'accuse'. And he was most certainly proved right in the end:   

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Captain Alfred Dreyfus was a French-Jewish artillery officer in the French army. In September 1894, French intelligence found information about someone giving the German Embassy military secrets. Anti-semitism caused senior officers to suspect Dreyfus, though there was no direct evidence of any wrongdoing. Dreyfus was court-martialed, convicted of treason, and sent to Devil's Island in French Guiana.

Lt. Col. Georges Picquart came across evidence that implicated another officer, Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy, and informed his superiors. Rather than move to clear Dreyfus, the decision was made to protect Esterhazy and ensure the original verdict was not overturned. Major Hubert-Joseph Henry forged documents that made it seem as if Dreyfus were guilty and then had Picquart assigned to duty in Africa. Before leaving, Picquart told some of Dreyfus' supporters what he knew. Soon Senator August Scheurer-Kestner took up the case, announced in the Senate that Dreyfus was innocent, and accused Esterhazy. The government refused to allow new evidence, and Esterhazy was tried and acquitted. Picquart was then sentenced to 60 days in prison.[citation needed]
Zola risked his career and more on 13 January 1898, when his "J'accuse"[8] was published on the front page of the Paris daily L'Aurore. The newspaper was run by Ernest Vaughan and Georges Clemenceau, who decided that the controversial story would be in the form of an open letter to the President, Félix Faure. Zola's "J'Accuse" accused the highest levels of the French Army of obstruction of justice and antisemitism by having wrongfully convicted Alfred Dreyfus to life imprisonment on Devil's Island. Zola's intention was that he be prosecuted for libel so that the new evidence in support of Dreyfus would be made public.[9] The case, known as the Dreyfus affair, divided France deeply between the reactionary army and Catholic church, on one hand, and the more liberal commercial society, on the other. The ramifications continued for many years; on the 100th anniversary of Zola's article, France's Roman Catholic daily paper, La Croix, apologized for its antisemitic editorials during the Dreyfus affair. As Zola was a leading French thinker and public figure, his letter formed a major turning-point in the affair.

Zola was brought to trial for criminal libel on 7 February 1898, and was convicted on 23 February and removed from the Legion of Honor. Rather than go to jail, Zola fled to England. Without even having had the time to pack a few clothes, he arrived at Victoria Station on 19 July. After his brief and unhappy residence in London, living at Upper Norwood from October 1898 to June 1899, he was allowed to return to France in time to see the government fall.[citation needed]

The government offered Dreyfus a choice between a pardon (rather than exoneration), which would allow him to go free (provided that he admit to being guilty), or facing a re-trial in which he was sure to be convicted again. Although he was clearly not guilty, he chose to accept the pardon. Zola said of the affair, "The truth is on the march, and nothing shall stop it."[10] In 1906, Dreyfus was completely exonerated by the Supreme Court.[citation needed]


Zola's 1898 article is widely marked in France as the most prominent manifestation of the new power of the intellectuals (writers, artists, academicians) in shaping public opinion, the media and the state.[citation needed]

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Post by sallypelt on 14.02.16 14:47

Tony, I don't know if you know about Davina McCall's family connections to Emile Zola, but I will post an extract here. This is taken from the  Who Do You Think You Are programme,

Davina McCall was brought up largely by her grandmother, as her mother was an alcoholic and in Davina's own words 'still a child herself'. She grew up hearing stories that she was descended from George IV, with a distant relative being his illegitimate son. It turned out that this wasn't the case, but her ancestor had been the King's master stonemason and had left an impressive legacy of work, along with a very divisive will which caused a number of family tragedies. I got the impression that because of her mother's unstable personality she was expecting to find more of the same when she delved into her mother's French background. However nothing could be further from the truth. She found out that her great-grandfather was Celestin Hennion, head of the French police in the early 1900's. He is still revered and honoured in France, both for his work in modernising the police force, and for his support for Captain Alfred Dreyfus. During the Dreyfus Affair, when the military captain was accused of spying and unjustly convicted (due to rampant anti-semitism in France at this time) Hennion stood up for him and according to an historian Davina McCall met with in France, the testimony of her great-grandfather was central to his defence, although he was still found guilty. Eventually, due to worldwide public condemnation, aided by a public letter of protest sent by Emile Zola to a French newspaper, Dreyfus was pardoned.

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Post by Tony Bennett on 14.02.16 14:58

@sallypelt wrote:Tony, I don't know if you know about Davina McCall's family connections to Emile Zola, but I will post an extract here. This is taken from the  Who Do You Think You Are programme,

Davina McCall was brought up largely by her grandmother, as her mother was an alcoholic and in Davina's own words 'still a child herself'. She grew up hearing stories that she was descended from George IV, with a distant relative being his illegitimate son. It turned out that this wasn't the case, but her ancestor had been the King's master stonemason and had left an impressive legacy of work, along with a very divisive will which caused a number of family tragedies. I got the impression that because of her mother's unstable personality she was expecting to find more of the same when she delved into her mother's French background. However nothing could be further from the truth. She found out that her great-grandfather was Celestin Hennion, head of the French police in the early 1900's. He is still revered and honoured in France, both for his work in modernising the police force, and for his support for Captain Alfred Dreyfus. During the Dreyfus Affair, when the military captain was accused of spying and unjustly convicted (due to rampant anti-semitism in France at this time) Hennion stood up for him and according to an historian Davina McCall met with in France, the testimony of her great-grandfather was central to his defence, although he was still found guilty. Eventually, due to worldwide public condemnation, aided by a public letter of protest sent by Emile Zola to a French newspaper, Dreyfus was pardoned.

Dear oh dear. An honourable French police officer of integrity, and his great-grand-daughter embraces self-seeking reality celebs as they emerge from the Big Brother house.

Quel dommage!

Anyway, it gives me an excuse to nominate my second person proved right in the end:

ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN, Russian author of 'One Day in the life of Ivan Denisovich', found guilty by Stalin of being an 'enemy of the state' and sent to the gulags- proved right after the Berlin Wall came down in 1989 and Communism collapsed

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Post by willowthewisp on 14.02.16 18:34

Dr David Kelly, Robin Cook, eh Tony Blair, Iraq claims?
The Aangerfan site has an interesting article on who supplied arms to Iraq, naming a former contributor to the Conservative party, who absconded from the UK over tax avoidance, share dealing in Polypeck, the article states a former supplier, Mattrix Churchill, that had Mr Ken Clarke, Michael Heseltine and Alan Clarke sign "Special Notices" against the company directors for extradition to the USA, arms to Iraq oil pipes, which the MOD had sanctioned as okay?

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Post by roy rovers on 14.02.16 19:43

The Guardian in the case of Jonathan Aitken. Don't miss his 'simple sword of truth and trusty shield of traditional British fair play' speech.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR51fB8JNhI
see also The Liar: The Fall of Janathan Aitken by Luke Harding.
Jonathan Aitken, forced to resign from the Cabinet after being accused by "Guardian" journalists of abusing his position. This account covers the subsequent court battle, which he lost, and further, his sentence in June 1999 for perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
The story of how Jonathan Aitken went from being one of the most powerful people in British politics to a national laughing stock is told here in compelling detail. Every page is filled with irony, from the opening extract taken from Aitken's own biography of Nixon (a politician whom Aitken criticised for compounding lie upon lie rather than tell the truth). It's amazing how the sheer pomposity of the man seems to have led him to believe that, given enough money, you can force the public to believe anything. A devastating exposé on how the power of the press, when used correctly, is democracy's greatest weapon.

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Post by Guest on 14.02.16 21:05

David Walsh and Paul Kimmage, sports journalists, who were key in exposing cyclist Lance Armstrong's doping activities.

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