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The July 7 London Bombings     

Karin Brothers

 The July 7 bombings should be regarded with deep suspicion. Tony Blair refused  to hold independent investigation - the exact response Bush gave to 9/11.  While the physical damage was not comparable with 9/11, July 7 has profound implications for our civil liberties. Journalists claim the British press do not publish articles that question the official story.

The Context: Tony Blair's "anti-terror legislation" was in deep trouble, having been rejected by the judiciary, legislature and the British public.
Blair's agenda  included severe treatment of those merely suspected of terrorist connections and extended to a biologically-based ID system for everyone in the UK.

July 4, newspapers noted that support for Blair's invasive ID card legislation had plummeted to 45%

The events of July 7

On Thursday, July 7th, the first full day of the G8 meeting in Scotland, four explosions occurred in London.

London Underground staff were alerted at 8:51 a.m. of a problem; they initially believed it to be due to a power surge. At 9:20 a.m. they announced the emergency.

Three explosions had occurred on subway stations going south, east and west from King's Cross station (east, Aldgate; west, Edgeware Road; and south, Russell Square) between 8:50 am and about 9:35 am.
Almost an hour later, at 9:47 a.m., a fourth explosion tore through the northbound No. 30 double-decker bus at Tavistock Square.

Observers noted two unusually lucky coincidences; there happened to be a 1,000-person emergency preparedness operation at the three subway stations when this happened and the bus explosion occurred in front of the British Medical Association building.
 In all, fifty-six were killed and about 700 hundred injured; the bombs caused a day-long disruption of London's transport and mobile telecommunications infrastructure.
{who turned-off everyone's cell phones in the area?} Scotland Yard initially announced that the subway bombs were detonated about 45 minutes apart.
 It wasn't until two days later that news reports noted that the explosions were virtually simultaneous, occurring within 50 seconds of each other at 8:50 a.m.

Internet Claims of Responsibility

There seemed to be an immediate public assumption that "Al Qaeda" was responsible before there was any evidence. On July 7th, an unheard-of organization called "the Secret Organization Group of Al Qaeda of Jihad Organization in Europe" posted a claim of responsibility on the Internet (BBC 2005)  Besides the fact that this claim was not supported by any verified evidence, or by statements at the time of London police or any other investigative agencies, the admission apparently quoted the Koran incorrectly!  Nevertheless, British Home Secretary Charles Clarke and Prime Minister Tony Blair took the claim at face value and declared that the bombing had been committed in the name of Islam. 

Who Had Advance Knowledge?

An Associated Press article reported that Scotland Yard warned the Israeli embassy minutes before the subway explosions, causing Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel an appearance he was to have made near the Edgeware Road station. This account was reportedly confirmed by a senior Israeli staffer.
The AP article was replaced hours later by a denial and the Israeli embassy subsequently denied this embarrassing story, which would have led people to wonder why Scotland Yard hadn't warned subway riders (AW 2005)   
 

On July 7, BBC interviewed Peter Power of Visor Consultants who reported that his company had been hired to carry out the July 7 emergency preparedness operation with 1,000 people for multiple simultaneous subway bombs; the further coincidence was that this was to take place just when the bombs went off and at the exact three stations affected by the blasts (GNN 2005)

Powers, who had worked for Scotland Yard in the past and had been connected with British intelligence, refused to identify who ordered this operation.

 Former Mi5 agent and whistle blower David Shayler claimed that Rudi Giulani, the mayor of New York City at the time of 9/11, had been connected with Powers' company., Rense 2005, Coincidentally, Rudolf Guilani was in London on July 7 at the same hotel at which Netanyahu was to speak.

On July 8, the day after the bombings, Scotland Yard noted that the bombs used by the alleged bombers weighed less than 10 pounds each, small enough to fit into the four men's "rucksacks"! (identical backpacks that appeared to be new and resembled those issued to British Infantry) The British media did not ask how Scotland Yard happened to know the pre-detonation weight of the bombs, which also implied that Scotland Yard knew that they would have been comprised of C4 (Times 2005a)

Israel/ Mossad

An article by former head of the Mossad, Efraim Halevi, with a Jerusalem Post dateline of July 7 referred to the "multiple, simultaneous" London subway explosions and claimed that the plot that was carried out with "near-perfect execution". London police did not know on July 7 that the bombs were "simultaneous", and Halevi's description of "near-perfect" presupposes that he knew what "perfectly" would have been.

Financiers

It appears that there might have been foreknowledge in financial circles. In the ten days before July 7 unusual short selling of the British pound caused a mysterious 6% drop in the value of the pound. Two days before July 7th, U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan released $40 billion in additional liquidity to the financial markets that would serve to protect undue fluctuation of currency. Despite this, fortunes were made after the pound dropped even further after the explosions (IW 2005a)

The Official Suicide Bomber Theory

Initially, the assumption was made that terrorists would have planted the bombs in the various sites and walked off; it was clear that no one would have needed to die to detonate them. This scenario seemed to be confirmed by a report from ABC News that detonators were found at the site of the subway bombs. According to a Newsday site, NBC reported that the bomb detonators were in cell phones (Newsday 2005)

At Least One Bomb Was Pre-planted

While police noted that subway damage indicated that those bombs must have been placed on the cars' floors, eyewitness Bruce Lait's evidence was that at least one bomb seemed to have been placed under the carriage. Lait, who was yards away from the bomb that exploded at Aldgate East station, told the Cambridge Evening News:.

"The policeman said 'mind that hole, that's where the bomb was'. The metal was pushed upwards as if the bomb was underneath the train. They seem to think the bomb was left in a bag, but I don't remember anybody being where the bomb was, or any bag."

Evidence of Further Conspiracy

The French anti-terrorist expert brought in to advise Scotland Yard, Christophe Chaboud, noted that a sophisticated bombmaker seemed to be the builder of the four bombs, which he noted used high-grade military explosive. This assessment was confirmed by a story in the Times, which noted that an unusual type of American military explosive C4, which was not obtainable over the internet, had been found in traces at all four blast sites (Times 2005a)

Vincent Cannistraro, former executive director of the CIA's counter-terrorism center, said his British contacts told him the bombs had high-grade explosives, possibly C-4 or TATP (Newsday 2005)

More Than Four Bombs

In a Guardian July 8th 2005 article entitled " Four bombs in 50 minutes": "Police denied that they had recovered any unexploded devices. But a source told The Guardian that three controlled explosions had been carried out on "suspect devices". Furthermore Vincent Cannistraro, the former head of the CIA's counter-terrorism centre, told The Guardian that "two unexploded bombs" were recovered as well as "mechanical timing devices." (Guardian 2005)

Why No Manhunt for Ejaz Fiaz?

Ejaz Fiaz was one of the first to be identified -- for some unexplained reason -- as one of the bombers. He has disappeared, but must have an interesting story to tell about the men accused of the July 7th events. Described as a party animal on one website, he reportedly dyed his hair blonde and shaved his beard shortly before July 7th. It is a mystery why Scotland Yard has not published his photo or asked the public to aid in locating him. His brother Naveed Fiaz, 29, a youth worker, was arrested by Scotland Yard on July 15th, because he was "thought to be a relative of one of the main suspects".

BBC Story Blames Dead Khan

In a cleverly- constructed January 3, 2006 BBC TV News and website article "London bombs cost just hundreds" author Michael Buchanan portrays Khan as "the main backer" who carried out the July 7th bombings on the cheap. This article ignores the evidence pointing to a fifth person and sophisticated military explosives.

Naming the Muslims

It was not clear from the physical evidence at any of the blast sites who might have been responsible for the blasts. The police evidence did not come from the scenes but from outside investigation. In an article (WW4 2005) entitled “Homegrown Terror Network, or International Plot?”, Bill Weinberg reports on the first arrest in the case): "The present whereabouts of all the main suspects is unknown: police are considering the possibility that one or all of them were killed in the bomb blasts."

The Closed-circuit Television Evidence

On July 11th, the Monday after the blasts, papers reported that 800 detectives had gathered to observe 2,500 CCTV tapes with the hope of noticing people who entered the stations with bags and exited without them. The published estimate was two weeks for the task. But Tuesday, the next day, police claimed that the culprits had been identified. Five men were reportedly caught on a 7:21 a.m. CCTV tape at suburban Luton Station, four of whom, laden with identical backpacks, were later seen to arrive at 8:30 a.m. at King's Cross, again caught on CCTV with a fifth man. Police claimed that they connected the names to these CCTV images when the family of Hasib Hussain called the police hotline (along with thousands of others) to report their 18-year old son missing.
Three British men of Pakistani origin -- who did not seem to be closely connected to each other -- were then named as the bombers; the fourth remained a mystery for days "of DNA tests". Despite initial police claims that all four men were of Pakistani origin -- one was initially identified as Ejaz "Jacksy"Fiaz -- the fourth man turned out to be a "powerfully built" Jamaican convert to Islam.

While Scotland Yard detectives claim that the CCTV tape that broke this case showed four to five men chatting and laughing easily together, this tape has not been shown as of spring 2006. CCTV images of the four supposedly entering Luton station on that morning (the tape with the fifth man has also not been shown) show no other identifiable people in the pictures; some claim that the image appears to have been modified to incriminate the men with images of handrails coming through the photos in suspicious ways (WN 2005) The photo, supposedly taken on July 7th of the alleged bus bomber, Hasib, clearly shows him wearing a denim jacket, contradicting eye-witness and the missing person report that had him wearing a distinctively-colored shirt. British police reported in November 2005 that they had CCTV tapes showing that the four men did an earlier "trial run". That announcement may be an attempt to explain the obvious discrepancies between the men's appearances in the released CCTV images (with a July 7th date on them) and what the men were known to have worn on July 7th.

Police claim that three British-Pakistani men traveled south from Leeds to Luton in a rented car, where they met with a fourth and perhaps a fifth in Luton. They were supposedly seen boarding the 7:48 'Thameslink' train to London, arriving at King's Cross at 8:20, where they were spotted on the station's main concourse before entering the underground. In the fall of 2005, a researcher calculated that this time line was an impossibility (IW 2005b)

While it is clear that the police worked from sources other than what they said, the clincher seemed to be the discovery of explosives in places that police claimed were connected to those named.

Confirmation of Identification through Explosives

The fast identification seemed to be confirmed by the rapid locating of two rental cars at a Luton parking lot, one of which was found with home- made explosives in the trunk. It should be noted that these cars were in an unattended parking lot found five days after July 7th and that those who supposedly rented them were not alive to confirm or deny either their connection to these cars or the contents. One of the two cars was rented by the - at that time unidentified -- fourth bomber; since the parking was prepaid on this car, police have not explained how they identified that rented car on July 12 when they didn't know the man's name until the night of July 14th (according to the London Mirror of July 15). Later on July 12th, police raided an address that they believed was connected with these men, a vacant apartment which contained a bathtub loaded with more homemade explosive. The apartment had been rented by Magdi Asdi el-Nashar, an Egyptian- born Ph.D. and lecturer at the University of Leeds who had left the UK before July 7th, reportedly as a result of visa problems. After several weeks' detention, Egyptian officials exonerated him from having any connection with the blasts. While the reported discoveries of the explosives in the car and in the apartment seemed to equate to having properly identified the culprits, how the men were actually identified was never adequately explained.
Few questions were asked about why men with military explosives would have bothered with volatile homemade stuff in their car or in a bathtub?

Also, the police discovery of the crude material in the car and in the bathtub overshadowed both the opinions of various experts that the explosives were specifically not homemade, as well as the evidence of C4 identified at all four blast locations (Times 2005a). While articles noted the instability of homemade explosives, no questions were then asked about how such controlled, simultaneous blasts could have been pulled off with such unstable material.
The earlier claims that timing devices were found were subsequently denied, making it appear that the explosives had to be personally detonated. So as a result of these discoveries (as well as the bogus copycat July 21st events), the official line changed to contradict the physical evidence of military explosives to claim that the July 7 explosives were crude and homemade.

Evidence from the No. 30 Bus

According to police, the northern subway route from King's Cross station was closed the morning of July 7th; Hasib Hussain was separated from the other three men who had taken the subways east, west and south of King's Cross. Mobile phone records showed that at 9 am (10 minutes after the three subway explosions) Hussain made three calls to the others on his cell phone but got no response. He made no further calls, possibly assuming their cell phones could not be accessed in the underground.

Hussein was seen on a McDonald's CCTV camera ordering food. He got on the No. 30 bus going northward; the bomb exploded when the bus turned south and stopped across from the British Medical Association building, at 9:47 a.m., almost one hour after the other blasts.

While British transit runs thousands of CCTVs throughout their system, crucial ones were not working on July 7th. The CCTV had been turned off on the No. 30 bus that exploded, so there is no reliable record of what happened. From the initial evidence, it is not even clear who the bomber was: In a Times on line article: "Forensic pathologists have been paying particular attention to the remains of two bodies found in the mangled wreckage of the double-decker. A senior police source said: 'There are two bodies which have to be examined in great detail because they appear to have been holding the bomb or sitting on top of it. One of those might turn out to be the bomber.'" Witnesses reports varied widely with each other as well as with reported CCTV evidence; Hasib Hassan was described as being both:

1. clean shaven and with stubble

2. carrying only one small bag and burdened with a huge haversack

3. smartly dressed in light brown designer clothes and in dark jeans

4. frantically searching through his bag when it exploded and the bag blew up when he sat down

Cooked-up Evidence for Muslims?

While Khan was supposed to have died in the Edgeware Rd. blast, his personal documents were reported to be found both there and at the Aldgate site. Tansweer's driver's license and credit cards were found on the No. 30 bus (ITP 2005)

One report claimed that Khan's body was not found at the blast site where he was supposed to have died ("Police have said that property in the name of a third man who traveled to London from West Yorkshire (reportedly Khan) was found at both the Aldgate and Edgeware Road sites, but there was no evidence proving he died at either blast (ACE 2005)

According to The Guardian of Aug. 24, 2005, police claim that they are in possession of all bodies of the bombers, to reassemble their body parts to analyze their positions on the bombs' detonations (China 2005) David Shayler, a former Mi-6 agent and whistleblower, has claimed that one of the bombers is reported to be in Pakistan.

To sum up, police have not shown how they came to name any of the accused, or proven that those named were responsible for the blasts. The assumption of guilt rests on Scotland Yard's suspicious discovery of explosives and the apparent deaths of these men.

The Media “Suicide Bomber” Bonanza

There was an immediate hue and cry on the naming of the alleged bombers, claiming these were "suicide bombers." The four and their community were immediately branded as "terrorist". Few newspapers had any articles that asked questions or reported evidence that challenged this assumption.

While the official version of 9/11 showed that educated Muslims might choose to commit suicide to make a point to Americans, the July 7th bombings supposedly showed that Muslims -- not any Muslim, but secular, next-door-neighbor Muslims that were high achievers and highly respected could blow themselves up to make a point to their fellow citizens. Islam, as a result of July 7th events, had replaced oppression and despair as a perceived cause of suicide bombing. Its implications on civil liberties from the "war on terror" cannot be understated.

The BBC immediately ran stories from Israel, drawing parallels between Israelis and Londoners as innocent victims of terror. The Daily Telegraph had a half-page article on a web site with what was claimed to be a slick, corporate- style video on how to blow up busses. Despite the obvious improbability in production and location, it was surmised that this was a Hezbollah video shot in occupied Palestinian territories! The site was reportedly found by someone in Washington.

Blair went on an immediate offensive, using inflammatory language to lay the responsibility squarely on the Muslim community. He demanded that they "root out the evil ideology" and report those with "extremist" views -- "extremist" apparently translating to anti-Israeli. He planned to criminalize those who "glorified" or "rationalized" terrorism -- presumably meaning those who explained the legality and history of Palestinian resistance. Referring to suicide "martyrs" would have been criminal, as well as explaining why one might be motivated to blow oneself up (Unfortunately for Blair, his wife Cherie's statements would have qualified). This was ultimately defeated.

Public Relations Outcome for Blair

While Blair's antiterrorism legislation was in some trouble before 7/7, all parties now rallied behind it.
There was an immediate outpouring of repressive "antiterrorism" legislation taken to Parliament to respond to British fears.

Outcome for the Muslim Community

One Muslim man was kicked to death and local papers were filled with stories of abuse of Muslims. Within 2-3 weeks, one in five British Muslims (either personally or someone in their family) had been abused or humiliated in public. Two-thirds were considering leaving Britain.

Evidence of Foreknowledge in the Accused

The four men did not appear to know they were about to die. According to the police who watched the King's Cross CCTV tape, the four appeared to be laughing and chatting easily together. Their families expected them home. There were no suicide notes. They had purchased return trip tickets. The parked cars had days of parking prepaid. One had just paid a huge car repair bill. They were all carrying their identification papers.

A January 3, 2006 BBC News article noted that the four Muslim men must have been preparing for death because they paid "part of some of their debt" and one had made a will. Ironically, many would have claimed that NOT paying one's debts might have been taken as knowledge of death.

Beyond that, these four men had good lives; they had no reason to choose to die to make any political statement. While much of the British Muslim community had high unemployment and reasons for despair, these were men who were respected in their community and had everything to live for. In all cases, their friends and relatives made public statements that indicated incredulity that these people could have been involved in such a plot. None was believed capable of such radical action; there was no case in which a close friend or relative acknowledged that such behaviour was conceivable from the person they knew.

Shehzad Tanweer, 22, killed at the Aldgate Rd. explosion, was a handsome, bright, athlete who loved cricket and had trophies for the long jump. He had just graduated from the university in Leeds and was planning a career in sports science. He had visited family in Pakistan to examine schools, but returned claiming he was turned off by anti-British feeling there. His family noted his patriotism; his friends commented on what a sweet person he was and how critical he would have been of terrorism. Some noted that he loved driving his family's Mercedes around the neighborhood. His driver's license and credit cards were found at the Tavistock Square bus blast.

Hasib Hussain, 18, (killed in the bus) was called a "pillar of the community" by friends, who couldn't believe he would have been involved in any plot. He reportedly had been somewhat wild in his adolescence, but had straightened out in the previous 18 months. It was noted that he visited Pakistan about a year before the London explosions.

There was initial confusion about the "fourth bomber" to be identified who died in the blast near Russell Square. While police initially claimed that the fourth man was of Pakistani descent, "DNA" indicated he was "powerfully-built" 19-year old Germaine "Jamal" Lindsey from Jamaica. He was known to be a good person who "never got into any trouble"; friends said he didn't make a big deal about being Muslim since his family conversion. He was married and had an 8-month old child. His wife (who did not believe his connection with a plot) was expecting their second child at the time of the explosions.

Mohammed Sadique Khan, 30, whose identification was found in the Edgeware Road and Aldgate debris, was a counselor for the children of immigrants and the learning disabled; he was so highly respected that the Times of London had featured him in an educational supplement. His mother-in-law had received special honor at Buckingham Palace for a life of progressive community work; Khan himself had been friends with his Member of Parliament's family for the past two decades. He had a 14-month old daughter but was recently estranged from his wife, who was expecting their second child. On a recent springtime trip to Pakistan, police claimed that he and Tanweer may have been in the same airport line.

The Mysterious Khan Tape

In mid-August, 5 weeks after the July 7th bombings, a video tape surfaced at the al Jazeera TV studio of Mohammed Siddiq Khan with edited-in shots of al Qaeda's Dr. al Zwahiri, with Khan seeming to state that the British had something coming because of their complicity in abuse of Muslims. This video had clearly been made to resemble Palestinian suicide bomber tapes; such tapes had never been used by al Qaeda. The tapes show Khan not as he looked around the time of the bombings, but as he looked 7 - 12 months previously. Police admitted that they possessed pictures of Khan as he appeared at that time. Khan's mouth and words are clearly out of synch particularly at the start of the tape; instead of brandishing a gun or a weapon, he jabs the air with a pencil or pen as if emphasizing a lesson. Khan's friends have derided this video as a fabrication. The lack of a motive would also call this tape's legitimacy into question: why would Khan, regardless of any political position, have ever made such a tape?

In August, 2005, Scotland Yard claimed a similar tape was about to surface that featured Tanweer. As of March 2006 (the time of this posting), al Jazeera had apparently not found such a tape.

The facts Remain

1. These men had no reason to end their lives.

2. They each had every reason to live.

3. Their actions indicated an expectation of being alive later.

4. Their known backgrounds made such involvement extremely unlikely.

5. Police have not proven that these men were connected with any plot.

The copycat attacks

On July 21, four North African immigrants apparently tried to detonate dud devices in London subways and a bus; all but one were soon caught.

Where Does the Evidence Point?

There are references to a fifth person shown on both Luton and King's Cross CCTV tapes. According to some, the "fifth" person with four men of Pakistani descent appeared to be from the Caribbean. Since Jamaican Jamal Lindsay was identified as the fourth bomber, it appears that the "fifth" person was of Pakistani origin. Why have these tapes never been shown? Why has the fifth person never been publicly identified or interviewed? Why has he been hidden from public scrutiny?

Possible Links to Western Intelligence

A British citizen named Haroon Rachid Aswat is said to have played a central role in the London attacks. Aswat comes from the same town where three of the alleged bombers lived, in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, and is "suspected of visiting the bombers in the weeks before the attacks." (New Republic, 8 August 2005). According to Fox News (28 July 2005), cell phone records show around 20 calls between him and the four accused bombers, leading right up to the time of the attacks. Police said he arrived in England two weeks before the attacks, and flew out just hours before the subway and bus blasts. Intelligence sources told The Times of London that during his stay, Aswat visited the home towns of all four bombers and selected targets in London.

In an interview with Fox News (29 July 2005), John Loftus, a terrorism expert and a former prosecutor for the US Justice Department, claimed that Haroon Rashid Aswat, the so-called mastermind of the 7/7 London Bombings, is a British ‘Intelligence Asset’ with connections to the British Secret Service MI-6. Loftus noted that Aswat was active in the London-based Al-Muhajiroun, formed during the Kosovo crisis, which worked with MI6 to recruit British Muslims to fight for Muslim interests in Kosovo . He noted that "Captain Hook" the imam of the Finsbury Mosque in London, was head of Al-Muhajiroun which recruited first Pakistani then Somalis and Eritreans; Aswat was his assistant. While both the imam and the person under Aswat were later indicted, Aswat has led a charmed existence, continually being freed in Britain and internationally after a variety of arrests. Loftus noted: "the entire British police are out chasing him, and one wing of the British government, MI-6 or the British Secret Service, has been hiding him..."

British police have since sought to play down the notion of a tie between Mr. Aswat and the July 7 attackers.

Similarities to the Madrid Bombing

Bombs from both July 7th and the Madrid bombing of March 2004 were reported to be set off by synchronized alarms using cell phones. The Times on line reported that: "Forensic scientists have told The Times that the construction of the four devices detonated in London was very technically advanced. “You keep hearing that terrorists can easily make a bomb from using instructions on the Internet. You can, but not of the design and sophistication of these devices. These were well put together, and it would appear the bomb-maker has highly developed skill,” one expert said. The trigger device was “almost identical” to the ones found in the rucksack bombs used in the Madrid bombings in March last year, although the terrorists used industrial dynamite stolen from a quarry in northern Spain rather than plastic explosives (Times 2005a)

The sophistication of the July 7th bombs could suggest a similar intelligence connection that Webster Tarpley makes in "911 - Synthetic Terrorism", in which he presents the evidence that the Madrid bombing was a western intelligence operation.

Connections to Islamic Pseudo-groups

The three men of Pakistani origin visited Pakistan in the year before July 7th. Hasib visited the previous fall, Tanweer and Khan were reported to have been in the same lineup to flights in the spring of 2005. While in Pakistan, each allegedly had contacts with several Islamic organizations, including madrassas and possibly Kashmiri rebel groups Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Toiba, which were known to be created, as well as financed and supported by Pakistan's US-backed Military Intelligence ISI and are said to have links to Al Qaeda.

According to University of Ottawa Professor Michel Chossudovsky, it is amply confirmed by official documents that Al Qaeda was a creation of the US intelligence apparatus. Both the CIA and its British counterpart MI-6 are known to have links to Al Qaeda operatives. If Al Qaeda were involved in the July 7th blasts, the connections to Western intelligence must be determined (TA 2002)

Need for an Independent Investigation

Tony Blair has turned down calls for an investigation. It is clear that a full, independent investigation is called for to separate fact from fiction. An independent public inquiry should be launched as demanded by the Conservative opposition that must include:

1. Locating and questioning Ejaz "Jacksy"Fiaz;

2. Identifying and interviewing the "fifth" person on the CCTV tapes;

3. Identifying the supplier of the bombs and the military explosive.

4. Defining the nature of Haroon Rachid Aswat's links to Western intelligence agencies and

5. The possible role of M-I6, which should not be involved in the police investigation;

Afterword

What remains to be done: How must we respond? To salvage what we can of our own civil liberties at a time of attempts to eliminate them for fear of "terrorists" in our midst, we must try to create bridges between the Christian and Muslims communities. For the good of our entire society, we must not allow Muslims to be demonized and isolated from the rest of our communities.

 

The de Menezes Execution

On July 22, several British intelligence agents publicly executed a white Brazilian man, claiming later that they confused him for a Somali who lived in the same building. Police claimed that Jean Charles de Menezes exited an apartment building they had under surveillance looking for an Abdi Omar, who in fact had left the UK the previous week. The execution was initially reported as a legitimate action from the new "shoot to kill" policy to stop "suicide bombers". False police claims along with a bogus self-described eyewitness attempting to justify the killing, filled the news: de Menezes was claimed to have acted suspiciously, running down the street, leaping over the subway barrier and into the subway with a puffy jacket with wires hanging out, so that Scotland Yard officers had valid reason to suspect that he was a possible "suicide bomber". Police claimed the CCTV cameras were not functioning at the Stockwell station.

It was only when de Menezes was identified as a Brazilian and not as a Muslim that police apologies started. Yet the police misinformation continued until evidence leaked out, piece by piece, that demolished the police version of events and exposed the extent to which police were trying to hide the facts. Virtually all police statements of fact were proven to be fabrications by CCTVs that were working. These CCTVs showed that:

1. despite initial police denials, CCTV films did exist of the Stockwell station platform and subway car at the time of de Menezes' execution;

2. de Menezes had not been wearing a puffy jacket with wires hanging out, but a light denim jacket; (the member of the independent police complaints commission who released this photo of de Menezes' body in the subway car was suspended)

3. de Menezes had not been running away but had been followed by policemen for about 20 minutes along streets, through an entire bus ride and a leisurely walk into the subway, where

4. he was restrained by several plainclothes- policemen (who reportedly did not believe he was Omar) and was executed (reportedly by men from an intelligence agency) with 8 shots; 7 in the back of the head and one in the shoulder.

After de Menezes' execution, police raided Omar's wife's home, causing his mother-in-law to have a heart attack requiring surgery. It turned out that Omar had left Britain five days before the July 21st events. When Omar returned to the U. K. after this raid, he visited the police station to ask if they wanted to question him; police told his lawyer that they didn't.

De Menezes' execution was followed by documented attempts of the police to intentionally misstate the facts of the death and to block investigations by using the excuse of public security.

1. It is clear that Ian Blair, head of Scotland Yard, was making public statements he had to know were false.

2. Despite Scotland Yard's immediate claim that a plainclothes officer of theirs was responsible for this killing, it was pointed out that evening on a BBC TV interview with a retired Scotland Yard officer that Scotland Yard police could not have killed the man because an automatic investigation was not called.

3. Despite this, Scotland Yard has continued to insist that the unidentified killer was not from another organization. The killer has not been identified; only that he was trained in Israel and was sent out of the country "for rest".

If de Menezes' death really were the horrible mistake that police soon admitted, why are they continuing to hide the facts and block the called-for investigation? The persistent efforts to obstruct information suggest that the de Menezes' execution may have been intentional and could have been a public warning.     

Karin Brothers Refs

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(Newsday 2005) K. Royce and J. Riley. Suspected Bomb-maker Sought. Newsday. July 10, 2005.

http://www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-wolond144342703jul14,0,5224271.story)

(Guardian 2005) H. Muir and R. Cowan. Four Bombs in 50 Minutes. Guardian Unlimited, July 8th, 2005. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1523819,00.html)

(WW4 2005) B. Weinberg. WW4 Report, July 14, 2005.

http://www.ww4report.com/node/775

(WN 2005) Wag News. July 23, 2005.

http://wagnews.blogspot.com/2005/07/evidence-luton-cctv-image-is-fake.html)

(IW 2005b) N. Kollerstrom and J. Stewart. Iraq War, Sept 1, 2005.

http://iraqwar.mirror-world.ru/article/61251

See also this forum. [link to this word]

http://forum.mpacuk.org/archive/index.php/t-3053.html

(ITP 2005) R. Jones and A. Bhovrul. London’s Invisible Bombers. ITP Business, July 17, 2005. http://www.itp.net/business/features/details.php?id=2938&category=

(ACE 2005) London Bomber Profiles. Acepilots/Politburo.

http://www.acepilots.com/mt/2005/07/14/london-bomber-profiles/

(See also the AP Story). [link]

http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2005/7/14/161851.shtml

(China 2005) Button-like Devices Used in London Bombings.

China Daily, Aug. 24, 2005.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2005-08/24/content_471783.htm).(See also News24).

 [link] http://www.news24.com/News24/World/Londonattacks/0,,2-10-1854_1758891,00.html

(PP 2005) P. J. Watson. London Bombing Aftermath: The Spin Continues. Prison Planet, July 27, 2005. http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/july2005/270705bombingaftermath.htm

(TA 2002) H. al-Mujahideen, L el-Taiba, and J. al-Muhammad. Terrorism: Questions and Answers. 2002.

http://www.terrorismanswers.com/groups/harakat2.html

       Also see  http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=-4943675105275097719&q=Ludicrous+Diversion  7/7

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