07/07/07 and beyond - 7/7 Anniversaries

Keeping an eye on the media coverage of July 7th, and taking the media to task over their inaccuracies, mis-leading statements and distortions. Post all your complaints and responses here! If you spot inaccuracies in the media coverage, here's the place to tell us about it.
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07 Jul 2007, 16:49 #22

Pilger trots out the standard 'left' 'blowback' response again:
The London bombs also belong to the new Prime Minister
By John Pilger


07/06/07 "ICH" -- -- Just as the London bombs in the summer of 2005 were Blair's bombs, the inevitable consequence of his government's lawless attack on Iraq, so the potential bombs in the summer of 2007 are Brown's bombs.

Gordon Brown, Blair's successor as prime minister, has been an unerring supporter of the unprovoked bloodbath whose victims now equal those of the Rwandan genocide, according to the American scientist who led the 2006 Johns Hopkins School of Public Health survey of civilian dead in Iraq. While Tony Blair sought to discredit this study, British government scientists secretly praised it as "tried and tested" and an "underestimation of mortality". The "underestimation" was 655,000 men, women and children. That is now approaching a million. It is the crime of the century.

In his first day's address outside 10 Downing Street and subsequently to Parliament, Brown paid not even lip service to those who would be alive today had his government – and it was his government as much as Blair's – not joined Bush in a slaughter justified with demonstrable lies. He said nothing, not a word.

He said nothing about the added thousands of Iraqi children whose deaths from preventable disease have doubled since the invasion, caused by the wilful destruction of sanitation and water purification plants. He said nothing about hospital patients who die every day for want of equipment as basic as a syringe. He said nothing about the greatest refugee flight since the Palestinians' Naqba. He said nothing about his government's defeat in Afghanistan, and how the British army and its Nato allies are killing civilians, including whole families. Typically, on 29 June, British forces called in air strikes on a village, reportedly bombing to death 45 innocent people – almost as many as the number bombed to death in London in July 2005. Compare the reaction, or rather the silence. They were only Muslims. And Muslims are the world's most numerous victims of a terrorism whose main sources are Washington, Tel Aviv and London.

And he said nothing about his government's role in Afghanistan's restoration as the world's biggest source of opium, a direct result of the invasion of 2001. Any dealer on the streets of Glasgow will have the stuff, straight from warlords paid off by the CIA and in whose name British soldiers are killing and dying pointlessly.

He said nothing about stopping any of this. Not a word. Not a hint.

Do the dead laugh? In the new Prime Minister's little list of priorities was "extend[ing] the British way of life".

The paymaster of the greatest British foreign policy disaster of the modern era, Brown could not even speak its name, let alone meet the military families that waited to speak to him. Three British soldiers were killed on his first day.

Has there been anything like the tsunami of unction that has engulfed the departure of Blair and the elevation of Brown? Yes, there has. Think back a decade. Blair, wrote Hugo Young of the Guardian, "wants to create a world none of us has known, where the laws of political gravity are overturned", one where "ideology has surrendered entirely to 'values'". The new chancellor, effused the Observer, would "announce the most radical welfare Budget since the Second World war".

The "values" were fake and so was the new deal. One media-managed stunt followed another as Brown delighted the stock market and comforted the very rich and celebrated the empire, and ignored the longing of the British electorate for a restoration of public services so badly damaged by Margaret Thatcher. One of the first decisions by Harriet Harman, Blair's first social security secretary and a declared feminist, was to abolish the single parents' welfare premium and benefit, in spite of her pledge to the House of Commons that Labour opposed these impoverishing Tory-inspired cuts. Today, Harman is Brown's deputy party leader and, like all of the "new faces" around the cabinet table with "plans to heal old wounds" (the Guardian), she voted for an invasion that has destroyed the lives of tens of thousands of women.

Some feminism.

And when Blair finally left, those MPs who stood and gave him a standing ovation finally certified parliament as a place of minimal consequence to British democracy. The courtiers who reported this disgrace with Richard Dimbleby royal-occasion reverence are flecked with the blood spilled by the second-rate actor and first-rate criminal. They now scramble for the latest police press release. That the profane absurdity of the going of Blair and the silence and compliance of Brown – political twins regardless of their schoolboy spats – may well have provoked the attacks on London and Glasgow is of no interest. While the crime of the century endures, there almost certainly will be others.

Shame.

This article was first published at the New Statesman
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07 Jul 2007, 17:15 #23

10 Downing Street website:
7/7 remembered with wreath laying ceremony

7 July 2007

A message left in Tavistock Square to remember the victims of the London terrorist bombings of 7 July 2005. The Prime Minister has taken part in a wreath laying ceremony to mark the second anniversary of the 7/7 London bombings.

The ceremony took place in the small memorial garden outside King's Cross train station this morning. Tessa Jowell, Minister for London, and Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, also laid flowers at the site.

A total of 52 people died in the terrorist attacks of 7 July 2005. The bombings took place in four separate locations - on underground trains on the Piccadilly line near Russell Square station and on the Circle line near Aldgate and Edgware Road stations, and on a bus in Tavistock Square.

The bombers, Mohammed Sidique Khan, Shehzad Tanweer, Germaine Lindsay and Hasib Hussein, also died in the attacks. All four were from West Yorkshire and had spent time in Pakistan prior to the bombings.
Had Germaine Lindsay ever been to Pakistan?
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Joined: 25 Nov 2005, 11:41

07 Jul 2007, 17:35 #24

Bridget @ Jul 7 2007, 06:15 PM wrote: 10 Downing Street website:
7/7 remembered with wreath laying ceremony

7 July 2007

A message left in Tavistock Square to remember the victims of the London terrorist bombings of 7 July 2005; image copyright: Reuters The Prime Minister has taken part in a wreath laying ceremony to mark the second anniversary of the 7/7 London bombings.

The ceremony took place in the small memorial garden outside King's Cross train station this morning. Tessa Jowell, Minister for London, and Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, also laid flowers at the site.

A total of 52 people died in the terrorist attacks of 7 July 2005. The bombings took place in four separate locations - on underground trains on the Piccadilly line near Russell Square station and on the Circle line near Aldgate and Edgware Road stations, and on a bus in Tavistock Square.

The bombers, Mohammed Sidique Khan, Shehzad Tanweer, Germaine Lindsay and Hasib Hussein, also died in the attacks. All four were from West Yorkshire and had spent time in Pakistan prior to the bombings.
Had Germaine Lindsay ever been to Pakistan?
Who is Hasib Hussein then?
"The problem with always being a conformist is that when you try to change the system from within, it's not you who changes the system; it's the system that will eventually change you." -- Immortal Technique

"The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses." -- Malcolm X

"The eternal fight is not many battles fought on one level, but one great battle fought on many different levels." -- The Antagonist

"Truth does not fear investigation." -- Unknown
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07 Jul 2007, 20:18 #25

This is perfect. Why won't they say the exact time?
UK marks 7/7 attack anniversary
By Our London Correspondent

London, July 7: Britain marked the second anniversary of the July 7, 2005 bombings, in which 52 people were killed and 700 injured, with a low-key sombre act of remembrance.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown joined the survivors and relatives of the victims to lay wreaths in the memorial garden, beside Kings Cross Station on Saturday morning, shortly before 9 am, at the exact time the first bomb struck two years ago, on July 7 2005.

As Britain paid tribute to innocent people killed in bomb blasts two years ago, security in London and other parts of the country was tight as the threat level continued as "severe." Security has been tightened in view of the first stage of the Tour de France through central London and Live Earth concert at Wembley Stadium here.

Mr Brown, former culture secretary Tessa Jowell, London mayor Ken Livingstone, transport commissioner Peter Hendy, and the Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe paid their respects at the garden, before making way for survivors and relatives to pay their respects.

A short message attached to the flowers that Mr Brown laid, read "In remembrance and with deepest sympathy."

There was no national silence and, in line with the wishes of families and no large public event to mark the second anniversary.

At 3 pm 52 white balloons were released outside Westminster Abbey.

"The lives of those caught up in the terrible events of 7 July 2005 were changed forever on that day. They have shown great courage in starting to rebuild their lives, but two years on the pain and grief is still unbearably raw," Ms Jowell said.
Follow the numbers.
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07 Jul 2007, 20:21 #26

numeral @ Jul 7 2007, 09:18 PM wrote:
UK marks 7/7 attack anniversary
By Our London Correspondent

London, July 7: Britain marked the second anniversary of the July 7, 2005 bombings, in which 52 people were killed and 700 injured, with a low-key sombre act of remembrance.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown joined the survivors and relatives of the victims to lay wreaths in the memorial garden, beside Kings Cross Station on Saturday morning, shortly before 9 am, at the exact time the first bomb struck two years ago, on July 7 2005.

As Britain paid tribute to innocent people killed in bomb blasts two years ago, security in London and other parts of the country was tight as the threat level continued as "severe." Security has been tightened in view of the first stage of the Tour de France through central London and Live Earth concert at Wembley Stadium here.

Mr Brown, former culture secretary Tessa Jowell, London mayor Ken Livingstone, transport commissioner Peter Hendy, and the Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe paid their respects at the garden, before making way for survivors and relatives to pay their respects.

A short message attached to the flowers that Mr Brown laid, read "In remembrance and with deepest sympathy."

There was no national silence and, in line with the wishes of families and no large public event to mark the second anniversary.

At 3 pm 52 white balloons were released outside Westminster Abbey.

"The lives of those caught up in the terrible events of 7 July 2005 were changed forever on that day. They have shown great courage in starting to rebuild their lives, but two years on the pain and grief is still unbearably raw," Ms Jowell said.
This is perfect. Why won't they say the exact time?
Perhaps because if one reads all the official reports by the government, ISC and GLA 7 July Review Committee it is -- two years to the day from the events to which these reports refer -- impossible to establish even the simplest of facts about what actually happened on 7th July 2005.

Still, *everyone* knows what happened, so what do the details matter?
"The problem with always being a conformist is that when you try to change the system from within, it's not you who changes the system; it's the system that will eventually change you." -- Immortal Technique

"The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses." -- Malcolm X

"The eternal fight is not many battles fought on one level, but one great battle fought on many different levels." -- The Antagonist

"Truth does not fear investigation." -- Unknown
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08 Jul 2007, 00:09 #27

7/7 survivor begs Brown for help
NICHOLAS CHRISTIAN


A SURVIVOR of the July 7 bombings who is still so traumatised that she cannot step foot on an Underground train yesterday begged Gordon Brown to help the hundreds of people still struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.

Beverli Rhodes was on the King's Cross train when Germaine Lindsay launched the most lethal of the four attacks two years ago - blowing himself up and killing 26 other people.

The mother-of-four was lucky to survive, but she suffered horrific facial and brain injuries when her head smashed against a pole during the blast and is only now coming to the end of months of reconstruction surgery.

With one more operation to go, she appears fully recovered thanks to doctors in Thailand where she was forced to go for surgery after her insurance company decided she was not covered for injuries caused by terrorists.

But yesterday, on the second anniversary of the attacks, she revealed she is still receiving counselling for post-traumatic stress and feels that she and other survivors and relatives of victims have now been forgotten.

More than 100 others are currently still having trauma treatment from hospitals, said Rhodes, but had all now received a letter saying it would be cut this September because the funding had run out.

Of the 1,000 or so survivors and relatives, she estimates 10 to 15% are "vanishing victims" who are still in need of treatment for post-traumatic stress or cognitive behavioural therapy but face being cut loose by the system.

The 46-year-old from Maidstone in Kent appealed directly to the Prime Minister, saying: "My challenge to Mr Brown is: will he provide more funding to hospitals to support families of victims and survivors?"

She and her fellow survivors had initially been promised they would be treated like war veterans who were injured in the line of duty, but in fact they have not been treated fairly, she said.

The security professional, who advised on how Britain could protect itself from terrorism before the bombings, is worried their needs are now being swept under the carpet.

In her role as chairman of the London Bombings Foundation, she is doing her best to help struggling survivors and families of victims but has had to approach local authorities and shops herself to ask for their help.

She said: "Many survivors have lost their jobs, their families have broken up because of the trauma. They are really, really battling. We are doing what we can to help but we do not have any funding of our own."

One woman could not even afford to pay for shampoo or toothpaste and was having to wash her hair with washing-up liquid until the foundation stepped in to help her, Rhodes added, who herself had to sell her car and house to pay for treatment abroad.

On top of the trauma and financial worries, she and nine other survivors have discovered they have tumours potentially caused by smoke inhalation or asbestos in the Underground after the blast.

The effects of these tumours might not be seen for decades, and she asks: "If this is two years down the track and we are literally already forgotten about, what about in 20 years?"

Rhodes is also one of the 126 applicants who are still waiting to receive all their compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and has only received £3,000 over the past two years.

She said she could understand why her case was taking time to resolve, because of the nature of her injuries and the time they take to settle, but added that others should have been paid in full long ago.

She said: "In my situation, I understand it takes a bit longer but I don't see the reason why they have been so bureaucratic and the administration has taken so long to pay these other people out. They really should have paid them out by now."

She was "elated" at Brown's presence at yesterday's low-key act of remembrance and is hopeful it means her ongoing plight and that of other survivors will now be recognised.

Rhodes said: "I was amazed that he was there. I would like to say to him, in the spirit of support and solidarity, 'Let's talk.' I would like to issue a public statement of my invitation to him to discuss a way forward.

"I have had so many calls this morning, saying, 'It looks like he has not forgotten us.' If that is the case, we are extremely positive that he is going to come forward and put measures in place to support us in the future."
"The problem with always being a conformist is that when you try to change the system from within, it's not you who changes the system; it's the system that will eventually change you." -- Immortal Technique

"The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses." -- Malcolm X

"The eternal fight is not many battles fought on one level, but one great battle fought on many different levels." -- The Antagonist

"Truth does not fear investigation." -- Unknown
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09 Jul 2007, 08:48 #28

I probably shouldn't post this but I'm sure many are thinking it.
She and her fellow survivors had initially been promised they would be treated like war veterans who were injured in the line of duty, but in fact they have not been treated fairly, she said.
Well they have actually kept their promise then. Just look at any veteran and how they are immediately dumped by the system. Gulf veterans, DU damage.
She and her fellow survivors had initially been promised they would be treated like war veterans who were injured in the line of duty, but in fact they have not been treated fairly, she said.
I wish I had her positive outlook. I think it was a photo Op and nothing more.

I really feel for the victims plight but I'm afraid the Government doesn't and doesn't seem to mind the public knowing it either, just like across the pond.
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