J7: The July 7th Truth Campaign in the Media

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J7: The July 7th Truth Campaign in the Media

Joined: 26 Nov 2005, 01:46

08 Jul 2009, 16:02 #1

We need to know truth behind claims of UK complicity in terror suspect torture

Amid allegations of British complicity in 19 cases abroad, Michael White argues for the government to come clean

What has David Davis's overnight speech on alleged British complicity in the torture of terror suspects got to do with the newly unveiled memorial to the 52 victims of the 7/7 London bombs, unveiled in Hyde Park yesterday? Alas, it is the shadowy world of conspiracy theory.

But first things first. I was delighted to read today that architectural critics such as the Guardian's Jonathan Glancey agree that the memorial is a sensitive work of art and should endure.

Good. Some such recent monuments are horribly misconceived and executed. My own unfavourite is the clumsy pastiche of the cenotaph, which disfigures the view down Whitehall and is dedicated to the "women of world war II".

But scratch the surface of yesterday's moving ceremony for the families of the 7/7 dead and all is not well.

The website of the July 7th Truth Campaign crackles with barely contained fury at what it sees as a wilful refusal of the government to hold a public inquiry into what really happened that day, the police and intelligence errors, the discrepancies in the official account, the scale of the plot four years ago yesterday.

It gets worse. Last week, BBC2's Conspiracy Files series "exposed" a man already known to conspiracy theorists as Muad Dib (the name taken from Frank Herbert's Dune novels) to be Sheffield-born John Hill (60) who lives near the Hill of Tara in County Meath and believes he is the Messiah.

Hill sports a long white beard and baseball cap for added authenticity.

What is relevant here is that Dib/Hill made the "Ripple Effect" video, which alleges that the 7 July bombings were organised by the usual suspects – Tony Blair, Whitehall, British and Israeli intelligence – to stiffen public support for the war in Iraq.

You can laugh at that, and I do. But Dib/Hill's 56-minute video is apparently doing good business among British Muslims who are reluctant to accept that the four young men who blew up themselves and 52 innocent passengers on three tube trains and a bus that day actually did it.

Dr Mohammad Naseem, the chairman of Birmingham's central mosque, is among the doubters and has circulated several thousand copies among his congregation. That's his right, foolish though the action seems to be.

Vicars and church wardens can be as daft as life's Bernie Ecclestones. And, as David Aaronovitch explains in his new book, Voodoo Histories, the internet is an enormous machine for promulgating conspiracy nonsense, sending it spinning around the world at the click of a mouse: 9/11, JFK's assassination and (a new one this) how Jimi Hendrix was murdered by his manager.

The aforementioned J7 campaign has already condemned the Ripple Effect as "unsubstantiated speculation" and the BBC's Conspiracy Files as "risible".

In its stern, unforgiving way, it concentrates on the known facts and known oddities like the official assertion (later corrected) that the four bombers caught the 7.40 from Luton on 7 July 2005 when that train was cancelled that day.

We are already deep in the mirrored, bewildering world of conspiracy theory, in which an official inquiry may satisfy rational supporters of the J7 campaign but not irrational ones or conspiratologists beyond.

As with the Iraq war inquiry – recently conceded on restrictive terms – the unlikelihood of finding many new facts is insufficient reason for refusing one, costly though these exercises are in lawyers fees.

Defence ministers have just conceded another independent inquiry, this time into allegations that British soldiers murdered and mutilated Iraqi civilians in Maysan province in 2004.

Lucky lawyers – they get to feel virtuous and make money in some of these campaigns.

Which brings us back to Davis's allegations of "passive rendition" of suspects to torture states.

Read the former shadow home secretary's measured adjournment debate speech here in Hansard and read the junior foreign office minister Ivan Lewis's less than satisfactory reply.

I don't know the truth of the allegations. Nor does Davis, though he gives the impression that he has thought hard about the claims made by some pretty disreputable witnesses like Rangzieb Ahmed, whose case has dominated the Guardian's front page this week.

He has tried to weed out the more dubious of the 19 cases of alleged complicity in torture abroad.

Even if we give the British government, both its elected and permanent components, the benefit of the doubt as to their motives in resisting publication of key documents – national security, the protection of intelligence sources etc - it is clear that secrecy only fuels the belief that the authorities have something to hide.

Every time something turns out to have been covered up for no good reason – mere expediency – it makes it harder next time.

In G2 today, the Guardian's Ian Cobain sets out in grim detail the allegations that, for the first time since the great Habeas Corpus Act was passed in 1641, the British state is complicit in torture.

Lewis's challenge to Davis in last night's debate seemed to come close to an admission of sorts.

    "What would he have said if he were sat in the home secretary's chair? Would he have said: 'It is not appropriate under any circumstances for me to accept that information or evidence and to act on it, because I believe that there is a real danger that the dreadful security services in country X may have engaged in activities that are totally unacceptable under the standards of the UK?'"

These are not easy decisions, but if we are opposed to torture – we are – then we cannot be complicit in it, in Pakistani jails or US ones.

I routinely sprinkle salt over allegations of widespread European involvement in prisoner rendition or British involvement in torture.

But we know now what the Bush adminstration sanctioned after 9/11 — it is well documented and under investigation.

If, as the Guardian's leader speculates today, US conduct eroded our own standards, then we need to know. If it didn't, we need to know that, too.

Not that it will convince the conspiracy theorists.
�To those who are afraid of the truth, I wish to offer a few scary truths; and to those who are not afraid of the truth, I wish to offer proof that the terrorism of truth is the only one that can be of benefit to the proletariat.� -- On Terrorism and the State, Gianfranco Sanguinetti

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08 Jul 2009, 16:43 #2

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Conspiracy fever: As rumours swell that the government staged 7/7, victims' relatives call for a proper inquiry

By Sue Reid
Last updated at 11:53 PM on 03rd July 2009

Today almost four years on, the images of that dreadful morning are etched into our minds: the woman in the haunting white burns mask being helped to safety; the shell-shocked businessman in a suit with his hair and shirt matted with blood; the crippled No 30 bus with its roof blown off; the mangled wreckage of smouldering Tube trains.

The country's worst-ever terrorist atrocity during London's morning rush hour on July 7, 2005, shattered for ever the heady euphoria in which the capital was basking the morning after winning the bid for the 2012 Olympics.

That afternoon, Tony Blair - who was hosting the G8 summit on global poverty in Gleneagles, Scotland - returned to Downing Street to pronounce that the attack was an act in the 'name of Islam'.

Later, at a meeting of the Government's national emergency committee COBRA, London's anti-terror police chief Andy Hayman told senior ministers that he suspected suicide bombers.

And so the story of 7/7 that we have come to accept was pieced together: four British Muslims - Mohammad Sidique Khan, 30, Shehzad Tanweer, 22, Jermaine Lindsay, 19, and Hasib Hussain, 18 - blew themselves up using home-made explosives, killing 56 and injuring 700 on three Tube trains and a double-decker bus.

They had travelled on a mainline train from Luton into King's Cross Thameslink Station in London, each carrying a heavy rucksack of explosives.

It is a version of events that has been endorsed by a high-level Parliamentary inquiry and a government report, both published in May 2006 ten months after the event, based on 12,500 statements, a police examination of 142 computers and 6,000 hours of CCTV footage.

The report insisted that the bombers acted on their own, constructing explosives from chapatti flour and hair bleach mixed in the bath at a flat in Leeds, Yorkshire, where all four had family and friends.

It concluded that the Muslim bombers were not controlled by a terrorist mastermind, but inspired by Al Qaeda ideology picked up on extremist websites.

But families of the dead victims and an increasing number of 7/7 survivors claim there are inconsistencies and basic mistakes in the official accounts that need explanation.

And they are demanding a full public inquiry to answer key questions about what the Intelligence Services and the police did and did not know before the bombings.

Meanwhile, the Government's determined refusal to meet their demands is having a very dangerous side-effect - fuelling myriad conspiracy theories about 7/7. Books, blogs and several video documentaries point to oddities in the official accounts.

Alarmingly, some of the conspiracy videos are being hawked around mosques throughout the country to whip up anti-British sentiment.

For the most outlandish and offensive of them suggest that the attacks were not the work of Muslim terrorists at all, but were carried out by the Government to boost support for the Iraq war.

The survivors are so intent on an independent inquiry that they are now taking legal action in the High Court to try to force the Home Secretary Alan Johnson to authorise it.

Campaigner Diana Gorodi, whose sister Michelle Otto, 46, was one of those killed, explains: 'It's just very hard for us to believe four people got up in the morning, put bombs together on the basis of information from the internet and managed to throw London into chaos and to create a tragedy. It's impossible for me to believe those four individuals acted on their own.'

Rachel North, a 39-year-old strategy director who survived the King's Cross Tube bombing, adds: 'We need a public inquiry. It was the public, after all, not the politicians, who were attacked. Let the public know what risks they run and tell them why there are those living among them who seek to kill for an ideal.'

Central to the puzzle is which train the four Muslims caught from Luton to London on the morning of the bomb blasts - bearing in mind that the three separate Tube explosions at Edgware Road, Aldgate and King's Cross occurred together at exactly 8.50am, followed by the red bus an hour later near Tavistock Square.

The official reports said the bombers got on the 7.40am train from Luton which would have arrived at King's Cross in good time for them to board the Tube trains.

However, the 7.40am train never ran that morning. It was cancelled.

The Government has since corrected this information - but only after the error was raised by survivors - saying the bombers actually caught an earlier train, the 7.25am from Luton, for the 35-minute journey to King's Cross. It was due to arrive in the capital at 8am.

Yet this throws up more questions than it answers. For this train ran 23 minutes late because of problems with the overhead line which disrupted most of the service between Luton to King's Cross that morning. It arrived in London at 8.23am, say station officials.

According to the July Seventh Truth Campaign - another group calling for a public inquiry - this again places the official version of the bombers' travelling times in doubt.

A still CCTV photo of the four bombers arriving at the station in Luton is the only one of the four men together on July 7. Controversially, no CCTV images, either still or moving, of them in London have ever been released.

The Luton image is also contentious: the quality is poor and the faces of three of the bombers are unidentifiable. The conspiracy theorists say it could be a fake.

This photo is timed at four seconds before 7.22am. But if this were the case, the men would have had just three minutes to walk up the stairs at Luton, buy their £22 day return tickets and get to the platform, which was packed with commuters because of the earlier travel disruptions.

The Truth Campaign group is equally sceptical about the bombers' supposed arrival time at King's Cross.

They say it takes seven minutes to walk from the Thameslink line station to the main King's Cross station, where there is an entrance to the Tube network.

Police say the four men were seen on the main King's Cross concourse at 8.26am, although no CCTV footage has ever been made public.

But is this possible? How had the men got there in three short minutes after getting off the Luton train at 8.23am?

And it is such inconsistencies that are fuelling the deepening concerns. This week, a television documentary on BBC2 called Conspiracy Files 7/7 revealed the existence of a conspiracy theorist's 56-minute video called Ripple Effect.

It accuses Tony Blair, the Government, the police, and the British and Israeli Secret Services of murdering the innocent people who died that day to stir up anti-Islamic fervour and create public support for the 'war on terror'.

It alleges that the four British Muslims were tricked by the authorities into taking part in what they were told would be a mock anti-terror training exercise. What they weren't told, the video alleges, was that the Government was going to blow them up, along with other passengers, then pretend the four were suicide bombers.

Without any evidence, the Ripple Effect video accuses government agents of setting off pre-planted explosives under the three Tube trains and on the bus.

It suggests that the four Muslims were not, in fact, on any of the Tube trains, claiming that they missed them altogether because of the train delays on the Luton to London line.

It adds, astonishingly, that because the four did not get onto the Tube on time, three of them were murdered by police at Canary Wharf later that morning and the fourth - the bus bomber - ran off.

Outrageous though these claims are, the video has become an internet hit. More worryingly, it is playing on the fears of Britain's Muslim community.

Even some senior Islamists believe the events of 7/7 were fabricated. As Dr Mohammad Naseem, the chairman of Birmingham's Central Mosque, says in the BBC2 documentary: 'We do not accept the government version of July 7, 2005. The Ripple Effect video is more convincing than the official statements.'

Mr Naseem, a well-educated man, had made 2,000 copies of Ripple Effect for members of his mosque. Research has revealed that even before the contentious video came out, one in four British Muslims thought the Government or the Secret Services were responsible for the 7/7 atrocities. Now the number of doubters is growing.

At Friday prayers recently, Dr Naseem asked the congregation to raise their hands if they did not accept the government version of events. Nearly the entire gathering of 150 men and boys did so. He then urged his audience to collect free copies of Ripple Effect at the back of the mosque.

The respected chairman has since said that the identities of the bombers were discovered by the police suspiciously quickly. 'When a body is blown up, it is destroyed. How is it that the identification papers found at the bomb scenes of these men were still intact? Were they planted?'

That is another suggestion in Ripple Effect. So who is behind this dangerous video?

He is 60-year-old Yorkshireman Anthony John Hill who lives in Kells, County Meath, Ireland. He is currently under arrest there and fighting extradition to Britain. Police here want to interview him on a charge of perverting the course of justice after he sent a copy of his video to a jury member in a terrorist case.

Mr Hill made Ripple Effect at his own home and is the narrator.

In many ways, it is an amateurish affair: the dialogue is jumbled and hard to understand. But that begs the question, why is Ripple Effect having such an impact?

The answer is that muddled in with the wild theories of a government plot are some questions that are hard to ignore.

Why did the four bombers get return tickets to London if they were on a one-way suicide mission? Why are there no CCTV images of the four together in London even though the city has thousands upon thousands of such cameras in public places?

Why did so many survivors of the Tube bombings say that the explosions came upwards through the floor of the trains, not down, as would be the case if a backpack blew up inside? And why do no passengers on the London-bound Luton train clearly remember the four bombers with their huge rucksacks on that fateful morning?

By the most extraordinary coincidence - Ripple Effect says it is a billion-to-one chance - there was a mock terrorist exercise going on in London that day. This was revealed by the organiser and former Scotland Yard officer Peter Power on BBC Radio 5 in the early evening after the atrocity.

He said: 'At half-past nine this morning we were running an exercise for a company of over a thousand people in London based on simultaneous bombs going off precisely at the railway stations where it happened this morning, so I still have the hairs on the back of my neck standing up.'

And what of the menacing suicide videos that Khan and Tanweer made before the bombings, which were released on the internet after the attacks? The Ripple Effect video has an answer for this, too.

Mr Hill explains on it: 'The oldest would be asked to make a "suicide video" prior to the mock training exercise in order to make it as realistic as possible... the second oldest would also be asked to make a similar video, as a back-up, just in case anything went wrong or the oldest pulled out of the exercise before the date.'

Fact or fiction, it does not matter. The impact of the video is swaying Muslim feeling. The BBC2 documentary shows worshippers in the Birmingham mosque commenting on 7/7 after seeing Ripple Effect. One elderly man states: 'There can be little doubt that the Government did this themselves to these four young men.'

Another adds: 'We have been deceived by the British authorities, and Muslims have been framed for these attacks. They are lying from A to Z.'

Few are more concerned than Rachel North, the King's Cross Tube bomb survivor, about Ripple Effect and the discontent it is stirring up: 'If people in mosques think the Government is so antagonistic towards them, that they're actually willing to frame them for a monstrous crime they didn't commit, what does that do to levels of trust? That is a problem for everybody in this country.'

She says the video's central tenet - that 7/7 was faked to demonise Muslims and sway public opinion in favour of the 'war on terror' - is like throwing petrol on a fire.

Like her, many responsible people - and they include former Scotland Yard deputy assistant commissioner Brian Paddick, former anti-terror chief of London police Andy Hayman (who oversaw the police response to 7/7) and David Davis, until recently Tory Shadow Home Secretary - now support the call for an independent investigation into the bombings.

Paddick himself said this week, the torrent of rumours about 7/7 was harming relations between Muslims and the rest of Britain: 'Hopefully there will be people in the police service, the security service and Whitehall who will realise how important it is that every attempt is made to counteract these conspiracy theories.'

As the fourth anniversary of the London bombings approaches next Tuesday, they are words the Government would be wise to heed.

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"We are not democrats for, among other reasons, democracy sooner or later leads to war and dictatorship. Just as we are not supporters of dictatorships, among other things, because dictatorship arouses a desire for democracy, provokes a return to democracy, and thus tends to perpetuate a vicious circle in which human society oscillates between open and brutal tyranny and a lying freedom." - Errico Malatesta, Democracy and Anarchy 1924

Joined: 25 Nov 2005, 11:41

10 Jul 2009, 09:15 #3

A short comment left by MikeWhitereplies on his article of earlier this week:
09 Jul 09, 2:58pm (about 19 hours ago)

Cormaic, your heart's in the right place by the sound of it. But the problem of how best, how easily to evaluate such claims, is complicated by the whirlpool of conspiracy theory which I sought to illustrate above.

No wink-wink intended, but I have heard a lot of flimsy conspiracy yarns in my time, knowing that their advocates will simply shrug and move on to the next one when their claims collapse.

In this instance I agree with you that my colleagues work and David Davis's intervention look like a solid basis for a serious inquiry; indeed that's what I said.

But I have to add that some journalists I know, better qualified than me on this topic, as well as being on the left on most issues, disagree. It's not sour grapes, it's a judgement call. We are dealing with sophisticated opponents, they say, and you have to be on your guard.

We all read, we all make up our own minds. An inquiry should be held, but it is unlikely to persuade minds firmly made up. yes?
"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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22 Oct 2011, 20:25 #4

Bridget Dunne, July 7th Campaign, speaks at SCADs conference
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Bridget Dunne and Tom Secker of the J7 campaign, the vanishing 7/7 ringleaders and other questions the 7/7 inquest refused to consider.

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Prof Anthony Hall at SCADs Conference 2011

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Professor Anthony Hall, Author of "Earth into property" addresses the State Crimes Against Democracy conference in London, October 15 2011. www.reinvestigate911.org

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Martin Summers talks at the SCADs conference

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Martin Summers, lifelong activist and Oxford PPE graduate with many personal experiences of the intelligence underworld. He gives a tour d'horizon of the financial crisis as it relates to State and Corporate Crimes Against Democracy. At the SCADs conference held October 2011 in London

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Post SCADs conference 15 Oct 11State & Corporate Crimes Against Democracy

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Meet global experts as they assess the evidence buried by the corporate media.aplogies for quality-this was post conference -lighting was poor
9/11 - "New Labour" - 7/7 - David Kelly - Global elites - Media manipulation and more featuring:
Prof. Tony Hall
From Canada. Author, "Earth into Property"
Prof. Neils Harrit
From Denmark "What BBC Conspiracy Files didn't let me say"
Robin Ramsay
Editor of Lobster, author "The Rise of New Labour"
Ian Henshall
Author of "9/11 the New Evidence"
Tim Gopsill (ex-editor The Journalist) Bridget Dunne (researcher on 7/7 attacks) David Halpin (David Kelly campaign) Paul Warburton (human rights lawyer) TonyGosling (Journalist)
Noel Glynn (Quakers for Truth on Terrorism) Martin Summers (Economist, commentator)
"In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act." George Orwell
The war in Iraq was based on fabricated reports of Iraq's alleged WMD, a clear cut SCAD. Other suspected SCADs are not so clear. This conference has world class speakers evaluating the evidence and debating what it adds up to.
*The vital evidence of the dust at Ground Zero and the conspiracy in the CIA prior to 9/11, now confirmed by White House anti-terror czar Richard Clarke, and FBI officers
* The mysterious ringleader of the 7/7 attacks, now walking free
* The takeover of the Labour Party by "New Labour" and the godfathers who paid tens of thousands to Blair's private office
* The legal stitchup and the sinister circumstances around the death of David Kelly.
* Media control: we all know it happens but how is it implemented?
* Global elite: statistics show it is real, but how conscious, how organised are they?

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"No one understood better than Stalin that the true object of propaganda is neither to convince nor even to persuade, but to produce a uniform pattern of public utterance in which the first trace of unorthodox thought immediately reveals itself as a jarring dissonance." Leonard Schapiro