July 7th workers honoured

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Jan 3 2007, 08:52 PM #1

7 July workers honoured by Queen

Last Updated: Saturday, 31 December 2005, 14:02 GMT

Workers who helped casualties in the 7 July bomb attacks on London have been recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

Awards have gone to police, transport workers and emergency crews.

Those honoured include police chief Peter Clarke, NHS boss Julie Dent and police inspector Glen McMunn, who helped at the scene of a Tube blast.

Mr McMunn said: "I feel honoured and flabbergasted to receive it. I thought everyone did a fantastic job."

Mr McMunn, who has been made an MBE, helped to remove bodies after the Piccadilly line explosion at Russell Square.

The British Transport Police officer said: "7 July was an act of great evil. I've worked for 25 years in the police force and been to major train crashes but I've never seen carnage like that before."

Award 'for all'

Fifty two people died in the attacks on three Tube trains and a bus. There are 23 awards in all for those who took part in the rescue operation.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, who was made an MBE, said it was in honour of all the officers who worked tirelessly after the attacks.

He said: "It is a recognition of the dedication, professionalism and extreme hard work by many colleagues to meet the unprecedented challenges from international terrorism."

Mr Clarke, 50, a former commander of Scotland Yard's Royalty and Diplomatic Protection Group, became head of the Met's anti-terrorist branch in June 2002. He initiated counter-terrorism strategies now used by police forces across the country.

Julie Dent, chief executive of South West London Strategic Health Authority, was appointed CBE for leading the team that co-ordinated the health service's response.

London Underground managing director Tim O'Toole, 49, was made an honorary CBE for leading the Tube management's response to the attacks.

Crowd control

He co-ordinated the evacuation of thousands of Tube passengers and station staff to safety.

He later said: "In short, it was an awful day and the staff did a magnificent job."

Alan Dell, 45, was also made an MBE for his role in running the control room at London Buses.

He co-ordinated the effort to get people out of central London, dispatched staff to help with crowd control and advised people on how to get home safely.

Also appointed OBEs were Major Muriel McClenahan, of the Salvation Army, for co-ordinating support from faith and voluntary sectors, and Roy Bishop, Deputy Commissioner of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.

Mayor Ken Livingstone said the honours reflected "the work of transport and emergency service staff and the extraordinary courage and professionalism they showed on July 7".

Those honoured for their actions on 7 July included:

    * Peter Hendy, (CBE) Transport for London

    * Tim O'Toole (honorary CBE) London Underground

    * Julie Dent (CBE), South West London Strategic Health Authority

    * Roy Bishop (OBE), London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority

    * Martin Flaherty (OBE) London Ambulance Service

    * Major Muriel McClenahan, (OBE) of the Salvation Army

    * Dallas Ariotti (MBE), Guy's and St Thomas's hospitals

    * David Boyce (MBE), station supervisor Russell Square

    * John Boyle (MBE), Tube driver, London Underground

    * Alan Dell, (MBE) London Buses

    * Constable Deborah Russell-Fenwick (MBE), British Transport Police

    * William Kilminster, (MBE) paramedic London Ambulance Service

    * Peter Swan (MBE) paramedic London Ambulance Service

    * Jim Underdown (MBE) paramedic London Ambulance Service

    * Roy Web (MBE) London Ambulance Service

    * Alastair Wilson (OBE) Royal London Hospital

    * Julia Peterkin (MBE), Royal London Hospital

    * Angela Scarisbrick (MBE), Great Ormond Street Hospital

    * Peter Sanders (MBE), station manager at King's Cross Tube station

    * Insp Glen McMunn (MBE) British Transport Police

    * Insp Stephen Mingay (MBE) British Transport Police

    * Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke (OBE) Metropolitan Police

    * Commander Chris Allison (MBE) Metropolitan Police

    * Det Supt John Prunty (Queen's Police Medal) Metropolitan Police

    * Det Supt Douglas McKenna (Queen's Police Medal) Metropolitan Police
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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

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Jan 3 2007, 08:55 PM #2

......and this year:
Two TfL July 7 heroes honoured

Publisher:  Ian Morgan
Published: 02/01/2007 - 13:07:23 PM

London's Transport Commissioner, Peter Hendy CBE today paid tribute to two more Transport for London (TfL) July 7 heroes, whose contribution has been recognised in this year's New Year's Honours List.

Ray Parry, London Underground Emergency Planning Manager and John Gardner, London Buses Events Planning Manager will both receive MBEs for their services to transport in London, and in particular their contribution following the July 7 terror attacks.

Ray Parry, 54, of Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire has 26 years of service to London Underground.

Ray set up and led TfL's Incident Care Team following July 7, liaising with the Government's Family Assistance Centre to provide support and assistance for the families of July 7 victims.

He has since used the experience to ensure TfL has a fully-trained Incident Care Team of 68 volunteers.

London's Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy said: "I am delighted that Ray's work in caring for families affected by the bombings of our network on July 7, 2005 has been recognised by the award of an MBE.

"By setting up and managing a team of volunteers to work in the Family Assistance Centre, our passengers, their families and our staff received valuable practical support.

"I would like to extend my congratulations to Ray and also to his team of volunteers who made such a difference in the very worst of circumstances.

Their work means that TfL is now much better equipped to provide humanitarian assistance in the future, should it ever be needed.'

Ray Parry said: "I was really shocked to hear of this award, but I'm very proud.

"I would like to receive this honour on behalf of the whole of TfL's Incident Care Team, who worked so hard for, and so well with, the July 7 families at that terrible time.

"At the very worst time in their lives, the least we could do was our very best.

"I'm glad this award recognises that contribution."

John Gardner, 58, of Winchmore Hill, north London has 31 years of service to London Buses.

John began life with London Transport as a bus driver but progressed to become London Buses Events Planning Manager, helping Londoners and bus passengers get around during annual events such as the Notting Hill Carnival and one-off events such as Live 8.

John and his colleagues are experts at keeping London Buses moving by planning routes and diversions, often tirelessly working long hours to allow others to enjoy all that London has to offer.

John also played a vital role following July 7 and July 21, representing London Buses at Scotland Yard, formulating strategies and providing direction to ensure Londoners and commuters could still get around London and get home.

London's Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy said: "John Gardner is one of London's unsung heroes so I am delighted that his work has been recognised by the award of this MBE.

"His work as the Events Planning Manager for London's Buses means that over the years, millions of people have been able to travel safely to and from major events in the Capital, from New Years Eve and the Notting Hill Carnival to Live 8.

"John was also heavily involved in keeping London moving and getting Londoners home after the attacks of July 7 and 21, 2005.

"With over 30 years of service to public transport in London, and seven of them in this demanding post, John's dedication rightly deserves this level of recognition."

John Gardner said: "All I can say is that is very nice to be recognised for all the hard work you put in to a job that you enjoy doing so much.

"How much better can it be to be paid for a job you enjoy, serving Londoners and the city you love and then for it to be recognised with such an honour."
"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

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Jan 3 2007, 09:05 PM #3

More from 2005:

Nice bit of headline spelling here from The Scotsman
7/7 heroes honoured wityh stars of sport and stage

STEPHEN MCGINTY AND GERRI PEEV  The Scotsman Sat 31 Dec 2005

THE heroism of emergency staff and transport workers in the aftermath of the 7 July bombings in London has been rewarded in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

Medics, employees with London Underground and ambulance staff were honoured for their response to the four suicide bombs on three Tube trains and a bus that killed 52 people and left hundreds injured in the centre of the capital.

David Boyce, the station supervisor at Russell Square Tube station, becomes an MBE. His citation explained that "despite the potential danger [he] ran into the tunnel and provided first aid".

Among the others to be made MBEs were: Glen McMunn, an inspector with the British Transport Police, who was honoured for his work following the bombings; John Boyle, a Tube train driver, who was first on the scene after the Aldgate station explosion; Deborah Russell-Fenwick, a British Transport Police constable who tended to the injured on the scene of the Tavistock Place bus blast; and William Kilminster, a London Ambulance Service paramedic, who braved appalling conditions to attend the bombed train between the King's Cross and Russell Square stations.

A spokesman at Downing Street said yesterday: "These people showed immense strength of spirit and courage in the face of terrorism on our transport system."

While the terrorist atrocity dominated the Honours list, there was also the traditional mix of names from the world of sport and entertainment.
Bravery of 7/7 heroes saluted

The Times    December 31, 2005
By Philip Webster and Daniel McGrory

THE heroism of those who came face to face with the July 7 terrorist attacks in London is recognised today.

Tube workers, medics and police who were first to help the trapped victims are acknowledged in the New Year Honours.

Selfless figures such as the off-duty driver, John Boyle, who carried the injured on his back at Aldgate station, is appointed MBE. So too is Glen McMunn, a British Transport Police inspector who forced his way into the front carriage at Russell Square to save dozens of lives.

The horrors of 7/7 came only hours after Britain celebrated the award of the 2012 Olympics, and members of the London bid team, led by Lord Coe, are honoured today. So too are England’s cricketers who won the summer Ashes series against Australia and veteran entertainers such as Tom Jones and Bruce Forsyth.

But it is the volunteers who helped victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami and the emergency workers on July 7 who dominate the awards.

Among the MBE appointees were PC Deborah Russell-Fenwick, 44, of the British Transport Police, who tore through the burning wreckage of the bus in Tavistock Square to pull free the injured.

Peter Hendy, managing director of Surface Transport in London, is appointed CBE for the “inspirational leadership” he showed, and Major Muriel McClenahan, of the Salvation Army, is appointed OBE for her role in co-ordinating support.

Gordon Ramsay, the chef renowned for his expletive-laden outbursts, became part of the Establishment when he was appointed OBE. “Last week I was being criticised for killing turkeys on television, now I’m getting an OBE,” he said.

As disclosed in The Times yesterday, the whole of the Ashes-winning team are appointed MBE, while Michael Vaughan, the captain, Duncan Fletcher, the coach, and David Graveney, the chairman of selectors, are all appointed OBE.

Vivienne Westwood, the audacious fashion designer, is appointed a dame, and Peter Snow, the “monarch of the election swingometer”, is appointed CBE.

Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon, the former Liberal Democrat leader, has become a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George in the Diplomatic List.
The Times
"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

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Jan 3 2007, 09:13 PM #4

More police being honoured this year:

Not all in this article were involved in July 7th.
Met Police celebrates New Year Honours recognition

Publisher:  Ian Morgan
Published: 03/01/2007 - 09:40:23 AM

The Metropolitan Police is proud that members of staff are recipients of Honours announced by Her Majesty in the New Year Honours List 2007.

    * MBE Commander John McDowall, Counter Terrorism, Specialist Operations Services to policing

In January 2005, Commander McDowall joined Specialist Operations within the MPS in the role of Deputy National Coordinator of Terrorist Investigations - having previously served in a leadership role investigating serious crime.

He has been integral in setting pan-UK counter-terrorist investigative plans and building the ability to tackle terrorist networks. This has required him to develop ground-breaking investigative strategy.

There has been an unprecedented level of terrorist investigations over the past 12 months and Commander McDowall's leadership has required him to develop and maintain strong professional relationships with the Security Service, and colleagues in law enforcement agencies around the world.

Commander McDowall said: "I am delighted to receive this award. It reflects the dedicated and professional work of a large number of police officers and staff who work tirelessly to keep the public safe."

    * Inspector David Mugridge

For distinguished service when leading Serial 111 during the 7 July 2005 London bombings

Inspector Mugridge joined Surrey Police in 1985, and transferred to the MPS in 1993 as a sergeant and served at Tower Hamlets and Catford.

Inspector Mugridge's highly motivational skills and leadership qualities were tested to the limit when he became the first MPS supervisor onto the wreck of the train at King's Cross Underground Station on 7 July 2005. His first action was to concentrate on the scene management, ignoring the natural urge to assist one or two injured persons.

He made his way to the seat of the blast assessing the number of dead and the difficulties of rescuing the injured. He was made aware of the possibility of a secondary device but his reply was "we are staying here until we get all those alive out."

He directed his officers to the injured and then commenced improving the working conditions. After consulting with the train manager and a Fire Brigade officer he increased ventilation by smashing the windows. With the loss of communications he arranged a system of 'runners' from the train to the surface including replies to confirm messages had been received, when the numbers of rescuers became excessive in the train he thinned these out to maximise their efficiency, and directed the moving. Throughout this he encouraged, motivated and cared for his young officers, some of whom were showing real signs of distress.

David Mugridge said: "I realised that it was duty to go to the bomb scene, to take control, and to rescue the living. That's all I did."

    * Inspector David Nasmyth-Miller, Camden Borough, Territorial Policing

For distinguished service as Duty Officer for the 7 July 2005 London bombings

Inspector Nasmyth-Miller joined the MPS in 1986. Promoted to inspector and posted to Camden Borough in February 2004 he was the duty officer of the team that bore the brunt of the events of the bombings on 7 July 2005.

Having attended the scene at King's Cross he declared a major incident and decided not to enter the tunnel but set the strategy at the scene, directing deployments as resources arrived and managed events.

From this he liaised with the British Transport Police, set cordons, closed roads, designated the rendez-vous point and casualty collection point, briefed and deployed units as they arrived to best effect to assist in the tunnel either from the King's Cross end or from Russell Square, called for explosive search dogs to assess the scene and made safe the scene including the buses he had commandeered to take walking wounded to hospital as the numbers of casualties had overwhelmed the number of ambulances.

An hour later he learnt of the bus bomb exploding in Tavistock Square, instructed an inspector to attend to support the sergeant in charge and his young PCs whilst arranging the dignity of those who had died. Typically he found a point for staff to refresh themselves. The decisions he made were crucial to the successful resolution of the tragic scenes and were textbook in their clarity thus allowing the MPS to effectively deal with this tragedy.

David Nasmyth-Miller said: "I am delighted and humbled to receive this honour and would like to thank those who worked alongside me on the day, especially my sergeants, and in particular Emma Probert, who was by my side throughout the incident."

    * Mrs Comfort Oomoko, Senior Catering Manager, Charing Cross Police Station, Directorate of Resources

For services to police

Having joined the MPS Catering Department in October 1972 as a cook, Mrs Omoko has given 33 years' service and commitment in providing a professional catering service to the MPS.

Throughout her career she has worked her way up through the service to her present position as the catering manager at Charing Cross Police Station. For the last 20 years she has been a mainstay of the MPS Catering Service's on-call team. Frequently called at unsocial hours, she readily attends incidents to provide refreshments to hard-pressed operational officers.

She has worked on many events including New Year's Eve celebrations, Notting Hill Carnival, Queen's Jubilee celebrations, the Southall and Paddington rail crashes, and most recently providing mobile catering units to the officers attending the tragic scenes of the bombings in London in July 2005. Whether spontaneous or pre-planned, the catering for events is an essential part of keeping up morale, and her enthusiasm and sense of humour has played a major part in this respect. A very committed and dedicated individual.

Comfort Omoko said: "I would like to thank my senior management team over the years who never stopped encouraging me and who always tried to bring the best out of me. Many thanks also to all the staff at Charing Cross and West End Central. 'Always put in your best - it won't go unnoticed'."

    * Mr Bevan Powell, Head of Black Police Association Community Engagement Programme, Territorial Policing

For services to police

Mr Powell is one of the most influential drivers of the Black Police Association (BPA) who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment and selfless dedication in bringing about meaningful change in the approach of the MPS to race and diversity issues.

His efforts to modernise the MPS and enhance community/police relations have gone well beyond the bounds of his role as Deputy Chair of the Met BPA. He created the BPA/Paddington Community Empowerment Programme, geared towards actively engaging with hard to hear communities to create a positive environment of trust and understanding between black and minority ethnic communities and the police.

His work with young people has lead to the creation of the association's youth forum the Young Black Positive Advocates (YBPA). He has developed international relationships with other police departments and agencies across the world, including the United States, South Africa and Jamaica. His creative incentive has led to the development of many initiatives and programmes addressing the issues of youth empowerment, violent crime and drug abuse, focussing on young people, further helping to break down what to many would have been seen as insurmountable barriers.

Within the MPS he has pioneered ways of developing and mentoring black staff, including a Metropolitan Police BPA's Woman's Forum and peer to peer mentoring. He has played a significant role within the Specialist Operations Directorate of the MPS, ensuring the most stringent non-discriminatory selection procedures in the UK are in place and instituting the Diversity Excellence Model which incorporates diversity into mainstream operational and strategic policing. His ability to grasp an idea, develop it, and ensure it comes to fruition, with strategic links to organisational and government policy, have made a significant contribution to the police service's approach towards meeting the challenge of fully embracing diversity and the needs of a multi-cultural society.

His current role involves the engagement of diverse communities in London especially, amongst young people. He leads the Met BPA's VOYAGE initiative in partnership with the MPS Safer Neighbourhoods unit to build capacity in young people from black and minority communities living in some of London's most challenged boroughs; work which will contribute to the transformation of the MPS into a citizen focussed organisation and a lasting legacy for policing and communities in London.

Bevan Powell said: "I am extremely honoured to receive this appointment and it is shared with so many friends and colleagues within the BPA movement and broader Metropolitan Police Service."


    * Chief Superintendent Martin Bridger, Lambeth Borough, Territorial Policing

Ch Supt Martin Bridger has served in the Metropolitan Police Service for 30 years and since February 2005 has been the officer responsible for policing the borough of Lambeth.

He began his policing career at Battersea, and soon began to show an ability for detective work. As a detective he has served in numerous commands including the Flying Squad at Tower Bridge where he took charge of numerous operations involving armed criminals. On the Regional and National Crime Squads he led teams which targeted those involved in National and International organised crime. This required him to work in over 20 countries including America, Pakistan and much of mainland Europe. In 1998 he was seconded to the newly formed Anti Corruption Command where he led operations against corrupt police officers.

In January 2001, he was asked to take the role of the deputy head of investigations for the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman's Office. This office was newly established and an integral part of the peace process investigating all complaints against police. As Detective Chief Superintendent he headed a number of cases, the most significant of which was the alleged failed police investigation into the Omagh bomb. It was at this time that he developed and gained the trust of both the Protestant and Catholic communities who expressed their confidence in him finding the truth.

As a result of the teams' efforts a new police investigation ensued and one individual currently stands trial for the murder of the 29 people in the Omagh bomb. The Oversight Commission which was put in place to monitor the overall progress of the peace process publicly acknowledged the office's positive contribution.

In January 2003, he moved away from detective duties and was put in charge of Ealing Borough. Here he successfully delivered on significant crime reduction and the development of community and partnership roles for senior management. This has now been replicated across the Metropolitan Police area. Whilst at Ealing a follow up HMIC report acknowledged the significant improvement that he had made to Ealing Borough

In February 2005, he was asked to lead the borough of Lambeth, often described as one of the most challenging policing environments in Europe. While in this command he has developed some innovative processes in dealing with gun crime which is attracting the interest of people throughout the United Kingdom. His efforts have been acknowledged by many as "good practice" when dealing with communities during and after significant events.

He continues to work with the Muslim community in particular, both within Lambeth and elsewhere, in developing ways whereby the issue of extremism within our communities can be addressed before they may lead to acts of terrorism.

Ch Supt Martin Bridger said: "I am delighted and proud to receive this honour for my efforts over the past 30 years. I would like to acknowledge the significant contribution of so many friends and colleagues who have worked with and supported me during this time.

"Finally I want to thank my wife Maria and my three children Lee, Emma and Sophie who have always been there for me."

    * Deputy Assistant Commissioner Rose Fitzpatrick, Diversity and Citizen Focus Directorate

DAC Rose Fitzpatrick, who has been awarded a QPM for her services to policing, heads the Met's Diversity and Citizen Focus Directorate. She joined the City of London Police in 1987 working in a variety of demanding operational roles as she rose through the ranks before joining the MPS in 1998.

Her postings have included Borough Command of Tower Hamlets and leading the Met's Reform and Organisational Growth Team as well as key ancillary responsibilities such as leading on mental health issues and the MPS Turkish/Kurdish Crime Co-ordination Group.

In her current role she is responsible for two principal change programmes – the evolution of the diversity agenda beyond race and the embedding of citizen focus principles across the MPS. As the senior officer responsible for the Met's Communities Together initiative, DAC Fitzpatrick's recent work with London's Muslim communities has drawn particular recognition.

    * Detective Superintendent Richard Gething, Counter Terrorism, Specialist Operations.

Dick Gething joined SO13 (now SO15 Counter Terrorism Command) in 2004 as a senior investigating officer.

He has previously served with the Specialist Crime Directorate, the National Crime Squad, Special Branch and a number other commands.

    * Commander Jonathan Kaye, Central Operations

Commander Kaye joined the MPS in 1981, reaching the rank of commander in November 2000. In his time as a commander, Jo Kaye has been responsible for policing in south east London as well as the MPS lead for Traffic and Firearms. On taking over Traffic he oversaw the changes that brought fighting crime together with delivering road safety.

He is chair of the ACPO working group on humanitarian assistance and has worked with a range of organisations to deliver national guidelines for customer-led humanitarian assistance in the event of a mass disaster. Through his leadership, Europe's first assistance centre was set up in response to the July bombings.

One of the most experienced commanders in London, Jo Kaye has been the officer in overall charge of numerous public order events including the Notting Hill Carnival, New Year's Eve celebrations and Trooping the Colour.

Members of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO)

    * Inspector Peter Brown, Specialist Operations
    * Sergeant Piers Brandling-Harris, Specialist Operations

Royal Victorian Medal (Silver)

    * PC William Hallworth, Specialist Operations
"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

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May 4 2007, 11:04 AM #5

7/7 unsung heroes receive honours

Many staff put in hours of work in the aftermath of the bombings

More than 70 officers from several forces who worked in the aftermath of the July 7 London bombings will be receiving commendations.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair will honour the unsung heroes including members of search teams and staff from Met's video laboratory.

The 2005 bombings killed 52 people and injured nearly 800 injured others.

Members of Greater Manchester Police, Hampshire and Cheshire Constabulary will also be honoured on Friday.

'Tough job'

Sir Ian Blair said: "I am proud of each and every one of our staff, from first responders to those whose work is essential further down the line.

"They have a tough job to do in difficult and often extreme circumstances and this ceremony is all about recognising that and saying thank you," he added.

The team who spent nine days combing the number 30 bus in Tavistock Square is also being honoured.

The ceremony will also recognise the efforts of the video laboratory staff who visited and reviewed CCTV footage from 1,000 locations to find the bombers.

Nice timing!
�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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May 4 2007, 08:49 PM #6

Terror case 'naysayers' attacked

Sir Ian has praised the officers who worked on 7/7
Those who have highlighted apparent police mistakes in the wake of the fertiliser bomb plot trial are "naysayers", Sir Ian Blair has said.

The Met Police commissioner attacked those who had focused on links with the 7 July London bombers without dwelling on the convictions of five men.

Speaking at an event for 7/7 workers, he said calls for a public inquiry into the attacks were "entirely legitimate".

But he added he was not joining in with the argument for or against an inquiry.

What I want you to understand through 7/7 and 21/7 is these are acts of bravery, of persistence, of compassion on a scale almost unheard of
Sir Ian Blair

7/7 heroes receive honours

He described the conviction of the five fertiliser bomb plotters, jailed for life at the Old Bailey earlier this week for a conspiracy to cause explosions, as a "triumph" for both the police and the security service MI5.

Sir Ian condemned the "council of perfection" that had voiced criticism over links between that gang and two of the 7 July bombers.

During the trial it emerged that MI5 had spotted Mohammad Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer, two of the bombers, on four occasions in 2004 with at least one of the conspirators of the fertiliser bomb plot.

However, the two who went on to bomb London a year later were not investigated further.

Police praise

"The first thing to say is that trial and those convictions were a triumph, a triumph for the intelligence service and triumph for the police," Sir Ian said.

"Put it bluntly, the naysayers are those who decided the real story is the connection with the terrible events we are describing here [the 7 July attacks].

"We have no reason to criticise the families or the survivors who must be looking for an explanation.

"But we have also got to balance the courage that has arrived at the convictions.

"What I want you to understand through 7/7 and 21/7 is these are acts of bravery, of persistence, of compassion on a scale almost unheard of.

"This is a very important, successful story."

�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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May 4 2007, 09:19 PM #7

OK. There are some truly interesting statements in there, a full transcript would warrant further analysis. The expression, "Council of Perfection" would appear to be a definite tip of the hat in a certain direction. That Ian Blair is reported as condemning "the Council of Perfection", their criticism, and the making of links between Crevice and 7/7 by the "Council of Perfection", is also interesting.
"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

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"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