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The London 7/7 Bombings: A Murder Investigation

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An excellent new article by Simon Jenkins in the Guardian 1 Oct on the new orange-alert (be very afraid) terror scare:

In case you missed it, since Monday an “Irish-related” attack on Britain has been “a strong possibility“. At the same time, an al-Qaida attack is “highly likely” and “only a matter of time”. This presumably means one will occur – though, since August 2006, when this alarmist language was first to put us on continuous alert, terrorism has been like mad flu disease, afflicting Whitehall but strangely absent from the nation at large…

Travelling on a First Great Western train nowadays is like entering Guantánamo – a cacophony of repetitive announcements telling passengers to protect their belongings at all times and inform the police if they see anything suspicious. Likewise the fatuous frisking of old ladies at airports, the half-hearted searching of bags in shops, the reams of safety literature pouring from the nation’s printers. It is the white noise of state fear…. continue reading…

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Hasina Patel, widow of Sid Khan, has remained silent since her one and only interview with Julie Etchingham on Radio 4. That was in July 2007. Before that, in May 2007, when released from jail (at Paddington Green, where she was kept in solitary confinement – on no charge) she had called for an independent, public enquiry. Remarried and living in Sheffield, she now wears the veil. She has recently asked for legal aid so that she would be able to contribute to the forthcoming 7/7 Inquest.

It is hard to think of any other 7/7 witness whose testimony would be of greater interest – which is why the authorities are keen to put a stop to it. No-one in the years after July 2005 has ever questioned her integrity or honesty. continue reading…

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