‘Conspiracy Fever: As rumours swell that the government staged 7/7, victims’ relatives call for a proper enquiry’ The Daily Mail, Sue Ried, 3 July 2009
A remarkable Mail article on the 4th anniversary of the July 7th bombings, told British readers a good deal about What Really Happened. Hitherto the media had tried to make out that victims’ families and survivors believed the official story – whereas, we here learn otherwise. We note how this whole story could be constructed by the journalist, because of the activities of just two ‘truth activists’: Mr ‘Muad’Dib’ in Ireland and Dr Naseem in Birmingham. They became the foci around which it could be woven.
… 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.
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.’
Central to the puzzle is which train the four Muslims caught from Luton to London on the morning of the bomb blasts. 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.
Dr Naseem’s View
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.’
Call for enquiry:
‘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.
A public debate would be a good start.