Thursday, March 22, 2007

Out of the blue?

Some quotes to consider over the next few days/weeks....and keep an eye on the news.

1. ''This was a vicious and cynical attack out of the blue in a way that there was no knowledge of beforehand in any respect whatsoever."

Source: Home Secretary Charles Clarke, 8th July 2005 on the London bombings of 7 July 2005

2. '' We have been told in evidence that none of the individuals involved in the 7 July group had been identified ( that is, named and listed) as potential terrorist threats prior to July''.

Source: Intelligence and Security Committee Report into the London Terrorist Attacks on 7 July 2005 , published 11 May 2006 ( hereafter referred to as the ''ISC report'')

3. The definition of an ''essential target'' for investigation ( from the ISC report)...

''Essential - a target who is likely to be directly involved in, or have knowledge of, plans for terrorist activity, or an individual who may have knowledge of terrorist activity''
''Targets move between investigative tiers as new information of activities and intentions is received and priorities are regularly reviewed to ensure that resources are appropriately allocated''

( Source: ISC report sec. 23 and 34, page 8)

4. ''It has become clear that Siddeque Khan was the subject of reporting of which the Security Service was aware prior to July 2005. However his true identity was not revealed in this reporting and it was only after the 7 July attacks that the Security Service was able to identify Khan as the subject of the reports.

''Prior to the 7 July attacks, the Security Service had come across Siddeque Khan and Shazad Tanweer on the peripheries of other surveillance and investigative operations. At that time their identities were unknown to the security service and there was no appreciation of their subsequent significance. As there were more pressing priorities at the time, including the need to disrupt known plans to attack the UK (see Dhiren Barot case - RN) it was decided not to investigate them further or seek to identify them. When resources became available, attempts were made to find out more about these two, and other peripheral contacts, but these resources were soon diverted back to what were considered to be higher investigative priorities ''

(Source: Government's Response to the Intelligence and Securities Committee Report into the London Terrorist Attacks of 7 July 2005, published May 2006.) ( PDF)

5. ''Documents recovered from the scenes of the attacks on 7 July gave an indication of the possible identities of the four men involved. Once these were confirmed, the Security Service and other Agencies initiated reviews of their records to establish whether they had come across any of the individuals before 7 July, whether they had any prior intelligence of the attacks or whether the attacks made the meaning of any existing intelligence clearer''

( Source: ISC report sec. 41 page 13 )

6. ''Having reviewed its records once details of the bombers came to light, the Security Service did find, however, that it had come across two members of the 7 July group on the peripheries of other investigations. These were Siddeque Khan and Shazad Tanweer.''

( Source: ISC report sec. 45 page 14)

7. ''The director-general of the security service MI5 told senior MPs there was no imminent terrorist threat to London or the rest of the country less than 24 hours before the July 7 suicide bombings.
Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller gave the assurance at a private meeting of Labour whips at the Commons on the morning of July 6 2005, the Guardian has learned from a number of those present.
The whips are said to have been confident, on leaving the meeting, that they could brief fellow MPs that the security situation was under control, and are said to have been deeply alarmed by the following day's events''

( Source: Guardian January 9th 2007 'MI5 told MPs on eve of 7/7: no imminent terror threat')

8. ''The fact that there were suicide attacks in the UK on 7 July was clearly unexpected: the Director General of the Security Service said it was a surprise that the first big attack in the UK in ten years was a suicide attack.''

( Source: ISC report sec. 102 page 28)

9. Operation Kratos: is the code word used by theSO13 (Anti Terrorism branch) branch of London's Metropolitan Police Service to refer to policies surrounding and including "shoot-to-kill" tactics to be used in dealing with suspected terrorists and suicide bombers. The tactics were developed shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks, and are claimed to be based in part on consultation with Israeli and Sri Lankan law enforcement agencies on how to deal with "deadly and determined" attackers

( Source: Wikipedia on Operation Kratos)

More as soon as I can...and for clarity, I'll be blogging all this, not publishing it in a book that isn't out until the summer.

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Blogger paul franks said...

careful rachel you're beginning to sound like yuo think/know the govt was involved in a cover up....

March 22, 2007 1:17 pm  
Blogger kris said...

I am sure there are thousands of islamo-fascist crack-pots they have to monitor.

And how do we all suggest the cops "get their timing better"?!

Too soon, and our hearts bleed for the "Forest Gate Two"

Too late, and the "I told you so" brigade blame the cops.

How about blaming the so called Muslim community that at best, turns a blind eye and takes no responsibility; and at worst, actively encourages terrorism.

And before people go too ballistic, the minute lesbians are in the frame for slamming planes into buildings and blowing up grandmas in the underground- believe me, I will be the first to spend every waking moment shouting that they have nothing to do with me or my community and tell them to stop.

I am waiting for all the moderate muslims to hit the streets with their "Not in my name" placards...but no- let's just blame the cops.

March 22, 2007 2:44 pm  
Blogger wildiris said...

Well Kris, How about hitting the streets with your "not in my name" placards to protest the hundreds of thousands murdered in Iraq in your name by your goverment.

March 22, 2007 2:52 pm  
Blogger Rachel said...

See previous post for how the Muslim congregation of Finsbury Park Mosque, and the Mosque trustees complained, took legal action to evict, and reported to the Charity Commission the extremists in their midst. For years. Again and again. And were roughed up for their pains.

No action was taken until the very end.

By then, thousands had been radicalised.

I have not noticed Catholics or people of Irish heritage taking to the streets to protest the IRA...

March 22, 2007 3:17 pm  
Blogger Davide Simonetti said...

Thanks Rachel,

This will be a useful guide when the story starts coming out.

March 22, 2007 4:55 pm  
Blogger Azimov said...

Considering the French had a name for London in the late 90's Londonistan, Why? Because they knew that London was where most of the Islamist wanted terrorist went for a safe haven.

March 22, 2007 8:07 pm  
Blogger kris said...

Oh come off it! There are PLENTY of Irish people who have denounced terrorism and continue to do so!

And as for the "not in my name"- I blame nut-job insurgents and their car bomb, road-side IEDs for much of the death and destruction in Iraq.

March 22, 2007 11:41 pm  
Blogger Sir Francis Walsingham said...

Most of the killings in Iraq are by death squads and bombers targeting civilians deliberately.

The IEDs kill very few by comparison.

Why don't we have a rally to protest about the slaughter of civilians in Iraq?

March 23, 2007 10:16 pm  

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