Saturday, May 13, 2006

Pushing for an independent public inquiry

The Sun has picked up my petition for a public inquiry.

The BBC had this and lots more.

There has been a lot of coverage of the ''narrative'' and the ISC report, and I will be writing about it this weekend, when I have time. In the meantime, I juggled work, and quickly ran out and did a radio car piece after John Reid's speech to Parliament on BBC Radio 5 live which then ran on Radio 4, and I also did Channel 4 news with Joe and Kirsty, after work.

Lots of other people - families, survivors - spoke out too which is what I had hoped and on Friday, it was all over the media. The media and many families and many survivors are highly critical of the Government's official reports into July 7th bombs.

Look out for more reasons why we need a proper enquiry, not the current whitewash in tomorrow's Sunday Times. And look out for the GLA report, out early June.

We're getting somewhere, slowly. After months of going on and on about it, our voices are being heard. I am tired, but hopeful. And I think the exhausting strategy of engaging with the conspiracy theorists has paid off, nobody can now say I am a conspiracy theorist, or that the only people who want an independent enquiry are conspiracy theorists... is ordinary people, not politicians who were attacked, and it is us who run the risks of bombs each day on the streets, in the shopping centres, the trains and buses.

It is the public's questions that should be answered publicly, not reports produced behind closed doors that blame nobody and leave many questions unanswered. Questions like, how many more young men plan to attack us? And is there anything we and the Government can do to stem the hate and anger? Are we using our resources effectively - why spend billions on ID cards when they wouldn't have stopped the bombers, and when our security services ''couldn't afford'' to keep Khan and the others planning mass-murderer under surveillance?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As we all know, Blair does not want a public enquiry because such an enquiry will have to acknowledge that Iraq was a factor in the 7 July bombings. Blair, however, did predict that attacking Iraq would provoke bloodshed in Britain when he said, shortly before the invasion, that Britain had to be prepared to pay "the blood price" for its relationship with the US. With that statement, wasn't he already offering up the 7 July victims as a sacrifice? And if he was not predicting an attack such as happened on July 7th, what exactly did he mean by those words?

May 13, 2006 12:20 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tend to throw back the very same argument 'they' use to try and introduce ID Cards:-

"If they have nothing to hide, they have nothing to fear, from a public enquiry."

Keep up the efforts, there are many of us behind you.

May 13, 2006 10:24 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first World trade centre attack was cuased by the Saudi government spurning Bin Ladin's offer to defend Saudi Arabia from Saddam and turning to the US instead.

The Bali bombing was caused by the Australian intervention to stop the genocide in East Timor.

9/11 was cause by the same issue as point one. (This is what Bin Ladin said, anyway).

7/7 was cause by a mixture of all of the above plus Iraq and *Afghanistan*. To the extremists, any intervention that is not totally according to their goals is another attack. Note that some of the 7/7 murderers were spotted in Afganistan/Pakistan *before* 9/11...

Recently, the nut jobs have announced that any intervention in Darfur will invite more attacks. So, what do you do?

The Anon

May 14, 2006 9:43 am  
Blogger Rachel said...

I had food poisoning all weekend so have not been able to write anything, sorry, will try do so later tonight after work

May 15, 2006 9:15 am  

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