Saturday, July 16, 2005

London oddities

There is an article by Jeff Edwards in the Mirror on some of the oddities in the London bombings (official response to the article is here or here):

"The terrorists bought return rail tickets, and pay and display car park tickets, before boarding a train at Luton for London. None of the men was heard to cry 'Allah Akhbar!' - 'God is great' - usually screamed by suicide bombers as they detonate their bomb.

Their devices were in large rucksacks which could be easily dumped instead of being strapped to their bodies. They carried wallets containing their driving licences, bank cards and other personal items. Suicide bombers normally strip themselves of identifying material."


"Bomber Hasib Hussain detonated his device at the rear of the top deck of a No 30 bus, not in the middle of the bottom deck where most damage would be caused.

Additionally, two of the bombers had strong personal reasons for staying alive.

Jermaine Lindsay's partner Samantha Lewthwaite, 22, mother of his one-year-old son, is expecting her second baby within days. Mohammed Sidique Khan's wife Hasina, mum of a 14-month-old daughter, is also pregnant."

You can see more evidence that the bombers didn't know what was going on in the account of a witness (or here):

"Accounts from eyewitnesses on the No. 30 bus raise the spectre of a suicide bomber.

Richard Jones, 61, a computer specialist from Bracknell, told reporters he had left the bus after seeing a young man in great agitation fiddling with something in his bag: 'He kept going down in his bag,' said Mr Jones.

'I didn't actually see his face but he was becoming more and more anxious.'"

He would have become more and more anxious as it slowing dawned on him what he was actually carrying. Once you accept the theory that the bombers were tricked, you also have to accept the possibility that they were tricked by someone other than Islamic terrorists. You also have to accept the possibility that none of the bombers had any idea that they were carrying bombs. Now that the attempted frame-up of the Egyptian biochemist is falling apart - a frame-up which bizarrely led to the British police completely revising their theory, based presumably on chemical residues, that sophisticated military explosives were used when they found some cleaning materials in the bathtub! - we are starting to see the Official Story slowly fall apart. It will be interesting to see whether the British press falls in line like the American press did after September 11, or strikes out on its own into the world of truth like the Spanish press did after the Madrid bombings.