Sunday, August 21, 2005

Unbelievable tales from London

From The Observer:

"Senior sources in the Metropolitan Police have told The Observer that members of the surveillance team who followed de Menezes into Stockwell underground station in London felt that he was not about to detonate a bomb, was not armed and was not acting suspiciously. It was only when they were joined by armed officers that his threat was deemed so great that he was shot seven times."

and (more evidence that the SAS hit squad was just out to kill someone, and didn't need or want a good reason):

"A police source said: 'There is no way those three guys would have been on the train carriage with him [de Menezes] if they believed he was carrying a bomb. Nothing he did gave the surveillance team the impression that he was carrying a device.'"

and (more changes to the Official Story, which seems to change completely each day):

"The Observer now understands that seconds before the firearms team entered the tube train carriage, a member of the surveillance squad using the codename Hotel 3 moved to the doorway and shouted: 'He's in here.' De Menezes, in all likelihood alarmed by the activity, stood and moved towards the doorway. He was grabbed and pushed back to his seat. The first shots were then fired while Hotel 3 was holding him."

and, in case you thought the surveillance team was off the hook (my emphasis in bold):

"Meanwhile, questions have been raised about the accuracy of the police intelligence that led to the raid on the block of flats occupied by de Menezes. It was initially suggested that the flat was connected to the man known as Hussein Osman, who was arrested in Italy. On the Saturday after the shooting, officers raided the flat in a high-profile operation watched by the world's media. As a result, a man, identified only as 'C', was arrested 'on suspicion of the commission, instigation or preparation of acts of terrorism'. But he was released on 30 July with no charge, raising the possibility that the flats had no connection with the bombings."

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is also "expected to look into selective briefings to the media over the days following the shootings." 'Selective' is the nice way to refer to the fact that the police effectively lied by allowing untrue speculations to circulate.

This whole thing has become completely unbelievable. It wouldn't be any weirder if they held a press conference tomorrow with de Menezes himself, announcing that it was all part of the latest Richard Branson publicity stunt to advertise Virgin bulletproof vests.