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Dead Man Used His Travel Card

By sizemore Last edited 139 months ago
Dead Man Used His Travel Card

Lots of stuff happening on the terrorist hunt front. Nine more people have been arrested under anti-terrorism laws in Tooting. Three women in Stockwell were detained on suspicion of harbouring offenders. Yasin Hassan Omar, thought to be the Warren St bomber, was arrested in Birmingham but three other suspects remain at large.

ABC have released pictures of devices found in the car at Luton several weeks ago and shots of the shattered carriages and a new photo of the Shepherd's Bush suspect has been released.

By our count that's around 12 people arrested in less than the last week in the UK although at least one of them has since been released without charge. The LA Times is reporting the arrest of another man in Zambia.

Perhaps most damning is the news that police have told Jean Charles de Menezes' family that he did not jump the barriers at Stockwell and was not wearing a padded unseasonal jacket:

he was wearing a denim jacket and had used his travel card to get through the station

Jon Snow from Channel Four News has a regular email that you can subscribe to here. Yesterday he added a personal commentary to his news roundup:

A day in the life of London, maybe even a commonplace day in the life of a Muslim. I am cycling back from Channel 4 at ten thirty seven this morning past the back of Horse guards parade in line of sight of the back of number 10 Downing Street - suddenly on the edge of the park I notice armed police, four of them, their guns raised surrounding a tall Muslim man with a dark beard.

He is smartly dressed and has a brand new silver coloured camera bag on the ground at his feet. The voices are raised with the guns, in the time that I take to pass the guns lower, the bag is searched, the incident passes, no one seems to notice. Up on the mall a small knot of tourists are looking from a distance. One now normal unreported, maybe unreportable incident and a searing experience for one innocent Muslim man. Which isn't to say that the level of anxiety and tension which prompts such a scene isn't all too understandable.

I am white, crazy-looking on a bike, with a shoulder bag across my back, yet I am not stopped in line of sight of number 10: here lies tonight's central dilemma - do only bag carrying bearded Muslims need to worry about passing public buildings? Soon they will begin to keep away from them and what is shared, what is all of ours, will become places they no longer come to. Not just the pubs where they never might have drank anyway, but now the places that are central to our democracy and our identity...

And another Londoner emails us to say she was sniffed by a sniffer dog on the way into work this morning:

It looked like Columbo's dog!

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Ian

Did you notice the Tox tag on the train?

mike

I did indeed.

Pollo

Coming out of Golders Green station this morning I saw a Policeman searching a Chinese girls handbag. I mean she could barely have fitted an ipod in let alone a bomb. Maybe it was "unseasonal".

stanley

"Perhaps most damning is the news that police have told Jean Charles de Menezes' family that he did not jump the barriers at Stockwell and was not wearing a padded unseasonal jacket"

What a surprise.

Bec

As you gys may know, New York City commuters are now subject to "random" searches before entering the subway and bus sytem in response to the bombings in London.

Unfortunately, as I watched the morning news, a South East Asian business man told a reporter he was stopped and searched 3 times on Tuesday as he travelled the city on business.

That sounds entirely random to me.

Andrew Milner

Unlawful killing of Mr. de Menezes by Metropolitan Police Service
The media whores have done their worst, but the truth will out. The Police story is in tatters, exposing them as barefaced liars:
"He came out of a house under surveillance" ... apartment block, not house (nice bit of spin, but it won’t wash)
"He was an Asian/Muslim"... a lie
"He was a suicide bomber" ... a lie
"He was wearing a padded jacket (bomber jacket)... a lie
"He jumped the barrier" ... a lie
"He refused to obey a police order" ... Police shouted, "Get down"; he threw himself to the floor. And incidentally, there is no general obligation to obey a police order.
Today the Foreign Officer (is that right?) announced they would be paying $1,000,000 compensation. Is that all a life is worth? Surely a “no-win, no-fee” lawyer would be eager to take on this open-and-shut case. Wonder whether the compensation would have been more if he's been made a lifetime paraplegic. Perhaps that explains the eight shots.
This marks a turning point in relations between public and police. The shooting and botched cover-up is getting more attention than the deaths of 52 bombing victims. So can we refer to all these people as collateral damage? Police were using this shooting to give the message: "Police rule, OK". Unless the shooter, his four colleagues and the supervisor/s that gave the "green light" are indited, prosecuted and found guilty of manslaughter and given double-digit sentences, respect for the police will all but disappear. On a scale of 1-10, it will hardly rank a zero.
You know if you resigned now Sir Ian, you might just get to keep your knighthood.