Daily Mail: rumours swell that the government staged 7/7

Daily Mail: rumours swell that the government staged 7/7

Video made for the mock training exercise?

On 4 July 2009, the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper has this headline:

Conspiracy fever: As rumours swell that the government staged 7/7, victims’ relatives call for a proper inquiry

The Mail asks: which train did the four Muslims catch from Luton to London on the morning of the bomb blasts?

The three separate Tube explosions at Edgware Road, Aldgate and King’s Cross occurred together at exactly 8.50am.

The official reports said the bombers got on the 7.40am train from Luton.

However, the 7.40am train never ran that morning.

It was cancelled.

Survivors pointed out the error.

The Government then changed its mind and said the bombers caught the 7.25 am from Luton, for the 35-minute journey to King’s Cross.

It was due to arrive in the capital at 8am.

However, this train ran 23 minutes late.

It arrived in London at 8.23am, say station officials.

The three separate Tube explosions at Edgware Road, Aldgate and King’s Cross occurred together at exactly 8.50am.

It looks as if it would be impossible for the ‘bombers’ to get to their different destinations in time.

Reportedly, it takes seven minutes to walk from the Thameslink line station to the tube station at the main King’s Cross station.

Police say the four men were seen on the main King’s Cross concourse at 8.26am, although no CCTV footage has ever been made public.

How had the men got there in three short minutes after getting off the Luton train at 8.23am?

Controversially, no CCTV images have been released of the alleged bombers actually in London.

There is a picture claiming to show the ‘bombers’ in Luton. In this Luton image “the quality is poor and the faces of three of the bombers are unidentifiable.”

This photo is timed at four seconds before 7.22am.

The men would have had just three minutes to walk up the stairs at Luton, buy their £22 day return tickets and get to the platform, which was packed with commuters because of the earlier travel disruptions.

A video called Ripple Effect accuses Tony Blair, and elements of the Government, the police, and the British and Israeli Secret Services of carrying out the London Tube bombings.

It is alleged that the four British Muslims were tricked into taking part in what they were told would be a mock anti-terror training exercise.

The Ripple Effect video claims government agents set off pre-planted explosives under the three Tube trains and on the bus.

It suggests that the four Muslims were not on any of the Tube trains.
Dr Mohammad Naseem, the chairman of Birmingham’s Central Mosque, says: ‘We do not accept the government version of July 7, 2005. The Ripple Effect video is more convincing than the official statements.’

Naseem has said that the identities of the bombers were discovered by the police suspiciously quickly.

‘When a body is blown up, it is destroyed. How is it that the identification papers found at the bomb scenes of these men were still intact? Were they planted?’
The Daily mail asks:
Why did the four bombers get return tickets to London if they were on a one-way suicide mission?
Why are there no CCTV images of the four together in London even though the city has thousands upon thousands of such cameras in public places?
Why did so many survivors of the Tube bombings say that the explosions came upwards through the floor of the trains, not down, as would be the case if a backpack blew up inside?
And why do no passengers on the London-bound Luton train clearly remember the four bombers with their huge rucksacks on that fateful morning?
There was a mock terrorist exercise going on in London that day.
Former Scotland Yard officer Peter Power said on BBC radio: ‘At half-past nine this morning we were running an exercise for a company of over a thousand people in London based on simultaneous bombs going off precisely at the railway stations where it happened this morning, so I still have the hairs on the back of my neck standing up.’

India operating 40 secret ‘Gitmos’: report

India operating 40 secret ‘Gitmos’: report

* Ex-IB joint director blames ‘harsh interrogation techniques’ in illegal detention centres for fanning militancy in Indian Punjab, IHK

By Iftikhar Gilani

NEW DELHI: The United States may have been forced to close the Guantanamo Bay detention centre but India runs 40 such “illegal” secret chambers across the country, one of India’s leading magazine revealed in its forthcoming issue.

An early copy of The Week obtained by Daily Times reveals the horror of the torture chambers, where suspects were subjected to extreme interrogation techniques for years. “I could never again dream of doing the things I did when I was in charge,” said Maloy Krishna Dhar, former joint director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), while admitting to the existence of such centres. Top police officers also told the journal that these chambers were their “assets”. “They are our own little Guantanamos,” they said.

Quoting KS Subramanian, former director general of police, who has also served in the IB, it said these sites existed and were being used to detain and interrogate suspected terrorists and have been operating for a long time. Dhar admitted that these centres fanned militancy in Indian Punjab and IHK. The magazine’s investigating team has identified 15 such centres – three each in Mumbai, New Delhi, Gujarat and Indian-held Kashmir (IHK), two in Kolkata and one in Assam. But officials claim the number could be around 40.

Torture: An officer who had worked in one of the detention centres admitted extreme physical and mental torture, based loosely on the Guantanamo model, was used to extract information from detainees. It included an assault on the senses and sleep deprivation, keeping the prisoners naked, and forcibly administering drugs through the rectum. “In extreme cases we use pethidine injections. It makes a person crazy.” The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) questioned Saeed Khan (name changed), one of the accused in the Malegaon blasts of September 2006, held at the Aarey Colony facility in Goregaon, the biggest of the three detention centres in Mumbai. He was served food at irregular intervals (leading to temporary disorientation) and was denied sleep.

Parvez Ahmed Radoo, 30, of Baramulla district in IHK, a student at Pune University, was illegally detained in New Delhi for over a month for allegedly plotting mass murder in the capital on behalf of the Jaish-e-Muhammad. Radoo wrote an open letter from the Tihar jail, where he is currently held, saying he was arrested from the airport on September 12 and kept in custody for a month. Apparently, he was first taken to the Lodhi Colony police station and then to an apartment in the Dwarka locality in southwest New Delhi where electrodes were attached to his genitals. Dhar says such detention and torture centres were an inevitable part of the war on terrorism. Security agencies needed such facilities. Molvi Iqbal from Uttar Pradesh, a suspected member of the Harkatul Jihad-e-Islami, currently lodged in Tihar, was held at a secret detention centre for two months, according to his relatives. They alleged that a chip was implanted in his body to track his movements. “He fears that the chip is still inside his skin,” said one of his relatives. “That has shattered him.”

The most recent victim of torture was Manzoor Ahmed Baig, 40, who was picked up by the Special Operations Group from the Alucha Bagh area in Srinagar on May 18. His family alleged that he was chained, hung upside down and ruthlessly beaten up. He died that night. Following public outrage, the officer in charge of the camp was dismissed from service in June. Subramanian says agencies such as the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and the IB, and not the Home Ministry, directly handled such operations. He, however, called for increased public awareness about such activities and believed it could help check such illegalities.

Hekmatyar terms Afghan elections ‘comedy drama’

Hekmatyar terms Afghan elections ‘comedy drama’

PESHAWAR: Hezb-i-Islami chief Gulbaddin Hekmatyar has termed the upcoming Afghan elections a “comedy drama” staged by the invaders.

“Elections amid full-fledged war and presence of invaders are nothing but a comedy drama. No mature and sensitive person will believe in such elections and we ask the people and candidates not to waste time in this useless game,” the former Afghan prime minister told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) in an interview.

The Hezb-i-Islami chief, however, said they would not disrupt the so-called elections. “We will not waste our time on none issues. The real thing is to oust the invaders from the country,” he said.

Ruling out talks with the Afghan government, Hekmatyar said: “The Kabul administration is powerless and there is no justification to talk to it. Innocent people are being killed in indiscriminate bombing by foreign forces and the Karzai government has failed to check the same.”

To a question, the Hezb-i-Islami chief said his party members were active across Afghanistan. “We are carrying out cultural and motivational activities in many areas. Attacks are being carried out only in areas where occupation forces are based,” he said.

Hekmatyar said his party would continue jihad until the last American soldier left Afghanistan. About deployment of Islamic forces in Afghanistan, he said: “If other groups consider the presence of these forces necessary, then we can agree to a limited number of forces of Islamic countries but they must not be from neighbouring countries. They must not support any group, should be deployed outside the cities and must be under the control of the government.”

About relations with al-Qaeda and Taliban, he said that they had no links or agreement with Taliban and al-Qaeda. The cooperation, coordination and joint struggle, however, existed between the mujahideen of both the groups on local level and in some areas, he added.

Hekmatyar said that he was confident that the resistance movement would succeed and the invading forces would be compelled to leave the country. About the suicide attacks, he said that they considered such attacks on the enemy as useful. Such attacks, however, must not be carried out on militia posts and national army. “Suicide bombers are a great asset to the resistance and they should not be wasted in useless operations.”

The former Afghan prime minister lambasted Iran and Pakistan for supporting the US invasion of Afghanistan. He said that President Obama had been repeating the failed experience of Bush. “US wants to repeat Iraq’s experience in Afghanistan.

“They strengthened a minority group there. They also want to unite Shiites and give them a big role in the government. The imperialists always impose minorities on the people they conquer,” he said.

Is Rehman Malik a Liar, or Just Ignorant?

[We hate your Predators.  May we have some please, kind sir?]

Progress made on UAV tech transfer to Pakistan: Malik

Saturday, July 04, 2009
ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik has claimed that important progress has been made on American provision of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology to Pakistan.

Talking to the media after his meeting with the US homeland security adviser here on Friday, the interior minister stated the issue of drone attacks inside the Pakistani territory was openly discussed. He also said Pakistan had sought American assistance to rehabilitate the IDPs in their native areas.

The interior minister also voiced his concern regarding the drone attacks inside the Pakistani territory to the visiting dignitary and urged the American leadership to cease the drone attacks immediately.

APP adds: Meanwhile, talking to the media here at a hospital after after visiting the injured of the suicide blast, Rehman Malik said the Waziristan operation was against TTP chief Baitullah Mehsud and his accomplices.

Malik said the operation was against the militants and it would continue till the complete elimination of terrorist elements. To a question, he said the government was neither involved in signing an agreement with any militant group in the past nor it had the intention to do so in the future. [Is Malik a liar, or just ignorant?] He said that both the Federation and the province would share information regarding terrorists.

[Remember this, Rehman Malik?]

Nek Mohammed in front of a microphone during the signing of the peace accord on April 24, 2004. Nek Mohammed in front of a microphone during the signing of the peace accord on April 24, 2004. [Source: Tariq Mahmood / Agence France-Presse / Getty Images]




[How about this?]

On September 5, 2006, the Waziristan Accord

[Or this?]

April 25, 2008




Pak-Afghan border needs a fence like US-Mexico: Gilani

[Pakistan has been trying to fence and mine the Durand Line Since early in the terror war, the US keeps stopping it.

SEE: Army to identify areas for fencing on Afghan border]

Pak-Afghan border needs a fence like US-Mexico: Gilani

Wants Cobra helicopters from US

By our correspondent

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday sought the support of the United States to work out a permanent solution for uncontrolled, illegal crossings, particularly of militants and terrorists, and drug trafficking across the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Gilani was talking to US Secretary for Homeland Security Janet Napilitano, who called on him here at the PM House on Friday. Referring to Janet’s initiative, as governor of Arizona, of erecting a wall between the US and Mexico border, the prime minister said a similar pattern of fencing between Pakistan and Afghanistan could be implemented to stop infiltration and drug trafficking.

He also called for immediate provision of military hardware, including Cobra helicopters, technology transfer as well as financial assistance to build the capacity of Pakistan’s law-enforcement agencies and their personnel to prepare them for controlling the affected areas after the military operation comes to a successful conclusion in the Malakand Division and Waziristan agencies.

The prime minister underlined the fact that international support to Pakistan for the displaced persons of the Malakand Division had so far been inadequate. He urged the US and international donors to deliver on their pledges made in the Friends of Democratic Pakistan meeting in Tokyo.

The prime minister asked the US secretary for homeland security to facilitate PIA’s direct flights operations to the US destinations. Ms Janet said the issue of PIA’s direct flights to the US would be resolved after due consideration in the near future. She also promised that the US would expedite disbursement of the pledged amount for the IDPs and the financial assistance committed in Tokyo to meet Pakistan’s immediate needs.

Bangladesh struggles to tame violent militants

[SEE: UK charity head held over Bangladesh “bomb factory”]

Bangladesh struggles to tame violent militants

By Anis Ahmed

DHAKA (Reuters) – Violent militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan get more attention, but militant groups also challenge South Asia’s other Muslim nation, Bangladesh, worrying neighbours and countries with Bangladeshi workers or immigrants.

Militants in the low-lying nation of some 150 million people threaten its young democratic government’s efforts to achieve stability, and raise fears the groups will connect with and strengthen extremist international networks.

The violent Islamists’ presence also discourages much needed aid and investment.

Nearby India has expressed its concern, and last weekend Britain’s security minister Lord West visited Dhaka to strengthen bilateral efforts on the issue.

“The governments must cooperate with each other against terrorism as the terrorists of different countries are gaining strength through mutual assistance,” he told reporters.

Harkatul Jihad Islami (HUJI) Bangladesh, one of more than a dozen outlawed Islamist groups seeking to turn Bangladesh into a sharia-based Islamic state, was blamed for attempting to kill then British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury in May 2005.

Police also linked Huji to a 2004 attempt to kill Sheikh Hasina, then the opposition leader. She narrowly escaped but 23 others died when grenades exploded at a rally she was addressing.

Authorities say another group, Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), was behind deadly bombings in late 2005. Victims included judges, lawyers, police and others.

After what was criticised as initial neglect of the issue, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) government arrested six JMB leaders in 2006. They were executed in March 2007 by an army-backed interim authority that had taken over power.

During interrogation the six said they were trained outside the country and fought alongside Islamic forces in Afghanistan, Iraq and in the Palestinian territories.

MILITANTS REGROUPING

Attacks declined after the executions but did not stop, and officials and analysts say the militants are regrouping.

“There is no denying that the militants are a big threat to Bangladesh,” said Abul Barakat, economics professor at Dhaka University and a political analyst, who has studied the movement.

He told Reuters that Islamists had expanded under patronage of the country’s biggest religion-based party, Jamaat-e-Islami (Jamaat), which has developed a banking and business network, and through funds received from Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia.

As happened in countries like Pakistan, some in Bangladesh’s establishment thought they could use militant groups to their advantage, only to have them later turn against the government.

For example, the 2001-2006 coalition government of the BNP and Jamaat was accused of using a JMB faction to confront the Sarbahara, a troublemaking group in the northwest.

Jamaat and the BNP deny aiding violent militants. BNP senior leader Nazrul islam Khan says such militancy “is not just a problem of Bangladesh, it exists worldwide”.

Suranjit Sengupta, a top lawyer and Awami League leader, says the Islamists are a growing threat to democracy and development.

“They thrived in Bangladesh during the BNP-Jamaat rule. Now the time has come to track them down and root them out forever,” he told Reuters.

A government led by Hasina and the Awami League took office in January and vowed to get tough with the militants. Security forces have since raided alleged militant hideouts, seizing arms and bombmaking material and arresting dozens.

“We are pledge-bound to the nation to make sure that none of them escape justice,” said state minister for law Oamrul Islam.

CHANGED TACTICS

Intelligence officials say the Islamists lately have changed tactics, as did a JMB operative who talked to a Reuters contact in the northwest on condition of anonymity.

“Now we are recruiting a large number of women and giving them training in use of weapons, carrying explosives, hitting targets and spreading our message that no rule or laws except those of Allah will exist or be tolerated,” the operative said.

He said male and female members were encouraged to marry one another “to integrate them more to our work and prevent information leaks”.

Militants are now better equipped, getting explosives and weapons regularly from outside the country, the operative said without detailing the nations involved.

The group wants to refine its attacks, he added, making less use of grenades and bombs which kill indiscriminately and more of guns aimed at specific targets. “That would save lives of the people who are not our enemies,” he said.

Whether security force efforts will be enough to crush the militants remains to be seen.

Bangladesh has social issues that can make people receptive to anti-government messages and promises of an Islamic utopia. For example, nearly half the population is illiterate and a similar number live in poverty.

Bangladesh politics have meanwhile been characterised by weak civilian governments, with out-of-power parties all too ready to take to the streets, and the military stepping in to bring order at the price of clamping down on civil liberties.

“Both confrontational politics and socio-economic conditions are responsible for the rise and spread of militancy,” said Asif Nazrul, professor of law at Dhaka University.

In a chicken and egg relationship, the other issues distract authorities from effectively tackling militancy, while militant violence is one reason Bangladesh has trouble getting investment and aid to help mitigate poverty and dry up militant support.

(Additional reporting by Hasibur Rahman Bilu in northern Bangladesh and Azad Majumder in Dhaka)

Ingush president regains consciousness after attack

Ingush president regains consciousness after attack

Ingush President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov

MOSCOW, July 3 (RIA Novosti) – Ingush President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, who was badly injured in a roadside bomb on June 22, has regained consciousness, a spokesman for Ingushetia’s representative in Moscow said on Friday.

“The Ingush president is conscious. He is making progress, and doctors say his health could improve substantially within a month,” Adam Gazdiyev said.

Yevkurov received serious head and internal injuries when his motorcade was hit by a car packed with explosives driven by a suicide bomber. He was airlifted to Moscow after undergoing surgery in Ingushetia.

A bodyguard died in the attack near the city of Nazran, the main city in the tiny republic in Russia’s North Caucasus.

Yevkurov’s cousin Ramzan Yevkurov, who was driving the president’s vehicle and was injured in the explosion, died in a hospital in Ingushetia on Saturday night.

Ingush Prime Minister Rashid Gaisanov, who has been appointed the republic’s acting president by a Russian presidential decree, pledged to proceed with programs and projects launched by Yevkurov.

“All the programs and projects led by President Yevkurov and launched by him, will be continued,” Gaisanov said.

The acting president described the situation in the republic as “stable and under control.”