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Atta's father praises London bombs The father of one of the hijackers who commandeered the first plane that crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, praised the recent terror attacks in London and said many more would follow.
Speaking to CNN producer Ayman Mohyeldin Tuesday in his apartment in the upper-middle-class Cairo suburb of Giza, Mohamed el-Amir said he would like to see more attacks like the July 7 bombings of three London subway trains and a bus that killed 52 people, plus the four bombers.
Displayed prominently in the apartment were pictures of el-Amir's son, Mohamed Atta, the man who is believed to have piloted American Airlines Flight 11 into the north tower of the World Trade Center as part of the attacks on the United States. (CNN)
Looking Back at Big Brother The London authorities, who already have cameras up the wazoo, are considering X-ray scanners that reveal weapons and bombs and, regrettably, all else under your clothing. (Washington Post)
Suicide bombers' 'ordinary' lives Three of the four men behind the UK's first suicide bombings on 7 July last year were British and the other a Jamaican-born British resident. Below are profiles of the young men who went on to kill 52 people and injure hundreds (BBC)
Pentagon Casualty Exercises? Planned for the 9/11 Hit? Also that, on the morning of 9-11, Pentagon medic Matt Rosenberg was in the health clinic on Corridor 8 "grateful for an uninterrupted hour in which he could study a new medical emergency disaster plan based on the unlikely scenario of an airplane crashing into the Pentagon." Washington Post, 16 September 2001 - The Pentagon MASCAL (Mass Casualty) exercise of October 2000 was a command exercise simulating the crash of an airliner into the Pentagon. The type of airliner was not specified. This exercise is commonly known. The exercise forecasted 341 casualties (dead and injured). (U.S. Medicine)
Exclusive: Was It Suicide? Why did they buy return train tickets to Luton? Why did they buy pay & display tickets for cars? Why were there no usual shouts of 'Allah Akhbar'? Why were bombs in bags and not on their bodies? (Mirror.co.uk)
London Stagecoach Employee Says Bus Bombing Suspicious We received an e mail from an employee of Stagecoach, the company responsible for the majority of London buses.
Our contact works a route roughly one mile from the site of the bus bombing last Thursday.
The bus driver pointed out that the number 30 bus was the only one to be re-routed after the initial bombs went off in the London Underground, every other bus carried on its normal journey, but for some reason this bus was diverted.
The driver notes the following about CCTV maintainence.
"CCTV gets maintained at least 2 or 3 times a week and can digitally store upto 2 whole weeks worth of footage. this is done by a private contractor....So when I heard that the CCTV wasn't working on a vehicle that's no more than 2 years old since last June.....I'm sorry that's rubbish, I work for the company I know different." (Prison Planet)
CCTV seizures raise hopes of quick identification of suspects Police may be able to pinpoint the London bombers on CCTV in as little as two weeks, a terrorism expert predicted last night.
As officers began the task of collating and analysing thousands of hours of CCTV, mobile phone and video footage, Andrew Silke, of the University of East London, pointed to the case of David Copeland, the London nail bomber.
Copeland was identified by his boss and a cab driver after police released CCTV pictures of him outside Brixton station in April 1999, the day he planted the first of three bombs.
Dr Silke said: "It took just over three weeks to find David Copeland and there was less footage available. I think police will identify these bombers in a similar time because the systems involved are much better. (London Guardian)
Explosive used in bombs 'was of military origin' The bombs used in Thursday's terrorist attacks were of "military origin", according to a senior French policeman sent to London to help in what has become the biggest criminal investigation in British history. Christophe Chaboud, head of the French Anti-Terrorism Co-ordination Unit, told Le Monde newspaper that the explosives used in the bombings were of "military origin", which he described as "very worrying". " We're more used to cells making home-made explosives with chemicals," he said. "How did they get them? Either by trafficking, for example, in the Balkans, or they had someone on the inside who enabled them to get out of the military establishment." (The Independent)
"I was in tube bomb carriage -- and survived" CAMBRIDGE dancer Bruce Lait has spoken of his miraculous escape when a bomb exploded just yards away from him in a Tube train carriage.
The 32-year-old was knocked out by the blast and awoke to a terrible scene of devastation in the underground tunnel near London's Aldgate East station.
Mr Lait, who teaches dance in Cambridge, believes he and his dance partner Crystal Main were the only passengers in the carriage who survived the blast without serious injury - even though they were sitting nearest to where the bomb detonated.
When he came to, there was a body lying on top of him and he was surrounded by the dead and injured. But incredibly, the only wounds the dance coach sustained were facial lacerations and a perforated eardrum.
"I feel extremely, extremely lucky," he said.
Fear and Irrationality in the Oil Patch Profit-taking and stock prices rise and fall, but fears seem to be unfounded. Is the oil shortage real? Facts are hard to come by, and philosophical arguments rage. - The “Peak Oil” argument is based on the concept that oil is a limited “fossil” fuel, and that the supply will decline and the price will rise dramatically as demand outstrips supply – long before we actually run out of it. However, oil is not disappearing right away. The United States continues to fill its reserve wells, and some apparently-drained oil fields are refilling at a faster rate than expected. (Ref.) How? This is also hotly debated among the abiotic oil and biotic generation of oil theorists. Whatever the cause, the planet appears not to be running out of this form of energy resource in the immediate future. (Pure Energy Systems News)
Inquiry into blasts a ludicrous diversion: Blair British Prime Minister Tony Blair has rejected demands for a government inquiry into Thursday's multiple bomb attacks on London, even as police and security services pinned their hopes on a quick breakthrough in the search for the culprits while an anguished city defiantly returned to work against all odds.
On Monday, police said they believed almost all the fatalities had been identified by name, perpetrators, thereby ruling out raging speculation one or more suicide bombers was among the dead.
With London remaining on its very highest state of alert, Downing Street officials said on Monday that Blair had dismissed demands for an inquiry from the main opposition Conservative Party. Blair believed an inquiry into the attacks would be a "ludicrous diversion", they said. (Times of India)
U.K. Wants Massive EU Monitoring of E-mails, Cell Phones In the wake of the deadly London terrorist attacks, British Home Secretary Charles Clarke says millions of personal e-mail and mobile phone records could be stored and shared with police and intelligence officials across Europe to help thwart future attacks, according to an Observer report.
Clark claimed that such communications could "quite possibly" have helped prevent such attacks by identifying in advance suspicious patterns of behavior by potential terrorists. (NewsMax)
Tube train bombs simultaneous London Underground, the Metropolitan Police and the British Transport Police can now confirm that the three bombs which exploded on three Tube trains on Thursday 7 July 2005 went off simultaneously at around 08.50 (Transport for London)
Passenger believes he saw bomber A bus passenger says he may have seen one of those responsible for the bomb attacks in London - Richard Jones, from Binfield, near Bracknell, Berks, had got off a bus just before it was blown up in Tavistock Square (BBC)
The struggle against terrorism cannot be won by military means: The G8 must seize the opportunity to address the wider issues at the root of such atrocities I have rarely seen the Commons so full and so silent as when it met yesterday to hear of the London bombings. A forum that often is raucous and rowdy was solemn and grave. A chamber that normally is a bear pit of partisan emotions was united in shock and sorrow. Even Ian Paisley made a humane plea to the press not to repeat the offence that occurred in Northern Ireland when journalists demanded comment from relatives before they were informed that their loved ones were dead.
The immediate response to such human tragedy must be empathy with the pain of those injured and the grief of those bereaved. We recoil more deeply from loss of life in such an atrocity because we know the unexpected disappearance of partners, children and parents must be even harder to bear than a natural death. It is sudden, and therefore there is no farewell or preparation for the blow. Across London today there are relatives whose pain may be more acute because they never had the chance to offer or hear last words of affection.
It is arbitrary and therefore an event that changes whole lives, which turn on the accident of momentary decisions. How many people this morning ask themselves how different it might have been if their partner had taken the next bus or caught an earlier tube? (London Guardian)
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