1 May 2007

7/7 Survivors Call for Independent Public Inquiry

As I write I'm watching the live, lunchtime report on Sky News covering the delivery of a letter on behalf of 7/7 survivors drafted by Oury Clark Solicitors, formally requesting that the government facilitates an independent public inquiry into the 7th July 2005 terrorist attacks on the London Underground.

The Guardian has been particularly fast -- the whole text of the letter is available to read online here.

This is the beginning of the campaign. Just for the record, the Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC) needs to take significant credit for this development. Last year, myself and several other CAMPACC activists met regularly with human rights lawyer James Oury and briefed him on the need to develop an effective legal case, and general campaign, for an independent public inquiry into 7/7. Eventually we invited survivor Rachel North who then brought in the other survivors who want an inquiry. After that, we took a backseat so that the survivors could secure the unmitigated expert legal representation that they've been denied for so long.

So it's rather satisfying to see this pay-off. But of course this is only the start of what must be a prolonged and concerted campaign. The government will of course obfuscate, dodge and repeat parrot-fashion the same tired, cliched excuses ("not enough resources"; "diverting our attention away from guaranteeing day-to-day public safety"; blah blah). But the excuses are looking more and more lame, everyday, and they will continue to do as more information on how much the government really knew about 7/7 emerges in the coming weeks and months.

6 comments:

  1. A full independent inquiry yes, but don't forget the legislative framework which the British government imposed on public inquiries on June 7th 2005, the Inquiries Act 2005, the scope of which allows the state to set the limits of any inquiry, essentially making an inquiry neither public nor independent.

    Please sign the petition for a truly independent public inquiry into the events of 7/7, outside of the Inquiries Act 2005.

    It is worth reading the full transcript of Imran Khan's statement outside the Old Bailey yesterday, on behalf of 5 of the accused men. The statement contains the following:

    "Coached witnesses were brought forward. Forced confessions were gained through illegal detention, and torture abroad. Threats and intimidation was used to hamper the truth. All with the trial judge seemingly intent to assist the prosecution almost every step of the way."

    Listen to the full statement being read here.

    The July 7th Truth Campaign believes that the complaints and allegations made by the recent 'fertiliser plot' defendants in their statement should be taken very seriously, especially in the light of the numerous miscarriages of justice in cases of alleged Irish terrorism.

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  2. Free - the man accused of being an al-Qaida leader, aka 'Q'

    DAC Clark refused to confirm or deny that Q was an MI5 asset on last night's Panorama.

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  3. Good to see you blogging again, Nafeez.

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  4. "....a letter on behalf of 7/7 survivors drafted by Oury Clark Solicitors, formally requesting that the government facilitates an independent public inquiry into the 7th July 2005 terrorist attacks on the London Underground."

    An "independent public inquiry" FACILITATED by the British regime will not be independent to begin with.

    An independent inquiry should be launched, overseen, and funded by the 7/7 survivors only.

    One way to stifle any critical scrutiny of British/American false-flag terrorist attacks (like 7/7 or 9/11) is through promoting political trojan horses that coopt, mislead, and neutralize any organization that challenges the official version of events.

    There are many examples of these phony "independent inquiry" groups in America with respect to 9-11. Their real agenda is to cover up the criminal role of the American state in likely committing 9-11, while posing as a movement seeking the truth.

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  5. I get the feeling they knew something. David shayler thinks Mi5-government carried it out. Fuck knows.
    Although it's utterly strange that no terrorist threat has happened in America since 911-and just one in britain. Either there aren't as many crazy muslims as the government is making out, or they have a surveillance system so advanced they can stop every attack before it happens.

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  6. Thanks for the in-depth view of the wider context of 7/7.
    What did you think of my in-side view of the 7/7.

    I look forwards to your comments

    Daniel Obachike
    floranukATgooglemail.com

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