Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Were the 7/7 Four Not Suicide Bombers?

I have been hearing this rumor for the past few days; the author does make some good points. There have been many incidents of suicide bombers in Iraq having their hands chained to the wheel of their vehicle or having their bombs detonated remotely.


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?

The London bombers may have been duped into killing themselves so their secrets stayed hidden.
Police and MI5 are probing if the four men were told by their al-Qaeda controller they had time to escape after setting off timers. Instead, the devices exploded immediately.
A security source said: "If the bombers lived and were caught they'd probably have cracked. Would their masters have allowed that to happen? We think not."
The evidence is compelling: The terrorists bought return rail tickets, and pay and display car park tickets, before boarding _ a train at Luton for London. None of the men was heard to cry "Allah Akhbar!" - "God is great" - usually screamed by suicide bombers as they detonate their bomb.
Their devices were in large rucksacks which could be easily dumped instead of being strapped to their bodies. They carried wallets containing their driving licences, bank cards and other personal items. Suicide bombers normally strip themselves of identifying material.
Similar terror attacks against public transport in Madrid last year were carried out by recruits who had time to escape and planned to strike again.
Bomber Hasib Hussain detonated his device at the rear of the top deck of a No 30 bus, not in the middle of the bottom deck where most damage would be caused.
Additionally, two of the bombers had strong personal reasons for staying alive.
Jermaine Lindsay's partner Samantha Lewthwaite, 22, mother of his one-year-old son, is expecting her second baby within days. Mohammed Sidique Khan's wife Hasina, mum of a 14-month-old daughter, is also pregnant.
Our source disclosed: "The theory that they were not a suicide squad is gathering pace. They were the weakest link.
"We think it's possible they were told that when they pressed buttons to set off timers they'd have a short time to abandon the bombs and get away before the blast. Instead, the bombs exploded immediately."
Another intelligence source added: "Whoever is behind this didn't want to waste their best operatives on a suicide mission. Instead they used easily recruited low-grade men who may have believed they'd walk away."
At least 54 people were killed in the 7/7 blasts. Khan, 30, of Dewsbury, Shehzad Tanweer, 22, of Leeds, and Jamaican-born Lindsay, 19, of Aylesbury, Bucks, detonated devices on the Tube at Edgware Road, Aldgate and King's Cross.
Hussain, 18, of Leeds, blasted the bus at Tavistock Square. The Tube explosions went off almost simultaneously. But the bus went up an hour later.
Yesterday, Hussain's family told of their horror at the teenager's involvement in the massacre. They said in a statement: "We are devastated over the events of the past few days. Hasib was a loving and normal young man who gave us no concern and we are having difficulty taking this in.
"Our thoughts are with all the bereaved families. We have to live with the loss of our son in these difficult circumstances.
"We had no knowledge of his activities and, had we done, we would have done everything in our power to stop him. We urge anyone with information to cooperate fully with the authorities."
Police are urgently investigating the missing 81 minutes between Hussain arriving from Luton in London and the time his bomb went off.
His device may have malfunctioned. He may have lost his nerve. Or he may have panicked when he discovered the Northern Line, on which he is thought to have been due to travel, was suspended.
Officers want to discover if Hussain met anyone else who either strengthened his faltering resolve or reset his flawed bomb.

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The Forgotten Chapter of Slavery

It is estimated that possibly as many as 11 million Africans were transported across the Atlantic
-95% of which went to South and Central America, mainly to Portuguese, Spanish and French possessions
- 5% of the slaves went to the United States

At least 28 million Africans were enslaved in the Muslim Middle East

-the mortality rate for slaves being transported across the Atlantic was as high as 10%,

-the percentage of slaves dying in transit in the Trans Sahara and East African slave trade was between 80 and 90%

Ethiopia had slavery until 1942, Saudi Arabia until 1962, Peru until 1968, India until 1976 and Mauritania until 1980 & still continues in Sudan.

Please read this important article on the forgotten chapter of the slave trade & its continued presence in our world.

HAT TIP: Roger L. Simon

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Even the Spam is Made in China!

Here's something that ended up in my bulf folder recently recently :-)

Mr. Qin Wang
Lloyds TSB Pacific Limited
Hong Kong Branch
Fax: +852-301-6625908-07-2005
contact my email accountqinwang_hkinfo@o2.pl
QinWng6@netscape.net
qinwangqq@yahoo.com.hk

Thank you for giving me your time. Please be patient and read my email toyou.I am a staff of Lloyds TSB Group attached in Private Banking Services.

I am contacting you concerning a customer and, an investment placed underour banks management 3 years ago, I contacted you independently of ourinvestigation and no one is informed of this communication and I Wouldlike to intimate you with certain facts that I believe would be ofinterest to you.

In 2000, the subject matter; ref: bb/tsb/bank/73 came to our bank toengage in business discussions with our Private Banking ServicesDepartment. He informed us that he had a financial portfolio of 8.35million United States Dollars, which he wished to have us turn over on hisbehalf. I was the officer assigned to his case; I made numeroussuggestions in line with my duties as the de-facto chief operationsofficer of the Private Banking Services Department, especially given thevolume of funds he wished to put into our bank. We met on numerousoccasions prior to any investments being placed. I encouraged him toconsider various growth funds with prime ratings. The favored route in myadvice to customers is to start by assessing data on 600 traditionalstocks and bond managers and alternative investments. Based on my advice,we spun the money around various opportunities and made attractive marginsfor our first months of operation, the accrued profit and interest stoodat this point at over 10 million United States Dollars, this margin wasnot the full potential of the fund but he desired low risk guaranteedreturns on investments. In mid 2001, he asked that the money be liquidatedbecause he needed to make an urgent investment requiring cash payments inEurope. He directed that I liquidate the funds and had it deposited with afirm in Europe. I informed him that our bank would have to make specialarrangements to have this done and in order not to circumvent due process,the bank would have to make a 9.5 % deduction from the funds to cater forbanking and statutory charges. He complained about the charges but latercame around when I explained to him the complexities of the task he wasasking of us. Cash movement across borders has become especially strictsince the incidents of 9/11.

I contacted my affiliate in Europe and had the funds available in mainland Europe. I undertook all the processes and made sure I followed hisprecise instructions to the letter and had the funds deposited in asecurity consultancy firm, the firm is a specialist private firm thataccepts deposits from high net worth individuals and blue chipcorporations that handle valuable products or undertake transactions thatneed immediate access to cash. This small and highly private organizationis familiar especially to the highly placed and Well-connectedorganizations. In line with instructions, the money was deposited. He toldme he wanted the money there in anticipation of his arrival from Norwaylater that week. This was the last communication we had, this transpiredaround 20th June 2002. In June last year, we got a call from the securityfirm informing us of the inactivity of that particular portfolio. This wasan astounding position as far as I was concerned, given the fact that Imanaged the private banking sector I was the only one who knew about thedeposit, and I could not understand why he had not come forward to claimhis deposit.

I made futile efforts to locate him I immediately passed the task oflocating him to the internal investigations department of our bank. Fourdays later, information started to trickle in, that he was apparentlydead. A person who suited his description was declared dead of a heartattack in Cannes, South of France. We were soon enough able to identifythe body and cause of death was confirmed. The bank immediately launchedan investigation into possible surviving next of kin to alert about thesituation and also to come forward to claim his estate. If you arefamiliar with private banking affairs, those who patronize our servicesusually prefer anonymity, but also some levels of detachment fromconventional processes. In his bio-data form, he listed no next of kin.In the field of private banking, opening an account with us means no onewill know of its existence, accounts are rarely held under a namedepositors use numbers and codes to make the accounts anonymous. Thisbank also gives the choice to depositors of having their mail sent tothem or held at the bank itself, ensuring that there are no traces of theaccount and as I said, rarely do they nominate next of kin. Privatebanking clients apart from not nominating next of kin also usually inmost cases leave wills in our care, in this case; he died in testate.

What I wish to relate to you will smack of unethical practice but I wantyou to understand something. It is only an outsider to the banking worldwho finds the internal politics of the banking world aberrational. Theworld of private banking especially is fraught with huge rewards for thosewho occupy certain offices and oversee certain portfolios. You should havebegun by now to put together the general direction of what I propose.There is US$ 8,370,000.00 deposited, I alone have the deposit details andthey will release the deposit to no one unless I instruct them to do so. Ialone know of the existence of this deposit for as far as the financefirm, the transaction with our deceased customer concluded when I sent thefunds to the firm, all outstanding interactions in relation to the fileare just customer services and due process. The finance firm has no singleidea of what's the history or nature of the deposit. They are simplyawaiting instructions to release the deposit to any party that comesforward. This is the situation. This bank has spent great amounts of moneytrying to track this man's family; they have investigated for months andhave found no family. The investigation has come to an end.

My proposal,you share similar details to the late fellow I am prepared toplace you in a position to instruct the finance firm to release thedeposit to you as the closest surviving relation. Upon receipt of thedeposit, I am prepared to share the money with you in half and no more.That is: I will simply nominate you as the next of kin and have themrelease the deposit to you. We share the proceeds 50/50. I would have goneahead to ask the funds be released to me, but that would have drawn astraight line to me and my involvement in claiming the deposit. But on theother hand, you with a similar name as the original depositor would easilypass as the beneficiary with the rights to claim. I assure you that Icould have the deposit released to you in a few days. I will simply informour bank of the final closing of the file relating to the customer. I willthen officially communicate with the finance company and instruct them torelease the deposit to you. With these two things: all is done.

The alternative would be for us to have the firm direct the funds toanother bank with you as accountholder. This way there will be no need foryou to think of receiving the money from the firm. We can fine-tune thisbased on our interactions. I am aware of the consequences of thisproposal. I ask that if you find no interest in this project that youshould discard this mail. I ask that you do not be vindictive ordestructive. If my offer is of no appeal to you, delete this message andforget I ever contacted you. Do not destroy my career because you do notapprove of my proposal. You may not know this but people like myself whohave made tidy sums out of comparable situations run the whole privatebanking sector. I am not a criminal and what I do, I do not find againstgood conscience, this may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamicsof my industry dictates that I make this move. Such opportunities onlycome ones' way once in a lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass me by

I hope you understand because for once I found myself in total control andface to face with my destiny. These chances won't pass me by. I ask thatyou do not destroy my chance, if you will not work with me let me know andlet me move on with my life but do not destroy me. I am a family man andthis is an opportunity to provide them with new opportunities. There is areward for this project and it is a task well worth undertaking. I haveevaluated the risks and the only risk I have here is from you refusing towork with me and alerting my bank. I am the only one who knows of thissituation, good fortune has blessed you with a name that has planted youinto the center of relevance in my life. Let's share the blessing.

If you give me positive signals, I will initiate this process towards aconclusion. I wish to inform you that should you contact me via officialchannels; I will deny knowing you and about this project. I repeat, I donot want you contacting me through my official phone lines nor do I wantyou contacting me through my official email account. Contact me onlythrough this email address (qinwang_hkinfo@o2.pl )

I do not want any direct link between you and me. My official lines arenot secure lines as they are periodically monitored to assess our level ofcustomer care in line with our Total Quality Management Policy.Please observe this instruction religiously.

Please, again, note I am afamily man; I happily married with two kids. I send you this mail notwithout a measure of fear as to what the consequences might be, but I knowwithin me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success andriches never come easy or on a platter of gold. This is the one truth Ihave learned from my private banking clients. Do not betray my confidence.

If we can be of one accord, we should plan a meeting, soon.I await your response.
Sincerely,
Qin Wang
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