Kick at the darkness
'til it bleeds daylight.
It seems appropriate this morning to continue with a Cockburn theme.
From yesterday's post:
You may by now have read the report that - shades of 9/11 - there were simultaneous exercises in the London subway, at the identical stations, at the exact time of the blasts. You may not have had the chance to read it on Democratic Undergound, because though the original source is an audio clip and transcript from the BBC, it's the polarizing Alex Jones who brought it to our attention. So in the dumper it goes. How lucky for some.
We have more than PrisonPlanet on the story now. Over the weekend, the CBC conducted it's own interview with Peter Power, regarding London's amazing - and eerily familiar - coincidence. Power is Managing Director of Visor Consultants, "which on the morning of July 7 was co-incidentally running a security exercise for a private firm, simulating multiple bomb explosions in the London Underground, at the same stations that were subsequently attacked in real life." (Note: the link is to the program CBC News: Sunday and does not appear permanent. Hopefully one will be forthcoming.)
Researcher Paul Thompson (The Terror Timeline) made the following transcription from the broadcast:
Evan Solomon: We've heard something quite extraordinary - could be a coincidence or not - that your firm, on the very day that the bombs went off in London, were running an exercise simulating three bombs going off, in the very same tube stations that they went off. How did this happen? Coincidence, or were you acting on information that you knew?
Peter Power: I don't think you could say that we had some special insight into the terrorist network, otherwise I would be under arrest myself. The truth of it is -
Solomon: But it is a coincidence.
Power: It's a coincidence, and it's a spooky coincidence. Our scenario was very similar - it wasn't totally identical, but it was based on bombs going off, to the time, the locations, all this sort of stuff. But it wasn't an accident, in the sense that London has a history of bombs, and the reason why our emergency services did so well, and prepared probably better than any other city in the world, sadly they have to be. So it wasn't exactly rocket science or totally out of the pale to come up with that scenario unusual though it be to stop the exercise and go into real time, and it worked very well, although there was a few seconds when the audience didn't realize whether it was real or not.
It's thanks to Paul that I found the CBC link, which he posted early this morning on Democratic Underground. Curiosly, he mentioned it was the third time he'd posted the story, and that the previous two had been deleted without explanation. Moments later, that was deleted as well. I must have posted the story half a dozen times myself on several other DU boards, and on each occasion the story vanished within minutes.
Yesterday I'd thought the gatekeeper's problem was Alex Jones, but clearly it goes deeper than that, as posts linked to the PrisonPlanet article remain. Why? To serve as negative examples of "debunked" conspiratorial thought? It's the mainstream corroboration that was made to disappear. (Though, as of this writing, the story is finally seeming to stick in this thread. Perhaps the problem came down to a cranky moderator finishing a graveyard shift.)
Anything else? Oh yeah - Tony Blair is rejecting calls for an inquiry into the attacks. Granted, it's the Conservatives who are making the calls, but it's something to watch.
By the way, I don't expect I'll be posting this week. Or so says my looming deadline. I'd encourage new readers to dip into the archives, and everyone to visit the links and the Rigorous Intuition Forum.
The village idiot takes the throne
His the wind in which all must sway
All sane people, die now
Be lifted up and carried away
You've got no home in this world of sorrows