News about 7/7 bombongs in London

THERE will not be a public inquiry into the July 7 London bombings, the Home Secretary Charles Clarke has decided.
Instead, a senior civil servant will compile a narrative on the attacks from evidence already collected by the police, the security services and two House of Commons select committees.
Mr Clarke believes an independent inquiry would also duplicate much work that has been carried out by MPs. Ministers also felt that it would divert attention and resources away from more pressing security and community issues.
A Home Office spokesman said last night: “The Government is not proposing to hold a public inquiry into the events of July 7. The Home Secretary is currently considering what materials he might be able to make available to support the parliamentary inquiries which are under way into the various aspects of the July 7 atrocities.
“We hope to announce details of this in due course.” MI5 is understood to have compiled a detailed picture of the influences thought to have been exerted on the bombers, and their motivations.
The security services have also tracked the group’s overseas travel in minute detail, particularly their trips to Pakistan between 2003 and the bombings in July this year. Mr Clarke is understood to have consulted Scotland Yard on the implications of issuing the file to the public, possibly edited.
But the public inquiry decision was not welcomed by Sir Iqbal Sacranie of the Muslim Council of Britain, who repeated demands for a full investigation. “It has to be a fully comprehensive public inquiry that will provide us the information we need as to what actually happened, how it happened and why it happened so that we will be better prepared to prevent such tragedy happening again,” he said last night.
Saba Mozakka, whose mother Behnaz died in the Piccadilly Line blast, said that it was “unacceptable” not to hold a public inquiry.
“This is not acceptable to us and the families will be campaigning for there to be a full public inquiry,” she said. “A narrative of events will not satisfy anybody. This is not something we will go away on.”
Graham Russell, whose son, Philip, died in the wreckage of the Tavistock Square bus, said he would wait before judging the decision. “If the facts come out anyway then it’s all well and good. If they don’t then they have failed the people who died.”
Patrick Mercer, the Shadow Homeland Security Minister, said that a narrative was not enough: “We need to know what the links were with the various individuals, whether they had links abroad. And also why the Government reduced the level of warning a mere five weeks before the attack.”
Fifty-two people died and nearly 700 people were injured when four suicide bombers attacked the London transport system on the morning of July 7. Intelligence has been compiled on bombers Shehzad Tanweer, Jermaine Lindsay, Mohammad Sidique Khan and Hasib Hussain.

The Home Secretary today quietly dropped his controversial plans to give police the power to shut down mosques being used by extremists.
The proposal was originally part of Tony Blair’s 12-point plan to combat terror after the July 7 London bombings, but a consultation produced a negative reaction from top police officers and the Muslim community.
Charles Clarke said in a written statement to MPs today: “I will not seek to legislate on this issue at the present time, although we will keep the matter under review.”
Mr Clarke published detailed plans in October, proposing that police should have powers to temporarily close down places of worship – such as mosques – which were being used by extremists.
The trustee or registered owner of a place of worship would be issued with an order – obtained from a court by the police – requiring them to take steps to stop such behaviour, the document said. Failing to do so would be a criminal offence.
If the activity persisted, police could apply to the court for a “restriction of use order” which could temporarily close all or part of the premises.
The consultation paper said the new powers would be a “last resort” and police would attempt to solve problems at any place of worship with members of the community.
But earlier this month the Association of Chief Police Officers said the proposed measures risked alienating ordinary Muslims and driving extremism underground.
And in November, a group of Islamic experts appointed by Mr Clarke in the wake of July 7 said the measures could be arbitrary and open to “possible misuse”.
In a report they said: “The proposal on closing certain mosques rather than simply prosecuting the criminality in those mosques could deprive a whole congregation from benefiting from a provision they may have heavily invested in because of a few fanatics misusing their facilities.”
A Home Office spokesman said 66 people and organisations responded to the consultation and the majority were negative.
Assistant Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Rob Beckley, an Acpo spokesman on counter-terrorism, said in his response: “Acpo does not support the enactment of legislation of the type proposed.
“In the opinion of Acpo, there would need to be significant changes to the intentions and wording of the legislation for it to be either desirable or enforceable.”
The Rev Graham Sparkes of the Baptist Union of Great Britain commented: “Over the centuries, many Baptists experienced persecution, discrimination and imprisonment at the hands of the state, in order to secure control over what was preached, where it could be preached, and who could preach.
“We would be very sensitive towards any proposals that put these hard won freedoms under threat.”
General secretary of the Muslim Council of Britain, Sir Iqbal Sacranie, said in his submission: “We … feel that mosques are being misidentified and stereotyped as incubators of violent extremism, while the social reality is that they serve as centres of moderation.
“The bombers were indoctrinated by a subculture outside the mosque. The notion of influential ‘back-door’ mosques is a figment of the imagination.”
He added: “Our belief is that a major factor in the rise and spread of the current tide of terrorism is rooted in our foreign policy and in the double standards of our Government in its dealings in the Middle East in partnership with the government of the US. We urge you to accept this fact.”
“We ask you to take urgent remedial action so that our citizens, here as well as in the rest of the world, do not become targets of criminals and murderers who parade as political activists but who surely are nothing other than terrorists.”Morag Mylne, convenor of the Church and Society Council of the Church in Scotland, said: “The power suggested seems to us to amount to a desire to ‘get someone, anyone’.
“We think there is no point trying to adjust or amend the proposal. We believe it should be abandoned forthwith.”



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