Muslims fear reprisals...
"Our prayers go immediately to those who have suffered and died in today's outrage, along with their friends and families.
If as is being indicated, Muslims were behind these heinous acts, they should know that this has nothing to do with the religion of Islam which holds the sanctity of life as paramount. Nothing can justify the harming of innocents.
With this being so close to home, Muslims have been advising the community not to venture outdoors in the immediate aftermath of this atrocity for fear of reprisals which have been felt after previous attacks abroad."
SAMA SAEED, SCOTTISH SPOKESMAN, THE MUSLIM ASSOCIATION OF BRITAIN - BBC Scotland
yet more anti-Asian/Muslim fearmongering
JULY 08, 2005 - LONDON: The terrorists, who carried out Thursday's serial bomb blasts in London, may have been from a gang of young and well-educated British Asians, who went to Islamic schools in Pakistan, after graduating from Britain.
But, not enough evidence had been collected to arrest them, though in order to establish their links with al Qaeda, intelligence agencies have in the past, monitored phone calls between them and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, The Sun reported.
Said to be in their 20s, these Muslim extremists are graduates who completed their college education in the UK and then went to Islamic schools in Pakistan near the Afghan border, the paper quoted a US security source as saying. - times of india
so lets just clarify that:
an un-named US security source
tell the Sun Newspaper [prop: R.Murdoch, major Blair funder]
that a group of 'British Asians',
who are taught in Pakistan,
are responsible and all of this
and this is reported in the Times Of India ...
so that's that fact clarified, then...er
Backlash of London Bomb Attacks in Denmark
July 11, 2005 - Unidentified persons in Copenhagen assaulted a bus driver of Sikh origin with baseball bats after it was made known that the London bomb attacks had been perpetrated by an organization linked with Al Qaeda. The assailants shouted "London" as they beat up the driver. Police officers reported that the driver was still under shock and that they were on the trail of the attackers. The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned the attack. - zaman.com
Faithful at London mosque fear they'll pay for bombings
LONDON - As the faithful gathered at London Central Mosque for Friday prayers, many expressed shame and anger, and feared a backlash even as they condemned the deadly terror bombings as anti-Islam. Near Regents Park, a few metres (yards) from Park Road where the British capital's iconic red buses and black taxis stream by, hundreds of Muslims gathered before their place of worship, topped with a gold cupola. The prayer area is full and kneeling men bow low as one and touch their heads to the carpet covering the ground.
"As citizens and co-workers of this great city -- London -- we share the concerns and fears of fellow Londoners," said imam Ashraf Salah, a day after the blasts.
"We use the same transport and live and work in the same buildings and any attack is an attack on us all."
One of the blasts, at the Edgware Road underground rail station, took place just a few hundred metres from the mosque.
"We are sorry that this attack is attached to Muslims," he said. "Islam strongly condemns such a sinful act."
Across the country at midday, imams repeated the same prayer of condolence to the victims intended for the ears of Britain's estimated 1.6 million Muslims.
Despite the fears of a backlash, the head of London police commissioner Ian Blair reported no troubles. "This is Friday and a day of prayers for Islam and there has been no events, no disturbances no difficulties near the London mosques and that is a great step forward," he told reporters.
Those who came to pray here condemned the attacks with almost one voice.
"Every Muslim who believes in his religion, in his Lord, will be completely ashamed that they did that in His name," said Farhan Shaikh, a 26-year-old of Pakistani origin, after the prayer. "I feel sad. All Muslims will get the blame," added his girlfriend Shamila Yasmin, a 20-year-old shop assistant, her head covered with a veil. Others, mostly bearded men wearing flowing shirts, were reluctant to talk, but groups of young people did gather to exchange views.
"We're sorry for the people who died yesterday," said Salam Sulta, 30. "But what is the difference between putting a bomb in an auto bus and sitting in Downing Street and ordering to send bombs on people? Fifty people died in the attacks yesterday, 20,000 died in Iraq."
Another chimed in: "(Prime Minister) Tony Blair should be ousted like the Spanish PM after the attacks in Madrid, and Britain should withdraw its troops from Iraq."
Numan Majeed, a 24-year-old activist with the Hizb-ut-Tahrir movement said he was sorry that the attacks happened but feared they would be used as an excuse to further alienate Muslims. "It will be used to justify the war on terror. Look at the chaos the war on terror has caused in the world," he said. "The war on terror is a war against Islam." "Think of what happened in Abu Ghraib (prison in Iraq): Muslim people have been raped by people," he said. Alongside him, another youth shook his head. "It is my country, they gave me a lot of things, I feel safer. I don't accept that innocent people are killed for any reason". - AFP/ir
Faith hate attacks create 'palpable fear' in UK
13/07/2005 - 14:10:24 - There have been close to 100 faith or race hate incidents since the London bombings last Thursday, it emerged today. A senior police officer, who is working to ease community tension in the wake of the atrocity, said "palpable fear" had been created by the faith hate attacks, predominantly on Muslims. Rob Beckley, the Association of Chief Police Officers' spokesman on community tension issues, said there did not appear to be a concerted campaign of revenge attacks. However, he said there had been a number of incidents where Muslims or people of Asian appearance had been targeted for abuse or assault. He said officers were stepping up patrols and working with a variety of community groups in a bid to provide reassurance, and promised that police would respond "robustly" to any race or faith hate crimes.
"Since last Thursday there have been things like criminal damage, some minor assaults, abuse in the streets and email abuse," he said.
"We're not seeing hundreds, nevertheless the fear and the impact of all these individual incidents is very high.
"So we're trying to ensure that we respond very robustly to any incidents that we learn about.
"They are not all directed against Muslims, some have been directed against people of an Asian appearance.
"The fear is very palpable - that is what we have to acknowledge and respond to."
feel the fear
palpable \PAL-puh-buhl\, adjective:
1. Capable of being touched and felt; perceptible by the touch; as, a palpable form.
2. Easily perceptible; plain; distinct; obvious; readily perceived and detected; gross; as, palpable imposture; palpable absurdity; palpable errors.
Especially with shocking shit like this being printed:
The secret war on terror
The MI5 surveillance team picks up its suspect as he leaves his parents' house in an Asian-dominated area of one of Britain's major cities. The watchers keep their distance unobtrusively as the target - we will call him Jamal - stops to speak to another young Asian.
The body language makes it clear that Jamal is in charge. The conversation is not aggressive, but nor are they merely chatting. It is clearly not a chance encounter, and it is taking place on a well chosen patch of waste ground where they cannot be overheard. The MI5 team holds off.
Jamal has no record of extremism. He has never been seen publicly to side with the angry young men who after Friday prayers rage against Britain's involvement in the war in Iraq.
Jamal's family has been here for several generations. He is regarded by those who know him as fully assimilated into British society. He has what his mother rightly regards as "a respectable job" working in computers. - timesonline.co.uk
"Michael Smith served for nine years in the British Army's Intelligence Corps as a latter-day codebreaker before going to work for the BBC Monitoring Service. He has written for a number of newspapers, including the Financial Times, the Sunday Times, and most recently the Daily Telegraph, where he is Defense Correspondent."
or is this a script an episode of the popular fictional BBC MI5 spy drama series "Spooks" ? - SpyBlog
Headline links 3 arrests to attack - Police stress it's not connected...eh?|
Police Investigating London Bomb Attacks Arrest 3
July 10 (Bloomberg) -- Three men were arrested earlier today at London's Heathrow Airport under anti-terrorism legislation, police investigating last week's bomb explosions said. They were the first arrests since explosions tore through three subway trains and a bus on July 7, killing about 50 people in the deadliest attack on London since World War II.
``It would be inappropriate and pure speculation to draw any direct linkage to the attacks in London,'' Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick told a news conference. Paddick declined to provide any other information, saying that people are arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act ``every week.''
Bin Laden's Stepbrother Condemns London Blasts
July 11, 2005 - Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's stepbrother Yeslam bin Laden condemned Thursday's terror attacks in London. In a statement, businessman Yeslam bin Laden who is a Swedish citizen called for an end to such violent incidents.
Bin Laden expressed denounced the continuation of these incidents: "Life is holy. Therefore, any kind of violence should be prevented in society." The Al Qaeda leader has about 50 stepbrothers and sisters.
Yeslam Bin Laden, living in Switzerland for the past 20 years had formerly condemned the September 11 attacks occurred in the US in 2001. - zaman.com
New York says sorry for handcuffing Sikh tourists
By Harry Mount in New York (Filed: 27/07/2005)
The mayor of New York has apologised to five British Sikhs who were handcuffed and forced to kneel on a Broadway pavement in one of a series of terrorism scares in the city.
Michael Bloomberg said the incident on Sunday was an over-reaction and urged the city's authorities to use "common sense".
The tourists from Birmingham were forced off a sightseeing bus by armed officers after a bus worker reported that they seemed suspicious.
The men were then made to kneel on the pavement with their arms fastened behind their backs. "These people did not present any threat whatsoever," said Mr Bloomberg.
"I apologise on behalf of the city of New York."
One of the five, who gave his name only as Jas, said: "We have no hard feelings."
On Sunday, police closed one of the city's main train stations, Pennsylvania, after arresting a man who allegedly hurled a rucksack at a railway employee, claiming it was a bomb. Yesterday, a United Airlines flight from Los Angeles to London was diverted to Boston after three passengers were reported to be acting suspiciously.
Muslims consider their future in UK as backlash flares
THE GUARDIAN , LONDON Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005,Page 7
Hundreds of thousands of Muslims have thought about leaving Britain after the London bombings, according to a new Guardian/ICM poll. The figure illustrates how widespread fears are of an anti-Muslim backlash following the July 7 bombings carried out by British-born suicide bombers.
The poll also shows that tens of thousands of Muslims have suffered from increased Islamophobia, with one in five saying they or a family member have faced abuse or hostility since the attacks.
Police have recorded more than 1,200 suspected Islamophobic incidents across the country ranging from verbal abuse to one murder in the last three weeks.
The poll suggests the headline figure is a large underestimate. The poll came as British Muslim leaders and police met to try to boost recruitment of Muslim officers, improve efforts to protect Muslims from a backlash, and improve the flow of information from Muslims to the police about suspected terrorist activity.
Nearly two-thirds of Muslims told pollsters that they had thought about their future in Britain after the attacks, with 63 percent saying they had considered whether they wanted to remain in the UK. Older Muslims were more uneasy about their future, with 67 percent of those age 35 or over having contemplated their future home country compared to 61 percent among those 34 or under.
Britain's Muslim population is estimated at 1.6 million, with 1.1 million over 18, meaning more than half a million may have considered the possibility of leaving. Three in 10 are pessimistic about their children's future in Britain, while 56 percent said they were optimistic. Nearly eight in 10 Muslims believe Britain's participation in invading Iraq was a factor leading to the bombings, compared to nearly two-thirds of all Britons surveyed for the Guardian earlier this month.
Prime Minister Tony Blair has repeatedly denied such a link. Muslim clerics' and leaders' failure to root out extremists is a factor behind the attacks identified by 57 percent of Muslims, compared to 68 percent of all Britons, and nearly two-thirds of Muslims identify racist and Islamophobic behavior as the cause compared, to 57 percent of all Britons.
The general population and Muslims apportion virtually the same amount of blame to the bombers and their handlers, with eight in 10 or more citing these as factors. - taipeitimes.com
UK boy wrongly labelled as bomber
The boy confused with London bomber Hasib Hussain
Evidence showing that all three of the London bombers of Pakistani descent visited Pakistan last year has been thrown into doubt.
A photograph of a passport purporting to show bomber Hasib Hussain was in fact that of a 16-year-old British boy with the same name. The photo, together with documentation showing two other bombers visited Pakistan, was published on Monday.
Pakistan, meanwhile, says it has made no arrests over the London bombs.
'I was terrified'
The passport details supposedly of the bomber Hasib Hussain are actually those of a teenage boy living in High Wycombe, approximately 30 miles (50km) north-west of London.
On Monday Pakistan's Federal Immigration Agency (FIA) said that Hasib Hussain, carrying a British passport number, arrived in the port city of Karachi from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia on 15 July 2004. Photographs of the passport were published in Pakistan and then around the world.
However, the 16-year-old at the heart of the confusion has now been interviewed at his High Wycombe home by Pakistani TV station ARY.
"I first saw my photograph on Channel 4 [news] and I was terrified," the boy told ARY. "I didn't want people looking at me saying, hey, you are supposed to be dead," he told ARY, "or someone saying that there goes the London bomber."
His father told ARY that the family had indeed arrived in Karachi from Saudi Arabia. He appealed for British and Pakistani authorities to clear up the confusion. When contacted by the BBC News website the FIA said: "We have nothing to say on the matter at this stage."
According to the other information released by Pakistan on Monday, the bombers Mohammad Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer arrived and left Pakistan together and spent three months in the country. The three bombers were among the 56 people killed in the London blasts.
Police have confirmed they were the UK's first suicide bombings.
The fourth bomber was a Jamaican-born Briton, Germaine Lindsay, 19.
More than 200 people in Pakistan have been arrested in recent days in a clampdown called by President Pervez Musharraf.
But the authorities are denying reports that a British Muslim al-Qaeda suspect, Haroon Rashid Aswad, is among them. - BBC
Race attacks rise after bombs
Martin Wainwright - Monday August 1, 2005
Racist attacks have risen slightly in the Huyton area during tensions after the London bombings, but prompt police action supported by local MP Eddie O'Hara and councillors appears to have kept trouble largely in check. Minor vandalism and some abuse has been targeted at the main ethnic minority community on the other side of the suburb from the park where Anthony Walker was killed.
The outbreaks are part of a national trend which has seen a special police hotline set up in London after a long downward trend in attacks was abruptly reversed following July 7. Racist and religious hate incidents rose to 20 a day in the first week and a peak of 60 a day after a fortnight, with over 800 recorded in the capital by yesterday.
The murder of Kamal Raza Butt, a 48-year-old visitor from Pakistan, in Nottingham on July 11 is being treated as racist, and in Hull police are being asked to investigate allegations that a rotting pig's head was placed on the bonnet of a Muslim man's car.
In Portsmouth an 18-year-old Iraqi was slashed in the neck with a broken bottle on Saturday evening in what police described as an "extremely violent racist attack" by a black man in his 20s. A young Albanian man who was with the Iraqi was also injured but not seriously.
Police in North Wales have recorded 64 racist incidents since the suicide bombings against 20 during the same period last year. Two workers at a restaurant in the Warwickshire village of Atherstone were injured in a racist attack. In Edinburgh, as in many other areas with sizeable ethnic minority communities, police have taken precautionary measures and toured mosques and other possible targets to check on security arrangements.
There has been minor damage to mosques in Birkenhead, Telford and Bristol as well as London. - The Guardian
Race attack fears
Jul 19 2005 - By The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
BOSSES at Citizens Advice Bureaux in Kirklees are braced for a rise in racial attacks following the London bombings. The charity has launched a campaign to remind people that CAB offices are race-hate reporting centres.
The campaign is especially relevant to West Yorkshire, because the bombers who killed more than 50 people in the attacks on London's transport system were from the county. Northern regional manager Peter Rickard said: "We oppose all forms of discrimination and race equality is a priority for us.
"At a time of significant tension in local communities, when many people feel threatened and unsafe, we want to let people know they can report racist and religiously motivated crimes to us in confidence." - huddersfield.icnetwork.co.uk
Asian boy is injured in race attack
13 Jul 2005 - POLICE were today investigating an unprovoked racial attack on two Asian boys.
The 16-year-old and his 11-year-old friend were assaulted by a white man in Edinburgh yesterday afternoon.
They were in Leith Walk, near Lorne Street, when the attacker punched the older boy to the ground, causing him to knock his head on the pavement. The man is believed to have hurled racial abuse.
The boy was later treated for head injuries at Edinburgh Royal
Infirmary. Lothian and Borders Police want to trace an older Asian man who helped him.
POLICE were today investigating an unprovoked racial attack on two Asian boys.
The 16-year-old and his 11-year-old friend were assaulted by a white man in Edinburgh yesterday afternoon.
They were in Leith Walk, near Lorne Street, when the attacker punched the older boy to the ground, causing him to knock his head on the pavement. The man is believed to have hurled racial abuse.
The boy was later treated for head injuries at Edinburgh Royal
Infirmary. Lothian and Borders Police want to trace an older Asian man who helped him.
Restaurant staff face race attack
Jul 26 2005 - A worker at an Indian restaurant in north Warwickshire was stabbed in the leg during a racist attack. Another member of staff suffered a cut mouth and a chipped tooth in the incident on Sunday at the Cottage Tandoori in Long Street, Atherstone.
Police said the assaults were racially motivated. Two people were arrested after the incident, which took place just before 7.30pm. Police received a report that several people had attended the restaurant resulting in the disorder. Two people were arrested nearby and questioned.
A 41-year-old woman has been bailed pending further enquiries. A 33-year-old man is still being questioned at Nuneaton.
Shattered family's plea over axe killing
HUGO DUNCAN - Mon 1 Aug 2005
THE family of a bright teenager murdered in a racist axe attack made a desperate plea yesterday to catch his killers.
Anthony Walker, an 18-year-old black A-level student, was left with the axe embedded in his skull in the "vicious and unprovoked" assault in Huyton, Liverpool, on Friday night. Just minutes earlier he had been subjected to a "torrent of racial abuse" as he waited for a bus with his white girlfriend.
His sister Dominique, 20, yesterday described him as a "loyal, reliable, loving and fun brother" as she made an emotional appeal for his killers to be brought to justice.
"All his family and friends are devastated," she said, shaking with anger. "If anybody knows anything, they have got to talk to the police. Talk to them because we need the information. I need to find out who did this to my brother."
Detective Chief Superintendent Peter Currie, who is leading the Merseyside Police investigation, said: "This man has been killed because of the colour of his skin. There is no doubt that was the motive."
Mr Walker was studying law, IT and media at Carmel College in St Helens and wanted to be a lawyer. He was a keen sportsman and an Arsenal fan and had basketball trials with England. He was also trying to set up a basketball team for local children. But he sacrificed a basketball career to spend more time at the Grace Family Church where he was a youth leader, dancer and singer, and played in the band.
Speaking at the family home in Mellor Close, Tarbock, just three-quarters of a mile from where her brother was murdered, Dominique said: "He was a very kind, loving, caring young man. He was the perfect son, a wonderful grandson, a loyal, reliable, loving and fun brother and a fantastic uncle and cousin.
"Anthony had so many friends. Everyone who came into contact with him loved him. He blessed so many lives in his unique way. His life was stolen from him. His family and friends are devastated and their lives shattered."
As she spoke of her brother, their parents Steve and Gee Walker, sisters Donna, 29, Stephanie, 26, and Angella 16, and brother Daniel, 14, all wept. Last night, nearly 50 people gathered in the garden of the family home, a detached three-bedroom house, for a service of remembrance.
Anthony had spent Friday night at home with his 17-year-old girlfriend. Shortly before 11:30pm they walked to the bus stop outside the Huyton Park pub on St John's Road so she could catch a ten-minute bus-ride home to Kirkby.
As the couple waited for a bus with Mr Walker's male cousin, also 17 and black, they were racially abused by a man wearing a hooded top standing outside the pub. They did not retaliate, and left to find another bus stop, but were followed and then attacked by a gang of three or four men. Mr Walker was left with an axe embedded in his head.
He was taken to Whiston Hospital before being transferred to Walton Neurological Centre, where he died at 5:25am on Saturday.
* An 18-year-old man was arrested yesterday morning on suspicion of murder. He was being questioned at an undisclosed police station on Merseyside.
Axe murder highlights racial tensions
Racist gang in hammer attack on Asian men in parked car
GARETH ROSE Aug 1st 2005 - A GANG of racists launched a vicious hammer attack on two Asian men while shouting abuse about the London bombings.
The young victims were sitting in a parked car in Springfield Street, Leith, when they were surrounded by the thugs in broad daylight. Police said the group taunted the men with racist insults and made references to the July 7 bombings in London which killed 56 people, and the failed follow-up attack on July 21.
One of the attackers started kicking the car causing dents. Another threw a hammer at the front window, smashing the glass and hitting the passenger on the shoulder. The victims, who were aged between 18 and 20, managed to drive off and reported the attack at Gayfield Square police station.
A Lothian and Borders police spokeswoman said: "This incident was racially motivated and the behaviour of the group to two men who were simply parking their car is totally abhorrent. "It was apparent to the victims that they had been targeted because they were Asian as both were racially abused during the incident. "Lothian and Borders Police will not tolerate racist behaviour. It is a criminal offence and will always be treated very seriously. An inquiry is now under way to try and trace the culprits. "Fortunately the two victims, though badly shaken by the incident, were not seriously injured, although the passenger suffered some bruising to his upper body. "We would urge anyone who has been a victim of racist or hate crimes to report it. Recording offences allows us to build a realistic picture of racist crimes in our force area and allows us to react appropriately."
The attack, which happened at 7pm on Friday night, comes less than a fortnight after police announced increased measures to protect Edinburgh's ethnic minorities. Officers have visited mosques and other places of worship to check on security arrangements. Patrolling police officers are also paying extra visits to vulnerable businesses, such as shops run by members of ethnic communities.
But Edinburgh's only Asian councillor, Shami Khan, said many race hate victims were not calling the police. And he said many were receiving crank calls and "terrorist" taunts.
He said: "There are so many cases I can think of where people aren't going to the police because they're frightened - we're talking nearly every day. "Asian people feel harassed. They are worried about suffering a similar backlash to that seen in England. But the London bombers are criminals, they're not Muslims. Even if they came from Muslim communities according to our religion they are no longer Muslims themselves because of what they have done." He added: "I am calling on the police, the local authority and the Scottish Executive to set up a taskforce to look at how they can protect the Asian community."
Nina Giles, director of the Edinburgh Racial Equality Council, said the feeling among Asians was one of fear and persecution. She said: "People have been ringing up Asian businesses and calling whoever answers a terrorist. It's appalling."
The attacker who kicked the car is described as white, 5ft 11ins, of medium build, aged 23 to 25, with a skinhead haircut, pale complexion, brown and blue stripy polo shirt with short sleeves, blue denim jeans, and white trainers.
The man with the hammer is described as white, 5ft 11ins, very skinny, 23 to 25, of pale complexion, with short black hair with a long fringe brushed forward, white T-shirt, light blue jeans and white trainers.
POLICE have launched a high-profile programme of "community reassurance" in the wake of the London bombings. All attacks are being monitored on a daily basis so police can spot any worrying trends if they emerge. Officers have also visited mosques and other places of worship to check on security arrangements.
A specially-created security liaison group of police and community leaders has been set up to ensure officers know immediately of any problems. Although there has been no significant rise in racist crime in Edinburgh in the wake of the terrorist attacks, there have been a number of verbal threats and cases of racist graffiti daubed on mosques.
Hours after the London bombings, which killed 56 and injured more than 700, a mosque in Annandale Street and a nearby Pakistani community centre were subjected to racist graffiti.
And a week later, an Asian teenager was brutally attacked on a busy city street in daylight.
edinburgh news via The Scotsman
Benedetta Ciaccia's future brother-in-law was abused in the street
Racist abuse for bomb loss family
A Muslim family that lost a loved one in the London bomb attacks have become victims of racial abuse, police said. Fiaz Bhatti, 29, of Norwich, lost his fiancee, Italian Benedetta Ciaccia, 30, in one of the 7 July blasts.
His brother has been the target of racist abuse and was accused of being "like one of the bombers" as he walked near his father's shop in Norwich. On Friday their father Mahmood said his 25-year-old son, Imran, had returned home very upset by the taunts.
"We called the police straight away," Mr Bhatti said.
Norfolk Police confirmed they were treating the incident as a racially-motivated.
Investigating officer Pc Sophie Nicholas said: "The abuse was very distressing for the victim and was caused by ignorance and prejudice. "This kind of abuse will not be tolerated in Norwich and investigations are continuing to find the person responsible."
Miss Ciaccia worked in London as a business analyst and was on her way to work when she was caught in the Aldgate blast. She and Mr Bhatti, who spent days scouring the streets of London looking for her after the bombings, had been due to marry in September.
Fiaz Bhatti's brother was subjected to anti-Muslim taunts
mmm... nice smearjob
Rape secret of 7/7 victim
By MIKE SULLIVAN, SIMON HUGHES and VIRGINIA WHEELER - THE SUN
A VICTIM hailed for his bravery after losing a leg in the 7/7 bombings is a gang rapist who has cynically lied about his shameful past,
The Sun can reveal.
Garri Holness, 38 - leader of a campaign for compensation over the London terror outrages - took part in a horrific attack on two teenage girls.
When confronted earlier this week about his conviction 20 years ago, he insisted he was later cleared on appeal. That was a LIE.
Yesterday The Sun challenged Holness - and he confessed the conviction was NEVER quashed as reported in the Daily Mail.
He admitted misleading the paper, saying: "I knew all this was going to come out and I was scared and confused. I told the Daily Mail and they believed me. "I felt under pressure and wanted to nip it in the bud straight away - make it go away. I realise that I made a mistake."
Holness, who met PM Tony Blair and Tory leader Michael Howard at a memorial service for the bomb victims, stands to collect £50,000 for the loss of his left leg. Victims of multiple rape get £13,500.
Musician Holness was one of a gang of six thugs who pounced on two 16-year-old girls as they walked home from a concert.
The blonde and brunette victims, both privately educated, were bundled into a dank garage at council flats in Brixton, South London. They were stripped and raped a savage 45 times by the brutes. During their 1½-hour ordeal, a knife was held to the throat of one girl.
Holness - 18 at the time and going under the name of Gary "Star" Linton - was one of four monsters convicted of raping both victims. He was jailed for seven years. The attack sparked public outcry - with MPs demanding longer sentences for Holness and his fellow rapists.
Yesterday Holness claimed he tried to stop the rapes - a lie he gave during his trial. He said: "Of course I feel for the girls who were attacked all those years ago. I would have loved to sit them down and see how they are doing. "I feel so badly for what those girls went through - and what I have gone through. How much more can a person take?"
He claimed to have assumed his conviction had been quashed when he was freed from jail after only three years. But he said he was shocked to discover it was still on his record when he was arrested for burglary three years ago. Holness was on the Tube train blown up between Russell Square and King's Cross.
He said: "I never asked to be in the public eye by sitting 2ft away from one of the suicide bombers. And I'm not a bad person. I have a good heart."
7/7 revenge attack on disabled Hindu
Indo-Asian News Service London, Aug. 5. - Backlash against the 7 July bombings here is taking on racial dimensions with a disabled Hindu man attacked and called Al Qaeda operative, an Asian human rights campaigner has said.
Describing the case as "very serious," Mr Suresh Grover of The Monitoring Group said the disabled Hindu man was beaten up by his neighbours and left with severe head injuries, The Independent reported.
"We have had calls from South Americans, Eastern Europeans, Hindus and Sikhs. Ten to 15 percent are people are non-Muslims," he said in comments reported yesterday. Mr Grover, a well-known anti-racist activist here, said the scale of the attacks were unprecedented, both in number and severity, in his group's 26-year history.
"We have received over 200 percent more calls since 7 July. I myself have dealt with 83 emergency calls. It is not just abuse, a frightening level is actually attacks," he said.
His comments came as police Wednesday reported a 600 percent rise in violence against Muslims and mosques across Britain since the 7/7 bombings, in which more than 52 people died. "We have restaurant owners receiving visits from people threatening to burn down the building," said Mr Grover. - thestatesman.net
Triple Murder - but shootings in Black
neighbourhoods not terrorism though, is it?
Murder victim Lorna Morrison, 34, left her nine-month-old baby son Christiano
Hooded trio sought in triple murder [excerpts]
POLICE are looking for three hooded youths seen entering a block of flats where three members of the same family were tied up and shot dead in their own home. Nine-month-old Christanio Morrison was the only survivor of the triple murder in Stonebridge near Wembley, northwest London.
"The victims had been incapacitated by the use of restraints," said Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson, who leads the inquiry.
The bodies were removed from the complex crime scene only late yesterday. Although post mortems were due to take place today, it is thought all three were shot in the head.
Cartridges found on the scene suggest that one or more semi-automatic guns were used.
Murdered family were shot in the head, say police [excerpts]
Lorna and Connie Morrison were seen on the balcony outside their front door laughing and joking with the man at 10.30pm last Thursday, then about half an hour later, shots were heard, said Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson.
No-one called the police, and Lorna, 34, and Connie, 27, were found on the bedroom floor by a family friend, the next day. Their mother's partner, Noel Patterson, 62, had also been killed in the triple murder at Clark Court, Stonebridge, near Wembley, north west London.
Neelam Hussain, 35, who lives in the block of flats, said: "It was about 10.30pm and I was lying on the sofa watching a film with my kids when there was a knock at the door. There were three black men standing there and they said they were looking for someone called Kally or something like that. "I said, 'I don't know what you mean. There is no one living here called that. There is only me here.' So I shut the door. "A few minutes later I heard gunshots."
Baby found among murdered family [excerpts]
The bodies were still in the house last night, and a post- mortem examination was expected today. Police patrols were in the area, and armed officers at the scene.
Shocked residents near the triple shooting in north-west London described the area as notorious for drugs and crime but not gun violence.
Neighbour Neelam Hussain recalled seeing the mother of the child going for a walk. "I remember her because she would be smoking a joint at the same time."
She answered the door to three black men looking for "Karly or Kally" before hearing gunshots on Thursday night. She added: "Then today loads of police arrived and part of the block of flats was sealed off. I don't know who was killed but it's terrifying to think what it was I heard."
22 September 2005, 1:00pm
Incidents of racial violence and harassment in this, the eleventh week since the London bombings.
- 21 September 2005: 31-year-old Gareth Lukey admits racially aggravated disorderly conduct after forcing an Asian businessman staying at the same hotel as Lukey to empty out his luggage, while accusing him of hiding a bomb, just days after the London bombings. He is fined £250 and ordered to pay £55 costs. (Wales Daily Post 22.9.05)
- 21 September 2005: Runcorn World reports that after six incidents of racist graffiti and criminal damage in the Heath and Mersey areas of Liverpool in one week, police will be taking steps to tackle the problem. (Runcorn World 21.9.95)
- 20 September 2005: Barking & Dagenham Recorder reports that a man wearing a baseball cap racially abuses security staff at a Tesco's supermarket in Barking. He threatens staff and punches one man in the head. (Barking & Dagenham Recorder 20.9.05)
- 19 September 2005: An Asian mother, her two sons and a daughter are attacked at their Redditch home. Police are treating the attack as racially motivated and have arrested three men. (Redditch Advertiser 22.9.05)
- 19 September 2005: In the early hours of the morning, arsonists attack a mosque in Chester; the lawn at the front of the building is set alight damaging the front door. (BBC News 19.9.05)
- 16 September 2005: Liverpool Echo reports that a woman, whose husband is 'half Asian', has the windows of her home in Speke, Liverpool, smashed, and her family has also been racially abused. (Liverpool Echo 16.9.05)
- 16 September 2005: This is Somerset reports that a mother and her two mixed-race toddlers are racially abused by a group of teenagers in a children's playground in Glastonbury. (This is Somerset 16.9.05)
- 15 September 2005: Western Gazette reports that the BNP is planning a leafleting campaign in Yeovil against plans by Yeovil Islamic Society to build a mosque. (Western Gazette 15.9.05)
- 11 September 2005: Newcastle Sunday Sun reports that Northumbria police have recorded an increase in racially motivated attacks since the London bombings. 130 crimes were recorded following the bombings and 106 in the previous month. (Newcastle Sunday Sun 11.9.05)
- 9 September 2005: A 23-year-old Iranian asylum seeker suffers a punctured lung after being stabbed in the chest and back by three Black men in Camden, London. (Hampstead & Highgate Express 16.9.05)
- 9 September 2005: A Worksop shop owned by a Sri Lankan family is vandalised; paint is daubed over a newly renovated fascia. The incident is the latest in a series of attacks on the shop, ranging from racist abuse, racist graffiti and criminal damage. (Worksop Guardian 16.9.05)
- 8 September 2005: Two men aged 28 and a 26-year-old woman, are pushed and racially abused as they stand talking on street in Chertsey, Surrey. They escape into a house and are followed by the White man who kicks the door. (BBC News 17.9.05)
- 25 August 2005: A gang of 15 White men attack a Spanish student at McDonalds in Worthing. The suspect who punches the student is described as a skinhead. (Worthing Herald 30.8.05)
- 23 August 2005: Medway Messenger reports that a 37-year-old Chinese doctor is racially abused and punched and kicked to the ground by a gang of three men and two women. (Medway Messenger 20.9.05)
- 10 August 2005: A 30-year-old Asian man is stabbed four times and his friend is kicked in the face in a racist attack in Lloyd Park, Walthamsow. The men are playing tennis in the park when they are approached by a White gang of 13 who surround them and racially abuse them. The 30-year-old man suffers two stab wounds to his back, one in his hand and one in his left shoulder, his friend suffers a broken or dislocated jaw. Three teenagers, two 16-year-olds and an 18-year-old are later arrested for racially aggravated GBH. (Chingford Guardian 15.8.05)
- 23 July 2005: Rev Barry Rathbone has his car vandalised, a wing mirror broken and the car scratched, the words 'be warned, you're next Muslim lover', are also painted on the car. The Boscombe vicar had previously given a TV interview where he expressed concerns about making ordinary Muslims scapegoats for the London bombings. (Dorset Echo 26.7.05)
- independent race and refugee news network
For the media to label this crime as Islamic is plain wrong
15th July, 2005 - Fiyal Mughal
The recent bombings across London through the actions of terrorists (and the fall-out to us all as Londoners), should make us more determined to catch them as quickly as possible and put through our judicial process.
But for some of the British media, the acts of terrorism have equated with Islam and Muslims in the UK. Not only is this a blatant over-generalisation of what are complex issues, but also it does a deep disservice to a vast majority of Muslims who have been born and brought up in this country and who also feel that the security of our nation is paramount.
Political, Not Religious Motives
It is becoming clear that the hand of Al-Qaeda may be at work here. It has to be stressed that Al-Qaeda is a political movement first and foremost and whilst its followers may regard themselves as Muslims, it is the politicisation of events in the last 15 years that has given rise and credence to this group.
Born out of the presence of American troops in Saudi Arabia in the first Gulf War, (which had a deep impact on Osama Bin Laden), it has evolved as politically influenced events have taken place. The withdrawal of Russian forces from Afghanistan, the Gulf War, the end of the civil war in Afghanistan and the take over of Kabul by Taliban forces all shaped the organisation.
The killing of Ahmed Shah Massoud, the then Head of the Northern Alliance's forces on September 9th 2001 and the subsequent attacks on the Twin Towers 48 hours later, do not show motives that are religiously motivated.
Osama Bin Laden has consistently brought up issues on Chechnya, Palestine and Iraq as issues of contention with the West and once again, these show political and not religious motives.
Religion may be laced onto the crimes though we must not fall into the trap of believing that they are because of Islam or Muslims. To do that, we will further alienate a community that has been in the UK for hundreds of years and many of whose ancestors fought in the First and Second World Wars for Queen and Country.
For example, my grandfather was responsible for feeding and protecting British soldiers in Uganda during the Second World War as they made their way up to fighting in the wind swept sands of North Africa. There are numerous examples of heroism by Muslim soldiers who died in action fighting to save their comrades and the values that we hold dear and take for granted today.
In July 1995, 8,000 Muslim men and boys were executed and hacked to death by Serb forces in a few days in a carefully prepared killing zone. The aim was to ensure that Muslims and Muslim influence would no longer be visible in the Drina Valley in Eastern Bosnia.
The war against Bosnia was politically and resource driven to ensure that the Serbian Republic hung on to these entities once Croatia had declared independence with Bosnia. Slobodan Milosevic (now sitting in the Hague for Crimes against Humanity), used nationalism and religion as a cover for his political motives.
To date, many people still think that the war against Bosnia was because of religious motives. It was clearly not, though religious tensions were manipulated by the Butcher of Bosnia, Milosevic.
The example provided above should be a warning call to the media not to fall into the trap of labelling whole communities. The bombings in London were indiscriminate and killed Muslims and non-Muslims. Two were placed in areas where there is a high Muslim population, (Edgware Road and Aldgate Station).
Additionally, we all feel a duty to protect our city and our nation and are proud of the fact that the diversity of London will and should not be affected by the actions of criminals and individuals who by their very deeds, should make us understand and give out the hand of friendship to one another.
Fiyal Mughal is deputy president of the Liberal Democrats and chair of the Ethnic Minority Liberal Democrats (EMLD).
Immigrants 'interrogated over London bombs'
14/12/2005 - A Greek lawyer claimed seven Pakistani immigrants were abducted and questioned by British security agents in Greece following the July 7 bomb attacks in London. Greece's public order ministry denied any involvement in such an incident. Lawyer Frangiskos Ragoussis presented Greek politicians with a report yesterday, alleging his clients - who all live in Athens - were interrogated for several days before being released.
"They were asked whether they had relatives in London, who they were in touch with, what those people's phone numbers were, whether they spoke to them before the bombings and where they lived," Mr Ragoussis told a radio station. Mr Ragoussis said he believed his clients had been questioned by British security officers. He claimed at least another 20 Pakistanis in other parts of Greece were similarly treated after the London Tube bombings, which killed 52 travellers plus four suspected suicide bombers.
In London, a Foreign Office spokesman would not comment on any alleged action by UK security and intelligence services.
Mr Ragoussis said he took his report to parliament after Greek prosecutors failed to act on an earlier complaint. "There was a strange, suspicious silence," he said. "So I could not wait longer."
The Greek public order ministry said it had received no formal complaint on the alleged incident.
"No Greek security services were involved," a ministry announcement said. The ministry said a Greek prosecutor had ordered a police investigation into the allegations.
Greek foreign minister Petros Molyviatis said he was unaware of the claims.
Nikos Voutsis, spokesman for the small opposition Left Coalition, said his party had raised the issue four times with the government since July. "It is pathetic that for five months all the Greek authorities have been playing at the game of knowing nothing," Mr Voutsis said.
A spokesman for the 30,000-strong Pakistani community in Greece said the alleged detainees were verbally abused by three men - two of whom spoke to them in English - but were not otherwise harmed.
Javed Aslam, who filed a formal complaint with authorities on July 29 on behalf of the seven people, said the interrogators' main questions concerned phonecalls to England. "All seven were living in the same house. Maybe somebody made a phone call from the house to a friend or relative in England," Mr Aslam told the AP. Aslam said the complaint had not drawn any official response. "We have had no answer," he said. "We are still waiting."
Greeks name MI6 chief over 'torture of terror suspects'
From John Carr in Athens and Daniel McGrory - [27 12 2005]
THE Government tried last night to block the naming of an MI6 officer alleged to have orchestrated the torture of terrorist suspects in Greece.
It issued a warning to media organisations after a leading Athens newspaper identified the British intelligence officer and 15 Greek agents, alleging that they took part in the arrest and abuse of 28 Pakistan-born detainees who were held in connection with the July 7 bombings in London.
The disclosures sparked a row in Athens, with opposition leaders and human rights groups demanding to know why British agents were allowed to operate in Greece. There are mounting calls for a parliamentary investigation, and George Voulgarakis, the Public Order Minister, faced demands last night to appear before the parliament.
Proto Thema named the British official as the MI6 station chief in Athens. It said that he and a second, unnamed, British agent took part in the interrogation of some suspects, who said that they were hooded and held in secret. One of the migrant workers claims to have had a gun forced into his mouth.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office last night refused to confirm or deny whether the person named in the Greek press works at the British Embassy in Athens. British ministers have until now denied that British officials played any part in this counter-terror operation, which allegedly took place days after the July attacks on three Tube trains and a bus in which 52 passengers died. Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, told MPs last week that the reports were "complete nonsense".
Last night Mr Voulgarakis condemned the naming of Greek intelligence officers as "illegal and endangering the safety of our agents in the field". He said that two of the named agents had been withdrawn from postings in Kosovo. When the allegations emerged a fortnight ago, Mr Voulgarakis also denied that the arrests had taken place. The migrant workers said that they were questioned by British investigators about mobile telephone calls linked to the four suicide bombers. They said they were also asked about calls made to a suspect in Pakistan whom the British officials apparently wanted to question about the London attacks.
If the Greek Government bows to demands for an investigation, British ministers may have to defend the behaviour of MI6 agents abroad.
Makis Triantafyllopoulos, publisher of Proto Thema, said last night: "The Greek and British governments have been lying from the start."
Some of the detainees have now given evidence to a magistrate about their treatment. One, Muhammad Munir, claims he was held incommunicado for six days and "hit very hard on the head". He and others said that they were sure the figures questioning them were British, yet all of them spoke fluent Greek. They described "a black British case officer" as taking part in their interrogation.
Most of the 28 men are too frightened to complain about their treatment, saying that they were threatened by the British officers that their families in Pakistan and Britain would suffer if they spoke about the interrogation.
Those who have been persuaded by Pakistani community leaders to give evidence claim they were seized at the homes at night, hooded and driven to secret locations. Some are alleged to have been held at EYP, the headquarters of Greek intelligence.
Gul Nawaz, who has lived in Athens for three years, said in his deposition: "Twice a policeman hit me while I was on the floor. I asked him for some water and he punched me in the face. They took my mobile phone. They wanted to know about my friends in London and relatives and phone calls."
He was asked if he had any links to al-Qaeda. "I said I didn't know. I said I'm just a Muslim and I work to send money to my wife and three children in Pakistan. I never called anybody in London."
The Greek newspaper claims that Costas Karamanlis, the Prime Minister, sanctioned the British-led operation. It names two officials working in his office as taking part in negotiations over this incident. Anastasis Papaligouras, the Greek Justice Minister, has ordered an investigation into the affair.
The US Embassy in London has clarified remarks by Robert Tuttle, the Ambassador, after he told the Radio 4 Today programme that there was no evidence that terrorist suspects were taken to Syria under the process of "special rendition". The embassy acknowledged that there had been reports of a rendition to Syria, but refused to comment further.
UK police urged to apologise over terrorism arrests
April 2006 LONDON (Reuters) - A key government adviser on security laws said on Saturday police should apologise to four innocent men held under anti-terrorism powers for two days before being released.
The four were arrested at Stafford General Hospital in central England on Wednesday night after staff became suspicious about their behaviour. The men were held until Friday and Lord Carlile, the UK's independent reviewer of counter-terrorism laws, said the Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police should now issue an apology and hold an inquiry.
"People should not be arrested under the Terrorism Act unless there is a real terrorism issue," he told the BBC. "The police have a wide range of powers enabling them to arrest people for suspicion of crime or suspicion of illegal immigration."
Staffordshire's Assistant Chief Constable, Suzette Davenport, thanked the men, aged 24 to 30, for their "help and understanding" after they were freed without charge on Friday.
"Our inquiries have revealed no links with any incident of terrorism or any other type of crime," she said in a statement.
She added the police faced the difficult task of balancing the rights of an individual and protecting the wider community.
Queen Elizabeth's visit to the town on Friday went ahead as scheduled. khaleejtimes.com