- TWA Flight 800 premiered this week to good reviews and a lot of buzz. I maintain that the film is a better starting point than conclusion, but hopefully it will generate more research into the "why" of it all.
- Michael Hastings' body was cremated against his family's wishes. This continues the synchronicities between Hastings' death and that of Princess Diana. Diana was embalmed shortly after death, preventing any toxicology (or pregnancy) tests. The LAPD has a long history of evidence "mistakes" such as this, not least of which was the destruction of all evidence in the assassination of RFK. Look for more to continue to trickle out about Hastings' death, but lack of media coverage on this important event doesn't bode well.
- I feel bad that I didn't mention this earlier re: Hastings, but let us not forget that Aaron Swartz allegedly committed "suicide" in January of this year. Another journalist who was extremely critical of the current administration. Here's a mainstream media article on his death and, the one I prefer, a more conspiratorial take on things from Veterans Today. Go one step beyond that with this article from Rense.
- Along those same lines, the mysterious deaths of scientists continues unabated. The trend began in the early nineties with the deaths of many key microbiologists but soon spread to other disciplines. Interest in the topic peaked with the 2003 "suicide" of UN weapons inspector Dr. David Kelly. Just a sampling of some of the bizarre deaths of seemingly mild-mannered people include: several single-car accidents, hit-and-runs, multiple home invasions/robberies, and a disturbingly high number of scientists found bound and burned. Call me crazy, but once you have five people in the same profession killed in the same brutally specific way, it's time for an investigation. Frequent Coast2CoastAM guest and paranormal researcher Steve Quayle has the best summary of these deaths, which unfortunately are so numerous now they required two separate pages: 1994-2003 and 2003-present.
- It's Official: the "underwear bomber" was working with the CIA at the time of his arrest. This has long been theorized and the announcement -- which was ignored by mainstream news sources -- only confirmed the theories. This didn't stop the government from warning the public about a possible "underwear bomber 2" just a few days later.
- JFK assassination tidbit: July 19th marked the fiftieth anniversary of Lee Harvey Oswald losing his job at the coffee company in New Orleans. Oswald remains in New Orleans for several more months with no known means of support. This marked the beginning of Oswald's period of attention seeking, including the infamous arrest after the pro-Castro rally and his radio appearances.
July 7th came and went this year without so much as a peep out of the media, American or British, in regards to the eighth anniversary of the 7/7/2005 bombings in London. A full examination of the event can be found in Conspiracy Cinema, but here are the conspiratorial highlights:
- Mock exercises (drills) were scheduled at the same time the event occurred. This is a pattern that we've seen before during 9/11 and subsequently during the Oslo bombing, the Sandy Hook shooting, and the Boston Marathon bombing. Specifically, Peter Power's crisis management company "Visor Consultants" was simulating bombings in same three tube stations where the event occurred and there was a BBC broadcast where presenters debated how to respond to the exact scenario of 7/7 aired in 2004.
- Certain people received advance warning of the attacks, similar to 9/11 and the OKC Bombing.
- Holes in the official narrative: the "official" version of events has incorrect train times, etc.
- Lack of evidence: there is no publicly-released footage of the four alleged bombers on the day of the attack. Video released to the media is from the alleged "trial run" several days prior.
Ripple Effect is a rarity in the conspiracy cinema genre since it received a considerable amount of mainstream media attention. All of it was bad, as you'd likely expect, and the BBC even dedicated a program to "debunking" the claims of the film, which -- again, as to be expected -- devolved into a hit piece on the film's creator. Muad'dib/Hill was actually prosecuted and convicted as a result of the BBC programm, charged with interfering with an inquest for sending copies of the film to officials. Hill is now out, and in 2012 returned with an expanded version of the film dubbed J for Justice: Ripple Effect 2.
J for Justice is more than double the running time of the original and focuses more on fleshing out those original arguments than on new evidence. Hill chooses to start with the strongest argument, that of foreknowledge and pre-planning, by including lengthy clips from the aforementioned BBC Panorama program. In this, the question of coincidence bubbles to the surface yet again. "It's just a coincidence" is a claim that has been used to debunk every conspiracy theory imaginable and is ever-present during investigations of 7/7. This argument invariably favors the debunker and precludes an honest debate, as it is near-impossible to prove an event isn't a coincidence unless all facts are known. Therefore it will always come down to each individuals' personal choice about whether they choose to frame events as merely coincidental or having a hidden design to them. I'll leave it up to you to decide whether or not you think a BBC broadcast discussing the exact scenario of 7/7 more than a year before it occurred is a coincidence or evidence of a conspiracy. If you consider it to be the former, the natural follow-up question would be be whether or not the bombers got the idea from the program, which stated in no uncertain terms that authorities were powerless to stop such an attack and were focusing solely on managing the after effects.
Less debatable is the evidence Muad'dib presents regarding the involvement of other individuals besides the four known suspects. Both during the practice run on 6/28 and 7/7, the bombing suspects were met by a dark-colored Jaguar in the parking lot of the Luton station. The driver of the car remains unknown -- theorized as the bombers' "handler" by Muad'dib -- and several critical seconds are missing from the CCTV footage while the car was in sight. Given the details from news item #5 above, this is a credible theory, made all the more believable by some of J for Justice's new evidence. It is shown that the four bombing suspects were familiar with the 7 suspected terrorists arrested as part of "Operation Crevice" in 2004, and it is theorized that the fact they themselves were not arrested implies their direct involvement with law enforcement. Muad'dib is not alone in believing that at least two of the four bombers (Khan & Tanweer) were MI-5 assets: mainstream media pundit Charles Shoebridge has put forth the theory as well.
This section of the film is the strongest both filmicly and from a persuasiveness standpoint. Muad'dib's ultimate theory is that the four bombers were connected to MI-5 and believed that what they were doing on 7/7 was simply a drill as it had been on 6/28. This theory not only makes them patsies, but victims of the bombings as well. It is a bold claim but one that Muad'dib backs up admirably. The above summary only addresses the first hour of the two hour, twenty minute film, and further arguments made regarding the involvement of others only strengthen his case. Missteps are few but notable, including a lengthy digression on the possibility that the famous CCTV footage of the bombers was fake that actually hurts the "bombers as actors" theory the rest of the film works so hard to prove. Other information presented includes the identity of a possible fifth bomber, and an investigation into the strangeness surrounding the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, an innocent Brazilian shot by police who believed him to be a wanted terrorist.
J for Justice concludes with a look at Muad'dib's legal troubles, which is an involved conspiracy in its own right. J for Justice is highly recommended for anyone interested in the woefully under-researched event and the film contains enough new and expanded information to make it essential for viewers who've seen Ripple Effect or other 7/7 conspiracy cinema films.