[Note: I have shifted this post forward to be more chronologically correct in relation to another]
British Home Secretary Charles is apoplectic over the claims of his French counterpart, Nicholas Sarkozy, that British police had arrested the bombers previously, hence putting the earlier “clean skin” label to question ["clean skin" means those without previous convictions or police records of any sorts]. Charles rejected the French assertion.
However, British police later conceded that two of the bombers had been queried by them before, but for other issues - shoplifting and disorderly conduct. Later, when interviewed on TV, Charles grudingly admitted that police were examining records for any 'priors' by the 4.
A family friend believed the four might have been tricked in blowing themselves up. He suggested that they had to be silenced to cut off any trail to the mastermind. He reckoned the 4 didn’t want to commit suicide nor knew they were to be killed.
A Pakistani intelligence officer stated that Shehzad Tanweer, one of the bombers had attended a madrassah, a religious school in Pakistan in February. Some religious schools preach militant Islam and are breeding grounds for terrorists. He averred that Tanweer was the mastermind!!!
Interesting questions to ask:
(1) Could it be that the British government lied about the whole “clean skin” affair - by releasing it to the press to broadcast and publish - in order to support its defensive claim it had no idea of such British-born terrorists. The objective could be to avoid responsibility of the colossal intelligence failure?
(2) Would the belief of the family friend of the bombers be true? The 4 blokes could have been told to board the train and bus with the given rucksack to “hand over” to “some people” at some point, and the bomb triggered off by a pre-set timer, which was of course not made known to them? We recall that in the initial forensic evidence, some rather sophisticated timers were found. Why would suicide bombers require timers?
(3) Tanweer was a 22-year old bloke. I bogged earlier that “Tanweer, whose family run a fish and chip shop in a suburb of Leeds, was a good student who played cricket for a local team. Friends said he was the last sort of guy one would expect to be a terrorist. They described him as a sweet guy who gets on with everybody, and the kind of guy who would always condemn extremism.”
Could he have been the “mastermind”? Or, was the Paki intelligence officer covering up the tracks of the real mastermind by naming a dead man in his place?
Quite frankly, I don’t trust the Pakis, as many of their top people are in deep cahoots with both al Qaeda and the Talibans. They needed the two for their Kashmir strategy, one to create havoc against India, and the other for strategic resources. This was evident when the Talibans ruled Afghanistan (strategic space and resources).
The Pakis are obsessed with Kashmir to such a fanatical extent that they would sleep with the devil if necessary to wrestle back the part of Kashmir under Indian rule. Many believe that Osama bin Laden and the Taliban top brass are able to hide safely in Pakistan because the security forces had a knowing wink and a nudge from some Pakistani generals and politicians.
The plot thickens!