Now, for some reporting I just read on the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes from Socialist Worker UK:
It took 30 seconds for the police to kill Jean Charles de Menezes. The cover-up took a little longer.
At 10.06am on 22 July 2005, Jean Charles sat down on a tube train in Stockwell, south London.
One police officer held him down while two others fired seven hollow tip bullets into his head and one into his neck. Three other bullets missed.
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The killing took place the day after a failed bombing attempt in London and two weeks after the 7/7 bombings.
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The Metropolitan Police was fined £175,000 after a health and safety trial convicted it of “endangering the public” and having failed “to provide for the health, safety and welfare of Jean Charles de Menezes” – a disgusting understatement.
While malicious lies about Jean Charles appeared in the press, Ian Blair was busy attempting to block inquiries into the shooting.
Jean Charles’ real identity was known by 3pm. By 4.30pm, assistant commissioner Andy Hayman had told journalists that Jean Charles was not one of the 21 July bombers.
But at 5pm Hayman told a meeting of senior police officers that they should give the opposite impression.
He said, “There is press running that the person shot is not one of the four bombers. We need to present that he is believed to be.”
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The link to death squads
Members of military intelligence from the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR) carried out the flawed surveillance of Jean Charles de Menezes.
The SRR ran death squads in Iraq, targeting supporters of the resistance to the US-British occupation of that country.
When the SRR was formed in 2005 it incorporated a secret unit of the British army that had supplied names, addresses and photographs of Catholic targets to Loyalist paramilitaries in Northern Ireland.
This led to the murder of at least 30 Catholics.
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The smears were endless. The Sun newspaper said that Jean Charles had raped a woman. His body was exhumed, against the wishes of his family, and his DNA showed that he had not.On 15 July 2005, seven days before the killing of Jean Charles, the government announced that “armed police officers could be given more aggressive shoot to kill orders, telling them to fire at the heads of suicide bombers.”
After the 7/7 bombings in London, and as the “war on terror” dragged on, the state created an atmosphere that facilitated the slaying of John Charles.
Prior to 7/7, the government brought in the Israeli secret service to train firearms officers. They developed Operation Kratos – which advised that suspected suicide bombers must be shot in the head.
The police said this was necessary to stop hand movement. But John Charles was on the ground pinned down by police when he was shot, so unable to move his hands.
According to one of the officers who shot him, “Everything I have ever trained for – threat assessment, seeing threats, perceiving threats and acting on threats – proved wrong.”
Pretty interesting detail, not widely known, I’m sure. But certainly compelling given the string of brutal murders of Americans by police officers, who according to this article, might have also been trained in Israel:
Under the cover of counterterrorism training, nearly every major police agency in the United States has traveled to Israel for lessons in occupation enforcement, a phenomenon that journalist Max Blumenthal dubbed “the Israelification of America’s security apparatus.” Israeli forces and US police departments are so entrenched that the New York City Police Department (NYPD) has opened a branch in Tel Aviv.
In 2011, then St. Louis County Police Department chief Timothy Fitch attended the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) National Counter-Terrorism Seminar, an annual week-long Israeli training camp where US law enforcement executives “study first hand Israel’s tactics and strategies” directly from “senior commanders in the Israel National Police, experts from Israel’s intelligence and security services, and the Israel Defense Forces,” according to the ADL’s website.
And if Electronic Intifada is not impartial enough for you, the Times of Israel reported on it too.
In these times of police brutality, chaos, disinformation, and inflamed racial tensions, it is crucial to remember that the mainstream media is not our friends and neither are the governments that they aid and abet in their crimes against us.
[I]t is worth noting that you don’t have to be black, Muslim or even Irish (or a Geordie bouncer) to have a massive wrong inflicted on you by the state.
The institutions of the state are there to protect the rich and the state wants a monopoly on arms. The state can bomb and invade abroad and, as a last resort to exercise its power, it needs the same force at home.
So stay vigilant and alert, because their web of lies is deep and extensive.