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I noticed there was an article in the Observer on Sunday announcing that while Clarke "admits ID Cards probably wouldn't have stopped the London bombs, the ability to tap phones and e-mails 'at will' probably would".

This is, of course, a spurious argument because the mechanism to do it - i.e. infiltration - already exists (whether or not this is legal is, of course, another matter. Agents Provocateurs used to be a 'step over the line', but whether or not this is still the case is questionable at the very least). For example it is well known that CND has been infiltrated since the word go, and the UK still has a 'nuclear arsenal'. Need I say more?

By the way, I sent out a number of e-mails at the +start+ of last week - after the wobbly Commons vote - saying that "One terror attack would put Blair back on track". I didn't bother to comment here because of the censorship "Owwww! Don't speak the truth Veronica … it might turn people off!".

(Not those with enough brain-cells to understand, Phil. Have you ever heard the expression "I do not agree with what you say, but I would die to defend your right to say it"? At the end of the day are we not fighting to retain our freedoms of speech, such that they are not blocked by having to show an ID Card first? In that case, by what right do you censor? Oh … it's YOUR pledge. No, Phil it's OUR pledgeS).

Did anyone hear the BBC Radio 5 Interview with Peter Power, former Scotland Yard official, working at one time with the Anti Terrorist Branch? Mr. Power is now the MD of a PR Firm called Visor Consultants, which bills itself as a `crisis management advice company'.

According to Mr. Power, his company - in conjunction with police and anti-terrorist squads - were running drills, in London, on the morning of 7th July. In fact, at the very places where the attacks occurred. The purpose of the drills? "To exercise responses to multiple terrorist bombings".

Shades of 9/11, where the Bush Government were running 4 war game drills on 11th September, 2001 to "simulate responses to a scenario where commercial aircraft had been hijacked and used as weapons to fly into prominent building in Manhattan".
Veronica Chapman, 15 years ago.

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