Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Stand up Mark Whitby and take your place in history

...utter bollocks, courteousy of the Metropolitan Police and our
State Broadcasting Network, the BBC

Our authorities tell us that they fear the Internet because it is a haven for fraudsters, paedophiles and terrorists. They want greater control put over the Internet so that they can protect us.

They can go fuck themselves

The key reason why our leaders really fear the Internet is not because of kiddie fiddling or people learning how to become commandos through correspondence courses, no, they fear the Internet because it is an uncontrolled communication medium and an enormous archive. Sure, there are a lot of loons out there, plus a fair few spooks doing their best to muddy the waters, but in spite all of that I can still do things like this...

Refer to the excellent and informative graphic that told us ‘What Happened at Stockwell – Plan View’ published by the BBC shortly after the shooting. Having the foresight to archive my favourite media whoppers, I can peruse the sheer deceitful wrongness of it from my desktop at my leisure. It’s a total lie and based largely on semi-official police briefings.

Even more intriguingly, the Internet enables me to recall the testimony of the most quoted civilian witness to the shooting, one Mark Whitby.

We all heard what Mark had to say, and it went something like this…

Mark Whitby said: "I was sitting on the train... I heard a load of noise, people saying, 'Get out, get down'.

"I saw an Asian guy. He ran on to the train, he was hotly pursued by three plain clothes officers, one of them was wielding a black handgun.

"He half tripped... they pushed him to the floor and basically unloaded five shots into him," he told BBC News 24.

"As [the suspect] got onto the train I looked at his face, he looked sort of left and right, but he basically looked like a cornered rabbit, a cornered fox.

"He looked absolutely petrified and then he sort of tripped, but they were hotly pursuing him, [they] couldn't have been any more than two or three feet behind him at this time and he half tripped and was half pushed to the floor and the policeman nearest to me had the black automatic pistol in his left hand.

"He held it down to the guy and unloaded five shots into him.

"He [the suspect] had a baseball cap on and quite a sort of thickish coat - it was a coat you'd wear in winter, sort of like a padded jacket.

"He might have had something concealed under there, I don't know. But it looked sort of out of place with the sort of weather we've been having, the sort of hot humid weather”

Yes Mark, a thickish coat … sort of like a padded jacket … out of place with the sort of weather we’ve been having, the sort of hot humid weather... Would that be the denim jacket on this corpse, lying on a stinking tube train floor with seven bullets in the back of its head?


If anyone knows who Mark Whitby is and who he works for a lot of us out here would dearly love to know.

That picture above, grainy as it is, deserves a moment or two of contemplation. Squalid and ignoble isn't it? That's somebody's son crumpled on that floor. He was killed by people we want to believe are the good guys. And then they lied to us. They might even have got away with it if someone hadn't had the decency to leak some documents. Doesn't the deliberate deceit make this scene even more grubby and shameful? How clean do you feel, tacitly supporting a regime that tries to get away with stuff like this, and usually does? That could be you or someone you care for on that floor and They wouldn''t give a fuck. Their only concern would be how to manage the story.

Let's not forget the British Government joined in on the party, by issuing contradictory stories that the murdered man may or may not have been in the UK with a crooked visa and so offered up a 'reason' why an apparently innocent man would flee from armed police.

The Head of the Metropolitan Police, Ian Blair told us that the people truly responsible for Jean Charles de Menezes' killing were the terrorists the police were hunting. Some people might be thick enough to swallow that. Call me old fashioned, but I'll blame the people who stalked and executed a patently unarmed, unknown man and the Muppet in charge of them who lied through his teeth about the execution for a fortnight afterwards. I'm funny like that. I'm also half tempted to compare Ian Blair to a chunk of particularly unpleasant excrement but that wouldn't be right. Particularly unpleasant excrement doesn't offend, anger or nauseate me as much as Ian Blair does.

The shooting in Stockwell is not just significant in itself. The '7/7' bombings have been subject to the same pattern of media spin, by the same cast of characters, as the shooting in Stockwell. The official account of the Stockwell shooting stank and so does the presentation of '7/7'. Unlike the Stockwell killing, there will be no independent enquiry into '7/7', Tony Blair has already announced that.

Next week Tony might get round to making a horse a senator. Why not? It seems that he can do whatever the fuck he likes.


Anonymous said...

I wonder why the poor guy did not stop when he should have.


Stef said...


If the witness statements read out on TV tonight are true, he was sitting down in the train when he was hauled from his seat by a surveillance man, pinned down by the arms, then shot in the head without any warning.

Him 'stopping' wasn't really an option.

jackenstein of all trades said...

A horse?
You give Tony too much credit.
It'll be a pony.
Tony's pony.

(it's either that tidy illiteration or i'll end up screaming thinking about that too much... when i was a kid reality prety much stayed the same for at least the whole year. Now it's such that it changes from week to week!

Stef said...

Greetings fellow insomniac

Would that be Tony's Pony as in ...

'The pony of Tony?'


'Tony is pony' - like someone well-versed in Cockney rhyming slang might say?

I'm cool with both.

And now I shall wing my way over to your compact and bijou blogette to see what you've been up to

Stef said...

and the answer is...

not very much

jackenstein of all trades said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Northun Munki in Oxford Circus said...

Mr Whitby probably works in Whitehall or New Scotland Yard. Can we dig up the TV footage and see if he's wearing a large padded jacket - the kind an undercover policeman can hide a handgun under?

We still only have the one CCTV image from 7/7 with the supposed suspects all together and the rather strange barrier thing going on over the guy in the background.

There were only a couple of very grainy images of the attempted bombers - one per suspect.

Crimewatch can do a better job.

Stef said...

it's worth clicking on the link I've put on Whitby's name and listening to the movie file of what he had to say to the BBC. No sign of a jacket in the stills I've seen but he does appear to be carrying a natty black rucksack...

Anonymous said...

Rather neat and convient that all that info was leaked so early. Especially as it still doesn't tie in with several eyewitness statement (and I'm not talking about that big gob).

Ask yourself who gains from this info coming out?


Stef said...


You do, of course, have a point and I've already exchanged a few emails with other people about this.

Where this all is going is anybody's guess ...