A few papers, especially The Guardian, had gone so far as to disclose some of the report's contents in advance of its release
But, whoopsies, it’s looking like the IPCC has decided to hold back the report just one more day to make some final, final, last minute alterations to its contents
Apparently, the report included some faint residual whiff of a hint of a suggestion that someone was actually responsible for the Head of the Metropolitan Police lying to everyone about the circumstances surrounding the shooting
Ah well, it’s been two years already so what’s another day
And if anyone thinks the timing of the report is conveniently slap bang in the middle of the summer holidays look on the bright side – the IPCC could have published between Christmas and New Year which would have been even an quieter time
There again, at this rate, it still might
I've been watching the big news organisations' coverage of this story on and off all day and there's been some serious retrospective 'updating' of their relevant pages and 'shaping' of the story in the last couple of hours.
I've also noticed that somebody appears to have slipped some Sodium Pentothal in The Independent’s James Macintyre’s afternoon tea…
“The Stockwell shooting could yet turn into one of the great public scandals of the decade. Initially, police - who blacked out elements of the CCTV footage - claimed that de Menezes was in a bulky coat and sprinted over the underground barrier. These claims turned out to be false.”
This entire business stinks to high heaven and a lot more people have lied about what happened that day than just Sir Ian Blair. Not that you would notice from the mainstream media's treatment of the story
And still we are no nearer the answers to the questions…
‘Why did the Metropolitan Police shoot an innocent man in the face seven times when he clearly wasn’t carrying a bomb and why hasn't the person responsible been held to account?’
And we never will be
(and yes, that clip I've linked to was ripped off from an Alex Jones video)
edit: On the 22 July 2005 the Tube Drivers' union the RMT published a press release on its website relating to the incident at Stockwell. I've linked to it a couple of the times in the past but it is now no longer available on the RMT website (edit: it's been moved to here). It read...
"Our members and all LUL staff have shown immense courage and commitment through the awful events of the last two weeks, but their concerns at the way yesterday’s alert was handled are serious and there are many other issues that remain to be resolved.
"Their concerns will have been fuelled by the revelation that an innocent Tube driver today found himself with a police gun at his head during the incident in Stockwell station in which a suspect was shot dead.
"No apology could ever be enough ever take away the trauma that that driver has suffered and there should be a full inquiry into the handling of the incident
Now WTF is that all about?
NB! When I refer to the IPCC above I am of course referring to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and not the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which is a very different beast altogether. One of them publishes supposedly objective investigative reports which in reality are selectively edited and distorted to suit covert political agendas...
and the other is the IPCC.
Anyway, after the publication of tomorrow's report there's a good chance that the Independent Police Complaints Commission will be simply known as the PCC and that should be the end of any potential confusion