"A counter-terrorism official said that the leading theory about who is behind the London and Glasgow attacks is a cell of British-born Islamic militants with ties to Pakistan, and, conceivably, the remnants of the Al Qaeda high command."
NewsweekUpdated: 9:18 p.m. ET June 30, 2007
"POLICE hunting the London car bombers believe the suspects are likely to be home-grown extremists linked to a terrorist network implicated in previous plots against British targets.
David Leppard and Dipesh Gadher - The Sunday Times July 1, 2007
"Intelligence chiefs also knew that domestic Islamic terrorists were taking a leaf out of the Provisional IRA's training manual by tightening their self-contained cell structure to minimise the risk of infiltration by MI5 or Special Branch agents. But the attack on Glasgow Airport and the car bombs in London took MI5 completely by surprise, despite a monitoring system which tries to track up to 2000 known or suspected "players". "
The Herald (Australia) July 2nd 07
Speaking at a news conference Friday after the bomb scare in central London, the Metropolitan Police force's Counter-Terrorism Commander Peter Clarke said that officials had "no indication that we were going to be attacked this way". .....Was London Bomb Plot Heralded On Web? CBS Online 29th June 2007
Reached by CBSNews.com on Friday, the Metropolitan Police's media office could not confirm whether investigators were aware of the Internet posting ( a message timed 08:09 a.m. BST June 28 -- 17 hours the first Mercedes bomb was was found early on 29th June) on al Hesbah.
But then this is what highly placed sources told the Sunday Times on July 7th 2005
A Scotland Yard source said of the attacks: “This is a total surprise. We have been priding ourselves on our progress in the last few years but tonight we are having to go right back to basics.
“There is no intelligence; we are just not into that world.”
If investigators can link the explosives they are examining to terror attacks elsewhere it will give detectives vital clues in tracking the network
By Sean O’Neill and Daniel McGrory Sunday Times 8th July 2005
The BBC Online report at the start of the 21/7 bombers trial on 8th March 2007 - for which a result is awaited -reported the evidence of Mr Clifford Todd, principal forensic investigator and head of the Forensic Explosives Laboratory at Fort Halstead in Kent He said the events on July 21 were immediately compared to those of two weeks before when 52 people died.
"Uppermost in our minds were the events of July 7. At that time we were reasonably sure that hydrogen peroxide and organic fuels were concerned in that
"It looked as though it might be similar, but we had no actual
He then added as a curious afterthought ....
The forensic specialist, who has 20 years of experience, said he had never come across hydrogen peroxide-based bombs before.
Which helps to explain why the charges of causing an explosion have been dropped from then 21/7 defendents.
It also means that 2 years after - PC PLod / MI/5/6/7 etc., still cannot (or will not) tell us what the 7/7 bombs were made of with certainty.
However bungling and amateur the imported foreign clinicians are at organising, designing, assembling, placing, detonating firecrackers one is left with the impression that Plod is equally incompetent - and it appears has not been looking in the right places for several years.
Explain why Peter Clarke the Sphincter of the Yard should stay in his job a minute longer.