To all you mathematicians out there: What are the odds that it was ‘just a coincidence’ that both the 9/11 and 7/7 attacks occurred on the same days, and in the same ways and places, as the simulated terrorist-attack response drills that were taking place?
After a three-year freedom of information battle by the Press Association, this CCTV video footage of three of those accused of the 7/7 London bombings was released on May 1.
Extracts from The Terrorist Hunters, the banned book of former UK anti-terror chief, Andy Hayman: One, two, three, and four. If anyone knows of any more extracts, please post links to them in the comments.
The James Bond character Goldfinger may have been based on a German spymaster who plotted to blow up gold reserves at the Bank of England.
Join the campaign to prevent Gary McKinnon’s extradition to the US. Loads of interesting comments here, too.
The Atlantic’s newest submarine cable is so advanced, it could carry the content of the entire internet, in both directions, even if the other eight lines failed simultaneously.
Almost 2,000 years ago, a half-mad member of a strict Jewish sect, Saul of Tarsus, ruthlessly stoned to death ‘blasphemous’ followers of ‘The Way’. Then, suddenly, he had an ‘apocalypse’ – literally, a revelation – which changed the course of world history. His own fate was one of history’s greatest mysteries — until yesterday. A. N. Wilson’s Paul: The Mind of the Apostle is available at Amazon US & UK.
The earliest surviving Christian Bible, the 1,600-year-old Codex Sinaiticus, is now online.
The Third Man Factor: How those in dire peril have felt a sudden presence at their side, inspiring them to survive — a widespread phenomenon experienced by mountaineers, polar explorers, divers, prisoners of war, solo sailors, astronauts, and even 9/11 survivors.
The Apollo hoax theories: 9/11 and Kennedy aside, no event in world history has generated quite so many conspiracy theories than the Apollo moon landings. But do they stand up? Here are the best reasons why it couldn’t have happened, and the rebuttals. Of course, you may disagree.
Ant mega-colony takes over the world. While Greg welcomes our insect overlords, I have my doubts about them…
Bugs! They may be tiny, but they’re marching across the US in their billions, killing vast swathes of woodland — 10 per cent of all US forests in the past 10 years.
Logging the Bohemian Grove? Members of the secretive Bohemian Club – 2,500 of America’s richest, most conservative men, including Henry Kissinger, George H. W. Bush, and a passel of Bechtels, Basses, and Rockefellers – are known to urinate freely against the ancient redwoods that cover their 2,700-acre property. Have they been chopping down the trees as well?
Thanks, Greg. And a big thanks to RPJ for fixxoring a couple of links today, while I was dead to the world.
Quote of the Day:
Why has Andy Hayman’s book been banned? Well I’m damned if I know. Your correspondent has actually read the book (and it’s not half bad). I also know what the passage is that is causing all the fuss, and frankly I’m utterly puzzled. Under the terms of an injunction that no-one is allowed to see I’m not allowed to tell you what the passage is or why it’s so controversial. Clear as mud eh? Maybe they should redact a few pages and put it on sale anyway, that seems the usual course of action for the authorities in this age of transparency.
Its being said in some circles that the AG and the CPS only got to see the book a few days ago. Well, again, I’m aware that the book was circulated to a range of agencies a couple of months ago and some of them came back with requests for changes which were, by and large, accepted. The CPS didn’t respond until this week.
The book they tried to ban — still on sale. Don rings in from, well he didn’t say where. He’s just bought The Terrorist Hunters (Andy Hayman’s book that’s apparently banned from sale) in his local Sainsbury’s. Only £9.99 he says. He’s enjoying reading it but he’s struggling to understand exactly what bit he’s not supposed to read. Unfortunately we couldn’t tell him. State secret. Need to know. Further happenings in the High Court next Thursday.
Sean O’Neill, Crime Editor of The Times, in his blog posts of 2 July and 3 July, 2009.