LONDON, July 11-12, 2005 -- Some informed British sources believe that the recent
London Transport bombings may have been the work of far right-wing British terrorists
hoping to stir up tensions with the nation's large Muslim population. There are
several reasons for this belief. One is that GCHQ and MI-5 intercepts of the communications
of Muslim groups in Britain and abroad -- groups suspected of ties to militants
-- revealed that targeted individuals and organizations were genuinely surprised
at the London bombings. Another is the statement of former Metropolitan London
police commissioner Sir John Stevens that the perpetrators were "almost certainly"
British. Although many accused Stevens of stirring up racial tensions, he never
referred to British Muslims. British Prime Minister Tony Blair ruled out any probe
of the bombings claiming it would "distract" from the investigation.
Although U.S. and some British media were quick to point blame at Muslim terrorists,
little has been mentioned about David Copeland who set off a nail bomb in the
Admiral Duncan pub on Old Compton Street in London's Soho in April 1999. The bomb
killed three and injured 139. Copeland, a 22-year old electrical engineer and
native of Hampshire, wanted to start a war against non-whites and homosexuals
and believed he was a messenger from God. Copeland had a fascination for Adolf
Hitler and dreamt of being an SS commander holding women sex slaves. Copeland
was also charged with setting off nail bombs in an Afro-Caribbean neighborhood
in Brixton and a Bangladeshi district in Brick Lane. The British police dismissed
a claim of responsibilty for the Soho bombing by a fascist group called the White
Wolves, emphasizing that Copeland acted alone. It is also significant that when
he planned his terrorist bombings, Copeland worked as an electrician on the London
Underground's Jubilee Line extension project. Copeland was sentenced to six life
terms in prison for the bombings.
There are reports that some members of British law enforcement and intelligence
maintain a liaison with British fascist groups who are mainly centered in the
Kentish Town neighborhood of north London, a neighborhood rife with Nazi posters,
stickers, and graffiti. In addition to Kentish Town, Roetherhithe and Eltham
in southeast London are bevies of fascist activities. British fascist groups
include the British National Front, National Socialist Movement, and ex-members
of Ulster paramilitary loyalist groups. Another fascist group, Combat 18, was
established in 1992 as a security force for the National Front. It was later
discovered that MI-5 had infiltrated Combat 18 to slip informants into loyalist
paramilitary cells in Northern Ireland.
Informed obsevers also point to the David Tovey case. In 2002, police searched
Tovey's Oxfordshire home in an investigation to find the source of a spate of
racist graffiti. According to The Guardian, police discovered much more than
spray paint cans in Tovey's home: an arsenal of weapons (including a Baikal
pistol with silencer), explosives (including PE4 plastic explosive, which is
used by the British Army), bomb making equipment, NATO body armor, maps where
mosques were located, British National Front literature, and license plate numbers
of African and Asian individuals. Police learned that Tovey was involved in
a right-wing gang that was placing anti-white graffiti in public toilets in
Warwickshire and Oxfordshire. As with Copeland, police said they determined
Tovey was a loner.
On July 12, The Times of London revealed that the explosives used in the London
Transport bombings were military-grade explosives and investigators emphasized
they believed the bombers were British and worked in small cells. Furthermore,
although the British police are putting out information that suicide bombers
were involved in the London bombings, Vince Cannistraro, the former CIA counter-terrorism
chief, told The Guardian that "two unexploded bombs" were recovered
along with "mechnical timing devices." It goes without saying that
suicide bombers would not have been using timing devices.
The belief that British right-wing terrorists may have carried out the London
train bombings coincides with a major Italian investigation of ties between
far-right Italian groups, Italian law enforcement personnel, U.S. Defense Department
covert operations agents, and Jihadist terrorists.