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22nd Jul, 2005

So, a week to the day I start working there, London was under attack again. Yesturday apparently went very wrong, thankfully. It could have easily been a repeat of two weeks ago. The think I hate most about this is that it worries Miriam.

However earlier today police chased down, shot, and killed a suspect. This is pretty dramatic by itself but...

"They pushed him to the floor, bundled on top of him and unloaded five shots into him."

- Mark Whitby - BBC News

Now... the terrorists are assholes. Misguided, fanatical, easily led, maybe. Assholes? Sure. But why did they pin the guy down and then shoot him? That's slightly disturbing to me.

From an evidence point of view it's dumb as well. This guy could have had important information. The only thing I can think of is that maybe he had a device on him. That is the only thing that would warrant such drastic action.

London is a wierd place to be right now...


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22nd Jul, 2005 12:15 (UTC)
You and I were commenting yesterday and then I got in the car to run errands. BBC World News had shifted its schedule to accomodate reports as they came in, and I thought of you as well as a few others I know there, including a friend of the family who went back to live with their mother so they could take their A Level Exams next year.

I was blown away by it all, thinking that if one person made another comment about these things not being "like 9/11" again, I'd have to drive to where they were and have a nice, long, pacifist talk with them. Despite the sickness involved, I wanted it to be a hoax as they thought it might have been so very badly.

Shooting him after he was down was very wrong, unless he was reaching for something that might detonate, etc. Emotions in a situation are so high; people so reactive, even when trained not to be.

Be safe.
22nd Jul, 2005 12:39 (UTC)
I've heard some reports here and there of your government discussing legislation similar to that fucked up patriot act we have here in the states. Is that the case? If so, when all the problems with the IRA and seemingly (from our news) constant bombings and such going on, was anything like the patriot act discussed then?
23rd Jul, 2005 13:40 (UTC)
Basically, no and no.

We've had quite detailed terrorism and such laws for years, though more were brought in a year or so back. Nothing quite as retarded as your "Patriot" Act tho...
22nd Jul, 2005 23:26 (UTC)
yes, it does worry me, but not much either of us can do about it. shooting him was really stupid...i would have expected more from trained police officers.
23rd Jul, 2005 17:42 (UTC)
I'm sorry, but that is so fucking STUPID!
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