Scotland Yard shoots first, asks questions later
A statement released by Scotland Yard regarding this morning's "London Terror" raid "proves" not only that they are clueless, but that they verify intelligence by conducting armed raids of residences at un-Godly hours of the morning and shooting at startled inhabitants.
This morning, shortly before 4am, the Metropolitan Police executed a search warrant at a house in Lansdown Road, Forest Gate, East London. The warrant had been issued for the search of those premises under the authority of the Terrorism Act 2000.WOW. This was passed even before 9/11. They were prepared beforehand.
This operation was planned in response to specific intelligence. As always, our overriding concern is for the safety of the public. Because of the very specific nature of the intelligence, we planned an operation that was designed to mitigate any threat to the public either from firearms or from hazardous substances.Like the kind of intelligence that led to the Iraq invasion?
Some officers were armed, and others equipped with protective clothing. In planning the operation we worked closely with other agencies including the Security Service, the Health Protection Agency, the London Ambulance Service and Fire Brigade, and the London Borough of Newham.Notice how no one is ever in the position to discuss the "details of intelligence" until of course it's thoroughly discredited by obvious facts.
You will appreciate that I am not in a position to discuss details of the intelligence with you. However, what I can tell you is that the intelligence was such that it demanded an intensive investigation and response.
The purpose of the investigation, after ensuring public safety, is to prove or disprove the intelligence that we have received. This is always difficult, and sometimes the only way to do so is to mount an operation such as that which we carried out this morning.So, the public is supposed to accept the fact that in order to verify intelligence, police must conduct armed raids of their residences at ridiculous hours in the morning.
During the course of the operation, a 23-year-old man who was in the premises received a gunshot wound. The circumstances of this are being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, and it would therefore be inappropriate for me to make any further comment about this.He "received" a gunshot wound? They make it sound like it was delivered anonymously by mail.
And he probably "received it" for being shocked and outraged at the invasion of his privacy by a fleet of armed men at 4 in the morning. How would you react?
I can tell you that the injured man has been taken to the Royal London Hospital where he has received treatment. He has also been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of Terrorism.Adding insult to injury, they arrested him to give the appearance that they shot at him legitimately.
Another man, aged 20, who was in the premises at the time of the operation has also been arrested under the Terrorism Act, and is being held at Paddington Green Police Station.The only other witness must also be isolated from the public.
The investigation, to prove or disprove the intelligence that prompted the operation, continues. As always this will be thorough, and one part of it will be a painstaking search of the premises in Landsdown Road. This has started, but may take some time, in all probability several days to complete.Good PR takes time. Your patience is appreciated as much as it is mandatory.