For a full analysis of the simultaneous anti-terror rehearsal drill referred to in this post, the drill that was being conducted by Peter Power and Visor Consultants on 7/7 please see here.
"there could have been had [sic] a power surge which could have had quite catastrophic casualty levels.
We have always been aware of that on the Underground."
Source: Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone
March 1st 2006 [PDF source]
A quick recap of The Antagonist's theory of what happened on 7 July as espoused, and developed, on this blog; that the original 'power surge' report given by MetroNet to explain the disaster on the Underground is true, and that the exploding bus - which occurred some 60 or so minutes later - and that is being used to tie the whole notion of a co-ordinated terrorist attack on London, was lifted from the 1,000 man anti-terrorist rehearsal operation that Peter Power admitted to organising in a Radio 5 interview on the evening of the Underground incidents.
Power later issued a statement about the operation, changing his story somewhat from that given in the Radio 5 interview and in a not dissimilar way to that in which MetroNet changed their power surge story. Power's response, and The Antagonist's reply to Power's, apparently final, statement can be found here. He has since spoken, albeit briefly in public, about this rehearsal operation, most notably to an international security conference in Canada just days after 7/7.
If anyone was at that conference and would care to let the world know if anything of interest escaped Mr Power's lips during the 52-country security summit, feel free.
In the meantime, back to the bus that exploded 60 minutes after the incidents on the Underground...
Here are some pictures of the Number 30 bus that was diverted into Tavistock Square, home of Fortress GB, precisely the sort of organisation that might have commissioned a large anti-terrorist rehearsal operation that Peter Power's Visor Consultants conducted on the morning of July 7.
From the offside of the bus:
From the front, nearside of the bus:
And, finally, a slightly more detailed view of an aspect of the above photograph:
All of these photos contain further evidence that would appear to support The Antagonist's original notion that the exploded bus was not linked to what happened on the trains 90 minutes earlier but, instead, was the product of Power's anti-terrorist rehearsal operation organised for Central London that morning.
Why? Well, let's look at the evidence. Bear in mind that we have absolutely no comment from any of the many bus blast survivors visible in the photos - save for the bus driver for reasons explained here - and a handful of passers-by who offered statements like:
"I looked back and was hugely glad to see an amazing sight - many people just stood up on the upper deck.Then, right next to the exploded bus which clearly shows a top deck almost full of people who appear to be unharmed by a blast powerful enough to lift the roof clean off the bus - a curious enough fact in itself when you consider the force required to lift the roof off the bus - is a white van which appears to belong to a fleet of vans owned by a company called Kingstar, emblazoned with a nice gold star logo. Once more:
I could not believe that so many, so close were seemingly unhurt.
It was almost surreal to see the upper deck cut off at that low level and so many passengers were still alive."
A pertinent question might be, "Who are Kingstar and what do they do?"
The answer can be easily gleaned from the Kingstar web site which proclaims, "Kingstar, diamond drilling specialists, offer the UK construction and civil engineering industry high standards of workmanship and dependability across a wide range of building services."
Kingstar also undertake 'risk assessment' on behalf of their extensive list of clients which, ostensibly, is precisely the same thing as Peter Power's Visor Consultants, Fortress GB, and the British Transport Police, the latter two of which happen to be located in the immediate vicinity of Tavistock Square, the place to which the Number 30 bus was diverted shortly before it exploded.
Kingstar offer a number of other services, the most interesting of which, to the mind of The Antagonist, is that of "controlled demolition", more specifically:
"Demolition in areas where minimal disruption and minimal noise requirements are paramount."
And, as if by magic, a van belonging to Kingstar - the minimal disruption, minimal noise, controlled demolition company - just happened to be rolling past the Number 30 bus that had curiously been diverted off course that morning, and which then exploded in Tavistock Square outside the offices of Fortress GB and the British Transport Police on the day that Peter Power was organising a 1,000 man anti-terrorist rehearsal operation in Central London where, by Power's own admission, "One scenario in particular, was very similar to real time events."
Guess which 'scenario in particular' that was 'very similar to real time events' The Antagonist is backing?
Who would possibly be more interested in the outcomes and reactions of the emergency services to a 1,000 man security rehearsal of say, for example, a bus bomb in London, than the British Transport Police and a rather large transport security company?
If the exploded Number 30 bus was indeed lifted from Peter Power's rehearsal operation as all the evidence from the day seems to suggest, quite what was it that happened on the trains?
Perhaps something along the lines of the original 'power surge' or some other significant electrical failure, perhaps multiple, simultaneous power surges? In fact, to quote a survivor, Andrew Lait, who was in the same carriage as the Aldgate East blast, and is one of only two people in the carriage to escape serious injury:
"Out of that whole carriage, I think Crystal and I were the only ones who were not seriously injured, and I think we were nearest the bomb."
"We'd been on there for a minute at most and then something happened. It was like a huge electricity surge which knocked us out and burst our eardrums. I can still hear that sound now".
The policeman said 'mind that hole, that's where the bomb was'. The metal was pushed upwards as if the bomb was underneath the train. They seem to think the bomb was left in a bag, but I don't remember anybody being where the bomb was, or any bag"Source: Aldgate Survivor, Andrew Lait [Cambridge News]
'Underneath the train' is precisely where you'll find the electrical motors that would have been affected by a power surge of sufficient strength to burst people's ear drums, the same motors that might have popped through the floorboards given a malfunction due to such an immense power surge. From ABC News' collection of photos:
Note also that train survivor accounts have included the description of a 'series of bangs', like a series of electrical motor failures, in relation to what occurred.
This also explains why the leaked ABC photos that caused so much consternation show the electrical parts of the train to be blown out and burnt out. The train lights, the lighting behind the advertising boards and all wiring areas for the train's communications infrastructure, all nicely offset by the immaculate blue paintwork.
You couldn't make this stuff up. Oh, wait.... somebody, somewhere, did...