7/7 conspiracy madness – the ripple effect

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But thats what the government want you to think...

But that's what the government want you to think...

As tonight’s excellent BBC2 documentary demonstrated, there really isn’t any way to describe the 7/7 conspiracy brigade other than ‘bunch of nutters’.

There is a film available on the internet entitled ‘7/7 Ripple Effect’. Apparently it is quite popular. I had never heard of it. But then again, I don’t go looking for this sort of thing.

Some run-of-the-mill conspiracy geeks can be expected to simply ask pedantic questions about every detail of an event and then take smug self-satisfaction in doubting the ‘official’ line on the matter, as if such an act demonstrates great independence of mind and intellectual superiority over everyone else.  

‘7/7 Ripple Effect’, however, goes so far as to label the London bombings of July 7th 2005 a MI5-Mossad operation and accuses several individuals (who aren’t even connected to the government or security services) of being involved in the mass murder. Some of these people have been receiving death threats from conspiracy loons as a result.

The brains behind ‘7/7 Ripple Effect’ is a weirdie beardie called John Hill, although he calls himself Muad Dib (after a character in sci-ficlassic ‘Dune’). The man is clearly a headcase. As well as being obsessed with uncovering the ‘truth’ behind 7/7, he thinks he is the messiah (but actually he’s a very naughty boy!) and “demands to be acknowledged as the Rightful British-Israel King”. Okaaay.

Another of the cranks interviewed on the programme turned out to be a Holocaust denier in addition to being a 7/7 sceptic. These fruitcakes just make it too easy for us, the general public, to dismiss them as, well, a bit mad really.

Or so you would think. As the programme commendably pointed out, conspiracy theories can’t always just be ignored in the hope that the conspiracy theorists will fail to reproduce (they tend to be quite unattractive) and their ideas will inevitably die out in time. ‘Alternative’ understandings of 7/7 and 9/11 are more prevalent amongst British Muslims than the rest of the community, and this can cause serious political, social and security problems for everyone.

I remember coming across this tendency when I was doing work experience for a newspaper and was sent to High Wycombe after terrorist suspects were arrested there in the summer of 2006. Speaking to Muslim residents of the town, many point blank refused to accept that the 7/7 attacks had been carried out by their fellow religionists. Some of the especially deluded ones actually asked me if I could name a single occasion when Muslims had been violent without provocation – as if all adherents of Islam are beyond criticism.

This situation is not helped when people like Dr Mohammed Naseem are seeking to propagate the conspiratorial jibberish. Dr Naseem is not just a crackpot locked in his room and devoting his energies to the internet, nor is he simply a random Muslim on the street being overdefensive about his religion. He is the chairman of Birmingham Mosque Trust and is therefore in a position of authority and influence. The BBC2 programme included a scene where he played ‘7/7 Ripple Effect’ to an audience at a mosque.

Doesn’t someone high up in the Birmingham Muslim community have enough sense to persuade Dr Naseem to take early retirement? Please!

Another of the unhinged types to feature in the documentary was Tony Gosling, a former BBC journalist who now devotes his time to finding conspiracies. Luckily for the Green Party, the programme failed to mention that was an active Green for a few years, although he has maybe been chucked out for being just too batshit.

Speaking of being too batshit, I’ve spent too much time looking at freaky ‘troofer’ websites now (including a Facebook group ‘7/7 Ripple Effect – Friends of Muad’Dib). I would like to utilise some pseudo-psychology in explaining why some people are attracted to explaining events through conspiracies, but have lost the will to think about this any further. I know that David Aaronovitch has written a fairly well-received book about conspiracy theories recently – maybe I’ll go read that sometime.

My conclusion is this: these people are wasting valuable oxygen. I will similarly stop using energy on them, for now…

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7 Responses to “7/7 conspiracy madness – the ripple effect”

  1. manofkent86 Says:

    I have the Aaronovich book, it is excellent

  2. Paul Says:

    Captain’s committment to the cyber hunting of web-based loons is to be commended! Always enjoy his pokery into the obscure corners of unhinged fanaticism..

  3. captainjako Says:

    What can I say, they fascinate/horrify/amuse me. It is a winning combination.

  4. 7/7 conspiracy madness – Meacher mentalism « Frank Owen’s Paintbrush Says:

    […] conspiracy madness – Meacher mentalism By captainjako Further to my last post on this subject, which was inspired by the brilliant BBC2 documentary ‘The Conspiracy […]

  5. The logic of the suicide bomber and the war in Afghanistan. « Frank Owen’s Paintbrush Says:

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  6. jon Says:

    why did the number 30 bus specifically get re routed ?? and surely daniel obachike’s account must have some truth, or is he a part of the tin foil hat brigade who just happened to be on that bus?

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