Thursday, July 07, 2005
Terrorist Attack in London
(An open-ended post on the Terrorist Attacks in London this morning.)
President George W. Bush and fellow G8 leaders stand behind England's Prime Minister Tony Blair Thursday, July 7, 2005, as he addressed the media at the Gleneagles Hotel in Auchterarder, Scotland, regarding the terrorist attacks that occured in London earlier in the day. White House photo by Eric Draper
"There are obviously casualties, both people who have died and people who are seriously injured, and our thoughts and prayers, of course, are with the victims and their families."
British Prime Minister Tony Blair
July 07, 2005
President Bush condemned today's coordinated terrorist attacks in London and instructed U. S. Department of Homeland Security officials to encourage local and state officials to be "extra vigilant" to prevent similar attacks in the United States.
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** After four explosions in London this morning, Homeland Security raises Terror Alert Level for MASS TRANSIT SYSTEMS, (Rail, Bus and Subway systems,) throughout the United States. No changes for airlines at this time. No specific intelligence indicating this type of attack in London is seen in the United States at this time.
** 12:15pm eastern time- At least 37 Confirmed Dead by British Police. Many more injured. (These numbers will be changing throughout the day…)
** British Alert- High- Attacks may not be over...
This morning, terrorists apparently set off bombs in three London subway cars and one double-decker bus. This is by far the worst attack in London since World War II. During press conferences today, an obviously shook up Tony Blair tries to comfort the British people.
Tony Blair returns to London from Scotland where he had been attending a conference of leaders from major industrialized nations. (The G8 Summit…) All of Britain’s Subway and Bus systems are shut down today. As many as 700 people injured in London Blasts.
No one knows who was responsible for these attacks, yet it does have the earmarks of an Al Qaeda attack. One bus may have been blown up by a suicide bomber at Russell Square in central London. More on this as information becomes available.
** Wall Street acts with calm over Terrorist Attacks in London today. Oil at $60.73 which is off from the earlier record highs of $62.10 set earlier in the day.
** “This morning, the civilized world watched with concern as the people of London saw the face of violence and brutality. We offer our deepest sympathies to the families who have lost loved ones and to those who were wounded.”
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld
July 07, 2005
** The jailing of a New York Times journalist Judith Miller, who refused to testify in an investigation into the reviling of a CIA agent back in 2003, gets “0” Press today. Also today the Egyptian presidency confirmed the murder of Ihab el-Sharif, who was Egypt's Ambassador to Iraq. It was 4 days ago when Sharif was kidnapped in Baghdad by the al-Qaida group of Iraq. Very little press has been given to this murder either.
** Earlier today at the British Embassy here in the States, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the attacks will only re-energize efforts to counter terrorism. "It will, in fact, only strengthen the resolve of Great Britain, of Prime Minister Blair and his government, and of the people of Great Britain to make certain that terrorists know that they cannot win," she said. "We remain resolved in our determination to root out this scourge against humanity and against civilization." Secretary Rice also expressed America's "deepest sympathies and our solidarity" to the people of Great Britain.
** After being back in London for 8 hours, Tony Blair returns to Scotland and the G8 Summit.
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