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I Read ANYTHING By Chris Floyd

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Here's the Terror War ethos in action: when the security forces are caught red-handed in a flagrant act of, literally, overkill -- in this case, the totally unprovoked, multiple shooting to death of an innocent man in a London subway -- they will resort to any measure to avoid the consequences for their action.

Why did the Brits put 7 bullets into the head of a young Brazilian guy at a Tube station in London a couple of years ago?

Simple: He "looked like" a known terrorist. Or so they say. But they could be lying.

No, really:

Police have been accused of manipulating a photo of Jean Charles de Menezes so it could be compared to that of one of the 21/7 bomb plotters. The image had been "stretched and sized" to form a composite image of the Brazilian and Hussain Osman to show the jury, prosecutors told the Old Bailey.

Mr de Menezes was shot dead after being wrongly identified as one of the men who targeted London's transport system. The Metropolitan Police denies breaking health and safety laws. Mr de Menezes, 27, was shot seven times in the head on a train at Stockwell Tube station on 22 July 2005, after being wrongly identified as Osman. The Met Police said the composite picture was created to illustrate the difficulties officers would have had in differentiating between the two men.

But Clare Montgomery QC, prosecuting, told the court it had been altered "by either stretching or resizing so the face ceases to have its correct proportions". Forensics consultant Michael George told the court that the police composite appeared to have a "greater definition" than the two images used to produce it.

He produced an alternative composite, which was shown to the jury, in which the two faces had different skin tones and their mouths and noses were not aligned.

But that couldn't happen here...

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I am ashamed to admit I've been under a rock or something and hadn't heard the details of Mr. de Menezes' death.

I went looking for more info because "7 shots to the head" struck me as odd. (Assuming this was a "stop or we shoot" scenario, I tried figuring out how the hell they managed 7 head shots.)

The trial reports (here and here) lay out stark-raving insanity. They just grabbed him and two guys shot him in the head at point-blank range. No chance to surrender. No attempt to question him. And then, of course, his ID proves he's not the terrorist, and it's all CYA and Photo-shop from there.

Sadly, my outrage-meter is stuck on overload these days. I think I simply expect this stuff now. If I woke up tomorrow to find W had declared martial law and crowned himself President for Life, and that Blackwater was now patrolling/controlling the country as an American version of the Praetorian Guard, I don't think I'd blink.