‘Everything I thought sadly proved to be wrong’

Mansfield got to cross examine C12 today for the family-

The officer, codenamed C12, claimed he shouted “armed police” and only opened fire after Mr deMenezes moved towards him looking like he was about to blow himself up. But none of six other police officers who were within yards of the shooting heard the marksman issue any warning, an inquest heard.

C12 admitted that a series of errors and mistaken “assumptions” led to the shooting and that he himself had been in a position to detain Mr de Menezes before he got into the station. He described sitting in an unmarked car within “striking distance”, less than 100 metres away, when Mr de Menezes got off a bus near the station entrance. But he failed to receive a series of instructions from commanders because radio communications were “awful”.

His superiors did not even know he was there and he had failed to tell them, the inquest heard. C12 said: “Why I did not tell them where I was I just cannot tell you. I was trying to listen to the radio, I had a lot going on, and if that is an error then I apologise for it.”

The officer said he did not have with him a picture of the suspect and he didn’t know definitely what he looked like. He also didn’t know that surveillance officers had already gone in to the Tube or where they were. He had picked up snippets of information from his malfunctioning radio and by mobile phone from colleagues. One of those was that firearms units were “moving though” and that indicated to him that the suspect had been positively identified as a suspected suicide bomber, he said.

He said three surveillance officers codenamed Ivor, Geoff and Ken and three firearms officers codenamed C2, C5 and D9 had all entered the carriage when the shooting happened. Mr Mansfield said: “None of these remembers you shouting ‘Armed police’. No civilian in a position to see it suggests that this happened.” He also accused C12 of “embellishing ” his story by suggesting that Mr de Menezes was wearing a “bulky” denim jacket.

C12 accepted he had been fearful when approaching De Menezes. “Fear was certainly there, but as regard to controlling my actions it is possible it had some impact, yes. I cannot deny that. I thought I was going to die and I took action to stop that,” he said.

He was “so consumed” with what had happened the day before on July 21 2005, when four suicide bombers had failed to detonate bombs on the London transport system, that the only thought in his mind as he chased Mr de Menezes was to deliver a critical shot to his head, it was claimed.

Michael Mansfield, QC, for the family, said that the officer, a member of Scotland Yard’s elite CO19 specialist firearms unit, never really properly assessed the situation.

When he was asked by Mr Mansfield why he thought things went wrong, the firearms officer said: “From the information I have received, from briefings, through positive identification given to me by surveillance officers, by Mr de Menezes’s actions both on getting on the Tube and challenging him. Everything I thought sadly proved to be wrong.”

However the picture of C12 suggest he is not a person who often questions why he thinks in such ways, the Met’s entire approach has not shown any willingness to examine their institutional culture and the groupthink it demands. Not least because such structural omerta has been used to escape censure and allow those in charge to be promoted.

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Life, Death, Prizes!

So how did you spend International Mend Your Bathroom Window Day? If truth be told I was hopelessly unoriginal and spent it mending my bathroom window, wait what was that? …There’s no such thing as International Mend Your Bathroom Window Day? …Dammit I’ve been lied to! Still, it needed doing. And hey if you need parts/windows/hinges/catches etc look no further than Window Medic in Menai, they were most splendid- small, local, helpful (and not even paying for this plug, they just be good). Anyway it meant I was unable to attack Syria but luckily America was available and did the honours, setting up Obama to have to act pretty well much as they would act if the GOP weren’t about to kark it,

According to Denver police chief Gerry Whitman, “well over” 100,000 people attended the rally at Civic Center Park, at which Obama also chanted “si se puede,” or “yes we can,” in Spanish, with the attendees. Campaign spokesperson Jen Psaki said that the turnout was the Senator’s largest in the United States, in contrast to a Friday McCain appearance which drew 3,000.

…even if this horrifying Biden appearence suggests not much will change bloody imperialism- wise (frying pan or fire?). Still as a picture is worth a thousand words, overall Monday is best conveyed in today’s Pulp of the Day

Well ok two pictures, snapped this by the checkout in Morrisons-

Indeed- life, death, prizes not to mention HIV burglar rape, castration and underage marriage announced via text. Like a fool though I did not come across with the cash necessary to take this volume of grisly wonder home for further ethnographic perusal. But interesting to see pulp mags continue (albeit this for women and probably today’s male versions are The Sun & The Star) and do the job of keeping some people distracted while they are made poorer still, especially stateside-

(AP) First, the $700 billion rescue for the economy was about buying devalued mortgage-backed securities from tottering banks to unclog frozen credit markets. Then it was about using $250 billion of it to buy stakes in banks. The idea was that banks would use the money to start making loans again.

But reports surfaced that bankers might instead use the money to buy other banks, pay dividends, give employees a raise and executives a bonus, or just sit on it. Insurance companies now want a piece; maybe automakers, too, even though Congress has approved $25 billion in low-interest loans for them.

Three weeks after becoming law, and with the first dollar of the $700 billion yet to go out, officials are just beginning to talk about helping a few strapped homeowners keep the foreclosure wolf from the door. (ht2 James)

And I read a synopsis of Spooks-

Drama series about the British Security Service. An Al Qaeda cell kidnap a British soldier and demand that Remembrance Sunday be cancelled as it is an affront to all dead Muslim soldiers. MI5 hunt the cell but when they secure the release of former MI5 officer Lucas North in a secret spy swap, the team realise Al Qaeda have a new sponsor – the emerging super power Russia, and there’s a bomb.

So the fevered tabloid war-on-terror dream gains greater credence via action adventure teevee (and Russia? talk about an old standby…it’s so great retards have so much choice in tv product to choose from), watch the zombie thing by Charlie Brooker instead (and better yet be like me and be half way through a Buñuel movie on DVD just in case all else fails).