Thursday, July 14, 2005

Curiouser and Curiouser

This is the standard response people are receiving from Peter Power of Visor Consultants. He says once again that his firm was running, for an unnamed client, a simulation of bombings on the London Underground.

Thank you for your message. Given the volume of emails about events on 7 July and a commonly expressed misguided belief that our exercise revealed prescient behaviour, or was somehow a conspiracy (noting that several websites interpreted our work that day in an inaccurate / naive / ignorant / hostile manner) it has been decided to issue a single email response as follows: It is confirmed that a short number of 'walk through' scenarios planed [sic] well in advance had commenced that morning for a private company in London (as part of a wider project that remains confidential) and that two scenarios related directly to terrorist bombs at the same time as the ones that actually detonated with such tragic results. One scenario in particular, was very similar to real time events.
"However, anyone with knowledge about such ongoing threats to our capital city will be aware that (a) the emergency services have already practiced several of their own exercises based on bombs in the underground system (also reported by the main news channels) and (b) a few months ago the BBC broadcast a similar documentary on the same theme, although with much worse consequences [??]. It is hardly surprising therefore, that we chose a feasible scenario - but the timing and script was nonetheless, a little disconcerting.
"In short, our exercise (which involved just a few people as crisis managers actually responding to a simulated series of activities involving, on paper, 1000 staff) quickly became the real thing and the players that morning responded very well indeed to the sudden reality of events.
"Beyond this no further comment will be made and based on the extraordinary number of messages from ill informed people, no replies will henceforth be given to anyone unable to demonstrate a bona fide reason for asking (e.g. accredited journalist / academic).

Peter Power

Let's review, shall we?

On the morning of July 7, Visor Consultants were running a series of simulations of bombings on the London Underground.

At the precise time the bombs went off.

In the same locations.

From a BBC 5 radio interview on the morning of the attacks :

POWER: At half past nine this morning we were actually running an exercise for a company of over a thousand people in London based on simultaneous bombs going off precisely at the railway stations where it happened this morning, so I still have the hairs on the back of my neck standing up right now.
HOST: To get this quite straight, you were running an exercise to see how you would cope with this and it happened while you were running the exercise?
POWER: Precisely, and it was about half past nine this morning, we planned this for a company and for obvious reasons I don't want to reveal their name but they're listening and they'll know it. And we had a room full of crisis managers for the first time they'd met and so within five minutes we made a pretty rapid decision that this is the real one and so we went through the correct drills of activating crisis management procedures to jump from slow time to quick time thinking and so on.

What a strange coincidence.

It becomes stranger when you add to it the fact that several of the American government alphabet agencies were running simulations on September 11, 2001 that included terrorists crashing commercial airliners into buildings in the U.S.

I have been a skeptic of both the conspiracy theories and the generally accepted story of 9/11.

I am very careful about the things I say and write about September 11. Because it is such a complex and emotionally charged issue.

But, my friends, what are the odds of two terrorist attacks, on two different continents, four years apart, happening at the same time simulations of the exact kind of attack are being staged?


  • At 11:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What are the odds, precisely, of these things being coincidental? I'm not well versed in statistics, and so don't have the tools to do the calculations myself. But everyone asks that question, "what are the odds."


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