7 July 2005 London bombings
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The 7 July 2005 London bombings were a series of suicide attacks - three in the London Underground, a fourth on a bus in Tavistock Square - committed by Islamic extremists. The event is often referred to as 7/7.
Just as with every major terrorist incident, conspiracy nuts came crawling out from their underground bunkers to argue that the London bombings weren't actually committed by the accused men. This has mostly taken the form of garishly-designed blogs, amateur videos and lectures delivered to the nuttier wing of the Muslim community.
7/7 Ripple Effect is the July 7 equivalent of Loose Change, an amateurly produced conspiracy movie you can watch in its entirety on YouTube. It's produced by "Muad Dib": not a Muslim, incidentally, but a pseudonym derived from Frank Herbert's Dune novel. Muad Dib is actually a Sheffield-born man living in Ireland called John Hill who believes that he is the Messiah.
One of the constant nagging pains for the conspiracy crowd has been the presence of Rachel North, a writer and blogger who was on one of the trains that was attacked and has skewered their theories in the media. They generally respond by claiming she is a fictional human being invented by the government for some nefarious purpose or other.
- Unmasking the mysterious 7/7 conspiracy theorist, BBC News
- Losing the plot, The Guardian
- Andy Hayman's book, 7/7 conspiracy theories and the campaign for a 7/7 inquiry, Rachel from North London