Difference between revisions of "2017 Westminster attack"
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|Date||22 March 2017|
|Location||Westminster, London, UK|
|Blamed on||Khalid Masood|
|Witnessed by||Craig Mackey|
|Type||• Vehicle-ramming attack|
|Description||A combined vehicle assault and stabbing at an iconic London location|
The 2017 Westminster attack occurred on 22 March 2017, on Westminster Bridge and the palace of Westminster, central London. After the attack, Amber Rudd attempted to suggest that it demonstrated that the UK intelligence agencies needed more mass surveillance capabilities and that encryption should be prohibited. On 24th March, Lasha Darkmoon published a pictorial summary of the commercially-controlled media accounts, not inconsistent with the idea of a "lone nut".
Khalid Masood drove into a number of pedestrians, killing two on Westminster Bridge. He then fatally stabbed a police officer, PC Keith Palmer within the grounds of the Palace of Westminster, before being shot dead by other officers. The perpetrator was a small time criminal Moslem convert, known by many names, including Khalid Masood. Initial reports were that he was already known to MI5 "but had been dismissed as a 'peripheral figure'.”
“The terrorist attack staged by Khalid Masood on 22 March 2017, in which he attempted to enter Parliament, raised some questions. Most interesting, to my mind, was the matter of how he managed to arrive with such precision at the moment when the Carriage Gate to the South of the parliamentary estate was not only wide open but with just its regular unarmed, and low-key, uniformed police presence as a guard. In fact, were it not for the fortuitous presence at the scene of the armed bodyguard of Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, Masood would undoubtedly have got further with his attack than he did. It was widely reported Masood had been using the popular encrypted instant messaging application WhatsApp on his mobile in the immediate lead up to the attack. Since it seems improbable that he was chatting casually about nothing in particular as he drove to his certain death, the presence of irretrievable messages suggests some kind of coordination. From that arises almost automatically the hypothesis that Masood had a source in the parliamentary estate, steering him towards the right place and time to penetrate Parliament’s defences.”
Garrick Alder (2017) 
CCTV footage, from a distant camera was posted on the internet on 22 March 2017, consistent with unexpected and reckless driving by a white van on Westminster Bridge. Many witness testimonies have also been published on Youtube.
After it was claimed that Masood used WhatsApp three minutes before he was shot and killed, Amber Rudd, the UK Home Secretary said that users should not be able to encrypt their messages. The New York Times described this as "the latest move in a widening global push against encryption technology that blocks access to the private messages of criminal and innocent users alike." This parallels the contradictory claim made after the JFK assassination that (i) Oswald was a "lone nut" ; (ii) wider mass surveillance was needed to prevent future attacks.
The attack was 3 days after the Metropolitan Police's first live-action, water-borne terror drill, in the Docklands area. It coincided with a debate leading to a vote in Holyrood on whether Scotland should hold a second referendum on Scottish independence before Brexit is finalised. The debate was suspended as the attack unfolded, to be resumed on Tuesday 28 March, and the vote in the Scottish Parliament rescheduled for 14:20 hours.
In a Veterans Today article, Kevin Barrett suggested that the Westminster attack, coming exactly one year after the Mass murder in Brussels, might have been an Operation Gladio/B operation. Barrett questioned why when wielding only a knife, the perpetrator was shot dead, observing that this would avoid the need of a trial:
- "Was alleged London attacker Khalid Masood 'on the radar' of MI5 (like almost all false flag patsies) because he was an intelligence asset?"
The Official Culprit
- "London attack - latest updates". BBC News. Retrieved 22 March 2017.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
- Boyle, Danny; Evans, Martin. "Parliament shooting: Knifeman shot by police after charging through Westminster gates and stabbing officer". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 March 2017.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
- "London terror attack: Khalid Masood named by police as responsible for Westminster attack". The Guardian. 23 March 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2017.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
- "London terror attack condemned by Theresa May as British-born terrorist kills three in Westminster rampage"
- Lobster Magazine #73, p.171
- "Scottish independence referendum debate to resume next Tuesday"
- "Another London false flag?"