Calling time on the 7/7 fantasists
Less well-known than the ubiquitous 9/11 conspiracy theories, but equally offensive to those personally affected, are the persistent “7/7 truthers”, who claim that the July 7th 2005 London bombings were – or could have been – carried out by UK government agents. Or that the explosions were not actually bombings at all but were caused by a “power surge”.
Like the 9/11 conspiracy theorists, the 7/7ers characterise themselves as “sceptics”, and seek to advance their alternative theory by presenting minor inaccuracies in official statements as gaping holes, demanding answers to more or less unanswerable questions, or by smearing eyewitnesses as government stooges.
There are even 7/7 conspiracy theorists who seize on the weaknesses in claims made by other 7/7 conspiracy theorists, as evidence not that the whole thing is baloney, but rather that their rivals are themselves government stooges, who are out to “throw you off the trail with half-baked theories. While giving conspiracy theory a bad name”.