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London bombs (4)

Monday 11th July 2005

I heard a rumour on Thursday evening that there had been a security exercise on the underground on Thursday.

I saw this report on Prisonplanet on Sunday, and during the day more and more alternative news sites and blogs were linking to it.

From the article:

Peter Power was a former Scotland Yard official, working at one time with the Anti Terrorist Branch.

Power told the host that at the exact same time that the London bombings were taking place, his company was running a 1,000 person strong exercise which drilled the London Underground being bombed at the exact same locations, at the exact same times, as happened in real life.

The transcript is as follows.

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.

The shorter and longer mp3 files sound genuine: UNLESS this is a massive hoax, it's an enormous story, but I can't find any reference to it on any mainstream sites.

I contacted Radio 5 this morning and have asked them if they can confirm that Peter Power did take part in their news coverage on Thursday.

Local copies of mp3 files: