Blair, Taking Cue from Bush, Puts Out Lights?
The day after he became only the second British PM to face a public inquiry, in the deepening 'Wargate' scandal, Tony Blair may have taken a page from Karl Rove's playbook, as power was cut in central London Friday afternoon, leaving some 250,000 commuters in scenes of chaos, reminiscent of the blackout in New York City August 15. Some scenes of panic ensued as Tube stations and trains were evacuated after the outage which affected most of the commuter network during the evening rush hour (6:20 BST). City trading was undisturbed, having finished over an hour earlier.
The lights went out just as a spotlight shone on the PM, with news hitting the London media of Blair's testimony before the Hutton inquiry (which has already limited its scope to exclude investigation of the government's possible assassination of the weapons expert David Kelley.) Under questioning, Blair was forced to reverse himself, contradicting his earlier statement that he had no role in exposing Dr Kelly.
Kelly was the UK weapons expert turned whistleblower on the government's Iraq dossier, calling into question Blair's credibility as well as the UK's justification for invading Iraq. The scientist was found dead in woods near his home last month, reportedly with two pieces of tape on his chest, suggestive of an EKG near the time of his death. He had told a UK diplomat months before that if the UK invaded Iraq, he would probably be "found dead in the woods," the BBC reported today. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/3170593.stm
In a related development, a Surrey coroner's office confirmed Friday that public hearings would be held for the first time into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi al Fayed in Paris in 1997. The father of Mr al Fayed, Mohammed al Fayed, has argued that the deaths were another assassination carried out by MI6.
The London power outage comes on the heels of an American blackout which plunged much of the Northeast into darkness and New York City into chaotic scenes reminiscent of September 11, 2001, keeping open not so old wounds which have been continually milked by the Bush administration for the advancement of its political agenda at home and abroad. The US blackout public emergency fits the pattern of fear and panic mongering which taken together imply a destabilization campaign being waged against the American public.
The timing of the London power cut strongly suggests that an ever more desperate Blair is now resorting to taking cues from the political playbook of his closest ally, in Washington.