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UK Bombs: Ciu Bono? Plame Case: Bush LINKED in Testomony; BIPARTISAN impeach comm@ 7/11/05

some synthesis from two internet journalists, Alex Jones and Sherman Skolnick, for more about particular points, visit the links in the first article
NEWS/LINKS/SYNTHESIS: UK Bombs - Ciu Bono? Israel Warned,
Cover-up In Progress; Plame Update: Plame/Bush
LINKED in Testimony/BIPARTISAN impeachment committee formed,
scheduled to release papers on July 11, 2005; BBC insiders cite
"very irregular" reportage; large cell phone and internet bloc in
England 1 hour BEFORE attack reported



some points to consider:
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We might get some early insight into the violence in London by considering
some timeline items.

[1] As of July, 2005, the Chicago Special Federal Prosecutor, Patrick
Fitzgerald, reportedly had WITNESS WHO HAD ALREADY TESTIFIED before the
Special Federal Grand Jury in the outing of a deep cover CIA operative,
Valerie Plame, wife of former U.S. Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson 4th, who
had publicly criticized George W. Bush for using false data as to Saddam
supposedly using uranium, yellow cake it is called, from Niger.

TWO OR MORE GRAND JURY WITNESSES ostensibly [ALREADY] TESTIFIED THAT
GEORGE W. BUSH HIMSELF WAS AWARE THAT THE BUSH WHITE HOUSE CHIEF HONCHO,
KARL ROVE, WAS REPORTEDLY GOING TO LEAK DATA AS TO VALERIE PLAME,
as a reprisal against her husband for publicly panning Bush.

Fitzgerald also subpoenaed the records of transmissions from Air Force
One, Bush's airplane. Unless the subpoena is disobeyed, the resultant
items might seem to support other testimony that George W. Bush himself is
subject to prosecution for a Federal Criminal Offense in blowing the
"cover" of Valerie Plame.

[This is a federal felony charge, with a minimum sentence of 10 years in
jail. Bush/Rove executive actions have led to dozens of CIA agents covers
blown, leading to dozens of deaths.] Meanwhile....

Notice what was pending at the time, public attention was diverted by the
London bombings including of their very deep in the ground subway:

[2] An unofficial, that is Ad Hoc Committe of the U.S. House of
Representatives was quietly considering Resolutions of Impeachment against
the occupant and resident of the White House, George W. Bush. Included
were charges of treason for starting a war without vote of Congress and
on knowingly false and fraudulent data; including the Bush White House
being blackmailed out of U.S. Military secrets by his homosexual
activities--reportedly with Jeff Gannon and also the once longtime
Mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee, Victor Ashe, who left his Knoxville post
and was by Bush shipped out of the U.S. to be the Ambassador to Poland,
and thus unavailable for questioning by Congressmen. This part of the
homosexual media and political underground has been used by [other
countries as well to blackmail policy favors out of Bush, or they will
"out" him to sexually conservative America...] [Visit "Overthrow", part 24
www.skolnicksreport.com ]

The Ad Hoc Impeachment Resoloution Committee is apparently bi-partisan
composed of 40 Democrats and 30 Republicans.

The Impeachment of Bush Resolutions were reportedly set to be revealed on
July 11, 2005.

Meanwhile...

As an indication of a high-level plot, not involving Moslems except
possibly as patsies and dupes, the United Kingdom authorities, about a
hour before the London bombings, cut off most if not all cell phone
traffic. Also arbitrarily cut-off was a great deal of U.K. out-going
internet traffic. As part of the BIG LIE, are the U.K. authorities,
whitewashing Bush/Blair/Queen, going to deny this as well?

Can George W. Bush, guilty of treason and other offenses against the
American people and the U.S. Constitution, be as a practical matter,
subject to Impeachment in the midst of the London bombings furor?

Will the commonfolk in England be understanding of possible expected
details of a high-level inside job, orchestrated by the Secret Political
Police for and on behalf of the British Monarchy?

Can the U.S. and the U.K. avoid martial law hysteria whipped up by the
Aristocracy to cancel the U.S. Constitution and the unwritten British
"Constitution"?

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Explosions In London - Who Stands To Gain? Israel Warned, Cover-up In
Progress

Prisonplanet | July 07 2005

BREAKING: Scrambled cover-up to try and change prior knowledge story.

Original reports stated that Binyamin Netanyahu was warned BEFORE the
first blast, now all the Associated Press reports are being changed to say
he was warned AFTER the first blast, for example this article.

The article linked below that we saved in our own format (and the website
that carried it has strangely since crashed) said that Netanyahu was
warned before the first blast.

Israel are now denying they got a warning.

BREAKING: Scotland Yard says it got a warning before the attack and told
Israel.

"The Israeli Embassy in London was notified in advance, resulting in
Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu remaining in his hotel room rather
than make his way to the hotel adjacent to the site of the first
explosion, a Liverpool Street train station, where he was to address and
economic summit."

Full article here.

The warning contradicts the fact that the original explanation of a power
surge went out for an hour or more. They knew it was an attack but put out
a false explanation. Plus why did Netanyahu get a warning and the victims
didn't?

We have been told that the events unfolding today were "inevitable",
London's transport network has been hit with multiple explosions. Both the
Underground and Buses have been hit. Events are still unfolding.

We predicted this would happen over a year ago after analyzing the
propaganda and fearmongering that was being ratcheted up to the extreme in
London. Paul Joseph Watson has predicted these events as imminent several
times on The Alex Jones Show in recent months.

Tony Blair is not in London but safely tucked up in Scotland with 7 other
World Leaders including President Bush. The political eyes of the world
are on Britain this week. The Mayor of London Ken Livingstone is in
Singapore where the IOC has just awarded the Olympic Games to London, he
is rushing back to the city.

Just like the events of 9/11, ask yourself, who stands to gain from this?
Could this have been organized by any group other than one who has direct
unlimited access to all areas of London's transport grid at all times?

The similarities with the Madrid bombing of 3/11/04, which we have
persistently highlighted as an inside intelligence operation, are stark
with bombs on separate trains set off within minutes of each other as the
trains neared the stations. The so called perpetrators were quickly linked
to an "Al Qaeda" cell in Europe but later as we reported were linked to
the Spanish Security service. They then mysteriously Killed themselves as
this information was seeping out.

It then became apparent that Spain's government was using the bombings for
its own gains and many went to the streets in Spain to declare they knew
that their own government was behind the attacks.

Further Intelligence was withheld by the government, we expect the same
will happen in Britain after today's attacks.

This has MI5 written all over it. Just watch that [UK 45% opposed
biometric] national ID card legislation sail through. Only 15% of the
country supported the government after the last election, this will ensure
total fealty to a smarmy Blair and whatever he wants to do. Ken
Livingstone and the opposition parties will now have no grounds [unless
they reject the assumptions of the "official story"] to reject ID card
legislation, especially with the Olympics coming to London in 2012.

The police state measures they'll get out of this will be overlaid onto
all forms of transport. In fact, you won't be able to travel without the
ID card. Although MI5 operations are normally more sophisticated than
things like 9/11, in that the evidence linking it to the government is
more carefully covered, just watch for the evidence of inside involvement
to trickle out. MI5 have been caught involved in IRA bombings multiple
times over.

Alex has said over and over that as attacks on different sections of the
transportation grid occur they are going to have police state setup in the
areas. Now it will be on the buses, subways etc.

FLASHBACK: Schumer Wants Airport Screening Technology in Malls

The military-industrial complex has the motive in this latest atrocity.
Every major western government, including the British, has been caught
red-handed carrying out bombings against their own people and blaming it
on external enemies. It is mainstream news in Spain that the government
was involved in the 3/11 bombing. The London 7/7 bombings are nothing
different. Government ghouls are now all over television spreading the
fear to encourage the people to submit to the war on terror. Support our
work, spread the word, expose who is gaining power from terrorism, or our
freedoms will be lost.

Hours after the attacks the media is still not providing extensive
coverage. We would expect to see hundreds of eyewitness accounts and
footage of the train stations.

Independent London reporter Simon Aronowitz, who has a contact within the
BBC, has reported that journalists are finding the coverage of the
situation highly irregular. It seems that the information being released
to the British public is being carefully stage managed.


[links above throughout for more information on particular points]
---
 http://www.prisonplanet.com/Pages/Jul05/070705explosions_London.html



2.

The Overthrow Of The American Republic, Part 76
London Bombings - To Save Bush/Blair/Queen?
by Sherman H. Skolnick
www.cloakanddagger.de
www.skolnicksreport.com
www.rense.com/Datapages/skolnickdatapage.html
7-7-2005


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We might get some early insight into the violence in London by considering
some timeline items.

As of July, 2005, the Chicago Special Federal Prosecutor, Patrick
Fitzgerald, reportedly had witnesses who already testified before the
Special Federal Grand Jury in the outing of a deep cover CIA operative,
Valerie Plame, wife of former U.S. Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson 4th, who
had publicly criticized George W. Bush for using false data as to Saddam
supposedly using uranium, yellow cake it is called, from Niger.

Two or more grand jury witnesses ostensibly testified that George W. Bush
himself was aware that Bush White House chief honcho, Karl Rove, was
reportedly going to leak data as to Valerie Plame, as a reprisal against
her husband for publicly panning Bush.

The federal grand jury already had subpoenas reportedly served and/or
testimony received, from and/or about Jeff Gannon, male prostitute that
visited some 200 times, on one-day passes, at Bush's White House
apartment, according to U.S. Secret Service records. Those documents,
however, do not reflect whether Gannon departed the White House after one
day each trip made.

[the other route described below: the 'first' Rove route was through
someone he used before in dirty tricks publications, Mr. Novak. 'Second'
route:] Some witnesses assert that Gannon received the data as to Valerie
Plame directly from George W. Bush himself and that reputed journalist
Gannon ostensibly conveyed it to Time Magazine reporter Mathew Cooper, who
agrees to now testify after being threatened with contempt of court, and
convey the same reportedly to New York Times reporter Judith Miller now
jailed for refusing to testify before the Special Federal Grand Jury. [As
to Jeff Gannon, visiti our archives at rense.com as to our series as to
Bush and the male prostitute, "The Gannon Cannon".

Fitzgerald also subpoenaed the records of transmissions from Air Force
One, Bush's airplane. Unless the subpoena is disobeyed, the resultant
items might seem to support other testimony that George W. Bush himself is
subject to prosecution for a Federal Criminal Offense in blowing the
"cover" of Valerie Plame.

A note about espionage protocol. Covert espionage operatives are usually
informed ahead of time of an upcoming violent event, such as a high-level
bombing or political assassination, by a strange item in the mass media. A
few examples.

Just prior to the public execution of President John F. Kennedy while
traveling in an open car, Time Magazine ran a ghastly drawing on its cover
showing JFK looking like a dead man, a ghost, sitting in his rocking chair
because of his long ailing back.

Similarly, Time Magazine, just prior to the assassination of Robert F.
Kennedy, ran a cover story depicting Bobby as a foolish child in a polka
dot baby's outfit.

The day before the attempted assassination of newly inauguated President
Ronald Reagan, in 1981, was a boxed in item in many mass media newspapers.
It stated that just released data shows that a member of British royalty,
a prominent militaristic Tory, secretly traveled across the U.S. in 1968,
to elicit American elite aid to overthrow the British Labour Government in
London.

Covert intelligence dirty tricksters are trained to watch for these
tip-offs of upcoming bloodshed events.

So it should come as no surprise that on July 4, 2005, the Queen's news
trumpet, the Chicago Tribune, published a possible upcoming mass murder
tip-off, of the then upcoming London bombings of July 7, 2005. (According
to ownership disclosures required by postal regulations, each newspaper
must publish once a year, often way back behind the grocery page, details
of the news outlets ownership. The top British royals are major owners of
Tribune Company, parent firm of a presslord empire that includes the
Chicago Tribune. This media empire gets their pulp and other newsprint
from Canadian Jesuit facilities, by way of a perpetual contract originally
signed by the King of England in the 19th Century.)

The lengthy Chicago Tribune story was headlined "The queen's eyes in
Chicago" July 4, 2005. (We shall attempt to attach herewith a copy.)
Notice this item referring to a date 1901:

"1901. After going bankrupt [while] building a Chicago elevated transit
line, Charles Yerkes WENT TO ENGLAND AND BUILT THE FIRST SUBSURFACE
TRANSIT LINE IN LONDON THAT EVOLVED INTO THE CURRENT UNDERGROUND TRAIN
SYSTEM." (Emphasis added.)

To farflung covert dirty tricksters was this the tip-off of upcoming
events required by espionage procedures? Advance warning of the London
bombings?

Prior to September 11, 2001, namely on Saturday, August 18, 2001, the New
York Times published a strange story about mysterious squatters secretly
living on the 91st floor of one of the Twin Towers of the World Trade
Center. Following 9-11, neither the New York Times nor any other media
outlet mentioned this strange prior story. We later attached an actual
copy from the New York Times archives to one of our stories in this
series, Overthrow of the American Republic.

Notice what was pending at the time public attention was diverted by the
London bombings including of their very deep in the ground subway:

(1) An unofficial , that is Ad Hoc Committe of the U.S. House of
Representatives was quietly considering Resolutions of Impeachment against
the occupant and resident of the White House, George W. Bush. Included
were charges of treason for starting a war without vote of Congress. and
on knowingly false and fraudulent data. Including the Bush White House
being blackmailed out of U.S. Military secrets by his homosexual
activities reportedly with Jeff Gannon and also the once longtime Mayor of
Knoxville, Tennessee, Victor Ashe, who left his Knoxville post and was by
Bush shipped out of the U.S. to be the Ambassador to Poland, and thus
unavailable for questioning by Congressmen. This part of the homosexual
media and poilitical underground has been used by the Red Chinese Secret
Police to blackmail U.S. weapons secrets out of the Bush White House.
[Visit "Overthrow", part 24 www.skolnicksreport.com ]

The Ad Hoc Impeachment Resoloution Committee is apparently bi-partisan
composed of 40 Democrats and 30 Republicans.

Israeli Intelligence, The Mossad, apparently told the London police
authorities in advance of the London bombings what might happen. Because a
great number of London security police were in Scotland to protect Bush
and Blair at G-8 Super Bankers Conference, only a skeleton police force
was available in London. So The Mossad warning was not considered. To
clean up possible mention of the bombings being a high-level inside job of
a portion of the Anglo-American Aristocracy to protect Bush/Blair/Queen,
the London authorities reversed the apparent actual facts and said that
the London police informed The Mossad ahead of time.

The Impeachment of Bush Resolutions were reportedly set to be revealed on
July 11, 2005.

(2.) Other accusations were quietly pending against Queen of England
stooge and scapegoat Tony Blair at the time of the London bombings.

(3.) Some of our websites from as far back as 2000, have posted the
document showing that the Bushies have a joint account with Queen
Elizabeth 2nd amounting to One Hundred Billion Dollars, in the Queen's
private bank, Coutts Bank London, as shown, arranged by the secret code of
Alan Greenspan, head of the Federal Reserve. Daddy Bush was a private
business partner with Saddam Hussein and shared many billions of dollars
shaken down from the weak Persian Gulf oil-soaked sheikdoms. [Visit
< http://www.skolnicksreport.com/>www.skolnicksreport.com item "The Secrets
of Timothy McVeigh".]

Saddam retains (whether actually in U.S. custody or a double in custody or
Saddam kept in some foreign embassy); a large financial interest in the
Bushie-Queen joint account.

According to the December 19, 2001 issue of London Financial Times, the
Queen ordered the head of her private bank to become a part of the Bushie
worldwide enterprise, Carlyle Group.

Shortly after the 9-11 high-level inside job, knocking down the Twin
Towers with internal explosives, we posted a story that Israeli
intelligence, The Mossad, wanted to inform the Bush White House and the
Bush Justice Department of the upcoming violence in Lower Manhattan. Upon
being rebuffed, the Israelis used the French CIA to so inform Bush and his
Justice Department which likewise refused to consider the prior warning.

Stories published in Europe and mostly censored by the U.S. monopoly
press, detailed how the Spanish Secret Political Police apparently
orchestrated the March, 2005, bombings of trains in Madrid that killed
hundreds. Spain's spy agency sought to blame it on Basque and other
extremists. Actually it was done on behalf of the re-emerging crowned
heads of Europe [European royalists ARE the core of the Bilderbergs,
that's the dynamic], once called the Hapsburgs, including Spain King Juan
Carlos.

The Spanish King, late in 2004, met with Bush at Bush's ranch along with
Vicente Fox, President of Mexico. Bush secretly agreed to surrender to
Mexico's sovereignty parts of southern California, Arizona, New Mexico,
and Texas. Such a secret arrangement is not only violative of the U.S.
Constitution but reverses centures of worldwide history. Hoping to
survive, a nation's leader does not seek to give away territory taken over
from a previous war. The parts of U.S. states were won by the U.S. as a
result of the U.S.-Mexico War of 1849. George W. Bush commits treason to
reverse the same.

Some in the United Kingdom are trying to start a groundswell, that Moslems
resident in England, be rounded up and thrown out of the country at once.

This apparently a result of local media starting a vicious blame campaign
without considering the London bombings being a high-level dirty bloody
trick of a portion of the Anglo-American Aristocracy.

(4.) As an indication of a high-level plot, not involving Moslems except
possibly as patsies and dupes, the United Kingdom authorities, about a
hour before the London bombings, cut off most if not all cell phone
traffic. Also arbitrarily cut-off was a great deal of U.K. out-going
internet traffic. As part of the BIG LIE, are the U.K. authorities,
whitewashing Bush/Blair?Queen, going to deny this as well?


QUESTIONS:

Can George W. Bush, quilty of treason and other offenses against the
American people and the U.S. Constitution, be as a practical matter,
subject to Impeachment in the midst of the London bombings furor?

Will the commonfolk in England be understanding of possible expected
details of a high-level inside job, orchestrated by the Secret Political
Police for and on behalf of the British Monarchy?

Can the U.S. and the U.K. avoid martial law hysteria whipped up by the
Aristocracy to cancel the U.S. Constitution and the unwritten British
"Constitution"?

Do you have any ideas to aid and assist independent bloggers, condemned by
the Establishment as being merely "Junkyard Dogs", for fighting off the
BIG LIE as to the true nature of the London bombings?

Is the only remedy now to consider the possibility of chopping off the
heads of the Anglo-American Aristocracy for these brazen, barbaric crimes
done to consolidate their power?

(We shall attempt to attach July 4, 2005 story of Chicago Tribune.)
Lots more coming. Stay tuned.

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The queen's eyes in Chicago

British Consulate celebrates 150 years here.
`Let's just say things have grown in complexity.'
By Mike Conklin
Tribune staff reporter
July 4, 2005


Americans are celebrating Independence Day, but the British Consulate in
Chicago also has something special to toast. This is the 150th year for
the diplomatic mission here, and two days in 2005 in the life of Deputy
Consul Jonathan Darby show just how far its reach has extended in that
time.

On the first day, Darby was in Liberal, Kan., in the far southwest corner
of the state, to hobnob with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and other VIPs. Darby
was Britain's official representative to the community's Pancake Day, an
annual festival it celebrates jointly with Olney, England, about 45 miles
outside of London.

Twenty-four hours later, Darby was in a penitentiary in the southeast
corner of Nebraska, listening to complaints from a British subject serving
a life sentence. Monitoring Brits in Midwestern U.S. prisons is also part
of the Chicago consulate's responsibilities.

Pancakes in Kansas? Prisoners in Nebraska? Those certainly weren't part of
the job description in 1855, when Queen Victoria appointed John E. Wilkins
to represent the mighty British empire in the new, promising hub on the
U.S. frontier known as Chicago.

A lawyer and Canadian mercantile agent, Wilkins' principal duty as the
queen's lone delegate here was to coordinate food exports to a homeland
fighting the Crimean War. Occasionally, he was called on to perform
marriages, register births, locate missing persons, arrange trips for the
indigent and deliver mail to British citizens.

The queen took an interest in the American diplomatic outpost. In 1872,
she authorized sending thousands of books from London as a donation in the
wake of the 1871 Great Fire.

When the books arrived, Chicago used them to establish one of the
country's first free municipal libraries.

"To say that things have changed between then and now is a description
that simply does not do the history justice," said Andrew Seaton, current
British consul general to Chicago and a career diplomat with 30 years in
foreign officeservice. "Let's just say things have grown in complexity."

Today, Seaton oversees a staff of 50 professionals working from a suite
taking an entire floor in the Wrigley Building. They cover a 13-state,
Midwest region that dwarfs Great Britain both geographically and
economically. The consulate promotes trade and investment, arranges
cultural and governmental exchanges, handles visas, and, as Darby's
schedule reflects, represents British interests in an assortment of other
ways.

The Chicago office is one of seven consulates in the U.S. and, as part of
Great Britain's diplomatic mission to this country, answers to the British
Embassy in Washington, D.C. The embassy presents British political policy
at the national level.

"We do not operate in a vacuum," Seaton said. "Responding to needs is an
important part of what we do."

Busy times

Last year, the consulate here processed 18,500 visas, answered 8,200
telephone inquiries from British citizens, handled 1,200 cases requiring
assistance and issued 109 emergency passports.

"There are something like 73 foreign consulates in Chicago, and, from my
view, the British are at the top of the list both for volume of work and
how they do it," said J.D. Bindenagel, a Chicago Council on Foreign
Relations vice president and former U.S. ambassador to Germany. "I'm sure
many think this world is nothing but formal balls and cutting ribbons, but
I guarantee it's not."

The trade team here of 20 is one of the largest for any of the British
consul general offices in the U.S.. They work both sides of the street --
finding markets here for British concerns and encouraging American
companies to locate in the United Kingdom.

"Chicago and the Midwest are seen as very, very fertile ground for us,"
said Seaton, who came here in 2003. "A big reason is the great diversity
we see here, in industries as well as people. Much of what we do is simple
matchmaking."

The consulate's district is composed of 13 states: Illinois, Indiana,
Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North and
South Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

"I think a lot of their work [in the consulate] goes unnoticed because,
quite frankly, the British tend to blend into this country so well," said
Christine Brenkus, executive director of the British-American Chamber of
Commerce for the Midwest, a Chicago-based organization independent of the
consul general's office. "People probably would be surprised to know there
are 800 British-owned companies in Illinois alone."

The official relationship between Chicago and Great Britain extends beyond
business and visas. British police officials were here recently in one of
many exchanges to study our law-enforcement practices. The same
initiatives take place in education, where our English as a Second
Language programs are of interest.

Chicago has an active Sister City relationship with Birmingham, an
industrial city in the west Midlands region of England, which has led to
joint projects between the University of Birmingham and Loyola University
and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Among other educational pairings: The University of Chicago and the London
School of Economics.

The consul general's office is frequently called upon to help coordinate
VIP visits, such as Prime Minister Tony Blair's trip in 1999, when he
addressed the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, or even last month's
visit by the English national soccer team for a Soldier Field match.

The royal family causes ripples for the Chicago office, whether it's
talking to callers -- both British and American -- irate over the latest
tabloid report or lining up a golf match for Prince Andrew, which it did
several years ago when he was here for a promotion.

This is nothing new: In 1941, then Chicago consul general Lewis Bernays
was asked to entertain the Duke and Duchess of Windsor -- the duke
formerly had been King Edward VIII before abdicating for his American-born
duchess, Wallis Simpson -- during a three-hour layover here between
trains.

The Windsors were headed for a Canadian ski trip and, while the duchess
retired to a private room, Bernays and a driver took the duke up and down
the lakefront in an enclosed automobile for a tour of the city. Meanwhile,
others from the consulate transferred the Windsors' mountain of luggage,
plus three Cairn terriers and six personal aides, to another train
station.

Impact of Diana's death

No one who worked in the Chicago office will ever forget the death of
Princess Diana in 1997, when American mourners left more than a ton of
flowers in front of the Wrigley Building that were subsequently
distributed to hospitals and senior centers.

"Everywhere we went, people would come up to you and say, `You must be so
sad,'" recalled Gus Noble, who worked in the consulate then and now is
executive director of the Illinois St. Andrew Society, a not-for-profit
organization to preserve Scottish heritage. "It wasn't as if we knew her
personally. We became professional mourners that time."

The feelings haven't always been so warm about the British. In 1927,
former Mayor William "Big Bill" Thompson, running on an "America First"
ticket to regain his City Hall office, got the Chicago Public Schools
superintendent bumped from his job for being "a stool pigeon of King
George" by favoring pro-British books in the classrooms.

At the time, Thompson generated a campaign to capitalize on a wave of
anti-British sentiment existing then in the U.S. and rode it into office.
A Chicago court eventually overturned the school board's decision to fire
the superintendent, however.

"Over the 150 years, our office has been sort of a litmus test for
relations between our countries," Seaton said, "and, for sure, there have
been wrinkles. For the most part, they've been very, very positive. I am
happy to report that's the way they are now."

- - -

Great moments in Chicago-U.K. history

1855: John E. Wilkins, a lawyer and agent for a Quebec mercantile firm,
was appointed first consul general in Chicago.

1860: Here's how the Prince of Wales, later to become King Edward VII, was
introduced to the City Hall press corps by Mayor John Wentworth at a
Tremont Hotel reception: "Boys, this is the prince. Prince, these are the
boys."

1861: Wilkins opened an office in St. Louis to establish the neutrality of
British citizens in that area during the Civil War.

1869: London theatrical producer Lydia Thompson presented her "British
Blonde" comedy revue in the Crosby Opera House, a show that introduced
burlesque to Chicago with "half-clothed" women, according to outraged
Chicago Times publisher Wilbur Storey.

1872: Books from the British, including Queen Victoria, sent after the
Great Fire of 1871 prompted Chicago to found its public library, a first
for this city and one of the earliest in the U.S. for a major metropolitan
area.

1889: Inspired by a visit to London's Toynbee Hall settlement house the
previous year, Jane Addams founded Hull House in Chicago's West Side
slums.

1892: Englishman Samuel Insull arrived in Chicago to establish a utilities
empire for Thomas Edison that lasted into the 1920s and included
Commonwealth Edison, People's Gas and the city's electric-powered transit
system.

1901: After going bankrupt building a Chicago elevated transit line,
Charles Yerkes went to England and built the first subsurface train line
in London that evolved into its current underground train system.

1909: Gordon Selfridge, who started in retailing at Marshall Field's in
Chicago, returned to London to start Selfridge's, which grew into a
world-famous department store chain.

1920: Chicago business leader and Sears Roebuck chairman Julius Rosenwald
purchased Encyclopedia Britannica, the legendary, Scottish-born
publication, and moved the headquarters from London to Chicago.

1929: Winston Churchill, as ex-chancellor of the Exchequer, spoke to the
Commercial Club of Chicago. This was the first of several public
appearances Churchill made here.

1946: Mayor Edward Kelly, plus a blue-ribbon committee, was aboard the
first post-World War II commercial airline flight to London to meet with
United Nations officials about locating their headquarters here. (They
were unsuccessful.)

1959: Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh made a 14-hour official
stop here aboard the royal yacht Britannia to attend the Chicago
International Trade Fair, which commemorated the opening of the St.
Lawrence Seaway. They were hosted by Mayor Richard J. Daley and Conrad
Hilton in a black-tie ball.

1966: John Lennon of the Beatles apologized in a Chicago news conference
for his remark that "the Beatles are more popular than Jesus." The comment
drew worldwide criticism.

1975: Englishman Bill Foulkes, a Manchester United soccer legend, was
named coach of the Chicago Sting, the city's new professional team in the
North American Soccer League. Almost a dozen English players signed to
play for the team in the first season.

1976: Edward Heath, former British prime minister, guest-conducted the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra as part of a benefit concert.

1993: Lord Mayor Paul Tilsley, of Birmingham, England, signed a Sister
City agreement with Mayor Richard M. Daley.

1996: A visit to Chicago by Princess Diana drew a whopping 504 requests
for press credentials from Chicago and worldwide media outlets.

1999: Prime Minister Tony Blair addressed the Economic Club of Chicago.

-- Mike Conklin

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