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Conspiracies and cover-ups?

By Darshna Soni

Updated on 05 June 2007

We got a huge response from viewers after our report on 7/7 conspiracies.

I tried to reply to some of your emails on the train home, but my internet connection kept cutting out. This wasn't part of the conspiracy. At least, I don't think it was...

Many of you saw our research as extremely worrying. We found that nearly 60 per cent of British Muslims don't think we've been told the truth about the bombings.

A quarter think the government may have had a hand in the attacks. Another 25 per cent believe that the four men identified as the bombers weren't actually responsible.

What do the results mean? For some, they are evidence that many British Muslims have lost trust in the government and the security services.

Rom Stanko asked: "What kind of society are we building where this level of distrust can exist and where the disparate sections of our community becoming increasingly alienated from the mainstream view?"


'I definitely see growing alienation, distrust and fear between Britain's Muslims and other people in the UK.'
Dr Munir Chourhury

Dr Munir Chourhury wrote: "Being a Muslim in the UK, I definitely see growing alienation, distrust and fear between Britain's Muslims and other people in the UK including the government... The only way to combat this is, ironically, to build trust through the media."

We interviewed two academics who believed there are historical reasons for the lack of trust. Many of you agreed, including Jay Horbsy: "Why are we surprised given the "dodgy dossier?"

But its one thing to think the government lied over the Iraq War and quite another to think it would conspire to kill its own citizens.

"I am left with a sense of outrage towards those who feel some conspiracy by the government allowed the 7/7 bombings," wrote Mike Ward. These views were simply "astonishing," according to Rod Page.


'I am left with a sense of outrage towards those who feel some conspiracy by the government.'
Rod Page

How much airtime should we have given to those who believe that the bombings were an inside job? Peter Bell argued: "... It is highly reprehensible that Channel 4 News should give prime airtime, and thus credence and encouragement, to such a completely ludicrous theory..."

Do our findings suggest that some British Muslims are in denial? Chris Davis wrote: "I am growing heartily sick at the continuing denial of the Muslim community to accept that there is an extremist element which has hijacked their community."

But dozens of you pointed out that it isn't just British Muslims who question the official narrative. Paul describes himself as "an educated white middle-class fella, from Bradford," who along with his friends does not trust the government.

"I am a white female atheist and I don't believe the government has told us the whole truth about the 7/7 bombings," wrote Alice Porter.

"The alienation of Muslims is a matter of grave concern, but Muslims are by no means the only ones who question the official story of the events of July 7th," wrote Beverley Martin.


'Muslims are by no means the only ones who question the official story of the events of July 7th.'
Beverley Martin

This is of course true and I should have reflected the fact, although it was stated by Shahid Malik MP in our studio debate afterwards.

According to Dan, these opinions don't just belong to the "tinfoil hat brigade!"

As for the conspiracy theories themselves, Ian said he asked his wife, who was out gardening, "if she thought that Channel 4 told the whole truth. She thought not and that there was clearly a conspiracy."

So there you have it!

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