June 5, 2006 8:42 AM PDT

Communication failures hampered London bombing rescues

A report on the July 7, 2005, London bombings has said the lack of a digital radio network hampered the efforts of emergency service rescue teams.

Noting that rescue teams were unable to communicate properly between the sites of the explosions underground, colleagues at ground level and control rooms, the London Assembly's July 7 Review Committee report said it is "unacceptable" that the emergency services are still not able to communicate by radio when they are underground, 18 years after the official inquiry into a fire at King's Cross station recommended action to address the problem.

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The report underscores the notion that there is no point in having the technology to enable key people to communicate with each other if the relevant authorities do not make sure that the right people are in possession of that technology.

A project called Connect--whose mission is to enable emergency services personnel with digital radio handsets to communicate underground and from below surface to ground level--is currently two years behind schedule, but Transport for London (TfL), which manages the city's transportation system, says it will be completed next year.

The lack of a digital radio network meant that many senior managers among the main emergency services, and the London Ambulance Service in particular, were forced to rely on already-overloaded mobile phone networks to communicate in the aftermath of the explosions.

Martin Flaherty, director of operations at the London Ambulance Service, told the committee, "We have accepted that we have become too reliant on mobile phone technology as a communication tool and it is clear now that it cannot be relied upon in a complex, major incident scenario."

Communications failures had a direct impact on rescue efforts, with requests for further ambulances, supplies and equipment by London Ambulance Service personnel at the scenes of incidents failing to get through to the main control room. They were also unable to receive instructions as to which hospitals were still receiving patients.

"It is essential that London's emergency services are equipped with digital radio equipment so that they no longer have to rely on mobile telephones to communicate between the scenes of major incidents and the control rooms," the London Assembly report concluded.

The scale of the mobile network overload is revealed in the report. Vodafone, for example, experienced a 250 percent increase in the volume of calls and a doubling of the volume of text messages. Across all networks on July 7, 11 million calls were connected--60 percent more than usual. This figure doesn't include unsuccessful calls.

Despite this network overload, the emergency services did not invoke the Access Overload Control (ACCOLC) system--apart from a 1 kilometer-square area around the Aldgate incident--which allows mobile network access only to the police, fire and ambulance personnel.

One of the reasons ACCOLC was not activated was that key emergency services personnel who were not carrying specially enabled telephones would not have been able to make or receive any calls.

"This is clearly a major flaw in the system: There is no point in having the technology to enable key people to communicate with each other if the relevant authorities do not make sure that the right people are in possession of that technology," the London Assembly report said.

The report also criticized London Underground's "antiquated" radio systems after they failed to work on any of the three affected tube trains on July 7, preventing direct communication from the trains to either the emergency services or TfL's control center.

The report said the 20-year time frame for the completion of TfL's 2 billion pound ($3.5 billion) PFI project for the rollout of a digital radio system underground on the tube needs to be "significantly reduced" and a feasibility study undertaken to assess potential interim technology solutions.

TfL said it welcomed the report, and the London Resilience Network, which represents the city's emergency services, said some of the communications issues raised by the London Assembly report have already been recognized and acted upon.

Andy McCue of Silicon.com reported from London.

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UK's Annie Machon & David Shayler Know Why...
You can find out more about the MI5 failures by reading Annie
Machon's book, also hearing what she and David Shaylor
learned... Annie just spoke this weekend in Chicago, mentioning
some of the related issues in this story...

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Annie Machon
Annie Machon, along with her partner David Shayler (below),
spent over 5 years working as intelligence officers for MI5, the
UK security service. During their years at the heart of Britain's
secret state, they saw an alarming catalogue of mistakes, cover-
ups and crimes, which led to the deaths of innocent people.

In particular, David had personal experience of a major false-
flag terrorist operation. His counterparts in MI6 officially briefed
him on a plot to assassinate Colonel Gaddafi of Libya. This
consisted of MI6 officers paying associates of Bin Laden over
$100,000 in an illegal operation which was not sanctioned by
the British government. The attack went wrong and innocent
people died.

In the wake of this operation David and Annie left MI5 and blew
the whistle. As a result they have spent 3 years on the run and in
hiding in Europe, seen friends, family, and journalists arrested
and persecuted, and David has been to prison, not once, but
twice. Further intelligence has since emerged that proves the
Gaddafi plot went ahead as they described, but the British
government continues to refuse to hold an inquiry. They see the
Gaddafi plot as one of a sequence of false-flag terrorist
operations designed to give the UK and USA the pretext to
attack oil-rich Middle Eastern countries. Annie will be
addressing the conference on this and other examples of the
crimes of the intelligence services.


David Shayler-- Cancelled (visa problems)
PLEASE NOTE: David was scheduled as a keynote speaker
Saturday night with Annie Machon, his partner. Because of his
courageous actions as a whistleblower, David faced
insurmountable difficulties in securing a visa to travel to the
States for this conference. Fortunately, Annie is still scheduled.



David Shayler and Annie Machon (see Annie Machon entry,
above) both spent over 5 years working for MI5, the UK security
service. During their years at the heart of Britain 's secret state,
they saw an alarming catalogue of mistakes, cover-ups and
crimes, which led to the deaths of innocent people.

In particular, David had personal experience of a false-flag
terrorist operation. His counterparts in MI6 officially briefed him
on a plot to assassinate Colonel Gaddafi of Libya. This consisted
of MI6 officers paying associates of Bin Laden over $100,000 in
an illegal operation which was not sanctioned by the British
government. The attack went wrong and innocent people died.


In the wake of this operation David and Annie left MI5 and blew
the whistle. As a result they have spent 3 years on the run and in
hiding in Europe , seen friends, family, and journalists arrested
and persecuted, and David has been to prison, not once, but
twice. Further intelligence has since emerged that proves the
Gaddafi plot went ahead as David described, but the British
government continues to refuse to hold an inquiry. David sees
the Gaddafi plot as one of a sequence of false-flag terrorist
operations designed to give the UK and USA the pretext to
attack oil-rich Middle Eastern countries. He will be addressing
the conference on this and other examples of the crimes of the
intelligence services.
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