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MI5 Failed at Cropping Intelligence Photo of London Suicide Bombers

MI5 might have missed a golden opportunity to prevent the 7 July 2005 London bombings back in 2004 when they cropped a photograph of two of the terrorists badly before sending it to the FBI. The photograph was of two of the bombers — Shehzad Tanweer and Mohammad Sidique Khan — and was shot by an undercover agent at a motorway service station. For some reason, MI5 decided to desaturate the photo, crop Khan (the ringleader) out, and make Tanweer look hardly human with blurry facial features and a blob-like profile.

Amateur Photographer points out that software couldn’t have been the reason for botched crop-job, since consumer-level image editing was already quite good by 2004 (Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 was released in 2002 and cost only $100).

During the inquest Hugo Keith QC responded to a senior intelligence official by saying,

If you will forgive me, one of my children could have made a better job of cropping this photograph.

This might be the costliest “crop failure” ever — one that cost 56 lives.

7/7 inquest photo crop blunder: How hard can it be? (via The Guardian)


Image credits: Photographs via July 7 Inquests


 
  • http://xylema.blogspot.com Alex Ribeiro

    Seems like Voldermort

  • Seba

    not just 56 lives, but also the excuse for going to a war that they don’t belong

  • No

    Well that’s ill informed. Britain were already well into Iraq and Afghanistan before the London bombings. The wars were probably a factor in the terrorists’ minds though.

  • ebw

    It looks like it was printed out, cropped with a pair of scissors, and then scanned.

  • http://twitter.com/HappyTinfoilCat Happy Tinfoil Cat

    I can’t even read the large lettering on the hat. Pathetic.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/ringo.paulusch Ringo

    But, as Seba said, it could be an excuse nonetheless.
    They did this lousy job on purpose, that’s for sure.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/ringo.paulusch Ringo

    But, as Seba said, it could be an excuse nonetheless.
    They did this lousy job on purpose, that’s for sure.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/ringo.paulusch Ringo

    But, as Seba said, it could be an excuse nonetheless.
    They did this lousy job on purpose, that’s for sure.

  • Bla

    If the police do not know who to stop, they can stop everyone.

  • SRisonS

    If there are conspiracy theories out there that are about this bombing, it would be hard to not be on their side, after seeing this. Just sad.

  • Glcollins44

    Mi5 is just another “terrorist” staging apparatus like the CIA, Mossad, working for the global elites, in order to erode every civil liberties that are left in the Western democratic hemisphere. They are the terrorists! It’s them who are doing these treasonous, murderous acts as “rites of Warrior’s Passage” to satisfy their Luciferian masters, that is out to perpetuate a constant fear campaign on the dumb general sheeple …… er public!