Dark Paper Trail: Revisiting Peter Power and the London Bombings of 2005

On the same day of the 7/7 Bombings in London, a ‘training exercise’ was taking place at the same time, under the control of ‘crisis management specialists’, Visor Consultants.

Peter Power, a former Scotland Yard anti-terrorist branch official, coincidently oversaw drills of the exact same nature on the morning of that fateful day.


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All just a ‘coincidence’?
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On 7 July 2005 (7/7), three London Underground trains and a double decker bus were reportedly blown up by four suicide bombers, killing 52 civilians.

Those who doubt the official story point to what the British government calls the “astonishing coincidence” of a simultaneous crisis management table-top exercise for the Reed Elsevier corporation, then-notorious for hosting arms fairs.

The exercise was planned and led by former Scotland Yard Inspector, Peter Power. 

Power told journalists: “at half-past nine this morning, we were actually running an exercise for a company of over a thousand people in London, based on simultaneous bombs going off precisely at the railway stations that happened this morning.”

The exercise was run by Power’s company, Visor Consultants. 

How come, of all the crisis managers and counterterrorism experts in the country, several media organisations chose to interview Power (a double coincidence)?

How come Power was selected for a BBC panel show a year before (triple coincidence) which envisaged three tube trains and chlorine tanker being targeted by terrorists (quadruple coincidence). 

Conspiracy researchers have paid little attention to Visor’s murky paper trail. 


Power is a Justice of the Peace (a local magistrate with limited legal powers).

In 1981, still a young man, he was a Sergeant with the London Metropolitan Police’s Special Patrol Group which dealt in part with the racially-motivated Brixton riots. During his time there, he gained intimate knowledge of the London Underground system.

In 1984, while on his way home and coincidentally carrying his police uniform into which he then changed, the off-duty Power was trapped on a Victoria Line tube train by fire and, he claims, led passengers to safety. 

There is no suggestion that he was a witting accomplice, but Power has a history of being involved in false-flag operations. 

In April 1984, Yvonne Fletcher was policing a protest against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi outside the Libyan Embassy in London. Shots were fired from the Embassy and the young PC was killed.

No charges were brought against her killers and conflicting evidence suggests a cover-up. During the siege, Power was deputy forward control coordinator, apparently for the Metropolitan Police. 

In 1987 as leader of Scotland Yard’s forward response team, Power coordinated emergency services during the King’s Cross fire in 1987.  

The BBC claims that Power worked for a company called BET Group Security from 1992 to ‘94 and that he was a senior officer in the Metropolitan Police until 1992.

But newspaper reports confirm that he was chief of police in Dorset until 1993, when he was suspended over an undisclosed disciplinary matter and later took sick leave. 

It is not clear whether BET refers to the British Electric Traction Group—renamed BET Group Plc—in 1985 or to a company called BET Security and Communications, whose company accounts do not name Power as director. 

Despite being founded in 1995, Visor Consultants did not register as a company until 2008 (dissolved 2019). 

Power’s profile says he was “seconded to the Anti Terrorism Branch (sic) during the height of the terrorist attacks against London,” presumably referring to the Irish Republican Army’s campaigns, when Power worked for the Metropolitan Police throughout the 1980s. 

But Power neglects to mention that by the early-1990s, half of the IRA’s top commanders were working for British intelligence. 


Visor’s Technical Director was Admiral David Bawtree who worked for the Home Office (1993-97) as a Civil Emergencies Advisor.

Bawtree produced the Cabinet Office’s Dealing with Disaster guidelines, based on his experiences of various crises including the Tokyo gas attack (1995) and the Dunblane primary school massacre (1996). But the government’s inquiry into Dunblane does not mention Bawtree’s involvement. 

Executive Director Dr. Tony Burns-Howell was ex-Assistant Chief Constable at the Metropolitan Police and representative during Prime Minister Tony Blair’s state visit to China, advising the Chinese Ministry of Public Order. Blair was PM when 7/7 occurred. 

Associate Consultant Tom Pine was a Scotland Yard specialist officer who designed and implemented “high-profile contingency plans that protect London from the terrorist threat.”

He was responsible for policing the River Thames and Port of London in the lead up to the Millennium and served as secretary of the Metropolitan Police’s London Emergency Services Liaison Panel. 

Visor’s Media Training Consultant Fiona Cline is ex-BBC who negotiated with the IRA’s political branch, Sinn Fein, and their opposition Unionist members for BBC programmes.

She worked with PM Blair during a major Sky TV live satellite link up and organised the “James Bond” sequence of the Millennium Dome’s opening broadcast.  

In 2004, Power participated in a BBC programme: Panorama’s “London Under Attack,” in which three tube trains and a chlorine tanker were fictionally attacked by terrorists and a team of experts, including Power, coordinated a response as if the attack was real.

The BBC script was the same scenario (minus the chlorine tanker) chosen by Power and Reed Elsevier on 7 July 2005 as a training exercise: just as the bombs went off for real. 

Visor’s Motivator Consultant Justin King was a pilot and “team motivator” in the Armed Services, manager of an operations room for “a major construction firm with interests in the Middle East,” and also an advisor to the BBC.

Senior Associate Consultant Chris Needham-Bennett developed crisis strategies for private companies, including those operating in Zaire (Congo), sub-Saharan Africa, and the former Soviet Union.  


Why did Power register Visor 13 years after the company was founded: three years after 7/7?

How come he was allowed to run an unregistered company?

Did he have special permission from, for instance, the Department for Trade Industry, for which one of the alleged bombers had previously worked?

When they did finally register Visor, the company’s agent was Brighton Formations Ltd (previously B4 Accountants, dissolved 2010), a company registered to the same address as Brighton Secretary Ltd: Midstall, Randolph’s Farm, West Sussex. 

Brighton Secretary Ltd acts as a single-day “secretary” for over 2400 companies, each initially registered to Randolph’s Farm:

Four Leaf Property Developments appointed and resigned the same day (2 October 2007), Propertytime (London) Ltd (appointed and resigned 5 November 2007), Radiant Diamond Consulting (appointed and resigned 6 November 2007), and on and on.

Power and Bawtree became directors of Visor in February 2008. Why did Visor require the services of a single-day “secretary” based at a location today inaccessible to Google Street?



The Lady Justice Hallett Inquest, concluded six years after the fact, spells the names of half of the alleged bombers incorrectly and names not a single one in relation to specific attacks. 

Mohammad Sidique Khan (misspelled “Mohammed Siddique” by Hallett) is alleged by media to have bombed the westbound Circle Line train, yet Hallett writes: “a bomb was detonated by a terrorist in the second carriage of the train.”

Shehzad Tanweer (misspelled Shazad by the Intelligence and Security Committee, uncorrected by Hallett) is alleged by media to have bombed the eastbound Circle Line train, yet Hallett writes: “a bomb was detonated by a terrorist in the second carriage of the train.”

Germaine Lindsay (misspelled Jermaine by Hallett) is alleged by media to have bombed the Piccadilly Line, yet Hallett writes: “a bomb was detonated by a terrorist in the first carriage of the train.” 

Hasib Hussain is alleged by media to have bombed the No. 30 bus, yet Hallett writes: “a bomb was detonated by a terrorist on the upper deck of the bus.”

Hallett concludes that a conspiracy by the state would be possible, though at great expense and only in non-democratic regimes: “Had there been a conspiracy falsely to implicate any of the four in the murder plot, as some have suggested, it would have been of such massive proportions as to be simply unthinkable in a democratic country.” 

But Hallett fails to mention that Britain is a secret state with undemocratic forces operating under the veils of “national security.”

Power denies any involvement, but questions persist.

Dr. T.J. Coles is the author of several books, including — The War on You
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1 comments on “Dark Paper Trail: Revisiting Peter Power and the London Bombings of 2005”

  1. Very sinister stuff…MI6 up to their necks in it! My wife and elder daughter were in England at the time to start daughter off in a year at Oxford, and were about to enter a Tube station when they decided not to on seeing ambulances everywhere.

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