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Issue No. 1986

cartoon by Tim Sanders

cartoon by Tim Sanders

“It was Osman.”
Police log book, misidentifying Jean Charles de Menezes as a terrorist suspect on the day police killed him

“It was not Osman.”
Police log book, after it had been doctored by Special Branch officers

“Clearly the Met could have taken the decision on the Saturday [the day after the shooting], when we recognised that we had killed an innocent man, to have put the record straight.”
Metropolitan Police commissioner Ian Blair, belatedly admitting to a “mistake” over the death

“I did not want him to go there at all – it wasn’t his war. I think it’s a damn disgrace, they should not be out there at all. I do not think Tony Blair should have put any young kids out there – there’s been so many of them killed.”
Diane Douglas, mother of Lance Corporal Allan Douglas, the 99th British soldier to die in Iraq

“Our earnings are indeed at a record high. But if you compare profits per dollar of revenue across a wide range of US companies, you see that oil earnings are not out of step with other major industries.”
Exxon Mobil statement, released after the company announced profits of $36 billion in 2005, the largest corporate profit in history

“Here we go, Fallujah Two, right here in the States.”
James Blake Miller, a US soldier whose picture was used as a symbol of an “American hero”, on life in the US after his discharge for post traumatic stress disorder

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Sat 4 Feb 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1986
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