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There are two main theories

a) One or more rogue "cells" in the British secret service construct and carry out a plot to kill Diana.

B ) An official campaign by MI6 to assasinate Diana, sanctioned by elements of the establishment.

The motives for the rogue elements in MI5 or MI6 decide that Diana is a threat to the throne, and therefore the stability of the state.

The official campaign by M16, with similar motives to the possible rogue elements, the official campaign is driven by a fear of Diana's possible conversion to Islam (Dodi being a Muslim) and the implication on the Church and State were the two Princes, William and Harry, to follow their mother's lead.

The Evidence

- The rapid disposal of the bodies of Diana and Dodi. Diana had no post mortem prior to burial in Althorp. Victims of sudden death require a post mortem by law in the UK.

- The missing white Fiat Uno: With such a large-scale investigation by French authorities could only secret agents have evaded the police's net around Paris? We know the car hit the Mercedes used by Di and Dodi, thanks to traceable paint marks on the Benz. Witnesses refer to the car lurching around the road at varying speeds as both it and the Merc entered the tunnel of death.

- Henri Paul, driver of the Limo. The mis-information surrounding this key figure is enormous. First he was said to be driving at up to 120 mph, recent reports by professional crash investigators suggest 60 mph, even less on impact.

Was he really drunk? It is accepted that he had two Ricard drinks at the Ritz, but no other evidence has emerged to support this claim, beyond questionable results from a blood test from his corpse. Why questionable? Because it is common for the alcohol level to rise in bodies after death regardless of consumption. The test also showed a very high level of carbon monoxide (20 per cent) in his blood. Experts say this would have incapacitated him before he set off on his fatal journey, and yet the hotel's video evidence shows him walking around and talking normally. An alcoholic? Well, being a pilot, he passed a rigorous health check two days before the accident. His liver showed no signs of abuse on post-mortem.

Then there is the question of the multiple bank accounts Paul held, with balances showing income far in excess of his 20 000 UKP salary as acting head of security at the Ritz. Some friends have suggested he was a long term "sleeper" agent for a secret service agency, almost certainly French intelligence.

- Trevor Rees Jones (Fayed bodyguard)- The only survivor. One time member of Her Majesty's armed forces, rumours suggest he may have been a "sleeper" agent for MI5 or MI6, particularly as the establishment were keen to keep tabs on Mohammed Al Fayed. Why was he the only person in the car to wear a safety-belt?

- Explosion, followed by Bang- Immediately after the crash news was broadcast, witnesses appeared on US TV saying that they heard an explosion or bang before they heard the car crash. Was this a gunshot, or a bomb?

- White Light- Other witnesses describe an extremely bright white light, much stronger than a photographer's flashbulb, illuminating the tunnel before the crash sounds. Powerful anti-personnel flash-guns are available to private citizens for as little as 250 UKP. The security forces have access to much stronger tools. All of which are capable of blinding a victim for several minutes - easily enough to cause a fatal crash. Crucially there would be no physical evidence left for investigators.

- James Hewitt- Former lover of Diana claims he was warned on several occasions by elements of the security forces and a member of the royal family to stop seeing the Princess or his health would suffer! Hewitt has been exposed previously as being very willing to exploit a situation for his own ends, as in the publication of a sleazy book about Diana to which he contributed.

- Paparazzi- Initially blamed for the crash, most witnesses seem to agree that the bikes were not close enough to the Mercedes in the tunnel to have actually interfered with its progress.

While there remains doubt as to whether it was an accident it is reasonable to question what the possible alternatives are. The most plausible of these has to involve members of the UK establishment and secret service as few others had anything to lose from Diana and Dodi's relationship. To keep such a plot secret i believe it would have to be the work of a small, isolated cell working under its own auspices within the system.

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Its one hell of a risk to take to "off" somebody who was in reality never much more than a minor irritant to the toffs,and what a strange manor of assassination to choose. I've driven down that tunnel on several occasions, and its a dangerous place to be driving at speed whilst intoxicated. I'm not saying that MI5 and MI6 are not capable of this, they have demonstated their willingness to murder oponents on many occasions,but this doesnt appear to bear their fingerprints IMHO.

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There are many questions that arise out of this incident. The most plausible explanation still appears to be a tragic accident - Paul who was driving to some degree under the influence of alcohol, tried to accelerate away from the pursuing photographers, lost control going into the tunnel (after the slight curve in the road, and maybe as the Uno impeded his progress) and crashed into the tunnel's thirteenth pillar.

This maybe the most plausible explanation, however, I feel that without dramatic new evidence, such as the Uno and driver turning up, this will never be certain.

While there remains doubt as to whether it was an accident it is reasonable to question what the possible alternatives are. The most plausible of these has to involve members of the UK establishment and secret service as few others had anything to lose from Diana and Dodi's relationship. To keep such a plot secret I believe it would have to be the work of a small, isolated cell working under its own auspices within the system.

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Adam, have you read "Spy catcher" by Peter Wright, it talks of semi-secret cabals developing in MI5 during the Wilson admin. It appears to me that many of the bombings both in Ireland, and the mainland were at least inspired by agent provocetuers inside the IRA. There was also a plan to oust Wilson, and replace him with a government headed by big businessmen, and the obligatory Generals. FWIW

Steve..

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Stephen,

I have not in fact read that yet, I will try and get a hold of a copy.

Peter Wright, the author, was friends with Dulles & Bisell of the CIA,in a thread on the JFK Forum I explain why I believe these men helped plan the assassination (Northwoods & JFK.) So as you can see he kept good company, I truly believe that if Wright had ever told everything he knew the state would have totered. BTW, he had to write the book in Australia,for fear of arrest in this country under the state secrets act..... :tomatoes Steve.

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Diana's crash an accident: inquiry

Tuesday Mar 7 06:08 AEDT

AP - An official British inquiry into the death of Princess Diana in a high-speed car crash in France nine years ago has found no evidence of foul play, a newspaper reported.

The inquiry's interim report will agree with earlier French findings that the Mercedes that crashed in Paris in 1997, killing Diana, her boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed and their chauffeur, Henry Paul, will say that even a skilled racing driver would have had difficulty controlling the car as it hurtled through the Pont d'Alma tunnel in Paris, the Daily Mail newspaper said.

The paper said the interim report - to be published in May by former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens, who led the two-year Metropolitan Police investigation by 10 detectives - will dismiss conspiracy theories that have surfaced about the deaths, including an allegation that Prince Charles was plotting to kill his former wife by staging a car accident.

Al Fayed's father, Mohamed Al Fayed, who owns Harrods department store in London, has said he suspects not only Charles, but also his father, Prince Philip.

France's highest court dropped manslaughter charges in 2002 against nine photographers who pursued Diana's car before it crashed or who took photos at the site.

An official French inquiry concluded that Paul was three or four times over the drink-driving limit when he left the Ritz hotel in Paris with the couple and bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, who was seriously injured in the crash.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman declined to comment about the Daily Mail report, saying the investigation was still under way and no date has been set for the interim report to be completed and given to the coroner in the case.

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Article by Rod Chaytor in the Daily Mirror.

Clues that could hold the key to Princess Diana's car death have been destroyed.

They include the right front wing and right front door of the car she was in when it crashed in Paris - said to have been hit seconds before by a mystery Fiat Uno.

The door was reduced to twisted scrap in a fire in a secure attic storeroom in the Palais de Justice in Paris in 1999.

Its loss with other evidence from the French investigation was kept quiet by French authorities.

The car wing was destroyed - possibly crushed - on the orders of a judge in June 2003 after criminal proceedings against nine photographers were ended by France's highest court. The decision was again not made public.

After a six-month investigation by the Mirror, a French judge last week insisted the fire was an accident and the destruction of the wing was routine once all legal moves in a case were exhausted.

But it will fuel conspiracy theories, which have been supported by Harrods owner Mohamed al Fayed, that the princess was murdered and the plot covered up.

Diana and her lover Dodi Fayed, Mr al Fayed's son, died when their Mercedes, driven by Henri Paul, crashed in a tunnel on August 31, 1997. The wing and door bore traces of a sideswipe with a white Fiat Uno.

Fragments of a rear light cluster from a Fiat Uno are said to have been found at the scene. Police failed to trace the car.

Royal coroner Michael Burgess announced his own inquiry, headed by former Metropolitan Police chief Lord Stevens, in January 2004.

Mr Burgess had the wrecked Merc shipped to England last July so crash experts could carry out tests. The fact it was incomplete, meaning they could not re-create the crash, was not revealed.

Scotland Yard, which speaks for Stevens's team, would not answer our questions. A spokesman said: "We refuse to discuss it. That's not even not confirming or denying. We don't want to talk about it."

French authorities stress they have done everything possible to aid the British probe.

They said Stevens's team were given their test results on the paintwork and full 6,800-page report into Diana's death.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Sylvie Petit-Leclair, the senior judge in the Justice Ministry liaising with the Stevens team, told the Mirror: "The door was destroyed in a fire on May 26, 1999.

"A number of other items were also destroyed in the fire. It includes the right hand sill of the car and a hubcap from the left side and traces of paint from pillars and the pavement at the scene."

But they had been examined by forensic scientists and "the reports are in the dossier sent to the UK.

"The destruction of the right front wing was ordered by a judge carried out on June 17, 2003.

"French procedure permits the destruction of objects once all legal actions have terminated.

"It is open to anyone to apply for restitution of evidence before it is destroyed. Mr al Fayed could have asked for restitution of the parts. We have no record of a request.

"At this time we had heard nothing from the British on an inquiry. The first notification and request for assistance came from Mr Burgess on August 22, 2003."

By then she had halted destruction of the rest of the wreck after a civil servant happened to read in a magazine about a British probe.

"We have done everything possible to help our colleagues in Britain. The whole file, all the evidence, was given to them."

Lord Stevens is expected to deal with the loss of evidence in his provisional report to Mr Burgess this month. The coroner will decide whether he needs further investigation before calling an inquest.

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well it all helps to sell newspapers I suppose. Did you know that the Daily Mail featured Diana on its cover no less than 12 times last year? Drunk driving, at speed, whilst refusing to wear a seatbelt can be a lethal combination, even for the Queen of celebs.

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Lord John Stevens, who is carrying out this inquiry on Princess Diana’s death, gave interviews to the UK media a few months ago, explaining that he had discovered some important new information on Diana’s death. He said that it had created a “new line of inquiry”. Then everything went quiet. The Stephens Report has yet to be published (expected in the next few days). The Diana inquest is due to start this week. Last week the BBC leaked selected aspects of the report to suggest there was no conspiracy to kill Diana. The main focus was on the fact that the driver Henri Paul was drunk at the time of the crash. This resulted in the BBC and most newspapers reporting that this proves that the death was not a conspiracy. This was the main theme of last night’s programme. See the producer’s blog here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/2006...piracies_1.html

The whole purpose of this exercise is to distract from the really important aspects of Stephens Report. This is the connections between the security services and her death. Remember, Mohamed al-Fayed, father of Dodi, Diana’s boyfriend who also died in the crash, believes that the couple were murdered by British agents. He believes that these agents worked for MI6 and the deaths were sanctioned by the state.

Personally, I don’t believe this is true and that she died in an accident. However, I suspect that Stephens has stumbled upon another linking conspiracy. For example, he has discovered that the CIA was bugging the conversations of Diana and Dodi. It is claimed this was without the knowledge of MI6.

There is also the French intelligence angle. It is believed that the Stephens Report will disclose the fact that Henri Paul was in the pay of the Directorate for Territorial Surveillance, the French equivalent of MI5. Secret accounts containing more than £100,000 in 14 banks were found across France. On the night that he died Paul was found with £2,000 in cash on him. Evidence suggests he may have met his 'handler', a senior official in the security services, that evening.

Henri Paul was portrayed in the press as a boozy no-hoper. Yet his autopsy betrayed none of the liver damage associated with heavy drinking. Then there is Paul’s girlfriend, a 25 year old Moroccan student. She told police that Paul hardly drank.

Paul, like Lee Harvey Oswald, was working for the intelligence services, before his death. The inquiry, like the Warren Commission, turned him into a patsy. The truth of the matter is far from clear. The one advantage we have over the JFK assassination, is that unlike the Kennedy family, Mohamed al-Fayed is determined to get to the truth. He has the money to make that happen. For example, some aspects of the mass media, for example, the Daily Express, are willing to print details of his conspiracy theories.

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There were many strange events surrounding the death of Princess Diana.

1. The U.S. TV show Hardcopy had a newly married couple that played their home video while they were staying in Paris that night at the Ritz Hotel. The video showed that the white Fiat Uno took off at a high rate of speed right after the limo driven by Henri Paul departed, leaving by a back door of the Ritz Hotel. There was no doubt that a white Fiat Uno exists, based on this TV show videotape, which I watched live. The car was found later, but had been repainted, and is now in a container located in a secure storage company according to a BBC broadcast.

2. Just prior to leaving the hotel, Henri Paul was seen walking in a straight line along the corridor of the hotel, he did not appear to be drunk at all. He walked normally, in my opinion. Paul was found later to be an informant for MI6 while working for the Ritz Hotel, having many bank accounts totalling over $100,000.00 deposited recently.

3. The bodyguard, Trevor Reese Jones strapped himself into the seat with the safety belt. This is against the rules of bodyguards, who must be ready to respond to the slightest problem. The driver was correctly strapped in.

4. The limousine was stolen several months prior to the "accident", but recovered. Could some remote control device have been installed in order to accellerate the vehicle out of control while it was in the tunnel?

5. There was a flash photo showing all occupants in the car just before the crash. Who took this photo, and was the bright flash part of the plot to assassinate the Princess as detailed by former MI6 employee Richard Tomlinson, author of The Big Breach" 2000, published by Narodny Variant Publishers, Moscow, Russia who said that the plot was identical with a plot that he remembered seeing while working at MI6, during a vist to Geneva, to assassinate Slobodan Milosevic in a tunnel, replete with a bright flash to disorient and blind the driver.

Ironically, Tomlinson had booked a series of flights from New Zealand, where his hotel room was raided, and at New York's JFK airport, he was refused entry to the United States and deported...rather fortuitously, as Tomlinson's original itinerary had seen him due to leave the U.S. on Swissair Flight #SR111 on 2 September 1998, which plunged into the Atlantic shortly after takeoff.

6. Affadavit. http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/archive.cgi?read=5750

7. New witness saw Fiat Driver kill Diana. http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/archive.cgi?read=43122

8. Rather than examine the vehicle in detail, it was loaded onto a tow truck immediately after Trevor Reese Jones was removed. One hour later, at 4am, the tunnel was cleaned by street sweepers that sprayed the walls. By 4:30am, the tunnel was opened to traffic. There was never an investigation of the crime scene intact. Patrick Chauvel was a local photographer on the scene that was not believed by local police. Eric Petel, 26 was on his motorcycle when he was overtaken by the Mercedes as he approached the tunnel, and was the first on the scene. He moved Diana's head forward, and realized that it was Princess Diana. He went to the nearest police station but was ignored, handcuffed and moved to the Paris Police Station. An officer told him quietly "You had better not make yourself known." This senior officer then set him free. Abridged from a book, Diana: Death of a Goddess, by @ David Cohen 2004, published by Century.

9. Nov 2, 2002, The Guardian had a front page article "What the Butler said: "The Queen came through for me". Paul Burrell, the former royal butler was cleared of all charges of theft against members of the royal family. Allegedly, there were plans to call Prince Charles and Prince William as witnesses. The Queen told Paul that there are dark forces out there.

10. July 22, 2006, the 60 year old Royal Coroner, Michael Burgess quit, unexpectedly.

11. Princess Diana wrote a letter to Paul Burrell 10 months before her death stating that her husband wanted to see her dead in a car crash. He claimed in a book that Diana believed that the brakes of her car would be tampered with. She wrote: "This phase of my life is the most dangerous."

12. In the Sunday Express, Aug. 15, 2004, the parents of the chauffeur who drove Princess Diana to her death claimed a court order for new alcohol and drugs blood test would prove a "farce", because the samples for analysis were not their son's. Henri Paul's father, Jean said: Henri's blood samples have vanished somewhere between one lab and another."

13. The ambulance took 1 hour and 10 minutes to travel to the hospital. (3 miles) Although an embalming was not allowed in France for a British citizen, she was embalmed from the waist up by Professor Lecomte in the hours after her death. The owner of the White Fiat Uno died under mysterious circumstances.

14. Henri Paul's body showed a carbon monoxide level of 20.7 percent, which would have rendered him incapable of walking, let alone driving. Why did French Police say within 24 hours of the crash that Paul was twice the legal drink driving limit before the body samples had been analyzed?

15. Why were Paul's family stopped from carrying out their own Post Mortem examination? Why was the evidence of witness Eric Petel ignored? Why was the traffic police investigation report not included in the official inquiry report? Why did the police say that the car's speedometer was stuck at 120 mph? Mercedes said that the speedometer would have reverted to zero, something that the police later conceded.

16. http://www.rumormillnews.com/clyd.htm Documents detail plot to murder Princess Diana.

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There were many strange events surrounding the death of Princess Diana.

1. The U.S. TV show Hardcopy had a newly married couple that played their home video while they were staying in Paris that night at the Ritz Hotel. The video showed that the white Fiat Uno took off at a high rate of speed right after the limo driven by Henri Paul departed, leaving by a back door of the Ritz Hotel. There was no doubt that a white Fiat Uno exists, based on this TV show videotape, which I watched live. The car was found later, but had been repainted, and is now in a container located in a secure storage company according to a BBC broadcast.

2. Just prior to leaving the hotel, Henri Paul was seen walking in a straight line along the corridor of the hotel, he did not appear to be drunk at all. He walked normally, in my opinion. Paul was found later to be an informant for MI6 while working for the Ritz Hotel, having many bank accounts totalling over $100,000.00 deposited recently.

3. The bodyguard, Trevor Reese Jones strapped himself into the seat with the safety belt. This is against the rules of bodyguards, who must be ready to respond to the slightest problem. The driver was correctly strapped in.

4. The limousine was stolen several months prior to the "accident", but recovered. Could some remote control device have been installed in order to accellerate the vehicle out of control while it was in the tunnel?

5. There was a flash photo showing all occupants in the car just before the crash. Who took this photo, and was the bright flash part of the plot to assassinate the Princess as detailed by former MI6 employee Richard Tomlinson, author of The Big Breach" 2000, published by Narodny Variant Publishers, Moscow, Russia who said that the plot was identical with a plot that he remembered seeing while working at MI6, during a vist to Geneva, to assassinate Slobodan Milosevic in a tunnel, replete with a bright flash to disorient and blind the driver.

Ironically, Tomlinson had booked a series of flights from New Zealand, where his hotel room was raided, and at New York's JFK airport, he was refused entry to the United States and deported...rather fortuitously, as Tomlinson's original itinerary had seen him due to leave the U.S. on Swissair Flight #SR111 on 2 September 1998, which plunged into the Atlantic shortly after takeoff.

6. Affadavit. http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/archive.cgi?read=5750

7. New witness saw Fiat Driver kill Diana. http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/archive.cgi?read=43122

8. Rather than examine the vehicle in detail, it was loaded onto a tow truck immediately after Trevor Reese Jones was removed. One hour later, at 4am, the tunnel was cleaned by street sweepers that sprayed the walls. By 4:30am, the tunnel was opened to traffic. There was never an investigation of the crime scene intact. Patrick Chauvel was a local photographer on the scene that was not believed by local police. Eric Petel, 26 was on his motorcycle when he was overtaken by the Mercedes as he approached the tunnel, and was the first on the scene. He moved Diana's head forward, and realized that it was Princess Diana. He went to the nearest police station but was ignored, handcuffed and moved to the Paris Police Station. An officer told him quietly "You had better not make yourself known." This senior officer then set him free. Abridged from a book, Diana: Death of a Goddess, by @ David Cohen 2004, published by Century.

9. Nov 2, 2002, The Guardian had a front page article "What the Butler said: "The Queen came through for me". Paul Burrell, the former royal butler was cleared of all charges of theft against members of the royal family. Allegedly, there were plans to call Prince Charles and Prince William as witnesses. The Queen told Paul that there are dark forces out there.

10. July 22, 2006, the 60 year old Royal Coroner, Michael Burgess quit, unexpectedly.

11. Princess Diana wrote a letter to Paul Burrell 10 months before her death stating that her husband wanted to see her dead in a car crash. He claimed in a book that Diana believed that the brakes of her car would be tampered with. She wrote: "This phase of my life is the most dangerous."

12. In the Sunday Express, Aug. 15, 2004, the parents of the chauffeur who drove Princess Diana to her death claimed a court order for new alcohol and drugs blood test would prove a "farce", because the samples for analysis were not their son's. Henri Paul's father, Jean said: Henri's blood samples have vanished somewhere between one lab and another."

13. The ambulance took 1 hour and 10 minutes to travel to the hospital. (3 miles) Although an embalming was not allowed in France for a British citizen, she was embalmed from the waist up by Professor Lecomte in the hours after her death. The owner of the White Fiat Uno died under mysterious circumstances.

14. Henri Paul's body showed a carbon monoxide level of 20.7 percent, which would have rendered him incapable of walking, let alone driving. Why did French Police say within 24 hours of the crash that Paul was twice the legal drink driving limit before the body samples had been analyzed?

15. Why were Paul's family stopped from carrying out their own Post Mortem examination? Why was the evidence of witness Eric Petel ignored? Why was the traffic police investigation report not included in the official inquiry report? Why did the police say that the car's speedometer was stuck at 120 mph? Mercedes said that the speedometer would have reverted to zero, something that the police later conceded.

16. http://www.rumormillnews.com/clyd.htm Documents detail plot to murder Princess Diana.

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Maira Oliveira - All Headline News Reporter

London, England (BANG) - A key witness in the inquiry into the death of Britain's Princess Diana recently claimed police threatened him to change his evidence.

Jeweler Alberto Repossi - who claims he sold Diana's lover Dodi Al Fayed an engagement ring the day before the couple were killed in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997 - alleges he was put under pressure by investigators to retract the statement he gave to Lord Stevens, who is leading the inquiry.

There is speculation that investigators did not want evidence that Diana and Dodi were to become engaged to be made public, as it would fuel conspiracy theories championed by Dodi's father Mohammed Al Fayed that the princess was murdered as part of a secret plot to prevent her from marrying a Muslim.

Repossi told Britain's Daily Express newspaper, "These are things which I am absolutely certain about. They warned me if anyone lied to Lord Stevens - and anyone could include the prime minister or even the secret service - then he had the power to get people sent to prison.

He added, "They kept repeating the warnings of the risk to my reputation and the bad press coverage I would get. But despite all this, I was not prepared to change what I'd said before because it was the truth."

Repossi's testimony - backed up by receipts and CCTV footage - reveals Dodi and Diana picked a $305,000 emerald and diamond ring from a range of engagement bands called "Did-Moi Oui" which means "Tell Me Yes" at his Monte Carlo jewelry store in August 1997.

Dodi - the son of Harrods owner, Mohammad Al Fayed - asked for the ring to be sent to Repossi's Paris branch so he could collect it on August 30.

Repossi said, "I strongly support any attempt to determine exactly what caused this terrible tragedy. Until now I thought I could play my part by co-operating fully with the inquiry. But my treatment during the interviews has convinced me that they are not interested in establishing the truth."

He continued, "My real concern is that attempts were certainly made to get me to change what I knew to be the truth. I believe they were doing this in order to support theories or conclusions they had already arrived at before they saw me. They only seemed interested in trying to show me I was lying."

The investigation is expected to conclude that the crash was an accident due to driver Henri Paul being under the influence of alcohol and driving over the speed limit.

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Article in today's Guardian by Mark Lawson on the death of Diana compares it to the death of JFK.

Mark Lawson

Friday December 15, 2006

The Guardian

On the night before the Stevens report asserted that Princess Diana was killed by accident rather than murder, the movie director Oliver Stone flew into London for a Guardian interview at the National Film Theatre. It's an amusing coincidence that the director of JFK and Nixon - cinema's laureate of conspiracy theory - should happen to be in town for the publication of Britain's nearest equivalent to the Warren Commission report. But even the twitchiest online plot-spotter will accept that the director's presence was coincidence rather than conspiracy.

Lord Stevens is unlikely to be so lucky. His 900 pages are intended to be the end of the story but, for the community of the institutionally suspicious, they can never be so. Because their central allegation is that the princess was killed by the British establishment, refutation from a man who received a peerage for a lifetime of service to the police will be the equivalent of a press release from Texaco calling global warming a myth.

Mohamed Al Fayed, a father driven mad by grief, has already suggested that the spies blackmailed Lord Stevens to make him perjure himself. So let's look at this as coolly as we can. In examining conspiracy theories, the key questions are about motives and means. For example, few believe that President Kennedy was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald acting alone, because there are so many groups with more plausible motives (Cuba, Asia, the mob, the military) and because one of Oswald's shots seems forensically unlikely to have achieved the effects it did.

Conversely, we can be sure that Nasa really did land a spacecraft on the moon rather than fake it all in a movie studio because, while a motive for deceit can just about be raised, the means - which would have involved ensuring the lifelong silence of numerous key personnel - are beyond belief.

So what, according to the doubters, was the motive of the palace and MI6 for having Diana killed? Because, stupid, she was pregnant with a half-Muslim half-brother to the second in line to the throne.

Stevens, though, skewers this theory with two types of blood. A sample from Diana lacked the procreative hormones; while Rosa Monckton, a friend who holidayed with the princess 10 days before her death, is insistent that Diana was menstruating during that trip, a fact that a close female companion might reasonably know.

Now, of course, our spooks are more than capable of having swapped Diana's tell-tale test-tube for the blood of a virgin Parisian nun, but can we really believe that Rosa Monckton is such a lackey of the British establishment that she would heroically invent this period detail, while also keeping her journalist husband, Dominic Lawson (no relation), from the story of the century?

Bloodied by these inconvenient truths, conspirators will now regroup and argue that the mere future possibility of pregnancy and marriage were enough to put the black spot on Diana. But, logically, wouldn't a Diana marriage into the Fayed family have put her further outside a royal family that had already stripped her of her title, and perhaps also usefully loosened the backing of her core monarchist support?

Any suggestion that the forces of monarchist conservatism might have gained from the death of Charles's ex-wife is weakened by the fact that the public reaction to her death brought modern Britain closer to republicanism than ever before. And the quality - if not the exact quantity - of the outpouring was predictable. Diana conspiracy theories all falter on the paradox of the plotters being clever enough to fix the hit, but too stupid to anticipate the potential consequences of her loss.

Weakened on motive, the Diana murder hypothesis totally collapses on means. Leaving aside the question of Henri Paul's blood-alcohol level (which requires a lot to be taken on trust), let's concentrate on his observable actions. If he was on a secret mission to steer into a pillar, then he must have been a kamikaze agent, a rare phenomenon in western espionage. Realising this, the plot-spotters now make Paul the patsy, merely driving a car that was diverted to its doom by another agent in the mysterious white vehicle, which may have tailgated the princess's limo, or by a roadside spook aiming a flash gun at the driver's eyes.

The difficulty with this is that the calculations of such an assassination are almost as complex as faking a moon landing. How could White Car Man or Kerbside Flasher be certain of diverting the target vehicle so precisely that a passenger in the back would definitely be killed? As it happened, a bodyguard in the front survived the impact (because of an air bag, says Stevens), while a seat-belt might have spared Diana. By any standards, a state murder so dependent on variables would be highly inefficient.

It can be taken as a sign of Lord Stevens' honour that he includes unexplained details that will encourage conspiracy nuts. Henri Paul seems indeed to have been in the pay of French intelligence, and Diana's phone was being tapped by the Yanks.

But, just as conspiracy theories have a weakness for making things too neat, real history has a tendency to include perplexing loose ends. At the risk of being thought part of a global conspiracy of denial, Lord Stevens has decisively shown that the answer to Diana's death lies not in the files of MI6 but in the pamphlets of the Ministry of Transport. Seat belts and air bags save lives; speeding and drink-driving kills.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/st...1972683,00.html

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Article in today's Guardian by Mark Lawson on the death of Diana compares it to the death of JFK.

Mark Lawson

Friday December 15, 2006

The Guardian

So what, according to the doubters, was the motive of the palace and MI6 for having Diana killed? Because, stupid, she was pregnant with a half-Muslim half-brother to the second in line to the throne.

Stevens, though, skewers this theory with two types of blood. A sample from Diana lacked the procreative hormones; while Rosa Monckton, a friend who holidayed with the princess 10 days before her death, is insistent that Diana was menstruating during that trip, a fact that a close female companion might reasonably know.

Now, of course, our spooks are more than capable of having swapped Diana's tell-tale test-tube for the blood of a virgin Parisian nun, but can we really believe that Rosa Monckton is such a lackey of the British establishment that she would heroically invent this period detail, while also keeping her journalist husband, Dominic Lawson (no relation), from the story of the century?

Two pieces in this morning’s British press covering a dramatic Friday in the Diana inquest. In one, yet another link in the case to Britain’s far-right MI6 is whitewashed; but not in the other. The paper which sought to hide the former is, yes, The Guardian, our fearless “liberal” daily.

The story of Rosa Monckton’s “friendship” with Diana is an important one. For years, Fayed has insisted that the relationship between his son and Diana was serious: The establishment has routinely trotted out Rosa Monckton to pour scorn on the very notion. Seems like the “mad Egyptian” had Rosa sussed.

First up, the censored MI6 version from Owen Boycott in this morning’s Guardian:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,331568524-103573,00.html

Now for some proper journalism from the Daily Telegraph’s Nick Allen:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml...5/ndiana315.xml

Ian Burnett, QC, counsel for the inquest, said that Mr Fayed had stated: "Rosa Monckton was used to discredit my statements about a relationship between my son and Princess Diana. Rosa Monckton established a relationship with Princess Diana simply to pass information she obtained to MI6."

Both Monckton’s husband, journalist Dominic Lawson, and her brother, Anthony, have previously been identified as either an MI6 asset (hubby) or officer (her brother). Try this link for background:

http://www.inside-news.ch/eurobusiness.htm

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