Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
The Latest Panic Alert
Just how real was the threat of the latest bunch of "terrorists"?

Craig Murray is the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan. He risked his career and then lost it when he spoke out about the human rights abuses in Uzbekistan (our ally even though it is run by a Stalinist dictator). Murray spoke out and was fired, reportedly at the request of the U.S. He writes about this latest threat:

I have the advantage of having had the very highest security clearances myself, having done a huge amount of professional intelligence analysis, and having been inside the spin machine.
In all of this, the one thing of which I am certain is that the timing is deeply political. This is more propaganda than plot. Of the over one thousand British Muslims arrested under anti-terrorist legislation, only twelve per cent are ever charged with anything. That is simply harrassment of Muslims on an appalling scale. Of those charged, 80% are acquitted. Most of the very few - just over two per cent of arrests - who are convicted, are not convicted of anything to do terrorism, but of some minor offence the Police happened upon while trawling through the wreck of the lives they had shattered.

Be sceptical. Be very, very sceptical.

I'm already skeptical, from day one. My first thought upon hearing of this newest "terror plot" was 'You can sure tell the Republicans are behind in the polls'.
Murray's article is here.