August 18, 2006
Craig Murray in The Guardian. He doesn’t quite believe all the talk about the bomb plot:
None of the alleged terrorists had made a bomb. None had bought a plane ticket. Many did not have passports. It could be pretty difficult to convince a jury that these individuals were about to go through with suicide bombings, whatever they bragged about on the net.
What is more, many of those arrested had been under surveillance for more than a year - like thousands of other British Muslims. And not just Muslims. Like me. Nothing from that surveillance had indicated the need for early arrests.
As he says, none have been charged yet, back in the day if this had been an IRA plot being monitored we would have waited and collected more information. The one part I fully agree with him on:
And we have the appalling political propaganda of John Reid, the home secretary, warning us all in advance of the evil that threatens us and complaining that some people "don't get" why we have to abandon traditional liberties.
Even if the plot were imminent, even if all concerned get sent down for their naturals, the one thing this doesn’t prove is that the police have insufficient powers at present. Quite the contrary. The uncovering and prosecution of such a plot rather shows that they have all the powers they need and we don’t need to give up yet more of our liberties.
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"It could be pretty difficult to convince a jury..."
That would be why the Maximum Tone wants more summary justice, I imagine.
Frightful nuisance this due process business. Really gets in the way, doncha know.
Posted by: andrew duffin | Aug 18, 2006 2:54:43 PM