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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Flying Lite

I'm seriously concerned about the way in which our intelligence services are geared up. No James Bond stuff! Just plodding methodically along. Nothing wrong with that in itself, but they seem to have quite a few mistakes under their belts to date. Plus there is the lack of joined up thinking. Ryanair's boss Michael O'Leary has poured scorn on some of the rushed solutions.

I'm all for fighting terrorism, not giving in, and seeking a lasting solution to grievances. However, all this seems to be going in the opposite direction.

This is from Craig Murray's site. He was Britain's outspoken Ambassador to the Central Asian Republic of Uzbekistan.

None of the alleged terrorists had made a bomb. None had bought a plane ticket. Many did not even have passports, which given the efficiency of the UK Passport Agency would mean they couldn't be a plane bomber for quite some time. In the absence of bombs and airline tickets, and in many cases passports, it could be pretty difficult to convince a jury beyond reasonable doubt that individuals intended to go through with suicide bombings, whatever rash stuff they may have bragged in internet chat rooms. What is more, many of those arrested had been under surveillance for over 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.

Makes you wonder what the powers-that-be thought was so imminent. I can't for the life of me think that 24 young men could blag their way onto planes WITHOUT passports or tickets. Maybe John Reid knows something no-one else does!

All this could end up with us being told that these young Muslims were just fantasists with a warped sense of wordly events. If that proves the case, then they will be joining a long list of others!!


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