Terror plots, hysteria vs. reality

From British daily The Morning Star:

Vast majority of ‘terror cases’ fail to produce evidence of terror plots

Friday 15 May 2009

NEW Home Office figures released this week show that only 13 per cent of the almost 1,500 people arrested under anti-terror powers were convicted of a terror-related offence.

In recent years there have been many high-profile policing operations involving the arrests of so-called terror suspects.

In the most recent operation, 11 Pakistani students and one British national were dragged from their homes and classrooms in the north-west of England and detained for almost two weeks before being released without charge.

In the early hours of June 2 2006, 250 armed police officers raided two properties in Forest Gate, east London, acting on “specific intelligence” that the occupants might be terrorists in possession of a chemical bomb.

The officers seized two brothers, Mohammed Abdul Kahar and Abdul Koyair.

Mr Kahar was shot in the shoulder by armed police during the operation.

No chemical materials were found and the two brothers were released without charge a week later.

In April 2004, police arrested 10 people in Manchester on suspicion of attempting to bomb the Old Trafford football stadium. Among those arrested were a woman and a 16-year-old boy.

The 10 were held for several days and interrogated but were all released without charge. There is no evidence that such a plot existed.

On January 5 2003, police arrested seven north African men after raiding a flat in Wood Green in connection with an alleged plot to release ricin nerve gas on the Underground.

A week later, another man wanted in relation to the supposed ricin plot, Kamel Bourgass, an illegal immigrant from Algeria, stabbed and killed DC Stephen Oakes during an immigration raid on a Manchester flat in which he was staying.

It emerged later that no ricin had been discovered in either location.

While all of the suspects were either acquitted or had charges dropped in relation to “conspiracy to commit murder,” Bourgass was convicted of the killing of DC Oakes as well as “conspiring to commit a public nuisance by the use of poisons and/or explosives to cause disruption, fear or injury.”

This blog told you immediately that Gordon Brown’s “Very big terror plot” at Easter was a complete fake, and this blog was telling the truth: here.

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Maleo bird protection in Indonesia


From Associated Press:

May 15, 3:26 AM EDT

Bizarre bird gets private beach in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A species of birds able to fly immediately after hatching from eggs buried beneath the tropical sand has just been given its own private beach in eastern Indonesia, a conservation group said Friday.

Maleos – chicken-sized birds with black helmet-like foreheads – number from 5,000 to 10,000 in the wild and can only be found on Sulawesi island. They rely on sun-baked sands or volcanically heated soil to incubate their eggs.

The U.S.-based Wildlife Conservation Society said it has teamed up with a local environmental group to purchase and protect a 36-acre (14-hectare) stretch of beach in northern Sulawesi that contains about 40 nests.

The environmental groups paid $12,500 for the beach-front property on remote Sulawesi, one of Indonesia’s 17,000 islands, to help preserve the threatened species.

“The protected area is already helping raise awareness about this bird,” said John Tasirin, WCS program coordinator on the island, adding that is especially significant because humans are the greatest threat to the maleo‘s survival.

Villagers often dig up the eggs and harvest them for food, he said.

The maleo, which has a blackish back, a pink stomach, yellow facial skin, a red-orange beak, lays gigantic eggs that are then buried in the sand or soil. The chicks hatch and climb from the ground able to fly and fend for themselves.

“The population of maleos are decreasing quite steadily,” Martin Fowlie of the Britain-based BirdLife International said of their new white-sand beach. “So any protection is going to be a good thing.”

See also here.

Hear a maleo call here.

Research Reveals Genetic Secrets Underlying Remarkable Development of the Domestic Chicken: here.