By Barry Grey:
The politics of the latest terror scare
15 August 2006
Five days after UK authorities arrested 24 British-born Muslims and announced that they and their American counterparts had thwarted a plot to blow up trans-Atlantic flights from London to the US, neither the British nor the American government has produced any facts to substantiate their dire claims.
No details of the supposed plot have been provided, and no hard evidence that would justify the arrest of so many people or the imposition of chilling security measures that had wreaked havoc at airports in the US and Britain.
In the meantime, commercial flights are being turned around in mid-flight, and wild claims of new plots are hitting the newsstands.
The latest was the arrest of three Palestinian-Americans who were hauled into jail in Michigan after they purchased some 80 cell phones from a Wal-Mart store.
Local police discovered that one of them had a digital camera with an image of the Mackinac Bridge, which connects Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas.
This was sufficient to charge them with conspiring, using cell phones as detonators, to attack the bridge.
This implausible “plot” was punctured on Monday when the FBI issued a statement that none of the three were connected to any known terrorist groups, that buying cell phones was not a crime, and that the Mackinac Bridge was in no danger.
Family members explained that the three bought and sold cell phones to make a living.
The incident was, however, indicative of the atmosphere of hysteria that is being encouraged by the Bush administration. (As of this writing, moreover, the three suspects remain in jail).
See also here.
US views: here.
Top British Muslim policeman: here.
John Pilger on this: here.
Terrorist plot in Florida? Here.
CIA terrorist Posada Carriles acquitted in immigration trial: here.