Thursday, August 17, 2006

Be sceptical. Be very, very sceptical.

From the HuffPost today (Harry Shearer's column):

Craig Murray …[the] former British ambassador to the lovely land of Uzbekistan, he left the government and, as the Brits say, savaged its policies regarding, among other things, tolerating torture by countries like Uzbekistan. Now (hat tip: Andrew Sullivan), in a post in which he expresses deep doubts about the reality of the alleged plot, he says this:

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.

We have learned to believe very little from what this admin is telling us. Is it far-fetched to think that this is another case of 'mistaken prosecution?' After all, the middle eastern men caught the other day with thousands of cell phones in Michigan (under loud headlines) have already been released for lack of any evidence to terrorist ties (with no headlines, mind you).
Actually, they are still being held on some minor unrelated charges (as the article above says). I am really surprised they let them off the "terrorist" hook so quickly. The government's case must have been so extraordinarily non-existent, that they were forced to let them off the hook without even the customary pestering for months for no reason (other than to show that the government is "doing something" to protect us).
And then they wonder why "conspiracy theories" abound everywhere…

Sickening, as always!


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