“Be Very, Very Skeptical”

Craig Murray is the former British ambassador to the Central Asian Republic of Uzbekistan. Since leaving the UK Government, he’s become an outspoken critic of Western policies in the region. He’s just published an article on his website about the alleged Airline Bombing Plot, which is well worth reading.

“I have been reading very carefully through all the Sunday newspapers to try and analyse the truth from all the scores of pages claiming to detail the so-called bomb plot. Unlike the great herd of so-called security experts doing the media analysis, I have the advantage of having had the very highest security clearances myself, having done a huge amount of professional intelligence analysis, and having been inside the spin machine.

So this, I believe, is the true story.

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.”

He goes on, providing more details, before concluding:

“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.”

The latest Zogby Poll indicated that Bush’s numbers have continued to sink, even with the unveiling of this “plot” — so maybe the country has finally woken up and smelled the bullshit. I can only pray that this is the case…..although it makes me very frightened as well: If the staged unveiling of a “MAJOR TERRORIST THREAT!!!OMGWTF!!!!” didn’t save his approval rating, how long will it be before Rove and the rest of the NeoCon Cabal decide that we need to have an actual attack to serve as a Reichstag Fire to drive up support?

3 Replies to ““Be Very, Very Skeptical””

  1. honestly…

    after the “we’ve captured a major terrorist- IGNORE THE TRAVEL AGENT BEHIND THE CURTAINS” debacle, I’ve had my doubts about this one as well…

  2. This has pretty much been the first thing to come to mind during every major Bush administration STIRRING VICTORY or SHOCKING DEFEAT since Dubai Port Worlds. Anyone else notice that big terror-scare happened just as congress was doing the final chewing over of the Patriot Act renewal, which until then, democrats had been gleefully cockblocking as hard as they could? Then, oh shit, terrorists buying our ports, run it through, couple days later, Dubai pulls out. IMMINENT THREAT ENDED. GO BACK TO ONLY BEING SORT OF SCARED. DON’T WORRY, WE’LL RE-TERRORIZE YOU NEXT TIME WE NEED SOMETHING.

    Except Al-Zarqawi or however the hell you properly spell it. I cheered when we nailed his ass. Sometimes, despite everything, you just win one.

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