Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Come Fly With Murray

Posted by codemorse

From Craig Murray:

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.

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.

Then an interrogation in Pakistan revealed the details of this amazing plot to blow up multiple planes - which, rather extraordinarily, had not turned up in a year of surveillance. Of course, the interrogators of the Pakistani dictator have their ways of making people sing like canaries. As I witnessed in Uzbekistan, you can get the most extraordinary information this way. Trouble is it always tends to give the interrogators all they might want, and more, in a desperate effort to stop or avert torture. What it doesn't give is the truth.

It's obvious that, first and foremost, this guy doesn't like Bush, Blair, or the war. But that's not what's important abot this article, and to write it off for that reason would also allow ignorance of the facts that Murray gives us.

Every story thus far has lead me to believe that we were hours away from devastating attack. I went so far as to openly ask if Bush would have been prepared, had Pakistani and British police not stepped in.

But this article indicates that, while there may indeed have been a serious and deadly plot underway, it was in no way imminent. That flies directly in the face of most of the reports we've gotten, which have entirely eliminated that fact, or even implied the opposite.

Which is to say that theories about this event being used for blatant political purposes were spot on, if this information is correct. Then again, this guy could be a nut. But the facts don't lie, right? So what are the facts of that day? Were they readying to bomb planes in the near future?

Either way, people working to plot a terrorist act do not get a pass because they haven't done it yet. Arrest them if you've got the evidence to do so. But Bush does not get a pass for using this event to scare my father, either.


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