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    Tuesday, August 22, 2006


    Yay, government!

    An officially induced panic

    More than a week after the US and UK announcements that an alleged terror plot to blow up commercial airliners flying from Britain to the US had been foiled, the official claims are unraveling. Authorities have been unable to provide any concrete evidence to back up the story that police raids and mass arrests in Britain thwarted an imminent attack that would have taken the lives of thousands of transatlantic travelers.

    Significant details, in fact, have come to light that indicate the opposite. Not only has it been revealed that no bombs were actually in the process of being assembled, but none of the suspects—British-born Muslims, who at this point remain in custody without having been charged—had purchased airline tickets. Some did not even hold passports.

    It is becoming increasingly evident that the government-media hysteria about the alleged plot was prompted not by security concerns, but rather by a politically motivated desire to divert attention from the growing crisis of both the Bush and Blair governments.

    ...

    It is now clear that there was no imminent attack to be thwarted. But the massive provocation unleashed by Washington and London has succeeded in creating a climate of near-hysteria, at least within official circles, the media, the airline industry, and police agencies, that has spawned a string of incidents in which minor occurrences were sensationalized and reported, replete with wild claims and lurid rumors, as new “terror events.”


    ...and the whole thing just sort of fades off the radar. The threat was bogus, but everybody feels safer, and gives government credit for making them feel that way. The critics and cynics are duly chastised and remain so, because now that "the crisis has been averted", there's no need to keep rehashing the event. The "boys in blue" are just doing their best, ya know?

    God, I get tired of this crap.

    Posted by Tom, 8/22/2006 6:41:27 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...