Something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear

Taking a few steps away from the furor of the recent terrorist plot, a few things begin to smell a bit fishy. I should say here that I really don’t believe there was any grand conspiracy to boost Bush n’ Blair in the polls, but on the other hand, I do believe there are elements in the Bush admin. that are not above making political gold out of terrorist straw.

While not a conspiracy, maybe there WAS a little more celebrating than necessary, and further proof that most of the MSM bought into the official story hook (as well as line and sinker)

Craig Little, a former English ambassador (I found this via Andrew Sullivan) has some interesting points:

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……

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.

Yeah, there are some awful people who would like to do us harm, but a little time and a little more dispassionate thought does put a different shine on the story, as well as making a person think that perhaps the ‘gel’, ‘liquid’ and ‘mascara’ ban on airplanes really isn’t making us any safer. On the other hand, the Walgreens of this world in destination locations are making out like bandits…

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3 responses to “Something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear

  1. I was highly suspicious of the whole hoopla. I traveled, by plane, two days after the “threat” and the only difference in security was the liquids and gels thing and that the security people were being hyper-vigilant about checking carry-on bags. Checked bags weren’t being scanned, people weren’t being randomly picked for additional screenings, and cars were not being checked as they entered the airport.

    It was all so myopic and narrowly focused. What if the “threat” had been some sort of ruse, Trojan horse, to distract everyone from another “weakness” in the security system so that while they weren’t allowing gels and liquids on the plane other stuff could be getting by. Ya know?

  2. Malia – I was thinking of your post about your trip and your ‘discards’ when I wrote that last paragraph.

    We’ve manage to unsettle and totally inconvenience millions for something that is probably just a smokescreen.

  3. but john, at least the bans are making us FEEL safer, aren’t they?

    wait. a. minute.

    they’re actually making us more fearful and paranoid. giving the public no choice but to hope our leaders have things under control, since any mascara on any plane at any time could blow the plane to smithereens high above the atlantic ocean with no hope of survival. but, uh… that couldn’t possibly work to our leaders advantage, could it?

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