Archive for the 'Terrorism' Category

How to Censor with the use of Libel

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

Reposted from Padraig Reidy’s Index on Censorship blog:
Sheikh Khalid bin Mahfouz has made an academic publisher withdraw a controversial book. But it is the UK libel system that allows the rich and powerful to stifle investigation, writes Padraig Reidy
Sheikh Khalid bin Mahfouz, a Saudi-born Irish passport holder, and one of the richest men in the […]

Lies, Damned Lies and Rhetorical Tricks

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

In an interesting article, Adrian Hamilton tells us of Blair’s skillful use of “four rhetorical tricks”:

The problems faced by the Government are new and more terrible than anything that has gone on before. But then you have to use anything you can to justify ‘extraordinary rendition’ [Abduction & Torture ], don’t you.
Defining a choices in […]

Bum Rush the Terror Threat

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

Remember Rashid Rauf? Probably not. He was arrested in Pakistan in connection with the ‘Liquid Explosives’ terror plot in August 2006, and was extradited to the UK on suspicion of coordinating a plot, on behalf of al-Qaeda, to blow up transatlantic airlines.
Here is the timeline of events, to refresh your memory. Note that it begins […]

Dropping the TWAT

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

The Foreign Office has unveiled guidelines that advise cabinet ministers to drop the phrase ‘the war against terror’ or TWAT, if you’re looking for a cheap gag. The reason given for the decision is because the phrase is liable to “anger British Muslims and increase tensions more broadly in the Islamic World”.
The shift marks a […]

NY Times blocks Airline Plot article

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

The New York Times site has blocked access to UK readers to an article about the recent Airline plot, reports the Guardian.
David T says of this decision:
The New York Times’ concern is that it might find itself in contempt of court by publishing the article: although it appears that no specific information in the article […]

Out of Touch TV

Friday, August 18th, 2006

Real Talk is yet another ‘Live Phone-in show’ on BanglaTV (SKY channel 791), where viewers phone in to discuss the issue at £1 per minute.
The studio panel, who were brought in to field viewers’ questions on ‘The Foiled Terror Plot’, included Leighton Holloway editor from the Blink website, Councillor Ian Page from Lewisham (Socialist Party) […]

The Foreign Office and the ‘Mainstream’ Islamist

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

The NewStatesman journalist Martin Bright will be on Channel 4’s 30 Minutes on Friday night (7.30pm). Be sure to watch it.
The programme will be about the government’s cozy relationship with Muslim organisations such as the MCB. A relationship which ultimately aids the protection and rehabilitation of Islamic extremists. The MCB, referred to as an “umbrella […]

Disproportional Representation

Sunday, June 11th, 2006

The Kalam family were sharp not to attend the protest held outside Forest Green police station on Saturday. Commendably, they also made the sensible move of issuing a statement that urged Muslims to boycott that rally. This is the protest that saw the attendance of some 100 protesters who chanted and waved placards. Amongst them […]

Don’t Get Mad, Cooperate

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

Following the dawn anti-terror raids in Forest Gate on Friday, officials have admitted doubts of finding any evidence of a chemical plot. Official statements are now frankly admitting that a single peice of “specific information” from a single police informant precipitated the action of the 250-strong anti-terrorist police squad.
From BlInk:
Senior counter-terrorism officials now believe that […]

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