Cheat-Seeking Missles

Tuesday, August 22, 2006


Eleven terror suspects in the foiled airplane bombing plot began showing up in London courts today to kick off legal proceedings against them.

Were they Muslims? Let's read the tea leaves ...

A terse three-paragraph AP dispatch gives no clues whatsoever ... the tea is murky ... could have been Welsh coalminers for all we know.

Times of London, paragraph 8:
Videos of suspected terrorists meant for broadcast after they had carried out suicide bombings had also been found, he said, adding: "These are sometimes referred to as martyrdom videos."
Not a single Abdullah, but we can read what they're oh so subtly trying to avoid saying: MUSLIMS DID IT!!

Meanwhile, at The Guardian, in paragraph five we learn that one of the suspect's name is Cossar Ali -- suspiciously Islamic -- and there are scattered references to "suicide videos." Finally, in paragraph 25, the last paragraph of the story, we hit pay dirt:
Eight people are charged with conspiracy to murder and preparing acts of terrorism, under section five of the Terrorism Act 2006. They are: Ahmed Abdullah Ali, Tanvir Hussain, Umar Islam, Arafat Waheed Khan, Assad Ali Sarwar, Adam Khatib, Ibrahim Savant and Waheed Zaman. A 17-year-old male, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with possessing articles useful to a person preparing an act of terrorism. Mrs Cossar Ali and Mehran Hussain are charged with failing to tell police about information they had about terrorism.
And Reuters, you wonder? The champions of employing political correctness against those who dare to fight the global war on terror? Surprisingly, the Reuters story led with:
Four of 11 British Muslims charged with being involved in a plot to blow up U.S.-bound transatlantic airliners have been remanded in custody after appearing in a London court on Tuesday.
Of course, it's an early story, reporting just four of the 11. Maybe a smart editor will catch the error soon enough.

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