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Experts: limitations on handluggage hardly useful - Fact: liquid bomb plot is nonsense
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 13:39
by Daan de Wit

Experts:
limitations on hand luggage hardly useful headlines the Dutch newspaper Telegraaf today.



One of the experts is professor Carel van Eijk, speaking in a hearing in the European Parliament today, headed by Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert.

Already on 19 February media professor Cees Hamelink said to DeepJournal in an interview:

'It's idiocy anyway, to not be allowed to take more than 100 ml onboard a plane. It suggests that you can take 100 ml of nitroglycerin in your bottle which with you blow up a whole bloody airplane. So it's absolute rubbish. It's meant to scare the living daylights out of us, it's meant to keep us alert and to keep alive a notion that terrorism is really dangerous and it is necessary to spent an enormous amount of money.
The cause of the limitations on handluggage is Rashid Rauf, the so-called Liquid Bomber. The charges against him have been dropped a long time ago, because there was no evidence against him. 'In all of this, the one thing of which I am certain is that the timing is deeply political. This is more propaganda than plot. [...] Be sceptical. Be very, very sceptical', is the final conclusion of Craig Murray, a man who is able to write: '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.'

Murray writes:

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. [...] The media has bought, wholesale, all the rubbish they have been shovelled.'
Salon writes: 'There's plenty of blame to be divvied up among obvious suspects: a shortsighted airline industry, the TSA and its welter of pedantic foolery, and a strangely recalcitrant press. But these are symptoms and not the disease. The disease has a name, and that name is fear. I'm generally not a conspiratorial sort but I urge you to reevaluate just who, exactly, is responsible for terrorizing the American public over the past month? Was it the failed London cabal, or your own government, with an eye toward elections and beholden to pollsters and those who stand to profit from billions of dollars poured into the gullet of the Homeland Security beast? America has been scare-mongered into submission, and it's tough to tell who is more pleased, the foreign evildoers in their caves and distant laboratories or America's own leaders with their upcoming elections and color-coded instruments of control. Have we become a nation run by a faction of war profiteers, exploiting the fears of its own citizens? I don't know about you, but I'm starting to feel had.'
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This article has originally been posted on DeepJournal.

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Winter Patriot said:

Winter Patriot
yes ... and no!
I agree with most of what you say here... but the charges against Rashid Rauf which were "dropped" have been reinstated. He is still in prison in Pakistan and his possible trial there and/or extradition to the UK continue to be the subjects of considerable speculation and waffling ... but nothing has been done to indicate that he will ever be tried or extradited.

Personally I think both the Pakistani and the British governments would be best served if Rashid Rauf never appears in a court of law because there are a lot of fishy aspects to this case other than the ones you have described here, and Rashid Rauf is entangled in the fishiest parts of the story.

I can't talk about it all now but if you're interested you may wish to explore the series I have been writing on this case (15 articles so far and still more to come).

Here's a good place to start
http://tinyurl.com/229xqt
 
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