I'm by disposition a conspiracy sceptic, especially when it comes to acts carried out by governments, and even more so by my government. The main objection is that conspiracy theories always imply a high level of both competence and security - characteristics lacking in most things the State does. When something bad happens which CAN be laid at the State's door, Mr Cock-Up rather than Mr Conspiracy is nearly always responsible.
Nonetheless I have a couple of niggling questions at the back of my mind.
The July 7th attacks.
Soon after the attacks the press was full of stories to the effect that
a) the bombs were home-made TATP explosive
b) there was a fully-equipped cookshop in Hyde Park, Leeds, where the TATP was brewed.
c) said cookshop belonged to an Egyptian chemist who happened to have gone to Egypt. The chemist was named.
What happened to the chemist ? I've heard nowt about him since.
The other case is the "Lancastrian BNP bomb plot"
At the time it sounded a big deal, and the blogosphere rightly asked why so little was made of it.
Then the police started backtracking.
Supt Smith added: "We are making inquiries in relation to what we have found at his address and to establish what offences he may have committed.
"He's not a terrorist and it's not a bomb factory but we are interested in what we have seized from his house. It will take expert advice to establish exactly what he has got."
If they're not terrorists and it's not a bomb factory, then why have both men been remanded in custody until a trial date in February next year ? People get remanded on bail for quite serious offences these days, the 'prisons are full' - why bang up two elderly chaps with large chemistry sets ?
At Majority Rights, Guessedworker kicks a few straw men around a blue sky.
The rules of the Grand Game are changing. The spooks have been dumped in an unfamilar, new racio-political landscape. On 6th October - one day after the appearance of The Pendle Two in court - Jack Straw sparked the opening debate on deculturing Moslems (in public life at least). Who needs “tension” now? The patsy and sting operations are no longer valid, or at least not in the way they were for so many years. They have to be memory-holed, and new methodologies created to keep the elements in the game of power at play. What those methodologies will be and how they will impact nationalist politics is far from clear. But it will be, if you know how to look.
Is any of this really true? Who knows? But have you got a better explanation for the done and dusted Pendle affair?
So the Pendle Two were being watched, maybe even encouraged, by security services until our rulers decided multiculturalism was dead and integration was in ? I suppose it's possible. And despite hiring David Shayler and Katherine Gunn (OK, that was GCHQ), our security services are probably one of the more competent bits of Government. But I'm still sceptical. It's strange though.
I'll take the hat off now. That's better.
Graham Norton, Legal Genius…
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