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AP: Muslims Outraged At Arrest Of UK Plotters

From an outraged Associated Press:

A community support officer (R) hands out a leaflets explaining police actions after a series of anti-terror arrests in Birmingham, central England, February 1, 2007

British Muslims criticize media reports


BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Members of Birmingham’s Muslim community on Saturday criticized the intense media speculation surrounding the arrest of nine local men over an alleged terrorist plot to kidnap and kill a British soldier.

At a packed public meeting at Birmingham Central Mosque, speakers criticized the media for releasing the names of some of those detained and reporting lurid details of their alleged plans.

Police are questioning nine men detained Wednesday in this central England city on suspicion of involvement in terrorism. None has yet been charged. Media reports — based on anonymous sources and unconfirmed by police — said officers had foiled a plot to kidnap, torture and murder a British Muslim soldier and post images of the killing on the Internet.

"There is no evidence, that we know of, but pure speculation, statements from the home secretary, houses raided and the media frenzy," said Tariq Mahmood, who lives in the area where some of the arrests took place.

"The media will go away, the polities will move on, but we will feel the effects of this farce for years to come," he said.

Moazzam Begg, a Briton who was detained by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay for two years before being released in 2005, also criticized media coverage of the arrests.

"I hope that when the truth manifests itself that, metaphorically, heads will roll with the people who put out these stories in the first place," he told the meeting…

Britain’s MI5 spy agency says it has foiled five major terrorist plots since the July 2005 transit bomb attacks that killed 52 commuters in London.

Several trials are underway or upcoming, including the case of a group of men accused of planning to use fertilizer bombs to attack nightclubs and other targets.

But anti-terrorist police also have made high-profile mistakes that have angered many Muslims…

The media is still harping on how offensive this was to the local Muslims.

And yet how many stories have they done on the actual plot? Or on the treatment of those Muslims who actually join the army or who support the war on terror?

"I hope that when the truth manifests itself that, metaphorically, heads will roll with the people who put out these stories in the first place," he told the meeting.

"Metaphorically"? What a comedian.

And what an objective source. A former Guantanamo detainee who is now a fulltime "activist."

And speaking of Guantanamo. Let’s look at the AP’s other source, via the BBC:

Delay for terror suspect’s family

Monday, 10 November, 2003

The family of a British man held in Pakistan on terror charges must wait an extra week to find out his whereabouts.

A judge had ordered the Pakistani Home Secretary to appear in court on Monday to explain what had happened to Tariq Mahmood, 30, from Birmingham.

But officials now say Brigadier Javed Iqbal Cheema will appear in court on behalf of the government next week instead.

Mr Mahmood’s family believe he has been taken to Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay

The British Foreign Office said it could not yet confirm where Mr Mahmood was being held.

It said: "We are aware of reports that a British national, Tariq Mahmood, has been detained by the Pakistani authorities…

A spokesman for Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Mr Mahmood was being questioned about possible links with militants inside and outside the country.

He said Mr Mahmood, who is believed to have moved to Pakistan from Birmingham three years ago, was in the custody of the Pakistani security agencies…

Isn’t it amazing the people the AP finds to interview? Both of the people they talk to just happen to have been arrested for possible terrorist activities.

What are the odds?

By the way, according to Wikipedia:

Moazzam Begg

President Bush released Moazzam Begg over the objections of the Pentagon, the CIA, and the FBI, who warned that Mr. Begg could still be a dangerous terrorist.

The AP always finds such objective sources.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, February 4th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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