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UK Plane Bombing Plotters Made Martyr Videos

From the defenders of the faith at BBC News:

‘Plotters made martyrdom videos’

Several men accused of plotting to blow up passenger planes mid-air as they crossed the Atlantic made Islamic martyrdom videos, a court has heard.

Six of the eight men recorded videos justifying "revenge" attacks on non-Muslims, jurors were told.

They also researched other UK targets, including London’s Canary Wharf, and contemplated taking wives and children on suicide missions, prosecutors said…

Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, said the recordings "were significant" because they showed the men "contemplated losing their lives in some violent act", which would be a "perceived act of martyrdom in the name of Islam"…

The eight men are accused of plotting to use home-made devices of liquid explosives, which would be smuggled on to aircraft and then used to blow up a number of transatlantic flights from London’s Heathrow Airport.

At least seven aircraft flying to major cities across north America were the targets, the court has been told.

But the jury has also heard that computer memory sticks found at the High Wycombe home of Mr Sarwar revealed the alleged plotters also considered other UK targets.

Mr Wright said they included Canary Wharf, a gas pipeline running between Belgium and the UK, other UK airports, as well as companies that store and process hydrogen peroxide.

Another memory stick found in Mr Sarwar’s garage contained information about power stations, internet service provider exchanges, oil refineries, the National Grid and UK airports, the jury was told.

The court later heard how the alleged plotters stockpiled materials needed for their home-made liquid devices – including 18 litres of hydrogen peroxide, wires and syringes – which the prosecution claims they intended to smuggle on to aircraft disguised as 500ml soft drinks.

Prosecutors also claim police bugging devices at a "bomb factory" in Forest Road, Walthamstow, during July and August 2006 revealed how some of the men considered taking their wives and children on the alleged mission.

The court was told that Mr Ali was overheard speaking about a train bombing and that a "brother" had "wanted to take his kid on the train with him – shake them up".

Mr Wright told the jury Mr Ali was also overheard considering taking his child but said his wife "would not agree to it" and that Mr Islam was heard saying his wife may join the plot if it was a "significant operation"

You see, there is no war.

It could all be handled by the police.

(You can read the transcriptions of the videos made by these heroic "freedom fighters" here.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 4th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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