Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Who's hidin' the ricin?

What the heck is going on with the British media?

A week ago the Sunday Telegraph warned us that it could have been "our September 11th". The Independent claimed it was "The plot that never was". While the Daily Mail, spiteful hate-filled rag that it is, tub-thumped on the asylum angle.

This was following the media blackout lifting after one man, already serving a life sentence for killing a policeman, was convicted of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance. The cases against eight other men were either dropped or found not guilty.

Then today I read on The Register that the Guardian published then pulled an article debunking the ricin threat from its website.

Quite why the Guardian pulled the article is rather unclear, 'legal reasons' being the semi-official line. Fortunately, the internet being as it is, the article has been posted in a few other places (including here).

Maybe I'm just a naive fool, but I'm inclined to believe Duncan Campbell's assertion that we have all been the victims of a mass deception.

In related news it was nice to see that Adam Curtis won a Bafta for his Power of Nightmares series. Even if the BBC didn't show his acceptance speech.

p.s. Now might be a good time for me to plug and the excellent Firefox extension, in case any of the sites ask for a username and password.

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