It’s that’s time again – for another ‘terror plot’ By William Bowles

12 August 2006

“Sometimes we may have to modify some of our own freedoms in the short term in order to prevent their misuse and abuse by those who oppose our fundamental values and would destroy all of our freedoms in the modern world.” – Home secretary, John Reid

It’s amazing really that nobody sees the paradox of Reid calling for the abolition of what’s left of our civil rights in order to preserve them but then there’s nothing logical about the ‘war on terror’, it is itself a contradiction of terms.

As to Reid’s notion of his “fundamental values” well, one assumes these include the wholesale destruction of societies and their peoples and standing by whilst his allies do the same. Not only standing by but urging them on for Christ’s sake!

And also amazing is Reid’s call to destroy our rights even as he accuses those who would, he alleges, destroy them!

Is it really too farfetched to assume that people who can speak with such hypocrisy and whose hands are soaked in the blood of the tens of thousands of innocents would think twice about engineering a plot if they thought it would further their objectives?

Yes, I know, I have no proof merely the record of recent (and not so recent) history to go on and the lapses and contradictions of the state propaganda machine as it prepares us for Der Tag.

The problem for us is that the word conspiracy has been so bastardised that now it only applies to cranks and whackos but the fact is, the state itself is a conspiracy, a conspiracy of one class over another. With so much at stake, there is literally nothing they won’t do in order to hold onto power including fabricating evidence in order to launch illegal wars. Don’t’ tell me that the invasion and destruction of Iraq wasn’t the result of an international conspiracy!

Evidence was fabricated on a grand scale, lies told to all and sundry and the lies were delivered by a complicit corporate and state media. It doesn’t need a gang of people in some back room somewhere, plotting and scheming, it’s called government policy and it takes place at the highest levels of government; this is the political class’s role, to preserve the rule of capital at any cost.

And yes, I know it’s hard to accept the fact that the state would go to such lengths to ‘fit up’ people but the record shows that it has happened over and over again and bear in mind that the state has effectively unlimited resources and armies of loyal servants paid and trained to obey orders. This is our reality whether people are prepared to accept it or not.

Apparently, the ‘war on terror’ could last a half century or so we are told but regardless of how long this phony war lasts, it’ll mean living under the boot of the state. It might not wear jackboots but it’ll be every bit as ruthless in suppressing dissent and as time passes, the space for dissent will shrink, and shrink, and shrink … ‘til there’s none left.

I read somewhere that there is a direct, statistical relationship between ‘terror alerts’ and events detrimental to the state, thus it’s safe to assume that the state is involved up to its dirty neck in the latest attempt to scare the pants off everyone.

Cast your mind back if you can, to previous ‘terror’ alerts that came to nought with not even a trial let alone a conviction of attempting to blow anything or anybody up.

The worst the authorities could come up with were ‘thought crimes’, that is, some guys sat around and talked shit, at least according to the authorities but think about it, we have governments that lie to us about everything they do, including why they destroy entire countries and exterminate countless thousands of people, either directly or indirectly such as Israel’s war on Lebanon, so why is it so farfetched that these self-same people would not create fictional threats?

The timing of the latest alert is absolutely crucial as it came just as the Western states were under increasing pressure to force Israel to stop its criminal war of extermination and the situation in Iraq is going from bad to disastrous for the occupiers.

The plots that never were

There was the ‘ricin’ poison ‘plot’ ‘cept there was no ricin, never mind a plot though this was the story the MSM spread; see the following stories for the real story on the ‘ricin plot’

‘The Case of Kamel Bourgass – The sound of one hand clapping or a conspiracy of one’, and,

‘Ricin: The plot that never was by Severin Carrell and Raymond Whitacker’, and,

‘Fake Terror – Ricin Ring That Never Was’ by Duncan Campbell’, [1]

Then there was ‘gas attack’ on the London underground, another story that came to nought.

And then there was the army pitching at Heathrow on the ‘intelligence’ that ‘terrorists’ were about take out a jet with a ground-to-air missile. As with all the other ‘terror’ alerts, it was all hot air.

The state’s response was and is, ‘well we foiled it didn’t we’, though ask them for the proof and you’ll get the stock response, ‘sorry, can’t tell, it’s a state secret.’

There seems to be direct correlation between the scale of the disasters of Empire and the nature of the ‘terror alert’ with each disaster accompanied by an even bigger alert.

Thus far, 24 people have been arrested (and one released without charge) and 19 named and charged under various and sundry ‘anti-terrorism’ legislations.

As usual, there are a number of disturbing aspects to this latest hysteria that contradicts the draconian measures the government have taken.

Firstly, it was, according to the government, the worst plot since 9/11, with allegedly, 10 transatlantic flights targeted for destruction, and apparently Blair informed Bush this past weekend yet the ‘critical alert’ wasn’t announced until AFTER the arrests and it didn’t stop Blair flying off on HIS transatlantic flight to the Caribbean for his vacance.

And, according to Pakistani authorities as of 12/8/06, a Briton who was detained this week, ‘spilled the beans’ on the alleged plot precipitating the alert, yet the British police claim to have had the ‘group’ under surveillance for some months.

Another report talks of an agent who had infiltrated the group. What was this person’s role? Was he an agent provocateur?

And if it was such a threat to life and limb, why did the authorities wait five days before making arrests?

As with all the previous ‘terror alerts’, all kinds of stories get leaked to the media in dribs and drabs, designed specifically to sow confusion and fear. Trying to piece together events would tax even the illustrious (if fictional) powers of Sherlock Holmes, but this is entirely the point of such disinformation.

Should holes in the story emerge, as they already have, without a definitive explanation, it is easy for the state to deny that it has anything to do with the plethora of tidbits conveniently leaked to the press.

The previous week, home sec Reid gave a major speech in London at which he announced that we face “probably the most sustained period of severe threat since the end of the second world war” and accused opponents of the government’s anti-democratic legislation of undermining the “war on terror.” Very convenient timing indeed, leading one to suspect that Reid was all too aware of the events that unfolded this week.

And as per usual, the government announcements about the alleged plotters are so vague and open-ended that anyone who wants to try and understand exactly what these guys were allegedly up to, are no wiser.

I should explain that blowing up people in tubes and planes is not my idea of how to bring about change, at best it’s misguided, at worst it’s pathological and open to manipulation as we have seen over and over again, by agents of the state.

Interestingly, the latest research reveals that the overwhelming majority of ‘suicide bombers’ carry them out for secular reasons. At least half identify themselves as ‘left wing’ (whatever that means these days).

“The central fact is that overwhelmingly suicide-terrorist attacks are not driven by religion as much as they are by a clear strategic objective: to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from the territory that the terrorists view as their homeland. From Lebanon to Sri Lanka to Chechnya to Kashmir to the West Bank, every major suicide-terrorist campaign-over 95 percent of all the incidents-has had as its central objective to compel a democratic state to withdraw.” – Professor Robert Pape, author of Dying to Win: The Logic of Suicide Terrorism

So when Bush called them “Islamo-fascists”, he got it all wrong but then that’s the whole point of pushing the Muslim thing, because it avoids dealing with the underlying causes and also obscures the essential issues.

As Pape points out (and he’s no lefty), the overwhelming majority of so-called suicide bombers are motivated by political reasons not religious, thus the un-ending torrent of propaganda that seeks to place the blame on religious fanatics serves only to demonise not only those who happen to be sitting on resources the West desperately needs but conveniently sections of our society who are, by virtue of being brown-skinned and one assumes Muslim, handy scapegoats.

Historically, such propaganda campaigns exploit the under-current of racism and xenophobia that is endemic to imperialism, indeed it can be argued that racism and imperialism are inseparable resting as they do on centuries of ideological justification for the crimes of the exploiters.

When individuals and even commissions of inquiry talk of ‘institutional racism’ what they really mean is that the entire state apparatus is complicit in promoting a world view that sees Western ‘civilisation’ and its so-called values as innately superior simply by virtue of ‘race’. And as the occasional admission by a servant of the state reveals, without tearing down the state apparatus, it is impossible to remove.

Such views are embedded in every aspect of society from education to the criminal justice system. Even our public health system does not escape the insidious poison of the ideology of racism that sees people of colour many times more likely to be incarcerated in mental institutions just as our prisons are bursting with a disproportionate number of poor, black people.

In such a climate, is it any wonder that ‘terror alerts’ are so effective when they focus on those sections of our society already alienated and oppressed?


Now whether you think the current ‘alert’ is for real or not, the evidence of both the US and UK’s governments involvement in set-ups and provocations is overwhelming.

‘Latest Terror Threat – More Government Foreknowledge’, By Joel Skousen, World Affairs Brief, 12 August, 2006

‘The British Terrorist Plot: Stage Two of the October Surprise’ Hassan El-Najjar, August 11, 2006

“The Pentagon’s “Second 911″
“Another [9/11] attack could create both a justification and an opportunity to retaliate against some known targets” by Michel Chossudovsky, August 10, 2006

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Twenty-Three Intel Experts Say LA Terror Plot a Sham

Bush Plays Terror Card With Bogus LA Attack Plot

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