Britain, the Airline Bomb Plot, Accusations and Evidence

As you might have heard or read, if you have gone anywhere near any sort of news vendor, 11 people have been charged in the ‘airline bomb plot’. The charges are varieties of conspiracy to commit terrorism, or knowing about it and not reporting it. So I decided to go through the various articles and coverage I could find with a google news search and create a quick overview of what I think should be important in the media coverage.

Some quick numbers:

  • 25 people arrested since August 10 in Britain for the airline bomb plot
  • 11 people of the above 25 were charged today
  • 3 people have been released with no charges
  • 11 others remain in custody without being charged with a crime
  • British police can detain someone for 28 days without pressing charges under recent terrorism legislation
  • “Scotland Yard has until Wednesday evening to question 10 of the other 11 suspects and was tonight applying for a custody extension in the case of the 11th.”
  • Up to 17 people are also being held in Pakistan for the plot.
  • 69 locations have been searched
  • 400 computers, 200 cellphones and 8,000 data storage devices have been confistcated(6000 gb worth of data)

Evidence so far:

  • hydrogen peroxide
  • electrical components
  • suicide notes & wills
  • ‘martyrdom’ video recordings
  • surveillance data

I am also giving the Irish Examiner extra points in the media fairness game for including this quote:
“Ms Hemming reminded the media to report today’s developments in a responsible manner which would not prejudice forthcoming legal proceedings. She said: ‘These individuals are only accused of these offences and they have a right to a fair trial.'”

I would say I read about 15 articles which were written with the data from the same press conference, this article was the only one to mention that! It’s also important to understand that giving the government greater powers to prevent terrorist attacks and supporting preemptive actions, such as detaining people without pressing charges, and looser rules of search and seizure, also means that we need to give people a better trial.

Some sources:
The Chron
The Star
The Irish Examiner
I read quite a few other articles, including ones from more respected sources such as the Financial Times, CNN and more, but they didn’t have any more information to report and didn’t have the detail and different perspectives that these did. Also they blended together and were boring.

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