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UK police deliberately publicise 'evidence' before 'transatlantic terror plot' trials

British police have taken the "highly unusual" step of holding a press conference for the sole purpose of dropping hints about the type of evidence they intend to use to convict their suspects in the alleged "trans-atlantic terror plot".

The press conference is being "criticised by lawyers who say it's wrong to rehearse the evidence before the public when there's going to be a trial", Britain's state news service reports. However, the BBC does not explore the reasons why legal experts "say it's wrong". It is considered "wrong", of course, because state propaganda of this nature is well established as a method for manipulating the oucome of a trial.

The BBC offers a reassuring explanation for the regime's strategy, claiming that the authorities are trying "to put out some information to the public about what they found without linking that material directly to the suspects". Yet the BBC does "link" the news story directly to the "suspects". In fact, the "suspects" were mentioned right from the very first paragraph of the very same article, beneath the headline "'Bomb plot' inquiry details revealed", and again in the second paragraph, and so on. Would the BBC also inform us that the police and prosecution service are impartial and do not care whether their prosecution is successful or not?

The British regime knows perfectly well that their deliberate hints about the "evidence", and information about the suspects and their trial, will be reported by the mass media as part of the same ongoing news story. The police know it too, and so do journalists including Daniel Sandford of the BBC, whose career benefits from a mutually convenient relationship with senior government officials.

The regime has ensured that the top news headlines tonight and tomorrow will be dominated by reports providing detailed hints about police "evidence" alongside details of the suspects.

'Bomb plot' inquiry details revealed

Police investigating an alleged plot to blow up several transatlantic airliners have taken the unusual step of releasing a number of pieces of information into the public domain after suspects were charged.

Eleven people were charged in connection with the alleged plot on Monday.

The Met's Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke told journalists bomb-making equipment, including chemicals and electrical components, had been found during the investigation into the alleged plot.

A number of video recordings known as "martyrdom videos" had also been recovered, he said.

Public reassurance

BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford said: "This highly unusual move has been very highly criticised by lawyers who say it's wrong to rehearse the evidence before the public when there's going to be a trial.

"There's a feeling at Scotland Yard that, such is the seriousness of the material that they've found and such is the seriousness of the measures that they took at airports, that they have to try to explain to the public why it is that they've done this.

"They felt it was necessary in a controlled way to put out some information to the public about what they found without linking that material directly to the suspects themselves."

Speaking after the charges were made, Mr Clarke said: "I would like to reassure the public that we are doing everything we can to keep you safe so that you can live your lives without being in constant fear.

"The threat from terrorism is real. It is here, it is deadly and it is enduring.

"As we all look for explanations, we cannot afford to be complacent and ignore the reality of what we face."

He added: "However, the investigation is far from complete. The scale is immense, inquiries will span the globe.

"The enormity of the alleged plot will be matched only by our determination to follow every lead and line of inquiry."

Houses searched

Mr Clarke said the investigation of the material seized by police was likely to take months.

In the unusual development, he then went into significant detail about the police investigation so far and the evidence their inquiries had uncovered. This included:

* 69 searches carried out of houses, flats and business premises, vehicles and open spaces

* Searches had found more than 400 computers, 200 mobile telephones and 8,000 computer media items such as memory sticks, CDs and DVDs

* Police experts have removed 6,000 gigabytes of data from the seized computers

* Bomb-making equipment, including chemicals and electrical components have been seized, police said

* A number of video recordings recovered.


BBC News, "'Bomb plot' inquiry details revealed", 22 August 2006.


BBC News, "Suspects in court in media glare", 22 August 2006.
    Eleven people accused of being involved in an alleged plot to blow up transatlantic planes have appeared in court amid intense media interest.
    She has an eight-month-old baby son and has been attempting to breastfeed him while in custody by expressing milk.
    Dressed in a headscarf and shawl, she looked on as her solicitor applied for her to be released on bail but the application was refused and she was remanded in custody along with the other defendants.
    Mrs Ali, the 17-year-old and another defendant, Mehran Hussain, indicated through their lawyers that they would plead not guilty.
    The proceedings were conducted in the full glare of the media and the court was packed with about 30 reporters.

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