Saturday, April 16, 2005

The Ricin plot, the Guardian, the BBC's Mark Easton, the Listener.nz and Le Monde

"In recent years, firm evidence has begun to emerge from Algerian military sources and leading academics that the dreaded armed Islamic group, the GIA, has been, perhaps from the outset..., a dummy, or "screen" organisation managed by French/Algerian counter-intelligence."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/story/0,12780,1461271,00.html

Home Office says sorry to ricin suspects.

According to the Guardian, the Home Office has apologised to 10 men linked to the ricin plot.

Defence lawyers in the ricin trial said the case was a conspiracy used by the government to justify the war in Iraq and detention without trial in the UK.

The Guardian has seen the letter sent to Mahmoud Abu Rideh, a Palestinian refugee who was released last month from Broadmoor high-security psychiatric hospital and is subject to a control order.

In the original control order, he was accused of being involved in the ricin plot.

Mohammed Meguerba is the Algerian ‘supergrass’ at the centre of claims that al-Qaida was linked to the plot to attack Britain with ricin.

Details of the testimony given by Mohammed Meguerba show him lying to British police about his involvement in the plot, and show important inconsistencies in his account.

He claimed that he had learned to make poisons in an al-Qaida camp in Afghanistan in 2002, after the US had invaded and such camps had been smashed up by bombs.

Meguerba is the only source for the belief that the London-based ‘terror gang’ produced ricin, despite scientific tests showing it did not.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/story/0,12780,1461030,00.html

Inconsistencies put credibility of supergrass in question

The Guardian has obtained details of the testimony given by Meguerba which put his credibility in question.

In one account he denied being involved in any ricin plot.

Some accounts say Bourgass downloaded a ricin recipe from the internet.

At one point Meguerba claims a man at Finsbury Park mosque in north London, whom he names, gave him the ricin recipe to photocopy. Later, he said it was Bourgass who gave him the poison recipes.

Lawyers for the accused say Meguerba was not only a police informant but was also an instigator of the conspiracy.

No ricin was found, and tests by government scientists found that none had been produced.
The most significant British terrorism trial since the attacks on America in 2001 ended with eight people being acquitted of conspiracy to murder and the jury deadlocked on the ninth, Bourgass.

While being interviewed by British officers, Mr Meguerba said of his co-conspirator: "I did not say he wanted to kill people."

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/story/0,12780,1461275,00.html

"Politicians and journalists are corroding the foundations of justice"

Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty (the National Council for Civil Liberties), wrote in the Guardian, April 16, 2005:

"I must agree with Simon Jenkins in yesterday's Times. Much of the "ricin reporting" has been a complete disgrace....

"My real disappointment was in the BBC's reports last Wednesday.

"A casual viewer of Mark Easton's blockbuster for the 10 o'clock news and Newsnight could be forgiven for believing that all nine suspects had been convicted...

"Little or no distinction was made between police theories, evidence ruled inadmissible during the trial process, and facts eventually proven in the case...

"No lawyers or more sceptical voices of any kind were included.

"Finally, Mr Easton celebrated that ‘Now at last the legal gag preventing the police from explaining the threat has been lifted’...

Perhaps Mr Easton's report could be sufficient basis for indefinite punishment without trial?

· Shami Chakrabarti is the director of Liberty (the National Council for Civil Liberties)

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Was the Ricin plot organised by the security services?

Kamel Bourgass was the only person convicted in the ‘ricin plot’.

The affair began with Algerian Muhammad Meguerba.

Meguerba was the person who first told the police there was a ricin plot.

Meguerba was the person who, according to Bourgass, had wanted to get hold of a recipe for ricin, to be used against bandits back in Algeria.

Meguerba was the person who led the police to Algerian Kamel Bourgass.

Meguerba was able to skip bail and return to his native Algeria.

Meguerba was a police informant, according to defence lawyers throughout the ricin trial.

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Algeria Ah! This is where wicked Moslem extremists kill people and oppose democracy, isn't it?

Well no, not exactly!

In 1991 the Islamic Party known as FIS won a landslide in the country's first FREE multiparty elections.

The USA was not happy; and the corrupt Algerian elite were not happy.

So the army took over.

Then the killings began. More than 100,000 people have died.

But is it the Moslem extremists doing the killings?

In February 2001, 'The Dirty War', by Habib Souaidia, a former Algerian army officer, was published.

It tells of the part played by the Algerian army in the killing of tens of thousands of Algerians.

Habib writes: "I have seen colleagues burn alive a 15-year-old child.

"I have seen soldiers disguising themselves as terrorists and massacring civilians.

"I have seen colonels kill mere suspects in cold blood.

"I have seen officers torture fundamentalists to death...."

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Comments:
Many thanks to Dr. Gottlieb who said...

Here's an article with some info on false-flag 'Islamist' terror in Algeria.

http://www.listener.co.nz/default,1457.sm

"The details of French/Algerian collusion with the GIA are even more disturbing. It is not simply that Algerian death squads would impersonate the GIA and carry out massacres or create local militias – the so-called Patriotes – to do likewise. In recent years, firm evidence has begun to emerge from Algerian military sources and leading academics that the dreaded GIA has been – perhaps from the outset and certainly under Zitouni's bloody leadership – a dummy, or "screen" organisation managed by French/Algerian counter-intelligence.

Where was the terrorist threat in fact coming from, Le Monde asked rhetorically in November 2002, during its preview of a 90-minute Canal+ television documentary on the Metro bombings, and then cited the right-wing MP and former French counter-intelligence chief Alain Marsaud in reply. "State terrorism uses screen organisations," Marsaud said. "In this case [the GIA] a screen organisation in the hands of the Algerian security services … it was a screen to hold France hostage."

Two recent books by former Algerian military officers have given chapter and verse about the "turning" of the GIA. Last year, the feared Algerian general Khaled Nezzar sued one of the authors (Habib Souaida) in a Paris court for libel – and lost, largely due to compelling testimony by the star witness, the former Algerian colonel Mohammed Samraoui."

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