IHRC is delighted to host an evening with Lawrence Archer and Fiona Bawdon to discuss their book Ricin! The Inside Story of the Terror Plot That Never Was.
Date: 9 February 2011 (Wednesday) Time: 18:30 – 20:30
Venue: IHRC Bookshop and Gallery, North West London, UK
In January 2003, the British media splashed the news that anti-terror police had disrupted an Al-Qaeda cell, poised to unleash the deadly poison ricin on the capital. Police had reportedly found traces of ricin, as well as a panoply of bomb and poison-making equipment in the cell’s ‘factory of death’ – a shabby flat in north London. ‘This danger is present and real, and with us now’ announced prime minister Tony Blair.
But, when the ‘ricin plot’ came to trial at the Old Bailey, a very different story emerged: there was no ricin and no sophisticated plot. Rarely has a legal case been so shamelessly distorted by government, media and security forces to push their own ‘tough on terror’ agendas. In this meticulously researched and compellingly written book, Lawrence Archer, the jury foreman at the trial, and journalist Fiona Bawdon, give the definitive story of the ricin plot, the trial and its aftermath.
About The Author
Lawrence Archer is the telecoms engineer who was foreman of the jury at the 2005 ricin trial. He has followed the lives of the acquitted defendants ever since, including attending their High Court and immigration appeal hearings.
Fiona Bawdon is a freelance journalist. She writes on criminal and civil justice issues for the national and specialist legal press.
Actually the man at the heart of the case, Kamel Bourgass, is a terrorist who has been convicted of murdering a police officer, as noted in this post on the problem of terrorism denial.
But Bourgass is more than a bumbling fool. He was a member of an Algerian terrorist group, the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (now al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) and was sent to Afghanistan to train with al-Qaeda. At the training camp, Bourgass met Mohammed Meguerba, convicted in Algeria in 2005 on terrorism charges, and the two men learnt how to make poisons there. Those who attended the al-Qaeda camp were told to set up sleeper cells across Europe.
What makes this event grotesquely funny is that people hurling accusations of scaremongering are teaming up with the IHRC just as it publishes a ludicrous article by Stephen Lendman, the man who spread the Haiti blood libel against Israel.
This time Lendman strikes deep into troofer territory:
A Home Office spokesman said: “We are committed to stopping people becoming or supporting terrorists or violent extremists,” even though Britain, like America, faces no terror threat. Claiming it is entirely bogus to hype fear for political advantage.
Here he is on the “dancing slags” case:
It involved a half-ton of ammonium nitrate, allegedly to blow up a London shopping center, nightclub and other targets. Though charges were entirely bogus, alleged “bombers” were convicted and imprisoned, despite no plot and no crime.
On the latest cartoon rage plot:
On December 29, based on suspicions only, several Muslim men (several entering from Sweden) were arrested for allegedly planning to attack the Jyllands-Posten newspaper offices, the same broadsheet that published 2005 satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. One was later released. No incriminating evidence links them to a plot. Yet they’ll likely face “preliminary” terrorism related charges, Denmark’s PET security police head, Jakob Scharf, saying:
“It is our assessment that this is a militant Islamic group; and they have links to international terrorist networks,” even though he has no evidence proving it. Once again, guilty by accusation.
On July 7, 2005, BBC reported that three blasts struck the London Underground. Another struck a city double-decker bus (called 7/7). All occurred during the morning rush hour for maximum disruption and casualties. Prime Minister Tony Blair called them terrorist attacks. Four men were later charged. Three were Muslims, the other Jamaican-born. At precisely the same time, an anti-terror drill occurred, simulating the real attacks. It was no coincidence, raising legitimate questions about a false flag.
AP reported that the London Israeli embassy warned Scotland Yard about 7/7 in advance, and Israeli Army Radio said “Scotland Yard had intelligence warning of the attacks a short time before they occurred,” but didn’t act or issue alerts. Moreover, Israel’s finance minister at the time, Benjamin Netanyahu, was told to skip a London economic conference where he was scheduled to speak. Other officials were also warned, but not the public. It’s no stretch calling 7/7 a false flag operation to heighten fear and keep Britain and America embroiled in war.
On June 30, 2007, a Jeep Cherokee with propane canisters crashed into Glasgow International Airport’s glass doors. BBC reported that it “was in the middle of the doorway burning, (but) the car didn’t actually explode. There were a few pops and bangs which presumably the petrol.”
Neither Brown or media reports cited evidence, just fear mongering charges. Another false flag was likely to maintain public support for the war on terror that’s also a war on Islam in America, continental Europe and Britain.
If Lawrence Archer and Fiona Bawdon want to be seen as fools who are happy to be used by extremists, they are doing the right thing by appearing at an IHRC event.