Friday, August 18, 2006

The sort of story that you must not trust

The BBC is reporting that six "martyrdom" videos were made by the alleged hair-gel terrorists. In the BBC's own words:

Police investigating an alleged plot to bring down airliners have found several martyrdom videos in the course of their searches, the BBC has learned.

Unofficial police sources said the recordings - discovered on laptop computers - appear to have been made by some of the suspects being questioned.

Scotland Yard has refused to comment on what officers are finding.

Well, I take back my earlier praise of the British press. Unnamed, unidentified police sources claim to have found martyrdom videos on laptops -- and the BBC runs the story without question? Bear in mind that:

-- No one has seen the videos
-- The UK police officially won't comment
-- There is a strong, some would say almost certain possibility that if videos have indeed been found, the police don't know what they are or what they contain

If you think I'm crazy, or paranoid, I urge you to rent the BBC documentary "The Power of Nightmares," which contains actual footage of supposed terrorist "surveillance tapes" of Las Vegas. When you actually watch the video, it's pretty clear it was a bunch of teens on vacation who (foolishly, as it turns out) thought it would be fun to tape themselves walking around the strip.

C'mon BBC, pull yourself together -- expose this fearmongering nonsense of a nonplot!


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