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The Echo Chamber: News International and Police ‘terror briefings’

The Echo Chamber: News International and Police ‘terror briefings’

  • March 02, 2012
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As the seemingly endless tide of sleaze and corruption continues to ooze out of News International like sewage from a bust pipe, there was  interesting testimony  yesterday from Peter Clarke, the former deputy commissioner of Scotland Yard and head of the antiterrorist branch S013,  on his department’s relationships with the British media and the  Murdoch press in particular.

According to Clarke, the police regularly briefed the media on terrorism-related issues through off-the-record briefings,  formal press statements and conferences,  and  lunches with selected journalists.  Asked about the purpose of these briefings, Clarke replied:

The position with...

It’s Raining Threats, Hallelujah

It’s Raining Threats, Hallelujah

  • February 23, 2012
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Is it time to start scraping the moss off  those decommissioned nuclear bunkers left over from the Cold War,  or dig my own?   Should I stockpile food with a view to staying indoors for the next twenty years?  After all it’s bad enough, as William Hague warned last week, that the UK is within...

Who Bombed Marrakesh?

Who Bombed Marrakesh?

  • September 23, 2011
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The plot thickens at the trial of the nine men accused of carrying out  the atrocious bombing of the Argana cafe in the Place Djama al Fna in Marrakesh last April, in which seventeen people were killed, including eight foreign tourists.  In court this week Adil-el Othmani, one of nine men accused of carrying out...

The 9/11 Decade

The 9/11 Decade

  • September 10, 2011
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Tomorrow it will be exactly ten years since 19 deluded fanatics murdered nearly 3,000 people in the United States.    After the last fortnight of  documentaries, interviews, profiles, newsclips, ‘9/11 short stories’,  a special ‘9/11 Question Time’, BBC broadcasts from ‘ground zero’ and a torrent of opinion pieces in the press and on the Internet,...

The Dawn of the Belly Bomber

  • July 07, 2011
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Osama bin Laden may be dead, but  his  followers  continue to seek ever more ingenious  and dastardly ways of inflicting mayhem on  the West,   according to media reports that the US Department of Homeland Security has ‘ identified a potential threat from terrorists who may be considering surgically implanting explosives or explosive components in...

In Memoriam: Syed Saleem Shahzad

  • June 02, 2011
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The murder of the Pakistani journalist  Syed Saleem Shahzad, bureau chief of the Asia Times Online,  is another indication of the rottenness at the heart of the Pakistani state.   Last year 44 journalists were killed in Pakistan, more than any other country in the world.

Shahzad was one of the most courageous, well-informed and reliable...

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