Meanwhile, (and this arguably belongs with the piece above, but there's no comments section) here's one we all missed:Police sieze rocket launchers, an NBC suit, and "the largest haul of chemical explosives ever found at a house in Britain".Why did this not make the national news? They were BNP supporters, not "muslim extremists".
The real question is not why the above story didn't make headline news, but why so many ludicrously impractical schemes of mass destruction by "muslim extremists" do make headline news.The country is undoubtedly full of people plotting to make Blue Peter style "dirty bombs" out of empy fairy liquid bottles, fertiliser and exotic neurotoxins. Fortunately, the ones that make the headlines never even had the potential to work - if it were that easy, it would have happened already.
The real question is... why so many ludicrously impractical schemes of mass destruction by "muslim extremists" do make headline news.Granted, but I think there's a little more to it than that. The wider question is: why are these people not being charged as terrorists?It turns out there's a better overview on Wikipedia, by the way, with links to press coverage:Talbot Street bomb-making haul
Becuase the anti-terrorism laws are not there to prevent terrorism or capture terrorists, they are about appearing 'tough' on terrorism.If there isn't widespread newspaper coverage of a story, there is no need to wheel out terror laws - criminals can be charged with the crime they've actually committed instead.
Does Britain have much experience with home-grown terrorism? Here in the States, the government would be coming down on these people with both feet, but we had Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing. It seems like the press didn't pick up the story because the police told them there wasn't actually any planned terrorist activity. One is forced to wonder what point all the stockpiling could possibly have had, then. (Purely defensive in case Britain is invaded, perhaps? Although that may not be so far-fetched given that rampant paranoia seems to be a precondition for BNP membership.)
Does Britain have much experience with home-grown terrorism?Britain has a long history of dealing with terrorism from white English-speakers at least, although the question of whether or not it was "domestic" is precisely what all the terrorism was about.
Oh, certainly. I wasn't very clear. I actually meant specifically far right lunatics like McVeigh and, apparently, these folks. (The far left lunatics pretty much abandoned terrorism around the mid-70s in the U.S. and the lunatics seem to be on the right these days.)