U.S. INTELLIGENCE TRADES ON FEAR

November 4, 2010 – 11:46 am



If the Yemen cargo package is designed to make people fearful, then, as journalist Yvonne Ridley points out, “we can not sacrifice our freedoms and liberties just because America wants to impose its own neurosis, hysteria and paranoia on the rest of the world”.

We are in the grip of yet another so-called terror plot designed to terrify the wits out of everyone.

Anyone of a nervous disposition was sent in to a tailspin of panic over the increasingly dramatic news coverage… this manifested itself in a tsunami of 911 calls in America which paralysed parts of New York, Maine and Philadelphia for several hours.

Mercifully in Britain the majority of us refuse to get caught up in this bloody nonsense for many different reasons. The primary one being we had already endured more than three decades of this during the height of the IRA activities in London.

Virtually every single day for 30 years there would be some terror alert in the English capital - it was called shoestring terrorism. One telephone call could bring a halt to a section of the London Underground. The police would make their necessary checks, the media would ignore it and we all got on with our lives refusing to be intimidated by Irish terrorism.

And that is exactly how we should have treated October 29’s terror nonsense - that does not mean to say people should be reckless or less vigilant but governments should stop trying to impose a fear factor on its citizens. We can not sacrifice our freedoms and liberties just because America wants to impose its own neurosis, hysteria and paranoia on the rest of the world.

While British anti-terror police say no explosives were found in a suspicious package found onboard a UPS flight, the White House issued a statement completely contradicting this. Now the parcel has been removed for full forensic testing!

Call me cynical, but I find it too much of a coincidence that this bizarre alert came less than 24 hours after British Airways chairman Martin Broughton has accused the country of bowing to US demands for increased airport security measures.

While British anti-terror police say no explosives were found in a suspicious package found onboard a UPS flight, the White House issued a statement completely contradicting this. Now the parcel has been removed for full forensic testing!

Mr Broughton criticised the US for imposing more security checks on US-bound flights, but not on its own domestic services. He urged the UK to stop kowtowing to demands for passengers to take their shoes off and to put any laptop computers through scanners to be screened separately. The UK government said it would give airport operators permission to review their security procedures and I hope they stick to their promise despite all this nonsense.

One of the most ridiculous procedures we have to go through is to submit all of our potions, lotions and liquids to airport security. This came about because of the so-called plot to blow 10 airliners out of the sky. That the fools behind this crazy scheme didn’t even have passports or a collective IQ of George W Bush mattered not.

A video was shown of an explosion onboard a plane if this chemical had been mixed with that chemical. The fact the bombmakers would have had to create sub zero laboratory conditions onboard a plane which would take around 40 minutes, mattered not.

As a frequent flyer I can tell you no one would be allowed to hog the tiny toilets for more than five minutes. Yet despite this nonsense we have to hand over our liquids, but can buy them in vast quantities minutes later having past through airport security.

Just recently I was stopped because I had a brand new 200ml jar of Eve Lom face cleanser and was told I could not take it through. I pleaded for some commonsense from the security officer and he even went to his superior when I pointed out that the jar cost more than my airline ticket. A nearby passenger who had just wistfully given up his full bottle of Remy Martin brandy sympathized with me. Since when did Eve Lom become a threat to Britain’s national security?

The British Government’s COBRA emergency committee is meeting as I write this. God only knows what will transpire but I hope this coalition government distances itself from these crazy security terror alerts coming over from the Americans.

US President Barack Obama is facing his mid-term elections… if either he or his team have resorted to the “terror threat” ploy so often used by his predecessor to try and win votes then shame on them. Of course what better way to divert voters’ minds from Afghanistan, Iraq and Wikileaks than to create a fresh new bogeyman… Yemen.

Any government which uses security and fear to win votes does not deserve to be in power.

Note: Yvonne Ridley is a presenter for Iran’s Press TV’s show The Agenda (UK staff) and co-presenter of the Rattansi & Ridley show. She had previously worked for Al Jazeera and the Sunday Express. The above article was posted at Information Clearing House.

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YEMEN SAYS NO UPS CARGO FLIGHTS TO U.S. ON OCT 29

The government of Yemen has expressed astonishment at the cargo plane bomb plots, claiming there were no UPS cargo planes that had taken off from Yemen on Friday or any indirect or direct flights to British or American airports, the Telegraph reported on October 30.

In a statement distributed to journalists and posted on the official website, the statement warned against “rush decisions in a case as sensitive as this one and before investigations reveal the truth”.

The government also promised an investigation into allegations that the packages had originated in Yemen.

“We are working closely with international partners - including the US - on the incident,” the statement said.

British and Dubai authorities stated that the two packages found on cargo jets originated from Yemen carried by FedEx and UPS parcel services.

The discovery of the packages has once more put the spotlight on Yemen and the growth of the Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula militant group.

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