Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Extraordinary admissions

On Sunday the top story on The Independent’s website blared out in its headline:
Extraordinary admission to interrogators by London bomb
The extraordinary admission?
A suspected member of the 21 July bomb cell has told investigators he was motivated by the Iraq war, not religion.
Osman Hussain, suspected of attempting to blow up commuters in Shepherd's ush,
west London, has given an extraordinary account of a plot hatched in a basement gym in Notting Hill, according to leaks from his interrogation by Italian investigating magistrates.
This “admission” was apparently contained in an Italian police report on its interrogations of Hussain. Today, however, we hear a different story from the BBC. Buried in an article about how Hussain apparently did not intend to harm anyone with his bomb (insert guffaw), his lawyer is quoted as saying:
"The justification for [the bombing] was to do with Muslim women and the way
that they've been treated.”
No word today from The Independent on this new “extraordinary admission”, and given that it doesn’t particularly meld with its own opposition to the liberation of Iraq, don’t expect to see any headlines on it soon.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both the Independent & Mail covered their front pages with "it's cos of Iraq".

Those newspapers are so blinded by their opposition to Bush, Blair & the war on terror that they can't see the ridiculousness of picking up one claim by this terrorist whilst his other utterances are obviously lies, e.g. it was only a pretend bomb.

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

We haven't heard this "second admission" in the U.S. yet, though I've heard of the first "admission".

Yeah, I was equally incredulous when he said "We didn't intend to hurt anybody, just scare people." Well frankly I don't give a damn. Treat it like an attempted terrorist attack. Here, if you hold up a bank teller and tell him/her to "put the money in the bag" while you're holding a gun to them, it doesn't matter whether the gun's loaded or not. You get charged the same.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This case gets more & more ridiculous. After his lawyer reports that he didn't mean any harm & he knows of no terrorist organisation, today's Times reports that she is now trying to cut him a Mafia style supergrass deal. He would escape prosecution & be given a new identity (he already has several passports to choose from!) in return for spilling the beans on Mr Big.
So does he know members of terrorist groups or not? The Italian legal dance seems even more elaborate than ours.

12:27 PM  

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