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Friday, August 11, 2006
Moron the Bomb Plotters

We get a little information on them from this article:

The oldest of the named suspects is 35 and the youngest 17. Thirteen of them are from east London - nine from Walthamstow, one from Chingford, one from Leyton, one from the Limehouse and Poplar area and one from Clapton.

Four are from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, and the other two are from Birmingham and Stoke Newington, north London.

The attacks were planned for next Wednesday. The plotters' funds have been frozen. But get this detail:

Today the Bank of England named and froze the assets of 19 of the 24 air terror suspects arrested. The bank was acting under the instruction of Chancellor Gordon Brown and on the advice of the police and security services.

It acted under powers granted by the United Nations to tackle the financing of terrorism in the wake of the September 11 2001 attacks.

How were they noticed? First via a tip:

It all began with a tip: In the aftermath of the July 7, 2005, suicide bombings on London's transit system, British authorities received a call from a worried member of the Muslim community, reporting general suspicions about an acquaintance.

Here's an interesting detail:

One U.S. intelligence source, however, said some of the British suspects arrested had made calls to the United States.

I certainly hope our government did not intercept that call without getting authorization from the UN!

Most of the plotters appear to be Brits of Pakistani descent, although there are a couple of "Taliban Johnny's" as well:

At least two of the suspects are believed to be British males who have converted to Islam, including Umar Islam, 28, from High Wycombe, who was born Brian Young, and Abdul Waheed, 21, from High Wycombe, formerly known as Don Stewart-Whyte, who is believed to be the son of a former Conservative constituency agent.

And there's this usual crap:

Some in the British Muslim community have voiced scepticism about the existence of the plot, claiming that the timing was too convenient in drawing attention away from the crisis in the Middle East.

Many outside the British Muslim community have made the same ridiculous claim.
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