More screaming headlines today as twelve men are arrested and detained after police raids in Cardiff, Stoke-on-Trent, London and Birmingham: Rupe’s troops at the Super Soaraway Currant Bun went with a modest “’Terror Plot’ 12 Held”, while Richard “Dirty” Desmond’s finest at the Express had no such reservations, thundering “Evil Bid To Massacre Christmas Shoppers”.
Sad to say, there has not yet been any evidence unearthed to suggest that anyone was about to carry out a “massacre”: no weapons or explosives have turned up despite an exhaustive search. Moreover, the police that carried out the arrests were unarmed, although the Sun reassuringly told that “gun cops were on standby just in case”.
And over in Stoke-on-Trent, the Sentinel has made a discovery not yet picked up by the nationals: one of those arrested, Abu Bosher, a call centre worker, was also arrested back in 2008 over the alleged promotion of extremist views. That investigation went on for 20 months, ending with a lot of resources expended and no charges.
But, so what? Well, two possible conclusions may be drawn, depending on your point of view. The more suspicious might decide that this proves the original 2008 raid was right, and that Bosher was up to something. But to labour over the case for over a year and a half, only to throw in the towel, is not a good sign.
The alternative conclusion is that this is another “Forest Gate” incident, but fortunately without armed officers loosing off their weapons on someone guilty of nothing more than Being Muslim And Wearing A Beard With Intent.