Tuesday, September 05, 2006


No cell phone plot, but will we get that news in tomorrow's papers?

Do you remember that just after the British broke up what they claimed was a plot to blow up US-bound airplanes, three Palestinian-American men were arrested for possessing a truckload of prepaid cell phones and charged with planning a terror attack on Michigan's Mackinac Bridge?

That story was big headlines across the country.

Let's see if the papers run equally big headlines now that all charges against the men have been dropped.

U.S. District Court Magistrate Charles Binder threw out federal conspiracy and money laundering charges against them today. Michigan charges against the men were thrown out Aug. 16

I'm still waiting to see what happens with the British case.

Most people only see the initial headlines and don't realize that the overwhelming majority of these cases never result in terrorist convictions or most often convictions of any kind. The British are even worse. So let's see what happens with that story.

Particularly as US elections loom closer, one can expect that more "plots" and "threats" will be uncovered, only to be discredited later.

Yet newspapers only give us one-half of the story. If they were doing their jobs, Americans would know that there were no WMDs in Iraq and that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11. That news seems to have disappeared also, except occasionally in fine print on inside pages.


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