Newsnight - How they undertake in depth investigations into the number of "major terror plots" that the Prime MInister talks about
Newsnight have an e-mail address to which the public are invited to suggest subjects for investigation. (Meirion Jones is a Newsnight producer and (for example) produced Greg Palast's fundNewsnight report on vulture s he also produced Michael Crick's report for Newsnight (BBC2) on the Israeli nuclear sales in the 50's and 60's *** , which was broadcast on 9 March 2006 and wrote an article on it in the New Statesman in 2006 )
We sent an e-mail to Meirion Jones - NewsnightInvestigations@bbc.co.uk
Quite a simple investigation really - here are the basics - just how many "major" terror plots are there ? If in May it was 6 and now it is 30 then it has increased 500% which is remarkable. Of course if the figure of 30 - much quoted elsewhere, is a lie, then that is of interest.
Let us know how you get on.
Someone calling himself Meirion rung back a short while ago. He explained that there were 2,000 people under active investigation and this is what the pM was referring to.
Explained it was good of him to translate for the PM and Government but that wasn't what PM said - he talked of major terrorist plots. That was what Blair & Quick said to MP's , that was what "advisers" with PM talked about.
Evidently not interested in pursueing how many amjor . minor plots there were / are and sawe tis just as semantic onfusion. He remains convinced 2,000 folks un UK were being actively investigated - which is not difficult to believe - the Plods in the Terrorist section must fill in their time doing something - we have over 350 in Greater Manchester alone.
Derided any idea that MI5/6/7/8/9 had infiltrated the plotters of anything - although secret services get up to all sorts.
Poo poohed the Patel plot that the 7/7 bombers were unware of the contents of their bags - they have lots of information they cannot reveal - they know what the 7/7 bombs were made of .....
Totally closed mind to anything but the official party line that the UK is simply crawling with crazed fundamentalist Muslims busy mixing Brylcreem, pepper and Lucozade in bed sits - although somehow connected with a mulit million pound funded hghly successful guerilla force in Afghanistan / Pakistan with access to military explosive etc.,
*** We were selling bits and pieces to the Israeli's for their nuclear programme at the time after 1964 when Harold Wilson installed Anthony Wedgewood Benn (as he then styled himself) as Minister of Technology.
"I'm not only surprised," he says, "I'm shocked." Neither he nor his predecessor Frank Cousins agreed to the sales, he insists, and though he always suspected civil servants of doing deals behind his back, "it never occurred to me they would authorise something so totally against the policy of the government".
Not me guv, I 'no nuffink abaht it .