Thursday, August 10, 2006

Weird BBC

'Airlines terror plot' disrupted

Today's major article is currently (the BBC apparently has a habit of quietly rewriting them without telling anybody) a masterpiece of mealy-mouthedness:

  • "21 people" are in custody. Do we know anything about these 21 people? Well:
  • Police had spoken to a "good number of community leaders to make them aware that a major operation was under way." Which community was this? Doesn't say. I wonder if it was the leaders of the Bath and Wells Mother's Union?
  • According to BBC sources the "principal characters" suspected of being involved in the plot were British-born. But British-born what? Sheep? Cuckoos?

Well, you won't find the answers in the BBC article. No doubt somebody has decided that the truth could either give offense or incite prejudice. But was that person in the BBC or in the Home Office? The best we can hope for seems to be that the answers will leak out in time.

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