Sunday, November 19, 2006

BAROT, NOT BORAT: Crackpot dirty bomb mastermind, as seen by mainstream media

Dhiren Barot, not Borat, the alleged al Qaeda mastermind who thought he could make a dirty bomb from thousands of smoke detectors, was not portrayed as an incompetent creep by the mainstream media.

Instead he was traded up as a mass murdering and near super demonical jack-of-all-terrors boojum. Barot, not the boob known as Borat, was capable of mayhem from London to New York.
Barot, the dirty bomber
The newsmedia declined to explain the flaunting ignorance of Barot's dirty bomb plan, which threw into question his capacity for simple extended reasoning. Although Barot had no materials for any of his extravagant plots, he apparently had electronic documents out the wazoo. Newsmen chose to interpret this as a case of quantity equaling quality when an inverse assumption was just as legitimately logical.

Excerpts from the media, on the man who thought he could make a dirty bomb from thousands of smoke detectors:

"An al-Qaida operative conducting surveillance on U.S. soil in 2000 favored using a limousine packed with explosives or a hijacked oil tanker truck to attack financial institutions in Manhattan and New Jersey, police officials said.

"Police say Barot was fixated on the black sedans regularly used by corporate executives in New York . . ."

Seattle Post Intelligencer.

"The proposals for the strikes in Britain and for those against the Prudential
Building, the International Monetary Fund in Washington and the New York Stock Exchange and the Citigroup headquarters in New York were sent to al-Qaida leadership like 'corporate reports going to head office,' a British judge said.

"Barot himself was nearly impossible to keep track of. An experienced terrorist, he was highly skilled in counter-surveillance techniques, and made it as difficult as possible for officers to gather the evidence they knew they needed if he was ever to be convicted in a court of law.

"In the end, their hand was forced. When Barot's terrifying plans were discovered on a laptop seized during a raid in Pakistan, detectives knew they had to arrest him immediately, despite the fact that there was almost no admissible evidence against him . . ."

The Guardian.

Borat, not Barot."In a detailed proposal submitted to al-Qaida financiers in Pakistan, Barot planned to use a six-man team to blow up limousines in underground parking garages — a plan that Barot said would kill 'hundreds if the building collapses.' "

"Lawson said Barot also wrote in documents that he wanted to add napalm and nails to the limousine bombs to 'heighten the terror and chaos.' He also considered adding radioactive material, Lawson said, but decided a dirty bomb should be used in a separate attack.

"[Judge] Butterfield described the plans as determined, sophisticated and deadly."

"Discovery of the plots led U.S. President George W. Bush to raise the U.S. terrorism threat level in 2004. . .

"Four computer files found by investigators had been drawn up like "business plans," setting out detailed cases for attacking different U.S. financial sector targets, Lawson said. Prosecutor Edmund Lawson said the group had proposals to use a radioactive 'dirty bomb' and to ignite a petrol tanker, ramming it into a high-profile British target . . ."

-- from the International Herald Tribune.


Anonymous Elihu Ihms said...

These sort of yellow journalism scaretactics are to be expected when the sole concern of editors is to move as much shlock as possible.

For me, the crowning jewel amidst these sordid tales of fearmongering is the Guardian article getting all frothymouthed over recreating smallpox from commercially synthesized DNA. (Did you know the genome for smallpox is available from the NIH? Oh the horror!)

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