Have an early class this semester so, getting up as early as I did, there are few facts out about this foiled terror plot. This from the Agence France-Presse via the National Post.
LONDON — British police have arrested five men on suspicion of preparing a “terrorist” attack linked to the ongoing state visit of Pope Benedict XVI, Scotland Yard said on Friday.
Police said the men were arrested early on Friday “on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism” but the itinerary and policing arrangements for the pope’s visit remain unchanged.
The five, aged between 26 and 50, were arrested under the Terrorism Act at what police said was a business premises in central London at around 5:45 a.m. local time.
Searches at that property and houses in north and east London have not so far recovered any “hazardous items,” Scotland Yard said.
“Following today’s arrests the policing arrangements for the papal visit were reviewed and we are satisfied that our current policing plan remains appropriate,” Scotland Yard said in a statement.
“The itinerary has not changed. There is no change to the U.K. threat level.”
The pope is spending Friday in London conducting a series of engagements on the second day of his state visit, including meeting Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and holding joint prayers with him at Westminster Abbey.
That service will be attended by figures reportedly set to include Britain’s former prime ministers Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
The BBC report I saw described these five terror suspects as “mixed ethnically and foreign born.” Has it gotten so politically correct that you can’t say “Muslim extremist” anymore? More media purposeful ignorance and denial if you ask me. Pathetic…
UPDATE: This just coming in, it seems these “mixed ethnically and foreign born” were indeed “Muslim extremists”, more specially, Algerian radicals. More from Agence France-Presse via the National Post.
…As media reports said the men were Algerian, police were searching several properties in the British capital but reported they had not yet found any “hazardous items.”
The massive security operation for the pope’s four-day visit to Scotland and England is costing up to £1.5-million.
The alert came on the second day of the first-ever papal state visit to Britain…
While it is good to get more details on this terror plot, this particular report starts drifting off topic. Well that is where the story ends and the media bias begins.
…On the first day of his visit, the pope warned of the risk of “aggressive secularism” in Britain and greeted tens of thousands of people at a mass in Glasgow and on the streets of Edinburgh.
The pope has also made some of his clearest condemnations yet of the abuse of children by priests, saying the Catholic Church was not “vigilant” enough about the problem and insisting the revelations of paedophilia “were a shock to me.”
Pope Benedict hinted at the pedophile scandal on Thursday, saying in a speech at a college in Twickenham, southwest London, that it was the job of Catholic schools to provide “a safe environment for children and young people.”
Pope Benedict is expected to meet a group of 10 victims of abuse on Friday or Saturday in London.
The run-up to the visit was clouded by criticism of the Catholic Church’s handling of child abuse by priests and a furore over the £20-million cost.
Protests were small on the first day of the visit in Edinburgh and Glasgow on Thursday, easing anxiety about large-scale demonstrations.
A group of 20 protesters gathered outside the college in Twickenham Friday, waving banners with slogans such as “There is no God — get over it” and “The pope is wrong, put a condom on.”
Three scantily-clad men dressed as angels — sent by a gay dating website — also joined the protesters.
One protester, 47-year-old Gareth Evans, said: “This Church has not changed in centuries and probably never will. This is not a woolly, fluffy, lovely Church. It is a hating Church which is run with a lot of hatred.”
Pope Benedict will travel to the central English city of Birmingham Sunday, where he will preside over the beatification of a 19th century cardinal, John Henry Newman, an Anglican who switched to Catholicism, in the climax of the visit…
Explain to me again how past allegations of pedophilia within the Church relate to a terror plot fueled by Islamic hatred? Explain to me how gay protests of the Pope’s visit relate to this as well? This is a demonstration of how blatantly biased the media is. I don’t need to read David F. Pierre Jr’s book, Double Standard: Abuse Scandals and the Attack on the Catholic Church to know that this hatred towards the Roman Catholic Church exists. One just needs to turn on the news and watch the coverage of the Pope’s United Kingdom visit. Newsbusters.org’s Kyle Drennen has a post up concerning CBS’s attempts to spin this visit as one steeped in “criticism and controversy”. If it was just one news outlet doing this, it wouldn’t be as big a problem, but this is something seen in almost all coverage of the Pope’s visit to the United Kingdom.
It would be nice if, instead of being obsessed with the Church’s stance on “secularism” and past controversies concerning child abuse, these news outlets would report on the terrorist plot without having to bring up everything else. It would also be nice if they could say “Islamic radicalism” when referring to these terrorists, like how they can’t stop tying the Catholic Church to “intolerance” and pedophilia. They could also be honest about child molestation, maybe even point out that such abuse is far more common in the public school system than the Church, and that teachers unions do far more to hide such offenders from prosecution than any Christian organization, even the Catholic Church.
Why not report the story without this bias? I would bet this story would have been different if the “mixed ethnically and foreign born” terrorists were the victims and a group of Catholics were the perpetrators. Disgusting…