By Lawrence Archer, Fiona Bawdon
In January 2003, the British media splashed the scoop that anti-terror police had disrupted an Al-Qaeda telephone, poised to unharness the lethal poison ricin at the capital. Police had reportedly came across lines of ricin, in addition to a panoply of bomb and poison-making gear within the cell's 'factory of death' - a shabby flat in north London. 'This probability is current and actual, and with us now' introduced top minister Tony Blair. yet, whilst the 'ricin plot' got here to trial on the previous Bailey, a really varied tale emerged: there has been no ricin and no refined plot. hardly ever has a criminal case been so shamelessly distorted via govt, media and defense forces to push their very own 'tough on terror' agendas. during this meticulously researched and compellingly written publication, Lawrence Archer, the jury foreman on the trial, and journalist Fiona Bawdon, provide the definitive tale of the ricin plot, the trial and its aftermath.
"A fresh perception into how the govt. and protection companies shamelessly seized on an alleged conspiracy to advertise their “war on terror”. It was once even used to supply ammunition for the invasion of Iraq. The media was once manipulated. The plot by no means existed and no ricin used to be came upon. this can be an within tale of a six month trial which gives beneficial classes, now not least to budding participants of MI5 and the police." --Richard Norton-Taylor, defense Editor of the Guardian
"This is the tale of the plot that by no means used to be. it's a salutary story of how during which September 11 scared our police and safety institution into crediting what at worst have been the damaging fantasies of a handful of muddle-headed refugees. at the foundation of a few recipes for poison scribbled on a section of paper through one Kamel Bourgass, six different Algerians as well as Bourgass have been charged with conspiracy to homicide. A long trial related to a battery of QCs and large rate to the British taxpayer led to the acquittal of all of the defendants except Bourgass, who used to be convicted of not more than a public order offence. in simple terms the braveness of a few individuals of the jury, considered one of whom has co-authored this lucid brief e-book, have introduced the whole tale into the general public area. it is a praiseworthy instance of a jury, higher positioned than somebody else to understand what fairly is going on in our felony justice process, exposing how injustice happens while worry of terrorism distorts the objectivity of the prosecution process." --Sir Geoffrey Bindman
"The blameless suspects in Archer’s stunning yet hugely insightful publication stay in an international of deep suspicion. This international is ready to utilise info extracted below torture, to inflate and conflate the specter of terrorism with immigration issues and, to justify a conflict of profession in accordance with a terrorist plot that in basic terms ever existed within the mind's eye of a central authority – a central authority that lied to its personal humans and forgot to confess it. it's left as much as respectable males like Lawrence Archer to assist decide up the items of the lives shattered via this unjust process." --Moazzam Begg, Director of Cageprisoners
"Gripping! I couldn’t positioned it down. In telling it love it is, Lawrence Archer and Fiona Bawdon have supplied a few reparation to the blameless Algerians stuck up in a single of the UK’s such a lot arguable anti-terrorist trials. those Algerians are nonetheless scuffling with to at the present time to set up that they're now not the ‘enemy aliens’ of well known delusion, yet impoverished exiles suffering to outlive in a crushing, adverse world." --Liz Fekete, writer of an acceptable Enemy: Racism, Migration and Islamophobia in Europe (Pluto, 2009).