The Daily Mail right wing tabloid newspaper, has chosen to add to the media spin and hype creating a Climate of Fear by devoting it's entire front page to an unsubstantiated report by undisclosed sources, of alleged plots, by uknown persons, vaguely claimed to be involve Al Quaeda.
The headline reads:
"TARGET: CANARY WHARF"
'Al Queda plot to hijack jets and fly them into skyscrapers is smashed'
The article has no details about when this alleged plot ot plots were discoverd, or supposedly disrupted, or even the country where the alleged plotters were based.
Other news media e.g. ITV news have chosen to lead with this alleged "story", based on only the Daily Mail report, as if it were verifiably true, illustrating their coverage with stock video footage of the alleged targets.
Astonishingly, ITV News are even claiming that "ITV News has discovered " the alleged plot, which is unbelievable. It would appear that their idea of investigative journalism consists of picking up a tabloid newspaper on the way in to the office. Their leading story on their morning news bulletin does not even mention the Daily Mail, which , obviously, like all newspapers was printed last night, as the source for their report.
If ITV news have actually "confirmed" this report, did they do it simply by being fed the same "off the record" briefing by a Government spin doctor as the Daily Mail ?
Government Minister Alan Milburn claimed to have no knowledge of the alleged plots when interviewd about it by ITV News.
Even if this alleged plot was true, the timing of the report must be hugely suspect, givenn that today is the day of the Queen's Speech to Parliament, which is likely to be full of "law and order" legislation.
"London terror attacks thwarted
01:50am 23rd November 2004
September 11-style terror attacks on the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf were thwarted, it emerged today ahead of the Queen's Speech, which will focus on security.
Plans to crash aircraft into the three skyscrapers in London's Docklands were among four or five al Qaida strikes that security chiefs believe they have stopped.
Training programmes for suicide pilots who planned a spectacular attack on the financial centre were disrupted, a senior authoritative source told the Daily Mail.
Heathrow Airport was another high-profile target for a possible simultaneous strike, the newspaper also reported.
There were no details of when or where the plot was uncovered, or how close the fanatics were to success.
Downing Street, the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police declined to comment on the reports.
Some of the City's leading companies operate from the Canary Wharf office complex, including Trinity Mirror, owners of the Mirror, and the Telegraph Group.
The tallest of the three towers reportedly targeted is the 771ft One Canada Square 50-storey building, which is complemented by its twin neighbours, both 655ft and 45 storeys high.
The source told the newspaper that the threats were real and were not deliberately exaggerated for political purposes.
"This is not about politics, it's about hard work behind the scenes to stop what is a clear threat," the source said."
"'Security services foil 9/11 attack in UK'
6.19AM, Tue Nov 23 2004
ITV News understands that the security services have thwarted four or five September 11-style attacks on targets including Canary Wharf and Heathrow Airport.
One plot is said to have involved pilots being trained to fly into target buildings, including London's famous financial centre and the world's busiest airport.
It is one of a number of attacks planned by al-Qaeda since 9/11 that have come to nothing after the authorities intervened.
The disclosure comes as the Government prepares to unveil a series of tough law-and-order Bills in this morning's Queen's Speech, setting out the legislative programme for what is expected to be the final session of the current Parliament."