Aargh! The BBC have edited their previous online report of the Kamel Bourgass "Ricin terror plot" court case, not by filing an updated story, but by editing the original published file:
Our previous comment was on:
Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 April, 2005, 15:09 GMT 16:09 UK
"Man guilty of poison conspiracy
Kamel Bourgass was jailed for life in June 2004
A suspected al-Qaeda operative who stabbed to death a police officer has been convicted of plotting to spread poisons on the streets of Britain."
Luckily we have saved a copy of this for reference.
However, currently, the story has been given a new title, but it retains the original URL, presumably to try to confuse us and any search engines.
Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 April, 2005, 17:29 GMT 18:29 UK
"Killer jailed over poison plot
An al-Qaeda suspect who stabbed to death a policeman has been jailed for 17 years for plotting to spread ricin and other poisons on the UK's streets"
They have added in even more Police speculation, and the whole "Ricin" angle to the report has been hyped up with extra mentions of Ricin, and even sidebar links to
Trials give terror battle insight
Questions over ricin conspiracy
Mystery still surrounds killer
Key figures in ricin case
The ricin case timeline
In pictures: The ricin conspiracy"
What is going on ? Even the BBC background report does mention that "no ricin was found"
Does nobody else think it strange that someone living in a flat above a Pharmacy, did not even try to order "botox" or other pharmaceutical poisons with a false prescription ?
The Climate of Fear hype is also ramped up, with no justification.
"Anti-terror chief Peter Clarke said a "real and deadly threat" was averted.
The BBC's Home Editor Mark Easton says the authorities in Britain believe there was a plan to co-ordinate chemical and biological attacks across Europe.
In London targets were to include the underground
And in Paris the authorities suspect the Metro and Eiffel Tower could have been attacked"
What link with Paris was established ?
The only link is that there was a similar "no ricin found" case in France last year, that of Menad Benchellali, with whom Kemal Bourgass was pointedly not charged or convicted of conspiracy.