By Lawrence Archer, Fiona Bawdon
In January 2003, the British media splashed the inside track that anti-terror police had disrupted an Al-Qaeda cellphone, poised to unharness the lethal poison ricin at the capital. Police had reportedly came upon 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 genuine, and with us now' introduced leading minister Tony Blair. yet, whilst the 'ricin plot' got here to trial on the previous Bailey, a truly various tale emerged: there has been no ricin and no refined plot. not often has a criminal case been so shamelessly distorted via executive, media and safeguard forces to push their very own 'tough on terror' agendas. during this meticulously researched and compellingly written ebook, Lawrence Archer, the jury foreman on the trial, and journalist Fiona Bawdon, supply the definitive tale of the ricin plot, the trial and its aftermath.
"A clean perception into how the govt and defense prone shamelessly seized on an alleged conspiracy to advertise their “war on terror”. It used to be even used to supply ammunition for the invasion of Iraq. The media used to be manipulated. The plot by no means existed and no ricin used to be discovered. this is often an within tale of a six month trial which supplies beneficial classes, no longer least to budding individuals 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 ways during which Sept. 11 scared our police and protection institution into crediting what at worst have been the harmful fantasies of a handful of muddle-headed refugees. at the foundation of a few recipes for poison scribbled on a section of paper by means of one Kamel Bourgass, six different Algerians as well as Bourgass have been charged with conspiracy to homicide. A long trial regarding a battery of QCs and enormous expense 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 basic terms the braveness of a few individuals of the jury, considered one of whom has co-authored this lucid brief booklet, have introduced the entire tale into the general public area. this can be a praiseworthy instance of a jury, higher put than a person else to understand what rather is going on in our legal justice approach, exposing how injustice happens while worry of terrorism distorts the objectivity of the prosecution process." --Sir Geoffrey Bindman
"The blameless suspects in Archer’s surprising yet hugely insightful publication dwell in a global of deep suspicion. This global 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 career according to a terrorist plot that basically 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 really is left as much as good 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 debatable anti-terrorist trials. those Algerians are nonetheless struggling with to at the present time to set up that they're no longer the ‘enemy aliens’ of renowned fable, yet impoverished exiles suffering to outlive in a crushing, adversarial world." --Liz Fekete, writer of an acceptable Enemy: Racism, Migration and Islamophobia in Europe (Pluto, 2009).