Now you see them - now you don't. The London bombs Al-Qaida 'mastermind' and one of his key British accomplices -who was on the U.K. terror watchlist- have simply evaporated.
The 'mastermind' -who slipped in and out of Britain to carry out the bombings, now turns out to be a case of mistaken identity.
And Germaine Lindsay, 19, one of the posthumously-accused bombers, turns out not to have been on the U.S. terror watchlist -also a case of "mistaken identity."
But, hey! Not to worry. No problem.
Sure had the public going for a while though.
It was modern "Reds under the Beds" hysteria there -for the last week, or so. But, now that the scare stories have served their propaganda purpose, the Al-Qaida spin is evaporating.
I wonder how much more of that spin will contunue to unravel as vaporware?
It's worth pointing out that other than the dead accused 'bombers', only one other person --an unidentified 29-year-old man-- has been detained by British police in connection with the bombings.
Of course, there were those half a dozen or 'terror suspects' picked up by Yorkshire police, but.... these turn out to have been arrested under immigration laws and not terrorism legislation. Reuters was among the media organizations who reported the initial incorrect news. It was just a police mistake it turns out.
All of which gives renewed impetus to the question....
Who really carried out the London bombings?
[Independent, UK] - A man widely reported to have slipped into Britain to "mastermind" the London bombings was an innocent Pakistani who happened to have a similar name to a suspected al-Qa'ida leader.See also: Passport was of the Wrong Hasib Hussain
A similar mix-up is understood to be behind the claims by US intelligence that Germaine Lindsay, 19, the bomber who carried out the King's Cross attack, was on a British watch list. [Source]