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Friday, August 11, 2006

Before anyone jumps to conclusions

From Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain named 19 people on Friday suspected of an Islamist plot to blow up transatlantic airliners and ordered their assets frozen, a day after police said they had foiled "murder on an unimaginable scale."

U.S. officials said suspected suicide bombers were just days from simultaneous attacks on up to 10 aircraft flying from Britain to the United States, raising the specter of strikes to rival the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

The arrest of two dozen suspects prompted strict security measures that brought chaos to Britain's airports at the height of the holiday season, with hundreds of flights canceled. Measures were still in place on Friday, causing long queues.


The Bank of England, acting on instructions from the government, published the names and addresses of 19 suspects, saying it would be illegal to release their funds.

Those arrested are aged from 17 to 35 and live in east London, the town of High Wycombe, west of the capital, and Britain's second city of Birmingham.
You'll note the Reuters story contains none of the names. Dr. Taylor at Poliblog noted the lack of names. Here is an article that identifies some of the suspects.

· Abdula Ahmed Ali
DoB: 10/10/1980
Address: Walthamstow, London;

· Cossor Ali
DoB: 04/12/1982
Address: London E17;

&149; Shazad Khuram Ali
D#oB: 11/06/1979
Address: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire;

· Nabeel Hussain
DoB: 10/03/1984
Address: London E4;

· Tanvir Hussain
DoB: 21/02/1981
Address: Leyton, E10;

· Umair Hussain
DoB: 09/10/1981
Address: London E14;

· Umar Islam
DoB: 23/04/1978
Address: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire;

· Waseem Kayani
DoB: 28/04/1977
Address: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire;

· Assan Abdullah Khan
DoB: 24/10/1984
Address: London E17;

· Waheed Arafat Khan
DoB: 18/05/1981
Address: London E17;

· Osman Adam Khatib
DoB: 07/12/1986
Address: London E17;

· Abdul Muneem Patel
DoB: 17/04/1989
Address: London E5;

· Tayib Rauf
DoB: 26/04/1984
Address: Birmingham;

· Muhammed Usman Saddique
DoB: 23/04/1982
Address: Walthamstow E17;

· Assad Sarwar
DoB: 24/05/1980
Address: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire;

· Ibrahim Savant
DoB: 19/12/1980
Address: London E17;

· Amin Asmin Tariq;
DoB: 07/06/1983
Address: Walthamstow E17;

· Shamin Mohammed Uddin
DoB: 22/11/1970
Address: Stoke Newington, London;

· Waheed Zaman
DoB: 27/05/1984
Address: London E17.
Why didn't Reuters list the names? TFM will try to give an answer before other bloggers pipe in on the news services' omission.

Anyone who regularly reads this blog, knows I do alot of silly news in addition to my knucklehead awards. I look through yahoo news on a daily basis seeking stories to post to my blog. Yahoo has what they call an odd news section.

Through my visits I've come to notice a pattern in Reuters European news coverage. They almost never name a criminal or a person involved in some strange news. I don't know how many times I've seen this, but here are just two old posts of mine. If Reuters had named these people, particularly in the case of the story out of Italy, I would have given the people named one of my knucklehead awards. Without a person(or persons) to name, TFM rarely gives the subject of any story a Knucklehead award.

So what I think we have here in today's Reuters story is just a continuation of some news policy the wire service has. Reuters was being consistent today rather showing some MSM bias, bad reporting or just plain political correctness. Reuters has shown their prejudice bias or bad reporting before. Whether Reuters policy is right, that's another matter. I wish they would publish the names, not just because of what these terrible bombers were plotting, but so the general public can be better informed. It would make the job of picking out Knucklehead winners easier too.

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