Ricin!: The Inside Story of the Terror Plot That Never Was
Pluto Press, Oct 15, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 206 pages
In January 2003, the British media splashed the news that anti-terror police had disrupted an Al-Qaeda cell, poised to unleash the deadly poison ricin on the capital. Police had reportedly found traces of ricin, as well as a panoply of bomb and poison-making equipment in the cell’s "factory of death" -- a shabby flat in north London. "This danger is present and real, and with us now," announced prime minister Tony Blair. But, when the "ricin plot" came to trial at the Old Bailey, a very different story emerged: there was no ricin and no sophisticated plot. Rarely has a legal case been so shamelessly distorted by government, media and security forces to push their own tough on terror agendas. In this meticulously researched and compellingly written book, Lawrence Archer (the jury foreman at the trial) and journalist Fiona Bawdon give the definitive true story of the ricin plot trial and its aftermath.
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