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Jul. 7th, 2005 03:47 pm
Full points to Brian Paddick for chewing out a reporter using the phrase "Islamic Terrorism".

From: drdoug
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 02:57 pm (Link)
Saw him at Pride the other day too. Good on 'im.
From: ghoti
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 03:07 pm (Link)
Wouldn't one assume it was IRA until proved otherwise? I certainly had been.
From: wechsler
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 03:09 pm (Link)
I would have thought that was highly unlikely at the moment.
From: ghoti
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 03:11 pm (Link)
<shrug> I haven't been paying attention. At all.
From: shadowdaddy
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 04:34 pm (Link)
Think I caught that comment on the radio this AM; thought it was exceptionally well handled.

Yes I've made it online in class, surprise

From: webcowgirl
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 04:57 pm (Link)
Details, please.

I was just puking hearing some Republican on NPR go on about how "those people can't stop the march of freedom around the world." Gaak.

Re: Yes I've made it online in class, surprise

From: shadowdaddy
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 05:05 pm (Link)
On further reading of news articles, I may have actually heard a comment by Blair, but it seems several people have repeated a similar message: something along the lines of, "based on what I understand of the Islamic faith and practices, the people who orchestrated these attacks are not true Muslims." Then going on to acknowledge that it had all the signatures of an Al-Qaeda style attack.

Re: Yes I've made it online in class, surprise

From: wechsler
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 05:10 pm (Link)
I missed the actual question, but I believe it was some tabloid reporter asking DAC Brian Paddick "whether he believed that these acts were clearly linked to 'Islamic Terrorism'".

His response was something (vaguely) like: (this is NOT intended to be verbatim)

"Well, 'Islamic' and 'Terrorism' are words that can't really be used together. My personal understanding of the basic tenets of Islam is that you cannot be both truly Islamic and a terrorist, that the two are fundamentaly incompatible and that, while certain individuals may consider themselves to be both, they are profoundly mistaken.

As for whether the attacks were carried out by an organised terrorist group such as Al-Qaeda, we are aware of the claims but you will appreciate that we are currently at a very early stage, concerned with the safety of the public rather than formulating theories without a full grasp of the facts".

Some daft woman later asked him "Why there were no representatives of the Met's Terrorist Division present at the press conference".
His response was "Well... (in the 'wtf sort of question is that? sense) I am here as the representative of all sections of the Met, and there are no anti-terrorist officers here as they all have better... are all, as I'm sure you will appreciate, extremely busy at the moment, and I can speak for them".

Re: Yes I've made it online in class, surprise

From: webcowgirl
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 06:31 pm (Link)
Thanks. That was a very good summary. I am reminded of the Oklahoma City bombing, where people were so quick to blame "Arabs," only to find we had home-grown terrorists to deal with. I think it kind of softened us up for not looking for not taking the possibility of outside terrorism seriously, though - and now they've totally lost their focus on bad stuff coming from inside the US.

Could go on about this at great length but will save it for later.