How Dick Cheney Nearly Blew Britain’s Bomber Case

September 8, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – An interesting report from the former Assistant Commissioner Specialist Operations in the Metropolitan Police back in 2006 has shed some light on the way that the Bush administration, particularly Dick Cheney, almost lost Britain their case against the terrorists plotting the 2006 bombings from London to the US that had the potential of killing thousands of passengers.

The full story can be found here, but to summarize:

The UK had been watching a suspected terrorist group operating in London in early 2006. They had been bugged, followed, and put under constant surveillance after it became apparent that they were planning a massive attack on the United States.

American authorities were understandably apprehensive over the possible loss of lives should the bombers go through with the plan, and British and American authorities were faced with a great deal of tension as the terrorists began experimenting with liquid bombs.

Britain kept a tight hold on the group as they waited for enough evidence to ensure a prosecution. Then, out of nowhere, Rashid Rauf from Birmingham was arrested in Pakistan. He had ties to the group they were watching, as well as various tribal training groups in Pakistan.

It was found that America had put pressure on Pakistan to make the arrest, specifically under the order of then Vice President Dick Cheney. This left British authorities scrambling to make dangerous arrests and put together enough evidence to go through with prosecution. They almost didn’t make it, which would have left the bombers free to walk away.

As it is, seven of the eight have been convicted of various charges, including conspiracy to commit murder. Three were convicted of the bomb plot yesterday, putting to rest a case that nearly went very wrong.

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