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05 August 2005

Women are Terrorists Too

In a slickly orchestrated move, and for those who don't remember the wonder years of Thatcher and the influence of people like Madeline Albright and Condelezza Rice on the proliferation of global terror, women have now entered the anti-terrorist firing line, just like an innocent London man of Brazilian origin did on 22 July.

Two London sisters, Yeshshiembet Girma, 28, and Muluemebet Girma, 21, of Stockwell, are due to appear at Bow Street Magistrates Court today on charges of failing to disclose information in the wake of the 21 July attempted 'bombings'.

The only other person charged so far is Ismael Abdurahman, 23, of Kennington, south London, who was remanded in custody at Bow Street earlier this week.

All three are accused 'having information that they knew or believed might be of material assistance in securing the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of another person in the UK for an offence involving the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism' and that they 'failed to disclose that information as soon as reasonably practicable to a constable'.

Of course, as nothing actually happened on 21 July, save for a few high profile evacuations that arose from a lot of confusion about what occurred two weeks prior, nobody has been charged with anything that vaguely constitutes actual terrorism, but let's gloss over that and instead focus on charges of withholding information that may, or may not, have helped the police with their inquiries into something that didn't happen. Er, right.

While we're doing that, let's also spare a thought for the fact that it would be a relatively trivial matter to successfully apply section 38 of the anti-terror laws to Mr Tony Blair, his cabinet and government, along with huge swathes of the media, all of whom had lots of information that would have prevented the 'commission, preparation and instigation' of a provably illegal act of terror, the invasion of Iraq, and which they all 'failed to disclose as soon as reasonably practicable.

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