Anton Setchell is
the ACPO National Coordinator for Domestic Extremism, and in his press briefing
regarding the Letter Bombs which have gone off over the past few days, declared
that his role does not cover terrorism.
I am now
confused. I thought that when there was
a campaign of terror going on, where bombs of any description were involved,
that was called Terrorism.
Is sending letter
bombs no longer a terrorist activity?.
Or has this
government, and/or the ACPO made the decision that terrorism is only capable of
being wrought by Muslims. In light of Ruth Kelly’s announcement today I rather
think it must be.
Having detained 9
people in the latest terror roundup last week, and then having released 2 of
them without charge, one begins to wonder just how politically motivated the
use of different language is with respect to Muslims, terror and bombs.
according to the ACPO, Muslims are terrorists, letter bombers are only domestic
To a logical
mind, if we feel that we really need to differentiate between the 2, surely it
should be the other way around.
According to the
DPP, there is no ‘war’ on terror, it is criminal activity, and that the focus
should be very narrowly centred on the most extremist elements within our
society, a domestic problem, whereas Letter Bombs are very real. They explode,
they hurt people and they cause terror.
I am certain that
the those unfortunate individuals and those who work around them, who have been
on the receiving end of the letter bombs this week are very terrified.
wording of the ACPO press release is very politically charged, and am very
sceptical as to the reasons why.
The full press
release from ACPO is here.