Wednesday, November 17, 2010

23-year-old man" charged for "death list" blog

A 23-year-old man has been charged with soliciting murder and other terrorism offences in relation to a blog listing MPs who voted for the Iraq war.

Bilal Zaheer Ahmad, of Dunstall, Wolverhampton, was arrested last Wednesday in connection with the website which influenced a student who tried to kill MP Stephen Timms....

He was also charged with three counts of possessing information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism under the Terrorism Act 2000.

The hit list of MPs who voted for the Iraq war was removed from the extremist website after the Home Office urged the US to act against it.

The post hailed the student who tried to kill Labour's Stephen Timms as a "heroine".

The site was among those cited as an influence by Roshonara Choudhry, 21, who was jailed for life earlier this month for stabbing East Ham MP Mr Timms twice in the stomach at his surgery.

He's a "man," a "23-year-old man," a man who lives in "Dunstall, Wolverhampton." And those, of course, are the details that the Telegraph considers salient in helping the reader understand why a certain "Bilal Zaheer Ahmad" decided to get involved with a hit list of British MPs. Farther down in the story we do hear, without much explanation, about a rogue website,, but that and this man's name are the only clues we get to what it is going on here. And so it always is with mainstream media sources: the only scenario in which they would have dared identify Bilal Zaheer Ahmad as a Muslim would have been if he helped inform on a jihad plot, not if he participated in one.

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