So, you\’re off to London to see the sights.
Police were said to have found a list of six sites, including the full postal address of the Stock Exchange, Boris Johnson’s London mayoral office and the US embassy.
Defendants were seen studying the tower of Big Ben, before inspecting Westminster Abbey, the London Eye and the Church of Scientology.
So you take the addresses of the sites and go look at them.
A reconnaissance trip is alleged to have been made from Trafalgar Square, down Whitehall to Westminster Bridge where Big Ben was studied intently.
A mobile phone had appeared to be raised and pointed towards the clock tower, the court heard.
And as thousands of tourists do each and every day, you take a photo of Big Ben on your mobile phone, having walked down one of the major tourists avenues in the city.
I would rather hope that there\’s more evidence of terrorist intent than this.
Police searches are said to have uncovered two issues of the al Qaeda extremist magazine Inspire, which is published in English in Yemen and is aimed at a Western audience. An article in issue one was entitled “How to make a pipe bomb in the kitchen of your mom”, while issue two included “What to expect in jihad” and “Tips for our brothers in the US”.
Other allegedly extremist material found was entitled 39 Ways which said it was intended to help people “serve and participate in jihad”.
If that\’s really all it takes to get arrested then might I strongly suggest to any Irish cousins who might be thinking of visiting London that you dispose of any copies of An Poblacht you might have lying around the house before you do so?
And don\’t, whatever you do, work out where the sights are before you arrive?