Two stories in the news today:
Six street cleaners arrested as cops foil plot to kill the Pope:
A street cleaner last night told of the moment police swooped on his depot and arrested five colleagues at the centre of an alleged terror plot to kill the Pope.
It was feared the men were planning to plant bombs in bins to blow up the 83-year-old as he travelled through Central London on the second day of his UK trip. Thousands of innocent people would have been caught up in the blasts.
The men, and a sixth suspect, were arrested “on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism” after a tip-off. The cleaner, who did not want to be named, said the five – of Algerian or Moroccan descent – were led away in handcuffs.
A cartoonist in Seattle who promoted an “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” last spring is now in hiding after her life was threatened by Islamic extremists.
The cartoonist, Molly Norris, has changed her name and has stopped producing work for a local alternative newspaper, Seattle Weekly, according to the newspaper’s editor, Mark D. Fefer.
Mr. Fefer declined an interview request Thursday, citing “the sensitivity of the situation.” But in a letter to readers about Ms. Norris on Wednesday, he said that “on the insistence of top security specialists at the F.B.I., she is, as they put it, ‘going ghost’: moving, changing her name, and essentially wiping away her identity.”
If only we could get that mosque built a stone’s throw from Ground Zero, they would realize what nice guys we really are.