Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Sun exposed over British Gaza 'blowback'

Just in case anyone missed it, this is vital reading. Islamophobia Watch had been keeping track of the story, in which so-called 'terror expert' Glen Jenvey was used by The Sun as the source for a splash front-page claiming that Alan Sugar was going to be targeted by British Muslims. Jenvey, a Walter Mitty for the 'war on terror' generation, styles himself as a "private intelligence professional" with extensive international experience working for intelligence agencies. Now, he writes books detailing the 'Islamic threat' to the UK, and is the source behind a great many alarmist stories. His forays into the field of cyber-terrorism had taken him to the Ummah.com message board where he found shocking messages asking for the names and addresses of prominent British Jews so that they could be 'targeted'. This was the main material used in The Sun's story. As the owners of Ummah.com pointed out, the context was a thread recommending a terrifying letter-writing campaign, not assassination. But there remained a mystery. The message that was used as the main source material for The Sun came from a poster named 'abuislam', who was relatively new to the board. Tim Ireland did some digging, and found evidence suggesting that "Glen Jenvey and 'abuislam' are one and the same person"...