Ricin!: The Inside Story of the Terror Plot That Never Was

4.67 avg rating
( 3 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780745329277: Ricin!: The Inside Story of the Terror Plot That Never Was
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

In January 2003, the British media splashed the news that anti-terror police had disrupted an Al-Qaeda cell, poised to unleash the deadly poison ricin on the capital. Police had reportedly found traces of ricin, as well as a panoply of bomb and poison-making equipment in the cell’s ‘factory of death’ – a shabby flat in north London. ‘This danger is present and real, and with us now’ announced prime minister Tony Blair.

But, when the ‘ricin plot’ came to trial at the Old Bailey, a very different story emerged: there was no ricin and no sophisticated plot. Rarely has a legal case been so shamelessly distorted by government, media and security forces to push their own ‘tough on terror’ agendas. In this meticulously researched and compellingly written book, Lawrence Archer, the jury foreman at the trial, and journalist Fiona Bawdon, give the definitive story of the ricin plot, the trial and its aftermath.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Lawrence Archer is the telecoms engineer who was foreman of the jury at the 2005 ricin trial. He has followed the lives of the acquitted defendants ever since, including attending their High Court and immigration appeal hearings.

Review:

"A refreshing insight into how the government and security services shamelessly seized on an alleged conspiracy to promote their “war on terror”. It was even used to provide ammunition for the invasion of Iraq. The media was manipulated. The plot never existed and no ricin was found. This is an inside story of a six month trial which provides valuable lessons, not least to budding members of MI5 and the police." --Richard Norton-Taylor, Security Editor of the Guardian

"This is the story of the plot that never was. It is a salutary tale of the way in which 9/11 scared  our police and security establishment into crediting  what at worst were the dangerous fantasies of a handful of muddle-headed refugees. On the basis of some recipes for poison  scribbled on a piece of paper  by one Kamel Bourgass, six other Algerians in addition to Bourgass were charged with conspiracy to murder.   A lengthy trial involving a battery of  QCs and huge cost to the British taxpayer resulted in the acquittal of all the defendants apart from Bourgass, who was convicted of no more than a public order offence. Only the courage of some members of the jury, one of whom has co-authored this lucid short book, have brought the full story into the public domain. This is a praiseworthy example of a jury, better placed than anyone else to know what really goes on in our criminal justice system, exposing how injustice occurs when fear of terrorism distorts the objectivity of the prosecution process." --Sir Geoffrey Bindman

"The innocent suspects in Archer’s shocking but highly insightful book live in a world of deep suspicion. This world is prepared to utilise information extracted under torture, to inflate and conflate the threat of terrorism with immigration concerns and, to justify a war of occupation in response to a terrorist plot that only ever existed in the imagination of a government – a government that lied to its own people and forgot to admit it. It is left up to decent men like Lawrence Archer to help pick up the pieces of the lives shattered by this unjust process." --Moazzam Begg, Director of Cageprisoners 

"Gripping! I couldn’t put it down. In telling it like it is, Lawrence Archer and Fiona Bawdon have provided some reparation to the innocent Algerians caught up in one of the UK’s most controversial anti-terrorist trials. These Algerians are still fighting to this day to establish that they are not the ‘enemy aliens’ of popular myth,  but impoverished exiles struggling to survive in a crushing, hostile world." --Liz Fekete, author of A Suitable Enemy: Racism, Migration and Islamophobia in Europe (Pluto, 2009).

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 30.00
US$ 5.43

Convert Currency

Shipping: US$ 8.08
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780745329284: Ricin!: The Inside Story of the Terror Plot That Never Was

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0745329284 ISBN 13:  9780745329284
Publisher: Pluto Press, 2010
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Lawrence Archer, Fiona Bawdon
Published by Pluto Press (2010)
ISBN 10: 0745329276 ISBN 13: 9780745329277
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Pearlydewdrops
(Streat, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pluto Press, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Shipped from the UK within 2 business days of order being placed. Seller Inventory # mon0000014062

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 5.43
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 8.08
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Bawdon, Fiona, Archer, Lawrence
Published by Pluto Press (2010)
ISBN 10: 0745329276 ISBN 13: 9780745329277
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Learnearly Books
(Doncaster, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pluto Press, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Rapidly dispatched worldwide from our clean, automated UK warehouse within 1-2 working days. Seller Inventory # mon0000055848

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 5.30
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.88
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Lawrence Archer, Fiona Bawdon
Published by PLUTO PRESS, United Kingdom (2010)
ISBN 10: 0745329276 ISBN 13: 9780745329277
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description PLUTO PRESS, United Kingdom, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. In January 2003, the British media splashed the news that anti-terror police had disrupted an Al-Qaeda cell, poised to unleash the deadly poison ricin on the capital. Police had reportedly found traces of ricin, as well as a panoply of bomb and poison-making equipment in the cell s factory of death - a shabby flat in north London. This danger is present and real, and with us now announced prime minister Tony Blair. But, when the Ricin plot came to trial at the Old Bailey, a very different story emerged: there was no ricin and no sophisticated plot. Rarely has a legal case been so shamelessly distorted by government, media and security forces to push their own tough on terror agendas. In this meticulously researched and compellingly written book, Lawrence Archer, the jury foreman at the trial, and journalist Fiona Bawdon, give the definitive story of the ricin plot, the trial and its aftermath. Seller Inventory # AAJ9780745329277

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 21.75
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Lawrence Archer, Fiona Bawdon
Published by PLUTO PRESS, United Kingdom (2010)
ISBN 10: 0745329276 ISBN 13: 9780745329277
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description PLUTO PRESS, United Kingdom, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. In January 2003, the British media splashed the news that anti-terror police had disrupted an Al-Qaeda cell, poised to unleash the deadly poison ricin on the capital. Police had reportedly found traces of ricin, as well as a panoply of bomb and poison-making equipment in the cell s factory of death - a shabby flat in north London. This danger is present and real, and with us now announced prime minister Tony Blair. But, when the Ricin plot came to trial at the Old Bailey, a very different story emerged: there was no ricin and no sophisticated plot. Rarely has a legal case been so shamelessly distorted by government, media and security forces to push their own tough on terror agendas. In this meticulously researched and compellingly written book, Lawrence Archer, the jury foreman at the trial, and journalist Fiona Bawdon, give the definitive story of the ricin plot, the trial and its aftermath. Seller Inventory # AAJ9780745329277

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 22.53
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Lawrence Archer; Fiona Bawdon
ISBN 10: 0745329276 ISBN 13: 9780745329277
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
LIMEROCK BOOKS INC.
(SARASOTA, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Condition: New. This Book is in Good Condition; Customer Satisfaction Comes First.Delivery Time 4-12 days. 100% Money back Guaranteed!!!. Seller Inventory # 0745329276

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Lawrence Archer
Published by Pluto Press
ISBN 10: 0745329276 ISBN 13: 9780745329277
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pluto Press. Paperback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Seller Inventory # B9780745329277

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.92
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.19
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Archer, Lawrence
Published by Pluto Press (2010)
ISBN 10: 0745329276 ISBN 13: 9780745329277
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pluto Press, 2010. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK in 4 to 14 days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # CA-9780745329277

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.45
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.92
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Lawrence Archer Fiona Bawdon
Published by Pluto Press
ISBN 10: 0745329276 ISBN 13: 9780745329277
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Majestic Books
(London, ,, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pluto Press. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 8028691

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 25.79
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.29
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Lawrence Archer
Published by Pluto Press
ISBN 10: 0745329276 ISBN 13: 9780745329277
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pluto Press. Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Softcover A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Veteran Owned Bookshop in business since 1992!. Seller Inventory # 2725735

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 33.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Lawrence Archer, Fiona Bawdon
Published by PLUTO PRESS, United Kingdom (2010)
ISBN 10: 0745329276 ISBN 13: 9780745329277
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description PLUTO PRESS, United Kingdom, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. In January 2003, the British media splashed the news that anti-terror police had disrupted an Al-Qaeda cell, poised to unleash the deadly poison ricin on the capital. Police had reportedly found traces of ricin, as well as a panoply of bomb and poison-making equipment in the cell s factory of death - a shabby flat in north London. This danger is present and real, and with us now announced prime minister Tony Blair. But, when the Ricin plot came to trial at the Old Bailey, a very different story emerged: there was no ricin and no sophisticated plot. Rarely has a legal case been so shamelessly distorted by government, media and security forces to push their own tough on terror agendas. In this meticulously researched and compellingly written book, Lawrence Archer, the jury foreman at the trial, and journalist Fiona Bawdon, give the definitive story of the ricin plot, the trial and its aftermath. Seller Inventory # BTE9780745329277

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 36.81
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book