June 5, 2011
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Britain’s MI5 is exploiting an E.coli outbreak in Germany to push the fear of terrorism as part of an effort to introduce police state measures in the country’s food industry.
“Manufacturers and retailers have been told that their sector is vulnerable to attacks by ideologically and politically motivated groups that may seek to cause widespread casualties and disruption by poisoning food supplies,” the Telegraph reported on Saturday.
Followers of a dead Osama bin Laden have replaced traditional criminals who have in the past deliberately contaminated food, according the Center for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), a subset of British intelligence. British officialdom, according to the warning, “fear there is an emerging threat from extremist groups such as al-Qaeda, dissident republicans in Northern Ireland and animal rights activists.”
The CPNI wants food and drinks producers, suppliers and supermarkets to tighten security at plants and depots and to identify vulnerabilities in supply chains. “The UK suffers from a low level of malicious contamination of food by the bad, the mad and the sad. Now it has to consider the possibility of food supplies being disrupted by politically motivated groups,” said an official from the CPN who addressed a conference of the Society for General Microbiology.
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Politically motivated attackers could contaminate prepared food or drink with bacteria or chemicals. Or, by targeting basic ingredients used in large numbers of foods, they could cause even wider disruption, according to the Telegraph.
Britain is notorious for its pervasive electronic surveillance and oppressive terrorism laws. A 2010 study by Privacy International reveals that the British government engages in endemic surveillance.
Last year, Libertarian Alliance Director Sean Gabb said England “is now a soft totalitarian police state” that not only routinely surveils the public, but also suppresses opposition political parties.
Britain is not alone is scaremongering an attack on food supplies. Officialdom and government recognized “experts” in the United Stats also claim terrorists may poison food. “US experts have warned that the dairy industry is particularly vulnerable, as adding just a few grams of botulinum toxin or ricin to a tanker load of milk could poison or even kill thousands of consumers,” the Telegraph reports.
In 2010, officialdom in the U.S. warned that al-Qaeda would poison the local salad bar in its perpetual attempt to harm freedom lovers. “The al Qaeda group that built two toner-cartridge bombs in an unsuccessful attempt to blow up planes in October also has contemplated spreading poison on salad bars and buffets at U.S. hotels and restaurants,” CNN reported on December 21, 2010.
Following non-stop coverage of the so-called toner bomb threat, the Air Cargo Director for Yemenia Airways said there were no UPS or DHL cargo flights from Yemen within a 48 hour period prior to the supposed terror attack, a detail ignored by the corporate media.
The Department of Homeland Security told CNN al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was considering the tactic of placing ricin and cyanide poisons into food supplies. CNN ran a particularly sensationastic video report on the highly speculative threat.
The MI5 terror warning after an outbreak of E.coli in Germany is particularly suspect considering that German authorities believe the outbreak was caused by poor hygiene at a farm, in transit, or at a food outlet.
On Sunday evening, the Germans said bean sprouts might have caused the Escherichia coli bacterial scare. The agricultural ministry in the German state of Lower Saxony reported a bean-sprout farm tested positive for E. Coli, and deliveries of that product had been tied to several restaurants where diners suffered infections, according to the Wall Street Journal.
According to the British Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, most food poisoning in the UK is the result of poor hygiene in processing and delivery, not terrorists.
MI5 has exploited the issue in order to push its anti-terror agenda, which is ironic considering the fact British intelligence has been caught on numerous occasions supporting and fostering terrorism, including the terror bombing of innocent civilians.