Tuesday, August 02, 2005

The downward spiral continues...

Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian gunned down in a London subway for being suspected of being a potential terrorist and for wearing a bulky, potentially bomb-laden jacket, wasn't wearing a bulky jacket after all. Nor did he jump the turnstile as the London Metropolitan Police originally claimed. SURPRISE! The Met lied. It was a classic CYA maneuver, and now the only thing left to do is stick a dollar sign on the situation and try to move on. Fortunately, the UK, unlike the US of A, still has transparency in government so public outrage may help prevent such a thing from happening again. After all, the new "shoot to kill" policy is going to prove extremely costly if this becomes a habit.


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