Why is this bullshit? If you had something to hide, wouldn't you make sure that you sent it to your best mate's house so that nobody would find it at your own place?
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Why is the title misleading? It is from a tabloid journal of some repute and is the main evening newspaper for London.
The title "Iraqi terror ship" is misleading because there is no evidence that it's Iraqi and that it's used by terrorists. Read below.
Why do you say the source is unreliable? Do you know what it is?
Of course I know how to distinguish a source as a reliable or not. I am a journalist for 13 years. The source (as it appears here) is unreliable because the writer gives no names, no agency, no dates, no nothing. The writer claims that "A shipping industry source" told him that "Three huge cargo ships feared to be carrying Iraqi weapons of mass destruction are being tracked around the world by British and American intelligence". Does that seem reliable? Only a British tamploid would print that.
Why is the story most probably fake? Where is your evidence to support that.
Read above. The writer has no evidence apart from his imagination. "A shipping industry source" is his only source for Intelligence acts? I don't think so. The writer should try to confirm that information. You cannot write something really serious based ONLY on one person's information.
if someone had said on September 9th 2001 "terrorists are preparing to blow up the World Trade Centre using hijacked airliners and plastic knives" you'd probably have put that down to being fake as well.
If someone had said so, he would be tied in Guantanamo by now.
Seriously, the one certain thing about REAL terrorist threats is that they never appear in the press in advance. Got it? If it's on the press it's screwed.
I'm as sceptical as anyone, but sometimes you gotta take these things seriously. The jury is out on this one. The up side of it is that the navies have it covered.
I am sceptical too. But think about it yourself. If the government wants to track down possible WMD material, would they leak it to the papers? If yes, why? If not, why?