A fifth man has been arrested in connection to the alleged death plot to kill Gordon Brown. The threats by a group calling itself 'Al Qaeda in Britain' were spotted by Anti-terror officers on a Jihadi website in January. The fourth man arrested on Tuesday is said to be a white Muslim convert. If this man is found guilty of being involved in a plot to kill the Prime Minister, what does it have to say about the state of the country when a white British citizen feels compelled to take such action? What does it say about our foreign policy (from a British Muslim perspective), and has the extension of the detention without charge limit to 42 days had any influence?
The first three to be arrested over the alleged threats have been held for 13 days and tomorrow the police must either charge the men, apply for an extension of custody or release them. At the moment it all seems a bit flimsy, the police have admitted that they have yet to find any evidence of plot to kill the PM, they are just investigating the alleged threats. Saying that, at what point does a threat become a plot? If you say "I'm going to kill Gordon Brown" have you already started plotting his demise?