Bomb Plot Seven Face Retrial
The seven men accused of plotting to blow up an airplane in England and whose sketchy (and likely non-lethal) chemistry sparked the War on Moisture, which prevents you and I from bringing hair gel onto commercial flights, have been convicted of making bombs and terrorist threats, but not of plotting to blow up an airliner, as the prosecution was not able to prove that that was the accused's motive. The Crown plans to bring a new trial, however.
Three men were found guilty of conspiracy to murder but the jury was unable to decide whether they and four other men had planned to target planes.
The men had denied plotting to bring down planes with home-made bombs disguised as soft drinks.
The Crown Prosecution Service will put a retrial application before a court.
The bombmakers have been convicted of being bombmakers - they'll go to prison for a long time. The video idiots will do less time, presumably not very much more than they already have awaiting trial. But all of them will be watched for the rest of their lives; their usefulness as terrorists is over. They are out of play, and as for encouraging les autres, forget it - you don't deter suicide bombers by custodial sentences (or even death sentences).
And the numbers probably will stay small; the more so, following these verdicts. The message is clear - the British courts are fair, or anyway their juries are. You will be given the benefit of the doubt in a jury trial, even if you are a dark-skinned bearded man with a scary name; even if you have made suicide videos and you admit up front that it was your plan to let off high explosives in a crowded public place. If the prosecutors can't prove beyond reasonable doubt that you were also going to blow up a plane, you still won't be convicted of trying to.