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Story changed! 'Islamic radicals' added to terror plot
A CLG reader observes that the words 'Islamic radicals' were added to the Fort Dix terror plot story on CNN's homepage --quickly and quietly. By Lori Price,

Email from Ben Zavala, Tuesday, May 08, 2007 10:46 AM
Subject: Story changed!

Hi there, folks:

I am a daily reader of your content. Thank you for all your good work. I wanted to email this because I found it extremely odd. It has to do with this plot about 6 individuals conspiring to shoot U.S. soldiers in Fort Dix, New Jersey.

I have as my home page in my most frequently used web browser (old habit). At 9:29 AM today, I pulled article #1 titled "Sources: 6 charged with plot to kill Fort Dix soldiers" off of CNN's home page. About 1 hour later, at 10:25 AM, I went on the web to do something else and that same article was changed to "'Islamic radicals' arrested in plot to kill Fort Dix soldiers."

I have attached both articles in .pdf format for your info, and they are both time stamped (Do an "info" on it if you have Macs; view "properties" if you have Windows.)

The first article does not mention the word 'Islamic' at all. I am not alleging anything here, other than it being extremely odd. I have never seen an article change that quickly. With no editorial comment from CNN explaining this change (e.g., "We earlier reported erroneously that..." or some other editorial excuse).

I thought I pass it on to you all.

Ben Zavala
08 May 2007


Note: The CLG is not alleging any cover-up or conspiracy on the part of CNN. The significance of the emendation to the original article is subject to numerous interpretations. It could be that CNN forgot to mention this aspect in its first report. It could be that they gained more information later. Or, it could be that they decided to emphasize the "Islamist" aspect of the group in a news meeting, so that they could help support the government's claim about terrorism and the 'war on terror.' --CLG Editors

'The guys sort of led them on.' Informants scrutinized in Fort Dix case 10 May 2007 He railed against the United States, helped scout out military installations for attack, offered to introduce his comrades to an arms dealer, and gave them a list of weapons he could procure, including machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. These were not the actions of a terrorist, but of a paid FBI informant who helped bring down an alleged plot by six Muslim men to massacre U.S. soldiers at New Jersey's Fort Dix. And those actions have raised questions of whether the government crossed the line and pushed the six men down a path they would not have otherwise followed. One defense attorney on the case, Troy Archie, said no decision has been made on whether to argue entrapment, but based on the FBI's own account, "the guys sort of led them on."

'For 16 months, the FBI infiltrated the group... We [an FBI informant] provided the weapons.' --U.S. Attorney, Christopher Christie, "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren," 08 May 2007 [If an FBI informant provided the weapons, the *FBI informant* is the terrorist. --LRP]

Prosecutors: video store clerk's tip was key to foiling Fort Dix terror plot 09 May 2007 A video store clerk is being credited with tipping off authorities to six foreign-born Muslims [?] accused of planning to assault the Fort Dix army base and slaughter U.S. soldiers with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. The unidentified clerk alerted authorities in January 2006 after one of the suspects asked him to transfer a video to DVD that showed 10 men shooting weapons at a firing range and calling for jihad, or holy war, prosecutors said. After the video clerk's tip, investigators said they infiltrated the group with two informants and bided their time while they secretly recorded the defendants. The six were arrested Monday night trying to buy AK-47 assault weapons, M-16s and other weapons from an FBI informant, authorities said. It was not clear when the alleged attack was to take place.

FBI Discovers [Is Part of] Fort Dix Terror Plot 08 May 2007 The FBI "uncovered" a terror plot to kill soldiers at Fort Dix Army Base in New Jersey and has arrested six suspects. The ring of suspects is on its way to the federal courthouse in Philadelphia. The feds call them six 'Islamic radicals' and say they were plotting to attack the Fort Dix Army Base in New Jersey. The FBI says they had been living in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and had them under surveillance for a year, after being tipped off by a video store [LOL!] where the suspects had taken a training video to be copied.

See also: Why Were Government Propaganda Experts Working On News At CNN? (FAIR) 27 Mar 2000

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