The right-wing liar-supporting mainstream press are really scrapping the bottom of the propaganda barrel with this story. According to a report in Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian, “Al-Qaeda plotted to murder the entire Australian cricket team in their change rooms during last years Ashes tour of Britain…”
This opening line served to suck in the dumb and gullible in Australia by initially mentioning only the Australian team in this Australian newspaper to an audience that Australian Prime Minister John Howard is trying to convince that Australia is specifically a target of Islamic terrorists not because of Australia’s close relationship with the US and Australia’s involvement in the war in Iraq, but because ‘they hate our values’.
Upon reading the rest of the story one finds that the entire fairy tale drifts from mildly humorous to absolutely ludicrous as we are then asked to believe that the whole plan was called off because – and one has to read this to believe that someone could actually write this without cracking a smile – one of the plotters was a cricket fan. And then, just in case the ‘Poms’ (friendly Australian colloquialism for English ex-pats living in Australia) who continue to support the English team didn’t feel left out of this fear-mongering ploy, we learn that the English cricket team, as well as the Australian team, were also to be targets.
This fear-mongering garbage is almost up there with last August’s panic when no aircraft were blown up over the Atlantic which resulted in a totally unprecedented lack of loss of life and this complete lack of loss of life, so we were told, was on an unimaginable scale.
 Andrew Ramsey and Simon Kearney, ‘Al-Qaeda plotted Ashes gas attack’, The Australian, 9 October 2006. Available online: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,20547569-601,00.html Accessed 9 October 2006.
 Damian Lataan, ‘I was flying across the Atlantic, quietly minding my own business, when suddenly nothing happened!’, lataan.blogspot, 11 August 2006. Available online: http://lataan.blogspot.com/2006/08/i-was-flying-across-atlantic-quietly.html Accessed 9 October 2006.