Dhiren Barot was sentenced to at least 40 years in prison last week for what the judge said were “plans to bring indiscriminate carnage, bloodshed and butchery first in Washington, New York and Newark, and thereafter the UK on a colossal and unprecedented scale”.
Barot pleaded guilty to very serious charges.
But, as the Economist magazine points out, “There is something a little strange about the case. Although a mass of data was discovered on computer hard drives, no weapons or explosives were found.
“There is no trace of Al Qaida cash, except for the fact that Mr Barot survived for a decade, largely unemployed, without state aid... And not once in his ten years as a terrorist did he ever carry out an attack.”