Richard Watson is presented as the terrorism specialist for BBC2’s Newsnight. He has written numerous articles in which he specifically advocates the alleged threat of Islamic terrorism, regardless of the facts.
An egregious example of Mr. Watson’s propaganda, deception and slander is found in the literary magazine Granta, issue 103 (2008) p. 35. Mr. Watson’s contribution is entitled “The One True God, Allah: The rise of the British Jihad.” In that article Mr. Watson affirms that the attacks of 9/11 were a “huge propaganda coup” for al-Qaida, that “American Airlines Flight 11 crashed in the North Tower of the World Trade Center”, that “United Airlines Flight 175 was flown […] into the South Tower” and that “in the Iqra Islamic centre in Beeston, Leeds, Mohammed Sidique Khan organized an unofficial party to celebrate the operation which had claimed 3,000 lives.” None of these allegations were substantiated. There exists no reliable evidence for any of these allegations.
There is no evidence that Mr. Watson has distanced himself from these racialist myths.