[ExI] Muslim Threat to Europe- Don't Buy All the Hype

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 Dutch TV show exonerates Osama bin Laden 'Devil's Advocate' jury finds no
proof he was behind Sept. 11

By Scott Roxborough

April 9, 2009, 12:37 PM ET
      BERLIN -- A Dutch TV jury has found Osama bin Laden not guilty of the
Sept. 11 attacks.

In the conclusion Wednesday night to the show "Devil's Advocate" on Dutch
public broadcaster Nederland 2, the jury of two men and three women, along
with the studio audience, ruled there was no proof bin Laden was the
mastermind behind the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in

The Netherlands, home to "Big Brother" creator Endemol, is known for being
on the cutting edge of format-based television. But even for Dutch
standards, "Devil's Advocate," from Amsterdam production house AVRO, pushes
the envelope.

The show features star defense attorney Gerard Spong standing up for some of
the world's worst criminals.
In the latest show, Spong was able to convince the jury that bin Laden's
connection to Sept. 11 was a product of "Western propaganda."* The jury also
ruled there was insufficient evidence to prove bin Laden was the real head
of terrorist network al-Qaida. However, the jury did rule that bin Laden is
a "terrorist who has misused Islam."

The show is certain to provide further ammunition in the already heated
Dutch debate over immigration and the country's large Muslim minority. The
Netherlands saw a sharp rise in anti-immigration and anti-Islamic sentiment
after the 2004 murder of Dutch director Theo Van Gogh by a Muslim extremist.

Spong has been at the center of the debate, supporting legal action against
anti-immigrant politician Geert Wilders.
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