It shows how a democratic society reacts to such news and how the finding also was used to justify the invasion of Iraq. Two weeks after the finding, the analysis revealed that there were no ricin found. This was kept secret from the British police by the Ministry of Defence until March 20, 2003 - the day of the invasion.
The public weren't told until 2005. As it is, this news has not taken hold among the general public, which still believes ricin was found.
As material for the timeline, I've used BBC articles, to get a coherent feel of how the news broke. There is a longer version of the timeline here, which also has the ingres of the article under each date, and also some additional info.
15 September 2005: Ricin results not told to police MoD scientists knew no ricin had been found at a north London flat raided over an alleged terror plot for weeks before telling police, it has emerged. Fears the deadly substance was in the Wood Green flat were raised during a raid on 7 January 2003 but disproved by scientists two weeks later. But it was not until 20 March that police and ministers learned no ricin had been found, the MoD confirmed.
AnalysisThis timeline proves the following:
1. False terror is being used politically 2. It is possible to introduce false terror without the police and 'ordinary' people noticing it. The media just go with the flow and reports the lie 3. The intelligence services and the British Ministry of Defense cooperates to amplify the terror to give it the intended effect
False terror is possible, and is being used every day now.
Large number of US citizens demonstrated against the war in Iraq (and the possible war in Iran) during this October weekend. Massive turnout in Boston and San Fransisco, and also in Chicago, LA and DC people took to the streets. The message was: NO more war in Iraq! NO to a war with Iran!