Tag: ASIO

ASIO asks for detention powers without warrant from judge

 

ASIO head Duncan Lewis says a streamlining of the process "would be most desirable".

ASIO has proposed scrapping the need for judge-approved warrants to detain and question Australians for up to a week without charge in terrorism investigations, in a watering down of safeguards that has alarmed lawyers and rights advocates.

Source: ASIO asks for detention powers without warrant from judge

Mustapha El Ossman’s family discuss Villawood detention after Asio assessment – video | Australia news | The Guardian

Mariam Albaf, the wife of Mustapha El Ossman, speaks about the toll her husband’s detention in Villawood has taken on her family

Source: Mustapha El Ossman’s family discuss Villawood detention after Asio assessment – video | Australia news | The Guardian

Fight Against ISIS: This Is How You May Ignorantly Be Promoting ISIS’s Agenda In The West AnonHQ

Recently, the leading presidential candidate for the Republican Party, Donald Trump told the whole world that Muslims should be barred from entering the United States of America. He based his argument on the actions of radical jihadist groups, especially the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq …

Source: Fight Against ISIS: This Is How You May Ignorantly Be Promoting ISIS’s Agenda In The West AnonHQ

Scott Morrison says Christians will be focus of Australia’s refugee intake | Australia news | The Guardian

Social services minister joins Eric Abetz in urging religious focus as Muslim and Christian leaders raise concerns that it would foster discrimination

Source: Scott Morrison says Christians will be focus of Australia’s refugee intake | Australia news | The Guardian

The privacy of ordinary Australians is under serious threat :Intelligence representatives offered to share the confidential data of law-abiding Australians with international partners. In this Orwellian climate, who will guard the guardians?

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Canadian eavesdroppers drew the line at sharing bulk metadata. Australian ones didn’t.

The latest Snowden document, revealed by Guardian Australia today, increases concern that the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) is operating outside its legal mandate. The minutes of a policy meeting in Britain in 2008, with their US, Canadian, UK and New Zealand counterparts, reveal DSD representatives claiming that they were entitled to share the confidential data of Australians with these partners, and were even considering disclosing them to “non-intelligence agencies” without first obtaining a warrant.

This would be a breach of sections 8 and 12 of the Intelligence Services Act 2001. Snowden’s evidence that that DSD ignored this law (or was ignorant of its correct interpretation) raises the prospect that law-abiding Australians have had their personal data wrongfully collected and transmitted to bodies which may use it to damage them.

The Intelligence Services Act sets strict limits on any DSD (now ASD) activity “likely to have a direct effect on an Australian person or produce intelligence on an Australian person”. In such cases, ministerial authorisation is required (section 8) and before giving it, the minister must be satisfied that the Australian is “a person of interest” – ie involved in terrorism or espionage or serious crime. This is a vital safeguard and any unauthorised or unnecessary surveillance of an Australian is in breach of the Act (section 12).

The Snowden leak, however, suggests that in some circumstances DSD believes it can circumvent this safeguard and even offer up the fruit of its warrantless interceptions to foreign agencies.

The meeting of the five national electronic spying representatives was called in 2008 to consider whether and how to share the remarkably intimate intelligence that can be gathered from “metadata” – the log of electronic signals sent and received by individuals. “Metadata absolutely tells you everything about somebody’s life” says the NSA’s general counsel. It told, for example, that General Petraeus was having an affair with his biographer, so he could not, in puritan America, remain head of the CIA. There are doubtless quite a few Australians whom metadata tales might dob in (think Bob Hawke and Blanche d’Alpuget) without any suggestion that they have been involved in crime. It is this prospect that makes it important to ensure that DSD operates scrupulously within the law.

The minutes of the policy convention show DSD representatives insouciant about sharing metadata on Australians – so long as it had been hoovered up “unintentionally” they were happy to store and to disclose it without obtaining a warrant. This is a misinterpretation of section 8. If it has been collected unintentionally it must be destroyed. Significantly, the Canadian eavesdroppers drew the line at sharing this “bulk metadata” precisely because of Canada’s privacy laws.

There are other disquieting details in the minutes of this spooks’ convention. The parties all agreed that as a result of electronic spying breakthroughs they appear to be now collecting “medical, legal and religious, or restricted business information, which may be regarded as an intrusion of privacy (my italics)”. But there is no “may” about it – obtaining details of personal medical history counts as an invasion of privacy under every human rights treaty, whilst theft of professionally privileged legal advice is contrary to the common law. These minutes are further evidence we are slipping into an Orwellian world where the state can scoop up any electronic communication, and in which DSD thinks it can lawfully tittle-tattle on Australians to foreign agencies and is even considering disclosure to “non-intelligence agencies” – police, professional associations, employers and perhaps even to newspapers.

Snowden’s earlier revelations, in Guardian Australia and the ABC, that DSD had in 2009 targeted the mobile phones of top Indonesians, including the president’s wife, raise the question of whether it had exceeded its powers to gather information of relevance to national security, as distinct from gossip and intimate personal data. His latest revelations are more serious, raising the question of whether DSD has, since 2008, been exceeding its powers in relation to disclosing data collected on Australian citizens who are not suspected of crime. It calls for an answer to the Quis Custodiet question: who guards the guardians?

In Australia there is a parliamentary committee on intelligence and security. But it can only review matters referred by a minister or by the houses of parliament – it cannot act on its own initiative to ensure that DSD is operating within the law. There is however an inspector general of intelligence and security, a position established by special legislation in 1986 who may of her own initiative “inquire into any matter that relates to the compliance by (DSD) with the laws of the Commonwealth … or the propriety of particular activities of the agency… or a practice of that agency that is or may be inconsistent with or contrary to any human right”.

The guardian who must now guard the DSD is the current inspector general Dr Vivienne Thom, a legal academic. So far she has remained silent on the Snowden revelations and as far as the public is aware, she has not investigated the organisation for privacy invasion or excess of power in respect of those allegations. If she hasn’t, she must do so urgently and immediately, or her office will not live up to its statutory duty. The answer to the Quis Custodiet question, in Australia, will be Nemo – nobody.

• Geoffrey Robertson QC is the author of Dreaming too Loud – Reflections on a Race Apart, published this month by Random House

Sunshine State Shocker: Federal Law Enforcement Authorities Manage To Do Something Useful: How is it that our Australian AFP and ASIO have the money but lack the skills of their Florida counterparts?

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ORLANDO-Citizens of the “Sunshine State” were left stunned this week after federal law enforcement agents took time off from drug-interdiction duties long enough to round up a group of miscreants in central Florida’s Osceola County. In a shocking deviation from the norm, federal agents participated in a well planned and effective sting operation that netted around a dozen members of a white supremacist group, “The American Front.”

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The U.S. Justice Department has long considered central Florida a hotbed for white supremacist recruiting. A spokesman for the FBI, Corporal Robert ‘Bat’ Guano, stated that “We keep a close eye on central and northwest Florida because of the low average IQ of its citizenry. It’s really easy for a charismatic leader to convince these idiots that all sorts of weird conspiracy theories are actually true. Combine that with the native population’s hatred of minorities and love of firearms and you have a volatile combination.”

Over the weekend FBI and ATF agents posed as rodeo clowns in an operation code-named “Roundup” that took place at a barbecue and picnic held at the American Front HQ in rural Osceola County. The headquarters consists of a modified 1986 vintage mobile home and an above ground swimming pool (stocked with catfish) resting at the center of around ten acres of partially wooded property.

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The agents cleverly ingratiated themselves by entertaining kids at the event while the adults were attending mandatory automatic-weapons drills and a grenade-toss contest. The miscreant offspring were treated to traditional Cretonian children’s games such as “pin the crime on the nigger,” “kick the Jew into the minefield,” and “beat on the fag with a baseball bat.”

After a laid back afternoon of barbecue, draft beer, and plotting the overthrow of the U.S. government, the group members were surprised to learn the clowns they had hired to entertain the kiddies were actually highly trained undercover agents from the FBI, DEA, and ATF.

“We certainly did surprise them,” said Special Agent Matt Helm, of the Orlando Field Office of the FBI. “We recovered AK-47’s, grenades, night vision equipment, and a lab apparently set up to manufacture the nerve agent ricin, among other things.” Agent Helm was quick to point out that there was no threat of a chemical weapons stockpile in the area because all the group had managed to manufacture so far was a particularly impure batch of methamphetamine.

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Local law enforcement officials were not surprised at the haul of illegal weapons and drugs. They have expressed concerns about the group and had plans to infiltrate it. However, they have been consistently thwarted by county and state elected officials who depend on under-the-table cash donations from the American Front and other right-wing groups for both their campaigns and vacations to Bangkok. It seems the Justice Department had to get involved to get anything done, as is so often the case in Florida.

Arrested were Marcus and Patricia Faella, Christopher Brooks, Richard Stockdale, Kent McLellan, Diane Stevens, and ten other group members. They have been charged with a wide variety of crimes ranging from plotting to overthrow the federal government to bestiality involving unwilling miniature goats.

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According to court documents the group had planned to cause “some kind of disturbance” at the Orlando city hall building, and were also looking forward to the yearly counter-protest of May Day activities this spring.

The property on which the American Front headquarters stands was found to be honey-combed with mysterious tunnels leading nowhere. Sandbags and  railroad ties were stacked in defensive positions around the trailer and swimming pool area. The trailer itself was riddled with holes caused by inaccurate machine gun fire from the mandatory weapons training sessions. There were also gaping holes in the walls of the trailer that authorities believe are meant to be rifle ports but could just be caused by rats.

Marcus and Patricia Faella were released after posting one million dollars bond. As is usually the case, their henchmen were left to rot in jail.

Australia complicit in torture too.

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Australia complicit in torture too…..Australian officials at risk of trial by the International Criminal Court (ICC): Australian citizen Mamdouh Habib won a confidential settlement with the Australian government after presenting credible evidence of ASIO complicity in his torture.

ASIO oversight ineffective – Australia’s captive regulators described as paper tigers: The Inspector General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS).

Now is the time to contest the rightful bounds of authority and punish those responsible for egregious violations of our laws. Ensure the mechanisms of separating and sharing power are not pulped into meaninglessness: It is time for a federal ICAC and standing royal commission into ASIO/Australian intelligence community that looks at the role of all our agencies and IGIS in these abuses.

Ian Barker, QC a prominent Australian lawyer proclaimed his frustration with the abuses of ASIO, and by corollary, the lack of credible oversight, commented:

“Any defence lawyer having anything to do with a case involving ASIO will know that its agents habitually act outside their powers and routinely abuse them, always in secret. It is rare indeed for their conduct to be exposed.”

IGIS is the oversight body mandated to expose ASIO abuses. The public relies on it for protection, justice and enforcement of the law against ASIO abuses. But it consistently fails to do so. Evidently, it can’t see any of it, can’t find it, doesn’t ask about it and doesn’t report it.

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FBI (and ASIO) targets Wall Street analyst (and girlfriend) after publishing report that touched on the killing of indigenous protestors at the US listed Freeport McMoran Grasberg mine in West Papua, Indonesia.

What is little known and not reported is the role the FBI played during this time to lower the profile of Freeport’s controversial Grasberg operation and silence discussion that included targeting Wall Street analysts.

The use of FBI power in this way is all the more disturbing given the agency’s dual role in helping to identify and interview eyewitnesses to the alleged Freeport human rights abuses on location in West Papua in 1995. (Alleged human rights abuses were never proven in relation to Freeport in U.S. courts.)

The brutality seemed to be spiralling out of control with seven indigenous protestors shot and killed in and around the Grasberg mine in a short period around Christmas day 1994. Some of the protestors were reportedly killed at point blank range, inside steel shipping containers on Freeport property. For a sensitive topic it received unusually wide publicity and the US State Department had taken the unusual step of launching a formal investigation.

Freeport’s public relations machine went into overdrive. It paid for a full page ad in the New York Times, made an infomercial, threatened to sue journalists and academics covering the matter and withdraw university funding.
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Sydney siege: Iran says Australia refused request extradition of gunman Man Haron Monis: Yet Monis was not on ASIO’s radar. ASIO creates files on 3 year old immogrants when they enter Australia

Monis was granted political asylum in Australia in 2001.

Iran says it requested the extradition of Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis 14 years ago, but Australia refused to hand him over because there was no extradition agreement between the two countries.

Monis took 17 people hostage at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Martin Place on Monday morning.

Police negotiated with him for 16 hours before officers stormed the building and two hostages as well as Monis were killed during the confrontation.

Iran says it requested the extradition of Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis 14 years ago, but Australia refused to hand him over because there was no extradition agreement between the two countries.

Monis took 17 people hostage at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Martin Place on Monday morning.

Police negotiated with him for 16 hours before officers stormed the building and two hostages as well as Monis were killed during the confrontation.

The head of Iran’s police said Monis was wanted for fraud while managing a travel agency in Iran before he fled to Australia via Malaysia in the late 1990s.

An Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman said Monis’s psychological state was discussed several times with Australian officials.

The Iranian cleric was granted political asylum in Australia in 2001 and was on bail for a string of violent offences, including being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife.

He was also facing more than 50 sexual and indecent assault charges and had a conviction for sending abusive letters to families of deceased Australian soldiers.

His former lawyer, Manny Conditsis, told the ABC that Monis was an isolated figure who had acted alone.

“He came to Australia in the late 1990s as I understand it, obtained political asylum in 2001. He fled Iran because he was in fear of his life from the regime at that time,” Mr Conditsis said.

“Monis personally faced charges as a result of writing letters to the families of deceased Australian soldiers.

“They were dealt with in 2013. Subsequent to that he was charged with accessory before and after the fact in relation to the murder of his former spouse. Eventually he got bail.

“I appeared for him in December of 2013 when he obtained bail essentially based on a case that was presented by the prosecution at the time. It had significant weaknesses in it.

“I think that had a significant impact on him getting bail at that time.”

But it was Monis’ ongoing legal battle over his conviction for sending offensive letters to the families of dead Australian soldiers between 2007 and 2009 that may have tipped him over the edge.

Monday’s siege followed an unsuccessful, last-ditch attempt in the High Court to have the charges overturned.

PM says ‘madman’ well known to police and ASIO

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has described Monis as a “madman”, and conceded systems to monitor and prevent the attack were not adequate.

“The system did not adequately deal with this individual, there’s no doubt about that,” he told AM.

“We’ve got to be constantly asking ourselves ‘Is this the best we can do?’

“And frankly, we’ve got to always be better at this because if we aren’t good at this, our people suffer.

“The tragedy of this atrocity is that two delightful Australians, two very decent people are dead.

“Others are injured. Others are traumatised because of a madman who was roaming our streets.”

Mr Abbott said the gunman was well known to state and federal police and the domestic spy agency ASIO.

The Prime Minister also revealed his own nagging thought: could the siege have been prevented?

He said Cabinet’s national security committee had the same concern.

However, Mr Abbott conceded Monis was not on a security watchlist, despite his long criminal history and known “infatuation with extremism”.

Mr Abbott said the public had a right to know how someone with a long and chequered history was not on the appropriate watchlists, and said he wanted answers.

“How can someone like that be entirely at large in the community?” Mr Abbott said.

“These are questions that we need to look at carefully and calmly and methodically to learn the right lessons and to act upon them.

“That’s what we’ll be doing in the days and weeks ahead.”

The Prime Minister acknowledged Monis still might not have been stopped, even if he had been closely watched.

“Even if this individual, this sick and disturbed individual, had been front and centre on our watchlists, even if this individual had been monitored 24 hours a day, it’s quite likely, certainly possibly, that this incident could have taken place because the level of control that would be necessary to prevent people from going about their daily life would be very, very high indeed,” he said

Sydney siege: Tony Abbott says Sydney gunman Man Haron Monis was not on security watchlists

Mike Baird and Tony Abbott address the media, Dec 16 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has revealed the gunman responsible for the Sydney siege was not on a security watchlist, despite his long criminal history and known “infatuation with extremism”.

Self-styled Iranian cleric Man Haron Monis was killed about 16 hours after taking 17 people hostage at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe on Monday morning.

Two hostages, Lindt cafe manager Tori Johnson, 34, and barrister Katrina Dawson, 38, were also killed.

Mr Abbott flew to Sydney this afternoon after convening a meeting of the powerful National Security Committee of Cabinet this morning.

Standing alongside New South Wales Premier Mike Baird and Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin, Mr Abbott described Monis as a “deeply disturbed individual” who was “consistently weird”.

“How can someone who has had such a long and chequered history, not be on the appropriate watchlists?” he said.

“And how can someone like that be entirely at large in the community?

“These are questions that we need to look at carefully and calmly and methodically, to learn the right lessons, and to act upon them.”

How can someone who has had such a long and chequered history, not be on the appropriate watch lists?

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Mr Abbott said the man was well known to the NSW Police, the AFP and the domestic spy agency ASIO and said it was reasonable to ask whether the incident could have been prevented.

“Even if this individual, this sick and disturbed individual, had been front and centre on our watchlists, even if this individual had been monitored 24 hours a day, it’s quite likely, certainly possible, that this incident could have taken place, because the level of control that would be necessary to prevent people from going about their daily life, would be very, very high indeed.”

Mr Baird echoed Mr Abbott’s comments.

“We are all outraged that this guy was on the street. We are. And we need to understand why he was,” he said.

“We also need to understand why he wasn’t picked up and we’ll be working closely with the Federal authorities together with our own agencies to ensure what we can do better.

“[The] community has every right to feel upset. I’m incredibly upset. I’m outraged and we need to ensure that everything is done to learn from this.”

PM says ‘most difficult 36 hours’ in Sydney’s history

Mr Abbott has described the siege as an “absolutely appalling and ugly” incident and said it has been one of the most difficult periods in Australia’s history.

“This is an incident which has echoed around the world,” he said.

“Tens if not hundreds of millions of people right around the world have been focused on the city of Sydney which has been touched by terrorism for the first time in more than 35 years.”

Mr Abbott thanked and congratulated the New South Wales Police for the commitment and professionalism they showed.

“Everyone has been impressed by the speed of the NSW response, the thoroughness of the preparations they made and the professionalism of the action they took once it became obvious that people inside the cafe were being taken out by this deluded and sick individual,” he said.

“I think every Sydneysider can feel quietly proud of the way this city has handled one of the most difficult 36 hours in our history.

“People have gone about their business and in the aftermath of the end of the siege last night, people have responded with typical Australian decency and generosity and the spontaneous shrine which has developed now in Martin Place is so much an expression of the innate goodness and decency which is a mark of the Australian character.”

Mr Baird has also thanked Sydneysiders for their handling of the incident.

“This city is amazing,” he said.

“Its people are incredible, and what you are seeing in Martin Place right now as it unfolds, it is almost as if a beating heart of the city is being put in place.

“That’s what those flowers represent to me. It is showing us that this city is alive. It is beating. Despite the challenges, despite the tragedies we have endured, it is people saying they care,” he said.

Mr Abbott has pledged to do whatever is humanly possible to keep the community safe and has used the event to highlight the need for the next round of proposed national security laws, that would force telecommunications companies to hold their customer’s data for up to two years.

Plastic sword is the least of ASIO’s bungles in the ‘terror raid.’ Lack of intelligence is a greater issue coupled by a lack of public apology. leaving us to believe the raid was a successfull excercise. The silence is propaganda.

ASIO has more money and more opportunity to showcase their incompetence

ASIO’s showcase raid was on the Dirani family who  are Afghan-born Shiite Muslims. Why, then, was Mustafa Dirani being raided in connection with the IS, a Sunni group notorious for massacring as apostates any Shias who fall into its clutches?

How can we have an intelligence agency that hasn’t even a clue about the basics of what it’s doing. We accept the divisions between the followers of Jesus as doctrinal differences that need to be taken seriously. But  Muslims remain tarred with one brush and then differentiated according to temperament:  whether they’re wild or tame.

The NSW Police Commissioner said he was perplexed and any wonder why  his men had just raided Dirani and his friends on the basis that they supported a group that wanted to kill them.

Did ASIO, an organisation with an annual budget of nearly half a billion dollars, really think that Shiites would belong to an organisation dedicated to massacring Shiites? Or were they simply happy to let the Diranis be swept up in the hysteria that, resulted in extraordinary new powers for ASIO?

It’s hard to know which option is more disturbing.

So the good ole boys are just joking are they? Mosques have been vandalised but we Rabbott Raid Muslim kids

 

 

No’ chatter’ when it comes to threatening Muslims,  vandalizing their property, abusing their presence on the street. Threatening to set a woman in hijab alight isn’t regarded as serious. The racist bogans are only up to mischief are they? Korans shredded, shock jocks vilifying a whole community. Andrew Bolt’s daily sling that’s just good old Aussie banter is it. But when Muslim kids open their mouths you jump on them with a totalitarian fist. How about some consistency in the application of your laws. How unbalanced is Team Australia?

Those Muslim kids you caught who you admit knew they were being watched may just have been pulling your agencies chain. If I was 19 and I  and my mates knew somebody was trying to eavesdrop we certainly would. Because our first reaction would be to give you the symbolic finger

 

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It’s called Democracy we can do it to anyone.

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Detention orders obtained before anti-terrorism raids were carried out

This may be the first time that Australian anti-terrorism powers have been used in detention of suspects without charge

 

A spokesman for the Australian Lawyers Alliance, Greg Barns, said Australia’s anti-terrorism laws had draconian provisions that allowed people to be detained without charge.

“The AFP and the government have been very happy to feed the media sensational claims, which are simply claims at this point.

“They need now to be accountable to be able to care for the people they are holding.

“The conditions under which people can be detained are pretty outrageous. They don’t get access to lawyers like a traditional suspect. It’s basically psychological pressure they’re put under,” he said.

Asio torture warning: fears new powers will allow suspects to be harmed

Senator says he has legal advice legislation will allow Asio to inflict physical and psychological harm on terrorism suspects

A NSW senator, David Leyonhjelm, said he had received legal advice that the national security legislation amendment bill would allow intelligence officials to inflict physical and psychological harm on terrorism suspects.

 

Lights Camera Action Propaganda . Watch your mother & 14 year old son violently threatened . Outcome = Resentment

Islamic State wants Australians to attack Muslims: terror expert

It’s in the interests of Islamic State for Muslims in Australia to be attacked or for their mosques to be attacked, because doing so would help divide the Australian community. But we should be very clear…

Stating the obvious is well and good. It’s very important to remember, whether here in Australia or overseas – it’s only a tiny minority of the Muslim community that are ever involved in any kind of extreme action. The vast majority are decent, ordinary people, who shouldn’t be attacked, and who should feel as respected and protected as any other member of the community.

The most effective form of good policing happens at an individual community level: having police officers on the ground, at local stations, involved with and knowing the Islamic community, and making sure that senior members of those community know that should anything happen – such as an attack on a mosque – that the police  take that seriously. It’s really important for police to protect the Islamic community. If they don’t, there’s a risk that people will feel isolated and that’s not in Australia’s best interests.

As for Islamic State, if they or their sympathizers can arrange a situation where we see parts of the Australian community pitted against each other, then that’s exactly what they want. That’s the kind of situation that breeds more sympathy for their cause, so that disenchanted young people end up either going overseas or else taking actions in their own country

Today we saw  AFP,ASIO and Police 800 of them raid,  televise and proudly advertise a one way action the total opposite of the advise offered by the UK  with a longer history a much bigger Muslim population than we have, with a far larger population overall. The above community approach not generally applied by our security forces here has managed to keep British terrorism to 7 instances over 8 years. It also needs to be pointed out that no instance was discovered by increased security but rather by an aware public noticing something odd. The Australian approach seems an antithesis to the British who have had years of experience with sectarian conflict in Ireland. Yesterday seems little more than a publicity exercise with a high potential to backfire.

 

Safe Keeping is our plan for you says Abbott ; $650mill increase in National Security ( Youth Watch)

Missouri Passes Strict Anti-Abortion Legislation; Rejects Similar Law Protecting Unarmed Black Teens

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Legislators also rejected an amendment to the law that would have called for a “five-minute cooling off period” before cops gunned down unarmed black teenagers on Missouri’s city streets. Lawmakers expressed concern that the amendment would sow confusion among “them negras,” and create an atmosphere of disrespect in cities where all white police forces lorded over majority black neighborhoods.

“We just can’t take away an officer’s right to choose,” said Jeffrey Jingo, a state senator from Bigot Bluffs. “If we let young black males freely roam our streets without showing them who’s boss, then all hell could break loose. I mean, you saw what happened in Ferguson, right? The last thing we need is all them colored folks thinking they enjoy the same civil rights as respectable members of our community.”MISSOURI-master1050

Legislators pointed out that Missouri cops feel threatened by unarmed black males, who might hurt them in some way

So no specific intel on terror threats but we can expect a larger security presance.

 

More police at airports to slow things up Our airports will look and feel like Heathrow it will insure anger levels do rise. If anybody complains they won’t just be warned they will be taken aside and prevented from flying simply because your quick tongue offended security. Industries like jewellery will find onboard luggage will be banned and therefore lose what ever insurance cover they have. As to be insured their merchandise must travel with them at all times. If that’s not bad enough what about our education industry. Students from Indonesia, India,Malaysia & China will be checked coming and going more so than even Australian citizens. They already pay more than anywhere else for a fifth rate degree. The increased training drills alone of the AFP increase the chances of plastic explosive being left behind or gone missing. The prevention of people going on and coming on holiday will increase just because some over excited security . Abbott will blame the economic consequences of this change on his imaginary increased terror. Who is going to want to go to the MCG or any major event.

However there is a plus for Christopher Pyne  an increased presence of police and security for politicians visiting university campuses. Student leaders can be apprehended before any visit why to diminish the possibility of  lone Wolf terror. Student meetings will now be even more closely monitored. Topics up for discussion & lecture topics  carefully watched. Waleed Aly and his wife dismissed on National Security grounds. and Andrew Bolt will smile.

The social media  and campaigns like March  against the government can be conveniently silenced  as a possible vehicles for the internal radicalization of Australia.  Lone Wolf radicals  can be found anywhere, previously regarded as criminals not part of any terror group but now they can be redefined as terrorists. This government can use this argument for any nefarious means and will get ASIO support why? Increase any government department’s budget for any reason it’s in the nature of the beast to substantiate the reason for the increase. There’s little or no reason you will find any department to justify it’s  budget reduction . The next government would have some difficulty in doing so as well . Besides Bill Shorten playing politics seems advised to support Abbott in this. They are brothers in arms on security. Obviously the polls are telling him scare mongering is good.

If all of this extra surveillance does not happen none needs to ask why?Why was this announced so publicly in the first place?  Why is the normal goings on in daily life been called on to be treated as suspicious what was  once thought of as single acts of crime being raised to an acts of terror. School burnings, phone threats, union action can all now be redefined. Join ASIO’s newly formed dad’s secret police, put your sunnies on and go dob in a neighbour.

 

 

Anti Terrorism needs to be tackled on a lot more levels than profiling and spying on people Mr Abbott

The stronger terror assessment scenario painted by ASIO  seems rather odd. Irvine chose to speculate publicly about the threat alert needing to be raised to the second-highest level, ostensibly however before giving any formal advice to the government.

Based on ongoing assessments, either a threat is likely to occur or it is not. If so, why the delay in advising the government? If not, why prematurely raise a “worst-case” scenario? Citizens remain stuck in terror limbo.

All the National Security precautions  in the US didn’t stop 9/11 or the Boston marathon. Any incidents that have been interrupted in the US were by accident and an alert public. Australia has just experienced a near miss not at the hands of terrorists but at the hands of the AFP creating a dangerous moment during a drill at an airport. How would Abbott have explained that away?

Further, this drip-feed of vague warnings is being packaged by policymakers with a hyper-legislative insistence on introducing another round of “tough” terror laws. While some measures appear justifiable – such as up-to-date powers to suspend passports – many others do not. Some proposals remain decidedly inconsistent with past recommendations by watchdogs like the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor. We seem to be stuck on a rinse-and-repeat cycle to keep terrorising ourselves. The more immediate hazard is pointless overreaction and political exploitation of public fears. The build-up of these kind of tensions have had a track-record of leading into knee-jerk and totally counter-productive policy initiatives – like the unnecessary Iraq invasion of 2003. That had no clear national security benefit and contributed to much of this latest mess.

This type of “alert and alarm” scenario tends to lead in a couple of directions: it either creates wider public paranoia or greater public scepticism. Neither is particularly helpful for an effective, sustainable and clear-eyed counter-terrorism strategy.

In short, IS is a nasty piece of work, but it is not a global game-changer The instinct to “do something” and heroic calls to strong vigilant action might be good politics. However, such heavy-handedness is a careless and unhealthy national security stratagem. The good news is that the threat of foreign fighters is both manageable and marginal.Another bottom line is that these Australian foreign fighters do not represent the wider Islamic community – IS is keen to kill all Muslims who they deem to be “infidels”. (This makes many calls for “community” solutions by the overwhelming moderate Muslim majority in Australia overly simplistic and stupid. This is not a clash of civilisations as Andrew Bolt would have us believe. Australian citizens still have more chance of being killed by bee stings or car crashes than by a rare, albeit conceivable, home-grown terrorist attack.

Interestingly, former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger recently warned that traditional state-based threats remain a much more serious and long-term security headache.

” I consider Iran a bigger problem than ISIS. ISIS is a group of adventurers with a very aggressive ideology. But they have to conquer more and more territory before they can became a strategic, permanent reality.”

We are being scammed by Abbott who has quid pro quo arrangement with ASIO the AFP and security forces who will gain extra funding. Abbott get’s press to attack  his negative standing in the polls.

We are being scammed at the expense of the Australian Muslim community and the increased possibility of further radicalization.

 

 

ASIO wants to recruit Muslim operatives for Team Australia.

15,000 paid FBI informants spy on the American Muslim Community. Is entrapment likely?

47 asylum seekers remain in indefinite detention with no reason required. ASIO files remain a secret due to reasons of “National Security”. Abbott has told us scrutiny of Australian citizens will increase some will be detained. Will the reason for detention also remain a secret due to National Security? Watch this and be the judge is this our TEAM AUSTRALIA ? ASIO OR FSB Watch this video

How quickly it begins. Holiday Departures

Why didn’t it make the front page news that the Federal Government paid for new airline tickets for a young Melbourne couple travelling to Malaysia on holiday? Why was the husband  removed from the flight and questioned for five hours before being released? Is this too going to be a matter of secrecy ‘an on land matter’? Or is this mornings report in The Age fantasy?It does however highlight a number of issues but mainly our Intelligence.

Thousands of Australian Muslims will be going on annual pilgrimage to Mecca next month. Thousands how will security deal with this without looking like  unintelligent fools. Double pay  all their airline tickets or just pick someone at random? If anybody is caught carrying a newspaper  reporting  Middle East news will they be stopped even worse if the paper is in Arabic a language border patrol can’t read.

Intelligence doesn’t have enough room  or personnel to hold the 1000’s of Australian Muslim suspects even 100 would be difficult. Intelligence could ferry them to  detention centres or Team Australia recruiting offices. After all it’s what we did with German and Japanese Australians during WW2. However we don’t have the Intelligence to question these would be travelers as officers aren’t sufficiently qualified yet.

Scott Morrison assured radio listeners that those with legitimate reasons for traveling should not be concerned. Well going on holiday to Malaysia it seems an  insufficient reason to be stopped. Maybe the young man looked a little pissed at the untrained official asking why he was going and that’s why he was questioned for 5 hours.

“I would expect my agencies to be acting with sensitivity and common sense regardless of who they are,where they are from,and where they are travelling” Scott Morrison

Five people have been stopped recently and prevented from leaving the country. Do we know on what grounds of course not. If I was leaving Australia and had reports about ISIS on my ipad in order to get a better understanding of what was going on would I be stopped and questioned ?

Instead of hassling Australian citizens wouldn’t ASIO, Border Protection make better use of their Intelligence gathering for National Security   by taking in for questioning the  Andrew Bolts of this world who are stirring up a hornets nest of ethnic and religious hatred. for political support. Maybe it was time the media was examined on the front page about its constant scare-mongering and the dividing the people of this country. How is Andrew Bolt’s anti Muslim stance supporting the notion of  a united Australia it stands juxtaposed  to being the ‘most livable’ and ‘most friendly’ country. I certainly see no Intelligence in questioning citizens in and out of this country. It’s going to fuck airline profits, and worse threaten our 3rd or 4th largest export education both employment and fee wise. Now that’s Intelligence