News Limited (The Australian, Herald Sun) terrorism scare mongering

New Terror Laws will help Foil Terrorist Attacks?

POLICE have admitted there are potential suicide bombers living in Australia but tough new laws will help foil terror attacks.

“…laws that have been described as draconian, unjustified and “un-Australian” by lawyers and civil libertarians. These laws.. give police unprecedented powers to detain suspects without charge for up to 14 days. Federal police will be able to seek a 12-month control order on people as young as 16 who, they suspect, pose a risk to the community; they will be able to track people electronically – including the use of electronic shackling..”

“FEDERAL Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has left open the possibility of toughening Australia’s new anti-terrorism laws by extending the period for which suspects can be detained without charge.”

HERALD SUN (sister to “The Australian”)
CRITICS of Australia’s tough new anti-terror laws are passing judgment from a non-existent, ideal world.

UBERKIWI: How is electronic shackling going to stop a suicide bomber? Wouldn’t electronic shackling make them more angry and suicidal?

800 Terrorists in Australia?

The Australian also revealed that ASIO believed there were as many as 800 people of interest in Australia, some of whom could be inspired to carry out a terrorist attack.

Australians are now being asked to accept that hundreds of residents are potential terrorists. Perhaps the situation has deteriorated recently or possibly the meaning of “terrorist suspect” has been redefined.

But both Mr Keelty and Mr Ruddock rejected reports quoting security officials on the number of Muslim extremists in Australia.

Mr Ruddock said one report that ASIO believed there were up to 800 such extremists living here was “highly speculative” and no such figures were given to leaders at Tuesday’s terrorism summit. Mr Keelty said: “No one can ever be sure just how many people embrace the ideology or ideals of terrorism.”

UBERKIWI: The risk appears to being exaggerated to allow the states to roll over on Howard and Ruddick’s Fascist state agenda 🙂


Democracy on alert

Tougher terror laws may be considered

‘Clear threat’ of homegrown terror

Why wait so long to review anti-terror laws?

Australian Govt Paranoid and Fascist

Unbelievable story over the last week or so regarding the deporting of US peace activist Scott Parkin.

There is stuff all over the SMH and “The Age” so I wont go into details except to say that it is so blatantly medieval and fascist-state like that it is hard to believe.

In short:
US High School history teacher and anti-violent protest peace protestot had been talking at peace rallies about non-violent protest.

Attended an anti-Halliburton peace protest in Sydney “Colaition of the Billing”

ASIO and police swooped on him at while in a Cafe saturday last. Locked up with no explanation.

Deported with no explanation.

Parkin was given an invoice for A$11,700 for the costs of his detention, airfare for himself and the two security guards who the government insisted accompany him, as well as the cost of the guards’ acommodation in Los Angeles.

Under Australia’s punitive migration law, the Australian government bills those who are imprisoned for the costs of their imprisonment. It doesn’t matter if they fled oppressive regimes and arrived without documents.

He was in the country legally.

The government wont discuss it.

Rumour is it was at the request of Halliburton.

The deportation of Parkin is an ominous portent of how new anti-terrorism powers can and will be used by a government that, as of July 1, has a majority in both houses of the national parliament.

Illustrates how a government will invoke ‘national security’ in an attempt to justify the denial of basic legal rights and muzzle legitimate public debate.

Most Aussies more concerned about the price of Petrol than the loss of their rights.

MarkB – it’s all your fault. Latham would have told Halliburton to get f****d.

Bob Burton
Never Whoosh a spook

Rough Justice

Melbourne: Australia’s most “bombable city”

Melbourne: Australia’s most “bombable city”

Is Melbourne one of Al Qaeda’s next targets? If it is, that’s serious. If it isn’t, this item on the blog yournewreality probably makes sense:

Sydneysiders are reeling this morning over news that Al Qaeda has announced Melbourne as a possible new target of their worldwide campaign to scare the p*ss out of people.

This is being seen as a major snub in social and political circles of the 2000 Olympic City, and leading Sydneysiders are calling on Al Qaeda to reconsider their choice of future targets.

The Al Qaeda announcement is also expected to make it even harder for Sydney politicians to redirect millions of taxpayer dollars from spending on education, child care and medicines for the elderly to buy CCTV cameras and other anti-terror related security measures.

“It’s terrible news,” said one Sydney security specialist who has been campaigning for the NSW government to spend $100 million on his line of robot dogs that sniff out bombs concealed in the buttholes of Islamomaniac poodles.

If Sydneysiders are disappointed by the Al Qaeda snub then Melbournians are absolutely gloating at the news that hit front pages and headlines around the world today.

Fashionistas down south claim the Al Qaeda announcement is yet another sign of just how “cool” Melbourne had become.

From Crikey

Guardian: Sorry Mr President, Katrina is not 9/11

Great article in he Guardian today regarding the Katrina Hurricane. I’m posting a couple of excerpts. If you are interested in the subject I highly recommend reading the full article>

Guardian: Sorry Mr President, Katrina is not 9/11:

“No doubt the born-again president is himself sincere about invoking the Almighty. But you can hear the muttered advice in the White House: Mr President, we were in trouble after 9/11; the unfortunate episode of the schoolroom, My Little Goat and all that. But do what you did then; set yourself once more at the centre of the nation; go to the epicentre of the horror and embrace its heroes; make yourself the country’s patriotic invigorator and all may yet be well.”

“Katrina was the most anticipated catastrophe in modern American history. Perhaps the lowest point in Bush’s abject performance last week was when he claimed that no one could have predicted the breach in the New Orleans levees, when report after report commissioned by him, not to mention a simulation just last year, had done precisely that. But he had cut the budget appropriation for maintaining flood defences by nearly 50%, so that for the first time in 37 years Louisiana was unable to supply the protection it knew it would need in the event of catastrophe. Likewise Fema, which under Bill Clinton had been a cabinet level agency reporting directly to the president, had under his successor been turned into a hiring opportunity for political hacks and cronies and disappeared into the lumbering behemoth of Homeland Security. It was Fema that failed the Gulf; Fema which failed to secure the delivery of food, water, ice and medical supplies desperately asked for by the Mayor of New Orleans; and it was the president and his government-averse administration that had made Fema a bad joke.”

Microsoft: IT criminals

Michael Robertson, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Linspire writes about the Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! Battle For Net Supremacy in his article “Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! The Battle For Net Supremacy“.

I was pleased to see he is in complete agreement with my views on Microsoft.

The article compares how the three rivals are dealing with the competitive threat between each other, and as he says, it says a lot about their individual company culture, management and DNA.

Here’s how he describes the evil empire:

Microsoft has recently made a concerted effort to hire even-keeled, friendly liaisons within the community, giving them the authority to speak for the company and the authorization to pay off those that might speak negatively of Microsoft. Behind the scenes, however, it’s still the same team running the show – management that has been twice convicted of illegal actions against competitors, and that sports a stunning lack of ethical boundaries. Recent court documents from a fresh legal battle over an employee jumping ship to Google report Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer throwing chairs and screaming many unprintable words, capped off with, “I’m going to %$#@ kill Google!”

The only way Microsoft knows how to operate is with an enemy in their crosshairs. A few years back, Linspire (then Lindows) was the recipient of Ballmer’s profanity-laden tirades. But Microsoft’s attention has since been somewhat diverted from the ambiguous threat of Linux – which doesn’t present a singular target – to Google, whose O’s make convenient bull’s eyes.

Look for Microsoft to employ the same approach they have used historically to fight competitors. First they will use technology barriers within new versions of their operating system to dramatically favor their own products and discredit competitors. With previous competitor DR DOS, they embedded intentional incompatibilities, spurious error messages and bogus issues of compatibility. With Netscape, they deeply embedded their own products and falsely claimed they could not be removed. Expect much of the same with Vista, their newest OS.

In addition, look for exclusionary contracts that preclude computer manufacturers from pre-installing links and software from Yahoo! and Google on PCs they sell. With the same unethical management in place, a legal process that takes years to litigate, and inevitable legal penalties only representing a tiny fraction of profits, you’d be crazy not to expect Microsoft to extend the same behavior you’ve seen over the last two decades into the next.

Read the rest of the article, about Google and Yahoo here.

New Orleans: Voices in the Storm

The Nation has published some great quotes here from before and after Katrina.

Love the one from Barbara Bush: “So many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this–this is working very well for them.”

New Orleans: Voices in the Storm

This is the chronicle of an unfolding catastrophe, as told by the victims of Hurricane Katrina, the bureaucrats, the rescuers and, of course, the politicians.

“It appears that the money has been moved in the president’s budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that’s the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can’t be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us.” –Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, quoted in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, June 8, 2004.

“I want the folks there on our Gulf Coast to know that the federal government is prepared to help you when the storm passes.” –President Bush, Monday, August 29

“It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed.” –House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Wednesday, August 31

“Flood control has been a priority of this Administration from day one.” –White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, Thursday, September 1

“I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees.” –President Bush, Thursday, September 1

“The good news is…that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast…. Out of the rubble of Trent Lott’s house–he’s lost his entire house–there’s going to be a fantastic house. And I’m looking forward to sitting on the porch.” –President Bush, Friday, September 2

“CATASTROPHIC: Storm Surge Swamps 9th Ward, St. Bernard; Lakeview Levee Breach Threatens to Inundate City” –Banner headline, New Orleans Times-Picayune, Tuesday, August 30

“I remember on Tuesday morning picking up newspapers and I saw headlines, ‘New Orleans Dodged the Bullet.'” –Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Sunday, September 4

“The guy who runs this building I’m in, emergency management…his mother was trapped in St. Bernard nursing home. And every day she called him and said, ‘Are you coming, son? Is somebody coming?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, Mama. Somebody’s coming to get you. Somebody’s coming to get you on Tuesday. Somebody’s coming to get you on Wednesday. Somebody’s coming to get you on Thursday. Somebody’s coming to get you on Friday.’ And she drowned Friday night. [Crying] And she drowned Friday night.” –Aaron Broussard, president of Jefferson Parish, Sunday, September 4

“Some people chose not to obey that [mandatory evacuation] order. That was a mistake on their part.” –Michael Chertoff, Friday, September 2

“The federal government did not even know about the convention center people until today…. Now is not the time to be blaming.” –FEMA director Michael Brown, Thursday, September 1, twenty-four hours after news reports that 20,000 people were stranded at the convention center

“I have not heard a report of thousands of people in the convention center who don’t have food and water.” –Michael Chertoff, Thursday, September 1

“Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.” –President Bush, referring to FEMA director Michael Brown, Friday, September 2

“This place is going to look like Little Somalia. We’re going to go out and take this city back. This will be a combat operation to get this city under control.” –Brig. Gen. Gary Jones, commander of the Louisiana National Guard’s Joint Task Force, Friday, September 2

“That Americans would somehow in a color-affected way decide who to help and who not to help, I just don’t believe it.” –Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Friday, September 2

“As for the tragic piggism that is taking place on the streets of New Orleans, it is not unbelievable but it is unforgivable, and I hope the looters are shot.” –Peggy Noonan, Thursday, September 1

“George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” –Rapper Kanye West, Friday, September 2

“People are now beginning to voice what we’ve all been seeing with our own eyes — the majority of people left in New Orleans are black, they are poor, they are the underbelly of society. When you look at this, what does this say about where we are as a country and where our government is in terms of how it views the people of this country?” –Lester Holt of MSNBC, to House majority leader Tom DeLay, Friday, September 2. DeLay’s response: “What it tells me is we’re doing a wonderful job and we are an incredibly compassionate people.”

“New Orleans now is abortion-free. New Orleans now is Mardi Gras-free. New Orleans now is free of Southern decadence and the sodomites, the witchcraft workers, false religion–it’s free of all of those things now. God simply, I believe, in His mercy purged all of that stuff out of there–and now we’re going to start over again.” –The Rev. Bill Shanks, pastor of New Covenant Fellowship of New Orleans, Friday, September 2

“So many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this–this is working very well for them.” –Barbara Bush, Monday, September 5

“[Bush] is a strong president…but he has never really focused on the importance of good execution.” –William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, in theWashington Post, Monday, September 5

“Perhaps the greatest disappointment stands at the breached 17th Street levee. Touring this critical site yesterday with the President, I saw what I believed to be a real and significant effort to get a handle on a major cause of this catastrophe. Flying over this critical spot again this morning, less than twenty-four hours later, it became apparent that yesterday we witnessed a hastily prepared stage set for a Presidential photo opportunity.” –Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, Saturday, September 3

“We’re angry, Mr. President, and we’ll be angry long after our beloved city and surrounding parishes have been pumped dry. Our people deserved rescuing. Many who could have been were not. That’s to the government’s shame.” –Open letter to Bush from theNew Orleans Times-Picayune editorial board, Sunday, September 4