Posts Tagged ‘ terrorism ’

McClelland shoots from the lip

Sep 20th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

A Melbourne jury had that morning acquitted four people of terrorism charges but convicted six others after a trial spread over seven months. Now the Attorney-General was calling the Canberra press gallery together to crow about the convictions. They were, he said, “the most successful terrorist prosecution this country has seen”.

Thank God Greens are not running country

Sep 15th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

For political fringe-dwellers like the Greens, there was no threat to Australia’s national security to warrant the 2005 anti-terrorism laws. The legislation was, they said, all a ruse to hide the government’s real agenda, ramming the new industrial relations laws through parliament during that first week in November 2005.

Government backs Keelty

Sep 1st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

Commissioner Keelty has been criticised over the AFP’s handling of the investigation into Dr Haneef, the Indian-born hospital registrar cleared of involvement in an Islamist attack in the United Kingdom. Attorney-General Robert McClelland responded, saying: “Commissioner Keelty has the faith and support of the government.”

Haneef waiting to sue: lawyer

Aug 31st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

When asked about whether Dr. Haneef would pursue compensation, his Brisbane-based lawyer, Peter Russo, said the issue had not been fully discussed yet. “I think… we should wait until the Clarke Inquiry concludes before we go down that path,” Mr. Russo said.

Tracking the Terrorists Online

Aug 30th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

For years, al-Qaida and other terror groups have set up shop in the Internet. Those who track them have covertly followed. The companies SITE and IntelCenter have penetrated even deeper into the terror Web than most intelligence agencies.

AFP admits there was no evidence against Mohamed Haneef

Aug 30th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

As his lawyers called for the sacking of Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty and the judicial inquiry into the bungled inquiry prepared to interview its first senior member of the Howard government - former attorney-general Philip Ruddock - Dr Haneef said the AFP had taken too long to clear his name.

FBI dismisses Obama assassination threat

Aug 27th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Election 2008

The US Attorney General for Denver, Troy Eid, said there was no credible or “true threat” against Senator Obama. However, Mr. Eid he could not explain the presence of firearms, including a sniper rifle, body armour and wigs in the suspect’s truck. He said the threats against the presumptive Democratic nominee were “more aspirational than operational”.

Arrests fuel fear of Obama kill plot

Aug 26th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Election 2008, Lead Stories

According to Denver TV station CBS4, one of the suspects told authorities they were “going to shoot Obama from a high vantage point using a … rifle sighted at 750 yards”. Law enforcement officials told CBS4 one of the suspects “was directly asked if they had come to Denver to kill Obama. He responded in the affirmative.”

McCain staff quarantined after threat letters

Aug 22nd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Election 2008

The first letter arrived at the Republican’s campaign headquarters in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. A second letter was later reported at a McCain office in Manchester, New Hampshire. Staff members were sent to medical facilities for treatment under quarantine while FBI and Secret Service agents joined hazardous materials experts at both scenes.

Terrorism still seen as a threat by Aussies

Aug 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

A clear majority of voters believe freedom of speech should not extend to groups that are sympathetic to terrorists (56.8 per cent agreed with this proposition and only 23.2 per cent disagreed). A smaller majority also said police should be allowed to search the houses of these people without a court order (50.5 per cent in favour versus 33.2 per cent opposed).