Terror Laws

Australia’s terrorism laws have found there way into the news again:

A SENIOR counter-terrorism officer with the Australian Federal Police has testified that police were directed to charge “as many suspects as possible” with terrorism offences in order to test the new anti-terrorism laws introduced in 2003.
The admission was made by federal agent Kemuel Lam Paktsun, the senior case officer on the Operation Newport investigation that led to the arrest of Sydney medical student Izhar Ul-Haque, whose trial was sensationally dismissed in the NSW Supreme Court yesterday.

Because that’s an efficient and effective way to do law enforcement – just arrest everyone.

I can hear the response of the right wing commentariate now:

“Yeah, but these judges, civil libertarians and bleeding hearts don’t understand that we’re fighting a war against terrizm!”

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~ by Sammy Jankis on November 12, 2007.

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