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Infinite Grey
November 8th, 2005, 04:12 AM
About time I would say! Aussie Aussie Aussie!



NINE men arrested overnight in anti-terrorism raids had formed a group aimed at carrying out a jihad or holy war, a Melbourne court was told today.

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The nine include include Osama Bin Laden supporter, Abdul Nacer Benbrika, also known as Abu Bakr.
The Melbourne suspects had been planning terrorist crimes for more than 12 months, Mr Maidment said.
"There's been talk within the Melbourne group that the Sydney group are further ahead than them and they wanted to do something about that," Mr Maidment said.
"The members of the Sydney group have been gathering chemicals of a kind that were used in the London Underground bombings.
"They've been involved in military training and were planning a weekend in Ocean Grove (south-west of Melbourne).
"It is alleged that all of the persons who have been before the court this morning along with another not presently in custody constitutes a terrorist organisation.

http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au (http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,17177648%255E661,00.html)



Mr Keelty said the investigation which led to raids by hundreds of police and ASIO agents in Sydney and Melbourne this morning, would continue for some months.
"The operation is a long way from being finished. This will take several months to put together in a form that will be required by the courts," he told reporters.
"There's a lot more work to go, this operation will continue for some months to come."
Mr Keelty assured the Islamic community that today's raids, and the continuing work of the federal police, did not specifically target them.
http://www.smh.com.au (http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/behind-closed-doors/2005/11/08/1131212034023.html?oneclick=true)





A terror suspect arrested this morning was contemplating sacrificing himself as a martyr, the Melbourne Magistrates Court has heard.

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Federal agent Jennifer Vandermoss told the court Merhi was "seeking revenge on the 'kafar' which are the infidels for their actions."
Benbrika was charged with intentionally directing the activities of a terrorist organisation and knowing the organisation was a terrorist organisation.
Ms Vandermoss said group members were heard asking Benbrika to "temper" Merhi's enthusiasm for martyrdom because it would draw attention to the group.
The court also heard the group had a sinking fund which was used to buy firearms and pay for members' legal expenses.
http://www.smh.com.au (http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/jihad-in-australia-court-told-of-plot/2005/11/08/1131212028240.html)



And now for a word from the PM :reindeer:


"We were advised that the change would strengthen the capacity of the authorities to respond to the situation that had been identified, and it is the view of the two police commissioners and the Victorian premier that that is precisely what happened," he told reporters.
http://www.smh.com.au (http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/pm-says-new-laws-played-part-in-raids/2005/11/08/1131407616460.html)

The changes he is talking about was rushed through the legislation process and allows police to arrest suspected terrorist for merely planning a terrorist act, without needing for the terrorist to have a target marked. So boys and girls, do not stock pile explosives or volatile chemicals, or your ass will be arrested as a terrorist.

Jenne
November 8th, 2005, 02:02 PM
So boys and girls, do not stock pile explosives or volatile chemicals, or your ass will be arrested as a terrorist.

Well, didn't you figure Australia would follow suit, tho? Restriction of freedoms is usually the knee-jerk reaction in times like this, as the past 4 years have shown us here in the "land of the free" US of A.