"The Prime Minister vindicated by the arrest of terror suspects in Melbourne and Sydney" hardly. Those Australians who doubted the PM's sincerity when they questioned the timing of his release of information into the public arena that Australia faced the prospect of an imminent terrorist outrage, have egg on their faces, I doubt it. I distinctly remember how John Howard, his brow furrowed, told Australians that he didn't want people who threw their children overboard in this country. Four years later, it's commonly accepted that no refugee threw their children overboard and the great majority of asylum seekers involved in that incident now live in Australia.
I distinctly remember the PM telling the world that Australia couldn't wait for the UN to make up its mind about whether Iraq should be invaded, because the Baath Party, led by Saddam Hussein, had weapons of mass destruction at their disposal. Nearly 3 years later, those elusive weapons have still not materialised.
Whether the terror suspects that have been arrested and charged were involved in something as innocent as a discussion group or whether they were, as he has been extensively reported in the media on the verge of committing a terrorist outrage, is a matter for public conjecture. It's up to the courts, not the PM, the Victorian and NSW Premiers, their Chief Police Commissioners or the media to decide these men's innocence or guilt. [It's not even up to the courts when the courts have to do as the parliament say i.e. draconian laws.]
Currently, both the view that these men were arrested by the thought police for they were thinking or the community has been saved from a terrorist outrage by a group of potential suicide murders, is legitimate. [No both views are not legitimate mate, this is rubbish because these people are being used as scapegoats to bolster support for the Coalition of the Killing's resource wars in the Middle East, otherwise the law would never have been made DRACONIAN.] If the judiciary is able to hold its nerve, despite the current political and media barrage to convict these men before they have faced their accusers in court, the community will find out the outcome in due course. [No not really because Draconian laws means that the outcome, my friend, is bent, all you are getting is the DRACONIAN OUTCOME.]
Unfortunately, the next group of people who are arrested under the new batch of terrorist and sedition laws won't be so lucky. [You mean it gets worse?] They will be able to be secretly detained and interrogated with minimal judicial intervention and no media scrutiny. They can have what few rights and liberty they enjoy stripped away from them, their lives and the lives of their families and communities destroyed, because some faceless bureaucrat in ASIO believes they pose a potential threat to the community. [Well actually it can't get much worse than solitary confinement for anyone because that in itself without any other mistreatment is torture.]
The removal of rights and privileges, checks and balances that have existed for generations will not make the community safer as John Howard keeps telling us, but will create a climate of angry disillusionment and isolation among sections of the Australian community that will increase, not decrease, the possibility of a home grown terrorist outrage. POLITICAL AUTHORITY
Irrespective of the state of perpetual fear that the Howard government is fostering in the community, irrespective of the draconian authoritarian legislation that is being pushed through Parliament, irrespective of the total capitulation of the Federal Opposition, ultimate political authority rests in the hands of the people, not the government of the day or the State. The Federal government can pass whatever legislation it likes, whether it is able to enforce that legislation is a different matter.
Governments normally rule through community consensus, not by force. Those that resort to force, sow the seed of rebellion among the people they rule. Whether the Howard government is able to implement its legislative agenda is not determined by its ability to push its legislation through Parliament, but whether it can convince people that the curtailment of their rights, privileges and freedoms is in their best interests. Governments that stop listening to the people they rule, who believe they know what is best for them, create a culture of dissatisfaction and resistance within the communities they rule.
A government's legitimacy is determined by the cultural consensus it is able to create within the community for its political program. Once a significant minority rejects a government's legitimacy, its ability to impose its political program on them by exercising the monopoly on force governments enjoy, is compromised. It seems the Howard government has bitten off more than it can chew; the resistance to Howard's ideological wet dream is not just limited to a disenfranchised minority, it is extending into his own party room.
The instability that is being created by his four pronged attack on the Australian people by the passage of his Industrial Relations (Destruction), anti-terrorist (Dissent), Welfare to Work (Slavery) and media ownership laws, will escalate as the Howard government tries to implement its legislative agenda by threatening to bankrupt and imprison those that oppose these laws.
Whether the corporate sector and his political supporters have the nerve and stomach to wield the big stick that he is threatening to use and put the significant gains they have made over the past 20 under threat, or whether they sacrifice Howard on the altar or economic and political expediency, is another matter. HOW CONVENIENT!
How convenient, on the very day the Howard government introduced its Industrial 'Destruction' legislation into Parliament, the Prime Minister breathlessly tells the Australian people that he has just received information that the country faces an imminent terrorist outrage. Ho hum, I wonder if the people who passed on the information that ASIO has passed onto the Prime Minister, has come from the very same people that told the Prime Minister that Australia had to invade Iraq because the Baath Party has 'weapons of mass destruction' at their disposal.
John Howard hasn't much of a reputation when it comes to telling the truth. When you consider his core and non core promises, the children overboard fiasco and his never never a GST saga, any sane rational person isn't going to take much notice of the boy who has learned to call wolf whenever he doesn't want people to pay close attention to what he is doing. If we faced a potential terrorist outrage, you'd think he'd do something about it, instead of recalling the Senate.
First, he is responsible for creating the conditions that have increased Australia's risk of becoming a terrorist target, then he uses that potential risk to divert the public's attention from legislation that will wipe away from the gains made through over 100 years of community and workplace struggle. Talk about Machiavellian; Machiavelli was an amateur when compared to our beloved Prime Minister.
Howard may think he can fool most of the people most of the time, but there is no way he is going to fool all of us all the time. There are terrorists living in Australia, they wear suits, appear on television during the evening news and use the spectre of terrorism to bolster their political position. They push legislation through Parliament that does more damage than any terrorist outrage could ever do. The Industrial 'Destruction' legislation that is being lobbed into Parliament by the Prime Minister with the adroitness of an SAS soldier throwing a hand grenade into a bunker, will eventually maim and kill thousands of Australians.
Yes Virginia, politicians do exist who will use all the means at their disposal to deflect the fourth estate's attention from the main parliamentary game. Fortunately for the country, there are an increasing number of Australians who have learnt to ignore the boy who's called wolf once too often, and have their eyes firmly on the only game in town the Industrial 'Destruction' legislation - that has been introduced into Parliament by a government that has deserted its constituents in favour of corporate Australia.
War criminal John Howard was complicit in the call to arms - false flag operation - Bali bombings - instigated by the CIA - and the Coalition of the Killing - to bolster support - and quell dissent for their illegal and degrading resource wars in the Middle East.
PM blamed for increased terrorism risk "To continue to heap on one group of Australians responsibility for the behaviour of people over whom they have no control, without at the same time saying: 'and we the rest of Australia will accept our responsibility for what it is that we have done that has increased or enhanced the risk of terrorism'," Mr Stanhope said.
Terrified scapegoats 'kept in dark' The lawyer representing nine men facing terrorism charges [scapegoats for the Coalition of the Killing's resource wars in the Middle East] says he must wait an unacceptably long time for police to provide a brief of evidence.
The real reason behind the push for a "Police State" 911 was also faked... those 3 WTC buildings collapsed due to controlled demolition charges... there was also no passenger jet plane debris found at the official Pentagon "crash" site! Why is it that your steel BBQ grill does not sag and melt when you expose it to fire or a gas burner? Because in 1 atmosphere air pressure, open-air flames cannot reach the softening temperature for steel (due to not enough oxygen reaching the flame), so how can 850,000 tone steel structured concrete buildings fail by melting, collapsing in only 10 seconds each?
Brisbane to protest HoWARd at charity function Australia: Brisbane activists and concerned citizens will protest John Howard at his attendance at a charity ball this Wednesday, November 9th. The man who banned the word 'hypocrite' in parliament will be attending a gala fundraising dinner event for Rosies this week in Brisbane.
Open Letter to Kim Beazley Dear Kim, dear polluticians, I really want to know before Christmas, why you are in the Labor Party, and not in the Liberal Party. (Me too!)
Bush, God and Transnationals The tragedy (for the entire world) is not that Bush is delusional, mentally unstable and intellectually challenged - that is well known. Rather, it is that he remains as commander in chief of the USA - placed in that position by commercial and other financial interests.
The race that doesn't stop the nation CANBERRA: And welcome to Canberra on the first Tuesday in November for the race that doesn't stop the nation. The Anti-Terrorism Cup. The final horses are being brought into the barriers, and we are almost ready for the start.
Constitution: Defending Against State Terror and Despots Australia has no major laws that are not derivatives of English Law and all of our major laws rely on British court precedents for interpretation and implementation. These laws and our Constitutional Monarchy system create a situation where, even if Howard and all State Premiers vote unanimously on the Anti-Terrorist laws, and every ALP/Dem/Lib/Nat/Green party hack also votes unanimously on their laws, and even if such laws are given Royal Assent, those laws are still void.
Open Letter to Australian Senate Every West Australian needs to take note of the proposed terror legislation that will be debated in the Senate next Tuesday. Our own Premier has sold us out, and the time has come for some serious and organised protest in WA to protect our democracy and civil liberties. Write to the Senate, to the papers, and to every political party. This is a fundamental issue that affects the future of our society.
Australia: Right to strike to go 'The right of workers to leave their jobs is a test of freedom. Hitler suppressed strikes. Stalin suppressed strikes. But each also suppressed freedom. There are some things worse than strikes, much worse than strikes - one of them is the loss of freedom.' US President Eisenhower.
Australia, the International Image and disintegration of human-rights The international image of Australia is, by now, surely under question, if not from the governments of the international community, then from the organisations such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the United Nations. And not least from the citizens of the world who watch the news, seeing Australia but thinking South Africa, or Communist Russia.
Unfair Industrial Laws: It's up to you! When the WorkChoices legislation was before Parliament, GetUp members sent emails to Senators Barnaby Joyce and Steven Fielding asking them to stay strong and independent. This was followed up with a national telephone campaign.
Our human rights are poor: judge Australia's reputation as a human rights champion [?] had been so tarnished in recent years that it could be called a wolf in sheep's clothing, the retiring High Court justice Michael McHugh said yesterday.
Question Everything: Worry, be alert and alarmed! BELIEF in the future is perhaps the most important value for a free society. It is what makes so many interested in getting an education, or investing in a project, or being nice to their neighbours. If we think nothing can improve or that the world is coming to an end, we don't work hard for a better and more civilised future. And we will all be miserable.
It's not the terrorists' it's us While we watch the latest round of appalling violence and mayhem spilling across our screens it is worth considering its cause.
Spots and Stripes It is well known that John Howard, infamous lackey and liar, is devoid of anything that could be remotely regarded as masculine or manly; the draconian measures he has implemented to 'secure' Australia against the terrorist bogeyman are astounding.
ABC: Inside the Insiders These shows demonstrate how even our best mainstream news/current affair shows are effectively another corrupt decoy for career politicians (and the rich they serve) to legislate their way to further wealth... via media cronyism.
Australia: Cop Watch - drugs in the force Taking the illegal drugs leads to the officers associating with drug suppliers, stealing drugs, stealing money and supplying friends, and providing confidential information to the drug suppliers.
Exporting the death penalty - Bali 9 Did the AFP believe the Bali 9 would get an 'on the spot' fine or something? ...and had observers present during one of the drug raids by Indonesian police claim they have - "ended co-operation with Indonesian police investigating the Bali Nine because they could face the firing squad if convicted."
Nuclear Power PR campaign debunked by report Anti-nuclear activists replied to advocates of nuclear power with a comprehensive damning report 'Nuclear Power - No Solution to Climate Change'. Fifty people attended the launch held at Northcote Town Hall organised by Friends of the Earth. Speakers included report author, Dr Jim Green, physicist Dr Alan Roberts, and President of the Medical Association for the Prevention of War, Dr Tilmin Ruff.
News on David Hicks: Hicks is being used as a 'pawn' for prime Meanster john hoWARD's war crimes against humanity. HoWARd has also been linked to his co-offenders, tony bliar, and george w bushit's, US Military Industrial regime.
Victorian cops the most corrupt in Australia A weekly round up of news on the cops. Former Australian Crime Commission Chair says Victorian cops are the most corrupt in Australia -- so they are given extra powers -- and so Melburnians can be patrolled by the army -- and have business deals with McDonalds. Top cops in NSW cleared after investigation -- but another one charged with child slavery. Western Australian police officer leaves the force under secrecy -- and Canberra hospital nurse tells the Federal Police to bugger off.
What is Happening to Australian Democracy "Australia nominally has all the right democratic institutions--regular elections, parliamentary sovereignty, ministerial responsibility, an independent judiciary, federalism, a non-partisan and expert public service and a free press.
Association for the Prevention of Torture The Optional Protocol requires 20 ratifications to enter into force. All States Parties to the UN Convention against Torture should seriously consider ratifying the OPCAT as soon as possible. National Institutions and others promoting the human rights of people deprived of their liberty need to be informed of their potential role as national preventive mechanisms under the OPCAT.
Pressure remains on Australia as Kyoto takes effect Australia and the United States have both refused to ratify the deal, arguing it is not in their best interest. They will be denied access to a new international trading market where developing countries will get credits for cutting back emissions.
Australian Terror cell here long before Bali The Australian terrorist Captain Cook infiltrated Australia years before the Bali bombings in which 202 people perished. Aboriginal people attempted to remember Captain Cook not as a founding father but as a harbinger of dispossession and death, a sign of white amnesia. Another anniversary year-used to mark two hundred years since Cook had journeyed along the east coast of Australia and, for some people, discovered a continent.
Australia's Terrorism Wake Up Call  The horrific bombings of the Sari Club and Paddy's Bar in Bali, on October 12, 2002, considerably strengthened the hand of the CoW in pursuing the War on Terror. Here was an opportunity to harden the hearts of the Australian and US public against Islamic fundamentalists. It was also a chance for the Indonesian government to justify harsh measures in the war against terrorists and secessionists, such at those in the province of Aceh.
2nd Renaissance -10The War on Witches  In 1484, Pope Innocent VIII issued a Papal Bull that became the rationale for establishing the Inquisition in Germany. The following excerpt from the Bull sets out the official view of the danger of witches to the community. The Bull and this this passage provided the sole excuse for the torture and cruel executions that were, ultimately, to be the fate of up to fifty percent of the population of some villages.
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