Category: Terrorism Charges

NSW Government’s Anti-Terrorism Hotline a “Dismal Failure”


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A multi-million-dollar NSW government hotline which encourages the reporting of radicalisation and violent extremism, and provides advice and counselling, has been called a “dismal failure”. Despite costing millions to set up, NSW Minister for Counter Terrorism, David Elliot, says the ‘Step Together’ service has received “around 5 calls” so far ...

Terrorism Charges Expected Over Mosque Attacks


Three men are expected to be charged with terrorism offences over two alleged arson attacks on a Melbourne mosque late last year. The trio of suspects, aged 29, 27 and 25, allegedly started a fire at the Imam Ali Islamic Centre on 11 December 2016. Victoria police say the suspects will be charged with engaging ...

Sex Toy Mistaken for Bomb


Police raided a house in south west Sydney recently and found an object they suspected of being a bomb. But it wasn’t until a major police station had been evacuated, five police officers had been taken to hospital, and a man was arrested amid terrorism fears, that the small device was found to be nothing more ...

Turnbull Continues Assault on Civil Liberties


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On Tuesday, Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull delivered his National Security Statement before parliament. During his speech, the PM focused on the threat of terrorism, declaring that his government was committed to “balancing the priority of community safety with individual liberties.” However, looking back at the track record of recent ...

Police Who Pre-Emptively Kill Suspected Terrorists Will Be Protected


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The NSW government is set to introduce new laws by the end of this month which give police immunity for pre-emptively shooting a person they suspect of terrorism, even if that person does not pose an imminent threat to others. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that she will support ...

The Hypocrisy Surrounding US Airstrikes in Syria


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim. The US military airstrike targeting the government-controlled Shayrat airbase in Syria last Thursday night has raised questions as to motivations of US president Donald Trump ordering the attack. The president did not seek congressional approval for the strike, which comprised 59 Tomahawk missiles. Raytheon is the company that produces the ...

Islamophobia: An Interview with AFIC President Keysar Trad


Practising Muslims pray five times a day. It’s one of the five pillars of Islam, referred to as Salat. When they do so they kneel down and prostrate themselves, resting on a small mat and facing in the direction of Mecca: the holy city of Islam. There were an estimated 1.7 billion Muslims around the globe ...

Terrorism by the United States Goes Unpunished


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim During his election campaign, much of Donald Trump’s rhetoric hearkened back to the United States’ isolationist policy of the early to mid-twentieth century. Today, it’s hard to believe that the world’s reigning superpower once tried to avoid getting involved in the globe’s most brutal bloodbaths. The US became embroiled in the ...

Beijing Launches “All-Out Offensive” Against Uyghur Minority


Beijing has unleashed an “all-out offensive” in the far western province of Xinjiang on the pretext of a terrorist threat from members of the nation’s predominantly Muslim Uyghur ethnic minority. Thousands of paramilitary personnel have been dispersed throughout the region, along with aerial patrols and satellite tracking of vehicles. Questions have arisen as to what specifically ...

Not Charged with Terrorism Despite Allegedly Making Death / Injury Threats to NYE Celebrations


40-year old Damian O’Neil was arrested at Sydney Airport after disembarking a flight from London to Sydney. He was charged with ‘sending documents containing threats to kill or or inflict grievous bodily harm’ under section 31 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) after police received a tip that he was posting online material which threatened ...