Terror Suspects Arrested
A positive development in light of my suspicions yesterday … that nothing was to come of the urgent amendments made last week to the anti-terrorism act, which was made after recalling the senate to parliment at a cost of $50,000. Reported in this morning’s SMH article, Raids ‘disrupt’ terror attacks, 15 arrests took place after police stormed the homes of terror suspects in both Sydney and Melbourne at approximately 2.30am last night. Contrary to the amendments made, none of the suspects have apparently been charged with the preparation of any specific attacks, but rather relate to "directing" and "membership of a proscibed terrorist organisation". The SMH reports that any potential terror targets are still unknown. The lawyer for the defendants claims that rushed changes to the bill had nothing to do with these arrests … but I would tend to put my wavering faith in the NSW Police Commisioner who insists the amendments were "useful" in the success of this operation. The accused are expected to appear in court today and the prosecution plan to oppose any bail requests.