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Anti-terrorism laws - links update

This is the first of a regular, daily if possible, summary of some of the recent media on the introduction of anti-terrorism laws both here and abroad. Included are some that date back to 2002 when the these laws began surfacing in our 21stC Western world.

Webdiarist and Media Dragon blogger Jozef Imrich has collected these for Webdiary. Thank you Jozef! 

If you find a link or an article for or against the new laws, please send it in and we will add it to the list each day. Post reviews and comments on what you read.

Australia

Terror laws 'breach rights'
Daily Telegraph, Australia 19/10/05
- The Federal Government's proposed anti-terrorism laws seriously limited fundamental human rights and failed to provide effective judicial review against violations, three international law experts said. - http://dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story/0,20281,16968748-5001028,00.html

Watching what you say
The Age, Australia 19/10/05
- 'Criminalising indirect or vague expressions of support for terrorism unjustifiably interferes in legitimate free speech.' Planned new anti-terrorism laws threaten to breathe new life into archaic limits on free speech, writes Ben Saul. - http://www.theage.com.au/news/opinion/watching-what-you-say/2005/10/18/1129401253378.html

Anti-terrorism laws put rights at risk: Fraser
ABC Online, Australia 06/10/05
- Former prime minister Malcolm Fraser says Australians could be treated unfairly under the Government's anti-terrorism laws unless a human rights act is ... - http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200510/s1475584.htm

Liberal backbencher criticises anti-terror laws
ABC Online, Australia 19/10/05
- TONY EASTLEY: The Federal Government has come under fire from a number of quarters over its planned counter-terrorism laws, but it's now facing pressure from ... - http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2005/s1485400.htm

Georgiou urges anti-terrorism safeguards
ABC Online, Australia 19/10/05
By Rachel Carbonell for Lateline. Liberal backbencher Petro Georgiou has again broken ranks with the Federal Government, this time ... - http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200510/s1485341.htm

Backbencher raises terror concerns
NEWS.com.au, Australia 19/10/05
- AN influential Coalition backbencher has raised serious concerns about the Government's new anti-terror laws and called for an ongoing, independent review of ... - http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,16966579-29277,00.html

Unease mounts over anti-terrorism laws
The Age (subscription), Australia 19/10/05
- By Michael Gordon,. MULTICULTURALISM is an ally, not an enemy, in the fight against terrorism, prominent Liberal Petro Georgiou has ... - http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/unease-mounts-over-antiterrorism-laws/2005/10/18/1129401259010.html

Bracks shoots down terror law
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia 19/10/05
- STEVE Bracks yesterday warned John Howard that Victoria would not support shoot-to-kill provisions in the new national anti-terrorism laws. ... - http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,16965522%255E2862,00.html

Terror laws will be 'refined': PM
Australian, Australia 19/10/05
- SWEEPING anti-terrorism legislation would be refined but not substantially altered, John Howard declared yesterday as the Government continued to fend off ... - http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,16964947%255E601,00.html

New terror laws spark privacy concerns
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription), Australia 18/10/05
- Civil libertarians warn proposed new anti-terror laws could give police back door access to highly personal financial information and be a recipe for corruption ... - http://www.smh.com.au/news/National/New-terror-laws-spark-privacy-concerns/2005/10/18/1129401242983.html

No plans to change anti-terror laws: PM
The Age (subscription), Australia 18/10/05
- There are no plans to substantially change the federal government's proposed anti-terror legislation, Prime Minister John Howard says. ... - http://www.theage.com.au/news/National/No-plans-to-change-antiterror-laws-PM/2005/10/18/1129401242983.html

Coalition divided over laws
NEWS.com.au, Australia 18/10/05
- By John Kerin and Steve Lewis. COALITION MPs are challenging new anti-terror laws that could tag innocent people or place them under house arrest for a year. ... - http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,16950332-39555,00.html

Another fiddle by the Nero of Canberra
Daily Telegraph, Australia 18/10/05
- SHOWING once again he is not the best man to have on your side in a firestorm, ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope, on whose watch Canberra burnt two summers ago ... - http://dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story/0,20281,16945125-5001032,00.html

Editorial: Terror the real risk
Australian, Australia 18/10/05
- IF hysteria were covered by Canberra's proposed anti-terror laws, the courts would soon be full of opinionated journalists and ostensible advocates of civil ... - http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,16948560%255E7583,00.html

Steve Lewis: Be candid on anti-terror act
Australian, Australia 18/10/05
-ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope should be applauded, not condemned, for publishing a draft of the Howard Government's anti-terrorism legislation. ... -http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,16948663%255E7583,00.html

Labor divided over terror laws
NEWS.com.au, Australia 18/10/05
- FEDERAL Labor and the states are showing signs of division over the Federal Government's controversial proposed counter-terrorism laws. ... - http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,16954415-29277,00.html

Beazley defends Stanhope
Special Broadcasting Service, Australia 17/10/05
- The Federal Labor Leader Kim Beazley has defended the actions of the ACT chief minister in releasing draft anti-terrorism laws on the internet. ... - http://www9.sbs.com.au/theworldnews/region.php?id=123248&region=7

Premiers back counter-terrorism laws
ABC Regional Online, Australia 17/10/05
- The premiers of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania have backed the Federal Government's proposed counter-terrorism laws. Coalition ... http://www.abc.net.au/news/items/200510/1484206.htm?tasmania

Fed Govt confident it will get new anti-terror laws through
ABC Online, Australia 17/10/05
TONY EASTLEY: The ACT's Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope, is turning up the heat on the Federal Government over its planned anti-terror laws, saying he may yet ... http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2005/s1483645.htm

PM 'crashing through' anti-terror laws
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription), Australia 17/10/05
- Australia's two territory leaders and members of the government's own backbench are throwing tough new anti-terror laws into doubt. ... - http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/pm-crashing-through-antiterror-laws/2005/10/17/1129401175938.html

Anti-terror laws introduced in SA
Daily Telegraph, Australia 19/10/05
- SOUTH Australian police will be given increased powers in the event of a terrorist attack under laws about to be introduced to South Australian Parliament. - http://dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story/0,20281,16967291-5001028,00.html

Canada

Anti-Terrorism Act is Anti-Freedom
Contributed by:  Whelan Costen
Letter to the Senators on the Special Committee
Attention: Special Committee on the Anti-Terrorism Act
October 15, 2005

- Dear Senators:
I had the privilege of watching CPAC's coverage of your September 26 meeting where you heard witnesses David Matas (B'Nai Brith Canada) and Ed Morgan (Canadian Jewish Congress).  - http://www.vivelecanada.ca/article.php/20051016012345314

Japan

Lower House passes extension of anti-terrorism law
Asahi Shimbun, Japan
- ... An expert in foreign policy and national security issues, Maehara had initially indicated he was in favor of extending the anti-terrorism law. .. - http://www.asahi.com/english/Herald-asahi/TKY200510180420.html

EDITORIAL/Anti-terrorism law
Asahi Shimbun, Japan
- The dispatch overseas of SDF personnel to support a military campaign required enactment of the anti-terrorism special measures law. ... - http://www.asahi.com/english/Herald-asahi/TKY200510060119.html

UK

Blair unveils tough British anti-terrorism laws
Reuters 12/10/05
- LONDON, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Britain published sweeping plans to fight terrorism on Wednesday which, if passed into law, would let police hold suspects for three ... - http://today.reuters.com/business/newsarticle.aspx?type=tnBusinessNews&storyID=nL12281613&imageid=∩=

Blair introduces controversial anti-terrorism laws
CBC Manitoba, Canada 12/10/05
- The British government published tougher anti-terrorism legislation in Parliament on Wednesday, with Prime Minister Tony Blair saying there were "absoluting ... - http://www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2005/10/12/British_terrorism_051012.html

Home Office's Toker to drive anti-terrorism PR
PRWeek (subscription), NY 13/10/05
- The Government has created a senior communicator role to champion its controversial counter-terrorism plans. Sign up here to receive ... - http://www.prweek.com/uk/home/article/521874/home-offices-toker-drive-antiterrorism-pr/

Anti-terrorism measures violate international human rights ...
IFEX, Canada
- New measures by the British government to combat terrorism in the wake of the July 2005 London bombings violate international human rights standards and threaten to undermine democracy in the United Kingdom, warns a new report by ARTICLE 19. - http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/69597/

USA

Anti-Terrorism:  a History of Abuses
by Elaine Cassell 19/10/02
- review - Terrorism and the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security, David Cole and James X. Dempsey, (New Press 2002)  - http://www.counterpunch.org/cassel1019.html

New Anti-Terrorism Law Poses Old Risks
By Peter Swire 24/10/01
- The Uniting and Strengthening America Act of 2001,  expected to be signed by President Bush this week, will give  our government important new surveillance powers to fight terrorism. - http://www.counterpunch.org/swire1.html

Chilling Effects of Anti-Terrorism
"National Security" Toll on Freedom of Expression
http://www.eff.org/Privacy/Surveillance/Terrorism/antiterrorism_chill.html

Chronology of the USA PATRIOT Act, 2001
http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=theusapatriotact&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=11185

Falsehood and Failures of Bush's " Anti-terrorism" Highlighted
By Roberto Perez Betancourt 11/10/04
- Havana, Oct 11 (AIN) Abundant examples of falsehood and failures in the" anti-terrorism" of President George W. Bush after the attacks against the twin towers in New York four years ago, were brought out in Table Round program broadcast Tuesday. - http://www.ain.cubaweb.cu/idioma/ingles/2005/oct12mesa-bush.htm

War on Terror
by Anup Shah 27/10/05
http://www.globalissues.org/Geopolitics/WarOnTerror.asp

Good Night, and Good Luck" -- Joe McCarthy Rides Again:
By Bernard Weiner 19/10/05
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10665.htm

International

Parliamentary Speaker at international anti-terrorism seminar in Moscow
Bulgarian News Network (subscription) 18/10/05
- The international conference on "The place and role of Parliaments in the struggle against international terrorism" started in Moscow Monday, Focus news agency reported.

Parliamentary representatives from 32 countries and 5 international organizations participate in the seminar. Speeches of the conference chairmen, the President of the upper house of the Russian Parliament Sergey Mironov and the President of the Belgium Senate Anne-Marie Lizin, opened the event.

The forum participants issued a declaration urging to enhance the international cooperation in the struggle against terrorism. It also insisted on the accelerated ratification of anti-terror documents, referring to the UN convention on international terrorism and the international convention for neutralizing nuclear terrorism. The conference participants also discussed measures against the financial assistance of terrorism, which will include freezing funds and other financial resources. - http://www.bgnewsnet.com/story.php?lang=en&sid=20850

More links at: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/

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re: Anti-terrorism laws - links update

Very useful! Thanks! Send the link for this list of links to your political mailing lists and pollies themselves.

re: Anti-terrorism laws - links update

Perhaps John Howard has not thought of this... one way to abolish the terror threat on Australia. Stop aligning ourselves with the USA's foreign policy!

ed Hamish: welcome to Webdiary David. Hope you stick around, but next time, a full name please, or no post. See Webdiary Ethics for details - applying to use a non de plume is an option.

re: Anti-terrorism laws - links update

A Question of the Lawyers:

Anti-Terrorism Bill 2005

Sections 80.2.(8)(c) & 80.3.(2)(c) refer specifically to the "Australian Defence Force" which I take to mean, in constitutional terms, (Sect 68) the "naval and military forces of the Commonwealth."

This being the case, where in this Bill is the specific and legal role of the Governor General in anti-terrorism discussed and defined?

re: Anti-terrorism laws - links update

Liberty Victoria is, with others, holding a demonstration in support of civil liberties and against Howard's terror laws this Saturday 22nd October at 1:00pm outside State parliament.

You can download a poster from the Liberty Victoria website.

As we used to say in the old days, be there and get your photo taken by ASIO. You used to have to be a socialist or communist to have the secret police on your tail, now it's enough to be a liberal!

re: Anti-terrorism laws - links update

I have been following the media on this closely, and noted that after a day or two of flurried activity, the newspapers went very quiet about the anti-terrorism bill (nothing at all appeared in SMH two days ago). Perhaps they received orders from above to steer clear of that story and instead keep the people occupied with thoughts of something more important, like Mary and Fred's baby.

re: Anti-terrorism laws - links update

Over 1,700 Australians are killed on our roads every year and almost 30,000 people are hospitalised. That’s like our own 9/11 every year.
That is a real scary thought.

No Australian has been killed by terrorism on Australian soil!

Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer says the "war on terrorism" could take a generation to win and cost billions of dollars.

The total cost of road crashes in Australia in 1996 has been conservatively estimated at approximately $15 billion (in 1996 dollar values).

Let’s not get carried away with fear of terrorism, put out by those that use it to increase their power base. We need uniform road law throughout Australia. If the money spent on terrorism was spent on roads and driver training, we would all live safer lives.

Don't let the politicians waste our money on fighting shadows.

Lets fight the real threats: GLOBAL WARMING, ROAD SAFETY, HEALTH ISSUES.

re: Anti-terrorism laws - links update

Roy, are you suggesting that the smoking gun could come in the shape of a banana split?

re: Anti-terrorism laws - links update

There's an article in this morning's New Scientist describing the difficulty in detecting the difference between nuclear bombs and bananas in imported shipping containers.

I'd feel much happier if our glorious leaders were focusing their attention and resources on real solutions, rather than on these cheap, windbag, arse covering, diversionary and divisionary tactics that do little other than erode democracy.

re: Anti-terrorism laws - links update

We have other urgent risks to monitor too, which may have a higher probability of affecting the nation than the terrorism threats Howard keeps hyping about ... see today's late breaking story on bird flu and AQIS destroying pigeons from Canada here.

re: Anti-terrorism laws - links update

This article seems to be relevant to our situation:

The police state is closer than you think

Paul Craig Roberts served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration.

re: Anti-terrorism laws - links update

Roy, your entry about nuclear bombs and bananas in shipping containers explains a lot. The problem on the wharves at the moment isn't actually a customs computer software problem. ASIO must have intelligence that there is a bomb in a shipping container and therefore they are keeping them all in the shipping yards to protect us citizens. The software story must be a way of preventing the community from becoming alarmed.

re: Anti-terrorism laws - links update

Link here:

Yeah right: preventive detention powers and the "shoot-to-kill" provision, Ruddock says...

Hang on - the police needs both powers, just so they can drag a dead body in for an interview, even while the intent was just a preventive detention, no guilt or links to terrorist activities proven or even suspected?

Here's the AAP Report and a snippet from the text:

ATTORNEY-GENERAL Philip Ruddock has rejected the shoot-to-kill tag in new terror legislation, declaring it simply a matter of assessing how a person could be brought into custody.

"The point I would make is it quite inappropriate to refer to it as a shoot-to-kill provision," he told ABC radio.

"This is the issue relating to the use of force to detain a person to prevent the commission of terrorist attacks. The question is how do you bring somebody into detention."

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