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Anti-terrorism laws - links update #2

On Thursday, we began a series of links updates on anti-terrorism issues both here and abroad. Today's list has been collected with thanks again to Webdiarist and Media Dragon blogger Jozef Imrich and Webdiary contributors. Keep sending them in.

Australia

A betrayal of trust and liberty
The Age, Australia 20/10/05
- The Government and Opposition assume we cannot fight terrorism while adhering to principles of democracy and justice. Their folly is a grave threat to our freedom, writes Malcolm Fraser. - http://www.theage.com.au/news/opinion/a-betrayal-of-trust-and-liberty/2005/10/19/1129401313656.html

Make laws, not war
Channel 9 Sunday Reporter : Adam Shand, October 16, 2005
Producer : Paul Steindl
As Australia heads into a long hot summer, the threat of terrorism weighs heavily on the nation’s consciousness. John Howard and his security heads convinced all the premiers and chief ministers that tough new laws were necessary. There was barely a murmur of dissent as the greatest handover of civil liberties went ahead according to script. Since that meeting two weeks ago, the momentum to enact them has picked up. This week the opposition and the minor parties were outraged when the government cut review of the new laws to a day, accusing the Coalition of stifling debate. Sunday looks at what motivated the state and territory leaders to agree unanimously to these laws. Adam Shand investigates what they were told and what they believe Australia has in store for the summer. - http://sunday.ninemsn.com.au/sunday/cover_stories/article_1891.asp

Interview: John Howard
Channel 9, Reporter : Adam Shand, October 16, 2005
- The Howard government's proposed anti-terrorism laws have been criticised by the international human rights group, the New York-based Human Rights Watch, as a shocking departure from Australia's historical championing of the rights of the individual. And NSW Islamic Council spokesperson Nada Roude says the measures are draconian. The Prime Minister will respond to the criticisms of the counter-terrorism legislation in an exclusive interview with Adam Shand. - http://sunday.ninemsn.com.au/sunday/political_transcripts/article_1889.asp

Howard rejects Fraser's anti-terrorism law concerns
ABC Online, Australia - 21 October 2005
-Prime Minister John Howard has refused to be drawn on comments by his former leader, Malcolm Fraser, criticising the Government's proposed anti-terrorism laws.

The former Liberal prime minister has used a major speech in Melbourne to outline his concerns about the legislation.

Mr Fraser says it provides no real safeguards to protect rights.

Mr Howard has rejected the criticism.

"I don't agree with him," he said.

"I don't normally go into any detailed response to my former colleagues but I don't agree with him." - http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200510/s1486787.htm

Multiculturalism In The Face Of Terrorism
SBS Radio 20 October 2005
- Federal Liberal MP, Petro Georgiou has again broken ranks with the Federal Government - this time on the proposed anti-terrorism laws.

The outspoken MP has serious concerns about the impact the government's laws will have on Muslims and on the civil rights of all Australians. - http://www9.sbs.com.au/radio/index.php?page=wv&newsID=123377

Fraser labels anti-terrorism laws undemocratic
ABC Online, Australia - 20 October 2005
-Mr Fraser believes the new laws do not belong in a democracy, and is particularly concerned about control orders and what he sees as a disturbing lack of safeguards. - http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200510/s1486240.htm

Australia: Leaked "Anti-Terrorism" Bill details draconian police-state plans
World Socialist Web Site, MI 20 October 2005
- A leaked copy of an "in-confidence" draft of the Anti-Terrorism Bill 2005 has confirmed the police-state character of the measures being drawn up by the federal Howard government, with support from the Australian state and territory chief ministers. Under the guise of combatting terrorism, the legislation will introduce unprecedented and draconian police and intelligence powers. - http://www.wsws.org/articles/2005/oct2005/terr-o20.shtml

Anti-terrorism laws `will undermine democracy'
Warrnambool Standard, Australia - 20 October 2005
- THE head of Liberty Victoria believes the Australian way of life would be threatened if the Government's proposed anti-terrorism laws are approved. This week politicians around the country slammed ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope's decision to release a draft copy of the laws which reveal suspects can be tracked for up to a year and held without charge for 14 days.-  http://the.standard.net.au/articles/2005/10/20/1129401350104.html

Terror bill will make Aus police state
Mid-Day Mumbai - October 20, 2005
- With its draconian anti-terrorism laws being rushed through parliament in frenetic hurry, Australia is moving towards a police state, according to the country's Law Council. Under the provisions of a proposed Bill, the Anti-Terrorism Bill 2005, people who support insurgents can be jailed for up to seven years. - http://ww1.mid-day.com/news/world/2005/october/121416.htm

The triumph of paranoia over experience
On Line opinion, Australia - Oct 19, 2005
- In subscribing to John Howard's terrorism package the state and territory Labor Party governments have avoided a short term electoral disadvantage. The Australian public has clearly bought the Federal Coalition government's line that we are facing a terrorist threat. But the Labor Party have handed the Howard Coalition a long term electoral advantage. - http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=100

Australian shoot-to-kill anti-terror laws opposed
Leading The Charge, Australia - (same article also published in Arab Times, Kuwait and Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates) 2O October 2005
- CANBERRA - Shoot-to-kill provisions of new anti-terror laws in Australia are likely be watered down after state leaders on Thursday warned they could lead to a repeat of the wrongful police shooting of a Brazilian man in London. - http://www.leadingthecharge.com/stories/news-0087820.html

Bloggers on Anti Terrorism (with a reference to Australia)

Lack of scrutiny leaves civil liberties behind: part 1
Be Informed: Australia's Anti-Terrorism Laws
- As Australians Governments rush through more anti-terrorism laws, many worry that we are giving away precious civil liberties. Is politics or security driving the debate, Samantha Van asks. - http://samanthavan.blogspot.com/2005/10/lack-of-scrutiny-leaves-civil.html

Just Shoot Me?
Planet Irf - The author is a Sydney lawyer and an endorsed Liberal candidate during the 2001 Federal Election
- I'm an Australian. I grew up in the heart of the Prime Minister's electorate. I attended an Anglican school. I practice law and do some freelance writing. I speak with a broad Australian accent. English is my first language. The only passport I ever held was an Australian one. My favourite item of clothing is my Wallabies jersey.

I also happen to have a Muslim background. I have a Turkish and Arabic name. And after reading the provisions of the draft Anti-Terrorism Bill 2005, I am terrified. - http://planetirf.blogspot.com/2005/10/just-shoot-me.html

Western values through terrorism
Antony Loewenstein - 16  October 2005
http://antonyloewenstein.blogspot.com/2005/10/western-values-through-terrorism.html

Analysis of Australia's Proposed New Anti-Terrorism Laws
Superman's Justice - 20 October 2005
http://supermans-justice.com/2005/10/analysis-of-australias-proposed-new.html

Draft Anti-Terror Laws Met with Condemnation
Acoustic Dad's Place - 16  October 2005
http://acousticdad.blogspot.com/2005/10/draft-anti-terror-laws-met-with.html

Little Johnny Stalin's Anti-dissent, Pro-terror laws in full and in a nutshell
Bilegrip -  15 October 2005
http://www.bilegrip.com/archives/2005/10/little_johnny_s.html

Terror Bill: Doing it in the dark
Blue Mountains Union News
http://bmuc.blogspot.com/2005/10/terror-bill-doing-it-in-dark.html

Piers Akerman hits Stanhope's nails on the head
Samuel's Blog - 18 October  2005
http://samuelgordonstewart.com/2005/10/piers-akerman-hits-stanhopes-nails-on-the-head

Anti-Terror Legislation outlaws Democracy
Finding Emo 17 October 2005
- On September 27 this year, our government and Australian Democracy surrendered to terrorism. On that day federal and state leaders agreed to new anti-terrorism legislation with the intentions of better protecting Australians from terrorism, instead it will cause all Australians to lose many democratic rights which we all value. Australia that originated as a penal settlement and which has a history of racism and detention centres is now on the road to becoming a police state. - http://spaces.msn.com/members/kcobainrules/Blog/cns!1pcfWMfmJiHM2Itzh22fQtKQ!629.entry

Australia "moving toward police state"
GroupThinkTank - 16 October 2005
http://groupthinktank.blogspot.com/2005/10/australia-moving-toward-police-state.html

Coping With Terrorism
Primary Opinion - 20 October 2005
http://primaryopinion.blogspot.com/2005/10/nine-tetragrammaton.html

Links to bloggers who made a reference to the anti-terrorism legislation
Feedster
http://www.feedster.com/search.php?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&q=%22anti+terrorism%22+Australia&sort=date

USA

Shift anti-terrorism fight a bit farther east Set anti-terrorist sights farther east Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription), GA - 20 October 2005 - When President Bush recently warned about the dangers of Islamic fundamentalism, he had the right idea, but, regrettably, the wrong target.

The president used a speech before the National Endowment for Democracy to solicit the American public's support for the war in Iraq, calling that conflict a critical battleground against terrorists trying to create a "radical Islamic empire." - http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/1005/20ediran.html

Former CIA Analyst: Government May Be Manufacturing Fake Terrorism
Prisonplanet.com | October 19 2005
- A Government openly promoting torture, A President acting like a King cannot be trusted, must be impeached. - http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m16919&date=20-oct-2005_03:12_ECT

Clinton calls on Canada to fight terrorism
Seattle Post Intelligencer - 18 October 2005
- TORONTO -- Former President Clinton asked an audience of Canadian business executives to help end child poverty and terrorism by embracing the outside world and its many religions. Clinton named global warming as another looming threat to the planet and called on the audience to demand that their government explore more alternative energy sources. "We insist on not changing our ways, in spite of playing Russian roulette with our grandchildren's future," he told some 8,500 people attending "The Power Within" motivational conference in downtown Toronto. - http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1101AP_Canada_Clinton.html

Germany

'Terrorism is a social problem'
Bowling Green News, OH - 20 October 2005
- Former German U.N. Ambassador Hans Arnold said terrorism is too broad a problem to prevent with military force, in a speech yesterday evening in the Union. "We have to see that there are forces behind terrorist actions that are many-fold," he said to an audience of about 35 people. "To my mind terrorism is a society problem." - http://www.bgnews.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/10/18/4356bb53db36a

Palestine

Abbas Tells Spain He is Working Against Terrorism
Arutz Sheva, Israel - 19 October 2005
(IsraelNN.com) Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas met Wednesday with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and insisted he is working against terrorism.

Abbas told the Spanish leader that his government is pushing Hamas to disarm, hoping to help the terrorist group to become a legitimate political party before January elections in Gaza. - http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=91477

Indonesia

Terrorism is the world's concern
Jakarta Post, Indonesia - Your Letter - 20 October 2005
- Intolerance is the basis of all the terrorism that has become endemic throughout the globe. Civilians rampaging like wild elephants in the jungle, trampling on the rights of the people: Making kangaroo-court judgments on what people can think or say or do: Condemning the populace if they don't conform to narrow, self-righteous mind think, issuing dictums, or fatwas, demanding that all must obey or face their wrath. Or be murdered by bombs! - http://www.thejakartapost.com/detaileditorial.asp?fileid=20051020.F05&irec=4

Africa

The Bogey of International Terrorism
AllAfrica.com, Africa - October 19, 2005
- Over a year ago I wrote on these pages about the danger of Nigeria fighting a war that is not its war. This war, I said, was America's self-declared "war on terror". In that article I quoted Mahmoud Mamdani as one good reason why it is foolish to allow ourselves to be dragged into someone else's war.

Mamdani, a professor of Government at Columbia University, New York, had delivered a lecture at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, on Contemporary Political Terror: Its origin in the Late Cold War. His conclusion was just about the best reason anyone could give for being careful about swallowing the American propaganda about its war on terror.

That conclusion bears repeating every now and again. "We need", Mamdani said, "to be wary of the American attempt to draw our governments and political elites into another version of the Cold War. Let us not forget that for Africa, as for the Middle-East and Asia and Latin America, the Cold war was a hot war. We paid a huge price for it: militarization of state life, unaccountability in politics and the pawning of our economic resources. Before our leaders consider a renewed American invitation to join a new edition of the Cold War called 'the war on terror', let us subject that invitation and its terms and condition to broad national, continental and global debate". http://allafrica.com/stories/200510190661.html

UN

Terrorism is a threat to all that the UN stands for. It is a threat that has grown more urgent in the last five years.
Kofi Annan
http://www.un.org/terrorism/

Secretary-General's keynote address to the Closing Plenary of the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security
"A Global Strategy for Fighting Terrorism"
A More Secure World - Our Shared Responsibility 10 March 2005
http://www.un.org/apps/sg/sgstats.asp?nid=1345

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re: Anti-terrorism laws - links update #2

I have just read the link to Malcom Fraser's piece in The Age. He seems to have forgotten that he kicked the ball off, when he gave the CES permission to arbitarily persecute "dole bludgers"; who included hard working people who took advantage of Whitlam Government schemes. This included the NEAT scheme, which was designed to really increase Australia's pool of technically trained people. He replaced it with puffery about a resources boom.

re: Anti-terrorism laws - links update #2

Stop this Madness!

Just recieved this e-mail ...Time for ALL Australians to "stand up" and have your "say" ... while you still can ... ( err I think you can ... well you could yesterday anyway !) ...link below

www.getup.org.au/campaign/ShootToKillMadness

re: Anti-terrorism laws - links update #2

Piers Akerman hits Stanhope's nails on the head” seems to show that poor old Piers is suckling on Mr Hanky’s teat again.

Perhaps that explains why Akerman’s got such a mouthful of….excrement again.

One wonders, how soon will le Poisson d’Or be trailing Piers’ crazed near-pronouncement that Chief Minister Stanhope, the ACT’s answer to Simon Bolivar, LIT the 2003 bushfires.

One’s sure that Piers believes it, and has probably confided to News’s in-house shrink over his SHOCK!-HORROR!-driven incontinence and restive sleep. He may be self-medicating.

And that leaves le Poisson…

The Mr Hanky fanclub, after all, has limited access to copy, and must reiterate what it’s told to reiterate.

And like Akerman, with a commitment to slanted, wonky, shonky “News” values, aligned with “interests.”

They are not so much the tattered remnants of the once-proud Liberal Party, but commercial interests which wish to own governments.

So Piers’ rubicund face, mad staring eyes and the virescent glow from the stone hidden in his forehead serve to signal us of a crazed, dangerous sport.

As does le Poison’s tossing of his huge, tattered greasy mane. A sign that some Liberal Party Textor-Lynton push-poll is on the way. And nothing else.

Kindest regards

Jolly Jack Woodforde

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