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Are you a terrorist?
    #3264606 - 10/22/04 02:22 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

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Are you a terrorist?

by An Australian "Terrorist" 2004-10-19 4:51 PM +0800

Are you a terrorist? New "terrorism" laws have been recently pushed through Parliament - The definition of 'terrorism', includes actions made 'with the intention of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause'. It is so broad that it would cover civil disobedience by peace groups, M1 and other anti-globalisation blockades, union pickets and strikes, actions to stop logging in forests and similar activities. The demonstrators who pushed over a fence at the refugee detention centre at Woomera would be defined as 'terrorists'...

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New laws have been pushed through Parliament {aug13/04) that attack our democratic rights and criminalise militant unionism, direct action by social movements and other social dissent. These laws will be used to further harass and intimidate the Islamic and Arab communities and other minorities in Australia.

The definition of 'terrorism', includes actions made 'with the intention of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause'. It is so broad that it would cover civil disobedience by peace groups, M1 and other anti-globalisation blockades, union pickets and strikes, actions to stop logging in forests and similar activities. The demonstrators who pushed over a fence at the refugee detention centre at Woomera would be defined as 'terrorists'...

The Attorney General will be able to ban organisations 'likely to endanger, the security or integrity of the Commonwealth or another country.' Members and those 'assisting' a banned organisation may be sentenced to 25 years jail. Bank tellers could face criminal charges for taking a deposit from a group which -- unknown to the teller -- was a 'proscribed' organisation.

ASIO has moved from being a spy agency, and has become a secret police. With new powers it is now able to:

* Arrest and detain people for questioning for 48 hours. Detention warrants can be renewed every 24 hours which means detainees could be held indefinitely.

* Detainees would have no right to a lawyer.

* Detainees could be held incommunicado with no contact with family and friends.

* Detainees could face up to five years in jail for refusing to answer questions.

* There are no rules for interrogation of detainees. Will torture be used?

Answer this 5 point quiz:

1. Have you ever disagreed with any government policy and joined with others to express this by sending emails or phoning any politician, government department or bureaucrat?

2. Have you ever joined or been associated with the activities of a trade union, local protest group, or political or religious organisation?

3. Have you ever participated in a non-violent protest, rally or strike?

4. Have you ever donated money, bought raffle tickets or in any other way supported an international environmental, political or human rights organisation such as Amnesty International or Greenpeace?

5. Have you ever provided any professional advice for any political or religious organisation?

If you reply Yes to any one of these questions the Government could brand you a 'terrorist' using this legislation.


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Re: Are you a terrorist? [Re: ekomstop]
    #3264615 - 10/22/04 02:26 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)



Edited by ekomstop (10/22/04 02:31 PM)


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Re: Are you a terrorist? [Re: ekomstop]
    #3264747 - 10/22/04 02:55 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

im not OZ..but according the bushco..maybe i could be considered a terrorist..hell their already calling john kerry a terrorist..and hes not even a liberal...


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Re: Are you a terrorist? [Re: Annapurna1]
    #3264931 - 10/22/04 04:01 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Bwahahaha! John Kerry is "not even a liberal"?

If John Kerry isn't a liberal, then who the hell is? He's been voted -- by liberals -- the most liberal senator for several years running. More liberal than even Ted Kennedy, fa cryin' out loud! Even freaking Michael Moore says Kerry is a liberal.

You are a funny, funny lady.



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Re: Are you a terrorist? [Re: Phred]
    #3264944 - 10/22/04 04:05 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

So is liberal a 4 letter word?


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Re: Are you a terrorist? [Re: Annapurna1]
    #3265093 - 10/22/04 06:30 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

According to Bush Admin ads a year or two ago, all illegal drug users are terrorists.


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Re: Are you a terrorist? [Re: ekomstop]
    #3265116 - 10/22/04 06:34 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

"Indymedia is a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth."

www.indymedia.org

looks like there's been a misunderstanding by the well-intentioned folks at indymedia.

the australian legal definition of terrorism does not, as they would have you believe, simply define any "actions made 'with the intention of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause'" as terrorist acts.

if you look at the actual legislation in its entirety (instead of version that was truncated where the passionate truth-tellers at indymedia saw fit), this applies only to actions which cause:

"serious physical harm to a person or serious damage to property, endangers a persons life (other than the agents own life), creates a serious risk to public health or safety, or seriously interferes with (or destroys) an electronic system (including a telecommunications system or an electronic system used by, or for, a transport system)."

it does not, as the good people at indymedia are trying to suggest, "cover civil disobedience by peace groups, M1 and other anti-globalisation blockades, union pickets and strikes, actions to stop logging in forests and similar activities."

it covers acts which endanger or destroy persons or property.

here is the legislation:

"The term terrorist act is defined in subsection 100.1(1) to mean an action or threat of action where:

(a) the action falls within subsection (2) [discussed below] and does not fall within subsection (3) [discussed below]; and

(b) the action is done or the threat is made with the intention of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause; and

(c) the action is done or the threat is made with the intention of:

(i) coercing, or influencing by intimidation, the government of the Commonwealth or a State, Territory or foreign country, or of part of a State, Territory or foreign country; or

(ii) intimidating the public or a section of the public.

The action falls within subsection 100.1(2) if it causes serious physical harm to a person or serious damage to property, endangers a persons life (other than the agents own life), creates a serious risk to public health or safety, or seriously interferes with (or destroys) an electronic system (including a telecommunications system or an electronic system used by, or for, a transport system).

The action falls within subsection 100.1(3) if it is advocacy, protest, dissent or industrial action and is not intended to cause serious physical harm to a person (including death), endanger a persons life or create a serious risk to public health or safety. The action need not occur in Australia: subsection 100.1(4).

Intention is defined in section 5.2 of the Criminal Code. Importantly, subsection 5.2(3) provides that a person has intention with respect to a result if he or she means to bring it about or is aware that it will occur in the ordinary course of events."

http://www.aph.gov.au/library/pubs/RN/2004-05/05rn06.htm


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