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Friday, October 28, 2005

Making mistakes

Today's story in the Sydney Morning Herald - a terrorism mistaken identity case - makes for disturbing reading. The facts of the incident are bad enough, but under the government's proposed anti-terror laws, journalists would be unable to report any details.

Abuse of power is a virtual inevitability and accountability will be lost.

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Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

but under the government's proposed anti-terror laws, journalists would be unable to report any details.

...not to mention the those scooped up won't be able to legally defend themselves against abuse.

The only difference between this and what happens in dictatorial regimes is that we are bothering to enshrine the means of abuse in law, as if that somehow makes it legitimate.

Friday, October 28, 2005 11:09:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Indeed.
The usual pro-Howard supporters constantly talk about only 'guilty' parties having to worry, but incompetence is the hallmark of all governments.

Friday, October 28, 2005 11:17:00 am  
Blogger Pete's Blog said...

Also worrying about this case is that government agencies are not held to account about destroying records that must be scutinised.

Henced in the article "ASIO immediately destroyed the only evidence, the video and photos, when the officer in charge realised the raid was unlawful. "

Hopefully "the officer" hasn't been kicked upstairs.

Friday, October 28, 2005 11:23:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

In fact, in Howard's Australia, he/she has probably been promoted.

Friday, October 28, 2005 11:30:00 am  
Blogger paul said...

Who says there was no reason for the raid besides the subject of same? Odd also that the ubiquitous Stephen Hopper is his brief- is he on a retainer from El Que'da?
The Herald reporter seems as gullible as you peanuts- sure all fundamentalist Moslems in Australia are peace-loving, law-abiding good citizens.
And I'm really Elvis.
No wonder Fairfax has the circulation of a corpse.

Friday, October 28, 2005 11:52:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Terrorists everywhere. Under every bed. Let's place all Muslims in camps. Better be safe than sorry, hey?

Friday, October 28, 2005 12:12:00 pm  
Blogger paul said...

Who said that? Despite your childlike trust in your fellow citizens, there are evil bastards out there who would quite happily make you and me dead- especially you as a Jew.
I cannot comprehend your blinkered defence of the indefensible.

Friday, October 28, 2005 12:57:00 pm  
Blogger Pete's Blog said...

Paul

ASIO stuffed up - thats one point of the article.

The other point is ASIO could have covered up their mistake under the proposed laws.

There is no requirement for young Antony to apologise for ASIOs mistakes.

Your constantly expresed belief that guts is a function of a person's political leanings is narrow and naive.

Friday, October 28, 2005 2:21:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

We need only look at the shameful examples perpetrated by the US against Jose Padilla and Maher Arrar.

Padilla has been in custody for 3 years withotu charge. The DOJ has stated that they cannot allow him to have a trial because based on the evidence against him, he would be equitted.

Like you have stated gigolo pete, Paul belongs to the club who belives in shooting first and askign questions later.mriisf

Friday, October 28, 2005 10:29:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

I concure with Pete and echo the bit about "narrow and naive".

Saturday, October 29, 2005 10:41:00 am  

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