Category Archives: War on Terror
Julian Assange illegally detained, says UN panel. So do all his left wing, anti US and useful idiot supporters.
Big deal as he isn’t detained at all.
Other than the rape allegations in Sweden he needs to be brought to book over treason and given 20 to life for the damage he’s done to the West’s fight against terrorism.
Assange’s legal team has argued that the favourable ruling means the Swedish prosecutors — who have yet to charge Assange with any crime, but want to question him over a rape allegation — should revoke the arrest warrant and he could walk free.
It doesn’t mean that at all. He should answer the charges.
But any such move may take time. The UN Human Rights spokesman Christophe Peschoux told Associated Press the application of the group’s decisions were rarely immediate and could take months to be applied. Countries can appeal the finding to the working group.
They can also ignore it.
He is not actually detained as he chooses to hide away in an embassy like a cur. Thus the whole exercise is just to give Assange some oxygen as he fights his real problem – being arrested and extradited to the US to face charges of publishing confidential documents.
Come on you bastard, if your so sweet and innocent, step out on the street and face your accusers.
Troy Simmonds joined the Australian Army in 1991 and completed one tour of Somalia, three tours of East Timor, two tours of Iraq and six tours of Afghanistan.
Watch the video and give silent thanks that men like him are watching over us. It’s 30 minutes so if your busy now set time aside to watch later. The video is an AWM production and gives brief mention of Donaldson’s VC.
When I was serving under the colours if you so much as hinted at a political opinion then the chances are you would be asked to resign your commission. Professional ADF Officers are required to be apolitical.
Or at least they were .
Not any more it seems, particularly if you are a Muslim. Captain Mona Shindy (pictured) is the Chief of Navy’s strategic adviser on Islamic affairs.
Strategic adviser on Islamic affairs! What the hell does that mean?
In a Defence situation Strategy is the art of planning and directing overall military operations and movements in a war or battle but apparently not only has the requirement to be apolitical changed but so has the definition of strategy.
So, is Captain Shindy’s role to advise the Chief of Navy on how to strategically defeat the Islamic Terrorists?
No! It would appear her role is to attack any Australian politician who says anything negative about Islam. As senior Muslim in the Navy Captain Shindy has been operating a Twitter account.
From The Australian;
A navy Twitter account has been shut down after its most senior Muslim officer retweeted a counter-terrorism expert mocking Tony Abbott following the Liberal Party leadership coup and backed the Grand Mufti’s response to the Paris terrorist attacks.
Two reasons to ask her to resign her commission right there in that one sentence. Publicly Mocking a politician and siding with the enemy.
On November 18, five days after the Paris attacks, Captain Shindy used the @navyislamic account to declare Dr Abu Mohamed was a “righteous & courageous man who categorically denounces” Islamic State and terrorism, tweeting the hashtag #IStandWithTheMufti.
Take her uniform off her and let her #StandwiththeMufti who thinks causative factors such as foreign policy, the media and lack of opportunity were fuelling Islamic extremism.
That is, the West are to blame.
The Chief of Navy and the Minister for Defence need to be questioned by the Media as to how this situation has been allowed to continue. However, that’s not going to happen anytime soon as the Media most probably think it’s a good thing. As the ADF continues to march towards political correctness as dictated by the Left they are losing their emphasis on defending the realm.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says it is “appropriate” for ASIO director-general Duncan Lewis to “speak out” if the debate on counter-terrorism in Australia is concerning him.
The Australian has revealed Mr Lewis phoned Coalition politicians to urge them to use the soothing language favoured by Malcolm Turnbull in their public discussion of Islam.
In what is thought to be an unprecedented intervention in politics by a head of the spy agency, Mr Lewis is said to have told the MPs that their more robust comments risked becoming a danger to national security.
Mr Lewis has been defended by Labor and Greens MPs today and by the Foreign Minister.
Well, you have it right there. If the ALP and the Greens defend Duncan then he’s plain wrong. It smacks of Turnbull directing Lewis to talk to politicians with the implication being that Abbott is wrong to say Islam needs a reformation and is therefore dangerous.
I would like to know whether he initiated the calls or was directed to do so.
I suspect the latter.
Disclosure: In a previous life I served with Duncan in the West and hold him in high regard.
UPDATE: Turnbull denies instructing Lewis to phone MPs and says that just two MPs, Andrew Hastie and Dan Tehan, have been called by Mr Lewis.
In a thinly veiled reference to predecessor Tony Abbott, who wrote a column last week calling for a blunter debate about Islam, Mr Turnbull said Mr Lewis “doesn’t just write” about terrorism.
“There are some people who like to write about terrorism,” he said. “There are some people who like to express theories about terrorism – theories about religions and so forth. That’s fine, they’re entitled to do that.
“Duncan Lewis has actually fought against terrorism. He has led soldiers against terrorism. He is defending Australia today. He knows what he’s talking about.”
Abbott just doesn’t write about terrorism either. He was PM for a part of the War against Terror and actually realizes we are in a war and that the people we are fighting will not respond to diplomacy but need to be defeated on the battle field.
Until the West does that the war will continue.
Ashley Dyball, a 23-year-old former weightlifting enthusiast, returned to his family’s home in the Queensland capital yesterday after being questioned for several hours on arrival at Melbourne Airport late on Sunday night.
Despite claims Australians who fight with the Kurds may avoid prosecution, it is understood Mr Dyball was released because police lacked the grounds on which to charge him under foreign-fighter legislation. Those convicted under the legislation face up to 25 years in jail.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton yesterday said that it was “difficult” to punish Mr Dyball because he came from a “very good family”.
What a ridiculous statement.
So did Brett Cowan, murderer and sex offender who was convicted of the murder of Daniel Morcombe. I personally knew his father.
Coming from a “good family” is a matter that the judge might consider when sentencing a person if found guilty but it certainly shouldn’t be considered when deciding whether someone should be charged or not.
Immigration Minister needs to have a chat with Attorney General
Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs predicts the French people will reflect on their military involvement in the Middle East following the “deeply traumatic and scarring” attacks on Paris.
Professor Triggs, a former resident of Paris, said existing concerns about the potential consequences of military action will be “heightened” following the attacks.
“The French are a very politically engaged people … but I think the loss of so many people in such a cold-blooded and planned attack will heighten the concerns that they have about the role they are playing globally,” she told ABC Radio.
It sure will Gillian. You watch the French ramp it up.
She suggests France actually surrender and give up pursuing ISIS.
“I think the French will be looking into themselves into just what can be achieved by trying to stop ISIL, whether they should, or whether they should back away completely.”
Crazy dame. I note she backs Turnbull and his soft stand on terrorism as he plans to send Peacemakers some time in the future…when everyone else has done the hard work….presumably.
Amid reports a Syrian passport used to enter Europe through Greece was found near a suicide bomber, Ms Triggs called for political leaders to show courage and warn against associating the two issues.
‘There will undeniably be those who say that the relatively open borders have made it easier for terrorists to get in,’ Ms Triggs told ABC radio on Monday.
Undeniably Gillian, simply because it has.
One of the problems fighting ISIS is that useful idiots like Triggs exist and have a voice.
Turnbull on the Paris obscenity
Mr Turnbull made it clear that military action was crucial to success and signalled that he might consider more Australian troops being deployed there in roles such as peacekeeping.
That sentence is a contradiction in terms as Peacekeepers enter the combat zone after peace has been declared, and that is not happening anytime soon.
The ABC news say world leaders vow to destroy ISIS. Our guy says we’ll send peacekeepers.
Personally, I was disappointed that RAAF Hornets weren’t allowed out of their bunkers to fly alongside French Fighter Bombers in their missions overnight.
Dennis Shanahan talking about Abbott
His willingness to send troops to Iraq for training and fighter-bombers into Syria were of a piece with his view the US should do more in Syria to defeat “the death cult” militarily in the field, to stop terror attacks in Australia and elsewhere. Abbott’s view was that Daesh had to be destroyed in Syria and Iraq.
And all Turnbull offers is Peacekeepers. Even civilians will understand that Peacekeepers aren’t the answer and that to win a war, and it is a war, the West need to destroy ISIS where they live. They need to destroy their lines of communications and their logistics. Find out where they are getting their AK 47/54s and destroy the factories. They need to track their finances, take the money and attack any nation that finances them and they need to close down their access to the internet.
The West need to conduct all-out-war or suffer a litany of Paris events.
Abbott’s view will prevail while Turnbull’s initial response will be hopefully forgotten as he gains some experience. Wishful thinking I know, but I’m trying to be positive.
We need to stand with Paris, not pray for them. If you must pray then wait until we are burying ISIS troops and then pray for their souls to be eternally condemned.
Right-wing extremism is emerging as an equal, if not greater, threat than Muslim radicalisation in Australia and multiculturalism is “close to death” at a federal level, academics and police have told a conference on social cohesion.
Violent extremism in Australia is beginning to mirror that of the US, counter-terrorism expert Anne Aly from Curtin University said.
She highlighted a New America Foundation study released last month that found right-wing extremists had killed twice as many people since September 11 as jihadists.
Most probably because Intelligence agencies are all over anyone who even looks like a Jihadist whereas no one notices gun toting nutters until they implode and start killing.
I note that the report uses stats post 9/11 and doesn’t mention Bali, London underground and the tens of thousands of Christians and Muslims slaughtered by Jihadists around the world.
That would skew the stats a little too close to the truth
Dr Aly said there was a need to educate children on violent extremism in the same way we have done with other social issues like drugs and bullying.
Have to agree with the good Doctor there. Kids need to be made aware that violent extremism of the Muslims is a problem and they need to be alert lest they get caught in another maelstrom of religious slaughter.
I sometimes question the motives of the Fairfax press. They seem to be always on the side of the Jihadist, or more particularly, not on the side of governments that try are trying to stem the Muslim onslaught.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the return of Khaled Sharrouf’s family to Australia will only be considered after his death has been confirmed.
Sharrouf and fellow Australian Mohamed Elomar are believed to have been killed in the Iraqi city of Mosul in the past week. “Once those reports have been verified, then we can deal with other circumstances, including the children,” she told the Seven Network.
Good! I mean the bit about them being killed.
Labor leader Bill Shorten, asked if Sharrouf’s wife should be allowed to come home, said it was “a pretty complex situation”.
“I feel very much for the children. For me the well-being of the children is what’s important,” the Opposition Leader said in Canberra.
I wonder how Bill feels about the guy whose severed head was held by one of these children, photographed and posted on the media like it was a happy holiday snap.
Does he feel very much for him?
Notorious Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf survived the drone attack in Syria that killed fellow extremist and friend Mohamed Elomar, it’s been reported.
Classified images captured by the US military in Al-Raqqah have confirmed the death of Sydney terrorist Elomar, the Sunday Telegraph reports.
But none of the photographs suggest Sharrouf was killed in the Predator drone missile strike on an Islamic State group convoy, authorities say.
Reload, regain the target and fire.
Diana Abdel-Rahman, president of the Australian Muslim Voice in Canberra, says the Muslim community has “very deep concerns” about the Abbott government using its counter-terrorism policy as a “political wedge” to evoke anxiety.
Evoke anxiety! The way I see it is that it’s the Muslims provoking anxiety. 9/11, Bali; Jakarta, London, happy snaps with son holding severed head and then there is this little list.
- 2003-04: An investigation of Faheem Lodhi found he was plotting to bomb the national electricity grid or defence sites; he was convicted of terrorism offences.
- 2005: Nine individuals were arrested in Sydney after sourcing chemicals and materials for use in the preparation of an explosive device; possession or attempted purchase of firearms and ammunition; and possession of large quantities of extremist material. All were convicted of terrorism offences.
- 2005: 13 individuals were arrested in Melbourne and charged with plotting mass casualty attacks, with the intention of coercing the Australian Government to withdraw from Iraq. Nine individuals were convicted of terrorism offences.
- 2009: Five men charged with conspiracy for preparation for an attack using firearms on Holsworthy Army Barracks in Sydney. Three were convicted.
- 2014: In response to intelligence revealing an alleged plot to kill a random member of the public, entry and search operations were conducted on multiple occasions in Sydney.
- 2014: Lindt Cafe Seige. On the morning of December 15, 2014, a self-styled spiritual healer, clairvoyant and sheikh who had arrived in Australia from Iran in 1996 under the name of Mohammad Hassan Manteghi, took staff and customers hostage at gunpoint inside the Lindt cafe in Sydney’s Martin Place. When the smoke cleared away there were two hostages dead and Monis was killed.
But wait, there’s more;
Authorities believe that around 150 Australians are currently fighting alongside ISIS in Iraq and Syria, making the country the highest foreign per capita contributor to the violence. Many more have left the country for the Middle East in recent weeks, though their intent in doing so has not yet been determined.
And Abbott is evoking anxiety. God give me strength!
“I believe the language that he uses and the tone that he uses, the consistency of the words that he uses … (is) as if he is taking advantage of a situation to heighten the levels of fear in the community to a point that it can be perceived as being racist,” Ms Abdel-Rahman said.
Technically she is wrong. If Abbott’s legislation was targeting Lebanese, Syrian, or Iranian nationals then she might have a case but Islam is a religion followed by Muslims of all nationalities so targeting them may be lots of things, but it isn’t racist.
The levels of fear have been evoked by the radical Muslims, not by any politician. The politicians are simply trying to make the country safe.
Her father migrated to Australia from Lebanon 64 years ago and Ms Abdel-Rahman said four generations of her family had felt “alienated” during the political debate on how to combat Islamic State.
If four generations of her family are feeling “alienated” then they need to talk to their Muslim mates and get them to quieten down.
No good talking to us. we’re not the problem.