Friday, November 11, 2005

Aussie's arrest another terrorist after string of raids

Howard is really trying to crackdown on terrorist cells in Australia after a scare last week.

Nov. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Australian police arrested an 18th man over alleged terrorism offences three days after detaining members of suspected terrorist cells in Sydney and Melbourne.

A 25-year-old man was charged with belonging to a terrorist group after he was detained late yesterday in Guilford, a southern Sydney suburb, according to an e-mailed police statement. The man will appear court today, along with eight other people arrested in Sydney on Nov. 8 and 9 and charged with stockpiling explosive chemicals and being members of a terrorist group.

Nine other men arrested in Melbourne on Nov. 8 are in police custody and will appear in court on Jan. 31. They have been charged with being members of or directing a terrorist group, offences which carry jail terms of as much as 25 years.

Members of the Melbourne group downloaded an al-Qaeda document that called on Muslims to commit the ``heroic act of jihad'' against the West, the Australian newspaper reported today. Australia has supported the U.S.-led war on terrorism and has soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The al-Qaeda information was found during police raids on three Melbourne houses in June, the Australian reported, without saying where it obtained the information. Evidence found during the June raids played a key role in the arrests this week, the newspaper said.

Read the whole article. Towards the end the only problem I have is that Howard menitons the possibility of deporting the terrorists if they have dual citizenship to which I scream "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!" Lock 'em up! You think their other country of citizenship would lock 'em up? If you even have to think about the answer to that question, then you have no choice but to lock them up.