Terror and politics

Rob Stary – Civil rights lawyer: Terror raids are ‘political theatre’ Saturday, September 27, 2014

Rob Stary: ‘The facts that emerge at the end of the day never bear much resemblance to what was said at the time of the arrests.’
Criminal lawyer Rob Stary has represented many people accused under Australian “counter-terror” laws. Green Left Weekly’s Karen Fletcher spoke to him about the police raids in Sydney and Brisbane on September 18.

“This has to be seen in the context of those agencies wanting more power. There is not one police or intelligence agency that says it’s got sufficient power.

This time they want to ensure that preventive detention orders – which have been available for 10 years but were used for the very first time last week – are permanently on the statute books.

The former Independent National Security Legislation Monitor, Bret Walker, has criticized preventive detention. Now his office is being abolished.”

Entrapment by ASIO/AFP/etc is normal, for political reasons.


3CR with Rob Stary on the political context of the latest anti-terror raids…entrapment and dubious evidence, and the danger of new legislative norms creeping into the realm of industrial relations and protest policing. – See more at:


ASIO terror raid bungles

2. Dangerous Law In Australia Could Criminalize Basic Reporting and Gut Internet Freedom
September 25, 2014 By Trevor Timm

Earlier today, the Australian Senate passed a sweeping new ‘anti-terror’ law that will allow the Australian government to conduct mass surveillance on all of its citizens, will make whistleblowing on intelligence issues a crime, and threatens to criminalize basic reporting.

The bill is an enormous threat to press freedom, free speech, and privacy, and we condemn it in the strongest terms.


Photo from Waging Peace on War: Canberra. WACA Peace Convergence copy

Terrorists win under new Spy Laws

Melissa Parke ALP speaks against the Bill


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