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Posted on 12/15/2005 5:40:46 PM PST by nwctwx
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Sorry I was a little late getting this one out there. It's been a busy and interesting time for me. I hope to be able to dive back into TM soon though.
I am planning on redoing much of the layout by TM #35 as well.
Excellent job Ian!!!!
Thank you, Ian.
Love the purple finger Iraqi voter.
THANK YOU Ian.
Note: The following text is a quote:
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
This information is current as of today, Thu Dec 15 2005 18:07:58 GMT-0800.
December 12, 2005
This Public Announcement updates information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against Americans and interests overseas. This supersedes the Worldwide Caution dated August 2, 2005 and expires on June 12, 2006.
The Department of State remains concerned about the continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations and other violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests overseas. Ongoing events in Iraq have resulted in demonstrations and associated violence in several countries. Americans are reminded that demonstrations and rioting can occur with little or no warning.
Current information suggests that al-Qaida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. interests in multiple regions, including Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics to include assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings and bombings.
Extremists may elect to use conventional or non-conventional weapons, and target both official and private interests. The hotel bombings in Jordan in early November illustrate how terrorists exploit vulnerabilities associated with soft targets. Additional examples of such targets include residential areas, business offices, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas and locales where Americans gather in large numbers, including during holidays.
In the wake of the July 2005 London bombings and the March 2004 train attacks in Madrid, Americans are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems. In addition, extremists may also select aviation and maritime services as possible targets.
U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal security. For additional information, please refer to A Safe Trip Abroad found at http://travel.state.gov.
U.S. Government facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of alert. These facilities may temporarily close or periodically suspend public services to assess their security posture. In those instances, U.S. embassies and consulates will make every effort to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. Americans abroad are urged to monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
As the Department continues to develop information on any potential security threats to U.S. citizens overseas, it shares credible threat information through its Consular Information Program documents, available on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.
Yes, I am done with school for now as well. ;-)
Beautiful new thread.
ON THE NET...
Thanks nwctwx, awesome job once again.
Glad to hear you're having an interesting life, glad I'm not the only one. LOL
Thanks for the ping Ian! I love your purple fingered Sunni woman pic! A new chapter for Iraq.
Thank you, Ian!
RewardsForJustice.net - "WANTED": "MUSTAFA SETMARIAM NASAR (Mustafa Sitmaryan Nassar") (Note: "Aliases: Abu Musab al-Suri, Umar Abd al-Hakim") (View Photos; Read More...)
FBI.gov - Seeking Information: "ADNAN G. EL SHUKRIJUMAH" (ALIASES: "Adnan G. El Shukri Jumah; Abu Arif; Ja'far Al-Tayar; Jaffar Al-Tayyar; Jafar Tayar; Jaafar Al-Tayyar") (VIEW POSTER. Click Here.)
ASSIST NEWS SERVICE: Brownsville, Texas - "DRUGS, VIOLENCE, & HUMAN TRAFFICKING DRAW PASTOR TO U.S.-MEXICO BORDER TOWNS Middle-Eastern Men Pretending to be Mexicans?" by Mark Ellis (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "On two occasions Morales had contact with Middle Eastern men who seemed suspicious. At a center he runs in Oaxaca, a young, intelligent Egyptian man approached Morales after noticing his Texas license plates -- something rare in Oaxaca. "He looked like a Mexican man," Morales notes. "He wanted me to bring him to the border." In Reynosa, another Arabic man approached him about buying a car. The man seemed to have plenty of money at his disposal. "You hear a lot along the border," Morales says. "The presence of these people is here," he notes. "They're not what they say they are." "They can buy their way in because they have money," he adds.") (December 12, 2005) (Read More...)
WASHINGTON TIMES.com: "U.S. OFFICIAL WARNS OF 'CATASTROPHIC' WEAPONS USE" by Bill Gertz (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A senior State Department official is warning that terrorists are continuing to seek nuclear, chemical and biological weapons for use in future attacks.") (December 11, 2005) (Read More...)
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CNN.com (AP): Berlin, Germany - "'5,000 SUICIDE BOMBERS IN GERMANY' Guenther Beckstein told an online newspaper he believed up to 5,000 potential suicide attackers were in Germany." (September 12, 2005) (Read More...)MEMRI.org - Special Dispatch Series - No. 1040: "IRAQI & ARAB MUJAHIDEEN TELL AL-ARABIYA TV OF THE WAIT LIST FOR MARTYRDOM OPERATIONS AND OTHER METHODS OF 'DESTROYING THE AMERICANS'" (View Video Clip: http://www.memritv.org/search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=946 ) (December 6, 2005) (Read More...)
FOX NEWS.com (AP): Moscow - "RUSSIA AGREES TO $1 BILLION ARMS DEAL WITH IRAN" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Russia has agreed to sell more than $1 billion worth of missiles and other defense systems to Iran, Russian news media reported Friday, a move expected to draw a heated reaction from the United States." (December 2, 2005) (Read More...)
A Discussion on FREEREPUBLIC.com regarding a NOVEMBER 28, 2005 COMPASS article: "IRAN'S PRESIDENT: 'I WILL STOP CHRISTIANITY IN THIS COUNTRY' Secret police crackdown results in the torture of 10 other Christians" (November 30, 2005) (Read More...)
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MEMRI.org - Special Dispatch Series - No. 1018: "IRANIAN ANIMATED FILM FOR CHILDREN PROMOTES SUICIDE ATTACKS" (SNIPPET: "The following are excerpts from an Iranian animated movie for children, which aired on IRIB 3 TV on October 28, 2005, at 8 a.m. Iran time. To view this clip visit: http://memritv.org/search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=906 ") (November 3, 2005) (Read More...)
MEMRI.org - Special Dispatch Series - No. 929: "Al-Arabiya TV Report: Iranian Volunteer Suicide Bomber Organization of 40,000 'Time Bombs; Recruited to Target Americans in Iraq and Israel" (July 6, 2005) (Read More...)
MEMRI TV.org - Transcript - Clip No. 736: "ON THE IRANIAN MOVEMENT OF 'MARTYRDOM SEEKERS'" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "TRANSCRIPT SNIPPET: "The following are excerpts from a report about the movement of "martyrdom seekers" in Iran. Al-Arabiya TV aired this report on July 2, 2005.) (Read More...)
WorldNetDaily.com: "HAMAS 'CAPABLE OF U.S. ATTACKS' Terrorism experts warning nation potentially at risk from militants" by Aaron Klein (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "JERUSALEM - Hamas has cells inside the United States that are technically capable of attacking the country, terrorism experts and senior security officials told WorldNetDaily.") (October 16, 2005) (Read More...)
JNEWSWIRE.com: "HAMAS: CHRISTIAN ZIONISM IS OUR ENEMY" by Jerusalem Newswire Editiorial Staff (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The Hamas terrorist organization has singled out Christian supporters of Israel, putting them on notice that it views their actions as "criminal," making them enemies of the Palestinian Arabs.") (August 22, 2005) (Read More...) (Note: This url may expire.)
MEMRI.org - Special Dispatch Series - No. 983: "COMMANDER OF HAMAS MILITARY WING WOMEN'S UNIT: 'Our Members Yearn for Martyrdom'" (September 9, 2005) (Read More...)
"VANITY - This day in history: December 15th, 1944: The Bulge"
Vanity ^ | 12-15-05 | Vanity
Posted on 12/15/2005 5:28:32 PM PST by OKSooner
December 15th, 1944: The Bulge begins.
December 15th - "BILL OF RIGHTS DAY"
"Twelve amendments were proposed, and ten adopted, effective December 15, 1791. Those ten became known as the Bill of Rights, and their ratification is celebrated as Bill of Rights Day."
Thank you nwctwx. Good job as usual.
Hey, everyone, DoctorZin's "Regime Change for Iran" is behind by 446 votes.
A Discussion on FREEREPUBLIC.com regarding a WashingtonTimes.com article: "MEXICAN MERCENARIES EXPAND BASE INTO U.S." (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The deserters, known as the "Zetas," trained in the United States as an elite force of anti-drug commandos, but have since signed on as mercenaries for Mexican narcotics traffickers and have recruited an army of followers, many of whom are believed to be operating in Texas, Arizona, California and Florida.") (August 1, 2005) (Read More...)
An Ongoing Discussion and Links on FREEREPUBLIC.com: "THUNDER ON THE BORDER -- (MINUTEMAN PROJECT) (Read More...)>
Thronged by hundreds of devout British Muslims, the Finsbury Park mosque in London built in 1990 to serve the large Muslim population in the area not only became a centre for sermons and speeches by clerics but also became synonymous with radical Islam.
By the year 2000, and thanks in part to its association with Abu Hamza al-Masri, the imam of the mosque, it had gained notoriety. The mosque was raided by British police in 2003 and Abu Hamza removed as imam when the Charity Commission expressed concerns about the management of the mosque and its apparent use for political activities.
This was the mosque attended by Richard Reid, the failed shoe-bomber, and Algeria-born British citizens Kamel Rabat Bouralha, Osman Larussi and Yacine Benalia, who were loyal to Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev (responsible for taking hostage and then killing school children in Beslan).
Reports indicate that the Regent Park mosque in London and the Stratford Street mosque in Birmingham, too, have been used as recruitment centres for global jihad. But Pakistani-Kashmiri separatists based in London refuse to accept that the mosques have been misused.
"No, I don't think mosques in Britain have been misused for jihad or recruitment of young Muslims for terrorism," says Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl, chairman, Justice Foundation ~ Kashmir Centre. Professor Shawl, who also heads an organisation "fighting for Kashmiri freedom" earlier headed by Dr Ayub Thukar (whose charity organisation Mercy International was accused of sending funds to Kashmiri terrorists), believes that there is no link between British radical Islam and Kashmir.
The same sentiment is echoed by Zafar Khan, chief of the diplomatic affairs department of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), UK. "Madrasas and mosques in Britain have not played a role in fermenting jihad whether in Kashmir or globally.
They have only been providing religious services to Muslims," said Khan. He, however, agreed that mosques in Britain could have played a more constructive role in helping their congregations integrate into British society.
Political observers such as Graham Walker of Chatham House, though, believe that UK mosques have undoubtedly played a role in promoting extremism.
The British Home Office recently drafted a report on Islamic Radicals in Britain - who they are, to which section of society they belong, from which economic strata they hail, what their education levels are, and why they take part in jihad.
The report brought into sharp focus many issues related to extremism and young Muslims in Britain. The report said that terrorist-recruits include immigrants from North Africa and West Asia now naturalised and resident in the UK, and second and third generation British citizens of Pakistani and Kashmiri origin. Radicalised youth, the report said, are either well-educated professionals with degrees and technical qualifications, or under-achievers with few or no qualifications and often a criminal background.
Lastly, it noted, British Muslims actively engaged in terrorist activity, whether at home or abroad, are estimated to be not more than one per cent of the total population of British Muslims (approximately 16,000 of the total 1.6 million).
So why has this fringe element become the topic of such heated debate?
In part, because terrorism experts attribute the growth of British radical Islam to groups like Al Muhajiroon (AM) and Hizb-ut-Tahrir (HuT). Al Muhajiroon was founded in 1996 by Syrian-born Omar Bakri Mohammad who was educated in Cairo and expelled from Saudi Arabia in 1986. He took asylum in the UK, formed the British branch of HuT, split from it in 1996, and then formed the AM.
Radical imams such as Abu Hamza and Omar Bakri have played a crucial role in encouraging fundamentalism through their speeches and sermons both inside and outside mosques. AM and HuT are suspected to have close links with other radical groups such as the Supporters of Sharia (SOS) founded by Abu Hamza. Both the HuT and AM believe in jihad and war against non-believers, and want to create a united Islamic Caliphate with no national boundaries governed by Sharia law.
Irrespective of the bans imposed on them, both outfits are active in various colleges and universities in the UK and recruit cadre regularly. Indeed, more than 30 colleges and universities in Britain are reported to have active extremist groups. (The Guardian, 16 September 2005).(No other URL)
The 9/11 and 7/7 suicide attacks have been glorified by OBM, AM and Abu Hamza. Omar Bakri Mohammad called the 9/11 attackers the "Magnificent 19" and the 7/7 bombers the "Fantastic Four". In the past, Omar Bakri has proudly admitted that Omar Khan Sharif and Asif Hanif, the Tel Aviv suicide bombers, were his students. So were the eight arrested in March 2004 in connection with the half-a-ton of ammonium nitrate found in the UK.
Bakri, who is prone to bombastic statements, left London for Beirut a few months ago.
The fact that the asylum seekers who were embraced by Britain and lived here for many years (Bakri left UK after two decades) were using their freedoms and liberties to encourage Islamic extremism doesn't, of course, bother British - non-Islamic - radicals. Lord Eric Avebury, the human rights activist who founded and later headed the British Parliamentary Human Rights Group, believes that 7/7 should be seen as a "recognition of the fact that we haven't done much to address the problems of Islam-phobia."
Despite the uproar in mainstream British politics and media about the abuse of the country's asylum policy, Lord Avebury sticks to his radical guns: "When you say we have a liberal asylum policy, I would agree that we have admitted a few people who are not welcome. But that was just an unintended consequence of having a very large system."
As for the Kashmir connection, AM leader Anjem Choudhry, who believes "it is the duty of Muslims to fight against the oppression of their Muslim brothers in Kashmir, Afghanistan, Chechnya and Palestine and liberate these countries," is considered close to many in the Pakistani-Kashmiri "movement".
Reports suggest that 900 British Muslims are trained annually in Pakistan by radical groups active in Kashmir like the Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Taiyaba. MJ Gohel, director of the London-based Asia-Pacific Foundation that monitors terrorism, points out the Pakistan connection - all six of the senior Al-Qaida leaders captured worldwide till today were found to have been living in Pakistan.
A top Al-Qaida operative in Pakistan, Osama Nazir, arrested in Faisalabad last year, told investigators that over 300 British Muslims of Pakistani origin had signed up with the Al-Qaida since the 9/11 attacks and received training at JeM and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen camps for suicide missions.
Moha-mmed Ghalib, president of the Birmingham-based Tehreek-e-Kashmir, defends Muslims fighting in Kashmir. "Even if there are outsiders in Kashmir, so what? In Bosnia, too, we had outsiders. Once the Kashmir issue is resolved they will all go back."
For years, now, Indian officials have been demanding that Britain take stronger action to stop recruitment and fundraising aimed at providing a fillip to terrorism in Kashmir. JKLF's Zafar Khan argues that what is exported from Britain into Kashmir is "not money but activism and support for the freedom struggle." Anjem Choudhry, on the other hand, said after attempts were made to clamp down on fundraising via legislation: "Do you think the 1,300 mosques around the country will stop collecting money for jihad? If anything, they will be more determined now."
(The author is The Statesman's Jammu-based Special Re-presentative currently in London on a British Chevening scholarship for journalists.)
Subject: Radical Islam & British Muslims
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Awesome job as always! Thanks much.
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15 December 2005
"Look who's hanging out at abualbokhary.net"
I became an American Citizen on 27 November 1961, admitted to the United States on 24 November 1950 as a Displaced Person (DP) quota immigrant.
I served my Country for over 29 years as a Soldier in the US Army.
I still don't feel like I paid my debt to America for letting me be an American. I have never been to heaven ! but I do live in America.
I have some observations I would like to share with you.
- American people are the greatest people on Earth.
- They produce the mightiest " Warriors " in history of man-kind.
- Only big flaw we have is our Politicians, it seems when they get elected they put their " BALLS " in cold storage. They are like Thunder without Lightning, loud noise without results.
One example, at the White House " which is our house " what use to be our Nations Christmas Tree, now some want to call it a Holiday Tree.
I would like to wish all you Christians a Merry Christmas. And if you are a Atheist, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu or Jew, or I will offer you my hand and wish you well, and Peace on Earth.
But I will also offer you a warning if you mean America and its people harm !! We will meet on the Battlefield and you will be destroyed, this is not an idol threat History speaks for itself.
America has a Destiny and it's guided by the All Mighty.
Please take a moment and remember our Armed Forces in harms way, and pray for their safe return.
De Oppresso Liber Vladimir "Jake" Jakovenko
French weapons cache found, suspects arrested
Last Updated Thu, 15 Dec 2005 07:52:47 EST CBC News
Three people suspected of "indirect links" to al-Qaeda's leader in Iraq were arrested in France Thursday.
Counterterrorism agents rounded up the suspects near Paris just days after a similar operation near the capital and the northern Oise region that saw more than 20 suspects arrested, said national police.
Counterterrorism agents round up suspects near Paris, Thursday.
* FROM DEC. 12, 2005: France stages raids on 'Islamist' network
The three men arrested Thursday are believed to have "indirect links" to al-Zarqawi, thought to lead the group al Qaeda in Iraq, said national police spokeswoman Catherine Casteran.
Police say they found weapons in a garage in Clichy-sous-Bois, including several pounds of explosives, AK-47 and Famas assault rifles, revolvers, ammunition, balaclavas and bulletproof vests.
They believe the weapons were used for armed robberies in France to help finance jihad, or holy war, and that some of the money was given to al-Zarqawi's group.
Police also said there are links between the alleged militant network and common criminals.
JAKE IS RIGHT ON. I AM ALSO AN SF VET, STILL SERVING 19TH GP.
TO THOSE THAT HAVE FOUGHT FOR LIFE AND FREEDOM, LIFE HAS A FLAVOR AND SWEETNESS THAT THE TIMID WILL NEVER KNOW. MOST AMERICANS ARE CONTENT AND DO NOT APPRECIATE THEIR COUNTRY, TAKE IT FOR GRANTED THEY DO. PEOPLE LIKE JAKE, THAT COME FROM
DESPOTIC SHITHOLES, KNOW HOW GOOD THEY HAVE IT HERE.
'Rumours' of riot convoys
From: By staff writers
December 16, 2005
POLICE are investigating reports that interstate recruits ready to join in fresh racially motivated violence are arriving in Sydney by the bus and carload.
The Australian reported that youths and ethnic "lions" from Melbourne are believed to be heading north intent on creating more mayhem.
New South Wales police today described the reports as "unconfirmed rumours" but said they were being investigated.
Overnight a police task force arrested 19 people as unrest again spilled onto Sydney streets with an elderly man bashed with a crowbar, a Molotov cocktail thrown at police and one officer injured in a brawl.
The arrests were made by officers attached to Operation Seta, created following a race riot at North Cronulla Beach in Sydney's south on Sunday and days of retaliatory attacks.
Assistant commissioner Dave Owens said police used increased powers rushed through NSW Parliament yesterday to set up check points on a number of main thoroughfares in Sydney's southern suburbs.
A Molotov cocktail was thrown at police in "a disturbing incident" at Dickens Road, Ambarvale, south west of Sydney, about 10pm (AEDT), he said.
"Police conducted a search of the area and located a number of other incendiary devices and what appeared to be stockpiled stones," Mr Owens said.
Although no arrests were made over that incident, two men, aged 24 and 23, were charged with making explosives with intent ot injure after police found seven molotov cocktails in a Cronulla unit, about 6pm.
A 46-year-old man was also charged with common assault after an elderly man was bashed with a crowbar by a group of men at Riverwood in Sydney's south west about 7pm (AEDT).
Police were also called to shopping centres at Marrickville, Castle Hill and Newcastle where crowds of men had gathered.
They were dispersed without incident, but a police officer was injured as he broke up a brawl at a shopping centre in Wetherill Park about 8.30pm.
An 18-year-old man was charged with a range of offences including two counts of assaulting a police officer.
Shortly before 10.30pm, police were also called to a fast food outlet at Parramatta where 23 car loads of men in a carpark were threatening patrons with baseball bats.
A 22-year-old man was arrested after he was allegedly found with a hammer and screwdriver.
He was charged with possessing offensive weapons.
Two other men, aged 19 and 25, were also arrested about 6pm as they tried to drive into Cronulla "to help the cause", Mr Owens said.
They were charged with a range of offences including driving a stolen car and drug possession.
Police say they are continuing preparations for the weekend in case of more violence.
Police numbers will more than double from the 450 last weekend to 1000 on Saturday and 1500 on Sunday.
NSW Parliament yesterday passed the Law Enforcement Legislation Public Safety Act 2005, giving police increased powers to lock down some suburbs, close pubs, enforce alcohol bans and confiscate cars.
Premier Morris Iemma recalled Parliament from its summer break after rioters attacked people of Middle Eastern descent at Cronulla on Sunday, and members of Sydney's Lebanese community carried out apparent retaliatory attacks on Sunday and Monday nights.
Expectations among the young Lebanese community in western Sydney that further trouble will develop over the weekend comes despite calls from their religious leaders, police and politicians for both sides to calm down.
One 22-year-old ethnic Lebanese man said yesterday he and his friends were ready for a turf war. "The boys reckon it'll be like a scene out of Braveheart," he said.
Sources within the Lebanese community said three busloads of young men from Melbourne - Lebanese, Serbians, Italians and Greeks - and more than 30 carloads were expected to arrive in Sydney today and tomorrow.
"I've talked to a few mates in Melbourne and I know that some of my other buddies have too," said a 29-year-old Lebanese man from Lidcombe, in Sydney's west.
"We're expecting about 30 cars and a couple of busloads of Leb, Serb, Italian and Greek lions to punch on with us."
A Melbourne nightclub bouncer of Bosnian extraction also said word was "getting around" about groups of young men heading to Sydney to fight.
A Victorian police spokesman said the force was "monitoring the situation" but had no specific information about the plan.
Prominent Melbourne Muslim leader Waleed Aly yesterday discouraged his community from joining the fray. "It's a stupid thing to do," he said.
Gold Coast police are also bracing for trouble on Sunday, boosting on-duty numbers after text messages urged locals to "crack some skulls".
Police contingency plans have been made despite Queensland Premier Peter Beattie's view the text messages were a hoax.
My pledge to all--no more 10,000 word posts!
"Nigerian man with fake ID arrested at Camp Zama"
Thanks for the ping to on the previous thread.
Slowboat checking in! Thanks, as always, Ian!
The pot calling the kettle black?.......
LEADERSHIP REQUIRED TO CREATE CALM
14 December 2005
The Australian Arabic Council (AAC) today voiced concern and alarm at reports that text messages are remaining to circulate in Sydney and spreading to Melbourne and other Australian cities.
Speaking for the AAC, Chairman, Roland Jabbour said the riots, must be condemned by all, recognised for what they are as racially motivated, and long-term not quick fix solutions found.
These events of the last few days have exposed the anti-Arab racism that exists in Australia.
Arab Australians have had to cope for sometime with vilification, racism and abuse after numerous international and domestic events. We are more than anybody aware of the fringe elements of society that have racist agendas and prejudicial propensities.
This reality must now be recognised by political leaders and government agencies as a significant impingement on the rights of Arab and Muslim citizens.
The AAC has for some time predicted the occurrence of events over the last few days. We are now concerned that similar sentiments and calls to action by people with racist agendas are now spreading to Melbourne and other cities.
Denial by political leaders that racist sentiments could have boiled over into ugly violence ignores the historical context of events in Australia. The AAC through research and its racism register can clearly record the growth in anti-Arab sentiment fuelled by domestic and international events:
1. Early 90s: First Gulf War
2. Mid 90s: Rise of Pauline Hanson, One Nation and xenophobia
3. Late 90s: Adoption of refugee policies by federal government, and detention of Muslim and Arab unwanteds
4. 2000: Al-Aqsa Intifada and conflict in Palestine and Israel
5. 2001: September 11
6. 2001-02: Sydney gang rape issue
7. 2002: Bali Bombings
8. 2002-05: Be alert not alarmed campaign
9. 2004 Local terrorist investigations and arrests
10. 2005: London bombings
11. 2005: Local terrorist arrests
12. 2005: Anti-terrorism legislation
13. 2005: Warnings by police commissioners of remaining terrorist threat in Australia
Mr Jabbour added: For some time politicians and media commentators have been fanning the flames of racial tension and finger pointing. The results speak for themselves! It the past we have raised concerns that this type of event would occur.
It is time that political leaders and media commentators took some responsibility for the current climate of fear and hatred and show some courage to deal with the real issues in a cooperative manner rather than scapegoating communities.
It is important that both sides of this tension keep some semblance of rationality and coolness over the next few days
In responding to the violence we commend the role of NSW police in maintaining an even-handed approach and neutrality that does not take sides
While we support the introduction of new police powers, it is time governments, took these concerns seriously, and found long-term solutions to the issues that addressed the causes and not just the symptoms.
To this end we are calling on National and State leaders to convene a national conference that brings law enforcement agencies, government departments, academics, political and community leaders together to discuss and formulate responses with mutual goals.
Real solutions that bring diverging views together must be sought with long term answers and strategies found. It is not good enough to keep responding to these issues with short term fixes.
The Australian Arabic Council calls for calm and restraint from all members of the community in light of recent events.
For further comment or information contact: Deputy Chair, Taimor Hazou on 0439 635 163 or the AAC on 03 9381 0055 or 0413 219 141 - www.aac.org.au
The Rise of Middle Eastern Crime in Australia
I BELIEVE that the rise of Middle Eastern organised crime in Sydney will have an impact on society unlike anything we have ever seen.
In the early 1980s, as a young detective I was attached to the Drug Squad at the old CIB. I remember executing a search warrant at Croydon, where we found nearly a pound of heroin. I know that now sounds very familiar; however, what set this heroin apart was that it was Beaker Valley Heroin, markedly different from any heroin I had seen. Number Four heroin from the golden triangle of South-East Asia is nearly always off-white, almost pure diamorphine. This heroin was almost brown.
But more remarkable were the occupants of the house. They were very recent arrivals from Lebanon, and from the moment we entered the premises, we wrestled and fought with the male occupants, were abused and spat at by the women and children, and our search took five times longer because of the impediments placed before us by the occupants, including the women hiding heroin in baby nappies and on themselves and refusing to be searched by policewomen because of religious beliefs. We had never encountered these problems before.
As was the case in those days, we arrested every adult and teenager who had hampered our search. When it came to court, they were represented by Legal Aid, of course, who claimed that these people were innocent of the minor charges of public disorder and hindering police, because they were recent arrivals from a country where people have an historical hatred towards police, and that they also had poor communications skills and that the police had not executed the warrant in a manner that was acceptable to the Muslim occupants.
The magistrate, well known to police as one who convicted fewer than one in ten offenders brought before him during his term at Burwood local court, threw the matter out, siding with the occupants and condemning the police. I remember thinking, thank heavens we dont run into many Lebanese drug dealers.
In 1994 I was stationed at Redfern. A well known Lebanese family who lived not far from the old Redfern Police Academy were terrorising the locals with random assaults, drug dealing, robberies and violent anti-social behaviour. When some young police from Redfern told me about them, curiosity got the better of me and I asked them to show me the street they lived in. Despite the misgivings of the young police, I eventually saw this family and the presence they had in the immediate area. As we drove away in our marked police car, a half-brick bounced on the roof of the vehicle. The driver kept going.
I said, What are you doing, theyve just hit the car with a house brick!
The young constable said, Oh, they always do that when we drive past.
The police were either too scared or too lazy to do anything about it. The damage bill on police cars became costly and these street terrorists grew stronger and the police became purely defensive. You see, the Police Royal Commission was about to start and the police retreated inside themselves knowing that the judicial system considered them easy targets. The police did not want to get hurt or attract Internal Affairs complaints.
Call me stupid, call me a dinosaur, but I made sure that day that at least one person in the group that threw the brick was arrested. I began by approaching the group just as that magistrate had lectured me and the other police involved in the Croydon search warrant. I simply asked who threw the brick. I was greeted with abuse and threats. I then reverted to the old ways of policing. I grabbed the nearest male and convinced him that it was he who had thrown the brick. His brave mates did nothing. By the time we arrived at the police station, this young fool had become compliant, apologetic and so afraid that he kept crying.
You may not agree with what I did, but I paraded this goose around the police station for all the young police to see what they had become frightened of. For some months after that, police routinely rounded up the family whenever it was warranted.
However, some years later, with a change of Police Commander and the advent of duty officers under Peter Ryan, the family got back on top and within months had murdered a young Australian man who had wandered into their area drunk. They had set up a caravan where they sold drugs twenty-four hours a day. They tied up half the police station with Internal Affairs complaints ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, but under Peter Ryan, these complaints were always treated seriously.
In effect, this family had taken control of Redfern. Senior police did their best to limit police action against them, fearing an avalanche of IA complaints that would count against the Commander at Peter Ryans next Op Crime Review.
I hope the examples I have just used dont give the impression that I am a racist or a bully. The point I want to make from the start is that policing has never been rocket science. It is about human dynamics, street psychology, experience, a little bit of theatre and a substantial quantity of common sense. Sure, forensics and the advances of DNA, rapid fingerprint identification and electronic eavesdropping have taken policing to a new level of sophistication, but ultimately, when an offender is identified by whatever means, scientific or otherwise, it all comes down to the interaction between the investigator and the offender during the arrest and interview process. Violent and abusive offenders do not respect the law or those who enforce it. But they do respect the old-style cop who doesnt take a backward step and cant be intimidated. When they encounter cops like that, they fold quickly there is rarely much behind the veneer of bravado.
In 1996 with the arrival of Peter Ryan, and the continued public humiliation of the New South Wales Police through the Wood Royal Commission, a chain of events began that have affected the police so deeply and so completely that, as far as ensuring community safety is concerned, I fear it will take at least a generation to regain the lost ground.
IT WAS ABOUT 1995 to 1996 that the emergence of Middle Eastern crime groups was first observed in New South Wales. Before then they had been largely known for individual acts of anti-social behaviour and loose family structures involved in heroin importation and supply as well as motor vehicle theft and conversion. The one crime that did appear organised before this period was insurance fraud, usually motor vehicle accidents and arson. Because these crimes were largely victimless, they were dealt with by insurance companies and police involvement was limited. But from these insurance scams, a generation of young criminals emerged to become engaged in more sophisticated crimes, such as extortion, armed robbery, organised narcotics importation and supply, gun running, organised factory and warehouse break-ins, car theft and conversion on a massive scale including the exporting of stolen luxury vehicles to Lebanon and other Middle Eastern countries.
As the police began to gather and act on intelligence on these emerging Middle Eastern gangs the first of the series of events took place. The New South Wales Police was restructured under Peter Ryan. Crime Intelligence, the eyes and ears of all police forces throughout the world, was dismantled overnight and a British-style intelligence unit was created. The formation of this unit and its functions has been best described by Dr Richard Basham as a library stocking outdated books. The new Crime Intelligence and Information Section became completely reactive. It received crime intelligence from the field and stored it. Almost no relevant intelligence was ever dispensed to operational police from 1997 until I left in 2002. It was a disgrace.
One of the fundamental problems that arose out of the new intelligence structure was that it no longer had a field capacity or a target development capacity. With the old BCI there were field teams that were assigned to look into emerging trends. Vietnamese, Romanian and Hong Kong Chinese groups were all targeted after intelligence grew on their activities. When the alarm bells went off over growing intelligence concerns about a new or current crime group, covert operations were mounted.
When the Middle Eastern crime groups emerged in the mid-to-late 1990s no alarms were set off. The Crime Intelligence unit was asleep. I know personally that operational police in south-west Sydney compiled enormous amounts of good intelligence on the formation of Lebanese groups such as the Telopea Street Boys and others in the Campsie, Lakemba, Fairfield and Punchbowl areas. The inactivity could not have been because the intelligence reports werent interesting, because I have read many of them and from a policing perspective they were damning. Many of the offenders that you now see in major criminal trials or serving lengthy sentences in prison were identified back then.
But even more frustrating for operational police were the activities of this ethnic crime group, activities that set it apart from almost all others bar the Cabramatta 5T. The Lebanese groups were ruthless, extremely violent, and they intimidated not only innocent witnesses, but even the police that attempted to arrest them. As these crime groups encountered less resistance in terms of police operations and enforcement, their power grew not only within their own communities, but also all around Sydney except in Cabramatta, where their fear of the South-East Asian crime groups limited their forays. But the rest of Sydney became easy pickings.
The second in the series of events began to take shape with Peter Ryans executive leadership team. Under Ryans nose they began to carve up the New South Wales Police and form little kingdoms where a senior police officer ruled almost untouched by outside influence. They then appointed their own commanders in the police stations. Almost all of them had little or no street experience; but they in turn brought along their friends as duty officers, similarly inexperienced. Some of the experience these police counted on their resumes included stints at Human Resources, the Academy, the Police Band in one case, the various cubby-holes in Police Headquarters, almost no operational policing experience yet they were tasked to lead. Never has the expression the blind leading the blind been more appropriate.
The impact that this leadership team had on day-to-day operational policing was disastrous. In many of the key areas that were experiencing rapid rises in Middle Eastern crime, these new leaders became more concerned with relations between the police and ethnic minorities than with emerging violent crime. The power and influence of the local religious and minority leaders cannot be overstated. Police began to use selective law enforcement. They selected targets that were unlikely to use their ethnic background and cultural beliefs to hinder police investigations or arrests. It was mostly Anglo-Saxons and Asians that were the targets, because they were under-represented by religious leaders and the media. They were soft targets.
AN EXAMPLE of the confrontations police nearly always experienced in Muslim-dominated areas when confronting even the most minor of crimes is an incident that occurred in 2001 in Auburn. Two uniformed officers stopped a motor vehicle containing three well known male offenders of Middle Eastern origin, on credible information via the police radio that indicated that the occupants of the vehicle had been involved in a series of break-and-enters. What occurred during the next few hours can only be described as frightening.
When searching the vehicle and finding stolen property from the break-and-enter, the police were physically threatened by the three occupants of the car, including references to tracking down where the officers lived, killing them and fucking your girlfriends. The two officers were intimidated to the point of retreating to their police car and calling for urgent assistance. When police back-up arrived, the three occupants called their associates via their mobile phones, which incidentally is the Middle Eastern radio network used to communicate amongst gangs. Within minutes as many as twenty associates arrived as well as another forty or so from the street where they had been stopped. As further police cars arrived, the Middle Eastern males became even more aggressive, throwing punches at police, pushing police over onto the ground, threatening them with violence and damaging police vehicles.
When the duty officer arrived, he immediately ordered all police back into their vehicles and they retreated from the scene. The stolen property was not recovered. No offender was arrested for assaulting police or damaging police vehicles.
But the humiliation did not end there. The group of Middle Eastern males then drove to the police station, where they intimidated the station staff, damaged property and virtually held a suburban police station hostage. The police were powerless. The duty officer ordered police not to confront the offenders but to call for back-up from nearby stations. Eventually the offenders left of their own volition. No action was taken against them.
In the minds of the local population, the police were cowards and the message was, Lebs rule the streets. For a number of days, nothing was done to rectify this total breakdown of law and order. To the senior police in the area, it was more important to give the impression that local ethnic relations were never better. It was also important to Peter Ryan that no bad news stories appeared that may have given the impression that crime in any area was out of control. Had these hoodlums been arrested they would have filed IA complaints immediately via their Legal Aid lawyers and community leaders. To senior police, this was a cause for concern at the next Op Crime Review.
So the incident was covered up until a few local veteran detectives found out about it and decided to act. They went quietly to the addresses of the three main offenders early one morning and took them away with a minimum of fuss and charged them. Some order was restored, but not nearly enough.
By avoiding confrontations with these thugs, the police gave away the streets in many of these areas in south-western Sydney. By putting in place inexperienced senior police who had never copped the odd punch in the mouth or broken nose in the line of duty, the police force hung the community and the local police out to dry. Most of these duty officers had retreated to non-operational areas early in their careers because they couldnt stomach the risks of front-line policing. Yet they put their hands up to take vital operational roles because the positions are highly paid duty officers receive about $30,000 to $40,000 a year more than a detective sergeant, which is ludicrous.
When I say that this type of policing was condoned and encouraged across wide areas of New South Wales, I am not exaggerating. The problems in south-western Sydney are a direct result of covering up criminality because it went against the script that Peter Ryan and his executive had continually pushed in the media, day after day after day that crime was on the decrease and Peter Ryan was the worlds best police commissioner.
In hundreds upon hundreds of incidents police have backed down to Middle Eastern thugs and taken no action and allowed incidents to go unpunished. Again I stress the unbelievable influence that local politicians and religious leaders played in covering up the real state of play in the south-west.
The third event was the reforming of Criminal Investigations into a centrally controlled body called Crime Agencies. All the specialist crime squads were done away with: Arson, Armed Robbery, Drugs, Organised Crime, Special Breaking, Consorting, Vice, Gaming, Motor Vehicle Theft were wrapped up into one-size-fits-all. Ryan once boasted that by the time he finished retraining the New South Wales Police, constables could investigate a traffic accident in the morning and a homicide in the afternoon, a statement that summed up his Alice-in-Wonderland policing theories. All the expertise and experience evaporated overnight.
It was as if the public hospitals had suddenly lost every surgeon and had GPs perform major surgery. No matter how bright and dedicated these GPs were, they would simply not have the expertise, the training and the experience to take over. It would be a disaster. Well, that is what happened to criminal investigation in this state. Crime Agencies was an unmitigated disaster. Yet those who designed and ran this farce have gone on to highly paid government jobs.
The final straw for the New South Wales Police was the OCR Op Crime Review, which Peter Ryan and his executive team came up with. It was loosely based on the groundbreaking Compstat program of the New York Police Department, the brainchild of Commissioner William Bratton. The difference between Ryans OCR and the NYPD Compstat was that the NYPD model covered everything on the criminal waterfront. The Ryan-inspired OCR had just six crimes. And those six included domestic violence, random breath testing, theft, robbery, assaults and motor vehicle theft no drugs, organised crime, firearms, shootings, attempted murders, homicides. The crimes that instil fear into the average citizen were ignored, and with plenty of innovative answers as to why. The OCR focused police attention on a limited number of crimes and allowed far more serious and deadly crimes to get out of control.
SO WITH a police force on the verge of bankruptcy, the Middle Eastern crime problem was an explosion waiting to go off. I had observed the beginnings of Asian organised crime whilst at the Drug Squad and later at the National Crime Authority where I worked on two task forces, one of which was on Chinese organised crime. When I look back on the influence of Chinese organised crime in Australia, I see a gradual but sustained trend, not one of high peaks in terms of activity or incidents, but one of a well planned criminal enterprise that attracts little attention. Its there but you cant always see it.
It probably took twenty years for the Chinese to become a dominant force in crime in this city. But Middle Eastern crime has taken less than ten years. So pervasive is their influence on organised crime that rival ethnic groups, with the exception of the Asian gangs, have been squeezed out or made extinct. The only other crime group to have survived intact are the bikies, although the bikies these days have legitimised many of their operations and now make as much money from legal means as they do illegally. In many ways they have adopted US Mafia methods of legitimate businesses shrouding their illegal operations.
With no organised crime function, no gang unit except for the South-East Asian Strike Force, the New South Wales Police turned against every convention known to Western policing in dealing with organised crime groups. In effect the Lebanese crime gangs were handed the keys to Sydney.
The most influential of the Middle Eastern crime groups are the Muslim males of Telopea Street, Bankstown, known as the Telopea Street Boys. They and their associates have been involved in numerous murders over the past five years, many of them unprovoked fatal attacks on young Australian men for no other reason than that they are Skips, as they call Australians. They have been involved in all manner of crime on a scale we have never seen before. Ram-raids on expensive stores in the city are epidemic. The theft of expensive motor vehicles known as car-jacking is increasing at an alarming rate. This crime involves gangs finding a luxury motor vehicle parked outside a restaurant or hotel and watching until the occupants return to drive home. The car is followed, the victims assaulted at gunpoint, and the vehicle stolen. The vehicles are always around or above the $100,000 mark and are believed to be taken to warehouses before being shipped interstate or to the Middle East.
Extortion on inner-city nightclubs is largely unreported because of the dire consequences of owners reporting these incidents to police. When I worked at City Central Detectives just before I retired, I was involved in the initial investigation of one brave nightclub owner in the inner city who did report this crime. The Lebanese criminals were arrested after a sting operation. However, I believe that after many violent threats the owner sold up and now lives interstate. He once had a thriving business that for a nightclub ran a reputable service, keeping out drugs, maintaining safety for patrons and co-operating with the police.
The tactics used by the gang were simple. A large number of Middle Eastern males would enter the club, upwards of twenty at a time. They would outnumber the security staff and begin assaulting Australian male patrons, sometimes stabbing them. The incident would be over in minutes and the gang members would be long gone before police arrived. A few days later, senior members of the gang, well dressed and business-like, would approach the club owners and offer to provide protection from similar incidents for around $2000 to $3000 a week. Many of the owners paid up and considered it a necessary expense in keeping their business viable. If they didnt pay up, or contacted the police, the gangs would wait some weeks, even months, before returning to the nightclub and extracting a terrible revenge on the owners, who would pay up or leave. There is compelling intelligence that in one well-known entertainment precinct in the city, nearly all the bars, nightclubs and hotels pay protection money to Middle Eastern crime gangs.
The extent to which Middle Eastern crime gangs have moved into the drug market is breathtaking. They are now the main suppliers of cocaine in this city and are now developing markets in south-eastern Queensland and Victoria. They are major suppliers of heroin in and around the inner city, south-western Sydney and western Sydney.
What sets the Middle Eastern gangs apart from all other gangs is their propensity to use violence at any time and for any reason. I thought I would never see the level and type of violence that I saw with the South-East Asian gangs in Cabramatta, particularly the 5T, the Four Aces and Madonnas Mob, which were a breakaway from the old 5T.But the violence, although horrific, was almost always local, that is within the Cabramatta area and almost always against fellow Asians. As a result of that locally based violent crime it was relatively easy to identify the culprits and break them up once we were given the resources after the police revolt of 1999 - 2000.
The Middle Eastern cycle of violence is not local. It can occur on the central coast, around Cronulla, Bondi, Darling Harbour, Five Dock, Redfern, Paddington, anywhere in Sydney. Unlike their Vietnamese counterparts, they roam the city and are not confined to either Cabramatta or Chinatown. And even more alarming is that the violence is directed mainly against young Australian men and women. There is a clear and definite link between violent attacks on our young men and women being racial as well as criminal. Quite often when taking statements from young men attacked by groups of Lebanese males around Darling Harbour, a common theme has been the racially motivated violence against the victims simply because they are Australian.
I wonder whether the inventors of the racial hatred laws introduced during the golden years of multiculturalism ever took into account that we, the silent majority, would be the target of racial violence and hatred. I dont remember any charges being laid in conjunction with the gang rapes of south-western Sydney in 2001, where race was clearly an issue and race was used to humiliate the victims. But then, unbelievably, a publicly-funded document produced by the Anti-Discrimination Board called The Race for Headlines was circulated, and it sought not only to cover up race as a motive for the rapes, but to criticise any accurate media reporting on this matter as racially biased. It worries many operational police that organisations like the Anti-Discrimination Board, the Privacy Council and the Civil Liberties Council have become unaccountable and push agendas that dont represent the values that this great country was built on.
MANY OF YOU would have heard of the horrific problems in France with the outbreak of unprecedented crimes amongst an estimated five million Muslim immigrants. Middle Eastern males now make up 45,000 of the 90,000 inmates in French prisons. There are no-go areas in Paris for police and citizens alike. The rule of law has broken down so badly that when police went to one of these areas recently to round up three Islamic terrorists, they went in armoured vehicles, with heavy weaponry and over 1000 armed officers, just to arrest a few suspects. Why did it need such numbers? Because the threat of terrorist reprisal was minimal compared to the anticipated revolt by thousands of Middle Eastern and North African residents who have no respect for the rule of law in France and consider intrusions by police and authority a declaration of war.
The problems in Paris in Muslim communities are being replicated here in Sydney at an alarming rate. Paris has seen an explosion of rapes committed by Middle Eastern males on French women in the past fifteen years. The rapes are almost identical to those in Sydney. They are not only committed for sexual gratification but also with deep racial undertones along with threats of violence and retribution. What is more alarming is the identical reaction by some sections of the media and criminologists in France of downplaying the significance of race as an issue and even ganging up on those people who try to draw attention to the widening gulf between Middle Eastern youth and the rest of French society.
That is what we are seeing here. The usual suspects come out of their institutions and libraries to downplay and even cover up the growing problem of Middle Eastern crime. Why? My opinion, for what its worth, is that these same social engineers have attempted to redefine our society. They have experimented with all manner of institutions, from prisons to mental institutions and recently to policing.
Some of the problems we now see with policing are the result of Peter Ryans dream of restructuring and retraining police. The Police Academy was changed from a police training college into a university teaching social sciences and very little else. Constantly I would see young police emerge from the academy with a view that as police officers they were counsellors, psychologists, marriage guidance experts, social workers and advocates for social change but with almost no skills in street policing. Their training had placed not only them in danger, but also their workmates and the community.
Policing is about enforcing the rule of law. It has never been about analysing every offender for the root causes of crime. That is not our job. The police enforce the law and protect the community regardless of race, colour or religion. What we have seen in south-west Sydney is ethnic communities being policed selectively. The implications for this are frightening when you look at Paris. They had selective policing of a particular community, which as a result is now out of control.
In February 2001 when I appeared before the Cabramatta inquiry, I gave evidence which at the time was controversial and attracted the usual claque of ratbags, lunatics from the ABC and their associates at the Sydney Morning Herald as well as that fruit loop Mike Carlton from 2UE. I said that this city is going to be torn apart by gang warfare the likes of which we have never seen before. In 2003 I was finally proven right, but I take no comfort from that. However, the criticism I received was unprecedented. I was a nutter, a liar, a racist, a disgruntled detective but I was right. The critics still refuse to concede that we have a problem. They are still clinging to the multicultural theme. To highlight the problems with Middle Eastern communities in this city is to threaten to tear down the multicultural facade.
The amount of money spent on the multicultural industry beggars belief. It is a lucrative and sustainable position for many. Governments pay huge money to anything that bears the word multicultural. Indeed the police department, like other government departments, spends vast amounts on multicultural issues, multicultural jobs, multicultural consultancies, education packages, legal advice, public relations and the rest. Having expended large amounts of money on multiculturalism, they are hardly likely to criticise it. Those that feed off multiculturalism are not likely to question it.
WHEN I GAVE evidence to the Cabramatta inquiry, I risked my career and my safety in coming forward. I did it because I had sworn an oath to protect the community I served. That community was Cabramatta. Cabramatta is made up almost entirely of residents born outside this country, mostly South-East Asians, and their children. But when I went forward and exposed the shame of Cabramatta, the residents were not Asians in my eyes, but Australians no matter where they came from. It was my duty to speak up for them and to protect them. Race was never an issue. I have received many awards in my police career but the ones I hold dearest are those I received from the Cabramatta community.
One old man who had spent seven years in refugee camps in South-East Asia before coming to Australia said the day he landed in Australia was like dying and coming to heaven. Cabramatta was a community of ordinary people like that old man, who recognised the problems of drugs and organised crime in their community and spoke up and agitated for change. It was a slightly built Vietnamese man named Thung Ngo who led the charge on behalf of a community that had had enough of crime and forced a parliamentary inquiry into Cabramatta which ultimately saved their community from destruction. Not once during that inquiry did I hear any member of the Cabramatta community apart from the Anglo-Saxon local member complain that they were being racially discriminated against because of the inquiry or its aftermath. They wanted change, they wanted a safe law-abiding community. It was my duty to do everything I could to honour my pledge to protect and to serve.
But I have not heard anything like that from the Middle Eastern community. Initially the gang rapes were the fault of Australian culture, according to one religious leader in the south-west. I note that he has now softened his stance and is calling for change among Middle Eastern youth. But they are just words; there seem to be no Thung Ngos among them.
What is it that draws such defence for this community from certain sections of the media? Why didnt they join in to defend the Asian community during the fallout from the Cabramatta inquiry? And where are these apologists when it comes to the plight of our first Australians, our indigenous peoples? Their cause is not trendy enough, not global like the refugee or Islamic issues. Yet one of the most depressing sights that has confronted me as a policeman is the shame of Redfern. I first saw Everleigh Street some twenty-two years ago, and nothing has changed since. The atmosphere of sheer hopelessness and desperation still hangs around the neck of every young Aborigine who lives in those ghettos, yet they hardly ever rate a mention.
The Middle Eastern crime groups and their associates number in the thousands, not the hundreds as the government and senior police would have you believe. It is the biggest crime problem we have ever faced, and it is growing. Hardly a day goes past without some violent crime involving a male of Middle Eastern appearance, though I see lately that description is watered down now to include and / or Mediterranean appearance. To an operational policeman, there is a noticeable difference between an Italian and a Lebanese male.
That these groups of males can roam a city and assault, rob and intimidate at will can no longer be denied or excused. You need only to look at Paris and other European countries that have had mass immigration from Middle Eastern countries to see the sort of problems we can expect in years to come. My prediction is that within ten years, Middle Eastern crime groups will spread rapidly across Australia as they seek to expand their enterprises. There will be no-go areas in south-western Sydney, just like Paris.
Only recently I have seen quotes from senior police and retired police who claim that race is not the issue in organised crime. Those statements are stupid and dangerous. Organised crime groups with the exception of the bikies are almost always ethnically based any experienced detective will tell you that. The days of Anglo-Saxon gangs are almost gone, with the exception of one or two local beach gangs.
I also predict that there will be a dramatic rise in gang shootings as rival gangs compete for turf and business. This will be done with almost complete disregard for police attention, as they are well aware that the New South Wales Police has to be rebuilt from the ground up. We have seen in the past three years the phenomenon of drive-by shootings, Los Angeles-style. Not only are the increasing incidents a major cause of concern, but also the use of automatic weapons that spray hundreds of rounds at their targets. This is virtually unprecedented in this country.
IN MANY WAYS, what we are seeing is the copying of Los Angeles gangs: the Crips, the Bloods and others. The motor vehicles, the music, the dress codes, the haircuts, the weaponry and the attitudes towards authority are almost identical. These gangs in Los Angeles have been around for nearly thirty years and a culture has grown around them. The culture surrounding the Middle Eastern gangs is still in its infancy but the transition is not far away.
When William Bratton, the most innovative police commissioner of modern times, took over as Los Angeles Police Chief recently, he declared the gang problems there a national security problem, so serious that it was beyond the resources of the state of California. There is a lesson for us there, but we have to learn quickly, or this problem will overtake us.
The blame for the rise of the gangs in Los Angeles is being spread around politicians who refused to acknowledge that it was more than just an ethnic brotherhood searching for their roots; police inaction because of political constraints as well as incompetence; the civil liberties movement particularly among the California superior courts that refused for decades to use lengthy sentences as a deterrent to ethnic-based crime on the basis that it discriminated against minority groups. Whoever is to blame is now irrelevant, but they have left a terrible legacy for the young generations of citizens of Los Angeles who have to run the gauntlet of drug-crazed gangsters in the suburbs engaging in deadly shoot-outs and drive-bys nearly every day.
The similarities between the situation here, with the denial by the government of the extent and the implications of Middle Eastern crime, and the early situation in Los Angeles is frightening. What we saw with Cabramatta was the covering up of a major problem by this government, who only acted when the game was up. Its all about denial. If they can get away with covering up it saves them the worry of making hard decisions and spending money on fixing problems that have been allowed to fester for years. The rail system that Michael Costa now has to fix is yet another example.
There is no investment in the future. It is about looking good day by day. The Peter Ryan-style policing of day-to-day media spin is still present. No one seems to have the courage to say that this is a problem that we need to fix before it gets worse. The time when the Middle Eastern problem really takes root in this city, the point from which there is no return, just like Los Angeles, is but a few years away. The leaders of our government probably hope this will be another governments fault and that they wont be around to see their legacy. Maybe we should all buy a property in southern New Zealand.
If the biggest threat to our society is not addressed honestly and effectively within the next two or three years it will take drastic action and enormous resources to bring it under control if that is even possible. The action we can take now and the resources needed are a fraction of what it may cost in the future. The potential cost in human terms is unimaginable.
There is also the serious possibility that some of these Middle Eastern youth that are engaged in organised crime and have no regard for our values and way of life may go a step further and engage in terrorist acts against Australia. The ingredients are there already. It is but a small step from urban terrorism to religious and political terrorism, as we have seen with groups such as the IRA, where organised crime often became interwoven with terrorism.
I do not want to paint a picture of gloom, but as a policeman I have seen the destruction that gangs can wreak on innocent citizens who only want to live their lives in peace. I just hope we can trust the people in government and the police to ensure that we dont lose the values and the rights we have received from past generations.
It is fitting that one day after Remembrance Day, when we look to what was handed to us by the Second World War generation, probably the most extraordinary generation of Australians in our short history, we should ask ourselves: Are we going to be remembered for handing a similar legacy to our children and grandchildren, or are we going to be remembered as the generation that did nothing about the scourge of gang violence and simply passed it on to them?
Tim Priest, a retired detective, gave this talk on
November 12 to a Quadrant dinner in Sydney.
Sixth person in China infected with bird flu
Beijing (dpa) - China's sixth case of bird flu virus in a human was confirmed Thursday night by China's ministry of health, which also said there was a new outbreak of flu among poultry.
The patient, a 35-year-old peddler in Suichuan County of Jiangxi Province, east China, fell ill on December 4 with fever and symptoms of pneumonia, Xinhua agency reported.
The China Disease Prevention and Control Center tested samples to determine the presence of the virulent H5N1 bird flu virus.
The ministry of agriculture confirmed the poultry outbreak in the same village where the patient lives, after 1,640 ducks raised by a fellow villager died. Veterinarian officials have culled 15,000 birds within three kilometres of the affected area.
In November, a woman was confirmed as China's fifth case of bird flu, but she has recovered and left hospital last week.
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NEW SCIENTIST.com: "EXPERT SAYS BIRD FLU HAS KILLED 300 PEOPLE IN CHINA" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "But Masato Tashiro, head of virology at Tokyo's National Institute of Infectious Disease - a WHO-collaborating centre for bird flu - told the meeting of virologists in Marburg, Germany, on 19 November that "we have been systematically deceived". His comments were reported in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He told the stunned meeting, called to mark the retirement of a senior German virologist, that there have been "several dozen" outbreaks in people, 300 confirmed deaths and 3000 people placed in isolation with suspected cases." (November 24, 2005) (Read More...)
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