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Last updated on July 24th, 2017 at 08:18 am

Lots of unexploded ordnance around here:

About 60 suspected Islamic extremists are operating in Australia, Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty said today.

Mr Keelty confirmed the figure after former Australian Security intelligence Organisation (ASIO) officer Michael Roach said yesterday that up to 60 extremists were living in Australia in terrorist cells, with an attack on home soil inevitable …

Mr Roach, who recently retired from ASIO after a 30-year career, said Australia had to adopt extreme counter-terrorism measures – such as targeting men of Middle Eastern appearance.

Roach didn’t actually describe such a measure as “extreme”; that helpful pointer came via the SMH. For genuinely extreme policing, you must go to England:

Leaked guidelines from the Bedfordshire force say that when officers raid Muslim homes they should remove their shoes, not use dogs and not mount pre-dawn raids because at that hour people might by ‘spiritually busy’.

What, no chocolates? Here’s a longer list of the guidelines, which also instruct: “If people are praying at home officers should stand aside and not disrupt the prayer.” A determined suspect could faith-filibuster for hours! No such breaks for Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting, shown hereenduring a security search despite clearly being “spiritually busy” only a day or so before the Second Test.

(Via Tom Pechinski)

Posted by Tim B. on 08/03/2005 at 08:14 AM
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