from my reading of the counter-terrorism laws passed so far, suspects can now be arrested for a variety of terrorist activities even if those activities are not connected to a *specific* terrorist event and even if a terrorist act does *not* occur.
So, if Mr Pink was foolish enough to be calling around his collegues planning for an unspecified “large scale destruction of the infidel in Australia” he and his collegues can now be arrested. Whereas previously, Mr Pink would have had to have been calling for “large scale destruction of the infidel in Building X at X time and date” and subsequent to that the Building X at X time and date would have to actually suffers massive large scale destruction of the infidel.
Effectively, it is now a crime to engage in the planning of terrorist activity rather than to plan and then successfully implement that plan.
in a way, that’s kinda cool especially if neo-nazis and right-to-lifers terrorists get put in the can as well.
Terrorism, for those interested are covered by:
– Terrorist acts
– Providing or receiving training connected with terrorist acts
– Possessing things connected with terrorist acts
– Collecting or making documents likely to facilitate terrorist acts
– Other acts done in preparation for, or planning, terrorist acts
So what are terrorist acts?
terrorist act means an action or threat of action where:
(a) the action falls within subsection (2) and does not fall within subsection (3); and
(b) the action is done or the threat is made with the intention of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause; and
(c) the action is done or the threat is made with the intention of:
(i) coercing, or influencing by intimidation, the government of the Commonwealth or a State, Territory
or foreign country, or of part of a State, Territory or foreign country; or
(ii) intimidating the public or a section of the public.
Subsection 2) lists a lot of death and mayhem but also interestingly enough damage to software ie:
seriously interferes with, seriously disrupts, or destroys, an electronic system including, but not limited to:
(i) an information system; or
(ii) a telecommunications system; or
(iii) a financial system; or
(iv) a system used for the delivery of essential government
(v) a system used for, or by, an essential public utility; or
(vi) a system used for, or by, a transport system.
Subsection 3) protects people who may be confused as to what isnt a terrorist act, that is actions which
(a) is advocacy, protest, dissent or industrial action; and
(b) is not intended:
(i) to cause serious harm that is physical harm to a person;
(ii) to cause a person’s death; or
(iii) to endanger the life of a person, other than the person taking the action; or
(iv) to create a serious risk to the health or safety of the public or a section of the public.
ps: while i dearly love my information systems, i’m not sure my webpage or LJ site needs to be protected as much as any real person,