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Originally posted by Indy
Fred... what would you call trying to bring down a jet? Terrorists as our government defines it means an Arab.
he should face terrorism charges plus an attempted murder charge for each person on that jet.
Originally posted by specialasianX
This is ridiculous... i hope Australia doesnt ever impose a stupid law like this.
Many fear that ASIO will use its new powers to attack vulnerable and marginalised sectors of society and political dissidents, just as the USAPATRIOT Act has been used by the FBI to conduct investigations unconnected with terrorism and Malaysia's Internal Security Act has been used to imprison hundreds of trade unionists, political activists and civil libertarians.
The right to remain silent and a person's right not be arrested without there being suspicion that they have committed a crime are two central tenets of the common law justice system. Both are violated by the new ASIO law, which implies you are guilty until proven innocent.
“These new powers are absolutely the worst in Australia's history in terms of allowing the violation of people's basic rights and liberties .”
“Commonwealth legislators should hang their heads in shame for allowing ASIO the legal power to kidnap and interrogate ordinary innocent Australians.”
"ASIO will now be legally able to operate just like the KGB."
“The focus of these New ASIO powers will clearly be against innocent non-suspects such as journalists, religious figures, doctors, teachers or charity workers who, during their work, inadvertently come into contact with a person that ASIO wants to know about. They will be arrested and interrogated - forced to break their confidentiality or go to jail."
“ASIO will now be able to arrest innocent people, in the dead of night, and hold them for questioning indefinitely, without even their family knowing their whereabouts.”
“These powers go much further than anything either contemplated, or in place, in the United States or the United Kingdom."
"In the US and UK they have human right laws, or a bill of rights, to protect people against abuses of power such as these, unfortunately we do not, and therefore we have no real safeguards."
Originally posted by XL5
The article did not say how long the beam remained in the pilots eyes, laser beams spread out to a bigger diameter over a distance. It could have been 1-2feet across when it entered the window when its nose was pointing down
Then, on Friday, a helicopter carrying Port Authority detectives was hit by a laser beam as its crew surveyed the area to try to pinpoint the origin of the original beam.
He was charged yesterday with interfering with the operator of a mass transportation vehicle and making false statements to the FBI. He faces up to 25 years in prison and fines of up to $500,000 if convicted.
This could have caused whats knows as a "Mass Casualty Incident" which could have potentially affected hundreds or even more people...this would have put local and state first responders "on alert" as well as had area hospitals calling in staff and what not....this would have cost 10's of thousands of dollars just to mobilize and implement, even if the damage was limited....the activation of first responders alone would have been a huge deal.
Not only was the safety of the pilot and passengers placed in jeopardy by Banach’s actions; so were countless innocent civilians on the ground in this densely populated area.’’
Banach made his initial appearance before a federal magistrate, who released him on $100,000 bail.
So are you trying to imply that the patriot act is somehow responsible for your inferring that he will not get a trial by jury and continued due process under the law?
Yeah, right.. They are just letting him go home until his accomodations are prepared at
Guantanamo Bay Hilton.