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Originally posted by Mayet
This was expected.
...If one believed in conspiracy theories they could look suspiciously at this video tape in light of the Australian government currently pushing through new terror laws that they wish the public to accept. This tape may serve to sway minds into accepting the legislation.
Originally posted by Mayet
Australia would not be a terror target or as high on the agenda had she not sent those troops overseas and backed the Bush administrations "War On Terror".
Originally posted by subz
They werent out to slaughter us pre-1949 now where they?
Founded in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna, the Egyptian Brotherhood quickly became a large charitable and educational organisation as well as a major political opposition group, campaigning against political and social injustice and British imperial rule, and promoting a conception of Islam that attempted to restore broken links between tradition and modernity. By the end of the 1940s, it is thought to have had as many as a million members.
The Virtual Reality Centre at RMIT University recently produced a prototype simulation for NSW State Rail to train staff to respond appropriately in an emergency. A virtual 3-D model of a Sydney underground station was constructed so trainees could role-play during different scenarios, "experiencing the panic, reduced vision and stress of an evacuation procedure".
PRIME Minister John Howard said a videotape purportedly from an al-Qaeda operative that warns Melbourne will be the target of a terrorist attack may be genuine.
The tape, obtained in Pakistan by America's ABC News, shows a masked US-born member of al-Qaida – believed to be Californian man Adam Gadahn – threatening attacks on Melbourne and Los Angeles, "Allah willing".
Australian authorities are investigating the videotape.
Mr Howard said it may turn out to be real, but pointed out that Gadahn has made previous threats that have not come to fruition.
"It could well be authentic," Mr Howard said on arrival in New York tonight, the fourth anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks.
"But it could also be the case that the person who has made these comments in the past has not, how shall I put it, demonstrated to have had the capacity to deliver through on those statements.
"Clearly our country has been a terrorist target long before the 11th of September, 2001.
Victorian Premier Steve Bracks has urged Melburnians to go about their business as usual, as security agencies investigate a video that names the city as a terrorist target.
The video, aired on America's ABC network, shows a suspected Al Qaeda member threatening more attacks.
The man, who is thought to be American Adam Gadahn, lists Melbourne and the US city of Los Angeles as terrorist targets.
Mr Bracks says the video is designed to spread fear.
"The public in Victoria can be assured that we have the best possible preventative intelligence systems that we can have," he said.
Prime Minister John Howard says the possible threat underlines the need for stronger anti-terrorism laws but he cautions that the threat has yet to be verified.
Originally posted by FlyersFan
They want you dead. That's all there is to it. It has nothing to do with backing the war on terror or not. Even if you didn't, they STILL would want you dead.
Originally posted by Nventual
Australia's always been a target I thought, but I feel a bit worse now that the target's specifically the City I live in.
Why not Sydney?