posted on May, 11 2006 @ 09:23 PM
It certainly was an interesting series of developments. It is hard, at this point, to determine whether or not this individual was a dedicated
terrorist or terrorist sympathiser or whether he was simply insane or seeking attention. Either way, he's going to be charged under the Australian
Government's tough new anti-terrorism laws.
In terms of our relative safety and the ability of security and counter-terrorism organisations to protect us, of course things are bound to slip
through the cracks. After all, you can't watch everybody. Nor, for that matter, should you. However, the very fact that he was caught and wasn't
able to put his bombs to any kind of use suggests that these organisations are doing a pretty good job, in my opinion. I'm sure that lone, random
crazies are far harder to keep track off than larger, more organised cells. This must especially be the case if these individuals defy profiling - is
the individual caucasian?
It will be interesting to see what becomes of this guy, although his goose is pretty much cooked. It's kind of difficult to plead not guilty when the
police can wheel in your bombs and terrorist-related literature.
Oh, did you see the excuse he posited for the bombs' existence? They were to be used in a film he was shooting. Good grief.
Edit: Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty has now stated that there is no reason to believe the individual has links to any broader
[edit on 11/5/06 by Jeremiah25]