Philobiblon: Leave it to the rats

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Leave it to the rats

Australia plans to take away even more human rights - the right to life of anyone who's known a terrorist, however, innocently. (That's not me saying that, but the Law Society of NSW, hardly a radical group). From the Sydney Morning Herald:

Mr McIntyre told ABC Radio that police would be able to obtain a preventative detention order "without a person being reasonably suspected of committing of an offence".
The orders may only have been granted on the basis that the person is an associate of someone suspected of possible involvement in terrorist activities, he said.
"If the [police] are armed with one of these [orders] ... and if this person attempts to flee the arrest, he can be shot and fatally shot," Mr McIntyre said.
"The police might knock on the door and [the person] might leg it out the back door without even being told why the police are there, and under these provisions they can be called on to stop and if they don't stop, they can be shot."

But that's enough depressing news for the day. Instead, you might prefer an interesting read, a psychologist's conclusions about religion, or the wonderful story of the rat that, despite being fitted with a radio-tracker, managed to give "a whole team of expert rat-catchers" the run-around for 18 months.

They used to say that cockroaches would take over the world, but I think my money might be on order rodentia.


Anonymous Kate said...

Yes, these new terror laws suck. Unfortunately, we have no-one in power willing to appear 'soft' on terrorism, not even our supposedly leftist opposition party, and so it seems the laws will pass.

I found your blog via the Carnival of the Feminists, BTW, and I think it's good stuff.

10/21/2005 08:12:00 am  
Blogger Natalie Bennett said...

Thanks, and I just found yours, and will be back!

10/21/2005 02:40:00 pm  

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