Terror laws target ‘thought crimes’ by Colin Mitchell

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Posted with permission from Green Left Weekly

by Colin Mitchell
Green Left
25 October 2009

It is a pattern that is being repeated over and over worldwide. Security agencies conduct secret surveillance of suspects, record their conversations, then convict them under anti-terrorism laws so broad that expressions of opinion and radical talk are sufficient to define a terrorist.

No actual plans to carry out any terrorist act are required.

So it is that five Sydney men were found guilty on October 16 of conspiring to commit an act or acts in preparation for a terrorist act.

There was no unambiguous evidence of any physical steps taken towards committing any terrorist act.

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