Why did we take their passports off them?

The Australian Security and intelligence Organisation (ASIO) has released details that show that jihadist tourists looking for a fight in the Middle East are dying just as quick as they get there.

Make you wonder if we have done the right thing in stopping these scumbags buggering off for a jihadist adventure.

It seems it is a one way trip to “paradise”.

Australians going to fight with extremist groups in the Middle East are dying as fast as they are arriving, meaning that the total number of fighters has remained stable at about 70, security agency ASIO has revealed.

ASIO deputy director-general Kerri Hartland told a Senate hearing on Thursday that the organisation knew of at least 20 Australians who have now been killed in Syria and Iraq while fighting with groups such as the Islamic State.

“The overall number of Australians currently fighting with or supporting Islamic extremist groups in Syria and Iraq has remained consistent over recent months,” Ms Hartland said.

“However, this does not reflect a reduction in the number of Australian travellers. Instead it reflects the relatively high casualty rate for Australians, with the numbers of new arrivals roughly keeping pace with the fatalities.”

Oh dear, how sad, never mind.

Ms Hartland also revealed ASIO had recommended to the foreign minister the cancellation of nearly 100 passports of Australians they suspected of wanting to fight in the Syria-Iraq conflict, with about half of those cases this year alone.

The government’s policy of cancelling passports came under fire from Queensland Liberal-National Senator Barry O’Sullivan, who said most ordinary voters would rather the government let them go.

“If I’ve got a frustrated terrorist, my preference would be to have the frustrated terrorist somewhere else other than within Australia,” he told the committee.

Senator O’Sullivan said “most freethinking voters” felt that if people were suspected of being terrorists they should be arrested or, if there was not sufficient evidence to arrest them, they should be allowed to travel.

He said Australians were worried about “frustrated” extremists returning to the suburbs after being prevented from travelling.

“The average punter would be happy for you to let them go, in fact encourage them … That’s the mood down here in punter land,” he said.

Yep, let them go. What is ironic is that it may well be their own SAS dispatching them.

 

– SMH


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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