Sep 25 2014
Oh, BOO HOO…For Australian Muslims, the recent anti-Islamic terror raids and resulting security crackdown is code for “racial profiling”
Oh, really? What ‘race’ is Islam? It should more appropriately be called ‘Muslim terrorist profiling.’
Business Insider Australian Muslims say their community is being unfairly targeted by law enforcement and threatened by right-wing groups, as the government’s tough new policies aimed at combating radical Islamists threaten to create a backlash. Authorities are on high alert since massive counter-terrorism raids last week thwarted what the government said was a plot by the Islamic State militant group to publicly behead a random member of the public.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is seeking broad new security powers to combat the threat posed by radical groups, and policing has been tightened in public places such as Parliament House, sporting events and airports. Abbott insists the measures are not meant to target Muslims, but Sydney-based criminal defense attorney Adam Houda says it is already clear that they have resulted in racial profiling. (What ‘race’ is Islam?)
He gave as one example three bearded Muslim men detained in Sydney on Friday at a rugby game after a spectator told police they were using their mobile phones “suspiciously”. “The objective facts are they were pin-pointed because of their appearance,” Houda told Reuters. “If they were spoken to because they were playing with their phones, well then that’s just ridiculous.” (It’s not racial profiling, it’s Muslim profiling and more than warranted. Get used to it or leave.)
Earlier this week, Abbott warned Australians the balance between freedom and security “may have to shift”, as he outlined broad new powers to crack down on suspected militant activity. Abbott said that at least 60 Australians were in the Middle East fighting for Islamic State or other militant groups, and a further 100 Australian citizens supported the groups.
At least 20 are believed by authorities to have returned to Australia and pose a security risk, and earlier this month the national security agency for the first time raised its four-tier threat level to “high”.
Airports have become a flashpoint of the increased security, and many Muslims say they are being singled out for lengthy and extensive searches. Australia’s Grand Mufti, Ibrahim Abu Mohammad, said on Friday he was considering legal action after a senior imam, a Muslim priest, was detained for more than two hours, causing him to miss his flight to Saudi Arabia for the annual Haj pilgrimage. (Awwwww)
“It is totally unacceptable for any Australian citizen, let alone a senior member of ANIC to be subjected to this seemingly random yet profiled manner causing severe stress and unwanted inconvenience,” he said in a statement, referring to the Australian National Council of Imams. (It isn’t random, it’s Muslim)
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement that officers would try not to inconvenience Muslims traveling to undertake the Haj, but urged patience. “Security will have priority over passenger processing at airports,” he said.
Houda says he is considering filing a class action lawsuit on behalf of about 20 people detained at airports and questioned about links to terrorism.
“The prime minister keeps reminding us that the laws that he keeps trying to pass are not about targeting Muslims but what is the practical effect? 100 percent of the targets are Muslims,” he said. “So it’s not sending out a great message to the Muslim community, it is in fact alienating them and creating division and problems.” (That’s the idea)
As concerns about security have grown within the broader community, so too has the antipathy being expressed toward the Muslim population. Tensions have grown after police shot and killed a Muslim teenager in Melbourne on Tuesday night when he stabbed two officers. The 18-year-old had apparently displayed a flag linked to Islamic State at a local shopping mall and had been “of interest” to police for months, police said.
Mariam Veiszadeh, who runs a group called Islamophobia Register, told reporters that race-related incidents were on the rise. (It has nothing to do with your race but everything to do with your barbaric religion)
In the video below, non-Muslim men dress up in burqas to test out Australian security protocols which causes real Muslims to go all Muslim in their outrage.