Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Government exploiting terrorism fears to seize greater power

Via The//Intercept:
Australia’s Prime Minister Gives a Master Class in Exploiting Terrorism Fears to Seize New Powers

It's becoming like I'm more scared of the government at this point...

Some notable quotes from the article:

If you’re an Australian citizen, you have a greater chance of being killed by the following causes than you do by a terrorist attack: slipping in the bathtub and hitting your head; contracting a lethal intestinal illness from the next dinner you eat at a restaurant; being struck by lightning. In the post-9/11 era, there has been no terrorist attack carried out on Australian soil: not one. The attack that most affected Australians was the 2002 bombing of a nightclub in Bali which killed 88 of its citizens; that was 12 years ago.
Like the US for the weeks, months, and even years after 9/11, Australia’s political system appears completely inebriated with hysteria, fear and power-hunger completely out of proportion to the ostensible risk to be addressed.

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