Rail and Present Danger?

I wondered why there were so many police and so many cameramen at Central Station tonight. Turns out that police received a tip off that someone was going to try and leave a package on the train tonight, however the authorities are at pain to reassure us that we are safe.

“I want to make it quite clear this is not a terrorist alert, there is no actual threat to the rail network or to any other persons,” Mr Adams told reporters in Sydney.

“And there have been no demands made by anyone.”

Mr Adams said police had decided to publicly release this information to avoid potential criticism that the community was not alerted and could not make their own informed decisions about train travel.

“I don’t want anyone to panic out there. I want to reassure you that the rail network, in our opinion, is safe,” Mr Adams said.

So we are safe, only not really. Other reports say that the attacks in Jakarta were aimed at Australians in particular, Al-Qaeda has threatened that Australia is next on it’s list of targets and the Prime Minister concedes that Qantas jets may be at risk in the UK.

From the SMH:
The new threat came as the director general of ASIO, Dennis Richardson, said that Australia’s “close alliance” with the US has contributed to it being a target for terrorists.

And it was “only a matter of time” before there was a “catastrophic” – chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear – terrorist attack.

Mr Richardson made the comments at an off-the-record briefing to the annual conference of the Pacific Area Newspaper Publisher’s Association last week, but decided to make his remarks public yesterday.

He told the conference “there is a genuine concern that a catastrophic attack is a certainty and only a matter of time – a point on which I am inclined to agree”.

“The fact that we are in close alliance with the US and the fact that we were early and actively engaged in the war on terrorism does contribute to us being a target,” he said. [my emphasis]

Really? But in the lead up to war, weren’t we being told that our involvement would not significantly increase the risk of terrorist attacks aimed at Australians? It seems we were misled.

Funny, that.

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