In case I’ve ever lent you anything…

July 30th, 2007


So the Australian authorities have released Dr. Mohamed Haneef.

I thought it odd at the time of his arrest that he had been accused of providing “reckless support to terrorism” because he had given a SIM card to his cousin, who in turn has been accused of involvement in the attempted attack on Glasgow airport. It seemed a tenuous link.

So if I spot someone the price of a cup of coffee one afternoon and that person uses the caffeine within that cup of coffee to keep himself awake while he learns to build an atom bomb on www.buildyourownatombomb.com*, am I guilty of recklessly supporting terrorism? According to the Australians I am.

And they seem such down-to-earth people.

Grandmothers everywhere beware! If your grandson is a potential terrorist and you make him a sandwich, you could be up on charges!

* Don’t bother clicking. There is no such website.

2 Responses to “In case I’ve ever lent you anything…”

  1. wychwoodon 06 Aug 2007 at

    About the Dr Haneef case, bits of evidence/reasons etc have emerged over the last couple of weeks to build reasonable suspicion of the young doctor -including apparently some documents from India – enough for the Minister to deny his visa ( a restriction which I think has now been lifted). this has been a HUGE issue in the media, still is being discussed avidly.
    Frankly it’s taken a pretty bizarre direction – Hneef has received $150 000 from 60 Minutes for an interview and he seems to want to live in Australia. there’s a civil rights demo on shortly here too to protest about his arrest and the anti-terror laws.
    Not all Aussies are down-to-earth, sad to say.

  2. Declan Chellaron 06 Aug 2007 at

    Apart from the police’s apparent botching of the evidence (namely, stating that Dr. Haneef’s SIM card had been found in the burning car in Glasgow when it had actually been found in Liverpool; and stating that he had provided no reason for his one-way ticket to India, when he had actually told them his wife had just given birth)…

    And putting aside the oddity of a government minister intervening in a judicial case…

    The strange thing for me about all this was the actual charge of “reckless support for terrorism”, which seems to be based on the notion, in this case, that if you lend something innocuous to someone who turns out to be a terrorist, then you are somehow guilty of a crime.

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