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australia raises alert level
« on: September 09, 2014, 08:02:20 AM »
ASIO seriously considering raising Australia's terror threat level to high7.30      Updated    9 Sep 2014, 9:43pmTue 9 Sep 2014, 9:43pm Video: ASIO considers raising Australia's terrorism threat level(7.30)Australian Security Intelligence Organisation director David Irvine        Photo:       'Elevated level of concern' ... ASIO head David Irvine (AAP: Alan Porritt)Related Story:       Britain raises terrorism threat level to 'severe'Related Story:       Arrest warrant issued for jihadist Mohammad Ali BaryaleiMap:         AustraliaThe head of Australia's domestic spy agency, David Irvine, says the country's official terror threat level could be upgraded in the next few days.
ASIO's director-general has told the ABC's 7.30 that the threat had been building in Australia over the past year and he had an "elevated level of concern".
The threat has been at medium since 2003, which means an attack is possible and could occur.Australia's terror threat levels
  • Low: terrorist attack is not expected
  • Medium: terrorist attack could occur
  • High: terrorist attack is likely
  • Extreme: terror attack is imminent or has occurred

Source: ASIO
 
If it is raised to high, it means an attack is likely.
Mr Irvine, who retires from the job at the end of the week, said he was "actively considering" increasing the terror threat level.
"I would say that at the moment it is at a very elevated level of medium," he said.
"I'm certainly contemplating very seriously the notion of lifting it higher because of the numbers of people we are now having to be concerned about in Australia, because of the influence of Syria and Iraq on young Australians both in terms of going to those places to fight, but also in terms of what they are doing here in Australia with a potential intent to attack."
Mr Irvine said there were more than 20 people in Australia who had fought in Iraq and Syria and posed a threat to national security, however, he declined to confirm whether all those thought to be engaging in or supporting jihad overseas were under active surveillance.
"You can rest assured that the Australian authorities know what they're looking at and are taking very appropriate steps to monitor the situation and you can also be assured that if we see something developing or in fact evidence of a crime already having been committed then we're going to move quickly to nip that in the bud," he said. Video: How will President Obama tackle the new terrorism threat of IS?(7.30)
"The other thing I can say is certainly in recent months we've had quite heightened operational activity because of the numbers of people involved and so on and the Government has recently given us additional resources to try to cope with that increased problem."
Mr Irvine said that although Australia had been involved in arming the outgunned Kurdish opponents of Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, it was unlikely that it would contribute to an elevated terror threat. 
"That's a sort of a popular line that you hear, but the fact is that Australia has been named as a terrorist target in Al Qaeda publications and the like for a number of years," he said.
"And current Al Qaeda, Jabhat al-Nusra, propaganda and talk is of continuing to conduct terrorist attacks in the West including in Australia. So we do have to be concerned."
A former senior intelligence agent says the number of foreigners travelling to Iraq and Syria to join jihadist groups is staggering.
In the last three years around 12,000 foreign fighters have left their homes in Europe, the US and the Middle East to join groups in Iraq and Syria.
Robert McFadden has investigated and interrogated members of Al Qaeda and said it is almost impossible to track the movements of new jihadists.
"Because there are so many legitimate and... ways to get into Syria, a passport stamp that goes through Europe and into Turkey for example, on any given day just the sheer numbers are just staggering," he said.More on this story:
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Re: australia raises alert level
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2014, 08:58:28 AM »
I guess that with all that is happening we too should worry
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Re: australia raises alert level
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2014, 09:14:37 AM »
Canada has also been named in Al Qaeda literature for several years. No need to think we will be immune. 9/11 is coming!!!!