Big raids in the Australia arresting 17 people for planning a terrorist attack. And last week changes to the laws actually makes a little sense.* It is good to see these guys off the street.
They seem to have caught what seems to be the village idiots of the Australian Islamic community. The ones arrested in Melbourne are the ones who went on Sixty Minutes declaring death to infidel. As someone on the radio this morning pointed out, they are a fringe group of a fringe group of a group on the margins. The leader of the group only had nine followers in Melbourne and they have arrest eight of them.
Plus I am not sure if these clowns were up to the level of skill required to make a decent explosiveIt is a bit like getting the drug mules and not catching the dealer. The suicide bombers are a dime a dozen but a decent bomb maker is a lot harder to come up with. The second wave of attacks in London showed that a crap bomb maker can easily screw up.
What my worry is, is these guys are easy ones to catch as they are not really smart about what they were doing. The greater risk is those with brains who keep quiet and are not the ones who are easy to watch.
*The need for the change from "the terrorist act" to "a terrorist act" would suggest that the guys caught were not as advanced as claimed. If they had been observed for 18 months, the authorities clearly knew they were up to no good early.