SYMPATHISING with a terrorist organisation is now a "thought crime" in Australia, say human rights lawyers concerned about the use of anti-terrorism laws against Gold Coast-based doctor Mohammed Haneef.
So you have to form thoughts. That pretty much puts Paris, Lindsay, Brittney and Bush in safe territory.
Now, now, let's not panic. Nothing like that could ever happen here.
They warn the case against Haneef, an Indian national who ...yesterday became the first person to be charged in Australia with "recklessly" supporting a terrorist organisation, leaves thousands of people open to similar charges if they show even "a minute level of support to a terrorist organisation".Haneef was charged after leaving his mobile phone SIM card with two cousins allegedly involved in the recent British car bomb attacks. [...]
...new laws fail to strike a balance between the rights of the accused and those of the state. [...]Too late.
"If you were to send an email to al-Qaeda in Pakistan, and the email expresses support for a planned future attack you could be charged with providing support to a terrorist organisation," said Mr Barns, a barrister who is appearing in a Melbourne terrorism-related trial.
"In other words, you can be convicted of what is essentially, in these examples, thought crimes. It potentially catches anyone who provides even a minute level of support to a terrorist organisation anywhere in the world."
Think happy thoughts, think happy thoughts....