Australia Set To Overhaul Anti-Terror Laws In Response To ISIS Threat


Responding to a rising domestic threat posed by militant Islamists, and to prevent its citizens from going overseas to fight for the Islamic State group, the Australian government on Monday announced a massive overhaul of its counter-terrorism laws, according to media reports.

Under the proposed laws, which will be introduced in the senate Wednesday, it would be a crime for an Australian citizen to travel to a country designated as a “no-go zone” by the government, according to media reports. The burden of proof would then lie on the accused to prove that they were in the region for a legitimate reason. Announcing the new measures on Monday, Attorney General George Brandis told reporters in Canberra that the law will contain exemptions for journalists and those visiting family members.

The move by the Australian government comes at a time when a number of Australian citizens have been accused of fighting overseas for the Islamic State group, formerly known as ISIS. In July, an Australian suicide bomber reportedly killed three people in an attack in Baghdad. Later in the same month, a Twitter account linked to the Islamic State published pictures of two Australian citizens holding beheaded corpses and heads of five Syrian soldiers reportedly killed in Syria’s Raqqa province.

Brandis also stated that the new laws include specific clauses prohibiting intelligence operatives from engaging in torturing suspects.

So any country, for any reason, can be designated a “no-go” zone and if you’re caught going to that country you’re not only committing a crime, but you become a suspected terrorist.

This is the world you chose.


Right now, prisoners over 50 make up about 18 percent of the total U.S. federal prison population. That may seem like a small share, but the costs of caring for these inmates are much larger than for their younger counterparts—and their numbers are only expected to balloon, says Bryce Peterson, a research associate at the Urban Institute and one of the report’s authors.

In 1994, prisoners over 50 made up only 12 percent of the total U.S. federal prison population. In the intervening years, the number of seniors in prison has increased 330 percent. It’s the fastest growing age group in the federal prison population, as the report notes.

Some data put the per-older prisoner cost at double that of a younger offender, though other research suggests it can be as much as five times the typical amount.

The main reason for the variance is obvious: older people have more health care needs. But compounding the issue is that the “physiological” age of the average prisoner—due to the stress of being incarcerated—can be as much as 15 years higher than their actual age, Peterson says, so medical issues for inmates can easily multiply at a younger age than the typical American. Older prisoners need more help doing everyday activities and are more likely to be victimized by fellow prisoners, all of which translates to increased costs.



Streets in New York City and other towns were taken over by marchers Sunday in what organizers called the largest climate change protest in history. The People’s Climate March was timed to draw the notice of world leaders gathering for this week’s U.N. Climate Summit.

Overall, organizers estimated around 310,000 people joined the New York march alone. Protesters elsewhere also celebrated large turnouts. A Twitter feed at the march’s website showed crowds of demonstrators marching in Perth and Melbourne, in London and Dublin, and in Johannesburg and Tanzania.

So we are all in agreement that this entire demonstration was staged/paid for, right? This many people come out to protest this, but won’t protest the war criminals on Capitol Hill? ya right