Even though I didn’t feel like going anywhere today, I had a job commitment so when the alarm went off at 6.30am, I hesitated…..”I’m too tired” I moaned, and thought about burying my head under the blankets for a bit longer but I had so much to do JUST to get out the door so forced myself to get up. My eldest boy had arrived the night before and was now camping on the trundle bed in my lounge-room…I crept quietly past him and headed to the kitchen to put the kettle on, sent off a couple of emails then finished getting ready.
I would normally have had on the TV to catch the morning news but decided against it…instead I left a few minutes earlier to get a good parking spot. The day went well, and 6 hours later I was on my way back home…so what made news while I was at work?
TERROR RAIDS ACROSS SYDNEY!! My foot just in the door and I was stopped in my tracks to this message which was being broadcast on the afternoon news …plots to execute at random innocent people of the public! Dawn raids were carried out across the suburbs of Sydney in the crack down against the threats of terrorists, now right in our backyards!
To say I am worried, an understatement and can’t help but feel this is now the calm before the storm….we already witnessed the barbaric butchering of the young British soldier at the hands of these evil monsters, and were all rocked to the core when 2 planes were used as weapons to carry out actions we had never realised possible in our world. Now, these “things” (am afraid there is no real word I can use….not in public anyway) are out and about recruiting other people here in Australia…but these people are NOT Australians, they are people of Middle-eastern background living in Australia and I want it known they will NEVER be accepted as “Australians”…not when they threaten to destroy the very fibre that makes up this wonderful country, OR its people!
A touchy subject? Well, I guess they have made us all feel a sense of fear about speaking up but why should we be silent?And WHY should we be expected to bow down to their threats against humanity? Not at all sure what the coming days will bring but I ask all my friends, family and bloggers to join me in ongoing prayer as we head into the unknown.
Here is just one article published late this afternoon:
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says intelligence indicates people in Australia were allegedly planning a public beheading to be carried out in the name of militant group Islamic State.
Mr Abbott’s comments come as police say they have thwarted a “serious act of violence” after arresting 15 people and charging one in the wake of counter-terrorism raids across Sydney and Brisbane on Thursday.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott meets with soldiers in North East Arnhem Land on Thursday.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott meets with soldiers in North East Arnhem Land on Thursday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Fairfax Media understands police will allege that the suspects were planning to snatch and behead a random member of the public, then drape them in the flag of the Islamic State, also known as ISIL.
Mr Abbott, who is in Arnhem Land to fulfil an election pledge to spend a week in a remote community, said on Thursday that a senior member of Islamic State, who is an Australian, had urged supporters at home to carry out “demonstration killings” in Australia, according to intelligence reports.
The Prime Minister was asked about reports that there were plans to conduct public beheadings, and he responded: “That’s the intelligence we received.
Fifteen people have been arrested and one charged in counter-terrorism raids in Sydney and Brisbane.
Fifteen people have been arrested and one charged in counter-terrorism raids in Sydney and Brisbane. Photo: NSW Police Media
“Quite direct exhortations were coming from an Australian who is apparently quite senior in ISIL to networks in Australia to conduct demonstration killings here in this country,” Mr Abbott told reporters.
“So this is not just suspicion, this is intent.”
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said the allegations are “truly horrifying”.
“The reports of what these people were allegedly preparing are truly shocking. Like every Australian it makes me sick to the stomach to think that some of the images that we associate with other parts of the world could possibly occur in our streets,” he said.
One of the men arrested in the morning raids appeared in a Sydney court on Thursday, where prosecutors alleged he was part of a plan to commit an act to “shock, horrify and terrify” the public. He was refused bail.
Earlier on Thursday, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione told reporters in Sydney: “The violence was to be perpetrated on a member of the public on the streets and certainly at this stage was at a very high level.”
But Mr Scipione called for the public to remain “calm”.
“We don’t need to whip this up,” he said. “All of those plans that may have been afoot have been thwarted.
“Today’s operation reflects the reality of the threat we actually face.”
Mr Scipione said it was “of serious concern” that there were people in the “heart of our community” planning attacks, but said “we have in fact disrupted that particular attack”.
Eight hundred police raided properties and cars in the Sydney suburbs of Beecroft, Bellavista, Guildford, Merrylands, Northmead, Wentworthville, Marsfield, Westmead, Castle Hill, Revesby, Bass Hill and Regents Park in what authorities say is the largest counter-terrorism operation in Australia’s history.
Police used 25 search warrants to carry out the raids, which were ongoing on Thursday, and said three people tried to resist arrest. A firearm was seized, but Commissioner Scipione said it was “too early” to assume that would be the only weapon gathered.
Seventy AFP officers were involved in raids in Brisbane but AFP acting assistant commissioner Andrew Colvin said they were not necessarily linked.
“So while the raids in Queensland are not directly related to what’s happened here today in NSW, the investigations continue and we are looking at linkages between the two,” Mr Colvin said.
But Mr Colvin said Thursday’s raids were a “follow-up” to last week’s arrests in Brisbane.
NSW Police are launching a new operation, in which 200 police will be sent to areas where attacks may occur.
“We won’t be tolerating any misbehaviour on the streets,” the NSW Police Commissioner warned.
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday that the scale of the operation “demonstrates the very real threat that’s there, and the incredibly good work which is being done by the agencies”.
He said the government was being strong in dealing with the threat both at home and abroad.
“I think this just demonstrates again that we are dealing with something that is very real here, the government knows that, we’re responding accordingly,” he said.
Last week the government raised the terror alert level to “high” meaning an attack is considered “likely”.
The government said at the time they had detected no “particular plots”.
But Mr Abbott said Friday’s increase in the threat level was not directly linked to this weeks’ raids.
“The scale and the tempo of anti-terror investigations had been increasing for many, many, months so the decision that was made a week ago to raise the terror threat level was something that was many, many weeks, even months in the making,” Mr Abbott said.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/public-beheading-fears-tony-abbott-confirms-police-believed-terrorists-planned-demonstration-killings-20140918-10ilyq.html#ixzz3DejqfgIQ