4:42am – Anytown, Australia – your front door
knock knock knock knock knock knock BAM BAM BAM
"mmph. Who is it? Who’s there?"
"ASIO. We’re coming in to search your house, mate."
"What? Have you got a warrant?"
"ASIO doesn’t need a warrant. Open the door- now."
"Now hold on just one minute. I’m calling my lawyer."
"No, mate. Terrorism law says you can’t talk to a lawyer."
"TERRORISM LAW! What the bloody hell are you on about?!"
"We have information you’re planning to blow up the Sydney Harbour Bridge."
"STREWTH, mate! What for? As if peak hour traffic isn’t bloody bad enough! I’m not planning to blow anything up and I don’t know anyone who would, either!"
"That’s what all ya terrorist bastards say. We know what you’re up to. We know all about it and you better tell us everything."
"Flamin hell! I have no idea who’d blow up the bloody bridge! How can I tell you something I don’t know? Who the hell d’yer think I am, Schapelle Corby?"
"Right, mate, out of the way, we’re coming in."
TROMP TROMP TROMP TROMP crunch TROMP TROMP rustle TROMP TROMP TROMP tinkle TROMP TROMP riffle TROMP TROMP TROMP
"Bloody oath, I’m callin’ Channel Seven, I am, mate!"
"Ya do and you’ll be sharing a cell with Milat. Non-cooperation and exposing an ASIO operation will get ya 5 years."
"Okay, mate, you’re coming with us."
"Well hang on, let me call me mum to watch the bubs."
"NO PHONE CALLS. You won’t be talking to anyone for a few days."
"Well, come on, kids, get your teddies, we’re going to prison!"
"DOCS will take your children into care."
clickkkk clickkkkk drag drag drag drag drag scuff drag drag step up the back of the van, willya mate drag scuff scuff mind ya head mate SLAM click
"Bloody Harbour Bridge!! I couldn’t give a stuff…. but I might be persuaded to do something about them bloody tollgates, though…"
Just like that- you’re disappeared. No information of just cause to search, no right to have legal counsel present during questioning, no right to contact your family to assure them you’ve not just been Falconio’ed. Under the 2002 terrorism laws, this scenario is entirely legal.
Australia has absolutely no room to criticise China on human rights with laws like this.
At least Australia is a relatively wealthy country compared to PRC. Perhaps ASIO won’t send your family a bill for the bullet used to execute you after a secret trial.
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