Dire warning terrorists plan attacks on Australia after being radicalized by seeing extremist material during lockdown
- Home Secretary Karen Andrews warns terrorist attacks could be planned
- Follows radicalization of potential extremists after viewing material on dark web
- Says lockdown more people spent time online and threat of attack increased
- Controlled individuals and groups who have the intent and ability to attack
- Australia’s terror threat level has remained at ‘probable’ since 2014
Home Secretary Karen Andrews has issued a terror warning to Australians, claiming the lockdown has exposed citizens to extremist material online.
She said the threat of attack had increased as many Australians incarcerated were spending more time at home, where would-be extremists had access to radical material on the dark web.
There are individuals or groups that agencies have credible information about who have the intent and ability to carry out a terrorist attack in Australia, she said.
Home Secretary Karen Andrews (pictured) stated that the threat of a terror attack in Australia has increased as more people are radicalized by being exposed to extremist material online during the lockdown
A 24-year-old man (pictured) was arrested in June 2021 following joint terrorist raids in Chester Hill and Sefton after collecting a large amount of extremist material and in possession of several improvised explosive recipes. Police claim the man’s rhetoric escalated online
“We do know that during COVID, people have spent a lot of time at home, a lot of time online and some people have been looking at things they shouldn’t be looking at,” she told IPS. sunrise on Tuesday morning.
“So we know that radicalization has increased.”
While Australia’s terror threat level has remained at ‘probable’ since 2014, Ms Andrews said it is a threat they take very seriously as they know that radicalization has increased as people sought out this material during the lockdown.
She also said that especially with what is happening in Afghanistan and abroad, this level of threat is not taken lightly.
The minister described Australian intelligence as “one of the world’s best” and said they are monitoring situations at home and abroad
A gunman killed 50 worshipers at the Al Noor Masjid and Linwood Masjid in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March 2019. A 28-year-old Australian man was charged with murder
The minister described Australia’s intelligence as “one of the best in the world” and noted that they keep a close eye on what’s happening at home and abroad, while the authorities “are doing everything they can to ensure Australians are safe and secure.” are held’.
In the coming weeks, Ms Andrews will meet with Commonwealth, State and Territory Police Forces to discuss handling of what she calls a significant threat development.
This parallels the 51 delinquents currently in prison charged with terror-related crimes, who will be released in the coming years. Ms Andrews says there is legislation pending in Parliament that would allow extensive surveillance so that authorities can monitor these people closely.
“Again, it’s all about keeping Australia safe,” she noted.
Another Albury teenager was arrested in December 2020 by the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team who is expected to be charged with terrorism-related offenses