In Australia a man is removed from a flight for writing the word “terrorism” : So the new era of absurdity, farce and lies begin.
Oliver Buckworth, a 28-year-old Melbourne-based interior designer was removed from a Tiger flight bound for the Gold Coast after a fellow passenger saw his doodles and deemed them to be “terror” doodles, whatever ever the fuck a terror doodle is. It’s frightening and threatening statements and doodles like this got him booted off the plane.
“In a land of melting ice-creams, sandy feet and fluffy bears, how could anyone be fearful of terrorism?”
A sketch of a chandelier; the phrase “Terrorismadeup”; and a cartoon of a child clutching his head with a thought bubble saying: “Tyrannosaurus Rex. Terodactyl. Tarantula. Terrorist.”
The surreal nature of what happened wasn’t lost on Buckworth, as he said:
“The irony is, I was writing a sentence about the absurdity of the fear-mongering, when we live in such a happy country of ice-cream and beaches and fluffy things.”
So, not even in the space of a week, just writing the word “terrorism” on a laptop or a piece of paper is enough to be escorted from a plane, miss your flight and have to answer to police.
I would like to know why the airline themselves and the person reporting the “terror” threat weren’t arrested for wasting the police’s time and resources? Seriously, who was the moron in charge of that flight that ordered Buckworth to be removed? He or she should be automatically elevated to Australian’s top 10 dumbest humans. Why didn’t they, upon listening to this paranoid and panicked sticky-beaks evidence of “terror doodles”, tell that nosey parker to shut the fuck up and sit the fuck down? What level of analysis and investigation was required to ascertain that this person was actually writing about how absurd the “fear of terror” has become and explain to this dip-shit, that writing the word “terror “or “terrorism”, is not the same as actual “terrorism”.
I can’t help thinking the police must have arrived and in less than 2 minutes, they must have thought “You got to be fucking kidding me.” So why isn’t the media lampooning, naming and shaming the fearful imbeciles who instigated the whole thing? The reason is that it is seen better to be a “safe than sorry” kind of situation. That, as of last week, home-grown terror is alive and kicking down under. Its responsible citizens like bird-brain here and his accomplices that are doing their civic duties by reporting on the filmiest and most farcical of imaginary threats. And this is only the beginning.
I genuinely feel for what the Muslim community in Australia is going to have to put up with in the coming months. For them, it will feel like 9/11 all over again, which is exactly the divisive and fearful mind-set Tony Abbott is happily nurturing and fuelling. As “fear” is the great distraction according to corporate and state agendas and carefully executed under its dark shadow. In the wake of last week’s arrest, we already we see this process under way. Somehow, this immediate “threat “justifies re-writing all our laws on how we combat terrorism, unsurprisingly giving the police more power and even less accountability.
“Under the proposed counter-terrorism laws, radical preachers who encourage others to engage in extremist acts could be jailed for up to five years.
How “encourage” is legally defined is ambiguous. What constitutes this as an extreme act? A hunger strike? A sit-in protest? An invasion of foreign country?
Police would also be given the power to conduct what amounts to covert search warrants on terrorism suspects’ properties, enabling them to delay notification of a search warrant for up to six months.
This a long winded way of saying the police will now be able to conduct warrantless snooping and spying on any person by pencilling the word “terror threat” 6 months down the track.
A new offence would also make it illegal for anyone to advocate a terrorist act, even if the act did not occur.
This type of blurry legislation opens the door for all sorts of twisted interpretations. As what is it to “advocate” and what is a “terrorist act”? Is sympathising the same as advocating? Where does our right to free speech fit into all of this? Is defending yourself from an invading army, self-defence or terror? Are Australian planes bombing and killing civilians in ISIS controlled Iraq defined as terror acts? Can Tony Abbott go to jail for encouraging such acts?
History shows us that the more power that is given to those in power, the more power will be abused. Once new power is granted, it is not easily or willingly let go. Laws that were exclusively for the “terrorist bad guys” can be eventually used to control dissent and opposition to those in power.
As we move closer toward a hybrid fusion of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” and Orwell’s “1984”, I really hope there is enough Australians that see through this facade and prevent even further encroachments on our freedom and liberties. Here is hoping.