ASIO boss has already forgotten Lindt lessons

I hate to tell the ASIO Director General that he’s wrong. But he’s wrong.

And he’s not doing his job.

That means he’s not protecting the people he’s supposed to: Australians.

In news that is as unsurprising as it is concerning, ASIO Director General Duncan Lewis has informed parliament that:

“I have absolutely no evidence to suggest there’s a connection between refugees and terrorism”

You can’t make this stuff up. The day before Lewis waffled this rubbish at a Senate hearing, the New South Wales Coroner released his report into the Lindt Café terrorist attack. This is what he found:

“On 18 November, Monis applied for a protection visa, claiming to be a political refugee. He was granted a bridging visa while this application was considered.”

Whatever Duncan Lewis is doing as ASIO Head Honcho, he’s doing it wrong. That organisation is in serious need of a shake up because its mistakes allowed Monis to walk into the Lindt Café with a shotgun – just days after ASIO assessed 18 complaints it had received about Monis.

The complaints were dismissed after a preliminary assessment. It found Monis was not a threat.

Even the ABC is reporting what Lewis will not: terrorists attempted to infiltrate Australia’s 12,000 refugee placements from Syria:

More than 500 refugee applications were rejected on security grounds last year – about 5% of the nation’s total refugee intake:

The Federal Government has refused entry to more than 500 Syrian and Iraqi refugees over the last year because they failed security checks.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the Government used intelligence from security allies, including the United States, to make the security assessments.

Some of those rejected were part of 12,000 Syrian refugees being resettled in Australia.

And then there’s this from Manchester – remember, the place where kids were blown up earlier this week?

Suicide bomber Salman Abedi is believed to have travelled to Syria and become radicalised before returning to the UK to cause carnage at a gig in the city where he was born.

The son of Libyan parents, who reportedly fled their native country and sought refuge in the UK, he is thought to have come back to Britain from Libya just days before the massacre.

In more comforting news, Duncan Lewis also informed parliament that 1 of the 12 thwarted terrorist attacks since 2014 was from a ‘right-wing extremist’ and that, as a result, not all terrorist attacks were by Muslims.

How nice. But we still have a long way to go before we cut through the burka ceiling and become an equal opportunity terrorist nation…

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of eight children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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