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ASIO Apprehend Alleged Bomb Threat Emailer

I’ve received an interesting tipoff from an extremely reliable source…it would appear that ASIO (The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation) recently apprehended a man they suspect of emailing bomb threats from a Canberra Internet Cafe.

My source had this to say:

recently a man was apprehended in the Barracks for emailing bomb threats to places regarding him wanting Big Brother to be taken off the air

I will stress that at this stage it is only alleged that the aprehended man emailed bomb threats, also for those of you who don’t know, The Barracks is a LAN Games/Internet Cafe in Civic.

I suspect that this was a lengthy operation by ASIO as it would be very odd for them to just swoop suddenly and catch somebody after a single email. Hopefully the operation has proven to be worthwhile.

Regular readers would know that I’m not a fan of Big Brother, but I respect the right of others to watch and enjoy it, and I strongly denounce the alleged acts of the apprehended man.


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#1 Comment By Chuck A. Spear On July 22, 2006 @ 9:54 am

Slightly ironic isn’t it? Being caught by Big Brother while trying to denounce him?

Very Winston.

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him. The hallway smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats. At one end of it a coloured poster, too large for indoor display, had been tacked to the wall. It depicted simply an enormous face, more than a metre wide: the face of a man of about forty-five, with a heavy black moustache and ruggedly handsome features.

Winston made for the stairs. It was no use trying the lift. Even at the best of times it was seldom working, and at present the electric current was cut off during daylight hours. It was part of the economy drive in preparation for Hate Week.

The flat was seven flights up, and Winston, who was thirty-nine and had a varicose ulcer above his right ankle, went slowly, resting several times on the way. On each landing, opposite the lift-shaft, the poster with the enormous face gazed from the wall. It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU,”

Eric Blair aka Georgy Orwell

#2 Comment By John B1_B5 On July 22, 2006 @ 10:00 am

It’s comforting to know that we can be confident of our national security agency.

#3 Comment By Samuel On July 22, 2006 @ 11:55 am

Chuck, perhaps I should be more specific, the Big Brother in question is the television show, interesting quote though…

John, very true, it still amazes me that people think that bomb threats are a legitimate way to get what you want…good to see ASIO on the ball.

#4 Comment By Kerces On July 22, 2006 @ 5:19 pm


#5 Comment By Samuel On July 22, 2006 @ 5:36 pm

Hmmm, I thought it sounded familiar…still at least we now know which Internet Cafe it was.

Kerces’ comment links to a RiotACT article from a few weeks back about this incident, they say Australian Federal Police, not ASIO, their details of the bomb threats are a tad different as well.

Last night I had a conversation with my source about their tipoff, they didn’t confirm or deny that it was the same as the previous story.

11:42 PM (name removed): hey sam
get my email?
me: Hello there (name removed)
(name removed): hehe
newsworthy? 😉
11:43 PM me: Yes I think so…there was a similar story about a week ago I think
Some bloke emailing threats from Internet cafes
(name removed): hehe 😀

Oh well, solves that mystery I guess.