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October 2019

Very good news on our private prosecution

I had a GREAT meeting yesterday.

As a direct result I had a follow-up at 10AM today.

I've already had a positive note back after today's follow up.

The evidence is solid and the prospect of conviction on that evidence is strong.

Very soon the broader public will begin to understand what Julia GILLARD did.

Every touch leaves its trace.

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Victoria Police new hostile vehicle policy includes power to shoot the driver

Common sense in other jurisdictions - a constable's discretion would have been sufficient in my day.

We used to take the mickey out of colleagues at the Academy who'd try to anticipate every single scenario and get policy guidance on it.  One great old and bold sergeant would often answer with "Was there a low flying duck overhead at the time?"

These poor buggers get so wrapped up in bureaucracy it's not funny.  I remember my justification for the use of a firearm off by hear, "A member shall not discharge a firearm at or towards another person except where the use of a firearm is not out of proportion to the mischief sought to be prevented....."

Would have covered the recent Melbourne incidents I'd have thought.

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Sunday, 27 October 2019 23:16

Victoria Police has today released details of a new policy that will empower officers to take decisive action in the event of a hostile vehicle attack.

The hostile vehicle policy will support police officers’ use of all tactical options to stop an attack, including the ability to ram offending vehicles, use roadblocks, box the vehicle in or, as a last resort, shoot the offender.

Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said this is the first time Victoria Police has included such explicit guidelines in a force-wide policy.

It is also the first time any Australian policing jurisdiction has released a specific policy on how to respond to a hostile vehicle attack.

“These attacks are fortunately not a regular occurrence; however, we must be prepared in case they do happen,” Deputy Commissioner Patton said.

“We know hostile vehicle situations can escalate quickly and there is a very real threat that people can be killed or seriously injured. We have seen this here in Melbourne”

Deputy Commissioner Patton said Victoria Police consulted extensively with The Police Association and is confident the new policy will provide clarity to officers on how they can respond to these situations.

“Protecting the community is our number one priority and by releasing this policy we are trusting our officers to assess the situation and act accordingly.

“In fact, the new policy explicitly states the expectation of our police that they must take action to prevent death or serious injury.”

The hostile vehicle policy does not replace the current pursuit policy, although there may be circumstances where a pursuit evolves into a hostile vehicle attack.

This policy empowers police to take the appropriate action in these circumstances and provides officers with authority to act.

To support the new policy, a new training package will be rolled out to ensure police are aware of their options and associated risks so they can make rapid decisions.

From mid-December, police officers will undergo a compulsory online training package where they will work through a number of scenarios.

From 1 January 2020, they will then receive face-to-face training as part of their OSTT qualification.

It is expected all operational officers will complete this training by 30 June 2020.

Some of the local Islamic terrorists who'd pledged allegiance to al-Baghdadi

Melbourne's Momena Shoma

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A Bangladeshi student has pleaded guilty to stabbing her Melbourne homestay host in February in an act of terrorism to advocate violent jihad.

Momena Shoma stabbed Roger Singaravelu at Mill Park on February 9, 2018 just one day after she moved into his family home.

Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth asked Shoma to remove her niqab to confirm her identity.

She had previously refused to stand for Magistrate Sarah Dawes during her one day committal hearing in July.

Ms Shoma told police after her arrest that she had acted on the direction of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

She said her homestay host looked like an “easy target” as he slept near his young daughter.

“I had to do it … it could have been anyone … he just seemed like a very easy target,” she said. “I had to push myself. I wouldn’t even hurt a rat … I just felt like if I don’t do it, I will be sinful, I will be punished by Allah.”

Islamic State video announces creation of a province in The Philippines - too close for comfort

The Islamic State's media arm released this video sometime during the past week.   It shows various Abu Sayyaf battalions pledging allegiance to Al-Baghdadi and the Islamic State and announces the creation of a province of the Islamic State or Caliphate in the southern Philippines - this from the Heavy website

In a new video purportedly released by the Islamic State titled “The Solid Structure,” ISIS releases its first propaganda snuff film from Mindanao, Philippines. The video proclaims the island in the Philippines as an official “wilayat,” or state of ISIS, and tells Asian Islamists that if they can’t get to Iraq or Syria, to go there.

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Now thanks to these men....

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...this man is no more.

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In June 2016 we reported this list of organisation pledging allegiance or support for al-Baghdadi.

• al-I'tisam of the Koran and Sunnah [Sudan] - 1 Aug. 2014 - Support 
• Abu Sayyaf Group [Philippines] - 25 Jun. 2014 - Support
• Ansar al-Khilafah [Philippines] - 14 Aug. 2014 - Allegiance
• Ansar al-Tawhid in India [India] - 4 Oct. 2014 - Allegiance
• Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) [Phillippines] - 13 Aug. 2014 - Support
• Bangsmoro Justice Movement (BJM) [Phillippines] - 11 Sep. 2014 - Support
• Jemaah Islamiyah [Philippines] 27 Apr. 2015 - Allegiance 
• al-Huda Battalion in Maghreb of Islam [Algeria] - 30 Jun. 2014 - Allegiance
• The Soldiers of the Caliphate in Algeria [Algeria] - 30 Sep. 2014 - Allegiance
• al-Ghurabaa [Algeria] - 7 Jul. 2015 - Allegiance
• Djamaat Houmat ad-Da'wa as-Salafiya (DHDS) [Algeria] 19 Sep. 2015 - Allegiance
• al-Ansar Battalion [Algeria] 4 Sep. 2015 - Allegiance
• Jundullah [Pakistan] - 17 Nov. 2014 - Support
• Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) [Pakistan/Uzbekistan] Video - 31 Jul. 2015 - Allegiance
• Tehreek-e-Khilafat [Pakistan] - 9 Jul. 2014 - Allegiance
• Leaders of the Mujahid in Khorasan (ten former TTP commanders) [Pakistan] - 10 Jan. 2015 - Allegiance
• Islamic Youth Shura Council [Libya] - 22 Jun. 2014 - Support
• Jaish al-Sahabah in the Levant [Syria] - 1 Jul. 2014 - Allegiance
• Martyrs of al-Yarmouk Brigade [Syria] - Dec. 2014 - Part of IS - Allegiance
• Faction of Katibat al-Imam Bukhari [Syria] - 29 Oct. 2014 - Allegiance
• Jamaat Ansar Bait al-Maqdis [Egypt] - 30 Jun. 2014 - Allegiance
• Jund al-Khilafah in Egypt [Egypt] - 23 Sep. 2014 - Allegiance
• Liwa Ahrar al-Sunna in Baalbek [Lebanon] - 30 Jun. 2014 - Allegiance
• Islamic State Libya (Darnah) [Libya] - 9 Nov. 2014 - Allegiance
• Lions of Libya [Libya] (Unconfirmed) - 24 Sep. 2014 - [Support/Allegiance]
• Shura Council of Shabab al-Islam Darnah [Libya] - 6 Oct. 2014 - Allegiance
• Jemaah Anshorut Tauhid (JAT) [Indonesia] - Aug. 2014 - Allegiance 
• Mujahideen Indonesia Timor (MIT) [Indonesia] - 1 Jul. 2014 - Allegiance
• Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem (MSCJ) [Egypt] - 1 Oct. 2014 - Support
• Okba Ibn Nafaa Battalion [Tunisia] - 20 Sep. 2014 - Support
• Jund al-Khilafah in Tunisia [Tunisia] - 31 Mar. 2015 - Allegiance
• Central Sector of Kabardino-Balakria of the Caucasus Emirate (CE) [Russia] - 26 Apr. 2015 - Allegiance
• Mujahideen of Tunisia of Kairouan [Tunisia] 18 May 2015 - Allegiance
• Mujahideen of Yemen [Yemen] - 10 Nov. 2014 - Allegiance
• Supporters for the Islamic State in Yemen [Yemen] - 4 Sep. 2014 - Allegiance
• al-Tawheed Brigade in Khorasan [Afghanistan] - 23 Sep. 2014 - Allegiance
• Heroes of Islam Brigade in Khorasan [Afghanistan] - 30 Sep. 2014 - Allegiance
• Supporters of the Islamic State in the Land of the Two Holy Mosques [Saudi Arabia] - 2 Dec. 2014 - Support
• Ansar al-Islam [Iraq] - 8 Jan. 2015 - Allegiance
• Boko Haram [Nigeria] - 7 Mar. 2015 - Allegiance
• The Nokhchico Wilayat of the Caucasus Emirate (CE) [Russia] - 15 Jun. 2015 - Allegiance
• al-Ansar Battalion [Algeria] - 4 Sep. 2015 - Allegiance
• al-Shabaab Jubba Region Cell Bashir Abu Numan [Somalia]- 7 Dec. 2015 - Allegiance