Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has introduced legislation that would keep prisoners convicted of terrorism offenses locked up indefinitely.
— Mark Collins (@Mark3Ds) October 9, 2016
The Washington Post reports:
The change will upend a centuries-old legal principle that prisoners are automatically released when their sentences end. Even the United States, which has kept suspected terrorists in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, without trial for over a decade, doesn’t allow prisoners on U.S. soil to be held after their sentences end.
“No other democracies in Europe or North America do this,” said Elaine Pearson, the director of Human Rights Watch in Australia, in an interview. “The definition of terrorism is pretty broad in Australia and includes the financing of terrorism and recruitment, which is one of the reasons we’re worried about this.”
Last year the government of New South Wales trained police to shoot and kill suspected terrorists instead of negotiating with them.
Following a hostage situation at Lindt Café in Sydney the Herald Sun reported:
If we have learned anything from the Lindt Café siege, it’s that terrorists cannot be treated like other criminals.
They cannot be placated, reasoned with, or exhausted into submission.
Law enforcement authorities around the world have long recognised that those waging jihad are a different breed, requiring different strategies.
It should be noted the man responsible for the hostage crisis, Man Haron Monis, was not a political terrorist. He was schizophrenic and described himself as an Iranian intelligence official, a political activist, a spiritual healer and expert in black magic, an outlaw biker, and a Muslim cleric.
The police killed Monis and two hostages during the siege.