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Bill O'reilly Sacked

20 April 2017 - 03:25

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Bill O'Reilly is out at Fox News amid a cloud of harassment allegations. He released a statement saying it's "tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims."

Kem Ley Family In Hiding

16 April 2017 - 03:19

Not sure if rink will work everywhere


Addicted To Social Media & Porn

10 April 2017 - 00:16

Was sent this pic over the weekend.
Apparently the youth in PNG are that addicted to porn and social media they have managed to overcome the frequent power outages so they can stay online :shakehead

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Inside Supermax Al-Qa'ida V Islamic State Supporters

05 April 2017 - 04:51

Should young extremists be with hardened radicals?
Interesting read.

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Australia's most secretive prison lies 90km north-east of Canberra, within the fortress walls of Goulburn's historic jail. In this modern facility, under bright lights and behind red doors, most of the inmates are suspected or convicted Islamist terrorists.
Goulburn's High Risk Management Correctional Centre is where New South Wales sends inmates who are too hard to manage in other prisons or because of their link to terrorism. The inmates are kept in a strictly controlled environment - here there are no common exercise yards and prisoners are mostly segregated from each other in their own small cells.
As well as being partly isolated from each other, the prisoners are totally isolated from the larger NSW prison population of 13,000. That's the idea of keeping them in SuperMax: to concentrate and quarantine the prisoners so they will not radicalise others.
The downside of this approach is the prisoners are arguably harder to deradicalise, and at some point they will have served their sentences and be due for release.
Paul Maley, National Security Editor for the Australian, was recently granted rare access to Goulburn SuperMax, and is apprehensive about what he saw. He questions whether the approach is only incubating a threat for future generations.

"A problem that once lurked in mosques, chat room and obscure prayers halls was transferred, en masse, into the prison system," he writes in a magazine feature article about the visit, to be published in the Weekend Australian.
"The bad news is they are more dangerous than they have ever been, their radical beliefs entrenched in the same system that locked them up in the first place."
"And soon some of them will be up for release."
Two-thirds of the 48 inmates inside the SuperMax are Muslim extremists.
It's described as "the most radical square mile in all of Australia".
Some are middle-aged Al-Qa'ida operatives, sentenced in the wake of the 9/11 bombings, while others are the new generation of Islamic State operatives - young men who may have been radicalised as teenagers.
The average age of the IS supporters is just 21.
They include the young man who is at the centre of Australia's biggest terrorism plot - the alleged conspiracy to abduct and behead a random member of the public.
There's also another young IS supporter who, in another prison, bashed his cellmate and carved 'E4E' (eye for an eye) into his forehead.
"He sweeps the floor and glowers at us malevolently," Paul writes.
What do the cells look like?

Hack spoke with Paul about what he saw inside the prison.
"What it doesn't look like is a prison as you can imagine it," he said.
"You don't get large crowds, you don't get common areas.

You don't get the movie scenes you expect of a prison."
"What you see is an institution, it reminded me in a way of a psychiatric hospital, with big doors and observation windows and all quite enclosed.
"The cells are small, with a concrete bench and 3-inch rubber mattress. There's a toilet and a shower and a concrete desk where you might put a toaster or a kettle."
Prisoners spend at least 16 hours a day in their cells. For good behaviour they can access a running track and a basketball court.
The inmate has to sit inside a sealed Perspex box to meet visitors, and conversations are monitored. Visitors are x-rayed and all mail is read and stored.
Can the prisoners speak to each other?

"They can yell out at each other," Paul said.
The prisoners are kept in one of three units: one is a remand centre for unsentenced prisoners, one is for convicted prisoners serving out long sentences of more than 20 years, and the third is an observation unit where new inmates are assessed.
The Al-Qa'ida and Islamic State supporters are kept in separate units. Paul said the older generation of prisoners - the Al-Qa'ida supporters convicted after 9/11 - take a dim view of the younger ones, who are alleged Islamic State fanatics.
"What's happening in the SuperMax mirrors what's happening in the community," he said.
"The younger guys tend to be wilder and more impulsive and the older guys look down on them as being crazy reckless kids."
Hack also spoke with Peter Severin, the NSW Corrective Services Commissioner, about how the SuperMax operates. He said the two groups of radical Islamist prisoners were kept separate partly because many of the younger ones had not yet been sentenced, but also because the different generations were not compatible.
"Al-Qa'ida as a group is quite well trained and well prepared and they were engaged in terrorism behaviour and that resulted in them being sentenced and charged.
"The young IS supporters are often radicalised very quickly."
He confirmed that prisoners can speak to each other, but these "association arrangements" were limited to two prisoners at a time, and were strictly monitored.
"We can't have a situation where there is complete sensory deprivation, where they can't communicate with anyone except an officer now and then," the Commissioner said.
"This ensures people have some sense of communication normality."
What's the alternative?

In Victoria, radical inmates are spread throughout the system. This arguably makes it easier for them to be deradicalised, but carries the risk they will radicalise other prisoners.
"My concern is that putting younger unsentenced prisoners in with older hardcore ideologues means there's no chance of separating them from radical beliefs," Paul said.

I think there's an argument for removing younger guys from that environment."
"There's a situation where young prisoners are in there who are more than likely going to come out as radical as when they came in, and probably more radical."
Commissioner Severin said the concentration of radical prisoners, such as the situation at Goulburn SuperMax, was "the most reliable principle worldwide when you look at the way terrorist and radicalised prisoners are managed."
But he also suggested he was looking at other options, including transferring inmates to other prisons before they are released, to help them adjust.
"We are actively looking to diversify placement options for these groups," he said.
"You don't want to have someone discharged into the community from a SuperMax environment."