June 10, 2003


In Sydney:

A CIA report has named a Sydney man as Osama bin Laden's "man on the ground" in Australia, it was claimed last night.

According to Four Corners, the CIA report, issued last June and based on uncorroborated intelligence from the Palestinian Authority, said al-Qaeda was very active in Australia.

It said there were "rank and file and leadership elements heading to Australia with forged passports". It named Bilal Khazal, a resident of Lakemba, Sydney, as having connections with al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.

It said Mr Khazal, named by the program as the man behind the Sydney-based Islamic Youth Movement's magazine and website, had been closely watched since September 11.

By bloggers as well. And in Russia:

Russia's FSB security services arrested 121 members of the Hizbi Tahrir party in Moscow, dismantling the cell of a group that aims to set up a Muslim state in Central Asia, the FSB said.

NTV television aired footage of the Friday raid, showing dozens of young men lined up against a brick wall as armed soldiers in camouflage stood guard.

"These are terrorists who want to overthrow the existing regime by military means," the FSB's top spokesman, Sergei Ignatchenko, told the channel.

Posted by Tim Blair at June 10, 2003 11:19 AM

No doubt they will get underdog sympathy from our media.

I am sorry Tim but I cannot hold this in any longer...

Didn't we win the war in Iraq? Weren't we part of the coalition of the willing?
Of course we were then I want to know - when and where will we get our anti-gravity drives???? I know you dont mention that SMH creature anymore but hell is one anti-gravity motorbike too much to ask for?

Posted by: rob at June 10, 2003 at 12:01 PM


Four Corners? Now isn't that on the ABC? Gee Tim I thought you knew about it's pinko bias.

Surely there must be a hidden commie agenda in that report somewhere. I'm surprised you give it so much credence!


Posted by: Rex at June 10, 2003 at 12:32 PM

D'uh, Rex, 4 Corners, like Bananas in Pyjames, is generally a bias-free zone. Unlike Media Watch which is still avoiding the blatant plagiarism of left-wing columnist Phillip Adams.

Posted by: slatts at June 10, 2003 at 01:12 PM

re above delete "generally" insert "sometimes"

So now we have:

D'uh, Rex, 4 Corners, like Bananas in Pyjames, is sometimes a bias-free zone.

Posted by: James Hamilton at June 10, 2003 at 03:32 PM

I'm surprised he hasn't charged Qantas with unfair dismissal.

Posted by: Angus Young's Gibson SG at June 10, 2003 at 11:43 PM

The impression I got was that the Indonesians by and large rejected the outsiders' attempts at radicalisation.

Posted by: Andjam at June 11, 2003 at 12:30 AM

Oh yes. That's why about half of Indos think UbL is a good man. GWB has made a big mistake by not recognising that the majority of Muslims are pro-bin Laden, pro-terrorism, anti-West, anti-American.

Posted by: AndyM at June 11, 2003 at 01:38 AM