Mohammed Haneef may be innocent on being involved with terrorism but he did associate with at least two men charged with terrorist offenses in the UK and a SIM card of his was found in a burned-out vehicle used to attack an airport in Glasgow on June 30. He had sent an email to an associate saying he had to leave Australia quickly when apprehended – he didn’t mention his wife and child.
Haneef’s treatment in the Australian criminal justice system will be a lot fairer than the justice handed out to Iranian adulterer who, after being jailed for 11 years, was stoned to death last week in a village in Northern Iran. This is the type of society the terrorist scum who are being pursued see as their ideal. By way of contrast, Mr Haneef is being well fed and looked after and has made contact with his family – he has thus far been jailed for a total of 15 days. If he is innocent it will be unpleasant for him but he will get fair treatment in a civilised society.
The deranged left demanding Haneef’s immediate relief, and attacking Kevin Rudd’s support for the detention, ought to feel more sympathy instead for innocent victims of terrorism. If Haneef is innocent he will escape with a short-term inconvenience.
Imprisoning him, short-term, enables the police to search for possible links to terrorism and sends out a signal to those who seek to kill innocent civilians to pursue their hateful political ends, that they shouldn’t regard Australia as an easy target.
Update: Both the Labor leader and the Shadow Minister for Immigration, Tony Bourke support Immigration Minister Andrew’s move to revoke Haneef’s visa. According to Burke, Andrews has 'acted entirely appropriately under the Migration Act'. So he will be held in custody until he faces trial. According to the printed version of The Australian this morning (not online) Haneef was in contact with those arrested in the UK the night before the attempted bombing. It’s the mad left and some (who should know better) on the right who seem to underestimate the scale of the horror associated with terrorism and who, without a scrap of evidence, are labelling the move by Andrews as political, while frothing at the mouth in anticipation of yet another conspiracy-theory-driven scandal.