Refreshing directness and honesty from Dennis Richardson, who realizes that we don’t need law enforcement officials to spend an equal amount of time targeting Mennonites and Muslims. From UPI, with thanks to all who sent in this or similar stories:
Richardson said in testimony Thursday that the laws were aimed at Islamic extremists who would seek to harm Australia or Australians, the paper said.
“The biggest security challenge we face at the moment (is) in respect of people who hide within Islam and who seek to justify what they do in the name of Islam,” he said. “That being the case, it is inevitable that most of our targets today will be people who claim to be Muslims, and therefore might reside in Australian Muslim communities.”
Richardson agreed with the suggestion there was a perception the anti-terrorism laws singled out Muslims. “I think that would be probably an accurate statement,” he said. “Indeed, I think, that there should be such a perception is understandable.”