Terrorism Between Terrorism And Terrorism

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Since 9/11 police powers have expanded, with the principle aim of preventing terrorism and anticipating potential terrorist threats to the community. There are both positive and negative implications of counter-terrorism policing in the administration of justice in Australia. This essay will explore these implications and discuss how such matters affect Australians. In specifically negative effects such as counter-terrorism operations often being directed at specific groups, defined on the basis of origin or religion.
"Terrorism" comes from the French word terrorisme, which in turn derives from the Latin verb terreō meaning "I frighten". Internationally, terrorism has no global criminal law definition. Terrorism in Australia is defined in Section 100.1 of the Criminal Code, as the use of violence/threats to intimidate or coerce the public or government to advance a political, religious or ideological cause. More specific criteria includes death, serious harm or danger to a person; serious damage to property, private or public; a serious risk to the health of safety of the public. Moreover, in a report in 2004 by the United Nations Secretary General, terrorism is described as any act "intended to cause death or serious bodily harm to civilians or non-combatants with the purpose of intimidating a population or compelling a government or an international organisation to do or abstain from doing any act".

Australia’s relatively new anti-terror laws are indeed a response to the…
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