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The Traitors Within: Australian Network Ready to Aid Extremists

A network of terrorist sympathisers is providing financial and logistical support to offshore extremists, a senior Australian policeman has warned. Some Australians had been trained overseas in bomb-making techniques and others were willing to provide “money, support and shelter” to terrorists who were bent on avenging recent arrests in Asia and the foiling of planned attacks, and who were seeking to establish military-style camps here. In a wide-ranging interview to mark his appointment last month as the Australian Federal Police’s counter-terrorism chief, Ben McDevitt said important investigations were underway. But he talked of tension in the AFP’s relationship with the domestic security intelligence body ASIO and the need to manage carefully their overlapping functions to avoid turf wars. “I think it is fair to say we don’t have home-grown terrorists in this country . . . as yet,” Mr McDevitt said. “But what we definitely do have is people here who are sympathetic to causes offshore. Full Story

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