Highly controversial, draconian, anti-terrorist, eavesdropping laws being pushed through Federal Parliament were given legs from Queensland this week where police found a small cache of chemicals and maps said to be all the ingredients for a terrorist bomb plot.
Queensland, NSW and Federal police spent five days at a rental property in the leafy, western Brisbane rural residential suburb of Pullenvale detonating chemicals claimed to be essential for making explosives.
Police have identified the suspect and former tenant of the property as Daniel Fing, 30, who is in custody in NSW for an unrelated offence.
Police said Fing had a previous conviction for blowing up a car belonging to his former girlfriend’s partner.
Hand written sheets of paper conveniently left at the property allegedly showed two locations in Sydney that police believe to be targets of a planned bomb attack.
No evidence connecting Mr Fing to terrorism has yet been trotted out by a naïve and compliant media, but readers can expect it will not be long before some exclusive terrorist plot ‘falls off the back of a truck.’
Twenty nine kilograms of individual chemicals allegedly found at the property cannot explode unless mixed together with other compounds then detonated to create an explosion.
The comical antics of the police bomb squad over the past five days, locking down an entire suburb, then blowing up a cache of chemicals and 22 litres of virtually harmless hydrogen peroxide would make a grade eight science student blush.
Or are the police suggesting that stable chemicals which normally pose no threat unless mixed, were left behind by the tenant in a ready- mixed state because he could not pay the rent?
But wait a minute, isn’t the accused bomb maker locked up in a NSW jail?
The chemical stash allegedly was found by the real estate rental manager after Mr Fing had shot through.
Did she wait for weeks or a month or longer after he stopped paying rent to inspect the premises or deliver notices to him?
Evidence published so far suggests the agent must have waited quite some time before blowing the whistle about the dangerous chemicals he allegedly left behind.
Long enough for the accused to go to NSW, commit another offence then get locked up for his trouble.
Really Queensland police, are you serious or was this a training exercise masquerading as a real event to give credence to Brisbane Attorney General George Brandis’ proposed new anti-terrorist laws?