Hizb ut-Tahrir braces ahead of Abbott’s promised security clampdown

Members of Hizb ut-Tahrir are preparing for intense scrutiny by security agencies ahead of Tony Abbott’s announcement on Monday of new security legislation to crack down on the group.

The prime minister has signalled that “Hizb ut-Tahrir and others who nurture extremism in our suburbs” are in the sights of the government, but has not confirmed whether he will go as far as banning the group.

Leaders of Hizb ut-Tahrir are auditing the ranks ahead of Abbott’s announcement, a source close to the organisation told Guardian Australia.

“They’re telling anybody who’s Salafi-jihadi that they have to pick: you’re either with us, or you’re either with the Salafi-jihadists,” the source, who did not wish to be named, said.

“They’re worried who they’ll be responsible for knowing.”