Australian counter-terror police ‘stopping 400 per day’

Australian police are stopping hundreds of people every day at airports in an attempt to prevent would-be jihadists leaving the country.

A new counter-terror unit conducted nearly 76,000 “real-time” stops – more than 400 per day – at eight airports between August and February.

The screenings are not random. Counter-terror police are targeting potentially suspicious travellers.

Around 90 Australians are believed to be fighting in the Middle East.

The Border Force Counter-Terrorism Unit (CTU) is a new unit designed to tackle extremists attempting to leave the country and join terror groups such as Islamic State

  • BillyHW

    Shouldn’t we be stopping them in the other direction?

    Oh, and diversity is our strength!

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  • Ho Hum

    Let them go! What is wrong with western countries? Canada is doing the same stupid thing! Letting them go is a great way to minimize the risk at home. Once they are in Syria (or wherever) revoke their passports and freeze their bank accounts. If they ever manage to make it back home charge them with war crimes and put them away for life.


  • pop

    The mufti says we’re racially profiling them. Derrr

    It’s not my mother ..

  • Jay Currie

    Gosh that looks like profiling.

    But for the “right reason”.

    Did I mention my head hurts.

    • Brett_McS

      My favourite is the NSW (my state) crime unit tasked with taking on crime specifically perpetrated by Middle Eastern (usually Lebanese) gangs. It’s called The Middle Eastern Crime Unit.

      Brits, especially, chide us for using obvious names for things (for example there is a great big sand desert in the middle of Australia called… The Great Sandy desert, a group of buildings for staging plays, concerts etc will typically be called The Arts Centre, etc).

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    GPS chip them and let ’em go.
    Let them get settled in for a month or so and them drop a “daisy cutter” on their heads.

  • Brett_McS

    I’d be fairly certain that any stopped will end up on a watch list. The problem arises when the list gets too long…

  • cmh

    And I thought Canada wasted tax dollars…..

  • Raymond Hietapakka
  • A big fear is that there’ll be so many of them that the security forces will lose track of some of them, like the French did. Then there will be the danger of more domestic attacks.