Tim Blair


New Criterion



Wednesday, November 06, 2002
HENNY SCRATCHES THE DIRT, but not too deeply.

Henny Penny (what crisis?) Herald played catch-up this morning. The Australian's news of yesterday about a meeting of extreme Islamists drove Henny to put in a little fingerwork on Google to fill out the Australian's report, parts of which they copied without acknowledgement.

Their search revealed that the speaker at the Auburn meeting named by the Oz as Abu Sumaiya is in fact Ashraf Doureihi, a Sydney civil engineer and part-time extremist. He is an Australian member of an international network of similar cells called Hizb ut-Tahrir.

You'd want to check carefully Ashraf's plans for any civil works he designs for you.

Further information from the International Crisis Group, based in Brussels and headed by Gareth Evans, which has expressed concern about the Hizb ut-Tahrir, a secretive and pyramidal network based in Jordan.

Not to worry, says Keysar Trad, they're a small minority and he doesn't take them seriously. I wonder if Keysar can get 400 people together in one place without making them laugh.

For Henny it's a page 10 item, and a footnote on its Website.

Time to quadruple ASIO's budget.