Aussie PM John Howard believes that the al Qaeda videotape warning of an attack on Melbourne may be for real, though he qualified that by pointing out that Gadahn has made previous threats that were bullsh*t.
Oh by the way, Howard said that the threat reminds all Aussies that everyone now lives in a changed world, and therefore will everyone please support his plans for legislative change to counter terrorism that he had proposed last week, which a number of people objected to because it looks a bit like that terrible Malaysian ISA thingy.
Howard added that no government in the world could guarantee there won’t be a terrorist attack in its country. The thing to do though is to, however, is to strengthen the nation’s domestic capacity to stop terrorist attacks occurring in the first place, which I presume includes having strong anti-terrorist laws.
OK, I suppose with such a threat some freedom may be lost but it’s a small price to pay.