I mentioned some time back that ISIS would perhaps hold off its rampaging until after the American election was finally settled, which only finally occurred this week. So whether a coincidence or part of a deliberate strategy, there does seem to have been a decided uptick in terrorist activity. We now have this, ISIS Puts Out Holiday Attack List Of U.S. Churches.
The Islamic State published the names and addresses of thousands of churches in the United States and called on its adherents to attack them during the holiday season, according to a message posted late-night Wednesday in the group’s “Secrets of Jihadis” social media group.
It is a genuine issue why governments refuse to level with the public. Sure they are responsible, sure they have been completely wrong about the nature of the problems our civilisation faces, but that is no reason to pretend the problem doesn’t exist or that lying about its nature will make things go away.
THE LONE WOLF SOCIAL MEDIA GROUP COMES TO MELBOURNE: Melbourne Christmas Day terror attack foiled. The emphasis should not, however, be on the word “foiled” but on the missing word “planned”.
Terror plotters allegedly planned to attack Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station, Federation Square and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Heavily armed police raided homes across Melbourne’s north on Friday morning and made several arrests.
Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said police had been watching the alleged plotters for some time, and believed they were preparing a multi-mode attack.
“Over that last fortnight that has accelerated,” Mr Ashton told reporters on Friday. . . .
Mr Ashton said police believe the plotters planned to use an explosion and other weapons in the attack.
“We believe it was certainly going to involve an explosive event,” Mr Ashton said.
Five people have been arrested, four of them were born in Australia and are of Lebanese background, while a fifth is an Egyptian-born Australian citizen.
“These are self-radicalised… (but they were) inspired by ISIS and ISIS propaganda,” Mr Ashton said.
And the very notion that they had been “self-radicalised”, which means there is nothing in the societies from which they come or in the ideologies others around them may hold, is a truly inane conclusion based on no facts.