AIDS worse than 9/11 - judge

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AIDS worse than 9/11 - judge

AUSTRALIAN Treasurer Peter Costello says High Court judge Michael Kirby has dishonoured the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks after suggesting AIDS was a bigger threat.

Judge Michael Kirby has accused the US of being "obsessed" with September 11, 2001, saying more people died each day of AIDS than in the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, in a report in The Australian today.

So far, Justice Kirby has refused to apologise for the remarks, made while considering a control order on "Jihad" Jack Thomas.

Thomas is the first to be convicted under Australia's new anti-terror laws.

But Mr Costello said Justice Kirby had offended many Australians with his comments.

"Let's not forget Australians died in the collapse of the World Trade Center," he told Southern Cross Radio.

"And it could well be some of their sisters or parents.

"To make light of that event would be pretty grueling to them," Mr Costello said.

Justice Kirby yesterday played down the significance of the attacks on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon - in which 2900 people, including 10 Australians, died - after questioning claims by lawyers for the commonwealth that they had made Australia more vulnerable to terrorists.

He made his observation as the High Court considered an appeal against a control order imposed on "Jihad" Jack Thomas, the first man convicted under Australia's new anti-terror laws.

Federal police obtained the order last August after his two earlier convictions for terrorism-related offences were quashed by the Victorian Court of Appeal. The charges were reinstated in December, and he is on bail awaiting trial for allegedly accepting funds from al-Qa'ida and falsifying a passport.

The order restricts him to using designated telephone and internet services, limits whom he can meet and requires him to stay in his Melbourne home between midnight and 5am and report regularly to police.

Commonwealth Solicitor-General David Bennett QC told the court the use of control orders was allowable under the Constitution.

Mr Bennett cited nine reasons why Australia was more vulnerable to terrorist attack than when the Constitution was framed, including the terrorist attacks on the US of September 11, 2001.

But Justice Kirby replied: "Yes, but the Americans, with all respects, have become obsessed with September 11.

"That is not an event that occurred in this country, and I think we have to keep our eye on the threats to Australia," he said.

Justice Kirby added that more people died every day from the disease AIDS than died in September 11.

According to the UN, 7761 people died from AIDS-related illness each day across the globe in 2005.

Mr Bennett said that it was not only the US that was affected by the suicide attacks.
"Your honour, the first strike came from the other side in this one," he said.

Liberal backbencher Don Randall last night described Justice Kirby's comments as "frightening" and branded him a "judicial activist".

Justice Kirby said that while there was a lot in the Constitution that was "quaint and old-fashioned", the best way to defeat terrorism was to adhere closely to the document.
Yesterday's hearing focused on the definition of a terrorist.

Justice Kirby cited violent acts committed by the 1940s Stern Gang, regarded as terrorists by Britain but freedom fighters by pro-independence Zionists during the struggle for a Jewish state.

But fellow judge Ian Callinan said: "The more democratic the community, the more vulnerable it is."

The judges also debated the role of civilian police in dealing with terror.

When informed by Mr Bennett that the army could be called out in the event of a terrorist attack on Sydney's Lucas Heights nuclear facility, Justice Callinan's preference appeared to be for the military, and not the state's police. to secure the area.

"I would not want the NSW police force doing that," he said.

Smiling, Justice Kirby then advised his colleague: "I do not think we should disparage the police forces of the states."

Lawyers for South Australia, Western Australia and NSW have intervened in the hearing on the side of the commonwealth, as the states have introduced legislation matching the commonwealth's.

The appeal continues today.

- The Australian

AIDS WAS AN INSIDE JOB TOO

This guy sounds like he supports the NWO, but where does he get off trying to say AIDS is more important than 9/11. WHEN WE GET THE TRUTH AND JUSTICE ABOUT 9/11, EVERYTHING ELSE WILL BE BROUGHT OUT TO THE OPEN. ITS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE WE OPEN THE FLOOD GATES OF TRUTH AND WASH AWAY ALL THESE LIES!!

THIS IS WHERE AIDS CAME FROM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS3mhjt7TrY

The Truth Never Lies