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  1. RobBlack

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    The Sydney Islamic Youth Movement, the crowd that publish the Westerner hate site, www.islam.com.au - have received 'Work For The Dole Scheme' money! - BLOODY OUTRAGEOUS!

    LOCATION: abc.net.au > Lateline > Archives
    URL: http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/s381233.htm

    Broadcast: 1/10/01
    Australian Connections With Extremists Examined.

    TONY JONES: A Sydney Islamic group raided by ASIO at the weekend, claims it has received Federal Government money to run work for the dole schemes. The Islamic Youth Movement says it hopes to run more employment schemes, even though some of its members are under fire for publishing extremist literature.

    Compere: Tony Jones
    Reporter: Margot O'Neill

    MARGOT O'NEILL: In the lead-up to the Sydney Olympics, NSW Police raid a farm near Canberra.

    They found evidence of a small group of Islamic extremists training in the use of high-powered semi-automatic guns and explosive devices.

    Those interviewed said the farm was used only for hunting and denied all knowledge of illegal weapons.

    But cartridges from automatic weapons were found in large quantities, indicating target practice and police also found small, improvised bombs.

    There wasn't enough evidence for charges to be laid but the incident was considered the most serious threat to Olympic security and triggered close surveillance of those involved.

    Australia's security agencies strongly suspect that some of the men travelled from Australia to wage jihad in combat zones such as Afghanistan, Somalia, Chechnya and Bosnia.

    There isn't enough hard evidence to prosecute them under Australia's foreign insurgence act but one source tells Lateline there is a large body of anecdotal evidence.

    According to this source, some of the men are connected to the Islamic Youth Movement, a Sydney fundamentalist group which was targeted in ASIO raids on the weekend.

    The group publishes a magazine which has featured sympathetic interviews with terrorist leaders like bin Laden.

    The magazine promotes virulent anti-Western ideology according to an international terrorism expert.

    DR ROHAN GUNARATNA, ST ANDREWS UNIVERSITY, SCOTLAND: The organisation is advocating an extremist ideology.

    In fact, the contents of the website clearly demonstrates that it is advocating holy war or Islamic Jihad.

    MARGOT O'NEILL: One member of the group interviewed by ASIO strongly denies links to terrorism or military training.

    ANONYMOUS MEMBER OF GROUP: There is no truth whatsoever.

    If there were any activities conducted, ASIO would have known about them and the people responsible would have been arrested.

    MARGOT O'NEILL: This video shows how the group take children away on holiday camps for sport and religious education.

    He says they've even received Government support to run work-for-the-dole projects.

    ANONYMOUS MEMBER OF GROUP: We've just completed a work-for-the-dole project -- we called it a drop-in centre and it was conducted in conjunction with the Islamic Council of NSW and the NTC Work Solutions Employment Agency.

    We have plans for developing and conducting further community employment schemes.

    Basically, it's an organisation for the youth, giving the youth a practical way of Islam and trying to serve the youth in Australia to help them become better Muslims and better Australians.

    MARGOT O'NEILL: They won't be drawn publicly on their views on Osama bin Laden, except to say they don't believe he's responsible for the attacks on the United States and they dismiss ASIO's concerns as anti-Islamic propaganda.

    But their extremist beliefs are a legitimate cause for concern according to Rohan Gunaratna.

    DR ROHAN GUNARATNA: The dissemination of virulent or extremist propaganda is the prelude to recruitment and fund-raising for terrorist organisations.

    MARGOT O'NEILL: As usual, ASIO refused to comment on its investigation.

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