A killer known to everyone – except his victims
ON Wednesday 16 December last year, Raghe Mohamed Abdi murdered Maurice Antill, 87, and his wife, Zoe Antill, 86, in their Brisbane home. Police later described the couple’s injuries as “significant” – which is to say, they were brutalised. Their bodies were discovered the following day. On the morning of that Thursday, about 6am on the 17th – less than 24 hours after a double homicide investigators believe was random – Abdi was shot dead by police who were responding to reports of a man disrupting traffic on the Logan Motorway. Abdi yelled “allahu akhbar” as he lunged at attending officers with a knife. By mid-afternoon Thursday, Queensland police had already connected Abdi to the Antill murders and briefed the media on his background. It would be fair to say they were unusually knowledgeable.
That’s because Abdi was known to Queensland’s counter-terrorism taskforce, having been arrested in May 2019 while attempting to board a flight to Somalia allegedly to wage jihad. He was eventually released without charge when it was determined there was insufficient evidence for a conviction. The 22 year-old was also known to the Australian Federal Police and, ipso facto, known to ASIO. Assistant Commissioner Scott Lee admitted the ISIS supporter had been a person of interest to the AFP since 2018. In June 2019, Abdi was arrested yet again – this time for refusing to reveal the password to his phone and perverting the course of justice. He was remanded in custody when he refused to answer questions put by a magistrate or acknowledge the authority of the court. Notwithstanding his defiance and dangerous behaviour, he applied for bail and it was granted on 3 September. What were described as “strict bail conditions” included the requirement that Abdi wear a GPS tracker at all times. He removed the device some time prior to killing the Antills.
The famous checklist
Exhibiting little interest in the octogenarian couple they had failed to protect, police began their customary pas de deux with journalists – covering themselves and downplaying Islamic terrorism – on the afternoon of Abdi’s death. The most pressing question so-called reporters had for Queensland police assistant commissioner Tracy Linford was “why information about Abdi’s background had been released to the public.” In other words: how was background information about a murderer of strangers in their own home any of the public’s business? The Guardian headline for its press conference summary is a classic of the jihad-denialist genre so beloved of the media and police:
No terror threat at all – except to Mr and Mrs Antill. This is a more than commonly risible version of the trite “no ongoing threat” formula that police routinely use to make a successfully executed terrorist attack sound like a successfully contained law enforcement triumph. Every national security and counter-terrorist agency in the country knew Abdi was a human IED waiting to go off but – at what politicians call “the end of the day” – the only things separating this common garden variety Muslim terrorist from you and your family were an ankle bracelet and a street cop defending his own precious life with a Glock.
For reasons that will become clear presently, it is now necessary to point out that Raghe Mohamed Abdi was a black African and the Antills were white. In our crime timeline, we are still at Thursday, the 17th. Towards close of business that afternoon, the ABC published a report about Abdi’s death on the Logan Motorway in which his lawyer – president of the Australian Council of Civil Liberties, Terry O’Gorman – was quoted claiming his client “was not a bad person — he was a young man who, on information known to me, suffered a significant adverse mental health event yesterday.” In less than 48 hours, then, all of the narrative mainstays of an Islamic terrorist attack in Australia were in place:
• perpetrator was a devout Muslim
• perpetrator was screaming “allahu akhbar”
• perpetrator was known to national security establishment
• perpetrator was released from custody
• perpetrator was suffering from mental illnesss
• perpetrator was a misunderstood victim
• there was no “ongoing threat” to the public
Garage Nazis enter the official narrative (I’m not making this up)
The only remaining cliché was the now legendary fear of a “backlash” in the Muslim community and at 5am on Saturday, the ABC’s Zena Chamas delivered – this time, however, with something new:
This ‘report’ – strange on several levels – is about the “racist” experiences endured by Muslim women Anam Javed, Aisha Elmir and Sabreen Hussain. Without evidence, they claim, respectively, to have:
• had a hijab ripped off in a supermarket
• been abused by a random stranger in public
• been abused “On her way to speak at a rally against Islamophobia shortly after the Christchurch shootings…”
• seen her mother hit with a “shoulder tackle” in a supermarket as a child
• been told she wasn’t really an Australian if she didn’t commemorate ANZAC Day
Additional commentary by psychologist Monique Toohey bolsters the victimhood theme by affirming – in her opinion – a connection between trauma and phenomena like “microagressions,” critical media commentary and “right-wing views.” While the Antill killings and Abdi’s death are not mentioned, they seem to have been the motivation for what reads like a conferenced attempt to offset bad publicity. An elderly white couple had been murdered by a Somali Muslim but the real tragedy in this telling is the “racism” of unnamed Australians. If the whole exercise strikes you as both contrived and clubby, your instincts are sound.
Zena Chamas is Media Diversity Australia’s Victorian media liaison officer; Anam Javed is a Media Diversity Australia “expert” and former secretary of the Islamic Council of Victoria (2017-2019); Monique Toohey is a Media Diversity Australia “expert” and a convert to Islam. These facts are not acknowledged by Chamas. As an Australia-Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program alumnus (2018), Miss Javed’s views on the public torture of women in Aceh would be interesting to read. (On the upside, the ladies being flogged have their heads covered throughout). We’ll save for another day an exposition for Ms Toohey’s benefit of the clinical difference in human psychology between what Hercule Poirot might call the rudeness most traumatising and shame.
The “growing threat” and “recent rise” of “right-wing extremism”
Whether ashamed or doctrinally obstinate and unashamed, Muslim apologists have been throwing shade on murder for years by moan-goading the authorities to look at the ‘real’ threat to Western societies: white “right-wing” extremists. Because left-wing politicians have been eager to lock in the electoral support of Muslims and tarnish their political foes with the “extremist” brush at the same time, US Democrats, British Labourites, EU neo-communists and Australian leftists (including the ALP and the ABC) have been slowly baking this con into national security discourse for some time. Watch how the aforementioned Ms Chamas of the ABC does it by citing a left-wing culture warrior as an authority:
There is, in fact, no “rise” in “right-wing extremist activity” (whatever that is). On the contrary, over the past 12 months we have seen a sickening onslaught of left-wing terrorism and the adoption by leftists everywhere of the contrived, hate-mongering belief system fuelling it. Hundreds of people have been murdered by – or thanks to – the apartheid revivalists of Black Lives Matter and the masked waifs of Antifa. Property worth billions of dollars has been destroyed. Pol Pot-like iconoclasts, the perpetrators sought to obliterate the cultural heritage of a nation from coast to coast. The US murder rate in 2020 rose by a staggering 37 percent. The pretext for this massacre was the death in police custody of drug-addled woman basher George Floyd but its real purpose was to destroy civil order to undermine the presidency of Donald Trump on behalf of the Democrat Party. Never once calling off his dogs, “decent” Joe Biden is a blood-drenched president-elect.
Taking their cue from the Americans (as they invariably do), Australia’s left-wing extremists took to the streets at the height of the coronavirus panic under the (now corporate) banner of BLM in defiance of every medical official in the country. They were told such mass gatherings could worsen the situation and cause the deaths of many people. They gathered in tens of thousands anyway and couldn’t have cared less. By the standards of the more stately left (only distinct from the street variety by their executive-level government salaries), this was an act not of civil disobedience but of violence.
Detective Dutton ambushed with a cup o’ Keneally
Yes, in case you didn’t notice amidst the understandable agonising over the fate of liberty in the United States, in early December Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton capitulated to Labor’s demands for a phony ‘inquiry’ to examine the “threat” posed by “right-wing terrorists.” The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security will camoflauge the trolling of its Labor members by also assessing the threat of Islamic terrorism (as if they don’t already know the reality and extent of it).
It will not examine left-wing extremism.
That should come as no surprise to anyone. Australia’s national security officials have long since been trained to play down left-wing extremism. In 2016, anti-Christian gay marriage fanatic and Timothy McVeigh wannabe Jaden Duong attempted the biggest vehicular bomb attack in Australian history. The 36 year-old parked a van stuffed with gas cylinders in front of the Canberra office of the Australian Christian Lobby and detonated. Then AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin officially concluded it was just a suicide attempt. If you believe that, I’ll sell you the bridge on which he forded reality. Pressed by Liberal senators Ian Macdonald and Eric Abetz, Colvin pronounced himself emotionally “uncomfortable.”
Keneally – the embittered lunar-left senator who tried to ban Raheem Kassam from entering Australia in 2019 – was in the news last week for informing on Tony Abbott to the police (falsely). Her objective is obvious: to criminalise opposition to left-wing dogmatism. That means prohibiting conservative visitors to Australia, state control of political gatherings and conferences and the arrest or official harassment of those who ridicule the ‘transgender’ cult (now a reality in the UK)… or Islam… or immigration… or feminism.
If you’re wondering why hard man Dutton sold out so easily, the explanation is the usual one when it comes to a Liberal in Canberra: gormless realpolitik combined with dumb-utilitarian lack of principle. He is more or less obsessed with end-to-end encryption online and routinely unveils twin boogeymen pedophilia and terrorism as Exhibits A & B for the case against privacy for citizens. The former Queensland policeman believes the state has a warrantless right to open and monitor your mail. Senator Keneally, meanwhile, is pretending to be concerned about proponents of “right-wing extremism” on social media and “the dark web.” For its part, ASIO – whose quest for increased powers and budgets has a faithful spokesman in the Home Affairs Minister – has lately been claiming in Senate Estimates that 40 percent of its investigative time is spent policing thousands of Nazis. It has made the claim more than once – without evidence. This trio are like hyenas stalking a baby elephant which is less room-dominating than it is pink; all have an agenda to sate: for Dutton, cross-party support for escalated intelligence-gathering; for Keneally, marginalising conservatives as guilty by association; for ASIO, pleasing two party masters over the long, generously provisioned haul.
Make no mistake, however: Senator Keneally is the tactical winner over Dutton.
The Antills forgotten
Twelve days after the murder of Mr and Mrs Antill, police assistant commissioner Tracy Linford – already mentioned above – spoke exclusively to The Australian newspaper’s national crime correspondent David Murray. Linford mans the crime, counter terrorism and specialist operations desk. Without evidence, she claimed her team had a great record of stopping terrorism… prior to the murders:
She had nothing to say about the Antills as human beings, or about the tragedy of their violent deaths, or their grieving loved ones, or the failure of Queensland police to get Abdi off the streets. She had one job, as they say, and – as far as taxpayers are concerned – it wasn’t therapy for lisping jihadis. What the peculiarly triumphant-sounding Linford said next, apropos of nothing, is evidence that a propaganda campaign is being orchestrated nationwide to placate the Islamic lobby and the political left who are now working in unison to demonise their shared ideological and cultural enemies using the apparatus of national security:
There have been no “extreme right-wing events” in the state of Queensland. None. By an amazing coincidence, Queensland’s counter-terrorism police are nevertheless spending exactly the same amount of time on managing “right-wing extremism” – 40 percent – as ASIO. Linford claims every state in the Commonwealth is under the pump dealing with similar “events.” Assuming for a moment this egregious balderdash was true, it would mean that, coast to coast, hundreds of specialist officers and many tens of millions of dollars are being deployed and expended 24 hours a day to keep the Nazi hordes at bay. Linford – like her federal colleagues – can say this, of course, because they are under no legal obligation to prove operational claims. She spoke to The Australian to cover her own ass and divert fear and loathing to society’s only licitly hateable demographic. As for the charge that community “disharmony” has been sown by the right over the past 12 months, this is self-delusion in the Colvin-class. To the extent that right-of-centre citizens are fed up, it is because the organs and agencies of the state – not excluding even courts – are being used to extirpate their hard-won liberties.
Now, an apologist might argue that telling whoppers is permissible if it mollifies the volatile sensitivities of a dangerous minority and encourages them to inform on radicals in their midst. Lying, after all, is part of what these security johnnies do for a living. Quite so but when the whoppers are designed to extract more and more money from the Treasury, that isn’t national security; it’s robbery with menaces. When they’re meant to court a political party traditionally hostile to your existence, that isn’t national security; it’s a bigamist’s trickery. When they’re used to undermine one side of politics seen as strategically expendable, that – finally – isn’t national security either. It’s treachery.