The Rise of Middle Eastern Crime in Australia

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    The Rise of Middle Eastern Crime in Australia

    The Rise of Middle Eastern Crime in Australia
    Tim Priest

    I BELIEVE that the rise of Middle Eastern organised crime in Sydney will
    have an impact on society unlike anything we have ever seen.

    In the early 1980s, as a young detective, I was attached to the Drug Squad
    at the old CIB. I remember executing a search warrant at Croydon, where we
    found nearly a pound of heroin. I know that now sounds very familiar;
    however, what set this heroin apart was that it was Beaker Valley Heroin,
    markedly different from any heroin I had seen. Number Four heroin from the
    golden triangle of South-East Asia is nearly always off-white, almost pure
    diamorphine. This heroin was almost brown.

    But more remarkable were the occupants of the house. They were very recent
    arrivals from Lebanon, and from the moment we entered the premises, we
    wrestled and fought with the male occupants, were abused and spat at by
    the women and children, and our search took five times longer because of
    the impediments placed before us by the occupants, including the women
    hiding heroin in baby nappies and on themselves and refusing to be
    searched by policewomen because of religious beliefs. We had never
    encountered these problems before.

    As was the case in those days, we arrested every adult and teenager who
    had hampered our search. When it came to court, they were represented by
    Legal Aid, of course, who claimed that these people were innocent of the
    minor charges of public disorder and hindering police, because they were
    recent arrivals from a country where people have an historical hatred
    towards police, and that they also had poor communications skills and that
    the police had not executed the warrant in a manner that was acceptable to
    the Muslim occupants.

    The magistrate, well known to police as one who convicted fewer than one
    in ten offenders brought before him during his term at Burwood local
    court, threw the matter out, siding with the occupants and condemning the
    police. I remember thinking, thank heavens we don't run into many Lebanese
    drug dealers.

    In 1994 I was stationed at Redfern. A well known Lebanese family who lived
    not far from the old Redfern Police Academy were terrorising the locals
    with random assaults, drug dealing, robberies and violent anti-social
    behaviour. When some young policeman from Redfern told me about them,
    curiosity got the better of me and I asked them to show me the street they
    lived in. Despite the misgivings of the young policeman, I eventually saw
    this family and the presence they had in the immediate area. As we drove
    away in our marked police car, a half-brick bounced on the roof of the
    vehicle. The driver kept going.

    I said, "What are you doing, they've just hit the car with a house brick!"

    The young constable said, "Oh, they always do that when we drive past."

    The police were either too scared or too lazy to do anything about it. The
    damage bill on police cars became costly and these street terrorists grew
    stronger and the police became purely defensive. You see, the Police Royal
    Commission was about to start and the police retreated inside themselves
    knowing that the judicial system considered them easy targets. The police
    did not want to get hurt or attract Internal Affairs complaints.

    Call me stupid, call me a dinosaur, but I made sure that day that at least
    one person in the group that threw the brick was arrested. I began by
    approaching the group just as that magistrate had lectured me and the
    other police involved in the Croydon search warrant. I simply asked who
    threw the brick. I was greeted with abuse and threats. I then reverted to
    the old ways of policing. I grabbed the nearest male and convinced him
    that it was he who had thrown the brick. His brave mates did nothing. By
    the time we arrived at the police station, this young fool had become
    compliant, apologetic and so afraid that he kept crying.

    You may not agree with what I did, but I paraded this goose around the
    police station for all the young police to see what they had become
    frightened of. For some months after that, police routinely rounded up the
    family whenever it was warranted.

    However, some years later, with a change of Police Commander and the
    advent of duty officers under Peter Ryan, the family got back on top and
    within months had murdered a young Australian man who had wandered into
    their area drunk. They had set up a caravan where they sold drugs
    twenty-four hours a day. They tied up half the police station with
    Internal Affairs complaints ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous,
    but under Peter Ryan, these complaints were always treated seriously.

    In effect, this family had taken control of Redfern. Senior police did
    their best to limit police action against them, fearing an avalanche of IA
    complaints that would count against the Commander at Peter Ryan's next Op
    Crime Review.

    I hope the examples I have just used don't give the impression that I am a
    racist or a bully. The point I want to make from the start is that
    policing has never been rocket science. It is about human dynamics, street
    psychology, experience, a little bit of theatre and a substantial quantity
    of common sense. Sure, forensics and the advances of DNA, rapid
    fingerprint identification and electronic eavesdropping have taken
    policing to a new level of sophistication, but ultimately, when an
    offender is identified by whatever means, scientific or otherwise, it all
    comes down to the interaction between the investigator and the offender
    during the arrest and interview process. Violent and abusive offenders do
    not respect the law or those who enforce it. But they do respect the
    old-style cop who doesn't take a backward step and can't be intimidated.
    When they encounter cops like that, they fold quickly - there is rarely
    much behind the veneer of bravado.

    In 1996 with the arrival of Peter Ryan, and the continued public
    humiliation of the New South Wales Police through the Wood Royal
    Commission, a chain of events began that have affected the police so
    deeply and so completely that, as far as ensuring community safety is
    concerned, I fear it will take at least a generation to regain the lost
    ground.

    IT WAS ABOUT 1995 to 1996 that the emergence of Middle Eastern crime
    groups was first observed in New South Wales. Before then they had been
    largely known for individual acts of anti-social behaviour and loose
    family structures involved in heroin importation and supply as well as
    motor vehicle theft and conversion. The one crime that did appear
    organised before this period was insurance fraud, usually motor vehicle
    accidents and arson. Because these crimes were largely victimless, they
    were dealt with by insurance companies and police involvement was limited.
    But from these insurance scams, a generation of young criminals emerged to
    become engaged in more sophisticated crimes, such as extortion, armed
    robbery, organised narcotics importation and supply, gun running,
    organised factory and warehouse break-ins, car theft and conversion on a
    massive scale including the exporting of stolen luxury vehicles to Lebanon
    and other Middle Eastern countries.

    As the police began to gather and act on intelligence on these emerging
    Middle Eastern gangs the first of the series of events took place. The New
    South Wales Police was restructured under Peter Ryan. Crime Intelligence,
    the eyes and ears of all police forces throughout the world, was
    dismantled overnight and a British-style intelligence unit was created.
    The formation of this unit and its functions has been best described by Dr
    Richard Basham - as a library stocking outdated books. The new Crime
    Intelligence and Information Section became completely reactive. It
    received crime intelligence from the field and stored it. Almost no
    relevant intelligence was ever dispensed to operational police from 1997
    until I left in 2002. It was a disgrace.

    One of the fundamental problems that arose out of the new intelligence
    structure was that it no longer had a field capacity or a target
    development capacity. With the old BCI there were field teams that were
    assigned to look into emerging trends. Vietnamese, Romanian and Hong Kong
    Chinese groups were all targeted after intelligence grew on their
    activities. When the alarm bells went off over growing intelligence
    concerns about a new or current crime group, covert operations were
    mounted.

    When the Middle Eastern crime groups emerged in the mid-to-late 1990s no
    alarms were set off. The Crime Intelligence unit was asleep. I know
    personally that operational police in south-west Sydney compiled enormous
    amounts of good intelligence on the formation of Lebanese groups such as
    the Telopea Street Boys and others in the Campsie, Lakemba, Fairfield and
    Punchbowl areas. The inactivity could not have been because the
    intelligence reports weren't interesting, because I have read many of them
    and from a policing perspective they were damning. Many of the offenders
    that you now see in major criminal trials or serving lengthy sentences in
    prison were identified back then.

    But even more frustrating for operational police were the activities of
    this ethnic crime group, activities that set it apart from almost all
    others bar the Cabramatta 5T. The Lebanese groups were ruthless, extremely
    violent, and they intimidated not only innocent witnesses, but even the
    police that attempted to arrest them. As these crime groups encountered
    less resistance in terms of police operations and enforcement, their power
    grew not only within their own communities, but also all around Sydney -
    except in Cabramatta, where their fear of the South-East Asian crime
    groups limited their forays. But the rest of Sydney became easy pickings.

    The second in the series of events began to take shape with Peter Ryan's
    executive leadership team. Under Ryan's nose they began to carve up the
    New South Wales Police and form little kingdoms where a senior police
    officer ruled almost untouched by outside influence. They then appointed
    their own commanders in the police stations. Almost all of them had little
    or no street experience; but they in turn brought along their friends as
    duty officers, similarly inexperienced. Some of the experience these
    police counted on their resumes included stints at Human Resources, the
    Academy, the Police Band in one case, the various cubby-holes in Police
    Headquarters, almost no operational policing experience - yet they were
    tasked to lead. Never has the expression "the blind leading the blind"
    been more appropriate.

    The impact that this leadership team had on day-to-day operational
    policing was disastrous. In many of the key areas that were experiencing
    rapid rises in Middle Eastern crime, these new leaders became more
    concerned with relations between the police and ethnic minorities than
    with emerging violent crime. The power and influence of the local
    religious and minority leaders cannot be overstated. Police began to use
    selective law enforcement. They selected targets that were unlikely to use
    their ethnic background and cultural beliefs to hinder police
    investigations or arrests. It was mostly Anglo-Saxons and Asians that were
    the targets, because they were under-represented by religious leaders and
    the media. They were soft targets.

    AN EXAMPLE of the confrontations police nearly always experienced in
    Muslim-dominated areas when confronting even the most minor of crimes is
    an incident that occurred in 2001 in Auburn. Two uniformed officers
    stopped a motor vehicle containing three well known male offenders of
    Middle Eastern origin, on credible information via the police radio that
    indicated that the occupants of the vehicle had been involved in a series
    of break-and-enters. What occurred during the next few hours can only be
    described as frightening.

    When searching the vehicle and finding stolen property from the
    break-and-enter, the police were physically threatened by the three
    occupants of the car, including references to tracking down where the
    officers lived, killing them and "****ing your girlfriends". The two
    officers were intimidated to the point of retreating to their police car
    and calling for urgent assistance. When police back-up arrived, the three
    occupants called their associates via their mobile phones, which
    incidentally is the Middle Eastern radio network used to communicate
    amongst gangs. Within minutes as many as twenty associates arrived as well
    as another forty or so from the street where they had been stopped. As
    further police cars arrived, the Middle Eastern males became even more
    aggressive, throwing punches at police, pushing police over onto the
    ground, threatening them with violence and damaging police vehicles.

    When the duty officer arrived, he immediately ordered all police back into
    their vehicles and they retreated from the scene. The stolen property was
    not recovered. No offender was arrested for assaulting police or damaging
    police vehicles.

    But the humiliation did not end there. The group of Middle Eastern males
    then drove to the police station, where they intimidated the station
    staff, damaged property and virtually held a suburban police station
    hostage. The police were powerless. The duty officer ordered police not to
    confront the offenders but to call for back-up from nearby stations.
    Eventually the offenders left of their own volition. No action was taken
    against them.

    In the minds of the local population, the police were cowards and the
    message was, Lebs rule the streets. For a number of days, nothing was done
    to rectify this total breakdown of law and order. To the senior police in
    the area, it was more important to give the impression that local ethnic
    relations were never better. It was also important to Peter Ryan that no
    bad news stories appeared that may have given the impression that crime in
    any area was out of control. Had these hoodlums been arrested they would
    have filed IA complaints immediately via their Legal Aid lawyers and
    community leaders. To senior police, this was a cause for concern at the
    next Op Crime Review.

    So the incident was covered up until a few local veteran detectives found
    out about it and decided to act. They went quietly to the addresses of the
    three main offenders early one morning and took them away with a minimum
    of fuss and charged them. Some order was restored, but not nearly enough.

    By avoiding confrontations with these thugs, the police gave away the
    streets in many of these areas in south-western Sydney. By putting in
    place inexperienced senior police who had never copped the odd punch in
    the mouth or broken nose in the line of duty, the police force hung the
    community and the local police out to dry. Most of these duty officers had
    retreated to non-operational areas early in their careers because they
    couldn't stomach the risks of front-line policing. Yet they put their
    hands up to take vital operational roles because the positions are highly
    paid - duty officers receive about $30,000 to $40,000 a year more than a
    detective sergeant, which is ludicrous.

    When I say that this type of policing was condoned and encouraged across
    wide areas of New South Wales, I am not exaggerating. The problems in
    south-western Sydney are a direct result of covering up criminality
    because it went against the script that Peter Ryan and his executive had
    continually pushed in the media, day after day after day - that crime was
    on the decrease and Peter Ryan was the world's best police commissioner.

    In hundreds upon hundreds of incidents police have backed down to Middle
    Eastern thugs and taken no action and allowed incidents to go unpunished.
    Again I stress the unbelievable influence that local politicians and
    religious leaders played in covering up the real state of play in the
    south-west.

    The third event was the reforming of Criminal Investigations into a
    centrally controlled body called Crime Agencies. All the specialist crime
    squads were done away with: Arson, Armed Robbery, Drugs, Organised Crime,
    Special Breaking, Consorting, Vice, Gaming, Motor Vehicle Theft were
    wrapped up into one-size-fits-all. Ryan once boasted that by the time he
    finished retraining the New South Wales Police, constables could
    investigate a traffic accident in the morning and a homicide in the
    afternoon, a statement that summed up his Alice-in-Wonderland policing
    theories. All the expertise and experience evaporated overnight.

    It was as if the public hospitals had suddenly lost every surgeon and had
    GPs perform major surgery. No matter how bright and dedicated these GPs
    were, they would simply not have the expertise, the training and the
    experience to take over. It would be a disaster. Well, that is what
    happened to criminal investigation in this state. Crime Agencies was an
    unmitigated disaster. Yet those who designed and ran this farce have gone
    on to highly paid government jobs.

    The final straw for the New South Wales Police was the OCR - Op Crime
    Review, which Peter Ryan and his executive team came up with. It was
    loosely based on the groundbreaking Compstat program of the New York
    Police Department, the brainchild of Commissioner William Bratton. The
    difference between Ryan's OCR and the NYPD Compstat was that the NYPD
    model covered everything on the criminal waterfront. The Ryan-inspired OCR
    had just six crimes. And those six included domestic violence, random
    breath testing, theft, robbery, assaults and motor vehicle theft - no
    drugs, organised crime, firearms, shootings, attempted murders, homicides.
    The crimes that instil fear into the average citizen were ignored, and
    with plenty of innovative answers as to why. The OCR focused police
    attention on a limited number of crimes and allowed far more serious and
    deadly crimes to get out of control.

    SO WITH a police force on the verge of bankruptcy, the Middle Eastern
    crime problem was an explosion waiting to go off. I had observed the
    beginnings of Asian organised crime whilst at the Drug Squad and later at
    the National Crime Authority where I worked on two task forces, one of
    which was on Chinese organised crime. When I look back on the influence of
    Chinese organised crime in Australia, I see a gradual but sustained trend,
    not one of high peaks in terms of activity or incidents, but one of a well
    planned criminal enterprise that attracts little attention. It's there but
    you can't always see it.

    It probably took twenty years for the Chinese to become a dominant force
    in crime in this city. But Middle Eastern crime has taken less than ten
    years. So pervasive is their influence on organised crime that rival
    ethnic groups, with the exception of the Asian gangs, have been squeezed
    out or made extinct. The only other crime group to have survived intact
    are the bikies, although the bikies these days have legitimised many of
    their operations and now make as much money from legal means as they do
    illegally. In many ways they have adopted US Mafia methods of legitimate
    businesses shrouding their illegal operations.

    With no organised crime function, no gang unit except for the South-East
    Asian Strike Force, the New South Wales Police turned against every
    convention known to Western policing in dealing with organised crime
    groups. In effect the Lebanese crime gangs were handed the keys to Sydney.

    The most influential of the Middle Eastern crime groups are the Muslim
    males of Telopea Street, Bankstown, known as the Telopea Street Boys. They
    and their associates have been involved in numerous murders over the past
    five years, many of them unprovoked fatal attacks on young Australian men
    for no other reason than that they are "Skips", as they call Australians.
    They have been involved in all manner of crime on a scale we have never
    seen before. Ram-raids on expensive stores in the city are epidemic. The
    theft of expensive motor vehicles known as car-jacking is increasing at an
    alarming rate. This crime involves gangs finding a luxury motor vehicle
    parked outside a restaurant or hotel and watching until the occupants
    return to drive home. The car is followed, the victims assaulted at
    gunpoint, and the vehicle stolen. The vehicles are always around or above
    the $100,000 mark and are believed to be taken to warehouses before being
    shipped interstate or to the Middle East.

    Extortion on inner-city nightclubs is largely unreported because of the
    dire consequences of owners reporting these incidents to police. When I
    worked at City Central Detectives just before I retired, I was involved in
    the initial investigation of one brave nightclub owner in the inner city
    who did report this crime. The Lebanese criminals were arrested after a
    sting operation. However, I believe that after many violent threats the
    owner sold up and now lives interstate. He once had a thriving business
    that for a nightclub ran a reputable service, keeping out drugs,
    maintaining safety for patrons and co-operating with the police.

    The tactics used by the gang were simple. A large number of Middle Eastern
    males would enter the club, upwards of twenty at a time. They would
    outnumber the security staff and begin assaulting Australian male patrons,
    sometimes stabbing them. The incident would be over in minutes and the
    gang members would be long gone before police arrived. A few days later,
    senior members of the gang, well dressed and business-like, would approach
    the club owners and offer to provide protection from similar incidents for
    around $2000 to $3000 a week. Many of the owners paid up and considered it
    a necessary expense in keeping their business viable. If they didn't pay
    up, or contacted the police, the gangs would wait some weeks, even months,
    before returning to the nightclub and extracting a terrible revenge on the
    owners, who would pay up or leave. There is compelling intelligence that
    in one well-known entertainment precinct in the city, nearly all the bars,
    nightclubs and hotels pay protection money to Middle Eastern crime gangs.

    The extent to which Middle Eastern crime gangs have moved into the drug
    market is breathtaking. They are now the main suppliers of cocaine in this
    city and are now developing markets in south-eastern Queensland and
    Victoria. They are major suppliers of heroin in and around the inner city,
    south-western Sydney and western Sydney.

    What sets the Middle Eastern gangs apart from all other gangs is their
    propensity to use violence at any time and for any reason. I thought I
    would never see the level and type of violence that I saw with the
    South-East Asian gangs in Cabramatta, particularly the 5T, the Four Aces
    and Madonna's Mob, which were a breakaway from the old 5T.But the
    violence, although horrific, was almost always local, that is within the
    Cabramatta area and almost always against fellow Asians. As a result of
    that locally based violent crime it was relatively easy to identify the
    culprits and break them up once we were given the resources after the
    police revolt of 1999 - 2000.

    The Middle Eastern cycle of violence is not local. It can occur on the
    central coast, around Cronulla, Bondi, Darling Harbour, Five Dock,
    Redfern, Paddington, anywhere in Sydney. Unlike their Vietnamese
    counterparts, they roam the city and are not confined to either Cabramatta
    or Chinatown. And even more alarming is that the violence is directed
    mainly against young Australian men and women. There is a clear and
    definite link between violent attacks on our young men and women being
    racial as well as criminal. Quite often when taking statements from young
    men attacked by groups of Lebanese males around Darling Harbour, a common
    theme has been the racially motivated violence against the victims simply
    because they are Australian.

    I wonder whether the inventors of the racial hatred laws introduced during
    the golden years of multiculturalism ever took into account that we, the
    silent majority, would be the target of racial violence and hatred. I
    don't remember any charges being laid in conjunction with the gang rapes
    of south-western Sydney in 2001, where race was clearly an issue and race
    was used to humiliate the victims. But then, unbelievably, a
    publicly-funded document produced by the Anti-Discrimination Board called
    "The Race for Headlines" was circulated, and it sought not only to cover
    up race as a motive for the rapes, but to criticise any accurate media
    reporting on this matter as racially biased. It worries many operational
    police that organisations like the Anti-Discrimination Board, the Privacy
    Council and the Civil Liberties Council have become unaccountable and push
    agendas that don't represent the values that this great country was built
    on.

    MANY OF YOU would have heard of the horrific problems in France with the
    outbreak of unprecedented crimes amongst an estimated five million Muslim
    immigrants. Middle Eastern males now make up 45,000 of the 90,000 inmates
    in French prisons. There are no-go areas in Paris for police and citizens
    alike. The rule of law has broken down so badly that when police went to
    one of these areas recently to round up three Islamic terrorists, they
    went in armoured vehicles, with heavy weaponry and over 1000 armed
    officers, just to arrest a few suspects. Why did it need such numbers?
    Because the threat of terrorist reprisal was minimal compared to the
    anticipated revolt by thousands of Middle Eastern and North African
    residents who have no respect for the rule of law in France and consider
    intrusions by police and authority a declaration of war.

    The problems in Paris in Muslim communities are being replicated here in
    Sydney at an alarming rate. Paris has seen an explosion of rapes committed
    by Middle Eastern males on French women in the past fifteen years. The
    rapes are almost identical to those in Sydney. They are not only committed
    for sexual gratification but also with deep racial undertones along with
    threats of violence and retribution. What is more alarming is the
    identical reaction by some sections of the media and criminologists in
    France of downplaying the significance of race as an issue and even
    ganging up on those people who try to draw attention to the widening gulf
    between Middle Eastern youth and the rest of French society.

    That is what we are seeing here. The usual suspects come out of their
    institutions and libraries to downplay and even cover up the growing
    problem of Middle Eastern crime. Why? My opinion, for what it's worth, is
    that these same social engineers have attempted to redefine our society.
    They have experimented with all manner of institutions, from prisons to
    mental institutions and recently to policing.

    Some of the problems we now see with policing are the result of Peter
    Ryan's dream of restructuring and retraining police. The Police Academy
    was changed from a police training college into a university teaching
    social sciences and very little else. Constantly I would see young police
    emerge from the academy with a view that as police officers they were
    counsellors, psychologists, marriage guidance experts, social workers and
    advocates for social change but with almost no skills in street policing.
    Their training had placed not only them in danger, but also their
    workmates and the community.

    Policing is about enforcing the rule of law. It has never been about
    analysing every offender for the root causes of crime. That is not our
    job. The police enforce the law and protect the community regardless of
    race, colour or religion. What we have seen in south-west Sydney is ethnic
    communities being policed selectively. The implications for this are
    frightening when you look at Paris. They had selective policing of a
    particular community, which as a result is now out of control.

    In February 2001 when I appeared before the Cabramatta inquiry, I gave
    evidence which at the time was controversial and attracted the usual
    claque of ratbags, lunatics from the ABC and their associates at the
    Sydney Morning Herald as well as that fruit loop Mike Carlton from 2UE. I
    said that this city is going to be torn apart by gang warfare the likes of
    which we have never seen before. In 2003 I was finally proven right, but I
    take no comfort from that. However, the criticism I received was
    unprecedented. I was a nutter, a liar, a racist, a disgruntled detective -
    but I was right. The critics still refuse to concede that we have a
    problem. They are still clinging to the multicultural theme. To highlight
    the problems with Middle Eastern communities in this city is to threaten
    to tear down the multicultural facade.

    The amount of money spent on the multicultural industry beggars belief. It
    is a lucrative and sustainable position for many. Governments pay huge
    money to anything that bears the word multicultural. Indeed the police
    department, like other government departments, spends vast amounts on
    multicultural issues, multicultural jobs, multicultural consultancies,
    education packages, legal advice, public relations and the rest. Having
    expended large amounts of money on multiculturalism, they are hardly
    likely to criticise it. Those that feed off multiculturalism are not
    likely to question it.

    WHEN I GAVE evidence to the Cabramatta inquiry, I risked my career and my
    safety in coming forward. I did it because I had sworn an oath to protect
    the community I served. That community was Cabramatta. Cabramatta is made
    up almost entirely of residents born outside this country, mostly
    South-East Asians, and their children. But when I went forward and exposed
    the shame of Cabramatta, the residents were not Asians in my eyes, but
    Australians no matter where they came from. It was my duty to speak up for
    them and to protect them. Race was never an issue. I have received many
    awards in my police career but the ones I hold dearest are those I
    received from the Cabramatta community.

    One old man who had spent seven years in refugee camps in South-East Asia
    before coming to Australia said the day he landed in Australia was like
    dying and coming to heaven. Cabramatta was a community of ordinary people
    like that old man, who recognised the problems of drugs and organised
    crime in their community and spoke up and agitated for change. It was a
    slightly built Vietnamese man named Thung Ngo who led the charge on behalf
    of a community that had had enough of crime and forced a parliamentary
    inquiry into Cabramatta which ultimately saved their community from
    destruction. Not once during that inquiry did I hear any member of the
    Cabramatta community - apart from the Anglo-Saxon local member - complain
    that they were being racially discriminated against because of the inquiry
    or its aftermath. They wanted change, they wanted a safe law-abiding
    community. It was my duty to do everything I could to honour my pledge to
    protect and to serve.

    But I have not heard anything like that from the Middle Eastern community.
    Initially the gang rapes were the fault of Australian culture, according
    to one religious leader in the south-west. I note that he has now softened
    his stance and is calling for change among Middle Eastern youth. But they
    are just words; there seem to be no Thung Ngos among them.

    What is it that draws such defence for this community from certain
    sections of the media? Why didn't they join in to defend the Asian
    community during the fallout from the Cabramatta inquiry? And where are
    these apologists when it comes to the plight of our first Australians, our
    indigenous peoples? Their cause is not trendy enough, not global like the
    refugee or Islamic issues. Yet one of the most depressing sights that has
    confronted me as a policeman is the shame of Redfern. I first saw
    Everleigh Street some twenty-two years ago, and nothing has changed since.
    The atmosphere of sheer hopelessness and desperation still hangs around
    the neck of every young Aborigine who lives in those ghettos, yet they
    hardly ever rate a mention.

    The Middle Eastern crime groups and their associates number in the
    thousands, not the hundreds as the government and senior police would have
    you believe. It is the biggest crime problem we have ever faced, and it is
    growing. Hardly a day goes past without some violent crime involving a
    "male of Middle Eastern appearance", though I see lately that description
    is watered down now to include "and / or Mediterranean appearance". To an
    operational policeman, there is a noticeable difference between an Italian
    and a Lebanese male.

    That these groups of males can roam a city and assault, rob and intimidate
    at will can no longer be denied or excused. You need only to look at Paris
    and other European countries that have had mass immigration from Middle
    Eastern countries to see the sort of problems we can expect in years to
    come. My prediction is that within ten years, Middle Eastern crime groups
    will spread rapidly across Australia as they seek to expand their
    enterprises. There will be no-go areas in south-western Sydney, just like
    Paris.

    Only recently I have seen quotes from senior police and retired police who
    claim that race is not the issue in organised crime. Those statements are
    stupid and dangerous. Organised crime groups with the exception of the
    bikies are almost always ethnically based - any experienced detective will
    tell you that. The days of Anglo-Saxon gangs are almost gone, with the
    exception of one or two local beach gangs.

    I also predict that there will be a dramatic rise in gang shootings as
    rival gangs compete for turf and business. This will be done with almost
    complete disregard for police attention, as they are well aware that the
    New South Wales Police has to be rebuilt from the ground up. We have seen
    in the past three years the phenomenon of drive-by shootings, Los
    Angeles-style. Not only are the increasing incidents a major cause of
    concern, but also the use of automatic weapons that spray hundreds of
    rounds at their targets. This is virtually unprecedented in this country.

    IN MANY WAYS, what we are seeing is the copying of Los Angeles gangs: the
    Crips, the Bloods and others. The motor vehicles, the music, the dress
    codes, the haircuts, the weaponry and the attitudes towards authority are
    almost identical. These gangs in Los Angeles have been around for nearly
    thirty years and a culture has grown around them. The culture surrounding
    the Middle Eastern gangs is still in its infancy but the transition is not
    far away.

    When William Bratton, the most innovative police commissioner of modern
    times, took over as Los Angeles Police Chief recently, he declared the
    gang problems there a national security problem, so serious that it was
    beyond the resources of the state of California. There is a lesson for us
    there, but we have to learn quickly, or this problem will overtake us.

    The blame for the rise of the gangs in Los Angeles is being spread around
    - politicians who refused to acknowledge that it was more than just an
    ethnic brotherhood searching for their roots; police inaction because of
    political constraints as well as incompetence; the civil liberties
    movement particularly among the California superior courts that refused
    for decades to use lengthy sentences as a deterrent to ethnic-based crime
    on the basis that it discriminated against minority groups. Whoever is to
    blame is now irrelevant, but they have left a terrible legacy for the
    young generations of citizens of Los Angeles who have to run the gauntlet
    of drug-crazed gangsters in the suburbs engaging in deadly shoot-outs and
    drive-bys nearly every day.

    The similarities between the situation here, with the denial by the
    government of the extent and the implications of Middle Eastern crime, and
    the early situation in Los Angeles is frightening. What we saw with
    Cabramatta was the covering up of a major problem by this government, who
    only acted when the game was up. It's all about denial. If they can get
    away with covering up it saves them the worry of making hard decisions and
    spending money on fixing problems that have been allowed to fester for
    years. The rail system that Michael Costa now has to fix is yet another
    example.

    There is no investment in the future. It is about looking good day by day.
    The Peter Ryan-style policing of day-to-day media spin is still present.
    No one seems to have the courage to say that this is a problem that we
    need to fix before it gets worse. The time when the Middle Eastern problem
    really takes root in this city, the point from which there is no return,
    just like Los Angeles, is but a few years away. The leaders of our
    government probably hope this will be another government's fault and that
    they won't be around to see their legacy. Maybe we should all buy a
    property in southern New Zealand.

    If the biggest threat to our society is not addressed honestly and
    effectively within the next two or three years it will take drastic action
    and enormous resources to bring it under control - if that is even
    possible. The action we can take now and the resources needed are a
    fraction of what it may cost in the future. The potential cost in human
    terms is unimaginable.

    There is also the serious possibility that some of these Middle Eastern
    youth that are engaged in organised crime and have no regard for our
    values and way of life may go a step further and engage in terrorist acts
    against Australia. The ingredients are there already. It is but a small
    step from urban terrorism to religious and political terrorism, as we have
    seen with groups such as the IRA, where organised crime often became
    interwoven with terrorism.

    I do not want to paint a picture of gloom, but as a policeman I have seen
    the destruction that gangs can wreak on innocent citizens who only want to
    live their lives in peace. I just hope we can trust the people in
    government and the police to ensure that we don't lose the values and the
    rights we have received from past generations.

    It is fitting that one day after Remembrance Day, when we look to what was
    handed to us by the Second World War generation, probably the most
    extraordinary generation of Australians in our short history, we should
    ask ourselves: Are we going to be remembered for handing a similar legacy
    to our children and grandchildren, or are we going to be remembered as the
    generation that did nothing about the scourge of gang violence and simply
    passed it on to them?


    Tim Priest, a retired detective, gave this talk on
    November 12 to a Quadrant dinner in Sydney.
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    ive heard about this kind of thing and the Riots going one right now between the middle eastern people and the Aussies supposed to be out of control with the cops running scared

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    This stuff quickly gets out of control - it obviously already has and without seriously heavy efforts, will continue to grow. Like as not they have something akin to MS-13 type gang strengths.

    It will not take conventional policing to control - more, it will take SWAT type approaches and even military assistance - it is not crime in the normal sense - it is an ethnic take-over of society thru lawlessness, intimidation and probably murder - to whatever degree ''they'' see fit to achieve a domination.

    Only heavy, very heavy methods will quell such things.
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    In the not-so-distant past of our own country, violent gangs that terrorized entire cities were eventually controlled by outraged citizens who formed "vigilance committees". Criminals either left town quickly or became part of the local decorations. I wonder if this is the direction Australia is headed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Team American
    In the not-so-distant past of our own country, violent gangs that terrorized entire cities were eventually controlled by outraged citizens who formed "vigilance committees". Criminals either left town quickly or became part of the local decorations. I wonder if this is the direction Australia is headed?
    Well the Aussies are effectively disarmed. How are they going to fight these guys without taking a lot of casualties? We have similar problems developing in the US with gangs and there has been no popular uprising against it. We are too "civilized" for this sort of thing.

    The police had better step on these criminals fast and hard or they will become an even bigger problem. I know a LEO who was involved in operations against MS13. They were relentless in their pursuits and prescence in known MS13 operating areas. They eventually pushed them out of his squad's operating area. Unfortunately they just moved to greener pastures about 8 miles down the road.

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    I read that and I don't know whether to be scared or sick. That is just pathetic, and it seems most of our so called civilized societies are going in that direction. If we don't stary controlling the outlaws we will end up losing everything.......

    A slap on the hand just doesn't work, and ignoring the problem will NOT make it go away! (Sigh, mini-rant off)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott
    We have similar problems developing in the US with gangs and there has been no popular uprising against it. We are too "civilized" for this sort of thing.
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    Too true...our society seems to embrace the gang culture through the hip-hop music/NBA thug entertainment industry.

    Our homegrown gangs seem to be different, though, from these muslim gangs...controlling drug sales turf and killing each other in contained violence areas has kept them "below the radar" for our outrage. Only the occasional innocent victim stirs our anger, but never to the point of "vigilance committee" action. We just get mad and wonder when our government "protectors" are going to put an end to it...after all, we have passed laws against this sort of activity.

    Kinda makes you wonder if all "civilized" societies are doomed to rot from within by becoming too soft and dependent on thier hired "wolves" to protect them...after they have pulled the wolves fangs, of course.
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    The way things are going everything will be run by gangs and they will be tolling the roads and into the neighbor hoods

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