Calls to the government’s National Security hotline are confidential aren’t they? Well… maybe not.
I hope this finds you before you leave Australia as I think its something that won’t surprise you but might give you a smile when you are sitting in a hotel room. I work in one of those Government areas that deals with anti terrorism matters. A fine service is provided but unfortunately we get to read a lot of things submitted by lunatics. The Australian Government set up the National Security Hotline to report terrorists.
The person who sat next to you on the flight from New Zealand does not agree with your politics or choice of reading and so nominated you as a possible threat. As they were too cowardly or stupid to leave their details I can’t call them to discuss their idiocy with them.
It’s no surprise that innocuous activities like reading a book can get someone reported to the government’s hotline. But what ought to be a little shocking is the idea that the hotline’s "trained and experienced advisers" might think it’s ok to leak these reports back to the person who’s being reported on.
Is the letter for real? I have no idea.
And yes, Rollins has been to Afghanistan.
Update: In the comments thread Geoff Honnor is justifiably sceptical about this story:
…no-one from National Security is going to be dumb enough to embark on
illegal informal “warn-out” contact with a security hotline reportee and then leave a name and contact details for a response.
The trouble is that Kathy McCabe’s quirky Daily Telegraph story has been picked up by the Huffington Post in the United States. That’s going to have consequences. The Huffington Post is a kind of left wing Drudge Report and has a large, politically engaged readership. My guess is that this story, like the recent Leunig hoax , has another news cycle left in it. I’m not sure how this one ends.
Update 2: The tale has developed a new twist as it passes through the blogosphere. At Mind Set Central Gareth is now reporting: "Rollins then received a letter from the Australian government warning him not to read such books in future."
Update: 3: The "Rollins… then received a letter from the Australian government warning him not to read such books in future" addition seems to have started at Alex Jones’ Prison Planet in a piece by Paul Joseph Watson.
Just for some background, according to his website infowars.com:
Alex Jones is considered by many to be the grandfather of what has come to be known as the 9/11 Truth Movement.
Jones predicted the 9/11 attack in a July 2001 television taping when he warned that the Globalists were going to attack New York and blame it on their asset Osama bin Laden.