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Be thankful for the increased security measures, delays and inconvenience that are necessary to keep us safe from wannabe jihadis plotting to inflict mayhem and destruction on Australian soil.

 

The only reason Australia has escaped a high casualty terror event is due to a combination of luck, distance and the work of our counter-terrorism forces.

THE United States is at risk of a “relentless” terror attack every single day, the Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security has chillingly warned.

 

Facing its highest terror threat in years, John Kelly confirmed the US is a “nation under attack”.

 

He said: “I tell you, without exaggeration, they try to carry out this mission each and every single day and no one can tell you how to stop it.”

 

The threat to our nation and our American way of life has not diminished. In fact, the threat has metastasised and decentralised.

 

He continued: “We are under constant attack by a wide range of adversaries with an even wider range of capabilities.

 

Australia has escaped large-scale, high-casualty terror attacks because of necessary evils.

 

 

Be thankful for the increased security measures, delays and inconvenience that are necessary to keep us safe from wannabe jihadis plotting to inflict mayhem and destruction on Australian soil.

 

The only reason Australia has escaped a high casualty terror event is due to a combination of luck, distance and the work of our counter-terrorism forces.

 

Before Saturday’s raids, there were a dozen “major terrorist plots” that police had successfully stopped in the past three years alone, according to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The latest plot involved bringing down a domestic flight with an explosive device and represents a worrying escalation from the relatively unsophisticated “lone wolf” attacks and plots we’ve seen in recent years.

 

A large-scale terror attack is a terrifying prospect but the planning that such an act requires does give counter-terrorism authorities, including ASIO and federal and state police forces, an opportunity to uncover and disrupt the plot.

 

At the weekend, heavily armed officers, some in gas masks and ballistic armour, raided properties in the Sydney suburbs of Lakemba, Wiley Park, Punchbowl and Surry Hills. Four men were arrested and a “considerable amount of material” was collected by police.

 

Airports are on high alert with the Prime Minister confirming that all major domestic and international terminals around the country will increase security measures to match the additional measures put in place at Sydney airport last week.

 

“This ensures national consistency of our aviation security arrangements,” Mr Turnbull said.

 

“Some of the measures will be obvious to the public, some will not be. Travellers should be prepared for additional scrutiny at screening points, and while it is important that Australians are aware of the increased threat, be assured we have the finest security and intelligence services in the world and they are working, as is my government, and all our governments around Australia, night and day, to keep Australians safe.”

 

The additional measures will mean long waits for travellers who have been warned to allow an extra two hours to pass security and to assist authorities by limiting the amount of carry-on and checked baggage.

 

Australia’s terror alert level remains at “probable”, with Mr Turnbull praising the “outstanding work” of counter-terrorism teams.

 

“The tight co-operation and collaboration between our intelligence and security agencies is the key to keeping Australians safe from terrorism,” he said.

 

“The No. 1 priority of my government, and my commitment to the Australian people, is to keep them safe. Every day, every hour, we are focused on ensuring that our defences against terrorism are stronger than ever, that our co-operation is tighter than ever, that our co-ordination is swifter than ever before.”