Australian espionage service revises ‘terror meters’

Australian espionage agency Asio is going to talk about terrorists or extremists differently. According to the chief, Mike Burgess, the terms Islamic extremism and extreme right extremism create misunderstandings. They lack purpose nowadays and the Asio wants to talk about “ideologically motivated violent extremism” or “religiously motivated violent extremism.”

According to Burgess, research focuses mainly on figures who pose a danger due to violent extremism and does not investigate his service on the basis of political or religious background of suspects. Moreover, the extremists are increasingly not particularly extreme left or right. They hang on to certain ideas about the collapse of the social order or about conspiracies that are not really left or right. He also mentioned violent misogynists (misogynists) or people from the group called ‘incel’, involuntarily celibate.

“Rightly that certain Muslim communities complain”

Burgess also wants to get rid of Islamic extremism because he believes that certain Muslim communities rightly complain that the frequent use of the term stigmatizes all Islamites and divides society. According to local media in the capital Canberra, the Australian espionage chief said on Wednesday that there is a reasonable chance that the country will be hit by a violent extremist.

According to him, the average ideologically motivated extremist is a man around 25 years old. The ideological extremists are more spread across the country than the other extremists, and there seem to be a lot more of them. What makes it difficult for the espionage service is that ideological violent extremists are increasingly not selling shatches or hammers and sickles, but are often fairly well-educated young people from the middle class who have socio-economic grievances. Because coronameasures make people more likely to be at home on the internet, it is easier to create all kinds of extremist groups online.