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ASIO chief Paul O’Sullivan refused entry into two venues during APEC but Osama bin Laden lookalike in fake Canadian motorcade, waved-through

Posted by gasweek on 18 September, 2007

ASIO chief Paul O’Sullivan was refused entry into two venues during APEC leaders’ week in Sydney, but an Osama bin Laden lookalike in a fake Canadian motorcade was waved through two police checkpoints, reported The Australian, (10/9/2007), p. 9.

Laughably incompetent: APEC security was a bizarre combination of the laughably incompetent and the overzealous, critics say. The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation said O’Sullivan was not inconvenienced by the suspicious officers who blocked his entry into the venues. “It was a minor administrative detail, quickly worked out,” a spokesman said yesterday.

10,000 at least in security force: Overt and covert forces saturated the city. As many as 3500 police officers saturated the city centre through the week; and helicopters buzzed motorcades through deserted streets. The NSW police force was alloted about $80 million by the commonwealth to provide first-tier security. The remaining $90 million from the security budget was spent on below-the-radar measures: ASIO, the AFP, Customs and other security agencies. The military also played a largely unseen role, with 1500 Operation Deluge troops on standby.

The Australian, 10/9/2007, p. 9

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