[ISN] Farcical security breach at Lavarack barracks

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2009 01:32:00 -0500 (CDT)

By Peter Michael, David Earley and Stefanie Balogh
Courier Mail
August 06, 2009 

SECURITY at Queensland's largest army base is so lax that would-be 
terrorists could drive through the front gate under the guise of playing 

The ease at which the Lavarack Barracks in Townsville can be entered 
comes as Prime Minister Kevin Rudd yesterday ordered an emergency review 
of security weaknesses at all of the nation's army bases.

Concerns have been raised that Australian troops are at risk because 
facilities are protected by private unarmed security guards.

Five suspected terrorists, with alleged links to Somali group 
al-Shabaab, have been arrested in Victoria after police foiled an 
alleged plot to launch a Mumbai-style suicide attack on Sydney's 
Holsworthy Army Base.

The accused men allegedly wanted to open fire on as many soldiers as 

In Queensland, holes in security allowed The Courier-Mail to infiltrate 
the Lavarack Barracks without a security pass and then take photographs 
of sensitive key installations, troops in training and soldiers' 

Over 90 minutes, this newspaper was not challenged or questioned by 
civilian security guards.

The Courier-Mail was waved through the main gatehouse under the ruse of 
going to playing a round of golf at Lavarack Golf club in the heart of 
the military complex.


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