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(generated from captions) in a massive security operation. And there are reports just coming in that al-Qaeda's No.2 leader, Al Zawahiri, has issued a video warning there'll be more attacks on the city. We'll cross there shortly to ask the former British intelligence analyst Lieutenant Colonel Crispin Black. That's coming up. First our other headlines. Risking truth and human rights. One of Australia's pre-eminent jurists raises deep concerns about the trial of David Hicks. And Helen Coonan goes bush to talk Telstra as the locals make it clear they're in no mood for change. Something's got to be kept government. That way it's kept in line. Otherwise, nah, nah, business ruins everything. Big business. The Prime Minister has tonight condemned comments by a Muslim cleric in Melbourne who's told the ABC that Islam is the only acceptable religion and that Osama bin Laden is "a great man". Abdul Nasser Ben Brika, who is also known as Abu Bakr, has been under watch by ASIO for some time. His passport has been revoked and in June agents raided his home and removed a number of documents. Abu Bakr maintains that he's no threat to Australia despite acknowledging that some of his students have attended terrorist training camps. And his refusal to tell them not to engage in violence. And his refusal to tell them not to engage in violence. The story was first reported earlier this evening on the '7:30 Report'. Lateline's Michael Edwards has more. In June, ASIO conducted a series of raids on properties in Melbourne. The '7:30 Report' tonight revealed one property raided belongs to 45-year-old Abdul Nacer Ben Brika, also known as Abu Bakr. Born in Algeria, he's lived in Melbourne's northern suburbs for 16 years. He's a father of six and the self-styled leader of a group with fundamentalist links. He wasn't charged after the raids and he maintains he's not a threat. But he does refuse to condemn Osama bin Laden. What do you think of Osama bin Laden? Osama bin Laden is a great man. Osama was a great man before 11 September. They said he did it and until now nobody knows who did it. Abu bakr also outlined to journalist Nick McKenzie his hardline interpretation of Islam, which sees little room for other religions. I am telling you that my religion doesn't tolerate other religions. It doesn't tolerate. The only one law which needs to spread - it can be here or anywhere else - is Islam. Abu Bakr also places Islamic law on an equal footing with secular laws. But don't you think Australin Muslims - Muslims living in Australia - also have a responsibility to adhere to Australian law? To not fight, for instance, if they do go to Iraq? To not fight against Australian troops? To make sure they follow the laws of this country? This is big problem. There are two laws - there is an Australian law and there is an Islamic law. To the Prime Minister, these views are unacceptable. The very basis of our secular society as a wholly -- holy member of the Christian law, I regard myself as an Australian being subject to the laws of this country. The '7:30 Report' also revealed Abu Bakr has been in ASIO's sights for some time, having his passport removed in March this year after it was assessed that Abu Bakr also refused to condemn some of his students who've received terror training in central Asia. Isn't it important that you tell them they shouldn't go and engage in violence? If I do this, it means I am betraying my religion. On Monday, former ASIO assistant director Michael Roach told Lateline up to 60 potential terrorists could be operating in Australia. subject to the laws of this country. Perhaps the number is around 50 of 60 in Australia that are working in separate cells. The threat is real. It's a matter of when will this happen. This figure was confirmed It's a matter of when will this happen. by Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty. The Prime Minister acknowledges locally-based terror groups could prove the hardest to stop. What's shaken people about London is that it was carried out by native people not terrorists who flew in. It shook people. Tonight in Sydney, Kim Beazley launched a scathing attack on the Government saying it's left the country unprepared to stop a terror attack. It's a matter of when will this happen. Resourcing our intelligence agencies in the Federal Police to conduct as many joint international operations as necessary is in Australia's national interest. Being bogged down in Iraqi quagmire is not. Making Australia a safe haven against terrorism is absolutely in haven against terrorism is absolutely in Australia's national interest, being bogged down in an Iraqi quagmire is not. Mr Beazley has called on the Government to improve rail, maritime and critical infrastructure security as well as convene a national summit on counter-terrorism. Michael Edwards, Lateline. The Federal Government is continuing to shrug off criticism of the US military commission set up to try Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks. Today one of Australia's pre-eminent jurists raised serious concerns about the commission process, claiming it puts human rights and the truth at risk. Former High Court judge Mary Gaudron says she's horrified and has questioned the Government's claims that Mr Hicks can't be tried in this country. From Canberra, Narda Gilmore reports. The Australian Government maintains it's satisfied David Hicks will get a fair trial despite claims the US military commission process is rigged. It's a position that has alarmed former High Court judge, Mary Gaudron. It horrifies me to think that this is good enough.