Queensland Premier Campbell Newman threatened in viral video apparently posted by hacker group Anonymous

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PREMIER Campbell Newman has vowed to continue his war on bikies despite mounting online campaigns against him and a major security breach which has now impacted on his family.

Police are investigating after the Premier’s home address and both his and his wife Lisa’s personal mobiles were circulated on social media by those protesting his anti-bikie laws.

It has sparked fears the information has made its way into the hands of the bikie gangs being targeted by the government.
Newman defends bikie crackdown
Police are also looking into a Youtube video posted by an “activist” claiming to be linked to International group Anonymous, which criticises Mr Newman’s anti-bikie laws and quotes the group’s famous sign off: “We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us”.
The video’s content was being viewed as a direct threat against the Premier.
A second video was uploaded on Sunday criticising coverage of the post and alleging the person behind it was inferring Mr Newman would be punished at the ballot box come election time, not via a physical threat.
The Courier-Mail understands Mr Newman and his wife received multiple confronting phone calls overnight Saturday after their mobile numbers were circulated on social media.
“This breach of the Premier’s privacy is concerning and regrettable,” a spokesman said of the posting.
“It is particularly distasteful given it involves the Premier’s family. But such appalling tactics will not dissuade the premier or the Newman Government from the decisive action so vital to ensure the safety of all Queenslanders.
“The police are aware of the situation, and appropriate measures have been taken.”
A staff member at a Brisbane car dealership originally photographed and posted the details on his Facebook page in August this year.
A spokesman for the dealership said the apprentice took it down quickly but it was too late and had been circulated. Mr Newman and his family were plagued by menacing phone calls.
The spokesman said the apprentice wrote a letter of apology and remains in his job despite the privacy breach as they believed there was no malice involved.
Mr Newman’s office declined to comment further on the Youtube post but Transport Minister Scott Emerson described it as concerning.
“It always concerns me if I see these kinds of videos,” Mr Emerson said.
“But I think the message is Queenslanders have to unite to fight against these criminal gangs.
“We need to take a united approach to really wipe these criminal gangs out of Queensland.”
Security has been beefed up for the Premier and ministers since late September when he went public with plans to implement tough new laws to crack down on bikie gangs, their associates and their businesses.
Police are also stationed outside the government’s Executive Building and extra security measures have been put in place at Parliament House.
The laws have not only upset the bikie gangs but have raised the hackles of recreational motorcycle riders and civil libertarians who claim the government has gone too far.

EARLIER, police are investigating a threatening video address to Queensland Premier Campbell Newman apparently posted by hacker group Anonymous.

The four-and-a-half minute video titled “Anonymous Message to Campbell Newman” has already been viewed close to 65,000 times on YouTube since being posted on Thursday.

It features a masked man speaking in a digitally altered voice about the State Government’s Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD) legislation.

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An image from the anonymous video posted on YouTube in which Premier Campbell Newman is threatened over the Queensland Government’s anti-bikie laws.

The laws were passed by parliament last month as part of the Premier’s much publicised “war on bikies” and include mandatory jail terms of six months to 25-years for associating with criminal organisations.

“To those of you who believe this is going to be used against criminal bikie gangs and only bikie gangs, I would urge you to think again and do some research into the document,” the message says.

“In the name of community safety the legislation makes very large and serious incursions into fundamental human rights including the right to be free from arbitrary detention and the right to free speech and association.”

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An image from the anonymous video posted on YouTube in which Premier Campbell Newman is threatened over the Queensland Government’s anti-bikie laws.

A senior government source suggested the video message may have been written by lawyers but Michael Cope from the Queensland Council of Civil Liberties denied any involvement.

“I haven’t even seen it,” said Mr Cope yesterday.

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