Australian Prime Minister John Howard says he’s received credible intelligence about a potential terrorist attack in Australia. He can’t say where, or when, or what’s being planned. Giving out too much information could tip off the suspects, endanger the informant, or scuttle the police operation. However, the information isn’t enough to warrant raising Australia’s security alert level. But it is enough to need an urgent amendment to anti-terror laws, which is rushed into Parliament hours later. The amendment will change one word in a series of clauses a€’ replacing “the” with “a” when referring to terrorist attacks. such amendment will allow police or other law enforcement agencies to make a case against people who may be in the very early stages of planning a terrorist attack, whose plans are not advanced enough to fit the definition of “the” terrorist attack.