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Attorney-General Christian Porter approved the laying of criminal charges that could put a former spy and his lawyer behind bars for two years for exposing Australia’s bugging of East Timor during contentious oil and gas negotiations.
The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions confirmed on Thursday that it had laid charges against the two men - a former officer of spy agency ASIS known only as Witness K and a lawyer previously contracted to the agency, Bernard Collaery.
Both men have been charged with telling the East Timor government about the bugging operation in 2004, in which surveillance devices were placed in the tiny country’s ministerial offices. This was allegedly done to gather intelligence on its internal deliberations over a dispute with Australia about how revenues would be split from the lucrative oil and gas fields lies under the sea between the two countries.
Mr Collaery, a former ACT attorney-general, is also charged with revealing details of the operation in a series of media interviews.
In circumstances that remain shrouded in official secrecy, an Australian citizen—reportedly a former military and intelligence officer—was prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned in Canberra last year via a criminal trial that was completely hidden from public scrutiny. Jailed for 15 months last year, the man was released in August but is still gagged by secret “Commonwealth orders” from informing anyone about his case.
The very existence of the man’s case was concealed from the public until November 8 when the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Supreme Court published a judgement dismissing his challenge to extraordinary actions by the ACT prison authorities and the Australian Federal Police to seize book manuscripts he had written in jail and raid the home of his brother, to whom he had sent a copy of the manuscripts. According to the court, the police operation was legal and necessary in order to avoid any risk of a breach of the secrecy orders.
No known precedent exists in Australia for a totally secret trial. For such proceedings and imprisonment to take place entirely behind closed doors, under undisclosed “Commonwealth orders,” points to the advanced nature of the police-state powers created over the past two decades.
The government is also demanding closed-door proceedings in the trial of an ex-military lawyer, David McBride, who revealed a cover-up of civilian killings and other violations conducted by Australian Special Forces units during the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.
Similar provisions could be invoked in any trials of the journalists who were subjected to intimidating AFP raids in June. Police ransacked the home of News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst, who reported plans for domestic surveillance by the Australian Signals Directorate. The AFP also raided the headquarters of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), which had published information about Special Forces war crimes in Afghanistan.
These raids followed the global precedent set by the April 11 arrest in London of Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder and journalist, and charging with “espionage” for exposing the war atrocities and anti-democratic conspiracies of the US government and its allies, including those in Canberra.
“Witness J’s” imprisonment confirms that the highest echelons of the political, military and intelligence establishment are engaged in intensive operations to deny the public any knowledge of the crimes, abuses and mass surveillance committed by the US-linked “security” agencies.
originally posted by: airforcerulessky
Please watch this video. Watch the water. We have all seen similar and this guy is Army specialist in intelligence. Very enlightening.
originally posted by: crankyoldman
I'll highlight the most important part.
Notice how in particular the C_NN Clone-bot with the glasses emphatically needs EVERYONE to accept what it says - demands it. Notice how IT's a last worder.
Notice how god himself could appear on that show and "the 'crime fighting agencies' say so god, so shut the hell up with your word of god stuff..." would be IT's entire M.O.
Teeeveee news is not and has never been about transferring information, It is mind control programming - mind control programmer systems and has been since day one.
It will never mea culpa, It will never be about balance, or unity or truth as It was born of a need to control minds and minds it controls. The sooner it dies the better for all.
How can people NOT hate that Clone-bot being their agent of "information?"
originally posted by: Slichter
a reply to: Justoneman
I didn't have a chance to read the early morning posts over breakfast and am still digesting the Stanton Friedman video posted last night. Stanton discussed "Q" clearance required for learning atomic physics, the megatonage requirements for the civilian bombing of Japan, and even forethought for supplying the childrens caskets. Lots of Quilt Guilt in these ATS "Q" threads that could be the result of not having a Q clearance? I haven't witnessed anything that required a "Q" clearance since I was out in the desert back in the 70's, and those memories I have stored in a folder marked "there be dragons". Where do you get off deciding anything about serious nut jobs on the left coast? Did you get that from reading Goethe? There are some people that enjoy autopsying children that have died from unnatural causes, especially where there has been an unusual amount of trauma and suffering. Lots of nuance required to determine an exact time of death etc.
Q clearance,ATS Quilt threads, and politics?
All out of my control, I can't even fix my friends Hyundai because my friend is not aware of the need. For him making money at his job is a priority above cleaning up the environment. If he had a need for more detailed performance he would have bought a BMW that has additional sensors and error codes.
originally posted by: liveandlearn
a reply to: SouthernGift
Thank you for the video. After reading The Black Cube of Saturn thread I really got hung up and contemplated the time concept in relation to the unfolded box. This vid is great at explaining.
So a hugh thank you.
The biggest lie is what the Crown and its agents refer to as “the rule of law”. In reality, it is not about law at all, but solely about the Crown Rule of all nations. For example, just read what President Bush stated on November 13, 2001, regarding the “rule of law:
Neither the American people nor the Queen of Britain own America. The Crown Temple owns America through the deception of those who have sworn their allegiance by oath to the Middle Templar Bar. The Crown Bankers and their Middle Templar Attornies Rule America through unlawful contracts, unlawful taxes, and contract documents of false equity through debt deceit, all strictly enforced by their completely unlawful, but “legal”, Orders, Rules and Codes of the Crown Temple Courts, our so-called “judiciary” in America. This is because the Crown Temple holds the land titles and estate deeds to all of North America.