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I'm completely ignorant of Australian Politics, but I noticed the article says "Federal Government's crackdown on indigenous child abuse." Is there some back story to this, what types of abuses are being alleged by them? It does sound pretty fishy...
Originally posted by justsomeaussie
There is nothing going on dude.
1st thing. The miltiary they are using is for logistic support (trucks, supplies and medical facilites) Its not operation saber, its exercise Talisman Sabre.
Its just a joint exercise held every two years off the east coast. I did it a few years but its nothing special, just mainly training for landing a lot of troops in a small amout of time. Similar exercises are done all the time.
2nd thing, did you just put the Pine Gap thing out there because it happens to be in the same state? Really dude, have a bit of a think if there was something secret going on they wouldn't advertise that they are sending troops around would they.
The military has frequently deployed troops overseas without the media being informed. The most recent example is East Timor in May 2006
3rd Thing, Pine Gap is just a satelite relay/intereception station. Its a joint American/Australian facility. Nothing crazy, its just that its targets are classified.
I love the rumours that its an underground base for recharging submarine batteries!! Imagine the logistics to dig a tunnel that huge - darwin to alice springs. All the contractors that would have to be in on it, it would take half the country to build something like that. Surely, wouldn't you just have one on the coast!!!?
I know i'll be called a plant, or a government agent or something but have a but of a think about things before posting.
btw, I did actually serve in the army for 8 years so i have a pretty good concept of the military.