Much of the content of this page was originally at The Meaning of the Kuta Bombing.
In March 2003, with Australian participation in the U.S.-led war on Iraq, it became clear that the Howard government has destroyed the sovereignty of Australia by allowing the United States to dictate Australian foreign policy. The Australian prime minister and his cronies in the Australian cabinet no longer (if they ever did) act primarily for the benefit of the Australian people but for the furtherance of the aims of American government and multinational corporate interests, with Australia as their junior partner in the exploitation of the people and resources of the region.
In August 2003 it became clear that these traitors have actively begun to implement the American program for control of the southwest Pacific (as part of the U.S. plan for global dominance), firstly by setting up the legal and political structures making possible the required diplomatic, economic and military intervention in this area, and secondly by forcing the installation of an Australian as secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum. These plans for hegemony over the southwest Pacific have been implemented without consulting the Australian people, but rather at the direction of Washington, which clearly sees the Australian government as a vassal state and as its compliant and willing tool in this region of the world. Most Australians, of course, are blissfully unaware of this, thinking (when they think at all) only of personal domestic concerns, allowing their treacherous political leaders to do whatever they want.
Since then the Australian parliament has followed the lead of the U.S. (and sometimes has preceded the U.S.) in passing draconian laws restricting the freedom of Australian citizens (under the pretext of "protecting" them, of course) and denying basic human rights (such as the right to remain silent when accused of a crime). Australia has also been in the forefront of civil asset forfeiture legislation. And, of course, whenever the U.S. foments a war the Australian government is a willing participant in the evil.
Here's what one very astute Australian, "Mulga Mumblebrain", had to say on the subject (in September 2014 on The Saker's blog):
Australia is a 'failure' as a state and society, on every level. Our political and business elites are dullards, slavishly loyal to the USA and Israel, ever ready to follow the Real Evil Empire into any aggression. The MSM is dominated by the Murdoch cancer, currently in a period of heightened Islamophobic hatred, fresh on the heels of its total support for Israel's ritual bloodbath in Gaza. The society is, after thirty years of Market Absolutist imbecility, ever more unequal, brainlessly materialistic and utterly uncultured (I find it a very rare day when I meet anyone who has even heard of Schubert, for example, let alone one with some knowledge of his genius). The indigenous [i.e., the Aborigines] are imprisoned at world's highest rates, their children being removed from their families again, their tenuous 'land rights' are under continuing attack and they bore the brunt of some of the deepest cuts in the recent austerity (for the poor only) Budget. Our home-grown culture, once quite interesting in its particulars of rough egalitarianism, absence of groveling deference, laconic and sardonic sense of humour, etc., now apes every vulgar fad and phoney 'trend' emanating from the Real Evil Empire [the USA]. The 'Lucky Country' has become the 'Lackey Country'.
A well-deserved criticism.
Oh, by the way, did you know that former Prime Minister John Howard was in Manhattan on the morning of September 11th, 2001?
Referring to the fact Mr Howard was in Washington on September 11, 2001, and saw the Pentagon burning, Mr Bush said Mr Howard "never wavered in his commitment to overcoming this great danger to civilisation". — “Star role for the Bushman of steel”, The Age, 2009-01-14Why was Howard in Manhattan on that day? There was no official US-Australian event until a couple of weeks later that could have justified his presence there. And prime ministers don't just happen to be somewhere on some date, especially not at the place and time of the most traumatic (for the U.S.) event since Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Could it be that George W. Bush invited John Howard to be present on that date specifically, to witness that traumatic event? (Which, of course, would imply foreknowledge of 9/11 by Bush.) Could it be that the reason was to make Howard complicit in the crime of 9/11 by providing him with a front-row seat and revealing to him (perhaps just with a wink) that Bush knew that something big was going to happen? After which Howard was no doubt told to keep his mouth shut about Bush's invitation, and was then instructed as to what his duties were to be in Bush's "war on terror".
John Howard should be asked to explain why he was in Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001.
"Mulga Mumblebrain" again, regarding Barack Obama and Tony Abbot:
As the commenter at WSWS said, two hideous possibilities arise from Obama's ravings [at the UN Security Council in September 2014]. One, that the steady stream of lurid lies is seen somehow as efficacious by Obama's Masters, or, second, that he is truly so deranged as to believe them himself. We just suffered a small humiliation ourselves as our psychopath 'leader' Tony Abbott (I knew of him at university, and the knowledge that such an utterly vile specimen now leads the country is truly sobering) spewed out his hatred and bile at the UN, declaring that MH17 was 'shot down by Russian separatists', with, need we say, no proof at all. Then he sang the praises of the Ukrainian Nazis, but Nazis are just what I think of when I see Abbott. Not a great, if monstrous figure like Goering or his ilk, but some enthusiastic sub-gauleiter wielding the lash against some poor unfortunates. The West is reaching an apotheosis of evil, of murderous violence and demented self-delusion, of that there can be no doubt.
Fortunately at least one distinguished (though not beyond criticism) Australian has at last stated the truth about the relationship between Australia and the US, namely, that it is pernicious.
Malcolm Fraser (a former Australian Prime Minister): America: Australia's Dangerous Ally
It is time for Australia to end its strategic dependence on the United States. The relationship with America, which has long been regarded as beneficial, has now become dangerous to Australiaís future. We have effectively ceded to America the ability to decide when Australia goes to war. Even if America were the most perfect and benign power, this posture would still be incompatible with the integrity of Australia as a sovereign nation. It entails not simply deference but submission to Washington, an intolerable state of affairs for a country whose power and prosperity are increasing and whose national interests dictate that it enjoy amicable, not hostile, relations with its neighbors, including China.
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Passengers on Qantas flights to the US have been banned from queuing to use the toilets. The queue ban follows a request by the US Transport Security Administration.
It is now clear that the U.S. government has gone totally insane. If it were a human being then the diagnosis would be paranoid schizophrenia (with delusions of grandeur). Will the Australian government follow the US and also go crazy?
In 1946, the judges who tried the German leadership at Nuremberg called the unprovoked invasion of a sovereign country "the supreme international war crime". That principle guided more than half a century of international law, until Bush and Blair and Howard tore it up, covering their actions with a litany of lies.
The oppression endured by Aboriginal population no one can deny. Their suffering dwarfs that of the 'poor' Kuwaitis under Saddam's rule for a period of few months, or even the sufferings of the Kurds and Shi'is. The world will not witness the 'democratic' and 'human rights' crusaders unleashing their forces to liberate the Aboriginal population, because just like Rwanda they have no oil and their oppressors are part of the Anglo-Saxon club.
[Australian Federal] Government proposals forcing businesses such as real estate agents, jewellers, lawyers, accountants and bookies to spy on their clients are a massive expansion of existing, already draconian, measures to control money laundering, industry groups say. ... The changes call on [these] businesses ... to spy on suspicious clients and keep secret computer files about "suspicious activities".
The election was not a referendum on the Iraq war because the issue was buried by the Labor Party and the mass media. Despite the mountain of evidence showing that the war was based on lies, Howard was never challenged by opposition leader Mark Latham ... The Labor Party dropped all reference even to Latham's previous comments that he would withdraw Australian troops by Christmas, and said nothing during the entire six-week campaign about the ongoing repression of the Iraqi population by US and other occupation forces.
... Wolfowitz laid the same hard word on the Australian Government, demanding that John Howard dispatch another 500 Australian troops to 'help out' in central Iraq ... This of course should have been out of gratitude for being subliminally helped across the line at the Australian Election on October 9. Unfortunately for Wolfowitz, the Australian Government justifiably seemed more afraid of the Australian military than of Wall Street this time, and on October 18 a stuttering and visibly shaken Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said that Australia could not spare any more men.
Clearly Howard and Downer have made a mistake, because when Wall Street makes a request of a subordinate nation like Australia, it is not really a request at all, but an imperial decree from the Zionist Cabal. There will be serious payback for this gross disobedience, though it will be a while before the neocons figure out exactly how to punish Australia. Perhaps they will shoot or behead a handful of Australian soldiers already in Iraq, or perhaps they will decide to plant one of those nice ersatz 'al-Qaeda' bombs in Sydney.
It emerged at the weekend that Israeli consul Amir Lati was ejected several weeks ago by Australian authorities. The incident has set alight Canberra's small social network with talk Lati was actually working for Mossad, Israel's legendary and ruthless spy agency.
An expelled Israeli secret agent [Amir Laty] who befriended Attorney-General Philip Ruddock's daughter was a persistent womaniser on a mission to recruit spies, intelligence sources say. ... Mossad enjoys close links with the Australian Secret Intelligence Service and the Prime Minister's office of National Assessments. ... The targets of Laty's clumsy advances worked for one of those agencies and for the military spy agency, the Defence Intelligence Organisation.
Every member nation of the "Coalition of the Willing" has lost soldiers in Iraq, apart from Australia, whose military personnel have been wrapped in cotton wool and separated from front-line combat duties. Why is this so? Because the Zionist criminals simply cannot risk a domestic public backlash against the obsequious 'rulers' of their new Australian retreat.
... under normal circumstances Mark Latham could simply have returned to the back benches in the Federal Parliament, on a fat salary of more than $100,000 per annum, but that was simply too close for Zionist comfort. THere is no doubt in the author's mind that Latham was given the usual Zionist choice: "Give up your job, or we will kill your family."
... walking out of a café in Melbourne, I was snatched off the street by four Australian Federal Police and two Immigration Compliant Officers. ... [Subsequently the Australian government] canceled my visa and began the process of removing me from the country ...
It is suspected that Scott Parkin, an American activist who has exposed Halliburton's war-profiteering in Iraq, and who was addressing anti-war workshops in Australia, was deported after an agent of U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney (still on the Halliburton payroll) instructed the Australian government to remove him.
Calling Rumsfeld an international war criminal is not a piece of rhetoric — the evidence is clear and damning of his career as a bureaucrat of torture and pre-emptive war.
Rumsfeld is the director of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, which has so-far killed tens of thousands of Iraqis as well as over 2000 US and 100 British troops. That invasion has advanced the barbaric program of refining the technology of mass murder, such as the use of depleted uranium, which has been tested in Australia.
This bipartisan front [Liberal/Labor] in Australia for the strengthening of the state machine is becoming the norm for every capitalist government around the world. This, more than any other factor, expresses clearly the international character of the social and political crisis that humanity faces. Incapable of securing popular support for policies that benefit the wealthy few, governments now routinely resort to lies, reactionary provocations and anti-democratic legislation.
The laws impose draconian punishments and boost police powers that can be used to suppress opposition, including industrial action by workers ... These laws blatantly attack fundamental democratic rights, including free speech, free movement and freedom to associate. ...
The Tasmanian laws are even more explicit in targeting basic democratic rights. A protestor is defined as someone who engages in an activity “for the purposes of promoting awareness of or support for an opinion, or belief, in respect of a political, environmental, social, cultural or economic issue.” ... The Western Australian legislation overturns another democratic right — the onus on the police to prove guilt.
For the second time in two months, extraordinary laws that can be used to shut down political protests and punish dissent have been pushed through the parliament of Australiaís most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), giving the police far-reaching repressive powers ... allow[ing] police officers to issue sweeping “crime prevention” and “public safety” orders — including forms of house arrest for up to five years — without a charge, trial, or conviction. ...
As the WSWS has repeatedly warned, the ever-expanding terrorism legislation introduced since 2001 is being used to establish an authoritarian framework, aimed at targeting not just a relative handful of alleged Islamic extremists, but at suppressing the inevitable social struggles that will emerge against the drive to war and austerity.
When the then Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced in August 2015 that no decision to join the Syrian war would be made until they had legal advice, they omitted to tell the Australian public that they had received that legal advice more than a year earlier. That advice, or even an executive summary indicating the legal basis for intervening in Syria, has never been released. ... Instead, Australians were told, via the Foreign Minister, that the intervention was pursuant to the collective self-defence provisions of Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, and the nation being “defended” in this case was Iraq. Article 51 manifestly does not apply, and neither was that support sought by Iraq. ... Again, these basic facts are not discussed in the Australian mainstream media because to do so would open up too many awkward questions such as why occupying troops are still in the country they illegally invaded nearly 16 years after the event. ... [Australia‘s leaders] have known from the outset that the whole Iraq venture was illegal and based on lies ... They went ahead anyway.
In the wake of last week's terror attacks at two New Zealand mosques which [according to the official story] left 50 dead, several websites which either reported on the incident, hosted footage of the attacks, or simply allowed people to engage in uncensored discussion such as Dissenter or Zero Hedge, have been partially or completely blocked in both New Zealand and Australia for the sake of "protecting consumers," according to the CEOs of three New Zealand telcos.
The unavoidable conclusion after viewing the video is that it is obvious that the attack was a hoax (there was almost no blood, there were no wounded thrashing about, there were no bullet holes in the walls). That's the real reason why 'the authorities' are desparate to prevent anyone viewing it. One of the reasons for this hoax is to disarm New Zealand citizens (which was also the reason for the Port Arthur Massacre in Australia in 1996).
On this date [March 28] in 2018 [Ecuadorean President] Moreno imposed on Assange [an Australian citizen] what Human Rights Watch’s legal counsel Dinah Pokempner described as looking “more and more like solitary confinement.” Moreno cut off Assange’s online access and restricted visitors to the Ecuador embassy in London where Assange has had legal political asylum since 2012. ... Assange’s supporters have claimed that rather than risk a public-relations fallout by removing Assange from the embassy by force, the U.S., UK and Ecuador are acting to hasten Assange’s physical and mental demise in hopes he will be forced to leave the embassy or become incapacitated.And still not a word from any past or present member of the Australian Parliament in Canberra (spineless bastards the lot of them) to protest the blatant injustice perpetrated against one of Australia's finest and bravest citizens!
Dmitry’s answer to the last question [by The Saker] is interchangeable with the situation in Australia — an ever growing number of homeless; sleeping in the streets and in parks and under bridges, more and more begging, particularly in the large cities, a marked increase in people working in the gig economy ... while the yuppies and hipsters and ladies who swan past the homeless in the street to go to their trendy restaurants, and organic health food ‘emporiums’ to buy their Kombucha and Matcha powder, while fully ignoring those fellow human beings who have been squashed by the system.And a following comment by Mulga Mumblebrain:
It really all began with the Right’s insane reaction to the mild social democratic reformism of Whitlam. The interference and sabotage of the Americans and the Evil bias and propaganda of Satan Murdoch’s media cancer were central to the process of sabotage, and signs of things to come. Nowadays, after the proto-Blairism of the ‘useful idiots’ Hawke and Keating (both rewarded by being made rich), the raw, racist, class-hating Evil of the sub-Brownshirt grub Howard, the narcissist Rudd and the feminazi incompetent Gillard and then the real descent into The Pit with the raving life-hating, misogynist, Abbott, the hereditary parasite Turnbull and the Pentecostal thug Morrison — well it’s been quite a long day’s journey into Hell.
My remaining hope is to live long enough to see the young today, those whose lives are being deliberately destroyed by the ecocidal monsters who value the loot that can be wrung out of coal, gas and oil far more than Life on Earth (and even the lives of their own children), grow up determined and vengeful. Moves are afoot to craft laws against ecocide, and they surely must include the propagandists for the destruction of Life, like the Murdoch metastases and the whole machine of Rightwing ecological collapse denialism. Unfortunately, unless he lives as long as his mother, Murdoch will probably escape justice, but the ranks of the little monsters infesting the ‘Australian’ [newspaper] in particular, will be radically thinned, as they face long overdue justice and lengthy, indeed perpetual, incarceration. No other sentence could possibly fit the magnitude of their crimes.
Australia is preparing to debut its version of the Chinese regime’s high-tech system for monitoring and controlling its citizens. The launch, to take place in the northern city of Darwin, will include systems to monitor people’s activity via their cell phones. ... In Darwin, they’ve already constructed “poles, fitted with speakers, cameras and Wi-Fi,” according to NT News, to monitor people, their movements around the city, the websites they visit, and what apps they use. ... [It] will tell the government “where people are using Wi-Fi, what they’re using Wi-Fi for, are they watching YouTube, etc.“After Darwin ... Sydney and Melbourne. Just as in China, Australia is becoming a totalitarian surveillance state, all movements and activities tracked.
Curious about China's “Social Credit System”? See China's new 'social credit system' is a dystopian nightmare and China tests opening up social credit scores to social media platform WeChat. China today, Australia tomorrow.
As Bill Shorten launched Laborís campaign in Brisbane on Sunday morning, [Scott] Morrison [who, after the election, remains Australian Prime Minister] promised to increase the maximum penalties from three to five years for people who use a carriage service [such as the internet] to menace, harass or cause offence under section 474.17 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.Simon Black comments:
Itís already illegal to “menace, harass or cause offence” online in Australia. That’s right. It’s illegal to offend someone in Australia. And that cybercrime carries up to three years in prison if “reasonable persons” would consider the online behavior offensive or menacing. But the Prime Minister wants a stiffer penalty of up to five years for offending someone else’s delicate feelings. As usual, the government keeps their laws nice and obscure so that they can make the case that practically anyone has broken them.And what is a “reasonable person”? Anyone the government says it is — such as the Prime Minister himself (though some might disagree, and if they do so online then they risk five years in prison for “offending” the Prime Minister).
And how many Australians would ever ask themselves, "What is offensive speech?" And how many would consider that the answer is, "Speech that someone doesn't like, or doesn't want to hear" (because it offends them)? So Australian law now makes you liable to years in prison for saying something that someone doesn't like or doesn't want to hear.
Australia has become a crypto-fascist police state because the majority of Australians have been too stupid to care (if they even knew) or too cowardly (or powerless) to object. They now have the government they deserve. Will most Australians just remain as dumb as rocks and continue to say,
No bloody worries, mate! She'll be right, sport!
The ABC [Australian Broadcasting Commission] raid was in relation to a series of broadcasts in 2017 about alleged misconduct by Australian troops in Afghanistan, the broadcaster said. The raid on the News Corp editor related to a 2018 newspaper report that said Australian intelligence agencies wanted to carry out surveillance by accessing people's emails, bank accounts and text messages, domestic media reported.What do you expect from a totalitarian surveillance state guilty of war crimes?
[On] Wednesday [2019-06-05], the AFP [Australian Federal Police] raided the ABC's Sydney headquarters. This dramatic development was in connection with the 2017 Afghan Files report based on "hundreds of pages of secret Defence Force documents leaked to the ABC". These documents revealed disturbing allegations of misconduct by Australian special forces. ...
But to those familiar with the ever-expanding field of Australian national security law, these developments were unlikely to surprise. In particular, enhanced data surveillance powers and a new suite of secrecy offences introduced in late 2018 had sparked widespread concern over the future of public interest journalism in Australia. The crackdown of the past few days reveals that at least two of the core fears expressed by lawyers and the media industry were well-founded: first, the demise of source confidentiality and, secondly, a chilling effect on public interest journalism.
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