from Kevin Moore
After Assange’s Espionage Act Indictment, Police Move Against More Journalists for Publishing Classified Material
Less than two months after the arrest of journalist Julian Assange, and two weeks after his indictment under the Espionage Act, emboldened governments have sent the police after journalists who’ve challenged the state. Joe Lauria reports:
So is the Julian Assange case different? –
ABC vows to protect sources after AFP raid
The national broadcaster says a raid on its Sydney offices over a 2017 story that Australian defence personnel may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan “raises concerns over freedom of the press”.
The ABC vowed to protect its sources even as the federal police raid was continuing at the broadcaster’s offices in Ultimo on Wednesday.
A warrant indicates digital forensic officers will target documents and computers linked to reporters Dan Oakes and Sam Clark as well as news director Gaven Morris, the ABC reports.
The news organisation says the raid is in relation to a July 2017 story that revealed “hundreds of pages of secret Defence Force documents leaked to the ABC give an unprecedented insight into the clandestine operations of Australia’s elite special forces in Afghanistan including incidents of troops killing unarmed men and children”…………………. The West Australian
Assange illness won’t stop extradition by US
Julian Assange has been arrested and is now locked away in British custody. The U.S. government wants to extradite him, regardless of the official version, for the crime of revealing our government’s crimes. Nearly every government on our third rock from the sun despises the man for bringing transparency to the process of ruling the unwashed masses.
It is politically inconvenient at this time for the screaming corporate news to remind our entire citizenry what exactly WikiLeaks has done for us. So you won’t see the following list of WikiLeaks’ accomplishments anywhere on your corporate airwaves—in the same way the mainstream media did not begin every report about Chelsea Manning’s trial with a rundown of the war crimes she helped reveal.
And Chelsea Manning’s most famous leak is arguably also WikiLeaks’ most famous leak, so it’ll top this list:…………………….
“……………The raid against Smethurst, however, raises the prospect of prosecutions of journalists and media organisations for publishing leaked material, in a direct attack on freedom of the press.
This was signalled by the phrasing of the warrant, which reportedly stated that the raid was partly in relation to the “alleged publishing of information classified as an official secret, which is an extremely serious matter that has the potential to undermine Australia’s national security.”
The phrasing corresponds to Espionage and Foreign Interference legislation passed last year by the Coalition, with the full support of Labor. The new laws make it a criminal offense to “deal with” information that “harms” “national security.” “Deal with” is defined to cover a long list of activities: “collect,” “possess,” “make a record of,” “copy,” “alter,” “conceal,” “communicate,” “publish” and “make available.”
Journalists have a limited defence, if they “reasonably believe” the information they published was in the public interest. However, this proviso is entirely undefined and subject to interpretation, meaning that journalists and media organisations could still face prosecution.
The AFP raids are part of a deepening assault on the democratic rights of the population, which is aimed at suppressing growing opposition to militarism, war, social inequality and the escalating expansion of police powers. In both cases, journalists who have revealed evidence of crimes by the government and military are raided and implicitly threatened with criminal prosecution.
This is part of a broader drive by governments around the world to abolish freedom of the press and other fundamental civil liberties. The sharpest expression is the attempt by the US administration of President Donald Trump to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for his role in exposing US war crimes and diplomatic intrigues.
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Letter to the Editor
Whilst I do have problems with Israel Folau’s funding campaign, I have more of a problem with GoFundMe censoring the anti-vaxxers.
In Australia we have freedom of speech, and it is no-one’s business to interfere with that. No-one.
The anti-vaxxers have a case, and they should be able to make that case, as there is a vast body of proof concerning hugely adverse reactions to vaccines-even the UK and US Governments have set up vaccine damage compensation funds for those affected.
Where is Australia’s Registry of Vaccine-Damaged People, and where is the concomitant fund?
Alternative medicine needs support also, as I, myself, used the former to cure a life-threatening infection, in two and half weeks, that my doctor, and his futile penicillin, could not cure in nine weeks of treatment.
We all have a right to make our case known, and for opponents to attempt rebuttal, but not to simply to censor.
Free Speech is a God-given right. Let it remain so.
SOLDOTNA, Alaska — A Satanic Temple member who won the right to open a regional Alaska government meeting declared “Hail Satan” during her first invocation, prompting about a dozen officials and attendees to walk out.
Tuesday’s invocation that started the meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough also spurred a protest outside the southern Alaska borough’s administration building that drew 40 people, The Peninsula Clarion newspaper reported .
The Satanic Temple unveils its statue of Baphomet, a winged-goat creature, at a rally for the first amendment in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. The Satanic Temple wants to install the statue on Capitol grounds as a symbol for religious freedom after a monument of the Biblical Ten Commandments was installed in 2017. (AP Photo/Hannah Grabenstein)
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Letter to the Editor
Freedom of choice must be made; we the citizens have the right to Black Ban QANTAS for interfering with our democratic right of freedom of religious expression and belief. Our friends and family fought and died in wars for these freedoms and every Australian that honours what our Diggers fought for, and every Christian and other religious believer must now unite as an army of Freedom Fighters against QANTAS and refuse to use their business.
They wanted to use their financial power of sponsorship to destroy and discredit a decent man and the beliefs of millions of Australians, the people have stood behind Israel Folau to the back him with over $2 to fight for our combined freedom.
We reject the dictatorial attitude of QANTAS and their attempt to override freedom of speech and expression of religious beliefs. The entire QANTAS organisation, directors, management and staff are condemned by your unacceptable thin-skinned petty attack on our freedom. The company made the complaint, so it encompasses the entire organisation, not just one person, appearing that the complainant/s overrides the opinions and beliefs of all staff.
‘We The People’, will no long tolerate the noisy minorities of do-gooders, social engineers, bleeding hearts, professional victims, mixed genders and those of limited intelligence directing the agenda of out nation. It stops now, the people’s voice is behind Israel Folau and his beliefs of freedom of expression and the right to be heard, we will no longer tolerate the noisy rabbled overriding freedom or insulting what our diggers fought for.
Australia is the land of the free, if you do not like it please leave, feel free to migrate to China or North Korea.
G J May
Queensland Treasury Corporation on its knees – trading insolvent
Unable to offer freight subsidies ALP drives in last nail for primary producers
The Queensland corporate Government has again proven its disdain for the bush, ripping vital water, fodder and livestock freight subsidies from the hands of drought-stricken producers, State KAP Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter has said.
Mr Katter said it was telling that the Minister for Agricultural Industry Development, Comrade Mark Furner, had revoked the subsidies only months after the North West cattle industry was decimated by almost 10 years of drought followed by extreme torrential rain.
The Minister announced on Friday that the subsidies would end due to the “poor management decisions” of those farmers who accessed the scheme.
Minister Furner said producers who already live in drought-declared areas — around 65 per cent of the state — would not immediately be affected by the changes, but they will when their drought declarations are lifted.
Mr Katter said the recent partial revocation of drought declarations in the Flinders Shire and Charters Towers Regional Council areas meant producers in these parts would never receive the subsidies again.
“If you’re going to take away something then what is the alternative to try stabilise a critical rural industry through prolonged drought?” Mr Katter said.
“This doesn’t just hit the producers themselves, but all of the contractors built around that industry as well – this is an industry-crippling decision targeting people who are already on their knees.
“I mean no disrespect, but the fact is that this has been signed off by a Minister who lives in Brisbane, has always live in Brisbane, and would find it very difficult to understand how these natural events can rip through otherwise well-performing battlers in the industry that we need to retain in the future.
“I almost choked on my cup of tea when I heard the Premier refer to Minister Furner as the ‘Farmer’s Friend’ in Parliament a few weeks ago; we are all being taken for a ride here.
“I am unsure as to how bad things need to get before our governments realise the actual value of our food production industries.
“We’ll likely be spooning processed foreign meat out of tin by then, because it is getting near on impossible to achieve sustainability in our food production industries in this state.
“My recommendation, and the recommendation of many, has long been the establishment of a government-owned and run Rural Reconstruction Board.
“This would mean the government could utilise its advantageous borrowing rates to provide new credit to the well-performing primary producers who are struggling on their balance sheets.
“This is not about propping up inefficient business, but about increasing self-sufficiency and negating the need for government subsidies and handouts altogether.
“Overall it would save the state money, but I note this is something neither Labor nor the LNP has given the time of day.”
Mike Holt from his “Bloody Aussie Battler” podcast site produced these interviews which are a must for all Australians hear in this playlist to make you aware of banks, judicial and government illegal subservient corrupt control of you and your family conducted without consequence…..
Harry returns after a few weeks off joining Mike Holt to deliver their cutting edge comments and exposure of the establishment corruption to maintaining their self appointed people control and enforcer jackboots to trample those who challenge …..
from Pickering Post
It was always going to happen. Australians have for years and years been pushed and pushed. Told what to think and what not to think.
Thought control, brilliantly prophesied many years ago by George Orwell, has been slowly invading and taking root in the very fabric of Australian culture. Insidiously, powerfully and threateningly it has been sliding like a serpent in the grass past our ankles, often unnoticed.
This has been an invasion of a new order, not a physical invasion but a mental one. Australians are famous for their fighting spirit in the physical theatre of war, their bonds of mateship running deep, but mental war?
In mental war we are newcomers.
Political Correctness, one of the many forms of Communism, has been able to invade our entire culture and all our institutions. For years Australians have been bewildered, stuttering, defensive : “I’m not a racist”. Australians have been wholly inadequate against the ever encroaching evil of Political Correctness. Many still struggle to hold their ground. At physical warfare we are incredible. At mental warfare, not so much. Every organ in the Australian body is diseased with Political Correctness, or more deeply, Communism. People live with it, it is now “how things are”.
On an instinctive deeper level, there has been a deepening sense of violation.
It is fitting that a footballer is at the epicentre of the pushback, for football is central to Aussie culture. It is the fireside where Aussies warm their hearts, share and enjoy a sense of community. It needed to be a footballer and Israel Folau, by all accounts a very likable, decent, earnest, sincere man, was the one destiny chose. He now is the torchbearer for all who wish to push back Communistic invasion into our land .. the mental invasion that has been so little understood but deeply felt by all.
A QANTAS CEO, Communist-infected, attempted to punish Israel for having his own thoughts. Yes, there is always an excuse, but the deeper reality is Israel felt a heavy boot on his throat when living his life as we all do. If he breached any contract then that contract should never have existed. A homosexual, in defence of his own sexual practice, has no right on any level to big brother a man he has never met who is living his life in a totally normal way. Israel happens to be religious, were he not, the same applies.
What we are witnessing is a massive rejection of thought control, more deeply of Communism. Money is pouring in. More and more people are getting on board. Australian Rugby risks bankruptcy. Many media personalities who thought they ruled, had the upper hand, are feeling their real or imagined grip on Australia loosening. Australia is finding her very spirit. She is finally, in a half conscious state, throwing off Political Correctness, more deeply Communism. Many don’t fully understand what they are doing, it is more an instinctive act they feel they must carry out. A full, more lucid comprehension of what this is really all about will hopefully come later, but a great surge of anti-Communistic defiance is now well under way.
This is deeply needed for our country and could well inspire and give heart to other countries around the world currently riddled with Communistic invasion.
by Alex Bruce
I have not run enough videos by Amazing Polly and it’s about time, because she’s great and she just keeps getting more amazing, as you’ll see in her excellent report.
She’s talking about the bombshell of the week, revealed by Project Veritas. We already knew that Google colludes with the Deep State’s PRISM program to infringe upon your Right to Privacy and we knew it infringes upon many users’ Right to Free Speech.
Now, we know they commit fraud and operate in bad faith with their partners when they demonetize, shadow-ban and de-platform them and pretend that it’s not because their views are to the right of Mao. In addition, they violate Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act by refusing to be neutral.
And on top of being the biggest monopoly in the world, they are currently meddling in the US Presidential election (likely, in many others, as well).
We learn that Perhaps the biggest impact Google is having is in “vandalizing the truth,” as Project Veritas’ Google Insider puts it, when he demonstrates to James O’Keefe how Google’s artificial intelligence program called ‘Machine Learning Fairness’ is being programmed to auto-complete search terms to reflect the tenets of their social justice, transgender, identitarian cult.
When you type in the words, “men can”, Google Search now auto-completes: “have babies”, “get pregnant”, “get periods”, etc. Try it, you’ll see. Amazing Polly does Google image searches on “white American male inventors” and the results are a several African-American scientists you’ve probably never heard of! I urge you to try this for yourself. Google is trolling you! They have fully jumped the shark, as far as being a search engine anymore. They’re a Woke comedy show!
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Natural disaster funding a ‘con’
by Jim O’Toole Townsville bureau
The Federal Government’s aid package for grazing property owners is a terrible confidence trick still being played on survivors of the horrendous floods in North Western Queensland.
More than 600,000 head of cattle were estimated to have been lost in the February, 2019 deluge.
Prior to the federal election held on May 18, 2019 the government appointed former Northern Territory Chief Minister Shane Stone to sell their Clayton’s recovery package which involves a so-called $400,000 grant.
This week the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority has placed advertisements in regional newspapers offering these grants of $400,000 for restocking lost livestock, replanting lost or damaged crops repairing or replacing damaged or lost on-farm infrastructure.
A meeting of affected landowners held in Winton in April was told the $400,000 federal grant was available to individual graziers who had matching funds.
In other words if a family farmer had $400,000 in his bank account, the grant was available.
It was pointed out at the meeting by a flood victim that the entire North Western region had been in a seven year drought before the ‘Great Flood’ event.
“How would any of us have $400,000 in the bank after feeding stock for so long?” the grazier asked.
Mr Stone was at great pains to explain the ‘grant’ was just that; no repayments were required provided there were matching funds.
The lasting legacy of the flood has already seen an exodus of generational farmers from the area with predictions of more to leave.
They are unable to continue on their properties, some held for more than 100 years, because they simply have given up hope.
The national cattle herd numbers are seriously depleted due to ongoing drought in all eastern states.
Suitable replacement cattle are not available for restocking.
Governments have deployed counsellors and financial advisors to the area trying to stem widespread bouts of personal depression and giving financial advice to stressed farmers in an effort to extract them from this economic maelstrom.