Wednesday, June 05, 2019

AFP Outrage

It would be a terrible disservice to Jewish people to compare what is happening in Australia to the the time of Hitler, but by golly, it feels a bit like it.

News.com.au, yes Rupert's media organisation, tabloid reporter Annika Smethurst had her home raided by the Australian Federal Police, her phone and computer etc seized.

Shock jock Sydney radio station 2GB presenter Ben Fordham, who also contributes to Sky News, yes another Murdoch company, is on notice that he is being investigated by the Australian Federal Police.

Well, right or wrong, commercial media does go too far at times.

Our ABC is careful about what it reports. It has checks and balances. That may at times make the behemoth slow to respond, but when it does, it usually gets it right. Now too its Sydney headquarters has been raided by the Australian Federal Police, the much expanded force by former Prime Minister John Howard and subsequent conservative governments.

I consider the stories reported by the two people and Our ABC to be of interest to the public, and things we should know about. It seems to me that the AFP has been on a fishing expedition at ABC headquarters. The search warrant is extremely wide ranging and will have been authorised by a member of judiciary. Are we allowed to know who? It seems not. Why is the search warrant so wide ranging? Probably because the Australian Federal Police lie when requesting the warrant.

The only check on these outrages is our judiciary, and in my opinion they have been overly generous towards the AFP with warrants. If necessary for Australia's security, warrants can be obtained for very specific matters but not wide ranging fishing expeditions. That the AFP can go into the computer system of our ABC with powers to delete things is absolutely outrageous. Name names! Who was the magistrate who granted the AFP such power in a warrant?

How very convenient that Prime Minister Morrison is visiting London to see The Queen.

All three stories should have been public knowledge and thank you to those who put the careers at risk to report them.

Later: Does he really know what he has signed off on?  local court registrar, Martin Kane. It gave officers sweeping powers to access and seize notes, emails, footage, drafts, documents and other items related to the "Afghan Files" investigation.

12 comments:

  1. How frightening that is. I fear it is happening more often. If one disagrees or has a different opinion of things political, one is attacked.
    I fear for the world, Andrew.
    On the bus on my way to the airport. The bus is equipped with charging plugs and free WIFI!
    I do love to travel.

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    1. Maribeth, have a lovely and refreshing time away.

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  2. I did think about what you would make of it when I heard this Andrew, I know how protective you are about the ABC. There's definitely something fishy about it but will we ever find out the details I wonder.

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    1. Grace, we may in time. Fortunately we don't have secret trials, yet.

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  3. I'm not sure what exactly's going on in Australia (unless it's what's going on here in America) but I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with comparing a bad political situation to Hitler. The man had a negative effect on a lot of things. The Jews got the worst of it, of course, but they weren't the only ones.

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    1. Kirk, quite true, many suffered and of course it did all start quite low key.

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  4. They had to power to delete? Hiss and spit. To the max.
    Finding is one thing, censoring is another issue.

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    1. EC, classic case of shooting the messenger, and we have a right to know these things.

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  5. I didn't know any of this because I don't watch the ABC and even after reading this I'm not much more in the know. I'll acknowledge it is a terrible thing, but also that I think I'd prefer to stay in my bubble, too much worry makes me ill.

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    1. River, I think some of us have masochistic tendencies and like to torture ourselves. Stay safe in your own way.

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  6. I hadn't heard this news yet. Thanks for the heads up.

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    1. Jenny, to my surprise it has been reported by US and UK media.

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