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Monday, 16 April

20:33

07:48

Britains MI6 blamed for falsifying chemical attack in Syria cairnsnews.org

by Alex Bruce

 

The footage of Syrian children being hosed down with water in a hospital after an alleged chemical attack has run in thousands of loops all over Western Mainstream Media. On Thursday, Sergey Lavrov, Russias Foreign Minister and Permanent UN Ambassador claimed that these scenes were staged by British Intelligence with the White Helmets.

He referred to a video testimony of two medics from Central Hospital in Douma who say they were treating victims of smoke inhalation from a bombing when unknown people with cameras ran into the hospital, yelling about a chemical attack, which caused a panic and for people to start pouring water all over their kids. They say that no patients showed any signs of chemical exposure but they were too consumed with their tasks at hand to pay attention to those filming them.

After nearly twenty years of Americas unrelenting illegal wars in the Middle East, can we be blamed for doubting allegations of Assads use of chemical weapons?

The White House is rebuking non-believers of the Douma chemical attack. We are to believe that Western powers are responding in Syria to a Red Line that has been crossed due to Bashar al Assads alleged use of chemical weapons. This, after hed already won the civil war and supporting troops were in retreat. This, after these same powers have been spending the better part of the past two decades killing over one million Iraqis, an untold amount of Afghans, destroying Libya (at that time the most prosperous country on the African Continent) and causing the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and bombing the Hell out of Syria for the past 7 years.

Jake Morphonios asks, If we are to believe that Bashar al Assad is gassing his people, that this was a chemical weapons attack, that is the justification to go in and bomb Syria and risk World War III with Russia, folks; if Donald Trump goes forward with this, without really putting out to the public irrefutable proof and after that, going first to the US Congress to get a Constitutional Declaration of War, if Donald Trump does not do those things, I think that Donald Trump should be impeached because he is putting the lives of every single one of us at risk

If he puts my life and the lives of my wife, my children, my country, the people of the Earth at risk by going head-to-head with a nuclear power like Russiathis could spiral out of control and cause incredible suffering and it is not based, at this point on what I believe to be factual evidence; I believe that this is a false flag that has been contrived to justify taking out Assad and expanding war in the Middle East and going after Iran.

Running Time: 15 mins

 

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Saturday, 14 April

22:27

MACKAY Mackay magistrate court Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY April 14, 2018 at 07:50PM ,

Mackay magistrate court

April 14, 2018 at 07:50PM ,

Date Notes, N/A. Denise M. Click on the refresh or reload button in your browser to view the most recent versions. Oct 18, 2013 For those persons interested in viewing the list of defendants appearing before the Mackay Magistrates Court each day, the Queensland Courts website now. Kathleen Y. Police

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13:10

New federal pendulum after recent redistributions "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Following the release of the draft South Australian redistribution boundaries yesterday, we can now put together a pendulum of all seat margins for the next election. This pendulum uses the actual election margins for New South Wales and Western Australia, and the final post-redistribution margins for Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, as well as the post-redistribution margins for the draft boundaries for Victoria, South Australia and the ACT.

Ive included this pendulum below the fold, but you can also find it at this link. Ive now posted the pendulum, along with a list of seats in alphabetical order and a list of seats by state, on the federal election guide. There are now twenty seat guides posted there, and I will keep posting at least one per day for the foreseeable future. The pendulum below wont keep getting updated with fresh links but does include the twenty so far.

The only update since yesterdays post is that I calculated two-candidate-preferred margins between the Liberal Party and the Nick Xenophon Team in Barker, Grey and Mayo. In these three seats, I calculated what proportion of primary votes for all other parties flowed to either of these two parties in the final count in those parts of the seat where NXT made the top two. Some areas were swapped back and forth between Grey and Barker, so they were included as if they had always been in the seat. This proportion was then applied to the remaining primary votes.

The figures are:

  • Barker LIB vs NXT 4.2% (down from 4.7%)
  • Grey LIB vs NXT 1.9% (down from 2.0%)
  • Mayo NXT vs LIB 5.3% (up from 5.0%)

These are all shifts towards the NXT, but they should come with a grain of salt. They fit with the overall trend of the Liberal Party not losing any seats but having all of their seats become more marginal.

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05:57

MACKAY Clermont man locked up, accused of three rapes Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY April 14, 2018 at 05:07AM ,

Clermont man locked up, accused of three rapes

April 14, 2018 at 05:07AM ,

A CLERMONT man has been locked up, accused of three counts of rape in a domestic setting, among other offences. The young adult faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday in custody. Legal restrictions prevent The Daily Mercury from naming the man. The defendant has been charged with

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05:57

MACKAY Rider guilty of drink-driving after private property crash Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY April 14, 2018 at 05:07AM ,

Rider guilty of drink-driving after private property crash

April 14, 2018 at 05:07AM ,

POLICE added insult to injury when they charged a man who had been drinking when he suffered a nasty gash on his leg in a dirtbike crash on private property. Timothy William Phillips, 29, faced Mackay Magistrates Court this week, pleading guilty to driving under the influence at Mount Martin on

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MACKAY Speedway seating collapse: Cavalier approach to safety Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY April 14, 2018 at 04:56AM ,

Speedway seating collapse: Cavalier approach to safety

April 14, 2018 at 04:56AM ,

Another 11 months passed before RobnJosh Pty Ptd, represented by Darren Hawkings, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with its health and safety duty in Mackay Magistrates Court. Mr Hawkings faced court on Friday, April 13, supported by a man and a woman, who watched on from the public gallery.

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Friday, 13 April

14:01

MACKAY Driver put windows down to try and stay awake before crash Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY April 13, 2018 at 03:37AM ,

Driver put windows down to try and stay awake before crash

April 13, 2018 at 03:37AM ,

But there were no apparent lasting injuries when she appeared before Magistrate Damien Dwyer in Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday. She pleaded guilty to driving without due care. Kaur, who had no criminal record, had been charged with dangerous operation, but it was downgraded. Prosecutor

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12:50

Unprincipled Monash Forum ignores the obvious "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Low Island

THE future is in plain sight. I saw it over the past two weekends at either end of the country: in a house in Middleton south of Hobart and on Low Island, north-east of Cairns.

A family of five lives in the Middleton house. At Easter, my wife and I made it seven. The house is off-grid and off main water. On Low Island, a caretaker and several volunteers inhabit three houses and research the reef, take weather observations and look after the lighthouse. Again it is off the grid and there is obviously no mains water. The lighthouse is also run off solar power.

Imagine not getting an electricity or water bill.

There are some slight inconveniences: fewer power-guzzling appliances like hair-dryers and microwaves and a bit of battery monitoring.

The Middleton house is fairly new, so it was a no-brainer to install solar-power generation compared to the Immediate and future cost of connecting to the grid and using mains power.

The trend is clear. Appliances will get more efficient. Batteries, solar panels and domestic wind turbines will get cheaper and more powerful.

Meanwhile, the absurdly named Monash Forum of climate-science denying Federal MPs wants to perpetuate coal-fired electricity generation. Led by the Triple As Abbott, Andrews and Abetz and joined by Barnaby Joyce, it has engaged in one of the most profound about-faces in recent Australian political history, especially the Liberal Party members.

The Liberal Party was founded on the basis of free-enterprise, respect for private property, the market, states rights, small government and opposition to nationalisation.

In the partys own words: We believe . . . that, wherever possible, government should not compete with an efficient private sector; and . . . in preserving Australias natural beauty and the environment for future generations.

Now some or all of the Monash MPs have argued for the Government to prevent a private company, AGL, dealing with its property as it sees fit by closing the Liddell power station when it wants to, nationalising the asset if necessary. They want the Federal Government to override states and territorie...

00:00

MACKAY Townsville burglar targets Mackay homes "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY April 12, 2018 at 11:18AM ,

Townsville burglar targets Mackay homes

April 12, 2018 at 11:18AM ,

A TOWNSVILLE burglar who targeted homes in Mackay and West Mackay has admitted to a raft of serious offences. Ronnie William Mimi, who hails from the suburb of Kelso, appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court over videolink on Wednesday. The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to nine offences in total

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00:00

MACKAY Kansas City, Mo., man pleads guilty to Bonner Springs bank robbery Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY April 12, 2018 at 07:57AM ,

Kansas City, Mo., man pleads guilty to Bonner Springs bank robbery

April 12, 2018 at 07:57AM ,

Adam Scott Porter, 34, appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday via videolink from prison. The judge also ordered Escamilla, who has been free on a $30,000 bond, to be placed on electronic monitoring. Cannons attorney, Chris Townley, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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00:00

MACKAY Local News Headlines Mackay & The Whitsundays, 12th of April, 2018 Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY April 12, 2018 at 10:22AM ,

Local News Headlines Mackay & The Whitsundays, 12th of April, 2018

April 12, 2018 at 10:22AM ,

A man charged with nearly 140 offences across an alleged 6 week long rampage has appeared via videolink in the MACKAY MAGISTRATES COURT yesterday. SCOTT HODGETTS charged with the theft of a car from Proserpine .. and other offences from Ayr down to Sarina. The 30 year old allegedly

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Thursday, 12 April

23:56

Please help a Canadian in Cairns Cairns

I have a chum in Cairns, massive Toronto Maple Leafs fan, who wanted me to find him a spot to watch the NHL Playoffs at 9am local time. Can anyone kindly suggest locations for him to watch the game? Are there any pubs that typically show NHL playoffs in Cairns? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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20:30

Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander VH-PSX Calls into Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Wednesday 11 April, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander VH-PSX was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from its Cairns Airport base.

http://ybcsplanespotting.blogspot.com.au/

After spending the night, VH-PSX was noted departing to the Sunshine Coast early on Thursday 12 April.

Of interest, the Police Airwing has recently taken delivery of Textron Aviation (Cessna) 208B Caravan VH-PQX which seems to be also operating out of Cairns Airport.  It joins three other Cessna 208B Caravans - VH-PSQ, VH-PSV and VH-PSY - which appear to operate from Brisbane, Cairns and Mount Isa on various transport and other roles.

11:10

MACKAY Dalton pleads guilty to aggravated sexual battery Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY April 12, 2018 at 12:15AM ,

Dalton pleads guilty to aggravated sexual battery

April 12, 2018 at 12:15AM ,

Tyler Peter Gesche of Marian faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday pleading guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm. Facebook. Bennie Garza | 11 April, 2018, 18:43. During one chat, federal prosecutors presented evidence of communication between Stinson and a woman he believed was the

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11:10

MACKAY Hostile drunk dad says hell drive regardless of result Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY April 12, 2018 at 07:45AM ,

Hostile drunk dad says hell drive regardless of result

April 12, 2018 at 07:45AM ,

A PAGET father became hostile and argumentative with police who caught him driving more than two and a half times the legal alcohol limit to buy a packet of cigarettes. Greame Laurence Bell, 45, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, pleading guilty to driving over the middle limit, but not the

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11:10

MACKAY Andergrove burglary accused to stay behind bars Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY April 12, 2018 at 07:45AM ,

Andergrove burglary accused to stay behind bars

April 12, 2018 at 07:45AM ,

AN ANDERGROVE man charged with a raft of burglary offences in Mackays northern suburbs has faced court from prison. Corey Mitchell Joyce fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday via videolink. The 21-year-old has been accused of committing four burglaries, attempting a burglary and

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07:21

South Brisbane & South Townsville top Qld in building approvals so far in 2017-18 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

In my last post, I considered the Queensland construction industry outlook. In todays post, I take advantage of new data on building approvals at the small area level (ABS SA2 regions) for 2017-18 so far released by the ABS yesterday. The chart below of the top 20 Queensland small areas by the value of building approvals shows South Brisbane and South Townsville leading the state. Residential approvals dominate in South Brisbane, while non-residential approvals, no doubt mainly related to the $250 million North Queensland Stadium development, dominate in South Townsville.

Approvals_top20_FYTD_Feb18

Within the Brisbane metro region (see map below), we again see the familiar pattern of development being concentrated in the inner city and outer-lying areas, partly due to constraints on development such as heritage protection in many Brisbane suburbs, as discussed in Bradley Rogerss 2013 QEW guest post...

06:30

MACKAY Mackay court news "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY April 12, 2018 at 03:18AM ,

Mackay court news

April 12, 2018 at 03:18AM ,

Browse the latest articles, photo galleries and videos relating to mackay magistrates court. Published: 08 Jan 2018. Postal Address, GPO Box 9991, Townsville Qld 4810. But he quickly took it back. View property details and sold price of 21 Charlmay Court & other properties in West Mackay, Qld 4740.

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Sunday, 23 February

21:12

Farewell Bryan 16 May 1954 26 March 2013 You Are Missed Peace by Peace

Bryan died in 2013 in March so this site has become an archive site where we are keeping the work of his later life.

Bryan Law, centre, partly obscured, awaits the back-hoe at the Daintree Blockade 1984? 1985?Bryan Law, centre, partly obscured, awaits the back-hoe at the Daintree Blockade 1984? 1985?

bryan arrested date unknown (Margaret Pestorius's conflicted copy 2012-01-01)

There are many documents and actions recorded on this extensive Peace by Peace site from the Pine Gap and early Peace by Peace work through to the Ploughshares Action 2011 and Trial 2013.

Bryan was a great record keeper and we have the stories of a long, varied and creative activist career.

Some of his earlier work we are collecting on Evernote and we are looking for a more permanent archivist and blogger and historian to take up the job of archiving and displaying so that activists can learn from what he did.

Bryans work was peculiar in that it often aimed at ordinary regional folk and he remained steadfast in his belief that it was ordinary people who will change the work through courageous action for social justice.

In the meantime, I will repost here some of the work around the trial of Graeme Dunstan which was also really a posthumous trial for Bryan.
Thanks to Robin Taubenfeld and Culley Palmer for the work they did recording the trial. There are some key documents and links to include.

Culleys Photographs
Seans reflection
Robins Daily reports; here and here...

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Monday, 08 October

13:17

A Brisbane gathering? Peace by Peace

Im travelling to Brisbane at the beginning of December.

I have a date with the Local Court of NSW, sitting at Tweed Heads on Monday 3 December.   The charge Trespass on prohibited Commonwealth land.  [s89(i) of the Commonwealth Crimes Act.]

Tweed Heads on Monday 3 December

Finalising the NVDA @ HQJOC.

I remember 26 April 2012 as a fun day out at the HQJOC Headquarters Joint Operational Command, the war-fighting centre from which ADF commands our troops in the war on Afghanistan.  (Are our special forces active in Syria?  If so they will be commanded from HQJOC).  I was arrested.

The Australian Quaker Centre at Silver Wattle is thirty minutes drive from HQOC.  In April 2012 coinciding with Anzac Day Silver Wattle hosted the second gathering whose business was Putting An End to War.

On Anzac Eve we joined a bunch of Canberra peace-makers in the candle-light vigil taken up by Graeme Dunstan, as one outcome of the 2010 gathering.

On Thursday 26 April, 10 of us initiated nonviolent civil disobedience against HQJOC, as we vowed to enflesh the promise of peace that God has made us in the covenant of life.

 

A gaggle of "Faith Based Peace Witnesses" bring the issue to Captain Frank and Inspector Bob outside HQJOC on 26 April 2012.

 

Ive made a short you-tube of the action.  The soundtrack includes some of the remembrance part of the action, and a police video of my little speech to the throng of assembled Commonwealth and NSW Police.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1S8mh9SlDMc

Im proud of myself for dancing into Police lines with only one thought on my mind I will not touch them first, but I will try to get through.  I did not touch them first.  I danced around with intent (like the Elm dance performed earlier).  Police were very cooperative in arresting and charging me.

Heres the pdf put together that evening by the action group explaining what we did, and it has links to...

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Friday, 22 June

11:16

Margarets Verdict Peace by Peace

Supporting Margaret Pestorius
The occasion of Margarets recent court hearing was a whirlwind of action and directed thinking.  I watched in awe as Margaret organised material, evaluated evidence, invited network participation, and considered a range of responses and arguments.  Then she had a go.
Margaret and her "McKenzie friend" Kate outside the court-house, ready for business.

 

We made a road-trip to Rockhampton for Margarets day in Court.  We caught up with a handful of Rocky locals.  The Court hearing triggered a range of stories across local media, and most of the journalists were switched on to Margarets view of this charge as an act of harassment.

Margaret and supporters make a little show before court.

 

The highlight of the hearing was testimony by press photographer Chris Ison.  Chris is the senior photographer with the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin.

Margaret asked him if he regularly took photographs of defence installations as part of his work, and if he took those photographs without ADF permission.  The prosecutor leapt to his feet and asked the Magistrate to warn Mr Ison that he might incriminate himself in his answer, and was under no obligation to do so.

Chris Ison is a pretty straight arrow, and confident of his own skills and values.  He responded that he was happy to answer the questions.  He said that he believed he had a right to take news photos.  If such photos included defence installation, so be it.  He strongly believed he was within his right, and saw no reason for apology or fear.

Chris Ison's unauthorised pic from Rockhampton airport (say no more)...

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Monday, 04 June

13:37

Margarets Trial Peace by Peace

Margaret Pestorius, 47 of Cairns is on trial next Tuesday 12 June 2012, at Rockhampton Magistrates Court.

 

A US Amphibious Assault Vehicle inside the Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area 20 July 2011

 

For Possessing a Camera, with intent in the Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area.

The ADF has abused a counter espionage law,

using it as a weapon against political dissent. 

 

How does this photo get to be a criminal offence?

 

Margaret has been charged under Section 82 (2) of the Defence Act 1903, which says

If:

(a)  a person enters or approaches any defence installation with sketching, drawing, photographing, or painting materials or apparatus in his or her possession; and

(b)  the person has no lawful authority for that conduct; and

(c)  the person intends to contravene subsection (1);  (make a sketch, drawing etc)

then:

(d)  the person is guilty of an offence; and

(e)  all tools and all materials or apparatus for sketching, drawing, photographing or painting found in his or her possession are forfeited and may be destroyed, sold, or otherwise disposed of, as the Governor-General directs.

(2A)  The maximum penalty for an offence under subsection (2) is a fine of $100.

 

Margaret Pestorius is preparing to defend herself in court next Tuesday against this bogus charge, laid by Queensland Police upon complaint from the ADF (via the District Intelligence Office of Rockhampton Police).

She is responding with courage to a vicious act of harassment.

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Thursday, 12 April

16:25

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, its off to P@E2W-2012 we go! Peace by Peace

45 years ago, on 4 April 1967, at the riverside church of New York City, the rev Martin Luther King Jr explained his opposition to the war in Vietnam:

War is unjust.  War kills Gods children, exploits the dispossessed, and steals from the poor.  He said:

I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society.    When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

As I look around me in the world today I see those three evil giants at play.  Tearing at the fabric of life.

As a nation in 2012, Australia is being pressed into military service for Washington, the Metropolis of modern war.  Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Iran, (and Israel) constitute the immediate field of operations.  We are becoming embroiled in the South China Sea.  We are on the path to perpetual war.

On 4 April 2012, more than 200 marines from Fox Co, 2nd Batallion, 3rd Marines arrived in Darwin to initiate a new phase of Australian war-making.

Our country is to become both a pivot, and a rear echelon base to project US power via the Indian and Pacific Oceans and into their associated states.  China, India, middle east, se Asia.

Darwin, Perth, and Rockhampton are to become garrison cities for the US Empire, training and deploying forces as circumstances arise.  HQJOC at Bungendore is the seat of joint command.  Pine Gap outside Alice Springs remains the centre of space-based intelligence.  Swan Island trains special forces.

These are six key sites through which we can address Australian support of US war-making.

What to do?

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Monday, 12 December

00:23

HQJOC the war-fighting centre of Australia Peace by Peace

Headquarters Joint Operational Command

Just outside Bungendore, in NSW, right on the ACT border.

This is probably the most secure location in Australia, Brigadier Wayne Budd told the Sun-Herald Newspaper in 2008.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=603629

Google Earth photo of HQJOC

 

It certainly has a magnificent fence

Steel, concrete, razor wire, clear zones and lights. Part of the outer Octagonal fence of HQJOC

 

The main entrance of HQJOC, tailor-made for a protest action.

 

HQJOC is the command centre for whatever Australian military forces are active anywhere in the world.  Operations in Afghanistan are run from here.

There is a proposal to initiate NVDA towards this facility on 26 April 2012.  http://www.greygypsy.com/?page_id=1358

That proposal contains and relies on a residential nonviolence workshop at the Australian Quaker Centre at Silver Wattle, about 10 kilometres from HQJOC as the crow flies. http://silverwattle.org.au/about-silver-wattle/  The workshop will examine possibilities for peak NVDA involving civil disobedience.  In addition to the residential workshop, it may be possible to organise a larger presence for a more low key picket at the facilitys front entrance.

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Tuesday, 06 September

22:25

Loving the US military Peace by Peace

US AH-64 Apache attack helicopter

Hi groovers,

Page 2 of the Australian this morning really pissed me off.  It ran this story: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/defence/defence-set-to-give-us-great-military-access/story-e6frg8yo-1226130072045 US military forces being given use of Stirling Navy Base in WA, Darwin, Bradfield Training Area, Townsville Lavarack Barracks.  The deal will be signed by Defence Minister Stephen Smith (among others) later this month.

Next to the article was a photo of Defence Minister Smith, launching the book An Unwinnable War: Australia in Afghanistan by Karen Middleton, and saying that well stay the course.  The Herald Sun gave a fuller explanation.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/ipad/afghan-war-unwinnable-says-new-book/story-fn6bfmgc-1226129938569

This is a more detailed feature story on joint AUS/US military planning for interoperability.  The AUSMIN sign-off this month is a next step.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/planners-make-the-case-for-us-bases/story-fn59niix-1226080870943

I reckon we ought mobilise and draw attention against this manifestation of empire.

I reckon a creative, dynamic, and powerful action against HQJOC at Bungendore in April 2012 would be a very useful thing to do.

I reckon we can combine it with a prior national gathering at the Australian Quaker Centre, which would include participation at the ANZAC Eve Peace Vigil on 24 April.

What do you think?

Cheers

Bryan

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Saturday, 20 August

23:31

Peace Preacher #4 the Big Bitey Dog Peace by Peace

Recorded at the East st Mall on Friday 15 July 2011.

Bryan spruiks about airport security, weapons, and the killing of children in Afghanistan.  He affirms his intentions to attempt a ploughshares action.  Six days after this recording, the Rockhampton Tiger Ploughshares disabled an Army attack helicopter, just like the ones in the slideshow.

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Tuesday, 09 August

23:10

Ploughshares prosecution what do we do? Peace by Peace

Hey groovers,

On 21 July 2011, with support from Graeme Dunstan of peacebus.com, I struck an ADF Tiger helicopter with a mattock putting the narrow blade through a carbon fibre panel, and putting the helicopter out of commission.

Captured from TV - Bryan Law sinks a mattock blade into the carbon fibre panelling of an ADF Tiger helicopter. July 21 2011 at Rockhampton airport.

As a result, Graeme and I have been charged with a number of indictable offences.  If convicted I face a near-certain term of imprisonment, while Graeme may be able to qualify for a probation or suspended sentence (then again he may not.

Over the next month or three, Graeme and I have to think about what our legal stance ought be.  It seems to be a choice between:

Running a defence based on necessity, similar to the Pine Gap defence (but hopefully better staffed by legal advisors and advocates).; or

Pleading guilty, but opening up the issues around the cost of repair.

Too late! Soldiers and guards run to stop the ploughshares mattock from striking again.

Id appreciate it if you could look at the following two links, and give us the benefit of your thinking and feeling about the best course forward.

The first link is to a 2008 article by Alice Springs Legal Aid Lawyer Russell Goldflam about the trial and appeal of the Pine Gap Four.

http://www.globalcollab.org/publications/essays/apsnet/policy-forum/2008/goldflam-satellites/

The second link is to a piece I wrote in 2010 about lessons to be learned from the Pine Gap Four, and from the trial of the Waihopai ploughshares, where Adi Leason, Peter Murnane and Sam Land failed in the necessity defence but were acquitted of all charges due to claim of right.

http://www.greygypsy.com/?p=376

One conclusion I draw in the 2010 article is By choosing targets such as airplanes, ships, tanks etc (less secret, more direct weapons systems/components), and by majorly disabling said piece of equipment, it may yet...

Tuesday, 26 July

16:54

Bryan waits with Peace Trike Peace by Peace

Why a Ploughshares Action Organising a Peace Movement

Excerpt Bryans CIB Interview from 8th July:
Film by Sweated Workshop Maiia

Bryan Law just after damaging the Tiger attack helicopter

Photos by Chris Ison Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

Bryan, arrested and taken to the watchhouse Rockhampton, 21st July 2011

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