Anonymous ID: deef8a Q Research AUSTRALIA #18 - Talisman Sabre: MAGIC SWORD Edition Aug. 18, 2021, 12:22 a.m. No.14385792   🗄️.is 🔗kun

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In anticipation of FISA DECLAS and SPYGATE revelations, a new thread for research and discussion of Australia's role in The Great Awakening.


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>>14019901 Q Research AUSTRALIA #17


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Wednesday 11.20.19

>>7358352 ————————————–——– These people are stupid.

>>7358338 ————————————–——– All assets [F + D] being deployed.

>>7358318 ————————————–——– What happens when the PUBLIC discovers the TRUTH [magnitude] re: [D] party corruption?


Tuesday 11.19.19

>>7357790 ————————————–——– FISA goes both ways.


Saturday 11.16.2019

>>7356270 ————————————–——– There is no escaping God.

>>7356265 ————————————–——– The Harvest [crop] has been prepared and soon will be delivered to the public for consumption.


Friday 11.15.2019

>>7356017 ————————————–——– "Whistle Blower Traps" [Mar 4 2018] 'Trap' keyword select provided…..


Thursday 03.28.2019

>>5945210 ————————————–——– Sometimes our 'sniffer' picks and pulls w/o applying credit file

>>5945074 ————————————–——– We LOVE you!

>>5944970 ————————————–——– USA v. LifeLog?

>>5944908 ————————————–——– It is an embarrassment to our Nation!

>>5944859 ————————————–——– 'Knowingly'


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Malcolm Turnbull (X/AUS)

Former Prime Minister of Australia


Alexander Downer

Former Australian Liberal Party politician and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom


Cardinal George Pell

Australian Cardinal of the Catholic Church and former Prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy


Julian Assange

Australian activist, founder, editor and publisher of WikiLeaks


Virginia Roberts Giuffre

American-Australian survivor of the sex trafficking ring operated by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell


Q's Posts referencing The Five Eyes intelligence alliance (FVEY)

An anglophone intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States


"Does AUS stand w/ the US or only select divisions within the US?"


Nov 25 2018

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 12:24 a.m. No.14385796   🗄️.is 🔗kun


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#17 - Part 1

Australian Politics and Society - Part 1

>>14030823 Final Australian troops leave Afghanistan as 20-year mission draws to a close

>>14035759 Labor leader Anthony Albanese backs Biden's approach on China

>>14036004 Arlington National Cemetery Tweet: Earlier today, Australian Ambassador to the U.S. @A_Sinodinos viewed the Changing of the Guard and participated in a Public Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

>>14036009 Arthur Sinodinos Tweet: Today, Elizabeth & I; and Maj. Gen Andrew Freeman and Jane Freeman had the great honour of laying a wreath on behalf of Australia in remembrance of US fallen service men & women at @ArlingtonNatl. This year (Australia) & (United States) commemorate 70 years of our unbreakable #ANZUS alliance

>>14036029 Marine Rotational Force – Darwin Facebook Post: Last week, U.S. Marines, Australian Army soldiers and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers conduct a rehearsal of concept before their final training event during #SouthernJackaroo. The event exercised their combined capabilities to give mounted and dismounted support to small unit ground maneuvers, while utilizing multiple weapons systems, at Mount Bundey Training Area, NT, Australia.

>>14042216 Dutch court approves alleged drug syndicate leader Tse Chi Lop for extradition to Australia

>>14042873 Chief of Navy Australia Tweet: I have just conducted my inaugural call with incoming Japanese Defence Attache, CAPT Reona Aso & his predecessor COL Shigehiro Noshita - #AusNavy's partnership w @ModJapan_en is founded on shared strategic interests & building a secure, prosperous & inclusive Indo-Pacific

>>14042879 Marine Rotational Force – Darwin Tweet: #Marines Posted during #ExerciseDarrandarra - Sharpening our embassy reinforcement skills with #yourADF

>>14042885 III Marine Expeditionary Force Tweet: “It was important for us to interact with the community so we could show our appreciation for the opportunity to train in Nhulunbuy. .” -Australian Army Lt. Col. Daniel Gosling - Read about @MrfDarwin and @AustralianArmy’s training in Nhulunbym, Aus.

>>14042898 U.S. Marines in Australia complete embassy reinforcement and noncombatant evacuation operations exercise


>>14042906 Department of Defence Tweet: Exercise Southern Jackaroo. #YourADF, @USMC & @Japan_GSDF participated in the combined exercise recently, which included more than seven live-fire traces open simultaneously and the first Javelin fired in the Mount Bundey Training Area.

>>14042912 Tactical capability focus of Exercise Southern Jackaroo - Private Jacob Joseph -

>>14042986 Video: 'The Alliance' | Episode 1 - How a shared sacrifice in both WW1 & WW2 established a close bond between Australia and the United States - Sky News Australia

>>14049526 Marine Rotational Force – Darwin Facebook Post: Here comes the guns - U.S. Marines participate in support to ground maneuvers training during Exercise #SouthernJackaroo at Mount Bundey Training Area, NT, Australia, June 23, 2021

>>14050787 Court documents shed new light on man behind moniker 'Witness K' and how he met lawyer Bernard Collaery

>>14051007 Department of Defence Tweet: Allies unite! #YourADF is taking part in the multi-national Joint Warfighting Assessment in USA, practising fighting against a notional enemy alongside the @USArmy, @canadianarmy and @BritishArmy

>>14051012 Allies unite for exercise in US - Personnel from Brisbane’s 7th Combat Brigade and supporting elements from the 6th Brigade take part in multi-national Joint Warfighting Assessment 2021 (JWA 21) at Fort Carson in the United States

>>14057971 Department of Defence Tweet: #AusNavy's HMAS Brisbane sailed into Sydney Harbour on 3 July with (Japan) @jmsdf_pao_eng destroyer JS Makinami, (South Korea) Navy destroyer ROKS Wang Geon and (United States) #USSRafaelPeralta. The contactless, COVIDSafe port visit is ahead of Exercise PACIFIC VANGUARD.

>>14057972 Talisman Sabre Tweet: Exercise Pacific Vanguard is the Air Maritime Integration Exercise workup activity, prior to Exercise #TalismanSabre!

>>14064316 PDF: Australian Security Intelligence Organisation - ASIO Corporate Plan 2021-2025 - Mike Burgess, Director-General of Security, 1 July 2021

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 12:24 a.m. No.14385800   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#17 - Part 2

Australian Politics and Society - Part 2

>>14064462 Hundreds of Afghans linked to Australian-funded “hearts and minds” projects left vulnerable to advancing Taliban after being denied access to special visa program for those who supported Australia’s two-decade presence in the country

>>14071862 Talisman Sabre Tweet: VideoL A message from Air Commodore Stuart Bellingham, ADF Director for Exercise #TalismanSabre2021. Since 2005, #YourADF and the @DeptofDefense forces have been welcomed into the @QldGov communities, and we are grateful for your ongoing patience and support!

>>14071867 Marine Rotational Force – Darwin Tweet: We ride at dawn during #SouthernJackaroo trilateral support by fire training with #yourADF, and @Japan_GSDF

>>14079317 Spectacular delivery of extra Chinooks, as ADF's MRH-90 Taipan helicopters remain dogged by safety issues

>>14079345 Video: Heavy-lift aviation capability bolstered with arrival of new Chinooks from US - Department of Defence Australia

>>14079371 Opinion: Olympic values will deepen Japan’s ties with Australia - Yamagami Shingo, Japanese ambassador to Australia

>>14086073 Tony Podesta turned to art dealing after becoming ensnared in the Trump-Russia scandal. With his friends running Washington, he is eying a return to lobbying

>>14086076 Q Post #1918 - - Nothing to see here. Q

>>14098466 National ay of commemoration to honour Australia’s Afghanistan and Iraq troops

>>14098496 Video: Three international warships docked in Sydney Harbour tonight after a week of joint missile exercises, Exercise Pacific Vanguard - 7NEWS Australia


>>14119991 Talisman Sabre Tweet: 1 more sleep until #TalismanSabre! The opening ceremony will be held tomorrow & #TS21 activities will ramp up over the coming days

>>14119998 Talisman Sabre Tweet: We are on! Australia’s largest joint exercise with the US #TalismanSabre is now underway with the opening ceremony held at #AusAirForce Base Amberley

>>14120003 Show of strength for Talisman Sabre - Major Cameron Jamieson -

>>14120011 Talisman Sabre Tweet: Some shots from todays ceremony! #YourADF and @DeptofDefense marked the commencement of Exercise #TalismanSabre at #AusAirForce Base Amberley today

>>14120016 Royal Marines Tweet: Down Under… #RoyalMarines of @40commando have returned to Australia for @TalismanSabre. Commandos began their deployment acting as a 'pre-landing force' to pave the way for larger amphibious forces to land ashore

>>14120020 Royal Marines head on training raids in Australia -

>>14120147 Australia ‘very wary’ of Chinese spy ship sitting off Queensland coast

>>14126998 Video: Talisman Sabre 2021 Opening Ceremony - Department of Defence Australia

>>14127001 Video: We are ready - Talisman Sabre 2021 - Department of Defence Australia

>>14127057 Japanese Ambassador YAMAGAMI Shingo Tweet: Attended opening ceremony of Exercise @TalismanSabre 2021. Japanese warship and 2nd Amphibious Rapid Deployment Regiment of #JGSDF @ModJapan_en are participating. Looking forward to many more exercises with Australia to maintain and strengthen a #FreeAndOpenIndoPacific

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 12:25 a.m. No.14385803   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#17 - Part 3

Australian Politics and Society - Part 3

>>14127067 Department of Defence Tweet: The Talisman 'Sabre' has been drawn in Townsville, Queensland! #AusArmy troops have hit the ground running, ready to train alongside their United States counterparts.

>>14127077 Sabre drawn, troops ready for action - Flight Lieutenant Chloe Stevenson -

>>14127084 Talisman Sabre Tweet: A #TS21 first - The @USArmy will fire a Patriot missile for first time in Australia during #TalismanSabre.

>>14127095 US Army to fire Patriot missile for first time in Australia during Talisman Sabre - Seth Robson -

>>14127263 Defence Minister Peter Dutton wary of Taliban turncoats in considering Afghanistan visa applications

>>14134744 Video: ‘Why I Spy’: ASIO’s new social media campaign to attract a more diverse group of recruits

>>14134789 Talisman Sabre Tweet: Here's a sneak peek of the US military rehearsing the first ever Patriot surface-to-air missile firing in Australia yesterday, with the actual firing taking place this morning at Shoalwater Bay. Stay tuned for the real footage

>>14134793 Patriot missile firing will be a first - Private Jacob Joseph -

>>14141586 Talisman Sabre Tweet: An Australian first! The @USArmy MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile has been successfully fired on Australian soil for the first time during Exercise #TalismanSabre2021. Great job to all involved

>>14141592 Talisman Sabre Tweet: Video: HERE IT IS - Check out the footage from the first Patriot surface-to-air missile firing on Australian soil yesterday, improving the combat readiness of Australian and US forces


>>14141604 Video: First Patriot Missile launch in Australia - Department of Defence Australia

>>14141624 U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Tweet: U.S. @PacificMarines with @3dMarineDivision train during #TalismanSabre 2021; a large-scale, bilateral military exercise that enhances the (United States-Australia) alliance & provides peace and stability in the #FreeAndOpenIndoPacific.

>>14141653 Department of Defence Tweet: Working in partnership - #AusArmy Private Louii Hornibrook will be taking part in Exercise Sea Raider, the amphibious element of Exercise #TalismanSabre. Standing with Private Hornibrook is (Japan) Seargent Kotaro Tsuda, (United States) Lance Corporal Christopher Hren & (United Kingdom) Lieutenant Jones

>>14141676 United States Pacific Fleet - Expeditionary Strike Group 7 arrives for exercise Talisman Sabre - Lt. Cmdr. Sherrie A. Flippin -

>>14145027 Video: Second Chinese spy ship en route to Australia ahead of US military exercises - Sky News Australia

>>14153505 Defence Minister Peter Dutton Facebook Post: Talisman Sabre is Australia's largest military exercise with the United States. Some 17,000 personnel, including 8,000 from the ADF are engaging in multiple warfighting training scenarios…They are working hard together, strengthening the Australian-US Alliance, and improving combat readiness.

>>14153524 Talisman Sabre Tweet: Shots of yesterday's #LiveFire - Australian and American have fired on Shoalwater Bay in a combined strike during #TalismanSabre2021. Stay tuned for the footage!

>>14153531 Weapons unleashed in powerful demonstration - Warrant Officer Class 2 Max Bree -

>>14153541 Talisman Sabre Tweet: Thank you, Townsville! The city and people of Townsville received a show of gratitude on behalf of #TS21 with a special flypast from @AusAirForce.

>>14153560 United States Department of Defense Tweet: During exercise #TalismanSabre, @3d_Marine_Div and @AustralianArmy are training together to support a peaceful, stable and #FreeAndOpenIndoPacific.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 12:25 a.m. No.14385805   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#17 - Part 4

Australian Politics and Society - Part 4

>>14153573 United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Tweet: Deterrence through partnerships and alliances is critical to America's defense. The @TalismanSabre exercise in the @INDOPACOM theater is a perfect example of that–with 17,000 personnel from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the ROK, and the U.K. participating.

>>14155417 Video: Talisman Sabre 21, Queensland, Australia, 07/19/2021 #KnowYourMil - GEORGEnews

>>14159692 Video: Talisman Sabre 21 live fire mission - Department of Defence Australia

>>14159708 Talisman Sabre Tweet: An Australian and US first - #TS21 jump training combined @USAirForce, @USArmy & #YourADF parachutists to conduct military free-fall operations from a U.S. aircraft using Australian parachutes for the first time.

>>14159731 Talisman Sabre Tweet: Building sea combat power - #HMASBallarat, #HMASBrisbane & #HMASParramatta are building navy-to-navy skills by conducting maritime manoeuvres with Republic of Korea Ship Wang Geon, USS Rafael Peralta & @jmsdf_pao_eng Japanese Ship Makinami during #TS21.

>>14159754 U.S. Marines Tweet: HIMARS w/ @3d_Marine_Div fire missiles during exercise @TalismanSabre at Shoalwater Bay Training Area, #Australia. #TS21 allows US, AUS and other partners to enhance interoperability by training in complex scenarios that address the full range of Indo-Pacific security concerns.

>>14159794 General James C. McConville Tweet: Soldiers assigned to @38thADA, @94thArmyAMDC fire a patriot missile during bilateral Exercise Talisman Sabre 21 at Camp Growl located in Queensland, Australia.

>>14166108 Australia and the US in talks to deepen military co­operation, plans for new exercises on Australian soil including joint training with American army soldiers

>>14166302 Video: Brisbane announced as 2032 Olympic Games host city at IOC meeting in Tokyo

>>14172466 Marine Rotational Force – Darwin Facebook Post: So long, farewell, to you my friends - U.S. Marines with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, Australian Army soldiers and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers commemorated the completion of Exercise Southern Jackaroo with a closing ceremony at Mount Bundey Training Area, NT, Australia


>>14172485 Talisman Sabre Tweet: That #TS21 partnership - Troops from #AusArmy's 16th Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery & the @USArmy's @38thADA, at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, during Exercise #TalismanSabre2021.

>>14172502 Video: Gunfire exercise on board HMAS Ballarat - Talisman Sabre 2021 - Department of Defence Australia

>>14172510 Video: RBS 70 anti-aircraft missile live fire - Talisman Sabre 2021 - Department of Defence Australia

>>14172637 Repatriation flights considered for Afghan translators who worked with Australian troops

>>14180668 Japanese Ambassador YAMAGAMI Shingo Tweet: Delighted to welcome to my Residence Mr Matt Anderson PSM, Director of @AWMemorial. Very much enjoyed our conversation on a wide range of topics as we both have diplomatic backgrounds. (Japan) and (Australia) fought alongside one another in WWI and the Cold War, followed by cooperation in Iraq

>>14180741 Video: Artillery joint-coalition live fire - Talisman Sabre 2021 - Department of Defence Australia

>>14185225 U.S. Navy Tweet: Taking a (photo) with friends! Partner nations sail in formation as part of @TalismanSabre. The exercise consists of a series of training events that reinforce the strong U.S./Australian alliance and demonstrate the U.S. Military’s unwavering commitment to a #FreeAndOpenIndoPacific.

>>14185244 Talisman Sabre Tweet: 11 ships, 5 nations - #USNSRappahannock, #ROKSWang Geon, #HMASParramatta, #USSAmerica, #USSRafaelPeralta, #JSMakinami, #USNSAlanShepard, #HMCSCalgary, #USSNewOrleans, #HMASBrisbane, and #USSGermantown sail in formation during #TalismanSabre2021.

>>14187021 President Joe Biden poised to nominate Caroline Kennedy as US ambassador to Australia

>>14187077 United States military invites Australia to join development of top secret missile strike program - Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2)

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 12:25 a.m. No.14385807   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#17 - Part 5

Australian Politics and Society - Part 5

>>14187200 Huawei hiring former Democratic super lobbyist Tony Podesta - Back in business after a Mueller-induced hiatus

>>14187418 The Mehdi Hasan Show Tweet: Do Fox and the Murdochs have blood on their hands for all the disinformation they’ve propagated? @TurnbullMalcolm: “They certainly have contributed to blood being shed.”

>>14187427 Video: Former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull Slams Rupert Murdoch Over Fox’s Involvement in 1/6 Insurrection and Vaccine Hesitancy Push

>>14187430 Video: Rupert Murdoch’s Disinformation Media Empire | The Mehdi Hasan Show - The Choice

>>14187446 Talisman Sabre Tweet: Getting to the mission - #Marines with @MrfDarwin departed Townsville in several MV-22B Osprey aircraft last night to conduct night operations during #TS21.

>>14201082 Talisman Sabre Tweet: Our nations training together - Troops from #TS21 have descended on the town of Bowen in Queensland, as part of military drills to enhance their war fighting skills in an urban environment

>>14201083 War games begin in Bowen - Private Jacob Joseph -

>>14206825 Video: 3rd Brigade's Battle Group Eagle conducts a firepower demonstration of the capabilities it can provide to the joint force during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021 - Department of Defence Australia

>>14206828 Marine Rotational Force – Darwin Tweet: Today marks 68 years since the cessation of hostilities in the Korean War. On this day, we pause to remember those Marines who served in legendary battles from the breakout at Chosin Reservoir to the amphibious landings at Inchon.

>>14206840 Pacific Marines Tweet: @USMC with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, @MrfDarwin, execute airfield assault training as part of Exercise @TalismanSabre 21 (TS21) in Bowen, Queensland, Australia


>>14206859 Talisman Sabre Tweet: Video: Check it out - @usairforce defenders are flying in! The Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Element team complete training after exiting from an MC-130J during #TS21 at #AusAirForce Base Tindal

>>14213706 Video: Trilateral activity Exercise Southern Jackaroo involved soldiers from the ADF's 1st Brigade - Darwin, Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force, and United States Marine Rotational Force - Darwin - Department of Defence Australia

>>14213739 Japanese Ambassador YAMAGAMI Shingo Tweet: Magnificent to see (Japan, Australia) and partners with shared strategic interests gathering in our region. @Japan_GSDF troops participating in Exercise @TalismanSabre had the honour of meeting with the Commander of 1st Division, MAJGEN Jake Ellwood

>>14213787 Japan Ground Self-Defense Force - Ground Component Command Tweet: [ #Talisman Saber 21 ] Photo: #Ground Component Command #Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade and Australian Army Combat Training (Urban Warfare ) Bowen City Alert

>>14213840 Video: Rosa Maria Maione, the so-called carer of Annie Smith, pleads guilty to her manslaughter in the disability neglect case that horrified Australia

>>14220773 Worldwide hacking warning issued on how businesses are being compromised during COVID-19

>>14220789 U.S., U.K., and Australia Issue Joint Cybersecurity Advisory - Australian Cyber Security Centre - July 2021

>>14220833 Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw says AFP has ‘another ingenious plan’ to further dismantle organised crime networks after pulling off Operation Ironside sting

>>14220859 Australian Bar Association calls for Attorney-General Michaelia Cash to reconsider controversial prosecution of Canberra lawyer Bernard Collaery

>>14220897 ADF, U.S. and Japanese joint amphibious assault - Talisman Sabre 2021 - Department of Defence Australia

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 12:26 a.m. No.14385809   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#17 - Part 6

Australian Politics and Society - Part 6

>>14220927 Defence Minister Peter Dutton Tweets: Earlier this week I visited some of our Australian and multinational troops participating in Talisman Sabre…Our troops are doing great work; we all should be so incredibly proud

>>14228351 Department of Defence Tweet: Yesterday, @USArmyAlaska #paratroopers jumped out of an #AusAirForce C-17A Globemaster III onto the Kangaroo Drop Zone as part of a simulated Joint Forcible Entry Operation during Exercise #TalismanSabre

>>14228354 Paratroopers in the skies over Queensland - Flight Lieutenant Chloe Stevenson -

>>14228362 U.S. Army Pacific Tweet: Video: 'Spartan Brigade’ paratroopers jump over Queensland, Australia - 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) paratroopers with the jump onto the Kangaroo Drop Zone as part of a simulated Joint Forcible Entry Operation during Exercise Talisman Sabre 21 in Australia

>>14228622 Talisman Sabre Tweet: Strengthening our alliances - Check it out - #YourADF's integration with international partners is on show at #TS21 in the form of a multi-domain strike

>>14228626 Striking in a new way: Multi-domain strike - Synchronisation of traditional operating domains of Maritime, Land and Air with newer domains of Space and Information/Cyberspace - Petty Officer Jake Badior -

>>14228786 Video: Prime Minister Scott Morrison says lockdowns to end once 80 per cent of the Australian population is vaccinated against COVID-19

>>14228864 Australian Defence Force and anti-abortion organisations banned from Australian National University Induction Day by ANU Student Association - Education Minister Alan Tudge considers cutting off funding to student organisations that attempt to stop the airing of views they oppose on campus

>>14233997 ‘Freedom’ activists aim to harness anger for new political party - Monica Smit and Reignite Democracy Australia

>>14235604 Video: Talisman Sabre 21: US Marines, British Royal Marines, ADF & JGSDF Conducting Amphibious Landing - GEORGEnews


>>14235614 Video: A Multi-National Amphibious Assault was conducted as part of Talisman Sabre 2021. Coalition forces consisting of Royal Marine Commandos, United States Army, United States Marine Corps, the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force, and the Australian Defence Force landed at Forrest Beach near Ingham, Queensland - Department of Defence Australia

>>14235682 Video: Joint amphibious landing and air assault - Talisman Sabre 2021 - The troops took to the beaches and streets of Bowen, Queensland as part of simulated battles between two opposing forces. Scenarios included a beach landing, securing of airfields and strategic areas and storming of positions at various locations - Department of Defence Australia

>>14235711 Troops come ashore on quiet beach in final push - Private Jacob Joseph -

>>14235784 Talisman Sabre Tweet: A picture can tell a thousand words - The calm before the storm is the perfect epitome for the @USArmyAlaska #paratroopers onboard an @AusAirForce C-17A Globemaster III, patiently waiting to step out into the open Queensland sky.


>>14235790 Video: From Alaska to Queensland - U.S. paratroopers drop in on Talisman Sabre 2021 - United States Army troops from the 3rd Batallion, 509th Infantry Airbourne conducted an airborne assault dropping into 'Kangaroo Dropzone' near Charters Towers, Queensland for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021 - Department of Defence Australia

>>14236056 U.S. Navy Tweet: Teamwork makes the dream work for a #FreeAndOpenIndoPacific - @31stMeu and Sailors aboard USS America (LHA 6) conduct an underway replenishment with the Australian Navy's HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) in the Coral Sea, July 27, 2021, as part of @TalismanSabre

>>14236063 Talisman Sabre Tweet: Hidden beneath the deep blue sea lurks an unseen threat, keeping sailors alert during #TS21 - @Australian_Navy & @USNavy submarines are disrupting operations during a series of sub-surface training scenarios

>>14236071 Submarines add extra layer of realism on Talisman Sabre - Warrant Officer Class Two Max Bree -

>>14236107 Talisman Sabre Tweet: How fitting that today is the #InternationalDayOfFriendship?! We celebrate all the new mates we have made on #TS21

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 12:26 a.m. No.14385811   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#17 - Part 7

Australian Politics and Society - Part 7

>>14236111 Making new mates on exercise Talisman Sabre: Australian-Japanese soldier Private Louii Hornibrook, 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment - Captain Dan Mazurek -

>>14236173 Marine Rotational Force – Darwin Tweet: Come out, come out, wherever you are #SouthernJackaroo #YourADF #MRFD #ADF #australianarmy #Australia #Darwin #IIIMEF #Marines #MarineCorps #freeandopenindopacific #JGSDF

>>14236208 Department of Defence Tweet: Ready for action - Preparations are underway for high-end warfighting Exercise #Koolendong, which is set to take place during August and September between elements of #AusArmy's 1 Brigade and the @MrfDarwin

>>14236219 Communications ready for Koolendong - The live-fire exercise will be held during August and September at the Bradshaw Field Training Area, NT - Captain Peter March -

>>14243180 YouTube restricts Sky News Australia channel over ‘COVID misinformation’

>>14245420 Vaccination the gold medal we aspire to - Prime Minister Scott Morrison -

>>14248043 "Thought my Aussie's might enjoy this…. - QClock August 1, 2021 - Australia 5:5" - U.S. Marines Tweet - G'day, mates! @Australian_Navy

>>14249439 U.S. Marines Tweet: G'day, mates! @Australian_Navy - #Marines and Sailors of the America Expeditionary Strike Group greet the crew of HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) during an underway replenishment of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) in the Coral Sea

>>14249699 Fake video purports to show Australian Federal Police boss Reece Kershaw plotting to overthrow government

>>14249700 Plot to oust government, replace AFP thwarted by counter-terrorism police


>>14249732 Man charged with impersonating Commonwealth official as search warrants executed in three states - Australian Federal Police - 2 August 2021

>>14249774 Man charged over fake video of AFP chief Kershaw ‘plotting coup’

>>14249933 Talisman Sabre Tweet: Video - What's it like training with your Australian comrades? Hear from U.S. Special Operations personnel as they complete jump training with #YourADF from an MC-130J Air Commando II during #TS21

>>14249965 Talisman Sabre Tweet: - The end of #TS21 - #YourADF and International Military personnel who participated in #TalismanSabre this year marked the end of the exercise during a closing ceremony yesterday. But it's not the end of us! We still have lots to show you so stay tuned

>>14249989 U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Australia - Chargé d’Affaires Doug Sonnek Speech: Talisman Sabre Closing Ceremony - August 01, 2021

>>14250019 Defence Minister Peter Dutton flags participation of India in Australia’s biggest wargames with the US, saying he’d like to see the nation’s Quad partner at Exercise Talisman Sabre in two years’ time

>>14257419 Talisman Sabre’s theatre of war - Australia’s biggest defence exercise with the US has grown into a significant multinational training event

>>14257474 Local, national and calls to mobiles will now be free from Telstra payphones

>>14257486 Foreign Minister Marise Payne Tweet: (Australia) is working with our closest partners on global health security, equitable vaccine access & promoting shared values of democracy & human rights. Today I met with Five Eyes counterparts…on Indo-Pacific priorities & challenges

>>14265858 Video: SkyNews Australia anchor slams YouTube for 'most extreme cancelation of free speech imaginable' - Fox News / Tucker Carlson Tonight

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 12:27 a.m. No.14385812   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#17 - Part 8

Australian Politics and Society - Part 8

>>14265940 PDF: Diggers to fight on digital front - Australian Defence Force adopts new digital battle space strategy and modern warfare posture

>>14265963 Japanese Ambassador YAMAGAMI Shingo Tweet: Exercise @TalismanSabre 21 has concluded, but (Japan and Australia's) journey to maintain and strengthen a #FreeAndOpenIndoPacific steadily and resolutely continues

>>14265971 Israeli Minister of Defense Benny Gantz Tweet: I had an excellent call with my Australian counterpart @peterdutton_MP, emphasizing the strong bond between our countries based on shared values

>>14274251, >>14274255 Academic papers from the 1960s reveal how a CIA-funded 'mind control' program came to Australia - MK-Ultra and Operation Midnight Climax

>>14274481 Talisman Sabre Tweet: Video - And that's a wrap! Seven nations worked, trained & fought side by side in some of the most realistic & challenging training activities yet. Thank you to all involved in #TalismanSabre2021 & thank you Australia. See you in 2023

>>14274492 Talisman Sabre wraps up - Nearly 17,000 personnel from Australia, the United States, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand and the United Kingdom worked, trained and fought side by side

>>14282328 Proposed AFP dark web powers get cautious tick - Australian Federal Police and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission would be given powers to hunt paedophile rings, terrorists and drug traffickers operating on the “dark web” under planned laws

>>14282642 Ambassador YAMAGAMI Shingo Tweet: Delighted to welcome to my Residence AFP @AusFedPolice Commissioner Reece Kershaw APM

>>14289308 US Consulate Perth Tweets: A new memorial has been unveiled at WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle in honor of American World War II submarine USS Bullhead - departed Fremantle on July 31, 1945…sunk in an attack by a Japanese army aircraft on August 6 in the Java Sea

>>14289327 U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Australia - New U.S. Submarine Memorial Unveiled in Perth - 6 August, 2021


>>14289709 Department of Defence Tweet: HMA Ships Canberra and Ballarat have arrived in the Western Pacific Ocean for the opening phase of the US-led Large Scale Global Exercise 21

>>14289712 Australian ships join US-led Large Scale Global Exercise 21 -

>>14289723 Marine Rotational Force – Darwin Tweet: Today we honor those wounded in action, understanding that some gave their last full measure of devotion. We thank those at @WWRUSMC for taking care of Marines on the road to recovery. Semper Fidelis

>>14303677 Video: Rationalist Society of Australia President Meredith Doig, leading voice behind 2021 Census ‘No Religion’ campaign praises Satanism

>>14303690 RSA Webinar: Michael Dove on ‘The census and religion–Giving more Australians the freedom to choose’ - Rationalists Australia


>>14303709 Q Post #4461 - Only when evil is forced into the light can we defeat it. Only when they can no longer operate in the [shadows] can people see the truth for themselves.

>>14303709 Q Post #4396 - God wins.

>>14304238 Japanese Ambassador YAMAGAMI Shingo Tweet: Solemnly attended the bell ringing ceremony to remember the tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki hosted by Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin. Expressed my sincere condolences and renewed my determination to work hard with (Australia) for peace and stability of this region.

>>14304266 III Marine Expeditionary Force Tweet: Marines with @MrfDarwin and @AustralianArmy soldiers reviewed a terrain model during a concept rehearsal. Leaders review schemes of maneuver during rehearsals to seamlessly complete the mission.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 12:27 a.m. No.14385815   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#17 - Part 9

Australian Politics and Society - Part 9

>>14311676 Video: The Final Assault - The best of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021 - We’ll continue to train together, and look forward to seeing you again for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023 - Department of Defence Australia

>>14311723 Marine Rotational Force – Darwin Facebook Post: .S. Marines with MRF-D and Australian soldiers reviewed the scheme of maneuver and training events during the rehearsal of concept for Exercises #Loobye and #Koolendong 2021

>>14322373 Marise Payne, Peter Dutton planning diplomatic visits to US, India and Indonesia

>>14342881 Australia will work with allied forces to extract citizens and visa holders from Afghanistan - Taliban making rapid battlefield gains

>>14346911 Special Counsel John Durham considering prosecutions and scrutinizing Trump-Russia tipsters: Report


>>14356371 Scott Morrison flags rescue mission for Afghan angels - locals who helped Australian troops during the two-decade conflict

>>14366085 OPINION: Joe Biden’s defeat will echo for eternity - Miranda Devine -

>>14366141 Threat of white-power race war ‘grave concern’ to ASIO, says chief

>>14375620 Scott Morrison delivers heartfelt message to diggers who fought in Afghanistan and asks them to do 'one more thing for us' - as he admits not all locals who fought alongside them will be evacuated

>>14375704 Marcus Jensen faces Perth Magistrates Court charged with impersonating Federal Police officer as part of an alleged operation to bring down the government

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 12:27 a.m. No.14385817   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#17 - Part 10

Australian Government Sexual Assault Allegations

>>14079305 Australian Federal Police decision on Brittany Higgins charges will be made in coming weeks

>>14282340 26-year-old man summonsed to appear in court over Brittany Higgins rape allegation


#17 - Part 11

Australian and Regional Resignations

>>14050847 Tasmanian Labor leader David O'Byrne resigns amid sexual harassment allegations investigation

>>14079271 Family Law judge Joe Harman resigns after independent investigation found he had engaged in behaviour that was “sexualised in nature and otherwise inappropriate” towards two women


#17 - Part 12

Malka Leifer Extradition and Prosecution

>>14234802 Malka Leifer wants to watch key court hearing via video link rather than attend court in person, lawyer says

>>14273984 Malka Leifer asks to be physically absent from key hearing - faces 74 charges relating to child sexual abuse at the Adass Israel school between 2004-08

>>14304044 Dassi Erlich - Alleged Malka Leifer victim’s medical records released

>>14342642 Media suppression order in Leifer case granted - nationwide media suppression order on medical information relating to Dassi Erlich


#17 - Part 13

George Papadopoulos Tweets, Alexander Downer and SPYGATE Revelations

>>14098427 Glenn Ray @GlennInTassie Tweet: I hope you hate George Papadopoulos as much as I do for lying about our Country

>>14098427 Alexander Downer Tweet: Honestly, I never give him a thought!

>>14134725 George Papadopoulos Tweet: Alexander Downer accused of spying by US Republicans in Mueller probe | 7NEWS

>>14134725 (2019) Alexander Downer accused of spying by US Republicans in Mueller probe

>>14296485 JVP @jv_payne Tweet: How much money did (Alexander Downer) give to the Clinton’s?

>>14296485 Alexander Downer Tweet: Billions!! Are you sober??

>>14296485 TDS_Sufferer @SuffererTds Tweet: Who tasked (Alexander Downer) with eliciting from Papadopoulos what mifsud had said to him?

>>14296485 Alexander Downer Tweet: No one. I’d never heard of Mifsud!

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 12:28 a.m. No.14385818   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#17 - Part 14

Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry and Ben Roberts-Smith Defamation Trial

>>14035776 Allegations of serious criminal conduct exposed in Ben Roberts-Smith defamation case

>>14050829 Ben Roberts-Smith's long wait to face accusers - landmark trial adjourned for at least a month after Sydney's COVID-19 outbreak

>>14071758 Ben Roberts-Smith secures hospital records after claim ‘mistress’ faked pregnancy

>>14079290 Taliban circle as Afghan witnesses in Ben Roberts-Smith case wait in a safe house

>>14092203 The Untouchables: Top detectives to investigate ‘disgraceful’ Afghanistan kill squad

>>14120285 Media seeks urgent hearing for Afghan witnesses in Roberts-Smith case

>>14153436 Ben Roberts-Smith defamation trial to resume to hear from four Afghan witnesses

>>14159595 ‘Anguished’ Ben Roberts-Smith calls for trial to resume

>>14166231 No medical record of Roberts-Smith ‘mistress’ abortion, court told

>>14200983 Ben Roberts-Smith defamation trial told radio device was planted on body of dead Afghan farmer


>>14206696 Afghan farmer tells Ben Roberts-Smith defamation trial Australian soldiers who raided villages are 'infidels'

>>14206700 ‘Wrong morally’: Official photo of Ben Roberts-Smith was altered to hide Crusader’s cross

>>14213699 Afghan villager tells Ben Roberts-Smith defamation trial he'll tell truth even if it gets him killed

>>14220805 Foreign soldiers killed ‘innocent’ Afghans, Ben Roberts-Smith defamation trial told

>>14228975 Ben Roberts-Smith trial hears from Afghan witness who says 'big soldier' kicked man into creek

>>14249826 Ben Roberts-Smith defamation case adjourned due to Sydney COVID outbreak

>>14257322 Barrister acting for Ben Roberts-Smith urges Federal Court to admit into evidence WhatsApp messages that allegedly show key witness for Nine newspapers, Afghan villager Mohammed Hanifa, gave “inconsistent statement” while under cross-examination

>>14257358 PDF: ‘Serious failings’: Defence quietly releases war crimes inquiry response plan

>>14347185 Ben Roberts-Smith’s alleged USB backyard burial revealed in pictures taken by his ex wife

>>14347246 ‘Not that f*cking stupid’: How ‘threats’ ruined Roberts-Smith’s friendship with private investigator John McLeod

>>14375655 Why we lost Afghanistan: War hero BEN ROBERTS-SMITH says the West never understood the Taliban were more than a 'rag-tag group of bogey men'

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 12:28 a.m. No.14385821   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#17 - Part 15

Cardinal George Pell and Vatican Financial Scandal Allegations

>>14041638 George Pell’s $3m legal bill to battle the sex crime charges and convictions that were eventually thrown out by the High Court

>>14041647 Video: EWTN Bookmark with George Cardinal Pell - Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN)

>>14050764 Vatican indicts Cardinal Giovanni Becciu, nine other people in London realestate deal

>>14050768 PDF: Holy See Press Office Communiqué - Saturday 03.07.2021 - Ddefendants in the case related to the financial investments of the Secretariat of State in London

>>14206683 Landmark Vatican fraud trial of 10 including Cardinal Angelo Becciu set to start

>>14213619 Accused Cardinal Angelo Becciu in court as Vatican fraud trial opens and is adjourned

>>14228943 Cardinal George Pell - Prison Journal, Volume 2 Book Review: Televangelists, Christ’s Passion and solitary confinement - Michael E Daniel -


#17 - Part 16

Julian Assange Indictment and Extradition

>>14028446 Australian MPs call on US President Biden to drop charges against Assange

>>14028447 Video: Message to President Biden from Australian Parliamentarians - Consortium News

>>14042069 Julian Assange’s 50th birthday marked with Parliament Square picnic - 3 July 2021

>>14042069 Q Post #3341 - Q What can you tell us about Assange?? Under protection. Threat is real. Key to DNC 'source' 'hack' '187'. Q

>>14078813 US granted permission to appeal UK court's Assange extradition decision

>>14078818 Video: US wins bid to appeal Assange extradition ruling - ABC News Australia


>>14085626 U.S. offers that Assange could serve sentence in Australia in extradition appeal

>>14090614 US pledge that Julian Assange could serve any jail sentence in Australia is ‘grossly misleading’, partner says

>>14112163 Saving Julian Assange: Meet the people closest to the Wikileaks founder

>>14213207 Julian Assange's Ecuadorian citizenship revoked

>>14322225 Julian Assange’s partner Stella Moris pleads for Biden to drop espionage case

>>14332215 US government wins first appeal battle in fight to extradite Julian Assange

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 12:29 a.m. No.14385826   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#17 - Part 17

Australia / China Tensions - Part 1

>>14020059 Human Rights Watch reveals harassment, surveillance of Chinese students studying in Australia

>>14020145 Environment Minister Sussan Ley invites China-chaired UNESCO World Heri­tage Committee to inspect Great Barrier Reef

>>14020149 Australia shouldn’t be poster boy for climate change perils: Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley

>>14020238 Chinese rail firm refutes 'forced labor' claims in Australia - Global Times -

>>14035922 Exclusive: Planting 'consultants,' blocking vaccine approval, threatening officials – Australia sabotages China-PNG cooperation by all means - Global Times -

>>14042279 50 years after Whitlam’s China visit, it’s imperative for Canberra politicians to learn his political sagacity - Chen Hong -

>>14053439 Japan boosts military links with Australia to fend off China - Japanese ambassador Yamagami Shingo says Australia will not resist Chinese economic coercion alone

>>14064520 Australia backed by 11 countries after calling foul play over China’s reef ‘in danger’ push

>>14064525 Transcript - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on July 5, 2021

>>14064545 Chinese ties ‘vital’ to trade survival, say resource states Queensland and Western Australia


>>14064583 China accuses Australia of COVID-19 vaccine sabotage in the Pacific

>>14064590 Transcript - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on July 5, 2021

>>14064624 Exclusive: Western scientists face government probe, death threats for opposing COVID-19 lab-leak theory: source - GT staff reporters -

>>14064631 Transcript - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on July 2, 2021

>>14071638 Video: ‘Settle in for the long haul’: White House’s Indo-Pacific co-ordinator Kurt Campbell's China warning for Australia

>>14071644 Transcript - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on July 6, 2021

>>14089200 China criticises Australia's human rights record at the United Nations

>>14089209 Video: United Nations Human Rights Council - Adoption of reports by the Universal Periodic Review Working Group of Australia, 8 July 2021 - Mr. Jiang Duan, China

>>14089243 China urges Australia to face up to severe human rights violations at UN body - Liu Xin -

>>14089310 China is the ‘big international bully at the moment’: Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s Peter Jennings - Sky News Australia


>>14089317 Australia browbeating China as a ‘bully’ only reveals the true oppressors - Li Haidong -

>>14092455 Transcript - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on July 9, 2021

>>14092493 Australia has shown great resilience in the face of China’s aggression - Paul Kelly -

>>14098440 Time to abandon One China policy, says Independent senator Rex Patrick

>>14105608 Assertive China has misunderstood Australia’s toughness - Alexander Downer -

>>14112475 China-Australia tensions flare over South China Sea

>>14112479 Foreign Minister Marise Payne Statement - Marking the 5th Anniversary of the South China Sea Arbitral Award

>>14112485 Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Commonwealth of Australia - Spokesperson's Remarks - We deplore the recent statement by the Australian side on the South China Sea issue

>>14112489 Transcript - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on July 12, 2021

>>14112492 Video: Australia needs to do some soul-searching and put its own house in order - SpokespersonCHN

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 12:29 a.m. No.14385828   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#17 - Part 18

Australia / China Tensions - Part 2

>>14119986 Chinese spy ship returns to waters off Queensland ahead of Defence's largest war-fighting exercise

>>14120147 Australia ‘very wary’ of Chinese spy ship sitting off Queensland coast

>>14120179 Murdoch and his press empire fuel anti-China feelings using media as a political weapon - GT staff reporters -

>>14120210 Chinese Consulate General in Sydney Tweet: Papua New Guinea(#PNG) is the third pacific island country to administer Chinese #vaccines across the country

>>14120228 Australian exports to China surge to new high

>>14120237 GT Voice: Surging iron ore prices fuel China’s diversification efforts - Global Times -

>>14120266 US vows to work with Australia to oppose China’s ‘unfair’ trade practices

>>14127248 Western Australian government's venue policy and China link an arts-breaker in Western Australia - Event linked to Taiwan or Tibet prohibited from hiring most of Perth’s major performance venues

>>14141341 Australian scientists, environment groups urge UN to put Great Barrier Reef on ‘in danger’ list, criticize govt’s short-sightedness, incompetence - Huang Lanlan and Zhao Juecheng -

>>14145027 Video: Second Chinese spy ship en route to Australia ahead of US military exercises - Sky News Australia


>>14147666 Peter Dutton 'surprised' China has sent a second spy ship to monitor Australian operations - China has "obviously made a decision to have a greater presence"

>>14153450 WA Minister for Culture and the Arts David Templeman announces review into Perth Theatre Trust’s contentious pro-China venue-hire policy

>>14153456 Coral repair raises hopes for Great Barrier Reef as UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee vote looms

>>14153576 Magnifying legal Chinese ship presence near US-Australian military drill unreasonable: experts - Liu Xuanzun -

>>14159509 Video: Australia prepares for China retaliation after blaming Beijing for Microsoft hack

>>14159551 Video: China accuses Australia of hypocrisy over Microsoft server hack accusation

>>14159554 Foreign Minister Marise Payne Statement - Australia joins international partners in attribution of malicious cyber activity to China

>>14159568 Chinese Embassy Spokesperson's Responding to the Australian Side's Remarks on Cyber Issues - 2021/07/20 - China firmly rejects the groundless accusations made by the Australian government on cyber issues, following the steps and parroting the rhetoric of the US.

>>14159586 GT Voice: Australia’s role to the Chinese economy should not be overestimated - Global Times -

>>14166016 ‘Active threat’: China’s cyber-intrusion on British MPs exposed


>>14166025 The US and its allies may not stop China's 'web of hackers', but it can 'deeply embarrass' Beijing

>>14166032 Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on July 20, 2021

>>14166041 US enlisting allies to smear China only exposes diffidence: Global Times editorial - Global Times -

>>14166079 US and Australia move to block China buying Digicel mobile phone networks in the Pacific and Caribbean

>>14166089 GT Voice: Will Australia meet Pacific nations’ need for telecom upgrade? - Global Times -

>>14166101 Japanese Ambassador to Australia Shingo Yamagami says Tokyo ‘struggles every day’ with China

>>14180628 Liberal Party Senator Jim Molan friendly fire over China military threat - warns the Australian Defence Force would be defeated within days in the event of a Chinese attack

>>14180641 US Trade Representative Katherine Tai backs Australia in trade disputes with China

>>14180648 Transcript - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on July 22, 2021

>>14180656 Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying Tweet: It’s high time the Australian government stepped up efforts to protect & promote the human rights of #AustralianMuslims

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 12:29 a.m. No.14385829   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#17 - Part 19

Australia / China Tensions - Part 3

>>14187052 Australia avoids Great Barrier Reef global embarrassment, but the dangers of climate change remain for the reef

>>14187200 Huawei hiring former Democratic super lobbyist Tony Podesta - Back in business after a Mueller-induced hiatus

>>14200948 World Heritage Committee Great Barrier Reef 'in-danger' vote - Bigger agenda in play to reduce Paris Agreement warming target

>>14213610 Tony Abbott: I wouldn’t sign a China trade deal now

>>14213613 NZ trade growth with China should give Australia pause for thought - Yu Lei -

>>14220869 China Discovers the Limits of Its Power: Beijing’s confrontation with Australia should have been an unequal contest - That’s not how it worked out in practice

>>14220962 Video: TikTok: Data mining, discrimination and dangerous content on the wildly popular app - Four Corners / ABC News In-depth

>>14229018 The US is the super spreader of coronavirus and political virus - Xin Ping -

>>14229033 UK shouldn’t tempt own fate in South China Sea: Global Times editorial - "We should also give such advice to Australia and Japan" - Global Times -

>>14235081 Defence Minister Peter Dutton's warning: China’s rise means Australia cannot afford further delays in construction of navy's new frigates and submarines

>>14235136 Samoa's new leader Fiame Naomi Mataafa confirms scrapping of China-funded port


>>14243226 How foreign spies are infiltrating Australia - Intelligence experts say a “dormant presence” is lurking in Australia’s critical networks amid a rise in espionage efforts by foreign governments

>>14243230 Victorian Liberal Senator James Paterson lifts lid on China’s "wolf-warrior diplomacy" and the “shocking” level of Chinese subterfuge in Australia

>>14257305 Military lockdown gambit exposes Canberra's double standards - Lu Xue -

>>14265795 Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Commonwealth of Australia - Chinese Embassy Spokesperson's Remarks, 2021/07/22 - "Recently, the Japanese ambassador to Australia has made some nasty remarks regarding China."

>>14265799 Chinese embassy in Canberra accuses Japanese ambassador of 'nasty remarks'

>>14265811 Australia all alone on anti-China path despite Japan envoy's empty talks - Chen Hong -

>>14276698 Marise Payne dismisses China talk terms - Australia will not be cowered into accepting Beijing’s preconditions for the recommencement of high-level dialogue with China

>>14282357 Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Commonwealth of Australia: Chinese Embassy Spokesperson's Remarks, 2021/08/06 - "The recent remarks by Foreign Minister Payne at the Australia China Business Council, as reported by The Australian, mischaracterized the current problem in China-Australia relations."

>>14282364 GT Voice: Enhanced response to Delta variant may affect China-Australia trade - Global Times -

>>14289530 Why the Quad Alarms China - Its Success Poses a Major Threat to Beijing’s Ambitions - Kevin Rudd - August 2021

>>14303931 India the foil to China threat: Australia’s special envoy to India, Tony Abbott


>>14303953 India the sensible substitute for belligerent Beijing - Tony Abbott -

>>14311486 Source refutes Aussie journalist’s rumor that researcher at Beijing lab infected with coronavirus at work - Xie Wenting and Bai Yunyi -

>>14322440 Scott Morrison urges for ‘upgrade’ to US-Australian alliance as China’s tariffs hit hard

>>14332362 New weapons deal between US and Australia confirmed as tensions with China continue to rise

>>14332404 Upgrading Quad and Malabar exercise shows US anxiety about China - Zuo Xiying -

>>14332463 Video: Australian journalist fans flames of conspiracy theory - China Daily

>>14332475 Japan calls on Australia to lead resistance to China’s regional sway

>>14342413 `How China ‘disappeared’ Australian journalist Cheng Lei - nabbed by secret police in Beijing, August 13 2020

>>14342787 Will criticism of Turnbull, Rudd make a difference on Morrison's China policy? - Chen Hong -

>>14342961 Peter Ben Embarek, Head of World Health Organisation Team Investigating Origins of Covid-19 Calls For Closer Look at China Lab

>>14343347 Wuhan lab door slammed on Covid inquiry by China - China refusing to allow international scientists access to a laboratory in Wuhan

>>14364688, >>14364704, >>14364721 "China insurgency" Bun

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 12:30 a.m. No.14385831   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#17 - Part 20

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Pandemic, Australia and Worldwide - Part 1

>>14020199 Lockdown measures extended in Australia amid COVID-19 outbreak - June 2021

>>14020312 Video: Queensland's Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young rejects Prime Minister's comments on AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine for under-40s

>>14020328 ‘A personal choice’: NSW clinics will not give AstraZeneca to under-40s

>>14021844 Video: "Lone woman on train harassed by police who then absconded with her property."

>>14035752 Australia to slash traveller intake, PM announces four-phase pathway out of COVID-19

>>14041172 Covid-19 vaccine targets to unlock the path to freedom - National cabinet agrees to four-step blueprint for phased easing of restrictions once Australians have met new vaccine thresholds

>>14041436 Lockdowns ‘can stop in two months’ when Covid-19 vaccines hit 30pc: Deakin University chair in epidemiology Catherine Bennett

>>14050812 ‘Eat a bat and die’: Vile threats against Wuhan lab conspiracy-buster, Australian virologist Danielle Anderson

>>14050829 Ben Roberts-Smith's long wait to face accusers - landmark trial adjourned for at least a month after Sydney's COVID-19 outbreak

>>14057811 OPINION: Greg Hunt has failed to vaccinate the nation and must go - Kevin Rudd -


>>14085663 Covid-19: Australia ‘talks softly and carries a big ­vaccine’ in Pacific

>>14098337 Australia reports first 2021 COVID-19 death, highest case number

>>14105467 Senior business figures turned to former PM Kevin Rudd to intervene in bringing forward Australia's Pfizer vaccine supply

>>14105480 Malcolm Turnbull Tweet: Thank you @MrKRudd for speaking to the Chairman of Pfizer to secure an earlier delivery of vaccines. Staggered the vaccination of Australians was apparently not important enough to warrant a call from @ScottMorrisonMP or @GregHuntMP to the Pfizer boss.

>>14105482 Pfizer denies Kevin Rudd helped Australia gain earlier access to COVID-19 vaccines

>>14105484 Defence Minister Peter Dutton tears into Rudd's talks with Pfizer

>>14105492 Peter Dutton Tweet: @MrKRudd - Pfizer statement: Recent media reports suggesting that any third party or individual has had any role in contractual agreements reached between Pfizer and the Australian government are inaccurate. The only two parties involved in these agreements are Pfizer and the Australian government.

>>14110865 Australian Vax push isn't supported by the data

>>14127170 Melbourne joins Sydney in lockdown as COVID-19 spreads in Australia

>>14141277 Sydney tightens lockdown as Australia's COVID-19 cases rise


>>14141315 Scott Morrison demands answers over COVID origins after WHO Wuhan lab leak concession

>>14141320 Video: Premature to rule out lab leak: World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Adhanom - Sky News Australia

>>14141323 Video: PM says world 'deserves answers' over COVID origins - Sky News Australia

>>14159491 Australia's COVID-19 lockdowns cover more than half the 25 million population

>>14172626 Video: Prime Minister says 'sorry' for problems with COVID-19 vaccine rollout program

>>14174776 SA-Best Party MP Frank Pangallo Says Unvaccinated People "Need To Be Controlled And Restricted"

>>14180599 Sydney's COVID-19 outbreak throws harsh spotlight on Australia vaccine rollout

>>14180610 Australia's TGA finds Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is safe for children aged 12 to 15

>>14194970 Australians may face longer lockdown after "reckless" mass protests

>>14200877 Lockdown protesters plotted on social media - Anthony Khallouf and "Australians vs The Agenda" - Rhiannon Down -

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 12:30 a.m. No.14385834   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#17 - Part 21

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Pandemic, Australia and Worldwide - Part 2

>>14200915 Anti-lockdown protests a coalition of the alienated and the far-right: Nationalists, so-called “sovereign citizens”, anti-vaccination groups, QAnon and Trump followers - Miki Perkins -

>>14200931 Revealed: the fringe groups where Sydney’s lockdown protest began - Fergus Hunter and Laura Chung -

>>14200941 Inside Telegram fringe groups behind protests where conspiracy theories spread - Rohan Smith -

>>14206587 George Christensen appears at anti-lockdown rally alongside QAnon supporters - Tobi Loftus -

>>14206651 Who’s behind Australia’s anti-lockdown protests? The German conspiracy group "Worldwide Demonstration" driving marches - Christopher Knaus and Michael McGowan -

>>14206760 Hotel quarantine raid for child abuse material; Border Force seize childlike sex dolls

>>14213333 PM: Lockdowns a 'thing of the past' by Christmas as vaccine rollout ramps up - Sky News Australia

>>14213379 Australian Federal Police investigators offer help to state counterparts dealing with online organisers of violent anti-lockdown protests

>>14213414 Coronavirus Australia: Protests show we may be in for a rude shock - Jack The Insider (Peter Hoysted) -

>>14213655 Suicidal, stressed Aussie kids flood emergency wards - Lockdowns and online learning fuelling anxiety, some too scared to breathe outdoors due to virus fears


>>14220726 Australia's Sydney posts record daily rise in COVID-19 cases, seeks military help

>>14220773 Worldwide hacking warning issued on how businesses are being compromised during COVID-19

>>14220789 U.S., U.K., and Australia Issue Joint Cybersecurity Advisory - Australian Cyber Security Centre - July 2021

>>14228786 Video: Prime Minister Scott Morrison says lockdowns to end once 80 per cent of the Australian population is vaccinated against COVID-19

>>14228831 Covid case linked to Sydney’s anti-lockdown protest investigated for breaching self-isolation rules

>>14228845 Intelligence officials looking at the role of foreign actors in stirring up Australian anti-lockdown rallies

>>14243099 Australia's east coast battles rising COVID-19 cases

>>14243113 Sydney anti-lockdown protest never arrived, but the movement is just getting started

>>14243136 Covid cocktail given to Trump now recommended for Aussies - casirivimab plus imdevimab, or REGEN-COV, made by US company Regeneron

>>14243180 YouTube restricts Sky News Australia channel over ‘COVID misinformation’


>>14245410 Our resilience has silenced Covid prophets of doom - "You are more resilient than you think…The Covid pandemic has done its worst and humanity has survived"

>>14245420 Vaccination the gold medal we aspire to - Prime Minister Scott Morrison -

>>14245938 "Forcing qr checkin is illegal. - PRIVACY ACT 1988 - SECT 94H - Requiring the use of COVIDSafe"

>>14249450 Video: YouTube’s Murdoch ban over COVID lies - Kevin Rudd

>>14249826 Ben Roberts-Smith defamation case adjourned due to Sydney COVID outbreak

>>14257276 Australia can 'realistically' reach COVID-19 vaccine targets by end of year, infectious disease experts say

>>14265549 Covid-19 returns to Wuhan, China - Wuhan is in a “wartime state”, local officials say

>>14273935 Sydney suffers worst day of pandemic, Victoria state to enter sixth lockdown

>>14282319 Delta spreads in Sydney as Australia widens COVID-19 restrictions

>>14282778 Video: Bill gates praises Australia’s Covid response, plays down relevance of virus origins investigations

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 12:31 a.m. No.14385836   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#17 - Part 22

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Pandemic, Australia and Worldwide - Part 3

>>14286727 Morrison government plea to US for excess Covid-19 vaccine doses going to waste

>>14286750 PM asks Biden to share vaccine supply - Sky News Australia

>>14287270 Beijing laboratory director infected with Covid-19 in lab accident in early 2020, explosive emails have revealed - inadvertent leak of the highly contagious coronavirus is far from a conspiracy theory

>>14287286 PDF: Senior Chinese scientist acquired SARS-CoV-2 in lab infection accident, virologist says

>>14288823 Australia daily COVID-19 at 2021 record high with millions in lockdown

>>14289377 Greg Norman blasts Joe Biden for failing to provide Australia with excess vaccine doses

>>14295282 Video: Dr Anthony Fauci discusses how the US is dealing with the Delta variant differently - 7.30 / ABC News (Australia)

>>14296273 In an avalanche of misinformation, who decides what’s too dangerous to hear? - Sky News Australia returns to YouTube

>>14296407 Moderna vaccine to be approved by Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration within a fortnight, doses rolling out in mid-September

>>14304027 Video: Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine approved with first million doses arriving next month

>>14304081 Vaccination is now a race to the federal election - Alexander Downer -


>>14311655 George Christensen condemned by Parliament for spreading COVID-19 misinformation

>>14322190 Melbourne extends COVID lockdown; 'no jab, no job' in Sydney

>>14322311 How the Covid pandemic saw the rise of QAnon in Australia - Perry Duffin -

>>14322314 How QAnon became a Covid conspiracy cult in Australia - Perry Duffin -

>>14322318 Encrypted chats offer final refuge for QAnon-Covid conspiracy in Australia - Perry Duffin -

>>14322319 Experts reveal how to spot QAnon, anti-vaxxer fake news - Perry Duffin -

>>14332246 Scott Morrison criticises 'crazy' COVID-19 conspiracy theories, George Christensen defends comments on restrictions - Jade Macmillan -

>>14332326 Scott Morrison vows to snuff out QAnon ‘rubbish’, Covid conspiracies - Perry Duffin -

>>14342555 Sydney readies for more military support as COVID-19 Delta variant sweeps city

>>14356359 Video: Australian government secures 1 million extra Covid-19 Pfizer doses - Sky News Australia

>>14356560 US President Joe Biden’s refusal on Oz Pfizer plea shows gulf between him and Donald Trump - Miranda Devine -

>>14366022 Sydney records deadliest day of COVID-19 pandemic, Melbourne lockdown extended

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 12:31 a.m. No.14385837   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#17 - Part 23

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, Prince Andrew, Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell

>>14020221 Video: Prince Andrew’s ex, Lady Victoria Hervey, believes Ghislaine Maxwell was ‘brainwashed’ by Jeffrey Epstein

>>14035867 Judge rules to unseal dozens of documents about Ghislaine Maxwell's personal affairs, including those that reveal her and Jeffrey Epstein's relationship with the Clintons

>>14035892 Bill Cosby is free; Ghislaine Maxwell should be, too - David Oscar Markus, Ghislaine Maxwell’s appellate counsel

>>14092368 Video: The venomous Epstein tapes: When VICKY WARD investigated Jeffrey Epstein, he tried to charm her… then threatened to get her sacked and put a curse on her unborn children. But she recorded it all - and what she reveals about Ghislaine Maxwell is shocking

>>14141506 Ghislaine Maxwell accused of having ‘near-total amnesia’ over alleged abuse - could not recall a single flight with victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre on Jeffrey Epstein's jet, despite logs showing they made 23 trips

>>14141528 Virginia Roberts Giuffre Tweet: Judge Orders Ghislaine Maxwell's Private Documents To Be Unsealed. Finally we are getting some transparency.There is hope.We must maintain vigilant in order for the truth to see the light of day

>>14141528 Judge Orders Ghislaine Maxwell's Private Documents To Be Unsealed, Set To Expose Juicy Details About Jeffrey Epstein & Bill Clinton

>>14147712 Accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre says Maxwell was in love with Epstein and could be a 'tyrant' with his victims: new book, "Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story" by Miami Herald investigative reporter Julie K. Brown

>>14147749 Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story - Book excerpt: Herald reporter Julie Brown’s excavation of Jeffrey Epstein’s sordid past


>>14147756 (2019) Video: How Miami Herald's investigation & Jeffrey Epstein survivors helped blow up a sweetheart deal - Miami Herald

>>14166262 Virginia Roberts Giuffre Tweet: Jean Luc Brunel- Epstein’s right hand man for sex trafficking is appealing to be released from jail in Paris. Let’s make some noise & help the Parisians keep this dangerous man off the streets

>>14201006 Julie K. Brown, reporter who broke Epstein case isn’t convinced the accused sex trafficker took his own life, says a rumored Mossad link is worth digging into

>>14229001 Epstein’s Shadow: How Ghislaine Maxwell went from socialite to inmate

>>14235240 PDF: U.S. judge tells lawyers in Ghislaine Maxwell case to watch what they say - "extrajudicial statements" could taint the jury pool

>>14235322 Jeffrey Epstein stalks his shadowy network of plutocrats from the grave - Why did so many rich and powerful men seek out his advice?

>>14235380 Sarah Ferguson’s Own History With Jeffrey Epstein May Explain Why She’s So Quick to Defend Prince Andrew

>>14296376 Virginia Roberts is set to sue Prince Andrew in a New York court over her claims that Jeffrey Epstein forced her to have sex with the Duke aged 17

>>14304166 A Tight Spot: What Prince Andrew Faces If Virginia Roberts Guiffre Files Her Civil Suit Against Him This Week


>>14311596 PDF: Virginia Giuffre: Epstein accuser sues Prince Andrew for alleged sexual abuse - lawsuit accuses Andrew of sexual assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress

>>14311736 Video: Prince Andrew sued by Virginia Roberts Giuffre for an alleged sexual assault - 9 News Australia

>>14332513 ‘Additional evidence’: Another women, Johanna Sjoberg, to testify against Prince Andrew, says Virginia Roberts Giuffre's lawyer David Boies

>>14342833 ROYAL RAGE: Furious dad of Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Roberts tells Royal ‘you should be ashamed of yourself’ over rape lawsuit

>>14342860 UK Scotland Yard Police review Prince Andrew claims - Dame Cressida Dick, Commissioner of Metropolitan Police: ‘No one is above the law’

>>14349090 PDF: Ghislaine Maxwell loses bid to dismiss sex trafficking indictment, despite Cosby claim

>>14356386 ‘Inconsistencies’, ‘Doubts’ about Prince Andrew’s account of his dealings with Virginia Giuffre as it’s revealed his legal bills are being underwritten by the Queen

>>14357216 Ghislaine Maxwell sells mews house in Belgravia - for £1.75m - where Prince Andrew allegedly had sex with his then 17-year-old accuser Virginia Roberts

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 12:31 a.m. No.14385838   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#17 - Part 24

Child Exploitation, Pedophilia, Sexual Abuse and Human Trafficking Investigations - Part 1

>>14020172 South Australian DPP drops two charges in case against HIV+ pedophile Jadd William Brooker but says he is guilty of two more sex crimes

>>14020337 Tasmanian Labor leader David O'Byrne to stand aside during investigation into allegations of sexual harassment

>>14042244 Top South Australian arts identity Timothy Sexton’s spectacular fall from grace revealed after sentencing for teen sex offending in the 1980s

>>14050941 Heather Wynands was sexually assaulted by her chiropractor when she was a teenager, but took decades to report it - pressures of living in a small community meant she did not feel safe or supported reporting her abuse

>>14057769 At 27, Claire's husband forced her to join a cult. They were preparing for the world's end - The Order of St Charbel led by convicted pedophile William Kamm

>>14064810 Queensland Police’s Task Force Argos has compiled the largest database of child exploitation images in the southern hemisphere - a horrid collection that has helped rescue children and take abusers off the streets

>>14064818 Queensland Police's Taskforce Argos - Crack Aussie unit joins international hunt for pedophiles and victims

>>14064827 Video: THE CHILDREN IN THE PICTURES - 2021 DOCUMENTARY TRAILER - Inside Task Force Argos, the world’s best investigative team dedicated to rescuing the children being sexually abused by highly organised dark web networks.

>>14064827 The Children In the Pictures will carry the message of hope and promote citizen activism. Audiences will learn how we can all make a profound contribution to keeping our children safe.

>>14071715 New South Wales man charged with sexually abusing children overseas and possessing child abuse material


>>14071789 South Australian James David Ryan Sharp imported a child-like sex doll, Mount Gambier court hears

>>14071821 From fresh produce to seafood, supermarkets are under pressure to stamp out modern slavery

>>14071884 Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation Tweet: Thank you for all of your support helping spread the word of the #TraceAnObjectAUS initiative, but the fight continues! Can you identify any of these objects that have been taken from the background of child sexual abuse images and videos? Report at

>>14079124 South Australia’s Court of Appeal almost doubles sentence handed to pedophile Christopher Stain and calls for better education for judges about the long-term effects of sex crimes on children

>>14085854 Pedophile tradie Bryan Michael Grange jailed for 30 years over ‘depraved’ child sexual abuse

>>14085857 Q Post #925 - This is not about religions or party affiliation. EVIL is everywhere. There are no drawn lines. No boundaries. Good vs Evil. Q

>>14085909 Victims of serial rapist Daniel Hanson tell court of 'monstrous impact' on them

>>14086036 The Queensland government paid child-sex predator Bob Montgomery to help 'protect' children

>>14089665 The net is closing on child sexual abuse images - UK's Internet Watch Foundation and Intelligrade metadata software helping Five Eyes countries and tech companies prioritise the most serious images and videos of abuse

>>14090039 Australian Centre To Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) - CLOSING THE NET: A podcast about online child sexual exploitation

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 12:32 a.m. No.14385839   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#17 - Part 25

Child Exploitation, Pedophilia, Sexual Abuse and Human Trafficking Investigations - Part 2

>>14090048 Video: Closing The Net - Official Podcast Trailer - Australian Centre To Counter Child Exploitation

>>14090918 Incest survivor Tanya Lee on how shame is hiding cries for help

>>14090954 GoFundMe campaign - No Laughing Matter needs your help to ensure the very important podcast project of incest awareness can continue - Hayley Blease, victim/survivor of child sexual abuse from a family member

>>14090954 NO LAUGHING MATTER - Raising public awareness on intra-familial child sexual abuse

>>14090973 NO LAUGHING MATTER - Meet Our Podcast Narrators - Series One

>>14105569 Former SA Labor political adviser Ben Waters pleads guilty to child abuse crimes

>>14120280 Pedophile NSW priest Anthony William Peter Caruana found guilty of 26 sexual abuse charges, awaits sentencing behind bars

>>14127190 Daniel “Jimmy” Hanson sentenced to 28 years’ prison for child rape and sexual assault of girls as young as 12 that he lured using his status as a band front man

>>14127207 HIV-positive SA pedophile Jadd William Brooker admits to 38 crimes against children

>>14127230 Video: Andrew William Richards pleads guilty to paying child abusers $65,000 to watch kids get victimised


>>14134711 Commonwealth prosecutors drop charge against Geraldton man relating to importing child-like sex doll

>>14141365 Web of depravity: How a South Australian pedophile ring was busted - a fast-spreading child abuse probe that toppled a political spin doctor

>>14153439 Changi POW hero, Army chaplain Kenley Saunders named as serial child abuser in Supreme Court case against the Anglican Church

>>14159631 Leon Ronald Scarffe faces court accused of child abuse and blackmail arising from investigation into Jadd William Brooker

>>14159654 Joe and Alan were childhood mates — they never realised they shared a secret - Children sexually assaulted during bushwalks in Tasmania

>>14166280 Kandasamy and Kumuthini Kannan - Melbourne couple who kept a grandmother as slave for eight years jailed for 'crime against humanity'

>>14172675 Paedophile Justin Kenneth Radford: NSW Central Coast who man filmed himself sexually abusing a young boy before he was caught with thousands of “horrific and depraved” child abuse images sentenced to 18 years jail

>>14172682 Q Post #1735 - There is nothing more precious than our children. Evil has no boundaries…The choice to know will ultimately be yours…These people are SICK! To those who are courageous enough to speak out - we stand with you! You are not alone in this fight. God bless. Q

>>14180674 Operation Tango Rosetta: Townsville Child Protection and Investigation Unit arrest three people over child sex ring allegedly operated by Kelso man Stephen Lane

>>14180678 Operation Tango Rosetta: Lawyer claims woman with mild intellectual disability manipulated into committing child sex crimes by Stephen Lane

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 12:32 a.m. No.14385843   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#17 - Part 26

Child Exploitation, Pedophilia, Sexual Abuse and Human Trafficking Investigations - Part 3

>>14187041 Scores of pedophiles across Australia caught using chat app Kik over the past five years, authorities warn the service’s anonymous nature makes children easy prey

>>14200962 $1.375 million legal payout brings hope for other victims of paedophile priest Kevin O’Donnell

>>14200974 Sexual abuse victim Jesse Elmer - One man’s endless crusade to keep Launceston paedophile from other kids

>>14206760 Hotel quarantine raid for child abuse material; Border Force seize childlike sex dolls

>>14213684 Video: Moreton Bay man charged by AFP for allegedly using Twitter to watch child exploitation material

>>14213689 Tasmanian eBay vendor Xinzhe Lin receives 11-month suspended sentence, avoids jail for importing "vile" childlike sex doll parts from China

>>14233531 PDF: ABF & AFP stand with victims for World Day Against Trafficking In Persons - Australian Border Force - July 2021

>>14233549 Video: Victims’ voices lead the way on World Day against Trafficking in Persons - Australian Federal Police - July 2021

>>14233633 Queensland mayor issues historic apology over blackbirding slavery of Pacific Islanders


>>14233699 Video: Bundaberg's Mayor Jack Dempsey makes historic apology to South Sea Islanders for their mistreatment in the early 1900s - 7NEWS Facebook

>>14234951 Former monk Denis Alexander to be deported to Australia after pleading guilty to child sexual abuse in Scotland

>>14249467 Former NSW MP Michael Johnsen not charged over alleged rape of Blue Mountains sex worker

>>14257458 Chrissie Foster and families of tragic sex assault victims no longer silenced after Victorian state government backflip

>>14265541 Olivia Simmons, sister of Australian basketballer Ben Simmons, claims she was victim of child sex-trafficking ring

>>14266051 Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation Tweet: Can you help @Europol Stop Child Abuse and #TraceAnObject? #ChildProtection

>>14266051 Europol Tweet: Did you know that you can help us to trace an object and stop child abuse? Yes, it is as simple as checking this object and letting us know if you recognise it - Remember that every clue can assist in solving a case

>>14266051 STOP CHILD ABUSE – TRACE AN OBJECT - EUROPOL - You can help us to trace an object and stop child abuse - The most innocent clues can sometimes help crack a case

>>14273956 Hillsong founder Brian Houston to face court over allegedly concealing child sex abuse


>>14282402 Video: ‘God is in control’: Hillsong comforts the flock after founder Brian Houston charged by police

>>14311519 Taskforce Argos : How Australian detectives spent years on the trail of darknet paedophile suspect

>>14322129 ‘I don’t want to do this’: Forced into marriage to an older man she didn’t know for $15,000, taken to live thousands of kilometres away from home - Two months later Ruqia Haidari was brutally murdered by the man she was forced to marry

>>14347502 Slavery still exists in Australia today - These are the people fighting back - Issara Saeyim and Cloverdale Community Centre

>>14366215 Queensland Police - Child exploitation investigation, Brisbane - Operation Tango Thread - Appeal for information - social media usernames list

>>14366217 Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation Tweet: Victim Identification is one of the most important elements of #ChildProtection. It takes a special person to dedicate their career to this field, and we are eternally proud of these specialists and the work they do in the @AusFedPolice and ACCCE.

>>14366217 10 News First Tweet: Video: A small team of women make up the Victim Identification Unit in the Australian Federal Police. They identify and save children from exploitation material

>>14366220 10 News First Person Podcast: Australian Federal Police Victim Identification Unit - We Persevere - The Australian Federal Police's Victim Identification Team is worthy of a lot of praise, but not a lot of people know about it or consider the fact that the work they do is extremely traumatic work done by real people.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 12:32 a.m. No.14385844   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#17 - Part 27

Qanon / Conspiracy Theory Hit Pieces, Australia and Worldwide

>>14180690 Aaron Rupar Tweet: Video - Biden highlights the absurdity of QAnon: "The idea that the Democrats or Biden, [are] hiding people and sucking the blood of children … we've got to get beyond this … this is not who we are."

>>14185017 Mike Lindell set August 13 as the date in his bonkers theory that Trump will be reinstated as president - Mia Jankowicz -

>>14185017 PatriotTakes Tweet: Video - Mike Lindell says by August 13, the talk of the world will be to overturn the election and get the communists out. He also said there will be many down ticket senators that will have different election results.

>>14200877 Lockdown protesters plotted on social media - Anthony Khallouf and "Australians vs The Agenda" - Rhiannon Down -

>>14200915 Anti-lockdown protests a coalition of the alienated and the far-right: Nationalists, so-called “sovereign citizens”, anti-vaccination groups, QAnon and Trump followers - Miki Perkins -

>>14200931 Revealed: the fringe groups where Sydney’s lockdown protest began - Fergus Hunter and Laura Chung -

>>14200941 Inside Telegram fringe groups behind protests where conspiracy theories spread - Rohan Smith -

>>14206587 George Christensen appears at anti-lockdown rally alongside QAnon supporters - Tobi Loftus -

>>14206651 Who’s behind Australia’s anti-lockdown protests? The German conspiracy group "Worldwide Demonstration" driving marches - Christopher Knaus and Michael McGowan -

>>14213414 Coronavirus Australia: Protests show we may be in for a rude shock - Jack The Insider (Peter Hoysted) -


>>14233997 ‘Freedom’ activists aim to harness anger for new political party - Monica Smit and Reignite Democracy Australia

>>14235474 Foreign powers amplified QAnon content to sow discord that led to Jan. 6 Capitol riots, extremism expert Mia Bloom says

>>14235501 Excerpt - Pastels and Pedophiles: Inside the Mind of QAnon - Mia Bloom and Sophia Moskalenko

>>14265919 What’s Become of QAnon Since Trump’s Defeat? - Laurence Arnold and Daniel Zuidijk -

>>14296462 Homeland Security warns of 'increasing but modest' threat of violence from Trump conspiracy - Luke Barr -

>>14322311 How the Covid pandemic saw the rise of QAnon in Australia - Perry Duffin -

>>14322314 How QAnon became a Covid conspiracy cult in Australia - Perry Duffin -

>>14322318 Encrypted chats offer final refuge for QAnon conspiracy in Australia - Perry Duffin -

>>14322319 Experts reveal how to spot QAnon, anti-vaxxer fake news - Perry Duffin -

>>14332246 Scott Morrison criticises 'crazy' COVID-19 conspiracy theories, George Christensen defends comments on restrictions - Jade Macmillan -

>>14375751 Social media startup Linktree battles anti-vaccine misinformation, conspiracy theorists - Cara Waters -

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 12:34 a.m. No.14385851   🗄️.is 🔗kun


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Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 1:02 a.m. No.14385947   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>5486 >>5498 >>1203 >>4031 >>1808 >>1822

Peter Dutton has warned the Taliban the world is watching Afghanistan


Peter Dutton has delivered an extremely blunt of assessment of who is to blame in Afghanistan and put the Taliban on notice.


Courtney Gould - AUGUST 17, 2021




Peter Dutton has warned the Taliban “the world is watching” and Australia stands ready to act if terror takes hold in Afghanistan.


Mr Dutton challenged the Taliban to abandon its “barbaric” treatment of women and girls after regaining control of the war-torn country.


“The test is now on them and they need to perform,” he told the ABC on Tuesday night.


The defence minister also demanded allied forces be allowed to safely leave Afghanistan.


Experts have warned the situation in Afghanistan will be a “massive morale boost” for every jihadist on the planet.


Asked whether that suggested a new level of threat for Australia, Mr Dutton urged people to heed the words of US President Joe Biden.


“He was very clear that if another threat similar to al-Qaeda or to Osama bin Laden and the 9-11 attacks, if that manifests itself in Afghanistan … then the United States will strike,” Mr Dutton said.


“And so they should, and we would be supportive of them in disrupting any major terrorist attack, whether it was in the West or elsewhere.


“The United States has the ability in the air, on the ground, to conduct such an attack and people should be hearing that message loud and clear.”


Mr Dutton was extremely blunt while pressed on what the Taliban had achieved.


“What we need to reflect on is the failure of the ability of the Afghans themselves to take up the arms they were given, to use the training that was imparted on them,” he said.


“Many of those from the president down have abandoned their country and in that circumstance, either today, next year or in 20 years’ time, that makes for a very difficult exit.


“And a huge win for the Taliban or whoever it might be if the Afghans themselves aren’t prepared to fight for their own territory.”


Earlier, Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned Australia’s rescue mission in Afghanistan would not reach “all that it should”.


Mr Morrison confirmed work was underway to evacuate Australian and Afghan workers from Kabul amid the ongoing crisis.


The Taliban reached Kabul on Sunday morning after the militant Islamic group quickly took hold of the final government-controlled provinces last week.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 1:04 a.m. No.14385951   🗄️.is 🔗kun



The lightning speed of the Taliban’s advance has left Australia scrambling, as the government is now at the mercy of the US to remain in control of Kabul’s airport and traffic control to get their people out.


The Prime Minister declined to go into details about the rescue, instead issuing a stark concession that the government may not be able to get everyone home.


“The scenes from Kabul have been absolutely heartbreaking. It's a sobering day for everyone and particularly those who have given so much over the past 20 years and most notably those 41 who were lost,” he told reporters in Canberra.


“I want you to know that we will continue to do everything we can for those who have stood with us, as we have to this day. But I want to talk openly to veterans that despite our best efforts, I know that support won‘t reach all that it should.


“We wish it were different.”


But several journalists at the briefing took issue with Mr Morrison’s comments and pressed the Prime Minister as to why he didn’t act sooner.


“You said that ‘you wish it were different’. Couldn‘t the situation be different? We’ve had former soldiers warning for weeks that military evacuation was needed. Why weren’t those calls heeded back then when we were getting those warnings?” one reporter asked.


Mr Morrison said the government had settled 430 Afghan workers since April, insisting the process couldn’t happen overnight.


“I would say that our government has been moving readily now over quite a period of time to bring as many people out as we possibly can, and the job is not yet done,” he said.


“Now, in any circumstance, it's impossible to give 100 per cent guarantees. That’s all I was referring to.”


The Prime Minister was pressed further.


“You were saying you were aware of the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan since May, closed the embassy at that time,” one reporter said.


“Why did it take until now, mid-August, to send these 250 personnel and can you rule out that any of them that have been sent are in any way connected to the Brereton inquiry?”


The Prime Minister, visibly frustrated at the line of questioning, snapped back at the reporter for “casting slurs”.


“These are 250 Australians answering the call of their government to go and help Australians in need, and you're questioning their integrity,” he responded.


“They're going to do their service in our uniform and in our name. I respect it and I would ask others to respect it also and not to cast slurs against their integrity.”

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 1:49 a.m. No.14386058   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1203

Afghanistan rescue flight carrying Australians lands in UAE, with more Kabul evacuation missions planned


Andrew Greene and Georgia Hitch - 18 August 2021


The first Australian Defence Force evacuation flight from Afghanistan has landed back at a military base in the United Arab Emirates after collecting 26 passengers from Kabul airport.


Prime Minister Scott Morrison said more flights would be organised into the Taliban-held Afghan capital in the coming days.


"This is not a simple process," he said. "This was the first of what will be many flights, subject to clearance and weather."


"We will bring out as many people as we can, as quickly and safely as we can."


Earlier, the ABC revealed the flight had made it into, and out of, Kabul, touching down in the UAE.


Mr Morrison said the flight landed at 10:45am AEST.


"That included Australian citizens, Afghan nationals with visas and one foreign official working in an international agency," he said.


"The transfers are done to our base in the Emirates, where capacity has already been established with medical support available, to provide that medical support and to process their further onward transfer to Australia."


Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne said government officials were on the ground in Kabul, but that people heading to the airport were having to negotiate Taliban checkpoints.


"[It] is obviously a very complex and fluid environment, with a whole range of security issues," she said.


"We are working closely with the US particularly, the UK, others, Germans included, to try to improve or address those security challenges."


Seven people were killed as crowds descended on Hamid Karzai airport after the Taliban seized control of the capital on Sunday.


A number of people were filmed clinging on to an American military jet as it took off, with the US Air Force later confirming it found human remains in the wheel well of one of its aircraft that left Kabul.


Refugee visas for Afghans


Mr Morrison said he believed the government would be able to provide at least 3,000 visas under the humanitarian visa program to Afghans this year.


But he said he wanted to make it clear the government would only resettle Afghans through official and "legitimate" channels.


The current cap on humanitarian visa places is 13,750 after the government reduced the program by 5,000 places last year.


Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said the 3,000 places would focus on family members of Australians, persecuted minorities including women, girls, children, the Hazara — an ethnic minority group — and other vulnerable groups.


Mr Hawke said visa applications from people fleeing Afghanistan would be given priority, and reiterated the Prime Minister's suggestion that the initial allocation would likely increase in the future.


Flight tracking websites showed the RAAF Hercules flying in and out of Afghanistan this morning, as part of an urgent mission to rescue Australians and Afghans from the city.


A Hercules can carry around 120 passengers, while a C-17 Globemaster, which will also fly into Kabul, can officially carry 134 people.


However, an American C-17 which left Kabul earlier this week was pictured carrying hundreds of people who had crammed into the aircraft's hold as they fled the city.


A federal government spokesperson said the number of evacuees on each RAAF flight was expected to "ramp up" with subsequent flights.


Sources in Kabul said Australians were told to head to the airport last night, and another rescue flight could be launched as early as today.


This week Australia committed 250 troops and several military aircraft to the region with the hope of extracting around 600 people from Kabul.


That will include 100 Australian permanent residents and citizens and around 100 of their family members, plus 300 to 400 local employees.


Defence Minister Peter Dutton also confirmed yesterday that Australia would help get New Zealand citizens out of Kabul as well.


The airport in Kabul has been secured by US troops, something Mr Morrison said was crucial to facilitating Australian flights into the capital.


The PM said a number of states and territories had agreed to quarantine people brought back from Afghanistan above the current international passenger caps.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 1:52 a.m. No.14386067   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Father Anthony Caruana’s abuse of children destroyed lives and tore families apart, court told


The men who were abused as children by a priest at a NSW school have laid bare how their lives were destroyed by his evil acts.


Heath Parkes-Hupton - AUGUST 18, 2021


A pedophile priest who abused 12 boys at a NSW boarding school has been described as a “disgusting, filthy human” whose evil acts left permanent emotional scars on his victims and tore families apart.


For years Father Anthony Caruana got away with his crimes while the boys dealt with their pain without the support of loved ones who did not believe them.


Caruana sexually and indecently assaulted students, then aged between 11 and 15, during the 1980s while working at Catholic school Chevalier College in Burradoo, near Bowral.


In July, a jury found him guilty of 26 charges, including 22 counts of indecent assault and four counts of sexual intercourse with a student.


On Wednesday the Downing Centre District Court heard statements penned by his victims, who spoke of how the predator priest robbed them of their innocence and destroyed their lives.


As Caruana, 79, watched the proceedings via video link from prison, the court was told how the boys’ trauma at the abuse was worsened by their families’ refusal to believe their stories.


Many of them had suffered lifelong anxiety, depression and PTSD, and some had tried to take their own lives as they struggled to cope with the impact of Caruana’s heinous crimes, the court was told.


One man, who cannot be named, said prison was exactly where Caruana deserved to be and he “should have been there 30 years ago”.


The man recalled telling his devout Catholic family he had been abused by the priest as he sat across the table from Caruana, who had attended his home for a party to celebrate the man graduating college.


It was the last time the man spoke to his family as they kicked him out of home after siding with Caruana, the court was told.


“You are the most disgusting, filthy human being I have ever met,” he told Caruana in a victim impact statement.


“And if there is a God in that sky, he wouldn’t tolerate a man like you.


“You are where you deserve to be and should have been there 30 years ago. You can’t hide behind your collar anymore.”


A common theme of the victim impact statements was how the abuse the men suffered as kids made them feel abandoned by their families and prevented them from trusting people as they grew.


They said Chevalier College was meant to be a safe haven for them but Caruana, who they once saw as a role model, took that away.


One man said he had always wanted to be a dad but his low self-esteem, emotional anguish and trust issues meant he had never had an intimate relationship.


He imagines taking his children to play at the park but knows “this will never be a reality”.


“This is something I think about and grieve for every day of my life,” he said.


Another man remembered how Caruana groomed him by helping the boy read letters sent to him at the school by his mother.


“I looked up to Father Caruana but I now know this is how get got me to trust him,” the man wrote.


“When the abuse started I felt confused and scared. The things he did to me physically caused me pain and it felt wrong somehow.”


Although Caruana faces a lengthy jail sentence for his actions, another of his victims told the court he believed only God could truly impart justice for the deep hurt caused by the predator.


Following a lengthy trial, a jury of 10 women and two men convicted the priest of 26 out of 29 charges.


Caruana will return to court for a sentence hearing in September.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 1:54 a.m. No.14386072   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>6075

Prince Andrew is 'person of interest' in Epstein investigation: US prosecutors probing Ghislaine Maxwell's activities want to quiz Duke over friendship with paedophile billionaire - as he faces civil lawsuit from Virginia Roberts


MARK DUELL - 17 August 2021




Prosecutors in the US investigating people linked to Jeffrey Epstein consider Prince Andrew to be a 'person of interest' in the inquiry, a source claimed last night.


Investigators probing Ghislaine Maxwell and other Epstein associates are said to want to speak to the Duke of York about his friendship with the paedophile financier.


As a person of interest, the Queen's son is viewed at least as a potential witness - and questioning him would form part of the investigation into possible co-conspirators.


Prosecutors last week said Andrew, 61, had 'sought to falsely portray himself to the public as eager and willing to cooperate' but had given no interview to federal authorities and had repeatedly declined requests to talk with investigators.


Andrew remains a person of interest to prosecutors in the office of the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, according to the source - but they do not expect to be able to interview him in the foreseeable future, if ever.


'He doesn't seem to want to talk to us,' said the source, who is familiar with the US inquiry. Representatives of the Prince declined to comment, but have previously denied any wrongdoing of failure to assist.


Earlier this month, Virginia Giuffre, who has said she was abused by Epstein, filed a civil complaint against Andrew in Manhattan federal court.


Ms Giuffre, who used to be known as Virginia Roberts, alleges Andrew forced her to have unwanted sexual intercourse at Maxwell's London home.


Andrew has denied the allegation. Epstein died in an apparent suicide in 2019 while awaiting trial on charges of trafficking minors.


Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to charges that she procured teenage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse between 1994 and 2004. She is expected to go on trial in November.


Prosecutors last year sent the British government a formal request, known as a mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) submission, asking for access to the prince so they could talk to him.


The MLAT is a procedure used in criminal investigations to gather material from foreign countries which cannot readily be obtained on a cooperative basis.


Ms Giuffre's lawyer had no immediate comment.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 1:56 a.m. No.14386075   🗄️.is 🔗kun





It comes as pressure mounted on Andrew this week to respond to sex abuse claims as an alleged witness said he was prepared to swear under oath that he saw the duke groping his accuser.


As royal aides were said to believe there were 'inconsistencies' in Andrew's account of his dealings with Ms Giuffre, a former employee of Epstein said he was prepared to testify about what he claims to have seen.


Steve Scully, who was Epstein's telecoms specialist, says he spotted the duke kissing and grinding against a bikini-clad blonde by a pool on the tycoon's Caribbean island hideaway 'between 2001 and 2004', the Sun on Sunday reported.


Mr Scully insisted to the paper that the woman was Mrs Giuffre –then 17 and called Virginia Roberts.


'If Virginia's lawyers call, I will definitely speak to them and I would give a deposition under oath,' the 71-year-old told the paper.


'The nice thing about the truth is that it doesn't change. There's no question in my mind that I saw Prince Andrew and Virginia together and no question he would remember the incident either.'


The existence of a witness who could support Mrs Giuffre's claims in a bombshell US lawsuit last week that Andrew sexually assaulted her in New York, London and the Caribbean in 2001 when she was just 17 comes as he faces mounting questions over his lawyers' continued silence.


Last week the UK's most senior police officer Dame Cressida Dick revealed she had told Met detectives to review the claims against the prince, warning: 'No one is above the law.'


Mrs Giuffre, now 38, is suing the prince for 'punitive damages' which could amount to millions of pounds if she wins her case.


The 61-year-old prince has strenuously denied her claims that she was forced to have sex with him on Epstein's orders.


He said he categorically did not have any sexual contact with her and does not even recall meeting her.


But the failure of his lawyers to formally respond to Mrs Giuffre's lawsuit has been met with incredulity, with palace insiders telling the Mail last week they were 'extremely unhappy with the strategy of stonewalling'.


The duke's lawyers may apply to have the case thrown out on the basis that the New York court has no jurisdiction in the UK, according to the Sunday Times.


While the prince vehemently denies her claims, with palace insiders pointing out that her account has changed over the past decade, they acknowledge there are question marks over his version of events too.


However a source told the Mail this week that Mr Scully's account was also 'questionable'.


The source pointed out that by his own recollection, the alleged sighting of Andrew with Mrs Giuffre might have taken place as late as 2004 – by which time she was married and no longer working for Epstein.


Epstein died in his jail cell in 2019 after being charged with sex trafficking.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 18, 2021, 11:32 a.m. No.14389239   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority must rewrite draft curriculum: Alan Tudge




Education Minister Alan Tudge says the board of the country’s schooling authority must substantially rewrite its draft national curriculum, warning he will not endorse the proposed document amid concern student outcomes would be harmed.


Writing to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority’s acting chairman Norm Hart, Mr Tudge criticised the proposal for supporting “ideology over evidence” and presenting an “overly negative view” of the nation in the study of history and civics.


In the letter, seen by The Australian, Mr Tudge urged the board to seriously consider recent feedback from education experts, who have flagged concerns that the proposed changes amounted to a weakening of learning standards.


“Some of these groups, such as Australia’s peak mathematics association, believe that the current draft will take Australian kids backwards,” he wrote. “If the current draft is simply tweaked, it will not be supported. It needs fundamental changes.”


The warning comes as the ACARA board meets on Thursday and Friday to discuss feedback to the highly anticipated update of the Australian Curriculum – an important document laying out what students are expected to learn across the mandated subject areas of English, maths, science, the arts, humanities, health and physical education and languages.


The curriculum also seeks to cover general capabilities, or skills, such as critical and creative thinking, as well as ensure young people develop an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. Its release in April, however, sparked a torrent of criticism, including from high-profile historians, academics and reading specialists.


Among the most scathing criticism was from the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, whose membership spans leading universities, government agencies and industry, which called for any ongoing review of the maths curriculum to be halted pending further consultation.


The institute was particularly critical of a proposed push towards having students learn maths by engaging in open-ended problem-solving activities, noting that “mastery of mathematical approaches is needed before student problem-solving can be effective”.


Under way for more than a year, ACARA’s curriculum review was launched in the wake of Australia’s declining performance on the OECD’s PISA, which has shown that Australian students have gone backwards in reading, maths and science over the past 20 years.


According to Mr Tudge, the curriculum should seek to be ambitious on students’ learning outcomes and should prioritise evidence-based practices, particularly in reading and maths.


“However, to my great frustration, evidence-based practices have not been consistently embedded in your current draft,” he said. “There is still too much emphasis on whole-language learning of reading and insufficient emphasis on phonics.


“Thirty years ago, determining the best way to teach reading may have been a legitimate debate, but it is not now. The evidence is crystal clear … that the teaching of phonics is vital.”


The minister also urged the ACARA board to re-examine the draft history and civics curriculum to ensure that it provided a balanced teaching of Australia’s liberal democracy that has made the nation attractive to millions of migrants.


“Your draft, however, diminishes Australia’s western, liberal, and democratic values,” Mr Tudge said. “The overarching impression from the curriculum is that the main feature of western civilisation is slavery, imperialism and colonisation.


“Important historical events are removed or reframed, such as the emphasis on invasion theory over Australia Day. Even Anzac Day is presented as a contested idea, rather than the most sacred of all days where we honour the millions of men and women who have served in war, and the 100,000 who gave their lives for our freedom.”


Referencing the coronavirus pandemic, Mr Tudge said the education system had “been shaken in the last 18 months … in ways we had never imagined”.


“I believe that the best way to serve the interests of our young people now is to seize every opportunity to lift educational standards,” he said.


“The draft of the Australian Curriculum is such an opportunity.”

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 19, 2021, 12:35 a.m. No.14395372   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Marine Rotational Force – Darwin Tweet


Here Comes the Boom!


#USMC High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems with 3d Battalion, 12th Marines, 3d Marine Division fire rockets during Exercise Talisman Sabre 21 on Shoalwater Bay Training Area, #Australia.


(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alyssa Chuluda)

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 19, 2021, 12:49 a.m. No.14395401   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>5405 >>2329 >>1993

Department of Defence Tweet


#YourADF & @USMC & sailors of @MrfDarwin will enter a fictitious contested area of operations under a combined command throughout August.


Exercise Koolendong is the most integrated, realistic, high-end activity conducted in MRF-D’s 10-year history.


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Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 19, 2021, 12:50 a.m. No.14395405   🗄️.is 🔗kun


Soldiers and marines prepare for training


Captain Carla Armenti - 12 August 2021


Throughout this month, Australian soldiers, with the US Marines and sailors of Marine Rotational Force – Darwin (MRF-D), will enter a fictitious contested area of operations under a combined command construct during Exercise Koolendong.


The contested area, Bradshaw Field Training Area, has been renamed Bradshaw Island for the purpose of the exercise.


Commander of the combined task force (CTF) Brigadier Ash Collingburn regards the training as the most integrated, realistic, high-end warfighting activity conducted in MRF-D’s 10-year history.


“This year, we will operate as a CTF, combining our significant combat and logistic capabilities to deploy to Bradshaw Island, destroy the fictitious enemy, handover security responsibility to local forces and then redeploy to Darwin Island,” he said.


Planning for the activity has been ongoing for about 12 months, with the final rehearsal of concept conducted and deployment orders issued in late July for the CTF’s subsequent move to the field.


“Conducting this exercise at Bradshaw allows us to increase the complexity of our training, to incorporate US Marine aviation assets, challenge our logistic systems, and extend our medical support while integrating combined Australian and US assets at every level, including within the CTF Headquarters,” Brigadier Collingburn said.


About 1500 Australian soldiers will train with a similar number of US Marines ahead of their final activity during this year’s rotation – a combined live-fire manoeuvre activity aimed at defeating the enemy on Bradshaw Island.


MRF-D Commanding Officer Colonel David Banning said he was satisfied with the comprehensive planning and rehearsals before US Marines departed into the field.


“The planning phase is complete and we look forward to putting the plan into action as part of a combined force,” he said.


Soldiers and US Marines will have the opportunity to rehearse expeditionary bilateral, joint warfighting in a simulated archipelagic region laid over the 6600 sqkm Bradshaw Field Training Area.


“Operating from Bradshaw allows us to integrate the full range of US Marine Air-Ground Task Force capabilities as part of a CTF,” Colonel Banning said.


“For MRF-D, this exercise is the culminating event of a tangible demonstration of our ability to respond to any type of crisis or contingency in conjunction with our Australian partners.”


The CTF will complete its training in the field next month before MRF-D depart Australia, wrapping up the April to October rotation.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 19, 2021, 1:16 a.m. No.14395486   🗄️.is 🔗kun


Peter Dutton suggests some Afghans who worked with Australia have 'shifted allegiances'


Mr Dutton suggested some Afghans who assisted Australia's military have gone on to work for the Taliban and al-Qaeda.


CLAUDIA FARHART - 19 August 2021


Defence Minister Peter Dutton has suggested some Afghans who worked alongside Australian forces may have "shifted" their allegiances, as the government faces pressure to take in more who are fleeing the Taliban.


Mr Dutton told the ABC on Wednesday "we need to deal with the reality on the ground, not how we want it to be".


"The reality is that people for their own survival instincts move allegiances around," he said.


"There are some wonderful people who have supported us at a point in time 10 years ago and they have gone on to work for the Taliban, they're working for al-Qaeda, they're acting out against our allies and their allegiances have shifted.


"We're not bringing them to our country. And those that provided us with support, wherever is possible, they will come to our country.”


During Australia's 20 years in Afghanistan, hundreds of Afghan nationals worked alongside the military as interpreters and embassy guards.


As the Taliban tightened their grip on the country over recent months, some guards and interpreters have spoken out, saying they feared they would be the targets of revenge attacks because of their close work with western forces.


Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday said the government expects to provide around 3,000 visas for Afghan applicants this financial year.


Visas granted to fleeing Afghans will come from the existing intake of 13,750, rather than a special allocation, though Afghans will be given priority processing.


Mr Dutton said some visa applicants had been subject to adverse security assessments but would not confirm how many.


"It's not insignificant," he said, when pressed to provide a number.


"They're coming from a very difficult part of the world. There are people that that that have helped us at a point in time who have since acted out either against our interests or those of our allies which includes passing on intelligence to ISIL and others," he said.


"In some cases, it's impossible to ascertain information or interviews have been conducted and the interviewers aren't satisfied with the authenticity of the responses that have been made."


Mr Morrison also confirmed on Wednesday 26 people - which included Australian citizens, Afghan visa holders, and a foreign official - flew out of Kabul.


Photographs of the flight drew critical comparisons to a United States flight earlier in the week, which saw 640 Afghans crammed onto a military plane that usually carries 134 passengers.


Mr Dutton defended the comparatively small flight and said there would be more evacuation flights to follow.


"We had limitations on how people can get to the airport and it's a very difficult situation on the ground," he said.


"It's not like turning up to a normal airport where people can come and go freely. It's clearly a difficult situation for people to make their way to the airport and I think that's the reality of the circumstances on the ground."

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 19, 2021, 1:19 a.m. No.14395498   🗄️.is 🔗kun


Howard: Donald Trump cannot escape blame for Afghanistan crisis




Former prime minister John Howard says Donald Trump must accept some blame for the United States’ swift retreat from Afghanistan as the country faces a dire humanitarian crisis.


Mr Howard, who deployed Australian troops to Afghanistan in 2001 following the 9/11 terror attacks, has condemned the US withdrawal from Afghanistan under Joe Biden’s leadership. On Wednesday he described the exit as “too hasty” and argued the collapse of the opposition to the Taliban should “never have been allowed to occur.” Mr Howard has also defended his decision to send troops into the conflict, declaring “nobody who wears the Australian uniform ever dies in vain.”


Speaking to 2GB radio on Thursday, Mr Howard said the US withdrawal had “left a lot to be desired.”


The US president has faced criticism from his predecessor, who claims the nation’s exit from Afghanistan had “humiliated” the United States.


But Mr Howard said Donald Trump could not “escape blame.”


“He made the terrible mistake of saying that America was going before he secured any kind of understanding or deal with the Taliban,” he said.


“That’s a pretty ordinary way of negotiating with a ruthless mob such as that.”


But Mr Howard acknowledged that the “United States could not have stayed there forever.”


He said he feared for the future of Afghanistan, noting that gains made for women and girls would likely be lost.


“The human dimension of this is terrible,” he said.


A fraught security situation in Kabul is hampering Australia’s ability to evacuate citizens and Afghan locals who supported the nations’ troops during the two-decade conflict. Mr Howard previously said Australia had a moral obligation to help local staff who supported Australia. But he said it was “far too early” to tell if the government had left its evacuation operations too late.


“It should be said in defence of the government they have already settled about 400-500 of these people in Australia,” he said.


“I don’t think anybody a few months ago expected there to be such a rapid collapse as happened in the last two or three weeks.”

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 19, 2021, 1:35 a.m. No.14395525   🗄️.is 🔗kun

AstraZeneca to change vaccine name to Vaxzevria in Australia




AstraZeneca has changed the brand name of its Covid-19 vaccine to Vaxzevria after it was granted approval by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.


The pharmaceutical giant hopes the name change will help to smooth the pathway for Australians vaccinated with the domestically produced Vaxzevria to travel internationally.


Vaxzevria is the brand name already in use in Europe and the UK, approved by both the European Medicines Agency and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK.


The use of its previous name (Covid-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca) had triggered concerns that some European countries or the UK may not recognise the Australian-produced AstraZeneca vaccine, or that it would be seen differently to the same vaccine made overseas.


In a statement released on Thursday, the company said its vaccine will now be known as Vaxzevria to bring it in line with other regulatory bodies.


“The brand name Vaxzevria has now been registered for use in Australia for AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine,” it read.


“Use of the Vaxzevria brand name should help simplify international travel for people vaccinated with AstraZeneca’s vaccine.


“The vaccine has previously received emergency authorisation from the World Health Organisation. As such Vaxzevria, including Vaxzevria produced at CSL in Australia, is a valid vaccination for travel in Europe.”

Anonymous ID: 3de6e5 Aug. 19, 2021, 8:02 a.m. No.14396968   🗄️.is 🔗kun

What is wrong with you people? How can you sit back and allow this to happen. Throw yourself upon them is such numbers like they have never seen. Destroy their Evil from this Planet! Australians! This is cowardice of the highest order!

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 12:13 a.m. No.14404403   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1862 >>2510 >>3953 >>2019 >>1699 >>3209 >>0294

Sydney imposes nightly curfew as Australia battles Delta outbreak


Renju Jose and Colin Packham - AUGUST 20, 2021


SYDNEY/CANBERRA (Reuters) - Two million residents of Sydney will be under nightly curfew from next week to slow the highly infectious Delta variant of coronavirus that is spreading across New South Wales state, authorities said on Friday as they extended lockdown orders.


Australia's third wave of COVID-19 infections, centred on Sydney, has forced more than half the population of nearly 26 million into lockdown and pushed the world's 13th-largest economy to the brink of its second recession here in as many years.


NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian extended Sydney’s lockdown until the end of September and imposed new restrictions including the curfew, a requirement to wear a mask when outside and limits on exercise.


“I asked health and police to work together, to give me a final list of what we can throw at this, to leave no shadow of a doubt as to how serious we are about getting the rate of growth down, the case numbers down,” Berejiklian told a media conference.


A curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. would take effect from Monday in the 12 worst-affected council areas, covering about 40% of Sydney’s population of 5 million. Anyone caught entering those areas would be fined and required to self-isolate for 14 days.


With a similar curfew already in place in Melbourne, more than a quarter of Australia’s population will be confined to their homes at night from Monday, with the exception of essential workers.


NSW state reported 644 new infections on Friday, most of them in Sydney. Daily cases across NSW have topped 400 for the past seven days despite eight weeks of lockdown in Sydney, Australia’s biggest city.


With only about 28% of people above 16 years of age fully vaccinated, Australia has failed to contain the Sydney outbreak which has now seeded cases in other towns and cities across Australia as well as New Zealand here.


Australia’s Victoria state recorded 55 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and warned it was at risk of being swamped by infections.


“We are right on the edge of this getting away from us and it’s not because contact tracing aren’t doing everything they can. They are. It’s not because we didn’t lock down fast enough. We did,” Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters in Melbourne.


Australia’s capital Canberra is also in lockdown, with 16 cases recorded in the past 24 hours out of a population of around 430,000, authorities said.




Suicide prevention helpline Lifeline Australia said there had been a 40% rise in calls in recent days compared with pre-pandemic times.


“What that demonstrates is the level of anxiety, increasing levels of anger in the community, and of course stress and pressure,” Lifeline Australia Chair John Brogden told broadcaster ABC on Friday.


Australia has recorded just shy of 12,000 infections since the first Delta case was reported in Sydney on June 16. Four new deaths were confirmed in NSW on Friday, taking the total to 65 in the latest outbreak.


Even so, high vaccination levels among Australia’s most vulnerable mean the mortality rate is 0.54%, official data shows, below previous outbreaks.


Despite a third wave of infections from the Delta variant, Australia’s COVID-19 numbers are relatively low, with some 42,100 cases and 975 deaths.


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Anonymous ID: 610d24 Aug. 20, 2021, 12:44 a.m. No.14404481   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Graphene… Australia… Health Minister & his Family

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 1:17 a.m. No.14404558   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>4561 >>1837 >>0463

EXCLUSIVE: SAS soldiers who faced the sack after extraordinary press conference accusing them of war crimes will FINALLY keep their jobs - and at least one is already back in Kabul saving Aussies from the Taliban


STEPHEN GIBBS - 19 August 2021




Special forces soldiers who faced the sack following the Brereton inquiry into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan have been told they can stay in their jobs.


Thirteen soldiers from the Special Air Service Regiment were sent show cause notices late last year asking why they should not have their employment terminated.


The notices were based solely on supposedly 'credible information' of war crimes contained within the multi-million dollar Brereton report.


All the soldiers were long-serving SAS members - some of them decorated for bravery - and the unproven allegations against them included taking part in unlawful killings.


In another backdown on the response to the Brereton inquiry, those soldiers still in the regiment threatened with termination have now been told no further action will be taken against them.


The move means soldiers recently considered potentially unsuitable for the Australian Defence Force - and according to the Brereton report, possible war criminals - are once again recognised as fit to serve their country.


One of those whose termination was withdrawn is understood to have been deployed this week to help evacuate Australians from Kabul as it falls to the Taliban.


A source close to some of the SAS members who were informed they no longer had to justify their continued employment said the show cause notices had been another 'knee-jerk' response by Defence.


A decision to revoke a unit citation awarded to 3,000 special forces members, including those killed in action, has already been reversed by the federal government.


'The reality is our defence force can't possibly consider these people to be war criminals because otherwise you wouldn't arm them with a weapon and send them back in,' the SAS source said.


The decision comes as questions are being raised about the military hierarchy's handling of Australia's withdrawal of Afghanistan and a royal commission into shockingly high rates of veteran suicides has been announced.


The show cause notices threatened imminent 'administrative action' and were issued in November after the release earlier that month of the Brereton report.


'Usually, once you've been issued with a notice to show cause it doesn't really matter what you say in response, you just get terminated,' the SAS source said.


NSW Supreme Court judge Paul Brereton conducted a four-year inquiry into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan for the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force.


No one has been charged with any war crimes, prosecutions are unlikely for years and much of the evidence given before Justice Brereton would not be admissible in court.


Retired major Heston Russell, who served in Afghanistan with the 2nd Commando Regiment, has warned former colleagues were struggling with ongoing uncertainty in the wake of the Brereton report.


'Some of the families have been involved with this inquiry since it started four years ago and still haven't had any resolution,' he told Network Seven in February.


More than 500 Afghanistan war veterans have taken their lives and 25 reportedly committed suicide in only two months after the release of the Brereton report.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 1:18 a.m. No.14404561   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>4565





Justice Brereton found 'credible information' that 25 Australian special forces personnel had been responsible for 39 unlawful killings in Afghanistan, along with cover-ups and other misconduct.


Those killings including cases where new SAS patrol members were allegedly told to shoot a prisoner to achieve their first kill in an 'appalling practice' known as 'blooding'.


There was also evidence of 'body count competitions' and troops covering up unlawful killings by staging skirmishes, planting weapons and retrospectively adding names to lists of Taliban targets, Justice Brereton found.


The heavily-redacted 465-page Brereton report blamed the alleged killings in part on a 'warrior' culture among special forces soldiers.


Australian Defence Force chief Angus Campbell said some SAS patrols had 'taken the law into their own hands', adding that 'rules were broken, stories concocted, lies told and prisoners killed'.


General Campbell said 'none of the alleged unlawful killings were described as being in the heat of battle.'


One of the killings was labelled in the report as 'possibly the most disgraceful episode in Australia's military history' but details were completely redacted.


General Campbell apologised for any unlawful killings of prisoners, farmers and other civilians, adding the troops allegedly involved had left a 'stain' on Australia.


'To the people of Afghanistan on behalf of the Australian Defence Force I sincerely and unreservedly apologise for any wrongdoing by Australian soldiers,' he said.


'And to the people of Australia, I am sincerely sorry for any wrongdoing by members of the Australian Defence Force.'


General Campbell went on to outline how the 'self-centred warrior culture' had led to 'cutting corners, ignoring and bending rules'.


The Brereton report suggested 19 serving or former soldiers could face prosecution for war crimes and the findings were being reviewed by a special investigator for the Australian Federal Police.


It is understood most of those 13 soldiers were among the 19 who Justice Brereton recommended for prosecution.


The soldiers issued show cause notices were mostly from the SAS Regiment's 2 Squadron, with a smaller number from 3 Squadron.


Some were identified by Justice Brereton as being 'trigger pullers' in unlawful killings, or accessories in alleged murders carried out by other SAS members.


Some were accused of giving false evidence to the Brereton inquiry investigators.


Despite all the claims of war crimes against the soldiers, their versions of events have ultimately been preferred over what was found in the Brereton report.


Witnesses who appeared before the inquiry were compelled to answer questions, even if they incriminated themselves, and were forbidden from discussing their evidence with their comrades.


Information obtained by the inquiry under compulsion and any evidence derived from it will be inadmissible in any criminal proceedings against those individuals.


Billionaire Seven West Media chairman Kerry Stokes offered to bankroll the legal costs of all special forces soldiers accused of war crimes and misconduct.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 1:18 a.m. No.14404565   🗄️.is 🔗kun





In January, the SAS members who were subject to adverse findings by Justice Brereton provided written responses to the show cause notices through their lawyers.


In March, some of the soldiers were told they would have medical discharges approved rather than have their employment terminated.


Others heard nothing more until several weeks ago when they were told no further action would be taken against them.


The SAS source said soldiers had been condemned without proper evidence and Defence was now backtracking on their decision to sack them.


'They were so quick to announce their action against these "potential war criminals" but they haven't been quick to announce their inaction.'


Serving and former SAS members feel the entire regiment is being punished for unproven allegations against a few of their number.


They complain that non-commissioned officers such as sergeants and corporals are being singled out for blame rather than those further up the chain of the command.


No action has been taken against any of the senior members of the ADF responsible for overseeing the work of the Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan.


A number of those whose show cause notices were revoked were leaving the regiment anyway after becoming disgruntled by their treatment, the source said.


General Campbell announced in November that 2 Squadron would be disbanded but Daily Mail Australia understands that in the interim rather than taking formal action all its members have been moved out to other squadrons.


General Campbell had also said the Meritorious Unit Citation awarded to about 3,000 members of the Special Operations Task Group who served in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2013 would be revoked.


Defence Minister Peter Dutton overturned that decision in April, saying only those soldiers who had a formal finding of inappropriate behaviour made against them would lose their citation.


More than 26,000 Australian personnel served in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2014 and 41 were killed.


Following the withdrawal of United States troops after 20 years of war, the Taliban has in recent weeks re-taken most of Afghanistan, including the capital Kabul.


Defence has been contacted for comment.


Any serving or former member of the Australian Defence Force or their families in distress can contact the Defence All-Hours Support Line on 1800 628 036.


Defence Family Helpline: 1800 624 608.


Open Arms - Veterans & Families Counselling: 1800 011 046.


A list of welfare support services is available here.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 1:38 a.m. No.14404614   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>4619

Prosecutors Ask Judge to Withhold the Names of Ghislaine Maxwell’s ‘Uncharged Co-Conspirators’ from Her


ADAM KLASFELD - Aug 19th, 2021




Federal prosecutors urged a judge not to force them to provide Ghislaine Maxwell a complete list of her “uncharged co-conspirators,” arguing that those disclosure risks “harm to the Government from restricting its proof at trial.”


“Although it is not required to do so, the Government can state that—as of the date of this letter, and although the Government may change its view as it prepares for trial—it currently intends to introduce co-conspirator statements at trial from only two individuals,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Alison Moe wrote in a four-page letter on Wednesday.


Maxwell asked to learn their identities earlier, as one of the categories of information her defense team requested to avoid a trial-by-ambush.


“The Government Regrets Any Confusion”


Last week, U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan rejected Maxwell’s request for a bill of particulars, but that ruling pointed out that the government had not specifically responded to Maxwell’s request for co-conspirator names. Prosecutors urged the judge not to mistake their silence on the issue for consent.


“The Government regrets any confusion on this point,” prosecutors wrote in a footnote.


Prosecutor indicate that Maxwell’s upcoming trial in November will not shine a spotlight on many other people accused of aiding and abetting Epstein. Their letter states that they currently only plan to introduce “co-conspirator statements” by “only two individuals”: Epstein himself and an employee who scheduled his “massage” appointments around 2004.


“There is accordingly no significant risk that the defense will be surprised at trial by a profusion of co-conspirators and their statements, even if the government identifies statements for use at trial from additional co-conspirators,” the letter states. “This Court has twice concluded that no bill of particulars is warranted because the defendant has adequate information to prepare for trial and avoid unfair surprise.”


In a recent interview with Law&Crime’s podcast “Objections,” the Miami Herald’s Julie K. Brown—whose reporting has been widely credited with sparking Epstein and Maxwell’s prosecutions—opined that transparency has been getting worse on the dockets. Her public records battles in court led to the release of thousands of pages, which included the names of prominent men allegedly implicated in Epstein’s conspiracy.


Despite that flood of documents, courts remain “under pressure” to keep more files “under wraps and heavily redacted,” Brown said.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 1:40 a.m. No.14404619   🗄️.is 🔗kun





“No One Seemed Surprised”


Also on Wednesday, Maxwell’s lawyer Bobbi Sternheim raised a separate concern about her attorney-client communications. She claimed that third parties may have breached their video conference calls from the Metropolitan Detention Center, the federal lockup in Brooklyn, N.Y., where Maxwell is being held before trial.


Earlier this month, Maxwell says, the jail switched the video conferencing program from WebEx to Zoom after the accused sex-trafficker claimed to spot an unidentified party on the line: “NER/BRO.”


“When Ms. Maxwell raised these concerns to various staff members, no one seemed surprised,” Sternheim’s letter states. “The fact that MDC immediately provided a ‘more secure’ link (in their words) suggests there was some type of breach or interference with the attorney-client VTC which impinged upon confidentiality of privileged attorney-client communication and is placing an on-going chill on communication between Ms. Maxwell and her defense team.”


On Aug. 12, Maxwell’s team alleged a separate breach during a Zoom call, but the jail denied it.


“There was a miscommunication on our end internally,” the jail responded a day later, according to Maxwell’s letter. “There was no breach. The address provided was a very secure line, however, it was already one being used.”


Sternheim wants the jail to provide a sworn statement about the incidents.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 3:46 a.m. No.14404893   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>2395

ABC Media Watch Tweets


ABC's satanic slip-up. What was going on here? @abcnews



From this week's #MediaBites:



It appears the footage came from this Noosa Temple of Satan livestream (8.00 mark):


Noosa Temple of Satan


Everyone Welcome to our Satanic Black Mass at Noosa - 30 October 2020


They've been in the media recently:


Devil in the detail as satanists’ fight with Education Dept hits Supreme Court


Toby Crockford - August 12, 2021

Anonymous ID: 25e04f Aug. 20, 2021, 6:09 p.m. No.14411454   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Ahoy, Ausanons. reposting >>14411392 (OB, QR Gen) for your viewing pleasure.


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Shocking new TV investigation shows why Australia should be on red alert for the next neo-Nazi mass slaughter


[Damian Wilson is a UK journalist, ex-Fleet Street editor, financial industry consultant and political communications special advisor in the UK and EU. kekekekek] 19 Aug, 2021


An undercover investigation has revealed Australia’s right-wing extremists hide behind suburban normality to hoard guns and raise money while planning a new ‘ethno-state’, and even exposed links to theChristchurch mosque killer.


There used to be a time when right-wing nutters were treated as a bit of a joke. After all, things didn’t end so well for their idolAdolf Hitler,and ever since his death in a German bunker his corrupt national socialist ideology has not exactly enjoyed any mainstream endorsement.


Anyway, Western governments have had more on their minds than neo-Nazis and their ilk. There was a new bunch of bad guys on the block, and those radical Islamists proved they were capable of large-scale atrocities, as demonstrated by dozens of attacks on Western targets around the world and the unforgettable events of9/11,now 20 years ago.


In focusing attention on overthrowingdespots like Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi or, more recently, Syria’s Bashar Assad,in what we were all led to believe were successive attempts to deprive Islamist terrorists of shelter, support and finances, Western nations have taken their eye off the ball. They should have been paying more attention to the growth of the extreme right-wing movements from which evil killers likeNew Zealand mosque murderer Brenton Tarrant and Norwegian crazy Anders Breivik have emerged.


The fact they didn’t has proven to be a serious mistake. Because while everyone’s been distracted with fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and their offshoots in dusty, far-off hellholes, an Australian investigation broadcast this week shows domestic, right-wing extremists have been organising in suburban homes, just like the ones you or I might live next door to, and are far more sophisticated than most folk would ever believe…


According toAustralia’s top spook, Mike Burgess,the head of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), although some of these online neo-Nazis “are just talking a good game, it could unfortunately spur someone on who’s on the fringe of that group.”


Of course, he’s right. Both Tarrant and Breivik inhabited the online netherworld of right-wing extremism before their murderous endeavours. And there are surely others out there just like them, but who are able to keep whatever drives them in check and under wraps before they do something catastrophic.


Judging by the extent of organisation the investigators uncovered, widespreadgun ownership,the exhortations to raise funds, calls to buy up rural property as the first steps in forming a new, racist state and the encouragement to network domestically and internationally with fellow travellers, then don’t be surprised if that next extremist attack occurs in Oz.[FALSE FLAG, AUS Ed?]


While that might be the cause of much bloodshed, knowing what we know now, it should not be unexpected. One meeting caught on undercover camera finds a group of neo-Nazis swearing their oath: “It is my duty to be a warrior, to be strong and defend my people. It is my duty to speak the truth no matter the consequences. I may die, but my blood lives forever, until my end, this is my oath. Blood and honour.”


If that doesn’t ring alarm bells across Australia and beyond, then heaven knows what will.


kek. tavistock types getting desperate to legitimize the tyranny in down under bolt hole.


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heading back to QR Gen. love you fags (no homo)

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 6:52 p.m. No.14411862   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>3607


Sydney police crack down on planned anti-lockdown protest


Lidia Kelly - August 21, 2021


MELBOURNE, Aug 21 (Reuters) - More than 1,500 police were deployed to the streets of Sydney on Saturday and rideshares and some public transport routes to the city's downtown were blocked to prevent a planned anti-lockdown protest.


"Public safety is our first priority and you will be fined or arrested if you turn up," the New South Wales police said in a statement on its Twitter account, adding that the protest was unauthorised and risked further spreading COVID-19.


Sydney, a city of more than 5 million people, has been in a strict lockdown for weeks now, struggling to contain an outbreak of the highly transmissible coronavirus Delta variant, which has now caused cases in other towns and cities across Australia as well as in New Zealand.


Australian media reported that a similar protest was planned in Melbourne, also a city of more than 5 million people, which is in its sixth lockdown since the start of the pandemic. On Saturday there were 61 new locally acquired cases reported in Melbourne and throughout the state of Victoria.


Compliance with public health rules had been one of the key cited reasons behind Australia's success in managing the pandemic before the third wave of infections from the Delta variant.


A July poll by the NSW-based market research firm Utting Research showed that only 7% of the people support the demonstrations. Australia's COVID-19 numbers are still relatively low with just over 42,200 cases and 975 deaths.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 7:16 p.m. No.14412079   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>2085 >>2378

COVID-19 is accelerating the rise of conspiracy and sovereign citizen movements in Australia


Eric Tlozek - 21 August 2021




Graham Lyons does not think the COVID-19 pandemic is real, and he is willing to go to jail to prove it.


The experienced agricultural scientist, whose career includes a PhD in the field of micronutrients, is facing potential prosecution for failing to take COVID-19 tests.


He has also refused to wear a mask and will not sign-in to businesses he visits.


"The government has no right to track the citizenry like that," he told the ABC.


"I stand up against it, I don't acquiesce to that and if it gets me into jail, so be it.


"I am putting everything I've got into this because I don't want my little granddaughter growing up in a techno-fascist dystopia."


Dr Lyons's work relates to agriculture in public health — he is not a medical specialist — but he said he had nevertheless concluded that vaccination was ineffective and, like many others opposed to COVID-19 controls, believed the pandemic was a front for organisations and individuals advancing a "globalist agenda to institute a world government".


"The whole thing is fraudulent," he said.


"You've got a global cabal behind this.


"I call them 'global parasites' who think they own the world and everyone else should pay obeisance to them."


Dr Lyons believes the same group has previously made major attempts to control and change society, but that COVID-19 is their biggest challenge to his way of life, one that must be resisted.


"This is the big one. We've got to win this, otherwise we're f****d," he said.


Dr Lyons has a job, pays tax, and said he was opposed to violence.


He said he was not part of any organised group.


But other people with similar beliefs have been prepared to go much further and have been organising via the internet.


Last month, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) executed six search warrants in three states to disrupt a group that was meeting to discuss overthrowing the government and arresting politicians and bureaucrats.


The AFP said there was no evidence they had the capacity to carry out violent acts, but it told the ABC such groups had the potential to cause significant problems.


"Police are concerned when these beliefs manifest into criminal or violent acts," the AFP said.


"In relation to ideologically motivated violent extremism, we are witnessing the number of individuals who adhere to this ideology continue to increase and spread across the country.


"We are always concerned about groups that seek to undertake activities that would endanger the safety of the community. We work with our intelligence partners to identify criminality or threats to public safety, and act accordingly."


The group identified by the AFP was part of a loose movement of people claiming the government is corrupt and illegitimate, using a range of legal-sounding arguments, like "common law" or calling themselves "sovereign citizens", to justify their views.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 7:17 p.m. No.14412085   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>2093





'Pushing people into our open arms'


Some people have formed organised groups to discuss alternative governments.


Mike Holt is the convenor and "elected sheriff" of one "common law" group on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.


"This is a spiritual movement more than anything else," he told the ABC.


"Common law is the law of man, of God, of the universe, so it's a natural law."


The Vietnam veteran, a retired businessman, said the movement was non-violent and described the people raided by the AFP as "power-hungry nutcases".


"They had nothing to do with us," he said.


"We are not trying to remove the government, we are making them inconsequential.


"We are not doing anything illegal, we are certainly not going out there to start an insurrection."


Mr Holt said he had become interested in "common law" theories after Julia Gillard replaced Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister in 2010.


He said the basis for the movement was the meeting of like-minded people to form assemblies that sign charters and elect sheriffs, pass by-laws and convene common law courts.


"We have the same powers as any other government but we're a local government, so people like this idea because it empowers them to take back control of their lives," he said.


Mr Holt said COVID-19 restrictions have increased interest in the group's activities.


"There's been a lot of people getting in touch asking how they can start an assembly, what they can do to empower themselves and how do we stop the attacks on their rights and freedoms by the government," he said.


"They're pushing people into our open arms and we're quite happy to help them."


Alternative legal movements have existed for a long time in the United States, but researchers have recently noticed a sharp growth in activity in Australia.


"The people who were arrested recently are a signal of big things coming up — that is, undermining legitimate liberal democracy and its authority, a rejection of what we count as government," said Mark Balnaves, an adjunct research fellow at Notre Dame University.


Dr Balnaves investigates the role of social media in spreading anti-government ideology, like the "sovereign citizen" movement in which people claim to be exempt from laws they disagree with.


"Two, three years ago in Australia there was no conversation on this," he said.


"[On] sovereign citizens you might have 10-20 posts, now you'll have something like 40,000 interactions in Australia online about the topic.


"It's entered the lexicon, it's part of the language and that's a problem.


"People are taking the core element of rejection of authority and using it in their lives."


The online ecosystem for anti-COVID, "sovereign citizen" and alternative legal groups regularly includes anti-vaccination groups, "wellness" enthusiasts and religious objectors, along with white nationalists, people opposed to progressive social change, and believers in the US-based QAnon conspiracy.


"A couple of years ago the NSW Police Force picked it up and they estimated it was a few hundred people as sovereign citizens," Dr Balnaves said.


"Now you've got a range of people deploying the same tactics, whether they're from anti-vaccination [groups] – and COVID makes a big difference here – and more recently you've got sovereign citizen-allied people clogging up courts, from lower courts to appeals courts."



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 7:18 p.m. No.14412093   🗄️.is 🔗kun





While the movement has been associated with violence in the United States, in Australia the only conflict seen so far has been protesters clashing with police at anti-lockdown rallies.


But Dr Balnaves said the potential existed for such groups to become dangerous.


"I think that is the ultimate worry," he said.


"Violence is always the hard edge of it, but combine that with simple rejection of authority and you've got a toxic mix.


"If it was simply a narrow band of people who are violent, that's normally under counter-terrorism [measures and] you can control it … but what if it's your mum, or your dad or things like that?


"It becomes more difficult."


Legal experts and courts have continuously rejected the many arguments put forward by alternative legal movements, saying they are "legal fictions".


Dramatic increase in activity and interest


Robert Sudy, a former "sovereign citizen" who has become a researcher into the movement, said it greatly affected some followers' personal lives.


"What I've seen over the years [is that] different adherents of the ideology — they end up having a lot of problems in the home with family and relationships because it encourages that sort of narcissistic mindset, so it's pretty damaging for mental health," he said.


Mr Sudy has tracked the various methods and groups propagating these ideologies for close to a decade and said he has noticed a dramatic increase in activity and interest.


"It's grown from what it used to be when these concepts were first introduced … [when] it was basically tax evasion strategies and how to get out of different fines, whereas today it's grown into more of a social phenomena and it's growing as more people are exposed to it online," he said.


"Definitely the last couple of years people are looking for solutions and this is offered as a false hope."


Mr Sudy said the push for sovereign citizenship "provably has no basis in law".


But he said many people ignored the comprehensive rejection of their legal-sounding arguments by courts — which have ruled that people do not have the right to opt out or disregard the law — because those individuals had often developed a religious-like devotion to the ideology.


"I've watched people become radicalised just from very simple needs or legitimate matters they had in their own lives, whether it be paying rates on their property, paying a speeding fine," he said.


"It's gone from something so simple into [something] like a cult.


"Anyone who had a difference of opinion or tried to doubt the ideology in any way was shunned – they were called 'sheeple' [or] government agents.


"The paranoia was perpetuated."

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 8:28 p.m. No.14412582   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>2589 >>2603 >>4434

Unmasking an international neo-Nazi group’s Australian recruiter


Nick McKenzie, Joel Tozer and Heather McNeill - August 21, 2021




Counter-terrorism investigators raided an Australian neo-Nazi cell late last year whose members include a 23-year-old tradesman acting on behalf of a violent international organisation to recruit young men to their cause.


The federal police and ASIO have been investigating allegations that tradesman Matthew Golos was encouraging others to join the racist extremist group. Among them is a Perth-based neo-Nazi who later purchased materials that could be used to make an improvised explosive device.


A major investigation by The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and 60 Minutes has also revealed that Mr Golos used the online alias Volkskrieger – German for “people’s warrior” – and encrypted communications platforms to lure Australians as young as 16 to join dangerous US-based neo-Nazi organisation The Base.


The identity of Volkskrieger has been one of the mysteries on Australia’s extremist scene after it emerged he was appointed The Base’s key Australian recruiter in late 2019.


In an exclusive interview, ASIO’s director-general Mike Burgess declined to identify specific targets of his agency but said he was alarmed to uncover connections between Australians and “material from The Base offshore”.


“That connection disturbs us because obviously it may well lead to people going down a path of radicalisation, and that’s our principal concern,” Mr Burgess said.


The Base has been banned as a terror organisation in Canada and the UK and has been investigated in the US by the FBI, which has charged several of its members in connection to violent crimes. Formed in the US in 2018 and with membership cells in North America, South Africa and the United Kingdom, The Base supports “accelerationist” theory, which involves neo-Nazis attempting to bring about a race war or societal collapse through violence.


The Australian Federal Police said in a statement in response to questions about Mr Golos that its counter-terror teams had launched “disruptive” raids in Perth late last year. The raids targeted Mr Golos and a local extremist group he is a member of, the Society of Western Australian Nationalists. Police say they launched the raids because “some individuals were agitating for the group to transition to a more aggressive posture”.


The raids had “disrupted” the police suspects and there was no imminent threat of a terror attack, police said, although no further details could be made public.


Mr Golos lives with his parents in the working-class Perth suburb of Ballajura, where he played football for the local team and attended a nearby high school. Repeated efforts to contact him and his relatives have been ignored.


This masthead’s investigation can also reveal that one of the Australians Mr Golos sought to recruit purchased materials that could be used to make a bomb.


James Greig, a Perth-based neo-Nazi, purchased two dozen cold packs of ammonia nitrate along with other materials that could be used to make an improvised explosive device in April 2020, according to multiple sources speaking on condition of anonymity. Months earlier, he had boasted on leaked recordings from vetting sessions for The Base about his access to weapons.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 8:28 p.m. No.14412589   🗄️.is 🔗kun





Mr Greig used two online aliases, AdvocateCannabilism and James Jameson, to disguise his identity in his discussions with Mr Golos in November 2019, but multiple sources and open source intelligence confirmed his identity.


During a vetting call with Mr Golos and The Base’s American leaders in November 2019, the 38-year-old Greig said he got “enjoyment watching … [terrorist Brenton] Tarrant do his thing”. Mr Greig also told Mr Golos he wanted to help build a group of networked survivalists across the country with access to firearms, legal access to firearms, so there’s no questions asked by the alphabets [the AFP and ASIO]”.


Mr Golos agreed to meet Mr Greig in person after hearing him espouse these views. There is no suggestion Mr Golos or Mr Greig plotted an actual terrorist attack. Mr Greig was charged last year with weapons and drugs offences and is still an active extremist. ASIO and the AFP have warned a key danger of neo-Nazi language and rhetoric is that it could inspire political violence by a lone wolf or small cell.


Western Australian court records show his case was referred from Joondalup Magistrates Court to the Perth Magistrates Start Court, which is a program for offenders with mental health issues. To be eligible for this program, a person has to admit their offences. He took part in that program between October 2020 and July 2021.


Mr Greig is one of at least five Australians who Mr Golos helped The Base recruit in 2019 and 2020, according to a trove of leaked communications leaked from The Base’s US leadership cell and which contain the voices and online aliases of aspiring neo-Nazis across the globe.


In March, The Age and Herald revealed how the documents and tape recordings leaked from The Base’s inner sanctum had captured the group’s leader, Rinaldo “The Wolf” Nazarro, appointing an Australian using the handle “Volkskrieger” to run The Base’s nascent Australian operation.


But despite extensive reporting and media investigations – in March the ABC asked members of the public to help identify Volkskrieger – his identity remained hidden until multiple sources identified Golos to this masthead.


The leaked Base recordings were first obtained by US investigative journalist Jason Wilson for the Southern Poverty Law Centre, which then provided them to The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.


The recordings show the organisation was open to recruiting Australian teenagers and that Brenton Tarrant’s murderous mosque rampage in New Zealand in March 2019 was admired by some.


In his recorded vetting interview in late 2019, a 21-year-old Brisbane applicant told The Base leadership: I “fully wholeheartedly agree with what he [Tarrant] did.”


Another applicant, a 16-year-old boy from Canberra, told The Base’s leaders that his father was a government security official who did not support his views and that the teen had been kicked out of a local nationalist group for “promoting violent tactics” and supporting Tarrant.


Other Australians who have attempted to join The Base include former federal One Nation candidate Dean Smith.


Mr Smith, who unsuccessfully contested the 2019 federal election, told The Base during his vetting interview that “I have come to realise that there really is no political solution” and that, “if I want to leave a legacy for my children, then I’m going to have to do something about it”.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 8:30 p.m. No.14412603   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>2613 >>4434


From kickboxing to Adolf Hitler: the neo-Nazi plan to recruit angry young men


An unprecedented look inside Australia’s radical fringe shows their deep links to violent international groups, and what they’ll do if they are banned.


Nick McKenzie and Joel Tozer - AUGUST 21, 2021




Sitting on the back deck of his home on the Victorian border town of Barnawartha, his outline blurred by bong smoke, a petty criminal and martial arts instructor is discussing the idea of taking over Australia’s largest neo-Nazi group.


Jarrad “Jaz” Searby, a convicted criminal and gym owner, was until May the head of an Australian chapter of the right-wing extremist group Proud Boys.


The group, which became infamous for bolstering Donald Trump and provoking confrontations in Black Lives Matter protests and the Capitol invasion, and which has been designated a terrorist organisation in Canada, has always stopped short of identifying itself as neo-Nazi. It has publicly disavowed anti-Semitism and its founder described it as “Western chauvinist”, “anti-political correctness” and “anti-white guilt”.


Now Searby is explaining how things really work.


Talking to an infiltrator working deep inside the neo-Nazi National Socialist Network, Searby said his now-defunct chapter of the Proud Boys had been set up as a front, funnelling young men from the suburbs and towns of Australia through martial arts training, through “anti-white guilt”, then on to full-fledged neo-Nazism.


Once in, those recruits become part of a linked network of domestic and international groups considered by counter-terrorism authorities to be far more dangerous than the Proud Boys. Secret recordings revealed last week by The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and 60 Minutes show that inside that network operated a cult-like breeding ground for extremism, with groups ready to split off, splinter and form new cells if one was banned or a key leader jailed.


The investigations have also, for the first time, revealed the identity of the secretive leaders involved in a wave of extremist recruiting across Australia.


Dangerous liaisons


In August this year, in a report for the US military’s Combating Terrorism Centre, extremist researchers Mathew Kriner and John Lewis describe how some factions of the US Proud Boys “acted as a ‘gateway’ for even more extreme groups”, including international neo-Nazi terror group The Base.


The report also observed how the “tactics” used by some Proud Boys to “evade detection and maintain plausible deniability” about their support for political violence and neo-Nazism would “outlive” the group and be adopted by offshoots and splinter groups. Missing, though, was direct evidence.


Enter “Jaz” Searby.


The resident of a small red brick house in the border town of Barnawartha near the Murray River, Searby is opening up to an undercover agent assisting The Age, the Herald and 60 Minutes. Months earlier, the agent successfully infiltrated the National Socialist Network’s Racism HQ in Melbourne. Now, as his last assignment, the mole has peeled off from the group for several meetings with Searby, whose importance, he feels, is growing.


“You know they ban any, like, they ban Nazis from the [Proud Boys] club … you know if you start to ask Jewish questions or something like that in the Proud Boys they will basically just try to kick you out,” Searby explained, unaware he was being recorded.


Searby, 37, has been introduced to the mole by Tom Sewell as one of the NSN’s key allies. He was one of four of the Proud Boys’ Victorian leaders but, growing angry at the group’s public disavowal of neo-Nazism and white supremacy, he’d decided to leave after using its brand to gain a band of several dozen followers.


His unkempt appearance and face tattoos are a stark contrast to Sewell’s army haircut and anti-drugs persona, but it was clear the two had struck an accord.


“Tom’s obviously, he was at the f-ckin far end of the scale [of racism], and you know me being more central was you know, I was with the Proud Boys, I had planned to be a gateway to Tom,” Searby explains. “I was going to funnel people in that direction, you know basically funnel people to do their own research, but we would generally lead them in that direction anyway.”



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 8:30 p.m. No.14412613   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>2617





Searby was in touch with the then US leader of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, who praised Searby for a video posted online.


But it was his talent as a martial arts instructor that reminded Sewell’s right-hand man, Jacob Hersant, of one of the most dangerous neo-Nazis in Europe, Russia’s Denis Nikitin.


The founder of extremist clothing and MMA brand White Rex, Nikitin has been banned from entering several European countries. In a 2018 interview, he explained White Rex was a tool to promote his white supremacist ideology: “If we kill one immigrant every day, that’s 365 immigrants in a year. But tens of thousands more will come anyway … So now we fight for minds, not on the street, but on social media.”


Nikitin was already an inspiration to the National Socialist Network (NSN) and Hersant disclosed on a hidden camera that the NSN had introduced Searby to him.


“He is a really good dude,” Hersant said of the Russian. “I got him into contact with Jaz and they just see eye to eye coz they are both interested in the MMA stuff,” Hersant told the mole.


Another senior NSN member explained that if Searby replicated Nikitin’s MMA neo-Nazi network, it could give the NSN an offshoot operation that counter-terror authorities could not easily ban.


“It is just a good way of sort of like protecting ourselves as well. If our organisation gets proscribed as a terror group, you know Jaz can still operate, because he is not affiliated, he can still operate as a gym, just an MMA gym.”


Proscription is no idle fear. The leaders of the joint parliamentary security committee this week agreed, across the political aisle, that the National Socialist Network should be considered for banning.


After Searby’s introduction to Nikitin, the Australian hosted the Russian on a video podcast, praising him for starting “white boy fight clubs”.


“There is [sic] not many men left in the West willing to fight for what they believe,” Searby told Nikitin. “I’m a big fan … The people here in Australia will be inspired to see you standing up.”


Leadership spill


By April this year, Searby’s role inside the National Socialist Network was growing. Sewell revealed in the secret recordings that he had directed Searby to offer the group’s financial support to an Albury-Wodonga teenager and alleged neo-Nazi facing terrorism charges.


“Jaz and his mate have been knocking on the [alleged terrorist’s mother’s] door every day. I found his address, but she hasn’t been home,” Sewell was recorded saying. Sewell had explained it was the NSN’s duty to contribute to his bail fund. “He is one of our boys …. We spread and share the risk. That’s how it works.”


By late April, Searby had agreed to start training neo-Nazis, travelling to Melbourne to teach MMA to National Socialist Network recruits. When Sewell was remanded in custody on May 13 over an alleged assault – a charge which he is contesting – Hersant, the group’s interim leader, asked Searby to lead the fight training sessions that Sewell usually oversaw.


He agreed, but Searby also spied an opportunity.


While Searby had publicly called for authorities to “free Tom Sewell”, he was privately scathing of the NSN’s unquestioning support for its leader.


“Everyone is saying Tom is a political prisoner – I’m saying you can’t f-cking say that because once it comes out that Tom’s done something wrong, if he has, we are all going to look like f-cking idiots.”


Hersant, Searby said, was also too weak to lead the NSN.


“That’s my only problem with Jacob … he is definitely very smart, but he’s a very soft kid … I’m not going to follow a 22-year-old … And I know, I coached them, I watched them fight.”


Away from the NSN base, Searby confided in the undercover agent that, with Sewell in jail and the membership splintering, Searby could make his own play at becoming leader.


“I know all eyes are on me at the moment and I need to make the right decision.”


In early August, Hersant was still promoting himself as NSN leader, but he too is now facing assault charges. Sources say Searby is now a core member of the NSN’s leadership cell and increasingly looking to take control of the white supremacist movement in Australia’s south-east.


If Searby and Sewell had developed their own recruiting model, they were not alone. Sewell’s NSN was partnering with group’s other than the Proud Boys. And Searby was not the only committed extremist with overseas links and big ambitions.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 8:31 p.m. No.14412617   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>2626





The recruiters


Among Australia’s top national security figures, the director-general of ASIO, Mike Burgess, keeps a closer eye than anyone else on the neo-Nazi movement. What he sees disturbs him.


“This is spread across every state and territory and it’s regional and rural, as well as capital cities. So it’s truly national and they communicate effectively through their messaging apps,” Burgess says. They are organised as “a coalition of small groups,” they talk about “splitting themselves to hide”, and they are furiously networking with international extremists.


“It’s the online community that allows them to connect with other like-minded people, have access to hateful ideologies, and go into forums, very dark places, where they can encourage acts of violence, or be encouraged for acts of violence,” Burgess says.


Before he was remanded, Sewell had strong contacts with senior Australian figures in the violent, UK-founded extremist group Combat 18. The members of the group (whose number, 18, is an alphanumeric code for Adolf Hitler’s initials: 1=A and 8=H) are spread across Europe and have been charged with multiple murders and serious acts of political violence. In 2019, the group was designated a terror organisation in Canada.


Senior Victorian Combat 18 member Daniel Newman is the liaison between the NSN and a violent skinhead prison gang that has vowed to protect group members in Victorian jails.


One of Combat 18’s former UK regional leaders, Nigel Bromage, who now works to deradicalise neo-Nazis, says word of the NSN’s networking success has spread to Britain. He’s spoken to British extremists in awe of their “brothers” in Australia.


Bromage, who years after fleeing the group carries the shame of the violence he inflicted on its behalf, warns that the allegiance between the NSN and Combat 18 is disturbing.


“They’ve (UK neo-Nazis) spoken about the growing Australian far right. And they are … passing [on] good-practice rules for each organisation,” says Bromage.


An Australian Combat 18 encrypted chat room accessed by this masthead with the help of researchers in the White Rose Society, shows that shortly after Sewell was sent to prison to await his court case, Combat 18 was working to lure the NSN’s recruits, as well as those from another NSN feeder group, Antipodean Resistance (AR), over to the international group.


“He was in the AR/ NSN till we woke him up,” a Combat 18 member says in one thread obtained, describing a budding neo-Nazi he claims to have recruited.


Combat 18 is not the only violent overseas group expanding into Australia. In late 2019, American terror organisation The Base appointed its first Australian leader to oversee a recruitment drive. This Australian goes by the online alias “Volkskrieger” and his identity has been one of the best-kept secrets in Australia’s far right.


Unmasking Volkskrieger


The Base gained global notoriety in December 2019 when the FBI arrested several of its members for plotting violent hate crimes. In Canada and Britain the white supremacist group has been banned as a terror organisation for inspiring members to train with weapons and bring about a race war.


In Australia, it has also caused national headlines after revelations in March that it sought to recruit young men, including teenagers, who claimed to have been inspired or impressed by Brenton Tarrant’s massacre of Muslims at prayer in Christchurch, New Zealand.


A data leak from The Base in 2020 revealed its most important Australian leader was Volkskrieger – “people’s warrior” in German – who was putting up propaganda posters in Perth. The posters announced that The Base had set up shop in Australia: “We are here.”


By mid-2020, Volkskrieger had recruited at least five Australians. One of them was a Perth man using the alias “James Jameson” who boasted of his access to weapons and fondness for the Christchurch terrorist. But Jameson was also sloppy online, leaving a trail of clues confirming his identity as a 38-year-old Combat 18 member called James Greig who has previously faced weapons and drugs charges. Greig is of intense interest to national security agencies, including for purchasing equipment that could be used to make a bomb, although official sources have said there is no evidence suggesting he poses any imminent threat.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 8:32 p.m. No.14412626   🗄️.is 🔗kun





Volkskrieger was much more careful. Recordings of his voice made and leaked by a Base insider reveal a thick Australian accent belonging to a young man unperturbed that he’s drawing teenagers into a life of violence and racism.


“Sometimes that’s a good thing because young people are more motivated and ready to make changes,” he tells fellow Base leaders in the US on one recording.


The recordings also suggest Volkskrieger is extremely security-conscious, giving away no biographical details and questioning how the group deals with informers and police.


But he still let slip a critical detail. He had joined a Perth group, the Society of Western Australian Nationalists (SWAN), a spin-off of one of the extremist organisations founded by Sewell. Volkskrieger told The Base’s US cell he was using his membership of this group to identify other young men to recruit.


If some Australian neo-Nazis are recruiting and expanding their movement by linking up extremist cells across the nation and overseas, not everyone approves. Members of Perth’s neo-Nazi sceneangry at Volkskrieger’s perceived betrayal, as well as other confidential sources who requested anonymity, identified Volkskrieger as Matthew Golos, a 23-year-old tradesman from the working-class Perth suburb of Ballajura.


Golos lives in a nondescript home with his parents and younger brother, who is still in high school. He didn’t respond to multiple attempts to contact him. Friends and relatives declined to comment.


In response to questions about Golos and SWAN, the federal police said in a statement that its counter-terror teams “are aware of this matter” and late last year raided “individuals connected to the Society of Western Australia Nationalists (SWAN)” seeking to disrupt the group. The AFP said the raids were sparked by concerns “some individuals were agitating for the group to transition to a more aggressive posture”, there was no immediate threat to public safety and no further details could be made public.


Photos of Golos in his high school years reveal a handsome teen, smiling at parties alongside friends and playing local football. There is no hint of his dark side in these images. But Jason Wilson from the US Southern Poverty Law Centre, who is the global expert on The Base, says recruiters such as Volkskrieger were intent on “trying to recruit and radicalise young men, and guide them towards acts of violence”.


“Some of the members have joined when they’re 15 or 16. And by the time they hit 19 or 20, they’re at the point of no return.”


There is nothing about Golos in the public domain that suggests he was The Base’s Australian point man, no hint of the man running between neo-Nazi cells and fielding calls from senior American hate merchants while holding down a job as a Perth tradesman.


The AFP says its raids in Perth last year had a “disruptive” effect. But given Golos is not answering questions, it’s hard to know whether he’s still on his journey of hate.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 8:48 p.m. No.14412752   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>2760

Crackdown on slavery after ‘evil crime’ soars




A sharp jump in the number of people trapped in slave-like conditions in Australia has led the Morrison government to step up efforts to combat what it describes as an “evil and pernicious crime”.


The move comes after the country’s worst case of domestic slavery in which a Sri Lankan ­couple were sentenced to jail last month for keeping an Indian slave in their Melbourne home until she almost died of illness.


The woman was enslaved and mistreated inside the Mt Waverley house for eight years without a passport, language skills or money to return to her native India, and her plight was hidden from neighbours and state and federal agencies.


That incident, told in The Weekend Australian Magazine, follows a doubling of the number of cases of so-called “domestic servitude” in the past 12 months where slaves, often housemaids, have been forced to live and work against their will in people’s homes. The number of reported cases of modern slavery – which also covers sexual servitude, forced labour, human trafficking and forced marriage – jumped to 223 in 2019-20, a 38 per cent rise since 2017-18.


Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said the government had intensified its efforts to detect and prosecute those who kept slaves.


“While it may come as a surprise to many, slavery practices like forced labour or human trafficking pose a very real threat today – including here in Australia,” Ms Andrews said.


“It is an evil and pernicious crime and sadly, it is young women and children that are particularly vulnerable to being trafficked.


“Domestic servitude, sexual ­exploitation and forced marriage cannot be allowed to stand in our society.”


Jennifer Burn of Anti-Slavery Australia said there had been only 31 convictions in Australia for slavery since 2004, with the majority being for sexual exploitation.


Professor Burn said a recent survey in Sydney by her group found two out of three Australians were unaware that slavery existed in the country.


The Morrison government ­announced a national plan last year to address modern slavery but the hidden nature of the crime makes it difficult to obtain convictions.


Detective superintendent Jayne Crossling, the head of the Australian Federal Police’s Victorian Human Exploitation team, said: “It is really challenging to be able to meet all the individual thresholds (in the law) to put a really good quality brief of evidence for a prosecution (for slavery offences).”


She said one of the problems was that victims were vulnerable, often wary of law enforcement and unwilling to give evidence.


In 2020-21 the AFP received 224 reports of modern slavery, including 79 reports of forced marriage, 42 reports of sexual servitude, 35 reports of forced ­labour, 12 reports of trafficking in children and 15 reports of domestic servitude.


In March, the AFP obtained ­restraining orders over two properties in Sydney worth more than $3.8m, where an Indonesian national had been held against her will and subjected to forced labour for nearly six years. A Sydney couple were jailed in June for keeping a woman in forced labour at their home and business for three years.


Last month Victorian Supreme Court judge John Champion sentenced Sri Lankan immigrants Kandasamy and Kumuthini Kannan to six years and eight years’ jail respectively for keeping their live-in maid in slave-like conditions from 2007 to 2015.


He described the Kannans as “compulsive liars and deceptive individuals” who had exploited “a massive power imbalance” between themselves and the woman.


“To understand the concept of slavery, we must rid ourselves of ingrained images of rows of men chained together at the oars of a gallery, or man and women working in fields in bondage,” Justice Champion said.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 8:49 p.m. No.14412760   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>2768


Eight years a slave: Melbourne couple’s shocking secret


A woman is kept as a slave for eight years by a couple in a suburban Melbourne home. How could this happen?


CAMERON STEWART - August 21, 2021




When paramedics found her in the bathroom she was lying in a pool of urine, barely conscious and suffering from extreme hypothermia. Her body temperature was just 28.5C and her weight had shrivelled to 40kg. She had crusted sores on her feet and hands, multiple pressure sores and no teeth, along with septicaemia and bladder failure. In the words of a doctor at ­Melbourne’s Box Hill ­Hospital, the 61-year-old Indian woman who arrived by ambulance that day, July 30, 2015, was “fading away”.


Moments earlier, the triple-0 emergency line had taken a call from Kumuthini Kannan, who shared her Mount Waverley home with the ill woman. “Um, um, we have an old lady, sorry old lady that’s been staying with us for a while,” she told the ­operator. “She is, um, she is sort of like she’s a guest. She went to the bathroom and then she sort of didn’t want to get up and she stayed there for about three hours… lying down and ­urinating all over the floor… she’s fairly skinny.”


“I saw the ambulance arrive and take her out,” recalls a neighbour across the road. “We knew she was in that house but we didn’t see much of her. We had no idea what their story was at that stage, they just seemed like normal, friendly neighbours.”


To everyone in this quiet, ­middle-class cul-de-sac in Melbourne’s southeast, the family life of Kumuthini ­Kannan, her husband ­Kandasamy and their three children seemed normal. Both parents would smile and wave at their neighbours, stopping to make small talk. Some had spotted the shadowy woman who appeared to live with them, but to those who had asked, the explanation was always the same. “I was told she was staying with them because she was hiding from an abusive ­husband and I just accepted that as fact,” says “John”, a neighbour, who asked that his real name not be used.


The arrival of the ambulance that day triggered the unravelling of Australia’s worst case of domestic slavery. It was, in the words of the Victorian Supreme Court Justice John Champion, a “dirty secret” that the Kannans hid from the outside world for eight years from 2007. As Justice Champion said when passing sentence on the Kannans last month, theirs was the first case relating solely to slavery by domestic servitude to be heard by an Australian court, and one that “far exceeds any other slavery case finalised in Australia”.


“This case is unique for the length of time the woman was exploited, the pattern of her exploitation and the callous disregard for her humanity. It was just a terrible, terrible case,” says Jennifer Burn, director of Anti-Slavery Australia, a legal and policy centre at the University of Technology Sydney.


So how did Australia’s worst slavery case remain hidden for so long under the noses of state and ­federal agencies – and everyone who saw and knew the Kannan family?


On paper, the Sri Lankan-born Kannans ­presented a typical Australian immigrant story. Kumuthini came to Australia on a humanitarian visa in 1984 at age 17 after her parents fled the civil war in Sri Lanka. She finished high school in Melbourne and completed an occupational health and safety degree before agreeing to an arranged marriage with Kandasamy, an IT worker from Sri Lanka. She sponsored him to come to ­Australia on a skilled migrant visa and they were married in 1994 before having three children, who have each been diagnosed with ­varying degrees of autism.


The Tamil couple wanted a Tamil woman to come to Australia and be their maid and in about 2002, while on a visit to see family in southern India, they first met the victim, whose background could hardly have been more different. Their future slave, whose real identity cannot be revealed, was illiterate with almost no formal education; from the age of six she’d worked in the fields looking after farm animals. She was married at 14 and had four ­children before her husband died. She was a ­grandmother by the age of 29. By the time she met the Kannans in India she needed money; the idea of going to Australia to work temporarily in exchange for payments to be sent home to India seemed an attractive proposition.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 8:50 p.m. No.14412768   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>2772





For the Kannans, a live-in maid would, in the words of Justice Champion, “allow you to maintain your respective employments and lifestyle, including annual overseas trips”. So the woman travelled with them to Australia in 2002 and 2004, living with them for six months at a time and returning home without incident. She was paid poorly, but at least she was paid.


When the ­Kannans sought to bring her back to Australia again in 2005 they were knocked back by immigration authorities, who were not convinced that the visit was for “work purposes”. To secure a visa, the Kannans put forward a series of lies in their applications between 2005 and 2007; in the end, the best they could secure was a 30-day visa in June 2007. So the woman volun­tarily returned to the ­Kannans’ five-bedroom, two-storey Melbourne home, although it soon became clear that the couple had no intention of allowing her to return to India after 30 days. They took her passport soon after she arrived and it has not been seen since. After over­staying her visa, she became an illegal non-citizen.


Justice Champion accepted the defence ­counsel’s arguments that there was probably no immediate slide into conditions that could be described as slavery. Rather, from 2007, the restrictions placed upon the woman, who now had no way of independently returning to India, gradually became harsher. The woman, who had recovered in hospital after her collapse in 2015, testified to the court that ­initially the family allowed her to eat at the table with them after she’d cooked their meals, but then Mrs ­Kannan banished her, forcing her to eat alone after everyone had finished. She testified that the family placed a sign on the back of the front door instructing her not to go outside. She was only allowed to go out alone to the garage to clean and to the backyard to take the bins out, or to take the children to a local reserve just metres from the front door.


“I remember her sitting just there,” neighbour John tells me, pointing towards the footpath ­outside his house. “She would walk the kids over and they would play on our swingset in the yard while she watched them. I would wave to her and she would wave back.”


Inside the house, the woman said, Mrs Kannan started yelling at her and treating her badly, and her living conditions gradually worsened. She said she arose at 5.30am each day and was constantly harassed, working around the clock cooking, cleaning and doing other domestic chores until past midnight each day. She was also ordered to cook food for community gatherings and social events. “Getting the clothes, folding, doing something, wiping something, no rest, no rest at all,” she told the court through a translator. She would wash the clothes by hand because she didn’t know how to use the washing machine, and slept in a bunk bed in the same room where she folded and ironed the clothes. She was allowed to have a shower just once a week, to avoid “wasting water”.


Each weekday morning Mr Kannan would leave early for his Southbank office, dropping his children off at school on the way; he would return home around 7pm and have a late meal with his wife. In her testimony, the victim distinguished clearly between Mr ­Kannan, who she said would sometimes treat her nicely, and his wife, whom she portrayed as being increasingly hostile towards her.


When the Kannans went on their annual trips to India they left the woman at home alone for a full month with strict instructions not to leave the house. “I must not open the door – even if anybody came, I must not open the door,” she recalled. While they were away she was given a phone that she did not know how to operate; it was to be used only to receive calls from the Kannans.


Because of her status as an illegal non-citizen, for the entire eight years that she was effectively held captive the woman had completely fallen off the grid. With no knowledge of English, no money, no concept of where she was beyond her own suburban street and with no recourse to government health services, help or protection, she found herself relying entirely on the Kannans for everything. “What can I do, helpless,” the woman testified.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 8:50 p.m. No.14412772   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>2776





“In my opinion it is not possible to precisely determine when the condition of slavery first existed,” Justice Champion said. “It matters little that [she] may have been ‘happy’ for some or even a significant period defined by the condition of slavery. Whatever happiness to her may have meant, such a state, if it existed, must be evaluated in the context of her overall life experience and the circumstances in which she had previously been living. What matters is the fact of the powers being exercised over her. She was a largely uneducated, illiterate and vulnerable woman who you both took advantage of, irrespective of whether she ever comprehended that she was in a condition of slavery.”


The Kannans initially made three payments to the woman’s family in India in 2007 but these soon stopped without explanation. They made no direct payments to the woman herself. During the trial the prosecution estimated that in the eight years she was held captive between 2007 and 2015, she earned the equivalent of $3.39 per day “to be on call 24/7, 365 days a year, and performing, ready to perform, her household duties and childcare duties”.


While the Kannans were progressively enslaving their maid, to those outside their home they appeared to be upstanding citizens. “I worked with [Mr Kannan] as well as lived in the same street with him,” neighbour John says. “He was a really nice guy, very calm, reasonable and decent. I had no idea he was really an arsehole.”


Community references for Mr Kannan praised his “contribution to homeless orphans and disabled people in Melbourne and overseas” and for his “honesty, generosity, assistance to others within [the] community, charity work and fundraising”. Mrs Kannan threw herself into social causes and charity fundraising, teaching Sri Lankan culture and helping out at school. References written by community members describe her as having given “selfless acts of service” to her community, being “always respectful, being gentle and polite towards people of all walks of life and kind and compassionate towards elders in need of help”. Her eldest daughter described her as being a “very loving, thoughtful and caring mother”.


As Justice Champion remarked in court: “That really makes it all the more confounding that there is this raft of material from members of the community that [suggests they are] well respected, yet on the other hand at no point has there been a sense of humanity towards [the victim].”


Despite the qualities people saw in Mrs Kannan outside the home, inside it she became ever more abusive towards her captive. Doctors would later testify that Mrs Kannan was suffering from depression and anxiety and that she showed “obsessive personality traits manifested by longstanding ­perfectionism, high standards, the need to be in control, rigidity and difficulty adapting to change”.


The victim testified that Mrs Kannan largely controlled her husband and that she was the one who mistreated her the most. “You could hear her [Mrs Kannan] screaming quite often,” says neighbour John. “We were like, ‘My God, she screams all the time’ … we always thought she was screaming at [Mr Kannan] but it was probably the woman.”


Throughout this time, the woman said she was only able to communicate with her family back in India on the phone when the Kannans were listening in, and so she felt she could not complain or ask to be rescued. But her family became increasingly suspicious. In 2014, her daughter demanded that the Kannans return her mother to India. Mrs Kannan’s response was: “ you.”


The Kannans’ secret was only revealed when the health of the woman, who had type 2 diabetes, started to deteriorate rapidly in 2015 and they refused to seek medical attention. Even on the day she finally collapsed in their bathroom, the court heard that Mrs Kannan called triple-0 only after taking her children to a school concert, leaving the woman on the bathroom floor.


At the hospital, Mrs Kannan admitted her slave under a false name, and claimed she had relatives in NSW but that she did not know their contact details. In the days that ­followed the Kannans gave vague and often ­contradictory information to officials about their links to the woman and her identity. It would be three months before the woman’s health recovered sufficiently for her to be released from ­hospital. By that stage, the authorities were finally piecing together the extraordinary truth of what had happened.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 8:51 p.m. No.14412776   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>2787





Detective Sergeant David MacGregor, then head of the Australian Federal Police’s Victorian human trafficking team, was one of the first to walk into the Kannans’ house and recalls how ordinary it appeared. “It was a middle-class ­suburban house that was a bit ­cluttered but there was a married ­couple with ­children living there,” he says. He says he was struck by the couple’s apparent lack of remorse. “My sense was that they didn’t feel they had anything to answer to. I didn’t get any sense of contrition.” By contrast, there was a steely determination on the part of the victim to testify in the case. “She was stoic and determined to give ­evidence to make sure that her voice was heard,” he says. “I think she was determined to see that ­justice was done.”


Yet despite what appeared to be solid evidence against the Kannans, the prosecution had a fight on its hands to gain convictions for the rarely used charges of intentionally possessing a slave and intentionally exercising the right of ownership over a slave. Each charge carries a maximum ­penalty of 25 years’ jail and the Kannans were both charged with one count of each. “There have been only 31 convictions in Australia [for slavery] since 2004 and the majority have been for sexual exploitation,” says Jennifer Burn of Anti-Slavery Australia.


Modern slavery covers a range of offences including sexual servitude, forced labour, human trafficking and forced marriage. In 2020-21 the AFP received 224 reports of modern slavery including 79 reports of forced marriage, 42 of sexual servitude, 35 of forced labour, 12 of trafficking in children and 15 of domestic servitude.


“It is really challenging to be able to meet all the individual thresholds [in the law] to put a really good quality brief of evidence for a prosecution [for slavery offences],” says detective superintendent Jayne Crossling, head of the AFP’s Victorian Human Exploitation team. She says one of the problems is that victims are vulnerable, often wary of law enforcement and unwilling to give evidence. Even though the victim agreed to give evidence in this case, the Kannans chose to plead not guilty. The defence argued that while the Kannans clearly mistreated the woman and broke the law, their conduct fell short of the crime of slavery.


The defence pointed to apparent anomalies, including the fact that the family referred to the woman as Ammachi, an affectionate term in Tamil for a grandmother, and that they would take her to Phillip Island each summer holiday where they would share a house with another family. They ­tendered family photos and videos of the woman accompanying the family on trips to Mornington Peninsula and to Sydney.


The prosecution also struggled with the fact that the uneducated and illiterate woman was a poor witness. Speaking through a translator, she frequently gave contradictory evidence about her ­circumstances and her treatment. She made and then retracted claims that at various times the front doors of the house were sealed to prevent her ­leaving the house. She gave confused testimony over her allegations of abuse, including inconsistent claims about how Mrs Kannan cut her hand with a knife and pushed her down the stairs. The woman also made the bizarre claim that she was forced to stay awake for 23 hours a day every day. “The tea, the boiling water, pushing down the stairs, stabbing or cutting, hitting her over the head with a frozen chicken, all of the ­allegations of mistreatment by Mrs Kannan that were the subject of evidence given by [the woman] are matters that in our submission, Your Honour, cannot find beyond reasonable doubt to have occurred,” defence counsel said.


At one stage Justice Champion pondered openly whether the language and cultural factors in this case undercut the woman’s ability to give clear ­evidence. “How should I evaluate her evidence in the prism of coming from a different ­culture?” he asked in court, wondering whether her claim to be awake for 23 hours a day was really just her way of saying she worked hard.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 8:53 p.m. No.14412787   🗄️.is 🔗kun





In the end, the prosecution also accepted that parts of her evidence were unreliable and it therefore did not rely on her claims of physical mistreatment to make its case. Instead it argued that it was the Kannans’ total control of all aspects of her life that created the condition of slavery. In April, a jury agreed, finding both the Kannans guilty as charged after a 10-week trial. The former slave, now 67, is currently living in care in ­Australia. Her identity remains suppressed.


Justice Champion said the Kannans had exploited “a massive power imbalance” between themselves and the woman, describing them as “compulsive liars and deceptive individuals” as he handed down his sentence of eight years’ jail for Mrs Kannan, now 53, and six years for her husband, 57, with a minimum term of four and three years respectively. The discrepancy between their sentences reflected the fact that Mrs Kannan was in charge of the household and was therefore more morally culpable. “[The woman’s] lack of education and the poverty-stricken circumstances starkly contrast against your own higher levels of education, continuing employment, financial position and apparent status you both enjoyed in your community,” the judge said. “You have grossly exploited a vulnerable ­person, of which you should be ashamed… you ­controlled almost all aspects of her life and her ­freedom [and] I am quite convinced that you both believe you have done nothing wrong.”


Justice Champion expressed astonishment that the woman was able to live in Australia for eight years “entirely outside the view” of institutions such as the health system and the Department of Immigration. As Crossling puts it, this was a case of someone “hiding in plain sight” from the rest of the country. She says the AFP is trying to lift awareness of all forms of modern slavery in Australia, including a public outreach campaign called “Look a Little Deeper” to educate people on how to recognise the signs of slavery.


“To understand the concept of slavery, we must rid ourselves of ingrained images of rows of men chained together… or men and women working in fields in bondage,” Justice Champion said. “Slavery can be much more subtle than that and may not involve physical restraint.”


Crossling says: “What this story has shown us is that the average member of the public really doesn’t know that this type of thing is ­happening in Australia. [Yet] we have every reason to think it is happening throughout Australia.”


Neighbour John wonders how he could ever have guessed that there was a slave living in his street. He says he talked it over afterwards with other neighbours and questioned whether they had missed a sign, a hint, a clue that something was amiss inside the Kannan home. “There was nothing that seemed particularly strange,” he says with a shrug. “I mean, how do you tell if someone is a psychopath?”

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 11:50 p.m. No.14413607   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>3620


Police overwhelm modest Sydney anti-lockdown protest


Josh Bavas and Kevin Nguyen - 21 August 2021


Police officers have extinguished an anti-lockdown demonstration in Sydney, where several people have been arrested while attempting to gather in the city centre.


Officers created a ring around the CBD ahead of a planned gathering spearheaded by anti-vaccine and anti-lockdown protesters.


It was supposed to start at Victoria Park, on Broadway, at midday.


Officers had been positioned on foot, horseback, bicycles and motorcycles since the morning.


Authorities also issued a prohibition on taxis, rideshares and other transport services from taking people to the city in response to a the unauthorised protest, which police said "seriously comprised the public's safety".


Roadblocks heading into the CBD were also established at main arteries, such as on the Warringah Freeway in North Sydney.


Despite the enormous law enforcement response, hundreds of demonstrators streamed into the city — many maskless and holding protest signs.


More than 1,000 police officers were deployed in central areas and began making arrests after splitting the crowd into smaller groups.


The ABC understands at least one police officer was injured.


After arrests, users inside encrypted messaging apps where the protests were being organised in real-time began to panic.


"Where are our leaders?!" one Sydney user wrote into the group.


"Where the f*ck are people who promised to lead it?"


One member of the channel said they were forced to turn around after running into the police blockade another called the event an "epic fail".


The Sydney protest lost momentum after one of its key organisers, Anthony Khallouf, was jailed yesterday for breaching public health orders.


Police said the Victorian man had travelled from Queensland to NSW without a reasonable excuse, in breach of COVID-19 public health orders.


Khallouf was yesterday sentenced to eight months prison, with a non-parole period of three months, after pleading guilty to four counts of not complying with a direction and one count each of encouraging the commission of a crime and making false representations resulting in a police investigation.


The 29-year-old was a key figure behind a July rally in Sydney that attracted thousands of anti-lockdown demonstrators.


He encouraged his thousands of followers on social media and on encrypted messaging apps to attend today's protest.


In Melbourne, however, anti-lockdown marches turned violent today after protesters lit flares and clashed with officers who used batons and pepper spray.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 20, 2021, 11:53 p.m. No.14413620   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>3886 >>4211 >>2339


Anti-lockdown protesters clash with police in Melbourne - 21 August 2021


Thousands of anti-lockdown protesters have clashed with police in Melbourne, as a demonstration in the city's CBD turned violent.


Demonstrators were seen breaking police lines near Parliament House in Spring Street.


Police made a number of arrests at the scene and used pepper spray on a number of people.


Earlier, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton urged people not to attend the protest.


"It is tagged as it is a 'freedom demonstration'. It's anything but," he said.


Many of the attendees were without masks as they marched through Melbourne CBD from Parliament to Flinders Street Station, with a heavy police presence lining the streets.


Some demonstrators blasted music and many yelled anti-lockdown slogans, while others held up placards alluding to unrelated conspiracy theories.


Flares were let off as the march unfolded.


A statewide lockdown came into force from 1:00pm in response to a growing cluster in Shepparton in the state's north-east and a rising number of mystery cases in Melbourne.


Chief Commissioner Patton said police had been unable to gauge how many people would attend the protest, as all communications had been via encrypted apps.


"I have over 700 police, on top of the police you're already seeing in the community, another 700 who are specifically tasked with this demonstration," he said.


Police in riot gear and mounted police joined uniformed officers.


Chief Commissioner Patton said five people had already been issued with infringements before the protest even started and warned all protesters who were apprehended would be given a $5,500 fine.


Anti-lockdown protests held in Sydney, Brisbane


Police have also arrested people attending a similar protest at Victoria Park in Sydney's inner-west.


There had been a heavy police presence around Sydney's CBD in anticipation of the demonstration.


More than 2,000 anti-lockdown protesters gathered in Brisbane's Botanic Gardens before a planned march through the city.


The event was largely peaceful, compared to the clashes in Sydney and Melbourne.


There were smaller gatherings in other cities such as Darwin.

Anonymous ID: ae1501 Aug. 21, 2021, 1:45 a.m. No.14413886   🗄️.is 🔗kun


How courageous are these Australian. I know there a a few good coppers but these assholes are part of the Cabal and going down.The Alliance is watching. Complicity. Boys, You are Done.

Anonymous ID: ae1501 Aug. 21, 2021, 1:48 a.m. No.14413895   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Absolute Bulls. Satanic at that. What are they going to tell their kids when they get home from work? What did you do at work today daddy, Just beat up a few innocent people who want to be free. Heroic Bulls, NOT

Anonymous ID: ae1501 Aug. 21, 2021, 1:53 a.m. No.14413911   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Graham Lyons does not think the COVID-19 pandemic is real. From day one most people knew. When SM (Can' t even say the pigs name) grunted the words "Lockdown" I knew the war had started

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 21, 2021, 3:14 a.m. No.14414104   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Australia in the US Tweet


Ambassador @A_Sinodinos & Embassy Defence personnel visited @LockheedMartin's Huntsville, Alabama facility yesterday. They had productive discussions on space & Lockheed's plans to support Australia’s sovereign guided weapons establishment. #USwithAus

Anonymous ID: 968937 Aug. 21, 2021, 3:41 a.m. No.14414211   🗄️.is 🔗kun


More heroic "Police" And what do you do for a job Daddy, I beat up people that want their freedom. Fascists. don't get me wrong, there are good police, but these guys will be in a Nuremberg Trial 2

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 21, 2021, 4:44 a.m. No.14414434   🗄️.is 🔗kun



MAJOR INVESTIGATION: Targeting Australia’s largest neo-Nazi group


60 Minutes Australia


Aug 15, 2021


A joint investigation by 60 MINUTES, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald to infiltrate and expose a toxic and rotting world of hate. Reporter Nick McKenzie has been working on this clandestine operation for the past eight months. The threat is so significant Australia’s top spy, the director-general of ASIO has agreed to his first major television interview. “This is of grave concern to ASIO, and should be of grave concern to all Australians,” Mike Burgess tells McKenzie.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 21, 2021, 6:31 p.m. No.14421203   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>4139 >>3331



More than 300 people evacuated from Kabul airport on four RAAF flights




More than 300 people have been evacuated from Kabul Airport overnight by Australians, as Scott Morrison calls on Australians and visa holders to continue heading to the airport.


At least four Australian flights ran in and out of Afghanistan on Saturday night to rescue Australian citizens, Afghans with visas, and people from the United States, Britain and New Zealand.


As Americans are told by the Biden Administration to stay where they are due to the dangerous situation in Kabul, the Prime Minister said his government was still calling on people to get through the airport.


“We will continue to run those flights, working together with our partners and our allies. We are uplifting not just Australians and Afghan visa holders for Australia, but those from the United Kingdom, the United States and New Zealand,” he told ABC News.


“So as best as we can communicate in what is a very chaotic environment, with comms under constant pressure and very chaotic scenes outside the airport, then we continue to make that communication (to get to the airport) and get as many people through as we possibly can in the time we have available, as safely as we can.”


Mr Morrison refused on Sunday to say whether he agreed or disagreed with the US decision to withdraw, and if he had communicated any concerns to Mr Biden or his predecessor Donald Trump.


But Mr Morrison did say the Australian presence in Afghanistan was conditional on the US, and questioned how long Australian and American troops would have had to stay to maintain the now-fallen Afghan government.


“At the end of the day as the Taliban forces rolled in, it was very clear that that state was not able to defend itself and the question there goes: How long do the coalition forces remain in a place where you’ve sought to make it a success over 20 years? How many American, Australian and other lives are going to be committed to that end?” he told ABC News.


“Australia, the United States, so many of us, we have many interests around the world and we have to keep Australians safe as well, and that’s what we’ve been working to do.”


US warns Americans in Kabul: don’t go to the airport


Meanwhile, the US embassy in Kabul has told American citizens desperate to get out of Afghanistan not to go to the airport because of “potential security threats,” as senior Taliban leaders including feared militant met for talks over a new government.


“We are advising US citizens to avoid traveling to the airport and to avoid airport gates at this time unless you receive individual instructions from a US government representative to do so,”the embassy said in a statement on its website.


The advice was issued “because of potential security threats,” the statement said although it didn’t elaborate on what those threats were. “We will contact registered U.S. citizens as the security situation changes to provide further instructions.”


The statement came as a representative from the Haqqani network, the country’s most feared militants, joined the Taliban’s top leaders in Kabul for talks on establishing a new “inclusive” government in Kabul.


Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar arrived in Kabul on Saturday for talks on establishing a new “inclusive” government in Afghanistan.


Other senior Taliban leaders seen in the capital in recent days include Khalil Haqqani — one of America’s most wanted terrorists with a $5 million bounty on his head.


Pro-Taliban social media feeds showed Haqqani meeting Gulbuddin Hekmatyar — a former bitter rival during the brutal civil war of the early 1990s, but still influential in Afghan politics.


Haqqani, the uncle of Taliban deputy leader Sirajuddin Haqqani is a leading figure in the Haqqani network, one of the most powerful groups behind the Taliban’s rise to power. On Friday he was seen leading prayers at a mosque in Kabul; he is seen as integral in the Islamists’ moves to set up a government.


Another key leader of the so-called Haqqani network - Anas Haqqani - was also in the capital and had met former president Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah, who led the overall peace process for the previous administration.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 21, 2021, 7:42 p.m. No.14422510   🗄️.is 🔗kun


Australia's PM Morrison defends lockdown strategy until majority vaccinated


Lidia Kelly - August 22, 2021


MELBOURNE, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday defended the country's lockdown strategy to combat coronavirus outbreaks until at least 70% of population is fully vaccinated.


On Saturday, Australian police arrested hundreds of people during anti-lockdown demonstrations in Sydney and Melbourne, capitals of the country's two most populous states, New South Wales and Victoria, that are under a strict lockdown.


The federal government announced late last month a plan that envisaged lockdowns as a key strategy to quell outbreaks until 70% percent of population gets vaccinated and a gradual re-opening of Australia's borders when that number reaches 80%.


"You can't live with lockdowns forever and at some point you need to make that gear change and that is done at 70%," Morrison said in a television interview on the Australian Broadcasting Corp.


Victoria, in its sixth lockdown since the start of the pandemic, on Sunday recorded 65 locally acquired cases. On Saturday Australia saw its worst number of COVID-19 infections ever, with NSW and Victoria battling a growing outbreak of the highly transmissible Delta variant.


Only about 30% of people aged over 16 have been fully vaccinated so far, according to health ministry data released on Saturday, mainly due to scarce supply of Pfizer shots and public unease about the AstraZeneca vaccine.


The pace has picked up recently, as supplies increase and the Delta outbreak continues to spread. A Newspoll conducted for The Australian newspaper earlier this month suggests that 11% of Australians said they will flatly refuse to get vaccinated.


Despite a third wave of infections from the Delta variant, Australia's COVID-19 numbers are relatively low, with just over 43,000 cases and 978 deaths.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 21, 2021, 7:45 p.m. No.14422559   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Cop who killed US Capitol rioter cleared


Brian Niemietz - 21 August 2021


The Capitol Hill police officer who fatally shot pro-Trump extremist Ashli Babbitt while defending the US Capitol on January 6 has been cleared.


Citing a police memo, NBC News reports the unidentified officer was fully exonerated by an internal investigation, months after the Justice Department said in April it would not press charges.


Video shows Babbitt, wearing a Donald Trump flag as a cape, attempting to crash through the broken window of a door where elected officials were being led away from a far right mob attempting to stop the certification of the 2020 election.


"As members of the mob continued to strike the glass doors, Ms. Babbitt attempted to climb through one of the doors where glass was broken out," the Department of Justice (DOJ) reported.


"An officer inside the Speaker's Lobby fired one round from his service pistol, striking Ms. Babbitt in the left shoulder, causing her to fall back from the doorway and onto the floor."


Thousands of protesters had gathered on Capitol Hill, many calling for the capture or execution of Vice President Mike Pence, whom they thought could stop Joe Biden from becoming the 46th president.


Babbitt was an Air Force veteran who had become a supporter of the cultish QAnon conspiracy collective that believes Trump will be reinstated as president, despite having lost the election by more than 7 million votes.


The uprising at the Capitol began with a "Stop the Steal" rally, where Trump further pushed false claims of election fraud.


Babbitt's death has become a rallying cry for far-right extremists who have come to see her as a martyr and demand the name of the officer responsible for shooting her. Trump, who campaigned as a "law and order" candidate, indicated last month that officer should be singled out.


"Who shot Ashli Babbitt?" Trump asked.


"People want to know and why."


The 35-year-old San Diego woman's husband filed a lawsuit requesting the identity of the cop who killed Babbitt.


A lawyer representing the officer called his client's actions "nothing short of heroic".


Arizona Republican Representative Paul Gosar has referred to the shooting as an execution.

Anonymous ID: e755d0 Aug. 22, 2021, 10:32 a.m. No.14427271   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Hang in there Aussies.


Maybe take some hints from our brothers in HK

Anonymous ID: 3f28de Aug. 22, 2021, 9:54 p.m. No.14433434   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>3462

The three states with the most lockdowns all have Prem's that are in bed with CHY-NA !!!

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 22, 2021, 11:26 p.m. No.14433814   🗄️.is 🔗kun

US gives Australia a cold shoulder on vaccines




The US has not given the Morrison government any vaccines throughout the course of the coronavirus pandemic, as tension points between the Biden White House and Canberra build.


Despite President Joe Biden promising to give Covid-19 vaccine doses to needy nations, the Health Department this weekend confirmed Australia had neither bought or received any shots from the US.


The vaccine confirmation comes weeks after The Australian revealed Scott Morrison’s government made as-yet-unanswered requests to the Biden administration for extra Pfizer doses, despite substantial support from US congress leaders.


The Morrison government was attacked last week by the US’s deputy envoy on climate change over its emission reductions policies, and the Prime Minister is yet to speak to Mr Biden about the Afghanistan withdrawal.


Foreign policy experts are warning the Australia cannot expect the US to be the same ally it has been in previous years and must become more self-reliant.


ANU defence and strategic studies analyst Hugh White said on Sunday Mr Biden was “unsentimental” about Australia and Washington was not prepared to help Mr Morrison on vaccines over developing countries.


“The Biden administration, like the Trump administration before it, is demonstrating that it is wholly unsentimental about Australia … We think we’re their little mates, but US policy ­towards Australia has always been determined by how much we help their strategic interests,” Professor White said.


“Biden’s pandemic policy has been pretty coherent in that he wants to send vaccines to developing countries with high Covid-19 rates. Washington is not interested in doing Morrison a political favour because he screwed up early acquisition of jabs.”


Mr Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal has been criticised by four former PMs – Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull, Kevin Rudd and John Howard – and there are concerns about the US’s ­reliability in the Asia-Pacific.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 23, 2021, 12:13 a.m. No.14433953   🗄️.is 🔗kun


Australia PM says pandemic focus must shift to reopening


Renju Jose - AUGUST 23, 2021


SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia must start to learn to live with COVID-19 when higher vaccination targets are reached, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, despite concerns in some states about the impact of a surge in cases in Sydney.


With over half of all Australians stuck in weeks-long lockdowns to curb the highly infectious Delta strain, Morrison said the country had to move forward and start reducing restrictions as more people became vaccinated.


“(Lockdowns) cannot go on forever. This is not a sustainable way to live in this country,” he said during a televised media conference in Canberra.


“Because if not at 70% and 80% (vaccination rates), then when? Then when? We must make that move and we must prepare to make that move and we must prepare the country to make that move.”


Morrison’s comments come after differences have emerged between states that want to maintain a focus on suppressing the virus and the largest state of New South Wales, which is seeking a path out of lockdowns through vaccinations following a large Delta outbreak.


The federal government last month unveiled a four-stage plan to relax restrictions once 70% of its 25 million people aged over 16 are vaccinated, with stringent lockdowns “unlikely” to be required.


When vaccination coverage reaches 80% only “highly targeted lockdowns” would be necessary and vaccinated Australians would be free to travel interstate.


Western Australia and Queensland states, which are largely coronavirus-free, have flagged they may still maintain some restrictions even when vaccination targets are reached.


They say the national plan, which was agreed before the NSW outbreak, was based on having only small outbreaks present in the community.


On Monday, NSW reported 818 cases, most of them in Sydney, slightly down from the record 830 a day earlier.


NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged people to focus less on cases and more on the immunisation rollout.


“Once you get to 80% double dose, every state will have to live with COVID. You cannot keep Delta out forever,” she said.


In Victoria, home to Melbourne, 71 new cases were detected with 55 having spent time in the community while infectious, which state Premier Daniel Andrews said could derail plans to exit lockdown on Sept. 2.


While Australia has managed the pandemic better than many other developed countries, a slow vaccine rollout has taken the gloss off its early success.


Nationally, 30% of people above 16 are fully vaccinated, while 52% have had a least one dose. Vaccinations are running at a record pace but the target of 80% fully vaccinated will not be reached until December at the current rate.


Australia has reported just over 44,600 cases in total. There have been 984 deaths, although the death rate has declined since last year.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 23, 2021, 12:31 a.m. No.14433988   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>3990

Why QAnon followers are like opioid addicts, and why that matters


Recognizing the similarities is helpful in both accurately diagnosing the QAnon phenomenon and trying to treat it.


Sophia Moskalenko and Mia Bloom, co-authors, "Pastels and Pedophiles: Inside the Mind of QAnon," - Aug. 22, 2021




A few years ago, QAnon had an obscure internet following organized around a baseless conspiracy theory. It has now become ubiquitous, with regular and disturbing news stories reminding us of its reach.


Last week, we learned of a QAnon-related data leak of Colorado voting machine logins. The week before, people around the country struggled to comprehend a gruesome homicide allegedly committed by a QAnon-following father who, according to authorities, told the FBI he killed his two small children because he believed they’d inherited from their mother lizard DNA that would turn them into monsters. Last spring, a mother admitted to killing her three children, saying she wanted to protect them from becoming victims of a sadistic cabal of pedophiles whose existence is widely believed among QAnon adherents.


Why would such outlandish conspiracy theories hold sway over these parents and others around the country? One way to comprehend the incomprehensible is to recognize the parallels between QAnon and addictive drugs like opioids — which are also manipulated by malicious actors to trap vulnerable people in increasingly unhealthy spirals that ultimately result in the destruction of families and even death. Recognizing these similarities is helpful in both accurately diagnosing the QAnon phenomenon and trying to treat it.


For starters, QAnon, like the painkiller abuse epidemic driven by the drug oxycodone, engulfs people who are most vulnerable to its content. An overwhelming proportion of QAnon followers arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection, for instance, have mental health problems, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a University of Maryland analysis. If you believe the world is out to get you, you are probably more likely to embrace QAnon narratives that explain exactly how the world is out to get you.


Their psychological pain may make these people especially vulnerable to QAnon’s content, which often speaks to fears, anxieties and anger. People who worry about contamination, for example, are probably more susceptible to lies about the Covid-19 vaccine carrying a contaminating agent that makes their children gay or transgender.


It is also likely that prolonged exposure to QAnon content exacerbates or even triggers mental illness, as watching video after video about horrific devastation can have a detrimental effect on anyone’s mental health. This then increases the appeal of the remedies QAnon prescribes, such as refusing Covid vaccines, protesting mask mandates or even storming the Capitol in Washington. Though to be sure, most people with mental health problems do not believe in QAnon conspiracy theories, just as a sizable proportion of QAnon followers are not mentally ill.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 23, 2021, 12:32 a.m. No.14433990   🗄️.is 🔗kun





Moreover, the internet platforms through which most QAnon followers consume content are deliberately structured to sustain user engagement and foster a kind of addiction. In fact, these online QAnon experiences seem to engage the same brain structures responsible for addiction, as solving the “puzzles” revealed by conspiracy theories may prompt pleasure-driving dopamine hits.


After mainstream platforms booted many QAnon followers, other even more addictive platforms filled the void. These channels are echo chambers, so hooked people only see information that confirms what they already believe, pulling them further down the proverbial rabbit hole of conspiracy theories.


Crucially, just like drug hits, QAnon offers a quick “fix” for feelings of loneliness, fear and anger that those in pain want to alleviate. Individuals who seek out online communities often do so because they feel isolated and lonely. It’s no surprise that QAnon’s following grew immensely during Covid-19 lockdowns, when people were limited to socializing online, and QAnon chatrooms in particular offered a chance to vent frustration and outrage. Yet research shows the more time people spend on social media, the more isolated and lonely they feel, repeating an endless loop of trying — and failing — to fulfill social needs.


Because, like a drug of addiction, QAnon content doesn’t actually take the underlying pain away, bigger “highs” are needed to distract from the root causes of despair. Consumers of QAnon content thus experience cravings­­ for new and exciting conspiracies, such as former President Donald Trump’s prophesied return to the White House.


QAnon shares one last parallel with addictive drugs: There is a small but powerful group of individuals who benefit financially and politically from amplifying, spreading and legitimizing QAnon’s conspiracy theories. In the case of drugs, there are also powerful groups with vested interests — the major pharmaceutical companies that presided over a crushing opioid epidemic among some of the very same communities addicted to QAnon now and dealers pushing illicit drugs on the streets.


It is crucial that we curb QAnon’s damage before it reaches the staggering proportions of the opioid drug crisis, and to do so we need a variety of tools to attack the infodemic. These include increased transparency and responsibility from social media platforms, access to mental health assessment and treatment for vulnerable individuals, and critical thinking and media literacy education in our schools.


While it’s easy to see QAnon followers as crazy or evil, the example of the opioid epidemic offers a broader perspective that indicates pain, vulnerability and powerlessness are part of what brought them to their way of thinking. The best approach to help people out of QAnon is to do so with kindness and empathy. As with opioid users, QAnon followers are suffering and in some ways may feel powerless to their addiction.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 23, 2021, 12:56 a.m. No.14434031   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>4035


Shameful Afghanistan retreat has shaken my faith in America


Alexander Downer - Aug 22, 2021




It’s said the Taliban used to say to the Americans: “You’ve got the watches, we have the time.” I thought about that watching President Joe Biden’s press conference last Monday when he defiantly justified his decision to pull all American troops out of Afghanistan.


It followed harrowing pictures of desperate Afghans clinging to a US Air Force C17 as it spirited the lucky few to a faraway airbase. Those scenes will be forever with us, along with the helicopter leaving the American embassy in Saigon on April 30, 1975.


These were terrible events: moments of great humiliation and defeat for a great nation which has been the bastion of liberalism and freedom throughout modern history.


America recovered from Vietnam and went on to win the Cold War. But this time we must ask ourselves whether Afghanistan is the bookend of a great and inspiring story going back at least to World War II.


Since 1941, Americans have led the world through turbulent and dangerous times, driven by a passionate belief in their core values of freedom, democracy and the civil liberties of every man and woman. They have shown generosity, patience and resilience.


America has vanquished one evil regime after another in the cause of freedom and democracy. They destroyed the Nazis, they defeated Hideki Tojo’s Japan, they saved South Korea, and they broke the Soviet Union. It is a remarkable record, and to do this they have shown – and I repeat the phrase – patience and resilience.


But now there is an awful question hanging over America. Has it lost its unifying national values, which were the foundation of its very existence, and has it lost it will to lead the world? I passionately hope not, but I fear they may have.


Once we looked to America for inspiration. Today we look upon the internal politics of America with despair. The country has salami-sliced itself into warring racial, gender and sexual groups, and partisan politics has made America as fissiparous as it has been at any time since 1865.


America has gone from being the beacon of freedom, democracy and opportunity to a country which doubts the legitimacy of its own history and throws up leaders who are minnows when compared with the inspirational leadership of Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Reagan.


Just think of the great Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who ended American isolationism to free the world from dictatorship. Just think of Harry Truman, who shaped America’s postwar alliances and saved South Korea; just think of Dwight Eisenhower who built on Truman’s achievements and consolidated America’s leadership through the Cold War; and then think of the great Ronald Reagan who destroyed the evil empire and made Mr Gorbachev tear down that wall.


And now America presents us with Joe Biden, the successor to the erratic and uninformed Donald Trump.


The decision initially made by Trump but implemented by Biden to leave Afghanistan without a serious negotiated political settlement has sent two messages to the world about the new America. America has no patience and resilience, which was such a feature of its earlier global leadership.


Leaving just 3000 troops in Afghanistan and air power would have been crucial to the morale and cohesion of Afghanistan’s army and government. And secondly, we are entitled to doubt the determination of an American administration to support its allies through thick and thin. Once it did, but would they now? I don’t know.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 23, 2021, 12:58 a.m. No.14434035   🗄️.is 🔗kun





The American political class these days has been consumed with the idea the US should end the so-called never-ending wars. Yet America has been prepared to leave 30,000 troops on the Korean peninsula and 50,000 in Japan to underwrite the stability of the Indo-Pacific region. But can we be sure that Biden won’t withdraw if circumstances change?


Let us think about the issues the world needs to confront. The rise of China needs to be balanced by America and its allies.


So far, the Americans have shown a strong commitment to the Indo-Pacific region. But what would happen if China attacked Taiwan? What would Biden do in such tragic circumstances? Would he be prepared to save Taiwan with American forces? I don’t know.


I do know that Biden abandoned the government and people of Afghanistan because it suited his domestic political agenda. He didn’t try to change public opinion, to educate them about geopolitics and America’s role in the world. He just went with the opinion polls. Would he do the same elsewhere? We don’t know.


Dictators no longer fear the US


With Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, and Reagan, you never had to ask. Even Barack Obama, for all his failings over Syria, sent troops back to Iraq once Islamic State established itself there, and kept his commitment to Afghanistan. As his vice-president, Biden opposed that mission.


And that’s the problem. Where once dictators, the intolerant, grotesque human rights abusers and other evildoers lived in fear of America, Joe Biden has taken away that fear. He has sent a very different message.


He’s sent a message that America has other things to think about at home and isn’t so fussed any longer about what happens in the rest of the world. Oh yes, I remember the phrase: America first!


So where does all this leave Australia? We need our alliance with America and we should remain unshakable in our commitment to it. We should double down in supporting America’s continuing role.


But now we must accept that America has changed and the types of leaders it is throwing up are very different from the ones we knew so well in the past.


We’ll have to be prepared to build our own coalitions and alliances, and it’s a good thing we’ve made a start. We negotiated a security treaty with the Indonesians in 2006 and we are now an active member of the diplomatic architecture of the Indo-Pacific. We also have our own very capable defence force.


Last weekend was one of the saddest weekends I’ve experienced in my adult life. For me, who has been so inspired by America, so reassured by America’s values and the many good people who have governed that country, the shameful withdrawal from Afghanistan and the manner of that withdrawal has left my faith badly shaken.


Alexander Downer was Australia's longest serving foreign minister, from 1996 to 2007, and most recently Australian High Commissioner to the UK.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 23, 2021, 1:10 a.m. No.14434058   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Rogue crossbencher Craig Kelly to run with Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party at the next election




Rogue crossbench MP Craig Kelly will run as billionaire Clive Palmer’s lead candidate at the next election, promising to push an “alternative narrative” about lockdowns and lead the charge in all 150 federal seats.


Mr Kelly – who left the Liberal Party in February over his support for unorthodox coronavirus treatments like ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine – will stay on to fight his NSW seat of Hughes under Mr Palmer’s United Australia Party banner.


But in a major shake-up, Mr Kelly will become leader of the UAP and Mr Palmer will act in a behind-the-scenes role as party chairman, as the billionaire promises to fight both Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese over lockdowns and Covid-19 vaccinations.


Mr Kelly said on Monday that he will lead the UAP into the next election and run candidates in all 150 seats, and Mr Palmer will not run himself.


“With endless authoritarian lockdowns … I no longer recognise the country grew up in,” Mr Kelly said in a statement.


“And this is all happening on my watch. Someone must lead a fightback. I have therefore decided to accept the offer, to lead the United Australia Party into the next election.


“The United Australia Party will be fighting to end the lockdowns and offer an alternate approach to the current mayhem and destruction that the Labor and Liberal parties have jointly created.”


Mr Kelly told The Australian before his announcement that the UAP campaign will be “very well-financed”, and Mr Palmer will act as the UAP’s party chairman.


With Mr Kelly now representing the UAP in parliament, the Palmer-backed outfit will now be free to run any candidates without having to meet strict new membership numbers set out in new Morrison government electoral reform laws now in front of the House and senate.


The Hughes MP had to have his preselection secured by both the Prime Minister and Malcolm Turnbull in previous preselections, but ultimately abandoned the government over its refusal to support unsupported treatments for Covid-19.


The Australian revealed Mr Kelly and Mr Palmer were in talks to join forces last May after the billionaire was seen walking the halls of parliament with the Hughes MP, and Mr Palmer said he stood ready to bankroll his campaign to keep his seat.


The Queensland tycoon has promised legal action against any federal policies which further push Covid-19 vaccinations and he failed in a High Court bid to bring down Western Australia’s hard Covid-19 border.


Mr Palmer is readying to repeat his advertising blitz against Labor in the 2019 election, credited with damaging Bill Shorten’s hopes of winning power, with a cashed-up campaign against both major parties.


Multiple sources have told The Australian Mr Palmer intended to specifically target Mr Dutton, who played a key role in overhauling the LNP’s hierarchy at the weekend’s LNP state convention.


Close ties between Mr Palmer and former high-ranking members of the LNP’s organisational wing were at the centre of internal debate ahead of the purge led by Mr Dutton and state Opposition Leader David Crisafulli.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 23, 2021, 1:47 a.m. No.14434139   🗄️.is 🔗kun


ADF supports Afghanistan evacuees


Department of Defence Australia


Aug 23, 2021


The Australian Defence Force, together with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade established a temporary camp at Australia's main operating base in the Middle East to provide shelter and support to Australian citizens and approved foreign nationals evacuated from the Afghan capital of Kabul. The evacuees were housed prior to their transportation to Australia.

Anonymous ID: fb5547 Aug. 23, 2021, 10:37 a.m. No.14437099   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Prime Minister Scott Morrison's sudden attitude change toward lockdowns.


"(Lockdowns) can't last forever."

"That is our goal - to live with this virus, not to live in fear of it."


Scott Morrison challenges state leaders over ending COVID-19 lockdowns | SBS News


Scott Morrison persists with national reopening plan | Coronavirus | 9 News Australia


Prime Minister Scott Morrison says COVID lockdowns can't last forever | 7NEWS


And TY Aus Baker!


Anonymous ID: e62c7d Aug. 23, 2021, 10:27 p.m. No.14442947   🗄️.is 🔗kun



What is the deal here? There are only about 10 UID's in this bread. Your country is falling. Where the fuck is everyone???


I normally don't call for violence but you must attack these brutal police forces with every prejudice you can muster. You are being SET UP to be a Chinese territory my brothers.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 23, 2021, 10:37 p.m. No.14442992   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>2999 >>2518

How Murdoch’s Fox News allowed Trump's propaganda to destabilise democracy | Four Corners


ABC News In-depth


Aug 23, 2021


How Fox News promoted Donald Trump’s propaganda and helped destabilise democracy in the United States of America: the first of our two-part special on Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News.


Fox News is the brash cable TV network that has dominated both the ratings and the headlines in America, delivering revenue and power to the Murdoch family empire.


For decades its catch cry was “fair and balanced.” Then along came Donald Trump.


Four Corners investigates how Fox News went from a conservative voice to a 'propaganda organ' for Donald Trump that some former reporters say they're 'ashamed' to be associated with.


Read more:

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 23, 2021, 10:39 p.m. No.14442999   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>3003


The ABC’s big lie and the madness of Four Corners






The ABC has used its flagship current affairs program to run a conspiracy-laden and error-ridden “expose” into Fox News, blaming Rupert Murdoch for Donald Trump’s refusal to accept electoral defeat, ignoring News Corporation’s prominent role in demanding the former president hand over to Joe Biden.


The two-part Four Corners series and accompanying reports on radio and online includes interviews with several disgruntled former employees of Fox News in an attempt to smear the Murdoch-controlled broadcaster with the baseless claim it had a “role in amplifying Trump’s lies that the election was stolen from him”.


ABC journalist Sarah Ferguson, on assignment in the US since late last year, anchored Monday night’s episode, titled The Big Lie — but the program was more notable for its glaring omissions than any groundbreaking revelations. In the second episode, Four Corners will try to link Fox News with the insurrection at the Capitol by Mr Trump’s supporters on January 6.


Despite being immediately sacked by the Murdoch family after being exposed as a serial sexual predator, Fox News’s founding chief executive Roger Ailes — a lifelong conservative Republican — was bizarrely praised by the ABC as a voice of moderation. The program attempted to make the case that Fox News was more moderate under the notoriously hardline Ailes, who was forced out of the network in 2016.


Four Corners also made much of Fox News host Sean Hannity’s impromptu appearance with Mr Trump at a political rally in 2018, but failed to note that the network censured the on-air star for his decision to appear onstage with the president.


The ABC argued that Fox and Mr Trump were on a unity ticket but failed to mention the 400-plus tweets by the then president in which he heavily criticised Fox News’s coverage of the November election, including attacking the network’s marquee presenter Chris Wallace for his tough questions during the presidential debates.


Despite its thesis, the ABC showed how Fox News was the first major broadcaster to call the crucial state of Arizona for Mr Biden, a decision that enraged Mr Trump. The broadcaster’s political editor at the time, Chris Stirewalt, told Four Corners that while there was anger in the Trump camp, there had been no pressure from the company for him to overturn that call. “I received no instruction to reverse the call,” Stirewalt said.


The ABC’s contention that Fox News set the scene for the January 6 riot ignores the high-profile Fox News presenters who repeatedly blasted Mr Trump’s claims of election fraud. The ABC also does not acknowledge the role of Mr Murdoch’s other US media outlets, such as The Wall Street Journal and its critical coverage of the “inexcusable” behaviour of Mr Trump or The New York Post’s front page demanding the defeated president “Stop The Insanity” and move on from the White House.


Instead, the national broadcaster declared the program would expose Fox News for its “slavish support of Trump” and make the unfounded claim it “split the Murdoch family and spoiled Rupert Murdoch’s succession plans”. In doing so it ignored the plethora of evidence showing the network catered for a range of opinions on Mr Trump, from harsh critics to those more supportive.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 23, 2021, 10:40 p.m. No.14443003   🗄️.is 🔗kun





For example, after the January 6 riots, top-rating broadcaster Tucker Carlson said Mr Trump had “recklessly encouraged” the insurrection. The ABC also ignored evidence that a social media and Facebook-inspired frenzy had driven many rioters to the Capitol. Despite this, the ABC program accused Fox News of helping to “destabilise democracy” and put “US democracy in peril”.


“Fox News didn’t send the mob, but its worst outrage generators certainly fed their anger,” Ferguson reported on Monday.


The ABC spoke to former Fox News anchors, including Gretchen Carlson and Carl Cameron, all of whom had left the network before the 2020 presidential election and the public falling out between Mr Trump and Fox News. “The use of five former deeply disgruntled employees, only one of whom was part of the company during our coverage of the 2020 US presidential election and its aftermath, single-handedly discredits all credibility of the program,” a Fox spokeswoman said.


In a statement to The Australian, (published by Mr Murdoch’s News Corp), Fox News said the taxpayer-funded program “clearly violated the basic tenets of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s published standards by exhibiting bias and a failure to maintain any level of impartiality in the presentation of news and information”.


In the second of the two-part Four Corners report next Monday, the ABC attempts to link Fox News directly to the January 6 riots and claims this hurt democracy.


Mr Biden was sworn in as President without incident weeks later in a perfect display of US democracy at work.


The handover was handled by Fox broadcasters as expected. And Mr Trump’s claims of electoral fraud condemned. On one occasion, Fox News anchor Bret Baier told Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel in the days after the election: “We are not seeing any evidence of widespread fraud … we just haven’t seen it. You know, it hasn’t been presented. There’s all kinds of stuff flying on the internet. But when we look into it, it doesn’t pan out.”


Similarly, Fox News host Tucker Carlson called out Mr Trump’s lawyer Sidney Powell for making claims about electronic vote-switching with no evidence to back it up.


“She never sent us any evidence, despite a lot of requests, polite requests, not a page. When we kept pressing, she got angry and told us to stop contacting her,” he said on his program.


Another Fox News anchor, Eric Shawn, scrutinised virtually every election fraud conspiracy spread by the former president’s supporters.


“Election officials across the country insist, as of today, there is no evidence of any widespread fraud affecting the outcome the presidential election, that our precious democracy was not tampered with and that such baseless and false claims are an insult to the thousands of election officials and workers across the country who we have seen dedicating themselves 24/7 to ensure a fair and free election for all of us,” he said.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 23, 2021, 11:06 p.m. No.14443100   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Lin Wood Telegram Post


Keep a close eye on events in Australia. The enemy plans to bring those events to a city near you in the foreseeable future.


But while you should keep alert and look around at events in other parts of the world, STAY FOCUSED on demanding and obtaining full forensic audits of the 2020 election in every state!!!

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 23, 2021, 11:24 p.m. No.14443157   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>3159

Scott Morrison’s blast for slow states as vaccine rates lag






Low vaccination rates in Queensland and Western Australia threaten to delay the easing of Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns as Scott Morrison says Australia must adjust its mindset to living with the virus.


The Prime Minister on Monday stared down state leaders wavering on the four-phase ­reopening strategy agreed by ­national cabinet, warning that Australians would remain stuck “in the cave forever” if the plan to progressively ease restrictions at 70 per cent and 80 per cent full vaccination rates was abandoned.


With Queensland and WA ­indicating they may not stick to the plan because of high case numbers in NSW and a growing outbreak in Victoria, Mr Morrison said: “If not at 70 per cent and 80 per cent, then when? We must make that move and we must prepare to make that move and we must prepare the country to make that move.


“We have to break this cycle. The national plan is the way to cut through and for us to emerge from that. This groundhog day has to end, and it will end when we start getting to 70 per cent and 80 per cent.”


The Prime Minister’s intervention came as S&P Global Ratings said states and territories would put their credit ratings at risk if they failed to end lockdowns once 80 per cent vaccine coverage was achieved and business leaders called on WA and Queensland to ramp up their vaccination rates.


WA and Queensland continue to lag behind other states. NSW has delivered more than 59 per cent of first doses, but WA and Queensland are sitting at about 46 per cent.


On current vaccination projections, NSW will meet its 70 per cent double jab target around ­October 29 and 80 per cent around ­November 16, while Victoria will reach the 70 per cent full vaccination threshold around November 3 and 80 per cent around November 21.


However, Queensland is not expected to reach a 70 per cent full vaccination rate until about ­December 4 and 80 per cent around December 28, while WA is not projected to reach 70 per cent until around November 11 and 80 per cent around November 29.


The slower vaccination rates in holdout states will delay the whole country as thresholds are linked to national vaccination rates and could lead to borders being closed longer.


Under the four-step strategy, lockdowns and restrictions will be eased when the country moves to phases two and three after state and national averages reach 70 and 80 per cent of double doses. Queensland at the weekend threatened to walk away from the national plan, arguing it had signed the agreement before infections in NSW reached the current levels of more than 800 a day. Federal officials insist more cases will not radically alter virus caseloads once states open up.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 23, 2021, 11:25 p.m. No.14443159   🗄️.is 🔗kun





Ahead of a national cabinet meeting on Friday that will consider higher Covid-19 caseloads in the Doherty Institute’s updated analysis, which underpins the reopening plan, Mr Morrison said states must commit to “living with this virus”.


“We must adjust our mindset,” he said. “Cases will not be the issue once we get above 70 per cent. Dealing with serious illness, hospitalisation, ICU capabilities, our ability to respond in those circumstances – that will be our goal. And we will live with this virus as we live with other infectious diseases.”


Mr Morrison, who spoke with Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce on Monday after the airline ­announced it would mandate vaccines for workers and offer incentives for vaccinated Australians, faces increasing internal pressure to pushback against states and territories undermining the national reopening plan.


But WA Premier Mark McGowan fired back at Mr Morrison and argued the national cabinet had agreed that targeted lockdowns would remain even at 80 per cent vaccination rates.


“Just because the NSW government has made a mess of it doesn’t mean the rest of us should suffer,” he said. “My view is we should do everything we can to stay in the state we are currently in, and at the same time vaccinate like hell.”


The federal government has shifted to a combination of vaccines, targeted lockdowns, testing, tracing and treatments to help move Australia out of the suppression phase.


Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said she feared jabs could go to waste unless more people joined the state’s vaccination waitlist. Only 79,599 people were in the jab queue as of Monday, compared with 112,000 people vaccinated last week.


A senior Queensland government source said no consideration would be given to removing border restrictions with NSW until the infection rate fell below 1 and case numbers fell to the “early hundreds”.


Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox warned that the nation could not wait for the “last person in the last state” to be vaccinated.


“I’m confident that the slower-to-vaccinate states will soon see that the cost of isolation is much higher than the cost of striving for the future, obviously unrealistic dream of maintaining Covid zero,” Mr Willox said. “If not, those states will be left behind economically and socially and they will make our national Covid recovery harder to achieve.”


Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Andrew McKellar said vaccinations must be the primary tool to control Covid-19. Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott urged state leaders to stick with the Doherty plan.


NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said when NSW reached 70 and 80 per cent double dose coverage, residents would be able to “live more freely”.


Victorian Premier Daniel ­Andrews said while he was ­“highly unlikely” to impose a statewide lockdown on Victorians once 80 per cent were vaccinated, he could not rule it out.


As Europe, the US, Singapore, Israel and others shift their focus to lowering hospitalisation and death rates, Mr Morrison said lockdowns were “taking an ­extremely heavy toll both on the mental and physical health of Australians and on the economic success of Australia”.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 24, 2021, 12:21 a.m. No.14443331   🗄️.is 🔗kun


RAAF flights ferry another 650 out of Afghanistan in mass Kabul airlift as Taliban's 'red line' for withdrawal approaches


Jake Evans - 24 August 2021


Another 650 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan overnight as part of Australia's rescue operation, as the Taliban threatens the window to get people out is closing.


Prime Minister Scott Morrison said four RAAF flights and one New Zealand Air Force flight managed to land at Kabul Airport and rescue hundreds more people in recent hours.


Mr Morrison said it was the biggest night of Australia's operation so far.


"The people who are doing this job on the ground … they are real heroes, compassionate heroes," Mr Morrison told Channel 9.


"They are going through what is an extraordinarily tense time and they are getting people out."


PM warns every rescue flight may be the last


Mr Morrison said the situation at Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport remained highly unpredictable.


He said knowing "the form" of the Taliban, the country was operating under the assumption every flight it could get into and out of Kabul airport may be the last.


"We've been going like we won't be able to get another flight in the next day, so we've been trying to make every flight as successful as possible," Mr Morrison said.


"We'll keep doing that for as long as we can. If that deadline is able to be pushed out, we've made it clear to the United States we support that."


The Taliban have warned the United States that holding Kabul airport beyond the end of August would be a "violation" of the withdrawal agreement first struck under former president Donald Trump.


A spokesperson for the Taliban told international media August 31 was a "red line" for withdrawal that should not be crossed.


The White House has responded that US President Joe Biden would decide what date American forces withdrew.


More than 1,600 people, including Australians, Afghan nationals and other foreign citizens, have been evacuated by Australia and New Zealand in the past week.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 24, 2021, 12:53 a.m. No.14443431   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Ron Brierley ‘scrubbed out’ after being caught with child abuse images


Perry Duffin - August 20, 2021


As millionaire businessman Ron Brierley basked in the glow of public success he was hiding a dark secret - a taste for pre-pubescent girls.


Now the corporate icon’s lawyers want him spared prison - but police prosecutors reject his claims he didn’t know confronting child abuse images were illegal.


Brierley, 84, pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing child abuse material after he was found with thousands of images on computer hard drives.


Australian Border Force officers had uncovered the images, mostly of children aged around 11-years-old, in his carry-on luggage as he prepared to board a holiday flight to Fiji.


Some of the girls were much younger, the NSW District Court heard on Friday, and “there are many” victims in Brierley’s files.


Brierley’s success brought fame and power, but his success has also made his fall from grace an extremely public affair, the court heard.


The New Zealand-born Brierley lost his knightship, has had his name “scrubbed” from cricket pavilions, and has become a social pariah, his barrister Tim Game SC said.


“Public recognition was a terribly important part of his own life and his image of himself,” Mr Game said.


“The downfall has been complete to the point donations are not accepted or returned if given.”


Mr Game said Brierley had dealt with his attraction to pre-pubescent girls for many years and it was a “significant affliction” and “disorder” for the businessman.


“He has kept this to himself and has been troubled by it for a long period of time,” Mr Game said.


“Maybe because he’s been forced to - he does appreciate the seriousness of the wrong done.”


The court has previously heard Brierley believed the images were “perfectly okay”, available online and he looked at them for “recreation”.


Crown Prosecutor Sean Hughes urged Judge Sarah Huggett to reject any claim Brierley thought the images were legal.


“(The court should reject) the high-functioning Mr Brierley did not know that, at the very least, the image of the pubescent girl exposing her anus and genitals in a sexualised pose was other than illegal,” he said.


Brierley is asking the judge to allow him to serve his time in the community on a release order.


Prosecutors acknowledge there won’t be a lengthy time in prison but said these were “real girls” in the images collected by Birerley and punishment would be needed to send a message to others.


“A message has to be sent to those in the community who sit in a darkened room with little fear of being caught that, if they are caught, they will be properly denounced,” Mr Hughes said.


“Not by being stripped of their knighthood - but properly denounced by way of a meaningful, substantial penalty.”


“They should expect a jail sentence, a heavy jail sentence.”


Brierley’s lawyers say he has suffered significant cognitive decline since the arrest in 2019 and he requires his vast resources to keep himself functioning.


He has the beginnings of dementia and vascular disease, Mr Game said, and has moved away from positions of responsibility.


Brierley did not appear in the Sydney court in person - neither did any of the lawyers - because the city’s coronavirus pandemic has forced all hearings to be conducted remotely.


Brierley will be sentenced in October and will remain on bail until then.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 24, 2021, 1 a.m. No.14443440   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>8979

Australian data reveals thousands of Covid QAnon conspiracies spreading online


New data shows there are thousands of Covid conspiracies spreading online, including QAnon quackery.


Perry Duffin - August 24, 2021


The Federal government is working to uproot thousands of “harmful” pandemic conspiracy theories including QAnon quackery - but the tech companies have often refused to act, exclusive data shows.


The Daily Telegraph can reveal the Department of Home Affairs has identified 2002 instances of misinformation since March 2020 and the end of July this year.


The government says the misinformation is “harmful” because it “undermines” government messaging on the virus, vaccines, restrictions and quarantine.


Last week frontline health responders told The Daily Telegraph their own loved ones were turning on them after being convinced of the online cult of QAnon and related conspiracies.


QAnon followers have signed on to a deranged series of beliefs including that a paedophile cabal is running the world and the pandemic is a hoax.


Since then more people from across NSW have come forward with stories of siblings, parents and friends lost to the unfounded conspiracy.


One person told The Daily Telegraph their father refused to complete the census because the “corrupt government was keeping tabs on him” but continues to collect unemployment benefits on the Central Coast.


Another said not a single person in her family or group of friends would get the vaccine because misinformation had spread through the Shire, where they live.


“Disinformation about COVID-19 should be rejected by everyone, as it puts our families and communities at risk,” Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said.


“Unfortunately social media can be a particularly effective tool in the manipulation of information.”


The department referred the misinformation to social media giants including Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Google and Tik Tok.


Of the 2002 reported instances of misinformation 1,221 were removed or the accounts banned.


Another 117 resulted in a warning while 664 resulted in no action.


Social media companies have been notoriously slow to act on the spread of misinformation.


It was only last year that QAnon was formally purged from Facebook and Twitter.


By then it had helped foment the insurrection in the US Capitol and spread across the world.


Last week an American QAnon believer allegedly spear gunned his children to death believing they would destroy the world.


In Australia the conspiracy movement remains quietly active on Twitter and flourishes loudly on Facebook groups and in encrypted chats where followers cast doubt on the very existence of Covid.


Minister Andrews said the government would continue to actively counter their efforts by ensuring accurate and authoritative information is available and accessible in many languages.


“I encourage everyone to get their information about COVID-19 from official, reputable sources, and be sceptical of what they may see or hear online,” she said.

Anonymous ID: 3f28de Aug. 24, 2021, 4:31 p.m. No.14448979   🗄️.is 🔗kun


… and yet, the ABC airs a Satanic Ritual in prime time and barely a whisper…


They want to start teaching it in schools for F's sake…

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 24, 2021, 11:52 p.m. No.14452019   🗄️.is 🔗kun


Australia pandemic panel backs reopening targets despite Sydney outbreak


Renju Jose - August 24, 2021


SYDNEY, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Australia can proceed with its reopening plans when the country reaches 70%-80% vaccination levels, the government's pandemic modelling adviser said, even as some states hinted they may not ease border curbs if Sydney fails to control its Delta outbreak.


The Melbourne-based Doherty Institute said the country's focus must shift to limiting the number of COVID-19 deaths and hospitalisations, from its current zero-cases strategy, when at least 70% of the country's population above age 16 is fully vaccinated.


"This level of vaccination will make it easier to live with the virus, as we do with other viruses such as the flu," it said in a statement late on Monday. "Once we reach 70% vaccine coverage, opening up at tens or hundreds of cases nationally per day is possible."


Currently, 30% of Australia's adult population has been fully vaccinated while 53% have had at least one dose.


Australia in July unveiled a four-stage plan back to greater freedoms with higher vaccination rates. But Queensland and Western Australia states flagged they may not stick with the agreement as it was framed when case numbers in Sydney were much lower.


Prime Minister Scott Morrison acknowledged the concerns of some states from the Sydney outbreak but said "forever lockdowns" will do more harm than good to the country.


"It doesn't matter whether it's 30 cases or 800 cases, the conclusions are the same, and that's what the Doherty Institute said … we can do this safely and we do need to do it," Morrison told Nine News on Tuesday.




Australia has suffered less from the coronavirus pandemic than many other developed countries with about 44,600 cases and 984 deaths. But a third wave of infections from the Delta variant has plunged Sydney and Melbourne, its largest cities, and capital Canberra into a weeks-long lockdown.


Sydney, the worst-affected, has reported rapid growth in new case numbers as state officials pivot to a faster vaccine rollout strategy as more than two months of stay-at-home orders have failed to stop the spread of Delta.


"Let us focus on the vaccine rates because that is what will determine how we can live moving forward," New South Wales (NSW) state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.


Berejiklian, who had promised more freedoms for the fully-vaccinated once total doses topped 6 million, said the state has crossed that milestone and changes will be announced later this week. Some 59% of people in NSW have had at least one dose, while 31% are fully vaccinated, slightly above the national numbers.


A total of 753 cases were reported in NSW, down from 818 on Monday, although daily infections continue to linger near record levels. Seventy-four deaths have been reported from the latest outbreak, although the rate of deaths has slowed from last year.


Neighbouring Victoria, struggling to contain its outbreak, expanded access to the Pfizer shots from Wednesday to anyone over the age of 16 to help reach a goal of a million doses over five weeks. Fifty new locally acquired cases were detected in the state on Tuesday, down from 71 a day earlier.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 25, 2021, 12:51 a.m. No.14452221   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>2232

US-led campaign targets Wuhan Institute of Virology with 'vague, misleading, mysterious' rumors


GT staff reporters - Aug 24, 2021




Editor's Note:


On tracing COVID-19 origins, the US government has been making groundless accusations targeting China based on speculation and disinformation, but never on science and facts. The virus origins tracing mission in the US has been led by intelligence departments, which have a notorious record of creating disinformation for politicization purposes, and most of the rumors concocted by the US surround the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).


Focusing on the rumors and those who are behind the defamation campaign, the Global Times shall publish two in-depth reports on Wednesday and Thursday to expose the lowdown tricks employed in the West' COVID-19 origins campaign.


The groundless claims by Western politicians and media surrounding the Wuhan Institute of Virology have frequently been disproved by scientists from across the world. In a recent critical review published in the peer-reviewed journal Cell on August 18, 21 renowned international experts once again presented evidence that the scenario of SARS-CoV-2 having been first passed from an animal to a human is much more probable than the disease originating from the Wuhan lab.


The discussion over the origins of the pandemic has become politicized and heated, said Stephen Goldstein, author of the Cell article and evolutionary virologist at University of Utah. "We felt the time was right to take a critical look at all of the available evidence," Goldstein noted, according to a press release published on the university's website on August 19.


It's a pity that some Western countries led by the US remain busy politicizing the pandemic and slandering China with the "lab-leak theory," while ignoring their severe domestic situation, said Yang Zhanqiu, a virologist from Wuhan University. The COVID-19 origins tracing is a rational scientific issue, which "should be decided by scientists instead of politicians," Yang told the Global Times.


Rumors from the US targeting the WIV labs have been circulating since the beginning of the pandemic, trying to portray this Chinese research institution as "the root of all evil."


What are the main rumors spread about the WIV? Who are behind the conspiracy theories? The Global Times listed the following typical COVID-19-related misinformatio in chronological order, which have all been disproved by international authoritative scientists and the Chinese government.


Rumor: 'COVID-19 was created by WIV'


The claim that "SARS-CoV-2 was made or artificially synthesized by the WIV" first emerged in early 2020.


In an article published on January 26, 2020, three days after Wuhan announced a city-wide lockdown, American conservative newspaper the Washington Times quoted Dany Shoham, "a former Israeli military intelligence officer who has studied Chinese biological warfare," as saying that COVID-19 was probably leaked from the WIV, and was possibly "included in China's biological weapons program."


Following the Washington Times' groundless article, the US started a conspiracy theory war against WIV, with an increasing number of anti-China politicians and media, who might have neither known about the COVID-19 nor WIV, pointing fingers at China for "making the virus."


Republican Senator Tom Cotton echoed the engineered-bioweapon hypothesis in the same month. "I would note that Wuhan has China's only biosafety level-four super laboratory that works with the world's most deadly pathogens to include, yes, coronavirus," Cotton hinted at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on January 30, 2020.


Then Chinese Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai criticized Cotton's remark as "absolutely crazy." Cotton's ridiculous bioweapon assertion was soon refuted by 27 leading medical experts from eight different countries, who published a joint statement in The Lancet on February 29 and indicated that scientists from multiple countries have published and analyzed the genomes of SARS-CoV-2, and they overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus disease originated in wildlife, as have so many other emerging pathogens.


The Wuhan P4 Laboratory is a government cooperation program between China and France, with its design, construction, and management all following international standards, and operations are protected by special facilities and strict protocols. "There is… no factual evidence corroborating recent reports in the US press linking the origins of COVID-19 and the work of the P4 laboratory of Wuhan," an official at French President Emmanuel Macron's office said in April 2020, France24 reported.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 25, 2021, 12:54 a.m. No.14452232   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>2238





Rumor: 'WIV lab has lax biosecurity standards'


British tabloid The Sun said in an April 2020 article that the WIV lab "lied about taking safety precautions when collecting bat samples," attacking the WIV for having lax bio-security standards.


In an "exclusively revelation" report on April 29, 2020, The Sun showed a few photos and video screenshots of "WIV researchers" "catching bats in the wild," in support of its claim that "incredibly some [Chinese] scientists didn't even wear gloves as they entered caves to collect fecal bat swab samples, beaming for the camera, and oblivious to the dangers."


In the article, The Sun interviewed Matthew Henderson, director of the Asia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society, which firstly published the photos and video online. "There is ample evidence of such a cavalier approach to biosecurity by Chinese scientists based in Wuhan laboratories," Henderson said.


The accusation was soon proven laughably false. The video clip and photos hyped by a few British organizations and media had little to do with the WIV. They had actually come from the fourth episode of a popular science documentary named Wild Youth, "and the people involved are not from the Wuhan lab," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying at a press conference in May 2020.


The video clip does not involve any staff member from the Wuhan lab nor their scientific research activities, Hua stressed.


Some of the photos British media published turned out to have been taken in the summer of 2007 in South China's Hainan Province, Hua added.


"We're not new to this kind of graft. We have seen it on issues related to the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Do we have more effective ways to deal with these kinds of lies? Can we sue them?" asked Hua.


In an interview with Reuters, Yuan Zhimin, director of the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory, rejected theories that the lab had accidentally released the coronavirus disease it had harvested from bats for research purposes, saying the lab's bio-security procedures were strictly enforced.


"High-level bio-safety labs have sophisticated protective facilities and strict measures to ensure the safety of laboratory staff and protect the environment from contamination," Yuan said.


Rumor: 'WIV deliberately destroyed evidence of early COVID-19 outbreak'


In May 2020, right-wing Australian tabloid the Daily Telegraph published an article, in which the author, Sharri Markson, claimed that she had exclusive access to a 15-page "China dossier" showing "China deliberately covered up evidence of the virus [COVID-19] early on in a pure case of negligence."


In the article, Markson depicted the source in a vague, misleading, and mysterious way, saying it was compiled by the so-called "Five Eyes" intelligence alliance. But the so-called dossier was found by several news outlets as just a research report based on publicly available information, including news reports.


The "dossier" was actually a summary of publicly available material authored by the US State Department, no more than a "reading list" or "reference paper," The Guardian reported on May 26, 2020. Markson's unprofessional conduct "should be utterly humiliating to the Murdoch media, except that the Murdoch media has zero shame," it quoted the former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as saying.


However, Markson dismissed the mainstream media's criticism of her work on the origin of the virus and claimed to have been savaged by the left-wing Australian media.


Markson is infamous for her lack of credibility. During the pandemic she has co-signed lots of fake news attacking the WIV with hearsay and fake "experts" or "insiders."


Markson has two close partners; Robert Potter, a so-called "network security specialist," and Christopher Balding, "a China observer." Both of them appeared regularly on Markson's show, accepting her interviews, endorsing the so-called "intelligence" documents, and becoming the "exclusive sources" of her reports.


From May to September 2020, Potter and Balding relentlessly told the same story in the media, including in The Australian, on Sky News Australia, and in The Sun in the UK, to spread the rumor. But they failed to provide any evidence about "data obtained from the database," so even Western media themselves were reluctant to hype this topic further.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 25, 2021, 12:55 a.m. No.14452238   🗄️.is 🔗kun





Rumor: 'WIV researchers became sick in November 2019'


In an article published on May 23, 2021, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) said it had heard from "a previously undisclosed US intelligence report" that three researchers from the WIV "became sick enough in November 2019 that they sought hospital care." The three had symptoms consistent with "both COVID-19 and common seasonal illnesses," it said.


Three days later, President Biden said he had directed the US intelligence community to further investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and "report back to him in 90 days," according to CNN.


The WSJ article on "sick staff at the WIV" is an outright lie that came from nowhere, Yuan later refuted. "I've read it. It's a complete lie," Yuan told the Global Times on May 24. "Those claims are groundless. The lab has never been aware of this situation [sick researchers in autumn 2019], and I don't even know where such information came from."


Earlier, Chinese health authorities said on March 31 that the WIV had found three adult COVID-19 cases during its retrospective screening of flu samples collected in Wuhan between January 2019 and January 2020. The three cases were not WIV staffers, but patients being treated at a local hospital that the WIV worked with. Moreover, the three patients had symptoms in January 2020 rather than "November 2019" as some US media claimed.


Nonetheless, audiences may not be surprised to find that the first author of the WSJ fake news report is Michael R. Gordon, who is notorious for co-authoring an article in September 2002, falsely asserting that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was seeking to build a nuclear weapon.


Gordon's article became an excuse for the-then US administration to attack Iraq. Over the subsequent decade and a half, Gordon continued to "serve as a conduit for fabricated 'intelligence' emanating from the White House, the Pentagon, and the CIA," organization World Socialist Web Site said in an article published in June.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 25, 2021, 1:05 a.m. No.14452283   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Police powers to hack and disrupt dark web pass Parliament


Katina Curtis and Anthony Galloway - August 25, 2021


Federal police and organised crime investigators will be able to take over the online “dark web” accounts of criminals and terrorists and hack into their networks under new powers that passed Parliament on Wednesday.


But legal and human rights groups are concerned the government didn’t adopt all the recommendations from a cross-party committee, particularly a call for judicial oversight, and the laws were debated and passed in less than 24 hours.


The Australian Federal Police and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission will now have unprecedented powers to penetrate the networks of criminals using domestic servers to operate on the dark web. They’re also able to modify or delete harmful content such as child exploitation material under the laws.


These powers will now be reviewed independently after three years, by Parliament after four years and end after five, and there are stronger protections for journalists and third parties under changes the government made in response to concerns raised by Parliament’s powerful intelligence and security committee.


Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said she had worked through the committee’s recommendations in good faith and amendments would ensure it was more likely warrants would be issued for more serious types of crime.


But she did not adopt a recommendation that warrants should be approved by either a Federal or Supreme Court judge, rather than a member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. The Greens attempted to insert this higher bar for warrants but were unsuccessful.


The Greens also argued the government had not properly made it clear why the new powers were needed, and that their scope was “disproportionately broad” compared to the threats they were directed at.


Ms Andrews said the changes would give law enforcement agencies tools that kept pace with technology.


She pointed to the arrests of 290 people in Operation Ironside, which involved Australian and American law enforcement cooperating to offer an encrypted messaging service to criminal networks.


“This bill is just one more step the government is taking to ensure our agencies maintain that edge,” she said.


“Under our changes the AFP will have more tools to pursue organised crime gangs to keep drugs off our street and out of our community, and those who commit the most heinous crimes against children.”


The Human Rights Law Centre accused the government of rushing the bill through Parliament, after it was debated and passed in the lower house on Tuesday then the Senate on Wednesday morning.


Kieran Pender, a senior lawyer at the centre, said the law created sweeping surveillance powers that would have a chilling effect on journalists and whistleblowers.


“Given the powers are unprecedented and extraordinarily intrusive, they should have been narrowed to what is strictly necessary and subject to robust safeguards,” he said.


“It is alarming that, instead of accepting [all of] the committee’s recommendations and allowing time for scrutiny of subsequent amendments, the Morrison government rushed these laws through Parliament in less than 24 hours.”


The Law Council of Australia said the failure to adopt the recommendation for judges to issue the warrants was disappointing.


“These warrants have the potential to cause significant loss, damage or disruption to lawful computer users who are not suspected of any wrongdoing,” president Jacob Brasch said.


He noted the government intended to consider these matters in other legislation, but said the committee’s recommendations were specific to the “novel, extraordinary and intrusive” warrant-based powers in this legislation.


Security officials and law enforcement have been pushing for similar powers for years. They became the subject of controversy after police raided the home of then-News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst after she was leaked an earlier proposal for the laws.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 25, 2021, 1:18 a.m. No.14452329   🗄️.is 🔗kun


Marine Rotational Force – Darwin Facebook Post


24 August 2021


Australian Soldiers and U.S. Marines train together.


#Soldiers with the Australian #Army showed U.S. #Marines with Marine Rotational Force Darwin how to use the Australian Service Light Armored Vehicle and the F88 Austeyr Assault Rifle during Exercise Koolendong 21. Training with the Australian Defence Force enhances our abilities to work together and demonstrates the strength of the U.S.-Australian alliance.

Anonymous ID: 23f190 Aug. 25, 2021, 1:25 a.m. No.14452344   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Dear Aussie Anons:


Take some time out this Saturday, August 28, 2021.


We need you!


Help us pray to God and Jesus for justice and liberty! For courage and honesty! For God, family, and country, Aussie Patriots!


11:11 AM Central Daylight Time (CDT) is the "Anchor Time". So, please based your own location/time from 11:11AM CDT so we can pray together in unison collectively with our minds!


I believe I got your times right, but by chance if I did the conversion incorrectly, please change them. (Note, you are almost a day ahead of the USA in time).


I included one for the Zlanders too!


Please forward these memes out on social media!


Help us take back the Spiritual Front!


May God bless you all!



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 25, 2021, 1:34 a.m. No.14452362   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation Tweet


Only 21% of parents think there is a likelihood that online child sexual exploitation can happen to their child. Please help us raise this number and increase awareness of online child sexual exploitation. #ChildProtection

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 25, 2021, 11:05 p.m. No.14461699   🗄️.is 🔗kun


Sydney hospitals erect emergency tents as COVID-19 cases hit record


Renju Jose - AUGUST 26, 2021


SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australia’s new daily cases of COVID-19 topped 1,000 on Thursday for the first time since the global pandemic began, as two major hospitals in Sydney set up emergency outdoor tents to help deal with a rise in patients.


Sydney, the country’s largest city and the epicentre of the current outbreak, is struggling to stamp out a surge in the fast-spreading Delta variant, with daily infections hitting record levels even after two months under lockdown.


New South Wales (NSW) state, where Sydney is the capital, reported 1,029 new locally acquired cases, exceeding the previous record of 919 a day earlier. Of the new cases, 969 were detected in greater Sydney, up from 838.


The rapid rise in COVID-19 patients has forced Sydney’s Westmead and Blacktown hospitals, which service the city’s sprawling western suburbs, to erect tents to screen and swab patients to help manage capacity.


The makeshift unit in the emergency department for COVID-19 patients will help “to offload delays”, a Western Sydney Local Health District spokesperson told Reuters.


State Premier Gladys Berejiklian said authorities had quadrupled the number of the state’s intensive care ventilators to 2,000 early last year. Although the system is “under pressure”, it can withstand the current crisis once vaccination rates rise, she said.


“It might be different to the help you got before because of the situation, but please know the system is kicking in,” Berejiklian said at a televised media conference.


Of 116 people in intensive care in NSW, 102 are not vaccinated. Three new deaths were reported, including a man in his 30s who died at home, taking deaths from the latest outbreak to 79, although the death rate has slowed since last year.


In a video posted on Twitter Wednesday night, the Australian Paramedic Association said paramedics were given a choice to wait in their vehicles with infected people or “wait outside in the freezing rain” due to the rise in patients.


The fast-moving Delta strain has taken the gloss off Australia’s early success against the virus that kept its coronavirus numbers relatively low, with some 47,700 cases and 989 deaths. About 32% of people above 16 have been fully vaccinated while just over 54% have had at least one dose.


Besides Sydney, the country’s second-largest city, Melbourne, and capital, Canberra, are also in hard lockdowns, putting more than half of the country’s 25 million population under strict stay-at-home orders.


Cases in Victoria, home to Melbourne, surged to 80 on Thursday, up from 45 a day earlier.


The federal government is pushing ahead with the country's reopening plans here once vaccination rates reach 70%-80%, but some states have hinted they may delay given the rapid growth of cases in Sydney.


Berejiklian said NSW may reach 70% fully vaccinated by mid-October, and airline Qantas said it was preparing for international travel to resume here in December.


Also on Thursday, grocer Woolworths Group reported a surge in annual profit here as lockdowns sparked demand for household essentials.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 25, 2021, 11:29 p.m. No.14461788   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Barack Obama asked Malcolm Turnbull for help with Donald Trump




Barack Obama recruited Malcolm Turnbull to persuade Donald Trump to respect traditional alliances and adhere to international agreements that maintained America’s pre-eminent global leadership position during a secret meeting in Sydney after he left the White House.


In March 2018, Mr Obama met with Mr Turnbull, then prime minister, in a suite on the 29th floor of the InterContinental Hotel in Sydney. Mr Obama was visiting Australia for several well-paid speaking engagements.


Mr Obama expressed his deep concern about Mr Trump’s chaotic presidency and the battering of America’s prestige and influence around the world. He said it was like watching “a good friend drink himself to death and being powerless to do anything about it.”


Weathering the US president was proving harder than he had expected, Mr Turnbull replied. He said China was “asserting itself” and “playing into” domestic Australian politics at a time when the US seemed adrift from global affairs and reverting to isolationism, nativism and protectionism.


Mr Turnbull, then in the final months of his prime ministership, echoed Mr Obama’s fears and said he did not know how long the world could “hold the line” and where “the international order” would be after Mr Trump’s presidency.


The private conversation is revealed in a new book, Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Trump, by journalist Edward-Isaac Dovere. It is published in Australia by Penguin Random House this month.


“Obama and I were absolutely of the same mind that the international system could not stand eight years of Trump,” Mr Turnbull recalled, “the damage would be irretrievable.” The former president and the then prime minister feared the cost of Mr Trump’s presidency.


Mr Obama was rounding up world leaders, especially from the centre-right, who could stand up to Mr Trump and influence his policies. The former president said German chancellor Angela Merkel would need to “stay in power as long as possible to be bulwark against Trump and the forces of protectionism.”


When Mr Turnbull asked who could defeat Mr Trump at the next election, in November 2020, he replied that he was not optimistic that he could be ejected from the White House. Mr Obama said there was no “obvious candidate” who could challenge Mr Trump. He did not mention Joe Biden.


Speaking to the Rekindling Hope podcast, hosted by Labor frontbencher Chris Bowen and former McKell Institute CEO, Sam Crosby, Mr Dovere revealed the meeting had a big impact.


When Mr Obama returned to the US, he began repeating Mr Turnbull’s assessment that America could withstand four years of Trump, but not eight.


“That meeting was an important moment,” Mr Dovere said. “After that trip and after that conversation with Turnbull, Obama starts saying something which then becomes part of the larger political conversation. Biden starts talking about it too.”


Mr Obama first appealed to Mr Turnbull to stand up to Mr Trump at the APEC meeting in Peru, held in November 2016. He argued that because Mr Turnbull was “an Australian conservative” this would have some weight with Mr Trump.


“(Obama) says, ‘Look, you can appeal to him because Trump thinks in these very black and white terms,” Mr Dovere says in the podcast. “When he hears the word conservative, he thinks you are like a hard-line conservative by American standards.”

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 25, 2021, 11:32 p.m. No.14461797   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Race on for new Wuhan inquiry


TIM DODD - AUGUST 26, 2021


Scientists who were tasked by the World Health Organisation to probe the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic are calling for an urgent start to the inquiry’s second phase lest crucial evidence about the origin of the virus be lost.


The call from the WHO team comes ahead of the expected release in coming days of the review commissioned by US President Joe Biden of whether the virus leaked from a top secret research laboratory in Wuhan.


China has already rejected a WHO call for a second phase of the inquiry into the origin of the virus, with deputy health minister Zeng Yixin last month labelling it “political interference”.


The 11 independent members of the WHO team warn in an article in the latest edition of science journal Nature that “the window of opportunity for conducting this crucial inquiry is closing fast”.


“Any delay will render some of the studies biologically impossible,” write the group of 11 scientists on the WHO team, which includes University of Sydney ­microbiologist Dominic Dwyer.


In the Nature article they also say the team of Chinese scientists working on the inquiry “was and still is reluctant to share raw data, citing reasons of patient confidentiality”.


They have ignored demands from the WHO to access the information, the article states.


The withheld data includes details of 174 Covid cases identified in December 2019 before the new infectious disease had been reported to the world.


The 11 scientists also say it was agreed that the second phase of the inquiry – which was recommended in the WHO report published in March this year – would include a review of these cases.


In the article, the scientists call for the inquiry’s second phase to focus on several key priorities including further traceback studies and antibody surveys to search for early evidence of Covid circulating, traceback and community surveys at wildlife farms which supplied the Wuhan markets, surveys of animals to locate possible Covid hosts, and detailed risk factor analysis. They said the surveys and traceback studies should be conducted both inside and outside China.


Speaking to The Australian, Professor Dwyer said that the process to identify Covid’s origins had “dragged on”.


“That delay is going to make doing some of the investigation in those recommendations more difficult. The longer that takes the harder it is to do certain parts of the work,” he said.


Asked about the theory the virus leaked from the Wuhan lab, Professor Dwyer said the WHO report didn’t rule out the possibility, “it just didn’t find evidence to find it a likely cause”. And he said the team’s call to anyone with data supporting the lab leak theory to bring it forward had not led to new evidence appearing.


Professor Dwyer said the team of 11 scientists was not able to work independently to seek data to test the lab leak theory.


“You can’t waltz in and demand to see the books. It (China) is a sovereign country. There are international agencies which have to take the lead,” he said.


In the Nature article, the 11 scientists are at pains to say that investigating the possibility that the virus originated in a lab was not part of the original terms of reference given to them by the WHO.


But they say that because the laboratory origin hypothesis was “too important to ignore” they discussed it with Chinese counterparts and included it as a possibility in the March report.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 25, 2021, 11:42 p.m. No.14461827   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1828

Revealing four-step US misinformation campaign against China on virus origins tracing


The rumor-mongering loop


GT staff reporters - Aug 25, 2021




Editor's Note:


On tracing COVID-19 origins, the US government has been making groundless accusations targeting China based on speculation and disinformation, but never on science and facts. The virus origins tracing mission in the US has been led by intelligence departments, which have a notorious record of creating disinformation for politicization purposes, and most of the rumors concocted by the US surround the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).


Focusing on the rumors and those who are behind the defamation campaign, the Global Times shall publish two in-depth reports on Wednesday and Thursday to expose the lowdown tricks employed in the West' COVID-19 origins campaign.


The US-waged conspiracy theories warfare against China on virus origins tracing has clearly witnessed two stages. Former president Donald Trump jumped on the virus origins issue to blatantly blame China for the virus but social media platforms were reluctant to cooperate with him. The Biden administration followed Trump's strategy to drill on the "lab leak theory" to politicize the pandemic and stigmatize China.


How did the US' rumor campaign manifest itself? The typical process has been: The media first cites unfounded sources to propose conspiracy theories, and influential politicians hype up the theories with web trolls widely spreading it on social media platforms. Scientists then come out with hedged explanations to give room for conspiracy theory growth, and finally the top administrators pressure intelligence agencies to launch so called investigations against China.


Experts have said it is a sustained blow by the US political elites, media, and intelligence agencies.


Trump's virus rumor offensive


The US started vigorously carrying forward misleading assertions against China as early as January 2020, when the US-based newspaper the Washington Times published a report with a sensational headline meant to link the coronavirus disease origin with "China's biowarfare program."


The report attracted global attention soon after and triggered the first wave of the US' campaign to claim China's culpability by introducing the conspiracy that the coronavirus disease had originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).


Republican Senator Tom Cotton became the first in a batch of high-profile US politicians to fuel the fringe theories across the media starting in February 2020.


He introduced various potential scenarios of the virus origin on his Twitter account, from a manmade possibility to a lab accident, despite a group of 27 senior international scientists having publicly condemned the conspiracy of a manmade virus while overwhelmingly supporting the natural spread theory in The Lancet on February 18.


On April 18, 2020, then US president Donald Trump said at a White House briefing that the US government had probed the "Wuhan lab-leak" claim, but failed to provide any evidence to substantiate the unproven theory.


The claim then gathered momentum among many senior US politicians who wrote op-eds calling for a response from the Chinese government and a so-called "serious investigations" into it. Mike Pompeo, then US secretary of state and former CIA director, a well-known hard-liner against China, took the lead in pushing the US intelligence circle to launch investigation.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 25, 2021, 11:43 p.m. No.14461828   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1830





With mounting pressure from top politicians, the campaign next compelled US intelligence into the campaign to launch a so-called serious investigation, though there remained skepticism about there being any possible evidence to support it.


The Inspector General of the Intelligence Community released a statement declaring that the intelligence community "concurs with the scientific consensus that the COVID-19 virus was not manmade or genetically modified," but stressed that they would continue to "rigorously examine emerging information" to determine the conclusion's accuracy.


US media has reported that senior Trump administration officials then pushed American spy agencies to hunt for evidence to support an unsubstantiated theory that a government laboratory in Wuhan was the origin of the coronavirus disease outbreak, The New York Times reported.


Meanwhile, powerful voices in the US were ramping up efforts to rebrand COVID-19 as "the China virus," amplifying the conspiracies.


Twitter accounts of Trump supporters and US conspiracy-mongers endorsing the QAnon movement have been at the center of a coordinated blatant campaign to spread rumors about the coronavirus disease, particularly the conspiracy theory that China created the virus as a bioweapon. This unverified accusation repeatedly embraced by the US president and his administration led many to suspect the far-right's motivations behind the coordinated Twitter campaign.


Although the rumor war was successfully waged by a combination of politicians, the media, and right-wing internet users, worldwide mainstream scientists remained skeptical about it. They argued its negligible probability, emphasizing the higher likelihood of the virus having transmitted naturally to humans from animals as other types of challenging viruses including Ebola and SARS.


Mainstream social media platforms such as Facebook have also since banned relevant posts containing rumors like "coronavirus is manmade."


Lab leak theory campaign 2.0


As Joe Biden won US presidency, the "lab leak theory" was quickly reignited, with a new round of mudslinging among US politicians and media. This time, it was again geared up to become a well-prepared and closely coordinated one-two punch against China by the US media and the US political establishment.


The second round of "lab leak" conspiracy war against China was triggered by the Wall Street Journal's report on May 23. The story cited an unpublished report coming from the final days of the Trump administration, alleging several researchers at the Wuhan lab had fallen ill in the autumn of 2019 and displayed symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illnesses.


WIV lab director Yuan Guoyong in an interview with the Global Times clearly refuted the WSJ's report on sick staff, calling the US intelligence document "a complete lie." The institute, as early as on March 23, publically clarified that it had no contact with the SARS-CoV-2 before December 30, 2019, and as of that date, the staff and researchers at the lab had revealed no COVID-19 infection. Chinese health authorities also clarified on March 31 that the three patients were not WIV staffers, but patients being treated at a local hospital that WIV worked with.


The WSJ's report was published on the eve of the World Health Assembly, which was expected to discuss the next phase of the research into COVID-19's origins, with speculation that such media hypes had aimed to redirect the trajectory of the next phase of investigations.


Soon CNN also followed suit and set up a special "Wuhan Lab" column on the upper right corner of its homepage on May 26 during the WHA.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 25, 2021, 11:44 p.m. No.14461830   🗄️.is 🔗kun





Concurrently, social media platforms started "unblocking" conspiracy theories. Facebook on May 28 claimed that it would no longer be removing posts that claim the coronavirus disease was manmade amid renewed debate over its origins. The policy change came as Biden announced he had ordered aides to find answers to the origin of the virus.


The academic arena stepped in to collaborate as well. Even Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the US, had shifted his long-held position that the COVID-19 virus developed naturally, and he then changed course to claim that relevant authorities "should continue to investigate what went on in China until we continue to find out to the best of our ability what happened."


Fauci's shifting stand on the virus origins issue, though perplexing, diminished doubts about US elites betraying their conscience due to political pressure.


As many international scientists loath the US' politicization of the issue, they oppose the US' stance and refuse to support the US government. However, the US government still continued its onslaught of threats, including doxing of scientists and their families, censoring of papers, and forcing employers to apply pressure on targeted scientists, a source close to the matter told the Global Times.


Under the attack of the US media and US academia, the US government quickly stoked up and demanded an investigation into the alleged truth.


On the day before Biden ordered an expedited investigation into the novel coronavirus disease source, US Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra on May 25 urged the WHO to follow a "transparent" probe in the origins issues, pressing Biden for further investigation.


Biden then doubled down on his request that intelligence community redouble their efforts in investigating and report back to him within 90 days.


At the same time, countries attending WHOs annual meeting of member states including European Union member states, Australia and Japan on May 25 called for a need to solve the mystery of how COVID-19 first began spreading among humans.


China rejected WHO's phase-2 COVID-19 origins study plan that was proposed as the US-led West intensified the politically driven conspiracy about a "lab leak" theory, due to the plan's "lack of respect for common sense and arrogance toward science."


Experts point out that the current US government, while criticizing Trump for spreading conspiracy theories about the virus, is continuing Trump's strategy of politicizing the epidemic.


"This campaign against China connected the basic components of the American mainstream political establishment - the government, the media, and members of Congress. The media created those claims citing alleged 'exclusive sources' which are most likely confidential leaks of presumed conclusions by senior politicians. This is a typical American political operation - power overtops the truth," Li Haidong, professor at the Institute of International Relations at the China Foreign Affairs University, told the Global Times.


The US intelligence arena itself has been highly politicized since the 1970s. Far from being an institution that provides balanced and objective analysis to decision makers, it offers conclusions that cater to the mainstream political atmosphere, Li said. The virus origins probe campaign by the US reflects a typical politically manipulated American decisionmaking process, which is bound to be a tragedy in the end.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 25, 2021, 11:48 p.m. No.14461837   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>0463


Dutton apologises to cleared SAS troops


Matt Coughlan - August 26, 2021


Defence Minister Peter Dutton has apologised to any special forces troops wrongly accused of war crimes in Afghanistan.


A group of 13 soldiers has been told there is insufficient evidence for their cases to be referred to investigators after being told last year to prove why they shouldn't be sacked.


Mr Dutton said he wanted to send a clear message when he took over the portfolio that he would have soldiers' backs.


"If people have been wrongly accused and they've now been cleared of that then I do apologise for what they've been through, what their families have been through," he told Sydney radio 2GB on Thursday.


The Brereton inquiry found credible evidence Australian troops murdered 39 Afghans and uncovered allegations of torture and other war crimes.


A special investigator was established to examine the claims.


"If people have got criminal charges to answer then that's a matter for the courts but for the rest, we move on from that chapter now," Mr Dutton said.


The defence minister said the allegations had reverberated across the Australian Defence Force and the Special Air Service.


"I know that it's had a big impact on the partners, the families of their mates that weren't there or haven't been accused of anything," he said.


"They've obviously got a tight-knit group where the wives are friends. They obviously feel the pain of what that particular family is going through."


Mr Dutton in April overturned Chief of Defence Angus Campbell's decision to strip meritorious unit citations from more than 3000 special forces soldiers.


One of the 13 soldiers, who was told there was not enough evidence to refer the allegations to investigators, is in Afghanistan assisting with rescue operations.


The minister said he wanted the focus to be on the work of the SAS in Kabul, given there were anxious families awaiting the troops' return.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 26, 2021, 1:01 a.m. No.14461993   🗄️.is 🔗kun


Marine Rotational Force – Darwin Facebook Post


U.S. Marines and Australian Army forces hosted leaders from Forces Command to observe units training during Exercise Koolendong. Exercise Koolendong validates MRF-D’s and the ADF’s ability to conduct expeditionary command and control operations, demonstrating the shared commitment to being ready to respond to a crisis or contingency in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Micha Pierce)

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 26, 2021, 3:34 a.m. No.14462339   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>5902


Extremists hunt cops online as anti-lockdown violence surges




As police hunt down protesters photographed at anti-lockdown rallies, activists are posting the names and images of police online, threatening retribution and even death against individual officers.


Photographs of the senior Victorian police officer alleged to have ordered pepper ball rounds fired into crowds in Melbourne CBD on Saturday are being circulated on social media, with calls for him to be tried and executed.


A superintendent from the Special Operations Group, a sergeant pictured holding a weapon and other officers – whom The Australian has elected not to name – are identified in multiple ­accounts on encrypted platforms like Telegram.


“Put police like this in front of a firing squad,” says one.


“Hang them,” urge others.


Victoria Police said it was aware of threats made to police ­officers following Saturday’s rally and they were being investigated.


“This behaviour is not on – it’s criminal and Victoria Police will hold people to account for their ­actions” a spokesman said.


Counter-terrorism police fear pent-up anger and frustration evident in clashes around the country at the weekend will foster lone-wolf acts of terror, particularly as public protests are shut down by overwhelming shows of force.


The Australian Federal Police said it was witnessing the number of individuals who adhered to ideo­logically motivated violent extremism continuing to increase and spread across the country, with more people in forced isolation communicating with like-minded individuals on social media.


“Increased time spent online has seen extremist narratives ­influencing a broad mainstream audience,” an AFP spokesman said. “Where we see commentary cross into potential for a commitment to violent acts, we will act.


“If people commit a crime, they will be charged.”


State-based fixated persons units are paying attention to known individuals organising protest actions next week that include plans to blockade government buildings. A call to rally at federal and state parliament houses next Tuesday is causing concern among security agencies after the organiser, Karen Brewer, posted thinly veiled death threats against a NSW minister The Australian has elected not to identify.


“You … will be swinging from a rope and your carcass will be dumped in the sea,” she told her 13,000 followers on social media, attaching a photograph of the politician with a spider superimposed on his face.


Brewer is a conspiracy theorist who believes “child-raping Freemasons” occupy all positions of power in Australia, from parliament to the judiciary and police, and they must be arrested and put on trial. Like many previously ­single-interest conspiracy theorists, she has adopted violent anti-vaccination and anti-lockdown rhetoric.


Brewer warned that “any politician shredding anything, just so you know, those ropes will be swing regardless”. She also posted photographs of the Governor-General and the state governors, along with their addresses. Several followers responded by calling for the death of named politicians, government officials and journalists.


Brewer is in hiding in New Zealand after an $875,000 damages award against her for falsely accusing Nationals MP Anne Webster of being a member of a secretive pedophile network.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 27, 2021, 1:16 a.m. No.14471808   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1822


Australia's Afghanistan evacuation mission ends amid Kabul airport suicide bombing


Jake Evans - 27 August 2021


Australian troops had left Afghanistan before a deadly suicide bombing attack that killed soldiers and civilians at Kabul's international airport, Defence Minister Peter Dutton says.


At least 60 people including 13 US troops were killed in two bomb blasts orchestrated by Islamic State group (IS) offshoot ISIS-K.


Mr Dutton said the blasts occurred at the Baron Hotel and Abbey Gate airport entrance, where Australians were being brought through, but that Australian soldiers were safe.


"I can confirm that not too long before the attack Australian troops and the rest of our personnel were wheels up and out of Kabul," Mr Dutton said.


"I'm just so grateful they are safe."


The Defence Minister confirmed Australia's military evacuation mission has ended.


'Impossible' decision to leave Australians still seeking escape


Australians and visa holders who remain have been told to keep away from Kabul airport.


Mr Dutton said intelligence suggested more terrorist attacks were planned.


"There was very clear intelligence that [ISIS-K] intended to strike and strike hard, they've done that," he told Channel 9.


"People should avoid gatherings, they should avoid public places, and they should be very careful of their own safety and security in what is a war-like condition."


The Defence Minister said some people had received advice to travel to other borders following the attack.


The government had been preparing for some time for a situation in which it was not be able to get everyone it wanted out of Kabul.


But Mr Dutton said it was still a difficult decision to leave Kabul airport.


"It's an impossible situation, because the intelligence was clear to us that if we allowed our soldiers to stay on with the near certainty of terrorist attacks, then we would lose … Australian lives," he said.


"That wasn't a risk we were prepared to take.


"We hope that the Taliban is true to their word and provides a reinstatement of a situation where [commercial] flights can come in and out."


He said Australian forces had rescued more than 4,000 people from Kabul airport since the beginning of the evacuation mission, and they would be grieving the attack.


"It's a horrible, horrible day, and I just grieve like every decent person would at the loss of life, and in particular for us the loss of American lives."


"These are people who have helped literally thousands of Australian citizens and visa holders, permanent residents through those gates, through Abbey Gate into the airport."


In a tweet, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was "deeply saddened" by the deaths of US military personnel and Afghans.


"We mourn your tragic loss. Australia condemns these heinous and barbaric attacks," he wrote.


US President Joe Biden has vowed revenge on ISIS-K.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 27, 2021, 1:19 a.m. No.14471822   🗄️.is 🔗kun



Prime Minister Scott Morrison mourns deaths of 'American and Afghan friends' in Kabul airport attack


Jake Evans - 27 August 2021


Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he grieves with "American and Afghan friends" over the deaths of dozens in a terror attack outside Kabul airport.


"Australia condemns the evil, the calculated and inhuman attacks that were undertaken in Kabul overnight on the innocent and on the brave," Mr Morrison said.


"We join with our American and Afghan friends in mourning their terrible and awful loss."


Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the government had been unable to confirm whether or not any Australians or visa holders were injured or killed in the attack.


At least 60 people were killed in twin suicide bombing attacks at the gates of Kabul's international airport.


Mr Morrison said Australian troops had been helping citizens through Kabul airport's Abbey Gate just hours before the attack.


"We are mindful of the reported 13 US military personnel who were murdered at the Abbey Gate at Kabul, a gate at which Australian personnel stood just hours before," he said.


"And like Australians who have been at that same airport and at that same gate and many others like it, over the course of these operations, these brave young Americans stood at that gate to protect lives, to save lives, but lost their own in providing a pathway to freedom for others."


The last Australian troops were pulled out of Kabul airport just before the attack.


Defence Minister Peter Dutton confirmed the Australian evacuation mission out of Afghanistan has ended.


Australian forces evacuated 4,100 people in the nine days between when the Taliban first entered Kabul and the terror attack.


Mr Morrison said the opportunity for remaining Australians to leave with allied forces was "restricted".


Senator Payne said those remaining should keep away from the airport.


"We know that this is a very distressing situation for Australians still in Kabul, for people with visas and for families and friends who are here in Australia," she said.


No plans for Australia to return as US vows revenge


Mr Morrison said he conveyed his condolences to United States President Joe Biden this morning.


Mr Biden has vowed revenge on the attackers, Islamic State Khorasan, a branch of Islamic State group in Afghanistan.


The government decided to airlift its last troops out of Kabul on Thursday, despite some Australians remaining in the city still seeking to flee, on "credible" intelligence a terror attack was being planned.


Mr Dutton said intelligence suggested it was highly likely there would be further attacks.


Mr Morrison said there were no plans for Australian forces to return to the chaos of Afghanistan.


"We have been there for 20 years seeking to turn a failed state into a successful state, and sadly that hasn't proved possible," he said.


"It remains an extremely dangerous place."


'Post-evacuation' plan to bring Afghan refugees begins


Mr Morrison said Australia would now move into a "post-evacuation stage" where the government would seek to resettle people through humanitarian channels.


3,000 places within the national annual intake of refugees have been reserved for Afghans fleeing the Taliban.


Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said priority for those places would be given to minority groups, women and children and people with family members already in Australia.


"This work is well underway and in the coming weeks and months we will be in a position to welcome more people to Australia to either return home or to call Australia home," Ms Andrews said.


Mr Morrison said Australia will continue to support its allies who remain in Kabul.


"We will continue to stand every single day with our partners, the United States and the United Kingdom. As they stand in the cause of freedom, so will we also," he said.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 27, 2021, 2:50 a.m. No.14472074   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>2079

Maxwell ‘blocked conference room door with trolley of legal papers’


Sam Tobin - August 27 2021




Ghislaine Maxwell used a cart of legal documents to barricade herself inside a video conference room in prison, prosecutors have alleged.


Maxwell, 59, has been held at a jail in New York since July last year, awaiting trial on charges of helping to recruit and groom underage girls for sex with the convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in prison in 2019.


Her lawyers have complained about her cell at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, saying that raw sewage has leaked in, there are rodent droppings on the floor and that guards have carried out “hyper-surveillance”.


Maxwell’s legal team have also raised concerns about her ability to help prepare her defence. In the latest pre-trial dispute, they said third parties had dialled into her Zoom calls with her legal team, and that their discussions may have been recorded by prison staff.


They also said they had been prevented from passing documents to their client during a visit, and that Maxwell had been limited in the number of legal papers she could take to the jail’s video teleconference room.


Maxwell’s lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, wrote last week to Judge Alison Nathan, who is presiding over the case, to say that the restrictions “severely hamper [Maxwell’s] ability to prepare her defence for trial”.


Prosecutors said that Maxwell had been allowed “to bring a cart full of legal materials into the VTC room for meetings” but that she had “used that cart to barricade the door to the room, thereby preventing prison staff from being able to access the room”.


Audrey Strauss added: “Because of the security threat posed by the use of the cart to barricade the door to the VTC room, the defendant is no longer permitted to bring the cart into the room.” She said that Maxwell could take “whatever materials she can carry into the room”, and could make multiple trips to collect more documents.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 27, 2021, 2:52 a.m. No.14472079   🗄️.is 🔗kun





Sternheim said that the government “cannot resist the opportunity to gratuitously cast Ghislaine Maxwell in a negative light while it defends the Metropolitan Detention Center at all costs, regardless of the facts”.


“The cart was never used to barricade,” she added. “The government has chosen to make this an issue — when it never was — to justify the restriction placed on the amount of legal materials Ms Maxwell can bring into the VTC room on any given day.”


In a ruling on Wednesday, Nathan said: “The court remains confident that Ms Maxwell is fully able to communicate with her defence counsel and to prepare for trial.” The judge also said Maxwell’s difficulties in talking to her lawyers had been “resolved”, but that her legal team should speak to prosecutors and the prison if there were any more issues.


Maxwell, a former socialite and the daughter of the British press baron Robert Maxwell, has been denied bail three times by Nathan, who considers her a flight risk.


She was charged last summer with aiding Epstein, who killed himself in a New York prison in 2019, in his abuse of three minors between 1994 and 1997. In March, prosecutors added two charges of sex trafficking relating to allegations from a fourth alleged victim between 2001 and 2004.


Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is due to stand trial in November.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 27, 2021, 7:50 p.m. No.14477262   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>7270

Rebel WA splits from national cabinet amid health system fears






National cabinet has moved to bolster state and territory health systems when Australia hits 80 per cent vaccine coverage, as West Australian Premier Mark McGowan broke away from the four-stage reopening plan and ­declared he would not “deliberately infect our citizens”.


With the NSW hospital system struggling to cope with surging ­Covid-19 infections and increasing hospitalisations, there are rising fears that public health systems could be stretched if the national cabinet plan was rushed.


A new taskforce, led by senior health officials from all jurisdictions, will report to national cabinet next Friday on public hospital and health system capacity, the support role of private hospitals and workforce management when frontline staff are forced to isolate.


Updated modelling presented by Doherty Institute professor Jodie McVernon, showed that under the three case scenarios modelled, as revealed by The Australian, there would be no need to change the national plan to end lockdowns at 80 per cent vaccination rate, even if Covid-19 cases were in the thousands.


It did, however, say that, at 70 per cent vaccination, some level of public health orders would be appropriate but would be favoured toward localised and targeted restriction as opposed to statewide lockdowns. But from that point, a gradual easing of restrictions would begin before a complete opening at 80 per cent.


Scott Morrison said that when Australia achieved 70 and 80 per cent vaccine coverage and moved out of the suppression phase, ongoing Covid-19 measures would be needed as the nation transitioned from harsh restrictions and lockdowns. The Prime Minister – who held a pre-national cabinet briefing in his office with senior advisers including chief medical officer Paul Kelly, Health Department secretary Brendan Murphy and vaccine co-ordinator John Frewen – said the reopening plan must support a cautious return to normal life.


“It’s about opening safely. It’s about opening smartly. It’s about opening in a way that is phased,” Mr Morrison said. “It all doesn’t happen on one day. It happens in Phase B, which is what I’d call a very soft, careful opening. And our task now is to ensure we get those careful settings, because I agree with the Doherty ­Institute that we have to be careful in 70 to 80 per cent. It’s a soft opening period, not a big opening period.”


The Doherty Institute will continue updating its scenarios and finalise new modelling on “optimisation of the public health measures and managing outbreak responses and scenarios to support vulnerable cohorts and areas with low vaccination uptake”.


Health data presented to ­national cabinet revealed that Western Australia and South Australia were the most vulnerable to virus outbreaks because their vaccination rates remained low.


Modelling presented to state and territory leaders analysed the ­effective reproduction rate of the virus, taking into account Covid-19 restrictions and levels of vaccination. It showed the ACT and NSW, which have lockdowns in place and high vaccine take-up, had rates of 0.86 and 1.03 respectively. WA had a rate of 3.09, followed by South Australia on 2.45.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 27, 2021, 7:51 p.m. No.14477270   🗄️.is 🔗kun





After announcing that two NSW truck drivers had entered WA and then learned they had tested positive to Covid-19 before crossing the border, Mr McGowan said the state wouldn’t open up to the country even if it remained Covid-free when it reached the 70 per cent vaccination threshold.


Following heated exchanges in the national cabinet meeting, Mr McGowan said there would still be one million unvaccinated West Australians at that stage and he would not risk their health.


“That’s the problem that jurisdictions that have no Covid face, and I raised that point today,” he said. “The idea that we just ­deliberately infect our citizens, if we have no Covid when we get to 70 per cent two-dose vaccination, I just can’t do.


“People would die and we would have huge dislocation. It’s different for other states that have Covid-positive people.”


Mr McGowan’s recommitment to keeping WA’s borders closed even when vaccination milestones are reached is a setback to Mr Morrison’s plans to reconnect the country.


The Premier defended vaccination rates in WA, which lag those of other states, noting that the state had agreed for additional doses to be prioritised for NSW.


“We haven’t had the additional supply,” he said. “I know we are getting attacked by people, the federal treasurer (Josh Frydenberg) has launched a bit of a spray today, but we didn’t get the additional supply that NSW got.


“Frankly it’s pretty unfair to be attacking a state that didn’t get additional supply for not being vaccinated at the same rate as a state that did. Once we get additional supply, we will roll it out.”


Mr McGowan also announced that WA would send 260,000 N95 masks to support the NSW Delta outbreak crisis.


“It’s clear we need a national plan to assist if and when things get worse in NSW,” he said. “I raised that again at national cabinet today. It’s the compassionate, sensible thing to do.”


The national cabinet endorsed a plan to begin administering vaccines to children aged 12 to 15 from September 13 after the Australian Technical Advisory Group on ­Immunisation rubber-stamped jabs for teenagers on Friday.


Some states and territories argued that younger children should be included in the overall vaccination pool, which is currently 16 and over. Vaccination data for high school students will be included in public reporting.


Mr Morrison said that, under the second and third stages of the plan, baseline restrictions and “common sense” were required to protect Australians from the virus.


“But that doesn’t mean lockdowns,” he said. “I’ve already said on many occasions that where you have discrete communities or particularly vulnerable communities that may have very low levels of vaccination and so on, then of course, there is the actions that are available to states in those circumstances. But once you get particularly into Phase C, then you’re in a position to use those common sense measures.”


Mr Morrison said he expected the Qantas announcement that it planned to resume international flights in mid-December when vaccine rates hit 80 per cent would be an incentive for Australians to get jabbed. “Phase C of the plan enables Australians who are vaccinated to be able to leave Australia and return,” he said.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 27, 2021, 7:57 p.m. No.14477305   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>7309 >>3288 >>0309

Wuhan lab leak plausible, Biden probe into Covid-19 origins finds




Joe Biden’s intelligence probe into the origins of Covid-19 has found a laboratory leak and human exposure to an infected animal are both “plausible” explanations for how the virus started.


But the intensive 90-day investigation by the United States’ intelligence community failed to reach a definitive conclusion about how Covid-19, which has now claimed 4 million lives globally, first occurred.


The Intelligence Community’s findings include that the virus had emerged in Wuhan by November 2019, with the first cluster occurring in December 2019, and that the virus was not developed as a biological weapon.


Most of the intelligence agencies, but not all, “assess with low confidence” that SARS-CoV-2 “probably was not genetically engineered; however two agencies believe there was not sufficient evidence to make an assessment either way”.


This finding will be strongly disputed by dozens of international scientists who have demanded an investigation into the possibility of a laboratory leak and say it is highly possible SARS-CoV-2 was subject to laboratory research, pointing to the unusual features of the virus that have never been seen before in other beta-coronaviruses.


The statement released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) said that “after examining all available intelligence reporting and other information, though, the IC remains divided on the most likely origin of Covid-19”.


“All agencies assess that two hypotheses are plausible: natural exposure to an infected animal and a laboratory-associated incident,” it stated.


“The IC judges they will be unable to provide a more definitive explanation for the origin of Covid-19 unless new information allows them to determine the specific pathway for initial natural contact with an animal or to determine that a laboratory in Wuhan was handling SARSCoV-2 or a close progenitor virus before COVID-19 emerged.”


There are 17 intelligence agencies that report to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The unclassified summary of the intelligence report provided to President Biden explained that four elements of the intelligence community and the National Intelligence Council assessed “with low confidence that the initial SARS-CoV-2 infection was most likely caused by natural exposure to an animal infected with it or a close progenitor virus – a virus that probably would be more than 99 per cent similar to SARS-CoV-2.”



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 27, 2021, 7:58 p.m. No.14477309   🗄️.is 🔗kun





These intelligence agencies gave weight to the evidence that suggested Chinese officials did not know about the outbreak in advance and “the numerous vectors for natural exposure”.


One Intelligence Community element had moderate confidence that the first human infection with Covid-19 was the result of a laboratory incident, probably involving the experimentation of the virus, animal handling or sampling by the Wuhan Institute of Virology.


“These analysts give weight to the inherently risky nature of work on coronaviruses,” the ODNI statement said.


But a large part of the intelligence community was unable to reach a view around either hypothesis with any level of confidence.


“Analysts at three IC elements remain unable to coalesce around either explanation without additional information, with some analysts favouring natural origin, others a laboratory origin, and some seeing the hypotheses as equally likely,” the statement said.


“Variations in analytic views largely stem from differences in how agencies weigh intelligence reporting and scientific publications, and intelligence and scientific gaps.”


The intelligence agencies did agree that Covid-19 likely “emerged and infected humans through an initial small-scale exposure that occurred no later than November 2019 with the first known cluster of Covid-19 cases arising in Wuhan, China in December 2019”.


“We judge the virus was not developed as a biological weapon,” the ODNI statement said.


The agencies found that Chinese officials “did not have foreknowledge of the virus before the initial outbreak of Covid-19 emerged”.


The ODNI concluded that China’s co-operation was needed to reach a conclusive assessment on the origins of Covid-19.


Clinical samples and epidemiological data from the earliest Covid-19 cases could alter their evaluation of hypotheses, along with definitive information on a location of interest or “occupational exposure”.


“Beijing, however, continues to hinder the global investigation, resist sharing information and blame other countries, including the United States,” the statement reads.


“These actions reflect, in part, China’s government’s own uncertainty about where an investigation could lead as well as its frustration the international community is using the issue to exert political pressure on China.”

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 27, 2021, 10:30 p.m. No.14478140   🗄️.is 🔗kun

‘Firm trial date’ set for Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex crimes case


Ben Feuerherd - August 27, 2021


Accused Jeffrey Epstein madam Ghislaine Maxwell will stand trial in Manhattan federal court in a few months, a judge ordered Friday.


Judge Alison Nathan scheduled a “firm trial date” for Maxwell on Nov. 29, 2021 in a letter filed in her case on Friday afternoon.


Judge Nathan had previously set that as a tentative date for the trial to begin — and cemented it with the Friday letter.


“The Clerk’s Office has now confirmed that a jury trial in this case has been scheduled to commence on November 29, 2021. This is a firm trial date,” she wrote.


Jury selection will be done in the weeks leading up to the trial, Nathan wrote.


Maxwell, who has been held without bail since her arrest in July of last year, is accused of procuring underage girls for multi-millionaire Epstein to abuse in the 1990s and early 2000s.


She’s pleaded not guilty to the charges and requested five times that she be let out on bail pending trial. She was denied each time.


Her trial was originally scheduled for July, but Nathan agreed to a postponement after prosecutors charged her in a superseding indictment, which included new counts of sex trafficking.


Epstein was previously arrested and charged with sex crimes by the same prosecutor’s office as Maxwell, but killed himself in a Manhattan jail cell before he stood trial.


Maxwell is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn while she awaits trial, and has repeatedly complained about horrendous conditions in the lockup.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 28, 2021, 1:23 a.m. No.14478728   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Marine Rotational Force – Darwin Facebook Post


27 August 2021


U.S. Marine Corps


26 August 2021


Statement from the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General David H. Berger:


"It is with extremely heavy hearts that we learned several Marines and other service members were killed and wounded in the Kabul attacks today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families as they are notified of this devastating loss.


These fallen heroes answered the call to go into harm’s way to do the honorable work of helping others. We are proud of their service and deeply saddened by their loss. As we mourn, we also keep those who are still over there protecting Americans and our Afghan partners at the forefront of our thoughts. Our Marines will continue the mission, carrying on our Corps’ legacy of always standing ready to meet the challenges of every extraordinary task our Nation requires of her Marines.


I am continually humbled by the courage and warrior spirit exhibited every day by Marines across the globe. The sacrifices Marines make on behalf of freedom must never go unnoticed or unappreciated. I ask that you keep these Marines and service members, and especially their families, in your thoughts and prayers."

Anonymous ID: 4c3254 Aug. 28, 2021, 5:13 a.m. No.14479328   🗄️.is 🔗kun

11:11 AM Centrall Daylight time is the Anchor Time, Aussie Anons! We have exactly 3 hours and 58 minutes to go Aussie Anons!

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 28, 2021, 3:54 p.m. No.14482024   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>2027 >>2035 >>2045 >>5997

Pope replaces Australian bishop in alleged misconduct probe


28 August 2021


VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday replaced an Australian bishop who stepped down amid a Vatican investigation into what Australian media have described as allegations of sexual misconduct.


The Vatican said Francis accepted Bishop Christopher Alan Saunders’ resignation as head of the Broome diocese in western Australia. Francis appointed another prelate, Bishop Michael Henry Morrissey of the Geraldton diocese, to temporarily administer the sprawling Catholic diocese in Broome.


The Vatican, in keeping with its custom for announcing bishop resignations, did not cite a reason for replacing Saunders. At 71, he is four years younger than the age when the Vatican requires bishops to offer their resignations to the pontiff.


Australian media have quoted Saunders as strongly denying any wrongdoing and voluntarily offering to step aside. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported earlier this year that police and prosecutors decided against filing criminal charges.


Parishioners in the diocese were informed in May that the Vatican investigation was ongoing, according to Australian media reports.


Details of the case weren’t immediately available. Saunders has reportedly been on sabbatical.


After decades of sexual abuse scandals in many nations, Pope Francis has vowed to root out predator clergy. Cases involving bishops who systematically covered up for such priests also led Francis to try to rebuild the collapsed trust of many faithful by pledging to bring accountability to the church hierarchy.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 28, 2021, 3:55 p.m. No.14482027   🗄️.is 🔗kun


Pope Francis accepts resignation of Australian bishop investigated for sexual abuse


Hannah Brockhaus, Vatican City, Aug 28, 2021


Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation of Australian Bishop Christopher Alan Saunders, who had been on administrative leave from the Diocese of Broome while under investigation for allegations of sexual misconduct.


Australia’s ABC News reported in June that the 71-year-old Saunders had been under investigation by both police and the Vatican.


Police said in late May they would not be pressing charges against Saunders, who has strongly denied any wrongdoing.


Saunders was first accused of historical sexual abuse in 2018. The bishop told a reporter for Australia's Channel Seven TV in March 2020 that, “Without any reservation, without any doubt whatsoever, that has never happened, and it never would happen.”


Saunders was also subjected in early 2020 to a Vatican-ordered internal review for management of staff and finances.


Pope Francis on Aug. 28 accepted Saunders’ resignation of the pastoral government of the Diocese of Broome, which Saunders had led since February 1996.


The pope also appointed Bishop Michael Henry Morrissey of Australia’s Diocese of Geraldton apostolic administrator “sede vacante” of the Diocese of Broome.


Saunders has been living outside the Diocese of Broome since November 2020, when he was asked to take a leave of six months.


The bishop had already voluntarily stood aside from the leadership of his diocese beginning in March 2020 after the police investigation into him first emerged.


The Vatican had appointed Bishop Peter Ingham of Wollongong to lead an apostolic visitation to the Diocese of Broome in 2020.


Saunders was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Broome in 1976. He was born in Melbourne. In 1989, he became the diocesan administrator, and was consecrated as the bishop of Broome in 1996.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 28, 2021, 3:56 p.m. No.14482035   🗄️.is 🔗kun




Resignations and Appointments, 28.08.2021


Resignation of bishop of Broome, Australia, and appointment of apostolic administrator sede vacante


The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Broome, Australia, presented by Bishop Christopher Alan Saunders, and has appointed Bishop Michael Henry Morrissey, bishop of Geraldton, as apostolic administrator sede vacante of the same diocese.



Diocese of Broome - Current Diocesan Communications




Saturday 28th August 2021


Today on 28 August 2021, on the feast of Saint Augustine, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Christopher Saunders as the Bishop of the Diocese of Broome.


Bishop Saunders was ordained as a priest of the Diocese of Broome on 28 August 1976. The Bishop was consecrated as the second Bishop of the Diocese of Broome on 8 February 1996. This year he has completed 45 years as a priest of the Kimberley mission and 25 years as the Bishop of the Diocese of Broome.


During his time in office Bishop Christopher initiated many pastoral and spiritual initiatives for the growth and betterment of the People of God in the Kimberley region. He has long established an active presence throughout the vast region and is well known to many people, Catholic and non-Catholic alike.


We wish Bishop Saunders an enjoyable and fruitful retirement. When the opportunity becomes available people will have the chance to farewell the Bishop.


On this same day, 28th August 2021, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has appointed the Most Reverend Michael Morrissey, Bishop of Geraldton, as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Broome, as an interim measure until such time as a new Bishop for Broome is appointed.


We welcome Bishop Michael and look forward to working with him for the wellbeing of the Broome Diocese.


Monsignor Paul Boyers

Apostolic Administrator

Diocese of Broome

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 28, 2021, 3:57 p.m. No.14482045   🗄️.is 🔗kun


Q Post #2894


Feb 25 2019 20:08:29 (EST)

Many more to come?

Dark to LIGHT.


Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 28, 2021, 7:44 p.m. No.14483209   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>3268


Australia logs record COVID-19 cases, driven by New South Wales


Lidia Kelly - August 28, 2021


Aug 28 (Reuters) - Australia reported a record 1,126 coronavirus infectious on Saturday, the vast majority in New South Wales, the epicentre of the Delta-fuelled outbreak.


More than half of Australians have been in weeks-long lockdowns as officials in Sydney and Melbourne, the country's largest cities, and the capital Canberra struggle to quell the outbreak.


New South Wales, the most populous state and home to Sydney, reported 1,035 locally acquired COVID-19 infections, breaking Thursday's record of 1,029 as the outbreak that started in mid-June continues to grow.


Victoria reported 64 cases, mostly in its capital Melbourne, and Australian Capital Territory that includes Canberra had 26 infections. Queensland had one, Australia's Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd told a briefing.


Despite the record in New South Wales, the state's conservative Liberal Party government said it would ease some restrictions next week, allowing for five-guest weddings.


The state's management of the outbreak - which has nearly 14,700 active cases - has been criticised by officials in neighbouring Victoria, who have imposed stricter restrictions, believing the outbreak there can be suppressed.


"I'm not sure 1,000 cases a day is a sign of hope," Victoria's Health Minister Martin Foley said of the New South Wales infections. "I'm pretty sure that if you ask those intensive care nurses in Sydney hospitals at the moment how they saw the situation, it wouldn't be a hugely rosy picture."


After months of supply delays with the Pfizer shots and public unease about the AstraZeneca vaccine, Australia has been racing in recent weeks to inoculate its population. At current rates, 80% could be vaccinated by mid-November.


The federal government announced a plan last month that envisaged lockdowns as a key to quelling outbreaks until 70% percent of the population gets vaccinated and a gradual re-opening of Australia's borders when the number reaches 80%.


Just 33.7% of people above age 16 have been fully vaccinated, but with some 49,800 cases and 993 deaths, Australia has kept its COVID-19 numbers relatively low.


Neighbouring New Zealand, which had been largely virus-free this year, is also fighting a Delta outbreak, reporting 82 new locally acquired cases on Saturday, all in the epicentre Auckland, as the nation remains under a strict lockdown.

Anonymous ID: 8b47c2 Aug. 28, 2021, 8:14 p.m. No.14483288   🗄️.is 🔗kun


>assess with low confidence

>Most of

>but not all

>unable to provide a more definitive explanation for

>unusual features

>that have never been seen before

>was most likely

>probably would


Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 28, 2021, 8:21 p.m. No.14483313   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Police on hunt for suspects after COVID-19 testing clinic set on fire in Sydney's west


Joe Attanasio - Aug 29, 2021


A COVID-19 testing clinic in Sydney's west has been badly damaged by fire overnight in a suspected deliberate arson attack.


The clinic, located on Forrester Road, North St Mary's, was "well alight" when officers responded to calls just before 11pm last night.


When police arrived on the scene, they found a demountable building had been set on fire, causing large flames and plumes of spoke to surround the area.


Firefighters managed to extinguish the flame, however, the exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Following a search of the the area, anti-COVID and anti-government sentiment was also found graffitied on a separate building.


Among the graffiti were phrases like "COVID=lies" and "fight the government refuse control".


A crime scene has been established and an investigation into the circumstances are underway.


The fire is being treated as suspicious.


Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers - 1800 333 000.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 28, 2021, 9:25 p.m. No.14483713   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Chinese countermeasures surely await Australia in case of import ban


Global Times - Aug 24, 2021


In yet another defiant move that might end up threatening its own interests, the Australian Senate on Monday passed a China-targeted bill to ban imports made with what it deems to be "forced labor."


If the bill, presented by independent senator Rex Patrick, were to clear the government-controlled House of Representatives and consequently come into force, Canberra, whose economy is heavily reliant on exports to China, would certainly bear the brunt of countermeasures from China.


The Australian Senate's consideration of such a proposal is another instance of Australia acting in concert with the US to mount a political smear campaign against China. The bill, should it become law, would empower Canberra to crack down on Chinese imports, which is tantamount to single-handedly waging a trade war with China.


A possible scenario could be that garments using cotton from Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region may become subject to the import ban and some solar panel projects in Australia with the involvement of Chinese businesses may also be hit.


If that is the case, Beijing will unequivocally respond with necessary countermeasures on terms of equality. The price Canberra has to pay would be unaffordable for an economy increasingly vulnerable to a prolonged disruption in trade with China.


The Australian economy has over the years benefited substantially from its trade surplus with China, Australia's largest two-way trading partner both in goods and services terms that accounts for nearly one-third of Australia's total trade.


Australia's two-way trade with China edged down 3 percent last year to A$245 billion ($176.97 billion), outperforming a 13 percent decline in Australia's global two-way trade. Its goods and services exports to China were down 6 percent year-on-year to A$159 billion in 2020, according to data from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


The undeniably hefty reliance on the Chinese export market is actually behind mounting concerns over the impact on the Australian economy from disputed Australian exports to China.


Australia's increasing vulnerability to trade measures by China, in any normal setting, should focus the energy of political leaders on maintaining, if not boosting, trade ties with China.


Regrettably and confusingly, the Australian Senate opted to pass a bill that is based entirely on a widely debunked claim of forced labor and that is of no benefit to the country at all.


At the end of the day, a ban on certain Chinese imports on grounds of fictitious forced labor claims would not inflict extra material losses on the target of its most recent attack, while Australian consumers and those trying to accelerate a push toward renewable energy will have to settle for products with higher costs. The Australian economy faces the real risk of being strangled by China's trade countermeasures.


Another bitter consequence of the rash and ill-judged action of political actors in Canberra is the long-term damage being done to the reputation of Australian products and services throughout China's massive consumer economy.


Already, Australia's continued hostility over the past few years toward China has cost its fame as one of the top sources of premium goods for Chinese consumers, an enviable reputation that has built after decades of hard work and good-will within the Chinese market.


If Australia continues to move toward turning its back on its trade ties with China, the country runs the real risk of backing itself right off an economic cliff.


The article was compiled based on an interview with Chen Hong, a professor and director of the Australian Studies Centre, East China Normal University.

Anonymous ID: 032ba2 First they came for the... Aug. 28, 2021, 10:14 p.m. No.14483955   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Okay MAGA… It’s time for us to face the realities of our future, by revisiting our past! After the last seven years of Nazi rule in a concentration camp, a German Lutheran pastor, named Martin Niemöller, wrote this poem.


“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.


Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.


Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.


Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”


So now MAGA, I now wear my Un-Vaccinated Identification Card where ever I go. You can make your own up by copying this one. This will make it easier for your fellow man to identify you. This will help the Socialist-Communist-Fascist-Marxist Pedophiles, JUSTIFY their inhuman abuse of ridicule, distain, isolation and violence; they are about to rain down on us. I asked my 90 year old elderly mother-in-law, what did you do when it started over there in Europe? She replied, “We left the country as quickly as we could, and came to the USA!” I said to her, “But Mom, it’s happening now in the USA, and there is no place on Earth to escape too!” She then replied, “Then you must fight! Never give up your rights of freedom of speech and especially the right to bear ARMS! That’s how the NAZI’s got us; they disbanded our police, took our guns and left us defenseless.” She’s right; just look at Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand…NO GUN’S!!!!


And now it’s our turn…


First they came for those that had Influenza or the common cold, and I did speak out—because I knew it was just Influenza, or the common cold, that they just renamed it to Covid-19.


Then they came for the small business owners, and employees by closing their businesses down, vandalizing them, burning them out or killing their owners, and I did speak out— because I saw how they were treating large businesses that never closed!


Then they came for the Police, and I did speak out– because they are our only, front line of defense.


Then they came for the anti-maskers, and I did speak out— because I was not an idiot to believe that a mask, like a chain link fence, would keep flies and mosquitoes out.


Then they came for the anti-Vaxxers, and I did speak out—because I am not a Guinea Pig or Lab Rat!


Then they came for me; AND THEY ALL DIED!



Anonymous ID: 4c3254 Aug. 28, 2021, 10:19 p.m. No.14483976   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Fellow Kraut Anons:


Thank you so much for participating!


We have made our first move in taking back the Spiritual World!


May God bless you all!


More to come!



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 28, 2021, 11:25 p.m. No.14484206   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>4210 >>0430 >>0534

Department of Defence Tweet


#HMASWarramunga has departed Fleet Base West and is en route to participate in #ExMalabar alongside key regional partners India, Japan and the United States.


bit. ly/3kporWU


#AusNavy #FreeAndOpenIndoPacific #ExerciseMalabar

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 28, 2021, 11:27 p.m. No.14484210   🗄️.is 🔗kun


Australia back for Indo-Pacific maritime Exercise MALABAR


23 August 2021'


The Royal Australian Navy will join key regional partners India, Japan and the United States for Exercise MALABAR 2021.


Anzac class frigate HMAS Warramunga will join ships and aircraft from participating nations for the high-end military exercise off the coast of Guam in the Indo-Pacific.


Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, said Australia’s participation in the multilateral Exercise MALABAR 2021 would strengthen our collective ability to contribute to regional security.


“Australia is committed to working closely with our partners to address shared regional challenges, including in the maritime domain,” Vice Admiral Noonan said.


“Our forces’ participation in Exercise MALABAR 2021 will enhance the region’s maritime interoperability and is a key cooperative activity between us.


“We regularly work with India, Japan and the United States to build our professional relationships and strengthen the foundations for an open, inclusive and resilient Indo-Pacific,” he said.


This year’s Exercise MALABAR will see the four nations’ forces conduct a range of maritime operations involving live firings and anti-submarine warfare operations.


This is the second consecutive year that Australia has been invited to participate in Exercise MALABAR.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 29, 2021, 11:34 a.m. No.14486968   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>0309 >>0378

Special investigation into the origins of COVID-19 to premiere on Sky News Australia


Sky News Australia


Aug 29, 2021


In an upcoming special television investigation by Sharri Markson and Sky News Australia, new information and shocking claims are set to be uncovered on how the COVID-19 pandemic began.


The global pandemic - which has now claimed the lives of more than 4 million people worldwide – and its origins, have been hotly contested and much-discussed issues for over a year and a half.


In the special television investigation entitled ‘What Really Happened in Wuhan’, which will premiere on Sky News Australia on Monday September 20 at 8pm AEST, Ms Markson sits down with a range of Chinese whistle-blowers, scientists and high-ranking intelligence officials to bring us closer to discovering the truth of what happened in Wuhan.


Ms Markson also has the first sit-down interview for an Australian broadcast media outlet with Donald Trump since he was elected US president in 2016 – with the two discussing several claims relating to the evidence of a lab-leak in Wuhan.

Anonymous ID: 6298ff Aug. 29, 2021, 1:27 p.m. No.14487521   🗄️.is 🔗kun


Mass treatment with ivermectin: an underutilized public health strategy



A Randomized Trial of Ivermectin-Doxycycline and Hydroxychloroquine-Azithromycin therapy on COVID19 patients



Effectiveness of Ivermectin as add-on Therapy in COVID-19 Management (Pilot Trial)


Journal of Antibiotics:

Ivermectin: a systematic review from antiviral effects to COVID-19 complementary regimen



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Journal of Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons:

A Case Series of 100 COVID-19 Positive Patients Treated with Combination of Ivermectin and Doxycycline


Journal of Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons:

Comparison of Viral Clearance between Ivermectin with Doxycycline and Hydroxychloroquine with Azithromycin in COVID-19 Patients



ICON (Ivermectin in COvid Nineteen) study: Use of Ivermectin is Associated with Lower Mortality in Hospitalized Patients with COVID19



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Anonymous ID: 6298ff Aug. 29, 2021, 1:55 p.m. No.14487675   🗄️.is 🔗kun



I urge all Australians to read this… it's a short read jam packed with facts about our 911.


After reading it, you will be in no doubt, that an innocent man was framed and Martin Bryant should be released from prison immediately.


There are a lot of other books etc about it… there's one that just focuses on the "co-incidences"…

For instance, Tasmania has never needed a morgue truck before or since Port Arthur….buttttttttttt….. they ordered one and had it ready for the massacre.


It was a ruthless false flag that disarmed Australia.

Anonymous ID: 79c07e Aug. 29, 2021, 6:40 p.m. No.14489015   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Expat anon here


I have a theory that the Australian slide toward totalitarianism is actually a slow takeover by China.


Can AUS anons confirm or deny?

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 29, 2021, 11:14 p.m. No.14490267   🗄️.is 🔗kun

New Zealand needs to ‘lift’ in Five Eyes: Joe Hockey


Sky News Australia


Aug 29, 2021


Former Australian Ambassador to the US Joe Hockey says New Zealand needs to “lift” in the Five Eyes alliance, as the agreement can’t be “four and a half eyes”.


“New Zealand needs to be very careful, because the relationship can’t be based on overwhelmingly just one party taking from everyone else,” Mr Hockey told Sky News Australia.


“You need to give, in order to maintain a relationship.


“We can’t be four eyes, or four and a half eyes.”

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 29, 2021, 11:20 p.m. No.14490294   🗄️.is 🔗kun


A weary Australia plans reopening as COVID-19 death toll hits 1,000


Jonathan Barrett - AUGUST 30, 2021


SYDNEY (Reuters) - As Australia’s COVID-19 deaths exceed 1,000, a grim toll but modest by global standards, a country that has used relentless lockdowns now faces perhaps its biggest health policy challenge of the pandemic - how to reopen.


The highly infectious Delta variant has breached the country’s fortress-style controls and entrenched itself deep enough in Sydney, Australia’s biggest city, and with a foothold in Melbourne, that authorities have dispensed with plans to eliminate it.


Instead, they plan to ramp up Australia’s lagging vaccination effort and live with COVID-19, an approach that would help struggling businesses but which is opposed by states determined to crush the disease.


Australia reported four fatalities on Monday, taking the total death toll from COVID-19 to 1,003, according to government data. It has logged an average of two to three deaths a day recently, the data shows.


But while deaths are creeping higher, infections are surging to successive record highs above 1,200 a day. With more than half the population in lockdown, even those areas with little or no infections are affected.


The exuberance that accompanied Australia's early suppression success has since been replaced with community frustration here at a delayed vaccine programme that has only recently picked up pace.


Just over 33% of those aged 16 and older have received two vaccine doses, well below most comparable nations, according to a Reuters tracker here.


As the weary nation reopens, authorities hope to avoid the soaring infections and rising death experienced in countries such as Britain here and the United States - which recently posted more than 1,000 deaths here in a single day.


The lesson for Australia is that mask-wearing should not be discarded as restrictions ease and that classrooms should be better ventilated to protect students from the airborne virus, said epidemiologist Raina MacIntyre.


“Wearing a mask is a small price to pay to get that additional layer of control,” said MacIntyre, head of the Biosecurity Research Program at the Kirby Institute, UNSW Medicine. “We’ll need a vaccines-plus strategy as well as ventilation.”




Australia plans to start easing restrictions once 70% of those aged 16 and over are fully vaccinated, expected late in the year. After 80% comes a gradual reopening of international travel, according to the government-backed plan modelled by the Melbourne-based Doherty Institute.


Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants Australia to treat COVID-19 like the flu as vaccination rates rise. “That is our goal, to live with this virus, not to live in fear of it,” he said last week.


But some largely infection-free states, including Queensland and Western Australia, are pushing back as they watch health services at the centre of the Delta outbreak in the Sydney area come under stress.


There are 840 people in hospital being treated for COVID-19 in the epicentre, with 137 in intensive care and 48 requiring ventilation.


Mark McGowan, premier of Western Australia, said his iron ore-exporting state wanted to continue to “crush and kill” the virus, with lockdowns when necessary.


The outbreaks and lockdowns are devastating tourism operators, said Daniel Gschwind, chief executive of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council.


“We are not in lockdown and that’s great, but tourism is like a pipeline,” he said. “It doesn’t matter where that pipeline is broken. If you sit at the end of the pipeline nothing is coming through.”


The Australian economy, which rebounded swiftly in the pandemic's early stages, is set to contract sharply this quarter, threatening to push the country back into recession here if the decline persists for the rest of the year.


In the Group of 20 big economies, Australia is the last to mark 1,000 COVID-19 deaths. Among major Asia-Pacific economies, four – New Zealand, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore – have well below 1,000 fatalities, with New Zealand having the lowest at just 26.


Australia’s rising case count means it will try to reopen under a cloud of infections when, up until the Delta strain, it was largely virus-free.


Delta’s high infectiousness, short incubation, and asymptomatic spread, meant it spread quickly after being first detected in Sydney in June. Caseloads are higher for younger people, who have had limited or no access to vaccines.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 29, 2021, 11:24 p.m. No.14490309   🗄️.is 🔗kun



US Republicans push for Wuhan report evidence




Leading US Republicans will pressure President Joe Biden to declassify the evidence uncovered by the intelligence agencies during their 90-day probe into the ­origins of Covid-19.


It comes as a high-level Five Eyes intelligence source revealed to The Australian that while the intelligence community was divided on the source of the coronavirus, the agencies had uncovered little to no evidence to support the theory Covid-19 emerged from an infected animal.


Instead the intelligence source said there was ample evidence the virus leaked from the Wuhan ­Institute of Virology in China, but it was all circumstantial in nature.


The Biden probe – the verdict of the 18 intelligence agencies – found a laboratory leak and human exposure to an infected animal are both “plausible”.


The statement released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) said that “after examining all available ­intelligence reporting and other information, though, the IC ­remains divided on the most likely origin of Covid-19”.


“All agencies assess that two hypotheses are plausible: natural exposure to an infected animal and a laboratory-associated incident,” it said.


The top Republican on the house foreign affairs committee, Michael McCaul, the former chair of the homeland security committee, said he would now push the Biden administration to declassify the intelligence uncovered as part of the probe.


Mr McCaul revealed to The Australian “the more prominent” intelligence agencies supported the laboratory leak scenario.


“They (the agencies) didn’t come to a unified conclusion but many of them, and I can’t go into detail about which ones, but some of the more credible ones came out stating they did think there was genetic manipulation, that it did not come from animals and that it was leaked accidentally from the lab,” he said.


“We’ve asked the administration for that report, we’ve also asked for it to be declassified.”


Four intelligence elements and the National Intelligence Council assessed with “low confidence” that the initial SARS-CoV-2 ­infection was most likely caused by contact with an infected ­animal. One intelligence community element had “moderate confidence” Covid-19 was the ­result of a laboratory incident, probably involving the Wuhan Institute of Virology either experimenting, handling or sampling the virus. Three elements of the intelligence community were unable to “coalesce around either explanation without additional ­information, with some analysts favouring natural origin, others a laboratory origin, and some seeing the hypotheses as equally ­likely,” the ODNI statement said.


Mr McCaul said the intelligence needed to be made public “so that we can counter the propaganda being spewed out of the Chinese Communist Party”.


“We may never have the smoking gun until the Chinese Communist Party opens up their lab, which you and I know will never happen,” he said.


“But when you look at all the circumstantial evidence and all the cover-up which took place … I think the truth hurts. I think they know what happened and that’s why they went to such great lengths to cover it up.”


Mr McCaul spearheaded a ­report into the origins of Covid-19, concluding the virus was most likely the result of an accidental lab leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 29, 2021, 11:43 p.m. No.14490378   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>0383


‘What Really Happened in Wuhan’: Donald Trump among the insiders interviewed in new COVID-19 investigation


Sharri Markson uncovers explosive claims and new details about how the deadly COVID-19 pandemic began in an exclusive documentary coming to Sky News Australia in September.


Tyrone Clarke - August 29, 2021




In an exclusive special report including interviews with then-President Donald Trump, top-ranking US and British officials and Chinese whistleblowers, Sky News Australia explores the truth behind what really happened in Wuhan when the deadly COVID-19 virus began its trail of devastation.


Award-winning journalist Sharri Markson uncovers explosive claims and new details about how the deadly COVID-19 pandemic began after spending more than a year investigating the potential leak of the virus from a top-secret laboratory in Wuhan.


COVID-19 has taken over four million lives worldwide and has inflicted worldwide economic destruction, but after more than 18 months the virus’ origins are still unknown.


Former US President Donald Trump first raised the possibility that the prevailing theory around the origins of COVID-19 may be false – that it naturally occurred and spread between animals before reaching humans – in April last year.


Mr Trump was swiftly shut down by media organisations across the globe including the ABC and the Guardian who were among those accusing him of peddling “unsubstantiated theories”.


The former President came under fire from all corners of mainstream and social media outlets around the world.


In the early stages of the pandemic, tech giant Facebook instituted a broad-scale unprecedented ban on any posts with “false claims or conspiracy theories” including any mention of the virus leaking from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.


While unprecedented, the move had the implicit backing of the World Health Organisation who called on the world not to spread “fear and panic” by enforcing travel bans on China at the outset of the pandemic.


The WHO consistently praised China for its efforts in the aftermath of the initial outbreak of the coronavirus thanking the Asian superpower for a supposed speedy response.


WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom said Beijing’s transparency around the virus was “very impressive and beyond words”.


Early this year, the WHO publicly declared COVID-19 was derived from animal sources following a highly anticipated and subsequently criticised joint investigation with Chinese researchers.


But both Facebook and the WHO changed their tune when reports emerged that lab workers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology presented with COVID-like symptoms back in November 2019.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 29, 2021, 11:44 p.m. No.14490383   🗄️.is 🔗kun





Sharri Markson has been at the forefront of this investigation, consistently breaking stories and challenging the public status quo around the origins of the coronavirus.


In March 2021, Sharri broke the world-exclusive that Wuhan Institute of Virology employees had been hospitalised with Covid-like symptoms in November 2019.


This classified intelligence was part of the reason US President Joe Biden ordered a new probe into the origins of the virus.


In the explosive new documentary ‘What Really Happened in Wuhan’, Sharri speaks to the key players on the global stage including then-President Donald Trump, Chinese whistleblowers, former head of British intelligence service, Mi6, Sir Richard Dearlove and then-U.S. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe.


Mr Ratcliffe oversaw 17 intelligence agencies and spearheaded the investigation into the origins of COVID-19.


The Sky News Australia documentary has secured the first sit-down interview for an Australian broadcast media outlet with Donald Trump since he was elected president in 2016.


As US President, Trump was privy to the top-secret intelligence on Wuhan and in the Sky News exclusive interview, Sharri questions Trump about his knowledge of when and how COVID-19 emerged and his claims surrounding the evidence for a lab leak.


Sky News anchor, Sharri Markson said: “Even though four million people have now lost their lives, there has been no credible investigation into the origins of COVID-19. It's outrageous. People deserve better from our world health authorities. That's why we wanted to delve into this important topic."


Paul Whittaker, Chief Executive Officer, Sky News Australia said: “The interviews and revelations presented in What Really Happened in Wuhan are testament to Sharri’s tenacity as an investigative news breaking journalist and her pursuit of the truth. While other media have pretended away crucial information, ignored the debates, or have been incurious about the possibility the virus may have been caused by a lab leak, Sharri has been relentless in her search of the facts, in questioning the right sources and asking the difficult questions.


“The impact of COVID-19 on the lives and livelihoods of so many Australians and people worldwide will be felt for decades to come. We are committed to covering all angles of this evolving global public health and policy debate.”


Sharri Markson’s debut book of the same title, published by HarperCollins, ‘What Really Happened in Wuhan’ is the first international book to investigate the COVID-19 laboratory leak theory. It is available pre-order from Booktopia and will be available from bookstores and online from 29 September.


Don’t miss the Australian television exclusive ‘What Really Happened in Wuhan’ on Monday September 20 at 8pm AEST on Sky News on Foxtel and Sky News Regional.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 29, 2021, 11:59 p.m. No.14490409   🗄️.is 🔗kun

‘Insensitive insult’: Fury over move to disband Aussie SAS unit


The Special Air Service is rallying troops to fight moves by the Australian Defence Force to symbolically disband a squadron over flawed evidence.


Charles Miranda - August 30, 2021


The Special Air Service is rallying past and current Special Forces troops to fight plans by the Australian Defence Force to this week symbolically disband the once proud 2 Squadron, in the fallout from the Brereton war crimes inquiry.


A “flag folding” ceremony will be held on Friday for the 2nd ‘Sabre’ Squadron, which is expected to be officiated by Chief of Army General Rick Burr, to symbolically disband the unit and pass the flag to the Historical Foundation.


It is understood the squadron was last year already quietly dishonourably struck off the Army’s ‘Order of Battle’ although the move was delayed amid threats of mass ADF Special Forces resignations.


The disband order was made by ADF Chief Angus Campbell last year after the four-year Brereton inquiry into war crimes in Afghanistan found up to 19 members had committed murder or mistreatment of Afghan civilians.


But angry current and former members of SAS Regiment members squad said the move was a disgrace, particularly in light of the cases against 13 members having now either been dismissed or stalled.


They have set up an online petition calling for a boycott of the ceremony as the ADF Special Operations Command (SOCOMD) rallies veterans to attend the event at Campbell Barracks in Swanbourne WA.


Retired Warrant Officer Kerry Danes, an ex-2Sqn member prior to Brereton, said many saw the planned flag folding as a “slap in the face” to all those who gave impeccable service to the unit during its 57 years service.


He called on members to petition Defence Minister Peter Dutton to reverse the order and reinstate 2Sqn.


It was Mr Dutton who earlier this year reversed ADF plans that would have seen up to 3000 former and serving elite forces who served in the Afghan conflict stripped of their Meritorious Unit Citation.


“The idea of a ‘Flag Folding’ ceremony is insensitive, traumatising and a disgraceful act of leadership,” Danes and his wife Dr Kay Danes wrote in an open post.


“It is also an insult to the families of those 13 SASR members who were victimised and have since been exonerated from the flawed Brereton Inquiry.”


Veterans groups have for a week protested the move.


Another SAS member who asked to not be identified as he was still serving, said the Brereton inquiry had a disgraceful outcome for many.


“There was obviously issues here and a couple of rotten apples but they threw the lot of us under the bus for it,” they said.


“We served with distinction in (2 Sqn) but we were all tarnished by this.”


Last November the Brereton report recommended 19 individuals be investigated for war crimes but at least 13 cases have since been found to be well below the burden of proof required for prosecution with insufficient information to even proceed with an AFP-led probe.


Eleven of those initially cited in reports have either been discharged on medical grounds or quit after receiving notice to show cause for dismissal, although some of these were later rescinded.


Defence was contacted for comment.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 30, 2021, 12:09 a.m. No.14490430   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>0432


China launches live-fire drills as Australia joins The Quad allies for Malabar war games


Australia has joined The Quad for military war games but refusing to be outdone, China launched its own show of strength.


Jamie Seidel - August 30, 2021




Australia is there. So are Japan and India. It’s the latest in a rapid-fire stream of military exercises involving the West in the Pacific. But China refuses to be outdone, launching yet more live-fire drills in the East and South China Seas.


The Malabar 2021 Naval Exercise began in waters off Guam in the mid-Pacific on Thursday. Australia is its latest regular participant. That makes it a de facto expression of the military strength behind the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or Quad, which includes Japan, India and the United States.


At the same time, a strike group centred on the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and the Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen met up with the Japanese helicopter carrier Ise and the US assault ship USS America. They were busy near Okinawa and the Miyako Strait linking the East China Sea with the Pacific.


Beijing, however, refused to be outdone.


It launched the latest of its seemingly never-ending chain of combat exercises. One group passed close to allied forces.


“The Chinese military is responding to US moves to team up with its allies – including when the UK and Germany carry out freedom of navigation operations in the region,” former People’s Liberation Army Colonel Yue Gang told the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post. “When the US steps up its presence in the region, China has to respond and show its muscle.”




US Vice President Kamala Harris earlier this week began a tour of South-East Asia. On a visit to Vietnam, she told President Nguyen Xuan Phuc: “We need to find ways to pressure and raise the pressure, frankly, on Beijing to abide by the UNCLOS, and to challenge its bullying and excessive maritime claims.”


That pressure is already soaring at sea.


China claims almost all of the 2 million square kilometre South China Sea as its sovereign territory. However, nations that actually border the waterway, including Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Borneo, Taiwan and Indonesia, disagree.


But Beijing blames Washington for the international tension and unrest in the region.


China also claims the whole East China Sea, including islands between Taiwan and mainland Japan. South Korea claims some. Tokyo both claims, and occupies, most.


Buoyed by the exploding size of its navy and air force, China has been elbowing its way into these contested waters in recent years.


While many of its closest neighbours are reluctant to defy Beijing because of its economic and military might, a growing international presence is beginning to make itself felt.


And that’s angered China.




“With the advancement of China’s military modernisation over the past two decades, China has fully caught up with the US in terms of conventional military forces,” says Renmin University of China strategic analyst Zuo Xiying. “However, the US’ conventional deterrence capability in the Western Pacific has relatively declined.”


His Communist Party approved editorial states the expanded scope of the Malabar exercise exposes the United States’ “anxiety” about China’s rise.


Now Washington is seeking new ways to exert pressure on Beijing.


“To achieve this goal, the US has no other choice but to unite and rope in its allies and strategic partners, as well as to strengthen security co-operation among key allies and strategic partners,” Zuo writes. “Washington aims to strengthen maritime co-operation with allies and strategic partners, flexing muscles against China and demonstrating its deterrence capabilities and determination.”


Zuo stressed the potential for internal dissent within the Quad.


“Washington has taken aggressive defensive measures to counterbalance Beijing. On the other hand, India, Australia and Japan have their own interests in security issues. Washington cannot have a monopoly on the Quad mechanism, even though it is led by the US.”



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 30, 2021, 12:10 a.m. No.14490432   🗄️.is 🔗kun







Coming hot on the heels of Australia’s Talisman Sabre and the United States’ Large Scale Global Exercise, this year’s Malabar war game represents a shift in emphasis.


Where Australian and US exercises focused on large-scale amphibious assault operations, the focus is now on a high-seas clash.


Warships, submarines and aircraft are being pitted against each other off Guam in the Western Pacific. Their manoeuvres include live-fire weapons drills.


Australia’s multipurpose frigate HMAS Warramunga is showing the flag. The Indian frigate INS Shivalik and corvette INS Kadmatt have travelled to Guam “as part of their ongoing deployment to nations in South-East Asia and the Pacific Ocean”.


Japan has sent three warships, including a helicopter carrier, and a submarine along with surveillance and anti-submarine aircraft. The United States is contributing three warships, P-8 anti-submarine aircraft, anti-submarine helicopters and special forces units.


While not formally taking part in the operation, Britain has its new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and support ships operating off Okinawa with US and Japanese vessels.


Malabar 2020 was the first time all four nations of the Quad participated in the war games at the same time. The move has attracted Beijing’s ire as an “attempt to contain” its territorial ambitions. But it was China’s attempt to push back its border with India in the Himalayan Ladakh region last year that prompted a strengthening of Quad ties.




“The strengthening of the Quad mechanism reflects the fact that China’s military growth is for sure putting enormous external pressure on the US in the Indo-Pacific region,” boasts the Communist Party’s Global Times news outlet.


But it also warns of continued escalation and a new arms race.


“As for China, there is definitely a need for it to counter the US’ strengthening of the security co-operation among the Quad countries.”


Beijing has been eager to be seen to be standing up to Washington.


Live-fire drills in the East and South China Seas ended on Thursday – the same day Malabar kicked off. The full extent of these exercises is uncertain. However, open-source intelligence analysis of satellite imagery reveals a new helicopter assault ship put to sea off Hainan Island.


One unit entered the Miyako Strait, a gap between the disputed Senkaku Islands and Japan’s Ryukyu Islands. Another flotilla, led by a new Type 055 guided-missile cruiser Nanchang, entered the Sea of Japan in a move touted as “a warning to Japanese right-wing forces and militarists”.


State-controlled media boasted the 12,000-tonne warship was “the most powerful” in the world.


“With advanced weapons and equipment like the Type 055 large destroyer, the PLA is fully capable of safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity, no matter if it comes to the island of Taiwan or the Diaoyu Islands, or if foreign forces interfere,” it said.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 30, 2021, 12:32 a.m. No.14490463   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>0465



As Australia’s war crimes investigations drag on, misinformation is catching up


Nick McKenzie and Chris Masters - August 30, 2021




On February 19, 2013, a Mormon elder in regional Victoria was called by a Commando who had recently returned from Afghanistan. The young special forces soldier wished to confess to a murder.


This man, known for legal reasons as Soldier X, is described by fellow Commandos as a man of deep faith and integrity. In his Mormon faith, it’s not enough to simply admit to a sin to attain forgiveness – this can only be achieved through what the Mormons call “repentance sincere and complete”.


What he told the elder that day was how he had been part of a Commando mission that had taken several Afghan prisoners.


“When he entered the room where the prisoners were being held, his [senior soldier] told him to take the prisoners out the back and get rid of them,” says the confession, as noted by the elder.


So he helped take the three prisoners away and “executed” one by shooting him in the head.


“As he shot the third, the way in which the man looked at him caused him to know that he was executing an innocent man,” the elder’s typed two-page statement says.


The moral injury Soldier X was carrying bleeds through the file note recording his 2013 confession to the Mormon elder, who refers to him as “Brother”.


“Brother [X] … knew within himself that the third prisoner was an innocent non-combatant who had just been caught up in the skirmish … The incident has troubled Brother [X] since it happened.”


This powerful confession stayed hidden for five years until it was passed to the Brereton inquiry into war crimes. An investigation was launched and the man interviewed. What he said is unknown, but multiple Defence sources have confirmed that in 2019, Soldier X confessed again to supporters about executing an Afghan prisoner.


His was just one of at least five confessions by special forces soldiers who admitted executing Afghan prisoners between 2009 and 2013. Many more Special Air Service Regiment soldiers have admitted witnessing war crimes. At least half-a-dozen have since made signed statements to the Australian Federal Police.


These witness statements and confessions are compelling, first-hand evidence, often driven by the consciences of former soldiers, that murders happened in Afghanistan. They are at the heart of an uncomfortable truth about a small number of those who served in Australia’s special forces during their long Afghan deployments.


But now, well-connected figures in politics, the veterans’ community and, most significantly, some of those accused of war crimes, appear eager to undermine the witnesses and those who have confessed. These people have launched an increasingly active misinformation campaign. Its premise appears to be that war crimes never occurred.


Australian Defence Association chief executive Neil James describes their contentions as “bullshit” and guided by powerful individuals who have an interest in eroding public and political will for ongoing war crimes probes.


If recent events are a guide, the misinformation appears to be gaining traction, thanks to a friendly ear in some influential corners of the media. This week, it prompted a response at the highest levels of Australian politics.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 30, 2021, 12:33 a.m. No.14490465   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>0469





‘I do apologise’


For four years, Justice Paul Brereton investigated allegations of war crimes and, last November, he released his report. Based on significant evidence from witnesses, including confessions, his report concluded there was “credible information” that up to 39 Afghan prisoners and civilians had been executed unlawfully. Defence force chief Angus Campbell backed the findings in an extraordinary televised press conference and confirmed that 19 serving and former special forces soldiers would be referred to the AFP and a special body set up by the federal government, the Office of the Special Investigator, for further investigation and possible prosecution.


Nine months later, a series of stories has been published apparently designed to undermine these findings. This week, several media outlets released stories whose central thrust was that the defence force’s case against 13 accused soldiers had collapsed because it had withdrawn “show cause” notices asking them to explain why they should not be sacked.


Much of this reporting contended that Defence had this month re-deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, an SAS soldier whom Justice Brereton had identified eight months ago as an alleged war criminal.


In The West Australian, Perth’s daily newspaper, the headline said: “At least one inquiry-linked SAS soldier accused of Afghan war crimes sent back to Kabul”. The story gained traction with the support of Heston Russell, a former commando who has become the go-to veteran for journalists willing to run stories criticising the Brereton inquiry and questioning the war crimes allegations.


Russell fiercely attacked the Brereton inquiry and General Campbell, including on radio station 2GB (owned by Nine Entertainment, the publisher of this masthead).


“People’s lives have literally been ruined only for them to receive a letter saying ‘no case to answer for’,” Russell told 2GB’s Ray Hadley, who agreed enthusiastically. Russell demanded General Campbell apologise: “He would send an amazing example through the defence force if he simply stood up and said, ‘Hey, I got it wrong’.”


Hadley echoed the call, then turned his attention to politicians. On Thursday, Defence Minister Peter Dutton obliged. Invited onto 2GB, he said: “If people have been wrongly accused and they’ve now been cleared of that, then I do apologise for what they’ve been through, what their families have been through.” Hadley pronounced himself satisfied.


But there was a major problem with this reporting. One of the key allegations was not true. Despite the headlines, Defence had not deployed to Kabul a soldier accused by Justice Brereton of war crimes. Nor has Defence cleared of criminal liability any of the 19 soldiers referred to the AFP and the Office of the Special Investigator. All remain under active investigation.


And the 13 “show cause” notice cases are significantly more complex than the reporting has made out.


‘Powerful interests’


Beyond Heston Russell, identifying who is pushing misinformation, and their true motive, is difficult. Journalists from some of the outlets who reported that a war crimes accused was in Afghanistan have now privately conceded they got it wrong. One said their newspaper had been directed to run the story even though the crucial “fact” had not been verified.


The notion that war crimes accused might want to undermine allegations that could land them in jail makes sense, but it’s less clear why some in the media, other veterans and certain politicians might be willing to give them a platform.


Australian Defence Association chief executive Neil James says vested interests are at play, and “party politics” – the view there is political mileage to be gained by supporting a populist campaign.


“There are powerful interests who don’t want to see war crimes pursued,” he says.


Soldier X is not alone in having put his hand up to wrongdoing. Justice Brereton describes at least eight such cases, albeit in a highly redacted form.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 30, 2021, 12:33 a.m. No.14490469   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>0473





But even without these confidential reports to the inquiry, there is plenty of evidence. Whistleblowers have provided significant public statements. Three Afghan war veterans, ex-SAS medic Dusty Miller, ex-SAS signals intelligence officer Braden Chapman and ex-SAS operator “Tom”, have all given extensive interviews to Mark Willacy for his book, Rogue Forces, released this month.


The book gives the most in-depth account yet of an alleged execution, captured on helmet camera, of an apparently unarmed Afghan man lying in a field. Footage of this incident infamously shows a now former SAS soldier asking his superior: “Do you want me to drop this c-nt?,” then shooting the man dead.


Dusty Miller, whose story was first told by this masthead in 2019, has spoken up repeatedly in defence of the Brereton Inquiry, and about how an injured unarmed Afghan, Haji Sardar, was allegedly murdered by a senior SAS soldier after he was taken from Mr Miller’s care.


“There’s lots of us that have gone, ‘This happened. That happened’,” Miller has said, describing the Brereton report as “vindication”.


Despite all this, some media are now undermining the war crimes narrative in the public mind.


The tabloid Daily Mail website has been the recent launching pad for much of this misinformation, but other outlets such as The West Australian, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, and shock jock radio hosts are taking it up with enthusiasm.


Tracing misinformation


The first hint of a campaign appeared in December in The Guardian which ran two pictures supplied by a freelance reporter. One featured two SAS soldiers skylarking in a makeshift bar with the prosthetic leg of a Taliban fighter allegedly executed weeks earlier by ex-SAS soldier Ben Roberts-Smith.


Hundreds of photos exist depicting dozens of SAS soldiers and officers at the same bar also posing with the leg. The fact of the leg’s removal and use as a drinking vessel was revealed by this masthead in 2018. Why were these specific pictures released? Perhaps it’s related to the fact that both men are witnesses for the AFP because they allege they saw another SAS soldier execute a prisoner.


The freelancer has declined to answer questions about this, but has privately told colleagues at The Guardian that he was unaware of this critical fact. One of the two men also voluntarily revealed to the Brereton inquiry in 2018 that he was the one who had taken the leg from the allegedly executed Taliban prisoner. He also provided the Brereton inquiry with photos of the leg mounted on a board. He made the disclosure, which at the point was unknown to investigators, despite the likely adverse impact on his own career.


Two weeks after The Guardian’s article, the Daily Mail took the story up. It ran the same photo but also falsely asserted both men were “facing the sack”. One of the men would later be issued a show-cause notice for misconduct unrelated to the leg, but it was overturned. The second SAS soldier was, to the contrary, recommended for promotion by the Brereton inquiry for his bravery in exposing alleged war crimes. Just last week, he was deployed on an SAS mission to Kabul to help rescue stranded Australians.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 30, 2021, 12:34 a.m. No.14490473   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>0475





Earlier this month, the two police witnesses appeared again in photos leaked to the Daily Mail. This time, the pair was shown at a dress-up event to celebrate Anzac Day in Afghanistan. One was dressed in only underpants and a raincoat, and wore a World War I German military Iron Cross – an heirloom handed down by a great-uncle who had taken it from a German soldier in combat. He wore the cross, dated 1914, under his body armour on missions in Afghanistan as a talisman recognising his relative’s luck in surviving World War I and helping defeat the enemies of the Commonwealth.


In the Daily Mail’s hands, an enlarged picture purported to show the Iron Cross, but in fact it had been substituted to show a World War II version engraved with a Nazi swastika. The Nazi party did not even exist in World War I.


The story was quietly taken down by the Daily Mail, but only after the SAS soldier’s lawyer, Justin Quill, queried Daily Mail editor Lachlan Heywood and accused the website of switching the medal to smear his client as a Nazi and of breaching a suppression order over his client’s identity as an alleged war crimes witness. But just one week later, on August 19, the website ran another article again including misinformation.


“SAS soldiers who faced the sack after extraordinary press conference accusing them of war crimes will FINALLY keep their jobs – and at least one is already back in Kabul saving Aussies from the Taliban,” the headline read.


The false assertion that a war crimes accused had been cleared and then deployed to Afghanistan was promptly run by The West Australian and Rupert Murdoch’s Daily Telegraph, only to be finally dismissed as inaccurate by Murdoch’s The Australian.


One former SAS officer, who has spoken to The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald on condition of anonymity, is furious the falsehood received so much traction, saying it put the lives of Australian soldiers in Kabul at risk.


The ADF also released a formal statement, confirming “no individuals who have received administrative notices in relation to the Afghanistan inquiry have been deployed by the ADF to support the Australian government’s evacuation effort from Afghanistan”. (Official sources are equally dismissive of any suggestion, made after the Daily Mail’s error was exposed, that perhaps another government agency deployed a war crimes accused to Kabul.


It was not the only error in the Daily Mail story. It also falsely asserted that the Afghan man filmed on helmet camera being allegedly executed in 2012—the infamous “should I drop the c-nt” video – was in fact a high-value Taliban target whose execution was authorised.


ABC journalist Mark Willacy, who won a Gold Walkley for uncovering the vision, says the man “was not an authorised execution target”.


“The actual target of this operation was an insurgent commander code-named Objective Young Akira, and whose real name was Mawlawi Payendi. Typically, the Daily Mail has got it wrong. Their reporting on this issue has been skewed and inaccurate.”


The same Daily Mail report – quickly churned by 2GB’s Ray Hadley and The West Australian, who asked Prime Minister Scott Morrison about it at a press conference – also made claims that 13 soldiers issued with sacking notices by the defence force as a result of conduct uncovered by Justice Brereton’s inquiry had effectively been cleared by Defence and “their versions of events have ultimately been preferred over what was found in the Brereton report”.


In fact, two kinds of action against accused soldiers emerged from the inquiry: administrative censure and criminal investigations.


Justice Brereton’s report referred 19 men for criminal war crimes investigations. But rather than endorse their dismissal, he wrote it might be appropriate that the criminally accused not be sacked by Defence, in order for the criminal justice system to “take its course”.


For those allegedly involved in some lesser form of misconduct, Justice Brereton recommended that “administrative action” ranging from a censure letter to termination might be appropriate. That, he wrote, was a decision for Defence and not his inquiry.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 30, 2021, 12:35 a.m. No.14490475   🗄️.is 🔗kun





By June this year, the army had issued 17 notices that required special forces soldiers to “show cause” as to why they should not be sacked. But 13 of these 17 had already been discharged on health or other grounds. Of the four remaining soldiers issued notices, two are reservists (one is serving with the UAE armed forces). Of the 17, this masthead confirmed only one soldier who remains on active duty with the SAS in Perth.


Defence hierarchy is refusing to provide details about why they did not force the 17 men’s sacking, but many ADF insiders point out that given most were already discharged, it was hardly the scandal some wanted it to be.


For its part, the Daily Mail’s editor is standing by its reporting, including the false claim of a war crimes accused deployed to Kabul (it reported the false claim a second time on Thursday), as well as his outlet’s role switching a World War I Iron Cross with a World War II medal engraved with a swastika in a story he later pulled from the internet.


“The stories broken by Daily Mail Australia surrounding our elite soldiers are extraordinary — but they are fair, accurate, and written by a respected journalist with more than 25 years’ reporting experience. These are stories that need to be told,” Mr Heywood said in a statement.


By far the most serious recommendation of the Brereton inquiry was the referral of serving and former soldiers for criminal investigation. All 19 soldiers referred for their alleged participation in executions remain under active investigation by the AFP and the Office of the Special Investigator.


The apparent attempt to wish away the severity of Brereton’s findings ignore that fact.


PR and spin


The most prominent war crimes accused in Australia, Ben Roberts-Smith, has issued no public statements in the past few weeks. He is the subject of three active federal police investigations, including two war crimes inquiries that have sent briefs of evidence to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to rule on whether the police case is strong enough to charge him.


Roberts-Smith is also suing this masthead and the authors for defamation. But for almost four years, he has been paying public relations advisers Sue Cato and, more recently, Helen McCombie, to advise him how to maximise positive media coverage.


In the last month, Roberts-Smith’s employer, SevenWestMedia, published not only the false story about the war crimes accused sent to Kabul, but also the Daily Mail’s copy about the SAS soldier and the swastika-engraved Iron Cross.


Weeks before that, the Daily Telegraph published a front-page story that falsely claimed another key police witness against Roberts-Smith was party to the covert recordings of conversations involving the war hero. The recordings captured Roberts-Smith talking about destroying the reputations of journalists, politicians and soldiers who had challenged his war record.


One of Roberts-Smith’s defamation lawyers is also a lawyer for the Daily Mail.


There is no evidence or suggestion that Roberts-Smith, his lawyers or his PR agents, are tied to the latest misreporting.


Some in Defence are frustrated that General Angus Campbell and other senior officers and politicians are not seeking to counter the misinformation and remind the public that it was special forces soldiers themselves who chose to stand up against the alleged misdeeds of a very small number of their colleagues.


But talking about accountability for war crimes remains politically unpopular, says Neil James. And as the ongoing AFP and OSI investigations into 19 former soldiers are likely to take many months, if not years, to resolve, there is plenty of time for a misinformation campaign to build.


And now, even the fact that men such as Soldier X chose truth and redemption over a cover-up is at risk of being obscured by half-truths, lies and spin.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 30, 2021, 1:34 a.m. No.14490534   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>0537


US Embassy Canberra Tweet


#ExerciseMalibar: The (United States) and (Australia) join India and Japan for a joint naval exercise in the Philippine Sea. Malabar 2021 brings together the four #IndoPacific navies to strengthen their skills in maritime operations, fostering regional security and stability. bit. ly/3gKYG29

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 30, 2021, 1:36 a.m. No.14490537   🗄️.is 🔗kun


Australia, India, Japan, U.S. Kick Off Exercise Malabar 2021


U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Task Force 71 Public Affairs - Aug. 26, 2021


PHILIPPINE SEA - Maritime forces from Australia, Japan, India, and the United States begin phase 1 of cooperative maritime exercise MALABAR 2021 in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 26.


MALABAR is an annual maritime exercise that enhances planning, training, and employment of advanced warfare tactics between the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Indian Navy (IN), Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), and U.S. Navy which demonstrates the commitment between like-minded nations to upholding a rules-based maritime order in the Indo-Pacific.


This year’s exercise is hosted by the U.S. Navy and will take part in two phases. The first phase is an opportunity for the four Indo-Pacific navies to operate together in the Philippines Sea to strengthen their skills in combined maritime operations, anti-submarine warfare operations, air warfare operations, live-fire gunnery events, replenishments-at-sea, cross-deck flight operations, and maritime interdiction operations.


This year the exercise includes Naval Special Warfare forces during phase 1 to address irregular maritime threats and enhance integration with traditional naval forces.


"MALABAR 21 is an excellent opportunity to conduct multi-national training to hone warfighting and maritime security skillsets,” said Capt. Chase Sargeant, commander, CTF 71. "U.S. destroyers closely integrating with our partners and allies builds the foundation for regional security and stability that benefits all Indo-Pacific nations."


U.S. participants for phase one include Pacific Fleet’s top sub hunter, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52), Naval Special Warfare forces, maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft from Task Force 72, and Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) Henry J. Kaiser-class underway replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204).


"MALABAR 21 provides a wonderful opportunity to bolster our international partnerships," said Cmdr. Chris Gahl, commanding officer, USS Barry. "Our team is excited to demonstrate [anti-submarine warfare] capabilities and to collaborate alongside our Indo-Pacific partners and allies. The lessons and tactics we share will enhance our strength and capabilities in supporting the common vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific."


Elements of the Royal Australian, Indian, Japanese, and American maritime forces routinely operate together in the Indo-Pacific, fostering a cooperative approach toward regional security and stability to deter malign influence.


Representing the Indian Navy is Shivalik-class multi-role stealth frigate INS Shivalik (F 47), and Kamorta-class anti-submarine warfare corvette INS Kadmatt (P 29). Representing the JMSDF is Izumo-class multi-purpose operation destroyer JS Kaga (DDH 184), Murasame-class destroyers JS Murasame (DD 101) and JS Shiranui (DD 120). Representing Australia is Anzac-class frigate HMAS Warramonga (FFH 152). Maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft are scheduled to include an IN P-8, JMSDF P-1, and U.S. P-8A.


Under Commander, U. S. Pacific Fleet, 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with 35 maritime nations in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 30, 2021, 1:43 a.m. No.14490548   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Marine Rotational Force – Darwin Facebook Post


29 August 2021


U.S.-Australian Integration


During Exercise Koolendong 21 the #Australian #Army integrated with Marine Rotational Force Darwin's #Marine Air Ground Task Force. Both services shared #military capabilities to conduct mounted, dismounted, and air assaults. Sharing military capabilities ensures both forces are prepared to rapidly and effectively respond to a crisis in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Jacob Foster and Cpl. Lydia Gordon)

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 30, 2021, 1:48 a.m. No.14490556   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>0557

Downward dog to anti-vax: Trendy yoga is starting to stretch the truth






In a video that has been viewed thousands of times, two women who consider themselves to be “truth-seekers” are discussing the pandemic.


“There are a lot of questions about how real the coronavirus really is,” the older woman says, while the other nods enthusiastically.


The corona, she continues, is a part of the cell that the body rejects, a toxicity that is almost certainly linked to 5G waves. Besides, she says, “viruses have never been proven”.


It is predictable stuff, coming from Kerry Cassidy, an American conspiracy theorist. But the other woman in the video is more surprising. Until her sudden death this month at the age of 41, Guru Jagat, otherwise known as Katie Griggs, was a cult figure in the world of kundalini yoga.


Conspirituality, a blend of new-age philosophy and conspiracy theory, has grown at an extraordinary rate since the beginning of the pandemic. Research published in March by the Centre for Countering Digital Hate showed that 12 influencers were responsible for nearly 70 per cent of the vaccine misinformation spreading online. Most of these influencers are associated with so-called “wellness”.


Now governments are starting to take it seriously. Last week, in France, Miviludes, an agency responsible for monitoring the spread of sectarian movements — cults, in other words — warned that the yoga and wellbeing industries are now among the most fertile breeding grounds for conspiracy theories and anti-vax information.


To understand how this has happened requires that we stop thinking of yoga as a genteel pastime for the middle classes and see it as an ideology — and one that has longstanding associations with the far right.


The first sign of what was to come appeared in March last year, when a glamorous American wellness expert, Kelly Brogan, posted a video online. Before the pandemic, Brogan, who calls herself a “holistic psychiatrist”, was a star of the wellness scene, with a reputation akin to that of the mysterious guru played by Nicole Kidman in Nine Perfect Strangers.


She has advocated a less medicalised, more soulful approach to mental health, railed against Big Pharma, had a star-studded waiting list at her Madison Avenue clinic and was a contributing editor to Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness website and shop.


Like many of the key players in this brave new world of turmeric lattes and jade eggs, she nurtured a deep suspicion of the medical establishment. New clients were asked to fill in forms agreeing to forgo dairy and gluten and asked if they believed in pharmaceutical medication and whether or not they vaccinated their children.


But the pandemic was a turning point. Now, Brogan warned, Covid-19 deaths were “likely being accelerated by the fear” of the virus. This fear was being stoked by the “mainstream media” to erode our trust in one another. “We are all going to be OK. You’re all already OK,” Brogan said, soothingly, while comparing lockdown measures to the “dehumanising agendas that preceded the Holocaust”.


The video went viral and Brogan has not stopped posting since. Both she and her husband, Sayer Ji, a guru and health shop owner, are in the “dirty dozen”, the list of influencers producing the majority of vaccine misinformation, according to the CCDH research.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 30, 2021, 1:48 a.m. No.14490557   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>0558





It is hard to monitor how this idea has spread through the wellness community, but this isn’t just a world of West Coast and New York woo-woo.


Annie Kelly, a researcher and the co-host of the QAnon Anonymous podcast, has been studying far-right conspiracy groups for years, but was surprised by the demographic she has seen protesting against lockdown measures on the streets of London. “I was looking up the organisers and expecting to see some familiar faces, and I didn’t,” she says. Instead, they were young women, often mothers, dressed in an “Instagram aesthetic”.


Two of the ringleaders, Laura Ward and Lucy Davis, were life coaches with an interest in meditation. “Pastel Q” content — the name given by a Canadian researcher, Marc-Andre Argentino, to this cross-section of wellness and conspiracy — is hard to detect. It is often masked in obscure spiritual language, with messages shared in private Facebook groups or short-lived clips on Instagram stories, but it has spread particularly quickly. Kelly says many of the key players sold candles or vitamins through “multi-level marketing” companies, controversial schemes that hire people to sell directly for commission, which have thrived in the wellness community.


Guru Jagat, who founded the RA MA Institute in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, was the hipster face of kundalini yoga, a form that believes a divine feminine energy resides, coiled like a snake, in the base of the spine. Her students, who included the actress Kate Hudson and the singer Alicia Keys, wore turbans. She had 80,000 followers on Instagram and nearly 30,000 on her YouTube channel.


Early last year, Jagat began posting hashtags relating to QAnon, the conspiracy theory that posits that the world is under threat from a cabal of paedophiles and that Donald Trump is leading the fight for truth. She launched diatribes against the “woke agenda”. She died suddenly on August 1 from a pulmonary embolism after ankle surgery.


Matthew Remski, a researcher and cult survivor, is not surprised that the yoga community has proved such a fertile ground for conspiratorial ideas. Since the Woodstock festival in 1969 opened with a yoga chant, he says, “the predominantly liberal media has been labouring under this naive perception that yoga itself was counter-cultural in a politically progressive way”.


In fact, the opposite has tended to be true. The Nazis were fascinated with yogic concepts of bodily purification and excellence. Between the world wars, two retired British military officers, Francis Yeats-Brown and JFC Fuller, embraced fascism and yoga. While Fuller believed that yoga could teach men to be strong and powerful leaders, Yeats-Brown celebrated yoga as a part of “Aryan” racial inheritance.


Yoga is hyper-individualistic and libertarian, Remski says. “It teaches that your body is sacred because it is whole. It doesn’t need anything else. It has purity in relation to its environment; it consumes pure foods, it has excellent immunity. You do not need to worry about collective ideas like public health — in fact, they are impositions against your bodily sovereignty.”



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 30, 2021, 1:49 a.m. No.14490558   🗄️.is 🔗kun





It is hard to know whether these influencers believe the conspiratorial messages they are spreading. For some, the timing seems auspicious. At the start of the pandemic, kundalini yoga and its founder, Yogi Bhajan, were engulfed in a wave of #MeToo sexual misconduct allegations. “It allowed [Guru Jagat] to distract her own membership from the fact that there had been a whole slew of #MeToo reporting showing kundalini yoga as a whole to be a damaging cult,” Remski says.


For others there is a financial incentive. The natural health market is worth billions and is largely unregulated. Imran Ahmed, the director of the CCDH, says tech companies and their opaque algorithms bear a lot of the responsibility. Their research shows that if you are posting wellness and alternative-health content, Instagram will automatically start recommending anti-vax accounts.


“Everyone thinks the platforms give you more of what you like, but they give you more of what they want you to like,” Ahmed says.


Conspiracy is controversial and controversy keeps people engaged. The QAnon Anonymous podcast has covered the rise of a New Jersey-based yoga teacher called Krystal Tini, who had about 2000 followers on Instagram — until she started posting QAnon material. Then her following exploded to more than 100,000 in a matter of weeks.


That is the quandary for influencers such as Brogan and Ji, who have not quite come out in support of the QAnon conspiracy. “It is too toxic as a brand to endorse but too lucrative to denounce,” Remski says.


Should we be worrying about any of this if vaccination rates are high? Kelly believes we should. Leaving aside that mothers will be crucial in any effort to roll out the Covid vaccine to schoolchildren, “people underestimate the damage of a healthy, thriving movement like this. Trust in medical authority is very easily lost and very hard won”.


If these attitudes are left to bubble away online, we may see that, over time, people become less likely to vaccinate their children against any disease. Even worse, there might be another pandemic. Whatever the solution, it is going to be a global fight.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 30, 2021, 1:51 a.m. No.14490562   🗄️.is 🔗kun

"It's been a slow death": Loved ones describe cutting ties with parents, siblings over QAnon conspiracy theories


This week on 60 Minutes+, Laurie Segall speaks with men and women who say they have seen their loved ones fall so far into QAnon conspiracy theories that many have had to cut off contact with them.


Aug 29 2021


Wheeler, a former Army medic who served for two years, was stationed at Fort Hood in 2014 when a gunman opened fire. Three of Wheeler's fellow soldiers were killed and 12 were injured before the shooter turned the gun on himself.


"It was frightening," Wheeler, now 28, told 60 Minutes+ correspondent Laurie Segall, "It was traumatizing, in a way."


After Wheeler was discharged in 2015, he said he didn't open up to his parents right away, and only over time gave more details about what he said he'd experienced during the shooting. But he told Segall the parents he returned home to had become more paranoid as they started being influenced by conspiracy theories. And they began to doubt his account of what he'd endured that day.


"When I told them I was there for that shooting, and I told them what I had experienced, it was whiplash to me because I was met with a distant, icy neglect," Wheeler told Segall. "So the QAnon conspiracies that he started following made him degrade into more of an angry, more abusive, more distant person who now doesn't even really believe, I don't think, anything that I've said about my military service."


"How does it feel to have your parents not believe it happened?" Segall asked Wheeler.


"A betrayal. It feels like a betrayal," Wheeler said.


Wheeler, whose last name has been withheld for the privacy of his family, connected 60 Minutes+ with his parents who firmly denied their son's account of their belief in QAnon. Wheeler's father said he doesn't have enough information to verify his son's experience at Fort Hood that day and was skeptical of what he saw as changing accounts by Wheeler. He said the two haven't talked much in the past year.


For this week's 60 Minutes+, Segall spoke with individuals, including Wheeler, who are bound by the loss of their loved ones to QAnon – the pro-Trump web of conspiracy theories that began as a fringe online movement in 2017 but has since exploded.


One woman said she hadn't talked with her father for over a year after he inundated her with messages peddling conspiracy theories. Others said the COVID-19 pandemic gave way to new rifts over conspiracy theories about the virus or the vaccine.


The different stories all had a similar theme: the devastation of families caused by QAnon.


"There's almost a lingo for what it is that you guys are experiencing," Segall told the group. "Q-siblings– a Q-spouse, Q-parents. What does it mean to have Q-family?"


"To not have them," Wheeler said. "They are lost to us. And we are clinging for the idea of them without the Q."

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 30, 2021, 11:27 a.m. No.14492518   🗄️.is 🔗kun


Fox and the Big Lie: Trump returns to campaign trail amid 'stolen election' lawsuits | Four Corners


ABC News In-depth


Aug 30, 2021


How Fox News promoted Donald Trump’s propaganda and helped destabilise democracy in the United States of America: the final instalment of our two-part special on Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News.


On the night of the US presidential election, Donald Trump declared the vote was a "major fraud on the American people." Rather than face defeat, he and his allies began a campaign claiming the election had been stolen.


In the aftermath, high profile Fox News presenters gave a platform to Trump's campaign pouring fuel on the already ferocious political divide.


Now, their words and actions are under scrutiny in multi-billion dollar lawsuits.


In an exclusive interview, Trump’s former lawyer and advocate of the 'stolen election' conspiracy, Sidney Powell, is asked to justify her claims.


Watch part one here:

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 30, 2021, 11:35 p.m. No.14495885   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Half a million Pfizer doses from Singapore secured to help Australia's COVID-19 vaccine rollout


Stephen Dziedzic - 31 August 2021


Singapore will soon send half a million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses to Australia as part of a "vaccine swap" between the two countries, delivering a boost to the nation's vaccination program.


Under the agreement, Australia will receive 500,000 Pfizer doses that are due to expire.


Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the doses would arrive this week, to be rolled out across Australia from next week, and would be shared equally with all states and territories on the basis of population.


"We need to vaccinate the whole country and we need for those doses to go from one end of the country to the other and for them to be taken up," he said.


The federal government will then deliver half a million Pfizer vaccines back to Singapore in December, when Australia is expected to have ample supplies.


"This will greatly assist the national vaccination program as it brings in two important age groups into the program — the 16- to 29-year-olds, which have already begun this week — and, of course, the 12- to 15-year-olds," Mr Morrison said.


"I said I'd leave no stone unturned on this and this is further demonstration that that has been the focus of the government."


Singapore has already fully vaccinated well over 80 per cent of its population against COVID-19 — making it one of the most inoculated countries in the world — and has begun the process of easing restrictions.


In a statement, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it might use the 500,000 returned doses from Australia for booster shots later in the year.


"These returned doses would come in more useful for Singapore then, potentially as booster doses for specific segments of our population that could benefit from such boosting," the ministry said.


Mr Morrison has hailed the vaccine swap as an example of international cooperation, saying Australia and Singapore were working together to make sure vaccines were used before they expire.


Foreign Minister Marise Payne said as well as working with countries to share vaccines, Australia had dedicated millions to the region.


"We are securing vaccines for the Australian community from a range of sources and, at the same time, providing access to effective vaccines for our region, to underpin that shared recovery," she said.


"We have delivered over 2.1 million vaccines in our region now, particularly focused on the Pacific."


The extra doses are expected to further speed up the vaccine rollout, already set to be boosted in September by the arrival of Pfizer doses from elsewhere, as well as the first shipment of the Moderna mRNA vaccine.


The government is expecting 1 million doses of the vaccine to arrive next month.


Earlier this month the government secured 1 million Pfizer doses from Poland, which were directed to Sydney to help vaccinate younger age groups in hotspot areas.


Mr Morrison thanked Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the country's health minister for facilitating the swap.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 30, 2021, 11:45 p.m. No.14495902   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>5903


Conspiracy theorist Karen Brewer among 19 arrested in failed bid to overthrow Government


Scott Palmer - 31 August 2021




Notorious conspiracy theorist Karen Brewer has been arrested by police while protesting as part of a wider plan to overthrow the Government.


Brewer, who has thousands of followers on social media for her COVID-19 scepticism and claims about Freemasons and pedophiles in powerful positions, had been calling for mass protests on Tuesday morning to force Parliament in Australia and New Zealand to be dismissed.


"Millions of people will be mobilised both sides of the ditch at these locations," she said on Telegram ahead of the protest, which has been six months in the making.


"We stand at these locations NO MATTER WHAT."


Images posted Tuesday morning show her waiting outside the Far North District Council for 9am to start her protest while police officers approach her. It appears from footage she is the only protester there.


"You need to leave immediately or else you will be arrested," an officer warned in a video.


The latest update on Brewer's Telegram channel confirmed she had been arrested, to the shock of her followers.


"This gives us more strength. Nelson Mandela was in prison for decades then he became president," one person commented.


Others thought planning a protest of millions of people on a public social media platform might have tipped off authorities.


"This whole silent gathering op, was waaay too telegraphed, in my humble opinion," one person noted.


"The satanic powers not to be will brand Karen and all other so-called leaders of resistance as terrorists. It's all part of the overall covert-19 psyop agenda."


Police say Brewer was one of 19 arrested for breaching alert level 4 restrictions during small anti-lockdown protests outside government and local council buildings around the country this morning.


Two were arrested in Northland, four arrested in Auckland, three in Hamiton, and six in the Bay of Plenty following a gathering outside the Tauranga City Council building.


Another small gathering was reported in Taupo, with one arrest made, while Central District Police responded to small groups of protestors outside council buildings in New Plymouth, Whanganui and Manawatu. Two people were arrested at the Whanganui protest.


A demonstration also took place outside the council building in Nelson. No arrests were made.


In Christchurch, one person was arrested following a protest outside a council building.


"While these protests were small, the actions of those involved are very disappointing," says Police Commissioner Andrew Coster.


"While protest is a normal feature of a well-functioning democracy, Police have a low tolerance for anyone who deliberately ignores the restrictions in the current situation. Today's arrests reflect that.


"The alert level is in place to protect us all and we need everyone to do their part."



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 30, 2021, 11:47 p.m. No.14495903   🗄️.is 🔗kun





Brewer has previously said being arrested would give "really valuable intel" as it would allow you to scope out the police station.


"I need to do what I need to do to get inside the police station so you can map out the ins and outs, the entrances, the exits, how it's layed-out inside. Really important intel," she explained in a YouTube video posted earlier this year.


Leading up to the protest, Brewer ordered her followers to stand in silence outside local Government buildings, the Beehive and the Governor-General’s residences in Auckland and Wellington.


Not a single person turned up at the Beehive or Government House in Wellington, according to Newshub cameras at the scene.


One person who claims to have turned up to Government House in Auckland turned on fellow members of the group.


"Kiwis are GUTLESS. I was one of only 2 cars that showed up at government house in Auckland before a van full of cops showed up," they wrote on social media.


Another member said they were disgusted their leader was by herself at the protest.


"Y’all just keep typing your way to slavery ! Karen stood alone because you couldn’t be bothered to stand with her disgusting! OMG I give up on man kind bunch of lazy sheep."


Police have previously said they are pleased with the public’s overall response to alert level 4 restrictions - but warn they will step up enforcement.


"Now is not the time to throw caution to the wind or take unnecessary risks," Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said in a statement on Monday.


"Police will not tolerate behaviour that deliberately jeopardises everyone’s efforts to date.


"We all know the rules by now so the public can expect police to move from education through to enforcement more quickly in these circumstances."


Brewer has previously been ordered to pay almost $1 million in damages to an Australian MP over a slew of defamatory social media posts accusing her of being "a member of a secretive paedophile network".

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 31, 2021, 12:41 a.m. No.14495997   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>5999


Questions cloud resignation of Bishop of Broome Christopher Saunders


Erin Parke - 31 August 2021




The resignation of Bishop of Broome Christopher Saunders has been met with relief, sadness and anger by those embroiled in the three-year saga.


Some parishioners walked out of Sunday Mass in disgust at praise being lavished on the departing cleric.


Over the weekend, the Vatican issued a statement accepting the resignation of the 71-year-old, who has been a priest and bishop in the remote Kimberley region for almost 50 years.


He was subject to a lengthy police investigation into reports of inappropriate behaviour with young men before prosecutors in May decided not to lay charges.


In his first public statement in almost two years, Bishop Saunders confirmed his resignation was accepted by Pope Francis last Thursday.


"My decision to resign was made after a great deal of thought and prayer," he wrote in the communique to priests and parishioners.


"While I have never been one to walk away from a commitment, the fact is that I must now consider the status of my health and well-being.


"With the help of medical professionals, I have concluded that I am no longer able to adequately serve the needs of a vast and diverse diocese such as the Kimberley."


Question marks remain


But many are questioning the official narrative, with one former priest describing it as the bishop putting a positive spin on a deliberate dismantling of the diocese administration by the Vatican.


Those with knowledge of the Church response have told the ABC that church officials were strongly advising Bishop Saunders to step aside for months prior to the decision.


They have pointed out it is unusual for the Pope to accept the resignation of a bishop before the age of 75, and are linking it to the resignation of several other bishops in trouble-plagued dioceses globally in recent months.


Matt Digges, who worked under Bishop Saunders for more than a decade before resigning the ministry, says the church needs to be honest about the reasons for the departure.


"Unfortunately, the statements that have been released fail to mention the elephant in the room," he said.


"They have missed the controversy that has surrounded Bishop Saunders for the last few years, and missed the reason why he actually is not an active bishop at the moment."


Mr Digges says he expects the Church's investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations will continue, despite Bishop Saunders' retirement.


"Any complaint made against a member of the clergy is not abrogated because they retire or resign a position," he said.


"If that person is still on the books of the church, for want of a better phrase, then there's an active process that would still need to be fulfilled."


There is also the potential for the allegations to be subject to civil litigation, with at least one of the men who made a complaint against Bishop Saunders engaging lawyers to look at legal options.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 31, 2021, 12:42 a.m. No.14495999   🗄️.is 🔗kun





Will a fresh Vatican investigation be launched?


The first report of sexually inappropriate behaviour was made by a young Aboriginal man from a bush community in the Kimberley in 2018.


A local nun and priest contacted police and a statement was made and signed in late October. Bishop Saunders strenuously denied the allegation when confronted by media.


In keeping with its protocols, the Church held off investigating the matter while the WA Police investigation was live.


But the decision in May cleared the way for the Church to begin its own inquiry, drawing on the multiple reports made to its professional standards body by diocese staff concerned about Bishop Saunders' behaviour.


Those familiar with canon law expected it would trigger a Vos Estis inquiry, which is a more rigorous and internationally consistent process established by Pope Francis in 2019 to increase accountability for senior clerics.


However, Church authorities in Rome, Canberra, Perth and Broome have not answered questions from the ABC, and it remains unclear if Pope Francis will initiate a fresh investigation.


The case has drawn international attention, with the Washington Post covering the resignation with the headline "Pope replaces Australian bishop in alleged misconduct probe".


I will listen, new bishop says


The Vatican has appointed the Bishop of Geraldton, Michael Morrissey, to oversee the running of the Broome diocese until a replacement is appointed.


He told the ABC on Monday that he had spoken on the phone with Bishop Saunders.


"He indicated to me that he's very happy that I've been asked to take on this responsibility in the short term," Bishop Morrissey said.


"The first thing I will need to do is speak less and do a lot of listening and be present for the wonderful people of the Diocese of Broome.


"That is my aim, and that is what I've been asked to do by Pope Francis."


Bishop Morrissey said he had not been briefed on the findings of an internal probe into complaints of bullying and financial mismanagement within the Broome diocese, that was conducted in early 2020 after Bishop Saunders initially stood aside.


He acknowledged Bishop Saunders' decades of hard work in the Kimberley.


"Bishop Chris Saunders was committed totally to the Broome diocese. I know he was — I've known him for many, many years.


"His commitment and his love for the Kimberley has always been there, so I am hopeful that is not forgotten, as it is remembered and cherished by many people."


The appointment is expected to bring stability to the outback diocese, which is spread across half a dozen remote bush parishes including some Aboriginal mission settlements.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 31, 2021, 12:47 a.m. No.14496003   🗄️.is 🔗kun

'Pathetic' child abuser jailed in Tasmania


Ethan James - 31 August 2021


A predatory and evil pedophile who abused boys and girls in Tasmania for 25 years has been chastised by a judge as a pathetic example of a man.


Phillip James Scott, 69, was on Tuesday sentenced to up to 12 years' jail after pleading guilty to two counts of persistent sexual abuse of a child, two counts of indecent assault and one of rape.


Scott was often entrusted to babysit the children, whose ages ranged from five to 12, when the abuse occurred from 1972-97.


He regularly sexually abused one girl over a three-year period at his house and hers, while in his car and once on a picnic blanket at a park.


Scott told the children no one would believe them if they came forward and the abuse was their fault.


In sentencing, Justice Gregory Geason told the Supreme Court of Tasmania Scott's crimes were "predatory, selfish and evil".


"You are a pathetic example of a man," he said, adding Scott had a "callous pattern of behaviour".


Scott initially pleaded not guilty to the charges but changed his plea in June after trial preparations had begun.


When the allegations were put to Scott by police in 2016, he denied them, telling investigators they were "made up" and some of the complainants owed him money.


He was investigated and interviewed by police in 1997 and 2002 after some of the complainants came forward but no charges were laid.


He told police in 2002 that there was "no reason" why the complainant would have seen him naked.


Justice Geason described the police investigation as "apparently inadequate".


Scott, who has suffered a major stroke and sat in the court dock in a wheelchair using a listening aide, was given a non-parole period of eight years and will be on the sex offenders' register for life.


Justice Geason noted Scott would have difficulties in prison due to his health.


Survivors previously told the court about the impact of Scott's abuse, including one woman who was molested on her birthday.


"Every birthday I went through was a reminder of what he did to me. I have never felt very good about being me," she described in a statement read by a lawyer.


Another woman said she had learning difficulties as a child and trouble concentrating in school after being abused.


"I just thought I wasn't very clever."

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 31, 2021, 12:54 a.m. No.14496009   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Prince Andrew’s Gilded Cage Closes in as Department of Justice Reiterates Desire to Speak to Disgraced Royal


Tom Sykes - Aug. 30, 2021


Prince Andrew has abandoned public life, given up trans-Atlantic travel, and spends much of his free time sheltering behind the high walls of various properties owned by his mother, the sovereign, as he attempts to evade scrutiny from U.S. authorities over his links to Jeffrey Epstein, and specific allegations that he raped, on three occasions, the then-17-year-old sex-trafficking victim Virginia Roberts.


For a man once so addicted to leaping on private and commercial jets at the drop of a hat that he was nicknamed “Airmiles Andy,” the shrinking of his world is likely to represent a humiliating and painful reality for Andrew.


It is not, of course, as humiliating as being dragged through the U.S. courts; avoiding that fate is believed to be the specific purpose of Andrew’s remarkably modest and discreet new lifestyle.


However, even on this limited front, it seems that Andrew is set for a long and drawn out war of attrition, with no sign that U.S. authorities have any intention of giving up on their battle to force him to answer questions, on the record and on their terms, as to what exactly he knew about the late financier and his retinue.


There was fresh pressure Monday on Britain to hand Prince Andrew over for questioning.


A U.S. government official told a reporter from British newspaper the Sun: “The U.S. and the U.K. have a close, productive, and resilient law-enforcement and mutual legal assistance relationship. We remain in close contact on many active cases on a daily basis and will continue to seek assistance in criminal matters as we provide similar assistance in return.”


Although the comment did not mention Andrew by name, the Sun made it clear that the response was given in the context of queries about the queen’s disgraced third child.


The comments clearly show the Department of Justice’s frustration that Andrew has refused to cooperate with them, despite pledging to do so in his notorious BBC interview in November 2019 and in various comments since then.


Andrew has repeatedly claimed that he has offered to cooperate with the inquiry, however the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York has previously told The Daily Beast that they want to talk to him, but have not been able to.


That office sought to pile pressure on Andrew this month by reporting that Andrew was a “person of interest” in the Epstein probe and was considered “at least” a witness.


Last year, it was reported that the DOJ had sent a formal document known as a mutual legal assistance request to Britain’s Home Office to try to force Andrew’s cooperation.


So far, Andrew has proved able to shrug off this and other various demands for him to cooperate, including the filing of a civil suit against him by Virginia Roberts Giuffre in which she accused him of raping her three times.


A key part of his strategy in recent weeks has been to hide out at various well-defended properties owned by his mother, the queen.


While serving papers on Prince Andrew in person is not a legal necessity, Giuffre’s attorney, David Boies, is suspected to be keen to create a visual narrative of a besieged Andrew.


Having spent time at Balmoral in Scotland earlier in the summer, Andrew, the Sun reported this weekend, is now hiding himself away at Royal Lodge in Windsor to avoid being served documents in the civil case against him, which alleges he raped Roberts Giuffre when she was 17.


Security guards stopped “multiple attempts” by lawyers last week to hand the documents over, the paper said.


The Sun said: “There’s no way he will risk poking his head outside right now. He will stay out of view.”


The Daily Beast exclusively revealed that British media organizations hoping to snap a picture of a disgraced Prince Andrew at Balmoral this month were warned off by the queen’s lawyers. The report stated that the palace was “believed by some journalists to be acting out of an abundance of caution for fear that Boies could stage [a serving of papers] spectacle to humiliate Andrew.”


Andrew is considered unlikely to respond to the civil suit. This could result in a default judgment being entered against him; however legal sources say any penalties would be very hard and likely impossible to enforce.


A spokesperson for Andrew declined to comment to The Daily Beast about the report.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 31, 2021, 1:05 a.m. No.14496025   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>6026

How Hackers Hammered Australia After China Ties Turned Sour


Wave after wave of cyberattacks has shaken the country. Experts say even the wealthiest nations are at risk if they annoy China enough.


Jamie Tarabay - 31 August 2021




A few days after Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an independent international probe into the origins of the coronavirus, Chinese bots swarmed on to Australian government networks. It was April 2020.


The bots ran hundreds of thousands of scans, apparently looking for vulnerabilities that could later be exploited. It was a massive and noisy attack with little effort made to hide the bots’ presence, said Robert Potter, chief executive officer of Internet 2.0, an Australian cybersecurity firm that works extensively with the federal government.


“It was just a door knock, like someone walking up and ringing your doorbell,” he said.


The previously unreported network scans were followed by months of active hacks that would reverberate across the Australian economy. Victims included the parliamentary email network, the Bureau of Meteorology and the departments of defense and health, according to people familiar with the situation and reporting in the Australian media. State government departments including education and finance were also hit, as well as numerous Australian universities and businesses. While Beijing denied any involvement, cybersecurity experts traced much of the activity to systems used by China-based advanced persistent threat groups or APTs, a term often used to describe state-sponsored hackers.


“China’s cyber reach is detectable on almost every government server,” Potter said. “It isn’t subtle and it increases and decreases in a way that correlates to our overall relationship.”


Beijing’s retaliation against Australia’s repeated calls for an international probe is a clear example of what can happen to even the wealthiest nations if they annoy China enough, according to people familiar with the situation.


Around the world, cybersecurity entered everyday vernacular last year, as businesses and people working from home were phished, scammed, hacked and extorted. Evidence of Chinese hacks has been found from the United States to India to Israel — and of course, China is far from the only nation-state that carries out such activity. But what sets apart the recent campaign against Australia — the world’s most China-reliant economy — is its sheer scale.


Those bot network scans, along with cyberattacks including breaches of the government’s networks, were sufficiently critical for the prime minister to announce in June 2020 that a “state-based cyber actor” was “targeting Australian organizations across a range of sectors, including all levels of government, industry,” as well as education and critical infrastructure.


Morrison refused to attribute the malicious behavior, but said “there are not a large number of state-based actors that can engage in this type of activity.” Unofficially, three people familiar with the situation said it was clear Beijing’s cyber army was behind it.


China’s foreign ministry denied the allegations, saying the “Australian government and media have wrongly accused China of hacking many times before based on insufficient evidence.” China has “always supported and actively participated in scientific studies” on finding the origins of Covid, the ministry added.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 31, 2021, 1:05 a.m. No.14496026   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>6027





Even before the calls for a Covid probe, Australia’s relationship with China was looking shaky. Over the years, the country has increasingly legislated to curb foreign interference and acquisitions of critical infrastructure — moves widely seen as an attempt to contain Chinese influence. Australia was the first country to ban Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corp from bidding for contracts to install everything from the national broadband network to 5G. Other governments including the U.S. and Sweden have followed suit.


“China’s treatment of Australia has been distinctive if not unique,” said Hugh White, a former intelligence official who is now an emeritus professor of strategic studies at the Australian National University. “I haven’t been able to identify another country that had pressure placed on it over such a broad range of areas.”


Australia’s position in the region and its strategic partnership with the U.S. — which continues to vie for dominance in Asia — make it difficult for China to back down, White said.


“The Chinese have been eager to look for the opportunity to show the rest of Asia what’s at stake as they make their decisions about how they position themselves in relation to the US and China,” he said. “Australia is the perfect victim for that.”


Australian officials have been loath to publicly attribute much of the nation-state cyber activity to China, and have only done so when calling out international espionage campaigns in unison with allies in Washington and London. Beijing denied China was behind any cyberattack after Morrison’s announcement in June 2020, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian describing the country as a “staunch upholder” of cybersecurity and “the biggest victim of cyberattacks.”


Australia’s director-general of security, Mike Burgess, has said attributing blame for spying is a distraction because “we all do it.”


“If I’m pointing my finger at you accusing you of espionage, I’ve got three fingers pointing back at me,” Burgess told Sky News in March. “Sometimes, though, it is right that governments do it because someone’s overstepped a line — it’s not just the theft of a military secret, it’s something else more offensive to our nation or damaging to our nation. And that’s the judgement governments are best placed to make.”


Chinese diplomats in Canberra, Australia’s capital city, have accused the government of pandering to Washington, and wondered aloud whether their country’s tourists and students — who collectively brought more than A$22 billion ($16 billion) in revenue to Australia in 2019 — might stop patronizing a nation that isn’t friendly to China.


“It is up to the people to decide. Maybe the ordinary people will say “Why should we drink Australian wine? Eat Australian beef?” Ambassador Cheng Jingye told the Australian Financial Review after Morrison’s call to establish an inquiry.


Beijing followed up with a months-long series of trade reprisals hitting Australian exports ranging from coal and grain to lobster and wine — an industry worth about A$1.2 billion in 2019 that is now subject to tariffs of more than 200%.


There was more. In November the Chinese embassy in Canberra leaked a list of 14 grievances and accused Australia of “poisoning bilateral relations,” the Sydney Morning Herald reported. The list included complaints about the Huawei ban, the call to investigate Covid’s origins, the cancellation of academic visas and the blocking of 10 Chinese investment deals, according to the Herald.


There was also criticism of “thinly veiled allegations against China on cyberattacks without any evidence,” the newspaper reported.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 31, 2021, 1:06 a.m. No.14496027   🗄️.is 🔗kun





And there were the hacks. For the first time, the government was among the top five sectors with the most reportable data breaches last year, according to a government agency that tracks the activity. State government systems and email networks were attacked, at least one government entity was subject to a brute force attack, and cabinet ministers were victims of phishing scams that attempted to extort money and collect information on their connections with dissidents in Hong Kong.


Unlike ransomware or denial of service attacks — which paralyze network systems until payments are made — state actor activity often goes unnoticed by targets, who only find out they’ve been compromised from government officials or outside threat analysts, said Paul Nevin, chief technology officer at Canberra-based cybersecurity firm CyberMerc.


“Those initial discussions usually come as a shock, and it takes a while for that to sink in,” Nevin said. Sophisticated cyber criminals or state actors may well be reading the emails of executives watching for breach notifications. “So one of the first things I would do is explain over the phone or a secure messaging system: do not mention this on email, do not talk about it, take it offline. You have to literally assume the actors are in there watching, and very often they are.”


In September last year, as the government’s cybersecurity agency released its first annual report, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said there was a “new normal” of cyberattacks on Australia that blurred the line between “peace and war.”


While cyber criminals were taking advantage of the vulnerabilities laid bare by Covid, there were also “sophisticated and very well-resourced state-based actors who are seeking to interfere in our nation in this grey zone in any opportunistic way they can,” she said.


The business community has also been affected, said Michelle Price, chief executive officer of AustCyber, a government-funded company focused on building the domestic cybersecurity industry. “Industry threat analysts in Australia and elsewhere were telling me that as lobster shipments and barley were being rejected, they were seeing a commensurate level of activity happening in the cyber domain coming from China,” she said.


“We are going through the experience that other nations have before us, where it’s not just retaliation aimed at the government, it spills out over into the broader economy and to the community,” she said. “We become collateral damage in those kinds of government-to-government machinations.”


Australian universities, which collect about A$10 billion a year from Chinese students, are reluctant to discuss the country’s online behavior in any aspect. The cybersecurity research department at Monash University in Melbourne does not “get involved in any political stories relating to China” as their researchers “are not comfortable commenting on this issue,” Hande Cater, the media advisor at Monash’s Information Technology Faculty, wrote in an email.


Australia’s circumstances may be unique. Nevertheless its situation shows the range of tactics experts say China can deploy against any country that falls foul of Beijing.


For now, Australia is in the freezer, says former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, and it’s unlikely either side will blink anytime soon.


“We have boundaries of trust with China, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but what we’ve got to do is focus on the areas where we do have a level of trust,” said Turnbull, who as prime minister banned Huawei from bidding to install Australia’s 5G network.


“If I say I don’t trust you enough to not misuse a capability that you would have if you built our 5G network, you are not going to persuade me by then beating me up in a whole lot of other areas.”

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 31, 2021, 1:11 a.m. No.14496037   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>6040

To land of the free, we’re a weirdly authoritarian mob






“What the hell is wrong with your country?” I’m asked almost every day in the US of late. At dinner on Saturday night in New York three Democrat friends demanded I explain why police were shooting rubber bullets and pepper spray to enforce public health.


At my hotel a doorman, Danny, came up to me. “Man, I heard your accent yesterday and I just wanted to say, holy shit, the stuff I’m seeing in Australia I can’t believe,” he said, asking if police helicopters really had hov­ered over suburbs, barking mask­ing orders over loudspeakers.


Australians are rapidly losing their reputation as tough, irreverent larrikins. The nation has gone viral for hunting down “Covid fugitives” (people with a positive test), building remote quarantine facilities, shooting dogs, denying babies treatment in the closest hospitals and preventing families from seeing dying loved ones.


Forget Mick Dundee and Steve Irwin; Kerry Chant and Daniel Andrews are the new, hectoring faces of modern, safety-obsessed Australia. “That’s not a mask, this is a mask,” Americans would expect to hear in 2021. We’re seen as weak, naive and hopelessly parochial, an image reinforced by Western Australia’s zero-Covid policy to divorce itself from the rest of the country.


Millions of people in the US have watched, stupefied, the normalisation of behaviour and attitudes that two years ago would have been seen as the hallmark of a cruel, authoritarian society.


Columnist Josh Barro, son of Harvard economist Robert Barro, called Australia dystopian.


“I’m surprised there isn’t more debate about whether what they’re doing is OK as opposed to a human rights infringement,” statistician Nate Silver replied. Indeed, our $25m a year Human Rights Commission has been missing in action on fundamental liberties for 17 months, per­haps engrossed in a forthcoming trans rights discussion paper.


“I’m not sure why Australia is an example of any sort of success that the US would want to emulate,” Silver told his 3.5 million Twitter followers.


Australia has become the butt of jokes on late-night TV, Andrews’ prohibition of drinking alcohol without a mask being a favourite. “There’s some crazy shit going on right now where the army is trying to keep people inside in Australia,” US comedian Joe Rogan, with 7.4 million Twitter followers, said this month.


The idea Australians and Americans are cultural brothers in arms has been shattered. Australians copied their old colonial masters on Covid, but more zealously. Americans, true to the legacy of the Declaration of Indep­endence, have eschewed, even in liberal California, the police heavy-handedness that became the norm in Britain and Australia. State borders never shut.


“It’s because they took your guns away, isn’t it?” Danny said. “They would never get away with that shit here.” America’s gun problem makes it difficult to boss people around excessively.



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 31, 2021, 1:12 a.m. No.14496040   🗄️.is 🔗kun





Two weeks ago the US Department of Homeland Security issued a terror threat warning, not only because of the approaching September 11 anniversary but also because of “grievances over public health safety measures and perceived government restrictions”. “Extremists may seek to exploit … re-establishment of public health restrictions across the United States as a rationale to conduct attacks,” it said.


Every US state is flashing red on the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s Covid map, reflecting high transmission, defined as more than 100 cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days – a higher level than in NSW.


The health advice is no longer gospel. At least 40 US states have ignored the CDC’s demand for indoor mask mandates, supposedly necessary for such high levels of transmission. No state governor, not even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, queen of liberal piety, would dare publicly link curtailing basic freedoms to compliance with arbitrary health advice.


Australians living in the US are shocked, too, regularly filling my inbox with tales of despair.


“My wife and I and eight-month-old son have been here for 10-plus years and we’re reconsidering our pre-pandemic plan to move back due to concerns about Covid handling, the prospect of continued lockdowns and the overall desirability of Australia,” wrote John and his wife, directors at big four accounting firms in Los Angeles, understandably too fearful to reveal their full names.


“The Covid mania in Australia this year is unbelievable, particularly when viewed from abroad,” said Alex, an Australian businessman in Chicago. “No country ever prospered by being so cynical and risk averse. Hopefully sanity prevails one day so we can all see our families again.”


I struggled to explain to Danny why Australia’s response was so extreme: being a remote island fuel­led a perception the virus could be eliminated, lockdowns did seem to work at first, individuals have few if any constitutional rights and Australia began as a subsidised government project, entrenching a widespread faith in bureaucracy. And in smaller nations Covid stories crowd out other news more easily, ensuring a steady diet of 24/7 fear porn.


In Iowa recently I searched in vain on local TV for a daily chief health officer update on Covid-19, let alone an intricate parsing of the cases into linked, in the community and overseas.


None of these explanations is adequate, though. Switzerland’s Covid restrictions paled in comparison with Australia’s, Japan never locked down and Alberta, Canada, with about the same population as Victoria, practically abolished all restrictions on July 1.


I walked off to a cafe after chatting with Danny, asking the manager why he hadn’t checked my vaccination status – a legal requirement in New York since August 16. “I asked the previous customer and he yelled and walked out so I couldn’t be stuffed asking you,” he said. In Australia everyone has to check in, I explained. He just laughed at me.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 31, 2021, 1:51 a.m. No.14496084   🗄️.is 🔗kun

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken Tweet


Spoke this evening with @MarisePayne to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and determine ways we can continue to work together to support those in need. We deeply appreciate Australia’s support during this challenging period.



Foreign Minister Marise Payne Tweet


We continue to coordinate closely with our allies & partners on Afghanistan. We are focussed on next steps, which I discussed with @SecBlinken today. We continue to call on the Taliban to allow safe freedom of movement for those wishing to leave Afghanistan at this time.

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 31, 2021, 2:12 a.m. No.14496109   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>6113

U.S. Marine Corps Facebook Post


22 August 2021


Bring the Rain


The sun rises over the hot, harsh outback, hundreds of miles south of Darwin. On any other day, the sight would be simply calm and quiet, but today on the notional “Bradshaw Island,” a simulated enemy target is about to meet its end in a unique demonstration of expeditionary, precision-strike operations by the United States Marine Corps and Australian Defence Force together.


The simulation, known as “Exercise Loobye,” sees a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System conduct a rapid infiltration demonstration, or “HIRAIN.” This quick and complex operation enables friendly forces to land the long range, precision strike capability on the ground and expediently destroy a threat, allowing follow-on forces to conduct landing operations.


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Marine Rotational Force Darwin


#Austrailia #HIMARS #Marines #USMC

Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 31, 2021, 2:13 a.m. No.14496113   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>6117




Capt. Thomas deVries, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin - 16 AUG 2021




NORTHERN TERRITORY, Australia - The sun rises over the hot, harsh outback, hundreds of miles south of Darwin. On any other day, the sight would be simply calm and quiet, but today on the notional “Bradshaw Island,” a simulated enemy target is about to meet its end in a unique demonstration of expeditionary, precision-strike operations by the United States Marine Corps and Australian Defence Force together.


The simulation, known as “Exercise Loobye,” sees a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System conduct a rapid infiltration demonstration, or “HIRAIN.” This quick and complex operation enables friendly forces to land the long range, precision strike capability on the ground and expediently destroy a threat, allowing follow-on forces to conduct landing operations.


This is the first time a HIRAIN mission has ever been executed by Marine Rotational Force – Darwin in its ten-year history, and a first HIRAIN for both MRF-D and the ADF in Bradshaw Field Training Area.


During the course of its deployment in 2021, MRF-D has progressed through a training scenario in which it battled simulated enemy forces throughout the Northern Territory.


Beginning with Exercise Crocodile Response, a notional natural disaster affected a simulated friendly nation, initiating a disaster response effort by both MRF-D, ADF , and other governmental agencies. Following that, in June, Exercise Darrandarra demonstrated embassy reinforcement and noncombatant evacuation operations in the same nation, while tensions between the friendly and enemy elements in the scenario continued to rise.


Later in the month, MRF-D participated in the execution of the trilateral Exercise Southern Jackaroo, where Australian, Japanese, and U.S. militaries cleared an enemy threat with combined fires, maneuver, and command & control.


Now, the enemy has set up defensive positions on “Bradshaw Island.” By seizing key terrain and establishing anti-access/aerial denial systems on the island, the enemy has effectively prevented allied forces from safely mobilizing, landing, and operating in the area.


“It’s important to exercise in a simulated contested littoral environment reflective of an expeditionary advance based operations campaign because it aligns with the planning guidance set forth by our Marine Corps leadership.” - Capt. Owen Tucker, MRF-D intelligence officer.


“It allows us to be more capable and dynamic in our pursuits of a free and open Indo-Pacific by practicing to respond to scenarios in which we may actually find ourselves.”


After significant intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance efforts to determine the enemy’s position and capabilities, an RQ-21 Blackjack from Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 (VMU 3) spots an anti-ship missile positon in the heart of “Bradshaw Island,” and simulcasts that feed to an Australian, partnered network, viewed in a MRF-D and ADF joint operations center. This threat poses a significant risk to an assault force embarked at sea—one that MRF-D must neutralize before any hope of an amphibious assault.


Upon finding the target, MRF-D inserts a small team from its Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company detachment to get an in-person visual and confirm what was seen in the sUAS video feed.


“Due to the priority of this target, we need to ensure redundant methods of observation,” explains 1st Lt. Holly Sandler, the ANGLICO detachment officer-in-charge for MRF-D.


“A video feed from the RQ-21 Blackjack, reinforced by actual eyes-on, ensures that no matter what, when the time comes to strike, the combined task force operations center will be able to observe its effects and we can confirm its destruction.”



Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 31, 2021, 2:14 a.m. No.14496117   🗄️.is 🔗kun





The issue remains how to neutralize the anti-ship missile. With several offensive methods at its disposal, MRF-D chooses one of its most expeditionary and intense options: HIRAIN.


The High Mobility Rocket Artillery System is well-suited to destroy surface targets from the deck of a ship. However, an anti-ship missile presents a significant risk to an amphibious force if it is within the weapon threat range.


But to land a plane and conduct a HIRAIN mission, that requires an airfield. Enter the Royal Australian Air Force.


On Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin, a RAAF C-17 Globemaster sits ready to load a U.S. Marine HIMARS in the back of its cargo hold. When given the call to launch, it will fly the HIMARS to an airfield, which is to be secured by the MRF-D Ground Combat and Aviation Combat Elements.


“Loading and carrying other services’ or other militaries’ equipment is a well-practiced thing that we do. We are always looking at how we do it safely as number one, but on top of that, we are looking to provide the customer with what they need,” mentions Flight Lt. Thomas Breaden, the RAAF C-17 pilot from 36 Squadron.


While the C-17 is loading, a company of Marines from 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment (Reinforced) loads a division of MV-22B Ospreys, ready to seize the enemy airfield and set conditions for the C-17 to land. A section of AH-1Z Vipers spins up as well, ready to escort and protect the assault force.


The mission commander, Col. David Banning, commanding officer of MRF-D, gives the order to launch. Exercise Loobye has officially begun.


Less than an hour after departing RAAF Base Darwin, the Vipers arrive to Nackeroo Airfield at Bradshaw Field Training Area and begin to simulate destroying targets from the enemy oppositional force; this force—a combined team of Australian soldiers and U.S. Marines—have had days to dig in defensive positions to make the MRF-D assault as realistic as possible.


In the orchestrated chaos of notional gun runs and rocket fire, the Ospreys land their company of infantry Marines, who quickly sweep up the runway and clear it of the enemy meter-by-meter.


Ultimately, the enemy is overcome by overwhelming firepower, rendering them destroyed. The infantry company sets security and notifies the mission commander, who calls in the HIRAIN.


Less than an hour after seizure of the airfield, the RAAF C-17 lands on Nackeroo. Its ramp lowers and out drives a HIMARS, ready to move to the firing position, with some targeting assistance from the aircraft.


“We directly linked up the advanced navigation system on the C-17 to the HIMARS trucks onboard. They were constantly updating their position and orienting themselves throughout the entire flight, so that once we arrived, they could go off and fire,” says Flight Lt. Breaden.


Once VMU and ANGLICO detachments confirm visual on the target, the mission commander gives the approval to fire. The HIMARS launches a single rocket in its direction; the rocket—that contains 200lbs of explosive and guided by GPS—soars over 40 kilometers above Bradshaw until it lands exactly on its mark.


Then, as quickly as it arrived, the HIMARS speeds back to the airfield to avoid detection from other enemy in the area who may have identified their position from the shot. There, they load the C-17, the ramp raises, and the C-17 prepares to takeoff.


HIRIAN complete. Mission accomplished.


Exercises like Loobye demonstrate MRF-D’s ability to conduct operations as a combined-joint force with the Australian Defence Force, execute expeditionary operations like HIRAIN, and exemplify their mutual dedication to being postured and ready to respond to a crisis or contingency in the Indo-Pacific region.

Anonymous ID: a73d64 Aug. 31, 2021, 4:26 p.m. No.14499824   🗄️.is 🔗kun

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Anonymous ID: deef8a Aug. 31, 2021, 11:49 p.m. No.14501858   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Australia and US pay tribute to 70 years of ‘mateship’


Australia and the US have celebrated the anniversary of their ‘unbreakable alliance’ during the most ‘challenging environment in decades’.


Courtney Gould - September 1, 2021


Australia and the United States have reaffirmed its commitment to the “unbreakable alliance”, marking 70 years since the signing of the ANZUS treaty.


Plans to celebrate the milestone in person, either in the US or in Australia, were scrapped due to the pandemic.


Instead, Prime Minister Scott Morrison marked the occasion by laying a wreath at the Australian-American Memorial in Canberra with Defence Minister Peter Dutton and the US Charge d‘Affaires Mike Goldman on Wednesday morning.


Both Mr Morrison and US President Joe Biden paid tribute to the two nation’s long-enduring “mateship”, the efforts in Afghanistan, and spoke indirectly about the challenge the region faces due to the rise of China.


“The ANZUS treaty breathes and adapts with each passing generation, stewarded by 14 Presidents and 14 Prime Ministers since Menzies,” Mr Morrison said in speech to parliament.


“Australia is confronting the most challenging strategic environment in decades.


“This strategic environment will challenge us, as it will challenge the United States and our region.


“Our alliance will stand resilient in the face of these challenges as we nurture and refresh our commitment one to another.”


In a video posted to social media, the US President said the relationship was as essential today as 70 years ago.


“On this anniversary we reaffirm our commitment to our shared values, democratic norms, global security and the prosperity for the next 70 years and beyond,” Mr Biden said.


Both leaders noted Australia’s response to the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.


“Our Australian friends stood with us in that darkest hour just as our two nations stood shoulder to shoulder in every major conflict since World War I,” the US President said.


“As we bring to an end 20 years of military conflict in Afghanistan, Australia is still standing with the United States contributing to efforts to evacuate our people and those Afghans who stood by our side.”


The two leaders have yet to speak since the Kabul fell to the Taliban last month.


Mr Morrison said on Tuesday he hoped to speak to the US President in the near future.


“No, I haven’t as yet. I anticipate doing that not too far away,” he told 4BC.


In a statement the US Defence Secretary said the Pentagon would play host to Defence Minister Peter Dutton “in a few short days”.


“In a few short days, I look forward to hosting Australian Minister Defence Dutton at the Pentagon, followed by this year’s Australia – United States Ministerial (AUSMIN) consultations here in Washington, D.C.,” he said.


Meanwhile, Opposition leader Anthony Albanese announced if Labor were elected, it would initiate a new defence posture review to ensure current arrangement are fit for purpose.


“With the US again engaged in a Global Force Posture Review, it is time for Australia too to have a closer look at our own posture to ensure that it fully meets the times,” he said.


Mr Albanese also made reference to the difficulties experienced throughout the Trump administration, and called for Australia to accept the US’s climate action criticism.


“Even when the United States stepped back from its longstanding leadership on trade and other forms of multilateralism during the Trump administration, Australia held the line, and importantly, held the door open for the United States,” he told the house.


“The US military has acknowledged that climate change is not a future defence problem, but an immediate challenge. It is time that the Australia-US Alliance reflected this reality.”