This is a formal complaint, about The New South Wales Crime Commission, to both you and The NSW Police Integrity Commission. Please treat it as such. They (and you), will also receive it via fax and registered mail. And even though the Australian policing world is a rancid little pond at least 50 years behind the rest of Western World (according to some very senior British cops I've just spoken to), where formal complaints like this are (I'm sure), used as paper missiles, then chucked the waste bin - please be aware this information is also going straight to the USA Transportation Security Administration, cc the leading American journalist keeping very close tabs on this story. Then (in due course, sometime very soon), straight on to the rest of the World, with some high profile book reviews (amongst many), waiting in the wings.
Now Phillip, I want to formally complain that your rather unique and outlandish policing methods . . .
"But some of those prosecuted and still in jail sold less cocaine than the police did." - ABC journalist Debbie Whitmont, ABC 4 Corners, Stretching the Law, 7th July 2008
. . . didn't include the basic expedient of filming and/or arresting corrupt QANTAS baggage handlers at Sydney Airport:
"In 2005, an AFP/NSW Crime Commission operation resulted in the arrest of members of another cocaine syndicate who were using baggage handlers to remove imported cocaine from Sydney Airport." Quote from the Submission of The Australian Federal Police, to "The PJC-ACC Inquiry into the Adequacy of Aviation and Maritime Security Measures to Combat Serious and Organised Crime," November 2009.
. . . who were using innocent passengers as drug mules on the 8th of October 2004, at the same time Schapelle was using their "Services." QANTAS unequivocally said (page 42), you were monitoring them that day. And guess what? Schapelle's plane even overlapped (for several hours), with the one carrying the cocaine . . .
"Through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, Dr. Adrian Bradford, has discovered that a South American plane carrying a shipment of illegal drugs was on the ground at Sydney international Airport at exactly the same time Schapelle Corby passed through in transit to Bali."
. . . while all the Sydney Aiport CCTV was working perfectly:
But despite this, you still managed to trash every frame of CCTV relating to the criminal activities of these baggage handlers, while simultaneously failing to charge them.
Can I suggest something Phillip? Maybe before you resort to the exotic expedient of flogging 6 kilos of cocaine to drug users (most of which was never recovered), you actually pay attention to some basic policing work?
My formal complaint is in relation to your complete failure to achieve or preserve surveillance footage of these criminals on the 8th of October 2004, and in your complete failure to arrest or charge them. I look forward to your formal reply.
Addit - reply from the NSW Police Integrity Commission (29th November 2010), HERE