Thursday, April 21, 2011

Schapelle Corby - The Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity Hiding in Plain Sight . . .

. . . so they might as well come out from under their desk, because it's doing them no good, and only making them look nastier and more corrupt. Here's the correspondence I've just received, in response to my freedom of information application of 31 January 2011 (over eleven weeks ago) . . .


They want to censor the vast majority of the info, charge me nearly $200 for a pile of blacked out pages, and release (if you look at the list of documents), what amounts to a pile of emails, press clippings and file notes. Where the hell are all the in-depth police interviews and other investigations these bozoes should have done? I see I'll have to be a lot more specific. Here's my reply to ACLEI . . .

Dear Phillip,

As should be obvious to you, the whole point of an FOI application is to verify to the World at large that you actually carried out a legitimate investigation. I don't believe you did, and from the extremely poor quality of the response to my FOI application, I think that's becoming even clearer. So please treat this as an entirely new FOI application, one that gets to the heart of this debacle (and you can mothball the last one, scuppered by your incompetence).

I will set the scene, then provide you with a list of what's needed.

Setting the scene . . .
  • The improbability of Schapelle successfully smuggling 4.2 kilos of marijuana through three Australian airports without detection.
  • There was extensive evidence of criminal activity by corrupt insiders at Sydney Airport.
  • The Wheeler Report clearly says on page 111 that cannabis was smuggled between domestic airports.
  • Alan Kessing (a very senior customs officer at that time) has just publicly asserted that Schapelle was (without doubt), the victim of airport corruption.
So, in those circumstances, any police officer NOT carrying out the investigations I'm asking about below should be drummed out of the police in shame and disgrace. Is that clear enough for you?

The list of what's needed . . .

1. Specific information required. The Australian Federal Police failed to preserve a single frame of CCTV relating to Schapelle or her luggage (despite all the graphic reasons listed above re why this was imperative), from three Australian terminals. Please supply . . .

(a) AFP policy and procedure documents for preserving and securing CCTV footage from the scene of a crime.

(b) Your interview/s with the AFP officers responsible for this process on or around the 8th of October 2004.

(c) Any other documents (or material) specifically related to investigating this core failure.

I believe Australian Customs runs more than 1000 CCTV cameras at Australian airports, and I quote . . .

"These cameras are located within Customs-controlled areas within the terminal, in the basement baggage make-up areas, in the public areas of the terminal and includes coverage of the airside tarmac areas and the public car parks. The Customs CCTV network at the airport provides full surveillance coverage at all times. Areas under surveillance are generally covered by more than one camera."

So do you wish to formally inform the World that you're clueless as to why the Australian Federal Police failed to preserve a single frame of CCTV from 100's of cameras, relating to one of the most high profile cases in Australian history? I'll leave that up to you, and I look forward to receiving direct evidence of your investigations on this key point. And if millions and millions of dollars worth of CCTV can be rendered useless (and completely ineffective), by internal corruption within the Australian police, I think tax payers should damn well demand a refund.

2. Specific information required. The AFP failed to access the Mutual Assistance Treaty with Indonesia, in order to ensure the physical evidence was forensically examined (see point 10 of The Evidence File), and also lied about this crucial testing to the media. Please supply . . .

(a) AFP policy and procedure documents relating to making an application to the Attorney General, re accessing the mutual assistance treaty with Indonesia.

(b) Your interview with the officer/s responsible for this process.

(c) Your interview with the AFP officer/s who told the media (specifically the ABC), that Schapelle had "Refused" forensic testing of the physical evidence.

(d) Any and all information relating to your research and investigations on this specific point.

3. Specific information required. The AFP failed to investigate the Australian grower and supplier of the drugs found in Schapelle's bag (see point 12 of The Evidence File). Please supply . . .

(a) AFP policy and procedure documents relating to investigating the source of drugs grown, produced and supplied within Australia, then exported from this country. Please note, Queensland Police Minister Neil Roberts has formally denied (in a letter) that his officers were responsible for these investigations.

(b) Your interview with the officer/s responsible for this process.

(c) Any and all information relating to your research and investigations on this specific point.

4. Specific information required. In September 2010, I specifically asked you to interview Bruce Griffin and Ray Cooper . . .

"4. Bruce Griffin (paragraph 21), a former NSW drug squad detective, testified that some local drug traffickers (with the help of airport contacts), use the luggage of innocent passengers to move drug shipments between Australian cities - an accusation also echoed by Ray Cooper, former Chief of Internal Investigations for the Australian Federal Police. Please make sure you talk to both former officers, and retain transcripts of these interviews."

Please provide evidence you did that, especially in the light of these later comments by Ray Cooper to Channel 9 . . .

AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE OFFICER, PRESS CONFERENCE: This is a significant syndicate of major criminal proportion. And it has been smashed today, I mean smashed.

ROSS COULTHART: But not before 200 kilograms of cocaine worth $30 million was allegedly smuggled into Australia between June and December last year. Allegations, too, that it was corrupt Qantas baggage handlers who took bribes of at least $300,000 to sneak the drugs past Customs.

RAY COOPER: Well, they were key players. You couldn't move the commodity through the airport without their involvement. They were key. They were key players in the organised crime role.

This is especially important, because Ray Cooper's view of the Qantas baggage handlers dovetails with mine, and is at complete odds with yours. I also clearly mentioned this point (about speaking to Ray Cooper), to your officer Steven Hayward in September 2010 . . .

"Yesterday, Steven Hayward, the Executive Director of ACLEI rang me at home. He said my complaint was still under "Assessment" (after 16 weeks), with absolutely no time frame to begin an investigation, and zero further detail. He also asked me if I'd spoken to Ray Cooper, I said I hadn't, but I hoped he had. The silence was deafening."

When replying to this new FOI request (necessary because of the poor quality and irrelevance of most of the material you were proposing to charge me nearly $200 for), can you please print out points 1 to 4 listed above, and then respond to each (specifically), beneath. Further, if the requested documents do not exist (and please tell me in writing if that is the case), then that will speak volumes about your efficacy and integrity.

Regards, Kim