Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Schapelle Corby - Australia's Airline "Security," Paul Retter & A Very Bad Episode of Yes Minister . . .






















UPDATE 25 JAN 2012 -EXPENDABLE THE MOVIE RELEASED, EXPOSING GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION AND COMPLICITY IN THE JAILING OF AN INNOCENT WOMAN


Dear Paul,

Almost 4 weeks ago, on the 8th July 2011, I sent you a formal complaint. The letter I received from you to-day (4th August 2011 - page one here, page two here), does not address (or refer to), a single one of my very specific questions. Can I remind you that you are an adult man with very grave responsibilities, living in the real World. This is not a sitcom, though I must admit, the Australian Federal Police do a very good impression of the Keystone Cops.

Firstly, please treat this communication as a formal FOI request for all internal communications generated as a result my initial complaint to you on the 8 July 2011, including the cover letter you sent to the Australian Federal Police, relating to your statement here . . .
"You have raised a number of law enforcement related issues, such a police investigations, that fall outside the remit of the Office of Transport Security. As such, I have forwarded a copy of your correspondence to the Australian Federal Police."
Please ensure that the information I receive back in response also includes the name of the specific individual (within the AFP), that you sent my concerns to.

Now, here are my even more specific questions. I've numbered them. In reply, will you please reproduce each point, and post your specific response beneath. Hopefully, that will avoid receiving further communications from you completely devoid of substance - and if there is anything you don't understand about that straightforward request, please get in touch with me ASAP, and I'll do my best to explain it even more simply . . .

1. Was the successful smuggling (on to a plane full of innocent, paying passengers), of a very large amount of stinking, bulging and barely concealed marijuana, a major aviation security incident, given that with a very slight twist of fate, it could have been Semtex?

2. In the aftermath of a major aviation security incident, who has the formal responsibility re preserving the physical evidence, such as the relevant CCTV and X ray imagery?

3. In the aftermath of major aviation security incident, who has formal responsibility vis a vis investigating the Australian source of the contraband, in order to identify a criminal network who (for the right price), could easily choose to blow up a plane?

4. Do you deny that Easton Barrington James was employed as a baggage handler by Qantas Airlines in 2004, and that he had an extensive criminal record (pre-dating his employment), that involved drugs? Can you please explain how this came about?

5. Do you deny that "Tom" was employed as baggage handler by Qantas Airlines in 2004, and that he had an extensive criminal record (pre-dating his employment), that involved drugs? Can you please explain how this came about?

6. Do you deny that Norman Niass was employed as a baggage handler by Qantas Airlines in 2004, and that he had an extensive criminal record (pre-dating his employment)? Can you please explain how this came about?

7. Can you explain how and why Alan Conwell was employed as security manager by Qantas Airlines in 2004, despite his known connections to major crime figures?

8. Do you deny that Gary MacDonald's luggage ended up in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney, containing 10 kilos of cocaine, on the 8th October 2004? Can you please explain how this came about without the intervention of Qantas baggage handlers, given that none were ever charged with this crime. I guess that's something that would puzzle Gary too, as well as every other sane person with an ounce of common sense.

9. When corrupt police work hand-in-glove with corrupt airline staff, is that a matter of grave concern to the Office of Aviation Security? So to your knowledge, were the corrupt police officers that "Tom" threatened to name ever formally investigated by any police force in Australia, after "Tom" was paid very large sums by the New South Wales Crime Commission? If the answer is "No," can you please explain why.

10. Do you deny that 200 kilos of cocaine entered Australia in 2004, via Sydney International Airport? Can you explain to the public at large (who most definitely deserve a rational explanation), how this came about without the intervention of baggage handlers, given that none were ever charged?

I will formally follow-up this correspondence with you in 4 weeks, if I hear nothing in the interim - and as always, I'll be placing further FOI requests vis a vis all internal communications generated as a result of my correspondence.

Regards, Kim