Sunday, December 9, 2012

Schapelle Corby - A formal letter of complaint re Australian media crime (and other matters), to Bernard Hogan-Howe, Commissioner of Scotland Yard

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Dear Commissioner Hogan-Howe, (cc Tom Watson MP, Alastair Morgan & Steven Nott)

I note with sadness and deep regret the recent suicide of London nurse Jacinta Saldanha.

I'm a British citizen, and Registered Nurse, living in Australia, so I also note (with interest), the stinging letter of the New South Wales Nurses & Midwives Association (6 Dec 2012), to 2DayFM - and I also note the commentary of some Australians, re clear breaches of Australian law vis a vis the actions of that radio station.  Therefore, I am writing to you re some systemic Australian issues of law breaking which (I believe), have the potential to impact (very deeply), on British citizens, and which the Australian Government seems intent on ignoring.  I am investigating your rights and responsibilities re these issues, and would very much appreciate some formal feedback, for the historical (and public), record.

I am sure you are aware of the UK's Leveson Inquiry, and the far reaching police investigations this has sparked.  However, these recent tragic events show us (very clearly), that unethical and unlawful activity (within the UK), by overseas media organisations, can also deeply (and adversely), impact British citizens and residents.  As a result, I am formally drawing your attention to the confessions of Australian private investigator Col Chapman, about Australian media crime on par with anything revealed by the UK's Leveson Inquiry.  This also included potential offences against myself.  These matters have been formally reported to Australian police many times, by various people (including myself), but to my knowledge, no inquiry was commenced, and Col Chapman was never interviewed or investigated by any Australian police force.  Obviously, this is not acceptable, given Col Chapman's evidence could (very well), include offences committed in the UK by Australian media organisations, and impacting on British citizens.  For all we know, these offences could still be occurring with impunity - and are we going to wait for another gross tragedy to find out?

Could I please have some formal feedback on this point.  Do you have the power to interview Col Chapman, and/or formally request that the Australian authorities follow this up?  It also seems a bit strange to assume that the massive breaches of media ethics (and law), that occurred in the UK, are "Unknown" in Australia - and Australian media organisations are too "Saint-like" to do anything like that. However, that's what the Australian Government seems to "Believe."

And now on to international aviation crime, also with the potential to cause havoc for British citizens.

Max Moore-Wilton, Chairman of Southern Cross Austereo (deeply involved this current debacle), is also Chairman of Sydney Airport holdings.  Max Moore-Wilton was personally involved in investigating the dangerous (and illegal), non-screening of passenger's airline luggage, destined for a high-risk terror destination (Bali), in 2004.  You will find a much detailed account of that debacle here.

To my knowledge, those gross breaches of aviation security and protocol were never investigated, let alone rectified.  Neither was the information ever passed on the innocent passenger at the centre of this horrific lapse.  It's seems quite clear the innocent passenger could (quite easily), have been a British citizen (except for a stroke of fate) - and it's also obvious that if Sydney Airport staff can corruptly divert luggage destined for Australian flights (from the required screening process), then they can target British flights too.  I also believe official inquiries into the Lockerbie aviation disaster found criminal staff at foreign airports were a contributing factor (along with breaches in screening protocols).

Further (and quite bizarrely), none of the criminal Sydney Airport staff (who used passengers as innocent drug mules), were ever arrested or charged.  Formal questions re this have just been lodged with the Australian Minister for Justice, Jason Clare MP - with a much more graphic illustration of this point here.

What rights and responsibilities do British security forces (and police), have re security at foreign airports, and do you think it is urgent (given potential adverse outcomes for British citizens and British aviation),  to investigate these serious matters further? And use whatever powers you have at your disposal?

I look forward to your response.

Warm regards, Mrs. Kim Bax