Nothing in this blog can be believed. If you think that anything in this blog is true or factual, you'll need to verify it from another source. Do you understand? No? Then read it again, and repeat this process, until you understand that you cannot sue me for anything you read here. Also, having been sucked into taking part in the mass-murder of more than 3 million Vietnamese people on behalf of U.S. Big Business "interests", I'm as mad as a cut snake (and broke) so it might be a bit silly to try to sue me anyway...

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Scott Parkin update:

Scott Parkin, a US peace activist about to be deported by the Hitler HoWARd government has, according to News Ltd, issued this statement:
I am strongly opposed to any violence and do not believe that violence delivers any political gain, and in fact detracts from positive political engagement.

I find this entire experience incomprehensible and am still baffled as to why my visa has been cancelled and I have been detained under these circumstances.

To this date the only information that I have received is that I have been assessed as 'a direct or indirect risk to Australian national security'.
According to News Ltd the only reasons given by the government were that he was involved in "politically motivated violence". Nothing I have seen, heard, or read, has linked Scott to any involvement with any "politically motivated violence" - and I have kept a really close eye on this episode from its beginning because of Scott's association with Nonviolence.org, an organisation I am very familiar with and whose integrity I do not doubt for one minute.

He has not been charged with anything and he is not afforded any legal process by which he can contest these clearly trumped-up allegations.

He has been locked up for over five days now. He is about to be deported. He faces a bill of close to $20,000 for his detention and deportation.

The government's real agenda in this affair seems to be to use its new powers to shut down dissent with lies and trumped-up allegations - any dissent, no matter how peaceful, is now apparently fair game under these new powers. This is what's so scary about this. It's also so very, very wrong.

How did we all suddenly, and without our consent, come to be living in GlobalCorp's Fatherland? What happened?

I am disgusted with the way the various agencies and individuals involved in this whole evil saga have allowed themselves to become the compliant instruments of corporatised fascism in this country. May they and their storm troopers rot in hell!

Final update: Scott Parkin, peace activist and nonviolence trainer, was deported from Melbourne this morning because he was "a threat to national security".

(Is that the sound of ASIO (Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation) jackboots I hear clomping up the stairs?)
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2 Comments:

Blogger Glenn Condell said...

This is the worst story to have come out of this country in recent years, despite the stiff competition it faces. We have just ejected a bloke for expressing his opinions robustly, opinions not aligned with those of our government. Or rather our two-headed One Party State. The action is bad enough, the requirement for him to pay appalling, but the supine ALP non response is perhaps the most depressing of the lot.

September 16, 2005 3:21 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

It proves to me that John Howard has no love whatsoever for democracy.

Labor? I've said for ages now that Labor is a totally suffed alternative. It is no alternative at all.

Those who lean left and vote Labor are deluded, romantic fools. The only political force on the left which has any integrity at all is the Greens. Which is why Labor and the Libs unite to vilify and lie about what the Greens are on about.

I'd better stop ranting now... :-)

September 16, 2005 5:21 PM  

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