Gillian Rodgers found “white stuff” in her luggage, but unlike Schapelle Corby she has not finished up in jail.
The other day, a 74 year old Auckland grandmother opened her suitcase four years after her last overseas trip. To her shock she found a large quantity of amphetamines, which Auckland police estimated at a value of $50,000.
Ms Rodgers had been preparing for another overseas trip and in clearing out the suitcase came across the stash. She is lucky that she was in New Zealand, rather than in Bali, when reporting her discovery.
The grandmother’s last stop before returning to Auckland four years ago with the suitcase was Sydney airport.
Last year, WikiLeaks began publishing ‘The Global Intelligence Files’ – over five million emails – from the Texan-based global intelligence analytic giant Stratfor. Stratfor is as big as they get, providing confidential intelligence to Governments and the world’s most powerful corporations – including to monoliths like the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Defence Intelligence Agency. Stratfor’s success is built purely on the accuracy of their intelligence information.
A Stratfor email from one of its intelligence tactical analysts, Marko Primorac is an eye opener for the general public when it comes to an independent assessment of airport services in Australia and of Ms Corby. Mr Primorac’s investigations covered smuggling globally – from heroin to cannabis.
Mr Primorac stated, “Moving marijuana through international borders is big business.” Right throughout his report he confirms that random passengers’ luggage are stashed with illicit substances and therefore the passengers become ‘drug mules’. This practice is the predominant means of drug trafficking through airports. But Mr Primorac was not referring to cannabis trafficked to Indonesia from Australia, which just does not occur because it would sell for significantly less on Indonesian streets than on Australian streets.
“Several baggage agents can work together to ensure packages are placed in an unsuspecting mule’s luggage. These smuggling teams place packages in luggage belonging to uninvolved passengers like Schapelle Corby, who didn’t even know the marijuana was in her bag. Unscrupulous? Yes. However, this is how millions of pounds of marijuana get shipped in the US and around the globe. It’s bad news if the unwitting mule gets jail time if the pot is intercepted, as it was in Schapelle Coryb’s case or if the mule figures out what’s going on and keeps the goods.”
For a more comprehensive understanding on the disturbing nature of drugs trafficking around the world you can read the WikiLeaks-released Stratfor cable in its entirety here.
In June, 1997, a Melbourne couple intended to enjoy a Bali holiday. In their hotel room when opening up their luggage, to their shock, like Ms Rodgers, they found a large block of compressed cannabis, about the same size and weight of that of the cannabis in Ms Corby’s boogie board bag. They did not know what to do. They realised that they were fortunate, unlike Ms Corby, that they had not been stopped for an inspection at Denpasar Airport. If they had been, they would now be in prison, their lives forever changed. In the end, they did contact Australian consular officials. They were told to flush the cannabis, to not report it to any Indonesian authority – “under no circumstance” they were told. They were told if they reported it, they would be arrested for being in possession of the cannabis. The officials understood Indonesia’s utilitarian like policy and its stances to other nations to do more in their own countries to reduce drug trafficking. They did flush the cannabis. This story has been confirmed as a true account by Australian authorities.
In 2002, three years before Ms Corby’s arrest, a top customs officer, Allan Kessing was appointed to investigate security at Sydney’s airport services. He found many holes and corruption. His report to his superiors was a damning one, but he said it was suppressed and never acted upon. His report was lodged into the Australian Federal Police database. But the Kessing reports – 2002 and 2003 – never made it or withheld from Ms Corby’s legal teams for her 2005 trial.
My 28 minute interview with Allan Kessing – a must listen – here:
Then there is the Wheeler Report. Go here. Mr Wheeler was invited on June 5, 2005 by the Australian Government to visit a number of Australian airports and report on airport security.
I have been working towards the truth in reference to Ms Corby, who I know to be innocent. I have worked with a number of individuals, researchers (The Expendable Project), sources in the Australian and Indonesian Governments and within their State instruments.
Sources in the Australian and Indonesian Governments have told me that Ms Corby is innocent and that Australian airport services are rife with corruption and drug trafficking. And that it will only get worse as flights increases, as passenger traffic increases. The words of one of The Expendable researchers continues to haunt me.
“The sheer scale of (the injustices to Ms Corby) will shock you and will disgust you.”
A former head of an Australian Federal Police anti-crime unit, Ray Cooper, has long revealed that it was well known among his colleagues that passengers were being used as mules by corrupted airport baggage handlers to move cannabis around Australia.
Former Customs officer, Mr Kessing, said that it does not matter how well padlocked a suitcase is, corrupted baggage handlers are able to swiftly unlock and stash illicit drugs. Ms Rodgers said he had padlocked every pocket on her bag except the one in which the drugs were found.
In the New Zealand Herald today Ms Rodgers said to reporter Sam Boyer, “I could not believe it when the police woman rung me back and said it was amphetamines. She said it was $50,000 worth.”
Ms Rodgers said someone had used her as a drug mule.
“I’m baffled. Of course I didn’t see anybody put it in there. The only time I was not in possession of my luggage was when it was on the carousel and when I put it on the X-ray machine.
“I still can’t believe it was drugs. I wonder if they were going to try to retrieve it. I’m sure they would have wanted it back. I wonder if they followed me.”
Mr Boyer wrote that “It was only luck she wasn’t caught with the drugs at Auckland Airport.”
“I could’ve been picked up at the airport. Or if I’d gone through somewhere like Bali or Thailand with that in my bag … terrifying,” said Ms Rodgers.
I remind readers that Government officials on either side of the Arafura have confirmed to me Ms Corby’s innocence. On May 23, 2012, I went public when I found out about a people swap deal being engineered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – the release or significant sentence reduction for Ms Corby in exchange for the expedient release of the Indonesian children in Australian adult prisons I had coordinate a campaign on behalf of. I had come across children in Australian prisons that I visited. The Australian Government lied to my face, again and again, and passed the back not only in terms of culpability but also in terms of doing anything about their rights. So it does not surprise me – the rampant corruption of morals in respect to Ms Corby’s rights.
ABC 7:30 Report, May 23, 2012, carrying some of my claims – here:
ABC 24 News, May 23, 2012, carrying some of my claims – here:
A royal commission into the Australian Government’s various roles in Ms Corby’s predicament should be launched, and indeed urgently so, for the sake of not only Ms Corby but for the national consciousness.
A royal commission should be launched into corruption and drug trafficking via Australian airports, for the sake of all Australians.
The corrupted airport baggage handlers who planted the cannabis in Ms Corby’s boogie board bag are not alone in their deplorable shame and guilt, so too are the Australian Government complicit and all the idle politicians, who all share equivalent shame and guilt in failing Ms Corby’s natural rights, human worth and her legal defence. The Australian Government continues to fail to properly admit the extent of the state of corruption at our airports. They have failed to ensure that the instruments and organs of the State, the various agencies and institutions rise to the occasion instead of withholding vital evidence that at the time and since would have led to the immediate release of Ms Corby.
The tragedy that has befallen Ms Corby is not unlike the tragedy that tore apart the family of Azaria Chamberlain.
If Ms Corby does not die in Kerobokan Prison and her Odyssean ordeal does culminate with her return to Australia, she should be met at the airport by the Australian Prime Minister who then on behalf of the Australian people should apologise to Ms Corby. Various restitution should immediately follow to at least make the rest of Ms Corby’s life as best as possible in light of the fact that the Australian Government has willfully allowed her to languish in multiple trauma and innumerable injustices.
2UE – Mike Jeffrey interviews Gerry Georgatos about Schapelle Corby’s innocence – here: