Schapelle Corby is innocent and the Australian Government has always known this to be the case. I know this not only from the overwhelming evidence compiled by The Expendable Project researchers who have put the verdict beyond reasonable doubt, I know it not only from the fact that no-one smuggles cannabis to Indonesia from Australia, but I know it from the Australian and Indonesian Governments, both who have told me that Schapelle Corby is innocent. However because of a deplorable interpretation of the ‘national interest’ and a skewed sense of ‘geopolitical reasons’ Schapelle Corby was in effect a political sacrifice – predominately by our Australian Governments. The abominable silences by the Australian Government in reference to Schapelle Corby will in time cast the darkest pall upon the Australian political landscape, and not a single parliamentarian from within this last decade and to the present will have any right to try and shake off the aspersions – all are complicit, either by more direct involvement or by their sheer silence.

What is ever so shameful as a result of the despicable silences by our Governments is that they have allowed a voracious sensationalist and entertainment bent media feverishly tear apart the reputations and wellbeing of not only Ms Corby but of the whole of the Corby family. Instead of investigative journalism corralling the core issues of the allegations against Ms Corby, of the 4.2 kilograms of cannabis, of focusing in on the impossibility – not the improbability – but the impossibility of anyone daring to import cannabis to Indonesia just to lose money, of focusing on the rife airport services corruption within our nation, on focusing on the failure of our anti-drugs fighters to reduce drugs trafficking through our airports, on focusing in on chasing down the corrupted NSW Crimes Commission Operation Mocha, the corrupted former Associate Director of the NSW Crimes Commission, Mark Standen (now serving a 20 years prison sentence), on the corrupted former suburban police officer, Christopher Laycock (now serving a four years prison sentence), on focusing on the content of the 2002 and 2003 reviews of Sydney Airport by former customs officer Allan Kessing, they instead with voyeurism diverted all attention to the most banal examination of the Corby family – to extended family and to tenuous associations.

Indeed, the deplorable media attention has been loud, with the effect of destroying the reputations of this family, denying them their rightful privacy on matters that are not of any concern to the public interest, and for one or two members of the extended family denying them the right to restorative behaviours and redemption for the most minor of transgressions. But the silence by journalists and major news formats around the nation on the core issues has been deafening – abominably deafening.

There are few investigative journalists in Australia, the many journalists who claim themselves as investigative journalists and truth seekers are just kidding themselves.

In part 9 of this series, I would like to make a pit stop and reflect on a couple of points – on the proposition that cannabis would be trafficked to Indonesia and on the abominable silence. Then I would like to recap for readers the whole story to date because in the weeks ahead there is a time bomb of information and allegations I will be unleashing.

In previous articles I have referred to the lack of a profit motive in terms of moving cannabis from Australia to Bali. I have referred to various sources including a WikiLeaks released Stratfor email where one of Stratfor’s Global Intelligence Tactical Analysts, Marko Primorac described the endemic and pernicious drugs trafficking through our airports – where corrupted airport baggage handlers plant quantities of illicit substances in the luggage of unsuspecting passengers, turning them into unwitting drug mules. Mr Primorac described what Australian customs officer, Allan Kessing had described, that airport services corruption is rife, and that it was only going to get worse.

But they are not alone.

There is also the United Nations which is in a war with drug traffickers, one that it is not winning.

The United Nations 2007 World Drugs Report puts paid to any suggestion that anyone would wilfully smuggle cannabis from Australia to Indonesia. As Mr Kessing said, “In my 15 years as a customs officer I have never heard of any report before or since Schapelle Corby of anyone trying to traffick cannabis to Indonesia. It’s like sending coals to Newcastle, it just does not happen.”

He said the value of cannabis on the streets of Bali would be between 100 times to 1000 times less than it would be on Australian streets.

The United Nations 2007 report found the average Australian street price per gram of cannabis at $26.20 USD while the average Indonesian street price per gram of cannabis is reported at a paltry 20 cents USD. That is a $26 USD differential. 4.2 kilograms of cannabis was found in Ms Corby’s boogie board bag. The Australian street value for the 4.2 kg quantity would have been $110,040 USD while the Indonesian street value would have been $840 USD – less than what Ms Corby would have forked out for her airplane ticket and accommodation costs.

But it does not end there. Someone would have had to buy the cannabis in the first place, and the value of 4.2 kilograms of cannabis according to the UN Drugs Report was $21,000 USD. That would have left a profit from its sale on Australian streets, or the streets of Sydney for which it had been intended, at $89,040 USD. But with a return of only $840 USD on the streets of Bali that would have returned a nightmarish loss of $20,160 USD. Who smuggles cannabis to Indonesia to finish up in debt some $20,000?

The general news media bypassing this point as a foci of questions does not sit well, and indeed casts a slur of aspersions upon them.

The UN report includes the conclusion, “Sale of cannabis purchased in Australia would be a profitable business model (approx. 423 per cent return on investment) whereas the same business model applied to Indonesia would result in substantial losses and would be unsustainable as a business.”

In addition to Stratfor, to Allan Kessing, to the Wheeler Report, we have the United Nations attesting to the innocence of Ms Corby – but where is the Australian general media? They are lost in the mire of cruel titillation, preposterous speculation, and horrific invasions of privacy not only of Ms Corby but also of her family. If Ms Corby were to die an unnatural death in Kerobokan as Dr Phillips believes is highly probable, or that she were to die an unnatural death soon after her release, indeed the Australian general media will have had its hand in such a culmination.

For more information on the street value of cannabis go to the United Nations World Drugs Report 2007 – refer to pages 232 to 236 –here.

Sadly, I understand the abominable silence of our Government, their cowardice, their skewed sense of diplomacy. In my book, they should rise to the occasion and admit the rife corruption and drugs trafficking throughout our airport services – the rampant export of illicit substances overseas through our airports, and also admit the use of Australian airport services to move large quantities of cannabis around the nation – the Australian market is lucrative according to the United Nations World Drugs Report. But our Governments do not have that sort of courage. None of our 76 Australian Senators have risen to the occasion for Ms Corby, and therefore they too are bloodily complicit in the ordeal that Ms Corby endures. Heart wrenching reports from eminent Australian psychiatrist, Dr Jonathon Phillips are not enough to sway the cold hearts of our politicians, not a single politician in the House of Representatives and the Senate stirs – that 226 Federal politicians, let alone all our State politicians. Yet some of our Federal and State parliamentarians have also told me that they know she is innocent, but then go silent as if it is in the too-hard-basket. This is what I endured with the Indonesian children I discovered in our adult prisons and then while campaigning for their release, that it was all too hard for our highly paid well resourced parliamentarians. I was in shock, dumbstruck by the inhumanity of letting children languish in an adult prison as I am similarly so with an innocent Ms Corby languishing in Kerobokan.

It is not just the silence of the Australian general media that puzzles me, but also the outright censorship that seems to extend to any major public medium. Wikipedia is an example of this. Admittedly, Wikipedia is not a robust media tool and certainly a corruptible project but nevertheless it is popular source of information. Researchers in The Expendable Project said to me they had tried to include referenced information and testimonies on the Wikipedia coverage of Ms Corby. I read the Wikipedia coverage and was surprised to find that there is indeed censorship and a contrivance of what is permissible publicly. I cannot fathom how The Expendable Project is not mentioned in what is otherwise quite lengthy Wikipedia coverage on Ms Corby, nor that there is no referenced mention to William Moss who has long admitted that it had been intended for him to collect the cannabis planted in Ms Corby’s luggage. I cannot understand why there is no mention of Allan Kessing and his offiical 2002 and 2003 reports nor of his prosecution by authorities. In an unprecedented move, Mr Kessing was prosecuted for the ‘passing of information’ when his reports were leaked – an unprecedented action in Australia – such were the sensitivities of a presumed ‘national interest’ in that we should not know about the extent of corruption and drugs trafficking in our airports and hence a spooked culture arise averse to travelling or one that demands more of our Governments in resourcing the fight against corruption and drugs trafficking.

But really, would our Government or some other authority troll Wikipedia and continually delete any reference to The Expendable Project, to William Moss, to Allan Kessing, to Operation Mocha, to Mark Standen? I know that organisations, corporations and public relations officers for high profile figures most certainly do this, hence cheating Wikipedia into a public relations exercise rather than an encyclopaedia.

I decided to test Wikipedia with a heavily referenced couple of paragraphs of this vital information. I am not only a well credentialed journalist with various awards but also a seasoned university researcher and my ability to reference with due propriety is seasoned.

This is what I included:

The Expendable Project

During the last two years a team of investigators and researchers who have called themselves the Expendable Project – [22] – compiled a dossier of evidence arguing Schapelle Corby’s innocence. They submitted the evidence to the Australian Crime Commission, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Government. A documentary – Expendable, the political sacrifice of Schapelle Corby – [23] – was produced by the team of researchers. They have relied on an admission by a former criminal William Moss, that he was to collect the cannabis from a corrupt airport baggage handler from Sydney Domestic Airport. He claimed that cannabis, and other illicit drugs, are moved around the country through airport services, planted in passengers’ luggage at one airport by luggage handlers and removed at other airports. The Expendable researchers allege the cannabis was not removed at Sydney Domestic after being planted in Corby’s luggage at Brisbane Airport because the NSW Crime Commmission was coordinating Operation Mocha – [24] – at Sydney Domestic on October 8, 2004, surveillance on customs officers and baggage handlers, and they were too frightened to retrieve the cannabis, which went on to Bali. The head of Operation Mocha is now disgraced and jailed former senior drugs investigator and former Associate Director of the NSW Crimes Commission, Mark Standen. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2012 for drug trafficking. [25] and [26] The researchers have testimonies from William Moss – [27], but also from a former senior customs investigator, Allan Kessing – [28] – who reviewed airport services prior to Corby’s arrest and reported high levels of corruption that allowed for passengers to be used as unwitting drug mules.

In May 2012, academic and human rights campaigner Gerry Georgatos went public – on the ABC 7:30 Report – [29] – that the Australian Government was trying to do a deal with Indonesia, an effective people swap deal, that they would release the Indonesian minors in Australian adult prisons for either a sentence reduction or the release preferably of Schapelle Corby. Georgatos had played a huge role in discovering Indonesian minors in Australian adult prisons and in campaigning for their release – [30] and [31] and [32] – Georgatos said that DFAT was pushing for this, because there were those within who knew that Schapelle Corby was innocent and that indeed corrupt baggage handlers had been responsible for the cannabis. Georgatos recently retraced the Expendable Project’s work and along with his own other information has come out supporting the Expendable Project’s allegations that Schapelle Corby is innocent. He has written a suite of articles and is calling not only for Corby’s release, but also for restitution of reputation and compensation from the Government and for a royal commission into the Australian Government’s handling of her predicament – [33] and [34] and [35] and [36] and [37] and [38]

Gerry Georgatos also referred to a WikiLeaks cable released last year from a cache of emails from the global analytic agency Stratfor which found corruption at Australian airports, that passengers are used as unwitting drug mules. The Stratfor cable referred to Schapelle Corby as innocent. [39]

What you have just read above, was posted on January 9 but lasted only 7 hours and 20 minutes before being removed by a person hiding behind the nom de plum HiLo48 who described the above as “a horribly hostile article”. My three paragraphs were heavily referenced. You need to read the whole Wikipedia coverage on Ms Corby to make your mind – go here.

In the weeks ahead parts 10 and 11 will name some of those who knew of Ms Corby’s innocence but who publicly insinuated guilt upon her. Their shame will be to their grave.

Behind the scenes, some of those with blood on their hands are working towards her release, via parole, but this though an imperative, will not do, restitution of Ms Corby’s reputation is a must-do, and the resignation, even if en masse, of many of our parliamentarians and of others in authority in various Australian agencies is also a must-do. When the national consciousness finally looks deep into the ugly heart of the wrongdoing in all this it may be too late for justice, as it is for far too many of the Stolen Generations, for the victims of institutional sexual abuse, for some members of the Azaria Chamberlain family. As per usual many of the dastardly culprits will be in their graves, with their Order of Australia and other myriad awards gathering dust. This though can be otherwise, and we can bring on Ms Corby’s various restitutions and bring on the accountability of those who indeed are culprits to a horrific wrong – but only if the general media scrubs up and does its journalistic duty.

PART ONE – Schapelle Corby is innocent

December 27, 2013

Schapelle Corby is innocent. Ms Corby has been let down by the Indonesian legal system, by the Australian Government, by the Australian Federal Police and by Australia’s Customs Service. During the last few years it became my personal witness how broken justice is in this nation when I came across Indonesian children in Australian adult jails. In campaigning for the freedom of these children I went to every agency in Australia and ultimately to the Prime Minister. No-one wanted to know, and everyone was prepared to pass the buck.

I confronted Prime Minister Julia Gillard about the fact that there were Indonesian children in our adult prisons. She froze – in silence, maintaining that attrition.

Gillard criticised for wrist x-rays – read here:

People should never be considered as expendable. Only those who have something to hide run from the truth.

Ms Corby has been treated by the Australian Government as if she is expendable, just as were the Indonesian children I came across, many of whom we have since freed.

It is time the Australian Government began in sincerity its duty to Schapelle Corby – in that they commit to her release from prison, even if it means owning up to their own horrid mistakes, to shameful conduct, to various complicity, to the fact that the 4.1 kilos of marijuana were probably planted in Ms Corby’s luggage by corrupted individuals – within transit – within Customs. In recent times, Australian Customs officers have been exposed as the middlepersons in drugs trafficking.

Earlier this year, I went on air and exposed the conversations I know from various sources at both ends – Indonesian and Australian – in that Australia’s Foreign Affairs department was trying to engineer a deal with Indonesia that the Indonesian minors languishing in our adult prisons could be released if Ms Corby is released. Tit for tat, but tit-for-tat is a dangerous game. I know that there are Government officials who believe without reservation that Ms Corby is innocent. In believing this they have a duty to do more than the next to nothing they have embarrassed themselves with so far having smashed their moral compass. They should stand up in the best interests of an Australian citizen overseas. The Indonesian Government was working vehemently behind the scenes in advocating for the release of their children from Australia’s adult prisons. I know this because I was helping them.

Just prior to Christmas, Ms Corby’s sentence was reduced by two months as part of Indonesia’s annual remissions charter.

Indonesian Justice spokesperson, Ika Yusanti said that the remission was as a result of Ms Corby’s “good behaviour.”

In August, an Indonesian Corrections Board recommended Ms Corby for early release from Kerobokan prison, but the process has since been mired in bureaucratic ramblings.

Ms Corby’s fateful trip was on 8th October 2004. Had all the available evidence been presented in Court, Ms Corby should not have been found guilty of trafficking. But what is most shocking is that it has now been shown that the Australian Government withheld crucial evidence from the Indonesian legal system, and that the Australian Government compounded this by misleading Parliament and the media which has also failed to support the natural and other rights of Ms Corby.

Ms Corby’s luggage was checked in underweight but was later recorded as nearly 5kg overweight and the boogie board was the only item not scanned at Sydney airport.

In the days and weeks ahead I will bring you a suite of articles on our Government’s failure to fairly and rightly support Ms Corby, and that inactions and omissions in the public release of information led to Ms Corby’s predicament. I will also cast aspersion upon other Australian agencies and hopefully they will respond to these instead of threats and banal statements. I will bring to you more on what did happen – what the majority of Australians do not know.

Read this 84 page report – The Transit Report – to understand more:

The Wheeler Report – 2005 – an independent review of airport security found that Australia’s airports, including Sydney, were “seriously flawed”, lacking in a number of systemic controls. The report found an array of crimes occurring within airports including the movement of cannabis.

The ABC’s 7:30 Report earlier this year, including my own whistleblowing on the fact that Australia discussed a people swap deal – Schapelle Corby for the Indonesian minors.

Schapelle Corby gets caught in political questions

On ABC 24 discussing Australia’s incarceration of Indonesian children in adult prisons.

Custodial process questioned after Corby sentence cut

The story of Ms Corby threatens to draw attention to myriad layers of corruption – corruption of process, Government corruption, corruption within our airports and within Customs. A Royal Commission should be held into the Australian Government’s conduct in all matters relating to Schapelle Corby.

PART TWO – Schapelle Corby is innocent – Operation Mocha

December 29, 2013

Schapelle Corby is innocent, and many within various Australian authorities do know this. No-one should be expendable, but it is clear that Ms Corby has been treated as if she is expendable. This is the second part in what will be a suite of articles that will unfold what indeed did happen, who was responsible for the planting of the cannabis in her boogie board bag and additionally will expose idle and hence complicit government authorities.

On that fateful October day in 2004, Ms Corby travelled from Brisbane airport to Sydney Domestic linking to Sydney International and onward to Bali. She went through three Australian airports, with more than 800 cameras, but when it came to her trial, despite her pleas for CCTV footage to be produced on her movements and of her luggage in transit, and of the airport baggage handlers, no CCTV footage was produced. You would think the CCTV footage would be crucial. Her boogie board bag should have been assessed even from CCTV footage – and there would have been myriad random clips of footage.

But, Ms Corby was expendable.

Airport handlers had sought to select a ‘mule’. The ‘mule’ on this occasion would be Ms Corby. Her boogie board bag was ideal – 4.1 kilograms of cannabis could be easily slipped in and then at the intended destination the cannabis could be just as easily slipped out. The origin of the cannabis was South America. Ms Corby would have never been the wiser, like so many others.

It was slipped into her bag at Brisbane airport by an airport luggage handler. It was to be collected in Sydney for distribution through a local crime gang well known to police, one of them a corrupted ex-police officer. I will name these people in ensuing articles. The cannabis was intended for the streets of Sydney and of course not Bali where cannabis can be bought for up to one tenth the street value that it can be bought for in Sydney.

At the time, anti-drugs police were coordinating Operation Mocha. Operation Mocha had baggage handlers and customs officers under surveillance on October 8, 2004 as Ms Corby’s luggage transited Sydney Domestic. The handlers were made aware of Operation Mocha and now spooked, they were not able to remove the cannabis for its intended Sydney recipients. Tragically for Ms Corby the cannabis continued on to Bali’s Denpassar Airport.

Head of Operation Mocha was disgraced high ranking police officer, former associate director of the New South Wales Crimes Commission, Mark Standen.

Mr Standen is in jail, serving a 22 year sentence for drug trafficking.

He was once considered one of the very best police officers in the nation, a gentleman at the heart of the nation’s war on drugs. He had access to the very best police intelligence on organised crime here and overseas.

On August 11, 2011, after a five month trial by jury, Mr Standen was found guilty of conspiring to import and supply 300 kilograms of pseudoephedrine  – enough of this chemical to produce $60 million worth of ‘ice’ or ‘crystal meth’.

For more on Mr Standen read this site here:

Mr Standen’s shocking downfall from a respected high ranking drug investigator to a convicted criminal formally began with his high-profile arrest in June 2008. With the possibility of parole, backdated to his arrest, he will be eligible for release in June, 2024.

In delivering the verdict, Justice Bruce James said, “(Mr Standen) had a long and successful career as a law enforcement officer (and) he has suffered extra-curial punishment in the loss of his career and in public disgrace and humiliation.”

But what about Ms Corby? Unlike Mr Standen she is innocent. And had it not been for Operation Mocha doing its rounds and spooking the airport baggage handlers, Ms Corby would not be in Kerobokan prison. Ms Corby has been publicly humiliated, defamed and smeared – by assumptions, speculation and conjecture. The public denigration of Ms Corby has been played out year in year out for nine years. People meltdown when publicly smashed, and people have taken their lives to end the harassment. Some of the media, and hence some of the Australian public, have speculated guilt but by tenuous associations – association by guilt tenuously linked to various incidents involving various members of her family, but this is Kafkaesque stuff and just plain wrong and especially from some of the high profile and well resourced media who should know better. Instead of investigative journalism we have had to endure lazy opinion type reporting, lazy ‘social commentary’ – banal speculation once again – these are systemic problems with news media. Indeed, dangerous.

And what about our parliamentarians, past and present? Some of them do know without equivocation that Ms Corby is innocent. Yet her predicament continues – it is now more than nine years later and the best years of Ms Corby’s life are being spent in prison. But at the same time her mental health has diminished. Those around her are deeply concerned about her state of mind, sometimes tragically her state of mind is much questioned and ridiculed in the news media despite the psychiatric reports. There is no question that she has been suicidal and it is only resilience born of the love and support from those around her that keep her going, despite that some of them too have been hit with unwarranted public scrutiny and the scourge of public humiliation – collateral damage – from the media’s bent to speculate, assume and embellish.

In ensuing articles we will continue to bring to you the whole story – but we need to unfold this story, because after nine years much information has accumulated, and both so as not to inundate the reader and for the sake of moral and other proprieties to sustain the coverage.

We will not go away.

I have been contacted by several major news media formats who want to join in unveiling the truth of what really happened and in moving to push our Government to do the right thing for not only the sake of Ms Corby, but for all Australians, for people everywhere. I hope that the news media that has contacted me is sincere and that nothing will get in the way of what is right.

The law and justice are often two different things – as one high ranking judge once said to me of court – “if you want justice, you are in the wrong building.”

We can change this.

PART THREE – Schapelle Corby is innocent – corruption and cowardice

December 31, 2013

“I was meant to pick up those drugs from the airport,” said former criminal William Moss. Mr Moss made this statement seven years ago, and he has stuck to this line.

“There was no intention for the drugs to go to Bali. That’s it, the drugs were never intended to go to Bali.”

Why would they be transported to Bali when they could get their sellers up to ten times the value on the streets of any Australian city?

Mr Moss said that several passengers on flight AO 7829 were unaware that corrupted baggage handlers at Brisbane Domestic airport planted cannabis in their luggage – bound for Sydney. The origin of the cannabis was South America. On October 8, 2004 Ms Corby boarded that fateful flight, the first leg of a two leg flight to Bali – via Sydney Domestic linking up with Sydney International. Ms Corby’s life would change forever more.

Mr Moss’ statement could have made the world of difference to Ms Corby’s defence but supporting statements to what Mr Moss stated in interviews and to Australian authorities were withheld from Ms Corby’s defence – in part leading to nightmarish experiences which continue to this day – jail, public humiliation, degradation and psychological torment that have led to the significant reduction of Ms Corby’s mental wellbeing, to the point that Ms Corby has long been suicidal.

The withholding of information by Australian Governments and by some of the organs of its State whether arguably in the ‘national interest’ geopolitically or whether in terms of national security interests in terms of corruption within Customs and the airport services, are beyond scandalous and deplorable – they are criminal. These omissions of vital information, crucial evidence, and other censorship have made a dark mockery of the Australian political landscape – here we see compromised Australian political and judicial processes, and which impute shadowy ex-judicial decisions within and with the instruments and highest offices of our Government. Hence transparency, accountability and justice are just benign bywords.

According to Mr Moss, who now lives in fear for his life, who has damned himself because of what is effectively his need to repent, he was to collect the cannabis from a corrupt airport handler at Sydney Domestic airport. According to Mr Moss the cannabis was to be passed by him to a corrupt police officer via an associate – sidekick. The ex-police officer in question is Christopher John Laycock, then a detective at a suburban police station. The cannabis would have been sold on the streets of Sydney.

In 2005, Mr Laycock was the subject of a Police Integrity Commission report, and in 2012 he was finally imprisoned. A closed court imprisoned him for four years – another disgraced police officer caught out.

A report on Mr Laycock’s associations can be found here:

In the previous year, the former Assistance Director of the NSW Crimes Commission, one of the nation’s senior most anti-drugs fighters, Mark Standen was sentenced to 22 years in prison for conspiring to traffick enough of the chemical agent pseudoephedrine to produce $60 million of ‘ice’. The well respected Mr Standen had coordinated Operation Mocha, which sought to catch out corrupt airport baggage handlers and corrupt customs officers and hence reduce the movement of cannabis via Australian airport services. Mr Standen’s Operation Mocha was in full swing on October 8, 2004 at Sydney Domestic. Corrupted airport baggage handlers and customs officers were tipped off, and hence spooked they did not remove the cannabis from Ms Corby’s boogie board bag.

Therefore Mr Moss did not collect any cannabis for Mr Laycock’s alleged associate and their mob of misguided miscreants.

Why is Ms Corby in a Bali prison? Because Indonesian authorities found 4.1 kilograms of cannabis in her boogie board bag. Because the Australian authorities and the Australian Government let her down, and in ways that should forever haunt the individuals at the core of the letdowns.

Ms Corby was not a user of drugs. Ms Corby had no criminal record. But she does now.

Indonesian customs officers and police interrogated Ms Corby for nine hours. Ms Corby maintained her innocence. She has always maintained her innocence. She is innocent.

The drugs were not tested for country of origin. There was no testing for DNA and for fingerprints on her boogie board bag. CCTV footage from the Brisbane and Sydney Domestic airports was not provided, despite 800 CCTV cameras. All of this was requested by Ms Corby and her lawyers but never provided. Is this justice?

Without the Australian Government and without various Australian authorities releasing various information and arguable evidence – all within Ms Corby’s natural rights – what hope could Ms Corby have in an Indonesian court? Zero. The judge who presided over her case had never acquitted anyone in 500 previous alleged drugs trafficking cases.

Ms Corby’s predicament was that a ridiculous notional pressure point existed between Indonesian and Australian relations. But Indonesian sources have told me that all the Australian Government needs to do is be publicly honest about its compromised airport services and do more to end the corruption within. Indonesia does not want drugs trafficked into its country, and is prepared to sentence to death people found in possession of illicit drugs and hence who are convicted of drug trafficking – to scare off potential drug smugglers and to make other nations understand that they need to do more to stop drugs being trafficked. The Indonesian judicial system knows that many of the poor souls it convicts are innocent – that indeed they are unwitting mules. But, the Indonesian judicial system continues to find them guilty. The Indonesian Government knows that airport services around the world are compromised, that customs officers and airport personnel are continually corrupted – such as in Australian airports. An Indonesian Government official said to me that the Indonesian Government has no choice but to continue to send the most powerful message it knows to everyone, including to the Australian Government(s) and authorities, that “we will send to death or to jail anyone found with illegal drugs in our country… and it is up to the Australian Government to fix its airports, to be as rigorous as we are.”

“Schapelle Corby is probably innocent, many of us (in Indonesia) believe or know this but the fault for this is Australia. Why is it so easy to plant illegal drugs in luggage in your airports?”

Despite whistleblowers –former criminals and former customs officials – exposing corruption in Australian airports, and despite journalists catching out corrupted airport customs officers, the Australian Government and its many organs are yet to comprehensively publicly own up to these facts – and the movement of illicit drugs around the nation through our airports is endemic and pernicious.

Ms Corby was treated as if her human worth and her very life were expendable.

Then Minister for Customs and Justice, Chris Ellison, and then Prime Minister John Howard, and let us not leave out Alexander Downer, all of them, and others, let down Ms Corby, and the Australian people. However more on this in future articles.

It is abhorrent to fathom that any citizen could be sacrificed for the sake of political expediency, for geopolitical reasons, for pathetic and dangerous excuses such as ‘national security’.

When one reads all the reports from 2004 and 2005, and all the reports and reviews from the last 15 years of alleged corruption at Australian airports then one knows without any reservation that there is corruption. And not just ad hoc disorganised corruption, but cultivated well-organised corruption. The veils and layers of corruption are myriad. Despite Mr Standen’s conviction, the corruption continues. There are still holes within our airport services, and therefore no Australian citizen should feel safe while travelling, not feel safe from being abused as an unwitting drugs mule.

In future articles I will publish emails that have been obtained under the Freedom of Information Act in which instructions are given to Government spokespeople to restrict themselves to effective pro forma manifest comment in response to questions from media about anything to do with Ms Corby.

Once a political direction is taken then the organs of the State just back it. Otherwise people are out of a job or affiliated organisations are ostracised. It is my experience that the organs of the State get behind whatever Government directs on any issue as the way forward despite any collateral damage.

When Ms Corby’s lawyers pressed QANTAS for confirmation of the weight of her boogie board bag during transit, after it had passed airport handlers, QANTAS provided only the total weight of her bags. They confirmed the total weight at 65 kilograms, but she had checked in her luggage at just less than 60 kilograms, and at less than 60 kilograms it was underweight. Therefore 5 kilograms were added after the check-in. If 65 kilograms was the correct weight when Ms Corby had checked in her luggage then her luggage would have been at least 5 kilograms overweight, and Ms Corby would have been up for a $175 charge, and which would have had to be paid on the spot, for the additional 5 kilograms. But this never happened. This information was known to the Australian Government and to various Australian authorities, but this vital information was not released to Ms Corby and her lawyers in time for her defence – in September 2005 she was sentenced to 20 years jail.

A former head of an Australian Federal Police anti-organised crime operation, 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.

The now convicted anti-drugs investigator, Mr Standen coordinated Operation Mocha on that fateful October 8 day. Operation Mocha was ‘secretly’ monitoring airport baggage handlers and customs officers but they were tipped off.

In June, 1997, a Melbourne couple intended to enjoy a Bali holiday. In their hotel room when opening up their luggage, to their shock 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 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 shocked with what they were told by the consular officials. They were told to flush the cannabis, to not report it to any Indonesian authority – “under no circumstance.” 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.

What had happened was that just like what occurred to Ms Corby the cannabis was not removed at Sydney Domestic, more than likely for the same reason that the airport baggage handlers were under watch or within proximity of others.

In 2002, three years before Ms Corby’s arrest, a top customs investigator, Allan Kessing, was selected to investigate airport baggage handling. He found many holes in airport services. His report to his superiors was a damning one, it indicted a rogue culture of corruption. He submitted a preliminary report in 2003 and a final report in 2004 to his superiors and allegedly to also the Australian Federal Police. Mr Kessing felt little seemed to arise from his report, other than the report sitting idle. It was Ms Corby’s arrest that led him, mid-2005, into leaking the report to the media – Mr Kessing became a whistleblower. However the do-gooder Mr Kessing was charged under the Crimes Act for whistleblowing. He turned up to court with his bags packed knowing he would be jailed. What sort of Australia is this? Do you recognise it? We need to know, so we can do something about it.

I have been working on finding the truth out about what really happened and why to Ms Corby, with a number of individuals, sources in the Australian and Indonesian Governments and within their State instruments, and with researchers, Indonesian, Australian and elsewhere in the world, working to reveal the abhorrent injustices slated to Ms Corby.

One researcher is based in the United Kingdom, his name is Christian Hetzel.

When we first corresponded he said to me, “The sheer scale of (the injustices) will shock you and will disgust you.”

“A range of criminal acts were perpetrated from Canberra. But incredibly, the Australian media will not report them.”

“Instead, they fabricate and smear, largely using her dead father – dead men can’t sue. They vilify, hound and lie. No-one cares. No-one defends her.”

“This is the problem.”

“Someone who has a public voice has to speak out, if the truth is to emerge,” said Mr Hetzel.

“There is an innocent and courageous but broken woman heavily medicated, in an overcrowded squalid cell. She has been there for nearly ten years. Last year she tried to kill herself.”

“She desperately needs us to take hold of the truth.”

A highly respected Australian psychiatrist visited her, and confirmed her mental deterioration but disturbingly this leading psychiatrist was himself vilified in the mainstream media. Why?

The WikiLeaks organisation released an interesting email last February (Monday, 27th) that refers to Ms Corby. The email is part of the now infamous Statfor cables that WikiLeaks published. Stratfor Global Intelligence describes itself as providing “global awareness and guidance to individuals, governments and businesses around the world.”

In one of those cables a Stratfor tactical analyst, Marko Primorac, wrote, “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 Corby’s case or if the mule figures out what’s going on and keeps the goods.”

Stratfor provides confidential intelligence to some of the world’s largest corporations and to government agencies, including to the US Department of Homeland Security and to the US Defence Intelligence agencies. Stratfor’s reputation has been built on the reliability and accuracy of its information – obviously of paramount importance particularly given its clients.

A full transcript of the cable by Mr Primorac can be found at WikiLeaks here.

That Ms Corby is innocent and that this is beyond any reasonable doubt is unquestionable and if judicial processes had been given every rightful opportunity, and if the Australian Government and Australian authorities had met with their inherent moral and legal proprieties and if too the Australian media had done its job, properly, Ms Corby would be a free person.

Mr Moss’ testimony stands. Mr Moss’ evidence should have resulted in Ms Corby’s freedom and to restorative justice in terms of her reputation. The Australian Government should move fast and secure the freedom of Ms Corby, and then ensure immediate and adequate compensation and other restitution to Ms Corby. And then launch an independent inquiry, a bona fide one, into itself.

“As I have said many times criminals do not come forward and give themselves up, but this idiot has,” said Mr Moss.

Mr Moss has lost much, including his peace of mind -he said he lives in fear of his life. Mr Moss said he cannot understand how the news media and the Government have not supported his whistleblowing.

“Schapelle, sorry for where you are, and hopefully I can still help to get you out,” said the repentant Mr Moss.

An interview with Mr Moss

25 hidden truths

PART FOUR – Schapelle Corby is innocent – WikiLeaks cables, Judges, Governments say so

January 5, 2014

Last year, on September 26, an Indonesian Supreme Court Judge, Andi Ayyub Saleh said that Schapelle Corby should be released immediately from prison “given the anomal(ies) in that case.” Judge Saleh wrote a submission to the Indonesian President seeking through a presidential decree a sentence reduction for Ms Corby.

Judge Saleh recommended to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono that “not only (does) she deserve early parole, she should be freed.”

The Judge is a believer in the fact that the cannabis was planted in Ms Corby’s luggage – by corrupted airport luggage handlers. It has never made any sense, and never will, that anyone would attempt to smuggle cannabis into Bali from Australia. Cannabis can be sold on Australia’s city streets for up to ten times the value it can be sold for in Bali.

Ms Corby was let down by the Australian Government which did not come to her defence, nor admit to its corrupted airport services. The Indonesian Government had wanted Australia to own up to and then do more about remedying airport services corruption, which would mean less illicit drugs trafficked into Indonesia. Ms Corby became politically expedient, but such bartering of human worth and dignity, for ones very life, by one’s own Government, shames to no end that Government. No paltry excuses such as national security, geopolitical reasons, nor the foreign jurisdictions line wash, rather they forever stain.

In his recommendations to President Yudhoyono, Judge Saleh stated, “Even the Australian Police Chief sent a recommendation saying Corby is an educated and honoured citizen with no prior record of crime, including narcotics.”

Judge Saleh’s plea did not fall on deaf ears and President Yudhoyono decreed a five year reduction but Ms Corby is still not free – and it may well arise that she will not be free till 2016. Those closest to Ms Corby have said to me that it is not likely she will survive if the wait is for 2016. Ms Corby has been deteriorating, psychologically for quite some time, and either she will be irreversibly damaged or die if she continues to languish much longer in Kerobokan.

It is not just Judge Saleh who believes in Ms Corby’s innocence. There is one very interesting WikiLeaks cable that states it all. 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 huge as they get, providing confidential intelligence to Governments and the world’s most powerful corporations – including to monoliths likes 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 picked out and illicit drugs planted and therefore the passengers become ‘drug mules’. This practice is the predominant means of drug trafficking through airports.

In reference to Ms Corby he stated, “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 the around the globe. It’s bad news if the unwitting mule gets jail time if the pot is intercepted, as it was in Schapelle Corby’s case or if the mule figures out what’s going on and keeps the goods.”

Not only does Judge Saleh understand that Ms Corby is innocent, so does Mr Primorac.

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.

Not only do Judge Saleh and Mr Primorac know that Ms Corby is innocent but so do my many sources, and many others, within the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and within the Indonesian Government.

Most importantly we know who all the shadowy players are – who planted the cannabis, who were to collect it, and who were meant to distribute it.

William Moss, a repentant former criminal, has admitted he was to collect the cannabis from Sydney Domestic airport – but as I have written in previous articles the cannabis was not retrieved by airport luggage handlers on that fateful day of October 8, 2004 at Sydney Domestic after being planted in Ms Corby’s boogie board bag by a corrupted airport luggage handler at Brisbane Airport. Operation Mocha was underway at Sydney Domestic on that day – ‘secret’ surveillance on luggage handlers and customs officers. The corrupted personnel were tipped off and hence spooked they did not dare retrieve the cannabis. Instead of it being sold on the streets of Sydney at premium prices it finished up at Denpasar Airport and so began Ms Corby’s nightmare. Without a honest Australian Government voice – with the truth at hand at all times – Ms Corby stood no chance against Indonesia’s zero tolerance policies on possession of illicit drugs. The Australian Government sat relatively idle and quiet on the truth of the state of affairs in Australian airport services.

If everything that is known about Ms Corby’s case had been presented to an Australian court she would be free – she would have been found not guilty. However the Australian Government’s lazy bent is that Ms Corby is in an Indonesian jurisdiction. Similarly so the Australian Federal Police have failed to properly move on matters relating to Ms Corby, such as the admission of guilt by Mr Moss, because once again the line is that Ms Corby is in an Indonesian jurisdiction. But all this is bullshit because the Australian Federal Police and their Indonesian counterparts work ever so closely, and much more could have been done. Similarly so the Australian Government could have secured justice for Ms Corby.

Watch this interview with Mr Moss – it is disturbing that we know what happened but sadly a different message is being sold to the Australian people about Ms Corby and her family.

The William Moss interview here:

“The drugs were never meant for Bali,” Mr Moss.

“As I have said many times, criminals do not come forward and give themselves up, but this idiot has.”

Mr Moss came clean in July 2005 in terms of his role with the cannabis in Ms Corby’s boogie board bag. This testimony should have invigorated the Australian Federal Police and the various Crimes Commissions, particularly the NSW Crimes Commission to find out, corroborate and publicly report on whether Ms Corby was an unwitting drug mule or not, and report on the extent of airport services corruption – in the public interest. The news media reported Ms Moss’ claims on July 27 but immediately set upon him, savaging his claims.

A Daily Telegraph report, July 27, 2005, can be read here.

The savaging resulted in legal action by Mr Moss, for defamation, but which was ultimately settled. Mr Moss has provided explicit detail as to the corruption of airport services, which I have covered in previous articles, and which is corroborated by Stratfor’s Mr Primorac, and by various whistleblowers – one of them of a former Customs investigator, Allan Kessing, whom I included and his reports in previous articles.

It is now known the NSW Crimes Commission has a secret recording of Mr Moss discussing the collection by Moss of the cannabis with an associate of the gang that it was intended for. In an extract of minutes of a meeting of a NSW Crimes Commission project team discussing the recording, the head of Operation Mocha is noted as being present – Mr Standen.

If the Australian Federal Police and the NSW Crimes Commission had all this information at hand, why was it not presented in 2005 at the September trial of Ms Corby? Why was it effectively suppressed? And if mistakes were made in not reporting all this information, especially the recording between the gang associate who was to collect the cannabis from Mr Moss, why did not the AFP or the NSW Crimes Commission seek remedy by reporting this information to their Indonesian authorities and the Indonesian criminal justice system post the Corby sentencing and in any appeal by Ms Corby’s legal team?

At the beginning of this article I included what Judge Saleh wrote of the “Australian Police Chief’s” recommendations to the President Yudhoyono.

To remind readers, Judge Saleh in seeking a presidential decree for either a sentence reduction and preferably freedom for Ms Corby wrote to President, ”Even the Australian Police Chief sent a recommendation saying Corby is an educated and honoured citizen with no prior record of crime, including narcotics.” What choice would any “Australian Police Chief” have in light of everything before them – some of it released through Freedom of Information and other information still suppressed – other than to no longer further stand in the way of Ms Corby’s freedom. It appears he is trying to right a wrong, but his effort is not enough.

In previous articles I have declared my own earlier public stands last year when I discovered that the Australian Government was pushing for a secret people swap deal between the Indonesian minors, whom I was working to have freed from Australian adult prisons, and the beleaguered Ms Corby. Neither should have been held hostage for the other, none of this immoral barter of human lives, when it is known they are all innocent. Bureaucratic ramblings, the perceived but skewed national interest arguments and the suite of mistakes by Government and their institutions should never get in the way of what is right. The Government did engage in the push for what was tantamount to a people swap deal, though then Foreign Minister Bob Carr effectively denied this at the time. They engaged in this conversation with Indonesian because they know Ms Corby is innocent and that indeed our airports services are compromised, as has been repeatedly exposed very recently and again and again over the last decade and longer.

Mid last year, the ABC 7:30 Report carried some of my claims. You can watch the episode:

Schapelle Corby gets caught in political questions

The minutes from a meeting of a NSW Crimes Commission project team – known as the Gymea Team, are reproduced below with some names not connected to Ms Corby redacted.

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PART FIVE – Schapelle Corby is innocent – the evidence of her innocence is overwhelming but Government stays silent

January 9, 2014

Despite the issue of jurisdiction, It is beyond comprehension why the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Government and the Australian mainstream news media have not inquired further into the arrest of Schapelle Corby. With all the insurmountable evidence demonstrating her obvious innocence we have to wonder why our highest offices have sat idly by and disgracefully silent while Ms Corby ruminates into near madness and abhorrent despair.

There now exists an extensive body of evidence that comprehensively demonstrated Ms Corby is indeed innocent. We have what bring about anyone’s innocence, an admission of guilt by another party. However in the case of Ms Corby this did not seem to matter, and still does not. This scandalous question is yet to properly aired and answered by our Government and its institutions and by the majority of our news media.

The public admission of guilt from William Moss, of his involvement in what should have been the collection of the cannabis planted in Ms Corby’s bag should have been enough evidence to secure Ms Corby’s freedom. His testimony should have been enough for the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crimes Commission to fully investigate and provide reports to the Indonesian authorities. Mr Moss’ testimony should have been enough for the Australian Government to rise to the occasion and push for all forms of various natural justice on behalf of Ms Corby. But none of them have.

It is the Australian Government’s poor conduct with matters relating to Ms Corby that indict a corrupted political system, in that they did not do everything they should have done, not just in terms of the natural and legal rights of Ms Corby, an Australian citizen, but also in terms of the presumed proprieties of justice as a be-all end-all. The presumption that the Indonesian Government and Indonesian criminal justice system would not have engaged with evidence from the Australian Government and its agencies is a myth implicitly propagated by the Australian Government. The Indonesian authorities would have received evidence and reports from the Australian Government. The report they wanted most, was the one where the Australian Government would admit he extensiveness of corruption within Australian airport services – and that the Australian Government would commit to doing more to reduce the corruption that leads to the high volume of illicit drugs trafficked from or via Australia to Indonesia. But the Australian Government was not honourable enough in order to do this. And in not doing this, the Australian Government stranded Ms Corby and destroyed Ms Corby’s life.

Mr Moss admitted he had intended to collect the 4.1 kilograms of cannabis planted in Ms Corby’s luggage. He was to collect it from a corrupted Sydney Domestic airport luggage handler. We have minutes of a meeting leaked from a NSW Crimes Corruption project team – the Gymea Team – where it is minuted that there exists a secret police recording of Ms Moss and an associate of a Sydney crime gang run by a former police officer – who is now incarcerated – confirming the intended collection of the cannabis and its distribution on  Sydney streets by this crime gang.

We have a former senior customs investigator, Allan Kessing, who was commissioned a few years before the arrest of Ms Corby to investigate and report on the fact of corruption at Australian airport services. His report was damning but sat idle. Less than a year after Ms Corby’s arrest, Mr Kessing leaked the report to the media in order to confirm the endemic and rampant corruption at Australian airports – where corrupted baggage handlers selected passengers as unwitting drug mules.

Listen to this interview with Allan Kessing here.

This evidence is merely the tip of the iceberg, but this evidence alone clears Ms Corby of any presumption of guilt. The cannabis did not belong to Ms Corby, she did not know that there was cannabis in her boogie board bag – the only bag on that fateful October 8 flight that was not scanned through the airports scanning systems. This in itself is clearly a suggestive indictment of what appears to have occurred on that day.

A former head of an Australian Federal Police anti-organised crime operation, 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.

With all this, and much, much more, why did the Australian Government and the Australian Federal Police let down an Australian citizen, let down Ms Corby? Why didn’t the Australian Government do its best to bring to the fore the truth about the state of affairs within Australian airports – the corruption, the movement of cannabis and of other illicit drugs through our airports? National security, geopolitical relationships, respect for sovereignty in terms of jurisdiction and other nonsense have been much bandied around, but all this as arguments to deny someone the full suite of their natural and legal rights, to respect their  human worth and dignity, are immoral and impropriety – deplorable cowardice in the very least.

With all this, why then have some of the Australian mainstream news media gone on an unrelenting bent to perceptually modify the truth about Ms Corby and in fact play a huge role in destroying the reputation of this person and of those around her? In investigative journalism all that should matter is the truth and only as relevant to the facts of the matters at hand. Instead we have seen the worst of journalism, or that which purports as journalism, and a huge hatchet job has been done on Ms Corby, at the expense of her very person and mental wellbeing. Cheap, sensationalist, shockingly speculative commentaries and opinion pieces, destroying the heart and soul of a human being, reducing the human worth of this person to the domain of crude and rudimentary public opinion

The NSW Crimes Commission failed in its sworn duty to stand up and do what is right, what is good, what is honourable and indeed what this body of all people are about. In failing to inform Ms Corby’s defence team of the fact of a secret recording between Ms Moss and the associate of the crime gang the cannabis was intended for, the NSW Crimes Commission not only failed Ms Corby but indeed failed every Australian citizen. They have damaged our trust in them. Seven years after the arrest of Ms Corby on that fateful October 8, 2004, one of their most senior anti-drugs investigators, Mark Standen was sentenced to 20 years in jail for drug trafficking. Mr Standen was a former Associate Director of the NSW Crimes Commission.

Mr Standen coordinated Operation Mocha, which purported to seek out corruption at Australian airports. On October 8, 2004, Operation Mocha was underway at Sydney Domestic Airport – they were watching customs officers and airport baggage handlers. But someone tipped off the corrupted airport personnel and hence spooked the corrupted airport baggage handler did not dare retrieve the cannabis in Ms Corby’s bag which had been planted at Brisbane Airport by a corrupted airport baggage handler. Tragically for Ms Corby the cannabis continued on to Bali and when found in her bag by Denpassar customs officials would then go on to destroy the life of the young Ms Corby.

Our highest police services failed Ms Corby – the NSW Crimes Commission, the Australian Federal Police – it would be unfair and a reduction of the truth and of bona fide fair comment to suggest they did not fail her. They continue to fail her. Unless they up the ante and produce all the facts, put on the public record their own internal inquiries, produce the secret recording, and turn up alongside the Australian Government to Bali and to their Indonesian counterparts and seek the release of Ms Corby then they are what they are at this time what they have been since the arrest of Ms Corby but more so since the Allan Kessing report and since the admission by William Moss – they are less than nothing.

I have retraced most of what a previous research team has already done in seeking out the truth of what may or may not have occurred regarding the arrest of Ms Corby and all that would follow. A team of researchers now known as the Expendable Project have compiled the most meticulous dossier – a public dossier – on what did occur. The evidence is overwhelming – and for goodness sake we have admissions of guilt, we have names, we have whistleblowers – but the NSW Crimes Commission, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Government have not adequately responded, choosing to waffle, deflect, shut up shop. They have continued to let Ms Corby languish, suicidal and broken, in Kerobokan Prison.

The Expendable Project produced an eye opening documentary – Expendable, The Political Sacrifice of Schapelle Corby – but which has never been screened on Australian television or in our cinemas. However less robust documentaries, speculative works, are getting a shot into the light of day. The meticulous work compiled by the Expendable Project proves Ms Corby’s innocence beyond any reasonable doubt yet the Expendable Project struggles to find the light of day. Why? A Royal Commission is long overdue – more so to inquire into the systemic failures that have seen Ms Corby incarcerated and vilified. These systemic failures are worse than those systemic failures that led to the tragedy which befell the family of Azaria Chamberlain. In the case of the Chamberlains, the Government, and the highest offices of our police authorities did not withhold evidence and other vital knowledge as occurred with Ms Corby.

Some of what is wrong with our Government can be found by reading The Expendable Project’s Crime Report here.

These are the responses from our nation’s highest officers:

Former Attorney-General – Nicola Roxon

From The Australian Crime Commission

From the Australian Federal Police Commissioner, Tony Negus

From the former Minister of Home Affairs and Justice, Jason Clare

From the Queensland Police Service

From the NSW Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipone

Ms Corby has been treated by the Australian Government as if she is expendable, just as were the Indonesian children I came across in Australian adult prisons, many of whom we have since freed. I have learned first-hand that Australian Government and our highest officers, including the Prime Minister, lie. They lied straight to my face about the Indonesian children. Right to the end they lied, even when we cornered them into releasing the children, they lied, refusing to accept culpability – playing word games, muffling the truth.

It is time the Australian Government began in sincerity its duty to Schapelle Corby – in that they commit to her release from prison, even if it means owning up to their own horrid mistakes, to shameful conduct, to various complicity, to the fact that the 4.1 kilos of marijuana were probably planted in Ms Corby’s luggage by corrupted individuals – within transit – within Customs. In recent times, Australian Customs officers have been exposed as the middlepersons in drugs trafficking.

Earlier this year, I went on air and exposed the conversations I know from various sources at both ends – Indonesian and Australian – in that Australia’s Foreign Affairs department was trying to engineer a deal with Indonesia that the Indonesian minors languishing in our adult prisons could be released if Ms Corby is released. Tit for tat, but tit-for-tat is a dangerous game. I know that there are Government officials who believe without reservation that Ms Corby is innocent. In believing this they have a duty to do more than the next to nothing they have embarrassed themselves with so far having smashed their moral compass. They should stand up in the best interests of an Australian citizen overseas. The Indonesian Government was working vehemently behind the scenes in advocating for the release of their children from Australia’s adult prisons. I know this because I was helping them.

Just prior to Christmas, Ms Corby’s sentence was reduced by two months as part of Indonesia’s annual remissions charter.

Indonesian Justice spokesperson, Ika Yusanti said that the remission was as a result of Ms Corby’s “good behaviour.”

In August, an Indonesian Corrections Board recommended Ms Corby for early release from Kerobokan prison, but the process has since been mired in bureaucratic ramblings.

The story of Ms Corby threatens to draw attention to myriad layers of corruption – corruption of process, Government corruption, corruption within our airports and within Customs.

On that fateful October day in 2004, Ms Corby travelled from Brisbane airport to Sydney Domestic linking to Sydney International and onward to Bali. She went through three Australian airports, with more than 800 cameras, but when it came to her trial, despite her pleas for CCTV footage to be produced on her movements and of her luggage in transit, and of the airport baggage handlers, no CCTV footage was produced. You would think the CCTV footage would be crucial. Her boogie board bag should have been assessed even from CCTV footage – and there would have been myriad random clips of footage.

Airport handlers had sought to select a ‘mule’. The ‘mule’ on this occasion would be Ms Corby. Her boogie board bag was ideal – 4.1 kilograms of cannabis could be easily slipped in and then at the intended destination the cannabis could be just as easily slipped out. The origin of the cannabis was South America. Ms Corby would have never been the wiser, like so many others.

It was slipped into her bag at Brisbane airport by an airport luggage handler. It was to be collected in Sydney for distribution through a local crime gang well known to police, one of them a corrupted ex-police officer. That corrupt ex-police officer, Christopher John Laycock. In 2005, Mr Laycock was the subject of a Police Integrity Commission report, and in 2012 he was finally imprisoned. A closed court imprisoned him for four years – another disgraced police officer caught out. We are yet to know the reasons for his reduced sentence, they are yet to be released into the domain of the public interest, but the reasons are obvious.

The Expendable Project team know who the corrupted airport baggage handler was at Brisbane Airport who planted the cannabis – but no-one other than the researchers at Expendable seem to want to follow through. Why?

“I was meant to pick up those drugs from the airport,” said former criminal William Moss. Mr Moss made this statement seven years ago, and he has stuck to this line.

“There was no intention for the drugs to go to Bali. That’s it, the drugs were never intended to go to Bali.”

Why would they be transported to Bali when they could get their sellers up to ten times the value on the streets of any Australian city?

Mr Moss said that several passengers on flight AO 7829 were unaware that corrupted baggage handlers at Brisbane Domestic airport planted cannabis in their luggage – bound for Sydney.

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 huge as they get, providing confidential intelligence to Governments and the world’s most powerful corporations – including to monoliths likes 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 picked out and illicit drugs planted and therefore the passengers become ‘drug mules’. This practice is the predominant means of drug trafficking through airports.

In reference to Ms Corby he stated, “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 the around the globe. It’s bad news if the unwitting mule gets jail time if the pot is intercepted, as it was in Schapelle Corby’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.

Australian psychiatrist Dr Jonathon Phillips visited Ms Corby. “It is impossible to properly articulate the trauma and suffering Schapelle Corby has endured. The turmoil has been such that it has rendered her mentally ill and at serious risk of short term death.”

“Schapelle has remained strong for so long, holding on day after day in hope and belief that justice and truth would prevail. Bewildered, confused, but keeping faith in humanity and clinging desperately to past memories and the love of her family. But year after year it has become harder and harder, as her mental strength has been worn down,” said Dr Phillips.

Dr Phillips credentials are impeccable, and his independence unquestionable. He has been an Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales and at James Cook University and a clinical Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide. He is a past chairperson of the Medical Specialist Review Council, past chairperson of the Committee of Presidents of Australian Medical Colleges and a former president of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and has been a consultant to the World Health Organisation.

Injustice cannot be let lie, because next time it could be you or someone you love. If we get it right for Ms Corby, we may well get it right for everyone.

Other reading/viewing:

Minister Christopher Ellison on a proposed prisoner transfer deal – SMH, May 25, 2005

Minister Christopher Ellison interviewed by the ABC, July 20, 2005

Kevin Rudd gives Schapelle a raw deal – Herald Sun, August 27, 2009

Downer calls for calm over Corby case – SMH, June 5, 2005

Eye-opening viewing – Expendable, the political sacrifice of Schapelle Corby

The documentary - Expendable, the political sacrifice of Schapelle Corby

 

PART SIX – Schapelle Corby is innocent – today’s interview with William Moss

January 11, 2014

William Moss, a repentant former criminal, has admitted he was to collect the cannabis from Sydney Domestic airport – but as I have written in previous articles the cannabis was not retrieved by airport luggage handlers on that fateful day of October 8, 2004 at Sydney Domestic after being planted in Ms Corby’s boogie board bag by a corrupted airport luggage handler at Brisbane Airport. Operation Mocha was underway at Sydney Domestic on that day – ‘secret’ surveillance on luggage handlers and customs officers. The corrupted personnel were tipped off and hence spooked they did not dare retrieve the cannabis.

With the admission that Mr Moss made, that the cannabis was intended for him to collect and was never intended for Bali nor that Ms Corby had any knowledge of it, one would think Ms Corby would have been released or that the Australian Government and all our relevant authorities would have presented a case for her release. But Mr Moss’ testimony appears to not have made even a dent.

The first part of my interview with Mr Moss earlier today – here:

Instead of the cannabis illegally sold on the streets of Sydney at premium prices it finished up at Denpasar Airport and so began Ms Corby’s nightmare. Without a honest Australian Government voice – with the truth at hand at all times – Ms Corby stood no chance against Indonesia’s zero tolerance policies on possession of illicit drugs. The Australian Government sat relatively idle and quiet on the truth of the state of affairs in Australian airport services.

If everything that is known about Ms Corby’s case had been presented to an Australian court she would be free – she would have been found not guilty. However the Australian Government’s lazy bent is that Ms Corby is in an Indonesian jurisdiction. Similarly so the Australian Federal Police have failed to properly move on matters relating to Ms Corby, such as the admission of guilt by Mr Moss, because once again the line is that Ms Corby is in an Indonesian jurisdiction. But all this is bullshit because the Australian Federal Police and their Indonesian counterparts work ever so closely, and much more could have been done. Similarly so the Australian Government could have secured justice for Ms Corby.

Watch this interview with Mr Moss here: – it is disturbing that we know what happened but sadly a different message is being sold to the Australian people about Ms Corby and her family.

“The drugs were never meant for Bali,” Mr Moss.

“As I have said many times, criminals do not come forward and give themselves up, but this idiot has.”

Mr Moss came clean in July 2005 in terms of his role with the cannabis in Ms Corby’s boogie board bag. This testimony should have invigorated the Australian Federal Police and the various Crimes Commissions, particularly the NSW Crimes Commission to find out, corroborate and publicly report on whether Ms Corby was an unwitting drug mule or not, and report on the extent of airport services corruption – in the public interest. The news media reported Ms Moss’ claims on July 27 but immediately set upon him, savaging his claims.

Some of Mr Moss’ closing comments during our interview earlier today – here.

Without an independent royal commission into the mishandling of Ms Corby’s predicament the vast cast of aspersions continue to stain the Australian consciousness – and torture an obviously innocent woman.

 

PART SEVEN – Schapelle Corby is innocent – today’s interview with Allan Kessing – an eye-opener!

January 11, 2013

At the conclusion of this short article you will have the opportunity to listen to an interview that will disturb you and which should make you angry. Anyone of us could be the next Schapelle Corby – an innocent person who our Government and our prized institutions have stranded in a hell that no-one deserves.

When I first began to inquire and report on Ms Corby’s predicament I wrote, “The story of Ms Corby threatens to draw attention to myriad layers of corruption – corruption of process, Government corruption, corruption within our airports and within Customs. A royal commission should be held into the Australian Government’s conduct in all matters relating to Schapelle Corby.”

I have now dug so deep into finding out the truth that the paragraph you just read can no longer capture the despicability of a human life thrown to the wolves, her reputation pilloried at every turn, and her survival, as she barely clings to sanity and life, clawed from resilience borne of the love of those around her, themselves much pilloried. I thought I had seen it all when our Government lied again and again to my face about the Indonesian children we found in Australian adult prisons, and ran from culpability and every decent value as we campaigned for two years to have these children freed. Well, I had not seen it all. What has occurred to the Corby family is akin to the tragedy that befell the family of Azaria Chamberlain.

The national consciousness needs to know the truth, and Ms Corby must be freed, no stone unturned, and every form of restitution met. It took me near a year to win over a majority of the Australian media to begin helping the Indonesian children, and it is now time the Australian media scrubs up and does the job for Ms Corby but also for our collective heart and soul.

Allan Kessing is a former senior customs officer who was appointed to review and report on security of traffic within airport services at Sydney Airport. He produced two reports detailing extensive corruption at airport services – these reports were submitted in 2002 and 2003. Schapelle Corby’s flight to Bali from Brisbane via Sydney was on October 8, 2004.

Mr Kessing said “the reports were suppressed” and that nothing was done about his findings.

When the reports were leaked by someone else several months after Ms Corby’s arrest, Mr Kessing was extraordinarily prosecuted for “passing information” – he was charged for whistleblowing. The reports were never presented to Ms Corby’s legal team.

Mr Kessing’s reports have been supported by other independent reports – The Wheeler Report and also by the global intelligence gathering agency, Stratfor. I have referred to these in previous articles.

Importantly, Mr Kessing said that in his long experience as a customs officer he had never heard of any instance of any attempt to traffic cannabis out of Australia. He said it makes no sense for anyone to traffic cannabis to Indonesia where it will sell at a very much lower value. He made an analogy that “it would be like exporting coal to Newcastle.”

He said that cannabis is moved around Australia via our airports.

Mr Kessing said that corruption at airports throughout Australia has not been reduced and will only continue to increase.

He said that the corruption is being withheld from the public interest.

My interview with Mr Kessing is an eye opener, and it is a must listen. On this occasion, rather than I write more please instead listen to the audio interview with the former senior customs officer whose findings should be soundly carried by every news media format in this nation.

“Truth is no defence,” said Mr Kessing.

The Interview with Mr Kessing – here:

 

PART EIGHT – Schapelle Corby is innocent – Australian airports rife with corruption

January 14, 2014

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:

 

EXPENDABLE, the political sacrifice of Schapelle

December 30, 2013

In May 2005, Schapelle Corby was sentenced to 20 years in an Indonesian prison after 4.1 kilograms of cannabis was found in her boogie board bag upon her arrival in Bali. The cannabis was placed in her bag at Brisbane airport by corrupted airport handlers and was intended for distribution in Sydney – the cannabis was to be removed by corrupted airport handlers at Sydney Domestic airport prior to her luggage being moved on to Sydney International and onward to Bali. But on that fateful day, October 8, 2004, an already compromised drug surveillance operation – Operation Mocha – was ‘secretly’ watching airport handlers and customs officers at Sydney Domestic.

Operation Mocha was coordinated by former, and now disgraced, Assistant Director of the NSW Crimes Commission, Mark Standen.

In 2011, the former senior drugs trafficking investigator and long-time national anti-drugs hero, Mr Standen was convicted to a 22 year sentence for drugs trafficking. Corrupted airport officers had been tipped off about Operation Mocha on that fateful day – airport handlers therefore did not remove the cannabis and hence Ms Corby’s nightmarish fate was sealed.

But the Australian Government – and every political party – are aware of the injustices faced by Ms Corby, with many past and present parliamentarians in-the-know that Ms Corby is innocent. However, they have let her languish – making her expendable in part for nonsensical presumptions of national security, in part for geopolitical reasons (still more nonsense) and in part because they just do not give enough of a damn for an individual human being (and for those that love her) – but they should.

 The Stringer has published two recent articles – unveiling what really happened, and The Stringerwill publish a suite of articles and continue to unveil the whole story and name names

Part 1 – Schapelle Corby is innocent  

Part 2 – Operation Mocha

It is a national disgrace that the mainstream – and very well-resourced – Australian media has let down Ms Corby. It is a national disgrace that Australia’s political processes and Australia’s mainstream political parties have effectively sat quiet, idle, in regards to Ms Corby’s predicaments. What is criminal is the fact of the troves of vital information that Australian Governments and Australian authorities have withheld from Ms Corby’s trial and appeals. Those responsible for this should be held to account. But who will hold them to account?

The Australian media should engage in some through-care journalism and do the right thing by Ms Corby and hence all Australians. The national consciousness always cries out for justice, nothing less.

In the last week – since publishing my two most recent articles proclaiming Ms Corby’s obvious innocence, I have been contacted by The Australian newspaper (two journalists), by The ABC(three journalists), and by a few more major media formats (four producers/researchers). We can only hope they will do the distance on this tragic injustice, and win over, convince their networks/newspapers that Ms Corby’s story, the real story, not the smears and speculation, should reach the light of day.

I beseech those who have contacted me to do everything they can.

In time I am sure that politicians will rise to the occasion and assist Ms Corby, but they should do so sooner rather than later – and not wait as they do for others to package it all for them, not wait to use the Schapelle Corby story when it becomes ‘sexy’ enough to advance their own personal careers or their party’s public brand. Politicians who think like this should not be in politics – politics should be seen as a calling.

Please watch this documentary:

EXPENDABLE, the political sacrifice of Schapelle Corby

I now know enough to know without equivocation that Ms Corby is innocent, and I also know that there are relevant authorities and individuals within the Australian Government that know Ms Corby is innocent. If I am to continue to believe in doing what is right, in letting nothing stand in the way of what is right then I have to engage in through-care journalism and therefore sustain the coverage and investigations till Ms Corby is released.

 

RADIO INTERVIEW on the real story here: