A while ago I changed my name here. It was a good idea anyway, but if you read between the lines you might have noticed a hint of paranoia. Just a stupid fleeting thought that maybe it wasn’t a good time to have a screen name close to my real one.
Around this time I had mentioned that I was involved with a group taking legal action against the Australian government alleging that the political stunt they were undertaking to win the election involved breaking the law. The government subsequently retrospectively legislated to make their actions legal and having conducted a campaign of lies, fear and dehumanisation against refugees, they won the case and the election.
It now emerges (amongst many other disgraceful things) that the Defence Signals Directorate illegally monitored the telephone conversations of those planning legal action against the government and illegally briefed the government about those conversations. The “inadvertent” tapping of 'phones of Australian citizens just happens to turn out to have been those trying to get the government to obey the law (as it then was). The Defence Department is now sending out letters of apology to those whose ‘phones it illegally tapped. [links to come, fresh but apparently not big news here] Maybe we’ll get a nice little letter, maybe not - but I certainly feel a bit foolish about not worrying about it more at the time. And I doubt they’ll come clean about all the intercepts anyway.
So, to the government, particularly PM Howard, Minister Ruddock and former Minister and now arms peddler Reith: fuck you. You and your hirelings are filth, prepared to scam your way back into office on the backs of a costly stunt paid for by taxpayers and vulnerable people who you heartlessly abused and slandered. When you die I hope your graves are never dry.
To the bureaucrats who ran Operation Relex: fuck you, you pissweak bastards. You knew more than enough. If all that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing, it looks like the complicity of a few weasels can make things a little worse. In licking the rancid crack of the government of the day you surrendered your duty to government and you betrayed the people it is supposed to serve. Under what circumstances can we expect you to stand up? This goes for most of the opposition too.
And to the voting public: fuck you, you credulous pillocks. You allowed yourselves to stampeded like a mindless incontinent herd into the arms of hatemongers. And now you pretend you don’t see the mess. You want all this to go away, for the few who are outraged to stop talking about it. And in ten years time claim that you knew nothing of what was going on. Shameful.