There is a tragedy hidden in the heart of Australia. On ancient, remote Aboriginal lands, a cluster of strangely shaped buildings squat in an extraordinarily remote area. For decades these buildings, and those who work within them, have silently been at the center of a killing spree.
I could use different words here, dancing around the facts, acting as though extrajudicial assassination was okay. The Governments and Agencies who commit these crimes use a different language — a softer, easier on the eye, and their conscience, language.
In that media friendly language, there must be no hint, that on flimsy evidence, people are being murdered at the press of a button. Drones are the weapons of choice. American military drone operators are the executioners. Military Officers sit in front of computers rooms in Australia, their rooms cool and air conditioned against the harsh desert heat, supporting the alliance which carries out dispassionate and clinical murders in the name of the “freedom” of the United States of America.
For many years now, Australia has been a useful outpost for Empire. The alliance between the security agencies of Great Britain, USA, NZ, Canada and Australia primarily fulfills the needs of the USA. We are a but a commodity here, nothing more. The “Five Eyes Alliance” — also abbreviated as FVEY — was built on a treaty for joint cooperation in signals intelligence.
FVEY remains the most powerful espionage alliance in world history. Both United States war, or to be polite, “political”, and economic advantage is the goal. Economic advancement of some of the member states is also a consideration, but to a lesser extent. This alliance circumvents laws in many of its member countries by acting like multinational company or business in some respects.
It is undeniable and widely acknowledged, that Pine Gap — known in the media as a “satellite tracking station” is far more than just a tracking station. For a start, it is part of ECHELON, which you may not have heard much about until Edward Snowden’s revelations. In democracies, we are entitled to know what is being done in our name. Injustice which never sees the light remains. This is the case with FVEY. A secretive, unaccountable machine is growing.
It is only recently with the debate finally sparked through the whistleblower Snowden, we can gain the beginnings of a perspective. In Australia, our media hesitates to speak truth to power where the US alliance is concerned. If they do, the Government of the day will use all means available to shut them down, or dismiss legitimate concerns. Our Attorney General just made the ludicrous assertion in Parliament Question time that Snowden’s disclosures “put Australian lives at risk.” To use an Australian term: that’s utter bullshit. Will he be called out on this? Unlikely. Read more…..