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 –  – 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 –  – 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 –  – 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.  and  The researchers have testimonies from William Moss – , but also from a former senior customs investigator, Allan Kessing –  – 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 –  – 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 –  and  and  – 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 –  and  and  and  and  and 
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. 
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.