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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

THE U.S. N.S.A. AT PINE GAP AUSTRALIA

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There are about four more dishes (balls) and a heap of newer buildings Since I last saw an image of this NSA facility. These new photos also show one of the many surface entries to the base which is located deep underground and to the west of the apparent location.
The above ground portion is nothing more than a superficial - almost movie set - decoration. The real base has a concentric arrangement in which the central area is set on a massive set of springs for shock absorbtion in case of nuclear attack or earthquake.
The R&D which has been done below ground at the real base site is truly remarkable.... This NSA base has had an average of 1200 employees over the years since 1964 when it was first commissioned. These have been divided into three work areas concentric to the core platform. Each area is tightly controlled by security systems.
Persons working in one area must wear a certain color of ID meant to match the color ribbon running along the walls everywhere. Persons working in the outer area "C" never get into the areas "B" and "A". Australian personnel at the base never get past area "C" and usually have menial jobs. Former prime Minister Gough Whitlam was deposed because he was going to try to get the base closed. He was mainly angered because he couldn't find out what was really going on inside the NSA operated base.
A number of well known aerospace companies including Collins Radio and Texas Instruments of Dallas Texas have had facilities there.... It was the cream of postings in the seventies. IBM, Collins, TRW and E Systems were the primary contractors to start with but the group grew over time. What is The Pine Gap Facility About?

"In order to understand the case of the Pine Gap US base (near Alice Springs, Australia) better, I feel compelled to give some explanations beforehand. I hope these explanations will help to increase the general awareness of the extraordinary importance that facility has for mankind as a whole. "The majority of people, all over the world, are not lingering in doubt as to whether UFOs and ETs are real. They know they are real. Here in early 1989, no one questions their existence. The case for UFOs and ETs aroused passions, controversies and grandstanding for many years. Some of it has not been quite rational. The matter being relatively settled, public opinions should cool down. It is with a serene and clear mind that we ought to be thinking of our future relationship with the peoples from space. However, the public mind is not at peace. It vaguely feels that the governments are hiding "something real big", and it wonders where our leaders are going to lead mankind.
"During the process of research and study of UFOs and aliens, researchers who do not take the explanations of the scientific establishment at face value have discovered unsettling facts; these facts have started the lifting off (of) the lid of the coverup. The value and prestige of their sources of information do not leave any doubt about the truthfulness of these reports; the main outlines are summarized below.
PINE GAP "The United States has three major bases in Australia. One is in South Australia (Nurranger, near Woomera, T.N.), another in New South Wales, and the third (and by far the largest) is located within about 230 km (143 miles) of the geographical center of the continent, not far to the west of Alice Springs (Northern Territory), at the foothills of the southern slopes of the MacDonnell Range. This base is completely underground, with barely visible entrances to the surface.
"This 'Top Secret' base is entirely financed by the United States Government, and is officially known as the Joint Defense Space Research Facility.
"When the JDSRF was first initiated, its aim was scientific research for the supposed development of a space defense technology. It is now known that since its inception, its primary purpose was research into electromagnetic propulsion.
"What exactly is Pine Gap? As strange as it may seem, even Australian Federal Parliament members do not know. Among the Cabinet members, only a small number of 'initiates' have a vague idea of what this is all about. The only information source available to the public is the cross-checking done by private researchers such as Jimmy Guieu, following statements made by the United States or Australian magazines (always very short and terse paragraphs), and anything the locals may notice.
"It is said that under Pine Gap is the deepest drilling hole in Australia - about 5 miles (more than 8,000 meters). Such a hole is likely used as an underground antenna able to recharge the batteries of submarines in the Pacific and Indian Ocean through ELF broadcasts. Such a gigantic antenna could be used to generate the gigantic stationary wave around the Earth.
"Some say that Pine Gap has an enormous nuclear generator to supply energy to a new type of transceiver. It seems too that there is a high-powered, high-voltage plasma accelerator which may be put to use to transmit electric current, or even to produce a 'death-ray', or quite simply to feed a plasma gun. All this is not as incredible as it sounds: it is now known that the US base of West Cape, near Exmouth Gulf in Western Australia (Harold E. Holt USN Communication Station), has an older type of the transceiver used at Pine Gap which is used to send electric current to submerged US submarines who trail a wire antenna. It is known that electric currents transmitted in this way are referred to as plasmo-dynamic cells.
"Several times, locals have seen WHITE DISKS about 30' in diameter in the process of being unloaded from large US cargo planes at the airports serving Pine Gap. Those disks had the USAF emblem on them. It seems likely that disks are assembled and based at Pine Gap. The number of disks seen at night leaves no doubt in anyones mind. An amazing quantity of furniture has been delivered by plane from the United States. The locals also say that an enormous amount of food is stocked in warehouses of what could well be a true multi-leveled underground city.
"On the other hand, Pine Gap is well known as one of the most important control centers for spy satellites which circle the globe. An article published in late 1973 claimed that the Pine Gap installation, along with its sister installation in Guam, were used to control the photographic missions of the large American satellites in orbit above the Earth.
"Pine Gap has enormous computers which are connected to their American and Australian central counterparts, which collect all the information secured in these countries, not only about finance and technology, but on every aspect of the life of the average citizen. Those computers at Pine Gap are also evidently connected to similar mainframes in Guam, in Krugersdorp South Africa, and at the Amundsen-Scott US base at the South Pole.
"Let us say, incidently, that the employees (more than 1200) of the US base in South Africa all claim to be members of the US consular mission in that country. It may be worthy of note that the Amundsen-Scott base at the South Pole is located on a sensitive magnetic spot of our planet, that it holds exactly the same assets as Pine Gap, and that all the information about most of the average citizens of Western Europe is stored there in memory banks tens of meters under the icepack.
"A statement made by the Australian premier about 1987, assuring that 'France must disappear from the Pacific, from the Kerguelen Ridge, and from Antarctica' sheds light on the importance of this polar base for the Anglo-Saxon world.
"The most disquieting fact about Pine Gap may be that the employees working on the base, and especially those earmarked for duty on electromagnetic propulsion projects, have undergone brainwashing and even implantation of intracranial devices. Those employees have turned into unconditional slaves of their master, whoever he is. Rather scary, isn't it?
"The true point of the brainwashing of those individuals, along with the ruthless attempts to implement the coverup of really advanced military technology, will become clear at the end of this article.
"For me, it all began with the construction of the new Parliament building in Canberra, which cost billions of dollars. Australia has only 18 million inhabitants, yet it apparently treated itself to a building far beyond its means...supposedly to accommodate its government even if the old Parliament building was perfectly fine.
"This new building, enormous, immense and magnificent would easily fit the needs of the USSR or of the United States, which both have hundreds of millions of citizens to rule. That building puzzled me, and I started to talk about it until the day I bumped into an Englishman who told me that the Australian premier, Bob Hawk, was a Rhodes scholar, and as such he worked toward the setting up of a One World Government, and that this new Parliament building likely had something to do with it.
"Sometime after, I stumbled on a pamphlet published by the Human Rights Organization, which talked about a group of about a hundred people well-placed in high finance, politics, the judiciary branch and big business. This group was called the 'Club of ROME'. According to this pamphlet, the CLUB OF ROME was pledged to a consortium which controls all international finance. A number of other groups similar to the CLUB OF ROME are equally pledged to that finance consortium, AND ARE INFILTRATING THE VARIOUS POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS GROUPS WITH THE INTENTION TO MAKE PROGRESS TOWARD THE INSTITUTION OF A WORLD DICTATORSHIP.
"The whole thing looked a little bit too preposterous to be true, it seemed to me. Nevertheless, a friend of mine gave me an audio cassette taped at a lecture given by Peter Sawyer, a former high-ranking Australian civil servant, which exposed a certain number of facts he had noticed while in office. He talked, in particular, of a telephone exchange in Canberra called 'Deacon Center'. This exchange, built in concrete with 4 (ft. ? - Branton) thick walls, cost hundreds of millions of dollars. It is outfitted with numerous computers, arrayed on four levels. When he tried to find out why such equipment was needed in a country of only 18 million, he discovered that those computers were connected to all the banks, to every post office, to all telephones, and to all of the police stations and customs houses; to every arrival and departure desk for air or sea travellers; and also and above all, to the other data centers collecting data on private citizens... in the United States as well as in Europe.
"That facility on Deacon street is therefore a Center where all the data pertaining to every citizen of the Western World end up being stored. All financial, economic, political and military information, as well as the information on every inhabitant of those countries. As a matter of course, all people living in Australia are put on file, kept up with and labelled.
"Peter Sawyer discovered also that the president of the ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION came for a lengthy stay in Australia to supervise in person the construction of 20 luxury residences in Canberra (the Australian government footed the bill), in the wonderful setting of a National Park, where, legally, nobody is allowed to build.
"The investigations lead by Sawyer exposed, first, that the new Parliament building is meant to accommodate the world government-to-be; and, second, that the 20 luxury residences will be allocated to the different foreign members of that government... Why choose Canberra as the headquarters of the new world government? Simply because Australia is a peaceful country, with very few natives likely to turn rebellious, and, above all, it's an English speaking country. No other English speaking country can offer the safety Australia will provide at the time of the taking over by the World Government. In America and Europe, uprisings are more than likely, and South America not only is not English-speaking, but its fondness for revolutions and social disturbances is well known.
"Australia is thus the ideal place for such an undertaking. How is the advent of a World Government possible in the near future? It is relatively easy, as we will explain.
"First, who are those 'internationalists' who want to take over the planet? THE ONES WHO WANT TO SET UP A WORLD GOVERNMENT ARE 15 FAMILIES OR SO, WHO ALREADY GOVERN ALL OF INTERNATIONAL FINANCE AND KEEP A TIGHT LEASH ON MOST GOVERNMENTS THROUGH THE ABSOLUTE CONTROL OF THEIR FINANCES AND THEIR DOMESTIC ECONOMY. These finance moguls devised their plan after World War I, and have been working since on an insidious undermining process aimed at economic destabilization all over the West.
"If those financiers are obviously labeled 'capitalists', it is a very deceptive label, though, for, in fact, they never stopped to pull the strings of the progressive parties, as well as those of the conservative parties. Their idea is logical, and lay, quite simply, in the destabilization of the countries of the West on the political, economic and religious levels. IT MAY BE SURPRISING TO SOME THAT THESE 'INNOVATORS' HAD INFILTRATED THE TOP LEVELS OF THE MAIN RELIGIOUS ESTABLISHMENTS, ONLY A SMALL NUMBER OF YEARS WAS NEEDED TO MAKE THEM VIRTUALLY POWERLESS... (Were these establishments 'bought out' through financial contributions? - Branton)
"Economic destabilization is implemented through a slower but most efficient process. This process (already under way) will cause the entire financial system of the West to collapse. The people involved are the same people who cause the price of oil to go up and then, after convincing European neighbors to agree to these price rises, provide that the yield coming from the price rises will be paid to the 'International Reserve Bank', which is entirely at their command. The Reserve Bank hands the money over to a 'holding bank' who lavishly loans the money to Third World countries for usurious rates of interest.
"The holding bank receives the interest paid by the underdeveloped countries, then puts it into another 'holding bank' which, in turn, invests the huge quantity of money on behalf of the Arabs.
"Those investments are made into thriving large businesses. In the meantime, only small interests are sent to Arab countries.
"Those who engineered the plan were perfectly aware that the leaders of the underdeveloped countries would be tempted to pocket a good part of the received money.
"I IRB will then tell the Arab countries that the holding bank investments have turned out badly, all their assets had vanished and that no interest will be paid any more. The Arab countries will then have no choice but to put all the securities they own on the market, as well as quite an amount of property bought by the second holding bank. A good part of these possessions will then be frozen, because they will have been bought with the aid of not entirely repaid loans, and they will be part of the assets of the first holding bank, gone bankrupt. The incredible quantity of shares put on the market at the same time will cause a stock market crash of such magnitude that all the national economies of the West will collapse at the same time.
"The planet will find itself in a desperate predicament. Cash will not be worth a damn, and the risks of a global confrontation (planned!) will be high.
ENTER PINE GAP
"At this point, the usefulness of bases like Pine Gap will become obvious. If a Global confrontation is going to break out, those bases will serve as a place of safety for the politicians and their staff, as well as the international financiers, their family and friends.
"If no confrontation breaks out, the financiers will adapt a 'saintly' attitude AND OFFER SUBSTITUTION OF ALL CURRENCIES BY PLASTIC CARDS, ENSURING 'TRUE EQUALITY' FOR ALL; THE ABOLITION OF ALL OWNERSHIP RIGHTS; and the setting up of a World Government that will 'ensure peace'.
"The masses (consciousness as a group) will be convinced that it is necessary to ensure Peace and Social Justice by any means, including force. THE POTENTIAL ACHIEVED THROUGH THE EQUIPMENT OF THE UNDERGROUND BASES WILL MAKE POSSIBLE THE DISAPPEARANCE WITHOUT A TRACE OF THOSE WHO DO NOT CONFORM AND THOSE WHO 'HINDER THE HAPPINESS OF THE PEOPLE'. Also, it will ensure the swift crushing of any possible uprising. IT MAY ALSO HAPPEN THAT OUR NEW 'MASTERS' WILL END UP TELLING THE PEOPLE THAT THEY HAVE THE ALIENS' SUPPORT, AND THAT WE (ARE) AT THE 'EVE OF THE MILLENNIUM, A GOLDEN AGE'...... IT WILL BE THE WORST DICTATORSHIP EVER KNOWN TO MANKIND.
"......IT IS QUITE CERTAIN THAT OTHER BASES HAVE BEEN BUILT IN THE UNITED STATES AND ELSEWHERE IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE. IT MAY EVEN BE THAT THE US BASES OCCUPIED BY THE GREYS, IN THE US MAINLAND, ARE OF THE SAME TYPE. ONE RUMOR HOLDS THAT A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE GREYS IS FOUND IN EACH OF THE UNDERGROUND US BASES IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE.
http://www.darkgovernment.com/pinegap.html
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AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK STATION AT FOREFRONT OF US SPYING ARSENAL

Fri Jul 26 2013 Philip Dorling
Spies in the Never-Never: An aerial view of Pine Gap, the joint US-Australian listening and tracking base at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges near Alice Springs.
Spies in the Never-Never: An aerial view of Pine Gap, the joint US-Australian listening and tracking base at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges near Alice Springs.

Pine Gap remains an enduring symbol of the unshakeable bond between Australian and US intelligence services.

It's a piece of America. At least that's the vibe in the large cafeteria at the top secret Joint Defence Facility at Pine Gap near Alice Springs.
Half of the intelligence base's personnel are Australians; but American tastes dominate the menu according to those who have dined there - burgers, hot dogs, doughnuts, pork ribs, french fries and milkshakes. ''You'd really have to watch your cholesterol levels,'' one Australian parliamentarian observed after spending a day at the facility.
Illustration: michaelmucci.com
Illustration: michaelmucci.com

There's also a souvenir and gift shop, arguably Australia's most exclusive since one effectively needs a top-secret clearance to visit. For American visitors there are the standard Australian items - marsupial soft toys, boomerangs, pictures of Uluru. There are also mementos of the facility - coffee and beer mugs, shot glasses, wall plaques, T-shirts and baseball caps bearing the Pine Gap's motif of satellite orbits over Australia and motto ''unitas est fortitas'' - ''unity is strength''.
Australia and the United States are certainly united at Pine Gap. It's the crux of an electronic espionage alliance that's nearly five decades old. It's also the most secret place in Australia.
In a rare statement about Pine Gap to Parliament last month, Defence Minister Stephen Smith declared the Joint Defence Facility to be ''a central element of Australia's security and intelligence relationship with the United States''.
Pine Gap is certainly impressive. The high security facility is one of the largest satellite ground stations in the world. It controls and receives data from geostationary satellites that eavesdrop on a wide range of radio, radar and microwave signals. It also supports early warning satellites which detect ballistic missile launches.
There are no fewer than 33 satellite antennas at Pine Gap, 18 covered by distinctive white domes. The number of domes and dishes has grown over the past decade and there has been a major program under way over the past three years to refurbish and expand what is referred to as the ''antenna farm''.
Some 800 people work at this intelligence factory. Thanks to technological change and automation, this number is down from the more than 870 personnel a decade ago, but it's still twice the number of personnel employed at Pine Gap two decades before that.
While details of the US presence at Pine Gap remain classified, it is a matter of public record that the highly secretive National Reconnaissance Office (responsible for the design, construction and operation of US spy satellites) is present. Also represented at Pine Gap are the National Security Agency (the US signals intelligence organisation recently made notorious by the leaks of whistleblower Edward Snowden), the Central Intelligence Agency, and the US Geospatial-Intelligence Agency which provides imagery and geospatial intelligence to the US government. All arms of the US Armed Services also have personnel working at Pine Gap and uniforms are common at the facility's annual ball.
The chief of the facility is an American officer and the posting is a step towards promotion into the most senior ranks of the US intelligence community. One recent chief of facility, Frank Calvelli, is now serving as the principal deputy director of the National Reconnaissance Office, responsible for the procurement and operation of satellite systems worth billions of dollars.
The most senior Australian officer serves as deputy chief of facility. One recent Australian deputy chief Cameron Ashe went on to become a deputy director of Australia's Defence Intelligence Organisation. At present the senior Australian Defence Department officer, Nicholas Post, is serving as the acting chief.
The primary contractor companies engaged at Pine Gap are the US aerospace systems and defence suppliers Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, and the computer systems supplier Hewlett-Packard. Seventy per cent of the total workforce are contractor personnel.
Northrop Grumman is responsible for operating satellites controlled from Pine Gap.
Data from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (which regulates radio frequency use) and the International Telecommunications Union shows that Pine Gap communicates with at least six geostationary satellites - four designated DEF-R-SAT (apparently an abbreviation for defence research satellite) and two designated USCSID.
The four DEF-R-SATs, positioned along the line of the equator above the Indian Ocean and Indonesia, appear to be signals intelligence satellites.
The other two satellites are likely to be missile launch warning systems controlled remotely through the Space Based Infrared System Relay Ground Station which is collocated at Pine Gap.
Australian governments have long emphasised Pine Gap's role in providing intelligence relevant to monitoring arms control and non-proliferation agreements. A decade ago, Howard government defence minister Robert Hill said: ''The work done at the Joint Facility indicates how countries are complying with agreements not to proliferate weapons systems and capabilities, or showing when they are working against such agreements.''
Similarly, Smith last month emphasised that ''intelligence collected at Pine Gap contributes to the verification of arms control and disarmament agreements''.
''As a nation that prides itself on playing an active role in the counter-proliferation of nuclear weapons, the value of the data obtained from Pine Gap cannot be underestimated. Australia's hosting of this capability supports the government's long-standing and comprehensive policy supporting counter-proliferation.''
While this is true, such activity is only part of Pine Gap's role. A candid assessment would put much greater emphasis on what former minister Hill coyly referred to as ''collection of intelligence on military developments of interest to Australia and the US''.
Forty years ago, Soviet missile telemetry was the priority target for the first generation of signals intelligence satellites controlled by Pine Gap. The facility certainly contributed to an environment of transparency in which nuclear arms control agreements could be negotiated. From the outset, however, Pine Gap was also involved in the general interception of radio and radar signals, especially ''spillage'' from ''long haul'' Soviet microwave communication systems. The signal collection programs supported by the facility provided an intelligence bonanza on Soviet and Chinese military activity including critical information for the targeting of US nuclear weapons.
The end of the Cold War did not diminish Pine Gap's importance. On the contrary the facility's military role has grown with every decade.
During the 1991 Gulf War, satellites controlled by Pine Gap intercepted Iraqi communications and radar signals. According to Professor Des Ball of the Australian National University, these satellites monitored some of the most critical communications channels within Iraq, radio and microwave communication links, including those used by the Iraqi military high command.
Pine Gap's ability to acquire tactical military information was also expanding. In a rare disclosure, former Coalition opposition leader John Hewson recalled in a 2005 newspaper column that he visited Pine Gap during the first Gulf War. ''By manipulating the satellite, I could listen to the conversations of individual Iraqi tank commanders. I was told that virtually every conversation could be monitored by satellite, and that was 15 years ago. Who knows how good the technology is today?''
In 2011 former Pine Gap employee David Rosenberg was permitted to publish a memoir that in guarded terms described Pine Gap's role in intercepting Iraqi communications and how by monitoring the emissions of ''End Tray'' radars, collocated with mobile Scud ballistic missiles, the facility's capabilities enabled Scuds to be targeted by US and allied fighter bombers.
Subsequent US military doctrine has placed great importance on space-based intelligence collection, signals intelligence and imagery, as a key force-multiplier for military operations.
This was clearly spelled out in congressional testimony in 1998 by the then director of the National Reconnaissance Office, Keith Hall: ''In the future, US forces will rely upon space systems for global awareness of threats, swift orchestration of military operations, and precision use of smart weapons. … Our goal is to detect, track and target anything of significance worldwide and to get the right information to the right people at the right time.'' The declared aim was to enable US military forces to deliver ''precise military firepower anywhere in the world, day or night, in all weather''.
An accumulation of disclosures, some unauthorised and others through further US congressional testimony from the National Reconnaissance Office, reveal that this objective has to a very considerable degree now been achieved.
Former Pine Gap personnel say that the geolocation accuracies provided by signal intelligence satellites - achieved by measuring the differing times signals are received by different satellites - are ''more than 10 times better'' than the 450 metres claimed by commercial providers of radio interference geolocation services and are ''in the order of the accuracies provided by GPS [Global Positioning System].''
Pine Gap is indeed a vital element in a US military intelligence collection and targeting complex that can locate the origin of radio signals to within as little as 10 metres, immediately integrate that information with other data including satellite imagery, and relay targeting information to US and allied military units within minutes.
Pine Gap's role in minute-by-minute tactical intelligence collection is confirmed by numerous references to ''real-time tracking and geolocation'' and provision of ''extremely valuable intelligence'' to support operations to ''capture or kill high value targets.''
In interviews and congressional testimony by former National Reconnaissance Office director Bruce Carlson particularly highlighted a system called ''Red Dot'' that ''tells people in Humvees or MRAPs [mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles] where there's a possible [Improvised Explosive Device] ahead. And that takes an incredible amount of integration of signals and imaging and all-source inputs in order to put - literally - a red dot on a computer display in a vehicle that says, 'look around the next corner,' or 'avoid this area'.''
Former signals intelligence analysts at Pine Gap confirm that the facility supports the ''Red Dot'' system through the satellite detection and location detection of radio signals linked to improvised explosive devices. Other capabilities supported by Pine Gap include signals collection for search-and-rescue missions and special clandestine satellite radio links for special forces and remote intelligence collection devices.
Personnel sitting in airconditioned offices in central Australia are directly linked, on a minute-by-minute basis, to US and allied military operations in Afghanistan and indeed anywhere else across the eastern hemisphere.
Australian defence intelligence sources also say the massive expansion of mobile phone networks across Asia presented huge opportunities for Pine Gap's intelligence collection.
''The development of North Korea's mobile network has provided a window into a political system and society that otherwise would remain closed to us,'' another intelligence officer says. ''Even when governments such as China, North Korea and Iran are highly security conscious, the intelligence take is still enormous.''
Last week secret documents leaked by Edward Snowden indicated that Pine Gap contributes to a broad US National Security Agency collection program codenamed ''X-Keyscore.''
One would not get much of a sense of this from any public statement from the Australian government.
Like his defence minister predecessors, Smith says Pine Gap operates with the ''full knowledge and concurrence'' of the Australian government. There is little reason to doubt this, especially given the full integration of Australian personnel in operations. However it is of note that his definition of concurrence ''does not mean that Australia approves every activity or tasking undertaken''.
It is also true that, as Smith argued, Pine Gap delivers intelligence that would be ''unavailable from any other means and is unique in our region.'' And by providing ''a suitable piece of real estate'' Australia gets this data cheap - the Defence Department says Australia's contribution to Pine Gap's running costs in 2011-12 was a mere $14 million.
Perhaps the bigger question, however, is whether Pine Gap's growing engagement with the US is foreclosing Australia's diplomatic and military options in relation to future crises and conflicts.
The practical reality is that Pine Gap's capabilities are now deeply and inextricably entwined with US military operations, down to the tactical level, across half the world. Arguably technological change has now given full expression to the desire of Harold Holt, the Australian prime minister who originally approved the Pine Gap project, to go ''all the way'' with the USA.
Australian personnel have helped target drone strikes in Pakistan. In the future we may be providing targeting information on the Korean Peninsula or in the Taiwan Strait.
Pine Gap's role should be subject to much greater scrutiny.
http://www.theage.com.au/it-pro/security-it/australian-outback-station-at-forefront-of-us-spying-arsenal-20130726-hv10h.html
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CBS ANCHOR: 'WE ARE GETTING BIG STORIES WRONG OVER AND OVER AGAIN'


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TONY ABBOTT HECKLED BY ELDERLY PROTESTOR AT SEAFORD RSL

Jessica Evans News Limited Network July 30, 2013

Tony Abbott at Seaford RSL closely followed by a protester, right.
Tony Abbott at Seaford RSL closely followed by a protester, right.
TONY Abbott was heckled and chased to his car by an elderly protester during a visit to the Seaford RSL this morning.
A male protester carrying a billboard rushed at Mr Abbott yelling at him.
Security ushered the Opposition Leader into a vehicle but the protester stood in front of his car to try and stop him from leaving.
Tony Abbott is ushered away from a press conference at the Seaford RSL after a lone protester disrupted proceedings.
Tony Abbott is ushered away from a press conference at the Seaford RSL after a lone protester disrupted proceedings.
"You always turn your back Mr Abbott," he said chasing him to the car.
"You don't deserve to be Prime Minister."
The man said his father had died serving in the military for Australia and that it wasn't appropriate for Mr Abbott to be at a RSL venue.
 The protester wished to remain anonymous but said his father died while serving in WW2.
The protester wished to remain anonymous but said his father died while serving in WW2.
"I don't appreciate that man being here at a venue where my father's name is written on the wall," he said.
"He would turn in his grave if he knew he was here. It's inappropriate."
Tony Abbott looked away as the protester followed him to his cat at the Seaford RSL
Tony Abbott looked away as the protester followed him to his cat at the Seaford RSL
Earlier Mr Abbott had met with veterans to discuss the proposed Coalition amendments to the DFRB and the DFRDB.
Mr Abbott said the proposed amendment would deliver a fair indexation to military superannuants aged 55 and over.
"It's important we do the right thing by our ex servicemen and women," Mr Abbott said.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

PINE GAP: AUSTRALIA'S MOST SECRETIVE LOCATION

STAFF WRITERS news.com.au July 29, 2013
  • Pine Gap is a satellite tracking station
  • It's 20km south-west of Alice Springs
Gap in our knowledge... The War on Terror continues to be fought from here
Gap in our knowledge... The War on Terror continues to be fought from here
LAST week, it was revealed that the Australian research facility Pine Gap might be indirectly responsible for US drone strikes which have killed Pakistani citizens.
How did that happen? And what exactly is Pine Gap? Here's a quick cheat sheet for those of you who've vaguely heard of Pine Gap but never bothered to find out much more.
SHHHH! IT'S A SECRET!
Pine Gap is a secretive facility nearly 20km south-west of Alice Springs which has been there since 1970. Run by both Australia and the United States, its official name is the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap, even though our government really hates to admit it exists.
As for persuading the government to describe what it's there for, forget it. We contacted the national office of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and none of the three lines answered. So we rang two state offices, both of which told us to ring the national lines that weren't answering.
"It is fair to say that Pine Gap has some fairly awesome capabilities when it comes to intelligence gathering," said a former worker at Pine Gap, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak about his work. "It's hard to imagine, but I suppose that's the nature of the game. It's secretive."
YES, BUT WHAT IS IT THERE FOR?
Surely they should know better than to tell you to turn around this close to double lines.
Surely they should know better than to tell you to turn around this close to double lines.
Pine Gap is essentially a satellite tracking station, situated in the middle of nowhere because that makes it hard for other countries to intercept the signals emitted from within. It is thought that the US controls all of its spy satellites from Pine Gap, and that the US and Australia "listen to Asia" from the 14 antennae concealed beneath white domes at Pine Gap. Put it this way, those white domelike structures aren't a cat boarding facility.
WHAT'S THE EDWARD SNOWDEN CONNECTION?
Renegade American intelligence guy Edward Snowden revealed just recently that Pine Gap is one of the key facilities used in US surveillance.
WHICH IS WHY PINE GAP IS IMPLICATED IN DRONE STRIKES
Yes. A Pakistani lawyer went on record this week saying Pine Gap tracks the communications of al-Qaeda and Taliban militants. This, he says, enables the US to target those militants with its drone strikes. Sadly, these strikes kill civilians in addition to killing military targets.
IT BASICALLY RUNS THE ALICE SPRINGS ECONOMY
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Pine Gap is the small cleared area above the pink A in the bottom left. The town of Alice Springs is top right. Picture: Google maps
Pine Gap employs up to 1000 people. When you think about it, 1000 jobs in a town of 25,000 people is like 160,000 people working at one company in a city of four million people such as Melbourne. So basically, it's the biggest employer in town. Not that anyone admits that. Meet one of the Americans who seem to be everywhere in The Alice and they'll tell you they work as a "gardener", when they're probably some sort of high-level intelligence operative. Because of the American influence, festivals such as Halloween and Thanksgiving are huge in Alice Springs.
MANY PEOPLE ARE OPPOSED TO IT
A 1986 picture of Peter Garrett, then just a rock star, who was campaigning to close the Pine Gap facility.
A 1986 picture of Peter Garrett, then just a rock star, who was campaigning to close the Pine Gap facility.
There have been numerous protests on site over the years, although Pine Gap's remote location has the effect of making mobilised opposition difficult. The excellent '80s rock band Midnight Oil sang several songs in opposition to US military presence in Australia, and Pine Gap bobbed up in the famous song Power and the Passion in the line:
Flat chat, Pine Gap, in every home a Big Mac
That lyric appeared to be referring to an insidious American incursion into our lives at all levels - cultural, military and so on.
These days Peter Garrett works for the same government that won't pick up its phone to acknowledge Pine Gap's existence.
WEIRD STUFF
Several groups believe Pine Gap is a secret facility investigating UFOs and aliens. According to one particularly imaginative website, three UFOs are being dissected at Pine Gap as we speak - complete with frazzled bodies. The UFO guys didn't answer the phone either.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/national-news/pine-gap-australia8217s-most-secretive-location/story-fncynjr2-1226687597135#ixzz2aUIp3uRB
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ROOF PROTESTOR STOPS TECOMA MCDONALD'S DEMOLITION

Emily Webb Free Press Leader July 29, 2013
Roof protester stops Macca's work
A protester on the roof of a building to be demolished on the Tecoma McDonald's site. Picture: Lawrence Pinder. Source: News Limited
WORK has stopped at the Tecoma McDonald's site after a protester climbed onto the roof of a building set to be demolished.
Belgrave Sergeant Craig West said the site was cleared about 11am amid concerns for the safety of the young woman who climbed onto the roof of the old Hazelvale Dairy building, set to be demolished this week to make way for the controversial store.
No Macca's in Tecoma spokesman Garry Muratore said there was a 100-strong blockade of protesters at the site.
"They will have to physically remove us to gain access to the site," Mr Muratore said.
Mr Muratore said the group would continue to protest in a bid to halt the construction of the store.
He said none of the original protesters, dubbed "The Tecoma Eight", were part of the blockade.
The eight Tecoma residents were slapped with a Supreme Court injunction earlier this month, preventing them from setting foot on the site for at least two weeks.
Mentone-based company BR Demolition, contracted by McDonald's Australia, was set to remove asbestos before demolishing the site on Wednesday.
The company has been targeted by anti-McDonald's protesters, who bombarded owners Lynda and Bernie Rafferty with hundreds of calls and emails.
WorkSafe Victoria spokesman Peter Flaherty said demolition company workers voluntarily downed tools and left the site this morning.
He said WorkSafe was closely monitoring the site and was in regular contact with the parties involved to ensure worker and public safety.
It's not clear when work will restart on the site.
Mr Muratore said the group had tried unsuccessfully to obtain a building report from McDonald's to determine the risk protesters faced from the asbestos in the building.
Leader has contacted McDonald's for comment.
Yesterday, about 1000 people attended a rally against the development.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/east/roof-protester-stops-tecoma-mcdonald8217s-demolition/story-fngnvlxu-1226687567236
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Sunday, July 28, 2013

SAVILE – NEW EVIDENCE FOUND

Names and sexual details of hundreds of girls were scrawled across huge wall in a scene from a horror film

Jimmy-Savile

STUNNED officers chipped away plaster at a ­record shop wall and unveiled a hidden list of names thought to belong to young victims of Jimmy So-vile.

The vile register, which contained the names, ages and a disgusting ratings system seemingly used to mark their sexual performance, was scrawled on a secret wall buried behind layers of wallpaper and plaster.

A source revealed: “The wall looked like something straight out of a horror movie. There were lists and lists of names of the victims – it’s a shocking discovery.”

The list of girls and young women is thought to identify ­hundreds of potential new victims abused at the hands of the BBC DJ and it raised fears Savile was at the centre of a celebrity paedophile ring.

Police believe the major breakthrough could lead to further arrests – including other well-known celebrities.

The wall also appeared to contain the names of girls the sick group hoped to target in the future.

Officers who raided the shop in ­Greater Manchester after a tip-off will now try to trace the alleged victims.

A source said the raid had provided the clearest evidence yet to show Savile was part of a larger group of monsters.

The source said: “Savile appeared to be using the room above the record store as some kind of secret HQ to plan his vile acts.

“There appears to be some suggestion that he was not acting alone either.

“There were others who appear to be involved, several others, some of whom are household names.”

As the specialist officers ripped away the layers from the wall, the names of up to 200 new ­people they believe he and accomplices attacked or planned to  attack during the 1980s and 1990s were ­gradually revealed.

At least one other well-known BBC figure and several celebrities are now being linked to the probe. Suspects face being quizzed in the coming weeks.

The source added: “Police think there might be hundreds of new female victims that needed to be spoken to as a result of the record shop raid.

Earlier this year it was suggested there were around 450 victims of Savile’s depraved actions.

“This looks like an under-estimation. If the evidence on the wall is anything to go by, we could be talking in the region of 650 victims in all. It’s shocking.”

Police carried out the raid a few weeks ago. The findings potentially raise the depravity of disgraced Savile – who died at 84 in October 2011 – to new levels.

A joint police and NSPCC report published in January declared that with at least 450 victims, he was one of Britain’s most ­prolific sex offenders.

Commander Peter Spindler said Savile “groomed the nation” as he raised millions for charity while using his status as a platform for abuse.

Leeds-born Savile had links with ­Greater Manchester stretching back to the 1950s when he managed a ballroom in the city.

His first known attack took place in ­Manchester in 1955. Investigators who revealed the scale of his abuse said he used his appeal to target the vulnerable.

In 1964, Savile’s name was mentioned to police investigating allegations that men were exploiting girls from Duncroft ­Approved School in Surrey.

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Police arrested two men in London and a ledger showed Savile was a regular ­visitor there. Following his death, 28 police forces recorded 214 crimes ­committed by the presenter, including 34 rape claims. The latest allegation against him was from 2009 when he was aged 82.

The report said he targeted children as young as eight and sexually attacked at least 23 of his victims on BBC premises.

In 1972 during a break in filming, Savile groped a 12-year-old boy and felt the breasts of the youngster’s two friends.         

Investigators also found he carried out abuse in at least 14 hospitals between 1955 and 2009, including Great Ormond Street and one hospice.

Savile was stripped of his knighthood when dozens of women came forward to say he attacked them during his 54-year campaign of abuse.

Officers launched Operation Yewtree to probe the claims and there are now three strands to the investigation. One concerns Savile’s crimes ­exclusively, while another relates to allegations against Savile and others.

The third concentrates on ­accusations unconnected to Savile but which emerged following publicity

A day in the life of Jimmy Savile Feature by Mike Hellicar
http://ukpaedos-exposed.com/savile-new-evidence-found/
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COP FIRED FOR SPEAKING OUT AGAINST TICKET AND ARREST QUOTAS


Auburn, Alabama is home to sprawling plains, Auburn University, and a troubling police force. After the arrival of a new police chief in 2010, the department entered an era of ticket quotas and worse.
“When I first heard about the quotas I was appalled,” says former Auburn police officer Justin Hanners, who claims he and other cops were given directives to hassle, ticket, or arrest specific numbers of residents per shift. “I got into law enforcement to serve and protect, not be a bully.”
Hanners blew the whistle on the department’s tactics and was eventually fired for refusing to comply and keep quiet. He says that each officer was required to make 100 contacts each month, which included tickets, arrests, field interviews, and warnings. This equates to 72,000 contacts a year in a 50,000 person town. His claims are backed up by audio recordings of his superiors he made. The Auburn police department declined requests to be interviewed for this story.
“There are not that many speeders, there are not that many people running red lights to get those numbers, so what [the police] do is they lower their standards,” says Hanners. That led to the department encouraging officers to arrest people that Hanners “didn’t feel like had broken the law.”
Former Reason staffer Radley Balko, now an investigative reporter for the Huffington Post and author of the new book, Rise of the Warrior Cop, says that this isn’t just a nuisance, it infringes on public safety.
“You have a policy that encourages police to create petty crimes and ignore serious crimes, and that’s clearly the opposite of what we want our police to be doing,” says Balko.
Hanners repeatedly voiced his concerns through his chain of command, and the department responded that these requirements are necessary for increasing productivity.
Yet Hanners firmly believes that the quotas are entirely revenue driven.
“I had no intention of dropping it,” says Hanners, “This is a problem in more places than Auburn, and I think once the people know that they can hold their public officials accountable, it’ll change.”
The police chief singled out by Hanners retired this July, citing medical reasons.
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Music by The Jowe Head Band, “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”
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GEORGE ZIMMERMAN AND HOW WHITE SUPREMACY WORKS – THE INVENTION OF WHITENESS – A TOOL TO MAINTAIN THE GLOBAL OLIGARCH'S MINORITY RULE

JULY 24, 2013 by Ezili Dantò
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George Zimmerman is Peruvian white. As Haitians, we know the hard way, how the majority of Latin Americans treat the Black or the Native indigenous.

We live, on an Island with Dominicans where the Bateys are where Haitians are enslaved. Most folks born in Mexico or Latin American countries are defined as Hispanic and that term is only defined as "non-white" in the US.

"Hispanic" outside of the US generally mean descendants of European whites from Spain no matter their skin tone who identify in aesthetics, ideals, habits and nationality as WHITE. And that whiteness identification makes them supposedly superior to Black Brazilians, Black Peruvians as well as Haitians.

There was a time when the European tribes looked upon the Irish as the "Blacks" of Europe or before the end of the Cold War, where even some Slavics, Romanians or some Russians weren't quite "white" enough. But America needs those immigrant "white" numbers up and identifications with white supremacy going in order to keep the majority in the world from rising against its tyranny. Divide to conquer.

Of course in America needing the numbers, the Irish became white. Soon though, as America needs numbers more, all the Latinos along with Japanese, will be categorized as whites? Zimmerman used the confusion to alternatively identify himself as Hispanic and white. Depending on who his family wanted to manipulate. Much has been forgotten about Zimmerman's many inconsistencies, and the attempt to have his wife hide monies raised from the white communities for his legal defense.
The one light in this case, is the Latino/Latina communities, used to being considered as almost lowly Blacks in the US, refused to let Zimmerman divide them from standing with the Justice for Trayvon defenders.

George Zimmerman had a choice of race and ethnicity
 Zimmerman had the benefits, privileges and choices of race, presumed "Americanism" and ethnicity  that Trayvon Martin could never have because he was Black and seen as an unassimilated Black youth. These privileges operate to further institutionalize racism.
On the US census and government forms, Hispanics have a choice to define themselves as white Hispanic or non-white Hispanic. The choice is fictional like the white race. A political choice depending on the individual identification for those who can get away with it in US. For even if an African marks himself as non-Black, his features and skin color will operate to deny him privileges others who can pass for Italian, Israeli, Argentinian white, Hispanic white, Spanish white or Greek are accorded.
Trayvon Martin, dark-skinned Blacks and Blacks without features culturally defined as European features, do not have such political and survivalist choices under white supremacist's US.

Historically, in the US whenever poor people came together to fight the oligarchs/robber barons/one percenters to push for change because the conditions were so oppressive for all working peoples, no matter skin color, in each case the ruling class turned to white supremacy to beat back the efforts from below. (Watch, for instance - The Invention of the White Race.)

Zimmerman and how white supremacy works

Here's how George Zimmerman's acquittal worked the white supremacist's US system. George Zimmerman's brother, Robert, told Bill Maher that George is not white, could "NEVER be white."  He identifies their mother as Afro-Peruvian and his father as a US-born white, "our father is from German descent" he says. This, to somehow show George Zimmerman cannot be racist. Later on, the family publicly dropped the identification with Afro-Peruvian and their Hispanic roots.
On Fox News, Robert Zimmerman "passed" the family as white for the benefits that that provides in America's injustice system. The family dropped the emphasis and identification with being part African-Peruvian. The Zimmerman family specifically said that they : "...chose NOT to publicly identify with their Hispanic roots since the fatal shooting in order to emphasize self-defense."  

In white supremacy America, that strategy works. Especially notable is that Zimmerman's white US-born father is a judicial officer in the US who probably knows well the legal privileges of being white to that of part "Afro-Peruvian."
For instance, for Afro-Peruvians in Peru "racism remains so deeply ingrained in Peru that many don't consider the practice discriminatory." (See, Lima: Where the pallbearers are black .)

In this July 2, 2013 photo, black pallbearers put on their white gloves as they prepare to handle a coffin during a burial in Lima, Peru. These pallbearers are in the job precisely because of the color of their skin, a phenomenon unique to this South American capital that was a regional seat of Spains colonial empire for more than three centuries and where racism remains so deeply ingrained that many Peruvians dont consider the practice discriminatory. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Associated Press/Rodrigo Abd - In this July 2, 2013 photo, black pallbearers put on their white gloves as they prepare to handle a coffin during a burial in Lima, Peru. These pallbearers are in the job precisely because of the color of their skin, a phenomenon unique to this South American capital that was a regional seat of Spain’s colonial empire for more than three centuries and where racism remains so deeply ingrained that many Peruvians don’t consider the practice discriminatory. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
George Zimmerman's acquittal shows, certain non-black people of color definitely do reap the benefits of anti-Black racism, both in the US, in Peru, mostly all over the world. 

Trayvon Martin had no such choices. He was Black and dead. He had been born to a world and in a society that generation after generation imposes a presumption of criminality on Blacks. Born in a world that conflates Black with being criminal. Whiteness plus the unevenly applied Stand Your Ground Laws which removes the obligation to retreat helped make the Zimmerman defense strategy a slam dunk. Because George Zimmerman had those choices, he could choose a defense strategy that empathized his whiteness and rarely publicly identified with his Black and Hispanic hyphenates other than to use them to deflect charges of racism. For, "white people who kill black people in 'Stand Your Ground' states are 354% more likely to be cleared of murder."
Blaming the victim, Trayvon Martin, is not justice. But it sums up the historical relationship that Blacks have had with people in the US who hold power. Statistics show, George Zimmerman's use of deadly force, on an unarmed child that he provoked, is a criminal act mostly when the victims are white.

Zimmerman provoked the fight and is responsible at law -if racism wasn't involved - for the consequences, for the death of Trayvon Martin. The double standards are clear. The white perpetrators of crimes, especially in killings of Black people, are still, in 2013, under Obama, more likely to get an acquittal.

"I still don't understand what Trayvon Martin was supposed to do," Amy Davidson writes in the New Yorker Magazine.  "There is an echo, in what people say Martin should and shouldn't have done, of what people say to women when bad things happen to them in dark places." (See also from Ezili Dantò, For Trayvon: Obama a day late and a dollar short).

Ezili Dantò of HLLN
July 2013
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In memory of Trayvon Martin, consider going to see Fruitvale Station, the story of Oscar Grant. Much like Trayvon Martin, Oscar family did not get justice. His story is now on film. For other positive action, see also Justice for Trayvon: Actions You Can Take ;  The Justice for Trayvon Action Kit or the info here.
"Uncle Sam Zimmerman:
George Zimmerman stalked a young man and picked a fight. When the youth fought back, George shot him dead in ”self-defense.”
Uncle Sam, also a self-appointed “protector” (as in protection racket), stalks the world picking fights. When the victims fight back, Uncle Sam screams “terrorist!” and kills them."-- Per Fagereng, Host of the "Fight The Empire" show on KBOO radio, Portland.
http://open.salon.com/blog/ezili_danto/2013/0/24/zimmerman_and_the_invention_of_the_white_race
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ALP EYES YOUTH DOLE BOOT CAMPS

Chris Johnson Published: July 28, 2013
Young job seekers would be forced into tough army-style boot camps in order to qualify for the dole, under an election policy being considered by the Rudd government.
In a leaked submission put to the Labor government's powerful Expenditure Review Committee by ministers Bill Shorten and Kate Ellis in May, a Youth Start Boot Camp was tabled as a future election policy.
Senior government sources said that the army-style camps, which are designed to impose strict disciplinary regimes, remain on the table as an election policy for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
The idea was framed as a possible vote winner for the government and was slated to be announced before August 15, if accepted.
Fairfax Media has an outline of the written submission, which was discussed during a meeting of then Gillard government ministers putting up election campaign strategy proposals to the committee.
Asked how far the proposal had progressed and if it was still under consideration, Mr Rudd's office would not comment.
A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said: ''The government does not publicly discuss the submissions that come before the Expenditure Review Committee of cabinet.''
Mr Shorten, who is now Education Minister, and Ms Ellis, who remains Workplace Participation Minister, also declined to comment.
But another senior government source insisted the submission was still alive.
''Whatever the official word, this has not been taken off the table,'' they said. ''Not everything has been thrown out with the change of leadership.''
The proposal calls for $70 million over four years to be reallocated from Jobs Services Australia providers into other programs to ''assist young job seekers and provide campaigning opportunities''.
Early school leavers aged between 15 and 21 years are the target of the proposed initiative.
There are a wide variety of wilderness and adventure boot camps being used across Australia, ranging from those teaching work-ready skills like discipline, presentation and attitude to those targeting young repeat offenders.
The Queensland government is currently giving a trial to an early-intervention youth boot camp that will focus on young people at risk of long-term offending.
Boystown, a program operating in Queensland, NSW and South Australia, mixes adventure-based learning, sport and outdoor activities with employment programs to help young men and women aged 15 to 25.
A study by Monash University found 61 per cent of participants in Boystown programs found full-time employment and nearly 12 per cent found part-time or casual work.
The Brahminy Foundation's Wilderness Camp, 200 kilometres from Darwin, is for some of society's most troubled and unemployable youths.
Founder Allan Brahminy says his camps are tough and intense but he stresses there is a therapeutic element to the programs, which include long stays of up to a year and 21-day wilderness hikes including five days' kayaking and more than 100 kilometres of walking in the NT wilderness.
In the ministerial submission, the ministers highlighted in bold their proposal for a Youth Start Boot Camp and explained that: ''Unemployed young people will participate in an army boot camp and pre-employment training.''
Other options mooted were community work experience for unemployed youth, first job programs for youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, and a combination of all of the measures, including rigorous boot camps.
The submission complains about poor recognition for the existing program that funds providers to deliver targeted assistance in the form of structured activities of up to 25 hours a week to build life, study and employment skills.
And there is ''scant data on delivery rate and outcomes''.
Boot camps were proposed as a better option.
''Youth unemployment is a growing problem that we need to address,'' the submission reads.
''There are opportunities to partner with business, particularly big business and to end intergenerational unemployment for young people.''
With JULIE POWER
This story was found at: http://www.theage.com.au/national/alp-eyes-youth-dole-boot-camps-20130727-2qrmk.html
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

AMAZING MIND READER REVEALS HIS 'GIFT'

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DUTCH COURT LETS PAEDOPHILE PARTY CONTEST COUNTRY'S GENERAL ELECTION

· Policies include legalising sex at 12 and child porn · Judge says voters must decide on arguments
, European editor The Guardian,
The Netherlands cemented its reputation as Europe's most socially liberal country yesterday when a new political party formed by paedophiles was told it could contest this year's general election.A Dutch court rejected an attempt by anti-paedophile campaigners to ban the Brotherly Love, Freedom and Diversity party (PNVD), which wants to cut the age of consent from 16 to 12 and to legalise child pornography. "The freedom of expression, the freedom of assembly and the freedom of association should be seen as the foundations of the democratic rule of law and the PNVD is also entitled to these freedoms," the court in The Hague said in a statement.
The court declared that curbs on freedom of expression could only be applied where public order is at risk. "They [opponents of the party] only want to give expression to their moral concerns. That is far from being sufficient to outlaw a party. It is up to the voter to give a judgment on the arguments of political parties," Judge H Hofhuis was quoted by the Dutch news agency ANP as telling the court.
The ruling will be seen as a powerful example of the Netherlands' liberal approach to social issues. The country has famously relaxed views on soft drugs, prostitution and gay marriage.
The paedophile party will be free to stand in November's general election if it meets the usual requirements of submitting a list of candidates and providing the signatures of at least 500 supporters.
The court's decision angered the anti-paedophile campaign group Solace, which brought the case, and whose views appear to be widely reflected in Dutch society.
No Kidding, a group campaigning for children's rights, called on the Dutch government to act against the party. "Dutch citizens must make their voices heard if we do not want to sacrifice our children to paedophile interests," it said.
The new party, which was formed in May, pledged to intensify its campaign to remove the taboo on paedophilia which, it claims, has worsened in the past decade after the arrest of the notorious Belgian paedophile Marc Dutroux. In his most notorious crime, Dutroux kidnapped and imprisoned two young girls and starved them to death.
Marthijn Uittenbogaard, the chairman of the new party, was quoted by ANP as saying: "We expected to win. We are not doing anything criminal so why should you ban the PNVD?"
The new party wants to legalise the possession of child pornography and to allow pornography to be shown on daytime television. Violent pornography would be allowed after the evening watershed, young children would receive sex education and youths over the age of 16 would be allowed to appear in pornographic films. Sex with animals would also be allowed by the party, although abuse of animals would remain illegal.
Such ideas have proved too much for 82% of the Dutch population, who want the government to outlaw the party according to a recent opinion poll. Publicity for the party last month provoked such a backlash that one of its founders had to flee a caravan park after receiving threats.
The reaction against the new party comes at a sensitive moment in Dutch history. The difficulty of integrating many members of the country's Muslim population has prompted even mainstream politicians to call for immigrants to be denied citizenship if they do not accept the country's liberal values.
Rita Verdonk, the country's immigration minister, recently caused controversy by saying that aspiring Dutch citizens should be shown a DVD highlighting Dutch liberal values. Muslims complained that this was targeted against them because it featured a gay couple kissing.
The general election was called after the coalition government collapsed in a row linked to the debate on Muslims. The small centre-right D66 party withdrew from the coalition after Ms Verdonk stripped Dutch citizenship from (and then restored it to) Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born former MP who is one of the country's sharpest critics of radical Islamists and is now to emigrate to the US.
Testing times
Events that have shaken the Netherlands' liberal reputation:
February 2002 Pim Fortuyn kicked out of the Livable Netherlands party after saying immigration should be restricted and discrimination permitted. His Pim Fortuyn List becomes the second-largest party in May's parliamentary elections
May 2002 Fortuyn shot dead nine days before elections, by an animal rights activist who said he wanted to prevent the politician exploiting vulnerable elements of society
November 2004 Film-maker Theo van Gogh murdered on an Amsterdam street by a Muslim extremist. Van Gogh had become a target because of his film Submission, which dealt with violence against women in Islam
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