Friday, September 23, 2005

Unaccountable Secret Police?

I have posted around the Blogosphere,in Australia, about the case of Scott Parkin. A political peace ,activist from Houston,Texas, who visited this country and was deported as a threat to national security. It was leaked through a national paper that he had been involved in behaviour that sounds far from peacefull.

My concern relates to the 'secrecy' of his case, in what I imagined was a democracy. Attourney-general Ruddock refused to tell us why this bloke was picked up, put in solitary confinement and asked to pay around 8,000 dollars for the experience.

Then came a leak from Greg Sheridan of The Australian. Allegations totally denied by Parkin and associates. He is deemed a foreigner and not worthy of a fair go. Due process is falling down in this country. This is not the first case, but indicative of a lock up without law mentality and SECRECY. I believe we are moving towards a police state. With the sad compliance of the Labor Party.


Guambat Stew said...

Brownie said...

the CONFUSION of our government embarrasses me when they they want us to be pro-American, but in the case of Mr Parkin they are not.

joe2 said...

Thanks Brownie and guambat. Scott Parkins situation was yet another wake up call. He has 'only' a large dept to pay if he chooses to re-enter our so called democracy.
Detention without charge has become an established norm ,in our country, for "foreigners",like Scott and many, luckless asylumn seekers.
Looks like a template for arrests at home, as the so called war on terrorism, merges with the dislike of fair protest at government policy.

Iain Murray said...

Deported peace activist blameless

November 1, 2005

AN AMERICAN peace activist deported from Australia on the grounds he was a threat to national security was not involved in any dangerous or violent protests in Australia, ASIO revealed yesterday.

Scott Parkin, 36, from Houston, Texas, returned to the US in September after his visitor's visa was cancelled on the grounds he posed a national security risk. He was kept in solitary confinement by Australian Federal Police in Melbourne following an adverse security assessment by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

ASIO chief Paul O'Sullivan denied his agency was pressured by the US into making the adverse assessment. Asked if Mr Parkin had been violent in Australia, Mr O'Sullivan said he had not.