“Shot of the Day” — The Timing of the Insult

by Mary W Maxwell

Please start at one minute and invest 10 vital minutes in this clip. It’s from a talk by a trustworthy microbiologist at the 2016 AutismOne conference in Chicago. Judy Mikovits, PhD, is the author of Plague, which Gumshoe reviewed. Her main interest is the retrovirus of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She has spent jail time in Nevada for her noble efforts. Yes. Moreover she was a boss at – wait for it – Fort Detrick!

Lindt Café Inquest, Part 28: The Hostages


by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB

I think the Sydney siege was a false-flag operation in which Man Haron Monis did not act either as a lone gunman or as a religious extremist. Very likely he was under the control of one of the covert agencies. (These ostensibly work for government but are really the servants of private entities.)

I did not attend the hearings at which hostages gave testimony under oath. I hope to obtain copies of their statements, but for now I am using information about them from the media and from Youtube. I divide the 18 hostages into four groups: [Read more…]

Lindt Café Inquest, Part 27: Accessing the Inquest’s Documents  

william west siege doc

by Mary W Maxwell

Some of the articles that comprise this series are reports of what happened at the Inquest. Others are opinion pieces.  The article at hand does not even reach to the heights of being an opinion piece. It is a simple excursion into the question: Why are the transcripts of the Inquest not published for all to see?

In this technological era nearly every document is available electronically. In fact some important “papers” in this world are no longer available in paper form! [Read more…]

Lindt Café Inquest, Part 26: Sydney Siege May Qualify As a False Flag

abbott and flowers

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and wife lay flowers at Martin Place

by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB

Beyond any doubt the 9-11 attacks in New York and the July 7, 2005 attacks on the London Tube were false flags. How do we know? Because there were very elaborate drills taking place officially, on the same day, for an incident very similar to the one attributed to “terrorists.”

The Coroner, Magistrate Michael Barnes, has said he needs to get the Lindt Café Inquest done right (and speedily), as another incident could be waiting in the wings.  Too right! Another false-flag attack within Australia may be on the books even as we speak. [Read more…]

Bryant’s Anniversary Series, Part 13: Elvis Is Still in the Building

by Mary W Maxwell

Please listen to Elvis’ video and then see what we did with his song.  Elvis featured prominently at our 2015 Adelaide Fringe show. (Remember “Hate Me Tender”?)

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Lindt Café Inquest, Part 25: Monis’ Family Should Be a Party to the Inquest  

monis and droudisAmirah Droudis and Man Haron Monis in 2014

by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB

Everybody knows that the purpose of a Parliamentary inquiry is usually to cover up what really happened rather than to get at the truth. Same for most Royal Commissions.  The Lindt Café  Inquest has been relatively probing. But it had a structural failure that probably set everything wrong.

That is, it included two families as parties to the inquest when it should have included three families.  The official purpose of the current Inquest is to inquire into the deaths of three persons, one of them being Man Haron Monis. [Read more…]

Lindt Café Inquest, Part 24: Tidbits from the End of the Hearings, and Loy’s Testimony

grand muftiGrand Mufti of Australia, Ibrahim Abu Mohamed

by Mary W Maxwell

On August 15 and 16, 2016, I took 91 pages of notes at the Inquest. Let me share some miscellaneous items that Gumshoe has not already published.

Monis’ solicitor, Michael Klooster happened to be in the Lindt Café before the siege, having coffee, and spoke to Monis. Mr Klooster later called the Hotline (twice) to offer to negotiate with Monis. This offer was not taken up by the police. Other Muslim people called in and said the Grand Mufti would negotiate. This, too, was ignored. [Read more…]

Lindt Café Inquest, Part 23: Why Bark Up the Wrong Tree?

2588753300000578-2948234-NSW_Police_Deputy_CCatherine Burn, the NSW Deputy Police Commissioner

by Mary W Maxwell

If you want to see the difference between a Gumshoe report of the Sydney siege inquest and the Mainstream version, just choose any date for which I made a report and read the parallel one at ABC or the Murdoch-Fairfax Press. I often could not tell when I read them that they had attended the same session I attended.

Yesterday (August 15, 2016), the witness was Catherine Burn, the NSW Deputy Police Commissioner. Among the trivia the MSM pursued – indeed headlined — was the fact that she erased her text messages. When asked why, she said “Because I always do.” That sounded OK to me. [Read more…]

Lindt Café Inquest, Part 22: To Give or Not To Give State Police Power to the SAS

Hurricane Katrina brought martial law (off the books)

by Mary W Maxwell, PhD (Politics), LLB

This 22nd  article in the series addresses a new question: Has someone, somewhere, probably in Canberra, decided that the Sydney siege is to be used to justify a greater military presence in civilian life in Oz? I will not be able to play the neutral reporter here. I advocate against such a development.

My background is this: I have seen local police departments in the United States (city, more often than state) get subordinated to …um… we are not sure. They have names like anti-terrorism squads and JTTF’s – Joint Terrorism Task Forces. (“Joint” could mean joint between several agencies or between local and non-local police.)

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The Possession of Leadership Talent – via Ideas: Meet Robyn Archer

ARCHERRobyn Archer, Deputy Chair, Australia Council 

by Mary W Maxwell

Ah, the power of One. This is a report of a career-retrospective presentation made by Robyn Archer at the Bendigo Writers Festival, August 13, 2016.

So Robyn starts life in Prospect, a suburb of Adelaide, the only child of a seamstress mother (which comes in handy for costumes) and a singer/stand-up comedian father. A low-income “and sometimes insecure income” family. [Read more…]

Lindt Café Inquest, Part 21: The Role of the Army Engineers

armyJuly 7, 2016, an Australian soldier, center left, and a U.S. Marine, right, get ready to raid a building at a mock urban combat training center in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.  

by Malcolm R Hughes 

This article is a response to the statement, dated May 16, 2016, by Jeremy Gormly, QC, that was quoted by Mary Maxwell in Part 18 of this series:

 “The ADF had built a mock-up of the Lindt Cafe at Holsworthy Army Base to trial and rehearse forced entry. It offered the facility to the NSW Police for training, although as we have heard in evidence that offer could not be taken up on the night.”

Now that I know of the “mock-up” Lindt Café, and the admittance by the Military that it does exist, I believe that Monis was not the initiator of the Sydney Siege. [Read more…]

Lindt Café Inquest, Part 20: Port Arthur Meets Sydney Siege

bryantMartin Bryant, after arrest with burnt back

by Mary W Maxwell

Cheryl Dean and I wrote a Gumshoe article called “Twinning” that compared the Port Arthur case of Martin Bryant with the Boston Marathon case of Jahar Tsarnaev. In this article I will compare Port Arthur with the Sydney Siege.

Note for the uninitiated: The Sydney siege took place on December 15/16, 2014; it’s main man was Man Haron Monis who called himself a sheik of the Shi’ite branch of Islam. [Read more…]


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