Melbourne Mothers’ Day Bomb Plot – Fact or Just A Media Scripted Invention?

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A Facebook ranting teenager that relied on his upstanding parents for money and transport was arrested on the 8th of May 2015 on terrorism charges. Explosive devices were found. I was shocked by the extensive coverage, and this is a follow up to my previous article (“The Timing of the Additional $450 Million To Fight Local Jihardists”). To recap:

The Herald Sun – under the section “Law & Order” had this headline (Sunday May 10, 2015):

Mother’s Day plot: Lives saved when teenager’s alleged attack foiled, police say

I quote from their online article:

“AN event was the target of an alleged bomb plot foiled following a raid in Melbourne’s north.

Acting Chief Commissioner Tim Cartwright this afternoon said it was believed several improvised explosive devices found at the home were to be used in the near future.

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested and charged.

“We do believe that the young man intended to explode a device at an event over the coming days,” he said. ETC”

What event? And the police said “over the coming days”. 

This was the front page of the Sunday Herald Sun.

BOMB PLOT

In the newspaper version, the articles starts off by saying:

“A TEEN accused of plotting a deadly Mother’s Day terror attack allegedly hid his home-made bombs from his parents.

Terrifying details of the alleged plan have been revealed after three pipe bombs powerful enough to cause a catastrophe….” ETC.  (my emphasis)

All this, one day before the announcement of another $450 million for anti-terror purposes.

By the way, catastrophe is usually reserved for widespread disasters, like the Boxing Day tsunami or, more recently, the Nepal earthquake(s). These were reported as “rudimentary devices”.

Is this reportage (don’t bother ticking the relevant box):

❑  A Lie,

❑  The Truth, or

❑  An Exaggeration?

I have said many times before in various articles that “we are drowning in lies and deception.”

In The Age’s online video (here), the Ass. Commissioner Robert Hill states that “three suspicious items” were found and “material associated with the making of explosive devices”. These items were then “rendered safe”.

I called and wrote to the Victorian Police (Media Unit) requesting answers to some questions. They declind to answer the questions as the matter is before the court. I modified my questions and called. The email response was…

“I cannot be any clearer – this matter is before the court. The “refined” questions you ask relate to a matter that is currently before the court. Therefore we will not be making comment as sub judice applies. As I said to you on the phone, you are welcome to attend court and listen to the evidence presented.”

I emailed a third time with the simple question:

“…referring to the raid on the 17 year old: Did the police supply any evidence or information to the media that said or implied that the alleged attack was to disrupt Mothers Day? 

No reply. I know they are busy.

I refer to The Australian Federal Police press release (9/5/15) states:

“It will be alleged the teenager was undertaking preparations for planning a terrorist act in Australia.

Victoria Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Robert Hill said the operation has contained an imminent threat to our community safety.”

On the phone the Media Unit Supervisor said that I should attend the court to obtain the answers to my questions. But as far as I believe, this will either be illegal or impossible as the public and the media will potentially be barred from the courtroom. Dep Comm Mike Phelan explained (here) that because of the teen’s age, the court will be closed. This was the report in the newspaper on 10 May.

secret justice

Thus, how DO we then learn what is actually happening – if 1) The Victorian Police media Unit will not answer questions, and 2) The media is locked out of the courtroom.

I think the Hill and Phelan are trying to put a balanced version of the facts to the public, but the actual (important) details are withheld from the public.

The other problem is that media outlets like The Herald Sun seem to “create” the facts. They forge a reality to their own design. This ranting teenager could have been planning a “terrorist act”, but like budding Hollywood screenplay writers, The Herald Sun headlines and scripts read like a B grade action thriller – with lots of hypotheticals, exaggerations and possibly plain lies.

It is shocking.

The five full pages (1-5) in the Sunday Herald Sun declared the Mother’s Day Bomb Plot and even saluted the 30,000 “brave” runners defying the terrorist threat (which was over).

This is Rupert Murdoch’s killer bees story on steroids. (To remind people, Murdoch orchestrated a false killer bee story in the US to boost paper sales).

But why are the police not correcting this – if this is not accurate?

What is the truth? We have no idea.

Then right after a week end of fear mongering, Canberra announces $450 million MORE to fight terror – of which a portion of that will go towards watching you.

Did The Herald Sun blow this out of proportion just to sell papers?  Was the media orchestrated to ease the budget blow? Is this designed and manipulated?

I have now made a complaint to the Australian Press Council (APC) over the Sunday Herald Sun’s Mother’s Day coverage. In their Statement of Principles, the APC website states:

“Publications are free to publish as they wish by reporting facts and expressing opinions, provided they take reasonable steps to comply with the following Principles and the Council’s other Standards of Practice:

Accuracy and clarity

1. Ensure that factual material in news reports and elsewhere is accurate and not misleading, and is distinguishable from other material such as opinion. (my emphasis)

You can also complain about inaccurate or misleading reporting at the APC here.

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Comments

  1. Christopher Brooks says:

    Dee, my Facebook link didn’t perform as I expected.

  2. Here’s what we’re up against, Folks. i just read a book that was recommended on this website by a reader. It’s called “An Act of State,” meaning that the killing of Martin Luther King, at age 39 or so, in 1968, was carried out by the US government.
    I’ll now quote one minor tidbit from that book. (You don’t need to buy the book to read more of it — it is from a court case online at: Coretta Scott King vs Loyd Jowers).
    The man referred to here, James Earl Ray, was imprisoned as the assassin of King but was completely innocent.

    “Former Congressman and HSCA King Subcommittee Chairman Walter Fauntroy testified that after James Earl Ray escaped (an escape that had “set up” written all over it) with a number of other inmates in 1976, they learned that the FBI had immediately and uninvited sent a SWAT team consisting of upwards of 30 snipers to the prison. Their information was that this unit was there not to help capture Ray but to kill him.
    Fauntroy said that at his urging HSCA Chairman Stokes called Tennessee Governor Ray Blanton and asked him to intervene in order to save their main witness and Blanton’s most famous prisoner. Blanton promptly took a helicopter to the prison and ordered the FBI out of the area, thus saving James’s life for he was captured non violently shortly afterward.”

  3. In a couple of hours the Boston jury resumes discussion of the boy’s fate. Here is a wierd vid of the sisters:

    • I have never heard anyone say, in the lead-up to today’s death sentence for Dzhokhar, age 21, that his parents and two sisters are bereaved already from the (as yet unexplained) death of the then-24 year-old bro Tamerlan. I woud think, wouldn’t you, that their situation is sufficient for the jury to opt for the lesser sentence, life imprisonment.
      Anyway, now that the matter is no longer sub judice, perhaps we will encounter an interview with the younger one?

  4. thanks your for your efforts to do some proper investigative journalism on this issue. i grow weary of the manufactured mainstream ‘news’. i think i will stay here.

  5. Sub judice my foot.

    • Dear Dee, One thing leads to another. The Docherty Macgregor book, “Hidden History,” has got me riled up. I’m not particularly interested in its subject matter –- the Boer War of 1899 and World War I. But it’s so apparent from the way the British Parliament was lied to (by Brits), that I now see how anyone can overtake a lawful government by sheer willingness to lie.

      I appreciate your going after “the Mother’s Day plot.” It does appear that it was a cynical, purpose-built scare to justify the $450 million anti-terrorist expense. (And I think also to spoil Mum’s Day holiday, and to weaken the family generally, but I’m willing to concentrate on the terrorist bit for now.)

      So OK, today the Police media lady in Victoria won’t play ball, as “the matter is before the court.” Dee, I am asking you now to go back to the one in NSW. You told us in 2014 (just before some other legislation was needed), that a uniformed member of the Australian Defense Force was assaulted at 6.30 am at Bella Vista, Sydney.
      That is a pretty panicky thing, no? And by the way the attacker was “of Middle Eastern appearance.”

      Then, abracadabra, after Parliament passed the legislation that very night, the case against the attacker was dropped. That suggests there never was an attack, right? So I want you to ask the police:
      Is there a record of the report? (How could there not be?)
      In what manner did any member of the media find about it?
      Who, subsequently, decided to withdraw the matter?
      Better not use the phrase “withdrew the charges” as maybe there never were any charges.

      The beauty of this case is that your police media sergeant can’t say it is “before the court.”

      I also must fuss about your remark about killer bees. It was I who told you about that episode in Texas, but I lack solid evidence. I read it in a biography of Murdoch decades ago. I think you had better say Murdoch’s paper ALLEGEDLY concocted a story. It was about killer bees being ready to fly up from South America. (Maybe like ebola or SARS was a-comin’ — to cause havoc?)
      I apologize for misguiding you on the killer-bee matter.

      • This si the reference in the New York Mag
        In the mid-seventies, Murdoch recognized New York as the bargain of the century. Now it’s his city, we only live here.
        http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/people/features/11673/

        • Tanks for the expiation, Dee. From that New York mag article I have plucked this tidbit:

          Dunleavy went after the Son of Sam story with a similarly single-minded lust. Along the way, he produced a few legitimate scoops and yards of grisly, overwrought copy. What he lacked in police sources, he made up for in imagination. [!!]

          One day Dunleavy took a tape of the Jimi Hendrix song “Purple Haze” to an “audio expert” on Madison Avenue who amplified the lyrics. Someone was apparently singing, “Help me, help me, help me, Son of Sam,” in the background. LYRIC MAY YIELD SON OF SAM CLUE, explained the Post headline.

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