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:
The Eight Staff Members of the Lindt Cafe
The chef, Paul Vassallo, age 37, was in the first batch of escapees (3 males) at 3.37pm.
The barista, Elly Chen, age 23, escaped in the second batch (2 females) at 4.30pm, wearing her apron.
Waitress Jaien Bay, also wearing an apron, escaped with Elly.
Four more Café employees escaped at 2.03am in the dark, via the Martin Place door (“the firewell”). Namely:
Joel Heart, age 23, Fiona Ma, age 20, Harriet Denny, age 31 and pregnant, and Jarrod Mortin-Hoffman, age 19.
That left only one Café employee, the manager, Tori Johnson, age 34, who died after 2.03am, probably at 2.10am when a gunshot was heard.
The Three Barristers
Barrister Stefan Balafoutis, age 41, escaped in the first batch at 3.37pm.
Barrister Julie Taylor, age 36 and pregnant, escaped at 2.03am.
Barrister Katrina Dawson, age 38, was injured during the police shooting at 2.15am, and died on the way to hospital.
The Four Westpac Bank Persons
Two men from India were working on a project for Westpac, but strictly speaking were not employed by Westpac. They are:
Viswakanth Ankireddy, age 32, software engineer, who escaped in the first batch at 3.37pm.
Puspendhu Ghosh, from Infosys, who escaped at 2.03am.
The two female employees of Westpac did not escape and were still in the café after both Tori and Monis were killed. They are:
Selina Win Pe, age 42, a senior bank manager.
Marcia Mikhael, 42, a bank executive. She was wounded in the leg by police gunfire.
The Three Retirees
John O’Brien, age 82, escaped in the first batch at 3.37pm.
Louisa Hope, age 51, who retired for medical reasons in 2008, did not escape, and neither did her mother Robin Hope, age 71. They were found by police in the Café at 2.15am. Louisa was wounded in the foot by police gunfire.
My list thus accounts for all 18 hostages, 16 of whom are still alive. Gumshoe would be happy to interview them. However, it is said that, except for Louisa Hope, all have “sold their exclusive story” to Channel 7.
(Note: private contracts with media do not, of course, preclude the coroner or police from questioning anyone.)
In False-Flag Events, Are There Actors?
In recent years, crisis actors have apparently been employed to participate as victims of terrorist events. See my article on Jeff Bauman in the Boston Marathon bombing.
I do not like the label “crisis actor,” just as I am averse to the label “hoax.” I would rather approach the problem by asking “Were there any confederates?” The Macmillan Dictionary defines confederate as “someone who works with you to achieve something, often something secret or illegal.”
It’s pretty obvious that a false flag event requires many confederates. Jeff Bauman must have been a confederate. But persons other than victims play confederate roles too.
Let me name one: the telephone operator who said a call came to her from Todd Beamer when he was in the air, about to crash on 9-11. She told how she and Todd prayed the 23rd Psalm together. (Later on the Oprah show she changed it to The Lord’s Prayer.)
Todd is the man who supposedly said “Let’s roll.” A whole movie has been made about Todd’s attempts to wrestle with the Arab hijacker, to impress it in the American mind.
Nonsense. Todd was not on a plane that allegedly crashed in Shanksvlle, Pennsylvania, known as American Airlines Flight 93. (See Gumshoe’s review of Richard Ryan’s Book Another Nineteen for suggestions as to who was involved in 9-11.)
I don’t know for sure that Todd was a confederate. Possibly he was killed that morning and disposed of. But the telephone operator must be a confederate.
(Granted, a faker-on-the-payroll may have called her and said he was Todd ringing from the plane — in which case she was not “lined up in advance.” But that leaves us wondering why she had to fiddle with her Lord’s Prayer story.)
Preparing Your Confederates
To get an idea of the importance of confederates, you have only to imagine yourself cooking up a false-flag terrorist incident. It wouldn’t do to choose a venue where some people might be able right away to stop the event!
Consider PJ (Pat) Allen, a Tasmanian constable. On the day of the Port Arthur massacre, Pat came along thinking he should do what a normal cop does: capture or shoot the mad gunman.
Pat presented a problem to the bosses: they did not want the Seascape siege to end in the afternoon.
They would have been better off with a confederate cop who knew the rules. Instead, they had to keep Allen occupied. They made him lie in a ditch for 8 hours in front of the Seascape property, fending off bullets that were clearly aimed not to hit him but to prevent his taking the action of ending the siege.
It is also a worry that some on-the-spot persons, unaware of what’s really happening, might go public right after the event, reporting what they saw or heard.
Those persons have to be killed or paid off or whatever. Ask me about the “suicide” of Officer Terrance Yeakey following the Oklahoma City bombing, or the “suicide” of Inspector Hedric Fredou after the Charlie Hebdo event in Paris.
In the Boston Marathon case, friends of Jahar Tsarnaev may have been able to defend him in court. So they were rather creatively arrested on trumped-up charges, to keep them from talking.
Long story short, you need to have many controls operating, including some professional actors.
After the event such persons can be featured by the media as good, solid witnesses, especially if they suffered an injury.
How About at the Sydney Siege?
Although I have no proof that the Sydney siege was a false-flag operation, it is highly likely. As such, it would have needed many confederates.
The most essential confederate, the sine quo non, would be the police authority who made sure no one tried to end the Sydney siege prematurely. “Permission denied. This has to happen.”
In order for the event to stick with all Australians, it had to be dramatic, newsworthy, and at least somewhat prolonged. An incident of a coffee-drinker holding other coffee-drinkers hostage for a mere four hours in a CBD would have been forgotten around the nation by Christmastime.
Note: a few earlier false-flag operations in Australia, such as the Hilton bombing of February 13, 1978, are not considered memorable. The ‘foreign’ costume of Monis, both at the Café and in his earlier scripts, gives this incident a visual effect that may last a longer time.
Of course, the fact that the siege involved the death of a mother of young children renders it especially emotional.
Confederates on December 15, 2014?
Who else, then, besides the police commander who prevented his men from doing a Direct Action was a confederate?
Note: I am not referring to the many political leaders and law enforcement appointees above that commander – many of whom must be guilty — but ones under him.
I imagine the negotiators were confederates. For the event to develop it was necessary that the “negotiating” be a farce. Had the state or Commonwealth government been seen talking with the terrorist, the siege would have lost its punch.
People around the country saw the event as wrapped in mystery: “Who is in the café?” Permission to release Monis’s name occurred around midnight. Yet documents on file show that a female police officer who had dealt with Monis earlier as a criminal had reported his identity by noon.
Note: I assume Monis himself was a confederate playing out a role and did not expect there to be any real violence. His various demands must have been scripted for him, including his clever threat to bomb the Opera House.
Were Any Hostages Confederates?
Logically, the best candidates for the function of confederate are the 18 hostages.
Realizing that readers may think it is outrageous of me to say that any of the 18 hostages – or all of them – may have had some preparation for the event, let me say that such preparation could have been innocent.
They could have been told that there would be a drill and they must play as if it’s real. Apparently that occurs frequently.
It is known that the air traffic controllers on 9-11 had been prepared for a drill. This made them hold back from taking standard emergency action due when they see flights going off course. You can’t blame them; they obeyed what seemed to be approved instructions.
In listing the 18 hostages above, I gave the time of escape for 12 persons. The day started with Monis taking 18 hostages, so it seems 6 were left after the final 2.03am escape. Of those six, two died and four survived: Mikhael, Win Pe, Hope and Hope.
Note: Some say 11 hostages, not 12, escaped. Thus my list of escapees may be incorrect, and 5, not 4, remained alive in the Café. I will print a correction if I get this straightened out.
The Three Videos and One Audio
I find it suspicious that the three persons who made speeches during the siege – Selina Win Pe, Louisa Hope, and Marcia Mikhail — were the same ones who were left at the end, and who are the only witnesses (plus Robin Hope) to the shooting of Tori Johnson.
Marcia’s speech was audio only. The three video speeches were by Selina, Louisa, and Julie Taylor (Julie escaped.) In watching the three videos I don’t get a sense of persons speaking in a terrified state. They are relaxed.
In each of the videos, the speaker says “the brother” demands three things: to have an ISIS flag, to speak to Prime Minister Tony Abbott for 5 minutes, and to have it announced that Australia is under attack.
Allegedly Monis instructed each of the three (and perhaps Marcia) to tell the world what he wanted, and to offer that he’d release five hostages in exchange for the Tony Abbott talk.
My best guess is that the three video’d women, plus the audio’d Marcia, are confederates. Yell at me if you wish. Tell me that every hostage is sacred. Tell me if I have to be a crazy person to say that anyone inside the café was a party to a false-flag operation. I have a businesslike approach to “disasters.”
If Louisa Hope is one of the confederates, she must be furious over the fact that she was almost killed. Per sworn testimony of a policeman who stormed the café – Dennis Albrecht from Tango Charlie, Louisa was standing very close to Monis. It’s a miracle she did not get hit when Monis got hit.
Ms Hope, Gumshoe would love to hear from you if you think anything was amiss, whether or not my hunch is correct. And you would be doing Australia a huge favor. This is extremely dangerous stuff for our future.
If I am right that some hostages were confederates, they ought to contact the coroner immediately and come out with the full facts. You will be heroes for doing that.
On the website www.lindtinquest.justice.nsw.gov.au, it asks anyone with relevant information about the siege to contact Ms M Heris, Office of the State Coroner, 44 Parramatta Road, Glebe, NSW 2037. Telephone: 02 8584 7777.
— Mary W Maxwell is the author of Fraud Upon the Court.
Photo from Channel 7 broadcast