Welcome to a Front Row Seat at the Sydney Siege Theatre


by Dee McLachlan

All aspects of the way the police acted during the Lind Café siege point to a “staged performance.”

At this website I have repeatedly shown how the appropriate military persons were stood down during the 9-11 attacks in New York. The same occurred during the Port Arthur massacre of 1996.

My article “Permission denied; this has to happen” describes that day at the Seascape Cottage where a hostage situation was (allegedly) in progress. Tasmanian constables had the gunman in their sights but were not allowed to shoot him! Several personnel, including volunteer firemen, heard a senior police officer on the radio respond to the request to shoot: ‘Permission denied; this has to happen.’

Now we ask: What happened at the Lindt Cafe on 15-16 December 2014?  [Read more…]

Lindt Café Inquest, Part 34: Update on One of the Three Doors, and the Stairs to the Toilet

screen-shot-2016-03-23-1_3The storming of Lindt Cafe through the ‘lift lobby’

By Mary W Maxwell

A reader named Ben paid me this compliment in the Comments to my November 2, 2016 article entitled “Lindt Café Inquest, Part 33: The Three Doors.”

“Mary, you are always thinking of angles that would not have occurred to me. You leave no stone unturned. I like your tendency to be cautious in your posts. Spreading disinformation can be quite harmful and you seem to be acutely aware of that.”

Oopsies. It seems my depiction of the Café doors was a bit too fanciful. I now must offer some corrections. The new data has galvanized me. [Read more…]

Lindt Café Inquest, Part 33: The Three Doors

lindt-cafeMain door in middle. Philip Street on your left. The black doors are near girl in white jersey. On right, after 4th window, alcove, steps up to firewell.

by Mary W Maxwell

On December 15, 2014, as soon as I heard about the siege in Sydney – with no details such as the identity of Monis – I assumed it was a staged affair. But I certainly did not assume that any hostages or low-level police were “in on the joke.”

I do now. [Read more…]

Lindt Café Inquest Part 29: The Hearings Have Ended

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by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB

Every inquest seeks to find the time, place, and manner of death of a person. Regarding the deaths of Tori Johnson and Man Haron Monis, I think it is an established fact that the place of death was the Lindt Café in the Sydney CBD. For Katrina Dawson, death occurred either in the café or in an ambulance on the way to hospital, or at hospital.

The time of death is not contentious; it was between 2am and 3am on December 16, 2014 for all three persons.  So we come to the main question: how did they die? [Read more…]

Lindt Café Inquest, Part 17: Somnium Scipionis

olice Commissioner Andrew Scipione

by Mary W Maxwell

It has been announced that NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione will be in the witness box of the Inquest on August 15, 2016. Today I looked at the press conference in Sydney that was broadcast soon after the storming of the Café. To my surprise, Scipione disavowed any connection to the decision to storm.

Scipione was asked “How was the decision made to enter?” He replied: “It was made by a team of experts. What we don’t do is compete with those who have to make that call. They made the call — because they believed that at that time if they didn’t enter there would have been many more lives lost.” [Read more…]

Lindt Café Inquest, Part 16: (Imaginary) Coroner Takes Testimony from Expert Witness, Doctor X

kenyamaumau (1)Mau Mau terrorists, 1952, captured by the British

by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB

Pretend the coroner questions the expert witness, Dr X:

Coroner –  Do you promise to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth?

Doctor X –  Do I ever!

Coroner –  This is a courtroom, you must answer respectfully.

Doctor X –  Sorry. I do promise.

Coroner –   What is your occupation?

Doctor X – Occupation? Mostly I’m unoccupied.

Coroner –  I’ll cite you for contempt of court if you keep this up.

Doctor X – Sorry, I meant that I don’t get much paid work, almost none, but I work hard at research.

Coroner –  The subject matter in which you claim to have expertise, relevant to this Inquest, is terrorism, especially Islamic terrorism, is that correct?

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Lindt Café Inquest, Part 15: Not All Islamic Terrorists Are As Advertised


muslim_kids_praying Muslim kid praying

by Mary W Maxwell

In a July 30 article at Gumshoe, “It’s Gotcha Day,” I made up two words: kolodized – “to have been made to look like an Islamic terrorist” and nettoyaged “there has been a destruction of evidence by the authorities.” The latter is not just standard for the FBI; it is their reason for living. (Oh sorry, along with planting evidence, of course.)

It was pleasing that francophone Mme Lépine approved my use of the French word for cleaning — nettoyage . However, kolodin hasn’t won any admirers so far. In this article I identify three kinds of kolodin, that is, three kinds of persons who are labeled Islamic terrorists, but should not be.

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Lindt Café Inquest, Part 14:  Officer A’s Testimony


by Mary W Maxwell

The cop who entered the Café for the “EA” (emergency action) after 2.13am is called Officer A. Put aside for now the earlier recounting of Team Charlie’s entrance through the firewell on Martin Place. Today’s witness is from Team Alpha, which entered on Philip St. The two teams were meant to enter simultaneously, but Alpha got in a few seconds before.

Once again we have cops who had been on duty for many hours. Counsel Assisting — Mr Jeremy Gormly, SC — asked: “What bus did you catch to work that morning?”  The 5.10 am. “What time did you wake up?” Around 4.40am. “Did you feel tired by the time of the event [22 hours thereafter]?” No. [Read more…]

Lindt Café Inquest, Part 13: Could I Offer To Be an Expert Witness?


 by Mary W Maxwell

So far the inquest has called many expert witnesses. For example, Lucas Van der Walt is an expert in wound ballistics; Mr Ranieri is expert at measuring the location of the shooters. A whole team of experts in negotiation participated by video from the UK.

I presume the state of NSW has funded the Inquest to pay for such experts, although possibly they are brought in by interested parties. I would offer my services for free. [Read more…]

Lindt Café Inquest, Part 11: “Holy Fuck; It’s Turned Real”


by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB

Might as well use colorful language in the title, as there was plenty of it in the courtroom today. During the 2014 siege of the Lindt Café, cops waiting outside had their own way of referring to Man Haron Monis — not as “the terrorist” or “the person of interest” (as the lawyers have been saying) — but simply as “the cunt.”

Testimony on this day (July 13, 2016) was mainly given by a NSW policeman. It’s annoying that codenames for cops are used in court – this man is proud of what he did; he’d probably like to have his name shouted from the rooftops.   [Read more…]

Lindt Café Inquest, Part 10: The Lead-up to the Siege

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by Mary W Maxwell

Part 1 of this series summarized an article entitled “Cui bono,” written by N Wahid Azal. It said Monis caused trouble for all Muslims in Australia. On the one hand, he gave Islam a bad image with his extremist statements. On the other hand they didn’t dare criticize, say, his “sticking up for” the people in the Middle East.

According to Azal there must have been something going on between Monis and the Australian government for years. He had many blemishes on his record that would cause anyone else to be refused permanent residence here. [Read more…]

Lindt Café Inquest, Part 9: Ballistics Expert Evidence

shotgunShotgun carried by Monis in a blue Woolworth’s bag

by Mary W Maxwell

Lucas Van der Walt was in the witness box on June 30, 2016. He testified as an expert witness in ballistics, to help the court understand where the various bullets went. It seems that all parties at the Inquest accept that there were 22 police bullets fired: 17 from Officer A and 5 from Officer B. Also, two shots fired by Monis.

Do you think the expert could pick up a bullet in the Café and identify whose gun it came from? Sure, not a problem, he says. [Read more…]

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