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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Federal Police a "boys club"

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin and Elizabeth Broderick



Elizabeth Broderick took six months to put together a report from 1,000 interviews with members of the Australian Federal Police.  She found that if you were brave enough to lodge a sexual complaint against a male colleague, you would be sent to Coventry and could kiss your career goodbye.

She found that some women had been raped and others subjected to attempted rape.

"All of this ends today" Andrew Colvin said yesterday.  "The process we have put in place from today will be different" he said, vowing to take action.

But surely he doesn't expect us to believe that he didn't know that the bullying culture of women didn't exist under his watch, even though it has prevailed for decades?

The closest he came to telling the truth was to admit that the ADF was a 'boys club'
and conceded, on reflection, that he had seen evidence of bullying first hand.

He actually urged members who told their stories to Ms Broderick anonymously to come forward.  Is he insane?  That would be one quick way to end your career.

Assistant Commissioner Ray Johnson will head up a new division to lead the reform but we've heard it all before - disgusting behaviour and promised change from the ADF, but things stay the same.

Andrew Colvin became Commissioner of the AFP in September 2014 and even though he admits knowing about it, did nothing.  Hardly your finest hour Mr Colvin because the buck stops with you.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Dark Justice nabs paedophile Douglas Smith

Douglas Smith


Vigilante group Dark Justice did a superb job of setting up and catching 56 year old paedophile Douglas Smith.

He thought he was chatting to a 13 year old schoolgirl who had never had sex before but was willing to try it with him.  She wanted to know if it would hurt and he reassured her that it wouldn't because he had a small penis.

But when he turned up to meet her he was confronted by members of Dark Justice who filmed the meeting, a vigilante group who pretend to be children online.

Smith was already on the Sex Offenders Register as a result of an earlier conviction for viewing indecent images of children.

Smith was arrested when he turned up at Central Station in Newcastle to meet the girl.  He pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a child after grooming and breach of registration requirements by failing to tell authorities where he was living.

He was jailed for one year and eight months and ordered to serve an extended licence period after he is freed.  He must now sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Judge Jeremy Freedman said "You clearly intended there should be full sexual intercourse even though you knew the girl was a 13 year old child who had no sexual experience of any sort."

"The person you in fact communicated with was an organization called Dark Justice who track down people like you who attempt to groom children through social networks.

"It is deeply concerning that you have not changed your behaviour in any way, despite being on a sex offenders treatment program."

His excuse?  He was "lonely" and "flattered."

And there we have it - another case of where this socalled Offender Treatment Program is a joke.  All they have to do is undergo the course, convince their counsellors they are cured, and out they come, back on the street.

And what are authorities doing about it?  Absolutely nothing and that's why we need to thank Dark Justice for doing an outstanding job.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Caster Semenya looking for gold






Caster Semenya has testosterone levels three times higher than normal women and was forced to undergo gender testing after a successful season in 2009.  

She was cleared to compete but during the London Olympics in 2012, she was forced to take testosterone suppressants by the AIFF and she won silver in the 800m. 

But last year, an Indian athlete successfully challenged the AIFF's treatment for hyperandrogenism and the rule was subsequently dropped.  

So this time, she's running without testosterone suppressants, and that's what all the fuss is about.

Because of her rare condition, she doesn't have a womb or ovaries and has internal testes.

Officials are so worried about the hostility towards her, she has personal bodyguards around the clock and nobody except her coach and team-mates are allowed near her.

Bars and cafes were packed with fans anxious to witness the start of her campaign for gold.

She's been subjected to hundreds of hate messages on social media and in return, she posted on Instagram "To all the haters, I have so much more for you to be mad at, just be patient."

I hope she wins.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Paedophile ring busted in Perth

Detectives involved in the case leaving court


Kate Campbell Perth Now
A PERTH father, who was jailed for more than 22 years for orchestrating a sick pedophile ring and sexually abusing his daughter repeatedly for years, told police “it was fun while it lasted”.
The shocking case was described by District Court Judge Philip Eaton as one of the most serious examples of child sexual abuse to ever come before a WA court.
The single father, 42, who lived in Perth’s northern suburbs, met other men through online sites, including Craigslist, and then offered his daughter to the strangers to sexually violate.
The girl, who lived with her father after her parents’ marriage broke up, was aged between 11 and 13 when she was subjected to the abuse over a two-year period from 2013 to 2015.
The man was sentenced to 22-and-a-half years in the WA District Court on Thursday – one of the longest terms imposed by that court – and won’t be considered for parole until December 2036.
As graphic details of his crimes were revealed today, Judge Eaton said they involved a “high degree of depravity and exploitation”.
They involved the father repeatedly raping his daughter, watching as the other men did the same, forcing her to shower with an abuser, forcing her to wear bondage attire, filming her and giving her a stupefying drug.
“You allowed strangers to treat your daughter as a sexual object and you treated her the same yourself,” he said.
The man placed online ads stating he was a lonely single father with a young daughter who was looking for friendship or modelling opportunities for his child.
Prosecutor Justin Whalley said the man had committed an “egregious breach of trust” and his actions were the “complete subversion of the proper role of a parent”.
Instead of protecting and nurturing her as any right-minded parent would do, he subjected her to “depravity of the highest order”.
He said the man, when spoken to by police in mid-2015, told them while he had regrets “it was fun while it lasted” but it had “went way over the line” and he wanted to leave “that scene” and return to a normal life.
Mr Whalley said the father watched the other pedophiles have sex with or molest his daughter, often encouraging her to engage in the activity and doing nothing when she protested or refused.
Other times, the strangers watched the father sexually abuse his daughter.
The abuse mainly happened at the father’s home, the homes of the other men or in hotel rooms.
The father was sentenced on 61 charges – including sexual penetration of a child, indecent dealing and recording of a child, procuring another to abuse a child, drugging his own daughter and compel her to provide a sexual service – after many of them were rolled into one or dropped. He was initially charged with 230 offences.
On occasions, the girl was forced to wear “bondage” attire and pose for sexually explicit photos taken by her father or the other men.
In one incident, a video was made of the girl shackled to a bed, wearing a black full-face mask, with a gag in her mouth and wearing a dog collar with the word “bitch” on it. In the video, the girl can seen struggling with her restraints and heard saying: “stop please dad”.
Dawid Volmer, former pastor of a Christian church in Carramar and the head of the WA Prison Fellowship Program was jailed for 10 and a half years for his role in the pedophile ring.
Dawid Volmer, former pastor of a Christian church in Carramar and the head of the WA Prison Fellowship Program was jailed for 10 and a half years for his role in the pedophile ring.Source:News Corp Australia
Another time, the father forced his daughter to have a shower with another man despite repeated refusals and her describing her abuser as “disgusting”.
The father also told of the other men that he was “in love” with his daughter.
Judge Eaton said the offender had written a letter to him, expressing his “remorse, regret and utter shame for what you did to your daughter”.
The father appeared to cry as he pleaded guilty to the charges and hid his head in his hands for most of his sentencing.
The judge said the man’s actions would likely have lasting and irreparable consequences for his daughter, who was now 14, and maintained an attitude of loyalty to her father despite what he had forced her to endure.
“I suggest she was doing it to please you while protesting from time to time,” he said.
The man did not pimp out his daughter for money rather for his own sexual gratification, the judge added.
Mark Wesley Liggins, 47, of Coodanup, jailed for two years in May for using an online chat forum to engage in sexual conversations and exchange nude photographs with children. Picture: Daniel Wilkins
Mark Wesley Liggins, 47, of Coodanup, jailed for two years in May for using an online chat forum to engage in sexual conversations and exchange nude photographs with children. Picture: Daniel WilkinsSource:News Corp Australia
Police charged eight men last July under Operation Ripstop, with the father pleading guilty in February.
In November 2015 Christian church pastor Dawid Volmer was also jailed for his part in the pedophile ring.
During sentencing it was revealed the girl’s father had answered Volmer’s ad on Craigslist offering sexual massages. Volmer proceeded to have sex with the man’s daughter on three occasions, which included drugging and blindfolding the girl while her father sat in the room.
Another man, Benjamin Simon Clarke, was sentenced to three years’ jail earlier this month for indecently abusing and taking naked and semi-naked photographs of the victim after her father answered an online ad Clarke had placed.
Clarke abused the girl while she was naked laying on a mattress after her father asked him whether he wanted to “do more” with her.
Mark Wesley Liggins was also charged as part of Operation Ripstop and was sentenced to more than two years behind bars in May.
He used an online chat forum to engage in sexual conversations and exchange nude photographs with children, but he was never charged with offences related to this particular victim.
Rather, Liggins had been in communication with the girl’s father, which led to his house being raided.
The four other men charged — Nicholas Adam Beer, Troy Phillip Milbourne, Alfred John Impicciatore and Ryan Trevor Clegg — are at various stages in the court process.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs






Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte won a landslide election in May on the promise to kill thousands of drug dealers and addicts.  

To date, at least 1,000 people have been murdered and 60,000 addicts have signed up in for treatment at clinics around the country.

"Those sons of whores are destroying our children......I warn you, don't go into that, even if you are a policeman because I will really kill you" the President said during an election speech in Manila.

During the election campaign, he said that 100,000 people would die and there would be so many bodies in Manila Bay, the fish would grow fat from feeding off them.  He promised to pardon police if they were charged with human rights offences for carrying out his orders.





However, the US has suggested that military aid could be withheld if respect for human rights is not upheld.

As more and more people are found dead in the streets, no suspects have been arrested and Human Rights lawyers are worried that the President is creating a nation without judges.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Yulia Efimova named as drug cheat

Yulia Efimova





Yulia Efimova, a Russian swimmer with a history of failed doping tests lashed out as Michael Phelps for his past marijuana and alcohol use yesterday when he received his 22nd Gold Medal at the Rio Olympics.

She was banned for 16 months for testing positive to 7-keto-DHEA in 2013 and later tested positive for meldonium.

She was upset with American gold medal winner Lilly King who named her as a drug cheat.







"What would she say about Michael Phelps?" she told reporters.  "Of course I'm not for doping and I've never used it on purpose....but I know there have been many occasions where people do it because they don't know or because they're stupid or naive.  There always should be another chance....when you are driving your car and you get a ticket you don't lose your license for life or get put in jail."  

And I agree with her, there should always be a second chance.  China and Russia have been caught cheating in front of the whole world and the athletes deserve another chance.  If the order did come from the top, as many believe it did, we could conclude that the athletes had little choice.

And if politicians can contain themselves and keep their noses out of sport, the 2020 Olympics in Japan could be the first clean, honest games to be held in decades.

Thanks to the article in the New York Times, the world finally found out the truth.

………A colleague stationed next door in the sample collection room would retrieve the correct bottles and pass them into the storage room through a circular hole cut through the wall near the floor, Dr. Rodchenkov said. During the day the hole was concealed by a small imitation-wood cabinet.
The sealed B bottles were handed over to the man Dr. Rodchenkov believed was a Russian intelligence officer, who would take them to an adjacent building. Within hours, Dr. Rodchenkov said, the bottles were returned to the storage room, their caps unlocked.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Rio 2016 Oympics a farce

Olympic legend Michael Phelps




It could be argued that the 2016 Rio Olympics is a farce, ruined by the IOC's inability to successfully weed out the drug cheats and instead of banning them, allowing them to compete. 

Michael Phelps said "It breaks what sport is meant to be and that's what pisses me off."



Mack Horton and Lilly King



Australia's Mack Horton has been hounded on social media by Chinese fans of swimmer Sun Yang after calling him a drug cheat. China was not pleased.

But how can they complain when it's a known fact that Sun served a three month ban after testing positive for trimetazidine, a stimulant added to the banned list in 2014.

The Chinese say he had taken the drug to treat an existing heart problem but French swimmer Camille Lacourt said yesterday that Sun "pisses purple."

Michael Phelps got involved after his young team-mate Lilly King beat the world champion Russian Yulia Efimova who served a 16 month steroid ban and this year tested positive for meldonium, the drug Maria Sharapova was banned over.

Phelps said it was sad that athletes testing positive twice were still allowed to compete. "I wish somebody would do something about it" he said.

And so do we.  The IOC told us that all Russian athletes who had a squeaky clean drug free background would get to compete so what happened?

If nothing else, the Rio games have embarrassed Russia and China, the two countries who still hold the misguided view that they have to win, no matter what.