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 War crimes: ADF bureaucracy is an abject disgrace!

23.02.21.  There is no outfit in the world of public administration which is “more guilty of cover-ups” than the whole Defence bureaucracy, according to Sky News host Alan Jones. “The Morrison government and the Defence top bras should bow their heads in abject disgrace,” Mr Jones said. “Long before the Brereton report was released on November 19, men who served in Afghanistan were being collared, interrogated, humiliated and mentally destroyed by Defence heavyweights from Brereton down. “It started as early as March last year, and I have spent time with one of these families.” Mr Jones spoke with the wife of one those veterans, who detailed the “immoral” treatment of her husband and the difficult effects it has had on their family. “I’m devastated that a man who has given over 22 years of his life for a country that he absolutely adores can have their back turned on them like this,” she said. “Unfortunately this is just one of many horrendous stories that we have.”

Source: Sky News

{ 16 comments… add one }
  • Muphin 23/02/2021, 5:32 am

    Seems to me that it is taboo for a soldier to kill or wound the enemy!!

    • John 23/02/2021, 7:44 am

      But not taboo for bureaucrats to kill or wound our soldiers.

  • Disgruntled 23/02/2021, 7:44 am

    Saw this last night and I was very disgusted; In fact I had a somewhat broken sleep thinking about it all; I am thoroughly ashamed to be Australian. that help was denied the soldier is unbelievable and really it is past the time for heads to roll; and roll very far.

    I think it is fair to say THE GOVT. HAS BLOOD ON IT’S HANDS!

    • Lorraine 23/02/2021, 8:00 am

      I was also very disturbed by the report from Alan Jones show, that our Government could do ,to our soldiers, what they have done, is criminal. Many should lose what ever work or power they have in the Government and that the Minister Linda Reynolds ,cared not to answer or speak to this lady is a disgrace……I once admired her, that admiration was my mistake, she has made many errors now being aired.

  • Penguinite 23/02/2021, 8:56 am

    Email to PM Morrison
    Subject: Brereton!
    Comment: We were and continue to be very disturbed by the report on Alan Jones show last night!. That our Government could do, to our soldiers, what they have been subjected to. It is utterly disgraceful! It is criminal. The Minister of Defence, Linda Reynolds and Senior Members of The ADF must be sacked! They cared so little for this brave soldier and his wife and children without any proof but continued to condone the unlawful intimidation of them and many unnamed others, aided and abetted by ‘Our ABC’. Surely this must fall into the cruel and unusual punishment’ category? Even POW’s get better treatment. We are especially saddened to learn that an Australian PM who professes to be a Christian, appears to have known about the Breton Report and its potentially damaging contents several months prior to its release and facilitated a change in legislation that allowed for the removal of a Group Medal. Prejudgement is not a good look!

  • crankykoala 23/02/2021, 9:53 am

    “Brutal Truth” – two words uttered by our PM in response to the Brereton report. Yes, the “brutal truth” is being uncovered thanks to people like Alan Jones. It is absolutely disgraceful, disgusting how our elite servicemen (yes, MEN) are being pursued for doing a job politicians, defence brass (who have not seen active service) despatched them to do.

  • PaulM 23/02/2021, 10:48 am

    As a returned National Serviceman from the Vietnam war I have a small insight into what these present day veterans are dealing with. On the whole I have no personal complaints and have only had to deal with the silence. As NS veterans we only had one tour although it was a long 12 months. Some present veterans have done incredibly over TEN deployments. Reading Harry Moffitt’s “Eleven Bats” has also given me more insight into this saga.

    I don’t understand why we have not learnt from previous wars, what war is all about and how to deal with returned soldiers. Or is there something else going on? I believe so. For many many years the west, including Australia, has been or rather is being warped by external and internal forces. I guess you all know what these forces are.

    It is great to see some light at the end of the tunnel, such as Heston Russell’s “Voice of a Veteran”. We need more light and it also must include some from the top – eventually.

  • JK. 23/02/2021, 11:47 am

    It must be remembered that this has been going on since time immemorial, as far as the treatment of those who fight in wars , you are nothing but cannon fodder to those incharge, all the rest is just patriotic nonsence for the sheeples to consume.

    • PaulM 23/02/2021, 11:59 am

      So do we call those who fought against the Hitler mob in WW2 just “cannon fodder” ?

  • JK. 23/02/2021, 12:08 pm

    PaulM ofcoarse they were, and from both sides, you dont honestly think the ordinary man wanted a war, wars are manufactured for profit they are rackets.

    • PaulM 23/02/2021, 12:57 pm

      I don’t have the stamina to continue this debate. However as a parting comment – I and my mates hated war, however if it requires it in order to continue living a comfortable Australian life, there may be no other option. Maybe you will have a better option.

  • JK. 23/02/2021, 2:12 pm

    Yes the better option is to keep out of wars fought on behalf of other countries, Do you think you live a more comfortable life in Australia by attacking the boers in Africa on behalf of the Brittish, or perhaps a better life by attacking the Turks on behalf of the Brittish, or perhaps attacking the Vietnamese on behalf of the Yanks? wake up, we get involved in these wars for the profits of bankers and arms manufacturers drug dealers like the CIA in Afganistan and oil barrons in the middle east, Nothing is done for so called democracy or freedom, only for $$$$$.

    • Tamworth 23/02/2021, 2:30 pm

      You are the one to wake up, JK.
      We are dealing here with a sickening injustice to a single human being and his wife. and you want to go on a general rant about wars being fought by ‘bankers’ etc.
      Take yourself off to Crikey, or Tass, they are more in their line.

  • Cotter Pin 23/02/2021, 2:40 pm

    From Wikipedia.
    Brereton enlisted in the Australian Army Reserve in 1975 and was commissioned into the Royal Australian Infantry Corps in 1979. From 1977 until 1997 he was also Training Officer of the Knox Grammar School Cadet Unit.[2] His senior appointments have included Second-in-command of Sydney University Regiment (1994–96), Commanding Officer of the 4th/3rd Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment (1997–99), and as an instructor at the Australian Command and Staff College (2000–01). He was subsequently Colonel, Reserve Policy (2003–04) and then Chief of Staff, 5th Brigade (2005–06), for which service he was awarded a Land Commander’s commendation. On 1 January 2007 he was promoted brigadier and posted as Assistant Chief of Staff, Land Headquarters, and on 1 January 2008, assumed his posting as commander 5th Brigade. Brereton was promoted major general and served as Head of the Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division from 2010 to 2014.

    So, 20 years part time training cadets, then, after other appointments, made Head of the Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division for four years.
    Wow.

  • JK. 23/02/2021, 2:53 pm

    NO, Tamworth, we are not dealing with sickening injustice to one human being, it’s an injustice to all of those involved in this disgracefull affair, and it only goes to point out what I say about being used and then forgotten when it suits those that want to cover their own arses when it’s all over and the want to throw the ones left over on the scrap heap , my family’s been there I’ve seen it.

    • Tamworth 23/02/2021, 3:12 pm

      Sure, JK, sure.
      Jones didn’t even hint at banks and oil barons, and neither did she.
      The theme was the top brass of the ADF, and it’s just a distraction for you to give a lecture on the root causes of war; and point to the Boer War and the CIA. It takes the focus of the immediate problem when you tell us that.
      Do you make your speech at funeral services? Or on Anzac Day?
      When up to your arse in crocodiles, it’s no time to complain about who should have drained the swamp.

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