CORONAVIRUS was funded and patented by Wellcome Trust (UK, fake sold to GlaxoSmithKline), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, DARPA, DEFRA (UK), World Health Organization, European Commission (EU) via THE PINBRIGHT INSTUTUTE (UK)
U.S. Pat. No. 10,130,701. (Nov. 20, 2018). CORONAVIRUS. Assignee: THE PIRBRIGHT INSTITUTE (Woking, Pirbright, Great Britain), funded by Wellcome Trust, DARPA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, EU. U.S. Patent Office.
For our regular readers, remember that Burroughs Wellcome & Co. bankrolled the First Imperial Press Conference, 1909 and Empire Press Union with British MI6, MI5 and GC&CS (renamed GCHQ in 1946) formed a month later. Burroughs Wellcome & Co. supplied medical kits full of experimental vaccines to the British 2nd Boer War that killed over 60,000 blacks and whites in the world’s first modern concentration camp vaccine experiments.
SeeAFI. (Oct. 24, 2019). The 200-year Information War: The UK-U.S. Pilgrims Society controls the Press that directs intelligence (spy-lies) to bend words and culture to atheistic social fascism. Americans for Innovation.
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And, pray for these lost souls and the souls of their innocent victims.
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This question applies to everyone, inclusive of those watching and ultimately a future for their children being watched and grandchildren having no privacy.
These days I always notice the cameras in lights. I am aware of the monitoring of Smart Meters. I am conscious of cyber security used as a means of accessing people’s data and breaching privacy and justifying this intrusion by utilizing threats as bonifide reasons. I am conscious of mass data gathering and I see it as a much greater threat than the cold war or nuclear postures.
I am monitoring government and business who may not be holding the public interest above all interests. I am in service to humanity.
This video is on Edward Snowden who has risked his life to expose criminality and breaches of civilians privacy and indeed security.
My concern is the lack of empathy, human wellbeing and basic respect of a human’s right to privacy and safety through anonymity.
In the public interest. The surveillance of the public is breaching the line of control. We the People do not want to live in a Surveillance State where the public or democracy becomes the enemy of the state. This is the deeper question of State.
I just had a conversation with a security guard. Both of us talked about privacy. I said to him I can’t be sure this is private as I talk in front of the computer. I said I want to feel I live in a world when I go home I am not recorded, profiled or targeted. There is bravery in speaking up or claiming democracy which should be a right rather than a courageous act. We spoke of Assange and the courage he had to reveal corruption. Where was the public jumping up in outrage at illegal surveillance. So the mirror turns not only on those illegally surveilling, gathering intelligence for their interests but also the mirror is on the community who say nothing. This gives tacit consent to those who are committing crimes. We both were shocked that the 911 Twin Towers revelations of an inside job has not seen arrests at the highest levels. Even our own Prime Minister removed and the interests behind the scenes get away with treason with impunity, as if there is one law for them and one for the rest of us.
The truth matter, integrity matters and to set standards in the world community that ensure the health and safety of billions of people. We have to deeply explore this state of corruption, as it is the mirror of who we are becoming. To look with great integrity into the face of a crumbling system that has lost its way as greed became god and truth became what you can get away with or spin. Truth I felt many years ago is alive within us. I believe Gandhi was right to say that ‘God is truth’ and ‘truth is God’, whatever you believe this higher intelligence to be. When you align with it, you will speak the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God. Life silently responds. These revelations are part of a mass awakening caused by mass surveillance. Our world is transforming as we all get to choose.
I just had the inspiration ‘what you do to another returns to the self’. There are no enemies only unquestioned thoughts. So surveilling so called foreigners (could be us Australians) is the same as surveilling domestic citizens. If you ask the citizens what they want, they would all say in a chorus, privacy, as would the ones surveilling. It is necessary to be able to have your own thoughts, your own discussions and activities behind closed doors without someone spying through cameras, computers, sensors, smart meters, NBN’s, iPhones and so on. This is most definitely a line drawn in the sand. Privatisation is the next frontier of unaccountability in domestic markets as foreigners can own these telecommunications, gather data for profit and be unaccountable in that country. It is very concerning.
Below is another perspective in respect of Whistleblowers.
MONTGOMERY, ‘THE HAMMER’ SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM WHISTLEBLOWER, BECAME THE DEEP STATE’S ENEMY NUMBER ONE AFTER EXPOSING THE TRUTH
May 22, 2019
By Mary Fanning and Alan Jones | May 22, 2019
Remember, do not kill a mockingbird. When a whistleblower is singing for America’s protection, we embrace and celebrate him.
Inventor and software designer Dennis Montgomery, a CIA/DOD/DHS/NSA/FBI contractor-turned-whistleblower, alerted FBI Director James Comey’s office in 2015 that President Obama’s CIA Director John Brennan and Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper had turned the super-surveillance system that Montgomery designed for foreign surveillance, known as THE HAMMER, into a domestic surveillance system.
Montgomery became alarmed when Obama and his intelligence chiefs Brennan and Clapper turned the super-surveillance system against the American people.
Montgomery asserts that Obama, Brennan, and Clapper used THE HAMMER in a diabolically intrusive manner in order to spy on the American people and collect massive amounts of surveillance data for “leverage” and “blackmail.”
THE HAMMER was only to be used for foreign surveillance, not to be weaponized for domestic surveillance against the American people, according to Montgomery and to U.S. military sources.
According to those U.S. military sources, Montgomery’s surveillance technology not only saved American lives as America’s “War on Terror” broadened, but also featured built-in safeguards to prevent the system from ever being used for domestic surveillance.
“Multiple echelons” of government, including the FISA court, had to sign off on each and every foreign surveillance operation conducted with the use of THE HAMMER, those sources say.
Montgomery claims that Brennan and Clapper used the super-surveillance system Montgomery designed to spy on Article III federal judges, including the onetime head of the FISA court Judge Reggie Walton, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court John Roberts.
Montgomery’s revelations about his super-surveillance system THE HAMMER call into question Chief Justice Robert’s strange and inexplicable 2012 decision that stood in direct opposition to his own stated legal argument. At the eleventh hour, Roberts flipped and supported the individual mandate for President Obama’s highly unpopular Affordable Care Act.
Montgomery, who is constrained by non-disclosure agreements, has spoken about the system but has not publicly identified the system by name. The secretly-recorded “Whistleblower Tapes” identify the name of the system as “THE HAMMER,” as we first reported in our March 17, 2017 exclusive exposé. The March 2017 WikiLeaks CIA Vault 7 document dump confirms the name of the system as THE HAMMER (HAMR).
Military sources, we can now report exclusively, confirm the existence of the super-surveillance system known as THE HAMMER. Those sources caution that the super-surveillance system was only to be used for foreign surveillance.
In August 2015, Montgomery turned over to FBI General Counsel James Baker, who represented the office of FBI Director Comey, physical evidence, in the form of 47 computer hard drives containing 600 million pages of documents.
Montgomery maintains that the data on the hard drives prove the existence of THE HAMMER and prove that Brennan and Clapper engaged in illegal domestic surveillance, despite the existence of safeguards that were already in place.
In August 19, 2015, Montgomery turned over the hard drives under two immunity agreements struck with the U.S. Department of Justice. The 600 million pages of documents stored on those hard drives, when stacked one upon another, would measure a stunning thirty miles high, says Montgomery.
The FBI provided Montgomery with a detailed receipt for the 47 hard drives, including handwritten descriptions of each and every hard drive.
FBI Director Jim Comey took Montgomery’s evidence and buried it.
Montgomery’s claim that Obama, Brennan, and Clapper illegally spied on millions of Americans is by itself explosive.
Montgomery’s identification, by name, of one particular U.S. citizen that Montgomery insists was under constant surveillance “for years” by Obama, Brennan, and Clapper via THE HAMMER has led Obama’s inner circle to take desperate measures.
The name of that U.S. citizen targeted by THE HAMMER is Donald J. Trump.
The Whistleblower Tapes released by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow reveal that Donald Trump was wiretapped a “zillion times.”
The CIA feared Trump, maintains Montgomery.
Donald Trump and his late father Fred Trump are both known for their lifelong aversion to communism.
President Obama’s CIA Director, admitted communist John Brennan, feared Trump.
As we previously reported, Brennan and Comey both affirmed their belief in communism.
We noted in our May 12, 2019 exlusive exposé connecting “THE HAMMER” to FBI Director Comey’s launch of the Trump Russia Collusion investigation that John Brennan admitted during his initial CIA polygraph test that he voted for Communist Party USA (CPUSA) candidate Gus Hall in the 1976 presidential election.
Comey, we simultaneously reported, told New York Magazine “I’d moved from Communist to whatever I am now.”
Frank Marshall Davis, President Barack Obama’s mentor during Obama’s formative years in Hawaii, was a card-carrying Communist Party USA member (CPUSA member #47544) and suspected KGB agent who was listed on the FBI’s Security Index, Davis’s lengthy FBI file reveals. According to Paul Kengor, “Davis hailed Joe Stalin’s state for its alleged freedom and democracy.”
Stalin could only have dreamed of a Soviet surveillance system with capabilities approaching those of THE HAMMER. Russian historian Alexander Solzhenitsyn says that Stalin murdered 60 million of his own countrymen during his reign of terror.
With THE HAMMER, Brennan, Clapper, and Obama were implementing a political system — communism — that is antithetical to America’s system of justice and to the U.S. Constitution.
Under the U.S. Constitution, the purpose of American government is to secure the rights of each American to life, liberty, and private property.
Brennan, Clapper, and Obama illegally used THE HAMMER as a technological instrument of tyranny in order to take away Americans’ inalienable rights as outlined under the U.S. Constitution.
These conspirators transformed a high technology tool designed to protect the American people from foreign threats into a tool of tyranny.
During a 2017 radio interview with his attorney Larry Klayman, Montgomery explained:
I provided to the FBI seventeen businesses of Donald Trump, including the Trump Tower, the Trump leasing programs, all of these different programs, and including Trump himself and the various family members that had been wiretapped under these programs. There has been a wiretap on Trump for years…
…I was a CIA contractor both under John Brennan and under James Clapper and these individuals were running domestic surveillance programs in the United States collecting information on Americans…they collected everything they could find. Bank accounts, phone numbers, chats, emails, and they collected a massive amount of it under the Obama administration.
According to sources, Comey was the general counsel and senior vice president of Lockheed Martin when Montgomery was paid $8,000 to use a supercomputer at a Lockheed facility in the Los Angeles area to collate the tranche of data harvested by The Hammer into individual files for each of the individuals being targeted.
“The proof of Donald Trump being wiretapped is in the documents that were handed over to the FBI” Attorney Klayman told reporter Fanning.
Brennan and Clapper covertly operated THE HAMMER out of a U.S. government facility in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Fort Washington, Maryland, according to the secretly-recorded audio tapes released by a U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow in 2015.
From September 13, 2001 until June 2006, Clapper was the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), known until 2003 as the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA). Clapper’s previous post as NGA director is an important detail because NGA is known to operate out of Fort Washington.
Obama and his henchmen were using THE HAMMER to create a tyrannical police state in America worthy of the East German Stasi or Hitler’s Gestapo.
According to Montgomery, the FBI, under Director Robert Mueller’s leadership, provided the computers for THE HAMMER super-surveillance system.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia collusion investigation entirely cleared President Donald Trump of collusion with the Russians.
Regardless of the evidence and the $35 million dollar two-year investigation, many, including John Brennan and James Clapper and, according to Democrats’ spin, Robert Mueller himself, continue to smear and characterize President Trump as guilty of collusion and treason.
THE HAMMER Was Ground Zero Of the Trump Russia Collusion Hoax; Obama Administration Insiders Are Panicking
As Department of Justice investigators begin the hunt for the true origins of the Russia collusion investigation, Democrat insiders are beginning to unravel. Blood is in the water. And it is their own.
Brennan, Clapper, and Comey are maintaining and even ramping up their relentless tempo of frenetic television appearances as they struggle to keep their stories straight. The conspirators are turning on one another.
Many of these insiders appear to be well aware of THE HAMMER and of the Obama administration’s illegal surveillance of Donald Trump.
Evelyn Farkas, a former Obama administration Defense Department official and Russia specialist, blurted out during a March 2, 2017 television appearance on MSNBC “the Trump folks if they found out how we knew what we knew about the Trump staff dealing with Russians that they would try to compromise the sources and methods meaning that we would no longer have access to that intelligence.”
The unravelling of the Russia collusion scheme and the coup d’etat will lead to the trial of the century that will make the Rosenbergs look like small-time crooks.
Our May 12, 2019 exclusive feature investigation “Comey Launched Trump Russia Investigation Day After General Exposed ‘The Hammer’” first identified THE HAMMER as ground zero of the Trump Russia collusion investigation.
The Russia Collusion investigation was a coup launched in response to the exposure of THE HAMMER.
When two four-star flag officers of sterling reputation brought THE HAMMER to America’s airwaves the Deep State panicked.
U.S. Air Force General Thomas McInerney (Ret.), U.S. Navy Admiral James A. “Ace” Lyons (Ret.), and Dr. Dave Janda, during the March 19, 2017 broadcast of Janda’s “Operation Freedom” terrestrial radio program, dared to bring the truth to the American people.
Within a matter of hours, the Deep State jumped into action.
FBI Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division Peter Strzok and his supposed paramour, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, exchanged a cryptic, indeed coded, text message on Sunday, March 19, 2017, twenty-six minutes after retired U.S. Air Force Four Star General Thomas McInerney read our exclusive “Whistleblower Tapes” exposé over America’s airwaves, revealing “The Hammer”…
…Late that Sunday evening, just hours after General McInerney’s radio appearance, Strzok and Page exchanged a text message that explicitly referenced Dennis Montgomery and Montgomery’s attorney Larry E. Klayman.
General McInerney appeared on Dr. Dave Janda’s “Operation Freedom” that broadcasts from terrestrial radio station WAAM 1600.
The next morning, the Russian Collusion investigation was born.
Early the following morning, Monday, March 20, 2017, FBI Director Jim Comey announced before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that the FBI Counterintelligence Division, where Strzok served as Deputy Assistant Director, was investigating Trump’s connections to the Kremlin, and that the FBI had “no information” to support Trump’s tweet claiming that President Obama wiretapped Trump.
Montgomery’s Journey From Computer Genius To Enemy Of The Deep State
Dennis Montgomery was celebrated and hailed from many quarters as a “computer genius.”
Montgomery was later reduced from whistleblower to enemy number one of the Deep State, with purpose and forethought. Those holding and abusing positions of power within the intelligence community who had previously hired Dennis Montgomery as a national security contractor for classified projects could not afford to have him expose their duplicitous and treasonous actions.
“IT IS NOT THE FACTS THAT MATTER, IT IS THE PERCEPTION”
Montgomery claims that the FBI buried its investigation into his federal whistleblower claims about illegal domestic surveillance and that U.S. intelligence agencies, several years earlier, attempted to destroy his reputation.
According to Montgomery, the same intelligence agencies, after they had finished smearing his reputation, quietly rehired him.
In 2011, James Risen and Eric Lichtblau authored a New York Times article in which they painted Montgomery as a fraud, citing CIA sources.
In 2016, Montgomery sued Risen and the publisher of Risen’s book Pay any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War for defamation over a chapter that portrayed Montgomery’s work for the U.S. government as a hoax.
Lichtblau has been exposed. Lichtblau, who was working as CNN editor, and two other reporters resigned from CNN in June 2017 after CNN retracted their discredited story linking the Trump transition team to a Russian investment fund. Only two months earlier, CNN had recruited Lichtblau to its investigative unit.
They [the intelligence agencies] leaked false information about me in 2009 and 2011 to the press to discredit me in case their domestic surveillance programs ever became public. Somebody leaked my name to [New York Times reporter James Risen] saying that my work for the government didn’t work and so forth, which is ridiculous.
My work saved lives…he knew that I could not respond to his [Risen’s] articles because I was under U.S. protective gag order on me saying I could not respond to anything, and I had the state secrets privilege filed against me that if I would have violated I would have been charged with treason under the U.S. Espionage Act…
…Stroke or no stroke, I am going to expose the CIA and NSA misdeeds until the American people know the truth. I have put my family for years at great risk by coming forward. This is my last stand for America.
‘THE HAMMER’ TIMELINE
U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow releases the “Whistleblower Tapes.”
August 19, 2015
Dennis Montgomery, under a limited immunity agreement, turns over to Comey’s FBI 47 hard drives that he says prove the existence of Brennan’s and Clapper’s super surveillance system.
March 4, 2017
President Trump tweets that Obama wiretapped him.
March 7, 2017
WikiLeaks dumps CIA Vault 7, confirming the existence of The Hammer (HAMR).
This video discusses interviews Professor Richard Spence who discusses Aleister Crowley and British Intelligence.
Aleister Crowley could be described as a dark Wizard who spent his life exploring ritual sex magic and authored many books. I believe his work is the basis to the paedophilia cult. This cult is desirous of power through blood sacrifice, child abuse and a range of really frightening practices designed to enhance power.
The key question here is why would the British Government employ a person who is involved in black magic (mass), child ritual abuse, sex magic and engaged in dark behaviours. It raises questions about intelligence agencies and the pursuit of power through dark means. Moreover, it can be used to blackmail those in high positions as an intelligence technique, skeletons in the cupboard so to speak.
He also worked for the US Government.
The core problem is the pursuit of power and the disconnection from our humanity that happens in that focus. The challenge is to show people a way out of darkness, that the real power was never in the dark arts and those who charismatically inspired others were the real conjurers, it was illusionary power.
Professor Spence focuses on the intelligence side where there are parallels in respect of brotherhoods and a lawless reality where we are witnessing more information emerging about the deep state, black operations and very dark behaviour paid for by the public without oversight due to security clearances. The public would not agree to this use of their money. In fact they would be horrified.
I spoke with a lawyer and recall him telling me that he left the law as he saw people get off on a technicality. This came straight to me in the Pell verdict today came down. I have been having a feeling to look for this outcome as my intuition told me he would get off at this time of lockdown. The outcome confirmed what I feel intuitively.
Many will be frustrated that they cannot protest outside the court but ultimately it is God that witnesses all of us. We live in glass houses spiritually speaking. The truth sets all free eventually, as I saw written outside Gandhi’s ashram in Ahmedabad. That is my feeling in this case. This is not the end of the matter. This is the beginning.
I feel for the boys (now men, one passed away) and their families. I send them love.
I searched for them and found:
‘One succumbed in 2014 to the heroin addiction that overwhelmed him from the age of 14 — the year after the event that changed their lives. He was only 31 when he died. The other choirboy remained silent about what GeorgePell did to them until his friend’s death.’
I send George Pell love as that is the only healing in this world that will truly awaken him in realisation of God as love as a real phenomenon. To win is to lose is my feeling.
I wrote poetry about justice as I had my own deep inquiry when I experienced injustice first hand. Refer ‘Justice of the Peace’ https://ha.worldpeacefull.com/public-interest-poetry/
Justice is about impartiality and its power is empowered under God not the Queen, she is empowered under God allegedly.
Today courts are businesses who are in my view losing the trust of the public. The majority of cases are to do with sexual abuse.
This decision impacts Catholicism as Catholics are well aware pedophilia is occurring in the Catholic church and there are pedophile rings alleged at the highest levels.
Fiona Barnett is a survivor from child ritual abuse and it is evident her voice as a witness is ignored as she has never had justice in her case. Her website reveals the following documentary where you can see and hear Fiona, she appears credible and it is evident she feels strongly. Click on link.
Below is Fiona’s view of George Pell as she is a witness. Her view is largely unreported in the Australian media.
AUSTRALIA IS RUN BY LUCIFERIAN PEDOPHILES!
During the past few days, the mainstream media have revealed that the Australian government covered up the conviction of Cardinal GEORGE PELL for two historical counts of pedophilia. That’s not all. The first attempt to convict him resulted in a hung jury. That was not reported either. Then a judge banned police prosecutors from using crucial evidence that Pell sexually assaulted two boys in a school swimming pool in the 1970s, which forced the DPP to drop the charges. Further, the Victorian police have refused to take witness statements from other George Pell victims including Dean Henry.
Victims of organised child sex trafficking and ritual abuse like myself are bloody angry! How dare the Australian government deprive other George Pell victims of the chance to heal just a bit, by realising their horrific memories are TRUE? And that their memories have been VALIDATED by a court conviction against a Luciferian pedophile?
You heard right, Luciferian. George Pell is not just a pedophile. He is a Luciferian who ritually abused multiple children. Cardinal George Pell ritually abused James Shanahan. Further, Pell was in the audience during the Luciferian ritual I attended at St Mary’s Cathedral when I was 14 years old, and which I described in my Candy Girl amateur documentary.
The federal Child Abuse Royal Commission were supplied with multiple witness accounts of George Pell’s Luciferian ritual crimes against children. And when I say the work ‘ritual’, I mean as employed by the Australian Prime minister in his apology to our country’s numerous victims of organised child sex abuse. But this has been covered up by the Australian government also.
The Royal Commission poorly cross-examined George Pell regarding his cover-up of priests raping children in Victoria. Knowing the cardinal had himself raped multiple kids, and that there were outstanding allegations being investigated by reluctant police (aka ‘The Catholic Mafia’), the Royal Commission allowed Pell to leave Australia and risked his never returning to face the charges he was just convicted of.
Remarkably, Cardinal George Pell signed a letter agreeing to the fact that James witnessed two Melbourne priests ritually murder a 5-year-old girl on an altar. James’ story was published in the Melbourne Age newspaper in 2005. Why isn’t the Australian mainstream media focusing on George Pell’s letter and spectacular admission?!
One of the priests whom Cardinal George Pell admitted ritually abused James, Father Thomas O’Keefe, also bludgeoned Maria James to death, to cover up his pedophile rape of Maria’s disabled son. This crime was also covered up by the Australian government. The ABC ‘Trace‘ series hosted by Rachel Brown only touched on the true nature of the murder of Maria James. Rachel Brown ignored James Shanahan’s evidence concerning the ritual nature of the case, and key evidence hidden by the ‘Catholic Mafia’, aka Victorian state police.
People ask me why they never see evidence of VIP pedophilia and Luciferian ritual abuse in Australia. Well here’s why! We are watching the Australian government bury the crimes of one of Australia’s most famous VIP pedophiles, and one of the most senior members of the Luciferian pedophile child trafficking organisation known as the Vatican.
How is anyone in Australia supposed to know if there is a suppression order, or whether a court case is finished, or if another is starting – when the public are completely uninformed and are not being told anything in our press? All else is rumour and fake news, right?
Here is the judgment summary from the High Court of Australia.
Pell v The Queen —  HCA 12
Today, the High Court granted special leave to appeal against a decision of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria and unanimously allowed the appeal.
The High Court found that the jury, acting rationally on the whole of the evidence, ought to have entertained a doubt as to the applicant’s guilt with respect to each of the offences for which he was convicted, and ordered that the convictions be quashed and that verdicts of acquittal be entered in their place.
On 11 December 2018, following a trial by jury in the County Court of Victoria, the applicant, who was Archbishop of Melbourne at the time of the alleged offending, was convicted of one charge of sexual penetration of a child under 16 years and four charges of committing an act of indecency with or in the presence of a child under the age of 16 years.
This was the second trial of these charges, the jury at the first trial having been unable to agree on its verdicts.
The prosecution case, as it was left to the jury, alleged that the offending occurred on two separate occasions, the first on 15 or 22 December 1996 and the second on 23 February 1997.
The incidents were alleged to have occurred in and near the priests’ sacristy at St Patrick’s Cathedral in East Melbourne, following the celebration of Sunday solemn Mass.
The victims of the alleged offending were two Cathedral choirboys aged 13 years at the time of the events.
The applicant sought leave to appeal against his convictions before the Court of Appeal. On 21 August 2019 the Court of Appeal granted leave on a single ground, which contended that the verdicts were unreasonable or could not be supported by the evidence, and dismissed the appeal.
The Court of Appeal viewed video-recordings of a number of witnesses’ testimony, including that of the complainant.
The majority, Ferguson CJ and Maxwell P, assessed the complainant to be a compelling witness.
Their Honours went on to consider the evidence of a number of “opportunity witnesses”, who had described the movements of the applicant and others following the conclusion of Sunday solemn Mass in a way that was inconsistent with the complainant’s account.
Their Honours found that no witness could say with certainty that these routines and practices were never departed from and concluded that the jury had not been compelled to entertain a reasonable doubt as to the applicant’s guilt.
Weinberg JA dissented, concluding that, by reason of the unchallenged evidence of the opportunity witnesses, the jury, acting rationally on the whole of the evidence, ought to have had a reasonable doubt.
On 17 September 2019, the applicant applied to the High Court for special leave to appeal from the Court of Appeal’s decision on two grounds.
On 13 November 2019, Gordon and Edelman JJ referred the application for special leave to a Full Court of the High Court for argument as on an appeal.
The application was heard by the High Court on 11 and 12 March 2020.
The High Court considered that, while the Court of Appeal majority assessed the evidence of the opportunity witnesses as leaving open the possibility that the complainant’s account was correct, their Honours’ analysis failed to engage with the question of whether there remained a reasonable possibility that the offending had not taken place, such that there ought to have been a reasonable doubt as to the applicant’s guilt.
The unchallenged evidence of the opportunity witnesses was inconsistent with the complainant’s account, and described: (i) the applicant’s practice of greeting congregants on or near the Cathedral steps after Sunday solemn Mass; (ii) the established and historical Catholic church practice that required that the applicant, as an archbishop, always be accompanied when robed in the Cathedral; and (iii) the continuous traffic in and out of the priests’ sacristy for ten to 15 minutes after the conclusion of the procession that ended Sunday solemn Mass.
The Court held that, on the assumption that the jury had assessed the complainant’s evidence as thoroughly credible and reliable, the evidence of the opportunity witnesses nonetheless required the jury, acting rationally, to have entertained a reasonable doubt as to the applicant’s guilt in relation to the offences involved in both alleged incidents.
With respect to each of the applicant’s convictions, there was, consistently with the words the Court used in Chidiac v The Queen (1991) 171 CLR 432 at 444 and M v The Queen (1994) 181 CLR 487 at 494, “a significant possibility that an innocent person has been convicted because the evidence did not establish guilt to the requisite standard of proof”.