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Totalitarianism, Targeting of Civilians and Gandhi

This is a reminder to those who believe in targeting of civilians as justifiable under doctrines of rules of engagement, sedition, laws that restrict freedoms and rising totalitarianism.

Gandhi and India’s experience of totalitarianism was felt most harshly through the British Empire.  This was touted as a democratic system.  When totalitarianism replaces democratic rights then the people are in danger of becoming targets.  Propaganda can demonise anyone as a ‘terrorist’, ‘provocateur’, ‘dissident’ or whatever label is chosen.  Bullying uses labels to demonise and undermine the other party as the ‘evil other’.  It is a tactic to make wrong the other and open up acceptance to harm that other.  It may state they are inferior, terrorists, dangerous, law breakers (criminalised) as a means of creating an enemy to place them on the defensive rather than solving the problem as is understood in conflict resolution.  When power is no longer representative of the people it becomes the weapon of those who wish to retain power, it becomes total when they want all consuming power without any counterveiling viewpoints as this is viewed as a ‘threat’ rather than an opponent who will show them to themselves.  Always the one critical is a teacher, you can look within for true or untrue but always they assist in the expansion of consciousness.  That is why we have opposition as it moves us towards unity in truth.

This scene out of Richard Attenborough’s movie ‘Gandhi’ is about the Jallianwala Bagh massacre which was an example of targeting of civilians by the military under the guise that disobedience (self rule) was an enemy of the state (Britain) and it was believed that ‘zero tolerance’ was the way to ensure there was no rebellion no matter the harsh conditions many Indian’s lived under.

General Dwyer the soldier who ordered the massacre is interviewed by a panel in the end, it is very noteworthy as it shows how blind totalitarianism is.  Beware of voices that are a wolf in sheeps clothing – promising progress, advancement 

The message from this time is for India as well given the situation in Kashmir.  There are real lessons to be learned about what democracy looks like and how we treat those who are different from us.  Yet when pain is felt it is felt the same by any person no matter colour, creed, religion and culture.  

I spoke about this in my latest video as it felt important.  If we want democracy we must speak up and ensure that all parties are heard, that we find peaceful pathways to resolve conflict between those in power and civilians.

Whistle-Blower McBride States Government Acting as a Totalitarian

In the public interest, courtesy of the Guardian.

I don’t think the government is acting. The suppression of the truth is perverting the course of justice, in my view.

A notable extract from below:

Boyle, the ATO whistleblower, similarly made an internal disclosure under the Public Interest Disclosure (PID) Act to the ATO. His complaint was investigated and dismissed, according to the ABC and the Nine Entertainment newspapers. Boyle then went public.

There are attempts to have people complain internally to ensure no public scrutiny, but if they are not able to act neutrally or seek to protect themselves then inevitably if the problem is not resolved, it escalates.  The lack of values is a core issue.  It is all very well to have mission statements and assert publicly the organisation has values but not act on it due to interference or fear. 

The issue in my own experience is reporting suspected corruption to regulators to be told the complaint is dismissed or not even investigated when evidence is available.  I perceive this practice is widespread and deeply problematic. There are other questions around underfunding regulators so that complaints are delayed.

Whistleblower protections ‘a sham’, says lawyer whose leaks led to ABC raids

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David McBride, who leaked information on special forces, says government is acting like a ‘totalitarian regime’

Leaks from whistleblower David McBride prompted this week’s raids on the ABC
 Leaks from whistleblower David McBride prompted this week’s raids on the ABC Photograph: Alexandra Back/Fairfax Media

The military lawyer whose leaks prompted this week’s police raids on the ABC has criticised Australia’s whistleblower protections as a “sham”, saying the government is acting like a “totalitarian regime” to shield itself from criticism.

David McBride is facing lengthy jail time for providing documents to the public broadcaster on the conduct of special forces in Afghanistan, which prompted the Wednesday raids.

McBride is far from alone in his plight. Witness K and Bernard Collaery, who revealed Australia’s unlawful 2004 spy operation against Timor-Leste, are facing two years behind bars for their actions, and the Australian Taxation Office whistleblower, Richard Boyle, is facing a lengthy jail sentence for exposing aggressive debt collection tactics that were destroying the lives of vulnerable taxpayers.

In all three cases, the whistleblowers went through the appropriate steps to raise their concerns internally within government, before frustration at inaction led them into going public. They believed doing so would help afford them protections under Australia’s whistleblower regime.

“I made an internal complaint, I even went to the police first, I invoked whistleblower protections,” McBride told Guardian Australia.

“It’s all a sham.”

McBride said the inaction on his complaints led him to the ABC.

The lawyer says he was simply acting on his duty to report illegal conduct, and only wanted to protect Australia’s interest.

“I think it says everything about the problem today that if you describe my situation without saying my nationality, you would think we were talking about China or Russia,” McBride said.

“The idea that someone who basically suggested something was going wrong from within an organisation … is put in jail forever as a spy, that’s what totalitarian regimes do.

“There’s no suggestion that I’m actually damaging national security. I think the government is damaging national security, and yet they’re treating me as if I’m a terrorist.”

McBride’s comments again raise concerns about the ability of whistleblower protections to help those wanting to expose government wrongdoing.

In the case of Witness K and Collaery, the pair aired their concerns internally as required.

Witness K sought and obtained permission to talk to his lawyer, Collaery, about an illegal spy operation bugging Timor-Leste’s government during sensitive oil negotiations, raising his concerns through the inspector-general of intelligence and security.

Frustrated by the inaction, they contacted a series of journalists. Both are now facing two years behind bars for doing so.

Boyle, the ATO whistleblower, similarly made an internal disclosure under the Public Interest Disclosure (PID) Act to the ATO. His complaint was investigated and dismissed, according to the ABC and the Nine Entertainment newspapers. Boyle then went public.

“It says the government of Australia actually only cares about the government of Australia, and doesn’t actually care about Australia anymore,” McBride said.

“So if you speak out against the government, you’re a really bad person, even if you’re sticking up for the nation.”

“They’ve forgotten that they’re actually meant to work for the people of Australia.”