October 13, 2015 by socialaction2014
One day, this will be exposed, and when it is, they will have nowhere to hide.
SOURCE INFORMATION AND PRIMARY EVIDENCE
Most of the material presented on this website (www.expendable.tv)
was sourced through formal requests made under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOI) of 1982. The use of this legislation yields copies
of ‘official’ data: correspondence, transcripts, emails, records,
documents, and a vast array of other information types. For any given
subject, when requests are submitted across all relevant departments and
agencies, the returns provide an unambiguous and clear picture of
events and decision making.
In the case of Schapelle Corby,
requests were submitted over a lengthy period, of five or six years.
They were submitted on behalf of Schapelle Corby herself, so that her
own personal data could be returned. Others were later submitted from
relevant third parties, and through different individual citizens, in
order to avoid target awareness of the huge investigative exercise which
After initial submissions and returns, follow-ups
and appeals were undertaken, to seek and obtain further information. For
every government department and agency at all relevant to the Schapelle
Corby case, one or more such requests were pursued to their ultimate
outcome. Supplementary requests were also submitted, again by different
individuals, to obtain data pertaining to indirectly related aspects
which might yield complementary background data.
comprehensive and carefully executed project plan embraced the heart of
the establishment, and included the Department of Foreign Affairs and
Trade, the Attorney-General’s Department, the ACMA, the Australian
Customs and Border Protection Service, the AFP, the Commonwealth
Director of Public Prosecutions, the Department of Transport and
Regional Services, the ACLEI, the Prime Minister’s & Cabinet Office,
the OAIC, the Australian Crime Commission, the ABC, and a multitude of
other institutions and agencies.
Eventually, a number of
departments did recognize that this exercise was in process. It is a
self-evident fact that the evidence obtained during the early years was
substantially more complete and less censored than that obtained in
recent years. It is a self-evident fact that pursuance of the requests
became increasingly difficult, with prolonged delays and intentional
blockages becoming frequent.
In one infamous case, a request was
taken to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), with Australia’s
top security officer telling the court that disclosure of the data would
create a serious impasse with the United States of America, and place
the provision of “security intelligence and threat warnings” to
Australia at risk. The censorship of this particular FOI request alone
cost the taxpayer over $1 million in processing, legal, and other fees.
In addition, a significant volume of information was collected from a
variety of non-governmental sources, as evidence was accumulated which
might help to enhance the picture already painted by the now enormous
FOI cache. These included direct interviews, audio and video recordings,
legal records, and Internet meta-data, with researchers visiting
locations as diverse as London and Bangkok.
operation almost certainly constituted the largest and most wide-scale
exercise of FOI based information gathering ever to have been undertaken
within the Commonwealth of Australia.
To demonstrate the scale
of this, sample schedules are provided below from just one of the
requests made to each of three example institutions (the
Attorney-General’s Department, the Department of Foreign Affairs and
Trade and the AFP). Whilst these are only three from the many dozens of
requests, they help to illustrate the detail and granularity of the
To fully appreciate how insightful the actual
data returns are in documenting critical events, and revealing the
decisions and motives of those involved, the reports and exhibits
published across this website present many of the retrieved items
themselves. Correspondence, cables, transcripts, briefing notes, emails;
these show precisely what occurred, and who did and said what.
This is incontrovertible. It is the raw unedited data which proves
precisely what happened during the period in question in the Schapelle
Click Here For An Example Of An FOI Schedule From The Australian Federal Police (AFP):
Click Here For An Example Of An FOI Schedule From The Department Of Foreign Affairs And Trade (DFAT)
Click Here For An Example Of An FOI Schedule From The Attorney-General’s Department
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