An artificial scab over the putrefaction beneath
by Betty Luks
Lieutenant Colonel Lance Collins has done his nation an immeasurable good.
Whilst he may not express it thus, I would say, he has taken the honourable
position of publicly insisting the prime minister of this country must
look at, must face the fact of, the festering sores, the alien-valued
parasites (although well entrenched in positions of power amongst us)
should be excised or they will destroy us as a people.
The above title is the description Lt. Col. Collins used to describe the
present condition of the DIO.
When the story first broke, the people were told
that one of Australia's most respected senior military intelligence
officers, Lieutenant Colonel Lance Collins, had written to John Howard,
(with an accompanying report by military lawyer Captain Martin Toohey)
"detailing a litany of intelligence failures and calling on the
PM to launch a royal commission to investigate them."
Captain Martin Toohey was appointed to review the complaints first raised
by Lt. Col. Collins and, because of what he discovered, wrote a damning
critique of the Defence Intelligence Organisation which was presented
to John Howard as the present prime minister.
In the report Toohey strenuously defended Collins and produced "a
damning critique of the Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO)."
Lateline, ABC 13/4/04.
The 'big picture' presented was that "the relationship between
the government and its intelligence agencies has become somewhat dysfunctional"
and incidents and events bearing out this claim were listed.
Reference was made to relationships between certain personnel within
army intelligence and the DIO; with Captain Toohey claiming that during
his investigation he found the DIO head, Frank Lewincamp "was not
a credible witness because of his strong dislike for Colonel Collins
and went on to allege that as a result, Lewincamp actually cut off the
flow of intelligence to army officers on the ground during the East
Captain Toohey found that "a pro-Jakarta lobby exists within the
and within the Office of National Assessments (ONA) and even
more so, previously, at the top levels of the Defence Department and
the Australian Military and the Foreign Affairs Department and the Prime
"If you go back in history," observed guest investigative
journalist and intelligence commentator, Brian Toohey, (no relation
to Captain Toohey) on the Lateline programme, "the Defence Department
actually tried to oppose, before the 1975 Indonesian invasion, a very
well written superb piece of analysis from the Defence Department [which
said] 'look this not really a good idea, we should try and stop it before
it happens' and predicted that there would be years and years of turmoil
within East Timor. Foreign Affairs was split on the issue but was led
by the then ambassador Dick Woolcott and Gough Whitlam as PM.
They got through a policy which grew and grew, in terms of support,
until the Australian military, at the end, was completely onside with
the Suharto dictatorship, very keen for the Australian SAS to help train
the brutal Kopassus special forces, and so forth. ONA was totally and
absolutely onside in terms of its analytical intelligence on the dictator."
DIO reports what government wants to hear
The interviewer, Tony Jones, then referred to the other guest, Dr. Carl
Ungerer, lecturer in international relations at the University of Queensland:
"Let me bring you back in on this because it actually gets worse
in the report of Captain Toohey in terms of him laying out the reasons
these things happen; for the dispute, if you like, between the army
intelligence officer and the DIO. He says that that lobby, the 'pro-Jakarta
lobby' as he calls it, in the DIO, distorts intelligence statements
apparently because of Government policy which overlooks atrocities and
terrorists activities committed by the TNI, the Indonesian army, for
those who don't know the TNI."
Carl Ungerer went on to defend the Australian Government's policy supporting
Suharto and his brutal regime, to which Brian Toohey responded:
that policy changed in Canberra over a period of 20 or
so years from which sound advice was given, particularly under defence,
for what Australian policy should be, to a policy completely supportive
of a particular brutal dictator."
Claims made on Nightline ABC radio
I caught the phone-in discussions about the issue on Tony del Roy's
ABC Nightline programme 14/4/04.
The following claims were made:
The 'disinformation' faction within the DIO have links to businessmen
as well as politicians.
They support the Indonesian psychopathic-criminal military generals
whose soldiers are still let loose to kill people in places such as
Foreign Minister Alexander Downer should never be allowed to get away
with the lie that these killings were being perpetrated by 'rogue elements'
within the communities.
The source of the 'putrefaction' goes back to the Whitlam years.
Our own troops and the East Timorese people's lives were put at risk
because of the 'failure' of the DIO.
It would seem the Prime Minister is a good liar and a bad Prime Minister
or incredibly naïve.
WAR ON 'TERROR'?
The Adelaide Advertiser 15/4/04 in its page (suggestively?) titled WAR
ON TERROR revealed:
"Vital clues missed by spy agency" by Ian McPhedran in Canberra:
"The nation's peak military spy agency missed vital clues before
the Bali terrorist bombing in October 2002 a Senate inquiry has been
told. The embattled Defence Intelligence Organisation will be criticised
in a Senate Committee report.
It will be published by June and follows an investigation into threats
to Australian security at the time of the Bali blast which killed 202
people, including 88 Australians. The Advertiser also can reveal commanders
in East Timor were cut off from vital raw intelligence, including movements
by militia thugs and their Indonesian military masters, for 24 hours
at a crucial time during the East Timor conflict in late 1999.
A top secret web page used to deliver the classified electronic material
to senior officers' laptops was shut down "due to a technical fault",
they were told. It was later revealed the true reason was concern in
Canberra about leaks within the army intelligence organisation. DIO
and the electronic spying outfit, the Defence Signals Directorate, made
the risky decision to cut the feed which was authorised by then Defence
Chief Admiral Chris Barrie."
According to Enver Masud of The Wisdom Fund, Sept. 1999, Arlington USA:
Greed has more to do with East Timor's problems and indeed much of Indonesia,
rather than the Muslim-Christian divide portrayed in the media.
From ancient times until the 7th century AD, Indonesia was ruled by
various Hindu kingdoms among which the Majapahit Empire became the most
powerful. Sumatra was then known as the "island of gold,"
and Java as the "rice island."
Muslim traders began arriving in the 13th century, and spread peacefully
through the islands. The descendants of the Hindu kingdoms retreated
to the islands of Bali and Lombok where they flourish to this day. With
the fall of Muslim Spain in 1492 (as in the Americas, Africa, and South
Asia), came 350 years of colonial rule.
First to arrive were the Portuguese in 1511 AD. The Portuguese were
followed by the Dutch (1602 to 1799 AD), the British (1811 to 1815 AD)
and again the Dutch (1816 to1908 AD).
When the Dutch and Portuguese formally partitioned East Timor between
them in the 19th century, East
Timor became a Portuguese colony.
By 1908 nationalist movements began seeking self-government, and Indonesia
declared independence on August 17, 1947. Sukarno, a leader of the independence
movement, became president.
He was overthrown in 1965 by Suharto in a U.S. backed military coup
in which it is reported that one million people, mainly Chinese, were
1967 - After the coup, the U.S. Louisana-based Freeport McMoRan Corporation
became the first foreign company granted an operating permit on Irian
Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is credited with having
introduced the company officials to Suharto. It is reported Kissinger
sits on Freeport's board receiving US$500,000 annually and the firm
also engages his law firm Kissinger and Associates for a reputed annual
fee of US$200,000. With reserves valued at US$40 billion, the Freeport
project is said to be the largest single gold deposit in the world and
the third largest open-cut copper mine.
1971 -- On Aceh, Mobil Oil discovered one of the richest onshore reserves
of natural gas.
1975 - The Portuguese Governor and officials abandoned the capital Dili
in August 1975.
1991 -- Off-shore oil discoveries - Timor Gap Treaty came into force
1991. Massive revenues are said to flow
USING ATROCITIES FOR 'PSY-WARS'
Further background details of the East Timor nightmare and the role
played by the U.S. military - and by implication its government and
administration -- is provided in a 32-page article by Peter Dale Scott,
Ph.D. published in 1999: "Exporting Terror: East Timor and the
"One of the great needs of the twentieth century is a scientific
study of atrocity and of the moral issues involved."
He differentiates between uncontrollable irrational acts - humans out
of control - and those 'managed' atrocities; outrages provoked and exploited
by state powers within the so-called civilised world. He breaks the
categories down even further, putting aside the massive bombings of
Dresden or the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima.
He focuses attention on the western media's eagerness to highlight the
inhumane massacres in Yugoslavia or Rwanda or Cambodia, but asks where
have they focused on the ones for which the United States is responsible?
U.S. responsibility for what happened in Indonesia and East Timor
He explains managed atrocities do not 'just happen', the more they are
studied the more they emerge as part of a single coherent narrative.
Most of the bloody massacres today can be seen as part of an on-going
legacy of 'colonialism': a single narrative, whether the colonialism
we speak of is Capitalist, Socialist, or Islamic.
Atrocities can be used politically in different ways
· They can be threatened (this practice is widespread).
· They can be committed.
· Or the commission of atrocity can be directed and exploited
psychologically to induce further terror among the survivors.
This last stage, which he calls 'managed atrocity', is known and taught
at special U.S. military schools as part of psychological warfare or
psywar. A fully managed atrocity is one in which the pretext for the
exploited atrocity is developed by the managers of the atrocity itself.
Not all psywar is managed atrocity, but all managed atrocity is psywar,
and psywar is responsible for the seminal managed atrocities of today.
He deplores the fact: "We close this century with the sad awareness
that virtually all major states, and particularly those states who have
prided themselves on their degree of civilisation, have been responsible
for major massacres of civilians".
For three decades, with long interludes to preserve his sanity, Peter
Dale Scott studied U.S. involvement (along with other countries like
Britain and Japan) in the great Indonesian massacre of 1965. And it
was only in the latter 1990s, as the pattern presented itself did he
come to focus on the defining paradigm for what happened: a psywar operation.
The exploitative detail
What opened his eyes was one of the first eyewitness accounts of the
This made it clear that the corpses flooding down the rivers of East
Java were not just dumped there to dispose of them; they had been rigged
to float, and thus terrorize those living downstream.
"Stomachs torn open. The smell was unbelievable. To make sure they
didn't sink, the carcasses were deliberately tied to, or impaled on,
bamboo stakes. And the departure of the corpses from the Kediri region
down the Brantas achieved its golden age when bodies were stacked on
rafts over which the PKI banner proudly flew."
This exploitative detail, the display of mutilated corpses
in particular a signature of U.S.-trained atrocity managers in Chile,
El Salvador, and Columbia.
Corpses were also displayed by the Indonesians in East Timor after 1975,
as part of a genocidal campaign supported and supplied by the United
Noam Chomsky had already told the U.N. General Assembly in 1979, contrary
to false testimony by government witnesses at congressional hearings,
the U.S. continued to supply Indonesia with attack helicopters and other
equipment required to wipe hundreds of villages off the face of the
earth, destroy crops and herd the remnants of the population into internment
As for the 'psychological preparation' for the Indonesian invasion,
Scott refers to former Australian diplomat James Dunn's observations
in his book Timor: A People Betrayed:
"The flow of disinformation from Jakarta was carried by Australian,
U.S., British and some other foreign media and news agencies, which
also served to divert world attention to Indonesia's false dilemma
what should it do to help the strife-torn people of Timor? Many observers
were thus asking the obvious question: how much longer could Indonesia
stand by and not intervene with this terrible war going on right on
its own borders, and posing a potential threat to its own security?"
Scott comments: "It is hard to imagine how the tiny half-island
of East Timor could have posed a threat to one of the world's largest
Space does not permit further revelations of the U.S. psywar methods
and the disinformation coming out of Canberra, and the betrayal of the
East Timorese and our Australian soldiers, etc., but after musing on
the revelations of Lt. Col. Lance Collins it is not hard to see how
the same techniques are being used to condition the Australian people
to the "psychologically induced fear of a war of terror".