Why is it important to have a Wikileaks Party in Australia? Perhaps, no more important than to have one in the US, New Zealand, Canada or the UK, since these countries form the “5 EYES” alliance which surveilles every citizen in the world. When Wikileaks released the “Spy Files” in 2011, it claimed the existence of a global spying network, a secret new industry spanning 25 countries. Edward Snowden has now given us proof, and reveals that Australia houses four facilities which contribute to a key American intelligence collection program.
Journalist Phillip Dorling tells us where…
“The US Australian Joint Defence Facility at Pine Gap near Alice Springs and three Australian Signals Directorate facilities: the Shoal Bay Receiving Station near Darwin, the Australian Defence Satellite Communications Facility at Geraldton and the naval communications station HMAS Harman outside Canberra are among contributors to the NSA’s collection program codenamed X-Keyscore.”
Sydney held a PRISM-BREAK meeting 2 days ago, in response to Edward Snowden’s revelations. Wikileaks Party National Council Member Cassie FINDLAY pledged to uncover the extent to which Australian citizens have been spied upon by foreign intelligence agencies, on the behest of our own government.
This however is not just a Wikileaks party… Rachel Evans from the Australian Socialist Alliance paid passionate tribute to Venezuela, Honduras and Ecuador for their support of the whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
David Campbell from the Australian Pirate Party explained how PRISM surveillance violates the UN’s international declaration of human rights. He cites:
“No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence.”
IT specialist and member of the Support Assange and Wikileaks Coalition Matt Watt talks about the extent of PRISM surveillance.
And in Melbourne, international speaker for the PRISM-BREAK event was Vince Emanuele, who is a former US Marine of two tours to Iraq. Vince refused to go to Iraq again by laying down his weapon. He is now organiser for the Michigan chapter of Veterans for Peace and serves of the national Board of Directors of Iraq Veterans Against the War. He also hosts the Veterans Unplugged radio program on Radio WIMS, Michigan.
Vince is currently on a speaking tour of Australia. He had this to say in Melbourne, and his general message is… don’t go there Australia!