ODD, isn’t it, that the earnest Cassandras who warn of a ‘growing threat’ to ‘Western values’ posed by China and Russia have no interest in the Albanese government’s ugly and immoral abuse of an Australian citizen. Not a News Corp leader, an editorial by Bolt or the merest ‘steady-on’ by ASPI. When Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus approved the October 2022 arrest of Daniel Duggan, he was obeying the demented Biden ‘administration’ whose justice and intelligence officials are infamous for corruption and contempt for the rule of law. The health and well-being of Duggan’s heroic wife and their six children is also of zero interest to either Dreyfus or the loony Ukraine-AUKUS lobby. These Australia-second bootlickers couldn’t care less. Retired USMC colonel Ben Hancock knows far more about patriotism, justice and Duggan than they do:
In regrettable and injudicious remarks that were included in the ASIO Director-General’s so-called annual threat assessment in February, Mike Burgess more or less referred to Duggan – languishing by then in solitary confinement in a terrorist’s cell – as both a traitor and a “top tool” rather than a top gun. He probably thought this offhanded judgement of an untried man was a good line for the media but ASIO is not a court and his amateur legal opinions are not evidence. Moreover, Burgess has never served in the military, let alone combat. He was understandably more prudent in Senate Estimates after the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security launched an investigation into claims of possible unlawful conduct by the spy agency in this case. In Downing Centre Local Court tomorrow, barrister Bret Walker SC will seek to have Duggan’s extradition hearing stayed until IG-IS Christopher Jessup KC completes that inquiry. If successful, application will then be made for Duggan to be released on bail after 275 days without charge.