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How many false Aussie passports have we used, daddy?

Nobody said that Western states aren’t inherently hypocritical but this supposed revelation opens a can of worms. Australia has used faked passports to carry out assassinations? Do tell (and even if they do, that means that we should simply accept it and allow, say Israel, to get away with murder?)

And I note the increasingly common use in our media of the terms “Jewish lobby”, a positive development. More Australians are recognising that there are prominent Jewish spokespeople whose sole job is to defend every Israeli action. This is what Zionism has done to my people:

Deputy opposition leader Julie Bishop says Australia’s security agencies engage in passport forgery – the very practice that prompted the Rudd Government to expel an Israeli diplomat.

Ms Bishop became embroiled in the fake passports scandal after calling yesterday’s expulsion “an over-reaction”.

She told Fairfax Media: “It would be naive to think that Israel is the only country in the world that has used forged passports, including Australian passports, for security operations.”

When asked directly if Australian intelligence agencies forge passports, Ms Bishop – a former cabinet minister in the Howard government – replied “yes”.

The fake passports controversy erupted after the January murder of top Hamas arms dealer Mahmoud Al-Mabouh in a Dubai hotel room.

Four of the suspects in the assassination travelled on Australian passports in the names of four dual Australian-Israeli citizens.

Yesterday, Foreign Minister Stephen Smith ordered a diplomat at the Israeli embassy to leave after concluding that Israel was responsible for the forgeries.

Mr Smith said the decision to blame Israel and expel the diplomat was “based on a considered judgement shared by Australian security agencies.”

In Parliament, Mr Smith revealed that ASIO and the Australian Federal Police briefed the deputy opposition leader on the issue prior to yesterday’s announcement.

“The deputy leader of the opposition has shown she is not fit to occupy a position of trust in the national security environment,” Mr Smith told Parliament.

Ms Bishop said “there is no actual proof that the Israeli government forged the Australian passports.”

She denies the opposition has chosen to attack the diplomat’s expulsion in an effort to stir support for the Jewish lobby in Australia.

2 comments ↪
  • bernard

    It's not on the same scale as the infamous Albright statement "We think it was worth it" but it seems to me a careless gaffe of the same type.

    These people are so out of touch that they don't realize admitting to criminal activity might bring criticism and consequences.

    Bishop was a cabinet minister in the previous goernment. She has just effectively admitted criminal activity by the government for "security reasons". In this context it implies  murder.

    Ms Bishop, you were a cabinet minister. What forgeries were committed when by who for what purpose? Were murders committed using these false passports?

    Tell the truth now and it will go better for you. That is now your duty.

    We should demand a public inquiry.

    In fact the issue is a great opportunity. The whole political class is  so obsessed with "national security" that it may be possible to provoke many of them into openly fascistic-type statements, ie openly endorsing criminal activity such as torture, murder et al all in the name of "national secrurity".

  • iResistDe4iAm

    Ms Bishop said “there is no actual proof that the Israeli government forged the Australian passports” 

     

    Why is it necessary to have MORE proof (proof that can only be obtained by an Israeli confession or by Israel handing over the alleged murderers for an independent trial in say, Switzerland) to expel a foreign secret service agent, but not so important to have any proof to start a war in Iraq, a war that has claimed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives.