Thread: Anti-whaling ship raided
#1 Anti-whaling ship raidedSonnabendGuest02-21-2009, 05:09 PM
THE Federal Government has distanced itself from an Australian Federal Police (AFP) raid on the anti-whaling ship Steve Irwin made at the request of the Japanese. Australian Greens leader Bob Brown is demanding the federal government explain why the AFP raided the Sea Shepherd vessel on Friday evening in Hobart.
But a spokeswoman for Home Affairs Minister Bob Debus said the matter was in the hands of the AFP. "All we can say is that it's an operational matter and it would be inappropriate to comment,'' the spokeswoman told AAP.
"It's like any police investigation.''
After violent clashes with Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean, the Steve Irwin was met by the AFP when it docked in Hobart early on Friday evening (AEDT) and officers confiscated the ship's log book and video footage.
The footage, taken by wildlife documentary group Animal Planet, depicted some of the most dramatic whale-killing scenes ever seen, crew on the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship said.
The police, who had search warrants, kept the crew on board as they searched cabins.Senator Brown has written to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd calling for an immediate explanation as to how the raid could be in the nation's interest.
"On the face of it, this is outrageous behaviour by the Australian government to secure favour from the Japanese authorities,'' he said. An AFP spokeswoman confirmed an investigation was launched at the request of the Japanese authorities, who this year complained after activists threw bottles of rancid butter at the whalers and tried to board a ship.
"I can confirm that a raid took place,'' an AFP spokeswoman said."An investigation was launched at the request of the Japanese authorities.''Senator Brown said the raid would outrage many Australians.
Nope. I'm extremely happy.
"The Australian Federal Police can expect detailed questioning from the Greens at Senate Estimates this coming week,'' he said. Senator Brown said he had been told by Steve Irwin captain Paul Watson that the ship was delayed coming into the port in Hobart so that the AFP had time to make their raid.
Pity they just didn't scuttle the thing.
"I'm also told that the Japanese used absolutely outrageous tactics, like sound wave attacks on people in helicopters, which could have brought down those helicopters from the Sea Shepherd.''
It's called self defence. Bite me. Care to tell me what a helicopter was doing that close to another ship in international waters?
Steve Irwin captain Paul Watson said the Steve Irwin had never been searched before but he would welcome any charges that led to the crew facing a court. "My position is that if they want to put me on trial for anything connected with this, then I am happy to do it,'' Capt Watson said.
Oh mate, you don't want that...y'see, we can ignore the whales and simply rip your licence off you for that collision at sea. Y'see Watson, there are rules for the passage of ships at sea...and you deliberately broke therm. Thats grounds for turning you from a Captain into a cabin boy.
"We are not there protesting, we are down there to stop a blatantly criminal activity, to stop whaling in a whale sanctuary."These actions have to go to court somewhere, so let's start it here.''
You're an eco terrorist.
Japan slaughters whales using a loophole in an international moratorium on commercial whaling that allows "lethal research'' on the mammals.
Which means what they do is legal. Watson, on the other hand, is in deep shit.
SonnabendGuest02-21-2009, 05:10 PM
The collision is enough to see Watson stripped of his Captaincy.
He violated several seafaring regulations, and as one maritime skipper remarked, he is responsible.
He hit the Japanese ship, not the other way around.
Negligence and causing a collision between two vessels in international waters is enough to convene a Court of Admiralty.
I will remind all, especially our resident eco terrorist sympathiser M21 that the Japanese have broken no law, that the eco terrorists do not act with the authority of any nation, that they are not in any way, shape or form, authorised to "enforce" any law, that they are not officers of the law or representatives of this Government.
Additionally, I will also note that boarding any foreign flag ship in international waters with hostile intent is piracy.
The Japanese are not signatories to this "whale preserve" and as such are not bound to it, in the same way that we were not subject to that idiotic Kyoto nonsense until that blonde dingbat Rudd ratified it.
Watson has no compunction about the use of violence to achieve his ends, and would cheerfully watch as a ship sank and its crew drowned , all in the name of Mother Gaia.
He is an eco terrorist, and we should arrest him and his crew, and impound his ship.
Then sink it.
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02-21-2009, 05:30 PM
I hope they find what they need. I'm sure after this year the Netherlands will join the growing list of countries that will not let that ship fly their flag.
02-21-2009, 05:41 PM
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