POLICE CORRUPTION IN VICTORIA -
Corruption,Vols.1 and 2,by Raymond Hoser,available from Kotabi Publications,
PO Box 599, Doncaster,Vic . 3108, $A33-00 per volume, plus $A5-00 postage
within Australia. tel: + 61 3 XXXXXXXX; fax:61 3 XXXXXXXX,mobile +61 412
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Reviewed by Geoff
These are the most comprehensive books on
police corruption in Victoria current to this year (1999).They are among
the most significant books I have ever reviewed as a professional reviewer.Viewed
in context, the books document a continuing trend towards denial of civil
liberties and a move towards a slave state that may culminate in the 21st
century if present trends continue. In addition to the books, author Raymond
Hoser has a "Police Corruption CD" version in Adobe Acrobat for
$85-00 plus postage.
Raymond Hoser has a reputation for writing
hard-hitting books, and he has not disappointed us in these two, which
show massive corruption in the Victorian police force despite media publicity
asserting that Victoria has the best and least corrupt force in Australia.
That assertion cannot be upheld, based on the evidence in these books,
which shows a stench of corruption arising from this State that gives it
no right to proclaim itself,in the author's words, "Holier than the
Vatican. " For most of the media, a book like Hoser's is "too
hot to handle'.
The comment on the front of volume 1 "The
book that the Victoria Police don't want you to read" was dramatically
confirmed by the report in Strategy, September, 1999 page 5, that on Friday,
6 August, 1999, Victoria Police tried to seize these books at Maryborough,
Victoria, even though thousands of books had already been dispensed.
The fact that chapter 36 targets Jeff Kennett
as Premier, suggesting that police turn a blind eye to certain actions
of his that are illegal, such as refusing to prosecute him for a speeding
fine that would land a lesser mortal in serious trouble, and Kennett returns
the favour by blocking a Royal Commission into Police Corruption, along
the lines of the Fitzgerald or Wood Reports may have been a partial motivation
for the raid, as Jeff doesn't need adverse publicity before the election
on September 18, 1999. Hoser criticises Kennett severely,and in detail,
but previous administrations have nothing to be smug about, as Hoser suggests
that they also did virtually nothing about police reform and Mr Bracks,
in Opposition,broke a promise to go for police reform if elected.
Controversy is no stranger to Hoser,who has
already issued an earlier book detailing police corruption, The
Hoser Files. (still available) and operates his own Website "Australians
Against Corruption" which highlights police corruption (www.policecorruption.com)
Since the earlier book corruption appears to have increased, not lessened.Indeed,
his evidence supports his comment that 'corruption within the Victoria
Police is not just exceptional,or against the normal circumstance, but
rather it is routine and the norm', although he also adds that "I
seek not to tar the honest hardworking police and other officials with
the same brush of corruption ... many fair and honest people within these
organizations have such ideals subjugated by the corrupt organization as
a whole.'(p. 3, volume 1). lf they try and fight the corruption, like Karl
Konrad, they are often victimised, dismissed, or they leave in disgust.
The books are so detailed and wideranging
they cover nearly every aspect of police life and volume 1 names individuals
associated with corruption. In general, it seems on the basis of his information,
that if police aren't involved in some kind of corruption, it's because
it hasn't been invented yet.Case after case of police protecting corruption
in their midst and of active collusion between police and criminals is
mentioned. The role of police informer is a hazardous one, as the informers
become too much aware of police corruption, and have to be suppressed.
Although he concentrates on Victorian corruption,
Volume 2 has some information on corruption in other states, such as NSW
and Queensland, even Federal police, suggesting that corruption is not
unique to Victoria.Volume 2 also concentrates on the bent judges, bent
politicians and bureaucrats who endorse police corruption.
The scope is so vast it is better to focus
on general conclusions rather than individual cases. He is not concerned
only with his own experiences with police, which are horrifying enough,
but that of others, which show his experiences are not unique or unusual.
One theme is that of the police brotherhood"
an "us or them" mentality seen in the police determination to
"protect their own", no matter how illegal individual police
This is seen, for example, in the whitewash
jobs carried out by lipolice investigating police" in the Internal
Investigations Department (IID) now renamed (with a sense of humour) the
'Ethical Standards Department'.When police investigate police the result
is a whitewash as they regularly find their colleagues "not guilty",
leaving the victims without a remedy. As if that was not enough, the victims
are harrassed by police for complaining.
POLICE NEVER WRONG
Given this attitude of protecting their own,
police seldom admit that they are responsible for any misdemeanour and
suppress evidence that they are. As well as the selective harrassment paid
to Hoser, one of the most disgusting episodes is when a car driven by drunken
police drove through a red light and smashed into a car, wrecking it and
sending the driver to hospital.
POLICE SCAPEGOATED THE DRIVER!
Far from admitting liability or offering
compensation, the police then proceeded to charge the driver with responsibility
for the accident!
Well has it been said that "hypocrisy
is the tribute vice pays to virtue".This tribute is frequently paid
as Hoser mentions case after case where people, not just police, but also
judges, government officials, Ombudsmen and various officials, "protest
too much", affirming their spotless purity in tones of moral outrage
that they could ever be accused of wrongdoing. By a remarkable coincidence,
however, despite this pose of Christlike righteousness,it has occurred
time and time again, that they are nevertheless guilty of wrongdoing.
Whistleblowing, teaches us a lot about the
dirtiness of human nature, how low it can sink, and the use of the smear
to "shoot the messenger" rather than clear up the corruption.
As Hoser rightfully mentions, you will never hear someone say "I murdered
the person because I was a cold-blooded killer" and "I set the
bloke up and put him in jail because I am a scoundrel." In practice,
there will be an 'excuse", "justifying" the unjustifiable
action. It is a sign of the moral turpitude of our times that so few believe
they will face the Judgement of God for their evil deeds.
Volume 2 in general details the fact that
police get away with what they do because the "scum rises to the top":
that at the top level, there are corrupt judges, magistrates,goverrunent
officials, ombudsmen, politicians,etc. ready to sell their principles to
back evil with a tissue of lies and evasions. The system encourages it.
The rot starts at the top, and there is no sign of it getting better. In
fact, as we head towards what may end as a slave state in the 21st century,
it may he getting worse.
GRASSROOTS CITIZEN THREATENED
Part of the "moral" is that the
ordinary law-abiding citizen is in as much danger of being targetted for
oppression for being "in the wrong place at the wrong time" as
the most hardened criminal.
Hoser makes it plain that existing remedies
against police abuse are either ineffective or corrupt. That includes Ombudsmen,lawyers,
Legal Aid, etc.
SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS
Hoser constantly documents that there are
"two laws": one for the citizen,rigorously and punitively enforced;
another for bent police, bent magistrates and bent politicians, who can
commit offences, even murder itself, and get away with it, with little
or no penalty. Those with a high rank in society are likely to escape prosecution.
There is one law for the poor,another for the rich.
There can sometimes be cases of "bent
shrinks", who prostitute their calling as "promoters of mental
health" by defaming whistleblowers or defending the evils in the Establishment.
They make out the protester to be "mentally disturbed" or "paranoid".
Maybe some bent shrink will declare there
to be a psychiatric disorder based on disliking police- technically known
as 'FUZZOPHOBIAN' and those guilty of 'fuzzophobia' can be lawfully "put
away" as "terribly disturbed" and "a danger to society",
just as dissidents are confined to psychiatric homes in Russia.
EVIDENCE OF MASSIVE CORRUPTION
But the evidence presented by Hoser shows
there is plenty to be "paranoid" about. He offers extensive proof
of the way he has personally been "shafteduin a disgusting and unconscionable
fashion. But it is not just his experiences alone, but people who have
suffered even more, such as Mick Skrijel (pronounced SKREEL) who suffered
threats on his life, sexual assault on his daughter, his home burnt, his
car and fishing boat destroyed, unjustly imprisoned for trying to expose
police protection of drug importation in South Australia and personal attack
for daring to expose drug running,(see chapter 12) which has now become
a massive social problem. If it had been acted an at the time he exposed
it, the drug problem may now have been much less. Other whistleblowers
including "NAME SUPPRESSED", Conomy, Konrad, etc. confirm the general nature of the
MACGREGOR ENDORSES BOOK
Also, volume I has an introduction by Andrew
MacGregor, ex-Victoria Police, who backs up Hoser's account and who believes
that police covered up the murder of his brother to protect corrupt officers
in their ranks. MaeGregor's story is told in the section on pp. 533- 538,
(vol. 1, and in the magazine 'Exposure', in March, 1998.
'FITTING IN' TO CORRUPTION
Shrinks who seek to make the individual "fit
in" to society corrupt them when the price of "fitting in"
means endorsing corruption, and those that do this should be debarred.
There is a comprehensive section on police
shootings. Why do police shoot more people in Victoria than any other State?
Manybe it's not that police are more rambo" here. Perhaps it's for
some of the reasons the author cites: that police who murder are regularly
"cleared" of wrongdoing by "investigators" and even
rewarded by 'bravery medals' although the bravery involved in many incidents,
such as shooting a man dead in the toilet or naked in bed, may be in question.
There seems little remedy for relatives of those shot. Hoser also suggests
a political reason for seldom accepting compensation claims: the expense
to the State of meeting them.
Towards the end of the books (Volume 2),
Raymond documents ways and means the intending whistleblower can protect
himself from conniving and dishonest police and officials, including not
only the use of hidden recorders, as mentioned in The
Hoser Files, but a bunch of other practical remedies to fight back
in the teeth of bureaucratic dishonesty. But it's never an easy job. Raymond
has vindicated the truth of his closing words: "Be warned: fighting
corruption does not come cheap!" Corruption destroys individuals and
society and is an abomination to God and man.
In summary, Raymond Hoser's books do not
make comforting reading, but they do make necessary reading, if we peer
beneath the skin of society and see the ugliness underneath. Graeme Campbell,
former Independent MHR for Kalgoorlie, WA, who introduces volume 2, helps
draw some of the conclusions. Raymond has shown Victorian police and bureaucracy
"warts and all."
Truth is not always comforting, but it is
what Strategy readers want. The Strategy masthead says it all: 'There is
NOTHING truer - than the TRUTH and the truth will make you free. But lies
will enslave you.'
The above review was reproduced with the kind
permission of The Strategy - Australia's quality newspaper. It originally
appeared in the October 1999 issue.
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