Paradigm Shift 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at noon – 7 Aug 20
Today we talk about Pine Gap – the secretive US military spy base in the middle of Australia. We speak with Kieran Finnane who has just written a book “Peace Crimes” about the base and acts of resistance to it; and also to investigative journalist legend Brian Toohey about how Pine Gap affects Australia’s sovereignty – and did it play a role in the dismissal of Gough Whitlam?
On 26 September 2016 Margie, Andy, Tim, Jim and Franz walked onto Pine Gap to participate in a lament of the wars and deaths it has enabled.
They were all charged with entering a prohibited area, contrary to section 9(1) Defence (Special Undertakings) Act 1952 (Cth). Andy filmed the lament and was also charged with use of a camera in a prohibited area, contrary to section 17(1) Defence (Special Undertakings) Act 1952 (Cth. Maximum penalty for each offence is imprisonment for 7 years.
Kieran Finnane tells the story of these peace activists in her book. Listen to Andy interviewing Kieran about her book.
Image: “Peace Crimes: Pine Gap, National Security and Dissent” cover by Kieran Finnane
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