The Nature of State Power: The Farce of Democracy in Australia

Section Four

Secret Police and New Political Repression

Secret police are a major component in the arsenal of repression in any State. As noted above, Australia has a number of secret police organisations. The most well known is ASIO which, by recent reports issued by it to parliament, is concerned about bodies which "incite community discord" (is this similar to fighting "sedition", the definition of which we have already noted?). Until 1982, ASIO acted mainly against Communists and the so-called "Left". However, over recent years the Establishment has correctly perceived that the "Left" is no longer a threat to its power. For example, the Communist Party came to be no longer regarded as "subversive", or as a national security threat. Nonetheless, some small sects would still be monitored - if only because of their extensive international connections. A "radical" grouplet like the International Socialists - despite its violent commitment to Australia's economic and cultural Asianisation - might also be the subject of investigation to assess its potential for illegality. In that light, secret police could also manipulate such "leftists" into anti-Nationalist activism.

Secret police have a function: To preserve the political status quo through illegal means. Of course, ASIO, ASIS, etc. are "statutory bodies" often overseen by judges - yet that does not stop their illegal phone taps, break-ins, harassments, infiltrations, etc. In other words, the Establishment uses criminal action in its own interest. Does that fact not help tear away from our eyes any illusions we may have regarding the nature of State Power?

The political police in Australia have a long history of criminality. In the publication Never in Nazi Uniform (published January 1985) the activities of certain State "Special Branches" were described in respect of a certain obscure early-1970s "Nazi Party"; this group was manipulated into numerous violent attacks on the "Left" and other forces which questioned the influence of the USA in Australia. There are many other instances where the political police have made illegal use of their powers and resources to harass and/or damage political opponents of the Establishment; but whereas this used to be mainly targeted at the Communists, such repression is now aimed at Nationalists.

Secret police exist to restrict democratic freedom of expression. Through a wide array of methods, secret police can harass or neutralise a political group. Members can be exposed to their enemies, lives ruined, etc. Confidential information can be "leaked" to journalists. Pimps are sent to join organisations and in one case - the famous Ananda Marga case - an informer was used to carry out an elaborate "frame".

Secret police, in the current circumstances, are becoming the necessary adjunct to a wider and more formal organisation of repression of the Australian interest. The Human Rights Commission and its "race relations commissioners", etc. are one such power. Also, there are the so-called "racial vilification" laws which have been created in an attempt to silence those who might object to Australia's Asianisation; such laws have been passed by various state governments as well as by the Commonwealth government. One Commission report suggested that any "accused" person NOT be given a jury trial for fear that the jury "might sympathise" with the "racist's case"!! The intention is clear.

Under the Human Rights banner we have the makings of a thought-police which would judge individuals on the basis of how well they accept Establishment ideology.

Australia could - therefore - have a set of "political offences" even wider than in the past. Naturally, and in keeping with the hypocritical two-faced nature of our State, these offences will be disguised as laws to cover persons who cause "hatred" against people of other races, etc. The truth is - of course - that opposition to, for example, Japanese imperialism has little in common with "Nip-baiting"!! Similarly, I.D. card legislation was brought forward in the past - supposedly to catch tax cheats! The point is: the usage of such "coercion" laws has very little to do with their avowed purpose.

Against such repression; Australians would be compelled to resist in new ways. They would begin to think of building a resistance-party, a revolutionary organisation.

The Nature of State Power: The Farce of Democracy in Australia

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