Three days before Christmas, a van packed with gas bottles detonated outside the HQ of the Australian Christian Lobby.
The very next day, after conducting an interview that lasted about 7 minutes with a man suffering from massive burns, the ACT Police made this statement:
Police spoke briefly with the man before he continued with treatment. Police were able to establish the man’s actions were not politically, religiously or ideologically motivated.
Now the ACT Police clearly are not superheros with an ability to read minds.
Because if they could read minds they would not have needed to make this statement a little later in their same press release:
Police will be conducting a thorough investigation including previous threats to the Australian Christian Lobby.
There was always something fishy about the ACT police’s response to this incident.
In no way, shape or form do these two sentences from their press release make any sense.
If the attack was not politically, religiously or ideologically motivated then there was no need to investigate threats to the ACL.
If the investigation was ongoing and still in its initial stages, then it was simply impossible for the ACT police to claim that the bombing had nothing to do with the ACL.
And the investigation had to be in its initial stages. After all, the ACT police had nothing more to go on than a seven minute conversation with a badly-injured man who was suspected of causing the ‘incident’.
In short, it all stinks.
And the smell has wafted into the front pages today.
From The Australian:
The man accused of driving a burning van laden with gas bottles into the Australian Christian Lobby headquarters was a gay activist who disliked the group because of its “position on sexuality” and had searched online how to make plastic explosives and a pressure-cooker bomb.
Court documents tendered to the ACT Magistrates Court yesterday reveal Jaden Duong had also run searches about gay marriage in other countries and, a month before the alleged attack at 10.45pm on December 21 last year, had searched for the “Australian Christian Lobby”…
…Police allege 36-year-old Mr Duong had stepped up internet searching from July last year for terms including “how to make ammonium nitrate”, “pressure- cooker bomb”, “C4”, “how to buy a gun in Australia”, “gas leak explosion” and “how much gas to cause explosion”…
…His hospital records allegedly showed Mr Duong had attempted suicide previously, had chosen to target the ACL spontaneously and had “quit his job to plan this suicide attempt”.
“He is ‘not a huge fan’ of the ACL, or religion in general, due to their beliefs and position on sexuality,” the records from Sydney’s Concord Hospital state…
…According to documents tendered in court, soon after the explosion, police asked Mr Duong why he had picked the location.
“Because I dislike the Australian Christian Lobby,” he allegedly replied. Asked why, he allegedly said: “Because religions are failed.”…
…Police asked if he had “any thoughts about the property”. “Well, if that blew up — yay — but actually I was just trying to blow myself up,” he allegedly replied.
You’ll note I quoted from The Australian and not the ABC. It chose not to report these details.
I think it has the same questions to answer as the ACT police.
One could reasonably form the opinion that the ACT police has engaged in a political cover up. There needs to be an immediate investigation into its handling of this incident.
And it needs to answer why the ACT police were so quick to rule out any political, religious or ideological motivation when the evidence it had received directly pointed to the opposite conclusion.
And let’s have an end to the constant haranguing of the ‘yes’ crowd that the current debate is dangerous.
We all know it is. But it’s not the rainbows who have been targeted…
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