Authorities to meet sabotage threat
IF veteran peace activist Bryan Law thought he might gain support by declaring his intention to sabotage US military helicopters during Talisman Saber 11 in Rockhampton, he’ll be disappointed today.
Reaction to Mr Law’s stated aim to disrupt the biennial war games when they return to the city and Shoalwater Bay in July has been stinging.
The Morning Bulletin’s exclusive interview with the 56-year-old anti-war campaigner generated a torrent of abusive sentiments on the newspaper’s website and by SMS.
Some wondered if he should be arrested and charged with terrorism or conspiracy for outlining his plans to gain access to the secure military compound at Rockhampton Airport.
Regional crime co-ordinator Cal Lynch said the Queensland Police Service had worked in partnership with the Australian Defence Force over a number of years to enable exercises at Shoalwater Bay to be conducted with the minimum disruption from protesters.
He said that prior to and during Talisman Saber 11 there would be active monitoring of intelligence and appropriate security measures would be taken.
“We do not take any threat of sabotage or damage to equipment lightly and the consequences to Mr Law, or anyone else, should any equipment be damaged could be significant,” he said.
A spokesman for the Australian Defence Force said Mr Law was well known to them and the military was confident that Queensland Police Service would deal with him.
Rockhampton Regional Council, which owns the airport and maintains the security fencing, declined to comment.