It is very easy to hear the word Conspiracy Theory and immediately think of people across the world sitting in dark pokey rooms, the light from their computer screens the only thing breaking up the darkness, wearing hats made from tin-foil to stop the aliens from reading their thoughts, and using pay phone across their towns as they are afraid their house phones and mobile phones are being tapped and listened to by government agencies.
Off course there are a number of events that have occurred that continues to split thoughts in the world of public opinion – Did Man walk on the moon or was it all staged?, Was it really a weather balloon that the United States Air Force flocked to Roswell to retrieve? and an amazing 61 percent of Americans believe President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was not killed by Lee Harvey Oswald acting alone.
But what about at home on our shores – really has there been anything so contentious, or which carries ‘alternative facts’ that could truly split public opinion on the matter?
In the interest of dismissing Conspiracy Theories many Australians are quick to forget that they were openly told by their Federal Members of Parliament, including a vast amount of former Prime Ministers, who claimed that their country never listened into conversations of their own people – or even used their technological capabilities to spy on neighbouring countries.
That was off course until NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden released his (stolen) documents that indicated that Australia’s Pine Gap military facility, which is a joint operation between the Australian and United States Governments, did indeed listen into the conversations, including reading e-mails of not only its own people but also tapped into the e-mails and phone calls of the wife of former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
With then Prime Minister Tony Abbott stating “It is better to seek forgiveness than to ask permission,” before a minor Twitter-war broke out between the pair in which Tony Abbott, in the politest of terms, telling President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to “get over it“.
So with one Conspiracy Theory that many rubbished already being proven as fact, the team here at Horror Australia has taken a look around the internet at other popular Conspiracy Theories involving Australia that actually could carry some credence.
Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap
The Pine Gap Military Facility located in Alice Springs has already been covered here on Horror Australia, and mentioned in this article already in relation to the spying fiasco that engulfed the Federal Australian Government when NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden released his documents but is there more that goes on at this facility than what is currently known?
Being a joint military facility involving the Australian and United States governments, as well as being one of the ‘main hubs’ for the Five Eyes (FVEY) – an intelligence alliance comprising of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States – questions continue to surround the role the highly secretive facility plays in the world.
Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap (JDFPG) has over 800 employees and consists of a large computer complex with 14 radomes protecting antenna. The location of the base is strategically significant because it controls United States spy satellites as they pass over one-third of the globe which includes China, the Asian parts of Russia and the Middle East.
The location in Central Australia was chosen because it was too remote for spy ships passing in international waters to intercept the signal.
It is reportedly one of the only locations on Australian soil in which members of the Federal Parliament are unable to enter, with the late Gough Whitlam (the 21st Prime Minister of Australia) the last Prime Minister to enter the facility.
Many interested parties claim this is effectively an Australian ‘clone’ of the equally secretive Area 51 Military base in Nevada, US. While the facility has been exposed in its spying capabilities many claim that the base, which is almost hidden from view, is minimal compared to what is actually found in the base – indicating a maze of underground tunnels and bunkers in which much more secretive operations are carried out.
Claims that Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap plays a leading role in reverse engineering of Extra Terrestrial technology throughout the Southern Hemisphere refuse to be dispelled despite the best efforts of spokespersons for the facility. In addition to claims they continue to operate the xKeyScore capabilities revealed by Edward Snowden.
Westall UFO Sighting
Who are we meant to believe? Over 200 professionals, teachers and students who happened to be in the right place at the right time. Or Government Officials who arrived after the fact and attempt to silence those who didn’t agree with the ‘rogue weather balloon’ story they were being fed? Apparently it is meant to be the later.
It was April 6 1966 in Melbourne, Victoria, when around 11:00am, for about 20 minutes, more than 200 students and teachers at two Victorian state schools witnessed an unexplained flying object which descended into a nearby open wild grass field before the object then ascended in a north-westerly direction at high speed.
The students were just completing a sport activity on the main oval when an object, described as being a grey saucer-shaped craft with a slight purple hue and being about twice the size of a family car was seen. The objected was descending and then crossed and overflew the high school’s south-west corner, going in a south-easterly direction, before disappearing from sight as it descended behind a stand of trees in the area known as ‘The Grange’ in front of the Westall State School.
The object, after hovering over the field for approximately twenty minutes, and being witnessed by over 200 people, then climed at speed and departed towards the north-west – some witnesses claim that as the object gained altitude it was seen to have pursued from the scene by five unidentified aircraft which circled it.
Despite having over 200 witnesses to the event the Australian Skeptics described the object as potentially having been an experimental military aircraft. Even suggesting that it may have been a nylon target drogue, like a wind sock, towed by one plane for the others to chase and known to be in use by the local RAAF at the time.
Federal and State Government agencies refused to comment about the incident at the time, however government documents unearthed in 2014 offer an explanation for the sighting.
The document revealed a secret radiation-testing project known as the HIBAL program – a joint US-Australian initiative developed to monitor atmospheric radiation levels using large silver balloons equipped with sensors was in operation between 1960-1969.
Each balloon was reportedly equipped with a 180kg payload and was followed by a light aircraft tasked with tracking it and triggering its 12m parachute via radio signal.
However, witnesses and investigators argue the fact that when five aircraft were reported to be following the unidentified flying object as it departed the region administrators at nearby Moorabbin Airport, which is 4.76km south-west from the location, checked but no aircraft from that airport entered the airspace, with the RAAF also reporting no military activity in the region.
Further adding to the mystery was that nothing was collected or picked up from the site as far as witnesses were aware. Researcher Shane Ryan states that the flying saucer came down and took off again, flying at speed leaving behind large circles with a well-defined edge around the perimeter.
Port Arthur Massacre
The most contentious conspiracy theory the team at Horror Australia looked at was that of the April 1996 Massacre at Port Arthur in the countries most southern state Tasmania. On 28th April 1996 Martin Bryant killed 35 people and wounded 23 others when he opened fire at the Broad Arrow Cafe, before continuing his killing spree around the popular tourist destination.
Bryant was convicted after pleading guilty to the offences and was sentenced to 35 life sentences without the possibility of parole. However, for some it seems unbelievable that the then 28-year-old from New Town (a suburb of Hobart) with significant intellectual disabilities was able to carry out such an act – at least as a lone gunman.
As the conspiracy theroy goes at 1.30pm on Sunday 28 April 1996, an unknown professional combat shooter opened fire in the Broad Arrow Cafe at Port Arthur in Tasmania. In less than a minute 20 people lay dead, 19 of them killed with single shots to the head fired from the right hip of the fast-moving shooter.
In less than thirty minutes at six crime scenes, 35 people were shot dead, another 22 wounded, and two cars were stopped with a total of only 64 bullets. A Fast moving Daihatsu Feroza 4WD driven by Linda White was crippled by a ‘Beirut Triple’; normally reserved for dead-blocking Islamic terrorists driving primed car bombs around Lebanon.
One sighting shot, a second to disable the drive, and a third to stop the engine before the primed car bomb can hit its target and explode. Very few know of this obscure technique, and even fewer can mater it with only three bullets.
This awesome display of combat marksmanship was blamed on an intellectually impaired young man called Martin Bryant, who has no shooting or military experience.
Conspiracy Theorists claim the kill-ratio for an intellectually impaired young man, just 28 years of age at the time of the massacre, indicates that he either could not be the ‘lone gunman’ or not responsible what-so-ever.
Comparing the killings at the Broad Arrow Cafe directly with that of the Springfield School Cafe shootings it is noted that out of the total rounds fired Bryant fired 29 compared to Kip Kinkles 51, the total fatalities were 20-2 in favor of Bryant, with Bryant also leading the comparison with total head shots standing at 19-1.
Both men reportedly had the same experience with guns, which is where Bryants’ Missed Shots of ZERO to Kinkle’s 28 – as well as the Killed-to-injured ratio which stands at 1.66 to 1 for Bryant and 1 to 10 for Kinkle also raises eyebrows.
Questions were also raised about evidence tendered in the Supreme Court – after television show A Current Affair admitted to showing fake footage on their show, while other evidence used to sentence Martin Bryant included video footage of the gunman walking to the wharf where a boat is clearly seen in the background – when the gunman however pulls the gun out to continue his rampage and the camera cuts to a different angle there is no boat seen in the background despite the same backdrop.
Other questions raised, which demand investigating according to theorists who believe Bryant was nothing more than a ‘Patsy’ set up to take the fall for the massacre include:
- Questioning of why the Broad Arrow Cafe was demolished so quickly following the event meaning investigators, the state coroner or the judge and jury could not venture to see the crime scene themselves;
- How refrigerated body transporters were readily available in Tasmania despite only one previously being available on the island at the time;
- How the picture of Martin Bryant appeared on news channels in New Zealand and around the globe, while police were still talking to ‘the man at Seascape’ whose identity at that point had not been determined;
- The length of the police interview, in which during the early parts of the interrogation it was obviously clear that the intellectually impaired Martin Bryant was not understanding the questions being posed to him, or what he was being interviewed for.
*Please Note: Upon posting the included information it is not the direct views of Horror Australia, or its staff, we are simply informing Australians – and worldwide, just some of the conspiracy theories in Australia that could be of interest if you were to investigate or read up further.