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Greenpeace raided!

By johnboy - 21 July 2011 45

ACT Policing executed a search warrant on the head office of Greenpeace Australia in Ultimo this morning (Thursday, July 21).

The search warrant was executed in relation to an alleged trespass and property damage at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Ginninderra Experiment Station in Canberra last week (Thursday, July 14).

An amount of property was seized as evidence during the warrant. Part of that evidence will undergo forensic analysis.

The warrant follows on from police interviews of two persons of interest in Sydney yesterday.

No arrests have been made, and investigations are ongoing.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Greenpeace raided!
Sleaz274 9:54 am 22 Jul 11

Ahhhh homegrown terrorism…Why are we in Afghanistan again? What does ASIO do exactly?

puggy 9:47 am 22 Jul 11

fgzk said :

It would be good if you actually new some history of Greenpeace Australia’s actions. At least when they protest they give information about the issues rather than just the dribble about nailing balls.

Its funny how some of you buy into the “feeding the world” requires we shop with Monsanto. I suppose it comes back to a “mix of half-truth, exaggeration and appeal to ignorance” that is presented by Monsanto and its sales staff.

Perhaps your comprehension skills need a little work, but my post agreed with the previous poster regarding Monsanto. I’ve had a look at Greenpeace’s lastest video an their site and though compelling, it still contains mistruths. This is my greatest beef with what they have done. There is nothing opaque about the CSIRO’s work. All information about it is publicly available. The licence under which they are carrying out the work (that yes, you can read) describes the fact that the wheat will be/has been tested on animals before carrying out small-scale human feeding trials on volunteers. If Greenpeace believes that this is not the case, there are ways to raise a violation of the licence with government agencies, and raise public awareness, that don’t involve criminal activity.

The report released by Greenpeace in early July was used as justification for this action. They were told that the report contained inaccuracies and mistruths. However, they still went ahead with their action against the CSIRO without allowing a right of reply to the report to correct any inaccuracies.

Regarding the link between CSIRO and Monsanto and NuFarm, a couple of board members doesn’t prove any deleterious link. Links with industry in any Government agency are part of the norm. Monsanto can go jump as far as I am concerned, but the action against the CSIRO needs to be justified by something other than a tenuous link.

Why is it not possible for me to be against GM, yet disagree with what Greenpeace has done? Why the assumption that because I oppose the action, I must be in love with Monsanto? Has Greenpeace ever attacked Monsanto’s canola GM trial sites (outside of this campaign about wheat) and if not, why not?

fgzk 6:33 am 22 Jul 11

puggy said :

Kiron2222 said :

As much as I think Greenpeace are pretty crazy, on this I totally support them, keep Monsanto the hell out of Australia.

Agree on Monsanto, but please provide direct evidence of Monsanto’s involvement in the experiment being conducted by the CSIRO at the Ginninderra Station. And “it’s obvious” doesn’t cut it.

Anyway, why didn’t Greenpeace go target one of Monsanto’s or Bayer’s actual trial sites, where you know, they are actually testing herbicide resistance instead of trying to improve nutrient content. It’s because they don’t have the balls to go up against the multis because they know they would get nailed to the wall. Instead they selectively target a Government organisation that they know is less likely to prosecute to the full extent of the law (beyond just the trespass etc, I’m talking GM laws) because nobody in government has any money at the moment.

It would be good if you actually new some history of Greenpeace Australia’s actions. At least when they protest they give information about the issues rather than just the dribble about nailing balls.

Its funny how some of you buy into the “feeding the world” requires we shop with Monsanto. I suppose it comes back to a “mix of half-truth, exaggeration and appeal to ignorance” that is presented by Monsanto and its sales staff.

breda 2:37 am 22 Jul 11

“Seems to me we’ve done ok without GM foods so far, where is the compelling argument for it? ”
————————————————————
100 years ago, you would have been saying “seems to me we’ve done all right without these new-fangled motor cars/penicillin/space exploration and (insert your choice), where is the compelling argument for it?”

The creepy thing about Green Luddites is that better producing crops mean less damage to Gaia, but they prefer low yield crops fertilised with cow poo that would feed less people and use more land. Apparently, reducing the population through starvation by increasing the cost of food is the path to Nirvana. If it means that we all have to work in the fields to feed ourselves, it will be good for our souls. Shades of Mao’s Cultural Revolution (which ran a similar line and resulted in the deaths of millions of people).

These people are fruitcakes, but as some of them currently run the Federal government, we should not be complacent.

Morgan 10:55 pm 21 Jul 11

Dont you love that the video on their website expresses concern that CSIRO had not tested their products on animals first!

puggy 9:02 pm 21 Jul 11

Kiron2222 said :

As much as I think Greenpeace are pretty crazy, on this I totally support them, keep Monsanto the hell out of Australia.

Agree on Monsanto, but please provide direct evidence of Monsanto’s involvement in the experiment being conducted by the CSIRO at the Ginninderra Station. And “it’s obvious” doesn’t cut it.

Anyway, why didn’t Greenpeace go target one of Monsanto’s or Bayer’s actual trial sites, where you know, they are actually testing herbicide resistance instead of trying to improve nutrient content. It’s because they don’t have the balls to go up against the multis because they know they would get nailed to the wall. Instead they selectively target a Government organisation that they know is less likely to prosecute to the full extent of the law (beyond just the trespass etc, I’m talking GM laws) because nobody in government has any money at the moment.

hoody 8:54 pm 21 Jul 11

Good read I had just lately: Bring on the Apocalypse: Six Arguments for Global Justice, by George Monbiot. Amongst the topics covered is GM crops and why? Global food crop monopoly. Maybe he’s a crank, maybe he’s on someone’s payroll, but maybe he has a point. Seems to me we’ve done ok without GM foods so far, where is the compelling argument for it? Re: Monsanto, refer to the above… Global food crop monopoly. Maybe I’m slightly paranoid, we grow heirloom vegetables and save some money each year. I don’t know, but trust Monsanto?

fgzk 7:58 pm 21 Jul 11

justin heywood said :

nobody said :

This video is Greenpeace’s view of GM wheat.
http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/en/photosandvideos/videos/Australias-Wheat-Scandal-/

nobody said :

This video is Greenpeace’s view of GM wheat.
http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/en/photosandvideos/videos/Australias-Wheat-Scandal-/

Well if that video is the best Greenpeace have got then I can see why they’re scaremongering rather than encouraging sensible debate.

I’m intrigued that Greenpeace’s support base is generally on the ‘progressive’ side of politics, yet on the GM issue they use a mix of half-truth, exaggeration and appeal to ignorance that would make a hard-core climate-change denier proud.

The debate has moved on to taking direct action. That’s what Greenpeace does.

“mix of half-truth, exaggeration and appeal to ignorance” That’s Monsanto on a good day. You should buy some shares in them. You’d get on great.

The Frots 7:28 pm 21 Jul 11

justin heywood said :

nobody said :

This video is Greenpeace’s view of GM wheat.
http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/en/photosandvideos/videos/Australias-Wheat-Scandal-/

nobody said :

This video is Greenpeace’s view of GM wheat.
http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/en/photosandvideos/videos/Australias-Wheat-Scandal-/

Well if that video is the best Greenpeace have got then I can see why they’re scaremongering rather than encouraging sensible debate.

I’m intrigued that Greenpeace’s support base is generally on the ‘progressive’ side of politics, yet on the GM issue they use a mix of half-truth, exaggeration and appeal to ignorance that would make a hard-core climate-change denier proud.

+1 to that!!

justin heywood 7:06 pm 21 Jul 11

nobody said :

This video is Greenpeace’s view of GM wheat.
http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/en/photosandvideos/videos/Australias-Wheat-Scandal-/

nobody said :

This video is Greenpeace’s view of GM wheat.
http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/en/photosandvideos/videos/Australias-Wheat-Scandal-/

Well if that video is the best Greenpeace have got then I can see why they’re scaremongering rather than encouraging sensible debate.

I’m intrigued that Greenpeace’s support base is generally on the ‘progressive’ side of politics, yet on the GM issue they use a mix of half-truth, exaggeration and appeal to ignorance that would make a hard-core climate-change denier proud.

nobody 5:39 pm 21 Jul 11
Kiron2222 5:15 pm 21 Jul 11

As much as I think Greenpeace are pretty crazy, on this I totally support them, keep Monsanto the hell out of Australia.

Henry82 5:09 pm 21 Jul 11

imo just confiscate everything, including computers, climbing equiptment, lightbulbs etc untill its all being forensically examined. that will slow them down.

p1 5:03 pm 21 Jul 11

OverLord said :

Seized some bags of plant material maybe? Good work.

Yeah, but it was for personal use. 🙂

OverLord 4:30 pm 21 Jul 11

Seized some bags of plant material maybe? Good work.

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