Activist vows to attack airport
ANTI-WAR activist Bryan Law is confident he can wreak havoc when thousands of American and Australian troops arrive in Rockhampton in July for the latest joint exercise.
Mr Law, a regular thorn-in-the-side of Talisman-Saber war games at Shoalwater Bay said he was determined to attack at least one US military helicopter at Rockhampton Airport.
And he said at 56 and in poor health, he was ready to be sent to jail for the rest of his life in an attempt to disrupt the exercise and alter attitudes towards Australia’s role as “America’s puppet in acts of aggression against some of the poorest people on the planet”.
The veteran peace campaigner, who has been arrested numerous times during anti-military protests, is planning to move to Rockhampton from Cairns next month so he can better prepare for battle.
He believes dozens will join him in sabotage operations.
He can hardly be accused of plotting in secret. Yesterday he said: “I have already notified the defence department of my intentions. They know I’m coming, but I bet they can’t stop me.
“I expect dozens of supporters, most of them prepared to carry on disruptive actions, trespass and more fully developed expressions of non-violent protest.
“If I can get my hands on a US military helicopter I will damage the avionics and communications as best I can.
“I don’t rate the security at the airport. It won’t keep me out.”
He said he planned a “few months of glorious fun”. One of his main aims is to “restrain and prevent the conduct of live firing at Shoalwater Bay”.
Mr Law said he was happy to debate councillors, RSL members, soldiers and any citizen on the merits of Talisman-Saber and would organise public meetings to get his message across.
He said the joint US-Australian exercise, which was held every two years, was not about defending Australia.
“It will be a massive exercise, with up to 30,000 troops and naval participation with nuclear-powered and enabled ships. The aim is to practice aggressive war – how to invade other countries,” he said.
“Australia stands alongside America as an aggressor and invader, waging war on poor tribespeople in places like Afghanistan.
“Who is our enemy? Where is the threat to Australia? Talisman-Saber is not training to protect our shores.”
Mr Law said he had three or four years left to live and if he spent it all in prison it was not a big deal.
Exercise will run from July 11 to 29.
About 8000 troops will be based in Rockhampton.
In 2007, 16 protesters were arrested for entering Shoalwater Bay during Talisman-Saber and two were charged after chaining themselves to a US Marine vehicle.