Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Real Terrorists in Semarang?




Lester Cross is the Australian head of an anti-terror organisation in Indonesia, the Jakarta Center for Law Enforcement Cooperation.

On 2 December 2007, gunmen shot at Lester Cross's vehicle.

According to The Jakarta Post, Cross 'was unharmed when shots hit a window and a tire... in the city of Semarang, about 250 kilometers east of the capital, Jakarta.'

The Indonesian police said that the attackers might be terrorists.

Cross's anti-terror 'school', which is jointly run by Indonesia and Australia, was set up in 2004 to help police from across Asia fight terrorism. It also acts as an information clearinghouse and provides governments with anti-terrorism experts.

It has now emerged that the people who shot at Lester Cross were Indonesian police officers.

So now we know.

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On 31 August 2002, two vehicles carrying teachers from Freeport’s International School in Indonesia were shot at.

Americans Ted Burgon and Ricky Spier were killed.

West Papua Police concluded that members of the Indonesian Army’s Special Forces (Kopassus) might have been involved in the killings. (Paras Indonesia - Where Democratic Minds Meet)

Antonius Wamang has been named by Indonesian officials as the killer.

Human rights groups say Wamang has 'extensive ties' to the Indonesian military as a business partner of Kopassus. (Paras Indonesia - Where Democratic Minds Meet)

In an August 2004 television interview on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Wamang said that he received his ammunition for the attack from Indonesian military personnel. (Paras Indonesia - Where Democratic Minds Meet)

Reportedly, the Indonesian military has a history of using militias to carry out acts of terror, in the hope of hiding its own role.

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Reportedly, Indonesian-led forces deliberately killed five Australian television newsmen in East Timor in 1975. (Killing of Balibo five deliberate, inquest told )

An Australian coroner has called for a war crimes probe into what she said was the murder of two British journalists 32 years ago by Indonesian forces (UK journalists murdered by the military)

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Insonesia's special forces regiment is called Kopassus. It has been trained by the Americans and reportedly gets weapons from the Israelis.

According to Dr Damien Kingsbury, head of philosophical, political and international studies at Deakin University:
Kopassus set up the Islamic organisation Komando Jihad.

Komando Jihad became Jemaah Islamiah, which has been linked to the Bali bomb.

Kopassus members trained the notorious Laskar Jihad Islamic militia, which stepped up conflict in the Ambon region, leaving up to 10,000 dead. Kopassus still trains and organises the militias in West Timor that continue cross-border destabilisation operations into East Timor.

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