Australia’s Governor-General David Hurley was formerly a General in Australia’s Army and he was Chief of the Defence Force from the 4th of July 2011 to June 2014. I wrote about his lack of credibility regarding the war crimes cover-up only a few days ago but further evidence has come to hand which starts to build a powerful prima facia case that he has knowingly covered-up war crimes in Afghanistan.
Timeline of allegations against Governor-General David Hurley:
2011 to 2014: Chief of the Defence Force when most of the alleged war crimes took place. Claims he saw nothing and heard nothing about alleged war crimes.
2012: I accused David Hurley of a cover-up back in 2011/2012 of the ADF sex tape scandal which I detailed in the last article titled “How can Governor-General Hurley be believed about the war crimes given he tried to cover-up the ADF sex tape scandal?”. (Click here to read)
The Guardian reported in an article titled “Australian special forces soldiers incensed at war crimes inquiry clearing commanders of blame”:
April 2013: “directive issued from then “chief of the defence force, the chief of joint operations and the head of Joint Task Force 633” stressing Australian soldiers must have a high degree of confidence that a targeted person is directly participating in hostilities.”
“An ADF member is exposed to criminal and disciplinary liability, including potentially the war crime of murder … for opening fire on a person when there is a substantial risk that the person is not DPH (direct participant in hostilities),” Gen David Hurley, then the CDF, wrote.
The ABC reported that the directive was prompted after an inquiry officer raised concerns about the way rules of engagement were being applied to identify individuals taking part in hostilities. It followed the shooting of two men in a village who local residents claimed were civilians and unarmed.
Hurley told Guardian Australia he did not know about the incidents at the time he issued the 2013 directive.
Defence only started probing allegations of war crimes in 2015, two years after Australia special forces had withdrawn from Uruzgan, a province of Afghanistan. The first inquiries involved commanders commissioning a study that uncovered some of the allegations.
The following year based on the results of the study, the then chief of the army, Gen Angus Campbell, requested the inspector general of the Australian defence force (IGADF) inquire into concerns about special operations that included “unsubstantiated stories” of illegal killings and inhumane and unlawful treatment of detainees over a lengthy period of time.
The IGADF then appointed NSW supreme court judge and reserve Maj Gen Paul Brereton to conduct the inquiry, which was released this week and found 23 incidents where there was credible evidence of unlawful killing of 39 people by 25 Australian special forces personnel, predominantly from the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR). (Click here to read more)
Brereton in his report laid the blame for the war comes at a low level of the command chain and said “With respect to high command: “That responsibility and accountability does not extend to higher headquarters,”.
It is just not believable that General David Hurley in his time as Chief of the Defence Force from 2011 to 2014 had no idea about the alleged war crimes. Why is it in 2015 only a year after he left the army that they uncovered war crimes?
David Hurley is also getting called out on social media as per the below photo on Twitter.
Whistleblower David McBride also questions what David Hurley did and didn’t know.
The below video was published (2/12/20) on YouTube by war crimes whistleblower David McBride and is titled “Who really knew? The Commanding Officers, or the Generals?” He mentions David Hurley and what he did and didn’t know.
Others have also alleged David Hurley has been involved in cover-ups in the defence force as Senator Jacqui Lambie did in 2015.
2015: The New Daily reported:
Then independent senator Jacqui Lambie accused then Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Mr Hurley of “covering up” or “turning a blind eye” to rape and abuse in the defence force.
“Those crimes were covered up or turned a blind eye to by those in the highest leadership positions in Australia, including our national governor-general and our NSW governor,” she said.
Mr Hurley had publicly apologised to defence force personnel who suffered abuse. (Click here to read more)
Would someone who covered up rape also cover-up war crimes?
The list of alleged cover-ups by David Hurley in his time as Chief of the Defence Force is getting longer by the day and it suggests that he did cover-up war crimes which are the most serious of the alleged cover-ups.
I believe there is a powerful prima facie case to charge Governor-General David Hurley with concealing a serious indictable offence, at the very least, which are the alleged war crimes. I think the case against Governor-General David Hurley will continue to grow stronger by the day but his position as Governor-General is blatantly untenable and he should resign immediately.
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