by Cameron Reilly | 19 Nov, 2020 | Uncategorised
It’s hard to read the details of the Brereton report and not reach the conclusion that there are psychopaths in the Australian military. As one soldier put it: “Psychos. Absolute psychos. And we bred them.”
None of the killings took place in the heat of battle, and they all occurred in circumstances which, if accepted by a jury, would constitute the war crime of murder.
All the victims were either non-combatants or were no longer combatants.Evidence suggests junior soldiers were instructed by their superiors to execute prisoners in cold blood as part of a “blooding” process to give them their first kill.
“Typically, the patrol commander would take a person under control and the junior member … would then be directed to kill the person under control,” the report found. “‘Throwdowns’ would be placed with the body and a ‘cover story’ was created for the purposes of operational reporting and to deflect scrutiny.”
Unsurprisingly, the report “absolves senior command of blame or knowledge that war crimes were being committed”. However I think it’s fair to argue that the culture of an organisation is the responsibility of its leadership. To say “we didn’t know what was going on in our own military” should be completely unacceptable.
by Cameron Reilly | 24 Apr, 2020 | Uncategorised
According to the ABC:
Troy Stolz, the whistleblower who exposed a widespread lack of anti-money laundering compliance around poker machines in registered clubs, is being sued by ClubsNSW.
According to Andrew Wilkie MP “up to 95 per cent of clubs in NSW were operating illegally”. The employee – who worked in their anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing compliance department – obviously felt not enough was being done to resolve the issues and allegedly took it to the politician. He’s now being sued by his employer for airing their dirty laundry (get it? money laundering?).
My theory is that these kinds of situations are strong indications of a psychopathic culture – and a psychopath or two in senior management. A healthy organisation would say “yes, we’re not doing enough in this area, the employee did the correct thing by forcing us to take it more seriously”.
by Cameron Reilly | 17 Apr, 2020 | Uncategorised
On December 15, 2015, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “Modi is a coward and a psychopath.”
This is one of the few times I’ve heard one politician refer to another as a psychopath. I’m not sure if he meant it in a clinical sense (Kejriwal is a mechanical engineer by training, not a psychiatrist) or if he was just attacking him, but it’s good to see the concept of politicians perhaps being psychopaths in the mainstream.
Most stories I see hitting the news about psychopaths are still talking about characters in TV shows.
by Cameron Reilly | 6 Mar, 2020 | Uncategorised
Short video interview I did recently on The Midas Letter. I didn’t realise until too late that it was a VIDEO interview. Otherwise I would have had a shave, brushed my hair and put a better shirt on.
by Cameron Reilly | 27 Feb, 2020 | Uncategorised
According to the Guardian:
The oil and gas industry substantially rewards US legislators with campaign donations when they oppose environmental protections, according to a new analysis of congressional votes and political contributions.