Australian Greens Demand Japan Release Terrorist


Australia’s crackpot left has once again thrown its lot in with eco-terrorist group Sea Shepherd, demanding Japan release operative Peter Bethune, arrested for illegally boarding a whaling vessel on the high seas, supposedly in an effort to capture it.

After former Sea Shepherd captain Peter Bethune (a New Zealand national) boarded the Japanese whaler, he was held in loose confinement onboard whilst the ship made its way back to Japan, then transferred to Tokyo where he was arrested pending an investigation by the Japan Coast Guard.

Sea Shepherd’s backers in the Australian Green Party vow that they will see him escape punishment for his crimes, and Green leader Senator Bob Brown called on Australian Prime Minister Rudd to secure the terrorist’s release.

Grandstanding for the cameras, he fraudulently claimed Japan “has no jury system” and highlights the “98%” conviction rate of Japanese courts, apparently implying that fair trials are impossible there as a result:

“There will be an international campaign to free Peter Bethune so if either the Australian or New Zealand authorities thought it was all going to die away, it will not.

The crew on the Shonan Maru No.2 ought to be in the dock and the ship impounded … for illegal whaling and illegally refuelling in the Antarctic and illegally running down the Ady Gil.”

As well as calling for the release of a pirate and terrorist, the party also criticised its own government for allowing federal police to conduct searches of Sea Shepherd vessels, accusing them of being in Tokyo’s thrall, a charge which would undoubtedly strike many in Japan as ironic considering the unerringly supine position of their own government in international relations.

Sea Shepherd for its part still intends to charge Japan with piracy after the loss of one of its vessels during risky maneuvers for the cameras.

Meanwhile Japanese media gleefully reports how the confined skipper happily tucked in to meals of meat and fish on the voyage back to Japan, despite supposedly enforcing a strictly vegetarian diet on his own vessel.

The year’s theatrics have otherwise subsided, with Japanese whalers thought to have taken about 700 Minke whales in the season, of a global population estimated to be around 1,000,000. How much Sea Shepherd received in donations is not recorded.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    13:50 26/07/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Man.... its too hard to get the Japs to stop whaling, its what they take pride in and belongs to a part of their "culture". But if its just for the sake of one country's culture that's going to diminish the number of a species that we have on our planet, then its better to cut down and restrain oneself (or one country) to stop harming the planet.

    Human beings have already done enough damage to the planet and where do those numbers even come from? Wiki ? JP sites that promotes whaling? And guys, I don't think they're "using" the whales' leftover carcass as meat, they're hunting them FOR the meat in the name of scientific research. Which is the same as a cannibal eating another human and saying that he/she is doing this in the name of "anthropological research" for the delicacy of the human race =_+

    Comment by Anonymous

    LOL eat whale is NOT SAME as eat HUMAN, u stupid !

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    Comment by Union Jack
    10:02 24/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is where greenpeace gets it wrong instead of doing these stupid pacifist operations the sea shepherded should lay sea in in whaling waters you soon see a big reduction of whalers after a few boats have hit the mines.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:33 03/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're right, some whales are smarter than some humans..

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:28 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Australia is the new FF13, apparently.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:53 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck Japan.

    ...just felt like no one was taking the other side of the argument. I'm done.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:48 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm still waiting for my Sea Shepherd anime. Looks like it's going to be drama instead of action/adventure... lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:59 16/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fucking japs we should nuke them again

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:39 16/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Australian Greens Demand Japan Release Terrorist"

    Terrorist ? Objectivity, I'm calling your name...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:13 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Screw Sea Shepherds! They make Japanese look like evil, whale killing jerks. And since people watching Whale Wars on TV are to lazy to think for themselves they never realise how stupid it is.
    F U Sea Shepherd! >:(

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:19 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Koreans hate Australia. And now Japanese hate Australia. Australia is so f##ked up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:05 01/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who cares what a bunch of monkeys think

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:27 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have never said what Japan is doing whaling is right. What I said was the group there with the sea shepherd are using tactics which are identical in every why to someone burning down a persons business, a persons house, killing their dogs and cats, kidnapping their kids, just because they disagree with the persons beliefs.

    If the Japanese whalers are breaking that many laws get the Nato or UN whatever to put a stop to it, not destructive dangerous and deadly conduct to get in the way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:44 03/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, overreact much? I'm pretty sure they haven't committed arson, kidnapping and cruelty to animals yet (though the japanese whalers can't say the same for the last one).

    The tactics you speak of are nothing like the ones they use. What frustrates most people isn't that the japanese whalers kill whales, it's because they claim they're doing it for 'scientific research'. The only thing this research has proven so far is that they have no balls.

    17:51 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Such a luxury, he got free treatment for his finger and now he's enjoying Sushi on the ship, after trying to illegally board in?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:02 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's a vegetarian ya nitwit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:27 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0) a good point...i think we should all join sea shepard for the same treatment

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:32 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this pity guy is enjoying a comfortable voyage
    his sack was fulled with traveler'sets,favorite pajamas,pillow,tooth brush,novel and psp.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:08 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am an Aussie (unfortunately.) and I think they should lock him up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:41 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now, if only they do the same thing to Equality Now's operatives...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:04 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like how this website likes to portray Japan as utterly innocent even though these whalers keep illegally entering Australian waters. I don't agree with Sea Shepard, but I can guarantee you if the Japanese went into American waters...

    well, you'd be escorted out by gunpoint. They get away with this because, well, the Australians don't want to cause an international disaster by escorting an illegal ship out of their waters with a military vessel.

    It doesn't excuse Sea Shepard, but both sides are criminals here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:01 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least China doesn't put up with Japan's bullshit. They get escorted out by warships there too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:02 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    aussies are such attention whores, no one cares about them so they've been doing all sorts of crazy things lately

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:25 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh those silly aussies and their whales. What has a whale ever done for anyone?? (aside from being a lame tourist trap and eating all the plankton in our oceans) I'd say Japan's done more for the world than some stupid swimming mammal that doesn't even really taste that good and isn't really huggable D;

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    Comment by Sarkazmo
    20:15 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Save a whale, eat a Japanese...

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:53 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dont think whaling is right
    but Aussies are also overboard

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:52 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't release this idiot. they want only attention. Attention = money = discovery channel.
    Fuck Sea Ship.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:15 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agree! \(`_´)

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:48 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its the GREENs, what other course of action do you think the Greens Party will take in any country?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:29 16/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Throw the book at him...or better yet, a minke whale.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:53 17/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Could you site your estimate of 1,000,000 whales? I have not been able to corroborate this number.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:21 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Searching online about petitions and stuff, I found several from or related to Sea Shepard calling to stop Japan Whaling.

    I just wonder.... is there a petition for Sea Shepard to "STFU!" and to Australia to "MIND YOUR OWN F*CKING BUSINESS, YA HYPOCRITICAL B*ST*RDS AND B*ITCHES!" KILLING INNOCENT CATS AND DOGS!!!"

    "F*CK OFF!"

    DUDE is a eco-terrorist and a pirate, he illegally boarded a ship and tried to make a citizen arrest, or "threaten and attempted kidnap" the captain. DUDE should go to jail.
    His reason to board and "arrest" the captain is irrelevant, he evidently illegally boarded someone else's ship, it's a clear violation.


    No wonder any good Australians left the country, ain't no use staying with a bunch of MORONS!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:05 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hmm... Maybe it's because they were whaling in Australian waters?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:11 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    no ! it's international waters

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:56 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So the shonan maru 2 rams a sea shepherd boat, capsizes it, ignores the distress calls, and peter bethune is the bad guy?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:56 25/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, I know, and the Jews ruined Germany's economy and suddenly Hitler is a war criminal. Yeesh.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:37 17/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Meanwhile Japanese media gleefully reports how the confined skipper happily tucked in to meals of meat and fish on the voyage back to Japan, despite supposedly enforcing a strictly vegetarian diet on his own vessel......

    so what??...should he have died from hunger???....fking japanese goverment

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:05 17/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guys pretty muscular, and even regular guys like you and I can go three or four days without eating The more muscle you have, the longer you can go. IIRC Chris Ryan went 8 days, and that was with sub-zero temperatures, in a war zone, covering close to 300km on foot. This guy could have managed.

    Besides, there's no way the crew would have been living on fish alone while they're out there, you get ill if you keep eating the same food all the time. He could have skipped that part of the meal and just eaten the rest. :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:29 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do your wailing in ur own sea! Soon there won't be any left for you to murder!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:10 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    even there's no whale well they can still alive . LOL . stupid people ! nature is there to serve humans

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:09 16/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese whalers round up the biggest, smartest and most viscious cats on the planet and begin breeding a Supercat. The result of their project is something like a cougar on crank. They release several thousand of these uber-nekos in the Australian countryside so they can hook up with the ferrel cats and make lots and lots of nice little kittens. Now THAT would be funny.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:47 03/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Couldn't happen. The scientists would be stuck on how to include rape tentacles on it.

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    Comment by Palmtop Dragon
    05:50 16/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    New Zealand has already thrown this moron to the sharks where extremist douchebags like him deserve. As much as their cause is noble, their methods are deplorable.

    A New Zealand man who boarded a Japanese whaling vessel without permission could be sentenced to three years in prison if he is charged and found guilty.
    The are reports the Japanese government intends charging Peter Bethune – a member of the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
    Captain Paul Watson of the anti-whaling fleet says Mr Bethune is disappointed the New Zealand Government isn’t supporting his cause.
    “I believe Peter has received overwhelming support from Australia – but I don’t think he expects to get any support from the Government,” Mr Watson said.
    “They’re too interested in appeasing the Japanese government and the Japanese corporation.”

    Let them rot in jail. Preferably on a diet of whale meat.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:53 16/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Go Sea Shepherd!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:24 16/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fffff. He should've been working on helping those 25,000 dolphins that are slaughtered each year in Japan!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:19 16/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A pirate is a pirate even if he sea sherpherd or not. Boarding to another ship without permission is a pirate act.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:47 16/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    He should've saved those 25,000 dolphins slaughtered each year in Japan

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:53 16/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't kill whales, crabs, cats, dogs, turtles, chickens, turkeys, ducks, horses, cows, vegetables, lobsters, kangaroos, tigers, lions... etc. (Doesn't include humans)

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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:02 16/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is dumb.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:59 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Greens are hardly "crackpot left".
    That said, I do not necessarily support their endorsement of Sea Shepherd, or Sea Shepherd's activities.

    My problem with whaling remains the fact that it is conducted under false pretences for commercial purposes, to the objection of the majority of the IWC. I am also aware of no scientific consensus supporting a cull of minke whales which is one of the multiple excuses (others including 'research' and 'tradition') claimed by whalers.
    The whalers should not be operating in the Southern Ocean, and thus they have no right to complain if protesters attempt to impede their progress using non-lethal methods.

    It is inaccurate to claim the the Ady Gil was engaged in "risky manoeuvres" at the time of the collision. Video taken on board the Ady Gil prior to the collision clearly shows that the majority of the crew were on deck relaxing, and had shut the engines down. The collision was probably not intentional on either side, however both sides bear responsibility for failing to steer clear of each other. The Shonan Maru 2 bears more responsibility due to the fact that it was underway at the time, while the Ady Gil apparently was not.

    All that said, Peter Bethune willingly boarded the Shonan Maru 2, and must accept the consequences of his actions. It is obvious, however, that this was nothing more than a publicity stunt. To treat it as anything other than that is silly.

    Let's try and avoid bias on either side, shall we?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:44 16/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Saying he should be forgiven for illegally bording a vessel because his action was a publicity stunt is nonsense.

    The motivation for the crime might have some impact on the sentence, but that doesn't mean no crime was committed.

    Otherwise you'd end up with lawyers defending murderers by going "Well, my client didn't actually have anything against the guy he shot, he just did it to get attention. Therefore he should be let off scot free."

    That makes no sense whatsoever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:11 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    truely unbiased people are those who don't give a damn.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:55 16/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shut up and pick a side, damn it.

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    Comment by Tex_Arcana
    09:26 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with your assessment, up until the last sentence.

    That's just not likely to happen on this site, or society in general.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:58 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    True Tex. Truly unbiased people are an extremely rare breed, especially on the Internet, and exponentially so for Anonymous.
    I also suffer from it; ironically as proven by my final statement. But I do try and avoid it.

    Although holding major eco-friendly views (destroying the planet we rely on for survival is stupid), I prefer indisputable scientific evidence over internal bias.
    If the international scientific community were to declare a consensus that harvesting minke whales was environmentally sustainable, and the IWC was to allow a commercial fishing quota, I would have no major objection to the whaling activities in the Southern Ocean.
    But it needs to be done honestly and responsibly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:48 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Part of your statement is bull. "...the majority of the crew were on deck relaxing, and had shut the engines down."
    Just watched that video and it's obvious that as the whaler was passing they gunned the idling engines to deliberately put themselves under the larger ship's bow.
    It was nothing more than another publicity stunt that in this case was designed to make them out as poor victims that tried to stop the big bad whalers but instead got hurt themselves.

    And before you think otherwise, I am not a supporter of whaling.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:04 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anonymous 09:48, you probably only watched the video taken from on board the Shonan Maru 2.

    Two other videos of the incident are available, one taken from the Bob Barker, and the other on board the Ady Gil itself. Both are available on YouTube. The Ady Gil video covers several minutes prior to the collision, and filming continues right up until the impact. You can see the Ady Gil crew relaxing, and actually *hear* the engines being shut down. Suggesting that the crew of the Ady Gil *intentionally* got their vessel rammed by a ship several times larger and more massive than themselves is laughable. These men are not suicidal. Prone to dangerous stunts, perhaps, but not suicidal.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:59 17/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Just a quick note, but bear in mind the sizes of the vessels. Larger ships (especially when laden) can need several miles of space to turn around, and even after a manoeuvre is started it can take a minute or two before the ship starts turning at all.

    The Shonan Maru 2 is a little under 500 tonnes, and has a top speed of 10-12Kts. Believe it or not, slow speeds actually mean a ship needs longer to turn, so it's normal to bring the engines up to speed when turning to move more water over the rudder - so you can turn faster.

    There's nothing inconsistent with that in the Maru's behaviour. The Andy Gil parked up in front of it, the Maru turned to starboard and started spooling its engines up to try and reduce it's turning circle, but didn't have enough distance to avoid the Gil.

    Normally, you'd give larger ships like this a wide berth for exactly this reason. Even navy crews panic if their ships come within 300 metres of each other on a parallel course - there's no time to react if something goes wrong. You can't honestly believe a crew with as much experience as that of the Gil didn't know that.

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    Comment by Alias
    15:38 16/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ Anonymous 13:25
    By definition the Ady Gil did not ram the whalers, considering it was the Ady Gil that was rammed. The only matter of contention is if the Shonan Maru 2 *intentionally* rammed the Ady Gil, whether the Ady Gil intended to be rammed, or whether it was completely unintentional. I don't believe it was intentional, the Shonan Maru 2 captain and crew probably expected the Ady Gil to move out of the way. The Ady Gil crew, meanwhile, did not expect the Shonan Maru 2 to sail on what was basically a collision course while the Ady Gil's engines were off and they were not manoeuvring.

    It is unsurprising that the Ady Gil's engines powered up at the last moment - they would have been making a last ditch effort to evade when they realised the Shonan Maru 2 was bearing right down on top of them. It is possible that forward acceleration was applied at the last second, it wouldn't be surprising if the person at the helm panicked under the circumstances and fumbled the throttle before hauling ass out of the cockpit. But regardless, suggesting that they intentionally wanted the boat to be rammed is still ludicrous.

    The Ady Gil's open deck area is quite small. It is the only place they could possibly relax in the open air, and it is quite obvious that that is exactly what they were doing. Claiming that the only reason they were there was because they intended to have the front of their boat rammed is a baseless conspiracy theory. People who claim that Obama isn't a US citizen would like to hear from you.

    You seem to accept that the Ady Gil was indeed not travelling under power until moments before the impact. The Shonan Maru 2 was some distance away when the Ady Gil's engines were shut down with plenty of sea room between the two. By extension then, you must accept that it was the Shonan Maru 2 that failed to properly steer clear of a drifting vessel. Even without the apparent last-second acceleration, it seems as though the Shonan Maru 2 would still have clipped the bow of the Ady Gil.

    Both parties were at fault to some degree, and neither party intended for the collision to occur.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:25 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    if by relaxing you mean purposely sitting in the safest spot considering they were planning to ram the whalers, then yeah.

    also, i suggest you watch the videos again. in both the video from the whalers and the one from the bob barker, you can very clearly see ady gil power it's engines and lunge forward at the last minute. with the video from the ady gil, yes, it sounds like they turned off the engine while waiting for the whalers, HOWEVER, you can also clearly hear the engines turn back on before impact which confirms the visual evidence from both the other videos that the ady gil rammed the whalers.

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