Former hostage Warren Rodwell slams 60 Minutes

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Whoever bows to the legislators of Oz should consider this ….

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 Former hostage Warren Rodwell slams 60 Minutes: ‘Kidnapping can never be excused’ …. By Liz Burke news.com.au

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WHEN Warren Rodwell was kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf terrorists in the Philippines and held captive for 472 days, it made him question everything he knew.

He was cuffed, shot through the hand, mistreated and starved. He was left isolated in a mountainous warzone for 10 weeks and imprisoned the rest of the time. He was delirious.

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Once he was freed in 2013, the former soldier says he looked like a prisoner of war, and was grappling with his sanity.

The only thing he says he knew for sure at that time was that kidnapping had started this, and no good could come of the crime.

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Still bearing the scars of his time held captive, Mr Rodwell had the same thought when he heard of the kidnapping of two children in Lebanon, taken from a Beirut street while they were out with their grandmother two weeks ago.

It would of course come out that those the snatch had been ordered by the children’s mother, with the help of a 60 Minutes crew who intended to broadcast the operation, and carried out by a notorious child recovery agency.

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They claimed the children had been abducted by their father and taken to Lebanon against the mother’s wishes, and that by returning the kids to their mum and their Brisbane home they were carrying out a good and honest act.

All Mr Rodwell could think was: “That’s absurd.”

“I first saw it as 60 Minutes wanting to show kidnapping as a good thing,” he told news.com.au.

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“Because I had been kidnapped myself, my first reaction was repulsion. The thought of trying to show kidnapping as a good thing, I thought that was atrocious and ludicrous.”

The Channel 9 crew led by network star Tara Brown, and the mother of the two children Sally Faulkner, by spending close to two weeks in a Beirut prison following their arrest. They were freed overnight after Nine agreed to pay an undisclosed amount in compensation to the children’s father Ali Elamine.

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Members of Child Abduction Recovery International (CARI) who carried out the “child recovery” operation, Adam Whittington and Craig Michael, have been left to the mercy of the Lebanese courts, with Nine taking no responsibility, saying “they are not part of our team”.

Though Mr Rodwell said he was “shocked” by what the agency had done, he believed there had been an “imbalance of equity” in how the situation had been dealt with, especially if it eventuated that Nine had made payments to the kidnappers.

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“I’m shocked at what they do, and that they’re allowed to do it and carry on as a business. Whatever licencing they have has to be looked into,” he said.

“If someone engages an agent, that agent acts on their behalf. If something goes wrong, the person responsible is someone who engaged them.”

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Mr Rodwell said that 60 Minutes had become “over-involved” in the story, and should take the fall. He said he was disgraced by the program’s apparent intention to promote kidnapping.

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“In calling it child recovery, it makes it sound like it’s a rescue mission,” he said.

“The question to be asked is with these child recovery agencies, are they in effect something similar to bounty hunters?”

Mr Rodwell said his own experience had opened his eyes to how bad kidnapping can be, and says it should never be promoted.

“Kidnapping itself, as I got a glimpse of, is scratching the surface of people trafficking, and it’s not a thing anywhere that you could really condone. Kidnapping can never be excused,” he said.

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Although he was damning of the entire Lebanon fiasco, Mr Rodwell said his experience had helped him sympathise with Ms Faulkner on one point.

“From what I understand, the mother admitted from the beginning she was naive by agreeing to the children going on vacation. I can appreciate her position because apparently she took it as far as she could in what she could achieve in Australia, but apparently the Foreign Minister couldn’t do anything more,” he said.

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“I have had a similar experience myself, because before coming back to Australia after being kidnapped, I had the DFAT, the AFP, ADF and ASIO all assigned to my own case, and it was explained to me quite clearly that before coming back to Austraila, there was seemingly nothing they would be able to do for me, there was no follow through, once I was back in Australia I had to go back in the queue to access any services.

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“She was desperate, but still, the argument has been put that as a mother you would do anything to get your children back, but if that results in someone being in prison for up to 20 years, what benefit is that to the children?”

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AL JAZEERA by Warren Rodwell

AL JAZEERA by Warren Rodwell

Peter Greste

Reporting news as they thought they should

Reporting news for the common good

Working for Al Jazeera

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Setting the news agenda from a different perspective

Canadian Fahmy, Egyptian Mohammad and Australian Greste

Up until they were arrested.

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Experienced reporters from around the world

Accused and jailed for seven years and more for false reports

Working for Al Jazeera

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The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights

Urged authorities to promptly release

But this brought no kind of reprieve

Human Rights

Seen internationally as political prisoners by Amnesty

Due to the nature of the trial, evidence and sentencing

Working for Al Jazeera

Amnesty International

Legislation changed for foreigners in the Cairo jail

And Peter Greste was deported after four hundred days

The other two got out on bail

Greste

Reporting news as they thought they should

Reporting news for the common good

Working for Al Jazeera

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PARODY WARREN R RODWELL ESSAY by John Rapp

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An Essay on Warren R Rodwell ” by John Rapp – Indianapolis Podcast | Indiana Talk Radio Show USA

Warren Rodwell

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John Rapp wanted to start a talk radio podcast with Chris Brake. Chris said “Okay.” There is rarely a plan for the show. Just a bunch of people trying not to embarrass themselves. And, sometimes the format unexpectedly changes from episode to episode. What you hear is what you get.

Warren Rodwell was held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group for fifteen months, but he resurfaced just to come on the Chris Brake Show. Warren is now a free man, and a frequent guest on The Chris Brake Show.

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John Rapp Parody Essay on Warren Rodwell – by John Rapp

The subject of Warren Rodwell has been covered intensively by the world press over the past decade. There are many factors which influenced the development of Warren Rodwell. Given that this influence pervades our society, there are just not enough blues songs written about Warren Rodwell.

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Inevitably, Warren Rodwell is often misunderstood by socialists, trapped by their infamous history. At the heart of the subject are a number of key factors. I plan to examine each of these factors in detail and assess their importance.

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Social Factors :

As reflected in classical mythology, society is complicated. When blues legend ‘Bare Foot D’ remarked ‘awooooh eeee only my dawg understands me’ [1], he globalised an issue which had remained buried in the hearts of our ancestors for centuries. Spanning divides such as class, race and ugliness, Warren Rodwell helps to provide some sort of equilibrium in this world of ever changing, always yearning chaos.

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When one is faced with people of today, a central theme emerges – Warren Rodwell is either adored or despised. It leaves no one undecided. It is intrinsically linked to adolescent inner acclimatisation.

Economic Factors :

The preceding section may have shed some light on society, but to really understand man, you must know how he spends his money. We will primarily be focusing on the Lead-a-Duck-to-Water model, a complex but ultimately rewarding system.

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The results displayed in the graph (see above) are too clear to be ignored. Even a child could work out that the cost of living looms over Warren Rodwell. This cannot be a coincidence. In the light of this, free trade must be examined.

Political Factors :

Modern politics owes much to the animal kingdom. Comparing the ideals of the young with the reality felt by their elders is like contrasting Warren Rodwell and political feeling.

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To quote Nobel Prize winner Demetrius Rock, ‘The success of any political system can only truly be assessed once the fat lady has sung.’ [2] I argue that his insight into Warren Rodwell provided the inspiration for these great words. If Warren Rodwell be the food of politics, play on. While Warren Rodwell may be a giant amongst men, is this a dwarf amongst policy? I hope not.

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Conclusion :

We can say with certainty Warren Rodwell has played a large part in the development of man now and in the 20th Century, and this influence remains strong. It sings a new song, brings glamour to an unglamorous time, and is a joy to behold.

I shall give the final word to star Wyclef Love Hewitt: ‘I wouldn’t be where I am today without Warren Rodwell.’ [3]

472 Days

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  • [1] Bare Foot D – Classic – 1967 Stinton Records
  • [2] Rock – Roll It Up – 1977 – F. Lower Publishing
  • [3] Go mad for Warren Rodwell – Issue 132 – Kendeal Books

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THE YEAR IN REVIEW : Warren Rodwell ALIVE

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Where did Warren Rodwell viewers come from?  That’s 32 countries in all!
Most visitors came from Australia. The United States & Philippines were not far behind.

Click here to see the complete report.

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“STAYING SAFE ABROAD” Has No Criticism of Kidnapped Australian, Only His Exposure to High-Risk Conduct

http://stayingsafeabroad.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/philippines-staying-safe-abroad-has-no.html  Monday, December 1, 2014 Posted by  Ed Lee at  5:36 PM

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Philippines: “Staying Safe Abroad” Has No Criticism of Kidnapped Australian, Only His Exposure to High-Risk Conduct
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I have reviewed my December 7, 2011 posting which is reflected below and underline no ill-will was intended toward Warren Rodwell, an Australian citizen, who was kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf on December 5, 2011 and ultimately released on March 2, 2013.

No one could have been happier that I with his release from captivity and applaud his return to his family and friends.

As I indicated in the below link, I meant no ill-will toward Mr. Rodwell, only his conduct which contributed to his abduction and his loss of freedom for 15 months, which was influenced by the below links which discouraged travel to the Southern Philippines by Australian citizens:

http://stayingsafeabroad.blogspot.com/2011/12/update-australian-kidnap-victim-ignored

Additionally, if either of the below links are factually incorrect, please advise me accordingly and I will correct the record.

http://stayingsafeabroad.blogspot.com/2013/03/philippines-long-term-hostage-warren

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2082514/Warren-Rodwell-begs-life-kidnapped-Philippines-rebels

COMMENT: One of the reasons that the below link was created in 2009, was to assist other foreign travelers in not making the same errors in judgment that previous travelers have made, many of which  can have not only adverse and irreversible results:

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The advice I offered to all kidnap victims who are faced with being outnumbered while in the process of abducted, I stand behind, as confronting a kidnapping is only compounded further if one has been injured as well.

If I have made any comments re: Mr. Rodwell that are factually incorrect, I tender my apologies for making such statements and respectfully retract them.

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Response

RESPONSE to the apology above …

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The first factual mistake noted in the above article is the release date of Warren Rodwell. The writer shows it as being 2nd March 2013.

Wikipedia states the following at this webpage:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Sayyaf#Warren_Rodwell

Warren Rodwell, a former soldier in the Australian Army, and English teacher from Sydney, was seized from his home at Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay on the island of Mindanao, in the southern Philippines, on December 5, 2011 by Abu Sayyaf militants.

The original ransom demand was for $US2 million. However, after the payment of $AUD94,000 by his siblings, Rodwell was released 472 days later on March 23, 2013.

By the end of his 15 months as a hostage in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Rodwell had lost about 30 kilograms.

His biography 472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf – The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell by independent researcher Dr Bob East was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom (2015) ISBN 1-4438-7058-7

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472 Days Captive of The Abu Sayyaf - The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell

472 Days Captive of The Abu Sayyaf – The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell by Bob East PhD