“Eco-terrorism”, boomed John Key in a locked down press conference, as Key got to name the guilty parties despite the investigation, started more than four month ago, having not arrested anyone.
In fact police had only begun interviewing people who could help them in their inquiry persons of interest in the days after Key conference where on the same day Key had made inquiries into whether the SIS could begin working along side the police to “help” in domestic criminal investigation. Oddly without exception the people of interest would turn out to activist who had a public profile in denouncing the use of 1080. Or those who set out to create public awareness on the danger of 1080. Even though the forensic evidence in fact clearly pointed to the 1080 coming from within the 1080 industry itself as scientists would testify.
Those spoken to by the police where not exactly the kind of people you would expect to put toxins in a baby formula or those stupid enough to think that such a publicity stunt would do any thing but demonize and undermine years of work, grass root activism, which was increasing succeeding in showing the dangers of 1080 or those that defended the use of 1080 were just plain wrong and spoke from a conflicted position often driven by personal financial profit. Days later Key’s “eco terrorism” witch hunt would hit a major obstacle when it dawned on scientists, asked to comment, that the 1080 found in the envelopes containing the letters (threatening to add the 1080 to baby formula) came not in the form of pellets available to the wider public but in a white powdered form. It prepossessed form available only to those in the industry of manufacturing 1080. Oooop some one had blundered it would seem.
Only a few people had access to the 1080 poison used in the baby-milk blackmail letters, says a food safety expert Dr Steve Flint. The letters to Fonterra and Federated Farmers received in November contained white powder, not the coloured, dyed pellets containing additives used in bait drops. Yet, confronted with this hugely significant fact the NZ police still maintained they “would not rule out the chances that a blackmailer had collected dropped 1080 pellets and managed to refine them back to white powder”.
A conspiracy theory which sparked a skeptical response from Massey University food safety specialist Dr Steve Flint. “That’s highly unlikely. They’d have to have a knowledge of chemistry and facilities to do that. That’s certainly not a sensible approach.” Dr Flint agreeing that it went against Occam’s principal (when face with an unkown and provided with several explanation the most simple explanation is usually the correct one), to conclude that the black mailer would do this instead of just grinding bait pellets up. “What would be the point” said Dr Flint.
Asked if the powder could have come from offshore instead he replied this was possible but then argued out “how would you get the white powder pass border patrol” and again what would be the point “when you could just pick the pellets off the ground, laboratories or suppliers were the most likely source”, stated Dr Flint. Dr Flint had being asked to make comment by Massey External media relations, as an expert in food safety, with his original comment picked up by Radio New Zealand then other multiple news syndicates thereafter who all deemed him a credible authority and expert.
The Postman then contacted Professor Ian Shaw of Canterbury University Toxicology and asked is their anyway of identifying the source of the 1080 used in the black mail attempt. Dr Shaw replied the only way to identify the source was to “conduct high performance liquid chromatography of the 1080 to examine it for impurities”. The specific of these impurities (“chemical trace amounts”) would identify where the 1080 was manufactured the “differences between countries if thy use different manufacturing processes; this MIGHT be used to distinguish between the sources”. Such as the USA were NZ buys most of its 1080 or in China, which is the past has being at the centre of number of agricultural crisis of NZ products which have impacted on NZ wider economy.
In the minutes before the 3.45pm announcement, the Kiwi went from US73.40c to US72.80c but rebounded to US73.10c when the announcement came out. The New Zealand dollar was going down “as talk of a big announcement about the dairy industry – by far the country’s biggest export – spread through the financial markets”. Begging the question how come the market and currency traders knew in advance but the public did not?
The investigation had sat for four months before being pulled out in unprecedented locked down press inquiry in which awkward questions could not be raised as the news broke. Yet those in the market place had pre-knowledge provided with information which came from either the National Party of those in Fonterra with knowledge of the investigation.
Professor Shaw concurred with Dr Flint that to break the 1080 down and refine it back to its original form would require “expert skills” to extract the unique green dye and other additives. “Absolutely” sated Dr Shaw. The Postman then spoke to Greg Olgive at Police Communication to inquire if police had conducted any test to identify where the 1080, used in the crime, was made. “Were not willing to comment on specifics at this point” replied Mr Olgivie. Again presumably and HLCP would show up impurities if the 1080 had being processed and the dye and additives removes as trace chemical elements would still emerge to show the dye and additives added to processed 1080 at a late date.
The Postman pointed out to Mr Olgivie the police statement they “would not rule out the chances that a blackmailer had collected dropped 1080 pellets and managed to refine them back to white powder” would seem to indicate the police had in fact not conducted a “high performance liquid chromatography” (HPLC) test. For surely if they had they would know one way or the other whether they were dealing with prepossessed 1080 or 1080 broken down and return to it original form.
The HLPC procedure would show trace component of the green die and additives if in fact they had being added at all. While identifying other impurities which allow investigator to trace it back to original point of source.
Mr Olgivy reply to this question was “Right [long pause]”
Mr Olgivy the stated “police were not willing to comment on specific of their investigation at this stage”.
John use 1080 to let the NZSIS start investigating criminal affairs.
On March 11th, the same day John Key broke the news of 1080 black mail before a Parliament intelligence and security committee, the head of the SIS, Rebecca Kitteridge, if the SIS could be called into help the police inquiry. To date that inquiry has focused on those involved in anti 1080 protest including Grant Graf .
Yet none of the identified parties in fact have the required expertise needed to take 1080 pellets break them down and then extract the green dye and other additive (and for what purpose). While oddly such activist have in fact only being contacted following John Key ”eco terrorist” press conference. This is despite the police knowing of the black mailers letter over four months ago.
Mr Olgivy maintains that this is because the police “having completed their preliminary phase” and having made the matter public were now able to start interviewing those who might help in their inquiries. Asked if this would include those not just involved in activism but also the manufacturing of 1080 Mr Olgivy responded the “police would not comment on specific details of the investigation”. Asked how could activists with no scientific expertise, required to extract the green dye and additives (including a poet) help police inquiries, repeated that “police would not comment on the specific of the investigation”.
(Photo above ) In January 2015 large Crowds gathered to protest against West Coast Council investment in 1080.
Follow the Money Honey (Motive Method Opportunity);
Dr Flint believes the most likely source of the 1080 used in the crime is NZ
That it came from a laboratory or manufacturing center here in NZ.
He was aware that some toxicology lab did have 1080 samples and that it was manufactured in Wanaganui, Waimate and in Christchurch, where it was tightly controlled in facilities.
Facilities where it emerged major share holders included the West Coast Regional Council who held a 49% stock in the Rolleston plant Pest Control Research NZ Ltd. Other facilities include Animal Control Products Ltd (ACP), a Crown-owned company, which manufactures more than 90 per cent of the pesticide formulations containing 1080 used in New Zealand.
ACP has a manufacturing site in Whanganui and previously had one in Waimate.
It would be interesting to know where exactly the letters posted to Fonterra and Federated Farmers came from but the police are not letting out “specifics” of their ‘investigation’.
Oh Deer oh Deer Oh Deer me
Two days after the black mail announcement was made the The Department of Conservation announced “it had put off its big 1080 drop in Makarora until later this year and might even cancel it’. They denied this had anything to do with the 1080 black mail scare.
The cancellation of a drop in the lakes district comes just two month after the carcasses of four whitetail deer had been found in a small section of upper Wakatipu forest, also popular with visiting tourists, following a Department of Conservation (Doc) 1080 drop in the area a month ago.
A search for dead deer was carried out across 4sq km of the Dart and Routeburn Valleys from September 18 to 21, about three weeks after Doc dropped 1080-laced pellets across about 20,000ha of the Dart, Routeburn and Caples Valleys. The search was led by Queenstown-based Lincoln University PhD student Kaylyn McBrearty, who began a study of the area’s whitetail herd earlier this year. The search area was effectively a sample, and she would extrapolate the results to assess the impact of the 1080 operation on the area’s whitetail population as a whole at a latter point.
McBrearty had sent tissue samples to Landcare Research for toxicology testing, and hoped to make a preliminary report within a month before publishing a full report early next year.
In August 2014 West Coast Farmer Wayne Fairhall of Kaiata told the New Zealand Herald he head lost over 2/3 of his deer herd to 1080 drops. “after he found a dead deer in the gateway. I got worried and started walking through the paddock and found more deer. I went round and there was 1080 everywhere.” A further four deer found dead on a farmer’s bush block, after an aerial 1080 poison drop applied with deer repellent. The drop was part of a 30,000 hectare drop across the Northern Pureora Forest Park.
Deer Repellent was added in 2012 after SPCA received numerous complaint of deer dying in excruciating pain due to 1080 the SPCA stated there is “no approval to use 1080 as a deer poison in New Zealand and due to its excruciating effects on deer, all measures should be taken to avoid deer eating the baits. This would involve adding deer repellent to the 1080” Adding a further cost to possum control that the Department of Conservation (DOC) saw initially as unacceptable due to it adding to the cost of the poison classed in the USA as being a super toxin. They claimed not that 1080 did not kill deer but that deer repellent did not work. A staggering and self incriminating statement which indeed confirms what activist have long said that the pellets do endanger wild life and not just deer this includes birds, deer, frogs and insects. Certainly the cases of native Kea being drawn to and killed by 1080 pellets are numerous and easy to find;
The Repelling Facts
The need to add repellent simply high lights the absurd position by DOC to defend the use of 1080 when new trapping technology could improve possums trapped and profits.
Profits that make trapping a lucrative industry, bring in taxable income often into impoverished areas for whom the added 1080 bill is an expense they can do with out.
Money for all instead of a concentrated few.
Either way the evidence is increasingly over whelming that the 1080 worth 600 million, a decade, to government coffers and manufacturing share holders, via sales to local council is a risk to NZ wild life and the public. It is news that the likes of the NZ Dairy Board will not find welcoming as they fear that the TB carried by possums for which the 1080 is principally deployed will in turn risk their multi billion dollar dairy industry.
If you looking for those with the method, motive and opportunity, to access 1080 in it powder form so as to make a threat of black mail to discredit 1080 activism, divert attention away from the mounting evidence high lighting the dangers of 1080, the police might be better investigating those within the industry with access to the powder in it original form. Which so far does not seem to have occurred despite the raw science making it clear this is the logical thing to be doing.
A view which is only entrenched when previous “blackmail” threats it turns out emerged in the early 2000’s soon after DOC had to admit that 1080 in fact did endanger “some” native frogs and insects.
All in all the allegation of eco -terrorism combined with news the SIS are to become involved, gestapo style, in domestic police investigations (as 10,000 march against the idea of profit before people), poor poll results makes John’s desire to see the culprits be labeled “eco terrorists” seems awfully coincidental.
You can not but help think, in the face of an apparent lack of forensic methodology, this is appearing more and more like a smear job. A politically motivated witch hunt as opposed to a genuine police investigation where no on comment on who the suspect are until all the facts are actually in.