O'Brien . . . My Long Road Back

● My letter to the Queen

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The Sovereign

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God,
Queen of New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories,
Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith

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5 September 2012

Her Majesty the Queen
Buckingham Palace
London SW1A 1AA
ENGLAND

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Your Majesty

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My full name is Patrick John O’Brien and I am a graduate of the Royal New Zealand Police College — a former sworn constable, undercover police officer and agent-provocateur, who worked in your Service during the 1970s as an agent for the Criminal Intelligence Section of New Zealand police.

I was a “successful” agent and success brought recognition, commendations, a medal; even a letter of praise from High Court Judge and former Governor General, Sir David Beattie. “It would be difficult to imagine a more dedicated member to the job,” wrote one commander on my file.

It was all a lie . . .

In truth, to do the work required of me, I became a corrupt policeman, a criminal, a drug addict, an alcoholic: a liar whose operational focus was to obtain convictions against my targets — at any cost — even committing perjury and tampering with evidence.

Eventually, the work broke me and in 1978, haunted, hunted, traumatised and scared, I resigned the  police and fled New Zealand with just a backpack, looking for my place in the world.

As it is for many agents, my life since has been a tragic waste; running and hiding, running and hiding, always running, yet never able to lose the demons that rushed around in my head — until 2007 when I wrote to the Chief Justice of New Zealand, Dame Sian Elias, and confessed my sins [1].

Copies of my letter were delivered to both the Attorney and Solicitor Generals, Commissioner of Police, and Ministry of Justice.

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Following some media interest in my letter, police administrators released a press statement [2] to Campbell Live at TV3 News [3] which said, in part, that they viewed my comments very seriously and would engage a Queen’s Counsel to conduct an “independent” enquiry and asked for my cooperation.

I acted in good faith and fully cooperated with their inquiry [4] — admitted criminal liability for my offending, provided an evidential interview to police where I made a full and frank admission of my offending [5] and have stated my intention to plead guilty if charged [6].

The police department did not act in good faith — as their own administrators not only brought and paid for this “independent” inquiry, they also set the terms of reference [7] and (were that not bad enough) the inquiry was then given over to those same people who administer the undercover programme.

I am not the first undercover agent to reveal corruption and criminal wrong-doing in the undercover programme, nor was this the first investigation of its kind. There has been at least four previous investigations I’m aware of — the most recent case being of around 50 police officers and undercover agents known as the USED Group [8] who admitted misusing drugs, tampering with evidence, and committing perjury to obtain convictions against their targets in following the orders of police administrators [9]. Their sworn affidavits admitting perjury were also tabled in the Parliament [10].

As in my case, all previous investigations were managed by administrators of the undercover programme, and, in each of those cases, these revelations of corruption and criminal wrong-doing were covered-up, written off and buried.

I write to tell you, Ma’am, that I will no longer be party to a cover-up of my own offending — nor will I play any further role in this corrupt perversion being conducted by police . . . and I call on the the New Zealand Government to show some leadership by establishing a truly “independent” inquiry, such as a Royal Commission, or “Truth” Commission, to investigate these matters.

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I remain, yours humbly

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Patrick O’Brien
X-Constable 3667

Cc:  Attorney-General

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link:  my original digitally signed letter is here

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My related commentary and “supplementary statement”
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● Update No. 23 / ~Cover-up”

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FOOTNOTES:

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[1] Confession to Chief Justice:

http://obrien.wordpress.com/confession

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[2] Press release from police administration:

http://obrien.wordpress.com/legal/police/2/

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[3] Campbell Live interview:

http://obrien.wordpress.com/media/1/

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[4] “Independent” Inquiry:

http://obrien.wordpress.com/legal/police/inquiry/

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[5] Evidential Interview:

http://obrien.wordpress.com/legal/police/interview/

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[6] Criminal Investigation:

http://obrien.wordpress.com/legal/police/investigation/

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[7] Terms of Reference:

http://obrien.wordpress.com/legal/police/info/1/

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[8] USED Group:

http://patrickobrien.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/used-group/

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[9] TVNZ  ONE News (Web grab) ~ admissions of perjury:

https://obrien.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/tvnz-news-former-cops-admit-perjury.pdf

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[10] Sworn affidavits:

http://obrien.wordpress.com/legal/parliament/1/

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