IN HIS NAME

  

     P U B L I S H I N G

Monica Bennett-Ryan

Author of 

REVELATION - A Love Story!

Monica Bennett-Ryan has been a believer most of her life but was ‘born again’ on Father’s Day 1975. She lives in Queensland Australia near two of her three married children and six gorgeous grand children. "I fell in love with my Saviour over 40 years ago. I believe the Great Commission is about helping people fall in love with the most wonderful hero the world has ever seen.                         

My book, REVELATION: A Love Story, is a celebration of the greatest love the world has ever known!”

In 2011 

a small group of Christians

 'bit the bullet' 

and 

successfully 

exposed corruption 

within 

Australia's 

Defence Intelligence 

that was putting 

the serving military 

and other Australians at risk


Monica led that group!


THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME

In May 2011 three ordinary Australians made headline news with shocking allegations about Australia's Defence Intelligence and Security Authority (DSA). They claimed that the DSA was forcing staff to falsify data in Secret and Top Secret files and pass that false data onto ASIO (Australia’s CIA) as true and correct. The most remarkable thing about their claims was that they had no evidence for their allegations. The evidence was in Secret Defence files, but would Defence admit the corruption?  


“Three Defence whistleblowers say they have been directly ordered by superiors to falsify security checks on civilian and military personnel.” (ABC News, 16/5/2011)


DENOUNCED AS LIARS

The allegations made were shocking. No one could believe Australia’s Defence Intelligence would do such a terrible thing. Within 24 hours of their public announcement the whistleblowers were publicly denounced as liars and a high level Defence investigation was set in place to prove that they alone were the ones falsifying data.  


“The Defence Department said that only the security checks performed by the three whistleblowers would have to be re-checked.” (John Stewart, ABC Lateline Program, 21/9/2011)


PROTECTED BY WISDOM

At that time a high-profile barrister, who had worked on the Fitzgerald Inquiry, offered his expertise to the whitleblower's free of charge. When they asked him why he was helping them he told them, 'because it's a good cause.' He was a God-send! He advised them not to speak to the Defence Investigators; for if they did they would most probably be prosecuted and jailed for 'revealing secrets' and breaching the Secrecy Act. So they took his advice and each of them refused to be interviewed.


Nine days after it was set up that high-profile Defence investigation was cancelled. Amazing! Nevertheless, in that short time, so much evidence to support their claims had been uncovered that the Prime Minister herself, Julia Gillard, intervened and took the investigation out of the hands of the Secretary of Defence and placed it into the hands of the most powerful intelligence investigative body in Australia, the Investigator General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS), who's investigation held the power of a Royal Commission. This meant that the whistleblower's could give evidence without fear of prosecution. Awesome!


“We are going to find out from the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security the depth and length and breadth of how severe this problem is, and I think it’s very severe.” (Senator Johnston, ABC Lateline, 19 October, 2011)


A GREAT SUCCESS

The six-month IGIS investigation found so much evidence of corruption that it referred to the whistleblower claims as ‘the tip of the iceberg’. The corruption was so widespread and had been going on for so long that some of the damage done was found to be unfixable. To the whistleblower's surprise the first of the 13 Recommendations of the IGIS Report was an order to the Secretary of Defence to write an apology to each of the three whistleblowers stating that they had been reporting the truth from the beginning. Incredible! On top of that, these letters had to be confirmed as delivered into their hands before the final IGIS report could be given to the Senate and made public.


“Three whistleblowers who claimed that thousands of Defence security checks had been compromised have been vindicated after an official report found their allegations to be true.” (Tony Jones, ABC Lateline Program, 8/2/2012)


HONOURED IN PARLIAMENT

The day after the IGIS Report was presented to Parliament and aired on the ABC, Senator David Johnston, the shadow Minister for Defence, stood up in Parliament and praised the three whistleblowers for their efforts in successfully uncovering one of the greatest security threats in Australia's history.


“We owe them a debt of gratitude. The parliament owes these three brave people a great debt of gratitude for coming forward in the circumstances.” Senator David Johnston in an address to Parliament 9/2/2012


COURAGE THROUGH FAITH

Though many 'insiders' knew about this corruption, some of whom came forward later to 'anonymously' confirm the allegations to the ABC, the only three people who had the courage to 'go public' and put their names, faces and freedoms on the line in order to expose the corruption and bring about necessary change, were dedicated Christians. Each of them said that their courage throughout the three and a half year ordeal, their resolve, strength of purpose and unity was due to one thing only, their faith in the wisdom, power and faithfulness of their Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and in the reliability of God's word. 


"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." (Psalm 119:104-105)


A NEW DIRECTION

That was a few years ago, and since that time Monica has devoted herself to her writing, her family and her friends. In 2014 she finished the draft of a book on her experiences with Defence and concentrated on developing 16 teaching booklets all while still working full-time. But the Defence victory had taught her a valuable lesson; that God never loses! 


"From the time I knew I had to stand up and say something about the corruption in Defence, I was led by the Lord and shown through Scripture how to do each step, one step at a time. It was because of God's firm leading, that I knew from the beginning that this was going to end in victory. I didn't know how it would all work out, I just knew that my God would not start something unless he had the victory already planned, for God always wins. The victory was enormous and came with Australia wide public vindication, and honor in the highest realms in the land. It brought change to Australia's security protocols and was one of the catalysts for the sweeping reforms that went through the Australian Defence Force the following year."  


The strength and breadth of the victory so impressed Monica that she wondered why she had ever hesitated in the past to stand up for what she knew to be right. She couldn't believe she had procrastinated for so long about a topic close to her heart that she believed needed to be shared with the church. Her battle with Defence finally gave her the courage to finally say what she had been wanting to say for nearly 35 years; that Christ, not Satan, was the focus of Revelation. So in late 2015 Monica picked up an old manuscript, blew off the dust and began the final writing/editing of REVELATION A Love Story.  In early 2016 Monica again 'bit the bullet' and retired from full time work to 'do her book justice' and begin her new career as a publisher.


"It was wonderful to have the time to write and edit and write again, all the while learning about publishing; what works and what doesn't work. I discovered how to lift off the fancy facade and inspect the nuts and bolts that keep the publishing industry moving. When I saw how simple the publishing machine was to run, I thought, "I can do this!"  And so I did!  What you see today is the accumulation of a lifetime of writing, a lifetime of questioning, and an unquenchable love of learning. Once I had the tools to publish, and access to the world-wide publishing machine, all that was left was an open door. So that's what I'm doing now. I'm walking through an open door - do you want to travel with me?  If you do - welcome!"  Monica