Nothing like undermining national security in the name of public interest.
Controversial “temporary” terror law changes to crack down on suspected foreign fighters will come before Parliament this week – and a leaked draftÂ reveals they will be in place until 2018.
Controversial? Â Well, at least we know to which mast Andrea Vance is nailingÂ her colours.
Previously unseen proposals would see the passports of wannabe jihadis cancelled while the holders are overseas, leaving them stateless – in a breach of an international ban.
Yes, they were previously unseen because the document was leaked. Â You weren’t supposed to see it yet.
And the Security Intelligence Service will be able to request a suspected terrorist be temporarily stripped of their travel documents for 10 working days without providing evidence.
This buys spies time to make a case for restricting travel.
Prime Minister John Key outlined plans to stop Kiwis leaving the country to join the Islamic State earlier this month.
He indicated the changes – which boost surveillance powers and allow passports to be cancelled for up to three years – would have a sunset clause and expire if not carried forward by a review of the intelligence services next year.