National pressured into early release of draft Terror Bill after leaks to media

National is entering a new phase with it no longer able to set the timetable when it comes to when information is released. ¬†Reacting to a second¬†leak in less than a week, National’s released its draft policy over the weekend. ¬† And none of the framing they would normally be able to do in the run-up of such a release has been able to be used, so everyone’s looking at it kinda raw

The changes were a response to the growing risk of radicalised fighters returning to New Zealand to carry out domestic attacks.

Mr Key said in a statement: “As I said earlier this month, New Zealand’s risk and threat profile is changing and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been successful in recruiting New Zealanders to its cause.”

New Zealand’s domestic threat level was raised from very low to low last month, meaning a terrorist attack was possible but not likely.

Government has drawn up a watchlist of between 30 and 40 people “of concern in the foreign fighter context”.

The legislation’s key changes were:

‚ÄĘ Extending the period the Minister of Internal Affairs can cancel a passport to up to three years from the existing law’s 12 months.

‚ÄĘ Giving the Minister of Internal Affairs the power to temporarily suspend passports for up to 10 working days in urgent cases.

‚ÄĘ Allowing the NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) to carry out video surveillance on private properties for the purpose of observing activities of security concern, modelled on the Police’s powers in the Search and Surveillance Act

‚ÄĘ Allowing the NZSIS to conduct emergency surveillance for up to 48 hours prior to the issue of a warrant, with the approval of its Director and subject to the oversight of the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security. Read more »

ISIS isn’t a country – it’s an ideology, and they are here

ISIS didn’t invade the UK and yet

The plan to stab Queen Elizabeth was foiled by British police, who arrested four Islamic terror suspects.

The suspects were allegedly planning to stab the 88-year-old monarch to death at the Royal Albert Hall, The Sun reported.

National MP Barry, who is in London, said she was undeterred from representing the Government at the wreath laying ceremony.

“I think in London, at the heart of the Royal Family, they are very aware of security threats, and they always have been.”

Security was tight in central London, Barry said.

The Queen had been due to attend the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Hall today and both she and UK Prime Minister David Cameron had been informed of the threat, the paper said.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key had no comment on the incident, with a spokesman saying the Prime Minister did not have enough information about the alleged conspiracy and was not in a position to comment. Read more »

NZ Parliament changes security in response to Canada shooting


Hey, I thought we weren’t living in a strategically hostile environment?

Perhaps we just need to have Russel Norman and his acolytes stand guard at all parliamentary access points? ¬† Read more »

Labour seems happy with Key’s anti-terror law, just can’t make itself say so

One of the better qualities of David Parker is that he can’t make himself say something he doesn’t believe in. ¬†As a result, he’s dancing around the edges looking for something to argue about

Prime Minister John Key yesterday confirmed a month long review of New Zealand’s anti-terrorism laws which he said was likely to result in recommendations for urgent short term law changes that his Government would pass before Christmas.

The review in response to the rapid rise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its success in recruiting foreign fighters – including some New Zealanders – to its cause will consider extending existing legal provisions for the cancellation of New Zealand foreign fighters’ passports.

Acting Labour Leader David Parker said his party would take up the Government’s offer on a briefing on the issues behind its proposed law changes.

“These are superficially attractive. If there is a gap in the law… I want to see what the Government is saying in respect of it. We’ll take some convincing, if there is a need to change passport laws, that it should be done under urgency.

In short: ¬†likes what he’s hearing, but needs to be convinced if the law has gaps in it. ¬† Read more »

Wait a minute: ISIS is operating in our benign strategic environment?

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I tell you why there aren’t any ISIS beheadings in New Zealand just yet: ¬†we’re too useful for them for other reasons:

A website suspected of being created by the Middle Eastern terror group Islamic State has been registered to an office in Auckland.

Website was closed down by Iceland overnight as controller of the country’s suffix address name. Read more »

We never lived in a benign strategic environment

Helen Clark needed us to think that so she could dismantle the armed forces and pour more money into social engineering such as making middle class families welfare dependents through Working for Families. ¬† In the mean time, we’ve been a staging point for terrorists and intelligence agencies obtaining New Zealand passports, to get into Australia and as we’ve now discovered, sow the seeds for a longer term cancer: ¬†the rise and rise of “New Zealanders” that want to go fight overseas for the likes of ISIS.

The number of New Zealanders planning to serve as foreign fighters in countries like Syria is “far more” than one or two, Prime Minister John Key says.

He has signalled a shake-up of Security Intelligence Service laws after announcing a big break with tradition by relinquishing day-to-day oversight of the Security Intelligence Service and the Government Communications Security Bureau.

He is also planning a major speech once Parliament resumes that looks set to challenge Kiwi perceptions that New Zealand is far removed from terrorist threats.

The speech signals Key’s intention to front-foot security and intelligence issues more aggressively after much of National’s second term was beset by controversy surrounding the GCSB.

Key warned that New Zealand was in a far from benign environment, using the rise of Kiwis seeking to join groups like the Islamic State (Isis) as an example.

“I hope to be able to spell out the risks around foreign fighters. There is no question the Security Intelligence legislation needs reforming.

“If I was to spell out to New Zealanders the exact number of people looking to leave and be foreign fighters, it would be larger than I think New Zealanders would expect that number to be.

“The number currently fighting overseas . . . is relatively small but it’s certainly far more than one or two.”

I would like to know how many of these “New Zealanders” were actually born in New Zealand. ¬†I would like to know how many of these “New Zealanders” have parents that came here as “refugees”. ¬†¬† Read more »


SIS inquiry results to be public

via ODT

via ODT

Felix Marwick at Newstalk ZB reports

The Prime Minister is promising findings from an inquiry into the SIS’s release of information to blogger Cameron Slater will be made public.

The law governing the inquiry being run by the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security states it’s findings can only be released with the consent of its minister – in this case John Key.

He says details will be forthcoming. Read more »


I wonder if Phil Goff told the Inquiry why he lied?

Phil Goff appeared before the same inquiry that I will appear before on Thursday.

Back in 2011 I asked a simple OIA request, as I am entitled to by law, every citizen has this right. The SIS responded but not before Phil Goff delayed the request.

What is worse I ask you? The fact that I followed the law and received and OIA response…or the fact that Phil Goff attempted to delay or prevent the release because it was embarrassing for him.

Malcolm Harbrow at No Right Turn explains.

Phil Goff was interviewed by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security today, and in the process admitted on oath to unlawfully delaying an OIA request:

When I spoke to the Director of the SIS who phoned me suggesting he intended to release the documents immediately, he was coy about whether he knew of the identity of the Mr Slater who had requested the documents sought under the OIA. He then acknowledged that he did know who Cameron Slater was. The documents were to be released immediately until I challenged why the SIS was acting in the way he proposed. He at that point suggested he would delay the release for a number of days. ¬†¬† Read more »

Phil Goff is a liar, but then we already knew that


I’ve stayed out of the drama yesterday. ¬†It is clear that the media aren’t interested in the truth right now. ¬†Much more fun joining the opposition MPs in the absolute barrage of lies masquerading as news.

In the end, Phil Goff’s day came to a bit of a nasty end as John Key told everyone why exactly Goff was off his rocker.

But it took a ¬†lawyer to spot the true own goal made by Phil Goff last night: ¬† Read more »


Apparently, shock, horror, politics is dirty

So Nicky Hagar is shocked that politics is dirty.

Yeah about as dirty as writing a book using stolen emails when you are a person who constantly rails against spying by the state.

Now we know what a sanctimonious hypocrite Nicky Hager really is.

Apparently it is also a revelation I talk with National politicans. Well duh Nicky!

What I want to know though is why he hasn’t published any of the emails¬†from the numerous Green and Labour MPs I communicate with…or the back room operators of both parties?

This is the third book Nicky Hager has been involved with that involves stolen/hacked emails.

What he hasn’t realise though now is that he has created a free for all environment against all journalists where their emails are fair game. Let’s call it the “Hager Precedent”.

What is ironic is that the very people who have been marching in the streets protesting and speaking at public meetings against the GCSB bill and government are now either directly involved or justifying the spying on a member of the media. ¬† Read more »