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NZ Parliament changes security in response to Canada shooting

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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 Khilafah.is 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 »

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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 »

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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

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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 »

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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 »

Roughan on Dotcom’s conspiracy theory

John Roughan damns David “tainted” Fisher with faint praise, this morning, for his big reveal that wasn’t.

Conspiracy theories may be mad but they are fun. When my colleague David Fisher unearthed documents this week showing how the Security Intelligence Service had cleared Kim Dotcom’s application for residency in New Zealand, only Dotcom could imagine that it did him much good.

The SIS had described him as a “bad but wealthy man” who was under investigation by the FBI, but let the application go through after a call from the head of Immigration New Zealand asking why they had it on hold. “Apparently there is some political pressure to process this case,” one SIS officer told another.

The director of the SIS was briefed at that point and it was decided Dotcom could not be blocked on security grounds. But they advised Immigration to talk to the police about the FBI investigation. The agency repeated that advice a few days later and went so far as to have one of its staff brief Immigration’s intelligence man before a meeting with his minister at the time, Jonathan Coleman. After that meeting, the immigration official could only remind his SIS contact that the residence category for “high rollers” was a Government priority.

So it would seem fairly clear how Dotcom got in. Immigration admits it did not talk to the police. Coleman is a nice man, a doctor, who would give anyone the benefit of a doubt. Dotcom’s wealth explains the “political pressure”.

If this week’s disclosure reflected badly on Dotcom, his own take on the events was even worse. His theory is that the SIS dropped its opposition to his entry at the request of the FBI who believed that once he was in New Zealand he would be within their clutches. ¬† Read more »

Press Editorial on the farce that is Kim Dotcom

Memo to the Herald and TV3 there is a reason your audience alongside your credibility is shrinking…your audience are not as stupid as you think they are.

David “tainted” Fisher’s story proved there was no conspiracy despite him stretching¬†credibility¬†to breaking point. It also, if anything, undermines Dotcom’s claims that Key had heard of him prior to the raids, not that anyone really cares when he heard of¬†him.

As the editorial points out if Key did a deal with Hollywood it would be much easier to extradite him if he hadn’t been granted residency.

Good to see the useless Grant Robertson on the news defying his leaders edict for a positive campaign and calling for John Key to come clean on what he knows. SInce he wants John Key to come clean, how about his boss tells us who his secret donors. It looks Labour want to continue to play gotcha politics, and the recent polls show Labour precisely how that is working out.

The Press editorial outlines the farce that is Kim Dotcom.

As if the saga of Kim Dotcom were not already absurd enough, this week it descended into a swirl of conspiracy theories that made it look like downright farce.

The theories are not necessarily compatible with each other or even internally consistent. Their main purpose is likely to turn out to be simply that they keep Dotcom’s name in the public eye.

Following them and attempting to disentangle them certainly adds to the stock of harmless public entertainment.

The theories have been fed by the release of email exchanges from Immigration New Zealand and the Security Intelligence Service about Dotcom’s application for permanent residency in New Zealand.

The application had been sent by INZ to the SIS for routine security and criminal checks. Dotcom was apparently anxious that permanent residency be granted so when he had not heard from INZ his agent had asked about it, prompting INZ to urge the SIS to hurry up with its report.

Many have leapt on an SIS officer’s off-hand suggestion in an email that “political pressure” was behind INZ’s interest in getting the SIS report. ¬†¬† Read more »