Oh no, explosive revelations in the Dominion Post today about New Zealand spies working in Afghanistan.
Kiwi spies operating in Afghanistan sifted through intelligence supplied by the United States National Security Agency, a former US intelligence officer has revealed.
Prime Minister John Key confirmed this week that New Zealand intelligence agencies provided information to international forces in Afghanistan that may have been used to target drone strikes.
Former “black ops” operator Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer detailed the work carried out by a New Zealand defence analyst stationed in Afghanistan in 2003.
He revealed that “raw” signals intelligence was passed to a team of US and Kiwi specialists “to parse it and review it to establish their own intel”.
Shaffer, who worked under the alias Major Chris Stryker, struck a deal with a colleague to access the intercepts.
He was working on a mission – eventually vetoed – to strike Taliban insurgents over the border with Pakistan.
Shock horror, our people working with the US.¬† Read more »
This has to be one for the record books.
A British sniper in¬†Afghanistan¬†killed six insurgents with a single bullet after hitting the trigger switch of a suicide bomber whose device then exploded, The Telegraph has learnt.
The 20-year-old marksman, a Lance Corporal in the Coldstream Guards, hit his target from 930 yards (850 metres) away, killing the suicide bomber and five others around him caught in the blast.¬† Read more »
Sitting Exams Under Cover Of Umbrellas
They breed pommy soldier tough, real tough.
How typical of the pommy soldier…crack on lads.
Lance Corporal Simon Moloney’s life was saved by friend L/Cpl Wes Masters – who has now been awarded the Military Cross for his bravery.
In the heat of battle with¬†the Taliban, Lance Corporal Simon Moloney was suddenly sent flying to the ground.
He’d been shot in the neck by a sharpshooter as his troop were in the midst of conquering an enemy base.
The 23-year-old cried out for a medic, knowing he had only minutes to live.
Without fear for his own life or waiting for orders, his friend Lance Corporal Wes Masters ran through 300metres of open ground under heavy fire carrying 60kg of equipment to get to him.
His quick reactions saved L/Cpl Moloney and the pair were even able to rejoin the raging gun battle.
L/Cpl Masters, 25, is among more than 100 members of¬†the armed forces¬†recognised in the latest round of military honours.
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Labour and the Green taliban want to nationalise and control the power industry…apparently the market is inefficient and needs their expertise in running it.
Never mind that the world over their chosen model has failed consumers.
Today in the DomPost is more evidence of their willingness to lie to the public.
Electricity prices are at a three-year low, at the very time people are using less power.
But, despite the low prices – which have reached 48 times lower than the peak last year – residential customers will notice little change as contracts buffer them from the highs and lows of the volatile wholesale market.¬† Read more »
Samuel Johnson once said that “patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” Patriotism, and bad analogies.
For the uninitiated,¬†Godwin’s Law¬†is one of the cardinal rules of the Internet. Coined in 1990 by Internet law expert Mike Godwin, the principle — confirmed by countless contentious comment threads across the web — is that the longer an online discussion persists, the greater the odds become that someone will make a comparison to Nazis or Adolf Hitler, to the point of near-inevitability. Nothing ends a debate faster than the hyperbolic unsupported counterfactual: “You know who else did [INSERT SUBJECT OF ARGUMENT HERE]? Hitler!”
We get this all the time…usually from teachers unions…they used it against Anne Tolley and are yet to deploy it against Hekia Parata…only a matter of time though.
But Hitler and the Nazis aren’t the only recurring straw men used to end debates. Over the past 12 years, it’s become clear that the longer a national security debate persists, the more likely it becomes that someone will try to end it by suggesting something — some policy, some person, some technology — “could have prevented 9/11.”¬† Read more »
The left likes to exclaim that nothing has changed in Afghanistan.
Foreign Policy magazine has a photo essay on women in Afghanistan that disproves that….but it is all at risk if the Taliban return:
Since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, Afghan women have gained the rights to vote, work, and pursue an education. They’re¬†running¬†for president, they’ve¬†claimed¬†seats in parliament, and they’ve even¬†competed¬†in the Olympics. But international troops are due to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, and the Taliban threatens to step into the vacuum they’ll leave behind. Already, writes Amie Ferris-Rotman in an¬†FP¬†dispatch from Kabul, many of the women who’ve come so far — journalists, politicians, and rights workers, among others — have begun to retreat from public life out of fear for their safety. “Once the Americans go we’ll have to sit at home again, bored,” First Lieutenant Zakiya Mohammadi tells Ferris-Rotman.
The “last decade produced a league of knowledgeable, determined young women for whom the Taliban’s return is anathema,” Ferris-Rotman writes. Here’s a look at women across post-Taliban Afghanistan — from the campaign trail to the basketball court to the operating room.
Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known has given a frank discussion of his time in Afghanistan:
Prince Harry should be commended rather than criticised for his unfiltered reflections on his 20-week tour of duty in Afghanistan as a co-pilot gunner on an Apache helicopter.
Rather than hide behind euphemisms or portray the mission as a high-minded, essentially humanitarian exercise, Harry (who goes by the nom de guerre Captain Wales) freely admitted he’d killed Taleban fighters and likened his battlefront experiences to playing video games.
While his comments have been predictably deplored, I’d suggest he performed a public service by reminding us of the brutal reality of war-time soldiering.
He’s a professional soldier, as opposed to what many monarchists would prefer: a pretend soldier acquiring gold braid and giveaway ribbons to go with his other entitlements, while leaving the nasty, dangerous job of engaging the enemy to commoners. And a soldier’s job is to kill or facilitate the killing of the enemy.
Correct…it is the job of soliders, or in this case combat helicopter operators to make sure as many bad bastards die hard as possible in order to keep our guys safe.
Notwithstanding the apparent desire of successive governments to transform our military into a sort of uniformed branch of Volunteer Service Abroad, Harry has reminded us that its core function is fighting.
Of course the enemy sees their job in a similar light, hence the saying “kill or be killed” or, as Harry put it, “take a life to save a life”.
Judging by the reaction to the deaths of five of our soldiers in Afghanistan last August, some Kiwis appear to believe that being killed while on active service in a war zone is like being flattened by a runaway hay bale while going for a walk in the countryside: a desperately unfortunate freak occurrence.
The other widely expressed view was that our soldiers shouldn’t have died because they shouldn’t have been in Afghanistan in the first place. That raises the question of what would constitute a just war, a cause worth sacrificing lives for. There are those who give the impression that they would object to lives being put on the line for anything short of resisting an invasion by P-crazed cannibals from outer space.
This mindset reduces the armed forces to a purely ornamental function.
I can’t believe I am reading this in the Herald..but there it is, a frank account of the panty-waist attitude of the hand-wringers…and the reality of war from Prince Harry.
It has to be said that Harry’s reference to video games included an unfortunate choice of words: “It’s a joy for me because I’m one of those people who loves playing PlayStation and Xbox, so with my thumbs I like to think that I’m probably quite useful.”
Well, quite, your highness, although perhaps “joy” is ever so slightly unseemly in this context.
But again, in his gauche way, Harry has put his thumb on it: the further removed from the death scene the killer is, the more warfare becomes virtual combat.
There is joy in a job well done.
BONUS VIDEO:¬†2 Apaches Engage a Group of Taliban fighters setting up to ambush a U.S. special forces patrol.