terrorism

Here’s an idea for Keith Locke…YOU go and tell ISIS in person that dialogue is the answer

Keith Locke reckons we should establish dialogue with a bunch of ranting, stone age killers.

I’m not kidding.

This is the same guy who thought Pol Pot was just misunderstood…and who jumped for joy when planes flew into the World Trade Centre during 9/11.

In April 1975 Locke wrote a lead article for ‘Socialist Action’ under the banner heading: “Cambodia Liberated: Victory For Humanity” The “liberators” were of course the Khmer Rouge led by the infamous Pol Pot.

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When I first saw the planes fly into the towers I jumped for joy, I was so happy that at long last capitalism was under attack. Until, it suddenly dawned on me, what about all those poor pizza delivery boys, those poor firemen, those poor policemen, those poor lift-operators, all those poor cleaners, all those other poor workers who are forced to work for and were trying to save those greedy and horrible capitalists!? My heart and head was so confused – happy that some capitalists had been killed and very, very sad for all those who had died while working for them.

So excuse me if I don’t just scream at the NZ Herald for giving this guy a platform. On the plus side it is a shrinking platform.  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 »

Should have double tapped him

An Al Qaeda operative is having a sook about being tasered, blindfolded and bundled into a vehicle as he was kidnapped by Delta Force troops in Tripoli.

Boo hoo, he’s lucky to be alive.

They should have just double tapped him and saved the effort.

Swarmed, Tasered, and trundled into a vehicle blindfolded—and that was just the beginning for alleged al Qaeda member Abu Anas al-Liby. Now he’s complaining about his treatment.

Poor little jihadi!

Just listen to the accused al Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Liby recount how he was treated by men who suddenly swarmed him outside his home in Tripoli as he returned from morning prayers last October.

“I was Tasered in both my legs and hands,” he says at the start of a tale told in an affidavit unsealed this week in a motion to suppress incriminating statements about his alleged complicity in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

He rightly assumes that his captors were members of the U.S. Army Delta Force. He recalls that one of them spoke to him in English with an American accent:

“We know you can understand us, just keep quiet.”

He was then trundled into what he says was either a minivan or an SUV.

“[I] had ear muffs placed over my ears, my eyes were blindfolded, and I was placed in handcuffs,” he reports.    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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Should NZ get involved against ISIS?

There are many commenting now on whether or not NZ should get involved in the fight against ISIS.

Andrea Vance has an opinion piece in the Sunday Star-Times about the issue where she takes the side of the cowards and insists parliament must debate the issue.

This of course plays into the hands of the jihadists and Islamists, who don’t ever have to worry about the niceties of a parliamentary democracy.

In 2001, Helen Clark took a resolution to Parliament to supply SAS troops to the War on Terror which passed 112-7. In fact the offer was made in Washington a month earlier, and Clark insisted the approval of Parliament was not necessary, but she wanted troops to know they “had the full support of MPs.” It was the beginning of the end of New Zealand’s ”independent foreign policy.”

New Zealand faces a tough choice. Stand by impotently as many more hostages are murdered by a network of death? Or join another US-led crusade in a Muslim country?

With one foot in the West and one in the East, and vying for a seat on the UN Security Council, it must be remembered that not all nations choose the US as their global policeman.

In the last two decades, Iraq has not been far off the military radar. Military intervention to eliminate weapons of mass destruction was built on a fallacy, years of slaughter failed to remove the threat of terrorism or install democracy.

The conflict in Afghanistan also saw mission creep. Initial action was targeted at taking out Osama Bin Laden and dismantling Al Qaeda, but became a protracted quest to implement democracy and destroy the Taleban. Key admitted New Zealand paid a ”heavy price” – the death of 10 soldiers.

The latest strikes on Iraq have been condemned worldwide for lacking strategy and tactics. All the warning signs are that taking on ISIS will be a long, bloody war, with complex and unpredictable consequences.

At the very least all this is worthy of a parliamentary debate.

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A Guest Post – Psychological Warfare

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Another murdered hostage, and another bleak day.

It is true that good people die every day and it is absolutely appalling to hear the news – whether it is gun violence on the street, domestic violence in family homes, or ISIS executions.  What ISIS is doing though is hitting our western sensibilities via the “method” and this is of course their intent.  Kidnap an innocent, let the world see him plead, listen to his family implore compassion, listen to our politicians make statements, murder that hostage in a grievous way, and then introduce us to the next hapless victim.  Then repeat the cycle, and with the Internet we can all see this in our homes and our governments can’t prevent that.  We all talk about it and we are uncertain of the future and many of us are scared.  Some of the locals, not many mind you, agree with this method for their own reasons and start to talk amongst themselves about this extreme tangent and feel empowered to take out whatever grievance they may have and join the cause – either locally or in the Middle East.  Don’t assume for one moment this is not a highly organised game of psychological warfare going on here.  To give all of us some credit I think we all know this.   Read more »

UN reports on ISIS war crimes including slavery, rape and mass executions

For apologists of ISIS and Islamic fundamentalism the latest UN report into happening in Syria and Iraq makes for grim reading.

Foreign Policy reports:

In early August, fighters from the Islamic State swept into the small Yazidi village of Maturat in Iraq’s Sinjar district and took women to the Badush prison in Mosul. Hundreds more women and girls were herded into an ancient citadel in the town of Tal Afar in the northern province of Nineveh. From Tal Afar, a group of 150 unmarried girls and women, mostly from Christian or Yazidi families, were selected and reportedly sent to Syria “either to be given to ISIL fighters as a reward or to be sold as sex slaves,” according to a report released on Thursday, Oct. 2, by the United Nations’ human rights office in Iraq.

The Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, captured the world’s attention last June by declaring the creation of a caliphate in parts of both Syria and Iraq and embarking on a ruthless military campaign marked by mass executions, beheadings, and ethnic cleansing of ancient Christian, Shiite, and Yazidi communities. The 26-page report — which documents rights abuses from July 6 through Sept. 10 — constitutes the most detailed U.N. account of crimes committed by the Islamic State and sheds further light on its mass enslavement of women and girls. Evidence was compiled by a team of U.N. human rights investigators inside Iraq. Most of the interviews with eyewitnesses were conducted in Erbil and Dohuk, where thousands fled the Islamic State’s military offensive.

By the end of August, the U.N. documented the abduction of up to 2,500 civilians, mostly women and children, from the northern Iraqi towns and regions of Sinjar, Tal Afar, the Ninewa Plains, and Shirkhan. Once they were in captivity, fighters from the Islamic State sexually assaulted the teenage boys and girls, witnesses told the United Nations. Those who refused to convert to the groups ran the risk of execution. “[W]omen and children who refused to convert were being allotted to ISIL fighters or were being trafficked … in markets in Mosul and to Raqqa in Syria,” according to the report. “Married women who converted were told by ISIL that their previous marriages were not recognised in Islamic law and that they, as well as unmarried women who converted, would be given to ISIL fighters as wives.”

A market for the sale of abducted women was set up in the al-Quds neighborhood of Mosul.  Read more »

New Zealand could be an ISIS target any time now

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John Key isn’t ruling out military involvement in fighting the ISIS threat

Prime Minister John Key won’t rule out sending New Zealand’s elite SAS personnel to assist US efforts to counter Islamic State (Isis) militants in Iraq or even Syria but says that would be done reluctantly as a last resort, if at all.

Mr Key also confirmed New Zealand was assessing its security alert following recent reports of a terrorist plot in Australia and that he was seeking advice about New Zealanders fighting for groups like Isis who want to return home.

It’s a tricky balance.  On the one hand you want to help out your friends, especially as you will need them if you are ever in trouble.  On the other hand, do we really need a reason for ISIS sympathisers in this country to get fired up?  Read more »

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Anyone still keen to disband the GCSB?

With the globe gearing up to yet another middle eastern conflict pushing thoughts towards a WWIII scenario, it seems rather inconveniently timed for parties and individuals that want New Zealand to stop playing its part in global and domestic security.

The Prime Minister says he is seriously concerned about New Zealanders joining the terrorist group Islamic State.

John Key told Newstalk ZB’s Leighton Smith the Government was aware of a small group of Kiwis who may pose a threat.

I suspect that those are the sort of people that the government gets a search warrant organised for, and then puts them under surveillance.   As if it needs saying – to protect the rest of us.

“They are brutal, they are highly sophisticated, they’re well organised and they’re spreading out.

“We are not immune, so we know there are foreign fighters fighting overseas and we know and can identify at least a reasonably sized that group that want to leave and join that cause,” he said.

Mr Key has said in the past that the Government had concerns about New Zealanders returning home after fighting with foreign rebel groups as they could be a terrorist threat.

Mr Wrongly Wrongson (Aka Martyn Martin Bradbury) and his technology sugardaddy Kim Dotcom wanted to get rid of the GCSB.  The Green Party moaned and moaned over a “New Zealander” indiscriminately killed while accidentally walking under a US drone minding his own business.

These people either directly want to run this country, or they want to be part of making the rules that we live by.  Even though National won fairly comfortably, we were only a few percentage points, a sunny day and an absent Kim Dotcom away from having these people in charge.

I hate to think what a Labour/Green government would do when faced with ISIS threats on home soil.

 

– Newstalk ZB via NZ Herald

It couldn’t happen here. Surely not

Great Britain are on its 2nd highest terror alert.   Because they fear the enemy within:  their own Muslim citizens

Britain faces the “greatest and deepest” terror threat in the country’s history, Prime Minister David Cameron warned yesterday as he pledged emergency measures to tackle extremists.

The UK threat level was raised to “severe” – its second highest – meaning that a terrorist attack is “highly likely” in light of the growing danger from British jihadists returning from Iraq and Syria.

Cameron said the risk posed by Isis will last for “decades” and raised the prospect of an expanding terrorist nation “on the shores of the Mediterranean”.

He disclosed that Isis had made “specific” threats against the UK and did not rule out military action to tackle the growing problem.

More than 500 Britons are believed to have gone to Iraq and Syria and at least half have returned, with some feared to be planning attacks there. One major plot has been foiled.

The warning came as it emerged that a laptop seized from Isis in Syria contained research on how to make a biological bomb and religious justification for using it against civilians.

Tomorrow Cameron will unveil a number of “uncompromising” measures to help tackle British jihadists and fill the “gaps in our armoury”.

They will include stopping British fanatics from travelling to or returning from the war zones by making it easier to seize their passports.

He is also expected to tighten controls that can be put on the movement and activities of terror suspects within the UK.

Of course, when our New Zealand citizens move to terrorist counties, and they get “accidentally” blown up by a drone, parties like Labour and Greens are concerned his civil rights were violated.  Not just that, they, and Kim Dotcom’s Internet Mana want the GCSB dealt to.   Read more »