Connect the dots: Leaked document to Vance, Vance gets comment from Norman

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 draft reveals they will be in place until 2018.

Controversial?   Well, at least we know to which mast Andrea Vance is nailing 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.  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.

Key says the changes are necessary because intelligence agencies have compiled a watch list of 30 to 40 people who want to join Islamic extremists waging war across Iraq and Syria.

The Greens are unlikely to support the legislation, although a final decision will be taken when MPs see the the bill this week. Co-leader Russel Norman is deeply concerned National is rushing through “further building blocks of the surveillance state before anyone can get a proper look at it”.

He said: “It gives the SIS the legal right to break into your house without a warrant, install video cameras, videotape all your activities for 48 hours and hold on to all of that evidence.”

Plans to render Kiwis stateless, without a trial, were “draconian and undemocratic”, Norman said.

“You can be offshore, they take off your passport, you don’t even know. And of course all of your travel documents – your visa for that country – become invalid.

“You can be locked up in that country for travelling without proper documents. You don’t have any way to get home or anywhere else.

“This is the kind of thing the Chinese government does. You basically get convicted without a trial.”

“Give me back my flag” Norman, who incidentally didn’t have the stones to protest the Chinese state visit last week and sent in his deputy, is changing minds and winning hearts by comparing the New Zealand government’s response to ISIS as something that China would do – the very same China that is our largest trading partner, the president of which dined with our Prime Minister, and we signed further trade agreements with.

It is hard to escape the conclusion that the Greens are back to their old tricks of trying to destroy trade, trying to take the bite out of our national security services, and all in the name of some unseen abuse of power that might happen one day.

Ably assisted by Andrea Vance, who breathlessly provides the platform for a 10% party to continue to punch above its weight in the name of defending the rights of potential domestic ISIS terrorist activity.   Just awesome.


– Stuff



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