Someone build Paul Little a panic room

Talking about going off the deep end… ? the government has identified a clear and present danger in New Zealand related to the world-wide ISIS phenomenon, and this is how Little responds

Senator Joe McCarthy couldn’t have done better. In 1950, he invented reds under the bed when he stood up before the Ohio County Women’s Republican Club and said he had a list of more than 200 workers at the State Department who were “known Communists”.

He had no such list, but the so-called wars on communism, terror and even drugs for that matter, have always depended for international support on fostering fear of attacks at home.

Somewhere, McCarthy’s spirit was surely watching and smiling approvingly this week as John Key announced that up to 80 New Zealanders had links to Isil. Some call this organisation Isis, IS or even Daesh, but Barack Obama calls it Isil so that’s what I’ll be doing.

I thought a third term in office might have seen the PM kick back a bit and treat the electorate as intelligent individuals, but not so. In answer to the question “How gullible does he think we are?” the answer is still “Incredibly”.

He has been softening us up for this. The need to address terrorism was announced shortly after the election. Who’d have guessed, given the number of vital issues that surfaced during the campaign, that as we hurtle to the end of the year the Government would be putting most effort into finding a new flag and combating international terrorism?

Keeping in mind that Kim Dotcom, Russel Norman and the screaming left blogs backed by Mana, Harre and Harawira were hell bent on kneecapping New Zealand’s security services, and they were all resoundingly sent packing during the last election, just how gullible is Paul Little?

The answer is still “Incredibly”. ?

In recent weeks, however, Isil’s allegedly impressive military might has been showing signs of falling apart. In some cases, this is thanks to the US assisting its opponents but largely it’s because it is a group of fanatics who have, for instance, maintained the siege of Kobane at great cost to themselves long past the point where they should have directed their energies elsewhere.

Isil does not make good choices. This makes it no less dangerous in the short term but casts doubt over the likelihood of it being able to carry out any part of a government’s job in the long term, apart from scaring the bejezus out of citizens. Which our Government is now trying to do.

As a consequence, and it’s hard not to see this as a welcome consequence given the Government’s love of spying, subterfuge and all things clandestine, we are about to protect ourselves from terrorism by giving the SIS the right to conduct emergency surveillance of up to 48 hours without a warrant.

Given the Government’s past willingness to use public agencies for its political purposes, whatever else you might call this, you can’t call it surprising.

Paul, if your argument is that the reality of ISIS (or ISIL, if you like) simply is absent from New Zealand lives, and therefore a response isn’t warranted, how about you use that same argument for the effect of surveillance by security services on New Zealanders? ? Similarly, I see no effect of it in our daily lives. ?As such, it can’t be too bad, can it?

Get a sense of perspective, will you?

All this is?even more vomit inducing because Paul was quite happy when his pals at The Herald were pouring over my stolen emails. ?It seems when it is a criminal enterprise spying he is ok with it, but not the government who are supposed to protect us.


– Herald on Sunday