NZ terrorist attack a matter of when, not if – but are we well prepared?

Gerry Brownlee and his custom tailored ballistic vest that cost three times the standard vest worn by Kiwi troops

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee believes Australia and New Zealand are “adequately prepared” for potential terror threats.

Mr Brownlee hosted his Australian counterpart, Senator Marise Payne, in Christchurch yesterday in their first formal meeting with Islamic State on the agenda.

He says he’s comfortable with the level of protection the region has, but can’t be completely sure a major terror event couldn’t happen in New Zealand.

“The last thing you want is to have a threat of someone who is a complete nut job, as these people are, doing something and causing everyone else to have huge disruption in their life. That’s giving in to the whole purpose of terrorism,” Mr Brownlee says.

The meeting between the ministers comes a year after two people were killed during the terror siege at Sydney’s Lindt Cafe.

Mr Brownlee says the anniversary is a grim reminder that terror attacks can occur close to home.

They certainly do.  If we have exported Jihadi Brides, and apparently we have, then they come from Jihadi families that already live here.

I’m not sure if we are “adequately prepared”.  These attacks tend to be quite random, and the attackers don’t care to be alive at the end of it.  Those are quite demanding conditions to protect the public from.

Meanwhile, a security expert believes a terror attack in New Zealand is possible, despite the distance from the war zone in the Middle East.

Victoria University Professor of Strategic Studies Robert Ayson says we can never be fully protected.

“Governments cannot offer pure safety or security. If they offer absolute security then we have to disbelieve them.”

We already had a terror attack when the Rainbow Warrior was bombed.  And it is highly likely that our allies knew it was coming but didn’t tell our security services.

What if the same happens this time?  It may suit our allies for New Zealand to feel a lot less secure and a lot more keen to throw more money and resources at the problem internationally.

Let’s just hope the GCSB, SIS and police are properly resourced to stay a step ahead of those who are planning to shoot one of our kindies to kingdom come, just to prove that Allah is Great and Islam is the Religion of Peace, and let us never forget who were and are still trying to sabotage our national security:  The Green Party, Kim Dotcom, Martyn Bradbury and Edward Snowdon.


– RadioLive

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