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Terrorists may see New Zealand as an easy target, New Zealand's top counterterrorism cop said yesterday in the wake of Australian arrests of an alleged terrorist ring.Here is an idea on how they could be raising funds in New Zealand
Religious terrorism professor Jim Veitch said visiting fundraisers for international Muslim charities could be channelling finances from New Zealand's Muslim community into terrorism. The Victoria University academic said about six representatives of international Muslim charities visited local Muslim communities each year, conducting low-profile awareness and fund-raising trips for their cause."And what do the cops think about this?
White said there was no proof that was happening, but police had a "significant interest" in the way charitable societies transferred funds.And the SIS?
The SIS said in its most recent annual report it suspected terrorists or terrorist sympathisers were operating in New Zealand. It was investigating several people with apparent links to terrorist activities, including individuals in New Zealand looking to raise funds for terrorist organisations.Oh, hang on. Since Zaoui, the SIS is discredited aye. Oops.
New Zealand authorities were also monitoring the introduction of tougher anti-terrorism laws in Australia and the UK and would lobby the government if greater powers were needed.Can't wait to hear John Minto's reaction.
"There's the feeling that the UK is maybe foreshadowing the ways in which we might need to act in the future," White said.