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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Top anti-terror cop has it all wrong: we live in a benign strategic environment

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.

And what's the chance this will happen?
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.

"There's the feeling that the UK is maybe foreshadowing the ways in which we might need to act in the future," White said.
Can't wait to hear John Minto's reaction.
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Posted by Gooner | 11/13/2005 09:13:00 PM

3 Comments:

Blogger Berend de Boer said...

Two or three years ago my local newspaper did a big page 3 item on a muslim fundraising. Interestingly the organisation he was fundraising for was linked to terrorism according to the FBI. I wrote a critical letter to the editor, and they published parts of it. They left out the link with terrorism...

11/14/2005 10:33:00 AM  
Blogger gd said...

Please Please Many times on other blogs Ive been told that there is noway Jose that NZ could or would ever become a target Ive been accussed of panic fear you name it It just wont happen they all say.We are in a little protective cocoon way down here and the naughty Arabs are never coming to get us.Yeah right as the billboards say.

11/14/2005 03:49:00 PM  
Blogger Wanderlust said...

As I've stated previously, NZ can't have it both ways. If Helen wants to stamp her foot internationally and say, "we're important, too!", one possible consequence of that action will be for someone to assume that NZ really IS important, politically, to someone, or for something, worth enough to motivate terrorists to engage in activities here.

Now if I were heading a group that wished to have a ready-made action infrastructure in a particular region of the world, I'd do things like "salt" my personnel across australiasia in vocations where their ethnic status would not cause them to be noticed, and where they could have access to critical information on the country's C3 infrastructure, such as IT and Electrical Engineering trades.

If someone wanted to, they could strike here militarily quite easily, if such infrastructure had been put into place as a hedge, years earlier.

They always make fun of the guy sitting in the plane wearing a parachute, that is, until the bomb goes off...

11/14/2005 05:16:00 PM  

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