Aug 132014
 

www.scoop.co.nz: Dirty Politics: Nicky Hager’s new book on the Key Government launched at Unity Bookshop, Wellington
The book is based upon a large number of internal communications between the National-aligned blogger Slater and a network of National Party figures.The documents are very revealing about Slater and his collaborators, including much that is shocking and distasteful. But, much more important, the documents also cover politicians and Beehive staff, showing the highly coordinated National Party attack politics used year after year throughout Key’s prime ministership.

During the 2011 election campaign Slater obtained a database of the Labour Party’s members, e-mails and donations, and gleefully attacked the party. What no one knew is that Key’s dirty tricks person, Ede, had helped throughout, including searching inside the Labour Party computers and helping Slater plan the subsequent attacks on Labour. Ede’s office was just two doors from John Key’s and presumably he was using his Ministerial Services computer (Chapter 2).

* In the same election campaign, the prime minister’s office used its knowledge of secret SIS documents to tip off Slater and arrange an attack on the Labour leader (Chapter 3).
READ MORE: http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/?p=69809

Aug 132014
 

 

911 black and white image

You are cordially invited to:

9/11 See The Evidence

A Photographic & Video Exhibition

Saturday 13 September – 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Sunday 14 September 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

at the Boat Cafe,
Lower Deck, Oriental Parade, Wellington

FREE Entry

There has never been a more appropriate time to re-visit the events of 911. Following the successful exhibitions in Wellington in September 2011, 2012, 2013 and in Rotorua in September 2013, NZ911truth is pleased to again announce the exhibition of “9/11: See The Evidence,” – a series of images that documents the events of 9/11 using dramatic photos, eyewitness testimony and concise, factual explanations. The exhibition will also screen a multimedia presentation.

The exhibition invites the viewer to take a second look at the events of 9/11 by giving an introduction into the main discrepancies of the official story and encourages the viewer to investigate further. All of the key events of 9/11 will be covered: the destruction of the three World Trade Centre Buildings, the attack on the Pentagon and the story of Flight 93.

This exhibition will be part of a global series of events, bringing the wealth of scientific evidence that contradicts the official conspiracy story to the attention of the public. The exhibition complements the numerous public lectures, books and videos that cover the 9/11 accounts over the past several years by providing a brief, graphical and factual account of the events of 9/11, pointing out the major inconsistencies in the official story.

Free information will be available including copies of the recently released documentary “9/11: Explosive Evidence Experts Speak Out”, where dozens of experts in architecture, building, engineering, chemistry, physics and other relevant technical fields explain the physical and scientific evidence that undermines the official account of what is behind the collapses of the three WTC Buildings on 9/11. (more info on this doco at: www.ae911truth.org).

For further information, please contact admin@nz911truth.org

Jul 132014
 

http://www.openureyes.org.nz/blog/?q=node/5570

Stand with Palestine! Rally Against Israel’s Brutality in Gaza: JUL 18 WELLINGTON
Sat, 12/07/2014 – 18:44 — smashdracs

WHEN: Friday 18th July, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
WHERE: Embassy of Israel – Baileys Building, 36 Brandon Street (off Lambton Quay), Wellington

Rally against the ongoing assault on Palestine and the Palestinian people, including the killing of Palestinians (including 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir, murdered brutally by Israeli settlers), the bombing of Gaza, the mass arrests of over 600, and the raids, attacks, tear-gassing, invasions and closure that Palestinians are being subjected to.

Initiated by Students for Justice in Palestine: Victoria University of Wellington and the International Socialist Organisation, NZ

https://www.facebook.com/events/1445924692327106/

May 142014
 

Snowden docs: GCSB links to US spying programmes

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11254935

David Fisher
6:54 PM Wednesday May 14, 2014

New documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden show New Zealand’s GCSB closely enmeshed with some of the most controversial parts of the United States’ spying apparatus.

The documents were released with journalist Glenn Greenwald’s new book No Place To Hide, which tells the story of Snowden’s National Security Agency disclosures and what they mean.

Among the documents are a cluster relating to New Zealand which show:

* our GCSB spies were shown instructional slides on how to operate the X-Keyscore surveillance program which trawls mass harvested email addresses, phone numbers, online chat, web-based email and attachments sent;

* they were privy to diplomatic espionage by other Five Eyes partners, including spying which was Canadian spies capturing the emails, text messages and phone calls between the Brazilian president and her aides;

* they were briefed on the NSA’s efforts to deliberately put backdoors into private companies’ computer networks;

* and the were given access to a program called “Homing Pigeon” which allowed in-air communications on passenger jets to be monitored.

One NSA document tells New Zealand and its other “Five Eyes” intelligence partners the ambition is to “know it all”, “collect it all”, “exploit it all” and “partner it all”.

The details were in a slide presented at a Five Eyes conference in 2011, released with journalist Glenn Greenwald’s new book No Place To Hide.

He also released another NSA slide detailing new invasive techniques, in which it stated the spy agency was “one step closer to ‘collecting it all”‘.

The no-limits approach by the NSA is reflected locally in details released to the Herald through the Official Information Act.

Excerpts of a “GCSB Strategy” from 2008 stated “complete mastery of the internet (even if we take this to mean just the internet) is a Nirvana that everyone is working towards”.
The document stated it was “an almost impossible vision” but one which was “intended to stretch the organisation”.

At the time the GCSB had given itself the vision statement “Mastery of the Cyberspace for the Security of New Zealand”. In March last year, as it prepared to release details showing the GCSB had illegally spied on Kiwis, it changed the statement to the less confrontational “Guardianship of the Security of New Zealand”.

In his book, Mr Greenwald said “Five Eyes members share most of their surveillance activities and meet each year at a Signal Development conference where they boast of their expansion and the prior year’s successes”.

The description – and the NSA’s desire to “partner it all” – clash with previous comments by Mr Key, who had previously claimed there was limited sharing.

“We share information in isolated cases about New Zealanders with our partners, and we do that when there’s a really good reason to do that.”

A spokeswoman for Mr Key said “we do not comment on matters of intelligence or national security, but as the Prime Minister has stated in the past, we do not carry out wholesale collection of metadata”.

The spokeswoman said the GCSB acted within the law. “The PM does not comment on the GCSB’s capabilities or operational activity.”

Green co-leader Russel Norman said the Prime Minister’s refusal to talk about how spies worked meant the public could not judge the extent of the intrusion.

“You have to talk about the tools that are used to understand the sort of mass surveillance intelligence agencies are engaged in.

“The reason the Prime Minister doesn’t want to talk about it and says it operational is because everyone will realise what’s going on and then the game is up.”

- NZ Herald

Apr 302014
 

STACEY KIRK/Fairfax

A New Zealander killed by a United States drone strike in Yemen has been named by an Australian newspaper as Daryl Jones.

He was identified by The Australian, which said Jones was married with children. According to those who knew him he had lived in Sydney and attended Australia’s largest mosque, the Lakemba Mosque in southwest Sydney.

Jones, who had dual New Zealand and Australian citizenship, was killed last November in a US Predator drone strike on a convoy of al Qaeda militants in Yemen. He was not the target of the strike.

Jones reportedly went by the name of “Muslim bin John” and fought under the name “Abu Suhaib al-Australi”.

The Australian said Jones had reportedly contacted his family from Dubai in May last year.

In a Facebook post about the drone deaths, a Sydney man said: “I’m told that one of the brothers being spoken about in the article is brother Daryl Jones, a convert brother who use to frequent Lakemba mosque a few years ago,” The Australian reported.

“The brother was so humble. He was soft-spoken and gentle, you could really easily get along with him.”

Another man replied: “Muslim [Daryl Jones] was one of the best Muslims I have ever known. Allah accept him as a Shaheed [martyr]. Allah aid and assist his wife and children.”

Another post, believed to be referring to the dead man, said “Daryl Jones, also known as Muslim” had gone missing in 2012.

According to the October 2012 post by the Revert Muslims Association: “He last called his family in May earlier this year from Dubai.

“He was going to fly back to New Zealand. There hasn’t been contact since.”

The Australian said it understood Jones had attracted the attention of counter-terrorism authorities while in Sydney, mainly because of the company he kept, but he was never a person of interest.

Prime Minister John Key has refused to identify him.

When the death came to light a fortnight ago Key said he had known for quite some time the then-unnamed New Zealander was in Yemen and had terrorist connections.

Key said he had been told by New Zealand intelligence agencies late last year that it was highly likely the man had been killed, though it took time for DNA testing to provide confirmation of the identity.

The man, who was born in New Zealand, had family here and they were advised some time ago that he had been killed, Key said when the news of the death broke.

The incident was the first known killing of New Zealand or Australian citizens in a US drone strike.

Australian citizen Christopher Harvard was also killed in the strike along with three other men.

More here

Apr 162014
 

Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister

By John Minto / April 17, 2014
- See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/04/17/drone-murder-of-new-zealander-justified-by-prime-minister/#sthash.p0EVdkTD.dpuf
I’ve no idea what this murdered New Zealander was doing in Yemen – and I’m certain neither does John Key. The US National Security Agency has fed selective information about the strike to our GCSB which has fed selective information to the Prime Minister who has fed selective information to the hapless public of New Zealand.

Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference.

Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies that apparently this New Zealander was a terrorist who went to a terrorist training camp in Yemen and that Key thought these types of drone strikes were justified when dealing with “these types of people.

I’ve no idea what this murdered New Zealander was doing in Yemen – and I’m certain neither does John Key. The US National Security Agency has fed selective information about the strike to our GCSB which has fed selective information to the Prime Minister who has fed selective information to the hapless public of New Zealand.

Other media reports at the time of the drone strike in August 2013 said it took out “suspected al-Qaida operatives”. Who would know? In fact the majority of people killed in US drone strikes have been civilians.

A Human Rights Watch report released last year examined six such strikes in Yemen carried out between 2009–2013 and found that of the 82 people killed, at least 57 were civilians. Was this New Zealander just more collateral damage? We don’t know and we can’t expect the government or our spy agencies to tell us.

The HRW report also concluded that the drone strikes it examined “may have violated the laws of war because the individual attacked was not a lawful military target or the attack caused disproportionate civilian harm.”

All we do know for sure is that this New Zealander never got charged, never got a trial but that somewhere in the US a decision was made for the mass assassination of a group he was with – the kind of murderous act which has been condemned by governments and human rights groups around the world.

Here are a few critical questions for our Prime Minister.
•What evidence is there this New Zealander was a “terrorist” or was the label added after his death to justify the crime?
•How long had the GCSB been spying on him?
•Why was he allowed to travel overseas when other New Zealanders wanting to go overseas to fight in places like Syria for example have had their passports seized?
•What was he doing when he was killed?
•Why did the US launch a drone strike against him?
•If there was evidence of terrorist activity why was he not simply arrested when he returned to New Zealand or entered a third country?
•Was New Zealand informed by the US before they attacked and killed this kiwi citizen?
•If so what was the response of our spy agencies and their political master John Key?
•If New Zealand was not informed then why not?
•In aligning this country in support for US drone strikes what additional terrorist threat does that expose New Zealanders to?
•Why did the government not make the information about the killing public at the time when it occurred?
•Would the government ever have made this public if the information has not leaked out?

In typically cynical fashion Key is using this incident to bolster support for the GCSB and the massive increase in the power it was given last year to spy on us. He says it shows why we need the GCSB to spy on New Zealanders.

No it doesn’t My Key – it shows why the GCSB must be closed and why New Zealand must develop an independent foreign policy rather than one which aligns to deadly US foreign policy and increases the risk of terrorist attacks on New Zealanders.

Feb 092014
 

We are pleased to support the Rethink911 campaign and have put up posters in the Capital City.

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We have put 4 A1 size Rethink 911 posters on a pole on the Terrace near the Radio New Zealand building. This pole is also located very close to the Institution of Professional Engineers in Engineers House and also the New Zealand Fire Service and Union at no 80 The Terrace.

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We have also put up 4 A1 posters on a pole on the busy street corner of Willis and Manners Street which is located near the Dominion Post office.

1 Manners Street, Wellington (2)

The dates the posters will be displayed will be Sunday 9 February to Sunday 16 February inclusive.

We have sent open letters to Radio New Zealand Open Letter to Radio New Zealand from NZ911truth and to the Dominion Post Open Letter to Dominion Post from NZ911truth asking the programmers and editors to cover Building 7 and the Rethink 911 campaign.

We will also hold our usual street action nearby to one of the poster locations. We will update you on any developments – Watch this space.

Jan 232014
 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/editorials/9627574/Editorial-Afghanistan-venture-an-exercise-in-futility

OPINION: Afganistan remains a dismal country after 12 years of Western occupation. A United Nations report finds that it is once again becoming a narco-state, with a huge rise in opium poppy cultivation. Corruption is rampant. The Karzai Government controls only a small part of the country. Torture is widely used. The Western intervention in Afghanistan, in which New Zealand played an important role, comes to a dismal end.

The invasion of the country after September 11 was justified and New Zealand was right to back it. The Taliban Government was sheltering Al Qaeda, the terrorist group which had committed the outrage in New York. The United States and its Western partners were justified in responding.

Read the rest of the article here

Dec 182013
 

Thursday, 19 December 2013, 10:12 am
Press Release: New Zealand Government

Hon Murray McCully

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman

Minister of Defence

19 December 2013

Media Statement

NZ to maintain support as Afghanistan mission transitions

New Zealand will maintain its current level of support for international efforts in Afghanistan until December 2014, the Government says.

Twenty seven New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel are currently deployed in behind-the-wire roles based in Kabul, including at the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters, ISAF Special Operations Forces headquarters, and Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA).

“The Government has reviewed the mandate for these deployments, which is due to expire next April. Our 27 personnel will remain in Afghanistan to December 2014 to support the final stages of the ISAF mission,” Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says.

The ISAF mission will be replaced by a training, advice and assistance mission.

“As previously announced, a small number of personnel are expected to remain at the UK-led Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA) in roles focused on training assistance and capacity building beyond 2014,” Dr Coleman says.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand’s work in Afghanistan is business as usual.

“New Zealand remains committed to fulfilling our role as part of the ISAF mission to secure the gains made in Afghanistan over the last decade.

“New Zealand will continue to make financial and development contributions to Afghanistan. The nature of those contributions has not been finalised.”

ENDS

Dec 032013
 

The director of the Government Communications Security Bureau Ian Fletcher (left) and the director of the Security Intelligence Service director Warren Tucker appeared before Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee in Wellington today – the first-ever public hearing into New Zealand’s spy agencies.

The committee comprised of National MPs Chris Finlayson and Tony Ryall, Labour Leader David Cunliffe and the Green Party co-leader. Tempers flared between Chris Finlayson and Russel Norman during the hearing.

Mr Finlayson said Mr Norman was a member of the committee and not “Judge Judy,” after Mr Fletcher said he could not answer some of Mr Norman’s questions.

See article here