Apr 292011
 

Mike McRoberts investigates whether our elite SAS troops in Afghanistan have taken prisoners and handed them over to authorities known for torture. 60 Minutes has exclusive footage from Afghanistan, shot by freelance journalist Jon Stephenson, who has been pursuing this story for years. Stephenson will show you evidence that he says points to New Zealand’s complicity in the mistreatment of innocent people. Watch this story now. Take No Prisoners

  2 Responses to “Take No Prisoners – TV3 Reports on NZ SAS in Afghanistan”

  1. The following letter from Mike Woods was sent to TV 3 in response to the programme

    Dear Producer and Mike McRoberts

    Many thanks for being courageous enough to show what our SAS troops are really up to in Afghanistan. Jon Stephenson is a very brave man to tell the truth. Many whistle-blowers in the US have lost their jobs and are now unemployable others been sent to prison. Some have even lost their lives.

    It begs the question: “why are we fighting a war in Afghanistan?”
    The Prime Minister, John Key, has told us its because of Afghanistan’s involvement in 9/11. The mainstream media have been peddling this story for nearly ten years now. Its no wonder that most people believe it.

    The recent Intelligence and Security Committee meeting was held in secret for the first time I believe.

    Some of the submissions to this Committee claim that the real terrorists are those that planted the explosives in the 3 World Trade Centre buildings on 9/11. This could be why the Government wanted the meeting held in secret.

    Anyhow, the submissions have now been released to the public (see attached PDF file).
    Please have a look at submission No 18 and Supplementary submission 18A from Roger Morris. (High quality PDF 7TOCPJ)

    Roger presented a peer reviewed scientific paper from nine respected international scientists that Active Thermitic Material was Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe. (see attached PDF file).
    In that case it is highly unlikely that Islamic terrorists were able to plant these advanced explosives in the 3 World Trade Centre buildings. WTC Building 7 collapsed at freefall speed and no aircraft hit it.
    WTC 1 and WTC 2 also collapsed at freefall speed.

    As I said in my submission 7A to the Security Committee;

    The phoney ‘War on Terror” was invented after the 9/11 attacks.
    The real terrorists are those that planted the explosives in the three World Trade Centres and those that are concealing the truth from the people.
    This Bill is designed to silence the TRUTH.
    I applaud TV3 60 Minutes for telling the truth. Lets hope that one day the TRUTH will come out and the real culprits for 9/11 will be prosecuted.

    Regards

    Mike Woods
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    and also

    Dear Mike McRoberts and producers

    RE – http://www.tv3.co.nz/April-27—Take-No-Prisoners/tabid/1343/articleID/70487/Default.aspx

    I would like to applaud the research work of Jon Stephenson , who in my opinion, deserves the highest NZ honour.

    As shown in your revealing piece, the SAS and our troops are at the mercy of obviously faulty US intelligence. Our political leaders continue to ignore the overwhelming evidence that shows that this war is based on a lie and therefore illegal. There are now no excuses for the continued use of 9/11 as a justification for this immoral action. The war in Iraq has already shown how easily governments can be lead into war based on propaganda and false evidence. 9/11 of course is a deception on a much larger scale.

    I would refer you to the evidence supplied by courageous whistleblowers such as intelligence asset Susan Lindauer, Lieutenant-Colonel Anthony Shaffer, FBI agents Sibel Edmonds, Colleen Rowley, Robert Wright and pentagon military specialist April Gallop and Barbara Honegger among many others. There is also in the public record, the evidence of physical science and the expert opinions of nearly 1500 architects and engineers (www.ae911truth.org) who have stated that WTC1, 2 and Building 7 were imploded in a classic controlled demolition using high grade military engineered nano-thermite found in the WTC dust. http://www.benthamscience.com/open/tocpj/articles/V002/7TOCPJ.htm

    Our involvement in Afghanistan supports the US response to 9/11 which has already killed twice as many Americans as the attacks themselves did. The tenth anniversary of 9/11 draws near. New Zealanders should be joining with the millions of citizens world-wide who are calling for a new independent investigation into the attacks of 9/11 . We must have transparency on this vital issue. Our NZ troops are risking their lives for a lie.

    Thank you again for presenting the NZ public this important piece of journalism.

    Yours faithfully

    Helen Waddington

  2. I tried to post this on the TV3 website as a comment, but it didn’t seem to work. I’ll check later to see if it actually posted. Anyway here’s my public comment:

    (I was able to post the comment later.) http://www.tv3.co.nz/April-27---Take-No-Prisoners/tabid/1343/articleID/70487/Default.aspx
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    There are precious few instances of real journalism in NZ mainstream media, and this piece by Mike McRoberts, reporting on the exemplary work of Jon Stephenson, is certainly one of those unfortunately rare pieces of real journalism. I ask those criticising this work to watch it again, to see and hear what was actually reported.

    There is an underlying logical flaw inherent in the negative comments. It is called “begging the question”, which means assuming something to be true without demonstrating that it actually is true, and basing arguments on the false assumption. In this case, the unsupportable assumption is made that (1) the illegal invasion and subsequent occupation of Afghanistan is both legal and justified and (2) that NZ is justified in expending our blood and treasure in this misbegotten endeavour.

    Even if you accept the Official Conspiracy Theory of 9/11, which I do not, you still must ask yourself why kiwi soldiers are even in Afghanistan in the first place. Is it to protect NZ from Muslim “terrorists”? I think not. When was the last time NZ was attacked by terrorists, and where were they from? (Answers: July 10, 1985 and France.) How were the terrorist bombers detected and apprehended, by SAS troops in France? (Answer: No, by excellent work on the part of NZ Police.) Is there really any likelihood that NZ will be attacked by Muslim terrorists? You are thousands of times more likely to be struck by lightening than you are to be the victim of a terrorist attack.

    If we are engaging in military action on foreign soil and are not acting to protect ourselves from an imminent threat, then we are participating in a “war of choice”, which is illegal under the Geneva Convention.

    We kiwis owe it to ourselves to finally wake up and recover from the shock and awe of the 9/11 false flag attacks that took place 10 years ago. Demand of yourselves that you provide a logical, non-emotional, non-knee-jerk answer to why we should be soiling our national reputation by participating in an illegal war at the behest of the self-admitted war criminal, George W. Bush.

    To say that “NZ troops have acted within the rules of engagement” is irrelevant in this case, because they are participating in an illegal war under the supervision of a country that is credibly accused of war crimes including illegal wars of aggression and torture (that’s the USA, by the way). We can claim to be squeaky clean, but if you lie down with dogs, you’re going to get fleas. Let us please have the maturity to admit we made a mistake, and bring our SAS troops home. Now.