Category: News and Views

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell on the legal crackdown on hate crimes

Unexpectedly, Justice Minister/SIS Minister Andrew Little has proven to be something of a loose cannon in the government’s response to the mosque attacks. Allegedly a safe pair of hands, Little initially tried to pre-empt criticism of the security services by publicly absolving their performance of blame even before an inquiry into their role had been set up.

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Newsroom: Why sweeping surveillance laws aren’t the answer

National leader Simon Bridges is calling for New Zealand’s intelligence agencies to be given greater powers, claiming our spies currently have their hands tied behind their backs. But it’s far from clear that greater surveillance would have stopped the Christchurch attack, and hasty changes could be disastrous, Sam Sachdeva writes. It’s often said that the

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Radio NZ: SIS accused of breaching NZ Muslims’ rights: It’s ‘unethical, misleading’, says critic

The Human Rights Foundation has released research to RNZ it says backs up its demands for an open and transparent inquiry into the security agencies and the terror attacks. The research shows the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (SIS) used informal chats and offers of payment to young men, who were not advised of their

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Radio NZ: No mention of right-wing extremist threats in 10 years of GCSB and SIS public docs

Analysis – There is not one specific mention of the threat posed by white supremacists or right-wing nationalism in 10 years of public documents from the Security Intelligence Service or the GCSB. The government will hold a high-level inquiryinto whether security agencies ignored warning signs, or put too much focus on the threat of Islamic

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NZ Herald: Christchurch mosque shooting: Website to report Islamophobia set up in attack aftermath

A group of Muslim women gathered together at Starship Hospital on Sunday to support the mother there of four-year-old girl Alin Alsati, who had been shot three times in the Christchurch terror attack. As they waited for the girl to under go surgery, the conversation turned to the everyday abuse, both verbal and physical, the

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