I’ve seen some of the e-mails when Rochelle Rees discovered them. From them and his statements, I get the impression that the police commissioner is and has been kept out of the loop and fed a line of bullshit. Perhaps he should ask questions about who is doing that. But here is some help for the commissioner to get to the core of the problem.
Howard Broad said
The SIG was meant to assess threats from individuals who may or may not be members of groups.
“[People who] want to do some damage, they want to do some violent things,” he said on Radio New Zealand.
“Our job is to identify those people and do something about it.”
Unfortunately these are not the questions that people in the SIG have been asking. Rochelle has released some of the questions by a SIG handler to Rob Gilchrist.
Included in Gilchrist’s emails were questionnaires sent from the New Zealand Police, with the police identification number PG4369. The following are excerpts from those documents:
The list includes open ended questions that are about groups. I’ve pulled a few questions about groups out of Rochelles press release :-
Climate Change Groups
What is happening with climate change groups in Auckland.
Who is involved?
What actions might they be considering for the future
What specific plans are in place for Climate Day of action 07/07
Auckland Animal Action
What is the structure of AAA and who fills the key positions?
How does AAA communicate and promote demonstrations?
Do they use / have access to chat rooms etc?
Update Addresses / Ph (cell and landline) Numbers / Vehicle details of AAA members.
What is the proposed activist activity for the rest of the year?
Who is responsible for the stickers on Tegel products? *
Where is the printer / scanner / etc for the above stickers? *
What other activity is proposed against Tegel or any other chicken suppliers?
And so on. The list of general questions about groups covered groups like the anti iraq war groups, and groups with people going to ANZCCART, Sydney and Auckland APEC, etc.
There is my favorite
Q – Information regarding the 26th November Grey Lynn festival.
Q Are there any other plans for that weekend?
What the hell? This is a favorite venue for a lot of groups doing fund raising, recruiting, and ground-level publicity about their issues. It is a fun day for all concerned. What does it have to do with national security?
These questions are clearly not looking at individuals that may be a problem, they are looking at organizations. For obvious privacy reasons Rochelle will not be releasing questions about individuals. From what I’ve seen, there are as many questions about the intentions and strategies of groups as there are about dangerous individuals.
Hopefully this will assist in asking some better questions now? Perhaps you should also look at the misuse of using the police power to charge people for harassment. In particular to obtain search warrants.
* In this particular questionnaire, these are the few questions about an individual.