Like a stopped watch, Peter Dunne sometimes gets it right:
United Future leader Peter Dunne questions ‘jihadi bride’ claims
United Future leader Peter Dunne has questioned claims that growing numbers of Kiwi women are becoming jihadi brides, saying the allegations from spy agencies could be aimed at “softening up” the public before an independent review into their work is released.
In a blog post, Dunne questioned why spy agencies were “raising this spectre of alarm” given the lack of evidence of a significant problem.
“Of the thousands of foreign fighters in Syria, and assumed to be fighting for ISIL, it is understood that less than a dozen may be from New Zealand.
“Unless the so-called ‘jihadi brides’ are marrying non-New Zealanders involved in the campaign, the actual numbers are very small, probably insignificantly so, indeed.”
Dunne said it was “possible but unlikely” that the number of jihadi brides had grown enough to be worth noting, while there had also been no change to New Zealand’s terrorism alert level in the last year that would account for it.
Instead, the remarks could be part of a “softening-up process” of the public and politicians by spy agencies ahead of an independent review of their work, due to come out early next year. …