SAS -services for sale?

Written By: - Date published: 8:48 am, November 8th, 2010 - 43 comments
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I’m gobsmacked that John Key thinks it is a “good idea” for the SAS to whore itself and Crown property out so that fat businessmen can play soldier. What is our elite force doing pandering to the delusions of middle-aged dickheads to make money for a private fund? And what has happened to the SAS’s secrecy?

Before Willie Apiata, no serving SAS soldier was ever named. We’re told that this is to protect the operational security of our elite fighting force.

In my experience, the Army’s attitude to keeping the SAS under wraps is very staunch. I was once told something disconcerting about the SAS’s operations in Afghanistan by a disgruntled soldier (I won’t repeat it without more evidence). When I mentioned to another soldier I had heard something about the SAS from a soldier his reply was ‘anyone who tells you anything they think they know about the SAS is a dickhead and a traitor’ and that was the end of the conversation.

A culture of complete secrecy.

Except when fat businessmen are offering money. Then it’s playing around with Crown property and personal contact with serving SAS members.

If the SAS family trust needs more cash then they should ask to government for it. They shouldn’t be whoring themselves out to businesses. And will we taxpayers be getting reimbursed by the trust that took this money for the cost of the use of the weapons and our employees’ time?

43 comments on “SAS -services for sale?”

  1. Colonial Viper 1

    This sends an awful message in NZ society – if you have enough money, you can have access to anyone in the country, there is nothing that you can’t get and there is no one that you can’t touch.

    More money worship on the hard ego driven alter of capitalism.

  2. come get some 2

    would be a completly different story if it was the CTU who had undergone these secret weapons trainings.

    Imagine the uproar

    • Marty G 2.1

      back in the old days, the communist party of nz used to put young members into the army to get them military training for the revolution. never came to anything.

      • Colonial Viper 2.1.1

        That’s because they should have sent their young members into MBA school instead. Then you could’ve taken over the establishment from within 😛

        • Ari 2.1.1.1

          Please, there are some things so distasteful even revolutionary communists won’t consider them. 🙂

          • Pascal's bookie 2.1.1.1.1

            But just think, they could move into banking, heighten the contradictions by using absurd remuneration schemes, launch an increasingly corrupted, complicated and unstable financial architecture with the aim of destroying the economic financial underpinnings of the capitalist military states, thus creating the perfect conditions for, hang on.

    • bbfloyd 2.2

      C.G.S…they weren’t secret numbnuts.. that’s part of the problem… wake up.. this isn’t one of your party political bunfights.. it’s our elite forces that are being used to make money… give it some real thought.

  3. tc 3

    ‘I’m gobsmacked that John Key thinks it is a “good idea” for the SAS to whore itself and Crown property out so that fat businessmen can play soldier.’……this is sideshow the ex money trader who is now playing with some different other peoples money so everything under his control has a price….including you and me.

    In the NACT world we’d be an outpost of china/US whoever wants to pay or in warners bro’s case get us to pay….watch how out of his depth Mapp is over this.

  4. Tigger 4

    This is creepy. There is no other word for it. Private people firing SAS weaponry? Who on earth thought this was a good idea? There is nothing that isn’t for sale now. Next we’ll have the SAS contracting themselves out as private security for My Super Sweet 16th birthday parties and Key trumpeting how they’ve managed to wring more usefulness out of a service that used to sit idle for great periods of time…

    • grumpy 4.1

      I’ve always wanted to fire one of those .50cal sniper rifles – how much would that cost?

    • Creepy for sure Tigger also scary. Business people learning how to attack .Attack who one might ask. Well they had a scare with the March for Fairness at Work . They live in terrible fear of unions do they not. Then when they pay themselves huge bonuses whilst cutting workers pay and conditions at work these parsite business men want to be prepaired.
      Just read a bit of working class history its all there . In 1912 Churchill wanted to use the army and navy against the miners , I would not trust them an inch. Just listen to the rich farmers when unions are mentioned .
      I can’t for one moment believe they were just having fun.If they wanted to play at soldiers they can play “paintball” with all the other nuts!

  5. billy fish 5

    The SAS –
    For when Paintball isn’t good enough

  6. freedom 6

    i won’t even begin to list how many ways this is just wrong, wrong, wrong.

    There are some things you do not do with your elite forces, but hey it’s a New World Order and they get what they want, when they want, where they want.

    I would wager that the deployment to the illegal wars in the Middle East have contributed to this mercenary behaviour from our troops. When it comes to prostituting a military no-one does it better than America, so perhaps some of the numerous US advisors that are attatched to forward operations have been giving advice on how to turn our Armed Services into a Package Tour Paramilitary Group and I am sure they have been getting plenty of notes from their Blackwater/Xe mates, who now make up more than half of all personnel on the ground.

    • Tigger 6.1

      Eddie uses ‘whore’, freedom uses ‘prostitute’ and frankly I can’t think of any more apt descriptions for this behaviour. So funny that many Nats voted down prostitution reform but are happy to promote selling of oneself in another form…

  7. anarcho 7

    They weren’t anywhere near the Urewera’s were they?

  8. prism 8

    A previous rwLabour or National govt saw encouragement to think on business lines for depts. Police took this up – in some places went moonlighting as security guards. PPP inserted into all our public spheres and the screw loosened? Wait till we get into free-trade with the USA. Some are worried about China but there are many different heads on screwdrivers these days.

    Who are our defence forces fighting for in their own minds? In the minds of the businessmen (probably not women according to latest figures on women in prime jobs) this sort of ‘junket’ is probably explained as ‘We’re paying for this with our taxes, we are players – stakeholders so it’s only playing with our own toy soldiers’. Pity financiers didn’t put their investment into training sessions on how to run businesses for long-term success – effectively, smartly and honestly.

  9. Bill 9

    As I commented on yesterday’s open mike, it is the networking aspect of this that is disquieting.

    Firing guns or running around assault courses is ‘whatever’.

    But private business overtly networking or building relationships with any serving members of the military in a world where the lines between a military serving a state or serving business have become so blurred as to be a faint smudge should be cause for concern.

    What potential ‘revolving door’ policy is being encouraged by these liaisons between the military and private business? Potential outsourcing or contracting out of logistical support?

    Let’s put aside the fact that military personnel are already dropping out of the military and taking up employment with business serving private contractors in war zones is already a reality.

    Given that the NZ establishment seems keen on treating the rest of Polynesia as more of a ‘backyard’ these days for NZ business…eg tying aid to profit and being very willing to intervene in the internal affairs of smaller nation states, we might want to look long and hard at future actions/interventions and ask whose interests are being serviced and by whom.

  10. grumpy 10

    The Whale is onto this, he claims this goes way back to the last Labour govt. If he’s got proof this could be embarrassing for the left.

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      Bet you it goes way back to Bolger. Or I could just be making random shite up and worrying about the ‘evidence’ later to try and deflect attention away from the bad judgement of these current events.

      • grumpy 10.1.1

        Probably correct. I can remember when I was a kid, dad took me to an open day at Burnham and I had a go with an SLR and a short burst with a GPMG. Totally acceptable back then

        • felix 10.1.1.1

          Yeah ‘cos an open day at an army base is exactly the same as contracting out the SAS for private military training…

          /facepalm

          Oh and that idiot Slater has admitted that he has no problem with making shit up to suit his ends. He reckons there’s no such thing as truth or fact, it’s just what you can get people to believe at a given time.

          That means that anyone using him as a source or conduit of info needs their head examined.

          • grumpy 10.1.1.1.1

            Dunno, I’d spend $10 to have a lash with a H&K MP5. What’s the difference? If they want to make some dough just do that. You could organise a teacher’s trip and they could shoot at Tolley cut outs – just wouldn’t be allowed to keep the score – can’t have losers can we?

            • felix 10.1.1.1.1.1

              I think you’re missing the point. We pay these fuckers to go overseas and kill skinny brown people, not to stay here and train fat white ones.

              Of course if they’re no longer serving and they’re using their own weapons and equipment then it’s none of my business, but if not then what the fuck do we have an SAS for if this is the best use they can come up with for all the weapons and training we pay for?

              • grumpy

                We could get them to train the “fat white ones” to go overseas and kill the “skinny brown ones”. That would be a great corporate bonding exercise. Just think what Rankin could have done with that at WINZ.

              • Bored

                Felix, I might quite happily give them a list of the fat whites I would pay them to shoot. I would however want a discount for Brownlee, no skill involved there as he is too big to miss.

  11. While I agree with the concerns voiced here, I would like to think that a lot of us would like to see the likes of Cpl. Apiata slapping Farrar in the face for insubordination.

    Captcha: recommended – yes indeed.

  12. Why the surprise? Finance boys and a press trained Willy Apiata (their investment paid for with your tax dollar earned back in one day). A match made in heaven. Or did you think they spend $ 35.000 on our own National Rambo for nowt?

  13. Bored 13

    Actually, some “corporate” paying the SAS (the same guys as we collectively pay to defend us) for favours steps over a line in the sand. That this governemt and the minister responsible are not using words like “court marshall” is disturbing. That they might vieew this as a financial opportunity is truly disturbing.

    • Zorr 13.1

      I wouldn’t go so far as saying “court martial” – it isn’t so much the issue of the SAS boys training some businessmen with dosh but the fact that it is being treated as being so inconsequential that is the disturbing thing.

      We are being run by a government that sees a price tag on everything – “Special for today only! NZ on sale! Buy now and get a servile populace thrown in FREE!”

  14. Jenny 14

    Soldiers for hire.

    There should be little surprise that our most deadly military force is on hire to rich businessmen.

    For a long time now New Zealand’s military high command have been subverting the democratic will of the New Zealand people and government.

    Despite our elected government’s decision not to send troops to Iraq, our military leaders have been subverting the democratic will of the government and the nation by allowing back door support for this illegal and brutal war in Iraq.

    New Zealand military personal, highly trained at tax-payers expense, have for a long time been officially allowed by their New Zealand superiors to take unpaid leave to go and whore themselves in Iraq either directly to US or UK forces or for private contractors like Blackwater etc., on the understanding that their jobs here in the New Zealand army will be kept open for them.

    On returning from these official “unofficial” postings our military high command put them straight back into the their jobs in the army with no loss of benefits or rank.

    The common understanding of the word ‘Mercenary’ soldiers who will kill for money.

    And there is one other word for their officers who would seek to subvert the constitutional democratic will of the government of our country.

    • Hell,

      Most of these wars are fought and manipulated by “mercenaries”. In Afghanistan, Pakistan.
      In fact this is what Major General Smedley Butler had to say about it. Of course that was way earlier but I reckon nothing much has changed.

    • Jenny 14.2

      The rot starts at the top.

      That a culture of guns for hire has been allowed to develop inside the SAS is part of the deliberate strategy, encouraged by senior military commanders as a tactic to circumvent and subvert this country’s refusal to officially support the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

      By allowing members of our armed forces to moonlight as they saw fit, the top brass have fostered the culture where public service is suplanted with a culture of patronage and cronyism.

      Will anyone be held accountable?

      I doubt it.

      Will the culture of patronage, cronyism and guns for hire developing inside our armed forces be continue to be sanctioned by top brass?

      I hope not.

      But without a proper enquiry and/or investigation the most likely outcome is that this culture of patronage and cronyism inside our armed forces will just go underground and be developed and strengthened in secret.

      Who knows where it will burst out into the public arena again.

      Would it be to far to imagine that business men might hire their first name basis friends inside the SAS to do a bit of moonlighting in their factory during a strike?

      How far from that, before SAS in plain clothes are expertly assaulting trade unionists on the picket line outside the same factory, if these unionists try and impede them from stealing their jobs?

      Since the identity of SAS members are secret from everyone except these businessmen. How will anyone know if the next group of thugs assaulting picketers at an animal rights protest are not just personal friends of the employer but are also members of the SAS?

      Would these sort of links between business and the military still be considered “acceptable”.

      capcha-laboratorys

      • crashcart 14.2.1

        Wow as a person in the military its good to know that you all feel that I should be a slave even when I take unpaid LEAVE. Thats right LEAVE. It is not uncommon for people in the military to use a period of unpaid leave to try and work them selves into the general workforce. It can be a difficult transition and the opertunity to try and take this step whilst still having a fall back is one of the rewards you get for giving up some of your rights when you join.

        If SAS and general military (I know of many people in all branches of the service who have done it) decide to go and contract in a war zone as security during this time to try and make some good money to try and set their families up what the hell buisness is it of yours? We are not your slaves. We sacrafice our time with our families and give up much more on a regular basis. Hell imagine if someone started telling you what you can do with your leave. The pissing and moaning would be unparalelled.

        • lprent 14.2.1.1

          I haven’t been following this particularly. But crashcart is correct if they are doing it on leave (can’t remember that in the msm reports – but I’m distracted with work right now). Being RF army isn’t a full-time career, you usually retire in your mid-40s and have to start a new career. Getting prepped is a good idea provided that it doesn’t reflect badly on the service, and the services will make up their own mind on that.

          The question I’d have is if this is a worthwhile use of their time. Running around the hills tuning up fat businessmen into working as teams in your 50’s seems like a serious waste of capability, and rather pointless to boot.

          Update: The other question I have is about how much army equipment is being used for these off-service exercises?

          • Jenny 14.2.1.1.1

            In answer to Crashcart.
            I know of a number of workers who have been sacked for moonlighting for another company.

            And their job didn’t require them to employ deadly force at their employers demand.

            It is all a question of loyalty, or in this case disloyalty.

            Your military commanders by condoning this behaviour in keeping your “job” open while you are “employed” in a military endeavour that the democratically elected leaders of this country are opposed to, are guilty of insubordination to the civil authorities.

            As I said there is a word for this sort of insubordination.

  15. Jeremy Harris 15

    Do you have a link to where Key said this..?

    • The Voice of Reason 15.1

      They’ve got this thing called Google now, Jeremy. Give it a try sometime.

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4317060/SAS-guns-for-hire

      Prime Minister John Key called the sessions “unwise”. Speaking at the World Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro this afternoon, Mr Key told reporters he understood the session was a “very rare” occurrence. There did not appear to be any protocols around it, however.

      “I think that it is a good idea if there are some processes or protocols put around any kind of engagement the SAS may have with community groups or business groups,” Mr Key said.

  16. Jeremy Harris 16

    It’s not unreasonable to expect a blooger to link to a quote VoR…

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  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    1 week ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    1 week ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    1 week ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

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