Key clearly intends to play the terrorism card for all it’s worth during this term:
Key plans major speech on terror threat
[Key] has signalled a shake-up of Security Intelligence Service laws after announcing a big break with tradition by relinquishing day-to-day oversight of the Security Intelligence Service and the Government Communications Security Bureau.
He is also planning a major speech once Parliament resumes that looks set to challenge Kiwi perceptions that New Zealand is far removed from terrorist threats.
The speech signals Key’s intention to front-foot security and intelligence issues more aggressively after much of National’s second term was beset by controversy surrounding the GCSB.
Key warned that New Zealand was in a far from benign environment, using the rise of Kiwis seeking to join groups like the Islamic State (Isis) as an example. … “The number currently fighting overseas . . . is relatively small but it’s certainly far more than one or two.”
Sounds weak doesn’t it. It gets weaker:
Isis fight: NZ won’t be a target – PM
Any New Zealand commitment of military assistance to counter Islamic State militants in Iraq should not make New Zealand more of a target for terrorism, Prime Minister John Key says.
So, Key wants us to believe that because “far more than one or two” New Zealanders are joining groups such as Isis, we are all at risk of terrorist attack. (This justifies new spying legislation, the creation of Key’s new ministerial role, and his dodging responsibility for the GCSB and SIS.) But Key also wants us to believe that sending troops to – you know – fight Isis – should not make New Zealand more of a target for terrorism.
Both of those claims cannot be true, but the PM knows he can get away with anything now, so he does. Key’s terrorism card is a joker, and the joke is on us.