David Fisher had an interesting piece in The Herald this morning:
Spies tell John Key: The six threats facing New Zealand
1 Violent extremism in NZ and by New Zealanders – the report warns migration is creating communities with “distinct identities and links overseas”. It appears to reflect information the SIS has learned from Muslim communities.
2 Loss of information and data – the means by which a cyber attack is done is “easier to acquire and easy to combine with insider threats”. It poses economic and reputational risks.
3 Hostile intelligence operations in and against the country – the report warns of “industrial espionage” against companies and “targeting of New Zealanders by foreign governments”. Again, the consequence of increased migration could be linked to these concerns.
4 Mass arrivals – the entire small section is redacted, but John Key has previously spoken of concern over boat-loads of refugees making landfall in New Zealand.
5 Trans-national organised crime – drugs, money-laundering and illegal fishing are highlighted, brought about by an “open economy, the internet and established networks among migrant communities”.
6 Instability in the South Pacific – the entire section is blanked out, but the SIS has had a close focus on Fiji, its leadership and anti-regime movements in New Zealand and Australia.
Source: Briefing to the Incoming Minister, NZ Intelligence Community.
There’s a certain xenophobic thread running through that list, and an inflated sense of our own significance (“industrial espionage” makes the top 6 – really?). It’s a list about protecting wealth and privilege, nothing more. Here’s a few of the real threats that are missing:
I would argue that most of those threats are more significant than most in the spies’ list.