Urewera terrorism fiasco
The Urewera 18 were a group of chums who played soldier up in the ranges and were targeted as a radical training camp and as a result felt the full force of Police paranoia and over reaction.
Now while I have little time for activists or activist gangsters who pick up guns (activists don't pick up guns, activists win because our argument is better), and accept that if it had been the National Front who had been running around playing militia, then I would want an eye cast over their activities as well. But. The Police over reaction in a land steeped in as much righteous historic injustice as Tuhoe land in an almost identical incident to their original land confiscation was ignorant and offensive in the extreme.
Tame Iti and his merry militia are no more terrorists than I am, (except they go camping), they should never have been apprehended in this manner with these powers, if the concern was so great the Police should have gone directly to Tame Iti to discuss the issue with him, the fact was that the local Police would go to Tame Iti as an outreach person they could use to talk down any hot headedness by any of the locals.
When a blind panicked post 9/11 Parliament breathlessly passed the Terrorism Suppression Act in 2002 , the Green Party and the Maori Party predicted it would be used against Maori and activists, not against terrorists. The Act was found to be so impossible to use, the Judge had no problem dumping it.
Let's remember this all happened on Howard Broad's watch, the same Police clown responsible for the travesty that was the Peter Ellis witch hunt.
No literally, Howard thought there were satanic witches involved in that case.
How someone with such a record could be allowed to run something like this at such an immense cost to the tax payer over a bunch activists playing soldier should horrify us and we should all be very,