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Monday, September 24, 2012

Bending over backwards

There isn't anything the NZ government won't do to help our American friends, and vice versa. Why, only in the last week we've had:

Killing in the name of...
The United States Secretary of Defence has told Taliban fighters responsible for killing five New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan that US forces will take them out.
Leon Panetta is currently visiting New Zealand. He is the first Defence Secretary to visit in 30 years following the no-nuclear law.
He promised US troops would help in any retribution attack. “Whatever information we have that is credible, we will do whatever we have to do in cooperation with the forces of New Zealand to make sure they understand that nobody attacks our forces and gets away with it.”
The Government has sent SAS officers back to Afghanistan to track down those who killed New Zealand soldiers [...]. If they find them, US special forces will execute the attack.
Followed seamlessly by:

Occupying in the name of...
The United States would consider stationing troops on New Zealand soil if our Government asked for them as part of a burgeoning defence relationship, US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta says.
Asked yesterday if troops could be stationed in New Zealand, Mr Panetta said that was up to New Zealand. But he suggested the US would be interested. "If New Zealand feels that that's something New Zealand would support or want, that's something I think that would be very helpful."

and now, today, we find out:

Spying in the name of...
Prime Minister John Key today announced he has requested an inquiry by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the circumstances of unlawful interception of communications of certain individuals by the Government Communications Security Bureau.

Mr Key says the Crown has filed a memorandum in the High Court in the Megaupload case advising the Court and affected parties that the GCSB had acted unlawfully while assisting the Police to locate certain individuals subject to arrest warrants issued in the case. The Bureau had acquired communications in some instances without statutory authority.

After being informed about the matter by the Director of the GCSB on September 17, the Prime Minister referred the Bureau’s actions to the Inspector-General, Hon Paul Neazor. The Inspector-General is an independent statutory officer with the power to enquire into any matter related to a government intelligence agency’s compliance with the law.

There is nothing the NZ government and agencies will not do for the Americans. No matter how petty or how unlawful. Obsequious, meet your new flatmates, Shame, Humiliation and Embarrassment.

A discussion on the Dotcom case is planned here for Wednesday (Thursday NZ time?)

When will the older generations of New Zealanders take off their war-issue rose-coloured spectacles and acknowledge the cold hard reality that the great battles of Midway and the Coral Sea that the US Navy fought to stop the Japanese advance were not fought by the Americans with New Zealand's interests at heart - or even at the periphery - they were fought by the Americans for America. If the US had intelligence to suggest that luring the Japs down to NZ would have caused over-stretch and a quicker defeat then the Yanks would have sacrificed this nation in a heartbeat.



At 24/9/12 9:38 pm, Blogger MCA said...

We could always bend over forwards for them!

At 24/9/12 9:53 pm, Blogger Tim said...

It was interesting to see the jonky have an orgasm with Leon's statement, then go bright red with embarassment at the GCSB 'revelation'. (Shit- he thought to himself - am I going to get sprung for my bullshitting too or can I blame a GCSB underling)


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