Posts by Idiot Savant

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  • Hard News: Meanwhile in Iraq ...,

    Yup, if the news continues in this pattern it can only get better - when Iraq is completely depopulated, and there is no one left to kill.

    ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant...

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1625 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Not quite what you may think,

    There are also distinct interception powers under:
    *the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service Act 1969

    So, caninformation gathered under that act be used in court?

    And is there anything stopping the SIS from listening in on lawyer-client conversations then whispering in a policeman's ear?

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1625 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Not quite what you may think,

    I'm also interested in the "collective unlawful posession" charge too. Alleging unlawful (rather than unlicensed) posession may be a bit dodgy, and relies on drawing a long bow to an ultimate purpose while ignoring immediate ones, but saying its collective seems to remove the need for the police to actually prove anyone in particular handled a weapon. All they need to show was that there was one in the vicinity. Which seems to be rather lax for something which could see people in jail for 4 years.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1625 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mint Chicks win everything,

    The FAQ also shows you what a search warrant looks like. But the best thing to do is probably call a lawyer (because they need the money).

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1625 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mint Chicks win everything,

    paulalambert: From the Coalition of Community Law Centres FAQ on Police powers to stop and search (DOC):

    A search warrant should be addressed to the constable in charge of the search. It will only be valid for one month from the date of issue. The copy of the warrant you get will not be signed. This is in order to protect the identity of the Court official who authorised it.

    (Original emphasis).

    So, the "journalists" reporting that as a "story" clearly weren't doing their homework.

    Police can already get a warrant over the phone in a hurry; being able to get them electronically isn't much of a change. What's important is making sure they need them, and that court officials give them proper scrutiny rather than just being a rubberstamp.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1625 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mint Chicks win everything,

    O'Connor is a union boss/spokesman, and it's job to advocate for the interests of his members.

    Which apparently include unlimited authority, reduced oversight, no qestions asked, and the right to shoot anyone they damn well please.

    No thanks.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1625 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mint Chicks win everything,

    Maharey is going to be Vice-Chancellor of Massey University.

    Well, he's got to be better than the current one...

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  • Hard News: Mint Chicks win everything,

    I probably don't have the highest opinion of Maharey among PA readers - but he's the first resignation announced recently I'd consider any kind of loss to Parliament.

    Yeah. And it means its Goff after Helen. So much for any hope I'll be voting Labour anytime soon.

    It also means the PN electorate might just be in play. It's very red, but Simon Power (whose home in Milson is now within the new electorate boundary IIRC) might have a chance against a new candidate.

    As for who that candidate is, I'm wondering whether our recently unemployed mayor, Heather Tanguay, will give it a go...

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  • Hard News: Mint Chicks win everything,

    Chris Trotter expresses confidence in Howard Borad's judgement in his column this morning.

    Broad has been very careful in public not to over-egg things; its the leaks to the media which are doing that.

    Meanwhile, it seems the SIS are involved - they briefed John Key (and presumably other members of the Security Intelligence Committee) last week.

    My estimation of the "evidence" the police might present to support terrorism charges just went through the floor. Quite apart from their institutional prejudices, these people regard Google as a useful intelligence tool...

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1625 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Te Qaeda and the God Squad,

    I’ve gone and booked a one-way flight to Brisbane...

    Ah yes, Queensland - I can see how a policeman would regard that as paradise. Corruption, no oversight, a licence to beat aborigines to death in the cells - they'd just love it.

    Frankly, the sorts of cops who'd move there are the sort we are better off without. Clint Rickards and friends would fit right in.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1625 posts Report Reply

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