Posts by Alfie

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Sound and Light, in reply to Kaipara Possum,

    Im not going to be a bloody Herald every day on the slim chance that there is something is announced in there.

    I'm the opposite. I'm sick of visiting Stuff and the Herald -- two of NZ's major news sites -- and finding their lead story is bloody Adele. Again. Maybe entire newsrooms went to the shows and thought them important enough to dominate the news for several days.

    When you live in London there are plenty of top acts performing every week. But (barring disasters) they'd never make front page news in a month of Sundays. Maybe a mention on the entertainment pages, if you're lucky.

    Our major news organisations really do go out of their way to appear distinctly regional these days.

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  • Legal Beagle: A war crimes inquiry; or…, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Whoever in the chain of command found themselves in court could rely on the fact that they had information that the village was a “military objective”.

    That excuse wouldn't hold water for the second raid several days later, where they blew up the remaining parts of the civilian homes they'd almost destroyed in the first raid. That in itself is a war crime.

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  • Legal Beagle: A war crimes inquiry; or…,

    Dr Jon Johansson, a senior lecturer in politics at Victoria University, discusses the relationship between the military and politicians and asks why a final green light for the failed operation was ever required from then PM John Key.

    Bill English, an empiricist if ever there was one, needs to familiarise himself with the evidence produced and then reassert control. One way he could do this is by standing Keating down until an inquiry is conducted - because by his words and actions Keating is a barrier to finding out the truth.

    Newsroom: Why Lieutenant-General Keating must be stood down

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  • Legal Beagle: A war crimes inquiry; or…, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    The executive branch of government has far less influence in respect of a Police investigation than it would an inquiry, I suspect.

    The illegal and unjustified Police raid on Nicky Hager's home following the publication of Dirty Politics would tend to suggest otherwise.

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  • Hard News: The long road to Hit and Run,

    Here's a cynical variation on John Key's multiple hats sleight of hand from David Fisher's story.

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee refused to be interviewed about New Zealand's time in Afghanistan, as did his predecessor Jonathan Coleman and generals at the NZDF.

    Brownlee - whose job it is to guide the military's path - said: "I became Minister of Defence quite some time after the last deployment left Afghanistan so I haven't handled issues relating to the Provincial Reconstruction Team."

    Coleman, who was minister during the time the eight personnel died in Bamiyan, said he wouldn't comment because he was no longer minister.

    Passing the Defence Minister's hat.

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  • Legal Beagle: A war crimes inquiry; or…, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    You may note that I’m suggesting an investigation is the most important thing.

    Indeed. But given the barely credible spin being employed this morning, can you appreciate my scepticism that either this government or an SAS-dominated military can be trusted to conduct a genuinely independent investigation?

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  • Hard News: The long road to Hit and Run,

    Here's a very good overview of the facts so far from Dave Armstrong in the DomPost.

    ...if Hager's only motive is money then surely he would have co-written it with Lorde or Richie McCaw rather than the lesser-known, though internationally respected, journalist Jon Stephenson?

    Nicholas Jones reports that an inquiry is unlikely.

    English told Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking this morning that an inquiry into any of the claims was "unlikely", now the NZ Defence Force had told him its troops never operated in the two villages identified in the book Hit & Run.

    Expect Hoskings to repeat the party line. Nothing to see here folks... moving right along.

    Also in the Herald and following three years of battling with the OIA, David Fisher reports what appears to be yet another NZDF coverup... Our faulty war: the Afghanistan report they fought to keep secret.

    A damning NZ Defence Force report on our largest commitment to Afghanistan is hugely critical of politicians and senior commanders, along with many other aspects of our decade-long deployment to the country.

    But it was shelved after being deemed "insufficiently accurate", a decision made by a commander who oversaw one of New Zealand's six-month deployments to the country.

    There's that SAS connection again.

    While Key is implicated in the failed raid, Bill English has had clean hands until now. Why he would choose to become part of the cover-up in an election year is anyone's guess.

    This story is too important to brush under the carpet.

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  • Legal Beagle: A war crimes inquiry; or…,

    Sorry Graeme, but you have to forgive those of us who hold a cynical view of “independent” enquiries set up by this government and see them as a convenient way of brushing serious issues under the carpet.

    As an example, take Judith Collins’ shameful role in Dirty Politics. The facts should have ended her political career. But choosing the people who ran the enquiry and Key's role in severely restricting the terms of reference allowed her to claim that she’d somehow been exonerated. Reappointing her as Minister of Justice was the icing on the cake.

    Another example – the David Bain compensation enquiry. Justice Binnie’s conclusion didn’t suit the government so they shopped around and found Callinan – a proven right wing hanging judge who produced the result they wanted.

    Some common themes emerge here. A Nicky Hager book followed by National government denials and suspect enquiries resulting in a perversion of the democratic process.

    Will they get away with it again this time?

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1256 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The long road to Hit and Run,

    I spoke too soon. English also appeared on Morning Report attempting to continue the spin of "unfounded allegations". It's looking like a coordinated defense was planned yesterday, according to this Stuff report.

    English, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee and Defence Force chief Lieutenant General Tim Keating met on Sunday afternoon to discuss allegations raised by Hit and Run.

    Hager's suggestion that the SAS have virtually taken over our Defence Force holds water. Note that Keating is a former NZSAS Commanding Officer who has served in Afghanistan.

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  • Hard News: The long road to Hit and Run, in reply to nzlemming,

    That is truly beyond belief.

    And shameful. Nicky Hager easily demolished the NZDF's latest spin on Morning Report.

    It was a different operation, with the same name, at the same time, on the same night, but 2km away?

    Seriously? When you're in a hole, it's best to stop digging. Let's see if Bill English & Co attempt to repeat the NZDF lies today.

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