As New Zealand grapples with the enormities of the Christchurch terrorist attack and their implications for the country’s diverse social fabric, security and law and order, some issues are paramount.
High on the list is the importance to NZ of the Five-Eyes intelligence network, no matter what some the government’s coalition partners might think. Five-Eyes has been forwarding significantly important information in recent months. Without it, NZ would be bereft.
For example, the presence of a noxious NZ Islamist in Iraq has been monitored carefully over several months, extending to the presence there of other New Zealanders, not extremists, working in various nursing and assistance roles in precarious situations.
None of this important information could be provided to the prime minister without Five-Eyes. Continue reading “Extremism and intelligence: NZ should not be shortsighted about the benefits of Five Eyes”