Is Oceania at war with Eastasia before our war in Eurasia is over?
‘behind the wire’ is a magical forcefield from La-la land where bullets bounce away effortlessly while NZ soldiers teach Iraqi’s to march. It’s the phrase that the embedded journalists have quickly picked up and breathlessly given NZers as a means to deflect any suggestion that we are going to war.
We won’t really be going to war, we will be ‘behind the wire’. For a country enamoured with its own Number 8 wire romanticised mythology, ‘behind the wire’ conjures up nobility and doing ones bit with the little we have. It’s not selecting targets for America’s Drone War which have killed a civilian per day since it began, it’s not the SAS conducting intelligence which can allow them to shot first and ask questions latter, oh no, it’s just some behind the scenes ‘behind the wire’ role devoid of any responsibility or obligations.
Meanwhile at home, because of this ‘raining carnage’ by ISIS, the Secret Intelligence Service suddenly need the ability to spy on you in your house for 48 hours without a warrant. Seeing the utter contempt that Key admitted using towards the OIA procedures, these extraordinary powers to spy for 48 hours without a warrant will immediately become the norm not the exception.
Watch and see the things that the SIS can conclude as a national security risk now. Environmentalists will be the next on the list.
These are the darkest powers of the darkest part of the State, and we are allowing it to pass based on some simple button pushing of the terrorist bogeyman. There is no need for these extra powers, the police and the GCSB already have enormous unchecked scope given to them by the vast new powers Key has granted our security services every time they get caught illegally spying.
Giving even more unchecked powers to the SIS is 5 eyes too far.
I haven’t used a Star Wars reference in this blog yet, so to paraphrase Padmé Amidala, “This is how liberty dies in NZ–casually around a BBQ.”
None of us are made safer by this.