Author second from right with SLR semi auto rifle.
This week in Eastern Russia, the Russian FSB (i.e. former KGB) arrested a number of terrorists who were preparing to detonate explosive in a public place.
Last week the FSB also foiled a similar group in the Asian part of Russia.
Both groups had the intention to detonate explosives in public places and then bolt back to ISIS occupied hideaways in the North Eastern part of Syria- the sector unlawfully occupied by American troops supporting Kurdish aspiration for an independent state – being a strategy implacably opposed by NATO ally Turkey and therefore a major conundrum for America.
- This is the zone of Syria that President Trump trumpeted a month ago; had been cleared of the ISSI which America created when in 2003 it unlawfully invaded Iraqi (UN definition)
Russia has had its fair share of terrorist attacks including:
* hostage taking at Stavropol 1995 143 dead;
* Moscow apartment bombing 1999 130 dead;
* 2000 Moscow subway bombing 12 dead;
* hostage taking in Moscow theatre 170 killed (includes 41 terrorists killed);
* 2004 Beslan at school hostage taking 372 dead.
However, more recent times, a pro-active strategy by FSB and other Russian security agencies, appears to have put their security apparatus, ahead of the bandits.
In 2018 for example,20 terror attacks were foiled in Russia.
But the probability of terrorist activity increasing inside its borders, has to be high.
Over 300 ISIS women and kids waiting to return to Russia following decimation of ISIS; a decimation which commenced when Russia entered the fray in 2015 and exposed 2000 tanker loads of oil per day, being moved by ISIS from northern Syria through Turkey to alleged American buyers.
As a former NZ police commander and head of Auckland police spy section; and being widely travelled in turbulent parts of Africa including Western Sahara; the Middle East including Syria; North Korea, China and Russia; I do claim to have a knowledge base in the field of terrorism which is beyond the experience of most Kiwis.
With this pedigree, I was probably the first commentator to identify that the NZ police and in particular GCSB (our spies), were remiss to the point of negligent over the Christchurch terrorist hit.
That others have now joined the queue of asking: ‘What were our guardians doing to have failed to pick up the (growing) evidence that the Christchurch terrorist was planning his atrocity?” is encouraging.
ONE CANNOT FIX THE PROBLEM UNLESS ONE KNOW WHAT IS THE PROBLEM
Recently we have been exposed to media which suggests our guardians may not be wasting their time watching rugby instead of watching the monitors of terrorists, but have in fact been watching journalists and critics who dare to question the status quo!
I may well be time for our policy makers involved in strategic planning for the best security possible for New Zealand, to consider sending some of our people to complete courses in Russia – rather than send then to FBI courses and end up with raids on Dot Com being perpetrated on behalf of a foreign power.
Ross is an international businessman and entrepreneur. In 2016 Ross was appointed Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of Morocco. In New Zealand he is trustee and managing director of absentee Russian owned forestry and commercial property.
Ross has a bachelor degree in politics and management, a master’s degree in economics, statistics, law and policy and C.O.P’s in law.
From 2004 he lived and worked in Zimbabwe, Russia, Czech Republic, Thailand and the Balkans.
Since 2005 Ross has established business interests in aqua culture and fisheries development – from Morocco to Syria: U.A.E and North Korea.
In 2015 Ross was prime speaker on sustainable fisheries as guest of the Moroccan government at CRANZ Montana ‘Sustainable Resources: Africa’ conference, and an official guest at the 2017 forum.
A former Member of Parliament (1987–1996) and Member and the Executive Council of New Zealand in the National government, Ross was Under Secretary (junior minister) Agriculture & Forestry; Cabinet Committee Industry & Commerce & Chair Select Committee Fisheries.
Subsequent to parliament, he owned equestrian facilities; was elected to local government as a councilor; consulted to several major fishing companies, was engaged by parliamentary services as adviser to Rt. Hon Winston Peters and emerged as a key figure in the Scampi Affair, which falsely alleged political corruption.
Prior to entering parliament, Ross had been 21 years in the police. Service included: detective on Regional Crime Squad and Drug Squad; 5 years Armed Offenders Squad, second in command of the infamous Red Squad, and commissioned officer in charge of police spies i.e. Criminal Intelligence Section and V.I.P. Security.