The shock wave caused by the ISIS terrorist attack in West Auckland has frightened us all and while that fear is legitimate, it must not cloud our judgment.
We all want answers as to how an extremist who was on the Government’s radar managed to manipulate the refugee protocols to the point they were able to commit their violence while the rest of the security apparatus sat on their hands.
But the rush to pass the new anti-terrorism laws is the exact same fear that drove us to enact the original terrorism legislation that has proved to be so hopeless.
The Urewera terror raids show us how easy it is to abuse terror powers and how they inevitably end up being used against Maori.
These new terror powers enable the State to arrest and prosecute you for thinking about and planning a crime, that’s an enormous empowerment of the State and with our previous history of how those terror powers get misused, I want to see the checks and balances before we hand over such enormous powers.
Let’s not forget that even if was illegal to plot a terror attack, this extremist was charged with a weapons crime which is longer than that charge so the issue is how did he manage to manipulate the refugee laws.
This was a bureaucracy screw up, handing the State even more terror powers won’t solve that.
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