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BREAKING: Defence Force admits SAS Afghan raid WAS in the same location as events in Hit and Run

By   /  March 13, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  8 Comments

When the book Hit and Run was published in March last year, the Chief of Defence Force Tim Keating held a press conference claiming that the book had nothing to do with the New Zealand SAS because the SAS had been in a different place on that date.

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Keating and English’s colonial response to the SAS raid

By   /  April 6, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Defence Chief Tim Keating and the Prime Minister exhibit the “colonial” reflex in completely ignoring the villagers as a source of information. Bill English looked at a few American videos of the battle and considered that to be enough to reject any inquiry. Keating didn’t consider evidence from the locals as relevant enough to mention.

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All Bill English is saying, is give war a chance: The vicious calculation behind National’s war crime denial

By   /  April 4, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

It is insane that we can live in a country where there is a bloody investigation over how a drug dog was shot at Auckland airport but there won’t be an investigation into serious war crime allegations.

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Hit and Run author responds to deeply disappointing Bill English decision on SAS raid

By   /  April 3, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  17 Comments

“In the past two weeks since Hit and Run was published there have been calls for an independent inquiry from New Zealanders from all sides on the political spectrum. It is disappointing and concerning that Bill English has refused.”

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Four Rhymes Inspired By “Hit & Run”

By   /  April 1, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Four Rhymes Inspired By “Hit & Run”

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Press release from Nicky Hager

By   /  March 29, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  21 Comments

Location confusion must not detract from civilian casualties, a dead girl and serious breaches of defence force rules

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Let me get this straight – the NZDF knew the only thing wrong with accusations of war crimes was that they were mistaken villages?

By   /  March 29, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  19 Comments

It is now up to the media to rip the NZDF to pieces. They’ve lied to you as much as they have lied to the people of NZ, surely you can’t let them lie directly to your faces and you’ll just accept it?

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Hit and Run authors reply to defence force presss conference

By   /  March 29, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  25 Comments

The Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Tim Keating presented the NZDF response to the book Hit and Run at a press conference on Monday 27 March 2017. For 45 minutes he and his colleagues suggested that everything in the book was incorrect.

The Hit and Run authors have now had time to study the defence chief’s statements. Our conclusion is that the NZDF criticisms are wrong – with one exception – and that they have failed to address almost everything of substance in the book. This is what a cover up looks like.

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Human Rights Lawyer walks out on Duncan Garner’s Bullshit

By   /  March 29, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  21 Comments

The AM Show have made the claims of war crimes into a joke and they went up against a person who takes it incredibly seriously.

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Is Nicky Hager wrong? Why we are well past an inquiry and need an investigation

By   /  March 28, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

…the book already crosses the evidential threshold for a criminal investigation and NZ is signed up to international laws that impact our domestic laws.

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STAKE YOUR CLAIM – A review of Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson’s Hit and Run

By   /  March 28, 2017  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  12 Comments

The construction of this book was a painstaking and dangerous enterprise. John Stephenson risked life and limb by returning to the villages and interviewing survivors, and assembling the family trees of the dead and wounded. Empty shell casings from Apache helicopter cannon rounds were collected and photographed. A series of locally sourced stories from the Pajhwok News Agency, pointing to civilian deaths and casualties were filed. And, as mentioned earlier, a locally documented list of the dead and wounded was obtained and photocopied. By triangulating this material with the admissions of anonymous sources throughout the SAS and NZDF, Hager and Stephenson have built a powerful case.

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16 questions NZDF must answer over war crime allegations

By   /  March 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  21 Comments

The Hit and Run authors say the defence force leadership is trying to confuse the public and government to reduce pressure for an independent inquiry into the revelations in the book.

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New Zealand SAS directly implicated in unjustified cowardly killings

By   /  March 27, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

We should all feel a profound sense of shame.

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Hager/Stephenson reaction to Defence Force statement

By   /  March 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  8 Comments

The NZDF press release is simply incorrect and implausible. To be true, it would require an identical raid by identical forces, using identical helicopters, on identical targets at the same time.

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Jon Stephenson’s back story in Hit and Run revealed in academic’s book, Reporting from the Danger Zone.

By   /  March 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

After a member of the country’s Special Forces was killed during a raid in Afghanistan, Jon Stephenson, co-author of Hit and Run, sought to fact-check what he believed was propaganda disseminated by the New Zealand government. “They took the unusual step of talking about what had happened in some detail while providing their account of […]

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72 000 watch TDBs live stream of Hager & Stephenson Hit & Run launch

By   /  March 24, 2017  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Our live stream of the launch of Hit and Run has almost hit 72 000, don’t you dare allow others to tell you people don’t care about this.

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