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.Read More →
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.Read More →
All Bill English is saying, is give war a chance: The vicious calculation behind National’s war crime denial
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.Read More →
“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.”Read More →
Location confusion must not detract from civilian casualties, a dead girl and serious breaches of defence force rulesRead More →
Let me get this straight – the NZDF knew the only thing wrong with accusations of war crimes was that they were mistaken villages?
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?Read More →
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.Read More →
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.Read More →
…the book already crosses the evidential threshold for a criminal investigation and NZ is signed up to international laws that impact our domestic laws.Read More →
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.Read More →
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.Read More →
We should all feel a profound sense of shame.Read More →
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.Read More →
Jon Stephenson’s back story in Hit and Run revealed in academic’s book, Reporting from the Danger Zone.
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 […]Read More →
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.Read More →