Archive for May, 2008

Palestinian boy staged his own death?

May 30, 2008

I treat reports that the footage of a Palestinian boy being shot by Israeli forces with great scepticism. French courts do get it wrong – NZ has finally granted former Algerian MP Ahmed Zaoui refugee status, after denying it based on dodgy French trials.
The blindingly obvious questions are:

  • Is the boy dead?
  • If dead, why would the boy take part in fake footage that leads to his own death?
  • If not dead, where is he?

I note the reports of the ‘fake footage’ seem to rely upon ‘independent’ investigations by Israeli army sources. These lack any credibility. Who would believe an investigation by a murder suspect that conveniently finds them innocent?

Stand back for the cover up!

May 27, 2008

Hard on the heels of news that a man arrested for domestic violence died in Rotorua police cells, is … the police cover up. It starts with the refusal of police to state the cause of death. Note the only reason for police not disclosing cause of death is normally the need to keep evidence secret, so evidence mentioned by suspects will show they knew details of the crime scene that were not publically known, and hence, their guilt.

When the crime scene is a police cell, the only possible suspects are the police and the victim, so there are no grounds for police to refuse to disclose cause of death. Except to give the officers on duty time to ‘get their stories straight’.

This is followed by the “Independent Police Complaints Authority” investigation – done by a former senior police officer. Yep, that’ll be independent!

Time to have a genuine police investigation unit, with no police allowed on it. You do not require ‘familiarity’ with police methods, etc (the usual nonsensical dribblings given by police for having ex-cops on the IPCA), as anyone with a reasonable education can follow what methods police have used. After all, that is the very basis of the jury system…

And these are the same cops who want to use rifles instead of pistols, the same cops who blaze away at dogs in streets with people on them, the same cops who pepper spray and tazer (in the trial) restrained or innocent people. Aaaah, just makes you appreciate how ‘safe’ we are in NZ, eh?

Bursting the ‘national security’ balloon

May 1, 2008

Stunning and brilliant! That is how I would describe the brave actions of the 3 Anzac Ploughshares activists who cut and collapsed one of the two domes hiding a spy satellite dish at the Government Communications Security Beureau (GCSB) at Waihopai.

These activists embody their Ploughshares principles of putting their words into actions, beating swords into ploughshares. Hence the use of sickles – it is a reference to the biblical passage:

They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift sword against nation; and there shall be no more training for war. Isaiah 2:4

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