‘Serious domestic terrorism threat’

It is being reported that ‘a serious domestic terrorism threat’ activated New Zealand’s top security systems at some time in the past two years.

NZ Herald: Terror threat to New Zealand revealed in security handbook

Concrete evidence has emerged that there has been an actual attempt to carry out a terrorist attack on New Zealand soil.

The National Security System is New Zealand’s highest-level response to the most serious threats against our country. It is led by a committee chaired by the Prime Minister and brings together key officials from intelligence services, police, the military and other departments – depending on the threat – to co-ordinate a response.

It is activated in cases where there is a risk to “the security or safety of New Zealanders or people in New Zealand”, our sovereignty, the economy and environment or “the effective functioning of the community”.

The existence of the threat came from the newly released National Security System handbook. It stated the system – which triggers a special set of protocols – had been activated for a “threat of a domestic terrorist incident”.

The Handbook details:

Examples of National Security System activations:

  • Threat of 1080 contamination of infant formula; 
  • Ebola viral disease readiness and possible Ebola case;
  • Neurological complications and birth defects possibly associated with Zika virus; 
  • Threat of a domestic terrorist incident; 
  • TS Rena grounding on Astrolabe Reef 2011; 
  • Darfield Earthquake 2010 and Christchurch Earthquake 2011.

The National Security System can be activated for more than one issue at any one time.

That is the only reference to it in the handbook.

From the Inspector General of intelligence and Security annual report:

During the reporting year, the Director notified me that she had issued an authorisation for urgent surveillance without a warrant under s 4ID(1) of the NZSIS Act. Notification was made immediately, as required by s 4IE(1)(b). The authorisation was the first since the late 2014 enactment of s 4ID, which permits surveillance without warrant for up to 24 hours in cases of urgency.

I am required to investigate such authorisations if the Minister or the Commissioner of Security Warrants directs the surveillance to stop; if the authorisation is not followed by an application for a surveillance warrant; or if an application is made but declined.

In this instance, the Minister and Commissioner did not direct surveillance to stop and, within the 24 hour period, received and granted an application for a surveillance warrant. For that reason, I was not required to carry out a specific investigation but my office did review the authorisation and supporting material as part of our regular review of warrants and authorisations. We provided some comment on how the authorisation could have been framed more clearly, but did not consider there to be any material concern.

The Herald claims:

The urgency of the request showed the need for information trumped the legal process, meaning it could be linked to an imminent domestic terrorist attack.

We are unlikely to find out any details.

No further information on the nature of the threat was forthcoming from Prime Minister John Key and NZ Security Intelligence Service director Rebecca Kitteridge. The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, which co-ordinates responses, also would not supply details.

A spokesman for Key’s office said: “As the Prime Minister has said, New Zealand is not immune from the threat of terrorism, although the threat to New Zealand remains low.

“Our intelligence agencies play an important role in identifying, monitoring and reacting to any domestic threats in order to keep New Zealanders safe, both at home and abroad.

“The Government has increased their resources to allow them to better carry out their duties as well as increased the level of transparency and oversight to ensure they are doing so appropriately.”

What we do know is that no acts of domestic terrorism have been reported. The risk in New Zealand is relatively low. Perhaps our security systems are doing there job and keeping them at zero, for now at least.

10 Comments

    • Corky

       /  4th November 2016

      I can’t comment on this because I know little about what and why the raid was called.
      But I can can speak about one piece of genuine bullshite in the article…hypocrisy to be precise. That was the placard held up by a Muslim dude stating: Raids terrorise women and children. Yeah, talk about a lying rooster.

  1. patupaiarehe

     /  4th November 2016

    Oh please! Something happened, but we can’t say what it was. But it did happen, and you should all be very concerned.

  2. duperez

     /  4th November 2016

    “What we do know is that no acts of domestic terrorism have been reported. The risk in New Zealand is relatively low. Perhaps our security systems are doing there job and keeping them at zero, for now at least.

    What we do know is that even no acts of domestic terrorism give plenty of scope for scare mongering. The risk in New Zealand of that scare mongering is extremely high. Perhaps our security systems are doing their job and helping keep the possibility of instances for scare-fear well above zero.

  3. The nature of war has changed and some posters here have yet to catch up on the present. But it’s got NZ’s armed forces worried . . .

    Herald 6 August 2016:
    A leaked executive memo from the New Zealand Defence Force warns a terror attack on home soil is “not a matter of if, but when” and its staff are the prime targets.
    One of the top tips to keep safe? Don’t play Pokemon Go.
    The “Personal Security – Keeping You Safe” message written by the Chief Security Officer said NZDF staff were especially vulnerable to terrorist groups who could strike anytime.
    It recommended staff be on guard “24/7” and not distracted by their smart phones. Connecting to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn could expose staff to being “hacked, mined and harvested” for personal information.
    “Do not ‘dumb walk’, which is walking and texting or playing Pokemon Go – keep your head up,” the memo said.
    Staff were encouraged to “buddy up” while in public to watch each other’s back, to not walk with hands in pockets and were reminded of “stranger danger”.
    “Turn and go in the opposite direction if a stranger in a car offers you a ride.”
    The Defence Force memo warned staff against complacency.
    “The worst thing you and I can do from now on is assume that it won’t happen to me. This normalcy bias is no longer appropriate when the definition of normal has changed for good and a false sense of security could in fact be deadly.”

    • Blazer

       /  5th November 2016

      Pokemon go!!!…anyway Kit,any threats are magnified when a nation involves itself in foreign military expeditions that lead to death and destruction.Keep out of unnecessary conflicts and all will be well.

      • I repeat, “The nature of war has changed.” The enemy is far more insidious and ubiquitous now. I’m no historian but I think I can confidently say that in all of history the consequences of “foreign military expeditions that lead to death and destruction” have not followed the army home. Now it is different.

        For recent events the army has been fighting at the bidding of foreign states and the United Nations, and rebuilding after war. The enemy – very important, this – has been insurgency with the intent of bringing down internationally recognised governments. The common factor behind insurgencies, and a major contributor to Western attitudes like “keep out of unnecessary conflicts” is resurgent global Islam. The West was totally fooled by The Muslim Brotherhood et al into thinking that the ‘Arab Spring’ would usher in a new era of peace and democracy in the Islamic world. The resulting destruction – and Muslim migration to the West – has been deemed to be the responsibility of the West, notwithstanding the cause being Islam’s perpetual war of attrition in favour of its uniquely puritanical and fundamentalist beliefs.

        One needs to be aware of what the real enemy is in today’s world.

  4. Blazer

     /  5th November 2016

    ‘One needs to be aware of what the real enemy is in today’s world.’

    ‘Fear is the only true enemy, born of ignorance and the parent of anger and hate.’ Edward Albert

    • Fear isn’t the problem.

      As Islam continues to terraform the Western world in its own image it will become more and more like the Middle East, an economically- and culturally-stifled monoculture with curtailed freedoms and behaviour moderated by the explicit threat of violence, the only process Islam knows to keep order against dissent.

      The West is kept in ignorance of Islam’s doctrines, methods and goals. If people were aware of how Islam consumes civilisations to recreate them in submission to the will of Allah, they would react quite differently to the call for migration and diversity.

      • Blazer

         /  5th November 2016

        Fearmongering is the stock in trade of govts.They beat the fear drum be it communism,Islam or whatever they can manufacture and then offer to protect the citizens.Military/industrial complex 101.